PHENOMNATIONHOOPS.COM - NEWS AND NOTES
Antonio Curro — NATIONAL RECRUITING DIRECTOR - NY2LASPORTS.COM
With the grassroots travel season only a couple months away hope springs eternal for prospects looking to make their mark during the crucial travel season where prospects have a chance to compete against the best week after week in various camps and tournaments before wrapping at the end of July in events like The Final Chapter in Las Vegas, Nevada. Today we look at the NY2LA Sports calendar amongst other things in our news & notes…
2013 PG Matt Thomas of Onalaska (WI) picked up an offer from Creighton over the weekend to add to one from Northern Iowa he already has. Thomas continues to see his stock soar and you can expect to hear an awful lot about him over the next couple years as he can really go. Thomas plays with the Wisconsin Playmakers during the grassroots travel season.
2013 SG Nick Fuller of Sun Prairie (WI) added an offer from Creighton as well. Fuller is one of the top marksmen in the 2013 class nationally and looks primed to see his recruiting stock soar as he’s easily a top 75-100 prospect nationally who brings to mind early comparisons to Virginia bound 2011 SG Paul Jesperson given his size and ability to stroke the long range jumper. Purdue also checked in on Fuller earlier this week at one of his practices. He plays with the Wisconsin Swing during the grassroots travel season.
2011 SF Andre Henley of De La Salle (IL) has added an offer from Northern Illinois to his collection. Henley ranks as one of the top 2011 prospects in the state of Illinois. He played with the Mac Irvin Fire during the grassroots travel season.
2012 SG Ricardo Ledo of Notre Dame Prep (MD) re-opened his recruitment back up yesterday after previously giving a verbal commitment to Providence. Ledo is an explosive scoring talent who ranks as one of the best in the 2012 class so you can expect a laundry list of suitors for him as he can really make things happen.
Former McDonald’s All-American Wally Judge is reportedly leaving Kansas State (See story). Judge is a 6-9 PF who will have two years of eligibility remaining. Given the lack of interior prospects that existed in the 2011 class, one would expect Judge to garner a lot of interest in the coming weeks.
NY2LASPORTS.COM WEBSITE CHANGES
As many of you may have noticed we upgraded NY2LASPORTS.COM and our affiliate websites at PHENOMNATIONHOOPS.COM and 414HOOPS.COM late last week. Included in the changes is a new event directory for subscribers to list tournaments, camps, etc., we’ve added some video areas to view highlights on various prospects, we upgraded our daily dime area to include photos, you can now view our Twitter content online at our various sites, etc. A couple more changes will be coming in the next couple months as we continue to enhance and improve our ability to continue to work to provide you with the best in grassroots basketball coverage from coast to coast.
Swish ‘N Dish Spring Warm-Up – April 1-3, 2011 – Milwaukee, WI – Boys 9u-17u teams
Annually regarded as one of the premiere tournaments in the country, the sixth installment of this tournament promises to be the deepest to date with middle school national champions and elite national prospects and teams from California, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, District of Columbia, Washington, Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, etc. confirmed to attend. This tournament is synonymous with breakout performances with a track record of alumni that includes the likes of Evan Turner, Diante Garrett, Trent Lockett, Jamil Wilson, Harrison Barnes, Wayne Blackshear, Branden Dawson, Adreian Payne, Aaron Craft, Johnny O’Bryant, Brad Beal, Ben McLemore, Josh Gasser, Paul Jesperson, Marquise Teague, etc. For more information including registration forms CLICK HERE
NY2LA Sports Invitational – May 20-22, 2011 – Milwaukee, WI – Boys 9u-17u teams
The tournament is regarded as one of the premiere tournaments to wrap the spring portion of the travel season. Over the years teams from Texas, Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas, California, etc. have attended. Its alumni includes the likes of Jamil Wilson, Harrison Barnes, Wayne Blackshear, Jakarr Sampson, Josh Oglesby, Paul Jesperson, Sam Thompson, etc. For more information including registration forms CLICK HERE
Summer Sizzle – June 3-5, 2011 – Milwaukee, WI – Girls 10u-17u teams
