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…
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 shots. He is still very left hand dominate.
Jeremie Tyler (Indiana Elite 17s) – Tyler is beginning to step his game up to another level. He pushes the ball in transition off the dribble or pass with great pace. Changes speed and directions using the speed and inside out dribble with either hand.
Goodluck Okonoboh (Mass Rivals 17s) – Okonoboh plays with a great deal of passion and effort in the paint. He does a good job of using his body to establish prime position in the paint. He runs well and has plenty of athleticism to catch and score around the basket. Louisville coach Rick Pitino and Indiana coach Tom Crean were very attentive.
by N.D. Kendrick
Indianapolis, IN – The first July “live period” kicked off on Wednesday night and NBE Sports joined coaching staffs from numerous college programs in the Circle City to scout the prospects at the fifth annual Adidas Invitational.
This first night was highlighted by a star power match-up with Craig Victor of the New Orleans Elite going at Kevon Looney and his Milwaukee Running Rebels squad. In a sloppy contest, Victor willed his team to 60-50 win.
Rex Pflueger (Compton Magic 16s) – Pflueger understands how to play. He scores in a variety of ways, from three-point land, driving to the basket and getting to the free throw line by creating contact. He is a great rebounder and utilizes his court awareness to get in position for rebounds out of his area. His defense is not as advanced as his offensive game. Great frame.
Damontrae Jefferson (Milwaukee Running Rebels 17s) – Jefferson is a firecracker. He is extremely quick and makes great decisions. Despite his size he has a big heart (or mouth). He shoots the ball well, can shoot it from distance and gets the ball wherever he wants. He also defends, has quick hands and creates steals.
Ladamion Keys (New Orleans Elite 17s) – Keys is about a raw as they come with a hell of a ceiling. He is a very good rebounder and possesses nice instincts around the basket. He is capable of running the floor, but is not very fluid when doing so. He is a name to remember.
Mario Kegler (MBA Hoops 17s) – Didn’t get a great look at Kegler (2016), but in the limited viewing he was constantly putting pressure on his defender because he could get to the rim off the dribble with ease. Kegler can score in the lane with pure basketball moves. He has great touch and body control around the rim. Need a better look. Will update through the tournament.
Tyree Griffin (New Orleans Elite 17s) – Griffin has a pretty tight handle and is a creator off the dribble especially at end of clock situations where he can change speeds and directions with ease for scoring opportunities for himself or an open teammate. He is willing to battle. High motor kid.
Names to remember:
Elijah Mayes 2015 (Memphis Pure Magic)
Terrance Smith 2014 (Memphis Pure Magic)
Chase Jeter 2015 (Dream Vision)
Nnamdi Okongwu 2015 (Dream Vision)
Coaches in attendance:
John Groce (Illinois), Dave Rice (UNLV), Steve Donahue (Boston College), Thad Matta (Ohio State), Tom Izzo (Michigan State), Tim Miles (Nebraska), Tom Crean (Indiana), Bob Huggins (West Virginia), Steve Lavin (St. Johns), Marty Simmons (Evansville) Tommy Amaker (Harvard), Andy Enfield (USC), Sean Miller (Arizona), Mike Krzyzewsk (Duke), Rick Pitino (Louisville) and many more.
By N.D. Kendrick
Mequon, WI – Pool play is a wrap at the Under Armour Summer Jam, bracket play stepped into full swing on Saturday morning with plenty of high level contests.
NBE was on hand to see who was looking to step their game up and help lead there team to championship day.
Top Performer of the Day
Matt Thomas (Wisconsin Playmakers 16s) – One of the better shooters in the 2013 class, the Iowa State commit put on a shooting clinic against the Atlanta Xpress. In a win, Thomas led all scorers with 27 points (9 triples). Not only is he a marksman from long distance, he can also rebound the ball well for a guard as well as push the break and make wise decisions.
Top Sleeper Performer
Michael Finke (Peoria Irish 16s) – Remember his name. Finke had one of the better showings of the week. Read more
By N.D. Kendrick
Mequon, WI – Friday was filled with overtime games and wild action at the NY2LA Under Armour Summer Jam. NBE was on hand to witness some fantastic action and more stellar play. Provided is who stood out the most.
Top Performer of the Day
Derek Griffin (Houston Defenders 17s) – The Texas A&M football commit was the star amongst stars on Friday. Despite not putting up jaw-dropping numbers, Griffin was the definitely the most noticeable player. He had at least 5 highlight film dunks and raised his hand for an alley-oop on just about every possession. He may not every play a minute of college basketball but if he did ever decide to lace up his sneakers on the hardwood, he would be one of the more exciting forward prospects to play in some time. He is a shot blocking, rebound snagging specialist. He does not understand what he can do on the court and is offensive package is limited to lobs and putbacks. Despite his limited offensive arsenal, the kid is an amazing watch.
