Tag Archives: Shabazz Muhammad

adidas Nations team released

2 Aug

Andre Drummond is one of the headliners for the 2011 adidas Nations. (PHOTO: adidas)

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

The three best seniors in high school basketball headline the fifth annual adidas Nations global experience, which is this weekend at the HAX Athletic Club in Los Angeles. Continue reading

Dominic tipping: What’s next for the Bruins, Horns & Cats

26 Jul

Was does the commitment of Dominic Artis mean to several other top notch programs? PHOTO: SilverAndBlueSports.com

By Brian Flinn
National Hoops Report

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Over the weekend one of the top point guards in the class of 2012, Dominic Artis, gave his verbal pledge to attend UCLA. So how does this effect Kentucky, Texas, and even St. Johns? Let’s take a closer look. Continue reading

Separation in Sin City

23 Jul

Shabazz Muhammad was outstanding on opening day in Las Vegas. He impressed everyone. (Photo: adidas)

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Vegas week has traditionally been the time where amazing happens for prep basketball. Judging by all of the reports, this year’s Vegas week started off with an emphatic bang. Continue reading

Champions crowned at NY2LA Sports Summer Jam

15 Jul

By Danny Hazan
National Hoops Report

The SYF Players avenged a pool play loss to Dream Vision Friday night in the NY2LA Sports Summer Jam 17-and-under Platinum championship with a  72-67 victory behind a balanced attack. 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 Jam: Muhammad faces off against McGary

13 Jul

By Danny Hazan
National Hoops Report

Typically 6-foot-10 forward Mitch McGary and the SYF Players out of Indiana make mince meat out of their pool play opponents in various tournaments over the summer.

But Tuesday in its first game of NY2LA Sports’ Summer Jam in Mequon, Wisconsin, SYF found itself locked up with widely regarded top prospect 6-foot-6 guard Shabazz Muhammad and club circuit powerhouse Dream Vision from Las Vegas. Continue reading

Inside the SEC: July 12

12 Jul

By Matt Fultz
National Hoops Report

College coaches are bouncing around the country recruiting this month. Where did coaches from the SEC go and who did they watch? We know. A big transfer, a coaching move, a big injury and a new name all highlight this week’s Inside the SEC. Continue reading

Just a Minute: July 8

8 Jul

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Day two of the July evaluation period is in the books and the under the radar guys are emerging, the head coaches are in Akron, a power broker pulls a bold move and one hard-working assistant coach was given a not-so-nice gift for a July birthday present. Continue reading

And they’re off

7 Jul

Shabazz Muhammad was the top dog on day one of the July evaluation period.

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

The first day of the evaluation period is in the books and it was a whirlwind day from coast to coast. Who won the day? What are the kids saying? Who watched who? Find out. Continue reading

Gentleman, start your recruiting

5 Jul

Decisions made over the next week and a half can be the difference between a trip to the NCAA tournament or your pink slip. (Photo: ESPN.com)

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

I am back from my long vacation and boy do I have a long list of catching up to do. Let’s get right to it. Continue reading