LMU hosts top high school BB teams Sunday

LOS ANGELES – The Loyola Marymount University men’s basketball coaching staff and the LMU campus will host the “Lion King Shootout” on Sunday.

Thirteen of the better high school programs in Southern California are scheduled to participate in the nine games that are set to begin at 1 in the afternoon and wrap up about four hours later. The teams are made up of players who have eligibility for the 2016-17 season.

Admission to the event is $5.

The schedule:

1 p.m., (Court 1) Long Beach Poly vs.

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My all-NBPA Top 100 Camp selections

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – What seemed to have all the makings of a terrific NBPA Top 100 Camp championship game Saturday night rapidly turned into a good old-fashioned blowout in the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena.

The Heat zipped to a 28-point advantage at intermission before coasting to a 109-89 victory over the Rockets in the last of the 41 games played over four days and nights during the 22nd edition of the event.

Seven of the Heat’s 11 players scored at least nine points in the finale, with Washington, D.C., Gonzaga Prep point guard Chris Lykes (who plans to signed a national letter of intent with the University of Miami in November) leading the way with 25 points (hitting three of five shots from behind the arc) while being credited with four rebounds, three assists, a steal and no turnovers.

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Hammonds and Hamilton hit NBPA buzzer beaters

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Day (and night) III of the 22nd NBPA Top 100 Camp ended with one of the more entertaining 30 games played in the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena since Wednesday afternoon.

The left-handed Rayshaun Hammonds (Norcross, GA) hit a running 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Spurs to send their game with the Heat into overtime Friday night.

And then, with two seconds to go in that one-minute OT, Jairus Hamilton (Concord, NC, Cannon School) dropped in another shot from behind the arc and the Spurs had an 80-77 victory.

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Bassey, Williamson soar at NBPA Camp Thursday

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Not surprisingly in the least, the first two days of the 22nd NBPA Top 100 camp have produced multiple standouts.

And, during Thursday’s 10 games, two guys stood taller than anyone else among the 100-plus players in the camp that again being held in the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena.

It was during two of those games that Charles Bassey (San Antonio, TX, St. Anthony) turned in a couple of performances that succinctly drove home why he is the top-ranked player in the national Class of 2019.

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Hands, Waters first-day NBPA Top 100 standouts

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The 22nd National Basketball Players Association Top 100 Camp wrapped up its first complete day of on-court action Wednesday night in the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena.

And only two  of the camp’s 10 teams, the “Rockets” and “Knicks”, came out of Wednesday with 2-0 records after two rounds of play.

The Rockets and Knicks are not slated to play in the “regular season” portion of the schedule but could meet in playoff action that begins Saturday morning and is a wrap later in the evening.

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My standouts from the Nike Elite 100 in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The latest edition of the Nike Elite 100 wrapped up action late Sunday morning on the Saint Louis University campus.

Actually, it could have been called the “Nike Elite 100 plus three” since there were 103 members of the national classes of 2018 and ’19 on hands – “rising” juniors and sophomores, if you will, come late summer.

The proceedings (drills, practices and games) were well-managed and all instruction from camp coaches was on-target.

Here’s a look at 18 of the players (kind of a random number) that impressed me most.

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Mater Dei hoops tourney tips off on Friday

IRVINE, Ca. – The Mater Dei Tournament, always one of the best of the high school boys’ summer events, returns this weekend, with games tipping off at 3:30 Friday afternoon and wrapping up Sunday evening with three games that are scheduled to get underway at 7:45.

This time, however, instead of being played in the Monarchs’ Meruelo Center, the event will be held south of the Mater Dei campus in the multi-court Misty May Sports Center (14522 Myford Road, Irvine).

Among the participants are 12 of the 16 programs that participated in last spring’s CIF Southern Section Open Division playoffs, including Chino Hills – which won both the sectional and state Open crowns while going 35-0.

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The Best of the Best at Pangos AA Camp XIV

NORWALK, Ca. –  The inclination, following the event’s conclusion mid-Sunday afternoon, is to suggest that the 14th Pangos All-American Camp will often be recalled for the caliber of backcourt prospects in attendance among its approximately (give or take) 110 participants.

Here’s why:

Camp participants Jose Alvarado, Trevon Duval, Quade Green, Jaylen Hands, Trae Young and Isaiah Washington are each among my choices for the Top 10 point guards in the Class of 2017.

Spencer Freedman, JaVonte Smart and Brandon Williams fall into that category for the Class of 2018, with Cole Anthony as good a prospect, at the position, in the Class of 2019 that I’ve seen.

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Day II, Pangos All-American Camp XIV

NORWALK, Ca. – The second day of the 14th Pangos All-American Camp couldn’t have wrapped up in any more spectacular fashion.

Jose Alvarado found DeAndre Ayton and put the pass into his hands that immediately led to what proved to be the game-winning dunk with seven seconds to go as the Arizona camp team knocked off its Washington counterpart, 89-88, Saturday night in the last of the 12 games played in two sessions on the three full courts that the Cerritos College gymnasium has been configured into for the event.

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Day I, Pangos All-American Camp XIV

NORWALK, Ca. – Years to come – including NCAA Tournaments and NBA drafts – will give us more perspective on the topic.

But, based upon an opening-Friday evening’s viewing at Cerritos College, this Pangos All-American Camp may stack up with the very best of its Dinos Trigonis-fronted 13 predecessors in terms of depth and top-of-the-class “star power”.

A quick example via this collective group of players:

DeAndre Ayton (Phoenix Hillcrest); P.J. Washington (Henderson, NV, Findlay Prep); Billy Preston (who is set to attend Oak Hill Academy in Virginia as a senior after spending his previous season and a half at Advanced Prep International); Brandon McCoy (San Diego Cathedral Catholic); Charles O’Bannon Jr.

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