Monday, April 26, 2010

Taylor Baxter Commits to North Dakota State






















Taylor is one of the elite shooting guards in Illinois for the 2010 class. The 6'5 Fieldcrest guard was an unknown prospect at the beginning of the season but jumped onto the radar of schools such as Albany, Niagra, NDSU, and Ball State after posting 17 ppg 6 rpg and 4 asst this season. He led Fieldcrest to a 29-1 record and sectional semi-final appearence against eventual 2A runner-up Peoria Manual and also placed 2nd in the 2A State Dunk Contest (The kids got SPRINGS). Taylor is one of the most underated prospects in the state but expect big things from this future NDSU Bison.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Dantre Langhorne - Lanky But Can Light You Up - Unsigned Class of 2011



Dantre Langhorne, 2011, plays for a small school way out on the east end of Long Island. He has been a part of a run by Greenport High School of 6 consecutive county championships, finally becoming the featured player this season after the graduation of Ryan Creighton, who is second on New York State's All-Time Scoring List behind Lance Stephenson. In Langhorne's first year as the star, he averaged over 21 points per game and showed a solid versatility, playing a lot of point guard while standing 6'5". Because he goes to such a small school, there has been a lack of buzz about his game, and there are rumors that he may be going prep after this year in order to get his name out there. During his sophomore season he dropped 25 on the historic Archbishop Molloy of New York City, and 28 in the state semi-final. Check this kid out, and for more information e-mail KyleCCharters@gmail.com

Jamie Adams - Highlight Mixtape - Hales Franciscan - "Not Just Jerome Randle's Brother Anymore"

Mantas Dubauskas - The Lithuanian Legend - Highlight Mixtape - St. Joesph

Robert Robinson - De La Salle '10 - Highlights and Interview with Daniel Poneman

Aaron Johnson - Waukegan 2011 - Highlights and Interview with Dan Poneman

Deandre McCamey - St. Joseph - Highlight Mixtape - "Down But Never Out"



When Deandre McCamey entered high school, everything seemed to be going just right. The star on the sophomore team as a freshman, starting varsity point guard as a sophomore, and big time AAU tournaments with the Illinois Wolves- then injuries put everything on hold. After a long recovery period Deandre returned to the court, and though it took him some time to return to form, he had a terrific senior season for a very good St. Joes squad, playing for legendary coach Gene Pingatore and alongside fellow seniors Wayne Simon, Mantas Dubauskas, and Brandon Carr. ESPN.com had this to say: "This very strong and physical combination guard is an excellent passer and defender. McCamey wears two knee sleeves but it does not keep him from competing and attacking on both ends." Though being injured may have weakened his body, it strengthened his mind, resolve and work ethic. Whatever college ends up landing him is going to be getting a kid who will have an impact in their program from day one, as there aren't many players in the nation with as much knowledge, passion and experience as Deandre McCamey... For more info email DanielPoneman@gmail.com.

Henry Uwadiae - 6'11" Findlay Prep 2012- Interview w/ Dan Poneman - A Nigerian Kid with a Dream

An in-depth interview with one of the most extraordinary young men I have ever met. "I have the dream to become a very good player. It's my passion to play in the NBA. I am here to follow my passion...." Henry Uwadiae is not your average Findlay Prep player. Most kids arrive at Findlay with a polished game, a national reputation, and a long list of college suitors. When Henry, a 6 foot 11 inch 16 year old, touched down in Henderson, Nevada this November, he had nothing but a dream to one day become a great basketball player, and the passion and determination necessary to make his dream to come true. A young man with extraordinary size and endless opportunities- the only things greater than his potential are the caring nature and incredible maturity that define who he is.....danielponeman@gmail.com..

Jay Harris - Oswego East 2010 - Highlight Mixtape - Second Coming of Stephen Curry



You would be hard pressed to find a player in America who finished their senior season on more of a tear than Jay Harris of Oswego East. The sharp shooting combo guard has been playing out of his mind. Harris ranks as the #5 prospect in Illinois on ESPN.com, which seems like a ridiculous jump considering some experts didn't even have him in the top 25 before the season started. Furthermore, I'll be the first to say that there is a chance that Mr. Harris could realistically be the second best player, and third best prospect in the state right now (behind Jereme Richmond and Meyers Leonard). Whatever college lands him is getting a gem- think Patrick Beverley....DanielPoneman@gmail.com

Mycheal Henry - Orr 2011 - Highlight Mixtape

Austin Weber - GBN - Highlight Mixtape - "Born Ready"

Alex Dragicevich & Dan Poneman Chat About Life and Notre Dame (Jan/2010)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Iowa 2010 Class, Strongest, Deepest in Recent Memory

The state of Iowa's 2010 class is without a doubt one of, if not THE, strongest class in Iowa in recent memory. It has strength at the top, and is solid all the way through in terms of college recruits. It boasts the nations top player (Harrison Barnes), two players that are consensus top 150-200 players (Zach Mccabe and Doug Mcdermott) and a host of other Division One recruits. Here's a look at the players, and their potential impact at the collegiate level.

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Harrison Barnes, SF 6'8".-Committed to UNC
What can be said about Barnes that hasn't been said already? He has the total package-the best mid-range game in the country, a deadly shot from behind the arc, athleticism, defensive instincts, and a great head on his shoulders. Look for him to come in and start immediately at UNC, and average around 10-14, and 7.



Doug Mcdermott, PF, 6'7"-Committed to UNI (Yes, the same UNI that beat Kansas)
Mcdermott was a late bloomer, but has really come on strong recently. He ended up picking the Panthers over his fathers Iowa State Cyclones and the Central Florida Knights. Mcdermott is a skilled power forward who can move out to the wing on offense, where he is dangerous from three point land. Mcdermott is a good rebounder, in spite of his slight frame. He has a very skilled offensive game, and is a match up problem for other teams. McDermott will need to add bulk before he takes his game to the next level at UNI, but should be able to contribute immediately for the Panthers. Expect him to assume a role similar to Jake Koch for the Panthers, and come on strong as the season progresses

Zach Mccabe, PF, 6'7"-Committed to Iowa
Although his commitment status remains in flux with the removal of Todd Lickliter at Iowa, Mccabe is a viable option for high major schools. A power forward who prefers the face up game, Mccabe earned his rep on the travel circuit this summer by stroking it from all over the court, much like almost everyone else in his class in Iowa, will need to add weight to be able to match the physicality of Big 10 foes. If Mccabe does indeed go to Iowa, expect him to see some playing time filling the shooter role for the Hawks.

