PORTER GAUD HOLIDAY CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

Unsigned Seniors to Watch at Phenom Grassroots TOC (Part One)

The time has finally come for the highly anticipated April Live Periods. With the recruiting landscape in complete shambles, there’s still an abundance of unsigned, college-level seniors fighting for their chance to advance to the collegiate ranks. We’ve seen all of these prospects, and written about each of them previously. That being said, we decided to construct an article with a small blurb...

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Getting an early view: Garner Road 3SSB 2023

We gave you a preview of a very talented group for Garner Road 2024 but we also had a chance to view the 17u team as well, as Garner Road will be one of several programs to watch this summer.  Garner Road 2023 had a strong showing in their showcase games at the Phenom Spring Tip-Off, and this is what we saw on the court. Getting an early look: Garner Road 2024:...

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Notable Freshmen from Phenom Spring Tip-Off

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Rise Indoor Facility to continue carrying onward with our travel ball season. The Spring Tip-Off featured a variety of intriguing teams from all age groups, and each had their own collection of standouts. While there were a ton of guys worth noting, this article will take a closer look at a few prospects who are concluding their...

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Getting an early look: Garner Road 2024

Over a week ago, we got our first look at CP3 2024 and allowed our readers to get an early insight into what the team had this season.  This past weekend, we got our first look at the Garner Road 3SSB program on multiple levels.  One team we were certainly intrigued by seeing was the Garner Road 3SSB 2024 team, as they matched up against CP3 2024 for a big-time showdown.  It was a terrific...

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Keep an eye on 2025 6’7 Preston Copeland

Player: Preston CopelandClass: 2025Height: 6’7School: Raleigh Christian AcademyAAU: Garner Road At the start of the season, it always excites us at Phenom Hoops to find those young new names, the next wave of talent coming through the state of North Carolina.  One player that we first saw even BEFORE the season was 2025 Preston Copeland at Raleigh Christian Academy. Back in September,...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Spring Tip-Off

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Rise Indoor Sports in Advance, North Carolina to continue onward with the early stages of the summer season. The event was loaded with a ton of next-level talent, and though plenty of folks were enamored with March Madness, there was more than enough excitement swirling throughout the facility. There were multiple highly anticipated matchups on...

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Phenom Spring Tip-Off Championship: 17u

DB Elite vs. Team Push 2022 Black The final game of the day and it was a good battle between two teams that wanted to finish the event undefeated and to be crowned champion at the Phenom Spring Tip-Off.  Dream Big Elite came out strong and took the lead early and held on in halftime, but in the second half, Team Push really stepped up when needed, led by 2022 Jayden Michael.  The...

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Reece’s Standouts: Phenom Spring Tip-Off (Day 2)

by: Ethan Reece2025 Jerquarius Stanback (NLPB)Length is something every coach wants and Jerquarius has so much of it to utilize. It impacts the game even more at his age, and he takes full advantage of it. Everything in the lane is his, defensively and offensively. His reach really helps him finish from all over and around guys. Showed awareness moving through the lane amongst others and finding...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Spring Tip-Off (Day 2)

2027 Braxten Dubose (Garner Road Gipson): Getting an early start looking at the young guys, Dubose is a familiar name that we have seen quite a few times pop over the weekend as he continues to produce on the court. The young man carves out space in the paint, is active on the boards, and continues to make his mark in the paint offensively, scoring efficiently. 2025 Hayes Oxendine (Go Hard):...

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Phenom Spring Tip-Off Championship: 14u

Eat Academy vs. WCBA Blue 2026 Down in the 14u Division, Eat Academy and WCBA battled it out on the court for a chance to win a championship at the Spring Tip-Off.  IT was a tight battle throughout, with both teams battling it out on the court.  The tandem of Nick Arnold and Cam Thompson led the charge for Eat Academy, scoring 36 of their team’s 54 points. But it wasn’t enough to...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Spring Tip-Off

6’7 ’24 Edgar Escobedo (BSA Supreme) It’s easy to see the appeal with this BSA Supreme squad, and Escobedo is arguably among their most underrated pieces. He’s a high-motor big man who truly doesn’t require the ball to make an impact. Escobedo is a reliable finisher, rebounder, and shot-altering presence with an understanding of how to run the floor in transition. Escobedo does whatever the team...

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Phenom Spring Tip-Off Championship: 16u Blue

Garner Road Select vs. Team Push Two teams looking to finish off the weekend in the right way with a championship, these two teams came out to battle.  It was a slow start to the game, as shots didn’t quite fall for Team Push, as Garner Road jumped out to an early 30-11 halftime lead.  Nathaniel Durham and company led the charge and they didn’t let down in the second half.  It was...

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Phenom Spring Tip-Off Championship: 16u Orange

Game: Wilmington Excel vs. NLPB 336 It was a tight game throughout much of this game, as both teams were trading blows and mixing it up on the court.  It was only a five-point lead for Excel at halftime, but their guard play started to kick in behind 26 points from Josh Helms.  Excel was able to get others involved also offensively, as eight different players scored.  For NLPB, they were...

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Phenom Spring Tip-Off Championship: 12u

Both teams looked to finish off the weekend in style with a championship as they took the court on Sunday.  RDC Lakers came out strong, as Chacho Womack and Trent Moody led the charge for their team. They were aggressive, able to score effectively, and also get to the line as they combined for 39 points for their team.  A. Lopez and A. Parker were the leaders for Garner Road, but RDC had too...

