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.

Recently Balsa sat down with The Hoop Group to discuss playing for Montverde, his recruitment process and more. – Christian Mordi  @thedribbledrop 


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.

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.
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.
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.

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.
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.

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.
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.


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.

2018 Pitt Jam Fest | Look Who’s Watching

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Look Who’s Watching

Every year, Hoop Group pulls division 1, 2 and 3 colleges coaches from all over the country to the city of Pittsburgh for its largest event of the year, The Pitt Jam Fest. Last year over 300 college coaches and media outlets flooded the David L. Lawerence Convention Center. Check out the coaches who made it out this year!

College / University Division Conference
 Akron 1  Mid-American
 Albright 3 Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth
 Alfred 3  Empire 8
 American 1 Patriot League
 Army 1 Patriot League
 Ashland 2 Great Lakes
 Baltimore City Community College NJCAA 1 Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference
Baylor 1 Big 12
Binghamton 1 America East
Bloomsburg 2 Pennsylvania State Athletics
Boston University 1 Patriot League
Bridgewater (VA) 3 Old Dominion Athletic
Brown 1 Ivy League
Bryn Athyn 3 North Eastern Athletic
Bucknell 1 Patriot League
Cabrini 3 Colonial States
California 2 Pennsylvania State Atheltic
Carnegie Mellon 3 University Athletic
Case Western Reserve 3 University Athletic
Central Connecticut State 1 Northeast
Charleston 2 Mountain East
Chatham University 3 Presidents’ Athletic Conference
Citadel 1 Southern
Clarion 2 Pennsylvania State Athletic
Colgate 1 Partiot League
Columbia 1 Ivy League
Coppin State 1 Mid-Eastern Athletic
Cornell 1 Ivy League
Davidson 1 Atlantic 10
Delaware 1 Colonial Athletic Conference Freedom
Delaware Valley 3 Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom
Drake 1 Missouri Valley
Drexel 1 Colonial Athletic Association
Duquesne 1 Atlantic 10
East Stroudsburg 2 Pennsylvania State Atheltics
Elizabethtown 3 Landmark
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 2 Sunshine State
FDU-Fordham 3 Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom
Fairfield 1 Metro Atlantic Athletic
Fairleigh 1 Northeast
Ferrum 3 USA South Athletic
Florida 1 Southeastern
Franciscan 3 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate
Franklin and Marshall 3 Centennial Conference
Fredonia State 3 SUNYAC
Furman 1 Southern
Gannon 2 Pennsylvania State Atheltic
Geneva 3 Presidents’ Athletic Conference
Georgian Court 2 Central Atlantic Collegiate
Gettysburg 3 Contennial Conference
Glenville State 2 Mountain East
Green Mountain 3 North Atlantic
Hampden-Sydney 3 Old Dominion Athletic
Hartford 3 Old Dominion Athletic
High Point 1 Big South
Hillsdale 2 Great Midwest Athletic
Hobart 3 Liberty League
Holy Cross 1 Patriot League
IUP 2 Pennsylvania State Athletic
Ithaca 3 Liberty League
James Madison 1 Colonial Athletic Association
John Carroll 3 Ohio Athletic
Johns Hopkins 3 Centennial Conference
Juniata Eagles 3 Landmark
Kennesaw State 1 Atlantic Sun
Kenyon 3 North Coast Athletic
Lackawanna College NJCAA 2 Garden State Athletic Conference
Lehigh Mountain 1 Patriot League
Limestone Staints 2 Carolinas
Lock Haven 2 Pennsylvania State Athletic
Malone University Pioneers 2 Great Midwest Athletic
Mansfield Mountaioneers 2 Pennsylvania State Athletic
Marietta Poiners 3 Ohio Athletic
Marist Red Foxes 1 Metro Atlantic Athletic
Marymount Saints 3 Capital Athletic Conference
Massachusetts-Lowell 1 America East
Medaille 3 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate
Merchant Marine 3 Skyline
Merrimack 2 Northeast 10
Michigan State 1 Big 10
Missouri State 1 Missouri Valley
Missouri 1 Southeastern
Monmouth 1 Metro Atlantic Athletic
Morehead State 1 Ohio Valley
Mount St. Mary’s 1 Northeast
Mount Union 3 Ohio Atheltic
Mount Vernon Nazarene University NAIA2 Crossroads League
Muskingum Muskies 3 Ohio Athletic
NJIT 1 Atlantic Sun
Navy Midshipmen 1 Patriot League
New Hampshire 1 America East
Notre Dame College 2 Mountain East
Ohio Dominican 2 Great Midwest Athletic
Pacific 1 West Coast Conference
Penn State Fayette USCAA2 PSUAC
Penn State- Harrisburg 3 Capital Athletic Conference
Pennsylvania Quakers 1 Ivy League
Pitt-Greensburg 3 Allegheny Mountain Collegiate
Pittsburgh 1 Atlantic Coast
Portland 1 West Coast Conference
Post 2 Central Athletic Collegiate
Pratt 3
Princeton 1 Ivy League
Radford 1 Big South
Rochester 3 University Athletics
Sacred Heart 1 Northeast
Saint Josephs 1 Atlantic 10
Salem International 2 Independent
Salisbury 3 Capital Athletic Conference
Scranton 3 Landmark
Shenandoah 3 Old Dominion Athletic
Sheperd 2 Mountain East
Shippensburg 2 Pennsylvania State Atheltic
St Francis 1 Northeast
St John Fisher 3 Empire 8
St Mary’s (MD) 3 Capital Athletic Conference
St Vincent 3 Presidents’ Athletic Conference
State University of New York at Canton 3 American Collegiate Athletic
Stonehill 2 Northeast 10
Temple 1 American Athletic
Thiel 3 Presidents’ Athletic Conference
Towson 1 Colonial Athletic Association
Tufts 3 New England Small
Tulane 1 American Athletic
UCF 1 American Athletic
UNLV 1 Mountain West
University of Northwestern Ohio NAIA2 Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference
University of the Sciences 2 Central Atlantic Collegiate
Urbana 2 Mountain East
Ursinus 3 Centennial Conference
Virginia Military Keydets 1 Southern
Virginia Wesleyan 3 Old Dominion Athletic
WPI Engineers 3 New England Women’s & Men’s
Wagner 1 Northeast
Walsh University 2 Great Midwest Athletic
Washington and Jefferson Presidents 3 Presidents’ Athletic Conference
Waynesburg 3 Presidents’ Athletic Conference
Wesleyan Cardinals 3 New England Small
West Liberty Hilltoppers 2 Mountain East
West Virginia 1 Big12
Wheeling Jesuit 2 Mountain East
Wilkes 2 Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom
Williams Ephs 3 New England Small
Wilmington Wildcats 2 Central Atlantic Collegiate
Wingate Bulldogs 2 South Atlantic
Wright State Raiders 1 Horizon League
Yale 1 Ivy Leauge
York PA 3 Capital Athletic Conference
Youngstown State 1 Horizon League

