Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Results of National Prep Showcase!

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Brewster Prep duo Isaac Copeland and Devonte Graham, Syracuse-bound Kaleb Joseph and junior scoring maching Damontrae Jefferson were some of the standouts as the 2013 National Prep Showcase came to a completion on Sunday.

Isaac Copeland is a great fit for Georgetown.

Brewster duo has big day
Now teammates at Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Prep, four-star Georgetown signee Isaac Copeland and three-star Devonte Graham have some synergy. The duo from North Carolina has played together for the past few summers with the Garner Roads Basketball Club and their familiarity with each other's game was on full display Sunday.
The No. 37 player in the class of 2014, Copeland backed up his lofty status. He is a smooth 6-foot-9 forward with inside/outside skill, a nice feel for the game and fluid athleticism. He still needs more weight, but Copeland has gotten stronger and it showed as he was more physical around the rim. He makes short to medium jumpers, can really get out and transition and looks to be a perfect fit for the Hoyas. He had a very efficient 20 points and eight rebounds.
Helping to feed Copeland the ball but doing damage himself was Graham. A 6-foot-2 point guard and three-star prospect who could make a run at the Rivals150, he does all that you would like a floor general to do. He controls tempo, finds his teammates for buckets, is going to be a guy who can play good defense and can go get his offense too. Graham was good for 23 points, four assists and six rebounds and he was doing it off the dribble, with the jumper and in transition. Brewster got into an up-and-down affair with a South Kent (Conn.) Prep team that featured several sub six-foot guards and Graham never rattled.
Probably the top remaining point guard in the class of 2014, Graham's recruitment is tricky. He was originally a member of the high school class of 2013 and signed a letter of intent with Appalachian State. He asked for a release from his LOI and it has been denied. Per Brewster coach Jason Smith, it means that no schools can have direct contact with him until App. State finishes this academic year and once he selects a school, he will be ineligible as a freshman because he was never released.
Virginia, Creighton, Memphis, Providence and Butler are just a few of the teams that would have interest once Graham can be recruited.
Jefferson tones it down, still excites
Not many high school players in America generate opinions that range as widely as junior point guard Damontrae Jefferson who ranks No. 36 nationally does. The bottom line in the eyes of is that the diminutive playmaker from Milwaukee has too much talent and ability to dismiss.
For the past few summers, the 5-foot-7 guard has regularly rung up opponents for huge numbers. He's done it in a flashy manner with lots of deep shots, quick drives and he's sometimes forgotten about his teammates.
Now at Believe Prep in South Carolina, Jefferson is really trying to change his image. On Sunday, he played under control, was communicating with his teammates, putting forth much more effort on defense and still making lots happen. He can get a shot whenever he wants, threw a couple of incredible passes and has nearly unmatched quickness.

Kaleb Joseph was explosive.
Yes he is small and yes he is still a bit wild, but his 28-point, eight-rebound, four-assist and four-steal outing was one of the top performances of the weekend. That he is trying to change the way he plays and carries himself is easily noticeable and he now has offers from UMass, Southern Miss, Cleveland State and Rhode Island.
Joseph impresses
Probably the single most impressive performance of the weekend was turned in by Syracuse bound point guard Kaleb Joseph. The No. 55 player in the class of 2014, Joseph and his Cushing Academy team took a tough loss to the Canarias Academy team from the Canary Islands. However, Joseph was flat out unguardable during a 37-point explosion.
Navigating high ball screens or just using his explosive first step to create separation, the 6-foot-2 Joseph got into the lane at will. He has the strength and toughness to finish through contact, he was hitting pull-up jumpers and he was doing it all against a team with lots and lots of size. What was most notable about his play was that most of the moves and decisions he was making looked like the types of things that translate to the next level. If he can be this good all the time, No. 55 in the country is too low.
More Sunday notables
Our Savior New American has a few of the top unsigned and unranked seniors in the country. Shooting guard Kobie Eubanks and forward Michael Nzei will both be recruited on the upper-mid to lower-end high major level this winter. Eubanks is a pure scorer who can make jumpers, has a strong body and good athleticism while Nzei is a slightly undersized but very hard working and athletic power forward. Eubanks was good for 21 points, eight rebounds and three assists while Nzei quietly racked up 20 points and 11 rebounds.
South Kent (Conn.) Prep doesn't have a lot of size at their disposal, but they have some little guards that can go. Senior Schadrac Casimir is probably only about 5-foot-8 and 145 pounds soaking wet, but he plays with the confidence of a lion prowling a Savanna. The little guy isn't afraid to let it fly from anywhere and gets lots of open looks because of his quickness. He went for 36 and made 13 of his 20 shots.

