“In The Paint” Podcast: Kobe’s Rise & Legacy

In Episode No. 54 of our “In The Paint Show,” Ron and Devin do the pod they never thought in a million years would be necessary: a recollection and insight into the life of a gone-too-soon icon, 41-year old Kobe Bryant. Sonny Vaccaro, who helped orchestrate his prep-to-pro move and signed him to adidas, along with five other special guests, offer their unique perspective, and some never-before-heard stories of The Black Mamba.

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Updated FAB 50 Rankings: Top Teams Mourn Iconic Coach, Player

It’s a somber week in basketball, as the nation’s top teams in the FAB 50 mourn the loss of iconic high school coach Morgan Wootten and global icon Kobe Bryant, the latter whom passed in a shocking aviation accident over the weekend. There are four newcomers in this week’s rankings.

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“In The Paint” Podcast GOES IN on McDonald’s A-A Game!

In Episode No. 53 of our “In The Paint Show,”  Ron and Dev break down the roster release for the 2020 McDonald’s All-American Game. Did the committee get it right? Who was the biggest snub? The fellas also talk Zion and give their take on the Houston Astros’ cheating scandal!  

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FAB 50 Breakdown: Past, Present, Future

MLK weekend is a huge barometer for the top teams in the country, so we dig a bit deeper on what might transpire as team prepare for a post-season run. We also take a quick look at the rankings over the years and what could potentially happen to the longest-running weekly national rankings in the future.

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UPDATED FAB 50 Rankings: Gearing Up For MLK Weekend!

This is the time of the year that we reward teams in the FAB 50 for remaining unbeaten and playing tough schedules. Although there isn’t an abundance of new ranked teams, MLK Weekend, particularly the Spaulding Hoophall Classic, should bring plenty of movement to next week’s special FAB 50 MLK edition! 

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History of HS Rankings: The FAB 50 Story

Newspaper distribution and the Internet created greater interest in national rankings, but in actuality, United States high school basketball rankings began in 1959. Multiple national polls have been compiled for decades including the FAB 50, which is now the longest running weekly national rankings in the country.

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NEW FAB 50 Rankings: MAJOR Shakeup For 2020!

It’s pretty obvious who the nation’s No. 1 team is, but the latest edition of the FAB 50 National Team Rankings was still the toughest set of results to compile, and make sense of, in many years. When the dust settled, we came up with a pecking order we’re comfortable with, including 11 newcomers!

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Holiday Tournaments: 3 Things We Learned!

We attended three post-Christmas tournaments around Southern California and followed the other major ones across the country and came away with three major take aways. Is FAB 50 No. 1 Montverde Academy (Fla.) unbeatable? Is Rancho Christian (Calif.) the team to beat for the CIF Open Division title?

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“In The Paint” Podcast GOES IN on Post-Christmas Holiday Tourneys!

In Episode 50 of our “In The Paint” Show, Ron and Dev go hard on the major SoCal holiday tournaments, including Rancho Christian’s upset of California No. 1 Sierra Canyon, and the rest of the results that have thrown the FAB 50 rankings for a loop heading into 2020. The fellas also discuss fast-rising players who played well in recent weeks.

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Giant-Killer Corona Centennial Takes Tarkanian!

Centennial (Corona, Calif.) uses it four-guard attack to capture the Tarkanian Classic Platinum Division title with a convincing victory over FAB 50 No. 5 Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas). The Huskies defeated two other FAB 50 ranked teams en route to the title behind MOP Paris Dawson.

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NEW FAB 50 Rankings: NEW No. 1 & 11 Newcomers!

There’s a new No. 1 in the latest FAB 50 National Team Rankings, as Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.) takes over the top spot after IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) falls to Paul VI (Fairfax, Va.). Knocking off the No. 1 team was not even the most incredible performance by the Panthers recently, as they needed SEVEN overtimes to remain unbeaten heading into the holiday tournament season!

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Cleaning Out The FAB 50 Notebook

Preseason No. 1 IMG Academy went down at the National High School Hoops Festival in Hyattsville, Md. No. 10 Sunrise Christian Academy records big wins at the event. In other big news, there was a 50-game winning streak snapped, a big coaching change in the academy school ranks and some big off-the-court news.

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Evan Mobley Tops Preseason POY Tracker!

USC-bound Evan Mobley (Rancho Christian, Temecula, Calif.) leads voting in 2019-20 preseason Mr. Basketball USA Tracker powered by Ballislife.com, now in its thirteenth year. The seven-foot center and nation’s top recruit by the major recruiting networks edges Oklahoma St.-bound point guard Cade Cunningham of Montverde Academy (Montverde, Fla.).

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“In The Paint” Podcast GOES IN on AAU Blame Game for Load Management!

In episode No. 46 of our In The Paint Show, co-hosts Dev and Ron go hard on plenty of current topics with an emphasis on the ever-controversial “Load Management” that is the talk of basketball. LeBron James blamed AAU coaches and the fellas break down why it’s a mis-informed stance!

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“In The Paint” Podcast GOES IN with FAB 50 Coaches!

In episode No. 45 of our  “In The Paint Show,”  Ron and Dev go hard on the recently-released 2019-20 preseason FAB 50 rankings with special guest coaches Sean McAloon (of No. 1 IMG Academy of Florida) and Carl Arrigale (of No. 16 Neumann-Goretti of Pennsylvania).

