Vibe Check: Arizona State escapes Tarleton in season opener
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by Damon Allred | @iamdamonallred
2M ago
It’s no secret that Bobby Hurley is in a bit of a rough patch as head man of Sun Devil hoops.  After three consecutive 20-plus win seasons, Arizona State is coming off back-to-back sub-.500 seasons, including at or below .500 in Pac-12 play in both.  It hasn’t been quite the exodus of transfers that ASU football has been amidst the NCAA investigation, but Sun Devil hoops has lost key leaders such as Remy Martin, Jaelen House, and Jalen Graham, though they have struggled to release that higher-tier firepower with potential first or second options. The freshman recruiting overall has b ..read more
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2022 Nike Hoop Summit: Prospect Impressions
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by Damon Allred | @iamdamonallred
8M ago
After we’ve already had the McDonald’s All-American Game and GEICO Nationals, up next is Nike Hoop Summit, which – thanks in part to the influx of international prospects – is primed to be the most exciting event yet for pre-collegiate-age players. Several of the international players aren’t eligible for college yet or just don’t plan to attend college in the states, but as far as collegiate representation, Jon Scheyer’s Duke leads the way with 4 – Dariq Whitehead (‘22), Kyle Filipowski (‘22), Dereck Lively II (‘22), and Tyrese Proctor (‘23) – and Arkansas has two – Anthony Black (‘22) and Nic ..read more
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March Madness Prospect Watch: Final Four Weekend Impressions
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by Damon Allred | @iamdamonallred
8M ago
Certainly was a Final Four to remember! Let’s get right into the impressions from the several prospects on display: Villanova vs Kansas — Kansas wins 81-65.  Nothing about this game changes how I feel about any of the Villanova players. My philosophy on their program has always been “their prospects are a safe bet, but never expect stardom”. This year, that mostly applies with their crop in Colin Gillespie (17 points and 2 steals), Brandon Slater (16 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 assists), and Jermaine Samuels (3 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists).  I’m happy if the team I’m a fan of give ..read more
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GEICO High School Nationals: Championship Impressions
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by Damon Allred | @iamdamonallred
8M ago
Entering our seventh great matchup over three days, we’re wrapping things up from GEICO High School Nationals at Florida SouthWestern State, and we’ve got a good one ahead of us including four McDonald’s All-Americans between Link Academy and Montverde Academy. Link is trying to become the first program to win Nationals in their first tournament appearance, while Montverde is the perennial title contender. So without further ado… All players mentioned are from class of 2022 unless otherwise noted. #4 Link Academy (MO) vs #3 Montverde Academy (FL) – Montverde wins 60-49. Montverde’s second tit ..read more
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Shaedon Sharpe NBA Scouting Report
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by Damon Allred | @iamdamonallred
9M ago
Shaedon Sharpe is the most enigmatic prospect in the 2023 NBA Draft due to his unusual path to the Association.  Sharpe grew up in Canada and played his freshman season of high school for H.B. Beal Secondary School in Ontario before migrating to the states to focus more heavily on ball. His prep career landed him at Sunrise Christian in Bel Aire, Kansas, one of the top prep programs in the nation. He didn’t see much time there as a sophomore, so he transferred to Dream City Christian in Glendale, Arizona for his junior season. He also won a silver medal for Team Canada in 2019 at the FIB ..read more
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GEICO High School Nationals: Day 2 Impressions
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by Damon Allred | @iamdamonallred
10M ago
Day two of GEICO is in the books! A lot of guys showed out, and I’m here to talk about it. If you missed my coverage of day one, you can check that out here. Otherwise, we’ll start getting into it. All players mentioned are class of 2022 unless otherwise noted. Unfortunately, quite a few major guys are injured, so this coverage won’t include them. That’s guys like Jaden Bradley (IMG to Alabama), MJ Rice (Prolific to Kansas), and Adem Bona (Prolific to UCLA). #2 IMG Academy (FL) vs #3 Montverde Academy (FL) – Montverde wins 62-57. IMG forward Jarace Walker (Houston) got off to an even quicker ..read more
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GEICO High School Nationals: Day 1 Impressions
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by Damon Allred | @iamdamonallred
10M ago
As the college basketball tournament is wrapping up, the Geico High School Nationals are taking place as well at Florida SouthWestern State over a course of three days. I’ll be covering each day with prospect takeaways from each game.  My background isn’t too in-depth with this class, except for some light background and seeing a few of these schools in person during Hoophall West. My coverage of that event can be found here (for AZ Compass and Oak Hill) and here (for Montverde). Other than that, this is mostly scouting with fresh eyes. All players mentioned are class of 2022 unless other ..read more
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Stock Risers: 5 Prospects Whose Stock Could Rise in March
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by Damon Allred | @iamdamonallred
11M ago
With the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament starting this week – First Four games already underway and the First Round set to tip off early Thursday – I wanted to bring some names to the forefront for possible risers in the 2022 NBA Draft. wanted to bring some names to the forefront for possible risers in the 2022 NBA Draft.  Each year when the Tournament rolls around, there are guys that raise their stock thanks to a good tournament, and look no further than Davion Mitchell in Baylor’s championship run or Jason Preston from Ohio as examples from a year ago. So I’ll include five guys ..read more
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Collaborative 2022 NBA Mock Draft
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by Arizona Sports Zone
1y ago
We’re back at it again with the collaborative mock drafts, folks! Draft season is heating up and we’re getting a better idea of what we’re working with in this class. This mock will go the full two rounds so we’ll be at 58 total picks (minus the two forfeited picks). Participants — be sure to follow them on Twitter and check out their work! @IAmDamonAllred @W_A_Morris @MavsDraft @DraftFilmSchool @ZonaHoops_ For the order, I did a Tankathon Simulation just for fun to shake things up. Here are the results: 1st Round  #1) San Antonio Spurs (@ZonaHoops)- Paolo Banchero– F #2) Houston Rock ..read more
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Johnny Davis NBA Scouting Report
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by wamorrisdraft
1y ago
Johnny Davis is a 6’5” Guard who currently plays for Wisconsin. He caught the attention of many last year with his steady defensive play and difficult shot-making. Very few, however, envisioned Davis developing into the prospect that he is today. He has improved his scoring totals from 7.0 points per game to 21.7 and has upped his usage rate by over 15% (18.0% to 33.1%).  It was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Wisconsin. After losing 4 of their 5 leading scorers to graduation, the Big Ten preseason media poll projected the Badgers to finish 10th in their conference. But with Davis ru ..read more
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