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Reece’s Standouts: Phenom Spring Tip-Off (Day 1)

Reece’s Standouts: Phenom Spring TipOff (Day 1)by: Ethan Reece2026 Adam Grier (CSB Elite)The difference you’ll find with Adam and any other 2026 PG is his physical maturity and IQ. He blends right in with the 2024s he was playing with and was actually the leader of his squad and had himself a game in a quality win over Carolina Riptide. Lefty with a pull-up game and a good understanding of how...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Spring Tip-Off (Day 1)

2025 Jerquarius Stanback (NLPB): One to certainly monitor in the class of 2025 here in North Carolina, as the young forward brings tremendous length to the court. Still young and developing, really liked his presence around the basket, finishing strong but also being a presence defensively around the basket, walling up and making it difficult for his opponents. 2027 Brennan Jefferson (Garner...

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Day 3 at Phenom Spring Tip-Off Classic

Championship Day here at the Rock Hill Sports and Event Center and the following players stood out on Day 3:            In the Prep School Silver Division Chip TLAP Sports Academy (FL) defeated Rocktop Academy (PA) 88-77 behind some slick shooting and tough interior defense. On the shooting side 5’10” ’21 Matthew Smith led the way with 27pts 5 treys 2asts playing the final 26 minutes with 4...

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Gillespie’s Thoughts: Day 2 at the Spring Tip-Off Classic

By: Chick Gillespie Day 2 started with a National Prep School Silver Division game between Rocktop Academy (PA) and Fork Union Military Academy (VA) and after a back and forth 1st half Rocktop took control to come away with a 95-81 win behind 6’1” ’21 Bernie Blunt Jr. who finished with 36pts 5 treys 5reb 4asts in the contest while going 13-13 from the stripe. Blunt has tremendous range on his...

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Gillespie’s Thoughts: Day 1 at the Spring Tip-Off Classic

‘ By: Chick Gillespie With the High School season coming to a close I was able to finally make it down to the Rock Hill Sports & Events Center for a Phenom Hoops Event and with several different divisions being played I was awash in talent to evaluate and I took advantage over the three days to check out the Hoop State Championships featuring some of the best prep programs in the...

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Rising Superstar Secures First Division I Offer

The grassroots basketball scene is such a unique landscape, especially given the uncommon circumstances we’ve been thrust into over the last twelve months. On one side, there are dozens of senior prospects that Division I schools should be prioritizing but prefer to hold onto offers and operate under the blind assumption that someone else is hopefully going to emerge. On the other hand, we have...

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Position-less Basketball: NC Rim Runners

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for a highly entertaining stretch of basketball. There was truly an abundance of talent on display, coming from various directions within each of the three events—which certainly includes the NC Rim Runners (2024) from our Spring Tip-Off Classic. While they might’ve fallen short of...

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Putting East NC on the Map: East Carolina Elite 2024

It has been stated on multiple occasions that North Carolina has a ton of young and rising talent to watch down the road, some of which you already know will be big-time talents.  Talent though continues to come through the eastern part of the state and this past weekend in Rock Hill, we got a chance to learn names that many will be getting a chance to learn about down the road. One program that...

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Worth Monitoring: 6’8 2024 Joshua Hill

Each year, Phenom Hoops is fortunate enough to see thousands upon thousands of prospects come through our doors and attend our events. In the last five years alone, there have been countless examples of players showing up at our camps or travel ball events with little to no reputation and eventually blowing up. This isn’t meant to imply that Phenom Hoops is responsible in any way for these...

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Phenom Hoops’ Post-Grad Nationals: Three Priorities for College Coaches

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for a variety of high-level basketball. Our Phenom Post-Grad Nationals began on Friday while the Hoopstate Championship and Spring Tip-Off Classic kicked-off on Saturday—making for an exciting weekend. While most of my coverage took place on the Spring Tip-Off Classic side, we still...

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Overflowing with Talent: Team CP3 15U (2024)

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for a variety of high-level basketball. Our Phenom Post-Grad Nationals began on Friday while the Hoopstate Championship and Spring Tip-Off Classic kicked-off on Saturday—making for an extremely entertaining weekend. There were countless notable teams and players from all three...

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Spring Tip-Off Classic: Day 3 Standouts

Bryson Cokley Will Kelly ‘22 of Rod Howard Select had an amazing weekend as he was a leader for his team each and every game. He has a unique blend of athleticism and craftiness to go alongside good ball skills and instinct that allow him to take over games. He has a knack for getting downhill and finishing at the basket. The most intriguing thing about his game was his ability to get the free...

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Spring Tip-Off Classic: CP3 takes home another title

Championship Sunday, it doesn’t get any better than this on what has been a terrific event in Rock Hill. The CP3 program was looking to make it 2-for-2 down in Rock Hill, as Team CP3 and Team HOPE Laney 2023 battled it out late in the afternoon at the Spring Tip-Off Classic.  It was a tight game for much of it, with CP3 having Zion Walker, Kobe George, and Bryson Cokley lead the charge in...

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Phenom Spring Tip-Off Classic: Rod Howard wins tight battle

Championship Sunday, it doesn’t get any better than this on what has been a terrific event in Rock Hill. Rod Howard Select and TNT Hoopsquad 2021 have been solid all weekend long and both wanted to have a chance to compete for a championship.  After rolling through the bracket, they met up on Sunday to settle it all.  Shocker there, it was another tight game throughout, as both teams...

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