High School Analysis

Upperclassman May Rule 2016 Draft, But Trend Unlikely

by Andrew Perna

Jun 22, 2016 6:38 PM

Since the NBA instituted the current age limit, experienced college players and high school superstars have been replaced atop the draft with one-and-done supernovas. This year's different with Buddy Hield, Kris Dunn, Denzel Valentine and others. Read more »

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Notes From The Jordan Brand Classic

by Andrew Jerell Jones

Apr 17, 2016 2:02 AM

The usual suspects of Jayson Tatum, De’Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo shined the most as future NBA lottery picks for 2017 in the same building they will likely be drafted in come 14 months from now. Read more »

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Notes From The 2016 Nike Hoop Summit

by Christopher Reina

Apr 9, 2016 5:43 PM

On Josh Jackson, Jayson Tatum, Jonathan Isaac, De'Aaron Fox, Markelle Fultz, DeAndre Ayton, Terrance Ferguson, Wenyen Gabriel and the other notables for the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit. Read more »

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Cliff Alexander And NBA Teams Being Saved From Themselves

by Jonathan Tjarks

Guys like Cliff Alexander are why the one-and-done rule exists and they are why the NBA is going to fight to extend it to two seasons during the next CBA. Read more »
Notes From The 2015 Nike Hoop Summit

by Christopher Reina

The depth of future lottery talent in the 2015 Nike Hoop Summit wasn't as strong as past seasons, including last year's edition that comprises a good percentage of the draft crop, but there are three potential franchise-changing talents in Skal Labissiere, Ben Simmons and Jaylen Brown. Read more »
David West Plays Vital Role In Helping T.J. Warren Realize NBA Dream

by Andrew Perna

T.J. Warren is the first player drafted that worked directly with David West through his AAU Garner Road Basketball Club program. Read more »
Do High School 'Stars' Lead To NBA Success?

by Cameron Schott

Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry, Paul Millsap, Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Roy Hibbert were given three or fewer stars coming out of high school. Read more »
Draft Report: Dante Exum Of Australian Institute Of Sport

by Jonathan Tjarks

While Dante Exum isn’t quite as long and athletic as Andrew Wiggins, he’s far more skilled. He’s an elite athlete in his own right and plays with more poise. You have to play Trading Places with these guys - what would have happened if Exum was on the AAU circuit every summer and Wiggins was in the AIS? Read more »
Why I Love The Nike Hoop Summit

by Dan Hanner

The Nike Hoop Summit is the best of the high school All-Star games. Something happens when players put on the Team USA uniform. This isn’t just an all-star dunk contest. You get to see a little bit more of the player’s character. Read more »
Notes From The 2014 Nike Hoop Summit

by Christopher Reina

Five bigs with radically divergent styles could conceivably become the top-five picks of the 2015 NBA Draft, though it was a big point guard that had the best individual performance at the Nike Hoop Summit. Read more »
One And Done Model Works For Everyone

by Jonathan Tjarks

John Calipari is 18-3 in the NCAA Tournament at Kentucky. Even more remarkable, he compiled that number with four completely different teams, sending upwards of 15 players to the NBA. It’s a vindication not only of how he built his program, but of the entire “one and done” model. Read more »
The Draft Deadline

by Jonathan Tjarks

The crucial earning years for a basketball player aren't their early 20's but their late 20's, when they are in the prime physically. At that point, it's not about whether they maximized their draft position but whether they developed their game and maximized their earning potential before they start to decline. Read more »
Scouting The McDonald's All-American Game

by Cameron Schott

Emmanuel Mudiay, Stanley Johnson, Jahlil Okafor and Myles Turner were on display in Chicago this weekend in what is shaping up to be an impressive freshman class. Read more »
The Bigs Of The Incoming 2014 College Class

by Jonathan Tjarks

Jahlil Okafor, for all his skills, plays more like the No. 1 overall pick in 1994 than 2014. For a glimpse at where the game is going, you have to look at Karl Towns and Myles Turner, two of the other top big men in the class of 2014. Read more »
Why Comparing Players By High School Class Makes More Sense

by Jonathan Tjarks

Once players leave AAU basketball and enter college, their careers diverge quickly, even those with similar amounts of talent. Some declare too early, others too late. A perfect example of how our perceptions can change is to compare Jeremy Lamb to Victor Oladipo. Read more »
The AAU System And How The NBA Could Fix It

by Jonathan Tjarks

Because there is no professional structure to youth basketball in the United States, a poorly organized and often self-defeating culture has developed in its place. If AAU basketball is bad for business, the NBA has the power to fix it and instead look to the models of Europe. Read more »
Ronnie Fields Finds Peace With His Basketball Path

by Shams Charania

Kevin Garnett and Ron Eskridge, his old teammate and coach, always told Ronnie Fields he would grace the NBA one day. It never happened: a fractured neck derailed his senior season and kept him out of critical games, there was a supposed fallout of his personality, and no opportunity came. Read more »
Notes From 2013 Adidas Nations

by Christopher Reina

Jahlil Okafor, Kevon Looney and Stanley Johnson were the most impressive prospects of adidas Nations, but Theo Pinson, D'Angelo Russell, Myles Turner and Reid Travis were the ones to grind their way to the championship. Read more »
2013 Jordan Brand Classic

by Dan Hanner

Golf's credibility problem and the NCAA rule that must also be changed, plus a college-centric perspective on the Jordan Brand Classic. Read more »
2013 McDonald’s All American Game Recap

by Dan Hanner

Arizona's latest commit Aaron Gordon stole all the headlines, but I was more impressed with a less-heralded name headed to Washington. Read more »