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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Conference Catch-up: Missouri Valley

Best Player: Markis McDuffie, Wichita State Best Potential: Markis McDuffie, Wichita State Best Scorer: Landry Shamet, Wichita State Best Shooter: Billy Wampler, Drake Best Rebounder: Dauoda Ndiaye, Illinois State Best Passer: Keyshawn Evans, Illinois State Best Defender: Tyrone Taylor, Wichita State Best Glue Guy: Bronson Kessinger, Indiana State Best Athlete: Tyrone Taylor...
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Conference Catch-up: West Coast Conference

Best Player: Jesse Wade, Gonzaga Best Potential: Tony Lewis, Santa Clara Best Scorer: Tanner Krebs, Saint Mary’s Best Shooter: Jesse Wade, Gonzaga Best Rebounder: Tony Lewis, Santa Clara Best Passer: Jesse Wade, Gonzaga Best Defender: Bryson Lockley, Santa Clara Best Glue Guy: Kameron Edwards, Pepperdine Best Athlete: Chiir Maker, Portland 1. Gonzaga Bulldogs Jesse Wade...
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Junior forward Brendan Bailey picks Arizona State early

Arizona State struck with a quality junior recruit on Sunday night, scoring 6′-7″ wing forward Brendan Bailey of American Fork (UT), who picked the Sun Devils. Bailey is the son of former NBA player Thurl Bailey. Bailey is considered a top 100 recruit due to his ability to hit shots with his length, and defend as ...
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Hoopniks Terrific 30 – December 1, 2014

High school hoops has mostly kicked off across the country, which several weekend showcase events and tournaments already producing high-level games. Two members of our Terrific 30 played over the weekend, with Bishop O’Dowd (CA) scoring the most important victory of the early season by beating Bishop Gorman (NV), in what was largely a home ...
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Conference Catch-up: Atlantic 10

Best Player: Kenny Williams, VCU Best Potential: Tevin Mack, VCU Best Scorer:  Tevin Mack, VCU Best Shooter:  Kenny Williams, VCU Best Rebounder: Nakye Sanders, Duquesne Best Passer:  Lamarr Kimble, Saint Joseph’s Best Defender:  John Crosby, Dayton Best Glue Guy: Jordan Murphy, VCU Best Athlete: LaDarien Griffin, St. Bonaventure 1. VCU Rams Kenny Williams | 6′-3″...
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Conference Catch-up: Mountain West

Best Player: Jeremy Hemsley, San Diego State Best Potential: Derrick Jones, UNLV Best Scorer: Jeremy Hemsley, San Diego State Best Shooter: Anthony Mathis, New Mexico Best Rebounder: Emmanuel Omogbo, Colorado State Best Passer: Austin Conway, Wyoming Best Defender: Brodricks Jones, San Diego State Best Glue Guy: Dane Kuiper, New Mexico Best Athlete: Derrick Jones, UNLV 1. UNLV Rebels Jalen ...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington strikes with in-state ’16 guard JaQuori McLaughlin

6′-3″ point guard JaQuori McLaughlin of Peninsula (WA), a top 100 player in the 2016 class, picked Washington on Saturday night according to multiple reports, over scholarship offers from Arizona, Washington State, Oregon State and others. McLaughlin was previously committed to Oregon State, under the past coaching staff. Washington also previously had a point guard commit ...
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ESPN announces televised HS Hoops games for ’14-15

ESPNU, ESPN, and ESPN2 will televise 11 premier games in the 2014-15 GEICO ESPN High School Basketball Showcase beginning Monday, Dec. 8 with Lancaster, Texas vs. No. 5 Plano West in Garland, Texas. Two appearances by Hoopniks No. 1 recruit Ben Simmons(Montverde, Fla.) highlights a slate involving 11 ranked teams, 14 states, 36 players in the ...
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Conference Catch-up: SEC

Best Player: Ben Simmons, LSU Best Potential: Skal Labissere, Kentucky Best Scorer: Isaiah Briscoe, Kentucky Best Shooter: D.J. Hogg, Texas A&M Best Rebounder: Tyler Davis, Texas A&M Best Passer: P.J. Dozier, South Carolina Best Defender: Jimmy Whitt, Arkansas Best Glue Guy: Charles Matthews, Kentucky Best Athlete: Nu Williams, Auburn 1. Kentucky Wildcats Isaiah Briscoe ...
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College Basketball Recruitcast: November 23, 2014

Catch up with all the signings each high-major program garnered during the early signing period, with AAC, ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12, and SEC conference recruiting breakdowns. We breakdown the top 3 recruiting classes in each high major conference as well as the superlative players signed to hit each conference. The 2014 ...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Conference Catch-up: Pac-12

Best Player: Allonzo Trier, Arizona Best Potential: Ray Smith, Arizona Best Scorer: Allonzo Trier, Arizona Best Shooter: Bennie Boatwright, USC Best Rebounder: Marquese Chriss, Washington Best Passer: Kendall Small, Oregon Best Defender: Marquese Chriss, Washington Best Glue Guy: Tres Tinkle, Oregon State Best Athlete: Ray Smith, Arizona 1. Arizona Wildcats Allonzo Trier | 6...
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Conference Catch-up: Big Ten

Best Player: Deyonta Davis, Michigan State Best Potential: Deyonta Davis, Michigan State Best Scorer: Jalen Coleman-Lands, Illinois Best Shooter: Brevin Pritzl, Wisconsin Best Rebounder: Deyonta Davis, Michigan State Best Passer: Mickey Mitchell, Ohio State Best Defender: Daniel Giddens, Ohio State Best Glue Guy: D.J. Williams, Illinois Best Athlete: Corey Sanders, Rutgers...
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 National Prep Showcase – Friday recap

Each year the National Prep Showcase is the first premier event in the high school basketball season. A three day tournament held at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT brings many of the top prep powers nationally together. College coaches gather in hope of finding an unknown prospect and talented players try to get that ...
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Conference Catch-up: Big 12

Best Player: Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State Best Potential: Kerwin Roach, Texas Best Scorer: Eric Davis, Texas Best Shooter: Kerwin Roach, Texas Best Rebounder: Esa Ahmad, West Virginia Best Passer: Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State Best Defender: Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State Best Glue Guy: Jake Lindsey, Baylor Best Athlete: Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State 1. Texas Longhorns Eric Davis...
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November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Conference Catch-up: Big East

Best Player: Henry Ellenson, Marquette Best Potential: Henry Ellenson, Marquette Best Scorer: Jalen Brunson, Villanova Best Shooter: Sean McDermott, Butler Best Rebounder: Alex Owens, Providence Best Passer: Jalen Brunson, Villanova Best Defender: Haanif Cheatham, Marquette Best Glue Guy: Kaiser Gates, Xavier Best Athlete: Haanif Cheatham, Marquette 1. Marquette Golden Eagles...
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November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Four touted 2016 prospects come off the board

The majority of the top talent in the 2015 class is signed with their college of choice now, and depth in the 2016 class also dropped significantly in recent days, as three top 100 players verbally committed, and fourth member of the class reclassified and joined the 2015 class. Memphis will get Broddie early The ...
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November 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Programs add depth as early period closes

College basketball’s early signing period ended Wednesday, November 19, and many programs added additional depth into their programs as the signing period closed. St. John’s, Georgia and Houston all made notable additions to help their programs going forward. St. John’s missed out on a big prize when Isaiah Briscoe opted for Kentucky over the Red Storm ...
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November 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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