USA Basketball U17 Trials to Draw Players, Coaches Away from AAU Events; Serves as Incubator for Potential Package Talk

USA U17s

College basketball coaches across America will head out on Wednesday for the third of three NCAA sanctioned recruiting weekends in the month of July.

While coaches will flock to events in Las Vegas, Louisville, New Jersey and elsewhere in hopes of securing future players, the single greatest concentration of talent might be taking place at the USA Basketball U17 trials in Colorado Springs, CO.

Several hundred coaches are expected in Colorado Springs on Friday – the one day the trials are open to college coaches — many of them stopping through on their way to or from Vegas to scout the talent.

Talent that won’t be in Louisville for AAU Nationals or in New Jersey at Live in AC or the Battle of Borders or at any other event across America. To read more of this story, click here

Ivan Rabb Could Package With Newman & Stone at Kansas or Kentucky

RabbNORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Malik Newman and Diamond Stone aren’t the only ones talking about going to the same school together next year.

Ivan Rabb, the 6-foot-10 forward from Oakland (CA) Bishop O’Dowd and the Oakland Soldiers, told he wants to join up with Newman and Stone, too.

“Me, Diamond and Malik, we’re all planning to kind of go to school together,” Rabb said at the Peach Jam.

“But I’m not really 100 percent. They’re more serious than I am because we all have different schools  that we’re looking at…so I make my own decisions at the end of the day because I’m my own man. But if the opportunity is right and I think it’s a good decision, then maybe that might happen.” To read more of this story, click here

ZAGSBLOG All-Peach Jam Teams


NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- After watching all five days of the Peach Jam, here are the ZAGSBLOG All-Peach Jam teams comprised by a small panel of writers and recruiting experts who were on hand.

This is based not on their reputations, not on their potential and not a single-game’s performance, but on how they played in total there and who went furthest in the tournament based on the five days of play.

To the victors go the spoils, hence the three members of the Playaz Basketball Club on the two teams.

We picked a Baker’s Dozen of 13 players, six on the First Team and seven on the Second Team. To read more of this story, click here

Cheick Diallo Sets St. John’s, Iowa State Visits

Cheick Diallo, the 6-foot-9 big man from Our Savior New American and Team Scan, has set two official visits.

Diallo will visit Iowa State Sept. 26 and St. John’s Oct 18, his guardian told He is also planning a visit to Kansas, but no date is set.

Diallo has already been to Iowa State, Pittsburgh and Kentucky. Kansas in also among his top five.

He will sit out the rest of July on the AAU circuit in order to rest and rehab his back.

Coaches from all five schools watched  him at the Peach Jam last week, where he averaged 16.4 points and 7.7 rebounds in seven games.

Team Scan reached the semifinals on Sunday morning before losing to Isaiah Briscoe and the Playaz.

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Knicks’ Hardaway Jr., Nets’ Plumlee Chosen for USA Select Team

HardawayKnicks’ guard Tim Hardaway Jr. and Nets’ big man Mason Plumlee were among the 13 players named by USA Basketball Tuesday to the Select Team that will practice against Team USA for the upcoming FIBA World Championship in Spain.

“It’s an honor and privilege to be able to have such a wonderful opportunity playing with the USA Select Team,” Hardaway Jr. wrote on Instagram.  “Dreams are becoming a reality. Thank you all for the support along the way.”

Also named to the 2014 USA Basketball Select squad were: Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors); Trey Burke (Utah Jazz); Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls); Draymond Green (Golden State Warriors); Tobias Harris (Orlando Magic); Doug McDermott (Chicago Bulls); Victor Oladipo (Orlando Magic); Miles Plumlee (Phoenix Suns); Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics); Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers); and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets). To read more of this story, click here

Emmanuel Mudiay Signs in China For $1.2 Million

Former SMU pledge Emmanuel Mudiay has signed with Chinese club Guangdong, according to a report from Sportsando.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported that the one-year deal is worth $1.2 million.

The 6-foot-5 Mudiay opted to play overseas instead of attending SMU amid reports both that he wanted to support his family and was uncertain whether he would pass through the NCAA Clearinghouse.

In China, Mudiay will be out of sight and out of mind, but one NBA scout said he could still be in the mix for the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

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Recruiting Roundup: Wake Signs Greek Big Man; Bragg to Visit Kansas; Kentucky Offers Swanigan; Carolina Offers Monk, Labissiere; Mitchell Adds Offers; Diallo Sidelined

Here’s a quick roundup of some recent recruiting news:

**Greek forward Konstantinos Mitoglou has signed with Wake Forest beginning with the 2014-15 season.

“We are excited to welcome Dinos into the fold,” said head coach Danny Manning. “He is a skilled big man who is just scratching the surface of his potential. He comes from a wonderful family, and he has been well-coached throughout his young career. We are looking forward to getting him on campus and integrating him into our team.”

The 6-10, 225-pound Mitoglou (nicknamed “Dinos”) is one of the top young players in Greece and will suit up for the country’s U18 national team in this month’s U18 European Championship July 24 through Aug. 3 in Konya, Turkey. To read more of this story, click here

Diamond Stone Announcing Nov. 12; Malik Newman Has No Date

Diamond Stone, the 6-foot-10 big man from Milwaukee Dominican, will announce his college choice Nov. 12, the first day of the NCAA early signing period, he told Evan Daniels of

Stone is considering Wisconsin, Kentucky, UConn, Kansas, Duke and UCLA, among others.

He and point guard Malik Newman have talked about a package deal, with UConn and Kansas thought to be the most likely landing spots for the combo package.

But the 6-4 Newman told Monday night that he doesn’t have a date set for his announcement, and will likely announce on a different date from Stone.

“My boy committing before me…wish him the best of luck… @Diamond_Stone33 don’t mean that’s the school I’m going to tho…,” he Tweeted.

Newman has insisted all along that he and the 6-foot-10 Stone will be a package deal in college, telling Steve Jones of the Louisville Courier-Journal, “I think that team [that gets us] is going to win the NCAA championship.” To read more of this story, click here

Briscoe Says St. John’s, Arizona, Rutgers Call Him the Most

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — The Isaiah Briscoe Sweepstakes is red hot.

Coaches from all the schools recruiting the 6-foot-3 Roselle (N.J.) Catholic guard watched him lead the Playaz Basketball Club to the Nike Peach Jam championship on Sunday afternoon as Briscoe was named to the ZAGSBLOG Peach Jam All-1st Team.

In the above interview with Dan Poneman of Krossover TV, Briscoe says that three schools call him the most.

“St. John’s, Coach [Steve] Lavin, Coach [Sean] Miller [from Arizona], those are probably the only two,” he said, before adding, “Coach [Eddie] Jordan from Rutgers.”

Briscoe is considering Arizona, Louisville, St. John’s, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Villanova. He broke down his schools here and is expected to decide sometime this fall.

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Dillon Brooks Talks Recruiting, Team Canada


4_2918837By JACK LeGWIN

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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. — Dillon Brooks has become a hot name quickly in the basketball world.

The 6-foot-6 Brooks out of CIA Bounce and Findlay Prep averaged 19.5 points in his first two games at Peach Jam, in a 64-60 loss to Each 1 Teach 1, and a 65-62 overtime win over Athletes First.

“Iowa State, Rhode Island, Illinois, Duquesne and New Mexico State have offered,” Brooks said. “I’m getting interest from Michigan, Michigan State, Kansas, Maryland, Washington, Washington State.” To read more of this story, click here