High School: Dave Telep

Big matchups highlight Jordan Classic

February, 12, 2013
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There’s no arguing the quality of this year’s Jordan Brand Classic rosters, which were announced on Tuesday. The game is stocked with 22 players, and that means some of the fat has been trimmed off the event.

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Telep: Cleaning out the notebook (Insider)

February, 1, 2013
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Dave Telep’s Friday recruiting notebook includes an introduction to one of the nation’s most impressive freshmen, a look at Indiana’s big recruiting weekend, why John Calipari’s words resonated with the nation’s No. 2 junior, Illinois putting in work on the recruiting trail and more.

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Dave Telep updates his impressions of top players and teams in the aftermath of the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass.

Cancer Research Classic: What I learned 

January, 6, 2013
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WHEELING, W.Va. -- Where to begin? For a two-day event, the Cancer Research Classic smashed a ton of talent into a tight window. Between two classes, there were four top-five players on display this weekend, plus a college announcement from the nation’s No. 1 senior center.

There’s not much the CRC was missing. So let’s recap what we learned from the event.

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Battle of the nation's best centers 

December, 21, 2012
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Take the nation’s highest-rated center from the Class of 2013 and match him against the best from the Class of 2014 class and I’m in. No matter the place, and apparently with no concern for the time.

The matchup between Jahlil Okafor (Chicago/Whitney Young) and Dakari Johnson (New York, N.Y./Montverde Academy) at the City of Palms Classic didn't tip until 11:02 p.m. ET Thursday night. I walked out of the gym at 12:49 a.m. Friday.

In retrospect, it was all worth it.

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Dave Telep and Paul Biancardi discuss schools in the running for Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins, and they update the commitments of Michael Finke to Illinois, Romelo Trimble to Maryland and Solomon Poole to Georgia Tech.

What we learned from the HS Showcase

December, 14, 2012
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No. 2 recruit Jabari Parker wasn’t the only elite basketball prospect on display Thursday night on ESPN, but he was the center of attention for several reasons. Story »

Midwest Workout features Illinois stars

October, 22, 2012
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LOMBARD, Ill. -- This weekend’s first-ever “Midwest Workout” highlighted 45 players selected from Illinois and the surrounding region. The concept was to bring in three groups of 15 players and put them through roughly an hour of drills, implement basic principles and then allow 30 minutes of controlled play using the concepts learned.

Mike Procopio, a former scout with the Boston Celtics and operator of Hoop Consultants, conducted the five-hour workout.

From an evaluation standpoint, the event allowed you to see how a prospect reacts to the implementation of concepts and gauge an overall skill level. There were players ranging from low to high major. In an era where exposure events are the rage, Procopio’s workout was a welcomed change where real basketball concepts were taught and emphasized. In short, the 45 kids who were hand picked to attend were subject to improvement.

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