Video: Kobi Simmons adidas Nations Highlights
Kobi Simmons was one of the top performers in Los Angeles leading his team to the 2015 Adidas Nations Championship. Here are a couple of Simmons' biggest plays from the event. Simmons is a Top 10 Player in the Class of 2016.
Video: Lauri Markkanen 2015 U18 European Championship
Lauri Markkanen is a 6-11 PF born in Finland in 1997 who currently plays for HBA Marsky and the Finnish U18 National Team. Markkanen can play inside and outside and uses his length to protect the rim. He has a list of 3 colleges: Arizona, UNC and Utah.
NCAA Coaches Poll: Which basketball recruit has the best motor?
College coaches voted Javin DeLaurier as the player that showed the best motor during the month of July. Of the 84 votes tallied, DeLaurier reeled in 17, which was just enough to edge out five-star center Edrice Adebayo. DeLaurier, who ran with Team Loaded Virginia on the adidas circuit, improved his stock considerably over the spring and summer and jumped to No. 36 overall in the pre-July rankings. (Scout.com
Lauri Markkanen schedules official visit to UNC
Finnish star Lauri Markkanen is planning a three-visit tour. The trip starts in Utah, as he'll visit with the Utes during the weekend of October 11th. Markkanen will then fly to North Carolina for an official visit October 13th and 14th. He'll then head back west to Arizona for a visit on the 16th and 17th. The 6-foot-10, pushing 6-11, power forward entertained high major scholarship offers from a host of schools prior to narrowing his list to Arizona, UNC and Utah in early July. (Inside Carolina
NCAA Coaches Poll: Most Underrated Basketball Recruit
College coaches have voted Wenyen Gabriel, of Mass Rivals, as the most underrated player of July. While the voting wasn't nearly as conclusive as the voting for best player and best pro prospect, Gabriel still led the way. Gabriel, a senior-to-be at Wilbraham (Mass.) Wilbraham & Monson Academy, was just 6-foot-8 in the spring of 2014. He’s now grown to 6-10. After a good spring, Gabriel began his significant rise at the adidas Uprising event in Atlanta during the first July evaluation period. (Scout.com
2016 PF Tony Bradley is taking his time
Class of 2016 power forward Tony Bradley (Bartow, FL) has become a hot commodity over the summer with impressive performances on the EBYL circuit and other summer events. Bradley says he is very open in the recruitment process. "I am still waiting on a couple of schools," he told CarolinaBlue. While UNC is the only visit he has taken, Bradley plans to see more schools after he has time to sit down and process his offers. (Carolina Blue
Harry Giles Blog: Transferring to Oak Hill, teaming up with top recruits in college
Harry Giles: "Everyone wants to know if (Jayson Tatum and I are) still planning to play together (in college) like we’ve been talking about and it’s definitely something that we still always talk about. He knows I’ve gotta do what’s best for me the same way he did, but Duke is a school that’s high on my list and if it works out like that it’s gonna be a problem! I cut my list down to North Carolina, Kentucky, Duke, Kansas and Wake Forest; and that’s in no particular order." (USA Today
Dennis Smith Jr. says injured knee is better, that he'll "be back soon"
Fayetteville's Dennis Smith Jr., who hurt his left knee Sunday night in the semifinals of the adidas Nations Global event in California, sat out Team Wall's 113-93 loss against Team Rose in the nationally televised championship game Monday. Smith, the top-ranked point guard in the Class of 2016, left the gym on crutches Sunday. His father, Dennis Sr., said Monday that there is no swelling in the knee and it has full range of motion. (Fayetteville Observer
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. (Zag's Blog
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. (Scout.com
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,. (Zag's Blog
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. (Fayetteville Observer
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. (Fayetteville Observer
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. (Fayetteville Observer
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. (Tar Heel Illustrated