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High School / Apr 5, 2014 / 1:30 pm

Winners & Losers From The 2014 McDonald’s All-American Game

Theo Pinson, Kelly Oubre Jr.

Theo Pinson, Kelly Oubre Jr. (Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports)

Let’s be honest for a second here. No matter what your parents told you when you were growing up, everybody knows that there’s always a winner and a loser, right? If winning isn’t everything, then why do we keep score? I think Vince Lombardi said something along those lines. No matter the circumstances, whether it’s a rec-league game, the state championship, or an exhibition game meant to highlight the best young talent the game has to offer, someone’s performance makes them stand out – either for good or bad reasons. While none of the players actually “lost” by playing in the McDonald’s All-American Game, some did suffer bad performances throughout the week. I’m not saying they’re not good, they are. But for arguments sake, someone has to lose. Read More »

College, High School, NBA Draft / Apr 3, 2014 / 1:45 pm

12 McDonald’s All-Americans Ready To Make Instant Impact In College

Jahlil Okafor, D'Angelo Russell

Jahlil Okafor, D’Angelo Russell (Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports)

On November 14, 2002, Carmelo Anthony, a 6-8, 230-pound former McDonald’s All-American, dominated in his first collegiate game, scoring 27 points and grabbing 11 rebounds in a Syracuse loss at Memphis. He looked bigger, stronger, and overall better than the other nine players on the floor. Kevin Durant followed suit, scoring 20-plus points in his first seven games at Texas. In their first game of the 2014 season, Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker scored 16 and 22 points, respectively. Read More »

High School / Apr 2, 2014 / 4:30 pm

Dime Q&A: Kentucky’s Next Big Star, Karl Towns Jr.

Karl Towns Jr.

Karl Towns Jr. (photo. Sam Forencich: USA Basketball)

Marcus Camby. DeMarcus Cousins. Anthony Davis. Nerlens Noel. Julius Randle. Kentucky coach John Calipari has a track record of developing the best young big men in the game before sending them off to greener pastures in the NBA. Yet somehow his teams haven’t featured a big man quite like Karl Towns Jr. Read More »

High School / Apr 2, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Dime Q&A: Top Prospect Tyus Jones Speaks On Emulating Chris Paul

Tyus Jones

Tyus Jones (photo. Kelly Kline)

No position has quite the impact on the game as the point guard. Call it the quarterback of basketball; point guards have developed from game-managers to game-changers over the years. With score-first points like Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard bursting onto the scene in recent years, you might think that the set-up man is on the verge of extinction. Read More »

High School / Apr 2, 2014 / 12:15 pm

Dime Q&A: Grayson Allen On Winning Dunk Contests & Playing For Duke

Grayson Allen

Grayson Allen (Joshua S. Kelly/USA TODAY Sports)

I can’t lie to you, when I saw Grayson Allen was in the lineup for the Powerade Jam Fest at the McDonald’s All-American Games, the only outcome I saw coming was this. But, then he did this.

If you can’t tell, that’s 7-0 Jahlil Okafor he’s jumping over. Read More »

High School, Video / Apr 1, 2014 / 10:45 am

Video: Duke-Bound Grayson Allen Wins McDonald’s All American Dunk Contest

Grayson Allen

Duke-bound swingman Grayson Allen took home the crown at the 2014 McDonald’s All American Slam Dunk Contest in Chicago, Illinois, last night. He defeated a group that included Theo Pinson, Justice Winslow, Karl Towns and Kelly Oubre with a nice mix of slams that included his final one over future teammate, Jahlil Okafor. Read More »

College, High School / Mar 31, 2014 / 1:00 pm

Dime Q&A: Emmanuel Mudiay, The Next Fab Freshman In College Hoops

Emmanuel Mudiay

Emmanuel Mudiay (photo. Kelly Kline)

In every sport there are a certain set of players that possess the physical traits that can cause a scout to salivate at the sight of them: the “five-tool” prospect in baseball, the strong-armed, yet mobile quarterback, the big point guard. Ever since Magic Johnson wooed fans in the 1980s, GMs and coaches alike have fantasized about the idea of having a player with the vision and ballhandling of a lead guard trapped in the body of a big man. Read More »

High School, Latest News / Mar 26, 2014 / 10:15 am

Jahlil Okafor & Ariel Atkins Named National Players of the Year

Ariel Atkins, Jahlil Okafor

Ariel Atkins, Jahlil Okafor (photo. John Konstantaras/AP Images for McDonald’s)

The McDonald’s All American Games have announced Jahlil Okafor of Whitney Young in Chicago and Ariel Atkins of Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas, are this year’s Morgan Wootten Players of the Year. Named for the former DeMatha High School coaching legend, the award recognizes the best players in the country, with names like Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Kevin Love, Maya Moore, Candace Parker, Jabari Parker and Austin Rivers taking home the honor in the past. Read More »

High School / Mar 11, 2014 / 4:45 pm

10 High School Basketball Players You Need To Know

Emmanuel Mudiay

Emmanuel Mudiay (photo. Kelly Kline)

As the college basketball regular season comes to an end and teams prepare for the postseason tournaments, the stars of tomorrow in high school basketball have been making a lot of noise this year. The next three high school basketball recruiting classes (’14, ’15 and ’16) all have prospects that have NBA GMs already salivating over. Read More »

High School / Feb 27, 2014 / 2:40 pm

Video: One-Armed Basketball Player Makes Amazing Move On The Break

One-Armed Basketball Player

Geno Policicchio is a basketball player for Divine Child High School in Dearborn, Michigan. He’s also missing most of his right arm. Watch as he intercepts a pass and breaks for the basket, but bamboozles a Cranbrook Kingswood High School player by going behind-his-back before laying the ball in with his lone left hand. Truly an amazing play from an incredible kid. Read More »