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Under Armour Elite 24 in Review

Josh Jackson was the star of the night at the Under Armour Elite 24 showcase in Brooklyn. (Source: SLAM)
Josh Jackson was one of the many stars on display at the Under Armour Elite 24 showcase in Brooklyn. (Source: SLAM)

With the sun setting along side the New York City Skyline, and Jeffery “Hannibal” Banks looking as fresh as ever, the Elite 24 prospects stepped onto Brooklyn Bridge Park ready to put on a show, and put on a show they did.

For those unfamiliar with the UA Elite 24, it is one of the most heralded summer All-Star Games for premier college basketball recruits.

The players who earn this prestigious opportunity to play are considered the future of college and profession basketball. For those who don’t know Hannibal, he is the quintessential Voice of Rucker Park and Elite 24 Announcer. Continue reading Under Armour Elite 24 in Review

The Top 15 Non-Conference Games of the 2015-16 Season: Part Two

Marcus Paige and the UNC Tar Heels and Melo Trimble and the Maryland Terrapins are the top two teams in the country heading into the season, which makes their non-conference match-up that much more exciting.
Marcus Paige and the UNC Tar Heels and Melo Trimble and the Maryland Terrapins are the top two teams in the country heading into the season, which makes their non-conference match-up that much more exciting.

Welcome back to the Top 15 Non-Conference Games of the 2015-16 Season!

We will now count down the Top 10 games to watch this year. Each game looks to be incredibly promising, and hopefully they do not disappoint.

So without further ado, let’s delve back into the countdown.

For the list of Honourable Mentions and #s 15 – 11, please click here! Continue reading The Top 15 Non-Conference Games of the 2015-16 Season: Part Two

The Top 15 Non-Conference Games for the 2015-16 Season: Part One

Both Indiana's  Yogi Ferrell, above, and Notre Dame's Zach Auguste, top, opted to return for the 2015-16 season. Indiana and Notre Dame face off in non-conference play in the 12th-best non-conference game of the season. (Source: Bleacher Report)
Both Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, above, and Notre Dame’s Zach Auguste, top, opted to return for the 2015-16 season. Indiana and Notre Dame face off in non-conference play in the 12th-best non-conference game of the season. (Source: Bleacher Report)

Even though it’s still August, that does not mean it is too early to begin analyzing the approaching college basketball season.

This year could be one for the history books, as power will be distributed throughout the nation, rather than being centered around one or two dominant favorites. Perennial dynasties will clash with rising powerhouses, old rivalries will be restored with new fire, and incredible incoming talent will give their teams a much needed boost.

With such a distribution of power, the non-conference schedule will be a grueling, and thrilling battle with major implications come Selection Sunday.

The slate of exciting non-conference games is quite vast this year. However, there are 15 games that cannot be afford to be missed. In this article, we will break down games 15-11 along with a few honorable mentions as well. (Because let’s be honest, narrowing a list of this magnitude to only fifteen games would have been down right impossible.) Continue reading The Top 15 Non-Conference Games for the 2015-16 Season: Part One

Wisconsin Recruiting: Summer Round-Up

Amir Coffey, a 6'7'' forward out of Minnetonka, MN and Hopkins High School, is one of four big-time recruits on Wisconsin's radar for the class of 2016.
Amir Coffey, a 6’7” forward out of Minnetonka, MN and Hopkins High School, is one of four big-time recruits on Wisconsin’s radar for the class of 2016.

Over the past few weeks, Wisconsin basketball scouts have been hot on the recruiting trail all across the country. Now with the July evaluation period coming to a close, many recruits are on the Badgers’ radar.

Some prospects added further interest from Wisconsin, while  others made a name for themselves and are now top targets for next year.

Currently, the recruits that are drawing the most attention from Wisconsin are Amir Coffey, JaQuori McLaughlin, Willie Jackson and Nick Rakocevic. In this article, all four high profile prospects will be analyzed to see how/where they will fit within the program. Continue reading Wisconsin Recruiting: Summer Round-Up