USA Basketball MIni-Camp 2018

Back in August, the NBA, NBPA, NCAA, and the USA Basketball Junior National Team announced a partnership creating a program with expanded access to some of the nation’s best recruits.  Hoops Factory TV was in attendance for the first Team USA mini Camp since the announcement and caught up with some of the biggest and brightest stars in the camp.  See the complete set of interviews here.

Extra Special Thanks to Jenny Johnston and the entire Team USA Staff for all their assistance!


2018 USA Basketball Mini-Camp Article

Back in August, the NBA along with the Players Association and the NCAA, announced a partnership with the USA Basketball Junior National Team.  The massive conglomerate’s goal was to create a program with expanded access to some of the nation’s best recruits.  While the Team USA October Mini-Camp has been held annually in the past, this year’s camp was expanded to include more freshman and sophomores than ever before.  The camp would also be the first to include a health and wellness component, as well as life skills classes, all as a part of the expanded program.
The camp began with players being divided up by class but a number of kids “played up” with an older group.  Players from the Class of 2019 & 2020 were grouped together but several of the top players in 2021 were moved up to play with the older group including Zion Harmon who was the only member of the class of 2021 with previous Team USA mini-camp experience.   Joining Harmon from the class of 2021 in the older group was Paolo Banchero, MVP from the 2nd annual IndiHoops World Championship, Jaden Hardy, BJ Boston, Terrence Clark and Patrick Baldwin Jr.
The stars of the camp though, were the upperclassman, despite injuries to a number of the most notable players in attendance. While James Wiseman, Cole Anthony, Jalen Green, and RJ Hampton all were in attendance though not playing; there was still plenty of high wattage play from Jaden McDaniels, Evan Mobley, Scottie Barnes, Josh Christopher, Scotty Lewis, Jabri Abdur-Rahim, and a host of others.  Even when not playing, Anthony and others were still extremely vocal during scrimmages and Saturday nights practice ended with the players choosing teams to root for with the losers and their fans having to do push ups.  Needless to say, both sides were highly engaged but in the end, Jaden McDaniels seized the spotlight leading the heavily favored white team to victory.
Standouts in the younger group included Michael Foster Jr, Adrian Griffin, and Dariq Whitehead but Class of 2022’s Emoni Bates showed why he has had so much hype and stood out even among the class of 2021 players.  During the Saturday night session, players were nixed uo with the class of 2019 practicing with players from 2021 & players from 2020 grouped with players from the class of 2022.  During this session, Bates found himself matched up with Scotty Barnes.  Despite Barnes physically maturity, Bates didn’t bat an eye and hung tough during drills. 
Overall, the camp represented a new beginning for USA basketball and their partnership with the NBA, the NBPA, & the NCAA went off without a hitch.

2018 USA Basketball Men's National Team Training Camp

HoopsFactoryTV was in the building for the USA Men's National Team's Training camp in July of 2018.  The star power in the building was electric and we caught up with a plethora of NBA stars including reigning league MVP, James Harden, All-Stars Blake Griffin and John Wall, and a host of others. Check out the video below!

Extra Special Thanks to Craig Miller and the entire Team USA Staff for all their assistance!


2018 USA Basketball U18 Training Camp

Hoops Factory TV was once again in attendance at Team USA Training Camp in June of 2018. While there, we spoke with the best high school basketball talent in the class of 2018 & 2019 including Quentin Grimes, Cole Anthony, Jalen Lecque, Scottie Lewis, and many more.  Check out the interviews here!

Extra Special Thanks to Caroline Williams, Jenny Johnston and the entire Team USA Staff for all their assistance!


2018 USA Basketball U18 Training Camp Article

Ahead of the 2018 U18 Championships, 33 of the best prep basketball players in the country descended on Colorado Springs in attempt to qualify for the U18 USA team.  In our country, turning 18 years old has become a rite of passage signifying a change in societal status.  One day the government considers you a minor, dependent on ones parents for survival; the next, an adult with a slew of new rights and responsibilities.  The transition from childhood to adulthood is an experience we all go through; no matter our differences, being 18 years old and unsure of the future is something almost everyone can relate too. This age traditionally represents the time when one begins learning who they are and what they want their life to look like.  For the 33 young men who were invited to try out for the USA U18 basketball team, there was a very clear vision of what they wanted their life to look like.  For these burgeoning adults, the USA U18 training camp represented an opportunity to win a gold medal by participating in the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship and continue to develop their game with some of the best competition around.