Jahbril Price-Noel Makes a Statement on Night One: Q&A with 2018 Wing


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At the Pittsburgh JamFest, there’s always going to be some available seniors that are worth a look by some college coaches, 6’7” wing Jahbril Price-Noel of Northern Kings 17U may just be one of the best in attendance this year. He got off to a great start, showing his ability to shoot the basketball and play in transition with good size on the wing, and that goes right along with what he’s trying to do in one of his final AAU events.

“I’m trying to prove that I’m a high major prospect that is versatile at 6’7”, he said. “I have a few options now that I’m looking toward but I’m trying to keep everything open now and see what I might pick up.”

Unlike many unsigned seniors, the Canadian wing has schools all over him already, and even has a few visits set up for after the live period.

“East Tennessee State and Pacific have been talking to me a lot, and I’m probably going to go on visits to those two here soon,” he said. “Other than that, I have five official visits to take and have three spots to fill in, if I need to. I’m just testing the waters and seeing what else I can get before my time is up.”

While he’s keeping his options open, Price-Noel is looking for somewhere that he will fit in right away, somewhere that he can call his home for the next four years.

“I’m just looking for a home, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be close to home coming from Canada. I’m just looking for an opportunity to come in and play my game, being a big guard and scoring the basketball, and just going somewhere that I can improve and live out that dream of playing at the next level.”

Chock full of both potential next year and the ability to get better moving forward, expect more teams to get involved with Price-Noel moving forward and expect whoever lands him to get a guy ready to compete from day one.

2018 Pitt Jam Fest | Live Blog

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April 20th | Friday

9:15 pm

Kamari Williams of 6th Man Warriors going off in these final game sets. Currently holds multiple division 1 offers including Monmouth.