Nathan Buss, F, 6'8"-Committed to UNI
Buss is another multi-dimensional forward committed to the Panthers. He can score in a ridiculous number of ways, and has enough length that he is a pest on the defensive end of the court. A Panther legacy, Buss' dad also played for the Panthers. However, Buss is skinny enough to make Mcdermott look like the Incredible Hulk. A redshirt could be possible for the versatile forward, especially with the Panthers also bringing in beastly rebounder Chip Rank from Wisconsin.

Will Artino, PF, 6'11"-Committed to Creighton
Skilled big man who can step back and hit the J out to about 17 feet. Dana Altman and Co. did a great job landing him after he blew up on the summer circuit playing for the Iowa Barnstormers. Another redshirt candidate, Artino is rail thin (Noticing a theme here?) Look for him to come on late in his career for Altman. Has the potential to be a very good player in time.

Dau Jok, SG, 6'3"-Committed to Penn
A straight up shooter, Dau can splash it all the way from his native Sudan. Has really added muscle, and improved off the dribble. Needs to diversify his game offensively and improve ability to attack off the dribble. Dau could end up being a steal for Penn, and should contribute immediately as a shooter off the bench who has the potential to go off at any time. With continued work, Dau could one day end up as one of the premier shooters in college basketball.



Trayvonn Wright, 6'7", F-Committed to North Dakota State
A freakish athlete who high jumped taller than his height as a junior, has really improved his skill level. He will be the best athlete on the floor at all times for NDSU, and could have gone anywhere in the country on a track scholarship. He has grown leaps and bounds lately. Look for Trayvonn to contribute immediately for the Bison as a lockdown defender and highlight reel maker.

Others to keep an eye on:
Kody Ingle, SG/SF, 6'4", Uncommitted
He is considered a tweener by a lot of college coaches, but all the kid does is produce. Can shoot it, be physical. Quickness is his biggest detriment right now, but he is someone five years down the road people will look at and wonder why he didn't go to a higher level.

Creon Reed, 6', Combo Guard Uncommitted
Creon is a combo guard who is explosive and physically ready for the next level. Grade issues have forced Creon to consider the juco route, but after his two years at community college he will be primed to go the Division One route.

Branden Stubbs, 6'2, Scoring Point, Uncommitted
Made history as one of the leading scorers in state history. Has a sweet stroke, and is very versatile.

These players will be repping Iowa on the national stage for years to come. Be sure to keep an eye on this monster 2010 class!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

KC Frosh Phenom Ishmail Wainwright Receiving Recruiting Attention





























Raytown South (Mo) High School currently has one of the best freshman in the nation attending their school. Ishmail Wainwright, a 2013 3/4 is one of the most physically impressive freshman in his class, and is currently a top 25 player in his class. Wainwright, standing 6'5" 1/2, 214 pounds, is a physically imposing specimen who has a skill level to match his impressive physique.

Although only a freshman, Wainwright is being recruited by a Who's Who of the the college basketball world. He lists "Kentucky, Kansas, Missouri, West Virginia, Florida, Texas, Missouri State, UMKC, Pitt and a few more" as the schools showing him the most interest at the moment. Baylor, Missouri and Texas have all offered this freshman phenom. Wainwright lists his favorites as, "UNC, Kentucky, Texas, Kansas, Florida and Baylor" and would like to visit Kentucky, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, and Duke before making any kind of college decision.

Wainwright also had a little bit to say about what he is looking for in a college. "I'm looking for one of the best coaches, one that can help me on and off the court," said Wainwright,"I want a coach that is be hard on me about the game of basketball and also my books. I kind of want to go far away but they tell me that that's bad, but I don't pay attention to that 'cause I want to be the best."

Friday, March 5, 2010

Alex Dragicevich - Serbian Sensation - Highlight Mixtape - Notre Dame Recruit



Highlights of Alex Dragicevich, the #4 ranked senior in Illinois, from games at the Proviso West Holiday Tournament, the Deron Williams Shootout at the Hall, and in a game against CSL rival Deerfield and Wisconsin recruit Duje Dukan. Alex is a 6'7" G/F and is signed to play college basketball at Notre Dame.

Lawrence Alexander - "Mr. Underrated"



Lawrence Alexander of Peoria Manual High School has a big game against 29-0 Fieldcrest. He finished with 31 points and ended Fieldcrest's season at 29-1

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Pat Miller- Hales Franciscan- "Chicago Respect" Highlight Mixtape



Patrick Miller had some buzz around him when he committed to Tennessee State before his senior season, but it was nothing to brag about. Then he hit the court for Hales as a senior, and that buzz became a roar- it seemed with the drop of a dime the entire city took notice of this talented young hooper. He didn't slow down one bit, and has had a senior campaign good enough to warrant talk of him being a candidate to make first team All-State. Now that the city of Chicago knows what this kid can do, it's time for the rest of the world to take notice.... DanielPoneman@gmail.com

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Nigel Williams-Goss 6'3" G 2013 "Heir to the Throne" Findlay's First Freshman



This video features an interview with Daniel Poneman, in which Nigel discusses a host of topics including his decision to attend Findlay, what his goals are, who the top players in the nation are for his class, what colleges are recruiting him, and much more- including shoutouts ... for more info email DanielPoneman@gmail.com

Nigel Williams-Goss will go down in history as the first baller ever to commit to spending all four years of his high school career at Findlay Prep. Only in it's third year of existence, Coach Mike Peck's program has taken the grassroots basketball world by storm, winning last year's national championship, producing multiple McDonald's All-Americans, and helping set a new standard of what a prep basketball team can accomplish. What Coach Peck is doing at Findlay has raised the bar for high school athletes everywhere- his players are redefining the limits of what can be expected from an elite prep athlete. While most kids are partaking in video games, lazy summer days and school dances, these boys are busy beating teams all over America, dedicating themselves to a college style training program, and working hard to fill their minds to capacity with any and all information that can help them become the most college ready young men in America. Nigel is the first freshman ever to enroll in Findlay. Nigel is the first young man bold enough to - at age 14 - commit to casting aside the life of a normal teenager - the life of a local big man on campus -to devote himself to doing anything and everything in his power to make sure that he makes his dream of being an NBA superstar come true. After listening to this young man talk for just a a few seconds, it's impossible not to be excited for what the next four years have in store for young Nigel. It sure is going to be fun to watch...

