USA Basketball will hold open tryouts to select the 2014 USA Women's U17 World Championship Team, the Colorado Springs-based organization announced today. Trials will be held May 22-26, 2014, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The USA U17 squad selected from those tryouts will compete in the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, scheduled to be held in Bratislava, Slovakia from June 26-July 6.
Over the past few weekends we traveled to a couple mid-south regional events -- the Elite 80 Fall League hosted by Don Brown at Carson Newman in East Tennessee and the Future Top 60 Skills Camp hosted by Armond Wilson and Tim Barnett in Louisville. Each event had numerous D1-caliber recruits but the following players are the ones that stood us to us.
Elite 80 Fall League
Brittany Tarr, 5-11 wing, Sevier County HS (TN)2015
Start familiarizing yourself with the names Asia Durr and Katie Lou Samuelson. This talented duo, No. 1 and No. 2 in the just-released 2015 Full Court Fresh 50 Player Rankings, have the potential to be the next stars of the women's game and should be on your MUST SEE list if you're at all curious about what the future of the women's game is going to look like.
Rodrick Henderson, a volunteer basketball coach with the Florida-based Essence AAU program, was arrested on Tuesday on two charges of sexual assault.
According to court documents, Henderson, a 26 year-old Tallahassee resident, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a minor, an unnamed 17-year-old who has played with the Essence program for the past two years.
Kimberly Davis-Powell, the Director of the Essence Girls Basketball program released this statement:
Editor's Note: Starting November 20, Courtney Ekmark will begin blogging for Full Court about the "bucket list" experiences she has during her senior year.
When Courtney Ekmark spoke on the phone last Wednesday, she was between trips. She’d just returned from a weekend back East, during which she’d played a couple games in the Rose Classic in Brooklyn and visited colleges with her younger brother, Andrew, a sophomore in high school.
Cynthia Cooper landed her first top 25 recruit Thursday when No. 21 McKenzie Calvert verbally committed to the University of Southern California. Calvert had originally committed to Baylor as an eighth grader, but decommitted from the Bears in June to explore other options.
CLARKSVILLE, TN -– The Playmaker Academy, led by Skills Director Terry Boykin, hosted sixty-four of the top girls prep players in the Mid-South region for the inaugural 94/50 Elite Player Combine. The event offered players an opportunity to develop basketball skills and core athleticism at a total of six well-positioned developmental stations.
A'ja Wilson, the top uncommitted senior in the 2014 class, will take her first official visit -- to the University of Connecticut -- from Oct. 17-20, and a second official visit to the University of North Carolina the following weekend.
"I'm very excited to take my first official visit," Wilson told Full Court by phone as she was packing her bags for Storrs.
(This is the 12th in a series on Val Ackerman’s report on college basketball.)
In ancient Greece, where the idea of formally educating children in groups began, the first step was the gymnasium – which worked young men into the physical condition required to become citizen-soldiers and defend the walls against aggressors.
Over time, academics were added, but the focus was always on physical activity, eventually leading to professional athletes who competed in the Olympics and the other Greek festivals.
Both the Atlanta Fall Showcase, held in the Lithonia, Georgia (a suburb of Atlanta), and the Fall Finale, held in Atlanta proper, were events where college coaches had a chance to see some quality prospects of classes as far out as 2019 from Georgia and surrounding states. Both events were held with pre-set pairings designed for college coaches' viewing rather than winning an event.