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NIKE GLOBAL CHALLENGE: USA WEST EDGES USA SOUTH FOR TITLE

July 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 was productive and showed off a quality motor. A class of 2014 recruit from Kimball Union Academy (NH), Abu has a good build and is tough in the post. Abu, who was playing for Team Pan-Africa, also showed that he has some ability to step out and shoot the ball, even if that is not his forte.

Indiana-commit James Blackmon of Bishop Luers (IN) was easily one of the best shooters at the entire event. An elite marksman from beyond the arc, the 6-foot-2 shooting guard is lethal when left open. Blackmon, a class of 2014 prospect, can get hot in a hurry and is capable of putting on a show when he is in the groove, as he was on Saturday for Team USA Midwest.

Bonzie Colson of St. Andrew’s (RI) is an undersized power forward at 6-foot-5, but he can flat our produce. The class of 2014 recruit was pretty productive for Team USA East and displayed the ability to score down low. His thick build helps him make up for what he lacks in height and he can use his frame to his advantage.

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BIG SHOTS ALL-AMERICAN CAMP REPORT

July 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 the cup well and runs the floor adeptly. He needs to show he can shoot it consistently, but he did knock down at least one 3-pointer in the game we saw.

Class of 2014 prospect Lloyd Burgess might be limited athletically, but he has a big frame, quality height and he plays pretty hard. The 6-foot-10 center from the Christ School (NC) works around the rim and can get some points down low.

Kiair Crouch, a class of 2014 recruit, is a pretty quick player who can get in the lane and attacks the rim adeptly off the dribble. The 5-foot-10 point guard from Columbia (GA) has a pretty solid build and also showed he can hit a pull-up 3-pointer in transition.

Trevor Dunbar of St. Ignatius (CA) is only 5-foot-9, but the class of 2014 prospect is a nice player. The point guard has a thick build that helps him make up for being undersized a bit. Additionally, he accelerated well and does a good job of getting into the lane.
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HOOP GROUP SUMMER CLASSIC EAST REPORT

July 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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. He is a crafty player who is capable of shooting it from long range some. Aiken is reportedly transferring to The Patrick School (NJ) for his sophomore year.

Mike Auger of the Mass Rivals is someone who certainly looks the part of a player when he is on the hardwood. The 6-foot-6 forward has a great build and fairly long arms. Auger, a class of 2014 prospect, needs to work on polishing up his overall skill set.
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CHINANU ONUAKU MAKING TOP SCHOOLS TAKE NOTICE THIS SUMMER

July 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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,” Onuaku began, “good coaching staff, a winning program and that I’ll be able to play early.”

Location will not be a factor for Onuaku, who said that Xavier, DePaul and Seton Hall are coming at him the hardest. He noted that there is no coach in particular with whom he has the best relationship.

Thus far, Onuaku has been on unofficial visits to Maryland, Seton Hall and Georgetown. He has no other trips planned at this point.

As for his timetable for a commitment, Onuaku remarked, “Probably in the middle of the season or after the season.”

Onuaku also spent some time talking about his game and noted that he sees himself as either a power forward or a center.

Regarding his chief strength as a player, Onuaku said, “My defense, my blocking and my defensive rebounding.”

On the other hand, Onuaku said that he thinks his hook shot is likely the primary weakness he has on the court.

The rising senior also discussed his summer, beginning with his experience at the Reebok Breakout Classic.

“It’s been good, it’s been long,” Onuaku said on day two. “We’re tired right now, but we still got to play through it and get W’s.”

Onuaku, who wound up being named to the camp all-star game, shared his goals for the month.

“Just to get better in all aspects of the game and help my team, [DC Assault], win in tournaments,” Onuaku said.

ELITE SG RASHAD VAUGHN NOT READY TO NARROW RECRUITING FOCUS YET

July 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 going to come play right away and who I’m going to be playing with and stuff like that,” Vaughn said.

Location will “not at all” be a factor for Vaughn, who went on to discuss who is coming at him the hardest.

“Really everybody, that’s why I [have not] narrowed my list yet because it’s hard,” Vaughn said. “I got good relationships with basically all the schools that’s recruiting me.”

Thus far, Vaughn has been on visits to UCLA, Iowa State and Minnesota. He does not have any other trips planned.