Duje Dukan vs. Ben Brust - Battle of Big Ten Recruits



High school basketball at its finest. Highlights of Wisconsin recruit Duje Dukan and Iowa recruit Ben Brust from a regular season game between Deerfield and Mundelein. Both players lived up to their reputations in this one, and the game went down to the wire.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Doug Ferguson's Big Board for the 2010 NBA Draft

Now that the rest of the world has caught up with the DeMarcus Cousins train (http://probasketball.nbe-network.net/2009_1103/the-nba-draft-big-board-part-i-1-30/ from 4 months ago), its time to raise the stakes and update my big board. Its official, he's jumped John Wall. Questions about his character don't bother me, his talent trumps all. Here is the board.

1. DeMarcus Cousins/C/Kentucky/6-11/275/FR
Player Comparison: Al Jefferson
Skinny: If you don't know about him just call him
2. John Wall/PG/Kentucky/6-4/200/FR
Player Comparison: Derrick Rose
Skinny: The table has been set as the PG of the future must be athletic and explosive
3. Evan Turner/SG/Ohio State/6-6/205/JR
Player Comparison: Tayshaun Prince
Skinny: Ohio St. is in kind of a catch 22 because if Turner doesn't enter they are for sure national title contenders next year
4. Al-Farouq Aminu/SF/Wake Forest/6-9/220/SO
Player Comparison: Josh Smith
Skinny: I would like to see him show more intangibles but his athleticism is one of a kind
5. Cole Aldrich/C/Kansas/6-11/245/JR
Player Comparison: Brook Lopez
Skinny: His fundamentals bode well for a long future as a pro
6. Donatas Montiejunas/SF/Benetton Treviso/7-0/230/1990
Player Comparison: Keith Van Horn
Skinny: Many compare him to Dirk but that is a lot to live up to for such a youngster
7. Xavier Henry/SG/Kansas/6-6/220/FR
Player Comparison: Paul Pierce
Skinny: A unique physical specimen with a body that is ready for the NBA NOW
8. Derrick Favors/PF/Georgia Tech/6-9/250/FR
Player Comparison: Derrick Coleman
Skinny: Could probaly stand another year of seasoning in the ACC
9. Ed Davis/PF/North Carolina/6-9/225/SO
Player Comparison: Al Horford
Skinny: Continues to fall as a result of Carolina's struggles to win
10. Greg Monroe/PF/Georgetown/6-10/250/SO
Player Comparison: Horace Grant
Skinny: A strong contender for Player of the Year in the nation's best conference
11. Jan Vesley/SF/Partizan Belgrade/6-11/230/1990
Player Comparison: Mike Dunleavy Jr.
Skinny: THE name to watch as draft time nears
12. Wesley Johnson/SF/Syracuse/6-11/205/JR
Player Comparison: Gerald Wallace
Skinny: His stock has started to level off with mediocre play as of late
13. Stanley Robinson/SF/Connecticut/6-8/220/SR
Player Comparison: Josh Childress
Skinny: With NBA athleticism could also be a future dunk contest contender
14. Willie Warren/SG/Oklahoma/6-4/205/SO
Player Comparison: Chauncey Billups
Skinny: There are good tweeners and bad tweeners....Warren falls in the latter category
15. Kemba Walker/PG/Connecticut/5-11/175/SO
Player Comparison: Mookie Blaylock
Skinny: Continues to prove me right as the draft's #2 PG despite UConn's struggles
16. Gani Lawal/PF/Georgia Tech/6-9/235/JR
Player Comparison: Nene
Skinny: One of those guys who is solid and could really help a team get over the hump
17. Patrick Patterson/PF/Kentucky/6-8/235/JR
Player Comparison: Juwan Howard
Skinny: Has really benefited from having two freshman phenoms as teammates
18. James Anderson/SG/Oklahoma State/6-6/195/JR
Player Comparison: Wesley Person
Skinny: If Aminu and Robinson are dunk contest contenders, Anderson is surely a future 3 point shootout threat
19. Solomon Alabi/C/Florida State/7-0/250/SO
Player Comparison: Erick Dampier
Skinny: Having an iffy season but 7 footers don't grow on trees
20. Dominique Jones/SG/South Florida/6-4/215/JR
Player Comparison: Mike Miller
Skinny: May have helped himself more than anyone with his play this season
21. Jarvis Varnado/PF/Mississippi State/6-9/215/SR
Player Comparison: Kenyon Martin
Skinny: Has a knack for shot blocking that you just can't teach
22. Craig Brackins/PF/Iowa State/6-11/230/JR
Player Comparison: Charlie Villanueva
Skinny: The new age 4 man that can take it inside and out
23. Devin Ebanks/SF/West Virginia/6-7/205/SO
Player Comparison: Shawn Marion
Skinny:Not having quite the season he was expected to have
24. Avery Bradley/SG/Texas/6-2/180/FR
Player Comparison: Steve Francis
Skinny: Probably the most gifted player on a talented Longhorn's roster
25. Sherron Collins/PG/Kansas/5-11/215/SR
Player Comparison: Jason Terry
Skinny: A proven winner and another who can really help a team who is already winning to get over the hump
26. Eric Bledsoe/PG/Kentucky/6-1/195/FR
Skinny: May be a tad overhyped....playing in the same backcourt as John Wall is always beneficial
27. Elias Harris/PF/Gonzaga/6-8/225/FR
Skinny: I still can't decide if he is a better talent than teammate Robert Sacre
28. Hasaan Whiteside/C/Marshall/7-0/235/FR
Skinny: He better not believe the hype...The NBA is a loooong way from Conference USA
29. Kalin Lucas/PG/Michigan State/6-0/180/JR
Skinny: He should be charged with petty theft if he takes Big Ten POY from Turner
30. Scotty Hopson/SG/Tennessee/6-7/200/SO
Skinny: Size, length, and athleticism tailor made for the NBA
31. Terrico White/SG/Mississippi/6-5/215/SO
Skinny: He and Hopson could be 30 and 30A for the same reasons
32. Elliot Williams/SG/Memphis/6-4/180/SO
Skinny: Experience playing the point at Duke last season was invaluable
33. Daniel Orton/C/Kentucky/6-10/255/FR
Skinny: The only person at Lebron James Skills Academy who came close to stopping Cousins
34. Jon Scheyer/PG/Duke/6-5/180/SR
Skinny: Experience playing the point THIS year at Duke has been invaluable
35. John Henson/PF/North Carolina/6-10/205/FR
Skinny: A VERY unique specimen physically and athleticly
36. Gordon Hayward/SF/Butler/6-8/210/SO
Skinny: Another player who has the release and range to be an NBA shooter
37. Jeff Taylor/SG/Vanderbilt/6-7/210/SO
Skinny: Has the size of a pro, just not sure if he has the ability yet
38. DaSean Butler/SF/West Virginia/6-7/225/SR
Skinny: Smooth, fluid, and experienced
39. Alexey Shved/SG/Dynamo Moscow/6-6/180/1988
Skinny: Rounds out a very small class of 3 Euro players in the top 50
40. Scottie Reynolds/PG/Villanova/6-1/185/SR
Skinny: Surprisingly not many people are talking about the possible Big East POY
41. Greivis Vasquez/PG/Maryland/6-6/200/SR
Skinny: Everyone always loves a player with the size and versatility to play both guard spots
42. JaMychal Green/PF/Alabama/6-9/225/SO
Skinny: Former McDonald's All-American is probably wishing Nick Saban could recruit basketball players as well
43. Robert Sacre/C/Gonzaga/7-0/250/SO
Skinny: A carbon copy of Darrell Arthur right down to the number
44. Paul George/SF/Fresno State/6-8/210/SO
Skinny: I tend to question why such a talented team can't win any games
45. E'Twaun Moore/SG/Purdue/6-4/185/JR
Skinny: By far the best player on Purdue but is never recognized as such
46. Larry Sanders/PF/VCU/6-10/235/JR
Skinny: Many consider him a lottery pick but he still fails to dominate a semi mid-major conference
47. Damion James/PF/Texas/6-7/225/SR
Skinny: Has worked on his perimeter game and the success of undersized 4's such as Carl Landry make me think he can possibly succeed
48. Iman Shumpert/SG/Georgia Tech/6-5/205/SO
Skinny: His size and ability to run the point make him valuable
49. Malcom Lee/SG/UCLA/6-5/180/SO
Skinny: The resurgence of the Bruins has helped him immensely
50. Quincy Pondexter/PF/Washington/6-7/215/SR
Skinny: Dominant at times but mostly against guys his size... I wonder if he can handle the wear and tear of an NBA season

