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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 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 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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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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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 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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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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Hoop Group Elite Camp: Day 3 Notebook (2015s)

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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Breakout Classic: Day 2 Evening Notebook

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – The Reebok Breakout Classic continued into its second day on Thursday morning, with the second set of games of the star-studded event. The two courts at Philly U hosted more than 100 Division I college coaches … Continue reading

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Homecoming for Horace Spencer at Breakout Classic

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The Reebok Breakout Classic brought kids from 40 states into the courts at Philadelphia University for a high-level three-day camp in front of hundreds of Division I coaches. A good portion of the 120 kids in … Continue reading

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Breakout Classic: Day 2 Morning Notebook

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215) – The Reebok Breakout Classic continued into its second day on Thursday morning, with the second set of games of the star-studded event. The two courts at Philly U hosted more than 100 Division I college coaches … Continue reading

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Reebok Breakout Classic: 2016 Recruiting Notebook (Day 1)

Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld), Varun Kumar (@haroldandVKumar) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The Reebok Breakout Classic, which has been bringing top high school basketball prospects to the courts at Philly U for the last few years, got its 2014 version underway … Continue reading

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Reebok Breakout Classic: 2015 Recruiting Notebook (Day 1)

Ari Rosenfeld (@realA_rosenfeld), Varun Kumar (@haroldandVKumar) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – The Reebok Breakout Classic, which has been bringing top high school basketball prospects to the courts at Philly U for the last few years, got its 2014 version underway … Continue reading

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Delco Pro-Am Notebook: July 8

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) & Garrett Miley (@GWMiley) – Back at the Delco Pro-Am for a stop in to check out the small-college and D-I alumni action before the live period begins on Wednesday night. Here’s a notebook featuring two recent … Continue reading

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Updated CoBL D-I Recruiting Needs: Part 2

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – (Ed. Note: This piece originally ran May 21. We’ve updated it to include recent commitments with the July live periods just days away) With the recruiting for 2014 over and done with, Division I programs across … Continue reading

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Updated CoBL D-I Recruiting Needs: Part 1

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – (Ed. Note: This piece originally ran May 19. We’ve updated it to include recent commitments with the July live periods just days away) With the vast majority of recruiting for 2014 over and done with, Division … Continue reading

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Penn State recruiting roundtable

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Penn State added to its 2015 recruiting class in a big way on Tuesday night, with Oak Hill Academy (Va.) guard Josh Reaves’ announcement that he would be continuing his career as a Nittany Lion. It’s … Continue reading

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Roman’s Gemil Holbrook becomes Rider’s first 2015 verbal

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Roman Catholic’s Gemil Holbrook has committed to Rider, just four days after receiving the offer from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference school. Even though it was his first offer and the July live periods are just a week … Continue reading

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For Geoff Arnold, Gary Papa Run a milestone in cancer battle

Garrett Miley (@GWMiley) & Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – Saint Joseph’s assistant head coach Geoff Arnold has gone through the highest of highs this season. He and the rest of the Hawks cut down the nets in Brooklyn, N.Y. and took … Continue reading

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Constitution assistant Fran Hamilton, 31, dies

Josh Verlin (@jmverlin) – A few months ago, Constitution assistant coach Fran Hamilton was offered a head coaching job at a school out west–and turned it down. Having been at Constitution for three years, he wanted to see a special group … Continue reading

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