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2012 Hoopville Spring Finale – Notes

by - Published June 30, 2012 in Columns

BOSTON – The 2012 Hoopville Spring Finale saw over 70 teams compete at three sites. The high school age groups played all of their games in Boston at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, while the younger age groups played in Lynn. We look back at some notes from the weekend, starting with the champions in some of the younger age groups.

Champions in the younger age groups were Expressions Elite (fourth grade), Xtreme Ballarz (fifth grade), All For One (sixth grade) and Expressions South (seventh grade).

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Out of state teams make their mark at Hoopville Spring Finale

by - Published June 25, 2012 in Columns

BOSTON – The Hoopville Spring Finale is in the books. The 2012 edition saw teams from outside of the host state make their mark, especially in the oldest age group. The 17-Under/Open division saw no teams from the host state advance out of pool play, while only one team did so in the 16-Under. The 15-Under was the age group where the host state salvaged the weekend as both finalists came from Massachusetts.

It wasn’t too surprising that the 17-Under had no teams from Massachusetts advance since it had the highest concentration of teams from outside the state. Nine of the 14 teams in that group came from outside of the state, including three from Canada.

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2012 Rumble in the Bronx Recap

by - Published June 13, 2012 in Columns

NEW YORK – The NCAA has long wanted to put an end to travel team tournaments. Various legislation in recent years has been aimed at it, with much of it not having the desired effect. While they haven’t killed off these events by a long shot, they have, unfortunately, weakened some of them.

Enter the 2012 Rumble in the Bronx, held this past weekend and memorable now only for the wrong reason.

A tournament with a great reputation and long the best one in the month of June, this year’s Rumble was not like the tournaments of old. The tournament name is a bit of a misnomer now, as NCAA regulations have forced the tournament away from Fordham as the central site and now into mostly New York City and across the Hudson River at City Sports on 4 in Englewood, N.J.

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Looking back on over 100 games in 2011-12

by - Published June 9, 2012 in Columns

Another season of college basketball is in the books, and this was perhaps the best one yet for me in terms of what I was able to see. Once Ohio State held off Syracuse to advance to the Final Four, I had covered 118 games in 2011-12, a personal best. It was a lot of basketball, to be sure, but it was well worth it. I saw three of the four Final Four teams at least once this season (Kansas is the only one I never covered a game of) as well as three of the four No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament (Michigan State is the only one I never covered a game of).

In addition, there were more games that were memorable in some sense, as coming up with a list of the top ten games I covered was easier this season than in some others. Among the games were six that went to overtime, including the very first one. Perhaps that was a sign of what was ahead.

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New Mount St. Mary’s coach hopes to bring the program back to its recent winning ways

by - Published June 7, 2012 in Columns

A lot has changed for Jamion Christian over the past year. A year ago at this time, he was an assistant coach at William & Mary. Just before the summer, he would head west to VCU for a similar position, and less than a year later he is now the head coach at his alma mater, Mount St. Mary’s. As you might expect, he’s excited about it for plenty of reasons, and after a couple of challenging years that energy is undoubtedly quite welcome on the Emmitsburg, MD campus.

Christian immediately becomes one of the youngest head coaches in Division I, having turned 30 in mid-April. (New Wagner head coach Bashir Mason is the youngest at 28 years of age.) A 2004 graduate of the school, where he was a three-year captain, he was naturally interested because it’s his alma mater, although he would have been just fine if he were still at VCU.

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2012 Super 16 Showcase – Saturday player evaluations

by - Published May 29, 2012 in Columns

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Super 16 Showcase started out as a one-day showcase near the end of the first live period in July. It was simply a couple of games for a number of teams in front of college coaches at that time. Now, it is held on Memorial Day weekend and is a tournament, with the oldest age groups playing in a bracketed format from start to finish. A trip to Connecticut College was in order on Saturday to check out some of the action.

Here is a look at some of the players we saw in action on Saturday.

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2012 Hall of Fame Spring Classic – Sunday Recap

by - Published May 23, 2012 in Columns

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – On Sunday, a trip to western Massachusetts was in order to check out the playoff rounds in the Hall of Fame Spring Classic. The older players competed at Springfield College.

In the 17-under Gold final, the New England Playaz ran out to an early double-digit lead and pulled away from a couple of charges en route to an 84-63 win over Connecticut Select. Kerem Kanter (6’8″ So. PF, Granby (MA) MacDuffie School) led the Playaz with a game-high 25 points, while Isaiah Lewis (6’3″ Jr. SG, Middle Village (NY) Christ The King HS) added 20 points to cap off a good day of action.

The 17-under Silver final was a close game most of the way, with New Rens pulling out a 73-66 win over the New England Cyclones.

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Middlesex Magic, BABC lead Saturday’s Mass. AAU Final Four action

by - Published May 21, 2012 in Columns

LOWELL, Mass. – The Massachusetts AAU Final Four was held at UMass-Lowell this weekend, and a trip there was on the docket for Saturday. It allowed for a chance to check out a few of the high school age groups since most were on the schedule for the day.

The day started with the oldest players taking the courts as the 11th graders opened it up. Middlesex Magic has been striding as a contender for a few years, but this time around they broke through with a 54-52 win in the championship game over MABC. It didn’t come easily, as the Magic were down by seven late in the game before coming back to pull it out. They were also without a couple of regular starters.

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EYBL Hampton had plenty of good prospects

by - Published May 12, 2012 in Columns

HAMPTON, Va. – The Nike Elite Youth Basketball League held its second session to close out the month of April. Long the home of the Boo Williams Invitational, there was still a tournament in 15-under and 16-under in addition to each of the 40 teams in the EYBL playing five games to build on the four they played in Minneapolis the prior weekend. A couple of time slots had no EYBL games scheduled and thus allowed for a look at a few younger players as well.

For the first time in many years, this event was live for Division I coaches, and the turnout was quite impressive as expected. A number of head coaches, including some big names, were in the building to scope out some of the best talent in the country and not just among the class of 2013.

Without further adieu, here’s a look at some of the notable prospects who competed in Hampton.

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2012 Hall of Fame New England Championship – Player Evaluations

by - Published April 25, 2012 in Columns

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. – The first of two weekends that were open to Division I coaches saw a trip to Connecticut on the docket. The Hall of Fame New England Championship was held primarily a little away from Hartford, with the key games being at Wesleyan University.

The 16-under final was a close game throughout, with Team Scan leading the B.C. Eagles for most of the game. Down 40-35 late, the B.C. Eagles finished the game on an 8-1 run for a 43-41 win. Calvin Crawford (6’7″ Jr. SF, Montgomery (NY) Valley Central HS) led the Eagles with a game-high 15 points and was their only player in double figures. Chris McCullough (6’9″ So. PF, White Plains (NY) Salisbury Prep) led Team Scan with 13 points and Conrad Chambers (6’1″ So. SG, Chester (PA) Friends Central HS) added 11.

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Conference Coverage

2013-14 Big Ten Post-Mortem

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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