Hannah Hidalgo narrows down college choices to six schools

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Hannah Hidalgo

Class of 2023 guard Hannah Hidalgo has named Michigan, Duke, Notre Dame, Stanford, Ohio State, and Central Florida as her six potential colleges choices.

Hidalgo is one of the top players in the country and just came back from winning a gold medal with the Team USA 17U World Cup Team in Hungary.

Earlier this year, Hannah was a guest on The Basketball Society Podcast and gave an update on her recruitment. At the time, she named Stanford and Rutgers as two schools on her list. Now it looks like Rutgers is out of the running for Hidalgo, with the defending national champions Stanford still making it into the top six.

Some things stand out looking at Hidalgo’s six schools. The locations are scattered from California to North Carolina to Ohio. Notre Dame presents an interesting opportunity for Hidalgo to team up with fellow New Jersey product Olivia Miles, who led the nation in assists last season as a freshman. There is also the prospect of playing for Kara Lawson at Duke, and then two Big Ten programs in Michigan and Ohio State.

Hannah says the process is still “a lot” in trying to make her final decision. She’s still factoring in where she can be the best fit with her uptempo, defensive-oriented style of play. Her role and relationship with the program is important to her as well.

We should hope to find out in the coming months where Hannah Hidalgo will take her talents for her college career.

Rutgers Prep guard Jadin Collins commits to Marist College

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Jadin Collins
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Class of 2023 Jadin Collins of Rutgers Prep announced his commitment to Marist College last week on social media.

According to Collins, choosing Marist was easy because it was clear that they prioritized him in their recruiting process. Collins received offers from the likes of Drexel, Hofstra, Rider and others, but didn’t feel the same consistency in their efforts.

Marist did the best job easily when recruiting me. Not only were they one of the first schools to show interest, but consistently showed interest in me and never stopped, unlike other schools.

Some programs offered Collins over the phone or during a visit, and he didn’t hear from them again. Others were spotty and some he felt were just too late to the process.

I committed to Marist because not only did they show a lot of interest with me but they kept me in the loop constantly, and consistently showed me that they wanted me. They also showed heavy interest in me not only as a basketball player but also my life at home, and I think that’s very important.

After spending his first two seasons at Roselle Catholic mostly under the radar, Collins transferred to Rutgers Prep and exploded onto the scene in his first full season as a starter.

The  6’1 guard recorded over 500 points, 100 rebounds, 100 assists, and 100 steals in his junior season. He averaged 17 points, six rebounds, four assists, and three steals.

Rutgers Prep head coach Matt Bloom via text:

“There’s nothing that Jadin can’t do on the basketball court. I’ve known Jadin since his 7th grade year, and he’s grown into a leader and a winner who makes everyone around him better. He’s an even better person, and he is loved and respected by everyone in the Rutgers Prep community.”

Collins was selected First Team All-Skyland Conference and was named Third Team All-State after averaging 23 points and eight rebounds in the state tournament, which included two 30-point games. Collins led Rutgers Prep to its first sectional state championship in school history with a 26-4 record.

“Marist has a similar feel to it,” Bloom said via text, “It’s a smaller school with a tight-knit community, and the coaching staff absolutely loves Jadin. He’s going to have an opportunity to play and to continue to develop his all-around game.”

Hannah Hidalgo reveals Stanford, Rutgers as college contenders

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Hannah Hidalgo

Hannah Hidalgo is almost ready to announce her top ten list of college prospects. The two-time South Jersey high school girls basketball Player of the Year holds offers from a long list of high major programs, including the likes of Stanford, Notre Dame, Maryland, and Arizona.

She’s coming off of a junior season where she averaged over 26 points per game.

In her recent appearance on The Basketball Society Podcast, Hidalgo revealed that Rutgers and Stanford will both appear on her list.

Hannah talked about the process of deciding what her priority will be when choosing a school. She could stay closer to home or branch out further away, and she could join a more established winning program as opposed to helping to build one up.

The two schools she chose to reveal represent those two spectrums. Stanford is the defending national champion making their second straight Final Four appearance this weekend. Rutgers hasn’t made it past the second round of the NCAA Tournament since 2009. One school is in Hannah’s home state while the other is on the other side of the country.

Hannah recalled one of the highlights of her recruiting process as speaking with Rutgers Hall of Fame coach C. Vivian Stringer. Another highlight she mentioned was talking to Arizona head coach Adia Barnes, who coached the Wildcats to their best postseason run in history last season, losing to Stanford in the national championship game. Arizona was led by one of Hannah’s favorite players, Aari McDonald.