Mike Shaw 6'8" 2011 Ultimate Basketball Mixtape



Mike Shaw (Chicago De La Salle 2011) is one of the elite basketball prospects in the nation. The versatile forward competes on the AAU circuit with the Mac Irvin Fire, where he teams with fellow elite 2011 prospects Wayne Blackshear, Sam Thompson, Andre Henley, and Macari Brooks. This highlight reel features his top plays from the City of Palms holiday tournament, the from games against Chicago Catholic League powerhouses Hales Franciscan and Mt. Carmel.

St. Joes Dynasty: Deandre McCamey, Wayne Simon, Evan Turner, Isiah Thomas, and Demitri McCamey



Some schools don't rebuild, they reload. Coach Gene Pingatore has been as St. Joseph for what seems to some people like a million years, and in that time he has produced more big time basketball players than any coach in Illinois high school history. From Isiah Thomas to Evan Turner, St. Joes kids always have game, and Wayne Simon and Deandre McCamey are next in line.

Proviso East Dynasty: Keith Carter, Lamar Moss, Rishaad Alexander, Shannon Brown, and Doc Rivers



Maywood's water supply must be contaminated with the point guard gene, because the amount of big time backcourt studs that come out of Proviso East is astonishing, especially considering the fact that it's a public community high school. From Doc Rivers, to Michael Finley, to Dee Brown and Jacob Pullen, the Pirates with sleeves will never go a year without a superstar running the team or waiting in the wings for their shot. This generation's stud: sophomore Keith Carter. The kid's court vision is ridiculous. His backcourt mates Lamar Moss and Rishaad Alexander aren't half bad either....

Whitney Young Dynasty: Ahmad Starks, Anthony Johnson, Marcus Jordan, and Chris Colvin



Whitney Young basketball highlights of Purdue recruit Anthony Johnson and Oregon State recruit Ahmad Starks. They won the Illinois state 4A championship last year as juniors with a Young team that featured Marcus Jordan (UCF) and Chris Colvin (Iowa State).

