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  • On Episode 145 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Chelsea Hopkins and Ani Umana chop it up with Duquesne Associate HC Dru Joyce III on building a winning basketball culture and take a look back at the 2002-03 FAB 50 national title team at St. Vincent-St. Mary's (OH) that he was part of.

    The ITP crew probes the paint on a scary situation surrounding Natalia Bryant (Kobe's daughter), the World Cup, Chris Brown-Thriller40 controversy at the AMAs, and the return of EA SPORTS College Football after a 10-year hiatus.

    Joyce III talks about joining the staff of his old high school coach Keith Dambrot after playing for him at the University of Akron. Joyce also talks about the surprising coaching transition from Dambrot to his father, Dru Joyce II, after he took over the SV-SM program in his junior season. Joyce talks about taking on stacked Oak Hill teams as an underclassman, the stinging loss in the 2002 state title game his junior year and how that loss motivated the LeBron James-led St. V’s team to the 2002-03 FAB 50 title after opening up No. 7 in the FAB 50 (and No. 23 in the USA Today Super 25).

    Joyce also talks about his brother Cam Joyce coaching and going up against their father, reflects on his high school experience 20 years later and the motivation of the St. V’s crew to springboard their success to give back to the Akron community they grew up in.

    The ITP crew gets some terrific insight from Joyce in this week's episode, so make sure to tune in from start to finish!

    (0:00) - Intro

    (3:34) - Probe The Paint: Chris Brown-MJ-Thriller 40 Controversy

    (7:39) - World Cup & Ani’s Soccer Experience

    (11:58) - Natalia Bryant & Stalking Situation

    (17:34) - EA SPORTS College Football is Back in NIL ERA!

    (20:57) - Mikey Williams to Memphis & Penny’s Hot Seat

    (23:39) - Preseason Mr. Basketball USA Tracker Results 

    (27:52) - Ani’s take on Cam Boozer as Soph POY Candidate

    (31:40) - LeBron’s POY Candidacy as a SOPH (’01)

    (36:45) - Chelsea’s Recollection of LeBron in HS

    (42:34) - Wemby’s Stance Among Hoop Prodigies

    (48:58) - Wemby Comparisons & Ron’s Top Prospects Ever

    (58:27) - Dru Joyce III Interview

    (1:03:17) - HS Transition From Coach Dambrot to Father

    (1:08:10) - Joyce on Special Senior Season (2003)

    (1:11:21) - Mentorship of Dru Joyce II

    (1:14:54) - Joyce’s Advice & Giving Back to Akron

    (1:26:20) - shop.ballislife.com Black Friday Discounts
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  • On Episode 144 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Chelsea Hopkins and Ani Umana freestyle hard on a variety of topics all across basketball, from the pros, college and high school!

    Chelsea gives an update on the WNBA and it's draft lottery. Are the Indiana Fever going to get it right? Is there a franchise player in each WNBA draft? The ITP Crew also dishes on the Brittney Griner situation.

    The ITP Crew freestyles on the NBA, from Paolo Banchero and the rest of the rookie class, the Brooklyn Nets' situation, and the league's best and worst, from the Bucks to the L.A. Lakers. Can Jacque Vaughn stabilize Brooklyn's situation? Is Kyrie Irving still dedicated to the game? Who will emerge from the West to challenge the Bucks and Celtics? When will the Rockets core turn the corner?
    Banchero leads the crop of rookies, but what is going to happen with this year's draft class and the top recruiting classes at Kentucky and Duke? Does D.J Wagner's commitment signal a big change in BBN's chances of capturing the 2024 NCAA title? We take a quick look at what a great recruiting class means and some of our favorite classes of all-time.

    Chelsea gives her insight on the differences in top recruiting classes in the men's and women's game in light of JuJu Watkins committing to USC.

    The ITP crew gives some quick-hitting, yet informative, insight in this week's episode, so make sure to tune in from start to finish!

    (0:00) - Intro

    (1:21) - Reaction to Duncanville (TX) Dropping From UIL Playoffs

    (7:02) - Quick Reaction to UVA Football Players Killed

    (10:53) - Chelsea’s WNBA Freestyle: Griner-Russia, W Draft Lottery, New W Camp Rules?

    (30:03) - Women’s Recruiting: Comparing Top Classes to Top Men’s Classes

    (35:18) - ITP Crew NBA Freestyle: Paolo & Rookies, Rockets’ Future, Lakers’ Plight, Nets' Dumpster Fire, Bucks/Celtics’ Dominance, Warriors’ Downslide?, Kyrie’s Future,

    (1:22:27) - Recruiting Freestyle: Reaction To DJ Wagner (Kentucky), JuJu Watkins (USC), Emoni Bates, Favorite Recruiting Classes
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  • On Episode 142 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores and Ani Umana go hard on the recent Pangos Frosh/Soph Camp in SoCal, the first of four regional stops across the country in the next month.

    Ron breaks down camp MOP and one of the fastest-rising prospect in the country, 2025 wing Tounde Yessoufou (St. Joseph, Santa Maria, CA), and other top event performers. Ani also previews some of the players we should expect to evaluate at the next stop in Dallas, October 1-2.

    Ron and Ani also dish on the main themes of the 2022-23 NBA season and the explosive situation surrounding the Boston Celtics. Will Ime Udoka return as the head coach next season? Will he eventually be hired by another NBA franchise? How could the Celtics have handled the situation differently? The ITP Crew also dishes on LeBron chasing Kareem’s scoring record, the Brooklyn Nets and their chemistry, Zion Williamson and the Pelicans and the fortunes of the Cavaliers and Timberwolves.

