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Recruiting Tip: Why attending a camp is important

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Attending camps can play a huge role in the college recruiting process. Not only does it serve your purposes of getting on campus and getting a feel for what that program has to offer you, it also serves a great purpose for that program getting to know you. There are a few things to consider when you’re deciding on which camps you’ll attend. First, make sure you’re going to camps at schools you could actually be admitted to and play for. Second, make sure you know which coaches will be there and let them know you plan on attending. Lastly, do your best to get a real feel for what life would be like in that program if you were to be there for the next four years. Talk to current players, get to know the coaches and get to know the campus.
By attending a school’s camp, you’re sending a clear message to that coaching staff that you’re interested in their program. You’re able to evaluate how you feel about the school and the program. And, you’re allowing those coaches to get their eyeballs on you to figure how well you fit in with what they’re doing. When you break it down, that’s all you can ask for. Even better, getting to camps at the school’s you’re interested in is something you totally control.
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VIDEO: The Opening Regionals faceoff between WR Demond Demas and DB Faizal Akinlusi was epic

Want to see something fun? This is what happens when you pit two top athletes against each other with something on the line.
First, the backdrop: As documented here, Demond Demas is one of the most talented wide receiver prospects in the Class of 2020. The Tomball (Texas) High wideout is a five-star prospect, a Texas A&M commit and a flat-out baller who competes on every route in every practice.
Enter Faizal Akinlusi. A fellow Houston-area stud, though not ranked as highly as Demas, Akinlusi still shutdown the higher-wattage star in their first drill together at The Opening South Texas Regional in Houston.
Then Demas did something almost unheard of on a stage like that: He demanded the route be run again.

DB (@faaiiz15): Wins the first rep.
WR (@DemondDemas1): "LINE IT BACK UP THEN!"
Some good battles goin' on out here in Houston pic.twitter.com/DemDLXxdyc
— The Opening (@TheOpening) March 17, 2019

The result the second time around ended up in Demas’ favor, as you can see in the video directly above. That was courtesy an almost spot perfect route from the receiver and his trademark fight for the ball.
Still, the biggest and most touching takeaway may have been the respect both players showed for one another as they got up off the turf following the second run.
This is as good as drills can get. One player with nothing to lose (Akinlusi) throwing his full talent and ambition to the wind and hoping for the best. Another player with everything to lose competing as if he was the underdog, because he simply doesn’t care.
From start to finish, the brief encounter reinforced Demas’ potential greatness and it may have helped put Akinlusi more firmly on a national (or at least a regional) radar. That’s full credit to both players.

Syracuse signee Joe Girard hits overtime buzzer beater to win championship

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. — With three seconds remaining and Glens Falls down one point in overtime, everyone in Floyd L. Maines Veteran Memorial Arena knew where the ball was going.
Syracuse signee Joseph Girard III shook off two defenders to catch the inbound pass before hitting an acrobatic layup at the buzzer to lift Glens Falls to a 75-74 win over Lowville in the New York state Class B championship.
“There are a lot of things going through my mind. I couldn’t do it without the local community here. We travel well, we’re behind each other and I couldn’t do it without these guys,” Girard said.
His dream moment almost didn’t happen. After Girard missed the game-tying free throw with five seconds left he was called for a lane violation and was taken out of the game so the Indians could foul.

Syracuse signee @JG3_____ for the win at the buzzer! Makes the drive against a double team. @GFSDathletics is your state champs. @DandC @jjDandC pic.twitter.com/PBicPXZYew
— S. Johnson (@StevieJ_ROC) March 16, 2019
Lowville turned the ball over on an offensive foul, but Girard couldn’t enter the game since no time had gone off the clock. However, Red Raiders knocked out Glens Falls first inbound pass out of bounds, giving Girard one more chance to make magic.
“When I saw the opportunity to go back in, I knew it was my time. I credit my grandfather, he helped me with that play and got me open,” Girard said.
Girard, New York state’s all-time leading high school scorer with more than 4,000 points, entered the state tournament weekend averaging 49 points per game and finished with 50 points in the title game. He sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer with nine seconds left in regulation.

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The state championship was Glens Falls first ever in basketball and Girard led the Indians to the 2016 and 2018 Class B state championships in football.
Girard will also get at least one more opportunity to play in front of his home fans as the Federation Tournament will be played in Glens Falls next weekend.

