John Petty Jr.

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Alabama loses exhibition game to Canadian powerhouse Carleton

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Carleton University has done it again.

The Ravens, winners of seven straight Canadian titles, defeated Alabama, 84-71, on Wednesday night in the 2017 Can-Am Shootout.

Yasin Joseph led all scorers with 19 points off the bench for Carleton. Eddie Ekiyor, a former Xavier forward, posted a double-double of 16 points and 11 boards.

Alabama was led by the freshman backcourt of John Petty and Collin Sexton, who scored 16 and 15 points, respectively.

“This was one of the games that we, as a coaching staff, had circled on the schedule because this team has historically done really well against some of the most high-level American universities that have come over here to play,” Alabama head coach Avery Johnson said in a statement released by the school following the loss.

“We knew they were going to play physical, rebound the basketball and shoot threes, and they did all of those things. This is strictly an evaluation trip. We had the chance to play six or seven different lineups, play a lot of different guys and look at a lot of different matchups. We didn’t do as good of a job on both ends of the floor that we are capable of, but this was a great learning experience for our team.”

The Crimson Tide are projected as a top-25 entering this season. But this shouldn’t worry those in Tuscaloosa. Aside from dominating the Canadian college scene, winning 13 of the last 15 national titles, the Ravens have made a habit of defeating some of college basketball’s best programs. It’s also worth noting that the game is played on Canadian soil, meaning the game was played under international rules such as 10-minute quarters and a shortened shot clock.

Wednesday night was Carleton’s 28th victory over an NCAA Division I program.

Last summer, Wichita State fell to Carleton. The Shockers went on to finish the 2016-17 season ranked in the top-10, according to In 2013, Wisconsin was upended by the Ravens. Seven months later, the Badgers appeared in the first of two straight Final Four. If you’re the Crimson Tide, a loss to Carleton is hardly an omen for how this season will unfold.

Alabama concludes its tour of Canada on Thursday against the University of Ottawa. Carleton, which previously lost to Towson, has another chance at a Division I upset, taking on Vanderbilt on August 14 in the Bahamas.

EYBL Houston Day 1: Jayson Tatum battles Dennis Smith; Curtis Jones, John Petty Jr. stand out

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HOUSTON — The third session of the Nike EYBL in Houston tipped off on Friday night as the league is getting closer to deciding which teams will head to Peach Jam. Boo Williams had strong performances from Deshawn Corprew and Curtis Jones in a win over the Mac Irvin Fire while top-five prospects Jayton Tatum and Dennis Smith Jr. took the floor for the same contest. Alabama Challenge guard John Petty Jr. closed out the night with a strong performance and proved why high-major programs are flocking to him.

Corprew and Jones lead Boo Williams

Starting off the session in Houston, Virginia-based Boo Williams picked up a win over Mac Irvin Fire as Class of 2016 wings Deshawn Corprew and Curtis Jones took over down the stretch. The three-star Corprew, who has offers from Kansas State, N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Washington State and Wichita State, was tremendous in the open floor and in transition as he for 24 points, six rebounds and three steals. Strong and athletic at 6-foot-5, Corprew even mixed in a 3-pointer and played hard on both ends of the floor.

After a strong-shooting first-half from the perimeter, Jones cooled down a little bit, but he still tallied 18 points and knocked down four 3-pointers. Jones has a bit of a low release on his jumper, but he did a nice job of adjusting his offense when the Fire ran him off the 3-point line. Jones, ranked the No. 54 prospect in the class by Rivals, also added five rebounds.

Jones told that he has scholarship offers from Georgetown, Indiana, Maryland, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Virginia, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Xavier. He would like to take unofficial visits to Georgetown and Indiana at some point.

Jayson Tatum vs. Dennis Smith doesn’t go as planned

Five-star Class of 2016 point guard Dennis Smith normally doesn’t play on the Nike EYBL, but with adidas having the weekend off from events, the electric 6-foot-2 joined up with Team Penny along with talented four-star wing Braxton Blackwell.

The duo took an already talented Team Penny squad head-to-head with Jayton Tatum and the St. Louis Eagles and it meant that two top-five players in the Class of 2016 (Smith and Tatum) would play against one another.

Game officials, however, had other ideas. The game was marred by miserable whistles, an inept shot-clock operator and a lot of foul trouble between both teams. It also didn’t help that Smith, playing with a new team, received limited touches and only finished with eight points, five rebounds and three assists in 22 minutes of action before sitting much of the second half with injury.

Tatum, a five-star wing, had a solid, but not great, effort as he had 22 points, six rebounds and three steals. The smooth and skilled wing can do a little bit of everything on the floor, but it’s tough to say if he’s elite in any one category.

On talent alone, Smith and Tatum both look like top-five prospects at the current juncture, but there’s a long time to go until the final rankings come out at the end of senior season. The St. Louis Eagles ended up winning 74-66 on Friday night.

John Petty Jr. showcases a lot of ability

Alabama Challenge is off to a solid start in the EYBL and 6-foot-5 shooting guard John Petty Jr. is a big reason why. Petty picked up a Kentucky offer just this week and is also hearing from a lot of SEC schools as they all try to get the talented scorer in the fold.

The Class of 2017 guard knocked in some tough 3-pointers, caught a two-handed alley-oop well above the rim and also made some timely stops in a tight win over Team Takeover. Petty was only 6-for-15 from the field, but he still finished with 18 points as he hit some tough shots in a very close game.

Petty is currently a four-star prospect and the No. 39 overall prospect in the Class of 2017, according to Rivals, and he could be in-line for a bump up the rankings if he continues his strong play. There’s a lot to like about his game going forward.

Besides the recent offer from Kentucky, Petty claims offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Georgia and Texas Tech.