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End of Summer Classic: Day 2 Notebook

David Hassinger (@David_Hassinger) & Varun Kumar (@VRKumar8) – The 2014 AAU season wrapped up on Sunday afternoon, with the final few games of the Elevate Hoops End of Summer Classic. Here’s a recruiting notebook from the event, featuring 15U and … Continue reading

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WE R1 finishes AAU season strong at End of Summer Classic

David Hassinger (@David_Hassinger), Varun Kumar (@VRKumar8) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – No area AAU team had a stronger July than WE R1′s oldest group. After taking home the Under Armour Invitational inaugural title last week in Atlanta, the Delaware-based program … Continue reading

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End of Summer Classic: Day 1 Notebook

David Hassinger (@David_Hassinger) & Varun Kumar (@VRKumar8) – The final AAU weekend of 2014 has arrived, with prospects getting two final days out in front of Division I coaches for the last time (in an organized setting) before their high … Continue reading

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Schalick’s Mike Holloway making his own name

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Literally and figuratively, Mike Holloway has always just been Rashaan Holloway’s little brother. That was true up through last year, when his older brother was blowing up both at Schalick HS and with the Philly Ballhawks to … Continue reading

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West coast trip highlights Delaware’s non-conference schedule

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Delaware spent most of last November and December playing everywhere, it seemed, except for the friendly confines of the Bob Carpenter Center. This year’s Blue Hens will also travel plenty before the Colonial Athletic Association play … Continue reading

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Temple releases 2014-15 non-conference schedule

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Though a few high-profile opponents were known a few weeks ago, Temple finalized its non-conference schedule on Friday. As expected, Big 5 play and several NCAA tournament mainstays dominate the slate, with a few solid mid-major … Continue reading

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Kasper Christiansen could be next big Euro prospect

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – John Alexander has had some talented players come through his Global Squad camp. Last year, the program’s third in existence, saw one of its alumni–all foreign high schoolers who come to the United States for a … Continue reading

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Live in A.C.: Day 2 Notebook (Part 2)

Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) – Elevate Hoops’ “Live in Atlantic City” event kicked off the final week of the 2014 July live periods on Wednesday. Here’s a notebook from the second night of the event (for a notebook from the earlier Day … Continue reading

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Live in A.C. Day 2 Notebook (Part 1)

Patrick Paul (@p_paul20) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The Elevate Hoops Live in A.C. tournament continued onto its second day on Thursday, with action at Richard Stockton College, Atlantic City High School and Ventnor Middle School going on all day … Continue reading

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Summer Jam Fest: Day 1 Notebook

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) & Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – More than 300 AAU teams, family and college coaches poured into Manheim, Pa. on Friday for the first day of the Summer Jam Fest’s debut at Spooky Nook Sports. The 700,000-sq. ft. … Continue reading

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Summer Classic East: Day 2 Notebook (Part 2)

Varun Kumar (@vrkumar8) & Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) – The Hoop Group’s Summer Classic East kicked off the second July live period in the area, with brackets in the 15U, 16U and 17U brackets getting underway on Wednesday shortly before Division … Continue reading

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Summer Classic East: Day 2 Notebook (Part 1)

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – The Hoop Group’s Summer Classic East kicked off the second July live period in the area, with brackets in the 15U, 16U and 17U brackets getting underway on Wednesday shortly before Division I coaches began pouring … Continue reading

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Summer Classic East: Day 1 Notebook (Part 1)

Varun Kumar (@VRKumar8) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The Hoop Group’s Summer Classic East kicked off the second July live period in the area, with brackets in the 15U, 16U and 17U brackets getting underway shortly before Division I coaches … Continue reading

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Deividas Zemgulis a “steal” for Penn State

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – When Deividas Zemgulis got to the United States from his native Lithuania last June he decided to watch movies and read books to work on his English. His choices might have been somewhat unorthodox, however: ‘Friday’ … Continue reading

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Podcast of Basketball Love: Episode 37

After an eventful first July live period, Josh Verlin (@jmverlin), Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) and Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) talk about local and national risers from various events from the past week. Our first guest on the show is Eric Hampford (@Future150EricH), … Continue reading

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Hoop Group: Team Camp Notebook

Varun Kumar (@vrkumar8) – A number of top regional high school teams made their way to Reading’s Albright College last week for the Hoop Group’s Elite Team Camp, consisting of a National and American divisions. Here’s a notebook from the … Continue reading

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Roman’s Wilkerson finally breaks through

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – TreVaughn Wilkerson spent three years at Roman Catholic watching his teammates receive and eventually accept Division I offers. This year’s senior guards, Shep Garner (Penn State) and Rashaan London (Drexel), both got offers by their sophomore … Continue reading

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Eke’s recruitment re-opened as he’s taking prep year

David Hassinger (@David_Hassinger) – Devine Eke gave a verbal commitment to Fairleigh Dickinson University before starting his senior year, but ultimately couldn’t get the grades he needed to qualify for the NCAA’s Division I. Now playing for the NJ Got … Continue reading

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July Live Period: Week 1 Roundup

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – The CoBL staff was all over the area over the last five days, talking to and scouting dozens upon dozens of local and national prospects who came to various camps and AAU events in the region … Continue reading

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Elevate Hoops Showdown: Tournament Standouts

Alex Chesen (@amchesen), Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_neiburg) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The Elevate Hoops Showdown concluded its two-day tournament on Sunday afternoon, with the 15U, 16U and 17U brackets all holding their various semifinals and finals on the courts at … Continue reading

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Elevate Hoops Showdown: Day 2 Recruiting Notebook

David Hassinger (@david_hassinger), Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The Elevate Hoops Showdown concluded its two-day tournament on Sunday afternoon, with the 15U, 16U and 17U brackets all holding their various semifinals and finals on the courts at … Continue reading

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Elevate Hoops Showdown: Championship Recaps

David Hassinger (@David_Hassinger), Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The Elevate Hoops Showdown concluded its two-day tournament on Sunday afternoon, with the 15U, 16U and 17U brackets all holding their various semifinals and finals on the courts at … Continue reading

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Elevate Hoops Showdown: Day 1 2016/2017 Notebook

Varun Kumar (@HaroldandVKumar) – With the Reebok Breakout Classic wrapped up after its three days, the Elevate Hoops Showdown’s two-day, high-level tournament got underway on Saturday. The 17U bracket ran all day on the four courts at Philly U, with … Continue reading

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Elevate Hoops Showdown: Day 1 Evening Notebook

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – With the Reebok Breakout Classic wrapped up after its three days, the Elevate Hoops Showdown’s two-day, high-level tournament got underway on Saturday. The 17U bracket ran all day on the four courts at Philly U, with … Continue reading

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Hoop Group Elite Camp: Day 3 Notebook (2016/2017s)

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) & Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) – More than 700 high schoolers descended on the campus of Albright College in Reading, Pa. this week for the Hoop Group’s first Elite Camp of the summer, and the Division I coaches … Continue reading

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