Archive for February, 2013

Squire’s Richmond. aau tryouts:march 3&10th.17u/15u 1pm til 3:30pm,16u 4pm til 6:30pm.location info,go to http://squirebball.com

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AAU Tryout Alert: Kappa Magic

Kappa Magic Men’s 17U AAU try outs Tuesday, March 19th 7-830PM at New Hope Academy in Thomasville NC. For more info, you can also follow @KappaMagic on Twitter.

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AAU Tryout Alert: NC Spartans

NC Spartans

The NC Spartans Elite 16/17U AAU tryouts will be held this Sunday, March 3, at Bishop McGuinnes HS from 2:00-4:00. The Spartans play only live events (events that are open to NCAA D1 college coaches) and will be once again playing a competitive schedule this year. If you would like to know more information, contact Program Director Josh Thompson at joshthompson33@gmail.com.

Basketball Elite is not affiliated with any AAU program. If you would like your AAU information posted on our site, please send it (schedules, tryouts, notable players) to contact@basketballelite.com.


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Game Scouted: Wake Forest @ Florida State
Florida State wins 76-62
Box Score

Codi Miller- McIntyre (6’3”, PG, FR)

Stats
36 min, 2-9 FG, 1-3 3 pt FG, 2 rebounds, 5 TP

Strengths
Loved his aggressiveness on the defensive end. Hounded the ballhandler. Stays in front of ballhandler, good lateral quickness, stays down in his stance, and has quick hands. Did a good job of fighting around on-ball screens as well.

Showed good change of speed and the ability to create for others off the dribble. Had several nice flip passes in traffic to teammates in middle/post after breaking down initial defender. He has good size and strength for the PG position at 6’3” and has excellent upper body strength. Has an excellent pull-up jump shot- goes right at defender and is able to stop on a dime and pull-up under control, rise up, and shoot. Uses screens effectively and can create off the P/R. Does a nice job as a freshman of being a leader and general on the floor- uses hand signals and puts players in their spots. Poised and patient.

Weaknesses
Prefers to go to his right- needs to improve his left hand. At this point, while he is a solid ball handler, its not up to pro standards for a PG. He is a high dribble and he needs to get it tighter when attacking rim. Got several of his lay-up attempts blocked this game going up against the length of Florida State. Needed to use his body and go in stronger on these attempts instead of going in casually with the ball exposed and away from his body. Poor FT shooter, which is surprising- he is shooting 63% for the season from the line, wish you would want your PG to be in the 80’s if possible. Needs to develop a more consistent 3 point shot as well. Speed and first step quickness are a concern.

Took the wrong line at beginning of game defending a pin down screen- instead of going directly up in the middle of the floor in a straight line, he followed his man in a circular motion and got caught on the screen.

Terrific on-ball defender, but must work on being a better off-the-ball and help defender. Is in the right position most of the time, but instead of getting in front of the big man underneath, he stood beside them. Has tendency to turn head and body at times when defending off the ball as well. Most of these mistakes can be attributed to the fact that he is a freshman.

Overview
Played both guard positions this game, but mostly played the PG spot. Below average game for Codi tonight as he struggled to score or impact the box score in a big way in his 36 minutes of court time. Wake has not been good on the road this year and this game was no different. After beating the number 2 team in the nation on Saturday, they lost this game to an un-ranked and frankly not very good Florida State team. Codi has started every game this season, and is third on the team in scoring with 8.4 ppg, number 1 on the team in total assists with 68, compared to 49 turnovers. What was impressive tonight was the fact that he played such a long period of time with out turning the ball over 1 time.

Miller-McIntyre has potential and has and will continue to only get better as he gets older and more experienced playing at the college level. His intangibles he brings are impressive especially as a freshman, as he is poised, shows leadership abilities, and he is under control. He is a pure PG who knows the game, uses picks, changes speeds well, and has a good mid range pull-up. He should be a 4-year guy and will be a pro prospect by his senior year. Codi will be even more heavily counted next year as the teams leading scorer, senior guard, CJ Harris, will have graduated.

James Blackburn is the Director of Scouting for Basketball Elite and scouts high school, college and pro prospects. You can follow James on Twitter right this second.

