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ADIDAS INVITATIONAL — DAY TWO

July 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 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.

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2013 NBPA TOP 100 HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL CAMP — FINAL RECRUITING NOTES

June 17, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Whitfield, Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Analyst

The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA)’s 20th Anniversary of the NBPA Top 100 High School Basketball Camp kicked off Wednesday at the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville and concluded over the weekend. Media was allowed to begin attending sessions on Thursday and NBE was back on the road and in attendence.

The NBPA Top 100 High School Basketball Camp was created by the NBPA in 1994 to assist elite high school student-athletes in the development of their basketball and life skills. Throughout the last 20 years, the Camp has grown into one of the most highly touted and renowned camps of its kind and has seen hundreds of its participants go on to successful NBA careers. You can follow the camp on Twitter @Top100Camp and be sure to follow @NBESports for all of our updates as well.

To close our recruiting updates, NBE caught up with Craig Victor, Satchel Pierce, Khadeem Lattin, Abdul-Malik Abu, Brandone Francis, Skal Labissiere, Chinanu Onuaku, Kevon Looney, Trevon Blueitt and Trayvon Reed, which you can see below…

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2014 PF QUADRI MOORE IS WIDE OPEN IN HIS RECRUITMENT

February 27, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Quadri Moore is a prime recruiting target for many current BIG EAST programs and his recruitment is expanding, much like his game. The 6-foot-8, 230-pound power forward out of Linden (NJ) High School is learning this season that simple is sometimes better as he faces more and more attention from the opponents who try to slow him down.

“I am starting to now improve on beating double teams and learning to make the easier plays and passes rather than flashy things,” Moore told NBE earlier today on what he is working on the most to improve this season.

When the spring and summer evaluation period rolls around again, you can expect many college coaches to come check out Moore and his talented Sports U teammates on the AAU trail. Moore is a veteran of the sights and sounds of the AAU circuit, so this year he is hoping to make his final season on the circuit counts in the wins and losses column.
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‘LIVE IN AC’ REPORT — DAY II

July 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Brian Bosworth, National Recruiting Analyst

Thursday at “Live in AC” featured a few big names playing up to their reputations but was mostly about under the radar guys getting a chance to shine. Here’s who caught NBE’s eye on the day.

Top Performance of the Day:

Abdul-Malik Abu (Expressions Elite 2014) – Abu is a big name in New England who deserves to be a big name on the national level. He was a physical force on the 16U level dominating the paint in both games I watched on Thursday. A strongly built 6’8” and 225 pounds, Abu can both post up and blow by defenders off the dribble. He loves contact once around the rim and finished while drawing fouls on multiple plays throughout the day. While Abu is a wide bodied post player, that doesn’t take away from his elite athleticism as both his first step off the dribble and explosion at the rim are of the highest level. He had some of the fiercest and most powerful dunks of the day both rising over defenders and finishing through them. Abu can play anywhere in the country at the college level and his recruitment is starting to show that.
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MARIAL SHAYOK KEEPS STOCK RISING WITH STRONG PLAY IN JULY

July 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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While many around the nation were unfamiliar with Canadian 2014 prospect Marial Shayok, NBE National Recruiting Analyst Brian Bosworth was ahead of the curve, having the 6-foot-6, 190-poung CIA Bounce wing ranked #33 in the NBE Class of 2014 Pre-July Live Period Top 40. The secret is out…Shayok is now one of the hottest propsects in the Class of 2014 and college coaches have just begun to put their time into his recruitment.

In the recent Peach Jam event, Shayok showed his talents as an elite wing athlete. To NBE, Shayak was most impressive grabbing defensive rebounds and starting the fast break himself by taking off with the dribble. He flies up and down the floor and has excellent length to finish over defenders at the rim.

Earlier in the summer at the Rumble in the Bronx it was clear the talent Shayok possesses. He scored the ball from all three levels with ease and may have had even more impact defensively in CIA Bounce’s press. His length and lateral foot speed make him a potentially elite defender as well as a potential go-to option on the offensive end.

While Shayok certainly provided some highlights on the recruiting trail this summer, the highlight for him was an experience where not too many were able to see him in action.

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2012 NY2LA UNDER ARMOUR SUMMER JAM RECAP – PART II

July 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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…

Top Performance

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.
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2012 NY2LA UNDER ARMOUR SUMMER JAM RECAP – PART I

July 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

TOP PERFORMER

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.

