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CATCHING UP WITH BEN BENTIL

August 2, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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. Joe’s, Rutgers, Temple, and North Carolina State, plus interest from Miami.

Bentil, who has no favorites, said there are no schools that he speaks with the most.

“No, I’m still open,” Bentil said. “I got one more year, so I’m still open, trying to see my chances.”

The 6-foot-8, 225-pounder said he has had the chance to check out a few college campuses so far.

“I haven’t taken no official visits,” Bentil said, “but I went up to BC and I went up to Georgetown to hang out because I wanted somewhere to work out.”

He went on to add, “I’ve been to St. Joe’s because I used to live right around the street. So, I played with the boys sometimes. I’ve been around Villanova too because it’s around the street and people go up there to play. All the college players were at one time high school players, so we were all friends. So, I still go up there to play.”

Bentil said that he is looking to get out on a few more visits to some schools in the near future, but has none actually scheduled yet.

“Not yet, I’m planning on visiting Georgetown and Miami and Providence,” Bentil said. “Those are three that I’m probably going to visit.”

The rising senior also spent some time discussing just what it is that he is looking for when it comes to his future college.

“First of all, I just really [want] great academics. Studying is one of my big priorities, so that’s what I want to look at first,” Bentil said. And then second, I just want to be on a team that will just let me play, let me play my game. A team that will let you play through mistakes, teach you how to learn through your mistakes and just get you better.”

When he says “my game,” Bentil talked about just what way he plays when he steps out on the court.

“Defensive player, that’s how most of the coaches know me,” Bentil said. “The offense will take care of itself most of the time. Every sport I play, that’s what they said, defense first.”

Location will not be a factor in Bentil’s recruitment and he does not yet have a timetable for a commitment.

“I don’t know. It’s all up to my mother,” Bentil explained. “I got to talk to her first and I don’t want to commit basically [just because] of basketball. I just want to commit [because] of looking at the academic stuff. I’m still unsure, I wanted to major in business management, but I’m still kind of unsure if I want to do that.”

Bentil, who said he has a 3.4 GPA, went on to explain why business management is a major that appeals to him.

“Since I was growing up I’ve always wanted to be a person that tried to invest in something and make a lot of profit out of it,” Bentil said. “So I think business management if kind of a [road] to go and it can help me in the future after basketball is over.”

The talented frontcourt prospect went to shed some more light on his game. He started by saying that defense is his main strength and went on to add, “The offense takes care of itself, but right now, as of this summer, I’ve kind of tried to work on my jump shot a lot, which has improved.

“I’ve always been able to shoot, but I didn’t shoot a lot. So now my coach was like, ‘Just shoot it. Get in the rhythm of shooting it.’ And I see it’s working and so I got to improve on that and then just keep going to the basket.”

Bentil also touched on the aspect of his game that he does not feel is quite as far along as the rest of his arsenal.

“I’d say the biggest weakness is—every player has a weakness—I would say the biggest weakness is kind of knowing when to take a shot and when not to,” Bentil said. “I just, sometimes I get really indecisive, but I’m working on it. I grew up a lot up from that.”

LIVE IN AC – DAY II REPORT

July 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 of Team Final Blue 16s may well have been the best player of the day. The 6-foot-3 combo guard scored at will, dropping 30 points on Team Takeover in the semifinals. Alston has a nice feel for the game, gets in the lane and comes from a basketball family, as his dad played at Temple. The class of 2015 recruit does need to get a bit stronger, but he grabs defensive rebounds and also score in the paint, as he is comfortable with his back to the basket.

Princeton-commit Amir Bell has a chance to be a star in the Ivy League. A class of 2014 prospect from East Brunswick (NJ), Bell has nice size for a player who can play some point, at 6-foot-4. More of a combo guard, Bell does need to show he can shoot the ball consistently. He is a bit thin, but is a solid athlete who can defend multiple positions.
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ELITE 2015 PG ISAIAH BRISCOE TALKS SCHOOLS; PREP & COLLEGE

July 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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, Florida’s coming at me pretty hard,” Briscoe said, “Syracuse of course, Seton Hall wants me to stay home, Pittsburgh.”

Briscoe also talked about just what it is that he is looking for in his future college program.

“I want to play my freshman year. I’m looking for somewhere I could play at least 25-plus minutes,” Briscoe said. “And I’m going to compete wherever I go, so I want the ball in my hands as a freshman and I just want the coach to trust me on the court and just believe that I could run a team.”

The 6-foot-3 point guard went on to discuss the visits he has taken thus far.

Arizona, I’ve visited to Arizona twice. I’ve visited Syracuse of course,” Briscoe said. “I’ve visited Virginia. I think I’m going to visit Florida in August, I don’t know yet.”

Brioscoe said he does not have any other trips planned besides the one to Florida.

As for his timetable for a commitment, Briscoe said, “I have to figure out what high school I’m going to first.”

After attending St. Benedict’s (NJ) his first two years of high school, Briscoe will be transferring next year.

