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February 12th, 2016
6-foot-5, French point guard, Frank Ntilikina, first performed in front on NBA scouts at the 2014 Jordan Brand International game in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center. His ability to play the point guard position combined with his freakish wingspan rose a lot of eye brows and since then he has progresed well as a floor general and scorer. He is considered by scouts as one of the best prospects of the next generation in Europe and one of the great hopes for French basketball. We got the chance to catch up with him recently to learn more about what makes him tick.
Losses by No.’s 1 North Carolina (two of them) and Oklahoma (at Kansas State) last week opened the gates for some revamping at the top of the latest Power 16.
And the Big East and Big Ten conferences were the ones to take biggest advantage.
Villanova and Xavier are now in the 1-2 slots.
The Big East foes next meet in Cincinnati on Feb. 24. Villanova prevailed by 31 on New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia.
Anthony Barber, better known as 'Cat', has gone from NBA Draft afterthought, to one of the fastest rising prospects in the country. The 6'2 junior from Newport News, Virginia has been on a tear this season and is turning the heads of scouts each time he steps foot on the floor. He's the leading scorer in the ACC, to this point, at 23.4 points per game, ahead of Duke's Grayson Allen by over three points per game, and seventh in the country.
The Big East and Big Ten Conferences continue to dominate the upper portion of the weekly Power 16 ratings, with six teams among the top nine.
The Big East is represented by Villanova, Xavier and Providences (No.’s 3, 4 and 9, respectively) while the Big Ten has No.’s 5 (Michigan State), 6 (Maryland) and 8 (Iowa).
Junior 7-footer DeAndre Ayton is arguably the top basketball prospect in the nation, regardless of class. He may be the best pure talent to emerge at the center position in high school in multiple decades with guys like Greg Oden, Andre Drummond and Karl Anthony Towns, being in the conversation. Earlier this season, he transferred to Hillcrest Academy from Balboa City and has had a very strong showing all season. Coming from the Bahamas, Ayton has a very laid back demeanor, but is beginning to learn how to consistently flip the swich and become a beast out on the floor.
It was a nasty week, not only for the weather but for ranked college basketball teams, as well. Eight of the top nine teams in last week’s Power 16 – all but North Carolina – suffered a loss.
That bit of on-court upheaval resulted in North Carolina switching places with former No. 1 Oklahoma this week.
The 14th annual Flyin’ to the Hoop featured many top teams from Ohio and powers from across the US. Trent Arena was well represented by college coaches and fans ready to watch four days of competitive basketball. The players named to the All-Tournament Team were Seth Towns, Nick Ward, Alterique Gilbert, Josh Jackson, Trevon Duval, and Miles Bridges. Here’s a breakdown of the top player’s performances.
Josh Jackson 6’8 – Prolific Prep 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