Youth Basketball

Articles on coaching, recruiting, and reffing youth.

With great talent comes great responsibility

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Park Center (MN) star Cayla McMorris checks in with a reflection on her role as a leader after a pair of games that went in opposite directions for her and her team.

Dawn Staley to coach women's U18 national team

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South Carolina coach Dawn Staley will coach the U.S. women's under-18 team at the FIBA Americas championships this summer.

Wisconsin recruit McMorris scored career-high

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Wisconsin recruit Cayla McMorris checks in to discuss the latest in her high school season, including a career-high 37 points against Andover.

Tyra Buss making her name known in HS WBB

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Tyra Buss lives in Illinois, plays against Indiana players, and with an amazing 46.9 points per game. We look at her stats and try to figure out if she can keep it up at Indiana University next...

When playing to the level of opponents happens

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Wisconsin recruit Cayla McMorris reflects on a pair of games in which she and her team had a bit of a letdown.

Cayla McMorris on winning 'Game of the Week'

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Wisconsin signee Cayla McMorris discusses a big win for Park Center in her latest blog for Swish Appeal.

Hoops lessons from the Mike Blake Tip-Off Classic

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A few lessons learned from a holiday basketball tournament.

How should a ref manage a 30-0 game?

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Last week saw the McNair JV girls team defeat an opponent 30-0. How much benefit of the doubt should a ref give the losing team?

Former Monmouth star has moved on to coaching

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After pursuing her own pro basketball career overseas, Amanda Rosato is back in the U.S. passing on her passion for the game to the girls of McNair high school.

How does coaching boys & girls basketball differ?

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Summarizing conversations about the differences between coaching boys and girls basketball while officiating a double header.

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Five-star recruit Jatarie White chooses South Carolina

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Georgia Tech and top-100 commit Imani Tilford part ways

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Top-100 recruit Imani Tilford and Georgia Tech have decided to mutually part ways per multiple sources -- Tilford had committed to the Yellow Jackets in August. Her other finalists at the time were Memphis, Boston College and Providence.

2014 guard/wing, Meo Knight, commits to Alabama

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Meo Knight (Central Catholic, LA) has committed to Alabama. The 5-foot-9 guard/wing visited the Crimson Tide this past weekend and is their second committment for the class of 2015.

Four-star guard to visit Louisville this weekend

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Consensus top-100 and four-star recruit, Arica Carter, will be taking an official visit to Louisville this weekend per sources. Carter -- a 5-foot-8 combo guard -- is noted for her athleticism and helped lead Long Beach Polytechnic High to a state championship this past season.

Tennessee to have five-star visitors this weekend

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Tennessee will be have some very special visitors on campus per Maria M. Cornelius of Inside Tennessee. One of the top post players in the country, Jatarie White, will be taking an official visit to Tennessee this weekend. White is the highest rated post player that's still uncommitted. Also, visiting the Volunteer state will be T'ea Cooper, a dynamic point guard out of McEachern high school in Powder Springs, GA. Cooper -- a former North Carolina commit -- is a top-five prospect and also a five-star recruit.

5-star recruit Jaime Nared commits to Tennessee

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Per multiple sources, one of the top players in the country, Jaime Nared, has committed to Tennessee. After visiting the Lady Vols this past weekend, Nared decided that Rocky Top country was the place for her. At 6-foot-1, she is one of the most versatile and complete players in the nation. Nared averaged 23.7 points per game last year; she will be reunited with her former club teammates in Jordan Reynolds and Mercedes Russell. More information to come later.

Top post player Kristen Simon down to two schools: USC and California

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One of the top post players left in the Class of 2014 is down to two schools per sources. Kristen Simon, a top-50 recruit out of Windward HS (CA), is down to two schools: USC and California. Simon has visited both schools and reportedly will make a decision very soon. Her other finalists were Ohio State, Louisville and Texas.

Top-50 player Dekeiya Cohen commits to Baylor

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Dekeiya Cohen, a top-50 player from South Carolina, has given her verbal committment to Baylor. The 6-foot-1 Cohen is noted for her versatility; she averaged 22.2 points, 12.7 rebounds, 5 steals and 3.6 blocks last year for West Ashley high school.

One of the top post players in the country commits to Kentucky

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Four-star recruits to visit Ohio State this weekend: Asia Doss and Kathryn Westbeld

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Per Jim Massey of the Columbus Dispatch, four-star prospects Asia Doss and Kathryn Westbeld will be visiting Ohio State this weekend. Also in attendance will be Ohio State commitments Alexa Hart and Makayla Waterman.

2015 Top-40 recruit, Sam Trammel, schedules in-home visits

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Sam Trammel, a 2015 power forward ranked and top-40 recruit, has home visits scheduled with Michigan, Wake Forest, and Denver this week per sources. The University of Iowa and Valparaiso came to visit her two weeks ago.

Lashai Geeter (2014) commits to Stetson

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2014 prospect Lashai Geeter (5'11", WF) of MLK H.S. Detroit, MI Motor City Top Ten AAU has committed to Stetson.

McMorris blog: The atmosphere at Wisconsin

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In her second guest blog, Cayla McMorris briefly describes what she liked about Wisconsin during her official visit to the school.

Cayla McMorris decides to attend Wisconsin

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"I've decided to join the (Wisconsin) Badger family because I felt a major connection with the coaches and the team."

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Top programs pursuing top Canadian recruit

Top NCAA programs are pursuing 6-foot point guard Kia Nurse of Hamilton, Ontario.

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