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January 9th, 2017
College Football fans get their last hurrah tonight with Clemson and Alabama squaring off in Tampa. And on Tuesday morning, once analysts have dissected that game ad nauseam, it will be time for basketball to take over in college athletics. And there couldn't be a better week of games to help set the tone for the rest of the way.
Florida State vs. Duke, Creighton vs. Butler, Xavier vs. Villanova, Baylor vs. West Virginia to name a few highlight a week in which basketball will take center stage again, at least in terms of college sports.
Michael Fusek is a 7-foot-5, 21 year old center from Slovak Republic who shined in front of NBA scouts at the 2016 adidas Eurocamp, earning the top bigman award. Playing for Spirou Charleroi in Belgium, he shows surprising mobility and intensity for a player his size. With developing skills, Fusek is an intriguing prospect who could be drafted for his long term potential and is eligible for the 2017 NBA draft.
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The Les Schwab Invitational has been around for 21 years, featuring a large number of NBA alums in it's history. The list includes the likes of Tyson Chandler, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Brandon Jennings, Ty Lawson and Greg Monroe who have come from out-of-state. The talent from Oregon has produced Kevin Love, Kyle Singler, Terrence Jones, Terrence Ross and Kyle Wiltjer, to name a few. Since 2012, Aaron Gordon, Jahlil Okafor, Jaylen Brown and Ben Simmons have been top 5 picks, with last years tournament MVP, Markelle Fultz, almost certain to join them.
2017 is upon us and we are less than six months away from the draft as conference play has begun. The #1 pick remains up for grabs with a handful of players still in the mix to end up going first overall. With today's NBA being dominated by point guards, this year's draft becomes even more intriguing as this is quite possibly the best point guard draft ever with five potential franchise talents at the position in Fultz, Ball, Smith, Ntilikina, and Fox. If there was ever a year to tank, this is the one as even a top 8-10 pick is pure gold in this draft.
We've been waiting on it for two months now. Conference play is under way and while it meant good things for a few teams, it was a reality check for a few others. Seven teams from last week's rankings suffered losses this weekend. Duke looked awful on the road at Virginia Tech while Villanova impressed at Creighton.
December 29th, 2016
Samsun's FIBA U18 European Championship was marked by the absences of NBA prospects such as Luka Doncic (99', 6-7, G – Slovenia), Rodions Kurucs (98', 6-8, SF – Latvia), Omer Yurtseven (98', 7-0, PF/C – Turkey), Onuralp Bitim (99', 6-6, SG, Turkey) and Isaac Bogna (99', 6-8, PG/SG – Germany). With that said, the level of talent was actually pretty good, with many players having the chance to show their skills.
1. Frank Ntilikina (98', 6-5, PG – France)
There wasn't a ton of movement this week in our Power 16 Rankings but Louisville did make a significant leap after taking down Kentucky just before Christmas.
Aside from one or two marquee matchups on Saturday, it was a relatively quiet week for most of our Power 16 teams. Kentucky took home the win in a wild one against UNC on Saturday thanks to a Herculean effort from Malik Monk and UCLA dominated Ohio State to once again prove just how legit they are. Duke was the only team from last week's rankings that didn't suit up this week as they got some much needed rest after what was a pretty busy early season schedule.
Not a lot of movement in this week's version of the Power 16. The only top 10 team to take a loss last week was Butler, who dropped on to Indiana State on Wednesday but then followed that up with a double digit win against Cincinnati.
Marshall County Hoop Fest has had some prestigious names come through over the years and is one of the premier events to start the high school season. Here were some of the top prospects from this year’s event.
John Petty 6’6 185 SG/SF – Jemison 2017 (Alabama)