Category Archives: Top Stories

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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Norristown’s Chris Evans commits to Chestnut Hill

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – Norristown 2014 big man Chris Evans has committed to play basketball at Division-II Chestnut Hill College. The 6-7, 250-pounder will be a big body for the Griffins and head coach Jesse Balcer in the Central Atlantic … 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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Old School wins Donofrio Classic behind MVP Stevens

Jeff McDevitt (@JeffMcDev) – A little over a year ago, Lamar Stevens did not even know what the Albert C. Donofrio Classic was. On Tuesday night, the 6-foot-6 sophomore from the Haverford School battled through an injury to lead the … 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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Wilmington coach Mike Gallagher resigns

Andrew Albert (@AndrewJAlbert01) – Wilmington University is now in search of a new head coach after Mike Gallagher announced his resignation on Monday. His resignation came after his fifth season as coach of the Wildcats. Gallagher led the team to … Continue reading

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Donofrio Report: April 14

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Here’s tonight’s report from the Donofrio Tournament semifinals in Conshohocken, with features on one rising Catholic League senior, another rising suburban senior and notes on a few others in the longtime high … Continue reading

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Spring Jam Fest: 2015 Standouts

Ian Simon (@CoachSimon200) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – This is a big summer for the graduating class of 2015. Their final summers on the AAU circuit, their chance to show off the skills they’ve been polishing over the last few … 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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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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Maurice Watson chooses Creighton as transfer destination

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – It took Maurice Watson Jr. just 11 days to find his new home. The 5-foot-10 former star at Boys’ Latin announced on April 2 that he’d be leaving Boston University in search of a bigger stage. That bigger … 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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Penn State guard Graham Woodward to transfer

Austin Lederman (@AustinLederman) – Penn State freshman guard Graham Woodward has been granted a release from his scholarship and intends to transfer to another university, per the school. “Graham has made the decision to continue his playing career elsewhere,” head coach Patrick Chambers said in … 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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