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R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson Headline 2018 McDonald's All-American Team

Jan 16, 2018 5:06 PM

The 2018 McDonald's All-American Teams have been announced, headlined by R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson.

R.J Barrett (No. 1, Duke)
Moses Brown (No. 17, uncommitted)
Darius Garland (No. 11, Vanderbilt)
Louis King (No. 21, Oregon)
Romeo Langford (No. 5, uncommitted)
David McCormack (No. 33, Kansas)
E.J. Montgomery (No. 31, uncommitted)
Immanuel Quickley (No. 12, Kentucky)
Nazreon Reid (No. 18, LSU)
Jalen Smith (No. 15, Maryland)
Coby White (No. 25, North Carolina)
Zion Williamson (No. 2, uncommitted)

Darius Bazley (No. 9, Syracuse)
Bol Bol (No. 4, Oregon)
Jordan Brown (No. 30, uncommitted)
Devon Dotson (No. 26, Kansas)
Quentin Grimes (No. 13, Kansas)
Keldon Johnson (No. 7, Kentucky)
Tre Jones (No. 10, Duke)
Nassir Little (No. 14, North Carolina)
Reggie Perry (No. 16, Mississippi State)
Jahvon Quinerly (No. 23, uncommitted)
Cameron Reddish (No. 3, Duke)
Simisola Shittu (No. 6, Vanderbilt)

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LaVar Ball Starting League For High School Graduates

Dec 20, 2017 7:29 PM

LaVar Ball has announced he will start a basketball league for high school prospects that want to bypass the NCAA.

The Junior Basketball Association will pay players as much as $10,000 per month.

The league would allow high school players to bypass the NCAA to prepare for the NBA.

Ball is looking for 80 players to fill 10 teams that will seek to play at NBA arenas in Los Angeles, Dallas, Brooklyn and Atlanta.

"Getting these players is going to be easy," Ball told ESPN. "This is giving guys a chance to get a jump start on their career, to be seen by pro scouts, and we're going to pay them because someone has to pay these kids."

Ball said he was partly motivated by the comments made earlier in the month by NCAA president Mark Emmert, who was asked at a SportsBusiness Journal conference whether Ball was good or bad for the college game.

"Is this about someone being part of a university and playing basketball or any other sport with that school's jersey on, representing that institution, or is it about preparing me for my career, my professional career as a ballplayer?" Emmert responded. "If it's the latter, you can do that inside a university and that might be a really good way to go. But if you don't want to and you don't think that it's right for your family, then don't come."

"He was right," Ball said. "Those kids who are one-and-done, they shouldn't be there with the NCAA trying to hold them hostage, not allowing them to keep the jersey they wear while selling replicas of them in stores. So our guy isn't going to go to Florida State for a year. He's going to come to our league."

Players will wear Big Baller Brand products.

The logo features a silhouette of Lonzo Ball.

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LiAngelo Ball, LaMelo Ball Agree To One-Year Deals With Vytautas Prienai

Dec 11, 2017 4:12 PM

LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball have agreed upon one-year deals with Prienu Vytautas of Lithuania. Both players will report to the team in January.

LiAngelo Ball recently withdrew from UCLA following his indefinite suspension.

Over the past week, Harrison Gaines, the representative for LaMelo and LiAngelo, fielded multiple offers and worked to finalize the finer details of a unique contract situation. 

“We engaged in serious talks with several teams, and Vytautas made the most sense as LaMelo and LiAngelo work to develop as professionals and set a foundation for their careers,” Gaines said. “It was critical to find a situation in a competitive league that works with both of their short- and long-term goals.”

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Shaq's Son Shareef O'Neal Commits To Arizona

Apr 19, 2017 11:41 AM

Shareef O'Neal has committed to the University of Arizona.

O'Neal is a 6'8 power forward from Crossroad School in Santa Monica ranked No. 19 in the class of 2018.

O'Neal is the son of Shaquille O'Neal.

UCLA, USC and Kentucky also recruited O'Neal.

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Brandon Roy Named Naismith High School Coach Of The Year

Mar 20, 2017 2:49 PM

Brandon Roy has been named the Naismith Trophy High School Coach of the Year.

Roy won the honor in his first season after leading Hale to an undefeated season (29-0) and the state championship after the program won three games last season. Hale is currently ranked No. 1 in the Super 25.