“Sometime probably after the senior year season,” Vaughn said of when he plans to make his commitment and going on to confirm that he will sign late.

The scoring wing is planning to trim down his list before he makes his decision.

“Probably at the end of summer I’m going to try, going to try to narrow my list,” Vaughn said.

He noted that “probably about eight” schools will make the cut, but there are none that he knows are definitely in yet.

“I’m not even up to that right now,” Vaughn explained. “I haven’t even thought about it.”

Vaughn recently made the decision to transfer from Robbinsdale Cooper (MN) to Findlay Prep (NV) for his senior year and he discussed that choice.

“My parents and I, we all decided that would be a good spot for me,” Vaughn said, “and it’s better competition for me in practice and out.”

As for what his time at the Reebok Breakout Classic was like, Vaughn said, “It’s been fun, I’ve been going against people, we’ve been competing and I’ve been just hanging out with my guys. So, it’s been fun.”

Vaughn, who would go on to be a co-MVP of the camp all-star game, discussed the type of player he is.

“I can play more than one position and I can score,” Vaughn said. “So, I think that’s probably the strongest parts of my game.”

On the other end of the spectrum, Vaughn remarked, “[My biggest] weakness is [not] being efficient, [not] taking good shots and I’m working on my motor, not taking no plays off.”

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

July 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 wherever will bring the best out of me,” Mudiay said.

The rising senior added that location is not a factor for him and discussed whether there is a certain style of play he is hoping to find.

“Not at all,” Mudiay began, before adding, “I mean, I’m a fast-tempo guy I’m sure that will benefit me too, so I’ll look at that.”

Arizona, Baylor and SMU are the only schools that Mudiay said he has visited so far, but he does have one additional trip planned.

“I’m going to Kentucky for the [Midnight] Madness,” Mudiay said, adding that he has nothing scheduled prior to that.

As of now, there is no coach with whom Mudiay feels he has developed the best relationship with.

Of his timetable for a commitment, Mudiay said, “I don’t know right now.”

Mudiay also spoke about his experience at the Reeebok Breakout Classic, where he may well have been the most highly touted player in attendance.

“Without God this wouldn’t be possible, so it’s a great blessing to come out here and play against the top competition,” Mudiay said. “So, it was cool.”

The Lone Star State prospect took home co-MVP honors of the camp all-star game and spoke about what that means to him.

“It’s a blessing,” Mudiay said. “Like I said, all the glory belongs to God. Without him this wouldn’t be possible. So I just thank him every day for this opportunity.”

As for his goals for the summer, Mudiay said, “Just keep getting better, that’s really it.”

The talented backcourt prospect also touched on the type of player his is, beginning with his main fortes on the court.

“Making my teammates better, getting to the rack,” Mudiay said. “Midrange, I’m working on that. So that’s [a few] things I’m good at.”

Of his primary weakness, Mudiay said, “Probably playing hard at all times. Sometimes I’ll take plays off, but that’s one thing I’ve been working on, that’s one thing they’re hard on me about.”

REEBOK BREAKOUT CLASSIC — FINAL REPORT

July 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 being in the all-star game. A 6-foot-2 scoring combo guard, Jefferson is a quality shooter who is capable of getting his points from all three levels.

The main thing that elite 2015 small forward Derrick Jones needs to do is add a consistent jump shot to his arsenal. The 6-foot-5 prospect from Archbishop Carroll (PA) did knock down a couple of 3-pointers on Friday, though. However, his calling card is still clearly his elite athleticism. Jones is tough to keep out of the paint, has good body control, uses the baseline well, and is a big-time dunker.

Trayvond Massenburg, a 6-foot-8 power forward from local Vaux (PA), is a player who is capable of scoring in the paint and also has the ability to step out and shoot it some. The class of 2014 prospect has a frame that should be able to add some muscle.

Emmanuel Mudiay was co-MVP of the all-star game and deservedly so. The 6-foot-5 point guard from Prime Prep (TX) got to the rim at will and was basically impossible to stop off the bounce. The class of 2014 recruit has superb body control at the rim and is a major athlete overall.