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Thomas "Tommy" Hamilton Jr - 6'9" 2013 - Ultimate Basketball Highlight Mixtape



There is no comparison for Tommy Hamilton- for a freshman in high school his upside is unprecedented. Standing six foot nine and weighing in at 240 pounds- with a polished post game, the court vision of a point guard, and a silky three point stroke- young Thomas possesses a unique blend of size and skills that only comes around once in a generation... or maybe less often than that. He was recently named one of ESPN.com's 15 freshman to watch; and even without having seen the others play, a lot of people in Chicago are convinced that the top spot is his to lose. He is a part of a Mac Irvin Fire AAU family that includes five-star 2011 prospects Wayne Blackshear, Mike Shaw, and Sam Thompson, and any one of them would gladly tell you that Tommy is better than they were at that age... much better... and he is only beginning to scratch the surface of what he may one day become. His upside is so tremendous that it's almost hard to believe, just like it's sometimes hard to believe when you're around him that the Giant standing in front of you has a brain in his head that's only fifteen years old- he has a presence about him that makes it seem like he's been through it all before. Maybe it's because, in a way, he has. His father, Thomas Sr, was the last chosen one- seven foot three with that oh-so-familiar stroke from the three point arc, but they say he just didn't have the mental strength and focus necessary to fulfill his vast potential. Maybe that's why Tommy's here- and why he seems so sure of it all. Because maybe, just maybe, he knew long before the rest of us could see it so crystal clearly- that it was his destiny to show us all what could've been, and maybe- just maybe- he's well on his way to achieving much, much more... DPbball.blogspot.com... DanielPoneman@gmail.com

Friday, February 26, 2010

Unsigned 2010 Juco SG Kahlil Mcdonald

2010 Blinn (Tx) Shooting Guard Kahlil Mcdonald is drawing recruiting attention from all over the country. Mcdonald, who is shooting 46% from three this year on over 150 attempts, is a quintesential shooting guard. He is strong, athletic, physical, and deadly from downtown. Mcdonald is averaging over 23 points a game for Blinn.

Last year, Kahlil had committed to Oklahoma State after his first year at Blinn, but that plan fell through due to extenuating circumstances. Now, Mcdonald is drawing recruiting attention from all over the country. Right now, Mcdonald claims interest and some offers from Western Kentucky, West Virginia, Charlotte, Rutgers, and " a lot more, too many to name even." Mcdonald plans to make his decision sometime in April, after taking visits to the schools. Kahlil says he is looking "to just be able to play my game. I want to be able to play as the all around player I am developing into."


Duje Dukan and Ryan Davis - Deerfield Warriors - Highlights and Interview with Daniel Poneman



Can you remember the last time Deerfield had a top 25 ranked basketball team?... I can't either. At a school not known for athletic excellence, Duje Dukan, Ryan Davis, and their fellow seniors have had the season of a lifetime, and in doing so they have changed the culture of their community and inspired young Warriors to believe that they might have a chance to one day do the same. With Dukan (a Wisconsin recruit) and Davis leading the way, Deerfield senior filled squad entered the season optimistic but not over confident; they knew they had a good team, but it's hard to truly believe you're going to accomplish something so truly unprecedented as what they went on to do this season. The season isn't over yet- the state playoffs are just around the corner- but even if the season ended today this season would surely be one that the Deerfield community will be talking about for generations to come. A lot of young men win games, but there aren't many kids who can inspire an entire town to believe... This video features highlights vs GBN and Mundelein, as well as an interview with Dukan and Davis by Daniel Poneman... DPbball.blogspot.com... DanielPoneman@gmail.com

More with Jereme Richmond- #1 Player in Illinois- Highlights From His Senior Night vs Evanston



The north suburban communities of Evanston and Waukegan are similar in many ways, and one of those is that our state's top basketball player, Jereme Richmond, calls both towns home. Jereme has family and friends on the court and in the stands on both sides whenever Waukegan and Evanston match up, which- needless to say- makes the already heated rivalry even more competitive. Jereme's high school career is now coming to an end, and he will soon head off to the University of Illinois, so it was only fitting that his senior night game was to be played against the team he knew oh-so-well. This video features highlights of Jereme's dominant senior night performance against Evanston, as well as a few sound bytes of Jereme talking about why he appreciates his teammates... DPBball.blogspot.com... DanielPoneman@gmail.com...

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Jereme Richmond Dunk- Throws Down an Alley-Oop on Evanston From Teammate Quan Conner



McDonald's All-American Jereme Richmond made it to the state finals with Waukegan last year, and at this point in his career it seems his chemistry with his teammates is so good that they always know where he is on the court. Every time I watch Waukegan play he gets at least one dunk, and this video from their recent game against Evanston features a really nice give and go with Jereme and teammate Quan Conner.

Jereme Richmond Talks Being a McDonald's All-American, with Sick Highlights



Throughout his career, Jereme Richmond (Waukegan 2010) has been one of the most talked about players in the history of Illinois prep basketball. From his commitment to Illinois as a freshman, to his transfer from North Shore Country Day to Waukegan, to the half court buzzer beater he sunk last year to make it downstate, to being the first junior ever to be honored as the Sun-Times State Player of the Year as a junior; and it all culminated in his recent inclusion to the prestigious basketball fraternity that is the McDonalds All-American team. This video features an interview with Daniel Poneman, where he talks all about what it was like being chosen to the All-American team, as well as highlights in a recent win over Whitney Young.... DPBball.Blogspot.com... DanielPoneman@gmail.com..

Kenny Stevenson (Seton) Highlights and Interview with Daniel Poneman: UIC Recruit



Kenny Stevenson is one of the top guards in Illinois, and won a state championship last year playing for the Seton Sting. Kenny committed before the season to stay in the windy city and play in college for the UIC Flames, and in this video he displays the skills that make him a division one recruit.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Max Biefeldt, Unsigned Junior from Peoria Notre Dame

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Max Biefeldt has been one of the breakout Juniors in the state. The 6'8 bruiser has developed the reputation as one of the most consistant big men in his class. He is a product of Peoria Notre Dame and has been popping up on the radar of many DI programs. Check out "The Big Puppy" at work.

Peoria Manual High School Basketball

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Since the class change almost three years ago the Peoria Manual Rams has sat atop the class 2A rankings. Currently ranked #2 in 2A the Rams have spent more times in the #1 spot than any other team in their class. Many people know Manual for there state championships and #1 national ranking in the mid-90's but these Rams have decided to write their own story have refer to themselves as "The Redeem Team". I've followed them this season on their route to what could be the second trip to state in the last three years.