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JULY EVALUATION PERIOD RECRUITING NOTEBOOK – PART I

July 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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The opening July evaluation period has come to a close, ending on Sunday, giving players, coaches and media a short little break to catch their breath before doing it all again this week. NBE Sports spent time at the Lebron James Skills Academy (prior to the official opening of the evaluation period), Reebok Breakout Challenge, Hoop Group Elite Session II, Adidas Invitational, Reebok Showdown Championship, Nike Global Challenge and Nike Skills U in the past week. Hopefully everyone has enjoyed our coverage and we have greatly enjoyed bringing you news and notes from all the action.

Next up this week will be the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League Championship at the Peach Jam. NBE will also be getting coverage of the Under Armour Summer Jam in Milwaukee (WI). In the meantime, here are some additional recruiting notes gathered by Matt Whitfield from his time bouncing back and forth between the Nike Global Challenge and Nike Skills U last weekend…

Kuran Iverson has had a fantastic spring and early summer, pushing his recruitment higher and higher as his stock has soared. Read more

2012 ADIDAS INVITATIONAL – SATURDAY RECAP

July 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Brian Bosworth, National Recruiting Analyst

Saturday in Indianapolis was all playoff action at the Adidas Invitational and with higher stakes came stronger performances. All three age groups (15U, 16U, 17U) were represented at the main gym and players from all ages and all places managed to stand out. Here’s a sampling of who impressed.

Top Performers of the Day:

Daniel Hamilton (Dream Vision 2014) – The younger of the pair of brothers on Dream Vision’s 17U squad, Daniel is two inches taller and significantly longer than his older brother. While Daniel’s set of tools on the offensive end is not quite as refined as Isaac, he does have the middle game down to a science. He’s best scoring on runners or floaters going in either direction often using the back board from unusual angles. Hamilton has range out to the 3-point line but is consistently more successful when he puts the ball on the floor and pressures the defense off the dribble. Added strength, improved ball handling skills, and better shot selection can spring board Hamilton’s game to the next level.

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CLASS OF 2013 PRE-JULY LIVE PERIOD TOP 75

July 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Brian Bosworth, National Recruiting Analyst

After an exhaustive spring, hitting the EYBL at Boo Williams, Rumble in the Bronx, Playaz Spring Fling, Elite 75 and elite high school events like the National Prep School Invitational, Hoophall Classic, City of Palms Classic, National Prep Showcase & more, we are ready to publish our Class of 2013 pre-July Live Period ranking of the top 75 players in the class. These rankings will be fine tuned and expanded following the busy month of July which included stops at the Hoop Group Elite Camp, Adidas Invitational, EYBL Peach Jam and Live at AC to close the month, and maybe a few other stops in between.

So, here is the Top 75 players in our eyes for the Class of 2013:

 

