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Bernard, Cockburn among Saturday Pangos standouts

NORWALK, Ca. – A couple of players from the respective East and West coasts had a pair of strong efforts each during Saturday’s second day of the 15th Pangos All-American Camp at Cerritos College.

Representing the East quite nicely, thank you very much, was Class of 2019 big man – very big man Kofi Cockburn of Middle Village (NY) Christ the King.

Cockburn goes at least 6-foot-10 and looks all of, say, 270 or so well-sculpted pounds.

And he put good use to all of that ample size, strength, surprisingly nimble footwork and assertiveness while helping “USC’ split its games with UCLA (losing 70-62) and Cal (prevailing, 64-52).

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Bassey, Anthony and jump shooters shine at Pangos

NORWALK, Ca. – Night 1 of the 15th Pangos All-American Camp proved a nice showcase, regionally and nationally, for multiple players Friday night at Cerritos College.

Two of those athletes were already well-known on the high school and grassroots hoops circuit and were on the floor at the same time late Friday night, on Court 2 (center) of the three-court setup for the event in which approximately 110 to 120 players are separated into 12 teams.

And in that one, the “Arizona” squad, led by 6-foot-10 Charles Bassey (San Antonio), rolled over “UCLA”, 97-68.

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Magic Elite depth overtakes Bradley, Team Eleate

ORANGE, Ca. – The Compton Magic captured titles in each of the top three divisions Monday  afternoon during the final day of the Magic program’s Memorial Weekend tournament at Orange Lutheran High.

The last of those came in the 17 “Battle Zone” Division, via a 66-62 victory over Riverside-based Team Eleate.

And it was achieved despite a spectacular performance by San Bernardino High junior Matt Bradley.

The 6-foot-3ish Bradley (who plans to transfer to Wasatch Academy in Mt. Pleasant, UT) was dominant in each of the Marvin Lea-coached team’s three games on Sunday (also including a quarterfinal win vs.

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Hoops Heaven in SoCal for consecutive weekends

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Ca. – Southern California will be the boys “grassroots basketball capital of the country” over this and next weekend.

*The Nike/EYBL (Elite Youth Basketball League) will hold its fourth and final spring session this weekend, with the 17s divisions on Saturday and Sunday at the Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks (1011 Rancho Conejo Blvd.).

Forty games, spread over four courts, will be played each day. They begin at 8 a.m. and the final set is scheduled to tip off at 9:30 in the evening.

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Tre Jones & Howard Pulley top EYBL weekend

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. – After the conclusion of the third of the four Nike EYBL weekends, only one of the league’s 40 teams stands with a single loss in 12 games.

That’s the Minnesota-based Howard Pulley squad, which Sunday morning rolled to the fourth victory in as many games that it played over the weekend at the Lakepoint Sporting Community Champions Center.

Howard Pulley toppled Houston Hoops Sunday, 100-77, to push the average margin of victory in its four weekend victories to 17.8 points.

Not at all surprisingly, the driving force for the team continued to be Tre Jones (Apple Valley, MN).

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BABC in stunning buzzer-beating EYBL win Saturday

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. – Saturday’s Day II of the third session of the 2017 Nike EYBL season featured the league’s usual display of elite prospects and some down-to-the-wire results from among the 40 games played in the Lakefront Sporting Community Champions Center.

First to some of the remarkable finishes:

*With his team trailing the Boston Area Basketball Club (BABC) 74-73, Nike Team Florida forward Vernon Carey was fouled with 3.5 seconds to play in regulation on his way to the basketball.

After a timeout called by BABC Coach Leo Papile, the left-handed, 6-foot-9 and 240-poundish junior-to-be from University in Ft.

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Friday night EYBL action rundown in Georgia

CARTERSVILLE, Ga. – Night 1 of the third session of the 2017 Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) was highlighted by some terrific jump shooting performances and the first loss in nine games for MOKAN Elite program.

The last of the EYBL unbeatens, MOKAN (made up of players from Missouri and Kansas) had eked its way through some tight affairs during the sessions in Hampton, VA, and Indianapolis.

But, despite another strong performance from Jontay Porter (11 points, 14 rebounds and six blocked shots), MOKAN couldn’t get over the hump against Southern Stampede, 54-53.

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CP3 Memorial Weekend tourney set for the O.C.

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Ca. – The CP3 Memorial Day Classic is set for May 26-28 at the Next Level facility in Garden Grove.

There will be competition in the 16s, 15s and 14s divisions.

Regional club program directors and coaches interested in the event, should go to http://www.madehoops.com/CP3MDC.

 

BurlisonOnBasketball all-junior selections

LAGUNA NIGUEL, Ca. – The identity of the 2016-17 BurlisonOnBasketball Southern California Most Outstanding Junior shouldn’t exactly come as any kind of seismographic shock to anyone who follows high school hoops anywhere it’s played.

Marvin Bagley III’s dazzling play helped lead Chatsworth Sierra Canyon High to the No. 1 seed in the CIF Southern Section’s Open Division playoff bracket and a Top 5 or so national ranking for much of the season.

Sierra’s Canyon’s season ended well short of the expectations that had been set in place for it going into a campaign in which the Trailblazers returned four starters (Bagley was ineligible after transferring to the school in January of 2016) from a team that lost to Chino Hills in the 2016 CIF Southern Section Open championship game.

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Standouts galore at 2nd IEBP Spring Showcase

SAN BERNARDINO, Ca. – The second annual Inland’s Finest Spring Basketball Showcase, presented by the Inland Empire Basketball Program (IEBP), was held Sunday at San Bernardino Valley College.

And the event is now 2-for-2 in attracting many – of not most ­– of the best players in the Inland-Empire area (generally speaking, encompassing Riverside and San Bernardino counties).

OK, so a rundown on the six games played at the evening (games each for middle-schoolers, ninth-, 10th-and 12th graders, and two for 11th-graders), from start to finish:

*In the first game, the blue jersey-wearing lads outlasted their white-wearing counterparts, 62-56.

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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."
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“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.”
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