EJ Montgomery throws down at Adidas Nations

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EJ Montgomery put down this big dunk on the break at Adidas Nations in Los Angeles tonight in a win over Team Africa. Montgomery is playing with and against some of the best players in the country at the prestigious Adidas camp. It’s an honor to be invited to the camp, but it’s even more impressive that Montgomery is attending before he enters high school. EJ will be playing alongside Thon Maker and Dennis Smith Jr during the camp. Stay tuned for much more from EJ Montgomery on MiddleSchoolHoops.com

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Balsa Koprivica 6’9 Class of 2019 Prospect from Serbia

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Balsa Koprivica is one of the biggest prospects in the Class of 2019. The big man from Serbia stands 6’9 and has an amazing skill set to go along with his height and mobility. The Serbian big man has dominated the youth basketball circuit this Spring and Summer. Running with a talented Team Florida squad Balsa has done battle with some of the best players in the country playing in the NYBL and at AAU Nationals. During 7th grade nationals the center went head to head with talented bigs Chandler Lawson and Francis Okoro.

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After first bursting onto the scene at AAU Nationals last year with CATS, Balsa Koprivica has become a phenom in youth basketball over the past 6 months. The exposure that comes from playing the NYBL is undeniable and it’s where Balsa Koprivica made his name with big time performances in Atlanta, Louisville, and Columbus. Although he is still developing, his skill set is already remarkable.

ChandlervsBalsaInstaBalsa Koprivica has amazing mobility for his size, he can step outside and shoot jumpers with range to the three point line, and blocks everything in the paint.  The Serbian big can pass out of double teams and has a very nice touch on shots around the rim, including a developing baby hook.   There aren’t many players in recent memory that possess the size and skill that Balsa does at such a young age.

The Class of 2019 is loaded with talent, but only a few players could impact a high level high school game right now, one of them is Balsa Koprivica who has skills that will translate in a big way.  Middle School basketball hasn’t seen a player like Balsa for some time, and it will be very interesting to watch his development in the future.  As things stand currently Balsa Koprivica is one of the top 2019 prospects in the country and it’s hard to see that changing any time soon.

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Tyger Campbell drops dime FROM THE GROUND

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Tyger Campbell drops dimes on a routine basis, but this one was different because he was on the floor when he passed the ball off to his teammate for the easy lay up. Many players, especially those who are highly ranked forget that they need to hustle and scrap for every loose ball. But Tyger Campbell is an exception to that rule, routinely hitting the floor for loose balls and hustling in spite of the fact that he is a highly praised guard from the Class of 2019. Stay tuned for Tyger’s big mixtape coming very soon on MiddleSchoolHoops.com

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Balsa Koprivica vs Francis Okoro – 2019 Big Men Battle

BalsaANDFrancis Balsa Koprivica and Francis Okoro are two of the top big men in the Class of 2019. Balsa Koprivica (white jersey) and Francis Okoro (blue jersey) matched up at 2014 7th Grade AAU Nationals in Memphis in early July. The 2019 Big Men both showed up in a big way in this match up.

We All Can Go defeated Team Florida but both of the young bigs put up numbers, especially on the glass and the defensive end. Balsa Koprivica went 4-10 from the field finishing with 9 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Francis Okoro finished with 5 points, 14 rebounds, and 7 blocks. Young big men tend to develop slowly but both of these players are well ahead of the curve.

Balsa is much more polished on the offensive end. The 6’9 post can step outside and knock down mid range jumpers, has a developing hook, and can even put the ball on the floor to create shots in some circumstances. Francis is a monster on the defensive side of the ball. He controls the boards and blocks shots better than most players his age. While there is still room for improvement on the offensive end, MiddleSchoolHoops is confident that working with Omhar Carter of MBA Hoops will be key in Okoro’s development with the ball in his hands.

Both of these young big men are amazing prospects because of their size, mobility, and skill sets. Stay tuned to MiddleSchoolHoops.com for more from them and the class of 2019.

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Connor Vanover is 7’1 with a JUMPER – Class of 2018

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Connor Vanover is not like most 15 year olds (he just turned 15 in late June). The rising freshman is over seven feet tall and he hasn’t started high school yet. Besides being extremely tall, Vanover is unique because he has an amazingly smooth stroke with range on his jumper that extends to the three point line. Most young big men struggle with body control and often miss shots around the rim, but the seven footer from Arkansas is consistent from midrange and beyond.

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It’s hard to see a young player with this much potential and not get excited, some are even comparing the youngster to NBA star Dirk Nowitzki. While comparisons are fun, they can create unrealistic expectations. Having said that, it’s hard to not see a hint of Dirk when Connor is shooting fadeaway jumpers over defenders. Screen shot 2014-07-12 at 3.14.23 AM

Connor Vanover had a great showing at the 2014 John Lucas International Middle School Combine in Houston this Spring. Playing against some of the top middle schoolers in the country the Little Rock native showed great touch around the rim finishing over and around opponents in the lane. His improvement over the last two years was evident almost immediately as Vanover made huge strides with his mobility and his back to the basket game. Already known for his feathery jumper, Connor did not disappoint as he connected on high percentage of mid range and three point shots throughout the camp.

