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COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. -- Nojel Eastern was one of the final cuts from the USA U17 team on Tuesday. Despite the less than ideal outcome, Eastern performed well enough to put himself in contention which was a long way from last year when he was forced to watch the U16 tryouts with a boot on his foot.

"Of course watching last year helped," said Eastern, out of Evanston (IL) Township. "Seeing what the coaches wanted out of players and seeing what it takes to make the USA team. I'm just coming out and seeing what I saw last year. Seeing what the people that made did and also what the people that didn't, what they didn't do. So I just wanted to use that to my advantage."

In the spring of 2015, Eastern suffered a dislocated ankle at the Lexington EYBL stop. The injury kept him from playing throughout the summer and into the fall. Now fully healthy, Eastern has been eager to compete against some of the top players in the 2017 and 2018 classes.

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Co. -- The USA U17 coaches trimmed their roster down from 39 players to 18 on Sunday morning. Jalen "Sticks" Smith, ESPN's No. 18 ranked prospect in the class of 2018, made the initial cut.

The 6-foot-8, 199-pound junior from Baltimore, Md., impressed the coaching staff enough in his first four practices to make it as one of six big men to the trimmed down roster.

"I think I've been doing well," said Smith. "Getting a feeling for the practice and seeing what the coaches like. If you play as a team, you'll win the gold medal, but if play by yourself then it won't work out."

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Co - After just two practices, the injury bug has started to hit the USA U17 tryouts.

When the first practice got underway on Friday evening at the USA Olympic Complex, five-star forward Jarred Vanderbilt and point guard Tre Jones, the younger brother of Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Tyus Jones, were out with injuries.

Both players were on the U16 team last year, meaning a few unexpected spots opened up. Vanderbilt had his left foot in a boot, while Jones' was having issues with his wrist.

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ARDSLEY, NY - May 22: Under Armour Association session three at the House of Sports in Ardsley New York. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)
ARDSLEY, NY - May 22: Under Armour Association session three at the House of Sports in Ardsley New York. (Photo by Kelly Kline/Under Armour) (Kelly Kline)

CERRITOS, Ca. - Trevon Duval took home the Most Valuable Player award at the 14th annual Pangos All-American Camp.

"It was great," said Duval, the 6-foot-3 Class of 2017 point guard out of Dallas (TX) Advanced Prep International. "It was kind of unexpected. I didn't even know they were giving out MVP's. It was good to get it. It means a lot to get it playing against so many talented players."

Stanley Johnson, the 2013 Pangos MVP, provided Duval with the award.

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PORTLAND, Ore. - In the 19th Nike Hoop Summit, the United States blew out the World team 101-67 led by Terrance Ferguson's game-high 21 points and Hoop Summit record of seven three-pointers.

The game turned quickly with the U.S. team opening the game on a 16-0 run and later the 34-point margin of victory set another Hoop Summit record.

"We came out today and played very well," said U.S. head coach L.J. Goolsby. "If you look at the stat sheet they shot close to 16 percent from three and had 29 turnovers. Our whole motto this week was to come out and be very aggressive from the beginning and I think the guys did an excellent job today of doing that setting the tone early."

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PORTLAND, Ore. --- Five-star uncommitted center Marques Bolden has been a popular target for media and teammates all week while at the Nike Hoop Summit. While reporters try to get a glimpse into Bolden's thought process, there are three Duke commits (Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, and Frank Jackson) and two Kentucky commits (De'Aaron Fox and Wenyen Gabriel) who want to add Bolden to their recruiting class.

"It would probably have to be Harry," said Bolden when discussing which teammate had been the most active recruiter. "With all of the time we have spent off the court, it's been a lot more than I expected, so I would have to go with him."

The 6-foot-10 big man from DeSoto (TX) is down to Duke and Kentucky, and will have an in-home visit with the Duke staff on Sunday, a source confirmed to SNY.tv.

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The Rio Olympics are still four months away, but one big non-Team USA name is already out of the mix. ESPN's Chris Broussard tweeted on Friday afternoon that Ben Simmons will not play for the Australian national team this summer, instead opting to focus on NBA activities, according to his agent, Rich Paul.

"I think it's obviously a blow," Australian William McDowell-White, a 6-foot-5 guard considering Texas A&M, Arizona State, and Fresno State, told SNY.tv at the Hoop Summit. "He's one of the best in the world. Definitely a top 3 pick in the draft and now not going to the Olympics. In the long run he will be there so hopefully it will work out for the best."

Australia, a perennial Olympic qualifier, secured its spot in Rio when it won the FIBA Oceania Championship last August. Australia is generally stocked with NBA talent as Andrew Bogut, Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova figure to be in the mix.

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Kostas Antetokounmpo was the last addition to the World team roster for the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit.

"Man, I'm really excited, this is going to be a wonderful experience for me," the 6-foot-10 Antetokounmpo said after his second day of Hoop Summit practice.

The Hoop Summit will take place at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday at the Moda Center. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN2.

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Mike Rice is now 5-1 as the interim coach at New Jersey powerhouse The Patrick School Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
Mike Rice is now 5-1 as the interim coach at New Jersey powerhouse The Patrick School Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK -- The Patrick School continued its early-season roll by scoring a decisive 66-51 victory over Thon Maker's Athlete Institute squad to kick off The Grind Session at Baruch College on New Year's Eve Day.

Despite an hour delay because Athlete Institute did not have their uniforms ready, The Patrick School did not waste any time displaying their trademark defensive intensity forcing turnovers on the first three possessions.

"I think that's who this team is," said interim head coach Mike Rice, whose record is now 5-1 as the clock turns to 2016. "They love competing and their instincts now are competing for one another. It's one thing to compete and enjoy it its another to compete when you love to do it together for your teammates."

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- "Stanford! Stanford," screamed Mike Rice as soon as The Patrick School won the opening tip in their season-opener at the 43rd annual City of Palms tournament.

The former Rutgers coach never let up in a tight contest against Miami (Fla.) Norland and in his first game as the interim head coach, Rice led The Patrick School to a 54-45 victory.

"I was very excited," said Rice. "It was like starting over again. I have a team that kind of fits my personality. Really love working. The urgency, the tenacity, the passion. They play very hard and they practice very hard. I knew we had tremendous preparation. It feels good to get that first one out of the way that's for sure."

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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Kevin Knox put his name on the radar while playing for the USA U16 team this spring and the high-flying junior forward's stock is still rising after a 27-point, 12-rebound performance in a 66-54 win over Charlotte (Fla) on opening night at the City of Palms Classic.

In the first week of December, North Carolina coach Roy Williams offered the 6-foot-7 junior a scholarship after watching his Tampa Catholic (Fla) team play and then one week later he was offered by Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Tags: Recruiting, Sean Moran, Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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By SEAN MORAN

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- When June turns to July and the college coaches are out on the recruiting trail a name to remember is DeAndre Hunter. The 6-foot-7 small forward out of Philadelphia (PA) Friends Central just finished off showcasing his skills at the NBPA Top 100 camp last weekend and is set to have a big summer.

The lanky wing from Philadelphia was a late invite to the Top 100 camp, but that didn't stop him from competing against some of the top players in the country.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Only a rising junior, DeAndre Ayton is considered the top prospect in high school basketball. He spent this past weekend at the Top 100 camp and while he did not dominant the competition he was still named to the All-Star team and had several opponents' state that he was the toughest player to guard in camp.

 

Standing at 6-foot-11 with an already chiseled frame and an athletic grace when he flies up and down the court, Ayton does not want to be labeled as just a back to the basket player and wants to fancy his game after the soon to be number one draft pick in Karl Anthony-Towns.

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