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January 5th, 2017
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)
By Ian Powers
This weekend gave college hoops fans no shortage of games and key matchups to watch. UCLA vs. Kentucky was the gem of Saturday's slate but it was only one of 5 games that featured two teams from last week's Power 16 Rankings squaring off against one another. The ACC should be flying high this week after taking down the Big 10 in their annual challenge for the first time in the last seven seasons and UCLA fans should be excited about how far their team can go after a convincing win in Lexington.