Almost every high school athlete dreams of going pro but for the 12 players would eventually make the roster, making the NBA would be that much closer.  The 2016 version of the U18 squad featured overall #1 pick in the 2017 Draft, Markelle Fultz as well as a slew of others slated to be drafted later this month.  Even the players who would not make the final cut could take solace that projected 2018 first round pick, Lonnie Walker was not among the names selected in 2016.  

Team USA basketball is the biggest name among grassroots organizations and as always attracted the best young talent in the game.  This training camp was no different and featured between 4 & 6 of the top 10 players in the class of 2019, depending on the recruiting service; the U18 training camp highly competitive and intense.   This was highlighted by the effort in defensive drills on day 3 of the camp.  The drills were hotly contested and showed the spirit the group had as well as the focus of the coaching staff.  The group had just been cut from 33 to 18 and it was clear no one wanted to be in the last 6 left off the final roster.

Among the invitees were 9 players in the class of 2018 including Quentin Grimes and Coby White, headed to Kansas and North Carolina respectively.   The two, who had both participated in the McDonalds All-American game in March, showed they were among the cream of the crop throughout the camp.  After one practice, the pair got extra shots up together, while others packed up or visited with family; Grimes and White seemed focus on the task at hand even though the were already leading the pack. 

Grimes was a member of the 2018 Nike Hoops Summit team with USA basketball & seemed poised to take on the role of team leader.  When asked, Grimes confirmed he was looking to be a leader in the upcoming FIBA Americas, "Being here at the training camp and then playing at the Hoops Summit... I know what the coaches want out there on the court and what we need to do to get a gold medal."  

UNC commit Coby White proved he was among the best guards entering college this year with a feathery touch from 3 and tenacity on the defensive end. White was in Colorado a mere weeks before he was scheduled to enroll at North Carolina but said the opportunity to play for Team USA was one he was unwilling to pass up, "It's always a great opportunity, not many people can say they got a chance to play for a gold medal."  White followed that up by saying, "I'm here now, and I really want to make the team; ...I'm just going to do whatever it takes." 

Also in camp were a plethora of standout players from the class of 2019 but among the stars that shone brightest, were those of Cole Anthony and Tyrese Maxey.  Anthony, the newly crowned EYBL MVP showed out and seemed to have cemented his spot on the team early on in the process.  From there, he went straight to stepping up as one of the leaders of the team being extremely vocal both on the court and bench.  During the scrimmages during the first 3 days of the camp, Anthony was routinely among the most talkative players on defense and was always up on the bench and encouraging his teammates when not in the game.  Meanwhile, Maxey showed a scoring ability coupled with an ability to distribute for his teammates, even when the defensive intensity was ratcheted all the way up.  After 3 consecutive stops against his team on one drill; Maxey calmly took the ball to start the set and proceeded to get an assist for a three to a teammate, followed by a possession where he knocked down a three of his own.

In charge of these basketball prodigies for their excursion into Canada would be University of Kansas coach Bill Self.  Self had been tabbed as the Head Coach for the U18 squad and was joining Jayhawks top incoming recruit, Grimes in camp.  When asked if his coach was "tough-nosed", Grimes confirmed Self would be taking no shorts from his players.  "He is real honest guy and he coaches them hard and I like that."

By the conclusion of fifth day, the roster had been set.  Grimes, White, Anthony and Maxey had all made the team along with Armando Bacot, Ayo Dosunmu, Kamaka Hepa, Matthew Hurt, Trayce Jackson-Davis, Josiah James, Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, and Mark Watts Jr.   For Team USA, the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship began on Sunday, June 10 with a Preliminary match-up against the Dominican Republic followed by games against Panama and Puerto Rico with elimination round games to follow.

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2018 Real Route 66

HoopsFactoryTV was in attendance for the Real Route 66 tournament in Tulsa, OK in early April.  Be on the lookout for the complete episode coming soon including interviews with the best talent at the tournament.

