Prep Rally

  • Thon Maker, the No. 1 Class of 2016 recruit in the world, is on the move again

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Prep Rally13 days ago

    The world's most coveted basketball recruit is changing uniforms and countries.

    Seven-foot phenom Thon Maker, Rivals.com's No. 1 ranked Class of 2016 prospect, has withdrawn from Martinsville (Va.) Carlisle School along with his younger brother Matur Maker, an elite sophomore.

    Eric Bossi of Rivals first reported the story on Wednesday.

    The brothers will transfer to Athlete Institute in Ontario, Canada and play there this season, guardian Ed Smith told Bossi on Friday afternoon.

    Maker is the new top player on the Rivals150 list for the Class of 2016, which was released this week. 

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  • Louisville recruit Donovan Mitchell's Elite 24 alley-oop for the ages (Video)

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Prep Rally22 days ago

    Two dozen of the nation's top basketball recruits gathered in Brooklyn for the Under Armour Elite 24 basketball game this past weekend, and nobody announced his presence louder than Donovan Mitchell.

    With help from a halfcourt heave of an alley-oop from Wayne (Pa.) Archbishop John Carroll High senior wing Derrick Jones, the Louisville-bound Mitchell reached back for a dunk of Vince Carter proportions.

    Even with New York City as the backdrop for a game played outdoors in Brooklyn Bridge Park and a boatload of ridiculous dunks, nothing was prettier than Mitchell in motion. 

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  • Georgia QBs start prep football season with pair of deceptively rare highlights

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Prep Rally25 days ago

    The prep football season is underway, and a pair of high school quarterbacks in Georgia set the tone for what should be another pass-happy fall with two trick plays opponents are still trying to figure out.

    We'll start in Lawrenceville, Ga., where Archer High junior QB Will Bearden successfully pulled off a fake punt — exchanging the ball behind his back while avoiding a would-be tackler and reversing field to complete a 10-yard pass in the process —during a fourth-quarter comeback attempt. Bearden's behind-the-back move kept a lineman from forcing a fumble and looked cool in the process.

    The referees also provided an assist, since no flag was thrown on what appears to be an illegal pass to an ineligible receiver. At least it didn't decide the game, as Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek prevailed, 21-13.

    Meanwhile, in Suwanee, Ga., North Gwinnett senior QB John Urzua turned a wonderfully deceptive fake spike into a game-winning touchdown pass in a 52-49 upset of the state's No. 1 ranked team.

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  • Manute Bol's son Bol Bol is a freshman with a must-see basketball mixtape

    Yahoo Sports Staff at Prep Rally1 mth ago

    It's not easy living in the late Manute Bol's shadow. The 7-foot-7 Sudanese former 76ers center was a legend on the basketball court, for sure, but he also emerged as one of the world's most generous philanthropists, starred in one of the great Saturday Night Live skitsapparently killed a lion with a spear and served as the subject of an amazing hip-hop track that featured the following lyrics.

    I saw three girls walking down the mall. They stared at him. He stared back. They were Lakers cheerleaders, that's a fact. He said, "Wham, bam, thank you, ma'am, If you've got the jelly, I've got the jam."

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  • Teen wrestler carrying brother 40 miles to raise cerebral palsy awareness

    Ben Rohrbach at Prep Rally3 mths ago

    In a remarkable feat of strength — both inward and outward — a middle school wreslter will carry his 7-year-old brother 40 miles to the University of Michigan in order to raise awareness for cerebral palsy.

    According to wonderful feature stories by both MLive.com and The Detroit Free Press, Hunter Gandee, 14, will carry his little brother Braden, who has cerebral palsy, from their hometown of Temperance, Mich., to the Ann Arbor campus with the aide of specially designed carrier strapped to his back.

    The congenital condition prevents Braden from walking without assistance, so "we're hoping to inform the up-and-coming leaders and possible doctors and medical researchers who can possibly develop new and innovative ideas and technology that will assist mobility," Hunter told the Free Press.

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