adidas Nations: Top 30 Rankings

Point guard Dennis Smith (Team Lillard) of Trinity Christian (Fayetteville, N.C.) was the top guard at the 2014 adidas Nations. Based on his play and statistics, he was also the top overall performer. (Photo: Kelly Kline/adidas)

Point guard Dennis Smith (Team Lillard) of Trinity Christian (Fayetteville, N.C.) was the top guard at the 2014 adidas Nations. Based on his play and statistics, he was also the top overall performer. (Photo: Kelly Kline/adidas)

We attended all four evaluation days at the 2014 adidas Nations in Southern California and broke down our notes and the statistics provided to rank the top thirty players in attendance. 

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Elite 24 All-Time Game Records

Under Armour Elite 24 record-breakers (L to R): Brandon Jennings, Tyreke Evans, John Wall, DeMar Derozan. Photo: Scott Kurtz

Under Armour Elite 24 record-breakers (L to R): Brandon Jennings, Tyreke Evans, John Wall, DeMar Derozan. Photo: Scott Kurtz

Below are the numbers to target for this year’s Under Armour Elite 24 participants. Four players have participated three times with 38 points by Lance Stephenson and 23 assists by Brandon Jennings among the highlights.

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LeBron: Top 40 Rankings

Malik Monk (left) and Dedric Lawson were two of the best players at their respective position at the 2014 LeBron James Skills Academy. Photo: Ronnie Flores

Malik Monk (left) and Dedric Lawson were two of the best players at their respective position at the 2014 LeBron James Skills Academy. Photo: Ronnie Flores

We attended the first three of four evaluation days at the 2014 LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas and broke down our notes to rank the top forty players in attendance. 

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NBPA Top 100 Camp Roundup

The NBPA Top 100 Camp is the most talent-laden individual camp of the summer. We list the top statistical performers and provide the top dozen overall performers as ranked by the Hoop Scoop.

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Applying Spurs Way To High School

The San Antonio Spurs won their fifth NBA title in 15 years using a system called the “Spurs Way”. We break down what the “Spurs Way” means on the court and how young players can apply these concepts and actions to the club and high school teams they play for.

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Best Interview That Never Was

Kawhi Leonard of King (Riverside, Calif.) was the first player from Riverside County to earn California Mr. Basketball honors in 2009. He's now the first player ever from the county and only the fourth ever from California to earn NBA Finals MVP honors, following Bill Walton (1977), Dennis Johnson (1979) and Paul Pierce (2008). Photo: Scott Kurtz

Kawhi Leonard of King (Riverside, Calif.) was the first player from Riverside County to earn California Mr. Basketball honors. He’s now the first player ever from the county and only the fourth ever from California to earn NBA Finals MVP honors, following Bill Walton (1977), Dennis Johnson (1979) and Paul Pierce (2008). Photo: Scott Kurtz

Kawhi Leonard has overcome major obstacles in the six years between losing his father and becoming the second youngest NBA Finals MVP ever. We take a look at some of the defining moments on the journey with his high school coach at King (Riverside, Calif.).

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Tum Tum is Nickname of the Year

Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn was given his nickname by his mother because of his penchant for feasting at the dinner table. Tum Tum will play for Tom Izzo at Michigan St. Photo: Courtesy of Sunrise Christian Academy

Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn was given his nickname by his mother because of his penchant for feasting on his milk bottle. Tum Tum will play for Tom Izzo at Michigan St. Photo: Courtesy of Sunrise Christian Academy

“Tum Tum” Nairn is our 2013-14 Student Sports Nickname of the Year. Similar to our Names of the Year, we’ve also have Nicknames of the Year going back to the 1954-55 season. Many of these players were all-state level performers with nicknames coined while still in high school. There have been tons of nicknames given out through the years, but these are some of the best that have stood the test of time.

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