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Bobby Hurley and Arizona State remain in pursuit of Thon Maker, a Top 10 recruit who could change the direction of the program. Maker is a 7-foot, ASU basketball remains in hunt for 5-star Thon Maker Bobby Hurley and Arizona State remain in pursuit of Thon Maker, a Top 10 recruit who could change th…
24 May 2015
The Nike EYBL is playing its final spring session this weekend as the league's teams fight for a spot in Peach Jam in July. Elite Class of 2016 forward Harry Giles continued a dominant spring while 2016's best point guard, Dennis Smith, battled 2016's best perimeter defender, De'Aaron Fox.
24 May 2015
Bobby Hurley's effect on ASU basketball in his first few months as head coach can be seen everywhere. The Sun Devils released their non-conference schedule yesterday and instead of a November and December filled with cupcakes, fans see names like Kentucky, Creighton, UNLV and Texas A&M.
22 May 2015
One of the most talented and enigmatic players remaining in the 2015 class is still communicating quite a bit with Indiana. ESPN Recruiting Insider Jeff Borzello has a fresh gulp of water for those thirsting for news regarding the 2015 5-star forward Thon Maker: Thon Maker's guardian tells ESPN that…
22 May 2015
From the Jaylen Brown commitment story , CGB commenter ironiCALly asks: Starting 5? Suspect everyone will need to work harder now to keep/get a spot in the starting 5 . . . LeonPowe: Domingo is probably going to be one of the starting wings.
22 May 2015
We know they're coming. Let's take a look at how the recruits have progressed their senior year.
20 May 2015
This past weekend Jamal Murray was back at home in Kitchener, Ontario where I had the chance to connect with him and his father Roger […]…
19 May 2015
Last month Jayson Tatum, one of the top players in the Class of 2016, announced that he'd cut his list to four with Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina and Saint Louis making the cut. The St. Louis native is spending this spring/summer playing for the St. Louis Eagles grassroots program, and his smooth g…
18 May 2015
Per multiple sources: Caleb Swanigan in consistent contact w Rabb, and Brown-- disc.
16 May 2015
In Harry Giles' latest blog entry he discusses his AAU season, and how the recruiting process is going. Giles also indicated that he may announce his college decision before the start of his senior season.
15 May 2015
The Duke basketball program has been following Harry Giles for the past few years. As one of the top ranked players in the class of 2016 and a North Carolina product, the coaching staff is very familiar with Giles and has developed a strong relationship with him. The 6’10”, 210-pound for…
15 May 2015
April and May have been good months for head coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke basketball program. The Blue Devils captured the 2015 NCAA Championship at the beginning of April and officially added a pair of five-star recruits (Brandon Ingram and Derryck Thornton) in May to help give Duke the No. 1…
14 May 2015
Jayson Tatum delivers a monster slam at the Nike EYBL stop in Lexington, Kent. — (Photo: YouTube)   HOUSTON – There were very few players and teams that had as much success as Jayson Tatum and his St. Louis Eagles in the Nike EYBL, which concluded on Sunday after three days of compe…
12 May 2015
It’s that time again. Fresh off a trip to Atlantic Canada for the East Coast NPH Showcase, North Pole Hoops will once again be in […]…
12 May 2015
When Tyus Battle announced on Monday afternoon that he’d be playing his college basketball at Michigan, it came as a surprise to many. Not only did the 5-star guard from the class of 2016 still have other visits scheduled, multiple recruiting outlets projected that Battle would likely end up d…
12 May 2015
Class of 2016 5-star guard Tyus Battle caught many in the recruiting world by surprise on Monday afternoon when he announced he’d verbally committed to Michigan. Battle was one of the top players on the wishlist of the Duke coaching staff for the 2016 class and the Blue Devils will now shift t…
11 May 2015
Thon Maker is back on the court and back in our hearts as he stands out among a stacked group at the Ball Is Life All-American Game. - Good ol' Thon Maker has been back in the news again, and this time for legit basketball highlights instead of the rabbit hole that has become his recruitment.
