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.

harrison-barnes.jpg (300×451)

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).


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!