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Pitt Jam Fest: Key weekend for several 2015s

Ian Simon (@CoachSimon200) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – For the rising high school seniors, the Class of 2015, this is the biggest summer of their AAU careers. Colleges for the most part have finished up their 2014 recruiting hauls and … Continue reading

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Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest Preview

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – Friday kicks off one of the most important weekends on the AAU trail: the live recruiting period. With the NCAA dropping the live periods–weekends where Division I college coaches can watch players in non-scholastic events–in April … Continue reading

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Team Final Scrimmage Standout Stars

Ian Simon (@CoachSimon200) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – This weekend, several Nike-sponsored EYBL teams (and a few select others) came to Life Center Academy for a set of scrimmages to prepare for the first live period of the 2014 spring. … Continue reading

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Penn adds to incoming class with Dwyer commitment

Teddy Bailey (@TheTeddyBailey) – After months of waiting, Dan Dwyer has finally ended up where he wanted to be. Dwyer, a 6-foot-8 forward from Fenwick (Ill.), has accepted his only Division-1 scholarship and will play for head coach Jerome Allen and the Penn Quakers … Continue reading

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Drexel adds Utah transfer Ahmad Fields

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Bruiser Flint has found his last piece to overhaul the Drexel backcourt. The Dragons got a commitment from Utah transfer Ahmad Fields, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, on Tuesday afternoon. A native of Washington, D.C., Fields originally chose … Continue reading

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2014 AAU Preview: Jersey Shore Warriors

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – It’s tough to say any area AAU program’s had a better last twelve months than the Jersey Shore Warriors. Last summer, a group that expected to take a step back after losing players like Steve Vasturia … Continue reading

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Syracuse Class of ’15 eager to build chemistry

Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob) – On Saturday, Burlington N.J. became a makeshift home for some future Orange. Team Final, the EYBL-sponsored AAU team in Philadelphia, hosted a day full of scrimmages at Life Center Academy that included other top EYBL teams in … Continue reading

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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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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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