Words. Matthew Gibson
When talking about the best all-time basketball talent to emerge from Massachusetts, the first name that comes to mind might be Patrick Ewing . But bridging that gap from yesterday to today, three Boston natives and products of the Tilton School (Tilton, New Hampshire) have found themselves under the All-American spotlight in the past five years alone. Following in the footsteps Missouri center Alex Oriakhi and Kentucky centerpiece Nerlens Noel is Kansas commit Wayne Selden, the latest Tilton student-athlete to gain All-American accolades after being selected for both the McDonald’s All-American game and Jordan Brand Classic this spring.
I had the chance to catch up with the electrifying 6-5, 220-pound senior guard as he reflected on his memorable High School career and looks forward to Big-12 Basketball. MORE >
Words. Patrick Cassidy
As expected, Bullitt High School (Mt. Washington, Ky.) superstar Derek Willis officially committed to Kentucky yesterday afternoon. In a press conference held in his high school library in front of a contingent of media and UK supporters, he made his announcement – to a round of cheers.
Check it out here and then see what the fuss is about: MORE >
Words. High School Hoop
When you’re in high school, very things are more important than popularity. It doesn’t matter if you’re a mathlete or one of the best basketball players in the country – eveyone wants to be popular.
ESPN has recruited eight of the nation’s tophigh school boys’ basketball players (all featured in our own Top 50) and given them an opportunity to showcase their personalities and skills to see which player is the most popular among high school basketball fans nationwide. MORE >
Words. Jonathan Marshall
Located 66 miles northwest of Detroit, the city of Flint, Mich., has quite the stake to claim when the top talent-producing areas are discussed. Consider the list of Flint ballers which boasts the likes of Mateen Cleaves, Charlie Bell, Morris Peterson, and JaVale McGee. Rising senior and future Big East star JaVontae Hawkins is primed to continue on the trail of hoops glory blazed by his Flint brothers.
“I take a lot of pride in being from Flint, Michigan,” says Hawkins. “I want to be a part of the tradition and history. We never give up. We’re tough as nails. We got a tradition of winning.”
Hawkins counts Cleaves as a mentor, and the former Michigan State star deems the new kid worthy to represent the tradition. MORE >