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the HoopGurlz staff: Bayou event fields hot prospects

Because of the unrelenting, humidity-infused heat, there’s a lot that is not really easy about the Big Easy in the summer. Case in point is the Basketball on the Bayou girls’ basketball exposure tournament. Rarely is so much of the area’s talent so concentrated in one place as it is here. Which makes the daytime action fast, furious and, yes, white hot — a perfect prospect preamble to an equally rollicking night in the French Quarter.

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some high school summer ball coverage: Girls basketball program adds to robust scene

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from Kelvin Powell at Hoopgurlz: Fila event draws big performances

Michael T. White’s inaugural Fila Nationals girls’ basketball tournament hosted 149 teams from three age divisions. Here’s a look at some of the standouts.

and from the HG staff: Nike Nationals has impressive showings

Each summer the recruiting trail reveals talent we’ve never seen, talent that’s evolved and progressed, and young talent on which it’s worth keeping a watchful eye. While Nike Nationals annually offers up some of the best teams and competition, by the end of the month most of the promising athletes on their rosters have been evaluated. This year’s edition offered some stepped-up performances by several known players as well as many impressive showings in the first-year junior division. Here are just a few who were still taking their game to another level at the close of the evaluation period.

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From Kelvin Powell at HoopGurlz:

The ESPN Wide World of Sports served as the host for this year’s AAU Girls Basketball National Championships in multiple age groups. This year’s version included over 200 teams in three divisions each looking to capture one of the most coveted prizes in all of summer basketball — the AAU National Championship.

The field included teams from as far as the state of Washington and as close as the hosting Sunshine State. The action was competitive and intense with each team eyeing the gold basketball trophies that have come to symbolize excellence in amateur athletics.

We were there and so were these notable standouts.

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from the HoopGurlz staff: Talent out of national team’s shadow

While several of the first-half NCAA exposure tournaments seemed to suffer a bit from the absence of elite prospects pursuing a gold medal in France, the Nike Summer Showcase is so centrally located, it instead served to feature many recruits who might have been otherwise overlooked. The sprawling, 288-team event especially revealed some of the risers in the 2011 class.

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seeing this bird (the Mourning Warbler), puts birders into the birding doldrums because it means spring migration is all but done.

Sounds like Sue over at “They’re Playing Basketball” has hit the recruiting Sargasso Sea.

And the dead period begins……..

No official NCAA viewing for the next six days.

Tournaments wrapped up today in preparation for this dormant period, including the Cal Sparks Summer Games.

Cal Sparks Gold won the Elite Group A pool.

West Coast Premier Black won the Elite Group B pool.

EBO Red won the Elite Group C pool.

West Coast Premier Red won the Elite Group D pool.

I wish there were other bloggers around the country who would post the results of the NCAA viewing tourneys of the last few days.

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