The third member of what was once known as the Sports U “Fab Five” has committed. Hudson Catholic forward Louis King, a five-star recruit in the class of 2018, committed to Oregon in a video posted to Twitter on Thursday, picking the Ducks over Seton Hall, Purdue, N.C. State and Kansas. “I would like to announce… Continue reading “Boys Basketball: Hudson Catholic 5-star forward Louis King commits to Oregon”
Sporting a favorite player’s number can now be more than a declaration of faith, thanks to smart jerseys unveiled this weekend by Nike as part of its new partnership with the NBA. A tap of a smartphone to a label on the jersey allows the wearer a real-time look at Kevin Durant’s statistics, Blake Griffin’s post-match… Continue reading “Nike’s ‘connected jersey’ aims to put NBA fans front and center”
It was a bit of a slap in the face. And as Isaiah Thomas noted in his letter on The Players Tribune,Â when the Boston Celtics decided to ship him off to Cleveland in order to land Kyrie Irving, “it stung a little.” After all, Thomas had poured his heart and soul into the Celtics and… Continue reading “Here’s what Tom Brady reportedly told Isaiah Thomas after he was traded from the Boston Celtics”
Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant announced plans on Tuesday for China’s first NBA basketball school, a development the 18-time All-Star says will improve the game in the country. The NBA Basketball School-Mission Hills Haikou will be open to male and female players from junior up to professional level after its completion in 2019 and could… Continue reading “Lakers’ legend Kobe Bryant unveils NBA China academy plans”
Australia’s “sleeping giant” National Basketball League launches its 40th season next month with ambitious plans of supplanting cricket as the sports-mad country’s number one summer game. NBL owner Larry Kestelman, who is looking to cash in on the record number of Australians starring in the NBA, said there had never been a better time for the… Continue reading “Move over cricket, basketball has big plans in Australia”
The Blue Chip Basketball Academy has developed a reputation for putting on high quality, high value events and continues to work to add new options for coaches and players to improve – both on the court and off.
This year BCBA was announced the 2017 Coaches Clinic, which brings in multiple college coaches
Blue Chip Basketball Coaches Clinic Schedule:
8:30 – 9:20 Steve Woodberry – Wake Forest – Post Player Development
9:20 -10:10 Andrew Brown – Winston Salem State – Guard and Wing development (Shooting)
10:10-10:20 Door Prizes
10:20 -11:05 Bill Robinson – Milligan College – Building a Practice Plan
11:10 -12:00 Dave Davis – Newberry College – The Pressing Game
12:00 -1:15 Lunch (On your own)
1:20 – 2:05 Kevin Templeton – Motivational Speaker/ Author – Investing in your players
2:10-3:00 Tommy Brown – Presbyterian College – Special Situations
3:05 – 4:00 Tom Palombo – Guilford College – Defense and Rebounding / Team Culture
For more information visit: http://bluechipbasketballacademy.com/coaches-clinic/
The 2017 Triad Pro-Am will tip off on July 6, 2017 and this year brings a few changes. If you are interested in attending any of the games this summer, here’s the rundown:
- Games will be played at Calvary Day School in Winston-Salem, NC. (5000 Country Club Rd)
- Games are open to the public, attendance is $5.
- Games start at 6:15 pm and each game lasts approximately one hour, with 3 games played per day until the playoffs.
- Games are played on Mondays and Thursdays throughout July.
- Playoffs are played the final week of July (July 24-27).
- Playoffs and championship in 2016 were broadcast live on NetCastSports.com and it is likely again this season.
For more information, visit Blue Chip Basketball Academy.
Despite averaging just 3.9 points, 3.8 rebounds and 11.5 minutes, Duke freshman forward Harry Giles will enter the NBA Draft and plans to stay in it, the school announced on Tuesday. The 6-foot-10 Giles had knee surgery before the season began, which prevented him from playing in the Blue Devils’ first 11 games and slowed his… Continue reading “Harry Giles enters NBA draft”
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — In a Final Four overrun by fresh faces, North Carolina is the one old hand that maneuvered through all the minefields to make it to Glendale, Ariz. Luke Maye’s 18-footer from the left wing with 0.3 seconds left lifted the top-seeded Tar Heels to a 75-73 win over second-seeded Kentucky for the South… Continue reading “Heels head to Final Four on Maye’s last-second hoop”
Some scouting notes from the 2017 BasketballElite.com Fab 40 Eastern NC Regional, which invites 40 of the top unsigned players from a region to compete in front of college coaches. With over 20 college coaches in attendance and multiple media outlets, the event once again allowed those players a chance to be seen by schools who are looking to add to their rosters. With that said, here are some of my scouting notes from the event. I wasn’t able to fully scout every player since I was also involved with the game broadcasts, so I’ve only included the players I was able to make notes on in person. Video replay of the games and full rosters are also below. All schools listed by players are located in North Carolina.
