Brendan Paul makes defender lose shoe at Next Up Recruits Exposure Camp

Known in the greater Cleveland area, Brendan Paul isn’t exactly a household name. Playing for an outstanding academic school, the Hawken junior doesn’t necessarily receive the type of attention that he deserves. At the Next Up Recruits Ohio Exposure Camp, that changed.

During the one on one drills, the 6-foot point guard made the play of the camp. He hit his defender with a nasty pull back crossover, forcing his man to lose his shoe in the process. Instead of the usual loud reaction that you’d see out of a play of this nature, it left many onlookers puzzled as to what they had just seen.

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Muggsy Bogues’ Grandson Has Game– Samartine Bogues

Muggsy Bogues is one of those NBA players whose legacies extend far beyond the actual numbers that they put on the floor. At just 5-foot-3, he dazzled fans at Wake Forest before finding himself selected in the first round of the ’87 NBA Draft. Starting for one of the league’s most popular franchises in the early 90’s, Muggsy helped make the purple and teal of the Hornets fly to wear. His nearly 7,000 points and 7,000 dimes over his NBA career were impressive, but more importantly, he gave hope to every sub 6-foot guard that they could be the next Muggsy Bogues. Now, his Grandson is following in his footsteps.

Samartine Bogues is already approaching his Grandpa’s height, despite just starting the fifth grade. The 4-foot-6 point guard is making waves in Baltimore, where Muggsy was a legend at Dunbar High. Affectionately nicknamed “Fatman”, he has a devastating handle that allows him to create his own shot against most of his peers and can already bomb from well beyond the three point line. Running with Baltimore’s Finest and Team Thrill (Will Barton’s new squad) on the AAU circuit, Samartine has already spent a considerable amount of time balling against some of the nation’s finest in his age group and appears to be putting in the work to carry on the family legacy in the Charm City.

Big thanks to MiddleSchoolHoops for the video

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DeMarcus Cousins dominates UK vs UNC Alumni Game

DeMarcus Cousins is coming off of a dominating season that saw him make the NBA All-Star Team for the first time and appears to have been putting in some work during the off season. While the enigmatic post has all of the moves on the blocks, he has been showing since his high school days that he can also put in work from the perimeter. He reminded fans of that during the Kentucky vs North Carolina Alumni Game.

In front of a sold out crowd at Rupp Arena, “Boogie” poured in a stat line of 33 points, 18 rebounds, and 6 assists. He drilled five three pointers, handled the rock in the open floor, and showed off the type of charisma that has made him a fan favorite throughout the league. Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and GM Vlade Divac were in attendance showing Cousins (along with Willie Cauley-Stein) the support of the franchise.

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2015 Buckeye Prep Report Elite Showcase Day One Top Plays

The 2015 Buckeye Prep Report Elite Showcase has came and gone. Many of the best players from the classes of 2018, 2019, and beyond descended upon Columbus. Players such as Darius Bazley, Zion Harmon, Nobal Days, Donta Scott, Meechie Johnson, Jack Pugh, and Jyare Davis got the crowd hyped with their exciting play. While there were a number of other standouts at the event, these were just a few that we caught film of from the first day.

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Chris Brown hits underhand half court shot at 2015 LudaDay Celebrity Game

The 2015 LudaDay Celebrity Basketball Game brought out NBA talent such as John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, and Kenneth Faried…but it was someone else who stole the show. R&B mogul Chris Brown had the most fan fare and actually showed that he could hoop a little. Before the game even started, Breezy did his best LeBron James impression with this underhanded half court shot. Once the lights came on, he showed that he had a bit of a handle and some range, too.

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Marquise Walker may be the Windy City’s best in 2019

Marquise Walker is heading back home. The Chicago native is coming back to the Windy City to spend his high school career at heralded St. Joseph’s, home of Isaiah Thomas and more recently Boston Celtics swingman Evan Turner. In order to prepare himself for his return to the Chi, Walker and his family opted to allow him to get the high school experience a year early, moving to Kentucky so that he could step foot on the varsity floor as an eighth grader.

An incredibly shifty lead guard, the 5-foot-10 freshman made an immediate impact from the time that he stepped on the hardwood for Bowling Green HS. Playing with no shortage of confidence and emotion, Marquise exhibited outstanding court vision, an electric handle, and the ability to convert at the rim through contact with either hand. Walker averaged 11.8 points, 5.5 assists and 2.6 steals per night as a middle schooler playing up against players as much as five years older than him. Then on the AAU circuit, he shined with two of the nation’s finest programs for his age group: the We All Can Go All-Stars and Team Florida. Naturally, attention from college coaches came immediately.

“We are hearing from LSU, Baylor, and Depaul,” Marquise’s father Chikosi said. “We’re just working and getting ready for the season.”

Keep checking CityLeagueHoops for more updates on Marquise throughout his freshman campaign.