1 Jabari Parker SF Simeon (IL)
2 Julius Randle SF/PF Prestonwood Christian Academy (TX)
3 Aaron Gordon SF/PF Archbishop Mitty (CA)
4 Andrew Harrison PG Travis (TX)
5 Aaron Harrison SG Travis (TX)
6 Kasey Hill PG Montverde Academy (FL) Florida
7 James Young SG Troy (MI)
8 Chris Walker PF Holmes County (FL)
9 Wayne Selden G Tilton School (NH)
10 Anthony Barber PG Hampton (VA)
11 Rondae Jefferson G/F Chester (PA)
12 Isaiah Hicks PF Webb (NC) North Carolina
13 Tyler Ennis PG St Benedict’s Prep (NJ)
14 Nick King SF Memphis East (TN)
15 Keith Frazier SG Kimball (TX)
16 Isaac Hamilton SG St John Bosco (CA)
17 Rysheed Jordan PG Vaux (PA)
18 Kuran Iverson SF Northwest Catholic (CT)
19 Beejay Anya F/C Dematha Catholic (MD)
20 Sindarius Thornwell G/F Oak Hill Academy (VA)
21 Ishmail Wainright G/F Montrose Christian (MD)
22 Jabari Bird G/F Salesian (CA)
23 Derrick Griffin SF/PF Terry (TX) Texas A&M (football)
24 Jermaine Lawrence SF/PF Pope John XXIII (NJ)
25 Marcus Lee PF Deer Valley (CA)
26 Bobby Portis PF Hall (AR) Arkansas
27 Kennedy Meeks C West Charlotte (NC)
28 Johnathan Williams III PF Southwind (TN)
29 Nate Britt PG Gonzaga (DC) North Carolina
30 Troy Williams SF Oak Hill Academy (VA)
31 Kameron Williams SG Mount St. Joseph’s (MD)
32 Jordan Mickey PF Arlington Grace Prep (TX)
33 Shadell Millinghaus PG/SG Evelyn Mack Academy (NC)
34 Matt Jones SG Desoto (TX) Duke
35 Dominic Woodson F/C Vermont Academy (VT)
36 Stephen Domingo G/F St Ignatius (CA) Georgetown
37 Solomon Poole PG/SG Terry Parker (FL) Georgia Tech
38 Brannen Greene SG Tift County (GA) Kansas
39 Jimmie Taylor C Greensboro (AL) Alabama
40 Moses Kingsley C Huntington Prep (WV)
41 Tyler Roberson SF Roselle Catholic (NJ)
42 Aquille Carr PG Patterson (MD) Seton Hall
43 JaJuan Johnson SG Southwind (TN)
44 Brandon Austin SF Imhotep Charter (PA) Penn State
45 Karviar Shepard C Arlington Grace Prep (TX)
46 Nigel Williams-Goss PG Findlay Prep (NV) Washington
47 Xavier Rathan-Mayes SG Huntington Prep (WV)
48 Semi Ojeyele SF Ottawa (KS)
49 Jarquez Smith PF Jones County (GA)
50 EC Matthews PG/SG Romulus (MI)
51 Anton Gill SG Ravenscroft (NC) Louisville
52 Deonte Burton SF Milwaukee Vincent (WI) Marquette
53 Reggie Cameron SF/PF Hudson Catholic (NJ)
54 Duane Wilson Jr. PG Dominican (WI) Marquette
55 Allerik Freeman SG Findlay Prep (NV)
56 Stevie Clark PG Douglass (OK)
57 Kris Jenkins SF/PF Gonzaga (DC)
58 Devon Hall PG Cape Henry Collegiate (VA) Virginia
59 Bryson Scott PG/SG Northrop (IN) Purdue
60 Josh Hart SF Sidwell Friends (MD)
61 Marc Loving SF St John’s (OH) Ohio State
62 Mike Young SF/PF Hudson Catholic (NJ)
63 Josh Brown PG St Anthony (NJ)
64 Davon Reed SG Princeton Day (NJ)
65 Stanford Robinson SG Paul VI Indiana
66 Akoy Agau SF/PF Central (NE)
67 Jarell Martin SF Madison Prep (LA)
68 Dayshon Smith PG Putnam Science Academy (CT)
69 Jairus Lyles PG/SG Dematha Catholic (MD) VCU
70 Roschon Prince SF Long Beach Poly (CA)
71 Soma Edo PF Berkner (TX)
72 Brian Bridgewater PF Episcopal (LA)
73 Kendrick Nunn SG Simeon (IL)
74 Shane Rector PG St Raymond’s (NY)
75 Deandre Bembry SF St Patrick’s (NJ)


2012 RUMBLE IN THE BRONX RECAP (PART II)

June 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Brian Bosworth, National Recruiting Analyst

The Rumble in the Bronx got back into swing on Saturday at gyms all over the greater NYC area. I had the opportunity to take in the action at both Baruch College in the morning and John Jay College in the evening. While younger players in the 2014 and 2015 classes stole the show for much of the day it was still a member of the 2013 class who gets top billing for Saturday.

Top Performance of the Day:

Dayshon Smith (NY Lightning 2013) – Affectionately called “Scooch” by just about everybody, Smith is an old school New York City point guard. He uses spins, hesitation moves, crossovers, and herky-jerky head fakes to constantly work his way into the paint and make plays. Once inside he’s equally likely to use a soft floater, explode towards the rim, or whip a pass out to a 3 point shooter at any and all angles. While his physical skills are impressive it’s the mental side of the game where Smith truly separates himself from the competition. He has a unique understanding of when to get others involved and when to look for his own offense. In the first half of a Saturday night victory Scooch ran the show and got everyone else the ball in spots where they could be successful. Then down the stretch of the second half with the outcome still in the balance he took matters into his own hands and seemed to score on every possession down the floor. This is not the first time I’ve seen Smith master the balance of keeping teammates happy for 3.5 quarters and then closing the game out himself in the final moments. It’s unusual for players at the high school level to already understand that just because they can get their own shot any time doesn’t always make it the right decision. Scooch is ahead of the game in this area and it’s a mindset that will continue to serve him well at the next level.
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NIKE EYBL – OAKLAND (SUNDAY RECAP)

May 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Parker vs. Randle highlights day

By Raphielle Johnson

Nike saved the “best” for its final regular season session of Nike EYBL, with the top two players in the class of 2013 facing off on Sunday afternoon. Jabari Parker and Mac Irvin Fire went toe-to-toe with Julius Randle and the Texas Titans, but a furious second half rally for the Chicago-based team fell just short. Behind 23 points and 13 rebounds from Randle and Matt Jones adding 19 and eight rebounds, the Titans won 63-59 to move into a tie for third in Division C with Mac Irvin.

