Covering High School Sports in America

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Aaron Harrison, Houston Defenders

Over the past two years during my trip to Las Vegas for the July basketball spectacular, I've been struck by the number of teams from Houston, Texas.

There were at least 20 this year in Sin City between the Fab 48 and adidas Super 64 events. Home of MaxPreps.com's 2009-10 high school national champions (Yates), Houston's summer scene is also thriving with prominent programs like the Franchize All-Stars, Houston Hoops and the Houston Defenders.

The Houston Chronicle is in the midst of a five-part series examining the positives and negatives associated with AAU/summer basketball, including offering young prospects and exposure.

More hoops from around the Web

* Jim Halley from the USA Today wrote on the "overload" that limiting evaluation periods for college coaches to two stretches in July has caused.

* The Atlanta Journal-Constitution highlights six Georgia prospects that have improved their stock this summer.

* Finally, 7-footer Adrian Diaz of Hialeah-Miami Lakes (Hialeah, Fla.) has made a verbal commitment to Kansas. More on that from the Kansas City Star.