You probably already know about Seventh Woods. He’s basically the craziest freshman basketball player we’ve seen in a long time, especially since he’s only a 6-2 point guard. Yet he’s not the only high school rook who has freakish bounce. Check out Woods, Josh Jackson, Malik Monk and Terrance Ferguson showing out during a break for USA Basketball practice and Hoopmixtape. Read More »
So Andrew Wiggins surprised a lot of people by picking Kansas today. We figured he’d either go with Florida State, where both of his parents went to school (his dad was an NBA player, his mother an Olympic track star), or Kentucky, where he would’ve had a chance to be involved with the greatest recruiting class of all time. Read More »
At 12:15 ET tomorrow Andrew Wiggins will finally tell the world what college will be getting the best prep prospect since LeBron James. Over the past several months, he’s narrowed it down to four programs, all in various states of flux. Read More »
For those of us who follow the recruiting process, rankings aren’t always an accurate data point when measuring the likelihood of immediate success at the collegiate level. Sometimes, the biggest factor is player retention. Which freshman will be given an opportunity? Sometimes the biggest factor is “fit”. How does this new crop of talented freshman adapt to playing for a new coach in a new system? Read More »
With a name like Seventh Woods, you can bet this kid will be subjected to a lot of “…and on the seventh day, God created…” jokes down the line. That’s what happens when you’re 14 years old and coming down smashing on kids like you’re Russell Westbrook. The amazing thing is that most dominant 14-year-olds are great because they’ve physically matured quicker (bigger and stronger) than everyone else. Woods is only 6-1, already plays like someone who’s comfortable on the perimeter, and even has a skillset outside of his supernatural athleticism. It’ll be interesting to see where he is come 2016, but for now, do what we did. Watch this Hoopmixtape video and bash the basketball Gods for not giving you those hops at 14. Read More »
At one point early in the first half of Saturday night’s Jordan Brand Classic, the crowd at Barclays Center suddenly and incongruously erupted into a thunderous ovation during a dead ball. Only one person’s arrival could have elicited such a reaction.
Nope, not him. It was Drake. Read More »
We were this close to full-fledged Spike Albrecht Mania today. If Michigan had won last night’s National Championship game, the story of the 5-11, bowl-cut-sporting, unrecruited freshman who shot the Wolverines to a title would have been the stuff of all-time legend. Instead, it’s a good story and one piece of an overall wildly-entertaining last game of the NCAA season. Regardless of last night’s outcome, Spike was feeling himself to the point where he was throwing game at Kate Upton.
We caught this last night: highlight footage of young Spike doing work in high school game back in Crown Point, Indiana a few years ago. Read More »
Last night in the McDonald’s All-American Games’ Powerade Jam Fest at the University of Chicago’s Ratner Center, future Gator Chris Walker won the dunk contest. But despite taking Ls, Aaron Gordon and Andrew Wiggins put down a number of disgusting slams: a behind-the-back 360, a couple of through-the-legs 360s, and Gordon’s incredible double-up. The popular thing to say would be, “These would’ve won the NBA Dunk Contest!” And while I don’t believe that, they were some of the most impressive dunks I’ve ever seen from a teenager. Read More »
Andrew Wiggins (photo. Bryan Horowitz)
The new Gatorade Player of the Year, Andrew Wiggins still doesn’t know where he’s going to school. That’s okay for now, as long as Hoopmixtape keeps hitting us with his senior year highlights. If Wiggins ends up at Kentucky, we can basically kiss next season’s March Madness drama goodbye. But if he goes somewhere else — Florida State, Kansas, UNC — we should be in for some fun. Read More »