Alex Poythress

By James Blackburn

Game Scouted: Missouri vs. Kentucky

Kentucky wins 90-83 in OT

Box Score

Alex Poythress (6’8”, F, FR)

Stats
40 min, 8-10 FG, 1-1 3 pt FG, 4-6 FT, 7 reb, 2 assists, 1 blk, 21 pts

Strengths
The first thing to notice about Poythress is his combination of size, strength, and athleticism as a SF in college. Has seemed to have an extra bounce in his step tonight as he played perhaps the best game of his young career. He is a good rebounder, and was very active crashing the offensive boards this game. He doesn’t stand and watch on perimeter and crashes the boards on every shot. He also showed the capability of rebounding ball and pushing it ahead with the dribble. Offensively he showed a jump hook over left shoulder and an advanced mid-post game. Showed the ability to face up and score with a variety of moves from 18’ and in. Loves to score over left shoulder. Was more aggressive offensively in the second half. Athletic and plays above the rim. Capable of hitting the open 3 w/ his feet set, shot had good arc. I like his hustle and his attitude on the court. Unselfish player. Got to the FT line numerous times this game and took advantage. FT stroke looks good- would like to see him use more of his legs- but has good arc and form looks good- is shooting over 70% from stripe for the year. Hit a pair of big FT’s with under a minute in OT under pressure. Good footwork- does a nice job of screening, then turning and sealing his man in the post, where he was able to secure and maintain position.

Defensively, I was impressed with his understanding of position and effort as a freshman. He did a good job of shading screens and sprints back on defense. Capable of defending on the perimeter- showed the ability to move his feet and contest shots. Understands positioning off the ball and help defense. Impressed with not only his motor but his conditioning. For a player of his size, to be able to play the number of minutes he plays and perform at the level he does on the floor for those minutes, is good. Had several blocks this game, and made a game-saving block in the end of regulation to block lay-up attempt. High motor player with good upside.

Weaknesses
On first possession of game, a set was run where Alex would receive the ball at the nail at top of key. Instead of digging in and getting deep possession, he was v-cut in and popped out where he caught the ball outside the 3-point line. Took some poor angles a couple of times defending quicker players on the perimeter- but did a solid job defending for most part this game. Has a tendency to jump out of control at pump fakes and over commit on the perimeter. Invisible for stretches and struggled to score besides post ups and offensive rebounds for most of the first half. Needs to improve his ball handling skills especially the ability to put the ball on the floor and attack the basket. I believe he is capable to go in straight line drives, but cant change directions and speeds well like he would have to do to play SF at next level. Didn’t drive the ball one time from beyond the FT line. Poor hands. Had possessions where he screened well and then had other possessions where he didn’t head hunt and set poor screens. Needs to improve his left hand- favors his right hand in post up opportunities. Gets a little sloppy with the ball at times. Did a nice job of protecting the ball tonight, but is averaging 2.3 turnovers per game this season, which is high for a SF/PF.

Overview
Terrific game tonight from the freshman forward. Played more in the paint on both ends of the floor this game because of his size and his size advantage over opponents SF. If Kentucky’s guard play was better, I think he would of gotten the ball more in the first half.
Entered game averaging 11.5 ppg and 6.1 rpg. Consistency on the offensive end is a concern. He has scored 20 points or more 5 times this season, and has had double digits 14 times this year. But he has had 9 points or fewer in 12 of the other games this year. This can be contributed to the fact that he is a freshman and him having the tendency to go invisible offensively for stretches. If he can be aggressive offensively and play like he did tonight every night, he would be a sure fire lottery pick in my opinion and deservingly so. He needs to improve his left hand and his ball handling abilities, but NBA teams will love his mix of size, strength, and athleticism for a SF, his ability to defend, knock down the open 3, and his rebounding skills. All of these skills should translate well to the next level. He has a high ceiling and will only get better.

James Blackburn is the Director of Scouting for Basketball Elite and scouts high school, college and pro prospects. You can follow James on Twitter right this second.

Games are hosted by higher seed and will be played Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Game time is 7 pm unless a doubleheader is played at 6:30 pm and 8 pm.

Records include conference tournament results. Seeds are indicated.

