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2016 Hoopville Spring Finale preview

by - Published June 24, 2016 in Columns, Recruiting

The 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale is coming up this weekend, and will once again feature a number of programs from the region. This year’s is a much more localized version, with fewer teams from outside of Massachusetts than any other year of the event. It means that for this year at least, it will truly feature the kids from the home area.

While the number of teams from out of state has fluctuated over the years, in some years the teams from out of state have dominated the bottom line. There are some good teams coming from out of state, so they could still have a prominent impact on the bottom line.

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Once highly valued, big men didn’t have the best draft night in 2016

by - Published June 24, 2016 in Columns

“You can’t teach height” used to be a key mantra of the NBA Draft, especially to explain selections that, to the casual fan, don’t seem to make much sense. It was a phrase oft-uttered to explain how big men were so highly valued in the NBA Draft and later on.

In 2016, that seems to be old hat. It almost seems to be less of a cliché and more of an outdated idea. At least, that’s what we can gleam from the 2016 NBA Draft.

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For some early entrants, draft night was a tough one

by - Published June 24, 2016 in Columns

For a number of players who could have returned to a college campus in 2016-17, the uphill battle to make an NBA roster has begun. It began without hearing their name called on Thursday night in Brooklyn, and continues from here.

An important part of the NBA Draft this year, and one that has been much-talked about, is restoring the deadline to pull out of the draft to a date closer to draft night than the national championship game. It allowed players more time to get feedback from NBA teams, which is a plus, and led to over 100 college players initially declaring before 57 pulled out.

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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – June 22, 2016

by - Published June 22, 2016 in Columns

Welcome to Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. In this edition, we focus largely on the upcoming NBA Draft. We also note the upcoming Hoopville Spring Finale this weekend in Boston, another part of a busy time.

First, we zero in on the NBA Draft, where reports surfaced that the top overall pick is now known, and there is no surprise there. We look at this draft as one that doesn’t contain a sure-fire franchise player, though we might look at it differently in a few years. Especially noteworthy to that end is that there are several players who were complete unknowns back in November but now figure to be lottery picks.

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After plenty of wins in college, Wiltjer hopes the NBA comes calling

by - Published June 21, 2016 in Columns

Gonzaga has two players who figure into the NBA Draft coming up in less than a week. One is sure to be drafted in the first round and has a pedigree, while the other has been on the radar quite a bit in college but may not be drafted.

Unlike Domantas Sabonis, Kyle Wiltjer has no pedigree, but has plenty to offer a team that takes a chance on him.

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2015-16 Atlantic 10 Post-Mortem

by - Published June 21, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes

The Atlantic 10 celebrated 40 years in 2015-16, and it has seen a little bit of everything in the last year. In all, though, the conference looks to be in a very good place when it comes to the hardwood.

For starters, we saw Dayton and VCU remain among the conference’s elite. They were part of a three-way tie for the regular season title and were the top two seeds in the conference tournament. VCU had some growing pains in Will Wade’s first season at the helm, but they grew into a solid team that won an NCAA Tournament game.

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2015-16 Big 12 Post-Mortem

by - Published June 21, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes

The Big 12 has been on one heck of a run over the last three years, but it is undeniable the league took its game up even another notch in 2015-16.

Three straight years now, the Big 12 has finished first in conference RPI (some RPI measures had it second in 2013-14), kept a steady presence in top 25 polls all year (it finished the season with an incredible streak of 38 consecutive weeks with at least five teams in the polls) and in all three years put 70% (seven) of its teams in the NCAA Tournament, a feat accomplished just seven times total by any conference and by none in 21 years before the Big 12 did in 2014. … Continue Reading

2015-16 West Coast Conference Post-Mortem

by - Published June 20, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes

If the first couple of months of the off-season is any indication, the feeling in much of the West Coast Conference is that it appears to be at a crossroads. What was a strong top-to-bottom mid-major conference not all that long ago has turned into a predictable, top-heavy conference dominated by three schools.

There is still plenty of good basketball in the conference, to be sure, but from a competitive standpoint, it appears as though three schools have quite clearly separated from the rest of the pack.

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2015-16 MAAC Post-Mortem

by - Published June 20, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes

Of all the anticipated major storylines as the 2015-16 college basketball season approached, it’s safe to say not a single one of them included a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference school from West Long Branch, N.J., that lost 15 games the year before.

It has been some time since a school as small as Monmouth so thoroughly captured the nation’s attention, but the Hawks were not just the story of the MAAC but one of the biggest anywhere. It was a Gonzaga-like rise for a program that finished fourth in its conference a year earlier, but was perhaps as talked about as almost any team not named Duke or Kentucky in 2015-16.

Monmouth took on a brutal non-conference schedule and had the audacity to not just play competitively against it but win more than its share of games. Led by pocket-sized guard Justin Robinson and more talented than most anyone not around the team expected, the Hawks ran around and shot over foes, defeating a who’s who of major college athletics names: UCLA, Notre Dame, USC, Georgetown. … Continue Reading

At the 2016 Boston Shootout, host BABC has a big day

by - Published June 8, 2016 in Columns, Recruiting

BOSTON – While it isn’t the event of yesteryear with the plethora of big-time talent and all the memorable moments, the Boston Shootout continues on thanks to the Boston Amateur Basketball Club, the premier travel program in New England. After 1999, BABC took it over and started running it without seniors who would soon be in college, and it’s a solid event now for the region.

In the 44th iteration this year, the host program went 3-for-3, winning all age groups at Cathedral High School. The event featured teams from Maine, New Hampshire and New York in addition to Massachusetts. The freshmen team beat the Albany City Rocks, then the sophomores beat the New England Playaz before the juniors held off the DC Blue Devils in the final game of the weekend.

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Saturday Notes – December 3, 2016

December 4, 2016 by

The first big Saturday of the college basketball season gave us all we could hope for, and it started right away. We have notes from a number of the day’s games right here.

Thanks to a big backcourt boost, Gonzaga should be even better this season

November 7, 2016 by

Gonzaga might have needed the West Coast Conference title they won in Las Vegas last year in order to be in the NCAA Tournament. With better guards, there should be no doubt about that this time around.

For the Big 12, coming out on top again will be a challenge in 2016-17

October 21, 2016 by

The Big 12 has been on a great run to be the top conference in recent years, including last year. This year will be a challenge due to a big loss of experience throughout the conference.

Hoopville Archives

Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

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.

College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

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Recruiting Coverage

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

June 28, 2016 by

We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale preview

June 24, 2016 by

We look ahead to the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, held at a familiar location in Boston.

At the 2016 Boston Shootout, host BABC has a big day

June 8, 2016 by

Sunday was a big day for the host program at the 44th Boston Shootout

2015 Boston Back to School Showcase recap

September 18, 2015 by

The Boston Back to School Showcase gave high school teams from three states and north of the border a chance for a couple of early games. We take a look back at the day and a few who stood out.