Carleton University Ravens' Hinz holds the trophy after defeating the Lakehead Thunderwolves during the Canadian Interuniversity Sport championship game in Ottawa

Michigan’s leading prep scorer headed to Canada….for college

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It’s the summer, and most prominent high school seniors have begun their college basketball careers at the school of their choice. Summer school sessions are in full swing and players are getting adjusted to college life on and off the court.

That’s not the case for Brett Stockton. It will be, just not yet. When that does happen, he’ll need his passport.

He’s not skipping college for a professional career overseas. He’s headed to Canada. For college.

Stockton, the state of Michigan’s leading scorer last season at 34.1 points per game, which ranked fifth in the nation, has committed to play next season for Carleton University in Ottawa. The Ravens have won the last three national championships in Canadian Interuniversity Sports and have won nine CIS titles in the last 11 years. They’re a Canadian hardwood powerhouse.

This is one of the more unique situations in recent memory. Stockton was lightly-recruited out of Owendale-Gagetown High School despite great numbers — he also clocked 5.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game last season, according to MaxPreps. But the 6-1 Stockton had trouble getting American college looks playing at a school with just 68 students in it.

Stockton came up with the idea of playing in Canada, contacting Carleton coach Dave Smart and getting a campus visit earlier this summer.

With Stockton, his decision came down to winning. Something no one can argue with.

“I thought it would be pretty cool to play for a team that wins the national championship every year,” Stockton told MLive.com’s Lee Thompson. “It would be nice to get some rings.”

Though Stockton isn’t totally foreign to Canada. His mother is originally from the Great White North and he has grandparents living near Montreal.

No one can argue with Stockton’s choice, given his situation. It’ll be interesting if he can parlay any opportunity, playing well in Canada, into a transfer back to the States, should he feel so inclined. Stats don’t always tell the whole story of a player’s game, but it’s tough to imagine a 6-1 guard pouring in 34 a game not getting a D1 offer, even at the low-major level (going to a small school didn’t help). But winning is the same in America as it is in Canada.

Here’s a few highlights of Stockton’s senior season at Owendale-Gagetown.

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Top-25 guard trims list to six

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One of the top points guards in the Class of 2017 has trimmed his list of potential collegiate destinations to six.

Trae Young, a consensus top-25 recruit, listed Texas Tech, Kansas, Oklahoma, Washington, Oklahoma State and Kentucky as the schools he is considering as he readies to begin his senior year of high school.

The list of the 6-foot-2 point guard is largely provincial as it includes Oklahoma, whose campus is just minutes away from Young’s Norman North High School, and fellow in-state school Oklahoma. Another pair of Big 12 schools make the list in powerhouse Kansas and the Red Raiders, whose first-year coach, Chris Beard, has spent the bulk of his career working in Texas. Texas Tech is also Young’s father’s alma mater. Washington has been on a role sending its players to the pros and recently received the commitment of top-five 2017 recruit Michael Porter, Jr.

Kentucky, of course, needs no explanation as to its attractiveness to high-level players.

Top-100 guard commits to Xavier

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Xavier has added a top-100 prospect into its 2017 recruiting class Wednesday.

Elias Harden, a shooting guard from Georgia, pledged to the Musketeers via social media to become the second member of Chris Mack’s next class.

“The recruiting process was not EASY AT ALL,” Harden wrote on Twitter. “I wanna thank all the coaches that took time to recruit me.

“WIth that being said I will continue my academic and athletic career at Xavier University.”

The 6-foot-6 guard is ranked 92nd overall by 247Sports and had offers from Auburn, Maryland, Texas Tech and Ole Miss. He joins Jared Ridder, a Missouri guard, as part of the 2017 Xavier class.

The Musketeers return the bulk of last year’s 28-6 team that narrowly missed out on the Sweet 16.

Clemson recruit to enroll early

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Clemson will get a four-star recruit on campus a year earlier than it expected, though his on-court debut for the Tigers will remain on schedule.

A.J. Oliver, a guard from South Carolina, will enroll early at Clemson and redshirt this upcoming season, he announced via social media Wednesday.

“I woke up this morning and realized that the greatest opportunity for me is to enroll early into Clemson,” he wrote on Twitter. “I will redshirt a year & start my college career early.”

Oliver, whose mother is the head women’s basketball coach at Clemson, was a consensus top-100 player in the class of 2017 who committed to the Tigers last December. Texas Tech and the College of Charleston were involved before his commitment.

A three-star shooting guard, Scott Spencer of Virginia, was previously the only member coach Brad Brownell’s 2016 class. While Oliver’s decision to redshirt will keep him off the court for the 2016-17 season, he’ll have spent a full season in the Tiger program before making his debut in 2017

The cupboard isn’t bare in 2017 for the Tigers due to Oliver’s reclassification because Clemson received a commitment from power forward Malik Williams, a consensus top-150 player, earlier Wednesday.

Kentucky used Calipari-Chaney fight in media training

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Kentucky held some media training sessions yesterday, and one of the topics that head coach John Calipari used to make a point was … his blow-up with John Chaney. The moment was captured on SnapChat by a trio of Kentucky newcomers.

You remember that incident. Chaney, then the head coach at Temple, and Cal, who was coaching Atlantic 10 rival UMass at the time, nearly came to blows over the way that Cal handled officials during the game. Before the video below picks up, the two shared this exchange:

“Could I say this to you, please?” Chaney said, before the video above picks up. “You’ve got a good ball club. But what you did with the officials out there is wrong, and I don’t want to be a party to that. You understand?”

Cal responded: “You weren’t out there, Coach. You don’t have any idea.”

Chaney fired back: “You got a game given to you by officials right here with G.W. on three bad calls, O.K.? Then you send your kids out there pushing and shoving. You had the best officiating you could ever get here. And for you to ride them, I don’t want to be a party to that.”

And that led to “I’ll kill you”:

(h/t KSR)

VIDEO: Shaq’s son, Shareef O’Neal, with monster dunk in Vegas

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Shareef O’Neal is a top 50 prospect in the Class of 2018. In Vegas this past weekend, he threw down a monster put-back dunk.