USA Basketball Mini-Camp 2017

Hoops Factory TV was once again in attendance at Team USA Mini Camp in October of 2017. While there, we spoke with the best high school basketball talent in the country including Zion Williamson, Bol Bol, Cameron Reddish, Romeo Langford, Immanuel Quickley and many more.  Check out the interviews here!

USA Basketball U19 Training Camp

While at the Team USA U19 Training Camp in June of 2017, HoopsFactoryTV chopped it up with some of the best young basketball talent in the country including Hamidou Diallo, P.J. Washington Jr., Cameron Reddish, Romeo Langford, and many more.  Check out the interviews here!

Extra Special Thanks to the Team USA staff & Craig Miller for all their assistance!


USA Basketball Mini-Camp

While at the Team USA Mini Camp in October of 2016, HoopsFactoryTV in association with IndiHoops Media caught up with some of the best high school basketball talent in the country including Micheal Porter Jr, Wendall Carter Jr., Kevin Knox, Colin Sexton, and many more.  Check out the interviews here!

Extra Special Thanks to the Team USA staff & Craig Miller for all their assistance!


C.I.F. Southern Regional Finals

Hoops Factory TV was granted access to cover the C.I.F. State Semi-Finals of the Open Division between Bishop Montgomery and the undefeated Chino Hills team considered to be among the best in the nation.  While there we spoke with a number of the Southern Section Champion Huskies including newly named Gatorade Player of the Year, Lonzo Ball.

Extra Special Thanks to the C.I.F. Event staff & Thom Simmons for all their assistance!


HoopHall West 2015

During the cold winter months, the Hoophall West was setting gyms ablaze in the Arizona Desert. Check out who we caught up with during the two-night showcase.

Extra Special Thanks to the Event staff &
Nicole Taylor/Position Sports for all their assistance!


USA Basketball Men's National Team

Hoops Factory TV was granted access to the USA Men's National Team training camp in August of 2015 featuring the best basketball players in the world. During the USA Basketball Men's National Team Training Camp, Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook, Kyrie Irving, Blake Griffin and a host of others took a moment to bless Hoops Factory TV.  
Check out the interviews here!

Extra Special Thanks to the Team USA staff & Craig Miller for all their assistance!


USA Basketball U19 Training Camp

Before they departed for the 2015 FIBA World Championships in Greece, Hoops Factory TV was privileged enough to speak with a number of the attendee's to the U19 Training Camp in Colorado Springs.

Extra Special Thanks to the Team USA staff & Craig Miller for all their assistance!



USA Basketball U16 Training Camp

Before they departed for the 2015 FIBA Americas in Argentina, Hoops Factory TV was privileged enough to speak with USA U16 head coach Don Showalter. Coach Showalter discussed the alignment the exists from the Senior national team all the way down to the Junior team and the sacrifices that occur on all levels for the teams greater good.



Artcle on Erik Kinnebrew, JuCo Player and son of Elbert Kinnebrew,

director of the CalSparks AAU program in the Santa Maria Sun

Allan Hancock College’s Women’s Assistant Basketball Coach Larry Carney (pictured center) presented a check for $2,500 to the Mission Hope Cancer Center at Hancock’s annual Carney’s Coaches vs. Cancer fundraiser. - PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDREW MASUDA

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HFTV News At
The 2014 Max Preps Holiday Classic

Hoops Factory TV was in attendance at the 2014 Max Preps Holiday Classic and caught up with some of the tournament's top newsmakers including Rex Pflueger & Harrison Butler of Mater Dei High School, Devearl Ramsey, Cody Riley & Coach Ty Nichols of Sierra Canyon High School, Tournament Co-MVP Ty Hudson Jared Hudson, & Derek Ogbeide of Pebblebrook High School, and Kameron Edwards of Etiwanda High School.

HFTV News At
The 2014 Tarkanian Classic

Hoops Factory TV was privileged enough to again gain access to the 2014 Tarkanian Classic. Check out the short interviews with some of the best in the country including Prolific Prep's highly rated guard Josh Jackson and head coach Philippe Doherty. We also catch up with Prime Prep's Terrance Ferguson, Findlay Prep's Derryck Thornton, & Putnam City's Tyson Jolly. We also catch up with some of SoCal's finest in TJ Leaf, Sedrick Barefield, Kendall Small, & Billy Preston.





