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Okongwu, Singleton share All-West Camp honors

LYNWOOD, Ca. – Two of the elite underclassmen in the west – and beyond – took top honors following the conclusion of the two-day Pangos/Fullcourt Press All-West Camp at Lynwood High Thursday evening.

Six-foot-eight Onyeka Okongwu, who shared national Freshman of the Year honors with Chino Hills High teammate Melo Ball this past season, joined 6-4 David Singleton (Torrance, CA, Bishop Montgomery) as the co-Most Outstanding Players after the camp had wrapped with Top 50 and Top 25 all-star games, with rosters culled from the 160 or so players who participated.

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Splash City wins Double Pump Summer Tip-Off

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Ca. – The first week of the NCAA July “evaluation” period wrapped up Sunday at 5 o’clock, with three major events wrapping up in as many locations in Southern California.

“Travel team” tournaments concluded at Cerritos College in Norwalk and at the Anaheim Sports Center for the Double Pump Summer Tip-Off.

The Belmont Shore team knocked Wisconsin United, 62-61, via two David Singleton free throws with three seconds to go for the Invitational Division championship at Cerritos College.

Singleton (Torrance, CA, Bishop Montgomery), one of the best 2018 shooting guard prospects in the country, and 6-foot-7 Isaiah White (La Verne, CA, Damien), one of the better remaining unsigned players in the class of 2016, shared Most Outstanding Players in the division.

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Fairfax semifinal field set for Friday night

LOS ANGELES – The Friday night championship semifinals are set for the 30th Nike Fairfax Summer Basketball Classic.

In the first semi, at 6 o’clock, Corona Centennial takes on Long Beach Poly, with Trinity League foes Mater Dei and Santa Margarita following at 7:30.

Friday’s other games: (13th place semifinals) 9 a.m., Santa Monica vs. Alemany; 10:30, Maranatha vs. Orange Lutheran; (consolation semifinals) Noon, Loyola vs. Calabasas; 1:30 p.m., Fairfax vs. La Canada; (fifth-place semifinals) 3, Redondo vs. Chino Hills; 4:30, Brentwood vs. Crespi.

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Chino Hills vs. Mater Dei at Fairfax tonight

LOS ANGELES – Day IV of the 30th Nike Fairfax Summer Classic tips off today (Thursday) at 3 o’clock.

That’s when L.A. Loyola takes on Santa Monica in a consolation quarterfinal, with Mission Hills Alemany following against Calabasas in the other at 4:30.

In championship quarterfinals, Santa Ana Mater Dei takes on Chino Hills at 6 p.m. with Redondo and Santa Margarita following in the other at 7:30.

In consolation quarterfinals played Wednesday, La Canada knocked off Orange Lutheran (51-43) and host Fairfax toppled Maranatha (72-42).

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Top squads to play in Damien December BB tourney

LA VERNE, Ca. – Damien High will play host to a Dec. 26-30, 2016 event that promises to be one of the strongest post-Christmas boys high school tournaments, both regionally and nationally, Damien Coach Mike LeDuc announced Tuesday.

The Classic at Damien, with title sponsorship from the Mark Christopher Auto Center in Ontario, will include three 16-team brackets.

The tournament has already attracted some of the top programs in the West, including six of the CIF Southern Section’s Open Division playoff entrants from last spring: Santa Ana Mater Dei, Corona Centennial, Eastvale Roosevelt, Encino Crespi, Mission Hills Alemany and Damien.

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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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Meet Frank
Frank Burlison

Frank Burlison is a well-regarded basketball writer who was inducted into the U.S. Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame in 2005. His opinions on the potential of high school and college players are widely respected and sought by college coaches and NBA scouts, personnel directors and general managers from coast to coast. Oh, yes – he can offer plenty of thoughts on movies, television and pop music. Yes, he can rank those, too. Hint: He’s a big The Godfather, Larry Sanders, The Wire and The Beatles loyalist.

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“I’ve known Frank since he was a student at Long Beach State and no writer ever worked harder at studying and understanding basketball. When I was coaching I always put more stock into what he said about (high school) players than anyone I knew. As far as I’m concerned, he’s the best there is at evaluating the potential of basketball players.”
Lute Olson, Hall of Fame and NCAA Championship Winning Coach

"I have known Frank for 15 years and there is no one outside of those in the Clippers' organization that I trust more than Frank when it comes to player evaluations."
Neil Olshey, Los Angeles Clippers' Vice President of Basketball Operations

“Frank Burlison has always been a proponent of my talent and, even more so, of my potential – far before it was evident to most. Even as a smaller and determined player who was being overlooked by most high-major colleges and national scouting services, Frank always served as a friendly voice who got me into the door to most events to help me prove my talents.”
Russell Westbrook, the No. 4 overall selection in the 2008 NBA Draft out of UCLA and an all-star guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder

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