Right before the iS8/Nike Tip-Off Fall Classic Championships in October, an important event was filmed in its historic gymnasium. The first in a series of seasonal webcast forums took place where movers and shakers in high school basketball had a moderated round table discussion.
These groundbreaking, unedited and unscripted webcast forums will feature hot button topics in high school basketball as well as predictions and opinions expressed by those in the know.
The inaugural webcast of HSBnetwork.TV's "Nothin' But Net!" is available On-Demand over the Internet starting today. The webcast focuses on the controversial topic of high school students transferring from one school to another. Other hot topics include which teams and players are hot and a preview of what the landscape of high school basketball in New York City will be for the upcoming season. Hear and see straight talk from the people who know NYC high school basketball the best.
Tom Konchalski Editor, High School Basketball Insider
If a high-school player wants to get a major college scholarship, Konchalski, voted one of the most influential people in basketball by New York Magazine, is the man he has to impress. There are countless scouts and recruiters, but Konchalski's High School Basketball Insider is different-the paper newsletter makes its way into the hands of coaches at roughly 300 schools, most of them Division I. A veteran of the East Coast high-school scouting scene for 25-plus years, the Queens-based Konchalski mails his newsletter individually to hundreds of coaches and writers who in turn reward him with information-which means any player he's following (Sebastian Telfair and Felipe Lopez were two heavily touted prospects) is assured attention, scholarships, or even a direct ticket to the NBA.
Pete Edwards Commissioner of the iS8/Nike Tournament
For over 23 years, Pete Edward has run one of the most respected and competitive high school tournaments on the East Coast, where top D1 prospects have brought their games before they brought their names. As a result, the iS8/Nike has churned out a who's who of both college and active NBA talent. Active NBA players who have come through the iS8 include: Ron Artest ,Dorell Wright ,Speedy Claxton, Royal Ivey, Sebastian Telfair, Wally Szerbiak, Allen Ray, Ben Gordon, Rafer Alston, Andray Blatche, Elton Brand, Quincy Douby, Lebron James, Stephon Marbury, Lamar Odom, Smush Parker, Peter Ramos, J.R. Smith, Charlie Villanueva and countless others. To say that Edwards has an eye for talent is an understatement.
Dwayne "Tiny" Morton Head Coach, Abraham Lincoln High School, Brooklyn, NY
Tiny Morton is the owner of the Juice All Stars AAU basketball team and the head coach of Lincoln High School in the PSAL. Lincoln is a high school that has produced such talent as Stephon Marbury, Sebastian Telfair and junior phenom, Lance Stephenson. They are a highly competitive school that is always in the playoff hunt and last year won the championship. Lincoln is also at the center of a controversy surrounding players transferring from a CHSAA school to a PSAL school. Four key players transferred from Xaverian High School with two of those players, James Padgett and Vincent Council transferring into Lincoln.
Theo Rabinowitz Writer, Rivals.com
Theo who writes for NYCHoops.net, the NYC publisher for Rivals.com, is an up and coming name on the New York City basketball scene. He was responsible for breaking the Lance Goulbourne story and was influential in breaking the Mookie Jones story. At the young age of 20, Theo has written for a number of websites in the past, including NBAdraft.net and CAAinsider.com. Theo started in the sports media industry at the age of 17 working as a freelancer for CBS Sports in the role of Production Support, a job that he maintains to this day. In addition to all the industry experience, Theo is currently pursuing a Communications degree from Hofstra University. Growing up in White Plains, NY, Theo first gained a love for high school basketball working as a team manager for Coach Spencer Mayfield and the White Plains High School varsity basketball program. A lifelong St. John's fan, Theo has a passion for all levels of basketball.
The full Nothin'But Net Webcast can be seen ON-Demand on www. HSBnetwork.TV and highlight footage will be available on NYCHoops.
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