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What’s going on in hoops? We’ll tell you! Hoop Group Happenings is back and we’re giving you up to date info every week. From recruiting advice, to instructional drills, to upcoming events and alumni info, you can find it on here.

Our Story

Since 1963, Hoop Group has been a comprehensive basketball company dedicated to fulfilling dreams of players, coaches and parents by providing the best instruction, competition and exposure.

Then the head coach at St Anthony HS, Bob Kennedy ran his 1st camp at the Trenton CYO in 1963. Almost immediately, he had the pioneering vision of creating a full summer sleep away basketball camp. A few years later, Bob and his wife Pat made the leap of faith and purchased Camp Dent Boy Scout camp in Stroudsburg, PA.

After a few early struggles, their dream became a reality as the camp began to flourish. Boys and girls from across the country came to this unique setting in the beautiful Pocono Mountains to measure their skills against great competition and learn from the nation’s best coaches.

From these pioneering roots, Hoop Group has grown to encompass almost every facet of grassroots basketball. Today our camps, clinics, leagues, tournaments and facilities are an integral part of thousands of players’ journey to college basketball and beyond. Our over 1 million alumni include a Who’s Who in basketball… From Bob Knight to Geno Auriema; from Larry Bird to Kevin Durant; from Carol Blazejowski to Sue Bird; from Magic Johnson to Karl Anthony-Towns.

Whether you are a high school All-American or just a young player just starting out, Hoop Group has a program for You!

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Hoop Group Alumni College NABC Give Back Team Nominees 2018

Jam Fest Spotlight: Tommy O’Neil Speaks with Hoop Group on Basketball After Pitt Jam Fest

NBA Playoffs 1st Round Breakout Players

The Evolution of Anthony Davis and the Pelicans

Bigger Than Ball Vol. 10: Balsa Koprivica

Hoop Group Alumni College NABC Give Back Team Nominees 2018

NABC Give Back Team Nominee Justin Porter at Hoop Group Elite Camp

“Dreams Do Come True” – Hoop Group Alumni impacting more than basketball

The National Association of Basketball Coaches 2018 NABC Give Back Team, recognizes men’s college basketball players nominated for their outstanding community service efforts.

The 2018 Give Back Team nominees include NCAA® Division I, Division II and III and NAIA Division I and II nominated by college coaches and sports information directors across the country.

“The NABC Give Back Team provides an opportunity to recognize the exceptional selfless humanitarian acts performed by men’s college basketball student-athletes,” said NABC Executive Director Jim Haney. “

Listed below are the Hoop Group Alumni nominated for the 2018 NABC Give Back Team:

NAMECOLLEGEHOMETOWN
Shawn AndersonUS Naval AcademyNew Castle PA
Jack DalyMiddleburyEastchester NY
Brian DawkinsElonJacksonville FL
Joseph DownesRutgersSandwich MA
Mike FischerPenn State BehrendWexford PA
Jesse FlanneryJohns HopkinsLewisburg PA
Devonte GrahamKansasRaleigh NC
Isaiah LambMaristBaltimore MD
Marcellis PerkinsHoly CrossChesapeake VA
Justin PorterMontclair StateEwing NJ
Keenan SimmonSIU EdwardsvilleMichigan City IN
Osinachi SmartCollege of CharlestonUmuahia Nigeria

Jam Fest Spotlight: Tommy O’Neil Speaks with Hoop Group on Basketball After Pitt Jam Fest

The Middlesex Magic are back in the Final Four of the 17U Elite Division just a year removed from winning the Pitt JamFest last season, and the game plan looks very similar to those of theist years where they’ve seen success. The Magic are one of the most disciplined, well coached and and unselfish teams you’ll come across in AAU basketball, but as many say you still need talent to win games.

One of the most talented players on this year’s team is 6’8” Thomas O’Neil of Vermont Academy. O’Neil had a big day yesterday, especially in their win over fellow HGSL member the NJ Roadrunners where he posted a double-double of 18 points and 13 rebounds.