Asked where things stand with where he is headed, Briscoe said, “I don’t know, I was going to go to Findlay [Prep], but something else happened.”

Of the Nevada powerhouse, Briscoe added, “They said they ran out of room or something like that.”

Briscoe said Our Savior New American (NY) and Pope John XXIII (NJ) are two of the schools he is considering. His father also noted that they will be taking a visit to Union Catholic (NJ) on Tuesday.

The rising junior also said that he will “most likely” take a visit out to Brewster Academy (NH).

Briscoe went on to shed some light on his high school decision.

“I kind of want to start my own path and just do my own thing instead of following a trend and doing what everybody else is doing,” Briscoe said.

The Garden State prospect feels he could accomplish that at a few different schools in the area.

“Any local school, I think that I would be starting my own path because all the ranked guys are going to go to Huntington [Prep in West Virginia or] Findlay and everywhere else,” Briscoe said. “So I think I can do something locally and maybe win a couple championships in my state.”

As for when he will have his choice made, Briscoe said, “Probably when I come back from Vegas, within three days from that I will know what school I’m going to.”

LIVE IN AC – DAY I REPORT

July 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 fairly active on defense and can be vocal at times on the court. The Expressions Elite standout has really improved as a player over the past year, and even the past couple months.

Eric Anderson of The Haverford School (PA) is a player who simply knows how to get the job done. A 6-foot-6 small forward who runs with the Jersey Shore Warriors, Anderson has a pretty solid build and can shoot the ball some. He works in the post well and is capable of sliding to the four if needed. Anderson, a class of 2014 prospect, plays hard and also showed the ability to provide a bit of assistance at the point guard position.
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‘THE SHOWDOWN’ EVENT RECAP

July 16, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 shooting stroke.

Eric Anderson of the Haverford School (PA) and the Jersey Shore Warriors is a productive small forward who can score at the rim. The 6-foot-6 class of 2014 recruit has a sturdy frame and is crafty with the ball when in the paint.

Gerald Blount may not have ideal size right now for a power forward, but the 6-foot-5 class of 2014 prospect still makes an impact on defense. Blount, who attends St. Anthony’s (NJ) and plays for the Sports U 16s, has a good frame and does a nice job of blocking shots.

Traci Carter of the We R 1 16s and Life Center Academy (NJ) is a 6-foot point guard who does a good job of scoring at the rim. Carter, a class of 2015 prospect, is a bit thin, but does have a solid build overall. He is a good enough athlete who can get to the cup off the dribble.

Donte Divincenzo of the Team Final Black 16s is a skilled offensive player in the class of 2015. A 6-foot-3 combo guard out of the Salesianum School (DE), Divincenzo has a smooth game and rebounds the ball well at the defensive end, especially for his position. The rising junior has a solid frame and can connect from beyond the arc. Boston College, St. Joseph’s and Rhode Island have extended scholarship offers since the live period ended this past weekend to join La Salle and Delaware, who previously offered. Pittsburgh is also beginning to show interest as well.
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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.

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

July 15, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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,” Robinson began, “Louisville, Florida, and UNC are the newest.”

Robinson went on to talk about what those schools are waiting on before extending him a scholarship opportunity.

“They just got to see me more,” Robinson said. “I don’t think they have seen me in-person yet. So, they’re just looking to come out in the July period and see me play in-person.”

At this point, Robinson claims no favorites and said that all of the schools are coming at him equally hard.

Robinson has been on unofficial visits to Georgetown, Virginia Tech and VCU thus far and has no other trips planned.

The rising senior does not have a commitment timetable and also has not considered whether he would like to sign early or late.

As for what he is looking for in a school, Robinson said, “Great coaching staff, a playing style that fits me, if I’m going to actually play, great campus, fans, and all the above.”

Robinson went on to elaborate a bit on just what style of play he is trying to find in a college program.

“I like the run and gun, I like getting up and down the floor,” Robinson said.

The Old Dominion State wing noted that location will not be a factor for him in his collegiate decision.

Robinson also spent some time talking about his game, including what he feels he does best on the court.

“Strongest part is [that] I’m a great team player,” Robinson said. “I like to get my teammates involved, I’m a leader and I can shoot the ball a little bit.”

On the other side, Robinson said, “Weakest [part is] probably my strength. I got to play [with] more of a high motor [as well].”

Lastly, Robinson discussed what he is looking to accomplish this summer.

“My goal for the summer is just to finish off [at the] top of my class,” Robinson said.

WADE BALDWIN SEEING RECRUITING CONSISTENLY RISE WITH STRONG PLAY

July 12, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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 if there are one or two schools pursuing him the most vigorously, Baldwin replied, “No, it’s pretty much all together [even], so they said expect an offer from them and all that. So, we’ll see.”

Baldwin said that a school’s location is “not at all” a factor for him in his recruitment, but talked about what he is looking for in a college.

