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2014 Nike Global Challenge International teams recap

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 recognize the tremendous performances of some players in attendance at camp in Las Vegas. All Camp Team G – Antonio Blakeney ... Read More »

2014 adidas Unrivaled – Saturday recap

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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 before the evening finals, the coaches in attendance were treated to several standout games. Players of Note: Jalen Adams, 6’2”, ... Read More »

2014 LeBron James Skills Academy – Saturday recap

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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 level of coaches seemed to be less on Saturday than on previous days, but head coaches such as Mike Brey, AndyEnfield, ... Read More »

2014 adidas Unrivaled – Friday recap

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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 strong throughout the day. The Stars: On Thursday, both Jaylen Brown and Chase Jeter struggled to get in a groove ... Read More »

2014 LeBron James Skills Academy – Friday recap

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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. From the original camp roster, such players as Isaiah Briscoe, Malik Newman, Stephen Zimmerman, Mickey Mitchell, Doral Moore and others were missing in action, ... Read More »