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Coach Convo: USA Youth Basketball Talk with Del Harris

  Whenever the spring time arrives after the high school basketball season, it’s just always another reminder of how the sport has clearly transformed into a year-long activity now. Looking back on decades ago, student-athletes likely competed during the winter school season and spent the other eight months of their year either training or participating in some other activity. Nowadays, we...

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‘Virginia Live Period Shootout’ Session I, Day 2 Standouts (6/22/19)

    Ah, an event I’ve been anticipating all month has finally tipped off: The first ever ‘Virginia Live Period Shootout.’ Taking place here on the beautiful campus of Blue Ridge School (St. George, VA), around 18 teams from both in and out of the state constitute the three days full of hoops. Being a break from travel ball, I see this two-part showing as a great opportunity for the...

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2019 ‘Virginia Live Period Shootout’; Session I (6/21/19 – 6/23/19) Showcase Preview

  I have to be honest, this ‘dead period’ of travel basketball during June gives off a weird type of vibe. Other scouts will probably agree with me, considering how we’ve been so accustomed to attending weekly tournaments. However, excellent news surfaced on my Twitter feed last month when I read that Blue Ridge School (St. George, VA) had put their own plans of hosting a ‘live period...

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Mid-Season Thoughts (2018-19 804 HS Hoops)

mM   This winter season has had its fill of exciting moments so far. The young guys in the Richmond, VA area don’t play around when it comes to on-court competition. In the case of pretty much every basketball season, this season has flown by. Each hoops season can take up to about 4-5 months, longer than most other sports, but I can’t believe we’re already in January. It’s almost like high...

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Times Dispatch Invitational Tournament; Boys Varsity (12/19/18 – 12/21/18)

  The renowned Times Dispatch Invitational (TDIT) got up and running this past Wednesday with eight boys’ varsity teams from around the Richmond, VA area all participating in first-round matchups. I remember coming home for Christmas break last year while in college and checking out the thrilling TDIT 2017 championship between Varina High School and Trinity Episcopal School. Fast forward to...

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Collegiate School vs. Meadowbrook HS Scrimmage (11/24/18)

  4-Quarter Regulation Meadowbrook – 60 Collegiate – 55   Fifth Quarter Meadowbrook – 14 Collegiate – 11       Some Notes Man, the atmosphere in the gym made the scrimmage feel like a hyped up mid-season rivalry contest. Both teams impressed in their sharpness and focus all throughout the game. If the Cougars and/or Monarchs still feel they have some rustiness to rid of...

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