Tag Archives: DePaul

August 30th is national signing day?

30 Aug

By Brian Flinn
National Hoops Report

Most everyone that follows college basketball recruiting looks forward to two dates: November 10th (start of the early signing period) and April 13th (start of the late signing period). Well everyone, Christmas has come early. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #98 Cleveland Melvin, PF, DePaul

2 Aug

What does the sophomore season hold for DePaul forward Cleveland Melvin?

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 98 – Cleveland Melvin, PF, Soph., DePaul

Raise your hand if you thought Cleveland Melvin would be one of the top producing rookie big men in college basketball last year or the Big East Rookie of the Year.

Put your hand down Mrs. Melvin. Continue reading

NY2LA Sports Summer Jam Thursday recap

15 Jul

By Danny Hazan
National Hoops Report

MILWAUKEE – Forsyth Country Day 2012 point guard Tyler Lewis wasn’t in Mequon, Wisconsin the first two days of the NY2LA Sports Summer Jam to spend time with his family.

His arrival Thursday showed just how much the 6-foot North Carolina State-commit means to Team Loaded and why he’s considered one of the best point guards in the country. Continue reading

Peach Jam: Williams more than his name sake

14 Jul

Troy Williams says he is getting annoyed by the national attention he is receiving. (PHOTO: Kelly Kline)

By Bobby Bancroft
National Hoops Report

N. AUGUSTA, S.C. – Boo Williams picked up their first win of the 2011 EYBL Peach Jam Finals on Wednesday morning.  It was actually quite strange to find the usually successful AAU organization sitting at the bottom of Pool B with a 0-2 record.  If anybody on the current U-17 team knew how important it was to get a win, it’s Boo’s nephew, Troy Williams. Continue reading

NY2LA SUMMER JAM: Breakout for Buddy

13 Jul

By Danny Hazan
National Hoops Report

MILWAUKEE – Mike Krzyzewski, Bill Self, Billy Donovan and John Calipari were just four of the many coaches on hand Wednesday at the NY2LA Sports Summer Jam in Mequon, Wisconsin as they followed highly coveted prospects Shabazz Muhammad, Mitch McGary and Perry Ellis.

Conveniently, the stars with their respective teams all played each other Wednesday, but it was Kansas’ Pray and Play Players’ 6-foot-4 shooting guard Buddy Hield who may have had the best day.

He already claims offers from Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Utah State and Wichita State, with Kansas, Clemson, DePaul, Missouri and Boston College showing interest, but that list will surely grow after his performances the first two days at the Summer Jam.

Conscious of his current environment at Homestead High School, Hield tried to play how he knew he could and hoped the rest would take care of itself.

Twenty points, a vicious one-handed tip dunk and dagger step-back, corner pocket, three-pointer with two minutes left to put McGary and SYF away – and a team-high 16 in a three point loss to Texas PRO and Isaiah Austin – is pretty good evidence he accomplished his mission.

“I want to showcase my talents to all the coaches,” said Hield, who hopes to have a top five in September. “I came here trying to make a name for myself. I can do that by just playing hard, be competitive on the court and try to win every game we’re in.

“I do look in the stands but I try and block it out. I’m playing for my team and myself and I know I can’t get nervous and mess up. I do my best to keep on being myself. I’ve been being myself a lot lately.”

Hield has relied on his athleticism and handle to get into the lane and finish with either hand over the Players’ first three games of the Summer Jam, and also knocked down three-pointers with consistency. While his release and unusually high arc may not be textbook, it’s a craft he’s spent plenty of time on this summer.

“I put six hours in the gym every day,” said Hield, who attends Sunrise Christian Academy. “I use my three-ball as my trick. So when they come out, I pump fake and take it to the basket and use my athletic abilities to finish with either hand.

“Offensively I want to score, so I always keep crashing the boards. I said ‘one of these days I’m going to get a tip dunk,’ and I finally got one (today). I like getting them because it makes the gym go crazy when I dunk on somebody.”

Ellis had difficulty getting in a rhythm in both games but still managed 14 points against SYF and 10 against Texas PRO, but still used his imposing 6-8 frame to be a presence on the offensive and defensive glass.

Raytown South’s 6-3 lighting quick, jumping jack Earl Peterson was also pivotal in the Players’ 64-60 victory over SYF with 13 points. Peterson has one offer from Oral Roberts, but is also hoping to add to that list as droves of coaches line the sidelines of his games.

“I know they’re there and I’m trying to play hard to get a scholarship,” Peterson said. “I see myself as a two in college because I’m a slasher. But I can also spot up and shoot. I just have to keep working on my jumper.”

Texas PRO beat Dream Vision 56-35 behind 12 points from Austin and 10 from Danuel House. Muhammad led the way for Dream Vision with 17. Dream Vision also fell to Mo-Kan 70-69 after watching it’s five point halftime lead evaporate almost immediately.

Mo-Kan 7-footer Willie Cauley (Olathe NW High School) had 12 points and was disruptive defensively in the paint. He already holds offers from Alabama, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, USC and Wyoming.  Cauley’s high school teammate, 6-5 slasher Shavon Shields led the way with 16.

The good news and bad news of the Big East schedule

2 Jul

By Bobby Bancroft
National Hoops Report

While we are just heading into July, the first big event on the 2011-2012 Big East men’s basketball calendar has already come and gone with the official announcement of the conference opponents.

With most conferences playing an unbalanced league schedule these days, the conference schedule can go a long way to determining which schools qualify for the NCAA Tournament.  In no other conference is this a bigger deal than in the Big East with its 16 teams. Continue reading