NBE Basketball Report

CATCHING UP WITH BEN BENTIL

by Alex Schwartz GALLOWAY, N.J. – Ben Bentil of St. Andrew’s (DE) is a player who is not particularly focused on his recruitment. The class of 2014 power forward, originally from Ghana, lets a couple people close to him handle much of that that aspect of his life. “I kind of don’t know . . . I don’t pay much attention to that,” Bentil said while at Live In AC of who has offered him. “I pay more attention to my academics, so whatever it is with college stuff is up to [St. Andrew’s coach Terrell Myers] and my mom.” Myers said that Bentil has offers from Providence, Georgetown, St.... [Read more.]

LIVE IN AC – DAY II REPORT

by Alex Schwartz GALLOWAY, N. J. – The first full day of July’s final Live Period took place yesterday and NBE Sports was back in South Jersey for Live In AC. We had a chance to see several more teams in action as well as catch a few quality squads for the second day in a row. Ernest Aflakpui had a nice outing for the We R 1 16s squad. The 6-foot-9 center out of Archbishop Carroll (PA) has a big body with a good overall build and he plays hard. Aflakpui, a class of 2015 prospect, runs the floor very well and looks to contest shots. He is not a great athlete, but can swat some shots. Levan Alston... [Read more.]

ELITE 2015 PG ISAIAH BRISCOE TALKS SCHOOLS; PREP & COLLEGE

by Alex Schwartz GALLOWAY, N.J. – Isaiah Briscoe has been considered one of the top players in America in the class of 2015 for quite some time now, and his offer list is evidence of that. Speaking at Live In AC, Briscoe said he holds offers from Arizona, Florida, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, DePaul, Miami, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio State, UCLA, Villanova, Syracuse, Florida State, Virginia, and others. Briscoe listed Kentucky and Duke as two schools recruiting him that have yet to offer. The class of 2015 prospect discussed what schools are coming at him the hardest right now. “Arizona,... [Read more.]

LIVE IN AC – DAY I REPORT

by Alex Schwartz GALLOWAY, N.J. – The third and final Live Period of July is underway and NBE Sports is back on the road. On Wednesday, we took in the action at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey for the Live In AC event. The way Abdul-Malik Abu has played this summer despite fasting for Ramadan is extremely impressive. The 6-foot-7 power forward has shown no signs of exhaustion and played quite well. A class of 2014 recruit, Abu is a powerful player with a good build who moves well on the hardwood. The Kimball Union Academy (NH) prospect can throw down some major one-handed dunks, is... [Read more.]

KHADEEN CARRINGTON REMAINS OPEN; PLANS AUGUST VISIT TO CINCINNATI

by Alex Schwartz WASHINGTON – The 2013 Nike Global Challenge featured just one native New Yorker who actually goes to high school in the Empire State: Khadeen Carrington. NBE Sports caught up with the class of 2014 prospect on the final day of the event to talk about his recruitment and his game. Carrington listed scholarship offers from Connecticut, St. John’s, Wake Forest, and Seton Hall. He said Virginia is another showing interest in him, as well as others he could not recall. At this point in time, there are no schools standing out to Carrington. “No, no favorites,” he said. “I’m... [Read more.]

CATCHING UP WITH NOTRE DAME HEAD COACH MIKE BREY

By Matt Whitfield Its July on the recruiting trail for college basketball coaches. While the action on the courts was hot, the temperatures on the east coast were soaring outside. Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey was kind enough to brave the heat and spend some with with NBE Basketball Report during the recent Nike Global Challenge in DC last week. Coach Brey spent some time reminiscing about the old Big East and look ahead to the future as the Irish prepare to move to the ACC in basketball this coming season. See our Q&A session with Coach Brey below… [Read more.]  Read More →

NIKE GLOBAL CHALLENGE: USA WEST EDGES USA SOUTH FOR TITLE

by Alex Schwartz WASHINGTON – The Nike Global Challenge came to a close on Saturday, with USA West winning 98-95 over USA South to take the crown. NBE Sports was in the house to take in the action from three of the day’s four games. While there, we put together some observations of players in attendance, tracked what coaches were in the gym and talked to a few players for recruiting updates. Due to his religious beliefs and practices, Abdul-Malik Abu is fasting from sunrise to sunset during the July Live Periods for Ramadan. Despite playing without eating or drinking, the 6-foot-8 power forward... [Read more.]