CLASS 4-A

EAST
16 Holly Springs (12-13) at 1 Clayton (25-2)
9 Wilmington Ashley (16-8) at 8 Wilmington New Hanover (15-9)
12 Knightdale (14-11) at 5 Hope Mills South View (22-4)
13 Fayetteville Terry Sanford (13-11) at 4 Wilmington Hoggard (16-8)
14 Greenville Rose (10-14) at 3 Fayetteville Seventy-First (24-2)
11 Fayetteville Pine Forest (15-11) at 6 Garner (21-4)
10 Southeast Raleigh (15-10) at 7 Richmond Senior (18-8)
15 East Wake (8-16) at 2 Hoke County (24-2)

MIDEAST
16 Cary Panther Creek (10-13) at 1 Durham Jordan (21-4)
9 Southern Pines Pinecrest (14-9) at 8 Apex Middle Creek (18-8)
12 Raleigh Wakefield (13-11) at 5 Durham Hillside (18-7)
13 Lee (14-12) at 4 Cary Green Hope (21-5)
14 Lumberton (10-15) at 3 Apex (18-9)
11 Northern Durham (13-9) at 6 Raleigh Millbrook (16-10)
10 Roxboro Person (14-10) at 7 Ralelgh Leesville Road (18-8)
15 Raleigh Enloe (11-13) at 2 Raleigh Broughton (22-5)

MIDWEST
16 Greensboro Grimsley (7-17) at 1 Southwest Guilford (26-0)
9 Pfafftown Ronald Reagan (19-5) at 8 Northwest Guilford (17-8)
12 South Mecklenburg (13-12) at 5 Charlotte Ardrey Kell (22-5)
13 Jamestown Ragsdale (12-13) at 4 Greensboro Dudley (20-6)
14 Winston-Salem R.J. Reynolds (12-14) at Charlotte Independence (22-5)
11 East Forsyth (14-12) at 6 Davie (20-5)
10 Greensboro Ben Smith (16-10) at 7 Greensboro Page (19-7)
15 Charlotte Myers Park (12-14) at 2 Winston-Salem Mount Tabor (23-3)

WEST
16 East Mecklenburg (12-14) at 1 Charlotte Olympic (24-0)
9 Charlotte Garinger (8-16) at 8 South Caldwell (8-14)
12 East Gaston (11-13) at 5 Watauga (13-10)
13 Charlotte Mallard Creek (18-8) at 4 Monroe Sun Valley (17-8)
14 Lake Norman (12-12) at 3 McDowell (20-5)
11 Charlotte Vance (20-6) at 6 Cornelius W.A. Hough (20-5)
10 Indian Trail Porter Ridge (7-17) at Asheville A.C. Reynolds (12-12)
15 Mint Hill Rocky River (9-15) at 2 West Charlotte (24-3)

CLASS 3-A

EAST
16 Jacksonville (10-15) at 1 Rocky Mount (22-2)
9 South Brunswick (3-20) at 8 Currituck (9-16)
12 Pikeville C.B. Aycock (13-12) at 5 Hertford (12-12)
13 Greenville D.H. Conley (15-11) at 4 West Brunswick (12-11)
14 North Lenoir (13-13) at 3 West Craven (22-4)
11 Nash Central (13-9) at 6 Wilson Hunt (20-5)
10 Winterville South Central (17-9) at 7 Havelock (16-9)
15 Northern Nash (8-13) at 2 Erwin Triton (22-3)

MIDEAST
16 Eastern Guilford (12-13) at 1 Chapel Hill (22-4)
9 Eden Morehead (15-8) at 8 Spring Lake Overhills (17-8)
12 Mayodan Dalton McMichael (16-9) at 5 Southern Wayne (16-8)
13 Asheboro (13-13) at 4 Oxford Webb (21-5)
14 Orange (10-14) at 3 Eastern Alamance (22-5)
11 Southern Guilford (11-14) at 6 Southern Lee (14-10)
10 Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons (15-11) at 7 Northern Guilford (15-12)
15 Fayetteville Douglas Byrd (10-15) at 2 Fayetteville Westover (21-4)

MIDWEST
16 Central Cabarrus (10-15) at 1 Concord (22-2)
9 Weddington (14-12) at 8 China Grove Jesse Carson (17-10)
12 Anson (12-13) at 5 Charlotte Harding University (13-10)
13 West Rowan (12-13) at 4 Waxhaw Marvin Ridge (14-9)
14 Northwest Cabarrus (15-9) at 3 Statesville (20-3)
11 Kannapolis A.L. Brown (19-7) at 6 North Forysth (20-6)
10 Charlotte Berry Academy (13-10) at 7 Concord Cox Mill (17-10)
15 North Iredell (10-14) at 2 Northeast Guilford (22-3)