The final decision for Hannah she says will likely be announced this summer after the July live period.

 

Brooklyn Nets Still Contending For NBA Championship

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Brooklyn Nets
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Brooklyn Nets Still Contending For NBA Championship 

With a roster that includes Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons, the Brooklyn Nets are looking to make some noise with the NBA Playoffs near. 

But will they?

Heading into the other night’s game against the Utah Jazz, Brooklyn was eighth in the NBA’s Eastern Conference with a 37-34 record. 

While they are in play-in tournament territory, Brooklyn’s record doesn’t match their talent and ability and according to SportsBettingDime.com, despite currently sitting at eight in the NBA’s East, the Nets remain third in the odds at +600 to win the Championship.

Brooklyn’s dealt with COVID-19 protocols that have halted Irving from playing at home due to New York City’s ruling despite New York City’s removal of their public sector mask and vaccine mandate being removed on March 7. 

It’s believed that New York City mayor, Eric Adams could revisit this before the NBA Playoffs begin next month. 

While Irving can play on the road, the Nets also have another issue. They’re without Ben Simmons. Simmons has had a history of back injuries throughout his NBA career and was diagnosed with a nerve impingement in his lower back in February of 2020 as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.

While reporting via both Bally Sports Network and his Spotify Greenroom show, NBA Insider, Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson noted that Simmons and the Nets were in a ‘comfortable place.’

“It’s a matter of when the Nets and Simmons feel comfortable,” Scoop B said via his Scoop B Intel show at Bally. 

https://twitter.com/ScoopB/status/1504142691600375810

 

A former Senior Columnist at Basketball Society, Scoop B later clarified on Spotify by stating: 

Epidural shot was received by Ben Simmons “But a lot changed since.” 

 

That’s in line with Nets head coach Steve Nash who shared on Monday that he doesn’t know how an epidural shot works, but that Simmons is healing. “I do think if I’m not speaking out of terms, there was some relief,” he said. 

“I don’t know how much or if it was a total success or how long it takes for that to be called a success. It’s just one layer if I’m not mistaken, to relieve the symptoms as much as anything.”

While the Nets are figuring things right with their stars, it is worth noting that their role players are just as important as they are on their quest to win a championship this season.

Part of the deal that brought Simmons to Brooklyn by way of the 76ers, Seth Curry and Andre Drummond are two key cogs within Brooklyn’s system. 

So has Bruce Brown Jr., Cam Thomas, Goran Dragic, LaMarcus Aldridge, James Johnson III, David Duke, Kessler Edwards, Day’Ron Sharpe and Blake Griffin. 

The free agent acquisition of Patty Mills has also been refreshing. “I keep talking about the vibe around the locker room and everyone enjoying each other’s presence,” Mills said recently.

“You can feel it in the locker room and that’s gonna carry us a long way, I believe, if we can stay tight as a group.

“It’s gonna take all of us to get the job done. It’s a massive push for us coming up.”

Rashad Phillips Explains Why We’re Watching Luka Dončić’s Ceiling Now

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Luka Dončić

Basketball evaluator Rashad “Yoda” Phillips believes that we’re seeing the ceiling of Dallas Mavericks star Luka Dončić right now.

Phillips gave his analysis on Dončić to Chris Broussard years ago before his NBA career debuted. He called his feet, “slower than rush hour traffic”, and projected that Dončić would not be a lottery pick.

That doesn’t stop Phillips from giving Dončić his credit for how he’s performed in his first four seasons, averaging no less than 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists each year. Phillips compliments Dončić on The Basketball Society Podcast by saying that we’re seeing his ceiling right now.

The main reason being that Dončić has been playing professional basketball since he was a teenager.

“When Trae (Young) and Ja Morant and a lot of these guys were just playing AAU basketball, Luka was being paid to be a professional. So right now, even though Luka is young, he’s already a proven superstar. Luka’s been a superstar since he was 17 years old.”

Phillips, like many, now likens the Mavericks star’s game to the likes of LeBron James and James Harden, saying that he’s “an unguardable guy” who will be an NBA MVP one day. He adds that once he cleans up his efficiency and Dallas has the right pieces around him, he should be able to reach another level.

