Kyle Anderson headlined Day 2 of Hoop Group Showcase


WEST ORANGE, N.J. – On the second day of the Hoop Group Tip Off Showcase, more top-level teams and high-major recruits took the floor, including the number one high school team in the country, St. Anthony’s (N.J.).

Yesterday, took a look at top prospects from day one. Check those out here.

Here are the top performers from day two.

Kyle Anderson | 6-7, 210 pounds G | St. Anthony (N.J.) | Class of 2012

Anderson (pictured) is a one-of-a-kind talent signed to play with UCLA in 2012. With his combination of size and ball-handling, he is a matchup problem at four different positions on the floor.

His biggest asset on the offensive end is his ability as a creative passer to see over the defense, draw defenders, and make others around him better by finding them in positions to score. He absorbs contact at the rim and can overpower most when he gets into the lane.

With his length, he can get from the perimeter to the basket in two steps, and his footwork is advanced for a high school senior. Because he gets into the lane, he draws fouls and is a solid free throw shooter.

The biggest knock on Anderson is what has given him his nickname, “Slo-Mo.” He lacks quickness, but he covers a lot of space defensively with his long arms. Questions have been raised about what position he would guard at the college level, but he has a knack for using his length to get into passing lanes and to block shots.

In a win over Trenton Catholic on Sunday evening, Anderson had 14 points and eight rebounds.

Brandon Taylor | 6-6, 230 pounds F | Trenton Catholic (N.J.) | Class of 2012

Taylor was in foul trouble throughout his team’s matchup with St. Anthony on Sunday, but Penn State has signed a strong, Philadelphia-tough player.

He is a tweener forward, too small to play power forward in the Big 10, but not a strong enough ball-handler to play the small forward spot.

The strongest part of his game is his versatility, unafraid to bang down low on the block, but can also step out into the mid-range and bring make the defense respect his jump shot. He boxes out and will fight for rebounds, which he’ll have to do as an undersized forward.

Penn State head coach Pat Chambers scored a solid player in Taylor and has taken a step in the right direction, trying to build the Nittany Lion program.

Quenton DeCosey | 6-5, 180 pounds G/F | St. Joseph Metuchen (N.J.) | Class of 2012

Fran Dunphy is getting an impressive athlete at Temple in this 6-5 guard/forward combo.

In a losing effort on Sunday afternoon, DeCosey posted a double-double, with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Plainly, DeCosey is a scorer and uses his body and his length to get to the basket and finish through contact.

He has an old-school feel to his game and runs the court well in transition.

His biggest adjustment at the college level will be on defense. He has the physical tools to be a defender, but will have to put in the effort and the work to improve.

Michael Young | 6-8, 215 pounds F | Hudson Catholic (N.J.) | Class of 2013

Young is garnering high-major interest from schools that include Florida, Baylor, and West Virginia.

At Hudson Catholic, Young understands his role and plays within his skill set, which is in the post. A lot of taller players at the high school level try to emulate Kevin Durant, or even the above-mentioned Kyle Anderson, but are trying to do too much.

Young thrives on the block, so he has developed a solid set of moves that make him effective and attractive to college coaches.

He is far from lanky, but still has lean muscle. To avoid being pushed around at the next level, he could add bulk, but, as only a junior, he has time to do that.

Young had nine points and nine rebounds in a loss to Teaneck (N.J.) on Sunday.

Tyler Roberson | 6-7, 190 pounds | Roselle Catholic (N.J.) | Class of 2013

Because of the 30-day transfer rule, Roberson did not play in the Tip Off Showcase, but an impressive summer on the AAU circuit has solidified him as a top 30 prospect in the Class of 2013.

He is a new-age small forward: long, lanky, high-level athlete who runs the floor well. At times, he doesn’t seem to be giving 100 percent, but against comparable competition, he shines.

During the summer against Noah Vonleh, a top prospect in the Class of 2014, he limited Vonleh on the offensive end when most others were unable to. He attacks the basket off the dribble and can step out into the mid-range, within 15 feet.

Much of Roberson’s recruitment has been off of potential and the value in having a player with his physical gifts, being able to mold him with a college staff and weight program.

