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ANALYSIS, AWARD WINNERS, & THE HOOP SCOOP’S EXCLUSIVE RANKING OF THE TOP PLAYERS AT THE 2018 PHENOM GIRLS CAMP

Sometimes there just isn't much eliminate of doubt about who should be the #1-ranked player.  And this was the case in all three divisions at this year's Phenom Girls Camp, which was held this past weekend at Alliant University in San Diego, CA, as 5'5 Soph Natalie Jasper from Pittsburgh, PA finished as the #1-ranked player in the High School Division, 5'4 Frosh Kayleigh Gugliotta from Central Park, OR finished as the #1-ranked player in the Middle School Division, and 5'0 6th Grader Ariana Hallstrom from San Leandro, CA finished as the #1-ranked player in the Elementary School Division. 



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ANALYSIS OF THE TOP PLAYERS, AWARD WINNERS, & THE HOOP SCOOP’s EXCLUSIVE RANKING OF THE TOP PLAYERS AT THE 2018 PHENOM TOP 150 CAMP

Size and versatility are always at a premium in basketball and this year's Phenom Top 150 Camp, which was held this past weekend at Alliant University in San Diego, CA, featured several very intriguing big men and a slew multi-dimensional athletes with good size for their position. 



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The HOOP SCOOP’s Ranking of the Top 65 Players We Evaluated at the Las Vegas Fab 48, UAA Finals and Bigfoot Hoops Las Vegas Classic

The theme of July's third and final live NCAA evaluation period in Las Vegas was the big bang and thud. The early big bang on Wednesday slowly dispersed until all the residue from it was gone by Sunday 5 PM Pacific Time. Literally, the college coaches were heading to Sin City’s McCarran International Airport per NCAA regulations that state coaches must be out of the city’s gyms by that time.

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ANALYSIS OF THE TOP PLAYERS IN EACH DIVISION, AWARDS WINNERS, & RANKING OF THE TOP PLAYERS OVERALL & BY POSITION AT THE 2018 JR PHENOM CAMP

Character, attitude, work ethic, and unselfishness are important ingredients in being successful on the hardwood and, as a result, they are almost always factored into the equation when it comes time to break ties or win close calls.  But there are times when a player is just flat out better than everybody else and it would be wrong to penalize that player because you don't like his style, court demeanor, and how he plays the game. 

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The Weekend Provides an Insightful Look at the Future of Prep Hoops in New Jersey

Written by DONNIE WILKIE
 
Last weekend wasn’t just any weekend in New Jersey. It was “The Weekend,” a fascinating gathering of 24 elite-level high school programs from New Jersey, New York and Delaware during precious July live recruiting time, organized for the second year in a row at Montclair State University by New Jersey Playaz director Jim Salmon.

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Jalen Johnson Turns in One for the Ages in Semis; Phenom University Wins 16-Under Division Championship at NY2LA Sports Summer Jam

With 14 seconds left in the semi-finals game between Phenom University and Mean Streets, it looked like deja vu all over again for the host team in the 2018 NY2LA Sports Summer Jam. which was held this past week at Homestead High School in Mequon, WI. 

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Team Takeover Wins; Sharife Cooper, Vernon Carey, & Cole Anthony Dominate at the EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam

There were a number of big stories at this year's EYBL (Elite Youth Basketball League) Finals at the Peach Jam, which was held last week at the Riverview Park Activities Center in North Augusta, SC.  And right at the top of the list is the fact that Team Takeover totally annihilated Team Whynot, 96-78, in the Championship Game. 

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DUKE HAS THE #1, #2, #3, & #4-RANKED PLAYERS & CHECKS IN AT #1 IN OUR FINAL RANKING OF THE TOP 50 RECRUITING CLASSES FOR THE CLASS OF 2018

With our #1, #2, #3, and #4-ranked players nationally (R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson, Cameron Reddish, and Tre Jones) all in the fold, along with another top 40-ranked player nationally (Joey Baker), it should come as no surprise that Duke University has the #1-ranked recruiting class in our Final Ranking of the Top 50 Recruiting Classes for the Class of 2018.  

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THE HOOP SCOOP’S FINAL RANKING OF THE TOP PLAYERS NATIONALLY IN THE CLASS OF 2018

TOP 5TH YEAR PLAYERS 

1) Anfernee Simons, 6'4, 2018, 2G, Bradenton (IMG Academy) FL (Portland Trail Blazers) - Simons has big time athleticism, is an absolute scoring machine, and was the flavor of the day last summer after being ranked #4 overall and #1 at his position at the Pangos All-American Camp and #3 overall in Las Vegas. 

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JAMAL CHRETIEN, TREY PETTY, NEFFI TAIWO, & JADEN HOLT TOP THE RANKING OF THE TOP 45 PLAYERS BASED PRIMARILY ON PERFORMANCE AT THE 2018 JOHN LUCAS RISING STARS INVITATIONAL

A good rule of thumb is that the longer you have to watch somebody play and/or the less sure you are about a player, the less likely he can play.  And this is important, because it didn't take long for us to figure out that 5'3 6th Grader Jamal Chretien from Houston, TX was the best player at the 2018 John Lucas Rising Stars Invitational, which was held over the weekend at the University of Houston Recreation & Wellness Center in Houston.