BIG SHOTS ALL-AMERICAN CAMP REPORT

by Alex Schwartz HYATTSVILLE, Md. – The Big Shots All-American Camp at DeMatha Catholic High School features some talented players from all over the country. NBE Sports was there to take in the action on Thursday and got to see eight of the 10 teams play as well as noticed quite a few college coaches in the gym. Darian Bryant of St. John’s College HS (DC) may not have a true position, but is best suited as a small forward right now. Regardless of what spot he plays, the 6-foot-4 class of 2014 prospect brings great effort when he steps on the floor and is a strongly built player. Bryant attacks... [Read more.]

KALEB JOSEPH TALKS RECRUITING; NO FAVORITES YET…

by Alex Schwartz KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. – When Mass Rivals needed him on Wednesday at The Hoop Group Summer Classic East, Kaleb Joseph stepped up. The class of 2014 point guard has a three-point play in the final 20 seconds of regulation and then a floater at the overtime buzzer to give his team a 57-55 win over House of Sports in the first round of the tournament. After the game, Joseph took the time to discuss his recruitment, saying he has offers from “most of the ACC, a lot of the Big East schools, some Big Ten schools.” Joseph has no favorites right now and while there had been some reports... [Read more.]

HOOP GROUP SUMMER CLASSIC EAST REPORT

by Alex Schwartz KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. – With one Live Period in the books, the second of the month got underway yesterday night. NBE Sports was in the house at the Competitive Edge Sports Complex for The Hoop Group Summer Classic East. While there, we had the chance to see five games featuring teams from the Northeast and took down some notes on player performances as well as tracked what college coaches were in the gym. Bryce Aiken checks in at just 5-foot-9, but the class of 2016 prospect is a player. Aiken, who runs with the Team Scan 16s, is pretty quick and can get to the cup off the dribble.... [Read more.]

‘THE SHOWDOWN’ EVENT RECAP

by Alex Schwartz PHILADELPHIA – While the Reebok Breakout Classic is in the rear view mirror at Philadelphia University, there is still more basketball being played there this week. The Showdown made the school its primary home on Saturday and NBE Sports was there to take in the action. Peyton Allen of Glenwood (IL) checks in at 6-foot-4, but the class of 2014 shooting guard has a sturdy frame and plays bigger than he truly is. Allen, who runs with the Southwestern Illinois Jets Orange, works hard around the rim, can grab rebounds and provides good effort on the court. He also has a solid looking... [Read more.]

CHINANU ONUAKU MAKING TOP SCHOOLS TAKE NOTICE THIS SUMMER

by Alex Schwartz PHILADELPHIA – If Chinanu Onuaku’s last name rings a bell, well, it should. The class of 2014 prospect is the younger brother of former Syracuse standout Arinze Onuaku. However, the Riverdale Baptist (MD) prospect said that Syracuse is not involved in his recruitment. As for who is recruiting him, Onuaku listed scholarship offers from Seton Hall, DePaul, Xavier, Virginia Tech, Cincinnati, Maryland, Kansas State, Rutgers, George Mason, Pittsburgh and Miami. The 6-foot-10 center claims no favorites right now, but does know what he is looking for in a school. “Good education,”... [Read more.]

ELITE SG RASHAD VAUGHN NOT READY TO NARROW RECRUITING FOCUS YET

by Alex Schwartz PHILADELPHIA – Rashad Vaughn is one of the most highly sought after players in the nation in the crop of rising seniors. A 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Minnesota, Vaughn holds offers from some of America’s elite basketball programs. While at the Reebok Breakout Classic, Vaughn said he has been offered by Kentucky, North Carolina, Baylor, Kansas, UCLA, Minnesota, Iowa State, Tennessee, and more. Vaughn, who claims no favorites at this point in time, talked about what he is searching for in a school. “Just the relationship with the coach, they play my style of play and if I’m... [Read more.]

EMMANUEL MUDIAY PLANS KENTUCKY VISIT; EARNS CO-MVP OF REEBOK BREAKOUT CLASSIC ALL-STAR GAME

by Alex Schwartz PHILADELPHIA – Emmanuel Mudiay of Prime Prep (TX) has been regarded as one of the top players in the class of 2014 for a few years now. The 6-foot-5 point guard is a target of many high-major programs and discussed his recruitment while at the Reebok Breakout Classic. Mudiay said he holds offers from “pretty much everybody,” but there are no schools at the top of his mind right now. Asked if any schools are coming at him particularly hard, Mudiay replied, “They’re all the same.” When talking about what he is looking in for in a school, Mudiay listed a single main point. “Just... [Read more.]