Michael Porter Jr. of Hale was also named Naismith Trophy High School Player Of the Year.

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Nick Richards Headlines 2017 Nike Hoops Summit World Team Roster

Mar 15, 2017 2:06 PM

The World Team has announced their roster for the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit.

The guards include Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (6-foot-5, Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, Tenn./Canada), Lindell Wigginton (6-foot-1, Oak Hill Academy, Va./Canada), Nickeil Alexander-Walker (6-foot-5, Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, Tenn./Canada) and Angus Glover (6-foot-4, Illawara Hawks/Australia).

The World Team also named five forwards to its 2017 roster: Tadas Sedekerskis (6-foot-7, Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz, Spain/Lithuania), R.J. Barrett (6-foot-6, Montverde Academy, Fla./Canada), Kostja Mushidi (6-foot-5, BC Mega Leks, Serbia/Germany), Borisa Simanic (6-foot-11, Crvena Zvezda/Serbia) and Isaiah Hartenstein (6-foot-11, Zalgiris Kaunas, Lithuania/Germany).

The global squad is completed by centers Felipe Dos Anjos (7-foot-2, Oviedo, Spain/Brazil), Nick Richards (6-foot-11, The Patrick School, N.J./Jamaica) and Ikechukwu Obiagu (7-foot, Greenforest Christian Academy, Ga./Nigeria).

DeAndre Ayton, who is the second ranked player in the 2017 incoming freshman class, is not on the team despite playing last year.

Richards is the highest ranked player on the roster at No. 11 and will attend Kentucky. Gilgeous-Alexander will also attend Kentucky and is ranked 32nd overall. Alexander-Walker is ranked 25th overall and will attend Virginia Tech.

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LeBron: LeBron James Jr. Has Better Handle, Shot Than I Did At 12

Mar 7, 2017 3:14 PM

LeBron James Jr., at just 12 years old, is drawing praise for his passing and dribbling abilities. James has standing scholarship offers from Duke and Kentucky. 

"It's probably the best part of his game and I grew up playing basketball, playing AAU ball and watched a lot of kids kind of hog the ball," James said when asked about his son's latest highlight video. "Not pass the ball and things of that nature and I was never one of those kids. I always liked seeing my teammates excited about getting the ball and making a shot so to see him doing the same thing, it's a pretty unique trait for a kid his age."

LeBron James Jr. played in the John Lucas All-Star Weekend, a two-day tournament in Texas.

"I didn't handle the ball as well as he does," James said about his son. "He handles the ball exceptionally and he shoots it a lot better than I did at that age, but I've always had the ability to pass the ball. It's good to see him doing it as well." 

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Michael Porter, Wendell Carter Headline USA's 2017 Nike Hoop Summit Team

Feb 28, 2017 4:39 PM

The USA Junior National Select Team for the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit will be led by 11 players who have won at least one gold medal in international competition and three athletes who have earned two international gold medals.

Named to the USA Nike Hoop Summit Team were Wendell Carter Jr. (Pace Academy/Fairburn, Ga.), Kevin Knox II (Tampa Catholic H.S./Riverview, Fla.) and Gary Trent Jr. (Prolific Prep Academy, Calif./Burnsville, Minn.), who teamed up to capture gold medals at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship and the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship.

Also selected to the team after collecting gold medals at the 2016 FIBA U17 World Championship were: Troy Brown Jr. (Centennial H.S./Las Vegas, Nev.), Jaren Jackson Jr. (La Lumiere School/Carmel, Ind.) and Collin Sexton (Pebblebrook H.S./Mableton, Ga.); while Jarred Vanderbilt (Victory Prep Academy/Houston, Texas) collected gold at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

Further rounding out the USA team and its gold medalists are Mohamed Bamba (Westtown School, Pa./New York, N.Y.), Quade Green (Neumann-Goretti H.S./Philadelphia, Pa.), Michael Porter Jr. (Nathan Hale H.S./Seattle, Wash.) and M.J. Walker (Jonesboro H.S./Riverdale, Ga.), who helped lead the USA to a first-place finish at the 2016 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and a berth into the 2017 FIBA U19 World Championship.

The 12-man roster is finalized with the selection of Trevon Duval (IMG Academy, Fla./New Castle, Del.), a three-time USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team October minicamp participant.

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