PORTER GAUD HOLIDAY CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

Phenom Tip-Off Classic Schedule Announced

Phenom Hoops is ready to get the season started and we kick off the 2020-2021 season with a loaded field at the Phenom Tip-Off Classic in Rock Hill, South Carolina. With two courts going on both days, it will be an event that you will not want to miss. We kick off the season on Friday afternoon at four o'clock and continue the action on Saturday.

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Phenom Open Run: Ardrey Kell

Phenom Hoops traveled to Fort Mill recently to check in on the Absolute Basketball Fall League, giving fans an early look at players and teams around the Charlotte area. Teams came out and looked to compete, which they did, leaving it all on the court. It also gave us and fans a chance to view players more with their high school teammates, as we break down what we saw at the event.

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Talent found at Savage Academy (Oct. 1)

Phenom Hoops went down to the Columbia area to check in on another impressive showing at the Savage Academy. Christian Savage has done a tremendous job getting talent from around the state of South Carolina all under one building; talent that can play at multiple levels.

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Gym Gems: Icon Cuts Fall League Week 1 Game of the Week Coverage

Passion Driven Sports has been a pillar in the Pee Dee/Grand Strand area for the past two years. Gyms Gems heavily focus on small town kids with big talent. Got a chance to attend Week 1 of Icon Cuts Fall league at Trinity Collegiate School in Florence, SC. Great basketball is being displayed in which the content can be displayed on the Savage Academy youtube channel. Here is some of the outstanding players who stood out the most from this event:

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Stars Fall League

Phenom Hoops went down to Spartanburg to the Upward Stars Center, as we took in the Stars Fall League, bringing a ton of talent to the table. Getting a glimpse of multiple players, we provide our thoughts on players that grabbed our attention.

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Gym Gems: Icon Cuts Fall League Week 1

By Patrick Paul Passion Driven Sports has been a pillar in the Pee Dee/Grand Strand area for the past two years. Gyms Gems heavily focus on small-town kids with big talent. Got a chance to attend Week 1 of Icon Cuts Fall league at Trinity Collegiate School in Florence, SC. Great basketball is being displayed in which the content can be displayed on the Savage Academy youtube channel. Here is...

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Statement Session

Phenom Hoops wanted to catch in on some of the action in Louisiana, which led us to the Statement Session. Mal Mundy did a tremendous job in bringing talent from the 2021 and 2022 class all under one building, giving people a glimpse of the talent of all levels from around the area.

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Week 1 Icon Cuts Fall League

As we prepare for the coming high school season, fall leagues across the east coast have begun! This weekend, I pulled up to the Icon Cuts Fall League sponsored by H3 Grind and Savage Academy in Florence, SC. Week 1 of this fall league was full of known and unknown talent. Here are the six players that I thought really performed very well.

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Gyms Gems: Blake Walker’s Rising Stars Open Run

By: Patrick Paul Passion Driven Sports has been a pillar in the Pee Dee/Grand Strand area for the past two years. Gyms Gems heavily focus on small-town kids with big talent. Got a chance to slide in and see Blake Walker’s Rising Stars Open Run. Blake Walker is establishing himself as another pillar in the Pee Dee area by putting together one of the best middle school teams in the state of SC....

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POB’s Eye Catchers from #PhenomOpenRun (Friday) (P.2)

2022 6’0 Kendall Smith (Charlotte Express): Smith was incredibly productive on both ends of the floor. Loved his intensity and how he got after it on the defensive end, creating multiple steals and pushed the tempo on offense.  His defense helped lead to scoring opportunities on the offensive end for himself and his teammates. 2022 6’0 Camian Shell (Moravian Prep): Shell is one that simply...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from #PhenomOpenRun (Friday) (P.1)

2024 Joshua Clark (Mavs Elite): Clark was extremely active on the court, as the guard was constantly moving around the court, finding those openings to help him score easy baskets, and working hard on both ends. 2023 6’7 Nate Self (Team HUSL 2023): Self is a young big that has some early intangibles that you may like.  He not only showed that he can get on the glass, but he is a big that...

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Highlights from Triad Blue Chips East Fall League: A New Leader Shines for East Forsyth

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops took the opportunity to maximize our downtime and continue providing coverage throughout the region. While the event in Rock Hill drew a ton of attention, prospects could be found playing in numerous locations—including at the Triad Blue Chips East Fall League in Greensboro. We traveled out to Shining Light Academy and caught most of the action, and this article...

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Highlights from Triad Blue Chips East Fall League: Northwest Guilford Changing Directions

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops took the opportunity to maximize our downtime and continue providing coverage throughout the region. While the event in Rock Hill drew a ton of attention, prospects could be found playing in numerous locations—including at the Triad Blue Chips East Fall League in Greensboro. We traveled out to Shining Light Academy and caught most of the action, and this article...

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Highlights from Triad Blue Chips East Fall League: Thomasville Still Trending Upward

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops took the opportunity to maximize our downtime and continue providing coverage throughout the region. While the event in Rock Hill drew a ton of attention, prospects could be found playing in numerous locations—including at the Triad Blue Chips East Fall League in Greensboro. We traveled out to Shining Light Academy and caught most of the action, and this article...