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Anthony Edwards Edges Out Scottie Lewis, Oscar Tshiebwe, Precious Achiuwa, & Isaiah Mobley for #1 Ranking in HOOP SCOOP’s Final Ranking of the Top Players at the 2018 NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp

The final returns are in from this year's NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp and 6'5 Soph Anthony Edwards from Atlanta (Holy Spirit) GA edges out 6'5 Jr Scottie Lewis from Tinton Falls (Ranney School) NJ, 6'9 Jr Oscar Tshiebwe from Hermitage (Kennedy Catholic) PA, 6'9 Jr Precious Achiuwa from Newark (St.

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THE HOOP SCOOP’S FINAL RANKING OF THE TOP PLAYERS BASED PRIMARILY ON PERFORMANCE AT THE 2018 NBA PLAYERS ASSOCIATION TOP 100 CAMP

  1. 6'5 Soph Anthony Edwards from Atlanta (Holy Spirit) GA
  2. 6'5 Jr Scottie Lewis from Tinton Falls (Ranney School) NJ
  3. 6'9 Jr Oscar Tshiebwe from Hermitage (Kennedy Catholic) PA
  4. 6'9 Jr Precious Achiuwa from Newark (St. Benedict's) NJ
  5. 6'10 Jr Eric "Isaiah" Mobley from Temecula (Rancho Christian) CA
  6. 6'3 Jr Isaiah Wong from Drexel Hill (Monsignor Bonner) PA
  7. 5'8 Jr Sahvir Wheeler from Houston (Christian) TX
  8. 6'8 Soph Greg Brown from Austin (Vandegrift) TX
  9. 6'7 Jr E.J.


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SCOTTIE LEWIS SOARS TO THE TOP ON THE THIRD DAY OF ACTION AT THE 2018 NBA PLAYERS ASSOCIATION TOP 100 CAMP

The one player that really separated himself from all of the rest on the third day of action at the 2018 NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp was 6'5 Jr Scottie Lewis from Tinton Falls (Ranney School) NJ.  Lewis has always been a lock down defender who plays with a competitive edge, comes up with more than his share of rebounds, deflections, steals, and blocked shots, and is virtually unstoppable when he uses his speed, quickness, and athleticism to fly past would-be defenders in transition and electrify the crowd when he attacks the basket. 

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WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY HAS MADE AT THE 2018 NBA PLAYERS ASSOCIATION TOP 100 CAMP

What a difference a day has made at the 2018 NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp.  If you will recall, the big story yesterday after the first day was the fact that three Philly players were totally dominating the camp.  And several of the other untold stories included the level of intensity was at what seemed like an all-time low and a number of the top players in the nation were missing in action at this year's camp due to their participation with several different USA Basketball events. 

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PHILLY PLAYERS HIGHLIGHT FIRST DAY OF ACTION AT 2018 NBA PLAYERS ASSOCIATION TOP 100 CAMP

Thus far it has been a great year for sports in Philadelphia.  First, the Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl.  Second, Villanova won the NCAA Basketball Men's Championship.  Third, the Philadelphia 76ers advanced to the NBA Eastern Conference Semi-Finals.  Fourth, the Philadelphia Phillies have been much better than expected so far this season. 

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MOBLEY’S DO IT AGAIN; STEAL SHOW AT THE 2018 PANGOS ALL-AMERICAN CAMP

If you wanted to get a head start on the future and see a plethora of the top rising juniors in the nation all at one venue, then the place to be over the weekend was the 2018 Pangos All-American Campwhich was held at Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA and featured 10 of the top 20-ranked players nationally in the Class of 2020. 

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It Looks Like Phenom Basketball is Back

The word on the street that we've been hearing for months is that Phenom Basketball is back and that its three national camps are on track to be bigger and better than ever in terms of both quality and quantity.  So, with a little bit of time in between the 2018 Magic Memorial Day Festival, which we attended last weekend in Orange, CA, and the Pangos All-American Camp, which will begin tonight at Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA, I decided to make a visit a couple of days ago to Joe Keller's office in Riverside, CA and see for myself what the current status is with regard to this year's Jr Phenom Camp, Phenom 150 Camp, and the Phenom Girls Camp, which will be held July 26th-29th, August 2nd-5th, and August 9th-12th respectively at Alliant University in San Diego, CA.

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The Mobley’s & Compton Magic Come Up Big at the 2018 Magic Memorial Day Festival

The Compton Magic rolled to a 85-50 victory over the Team Bradley in the Championship Game at the 2018 Magic Memorial Day Festival: Presented by adidas Compton Magic, which was held over the weekend at Orange Lutheran High School in Orange, CA.  But the only stats that you really need to remember were the five block shots that 6'11 Soph Evan Mobley from Temecula (Rancho Christian) CA had in the first half and the eight blocked shots that he had in the title game. 

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Sterling “Scoot” Henderson Dominates at the 2018 John Lucas International Middle School Combine

"He might be the best player in camp" and "he's the best player that I've seen all weekend" were the two comments that I heard the most about 6'0 8th Grader Sterling "Scoot" Henderson from Woodstock, GA at the 2018 John Lucas International Middle School Combine, which was held over the weekend in Henderson, NV. 

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Mason Brown, Luke Krueger, & Alijah Arenas Dominate at this Year’s John Lucas Future of the Game-Las Vegas

After the dust had cleared at the 2018 John Lucas Future of the Game - Las Vegas, which was held over the weekend at the Tarkanian Center in Las Vegas, NV and featured some of the top up-and-coming 5th and 6th Graders in the nation, it was pretty obvious that 5'3 6th Grader Mason Brown from Las Vegas, NV, 5'6 6th Grader Luke Krueger from Alamo, CA, and 5'2 4th Grader Alijah Arenas from Porter Ranch, CA were the three best players in camp. 

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