    The fellas also give their hard line takes on Emoni Bates’ plight, the cold relationship between Brittney Griner and her college coach Kim Mulkey, and the heart-breaking story of Aquira DeCosta, a 2018 girls high school All-American who was forced into sex trafficking earlier this year. 

    The ITP crew gives some terrific insight in this week's episode, so make sure to tune in from start to finish!

    (0:00) - Intro

    (2:40) - Quick Reaction to Aces WNBA Title

    (9:12) - Reaction to Aquira DeCosta’s Human Trafficking Story

    (17:30) - Dynamic of Brittney Griner & Kim Mulkey Relationship

    (23:06) - Penny Haradaway & Memphis: At a Crossroads?

    (28:46) - The Ups & Downs of Emoni Bates

    (40:30) - NBA Drama: Where Do Celtics Go From Here?  

    (52:15) - NBA Burning ?s: Zion Williamson, KD & Nets, Cavs/Timberwolves

    (1:02:48) - LeBron Chasing Kareem’s Scoring Record

    (1:06:03) - Quick Reaction to NBA Draft Age Rule

    (1:11:41) - Pangos All-West Fr/So Standouts  

    (1:28:15) - Pod Updates, Preseason FAB 50 Show Date
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  • On Episode 141 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard on the recent Ron Massey Memorial Fall Hoops Classic in SoCal and the GASO HS Fall Showcase in Dallas.

    Ron breaks down 2025 Tounde Yessoufou (St. Joseph, Santa Maria, CA), the MOP of the Ron Massey and other standouts, including a plethora of talented young prospects in the 2025 and 2026 classes. Ani breaks down the top performers at the GASO, including rising 2024 prospect Dink Pate (Pinkston, Dallas) and others.

    Ron also talks about the recent Creme of the County Showcase that featured a vast majority of the college prospects from San Diego County. 2024 LoLo Rudolph (St. Augustine, San Diego) was the standout and Ron and Ani also break down Miley Williams' game. What kind of prospect is he? What does he need to work on? Is he a future pro?
    Chelsea dishes on the WNBA playoffs and breaks down the WNBA Finals matchup between the Las Vegas Aces and Connecticut Sun. Is Game 2 a must-win for the Sun? Why is it working so well for the Aces right now? Chelsea also breaks down the historical play of Aces point guard Chelsea Gray.

    The ITP Crew also talks Serena Williams and her GOAT status and the unfortunate murder of Philadelphia-based rapper PnB Rock in Los Angeles? Why is there so much victim-blaming and why are these senseless murders happening?
    The ITP crew gives some terrific insight in this week's episode, so make sure to tune in from start to finish!

    (0:00) - Intro

    (1:39) - Chelsea on Various Levels of Women’s Pro Ball 

    (5:42) - Chelsea on WNBA Finals & Chelsea Gray 

    (20:42) - What Aces Title Would Mean to Vegas 

    (22:14) - Ani & Chelsea on What Serena Williams Means to Them

    (27:03) - Where Serena Lands on GOAT Lists

    (34:15) - Death of Rapper PNB Rock: L.A. Tragedy 

    (51:42) - Ani on GASO HS Fall Showcase

    (1:01:39) - Ron on Ron Massey Classic 

    (1:13:53) - Ron on Creme of the County

    (1:16:52) - Mikey Williams: How Good? 

    (1:25:08) - Upcoming Pod Updates: Victor vs. Scoot!

    (1:31:00) - Pod Updates, Preseason FAB 50 Show Date
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  • On Episode 140 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard on the Pangos All-American Festival, which brought together 35 of the top players in the nation to compete for regional bragging rights!

    The ITP crew brings on Michigan St. commit Jeremy Fears (Joliet West, IL) to talk about his MVP performance for the Midwest club. The 2023 point guard was named co-MVP along with Flory Bidunga, the 2024 big man out of Kokomo (Ind,) who might be the No. 1 prospect in his class. Fears talks about playing with Bidunga for the first time, the competition level at the event, why he chose Michigan St., and how he's helping to recruit the Spartans' incoming class.

    The ITP Crew breaks down the event's top performers, while Ani also talks about the top performers at the recent TCU camp.

    Chelsea also dishes on the WNBA playoffs as the conference finals heat up and gives her personal insight on a special 2022 WNBA All-Rookie selection.

    Fears gives some terrific insight in this week's episode, so make sure to tune in from start to finish!

    (0:00) - Intro

    (2:43) - Chelsea’s WNBA Playoff Updates 

    (9:00) - Rebekah Gardner’s Unique All-Rookie Path

    (12:50) - Reaction to Chet Holmgren’s Injury: What’s Next? 

    (20:35) - Kids & Cameras: Are the Dunk Celebrations Too Much?

    (28:37) - Ani’s Standouts from TCU Elite Camp 

    (34:00) - Chelsea’s Personal Recruiting Experience 

    (38:30) - Pangos All-American Festival Recap 

    (46:47) - Rankings Don’t Matter Until They Do!

    (53:41) - More on the Pangos Festival

    (55:38) - Jeremy Fears Interview 

    (1:13:45) - Pangos Festival All-Tourney Selections 

    (1:19:39) - Pod Updates, FAB 50 Target Dates 
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  • On Episode 139 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard on recent comments made by former NBA guard Brandon Jennings about today's NBA being a “players’ league” and how many current players lack a “love for the game and how those two things hurt the product for fans.

