Hartford announces the addition of Bill Dooley to John Gallagher’s staff

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Hartford made the final addition to head coach John Gallagher’s staff official on Friday as they announced the hiring of Bill Dooley as an assistant coach.

Dooley has 27 years of coaching experience at the high school, college and international levels, and he arrives at Hartford after spending five seasons as the head coach at Chestnut Hill Academy in Pennsylvania.

Following the 2009-10 season at Chestnut Hill, Dooley was named Philadelphia Daily News Coach of the Year after leading his team to a 21-4 record.

“I am very excited to join the Hartford men’s basketball program,” said Dooley in the school release. “There is a definite excitement here.

“People always make the place, and I can already tell that there are special people here at Hartford from the administration, staff and coaches to the players.

“Coach Gallagher’s energy and enthusiasm are contagious. I am very happy and excited to be a Hartford Hawk.”

Dooley’s hiring was one of two staff changes announced by Gallagher on Friday, as Chris Gerlufsen was promoted to the position of top assistant.

The Hawks went just 9-22 last season, yet they managed to finish 5th in America East with a 7-9 league mark.

Before dropping their final two regular season games to Stony Brook and Boston University, Hartford won four straight games.

In the America East tournament the Hawks upset Boston University 53-49 in the quarterfinals before falling to eventual tournament champion Vermont in the semifinals.

Hartford has to account for the loss of leading scorer Andres Torres as they head into the 2012-13 campaign, but the next four leading scorers from last year’s team return with forward Mark Nwakamma (9.2 ppg) leading the way.

Photo credit: Jeff Feldmann/University of Hartford

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

VIDEO: Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball highlights

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It was the most anticipated matchup of the summer.

Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball.

People were turned away at the door – and LeBron James reportedly came and went – as the gym reached capacity for SC Supreme’s 104-92 victory over the Big Ballers. That’s Williamson over Ball (LaMelo and LaVar).

The game was mostly spectacle, and you can see it’s top moments right here.


VIDEO: Zion Williamson’s coach is holding a sleeping baby

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LaMelo Ball vs. Zion Williamson was insane, but it wasn’t quite crazy enough to wake up the sleeping toddler that Williamson’s coach is holding in his arms:

This is peak AAU basketball.

It will never be more AAU than that.

PHOTOS: Zion Williamson, LaMelo Ball showdown was, of course, insane

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In a showcase game in the adidas Uprising event in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, LaMelo Ball — the youngest member of the Big Baller Brand — faced off with Zion Williamson, who is a force on youtube and a highlight machine.

The crowd was insane for the game:

According to a report from ESPN, there were even concerns about whether or not the game would actually be allowed to be played; the police and fire marshall considered shutting the event down.

Williamson, of course, put on a show in warmups:

At the time of this posting, there were more than 60,000 people watching a livestream of the game on BallIsLife’s facebook page:

(UPDATE: It’s now over 70,000)

Puerto Rico Tip Off bracket revealed

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The bracket of the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip off was revealed Wednesday, setting up a showdown between a 2016 Final Four participant and the 2016 Big 12 tournament champion.

South Carolina and Iowa State headline the event, which will be played Nov. 16-19, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.

The Gamecocks are on the top half of the bracket, opening against Illinois State while the Cyclones are on the bottom half, squaring off against Appalachian State.

Boise State vs. UTEP is the other top-half quarterfinal while Tulsa vs. Western Michigan is the other.

The championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip Off on Sunday, Nov. 19.

VIDEO: Michigan State’s Miles Bridges is dunking again

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Just what you wanted to see, a video of former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine throwing an alley-oop off the glass to current Michigan State star Miles Bridges in a Pro-Am in Michigan: