Dominique Ferguson comes to the London Lightning with a glowing recommendation from Isiah Thomas written by: Atrm-Smith on September 2013

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By Morris Dalla Costa

Sometimes you just never know when something good is going to fall into your lap.

The London Lightning hope that is just happened to them this week.

The National Basketball League of Canada team has been looking for a big man in the middle that can play defence, rebound and score from the post.

This week the basketball merry-go-round stopped at the Lightning door and delivered 6-foot-9, 215-pound Dominique Ferguson, a 22-year-old.

The player’s agent called Lightning coach Micheal Ray Richardson about getting a tryout. Richardson then called Ferguson’s coach in college, who happened to be ex-NBA star and executive Isiah Thomas. Thomas gave the kid a glowing review and the Lightning brought him in.

After two practices Richardson has given him the thumbs up. (more…)

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Julius Mays 2013 Prospect Profile Podcast written by: Atrm-Smith on September 2013

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Julius-Mays-PicThis season was not a banner year for the Kentucky Wildcats, but one of the bright spots was the play of senior transfer Julius Mays as he tried to glue the team together. He is not a high level prospect on the radar as a first round prospect, but has the ability to earn a spot in the second round.

Mays is a quality shooter capable of playing both guard positions despite his size and lack of traditional athleticism that the NBA looks for.

In this conversation Mays openly discusses his two transfers, Kentucky struggling this year, and his desire to play professional basketball even if the NBA does not call his name this summer. Mays is one of the more well spoken and intelligent prospects in this group and an easy person to root for.

Here is the full podcast: Julius Mays 2013 NBA Draft Prospect Profile Podcast

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Julius Mays impresses at NBA Draft combine – at point guard written by: Atrm-Smith on September 2013

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Could Julius Mays be playing himself into a shot at the NBA? What seemed like an unlikely notion as recently as last week suddenly doesn’t seem so crazy anymore after Mays’ workout at a pre-NBA Draft combine that was hosted by the New Jersey Nets on Thursday.

Facing talent that will be up for grabs at the NBA Draft, Mays shined, according to tweets from John Calipari, who was in attendance at the PNY Center in East Rutherford, N.J.

“Just got done watching Julius Mays at the Nets’ combine,” Calipari tweeted. “Julius played really well — and he played point guard! Julius had 18 points and six assists in just two 12-minute quarters. He played so well that people are probably wondering why I didn’t play him at point guard. Couldn’t be more proud of Julius.”

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JULIUS MAYS: KENTUCKY’S “OTHER” ONE-AND-DONE STAR written by: Atrm-Smith on September 2013

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Ever since the NBA raised its minimum age limit from 18 to 19 years old in 2006, the one-and-done phenomenon has taken off. Since players can no longer jump right from high school to the pros, many elite basketball programs are now mere checkpoints for top players on their way to the NBA. In the last few years, no program has personified this one-and-done phenomenon more than the University of Kentucky.

Since John Calipari took over the program in 2009, 10 Wildcats have only spent one year on campus during his four seasons there. This includes John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins andAnthony Davis. Coach Cal recruits players with the expectation — both from the player’s standpoint and his standpoint — that they will likely only be in Lexington for one season. Sometimes this philosophy pays off as it did with a national championship in 2012, and sometimes, like this past season, it does not. However, no matter the results, with six McDonald’s All-Americans heading to campus next season, Calipari’s philosophy is not changing any time soon. That is what makes the case of Julius Mays so unique. (more…)

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Scouting The Mid-Majors written by: Atrm-Smith on September 2012

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Scouting The Mid-Majors

Mike Pudlow |July 2, 2012

University of Maryland Eastern Shore may not be the first place you look in evaluating basketball talent, but the team’s star player Hillary Haley may just be one of the nation’s hidden gems.


The 6-7, 210 shooting guard burst onto the basketball scene his junior season averaging 16.8 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.  Then, the team changed overnight, forcing Haley to adjust his role and learn a completely different offensive system.


“The whole team changed between my junior and senior season,” states Haley, “The system changed and we went to more of a Georgetown style of offense.  We were moving up and down the court as opposed to a slower pace in my junior year, where we played a half court offense.  It was definitely hard to adjust at first, but I definitely got used to it.  My production went down a little because of the newer system and the way we were playing, but everyday I kept putting in time and working out, trying to find where I can be most productive in the new offense.  Eventually I found my strengths in the newer system and put it all together.” (more…)

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NBA Draft Blog Interview with Jamar Samuels written by: Atrm-Smith on September 2012

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NBA Draft Blog Interview with Jamar Samuels


The influence of a college coach can be almost as diverse as the coaches themselves. Whether you liked Kansas State’s Frank Martin, or cringed when you saw him seething on the sideline, it was easy to tell that his players were prepared to do anything for him. That ability in itself is of great value to basketball players of any level, and nobody exemplified it more on Martin’s team than Jamar Samuels. When Samuels would step on the court, it would be tough to peg him into any particular role. He could score around the basket, or hit the occasional jumper. He could be found guarding some of the best players in the country, crashing the boards on both ends, and you could never question his desire to win. A lot of what he did for his team wouldn’t show up in a stat sheet. While Samuels did not get an opportunity to play in Kansas State’s final game of the year in the NCAA Tournament because of a NCAA violation, his career as a player is really just getting started. I had the opportunity to speak to Samuels, who has been preparing for NBA workouts at IMG in Florida, about his game, Frank Martin’s effect, and much more:



Jamar on his development at Kansas State:

“I learned to play with a lot of passion. I was always a feisty player, but Coach Martin and the other coaches knew how to bring it to another level. I also learned to work on my mindset; being ready for everything that could happen. Physically, I added a lot of needed weight to my frame, probably 45 pounds more than when I first got to college.”



Jamar on playing for Frank Martin:

“Coach Martin really stressed work ethic, both on and off the court. He made you want to play hard for him. I learned a lot about loyalty and trust from him. He was a father figure to me, and helped make me into the man I am today.”



Jamar on his strengths as a player:

“Playing defense and rebounding, especially getting offensive rebounds, are probably my biggest strengths. My shooting is improving as well. I have been down at IMG working every day at improving my game as a whole. No disrespect to anyone, but I can turn some heads when I get an opportunity.”



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Internship Opportunities written by: Atrm-Smith on August 2012

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Above The Rim Management is actively seeking for qualified candidates for opportunities within our firm.

ATRM is now accepting resumes for college course credit internship opportunities. The internship gives students the opportunity to assist and interact as needed in the areas of Contract Negotiations, Marketing/Endorsements, Public Relations, Community Relations, Client Services and any other services ATRM provides. Interested and qualified applicants (junior and senior and graduate level) must e-mail a cover letter and resume to to be considered. All Microsoft Office products knowledge preferred including Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.

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Dion Dixon Highlights written by: Atrm-Smith on July 2012

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Dion Dixon Highlights

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Hillary Haley Highlights written by: Atrm-Smith on July 2012

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Hillary Haley Highlights

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Jamar Samuels Highlights written by: Atrm-Smith on July 2012

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