Lawrence Alexander, Unsigned Senior From Peoria Manual

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Lawrence Alexander is a senior at Peoria Manual High School. He is a sharp shooting guard who will never give up on a play. He is currently unsigned but has garned offers from DII and Juco teams from around the Mid-West. He could possibly be the diamond in the rough for this years unsigned senior class in Illinois.

Marvin Jordan, Ball State Commit

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Marvin Jordan is one of the top point guards in the state. The Ball State Recruit is a senior at Peoria Manual High School and is hoping to close out his senior year with another trip to state. Check him out

Tobias Harris, Tennessee Commit and Number 5 Overall (2010) Tops 2,000 Point Mark


Tobias Harris of Half Hollow Hills West High School (20-0) on Long Island scored 27 points in a county quarterfinal victory on Tuesday night. This brought the number 5 overall recruit in the 2010 class, who is committed to play for Bruce Pearl at the University of Tennessee, to 2,008 career points. To put this in perspective, New York State's all-time leading scorer, Lance Stephenson, finished his career with 2,946 points. However, that number is quite skewed with the difference in number of games played between the New York City high schools and schools elsewhere throughout the state.

During Stephenson's high school career, Lincoln High School played an average of 30.4 games per season. And while Harris's senior season is not yet over, beginning with his 8th grade year, his teams have averaged playing only 22, not to mention he missed some action his junior year due to injury. Hills West could realistically play another 7 or 8 games this year. Yet even with the disparity in games played, after eclipsing the 2,000 point mark, Harris joins the likes of Stephenson, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Sebastian Telfair (2,785), and former NBA All-Star Kenny Anderson (2,621) in New York State's 2,000 point club.

In an interview with New York Newsday's Stephen Haynes, Harris showed that surpassing this plateau is not taking any focus away from his team's goals. "It's a great step in my career and it'll be nice to look back on, but for now I'm just worried about us winning states." Harris and the Colts will be back in action this Sunday night at 7PM in the Suffolk County Class AA semifinal.

Check out our videos with Tobias:
HIGHLIGHTS
INTERVIEW

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Mike Shaw (6'8" PF 2011) Dunks on Simeon, Talks About Living Up to the Hype, and Talks About Visiting Illinois, With Highlights vs. Mt Carmel





Mike Shaw has been considered one of the elite prospects in America since he was a 13 year old playing on the 17u Mac Irvin Fire squad- and his good friend Wayne Blackshear (committed to Louisville) has been with him every step of the way. Now juniors in high school, Mike, a
6'8" power forward, has just led his De La Salle Meteors squad to an undefeated conference season and Chicago Catholic League title, while Wayne just completed an improbable title run of his own, as he led his Morgan Park Mustangs to a Chicago Public League title. In the first interview with Daniel Poneman, Mike talks about working on his game, silencing the critics, living up to the hype with Wayne, and gives shoutouts to his family and teammates. This video also features highlights of Mike throwing down some sweet dunks in a blowout win over highly regarded Simeon...

In the second video, Mike talks about his recent visit to the University of Illinois where he attended
their upset win over #5 Michigan State with ESPN College GameDay on site. I caught up with Mike after a recent win against Mt. Carmel, led by Illinois point guard recruit Tracy Abrams. The second video also features an interview in which Mike talks all about the visit and about playing against Tracy, as well as highlights of the game. DPbball.blogspot.com ... For more info DanielPoneman@gmail.com

Jabari Brown Chats with Daniel Poneman About Recruiting and Drew Gooden, With Game Highlights



Jabari Brown is ranked by Rivals.com as the 28th best junior in America, and is rated a 95 by ESPN.com. Jabari was one of the stars of Findlay Prep, until recently when he left the school to return home to Oakland, California. Brown is a high scoring shooting guard who competes on the AAU circuit with the Drew Gooden Soldiers. This video features highlights of him with Findlay Prep, and an interview with Dan Poneman in which he discusses recruiting in depth, his relationship with Drew Gooden, and more.

Courtney Jones (Homewood-Flossmoor) BIG TIME Sleeper- Unsigned Senior Highlights



Courtney Jones isn't a name you hear thrown around in basketball circles as being one of the top scorers in Chicago- and in my opinion, that's a problem. From the start of the season Courtney has been a shining star in the south suburbs, putting up big numbers and leading his talented H-F squad to win after win. A long and versatile wing player, Jones can score from anywhere on the court, and does it in all kinds of ways. He still hasn't found a college that is just the right fit, but whatever college he decides on has definitely landed a steal. Highlights by Dpbball.blogspot.com ... For more info DanielPoneman@gmail.com...

Patric Young Says He Wants a Piece of Fab Melo, & Solomon Poole Tells Dan Poneman How to Guard Stacey (Part 4 of 4)

Stacey Poole Freestyle Raps, Solomon Poole Shouts Out, & Patric Young Talks Hip-Hop With Dan Poneman (Part 3 of 4)

Why Solomon Poole is the Best Freshman in America: Patric Young & Stacey Poole Tell Dan Poneman (Part 2 of 4)

Best Friends Patric Young & Stacey Poole on Why They Chose Rival Schools Florida & Kentucky (Part 1 of 4)

Fabricio de Melo highlights - Syracuse - "The Big, Bad, Brazilian Banger" - McDonalds All-American



Fabricio de Melo (7'0" C) is one of the elite prospects in the nation, and was recently selected to play in the highly prestigious McDonald's All-American game. The Syracuse recruit is one of the most physically dominant prospects around, and has all the physical tools to one day be an NBA all-star. This highlight reel is from the City of Palms holiday tournament in Fort Myers, Florida... DPbball.blogspot.com ... DanielPoneman@gmail.com

Landon Gamble (Lockport) Unsigned Senior Highlights and Interview with Daniel Poneman



