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King-size center Udoka Azbuike is Kansas-bound

Imposing center Udoka Azbuike, a 6′-11″, 260 pound big man from Potter’s House (FL) has announced his college choice. The No. 32 prospect in the 2016 class, and without question one of the most physically dominant players nationally, has picked the Kansas Jayhawks. North Carolina and Florida State were also involved in Azbuike’s recruitment. A native …
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 McDonald’s All American rosters named

On Sunday night, the roster for the 2016 McDonald’s All American game was announced on a selection show on ESPNU. The game will go down on March 30, 2016 at Chicago’s United Center (for a sixth straight season). The game is the 39th annual boys contest, and remains as the premier showcase for high school …
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Sixteen named to 2016 Jordan Brand Classic game

The first sixteen players have been named to the roster of the 2016 Jordan Brand Classic. The games are are scheduled for April 15, 2016 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. New York will unquestionably be the place to be on the grassroots basketball scene during the weekend of April 15 to 17, …
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Highly-touted guard Kobi Simmons announces Arizona

Elite 6′-5″ guard Kobi Simmons, the No. 17 prospect in the 2016 class nationally, committed to Arizona on a Saturday ESPN broadcast. With Simmons off the board, only seven top 100 prospects remain uncommitted at this juncture. Simmons picked the Wildcats over Kentucky, Ohio State and UNLV. Arizona loses standout guard Gabe York from its 2015-2016 …
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Superb sophomore Rechon Black to North Carolina

North Carolina is way ahead of the game in the 2018 class, as they landed a verbal commitment from 6′-7″ guard Rechon Black of Concord (NC) on Friday. There’s no doubt it’s extremely early, but Black’s promising start to high school has resulted in him being ranked as the No. 10 prospect nationally in the 2018 …
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

Touted ’17 wing J.J. Smith pledges Ole Miss

With their 2016-2017 team set up through recruiting, Ole Miss was able to place an increased emphasis on the 2017 class. That intensity paid off in a big way on Saturday, as according to multiple reports, 6′-5″ wing Jatrious “J.J” Smith verbally committed to the Rebels. Smith is a top 100 prospect who is at Pebblebrook …
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January 10, 2016  |  Discuss

Indiana nabs point guard with NBA bloodlines, Devonte Green

Indiana has a fourth recruit in place for the 2016 recruiting cycle, point guard Devonte Green of Long Island Lutheran (NY). Green is the younger brother of NBA wing Danny Green. Green is solid point guard with the ability to hit 3-point shots. He figures to compete with fellow incoming guard Curtis Jones for reserve minutes in …
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January 09, 2016  |  Discuss

2016 Cancer Research Classic recap

A slate of seven top notch high school basketball games were televised live from the 2016 Cancer Research Classic, held at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia. Literally dozens of nationally ranked players, including several potential professionial players down the line, showed their wares on center stage at the event, which is arguably the …
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January 03, 2016  |  Discuss

Class of 2019 – Early Watch-List

The 2015-2016 high school basketball season is in full swing, and some major games have already been played on significant national stages. With that in mind, it seemed like with the New Year here, it is time to mention some players who have already made their names from a national perspective. Our list of 10 …
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January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Cal adds second guard for ’17, Jemarl Baker

Cal nabbed a second guard for the 2017 recruiting cycle on New Year’s Eve, as Roosevelt (CA) guard Jemarl Baker announced his pledge to the Golden Bears. Baker joins fellow SoCal talent Alec Hickman in the class to date for California, as head coach Cuonzo Martin and his staff brace for the expected graduation departures of several …
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January 01, 2016  |  Discuss

JC standout Bashir Ahmed to St. John’s

A thin and inexperienced roster has led to a difficult 2015-2016 season in head coach Chris Mullin’s inaugural season at St. John’s. It’s clear that the Red Storm needs to significant upgrade the talent on their roster for a rebuild of the program to work in the ensuing seasons. St. John’s may have added a …
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December 26, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Early Signing Period Breakdown: Conference USA

Best Player: Quentin Jackson, Charlotte Best Potential: Raekwon Long, Florida International Best Scorer: A.J. Lawson, North Texas Best Shooter: Nate Darling, UAB Best Rebounder: Oliver Powell, Louisiana Tech Best Passer: Ako Adams, Rice Best Defender: Alassane Kane, Old Dominion Best Glue Guy: Tim Harrison, Rice Best Athlete: Javien Williams, UAB 1. Rice Owls Ako Adams...
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December 19, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Early Signing Period Breakdown: Atlantic 10

Best Player: De’Riante Jenkins, VCU Best Potential: DeJon Jarreau, Massachusetts Best Scorer: De’Riante Jenkins, VCU Best Shooter: Nick Sherod, Richmond Best Rebounder: Kevin Marfo, George Wasington Best Passer: Jeff Dowtin, Rhode Island Best Defender: DeJon Jarreau, Massachusetts Best Glue Guy: Chris Baldwin, Massachusetts Best Athlete: Unique McLean, Massachusetts 1...
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December 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Texas hooks top 50 in-state guard Andrew Jones

The Texas Longhorns hooked one of the top available guard prospects in the country on Monday, as 6′-4″ guard Andrew Jones of MacArthur (TX) announced his pledge. Jones is a top 50 prospect nationally who has been shooting up the recruiting charts over the last several months. Jones’ commitment comes on the heels of knocking off …
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December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