    The ITP crew brings on former NBA All-Star Marques Johnson to get his perspective of Jennings’ social media comments. Johnson talks about his love for the game and how not all NBA players shared it, "load management" during his era, motivation during his playing days vs. the big money era of today and balancing skill development vs. branding development.

    The ITP Crew also brings of special guest Dennis Evans, the fast-rising 7-footer from Hillcrest (Riverside, Calif.) & Team Inland travel ball club to talk about his recent USA Basketball and Elite 24 experiences, the keys to his large improvement over the past two years and what’s next in his development.

    Chelsea also dishes on the WNBA as the playoff tip-off and her surprises and disappointments of the just completed regular season.

    Both Johnson and Evans give terrific insight in this week's episode, so make sure to tune in from start to finish!

    (0:00) - Intro

    (0:56) - Elite 24 Reactions & Breakdown 

    (4:26) - Dennis Evans (Hillcrest, Riverside, CA) Interview 

    (17:44) - Ani’s Dennis Evans Scouting Report

    (21:18) - Reaction to Brandon Jennings’ “Love of the Game” Comments 

    (28:10) - Chelsea’s Candid Take on Loving the Game

    (37:20) - Marques Johnson Interview 

    (43:09) - Marques on Forcing Team Destination 

    (47:20) - Marques on Load Management 

    (50:22) - Marques on Players Loving the Game

    (1:00:38) - Marques on Turning Pro vs. Coming Back 

    (1:05:35) - Marques on Skill vs. Social Development 

    (1:16:12) - Bronny James’ Recruitment 

    (1:24:39) - Reaction to Bill Russell’s No. 6 Retirement 

    (1:27:57) - Chelsea’s WNBA Update & Analysis
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  • On Episode 138 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores and Ani Umana talk off the cuff about a variety of topics as the travel ball season comes to a close, from players properly resting up during the dead period to their reaction to the passing of the great Bill Russell.

    The fellas talk about some of the young players they recently saw, including Ron's top 2026 and 2027 performers from the Ballislife Jr. All-American Camp in SoCal. Ani dishes on the Elite 24 roster for this year's event on August 12 and why the UAA circuit gets a bad rap for player talent.

    Ron and Ani also break down their top NYC Point GODs as a tribute to the recently released Showtime Basketball documentary. The fellas give their take on why the doc should be celebrated for its highlighting of 80s and 90s NYC basketball culture, but why the 1960s and early 1970s will always be the Golden Era for NYC basketball in terms of its importance and impact on the culture.

    The fellas also salute the great Bill Russell, the Celtics legend and all-time NBA winner who passed at 88 on July 31. Russell was a pioneering athlete whose laser-focus allowed him to prosper in a city where many wanted to see him fail or be gone. The fellas talk about his beginnings at McClymonds High School in Oakland, Calif., what kind of a prospect he was, and what he personally meant to them.

    The ITP Crew has plenty of dead period topics to talk about in this week's episode, so make sure to tune in from start to finish!

    (0:00) - Intro

    (1:45) - shop.ballislife.com Discount Code

    (2:30) - Prime Time National Tournament Standouts

    (7:05) - Ballislife Jr. A-A Camp Standouts  

    (14:35) - Elite 24 Roster Breakdown 

    (19:45) - Ani’s Take on UAA vs. 3SSB Circuit

    (22:18) - Ron’s Elite 24 Memories (2006-12) 

    (33:15) - Ani’s Intro to NYC Basketball Culture 

    (36:08) - Ron’s Reaction to "NYC Point GODs” Doc

    (43:08) - Ron’s Top NYC PGs of All-Time

    (45:45) - Ani & Ron's Favorite NYC Hoop Stories 

    (50:43) - NYC Legends: Wide Range of Opinions!

    (56:00) - Tiny Archibald’s Loaded High School Teams

    (1:01:04) - Salute to Bill Russell 
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  • On Episode 137 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard in the paint on the second July live period, breaking down standouts from adidas 3SSB open, Nike Peach Jam, The Stage and Las Vegas Big Time. The ITP Crew also breaks down the television showcases games from the Big Time that included Bronny James (Strive For Greatness 17U) and Bryce James (Strive For Greatness 16U). How did LeBron's sons look and what will their future in basketball be like?

    Ron and Ani also break down top event performers from the second July live recruiting period, including standouts from 3SSB Open in SoCal where Ron was at and the Nike Peach Jam where Ani was evaluating. The ITP crew goes over an array of prospects that stood out the most and also welcomes on special guest Travis Perry, a Ballislife Underclass All-American point guard from Lyon County (Eddyville, Ky.) who helped Indiana Elite capture the adidas 3SSB Finale and Open 16U titles. Travis talks about his experience on a talented team that went unbeaten in July, his teammates' success (including fast-rising 2024 Flory Bidunga), where he's at in his recruitment and the motivations heading into his junior season of high school.

    Chelsea dishes on the WNBA and the "divorce" between Liz Cambage and the L.A. Sparks and gives some insight on the dynamic of WNBA locker rooms.

    The ITP Crew breaks down a ton of prospects, including Bronny and Bryce, in this week's episode, so make sure to tune in from start to finish!

    (0:00) - Intro

    (2:39) - Take on Kevin Durant to Celtics!? 

