Is the NCAA Starting to “Get It” on Recruiting?

by - Published August 28, 2011 in Columns

Could the NCAA be ready to turn over a new leaf? A recent news release about discussions among the Division I Leadership Council suggests it might be possible. As refreshing as that would be, however, we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves. Let’s remember that this is the NCAA that we’re talking about.

 

The NCAA has long wanted to regulate the world of grassroots basketball, and they have attained some measure of that in recent years. None of it has been good, though, and that’s true by just about any measure. They first took away the ability of Division I coaches to attend fall travel team events, then reduced the spring to only events sanctioned by state high school associations during the month of April. A couple of years ago, that went away, leaving coaches with just the month of July for seeing a large number of players in one setting. It wasn’t good for many coaches, and they weren’t alone.

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The Call to Pay College Football and Basketball Players a Good Excuse to Abolish Title IX

by - Published August 26, 2011 in Columns

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Preliminarily, you need to know who you are reading. I was once upon a time a college basketball assistant, most recently spending a year on Dan Dakich’s staff at Bowling Green. Later, I spent four years as a radio analyst (and Hoopville writer) in Boston, the last two for Northeastern’s Bill Coen. Most of the rest as a litigator, most of those years representing insurance interests. I developed the view that most civil lawsuits are frivolous, that we have too many lawyers in America (by a factor of 10), and that nothing I can think of is more disgusting than middle class Americans with a lawyer’s phone number on speed-dial (don’t much like the concept of speed-dial, but really hate individuals’ rights of recent-vintage to sue). The reader should know I have worked Title IX lawsuits (in fact, on the plaintiffs’ side), so I know from whence I speak.

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Paying Players Not Likely to Happen or Solve Problems

by - Published August 26, 2011 in Columns
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The subject of paying players in addition to the scholarships they receive is certainly not a new one. Questions have been asked about it for quite a while, with many feeling like players should be paid and for a litany of reasons from television contracts to coaches’ contracts to sales of player jerseys. And while the discussion seems poised to go to another level now that the NCAA is exploring the subject, two things remain true: pay for play will be very difficult to make reality, and if it ever becomes reality it’s not likely to solve the problem of NCAA violations that proponents think it will.

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2011 Boston Best 40 Another Success

by - Published August 24, 2011 in Columns

WESTON, Mass. – The Rivers School was once again home to the Boston Best 40 on Saturday. The event brought together some top talent in the area in grades 6-9, with sixth and seventh graders starting the day and eighth and ninth graders following that. The event was run by Rivers coach Andrew Mirken with some assistance from ESkillz Academy.

 

The young players went through a series of drills before playing in games against one another. The eighth and ninth graders were also shown a more extensive set of drills that they can use to help improve their skill level.

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Powerade Hardtop Challenge Another Success in Boston

by - Published August 17, 2011 in Columns

ROXBURY, Mass. – The Powerade Hardtop Challenge, formerly known as the “Sprite Tournament”, was held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center this weekend. It’s part of an annual national tour run by Powerade with the help of people in the basketball community in each city.

 

The event featured competition in four boys and two girls age groups. While there were some teams that made the trip from out of town, including a couple from Pennsylvania and several from New York, the event had a decidedly Boston feel, especially when it came to the championships. This year, a handful of games were played on Friday night of the weekend, after having games only on Saturday and Sunday in the past. In part, that was to accommodate having two girls age groups that were added this year.

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Looking Back on Over 100 Games in 2010-11

by - Published August 8, 2011 in Columns

It’s always a challenge to see so many games from a lot of standpoints. There are schedules, which make it difficult to see some teams at all, and there are logistics. This winter was not a fun one in much of New England with seemingly constant snow, and it made getting to some games difficult as one might imagine. In some ways, that made covering over 100 games for the third year in a row a little nicer this time around.

 

With that in mind, and with the 2011-12 season just another couple of months away, here is a look back at over 100 Division I games in the 2010-11 season.

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Saturday Notes – January 24, 2015

January 25, 2015 by

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This Saturday didn’t have quite the marquee matchups as a week earlier, but there were some important ones, especially with teams in the middle of a few conferences trying to separate themselves from the pack.

Saturday notes – January 17, 2015

January 18, 2015 by

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High school games may have grabbed a lot of attention, but there were plenty of college games as well. Most results weren’t surprising, but were well worth looking at some notes on, and we do that here.

Rhode Island keeping perspective after tough loss

January 15, 2015 by

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Rhode Island controlled Tuesday night’s game against VCU, but couldn’t finish it and took a tough loss. Their improvement is evident, though, and they are keeping perspective on that in trying to keep improving.

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2015 Boston Winter Invitational: What to expect

January 23, 2015 by

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The Boston Winter Invitational is coming up on Sunday at UMass-Boston. Here is a look at some of what to expect in the four prep school games that are on the schedule.

2015 Spalding Hoophall Classic – Monday notes

January 21, 2015 by

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Monday was the big day despite having just five games, as all were big matchups and most were nationally televised. There was plenty of talent in these games, and some big names played well.

2015 Spalding Hoophall Classic – Sunday notes

January 19, 2015 by

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It was a bad weather day outside, but fortunately we play the games indoors. Prep schools took center stage on a busy Sunday with some good talent and good games all the way to the end.

2015 Spalding Hoophall Classic – Saturday notes

January 18, 2015 by

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The Spalding Hoophall Classic picked up on Saturday, with a few good games, a couple of blowouts, then the best game of the day at the end. There was also plenty of good talent in each game.

2015 Hoop Dreams Mag Prep Classic – Sunday notes

January 14, 2015 by

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Sunday was the day for a trip a little down the road from Saturday’s destination to check out some prep school action. We take a look at some notes from the day’s games in the Hoop Dreams Mag Prep Classic.

2014 Prep School Tour

Missed a recap of an open gym workout? We have them all right here for you.

Sept. 9: Putnam Science Academy
Sept 10: Commonwealth Academy
Sept. 11: St. Andrew's
Sept. 12: Northfield Mount Hermon
Sept. 16: Brewster Academy and Phillips Exeter
Sept. 17: Brooks School
Sept. 21: Holderness School
Sept. 23: St. Thomas More and Marianapolis Prep
Sept. 24: South Kent School and Kent School
Sept. 25: Williston Northampton
Sept. 28: Wilbraham and Monson Academy and Suffield Academy
Sept. 30: New Hampton
Oct. 5: Worcester Academy
Oct. 7: Brimmer and May
Oct. 8: Cushing Academy
Oct. 9: Tilton
Oct. 12: Tabor Academy and Rivers School
Oct. 14: The Master's School
Oct. 16: Vermont Academy

You can also find them all right here.