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WATCH: Jalen Green throws down windmill, between-the-legs dunks

Jalen Green, one of the top athletes in his class and a dunker extraordinaire, threw down a pair of rim-rattling jams at the Holiday Classic on Wednesday.
His proclivity to finish strong at the rim is no secret.
Green has already shown off his style with USA Basketball, winning MVP of the 2018 FIBA U17 World Cup and competing in the 2017 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

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He gave the crowd at Torrey Pines High School (San Diego) just what helped him win gold medals in both tournaments.
The San Joaquin Memorial High School (Fresno, Calif.) star started the show by getting a steal and then racing down the court in a 1-on-0 fast break.
He threw down the windmill.

JALEN GREEN PICK ME UP @JalenRomande @TP_HdayClassic pic.twitter.com/Cbex2oPd6F
— Overtime (@overtime) December 26, 2018
Later in the game, Green went between-the-legs as if he were in the dunk contest.

Jalen Green just went BETWEEN THE LEGS @JalenRomande @TP_HdayClassic pic.twitter.com/PZi8Hlk3NC
— Overtime (@overtime) December 26, 2018
If this were a dunk contest, it looks like everyone else would be fighting for second place.
Green, a five-star junior, is the No. 2 player in the 2020 Chosen 25. He has yet to commit to a college but has visited Memphis and Florida State, according to 247 Sports.

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National Hoopfest: Despite reclass Anthony Edwards still not considering the G League option

HYATTSVILLE, Md. – Last month when Holy Spirit Prep (Atlanta) shooting guard Anthony Edwards announced that he was reclassifying from 2020 to 2019, his recruitment quite naturally went from laid back to intense overnight.
“It’s definitely picked up,” Edwards said.
College coaches are applying pressure with just four months left before the commencement of the NCAA’s Late Signing Period.
Makes sense since Edwards, who is ranked No. 2 overall in USA Today Sports’ Chosen 25 for 2019, is already projected to go No. 1 overall in the 2020 NBA Draft.
With that kind of buzz the poplar question is whether Edwards will be one of the players who opts for the G League’s new six-figure salary option.
The NBA announced recently that, beginning next year, select players would be able to earn $125,000 to play in its G League for a year before entering the NBA Draft.
Last month, prior to his reclassification, Edwards told USA Today Sports that G League route was “not for me.”
But Rod Strickland’s presence at Edwards’ game Friday night at the ARS Rescue Rooter National Hoopfest begs a revisit of that question.
Last month the NBA announced the hiring of Strickland, a 17-year NBA veteran and former college assistant, as program manager for the G League’s professional path program, which identifies elite high school players who would be NBA Draft early entry candidates if the one-and-done rule was not in place.
As it stands high school players must be one year removed from high school or be 19 to be eligible for the draft.
More than the six-figure salary, the lure of the G League’s professional path program is that, as pros, the players would be free to earn endorsement money. For example, DeAndre Ayton, the No. 1 overall pick last June to the Phoenix Suns, signed a four-year, multi-million dollar endorsement deal with Puma.
“I’m still only focused on going to college,” said Edwards who posted 41 points and 14 rebounds in Holy Spirit’s 85-73 win over Archbishop Carroll at the National Hoopfest. “That’s just not for me. I’m not worried about the money, that’ll be there. I want to experience college. I’m excited about that.”
Edwards said he’ll take official visits to Duke, Florida State, Michigan State and Kansas, while Georgia, UCLA and others remain in the mix as well.
“I’m going to get the dates for my visits soon,” Edwards said. “I’m just looking for the school where I’ll develop the most. I’m not looking at who’s there, who committed there or anything like that; I just want to go where I can develop and take my game to another level.”
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Recruiting Tip: Great recruiting advice from 3 different college coaches

The USA TODAY High School Sports Recruiting Tips are provided by our recruiting partner, Playced.com.
Over the last several years we’ve had the incredible opportunity to interview college coaches from all over the country, at every level and in almost every sport.  Every interview is different and I believe our readers have learned a lot about the recruiting process from every answer.  I firmly believe that when you want the answer to a specific question or you need advice, you should ask the experts, so that’s what we’ve been doing!  For this week’s recruiting tip, here’s some great recruiting advice on three different topics, from three different college coaches.

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Louisville Cardinals head coach Dan McDonnell heads to the dugout after meeting the umpires prior to the game against the TCU Horned Frogs at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, in 2017. (Photo: Bruce Thorson, USA TODAY Sports)
Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell
Question: Does the scholarship amount you offer a young man predict his playing time?
Answer: Not at all. This is not a situation where mom or dad is running the booster club, therefore their son has to play type thing! This is the best players are going to be on the field type thing. Scholarship or no scholarship, playing time will never be determined by anything other than who the best nine players are, on any given day. As a staff, we are extremely transparent with our guys during the recruiting process. We don’t make promises and we make sure we’re very clear that if you get on the field at Louisville, it’s because you’ve earned it.
For us to recruit you and make you an offer simply means we like you and we feel you have a great opportunity here. But, understand that you’ve got to perform. You’ve got to produce between the lines. We want to win championships and get you ready for pro ball. If we played you based on your scholarship amount, we’d be doing you a tremendous disservice. That’s just not how baseball works at the college level and beyond.
FSU softball coach Lonnie Alameda at the Unconquered Campaign announcement. (Photo: Wayne McGahee III, Tallahassee Democrat
Florida State Softball Coach Lonni Alameda
Question: What separates the best players from everyone else?
Answer: A commitment to growth is what separates the most successful athletes from the rest, regardless of the sport they play. But, that’s life, too. Successful people are constantly growing. They’re constantly learning. You always hear about the blue-chip athletes and how impactful they’re going to be at the next level. Yes, the physical component is big, and you would rather have it, than not. But any good coach will tell you that it’s not just about getting those kids into their program.
A team full of blue-chippers that are content with where they’re at isn’t going to win you a lot of games. It’s about getting the kids that are always striving to get better. They want more for themselves and more for their teammates. It’s hard to define success with one word or one idea. But I am certain that as long as you see consistent growth, success won’t be too far behind.
Mississippi Rebels infielder Errol Robinson (6) hugs head coach Mike Bianco after the loss to the Virginia Cavaliers in game twelve of the 2014 College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Virginia defeated Mississippi 4-1. (Photo: Steven Branscombe, USA TODAY Sports)
Ole Miss baseball coach Mike Bianco
Question: Tell me something you would want every high school athlete to know about the college recruiting process.
Answer: Quite honestly, we pay attention to how you fail. If we’re recruiting you, it’s a given that you have some physical talent. So, we pay attention to the moments you wouldn’t want us to see, or the moments you don’t think we’re watching you. How do you handle a strikeout? Do you run out fly balls? Do you have that competitive spirit during the pregame in and out? Most guys we recruit haven’t experienced a lot of failure, prior to getting to Ole Miss. And, I would say that’s typical for most college programs, too. If you want to play college baseball, especially for a school in one of the power five conferences, you’ve got to be mentally tough. You have to be able to handle tremendous adversity and there has to be a fire inside you that is undeniable to anyone who watches you play.