    (8:10) - Reaction to Sharife Cooper Being Cut 

    (13:40) - Chelsea on WNBA & Liz Cambage Saga 

    (24:25) - Chelsea on Aces’ Commissioner Cup Title 

    (27:25) - Breakdown of Las Vegas Big Time TV Games

    (32:11) - Ron & Chelsea on Bryce James 

    (36:14) - WCE vs. Compton Magic Reaction 

    (46:00) - SFG vs. Midwest Basketball & Bronny Breakdown! 

    (52:39) - Reaction to PGE 16s vs. Oakland Soldiers 16s 

    (58:24) - Indiana Elite 16U Dominance (3SSB) & Other Shoe Company Champs

    (1:06:00) - Travis Perry (Lyon County/Eddyville, Ky./Indiana Elite 16U) Interview

    (1:27:15) - Ron’s adidas 3SSB Open & Big Time Standouts

    (1:31:45) - Ani’s Peach Jam Standouts 

    (1:41:44) - Ballislife Podcast Shoutouts & shop.ballislife.com Discount Code
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  • On Episode 136 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard in the paint on the just completed NBA Summer League. The ITP Crew all attended Summer League for more than one day and talk standouts and trends. Who stood out outside the "Big 3" rookies of the 2022 NBA Draft?

    Ron and Ani Also break down top event performers and sleepers from the first July live recruiting period. Ron was in SoCal at various live events featuring lower level and D2 prospects while Ani was at Under Armour Session III and the NBA Academy Games in Georgia. Who stood out and who is now on the radar of college coaches?

    Chelsea dishes on the WNBA All-Star Game and why its activations and overall experience need upgrading. Should also gives her surprise standouts halfway through the W season.

    The ITP Crew also talks about LeBron at the Drew, USA Basketball winning the 17U FIBA World Cup and why the 2025 class is off to a great start, the return of the Elite 24, and the recent comments made by young superstar Ja Morant and NBA rookie Bennedict Mathurin. Were they out of line?

    The ITP Crew talks about a plethora of timely topics in this week's episode, so make sure to tune in from start to finish!

    (0:00) - Intro

    (1:44) - Return of Elite 24

    (3:28) - Reaction to Ja Morant & Bennedict Mathurin Comments 

    (10:14) - LeBron at the Drew League 

    (14:21) - Chelsea’s Nike Nationals & WNBA All-Star Game Take 

    (25:44) - Chelsea’s Fast-Rising WNBA All-Stars

    (40:57) - Ani’s Dishes on USA Basketball's 17U World Cup Title 

    (46:52) - Ani’s Standouts from Under Armour & NBA Academy Games

    (56:30) - Ron’s Standouts from Pangos Premier 80 & Cali Live 

    (1:05:14) - Ron on Challenging Recruiting Landscape for HS Players  

    (1:20:22) - ITP Crew NBA Summer League Breakdown 

    (1:41:36) - Ballislife Podcast Shoutouts & shop.ballislife.com Discount Code
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  • On Episode 135 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores and Ani Umana go hard in the paint on the recent grassroots events they attended (NBPA Top 100 Camp, FCP All-West Camp) and the live scholastic event (TABC Showcase).

    Ron and Ani break down each event's top performers and stock-risers, including names such as G.G. Jackson (NBPA Top 100 Camp MOP) and Baye Fall, a standout at both the Pangos and NBPA Camps. Ani reveals his top performers and NBPA Top 100 Camp player rankings. Ani also gives an update on Bronny James, who doesn't play often in individual grassroots events, and where he stands among the national Class of 2023.

    Ani also talks TABC Showcase and fast-rising prospects who stood out in Texas' live scholastic period event while Ron also breaks down some of his top performers from the FullCourt Press All-West Camp which took place in SoCal during the dead period, July 1-2. Jared McCain of Centennial (Corona, Calif.) was a standout at the NBPA Top 100 camp and his high school teammate, Eric Freeny, was an All-West Camp standout.

    Ron dishes on more sleepers and 2025 prospects who made a name for themselves at All-West, while Ani gives his quick take on the 2022 NBA Draft and plans for the upcoming July grassroots live periods.

    The ITP crew talks about a plethora of prospects in this week's episode, so make sure to tune in from start to finish!

    (0:00) - Intro

    (2:03) - Ani’s Post-NBA Draft Take

    (6:25) - Ron’s Dish on Risk v. Reward Mentality 

    (10:55) - Ani’s Take on G League Draftees

    (16:52) - Honest Opinions & Improving Scouting Skill 

    (18:24) - Ballislife Gear Drop & shop.ballislife.com Discount Code

    (20:05) - NBPA Top 100 Camp Breakdown

    (26:43) - NBPA Top 100 Camp Top Players & Rankings 

    (40:35) - Cameron Boozer & Bronny James: How Good?

    (1:00:05) - Ani’s TABC Showcase 2022 Fast-Risers! 

    (1:08:07) - Portaling Up or Down: Recruiting Strategies 

    (1:12:26) - Ron’s FCP All-West Fast-Risers!

    (1:17:25) - Ron’s & Ani’s July Live Period Schedule 
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  • On Episode 134 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores and Chelsea Hopkins go hard in the paint on the recent 2022 NBA Draft!

    Ron and Chelsea break down the draft's winners, top themes and the G League windfall. The ITP crew talks about why Houston and Detroit were among the big team winners and why it was a historic day for grassroots and high school basketball in the state of Arizona.

    Ron also breaks down some of his top performers from the Section 7 Team Camp, which took place in Arizona, June 17-19, during the NCAA's live scholastic period.

