One of the major subplots of the spring in recruiting circles was the case of 2015 guard Malik Newman and 2015 center Diamond Stone. With the two being close friends there was talk of the five-star prospects being a “package deal,” with their desire being to play on the same college team. However nothing’s etched in stone, especially when it comes to recruiting, as the goal for both players is to find the best fit.
While things have been quiet from a recruiting standpoint for Newman, whose busy summer included playing in the U17 World Championships for the United States, Stone took a step towards his final decision on Thursday. Stone revealed his top five schools via Twitter, with Maryland, Duke, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State and UConn being the chosen schools.
Rivals rates Stone as the fifth-best prospect in the Class of 2015, and as a junior at Dominican HS in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin the 6-foot-10 big man led his school to a third consecutive Division 4 state title.
For those interested in the “package deal” chatter, UConn is the only school in Stone’s top five that has offered both he and Newman. But what does that really mean? Not sure anyone outside of Newman, Stone and their respective families would have an answer to that question at this point in time.
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: