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Final high school basketball rankings
by They're Playing Basketball
posted April 11, 2014 at 8:49am

ESPN's final high school top 25:1. Blackman2. Incarnate Word Academy3. Long Beach Polytechnic4. Duncanville5. Windward6. Manvel7. Mater Dei8. Regis Jesuit9. Myers Park10. Bedford North Lawrence11. Rock Bridge12. Whitney Young13. Lawrence North14. M.X. Sha...more

West beats East in McDonald's All-American game
by They're Playing Basketball
posted April 3, 2014 at 8:35am

West beat East, 80-78, in the McDonald's All-American game tonight:CHICAGO -- Brianna Turner came up with the big shot and a big stop when her team needed it.The Notre Dame-bound star hit a jumper with 53 seconds left to lift the West to a 80-78 victory o...more

Gatorade players of the year
by They're Playing Basketball
posted March 14, 2014 at 7:37pm

By state:Ruthy Hebard, AlaskaAlexis Jennings, AlabamaJordan Danberry, ArkansasJulia Barcello, ArizonaKatie Lou Samuelson, CaliforniaJustine Hall, ColoradoKiah Gillespie, ConnecticutMarta Sneizek, District of ColumbiaAdrianna Hahn, DelawareBeatrice Momprem...more

High school girls basketball top 25 rankings
by They're Playing Basketball
posted March 5, 2014 at 1:04pm

This week's ESPN top 25 rankings:1. Mater Dei2. Blackman3. Duncanville4. Incarnate Word Academy5. Windward6. Manvel7. Regis Jesuit8. Long Beach Polytechnic9. Myers Park10. Bedford North Lawrence11. Lawrence North12. St. Mary's13. Rock Bridge14. Whitney Yo...more

Cayla McMorris Blog: The responsibility of a leader
by Swish Appeal
posted February 28, 2014 at 4:56pm

Park Center (MN) star Cayla McMorris checks in with a reflection on her role as a leader after a pair of games that went in opposite directions for her and her team. Feb 18th: PC vs Champlin   Champlin Park is a great team and one of our big rival...more

High school top 25 rankings: getting serious
by They're Playing Basketball
posted February 26, 2014 at 9:05am

Check out all the happenings with the nation's top high school teams:1. Mater Dei2. Duncanville3. Blackman4. Incarnate Word Academy5. Windward6. Long Beach Polytechnic7. Regis Jesuit8. New Hope Christian Academy9. Lawrence North10. Myers Park11. Bedford N...more

Where has all the player development gone? Part II
by They're Playing Basketball
posted February 23, 2014 at 9:51am

Earlier this week I began visiting an issue that knowledgeable coaches and others have been discussing for the last few years - one that has become increasingly a problem: the lack of development of young basketball players.Indeed, there are fewer experie...more

High school rankings: bracing for the playoffs
by They're Playing Basketball
posted February 19, 2014 at 10:40pm

This week's top 25 high school teams, as they get ready for state playoffs:1. Mater Dei2. Duncanville3. Blackman4. Incarnate Word Academy5. Windward6. Long Beach Polytechnic7. Regis Jesuit8. New Hope Christian Academy9. Homewood-Flossmoor10. Lawrence Nort...more

Tyra Buss making her name known in Illinois, Indiana and elsewhere
by Swish Appeal
posted February 16, 2014 at 8:01pm

Tyra Buss lives in Illinois, plays against Indiana players, and with an amazing 46.9 points per game. We look at her stats and try to figure out if she can keep it up at Indiana University next season. There's a lot of talk about an Illinois high schoo...more

High school top 25 rankings: few changes this week
by They're Playing Basketball
posted February 12, 2014 at 10:14am

Power rankings:1. Mater Dei2. Duncanville3. Blackman4. Incarnate Word Academy5. Windward6. Long Beach Polytechnic7. Regis Jesuit8. New Hope Christian Academy9. Homewood-Flossmoor10. Lawrence North11. Myers Park12. Bedford North Lawrence13. St. Mary's14. E...more

Cayla McMorris Blog: Playing down to the level of opponents
by Swish Appeal
posted February 11, 2014 at 8:26pm

Wisconsin recruit Cayla McMorris reflects on a pair of games in which she and her team had a bit of a letdown. Wednesday Feb. 5th:   Going into this game against Anoka, we all knew that this would be one of the better games besides Centennial. ...more

Cayla McMorris Blog: PC vs. Cenntenial
by Swish Appeal
posted February 6, 2014 at 8:53pm

