Nike announces new basketball event designed to keep players from Under ArmourNike officials acknowledged the existence of a new event in the Bahamas which was created primarily to lure elite prospects away from the Under Armour Elite 24 game in New York. In simple terms, Nike's plan worked. Because Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum and Malik Monk, all of whom accepted invitations to the Under Armour Elite 24 last year -- have committed to play in Nike's event in the Bahamas scheduled for Aug. 19-23. If you're wondering, yes, those dates completely overlap the UA Elite 24. (CBS Sports)
Wenyen Gabriel Cuts List to 5, Eliminates UNCFive-star forward Wenyen Gabriel is down to five schools: Connecticut, Duke, Kentucky, Maryland, and Providence made the cut for Gabriel, a 6-9, 195-pound combo forward from Wilbraham (Mass.) Wilbraham & Monson Academy. Duke (Oct 16), Kentucky (Sep 25) and Maryland (Sep 4) have been scheduled to receive official visits. Ranked No. 23 in theTop247 and No. 56 in the 247Sports Composite, Gabriel held a scholarship offer from UNC and was one of the standouts this summer on the travel circuit. (247 Sports)
Sacha Killeya-Jones radiating confidenceA funny thing happened in Las Vegas a few weeks ago. Forward Sacha Killeya-Jones, who competed with Team Loaded VA at the Adidas Summer Championships, outshone many of the biggest names in attendance. Killeya-Jones certainly outperformed his No. 48 ranking and likely will receive a promotion when we update our 2016 list. Since he backed off his pledge to Virginia, Killeya-Jones has fielded scholarship offers from Kentucky, North Carolina, NC State, Connecticut, Kansas, Florida and others. (Inside Carolina)
Dennis Smith Jr. tears ACL, out 6-9 monthsThe No. 1 point guard in the elite high school class of 2016 is going to be on the shelves for a while. Dennis Smith Jr. had successful surgery Friday to repair a torn left ACL, according to Smith's father, Dennis Smith Sr. Smith injured the knee while driving to the basket in the semifinals of the Adidas Nations event on Aug. 2. An MRI later revealed he needed surgery. (CBS Sports)
These 5-star point guard recruits will make college basketball great againDennis Smith is the top-ranked point guard in the class according to ESPN and Rivals. The Fayetteville, N.C., native has had a big summer playing for Team Loaded N.C. on the Adidas tour, teaming with another five-star recruit, big man Bam Adebayo, to form one of the best tandems in grassroots ball. Of all the point guards in the class of 2016, you can make the case that Smith is the most explosive scorer who still retains pure point guard instincts. (SB Nation)
Video: Sacha Killeya-Jones Summer HighlightsClass of 2016 forward Sacha Killeya-Jones was one of the breakout players in July. The former Virginia commit re-opened his recruitment and is heavily considering North Carolina, Kentucky, Kansas, and Virginia.
Dennis Smith Jr. has surgery on injured left kneePoint guard Dennis Smith Jr., a rising senior at Fayetteville's Trinity Christian School and one of the top Class of 2016 basketball recruits in the country, had surgery Friday afternoon on his injured left knee. The extent of the injury and specifics of the surgery, which was performed in Durham, were not immediately available. Smith injured his knee Sunday night at the adidas Nations Global event in California. (Fayetteville Observer)
De'Aaron Fox InterviewHouston based DeAaron Fox is an elite level point guard prospect who has shown vast improvement in a short time. With his combination of size, speed, athleticism and point guard abilities, he's a highly intriguing prospect. NBADraft.net: As far as a college choice, what's the most important factor in your decision? Fox: Most important factor is probably playing time. I'm becoming a much better shooter this summer. And the other thing is that I really take pride in my defense. (NBADraft.net)
UNC offers 2016 combo guard Brandon RobinsonNorth Carolina has offered 2016 combo guard Brandon Robinson (Douglasville, GA/Douglas County), the prospect announced on his personal twitter account. A 6-foot-5, 160-pound prospect, Robinson has offers from Maryland, Louisville, Florida State, Florida, Memphis, and Georgia Tech, among others. (Carolina Blue)
Dewan Huell EvaluationSouth Florida always produces its share of big-time talent, and Miami forward Dewan Huell is another bright light produced by his tropical city. The athletic workhorse enjoyed an outstanding travel season and will compete for prep All-America honors this season. My prediction here is that he’ll likely need two years of college prior to jetsetting to the NBA. Improving his ball skills, jump shooting range and strength will be his priorities in terms of impressing professional scouts. (Scout.com)
Video: Kobi Simmons adidas Nations HighlightsKobi Simmons was one of the top performers in Los Angeles leading his team to the 2015 Adidas Nations Championship. Here are a couple of Simmons' biggest plays from the event. Simmons is a Top 10 Player in the Class of 2016.