Big, long, athletic, smart, skilled, and hard working- Landon Gamble is everything you could want in a high school basketball player. As the only sophomore playing varsity at Lockport in 08, Landon was a key component in leading the Porters to a final four finish in the IHSA state tournament. Now that he is a senior and centerpiece of a very talented cast of players, Landon has overcome all kinds of obstacles to produce a very good senior campaign. Still without a college to play at next year, Landon is sure to be a hot prospect for colleges looking for a late pickup that can provide post scoring, versatility, defense, rebounding, and leadership. This video features highlights from Lockport's two huge upsets over Bollingbrook and Homewood-Flossmoor, as well as an interview with Daniel Poneman... for more info email DanielPoneman@gmail.com

Demonte Hopkins (Lockport) Unsigned Senior Highlights and Interview with Daniel Poneman



Demonte Hopkins plays with a purpose. He has been through all kinds of obstacles throughout his career, but has persevered to become one of the top scorers in the South Suburbs. This video features highlights of Demonte having big time outings in upset wins over highly regarded Bollingbrook and Homewood-Flossmoor squads, as well as an interview with Daniel Poneman....for more info email DanielPoneman@gmail.com

Chris Olivier and Khameron Harper (Seton) unsigned seniors highlights and chat with Dan Poneman



Chris Olivier (6'8" PF/C) and Khameron Harper (6'3" G/F) are two of the elite unsigned seniors in Illinois, and across the midwest. Chris is a highly skilled, big bodied post presence, and Harper is a versatile and powerful high scoring wing. They won a state championship with Seton last year under coach Ken Stevenson, and this year they are looking to repeat.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Kyree Jones Commits to Northern Illinois University


2010 point guard Kyree Jones of North Carolina Tech Preparatory School recently verbally committed to Coach Ricardo Patton at Northern Illinois University. Jones, a 6'2", 205 pound scoring point guard, chose the Huskies over interest from Kent State, George Mason, Georgia Southern, Texas Southern, and IUPUI, along with an offer from Oregon.

Jones committed to NIU due to several factors, "I connected right away with Coach Patton, he's a good coach and a great person.. NIU is close to home so my family can come watch me play.. and I can go in right away and get a lot of playing time in a decent conference," said Jones. Jones figures to contribute immediately for the Huskies,"
Nothing will be given to me but if i work my tail off in the summer and fall I think I will have a shot at starting"

Jones ability to penetrate, and shoot should mesh well with current
Huskies backcourt star Xavier Silas.

"I fell great about playing with Xavier, he can score in so many ways
on the court, and he is really cool off the court. I think we will be a
good duo next season."

The well traveled Jones spent a postgraduate year this year at North
Carolina Tech Prep School. Jones went to NC Tech to raise his
recruiting profile, and readiness for college. "Carolina Tech developed
me on how to play hard and get after teams for 40 minutes. I've never
played on a team where we pressed the whole game but because of
them I'm able to do so now," said Jones.

Kyree Jones will be a freshman next year at NIU. This scoring point
guard has the talent and desire to step in and play right away for the Huskies.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

2010 All-American Games Rosters Are Announced

It's official. Both McDonald's and Jordan have announced the rosters for their 2010 High School All-American games.

Dan Poneman chatting with Harrison Barnes

First, for McDonald's, which is set for Wednesday, March 31st at 8:00PM EST in Columbus, Ohio (For more information, click on each participants name to be connected to their Rivals page):



EAST
Reggie Bullock, G, Kinston, NC, North Carolina

Tobias Harris, F, Dix Hills, NY, Tennesee - Our HIGHLIGHTS and
INTERVIEW

Kyrie Irving, G, Elizabeth, NJ, Duke - Our INTERVIEW

Joe Jackson, G, Memphis, TN, Memphis

Perry Jones III, C, Duncanville, TX, Baylor

Jelan Kendrick, F, Marietta, GA, Memphis

C.J. Leslie, F, Raleigh, NC, Undecided

Kendall Marshall, G, Arlington, VA, North Carolina - Our INTERVIEW

Jayvaughn Pinkston, F, Brooklyn, NY, Villanova

Josh Selby, G, Baltimore, MD, Undecided - Our INTERVIEW

Jared Sullinger, C, Columbus, OH, Ohio State - Our INTERVIEW

Deshaun Thomas, F, Fort Wayne, IN, Ohio State


WEST

Keith Appling, G, Detroit, MI, Michigan State

Harrison Barnes, F, Ames, IA, North Carolina - Our INTERVIEW
and another INTERVIEW

Terrence Jones, F, Portland, OR, Undecided - Our Combined HIGHLIGHTS and INTERVIEW

Cory Joseph, G, Henderson, NV, Undecided - Our Combined HIGHLIGHTS and INTERVIEW

Brandon Knight, G, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Undecided

Doron Lamb, G, Mouth of Wilson, VA, Undecided

Ray McCallum, G, Detroit, MI, Undecided

Fabricio de Melo, C, Weston, FL, Syracuse

Jereme Richmond, F, Waukegan, IL, Illinois - Our Combined HIGHLIGHTS and INTERVIEW and another INTERVIEW

Josh Smith, C, Covington, WA, UCLA - Our INTERVIEW
and another INTERVIEW

Tristan Thompson, F, Henderson, NV, Texas - Our Combined HIGHLIGHTS and INTERVIEW
and another INTERVIEW

Patric Young, C, Jacksonville, FL, Florida


And now for the Jordan Classic which is set for Saturday, April 17th at 8:00PM EST at Madison Square Garden in New York City(Same links apply):


EAST
Reggie Bullock, G, Kinston, NC, North Carolina

Kyrie Irving, G, Elizabeth, NJ, Duke - Our INTERVIEW

Perry Jones III, C, Duncanville, TX, Baylor

Jelan Kendrick, F, Marietta, GA, Memphis

Brandon Knight, G, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Undecided

C.J. Leslie, F, Raleigh, NC, Undecided

Roscoe
Smith, F, Mouth of Wilson, VA, UCONN

Jared Sullinger, C, Columbus, OH, Ohio State - Our INTERVIEW

Deshaun Thomas, F, Fort Wayne, IN, Ohio State

Dion Waiters, G, Philadelphia, PA, Syracuse


West
Harrison Barnes, F, Ames, IA, North Carolina - Our INTERVIEW
and another INTERVIEW

