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Gillespie’s Thoughts: Day 1 at the Spring Tip-Off Classic

‘ By: Chick Gillespie With the High School season coming to a close I was able to finally make it down to the Rock Hill Sports & Events Center for a Phenom Hoops Event and with several different divisions being played I was awash in talent to evaluate and I took advantage over the three days to check out the Hoop State Championships featuring some of the best prep programs in the...

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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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T-Lew’s Fantastic Four From the Phenom Holiday Classic

Best Performances BJ Freeman 2021 (Moravian Prep) – BJ had one of the best performances we have seen all year vs Combine Academy. From the tip he had complete control of the game. He was making an impact on both sides of the ball. He was scoring in a variety of ways, knocking down shots, and attacking the rim. No one was able to keep BJ Freeman out of the lane. Not only is he a great basketball...

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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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Holiday Classic: Combine Academy vs. Cape Fear Christian (Recap/Standouts)

Last game of the night, Combine Academy National and Cape Fear Christian got after it in Rock Hill.  Combine Academy came out with a lot more energy and looked early to make a statement, creating turnovers, getting out in transition, and getting downhill for baskets.  They also were able to get to the line to help the matter, as they looked to play their game to get out to an early...

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Battle at the Rock – Saturday Session 2 Standouts

Game 1           Combine Academy 76          Blythewood 45 Robert Dillingham    6’2       2023    (Combine Academy) Every single time Dillingham steps on the floor, he is nothing short of electric. The quick, shifty guard is a big-time shot maker who can get going at any moment. He has a unique ability to create off the...

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POB’s Eye Catchers from Battle at the Rock (Day 2)

2021 Bryce McGowens (LEC): McGowens looked strong once again, showing his full arsenal from the perimeter like he has shown countless times but also getting to the rack.  His blend of length, skillset, and versatility on the floor is highly impressive. 2021 Tay Burton (Byrnes): Though he was undersized, Burton played extremely hard on both ends of the floor. He had to go up against bigger...

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TLEW’S Takeaways “November Classic”

TLEW’s Takeaways “November Classic” Dangerous Duos Northside Christian – (Glynn Hubbard & Wesley Tubbs III) These two guys are really dangerous. When the lights are on these two show up and play the game with a lot of energy and passion. Over the past two weekends they have played a lot of great competition. These two have fit right in.  Glynn Hubbard – He is a smooth guard who...

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HIGHLIGHTS: Robert Dillingham Leads Combine to Opening Season WIN vs Carolina Basketball Academy!

Combine Academy and Carolina Basketball Academy squared off at the Phenom Tip-Off Classic, both looking to make their mark early in the season. Combine Academy used a balanced attack, led by their young guards and talented squad. Check out all the highlights from the game.

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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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POB’s Eye Catchers: Phenom Jamboree Bash/ Hoop State League (Part 2)

2022 6’6 Daniel Sanford (Cougars 704): Sanford continues to make his game known and he continues to expand with how he can operate on the court.  First off, he looks and plays like a grown man on the court, physically outmatching everyone for the most part.  But it is his work ethic on both sides that should have big-time schools calling his way. 2022 6’4 Silas Demary (Chris Clemons...

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Phenom Open Gym: Combine Academy

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 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: Robert Dillingham (56 PTS) x Aden Holloway (30 PTS) Look UNSTOPPABLE in Semi-Finals WIN!

Check out highlights from the Game Changers semi-final game Saturday afternoon at the Phenom Summer Havoc. Robert Dillingham was locked in going for a game-high 56 points while fellow 5 star guard Aden Holloway went from 30 points himself in the blowout win. Both 2023 guards currently hold multiple HM offers and look for their lists to only continue.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Robert Dillingham the MOST EXCITING Buckets in North Carolina! Challenge Raw Footage

Check out highlights from Robert Dillingham at the Phenom Challenge this past weekend. Another event down and another event that Dillingham has proven himself as one of the most exciting scorers in North Carolina. This past weekend he competed against 15U and 16U teams in an effort to show hes capable of competing with anyone.

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Early Standouts at Day One of Phenom Challenge

6’4 ’21 Zach Gibson (PSB Winston Robinson) Prior to going down with injury, Gibson was arguably the best player on the floor during PSB Robinson’s early dominance. Though somewhat gangly and undersized, Gibson makes a ton of plays through his toughness and nonstop motor. He’s a great rebounder that understands how to utilize his length and athleticism to disrupt the action around the...

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HIGHLIGHTS: Robert Dillingham is a CERTIFIED BUCKET! “Baby Iverson” Freshman Year Highlights

Check out highlights from 6'2" Robert Dillingham, a SG from Combine Academy out of Lincolnton, NC. Dillingham is considered one of the top freshman in his class nationally and made the move over to Combine this last season. He hit some big time shots and showed immense maturity despite being his age and the ceiling is only up from here.

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