The 4 Quarters Podcast: Seth Greenberg, Andy Borman, Book Richardson and NBA Free Agency

Adam Zagoria and Josh Newman check in for another episode of The 4 Quarters Podcast, covering college hoops, recruiting, and the NBA for SNY.tv.

First up, ESPN College Basketball analyst Seth Greenberg calls in to recap the NBA Draft. Then, Director of the RENS AAU program Andy Borman stops by to chat about Rawle Alkins, Mustapha Heron, and other prospects. Later, Arizona assistant coach Book Richardson joins the show to talk about the Wildcats and the U19 national team.

Adam and Josh then wrap it all up with a look at the NBA Free Agent Frenzy.

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1st Quarter: Seth Greenberg (01:15)
2nd Quarter: Andy Borman (11:40)
3rd Quarter: Book Richardson (21:25)
4th Quarter: NBA Free Agency (29:30)

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U19 National Team Overcomes Atmosphere, Greece to Advance to Gold Medal Game Against Croatia

Jalen BrunsonBy JOSH NEWMAN

Facing its stiffest test of the FIBA Under-19 World Championship against Greece on Saturday, the United States overcame not only the opponent, but a hostile road atmosphere for an 82-76 semifinal win and a spot in Sunday’s gold medal game.

Villanova freshman Jalen Brunson was outstanding for the Americans, finishing with a game-high 30 points on 9-for-13 shooting from the field and 10-for-12 from the foul line. He led four players in double figures as 2016 star forward Harry Giles had 13, while Terrance Ferguson and Josh Jackson each had 11.

The United States, the reigning world champion at the U-18 and U-19 levels, will play Croatia for the gold medal on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU. The Americans registered a 103-81 in group play on Sunday over Croatia, which is playing this tournament without projected top-5 2016 draft pick Dragan Bender. The 7-foot-1, 17-year-old professional is sitting out due to a sneaker dispute. 

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Alterique Gilbert to UConn

4_2971215As expected on Saturday, Alterique Gilbert, a 6-foot-1 point guard from Lithonia (GA) Miller Grove, committed to UConn.

Gilbert, ranked the No. 6 point guard in the Class of 2016 by 247Sports.com, also considered Syracuse, Illinois, Texas and Louisville, but only visited UConn.

“I love the relationship me and coach [Kevin] Ollie have, and my mom as well,” Gilbert told ESPN.com. “My reasoning for the commitment is me being comfortable with the whole situation. I just decided to take the best thing for me and my family. We just came to a conclusion together that it would be the best fit for me.”

UConn has Seton Hall transfer Sterling Gibbs coming in for this coming season only, along with freshman point guard Jalen Adams, meaning Gilbert can play alongside Adams in 2016. To read more of this story, click here


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Will Jamal Murray and Dillon Brooks Help Canada Qualify For The 2016 Rio Olympics?

JAMAL MURRAYBy JOSH NEWMAN

The Canadian national team has a history of having its best players play up at the senior level at a young age. For example, Leo Rautins made his senior national team debut in 1977 at just 16, while Steve Nash made his debut in 1993 at 19.

With that history acting as the backdrop to a critical summer that will culminate with the FIBA Americas Championship next month, Canada is getting ready to do the same thing with two of its brightest young stars. Canada released its training camp roster for the Pan American Games on Friday morning with Kentucky freshman point guard Jamal Murray and Oregon sophomore wing Dillon Brooks on it. 

This is not an accident, nor is it merely a reward for being good players. Murray and Brooks are part of the next wave of Canadian stars and both are expected to be key pieces on future national teams. That said, the teenagers are getting a jump on their experience later this month at Pan Am, which will be contested in Toronto.

“I think it’s huge because we’ve had a history of young players representing Canada,” Canada head coach Jay Triano, a Trail Blazers assistant, said on a conference call Friday morning. “I think the sooner we get them involved with our national team programs, it really helps in their development as players, but it really helps in their passion for wanting to represent their country. That’s the thought behind this.”

