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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…

My choices for best of the LeBron Skills Academy

LAS VEGAS – As the final game of the four-day camp was getting set to tip off at about 7 o’clock Saturday night, the LeBron James Skills Academy was as noteworthy for the players not playing as it was for the guys about to play in the championship game. Stephen Zimmerman, Isaiah Briscoe, DeAndre Ayton,…

Friday LeBron Skills Academy action cut in half

LAS VEGAS — Friday’s Day III of the LeBron James Skills Academy became, in essence,  “Day II 1/2″ of the event. With injuries and fatigue shrinking the number of the “healthy, rested and rarin’ to go” players on hand, Nike grassroots officials made the administrative call to cancel the evening session of four games. As…

Ten reasons to read my LBJ Skills Academy stuff

LAS VEGAS — As Day II turned into Night II for the LeBron James Skills Academy Thursday, rosters were shrinking as the number of players on the sidelines with ice packs on ankles and wrists continued to grow exponentially. Guards Isaiah Briscoe and Malik Newman (iced wrists), potent junior-to-be power forward Omari Spellman (iced right…

Some campers impress while playing with LeBron

LAS VEGAS – Day I of the LeBron James Skills Academy concluded with the camp’s namesake – and, if the mostly day-long buzz in the Cashman Center has some factual heft to it, the soon-to-be Cleveland Cavalier – running with the participants in portions of each of the first four games played Wednesday night. I…

Mater Dei among 12-team field at SJB tourney

BELLFLOWER, Ca. – The St. John Bosco High boys’ basketball program will play host to the “Braves Big 12 Summer Classic” this week. Eight of the 12 programs in the event participated in last spring’s first-ever CIF Southern Section Open Division Playoffs, including ultimately sectional and state champion Santa Ana Mater Dei. Pool play begins…

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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