PORTER GAUD HOLIDAY CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

Watch out… Sheed Wallace Select is quickly making noise

One team that really got our scouts and fans excited this past weekend was Rasheed Wallace Select 17u (formly known as Boo Williams Carolina), a program that has some new, intriguing talent and one that is quickly making some noise in North Carolina. They were in action at the Phenom Stay Positive and will be once again in the Phenom G3 Showcase and with Phenom Hoops during the live period, as...

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Making Noise Across State Lines: B.Maze Elite BJ

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops held our annual Stay Positive Classic in the Rise Indoor Facility in Advance, North Carolina. There was a ton of buzz surrounding the event, as excitement swirled for spectators and college coaches alike. While many of the top performing teams and players were expected, B.Maze Elite BJ surprised plenty of folks with their tough, competitive makeup throughout the...

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POB’s Rising Stars of Tomorrow: Phenom Stay Positive

At the Phenom Stay Positive, it was a great opportunity to view some of the younger prospects in the Class of 2024 and 2025 in the region and there were certainly plenty of standouts. So, we look back at a few names that really impressed us over the weekend and ones that you should start monitoring NOW, as they could be the next rising stars around the area.

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More Than Deserving: 6’6 2022 Josh Scovens

Each year, the high school basketball scene doubles as somewhat of a revolving door for incoming and outgoing prospects. Whether staying put, transferring to other programs, or advancing their game to the collegiate level, the overall movement within the landscape actively allows for guys to maximize changes by establishing themselves in an entirely different light. That being said, Josh Scovens...

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Team Rogue: Disciplined, Skilled, and Unselfish

Although the grassroots landscape feels substantially different than in years past, programs have still found ways to adapt and prepare for the upcoming LIVE periods. The popularity of North Carolina-based teams is widely known and acknowledged throughout the region. Fortunately, our events allow us to see new faces and get updated viewings for prospects outside of the Carolinas. Take Team Rogue...

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Mint Hill Lakers continue their winning ways at Phenom Stay Positive

Head coach Glenn Bynum Sr. and the Mint Hill Lakers have been making a ton of noise this summer, now winning two straight championships at the Phenom Challenge and the Phenom Stay Positive.  But when you look at the group that they have, you can easily see why they continue to rack up the W’s; they are an unselfish, gritty, and battle-tested group with players that simply give it their all...

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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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Bendel’s Best: Unsigned Seniors from Phenom Stay Positive Classic

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops returned to the travel ball scene with another exciting grassroots event. We were stationed at the new Rise Indoor Facility in Advance, North Carolina, which already seems more than likely to become a major basketball hub over the foreseeable future. The combination of atmosphere and overall talent led to a ton of standouts, competitive battles, and general buzz...

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The Returning Core of Garner Road 2023

Each year, many players filter in and out of travel ball programs on a pretty regular basis. It’s widely become the new norm to see key pieces depart from their respective teams for the next best situation. However, Garner Road has always taken pride on being a program with the ability to keep most of their main pieces. While there will always be exceptions to the rule, the core within their...

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Bendel’s Best: Stay Positive Classic

This past weekend, Phenom Hoops returned to North Carolina for our first debut at the newly built Rise Indoor Facility in Advance for our Stay Positive Classic. In lieu of everything opening back up, that area is going to see a massive increase in basketball traffic heading into the upcoming LIVE periods. There was an abundance of talented teams and individuals on display between the two-day...

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Start paying attention to THG 16u; young, rising talent can be found

Sitting baseline throughout the weekend in Bermuda Run at the Rise Indoor Facility, one team that really attracted my eyes was THG 16u.  When you look at the roster, you see a few familiar names that you certainly want to check out again including one of the more dynamic scoring guards in the state of North Carolina in 2023 Keenan Wilkins. Wilkins is the one that highlights the team...

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Team Synergy 2023 brings new, intriguing talent at Phenom Stay Positive

Sean Rose Playing in the brand-new facility at the Rise Indoor Sports Complex, as it was a terrific atmosphere.  But it also brought us some new, intriguing talent as well to the eyes of our scouts at Phenom Hoops. One team that quickly grabbed our attention was Team Synergy 2023, a roster that had good, young size, and playmakers on the court.  One thing that popped out immediately is the...

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Player Standouts from Day 2 of Phenom Stay Positive

By: Ethan Reece 2023 Cam Oates (Garner Road Bryant)Garner Road Bryant had a lot of big intriguing prospects but it was PG Cam Oates stood out leading the charge.  Managed their offense as the primary ball-handler and decision-maker but also put the ball in the basket as well.  Cam shot the three-ball well and made nice moves in transition off of his defensive pressure forcing turnovers. 2024...

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Phenom Stay Positive Championship: 15u Division

Phenom Hoops opened the new Rise Indoor Sports Complex with a bang with the Phenom Stay Positive, as teams came all throughout the region to come and compete for a championship.  The talent was off the charts but only a few teams could be crowned champions. One of the last games of the night, CP3 2025 who was playing up battled it out against a very intriguing and impressive Team HOPE 2024...

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Phenom Stay Positive Championship: 17u Red Division

Phenom Hoops opened the new Rise Indoor Sports Complex with a bang with the Phenom Stay Positive, as teams came all throughout the region to come and compete for a championship.  The talent was off the charts but only a few teams could be crowned champions. It was the battle of the titans in this one, as Mint Hill Lakers and Wallace Select/Boo Williams Carolina brought fans a treat to end...

