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College / Nov 8, 2011 / 11:00 am

Kris Joseph & Syracuse Are Ready To Light College Basketball Up

Kris Joseph

Kris Joseph (photo. Syracuse University Athletic Communications)

*College basketball is here (unlike the NBA), and this year might be one of the best in recent memory. The powerhouse is back, while the Cinderellas believe. That’s a deadly combination. We know some of y’all have been asking for some previews. We have you covered – the top 16 teams in the nation will be previewed individually in the next few weeks. After we broke down Louisville and hated Duke yesterday, we’ll keep this going with No. 5-ranked Syracuse (ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll).* Read More »

High School / Feb 15, 2011 / 3:30 pm

Jordan Brand Classic rosters, featuring high school’s Yao Ming

Quincy Miller

Quincy Miller

Before the NBA All-Star Game’s hottest debate turned into a LaMarcus Aldridge celebration — I think the people of Portland are vying to get LMA awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom as we speak — the big argument was over Yao Ming being voted in as an All-Star starter despite playing only five games this season.

In high school basketball, a similar situation has surfaced with today’s unveiling of the Jordan Brand Classic rosters. The annual prep all-star game, played April 16 at the Charlotte Bobcats’ arena, is one of the most popular postseason showcases where college fans get their first look at next year’s freshmen. Read More »

Smack / Aug 7, 2010 / 12:58 am

Knicks hire Isiah, re-sign Jerome James, purchase Bad Idea Jeans

Amar'e Stoudemire

Amar'e Stoudemire (photo. King Lawrence)

If he keeps his two current jobs for a few years — and if we’ve learned anything about Isiah Thomas, it’s that he knows how to get (and stay) on his boss’ good side — then Zeke will eventually be the only college basketball coach in the country who can recruit the same superstars at least two different times. The New York Knicks have brought Isiah back into the fold, officially introducing him yesterday as a part-time consultant, where part of his duties include recruiting free agents. Read More »

College, High School, Video / Jun 9, 2010 / 6:22 pm

Duke, Kentucky commits headline Elite Youth Basketball League

This past weekend, the final regular session of Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League commenced in Los Angeles. With over 40 teams from across the country converging in L.A., the event was definitely loaded with top-tier talent and competition.

Among the competitors in attendance was a pair of Kentucky commits and consensus top-3 overall prospects: Read More »

College, High School / Apr 13, 2010 / 1:00 pm

Catching Up With The Nation’s Best Shooter

Trevor Cooney

Trevor Cooney knows the Andy Rautins comparisons are inevitable. They’re about the same size, have in the gym range and are highly valued by Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim. But the Wilmington, Del., native isn’t settling for a pre-determined fate. While he admits the Rautins comparisons are flattering, the high school junior has his own goals. We caught up with him this weekend at the Boo Williams Invitational following a tough loss to E1T1 Elite (featuring Austin Rivers) to discuss his AAU team, his Syracuse future and some of his other interests. Read More »

College, High School, NBA, Playground, Video / Aug 24, 2009 / 7:51 pm

A Recap Of The Best Basketball Weekend Of The Summer

Last week I wasn’t kidding when I said that this past weekend was the best basketball weekend of the summer. Featuring two of the best events of the year – Boost Mobile Elite 24 and Nike Tournament of Champions – NYC’s asphalt was full of hoops. And it all started Friday night up at Rucker Park. Read More »

High School, NBA / Aug 21, 2009 / 12:35 pm

Practicing With The Kids From Elite 24

Elite 24

Yesterday afternoon I went up to The Sports Club/LA to watch the kids from the Boost Mobile Elite 24 train and practice before tonight’s game. With 24 of the best high school players in the country, competition sets in when you’re playing in front of the media. Read More »

High School, NBA / Aug 20, 2009 / 7:00 am

Dime Exclusive: Elite 24 Midnight Run At MSG

Elite 24

When I was out in LA this past weekend, I got a call from my girl Crystal Howard at ESPN PR asking if I’d be interested in coming to watch a secret midnight run at MSG with all the kids from Elite 24. Let’s just say it didn’t take long to accept. With Brandon Jennings and Kevin Love running alongside some of the best prep ballers in the nation, you can believe me when I say that the competition was fierce. Read More »

High School, Playground / Aug 18, 2009 / 12:25 pm

Elite 24 Kicks Off Best Basketball Weekend Of The Summer

elite-24

Trust me. We understand your frustration with the lack of hoop being played since NBA Summer League ended, but this weekend in NYC features two of the best events of the year: Boost Mobile Elite 24 and Nike Tournament of Champions. And it all starts this Friday up at Rucker Park. Read More »