January 22nd, 2016
The recent C.B. L’Hospitalet tournament marked the second of the four qualification tournaments (Rome, Kaunas and Belgrade being the other venues), of the adidas Next Generation Tournament. The winner was the Spanish team from Real Madrid in a close final game over their eternal rival FC Barcelona (50-48) who suffered due to the absence of Rodions Kurucs, with an injury.
How, uh, wide open is the landscape of college basketball deep into January?
Well, consider this: Based upon the way they are playing and not programs’ reputations or “traditions”, there are few – if any – teams playing as well, right now, as are Clemson (ACC), Texas A&M (SEC), Iowa (Big Ten) and USC (Pac 12).
And, of course, there remains the last of the unbeatens: 17-0 SMU, which is ineligible for post-season play in March. All of that goes quite a bit against the grain of the sport, eh?
Some of the top high school talent put on a four day showcase in Paducah, Kentucky for the next stop of The Grind Session. The crowd was filled with Kentucky fans trying to see who might become the next big name in basketball. Here are some of the top players and their performances.
Deshawn Corprew 6’5 – Quality Education Academy 2016