There’s nothing like spending time in the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina and to make it even more enjoyable than to cover the Porter Gaud Holiday Classic presented by Phenom Hoop Report. Fort Dorchester (SC), Trinity Byrnes (SC), United Faith (NC), Greenville Charter (SC), Legacy Charter (SC), Village Christian (NC) Goose Creek (SC), Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach (SC), Porter Gaud (SC), and Liberty Heights (NC) all headline this event being held at the beautiful campus of Porter Gaud. Now, let’s take a closer look at some of our Friday night  standouts. Be sure to read about Friday’s midday and afternoon standouts below.

Friday Midday Standouts:

Friday Afternoon Standouts:



5’11 2019 Travelle Simmons (Goose Creek)

What Travelle Simmons may lack for physical size, he more than makes up for it with heart. We’re talking about a point guard that has an unlimited amount of intangibles that often won’t show up in the boxscore, but one thing is for certain; Simmons has all the leadership qualities you want. He’s positive at all times  and a vocal leader on the court. His “lead by example” approach is what high school basketball is all about. In addition, Simmons plays with a tremendous amount of effort and energy, not to mention he is a very talented young player.  He finished with a team high 15 points and was deservingly named the game MVP.


6’7 2019 Josiah James (Porter Gaud)

There’s not much more we can add to the countless accolades given to Josiah James. Being truly blessed with size, skill and athleticism, James is without a doubt the most unselfish and team oriented player given his sheer talent. Rarely do you find such an elite level player that is so focused on making his teammates better than Josiah James. While he can literally take over and dominate a game at his choosing, he prefers being the team leader in all capacities. James finished with a team high and effortless 21 points.  In our opinion, he should flourish under the coaching of Rick Barnes of Tennessee.


6’6 2019 Juwan Gary (Liberty Heights)

Every outing, we become more and more impressed with the play of 6’6 Alabama signee Juwan Gary. Each game, Gary methodically goes about his business. He gives effort on both ends of the court and continues to do all the little things that are often overlooked. From our viewpoint and up close, Gary is such a coachable young man. He is constantly given encouragement to his teammates and always competes at a high level. Gary finished with a well balanced game and 16 points.


6’4 2019 Idrissa Bivens (Liberty Heights)

What’s not to like about a strong, physical combo guard that can score or create scoring opportunities for his teammates. In all honesty, his game may translate better at the collegiate level than at the current high school level. We’re talking about a smooth/fluid guard that can play and guard multiple positions especially with his length and sheer strength. More importantly, Bivens goes about his business in a workmanlike approach. He’s tough, gritty and can contribute in so many ways. Bivens finished with 11 points and played extremely well on the defensive end of the court.