#NYBL2018: Saturday Recap

March 17 2018 | The Prep Insiders Staff

GREENSBORO, NC — The National Youth Basketball League (NYBL) was back in action on Saturday as Session I of its sixth season continued in North Carolina. The event series has a developed a reputation in youth hoops for putting top talent on display and a full day of basketball inside the Greensboro Sportsplex revealed many new names…

#NYBL2018: Friday Recap

March 16 2018 | Spencer Pulliam

GREENSBORO, NC — What a treat that the National Youth Basketball League (NYBL) begins its sixth season in my hometown. I’d like to think that I’ve built some good karma by following this circuit across the country since its debut in 2013. Now it’s time to cash in on the good mojo and enjoy a great weekend of youth hoops talent in my own backyard. On Friday, the NYBL demonstrated why it is considered one of the top circuits in youth hoops, as more than 120 teams in grades six through nine made the trek from all corners of the country to come to North Carolina for the debut of the 2018 tournament series. Here are the headlines from the action on Friday night at Session I of #NYBL2018…

West Coast Guard Growing Into Stardom

March 14 2018 | Calvin Davis

SANTA ANA, CA — A standout performance at CP3 Middle School Combine placed Gabriel Quiette on ThePrepInsiders’ radar last year. After breaking out of his shell, it was clear that he’s certainly not going to be a little-known player for much longer. We spoke with Quiette and his father, Dashon, about the improvements Quiette is making to his game, growing up playing against older brothers, and much more…

Indiana Prospect Ascending Towards His Potential

March 13 2018 | The Prep Insiders Staff

INDIANAPOLIS, IN — The great John Wooden is on record saying he’d trade three of his national championships for one Indiana state championship. Indianapolis is the center of Indiana’s basketball universe and that’s exactly where Antonio Lisenbee Jr. is learning the game…

GDAY Camp Showcases Talent Beyond The Big Apple

March 12 2018 | The Prep Insiders Staff

ROCHESTER, NY — New York has a rich history when it comes basketball, but most think only of the talent produced by The Big Apple. However, the metropolitan area of Rochester, New York has a population of over 1 million residents and has produced more than its fair share of players throughout the years. A local organization with a wide-reaching network, GDAY (Great Development of All Youth) has become well-known in the Rochester basketball community, and the program’s efforts in recent years are garnering a lot of positive attention on the national level. Led by founder Oluwaseyi Oseni and director Jamar Gray, the GDAY Middle School Combine was created to showcase the best prospects in Western New York as well as Central New York (WNY/CNY)…

Sunday Rewind At #LucasASWeekend2k18

March 4 2018 | Spencer Pulliam

HOUSTON, TX — Another edition of the John Lucas All-Star Weekend Tournament wrapped up Sunday with a competitive slate of bracket games. The energy in the gym was a clear indicator that this championship meant a great deal to the teams in attendance. Included among the prizes for the winners were trophies, rings, and a sizeable check. Following a full weekend at #LucasASWeekend2k18, here are some of the immediate takeaways from another successful weekend of youth basketball in Texas…

Saturday Rewind At #LucasASWeekend2k18

March 3 2018 | Spencer Pulliam

HOUSTON, TX — The John Lucas All-Star Weekend Tournament has become one of the best events in the country on the travel circuit. It’s date and location also make it an ideal event to bring closure to the winter months in youth basketball. Originally, John Lucas Enterprises became known for its individual camps, but the crown jewel of the Lucas empire may now be this elite weekend of team competition. This event is firmly planted on my “can’t miss” list as it provides valuable evaluation opportunities for so many quality middle school teams and players. Here’s a sampling of the headlines from Saturday at #LucasASWeekend2k18…

Kansas Product Rapidly Raising His Stock

March 2 2018 | The Prep Insiders Staff

WICHITA, KS — One of the beautiful parts of basketball is that you never know when an opportunity will present itself, but you have to be ready to capitalize when it comes. For freshman point guard Jackie Johnson, that opportunity came at the NEO Youth Elite Camp, when he went from a relative unknown to a Top 20 All-Star Game MVP…

Angolan Prospect Set To Become World-Renowned Talent?

March 1 2018 | The Prep Insiders Staff

SCOTTSDALE, AZ — A native of Angola, Sadraque Nganga first came to the United States at the age of 11, but his athletic abilities and natural feel for the game were obvious to those in his home country at an even earlier age. During the past three years, Nganga has traveled back and forth between Africa and several U.S. locations, most recently finding stability in Arizona…

Insiders Report: Pangos Jr. All-American Camp

February 25 2018 | Spencer Pulliam

FULLERTON, CA — It’s no secret that there are too many events in grassroots basketball. Over the years, I’ve altered my approach to selecting which camps and tournaments to attend, and few have withstood the test of time. That’s one of the reasons why longtime grassroots coach and event host Dinos Trigonis has earned my respect. The creator of the famed ‘Pangos’ event series, Trigonis brought the 2018 Jr. All-American Camp to the campus of Fullerton College over the weekend, and the storylines were plentiful…

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