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Bickett brothers helping out ND Phenom AAU team

The Bickett brothers are the only set of brothers on the Phenom's 15u team.

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Carrington's Joshua Bickett (23) drives the ball while under pressure put on by Justin Tschosik (21) of Linton/HMB during the Region 3 tournament March 7, 2022, at the Jamestown Civic Center.
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CARRINGTON — After being a University of Jamestown men’s basketball student assistant coach for his last two years as an undergrad, Garrett Bickett is continuing to patrol the sidelines.

Bickett is an assistant coach for the North Dakota Phenom Amateur Athletic Union basketball team’s 15 and under team. After playing for the Phenom during high school, Bickett said Phenom program director Jordan Maurer reached out to him and asked him to coach alongside him. Bickett is one of two assistants on Maurer’s 15u staff alongside Joe Ware. Bickett is also coaching his brother Josh with the Phenom. Josh said he doesn’t see his brother being harder on him than his teammates.

“It’s fun,” Garrett Bickett said. “I can be hard on him sometimes but it’s a lot of fun. I like coaching him.”

Josh Bickett said he and older brother Garrett bond over basketball.

“Basketball brings us together a lot,” Josh said. “There isn’t a time that I remember where we weren’t in a gym when he’s visiting home.”


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The Jimmies head into season with an all-time record of 117-76-16.

The Phenom 15 and under team has been playing since April, and Garrett Bickett said they are most recently coming off winning the Sanford Pentagon Tournament Series in Sioux Falls, South Dakota going 6-0. Overall the team has compiled a 19-3 record. The team has played in four tournaments this season at this time. Bickett said he has learned a lot from Maurer over the years.

“It’s been hectic,” Bickett said. “We’ve been to Atlanta, we’re going to Vegas next week, Kansas City, Sioux Falls, Minneapolis, we’ve been to a ton of places. I wouldn’t change it, it’s been fun, I love the kids that I coach. We have a great team. It’s been nothing but an awesome summer.”

One of the big players for the team is Josh Bickett, who has been very happy with the way the season has gone.

“My season as an individual has gone very well thanks to my teammates and coaches,” Josh Bickett said. “They have made me significantly better since the summer started. Our season as a team has also went very well. We are undefeated in our last two tournaments, playing good team basketball.”

By virtue of being the only Carrington Cardinal on the roster, Josh Bickett said it has allowed him to meet more friends from around the area.

While he is concentrating on helping out the Phenom right now, Garrett Bickett is also hoping to rejoin Jimmies head coach Danny Neville’s staff in the fall.

“I would love to because I don’t know what my schedule will be like because I have clinical next summer with physical therapy school so depending on how those line up I guess we’ll see,” Garrett Bickett said.

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ND Phenom Coach Garrett Bickett high fives a player during the Sanford Pentagon Series Tournament.
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My name is Max O'Neill. I am a Sports Reporter at The Jamestown Sun. I am a native New Yorker, who graduated from Ithaca College in 2020 with a degree in Television-Radio.
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