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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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11 days ago  |  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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12 days ago  |  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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12 days ago  |  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

Tulane pops Chi-town guard Kain Harris

Tulane has the fourth member of its 2015 class locked down, as 6′-4″ shooting guard Karl Harris of St. Rita (IL) announced he committed to the Green Wave after notching a huge victory over Simeon (IL), one of the nation’s best high school teams. Harris joins in-state wing forward Maxwell Starwood in committing to Tulane after ...
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December 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Rankings refresh – Class of 2017, Top 20

The 2014 LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas was a more than adequate preview of the abilities of the elite sophomores in the 2017 class nationally. Center DeAndre Ayton and point guard Troy Brown, the heads of the class presently, more than held their own against the elite upperclassmen in the 2015 class nationally. With that in ...
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Conference Catch-up: Mid-American

Best Player: Tahjai Teague, Ball State Best Potential:  Seth Dugan, Western Michigan Best Scorer: Jamir Andrews, Bowling Green Best Shooter: Austin Pauga, Northern Illinois Best Rebounder: Seth Dugan, Western Michigan Best Passer: Jalen Avery, Kent State Best Defender: Emmanuel Olojakpoke, Akron Best Glue Guy: Levi Bradley, Northern Illinois Best Athlete: Malik Hluchoweckyj...
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Boston College gets early ’16 lead guard, Ty Graves

Boston College is facing an extensive, multi-year overhaul of their basketball program and its current roster is heavy on seniors that will need to be replaced. The Eagles nabbed three recruits for 2015 during the early signing period, and also popped high school junior point guard Ty Graves of Montverde Academy (FL) this week. Graves ...
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December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Conference Catch-up: Conference USA

Best Player: Marquez Letecher-Ellis, Rice Best Potential: Ebuka Izundu, Charlotte Best Scorer: Fredrick Edmond, Western Kentucky Best Shooter: Lee Moore, UTEP Best Rebounder: Ebuka Izundu, Charlotte Best Passer: Ahmad Caver, Old Dominion Best Defender: Derric Jean, Louisiana Tech Best Glue Guy: Derric Jean, Louisiana Tech Best Athlete: Jeantal Cylla, Florida Atlantic 1. UTEP...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Hoopniks Terrific 30 – December 8, 2014

The weekend saw a bevy of showcase events across the country, which allowed members of the Hoopniks Terrific 30 to face each other in head-to-head games. The result is what should be a much more accurate ranking list than our first week’s Terrific 30, which was primarily based on last year’s results and expected talent on each ...
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December 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Rankings refresh – Class of 2016, Top 50

At this stage in their development, there’s plenty of reason be highly bullish on the development of the elite prospects currently in the class of 2016. As many as four players, including power forward Harry Giles, wing Jayson Tatum, small forward Josh Jackson and post Thon Maker, all could legitimately rank as the No. 1 prospect in the class, with ...
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December 07, 2014  |  Discuss
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