Danielle Elliot

  • H.S. baller throws down amazing dunk

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 2 days ago

    Derrick Jones just threw down the best dunk of the (young) 2014-15 high school basketball season.

    Jones is a 6-foot-6, 180-pound small forward playing for Archbishop John Carroll (Pa.) High School.

    He pulled off that amazing dunk in the 42nd annual City of Palms Basketball Classic, as his team took on Sierra Canyon (Calif.). High School. SCHS came away with the 59-55 win.

    Jones is  currently  ranked No. 42  in the Rivals.com Top 100. The senior is committed to play at UNLV next year. 

  • David Robinson's son will play at Duke next year

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 4 days ago

    Being coached by Duke's Mike Krzyzewski is becoming a Robinson family tradition. Justin Robinson, son of Hall of Famer David 'The Admiral' Robinson, will be heading to Duke next year as a preferred walk-on on the basketball team.

    His father played for Coach K on the 1992 Dream Team and has called the coach one of his heroes.

    The younger Robinson was accepted to the school during the early admission period. 

    “I’m happy to get early decision from Duke since it is so amazing academically,” he told 247Sports in a text message. “It’s been a long time dream for me. The opportunity to be a preferred walk-on is exciting and I’m looking forward to being a part of the Duke Basketball tradition.”

    Justin is a 6-foot-7 power forward at San Antonio (Texas) Christian. His team is 14-4 so far this season.

    Robinson's older son, Corey, is a wide receiver on the Notre Dame football team.

  • H.S. basketball player hits two buzzer-beaters in same game

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 5 days ago

    If the game's going down to the wire, you want Ryan Sturdivan on your team. The Woodland (Wash.) High School senior sunk a 45-foot shot at the buzzer to give his team the 49-47 win on Monday night. The win helped Woodland stay undefeated, improving to 6-0 on the season.

    Woodland had trailed by nine just minutes earlier. He played down the rally-capping shot in a postgame interview with The Daily News.

    “Please don’t make it sound like I did it all myself,” said the guard. “My teammates played great defense, they got me the ball in spots where I like to shoot... none of us gave up when it looked bad. All I did was make a lucky shot.”

    Lucky, for most. But Sturdivan seems to have a rare talent for the shot. That was, after all, his second of the game.

    He also hit a shot from behind the mid-court line as time ran out in the first half. That shot brought Woodland within one point of Kelso High School, as the Beavers went into the locker room trailing 19-18.

    He had 24 points in the game, the highest on the day.

  • Coach unpunished after throwing player to floor

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 6 days ago

    Whenever the Arvada (Colo.) High School girls basketball team faces rival Armeda (Colo.) High School, things tend to get ugly. Last year's game was halted as the girls started fighting on the court.

    This year, Arvada head coach Roger Griffin encouraged his team to avoid creating the same scene. But with just minutes left, a fight again broke out.

    Grainy video from KMGH in Denver shows at least a couple of the girls from each team wrestling on the floor as coaches and officials attempt to break them up. An Arvada player runs towards the fight from the bench.

    But before she reaches the rest of the girls, Griffin grabs her by her ponytail and flings her to the ground. He then walks over to where she landed, ignoring the rest of the fight. 

    The player is sophomore Areeon Frilot. She was involved in last year's fight, and has been involved in a fight at school, but says that this time she was just running in to defend her teammate.  Yahoo Sports has reached out to Griffin, but he has not yet responded.

  • H.S. senior creates comical football highlight reel

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 6 days ago

    Some players let their parents call the coach if they think they're not getting enough playing time. Others have a sense of humor about it, like Barrington (Illinios) senior Jack Lenihan.

    The second-string wide receiver created an entire highlight reel of his action on... the sidelines. He gets in for one play, contributing the "Lenihan Factor."

    No word yet on how many Division 1 coaches are calling for the distracted sideline star. But hey, at least he's having fun with it.

    H/T: Total Frat Move

  • Top H.S. recruit Josh Sweat makes commitment

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 11 days ago

    Top defensive end Josh Sweat, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound senior from Chesapeake, Va., who started the year as the nation's top college football prospect, has kept fans and recruiters guessing all season. Would he go to Florida State or Virginia Tech? Was a visit to Oregon last week enough to convince him to move across the country?

    On Wednesday morning, he gave them their answer. Or, to be fair, his mom gave his answer. He's heading to FSU.

