Monday, September 26, 2016
Contrary to popular belief the world’s best basketball players don’t simple magically appear. Well in advance of players becoming nationally known names and one-and-done lottery pick in the NBA – they each have been scouted, evaluated and analyzed for years in comparison to the other top players in their respective class.
In most cases only the most dedicated youth basketball fans follow the recruitment and class rankings at this level; with elite level scouting this is the typically the first insight into who will be the NBA’s next talent.
It is extremely important that everyone remember that all highly touted players do not follow the same or traditional path to the league. Yet, in most cases scouting services such as ESPN, Rivals, Scouts, 247Sports, NBA Draft Net and other do a phenomenal job in the identification of the top of the best talent in the respective class.
Looking back at the recent NBA draft classes you will find the large majority of American players taken were considered 5-star prospects and were ranked highly in their respective recruiting class rankings.
Please let’s all stop calling it AAU; and refer to its true moniker; “Grassroots” basketball - with the class ranking recently completed it’s a good time to take stock of the best long-term prospects just leaving and/or currently playing Middle School basketball. There is a good chance with good health, continue work, and growth – these will be some of the players in the upcoming NBA Drafts.
Sunday, September 25, 2016
8th Grader Trey Patterson of @SportsUTeamIZOD, Jr. Elite Day1 Highlights #FAA16 pic.twitter.com/tqApUuPnQF— Hoop Group (@TheHoopGroup) August 1, 2016
|1||Zion Harmon, 5'10, Washington, DC|
|2||Trey Patterson, 6'8, New Jersey|
|3||Ryan Conway, 6'2, Maryland|
|4||Chuks Lucky Isitua, 7'0, Texas|
|5||Donnell Harris, 6'7, Florida|
Friday, September 23, 2016
Middle School All-American Game 2022 Co-MVPs
Dee Morton (GA) & Derick Key (Washington, DC)
Carlos Alexander (Maryland) & Jarace Walker (Pennsylvania)
|P2BBall Names Jaden Bradley the Nation #1 Player Class of 2022|
|1||Jaden Bradley, North Carolina|
|2||Emoni Bates, Michigan|
|3||Bryce Griggs, Texas|
|4||Dee Morton, Georgia|
|5||Kamari Lands, Indiana|
|P2BBall Names Elijah Fisher as the Nations #1 Player|
The TRUE 2023 National Rankings have dropped and Canada's Elijah Fisher has officially taken over the nation's #1 spot Visit www.p2bball.com to see entire list!A video posted by Coach Francis (@coachfrancisusa) on
|1||Elijah Fisher, Canada|
|2||Franklin Ayissi-Etoh, Maryland|
|3||Jordan Ross, Utah|
|4||Aden Holloway, North Carolina|
|5||Sebastian Robinson, New Jersey|