By N.D. Kendrick
Mequon, WI – The second July “live period” kicked off on Wednesday night and NBE Sports joined coaching staffs from numerous college programs at Homestead High School near Milwaukee to scout the prospects at the NY2LA Under Armour Summer Jam. Here is a rundown from Thursday’s long day of action…
T.J. Haws, Nick Emery and Eric Mika (Utah Reign) – Just had to go with this trio because they play like they are one. T.J. Haws has a little flash and flare to his game and is great ball handler that can shoot from distance but focuses on driving to the hoop. Emery is lethal from anywhere in the gym. He is not limited to being a catch and shoot player, he can take you off the bounce. Mika may be on the verge of becoming a household name (More on Mika below). They all three will be making noise at BYU in a few years.
By N.D. Kendrick
Mequon, WI – The second July “live period” kicked off on Wednesday night and NBE Sports joined coaching staffs from numerous college programs at Homestead High School to scout the prospects at the NY2LA Under Armour Summer Jam.
This first day was highlighted by star power match-ups, with Emmanuel Mudiay’s Texas Select team bumping heads with Kevon Looney and his Milwaukee Running Rebels squad. The Harrison Twins (Andrew and Aaron) also faced a tough challenge against the Atlanta Celtics featuring Georgia Tech-bound Solomon Poole and Kansas-bound Brannen Greene.
Aaron Harrison (Houston Defenders 17s) – Often overshadowed by his brother Andrew, Aaron put on a shooting clinic on day one. He made three straight triples early on to set the tone and to essentially prove that he was the best shooter in the gym. Harrison finished with an easy 24 points to lead all scorers. He is strong and quick. He understands how to play. He can score in a variety of ways, from three-point land, driving to the basket and finishing with either hand, posting up a smaller defender or getting to the free throw line by creating contact. If Aaron tightens up his scoring moves and adds a mid-range dribble pull up, he will be that much more dangerous of an option.
By N.D. Kendrick, special to NBE Basketball Report
Midwest star power was on display this past weekend in Fort Wayne, Indiana where some of the top clubs from the middle of the country and a few from other locations took part in the Bill Hensley Memorial Run-n-Slam.
Quite possibly the attraction that brought in the most basketball junkies was a battle between Spiece Indy Heat, featuring Indiana-commit Trey Lyles, Purdue-bound Bryson Scott and JaQuan Lyle, facing Mac Irvin Fire, which was tabbed as the favorite to win the event.
Mac Irvin Fire got a quiet 20 point effort out of the Gatorade National Player of the Year Jabari Parker, and won by the score of 80-70. Both the Mac Irvin Fire and Spiece Indy Heat – arguably the two most star-studded rosters – failed to reach the championship games of their respective brackets.
The Derrick Walton (Michigan-commit) and Monte Morris led Michigan Mustangs emerged as the champions of the 17u tournament when the coaches of The Family decided to forfeit due to several players cramping up.
Run-n-Slam allows you to evaluate several prospects due to the format and way the massive gym is set up. The focus of the weekend was incoming juniors and seniors. Provided are several prospects (not in any particular order) that impressed over the weekend…
By N.D. Kendrick
It is time to take a look at the Big Ten Preseason predictions now that we know who is heading to the NBA and who is coming back. It should be a down year for the Big Ten as far as teams but plenty of young talent is heading to the conference.
1. Ohio State (34-3, 16-2 Big Ten)
Key Losses: Sr. G John Diebler (12.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg), Sr. G David Lighty (12.1 ppg, 4.0 rpg), Sr. C DallasLauderdale (4.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
Key Returnees: Jr. F William Buford (14.3 ppg, 3.2rpg), Fr. C Jared Sullinger (17.5 ppg, 10.9 rpg), Fr. G Aaron Craft (6.9 ppg, 2.9 spg), Fr. G DeshaunThomas (7.6 ppg)
Key Additions: C Amir Williams, PG Shannon Scott, SF LaQuinton Ross, SF Sam Thompson
The Skinny: Unlike past years the Buckeyes bring back a ton of experience in Sully, Buford and Craft, while the other young man — Deshaun Thomas has a year of experience in the Matta system. Ross, and Shannon Scott should get the bulk of the few minutes that will be available from the bench.
By N.D. Kendrick
The history of Indiana basketball is something that many outside of the state may not truly understand.
R.J. Curington was able to experience the passion and history first hand today when he visited the Indiana campus.
“The history, I was able to see the banners and all of the NBA players and IU greats that have played here,” he stated when asked what stood out about the visit.
“All the assistants were great and Calbert Cheaney was a very humble guy”
Curington is a standout player for the Canada based CIA Bounce AAU team and plays his prep ball at the historic Oak Hill Academy located in Mouth of Wilson, Va. Curington is a dedicated player that understands what it takes to be great. He is outspoken and eager to be in the spotlight. Curington is a scoring guard that has some ability to handle the point spot. He can lead the break and tends to make good decisions on the fly. Curington has a steady jump shot from behind the arch. He rarely forces up shots and plays a unselfish game. He continues to work on his handle and eventually will end up playing a lot of the point position.
