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BIG3 League Basketball – Los Angeles – GAME 1 Power (4-4) 42 vs. Tri-State (3-5) 51

Coming into Week 8, the 2-5 Tri-State’s playoff berth hopes remained alive, if slim, as a win over Power plus a loss by 3’s Company and a loss by Ghost Ballers would have secured the 4-seed. Meanwhile, Power entered the game having already clinched a playoff berth, fighting for a 3-seed with a win over Tri-State or a loss by 3’s Company.

Tri-State opened the game strong, but quickly fell behind to Power, at one point trailing 18-10. Down most of the first half, Mike James led the team on a dominant run that resulted in a 25-20 lead at halftime, and a lead that Tri-State would never relinquish throughout the 2nd half. Trailing 49-42, Power’s Cuttino Mobley faced tight defense and threw up an air ball that was rebounded by Tri-State’s Bonzi Wells who swiftly put in the game winning lay up.

Led by James’ 17 points on 3 of 7 shooting from behind the 3 point arc, Dominic McGuire’s 10 points and 5 rebounds, and Wells’ 8 points and 8 boards, Tri-State kept their playoff hopes alive with a 51-42 win over Power (still needing a loss by 3’s Company and a loss by Ghost Ballers later in the day). DeShawn Stevenson contributed a solid performance for Power, knocking down what would prove to be the day’s league-leading 22 points on 50% (6 of 12) shooting from the 3-point line.

Power (4-4) moves on to the playoffs as the 3-seed.

by Kurt Gonska

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Zion Harmon A Finalist For USA Basketball U16 Team as 8th Grader

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Things couldn’t be any better for Zion Harmon right now. After winning a state basketball title with Bowling Green High School as an 8th grader averaging 16.8 points points per game, his outstanding play during the start of the AAU basketball season with Boo Williams has earned him an invite to try out for the USA Basketball U16 national squad. He is the youngest to ever get that honor and one of only 32 ballers to get the invite. Playing beyond his years is nothing new for Zion as he was the first seventh grader to play in the 17U division of the Nike EYBL.

Though the final roster hasn’t been named yet, Harmon is one of the 16 finalists that will eventually get cut down to just 12.

The Team USA will play June 14-18 in FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Men taking place in Argentina

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Romeo Langford #2 in 2018 Class DOMINATES in AAU Tournament Championship Run

Highlights for Romeo Langford playing for Twenty Two Vision AAU basketball squad during the 3 Stripes Memorial Day Cardinal Classic in Louisville, KY. Twenty Two Vision went 7-0 over the weekend on the way to beating Truth Elite for the 11th grade Championship.

A 6’5′” small guard from New Albany High School in Indiana, Romeo is the #2 player in country in class of 2018 and has 11 offers including Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, IUPUI, Purdue, UCLA & Vanderbilt. He also has interest from Michigan, Michigan State & Ohio State.

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Kentucky Basketball’s Isaiah Briscoe Declares for 2017 NBA Draft

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After helping lead the Kentucky men’s basketball team to back-to-back Southeastern Conference championships (league and tournament) in 2016 and 2017, sophomore guard Isaiah Briscoe has decided to enter his name in the 2017 NBA Draft. He plans to sign with an agent, which would effectively end his career at UK.

The NBA Draft is June 22.

“BBN, thank you to the greatest fans in the entire world,” Briscoe said. “Thank you to Coach Cal, Coach KP (Kenny Payne), Coach Tony (Barbee), Coach JJ (Joel Justus), Coach Robes (John Robic), and (strength and conditioning coach) Rob (Harris). You helped me develop my game on the court and helped me grow as a man off the court.

“Thank you to my brothers. We’ve been through so much together and accomplished even more. Thank you to my family and friends. Without your support, I wouldn’t be where I am now.

“It was a dream to play in front of BBN and an honor to wear K-E-N-T-U-C-K-Y across my chest. I’m ready for the next step and can’t wait to begin the next journey.”

Briscoe, who played an integral part in each of UK’s last two NCAA Tournament runs, is the fourth underclassman from the 2016-17 Wildcats to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft. Freshman guards De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk have announced their intentions to declare for the draft and sign with an agent. Freshman forward Bam Adebayo plans to declare for the draft but will not hire an agent at this time, opening up the possibility of a return.

Players have until 11:59 p.m. ET on April 23 to submit their names for the 2017 NBA Draft.

“Isaiah is a winner,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. “Physically and mentally he’s a pit bull with skills with the ball. We averaged nearly 30 wins a season over the last two years and Isaiah played a big part in all of them. Isaiah defends, he rebounds and he creates shots for others. I am so proud of his improvement over his time here and am looking forward to seeing his continued growth at the next level.”

Briscoe was one of the constants during UK’s league title and NCAA Tournament runs over the last two seasons. The Newark, New Jersey native, started 69 of the 70 games he played in and averaged 10.9 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists during his two-year college career.

As one of the few returning players from a season ago, Briscoe’s leadership was instrumental in bringing together one of the youngest teams in the country and leading it to the top of the polls in November. Briscoe went on to average careers highs in points (12.1), rebounds (5.4) and assists (4.2) in 2016-17, the only player in the Southeastern Conference to average at least those numbers in all three categories. Briscoe scored in double figures in 23 of the 36 games he played in this season, scored 20 or more points in six games, and led the team in assists in 15 games.

Among his many highlights, Briscoe became the third Wildcat in program history to post a triple-double when he recorded 19 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists in the SEC opener at Ole Miss on Dec. 29.

Briscoe declared for the NBA Draft a season ago but returned for his sophomore year to continue to develop his game. The 6-foot-3 guard showed improvement in nearly every statistical category, including overall field-goal percentage (.470, up from .439 in his freshman season), free-throw percentage (.635, up from .460) and 3-pointers made (17, up from five).