Like Kaleb Joseph, junior Tyler Lydon is Syracuse bound.
Also on the small side, freshman guard Tremont Waters is going to be one to watch down the road. Checking in at around 5-foot-8 or 5-foot-9, he's another confident guard who can shoot the ball very well from deep. He is quick, has great body control and has a chance to be a very nice player as he grows and matures.
The No. 77 player in the class of 2015, Syracuse commit Tyler Lydon is quite thin. Because of his lack of strength, the 6-foot-8 combo forward sometimes gets pushed around and has trouble finishing around the rim. However, he doesn't lack for toughness, is a good athlete and definitely has skill. Despite getting knocked around pretty good, he kept coming back for more and ended up with a hard earned 15-point and 15-rebound effort in New Hampton (N.H.) Prep's win over Massanutten.
Massanutten took the loss against New Hampton, but it wasn't the fault of Rutgers-bound forward Dwayne Foreman. The 6-foot-7 athlete and No. 120 player in the class of 2014 was all over the floor and constantly attacking during a 22-point effort. Also impressing for Massanutten was three-star point guard Isaac Fleming. Fleming has good size at near 6-foot-3 and can play as either a setup guy or scorer who mixes drives and jumpers. He had 15 points and eight rebounds and looks like a really good get for Hawaii.
Three-star David Burrell of Believe Prep is a big-time athlete. The 6-foot-5 junior from Milwaukee is also a big-time competitor who saves possessions, plays tough defense and finishes with authority around the rim. He exudes toughness and was quite productive, notching 16 points, nine rebounds, three blocks and three steals.
Marquette signee Marial Shayok has a great motor. The 6-foot-6 forward is aggressive on both ends of the floor and doesn't mind playing physically. He had 21 points and seven rebounds and looked most comfortable operating in near the basket. He's not an overwhelming athlete and may need to adjust to playing wing athletes, but he is crafty.
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Sunday, November 17, 2013

North Paulding Youth Basketball - WEEK TWO RESULTS!

Week Two results in the North Paulding Youth Basketball 3rd/4th grade Boys:

Wildcats 15, Thunder 13 (2OT)
Young Guns 34, Buckeyes 19
Redskins 23, The Pack 2
Hornets 22, Knicks 10

DNP - Bulls v. Heat

Updated Standings:

2013-2014 NPBL 3rd/4th BOYS STANDINGS  (Thru Week 2)

TEAM NAME                      WINS    LOSSES                                 PF           PA          DIFFERENTIAL  

Young Guns                         2                                                       60           27           33  

BULLS                                    1              0                                         20           4              16  

HEAT                                     1              0                                          14           6              8  

Thunder                                1             1                                           33           27            6
Hornets                                1              1                                           34           30           4  

Redskins                              1              1                                            31           28           3  

Buckeyes                             1                                                         27           38           (-9)  

Wildcats                               1              1                                           19           21           (-2)  

The PACK                            0              2                                             8              37           (-29)  

Knicks                                  0              2                                            14           42           (-28)

Mizzou signs second Four-Star

The Missouri basketball program announced today it has signed its second four-star prospect for the 2014 recruiting class. Namon Wright, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound guard from Los Angeles (Cali.) Pacific Hills, is the No. 87 player in the 2014 Rivals150. He joins Jakeenan Gant in the Tigers' two-man class.

