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TV80 Becomes Treasure Valley’s First Premier Youth Basketball League

It has been a busy week for HSB Academy and its founders.  An improved partnership with Axiom, a new facility announcement and now their latest venture.  Today, Academy Co-Founders Carson Sofro and Mike Quinney unveiled the TV80 (Treasure Valley 80), the Treasure Valley’s first and only premier youth basketball league.  Featuring 10 teams, 80 players and 1 coveted championship trophy, TV80 participants (grades 5th-8th) will develop, train and compete in the most unique playing environment ever produced in Southwest Idaho. 

League games will be played every Saturday starting October 12th at HSB’s Academy Court, a new state-of-the-art training and competition venue located at Axiom in Meridian. Other league highlights include a full size NBA court, 35 second shot clock, experienced coaches (no parent coaches), reversible jerseys, live player stats, weekly award nominations, and League MVP and All-Tournament selections.

Although players are not required to tryout, a Player Evaluation Session will be held, Saturday October 6, 2018. All players will be evaluated based on their fundamental basketball skills and knowledge of the game. These evaluations will be used solely for the purposes of team selection and player information will be not be shared with any outside parties.

“We’ve wanted to run leagues like this for quite some time now but have never had a location,” shared HSB Director of Player Development Michael Quinney.  “Our new space with a full size NBA court and shot clocks is going to be a game changer.”

Limited to just the first 80 registrations per season, organizers have already acknowledged availability will be tight.  More than 20 spots were taken before any kind of public announcement.

TV80 seasons will run every 8 weeks starting in October with 6 weeks of regular season action and two weeks of playoffs.  Current offerings are limited to boys only however, organizers plan to expand into girls leagues in the near future.

Registration links and league info can be found on the TV80 section of HSB Academy’s website by Clicking Here.   

All other information, inquiries or media requests should be directed to info@hsbacademy.com or Mary Fleming at 208-513-3027.

Breaking News – NBA Veteran Mike Harris Is Coming To Camp!

International superstar and decorated NBA veteran Mike Harris is coming to camp.  Not training camp . . . summer camp.  The 6’6”, 240-pounder announced late last week via social media, he will be re-joining HSBCAMPS summer staff for 2018.  The Hillsboro, Texas native is expected to coach at all of HSB’s upcoming Treasure Valley sessions in June, including the 5-On-5 Draft Camp June 4th – 6th, 2018 at Meridian’s Home-court.

Rice University’s most outstanding player of all time, the former Milwaukee Buck, Washington Wizard, Houston Rocket, and Utah Jazz standout has enjoyed a storied professional career that has literally taken him all over the globe.  Harris’s accolades and accomplishment include multiple MVP and championship trophies in the NBA’s D-League, China’s CBA, and Puerto Rico’s BSN.  A father, mentor and all around amazing human being, this will be Mike’s 4th trip to Boise to coach and his presence will be one that will not go unnoticed.

“Mike is all about the kids,” shared HSBCAMPS founder and former teammate Carson Sofro.  “We are truly blessed to have him, as I would argue there are few with his basketball resume or experience.”

Following the Draft Camp in early June, Harris will attend the Centennial (June 7th – 9th) and Capital High School sessions (June 18th-20th & June 25th-29th), as well as the 3rd Annual Girls Team Camp up in McCall (June 21st – 23rd).

“I am so incredibly excited to be back in Boise and on the court with the kids,” shared Harris.  “I love these camps and cherish all opportunities to give back to the game that has given so much to me.”

Camp prices range from $110 – $265 depending on the session length and location.  One of the areas most popular programs for 10 years running, sessions do fill up quickly and many are already approaching capacity.  With availability for boys and girls grades K-12, for more information or to register visit www.hsbcamps.com or email info@hsbcamps.com.

Where Are They Now – HSB Coaches In The News!

Here is the latest news and information from some of our favorite coaches playing around the world. Remember our coaches are available year round for questions, comments, or just to say hello.

