• Reebok Breakout Challenge

    PHILADELPHIA, PA – The intrigue was there. So were the no-look passes, European game and a selfless approach that defines a true throwback point guard. At first glance, Lucas Antunez is a tacit 17-year-old. When the basketball is on his fingertips there’s a transformation into an innate passer, ball-handler, who prefers to...

  • Isis Thorpe Breaking Out

    HARRISBURG, Pa. – She blend into the fabric of a star-studded team such as the Philadelphia Belles U16. When you notice her unique name – named after an Egyptian goddess – Isis Thorpe begins to stand out. With summer teammates Villanova-bound forward Megan Quinn (Episcopal Academy, Pa.), sharpshooter Kelly Hughes (Point Pleasant...

  • Martin, Tyson Fuel Carolina Belles during long Summer

    HARRISBURG, Pa. – Short on talent? That depends on the opponent along the long winding road of the summer girls’ basketball circuit. Typically there are beatings dished out and received, but if there’s a dearth of skill or flair, don’t ever question the Carolina Belles’ desire or determination. After splitting six games...

  • USA Men’s U17 World Championship

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Bring on the world. That’s the mantra of the USA Men’s U17 World Championship squad that was finalized Tuesday evening at the Olympic Training Center by head coach Don Showalter and his staff. The 12-man team is a who’s who of grassroots basketball, with several players already committed...

  • Pangos All-American Camp

    LONG BEACH, Calif. – Consider the summer basketball circuit officially here. Though the players have been toiling at various events for the last two months, the Pangos All-American Camp for many evaluators, ring in a new batch of prospects. Camp director Dinos Trigonis invited 125 players, there were a handful of no-shows...

  • Big Apple Challenge

    UNION, N.J. – Selfless play is considered rare on the summer circuit, where the basketball is subject to a vanishing act. Distribution channels cease when egocentric players declare: I’m the show. Sound familiar? Roles are defined into categories of ballhandlers, defenders, shooters and warriors on the boards. When teams share the ball,...

  • 2012 Hoop Group Philly Jam Fest

    KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. – Plenty of talk points after a long weekend at the Hoop Group Philly Jam Fest at the Competitive Edge. The Illinois Wolves won the U17 Division and D.C. Assault took the U16 championship on Sunday. The live period, which allowed college coaches in the building to view...

  • USJN’s East Coast Classic

    UNION, N.J. – It all wasn’t quiet on the women’s basketball recruiting front this weekend. For three days, the NCAA coaches flocked to events nationwide for evaluations. Because starting Wednesday, the fleeting “live period” will end.   Enter “quiet period” for nonscholastic women’s events until July 6 when for 10 days the...

  • USA Hits Nadir at Hoops Summit

    PORTLAND, Ore. — A few things were determined last weekend. First, Shabazz Muhammad stamped himself as the nation’s top senior boys basketball player, but the Class of 2012 on a whole isn’t strong. That was evident when Team USA fell to the World Select, 84-75, in the Nike Hoop Summit at the...

  • McDonald’s 2012

    CHICAGO, IL – Too often the story unfolds on the court. The names from the previous McDonald All American Games roll off the tongue … Jordan, Magic, LeBron, KG, Pierce, Ewing, Rose and Shaq. Having attended several of these games — including the inaugural girls game in 2002 at Madison Square Garden...

  • Girls High School Rankings

    March 21, 2012 Weekly Words: The role call of newly minted state champions is 15 in the Blue Star Go-To 25 girls basketball rankings. Hopkins (Minnetonka, Minn.) and Twinsburg (Ohio), Goodrich (Mich.) and Cicero (N.Y.) North Syracuse expanded that list last weekend taking home hardware. CNS isn’t done as the Breanna Stewart-led...

  • Boys High School Rankings

    March 20, 2012 Weekly Words:The final seven state championships will be conducted in three regions — Far West, East and Midlands. The heavyweight states such as California, New York and Pennsylvania will certainly have direct affect on the Blue Star Go-To 25 boys basketball rankings. Last weekend state tournaments in Illinois, Kentucky,...

  • Montverde Takes Invitational Crown

    MONTVERDE, Fla. — The quaint gymnasium nearly had its roof blown off. The sheer noise after Kasey Hill drilled a 15-footer in the fourth quarter Saturday night was the coronation for No. 19 Montverde Academy. Yes, the Eagles flew past Orlando Christian Prep, 49-40, to win the Montverde Academy Invitational Tournament, and...