Namon Wright is the number 87 ranked player in the 2014 Rivals150.
Wright chose the Tigers over offers from Florida State, USC, Arizona State, Oregon, and other schools. He is known as a top level defender and a slashing scorer. Wright is more naturally suited for shooting guard, but could play small forward in a four guard lineup.

Here is what Frank Haith had to say about Wright in a release from the Athletic Department.

"Namon just has a great feel for the game and similar to Wes Clark, he is always on the attack, looking for a way to beat you," he said. "He is a bigger guard, which we like, and has great length that allows him to excel defensively. He has very good instincts and is very good at slashing and attacking the rim. His jump shot is still developing, but he can really get on a roll and will become much more consistent on the perimeter with repetition. He is still a good jump shooter and I think you will see that consistency settle in as the year continues."

Going in to the 2014 class Missouri only had two scholarships available, so there is a possibility that the class is complete. It seems like a slim possibility, though. Each of the last few seasons there has been at least one player leave the program before their eligibility expired. That means Missouri will continue to recruit for this class in to the late signing period.

"This was a very good class for us and fits two needs in our program," said Haith about the early period signees. "We needed some additional size and athleticism in the paint and Jakeenan is one of the country's more athletic hybrid forwards. He can run the court, finish in transition and he has the chance to be a big time presence on the defensive end. Namon gives us very good size on the perimeter and he has an attacking mentality on the offensive end. He will keep developing as a shooter, but right now he puts a lot of pressure on his opponents because of his ability to score off the bounce."
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Saturday, November 16, 2013

4th Ranked North Paulding rips Harrison 47-24

The Wolfpack 7th grade are off to an unprecedented start.  They improved to 3-1, a high ranking of #4 in the ELITE SUPER PREP poll, and a 47-24 victory today over Harrison High's 7th grade squad!

Friday, November 15, 2013


The EHR "Elite Super Prep Power Poll" - Middle School Edition - has the current metro Atlanta Top Ten as follows:

10.  NORTH COBB - Warriors have high major talent returning and multiple stars who played Kennesaw Elite AAU basketball through the summer.



7.  KENNESAW MOUNTAIN - First place finish in their division last year.



4.  NORTH PAULDING - 2-1 start to season with already an upset victory over Kennesaw Mountain and a close call with Etowah.  Another squad with high level talent and AAU travel ball year round.

3.  ETOWAH - Squeaked by North Paulding 42-34, but great talent and high expectations.

2.  CAMPBELL  - Can they de-throne the reigning champs?

1.  MCCEACHERN  -  The defending champs and the Apollo Creed of middle school basketball.  Is their a "Rocky" on the horizon?

Duke lands No. 1 and No.4 Class of 2014

The top-ranked overall prospect in the ESPN 100, Jahlil Okafor (Chicago/Whitney Young), and the nation's top-ranked point guard, Tyus Jones (Apple Valley, Minn./Apple Valley), made college basketball recruiting history Friday with a coordinated commitment to Duke.

Duke won the lottery Friday when No. 1 Jahlil Okafor and No. 4 Tyus Jones announced their decision to suit up for the Blue Devils, Paul Biancardi writes.

"We just wanted the best opportunity to win," Okafor said after the decisions were announced live from the players' respective high schools on ESPNU.

Okafor and Jones are the most notable package deal in college basketball since Greg Oden and Mike Conley committed to Ohio State in the 2006 class, but it's unprecedented in that they never have played together on either the high school or AAU level.

Instead, their joint playing experiences have come primarily with USA Basketball, beginning in October 2010 and continuing with subsequent selections in each of the next two summers to national teams that won gold medals while traveling to Mexico and Lithuania.

It was on that initial trip to Mexico, in the summer before their sophomore seasons, that talk of a potential package deal originated. That conversation quickly intensified, and less than a year later, both young stars went on record as saying they planned to play together in college.

