Tag Archives: Missouri

Projecting the Big 12

19 Oct

By Sam Duren
National Hoops Report

The Big 12 enters into the first season of 10 basketball teams, a strange place to be for one of the most successful and entertaining leagues of hoop over the last decade. How will the league play out? The National Hoops Report gives a swing at predicting the league. Continue reading

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NHR Top 100: #90 Marcus Denmon, SG, Missouri

8 Aug

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 90 – Marcus Denmon, SG, Sr., Missouri

Marcus Denmon is suiting up for USA Basketball this summer for the World University Games. It is the perfect place for a player like him to set up shop this summer.

You see, Denmon is searching for his identity again. Continue reading

The Jarnell Stokes race is on

5 Aug

By Brian Flinn
National Hoops Report

Jarnell Stokes is one of the premier big men in the class of 2012 and could be looking at a serious bump in the rankings after leading Memphis YOMCA to the finals of both the NIKE Peach Jam and AAU Nationals. In what can only be described as a stellar month for the power forward, things are going pretty well for the big man. Continue reading

Predicting Purvis? Not so fast.

1 Aug

By Brian Flinn
National Hoops Report

ORLANDO – Rodney Purvis is just what you would expect from the top shooting guard in the nation for the class of 2012. He is long, quick, can hit the outside shot and gets into the lane with ease. He is also a major reason that his CP3 squad continues to advance through the field at AAU Nationals.  Continue reading

Finger Lickin’ Good

29 Jul

By Brian Flinn
National Hoops Report

Danrad “Chicken” Knowles plays for one of the best AAU programs in the country, Texas PRO, which also boasts Baylor bound center Isaiah Austin and highly recruited forward Danuel House.

People have known about Austin for some time now, but House and Knowles have both seen their stocks rise this spring and into the summer. Now that the live period is almost over, Knowles is using this last tournament to show coaches what he can really do. Continue reading

Late decision for Goodwin?

29 Jul

By Brian Flinn
National Hoops Report

ORLANDO – In the beginning of the summer Archie Goodwin was considered a top ten player and possibly the best shooting guard in the class of 2012, but during the NBA camp in June he broke his wrist, sidelining him for a few weeks. Now he’s back with a vengeance and on a mission to regain his place on the prep pecking order. Continue reading

Julius Randle proving his value as top notch talent regardless of class

22 Jul

By Bobby Bancroft
National Hoops Report

With only one rising senior on their roster, it would have been easy for Team Texas Titans to pack up after losing their first two pool play games at the 2011 EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam last week.

Team Texas Titans would prove that no matter how young your roster is, if it includes Julius Randle, you can compete with anybody. Continue reading

NY2LA SUMMER JAM: Top guards thinking about futures

14 Jul

Colorado guard Chris Thomas has the big-timers after him. (PHOTO: Denver Post)

By Danny Hazan
National Hoops Report

MILWAUKEE – Class of 2013 standout 6-5 combo guard Chris Thomas and the Colorado Hawks didn’t get off to the start they had hoped at the Summer Jam but started to get back on track Wednesday before tournament play begins Thursday. 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.

Summer School: Missouri

30 Jun

By Sam Duren
National Hoops Report

With the July recruiting period right around the corner, college coaches are shifting their focus to recruiting. The July period marks the first time coaches can see high school players in person against equal level competition. What’s going on in the Big 12? The National Hoops Report will take a look at the recruiting landscape of all of the teams in the conference. Today, we look at Missouri. Continue reading