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Live in AC Notebook (Day 1)

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 first night of the event: Sam Foreman (2015/Martin Luther King, Pa./Philly … Continue reading

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High-majors calling on Tony Carr after Peach Jam run

Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) – Since college coaches could begin contacting players from the Class of 2016 last month, Tony Carr‘s phone has been one of the busiest in the area. The 6-3 point guard made a name for himself throughout the … Continue reading

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Penn State’s D.J. Newbill ready for new role

Austin Lederman (@AustinLederman) – Penn State’s D.J. Newbill has had a busy summer. From having a good showing in the Kevin Durant Skills Academy that allowed him to be invited to the LeBron James Skills Academy, Newbill’s been spending his offseason in the gym, trying … Continue reading

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Summer Jam Fest: Day 3 Notebook

Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) & Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – The Hoop Group Summer Jam Fest came to a close on Sunday evening at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Pa. Most of the AAU circuit’s top teams were down in Georgia at … Continue reading

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Summer Jam Fest Championship Recaps

Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) & Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) – The Hoop Group’s Summer Jam Fest came to a close on Sunday evening at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Manheim, Pa. Most of the AAU circuit’s top teams were down in … 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 Championship Recaps

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob), Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The Hoop Group Summer Classic East wrapped up at Competitive Edge Sports on Friday night. Plenty of talent outside of the Philadelphia area had success in the championship games, … 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 2)

Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) & David Hassinger (@David_Hassinger) – 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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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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Terrance Ferguson: “I will finish” at Prime Prep

Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – [UPDATE: On July 15, 2014, Dallas/Fort Worth Fox affiliate KDFW reported that the Texas Education Agency has revoked Prime Prep’s charter, and that the school plans to appeal the ruling. The appeal … 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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Elevate Hoops Showdown Day 1: Morning Notebook

Jeff Neiburg (@Jeff_Neiburg) & David Hassinger (@David_Hassinger) – Though the Reebok Breakout Classic finished up on Friday, the action at Philly U didn’t slow down. In fact it picked up even more. “The Showdown,” from Elevate Hoops kicked off on Saturday … 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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