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LaMelo Ball Attempted Another Halfcourt Pull-Up And This Time It Didn’t Go So Well

LaMelo Ball is a standout high school basketball player so confident even Steph Curry was impressed by his willingness to take half court shots. This time, though, that confidence got the best of him. Ball — a sophomore point guard at Chino Hills High School in California — impressed many last month when he pointed out a spot on the floor at halfcourt and nailed the shot in the face of a defender. (UPROXX)

Mohamed Bamba Set to Take Official Visit to Kentucky

Mohamed Bamba will take his official visit to Kentucky on Friday and Saturday, and the 6-foot-11 big man from Westtown (PA) School will attend the game against South Carolina on Saturday. Bamba has trimmed his list to Kentucky, Duke, Texas and Michigan. He has already visited Texas and Michigan and plans to visit Duke Feb. 26-28, with a decision in late March or early April. (Zag's Blog)

Top five junior Cameron Reddish to plan visits soon

Five-star junior Cameron Reddish named six schools standing out at the moment, discussed the possibility of early official visits and his timeline for a decision. “Kentucky, Duke, Villanova, Syracuse, UConn and Arizona. They’re all kind of saying the same thing. Villanova is saying that I could be the first one-and-done. Duke is saying that I could come in and be the guy." (Rivals.com)

High school sophomore destroys opponent with otherworldly dunk

Chase Hunter is a sophomore at Westlake High School in Atlanta, Georgia, who entered last year as the No. 1 ranked player for his grade in the state of Georgia. In a recent game he did this, and I am not going to question his ranking as the No. 1 player in the state of Georgia after watching it. (FOX Sports)

Arizona Recruits Shine Brightly at Hoophall Classic, Providing Glimpse of Potent Future

On Saturday at the Hoophall Classic, Arizona assistant Book Richardson had a front-row seat for a view of the future of his program. Three Class of 2017 Arizona signees — DeAndre Ayton, Brandon Randolph and Ira Lee — all played, and played well, at Blake Arena. Brian Bowen, an Arizona target who is considering five schools, also was effective, scoring 18 points in Monday’s loss to Marvin Bagley and Sierra Canyon (CA). (Zag's Blog)

Top 10 College Basketball Recruiting Storylines From the Hoophall Classic

Marvin Bagley III is not rushing the recruiting process: The 6-11 Bagley is the No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2018 and is projected by some as the No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Bagley has a list of six schools — Arizona, Arizona State, Duke, Kentucky, Oregon and UCLA (Kentucky watched him at the Hoophall) — but said he’s in no rush to get through his decision. (Zag's Blog)

Kansas Coach Bill Self Watches Zion Williamson

College coaches making trips to see Zion Williamson also have become commonplace. Kansas coach Bill Self was part of Spartanburg Day’s sellout crowd. “The college process can be very tricky,” Williamson said. But I know who has my best interests. I keep my circle very small. If you haven’t been there for the majority of my work, I don’t tend to let you into my life like that.” (GoUpstate.com)

Brian Bowen, Michigan State & NC State recruit, plans to make decision at end of month

Brian Bowen is the No. 3 small forward in the senior class and has his list narrowed down to Creighton, Texas, Arizona, N.C. State and Michigan State. He has been weighing all his options before he makes his commitment but plans to have his mind made up by the end of the month. "Whenever I get that gut feeling of where I exactly I want to go to school," Bowen said Monday. (Mass Live)

The second-tallest basketball player in the world made his American high school debut

Robert Bobroczky is 7-foot-7, and he’s just 16 years old. Bobroczky is also only a freshman in high school at Geneva, Ohio’s SPIRE Institute. He’s a bit older for a freshman because he’s a native of Romania where he lived until he was 14, and then played basketball in Italy for two years before moving to America. (The Comeback)

Washington commit Jontay Porter may enroll early

Washington junior commit Jontay Porter is considering a move to the 2017 class. “It’s not a done deal or anything,” Porter said. “I have to sit down with my parents and discuss the pros and cons, but it’s an option.” Porter’s older brother, Michael, is in the 2017 class and is a Washington signee. The move is intriguing to the younger Porter so the two can play together. (Scout.com)

