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Phenom Open Practice: Langtree Charter Academy

Phenom Hoops traveled out to the Mooresville area to check in on an open practice at Langtree Charter Academy, as this is a program on the rise and looking to make more of a name for themselves. Coming off a season in which they were able to record seven wins on the season, the coaching staff is looking to take the next step with a few new and young names in North Carolina.

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Open Gym Report: North Iredell High School

Phenom Hoops hit the road to old Rick Lewis stomping grounds. It was special to walk into a practice at your dad’s alma mater. North Iredell is a young team but has a really good chance at winning conference. Their biggest competitors in conference will be Statesville High School and West Rowan. Even though North Iredell is young this will be one of the best teams they have had in a while. They...

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Open Gym Report: Apex Friendship

On Wednesday, Phenom Hoops took in practice at Apex Friendship. Coming off of a big win Tuesday night at Middle Creek, Coach PJ Lowman’s team didn’t waste any time getting back to work the next day. Coach Lowman’s message to the team was clear, “Don’t be satisfied.” I remember Coach Lowman saying, “Do you walk in here with a big head because of one...

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Open Gym Report: Hough High School

Hough High School “Open Gym Report” Phenom Hoops travelled to Cornelius, North Carolina to cover Hough High School as part of our “Open Gym Tour.” To put it mildly, it will be tough and challenging season for coaches at every level during the COVID pandemic. That being said, look to Hough to be in the upper tier of the I-Meck 4A conference. Last season, Coach Jason Grube led Hough to an...

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Open Gym Report: Cape Fear High School

Alphonza Kee is entering his fourth season as the Head Coach at Cape Fear High School. Coach Kee has spent several years at the collegiate level, most notably as the Head Coach at Fayetteville State from 2009-2016 where he earned the CIAA Coach of the Year Award in 2014. He is bringing that same coaching style to his team at Cape Fear. For Coach Kee, it’s more than just about basketball....

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Open Gym Report: North Mecklenburg High School

On Monday, Phenom Hoops had the opportunity to travel down to Charlotte and watch North Meck practice. Coach Duane Lewis is one of the best coaches in the state. He has done an exceptional job with his teams every year. Last year, North Meck won the state championship and finished top 25 in the country.  We were extremely impressed with how Coach Lewis ran his practice. His players competed...

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Open Gym Report: Lake Norman High School

Not many teams across the state practiced at 8:00 a.m. on New Year’s Day, let alone really attacked the day and improved. One team did. Lake Norman High School.  One of my biggest pet peeves that I look for when I attend a practice, is whether or not the players arrive early to get in extra shots and are actually in a sweat ready to go at the actual start of practice. If practice starts at...

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Open Gym Report: Hopewell High School

Phenom Hoops had the opportunity to check out Hopewell High School practice on Thursday. In his first season as head coach at Hopewell, Jaron Goodson is excited about this year’s team. Coach Goodson has spent the last four seasons on the coaching staff at West Charlotte, so he is very familiar with what is ahead in the loaded I-Meck 4A Conference.  One thing about a Jaron Goodson coached...

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Open Gym Report: Pine Lake Prep

Entering his fourth season at Pine Lake Preparatory, Head Coach Tony Dunbar is excited about this year’s team. In his first three seasons, Dunbar has won 60 games, averaging 20 wins per season. Coach Dunbar and his team have goals of competing for a state championship at the NCHSAA 1A level. With an experienced, upperclassmen led group, the Pride have an opportunity to do just that.  This...

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Open Gym Report: West Stokes

On Tuesday, Phenom Hoops travelled to West Stokes to watch practice. Head Coach Rhett Bonner enters his first year at West Stokes, replacing Dan Spainhour who retired in March. Rhett Bonner has spent the last 10 years in the college ranks, coaching at Rice, Virginia Wesleyan, Charlotte, and Randolph-Macon. Bonner is excited for the opportunity to continue to build upon a program with a history...

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Open Gym Report: Northwood High School

On Monday, Phenom Hoops travelled to Pittsboro, North Carolina to watch practice at Northwood High School. In his fourth season, Head Coach Matt Brown has quickly built a state contender. In his second season as head coach, the Chargers finished 19-10 in the 2018-2019 season with a trip to the 3A State Sweet Sixteen. Last season, Northwood won their conference with an overall record of 27-3 and...

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Open Gym Report: Thomasville High School

On Monday afternoon, Phenom Hoops traveled to Thomasville High School to watch the Bulldogs practice. Coach Antonio Threadgill is entering his third season as head coach and is coming off of a 16-10 record and a state tournament appearance. Coach Threadgill does a great job with his team and looks to continue to build the program at Thomasville. Although the team might be small, Thomasville is...

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Phenom Team Preview: Rabun Gap

Rabun Gap went (16-13) last year winning the regular-season conference championship. They lost 4 seniors but have built a new roster with great size & speed. Including the number 1 scorer in North Carolina. Coach Cox and his Eagles look to bring home a conference championship with their new and improved roster.

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Phenom Team Preview: Asheville School

The Blues are coming off a rebuilding season just going (6-15), but Coach Whitmore is looking to gain momentum with a new roster in his second season at Asheville School. They lost 5 seniors which included their two leading scorers. They added some talented pieces to their roster & should be a team to watch in their conference for years to come.

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: The Burlington School

Phenom Hoops tuned in virtually to a few practices for the Burlington School, a program that certainly is brining a lot of excitement and talent to the floor this season. With a blend of new names, returning players, and young prospects, Coach Ryan Bernardi should have the eyes of many this season. We dive into names that we saw and should watch this year.