WEST
16 Gastonia Forestview (10-14) at 1 Gastonia Hunter Huss (21-3)
9 R-S Central (13-13) at 8 Franklin (18-8)
12 Shelby Crest (13-9) at 5 Asheville (16-9)
13 Asheville Erwin (14-11) at 4 Morganton Freedom (20-5)
14 Morganton Patton (7-18) at 3 Newton Fred T. Foard (22-4)
11 Hickory St. Stephens (19-7) at 6 Hickory (21-6)
10 Enka (12-14) at 7 Gastonia Ashbrook (18-8)
15 West Henderson (5-17) at 2 Waynesville Tuscola (23-4)

CLASS 2-A

EAST
16 Northwest Halifax (13-9) at 1 Kinston (22-2)
9 Warren County (17-0) at 8 Pittsboro Northwood (16-10)
12 Wilson Beddingfield (12-10) at 5 Bertie (20-3)
13 Roanoke Rapids (14-11) at Elizabeth City Northeastern (21-4)
14 North Pitt (11-12) at Corinth Holders (22-3)
11 South Granville (16-01) at Farmville Central (20-5)
10 Edenton Holmes (14-7) at Bunn (20-6)
15 Durham School of the Arts (9-10) at 2 Carrboro (22-3)

MIDEAST
16 SouthWest Edgecombe (13-10) at 1 Jacksonville Northside (22-3)
9 Newport Croatan (19-5) at 8 St. Pauls (16-8)
12 Siler City Jordan-Matthews (19-7) at 5 Burlington Cummings (20-4)
13 South Lenoir (14-10) at 4 North Brunswick (16-8)
14 East Duplin (8-17) at 3 Fairmont (21-5)
11 Eastern Randolph (16-10) at 6 Whiteville (19-7)
10 South Columbus (15-7) at 7 Clinton (19-7)
15 East Bladen (15-10 at 2 Graham (22-5)

MIDWEST
16 High Point T.W. Andrews (8-16) at 1 Waxhaw Cuthbertson (24-3)
9 North Surry (9-16) at 8 Lexington (10-16)
12 Marshville Forest Hills (14-11) at 5 West Stokes (21-6)
13 East Davidson (8-17) at 4 Wilkes Central (21-5)
14 Ashe County (6-18) at 3 Trinity (19-4)
11 Randleman (17-7) at 6 Trinity Wheatmore (21-5)
10 Boonville Starmount (9-16) at 7 Monroe Piedmont (20-5)
15 Salisbury (9-17) at 2 Central Davidson (21-3)

WEST
16 South Iredell (6-18) at 1 Sylva Smoky Mountain (23-3)
9 Lincolnton (13-11) at 8 Canton Pisgah (16-10)
12 Black Mountain C.D. Owen (11-16) at 5 Burnsville Mountain Heritage (18-9)
13 North Lincoln (10-15) at 4 East Lincoln (19-4)
14 North Henderson (9-14) at 3 East Burke (22-5)
11 Newton-Conover (16-10) at 6 West Caldwell (20-5)
10 Madison (11-12) at 7 East Rutherford (21-6)
15 Claremont Bunker Hill (7-17) at 2 Shelby (23-3)

CLASS 1-A

EAST
16 Williamston Riverside (10-14) at 1 Plymouth (23-0)
9 Weldon (10-14) at 8 Mattamuskeet (3-11)
5 Rocky Mount Prep (19-3, independent qualifier) at 12 Southeast Halifax (8-13)
13 Chocowinity Southside (13-13) at 4 Columbia (12-12)
14 North Carolina School of Science and Math (6-14) at 3 Saxapahaw River Mill Academy (14-12)
11 Franklin Academy (9-13) at 6 Robersonville South Creek (21-6)
10 Camden (18-7) at 7 Durham Voyager Academy (16-9)
15 Gates (6-18) at 2 Northampton (15-7)

MIDEAST
16 Hobbton (11-13) at 1 East Carteret (21-5)
9 Rosewood (16-6) at 8 West Columbus (5-15)
12 Red Springs (6-16) at 5 Southwest Onslow (17-5)
13 Lakewood (10-13) at 4 East Columbus (11-12)
14 Princeton (9-16) at 3 Wallace-Rose Hill (19-7)
11 Pamlico (11-12) at 6 Union (15-11)
10 Pender (12-13) at 7 Ayden-Grifton (13-11)
15 Dixon (7-18) at 2 Goldsboro (17-6)

