Tag:

Ryan Fish

CHICAGO -- Duke commit Frank Jackson and uncommitted wing Josh Jackson both have the same last name. Both had 19 points for the West team in Wednesday's McDonald's All-American Game, and both earned Co-MVP awards for their performances.

But after a postgame television interview with the two players together, Josh was the one bombarded by the media. Among the lights, cameras and cellphones, he wouldn't budge or hint at where he plans on going to college.

"I'm really waiting for an opportunity where I can be home be around my family and close friends," he said. "I really want to [announce] around the people who have been supporting me the whole way through."

Tags: Josh Jackson, McDonald's Game, Ryan Fish
Read More
Comments

CHICAGO -- Before their college careers begin this fall, the 2016 McDonald's All-Americans lit up the United Center on Wednesday night. Thanks to a pair of "Jacksons," the West All-Americans emerged victorious.

Unrelated teammates Frank Jackson and Josh Jackson were named Co-MVPs as the West team topped the East team 114-107 in the 39th McDonald's All-American Game.

Both players scored 19 points, with Frank Jackson shooting 5-7 from deep. Josh Jackson added 19 points of his own, going 9-11 from the field.

Tags: Josh Jackson, McDonald's Game, Ryan Fish
Read More
Comments

ATLANTA, GA - July 15, 2015: The Under Armour Association Finals at Suwanee Sports Academy in Suwanee, Georgia. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)
ATLANTA, GA - July 15, 2015: The Under Armour Association Finals at Suwanee Sports Academy in Suwanee, Georgia. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)

CHICAGO -- Terrance Ferguson doesn't know yet where he'll play this fall, but it's not just the coaches that are recruiting him.

Fellow guard and McDonald's All-American Kobi Simmons is pushing hard for Ferguson to join him in the desert to play under Sean Miller. The addition of Ferguson would add even more talent to Arizona's already-impressive backcourt, which includes new recruits in Simmons and Rawle Alkins and possibly Allonzo Trier, if he elects to return to campus.

On Tuesday, Ferguson hung out with and participated in a photoshoot with another uncommitted prospect in Josh Jackson at the McDonald's All-American Game media day at the United Center. Ferguson, however, said the two don't really discuss the recruitment process or the potential to team up somewhere. The two have mutual interest in schools like Arizona and Kansas.

Tags: McDonald's Game, Recruiting, Ryan Fish, Terrance Ferguson
Read More
Comments

CHICAGO -- At this point, uncommitted big man Marques Bolden is no stranger to national attention. At Tuesday's McDonald's All-American media day at the United Center, the elite prospect was mobbed by reporters and players alike.

Bolden says he still needs time to make a final decision, but it's clear that whichever program he chooses will be getting a huge boost. The Class of 2016's top big man won't disclose anything this week, but the senior says he still plans on announcing before his birthday, April 17. Though his list hasn't officially been cut down, Bolden named Kentucky, Duke and TCU as his top choices.

Bolden brushed off any talk of stress when asked about the media and player attention.

Tags: Kentucky, Marques Bolden, McDonald's Game, Recruiting, Ryan Fish
Read More
Comments

CHICAGO -- While many of the McDonald's All-Americans spent Tuesday's media day soaking up the hype and media attention, four uncommitted recruits did so with a big decision looming.

Uncommitted wing prospect Josh Jackson says he's already made that decision. Now he just needs to decide how and when to announce it to the world.

"It's clear in my mind [where I'm going]," Jackson said about his decision, which he says has wavered at times.

Tags: Josh Jackson, McDonald's Game, Ryan Fish
Read More
Comments

Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine will miss 2-3 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Monday. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)
Michigan State guard Denzel Valentine will miss 2-3 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Monday. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)

CHICAGO -- Michigan State made sure Valentine's Day came about three months early on Tuesday night.

Denzel Valentine, the Spartans' senior star, became the fourth player in program history to record a triple-double to boost No. 13 Michigan State to a 79-73 victory over No. 4 Kansas in the second game of the State Farm Champions Classic.

Valentine had 29 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists and only a single turnover to lead the Spartans to a comeback after trailing by 11 with 9:21 remaining. Magic Johnson is the only other Michigan State player to record a triple-double against Kansas.

Tags: Champions Classic, Ryan Fish, University of Kansas, Michigan State University
Read More
Comments

Kentucky Wildcats guard Jamal Murray (23) drives past Duke Blue Devils guard Matt Jones (13) during the second half at the United Center. Kentucky won 74-63. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)
Kentucky Wildcats guard Jamal Murray (23) drives past Duke Blue Devils guard Matt Jones (13) during the second half at the United Center. Kentucky won 74-63. (Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports)

CHICAGO -- Duke and Kentucky seemed destined to meet last April in the NCAA Championship game. But while the Blue Devils went the distance and cut down the nets for the fifth time in school history, Kentucky was taken out by Wisconsin in the national semifinals.

In the first real test of the 2015-16 season, the Wildcats proved to be up to the challenge.

No. 2 Kentucky topped No. 5 Duke 74-63 in the first game of the State Farm Champions Classic Tuesday night at the United Center. Kentucky's guards were the difference, as Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray and Isaiah Briscoe combined for 46 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds in front of more than 60 NBA personnel.

Tags: Champions Classic, Kentucky, Ryan Fish, University of Kentucky, Duke University
Read More
Comments

CHICAGO -- For 2016 shooting guard prospect Myles Powell, playing at the Nike Global Challenge isn't just about getting better as a player; it's about showing everyone what he can do on the court.

"This is probably the biggest event that I've been to so far," Powell told SNY.tv Saturday. "Coming down here was a great opportunity. I wanted to come down here and show why I should be down here. I was a little upset because I didn't get invited to the Nike Academy, so I wanted to prove I was one of the top players out here."

Powell proved just that on Saturday, dropping 30 points and shooting 6-of-9 from three-point range in his USA East squad's 135-119 loss to USA Midwest in the Challenge's third-place game. He was also named to the U.S. All-Tournament Team.

Tags: Myles Powell, Ryan Fish, Articles, Recruiting
Read More
Comments

CHICAGO -- The way top prospect Gary Trent Jr. is playing this week at the Nike Global Challenge, he should have no problem gaining the attention of any big-time program. Coaches aren't the only ones interested in making Trent a member of their team, though.

The Minnesota native reiterated that he and fellow Class of 2017 prospect Wendell Carter Jr. have discussed becoming a package deal, committing to the same school with the goal of winning in March. The two previously told SNY.tv about the idea earlier this summer during USA Basketball U16 tryouts.

"It's very serious," Trent said Friday. "I knew of Wendell [before], but the opportunity that we had together at USA Basketball, we became closer together. We were just in the hot tub one day and we were talking. It was like, 'hey man, we should go to college together… we could win the national championship.'

Tags: Ryan Fish, Wendell Carter, Articles, Duke, Recruiting
Read More
Comments

CHICAGO -- Wendell Carter Jr. may not be playing during his stay at the Nike Global Challenge, but that doesn't mean the buzz surrounding his recruitment is slowing down.

The talented 2017 prospect from Atlanta continues to be linked to big-time programs like Duke and Kentucky as other schools look to jump in on his recruitment. Entering his junior year, the past few months have been a whirlwind for Carter, especially after he won the Peach Jam with the Georgia Stars and was named First-Team All-Peach Jam.

"I just try to weather the storm," Carter said about coaches constantly reaching out to him. "I try not to answer every call, but if I got time I'll answer."

Tags: Ryan Fish, Articles, Recruiting
Read More
Comments