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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

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

Your Phil of Hoops

Saturday Notes – January 24, 2015

January 25, 2015 by

author_kasiecki

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

author_kasiecki

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

rhodeisland

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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Recruiting Coverage

2015 Boston Winter Invitational: What to expect

January 23, 2015 by

hoopguy-divisionII

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

hoophall

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

hoophall

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

hoophall

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

author_kasiecki

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.