Eddie Griffin Challenge Rosters

The Eddie Griffin Challenge will take place Sunday at Trenton Catholic. The address is 175 Leonard Ave., Trenton, N.J. 

Here are the game times and rosters:

Sophomore Game – 3 p.m.

Junior Game – 4:30 p.m.

Senior Game – 6 p.m.

New Jersey Seniors

LaQuinton Ross     Life Center Academy (Ohio State)

Myles Mack           St Anthony (Rutgers)

Sterling Gibbs        Seton Hall Prep (Maryland) To read more of this story, click here

St. Mark's Duo Murphy, Tarczewski Draw a Crowd

Jay Murphy has one son at Florida and another in the thick of the recruiting process.

But even he has never seen anything like the turnout for Sunday’s open gym at the St. Mark’s School in Southborough, Mass.

According to the New England Recruiting Report, the head coaches who turned out combined to win the last 11 NCAA championships.

Mike Krzyzewski of Duke (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010), Roy Williams of North Carolina (2005 & 2009), Bill Self of Kansas (2008), Billy Donovan of Florida (2006 & 2007), and Jim Calhoun of UConn (1999 & 2004) were all in the gym. To read more of this story, click here

Golden Hoops Tips Saturday in Brooklyn

After a 15-year hiatus, the Golden Hoops basketball tournament returns Saturday to Edmond’s Playground in Fort Greene, Brooklyn from noon to 8 p.m.
Among those expected to participate are NYC basketball legend and Queens native Kenny Anderson (Team NYC), Brevin Knight (Team Jersey), John Wallace (Team Empire State), Kyle Lowery (Team Philly) and Cappie Pondexter (Girls Team NYC).

“Golden Hoops was a tournament I looked forward to playing in every summer,” Anderson said. “It brought together all the best players from the New York City metropolitan area for a great competition in a great atmosphere. I am excited Golden Hoops is coming back and I look forward to being a part of it this summer as an Honorary Coach.”

THE MATCHUPS

Noon Team NYC vs.Team Philly 2 p.m.

Team Jersey vs. Team Empire 4 p.m.

Team NYC vs.Team Jersey (girls) 6 p.m. To read more of this story, click here

Texas Hoops Star is an Impostor

By The Associated Press

ODESSA, Texas – A West Texas student who led his high school basketball team to the state playoffs last season was actually a 22-year-old man, police said Tuesday.

Police say the basketball star was really Guerdwich Montimere, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Haiti who school officials say was recognized last month by Florida coaches as having been a star high school player in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., a few years ago.

Ector County school district officials said the man posed as 16-year-old Jerry Joseph and enrolled at Permian High School in Odessa for the 2009-2010 academic year. He also presented himself as homeless to the school’s basketball coach, Danny Wright, who took the boy in last summer, the coach said. To read more of this story, click here

Paterson Catholic Closing Its Doors

Myles Mack is the No. 114 ranked basketball prospect by Rivals.com for the Class of 2011 with scholarships offers from various Big East, ACC and SEC schools.

But before he picks a college, Mack will have to pick another high school. His current one, Paterson (N.J.) Catholic, announced Wednesday it is closing at the end of school year because of financial troubles.

Mack politely declined to comment when reached by text. His father Wayne, however, had plenty to say.

“I’m very shocked,” he said. “My wife called and told me and I’m like, ‘Are you kidding me?’

“We didn’t know at all. We didn’t know anything. We thought everything was fine and then all of a sudden — boom.”

Read the full story at Rivals High.

(Photo courtesy Star-Ledger)

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Jersey Surprise – Trenton Catholic Wins T of C

By MIKE VORKUNOV

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Minutes after winning the Tournament of Champions in New Jersey Tuesday night – an honor that usually goes to one of the best teams in the country – Trenton (N.J.) Catholic head coach Fred Falchi wanted to make sure everyone knew everything there was to know about his unheralded group.

Starting with where it’s from.

“They’re going to make us a South Jersey team now,” he said. “We’re not from South Jersey, alright. We’re from Central Jersey, Mercer County.

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Major Grassroots Changes Coming (UPDATED)

Grassroots basketball will undergo some major changes again this summer.

Reebok will not hold its annual Reebok All-American Camp in Philadelphia in July because of a “change in marketing strategy at the grassroots level,” said a source with direct knowledge.

“It just means that college coaches will have to work a little harder to see high-level talent play against high-level talent under one roof, ”  the source said.

Chris Rivers ran the Reebok All-American Camp for two summers as an extension of Sonny Vaccaro’s old Reebok ABCD Camp at Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. That camp featured legendary grassroots players like LeBron James, O.J. Mayo, Sebastian Telfair and Lance Stephenson.

When Vaccaro retired from he sneaker business in 2007, Rivers, pictured above with Mayo, moved the camp to Philadelphia University in 2007 and ’08. Pat Coombs ran the event in 2009. To read more of this story, click here

In-season Hoops Transfers All The Rage

There is the travel cross country, often just for a single game. There is increased media coverage, including magazines and Web sites devoted entirely to their sport. And don’t forget about the frequent appearances on TV, both locally and nationally.

High school basketball has been mimicking the pro game for years, but the latest example may be a bit more troubling than a concern about too-much, too-soon.

Top-level players not only are transferring schools, but they are doing it during the season. And since there is not a national governing body to oversee the moves – not to mention determine eligibility – there often is turmoil on both ends of the moves, especially when a player goes back to a public school after time at a high-profile institution.

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High School & ESPN Hoops Schedule

A lot of folks have been emailing me asking about high school hoops tournaments and providing schedules. Here’s a preliminary list of upcoming events. Click on the event name for the link to the schedule. Feel free to email me at zagoria@hotmail.com if I’m missing anything.

Dec. 18-19: NEW HEIGHTS HOLIDAY HOOP FESTIVAL (The Bronx, NY) featuring Bishop Loughlin, Cardozo, Lincoln & Christ the King

Dec. 18-23: CITY OF PALMS CLASSIC (Fort Myers, Fla). featuring Paterson Catholic, St. Benedict’s, Winter Haven (Fla.), Westchester

Dec. 19-20: HOOP GROUP TIP-OFF CLASSIC (Union, NJ) featuring St. Patrick, St. Anthony, Lincoln and Plainfield

Dec. 26-29: JINGLE BELLS JUBILEE (Paterson, NJ) featuring Paterson Kennedy, Don Bosco, Hudson Catholic & Passaic

Dec. 26-29: SLAM DUNK BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT (White Plains, NY) featuring Peekskill, Long Island Lutheran, Xaverian and White Plains

Jan. 3: NEW YEAR’S JUMP-OFF (Teaneck, NJ) featuring St. Anthony, Paterson Catholic To read more of this story, click here

Deron Williams, Vince Carter Rosters Out

The rosters for the Deron Williams and Vince Carter Nike Skills Academies are out. The camps are taking place June 23-26.

The Paul Pierce and Amare Stoudemire academies begin June 28 and the LeBron James Skills Academy runs July 5-8 in Akron, Ohio.

DERON WILLIAM HIGH SCHOOL KIDS

11 Jamal Branch 6-3 163 75 ½ 2011 Atascocita/Humble, TX
12 Taran Buie 6-1 ½ 172 76 ½ 2010 Bishop Maginn/Albany, NY
1 Isaiah Epps 6-1 ½ 159 74 ½ 2010 Plainfield/Plainfield, NJ
20 Gary Franklin, Jr. 6-2 183 74 ½ 2010 Mater Dei/Santa Ana, CA
2 Kyrie Irving 6-2 172 75 ½ 2010 St. Patrick’s/West Orange, NJ To read more of this story, click here