We R 1 wins 17U Championship @ Under Armour Finals [Video]

After winning five of their last six regular season games, the 17U We R 1 squad capped off a strong Under Armour campaign by winning the UAA Finals in Suwannee during the More »

Quindarious “Tookie” Brown Highlights @ Under Armour Finals

Mississippi State commit “Tookie” Brown showcased his talents during the second live period at the 2014 UAA Finals, leading his Atlanta Xpress team in scoring with 11.8 points per contest. Brown also More »

Sayon Charles buzzer-beater wins 16U title for New Heights @ Under Armour Finals

With time running out, 6’5 Sayon Charles from New Heights AAU tipped in a missed shot, sending his team to a championship at the Under Armour Finals, knocking off the hometown Atlanta More »

KC Run GMC Day 3 Highlights @ Under Armour Finals [Video]

The KC Run GMC team is cruising into the semifinals of the Under Armour Finals in Suwanee, Georgia, and its due in large part to the play of Jimmy Whitt and Kevin More »

Diamond Stone throws down monstrous one-handed dunk @ Under Armour Finals [2015/Young Legends]

Top-ranked 2015 big man Diamond Stone showed off his agility on Thursday by getting to the rim quickly and with force, throwing down a huge one-handed dunk at the UAA Finals in More »

 

We R 1 wins 17U Championship @ Under Armour Finals [Video]

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After winning five of their last six regular season games, the 17U We R 1 squad capped off a strong Under Armour campaign by winning the UAA Finals in Suwannee during the second live period. Led by Derrick Jones and Otis Livingston, We R 1 won all seven games in Georgia, finishing it off with a 66-46 win over Sports U on Saturday, July 22.

Special thanks to Daren Scarberry.

For more on We R 1 and the Under Armour Finals, stay tuned to Behind The Box Score.

Quindarious “Tookie” Brown Highlights @ Under Armour Finals

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Mississippi State commit “Tookie” Brown showcased his talents during the second live period at the 2014 UAA Finals, leading his Atlanta Xpress team in scoring with 11.8 points per contest. Brown also grabbed 2.6 rebounds per while shooting 56% from the field.

Special thanks to Daren Scarberry and NextUpRecruits.

For more on Atlanta Xpress and the UAA Finals, stay tuned to Behind the Box Score.

Sayon Charles buzzer-beater wins 16U title for New Heights @ Under Armour Finals

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With time running out, 6’5 Sayon Charles from New Heights AAU tipped in a missed shot, sending his team to a championship at the Under Armour Finals, knocking off the hometown Atlanta Xpress by a count of 46-44.

For more on New Heights and the entire Under Armour Finals, stay tuned to Behind The Box Score. Subscribe to our YouTube channel here.

Special thanks go out to Daren Scarberry of NextUpRecruits.

 

KC Run GMC Day 3 Highlights @ Under Armour Finals [Video]

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The KC Run GMC team is cruising into the semifinals of the Under Armour Finals in Suwanee, Georgia, and its due in large part to the play of Jimmy Whitt and Kevin Puryear. They used a 46-12 run in their quarterfinal victory over 1 Nation to stay in the winners bracket on Saturday.

Special thanks to Daren Scarberry and NextUpRecruits.

For more on the UAA Finals and KC Run GMC, stay tuned to Behind The Box Score.

Diamond Stone throws down monstrous one-handed dunk @ Under Armour Finals [2015/Young Legends]

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Top-ranked 2015 big man Diamond Stone showed off his agility on Thursday by getting to the rim quickly and with force, throwing down a huge one-handed dunk at the UAA Finals in Suwanee.

Special thanks to Daren Scarberry from NextUpRecruits.

For more from the UAA Finals and the July Live Periods, stay tuned to Behind The Box Score, and please view/subscribe to our YouTube channel as well.

Blaise Gammon opens UAA Finals with trio of dunks [2015/KC Run GMC]

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2015 big man Blaise Gammon dominated the paint on Wednesday night, throwing down three dunks and scoring 17 points as he helped his KC Run GMC team roll to a 65-54 victory over Team Charlotte.

Special thanks to Daren Scarberry with the video.

For more on the UAA Finals, stay tuned to Behind The Box Score and Next Up Recruits.

Glynn Watson game-winning buzzer beater @ Under Armour Finals [2015/Illinois Wolves]

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2015 Illinois Wolves PG Glynn Watson helped his team win their first game at the UAA Finals in Atlanta thanks to a buzzer-beating jumper in double OT, defeating Game ELITE 41-39.

Extra footage courtesy of NextUpRecruits and Daren Scarberry.

For more from the UAA Finals, be sure to stay tuned to Behind The Box Score and Next Up Recruits.

Help basketball in Columbus: Support and Donate to Coach Vic’s Weekly Showcase

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I have been covering basketball high school basketball in Columbus for the better part of five years now, but just last year I was introduced to some great basketball before the regular season starts. On Sunday nights last year at The Hoop on E 5th Ave, former Northland book keeper and player consultant Victor Dandridge put on a weekly open gym/showcase for the top players in Columbus and around the state. 

In order to keep this great event going, Coach Vic is asking for donations of any and all denominations, and the end goal is a total of $5,000.

If you want a direct link to the donation page, visit here: Coach Vic’s Weekly Showcase

Khalil Iverson throws down monster dunk @ Ohio AAU State Championship [Video]

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2015 forward Khalil Iverson put his crazy athleticism on display this weekend at the AAU State Championship, slamming home this monster dunk over a defender. Iverson helped lead Ohio Varsity to a 70-54 win over ABU Elite in pool play.