Even after an impressive performance where he was the best player on the floor, O’Neil still deferred to the Middlesex way as he was quick to mention his teammates.

“We practice hard, play hard and we try to play for each other,” he said. “We really started clicking this weekend, the first few tournaments we were a little shaky chemistry wise but we’re starting to come together now and stringing together a few wins now.”

With his size, O’Neil has an inside-out ability offensively that makes him a walking mismatch against most teams. He has the classic stretch four man’s touch from the outside, but he’s also big, strong and tough enough to take you inside and bang on the post or finish above the rim. It’s the way he wants to be viewed by coaches and his peers.

Photo Credit | Josh Dunst

“I’d say I’m a stretch four, I definitely prefer to take it to the hoop but I can stretch the floor,” he said. “I take a lot of pride in my toughness, I try to play harder than anyone else out there.”

Despite his stellar play over the last couple of years, O’Neil is still without a division one offer, but that will likely change soon. He has interest from a lot of Patriot and Ivy League schools, many of whom were in attendance for some of his big games this weekend.

“That’s my plan for next year, I want to go to the best basketball and academic school for me,” he said. “Other than that I’m going to look at the culture, the location because I like to be close to home, a nice campus and whether I’ll have a chance to make the NCAA Tournament.”

A hard worker both on the court and in the classroom, O’Neil is going to be a steal at the division one level for whoever takes him, continuing a long trend of under the radar prospects from one of the best programs in New England.

NBA Playoffs 1st Round Breakout Players

We are over a week into the 2018 NBA Playoffs and there have been surprises, game winners and an overwhelming amount of great basketball all around. While the NBA playoffs do not have the most parity in all of sports, it always features a few players who start to put their names on the NBA map as they work towards playoff wins, and increased value to their franchises (also, the Free Agent market). The first week of the 2018 postseason has not been any different thus far as both conferences have seen their share of breakout players so far. Let’s take a look at six players who have raised their stock so far in the 2018 playoffs.

Terry Rozier – Celtics

Rozier, who is quickly becoming one of the more fun players to watch in the entire league, has filled in admirably for Kyrie Irving so far for the Celtics. In the first four games of the series, Rozier has averaged 16.3 points, 7 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game, while doing a great job of defending Eric Bledsoe. Rozier has not been shooting particularly well from the field, but his energy on both ends has been refreshing to a Boston team who is missing it’s top two perimeter players. Boston has Rozier locked up for the next couple of years, where he could become one of the best sixth men in the league. He has solidified himself as a better than serviceable NBA point guard in the playoffs (and this season) in general. By the end of the series Eric Bledsoe should have a good idea of who he is.

Bojan Bogdanovic – Pacers

Bogdanovic has played on three NBA teams in his first four NBA seasons. Based on his play this season, and especially during the first round, the Pacers may be wise to extend his stay in Indiana. During the regular season Bogdanovic poured in 14.3 points per game on 40% from three-point range and was valuable as a floor spacer for the Pacers. He has been on another level so far in the postseason, as evidence from his 30 point outing in a game three win over the Cavaliers. He has hit some timely shots, and has been, if nothing else, a steady presence on the other end. The Pacers look poised to end LeBron’s NBA Finals streak and Bogdanovic has been playing a big part in that narrative thus far in the playoffs.

Jaylen Brown – Celtics

If you were to ask which player that has broken out so far in this postseason is most likely to end up a superstar, the overwhelming answer should be Jaylen Brown. While Al Horford is currently the best Celtics player, the emergence of young upstarts like Brown, Rozier and Jayson Tatum has kept the Celtics from potentially facing a 3-1 hole in their first round match-up with Milwaukee. Brown is averaging 20.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, shooting 50% from the floor and playing at a high level defensively, his growth in this regard is highlighted in an ESPN article released earlier this week. While Brown’s game needs more consistency, and he has a lot of improvement left to do, his 1st round performance thus far is showing promise of the player he is quickly developing into.