There’s still room for the 23-year-old star to improve. Dončić has yet to shoot 50 percent from the field or 80 percent from the free throw line in a season. He’s only shot 35 percent from three one time.

Dončić won Rookie of the Year and has been an All-Star in three of his first four seasons. He averaged 34 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists this past February and has the Mavericks in a solid playoff position without anything close to a super team assembled in Dallas. This season he’s averaging 27 points, nine rebounds and eight assists per game.

Anthony Edwards gives you “Michael Jordan vibe” says Rashad Phillips

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Anthony Edwards
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Calling someone the next Michael Jordan is an enormous order for anyone in basketball, and Minnesota Timberwolves guard Anthony Edwards has been inspiring the conversation.

The 20-year-old guard is averaging over 20 points per game this season in powerful fashion. His strength, confidence, and aerial prowess at such a young age has the 2020 no. 1 overall pick drawing comparisons to His Airness himself.

In his appearance on The Basketball Society Podcast, prospect specialist Rashad Phillips says Edwards is “cut from that shooting guard cloth” and it gives you “that Michael Jordan vibe.”

That’s like saying there’s only one Drake, right? But you may hear an artist and say he kind of has that Drake vibe. Doesn’t mean that he’s going to be Drake. But it’s the fact that he kind of carries a little bit of that aura that gives you some Drake thoughts.

Phillips, known to the basketball world as Yoda for his insight and foresight when it comes to evaluating prospects, has put together his own basketball Position Manual. The former University of Detroit-Mercy standout said watching players like LeBron James, Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, and Stephen Curry led him to believe that we shouldn’t call untraditional basketball players traditional positions anymore.

Rashad Phillips

Even though Edwards lost out on Rookie of the Year to LaMelo Ball, he has MVP aspirations for the future.

Phillips received a call before the 2020 NBA Draft from a former NBA player who insisted that Edwards would become a superstar in the league.

After admittedly being on the fence, Phillips now claims that Edwards has only two more years before we start calling him a legitimate superstar.

Basketball Society founder Martin Soaries launches new podcast on YouTube

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This weekend Basketball Society founder Martin Soaries releases the first episode of The Basketball Society Podcast on YouTube, a new show that he announced and teased via his Instagram.

Soaries will host the podcast which will feature an array of basketball segments and commentary, including interviews with some of the most talented players, creatives, trainers, and influencers in the country. The podcast will connect people with compelling conversations and concepts in the game of basketball today. The first episode of the show airs on YouTube this Saturday at 10 AM EST, where Soaries introduces the podcast and tells the backstory of how Basketball Society started.

Basketball Society is an independent media and lifestyle brand that has grown and evolved organically since 2014. The platform has been credentialed for numerous venues, including the Big East Tournament, Big Ten Tournament, the BIG3, McDonald’s High School All-American Game, and more. Based in New Jersey, it has hosted community events such as the March Madness Tip-Off and the Spread Love Invitational Camp.

As the head of Basketball Society, Soaries has navigated a career in media and as a skills development trainer. He has worked with top players in the state of New Jersey over the years. In 2020, he collaborated on a new platform called Holistic Hooper. It was established to help players form healthy mindfulness habits and stretching routines. Soaries is a self-taught video producer and content creator.

New episodes of The Basketball Society Podcast can be expected weekly on YouTube.

Ben Simmons Trade Update: 76ers PG Options Include Warriors, Kings

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Ben Simmons

Will Ben Simmons leave the city of Philadelphia and take his talents elsewhere?

Recently, Bally Sport Network’s analyst Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson reported that the 76ers and the Golden State Warriors re-engaged in discussions to make a deal with Simmons happen.

https://twitter.com/ScoopB/status/1423030327749001224

KRON4 News’ Jason Dumas noted that the Aussie point guard has “cut off communication with basically everyone in the Sixers organization” and shared that Simmons’ agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports is mediating the situation.

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey noted that Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey proposed a hefty offer for Simmons that included first-round picks, as well as Andrew Wiggins and James Wiseman — which the Warriors found laughable.

Many have criticized Simmons’ ability to shoot the three-pointer efficiently.

Apparently he’s making changes.

Scoop B noted today that Simmons, the 76ers’ first-round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft has been working out in LA with Clippers players Rajon Rondo and teammate Brandon Boston Jr.

https://twitter.com/ScoopB/status/1424816647655809026

Will the 76ers actually trade Simmons? Some experts and Vegas oddsmakers have noted teams like the Toronto Raptors, Denver Nuggets and Sacramento Kings as trade suitors.

