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Richard Isaacs Steals the Show at the Pangos Easter Classic

It really was a classic case of David slaying Goliath in the Championship Game of the 16-Under Division at this year's Pangos Easter Classic, which was held the last three days at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, NV, as 6'1 Frosh Richard Isaacs from Las Vegas (Coronado) NV clearly had something to prove with a plethora of national scouts in the gym. 

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Jalen Suggs & Good Young Big Men Highlight Chicago- Under Armour Association

Any way you slice it, 6'4 Jr Jalen Suggs from Minneapolis (Minnehaha) MN, who currently is ranked #9 nationally in the Class of 2020 by the HOOP SCOOP, was the best player at the first Under Armour Association session of the spring, which was held over the weekend at Supreme Courts in Aurora, IL. 

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2019 MCDONALD’S ALL-AMERICAN GAME IS HISTORY, BUT TOP PLAYER HONORS IN THE CLASS OF 2019 IS STILL VERY MUCH UP FOR GRABS

More often not in recent years the top individual performances in the McDonald's All-American Game have gone a long way toward determining or reinforcing exactly who should be the #1-ranked player nationally their respective classes.  If you will recall, a year ago 6'7 R.J. Barrett from Montverde (Academy) FL finished with 26 points, three rebounds, 10-14 field goals, 1-2 3-pointers, and 5-5 free throws and was arguably the best player in the game. 

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THE HOOP SCOOP’S RANKING OF THE TOP COACHES NOW & IN THE HISTORY OF THE GAME

THE HOOP SCOOP'S RANKING OF THE TOP 25 HEAD COACHES IN THE HISTORY OF THE GAME

RankCoachCollegeChampionshipsNCAA FInal Four Appearances
1.John WoodenUCLA1964, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971. 1972, 1973, 19751962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1968. 1969. 1970, 1971, 1972.


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The Houston Hoops Blue Chips Upset NIKE Team Griffin in the Championship Game of the 8th Grade Division at the John Lucas All-Star Weekend

It doesn't get much better than the Championship Game in the 8th Grade Division at the John Lucas All-Star Weekend, which was held over the weekend in MI3 Center in Houston, TX.  Not only did the game feature the two best teams in this age group, but it was pretty clear early on that we might have an upset in the making, as the Houston Hoops Blue Chips jumped out to a 20-10 lead. 

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12TH ANNUAL GLOBAL ELITE EXPOSURE CAMP FEATURED A PLETHORA OF GOOD YOUNG TALENT & A GREAT NAME FOR THE FUTURE (SAM FUNCHES JR)

We attended the 12th Annual Global Elite Exposure Camp over the weekend in Jackson, MS and, although nobody (like Mason Manning did each of the last three years) stepped up and dominated the camp, it was hard not to be impressed with the plethora of good young players who made a strong case for being ranked among the top players in the camp. 

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McDONALD’S ALL-AMERICAN TEAM IS OFFICIAL & DUKE LEADS NORTH CAROLINA, KENTUCKY, KANSAS, UCLA, INDIANA, ARIZONA, LOUISVILLE, & SYRACUSE ET AL. ON OUR LIST OF SCHOOLS THAT HAVE LANDED THE MOST MCDONALD”S AMERICANS IN THE 43-YEAR HISTORY OF THE TEAM

The Class of 2019 is mediocre at best, but the final list of players selected to play in this year's McDonald's American Game, which was announced two days ago and will be played March 27th at State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA, is one of their better efforts. 

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Scott Lewis, Sharife Cooper, Harlond Beverly, Balsa Kiprivica, & Keion Brooks Come Up Big on Final Day of Action at the 2019 Spalding Hoop Hall Classic

It wasn't pretty, as both teams combined to score only 95 points, neither team shot over 33% from the field, and Fairfax (Paul VI) VA only scored a grand total of three points in the entire third quarter of the first game on the final day of action at the 2019 Spalding Hoop Hall Classic, which is being held this weekend at Blake Arena on the campus of Springfield College in Springfield, MA. 

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IMG Knocks off Oak Hill in the Prime Time Game Earlier Today at the Spalding Hoop Hall Classic

We pick things up with the second game of the day in the Sunday Session at the 2019 Spalding Hoop Hall Classic, which is being held this weekend at Blake Arena on the campus of Springfield College in Springfield, MA.  And, although Chicago (Whitney Young) IL took charge early and led most of the way en route to a 54-46 victory, the big story here was fact that 6'6 Soph Quincy Allen from Washington (Maret) DC was clearly the best prospect in the game. 

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Senior Class Nationally is a Major Disappointment & Top Players Honors Still Very Much For Grabs

I hate to be the bearer of bad news.  But, after watching many of the top players and teams in the nation during the last month-and-a-half, I think it is safe to reiterate the fact that the Class of 2019 is really down for a number of reasons. 

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Brandon Boston & Terrence Williams Highlight Saturday’s Action at the Spalding Hoop Hall Classic

We pick things up with the second game of the day earlier today at this year's Spalding Hoop Hall Classic, which is being held this weekend at Blake Arena on the campus of Springfield College in Springfield, MA.  And this one wasn't even close, as 6'2 Jaylin Hunter from Manchester (East Catholic) CT and 6'0 Joey Reilly from Manchester (East Catholic) CT combined for 64 points and led the way to an impressive 78-60 win Warminster (Archbishop Wood) PA. 

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Samson Ruzhentsev Steals the Thunder from All of the Big Names Like James Wiseman, Anthony Edwards, D.J. Jeffries, Chandler Lawson, et al. at this Year’s ARS Resue Rooter National Hoopfest Memphis

It was a tough weekend for Knoxville (Bearden) TN, which lost not one, but two games in the ARS Rescue Rooter National Hoopfest Memphis.  In case you were unaware, this is the team that won the Arby's Classic last week and is normally one the best teams in the Eastern part of Tennessee. 

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Westchester Beats Scott County in Photo Finish For 2018 Beach Ball Classic Title

We pick things up with the Consolation Bracket Championship Game on the final day of action at the 38th Annual Beach Ball Classic, which always is held between Christmas and the New Year at the Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, SC.  Lakewood (St. Edward) OH jumped out to an 11-2 lead early, led 30-15 at the 7:21 mark in the first half, and never look back to a 75-60 win over Florence (H.S.) SC. 

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Wendell Moore Takes it To Another Level & Scott County & LA Westchester Advance into the Championship Game at this Year’s Beach Ball Classic

We pick things up with the second game of the day at this year's Beach Ball Classic, which being held at the Convention Center in Myrtle Beach, SC.  And the big story in this 5th Place Semi-Finals Game was the 38-point/14 rebound performance that was turned in by 6'6 Wendell Moore from Concord (Cox Mill) NC, who is ranked #29 nationally in the senior class by the HOOP SCOOP and is bound for Duke University. 

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James Wiseman, N’Faly Dante, Grant Sherfield, Addison Patterson, & Terry Armstrong Highlight Third Day of Action at this Year’s Chick’fil-A Classic

With all of the upsets yesterday in the first round of the two divisions at this year's Chick'fil-A Classic, which is being held this week at Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, SC, a lot of the top players in the tournament now have the dubious distinction of having to play today and tomorrow in the loser's bracket in the auxiliary gym. 

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Upsets & High Profile/Big Name Players Not Living Up to Expectations Was the Order of the Day on the Second Day of Action at this Year’s Chick-fil-A Classic

The best time to pull of a major upset against a good team is right after they get off the bus or plane,  And this obviously was the case when Charlotte (Independence) NC knocked off Philadelphia (Roman Catholic) PA, 63-52, in the first game on the second day of action in the American Division Bracket in the 17th Annual Chick-fil-A Classic, which is being held this week at Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, SC. 

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Sharife Cooper Takes Home Tournament MVP Honors & McEachern Beats Imhotep Charter 68-47 To Win In 2018 Culligan City of Palms Classic Title Game

It looks like 6'2 Joe Girard was on a mission to redeem himself after a subpar performance two days ago in today's first game of the day on the final day of action in this year's Culligan City of Palms Classic, which has held all this week at Florida Southwestern State College in Ft.

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Imhotep Charter Stuns Oak Hill & McEachern Knocks Off Mountain Brook in the Semi-Finals of this Year Culligan City of Palms Classic

Things started out with a bang earlier today in the first Challenge Round Game of the tournament, which featured two of the four teams without a win in the first two rounds of this year's Culligan City of Palms Classic, which is being held all this week at Florida Southwestern State College in Ft.

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Upsets are the Order of the Day in Today’s Two Quarterfinals Game on Day IV at the Culligan City of Palms Classic

St. Louis (Vashon) MO redeemed itself with a 85-76 win over Kissimmee (Osceola0 FL and Miami (Christian) FL upset West Columbia (Gray Collegiate) SC, 96-80, in the two Consolation Bracket Quarterfinals games earlier today on the fourth day of action in this year's Culligan City of Palms Classic, which is being held all this week at Florida Southwestern State College in Ft.

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Oak Hill & McEachern Advance Into Semi-Finals & Joe Girard & Cole Anthony Win 3-Point Shooting & Slam Dunk Contests on Day III at the Culligan City of Palms Classic

The first game of the day, which also was on the second Consolation Bracket game of the tournament, on the third day of action in this year's Culligan City of Palms Classic, which is being held all this week at Florida Southwestern State College in Ft.

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