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Welcome to Hoopville!

Hoopville was founded in the autumn of 2001 by a loose band of college basketball brothers. We decided to take our affinity for college basketball and share our considerable knowledge with the masses that were facing a shortage of quality copy to read in their cubicle during their lunch breaks. The masses have spoken, and thus, we present Hoopville.

We provide insights into the game we all love. Our goal is to deliver top-flight commentary, analysis, and honest and humorous editorials on the hoops game. We’ll wrap it up in March with exhaustive coverage of Championship Week, and of course the NCAA Tournament. There’s no rest for the weary, as in the spring we ramp up our recruiting and camp coverage, followed by the NBA Draft.

In Hoopville, we provide coverage of all NCAA Division 1-A conferences and Independents – that’s over 340 teams! How do we do this? We have a squad of highly motivated (and talented) basketball writers scattered across the nation, from Boston to LA, from Washington State to Orlando, and everywhere in between. Each of these Hoopville columnists and contributors are dedicated to bringing you the finest in college basketball writing.

That said, we wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for the you, our readers. This is your Hoopville, as well as ours. Feel we’re doing your team or conference an injustice? Let us know. Have a question or a suggestion? Bring it. We’re game. Communication with the Hoopville staff can be accomplished by visiting the Contact page. We want to hear from you!

A Little Bit of Hoopville Lore

The actual genesis of the site stemmed from an intra-office NCAA Tournament pool.  I was initially pressed into service in March of 2000 to cover for a colleague who normally photocopied brackets and distributed them throughout the office.  At the time I was getting into web development, so I posted the standings round-by-round on a website that all could access.  In 2001, I decided to build an ASP-based web application for the staff as well as other employees on assignment out of the office, and actually posted content that today would be considered a “blog” before the term was common. Built with help from Barry Stahl of Copperbyte Consulting, it wasn’t the top-of-the-line ESPN Flash site, but it was pretty good.  Heading into the 2001-02 college basketball season, I thought it would generate more interest to send out a monthly newsletter to provide some hoops news and analysis leading up to the tournament.  A few days later, that idea had grown into a fully-fledged website, Hoopville.net.

We grew in size, content and exposure over the next few seasons.  After several seasons, we started to outgrow our modest technical platform, so preparations were made to move to a more robust, larger environment.  As the size of our database increased with excellent content, our servers began to crumble a bit.  We would have occasional outages (especially during March Madness – which is totally not cool), and steps were made to ensure the future survival of the site.  We have endured some rough patches in our history:

  • Our hired fancy New York development firm dropped the ball on the “new Hoopville” in November 2008
  • Our database was so unstable that it had to be re-booted hourly
  • Our host was hacked, and recovery was impossible, leading to the site being down for several weeks

We re-launched with version 4.0 of the site in February 2009, just in time for Championship Week games, and our platform held together fairly well through the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.

Now in 2011 we’re back, with even more updates.   We have just launched version 5.0 of Hoopville with a new platform, hosting environment, database, and three-column design.  And we have a change on the business front as well, as I have retired, selling controlling interest in Hoopville to new Executive Editor Phil Kasiecki, who will guide Hoopville into its second decade with exciting new features, including hosting and sponsorship of our own Hoopville High School tournaments.

Our new contact information is below. One thing is for sure – Hoopville will bring you the best of college basketball coverage, commentary, insight and analysis.

Thanks for the memories,

Andrew Flynn

Founder / Executive Editor Emeritus

March 2011

Editorial and Business Offices:

Hoopville Media Services, LLC
P.O. Box 940
Stoughton, Massachusetts 02072

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Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

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Saturday Notes – December 20, 2014

December 21, 2014 by

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A busy Saturday is in the books, and we saw the matchups get better, the results continue to be noteworthy and tell us more, and a couple of the games needed a lot of extra time to decide.

Despite a hit on the bottom line, Stony Brook’s transition continues

December 16, 2014 by

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Stony Brook was able to hang with Providence until the roof caved in several minutes into the second half. It’s part of a growing process this team in transition needs, and it continues despite dropping a few games along the way.

Amidst Maine’s rebuilding challenge, there is hope

December 12, 2014 by

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Maine has a long road ahead as they rebuild under new head coach Bob Walsh. Amidst the early struggles, the Black Bears have shown some reason for hope going forward.

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Recruiting Coverage

2014 Scholar Roundball Classic recap and notes

December 16, 2014 by

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We look at some notes and evaluations from Sunday’s action at the Scholar Roundball Classic, where the blowouts included some noteworthy performances.

2014 Hoop Mountain Prep Classic – Sunday notes

December 9, 2014 by

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We look back at Sunday’s action in the Hoop Mountain Prep Classic, which included an overtime thriller and a couple of lopsided contests, and some prospects who helped themselves out with their play.

Some notes from the National Prep Showcase

November 28, 2014 by

author_kasiecki

The busy weekend that just passed also included a few games at the National Prep Showcase. Here are a few notes from some of the action early on Friday and Saturday.

New England Prep Schools 2014-15: looking back and looking ahead

November 3, 2014 by

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With a series of prep school open gym visits in the book and the season not far away, here’s a look back at open gyms and a look forward to the season in the New England prep school ranks.

Marianapolis Prep will battle in Class AA

October 20, 2014 by

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Marianapolis Prep is far from loaded with talent, but they have enough perimeter talent to be dangerous. As is usually the case, they will battle and be a tough out in Class AA.

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.