That was a big win for the Titans from a Peach Jam standpoint as well, as the result guaranteed them a berth in the 24-team tournament to be held in July. A loss would have dropped them into a three-way tie with CPE and E1T1 Elite, and while all three would most likely advance (four at-larges join the top five in each division) it’s better to simply take care of business yourself instead of relying on help.

Jones had the assignment of guarding Parker in the first half while Jackson Forbes helped out in the second, and the nation’s top-ranked player seemed to settle for perimeter jumpers a bit too much. But he did guard Randle on the other end in the first half, and to be frank both seemed to be pressing in the first 16 minutes. But Randle’s teammates, most notable Jones, came up big as they led by as many as 18 in the first half.

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HOOP GROUP’S SOUTHERN JAM FEST: DAY ONE

May 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

by Alex Schwartz

HAMPTON, Va. – The Hoop Group Southern Jam Fest got underway on Friday at the Boo Williams Sportsplex and NBE Sports was on hand to take in the action. Throughout the night, we saw several standout performances and got to speak with a few players at the event.

TOP PERFORMER

Anthony Barber: The 6’2 point guard out of Hampton (VA) was absolutely sensational for Boo Williams in a blowout victory over the Stafford Hoyas to open up the event. Barber did basically anything he wanted with the ball and was nearly unstoppable when it came to getting to the rim. He scored at the basket, hit open teammates for layups, knocked down 3-pointers, and displayed a nasty crossover. Barber, an elite prospect in the 2013 class, had the look of a top 10 player as he dominated the game from start to finish in a number of different ways.

TOP SLEEPER PERFORMER

Rockell Lee-Vaughn: A little-known 5’9 point guard out of Springarn (DC), Lee-Vaughn had a superb showing in Metroball DC’s victory over East Coast Fusion. The class of 2012 prospect is clearly undersized, but he has a strong frame and quality quickness that help him make up for it. He can really hit shots from beyond the 3-point line and is also adept at making pull-up jumpers. Lee-Vaughn is a tough kid who also has some major leaping ability.
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SPIECE BILL HENLSEY MEMORIAL RUN-N-SLAM PLAYER EVALUATIONS

May 7, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

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…
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NIKE EYBL SESSION #2 – BOO WILLIAMS (DAY II)

April 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Brian Bosworth, National Recruiting Analyst

After a short day on Friday, the Boo Williams Invitational found its sea legs with a long day of hoops of Saturday. Action was fast and furious with the majority being the 17U Nike EYBL games with a little bit of 16U and 15U sprinkled in. Mobs of players had big performances in the star filled field and here are a few that NBE had the pleasure of viewing.

Top Performance of the Day:

Tyus Jones (Howard Pulley Panthers 2014) – Jones is the best point guard in America and showed all the reasons why in a masterful performance on Saturday night. A college head coach will be able to turn the ball over to Jones immediately as a freshman and be able to completely trust the young man. He plays with a maturity that is almost surreal for such a young player seemingly making the correct decision with the basketball every time down the floor. Jones can shoot it with range but only does so when the defense calls for it. He can slip passes into the tightest of windows on the money but only does so when the defense takes away an easier option. Perhaps most impressive was how every one of Jones’ passes seemed to land right in the hands of his teammate putting them in a position to score. Jones has a unique understanding of exactly where his teammates want the ball and he puts it right there. His recruitment with be crucial to the entire 2014 class because elite players are going to want to play alongside the elite playmaker. Tyus Jones is a bona fide stud.
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WITH THREE YEARS OF ELIGIBILITY LEFT, JUCO TRENCY JACKSON DRAWING PLENTY OF INTEREST

March 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

After spending the 2010-2011 school year at Southern Miss, battling NCAA eligibility and clearinghouse hurdles, Trency Jackson left the program to play for coach Steve Forbes and attend Northwest Florida State Junior College. The move has paid off as Jackson has played a key role helping the Raiders to a 29-1 record and state championship. Next up in the Nationals and Jackson could not say enough about his time at the school.

“The best part have been playing against top competition because the Panhandle [Conference] is like the top JUCO conference in the country,” Jackson told NBE on Sunday. “I’ve also loved playing with my teammates and coaching staff this year, one of the best.”

