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    "Covering What's Happening in the Game of Basketball from the Preps to the Pros"

    No.15 Sophomore decides to become a Bruin

    By Van Coleman

    When Steve Alford went to Westwood from a very secure job in Albuquerque at New Mexico, the big question was...Will he be able to recruit at the level needed to win at UCLA?

    With the addition of this fall's class, that includes No.8 senior Kevon Looney, #29 senior Jonah Bolden, and #52 senior Thomas Welsh, Alford and his staff had erased a lot of the doubt around his hire. 

    (Picture courtesy USA Basketball)

    But, with the commitment of 6-4 sophomore Lonzo Ball, our No. 15 rated player in the Class of 2016, from Chino Hills, CA he may have put to bed that question once and for all.

    Especially to those detractors who have questioned whether he can finish the deal with top talent on the West Coast!

    Lonzo Ball is a gifted athlete who can play either guard spot, and who many scouts think can become an NBA level lead guard in the future. He is an explosive athlete who can attack the hoop with either hand off the dribble and has the explosion to create highlights over opponents in the paint. He has range to three to keep the "D" honest and can make you pay with his ability to pass if you try to double or triple him off the drive.

    He is an effective defender with the length and quicks to guard either spot for the Bruins. He will be an impact talent on both ends and a program turner in the future for Alford in Westwood.

    He chose UCLA over interest from Arizona, California, USC, Washington, and San Diego State.


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    (Photo by Scott Kurtz)"Covering What's Happening in the Game of Basketball from the Preps to the Pros"

    Breaking News...Along The Recruiting Trail

    Arizona adds No.4 rated junior

    By Van Coleman

    We received a heads-up from Belmont Shore Head Coach Dinos Trigonis that his 6-4 combo guard, Tyler Dorsey from Bellflower St. John Bosco has made his college choice.

    "Late last night, Tyler Dorsey committed to Arizona," Coach Trigonis told TheBasketballChannel. " He chose the Wildcats over Duke, UCLA, Kansas, Kentucky, Connecticut, Arizona State, and Louisville."

    Dorsey is a big-time scorer who can flat drill it from three or create off the dribble and can get to the hoop with either hand. He showed versus Emmanuel Mudiay and Malik Newman he can do it versus the best going for 35 points twice in summer play. In season, he has shown he can take a step back as a scorer and can run the show, is a solid passer who can deliver the rock to the open man. He is a gifted player who can become an impact talent in the back court for Sean Miller's Wildcats.

    He is another player with point guard aspirations that will have the chance to reach that goal at Point Guard U


    Van Coleman's FutureStars

    "Covering What's Happening in the Game of Basketball from the Preps to the Pros"


    By Van Coleman

    January 2nd, 2014

    The 2013 Beach Ball Classic wrapped up with a final that looked like a classic early, then a huge second half by Jacksonville Providence put the game away for the Florida squad.

    Providence (FL) scored the first 12 points of the second half to blow open a two point half-time game (29-27) and cruised to a 69-43 victory over Northland (OH) to capture the 2013 Beach Ball Classic Championship.

    In the opening half, the teams battled to a pair of ties and four lead changes.  Providence (10-3) opened a 7-2 lead in the opening 2:02, capped by a Grayson Allen 3-point basket.  Northland (7-2) used a 13-3 run midway through the first half to open a 20-12 advantage with 9:10 on the clock.  The momentum then went back to the side of the Providence squad as the Stallions responded with a 14-5 run that gave them the lead at 26-25 when Kedar Bryant’s lay up capped the run with 1:49 to play.  The teams swapped baskets in the final minute and Providence took a 29-27 into halftime.

    The Stallions put the game out of reach quickly in the second 16-minute half by scoring the first 12 points in just 4:28.  Northland missed it first six shots of the second half and finally stopped the Providence run on Derek McKeithen’s old-fashioned three-point play with 11:11 remaining in the contest.  Providence went on to lead by as many as 26 points the rest of the way.

    Grayson Allen, who has signed to play at Duke, was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player as he led all scorers with 26 points.  Christian Terrell and Wyatt Walker were also honored as All-Tournament selections.  Terrell tallied 16 points while Walker posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds.

    Northland’s Shemar Waugh scored 14 points and garnered the 2013 Beach Ball Classic’s Individual Hustle Award.  Seth Towns chipped in 13 points for the Vikings and won the tourney’s Individual Sportsmanship Award.

    We'd like to thank Wayne White for his help with covering the games at the 2013 Beach Ball Classic since we were involved with a number of broadcasts in Myrtle Beach. He did a great job for all involved. As well as the great Hospitality of John Rhodes and our broadcast partner Allen Smothers who always make the trip to Myrtle Beach a great one for us.

