Archive for the 'High School Basketball' Category

26
Aug
09

One and Doners in the Class of 2010 – Josh Selby

There are many talented players in next season’s recruiting class. In this series, I will give a closer look at some of the best players who are probably one year and done college players in the Class of 2010.

JOSH SELBY

While the 2010 recruiting class is lacking in big men, it more than makes up with backcourt talent. At or near the top of that list is combo guard Josh Selby. He ranks right up there with Kyrie Irving and Brandon Knight.

Selby could be the most aggresive and attacking scoring point guards in the country. Many potential suitors shouldn’t discount his lack of overwhelming height at 6’3 because can finish above the rim as well as anyone in the class. He can knock down three’s at alarming rates and competes with toughness and never allows his opponent to relax.

He is ranked anywhere from #8 at ESPN to #4 by Rivals. He impressed recently at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 Game in NY by totaling 18 points, 6 assists, and an ferocious 1 handed dunk over another top player, Kendall Marshall, which by now is all over the Internet. Brandon Jennings and Kevin Love were in attendance and described his performance “bananas”, “crazy“, and ‘Vince Carter like“. Selby averaged more than 16 points during his Junior season.

Selby, out of Baltimore Lake Clifton, recently decommited from Tennessee and is scheduling visits to top tier schools like Kentucky, Kansas, Baylor, and UCONN. Much has been made about Selby’s relationship with college hoops power broker William Wesley, who is a close personal friend of John Calipari.  Many speculate that he will now be leaning towards Kentucky.  Josh insists that will have no influence on his choice of college he will be attending.

Selby reminds scouts of a young Gary Payton or Ben Gordon, because of his temperamental attitude. It may do him good at the next level because he is a competitor and will do anything to win a ball game. It will be interesting to see where he winds up, because the sky is the limit for Josh Selby.

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21
Aug
09

One and Doners in the Class of 2010 – Kyrie Irving

There are many talented players in next season’s recruiting class. In this series, I will give a closer look at some of the best players who are probably one year and done college players in the Class of 2010.

Kyrie Irving 

One of the top point guards in the Class of 2010 is Kyrie Irving.  Irving has regularly impressed since transfering a year ago from Montclair Kimberley Academy(NJ) to national powerhouse  St. Patrick’s HS in New Jersey.  That’s an impressive feat considering that the annual HS power  has steadily produced Division 1 and NBA talent like Al Harrington, Quintrell Thomas, who is a sophomore at Kansas, and Dexter Strickland, a top 50 freshman recruit for UNC, along with Irving’s current teammate Mike Gilchrist, who is the #1 rated recruit in the 2011 class.

Irving is 6’2 and 175 lbs and is ranked #7 by Scout and in the top 10 by both ESPN and Rivals.  He has a good basketball pedigree since his father Dedrick, played at Boston University and his godfather, Rod Strickland was a good NBA player and current Kentucky assistant coach.

Irving could turn out to be the most polished  guard out of the top tier “big three” of  Josh Selby, Brandon Knight, and Irving.  Irving has the perfect blend of flash and substance.  He seemingly never takes a bad shot and is a consumate floor general who always makes the right play and is rarely out of control.  Posessing a high hoops IQ helps  Irving run an offense smoothly by passing to  open teammates in a scoring position and scoring when the opportunity presents itself.    He impressed recently, at the Nike Global Summit in Portland and proved to be the best point guard in attendance.  I have personally seen Irving in action at numerous HS Hoops Showcases inthe PA/NJ area, and he somehow emerges as his team’s best player once the game is over, never forcing the ball, taking what the defense gives him.

  The widespread belief is that Irving has the skills to be a major weapon in the open court at the next level. But he also has the instinct and decision making to pick teams apart in the half-court as well.  Most major Division 1 schools have interest but it seems that Irving has narrowed his focus to three schools, namely Duke, Kentucky, and Indiana.  Most scouts are in love with Irving’s savvy and decision making. At the AAU Nationals a few weeks ago in Orlando, Irving, with his NJ Roadrunners team, turned in the best performance of any player,  a 39-point explosion in a loss to the Baltimore Stars, which earned him MVP.  He has pledged to narrow his college choices after the Elite 24 Hoops Classic on August 22nd at Rucker Park, in NY.