He has offers from high majors across the country, most prominently Kansas, Kansas State, Syracuse, Louisville, Marquette, and NC State.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

NCAA tweaks rules on block/charge calls in men’s basketball

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INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA is tweaking how block/charge calls are made in men’s basketball.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved rule changes on Thursday that require a defender to be in position to draw a charge at the time the offensive player plants a foot to go airborne for a shot. If the defender arrives after the player has planted a foot, officials have been instructed to call a block when there’s contact.

Defenders had to be in position to draw a charge before the offensive player went airborne under previous rules.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee members made the proposal after NCAA members complained that too many charges were being called on those types of plays.

The panel also approved reviews of basket interference calls during the next media timeout – if the official called it on the floor – a shot clock reset to 20 seconds on an offensive rebound that hits the rim, and players being allowed to wear any number between 0 and 99.

A timeout also will be granted to an airborne player with possession of the ball, and non-student bench personnel will be allowed to serve as peacekeepers on the floor if an altercation occurs.

Charlotte head coach Ron Sanchez resigns after winning CBI title

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ron Sanchez resigned as head coach of the Charlotte 49ers.

Sanchez took over the 49ers on March 19, 2018, inheriting a team coming off a 6-23 campaign. In five years Charlotte went 72-78 under Sanchez, highlighted by winning the College Basketball Invitational championship this past season, the Niners’ first post-season tournament title in school history.

The 22 wins this past season are the most for Charlotte since 2001.

“Ron took over a proud but struggling program and carefully rebuilt it into a 22-game winner. He has led with class, dignity and devotion to our young men,” Charlotte director of athletics Mike Hill said. “His decision to step down from Charlotte was a difficult one for him and everyone associated with our program. We wish him and his family every happiness.”

Hill said the team has already begun a national search for a replacement.

“This is a bittersweet day for me and my family as I step down to pursue other opportunities,” said Sanchez, who came the 49ers after working as an assistant coach at Virginia under Tony Bennett. “It has been a tremendous privilege to lead the 49ers basketball program over the past five years and I want to thank Niner Nation for its support. I will be forever grateful to my staff, players and the university.”

Marquette extends Shaka Smart’s contract through 2029-30 season

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MILWAUKEE — Marquette coach Shaka Smart has received a contract extension after leading the Golden Eagles to their first outright regular-season championship and tournament title in the Big East.

Smart’s contract now runs through the 2029-30 season. This is the first extension Smart has received since signing a six-year deal when he took over as Marquette’s coach in 2021.

Marquette didn’t release financial terms of Smart’s deal.

“In a very short period of time, Shaka and his staff have done a tremendous job of establishing a winning culture, both on and off the court,” athletic director Bill Scholl said in a statement. “Shaka’s vision for the program is focused on extended, sustainable success. The individuals who interact with the team on a daily basis are able to observe frequent examples of growth and the excitement around the program is contagious.”

Marquette has gone 48-20 in Smart’s two seasons and reached the NCAA Tournament each of those years.

The Golden Eagles went 29-7 and won the Big East’s regular-season and tournament championships last season after the league’s coaches had picked them to finish ninth out of 11 teams. Marquette’s season ended with a 69-60 loss to Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 32.

Purdue’s Edey returning to school at NBA draft deadline; Kentucky’s Tshiebwe stays in

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Purdue’s Zach Edey decided it was the right call to go back to school instead of staying in the NBA draft. His predecessor as national player of the year, Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe, is sticking with his pro pursuit.

And Connecticut’s reign as NCAA champion will begin with multiple starters having left for the NBA draft and one returning after flirting with doing the same.

The 7-foot-4 Edey and UConn guard Tristen Newton were among the notable names to announce that they were withdrawing from the draft, the NCAA’s deadline for players who declared as early entrants to pull out and retain their college eligibility.

Edey’s decision came in social media posts from both the center and the Boilermakers program that earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament behind Edey, The Associated Press men’s national player of the year.

But Tshiebwe announced late in the afternoon that he would remain in the draft after a college career that included being named the AP national player of the year in 2022.

For the current champions, Newton (10.1 points, 4.7 assists, 4.5 rebounds) is returning after being one of four Huskies to declare for the draft after a run to UConn’s fifth national championship in early April. He scored a game-high 19 points to go with 10 rebounds in the victory over San Diego State in the title game.