Future Maryland Terrapin Jared Nickens of the Westtown School (PA) has really broadened his offensive game over the past year. A 6-foot-6 class of 2014 prospect who can play shooting guard or small forward, Nickens has really improved his ability to score off the bounce. He possesses a nice shooting stroke, as noted in the Day I recap, and has a pretty smooth game.
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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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WITH RECENT OFFERS FROM KENTUCKY & KANSAS; 2015 PROSPECT DERRICK JONES CONTINES BREAKOUT

July 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 class of 2015 prospect talked about what it means to garner offers from those types of programs.

“It means a lot knowing now I can play at any type of level,” Jones said. “Just going up there, if I wanted to I could go to Kentucky or Kansas or Syracuse or a school like that.”

Jones said he does not think there are any schools recruiting him that have yet to offer and also noted that he has does not have any favorites.

As for what he is looking for in a school, Jones remarked, “A big fan base, a good coaching staff and a big facility.”

The lone visit that Jones said he has been on thus far was a trip to Temple about two months ago.

“It was great,” Jones said of the Temple visit, “just going out, seeing the campus and everything, talking to the coaches.”

Jones said he does not think he has any additional trips scheduled right now and also is without a timetable for a commitment.

The Keystone State prospect also spent some time talking about his game, beginning with his chief strength on the hardwood, which he said is “probably getting to the basket.”

As for his main weakness, he said, “Probably my jump shot,” and went on to talk about what he is doing to improve that.

“I’m in the gym up at St. Andrew’s [in Delaware] with a shooting machine,” Jones said.

Jones said that he compares his game to that of recent NBA Draft lottery pick Michael Carter-Williams and explained why.

“Because he’s lanky, he’s like 6’6, 6’7 and he can get to the basket,” Jones said.

The high flying wing also talked about his experience at the Reebok Breakout Classic.

“It’s great, just having to play against all the top players and some of the top players in the country,” Jones said, “just going out there and playing.”

REEBOK BREAKOUT CLASSIC — DAY II

July 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 long, has a smooth game and is a quality athlete. He does a nice job in transition and is a tough player to keep out of the paint. Aaron even showed the ability to play some point guard.

Not many players in the class of 2015 are smoother on the court than Dwayne Bacon. A 6-foot-6 prospect who can play anywhere from the one to the three, Bacon has a really good frame and does a nice job of finishing at the rim, even in traffic. Bacon, who is headed to IMG Academy (FL), is a good athlete with quality body control who can knock down the midrange pull-up.

Jacobi Boykins of Lakewood (FL) is an impressive all-around offensive player. The 6-foot-5 class of 2014 shooting guard is a bit thin and needs to add some bulk, but he is a solid athlete with good bounce. Boykins is a quality shooter with a nice looking stroke who can also score at the rim some.
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ADIDAS INVITAIONAL NOTES – DAY ONE

July 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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.

Standouts:

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.

REEBOK BREAKOUT CLASSIC – DAY I

July 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

by Alex Schwartz

PHILADELPHIA – The first of three July Live Periods tipped off last night and NBE Sports was in the City of Brotherly Love for the Reebok Breakout Classic. Over 100 players made their way to Philadelphia University for the camp and the first night featured three sets of games.

NBE Sports focused on the games on court one on the opening night and got to see half the teams in action, allowing us to put together notes on quite a few players.

Eric Carter, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Jackson Memorial (NJ), is surprisingly good in transition for a post player. The class of 2014 recruit has a big frame and is adept at drawing fouls, but does have to do some work on finishing. However, he did have a game-high 16 points.

Noah Blackwell of Woodcreek (CA) may not be a big name on a national level, but the class of 2015 prospect is a nice talent. The 6-foot-1 point guard is a solid all-around player who can help his team in a number of ways and has shooting ability.

Class of 2014 combo guard Jeremiah Jefferson of Triple A Academy (TX) showed some major scoring ability. The 6-foot-2 combo guard had the highest point total on Court One on Wednesday, finishing with 18. He can shoot from beyond the arc and simply finds ways to produce.
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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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AVERY JOHNSON JR. READY TO MAKE HIS OWN MARK IN BASKETBALL

June 14, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Avery Johnson Jr. opened eyes this spring.

Avery Johnson Jr. opened eyes this spring.

