PORTER GAUD HOLIDAY CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

Phenom Game Report: IMG Academy vs. AZ Compass

Last game of the night for us, IMG and AZ Compass squared off which brought even more talent to the floor.  By the end of the first quarter, both teams were all squared up at 14, as IMG shot the ball well and was able to score inside the arc while AZ Compass found ways to score but didn’t find as much success from outside.  IMG’s defense was strong early on, as AZ Compass shot around 43 percent...

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Phenom Game Report: Columbus vs. Sierra Canyon

Next up on the day, Sierra Canyon and Columbus had the facility absolutely packed and loaded with elite talent, as fans got their money’s worth with this matchup.  It was a good showing early on for both teams, as Columbus was able to earn the early edge 14-9 behind ’25 Cameron Boozer.  ’23 Bronny James got things going with two early threes to help Sierra Canyon.  In the second quarter,...

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Phenom Game Report: Camden vs. Bishop Gorman

The stars were out on Monday, as we started the day with two national powerhouses in Bishop Gorman taking on Camden.  Camden came out extremely strong behind Kentucky commit big man 2023 Aaron Bradshaw, who was carving out space and finishing at the rim extremely well.  His play allowed Camden to jump out to a 21-5 first-quarter lead, and they didn’t slow down there.  Bishop Gorman continued to...

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Takeaways from Carmel MLK Showcase

Asheville School Full of Intriguing Pieces Given their success over the years, it should come as no surprise to see the Blues rolling out another incredibly exciting squad full of notable college prospects. Although he’s up to a dozen offers, it still feels like Derin Saran is still somewhat underrated by the masses. He continues to make his case as the best true point guard within the current...

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Carmel MLK Showcase Previews: Carmel Christian vs. Myers Park

On Saturday, Phenom Hoops is hosting our annual Carmel Christian MLK Showcase in Matthews, North Carolina. The schedule is set to feature six games of competitive battles, as public-school teams will face private-school opponents. Given all the open discussion surrounding the “who’s who” of North Carolina basketball, this event should be a strong indicator of what teams are beginning to hit...

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Carmel MLK Showcase Previews: Chambers vs. Greensboro Day

On Saturday, Phenom Hoops is hosting our annual Carmel Christian MLK Showcase in Matthews, North Carolina. The schedule is set to feature six games of competitive battles, as public-school teams will face private-school opponents. Given all the open discussion surrounding the “who’s who” of North Carolina basketball, this event should be a strong indicator of what teams are beginning to hit...

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Carmel MLK Showcase Previews: Cannon vs. East Mecklenburg

On Saturday, Phenom Hoops is hosting our annual Carmel Christian MLK Showcase in Matthews, North Carolina. The schedule is set to feature six games of competitive battles, as public-school teams will face private-school opponents. Given all the open discussion surrounding the “who’s who” of North Carolina basketball, this event should be a strong indicator of what teams are beginning to hit...

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Carmel MLK Showcase Previews: Indian Land vs. Concord Academy

On Saturday, Phenom Hoops is hosting our annual Carmel Christian MLK Showcase in Matthews, North Carolina. The schedule is set to feature six games of competitive battles, as public-school teams will face private-school opponents. Given all the open discussion surrounding the “who’s who” of North Carolina basketball, this event should be a strong indicator of what teams are beginning to hit...

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Carmel MLK Showcase Previews: Asheville School vs. Rocky River

On Saturday, Phenom Hoops is hosting our annual Carmel Christian MLK Showcase in Matthews, North Carolina. The schedule is set to feature six games of competitive battles, as public-school teams will face private-school opponents. Given all the open discussion surrounding the “who’s who” of North Carolina basketball, this event should be a strong indicator of what teams are beginning to hit...

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Carmel MLK Showcase Previews: Butler vs. Covenant Day

On Saturday, Phenom Hoops is hosting our annual Carmel Christian MLK Showcase in Matthews, North Carolina. The schedule is set to feature six games of competitive battles, as public-school teams will face private-school opponents. Given all the open discussion surrounding the “who’s who” of North Carolina basketball, this event should be a strong indicator of what teams are beginning to hit...