FCP Fall Showcase
& All- Frosh/ Soph Camp


Hoops Factory TV was granted unfettered access to The Full Court Press Fall Showcase and All Frosh/Soph camp in September and October of last year.  The Fall Showcase was held on a sweltering day in Bellflower, CA at St. John Bosco High School and featured of some of the best basketball talent in the state in all classes including Rex Pflueger, Sedrick Barefield, Michael Cage Jr., Kendall Small and consensus top 5 player Stanley Johnson. The All Frosh/Soph camp was a two-day affair hosted at Cerritos College in Norwalk, CA and included a bevy of young talent including the state's top rated player in the class of 2016, Lonzo Ball.  The All Frosh/Soph camp also featured the sons of two former NBA players, Julian Payton and Charles O'Bannon Jr.  Both events were attended by a slew of media including Frank Burlison, Ron Flores, Gerry Frietas, Joel Francisco and the All Frosh/Soph camp was Co-Directed by Compton Magic Founder Etop Udo-Ema. 

Hoops Factory was able to procure exclusive interviews with some of the events top prospects including the overall #1 player in California, Stanley Johnson. The episode also includes interviews with two, class of 2015 players, in ESPNU's top 15, Rex Pflueger and Sedrick Barefield who discuss their goals for the upcoming year and goals the future. At the All Frosh/Soph Camp we caught up with Class of 2016 standout Lonzo Ball and National Champion with the 1995 UCLA Bruins, Charles O'Bannon, who discussed the state of college athletics today and his viewpoint on paying college athletes.  Compton Magic's Etop Udo-Ema educated viewers on the roots of one of the top AAU programs in the nation, highlighted the truckload of talent that has come through his pipeline and was excelling at the Division 1 level.

 Cal-Hi/Student Sports' Ron Flores rounds out the episode discussing everything from the current state of grassroots basketball. Event coordinator and FCP & Pangos founder Dinos Trigonis provides a truly insightful and one of a kind perspective on topics ranging from his own success to the overall state of the grassroots industry. Extra Special Thanks to Dinos Trigonis for providing access and giving of his time during the taping of this episode. Stay tuned as HFTV releases content on" 2013-2014 HS Season In Review".

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El Cerrito, CA - October 2, 2011 - The 1% Basketball Club in association with Prospect Hill/Crazy Ace Productions proudly presents The Nor-Cal Super 100 Basketball Camp Television Show. Featuring an in depth looks at the recent camp featuring some the best basketball talent in the class of 2013. Held on September 17th at El Cerrito High School in Northern California's Bay Area, the camp was run by 1% Club Founder & Owner Jeremy Russotti.

NIKE Body Conditioning Guru Alan Stein, who has worked with such notable athletes as Kevin Durant, was also in attendance to assist in strength & conditioning drills. The show features a number of interviews with Russotti, Stein, various players, as well as Playground Legend and subject of the 2003 documentary "Hooked", Demetrius 'Hook' Mitchell. Shot on the day of the event the show provides an insightful and exciting look at some of the best young basketball talent in the state.

Notable players at the event included Aaron Gordon, Marcus Lee, Jabari Bird, Stephen Domingo, Ivan Rabb, Johnnie Vassar, Leo Smith, and Langston Morris-Walker. Gordon, Bird, Lee and Domingo are rated as four of the top five players in the state for the class of 2013 by ESPNU. Gordon recently led the USA U16 Team in scoring, and the entire 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship Tournament in rebounding en route to a Gold Medal.

The Nor-Cal Super 100 show will provide a fun, fact filled, informative journey throughout the day’s events with in depth looks at players drive, dedication, and commitment to continual improvement. Russotti and Stein's selflessness is also on display as they provide such valuable services at no charge to some of the most deserving youths around.



