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  • Findlay Prep's Christian Wood shoots over Winston Shepard during practice at the Henderson International School campus Monday, March 26 2012.
    Bern's-Eye View: Current practice ban won't have much impact on Findlay Prep
    Sept. 19, 2013
    Despite operating under its third head coach in three seasons, things couldn’t have been more business as usual at Findlay Prep practice Wednesday night.
  • Justin Burks of Arbor View plans to commit to UC Santa Barbara during visit
    Aug. 18, 2013
    It appears UC Santa Barbara will finally land a Las Vegas-area basketball player. Arbor View incoming senior Justin Burks said today he will verbally commit to UC Santa Barbara when he arrives for a recruiting trip this evening, picking the Southern California school over offers from Southern Utah and Cal-State Bakersfield.
  • Desert Pines Julian Jacobs passes between Clark 's Malcolm Davis, left, and Diontae Jones during their Class 1A basketball championship game Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at the Orleans Arena. After trailing almost the whole game, Desert Pines came from behind to win 59-57
    Clark's Jones impressed with hospitality of Wyoming basketball, commits after trip
    Aug. 8, 2013
    Clark High basketball player Diontae Jones planned on taking official recruiting trips to Wyoming and UC Santa Barbara before his senior year starts in three weeks. Jones returned Wednesday from Wyoming, talked the visit over with Charger coach Chad Beeten and made two phone calls. He called coaches at Santa Barbara to cancel his scheduled upcoming visit; then reached out to Wyoming’s staff to verbally commit.
  • Findlay Prep's Winston Shepard covers former NBA player Jerome "Junkyard" Williams during practice at the Henderson International School campus Monday, March 26 2012.
    Former NBA player named next coach at Findlay Prep
    Aug. 6, 2013
    Findlay Prep assistant and former NBA player Jerome Williams will take over the Pilots program, the team announced Tuesday. The move has been expected since former coach Todd Simon left the high school basketball national powerhouse in July to become an assistant at UNLV.
  • Diontae Jones, center, of Clark struggles while being double-teamed by Demetris Morant, left, and Rosco Allen of Bishop Gorman during their game at Clark High School in Las Vegas Friday, Jan. 13, 2012. Bishop Gorman took the game 80-68.
    Basketball prospect is attractive to recruiters because he does the little things
    July 29, 2013
    Clark High incoming senior Diontae Jones is demanding attention from college basketball recruiters. Jones said he has scholarship offers from Wyoming and UC Santa Barbara and expects Loyola Marymount to offer by the end of the month. He’s also being recruited by Colorado, Colorado State and Utah.
  • Q&A with UNLV target Chase Jeter, a rising local in class of 2015
    July 27, 2013
    Last fall, Chase Jeter walked into the Mendenhall Center to watch a UNLV practice and 10 minutes after walking out the door, he had a scholarship offer.
  • Stephen Zimmerman plays with the Dream Vision team during the 2013 Adidas Super 64 summer tournament at Rancho High School Wednesday, July 24, 2013.
    UNLV target Zimmerman continues to impress nation's top coaches
    July 25, 2013
    Stephen Zimmerman had time to line up the dunk, and when he finished the left-handed windmill Kentucky coach John Calipari, sitting front and center under the basket, could hardly contain his excitement. He’s hardly alone.
  • Basketball player and Desert Pines High School junior Nate Grimes photographed in the GMG Studio on Monday, July 22, 2013.
    This prospect on UNLV's radar is still developing, blowing up with recruiters this summer
    July 24, 2013
    Most college basketball programs don’t recruit high school players still looking to crack the varsity team entering their junior year. Then again, most don’t possess the skills of Desert Pines High rising junior Nate Grimes. The 6-foot-7 forward already has a scholarship offer from Utah State and recruiting interest from others, including hometown UNLV, despite not playing one minute of varsity basketball. And get this: Grimes’ first time playing organized basketball came during his freshman year at Cheyenne High — when he was so raw and inexperienced, he was assigned to the ninth-grade team. He was ineligible as a sophomore.