<p><em>(Photo: Kate Collins /Democrat & Chronicle)</em></p>

<p><em>(Photo: Kate Collins /Democrat & Chronicle)</em></p>

<p><em>(Photo: Kate Collins /Democrat & Chronicle)</em></p>

<p><em>(Photo: Kate Collins /Democrat & Chronicle)</em></p>

Syracuse Orange coaches Gerry McNamara and Jim Boeheim watch as Glen Falls defeated Lowville to capture the NYSPHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament Class B Championship at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton. March 16, 2019.

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Joseph Girard II (11) of Glen Falls as Glen Falls faced off against Lowville in the NYSPHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament Class B Championship, Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton. March 16, 2019.

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Glen Falls vs. Lowville, NYSPHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament Class B Championship, Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton. March 16, 2019.

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Joseph Girard II (11) of Glen Falls as Glen Falls faced off against Lowville in the NYSPHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament Class B Championship, Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton. March 16, 2019.

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Glen Falls vs. Lowville, NYSPHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament Class B Championship, Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton. March 16, 2019.

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Glen Falls vs. Lowville, NYSPHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament Class B Championship, Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton. March 16, 2019.

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David Barclay of Glen Falls (4) during Glen Falls vs. Lowville, NYSPHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament Class B Championship, Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton. March 16, 2019.

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Glen Falls vs. Lowville, NYSPHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament Class B Championship, Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton. March 16, 2019.

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Joseph Girard II (11) of Glen Falls looks to get past Aidan MacAulay (23) of Lowville as Glen Falls faced off against Lowville in the NYSPHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament Class B Championship, Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton. March 16, 2019.

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Glen Falls vs. Lowville, NYSPHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament Class B Championship, Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton. March 16, 2019.

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Glen Falls vs. Lowville, NYSPHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament Class B Championship, Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton. March 16, 2019.

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Joseph Girard II (11) of Glen Falls looks to get past Gavin MacAulay (13) of Lowville as Glen Falls faced off against Lowville in the NYSPHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament Class B Championship, Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton. March 16, 2019.

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Glen Falls vs. Lowville, NYSPHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament Class B Championship, Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton. March 16, 2019.

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Joseph Girard II (11) of Glen Falls looks to get past Aidan MacAulay (23) of Lowville as Glen Falls faced off against Lowville in the NYSPHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament Class B Championship, Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton. March 16, 2019.

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Glen Falls vs. Lowville, NYSPHSAA Boys Basketball State Tournament Class B Championship, Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, Binghamton. March 16, 2019.

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Michigan basketball championship ends in travel violation, intentional foul. Were the calls right?

Pewamo-Westphalia (Mich.) pulled off a stunning comeback in the final minutes to defeat Iron Mountain (Mich.), 53-52, for its first ever Division 3 boys basketball state title in East Lansing on Saturday.
The final seconds in the game of two unbeatens was full of drama, including a travel call against Iron Mountain, which was up a point at the time, and then an intentional foul call, which gave Pewamo-Westphalia two free throws and the ball with 0.7 seconds remaining. Collin Trierweiler made both free throws for the win.
Iron Mountain was going in for a layup, but this was called a travel with 5.3 seconds left.

Iron Mountain up 1 – could go up 3 after breaking the press. You make the call. Official called a travel. Travel or no? pic.twitter.com/Et0qvYaQWg
— Steve Finamore (@CoachFinamore) March 16, 2019
So, what do you think? Travel or no?

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And here’s the intentional foul sequence.

This was the intentional foul they called on Iron Mountain’s Marcus Johnson. Pewamo-Westphalia gets two FTs, 0.7 seconds left in game. pic.twitter.com/9IhOCLZB7C
— Bryce Derouin (@B_DEROUIN) March 16, 2019
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VIDEO: Oak Cliff Faith Family wins Texas high school basketball title on walk-off dunk

One of the more exciting finishes to a high school basketball state title game came in a surprisingly small classifications.
With the Texas Class 4A state championship game somehow knotted at 51 — Oak Cliff Faith Family Academy, from the Dallas-Fort Worth area, had entered as significant favorites — Faith Family got one more chance to win the game and regulation.
With 20 seconds remaining after Liberty Hill knotted the game on a layup, Faith Family brought the ball up the floor and worked the clock. With the final seconds ticking away, a drive to the lane opened up a backdoor, baseline cut from freshman forward Jordan Walsh, who received a spot perfect pass, elevated and flushed home a game and state-title winning dunk as the final tenths of a second expired.

