Friday, November 15, 2013
St Benedict's Prep held a scrimmage against Bishop Loughlin recently. Entire new team with the exception of Jonathan Williams. One of the new guys is Trevon Duval. Watch him hit his defender with a behind the back crossover as he finishes at the cup. Don't reach young blood. Don't reach. Looked like he traveled on the finish though.
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Schedule is tentative. Subject to change without notice. Coach Mark Taylor's third season at the helm. Gone from last year are Tyler Ennis now at Syracuse, Mike Young now at Pittsburgh, Denzell Taylor now at Old Dominion, Isaiah Briscoe now at Roselle Catholic. Last year they ended St Anthony's winning streak and went wire to the wire with Montverde Academy. Main holdover is VCU bound Jonathan Williams. Below is their schedule. How will they do this year? Only time will tell.
St. Benedict’s Prep Schedule 2013-2014
Date: Day: Time: Opponent: Location:
Nov 8th Fri 700PM Athlete Institute Canada (Exhibition) St. Benedict’s Prep
Nov 13th Wed 530PM Bishop Laughlin (Scrimmage) St. Benedict’s Prep
Nov 14th Sat 200PM South Shore (Scrimmage) St. Benedict’s Prep
Nov 15th Fri 530PM Christ the King (Scrimmage) St. Benedict’s Prep
Nov 21st Thu 530PM Rise Academy St. Benedict’s Prep
Nov 22nd Fri 530PM Prestige Prep St. Benedict’s Prep
Dec 4th Wed 630PM Academy of the New Church ANC PA
Dec 6th Fri 615PM Trent International Texas Coatesville PA
Dec 7th Sat 545PM Milford Mills MD Lower Merion PA
Dec 11th Wed 515PM The Hun School St. Benedict’s Prep
Dec 13th Fri 700PM Malvern Prep St. Benedict’s Prep
Dec 17 Tue 530PM NIA Prep St. Benedict’s Prep
Dec 20th Fri TBD Puerto Rico Hoops Tournament Guaynabo PR
Dec 21st Sat TBD Puerto Rico Hoops Tournament Guaynabo PR
Dec 22th Sun TBD Puerto Rico Hoops Tournament Guaynabo PR
Jan 3rd Fri 700PM Montverde Academy ESPN Wheeling WV
Jan 5th Sun 330PM TBD SFICC Kean University
Jan 8th Wed 630PM CNC Academy St. Benedict’s Prep
Jan 11th Sat TBD Master Academy CT Pope John XXXIII
Jan 14th Tue 700PM Life Center Academy St. Benedict’s Prep
Jan 15th Wed 530PM Laurel Academy Maryland St. Benedict’s Prep
Jan 19th Sun 200PM Arlington Country Day Hoop Hall MA
Jan 22nd Wed 530PM Peddie Peddie
Jan 24th Fri TBD Memphis White Haven HS Memphis TN
Jan 25th Sat TBD Simione HS Chicago Memphis TN
Jan 29th Wed 530PM Blair Academy St. Benedict’s Prep
Jan 31st Fri 800PM Roselle Catholic Prudential Center
Feb 3rd Mon 700PM St. Peter’s Prep St. Peter’s Prep
Feb 5th Wed 530PM Lawrenceville Lawrenceville
Feb 8th Sat 800PM Benedictine from Virginia Roselle Catholic
Feb 9th Sun 600PM Pope John XXXIII Roselle Catholic
Feb 12th Wed 500PM NJISA State Prep A 1st Round St. Benedict’s Prep
Feb 13th Thu 700PM Gil St. Bernard’s Gil St. Bernard’s
Feb 15th Sat 500PM NJISA State Prep A Semi-Finals St. Benedict’s Prep
Feb 16th Sun TBD St. Mary’s Manhasset, NY Kean University
Feb 19th Wed 530PM NJISA State Prep A Finals St. Benedict’s Prep
Feb 24th Mon 530PM The Phelps School St. Benedict’s Prep
Feb 26th Wed 500PM Pioneer Academy or Rutgers Prep St. Benedict’s Prep
Feb 28th Fri 530PM Rise Academy St. Benedict’s Prep
Mar 5th Wed 500PM NIA Prep St. Benedicts Prep
Mar 8th Sat TBD Phoenix Sports Academy St. Benedict’s Prep
Apr 3/5th Thu TBD ESPN Rise National HS Invitational Georgetown Prep DC
Thursday, November 7, 2013
As many have known Dave Telep has left ESPN for the San Antonio Spurs a few months ago. Over the years he has penned many excellent articles at ESPN. This article below by Dave Telep is a wonderful read for high school athletes, college athletes, parents, and coaches to read. The first two audiences mentioned must read this. The ironic part about this article is that it is hidden behind a pay wall through ESPN Insiders so unless you have a subscription you won't be able to access this golden nugget. A friend of The Basketball Diary passed this piece awhile ago and we believe you need to read it. We believe you should read it. We believe you must read it. Hopefully we wont get sued by Mickey Mouse for posting this.
