Francisco’s Finest: Take Flight Challenge (Stock Raisers)

Francisco’s Finest: Take Flight Challenge (Stock Raisers) REDONDO BEACH, CA—The Take Flight Challenge, hosted by Redondo Union High School, is chock full of outstanding teams and individual talent. There were a number of fine performances throughout day two of the Take Flight Challenge—but none were more impressive than 2020 Ziaire Williams terrific all-around game (33-points,[…]

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Francisco’s Finest: Take Flight Challenge (Sleepers on the rise)

Francisco’s Finest: Take Flight Challenge (Sleepers on the rise) REDONDO BEACH, CA—There were a number of fine performances throughout day two of the Take Flight Challenge—but none were more impressive than 2020 Ziaire Williams terrific all-around game (33-points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 blocks). Sophomore Kenneth Simpson Jr. (Chaminade), junior Devin Tillis (Windward), and[…]

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Las Vegas vs San Diego Showcase: First Five

Saturday was the first day of the showcase season in Southern California, and San Diego got in on the act. The Las Vegas vs. San Diego Showcase was largely meant to put top girls teams on display, but nestled in between the action were a couple of boys games.  Nevada got the best of San[…]

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Cancer Research Classic Standouts (Part 2)

This past weekend I went to Wheeling, West Virginia for the Cancer Research Classic. It is regarded as one of the best events during the whole high school season and was by far one of my favorite events I have ever covered. Below is Part 2 of my top performers from the event. 2021 6’4 Will[…]

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Cancer Research Classic Standouts (Part 1)

This past weekend I went to Wheeling, West Virginia for the Cancer Research Classic. It is regarded as one of the best events during the whole high school season and was by far one of my favorite events I have ever covered. Below is Part 1 of my top performers from the event. 2019 6’5[…]

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Take Flight Challenge (Day 1 Standouts/Part 1)

Take Flight Challenge (Day 1 Standouts/Part 1) REDONDO BEACH, CA—The Take Flight Challenge, hosted by Redondo Union High School, is chock full of outstanding teams and individual talent. The day started off with 2020 stud Julian Strawther showing off his elite shooting while the night ended with UCLA-bound Jaime Jaquez Jr. taking on Santa Margarita’s[…]

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Prospect Spotlight: Davion Scott (2020)

For a guy who’s only played basketball for two years, Deseret Pines junior Davion Scott has come a long way. The 6-foot-1 guard could become a sought-after college hoops prospect before too long. He’s got the athleticism and high motor already, he’s currently working to refine his skill-set. “I feel like I have pretty good[…]

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Ranking the Top Recruiting Classes in America

Earlier this fall, Prep Hoops expanded our 2019 rankings to include the nation’s top 500 prospects. With input from our 120 contributors nationwide, we were confident that we could effectively rank more players than anyone in the country. This opened the door for even more possibilities, including a 150-team ranking of the top recruiting classes[…]

A Scout’s Take: Torrey Pines Holiday Classic (Revelations/Part 2)

A Scout’s Take: Torrey Pines Holiday Classic (Revelations/Part 2) SAN DIEGO, CA.—John Olive and his Torrey Pines Holiday Classic staff have been the architects of one of the best post-Christmas events since 1991—and their hospitality was spot on as well—other than sitting on bleachers for 12 hours (smiling Emoji). Each year they gather some of[…]

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Pentagon Hoop City Classic Saturday Recap

Saturday was the one and only day that the Hoop City Classic was in Sioux Falls. It proved to have a lot of talent, competitive games and a couple celebrities in attendance. Mike Miller, who the Hoop City Classic was formally named before accepting a coaching job at Memphis, was in attendance for the majority of[…]

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Saturday’s Top Performers at the Pentagon: Hoop City Classic

The final day of high school action at the Hoop City Classic featured several great games, talents and celebrities.  Kansas head coach Bill Self made an appearance courtside at the Pentagon on Saturday afternoon after his No. 5 Jayhawks took care of business against Eastern Michigan, 87-63 Saturday morning. Here are some of Saturday’s top[…]

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Friday’s Top Performers: Hoop City Classic

Day two of the Hoop City Classic didn’t disappoint at the Corn Palace in Mitchell.  Day three resumes today in both the Sanford Pentagon and the Corn Palace. Here are some of Friday’s top performers and vote at the end on who you believe the top performer of the day was:  Keion Brooks – La Lumiere[…]

San Diego holiday tournaments – Below the radar

Every year around this time, I try to hit as many of the tournaments going on in San Diego, because there is a lot of good basketball beyond the National Division at Torrey Pines.  On Day 2 of the post-holiday tournament series, I headed to Mount Carmel to catch some afternoon action before heading to[…]

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The Holiday Classic – Day 1 standouts

The Torrey Pines Holiday Classic perennially brings some of the top high school teams to San Diego for four days of excellent basketball spread over five sites and divisions.  On Wednesday, Day 1 of the event, I was able to visit four of the gyms – Sage Creek, Torrey Pines, St. Augustine and Canyon Crest[…]

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Thursday’s Top Performances: Hoop City Classic

The first day of the Hoop City Classic was full of elite athletes playing against elite athletes and that was only the first day.  Also Read: Day 2 Preview UPDATES to Hoop City Classic schedule due to team cancellations: NO 12:30pm game (Harrisburg vs Hutchinson); NO 2pm game (SFW vs Coronado). The 11am game (Mitchell[…]

Hoop City Classic: Day 2 Preview

Friday is a big day in Sioux Falls as the Holiday Basketball Universe ascends on South Dakota in a big way.  Here is your Day 2 Preview. All of the Friday games will be at the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota.    Mitchell Christian (SD) vs Dominican (WI) The Skinny:  Mitchell Christian is 2-2[…]

Names to Know From Each Team: Hoop City Classic

This year’s Hoop City Classic might not have the Mike Miller name attached to it but it still has the same reputation and big names attending it. This year the event spans out over four days starting on Thursday and ending with a pair of NAIA men’s college basketball games on Sunday. The event will[…]

Top performers: 2018 Kreul Classic (Day 4 of 4)

The 29th annual Kreul Classic wrapped up in Coral Springs with championship games in five brackets. Here are the top performers from Championship Saturday at the Kreul: Dave Herard (Fort Lauderdale Stranahan) The junior guard (pictured) had a point to prove against Class 8A defending state champion Pompano Beach Blanche Ely.  “We’re trying to be[…]

Hoop City Classic: Day 1 Preview

The Hoop City Classic gets bigger and bigger with every year.  The Corn Palace may even be called “the center of the holiday basketball universe” considering all the top notch talent coming to South Dakota this week.  PHD has you covered each morning with previews!   Dominican (WI) vs Coronado (NV) The Skinny: Dominican is[…]