The first girls only tournament offered up by NY2LASPORTS.COM after mixing boys and girls with our annual May event, the Summer Sizzle stands to heat up the court with some of the best girls talent in the Midwest. Programs from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana are already confirmed to be in attendance for this stellar affair. 1st and 2nd place teams will receive customized individual trophies and t-shirts. For more information including registration forms CLICK HERE
Next Level Invitational – July 6-9, 2011 – Milwaukee, WI – Boys 14u-17u teams
Annually regarded as one of the premiere tournaments to kick off the July “live” evaluation period. Last year’s tournament sold out once again and featured over 250 college coaches with all games being held inside the same facility every day so every prospect who took the court had a chance to be seen by the college coaches in attendance. A loaded field of teams is already confirmed once again this year for this tournament which will be certified for NCAA Division I college coaches to attend for the 4th consecutive year. For more information including registration forms CLICK HERE
Summer Jam – July 12-15, 2011 – Milwaukee, WI – Boys 15u-17u teams
One of the true measuring sticks for tournaments during the July “live” evaluation period, the Summer Jam is easily regarded as one of the premiere events in the country annually. Last year’s tournament saw over 250 college coaches in attendance with mid to high major programs and head coaches from coast to coast in attendance once again (i.e. Howland, Romar, Izzo, Pitino, Self, Smith, Williams, Crean, etc.). This year’s tournament will once again be certified for Divison I college coaches to attend for the third straight year. For more information including registration forms CLICK HERE
The Final Chapter - July 22-26, 2011 – Las Vegas, NV – Boys 15u-17u teams
The desert in Las Vegas, Nevada promises to be as hot as ever next July during the second half of the “live” evaluation period and NY2LASPORTS.COM will be front and center with THE FINAL CHAPTER, a new tournament added to our family of events for next year. The tournament will be a certified event for Division 1 college coaches and will tip off July 22-26, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is open to 15u-17u teams with multi-team discounts available for programs bringing more than one team to the event. A loaded field of teams from across the country is already confirmed to be in attendance for what promises to be another loaded field of talent for college coaches to check out during the crucial July “live” evaluation period. For more information on this sizzling event in Las Vegas next summer CLICK HERE
Futures Camp – June 25-26, 2011 – Milwaukee, WI – Boys 2013 and 2014 prospects
The 2011 NY2LASPORTS.COM Futures Camp will take place June 25-26, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The camp is open to rising sophomores and juniors (i.e. 2013-2014 prospects) and last year it featured some top national prospects including, but not limited to, the likes of Collin Hartman, Deonte Burton, Duane Wilson Jr., etc. For more information on next year’s camp CLICK HERE
Generation Next All-Star Camp – Aug 5-7, 2011 – Milwaukee, WI – Boys 2015-2017 prospects
The 2011 NY2LASPORTS.COM Generation Next All-Star Camp will take place August 5-7, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The camp features skill sessions and full length game play with all registered participants receiving shoes, jerseys, shorts, and socks for this year’s camp! This camp is open to rising 7th, 8th, and 9th graders (i.e. 2015-2017 prospects) once again and annually features some of the premiere middle school talent in the country with an alumni list that includes the likes of Marcus Paige, Jean-Pierre Tokoto, Jabari Parker, Deonte Burton, Alex Foster, Duane Wilson Jr., Kevon Looney, Keith Langston, etc. The camp will once again be covered in-depth by NY2LASPORTS.COM, PHENOMNATIONHOOPS.COM, and the HOOPSCOOP. For more information CLICK HERE
For those of you who also want to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube feel free to do so at the following:
FACEBOOK – http://www.facebook.com/ny2lasports
TWITTER – https://www.twitter.com/ny2lasports
YOUTUBE – http://www.youtube.com/user/ny2lasports
Note: Antonio Curro is the National Recruiting Editor for NY2LASPORTS.COM, GENERATIONNEXBASKETBALL.COM and 414HOOPS.COM. He is also a national consultant for ESPNU and the HOOPSCOOP.