    HOME TEAM: Providence (FL) 10-3

    ## Player Name                          
    01 ALLEN, Grayson 9-14 3-5 5-7 2 7 9 26
    02 TERRELL, Christian 4-10 0-3 8-9 2 6 8 16
    03 BOBBITT, Ben 2-3 1-2 0-0 0 1 1 5
    22 GRIFFIN, LaDarien 1-4 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 2
    33 WALKER, Wyatt 4-6 0-0 3-4 1 11 12 11
    00 JOHNSON, Deion 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    04 BRYANT, Kedar 2-2 0-0 2-2 0 0 0 6
    05 MORRIS, Luke 1-3 0-1 1-2 2 0 2 3
    11 GEORGIADIS, Teddy   0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    20 MCDYER, Andrew 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
       TEAM       3 2 5  
       Totals 23-42 4-11 19-24 10 29 39 69

    VISITING TEAM: Northland (OH) 7-2              
    ## Player Name                          
    01 WAUGH, Shemar 6-13 2-4 0-0 1 3 4 14
    15 HAIRSTON, Ty   2-12 0-5 0-0 1 1 2 4
    22 MCKEITHEN, Derek   4-10 2-4 3-3 1 1 2 13
    31 TOWNS, Seth 1-9 1-5 2-4 3 3 6 5
    45 TAYLOR, Doug  2-4 0-0 0-0 3 3 5 4
    02 SMITH, Donte    0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    03 CORNLEY, Jhustus   0-1 0-1 0-0 1 1 1 0
    05 SLOAN, Kenny  0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    21 MCCOY, Seth    0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 1
    23 ST. VALLE, Maleek    0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    25 KINCHEN, Jordan 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0
    32 TUCKER, Jaylen    1-6 0-0 0-0 3 1 4 2
       TEAM                  1 1  
       Totals    16-58 5-20 6-9 14 11 25 43



    Champion: Providence (FL)

    Runner-up: Northland (OH)

    Third Place: Bishop Loughlin (NY)

    Fourth Place: Madison Memorial (WI)

    Fifth Place: Moeller (OH)

    Consolation Bracket Champion: Norcross (GA)


    Most Valuable Player: Grayson Allen, Providence (FL)

    Most Outstanding Player: Luke Maye, Hough (NC)


    All-Tournament Team:

     * Khadeen, Carrington, Bishop Loughlin (NY)

     * Romelo Trimble, Bishop O’Connell (VA)

     * Russell Sangster, Bullis (MD)

     * Luke Kennard, Franklin (OH)

     * Darral Willis, Madison Memorial (WI)

     * Grant Benzinger, Moeller (OH)

     * Solomon Cooper, Myrtle Beach (SC)

     * AJ Bush, Norcross (GA)

     * Christian Terrell, Providence (FL)

     * Wyatt Walker, Providence (FL)


    Individual Sportsmanship Award: Seth Towns, Northland (OH)

    Individual Hustle Award: Shemar Waugh, Northland (OH)

    Danny Defensive Award: Alterique Gilbert, Miller Grove (GA)

    Team Hustle Award: Norcross (GA)

    Team Sportsmanship Award: Franklin (OH)


    Van Coleman's FutureStars

    Van Coleman's FutureStars

    "Covering What's Happening in the Game of Basketball from the Preps to the Pros”


    By Van Coleman

    Our first day of the Beach Ball Classic ended with two semi-final match-ups that set the tone for what could be a great Championship match-up tonight at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. As is the case in many championship match-ups, defense will set the tone in tonight’s final of the 2013 Beach Ball Classic as two athletic teams who attack the passing lanes on defense will match-up in the final, as Columbus, OH Northland faces off against Jacksonville, FL Providence School.

    Beach Ball Championship:  Columbus, OH Northland  (7-1) vs. Jacksonville, FL Providence Day (9-3)

    Both have used a smothering defense to reach the final as Northland has held opponents in Myrtle Beach to just 47 points an outing, while Providence has given up 49 points an outing at the Beach Ball Classic.  Both teams feature gifted offensive talents with Providence led by its dynamic 6-5 perimeter duo of Duke bound Grayson Allen and Florida Gulf Coast signee Christian Terrell. They are exceptional athletes with the ability to score from three or create highlights at the rim. Northland will counter with a seasoned senior back court duo in 6-1 Derek McKeithen and 6-3 Ty Hairston, who both can get to the rim in a hurry or pop perimeter jumper from deep, coupled with the inside-out offense of 6-7 sophomore sensation Seth Towns who has impressed the scouts at courtside inMyrtle Beach. As we see it heading into tonight’s final, It willsimply come down to which team can be the most effective on the offense end, nothing will come easy at the Lambeau Arena tonight inside the Convention Center in Myrtle Beach.