Perry Petty – Egis Körmend (Hungary Division-A) – Averaging almost 14 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 7 assists per contest, Coach Perry has helped Kormend secure the second place spot in both Division and Fiba Europe Cup standings.

Suleiman Braimoh – Enisey Krasnoyarsk (Russia-VTB) – With 17 points in 19 minutes of action in Tuesday nights win, Coach Sulei has moved from a reserve to starting role and was recently named MVP for the months of December.

Josh Duinker – Defensor Sporting Club (Uruguay-LUB) – Now in Uruguay, Coach Josh is averaging 13.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game as a starter.  Defensor is currently fifth in the standings.

Justin Holiday – New York Knicks (NBA) – Considered by many the “Steal of the Derick Rose Trade,” Holiday continues to thrive in New York, averaging career best numbers in literally every statistical category.  Justin logged 13 points and 5 rebounds Wednesday night in the Knicks 117-106 road victory over the Celtics.  The Knicks return to action Thursday night against Washington on TNT.

Mike Harris – Sichuan (China-CBA) – Sidelined the last several months by injury, Mike has been cleared to play and will return to game action next week.  The timing could not be more perfect as the 9th ranked Blue Whales look to capture their second consecutive CBA Championship.

Zo Williams – Panevezys Lietkabelis (Lithuania-LKL) – Currently in second place, Coach Zo has lead his team to an impressive 14-5 record while averaging around 8 points, 2 rebounds, and 5 assists per game.

Tyray Petty – Al Nahda Al Khobar (Saudi Arabia-SBL) – Recently signed by Al Nahda, Coach Tyray has wasted little time getting to work.  On Tuesday night the 28-year-old helped his club to their first victory of the New Year, putting up 35 points, 13 rebounds, and 6 assists in 40 minutes of game action.

Cope: Surviving In The NBA

I had the honor of playing with Chris Copeland in Colorado in 2006. I would encourage any player struggling with doubt, frustration, or fear of inadequacy to take a couple minutes to watch this video. His story is a testament to those in pursuit of a dream that everyone says is impossible.

Video Credit To Will Mayer – Awesome Work!

Where Are They Now? HSB Coaches In The News

Take a quick look at where some of your favorite coaches are and what they’re doing.  Remember our coaches are available year round for questions, comments, or just to say hello.

Perry Petty – Egis Körmend (Hungary Division-A) – Through the first two games. Petty is averaging 6 points, 8 rebounds, and 4 assists a game.

Suleiman Braimoh – Enisey Krasnoyarsk (Russia-VTB) – Coming off the bench for Enisey, Sulei has averaged 7 points and 4 rebounds per contest through the first two games.

Josh Duinker – Regatas Corrientes (Argentina-LigaA) – Duinker is averaging nearly 10 points and 7 rebounds through the first 5 games including a 22 point outing Monday night.

Justin Holiday – New York Knicks (NBA) – Logging some solid minutes in pre-season action, Holiday and the revamped Knicks tip-off the regular season Tuesday October 25th against Lebron and the Cavs on TNT.

Mike Harris – Sichuan (China-CBA) – The MVP returns to Sichuan as Harris and the top ranked Blue Whales try to defend their 2015-16 CBA Championship.  Regular Season action picks up in early November.

Zo Williams – Panevezys Lietkabelis (Lithuania-LKL) – Coach Zo recently signed with third ranked Lietkabelis of Lithuania’s LKL.  Leading his club to a 5-2 record, the 31-year-old point guard is currently averaging nearly 11 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 assists per game.

HSB Coaches In The News

HSB Coach Mike Harris and his beautiful wife Elsa welcomed their third child into the world May 12, 2016. Please join us in congratulating them on the birth of their son.

Following his standout season in Germany this year, HSB’s own Suleiman Braimoh has been invited to try-out for the Nigerian National team. Only a handful of players are ever granted such an honor and opportunity to represent their country. Way to go Sulei!

Coach Perry Petty and his squad in Hungary came up just short of the Finals this year losing Game 5 of the semi’s 77-69 on May 29th. Perry led the way for Kormend with 24 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.

