Maryland lands another 2014 perimeter prospect in Jared Nickens

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Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon and his staff have locked up their backcourt of the future, adding a third prospect to the group on Sunday.

According to multiple outlets 6-6 wing Jared Nickens has verbally committed to attend Maryland, joining 2014 prospects Romelo Trimble (point guard) and Dion Wiley (shooting guard). Nickens averaged 16 points and five rebounds per game at the Westtown School in Pennsylvania, and his ability to shoot from the perimeter gives the Terrapins another capable shooter in the 2014 class.

Nickens also held offers from schools such as Dayton, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall and Wake Forest. According to Jeff Ermann of InsideMDSports.com, Nickens scheduled visits to Dayton and Wake Forest before making the decision to commit to Maryland.

“He seems really excited and happy about his decision. When he got there, he just was very comfortable with coach Turgeon,” Nickens’ AAU coach, Brian Coleman, told Daniel Martin of CSN Washington. “He was already comfortable with those guys. He and his parents loved the university and he just felt like, ‘I’m comfortable here.'”

With Maryland having three perimeter players committed to attend the school next year, the focus now turns to a front court that has just one newcomer this summer (6-9 Damonte Dodd) and can certainly use a boost depth-wise.

And according to InsideMDSports.com, there are two players already on Maryland’s radar: 

Two of their top prospects: 6-10 Riverdale Baptist (Md.) prospect Chinanu Onuaku, and Atlanta seven-footer Trayvon Reed. Both impressed scouts this weekend at the NBA Top-100 Camp in Charlottesville, Va., and both appear to be potential top-50 prospects.

Of the six players currently in the Maryland front court (power forwards and centers) three are either juniors or seniors, with Dodd and sophomores Shaquille Cleare and Charles Mitchell being the underclassmen.

The success that Turgeon and his staff have enjoyed when it comes to recruiting perimeter prospects is certainly something to celebrate if you’re a Maryland fan.

But in order to make sure they’re a factor immediately upon entering the Big Ten in 2014, the coaching staff still has some work to do when it comes to the options in the post.

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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: