• Going for Gold: USA U16 Men’s team advances to title game bouncing Puerto Rico

    MALDONADO, Uruguay – The USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team will go for gold Saturday afternoon. In spite of a a slow start Friday, the Americans regrouped, surging past Puerto Rico, 93-64, and into the 2013 FIBA Americas U16 Championship gold medal game. In the other medal semifinal, Argentina (3-1) knocked off Canada (3-1)...

  • Newman remains hot; USA U16 Men’s Team waltzes through pool play unbeaten

    MALDONADO, Uruguay — Malik Newman is in a zone. Newman of Callaway (Jackson, Miss.) poured in 26 points as the USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team (3-0) outpaced Bahamas, 121-52, Thursday at the FIBA Americas U16 Championships. Newman, who notched his 26 points in just 20 minutes of action, hit a stellar...

  • Newman powers U16 USA Men past Argentina, 96-72

    MALDONADO, Uruguay — The Americans nade it look easy … again. Malik Newman  of Callaway 9Jackson, Miss.) scored a game-high 21 points to lead the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s U16 National Team (2-0) to a hard-fought 96-72 victory over South American rival Argentina  Wednesday night at the FIBA Americas U16 Championships. The USA’s...

  • Mulkey joins USA U16 Women’s Team after McCoy withdraws due to injury

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — After training for three days as an alternate for the 2013 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team at the U.S. Olympic Training Center., center Nancy Mulkey of Cypress Woods (Cypress, Texas) Wednesday was added to the team after the withdrawal of  Tori McCoy of St. Thomas More (Champaign, Ill.), who...

  • Seeing Double: USA U16 Men wipe out Mexico as seven hit for double figures

    MALDONADO, Uruguay – There are lopsided victories and then there was Tuesday’s mother-of-all victories. The USA Men’s U16 National Team left no doubt rolling to a 130-31 victory over Mexico to open the FIBA Americas U16 Championships. The U.S. set or tied three FIBA Americas U16 Championship and four USA U16 team...

  • Beachhead: Pangos All-American Camp spawns another generation

    LONG BEACH, Calif. – Take note: These guys are really good. No fooling. Just because the second assemblage of 30 players did not compete in the elite Pangos All-American Camp Cream of the Crop Game, doesn’t mean there was a huge drop off in talent. When the camp’s all-stars teams were announced...

  • California Dreamin’: Johnson earns Pangos Camp MVP; Mudiay a magnificent talent

                                                                                                                                                                                 Images provided by Nick Koza LONG BEACH, Calif. – Better get used to Pangos All-American as a major player in the boys’ basketball summer camp scene. Boasting players from several states—mostly west of the Mississippi River—and various shoe affiliations (think adidas, Nike, Reebok), Pangos managed to tip off the camp season...

  • Sweet 16: USA U16 Men’s Team must cut down four players

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The waiting is always the hardest part … so is paring down four players from a talented pool from the USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team training camp. The 16 finalists were announced for the 2013 USA Basketball U16 Men’s National Team that departs on June 7 for the...

  • USA U16 roster finalized; McCoy, Samuelson will don Red, White and Blue jersey

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — And the verdict is in. What began with 124 wannabes at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, the USA Basketball Women’s Developmental National Team Committee announced Monday morning the 12-member roster for the 2013 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team.  Named to the team were:  DeJanae Boykin of Flowers...

  • USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team invites 33 trialists

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Now the hard part begins. USA Basketball announced Wednesday the 33 athletes who have accepted invitations to attend the 2013 USA Basketball Women’s U16 National Team Trials from May 23-27 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center. After putting in countless hours honing skills and oodles of sweat equity,...

  • Frenchman, Wiggins power World Selects over USA, 112-98, at Nike Hoop Summit

    PORTLAND, Ore. — Andrew Wiggins didn’t need to shoulder the load Saturday night. This time he had plenty of help. Wiggins, the nation’s top-rated senior by Blue Star Media and a serious candidate for national player of the year honors via Canada and Huntington (W.Va.) Prep, hit for 17 points, but World...

  • World Select Team finalized for Nike Hoop Summit

    PORTLAND, Ore. – Bring on the world stars. Adding 7-foot center Joel Embiid of Cameroon, who attends The Rock School (Gainesville, Fla.), and Lithuanian guard Tomas Dimsa, who plays for the professional club team Zalgiris-Sabonio in Lithuania, while previously announced guard Mario Hezonja (Croatia/Regal FC Barcelona) has withdrawn, the roster for the 2013 World Select...

  • Go-To 25 Boys’ Basketball Final Rankings, April 10, 2013

    BENSALEM, Pa. – After much debate it has been determined the Blue Star Media Go-To 25 boys’ basketball rankings ended in a dead heat or hung jury. That means Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.) and Montverde (Fla.) Academy have been declared co-mythical national champions. I’ve been ranking high school teams for portions of...

  • Go-To 25 Girls’ Basketball Final Rankings, April 9, 2013

    Go-To 25 girls’ basketball final rankings, April 9, 2013 1. Duncanville, Texas (42-0)** Previous ranking: 1. Low-down: The Pantherettes became the first team in 11 years to repeat as Class 5A champions. Coach Cathy Self-Morgan’s team won the eighth crown in program history and her fifth overall. 2. Riverdale, Murfreesboro, Tenn. (35-0)**...

  • Montverde Academy captures NHSI on buzzer-beating trey completing Florida sweep

    NORTH BETHESDA, Md. – The longest year just ended. Make that in joyous exultation for Montverde (Fla.) Academy. After earning the label of big-game chokers, the Eagles earned redemption in a familiar way, shedding the dreaded tag Saturday afternoon at Georgetown Prep’s Hanley Center. And, it came from the hand of a...

  • Former Philly Belle Dawn Staley earns Hall of Fame with 11 others

    SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the 12 members of the Class of 2013 to be honored September 6-8 during this year’s Enshrinement Ceremonies. This year’s list includes nine-time NBA All-Star Gary Payton, seven-time NCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino, four-time NCAA Final Four coach Jerry Tarkanian, five-time WNBA All-Star Dawn Staley, five-time...