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Previewing the 2021 Allen Iverson Roundball Classic

With the Jordan Brand Classic, McDonald’s All-American Game and Nike Hoops Summit canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Allen Iverson Roundball Classic will serve as this year’s lone high school basketball postseason showcase.
Saturday’s Roundball Classic features high school basketball’s elite talent, including girls basketball star Raven Johnson taking the floor to compete against the best boys players in the nation. Johnson starred at Westlake (Ga.) High School this past season, leading her team to a national title and consecutive unbeaten, state championship seasons.
Headlining the boys crop of talent are Chet Holmgren and Paolo Banchero, the top two recruits in the class of 2021

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Wild Alabama HS softball game features a combined 91 runs, 65 walks

Things got a little bit crazy when Park Crossing High School and Sidney Lanier High School met on the softball field in Alabama on Wednesday afternoon.
Park Crossing and Sidney Lanier combined for 91 total runs 65 total walks in a 46-45 Park Crossing win in the Alabama Class 6A Area 3 Tournament. Sidney Lanier mustered just five hits on the afternoon, but were the beneficiaries of 42 Park Crossing walks. Park Crossing, meanwhile, came out on top thanks to 15 hits, 23 Sidney Lanier walks and 12 unearned runs.
Sidney Lanier scores 10 or more runs in the fourth and sixth innings and took a 45-42 lead into the bottom of the seventh, but Park Crossing, which scored 11 runs in the first inning and 10 in the fifth and sixth innings, tacked on four more to walk it off with a win

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USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 softball rankings: Week 10

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Seven-time reigning Mississippi state champion Neshoba Central advanced to the Class 5A North State finals and remained No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports/NFCA High School Super 25 for a fifth straight week.
The (27-0) Rockets defeated Grenada twice to run their win streak to 44 games and reach the fourth round of the playoffs. Neshoba will play the winner of a weather-delayed best-of-three series between New Hope and Saltillo this weekend

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Amari Bailey explodes for 35 points in Sierra Canyon's 58th straight league win

Sierra Canyon was without Bronny James, Shy Odom and Chance Westry for its highly-anticipated conference matchup with Windward High School on Tuesday night, but thanks to an explosive output from five-star junior Amari Bailey, the Blazers had more than enough firepower to extend their conference winning streak.
Bailey went off for 35 points as Sierra Canyon cruised to a 70-54 win in which it suited up just eight players. Windward was short-handed in its own right as well, playing without its dynamic duo of Dylan Andrews and Kijani Wright.
RELATED: Top 2022 recruit Emoni Bates decommits from Michigan State
Bailey immediately seized control for Sierra Canyon, scoring its first 14 points and all nine of its first quarter points to help the Blazers overcome a sluggish start. With Bailey firing on all cylinders, Sierra Canyon eventually found its groove and put together a 17-4 second quarter

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Two Chicago Division I basketball recruits wounded in drive-by shooting

Chicago high school basketball stars Ty Johnson and TaKiya Howard were wounded in a drive-by shooting Monday night, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Johnson, a star at DePaul Prep and Loyola-Chicago commit, and Howard, who plays at De La Salle Institute and is expected to play her college basketball at Murray State next season, were shot outside of Johnson’s home. According to the Sun-Times, Howard and a friend had been on their way to get ice cream before stopping at Johnson’s house. Johnson was talking to the women through the window of their car when shots were fired from a passing car. At least 19 rounds were fired

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Which states produced the most picks in 2021 NFL Draft?

The 2021 NFL Draft was loaded with talent from top to bottom, but a lot of that talent happened to hail from the same group of states.
Six states produced double-digit picks in this year’s draft. Florida led the bunch with 37, while Texas churned out 33 and Georgia sent 21 to the professional ranks. Those three states are known as football hotbeds, so those numbers should not come as much of a surprise.
With the draft in the books, let’s take a look at which states produced the most picks

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Top 2022 recruit Emoni Bates decommits from Michigan State

Top-ranked 2022 recruit Emoni Bates has backed off his commitment to Michigan State, according to Tipton Edits.
Bates originally committed to Michigan State on June 29, 2020, over offers from DePaul, Florida State, Kentucky and Michigan. The 6-foot-7, 185-pound small forward is now expected to consider other opportunities from the collegiate and professional ranks.
The Athletic’s Brendan Quinn reported in March that Bates is expected to skip college and seek the “most lucrative deal the G League can muster” before entering the NBA draft. However, it remains to be seen if that is the route Bates will ultimately decide on

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Where each first round pick in 2021 NFL draft played high school football

The NFL was infused with an abundance of promising talent in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft.
It was not too long ago that the NFL’s newest brightest stars were dominating at their respective high schools, though. Long before the college stardom that led them to be drafted in the first round, many of Thursday night’s selections were key pieces for prominent high school football programs.
With the first round of this year’s NFL draft in the books, USA Today High School Sports decided to a look at where each first-rounder played their high school football.
Let’s get into it