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My “all-adidas Nations” selections

LONG BEACH, Ca. – Team Damian Lillard continued its dominance of the 2014 adidas Nations when it mattered most Monday night at Long Beach City College. It trailed by five points after the first quarter to Team John Wall before overwhelming its opponent over the final 30 minutes of play to cruise, 106-78, in the…

Teams Lillard, Wall meet for adidas Nations title

GARDEN GROVE, Ca. – Teams made up exclusively of high school underclassmen will play for the championship of the adidas Nations Monday night (6 o’clock PT) at Long Beach City College. In Sunday night’s semifinals at the Next Level Sports Center, Team (John) Wall overcame a three-point deficit at intermission to knock off Team (Dwight)…

Preston and Rowan help Team Wall go 3-0 at adidas

GARDEN GROVE, Ca. – Team Wall zipped to 3-0 Saturday night as the second day of the adidas Nations wrapped in the Next Level Sports Center. Nine teams – four representing the United States and five others representing other regions across the world – are participating in one the last of the high-profile and super-competitive…

Chase Jeter, Jaylen Brown impress at adidas Nations

GARDEN GROVE, Ca. – The last of the major high school basketball “camps” of the summer of 2014 got underway Friday, for the third year in a row, at the Next Level Sports Complex. Nine squads – four representing the United State and five more from international regions – are part of the adidas Nations…

My choices for Best of Best of L.V. evaluation hoops

LAS VEGAS – There were three championship options in 17-year-old divisions for me on Sunday’s final day of the NCAA’s basketball evaluation period. I opted for the adidas Super 64 final between Dream Vision and Indiana Elite. And, unlike the Big Football Vegas Classic at Spring Valley High (with Chicago Mac Irvin Fired edging Houston…

Dreamy finish for Boatwright & Co. at adidas Saturday

LAS VEGAS – My Saturday, Day 4, stop on the final NCAA evaluation week for this month was the Cashman Center, home to the adidas Super 64. It was fitting, I supposed, that the last complete game I watched Saturday night was one of the best I saw all week in town. Dream Vision seemingly…

Trying to sort out all of these Fab 48 games

LAS VEGAS – Bishop Gorman High was the locale for me for the second time in three tries – eh, NCAA basketball evaluation days – Friday. I saw a flock of Fab 48 pool-play games – not a Flock of Seagulls, the early 1980s British new wave band that I’m sure has played in town…

My favorites from Thursday adidas Super 64 session

LAS VEGAS – Day II of the NCAA’s third basketball evaluation period of the July is in the books. And I spent it – Thursday – in the massiveness that is the Cashman Center and its seven-court set up that, in essence, made the place quite a kaleidoscope of sorts for the adidas Super 64….

Eval Week III gets underway at Bishop Gorman

LAS VEGAS — The third NCAA basketball evaluation period tipped in force off at 5 o’clock at three major venues Wednesday night, each swarming with college coaches galore. The Cashman Center (adidas Super 64), Spring Valley High (Big Foot Classic) and Bishop Gorman High (Fab 48) were the gathering points. My first stop of the…

Pump Best of Summer among eval events this week

ANAHEIM, Ca. – Week II of the NCAA’s summer basketball evaluation period gets underway Wednesday at 5 o’clock. The Asics Double Pump Best of the Summer – annually one of the better “evaluation events” of the summer – gets underway at 5 p.m. (per NCAA rules) at the American Sports Centers (1500 Anaheim Blvd., in…

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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