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photo of tourney MVP Tyrone Johnson: ESPN RISE, Joe Faraoni

The ESPN RISE National High School Invitational is the culminating event of the season, where some of the most talented prep teams from throughout the country get together for some end-of-season fireworks. Read More »

Hoop Visuals High School, Jordan Brand, Ncaa / Apr 23, 2010 / 12:47 am

Jumpin’ it up at the 2010 Jordan Brand Classic at Madison Square Garden

As I post this, I just witnessed the youngest team in the NBA defeat the defending champion Lakers in game 3 and I can’t help but think that many of the guys who participated in the JBC last Saturday will find themselves in a similar situation soon. By now, you’ve probably heard plenty about the game last weekend, so I’d just like to take you on a visual tour with some pics I was fortunate enough to capture. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the game and on the visuals and I hope you enjoy them. Read More »

mvp’s and the future of tobacco road, kyrie irving and harrison barnes photo: alton ritter

Basketball, broken down to its simplest compound, is about scoring more buckets than the team you’re playing against. The Semi-Automatic refers to players who leave bodies in their wake with their innate ability to get buckets.

And this past Saturday, April 17th, at the mecca of Madison Square Garden, the next class of semi-automatic candidates had the stage all to themselves at the 2010 Jordan Brand Classic. The White Jersey’s beat the Black Jersey’s 129-125 after the black squad’s furious second half comeback fell just short. They trailed 75-56 at the half.

With Jordan Game alum and New Orleans Hornets PG Chris Paul sitting courtside, the next generation displayed their skills for the final time in their capacity of high school phenoms. Now, they must prove that they deserve the same classification on the college level. Here’s a brief rundown of some of my insights and observations – Read More »

photo of Tyreke Evans at the 2008 Jordan Brand Classic: nydailynews.com

Basketball, broken down to its simplest compound, is about scoring more buckets than the team you’re playing against. The Semi-Automatic refers to players who leave bodies in their wake with their innate ability to get buckets.

And this Saturday, April 17th, at the mecca of Madison Square Garden, the next class of semi-automatic candidates will have the stage all to themselves at the 2010 Jordan Brand Classic. At last year’s event, before his super-duper freshman year at Kentucky, John Wall, #1 NBA draft pick in-waiting, gave us a sneak peek at the luminous brilliance to come, both in practice and in the actual game. Read More »

photo of findlay prep’s corey joseph: espn.com

Eight of the nation’s premier boys basketball programs went at it in Baltimore on April 1st through the 3rd to celebrate a ceremonious end to the high school season. The event was ESPN Rise’s second annual National High School Invitational tournament. When the dust settled at Coppin State University’s sparkling Physical Education Complex, Nevada’s Findlay Prep walked away with the NHSI crown for the second consecutive year. Read More »

Josh Selby throws it down at Rucker Park

Photo by Jon Lopez

Josh Selby throws it down at Rucker Park

The 4th annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 event, and it was an event indeed, was off the hook! First of all, anytime you put the top twenty-four high school ballers in the country on one court you’re bound to witness some quality hoops. But they weren’t gathered on just any court. They were gathered in the mecca: NYC. The hallowed grounds of Rucker Park, no less; however, due to poor weather conditions the game was actually moved to Gaucho’s Gym in the BX – the court that Stephon Marbury, Ed Pinckney, Sebastian Telfair, Rod Strickland and so many others have played on. Read More »

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The fourth ever Boost Mobile Elite 24 HS All-American game comes to Rucker Park again this Friday, August 21. Harrison Barnes, Kyrie Irving, Doron Lamb, Tobias Harris, Tristan Thompson, Dion Waiters, on and on will rock out on the court while Brandon Jennings, Rajon Rondo, Tyreke Evans, Ron Naclerio, Tiny Morton and more will man the sidelines. The Dunk Contest will jump off at 5:30pm; game time is 7pm (broadcast on ESPNU Saturday @ 7pm). Entry is free; take the D train to 155th St.

Over ten former Elite 24 participants are now playing in the NBA, so understand the level of comp. I’ve had a lot of fun announcing the game since it’s inaugural year in 2006, and was recently asked by ESPN to list my ten favorite nicknames I’ve come up in the first three years (that I can remember at least!)

Lance Stephenson aka “Born Ready”: Lance was killing at EBC, Kingdome, and other men’s tournaments before he even stepped into the gym at Lincoln HS. Born Ready was the best way I could describe his game, simple as that!

“Make’em Fall” John Wall a.k.a. “Ammo”: Make’em Fall came naturally Read More »

Elite 24 Roster I Announced The Latest / Jul 30, 2009 / 10:05 am

Image: blog.k1x.com.

Harrison Barnes and Tristan Thompson headline the group that will take place in the fourth-annual Boost Mobile Elite 24 at Rucker Park.

Barnes, the consensus #1 in the class of 2010, hales from Ames, Iowa, and is considering Duke, North Carolina, Kansas, Oklahoma and Kentucky.

Thompson, a former St. Benedict’s star who now plays for Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., has committed to Texas.

Tobias Harris, who attended Long Island Lutheran last year but is transferring to Half Hollow Hills West for his senior season, will be the local favorite.

The game is set for Aug. 22 at 7 p.m.