High School Analysis

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 »
A More Meaningful McDonald's Game

by Dan Hanner

With a few exceptions (Anthony Bennett, Marcus Smart) last year’s class didn’t quite live up to typical McDonald’s All-American game standards. But with Andrew Wiggins headling, we are confident that this year’s class will be different. Read more »
Grassroots Basketball Since 'The Last Shot'

by Jonathan Tjarks

Grassroots basketball has changed dramatically in the 18 years since “The Last Shot”, a book about Stephon Marbury and several of his Lincoln High teammates was published. Summer league teams and All-Star camps, in their infancy in 1994, are now the main avenue for even low and mid-major players to be identified by college coaches. Read more »
Two More All-Prep Teams

by Dan Hanner

Unlike your typical high school varsity team where you have players who aren't completely committed, prep school teams are almost always comprised of prospects training to play at the next level. Read more »
High School Dream Teams

by Dan Hanner

While Team USA is imagining playing the 1992 edition, we put together mythical teams featuring the best players over the past 10 years from specific high schools. Read more »
RealGM Interview: Jabari Parker Of Simeon

by Erildas Budraitis

RealGM recently spoke with Jabari Parker, who shared his thoughts about 2012 FIBA U17 World Championship, international experience and his young career. Read more »
Decade Look Back – Where To Scout Future College Players

by Dan Hanner

While there is no question that the AAU circuit is the place to go to see elite high school talent in action, we were curious to see if there was any similar locus of talent among high school or prep school teams. Read more »
Notes On The 2012 Jordan Brand Classic

by Dan Hanner

Anthony Davis wanted to wear Michael Jordan’s number in this game last year. This year no one chose to wear #23. Maybe people are right when they say this year’s class of high school seniors is missing a larger than life star. Read more »
Nike Hoop Summit 2012

by Dan Hanner

This game was boom and bust for the top high school recruits, and a few international players stole the spotlight. Read more »
Reviewing The 2012 McDonald's All-American Game

by Christopher Reina

Shabazz Muhammad deservedly won the MVP award, but Alex Poythress had the most surprisingly outstanding game. How did the other players distinguish themselves? Read more »
Previewing The 2012 McDonald's All-American Game

by Christopher Reina

Without the top-ranked recruit Nerlens Noel participating, the MVP of the 2012 McDonald's All-American Game could come down between Shabazz Muhammad and Gary Harris. Read more »
The Audacity Of The NCAA On Ryan Boatright

by Jonathan Tjarks

The Ryan Boatright situation proves once again that the only third party allowed to profit off college basketball players is the NCAA itself and they’ll fight to the bitter end to ensure it stays that way. Read more »
Basketball Players In The NFL

by Jonathan Tjarks

On how the growing number of college basketball players playing the tight end has changed the NFL and why it may lead us to never see another Charles Barkley. Read more »
The Bigger Issues Of The Jereme Richmond Story

by Jonathan Tjarks

Jereme Richmond wasn’t the first player, and he won’t be the last, set up for failure by the current system of developing young basketball players in the United State. Read more »
Top-10 NBA Prospects From 2011 Nike Global Challenge

by Christopher Reina

In terms of pure NBA potential, here is how we see the field ranking currently with the past weekend impacting heavily. The earliest some of these players will be draft eligible is 2013. Read more »