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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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4 days ago  |  Discuss

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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4 days ago  |  Discuss

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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8 days ago  |  Discuss

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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8 days ago  |  Discuss

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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9 days ago  |  Discuss

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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9 days ago  |  Discuss

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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10 days ago  |  Discuss

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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10 days ago  |  Discuss

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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11 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 LeBron James Skills Academy – Saturday recap

The 2014 LeBron James Skills Academy came to a close on Saturday in hot Las Vegas, albeit with what was left of the players still participating in it. With perhaps an unprecedented level of participants closing out camp on the bench due to fatigue and injuries, several true competitors shone through the malaise. The overall ...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Quick point guard Kevin Dorsey picks Minnesota

The Minnesota Gophers snagged their point guard of the future on Saturday, as 5′-10″ point guard Kevin Dorsey announced his verbal commitment. The quick player from Paul VI (VA) decided on Minnesota over two finalists and Big Ten foes, the Maryland Terrapins and Nebraska Cornhuskers. The Gophers don’t have much in the area of pure point ...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 adidas Unrivaled – Friday recap

Friday was day two of the adidas Unrivaled camp, and hosted a plethora of high major D1 coaches on their way over from either the Reebok camp in Philly or the Lebron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas. With Bill Self, Coach K, Roy Williams, Bo Ryan, and Lorenzo Romar in attendance the competition was ...
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2014 LeBron James Skills Academy – Friday recap

Friday was expected to be a full day of action at the LeBron James Skills Academy, but the evening session of games was cancelled, apparently due to player fatigue and injury. Still, Hoopniks.com had a chance to evaluate the 90 or so high school players in camp during a morning skill training and afternoon game session. ...
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Skilled forward Matt Ryan picks ND

Notre Dame landed a valued recruit on Friday, as 6′-7″ forward Matt Ryan, a skilled sharpshooter from Iona Prep (NY), announced his commitment via Twitter. Ryan should have a niche in the Fighting Irish system as a skilled forward that can knock down shots off the catch and be productive within the flow of their ...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 adidas Unrivaled camp – Thursday recap

adidas kicked off the first live period with the unveiling of their adidas Unrivaled camp, which features over 100 prospects from around the country, in Chicago, IL yesterday. The four day event consists of morning drills and then games in the afternoon and evening sessions. The prospects in attendance include some big names in the ...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 LeBron James Skills Academy – Thursday recap

The 2014 LeBron James Skills Academy camp tipped off on Wednesday, with an abbreviated evening schedule, and got into full swing on Thursday for the approximately 90 high school players and 30 college basketball standouts in attendance. Thursday’s action at camp in Las Vegas featured a mix of workouts and player development, along with camp game ...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Sophomores to Know: Top 10 Big Men

Ridiculous hype notwithstanding, it’s fair to say Thon Maker has a shot at being one of the most dynamic interior players in the country this summer, and is a legitimate contender to be ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the 2016 (if he stays in that class, as reclassification to 2015 has been rumored). The ...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 LeBron James Skills Academy Preview

Nike’s annual all-star camp, the LeBron James Skills Academy tips off on July 9th, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and runs through July 12th. Arguably the premier event during the first weekend of the live period, the event is expected to be well-attended by college basketball coaches, NBA scouts and media members alike. Hoopniks.com will be in attendance ...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Sophomores to Know: Top 10 Small Forwards

Nothing less than serious star power can be found among the elite wing forwards in the 2016 class, as both Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum are considered legitimate contenders for the No. 1 ranking overall nationally. Both standouts from the Midwest get the job done in different ways, as Jackson is a bouncy talent that ...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss
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