High School Basketball

Former NBA players Kobe Bryant, left, and Tony Parker talk during the first-place match between Spain and Argentina in the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Cadillac Arena in Beijing, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
September 16, 2019 - 8:08 am
BEIJING (AP) — Kobe Bryant went to China for the first time in 1998, making the trip to Beijing to help operate an instructional basketball clinic for about a dozen kids. The local coaches working with him didn't know a lot about the game. Barely anyone noticed that an NBA player was in town...
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June 27, 2019 - 1:30 pm
WESTCHESTER, Ill. (AP) — The winningest boys basketball coach in Illinois history who gained national attention when he appeared in the 1994 documentary "Hoop Dreams" has died. Gene Pingatore was 83. Ronald Hoover, principal at St. Joseph High School in Westchester, says Pingatore died Wednesday at...
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The Vanderbilt Whistler, Preacher Franklin, cheers for the Vanderbilt Commodores during an NCAA College World Series baseball game against Mississippi State in Omaha, Neb., Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Fans at the College World Series and across the Southeastern Conference may have never seen Preacher Franklin. They've surely heard him. Franklin is one of the two famous, or infamous, "Vanderbilt Whistlers," and his distinctive chirps can be heard throughout stadiums the Commodores play in and in the background of television broadcasts. Vandy fans love it, or at least tolerate it. Fans of the opposing team or neutral observers find it annoying. Really annoying. (Ricky Rogers/The Tennessean via AP)
June 21, 2019 - 11:13 am
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Fans at the College World Series and across the Southeastern Conference may have never seen Preacher Franklin. They've surely heard him. Franklin is one of the two famous, or infamous, "Vanderbilt Whistlers," and his distinctive chirps can be heard throughout stadiums the...
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Rui Hachimura, a Gonzaga junior college basketball player from Japan, attends the NBA Draft media availability, Wednesday, June 19, 2019, in New York. The draft will be held Thursday, June 20. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
June 19, 2019 - 11:29 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Rui Hachimura used to adore a manga and anime series called "Slam Dunk," which followed a high school basketball team's trials and tribulations and helped bring the sport into the Japanese consciousness. Though Hachimura was born in Toyama Prefecture two years after the series ended...
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Former Indiana men's basketball coach Bob Knight sits in the press box at Bart Kaufman Field during Indiana's baseball game against Penn State in Bloomington, Ind., Saturday, April 6, 2019. Knight made his first public appearance on campus since he was fired almost 19 years ago. The Big Ten Network was broadcasting the game when Knight made the impromptu golf cart ride to the field. (Alexis Oser/The Herald-Times via AP)
April 06, 2019 - 8:34 pm
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Bob Knight returned to Indiana University on Saturday, the former basketball coach's first public appearance on campus since he was fired almost 19 years ago. Knight returned to watch the Hoosiers' baseball game against Penn State from the press box. The Big Ten Network was...
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In this Thursday April 4, 2019, photo, Maori Davenport answers a question during a news conference in Tampa, Fla. Davenport is back playing basketball again. The Alabama high school senior is at the Final Four working out with the U.S. junior national 3-on-3 team. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
April 05, 2019 - 11:22 am
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Alabama high school player Maori Davenport is back playing with USA Basketball. Davenport drew national attention when she was suspended by the state's high school athletic association for accidently accepting an $857.20 stipend check from USA Basketball for playing with a...
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Auburn's Jared Harper celebrates after Auburn defeated Kentucky in the Midwest Regional final game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Sunday, March 31, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. Auburn won 77-71 in overtime. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
April 03, 2019 - 11:50 am
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Jared Harper might just epitomize this Auburn basketball team: overlooked, undersized and playing about as well as anybody. The Tigers' 5-foot-11 point guard has been a driving force in their surprising run to their first Final Four. He has supplied clutch plays , especially...
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