Couple of solid high school hoops links to pass along on a huge Friday in American sports highlighted by the United States' dramatic comeback against Slovenia in the World Cup and the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
First, the NBAPA Top 100 Camp is underway in Charlottesville, Va. Some of the top talents that would normally attend that event are practicing with USA Basketball in preparation for international competition later this month.
Quddus "Deuce" Bello of Westchester Academy (High Point, N.C.) is looking to take advantage of their absence and raise his recruiting rankings profile – something he isn't too happy with right now.
"Rankings are rankings," Bello told the Lexington Herald-Leader. "Somebody's opinion. But it's kind of an insult."
Maybe he should spend more time looking at this site. He is rated as the No. 75 prospect in the class of 2011 by MaxPreps, far ahead of his standing with Rivals.com or Scout.com.
To read the complete story from the Lexington Herald-Leader, including an interesting note on the role Patrick Patterson's mother plays at the camp, click here.
Mitchell investigation continues
It doesn't look good for Missouri signee Tony Mitchell, a 6-foot-8 forward from Pinkston who was rated the No. 17 prospect in the class of 2010 by MaxPreps.
Mitchell attended Choice Learning Academy in Miami, Fla., as a junior and was one of several players to leave the school and its basketball program following the 2008-09 academic/athletic year. Credits earned there were not accepted at Pinkston (Dallas, Texas), according to the Dallas Morning News, and he was steered toward a controversial credit retrieval program.
At this stage, the NCAA isn't involved so that could add more layers to an already complicated situation. More from Kyle Whitfield of the Dallas Morning News.