Betters in Pennsylvania are getting into the action in determining Simmons’ next spot.

Rightly so! Sports betting in Pennsylvania is legal and live at casinos, racetracks and satellite locations spread throughout the state.

Pennsylvania sports betting is where it’s at. According to a report from multiple outlets, the month of June saw the sports betting revenue jump 15% month-on-month to $42.5 million.

That’s a big deal!

Pennsylvania was one of the earliest states to embrace legal sports betting. Of the hundreds of online sportsbooks around the world we have reviewed, the legal options available in Pennsylvania are among the best.

The state was buzzing since last year when it set a then-record for $348.4 million in Jan. 2020 due to NFL and college football action according to Play Pennsylvania.

Worth noting: That uptick was powered by a healthy hold rate, with books holding 10.1% of all wagers for the month.

The mobile betting market first arrived via SugarHouse the last day of May in 2019 and has since grown to over a dozen operators competing for the interest of sports bettors in the Keystone State.

The state of Pennsylvania has seven teams from the ‘Big Four’ sports leagues, including two hockey teams, two football teams, the Philadelphia 76ers, and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

BLOG: How do basketball and meditation connect?

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The joy that Stephen Curry plays basketball with is the kind of joy you feel when practicing meditation.

In his book, Mindfulness For The Ultimate Athlete: Mastering the Balance Between Power and Peace, former NFL running back Prince Daniels Jr. writes,

“The zone you reach in advanced meditation is no different from the zone you aspire to as an athlete. The experience is essentially the same.”

Not only did this make perfect sense to me recently reading it about a year into my meditation practice, but I can confirm the statement based on my experiences meditating and playing basketball.

The energy of basketball can be a lot to handle as a player. So many things can cross your mind throughout the course of one game, and the game itself can translate to specific circumstances in life.

Whether we know it or not, most if not all players experience those microscopic moments where the game literally feels slowed down. They can be hard to identify but even harder to ignore. It could be when you’re anticipating a steal, or the space between the ball leaving your hand for a shot and it going in, knowing full well that it’s going in.

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These sensations don’t exclusively happen in basketball or in sports. We also experience them in life. Those heightened senses of pure knowing and happiness. When everything seems as close to perfect as you could imagine.

Meditation brings me back to that feeling to actually spend time with it. To understand how to harness and summon it again when I’ll need it.

 

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I don’t think any sport creates more of a pressure to perform than basketball. You’re out in the open. There are no helmets or face coverings. You play offense and defense. It’s hard to hide. Every possession has the potential to be its own epic success (you score on someone) or traumatic failure (someone scores on you).

This makes moments very critical in basketball. Whether you’re playing 1-on-1 with a friend, a game at the park, or playing with your AAU team at a weekend tournament.

Basketball players at all levels experience unique personal stressors on and off the court. Those exact stressors can consume and convince you into believing you’re not capable in those moments.

Meditation can help, and we are uniquely equipped to use it as a resource.

The Unfair Game of the WNBA and Women’s Sports

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Many of us hear about the pay inequality gap between men and women in the context of the workplace, typically in office settings. It should come as no surprise that the same gap exists in the world of women’s sports – but is it even greater in sports?

Running the numbers on overall salary cap – take a look at the New York Knicks sitting on a $109+ million budget vs the New York Liberty at barely over $1.3 million.

Yes, you read that right.

The entire New York Liberty is basically making the same as the NBA league minimum ($925,000). Overall, the WNBA players take home less than 23% of their NBA counterparts. Yet, 83% of sports are now offering the same amount of prize money for men and women.

2020 was a breakout year for many in the business of women’s sports.  Consider this:

  • Women made up 40% of sportspeople but received just 4% of sports media coverage
  • Viewership in the National Women’s Soccer League grew by nearly 300%
  • Only 0.4% of sponsorship dollars are going to women’s sports

So what can we do to change the game? More media coverage and advocacy is key. Last year out of the top 50 highest ranked players, only 1 woman was part of that elite club – Naomi Osaka.  Perhaps Naomi Osaka has used her relative status to set a precedent for us all by withdrawing from the media and taking a mental health break – which, let’s face it, we can all use after this year.

It’s obvious that women’s sports are in demand by the fans – do your part to support them. Check out more facts and stats in this visual below:

 

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