The guys at VICE Sports have been putting up a ton of creative content for a while now, but as far as basketball is concerned, this is one of the very best pieces that they’ve done so far. Steve Nash sat down with Kevin Durant to talk about what drives him and the Thunder star couldn’t have been more open about what pushes him on a daily basis. Definitely a must watch for players of any age.
Every year there are players who emerge at the National Prep Showcase and this year was no different. There were countless players spending post-graduate years at prep schools in hopes of earning that elusive D-1 scholarship. Marquise Jackson is one of those guys. Though the name may not sound familiar, he is the son of Curtis Jackson, better known as 50 Cent.
Posting averages of 19 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists per game last year at King’s Ridge Christian Academy outside of Atlanta, Jackson showed that he could hold his own with the area’s best. He was first team all region and despite his solid play, didn’t receive much love from college coaches. The 5-foot-9 point guard then headed to the midwest for a PG year at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy and given the opportunity, showed that he could play with just about anyone.
Marquise scored 20 points against the nation’s top prep team in Brewster Academy on 6-8 shooting, only to show that it was not a fluke by having 17 points on 7-11 from the field versus Bridgton Academy. He is a big time shooter who lets the game come to him. Despite his diminutive stature, he still showed no problem finishing amongst the trees when he got in the paint. Additionally, the post-grad had the look of a great teammate, always hyping up the bench and keeping the intensity up throughout St. John’s Northwestern’s two games in New Haven. While he’s fighting an uphill battle because of his size, there wasn’t a whole lot more that Jackson could have done to help his case in New Haven.
Check back for more updates on Marquise as the season goes on.
After putting on an aerial attack yesterday in warmups, Donovan Mitchell was at it again at the National Prep Showcase. The super competitive guard showed off his complete game in the opener on Sunday morning, but really captivated those in attendance with these back to back dunks. Louisville got themselves a good one who only keeps to be getting better and better.
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Donovan Mitchell has been drawing praises for his aerial attacks for quite some time now, and he did not disappoint at the 2014 National Prep Showcase. Before Brewster’s blowout win over St. John’s NW Military Academy, he gave the fans of New Haven a treat with a variety of sick dunks, including this Blake Griffin-esque throw. The Louisville-bound guard definitely knew how to get the crowd hyped and this was just one of many dunks that did so.
Keep checking CityLeagueHoops for more videos of Donovan in the coming weeks.
Hamidou Diallo is a name that we had heard quite a bit about, but got our first glimpse of last night at the National Prep Showcase. Standing 6-foot-4, the explosive two-guard definitely lived up to his reputation with his play against IMG.
Starting the game off with an explosive tip-dunk, Diallo continued to put on a show with a flurry of pull-up jumpers and explosive takes to the rack. His combination of length and athleticism will allow him to defend multiple positions at the college level, and while he’s still a ways away, even played point guard at spurts for Putnam. Not coincidentally, college coaches have been paying attention.
Diallo told CityLeagueHoops colleague Corey Evans that his lone offers were from Temple and Minnesota. After his stellar showing last night, Iowa State offered him a scholarship.
Be sure to keep checking CityLeagueHoops for more updates on the NYC Jayhawks product.
Tyger Campbell is a name that is known within the youth basketball community, but soon enough, he”ll be known amongst the high school circuit as well. Starting on the varsity level for Nashville based Christ Presbyterian Academy as an 8th grader, he is already showing the state of Tennessee what his game is about.
Campbell drew quite a bit of attention after a dominant 44 point fall league outing and has averaged 19 points and close to 9 assists per game early on for CPA. The 6’0 point guard is a big time finisher in the lane, is an elite shot creator at this age group, and has always played up to the level of his competition. His jumpshot still needs a bit of work, but his consistent productivity at every level and basketball IQ set him apart from the pack.
“Tyger Campbell is the one who has really been blowing up right now,” We All Can Go All-Stars coach Carlos Williams said with confidence. “He’s dunking the ball cleanly now. I guarantee you that he is going to be the next one.”
Though still nearly a year away from entering high school, Campbell has received no shortage of early attention from college coaches.
“Western Kentucky offered him as a 7th grader,” Williams explained. “North Carolina, Florida, and Cal have all been showing interest.”
Be sure to keep checking CityLeagueHoops for more updates on Tyger throughout the season.