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6’10 Wenyen Gabriel with HUGE dunk at Adidas Nations

In the class of 2016, no one blew up this summer the way that Wenyen Gabriel did. Possessing he physical tools of a high major prospect, the African import’s game has come along to match, as he showed on the Adidas Gauntlet with the Mass Rivals, culminating at Adidas Nations.

The lithe forward showcased his athleticism on both ends on the floor in LA, especially during this emphatic left handed dunk over a 6’9 defender. Just as impressive as the dunk itself was the fact that he did it off of his opposite leg, showing off his outstanding coordination. Having narrowed recently narrowed his list to Duke, Kentucky, UCONN, Providence, and Maryland, the Wilbraham & Monson product has established himself as a priority for the some of the nation’s powerhouse programs.

Keep checking CityLeagueHoops for more updates on Wenyen Gabriel.

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Marvin Bagley transfers to Hillcrest Academy for sophomore year

It’s all in the family for the Bagley’s. An incredibly tight knit group that travels the country to support each other all throughout the AAU season with the We All Can Go All-Stars, the Bagley’s (including #1 sophomore Marvin III) roll together. Now they have a new stop: Hillcrest Prep (AZ).

After simply dominating his freshman year at Corona Del Sol in Tempe, there was little more for Marvin III to prove at the local high school level. He led his squad to an undefeated record and state title while rarely facing players near his 6-foot-11 stature. Spurning offers from national powers such as Findlay Prep to stay home for a year, the Bagley family wanted to give their son at least one year of the traditional high school experience.

“We wanted to give him a chance to have that normal high school experience with regular students, caffeterias, changing lockers, and all of that,” his father Marvin II told CityLeagueHoops. “It was an easy decision [to attend Corona], especially with him being so young.”

At Hillcrest, Marvin III will be with his entire family. His father will be an assistant coach and his younger brother Marcus, a 6-foot-5 eighth grader, will be playing right next to him on the varsity team. Hillcrest will play a national schedule that includes games against junior colleges and many of the nation’s elite high school programs. With Arizona Interscholastic Association bylaws not allowing middle schoolers to play varsity ball, the opportunity to play next to his baby bro was just too much to pass up.

“It was Marvin’s decision,”. his father explained. “Marcus wanted to play and compete as an eighth grader, and Marvin wanted to play with him. It was a tough decision for him, but after discussing it and going through Hillcrest’s schedule, it just provided a great opportunity to continue to get better and play on the national level right at home.”

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Sixth grade dunker Jai Smith turns heads at The League Finals

Growing up in the late 80’s and 90’s, it was simply nuts to hear about players dunking in middle school. During the pre-YouTube generation, that was the stuff that urban legends were made of. In today’s generation of the bigger, stronger, faster athlete, things are changing. It’s quite routine to see eighth graders throwing down dunks at elite tournaments. However, at The League Finals in Dallas, Jai Smith showed no problem throwing down on the regular sixth grade.

A native of Syracuse, NY, Jai played for the championship winning We All Can Go All Stars. The new EYBL program that is home to top 2018 Marvin Bagley and freshman sensation Tyger Campbell cruised through the 2021 bracket, winning nearly every game by at least 20 points. Their 6-foot-3 leaper was the recipient of a number of dimes from YouTube sensation Zion Harmon, was an imposing force as a shot-blocker, and incredibly unselfish with the rock, giving WACG the inside presence to cruise to victory. His passing was simply unique for such a young forward, only leading you to realize the immense potential that he has brings to the table.

At just 12 years old, Jai Smith is certainly a name you’re definitely going to want to keep locked in the back of your head for the future.

Big thanks to MiddleSchoolHoops for the video

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Jamie Lewis recovers from torn meniscus to lead Georgia Stars to Peach Jam title

Last summer, Jamie Lewis was widely considered one of the ten best incoming freshman in the country. He earned himself an invite the the USA Basketball U16 trials in Colorado Springs and then disaster struck. What was thought to just be a sprained knee turned up being a torn meniscus, causing him to miss his entire freshman campaign at Westlake High School just outside of Atlanta. Fast forward nearly a year and Jamie is back, and better than ever.

Making his return at the Peach Jam for the Georgia Stars 16U squad, Lewis immediately showed that he was back to 100 percent. He posted averages of 11 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals on a team that was straight up loaded with high major talent. Playing a year up in the biggest AAU tournament of the season, he used his high IQ and shifty change of pace to throw defenders off guard. Jamie knew when to accept/reject ball screens, finished in traffic, and had his head on a swivel to constantly find the open man. Just as important as the Stars winning the ‘chip was the confidence that Jamie regained in himself. College coaches noticed, too.

“[Florida head coach] Mike White offered him after seeing him play for seven minutes,” Jamie’s father Ryan told CityLeagueHoops. “He’s receiving a lot of interest from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Texas, Auburn, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Xavier, and Memphis.”

With a list like that and having not even played a high school game yet, expect many more elite programs to follow suit.

Keep checking CityLeagueHoops for more updates on Jamie.

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