Nikola Mirotic – Pelicans

Mirotic was dealt to the Pelicans from the Bulls mid-season and has played a huge role in guiding the team to their current state in the post-Boogie Achilles injury. He is the perfect complement to Holiday/Davis as he shoots it well, which allows for spacing on the floor. He has also turned into a solid rebounder since arriving in New Orleans (8.2/game in the regular season, 9.5/game in the postseason thus far). His 18.3 points per game served as a big boost for the Pelicans offense, but he struggled at times defensively against Al-Faroq Aminu. Mirotic is playing some of the best ball of his career, and it will be interesting to see how it carries over to round two. The Pelicans are definitely going to need it.

Ricky Rubio – Jazz

Rubio has had a target on his back ever since appearing for Spain’s Men’s National Team in the 2008 Olympics as a 17 year old point guard prodigy. While his career thus far has been disappointing compared to the hype that he received as a teenager, the 27 year old Spain product, via Barcelona, has found a home in Utah. He has had his best overall statistical season, his best shooting season and has played a huge role on the best team he has played on thus far in his career. Off the heels of his Triple-Double Saturday night in a game 3 win against the Thunder, Rubio is averaging 20.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 8 assists per game so far against OKC. While Russell Westbrook has vowed that Rubio’s play will not continue, the Jazz certainly hope this is a sign of things to come for Rubio.

Jrue Holiday – Pelicans

Holiday served as a formidable sidekick to Anthony Davis in round one, which is a direct reflection of the season Holiday has had overall. Jrue, who is on the back-end of his ninth season in the NBA, looked like he deserved mention among some of the NBA’s best point guards during the round one series against Portland. He averaged 27.8 points, 6.5 assists per game, all while shooting close to 57% from the floor. If the Pelicans are to have any shot to beat the Warriors (or the Spurs, just in case history is made), Holiday is going to need to continue his borderline superstar play. Is he a top tier point guard? No. But if he keeps this level of play up into next season? It may be time to entertain that sort of discussion.

 

The Evolution of Anthony Davis and the Pelicans

While the Portland Trailblazers were the surprise of the second half in the NBA’s Western Conference, they will now double as the team who had the most disappointing performance in the first round of the playoffs. New Orleans completed their first round sweep of Portland on Saturday night behind 88 combined points from Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday. The 88 points tied the NBA playoff record for points by a duo in one game, something not many saw coming, especially after the Achilles injury to DeMarcus Cousins back in January. While on paper, and based on seeding this was an upset, the series itself, was never that close. Are the Pelicans a real threat to make a run at the finals? Or was this first round performance just a flash in the pan?

It Starts at the Top

Before we even dive into the players and the match-up problems they present. Its only right to give props to one of the more underappreciated coaches in the NBA for the Pelicans turnaround since January, Alvin Gentry. Gentry, one of the better offensive minds in the league, has Anthony Davis playing on another level, has kept Rajon Rondo engaged, and got Jrue Holiday to turn the corner into a borderline elite NBA PG. Gentry has been able to keep the locker room together, and has unleashed a very good offensive attack. The Pelicans offense is averaging 118 points per game over their last 9 games (all wins). Gentry will probably not win NBA Coach of the Year, but he deserves a ton of consideration.

Transformation at the Point

Jrue Holiday has been one of the NBA’s feel good stories over the last couple of years. He continued that run with the most impressive stretch of his career in the sweep of the Blazers. From missing the first part of last season due to taking care of his wife, to signing a big extension that some may have felt he did not deserve, to having a career year and looking like the part of a superstar in the first round, Holiday is starting to find some consistency and become one of the premier point guards in the league. Holiday averaged 27.8 points and 6.5 assists per game while shooting 58% from the floor in the four games against Portland. He will absolutely need to keep up his production if the Pelicans stand any chance of beating Golden State.