11 May 2015
Check out one of the top high school point guards in Derryck Thornton showing off his complete game at Pangos Spring Spectacular from this past April. Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers was spotted on twitter saying “He’s got that IT factor. He turned me into a fan!” about Der…
11 May 2015
The third session of the Nike EYBL continued with a full day of hoops on Saturday as Class of 2016 five-star forward Harry Giles showed why he's a strong contender for No. 1 in the class while Class of 2017 wing Gary Trent Jr. continued his ridiculous weekend of scoring.
10 May 2015
The third session of the Nike EYBL in Houston tipped off on Friday night as the league is getting closer to deciding which teams will head to Peach Jam. Boo Williams had strong performances from Deshawn Corprew and Curtis Jones in a win over the Mac Irvin Fire while top-five prospects Jayton Tatum a…
9 May 2015
Class of 2016 5-Star point guard Dennis Smith Jr. is one of the most electrifying players in high school basketball. With his explosiveness and athleticism from the point guard position, the 6’3”, 180-pounder from Fayetteville, N.C., has coaches and scouts drooling over his playmaking ab…
8 May 2015
One of Duke’s top targets for the class of 2017 is Michael Porter Jr. The 6’9”, 210-pound forward from Columbia, Mo., is vying to be the top overall player in the 2017 class and is currently ranked by the 247Sports Composite as the No. 1 small forward in his class. In coordination…
8 May 2015
Jayson Tatum (file photo) Two weeks ago, All-American Malik Newman from Jackson, Miss., resisted the urge to leave home and committed to Mississippi State. The tug of the in-state school will be great for all elite players. Jayson Tatum, the top player in ESPN.com’s rankings for the Class of 2…
7 May 2015
The Duke basketball team will have another scholarship player on the roster next season. According to a report from News 4 San Antonio, incoming freshman Justin Robinson received the scholarship offer from Mike Krzyzewski and Duke this past Monday, essentially rounding out the 2015-16 roster for the…
7 May 2015
Jayson Tatum's decision to trim his list of possible college homes from 10 to four last month helped to clear some clutter from the recruiting process. However, the mix of schools he named also served to intensify the scrutiny on the Chaminade Prep junior and the aggressive nature of the proceedings…
6 May 2015
Nick wrote yesterday how Cal basketball has now, for better or for worse, entered the one-and-done race that many elite college basketball programs now have to deal with to get deep in the NCAA tournament. Cal will now have to make the trade-off of recruiting elite college talent while sacrificing t…
5 May 2015
5-star shooting guard Tyus Battle will be a huge piece of the 2016 recruiting class for whichever school he chooses. The 6’6”, 205-pounder from Edison, N.J., took official visits to Duke and Louisville last month and, according to ZagsBlog.com, he’ll be taking official visits to Sy…
5 May 2015
Frank Jackson is one of the highly touted players in the class of 2016 who is on the recruiting radar for the Duke basketball program. At 6’3”, 180 pounds, the 4-star point guard from Utah is ranked in the 247Sports Composite as the No. 4 point guard and No. 25 overall player in the clas…
5 May 2015
Sample: Martin and his assistants built strong relationships with Rabb, who estimated that he's been to Cal's campus more than 10 times. The Golden Bears' sales pitch, Rabb said, was grounded in the possibility of him becoming the face of the program, a notion Rabb welcomes but also pushes back agai…
4 May 2015
Cal basketball is the only school with 2 top 8 recruits in ESPN, top 7 in Rivals, top 5 in Scout, top 7 in 247Sports pic.twitter.com/vZiWdIOGf6…
4 May 2015
Chef of the Week In sports the term “cookin” is reserved for a player who goes on a scoring spree or gets hot during a game and makes big plays on the offensive end. This week’s “Chef of the Week” award goes to Orangeville Prep (Can.) forward Thon Maker for scoring 17 p…
4 May 2015
The Nike EYBL circuit hit Lexington, Kent. over the weekend, which provided an easy opportunity for the nation’s top prospects to show off their skills for Kentucky coach John Calipari. Jayson Tatum, considered by some to be the top overall recruit in the Class of 2016, didn’t disappoint…
29 April 2015
Jayson Tatum is one of a handful of star recruits in contention for the No. 1 overall ranking in the Class of 2016.
