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High School / May 12, 2011 / 3:00 pm

Born This Way: Austin Rivers Is The Dime/2K Sports National High School Player Of The Year

Austin Rivers

Austin Rivers (photo. Richard Orr Sports)

You think you know, but you have no idea. Find out how Austin Rivers, the Dime/2K Sports National High School Player Of The Year, transformed from a regular, lovable kid to a cold-blooded basketball assassin, hated on for his dominance and swagger on the court. Read More »

High School / Mar 16, 2011 / 11:00 am

Austin Rivers Wins 2011 Morgan Wootten Player Of The Year Award

Austin Rivers

Doc Rivers & Austin Rivers (photo. McDonald's All American Game)

If you know anything about high school basketball, you know that name Austin Rivers. And yesterday afternoon, the Winter Park (Fla.) High School shooting guard added to his legacy, winning the 2011 Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award in Chicago.

“I’m very surprised to receive this award and it means a lot to me,” said Rivers, the top-ranked player in the High School Hoop National Top 50. “I’ve seen a lot of great players win this award so it’s a great feeling.” Read More »

College, High School / Jul 8, 2010 / 10:00 am

What’s going through LeBron’s mind today? These guys know

Josh Selby

Josh Selby (photo. Aurelien Menuier)

“The Decision,” as LeBron James and ESPN are billing it, will be revealed during an hour-long presentation tonight beginning at 9 p.m. EST.

You could compare the LeBron event to a blown-up version of a high school recruit picking his college. Which makes sense: LeBron wasn’t too heavily recruited in high school, because back then every college coach knew he was going straight to the NBA. So for him, this is a fun part of the game he missed out on.

We decided to chat with some Class of 2010 high school stars, all of them now incoming college freshmen who — not too long ago — were in the same position LeBron is in now. Read More »

High School, Video / May 13, 2010 / 10:00 am

Friday Night Lies: 22-year-old high school star busted

Months after he was named district Newcomer of the Year and led Permian High School (Odessa, Texas) to the playoffs, 16-year-old basketball player Jerry Joseph was unveiled as 22-year-old Guerdwich Montimere and arrested for presenting false ID.

Montimere, a 6-5 shooting guard, had sold himself to the small West Texas town as a homeless Haitian orphan, and moved in with Permian coach Danny Wright. (Permian is the same school that inspired the original Friday Night Lights book.) As it turns out, Montimere is really a naturalized U.S. citizen from Haiti who graduated from Dillard High (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) in 2007. His true identity surfaced following accusations by his former coaches at Dillard, who spotted Montimere at an AAU tournament in Arkansas last month. He was released from jail after posting $500 bail Wednesday.

College / Mar 12, 2010 / 11:00 am

Duke’s “Big Three” Bringing Back the Cool Factor

Duke's Jon Scheyer

Duke's Jon Scheyer

One by one, Kyle Singler, Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith walk into the small media room inside Cameron Indoor Stadium and take a seat behind a wooden table with one mic amidst a sea of digital recorders. Over and over, they answer geeky notebook-jotting reporters who try and find smarter ways to recycle the same question.

It’s boring and typical, and Duke’s “Big Three” — arguably the storied program’s most talented and productive trio since Christian Laettner, Bobby Hurley and Grant Hill — all know it. Still, consummate professionals, they embrace the redundancy. Even have a little fun with it. Read More »

High School / Feb 22, 2010 / 12:00 pm

The nation’s biggest McDonald’s H.S. All-American snub

Ryan Harrow (photo. Aurelien Meunier)

Ryan Harrow (photo. Aurelien Meunier)

Ryan Harrow is beginning to sense a pattern.

When the selections for the 2010 McDonald’s All-American Game were announced live on ESPNU on Feb. 11, Harrow — a senior point guard at Walton High School in Marietta, Ga. — once again found himself on the outside looking in as he was denied a career-defining opportunity. General consensus among several media and fans was that Harrow was the biggest McD’s snub out of anybody. Read More »

College, High School / Feb 10, 2010 / 1:00 pm

Duke and UNC recruits handicap tonight’s rivalry game

Kyrie Irving covers Bounce Magazine

Kyrie Irving covers Bounce Magazine

Like we said in Smack this morning, the records don’t matter when Duke and North Carolina get together. College basketball’s most storied rivalry tips off one more time tonight (ESPN, 9 p.m. EST), and while almost every expert would favor the ACC-leading Blue Devils over the struggling Tar Heels, we wanted to get predictions from some of the players who will become part of the UNC/Duke tradition over the next few years.

We caught up with a few of Duke and Carolina’s signed recruits, plus one high-profile undecided recruiting target — essentially a Who’s Who of the top high school ballplayers in the country — to get their take on who will win tonight’s big game: Read More »

College / Nov 6, 2009 / 4:07 pm

UNC Point Guard Larry Drew II Is Ready To Show What He Can Do

Larry Drew

Larry Drew II knows something that you don’t know.

He must.

What an enigma. This backup point guard turned starter, who many experts, fans and haters concede to be one of, if not the weakest link on North Carolina’s basketball team, walking into the Dean Dome’s media room as self assured as, say, his predecessor Tywon Lawson. Read More »