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Rising senior guard Trey Lowe considers a quartet

After a strong junior season at Ewing (NJ), shooting guard Trey Lowe followed up on his momentum with a solid performance for Team Final, one of the top squads on the Nike circuit. Lowe reportedly averaged 28 points per game as a high school junior, and also scored 10.1 points per game for a loaded Team ...
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Highly touted SG Antonio Blakeney down to 7

Oak Ridge (FL) shooting guard Antonio Blakeney shot up the charts over the course of the spring and summer, and is now mentioned among the elite prospects nationally in his class. On Monday, Blakeney narrowed his school list to seven contenders, which includes Florida State, Louisville, Missouri, Kentucky, Oregon, LSU, and USC. My final 7 : FSU, ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 99 – Alex Illikainen

99. Alex ILLIKAINEN Height: 6’-9” Weight: 220 Position: PF High School (State): Brewster Academy (NH) Club Team (Affiliation): Howard Pulley (Nike) Breakdown: After dominating the competition at Grand Rapids (MN), Illikainen has transferred to one of the most prestigious prep school programs in the nation at Brewster Academy, which has produced a bevy of elite ...
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Lengthy guard Jermaine Haley picks Washington

Having three potential top-100 players verbally committed in the ’15 class allowed Washington’s coaches to put the full court press on 6′-6″ Jermaine Haley, a 2016 guard, in July. That attention paid off, as Haley’s AAU coached announced his verbal commitment to the Huskies on Monday. **Announcement** Jermaine Haley, Class of 2016 has committed to the ...
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2015 Post-Summer Player Rankings Countdown: 100 – Damontrae Jefferson

100. Damontrae JEFFERSON Height: 5’-7” Weight: 150 Position: PG High School (State): Believe Prep (SC) Club Team (Affiliation): Milwaukee Rebels (adidas) Breakdown: Without question one of the most exciting players in the 2015 class nationally, Jefferson thrives on his ability to score the basketball. How his game translates to the next level, though, is another ...
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Weekend Recruiting Trail Notebook

Is Labissiere on Mudiay’s route? In the wake of Emmanuel Mudiay’s jump to China in lieu of NCAA basketball, there’s no question that at least a handful of 2015 prospects and beyond may be considering going overseas, rather than a year or more of college hoops. There’s certainly a major difference between considering making a such a move, and having ...
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Dennis Smith Jr. is a force in the ’16 class

Incoming junior point guard Dennis Smith Jr. has been one of the hottest names on the recruiting trail, dominating several events for his travelling squad, Team Loaded. As a result, it was no surprise when he was added to the USA Basketball Developmental National Team roster, and was selected to participate in the U17 training camp. While ...
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USA Basketball U17 team cut to 17 players

Press Release After tipping off training camp on July 24 with 32 athletes, the list of finalists for the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s U17 World Championship Team was pared on July 26 to 17 of the nation’s top 17-and-under basketball players. Headlined by the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship MVP Malik Newman (Callaway H.S./Jackson, Miss.), ...
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2014 USA Basketball U17 Training Camp – Friday recap

A morning and evening session in Colorado Springs on Friday will go a long way in determining who will be selected on Saturday as the final 12 members of the USA Basketball U17 team who will play in the FIBA World Championships in Dubai in August. Faces in the crowd Friday’s sessions were well-attended by high-major ...
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2014 USA Basketball U17 Training Camp – Thursday recap

Over thirty of the nation’s top high school basketball players largely bypassed participating in the third live period (Friday’s session is certified for NCAA coaches to attend) to compete for a slot on USA Basketball U17 team, which will compete for Gold in Dubai in August. The U17 training camp kicked off in Colorado Springs on ...
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Top 100 forward Cameron Walker to Stanford

6′-7″ forward Cameron Walker of Righetti (CA), a top-100 prospect nationally, came off the board on Monday, popping as the second member of Stanford’s 2015 recruiting class. In early May, Walker narrowed his list to Arizona State, California, Colorado, Florida, Harvard, San Diego State, Stanford and UCLA. Many, including Hoopniks.com, considered Walker a lean to California...
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Weekend Recruiting Trail Notebook

SMU will miss out on Mudiay It was announced this week that our No. 2 prospect in the 2014 class nationally, Emmanuel Mudiay of Prime Prep (TX), will be forgoing playing for the SMU Mustangs and instead jump directly into professional basketball, presumably in Europe, to financially support his family. The loss of Mudiay from what was expected ...
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Raymond Spalding makes hometown pledge to Louisville

