Recruiting Report: Jack Peck (2016)

The leading scorer in perhaps Colorado’s most competitive league is ready to take the next step.

Jack Peck, who just completed his senior season at Heritage, was the leading scorer in the cutthroat 5A Continental League at 18.3 points per game.

“He has an uncanny ability to score,” veteran Heritage coach Jentry Byleveld said of Peck. “He gets shots off that I’ve never seen, and he’s quick off the jump. He can score inside, can score outside. He carried our team all year.”

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Scouting Report: Newton vs Chariton

But it works, and he’s effective as a primary ball-handler. He’s a very lengthy player, and that shows on the glass – he nabs rebounds with ease, seemingly without even jumping. His court awareness is a plus, and he’s able to get to the hoop and finish.

NHR Scout: WEM vs Maple River

The green and white jerseys of Maple River took on the white and green of WEM in the sub-section title game and from the opening tap to the final three seconds this was a closely fought game that brought the drama and excitement of what playoff basketball is all about.

Maple River won 51-46 and I would say in the end they were just a bit tougher than Waterville-Elysian-Morristown. When WEM needed a halfcourt basket out of a timeout Maple River defended perfectly not getting face-cut, getting hands in every passing lane, and being active on the ball.

When Maple River….

NHR Scout: Belle Plaine vs Norwood-Young America

Belle Plaine and Norwood Young-America have distinctly different looking teams with the Tigers playing three forwards at about 6-foot-4/6-foot-5 who all move well, all are strong, and all are active. The Raiders are more guard dominated often playing four at once. They made it hard for the Tigers to cleanly get the ball up the floor on the one end and they were able to attack on the other. So what prevailed?….

Player Of The Week: Feb. 22–28

Owen Chose, Eden Prairie — The junior has been the most explosive scorer in the state thus far in sections. He kicked off the week with a 42-point outburst against Minnetonka, and he followed that with a 30-point outing against Shakopee. Thomas Madison, Hermantown — The senior guard dropped two 29-point performances, including a first-round[…]

Recruiting Report: Hamza Gocobija (2017)

Lincoln Park 2017 small forward Hamza Gocobija is a big shooter at 6’6” with a plus skill in being able to be a perimeter marksmen. He has a great release and is consistently accurate.

LHSAA Round 2: Class 3A-5A

With only 16 teams left in each class, things are beginning to take shape. There were a few more upsets in round 1 for these classes but none of the title contenders. We’ll identify a couple match-ups that are interesting to watch heading into the 2nd round that’ll be played mostly tomorrow.

PHD Playoff Central: Monday (ND)

District title games are happening all over, Class A conference tournaments about to start, the playoffs are now in full swing so follow PHD Playoff Central every day.

PHD Playoff Central. The WDC and EDC play-in games are completed and the quarterfinals are this week with the semi-finals and finals heading into the weekend. There are Region 1 games this evening and district title games being played all over the state. Technically March Madness is a day away but based on the desperation of playoff season the feeling of March is already here.

The Big Stage. There are….

Top 30 Power Poll: Week 12

We head into the home stretch of the season, with VISAA and VHSL state tournaments getting started this week. There were a lot of upsets and shake ups throughout conference and regional action, and it shows. Here’s the final Top 30 Power Poll before state tournaments, featuring the top teams in the VISAA and VHSL regardless of classification!

Scouting Report: Des Moines Christian vs Panorama

It was evident that Ben Juhl and Keaton Van Soelen were a cut above the rest Saturday night in Des Moines Christian’s 66-58 win over Panorama. The guard-forward combo combined to score 32 of the Lions’ 66 total points, and hit big shots throughout to help the Lions advance to their first state tournament since[…]

PHD Playoff Central: Monday (SD)

PHD Playoff Central. Technically the playoffs started on Saturday with Yankton’s 56-46 win over Harrisburg but tonight is when action gets going statewide. There are pigtail games in every Class B District while first round play starts tonight in half of the Class A regions.

The Class B winners will then get…

4A Impact Players

Eron Gordon – 6-2 SG – Cathedral
Gordon’s importance as an improved shooter and ability to get into the lane makes sure Cathedral’s offense goes. The Irish rely on the 3-point shot often and Gordon opens up the outside with the way he is able to penetrate. There are other guards on this team who can create, but Gordon’s rise in play has gone alongside the team’s winning streak to end the season.

Tournament Surprises Of Northwest OH

Listed below are teams and a few players that have stood out, and been a pleasant surprise thus far into the OHSAA Boys Basketball Tournament:

Teams:

Sylvania Northview – While this senior laden group had a strong showing in the Northern Lakes League this season, they have really turned it on these past few weeks, landing them in a matchup with Toledo St. Johns in the District Semifinals. They will once again be underdogs, a position they are familiar with as they were considered the same in their previous two tournament games, a pair of wins over Findlay and Springfield.

NHR Playoff Central: Monday

Minnesota got their Sunday break from the playoffs but the biggest games are yet to come. Review Saturday, get ready for Monday with NHR Playoff Central.

NHR Playoff Central. Saturday lived up to the hype of March Madness even though it was three days prior to the calendar flipping. Upsets, great games, full afternoons in single buildings it was a basketball lover’s dream. See the top upsets in Upset City below!…

Recruiting Report: Perry Cowan (2019)

DePaul Prep 2019 shooting guard Perry Cowan is one of the premier prospects in the freshman class. The 6’4” wing is a plus athlete with a good understanding of the game at a young age.