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ARS Rescue Rooter Washington DC HoopFest (12/8/18) Recap

  Finally… I can check it off the list that I attended the annual ‘DC National Hoopfest.’ I’ve heard SO much about this event for the last several years but never had the opportunity to go and watch due to my own college basketball career. This past Saturday, it felt pretty surreal to walk into the historic Wooten gymnasium on DeMatha Catholic High School’s campus and prepare for media...

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You Want to Know Why IMG Academy IS the Best Team in America

Last night Lavar Ball was caught on camera saying that “IMG knows they can’t compete with this…” The “this” in this sentence is his son Lamelo Ball’s Spire Academy team. Of course we all know Ball is known for his outlandish statements, falling back on “speak it into truth.” Well this one is one we aren’t sure will be possible to have...

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Miles Magical Five: #BattleAtTheRock Night One

5. 6’10 2019 Armando Bacot Jr: IMG Academy (UNC Signee) 15 Pts, 6 Reb, 6/7 From The Field Bacot was excellent in this contest at taking advantage of mismatches on the offensive end and making the right reads when the United Faith zone collapsed on him, kicking it out to his shooters or dropping it off to cutters.  He uses his length on defensive end to effect every shot at the rim and...

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IMG Academy Simply Dominates United Faith in Springer’s Return to the Carolinas

This one was pure domination from start to finish with IMG Academy blowing the doors off of United Faith in their season opener 104-54.  Jaden Springer was incredibly efficient with his touches in his return to the Carolinas going 7/10 from the field with 22 points, and his teammates were excellent too.  There were highlights on top of highlights with Mikeal Brown-Jones leading the way with a...

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Coach Rick’s Fab 5: Battle at the Rock Day 1

The inaugural Battle at the Rock was an instant success. Great venue, great teams, great hospitality, but most of all great action on the basketball court. There was no shortage of talent and high level play. Now, let’s take a closer look at the standouts on opening day. Gray Collegiate Starting Five  This was my first time watching Gray Collegiate, but came away completely impressed. Five...

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Coach Rick “North Carolina 2020 Dream Team”

Coach Rick “North Carolina 2020 Dream Team” First Team The North Carolina 2020 class has a unique blend of high-level talent and tremendous depth. Looking at the top of the list, there are several players that are easily in the high major category and definite candidates for the McDonald All American team and the possibility of playing at the next level. We will take a closer look at the players...

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Player Profile Jaden Springer

Player Profile: 6’4 ’20 Jaden Springer (Rocky River & B. Maze Elite) By now, anyone who follows high school basketball should know about Jaden Springer, especially in today’s tech-friendly, social media world that we live in. There are dozens of clips and videos all over the Internet showcasing the young wing prospect, but he’s far better than most people realize. Yes, he’s nationally ranked...

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NBPA Top 100 Camp — Day 1 5 to Know

6’5” 2020 Jaden Springer Rocky River HS (NC) Springer was the best player of Day 1 of the camp in our eyes. He made everything look effortless as he was explosive but had great pace. He got to every spot he wanted and played incredibly efficiently, not letting smaller guys affect his handle or longer guys prevent him from attacking. Only 15 years old, Springer should be considered among the Top...

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NBPA Top 100 Camp — Session 1 Recap (Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Chicago Bulls)

Los Angeles Lakers – 61 Chicago Bulls – 95 6’8” 2019 Patrick Williams (Los Angeles Lakers) 10 Points, 4-9 FG, 2-6 3P, 1 Assists, 1 Block Williams oozes upside. He possesses every skill in the game, with length, ball skills, explosion and 3-point range. Williams found his comfort zone in the second half and was impressive.         6’5” 2020 Jaden Springer (Chicago Bulls)...

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Elite North Carolina 2020’s Gaining Traction

6’5” Jaden Springer (Rocky River/B. Maze Elite) It would be nearly impossible to form a list of the most buzz-worthy players without highlighting 6-foot-5 Jaden Springer. The Charlotte native has been the clear-cut top 2020 prospect in the state since his freshman year and has drawn the attention of all high-level programs across the country. Few players have the natural scoring ability of...

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Even The Nationally Ranked Prospects Used the NC Top 80 Platform to Raise Their Stock

The North Carolina Top 80 is a major platform for kids throughout the state of North Carolina. The best of the best come to stake claim among the top prospects in the country. However, it also has allowed many players, who are not nationally ranked, to boost their stock in front of national media and college coaches alike. Here is a look at some of the guys already on the national radar who...

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Bendel’s Best of the 2017 AAU Season (Guards Part One)

Just over four months ago Phenom Hoops opened the travel ball season in Greensboro, North Carolina. This event kicked off what would be an exciting summer full of breakouts and surprises, coming from all over the east coast. Next, we will look at some of the players that were the most memorable throughout the season. These players are in no particular order and have made the cut for a variety of...

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