Head coach Rick Pitino is loading up on big men as he prepares his Louisville Cardinals to go to war in the ACC. After landing four players taller than 6′-9″ in their 2014 recruiting class, the Cardinals have a second forward committed for 2015. Raymond Spalding, a 6′-9″ power forward from Trinity (KY), committed to the ...
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Elite ’16 Dedric Lawson follows father to Memphis

Less than a week after Keelon Lawson was hired as an assistant coach for the Memphis Tigers, the second of his sons have made a verbal commitment to play at Memphis. On Sunday, 6′-8″ power forward Dedric Lawson, an incoming junior expected to play at Arlington Country Day (FL), announced his pledge to the Tigers. Lawson ...
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2014 UAA Finals – Saturday recap

The inaugural UAA Finals concluded Saturday in Suwanee, Georgia, as champions were crowned and the event wrapped up. 17U Championship: We R 1 (66) Sports U (44) The battle between tough Northeast teams initially resembled a classic old school Big East match-up. Players were physical with bumps and shoves as the game got underway and scoring ...
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Notre Dame nabs another, Elijah Burns

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish nabbed a second 2015 recruit in a week’s time, as 6′-8″ Elijah Burns of Blair Academy (NJ), made the call, according to multiple reports. Burns joins sweet-shooting wing forward Matt Ryan as the second pledge among incoming seniors. Burns reportedly had a scholarship tender from Boston College and other high-major programs, before ...
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2014 UAA Finals – Friday recap

After a long day at the Suwanee Sports Academy for the Under Armour Finals, Friday’s action concluded with a bang. First, Net Gain out of Minnesota hit a buzzer beater to upset Jaylen Brown’s highly touted Game Elite squad, and then the Utah Prospects lost on a short fade-away to Earl Watson Elite. Heading into the ...
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USA U17 Team Camp Begins on July 24

With the addition of Marquese Chriss (Pleasant Grove H.S./Elk Grove, Calif.), Dennis Smith Jr. (Trinity Christian School/Fayetteville, N.C.) and Caleb Swanigan (Homestead H.S./Fort Wayne, Ind.), the 2013-14 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team now lists 38 of the top 17-and-under basketball players in the nation, 36 of whom will attend the 2014 USA U17 World ...
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2014 adidas Unrivaled Camp – Top Performers

With the first July live period in the books, it’s time to take a look back at the first adidas Unrivaled camp that took place in Chicago, IL. Adidas invited approximately 120 players, many of whom play on the adidas AAU circuit to compete in a camp style atmosphere similar to Nike’s LeBron James Skills ...
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Limited time offer – Kindle version of College Basketball Newcomers Guide on sale!

For the next 72 hours, the Kindle version of the 2014 College Basketball Newcomers Guide is on sale at Amazon.com! The sale is a “countdown” sale, meaning the book will be almost 60% off for the first 36 hours, and end at approximately 30% off of the regular price of $6.99. The 60% off price is ...
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Standout small forward Deng Adel to Louisville

The Louisville Cardinals started their 2015 class on Monday by landing a verbal commitment from 6′-7″ forward Deng Adel, of Victory Rock Prep (FL). Adel is solidly a top 35 player in the 2015 class nationally, and unquestionably one of the top 10 small forwards. The news of Adel’s pledge was reported by multiple recruiting outlets. ...
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2014 LeBron James Skills Academy – Standouts and Superlatives

Along with the NBPA Top 100 camp, the LeBron James Skills Academy is among two camps nationally each year which feature the largest amount of highly-touted prospects in attendance. After three days of evaluating the 90 high school players playing in at least portions of the camp, Hoopniks.com has come up with these very unofficial “awards,” which ...
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Weekend Recruiting Trail Notebook

Going back to Cali’ 6′-6″ wing forward Josh Jackson, currently in the 2016 class, in considered by some to be the top prospect nationally in the class. He lead Consortium (MI) to a Class C state championship as a sophomore, and averaged 28 points, 15 rebounds and 6 assists per game. He eschewed more traditional AAU powerhouses ...
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Superb wing Ray Smith will Bear Down

It’s been a good news, bad news week for 6′-7″ Rekwon “Ray” Smith, a talented 2015 prospect from Las Vegas (NV). On the bad side, Smith tore his ACL at the adidas Unrivaled event in Chicago, but just days later, he committed to the Arizona Wildcats. Smith previously narrowed his substantial list of suitors to nine programs in ...
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2014 adidas Unrivaled – Saturday recap

Three days into the first adidas Unrivaled camp, college coaches from across the country were still in attendance along with a handful of assistants. Head coaches seen in the afternoon session included Rick Pitino, Tom Izzo, Coach K, Steve Alford, Steve Fischer, Bill Self, Thad Matta, and Danny Manning. In the last set of games ...
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