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USA U19s Rout Italy, Move Into Semis of World Championship; Croatia’s Dragan Bender Sidelined in Sneaker Wars

CJAVJ-XUcAAaiR-The United States U19 team rolled into the semifinals of the World Championship in Greece with an 86-65 victory over Italy on Friday.

Villanova-bound Jalen Brunson led the Americans with 17 points and five assists and uncommitted 2016 forward Harry Giles went for 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Arizona-bound guard Allonzo Trier rolled his ankle in the game and departed early, according to Luke Winn of SI.com.

The U.S. will face the Greece-Spain winner in Saturday’s semifinals.

Canada, meantime, lost to Croatia, 84-71, in the quarterfinals.

Justin Jackson finished the game with 20 points on 7-for-18 shooting to go along with 6 rebounds and 3 assists while Dillon Brooks chipped in with 17 points. Luka Bozic from Croatia finished with 20 points while shooting 50 percent from the field.

In other news from the U19 World Championship, Croatia’s Dragan Bender, a projected top-5 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, was sidelined due to a sneaker war. He wears adidas but Croatia has a deal with Jordan Brand. Winn has the story here on SI.com.

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Murray, Wiltjer, Bennett Headline Canada Training Camp Roster For Pan Am Games; Wiggins, Other NBA Players In For Olympic Qualifying

Jamal Murray action 2By JOSH NEWMAN

With the Pan American Games being held in Toronto later this month, plus next month’s FIBA Americas Championship deciding who goes to the 2016 Rio Olympics, this is a crucial summer for the Canadian National Team.

There was hope that the country’s biggest names like Andrew Wiggins and Tristan Thompson would opt to play at Pan Am, but that will not be the case.

Highlighted by Kentucky freshman point guard sensation Jamal Murray, Gonzaga senior standout Kyle Wiltjer and 2013 No. 1 overall pick Anthony Bennett, Canada released its training camp roster for the Pan Am Games on Friday morning.

“We’ve got a great mix of veteran players and some young players that are going to get introduced to the senior national team,” Canada head coach Jay Triano, who is also a Trail Blazers assistant, said on a conference call after the roster was announced. “It’ll be great to have some of our veteran players play in their own city and own country, some of our younger players be introduced to the senior national team by playing in Canada.”

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Andre Rafus Talks Recruiting, Transfer to St. Benedict’s Prep Because of Violence in Baltimore

Andre RafusAfter losing three friends to shooting deaths in the city of Baltimore in the last four years, Andre Rafus decided it was time to get out.

So the 6-foot-9, 190-pound Class of 2017 forward will transfer this summer to St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark from Baltimore St. Frances and will play for head coach Mark Taylor.

“I chose to transfer to St. Benedict’s in New Jersey because I think I need to get out of Baltimore and that’s the best fit for me,” Rafus told SNY.tv, which first reported the news of his transfer.

“My main goal is getting my family out of Baltimore. It’s crazy, there’s a whole lot of shootings down here.” To read more of this story, click here


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Alterique Gilbert Announcing Saturday

4_2971215Alterique Gilbert, a 5-foot-10 point guard from Lithonia (GA) Miller Grove, will announce his college choice on Saturday morning, he Tweeted.

Gilbert, ranked the No. 6 point guard in the Class of 2016 by 247Sports.com, lists UConn, Syracuse, Illinois, Texas and Louisville, with UConn considered the favorite as it’s the only school he visited.

“Very excited about announcing my college decision Saturday morning July 4th ! Stay tuned in,” he Tweeted.

Gilbert averaged 19 points, six assists and five steals last season at Miller Grove for head coach Sharman White.

“He’s a phenomenal point guard who has a great feel for the game and is also a tremendous athlete,” White told SNY.tv. “He has a very good floor game and can attack at all three levels.”

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