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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.”

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McDonald’s All-American & Future Oregon Duck Louis King talks to HG Insider on his journey through high school & more

McDonald’s All American and future Oregon Duck Louis King is one of the premier prospects in the class of 2018. The Hudson Catholic (N.J.) prospect can do just about it all on the floor and still has plenty of room to take his game to another level. King spoke to Hoop Group Insider on his journey to where he is today.

Q: You just transferred into Hudson Catholic, go back to that time, you still have a lot to prove, you have many aspirations, what your mind at that time?

A: “My mindset at that time period when I got to Hudson Catholic coming into my junior year was to make a statement so I just got bigger, stayed in the gym a lot and went crazy,” he said.

Q: What did you have to do behind the scenes to make a statement?

A: “There were a lot of people doubting by saying, ‘I couldn’t be anything’,” he said. “I had to stay in the gym and use everything as motivation.”

Q: You were already a national name beforehand, but you still had to prove it for another summer. Was that something that you had in mind going into your final AAU season?

A: “Most definitely, I wanted to prove that I was one of the top players in the country for people to see my talents and see what I was really capable of,” he said.

Q: What was it like to make the McDonald’s All-American Game?

A: “Since I was a kid I always dreamed of being a McDonald’s All American,” he said. “It was just a dream come true when I got nominated and after I got nominated I had to be thankful. It was all God’s doing.”

Q: How much hard work went into getting where you are today?

A: “I was nonstop in the gym,” he said. “Every day after or before school I was either weightlifting or getting a thousand shots up a day.”

Q: The next step after high school is Oregon. What are you looking forward to with such an impressive recruiting class going in?

A: “We have nine talented players on the roster right now so we still have spots to fill,” he said. “We are talented enough to win a national championship so as we develop and get more recruits we can make some noise next year.”

Q: Back track to when you made your decision for Oregon before your high school season. When looking back, what were some of things that were key factors?

A: “Just the nonstop calling every day and the love and respect they showed,” he said. “On the visit after I felt like I was at home. I have a huge role on the team and they told me what to do when I got there. I really like that situation.”

Q: If somebody that hadn’t seen Louis King play how would you describe yourself on the floor?

A: “I would say I’m a tall, athletic guard who can do everything one through five,” he said.

Q: What is one thing so far in your career that you are proud of?

A: “I would say how the motor in the gym I have is nonstop,” he said. “I’m willing to do anything for basketball.”

2017-18 College Basketball All-Alumni Team

College basketball season is over. As the calendar turns to April, we have NBA Playoffs and Draft conversation to keep us going. All American teams and most other individual awards have been handed out by now, but we’re doing our first Hoop Group All-Alumni teams. We’ll highlight twelve Hoop Group alumni who had exceptional NCAA seasons this year.

Disclaimer: There were A LOT of candidates who had strong seasons. Hoop Group alumni live all over the NCAA, at all levels. Future pros were left off this list. Lottery picks didn’t make the cut. Even players who were first team all-conference in their respective conferences didn’t make the cut.

First Team:

Jalen Brunson-Villanova: 18.9 PPG, 4.6 APG, 3.1 RPG
Not much to say that hasn’t been said about Brunson already. He was the engine that made Villanova go. He’s the AP Player of the Year, and winner of the the Naismith Award, Bob Cousy Award and the Wooden Award as college basketball’s best player.

Devonte’ Graham-Kansas: 17.3 PPG, 7.2 APG, 4 RPG
Devonte’ Graham got stronger as the season progressed, and so did Kansas. After the Trae Young and Keenan Evans hype died down a little, it was Graham being awarded Big 12 Player of the Year, a year after his teammate Frank Mason won.

Miles Bridges-Michigan State: 17 PPG, 7 RPG, 2.7 APG
Many thought Bridges had a down year after deciding to return to school for his sophomore season. That said, 17 and 7 is pretty darn good for a “down” year. Bridges was still one of the best players in the Big Ten, and college basketball this season. His numbers support it.

Mikal Bridges-Villanova: 17.7 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 1.5 SPG, 1 BPG
Some would argue Mikal Bridges was Villanova’s actual best player, and some of his play would support that. A long and athletic player, Bridges was a major impact on both ends of the floor for the national champions. And he elevated his draft stock in the process.

Tony Carr-Penn State 19.6 PPG, 5 APG, 4.9 RPG
I think Tony Carr flew under the radar this year, mainly because Penn State did fail to make the tournament. Carr did a little bit of everything for Penn State, and the Nittany Lions saw the results, winning the NIT this year. Carr was one rebound shy of a triple-double in the championship.