OMG!!!!! 4A state
Freshman Jordan Walsh buzzer beating DUNK @OnlyJWalsh
Faith Family 53, Liberty Hill 51#SCtop10 @ESPNAssignDesk pic.twitter.com/4rlXGveW0u
— Hoopinsider.net (@hoopinsider) March 10, 2019

Game, set, match and title, Faith Family. 53-51.
Here’s another look:

Game winning dunk!!! @uiltexas @hoopinsider Oak Cliff Faith Family vs Liberty Hill 4a state championship!!! pic.twitter.com/JMKAeTRovL
— Ryan Carrington (@nupesolo) March 10, 2019

“I feel on top of the world. I feel like I’m the man,” Walsh told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram after the game, which was played in San Antonio’s Alamodome. “Glad my teammates made it available for me.”
They made it available, but the 6-foot-6, 175-pound first year breakout star absolutely made it his, slamming home the season’s most decisive points with authority.
“Just like we drew it up, right,” Faith Family coach Brandon Thomas told the Star-Telegram. “I can’t even believe we’ve done it. To win it in that fashion, it’s unreal. It’s a story-book ending.”
And if there was any question that the coaching didn’t end at the final whistle, here’s Thomas, consoling a Liberty Hill player after the hard fought loss:

FINAL: Oak Cliff Faith Family 53, Liberty Hill 51. Freshman Jordan Walsh with the dunk at the buzzer to win it. Nice moment with Oak Hill coach Brandon Thomas consoling a Liberty Hill player. #UILState pic.twitter.com/kVikimKsR5
— Matt Young (@Chron_MattYoung) March 10, 2019

Will the walk-off dunk prove to be the most dramatic finish of a state title game in 2019? It’s certainly in contention, and the crowd reaction will be awfully hard to beat.

VIDEO: Watch Virginia high school star DeMarr McRae self-assist on thunder dunk

The Virginia state basketball semifinals and finals are ongoing, and we may already have the highlight of the title round.
During John Marshall High School’s (Richmond, Va.) Virginia Class 3 state semifinal against Phoebus (Va.) High School, Marshall found itself chasing the game when it pulled away a steal near its own defensive perimeter.
Senior DeMarr McRae immediately popped out ahead on the break, ready for an outlet pass. He got the pass, somehow turned a dribble into a pitch perfect bounce assist, then threw down a monster slam.

Finished it with something EXTRA (via @Nathan_Epstein) pic.twitter.com/qpqr2EC4uK
— Overtime (@overtime) March 7, 2019

It was a touchstone moment in Newport News, with McRae seemingly putting Marshall on path to a spot in the state title game.
Instead, it wasn’t to be. Phoebus pulled out the back-and-forth contest, in overtime, 74-71. The loss ended McRae’s high school career.
At least he went out with a bang.

VIDEO: Christian Laettner's buzzer beater has nothing on this wild inbounds with 0.4 left

In the annals of wild buzzer beating plays, few can compare to the Grant Hill-to-Christian Laettner Elite 8 game-winner for Duke in the Blue Devils’ 1992 NCAA Tournament run.
Well, this one can.
Trailing by two with just 0.4 remaining in overtime, Cape Central High School (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) found itself with the ball under its own basket. That essentially meant that Cape Central had just enough time for a full court inbounds football pass and an immediate tip attempt.
Incredibly, that’s just what it got, thanks to an incredible inbounds pass from Caleb Oswald to Kinyon Hodges, who lifted a would-be catch and saw it slip through the hoop as time expired.
Hodges’ miracle shot tied the game and forced a second overtime, where Cape Central pulled away from Notre Dame for a win.

They were down 2 with 0.4 seconds left… (via @AdamKingKFVS) pic.twitter.com/If1xNRv2oH
— Overtime (@overtime) February 27, 2019

It’s hard to find too much fault with Notre Dame, to be fair. It would be hard for anyone to mentally bounce back from that kind of a play.
Either way, it made for one heck of a highlight, and one that we aren’t likely to see topped again anytime soon.