What About Mike Harris?

Why Is Nobody Talking About The CBA’s Most Outstanding Player Of 2016?

Hollywood couldn’t have scripted it any better.  Record breaking season, miraculous comeback, grande finale – a story for the ages capped off by arguably the greatest turnaround in all of sports history.

From the bottom of the barrel to top of the food chain, American Mike Harris catapulted the 18th seeded Sichuan Blue Whales of China’s CBA from the depths of mediocrity to a 2016 League Championship.  For a club that cumulatively won more games in a single season than their entire history, the transformation that occurred in the Wending District of Southwest, China this year was definitely one of epic proportions.  Considering NBA veterans Metta World Peace, Darius Johnson-Odom, Daniel Orton, DJ White, and Hassan Whiteside had all previously failed to establish a winning tradition in Sichuan, there’s no question.

Posting career best averages of nearly 33 points and 13.5 rebounds per contest, Harris didn’t just rack up on the team accomplishments but also those of an individual nature, returning stateside with the Player of the Year, Forward of The Year, Import of the Year, and First Team All-CBA awards.  With Bryce Cotton, Andrew Goudeluck, Michael Beasley, and several others earning NBA call-ups upon their own returns, it appeared as if the CBA’s most outstanding player of 2016 would follow suit.

However, more than three weeks have passed since Sichuan upset top seeded Liaoning and not a word has been said about Harris. Imagine the Philadelphia 76ers making an offseason veteran acquisition and in 2017 the team goes on to win its first championship since 1983.  Although a highly unlikely event, it is hard to fathom or even imagine that not a single blog, website, or NBA forum wouldn’t be swarming with coverage.  IT WOULD BE EVERYWHERE, especially if it wasn’t the first time the player had been associated with such an enormous feat.

Like in 2015 when Harris helped turn around a Qingdao Eagle’s squad (CBA) from a leagues worst 5-29 record to one of the leagues best at 28-10 and a first ever trip to the post-season tournament; or perhaps three years earlier, when the forward rejuvenated a struggling Ponce franchise in Puerto Rico, leading the Lions to three consecutive trips to the finals and back-to-back BSN Championships.

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Holding a resume littered with accomplishments, hardware, and league MVP trophies this insider begs the question – “What about Mike Harris?”  Playing the best basketball of his entire career marked by significant improvements in almost every statistical category, can it be the Texas native will be overlooked yet again?

The Miami Heat just added 31-year-old Dorell Wright of China’s 15th ranked North Control B., whose 2016 stats failed in comparison to Harris and the Celtics signed D-Leaguer John Holland who according to Hoops Rumors, “is 6’5″ and can play two-guard and small forward but would be significantly undersized.”  Factor Harris’s 6’6 frame, wealth of playoff experience, and ability to dominate inside and out on both sides of the ball, and it would appear he is a much more logical choice than either of the two recent signees.

Two sources have confirmed the Cavaliers had personnel in China for the CBA finals and with an open roster spot Cleveland could be a perfect fit.  Lebron knows Harris from training camp and with lingering injuries and inconsistent play slowing the Cavs down, the risk of signing him may be worth the reward.

As I have said many times before in my pieces on Harris, I am a long time fan, friend, and have even been a business partner of the man, but numbers don’t lie and credit needs to be put where it is due.

So again this insider begs the question, “What about Mike Harris?”  Shouldn’t it be, “How about Mike Harris.”

Cleveland, your on the clock and with a long history of playoff injuries, isn’t it better to be safe than sorry?

Stay tuned!

 

 

All Tied Up – CBA Finals Game 3 Tonight!

It’s all tied up – Sunday night American Mike Harris and his Sichuan Blue Whales took care of business, beating Liaoning 96-88 on the road to even the CBA Finals series at one game a piece.  The guests trailed by 10 points after the first quarter before rallying back and emerging victorious.

