Thursday, May 27, 2010

Browne, Anglero and Moreno Looking At Prep School

St Francis Class of 2011 SG, Gary Browne Ramirez and Forward Roy Moreno along with Adianez Class of 2011 SG, Gaby Anglero are all looking at attending their final year of high school in the USA.
Browne, is scheduled to visit St Benedicts next week along with Adianez SG, Gaby Anglero next week and Roy Moreno has also reached out to PR Playmakers for assistance in going to Prep School next year.

A source close to all three players confirmed yesterday for IPRB that,"all three of these guys have a chance to play ball in college but going none of them are really ready either on or off the court. They play for the best schools in PR and the coaches at both of those schools are world class guys but the fact of the matter is that very little is being done off the court to prepare them to qualify."

All three of the student athletes have incredible upside and could all be on campus in the states next semester.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Betancourt Visits Montrose

Carmelo Betancourt is in route to DC to visit Montrose Christian School and take the entrance exam. The PG from Adianez School in Puerto Rico seem to be serious about attending school in the USA. Sources close to the situatuon told IPRB, " At first he wasn't really sure he wanted to leave his friends and move from PR but after going to NYC, playing at the Jordan Classic and seeing what the elite level looked it, he knew he needed to atleast go visit a couple of schools".

Monday, May 17, 2010

Lebron's Mom and Delonte West

Is Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James' mother, Gloria James, sleeping with his teammate and friend Delonte West? Reportedly this is the reason behind the lackluster play, which he has been heavily criticized for, that ended Cleveland's chance to beat the Boston Celtics.
When the two teams faced in NBA Easter Conference simi-finals, everyone thought that the Cavs would take the series after it was tied 2-2. LeBron James had probably the worst playoff game in his career in Game 5, even commentators said that he seemed detached and not himself, and his team was eliminated in Game 6. It was reported that it was before Game 5 that he found out about the relationship between his teammate and his mother. Everyone is already wondering where the soon-to-be free agent will be playing basketball next year. Because of the rumors, people are beginning to say that he won't remain in Cleveland and will play for the New York Knicks next season. Nothing has been confirmed yet, and no party involved has commented on the rumored relationship but it is rapidly spreading across the internet.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Canada Basketball 15U and 16 Elite Travel Teams

Canada is no longer just a hockey country! With two of the top 25 players in the class of 2010 and several Top 100 players in the Class of 2012, 2013 and 2014 Ro Russel and his elite travel program which are now part of the Canadian National Team Program are changing the game!

Canada and the success they have had over the last several years becoming a serious program are things Puerto Rico must take notice of! Kids wants to play against the best players in the biggest tournaments and not on 8 ft baskets against kids who are not elite players!

CHeck out link below and look at the 15U Team from Canada!

Betancourt To Montrose or St Benedicts

Word on the street is that Jordan Brand sponsored program Montrose Christian wants Carmelo. Montrose is coached by Stu Vetter and is widely considered to be one of the top high school programs in the country. Coach Vetter has been an elite high school coach for over 25 years and in recent years coached had both Kevin Durant and Venezuelan PG Greivis Vazques play for him at Montrose.

On top of that St. Benedicts in New Jersey has also expressed some interest in Carmelo. St Benedicts top returning player who is also a Top 50 Class of 2011 decided to transfer to Findlay Prep. This create an interesting option for Carmelo given they are only returning two players from last years team and have a number of spots on the team available.

While PR has great high school coaches (Adinez and St Francis to name a coupl) and good schools none of the programs in PR play an elite schedule so it is hard to players like Carmelo to be challenged.

'It's a tough situation as the coaches are trying to get kids to stay but truthfully that is not helping the kids. You got kids playing center who are 6'4 and the style of play is so incredibly slow. There is no question that PR has great coaches and they have been doing a great job at developing kids to a certain point but the system is not set up to develop elite players. I was down in PR this year looking at a couple of kids and to be honest the style of play and lack of size made it hard for me to see if the kids could really play. Very few of these kids really know or want to play defense and the transition game doesn't exist", said a D1 coach.

Carmelo and his family have a high class problem given that two of the best programs in the country are interested in him. IT shows how quickly things can change when a player gets exposed.

Suarez Update

Three of the top PG in the class of 2011 are all looking to have big summers and get ready for their senior year! Rasham Suarez has left PR in the 9th grade and has attended three different prep schools in 3 years. This has been by choice and from what we hear the kid is having a great spring season playing AAU ball for a Nike Travel Team in Atlanta. Rasham has proven that he can compete at the highest level and has really focused on getting his body in shape. Playing PG is one of the toughest transitions from HS to college so getting prepared for the contact at the D1 level is critical. The question for Rasham is his athletic ability. He is an above average athlete who must begin to play above the rim and not rely so much on his jump shot rather getting to the rim and finishing above it. Mid Majors are all over him and some SEC schools have shown interest.
We think he has the tools to plat High Major D1 but must do the things this summer to strengthen his legs and improve quickness and leaping ability. We think Gonzaga, Xavier and possibly even Miami are great fits!

IPRB confirmed that Rasham's dad, Gamaliel and Coach from St. Benedicts spoke last night and that Rasham might consider transferring there if they made an offer. Gamaliel and Coach Mcleod from St. Benedicts have been friends for quite some time.

"We Are Back Up" Stringer Bell (HBO's The Wire)

Like ym many Stringer Bell said from HBO's the wire, We are back up! Took a little vacation to Bermuda and Aruba and now we are back up and ready to update everyone on the Class of 2011.