Offensively, Kyrie Irving can do it all. He can get to the cup with ease, dunk the ball, hit shots beyond the arc, and distribute the rock. He has already identified the fact that he needs to work on his mid-range game, so expect that to improve.

At the NBA level he compares to Chris Paul on the high end to Deron Williams, or Randy Foye, since he doesn’t play with the flash of some other high recruits.  One thing is for sure, this will not be the last time you read about Kyrie Irving.

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20
Aug
09

Isiah Thomas: The Bad Boy of Recruiting

Isaih Thomas

When two time NBA Champion Isiah Thomas, became the head coach at Florida International University back in April of ’09, most of us scratched our heads at the NBA Hall of Famer’s most recent move to make headlines. After being dismissed from the NY Knicks organization in ’08, amid sexual harassment, racism, and horrible basketball decisions, few gave Thomas a chance to succeed at the FIU. Amazingly, in an attempt to both help the university in these tough economic times and make headlines, he even agreed to forego his salary for the first year.

In only four months, Thomas is starting to make his mark on the college basketball landscape by landing 3, top 100 recruits to play at FIU in the upcoming seasons. Most notable is Dominique Ferguson, the #8 ranked player in the country for 2010, as rated by ESPN. Ferguson is a 6’8 power forward from Lawrence, Indiana. He averaged 15 points and 9 rebounds last season while playing many positions. He will attend Hargrove Military Academy for one season before joining FIU in’10. Ferguson chose FIU after decommiting from Kentucky after coaching changes and over other highly touted schools like Arizona, Florida, Duke, UCONN, and Alabama. Joining Ferguson in 2010 is guard Phil Taylor, the #37 ranked player, who turned down USC and NC State. The #5 center in 2011 Chris Coleman, has also given verbal commitment to play for Thomas in two seasons.

Two top 25 players in the 2009 class, Lance Stephenson, the NY HS legend and Eric Bledsoe, one of the top point guards in the nation, flirted with playing at FIU after meeting with Thomas, before signing with Cincinnati and Kentucky respectively.

FIU may have a chance to make it to the NCAA Tourney in the coming years since they play in the Sun Belt Conference. Only hardcore NCAA fans may know of Western Kentucky, South Alabama, and Arkansas-Little Rock, who are annual conference contenders in the Sun Belt. Since most highly recruited HS players envision being one and done players en route to the NBA, it appears that Thomas and FIU definitely have an advantage over these other schools in recruiting because of his track record for success in the NBA.

Has Isiah found lightning in a bottle at FIU, or is he using the school as a stepping stone to coach at bigger school, or to get back to the NBA? I hope he realizes he is guiding and mentoring young, impressional kids of the NCAA and not babysitting pampered millionaires of the NBA. With his issues in the past, I’m not sure I would want my son under his guidance. As a player, Thomas was dynamite……one of the all time greats. As a coach and general Manager………not so much. Which Isiah will emerge in South Florida?

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18
Aug
09

One and Doners in the Class of 2010 – Harrison Barnes

There are many talented players in next season’s recruiting class. In this series, I will give a closer look at some of the best players who are probably one year and done college players in the Class of 2010.

Harrison Barnes

Harrison Barnes is the #2 ranked player by Rivals.com and ranked #1 by Scout.com in the 2010 recruiting class.   Barnes is listed anywhere from 6’6 to 6’8 and 209lbs and is the #1 ranked small forward in his class. Amazingly gifted with long arms giving him a 7 ft+ wingspan, Barnes excels at many of the necessary tools to be a superstar at the college and probable NBA levels. He has been on a steep learning curve since switching from post player to a wing, during his sophomore season. The flexibility and ease of how quickly he learned the new position bodes him well as he adds muscle to his lean frame.

Hailing from Iowa, Barnes can score from a variety of ways and from anywhere on the court. He recently averaged over 31 ppg during the Nike Global Challenge, even though his team won only one game. He shows amazing poise for a player of his young age by being a two way player, regularly guarding the opposing team’s best player. He has excellent shooting form and as a result, shoots a high percentage from the field and FT line.

Barnes averaged 19.7 points and 8.8 rebounds as a junior, leading Ames HS to a perfect 26-0 record and Iowa State 4A Championship.

