PORTER GAUD HOLIDAY CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

July Live Period Superlatives: Part One

Although there has been a ton of excitement swirling throughout the last few months, July is finally coming to an end. Between the NCHSAA/NCISAA events in June and the consecutive live periods across July, all levels of coaches have been traveling, evaluating, and establishing relationships with these prospects. Excluding the lone period in July, we will take a closer look at a slew of players...

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Player Standouts from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 2, Part 2)

By; Heath Gulledge 2022 6’0 Dwight Canady Jr. (NLPB Senyo)  Canady Jr. has great athleticism and the ability to use it to his advantage when being guarded by slower defenders. He’s aggressive around the rim and finishes in unique ways. He’s always running the floor and it pays off as he finds himself in a lot of two on one scenarios in which he thrives. He’s one of the primary ball handlers for...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Coach Rick’s TOC (Day 1, Part 3)

2024 Paul McNeil (Garner Road): There has been a lot of talk around McNeil and his game but it is easy to see why he is regarded as one of the top players in his class for 2024.  He put on an absolute show to start his weekend, using his 6’5 frame to his advantage, finishing over defenders, showing tremendous body control, and has an excellent perimeter feel for the game.  The young...

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Summer Havoc Player Spotlight: Session 2 (Day 1)

By: Heath Gulledge 2024 6’2 Miles Beard (CC Elite 16u) Beard came out in the first game of the day on fire. He was getting it done from all levels on the offensive end. He really excels in the catch-and-shoot scenarios but also knows how to find his shot coming off screens and using the dribble to get open. He showed potential to get to the basket and finish around defenders as the game went...

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The Start of Something Special: NC Good Better Best Academy

Over the last five years or so, various sports-based programs and academies have become increasingly popular landing spots for transfers. While there are many examples throughout the region, but one could argue Combine Academy and Moravian Prep are the two main representatives in North Carolina. However, a new challenger has approached in Good Better Best Academy. Could they be the next major...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Phenom Summer Showcase (Day 1, Part 3)

2022 CJ Collins (Greensboro Day): Collins played strong in both outings today, especially with his activity level on the glass. The 2022 long big man was active, showcased to be a rim-protector, and really got after it on the boards on both ends, always seemingly getting a hand on the ball.  Though you can see he has nice touch around the basket, he really can impact the floor in other ways...

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Player Standouts at Phenom Summer Showcase

6’3 ’24 Austin Swartz (CB Hoops) Although CB Hoops is fairly balanced as a group, Swartz was arguably their most reliable performer throughout their first contest of the day. Between his IQ, size, and well-rounded skillset, he understands how to consistently affect all facets of the game. Swartz displays a pretty advanced feel for his current age, and should only continue to get better with...

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NLPB-204 National brings must-see, recruitable talent to the floor

Next Level Prospects Basketball is a fantastic program that puts its players first and gives them a platform to succeed.  We got a full glance at all their teams this past weekend at the Phenom G3 Showcase but one team really captured my eyes with the amount of recruitable talent they have. Their NLPB-204 National team has a bunch of talent that could help programs of multiple levels win...

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Game Recap: Oak Hill Academy wins over Bull City National

Oak Hill Academy 90 Bull City National 67 Phenom Hoops traveled to Mouth of Wilson, Virginia for a Saturday afternoon contest between Bull City National and Oak Hill Academy. Playing in its first home game in over three months, Oak Hill was eager to play on the court named after their Hall of Fame coach, Steve Smith. It’s always tough to beat Oak Hill at Turner Gymnasium. Matter of fact,...

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Bull City Prep Durham v. Charlotte Elite Academy

The second game of Phenom Hoops’ MLK Showcase took place between two tough, competitive programs in Bull City Prep and Charlotte Elite Academy. It quickly opened up as a back-and-forth contest featuring numerous lead changes and both teams displaying great balance. Neither team had any issue finding ways to score the ball, which ultimately led to a 13-13 score through the first quarter. The...

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Bull City Prep v. New Faith Christian (Recap/Standouts)

The fifth game for day two of Phenom’s Holiday Classic took place between two teams who have become somewhat of regulars at our events over the last few months in Bull City Prep and New Faith Christian. Bull City Prep came out of the gates with their normal amount of fire and intensity, sharing the ball and displaying quality balance on both ends of the floor. New Faith Christian did quite well...

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Holiday Classic: Bull City National vs. Cape Fear Christian (Recap/Standouts)

Last game on the night, viewers and fans got themselves a treat as Bull City National, loaded with talent, went up against Cape Fear Christian, a team that has started off the season in tremendous fashion and looking to make a statement in Rock Hill. It wasn’t the highest scoring game in the first half but it was more of a balanced attack for Bull City Prep National, as he had several players...

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Constantly Progressing: Treyvon Byrd

Over two years ago, Phenom Hoops’ intern Chris Sause (now an assistant at Averett University) first came across a long, gangly, explosive 6-foot-5 wing/forward prospect named Treyvon Byrd at our Grassroots TOC. He played with NC Ice 15U, which was coached by Ryan Bernardi and included other noteworthy names like Ryan Roberts, Shane Peterson, Isaiah Escobar, etc. Not even a full month later, Byrd...

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T-Lew’s Takeaways

Top Leaders  Elijah Jamison (Liberty Heights) – Strong / physical guard. He has done a tremendous job leading the way for Coach Wright and Liberty Heights. He has shown the ability to really lead a team. The guard is extremely explosive and I have yet to see anyone keep him out the lane.   Jamarii Thomas (The Burlington School) – It is amazing to me that no Division 1 school has...

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North Carolina Top 80 Camp Evaluations: Team 1

Team 1 Coach: Rod Bridgers #0: 6’2 ’22 Elijah Jamison (Liberty Heights) Starting things off, we look at a player that has proven himself as easily one of the toughest, most prolific scorers in the state, Elijah Jamison. He’s a strong, rugged, downhill guard prospect with the ability to access and convert nearly any shot from inside the arc. Jamison is quick and crafty enough to get by...

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POB’s Notes from NC Top 80

2022 Jai Smith (Bully City Prep): Smith continues to show why he is going to be regarded as one of the top players in the Class of 2022.  There aren’t many out there that brings such energy and ability to run rim-to-rim, where he makes a living.  Smith was consistent in getting out in transition and finishing strong with several dunks.  Whoever gets him at the next level, he certainly is going...

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Early Standouts at Day Two of Phenom Summer Havoc

6’0 ’22 Kory Davis (1Carolina) The 1Carolina program possesses a ton of intriguing prospects within their program, and Davis has performed well with both squads in attendance. Playing up an age group, he really stood out with his defensive prowess and ability to really harass opposing guards for 94 feet. Davis is also very quick and fast in the open floor, which allows him to consistently get by...

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Bendel’s Best: Phenom Queen City Showcase (Part Three)

The Phenom Hoops’ travel schedule is officially back in full swing, as we traveled down to the Rock Hill Sports and Events Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina for our Queen City Showcase this past weekend. There was an abundance of talent in the gym, which led to numerous standout performers across the weekend. This article will take a closer, more detailed look at some of those personal...

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Phenom G3 Showcase Superlatives: Player that can go for 30

After every event at Phenom Hoop Report, it is always fun to listen to what our scouts have to say when comparing players and their skillset.  Of course, we have scouts watching different teams, which only means they have different opinions. That is why we want to hear the thoughts of our scouts on different topics. Player that can go for 30 at the Phenom G3 Showcase: Jeff Bendel: 6’0 ’22 Neeko...

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