The others were Final Four Most Outstanding Player Adama Sanogo, wing Jordan Hawkins and versatile guard Andre Jackson Jr. Sanogo (17.8 points) and Hawkins (16.3) have made it clear they have closed the door on their college careers, while team spokesman Phil Chardis said that Jackson (6.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists) would remain in the draft.

The Huskies have 247sports’ No. 3-ranked recruiting class for next year to restock the roster, led by McDonald’s All-American point guard Stephon Castle.

The NBA’s withdrawal deadline is June 12, but is moot when it comes to college players returning to school due to the NCAA’s earlier timeline to retain playing eligibility.


TREY ALEXANDER: Creighton gets back a 6-4 guard who averaged 13.6 points and shot 41% from 3-point range in his first full season as a starter.

ADEM BONA: The 6-foot-10 forward and Pac-12 freshman of the year is returning to UCLA after starting 32 games as a rookie and averaging 7.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks – with coach Mick Cronin praising his toughness for “competing through multiple injuries for as long as he could” in a statement Wednesday.

EDEY: He averaged 22.3 points, 12.9 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 1.5 assists while shooting 60.7% from the field. His presence alone helps Purdue be a factor in the Big Ten race.

JOSIAH-JORDAN JAMES: The 6-6 guard went through the NBA G League Combine and had workouts with multiple teams before opting to return to Tennessee for a fifth season alongside teammate Santiago Vescovi.

JUDAH MINTZ: The 6-3 freshman averaged 16.3 points and 4.6 assists for Syracuse, ranking third among Division I freshmen in scoring behind only Alabama’s Brandon Miller and Lamar’s Nate Calmese.

OWLS’ RETURNEES: Florida Atlantic got good news after its surprise Final Four run with the return leading scorers Johnell Davis (13.8) and Alijah Martin (13.4). ESPN first reported their decisions, while Martin later posted a social media statement.

TERRENCE SHANNON JR.: Illinois got a big boost with Shannon announcing his night in a social media post. The 6-6 guard is returning for a fifth college season after averaging 17.2 points.

SPARTANS’ RETURNEES: Michigan State announced that guards Jaden Akins and A.J. Hoggard have withdrawn from the NBA draft. Standout guard Tyson Walker had previously withdrawn in April, setting up Tom Izzo to have five of his top scorers back.


KOBE BROWN: Missouri’s 6-8 swingman opted against returning for a fifth college season after being an AP first-team all-Southeastern Conference pick averaging 15.8 points last season.

JAYLEN CLARK: The third-year UCLA guard averaged 13.0 points and 6.0 rebounds while leading the Pac-12 with 2.6 steals en route to being named Naismith national defensive player of the year. Cronin called him a winner with strong intangibles who made UCLA “a better program because he chose to be a Bruin.”

BRICE SENSABAUGH: The Ohio State freshman averaged 16.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 31 games before missing his final two in the Big Ten Tournament due to a knee injury. He’s a potential first-round prospect.

TSHIEBWE: The 6-9, 260-pound forward is a tough interior presence who led the country in rebounds for two straight seasons (15.1 in 2022, 13.7 in 2023) while racking up 48 double-doubles. But he faces an uncertain next stop and is projected at best as a second-round prospect.

North Carolina transfer Caleb Love commits to Arizona

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Caleb Love is now headed to Arizona.

The North Carolina transfer tweeted, less than a month after decommitting from Michigan, that he will play next season with the Wildcats.

“Caleb is a tremendously talented guard who has significant experience playing college basketball at a high level,” Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd said in a statement. “We look forward to helping Caleb grow his game at Arizona. And as we near the completion of the roster for the upcoming season, we feel great about how everything has come together. Now it’s time for the real work to start.”

A 6-foot-4 guard, Love averaged 14.6 points and 3.3 assists in three seasons at North Carolina. He averaged 17.6 points in seven NCAA Tournament games, helping lead the Tar Heels to the 2022 national championship game.

Love entered the transfer portal after leading North Carolina with 73 3-pointers as a junior and initially committed to Michigan. He decommitted from the Wolverines earlier this month, reportedly due to an admissions issue involving academic credits.

Love narrowed his transfer targets to three schools before choosing to play at Arizona over Gonzaga and Texas.

Love will likely start on a team that will have dynamic perimeter players, including Pelle Larsson, Kylan Boswell and Alabama transfer Jaden Bradley.