Category Archives: Recruiting

Team Final Scrimmages Recruiting Notebook

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Spent all day Saturday at Life Center Academy, watching a quartet of Nike-backed EYBL squads (and a few others) go at each other in a set of scrimmages. With Philly-based Team Final, the Albany City Rocks, … Continue reading

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Allentown G Abdur-Rahkman commits to Michigan

Garrett Miley (@GWMiley) – Per his Twitter account, 2014 Central Catholic guard Muhammad Ali Abdur-Rahkman has committed to Michigan while on his official visit to the school. Back on March 28, Abdur-Rahkman told CoBL at the Donofrio Classic that his … Continue reading

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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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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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Spring Jam Fest: 2016/2017 Breakout Candidates

Ian Simon (@CoachSimon200) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – One of the best parts about the beginning of a new AAU season is the sense of hope in the air, especially for a lot of young ballplayers who are hoping 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: Recruiting Updates

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – The Hoop Group Spring Jam Fest is in the midst of a three-day stay in Manheim, PA. Hundreds of AAU teams in the 15U, 16U and 17U age divisions descended upon Spooky Nook Sports and its … 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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Abington Friends’ Robinson commits to UDC

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – Joe Robinson has finally found a home. The 2014 forward from Abington Friends has been on the recruiting trail, talking with coaches, sending out game and workout tapes and taking visits to various campus. When Division II University … 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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Donofrio Report: April 8

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) & Josh Einbinder-Schatz (@IronicJosh) – It was a hectic night in Conshohocken, as two Donofrio favorites fell before they could reach the quarterfinals. Game 1: Old School Cavaliers 87, I-3 All Stars 73 The favorite for the 2014 … 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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CoBL 2014 Spring Coverage Hub

Here at CoBL, we will be providing a ton of coverage this spring ranging from recruiting updates to AAU tournaments. There are multiple area players looking to build their recruiting stocks this summer, and some who are already committed. Here is … 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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Jordan Robertson chooses Colgate

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – When Jordan Robertson picked up his first Division I scholarship offer, it didn’t take long for him to decide where he’d spend his next four years. The 2014 wing from Wildwood Catholic (N.J.) High School will commit … 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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Wildwood Catholic’s McWade headed to Chestnut Hill

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – After leading Wildwood Catholic to a 23-5 record and the program’s first Cape-Atlantic League title, Eddie McWade finally knows where he’ll be playing basketball in the fall. The 6-foot-4 senior forward won’t have to travel too … Continue reading

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