Jarvez Ellis (G/F, 6’4, 2017)Village Christian – solid perimeter player with size who showed an ability to handle the ball and pass in traffic. Also showed solid deep release and good first step, able to beat defenders to the basket off of the dribble.
Emmanuel Izunabor (F/C, 6’9, 2019) Fayetteville Academy – really like the prospects of Izunabor, who has great timing on rebounds, putbacks and blocked shots. Great length and plays above the rim, and is a 2019 player who will no doubt add strength over the next two years. Izunabor is definitely a college prospect, so I’d say the next step for him is strength in order to establish rebounding position on the blocks as well as continue to improve his back-to-the-basket arsenal.
Omari Wilson (SG, 6’3, 2017) Village Christian – athletic slashing guard with an ability to play above the rim and has good timing. High level, active athlete. Showed some ability to hit from deep today as well.
China Jones (SG/SF, 6’5, 2017) Bull City Prep – big time scorer, deep shooter with high, quick, fluid release on the move. Great timing and definitely has college athleticism. Can play the 2 or 3 but looks to me to be a perfect big 2 for a college roster. Can blister teams from deep.
Liam Caswell (G, 6’4, 2018) Ocracoke HS – shifty scorer who showed an ability to finish inside repeatedly. Ability to move without the ball a plus but has good size at the guard position.
Eric Fox (F, 6’7, 2017) Apex HS – Great hands and control from Fox, who was playing at the 4 spot with Izanabor playing in the middle. Fox has good timing and can score effectively, and really took advantage of playing with another big in the lineup. Moves really well without the ball. Today looked like a stretch 4 but with continued work could fill in at the 5 and some 3 at the college level.
John Michael Wright (G, 6′, 2019) Fayetteville Academy – Quick guard who disrupted the passing lanes and showed great lateral quickness. Was able to score in transition or the halfcourt, but has a balanced game.
Samson Strickland (F, 6’6, 2017) Fike HS – Listed as a PF/C, where he would be undersized at the college level, but showed an ability to play facing the basket and really looks like he’s got the potential to be a 3. Decent footwork in the post led to several second chance points and moves well without the ball.
William Obeyni (F, 6’5, 2019) Fayetteville Academy – while I saw several forwards who showed an understanding of how to move without the ball, perhaps Obeyni was the player who I noticed the most. He did a good job of paying attention to the guards and moving to the righ spot to make himself a target and it paid off multiple times, scoring on dump offs and being in the right spot. Good hands and can finish above the rim.
Trevon Spencer (G/F, 6’3, 2019) Word of God – Despite being listed at only 6’3, Spencer had perhaps the most impressive rebounding game I saw during his first game. Extremely good timing and at times seemed to be everywhere. Athletic and active, with some good upside.
Josh Raiford (F/C 6’7, 2017) Smithfield-Selma HS – runs the pick and roll well and plays through contact in the post. Good strength.
Jimmy Sanders III (PG, 5’10, 2018) Wayne Country Day – solid ballhandler running the point and ability to get to the rim and finish against taller defenders in the lane. Puts a lot of pressure on the defense with the dribble and good end-to-end speed.
Trevor Thomas (PG, 5’10, 2019) Gray’s Creek HS – true point guard who plays heads-up and runs the offense. Good ballhandler and passer with some definite upside.
Game One Replay:
Game One Rosters:
Above The Rim (Blue)
#67 AJ Baldwin
#14 Montre Cash
#104 Jarvez Ellis
#112 Nassyr Daniels
#51 Omari Wilson
#52 Rashad Royster
#74 Shaiquan Moore
#94 Tavarus Peterson
#116 Josh Raiford
#97 China Jones
Born 2 Win (White)
#8 Devonte Petaway
#75 Cole Humphrey
#60 Liam Caswell
# 81 Deronquez Wynn
#98 John Bowen
#10 Jimmy Sanders
#92 Reggie Raynor
#80 Don Pigford
#38 Jahiri Guthrie
#89 Samson Strickland
Game Two Replay:
Game Two Rosters:
They Got Game (Blue)
#58 Jeremiah Pope
#82 D.J. Suggs
#76 Jahmari Harvey
#102 Tyree Wiggins
#103 Zaire Williams
#50 Justin Wright
#85 Xavier Boyd
#70 Jordan McNeil
#49 Messiah Barnes
#113 Marcus Richardson
Blue Chips (White)
#72 John Michael Wright
#66 Darius Spragley
#34 Malik Brooks
#64 Demetrius Jones
#115 Emmanuel Izunabor
#114 William Obeyni
#93 Eric Fox
#28 Trevor Thomas
#87 Johnathan Pearsall
#101 Trevon Spencer