Arkansas HS team starts ruckus by cutting down nets at defeated foe after clinching conference

An Arkansas high school basketball game descended into momentary madness when the victors attempted to collect their spoils, even though they were doing so on an opposing court.
As noted by our friends at The Big Lead, among other outlets, Tuesday night’s Little Rock (Ark.) Hall High School 57-43 victory at Little Rock (Ark.) Parkview clinched the Arkansas Activities Association 5A Central Conference championship. As the final seconds ticked off the clock, Hall players brought out a broom (that had first been wielded by their coach) to celebrate, memorializing Hall’s season sweep against Parkview.
According to Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Hall also tried to bring out a ladder to cut down the Parkview nets, though you can’t see it in the video below.
Parkview didn’t take kindly to that gesture, with Parkview players chasing after their Hall counterparts and initiating a classic heated shoving and pushing match.

It's what happens in the 501 … it's LRHall vs. LRParkview … it's a rivalry game … and it got hot AFTER the final horn … pic.twitter.com/CvpLF9yG9L
— Kevin McPherson (@ARHoopScoop) February 20, 2019

That could have been the end … but it wasn’t. Instead, just as cooler heads began to prevail near the sideline, a Hall player brought out a chair from the bench and pair of scissors to finish cutting down one of the Parkview nets to commemorate the title.
It was a brazen move, and one which drew more ire from the Parkview crowd and at least one campus security officer, who gesticulated at the players to stop without actually forcing them to.
In the end, Hall escaped with a net, Parkview school security escaped without having to arrest everyone and all sides left with a slight decrease in self dignity.
“That’s petty,” Parkview coach Al Flanigan told the Democrat Gazette. “That’s just like the coach, man. I would never in a million years do anything like that. I would never try to embarrass nobody. If I won the game, I’d just shake hands and go home. That’s what it’s all about.
“He ain’t got no respect for the game. But that’s alright. What goes around, comes around.”

VIDEO: Utah team wins season finale on behind-the-back buzzer beater

There are tough ways to lose a game, and then there’s what the Manila (Utah) High School squad just went through.
Facing off against Tabiona (Utah) High at home on Senior Night, Manila found itself knotted in a 44-44 tie, with time for one more miracle attempt when it earned an inbounds under the Tabiona basket with just seconds remaining.
What happened next, well, see for yourself:

Just imagine losing on this shot… (via @tanney_23) pic.twitter.com/Fas7wSAsi2
— Overtime (@overtime) February 19, 2019

The killer here, of course, is that Tabiona actually defended that play pretty darned well. It cut off all the preferred perimeter options as none were open. Garrett Slaugh — that’s who we think is the young man pulling this out — got the ball, but he was blocked off from a decent look at the basket. In fact, the only shot he had was an over-the-head, backwards, good luck heave.
Apparently Slaugh had been saying his Hail Mary’s, because the desperation move delivered, and Manila escaped with the wildest of wins, 46-44.
The victory improved the Mustangs to 15-6 on the season and 7-1 in the region, locking in a berth in the forthcoming Utah Class 1A playoffs. It’s a nice pay off for a wild bucket that no one will forget anytime soon.

VIDEO: Watch No. 1 overall 2020 football recruit Zach Evans squat 605 pounds

Zachary Evans is a profoundly talented young running back. The proverbial “bell cow” back for Galena Park (Texas) North Shore High has risen to the top of the Class of 2020 recruiting rankings, now sitting at No. 1 overall in 247Sports’ most recent list.
He’s 6-foot, 213 pounds of explosive muscle, which makes his ability to squat 605 pounds multiple times all the more impressive.
This is Zach Evans on a squat workout:

Top RB Zach Evans with BACK TO BACK squats at 605 @Runzekerun01 (via @CoachJP3) pic.twitter.com/B3mM4pY8Ff
— Overtime (@overtime) February 20, 2019

That, folks, is impressive. Not once, but twice Evans drops down and lands a picture perfect squat at 605 pounds, more than three times his weight. Add to that a 4.5 second 40-yard dash, a 34-inch vertical and the kind of competitive willpower to simply bowl over anyone in his way, and it’s not hard to see why the nation’s top programs are all in hot pursuit of Mr. Evans.
In the meantime, it’s worth keeping an eye on Evans’ next display of freak show athleticism, whatever it is. It’s only February, so there’s still plenty of time before The Opening Finals, when the full rundown will be on display.