2009 NC Adidas JR Phenom 150 Camp

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North Carolina Adidas Junior Phenom 150 Camp

Forsyth Country Day School

Lewisville, NC

October 24, 2009

This past weekend I traveled down to beautiful North Carolina to check out the Adidas 150 Phenom Camp. There was a nice amount of talent scattered throughout the different gyms on Forsyth Country Day School campus. The event was very well organized and ran on-time which is always a great plus when going and covering these type of events.

I posted a short video highlight of some of the action on my youtube page called Premo Hoops. This is the link to the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37yipdjj2HE.

Some of the top talent in this event included:

Will Saunders (NW Guilford HS, NC) 6’4 (SG) Class of 2010

Saunders was a very impressive athlete at this event using his athleticism to score a ton of buckets. He consistently scores on high flying dunks throughout the showcase along with a smooth looking jumper out beyond the arc. He plays with a ton of energy on both ends of the floor, well also doing a good job on the boards.

Andrew White (Thomas Dale HS, VA) 6’5 (SG) Class of 2011

White is a very long athletic combo between shooting guard and wing. He is a big time leaper and shot blocker. He also scores in many different ways from a smooth mid-range jumper to in the post with his back to the basket. White is also very aggressive on the boards and sees the floor well. He is a little under the radar right now as national recruitment stands but look for him to blow up in the near future. More


Michael Gilchrist (St. Patrick, NJ) Recruitment Update


By: Alex Schwartz (Northstar Basketball Blog)

Michael Gilchrist

Michael Gilchrist

Michael Gilchrist ’11 of St. Patrick’s (NJ) is arguably the number one baller in the sophomore class. A 6’7 combo forward, the sophomore sensation has carried the St. Pat’s Celtics this year, as North Carolina-signee Dexter Strickland ’09 has missed a lot of time and Kyrie Irving ’10 is still out due to transfer rules. Just yesterday, Gilchrist led his team to a come-from-behind win at Trenton Catholic (NJ), leading a massive fourth quarter comeback along with Paris Bennett ’09, a future George Mason Patriot. After Michael’s impressive 22-point performance, he was kind enough to talk to me for a few minutes. The lanky superstar, who said the Celtics pulled out yesterday’s win due to “just heart, heart really,” gave me his college list. The five lucky schools to be mentioned by Gilchrist were Seton Hall, UMass, Syracuse, Villanova, and Memphis, claiming offers from all five of them. Many people think he will end up as a Memphis Tiger, but only time will tell.

Courtsey: http://blog.northstarbball.com/

Trevor Cooney (Sanford, DE) Class of 2011 @ NHSCA Festival

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Trevor Cooney Sanford (DE) Class of 2011 @ NHSCA Basketball Festival

Highlights of Trevor Cooney Sanford (DE) Class of 2011. The video is also on Premohoops youtube page in better quality.

Updated Player School Lists

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Class of 2009

Players school list:

Ferrakohn Hall (White Station, TN)

Offers: Oklahoma State, Memphis, UAB and Arkansas

Showing Interest: Tennessee, Missouri and Syracuse

Favorite: “I don’t really have any favorites. I think all of those schools that I mentioned are great schools.”

Note: “I might be visiting UAB unofficially on the 20th, but nothing’s final.” Also, as for his offer from defending the NCAA Tournament runner-up, Hall said, “Memphis offered me way back in my tenth grade summer.” In addition, Hall told me, “I’m still completely open to all colleges. I’m nowhere near making a decision on where I want to go.”

Class of 2010

Players school list:

Tobias Harris (Long Island Lutheran, NY)

Offers: Syracuse, Uconn, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Rutgers, Maryland, Louisville, West Virginia and others.

Showing Interest: “Right now it’s open, so any school that’s coming in right now I’m looking at.”

Favorite: “No favorite I am looking to have a top 5 after the season.”

Class of 2011

Players school list:

James McAdoo (Norfolk Christian, VA)

Offers: Florida and UCLA

Showing Interest: North Carolina, UCLA, Texas, Georgetown, Wake Forest, Clemson, UConn, Ohio State and Syracuse

Favorite: UCLA, UNC and Florida

Notes: McAdoo, who has visited Duke in the past said that “as of now, yes,” the Blue Devils are out of the picture.

Provided by Alex Schwartz (NorthStar BBall Blog)

Super Sophomore Tony Wroten JR. Ineligible

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Tony Wroten

Tony Wroten

Tony Wroten Jr. has been ruled ineligible at Garfield High in Seattle, WA after a investigation into if met the district residency requirement rule. Tony is a highly ranked player in the class of 2011 who averaged 20.8 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists per game as a freshmen at Garfield High last season.

“We’re fighting because it’s wrong what’s happening,” Wroten’s father, Tony Wroten Sr., said Monday. “We’re disputing what the district claims, and we’ll handle it in a legal manner.”

The school district issued its ruling last Friday. Wroten Sr. said the family would seek a legal injunction Tuesday that would put their son back at Garfield immediately.

As of Friday at 2:15 p.m. he no longer was enrolled at Garfield. Tony has not enrolled at a new school, his father said. More

Boost Mobile Elite 24 @ Rucker Park (Lance Stephenson & John Wall Standout)


Elite 24

Elite 24

2008 Boost Mobile Elite 24 @ Rucker Park Recap



I was in attendance at the 3rd annual Elite 24 game held at the famous “Rucker Park” in Harlem, NY which took place on Friday night. This game brings together 24 of the elite high school players in the country regardless of shoe affiliation to go head to head in this all-star game. On Friday night the blue squad “Skip to My Lou” earned a 135 to 121 victory over the white squad “The Goat”.

The players who were awarded the MVP’s were Lance Stephenson (Lincoln, NY) aka “Born Ready” with a game high 29pts, John Wall (Word of God, NC) aka “Ammo” aka “Make’em Fall” with 10pts & 6ast, Dominic Cheek (St. Anthony’s, NJ) aka “Peek A Boo” with 23pts, 7rebs & 3stl and Maalik Wayns (Roman Catholic, PA) aka “So Unique” with 10pts and 8ast. More

2008 PARADE All-American Teams

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The Parade Magazine All-American Teams were announced yesterday they include some of the top players in the country. I would have changed where a couple of the players were placed but for the most part it’s a solid list of All-Americans. Brandon Jennings (Oak Hill Academy, VA) was named PARADE Magazine Player of the Year.

FIRST TEAM (Name, School, City, Height)
Brandon Jennings – Oak Hill Academy – Mouth of Wilson, Va. – 6’2”
Samardo Samuels – St. Benedict’s – Newark, N.J. – 6’9”
Tyreke Evans    – American Christian – Aston, Pa.    – 6’6”
Jrue Holiday – Campbell Hall – North Hollywood, Calif. – 6’4”
Tyler Zeller – Washington – Washington, Ind. – 7’0”
Al-Farouq Aminu – Norcross – Norcross, Ga. – 6’9”
B.J. Mullens – Canal Winchester – Canal Winchester, Ohio – 7’1”
Demar DeRozan – Compton – Compton, Calif. – 6’6”
William Buford – Libbey – Toledo, Ohio – 6’5”
Greg Monroe – Helen Cox – Harvey, La. – 6’10” More