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#OTRSummerJam: Unsung Heroes

Despite a great weekend for many being cut short due to the ignorance of a group of people losing control, there was a ton of talent in the building for Summer Jam presented by On The Radar Hoops. A lot of headline-grabbing prospects were in attendance but let’s take a look at a few guys that played major roles for their teams and are sometimes forgotten about in the grand scheme of things. 5’11...

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Highlights from Triad Blue Chips East Fall League: Shining Light Academy Starting from Ground Zero

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops took the opportunity to maximize our downtime and continue providing coverage throughout the region. While the event in Rock Hill drew a ton of attention, prospects could be found playing in numerous locations—including at the Triad Blue Chips East Fall League in Greensboro. We traveled out to Shining Light Academy and caught most of the action, and this article...

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Highlights from Triad Blue Chips East Fall League: Northern Guilford Forming Their Best Squad in Recent History

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops took the opportunity to maximize our downtime and continue providing coverage throughout the region. While the event in Rock Hill drew a ton of attention, prospects could be found playing in numerous locations—including at the Triad Blue Chips East Fall League in Greensboro. We traveled out to Shining Light Academy and caught most of the action, and this article...

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Highlights from Triad Blue Chips East Fall League: Eastern Guilford Will Retain Their Status as a Championship Contender

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops took the opportunity to maximize our downtime and continue providing coverage throughout the region. While the event in Rock Hill drew a ton of attention, prospects could be found playing in numerous locations—including at the Triad Blue Chips East Fall League in Greensboro. We traveled out to Shining Light Academy and caught most of the action, and this article...

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Takeaways and Thoughts from #OTRSummerJam (Part 1)

Phenom Hoops had the weekend off as far as events but that doesn’t mean we weren’t out in the gym, looking at the premier talent around the country. We headed out to Rock Hill once again for a fantastic and loaded event presented by On The Radar. Mr. Williams did a tremendous job with the event and our own, Patrick O’Brien, was on deck Friday night to watch the action. Here are...

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Nine Storylines from Phenom Summer Havoc

There’s a whole lot to break down from arguably the best single day of basketball of the summer, too much for one person to do in a single article so go look at the rest of the website for all of the Phenom Summer Havoc coverage. I was on the call for a lot of games for The HoopState Network’s streaming coverage of the event  https://phenomhoopreport.com/events/summer-havoc-details-page/ so I...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Phenom Challenge Day 3 Late Standouts

7’0 Patrick Wessler of CC Elite 2022-2021 17U continues to be a handful in the paint. Tenacious rebounder on both sides of the ball. Good rim protector that can block shots. Very skilled on the offensive end; showed the ability to play with his back to the basket and face up. Can really shoot the ball with range.  6’4 Kheni Briggs of Tea Marie 16U absolutely eats in the paint, makes a...

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Brandon’s Big-Time Ballers: Day 3 at Phenom Challenge

What’s up all my hoops heads, it’s your guy Brandon Blakney and I’m live from Rock Hill, SC, for some travel ball action! The Phenom Challenge kicked off this weekend and the talent hasn’t disappointed! This group of standouts is a diverse group of five that college coaches at multiple levels will want to take a look at! 6’2 2023 Treymane Parker (Fayetteville Flash)- When you mention the top...

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Special K’s Hoops Take: Phenom Challenge Day 3 Early Standouts

6’9 Jai Smith of Tea Marie 16U has been phenomenal this weekend. Shows that he is a HM Division 1 talent. Very long, athletic, and superfluid on the court. Tenacious rebounder who attacks the boards every possession. Uses his length to be a great rim protector for his team. Shows the ability to attack from the wings and get out in transition. Killer mindset, looks to dunk on you every single...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 3 at #PhenomChallenge

2021 6’5 Graham Calton (PSB Elite 17u Lowery): Calton continues to show that he can produce on multiple levels for his team. The strong, sturdy prospect can battle down low and always seems to get his hands on the ball. Usually defended by bigger opponents, Calton also shows a smooth perimeter feel to his game. 2021 6’6 Jalen McDonald (Team EAT 17u): He is simply a show and people...

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#PhenomChallenge Standouts (Court 7-8) (Day 3)

By: Kyree Bethel 2023 6’8 Samuel Martin (Strong Center) This kid have a very bright future. He has a long wing span and defends around the basket very well. His presence is known in the paint. Very fundamentally sound, he understands how to play the game. Samuel understand when to roll to the basket and when to pop in pick and roll situations. 19pts 10rebounds 2024 6’2 Alec Olander...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Day 2 at #PhenomChallenge (Part III)

2023 Wesley Tubbs (Charlotte Supreme): You can already see that Tubbs has the length that will catch eyes but what really stands out first is his emotion, hustle, and willingness to leave it all out there.  Such a competitor.  As far as his game goes, he is a 6’5 long, wiry prospect that can create for himself or for his teammates.  Just another big-time prospect in the 2023...

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