Jason O'Neill

Managing Editor for Prospect Hill Productions

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The 1% Basketball Club recently hosted The Nor-Cal Super 100 Camp in California's Bay Area at El Cerrito High School. The camp included many of the top prep players in Northern California including three of the top players in the class of 2013. 1% club founder Jeremy Russotti hosted the day’s events which included a series of NBA style conditioning and strength training exercises. Professional strength & conditioning coach Alan Stein was in attendance to direct much of the morning session. Stein, who has trained such notables as Kevin Durant, ran the players through a vast array of stretches, strength training, balance & coordination drills designed to strength the player’s bodies as well as their games. The afternoon session featured a series of high quality showcase games including a match up of two of ESPNU's top 11 players in the class of 2013. Under Russotti's direction, the camp went off without a hitch. Players were given a vast array of valuable information ranging from creating space using deceleration on the court; to making sure they thanked people in their everyday lives in efforts to make them winners off the court as well.

Here are a few of the players that distinguished themselves during the camp.

Aaron Gordon : 6'7'' 210, PF, Archbishop Mitty (San Jose, CA) 2013

            Displaying a level of athleticism & skill, Gordon showed why he was the camps highest profile player. Last year, Gordon led Archbishop Mitty to one of the most successful basketball seasons in the schools history which included WCAL League and Playoff Championships, the CCS Division II title, the Nor-Cal Championship and CIF State D2 title. Then, early in the summer of 2011, Gordon led the USA's U16 team in scoring and the entire tournament in rebounding during a Gold Medal run in the 2011 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. Gordon is long & lean leaper who has been compared to Blake Griffin for his propensity to posterize opponents. One of the top players in the class of 2013, Gordon showed out at the camp with a dazzling display of dunk, drives, and rebounds; but maybe most impressive was the ferocity with which he attacked the basket and deft footwork that make him a nightmare for all defenders.

Jabari Bird : 6'6'' 190, SG, Salesian (Richmond, CA) 2013

            Probably the most prototypical pro player in the camp.  Like Gordon, Bird is also ranked among the top players in the class of 2013. Showing off a remarkable ability to get to the rim at will, Bird looked like the player most likely to continue scoring on any level moving forward. While not possessing a lighting quick first step, Bird has a unique body control and surprising length that allows him to drive and finish with relative ease. Long and agile, Bird features a silky handle and soft touch in the lane. While his outside touch is legitimate, he still needs to improve his consistency from long range. Already possessing great lift, which he showcased at the camp with several highlight reel dunks. Bird looks to be an even better player in the future with improved strength & conditioning, like that being provided by the 1% Club. ( Cal Commit 2013).

Stephen Domingo : 6'6'' 180, SF, St. Ignatius (San Francisco, CA) 2013

            Domingo, one of the best shooters in his class, is a wiry forward with a high level of maturity and growing understanding of the game. Domingo was selected as a member of the USA's U16 Men’s Developmental National Team after attending the October 2010 mini-camp. While Domingo struggled at the Super 100 camp, he is still one of the best players in the nation. An agile player on the perimeter, Domingo also has the ability to rebound and defend in the low post; A well rounded player with an effortless jumper and a willingness to learn coupled with a hunger to get better. One of the most engaging campers, his intelligence was evident and his desire to apply his intellect to his already numerous basketball skills promises to give this youngster a chance to continue to ascend to the games highest level. (Georgetown 2012 Reclassification).

Johnnie Vassar : 6'0'' 160, PG, La Lumiere (LaPorte, IN) 2014

            One of the youngest players in the camp, also traveled one of the longest distances to get there. Vassar, a Chicago native with strong California ties, will play this upcoming season along side prized but controversial Indiana recruit, Hanner Perea. Last October, Vassar was invited to the USA's U16 Men's Developmental National Team October Mini-Camp. The most explosive player of any height in the Super 100 camp, Vassar is a young guard with great bounce who had all in attendance captivated by his dunks during pre-game warm ups. A speedy guard with tremendous upper body strength and a lighting quick first step, Vassar showed all in attendance a range of skills. A heady playmaker a well, Vassar processes a solid handle and ability to get into the teeth of the defense and finish with contact or dish off to an open teammate.

Other notable players include Ivan Rabb (#1 2015), Marcus Lee, Langston Morris-Walker, Trevor Dunbar, Aubrey Dawkins, Leo Smith, David Ahern, Rae Jackson, Tanner Giddens.

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