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2015 Massachusetts AAU Tournament notes

by - Published June 3, 2015 in Columns, Recruiting

FOXBORO, Mass. – Sunday was a busy day in the Massachusetts AAU Tournament. It closed out a weekend of action in the oldest age group, while a few younger ones held their final rounds after the early rounds were held a few weeks prior. As such, it offered a look at a few key age groups.

The first one of note was the championship game in the 14-Under. The Mass. Commanders were fresh off a double overtime victory over the BABC Academy in the semifinals, but they showed no signs of wear against the Boston Spartans. The Commanders ran out to a 19-7 lead, then responded to a 6-0 Spartans run to get back into the game with a 26-3 run of their own to put the Spartans away early. After a 53-32 halftime lead, they coasted to a 94-64 win behind a well-balanced attack.

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Rule changes are no magic bullet for increasing scoring

by - Published May 1, 2015 in Columns

As we’re now coming up on a month into the off-season, a hot topic has been scoring in college basketball. It was down this year, and at times during the season it was the subject of much debate because of some painfully low-scoring games we saw in 2014-15. Scoring has been down for a while now, and there are lots of theories about it as well as solution ideas.

One solution idea has been bandied about quite a bit, to the point where it seems inevitable it will come. If it does, we can’t get our hopes up. Simply put, we shouldn’t expect rule changes to solve all our problems.

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adidas Gauntlet Indianapolis – Sunday notes

by - Published April 29, 2015 in Recruiting

FISHERS, In. – The second and final adidas Gauntlet session came to a close on Sunday with a flurry of games in a short time. All of the teams will play in the Super 64 in Las Vegas in July, but this and the session two weeks ago in Dallas were qualifiers for the adidas Gauntlet Finale in Atlanta on July 8-10, which will feature 16 teams.

Most of the games I viewed on Sunday were not very competitive, though the last one had a somewhat surprising end. After Team Philly had a hot start to the second half and seemed poised to take over the game, they never built their lead, and the Utah Prospects slowly came back and then won going away.

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adidas Gauntlet Indianapolis – Saturday notes

by - Published April 28, 2015 in Recruiting

FISHERS, In. – Saturday was a full day of action in the adidas Gauntlet Indianapolis, basically from dawn to dusk. College coaches lined the Best Choice Fieldhouse all along, with a good number of head coaches among them. Bracket play took over after the early going, and a number of teams played three games on the day.

There were some good games along the way, including a couple decided right at the end and some overtime action as well.

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adidas Gauntlet Indianapolis – Friday notes

by - Published April 25, 2015 in Columns, Recruiting

FISHERS, In. – The second session of the adidas Uprising circuit is near Indianapolis this weekend. Friday night got it started with three sets of games at the Best Choice Fieldhouse, and it’s the only stretch with all fixed matchups. Starting on Saturday morning, most of the matchups are determined by prior results, as bracket play begins. It’s a little different from how it was done last year.

Saturday will be a full day of action, with a few of the matchups now known and many more dependent on the outcome of Saturday’s games over the course of the day.

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Notes from the 2015 Northeast Hoops Festival

by - Published April 20, 2015 in Columns, Recruiting

HANOVER, Mass. – This spring is a bit unusual as the travel team schedule goes, as the two live weekends for college coaches have another weekend sandwiched in between. In the northeast, the place to be was the Northeast Hoops Festival, held primarily at the University Sports Complex. Saturday was full of pool play games, while Sunday was the time for playoffs and a couple of round robin sets of games with some premiere teams in the area.

The round robin series featuring Expressions, Mass Rivals, Metro Boston and the New England Playaz grabbed a lot of attention and saw good crowds. The game action lived up to its billing as well. They led the way, but there was more good talent observed on Sunday.

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2015 EYBL Hampton – Saturday & Sunday notes

by - Published April 14, 2015 in Recruiting

HAMPTON, Va. – A full day of action was on tap on Saturday in the first session of the Nike EYBL, before Sunday closed it out with a brief slate. Whereas in past years, Sunday saw each team play two EYBL games, there was only one this time around to complete a four-game weekend.

There were some good matchups along the way, some close games along with blowouts, and a chance to see some younger talent as well. The younger divisions reached the quarterfinals of their playoff rounds before Saturday night was out, culminating early Sunday.

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2015 EYBL Hampton – Friday notes

by - Published April 11, 2015 in Columns, Recruiting

HAMPTON, Va. – The first of two live weekends for college coaches comes up quickly this season, as the national championship was settled just a few days ago. This weekend meant a trip to see the first of four weekends in the Nike EYBL circuit, with berths in the Peach Jam at stake during the next couple of months.

Friday night saw each team play one game. A full day is ahead on Saturday, and there will be time to view 16-under and 15-under action as well. The college coach turnout was pretty good on Friday evening, with a number of head coaches showing up in the building. More will probably make their first appearance on Saturday.

With that, here’s a look at a few who stood out in Friday night’s action.

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2015 Playaz Spring Fling – Friday notes

by - Published April 8, 2015 in Columns, Recruiting

NEPTUNE, N.J. – Over the years, Final Four weekend has also featured early travel team events that signify the spring recruiting circuit heading into high gear. This year continued that, with the Playaz Spring Fling taking place mostly at Rebounds, the Hoop Group headquarters.

The event annually brings together many top teams in the northeast regardless of sneaker affiliation. In a circuit increasingly being segmented by those companies now that they all have their own circuit forming a big part of the spring, this event is that much better because you get matchups you’re unlikely to see at other times of the spring and summer. In fact, those circuits all get going later this weekend.

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Freshmen carried Duke to the national championship

by - Published April 7, 2015 in Columns

INDIANAPOLIS – On Monday night, a freshman-dominated team won a national championship.

It wasn’t who many thought it would be back in October, though.

This seems to be a trend in the college game, given that it’s happened a couple of times lately. Now, though, it’s happened with a program that was among the last to be touched in big numbers by early defections to the NBA and later one-and-done players.

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Player highlights from Mass Elite and Boston Warriors college showcase

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2015 Massachusetts AAU Tournament notes

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Massachusetts held its AAU championship rounds in a few age groups and its entire tournament for the oldest age group this weekend. We take a look at some of Sunday’s action in Foxboro.