    Chelsea dishes on the Brittney Griner situation and gives her expertise on the WNBA halfway through its regular season. Ron also dishes on the USA Basketball's performance at the U18 FIBA Americas Championships in Mexico, the state of grassroots basketball south of the border and the USA Basketball U17 World Cup roster.

    There's plenty to unpack in this week's episode, so make sure to tune in from start to finish!

    (0:00) - Intro

    (1:25) - Brittney Griner: Where’s the Solutions?

    (9:38) - Chelsea’s Dish on Phoenix Mercury Situation

    (16:56) - Ballislife Gear Drop & shop.ballislife.com Discount Code

    (17:49) - USA Basketball 17U Insight & 18U Recap

    (26:34) - Mexico's Improved Grassroots Basketball 

    (30:58) - NBA Draft: Instant Reaction

    (34:48) - Chet Holmgren Player Comparisons 

    (40:40) - NBA Draft: Surprise Picks & Team Winners 

    (49:18) - Draft: Huge Moment for Arizona Grassroots Ball  

    (52:43) - Reaction to G League Ignite Draft Windfall 

    (1:03:00) - 24 Green Room Guys: Too Many?

    (1:08:25) - Ron’s Section 7 Report 
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  • On Episode 133 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores and Ani Umana go hard in the paint on the 2022 Pangos All-American Camp, which took place in Las Vegas, June 5-7.

    The ITP crew talks with special guests and camp participants K.J. Lewis (El Paso Chapin, TX), Marvel Allen (Montverde Academy, FL) and D.J. Thomas (Henderson Liberty, NV) to get their perspective on the camp and their hot takes on their individual and team performances, their areas of improvement and their goals for the upcoming 2022-23 season.

    Ron and Ani also break down top performances, their breakout campers and recap the top individual players. The fellas also break down their top five camp performers and the performance of the often talked-about and followed Mikey Williams (San Ysidro, CA).

    This week's episode is all about evaluating players, so make sure to tune in from start to finish!

    (0:00) - Intro

    (3:18) - 2022 Pangos Camp MOP Breakdown 

    (7:40) - Dish on Committed Prospects & PGs

    (14:25) - Camp Revelation: Yves Missi

    (19:23) - K.J. Lewis Interview 

    (31:15) - Marvel Allen Interview

    (40:55) - D.J. Thomas Interview

    (55:35) - 2024 Guards Progress Report

    (57:40) - Ron’s Top 5 Pangos Performers 

    (59:55) - Ani’s Top 5 Pangos Performers 

    (1:04:45) - Productive & Improved Players 

    (1:12:20) - Top 60 Game Standouts 

    (1:23:08) - The Mikey Williams Report Card 

    (1:31:25) - Upcoming Podcast Schedule & NBA Draft Show
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  • On Episode 132 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard in the paint on "The Greatest Mixtape Ever", the recently released 30 for 30 about the "Skip Tape" and the And1 Mixtape Tour it inspired.

    The ITP crew talks with Ron Naclerio, Skip To My Lou's (Rafer Alston's) high school coach at Cardozo (Queens, N.Y.) and with Matt Rodriguez, Ballislife President.

    Naclerio reveals candid details about Alston's upbringing and helping him navigate through middle school and high school, both athletically and academically. Naclerio also dishes on Skip's trails and tribulations from junior college in California, playing one season at Fresno St. and declaring for the 1998 NBA Draft. The colorful coach also details Skip's early pro career and what he received for delivering the game tapes of Skip to AND1. Did Naclerio receive anything and was there any animosity between Alston and the rest of the AND1 Tour members? Naclerio has candid answers!

    Rodriguez joins the ITP Show to give his take on the 30 For 30 and his view of the AND1 Mixtape Tour from his perspective then as a fan, and how it inspired him to create a startup basketball company. Rodriguez also talks about the doc's shortcomings and what he learned about the business aspect of the Skip Tape and subsequent tour that he later applied towards Ballislife.

    The ITP crew also dishes on their favorite mixtape players of all time, the NBA Finals, USA Basketball tryouts and touch up on future BIL projects. This week's episode uncovers a lot of terrific back stories about the "Skip Tape" the AND1 Mixtape Tour. Make sure to tune in from start to finish!

    (0:00) - Intro

    (0:40) - Ballislife Gear & shop.ballislife.com Discount Code

    (1:40) - ITP YouTube Page & BIL Podcast Network  

    (2:02) - NBA Playoffs Update & Finals Predictions!

    (11:40) - “The Greatest Mix Tape Ever”: Ani’s Reaction 

    (16:10) - “The Greatest Mix Tape Ever”: Ron’s Reaction

    (18:45) - “The Greatest Mix Tape Ever”: Chelsea's Reaction

    (21:04) - Ron Naclerio (Skip HS Coach) Interview

    (23:57) - Naclerio’s Instant Reaction & Greg Marius Backstory

    (27:35) - Naclerio on Meeting Skip & Coaching Him

    (32:17) - Naclerio on Skip’s Struggles at Cardozo 

    (35:38) - Naclerio’s Rafer Playing Stories 

    (39:36) - Naclerio on Skip Hooking Up with Tarkanian 

    (43:07) - Naclerio on Skip Declaring for NBA Draft 

    (47:32) - Naclerio on Skip’s Involvement with AND1 

    (50:09) - Naclerio on Players who Just Missed 

    (52:47) - Naclerio on Skip Tape Payment from AND1

    (54:24) - Naclerio on COVD-19 Impact in NYC

    (1:01:30) - Ron on Skip’s Time in California 

    (1:06:25) - Ani’s Recollections of AND1

    (1:07:43) - Chelsea’s Recollections of AND1 

    (1:09:09) - Matt Rodriguez (BIL President) Interview

    (1:10:36) - Rodriguez on Watching And1 Mixtapes 

    (1:13:15) - Rodriguez on What He Learned From And1 

    (1:15:12) - Rodriguez on Following Younger AND1 Stars 

    (1:24:57) - Did the “Skip Tape” Birth Mixtapes? 

