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Rawle Alkins Drops 26, Wins MVP as Team Rose Wins adidas Nations Championship
Rawle Alkins scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half Monday night as Team Rose beat Team Wall, 113-93, to win the adidas Nations championship in Long Beach, Calif. The 6-foot-5 Alkins won MVP honors while shooting 9-for-16 from the field and 6-for-8 from beyond the arc in the victory. Dennis Smith Jr. did not play for Team Wall because of a knee injury, but was invited by Alkins into the Team Rose huddle for the celebration.
Coaches pick Harry Giles as best player and pro prospect
Harry Giles has been ranked as Scout’s top player since last summer, and the only time he relinquished the position was when he was out with a serious knee injury. Now fully healthy, not only is Giles Scout’s selection for the top prospect in the 2016 class, he’s also the coaches' selection for best player and pro prospect, regardless of class. Of the 102 votes, Giles received 37 in the best current player voting. That’s 26 more votes than Jayson Tatum, who checked in at No. 2.
Alkins, DeLaurier, Fultz, Simmons, Adebayo to Be Featured in Adidas Nations on ESPNU
Rawle Alkins, Mustapha Heron, Kobi Simmons, Frank Jackson and Edrice Adebayo are among the Class of 2016 stars who will be showcased Monday night in the adidas Nations event on ESPNU. The third-place game featuring Team Lillard vs. Team Africa will air at 7 p.m. ET followed by the championship game featuring Team Wall vs. Team Rose will air at 9 p.m. Team Rose features Alkins, Heron, Simmons, Jackson and Adebayo, along with Javin DeLaurier,.
Dennis Smith Jr.'s injured knee has full range of motion, no swelling
Fayetteville's Dennis Smith Jr. and his Team Wall squad beat Team Lillard 117-73 on Sunday night to advance to the championship game of the Adidas Nations Global event in California, but Smith had to leave the gym on crutches after suffering an unspecified left knee injury in the semifinal victory. Smith's father, Dennis Sr., said Monday morning that there is no swelling in the knee and it has full range of motion.
Knee injury sidelines Dennis Smith Jr. in adidas Nations Global semifinal victory
Fayetteville's Dennis Smith Jr. and his Team Wall squad beat Team Lillard 117-73 on Sunday to advance to the championship game of the adidas Nations Global event in California, but Smith had to leave the gym on crutches after suffering an unspecified left knee injury in the semifinal victory. Smith, the top-ranked point guard in the Class of 2016, was limited to 11 minutes against Team Lillard. He had six points, seven assists and five rebounds.
Dennis Smith Jr. performing well at adidas Nations Global event in California
Playing for Team Wall at the adidas Nations Global event in Garden Grove, California, Fayetteville's Dennis Smith Jr. averaged 18.5 points, 7.8 assists, 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals as his squad went 3-1 in pool play. He shot 29-for-53 from the field (54.7 percent) in those four games. Team Wall is scheduled to face Team Lillard in the opening round of bracket play late Sunday night. UNC recruit Jalek Felton, a Class of 2017 point guard, recorded three points and one assist for Team Noah.
2016 PG Charlie Moore Under The Radar?
The city of Chicago has long had a reputation for producing tough guards. With storied programs such as Whitney Young, Simeon, Crane, Curie and Morgan Park the city has been consistent in producing high level basketball talent. Continuing the run of tough guard play is 2016 Morgan Park point guard, Charlie Moore.
Rawle Alkins Lists Top 10 Schools
Rawle Alkins listed his top 10 schools on Twitter. The list includes Kentucky, North Carolina, Texas, Kansas, St John’s, Louisville, N.C. State, UNLV, Maryland and Indiana. The 6-foot-5 Alkins has set an unofficial visit to Kentucky for Big Blue Madness on Oct. 16. He still has to decide where he will attend prep school for the 2015-16 season.
Surratt brothers savor memories, eager to make more in football, basketball
Chazz Surratt, who was selected for ESPN’s Elite 11 national quarterback competition this summer, originally committed to Duke but switched to North Carolina last month. North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams has promised Chazz a walk-on spot on the basketball team if he wants. North Carolina football coaches have also offered Sage Surratt a scholarship, and Williams has extended a walk-on offer to him.
UNC reaches out to PG Charlie Moore
Charlie Moore's summer ended with another great showing in Las Vegas. The 5-10 Moore answered lingering questions about his size by proving to be one of the best point guards nationally in the Class of 2016 on the AAU circuit. Moore isn't quite on Tyler Ulis' level, as John Calipari hasn't come calling. But another college basketball blueblood, North Carolina, has. The Tar Heels haven't offered, but they have reached out to express interest.
Wenyen Gabriel Adds UNC Offer
Wenyen Gabriel entered the summer an unranked prospect. He's exiting the summer a potential five-star prospect with offers from many of the nation's best. North Carolina joined that offer list on Friday. The now 6-10 rising senior from Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Massachusetts grew three inches in the last year and took the July circuit by storm with his active and aggressive style.
Alabama, Kansas fighting for five-star Terrance Ferguson
An announcement is likely coming soon from Terrance Ferguson, and it is looking like either Alabama or Kansas will land the five-star prospect. Viewed as a lock for Kansas as late as this spring, Alabama and head coach Avery Johnson have built tremendous momentum for Ferguson, who is out of Dallas, Texas. The 6-6 athletic wing is one of the top shooters in the 2016 class and also holds an offer from UNC.
Predicting where college basketball's top 10 uncommitted recruits will play
As it stands, just 32 of ESPN's top 100 players in the class of 2016 have committed. Only Jayson Tatum (Duke) and Lonzo Ball (UCLA) have declared their college choices among the top 10 prospects. With that in mind, it seemed like a good opportunity to take an early guess at where the top uncommitted prospects might end up. We'll be using recruiting rankings from ESPN and the composite board by 247 Sports.
Life of Giles
The game is over, his team has lost, but Harry Giles is still able to raise a smile. He's flashing a grin because yet another teenager has approached him, this one in the overcrowded lobby of the Riverview Park Activities Center in North Augusta, S.C. following a game in the Peach Jam -- one of the most prestigious amateur tournaments held each July. The youngster hands his phone to a friend after kindly asking Giles to pose with him for a photo.
Roy Williams Offers PG De'Aaron Fox
North Carolina has offered De'Aaron Fox, arguably the nation's top point guard prospect, a scholarship. Roy Williams tracked Fox at the Las Vegas Classic during the final evaluation period last week and followed up those viewings with a UNC scholarship offer on Wednesday, Fox and his father confirmed. "He was very happy, of course, that a top school offered him," his father, Aaron Fox, said.