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Twitter: @benli_ Instagram: @benli_8 *Photo taken by ‘North Pole Hoops’ Well, with the Class of 2019 having picked up their diplomas and departed from the high school scene, I guess we can officially acknowledge 2020 students as the new ‘top dogs’ on school grounds. There’s a lot of talent in this Virginia high school basketball rising senior group; very likewise to the 2019 prospects....read more
After covering my first ‘Hoop Group’ tournament last month, the 2019 ‘Pitt Jam Fest’ in Pittsburgh, PA, I noted it as containing the biggest collective group of people I’ve seen in a gym (over 630 teams). This past weekend, as expected, that same pattern emerged once again as an enormous portion of the basketball community showed up for another annual ‘Hoop Group’ event: the...read more
Spending this past weekend in Mechanicsville, VA, I had a chance to again check out the Team Loaded AAU organization, who brought their absolute A-game. Of course, one could expect this when considering the fact that Team Loaded happened to also be a co-host with ‘Big Shots’ for the annual ‘Big Shots Team Loaded’ tournament. Like I mentioned in my recent feature of this year’s Team Loaded...read more
A past weekend full of frequent whistle-blowing, filled up standing sections, numerous recognizable faces, and long hours spent in the gym all served as indication that AAU basketball tournaments are now in full swing. It felt unique providing coverage of my first spring tournament in the U-Turn Sports Performance Academy (Richmond, VA); I remember playing games in that same building...read more