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2015 McDonald’s All American game – Tuesday’s practice recap

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The day before the McDonald’s All-American game featured a practice session in the morning followed by an afternoon scrimmage in the United Center. After yesterday’s two hour battle, Tuesday’s practice lasted for just one hour, though it was still just as intense. The action consisted of various drills in both half-court and full-court situations that were designed to get the five-star players out of their comfort zones. While it was hard to stand-out in such ... Read More »

2015 McDonald’s All American game – Monday’s practice recap

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It did not take long for the action to heat up inside the Quest Multiplex in Chicago, IL this morning. The McDonald’s All-American festivities began on Sunday, but the practice on Monday served as the first gathering for all team members. With media and NBA personnel on hand, both the East and West teams were going at it from the get go. The two hour practice provided an in-depth look at the top seniors in ... Read More »

2014 City of Palms Classic – Tuesday recap

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 »