PORTER GAUD HOLIDAY CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

Phenom’s Open Gym Tour — What is All the Buzz Surrounding Word of God?!

Over the past 10 years, Word of God Christian Academy (the Holy Rams) has built itself into a national entity. With putting top-level talent on its roster, year in and year out, like John Wall, Dez Wells, CJ Leslie, TJ Warren, Torian Graham, Zach Newkirk, etc..etc..etc…every gym the Holy Rams walked into, they garnered your attention. Well, the start of the 2019-20 season has them right...

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Coach Rick’s NC 2020 Fab Five and More

The North Carolina 2020 class is rich in talent and once again has a tremendous amount of depth. In today’s issue we will take a look at my FAB FIVE. Here is our rankings for the 2020 class https://www.phenomhoopreport.com/rankings/2020-north-carolina-rankings/   6’10 2020 Day’Ron Sharpe (South Central HS) The UNC commit solidified his spot by averaging a double double at...

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Phenom Hoops NC All-Star Lineups, including Dunk Contest and 3-point Contest

It was All-Star weekend in the state of North Carolina.  The stars were out in Charlotte, with names comes from the Hoop State of North Carolina.  So, Phenom Hoops wanted to have a little fun of our own with a little All-Star flavor.  Each of our scouts had a chance to state who would be in their All-Star lineup from the state of North Carolina, no matter if they were in the senior or freshman. ...

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Duke Watches NCs #1 Player Isaiah Todd go for 20 & 10

Isaiah Todd is a unicorn, there are no if’s, and’s, or but’s about it. He is being recruited by everyone across the country and rightfully so. Todd, a 6’10” junior, is the top ranked junior in North Carolina. Here, his Trinity Academy team goes up against Wayne Country Day in a playoff game. The atmosphere was great as the likes of Duke, Oregon and Oklahoma State...

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Burlington Christian Vs Trinity Academy: Players to Watch

On Thursday Night I had the opportunity to watch round three of NC’s newest Rivalry between Burlington Christian and Trinity Academy of Raleigh.  The two schools split the first two meetings, BCA winning @ Trinity in the last of the meetings and both of the games were exciting down to the last buzzer and last night wasn’t any different with Trinity of Raleigh coming away with the win...

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American Hebrew Academy v. Trinity Academy of Raleigh

On Thursday, Phenom Hoops traveled to the historical American Hebrew Academy to see the hometown Eagles host Trinity Academy from Raleigh, North Carolina. The visiting Trinity Academy Tigers have been phenomenal all season long, standing at 18-9 and playing behind the talents of nationally-regarded Isaiah Todd. Meanwhile, the Hebrew Academy entered this contest with a quality 8-5 record and have...

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Miles Magical Five: #PhenomCityOfOaks Session Two

6’10 2020 Isaiah Todd: Trinity Academy of Raleigh Isaiah Todd willed his Trinity Academy of Raleigh team to victory over Holly Springs after knocking down a walk off free throw with no time on the clock.  Todd is in the unicorn mold considering there really aren’t many predecessor’s to his blend of size, skill, tenacity, and moxie.  At 6’10 he is capable of creating his...

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Isaiah Todd “Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter.”

Isaiah Todd “Sometimes, it’s the little things that matter.” Young basketball players who are national prospects sometimes live under a microscrope. People have a tendency to pick apart their game and sometimes scrutinize their actions and behavior on and off the court. This past weekend, 6’10 junior Isaiah Todd played in front of UNC head coach Roy Williams. He had a...

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City of Oaks “Thoughts and Storylines”

City of Oaks “Thoughts and Storylines” The inaugural Phenom City of Oaks Classic was a huge success with the Holly Springs vs. Raleigh Trinity game going down as one of the more exciting and entertaining games we have seen this season. 6’10 junior forward Isaiah Todd hit a game winning “walk off” free throw with zero time remaining on the clock to secure an 61-60...

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Session II Player Standouts at Phenom’s City of Oaks Classic

Heritage: 6’6 ’21 Redford Dunton The wiry forward prospect was extremely useful today and continues to display promise on both ends of the floor. He can play three positions comfortably at the high school level and causes problems for opponents with his offensive versatility. Dunton has such an impressive array of scoring moves and counter moves. He’s still developing physically and should...

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The Storylines That are Getting Us Ridiculously Excited About Saturday’s City of Oaks Classic

Kadin Shedrick Vs. Isaiah Todd This is the main attraction, the headliner of the loaded event. Isaiah Todd is North Carolina’s best junior big man while Kadin Shedrick is North Carolina’s best senior big man. The 6’10” Todd is a Top 15 prospect in the country and a Team USA guy while Shedrick is a consensus Top 75 guy, and committed to Top 5 Virginia. The two players...

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Battle of the Stars: Holly Springs v. Trinity Academy

Phenom Hoops’ City of Oaks Classic is set to be in Raleigh, North Carolina this upcoming weekend and will feature an unbelievable amount of talent within this five-game field. The hosting Trinity Academy squad should have their hands full with Holly Springs, a program that has emerged as one of the top public schools in the state. There’s going to be numerous high-level matchups at every...