By Matt Whitfield

Many kids that share the same last name or the same name as their famous successful NBA veteran dad have a good shot of getting a scholarship to D-1 school, whether the scholarship is deserved or not. Avery Johnson Jr. though has the skills to get the scholarship without his father’s name and he impressed at the NBA Top 100 Camp on Friday.

“It’s tough because everybody expects you already to be good like he was in college and expects you to go to the NBA, but I just try and stay humble and be me,” the younger Johnson told NBE on Friday. “He passed a lot. I can score, I’m a little bit better shooter. It’s just hard because everyone knows the name and they expect you to be good. Some people hate you because they think I’m only on the Texas Titans because of my dad and I’m only going to certain schools because of my dad.”
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2013 NBPA TOP 100 HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL CAMP — RECRUITING NOTES (PART II)

June 14, 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. 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.

In our first Top 100 Camp report yesterday we had recruiting updates on Stephen Zimmerman, Malachi Richardson, Leron Black, Myles Turner, Reid Travis and Devin Robinson. In our second edition, read on below for updates on Thon Maker, Jaquan Lyle, Ja’Quan Newton and MARYLAND-commit Romelo Trimble impressed in his effort…

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2013 NBPA TOP 100 HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL CAMP — RECRUITING NOTES (PART I)

June 13, 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. 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.

IN our first recruiting notebook we take a look at the latest from

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RECRUITING NOTEBOOK (4/16/2013): COMMITMENTS CONTINUE AS LATE SIGNING PERIOD NEARS

April 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

by Alex Schwartz

Two of the top uncommitted players in the nation made their commitments while in Chicago for the McDonald’s All-American Game and numerous other 2013 prospects also pledged in the past several days.

Elite frontcourt prospect Aaron Gordon of Archbishop Mitty (CA) announced his intentions to attend Arizona for his college ball, per multiple reports. A 6-foot-8 power forward, Gordon is one of the top ranked players in America in the class of 2013. He selected the Wildcats over Kentucky, Oregon and Washington. Gordon is the second McDonald’s All-American in Arizona’s recruiting class, joining 6-foot-7 small forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson of Chester (PA).

Keith Frazier of Kimball (TX), the best available shooting guard in the nation, committed to SMU, per his Twitter account. The 6-foot-5 class of 2013 prospect is the first ever McDonald’s All-American for the Mustangs, according the game broadcast. Frazier was also considering Texas A&M and Texas Tech, according to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels.

The top available class of 2013 guard in the nation, Rysheed Jordan of Vaux (PA), took his name off the board and pledged to St. John’s, per multiple reports. Jordan is a 6-foot-3 point guard who selected the Red Storm over Temple and UCLA.

Chris Peak of Panther-Lair.com had the news that Jamel Artis of Notre Dame Prep (MA) committed to Pittsburgh. Artis is a 6-foot-7 combo forward and a fifth-year class of 2013 recruit.

Dominique Hawkins announced his commitment to Kentucky at a press conference at his school, per multiple reports. The 6-foot point guard from Madison Central (KY) is the eighth member of UK’s 2013 recruiting class, the second of whom is an in-state prospect.

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RECRUITING NOTEBOOK (4/1/2013): RECRUITING TRAIL HEATING UP ONCE AGAIN

April 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

by Alex Schwartz

There has been a lot of news in the world of high school hoops in the past few weeks, including a few talented juniors making early commitments, an elite senior ending his recruitment and some high-profile players in setting announcement dates.

One of the best players in the nation, Julius Randle, declared his intentions to attend Kentucky. The 6-foot-9 power forward from Prestonwood Christian (TX) opted for the Wildcats over Florida, Kansas and Texas. Randle joins an absolutely loaded seven-man 2013 recruiting class for UK that many are calling the greatest group ever assembled.

Also, according to Jason Jordan of USA Today, Julius Randle has been added to the McDonald’s All-American game. He was initially ineligible since he missed more than half the season—he was injured—yet has been added anyway. Randle is one of six players in the game headed to Kentucky next year.

One-time Murray State commit Demarcus Croaker is now headed to Texas for his college ball, per Reggie Rankin. He also noted that the class of 2013 prospect selected Texas over Murray State this time around. Croaker is a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Jones (FL).

Gavin Schilling of Findlay Prep (NV) became the first member of Michigan State’s 2013 recruiting class. The 6-foot-9 power forward tweeted his commitment to the Spartans. He selected MSU over Minnesota, UCLA and Villanova.