Trevon Duval impresses at 2017 Hoophall Classic

Trevon Duval is one of the most talented point guards in the Class of 2017, and the top point guard in the country. He put up 12 points and 13 assists in IMG Academy's 61-51 victory over Wasatch Academy at the 2017 Hoophall Classic in Springfield on Sunday. Duval said he has heard essentially the same thing from every school: They want him to come in and run the show. That included Duke and Arizona. (Mass Live)

Matt Coleman, ranked No. 26 in ESPN 100, picks Texas

Shaka Smart has his point guard. Top-five point guard Matt Coleman committed to Texas over Duke on Monday morning, announcing his decision on ESPNU. "It's the perfect fit," Coleman told ESPN. "I'm a point guard who makes plays." Coleman, ranked No. 26 in the ESPN 100, went back and forth between the Longhorns and the Blue Devils over the past few months. (ESPN.com)

Emmanuel Akot proves 5-star status

2018 Mt. Pleasant (Utah) Wasatch Academy wing Emmanuel Akot established himself as a five-star recruit last spring and summer. At the Hoophall Classic on Sunday, Akot was among the most impressive prospects of the day and has expanded his repertoire. Although just a junior, Akot has already narrowed his list of schools to Arizona, Louisville, Oregon and Utah. (Scout.com)

Trevon Duval, No. 1 PG, breaks down recruitment

Five-star recruit Trevon Duval is focused on his senior season at Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy, but he also is in the midst of a recruiting process. Regarded as the nation’s top point guard, Duval, a 6-foot-3, 175-pounder, is down to Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Kansas and Seton Hall. Duval hasn’t taken official visits to any of the five schools on his list. But that may change soon. (Scout.com)

UCLA Commit Cody Riley Breaks Backboard, Fixes It Himself

UCLA's Facilities department may want to hire Cody Riley as a part-time worker next year. Riley is a four-star power forward recruit from Sierra Canyon High School in nearby Chatsworth. He committed to UCLA in October, picking Steve Alford's team over Arizona, Kansas and others. (Hero Sports)

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2017 Player Rankings
1DeAndre AytonPFPhoenix, AZArizona
2Michael PorterSFColumbia, MOWashington
3Mohamed BambaPFNew York, NY 
4Wendell CarterPFAtlanta, GADuke
5Trevon DuvalPGNew Castle, DE 
6Kevin KnoxSFTampa, FL 
7Brandon McCoyPFSan Diego, CA 
8Hamidou DialloSGQueens Village, NYKentucky
9Billy PrestonPFDallas, TXKansas
10Mitchell RobinsonCChalmette, LAWestern Kentucky
11Gary Trent Jr.SGSaint Paul, MNDuke
12Collin SextonPGMableton, GAAlabama
13Brian BowenSFSaginaw, MI 
14Troy BrownSFLas Vegas, NVOregon
15Kris WilkesSFIndianapolis, INUCLA
16P.J. WashingtonPFDallas, TXKentucky
17Jarred VanderbiltSFBellaire, TXKentucky
18Austin WileyPFBirmingham, ALAuburn
19Nick RichardsCManhasset, NYKentucky
20Trae YoungPGNorman, OK 

2018 Player Rankings
1Marvin BagleyPFTempe, AZ 
2Romeo LangfordSGNew Albany, IN 
3Cameron ReddishSFNorristown, PA 
4Jordan BrownPFRoseville, CA 
5Silvio De SousaPFMontverde, FL 
6Zion WilliamsonSFSpartanburg, SC 
7Gerald LiddellSFCibolo, TX 
8Simisola ShittuPFMontverde, FL 
9Nazreon ReidPFRoselle, NJ 
10Khavon MooreSFMacon, GA 
11Javonte SmartPGBaton Rouge, LA 
12Bol BolPFMission, KS 
13Darius GarlandPGBrentwood, TN 
14E.J. MontgomeryPFMontverde, FL 
15Miles NorrisPFChula Vista, CA 
16Immanuel QuickleyPGBel Air, MD 
17Louis KingSFBurlington, NJ 
18Jalen SmithPFBaltimore, MD 
19Keldon JohnsonSGSouth Hill, VA 
20Shareef O'NealPFLos Angeles, CA 

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