PORTER GAUD HOLIDAY CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

POB’s Eye Catchers: Hoop State Fall League (Week 1, East Division)

2024 6’1 Gabriel Marquis (Team Raleigh): The young guard really captured some eyes with his play early on.  Plays with a calming and fluid feel on the floor, making plays for himself and for others.  He led the charge offensively, viewed the court, and made multiple plays for himself off the dribble or found open teammates.  Strong start for this young man. 2023 6’3 Nicholas...

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HoopState Fall League Standouts (Week 1, West Division)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 2023 6’5 Isaac Holmes (Papa Pete’s Patriots/Apex Friendship) Isaac has been one of the more skilled players that I’ve watched today. The hybrid forward carries a trait of skillful, intelligent basketball with him at all times. He plays a very crafty game, highlighting both his ability to shoot the ball as well as facilitate. Holmes is difficult to match up with, given his...

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DeAjai’s #PhenomNovemberClassic Standouts

By; DeAjai Dawkins 6’2 2022 Sam Cogan (Team Together)  Sam Cogan boasts such an important presence for this Team Together squad, creating offense by scoring both points for himself and creating for his teammates. Cogan is standing about 6’2 and handles his role as a combo guard impressively from both positions. He’s exceptionally strong driving to his left, which is his preference when both...

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HoopState League: Cougars-704 crowned champions

FinalCougars 704 80 – Mad Maxin’ 73 Two teams that are quite familiar with each other at the high school level, Cougars 704 and Mad Maxin’ battled it out on the court and it certainly was a battle. Both teams were trading blows, as this was a back and forth type game, but Cougars 704 was able to hold the smallest of leads at halftime. That energy level didn’t change in...

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HoopState League: Word of God earns Silver Bracket Championship

Final:Word of God 66 – Raleigh’s Finest 50 The end was coming in the Hoop State League, as Word of God and Raleigh’s Finest wanted to end on a high note and secure the silver bracket championship. Word of God came out and made an early statement, creating an early lead and eventually putting Raleigh’s Finest in a big hole, down 41-14 at half. Raleigh’s Finest still...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 3 at Phenom November Classic/ Hoop State League

2022 Chancellor Morrow (The Wonders): Morrow continues to produce every time he hits the floor. Having multiple 20+ point games under his belt, he did it again with his versatility, length and skill set to score on multiple levels of the floor. He really has had a consistent summer and fall all throughout. 2021 Lucas Taylor (Raleigh’s Finest): Taylor can absolutely take over a game and that he...

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Phenom November Classic: Team Charlotte Grier secures win in title game

Final:Team Charlotte Grier 59 – Elite 1 50 One of the final title game’s at the Phenom November Classic in the 8th and 9th grade level, Team Charlotte Grier was able to end the weekend off with a bang, securing a title on Sunday afternoon. Team Charlotte found themselves down at halftime 26-20, as Elite 1 used a balanced offensive attack, with five different players able to score....

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Sunday Standouts

Redford Dunton 6’2 Kenny Noland ‘21 of Papa Pete’s Patriots is a vital piece for their team. He provided a great combination of scoring and passing that allows him to control the offense. His ability to attack off the bounce and get into the lane was eye-catching as he consistently finished at the rim. As the defense began to shift their focus on him, he began showcasing his ability to really...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 2 Standouts

6’3 Sam Cogan ‘22 of Team Together was unbelievable today! He has a great combination of athleticism, quickness, toughness and IQ. He is outstanding with the ball in his hand and operates extremely well when attacking the rim. His ability to get downhill allows him to be able to drive and kick to find open teammates. He rebounds the ball very well for his size and displays a toughness that is...

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HoopState League Bronze Championship: Franklin Prep comes away with trophy

Final: Franklin Prep 68 – Renegades Elite 39 Both teams wanted to come away, ending on a high note but only one could. Franklin Prep though made sure of it very quickly that they weren’t going to leave any doubt on the line, as they came out strong and continued their attack. Creating a cushion, they never let up, as DeAngelo Patterson led the charge while Shamarrie Hugie and others...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 3 Standouts at Hoop State League

Po’Boigh King Chadlyn Taylor of Team United 8th Grade has the chance to develop into a great player. He has a lengthy frame that will fill out as he continues to grow. He showcased the ability to really shoot the ball from three while also being able to attack off the dribble and get to the basket. Despite his scoring ability, the most impressive part of his game was his ability to find...

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Player Standouts at HoopState League

6’2 ’22 Evan Ashe (Raleigh’s Finest) Although Lucas Taylor is the clear leader of this team, Ashe is as vital to their success as anyone on the roster. He simply plays a complete, low-maintenance game on both ends of the floor and willingly fills in the gaps in a variety of different ways. Ashe rebounds, defends multiple positions, and highlights impressive offensive versatility. He’s adaptable...

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Middle School Championship: Team United cruises to a championship

With our only championship of the day in the middle school bracket, Team United and Team B.O.N.D. matched up to take home the trophy this weekend.  Both teams had played well all weekend long but it was Team United that really seemed to make a statement in the game.  They jumped out to a 43-23 halftime, knocking down three’s and really executing on offense.  They were able to add...

