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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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Your Phil of Hoops

Watson’s transfer will sting BU the most

April 11, 2014 by

bostonuniversity

Boston University recently saw three players transfer. The impact of the departure of one of them will be felt more than the other two.

Mihalich’s first year at Hofstra is over but will have plenty of value

March 9, 2014 by

hofstra

The first year for Hofstra under Joe Mihalich is in the books. Many expected that wins would be hard to come by, and they were, but this season was about more than that and is hardly a throwaway year.

Cornell’s future can only be better

March 2, 2014 by

cornell

Cornell has had a rough season, as could be expected given some personnel losses. It’s almost in the books, and the future at least looks brighter.

Hoopville Archives

Even More: City Hoops Recruiting

Mass Elite and Boston Warriors hold college showcase

Mass Elite and Boston Warriors, two of the largest programs in Massachusetts, teamed up for a college showcase on Wednesday night. Here are some evaluations from that event.

Massachusetts 11th grade AAU Tournament recap

Teams gathered at Mass Premier Courts to chase the state title in the oldest age group, and one champion was a familiar one.

Travel team profile: All For One

All For One has been one of the better travel programs in Massachusetts for players before they reach high school

Travel team profile: Blackstone Valley Chaos

Size and options on the wing are not lacking for this year’s junior team

Travel team profile: Expressions Elite

Expressions Elite has quickly become one of the deeper programs in New England

Conference Coverage

2013-14 Big Ten Post-Mortem

July 8, 2014 by

bigten

The Big Ten had some teams slip as the season went on, but plenty of others picked up the slack in another good year for the conference.

2013-14 Sun Belt Post-Mortem

July 7, 2014 by

sunbelt

Membership changes have been happening at quite a pace of late in the Sun Belt, and it was a new member that stole the show for much of this past season and seems poised to lead the way in the future.

2013-14 Big Sky Post-Mortem

July 1, 2014 by

bigsky

The teams that have led the way in the Big Sky of late were right there again this season. One of them won both the regular season and conference tournament, and also had a nice time with the post-season awards as well.

2013-14 MEAC Post-Mortem

July 1, 2014 by

meac

The 2013-14 season was N.C. Central’s year in the MEAC, as the Eagles completed their four-year ascent to the top of conference.

2013-14 Big 12 Post-Mortem

June 30, 2014 by

big12

When it comes to overall depth, the Big 12 this season may have been one of the strongest leagues in a long time. The conference sent seven of its 10 teams to the NCAA Tournament, the first time in 21 years and just the fifth time ever that a league sent 70% or more of its teams to the tourney.

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