PORTER GAUD HOLIDAY CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

POB’s Best of the Best from the Phenom Stay Positive

The Phenom Stay Positive brought a ton of talent to the courts in Bermuda Run. It was an exciting and thrilling event, as players really stepped up their game all throughout. But, while roaming the courts throughout, there were a few players that really seemed to grab my attention and standout from the rest, as these are POB’s Best of the Best from the event. Check out who made the list....

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Stay Positive (Day 1, Part 1)

Rakease Passmore 2024 6’6 Rakease Passmore (NLPB 828): Talk about a star in the making. Watching him on multiple occasions, you can see that this young man has the “it” factors in his game that is going to make him a big-time target in North Carolina and one of the top prospects in his class. He has the athleticism that will get you out of your seat and he excels at getting downhill.  But he...

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NC Spartans’ Unsigned Senior Trio Turning Heads

Given the context of everything happening with recruiting and college athletics as a whole over the last year, the travel ball scene is littered with as many unsigned seniors as ever. More kids are competing for less opportunities than ever before. It’s an absolute bloodbath for everyone involved, as fairness has largely been thrown out the window. The additional year of eligibility awarded to...

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Special K’s Superstars from Phenom Challenge

LeBron Thomas 6’4 Jamari Briggs of Upward Stars Pee Dee 16U was impressive this weekend. He possesses the already translatable physical tools that allow him to stand out immediately when watching him. Jamari is a big guard who utilizes a blend of athleticism and strength to barrel his way to the rim and finish through contact. It is evident that he has made clear strides in his improvement...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Challenge

5’11 ’22 Evan Presnell (Carolina Riptide) Although the Carolina Riptide always seem to shine through their balance, but Presnell definitely stood out among their top performers in their first contest of the day. He’s a smart, tough, heady point guard prospect with excellent creation skills and the ability to set up others, access his lethal pull-up jumper, or finish strong through contact....

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Open Gym Report: NC Spartans

On Monday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Shining Light Academy in Greensboro, North Carolina for an extended preview of the NC Spartans Hartzell and Haidinger 17U rosters. Both teams feature a heavy mix of talent from throughout (and beyond) the triad area, the only difference being the Haidinger group includes multiple unsigned seniors worth noting. Founder Josh Thompson, in addition to his...

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