Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Stanford Robinson transferring from Indiana - ALL-MET ELITE

Stanford Robinson 
transferring from
 Indiana 
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Sophomore guard Stanford Robinson is transferring from the Indiana men's basketball program, according to an official release. Robinson spent two seasons in Bloomington.

A program release Wednesday suggested Robinson plans "to transfer to an institution closer to his home where he can earn more playing time."

"I am grateful to coach Crean, the assistant coaches and staff and my teammates for helping me become a better man," Robinson said in the release. "I hope to find something that is closer to family and where I can have more of an impact on the court."

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Pitt men's basketball picks up commitment from Paul VI - Corey Manigault - ALL-MET ELITE

Pitt men's basketball
 picks up 
commitment
 from
 Paul VI
 Corey Manigault 
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PAUL VI
FAIRFAX VA.

Pitt coach Jamie Dixon got some good news today when 6-foot-9 power forward Corey Manigault from Fairfax, Va., verbally committed to the Panthers.

Manigault, who is in the class of 2016 and plays at Paul VI, tweeted the news today by simply saying "H2P We Here" along with a photo of the Oakland Zoo and the Petersen Center court.

He chose the Panthers over offers from Wake Forest, VCU, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Xavier and Georgetown, from which he had just picked up an offer this weekend. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

2015 ALHAMBRA CATHOLIC INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT - ALL-MET ELITE

2015 
ALHAMBRA
CATHOLIC 
INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT 
ALL-MET ELITE 

2015 ACIT TEAMS
Paul VI
Bishop Walsh
DeMatha
John Carroll
Calvert Hall
Gonzaga
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
St. John’s College High School

1st Round:  Thursday, March 12, 2015
Game 1: 4:00 pm
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel  vs. Gonzaga

Game 2: 5:45 pm
Dematha vs.   Bishop Walsh

Game 3: 7:30 pm
St. John’s College High School vs. Calvert Hall

Game 4: 9:15 pm
John Carroll  vs.  Paul VI

 2nd Round:  Friday, March 13, 2015
Consolation Semi-Finals
Game 5: 4:00 pm

TBD     vs.     TBD
Game 6: 5:45 pm

TBD     vs.     TBD
Championship Semi-Finals
Game 7: 7:30 pm

TBD     vs.     TBD
Game 8: 9:15 pm

TBD     vs.     TBD

Final Round:  Saturday, March 14, 2015
Consolation Finals

Third Place Consolation: 3:00 pm
TBD     vs.     TBD

Consolation Championship: 4:45 pm
TBD     vs.     TBD

Championship Finals
Third Place Championship
TBD     vs.     TBD

2015 ACIT CHAMPIONSHIP
TBD     vs.     TBD

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Beejay Anya voted ACC Sixth Man of the Year - ALL-MET ELITE

 Beejay Anya 
voted 
ACC
 Sixth Man of the Year 
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DEMATHA HS.
HYATTSVILLE MD.

Anya, a 6-9 sophomore, led the ACC and ranked 20th in the nation with 2.71 blocked shots per game. He set a school single-game record with 10 blocks early in the season and his 84 blocks in the regular season currently stands second on NC State's all-time list. In ACC play, Anya rejected 2.44 shots per game, good for second in the conference.

Additionally, Anya was voted by the media as the ACC Sixth Man of the Year.

Big East Conference Sixth Man of the Year - JOSH HART - ALL-MET ELITE

Big East Conference 
Basketball
Sixth Man of the Year 
 JOSH HART 
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SIDWELL FRIENDS HS.
WASHINGTON D.C.

“It’s a testament to my parents and my teammates, the character they’re instilling in me and the confidence they have in me,” Hart said after practice. “Obviously, everyone wants to start, but there can only be five starters, so the confidence they have in me being the first guy off the bench is a testament to them, not just me.”

Villanova coach Jay Wright may disagree a little bit with that statement. He planned to start Hart and bring junior Dylan Ennis off the bench before Ennis went out and had a monster summer and fall, Wright said. Hart took the news in stride.

“It’s so unusual for a kid of that age, as a sophomore, to be so mature and turn it into such a positive,” Wright said. “To win the Sixth Man of the Year award and really have a great year, a better year that he did as a freshmen when he was probably expecting to start, too. It’s really impressive and it really speaks to his character.”

“Everybody wants to start,” Hart said. “Everybody wants to play 30-40 minutes a game, but realistically, that’s not going to happen. So having the confidence that this team and this coaching staff gives me every day in practice helps me to go out there with a clear mind to do whatever I can do to help this team win.”

What Hart brings most of all is energy, especially on defense. His natural aggressive nature along with tremendous athletic ability makes him a solid defender and a great weak-side rebounder. He also spent the offseason working on his shot with associate head coach Baker Dunleavy and it has paid off.

Hart went from a player who averaged 7.8 points, 4.4 rebounds per game while shooting 31 percent from 3-point range to one of the most deadly shooters from deep in the Big East Conference. He leads the team and is second in the conference in 3-point field goal percentage (44.2) and is second on the team and ninth overall in overall field goal percentage (48.5). He’s also fifth on the team in minutes per game (25.4) and scoring (9.7) and third in rebounding (4.4).

“It actually worked out where he’s the better sixth man,” Wright said. “He can play any position, except probably point guard. He’s tough enough (that) if we had to play him at the five we could and that’s the beauty of putting him in there.

“We kind of look and see what we need. Do we need to get bigger? We take out one of the guards. Do we need to get quicker? We take out one of the forwards. You put him in at any one of those spots and he brings energy immediately no matter what spot he plays. He brings aggressiveness on defense and an ability to hit threes. That’s the best sixth man. You can’t get much better than that.”

Monday, March 9, 2015

NBCSPORTS.COM’S THIRD TEAM ALL-AMERICANS - JUSTIN ANDERSON - ALL-MET ELITE

NBCSPORTS.COM’S 
THIRD TEAM 
ALL-AMERICANS 
 JUSTIN ANDERSON 
ALL-MET ELITE 

MONTROSE CHRISTIAN HS.
ROCKVILLE MD.



Justin Anderson, Virginia (13.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 48.5% 3PT): Anderson was in the mix for first team all-american when he broke his finger. He deserves recognition despite missing time.

NBCSPORTS.COM’S THIRD TEAM ALL-AMERICANS - MELO TRIMBLE - ALL-MET ELITE

NBCSPORTS.COM’S 
THIRD TEAM 
ALL-AMERICANS 
 MELO TRIMBLE 
 ALL-MET ELITE 

BISHOP O'CONNELL HS.
ARLINGTON VA.

Melo Trimble, Maryland (16.1 ppg, 3.1 apg): Maryland is ranked 31st in KenPom. Yet, they’re a top ten team that’s going to be a top four seed because they’re 11-0 in games decided by six points or less. Trimble is their ‘closer’. He earned this spot.

NBCSPORTS.COM’S FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICANS - JERIAN GRANT - ALL-MET ELITE

NBCSPORTS.COM’S
 FIRST TEAM 
ALL-AMERICANS 
JERIAN GRANT 
 ALL-MET ELITE 

DEMATHA HS.
HYATTSVILLE MD.

Jerian Grant, Notre Dame (16.8 ppg, 6.7 apg)

The Irish have no business being a top ten team this season, but they are because Grant has been incredible. Notre Dame has one of the most potent offensive attacks in the country, and it all centers around Grant’s ability to make plays off the dribble and in ball-screen actions. He’s better than anyone else in the country at making his teammate’s better.