While their recruitment has been the subject of widespread scrutiny and speculation -- especially as it pertained to Duke given coach Mike Krzyzewski's role with the national team -- Okafor and Jones have been steadfast in their commitment to each other and seemingly unified in the process. They even went so far as to coordinate many of their in-home visits last spring before taking official visits to Baylor, Duke and Kansas together this fall.

Ultimately, Duke was able to overcome mounting momentum from Kansas in recent weeks. In so doing, the Blue Devils not only become the favorite to finish with the top-ranked national recruiting class in 2014 -- a feat they've yet to accomplish since ESPN first starting calculating class rankings in 2007 -- but also solidified their status as a national championship contender for the 2014-15 season.
With current Duke freshman Jabari Parker likely moving on to the NBA after one season and Tyler Thornton set to graduate, Okafor and Jones will have every opportunity to step right in and provide the type of true low-post and pure point guard threats that the Blue Devils currently lack.
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Jeff Hinds/adidasNo. 1 recruit Jahlil Okafor selected Duke over Kansas and Baylor on Friday.

They'll also have the luxury of joining an already strong veteran core that is expected to include then-senior Quinn Cook as well as a deep and talented junior class with Rasheed Sulaimon, Amile Jefferson, Marshall Plumlee and potentially Rodney Hood should he decide against a move to the NBA after this season.

While Duke earned the grand prize of the 2014 recruiting class Friday, it certainly wasn't the only winner of the early signing period, which began Wednesday and will run through Nov. 20.
Moments after Okafor and Jones announced their decisions, No. 3 overall prospect Cliff Alexander (Chicago/Curie) announced his commitment to Kansas. Alexander, the top power forward in the ESPN 100, selected the Jayhawks over in-state favorite Illinois.

"I think Bill Self will develop my game the best, not like the others coaches couldn't, but Kansas was just the best fit," Alexander said. "Coach Self talked to me about playing a versatile forward role like he did with the Morris twins [Marcus and Markieff]."

Kansas also solidified a top-10 national prospect in small forward Kelly Oubre.

Kentucky coach John Calipari announced the signing of his latest powerhouse class Thursday with four of the top-35-ranked players in the ESPN 100. He'll have a new-look frontcourt with No. 3 center Karl Towns and No. 2 power forward Trey Lyles, who might not be the dominant defenders Kentucky fans are used to seeing but will provide more perimeter skill and offensive versatility.No. 3 shooting guard Devin Booker provides Kentucky with a knockdown shooter capable of playing a few perimeter positions, and No. 4 point guard Tyler Ulis looks to add some long-term stability to the backcourt.

Ohio State coach Thad Matta received signatures from a four-man class, headlined by the nation's top-ranked shooting guard, D'Angelo Russell, along with a pair of versatile ESPN 100 forwards in Keita Bates-Diop and Jae'Sean Tate. Three-star center David Bell provides some needed size and depth up front.

North Carolina and Louisville also delivered top-five national classes.

Tar Heels coach Roy Williams received signatures from a trio of top-15 prospects Wednesday, including No. 1 small forward Justin Jackson and No. 3 point guard Joel Berry. Versatile forward Theo Pinson rounds out the group.

Louisville's Rick Pitino got a surprise signature Friday from No. 35 Quentin Snider, a local product who initially committed to the Cardinals only to decommit and give a verbal commitment to Illinois.

His return is a major boost to Louisville's class as he joins Chinanu Onuaku, Jaylen Johnson and Shaqquan Aaron to become the fourth ESPN 100 product to sign there.
Indiana coach Tom Crean scored a similar signature from James Blackmon Jr., who had reopened his recruitment after initially committing to the Hoosiers.
Other notable signings included SMU's Larry Brown securing the services of the fifth-ranked overall prospect and second-best point guard in the ESPN 100, Emmanuel Mudiay.
Steve Alford got the type of high-level prospect he needed in his first year at UCLA in No. 3 power forward Kevon Looney.
No. 9 Stanley Johnson (Fullerton, Calif./Mater Dei) wrapped up the day's events, becoming the second ESPN 100 commit to Arizona.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Opening Weekend @ North Paulding!