    (1:27:24) - Parallels Between Mixtape Tour & BIL Park Runs

    (1:38:10) - Chelsea & Ani Final Thoughts on Doc 

    (1:42:25) - Resource Info for Related Streetball Docs/Info

    (1:47:21) - Ian Jackson & USA Basketball Updates

    (1:53:07) - Upcoming Podcast Schedule & NBA Draft Show
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  • On Episode 131 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard in the paint on player rankings, an important topic and critical component of the grassroots basketball ecosystem.

    The ITP crew talks national player rankings with Clark Francis (Hoop Scoop), who first put player rankings out in 1983, about those early years and during its heyday in the 1990s when the competition on the camp circuit was at its peak. Francis also gives his perspective on what the rankings mean and why they are important.

    Paul Biancardi (ESPN) talks about the final 2022 class rankings and the rationale for how he came up with his final order with Duke recruit Dereck Lively leading the way. Biancardi also talks about the rankings from the perspective of a former college coach and how his experience in that aspect of the game helps him create ESPN's widely distributed rankings.

    Ian Jackson, the 2022 Ballislife National Sophomore of the Year from Cardinal Hayes (Bronx, N.Y.), also comes on the ITP Show to talk about his satisfying high school season after COVID-19 took away his freshman campaign. Jackson also talks his development, who he patterns his game after and his experiences with USA Basketball.

    This week's episode uncovers alot of terrific stories of the game's greats and what they were like in high school and gives some terrific perspective on an important part of the high school and grassroots basketball landscape. Make sure to tune in from start to finish!

    (0:00) - Intro

    (0:40) - NBA Playoffs Snapshot: Mavs’ Struggles

    (5:20) - W Snapshot: Phoenix Mercury Spat! 

    (09:31) - Jimmy Buter & Steph Curry Not Ranked

    (13:22) - Player Rankings: Nick Smith, Corliss Williamson at No. 1 

    (18:21) - Clark Francis (Hoop Scoop) Interview

    (20:29) - Francis on What He Looks for During 1st Evaluation

    (22:56) - Francis on Ranking Young Players 

    (27:14) - Francis on the Nike/Vaccaro Split & What it Caused

    (32:54) - Francis on What Player Rankings Mean

    (35:30) - Francis on the Top Classes He Evaluated

    (42:38) - Chelsea on Playing Under Pressure 

    (48:27) - Ani on Rankings: College Impact or Draft Projection?

    (53:50) - Ronnie on Value of Big Man 

    (56:50) - Paul Biancardi Interview 

    (1:00:33) - Biancardi on Coaching Perspective of Rankings 

    (1:01:58) - Biancardi on What He Looks for During 1st Evaluation

    (1:05:20) - Ian Jackson Interview

    (1:07:05) - Jackson on On-Court Focus 

    (1:09:05) - Jackson on Lost COVID-19 Frosh Year 

    (1:11:30) - Jackson on USA Basketball Experience 

    (1:15:00) - Jackson on Player He Emulates

    (1:21:40) - Ani’s Take on 2024 Class

    (1:25:13) - Age as it Relates to Rankings 

    (1:31:25) - Age: Lenny Cooke vs. LeBron! 

    (1:41:13) - Hoopscooponline.com & Other References  

    (1:48:56) - Rankings: Chelsea & Ani Final Thoughts 

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  • On Episode 130 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go extra hard in the paint on a variety of topics, including recent grassroots event standouts and the recruiting landscape in small regions with special guest Paul Hernandez (661 Hoops). The ITP crew and Hernandez discuss strategies to getting exposure and making the right decisions for players who don't live near a major metro area or media hub. Hernandez discusses some of the top players from California's Central Valley and the tools he utilizes to get their names in front of scouts and colleges coaches.
    Hernandez also discusses standouts from recent events he attended such as G365 The Stage III, West Coast Elite The Collision and Pangos Best of SoCal Showcase. Ani also discusses standouts from the recent The Who Wants The Smoke Tournament in Dallas.
    The ITP crew also goes hard on the NBA playoffs games and the disappointing Game 7 performances, particularly by Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns. Why does this continue to happen to CP3? Is Luka the best player in the league now?
    Ron, Ani, and Chelsea also discuss the Ballislife Underclass All-American Elite team and the players who are already on the move for next season, including Nasir Cunningham to OTE. What does it signal that Cunningham is foregoing a salary from OTE?
    The ITP crew also dishes on recent social events, including the Mass Shooting in Buffalo, and how we have become desensitized to these acts of terrorism.

    (0:00) - Intro

    (1:02) - Ballislife Podcast Shout Outs & Shop.Ballislife.com Discount Code  

    (1:51) - NBA Playoffs Game 7s Reactions 

    (7:17) - Chris Paul & His Lack of Playoff Dominance

    (10:14) - Why Devin Booker Hasn’t Taken Next Step? 