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Jackson has been a complete team player for the Raiders. Despite modest statistics with around 11 points and 5 rebounds a game, Jackson made 1st Team All-Panhandle Conference this season. His strengths on the floor will likely be welcomed by any number of college teams recruiting him.
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NATIONAL HOOPS FESTIVAL RECRUITING REPORT

December 12, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

On Saturday, Matt Whitfield made the trip to Hyattsville (MD) and DeMatha High School for the 2011 National Hoops Festival event. The early season event is typically one of the favorite stops for NBE on the December schedule and this year did not disappoint with several powerhouse programs headlining the event with a very solid day of action on the court. Here is the scoreboard from Saturday’s contests:

–Bullis 62, Riverdale Baptist 59
–Episcopal 44, Benedictine 38
–Paul VI 65, West Charlotte 58
–Oak Hill 68, Grace Prep 59
–DeMatha 83, Jamesville-Dewitt 57

NBE was able to catch up with players such as Kennedy Meeks, Beejay Anya, Stanford Robinson, Jordan Mickey, RJ Curington, Emmanuel Mudiay and more. See below for the latest in recruiting updates form many of the top uncommitted players participating on Saturday…

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BOSWORTH: NATIONAL PREP SCHOOL SHOWCASE WRAP-UP (TOP PERFORMERS)

November 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Brian Bosworth, National Recruiting Analyst

Now that the National Prep Showcase has concluded it’s time to take a moment and digest everything that I witnessed in New Haven this weekend. One thing that jumps out is that the talent level in New England is at an all time high. While many players are imports from other areas of the country a large part of rosters on New England prep times are made up of local talent. Most notably, Nerlens Noel in 2013 and Noah Vonleh in 2014 both have a chance to become the top player in their class nationwide. These two separated themselves from everyone else at this event both with their current production and with their long term potential.

Past those top two, Ricardo Ledo deserves more recognition for his performance on Friday night. Ledo’s ability to score has never been questioned but his intangibles and whether or not he is a winner have long been debated. Against La Jolla Prep he not only scored from everywhere on the floor but he proved to be the vocal leader of a talent rich South Kent team. He specifically seems to have taken on somewhat of a mentor role for talented junior Chris Thomas. According to South Kent head coach Kelvin Jefferson Ledo has been everything he could have asked for and more both on the floor and in the locker room. He has taken Thomas under his wing in a sense and has been an incredible positive influence. If this progression continues, Ed Cooley landed an even bigger star than already thought.
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BOSWORTH: SUNDAY’S NATIONAL PREP SHOWCASE BREAKDOWN

November 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Brian Bosworth, National Scouting Analyst

The National Prep Showcase was back in full swing on Sunday with top teams like Brewster Academy, New Hampton Prep, and the Tilton School all in action. While the rosters of most prep schools in this event are dominated by seniors and post-graduate players it was a pair of underclassmen that stole the show on Sunday.

Co-Headliners of the Day:

Nerlens Noel (Tilton School 2013) – With college coaches such as John Calipari (Kentucky), Steve Lavin (St. John’s), and Ed Cooley (Providence) on hand to watch him play Noel put on quite a show Sunday night. Having already established himself as the premier defensive big man in America during the summer with BABC, Nerlens showcased an expanding offensive game that brings his upside to a new level. He played on the wing for much of the first half and repeatedly used a deadly right to left crossover to attack the rim and finish with his left hand. Despite being right handed he seems to prefer using his left to finish around the basket and did so with startling efficiency in this game. If Noel can continue to develop his offensive skills to complement his defensive brilliance he will give Jabari Parker a serious challenge for the spot of #1 overall player in the class of 2013.
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EARLY SIGNING PERIOD CONFERENCE HIGHLIGHTS – BIG 10

November 14, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

By Brian Bosworth, National Recruiting Analyst

Today we continue our look at the early recruiting classes nationally with a look at the Big 10 where three programs can clearly make a case for the top class in the conference to date…

Top 5 Big 10 Recruiting Classes:

1) Michigan
Commits – Mitch McGary (PF/C), Glenn Robinson (SF), Nik Stauskas (SF)
–McGary is without a doubt the top prospect that John Beilein has ever landed in his time at Michigan.

2) Indiana
Commits – Hanner Perea (PF), Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell (PG), Jeremy Hollowell (SF), Ron Patterson (SG), Peter Jurkin (C)
–Tom Crean landed a group of five pieces that all fit together and could eventually be the starting lineup for Indiana.

3) Michigan State
Commits – Gary Harris (SG), Kenny Kaminski (PF), Matt Costello (C), Denzel Valentine (SF)
–Already an impressive 3 man class, Gary Harris chose the Spartans over Kentucky, Indiana, and Purdue pushing Michigan State among the nation’s elite classes.

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