Because of his length and ability to shoot over smaller defenders , Barnes has the look of a Kevin Durant clone at the college level. Many NBA experts have him pegged as a Luol Deng clone or possibly Ray Allen, if his shooting continues to improve. Virtually every major NCAA school has interest like Duke, Kansas, Florida, UNC, Oklahoma, and UCLA.

15
Aug
09

Andre Dawkins Enters Through the Back Door at DUKE

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These kids……The NCAA keeps changing the rules so the recruits find new methods of going around those rules.  Don’t blame Andre Dawkins for finding a loophole and figured out how to arrive on Duke’s campus in ’09 instead of ’10. 

Dawkins, who is was the #16 ranked player and #3 rated shooting guard by Rivals.com in 2010, did a very smart thing by taking an English course over the Summer.  He did so because he learned it was the only credit he needed for NCAA eligibility, enabling to join the Blue Devils this upcoming season. 

He thought he lost his freshman year when he transfered from public school to Atlantic Shores Christian School when the prep school reclassified Dawkins as a freshman.

I’m sure Coach K is happy since his program lost two guards from last season with Greg Paulus graduating and Eliot Williams transferring .  Dawkins should make an immediate impact with John Scheyer in the backcourt.    

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21
Jul
09

College Freshmen to NBA Rookies-Who Will Make the Best Pros?

 

 

Tyreke Evans
The former high school basketball recruiting class of 2008 has become one of the best groups of talented players in recent history. Many of these highly touted recruits have more than lived up to the hype and gone on to become superstars in the NCAA ranks. While a few stayed to enjoy the college atmosphere for another season, most have used their freshman seasons as a springboard to NBA stardom. If you are like me, when you watched the NBA draft almost a month ago, you noticed that many NBA teams go young by drafting players with only one or two seasons of college experience. As results from the Las Vegas Summer League filter in show, this move is apparently a good one. Although we won’t truly know for a number of years, here is a look at some of the higher draft picks Summer league progress from the Class of 2008:

 

Tyreke Evans – The highly touted guard from Chester, Pa was on the cover of several basketball magazines from age 14. He was guided by his support squad of mainly family friends touted “Team Tyreke”, to steer clear of the gang violence and criminal activity of his notorious hometown. He followed another former native of Chester and current member of the Magic, Jameer Nelson, to the college ranks at the University of Memphis. Tyreke was spectacular averaging 17.1ppg, 5.4 rebounds, and 4 assists which earned him the #4 pick of the Sacramento Kings. Las Vegas Summer League results have been impressive with Evans averaging 24 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists.

 

Brandon Jennings – When the #1 prospect from the 08′ class made a daring move to forego a college basketball career and play in Europe for one season, many where quick to criticize. After averaging less than 10 points in limited action in Italy, the Bucks made him the #10 pick in this year’s draft. He hasn’t disappointed averaging 15 points, 8 assists, and shooting 50% from the 3pt line.

 

Demar Derozan – The 6’7 swingman from Compton HS in California has loads of NBA potential. The #3 prospect from the 08′ class was thrust into Youtube fame with his dazzling above the rim skills as a freshman in HS by averaging more than 26 ppg. After mixed results in college at USC during his lone regular season, Demar showed flashes of his potential leading his team deep into the NCAA Tournament earning him the #9 pick of the Raptors. He could be the eventual replacement if Chris Bosh leaves via free agency in 2010. Results this Summer have been good averaging 15 points and 5 rebounds.

 

B J Mullens – Many NBA executives passed on drafting the skilled 7 footer and #9 prospect in the 08′ class from Canal Winchester, Ohio in the first round. After a tremendous HS career that included many dominating performances scoring more than 50 points being posted all over the Internet, he was destined to be the next great center at Ohio State. Although deemed a bit of a disappointment and amid recruiting violations, he was drafted #24 by Dallas and immediately traded to OKC Thunder to be part of an ever improving nucleus of young players. Summer results show he will need more time to develop averaging only 7 points and 3 rebounds.
 

 

 

 

 

 




About the Author:

Allen Moll is an avid NBA and College Basketball fan who watches and studies games religiously and coaches youth basketball in his native Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Allen also writes for thehoopdoctors.com, Bleacherreport.com, and UpperDeckblog.com.

Favorite teams include everything Philly, like Sixers, Eagles, Phillies, Villanova , St. Joe's , Hoops, LaSalle, and Lehigh University Hoops.

Contact info: mollallen@yahoo.com

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