    (16:52) - James Harden: Where Do He & 76ers Go From Here?

    (24:53) - NBA Draft Lottery: Is There a Clear Cut No. 1?

    (30:21) - Chelsea’s Take on Brittney Griner Situation 

    (39:12) - Buffalo Shooting & Domestic Terrorism: Any Solutions?

    (51:32) - Ani’s Who Wants The Smoke Top Performers 

    (1:02:35) - Paul Hernandez (661 Hoops) Interview

    (1:13:30) - Hernandez on Best Strategies to Help Central Valley Prospects

    (1:23:41) - Hernandez’s Tidbits on Central Valley’s Overlooked Prospects 

    (1:29:02) - Reaction to Underclass All-American Elite Team 

    (1:37:50) - Nasir Cunningham to OTE: What Does It Mean?
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  • On Episode 129 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores and Chelsea Hopkins go hard in the paint on the 2022 WNBA season. What is the next step in the W's growth? What teams are the best bet to challenge the Connecticut Sun and Las Vegas Aces for the title? Which player is going to win MVP? Who was the biggest off-season acquisition? Which young player will have a breast season and which rookie can challenge Rhyne Howard for ROY?
    The ITP crew welcomes on KTLA Channel 5 sports anchor Rahshaun Haylock, the L.A. Sparks' Play-by-Play Announcer, to talk WNBA in Los Angeles. Are the Sparks a legit title contender? What does the signing of Liz Cambage do for expectations and who can fans expect to increase their production on the team from last season? Rayshaun goes in-depth and Chelsea goes her insight as a former player who is quite connected to many players in the W!
    Ron and Chelsea also dish on the drama-filled NBA playoffs and talk about the ever-changing NIL realities.

    (0:00) - Intro

    (1:32) - NBA Playoffs: Drama Off the Court!

    (7:13) - Chelsea’s Take on Fan Control

    (12:39) - Chelsea’s Conference Semifinal Predictions

    (19:54) - Joel Embiid’s MVP Effort

    (28:48) - Rapidly Changing NIL Realities & Congress Intervention

    (34:00) - WNBA Preview: Growth Takes Time!

    (37:34) - WNBA: Lack of NCAA Fan Carry-Over Hurts

    (44:47) - WNBA Team Favorites and Predictions

    (47:28) - Las Vegas Aces: Life Without Liz

    (53:10) - Rahshaun Haylock (L.A.Sparks Play-By-Play) Interview

    (55:47) - Haylock on Sparks Adjusting to Post-Parker Era

    (1:00:56) - Haylock on Sparks’ Role Players’ Opportunities

    (1:08:30) - Haylock on Difficulty of Making W Rosters

    (1:18:37) - W’s Best Players vs. Popular Players

    (1:20:24) - W Individual Awards: Favorites and Predictions

    (1:31:41) - Ballislife Podcast Shout Outs
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  • On Episode 128 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard in the paint on the Isaiah Wong NIL fiasco. Is NIL quickly just a form of pay-for-play advocacy and where is NIL going from here? The crew also gives its NBA playoff updates. Will bad luck hit CP3 once again and can anyone stop The Greek Freak?

    The ITP crew also recap the Iverson Classic and BallDawgs All-Star Game in which online sensation Hansel Emmanuel participated in both this past week. Is Hansel the most inspirational basketball player of all-time? Speaking of inspiration, the ITP crew welcomes on special guest Mark Tennis of CalHiSports.com to talk about this year's California All-State team (43rd annual) and some of the most inspirational stories of players who weren't slam dunk choices at the time, but went on to bigger and better things such as Damian Lillard and Russell Westbrook. How good is New Mexico-bound Mr. Basketball Donovan Dent and are there any future pros off this year's all-state team who are not considered "sure-fire" bets entering college?

    (0:00) - Intro

    (4:40) - NIL Madness: Isaiah Wong (Miami) NIL Demands & NIL Realities 

    (12:08) - Why No One Feels Sorry for the NCAA on the Current State of NIL

    (16:09) - Why NIL Has Created a New Era of CBB 

    (21:04) - Fake Inducements & How the NIL Ecosystem will Correct Itself  

    (26:26) - NBA Playoffs: With Injury Bug Going Around, is Experience the Difference? 

    (29:52) - Is Giannis Going to Expose the Nets’ Season? 

    (35:30) - What will the Warriors Ultimately do with Jordan Poole? 

    (42:20) - Cal-Hi Sports All-State Players: ’08 Alums in NBA Playoffs

    (48:45) - 2022 CA First Team All-State Rundown  

    (51:25) - Mark Tennis (Cal-Hi Sports) Interview

    (58:45) - Tennis on 2008 Class and Choosing the Tough, Final Picks

    (1:09:21) - Where to Find This Year’s CA All-State Team & Archives

    (1:12:43) - Ronnie’s All-State Back Stories 

    (1:27:23) - Ball Dawgs & Iverson Classic Recaps 

    (1:00:08) - More 2nd Live Period Standouts 

    (1:37:22) - Podcast Shout Outs & Shop.Ballislife.com Discount Code
     
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  • On Episode 127 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, co-hosts Ronnie Flores and Ani Umana go hard in the paint on the second NCAA Spring Live Period. The fellas talk recruiting buzz, sleepers, future standouts and stock risers.

