OAK HILL ACADEMY vs. IMG ACADEMY SCOUTING REPORT

Written By: Zain Motani

Oak Hill 2016-2017 Basketball Team
Oak Hill has a big-time winning history. Pictured here is the 2016-17 team.

In this era, it seems like transferring programs for top high school basketball prospects from local schools to top academies has become ubiquitous.

Reasons for transferring include a desire to win a national championship and the need to be challenged in practice and games in ways their previous schools cannot provide.

The summer of 2018 set off shockwaves in the high school basketball community – not because of the number of high profile transfers, but the number of transfers to high profile programs that already had a slew of high profile recruits.

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PRO SKILLS BASKETBALL CHINA TOUR 2018 RECAP (PART 3) – BEIJING

Pro Skills Basketball China Basketball Tour 2018

In part 2 of our Pro Skills Basketball China Tour recap, we reviewed everything the group did in Chengdu, including Hot Pot, pandas, playing pick up at Sichuan University and an exhibition game against the Chinese Basketball Association U21 Sichuan Blue Whale team.

Before that, in part 1, we wrote about our time in Shanghai where we saw a ton of sights, including the world-famous Bund and played one of the most famous streetball teams in China and at one of the most famous playgrounds in Shanghai, Rucker Park.

For this week, however, part 3 recounts the Beijing leg of our trip!

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2018 SEPTEMBER PAUL BIANCARDI CHARLOTTE BASKETBALL CAMP RECAP

2018 September Paul Biancardi Charlotte Basketball Camp

We recently powered the first Paul Biancardi Basketball Camp of the fall season outside of Charlotte, NC in Concord on September 1-2 at Cox Mill High School.

Previously, we ran a Biancardi Camp last May in Charlotte that had a tremendous amount of talent.

This September 1-2 camp was another great event with over 70 boys players from 8th-12th grade and a staff made up of current college coaches and former college and pro players.

Coach Paul Biancardi, a former college coach of 20+ years at the DI, DII, and DIII levels and currently ESPN’s National Director of Boys High School Basketball, led the camp and had his hand and eyes in every drill, competition, and game.

While there were many good players at the Paul Biancardi Charlotte Basketball Camp, there was a handful that truly stood out.

Below are short write-ups from each of the camp standouts!

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PRO SKILLS BASKETBALL CHINA TOUR 2018 RECAP (PART 2) – CHENGDU

Pro Skills Basketball China Tour 2018

Last week we covered the Shanghai portion in part 1 of our Pro Skills Basketball China Tour recap, so this week it’s on to Chengdu for part 2!

Chengdu is not the biggest or the most famous city in China, but over the course of our four-day visit, the PSB China Tour group savored its signature slow pace.

We saw Pandas, played Chinese Basketball Association U21 Blue Whale team, and burnt our mouths (willingly) with spicy Sichuan cuisine.

Overall, we saw a markedly different – and more authentic – version of China in comparison to sprawling Shanghai or bustling Beijing.

When our China tour group met for orientation, most of the group had not heard of Chengdu (成都). But by the end of the trip almost everyone said the time spent in the heart of Sichuan province (四川省) was the most memorable part of the entire experience.

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PODCAST: How New NCAA Basketball Recruiting Rules Will Affect Youth Basketball

Each week in the “Pick & Pop” series of the PSB podcast, PSB co-founders, Logan Kosmalski and Brendan Winters, discuss and debate a relevant topic in their world of youth basketball.

In this episode, however, Brendan talks with a guest, Sim Frazier, about the new NCAA basketball recruiting rules and how they’ll impact youth basketball. There has been a lot written about the college basketball recruiting rules changes, including a recent article with college coaches saying they don’t like the new rules, but Brendan and Sim try to distill it down into understandable topics.

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