MIDWEST
16 Chatham Central (7-15) at 1 Winston-Salem Prep (26-2)
9 North Moore (14-11) at 8 Monroe Central Academy (9-15)
12 Mount Airy (13-11) at 5 Albemarle (20-3)
13 West Montgomery (10-12) at 4 Lake Norman Charter (21-4)
14 East Montgomery (12-13) at 3 Monroe (21-4)
11 Gastonia Highland Tech (9-14) at 6 Bessemer City (18-7)
10 Kernersville Bishop McGuinness (14-11) at 7 South Stokes (15-10)
15 South Stanly (8-16) at 2 North Rowan (24-3)

WEST
16 Cherryville (11-14) at 1 Hendersonville (21-3)
9 Cherokee (14-12) at 8 Avery (12-14)
12 Mitchell (3-22) at 5 Swain (19-7)
13 Robbinsville (15-9) at 4 Highlands (15-10)
14 East Surry (15-11) at 3 Elkin (20-7)
11 Blue Ridge (8-16) at 6 North Wilkes (12-12)
10 West Wilkes (10-15) at 7 Hiwassee Dam (12-14)
15 Murphy (13-12) at 2 Hayesville (20-6)

Regionals will be held Mar. 5-9, in Fayetteville (East) and Greensboro (West). The Eastern Regionals are at Crown Coliseum and Crown Arena while the West Regionals are at UNC-Greensboro and the Greensboro Coliseum.

Winners of the regionals advance to the state championships at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill and Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh.

EASTERN REGIONAL SEMIFINALS:

Games will be played at 7:00 & 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 5: 4A Boys (Coliseum), 1A Girls (Arena)

Wednesday, Mar. 6: 4A Girls (Coliseum), 1A Boys (Arena)

Thursday, Mar. 7: 3A Girls (Coliseum), 2A Boys (Arena)

Friday, Mar. 8: 3A Men (Coliseum), 2A Girls (Arena)

EASTERN REGIONAL FINALS:

All games Saturday, Mar. 9.

12:00 PM – 4A Boys (Coliseum), 1A Girls (Arena)

2:00 PM – 4A Girls (Coliseum), 1A Boys (Arena)

4:00 PM – 3A Girls (Coliseum), 2A Boys (Arena)

6:00 PM – 3A Boys (Coliseum), 2A Girls (Arena)

WESTERN REGIONAL SEMIFINALS:

Games will be played at 7:00 & 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 5: 1A Girls (UNCG), 2A Boys (Coliseum)

Wednesday, Mar. 6: 2A Girls (UNCG), 3A Boys (Coliseum)

Thursday, Mar. 7: 3A Girls (UNCG), 4A Boys (Coliseum)

Friday, Mar. 8: 1A Boys (UNCG), 4A Girls (Coliseum)

WESTERN REGIONAL FINALS:

All games Saturday, Mar. 9.

11:30 AM – 1A Girls (UNCG), 2A Boys (Coliseum)

1:30 PM – 1A Boys (UNCG), 3A Boys (Coliseum)

3:30 PM – 2A Girls (UNCG), 3A Girls (Coliseum)

5:30 PM – 4A Boys (Coliseum)

7:30 PM – 4A Girls (Coliseum)

Tyler Ennis basketball
Tyler Ennis and St. Benedict’s has pushed their way into the top of most rankings. Photo Source: Coast2CoastHoops.com

By Marcus Shockley

This national high school basketball ranking combines multiple available polls for a period of time into a single poll, and creates a ranking for each team based on their average ranking, number of times they are ranked in the various polls, the highest ranking that teams has in those polls and the position ranking out of all ranked teams for the period. Read more about today’s cumulative ranking below.