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John Wall Holiday Invitational: Opening Day Standouts

John Wall Holiday Invitational: Opening Day Standouts When it comes to high school holiday basketball tradition, one has to put the 47th Holiday Day Invitational (sponsored by John Wall Foundation) on the list. Played at historic Broughton High School, the John Wall is a must see. It brings a wealth of talent and teams to the Raleigh area each and every year, not to mention one of the best...

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Must Watch Storylines for Hoops and Dreams Showcase (Part 1)

The first annual Hoops and Dreams Showcase was one of the most live events Eastern North Carolina saw last year. This year will have a deeper field. It will have incredible talent and the match ups are off the charts. With 3 teams ranked among the nation’s top programs, 9 players ranked among the nation’s Top 100 prospects and 11 players who have signed to play college basketball …...

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Coach Rick’s Observations from the Phenom National Showcase

It was another successful Phenom National Showcase held November 16-17 at Greensboro Day School. For the two day event, we had a total of 31 teams and 22 games played. That’s a lot of basketball and a tremendous amount of talent displayed. Now, let’s take a look at some of the top performances and observations.   BETTER THAN ADVERTISED: 6’7 2019 Greg Gantt (Trinity...

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#PhenomNationalShowcase Night One: Miles Magical Five

5. 6’2 2020 Creighton Lebo: Greenfield School Lebo was sensational for Greenfield School in their win over Grace Christian (Sanford) displaying excellent touch from three point range, a high IQ, and excellent leadership abilities.  Greenfield was playing shorthanded without Djimon Bailey (Hip) and Jacari Outlaw (Death In Family) but Lebo was able to rally the troops and lead the way in the...

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Phenom National Showcase Game MVP Dillard Gymnasium Day 1

Awards of Excellence Game MVP Awards   6’1 2020 Creighton Lebo (Greenfield School) The transition to Greenfield has been an easy one for the son of former UNC great Jeff Lebo. Creighton is a cerebral, high IQ and fundamentally sound scoring point guard. In the opening game the Phenom National Showcase, Creighton was dialed in and clicking on all aspects of his game. He enjoyed a game...

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#PhenomNationalShowcase: Late Game Standouts (Dillard Gymnasium)

6’8 2019 Nick Evtimov: Greensboro Day School Evtimov might take the cake as the most improved player in North Carolina I’ve seen thus far this season.  He’s clearly taken major strides physically, losing some weight further developing his explosiveness and quickness.  His skillset continues to develop as well, he is now extremely comfortable handling the ball in certain...

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Jamie’s List of Five — Phenom’s Natinoal High School Showcase (Night 1)

  6’10” 2021 Moussa Diabate DME Academy (Daytona Beach, FL) Diabate came into the event with a heavy reputation. He is the #3 player in Europe’s 2002 generation. He is also ranked as the #7 player in the 2021 class by both ESPN and Rivals.com. It took him a quarter to get warm, but once he did it was apparent to see. He is a high level defender, in fact he has the ability...

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5-Star Watch — Phenom’s National High School Showcase (6’10/2020 Isaiah Todd)

6’10” 2020 Isaiah Todd Raleigh Trinity Academy (Raleigh, NC) 6:00 PM Vs. Cannon School People come out to basketball events to watch the stars play. In the recruiting world, you cannot get more stars by your name than five. Fortunately for the 5th Annual Phenom’s National High School Showcase, set to take place at Greensboro Day School on November 16-17, we will have six players who are ranked...

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Brandon Lee’s Transfer Watch: Pt 2

Transfers have become a big part of off season chatter in recent years with prep hoops news adapting the year round model. Every season we see a host of prospects swap jerseys for various reasons in search of new opportunities, or sometimes to rekindle old success of the past. This year is no different so I have taken on the responsibility of catching you up on some of the latest changes and...

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Phenom’s Open Gym Tour — Trinity Academy (Raleigh, NC)

Phenom’s Open Gym Tour Day 2 Trinity Academy (Raleigh, NC) 2017-18: 8-17 (6-8 in Conference) 5-Star Newcomer All eyes this season will be firmly placed on Isaiah Todd, and rightfully so. The 6’10” junior may just be the countries best NBA prospect in the 2020 class. Todd can do a little bit of everything on the floor, with a beautiful jump shot to go along with ball skills and a length/explosive...

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Coach Rick “North Carolina 2020 Dream Team”

Coach Rick “North Carolina 2020 Dream Team” First Team The North Carolina 2020 class has a unique blend of high-level talent and tremendous depth. Looking at the top of the list, there are several players that are easily in the high major category and definite candidates for the McDonald All American team and the possibility of playing at the next level. We will take a closer look at the players...

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Phenom’s Summer Grind Storylines We’re Watching

July is almost here, and the Live Period is right around the corner. Travel ball programs have been idol over the last month as many players have been traveling around to team camps with their high schools. Now they are back, trying to shake the rust off. We will host a sold-out field of teams with some top prospects in tow. This Saturday, June 30 at Proehlific Park in Greensboro, NC will be the...

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