Second Team:

Shamorie Ponds- St. John’s: 21.6 PPG, 4.7 APG, 5 RPG, 2.7 Steals PG
St. John’s may have had a down year, but Ponds was a major bright spot. He did it all for the Johnnies, and his stats attest to that. In the Red Storm’s back to back wins over Duke and Villanova, Ponds combined for 59 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals.

Gary Clark-Cincinnati: 12.9 ppg, 8.7 rpg, 1.7 spg, 1.2 bpg
Similar to Bridges, Clark helped Cincinnati in every aspect this season. He scored in double digits 29 times and recorded double digit rebounds 16 times this season. He was the best player on the best AAC team, and he took home Conference Player of the Year as a result.

Jaylen Adams-St. Bonaventure: 19.1 PPG, 5.1 APG, 1.5 SPG, 3.4 RPG
Adams, and Davidson center Peyton Aldridge, took home co A-10 Players of the Year this season. Adams has been an elite scorer in the A10 for the past four seasons. He hit 40+ in back to back games this season for the Bonnies.

Peyton Aldridge-Davidson: 21.2 PPG, 7.6 RPG, 2.5 APG
Alridge is no slouch scoring the basketball either. He scored over 30 on five occasions this season, while leading the A-10 in scoring. More impressively he did it almost shooting 50% from the field. His best game was a 45 point, 12 rebound game versus St. Bonaventure in triple overtime.

Angel Delgado-Seton Hall: 13.6 PPG, 11.8 RPG, 2.8 APG

Delgado may not have been first team All-Big East, but he was a machine for Seton Hall this season. He recorded a double-double in 22 games this season, including a ridiculous 24 points and 23 rebounds in the final game of his career versus Kansas. He cemented his great career and season by taking home the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award.

Chris Silva- South Carolina: 14.3 PPG, 8 RPG, 1.4 BPG
Silva became the man at South Carolina after a lot of players departed following a Final Four season. He responded by upping his points per game from 10 to 14 and averaging 2 more rebounds a game. He was the focal point of Frank Martin’s team, and likely will be next year.

Honorable Mention:

Kelan Martin- Butler: 21.2 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 2 APG
Jerome Robinson- Boston College: 20.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 3.3 APG
Caleb Martin-Nevada: 18.8 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 2.4 APG
Mo Bamba-Texas: 12.9 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 3.7 Blocks PG
Tremont Waters- LSU: 15.9 PPG, 6 APG, 3.4 RPG
Vincent Edwards- Purdue: 14.6 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 2.9 APG

Freshman Focus: Adrian Griffin shines at Archbishop Stepinac & is ready for AAU season with the PSA Cardinals

Q: What was it like to win the CHSAA championship as a freshman?
A: “To win a CHSSA championship my freshman year just gives me even more confidence in my game and the growth of this team and school,” he said.
Q: What was it like winning it all with your brother?
A: “Winning everything we could possibly win this year was truly a blessing for us and our team,” Griffin said. “Winning all the championships was everyone’s one goal at the beginning of the year. Winning a championship with my brother was a blessing and I will never forget that moment when he got off the court to end his high school career.”
Q: What did you learn from that experience?
A: “The things I learned from winning championships is that you have to practice and have the same mindset as champions every single day,” said Griffin. “We wouldn’t have those championships without our coaching staff having countless days of practices and all those little things like teachable moments as a individual or having confidence at the end of the game. This all makes a huge difference on how we approach a game.”
Q: How would you describe your game for someone that hasn’t seen you play before?
A: “In my game I’m really competitive and I will do anything to get a win,” said Griffin. “I always play like it’s my last game I’ll ever play, I’ve always had that drive to be great. I’m a player that is trying to do everything he can on the court like rebounding, assists, points and I sacrifice my ego for the team.”
Q: What are you most looking forward to this AAU season with the PSA Cardinals?
A: “In my game I’m really competitive and I will do anything to get a win,” he said. “I always play like it’s my last game I’ll ever play, I’ve always had that drive to be great. I’m a player that is trying to do everything he can on the court like rebounding, assists, points and I sacrifice my ego for the team.”
Q: How would you describe your team this year? What are some of your team goals ?
A: “A couple of our team goals this season is to become as one and just push each other everyday,” Griffin said. “Then one we’re all here for is to win as many games as possibly and win the Peach Jam together.”