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Is Cam Newman the Top Point Guard in North Carolina’s Class of 2026?

Each incoming class of freshmen offers the start of a new adventure, both for the players and spectators. However, in some rare cases, you’ll come across a prospect like Cam Newman—who already built a reputation within high school basketball prior to even becoming a freshman. It seems like folks have been talking about the poised floor general for quite a while, and that’s because they have....

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Gabriel Mabor Quietly Becoming a Top Prospect in North Carolina

It’s no secret that North Carolina’s Class of 2024 is absolutely loaded with talent. Between the collection of guards, wings, and big men, it arguably has the most high-level prospects of any group over the last decade. Obviously, hindsight is 20/20, and reflecting upon guys who didn’t necessarily pan out in years past is easier now than at the initial point of discussion. The opposite...

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The John Wall Holiday Invitational Game Recap: Green Level vs. 1 of 1 Academy

The John Wall Holiday Invitational moved onto the second showcase game of the day, taking place between Green Level High School and 1 of 1 Academy. The Gators entered this game having struggled throughout the course of the event, but still have ample talent to compete with any opponent in the field. On the other side, 1 of 1 Academy continues to prove itself as one of the better squads in the...

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The John Wall Holiday Invitational Game Recap: Quality Education vs. Legacy Early College

The John Wall Holiday Invitational moved onto the first showcase game of the day, taking place between Quality Education and Legacy Early College. The Lions of Legacy Early College were one of only three teams to go undefeated throughout the course of the event. Meanwhile, Quality Education has an abundance of talent but just hasn’t played up to their usual level over these last two games....

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The John Wall Holiday Invitational Game Recap: Panther Creek vs. Apex Friendship

The John Wall Holiday Invitational continued on with another consolation bracket contest between Panther Creek and Apex Friendship. Being two highly competitive title contenders from the same area definitely added an extra dose of excitement to this battle, especially when you consider the fact that Apex Friendship just suffered a loss to Panther Creek within the last two weeks. The stage was...

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The John Wall Holiday Invitational Game Recap: Salisbury vs. North Pitt

The John Wall Holiday Invitational carried onward with a consolation bracket contest between Salisbury High School and North Pitt High School. Prior to this showdown, Salisbury lost to Panther Creek and narrowly edged out Millbrook while North Pitt fell to Apex Friendship and beat Clayton. Both teams entered this game with split records against quality teams, but they each still had something to...

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The John Wall Holiday Invitational Game Recap: Clayton vs. Millbrook

The John Wall Holiday Invitational kicked off its third day of action with the seventh-place game between Clayton High School and Millbrook High School. Despite some ups and downs for each of these squads throughout the course of the event, they both possess enough talent to make for an entertaining contest. Millbrook previously matched up with Purcell Marian and Salisbury while Clayton battled...

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John Wall Day 2 Standouts

6’0 2023 Amari Richardson (Panther Creek) Amari Richardson started off day two of The John Wall with a team-high 22 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals. The senior guard shot the ball extremely well from behind the arc, going 4-7 from three. Richardson has the ability to knock down shots both off the catch and the bounce. He has an extremely smooth release on his jumper. Richardson also...

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The John Wall Holiday Invitational Game Recap: Purcell Marian vs. Panther Creek

The John Wall Holiday Invitational concluded the second day of action with a semifinal showdown between Purcell Marian and Panther Creek. The Cavaliers have clearly stood out as one of the top teams in attendance and the Catamounts of Panther Creek entered this contest fresh off beating an undefeated opponent, making this game anyone’s for the taking.  Things kicked off in a highly...

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The John Wall Holiday Invitational Game Recap: Morris Catholic vs. Apex Friendship

The John Wall Holiday Invitational moved onto the semifinal game, as Morris Catholic and Apex Friendship were set to face off. The Crusaders entered this contest following a lopsided win yesterday, where they highlighted consistent dominance on both ends of the floor, and looked poised to compete with anyone in the field. On the other side, Apex Friendship also secured a massive victory...