Thank you to Mrs. Tegenkamp for some great pictures from the Wildcats opening weekend of basketball!  Our boys are back at it this weekend @ 2 pm vs. the THUNDER!

Monday, November 11, 2013

10 Storylines to watch as National Signing Day approaches.

Here are 10 storylines to watch for during the eight-day signing period:

Jahlil Okafor
AP Photo/Damen Jackson via Triple Play New MediaJahlil Okafor is hoping to sign during the early signing period. Where will he end up?
1. Package-deal decision day
Word is that Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones are both hoping to sign during the early period, and that means the country’s biggest package deal should have a decision within days. All indications are that the duo still intends to go to school together, but the final destination has become unclear of late. Duke has long since been considered the front-runner, but there’s been growing chatter for Kansas, especially as it pertains to Okafor. Baylor is the dark horse, and while nobody seems to be talking about the Bears anymore, neither prospect has said they’re out of the running just yet.

2. Awaiting word from Alexander
We’re anticipating an announcement from Cliff Alexander, the nation’s third-ranked prospect. The 6-foot-8 big man took the nation by storm during the recent EYBL season and picked up offers from some of college basketball’s most prestigious programs in the process. Four of those remain in the hunt for his services. While Illinois and DePaul have been the perceived favorites, Kansas and Memphis are in the mix as well. Look for Alexander to trim one of those four off his list before his announcement -- and ultimately make his choice from a list of three final schools.

3. Early or late? That is the question
While Okafor, Jones, and Alexander are all expected to make their decisions in time to sign during the early signing period (that is, on or before Nov. 20), there is another group of prospects we still don’t know what to expect from. Justise Winslow just took his last visit, and he could be ready to decide. William Lee is another ESPN 100 prospect who could very well be ready in the coming days. Stanley Johnson was once targeting a January decision, but he now appears to be on the fence, as there has been mounting speculation that he could abandon those original plans in time to sign early.

4. What’s left for the spring?
With 87 players in the current ESPN 100 already committed and at least four more expected to make their decisions in time to sign early, we’re expecting over 90 percent of the current ESPN 100 to officially be off the board within the next 10 days. That’s an almost unprecedented percentage, leaving very little left on the table for the spring’s late signing period. The big prizes for those playing the waiting game are likely to be Myles Turner, Rashad Vaughn and JaQuan Lyle, along with any of the previously mentioned top prospects who ultimately decide against early signatures.

5. Care for a contingency plan
With so few prospects remaining on the board following this period, the major question is what happens to the programs that have gone the distance with top remaining prospects -- only to end up missing out on them. The best examples are Duke and Kansas. The Blue Devils and Jayhawks have gone head-to-head for Okafor and Jones and have passed on other talented guys as a result. Now they’re in a spot where the consequences of losing out on Okafor and Jones could be especially high, with no good contingency plans left on the board unless they’re able to score Turner, who isn’t likely to be excited about being perceived as anybody’s runner-up.

6. Competition for Kentucky
Kentucky currently has the top-ranked recruiting class in the country. If the Wildcats can hold on to that spot, it would be the fifth time in John Calipari’s six years in Lexington he has secured that distinction. The reality, however, is that it may be unlikely. And while Kentucky’s class is undeniably loaded, the 2014 group will be remembered as much for the guys who passed on the Wildcats -- Okafor, Alexander, Jones, Emmanuel Mudiay, Kelly Oubre and James Blackmon Jr. among others -- perhaps signaling a decline in what has been one of the most dominant recruiting periods for any program in recent history.

7. The Big East is back (or never left)
If this season's recruiting class is any indication, the demise of the Big East has been somewhat exaggerated. While conference realignment might have forever changed one of the country’s most historic conferences, it apparently has not done much to hurt the brand. Xavier, Seton Hall and Georgetown have all put together top-10 classes, and Marquette and Providence are not far behind. With five different programs among the top-20 classes in the country and a total of 15 ESPN 100 prospects having already popped for the Big East, the league is recruiting as well as any in the country.

