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January 18th, 2016
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
On Wednesday, March 30, the McDonalds All American Game will take place at the United Center in Chicago. Here is a look at the rosters:
Edrice Adebayo 6-10 240 PF High Point Christian (High Point, NC) *Kentucky
Udoka Azubuike 6-11 290 C Potters House Christian (Jacksonville, FL) *Undecided
Tony Bradley 6-10 235 C Bartow (Bartow, FL) *North Carolina
Miles Bridges 6-7 225 SF Huntington Prep (Huntington, WV) *Michigan State
The 2016 Jordan Brand Classic will take place April 15 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Here are the initial 16 high school senior standouts selected to participate in the event.
Like Jordan, Ewing and Miller, the last name Payton is one that is revered by all in the basketball community. The first name that comes to mind is NBA Champion and Hall of Famer Gary Payton, who is still among the NBA's all-time leaders in both assists and steals. And even though "The Glove" has been retired for the better part of 8 years, I doubt you can find anyone in the Pacific Northwest that isn't familiar with that name.
A week ago Kansas and Oklahoma gave us the measuring stick for every other college basketball game we want to refer to as “great”.
Let’s see if another Big 12 Conference tilt – this, too, involving the now-No. 1-ranked Jayhawks in the latest Power 16 – can approach it for sheer joyous entertainment value.
Our user mock draft feature is back and we welcome our NBADraft.net community to create a mock draft and keep it updated leading up to this year's draft.
Last year's winner Leland Page (moochiee) of Victoria, BC scored 120 points and won the 2015 Draft Day Challenge, and received a pair of adidas Eurocamp custom shoes. Congratulations Leland!
The 20th Annual Les Schwab Invitational took place at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Oregon from December 27-30. The tournament tends to feature Oregon schools with a couple of programs from nearby Washington, along with two traditional powerhouses with Maryland’s DeMatha Catholic and Virginia’s Oak Hill Academy. It featured both of the East Coast schools in the final, with the incredibly deep Oak Hill squad gaining an 82-66 win over DeMatha to claim the Les Schwab title.
We didn’t have to go too deeply into 2016 to get a confrontation between No.’s 1 vs. 2.
With the Oklahoma Sooners remaining No. 1 in the Power 16 for the third week in a row and Kansas moving up to No. 2 following then-No. 2 Michigan State’s loss at Iowa last week, that confrontation will take play in Lawrence Monday night when Kansas plays host to the Sooners.