PORTER GAUD HOLIDAY CLASSIC EVENT RECAPS

Division I talent everywhere you look for Team Charlotte 2022

It is an easy statement to make but one that you can say almost every year… Team Charlotte 17u is absolutely LOADED with talent that will have college coaches flocking their way.  Phenom Hoops got a chance to watch them start the travel ball season at the Queen City Showcase.  This is a team coached by Derius McInnis, who has done an outstanding job with this group over the years.  When diving...

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Phenom HoopState Championship: Bull City National vs. Combine Academy

Last game of the night, as Combine Academy and Bull City National brought us a rematch for a chance to compete for a championship.  In the first matchup, it was an absolute slugfest, with Combine grabbing the narrow win.  Now these two met again and it brought the same energy level.  Combine was able to gain the edge after the first quarter, as they looked focused and ready to compete.  2022 AJ...

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POB’s Eye Catchers (Day 1, HoopState Championship) Part 3

2022 Elijah Jamison (Liberty Heights): The growth that Jamison has made in showing that he can be a complete point guard.  He continues to do an impressive job in staying aggressive and getting into the paint but also scoring the ball with good, high quality shots.  Plays incredibly strong with the ball and finishes well with his body. 2021 Isaac Farah (Liberty Heights): Really do...

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2022 AJ Smith finding his groove at Combine Academy

Combine Academy has continued their winning ways this season, much like they did last year, and now are in the national spotlight.  But there shouldn’t any surprise with a roster loaded with Division I talent on the court.  One of those guys has been 2022 6’5 AJ Smith, a new name to the program but a familiar one around the state of North Carolina. Coming from Hickory Grove, the prolific...

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Combine Academy vs Lake Norman Christian

In the game that everyone has been eagerly anticipating all year, Lake Norman Christian traveled to Lincolnton to take on Combine Academy on Tuesday night. With two of the top rated sophomores in the nation, the basketball community wanted to see Mikey Williams vs Robert Dillingham. While these two young prospects were the headline, each team was filled with several talented players and coaches...

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Combine Academy vs The Burlington School: Game Recap

On Saturday afternoon, Phenom Hoops traveled to Lincolnton to watch Combine Academy take on The Burlington School. TBS was facing a nationally ranked Combine Academy for their second game in two days after getting a close road win Friday night at South Granville. The first half was a defensive battle. Both teams were doing a really good job of pressuring the ball and forcing turnovers. Robert...

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Word of God Takes Down Combine Academy

In a matchup of two of the top teams in the state, Combine Academy travelled to Raleigh to take on Word of God. The anticipation and hype surrounding this game was real. Combine won the first meeting by four points on November 20th at Combine. You knew both teams would be ready. Each have played a national schedule and have notable wins on their resume. The ball was tipped and from then on out,...

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Holiday Classic: Combine Academy National vs. Bull City Prep National

Last game of the event and fans were in for a treat, as there were over 15 D1 players on the court between Combine Academy National and Bull City Prep National.  Bull City brought the energy early and played with something to prove and that they did, getting out to a double-digit lead early, eventually leading 26-16 at the end of the first. But Combine started to pick up the energy in the...

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Phenom Open Gym: Combine Academy (Part II)

It is getting close to that time of the year, where Phenom Hoops hits the road to check out teams and get an early glimpse of the talent around the area. We first started out heading to Lincolnton, to check in on Jeff McInnis and Combine Academy who is loaded once again.

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POB’s Eye Catchers: Day 1 at Summer Finale (Part 2)

2022 6’4 Bryce Alfino (Team Charlotte 17u): Alfino played one of his better games on Day 1, really showing to be a two-way player on the court.  He not only defended well but also was aggressive on getting on the boards.  Offensively, Alfino does a nice job in finding the open spot and knocking down it down from the perimeter. 2021 6’4 Will Reynolds (CPB BLM): Reynolds had a...

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Evening Standouts at Day One of Phenom Summer Havoc

6’4 ’23 Jah Short (Garner Road) There’s a lot to like about this Garner Road roster, and Short has absolutely shined as their leader on both sides of the ball. He’s long, athletic, and quite skilled with impressive defensive prowess. Short has undergone a lot of physical development over the last calendar year, but still looks likely to continue improving. He has no glaring weaknesses and...

