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2012 Super 16 Showcase – Saturday player evaluations

by - Published May 29, 2012 in Columns
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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2012 Northeast Hoop Festival – Player Evaluations

by - Published April 18, 2012 in Columns
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HARTFORD, Conn. – A trip to Trinity College was in order on Saturday to check out action at the Northeast Hoop Festival, run by Hoop Mountain and the New England Recruiting Report. The tournament brought a number of teams from a lot of the east coast to compete in several age groups. As is often the case, the preference here was for the oldest players, and we got a look at a good number of them on Saturday.

With that, here are some thoughts on notable players in the event.

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It’s time to recognize John Calipari’s coaching

by - Published April 5, 2012 in Columns
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Let’s give John Calipari his due as a coach. This would be needed even if Kentucky lost on Monday night, but now that they have done what a team with that talent should do by winning the national championship, we need to give him his due and put an end to all the things that have been said about him to dismiss his coaching ability. It’s time we stopped saying the common lines that have been uttered about him that stop short of giving him credit as a coach.

Let’s stop saying he’s just a great recruiter.

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Team Takeover repeats at Playaz Spring Fling 16-under

by - Published April 4, 2012 in Columns
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WAYNE, N.J. – The transition from college basketball to the travel circuit always seems to unofficially begin with the Playaz Spring Fling, and that includes this year.  The event now is broken up into three separate events in northern New Jersey, with this weekend featuring 14-under and 16-under teams.

The 14-under championship was not a very competitive game, as Team Scan ran out to an early lead and never looked back in an 81-50 rout of Virginia-based New Generation.  They would lead by as many as 21 in the first half and later by 32 in the second half.  Devonte Green (SG-SF, North Babylon (NY)) scored a game-high 20 points to lead five Team Scan players in double figures.  Unique McLean (SG-SF, Brooklyn (NY)) was the tournament MVP, scoring 13 points in the final.

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An improbable run by Kansas? That’s what this is

by - Published April 2, 2012 in Columns
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One team was supposed to be here, one team wasn’t. The latter could be said in more ways than one. But as Monday night’s national championship game beckons, Kentucky and Kansas are something of a study in contrasts from the standpoint of how they got to this point. While there will surely be a lot of talk of about recent history between these two teams and head coaches, a better subject is the contrast in the expectations many had of these teams, and how one of them has reached here in what was thought to be more of a rebuilding year than a contending one. In doing so, we find that Bill Self may have done his best coaching job yet.

“We have kind of flown under the radar, by Kansas standards of late, which I think has been very healthy for a team that’s just trying to find themselves,” said Self.

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George Mason and VCU leaving the CAA would make no sense

by - Published March 27, 2012 in Columns
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Earlier in March, there was rumor going around that the Atlantic 10 might look into luring big-time Colonial Athletic Association schools like George Mason and VCU, and another couple of schools were mentioned as well. No one felt it had any legs, but as we near the end of March, that has gained traction. With CBSSports.com reporting that George Mason, VCU and Butler of the Horizon League are indeed having conversations about it, CAA commissioner Tom Yeager had to address it, just as the CAA schools did.

The question one has to ask, though, is something else: why would George Mason and VCU leave the CAA for the Atlantic 10?

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2014 Hoop Mountain Prep Classic – Sunday notes

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Some notes from the National Prep Showcase

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

November 3, 2014 by

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Marianapolis Prep will battle in Class AA

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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.

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