Spurred by a pair monstrous double-doubles from Harris (29 points & 15 rebounds) and Hamed Haddadi (25 points & 26 boards), the quest for the CBA’s coveted crown has been all but been renewed.  With the series heading back to Sichuan for games 3 and 4, Harris and company will look to take a demanding lead over Lester Hudson and his first seeded Hunters when play continues Wednesday night.

Stay tuned for more to come!

 

 

 

Justin Holiday Flourishing In Chicago!

Thursday February 18th (the NBA trade deadline) – just under the wire, the Hawks pulled off a three-team deal, that sent veteran Kirk Heinrich to Atlanta, Shelvin Mack to Utah, and Justin Holiday and a future second-round pick (from Utah via Denver) to the Bulls. For Chicago, the move was purely a cost saving measure. For Holiday it was a fresh start, one that the 26-year-old NBA Champion is taking full advantage of.

In just 9 games, Holiday has put up career best numbers in minutes (18.7 pg), three-point shooting percentage (43.8%), and points per contest (5.2) including a season high 14 against Miami. More impressive than the numbers has been his defense which first year Head Coach Fred Hoiberg has immediately taken a liking to; so much so he has started the newly acquired shooting guard the last two games.

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Holding NBA All-Star Dwayne Wade to a 2-point 4th quarter in Miami earlier this month and just 3-15 shooting Friday night in Chicago, the former D-League & Pac-12 All-Defensive player has certainly made his presence known.  Finding his rhythm on the offensive end with a soft-touch from the outside, it appears Chicago has gotten much more than they bargained for in the deadline move.

After the Bulls win and Detroit’s loss Monday night, Chicago now holds the 8th and final playoff spot in the East.  Despite a slew of injuries, with continued strong play from guys like Holiday, E’twuan Moore, and Doug McDermott off the bench, Bulls fans may finally have something to look forward to again.  Back in action Wednesday night in Washington, stay tuned for more from Justin as he continues to flourish in his new home.

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The Bulls appropriately celebrated a shooting guard Sunday in the United Center with the tributes to Kobe Bryant amidst the Bulls 126-115 victory.

But as one shooting guard departed, quietly, another shooting guard arrived in the United Center. Justin Holiday isn’t likely to ever receive a video tribute and standing ovation like Bryant. But Holiday may be able to help the Bulls avoid an early vacation, a premature holiday of their own, if you will.

“First of all, my effort is going to be there,” said the 6-6 shooting guard who arrived somewhat unknown and overlooked in the Kirk Hinrich trade to Atlanta. “I’m going to play hard and defensively use my length. I can stay in front of guys and also help (on defense) pretty well. That obviously comes with time on the floor and getting comfortable and offensively knocking down the open shot, playing smart.

“To tell you the truth, whatever team I go to I feel is a good opportunity for me,” said the 26-year-old journeyman. “Obviously, with guys being hurt (here) I feel I’m someone who can come in and help. Because what is going to be there every night is my effort regardless of how well I am playing or not. That’s where it starts. You have to have the effort. And fight to help the team. I’m going to have that and feel I can help.”

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Four Wins Away – CBA Championship Begins Friday!

Six games, six wins, and six dominant performances into the Chinese Basketball Association’s (CBA) coveted post-season tournament, and American Mike Harris and his Blue Whales are just four wins away from the improbable.  One of the leagues worst teams only a year ago, Sichuan is re-writing history winning the clubs first playoff game, first playoff series, and making their first ever trip to the finals.  NBA veterans Lester Hudson, Shavlik Randolph, and the top seeded Liaoning Hunters are now all that remains between Harris and one of the few Championship trophies he has yet to capture.

Putting up playoff averages of over 33 points and 13 rebounds a contest while shooting better than 68% from the field, 40% from 3, and 90% from the free-throw line, Harris is torching rival defenders and appears to be getting better literally every time he touches the floor.  With no sign of stopping or even slowing down for that matter, the 32-year-old American seems poised to secure his third overall league championship in the last 4 years.  Stay tuned as the legend continues Friday night in Game 1.