For more on Iverson and the AAU State Championship, stay tuned to Behind The Box Score.


EYBL Session 3: Hampton Recap

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Now that the teams have made it back to their respective cities and the stats have been tallied up, let’s take a look at some of the major story lines from this weekend’s action at Nike’s EYBL Session 3.

Mixed success for Ohio teams

The beat goes on for All-Ohio Red

Led by Jalen Coleman and Esa Ahmad, All-Ohio Red finished the weekend at 3-1 to bring their mark to 8-3 overall, which has them still in second place, one game behind Team Penny in Division B. The success for Red this weekend was due in large part to their three-point shooting, knocking down eight per game, with Coleman leading the pack. The La Lumiere star was 14-of-24 on the weekend from beyond the arc in their four games, en route to averaging 16 points per game.

Red had some impressive wins, including an 82-63 win over Houston Hoops in their opening game. The only loss this weekend came to the Oakland Soldiers, led by the dominant big man duo of Ivan Rabb and Stephen Zimmerman who combined for 20 rebounds and five blocks in a 69-53 win.

Ahmad talks about Maryland visit

After visiting Maryland on Friday, Esa Ahmad continued to impress with 14 points and four rebounds per game. The Shaker Heights star spoke about the visit and his list after the win over Houston Hoops.

“They just took me around campus, [to] visit the dorms and got to look at the Comcast Center, it was a nice campus,” Ahmad said. “I want to start paring things down next month or two, but after the visit, [Maryland] really moved up my list.”

King James still looking for breakthrough

Coming into the weekend the schedule set up nicely for King James to get back into the thick of things in terms of a Peach Jam run. They were just a couple of plays from being 4-0 this past weekend, but ended up splitting their four games in Hampton at 2-2. In their opening game against the Jackson Tigers, scoring sensation Malik Newman torched King James for 36 points, hanging on to defeat VJ King and company 73-68 in the opening game of Saturday morning.

After being held to just nine points in the loss, Duke-commit Luke Kennard stepped up with games of 19 and 18 points in wins over New York Lightning and Baltimore Elite respectively. King James seemed to be on the right track, and in their final game of Session 3 they led The Family at one point by 15, but turnovers and this buzzer-beating three from Miles Bridges handed the Shooting Stars their second loss of the weekend. The loss moved them back to 5-7, which is fifth in Division A play, one game back of The Family.

Instant offense: Newman, Trier, Blakeney put up big numbers

As mentioned above, King James was ousted in their first game by Malik Newman with 36 points, but that was just the beginning. The Jackson Tigers star put up 33 and 31 point games later on in the weekend as he improved his scoring average to 24.4 points per game. Newman’s outside shot was huge in that first game, hitting five of eight from deep in the game, including two fade-away threes in the first half over taller defenders.

In most cases, averaging 24.4 ppg would be first in most AAU leagues, but then again most leagues don’t have Athletes’ First guard Allonzo Trier, who is scorching the nets to the tune of 28.5 points per contest. His average jumped up over the weekend in Richmond thanks in large part to four straight 30-plus games, including a 35-point outburst in a 60-54 win over Meanstreets. Add in the fact that he is shooting 92% from the free-throw line, and you have all the parts to be the best scorer in the EYBL.

Even Newman’s 36 and Trier’s 35-point games were not enough to be the top performance over the weekend at the Boo Williams Sportsplex, and that honor goes to E1T1 guard Antonio Blakeney, who had a session-high 42 points in a 103-77 win over Team United. Blakeney is known to be a volume shooter who can get hot at a moment’s notice, and this was no different, as the Orlando-native made 14 of his 20 shots en route to the big performance. The Oak Ridge HS guard sits just seventh on the scoring averages however, due in part to a tough four-point performance in a loss to CIA Bounce.

Rising talent: 2016 Jayson Tatum continues to shine as he plays up

Although the EYBL is comprised mostly of 2015 talent, there were a couple 2016 stars who took the spotlight this weekend in Hampton, and 6-foot-8 Jayson Tatum was arguably the most impressive. Playing for the St. Louis Eagles, the shooting guard had consecutive 31 point games and is using his size to his advantage, picking up a majority of his points in the paint. In an interview after an 84-60 over NTL Red Storm, Tatum says he will grow to be at least 6’10, and sees himself playing anywhere between the two and the four in college.

Team SCAN and NJ Playaz complete perfect weekend

Riding an eight-game winning streak, the Playaz Basketball Club continues to dominate the EYBL thanks to some strong first-half starts. In three of the four wins in Hampton, the Playaz jumped out to a 15-point halftime lead, and have won each game by an average of 15.2 points. Guard Isaiah Briscoe has really been the key to their success and is filling the stat sheet, leading the team in points (17.8) and assists (4.9), and is second in rebounds with 6.9 per game, second to forward Shakiur Juiston.

Just up the road from the Playaz is New York City’s Team SCAN, who also finished up a 4-0 weekend, including a key wins over Howard Pulley and The Family. Post play from high-motor guys Cheick Diallo and Thomas Bryant gave Team SCAN the boost they needed, combining to average 31.2 points and 18.6 rebounds in the four games at Session 3. Bryant went against Huntington Prep teammate Miles Bridges on Sunday morning, and Bridges won the battle (17 points and 15 rebounds), but it was Bryant and his team who won the war as Team SCAN outlasted The Family 59-51 in one of the more competitive games all weekend.