School Location High AVG Qty TrueRank™
1. Findlay Prep Henderson,NV 1 1 4 33.500
2. Montverde Academy Montverde,FL 2 2 4 32.000
3. Lone Peak HS West Highland,UT 3 3 4 30.500
4. Prime Prep Academy Dallas,TX 4 5 4 27.000
5. St. Benedict Prep Newark,NJ 4 5 4 27.000
6. Whitney Young Magnet HS Chicago,IL 4 7 4 24.750
7. Huntington Prep Huntington,WV 6 8 4 22.750
8. St. Anthony HS Jersey City,NJ 5 9 4 22.250
9. Simeon HS Chicago,IL 5 9 4 22.250
10. Poly HS Long Beach,CA 5 9 4 22.000
11. Mater Dei HS Santa Ana,CA 6 11 4 19.500
12. Bishop Montgomery Torrance,CA 8 11 4 19.000
13. Desoto HS Dallas,TX 9 12 4 17.750
14. Lake Oswego HS Lake Oswego,OR 10 13 4 15.750
15. La Lumiere School La Porte,IN 10 14 4 14.750
16. Iowa City West HS Iowa City,IA 13 15 4 12.750
17. Pershing HS Detroit,MI 13 18 4 9.000
18. Germantown HS Germantown,WI 15 18 4 8.000
19. Blanche Ely HS Pompano Beach,FL 18 19 4 6.500
20. Gonzaga HS Washington,DC 12 20 3 3.667
21. Bishop Gorman HS Las Vegas,NV 18 22 4 3.000
22. Chester HS Chester,PA 22 22 4 1.250
23. Olympic HS Charlotte,NC 17 18 2 -0.500
24. Oak Hill Academy Mouth of Wilson,VA 22 24 3 -4.667
25. Blue Valley Northwest HS Overland Park,KS 19 21 2 -6.000
26. Irmo Columbia,SC 21 22 2 -9.000
27. Northland HS Columbus,OH 22 23 2 -11.000
28. Midwest City HS Midwest City,OK 17 17 1 -16.000
29. Morgan Park HS Chicago,IL 25 27 2 -18.500
30. Miller Grove HS Lithonia,GA 21 21 1 -28.000

Notes:
While some teams like La Lumiere have seen a drop across the polls, St. Benedict’s and Bishop Montgomery have continued to climb, winning key games and outlasting the attrition of higher ranked teams earlier in the season, such as Oak Hill and Huntington Prep.

This week’s poll includes four sources: Hoopniks, ESPN, USA Today and PrepNation. MaxPreps also released polls during this period but I haven’t included them, due to the fact that they segment private academies from public high schools. I am not sure how, or if, I will incorporate their rankings back into the cumulative rankings.

Finally: In the poll listing, the ‘high’ value represents the highest ranking in any poll that team received during the ranking period.
‘Qty’ represents how many polls they were ranked in. ‘AVG’ represents their average ranking in all polls where they were ranked.

Want to know more? You can follow Marcus Shockley on Twitter, right this second.

TrueRank is ™ and © 2013 Neptune Media Group, LLC.

ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – The U.S. Basketball Writers Association has selected Air Force guard Michael Lyons as its Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week for games ending the week of Sunday, Feb. 17. The USBWA’s weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and has been handed out each Tuesday this season. Lyons is the season’s final recipient.

Lyons

As the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week, Lyons was nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen by a representative of the USBWA board of directors from a list of Division I conference players of the week.

Lyons, a 6-5 senior from Newport News, Va., averaged 36.0 points per game while shooting 60.9 percent from the field as the Falcons split a pair of conference outings last week. On Wednesday, he scored a game-high 27 points as the Falcons snapped an 11-game losing streak to UNLV in a 71-56 victory.

He followed that performance by scoring more points in a game than any Air Force player in over half a century when he scored a career-high 45 points on 17-25 from the field in an 89-86 loss to Colorado State. The 45 points, the third-highest scoring effort by a Division I player this season, were the third-most in a Mountain West game in league history and tied for the fifth-most in a single game overall. In addition, it was the fifth-best scoring effort in program history and the most points scored by a Falcon since Bob Beckel’s school-record 50 vs. Arizona on Feb. 28, 1959. It was also the most points ever by a Falcon in a conference game.

This is the fourth season that the USBWA has selected a national player of the week. The weekly Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week will be considered for the Oscar Robertson Trophy watch list, which will be released at mid-season.

Since the 1958-59 season, the USBWA has named a National Player of the Year. In 1998, the award was named in honor of the University of Cincinnati Hall of Famer and two-time USBWA Player of the Year Oscar Robertson. It is the nation’s oldest award and the only one named after a former player.

Oscar Robertson TrophyAt the conclusion of the regular season, the USBWA will name finalists for the award, which is voted on by the entire membership. The winner of the Oscar Robertson Trophy presented by Aflac will be presented by its namesake, Oscar Robertson, at the Devon Energy College Basketball Awards on April 15, 2013, at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. TheHenry Iba Coach of the Year Award and the Integris Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award will also be presented at the gala to be held annually the Monday following the NCAA Men’s Final Four.

