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Dereck Lively Commits To Duke

Sep 20, 2021 10:31 PM

Dereck Lively has committed to Duke for the incoming class of 2022. Lively is the No. 2 recruit in the class.

Lively chose Duke over Kentucky.

"I like the whole idea of the Brotherhood, Duke basketball and Duke University," Lively told ESPN. "I believe next year's team has a chance to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament and maybe a national championship. After my playing career, a Duke degree is important to me."

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Emoni Bates Commits To Memphis

Aug 25, 2021 9:18 PM

Emoni Bates has committed to the University of Memphis as part of the incoming class of 2021.

Bates originally committed to Michigan State last summer before reopening his recruitment in April.

Bates had been ranked as the No. 1 player in the 2022 class since he first emerged on the recruiting scene early in his high school career, but he had an inconsistent junior season at Ypsi Prep (Michigan).

Bates and Jalen Duren are two of the four ESPN 100 prospects to commit to Memphis in the 2021 class.

Bates doesn't turn 18 until January, so he is too young to enter the 2022 NBA draft.

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No. 6 Prospect Shaedon Sharpe Narrows List To Four Colleges, Plus G League Ignire

Aug 9, 2021 3:41 PM

Shaedon Sharpe, the No. 6 prospect in the ESPN class of 2022, says he has narrowed his list of options to five: the G League Ignite, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State.

Almost a complete unknown a year ago, either unranked or on the fringes of the top 100 of most recruiting services, the Canadian-born Sharpe averaged 22.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 28 minutes over 12 games at the EYBL.

Sharpe says he will return to Dream City Christian in Glendale, Arizona, for his senior year of high school next week.

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Emoni Bates Reclassifies For 2021 Incoming College Class

Aug 4, 2021 9:05 PM

Emoni Bates is reclassifying for the 2021 incoming class and could enroll in college for the upcoming season.

Bates announced on Instagram he's down to four options: Michigan State, where he decommitted from in the spring, Oregon, Memphis and the G League.

Bates doesn't turn 18 until January, so he is too young to enter the 2022 NBA draft.

Bates could end up playing college basketball for two years, or go to college for one year and then play in the G League or elsewhere for a year before entering the 2023 draft.

 

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Mikey Williams Signs With Excel For NIL

Jul 22, 2021 11:12 AM

Mikey Williams has become the first prep basketball star to sign with a major sports representation agency to pursue name, image and likeness endorsements and sponsorships.

Williams will attend Lake Norman Christian in Huntersville, North Carolina, and play for Vertical Academy. Williams has signed a deal with Excel Sports Management that Excel vice president Matt Davis said he believes "will generate millions of dollars for this young man."

"Mikey's relevance around his peers in the basketball community is off the charts," Davis told ESPN. "He's one of the most relevant personalities in the basketball community. His digital and social following speak for themselves."

Williams is the No. 7 prospect in the Class of 2023 and has over five million followers across multiple social media platforms.

While legislation recently allowed for college athletes to financially profit from NIL endorsement opportunities, no high school prospect unaffiliated with a college program has shown the ability to generate the revenue that Williams appears on the cusp of earning.

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Jalen Lewis Signs Multi-Year Deal With Overtime Elite

Jul 9, 2021 10:29 AM

Jalen Lewis is signing a multi-year deal with the Overtime Elite professional league worth more than $1 million.

Lewis, 16 and born in 2005, is the youngest prospect ever to turn pro in America. 

Lewis is the 12th ranked prospect int he class of 2023 with interest from Kentucky, Duke and UCLA.

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Chet Holmgren Named Gatorade National Player Of The Year

Jun 10, 2021 1:19 AM

Chet Holmgren was announced as the Gatorade National Player of the Year for the 2020-21 season.

Holmgren, the No. 1 prospect in the 2021 ESPN Top 100 class, is committed to Gonzaga.

Holmgren averaged 20.8 points and 12.6 rebounds for Minnehaha Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The 7-footer is also projected as a top-3 pick in ESPN's 2022 mock draft.

 

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No. 2 Ranked Jaden Hardy Signs With G League Ignite

Jun 9, 2021 1:38 PM

Jaden Hardy, the nation’s top guard among high school prospects, has signed with NBA G League Ignite.

The five-star recruit is the No. 2 player in the Class of 2021, according to ESPN.

“I would like to thank God for blessing me. I would like to thank my family and friends for their love and support. I am so excited and fired up that I am turning pro and playing for the NBA G League Ignite,” Hardy said.

In the 2019-20 season, Hardy averaged 30.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 8.4 assists as a junior at Coronado High School in Henderson, Nev., earning the Nevada Gatorade Player of the Year and the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Boys Athlete of the Year awards. Hardy was unable to play a normal season as a senior due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but he was still named a 2021 McDonald’s High School All-American and selected to the 2021 USA Nike Hoops Summit Team.

A Detroit native, Hardy participated in three minicamps with the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team in 2019.

Hardy is the second top-10 recruit from the class of 2021 to sign with Ignite this year, joining power forward Michael Foster Jr. (ESPN No. 7). Hardy, Foster and Scoot Henderson (ESPN No. 7, class of 2022) will help lead a mix of top young standouts and NBA and NBA G League veterans looking to continue Ignite’s success from its inaugural year.

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Jean Montero Signs With Overtime Elite

Jun 5, 2021 6:17 PM

Jean Montero has signed with Overtime Elite, becoming the first international prospect to join the new league.

Montero, from the Dominican Republic, is currently ranked No. 17 in ESPN's 2022 mock draft.

Montero will join on loan from Spanish ACB team Gran Canaria.

The guard joins the likes of five-star prospects Amen and Ausar Thompson in the league.

The league is expected to begin training camp in September. 

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Oak Hill Academy, Montverde Academy Among Teams To Form Elite League For 2021-22 Season

May 26, 2021 1:18 AM

Six national high school powerhouses are set to form a national league starting in the 2021-22 season.

The National Interscholastic Basketball Conference will feature Oak Hill, Montverde, IMG Academy, La Lumiere School, Sunrise Christian Academy and Wasatch Academy, with two other schools to be announced. 

The eight teams will play a 10-game regular season, complete with a playoff schedule.

The league could expand in the upcoming year.

"The NIBC is a great thing for the players and schools involved," said Oak Hill coach Steve Smith. "The best players compete against the best players, teams play the best teams nationally, and I love coaching against the best coaches in the nation. It's a win-win for every school in the NIBC."

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Scoot Henderson Signs $1M Contract With G League Ignite

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Matt Bewley, Ryan Bewley Become First Juniors To Join Overtime Elite League

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Michael Foster Jr. Signs With G League Ignite

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ESPN Moves Paolo Banchero To No. 1 In Latest 2022 NBA Mock Draft

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Chet Holmgren Commits To Gonzaga

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Kevin Ollie Hired As Head Coach Of Overtime Elite

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Emoni Bates Widely Expected To Choose G League Over Michigan State Before NBA Draft

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Bronny James Undergoes Surgery To Repair Torn Meniscus

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2021 McDonald's All American Game Roster Released

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McDonald's All American Games Canceled For Second Straight Year

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