Rutgers landed a pledge from JuCo prospect Chris Griffin of Wabash Valley College (IL), according to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com. Griffin is a 6-foot-7 small forward in the class of 2013.

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RECRUITING NOTEBOOK (3/6/2013): JUSTON JACKSON POPS FOR NORTH CAROLINA

March 6, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

by Alex Schwartz

While the last few days have not had too much news, some of what has happened has involved a few of the nation’s top players and high-major programs.

First off, beginning with 2013 commitments as usual, Texas A&M landed JuCo point guard Chad Frazier, per Alex Kline of TheRecruitScoop.com. The 6-foot-4 prospect out of Gulf Coast Community College (FL) selected the Aggies over South Carolina. According to ESPN.com’s Dave Telep, Frazier is from North Carolina and is a former Oklahoma State commit.

Another JuCo prospect, Skyler Halford, has committed to BYU, per Greg Wrubell of KSL Radio. Halford is a 6-foot-1 class of 2013 combo guard from Salt Lake Community College (UT). Jay Drew of The Salt Lake Tribune tweeted that Halford began his career as a walk-on at Utah State before going on a mission.

Alex Majewski out of Brother Rice (IL) has popped to Texas-Pan American, per Victor Agapay. A class of 2013 prospect, Majewski is a 6-foot-7 small forward.

Alex Kline reported that Jordan Gleason of Watervliet (NY) took his name off the board and pledged to Sacred Heart. Gleason is a 6-foot shooting guard in the class of 2013.

Owens Community College (OH) head coach David Clake tweeted that a member of his team, Justin Edmonds, committed to Marshall. Edmonds, a class of 2013 JuCo prospect, is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard.

The biggest news of late came from the 2014 class, as Justin Jackson of HCYA (TX) made the decision to attend North Carolina, according to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels. A 6-foot-7 small forward, Jackson is one of the top players in the nation in the junior class. He officially visited UNC this past weekend and opted to pledge to the Tar Heels on Monday night. He joins Joel Berry of Lake Highland Prep (FL) in a big-time early duo for Roy Williams in the class of 2014.

Another quality 2014 prospect to make his decision of late is Jarvis Calhoun, who popped to UAB, per Shun Williams of On the Radar Hoops. Calhoun is a 6-foot combo guard out of Hewitt-Trussville (AL).

Continuing with the theme of talented 2014 prospects making commitment, Jonathan Williams of St. Benedict’s (NJ) pledged to VCU, in news that looks to have been first mentioned by @DistrictBaller on Twitter. The future Ram is a 6-foot point guard.

Julius Randle, one the best players in the nation in the class of 2013, tweeted that he will make his college choice on March 20. Randle, a 6-foot-9 power forward, is considering six schools. Those in the mix for the Prestonwood Christian (TX) star are Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina State, Oklahoma, and Texas.

One of the top players in the 2014 class is also set to make his decision soon. Dwayne Morgan of St. Frances Academy (MD) tweeted that he will declare on April 5. Morgan is an athletic 6-foot-7 small forward.

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RECRUITING NOTEBOOK (3/1/2013): RIP JOSH LEVEL

March 1, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

by Alex Schwartz

Before getting into the recruiting news, we want to send our condolences to the family and friends of Josh Level. A standout basketball player from North Carolina in the junior class, Level sadly passed away last week, far too young. The guys over at Ball is Life put together a nice “Josh Level Tribute Mix,” which can be found Here.

On the trail, one of the biggest pieces of news involved a star dual-sport athlete. Derrick Griffin of Terry (TX) committed to Miami for football, in news that looks to have been broken by Peter Ariz of Canesooks to have been broken by Peter Ariz of CanesInSight.com. The class of 2013 prospect, who has signed a Letter of Intent, is expected to play basketball at Miami as well.

Griffin, who checks in at 6-foot-6, is a wide receiver/tight end on the gridiron and a power forward on the hardwood. He had been committed to Texas A&M for a long time, but did not sign with the Aggies due to reported academic issues.

Tyrek Coger of Word of God Christian Academy (NC) tweeted that he pledged to Middle Tennessee State. Coger is a 6-foot-8 center in the class of 2013 and he is a former Missouri commit.

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