Wisconsin signee Cayla McMorris discusses a big win for Park Center in her latest blog for Swish Appeal. Jan. 24th: Going into this game I felt like I was walking onto a battle field with my soldiers (my teammates). We were like sharks in a tank expo...more

The Mike Blake Tip-Off Classic: Observations for youth basketball players and coaches
by Swish Appeal
posted January 16, 2014 at 10:33pm

A few lessons learned from a holiday basketball tournament. ALLENDALE, UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ - The communities in Northern New Jersey are just a few miles apart allowing for this tournament to run on schedule. The Mike Blake Tip-Off Classic is a week ...more

This week's high school basketball rankings
by They're Playing Basketball
posted January 15, 2014 at 9:02am

ESPN's top 25 high school teams for the week:1. Incarnate Word Academy2. Duncanville3. Mater Dei4. Long Beach Polytechnic5. Blackman6. New Hope Christian Academy7. Homewood-Flossmoor8. Saint Mary's College9. Regis Jesuit10. Lawrence North11. Myers Park12....more

High school rankings this week: a new number one
by They're Playing Basketball
posted January 8, 2014 at 9:10am

ESPN's high school power rankings this week sees a new number one:1. Incarnate Word Academy2. Duncanville3. Mater Dei4. Long Beach Polytechnic5. Blackman6. New Hope Christian Academy7. Regis Jesuit8. Lawrence North9. Homewood-Flossmoor10. Saint Mary's Col...more

The best of Swish Appeal in 2013: Our most popular articles from the year that was
by Swish Appeal
posted January 1, 2014 at 8:18pm

With New Year's Eve upon us, we continue to reflect on the year that was. Today, we look at some of the most popular stories at Swish Appeal in 2013. In the day-to-day process of running Swish Appeal and taking care of all the little administrivia that...more

ESPN high school top 25 for the week
by They're Playing Basketball
posted December 25, 2013 at 3:24pm

Power rankings for this week:1. Mater Dei2. Incarnate Word Academy3. Blackman4. Duncanville5. Long Beach Polytechnic6. Regis Jesuit7. New Hope Christian Academy8. Lawrence North9. Homewood-Flossmoor10. Nazareth11. St. Mary's12. Riverdale Baptist13. Paul V...more

Getting Paid to Play
by Marissa Kastanek
posted November 12, 2013 at 9:15am

Being a professional athlete seems to be an easy job but do you really know what a daily schedule is for a pro?...more

A Basketball Junkie
by Marissa Kastanek
posted October 8, 2013 at 6:41am

Debbie Antonelli is the most profound women's basketball announcer in the country and she is doing more for the game than most people in the basketball business....more

Cayla McMorris Blog Entry #2: The atmosphere at Wisconsin
by Swish Appeal
posted September 25, 2013 at 9:43pm

Going into my second visit to the University of Wisconsin, I went in with the same mindset prior to my last visit: I wanted to get a feel of the campus and what it would be like to go to school there. Since I’ve already been on the campus before...more

Kentucky, Penn State, Tennessee, UConn among finalists for top Canadian recruit Kia Nurse
by Swish Appeal
posted September 24, 2013 at 8:17pm

With coaches allowed to get back on the road September 9, it’s no wonder the season of recruiting has heated up. One player that’s been swamped by the recruiting fury is Canada’s Kia Nurse; one of the top uncommitted prospects left, ha...more

Reach for the Summit
by Marissa Kastanek
posted September 19, 2013 at 5:56am

Coach Pat Summitt is the renowned women's basketball coach at the University of Tennessee and she has dramatically changed the game of women's basketball. Read more about her and get to know her while reading her book Reach for the Summit....more

The Transition: Nadine Domond Changes the Game of Basketball
by Marissa Kastanek
posted September 12, 2013 at 3:38pm

Nadine Domond impacted the game as a player but is changing the game as a skill developer. She has unique skill of teaching that makes the game fun and challenging to learn for all ages....more

Who wants a full-ride? A few tips on what college coaches look for during recruiting
by Marissa Kastanek
posted August 6, 2013 at 1:04pm

A few tips on what college coaches look for during recruiting and how to improve your chances of getting a full-ride scholarship....more

Now introducing: MARISSA KASTANEK!
by Marissa Kastanek
posted July 15, 2013 at 2:02pm

Get to know Marissa Kastanek the new blogger for Women Talk Sports who is starting her professional basketball career on September 1, 2013....more

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