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Hoopniks Terrific 30 – December 8, 2014

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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 roster. Next Five: Sagemont (FL), Putnam City West (OK), St. Joseph (IL), St. Edward (OH), Southwind (TN) Dropped Out: St. Francis (GA), North Little Rock (AR), Bishop Gorman (NV), Chino Hills (CA), Archbishop Carroll (PA) Read More »

Hoopniks Terrific 30 – December 1, 2014

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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 game. With that said, Bishop Gorman won’t drop too far in the rankings, and has a very competitive schedule in ... Read More »

ESPN announces televised HS Hoops games for ’14-15

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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 ESPN rankings, and 20 recruits who have committed to Arizona, Auburn, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Kentucky, LSU, Memphis, Nebraska, ... Read More »

Top High School Tournaments for the 2014-2015 Season

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The following is an except from the FREE 2014 National High School Basketball Preview publication, published by Hoopniks.com. Download your copy of the 2014 National High School Basketball Preview publication using the button below this paragraph. The publication includes the Terrific 30 High School Rankings, Top 5 Post Graduate teams, Top 100 Seniors, Best Tournaments and Events and underclassmen player rankings! Note: As of press time, November 10, 2014, many tournaments had yet to officially release ... Read More »

2014 Pre-Season Top 5 Post-Graduate Rankings

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The following is an except from the FREE 2014 National High School Basketball Preview publication, published by Hoopniks.com. Download your copy of the 2014 High School Basketball Preview publication using the button below this paragraph. The publication includes the Terrific 30 High School Rankings, Top 5 Post Graduate teams, Top 100 Seniors, Best Tournaments and Events and underclassmen player rankings! 1. Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, NH) Head Coach: Jason Smith Key Players: Jalen Adams, 6’-2”, Sr., G, ... Read More »

2014 Pre-Season Terrific 30 High School Rankings

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The following is an except from the FREE 2014 National High School Basketball Preview publication, published by Hoopniks.com. Download your copy of the 2014 National High School Basketball Preview publication using the button below this paragraph. The publication includes the Terrific 30 High School Rankings, Top 5 Post Graduate teams, Top 100 Seniors, Best Tournaments and Events and underclassmen player rankings! 1. Montverde Academy (Montverde, FL) Last Year: 28-0 (including forfeit win), DICK’s Sporting Goods National High ... Read More »

Team Preview: Findlay Prep Pilots

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One of the nation’s top high school basketball teams over the past several years has been Findlay Prep (NV), which has been a force in the Las Vegas-area, by constantly reloading their roster with blue chip talent from across the country and internationally. The 2014-2015 Findlay Prep Pilots will be Andy Johnson’s first year at the helm as head coach, though expectations will still be high. A talented but young roster boasts height and athleticism ... Read More »

2014 Les Schwab Invitational announces talented field

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Press Release The Les Schwab Invitational presented by Express Employment Professionals – one of the most prolific holiday high school basketball tournaments in the country – returns to Liberty High School this December for four days of entertaining basketball games and fun for the entire family. The 19th annual holiday basketball tournament will take place on December 27th – 30th and will once again feature future college and NBA stars that the tournament has been ... Read More »

Slam Dunk to the Beach is Back

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The Delaware Sports Commission has announced the national slate of high school teams that will participate in the return of the renowned Slam Dunk to the Beach basketball tournament, which will be held at Cape Henlopen High School from December 27-29, 2014. The field is headlined by several schools who annually occupy spots in the national rankings. Sunrise Christian Academy (Wichita, KS), Our Savior New American School (Centereach, NY), Gonzaga College High School (Washington, D.C.) ... Read More »

Jahlil Okafor named Parade’s Player of the Year

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Duke Blue Devils bound 6′-11″ center Jahlil Okafor of Whitney Young (IL) was selected as the Parade Player of the Year on Sunday, in 58th Annual selection of All-America basketball teams by the publication. While the Parade All-America teams don’t carry as much meaning as they used to, they are a long-running tradition and certainly a prestigious award. Duke (Okafor and Justise Winslow), Kansas (Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre), North Carolina (Justin Jackson and Joel Berry) and Kentucky (Karl Towns and Trey Lyles) all placed ... Read More »

DICK’S Sporting Goods High School National Tournament set for April 3-5

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With a new home in New York City, the DICK’S Sporting Goods High School National Tournament (formerly the National High School Invitational) announced their tournament field this week, which features seven of the top eight ranked boys teams by USA Today. The field includes defending NHSI Champion and #1 ranked Montverde Academy (FL), as well as three different 2014 State Champions: Northside Christian Academy from North Carolina, The Sagemont School from Florida and Rainier Beach ... Read More »

Cliff Alexander named Naismith Player of the Year

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Kansas-bound power forward Cliff Alexander of Curie (IL) was named Naismith Player of Year by the Atlanta Tip-Off Club on Friday. Alexander was selected over fellow finalists Jahlil Okafor of Whitney Young (IL) and Stanley Johnson of Mater Dei (CA). Okafor is headed to play for the Duke Blue Devils, while Johnson has signed with the Arizona Wildcats. Alexander’s dominant senior season was marred by eligibility issues of teammates and the eventual forfeiture of the season’s wins. Still, Alexander’s ... Read More »