Friday, July 22, 2016

Team Arsenal at the Adidas Summer Championship in Las Vegas

"Arsenal 17u Elite beat Dream Vision 68-63 in 1st game of the @adidasUprising Championship tourney! Andre Kelly had 18pts 10reb in the win on Wednesday"
Jack Wilson didn't shoot well but still finished with nine points, eight boards and a pair of blocked shot in just 15 minutes of play. Box


In Adidas Summer Championship play on Thursday morning, Team Arsenal Elite fell to Exum Elite Utah Prospects 59-56. Tim Falls led with 17 points, Andre Kelley provided 16 plus seven boards and Elijah Hardy totaled 13 points, including 3-4 shooting from long distance. Box

Then in the afternoon, Team Arsenal Elite edged Team Lillard 75-73. Hardy paced the victors with both 18 points plus five assists, Zach Chappell chipped in 16 aided by 10-12 shooting at the foul line and Kelly posted a 14 point, 17 rebound double-double. Souley Boum posted his own double-double of 16 and 13 for the Lillard-ites. Box


Late Friday night, Team Arsenal Elite faced off with Team Wall. Too late for a score, let alone a box.

Team Lillard at the Adidas Summer Championship in Las Vegas

On Wednesday Team Lillard fell to the Exum Elite Utah Prospects 70-60 as Trey Gray scored 17 points. Box


Dream Vision then handled Team Lillard 80-59 on Thursday morning. Souley Boum paced the Lillard-ites with 18 points. Box

Later on that day, Team Arsenal Elite edged Team Lillard 75-73 with Boum again out in front with 16 points followed by 13 apiece from Gray and Austin FadalBox


On Friday night, Team Lillard paired up with the Hope Christian Huskies and grabbed a 74-34 victory. No box yet available.

Play Hard Play Smart at the Adidas Summer Championship in Las Vegas

On Wednesday, Play Hard Play Smart Elite fell to Game Elite 75-59. Tydus Verhoeven played well with 14 points, five boards, three steals and two assists in 26 minutes of court time. Box


Come Thursday morning, Compton Magic Elite bested Play Hard Play Smart Elite 64-42. Elias King posted a 12 points, 11 rebound double-double. Box

Later, it was the Upward Stars 68-42 over Play Hard Play Smart Elite with King again leading in scoring with 11. Box


On Friday, Play Hard Play Smart Elite matched up with the St. Louis Warriors and grabbed a 75-61 victory. King was out in front with 18 points, Isaiah Bates totaled 14 and Jordan Brown concluded with 13, shooting 3-5 from long distance. It was the first tournament appearance for both Bates and BrownBox

Game two on Friday had the Ohio Basketball Club winning 61-54 over Play Hard Play Smart Elite. DeShawn Brunner led with 15 points. Bates and Brown did not appear. Box

The Sac Valley Renegades at the Adidas Summer Championship in Las Vegas

On Wednesday, the Sac Valley Renegades beat Port City Black 54-50.


Thursday began with a Sac Valley 73-47 loss to Team LivOn Red.

Then the Renegades bounced back but still fell 79-76 to Arizona Aces Elite.


Friday afternoon saw Gamepoint Elite and the Sac Valley Renegades tangle and a 79-53 loss for the latter.

A Sterling Smith update

"The following are the profiles, scouting reports, GBSL stats and highlight links of the Co MVP’s of the 2016 GBSL. These players dominated the two sessions and are future high level professionals. The GBSL featured 50-60 players that will play professional basketball in the 2016-17 season.

The Global Basketball Summer League (GBSL) is scouting resource for professional coaches looking to employ talent for international leagues, NBA D League, NBL of Canada and other quality pro leagues in North America. The GBSL management committee are all former professional players and our scouting reports are very accurate based on our professional evaluation. This is our eight year managing the Las Vegas summer event and scouting evaluations have been amazingly correct. In the past we have identified dozens of high quality players that were flying under the scouting radar that had lots of success in the NBA D League and quality international leagues.

If you are interested in one of these players the GBSL will put you directly in contact with the player or his representative. This scouting report will go out to over 5000 coaches, GM’s and agents in the global basketball community...

Sterling Smith – Co MVP
Position: 2/3
Size: 6’4” & 200lbs
2015-16 Team: University of Pittsburgh

Sterling Smith is a very talented big guard that has the potential to play at a high European level. He played extremely well in Session A and led his team to the GBSL Championship with his shooting and rebounding. He is a quality perimeter shooter that plays excellent defense and makes quality decisions with the ball. The most impressive thing about his game is the fact that he is a big time rebounder from the guard position. Sterling is a solid ball handler that excels in transition and in the half court game. He will be a terrific European professional player and had a quality college career at Coppin State where he averaged 14ppg and shot over 40% from the 3pt in his junior year. He decided to use the NCAA Graduate transfer rule his senior season and played at Pittsburg where he averaged 5ppg in 17 minutes per game. He really impressed the scouts at the GBSL and will get a deal in Europe this season.

2015 GBSL Session B Stats:
PPG 18.3; RPG 11.7; FG% .528; 3PT% .636

Sterling Smith College Highlights

Agent Contact (Bob Stanley)    
Tel: +32 476 447 990"

A James Kelbert update

Former Leland High star James Kelbert (above) participating for the Virgin Islands against a pair of American players in the current FIBA Americas U18 championship series being held in Chile.

Kelbert played 25 minutes against the U.S. and totaled five rebounds and three points in a 107-63 American victory. He enjoyed eight boards in 18 minutes in an earlier loss to Chile. The Virgin Islands also fell 81-65 against Puerto Rico with Kelbert finished at nine points, four rebounds plus three assists in just under 30 minutes of court time.

The Dons offers a SoCal wing

Frank Burlison: "Mater Dei forward Justice Sueing offered scholarship by University of San Francisco."

He's a 6-foot-6, 205 2017 lefthanded small forward who lived in Hawaii until recently. His father was a Rainbow Warrior before playing professionally overseas.

A truncated ESPN description:

"Sueing is a physical wing-type with fairly long arms and good hands. He is a good athlete and his fundamentals are evolving. He can face-up at the elbow and utilizes the up-fake to get his defenders off balance and overall his triple threat game is solid..."

Just hope he wants to become a lawyer.

Kelly with his second offer

The NorCal Report: "2018 6-7 F Andre Kelly of Lincoln HS / @ArsenalAAU has an offer from San Jose St, & recently from Montana. Avg'd a double-double as a soph"

Elijah Hardy update

Joel Francisco: "When 2018 Elijah Hardy (Team Arsenal 16U) plays efficiently his stock soars....Elite passer and shot is getting smoother"

Solid observation by Francisco. The fringe may somehow label Francisco a hater for this because it's not gushing but his analysis is what coaches are thinking. Showing control of the game is the next step.

No Vegas

Our Thursday flight to Las Vegas out of Monterey was first delayed due to over heating problems with the plane prior to its originating takeoff in Vegas. We were scheduled to depart Monterey at 3:56 p.m. but that was not going to happen. A couple of hours later, the plane finally arrived in Monterey and the incoming passengers from Vegas disembarked.

Then it was announced that the plane again had 'problems' and that it would not be making a return trip to Vegas as originally scheduled. A majority of the would-be passengers then exited the Monterey airport in frustration.

15 or so minutes later, it was announced that the plane might soon be ready -- possibly good news for those would-be passengers still somehow remaining in the terminal.

30 or so minutes later, it was announced that the plane would not be ready. A replacement plane was to fly in from Las Vegas, scheduled to arrive in Monterey at 1:10 a.m. with boarding to take place soon after that for the return trip.

However, yours truly surrendered, not wishing to arrive in Las Vegas at 3:00 a.m. Friday. Rushing out to a series of basketball games on a few hours of sleep lost its appeal. The zombie look, while popular in Sin City, is not a good one for me. Yes, I am a wimp.

We'll still try and pick up as much news as possible about the hoops goings-on in Las Vegas and post that information here.

Nor Cal Fab 48 play in Las Vegas

Wednesday Fab 48

"Los Angeles Rockfish fell behind, 13-2, but dominated the rest of the way in near-methodical fashion via its half-court offense and defense to knock off Splash City (made up players from NorCal and Central California), 53-39.

Splash City, which lost in the Under Armour championship game (to WE R 1) in Atlanta last week, mostly settled for jump shots or drives into heavy congestion in the lane..."

Thursday Fab 48

"@SplashCity_UAA 17U with a 96-80 victory over @reale1t1. 40+ college coaches in attendance. Cal, Maryland, Tulsa, Harvard etc"

"(Splash City) 17U with a 84-70 win over @NikeProSkills. Next up is a highly anticipated matchup v. @earlwatsonelite"

Thursday Fab 48

Top Flight Elite AAU

"TFE 17u Red over Simply Fundamental Academy 49-40 in the first pool play game"

"Top Flight Elite 17u Red 83-32 over MIA Elite in the invitational division"

Spencer Butterfield playing next in Paris

sbutterfield_21 - "It's official! Our next big adventure this year is going to be Paris, France. We just signed with team Nanterre in France ProA and are so excited to be playing for this awesome club in the city of Paris. We are so grateful for the opportunities and blessings playing basketball has brought us. Can't wait to see what this next year has in store for us. P.S. Guess we better get in as much boating as possible while we still can"

He's out of Del Oro High, Yuba College and Utah State.

Wilson to wing it

"Michigan Basketball: D.J. Wilson is Needed for Wing Depth" -- Chris Peterson

Walberg is back and Clovis West has him

"Vance Walberg returns as Clovis West boys basketball coach" -- Nick Giannandra

Thames and UC Riverside

"MEN'S BASKETBALL: UCR lineup taking shape"

Former Pleasant Grove High guard Malik Thames will be playing a prominent role for the Highlanders come the 2016-17 season.