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  • Steven Bailey, a 15-year-old sophomore at Edinburgh (Ind.), was injured in a game last Friday and hospitalized with internal bleeding.

    On Tuesday, Colts quarterback Andrew Luck paid him a visit.

    The Colts rising star dropped by Bailey's room, posed for photos and gave Bailey a signed football.

    "It was the first time I had seen him smile since Friday," said Harvey Bailey, Steven's father, told the Indianapolis Star.

    Bailey, who is now recovering, even tweeted a photo with Luck.
  • Dave Telep of ESPN and the Sacramento Bee are reporting that exiled Sacramento (Calif.) High School star Josiah Turner is headed to Quality Education Academy (Winston-Salem, N.C.) and will be eligible to play right away for the nationally-ranked Fighting Pharaohs.

    The move once again raises the issue of where the line is drawn between high school basketball programs and basketball preparatory academies, and comparing them side-by-side when it comes to national rankings.

    Photo by David Steutel

    Josiah Turner

    I'm glad Turner is getting the opportunity to play basketball somewhere. But there isn't a state association in the country that would clear Turner to play at this point in the season. If programs like Quality Education Academy – or Findlay Prep (Henderson, Nev.), which took Tristan Thompson mid-season two years ago – want to be considered in the national rankings, there has to be some level of accountability when it comes to adding talent to the roster.

    Putting players on the floor that have already participated with another program that season is a no-no outside of the most extreme cases of hardship. It also sends the wrong message to Turner, who bailed out on a Sacramento High School team that was expected to contend for a state championship.

    I'm not condemning Quality Education Academy or Findlay Prep. The primary goal of these programs is to prepare athletes for the next level. Check their track record, they do a tremendous job and kids from all over the country are gravitating to similar schools to get academics in check, improve their game and be seen by college coaches.

    However, being listed in the national rankings is a huge benefit to the independents and provides name recognition to the next wave of young basketball stars. Turner's move to Quality Education demonstrates that the North Carolina school is playing by a totally different set of rules and just doesn't belong in a side-by-side comparison.

    I'm not going to overhaul my philosophy on our Xcellent 25 mid-season, but the time has come to make a distinction between the basketball academies and programs that abide by the rules of governing bodies to create two totally different spheres of existence, right down to national rankings. Eddie Oliver of HoopsUSA.com would probably say that I'm late hopping on this bandwagon, and he's probably right.

    Would love to hear the fans speak on this. Use the comments feature below or send me a message on Twitter @Jason_Hickman.

    In other news...

    - Transfers are always a hot topic in high school basketball (see above), but here is a story from the Chicago Tribune about a kid that stayed put and found success.

    - One of the biggest mysteries in high school basketball is Indiana's 300-mile rule that restricts out-of-state competition. Kyle Neddenriep of the Indianapolis Star hit that topic head-on today. Other states have similar rules, so I'm not picking on Indiana, but you would think a place with a basketball reputation like the Hoosier State would be eager to test itself against teams from all over the country. It's a shame that the great Lawrence North (Indianapolis, Ind.) teams with Greg Oden and Mike Conley never participated in the City of Palms Classic, or one of the other great holiday tournaments.

    Ultimately, restrictive rules like mile and game limits only take more power away from high school programs and hand it to the travel clubs on silver platter. Sadly, many high-level players are already far more loyal to summer coaches – who help them gain exposure and afford them the opportunity to travel – than their high school coaches.
  • Photo by Michael Henderson

    Cameron Ridley, Fort Bend Bush

    This weekend marks the end of an exhausting summer run for high school basketball's top prospects with a pair of internationally-themed tournaments.

    In Chicago, adidas Nations will feature two teams of elite American talents taking on challengers from the continents of Africa, Asia and Europe, in addition to a Canadian squad. The event begins Friday, Aug. 6 and runs through Monday, Aug. 9.

    In Hillsboro, Ore., the Nike Global Challenge will have a similar feel with three teams representing the United States facing Brazil, Canada, Nigeria and France, as well as a roster made up of players from Asian countries.

    The Nike Global Challenge also begins Friday and runs through Sunday. MaxPreps will be on hand Friday in Hillsboro and pass along more information on participants when it becomes available.

    The third place and championship games of adidas Nations will be televised by CBS College Sports at 6 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. EST on Aug. 9.

    Here are the American participants for the adidas event;

    USA 2011

    Quddus "Deuce" Bello, Westchester Academy (High Point, N.C.)
    Wayne Blackshear, Morgan Park (Chicago, Ill.)
    Ryan Boatright, East Aurora (Aurora, Ill.)
    Michael Chandler, Lawrence North (Indianapolis, Ind.)
    Damien Leonard, J.J. Mann (Piedmont, S.C.)
    Quincy Miller, Westchester Academy (High Point, N.C.)
    LeBryan Nash, Lincoln (Dallas, Texas)
    Cameron Ridley, Bush (Richmond, Texas)
    LaQuinton Ross, Life Center Academy (Burlington, N.J.)
    Kevin Ware, Rockdale County (Conyers, Ga.)
    Marshall Plumlee, Christ School (Arden, N.C.)
    Rodney Purvis, Upper Room Christian (Raleigh, N.C.)
    Cody Zeller, Washington (Ind.)

    USA 2012

    Jordan Adams, Central Gwinnett (Lawrenceville, Ga.)
    Kyle Anderson, St. Anthony (Jersey City, N.J.)
    Isaiah Austin, Grace Prep (Burleston, Texas)
    Wanna Bail, Trent International (Sugar Land, Texas)
    DaJuan Coleman, Jamesville-DeWitt (Syracuse, N.Y.)
    Kevin Ferrell, Park Tudor (Indianapolis, Ind.)
    Amile Jefferson, Friends' Central (Philadelphia, Pa.)
    Xavier Johnson, Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.)
    Shabazz Muhammad, Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas, Nev.)
    Alex Murphy, St. Mark's (Wakefield, R.I.)
    Jordan Price, McCallie (Conyers, Ga.)
    Winston Shepard, Findlay Prep (Fresno, Texas)
    Jarnell Stokes, Central (Memphis, Tenn.)
    Kaleb Tarczewski, St. Mark's (Southborough, Mass.)
    Jordan Tebbutt, Horizon Christian (Tualatin, Ore.)