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DeAjai’s Weekend Standouts from #PhenomTipOffClassic

By: DeAjai Dawkins BJ Freeman (Moravian Prep National) BJ Freeman has slowly but surely solidified himself as one of my favorite scoring guards in the entire state. Anyone that knows me from a basketball perspective should be able to tell you that I am a fan of “big guards”, as their powerful frames usually give them an automatic advantage at the rim. Freeman is gifted with a naturally sturdy...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 2 Late Standouts at Hoop State League

6’6 Daniel Sanfoed ‘22 of Cougars 704 is an absolute beast in the paint. He has a rugged combination of strength, size, and athleticism that allows him to affect the game in an abundance of ways. His ability to operate around the rim and score easy buckets is impressive. He is a tenacious rebounder on both ends of the ball; really carves out space and rebounds out of his area. He also showcases...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Early Standouts at Hoop State League

2024 6’3 Brandon Smith and 2023 6’6 Nicholas Davis (Elevation Prep): Both young prospects that are newer names to Phenom Hoops but they impressed with their length and versatility, scoring on multiple levels and finishing at the rim. Two guys to keep an eye on. 2022 6’1 Robert Seymour (Elevation Prep): Seymour did a tremendous job in attacking and scoring the ball, hitting tough shots, getting...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 2 Early Standouts at Hoop State League

Sam Cogan Cam Newman of Team Charlotte 2026 showcased a high IQ that allowed him to be a vital asset for his team. He displayed the ability to really create easy scoring opportunities for both himself and his teammate. He has the ability to shoot the ball well when set and also possesses the necessary ball skills to get into the lane. The part of his game that I found most intriguing was his...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Phenom Jamboree Bash/ Hoop State League (Day 2)

2021 Jacori Owens (Combine Academy): Owens isn’t going to be the flashy player down low but man, does this young man WORK.  He does the dirty work, takes the charges, is disruptive around the rim, rebounds the ball, and just works on the offensive end. He isn’t always going to put up huge numbers but plays a big role. 2021 Colin Radcliffe (Moravian Prep PG): Radcliffe had an impressive...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 2 Standouts #PhenomJamboreeBash

Brendon Watley 2026 of Save Sports has the potential to be a well known and sought after player. His size and ability along with his overall feel for the game is super advanced for his age. His ability to probe gaps and get inside the lane was eye catching; he was able to attack the rim and score at will. His frame and body did not match his age as he is well developed already and will still...

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DeAjai’s #PhenomJamboreeBash Saturday Standouts

Julian Williams By: DeAjai Dawkins 2025 Nick Hailey (Team Charlotte 2025/PDS) I have been keeping a close eye on Team Charlotte 2025’s squad for the past couple of months. This team boasts an array of talent across the board that allows them to compete a year or sometimes even two above their respective age-level. Amongst this star-studded roster lies a player that I personally believe could...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 1 Late Standouts

Elijah Wilson 6’8 Jaquan Scott of TLAP Sports Academy was very intriguing and showcased quickly that he is a high level Division I prospect. Watching him for the first time, I was very impressed; he has all the physical tools: size, athleticism, strength, and mobility. He was overwhelmingly dominant in the paint as he scored almost every time he got the ball. He has a unique skill set that...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Phenom Jamboree Bash/ Hoop State League (Part 3)

LJ Thomas 2021 6’3 Knoah Carver (AK Knights): Carver really showed a nice scoring ability, knocking down shots at several levels but staying aggressive and attacking. He just has a nice ability and understanding of how to put the ball in the basket. 2021 6’3 Nick Green (Team ELI): Green has been the leading producer for Team ELI in multiple games, finishing in double-figures.  He really...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Phenom Jamboree Bash/ Hoop State League (Part 2)

2022 6’6 Daniel Sanford (Cougars 704): Sanford continues to make his game known and he continues to expand with how he can operate on the court.  First off, he looks and plays like a grown man on the court, physically outmatching everyone for the most part.  But it is his work ethic on both sides that should have big-time schools calling his way. 2022 6’4 Silas Demary (Chris Clemons...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Phenom Jamboree Bash/ Hoop State League (Part 1)

Austin Johnson 2021 6’9 Sincere Malone (Carolina Basketball Academy): First time getting to watch Malone and he brings a lot of intrigue with his versatility, ability to handles, and ability to operate on multiple levels on the court.  He excelled in pushing the basketball up the court and getting around defenders to finish at the rim. He holds offers already and has been receiving interests as...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 2 Standouts

6’4 Moses McDowell 2025 of Team Pressure was physically imposing in this last game. With a combination of strength, athleticism, and length he was able to dominate the paint, scoring at will. The most impressive part of his game is the way he relentlessly rebounds the ball on both sides of the court. He has a knack for fighting and getting position to come up with easy boards and easy points....

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Halloween Havoc/ HoopState League (Day 2)

2021 Chad Wilson (WNC Big Cats): Made some really good plays in being a playmaker on the floor. Whether it was getting to the lane and floating, initiating the offense and pushing the break, or putting the defenders on their heels and dishing out, he made several plays for his team. 2021 Luke Williams (PSB Charles): Williams was the most consistent threat on the floor for his team, scoring on...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Halloween Havoc/ HoopState League (Part 5)

2021 Nick Green (Team ELI): Green really showed that he can be a big offensive threat, even more than he has in the past.  He showed that he can score from multiple levels and was more aggressive with his offensive attack, more than we have seen in the past. 2022 Maxwell Coles (Mad Maxin): North Meck has Crawford and Cunningham, but Coles showed that he could be another threat for his...

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DeAjai’s Halloween Scary Standouts

By: DeAjai Dawkins 2026 Jonathan Ross (CLT1 Miller 7th) There is a mouthful to be said about the mountain of potential that Jonathan Ross possesses. A strong-bodied athlete placed on the wing, Ross displays elite guard-like ball skills with the ability to both handle the ball and make pinpoint passes on a dime. The very first play I saw from Ross was a beautiful one-handed find from the wing to...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Day 1 Late Standouts

6’4 Bishop Boswell 2024 of SBC Varsity is one of the best guards in the North Carolina 2024 class. His IQ and poise are unmatched and far beyond his age. He has the ability to take over games easily with his ability to score the basketball in a wide variety of ways. He has a knack for getting into the lane and being a floor general for his team, setting everybody up and making everybody look...

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