    How they got there:

    Semi-Final No.1:  Columbus, OH Northland 51 vs. Madison, WI Memorial 47

    Northland (OH) advanced to the 2013 Beach Ball Classic championship game with a 51-47 victory over Madison (WI) Memorial.

    While finding themselves behind 23-18 at halftime, the Madison Memorial Spartans (8-1) had to feel pretty good considering the stats that were against them after 16 minutes of play.  The Spartans committed 19 turnovers to just six for Northland (6-2), leading to a 12-4 advantage for Northland in points off of turnovers.  Madison Memorial was able to keep the game close by out-shooting Northland 47.1 percent to just 24.1 percent and also out-rebounding the Vikings 25-10.

    The second half saw Madison Memorial cut the turnovers down to 10 but Northland was able to turn those into 10 more points and hold on the entire way, leading by as many as 13 points as they held on for a four point victory.

    Northland was led by Derek McKeithen’s 17 points and four steals, while 6-8 big man Doug Taylor had a strong game scoring 11 ponts in the paint. Super soph Seth Towns finished with just seven points versus a collapsing Memorial defense, well below his 23 point average heading into the game.  Madison Memorial was paced by Tyler Lindquist’s 16 points.  Darral Willis posted a double-double for the Spartans with 12 points and 15 rebounds. Normally steady point guard Shareef Smith scored 14 points, but struggled versus the Northland defense and trned the ball over nine times in the semi-final loss.

    Derek McKeithen (Beach Ball Classic

    Semi-Final No.2:  Jacksonville, FL Providence Day 74 vs. Brooklyn, NY Bishop Loughlin 55

    Providence (FL) ran out to an early double digit lead and was never seriously challenged in route to a 74-55 victory over Bishop Loughlin, setting up a 2013 Beach Ball Classic final between the Stallions and Northland (OH).

    Providence (9-3) grabbed a 16-6 advantage with 10:06 remaining in the first half on Wyatt Walker’s layup and never looked back. The Stallions went on to lead by as many as 26 in the second half as they coasted to a 74-55 win behind some stellar play by their high flying wing duo of Grayson Allen and Christian Terrell. Allen who won the Dunk contest on Sunday night had the crowd buzzing with a variety of spectacular dunks and acrobatic finishes, while Terrell showed he can finish with kiss off the glass or slam, which had the crowd buzzing in the Lambeau Arena.

    Duke signee Grayson Allen led Providence with 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the field, while Florida Gulf Coast signee Christian Terrell added 18 points in the win. They received solid support from 6-9 240-pound Wyatt Walker posted a double-double off of the bench for the Stallions with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

    Grayson Allen (Beach Ball Classic)

    Bishop Loughlin was paced by Seton Hall signee Khadeen Carrington’s 22 points and six rebounds, but he didn’t get much support from his teammates as no one else for Loughlin made it to double figures in the loss.

    We will bring you more from the Beach Ball Classic this week, as well as a look at a number of tournaments around the nation right here, Along the Recruitng Trail on “The Basketball Channel.”






    Van Coleman's FutureStars

    "Covering What's Happening in the Game of Basketball from the Preps to the Pros”


    By Van Coleman

    I just arrived in Myrtle Beach to cover my twenty-eighth Beach Ball Classic and because of the split weekend, the quarter-finals were played on Saturday. We’d like to thank tournament media relations director, Wayne White, for his updates on the quarter-finals as we get ready to enjoy the last two days of one of America’s Finest High School Tournament’s the Beach Ball Classic. Here are the Semi-Final Match-ups:

    Semi-Final No.1:  Columbus, OH Northland  (7-1) vs. Madison, WI Memorial (8-1)

    Semi-Final No.2:  Jacksonville, FL Providence Day (9-3) vs. Brooklyn, NY Bishop Loughlin (6-1)


    Columbus, OH Northland 66 – Baltimore, MD Bullis School 38

    Northland (OH) never trailed and breezed into the semifinal round with an impressive 66-38 victory over the Bullis School (MD)

    Bullis (8-2), which trailed 33-23 at the half, closed the gap to seven points at 38-31 on a pair of free throws by Russel Sangster with 10:12 to play before Northland (6-1) went on a game-ending run.  The Vikings scored 14 unanswered points to take a commanding 52-31 lead on Seth Towns’ two free throws with 6:14 on the clock.

    Seth Towns (Beach Ball Classic)

    Northland was led by Towns with 24 points, while Ty Hairston and Derek McKeithen added 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Vikings.  Aaron Briggs paced Bullis with 13 points, while Russell Sangster chipped in with 11 points.

    Madison, WI Memorial 45 – Arlington, VA Bishop O’Connell 43

    In a game where neither team led by more than three points in the second half , Madison (WI) Memorial pulled off a 45-43 quarterfinal victory over Bishop O’Connell (VA) at the 2013 Beach Ball Classic.