7:56 pm

6:20 pm

Break out performance for TJ Berger (Shoreshots Pooley) against The Family EYBL. After his performance this weekend TJ picks up offers from Stony Brook,

5:25 pm

4:48 pm

Ike Cornish with a 20 point game for Team Melo 15u

4:01 pm

3:36 pm

3:22 pm

“New york wiz kids” Kyron Robinson turning some heads with 20 points against Hilltopper Heat (74-37)

3:00 pm

2:40 pm

2:10 pm

1:40 pm

1:31 pm

1:21 pm

Afternoon standouts : Doug Edert, Malcom Dread, Jalen Graham, Ty Rogers, and Dan Petcash

12:14 pm

11:30 am

Rising Stars’ Alonzo Coleman finished with 21 points.

10:40 am

Nick Pierson finishes with 21 points for Illinois State Elite

10:20 am

Lehigh Valley Select’s Richie Manigault finishes with 23 points. Lehigh Valley finishes  Nova Gamechangers

10:10 am

9:20 am

Deamontae Diggs, class of 2020 of McKeesport scored 39 for Fayettes Finest 16u against NJ soldiers

9:15 am

There players with 20 points in one game in this first game set. James Alderman and Tyson Halberg put up 20 each in Prestige Patriots 8 point loss to Eastern PA Elite. Jake Strycharz was a difference maker for Eastern PA Elite and added 20 points in their victory.


April 20th | Friday

10:39 pm

Jalen McGlowan for WE-R1 Chivas 15u with the buzzer beater against Northern Kings

10:17 pm

10:05 pm

9:56 am

9:33 pm

Leo Oboyle was hard to ignore. Put up 31 points in his first Showcase game to start off the weekend.

9:25 pm

Minnesota Fury’s Cam Steele finishes with 24 points in its 16 point victory over PYO.

9:20 pm

9:00 pm

8:45 pm

8:40 pm


Hasan Hustafa secures Maryland Movements win over Rens with 17 pts

8:15 pm

8:10 pm

Antonio Lopez led the way with 15 points in a wide spread Crown attack against Shoreshots Kessler.

Jaden Nelson from College Basketball Prospects of America finishes with an impressive 27 points in a tough loss to Nova Village – Morgan. Evan Conley secured the league with 26 points.

8:00 pm

35+ Media Outlets and 190+ College Coaches checked in for Showcase games tonight. Just a preview of the bracket play this weekend.

7:25 pm

Mike Bekelja of TNBA Flash turning heads early. Finishes first game against Corey Graham Elite with 20 pts. Player to watch.

6:52 pm

Matt Price (Boston Bobcats) and Russell Bryan Phillips (BWSL) put up a high of 14 points in the first game set.

6:05 pm

2018 Pittsburgh Jam Fest has officially begun. 120 college coaches pre-purchased packets for this years loaded event.

4:30 pm

Line starting to form outside the David L. Lawrence Convention Center Players, college coaches and media sign in starting as people begin to flood the loby.

Dahmir Bishop is ready to be a national name this AAU season – Q&A with HG Insider

Class of 2019 guard Dahmir Bishop is ready to make a national name for himself this AAU season with K-Low Elite. The Philadelphia native has been expanding his game and has seen big results. His confidence and knack for scoring the ball has made him one of the best prospects throughout the northeast in the junior class. He spoke to Hoop Group Insider on his goals for this year.

Q: What would you say you have improved most with your game?

A: “I think now I’ve been able to display my talents more,” he said. “The past couple of years I wasn’t ready to take the next step like I have now. Ever since then I have just been working.”

Q: What would you say separates yourself from others on the court?

A: “I think what separates me is that I’m not afraid to play anyone,” he said. “I’d consider myself as being able to score on any level especially when I’m comfortable.”

Q: Everyone has their own personal motivation. What would you say is your personal motivation on the floor?

A: “The thing that really drives me right now is how I was looked over by everyone when I was younger,” he said. “When I was younger I wasn’t really that good, but that drives me now. I want to show everyone how good I am now.”

Q: Who are some of the colleges that are in the mix with you?

A: “Marquette, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Penn State, La Salle, Temple, Saint Joseph’s, VCU, Bowling Green and some more,” he said.

Q: What have some of these schools told you that they like about you?

A: “Everyone says that they like how I am a good person first,” he said. “They like that I don’t play very emotional and I get that from coaches often.”

Q: You have become a big name in the northeast. What do you see is the next step for you?

A: “My mindset is to go get anything I can,” he said. “I want to be the greatest now that I’m in the spot I’m in. I just want to keep raising the bar and be the best in every area of my game.”