8. What’s the Matta with this class?
Ohio State has the second-ranked recruiting class in the country, a group loaded with four ESPN 100 prospects and another big man who is just on the cusp of that list. Yet nobody seems to be talking about the Buckeyes. With so much attention being paid to the potential classes at Kansas, Duke and Kentucky, Ohio State has flown under the radar. The reality is that coach Thad Matta did his work early and did it well. D’Angelo Russell, Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate are all coming in next year, and Payton Dastrup is essentially joining the Class of 2016 after he takes a two-year Mormon mission. The Buckeyes have solidified their future as well as any program in America.

9. Talking about the Tar Heels
Roy Williams and North Carolina are in a similar situation. They have a trio of ESPN 100 prospects on board for next season, all ranked among the top 15 prospects in the country. However, because all three were already committed by last May, the Tar Heels haven’t been at the forefront of any recent recruiting headlines. It’s a mistake to sleep on them, though, as they have one of the country’s best scorers on the wing in Justin Jackson, a swingman with elite athleticism; an alpha-male mentality in Theo Pinson; and one of the most dependable point guards in the country in Joel Berry.

10. Mid-major impact
A quick glance at the class rankings will show that the mid-majors are once again well-represented among this year’s top recruiting classes. San Diego State, VCU and UNLV have all asserted themselves as national recruiters. Steve Fisher’s four-man class is headlined by a trio of ESPN 100 products in Malik Pope, Trey Kell and Zylan Cheatham, while Terry Larrier and Mike Gilmore lead a similar four-man group for Shaka Smart and VCU. Dave Rice and the Rebels have one of the best incoming frontcourt tandems in the country in Goodluck Okonoboh and Dwayne Morgan.

High School Recruiting FAQ's

For the next two weeks during basketball's early signing period, which begins Nov. 13 and runs through Nov. 20, you will be hearing terms and phrases such as national letter of intent (NLI or LOI) and "deemed ineligible." If you are new to the recruiting realm or simply need a refresher of the terms, rules and regulations of signing period, you've come to the right place.
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Chris Williams/Icon SMINo. 4 recruit Tyus Jones is expected to pick his college during the early signing period, which starts on Wednesday.
What is early signing period, and why is it important? After months and sometimes years of recruiting, reclassifying, committing, decommitting and recommitting, college basketball recruits have one week in early November in which they can sign a national letter of intent to play at one of the three division levels the NCAA recognizes. In addition to the four-week period in the spring, basketball recruits may only sign their NLIs during these NCAA-mandated periods. Once a student-athlete signs his NLI, he is contractually bound to the university with which he signed and can officially be counted on the roster for the following season (barring academic ineligibility).

What is a national letter of intent? An NLI is a contract between a student-athlete and an NLI member college or university that, once signed, ensures the student-athlete will attend said institution for one academic year in exchange for financial assistance. A student-athlete signing his NLI essentially means he is ending the recruiting process. Once he signs, other NLI member institutions are no longer allowed to contact the student-athlete on the basis of recruiting.
Is an NLI the same thing as a scholarship letter? Not exactly. While the two terms are related, they do not mean the same thing. A one-year scholarship from the institution is rewarded to the student-athlete who signs his NLI, but he does not have to sign an NLI to receive a scholarship. Most student-athletes sign an NLI as a way to announce a definite final decision and cease the recruiting process, but signing an NLI is not required for a student-athlete to receive an athletic scholarship.
Can a student-athlete sign with a school to which he was not previously verbally committed? A student-athlete's verbal pledge to a college coach prior to the signing period carries zero weight with the NCAA. Until the student-athlete signs his NLI, he has the right to change his mind as many times as he wants. Though it is rare, it does happen that a student-athlete signs his NLI with an institution where he was not previously verbally committed. Even rarer, but equally plausible, an institution can accept a verbal pledge from an interested student-athlete and then offer his spot to another interested party during the signing period.
What is the difference between the early and late signing period? Not much in terms of the rules. All of the same stipulations for the November period apply to the late period, which runs April 17-May 15. Basketball has the early period really for the benefit of the student-athletes. Signing an NLI ends the recruiting pressure most high-profile recruits face, so signing early allows them to get that part of their future out of the way and focus on enjoying their final season of high school basketball. Student-athletes who wait until spring to sign are subject to all the stress the recruiting process can bring throughout the season. Student-athletes who choose to sign late also run the risk of the programs they are most interested in playing for not having a spot for them after the early period ends.
Can a recruit sign his NLI before he is declared academically eligible? Every prospective college athlete must submit the proper documents to the NCAA Eligibility Center and be confirmed before he can compete at the NCAA level. A recruit is allowed to sign his NLI before submitting documentation to the Eligibility Center, but by signing his letter, the recruit is effectively promising he will submit the documentation required. Failure to do so in the allotted time will result in a voided NLI.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