“Just a player and coach relationship,” Baldwin began, “good campus life and somewhere that’s going to set me up for the following years.”

Although his relationship with coaches is vital to him, he said there is “no one in particular” with whom he has developed the strongest bond.

Baldwin said he has been on unofficial visits to Rutgers, Seton Hall, Virginia Tech, and West Virginia, adding, “that’s all I remember right now.”

He has yet to take any official trips, but plans to change that in the near future.

“I’m doing all the officials in August,” Baldwin said, adding that he does not have any scheduled.

Baldwin did say that he knows where he would like to visit unofficial, but would not reveal the names.

“That’s a secret right now,” Baldwin said.

With the first July Live Period just getting underway, Baldwin also talked about what his goals for the summer are.

“Just making my teammates better,” Baldwin said, “obviously picking up more looks for myself and improving in everything in my game.”

Baldwin said of the strongest points of his game, “I think [they are] attacking the basket and distributing the ball.”

As for his chief weakness, he did not want that to be known, saying, “I don’t want to give that out.”

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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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 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 (4/1/2013): 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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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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RECRUITING NOTEBOOK (1/25/2013): BERRY GIVES TAR HEELS HEAD START ON ’14 CLASS & MORE RECRUIT NEWS

January 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

by Alex Schwartz

While the last week or so has not been crazy on the recruiting trail, it has certainly not been as slow as the holiday season. The rundown includes a few high-major programs adding 2013 commitments, a powerhouse getting a 2014 pledge, USA Basketball releasing some big news and more.

We begin with the 2014 pledge, which came from Joel Berry, the No. 20 prospect in the NBE Sports Class of 2014 Post-July Top 75. Berry, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Lake Highland Prep (FL), has popped for North Carolina, per Alex Kline of TheRecruitScoop.com. He is a major pickup for the Tar Heels and is the highest ranked committed player in the NBE Sports 2014 rankings.

Amida Brimah, a 6-foot-11 class of 2013 center committed to UConn, per Coast 2 Coast Hoops. Brimah attends Archbishop Carroll (FL), after transferring over from Monsignor Pace (FL). He is a bit under the radar and fairly raw, but has some definite upside and can really impact the game when he is in the groove.

Jerron Wilbut of St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy (WI) is off the board to Seton Hall, according to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com. Wilbut is a 6-foot-3 class of 2013 shooting guard who is in a post-graduate year after attending Downers Grove South (IL).

Sticking with the news on ZagsBlog.com and the current BIG EAST, Rutgers picked up a commitment from South Kent (Conn.) point guard Shane Rector.  The 6-foot-1 Rector is the first commit in the 2013 class for Mike Rice and the Scarlet Knights.

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NEW YEAR’S JUMP-OFF EVENT RECAP

January 7, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

by Alex Schwartz

HACKENSACK, N.J. – Eight teams made their way to Hackensack (NJ) High School on Sunday for the New Year’s Jump-Off. The quartet of games featured only teams from the Garden State, but there was a great deal of talent on display, including a few players headed to high-major programs.

TOP PERFORMER

Reggie Cameron of Hudson Catholic is the easy choice of who turned in the day’s best performance. The 6-foot-8 small forward dropped 30 points and may well have had more if he shot more the fourth quarter had the game been close. Cameron, ranked No. 62 in the NBE Sports Class of 2013 Post-July Top 125, also grabbed 12 rebounds, distributed the ball well and made his presence felt on defense. A big-time shooter from long range, the future Georgetown Hoya really had his shot going in this game. He has such a smooth stroke and possesses the size to get it off over most defenders. Cameron also scored from midrange and at the rim. The senior even displayed the ability to play the point, which is something he has not really done before. He blocked shots, found open teammates for buckets and was the best low post player in the game, despite being a three man. Cameron led his team to a 70-53 victory over Pope John XXIII and put on in absolute show in his home city of Hackensack.

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2012 VILLA CLASSIC RECAP

December 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

by Alex Schwartz

GLENSIDE, Pa. – Five teams from New York City, four from Philadelphia and one from New Jersey made their way to Arcadia University yesterday for the sixth annual VILLA Classic. Although most of the games ended with lopsided scores, there was still some nice talent on display.

TOP PERFORMER

There are several players who could stake claim to this honor, but we are going to go with Brandon Austin. The future Providence Friar was not amongst the players who dropped 20+ points, but he turned in the best all-around performance. The versatile senior from Imhotep Charter (PA) is capable of playing multiple positions, but, as he showed on Saturday, he is best suited at the point guard spot. Austin is capable of both scoring the ball himself—he finished with 18 points against Lincoln (NY)—and facilitating things for others. He runs the offense quite adeptly and is a superb defender. The 6-foot-6 Austin locked up and forced steals, but he was also able to block shots around the rim. His combination of size, skill and length allows him to impact the game in multiple ways. Additionally, the No. 47 ranked player in the NBE Sports Class of 2013 Top 125 has a nice feel for the game.

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