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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 country. Wheeler (GA) 72 Montverde Academy (FL) 65 In a close and hard fought championship game featuring the two top ... Read More »

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 Brown. Simmons scored 16 points in his semi-final and Brown finished with 28 points including a perfect 13-13 from the ... Read More »

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) 87 Northfield Mount Hermon is often referred to as the Wisconsin of high school basketball. Crisp ball movement, floor spacing, ... Read More »

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 next offer. The 2014 kicked off with an overtime game won by Notre Dame Prep and continued with six more ... Read More »

2014 Nike Global Challenge International teams recap


The 2014 Nike Global Challenge included four foreign teams in the four day tournament held in Chicago, IL. Teams from Brazil, Canada, China, and Africa were all invited to compete amongst each other as well as against the four USA teams in the event. Overall, the foreign teams struggled when faced with competition from the United States, though China participated in the third place game after upsetting the USA South team. The three other foreign teams ... Read More »

2014 Nike Global Challenge USA teams recap


The USA teams were the class of the 2014 Nik Global Challenge in Chicago, with the USA West team handing the USA East their first loss in the championship game on Sunday afternoon. The West team was stocked with talent from Texas and also got some help from Stephen Zimmerman and Dejounte Murray (Washington Huskies commit). Throughout the challenge, the four USA teams suffered just one loss to the foreign teams with the USA South falling ... Read More »

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 college basketball head and assistant coaches, and a veritable who’s who of D-1 basketball’s most prominent members were in the ... Read More »

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 Thursday, with an evening session of skills, drills and scrimmages under the watchful eye of longtime USA Basketball Developmental National ... Read More »

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 was at a premium. Several minutes in both teams got into a scuffle with technical fouls awarded to each squad. ... Read More »

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 final day, the semi-finals are set in the 17U age bracket. The South Carolina Raptors face off against Sports U ... Read More »

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 Academy. In its camp kickoff at the Quest Multiplex gym in the city’s west side (which also plays host to ... Read More »

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, has come up with these very unofficial “awards,” which recognize the tremendous performances of some players in attendance at camp in Las Vegas. All Camp Team G – Antonio Blakeney ... Read More »