Even though he plays primarily outside of the state, he should definitely be considered one of the top 2013 players in the state of Indiana.
He has visited several college campuses and he still plans to visit other schools before he goes back East on August 26th.
“Tennessee, Illinois, Stanford and Harvard want me to schedule a visit before school starts,” Curington told an NBE colleague this evening.
When asked if he had anything special to say to the Hoosier fans he stated “I just appreciate the love they are showing. It is a great place and they expect great things.”
“It would definitely be a great place to go.”
R.J. Curington still has a ways to go in his recruiting process as he told NBE he is wide open with no favorites at this time, but it sure does sound like that Indiana tradition really hit home as he summed up the trip.
“Everything was pretty impressive.”
Follow R.J. Curington on Twitter @rjcurington24
By N.D. Kendrick
The rosters for the fifth annual Adidas Nations Global Experience were announced today, which will take place at the HAX Athletic Club in Los Angeles August 5-7. The championship and third place games will be held at California State University – Dominguez Hills Tordome on Monday, August 8th at 4 p.m. PST and will air on live on CBS Sports Network.
Several of the world’s elite players from international teams such as Asia, Africa, Europe, Australia, and the USA 2012 and 2013, will train and compete in one of the prestigious basketball programs around.
Adidas Nations emphasizes Adidas’ core belief that success in the game of basketball comes from playing as a team. The multi-faceted international curriculum includes expert training and strategy tips, comprehensive workout sessions and scrimmages. Off-court elements essential to all athletes’ success, such as nutritional education, global interactions, leadership and philanthropy are woven into the program’s agenda.
23) Jordan Adams G 6’4” Oak Hill Academy (VA) Lawrenceville, GA
5) Kyle Anderson G/F 6’8” St. Anthony (NJ) Fairview, NJ
33) Isaiah Austin F/C 7’1” Grace Prep (TX) Burleson, TX
32) DaJuan Coleman C 6’9” Jamesville Dewitt (NY) Syracuse, NY
3) Andre Drummond C 6’11” St. Thomas More (CT) Oakdale, CT
4) Kris Dunn PG 6’3” New London (CT) Oakdale, CT
31) Perry Ellis F 6’8” Heights (KS0 Wichita, KS
11) Yogi Ferrell PG 5’11” Park Tudor (IN) Indianapolis, IN
22) Shaq Goodwin F 6’7” Southwest Dekalb (GA) Decatur, GA
25) Amile Jefferson F 6’7” Friends Central (PA) Philadelphia, PA
24) Xavier Johnson F 6’6” Mater Dei (CA) Dana Point, CA
15) Shabazz Muhammad G/F 6’6” Bishop Gorman (NV) Las Vegas, NV
1) Rodney Purvis G 6’4” Upper Room Christian Raleigh, NC
55) Cameron Ridley C 6’9” Bush (TX) Richmond, TX
30) Winston Shepard F 6’8” Findlay Prep (NV) Fresno, TX
40) Jarnell Stokes F/C 6’8” Central High School (TN) Memphis, TN
50) Kaleb Tarczewski C 7’0” St. Mark’s School (MA) Clermont, NH
34) Jordan Tebbutt G 6’5” Oak Hill Academy (VA) Tualatin, OR
12) Gabe York G 6’2” Orange Lutheran (CA) Walnut, CA
15) Shaqquan Aaron G/F 6’7” Mater Dei (CA) Apple Valley, CA
50) Clifton Alexander C 6’9” Curie (IL) Chicago, IL
10) Nate Britt G 6’1” Gonzaga College (DC) Upper Marlboro, MD
14) Elijah Brown G 6’2” St. Edward (OH) Westlake, OH
33) Rodney Bullock F 6’7” Kecoughtan (VA) Hampton, VA
4) Keith Frazier G 6’5 Irving (TX) Irving, TX
43) Derrick Griffin F 6’8” Terry (TX) Rosenberg, TX
3) Isaac Hamilton G 6’4” Crenshaw (CA) Los Angeles, CA
32) Thomas Hamilton C 6’9” Whitney Young (IL) Chicago, IL
2) Aaron Harrison G 6’5” Travis (TX) Richmond, TX
5) Andrew Harrison G 6’5” Travis (TX) Richmond, TX
11) Kasey Hill G 6’2” Montverde Academy (FL) Clermont, FL
34) Kuran Iverson F 6’8” Northwest Catholic (CT) Bloomfield, CT
41) Trey Lyles F 6’7” Arsenal Tech (IN) Camby, IN
35) Jordan Mickey F 6’7” Berkner (TX) Richardson, TX
20) Solomon Poole G 6’1” Terry Parker (FL) Jacksonville, FL
21) Malik Price-Martin F 6’9” Monsignor Pace (FL) Miami, FL
55) Karviar Shepherd C 6’10” Desoto (TX) Cedar Hill, TX
24) Chris Walker F 6’8” Holmes County (FL) Dunwoody, GA
1) Nigel Williams-Goss G 6’3” Findlay Prep (NV) Henderson, NV