2013-14 NPYBL Boys 3rd/4th gets underway!

First week of action in boys 3rd/4th grade basketball resulted in the following scores:

Buckeyes 8, Wildcats 4
Young Guns 26, Redskins 8
Bulls 20, Knicks 4
Heat 14, The Pack 6

Members of the WILDCATS get ready for action against the BUCKEYES!

Current Standings after one week:

2013-2014 NPBL 3rd/4th BOYS STANDINGS
Young Guns                 1             0               26              8               18

Bulls                             1             0               20              4               16

Heat                             1              0               14              6                8

Buckeyes                     1              0                 8              4                4

Wildcats                       0             1                 4               8               (-4)

The Pack                      0             1                 6              14              (-8)

Knicks                          0             1                 4              20             (-16)

Redskins                      0              1                 8             26               (-18)




High Level Talent @ ELITE 14

WICHITA FALLS, Texas- The Elite 14 at Hirschi High in Wichita Falls, Texas was a terrific event on Saturday. Featuring top talent from Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas, the event allowed to get a good look at several players before the high school season tips off. Today, we wrap up our coverage by checking in on players such as five-stars Myles Turner, Emmanuel Mudiay and many more.

Myles Turner is tapping into his physical side.
News on five-star big men
After seeing 6-foot-10 senior Myles Turner against the nation's elite throughout the summer and in early October at USA Basketball, it was interesting to see him against high school competition. Despite no help from the referees who let defenders clutch and grab him at every opportunity, the No. 6 player in the class of 2014 was thoroughly dominant for Euless (Texas) Trinity. He scored, he rebounded, he blocked shots and he led his teammates vocally. A skill guy who wants to face up, Turner continues to play with more physicality and is showing a bit more of a nasty streak.
Turner reported that his official visit to Ohio State went well but he's yet to schedule any other visits. Oklahoma State's Travis Ford was on hand to watch him with an assistant and there were assistants from Kansas and Texas there to see him as well. Kentucky, Duke and Arizona remain in Turner's final seven.
2015 five-star Tyler Davis of Plano (Texas) West is currently sidelined on two fronts. One, he recently had his knee scoped to clean up some meniscus damage and two, he's currently been ruled ineligible to play varsity basketball as a junior because his transfer to Plano West has been ruled to be for athletic purposes. The 6-foot-9, 265 pounder and his family are appealing the decision with the state while he spends the next 6-8 weeks recovering from his injury. According to Davis he now has offers from Arizona, Baylor, SMU, TCU, Houston, LSU and Purdue and they've all been by to see him.
Mudiay stands out for loaded Prime Prep
Once again, Dallas (Texas) Prime Prep is loaded with talent. Headlining the group is the No. 2 player in the class of 2014, Emmanuel Mudiay. The 6-foot-4 point guard continues to add muscle to his athletic frame and he was able to get to the rim whenever he wanted to.