Dave Telep’s Top 10: Evaluation factors
When I first began evaluating high school basketball recruits in 1997, you’d see a prospect a handful of times if you were lucky. There wasn’t the kind of access to players and coaches that today is almost instantaneous.
As time has passed, if you’re so inclined, the ability to be a basketball spy has gotten easier. Information on players exists everywhere. And if you have the proper network, obtaining information is one cell phone call away. Basically, we know more about these guys than they realize. I follow guys on Twitter, for example, to delve into their character and see what they’re made of beyond the court.
For myself and a lot of the talent evaluators on our staff, there’s the physical component to an evaluation that encompasses a player’s abilities -- and that’s certainly important. But personally, what’s equally important is getting to the root of who players are as people. If the homework is done on a specific player, you then have to be confident in what you’ve learned. That’s where the separation in terms of rankings should be most noticeable. If we’re going to spend the time on the inner evaluation, we’re going to use what we’ve learned -- both good and bad.
See, there’s more to the player evaluation than how fast they change ends, how well they handle the ball and how many shots they make. Peeling back the layers to create separation in evaluations -- and in turn rankings -- is what it’s all about. Getting to the core of who prospects are and who they can become is an integral part of our jobs.
So with a new update to the ESPN basketball prospect rankings on the horizon next week, it’s the perfect time to look into what goes into a player evaluation and how those rankings are determined.
Top 10 important elements of the evaluation
1. DNA: Who are they on the court? Slice them open, read their mind, whatever. At day’s end, as a player and person, what makes them tick? If there’s a genetic code for how our bodies and minds work, then there has to be one for who a prospect is as a basketball player. It’s our job to figure that out.
2. Competitiveness: This is non-negotiable. Less-talented players -- on average -- narrow the talent gap by taking the fight to the better player. In today’s age of mixtape All-Americans, I’ll take the guy who gets the most pleasure out of winning. Toughness is a talent. There’s nothing more disappointing than seeing two elite players matched up and one or both of the guys not respond to the challenge.
3. Drive & determination: When the practice is over and they’re cleaning out the gym, which players are squeezing in those precious extra few shots before someone kicks them out? Can they say no to peer pressure and act accordingly knowing their friends may not have the same options as them? Are they maximizing their time in the gym or just punching the clock? Actions speak louder than words.
4. Coachability: Roll their eyes, ignore their coach and stare down a ref or lock in and buy in – a prospect can only be in one of those two categories. If players don’t allow themselves to be coached, they can’t play in most college programs. If prospects come in thinking they’re bigger than the team, it’s going to be a short stay. Finally, are their parents allowing them to be coached or do they coddle and make excuses? If they think they’ll have direct access to the coach after every college game, they’re dreaming. If parents never allow their kids to be coached or play through adversity, it stands to reason that the players wind up never learning how to be coached or play through adversity.
5. Appreciation vs. entitlement: This one is straightforward. Is a player the guy who complains about the legroom on the charter plane or the guy who’s just happy to have a seat on the bus? I’m completely turned off by players who expect to be rewarded simply because somewhere along the way someone told them they could do no wrong. One time when I was running a camp, a kid called at 11:30 p.m. and actually asked me to make him a sandwich because he didn’t like the pizza and wings.
6. Resume: The player who knows what it’s like to go through a state title run, that’s valuable. The kid whose team improved each year, that’s valuable. A player’s overall skills and the state of his game when he leaves high school is a big key in predicting which way he’s trending. There’s a win/loss number on a prospect’s high school resume, and it should matter to him. College is not an AAU tournament. There isn’t always a “next game.”
7. Me guy or team guy? Many of the high-profile recruits view their time in college as a pit stop. They’ve got so many people (excluding their coaches) in their ear that they never unpack their bags. But even if you’re only going to be there one season, why not win a few games? Guys who act bigger than their teammates have a hard time making it when their talent level can’t overcome their locker room superiority complex. This goes for all players, whether they’re a four-year guy or a seven-month loaner en route to the league.
8. Basketball IQ: Take a spin around college basketball. Are the best teams among the turnover leaders? Does Duke take more bad shots than the last-place team in the ACC? A player’s on-court smarts dictate what position he can play, for how long and during what stretches of the game he can remain on the floor.
9. Overall Intelligence: Forgetting the guys who are too smart for their own good and think too much and react too little, being an intelligent person is also a basketball skill. From picking up plays to reading situations and people, it’s part of a player’s profile and it’s in his DNA.
10. What others think: If I called a player’s guidance counselor, will they sing his praises or be happy he’s graduating? When a prospect attends a camp, are the staff members complaining about how poorly they were treated or raving about how gracious that player has been? Are teammates and coaches turned off by a player’s attitude? Is a prospect an energy giver or taker? Those are all important questions and answers. Ask anyone in Winston-Salem what they think of Chris Paul or ask the staffs at Oak Hill and Montrose Christian what they think of Kevin Durant. Those kids made great impressions on everyone and opened up windows into their lives for all to see. The people you come into contact with are always eager to tell your story. Prospects need to make sure it’s the narrative they want written.
Friday, November 1, 2013
Visual of St John's midnight madness for the 2013-2014 season.