The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball. It has selected an All-America team since the 1956-57 season. For more information on the USBWA and the Oscar Robertson Trophy, contact executive director Joe Mitch at 314-795-6821.

Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, the most comprehensive college basketball publication in the world, returns for its 32nd season, bigger and better in 2012-13. Blue Ribbon – long-known as “The Bible of College Basketball” – gives its readers the most thorough, up-to-date and timely evaluations of every Division I team in the country. For more information about Blue Ribbon Yearbooks, visit blueribbonyearbookonline.com.

2012-13 Oscar Robertson National Players of the Week
• Week of Dec. 9: Brandon Paul, Illinois (Big Ten Conference)
• Week of Dec. 16: Doug McDermott, Creighton (Missouri Valley Conference)
• Week of Dec. 23: Victor Rudd, South Florida (Big East Conference)
• Week of Dec. 30: Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA (Pac-12 Conference)
• Week of Jan. 6: Trey Burke, Michigan (Big Ten Conference)
• Week of Jan. 13: Elston Turner, Texas A&M (Southeastern Conference)
• Week of Jan. 20: Roosevelt Jones, Butler (Atlantic 10 Conference)
• Week of Jan. 27: Darrun Hilliard, Villanova (Big East Conference)
• Week of Feb. 3: Shane Larkin, Miami (Atlantic Coast Conference)
• Week of Feb. 10: Mason Plumlee, Duke (Atlantic Coast Conference)
• Week of Feb. 17: Michael Lyons, Air Force (Mountain West Conference)

Isaac Copeland Garner Road
Top recruit Isaac Copeland and the Adidas-sponsored Garner Road Bulldogs will be in attendance.

 

One of the biggest myths in college recruiting is that in order to get exposure, you should play AAU basketball, and that will automatically get you “seen” by college coaches and scouts. But the reality is that not all AAU events are created equally. Some are valid, big time events with many college coaches and scouts in attendance. Others are held in empty gyms with little competition and do little to impact players’ recruitment.

Finding quality AAU events is not always easy, and AAU teams are constantly looking for good places to travel which will not only have good competition but hopefully some exposure as well.

This is one of the events that accomplishes both of those things.

The inaugural Basketball Elite Early Bird Review AAU Tournament will be held at the J.D. Lewis Center in Raleigh, NC on March 15-17, 2013.  Cost to enter the tournament is a mere $200 and several high profile teams will be in a attendance. Not only that, but it’s the same weekend as the North Carolina High School state championships – also held in Raleigh – which means that the college coaches who descend on those games will be able to hop over and catch as many recruits as they can in one weekend.

In addition, Basketball Elite will have multiple scouts covering all courts at the event – looking for players who colleges should be recruiting and tracking. We will have more scouts at this event than any event we’ve ever covered in the past.

Even better, NetCastSports.com will be broadcasting this tournament live as well. NCSN has broadcast high profile high school and AAU including nationally ranked teams such as Oak Hill and Wesleyan, and brings high definition broadcasting into the gym, giving the players even more visibility.  This is not just a fuzzy camera phone catching some action (usually with someone’s head in the way), but a full HD broadcast with play by play, multiple camera angles and color commentary.

You can sign up your AAU team for the tournament at this link, which shows all of the upcoming tournaments at Garner Road, or contact:

Byron Solomon
Cell: (919) 395-6243
Email: grbasketballclub@yahoo.com

Sign up today! The deadline to get in on this is fast approaching!

NetCastSports.com will be broadcasting a first round match up for the 2013 NCISAA 2-A basketball playoffs, featuring #5 seed Calvary Baptist hosting #12 seed Grace Christian School. You can see the broadcast at this link.

This game features several collegiate prospects, including Milligan College commit Tyler Rose (SF, 6’5, 2013) of Calvary Baptist and wing Michael Taylor (SG/SF, 6’5″, 2013) of Grace Christian.

Calvary Baptist is coached by Joe Rybek and has a record of 13-14 on the season, while Grace Christian is coached by John Green and comes in to the game with a 17-11 record. Winner of this game will advance to face the #4 seed Asheville Christian Academy, which has a first round bye and a record of 18-7 on the year.

Tyler Rose basketball
Tyler Rose, a Milligan College commit, leads Calvary Baptist into the NCISAA basketball playoffs

The game broadcast will begin at 6 PM ET on February 19, 2013. The game is available to watch online for $4.99. Monthly subscribers will have the game included as part of their monthly package.