PORTER GAUD HOLIDAY CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

Upward Stars Combine: Bigs That Impressed

The Upward Stars Combine was a sensational event, and we at Phenom Hoops want to thank all the staff there for allowing us to check out the talent.  Many players from North and South Carolina were on deck, and we got a great refreshing view of players as well as learned about a few new names. 2026 Elton Smith (Cardinal Newman): Smith is a proven big so far, and continues to be a strong...

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Legitimate Contenders: Cardinal Newman Ready to Make Noise

Context matters so much when openly discussing the game of basketball. It provides insight to what might not necessarily meet the eye at first glance. Whether overlooking prospects, projecting towards the future, or making blanket statements from a highlight reel, these are all common examples of when context matters. Think about a program like Cardinal Newman and how things have unfolded under...

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Five More Notable Young Prospect from G3 Showcase

6'6 '26 Antwon Young (Next Level SC) It's surprising how little it feels like folks are talking about Young, despite his ridiculous intrigue and array of enticing tools at such an early age. He's a long, explosive, physically overwhelming wing/forward prospect with the ability to play inside the paint or along the perimeter. Young moves like a perimeter player, yet is strong enough to battle...

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Leaving an Impression: Phenom Grassroots TOC

2026 Nick Arnold (Team Charlotte): Walking away from the event, Arnold was one that left a lasting impression on our scouts with his stellar play throughout.  The 2026 point guard, who is one we have watched countless times, has seemed to take his game to another level; he looked stronger, more assertive as a guard, and is taking his offensive game to another level. He was assertive, got...

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Reece's Standouts: Phenom Grassroots TOC (Day 3)

by: Ethan Reece 2026 Coby Dillon (Team Loaded WV) When you look at a young guard coming into HS, the idea is typically to develop and them to be able to run your offense. But Coby has as advanced of a floor general presence as you can find at this age, which will give you another coach on the floor to boost the effects on everyone else. He's calm under pressure as a ball handler, able to stall...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Phenom Grassroots TOC

By: DeAjai Dawkins 2025 Tre McKinnon (Team Charlotte 16U)' Tre McKinnon boasts a level of athleticism that I have, quite literally, only seen in eventual collegiate athletes. McKinnon plays with a very rare blend of athleticism and discipline that allows him to contribute in every contest, despite his scoring output. I was most impressed today with how he challenged shots at the rim, especially...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 at Grassroots TOC (Part 2)

2024 Gianni Vines (Team White): Vines continues to jump out as a player with intrigue. A 6'3 long prospect, he did a great job in using his length to his advantage, whether it was attacking and finishing at the rim or rising up over defenders.  He is tough to stop with his combination of athleticism and length, and he was extremely effective on Day 2 at the event. 2025 Zeus Batts (WBC):...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 at Phenom New Year’s Bash

2023 Tim Hall (Westminster Catawba): Not sure what to say how dominant of a game he had on the court for his team; he carried them throughout as he was nearly unstoppable on the court.  Hall was a force down around the paint, displaying tremendous athleticism at the rim, being explosive on the boards and in blocking shots, and carrying his team in all that he could do. Very impressive...

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POB's Eye Catchers and Recaps from 2022 Holiday Hoopfeast (Part 2)

Phenom Hoops was down in Columbia, South Carolina to check out a ton of talented teams and players from the state at the 2022 Holiday HoopFeast presented by Columbia Basketball Group. Check out the games and standouts from each game below. Final: North Augusta 51 ' AC Flora 39 North Augusta: Maliq Richards 13pts, Elijah Hall 10pts, Amarri Wilcher 10ptsAC Flora: Cooper Wiley 12pts, Christopher...

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South Carolina Freshman Forty Camp Evaluations: Team 11

Team 11 Coach: Angus Anderson #52: 5'7 Gerrand Withers (Clover) Starting things off, we look at a player who consistently found ways to make his presence felt despite being the smallest camper on this team, Gerrand Withers. He's a wiry, high-motor lead guard prospect with a scrappy nature and willingness to make hustle plays. Withers handles the ball effectively and knocks down jumpers at a...

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Upward Combine: New Names to Learn (Class of 2026)

Broderick Anderson What a weekend of basketball it was for Phenom Hoops. Not only did we continue our weekend coverage and platform with the HoopState League but we also had a great opportunity to head down to South Carolina to check out talent from around the region at the Upward Combine.' Players from North and South Carolina were in attendance, as we were able to get a few updated viewings of...

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The Carolina's Class of 2026: CP3 Rising Stars Top 20

After months and months of travel ball, camp season is finally upon us. Although our (Phenom Hoops) camps don't start until September, there's no better way to kick things off than the prestigious CP3 Rising Stars Camp. It's widely regarded as the top collection of talent among rising freshmen throughout the country. Each year, the event hosts a slew of eventual pros (with even more former NBA...

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Start jotting the name down: 2026 6'6 Elton Smith (Keenan)

What is great about watching team camps is that you honestly get a chance to watch and find new, young prospects that are coming through the landscape of high school basketball.' We found one for you; there is a player that many might have not heard about' yet' but we have a feeling you will sooner rather than later. But the crazy thing is, is that Phenom Hoops had a chance two years ago to...

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Notable Young Prospects from Grassroots Tip-Off Classic

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops held our annual Grassroots Tip-Off Classic at the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The event was loaded with an abundance of entertaining programs from throughout the region and beyond. While most of the excitement was centered around the debuts various shoe-circuit teams and specific matchups between older squads, there were also a...

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Special K's Hoops Take: Phenom 150 Standouts

6'5 Elton Smith 2026 absolutely screams potential; he has a great body and frame that already translates well to the next level. Being such a young age, he has already established himself as a dominant threat in the paint both offensively and defensively. He rebounds the ball very well on both ends and converts them to easy baskets in transition. He is a versatile player that has displayed the...

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