NORFOLK, Va., - Norfolk State's Brandon Goode (7'0''-F-92) was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's (MEAC) Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday. Patrick Cole of Coppin State and Darryl Palmer (6'7''-F) of S.C. State were named Co-Rookies of the Week while Delaware State's Marques Oliver (6'7''-F-91) earned Defensive Player of the Week accolades.
Brandon Goode (C, 7-0, 225, Jr., Bronx, N.Y.) recorded his first career double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Spartans to a 67-55 victory over Rhode Island last week. Goode connected on 6-of-9 baskets (66.7%) with one assist and one block in 24 minutes of play.
Patrick Cole (G, 6-5, 190, Fr., Newark, N.J.) scored 25 points and stole six passes in an 87-73 loss to Southern California last week. Cole was 7-of-13 from the floor, including 3-of-4 from behind the arc in his first collegiate game. He also sank 8-of-11 from the free-throw line in 28 minutes of play.
Darryl Palmer (F, 6-7, 190, Fr., Summerville, S.C.) shot 7-of-11 from the field en route to 21 points and eight rebounds in an 81-62 victory over Claflin. Palmer recorded 3-of-4 from the 3-point line and 4-of-5 from the charity stripe. He also blocked three shots in 28 minutes of play.
Marques Oliver (F, 6-7, 235, Sr., Durham, N.C.) hauled down 10 boards and blocked seven shots with two steals in the Hornets' loss to Gwynedd-Mercy. Offensively Oliver tallied 11 points while shooting 50-percent from the floor (4-of-8) and 3-of-3 from the free-throw line.
Other Top Performances
Rashid Gaston (6'8''-F) (NSU) scored seven points and grabbed seven rebounds with two steals against Rhode Island.
Rashad Hassan (6'7''-F-89) (SSU) shot 67-percent from the field (6-of-9) on the way to a 17-point performance in an 84-62 win over Trinity Baptist.
Anthony Hubbard (6'5''-G) (MSU) recorded a double-double of 17 points and 15 rebounds in a win over UT-San Antonio.
Kyree Jones (6'2''-G) (UMES) averaged 15 points, two rebounds, two assists and two steals in two non-conference matchups for the Eagles.
Reggie Lewis (6'2''-G) (FAMU) scored 18 points, dished out five assists, and hauled down one rebounds in a loss to Houston.
Station Kidd (NCCU) finished one-rebound shy of a double-double with 22 points and nine rebounds, playing the full 40-minutes, against Wichita State.
Jyles Smith (6'8''-F-92) (SSU) grabbed 11 rebounds, blocked three shots and scored eight points on 3-of-4 attempts with two free-throws against Trinity Baptist.
Khalif Toombs (5'9''-G) (SCSU) recorded 17 points, four rebounds, five assists and one steal in 36 minutes of play in an 81-62 win over Claflin.
Austin Witter (NCAT) scored 10 points, grabbed nine rebounds, blocked four shots and stole four passes in an 83-52 win over Greensboro College. Courtesy of: http://www.meacsports.com
Duke's Lands first commitment for 2017 - 2 hours ago
Duke's Lands first commitment for 2017 Courtesy of cbssports.com Four-Star Alex O'Connell Becomes Duke's First Commitment of 2017 Alex O'Connell officially committed to Duke University today. The four-star wing became the first member of a potentially loaded mega-class for the Blue Devils in 2017. O'Connell was offered Wednesday night, but has visited the campus many times before and his father, Dave O'Connell, played for Duke in the mid-70s. Alex chose Duke over high-major programs, in... [read more]
Duke's Lands first commitment for 2017
Courtesy of cbssports.com Four-Star Alex O'Connell Becomes Duke's First Commitment of 2017
Alex O'Connell officially committed to Duke University today. The four-star wing became the first member of a potentially loaded mega-class for the Blue Devils in 2017. O'Connell was offered Wednesday night, but has visited the campus many times before and his father, Dave O'Connell, played for Duke in the mid-70s. Alex chose Duke over high-major programs, including Louisville, Syracuse, Connecticut, UCLA, Miami, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, N.C. State, and Ole Miss.
6'6" Alex O'Connell is an athletic, three-level scorer, who has been blessed with good genes. Although he's lived in Baltimore and California, he's been raised in Georgia. The junior helped Milton High School reach the state Final Four in Georgia's AAAAAA (largest classification) playoffs. At 22.3 per game, O'Connell, who was a All-Metro Atlanta North Fulton selection, not only lead the team in scoring, but to twenty-five victories. In all likelihood, he will become the all-time leading scorer at Milton, which has won 2 state titles since 2010.
Alex' father, Mike, was a hyper-athletic guard, who suffered knee injuries, while playing for Bill Foster at Duke. The depth of athletic talent in the O'Connell gene pool doesn't end there as Alex' uncles played at Notre Dame and Xavier, while his older brother, Shawn, is a 6'8" forward at Georgia Southern. (Photo: 247Sports)
This AAU season, Alex decided to show what he was capable of on the toughest AAU league, Nike's EYBL circuit. While suiting up for Team United, O'Connell quickly proved he could score on anyone. The confident junior finished in the top 25 in three-pointers made, while easily leading the inexperienced United team in scoring, averaging over fourteen points.
Earlier in the year, O'Connell said of Duke, "It would definitely be a place where I have to see if I fit. I talked to him and he told me how that 2016 class, most of them would either be gone by the time I get there or have one more year left. I think if it comes down to it, I could really see myself fitting in with that class just depending on who commits and who sees themselves playing there too."
