The days and weeks following the end of the final evaluation period of the summer tend to busy, with prospects narrowing their lists and beginning to go through the process of setting up their five official visits (if they haven’t taken any already).
But some players don’t need the extra time to make a decision in regards to where they’ll play their college basketball.
Such was the case for 6-10 center Ryan Andrus, who on Wednesday announced his decision to attend BYU just days after completing his summer on the grassroots circuit. Andrus is BYU’s fourth verbal commitment in the 2014 class, joining guard T.J. Haws (one of Andrus’ summer teammates) and forwards Dalton Nixon and Jake Toolson.
“I told myself I wasn’t going to think at all about my commitment until after AAU ball and I held to that,” Andrus told the Deseret News. “After I started thinking about it BYU became the obvious choice for me. It fits me best in every way — more so than the other schools who offered me.”
According to the paper the plan for Andrus is to play his freshman season (2014-15) before leaving on his two-year LDS mission, and accounting for recruits who need to take this step in their religious lives is something that BYU head coach Dave Rose is certainly used to.
Haws will serve his mission before enrolling at BYU, and the church’s decision to change its minimum age requirement has given missionaries more options as to when they’ll begin their mission.
Of BYU’s 2013 signees one, shooting guard Nick Emery, has decided to begin his mission before joining the program (he left in May) while center Eric Mika made the decision to spend a year in Provo before starting his.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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: