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2015 McDonald’s All American game – Tuesday’s practice recap

The day before the McDonald’s All-American game featured a practice session in the morning followed by an afternoon scrimmage in the United Center. After yesterday’s two hour battle, Tuesday’s practice lasted for just one hour, though it was still just as intense. The action consisted of various drills in both half-court and full-court situations that ...
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11 hours ago  |  Discuss

2015 McDonald’s All American game – Monday’s practice recap

It did not take long for the action to heat up inside the Quest Multiplex in Chicago, IL this morning. The McDonald’s All-American festivities began on Sunday, but the practice on Monday served as the first gathering for all team members. With media and NBA personnel on hand, both the East and West teams were ...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Standout center Ivan Rabb expected to pop soon

6′-10″ big man Ivan Rabb has been a busy man lately. He narrowed his college list to just two contenders, the Arizona Wildcats and California Golden Bears, won a state championship, and will be competing in the McDonald’s All American game on Wednesday. The hometown Golden Bears were the subject of plenty of buzz as many ...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Uncommitted standouts add intrigue to McDonald’s game

The 2015 McDonald’s All American games are set to tip off at Chicago’s United Center on Wednesday, April 1, and a roster heavy with undecided players add intrigue to what is normally the premier high school basketball all-star game. The 38th annual boys game is playing in the fifth consecutive year in Chicago, and will ...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals Basketball Tournament to tip

Press Release Featuring the best high school basketball talent in the country, The DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals returns to New York City for the second-consecutive year. This year, all eight of the boys teams  that were selected to play in the seventh-annual high school basketball tournament are ranked in the USA Today Super 25 national rankings. ...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Elite post presence Diamond Stone set for Maryland

After a tumultuous 2014 off-season gave way to a successful 2014-2015 season on the hardwood for the Maryland Terrapins, there is substantial cause for excitement and intrigue as next season approaches. On Friday, Maryland obtained a verbal commitment from 6′-10″ center Diamond Stone of Dominican (WI), a top five prospect nationally. Stone reportedly averaged 24 points, ...
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Under Armour and adidas announce grassroots schedules

Two of the three major grassroots circuits, Under Armour and adidas, have announced their grassroots schedule and plans of the spring and summer of 2015. Under Armour According to a press release, this year the UAA will be operate in a true league format with regularly scheduled games throughout the spring for 15U, 16U, and ...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Conference Recruiting Update: Colonial Athletic Association

Top newcomer: Marquise Pointer, College of Charleston - An experienced winner who has spearheaded more than his fair share of wins at the high school level and on the grassroots circuit, Pointer is the type of lead guard who can make a huge impact in the Colonial. Name for the future: Jeremy Miller, Northeastern – A one-time ...
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February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue chip junior forward Omari Spellman set for Villanova

Interior bruiser Omari Spellman, a 6′-8″ big man from MacDuffie School (MA) by way of Ohio, started Villanova’s 2016 class off with a bang, popping for the Wildcats this week. He is our No. 26 prospect in the 2016 class, and a player who should be physically ready to compete early, given his 250 pound frame. ...
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February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Maker’s move sets up rankings reshuffle

The long-expected move by 7-foot center Thon Maker of Orangeville Prep (CAN) to the 2015 class, from the 2016 class, appears to be a certainty at this point. Maker announced via his Twitter account this week he is on track to graduate with the ’15 class. While it remains to be seen if Maker and his adviser ...
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February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Minnesota lands early in-state commit, ’16 Michael Hurt

Minnesota landed their first recruit in the 2016 recruiting cycle on Saturday, garnering a commitment from in-state forward Michael Hurt, who is considered by some to be a top 100 prospect nationally. Hurt, a standout from Marshall (MN), reportedly selected the Golden Gophers over scholarship offers from fellow Big Ten rivals Nebraska and Northwestern, among others. ...
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January 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Kansas adds someone to Bragg about for ’15

Another blue chip prospect is off the board. 6′-9″ power forward Carlton Bragg, the No. 14 ranked prospect nationally in the class of 2015, committed to the Kansas Jayhawks over Kentucky and Illinois. Bragg is the first member of Kansas’ 2015 recruiting class, but the Jayhawks are also in the mix for several of the remaining ...
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January 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Maryland makes mid-season addition, Ivan Bender

Press Release Maryland men’s head basketball coach Mark Turgeon announced Thursday that forward Ivan Bender (pronounced EVEN) will join the Maryland basketball program and will be eligible to play immediately. Bender (6-9, 230) played with KK Split in the Junior Euroleague. He was also a member of the U-18 Croatian National Team and is slated to ...
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January 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Oregon adds immediately eligible ’14 signee Roman Sorkin

Courtesy: GoDucks.com Israeli Junior National Team player Roman Sorkin has signed an agreement of aid and will join the Oregon men’s basketball team this week, head coach Dana Altman announced Monday. Sorkin, 18, will be a freshman and eligible to play immediately. The 6-10 forward from Minsk, Belarus, averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.7 ...
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January 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Hoopniks Terrific 30 – January 5, 2015

Holiday tournaments from coast to coast had a huge impact on this weeks’ Hoopniks Terrific 30, with upset defeats removing 1/3 of the squads who were ranked in our last update. While showcase games and tournaments have slowed down as school is back in session most places, there are still a few dandy events coming ...
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January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Battle-tested point guard Terrence Phillips to Mizzou

Missouri landed a verbal commitment from 5′-10″ point guard Terrence Phillips of Oak Hill Academy (VA) in conjunction with an official visit to campus on Saturday. Phillips is the third recruit in the 2015 class for the Tigers. Phillips is the brother of NBA lead guard Brandon Jennings, and has crafted his game in the system at Oak ...
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January 03, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Team Recruiting Class Rankings for the New Year

As the calendar turned over to 2015, it was time for Hoopniks.com to update our recruiting class team rankings. Thirteen top 100 prospects (including 6 of the top 10) remain uncommitted in the class overall, which will unquestionably have a strong impact on the final rankings formulated in the summer. Still, as it currently stands two Wildcats ...
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January 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Elite scoring guard Antonio Blakeney picks LSU

One of the most prolific scorers in the 2015 class nationally, Oak Ridge (FL) shooting guard Antonio Blakeney, announced his decision on Friday, electing to play college basketball with AAU teammate and No. 1 overall prospect Ben Simmons for the LSU Tigers. Blakeney, the No. 12 prospect nationally, now forms the highest-touted duo of committed recruits with Simmons, of ...
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January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Third ’16 pledge for Virginia, Sacha Killeya-Jones

It’s fair to say things are going quite swimmingly for the Virginia Cavaliers, as of late. A terrific 2013-2014 season has been followed up on by a yet to be defeated 2014-2015 squad, and it’s fair to assume head coach Tony Bennett has the Virginia program headed towards a deep NCAA tournament run this year. ...
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January 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Super sophomore Jalek Felton picks UNC

While the decision may not have been a surprise, the timing certainly was. 6′-3″ guard Jalek Felton of Mullins (SC) announced for the North Carolina Tar Heels as 2014 ended, though Felton still has two and a half years of high school hoops before he heads to Chapel Hill. Felton is the nephew of Raymond Felton, ...
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December 30, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 City of Palms Classic – Tuesday recap

In the 42nd City of Palms, the teams and players put on a show. Future NBA players were in almost every game and the championship game was a reflection on the competiveness of the games throughout the week. It can’t get much better than a close championship game featuring the top two seniors in the ...
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December 24, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 City of Palms Classic – Monday recap

City of Palms Finals: After two intense semi-finals, the championship match-up is set. Montverde Academy (FL) beat Trinity (KY) 52-42 to advance to their third straight final and Wheeler outlasted Wesleyan Christian (NC) in the last game of the day. The top two seniors in the country square off in Ben Simmons (LSU signee) and Jaylen ...
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December 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Hoopniks Terrific 30 – December 22, 2014

Tremendous play and head-to-head games between ranked teams at prestigious tournaments such as the Tarkanian Classic, City of Palms Classic, Iolani Classic and Chick-Fil-A Classic heavily influenced this week’s rankings, which are the last Terrific 30 for 2014. As many squads are off for the holidays, the rankings will resume on January 5, in the ...
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

2014 City of Palms Classic – Sunday recap

Sunday’s action from the City of Palms in Fort Myers, Florida, offered a break for the high school teams in attendance while showcasing six teams in the tournaments Signature Series. With only three games on tap, the schedule was light, but the play was anything but. Game 1: Montverde (Post Grad) 96 Northfield Mount Hermon (MA) ...
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Conference Catch-up: Horizon

Top newcomer: Josh McFolley, Detroit – While there’s no clear top player headed into the Horizon at this point, McFolley is a crafty left-handed lead guard who can score and seems like a great fit for the Titans program. Name for the future: Derrik Smits, Valparaiso – The son of a former of NBA player and a ...
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December 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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