    As of last week analysts said Sweat had narrowed the field of teams down to five: Florida State, Oregon, Georgia, Virginia Tech and Ohio State.

    #underarmour All-American Josh Sweat to make his college selection @10. hear it here first. pic.twitter.com/B7fZadPhGh

    Wednesday morning it looked like Sweat was going to follow the trend, picking the hat that matched his choice. Instead, he let his mom do the honor.

  • All-USA H.S. volleyball team announced

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 11 days ago

    The 2014 American Family Insurance All-USA High School Volleyball Team was announced on Wednesday morning. A total of 24 girls were selected for three teams, led by 2014 National Player of the Year Mikaela Foecke.

    Foecke led her Holy Trinity Catholic (Iowa) squad to a state title, averaging more than 10 kills per set in the three state tournament rounds. She racked up 812 kills over the season, and more than 2,500 in her high school career. She also had 168 aces, 125 digs and 125 blocks this year. Foecke will play at Nebraska next year.

    Joining Foecke on the first team are Alexa Smith of Monument, Colo.; Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani of Redondo Beach, Calif.; Tionna Williams of Fort Wayne, Ind.; Jordyn Poulter of Centennial, Colo.; Jenna Tunnell of Phoenix, Ariz.; and Amber MacDonald of Roswell, Ga.

    Six of those seven girls led their teams to state titles this year. Joe Burke of Cincinnati, Ohio, is the coach of the year.

    The second team selections hail from Kentucky, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, and Ohio; the third team comes Hawaii,

  • Muhammad Ali surprises grandson at state title game

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 13 days ago

    The nation's top-ranked high school football team Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas) won the Nevada state title game this weekend, easily marching to a 70-28 victory. They did it with "The Greatest" watching from the stands. 

    Boxing legend Muhammad Ali surprised his grandson, Bishop Gorman sophomore Biaggio Ali Walsh, by attending the game. 

    Awesome moment for "the Greatest." Watches his grandson Biaggio Ali Walsh scores 34-yard TD run. Gorman 49, Reed 28. pic.twitter.com/rHPt8COD3e

    "I didn't know he was coming," Walsh told MaxPreps. "It was a complete surprise. I looked back in the stands and just saw a big cluster of people. It was awesome. He made me want to play harder. I did it for my team and seniors, but I really wanted it badly for him."

    Walsh, the son of Rasheda Ali-Walsh, scored twice in the game, crossing the goal line on 34- and 91-yard carries. He racked up a total of 137 yards on just four carries in the game. 

  • Bullying cited in preteen cheerleader suicide

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 13 days ago

    A 12-year-old California middle school student committed suicide on Dec. 3, a tragic reaction to alleged bullying at school. The bullying started when Ronin Shimizu pursued a spot on the cheerleading squad.

    According to local media, 

    ABC News10  reported that Ronin Shimizu, a former 6th grader enrolled at Folsom Middle School, was taken out of the school to be home-schooled after intense harassment from fellow students. According to Ronin's friends and family, the harassment centered around Ronin being the only boy cheerleader for the  Vista Jr. Eagles squad

    A fellow student was quoted saying that he had been bullied "very badly." No further details were offered. The family released a statement, posted in full by the local Fox affiliate

    The Fulsom Middle School principal also released a statement to the community:

  • Still in 8th grade, Mo'ne Davis starts H.S. basketball career

    Danielle Elliot at Prep Rally 13 days ago

    Many young athletes are one-sport speciailists these days, but don't expect Mo'ne Davis to follow the trend.

    That's never been her style, as the world learned when the 13-year-old pitcher became the first girl to win a Little League World Series game. Now she's starting for her school's high school varsity basketball team. It comes as no surprise, until considering her age. Davis is still in eighth grade. 

    Because she attends a private school that plays in Philadelphia's  Inter-Academic League , she is able to step up early. (When they play public schools, Davis will have to sit out.)

    So far, she's helped her squad to a 2-0 start, scoring in both games. 

    “Mo’ne is way too good for middle school basketball,” Springside Chestnut Hill girls athletic director Tina Tina O’Malley   told the Philadelphia Inquirer . “For her, it was a no-brainer.”

    Playing with the varsity girls a year early is just the first step towards Davis's goal of playing women's hoops at the University of Connecticut.