Jan 27, 2012 3:00 PM EST
The Nike Hoop Summit, which has been held at the Rose Garden in Portland since 2008, has been scheduled for April 7, 2012.
"We are looking forward to another fantastic game, and we are proud to offer tickets at a very affordable price," said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball Executive Director/CEO. "The Nike Hoop Summit has proved itself as a must-see event, and we look forward to the Portland community once again supporting this game."
The Nike Hoop Summit, the country's premier annual basketball game for high-school age boys, features America's top high school seniors playing against a World Select Team comprised of top international players 19-years-old or younger.
Jan 24, 2012 3:24 PM EST
Nerlens Noel has decided to remain in the Class of 2013 instead of enrolling in college this fall. Noel is the top center in the class of 2013 and in the top-3 overall.
“It was a possibility but I’ve been coming to the decision that… I’ll be staying 2013,” Noel said. “I’m just staying to get stronger. I think it’s going to be a good summer, a good school year. I tried to stay stress-free, just really focused on working hard academically, in the weight room and on the court and just leaving that recruiting stuff for when I got free time.”
Noel is being targeted by Syracuse, UConn, Kentucky, Louisville and Georgetown.
“The type of program thats fits me is probably up-tempo, that likes to move the ball and just go,” Noel said. “But then again I think I can play in a good offense running system that gets their big men the ball, high and low.”
Jan 23, 2012 11:47 AM EST
Isaiah Hicks, a North Carolina commit who is ranked in the top-20 for the class of 2013, returned to action on Friday. Hicks had to sit out the first semester due to transfer eligibility issues.
Hicks scored 28 points to go with 11 rebounds and five blocks in Webb High's 79-69 win over Northern Vance.
Hicks played for Webb as a freshman before transfered to Body of Christ Christian Academy as a sophomore.
Jan 18, 2012 6:04 PM EST
Shabazz Muhammad is considering UCLA, Arizona, Duke, Kentucky, and Kansas, but is very intrigued by UNLV, according to Bishop Gorman teammate Demetris Morant.
“I think Shabazz is really considering going [there] because he feels that they’re a great team and everyone else sees that, too,” the UNLV-bound Morant, a 6-foot-8 power forward, said. “And they’re ranked in the nation.
“At first he wasn’t thinking about going there because he thought they wouldn’t be that good and he wouldn’t be looked at by [NBA] scouts. So he was mostly considering Kentucky, but now UNLV is in the top three.”
Muhammad confirmed his interest in the Runnin’ Rebels, pointing to the team's signing of Khem Birch as evidence that the program is moving in the right direction.
“Their program is really coming along,” the 6-foot-6 Muhammad said of UNLV. “I mean, they got Khem Birch, got some other recruits. Coach [Dave] Rice is doing a really good job. They’re a really good team, I’m really looking at them closely. They’re going to be a great team.”
Jan 18, 2012 10:10 AM EST
With their first loss of the season coming against Findlay Prep, Jabari Parker's Simeon team has fallen from No. 2 to No. 11 in the Hoopniks Terrific 30 High School Rankings.
Oak Hill Academy remained No. 1, while St. Anthony moved up from No. 3 to No. 2 and Findlay moved up from No. 5 to No. 3.
DeMatha Catholic, who also recently loss for the first time, fell from No. 4 to No. 15.
Jan 17, 2012 5:42 PM EST
Anthony Bennett eliminated Connecticut from his list of schools, which was in part because they will likely be ineligible for the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
"It was kind of part of it. ... I do want to play in the tournament, and when I heard that I kind of fell back on them."
Washington, Oregon, Kentucky, Florida and UNLV are Bennett's finalists.
Jan 17, 2012 1:07 PM EST
Kuran Iverson, a 6-foot-8 small forward, is one of the top recruits of the 2013 recruiting class.
Kentucky and Connecticut appear to have separated themselves at the top of Iverson's list.
Jan 17, 2012 1:04 PM EST
Huntington Prep's Andrew Wiggins, the top sophomore in the country, believes his team can compete against any high school team in the country.
"We want to play Simeon, Findlay Prep and all the top teams," said Wiggins. "I feel like we're the best team in the country."
Huntington is 12-1 this season, losing only to Tilton School by a 53-48 final on Nov. 26th. The team is ranked No. 4 in the country in the MaxPrep's Academy Top-10 in the country.
Wiggins scored 26 and 23 points during blowouts of traditional Ohio powers Trotwood-Madison and Middletown on Saturday and Sunday.
Said Huntington Prep head coach Rob Fulford: "On offense we have so many guys that can score that we really focus on sharing the ball."
Jan 17, 2012 12:34 PM EST
Derek Willis has been ranked as the No. 1 underclassman in the state of Kentucky.
Willis is a 6-foot-9 junior at Bullitt East High School and will make his college decision on Friday.
Willis will pick from between Kentucky, Indiana, Louisville and Purdue.
Jan 17, 2012 1:48 AM EST
Aaron Gordon took over in the final three minutes of regulation to help Archbishop Mitty force OT Monday, but after he fouled out, it was De La Salle's Amadi Udenyi who hit the biggest shot.
Udenyi sank a go-ahead 3-pointer with 36 seconds left in OT and De La Salle made four free throws in the final seconds to defeat Mitty 69-62 in the Martin Luther King Classic at Cal's Haas Pavilion.
In other games Newark Memorial beat Lake Oswego, Ore. 50-38. Casey Norris scored 17 points to pace Newark Memorial. Berkeley beat St. Mary's 65-39. Salesian defeated Sacramento 62-41, and Franklin-Elk Grove edged Deer Valley 54-51.
In the lone girl's game, St. Mary's-Stockton, with their relentless full-court press, beat Carondelet (Concord) 73-58.
St. Anthony held Tony Parker to six points and three rebounds.
Bishop Gorman defeated No. 3 DeMatha by a final score of 73-65.
Winston Shepard did a particularly good job on Jabari Parker.
Julius Randle also had 20 rebounds in Prestonwood's 94-63 win.
Anthony Bennett, a 6-foot-7 forward attending Findlay Prep, has narrowed his list to five schools.
Darrick Wood added that he still considers St. John's "my top school."
Aaron Gordon didn't warm up with the team and didn't enter the game until 4:37 was remaining in the third quarter, but scored 18 points and led Mitty to an overtime win.
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