2016 Hoop Summit USA team announced

Three-time USA Basketball gold medalists Terrance Ferguson (Advanced Prep International/Dallas, Texas),Josh Jackson (Prolific Prep Academy, Calif./Southfield, Mich.) and Jayson Tatum (Chaminade College Prep/St. Louis, Mo.) headline the 2016 USA Junior National Select Team that will face off against the World Select Team in the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit at 12 p.m. (PST / 3 p.m., …
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December 14, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Early Signing Period Breakdown: SEC

Best Player: De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky Best Potential: Wenyen Gabriel, Kentucky Best Scorer: Malik Monk, Kentucky Best Shooter: Terrance Ferguson, Alabama Best Rebounder: Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, Kentucky Best Passer: J.J. Caldwell, Texas A&M Best Defender: Abdulhakim Ado, Mississippi State Best Glue Guy: Braxton Key, Alabama Best Athlete: Malik Monk, Kentucky 1. Kentucky...
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December 12, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Early Signing Period Breakdown: West Coast Conference

Best Player: Zach Norvell, Gonzaga Best Potential: Zach Collins, Gonzaga Best Scorer: Jordan Ford, St. Mary’s Best Shooter: Connor Harding, BYU Best Rebounder: Yoeli Childs, BYU Best Passer: Elijah Lee, Pepperdine Best Defender: Yoeli Childs, BYU Best Glue Guy: Donald Gipson, Loyola Marymount Best Athlete: Killian Tillie, Gonzaga 1. Gonzaga Bulldogs Zach Norvell | 6′-5″...
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December 11, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Early Signing Period Breakdown: Big Ten

Best Player: Miles Bridges, Michigan State Best Potential: Miles Bridges, Michigan State Best Scorer: Miles Bridges, Michigan State Best Shooter: Kevin Huerter, Maryland Best Rebounder: Nick Ward, Michigan State Best Passer: Xavier Simpson, Michigan Best Defender: Nick Ward, Michigan State Best Glue Guy: Lamar Stevens, Penn State Best Athlete: Miles Bridges, Michigan State...
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December 10, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Early Signing Period Breakdown: ACC

Best Player: Harry Giles, Duke Best Potential: Harry Giles, Duke Best Scorer: Frank Jackson, Duke Best Shooter: Kyle Guy, Virginia Best Rebounder: Javin DeLaurier, Duke Best Passer: Ty Jerome, Virginia Best Defender: Harry Giles, Duke Best Glue Guy: DeAndre Hunter, Virginia Best Athlete: Dennis Smith, NC State 1. Duke Blue Devils Frank Jackson | 6′-3″ | PG | Lone Peak...
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November 29, 2015  |  Discuss

2016 Player rankings refresh: No. 25, V.J. King

Height: 6′-6″ Weight: 200 Wingspan: 6′-11″ Position: SF High School (State): Paul VI (VA) Club Team (Affiliation): Team Takeover (Nike) Commitment: Louisville Cardinals Our Take: With two Gold medals as a member of USA Basketball’s U17 and U16 national teams, King is an experienced winner to the highest degree. His superior blend of length and athleticism allow him to be a …
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November 29, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Early Signing Period Breakdown: Mountain West

Best Player: Justin Jackson, UNLV Best Potential: Justin Jackson, UNLV Best Scorer: Koby McEwen, Utah State Best Shooter: Christian Vital, UNLV Best Rebounder: Jalen McDaniels, San Diego State Best Passer: Devearl Ramsey, Nevada Best Defender: Jaylen Fisher, UNLV Best Glue Guy: Josh Hall, Nevada Best Athlete: Damien Jefferson, New Mexico 1. UNLV Rebels Jaylen Fisher | 6...
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November 28, 2015  |  Discuss

2016 Player rankings refresh: No. 24, Dewan Huell

Height: 6′-10″ Weight: 210 Wingspan: 7′-0″ Position: PF High School (State): Norland (FL) Club Team (Affiliation): Team Breakdown (Under Armour) Commitment: Miami Hurricanes Our Take: A tremendously athletic big man, Huell was a major score for Miami to keep close to home. Huell is a great run-and-jump power forward with outstanding size and bounce for his position...
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November 28, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Early Signing Period Breakdown: Big 12

Best Player: Kameron McGusty, Oklahoma Best Potential: Emmanuel Malou, Iowa State Best Scorer: Jacob Young, Texas Best Shooter: Thomas Dziagwa, Oklahoma State Best Rebounder: Solomon Young, Iowa State Best Passer: Darrion Strong, Oklahoma Best Defender: Sagaba Konate, West Virginia Best Glue Guy: Chase Harler, West Virginia Best Athlete: Mark Vital, Baylor 1. Oklahoma Sooners...
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November 28, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Early Signing Period Breakdown: Big East

Best Player: Omari Spellman, Villanova Best Potential: Omari Spellman, Villanova Best Scorer:  Shamorie Ponds, St. John Best Shooter: Myles Powell, Seton Hall Best Rebounder: Eddie Ediyor, Xavier Best Passer: Jagan Mosley, Georgetown Best Defender: Jagan Mosley, Georgetown Best Glue Guy: Tyrique Jones, Xavier Best Athlete: Tyrique Jones, Xavier 1. Villanova Wildcats Omari...
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November 27, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Early Signing Period Breakdown: American Athletic

Best Player: Alterique Gilbert, UConn Best Potential: Juwan Durham, UConn Best Scorer: Jarron Cumberland, Cincinnati Best Shooter:  Corey Henderson, Tulsa Best Rebounder: Mamadou Diarra, UConn Best Passer: Charlie Moore, Memphis Best Defender: Alterique Gilbert, UConn Best Glue Guy: Elijah Hughes, East Carolina Best Athlete: Troy Baxter, South Florida 1. Connecticut Huskies...
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November 27, 2015  |  Discuss
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