    Madison Memorial (7-1) never trailed and led by as many as nine points in the opening half but held just a slim 25-23 edge at the break.  That two point lead would prove to be the difference as the second half could not have been played closer.  In addition to neither team being able to gain a lead larger than three points, the lead changed hands eight times and there were five ties.

    Romelo Trimble opened the scoring in the second half exactly one-minute into play as he connected on a pair of free throws to pull the game even at 25-25 for Bishop O’Connell (6-4).  The game continued to go back and forth and the score was tied one final time at 42-42 with 35 seconds remaining to play on the first of two free throws by Trimble.  He then hit the second of his two free throws to give Bishop O’Connell a 43-42 advantage.

    On the ensuing Madison Memorial possession, the Spartans pounded the offensive boards as they secured three missed shot.  The final offensive board was tipped back through the nets by Darral Walls to give Madison Memorial a 44-43 lead with just 1seconds remaining.  Walls was fouled on the tip-in and connected on the free throw to stretch the lead to two points.  Ako Adams missed a 3-point shot from the corner for Bishop O’Connell, but the Knights were given another life with six seconds remaining when Reggie Roemer missed a pair of free throws for the Spartans.

    Trimble drove the ball down the court with the clock winding toward zero and launched a 3-point basket just before the buzzer.  The shot was partially blocked by Daurice Fountain to secure the win for Madison Memorial.

    Willis led Madison Memorial with 12 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots. He received solid support from Tyler Lindquist who finished with 11 points and 7 boards.  Trimble led all scorers to pace Bishop O’Connell with 21 points, while Jamaal King chipped in with 12 points in the tough loss.

    Jacksonville, FL Providence Day 60 – Cincinnati, OH Moeller 56

    Statistically and on the court, the matchup between Moeller (OH) and Providence (FL) was nearly a dead heat. Fortunately, at least for Providence, the Stallions came out just a little ahead in a 60-56 victory over Moeller to advance to the semifinals of the 2013 Beach Ball Classic.

    Providence (8-3) led all but 1:28 of the opening half, including scoring the first nine points of the contest.  After Moeller (6-1) battled back, Grant Benzinger hit a short jumper with 1:28 before the half to give the Crusaders their first lead.  Both squads missed multiple shots in the closing minute to send the game to the locker room with Moeller leading by one.

    The teams swapped baskets to open the second half with the lead changing each time.  With the score tied 31-31, Grayson Allen scored eight straight points to give Providence a 39-31 advantage with 9:50 to play.  Moeller cut the lead to three twice in the closing six minutes but could not overtake the Stallions.

    Statistically, the game was as close as the final score.  Providence, which connected on an amazing 71.4 percent (10-14) from the field in the second half, edged Moeller in the category for the game 55.3 percent to 50.0 percent.  Providence also held slight edges in turnovers 10-11 and rebounds 22-19.  Moeller did connect on nine 3-point baskets in the contest to just four for Providence, but the Stallions hit 14-of-15 from the free throw line to just 5-of-7 for Moeller.

    Allen, who will play collegiately at Duke, tallied 30 points to lead Providence, he received solid support from Christian Terrell and Wyatt Walker who chipped in 11 points each.  Moeller was paced by Grant Benzinger’s 21 points, while Tre Hawkins added 14 points ad Jack Antn chipped in with 11 points in the loss.

    Brooklyn, NY Bishop Loughlin 71 – Franklin, OH 46

    Bishop Loughlin (NY) dominated play on both ends of the court Saturday night to advance to the 2013 Beach Ball Classic semifinals with a 71-46 victory over Franklin (OH).

    Bishop Loughlin (5-1) never trailed in the contest and built leads as large as 25 points as they were able to contain Franklin’s Luke Kennard, the number one rated junior by most in the nation.  Kennard connected on just 3-of-11 shots from the field but did hit 9-of-10 free throws for 15 points, well below his average of over 40 points per game.

    Bishop Loughlin was led by Jayvian DeLaCruz’ 21 points, while Khadeem Carrington added 14 points and Michael Williams chipped in with 11 points in the win.  Evan Crowe paced Franklin with 16 points and eight rebounds, while top twenty junior Luke Kennard* added 15 points in the loss.  Bishop Loughlin connected on 55.4 percent from the field while holding Franklin to just 31.9 percent with a full court pressing defense.

    Jayvian DeLaCruz (Beach Ball Classic)

    *Luke Kennard opened the Beach Ball with a 45 point performance, but suffered an attack od tendenitus and put his availability for the rest of tournament in question.

    We will bring you more from the Beach Ball Classic this week, as well as a look at a number of tournaments around the nation right here, Along the Recruitng Trail on “The Basketball Channel.”