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The John Wall Holiday Invitational Game Recap: Legacy Early College vs. 1 of 1 Academy

The John Wall Holiday Invitational carried onward with a showcase game between Legacy Early College and 1 of 1 Academy. Both teams proved themselves in showcase battles yesterday, as each earned a victory in their respective contests, and looked poised to bring another entertaining battle to Raleigh. The Lions have garnered national attention for quite a while, and their current roster is no...

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The John Wall Holiday Invitational Game Recap: Millbrook vs. Salisbury

The John Wall Holiday Invitational continued with a contest between Millbrook High School and Salisbury High School. After suffering their first defeat of the season, the Hornets were looking to right the ship and stay true to their identity. On the other side, Millbrook was narrowly edged out by one of the top teams in the event. Given the various subplots and abundance of talent on both sides,...

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The John Wall Holiday Invitational Game Recap: Clayton vs. North Pitt

The John Wall Holiday Invitational carried onward with a contest between Clayton High School and North Pitt High School. The Panthers entered this game on the heels of suffering only their second loss of the season yesterday. Meanwhile, the Comets have seen some ups and downs throughout the season but simply know how to compete against all types of opponents. Things kicked off in complete favor...

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The John Wall Holiday Invitational Game Recap: Green Level vs. Quality Education

The John Wall Holiday Invitational kicked off its second day of action with a contest between Quality Education and Green Level High School. Both teams entered this showing looking for redemption after suffering losses yesterday. The opening quarter was pretty lopsided in favor of the Pharaohs, as they put together a solid scoring display and shut down the opposition on the other end to capture...

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John Wall Day 1 Standouts

6’9 2023 Torey Alston (Winston-Salem Christian) The Sam Houston State commit led the way for Winston-Salem Christian in their opening round win. While the game was close at half, Alston made his presence felt, scoring 14 of his 20 points in the second half. Although he led the game in scoring, Alston is a difference maker on the defensive end. He guards multiple positions, protects the rim, and...

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The John Wall Holiday Invitational Game Recap: Salisbury vs. Panther Creek 

The sixth contest of the John Wall Holiday Invitational took place between Panther Creek and Salisbury High School. Although it was the last game of the day, it proved to be the most competitive and entertaining battle thus far. Panther Creek finished last season as one of the top teams in the state, and their start to this season has only further solidified that notion. On the other side,...

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The John Wall Holiday Invitational Game Recap: Clayton vs. Morris Catholic

The fifth contest of the John Wall Holiday Invitational took place between Morris Catholic and Clayton High School. The Crusaders have garnered national attention and entered the season as the 21st-ranked girls’ program in the country. On the other side, the Comets of Clayton always put forth a competitive roster and make noise within the state of North Carolina. These two squads kicked things...

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The John Wall Holiday Invitational Game Recap: Green Level vs. Legacy Early College

The fourth contest of the John Wall Holiday Invitational took place between Legacy Early College and Green Level High School. Despite differing styles, plenty of folks were prepared for a tight battle. However, the Lions clearly had plans of their own. It didn’t take long for Legacy Early College to warm up, get everyone involved, and establish a double-digit lead. From there, the Lions never...

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The John Wall Holiday Invitational Game Recap: Quality Education vs. 1 of 1 Academy

The third contest of the John Wall Holiday Invitational took place between Quality Education and 1 of 1 Academy. Things were bound to be exciting, as these two squads possess as much talent as anyone in the state. The action kicked off in favor of 1 of 1 Academy, and they never looked back. They continually expanded the deficit behind a healthy mix of scoring from all levels. They pushed in...

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The John Wall Holiday Invitational Game Recaps: Millbrook vs. Purcell Marian

The second contest of the John Wall Holiday Invitational took place between Purcell Marian and Millbrook High School. The stage was set for a highly competitive matchup, and that’s exactly what we received. Millbrook opened the game in an aggressive fashion and established an early lead. That being said, Purcell Marian never allowed the deficit to grow larger than two possessions and kept...

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