Will Barton, G, Baltimore, MD, Memphis - Our INTERVIEW
and another INTERVIEW

Tobias Harris, F, Dix Hills, NY, Tennesee - Our HIGHLIGHTS and INTERVIEW

Terrence Jones, F, Portland, OR, Undecided - Our Combined HIGHLIGHTS and INTERVIEW

Cory Joseph, G, Henderson, NV, Undecided - Our Combined HIGHLIGHTS and INTERVIEW

Doron Lamb, G, Mouth of Wilson, VA, Undecided

Kendall Marshall, G, Arlington, VA, North Carolina - Our INTERVIEW

Josh Selby, G, Baltimore, MD, Undecided - Our INTERVIEW

Josh Smith, C, Covington, WA, UCLA - Our INTERVIEW
and another INTERVIEW

Tristan Thompson, F, Henderson, NV, Texas - Our Combined HIGHLIGHTS and INTERVIEW
and another INTERVIEW


We will be in Columbus, Ohio for the McDonald's All-American game, so make sure to check back for more videos and coverage with the nation's top players.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Marko Petrovic (Findlay Prep) Highlights and Interview with Daniel Poneman- "The Croatian Catapult"



Marko Petrovic (Findlay Prep 2010) has three point shooting in his blood. The 6'3" shooting guard was invited to come to the states from his native Croatia to ball for Findlay Prep (the top high school basketball program in America) because of his transcendent ability to knock down shots from long range. One could've reasonably inferred, however, that he may possess this extraordinary ability without even having watched him take a shot because, well, it was about time someone took over the family business. Marko's uncle- the late Drazen Petrovic- is a member of the basketball hall of fame, the father of Croatian basketball, and the one whom many point to as the individual who paved the way for the current abundance of European stars in the NBA. But don't take my word for it, take it from NBA commissioner David Stern himself: "Drazen Petrovic was an extraordinary young man, and a true pioneer in the global sports of basketball. I know that a lasting part of his athletic legacy will be that he paved the way for other international players to compete successfully in the NBA. His contributions to the sport of basketball were enormous. We are all proud of the fact we knew him." Or from Michael Jordan "It was a thrill to play against Drazen. Every time we competed, he competed with an aggressive attitude. He wasn't nervous; he came at me as hard as I came at him. So, we've had some great battles in the past and unfortunately, they were short battles." Those battles were short because Drazen tragically died in a car accident at just 28 years of age, after only four seasons in the NBA (he was the player of the year in Europe twice before coming the the states), and now Marko has returned to America to finish what uncle Drazen started. After starting the season as a little used reserve for the Pilots- a team that starts two top 20 players in the nation in the backcourt- Marko has become a starter and a key contributor for Coach Peck's squad since top 50 guard Jabari Brown left the school last month. Some of the highlights of his season include a 22 point outing, a game in which he made 6 of the 7 three pointers he took, and a 27 point, 8/11 shooting day against a very good Christian Life (TX) squad. A charismatic and confident young Croatian, Marko shows in this interview why he is the man for the job- why he the kid with the heart and desire to make the name Petrovic relevant in the basketball world once again... For more info email DanielPoneman@gmail.com.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Rayvonte Rice & Karl Madison- Highlights & Interview with Dan Poneman- "Drake Fans- Congratulations"



Rayvonte Rice (Champaign Centennial) and Karl Madison (Springfield Lanphier) both are kids who had plenty of options as to where they could've chosen to play their college ball. Rayvonte is one of the top ten players in Illinois, and is having arguably the best senior season of any player in the state, including McDonald's All-American Jereme Richmond, who Rayvonte outplayed when his Centennial Chargers defeated Jereme's Waukegan Bulldogs to claim the title of top ranked team. A 6'4" wing player with a big body and big time hops, "Trey" doesn't have many flaws to his game on offense or defense, and has been proving all season long that he deserves some consideration for a national ranking. Karl Madison is a point guard's point guard, and the 41st in the nation, according to ESPN.com. A lighting quick floor general with a tight handle and a basketball IQ that's through the roof, Karl can dominate a game by driving and dishing to set up his teammates just as easily as he can take over in the blink of an eye with his deadly three point stroke. Just like his buddy Trey in Champaign, Karl often gets left out of the conversation for the state's best players due to his distance from the Windy City, but when one sits down to watch him play it's almost comical to think that people forget to bring him up when discussing the state's elite back court players. Both of these kids had a lot of college options, there's no doubt about that, and they would've had many more suitors had they waited to commit until after their senior season; so, you may ask, why did they commit to Drake? A mid major school in Iowa that's going through a rebuilding process with a new coaching staff? For real guys? Easy...where you see a question mark, they see an opportunity. Some kids like following others, but kids like Trey and Karl like blazing their own trail. Where you a mid major school that's rebuilding, they see a program with great fans, in a great conference, with a passionate and energetic coach- a program that just needs a couple of players to believe- a team with potential to do extraordinary things with the addition of a few perfect pieces. Where you see fear, they see excitement; where you see a risk, they are so confident in their skills that that same risk looks to them like a sure thing. Drake fans: You better buckle your seat belts, because for the next four year's you'll be in for the ride of your life. Congratulations... For more info email DanielPoneman@gmail.com.

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Basketball is not what I do, it is who I am. When I was a senior in high school I made the decision to forego college so that I could commit every waking moment to my passion. I've tried to give my job a label, but there really is no one title that describes it. My old site focused on covering high school basketball in Illinois and reporting recruiting news, and DP B-ball was created to enable my staff and I to do much much more. This blog is a transition site until the real DPBball.com gets released, and my staff and I will be updating daily with tons of fun and exciting content about everything high school hoops. With highlight videos, interviews on camera and off, recruiting news from around the globe, compelling feature articles, and much more, DP B-ball is the place to be for anybody who shares my passion. It's YOU, the people of the basketball community, that make it possible for me to do what I love every day, and for that I am forever grateful and willing to do whatever I can to help you all just like you do for me. So email me anytime, and if you love hoops like I do, consider me your friend. Thanks, and enjoy!

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