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Midnight Madness lit up the night. Join Hoopville for another great season!

by - Published October 15, 2011 in Full Court Sprints

This year’s Cinderella waited until midnight to get the party started.

In a month noted for pumpkins, fairy tale seasons start with the NCAA’s Midnight Madness. Fans across the country reveled in massive basketball-themed parties last night in which coaches, players and special guests hyped the potential of a magical run to the Final Four.

It’s a time for optimism, and sometimes, that energy carries through all the way to April, regardless of preseason expectations or conference affiliation. Just ask VCU and Butler.

Hoopville also is looking forward to the rapidly approaching 2011-12 season. We’ve celebrating our 10th season of excellent Division I coverage — from the recruiting trail to the final whistle in the championship game — and we’ve got several new or improved features for you.

  • This will be our first full season with our redesigned site.
  • We’ve recruited a bunch of great new bloggers to expand and diversify our content. You can find their work in the second column of the home page and story pages in the Conference Coverage box.
  • Michael Protos is revamping the Total Impact Quotient player rating system, making it far more accurate and easier to understand. Look for the final results from 2010-11 to come soon.
  • Phil Kasiecki is working tirelessly to expand Hoopville’s events for high school players on the East Coast.

As always, you can expect superior reporting from Phil — dare we say the hardest-working observer of the New England recruiting trail and most comprehensive reporter of a half-dozen Mid-Atlantic and Northeast conferences. And as the season progresses, Michael will continue to maintain the Full Court Sprints news coverage, and later in the season, he’ll break out the Bracket Breakdown NCAA Tournament projections.

You can join the conversation with Hoopville at our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Game on!

Second Practice

by - Published October 22, 2010 in Full Court Sprints




Go coast to coast with our roundup of the nation’s top stories.

  1. Bruce Pearl is working day-to-day after Tennessee terminates the coach’s contract for “gross misconduct” and “intolerable” behavior, according to VolQuest.com’s John Brice, who posted excerpts from a university letter.
  2. Baylor’s Scott Drew won’t say whether the NCAA is investigating the Bears’ recruiting practices after reports that assistant coach Mark Morefield violated text message rules, writes the Associated Press’ Doug Tucker. Morefield supposedly sent a text to Hanner Perea, a highly regarded recruit and Colombia native, in which Morefield basically threatened to have Perea deported if he didn’t come to Waco.
  3. Purdue’s Robbie Hummel starts another long rehab for his second torn ACL this year, and he vows to be back next season, writes the Associated Press’ Cliff Brunt.
  4. Sign of the times: Michigan State’s Tom Izzo is asking big man Draymond Green to pick up some wing skills so he can get more playing time, writes SpartanMag.com’s Ricardo Cooney.
  5. New DePaul coach Oliver Purnell hopes that Shane Larkin can work magic on the hardwood like his father, Barry, did on the baseball diamond, writes Scott Powers of ESPNChicago.com.
BleacherReport.com’s Garrett Tucker compiled a pretty decent slide show to recap the Midnight Madness festivities, complete with YouTube videos or links to other sites with footage — including North Carolina State’s Ryan Harrow introducing what he hopes will become this year’s John Wall dance.

The best part of Providence’s dunk contest during Midnight Madness? God Shammgod was one of the judges. If God says you are a 10, game over!

St. John’s might be in Queens, but the Red Storm apparently imported a referee from Harlem to shake up Midnight Madness.



No class today! Enjoy the fall break, because you’ll have plenty of cramming to do soon when Hoopville begins posting its conference previews during the next few weeks. What’s easier than winning the UConn basketball ticket lottery? UConn Campus Daily suggests that the answer might involve Lindsay Lohan and learning how to dougie.


The coaches released their first poll of the season yesterday, which is pretty much an exercise in irrelevancy.

To start last season, North Carolina was ranked No. 4 while Syracuse barely cracked the rankings at No. 25. Michigan, Oklahoma and Mississippi State also started last season in the top 25. Without any on-court evidence to demonstrate how good or bad teams are, the preseason poll is purely speculation.

Of course, fans and media analysts love to speculate. It’s what we do. But a water cooler/message board conversation is entirely different than a supposedly official ranking system. Throughout the regular season, pollsters vote based on actual game results. Why not wait until after the first week of the season to release the first poll?

This year’s first coaches’ poll puts Duke at the top. It’s hard to argue with putting the reigning champ back on top, especially when the Blue Devils return most of their key contributors. But North Carolina at No. 9 and Virginia Tech at No. 23? Come on now. That’s all speculation driven by the Tar Heels’ talented recruits and brand-name value. Let’s wait until the Tar Heels prove they are better than the Hokies before ranking them so high.

Teams earn NCAA Tournament bids — let’s make them earn early season rankings, too.

College Basketball Tonight

COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, who will be joined by former Manhattan and Seton Hall head coach Bobby Gonzalez and many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show will air on AM 970 The Answer in New York City from 7-9 p.m. on every Sunday from Selection Sunday to the Final Four. You can listen to the show here.

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2013 Prep School Tour

Missed a recap of an open gym workout? We have them all right here for you.

Sept. 9: St. Andrew's
Sept 10: Tilton
Sept. 11: South Kent School and Northfield Mount Hermon
Sept. 12: Putnam Science Academy
Sept. 16: St. Thomas More and Marianapolis Prep
Sept. 17: Brewster Academy and Phillips Exeter
Sept. 23: New Hampton School
Sept. 24: Brimmer and May
Sept. 25: Proctor Academy
Sept. 26: Notre Dame Prep and Cushing Academy
Sept. 29: Worcester Academy and Vermont Academy
Oct. 6: Charlestown High School and Milton Academy
Oct. 13: Tabor Academy
Oct. 15: Brooks School

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Even More: City Hoops Recruiting

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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

Cesar Fulcar commits to Wentworth

The senior guard led Watertown to the state semifinal this past season

Travel team profile: Bay State Magic

Bay State Magic doesn’t have much size on their junior team this season, so they’ll have to win with execution and intangibles

Travel team profile: Mass Elite

Mass Elite is one of the largest travel teams in the state despite being relatively new

Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is already 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.

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