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PHENOM FOCUS: AJ Smith to COMBINE ACADEMY! 6’5″ Guard Tells Us WHY The MOVE + RECLASSIFICATION!

AJ Smith is regarded as one of the top prospects in the state of North Carolina and made headlines when he announced that he would be transferring to Combine Academy and reclassing to the 2022 class. He discusses more about his decision, his time at Hickory Grove Christian, and his relationship with the Coach McInnis. Smith also breaks down the latest in his recruitment; which schools are coming strong and which high-major schools are showing interest his way

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Potential HoopState National Breakouts: 2021 Edition (Part One)

Each and every year there are some kids that are getting recruited at the regional level take that next step and see their stock rise from a national perspective. Unfortunately with the COVID-19 Pandemic a lot of these kids won’t have the opportunity to be seen at their respective events by college coaches, scouts, or media. Typically the local evaluators have the opportunity to get an early...

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2019-20 Phenom Hoops All-State team (Class of 2021)

It was a spectacular year no matter how you look at it. Players really made a name for themselves and had an impressive season on the court, producing on so many levels. Phenom Hoops brings you their All-State teams for the 2021 class. A huge congrats to all players and teams this season.

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Battle at the Rock “Coach Rick’s Top 15 Performers”

Battle at the Rock Top 15 Performers 6’9 2020 Josh Hall (Moravian Prep)  The NC State commit came into the Battle at the Rock on a mission. They were playing four games in three days and Hall had determined he wasn’t leaving the Palmetto State with a loss. On Thurday, Moravian Prep scored an upset win over nationally ranked Dream City. The next day, Moraian Prep travelled to Columbia to...

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Dawkins’ Standouts from Phenom HS Jamboree

Kevin Dawkins was on deck at Ben L. Smith for the Phenom High School Jamboree and these are just a few names that caught his eyes at the event.

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Hickory Grove Christian

After finishing the season 15-15 last year, head coach Jim Rhodes brings intrigue this year with this team but the Lions will also have a new feel to them as well.  This year’s team will play smaller but Hickory Grove Christian will have plenty of ball handlers.  It will also depend on who will step up this year for the Lions. Let’s dive into the roster for this year’s team. 2021 G 6’4 AJ Smith...

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2021 guard AJ Smith becoming more than just a scorer with Team Charlotte

One of the top sophomores this past season was located at Hickory Grove Christian, as 2021 guard A.J. Smith put on a show.  Averaging 25.2 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.6 assists this past season, Smith has shown that he can compete at a high level and is now doing the same on the AAU circuit with Team Charlotte. Already holding a few Division 1 offers, Smith is starting to catch the attention of...

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Tommy’s Ten from JMAC Showcase (Part 2)

This weekend at the JMAC Showcase in Fort Mill, SC there was an immense talent pool ranging from 12U to 17U. I was stationed at Nation Ford High School and took in over 15 games throughout the weekend. Here are some of the standouts, in no particular order, that made an impression on me. Let’s get into it!

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Team Charlotte Claims 17U Championship at Phenom’s JMAC Showcase

The final game of the day pitted Team Charlotte 17U up against the Greensboro Warriors in the 17U Blue Division Gold Championship game. 6’4 2021 G AJ Smith was tough to handle in this one as the sophomore playing up for Team Charlotte has a muscular build and can get hot from deep as he finished with 13 points. Team Charlotte dominated the first half thanks to some tough defense all around...

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Team Charlotte bringing the talent on all levels to the JMAC Showcase

One program that everyone should know already will be the Team Charlotte program, as they will be bringing several teams to the event this weekend.  Team Charlotte 17u, 16u, 15u, and 12u will all be in attendance and you don’t want to miss some of the top talents around the area.

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Top Point Guards in North Carolina’s Class of 2021

We are officially in the thick of the travel ball season and things have begun to spice up within the Class of 2021 throughout the Hoopstate. The point guard position is particularly intriguing, as this group is quite diverse and each prospect’s skillset varies heavily from one guy to the next. It should go without saying, but these are not rankings, simply names, and their order means...

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