• 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team Zalgiris-Sabonio in Lithuania, while previously announced guard Mario Hezonja (Croatia/Regal FC Barcelona) has withdrawn, the roster for the 2013 World Select...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...

  • Dr. Phillips win NHSI crown; Schaible bags MVP honors

    NORTH BETHESDA, Md. – It became evident in the third quarter. Separation was only a few well-executed possessions and a fistful of defensive clampdowns. It was a matter of time. When Sydnei McCaskill, the sly point guard from Dr. Phillips (Orlando, Fla.), knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key,...

  • Gordon brightest star at McDonald’s All American boys’ game

    CHICAGO – Aaron Gordon made a case for player of the year honors Wednesday night at the United Center. Gordon, a 6-foot-7 Arizona recruit, was the star of stars, scoring a game-high 24 points and eight rebounds leading the West squad over the East, 110-99, in the McDonald’s All American boys game...

  • Go-To 25 Girls’ Basketball Rankings, March 27, 2013

    BENSALEM, Pa. – The Blue Star Media Go-To 25 high school girls’ basketball rankings are approaching the finish line. Now that the state tournaments have been completed, there’s still some unfinished business as we head into April. Three teams from the Go-To 25 rankings, No. 9 Dr. Phillips, No. 19 Dillard and...

  • Go-To 25 Boys’ Basketball Rankings, March 26, 2013

    BENSALEM, Pa. – The results are nearly all in. After 50 state and the District of Columbia championships, the season is over for most. The only thing left is the National High School Invitational, which tips off on April 4 in North Bethesda, Md. Seven of the eight teams in the Blue...

  • Taya Reimer, Jabari Parker recipients of Morgan Wootten Award

    OAK BROOK, Ill. – The McDonald’s All American® Games and Morgan Wootten, Hall of Fame coach and Selection Committee Chair, named Jabari Parker and Taya Reimer winners of the 2013 Morgan Wootten Player of the Year Award. Parker, the 6-foot-8 prep star from Simeon Career Academy in Chicago is the 17th winner of the annual male Morgan Wootten Award. Previous winners...

  • Go-To 25 Girls’ Basketball Rankings, March 20, 2013

    BENSALEM, Pa. – Add three more state champions to the growing list of girls’ basketball teams in the Blue Star Media Go-To 25 rankings. Heading into the penultimate weekend of the high school season, three schools—two from California going head to head—go for the hardware. First, the champions. In what is a...

  • Go-To 25 Boys’ Basketball Rankings, March 19, 2013

    BENSALEM, Pa. – So, it comes down to the penultimate weekend for boys’ high school basketball and the Blue Star Media Go-To 25 are far from minted. Three schools in the Go-To 25 will play for state championships—No. 11 Mater Dei, No. 11 Pershing and No.16 Christ the King—in three of the...