PORTER GAUD HOLIDAY CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

Ranking Top Five Commitments by Value

As we enter the thick of the new travel ball season, it’s an ideal time to review the outgoing senior class (2024) and how things ironed out. While many prospects are still fielding offers or deciding where they’ll ultimately further their playing career, numerous guys have pledged commitments. This exercise is meant to look beyond the obvious difference-makers like (Drake Powell, Isaiah Evans,...

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2024 Ari Fulton, 2024 DJ Shine, and 2024 Lewis Walker all announce their commitments

2024 Lewis Walker – UMass Walker has been the definition of consistency on the court, as you know what you will be getting with him. Walker is a very intriguing forward with his body, his unique skillset, and his production at such a young age against big-time talent. He has shown that he can be effective in the paint, finishing strong in the post and through contact, but also put the ball...

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Phenom Recruitment Update: 2024 Ari Fulton (Westover)

2024 6'6 Ari Fulton is a name that many have heard but also seems to be one that could be in for a blowup quickly with college programs.' When you watch his game and what he provides, there is a lot to like; his 6'6 frame, his big-time athleticism, his ability to finish at the rim, his versatility on defense, and his overall impact in a variety of ways on the court.' But he is also showing that...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Summer Finale

6'11 '24 Gabriel Mabor (Hoop Dreams Academy) Despite playing with a different team than usual, Mabor still provided his normal amount of production. He's long, mobile, and capable of consistently wreaking havoc inside the paint on both ends of the floor. Mabor altered shots, controlled the glass, and capitalized on finishing opportunities around the basket. That being said, he also showed an...

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Five Rising Seniors Who Should Have More Offers

The evaluation process for high school basketball players is similar to the majority of sports. The combination of performance, translatable tools/skills, and comparison to others from the same archetype is part of how we make these conclusions. Add in trends and what history has shown us, and it's pretty basic. If Player A is better than Player B, yet Player B has more offers, then yeah,...

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Why Ari Fulton Should Be a Top Priority for Division I Coaches

It goes without saying, but the recruiting landscape has undergone some clear changes due to Covid. Fast-forward over three years later, and we are still dealing with a lot of the same issues. The fact of the matter is coaches value job security (understandably) above all else and the pressure to perform is higher than ever. College coaching has never been a picnic, but it's certainly more...

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Five Juniors Deserving of More Offers

6'9 Clash Peters (Trinity Academy) Given everything he's showcased over the last twelve months, Clash Peters' lack of offers really doesn't make any sense. The appeal of a strong, physical, highly skilled 6-foot-9 power forward should be pretty self-explanatory. Between his feel, vision, interior scoring, and perimeter shooting, Peters brings a dynamic offensive presence to a team. He can...

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Phenom Game Report: EE Smith vs. Westover

Phenom Hoops went back to review the tape, as EE Smith and Westover battled it out on Wednesday night, bringing two strong teams together with very intriguing talent.  Both teams got off to a slow start and traded baskets, eventually being tied up at 10 after the first quarter.  Second quarter though, Westover struggled with turnovers and knocking down shots, while EE Smith was able to...

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Why Ari Fulton Should Appeal to Division I Coaches

Since Covid, the high school recruiting landscape has changed drastically. Guys who would've been given a chance to prove themselves at level 'X' are still being pushed aside for players who, theoretically, can contribute right away. Now, whether those guys (often older, more experienced transfers or JUCO products) actually move the needle is largely inconclusive. The point is: high school...

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Hoops & Dreams Top Performances

Here is a list of the top performers from the Hoops & Dream Showcase presented by Lucas Moore Realty. Please note these top performers are in alphabetical order by school. Fayetteville Academy6’5 2024 Xavier Johnson: 31 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists & 2 steals on Friday. 19 points, 1 rebound & 1 assist on Saturday. 6’4 2026 Jossiah Johnson: 22 points, 9 rebounds, 1 assist...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 8

Team 8 Coach: Chase Geter #8: 5'11 '23 Micah Jones (Holly Springs) Starting things off, we look at a player who simply knows how to run a team and set the tone on both ends of the floor, Micah Jones. He's a smart, quick point guard prospect with sharp vision and the ability to touch the paint at will. Jones finishes well for his size, but typically looks to create opportunities for others....

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East Region Standouts – Hoop State League Week 2 Part 2

Game 5 Strong Center Hart – 53Team Wall 2024 – 58 6'4 2024 Jayden Harris (Team Wall) led the way for Team Wall, finishing with 19 points and the game-winner in overtime. Harris is a gifted scorer who can create his own shot off the bounce. He showcased his ability to knock down shots from the perimeter and get into the paint, finishing in a variety of ways.  6'6 2024 Ari Fulton...

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Five Standout Frosh, “Stock on the Rise,” Part 3

While it's way too early for Phenom Hoops to calculate our North Carolina 2024 rankings, we decided to take a closer look at some of the state's top freshmen.  In our first segment, we took a look at 6'8 Jarin Stevenson (Northwood HS), 6'5 Drake Powell (Northwood HS), 6'2 Zion Walker (The Burlington School), 6'5 Bishop Boswell (South Mecklenburg) and 6'6 Maurio Hanson (Vance HS)....

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