John Calipari has been the talk of the town this past week with his huge win over Kansas. His “platoon” system has caught the attention of fans and players alike, proving that the truly can play a rotation of ten players on the hardwood. Given the expected success of the squad this year, there will be a number of roster spots to fill for the 2015-16 campaign. Three have already committed to do so.
Skal Labissiere, Isaiah Briscoe, and Charles Matthews have already pledged to play next year in Lexington. With a number of the nation’s top-10 prospects still left on the board, many more could join. Here is a detailed breakdown of UK’s three recruits for the class of 2015:
Skal Labissiere, 6’11, PF/C, Reach your Dream Prep (TN)- Arguably the best big man in the class of 2015, Skal Labissiere will provide a ridiculous boost to a UK front line that is expected to lose a number of guys to the NBA. With a 7’4 wingspan, he has the potential to be an absolutely dominant defender. On the offensive end, he has a reliable jump hook, can shoot it facing the basket out to the college three point line, and glimpses of developing a game attacking from the elbows.
Isaiah Briscoe, 6’2, PG, Roselle Catholic (NJ)- A player who has constantly developed throughout his career, Isaiah Briscoe is in the best shape of his life and has fully made the transition to point guard. In the Deron Williams mold, Briscoe is a physically strong guard who can defend either position and is incredibly shifty. More athletic than people give him credit for, he is able to blow by people off of the dribble and finish creatively at the rack. Coach Cal’s system will fit him perfectly.
Charles Matthews, 6’5, SG, St. Rita’s (IL)- While he didn’t receive as much acclaim as Labissiere and Briscoe, Charles Matthews is a serious prospect in his own right. The first to commit to UK is a guard with ideal size who could even be pushing 6-foot-6 now. He can play point guard for spurts, is a legit athlete, and can impact the game in a variety of ways. Additionally, Matthews physical prowess will allow him to defend all three perimeter positions, making him especially valuable at the collegiate level.
Throughout his sophomore campaign, Dennis Smith Jr. absolutely exploded. Going from a player well known throughout the region to one known to anyone who follows basketball for the class of 2016, he cemented himself as a consensus top-25 player and arguably the best point guard in the class. Now he is looking to cement that claim.
Against Neuse Christian of Raleigh, he had things going on all cylinders. He showed an elite change of burst and knew when to use it, exploding through pick and rolls and then finishing at the rim with powerful dunks. When Neuse sat back in their 2-3 zone, he simply threw on-the-money passes to teammates for easy buckets. Following a few words from an opposing guard near the end of the first half, the Team Loaded AAU product came out to score or assist on the first ten points of the second half. To top that off, he put immense pressure on the ball defensively (though he reached a bit much) and let didn’t settle for many outside jumpshots. All in all, the 29 points, 9 assists, and 6 rebounds that he put up don’t even do justice for the dominant performance that he put on.
Stay tuned to CityLeagueHoops for more updates on Dennis Smith Jr. as the season goes on.
At first glimpse, you may think that someone made a mistake when you see Godspower Ogide on a roster. They didn’t. Aside from having one of the most interesting names in all of high school sports, Ogide has shown massive improvement to his game after making the move to Bull City Prep.
An absolutely massive big man at 6-foot-10 and 260 pounds, Ogide is playing basketball at some of the best shape of his career. The upstate New York product is a load to guard on the block, showing reliable moves over his left shoulder, and no problem finishing through contact. Surprisingly, he also has a soft touch shooting the rock out to 17 feet, making it no surprise why college coaches have been calling.
“Rider, Liberty, and LaSalle have all offered him a scholarship,” Bull City Prep coach Darryl Harris rattled off. “He has interest from Nebraska, Towson, and Radford.”
With that combination of size and appearing to be on the path to qualifying, expect to hear a lot more form Godspower as the late signing period draws closer.
Luke Kennard is attempting to do something that hasn’t been done in nearly a decade. Not since OJ Mayo won back to back Mr. Basketball’s in ’05 and ’06 has there been a two-time winner and based on his play this summer, Luke Kennard appears to be the front-runner to make that happen again.
The Duke recruit put in an outstanding performance at this year’s Nike Global Challenge in Chicago. Playing both guard positions, he showed off the versatility that has made him a potential McDonald’s All-American. Kennard made pinpoint passes, was great in transition, and defended multiple positions. Additionally, he shot the lights out of the ball with his feet set and finished everything in the paint, capping off an outstanding tournament.
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