While Vanover is an amazing prospect there is still work to be done. There is room for improvement in the paint as the Arkansas Wings big man doesn’t have a go to post move yet. In some games Connor starts off shooting deep jumpers, where it may be more beneficial to start inside and work his way out. However, these are components of his game that can be worked on and improved. His talent is undeniable and you can’t teach a kid to be 7 feet tall. The most important thing to remember is that young big men normally develop late. With this in mind, Connor Vanover is WAY ahead of the curve and MiddleSchoolHoops expects to hear his name many more times over the next couple years.

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Bryan Sanders NASTY CROSSOVER at Nationals

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Bryan Sanders is a rising 8th grader for Team Florida who put this crazy crossover on his defender at AAU Nationals in Memphis, Tennessee. Sanders is a big time prospect in the Class of 2019 with great ball handling, good size and strength, and a dependable jumper. Sanders runs a team very well and scores the ball when he needs to. His size and ability to handle the ball make him very hard for many 2019 guards to stop on the offensive end. Stay tuned for more from Bryan Sanders and Team Florida on MiddleSchoolHoops.com

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Jahmir Young Buzzer Beater at AAU Nationals

Jahmir Young hit this buzzer beater to lead Team Takeover past the Memphis War Eagles in Elite 8 action at the 2014 AAU 7th Grade Nationals in Memphis. Young came up big and gave Takeover a shot at eventual second place finishers City Stars in the Final Four. Jahmir had a very good showing at Nationals, but this moment will never be forgotten.

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CP3 All Stars vs City Stars 2014 AAU National Championship

The CP3 All Stars captured their second straight AAU National Championship and here’s a look at some of the top plays from the game. CP3 got off to a fast start against City Stars with Chaz Gwyn scoring 8 first quarter points, connecting on two threes. Class of 2020 prospect Dillon Depina helped to keep his West Coast team in the game adding 11 first half points showing a smooth mid range jumper. There was a lack of scoring until the fourth quarter when things really heated up. Jaden McClanahan caught fire and hit 4 fourth quarter threes, but the CP3 All Stars weathered the storm and got the 53-48 victory. Stay tuned for much more from AAU Nationals on MiddleSchoolHoops.com

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CP3 vs City Stars – Stat Breakdown

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Stats don’t tell the whole story, but sometimes they help make things black and white, so here are the stats from today’s AAU National Championship Game.

 

Leading Scorers – Jaden McClanahan    23 points
                                     Dillon Depina           16 points
                                     Max Farthing           14 points

Most Assists – Jovon McClanahan      9 assists
                             Mike Green                 3 assists  
                             Keyshaun Langley      3 assists

Leading Rebounders – Mike Green                   8 rebounds
                                               Max Farthing                7 rebounds
                                               Jordan Wilmore           7 rebounds
                                               Jaden McClanahan         6 rebounds

Scoring by Quarter
CP3 All Stars –   17    6     9     21   =   53
City Stars –          6     11    6    25   =   48

CP3 didn’t win every quarter but they were leading at the start of every quarter
17-6 First Quarter
23-17 Second Quarter
32-23 Third Quarter
53-48 End of Game

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Max Farthing – 14 PTS, 6-9 FGs, 7 rebs, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 blocks 2-2 FTs, 2 TOs
Mike Green – 11 PTS, 3-6 FGs, 1-3 3FGs, 8 rebs, 3 assists, 2 steals, 3 TOs, 4-4 FTs
Chaz Gwyn – 11 PTS, 4-13 FGs, 3-8 3FGs, 4 rebs, 3 steals, 2 TOs
Keyshaun Langley – 9 PTS, 3-7 FGs, 1-3 3FGs, 3 assists, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 2-2 FTs, 1 TO
Chris Hinton – 6 PTS, 3-4 FGs, 6 rebs, 2 assists, 1 steal, 0-2 FTs, 1 TO
Jalen Matthews – 2 PTS, 1-1 FG, 2 rebounds, 1 block
Kobe Langley – 0 PTS, 0-4 FGs, 2 rebs, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 TO 21 – 2 PTS, 1-1 FGs, 2 rebs

City Stars
Jaden McClanahan – 23 PTS, 9-21 FGs, 6 rebs, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 TO
Dillon Depina – 16 PTS, 6-10 FGs, 0-1 3FGs, 4 rebs, 2 steals, 4-6 FTs, 2 TOs
Jovon McClanahan – 7 PTS, 1-8 FGs, 0-2 3FGs, 5 rebs, 9 assists, 2 steals, 1 block, 5-8 FTs, 1 TO
Jordan Wilmore – 2 PTS, 0-2 FGs, 7 rebs, 3 steals, 2-4 FTs, 1 TO
EJ Jackson – 0 PTS, 0-12 FGs, 0-8 3 FGs, 3 rebs, 2 assists, 0-2 FTs, 4 TOs
Eric Olofson – 0 PTs, 0-1 FGs, 3 rebounds
Winston Ekpo – 0 PTs, 0-0 FGs, 1 rebound

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CP3 Wins Back to Back AAU National Championships

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The CP3 All Stars 2019 squad won their second straight AAU National Championship when they defeated the City Stars 53-48 in a game that came down to the last minute. After weathering a furious 4th quarter comeback the celebration commenced. Winning a national championship is difficult enough, but repeating is almost impossible. When you factor in the loss of a Top 10 player in the country (Wendell Moore did not play in the tournament due to injury) and having to defeat All Ohio Red in the semifinals, it shows just how tough the road to their 2nd straight title really was. Congrats to CP3 Rising Stars. Video coming soon!

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