Video: Lauri Markkanen 2015 U18 European ChampionshipLauri Markkanen is a 6-11 PF born in Finland in 1997 who currently plays for HBA Marsky and the Finnish U18 National Team. Markkanen can play inside and outside and uses his length to protect the rim. He has a list of 3 colleges: Arizona, UNC and Utah.
NCAA Coaches Poll: Which basketball recruit has the best motor?College coaches voted Javin DeLaurier as the player that showed the best motor during the month of July. Of the 84 votes tallied, DeLaurier reeled in 17, which was just enough to edge out five-star center Edrice Adebayo. DeLaurier, who ran with Team Loaded Virginia on the adidas circuit, improved his stock considerably over the spring and summer and jumped to No. 36 overall in the pre-July rankings. (Scout.com)
Lauri Markkanen schedules official visit to UNCFinnish star Lauri Markkanen is planning a three-visit tour. The trip starts in Utah, as he'll visit with the Utes during the weekend of October 11th. Markkanen will then fly to North Carolina for an official visit October 13th and 14th. He'll then head back west to Arizona for a visit on the 16th and 17th. The 6-foot-10, pushing 6-11, power forward entertained high major scholarship offers from a host of schools prior to narrowing his list to Arizona, UNC and Utah in early July. (Inside Carolina)
NCAA Coaches Poll: Most Underrated Basketball RecruitCollege coaches have voted Wenyen Gabriel, of Mass Rivals, as the most underrated player of July. While the voting wasn't nearly as conclusive as the voting for best player and best pro prospect, Gabriel still led the way. Gabriel, a senior-to-be at Wilbraham (Mass.) Wilbraham & Monson Academy, was just 6-foot-8 in the spring of 2014. He’s now grown to 6-10. After a good spring, Gabriel began his significant rise at the adidas Uprising event in Atlanta during the first July evaluation period. (Scout.com)
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Watching 2017 PG Collin Sexton, 2017 C Nate Watson, 2017 SF Kevin Knox, 2017 PF Brandon Huffman, 2017 PG Tremont Waters, 2017 SF Jermaine Samuels, 2018 UNC PG commit Rechon Black, 2018 SG Romeo Langford, 2018 SG Zion Williamson, 2018 SF Jairus Hamilton, 2018 CG Coby White, 2019 SF Wendell Moore, 2019 PF Matthew Hurt in Las Vegas, NVThursday, July 14, 2016
Watching 2018 PF Zion Williamson, 2019 PF Christian Brown, and 2019 PG Ashton Hagans at the Champions Classic in Marietta, GA7/14/2016 - 7/15/2016
Watching 2018 UNC PG commit Jalek Felton, 2019 SF Joey Baker, 2018 PF Miles Norris, 2017 C Nate Watson, and 2017 PG Trevon Duval at the Under Armour Association Finals in Cartersville, GATuesday, July 12, 2016
Watching 2017 center Mohamed Bamba, 2017 PF P.J. Washington, and 2017 PG Matt Coleman at Team USA U18 practice in Houston, TXSaturday, July 09, 2016
Watching 2017 PG Nick Weatherspoon, 2018 UNC PG commit Rechon Black, 2018 SF Jairus Hamilton, 2018 PF Zion Williamson, 2018 SG Romeo Langford at the adidas Gauntlet Series in Spartanburg, SC
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