REEBOK BREAKOUT CLASSIC — FINAL REPORT

by Alex Schwartz PHILADELPHIA – The 2013 Reebok Breakout Classic came to an end on Friday and NBE Sports was in attendance yet again. Each team played three games and we were able to see nine of them in action. The day was capped off by a fast-paced, high-scoring all-star game at night. Chris Clover is a class of 2015 shooting guard from St. Joseph’s Prep (PA) who possesses a quality frame. The 6-foot-4 rising junior has a pretty nice looking stroke and can connect from beyond the arc. Jeremiah Jefferson of Kennedale (TX) is player who finds ways to produce could have made a strong case for... [Read more.]

DUKE, LOUISVILLE, FLORIDA, NORTH CAROLIN LATEST TO JOIN RECRUITMENT OF DEVIN ROBINSON

by Alex Schwartz PHILADELPHIA – Devin Robinson of Christchurch (VA) is a player who really saw his stock skyrocket in the spring and now is loaded with high-major looks. The class of 2014 prospect spoke about his recruitment and more while at the Reebok Breakout Classic. Robinson listed scholarship offers from Indiana, Connecticut, Providence, Florida State, Rutgers, VCU, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame and Miami, noting that there are others as well. In addition, the 6-foot-8 prospect said that there are a few schools expressing interest that have yet to offer him. “Duke just came on the scene,”... [Read more.]

WADE BALDWIN SEEING RECRUITING CONSISTENLY RISE WITH STRONG PLAY

by Alex Schwartz PHILADELPHIA – Wade Baldwin of St. Joseph’s Metuchen (NJ) is one of the best players in the Garden State in the class of 2014. A 6-foot-3 combo guard, Baldwin took the time to speak with NBE Sports about his recruitment while at the Reebok Breakout Classic. Baldwin said that he holds offers from Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Seton Hall, and Minnesota. The rising senior, who claims no favorites, listed USC, Stanford, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Seton Hall, Rutgers, and Georgia Tech as the programs coming at him the hardest. He also mentioned that UConn is involved in his recruitment. Asked... [Read more.]

ADIDAS INVITATIONAL — DAY TWO

by ND Kendrick Indianapolis, IN – Day two of the second July “live period” was in full swing on Thursday and NBE Sports joined coaching staffs from numerous college programs at the adidas Invitational in the Circle City. Here is a rundown from Thursday’s long day of action… Standouts: Stephen Zimmerman (Dream Vision 17) – Zimmerman continues to demonstrate why he may have the brightest future amongst all the bigs in his class. He has a soft shooting touch out to the stripe and an unblockable left-handed jump hook. Defensively his timing is excellent as he blocked away a number of... [Read more.]

WITH RECENT OFFERS FROM KENTUCKY & KANSAS; 2015 PROSPECT DERRICK JONES CONTINES BREAKOUT

by Alex Schwartz PHILADELPHIA – Derrick Jones of Archbishop Carroll (PA) has established himself as an elite forward prospect in the nation’s crop of rising juniors. A 6-foot-5 small forward with big-time athletic ability, Jones has offers from some top-level programs. While at the Reebok Breakout Classic, Jones said he has been extended scholarship offers by Kentucky, Kansas, Syracuse, Villanova, Temple, Rutgers, St. Joe’s, Penn State, Kansas State, and Seton Hall. Jones said that the offer from Kansas “came like two weeks ago” and the one from Kentucky came on around Wednesday. The... [Read more.]

REEBOK BREAKOUT CLASSIC — DAY II

by Alex Schwartz PHILADELPHIA – The Reebok Breakout Classic rolled along all day Thursday and NBE Sports had the opportunity to see 10 of the 12 teams in action on the day. As was the case on Wednesday night, some lesser known players made noise and some top recruits also showed what they can do. Future Louisville Cardinal Shaqquan Aaron showed why he is one of the best wings in the nation in the class of 2014. A 6-foot-8 small forward out of Rainier Beach (WA), Aaron is a high-level scorer who poured in 29 points in the morning game and kept playing well after that. Although thin, Aaron is very... [Read more.]

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