    The fellas also welcome on special guest, coach Brice Fantazia (WCE UAA/Modesto Christian), who offers his perspective on coaching WCE on the UAA circuit while the star players off his CIF NorCal Open championship team play on the NIKE EYBL (2024 Jamari Phillips) and 3SSB (2023 B.J. Davis). What advice does he give them to handle expectations and the recruiting push from both colleges and independent academies that want them to transfer? Who has stood out on the WCE 17U team and its lower level teams? How is the recruitment going for the other Modesto Christian players off an underclass-dominated team?

    The ITP crew also talk Dariq Whitehead's selection as Mr. Basketball USA and the recent history of the national player of the year award and quickly dish on the NBA playoffs.

    (0:00) - Intro

    (1:14) - Dariq Whitehead Named Mr. Basketball USA: Voting and Breakdown 

    (10:43) - Why was the National POY Voting so Wide Open this Season?

    (13:32) - NBA Playoff Injuries, Load Management and Ben Simmons Situation 

    (19:40) - 2nd NCAA Spring Live Period: Recruiting Buzz and Transfer Portal Relationships! 

    (22:15) - Brice Fantazia (WCE UAA/Modesto Christian) Interview 

    (26:41) - Fantazia on WCE Stock Risers from UAA 

    (28:28) - Fantazia on Coaching UAA While His HS Standouts Play EYBL/3SSB

    (31:09) - Fantazia on Development & Recruitment of B.J. Davis & Modesto Christian Players  

    (36:57) - Fantazia on Dealing with Academy Programs Recruiting his HS Players

    (48:34) - Is the Top 2022 Prospects also the Top 2023 NBA Draft Prospects?

    (50:27) - 2nd Live Period Standouts in Dallas

    (55:01) - 2nd Live Period Standouts in SoCal 

    (1:00:08) - More 2nd Live Period Standouts 

    (1:07:35) - More on the NBA Playoffs & Injury Impact

    (1:22:12) - Podcast Shout Outs & Shop.Ballislife.com Discount Code

     
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  • On Episode 126 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard in the paint on the NBA playoffs and individual award winners. Who is going to come out of the East? Is this the Suns' and CP3's year? Who is going to win NBA MVP, the Joker or Joel Embiid? Is Scottie Barnes being overlooked for ROY? Should defensive POY go to Marcus Smart or Mikal Bridges? Should NBA lottery picks be eligible for most improved player? What are the necessary moves for the Lakers to get back on track?

    All that is answered plus the ITP crew talks the latest college basketball hires and how will it affect recruiting. Is Louisville going to make inroads on D.J. Wagner or is he a lock for Kentucky? What is the best move for Emoni Bates now that he's in the transfer portal?

    (0:00) - Intro

    (2:14) - Jordan Brand & National A-S Games: Where's the Buzz?

    (10:02) - Shooting of Aaliyah Gayles: Vegas Hoops Community Reacts

    (17:17) - Chelsea on the Transitional Period for Retiring Pro Athletes  

    (26:29) - Emoni Bates: What's the Best Move for Him?

    (40:32) - Recruitment of D.J. Wagner: Can Louisville Make a Push?

    (49:53) - Trouble in La La Land: What's Next for the Lakers? 

    (1:03:11) - ITP Crews Picks NBA Award Winners!  

    (1:24:29) - NBA Playoff Predictions: Can Anyone Take out the Suns?

    (1:45:55) - Ani & Chelsea Summer Plans

    (1:50:20) - Ballislife.com Content & Podcast Shout Outs 

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  • On Episode 125 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores and Ani Umana chop it up with San Diego-based scout Aaron Burgin (Prep Hoops) about the first spring live period in two years and get his rundown of the buzz in the gym and the standouts. Aaron was at The Stage Act 1 in SoCal, Ronnie was at the Pangos Sweet 16 in Las Vegas and Ani was at the GASO in Duncanville, Texas. What was the buzz in the gym like with a splattering of college coaches? How much is transfer portal visits hurting the recruiting for unsigned seniors and 2023s? How are travel coaches and parents handling the new realities of recruiting and are travel coaches getting a bad rap with regards to program visibility? Will the ecosystem correct itself in a few years?

    All that is answered plus the ITP crew review tons of live period standouts plus the State Champions Invitational and the final FAB 50 rankings for 2021-22.

    (0:00) - Intro

    (2:30) - Calvary Christian Academy (FL) Dominates 1st Ever SCI

    (5:09) - Reaction to SCI and Having Games after GEICO

    (9:31) - SCI Related Adjustments to Final FAB 50 Rankings 

    (15:35) - How Duncanville (TX) Rose to FAB 50 No. 1

    (23:57) - Tiger Woods’ “Comeback"

    (28:18) - Probing Paint: NBA Playoffs & Lakers! 

    (31:50) - In The Paint on NCAA Spring Live Period 

    (41:16) - Ron and Ani’s Solutions for Lackluster Spring Period

    (44:38) - Aaron Burgin (Prep Hoops) Interview

    (47:40) - Aaron Burgin on Cost of Living Impacting Grassroots Ecosystem 

    (51:19) - Aaron Burgin on Parental Concerns vs. Travel Coaches' Effort  

    (55:27) - Aaron Burgin on Standouts at The Stage in SoCal   

    (1:06:19) - Ron on Standouts at Pangos Sweet 16 in Vegas 

    (1:10:36) - Ani on Standouts at GASO in Duncanville (TX)

    (1:15:16) - More Standouts at Pangos & GASO 

    (1:22:47) - Ballislife.com Content & Podcast Shout Outs 

    (1:27:52) - Shop.Ballislife.com Discount Code






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