(Photo: Andrew Slater, 247Sports)
The four-star wing said earlier of his areas for improvement, "I gotta work on my ball handling. I'm getting a lot better on my ball handling. And then I have to be able to finish through contact. I'm really athletic. I'm really bouncy. Surprisingly though. I can finish above the rim, if necessary." Positionally, the first Duke commit said, "As of now, it doesn't matter, two, three, wing, it's the same thing. So, when it comes to college, I don't think it matters there either. Whether I'm on the left wing or right wing, a lot of coaches tell me there's no distinction between two and three." (Photo: Andrew Slater, 247Sports)
At the time, O'Connell said of the prospect of being a part of a deep, elite recruiting class, "Oh, yeah, absolutely. I think I could do really good things there. I could do just the same thing as Grayson Allen or Luke Kennard does now. I think I could do that too."
Arizona-Texas A&M, Texas-Arkansas doubleheader set for Lone Star Shootout
College basketball is taking on yet another neutral-court early season event.
The Lone Star Shootout has its matchups set. The doubleheader will go down on Saturday, Dec. 17, at Houston's Toyota Center. Arizona will play Texas A&M; Texas will play Arkansas.
So while it's a Texas-themed event, there will be two schools from outside the Lone Star State participating. Arizona has top-10 potential next season, too. Texas and Arkansas are way-back rivals from the days of the Southwest Conference. The Longhorns are expected to be an NCAA Tournament team again under Shaka Smart.
"We are extremely excited about the opportunity to play in front of our fans at the Toyota Center in Houston," Smart said in a statement. "It is one of the most important areas in this state as it relates to our recruiting and fan base.
Arkansas will have Moses Kingsley, who could be a national breakout player in the SEC, while A&M is fully loaded and should remain a top-three team in the SEC.
Melbourne United take late win over US powerhouse UCLA - 3 hours ago
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Melbourne United lacked four stars and had completed just two weeks of training but they still found a way to beat US college UCLA on Saturday night. After the Bruins pulled to within reach of the lead in the final term, Melbourne United's veterans David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.), Majok Majok (206-F-92, college: Ball St.) and Nate Tomlinson (192-G-89, college: Colorado) made sure they got the win with an 89-84 result in front of a near capacity 2900 crowd at the State Basketba... [read more]
Melbourne United lacked four stars and had completed just two weeks of training but they still found a way to beat US college UCLA on Saturday night. After the Bruins pulled to within reach of the lead in the final term, Melbourne United's veterans David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.), Majok Majok (206-F-92, college: Ball St.) and Nate Tomlinson (192-G-89, college: Colorado) made sure they got the win with an 89-84 result in front of a near capacity 2900 crowd at the State Basketball Centre. David Barlow was making his first Melbourne United appearance in over a season after missing last campaign due to injury and the two-time Olympian was one of the best on court with an equal team high 16 points along with centre Majok Majok. All the talk leading into the game centred around NBA prospect Lonzo Ball and the Bruins freshman guard showed both athleticism and his inexperience with eight points and 13 rebounds but shot three of 13 field goals before fouling out late on. More established Bruins Isaac Hamilton (196-G-94) and Bryce Alford (190-G-94) took the reins offensively with 18 points each with Hamilton, brother of NBA star Jordan Hamilton, scored 16 of his 18 points in the first half while Alford, son of coach Steve Alford, stroked six threes in the second half. Melbourne coach Dean Demopoulos sat newly arrived imports Cedric Jackson and Ramona Moore along with Boomers Olympians Chris Goulding and Dave Andersen but in their place Majok, David Barlow, Todd Blanchfield (200-F/G-91) and Kyle Adnam all impressed especially Adnam's nine points and 10 assists. Import big man Devin Williams also did well in short minutes with 10 points in 12 minutes. Blanchfield said the college clash was a welcome addition with the NBL season still six weeks away. "We don't have a full squad yet so we are still working on our cohesion and our chemistry so to still start building that connection with each other so early is crucial," Blanchfield said. "We knew they were going to come in looking to win and are young athletic and looking to push the tempo and with their new freshman you know they have some great basketball players coming through. "They were able to peg us back in the last quarter so to start the preseason with a win so early on is excellent for us." Blanchfield added it was a boost to the whole roster to see David Barlow back. "Dave has played at the Olympics and all around the world so to have him back, get to guard him every day at practice and learn of him is something I'm enjoying," Blanchfield said. "I haven't played alongside him since our China tour before last season so it was a lot of fun to have him back tonight." Bruins coach Steve Alford said his side had needed a run against veteran professionals. "To play against guys who are 25-30 years old and have a lot of experience is what we need in August," Alford said. "We get to work on things we don't usually get to work on until October. "These games are new experiences for this team and we will look at it and continue to get better." Courtesy of: smh.com.au
Villanova beats Duke, Kansas, Indiana for Jermaine Samuels - 3 hours ago
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Villanova landed a commitment from top 50 prospect Jermaine Samuels on Saturday. Samuels is a tough and athletic 6-foot-5 wing that will remind many Wildcat fans of Josh Hart. He's got the same kind of versatility and nose for the ball that will let him guard perimeter players as well as work in as a small-ball four. Players like this are a specialty of Jay Wright. Samuels picked up an offer from Duke recently and also had Indiana, Kansas and Georgetown in his top five. Beating out blue-b... [read more]
Villanova landed a commitment from top 50 prospect Jermaine Samuels on Saturday. Samuels is a tough and athletic 6-foot-5 wing that will remind many Wildcat fans of Josh Hart. He's got the same kind of versatility and nose for the ball that will let him guard perimeter players as well as work in as a small-ball four. Players like this are a specialty of Jay Wright. Samuels picked up an offer from Duke recently and also had Indiana, Kansas and Georgetown in his top five. Beating out blue-bloods for a prospect like this is quite the statement for Villanova, one that should tell you the reigning national champs are here to stay as a national power. Courtesy of: nbcsports.com
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