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Victory Christian

Phenom Hoops continues their open gym tour, this time getting a treat to check in on Victory Christian, as Coach Dilligard brings in new names along with seniors with experience. There should be a lot of excitement around the program this year and they will have their chance to shine against a national schedule. Check out who we watched in the open gym, as this is going to be a program college coaches will want to get on quickly.

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Diving into the roster: North Meck

North Mecklenburg High School went 30-1 last season bringing home the 4A championship. They’ll bring back 8 players from their previous roster. Even though they lost three senior starters and another three role players who transferred out, they reloaded with quick and explosive guard play. This article will take a look at their new and exciting roster for this season.

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Open Gym Report: Trinity Academy of Raleigh

On Friday night, Phenom Hoops attended Trinity Academy’s intrasquad scrimmage. Head Coach Bryan Burrell has built a high level program that consistently competes for championships. Burrell is entering his sixth season as head coach at Trinity. During this time, he has helped numerous players reach their goal of playing at the college level. Just last season, three of their five seniors are...

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Open Gym Report: Winston-Salem Christian

Last night, Phenom Hoops had the opportunity to watch practice at Winston-Salem Christian. In his first year at Winston-Salem Christian, Head Coach Antonio Lowe has quickly built a powerhouse and is excited about what the future holds. The Lions have a great balance of size, skill, depth and experience to compete at a very high level. Leading things off at the guard spot is 6’4 2022 combo...

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Phenom Open Run: Cox Mill

Phenom Hoops traveled to Fort Mill recently to check in on the Absolute Basketball Fall League, giving fans an early look at players and teams around the Charlotte area.  Teams came out and looked to compete, which they did, leaving it all on the court.  It also gave us and fans a chance to view players more with their high school teammates, as we break down what we saw at the event. We got a...

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Phenom Open Gym Tour: Lake Norman Christian

A new North Carolina Power has been established at Lake Norman Christian School with a bevy of in-state and out of state talent making their way to the school for what should be an incredibly exciting season. Last week Head Coach Mason Padgett was nice enough to let my stop by and check practice out. Let’s take a look at this loaded roster! 6’3 2023 Mikey Williams Mikey is one of the most famous...

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Phenom Open Run: AL Brown

Phenom Hoops traveled to Fort Mill recently to check in on the Absolute Basketball Fall League, giving fans an early look at players and teams around the Charlotte area.  Teams came out and looked to compete, which they did, leaving it all on the court.  It also gave us and fans a chance to view players more with their high school teammates, as we break down what we saw at the event. Getting a...

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Open Gym Report: Calvary Day School

On Wednesday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Calvary Day School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina for another addition of our open gym tour. Coach Joe Rybak led the Cougars to a 21-15 record last season and will return six players from their previous roster. Optimism should certainly be in the air, as this group is as talented as any group from recent memory. This article will take a closer look at...

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Open Gym Report: United Faith Christian Academy

On Tuesday, Phenom Hoops traveled to Charlotte, NC to watch practice at United Faith Christian Academy. Head Coach Josh Coley is excited about this year’s group. The practice was very efficient. The players were constantly active and competing. There was no down time in between drills, and the players maintained their level of effort and focus throughout. Coach Coley said something to his...

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Open Gym Report: Lake Norman Guys

On Monday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Lake Norman High School for an open gym tour dual feature, capitalizing on the opportunity to evaluate both (boys and girls) varsity squads. Most of the boys’ team consisted of familiar faces, including numerous guys we’ve seen throughout the summer. In just one season, Coach Hodges has already done a great job of establishing his culture within the...

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Phenom Open Run: Cannon

Phenom Hoops traveled to Fort Mill recently to check in on the Absolute Basketball Fall League, giving fans an early look at players and teams around the Charlotte area. Teams came out and looked to compete, which they did, leaving it all on the court. It also gave us and fans a chance to view players more with their high school teammates, as we break down what we saw at the event.

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Open Gym Report: Lake Norman Girls

On Monday, Phenom Hoops traveled out to Lake Norman High School for an open gym tour dual feature, capitalizing on the opportunity to evaluate both (boys and girls) varsity squads. While most of the boys’ team consisted of familiar faces, this was our first full viewing of the Coach McKenzie Graham’s team—and they certainly didn’t disappoint. Though the sample size was limited, it’s clear that...

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Phenom Open Run: Lincoln Charter

Phenom Hoops traveled to Fort Mill recently to check in on the Absolute Basketball Fall League, giving fans an early look at players and teams around the Charlotte area.  Teams came out and looked to compete, which they did, leaving it all on the court.  It also gave us and fans a chance to view players more with their high school teammates, as we break down what we saw at the event....

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Phenom Open Gym: Independence

Continuing our Phenom Open Gym Tour, Patrick O’Brien went down to Independence high school who is coming off a 22-8 season last year. Coach Davis will have a different looking team than last year, as they will be more of a guard-oriented team that looks to play fast, create havoc defensively, and attack. But it will also be a team mentality, as they have options as far as scorers and will have to help get on the boards.

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Open Gym Report: Forsyth Country Day School

On Wednesday, Phenom Hoops traveled to Forsyth Country Day School to view practice. Upon entering the gym, the energy and intensity level was high from the start. As I was sitting there watching practice, it made me want to get out there and be a part of it. It was a college level practice. Entering his first season at Forsyth Country Day, Head Coach Doug Esleeck and his staff are quickly...

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