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2019 Fab 50 Preseason Rankings No 31-50

Preseason 2019-20 FAB 50: Teams No. 31-50!

Today Ballislife.com tips off its 2019-20 high school basketball coverage with our first installment of the preseason 2019-20 FAB 50 National Team Rankings. We begin with teams No. 31-50, the squads looking to move into the Top 25 that can’t afford to get off to a slow start to the season. 

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“In The Paint” Podcast GOES IN On Pangos All-Fr/So Camps!

In episode No. 44 of our  “In The Paint Show,”  Ron and Dev go hard on the recent Pangos All-Frosh/Soph Camps (South, Midwest) and dish on the start of the NBA season. Who will win the NBA title? Special guest Van Coleman breaks down the Pangos Camps!

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“In The Paint” Podcast GOES IN On All-Decade Team!

In episode No. 43 of our  “In The Paint Show,”  Ron and Dev go hard on the NBA-China fiasco and break down the BIL All-Decade team with Stanley Johnson of the Toronto Raptors and Harrison Barnes of the Sacramento Kings. We also recap episodes No. 41 and No. 42!

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Ballislife's 2010's All-Decade Team

2010’s All-Decade All-American Team Shows Globalization of HSBB!

High school basketball in the 2000’s was all about nationally televising the best games and taking it mainstream. The 2010’s was all about that popularity taking the high school game global. That’s clearly evident on the 2010’s Ballislife All-Decade All-American Elite Team headlined by Australian Ben Simmons.

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“In The Paint” Podcast GOES IN On Single Sports Specialization!

In episode No. 35 of our “In The Paint Show,”  Ron and Dev go hard on the highly important topic of single-sport specialization at the dangers it possesses to young athletes and the long-term impacts it has on professional sports. Athletes and parents this is the one episode you’ll definitely want to listen in!

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“In The Paint” Podcast GOES IN On Basketball Training!

In episode No. 33 of our  “In The Paint Show,” Ron and Dev bring on Golden State Warriors scout LaMont Peterson and noted SoCal skill trainers Marc Rodgers and Clint Parks to talk basketball training and its evolution. The fellas talk balance between strength and conditioning vs. skills training, old school vs. new school methods and social media criticizing the workouts of NBA players? It it justified?

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“In The Paint” Podcast GOES IN On NCAA Academies!

In episode No. 32 of our  “In The Paint Show,”  Ron and Dev bring on Frank Burlison (scout perspective) and Aaron Burgin (participant/parent perceptive) to break down the just completed NCAA College Basketball Academies. What were the positives and negative aspects of the first time event?

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NCAA College Basketball Academies A Work In Progress

The NCAA’s overhaul of its college basketball recruiting calendar was center pieced on four regional academies. The first time events did showcase some deserving potential recruits in front of college coaches, but the overall product is a work in progress and a far cry from delivering to players and coaches the product it replaced.

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“In The Paint” Podcast GOES IN On Student-Athlete Rights!

In episode No. 31 of our  “In The Paint Show,” Ron and Dev bring on Ramogi Huma (National College Players Association) to go in on the Fair Pay To Play Act, a California bill that would have a profound impact on student-athletes’ quality of life should it become law. This is a must-listen for every parent and player with the goal of being a scholarship athlete!

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“In The Paint” Podcast GOES IN On Upcoming Live Period!

In episode No. 30 of our  “In The Paint Show,” Ron and Dev go in on the upcoming NCAA live period (July 11-14), the only travel ball-based live period for July, with four college coaches: Jason Hart (USC), Ryan Badrtalei (UC Irvine), John Rillie (UC Santa Barbara) and Damion Hill (Cal Poly Pomona). You don’t want to miss this episode!

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“In The Paint” Podcast GOES IN On NBA Free Agency!

In episode No. 29 of our  “In The Paint Show,” Dev and special guest host Joel Francisco join Doug Gottlieb to go in on the NBA’s free agent sweepstakes. Who are the big winners and losers? And what are Doug’s most underrated off-season moves so far?

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2019 Ballislife Jr All-American Camp

2019 BALLISLIFE Jr. All-American Camp presented by EBC Announced!

The 2019 BALLISLIFE Jr. All-American Camp presented by EBC takes place August 2-4 at American Sports Center (Anaheim, Calif.). For sign-up info check this story out and please visit elitebasketballcircuit.com.

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“In The Paint” Podcast GOES IN On Section 7, NBA Draft!

In episode No. 28 of our  “In The Paint Show,” Ron and Dev go in on the NBA’s Award Show and the Draft and bring on special guests Grant Rice of Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) and Colin Pfaff of Windward (Los Angeles) to break down the Section 7 Team Camp.

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AD To Lakers! “In The Paint” Podcast GOES IN On Trade, NBA Draft!

In episode No. 27 of our  “In The Paint Show,” Ron and Dev go in hard on the blockbuster NBA trade between the Pelicans and Lakers and the 2019 NBA Draft with special guest Rashad Phillips of Sports Talk 2319!

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Sets of Fives BALLIN at NBPA Top 100 Camp!

Wing Jabri Abdur-Rahim is among the top standouts at the NBPA Top 100 Camp we haven’t seen since early in the spring or the high school season. We break down four other standouts we haven’t seen since the spring and five more that were also at the recent Pangos All-American Camp!

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