  • Bishop Gorman's Stephen Zimmerman grabs a rebound from Centennial's Malcolm Allen during their Division I state championship game Friday, Feb. 22, 2013 at the Orleans. Gorman won 69-43.
    He's No. 1: Gorman's Stephen Zimmerman ranked as nation's top high school basketball player
    July 2, 2013
    A few hours before the Bishop Gorman High basketball team was scheduled to play in the championship game of the Durango Summer Shootout last month, Gaels star center Stephen Zimmerman sent coach Grant Rice a text message asking him to bring Zimmerman's jersey to the game. Zimmerman, a 6-foot-11 junior, wasn’t expected to play that week for Gorman while attending the prestigious five-day NBPA Top 100 Camp hosted by the NBA Players Association in Virginia.
  • Findlay Prep basketball coach Todd Simon works with his players Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.
    Findlay Prep's Todd Simon pegged to join UNLV staff
    July 1, 2013
    UNLV basketball coach Dave Rice didn’t have to look far for an assistant coach to fill out his staff. Todd Simon, the head coach at national high school powerhouse Findlay Prep in Henderson, is close to returning to UNLV to take the position vacated when Justin Huston left in April for San Diego State. Simon spent two years as the Rebels’ video coordinator under Lon Kruger before leaving in 2006 for Findlay Prep. The UNLV job can’t be offered until the university’s human resources department gives its approval, which is a formality.
  • The University of San Diego's Kris Bryant, a Bonanza High School product, is considered one of the top prospects in the upcoming MLB draft. Bryant hit 31 home runs for USD this season and was named the Louisville Slugger Player of the Year.
    Decision to play college baseball should net this local millions in this week's draft
    June 3, 2013
    Three years ago, Bonanza High slugger Kris Bryant was considered a Major League Baseball first-round talent. Telling scouts in 2010 that he’d likely attend college, he slipped to the 18th round where he picked by the Toronto Blue Jays. He won't slip in Thursday's draft.
  • Bill Bobier
    High school coaching legend will be inducted with Andre Agassi, Dana White in Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame
    May 29, 2013
    Valley High basketball coach Bill Bobier had several rules he strictly enforced with his players. One stands out for former star Freddie Banks: If you were going to dunk during a game, you better make it. So, when Banks missed a dunk against Western, he immediately realized there would be a price to pay — even if Banks’ miss was the result of being fouled. Bobier got the most of his players through tough love, winning four straight state championships at Valley from 1980 to '83. Friday, Bobier will receive the most prestigious honor for a local sports figure when ...
  • Canyon Springs High School sophomore Shaquile Carr practices with the Las Vegas Prospects at Durango High School in Las Vegas, May 22, 2012.
    Canyon Springs guard is out to prove he's learned from academic issues
    May 28, 2013
    Shaq Carr knows it’s better to be seen and not heard than the other way around. That’s what he’s striving for, because for the past semester, at least in basketball circles, he was neither.
  • Clark forward Malcolm Davis waits for Desert Pines Rameek Keith to drop before shooting during their Class 1A basketball championship game Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013 at the Orleans Arena. After trailing almost the whole game, Desert Pines came from behind to win 59-57
    Clark basketball player Davis signs with Kansas JC
    May 14, 2013
    One of the key players on the Clark High School basketball team will continue his career next season at a nationally respected junior college. Forward Malcolm Davis signed last week with Coffeyville Community College in Kansas, which was ranked last season.
  • Bishop Gorman's Trey Kennedy, left, and Centennial's Marcus Allen chase a loose ball during their game Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013 at Centennial. Bishop Gorman won 79-71.
    Southern Utah basketball grabs another local product in Gorman's Trey Kennedy
    May 2, 2013
    The top remaining unsigned Las Vegas area high school basketball player for the class of 2013 is off the recruiting board. Bishop Gorman High combo guard Trey Kennedy verbally committed Wednesday to Southern Utah, picking the Cedar City, Utah, school over offers from Eastern Illinois and Fairleigh Dickinson.
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