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Team Final hosting scrimmage on Saturday

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL), a summer league consisting of 40 of the country’s top Nike-sponsored AAU programs, tips off next week in Sacramento. With just one week before the big event–the only “live” recruiting … Continue reading

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Bell’s Donofrio performance proof of Princeton’s recruiting prowess

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – If Amir Bell’s play at the Albert C. Donofrio Classic Tournament is any indication, the future is bright for Princeton basketball. The East Brunswick (N.J.) senior was stellar all tournament long, and although he didn’t take … Continue reading

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Penn gets commitment from Darnell Foreman

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Darnell Foreman only needed five letters on Twitter to announce his collegiate decision: UPenn. The Ivy League institution had become his first Division I offer two weeks back, and after thinking it over, he decided on … Continue reading

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2014 AAU Preview: Team PA

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – There’s something very confident about the new name for the program formerly known as PA Pump N’ Run. To declare themselves “Team Pennsylvania,” for a group consisting of kids from the Harrisburg area in a state … Continue reading

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Drexel’s Abif to miss 2014-15 season with leg injury

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Drexel’s 2014-15 roster already took a big hit, and the season doesn’t even start for seven months. The school announced on Tuesday that junior forward Kazembe Abif will miss his entire senior season with a right … Continue reading

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Penn basketball in a state of flux

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Despite the fact that Penn returned every player from its 2012-13 roster, the Quakers managed to get worse in head coach Jerome Allen‘s fourth full year at the helm. It was obvious that something about the … Continue reading

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Halil Kanacevic signs contract in Italy’s top league

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Following a stellar three-year career at Saint Joseph’s where he finished as the first to graduate from Saint Joseph’s with 1000 points, 1000 rebounds, 400 assists and 200 blocks for his career, Halil Kanacevic has signed to … Continue reading

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Spring Jam Fest: Day Three Notebook

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The first big area AAU tournament of the 2014 season wrapped up on Sunday afternoon, with the conclusion of the Hoop Group’s Spring Jam Fest at the massive Spooky Nook Sports complex in Manheim, Pa. Most … Continue reading

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Spring Jam Fest Notebook: April 11

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The 2014 AAU season really got underway in Manheim, Pa., when the Hoop Group’s Spring Jam Fest tipped off on Friday night. Hundreds of teams in the 17U, 16U and 15U brackets opened up play at … Continue reading

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Donofrio Report: April 10

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Game One: Old School Cavaliers 81, LVBR 78 Early on, it was Mikal Bridges’ sharpshooting that propelled LVBR out to a 43-35 halftime lead. Princeton commit Amir Bell heated up out of the break, and Old … Continue reading

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2014 AAU Preview: Team F.O.E. (Pa.)

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Welcome to the new Team F.O.E. Once an offshoot of an established North Philadelphia AAU program, founded by two of the more successful players to come out of this city over the last 15 years, The … Continue reading

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2014 AAU Preview: Team Philly

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Continuing with our look at all the area AAU programs, we come to the aptly-named Team Philly, which features kids from throughout the three biggest “city” leagues–the Public League, Catholic League and Inter-Ac–on all three of … Continue reading

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Donofrio Report: April 9

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The first night of the Donofrio quarterfinals certainly felt like the intensity level had been turned up a notch. Keep reading to find out who advanced towards next Tuesday’s final, as well as some notes and … Continue reading

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2014 AAU Preview: WE R1 (Del.)

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Formerly the East Coast Elite and NJABC programs, WE R1 enters its third year under the joint venture started by co-directors Terrell Myers and Matt Pauls. And expectations are higher than they’ve ever been. Last year’s … Continue reading

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Mary Kline Classic releases 2014 rosters

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The Mary Kline Classic, which has brought together some of the country’s top high school basketball players together to show off their talents for a good cause for the last three years, released the rosters for … Continue reading

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Rowan reunion as Giannini, Stewart elected to PASCCA Hall of Fame

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – For one night, the Philadelphia Area Small College Coaches Association’s annual Senior Banquet and Hall of Fame Induction turned into a Rowan basketball reunion. More than a dozen former Profs players and coaches, along with family … Continue reading

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2014 AAU Preview: PA Renegades

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – One of the smaller programs we’ll profile as we preview the upcoming season, the Renegades are nonetheless very worth knowing due to a strong 17U squad that only got better from last year. Led by Mike Nichols, … Continue reading

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2014 AAU Preview: Team Final (Pa.)

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – As the Philadelphia area’s representative in Nike’s ultra-competitive Elite Youth Basketball League, Team Final is not surprisingly one of the stronger programs in the area. Over the last few years, Rob Brown and his coaches have had … Continue reading

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Donofrio Report: April 3

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The action is really starting to heat up in Conshohocken as the Donofrio Classic Tournament gets closer and closer to the quarterfinals. The third of four Sweet 16 evenings featured a number … Continue reading

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2013-14 CoBL HS Awards: Southeastern Pa.

The 2013-14 high school basketball season in Southeastern Pennsylvania was certainly one to remember. One of the best players in Philly history finished up his career the only way he knew how, while simultaneously setting a new benchmark for greatness … Continue reading

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Maurice Watson transferring from Boston U

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Boston University guard Maurice Watson Jr. has decided to transfer from the program, CoBL has confirmed. “We appreciate our time at BU,” his father, Maurice Watson, Sr., told CoBL. “He had a wonderful … Continue reading

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2013-14 CoBL HS Awards: South Jersey

South Jersey high school basketball acquitted itself quite well this season. Of the four public section winners, one–Pitman High School, led by a trio of Division I prospects–went on to win a state title. Throughout the rest of South Jersey, … Continue reading

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Podcast of Basketball Love: Episode 30

It’s April Fools Day, but the PoBL is serious business. Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) and Ian Simon (@CoachSimon200) are back behind the microphones at the City of Basketball Love studios, with a trio of guests calling in to talk hoops. University … Continue reading

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Donofrio Report: March 31

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The opening of two games at Conshohocken’s famous Donofrio Tournament on Monday evening was packed with enough future college talent and highlights to fill a report–and there were two games! Still, mostly going to focus on … Continue reading

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Pitman’s Foreman weighing options with decision approaching

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – After Darnell Foreman scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half to help Pitman beat Bloomfield Tech back on March 16, he didn’t think his day could get much better. Then he was approached … Continue reading

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