Soph Terrance Ferguson is a high flyer.
For the most part, though, the future SMU Mustang looked focused on involving others. Notably, No. 10 in 2016 Terrance Ferguson. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard has deep range on his jumper and is a sky walking athlete. Because his role in the past has been to bomb away from deep Ferguson sometimes settles a little too easily for jumpers. When he decides to attack the rim as well, it's easy to see why he is a big time prospect.
Also solid for Prime was 2014 wing Micah Seaborn, The 6-foot-4 Seaborn is a very good defender and will knock down and open shot. He has visited Sam Houston State officially and plans to see Rider before signing day.
More notables from the Elite 14
Bel Aire (Kan.) Sunrise Christian is the high school basketball equivalent of the United Nations and has players from all over the globe. Leading the way was four-star point guard Lourawls Nairn from the Bahamas. The Michigan State pledge looked in tip top condition and was making plays all over the floor. We've written it before, but Spartan fans will love him for his toughness and playmaking.
Also making some noise were shooting guard Vasilije Pusica and big men Ruben Guerrero and Moataz Hosney. A product of Serbia, Pusica is a deadly jump shooter with some savvy and toughness off the dribble who has offers from San Diego and Colorado State. A product of Spain, Guerrero is a pretty mobile big man who has a great looking jumper for a 6-foot-10 kid. Just arrived from Egypt, Hosney has long arms, good strength and was very active on the glass, scoring around the rim and as a shot blocking presence.
It looks like UTEP stole one from Big 12 schools in combo guard Omega Harris. The product of Putnam City (Okla.) West is seriously explosive off the dribble. He gets to the rim in a hurry and knows how to finish once he's there. Because Harris is so tough to contain off the dribble, defenders have to back off giving him plenty of time to get his jumper off. A three-star prospect, Harris could challenge for the Rivals150 with a big senior year.

2016 Cameron McGriff has the physical tools to be a high major.
A power forward to keep an eye out for from Tulsa (Okla.) Memorial is junior A.J. Cockrell. At 6-foot-7 with long arms, Cockrell is an explosive athlete who soars for dunks and competes from rebounds. His first offer is from South Dakota and he has interest from Tulsa, Southern Illinois and Oral Roberts.
Also in the steal category is 6-foot-3 shooting guard Jeremiah Jefferson. A three-star senior at Dallas (Texas) AAA Academy, Jefferson is an explosive scorer who can get to the rim or create jumpers off the dribble. There's a lot of sizzle in his game -- to the point that his future coaches will probably ask him to tone it down a little -- but there's no question he's a potential impact player and big time get for Weber State.
In the class of 2016, Mustang (Okla.) High big man Austin Meyer definitely has a chance to play his way into the national rankings. While slender, the 6-foot-9 big man is quite agile, quick off the floor and has good skill and instincts. Look for him to emerge as a Big 12 target during his career.
Also on the radar screen for many high major programs is 6-foot-6 sophomore forward Cameron McGriff. The product of South Grand Prairie just outside of Dallas is a deluxe athlete who can play well above the rim. He's working to be a true small forward and has the physical tools to be a four-star prospect if his game can develop a little more. He will get to the rim, rebounds and runs but sometimes plays a little stiff/up and down. Texas, Texas A&M, TCU, SMU, Arkansas, Oklahoma and many more are tracking him closely.
Finally, Trent Internationale outside of Houston has some guards to keep an eye on.A three-star scoring guard, Malik Starkes is a 6-foot-3 senior from Philadelphia. He is a streak shooter who can put the ball on the floor and has a strong frame. His coaches said that Connecticut and Memphis are keeping tabs. Unable to play due to injury, 2015 point guard DaRon Curry is racking up offers and interest. According to the Trent coaches the six-footer has gotten offers from DePaul, UTEP, Drexel, Boston, Florida International and North Texas while schools like Baylor and Texas A&M are monitoring his progress.

Eric Bossi is the national basketball recruiting analyst for You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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