Sports Illustrated named him a member of its five-man All-Glue Team this season for his leadership and intangibles.

The NBA Draft Combine will take place May 9-14 in Chicago.

Since Calipari joined the Wildcat program for the 2009-10 season, UK has produced 28 NBA Draft picks over seven seasons, more than double any other school. Included in the 28 are 21 first-round selections, three No. 1 overall picks, 11 top-10 selections and 14 lottery picks.

For the latest on the Kentucky men’s basketball team, follow @KentuckyMBB on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and on the web at UKathletics.com.

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Kentucky Basketball’s Malik Monk Declares for 2017 NBA Draft

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Following a historic scoring season that included more than a few record-breaking performances, freshman guard Malik Monk announced Tuesday that he plans to enter his name in the 2017 NBA Draft and will sign with an agent, effectively ending his career at UK.

The NBA Draft is June 22.

“After taking some time with my family and reflecting on this season, I have decided to enter my name into the 2017 NBA Draft,” Monk said. “As a little kid, these are words that I could only dream of saying. For that I am very grateful and thank God. I would like to thank Coach Cal for helping me evolve my game and become a more complete basketball player. You pushed me all season to be my best and taught me the true meaning of team and sacrifice. KP (Kenny Payne), thank you for mentoring me on and off the court and helping me perfect my craft while guiding me through the entire process. I want to thank all of the coaches and support staff for investing time and energy in my future and helping me mature as a young man. Month by month I have grown and matured on and off the floor because of you guys.

“I want to thank my teammates. You guys made this the best year of my life, and you will always have a brother in me. I appreciate everyone that plays a part in this program from the administration, academic support, to the managers. It takes a village and the time you invested off the court made everything on the court possible.

“BBN, I cannot thank you enough for all the support and encouragement you showed me throughout the year. Although the season didn’t end like we wanted it to, you gave me memories that will last a lifetime. We couldn’t have done it without you. From the Bahamas to Vegas, you were right there. Through the ups and downs of the season, you were right there. I will forever be thankful for the support. You are truly the best fans in the world.”

Monk, who dazzled college basketball fans this season with a number of historic individual games, is the second underclassman from the 2016-17 Wildcats to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft. Freshman point guard De’Aaron Fox announced his intentions on Monday. Players have until 11:59 p.m. ET on April 23 to submit their names for the 2017 NBA Draft.

“Malik is a special talent,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. “With Malik you’re talking about a superior athlete with skills and an ability to score that make him truly unique. What I love about Malik is that, as the season went on, he learned how to help our team win by doing more than just score. He became an efficient player who I believe will make an immediate impact at the next level.”

Monk electrified crowds with his prolific scoring outbursts and high-flying violent dunks. He finished his freshman season averaging 19.8 points per game – second among all freshmen nationally – and reached double-figure scoring in all but two games.

With 14 points in the NCAA Tournament second-round game vs. Wichita State, he became UK’s all-time leading freshman scorer with 721 points, passing Jamal Murray’s output of 720 from a season ago. His record-breaking season ended with 754 points. That’s fourth all-time in UK’s history books, regardless of class, trailing only Dan Issel (948; 1970), Jodie Meeks (854; 2009) and Jamal Mashburn (767; 1992).

He produced 18 games of 20 points or more, including a Kentucky freshman record 47 points vs. North Carolina in December. Monk is the only freshman in program history with four 30-point games, and six times this season he scored at least 20 points in a half. In addition to scoring 37 points at home vs. Georgia and 30 in a half against Georgia, he hit the game-winning shot vs. North Carolina and the game-tying shot to force overtime in the win at home vs. the Bulldogs.

Monk made 104 3-pointers on the season, not far behind Jodie Meeks’ school record of 117.

Last week Monk was named to the NCAA consensus All-America Second Team after being named a second-team All-American by the Associated Press, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and Sporting News).

Among the major individual awards Monk has won this season:

· NCAA Consensus All-America Second Team
· SEC Player of the Year (AP)
· SEC Newcomer of the Year (AP)
· SEC Freshman of the Year (Coaches)
· All-SEC First Team (AP/Coaches)
· All-SEC Freshman Team (Coaches)
· AP All-America Second Team
· NABC All-America Second Team
· USBWA All-America Second Team
· Sporting News All-America Second Team
· Sporting News Freshman All-America Team
· USA Today All-America Second Team
· NBC Sports All-America Second Team
· Wooden Award All-American
· USBWA District IV Player of the Year
· USBWA All-District IV Team
· Jerry West Award Finalist
· Wooden Award Finalist
· NABC All-District 21 Team

The NBA Draft Combine will take place May 9-14 in Chicago.

Since Calipari joined the Wildcat program for the 2009-10 season, UK has produced 28 NBA Draft picks over seven seasons, more than double any other school. Included in the 28 are 21 first-round selections, three No. 1 overall picks, 11 top-10 selections and 14 lottery picks.

Of the 18 players in the Calipari era who declared for the NBA Draft after one season at Kentucky heading into this season, all 18 were drafted in the first round.

For the latest on the Kentucky men’s basketball team, follow @KentuckyMBB on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and on the web at UKathletics.com.

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Derby Festival Classic 2013 Basketball Game Highlights – Video

A dunkfest & shootout can only describe this year’s annual basketball game held in Freedom Hall in Louisville, KY that featured McDonald’s All Americans as well as other top recruits from around the country. The players included signees to Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Kansas, and LSU. Troy Williams from Virginia and headed to Indiana won MVP honors while Louisville recruit Dillon Avare won the 3-point contest & future teammate Anton Gill won the slam dunk competition.