Fear the Brow

Anthony Davis is still a couple of years away from his prime, and is already solidifying himself as the best player in the NBA not named LeBron or Durant. The ways he can affect a game on both ends of the floor are unmatched. He has turned his game up to another level since January. Since the all-star break Davis averaged 29.8 points, 11.8 rebounds and 3.5 blocks per game during the last 24 regular season games. His numbers in the Playoffs are just as impressive (33, 12 and 2.8 per game). This was also the first series win of his young career.

Davis might be the player that the Warriors match up with the worst in the entire league, and to counteract I would expect Kerr to play small and attack the Pelicans at the other four positions on the floor. How Kerr manages his lineups and the health of Steph Curry are going to have major impacts on the next round, as the Warriors attempt to slow the Brow down.

The Pelicans are going to have at least a week off before beginning their second round series, more than likely against the defending champion Warriors, who lead the Spurs 3-0 heading into Sunday. That rest will go a long way in helping the Pelicans, who will need to be as fresh and well rested as possible before going to play the defending champs. The Trailblazers were a team that matched up poorly against the Pelicans and New Orleans took advantage from the onset. New Orleans knows they will not be able to take advantage of the same mismatches (sans Anthony Davis), and it will be interesting to see how Gentry counters.

The Pelicans will need Holiday, Rondo and  Nikola Mirotic to continue playing at the same level as round 1 if they are to have any shot. While I do not expect the Pelicans to win more than 1-2 games, especially as Curry gets healthy, this is a team that is just starting to realize their potential and are going to be a team to keep an eye on for the immediate future out West.

Bigger Than Ball Vol. 10: Balsa Koprivica

This kid has the it factor. Balsa is 7’1 and runs the floor like a deer in transition. In the half court, he combines a silky smooth offensive outside game with a wide array of moves from the block. His stellar play has coaches drooling on the sidelines after every move. The stock is rising.
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Recently Balsa sat down with The Hoop Group to discuss playing for Montverde, his recruitment process and more. – Christian Mordi  @thedribbledrop 


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Q: You play at Montverde. Tell me what the day to day is like in regards to the training regimen?

A: Its a great experience. They prepare you to make a successful jump from high school to college. Coach Boyle is a great coach that pushed us to get better everyday.

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Q: Today you are playing at the Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest. Tell me about the game you just played and your experience at this event.
A: It’s a great experience. I love the energy. We came here with 8 guys only, but we are giving it all we have and things have been great so far.
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Q: You’re coached By Garden State great coach Boyle. Tell me the best piece of advice you got from him so far?
A: Some of the best advice he gave me is how to use my body in the post to my advantage. Getting the right angles and base. The things he teaches me are priceless and give me an edge on my opponents.
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Q: If you were to highlight one facet of your game that makes you stand out, what would it be and why?
A: I think my ability to play inside and out. I can shoot the ball. I can take it down low also if you put someone small on me.
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Photo Credit: Josh Dunst

Q: Tell me one facet of your game your worked hard to improve on this off-season that you wanted to take to another level.
A: I’ve been working very hard on my shot. We’ve got a shooting coach and I am putting up as many shots as possible everyday.
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Q: Right now you are uncommitted. Tell us what you are looking for from a program.

A: I’m looking for a school where I can grow. I want a great relationship with my coach, one that pushes me everyday to get better. I also am looking for a school that I can play right away at.

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Q: Ok, let’s make it light for a second. Pregame playlist: what is your Favorite song or artist to listen to before a game?
A: I listen to a lot of Serbian rap, but my teammate put me on Lil Baby, so I listen to him a lot as well.
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Q: Tell me something new and different about you that we haven’t heard anywhere else?
A: I used to play soccer growing up. I think it helped my game a lot as I developed good footwork and stamina when I was young. I played striker.
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Q: How do you gauge success?

A: At Montverde we focus ourselves on getting better and pushing ourselves for a national championship. That’s the goal.