27 April 2015
The sun came out on Sunday and news broke that Yogi Ferrell would return for his senior season at Indiana, thus igniting Cream 'n Crimson optimism and good will that will last until the first loss. Ferrell will be one of the nation's top point guards, a dangerous scorer and potent passer.
27 April 2015
Five-star guard Malik Monk showed why he's one of the elite prospects in America with a dominating performance on Saturday against All Ohio Red. Once the 6-foot-3 Arkansas Wings guard made his first three 3-pointers of the game - all from the left wing - in the first 80 seconds of the game, the pack…
26 April 2015
The second live evaluation period tipped off on Friday night as college coaches swarmed the Kentucky Basketball Academy to see some of America's best college basketball prospects. A matchup of Midwest five-star wings was the spotlight matchup on Friday night, but a pair of Houston Hoops standouts st…
25 April 2015
Harry Giles (Photo: USA TODAY Sports) LEXINGTON, Ky. — With Kentucky the center of the basketball recruiting universe this weekend — all three major AAU circuits are in the region — it’s not surprise that the University of Kentucky was out in force. At the Nike EYBL event Fri…
25 April 2015
Mar 12, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean reacts during the first half in the second round of the Big Ten Conference Tournament against the Northwestern Wildcats at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports The race to get mega-recruit Thon Maker is heat…
24 April 2015
UPDATE - Maker says this Facebook account isn't him. So the answer to the question of whether he's narrowed it down to two is, most likely, no.
23 April 2015
Mar 20, 2015; Omaha, NE, USA; Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean during the second half in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament against the Wichita State Shockers at CenturyLink Center. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports Bloomington is abuzz with the news that prized recruit…
22 April 2015
St. Louis native Jayson Tatum is one of the most sought-after members of the Class of 2016. The 6-foot-8 wing is rated as the No.
22 April 2015
One of the nation's top-ranked guards, Newman will decide between Ole Miss, Mississippi State, LSU, Kansas, North Carolina State and the Wildcats. Newman will make his announcement at 1:00 p.m. Newman, a 6-foot-3, 174-pound combo guard from Jackson Callaway High School, is a 5-star recruit and avera…
21 April 2015
Scouthoops.com reports 7-foot center Thon Maker, from Orangeville Prep in Canada, has added ASU to his list of potential destinations, joining Indiana, Kansas and Kentucky. "A good friend of mine was just hired at Arizona State in Brian Merritt," Smith said.
21 April 2015
Bobby Hurley knew that he needed to improve recruiting upon accepting the Arizona State head-coaching job, and now, he has a chance to make a major splash that nobody saw coming. Report: Top 10 prospect Thon Maker considering ASU Bobby Hurley knew that he needed to improve recruiting upon accepting…
21 April 2015
Scout.com's Evan Daniels caught up with Ed Smith yesterday, giving him a full update on Maker's recruitment. And, as had been speculated across the twitterverse for the last couple of days, there's a new player in the Orangeville Prep swingman's courtship: - under consideration.
21 April 2015
Harry Giles III said he doesn’t see himself waiting until the end to commit. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports Images) Malik Newman always envisioned this period during his senior year as the time he’d kickback, have fun with his friends in different cities around the country at postseason all-st…
21 April 2015
It took him some time, but Canada’s top prospect Jamal Murray has decided to join the twitter world, his account, @Bemore27 sending a bit of […]…
19 April 2015
There's been a lot of discussion lately on Mizzou's efforts to land Jayson Tatum . Let's take a look at the reasons and what we'd be missing out on by letting Tatum go elsewhere.
16 April 2015
Debating about Canada’s top basketball prospects is a daily routine at North Pole Hoops. No debate had ever got more heated than the one that […]…
16 April 2015
Jamal Murray is on a journey to greatness. Some may think I’m engaging in hyperbole, however to understand the psychology of Murray is to understand his […]…
15 April 2015