Rawle Alkins Drops 26, Wins MVP as Team Rose Wins adidas Nations Championship

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Rawle Alkins scored 18 of his 26 points in the second half Monday night as Team Rose beat Team Wall, 113-93, to win the adidas Nations championship in Long Beach, Calif.

The 6-foot-5 Alkins won MVP honors while shooting 9-for-16 from the field and 6-for-8 from beyond the arc in the victory.

“When we play together, we’re all amazing as a group, as a unit,” Alkins told ESPNU . “We were unstoppable.”

Alkins recently named his Top 10 schools and plans a visit to Kentucky for Big Blue Madness in October.

Alkins won three New York Catholic League titles at Christ the King High School, but will attend a prep school for the 2015-16 season, he announced. To read more of this story, click here


The 4 Quarters Podcast: Jay Triano, Terrell Myers, Maui Invitational and Recruiting

Adam Zagoria and Josh Newman deliver another episode of The 4 Quarters Podcast, covering college hoops, recruiting, and the NBA for SNY.tv. First up, Blazers assistant and Canadian national team coach Jay Triano joins the show to talk Jamal Murray, Andrew Wiggins, Tristan Thompson, and more.

Later, Terrell Myers of the We R 1 AAU program calls in to talk about his big college prospects. Then, Adam and Josh cover St. John’s and the teams who will play in the Maui Invitational, and wrap the show with a full recruiting round up.

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1st Quarter: Jay Triano (01:00)
2nd Quarter: Terrell Myers (10:20)
3rd Quarter: Maui Invitational (16:05)
4th Quarter: Recruiting Round Up (19:40)

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Tony Carr to Penn State

tony-carr-1Penn State on Monday scored a commitment from 6-foot-4 Philadelphia (PA) Roman Catholic point guard Tony Carr.

“I started to look deeper into things and weigh my options a little bit heavier, I just realized that was the best place for me,” he told CoBL. “I feel like I can go to Penn State and prosper as a young man, not only on the basketball but off the basketball court.”

The No. 52 player in the ESPN 100, Carr also considered Temple, Southern Methodist, Maryland and Providence, but ultimately went with head coach Pat Chambers and his staff.

“I strongly considered the University of Maryland, they have a great coaching staff also, I had a good relationship with them,” Carr told the site. “And also Temple University, Fran Dunphy has always been a great person and…he just told me that he loved my game and wanted to coach me and I felt comfortable with him throughout the process, but I just wanted to go to Penn State.”

Penn State has three commits in the 2015 class: forward Mike Watkins, guard Josh Reaves and wing forward Deividas Zemgulis.

“I believe I can go there and change the whole landscape, with guys like Nazeer Bostick and Josh Reaves and Mike Watkins and Joe Hampton,” Carr said. “I feel like we can change the whole school around make history up there and be special.”

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Alkins, Heron, Simmons, Jackson, Adebayo to Be Featured in Adidas Nations on ESPNU

ATLANTA, GA - July 10, 2015:The adidas Gauntlet Finale at North Gwinnett High School in Atlanta Georgia.  (Photo by Kelly Kline/adidas)

Rawle Alkins will appear Monday night on ESPNU. (Photo by Kelly Kline/adidas)

Rawle Alkins, Mustapha Heron, Kobi Simmons, Frank Jackson and Edrice “Bam” Adebayo are among the Class of 2016 stars who will be showcased Monday night in the adidas Nations event on ESPNU.

The third-place game featuring Team Lillard vs. Team Africa will air at 7 p.m. EST followed by the championship game featuring Team Wall vs. Team Rose will air at 9 p.m.

Team Rose features Alkins, Heron, Simmons, Jackson and Adebayo, along with Javin DeLaurier, Mario Kegler and others. Alkins went for 28 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in Team Rose’s win over Team Africa on Sunday. He recently named his Top 10 schools.

Team Wall includes Markelle Fultz, Dennis Smith Jr., Braxton Blackwell, Payton Prichard and Udoka Azubuike.

In the third-place game, Team Lillard features 2017 stars Gary Trent Jr., Jaylen Hands, Trevon Duval and EJ Montgomery, among others.

Team Africa includes Wenyen Gabriel, who has added scholarship offers from Kentucky, Duke, Kansas and North Carolina over the past few days and is averaging 18 points and 15 rebounds at adidas Nations.

In all, 11 players with Kentucky offers will be showcased on ESPNU, according to Ben Roberts. To read more of this story, click here


Recruiting Roundup: Jontay Porter to Washington; Shamorie Ponds Cuts List

Jontay Porter, the younger brother of prized 2017 forward Michael Porter Jr., committed to coach Lorenzo Romar and Washington on Sunday.

“I just really felt like this was the place I was looking for,” Porter, a 6-foot-8 2018 small forward from Father Tolton (MO), told Scout.com. “I want to play how I was taught to play. I feel like this place is the only place I can do that with how Romar does things.”

Jontay appears to already be working on getting his brother to commit to Romar, who is his Godfather.

“A little bit,” he told Scout when asked if he was working on getting his brother to go to Washington. “I slid in a couple of comments.”

Meantime, Michael Porter Jr. and Trae Young, his point guard on Mokan Elite, have discussed a package deal, with Duke, Washington and Virginia among those courting the duo. To read more of this story, click here


Markelle Fultz Sets Louisville Official

4_3018534Markelle Fultz has scheduled an official visit to Louisville beginning Wednesday and will then trip to Arizona Aug. 10-12.

“I am going to Louisville on Wednesday, which is after this camp ends,” he said. “I am looking to meet the players and just get more detail. An official is different than an unofficial so I am looking forward to seeing the environment and talking to Coach (Rick) Pitino.”

Fultz has already been on unofficials to Louisville, Kentucky and Xavier.

As for Arizona, the 6-foot-4 Fultz out of Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha Catholic previously told SNY.tv, “It’s a great fit, they let their guards play. The have a couple bigs that can play. And I have a good relationship with Coach [Book] Richardson and Sean Miller.” To read more of this story, click here


Quentin Goodin to Xavier

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Quentin Goodin is headed to Xavier.

The 6-foot-2 point guard from Taylor County (Ky.) committed to the Big East program during his weekend official visit.

He also considered Miami, Western Kentucky, Florida and Michigan.

Sources said Goodin has a chance to start at point guard beginning in 2016.

“I will be the point guard, coach [Chris Mack] will use me a lot off ball screens,” Goodin told SNY.tv. “He says that’s where I’m best in the half court setting

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Maverick Rowan Reclasses to 2015, Commits to N.C. State

Maverick Rowan is off the board to N.C. State.

4_2915507The 6-foot-7, 210-pound small forward from E1T1 will reclass to 2015 from 2016 and be eligible for the 2015-16 season. He also considered Louisville, St. John’s and West Virginia.

“I have a great relationship with the coaches, [Mark] Gottfried and [Orlando] Early,” he told SNY.tv. “They have been loyal and stayed with me through everything  this year. Gottfried does a great job for his wings and I feel I can go in and be the same type of player T.J. Warren and Trevor Lacey were.” To read more of this story, click here