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Phenom Stay Positive Championship: 16u Red Division

Phenom Hoops opened the new Rise Indoor Sports Complex with a bang with the Phenom Stay Positive, as teams came all throughout the region to come and compete for a championship.  The talent was off the charts but only a few teams could be crowned champions. Hey look, another Garner Road program in a championship game.  It is a program that has made a living doing so but they came up against...

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Phenom Stay Positive Championship: 14u Division

Phenom Hoops opened the new Rise Indoor Sports Complex with a bang with the Phenom Stay Positive, as teams came all throughout the region to come and compete for a championship.  The talent was off the charts but only a few teams could be crowned champions. Down in the 14u Division and a competitive one at that, we ended the day with a matchup between Team BOND and Save Sports Elite 2025...

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Phenom Stay Positive Championship: 13u Division

Phenom Hoops opened the new Rise Indoor Sports Complex with a bang with the Phenom Stay Positive, as teams came all throughout the region to come and compete for a championship.  The talent was off the charts but only a few teams could be crowned champions. There is nothing like having a tight battle and that is exactly what we got in the young division this past weekend, so it would only...

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Phenom Stay Positive Championship: 16u White Division

Phenom Hoops opened the new Rise Indoor Sports Complex with a bang with the Phenom Stay Positive, as teams came all throughout the region to come and compete for a championship.  The talent was off the charts but only a few teams could be crowned champions. Heading down into the 16u White Division, Pinpoint Elite and Strong Center Hart competed to finish off the weekend strong.  Pinpoint...

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Phenom Stay Positive Championship: 17u White Division

Phenom Hoops opened the new Rise Indoor Sports Complex with a bang with the Phenom Stay Positive, as teams came all throughout the region to come and compete for a championship.  The talent was off the charts but only a few teams could be crowned champions. In the 17u White Division, ACE Elite and NC Wildcats 2022 battled it out on the court to end their spectacular weekend.  It was a...

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Player Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Stay Positive

6’5 ’24 Paul McNeil (Garner Road) There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding McNeil over the last calendar year, and rightfully so, as he has the chance to be a special prospect. He’s extremely advanced for his age, both physically and in terms of skill, and already understands how to overwhelm opponents on both ends of the floor. McNeil possesses phenomenal length and fluidity, which allows him to...

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Phenom Stay Positive Championship: 12u/13u Division

Phenom Hoops opened the new Rise Indoor Sports Complex with a bang with the Phenom Stay Positive, as teams came all throughout the region to come and compete for a championship.  The talent was off the charts but only a few teams could be crowned champions. To start the day off, we had the 12/13u Division tipping off as Garner Road and the Vikings battled it out.  Both came in with strong...

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Player Standouts from Day 1 at Phenom Stay Positive

Kaleb James by: Ethan Reece 2023 Trenton Jackson (PinPoint Elite)Every team needs a guy like Trenton.  Whenever his team needed anything, he provided offensively or defensively.  He got bucket after bucket in the clutch while locking up on the other end, without a doubt the best performance I saw from a player today! He just wanted it more than everybody else on the court 2026 Austin Jackson...

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Dawkins’ Standouts: Day 1 at Phenom Stay Positive (Part 2)

By: DeAjai Dawkins 5’7 2025 Q Williams (Team CP3 2025)I want to start by simply saying, Q Williams is the most skillful 2025 lead guard I’ve seen in North Carolina’s 2025 class. I believe that it shouldn’t take longer than 3 full offensive possessions for you to see key differences in the IQ of Williams in comparison to his peers. Winning plays come second nature for...

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Dawkins’ Standouts: Day 1 at Phenom Stay Positive (Part 1)

By; DeAjai Dawkins 6’4 2021 Lureon Walker (NC Wildcats 2022)When speaking on 2021 Lureon Walker, I struggle to find words that will prevent me from sounding like a broken record. There are few unsigned seniors that have surprised me in the way Walker has, and the surprise only seems to grow every game I watch him play. The surprise factor is simple; Walker is a combo guard standing around...

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POB’s Eye Catchers at Phenom Stay Positive (Day 1, Part 2)

Jaheim Taylor 2022 Kendrell Brooks (Brothers Basketball): Brooks has been a consistent threat on the court, as the 6’2 prospect has scored consistently in an array of areas on the court, pulling up and knock down shots but also getting to the basket.  But also enjoyed his vision and floor sense, making some terrific passes to set up his teammates for easy shots. 2021 Jaheim Taylor (Hart Select):...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Stay Positive

6’5 ’23 Trey Barbee (Strong Center) Despite Strong Center’s extremely balanced two-way approach, Barbee consistently found ways to emerge as a leader for this group. He possesses nice size and displays a fairly versatile offensive game with the ability to make plays with or without the ball in his hands. Barbee applies constant pressure in the midrange, but also attacks the basket and positions...

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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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POB’s Stock Risers (Part 3)

It certainly hasn’t been the summer many had hoped but we were able to get a chance to have travel ball this season at Phenom Hoops, with constant action going on in the gyms of South Carolina. With the season winding down for many, let’s start taking a look back at the bigger picture and see which players should see their stock rise after an impressive season. This will be a several part...

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HIGHLIGHTS: WFU commit Robert McCray JUMPING Out the Gym at #PhenomHoops 2 Event Compilation!

Check out highlights from Robert McCray, a 6'3" guard from AC Flora HS in South Carolina. McCray is an explosive CG that plays for Upward Stars 3SSB and is committed to Wake Forest next season. These highlights are from two Phenom Hoop events (Stay Positive + Summer Havoc).

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