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  • On Episode 151 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana, Chelsea Hopkins and Horace Neysmith go hard on the 2023 McDonald's All-American Game and the announcement of the 24 players selected to play in this year's game.

    The big news from the standpoint of reaction to the roster is the selection of Bronny James of Sierra Canyon (Chatsworth, Calif.) to the West team. Bronny, of course, is the son of Lakers' superstar LeBron James. Was Bronny deserving? Was it borderline and therefore justifiable to select him? Each member of the ITP breaks it down coming from a different point of view.

    Bronny and LeBron are the ninth father-son combo selected for the game since its inception and are joined by D.J. Wagner of FAB 50 No. 10 Camden (N.J.), who is actually part of the first father-son-grandson combo to play in the game. Ron breaks down the history with grandfather Milt (1981) and father Dajuan (2001) also playing in the game, while Horace gives his insight of playing against many of the 1981 selections and what the feel of the game was like in its early years.

    Ani give his take on how the state of Texas has grown from an afterthought in the early years to a McDonald's All-American hotbed in recent time and why that is from a recruiting standpoint. Ron and Ani break down the evolution of the game, while Chelsea give her thoughts on why top freshman classes are not cutting it in terms of winning the NCAA title and why the national all-star games will have a tough time getting back to the attendance hey dey it enjoyed in the 1990s and 2000s.

    The ITP Crew goes in on the rosters, talking first reactions, trends, snubs, and much more!

    Chelsea also gives a quick W update as it relates to the retirement of Maya Moore, security concerns surrounding Brittney Griner.

    The ITP crew offers some terrific insight on a variety of topics related to the 2023 McDonald's All-American Game, so make sure to tune in to Episode 151 from start to finish!

    (0:00) - Intro

    (1:33) - Chelsea’s W Takes: Maya Moore’s Retirement

    (4:59) - Chelsea on Aces-Sparks Trade!

    (9:14) - Brittney Griner’s Safety in the W!

    (14:50) - McDonald’s All-American Game Roster 1st Reactions!

    (24:44) - Bronny’s Production & McDAAG Player Production

    (29:46) - D.J.-Dajuan-Milt McDAAG Trio & Horace’s 1981 Recollections

    (33:03) - 1981 McDAAG & MJ’s MVP Snub

    (36:55) - Dujuan & D.J. Wagner: Both POYs?!?!

    (43:52) - Breaking Narratives For Long-Time No. 1s

    (48:21) - Texas McDAAG Players: From Rags To Riches!

    (56:13) - Evolution of Girls McDAAG Over Time

    (1:03:31) - ’23 McDonald’s All-American Snubs

    (1:07:33) - ’23 McDAAG Game Predictions

    (1:12:01) - ’23 McDAAG College Choice Breakdown

    (1:20:56) - McDAAG at Crossroads (Popularity-Wise?)

    (1:26:22) - Bronny’s Recruitment: Nepotism & Business
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  • On Episode 150 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores and Ani Umana go hard on MLK weekend hoops and the updated FAB 50.

    Ron and Ani welcome on special guest Bill Armstrong, the head coach at Link Academy (Branson, Mo.), which is currently 18-0 and No. 3 in the FAB 50. Armstrong talks about his team's title performance at the Bass Pro TOC and unbeaten start. Armstrong also discusses the differences between high school basketball when he played for his father in the mid-1990s and coaching at a level where nearly the entire rotation will play at Power 5 colleges.

    The first-year coach also talk about the preparation necessary to play at the elite high school level and the challenges of getting his team ready to finish off the season strong, including a big five-week gap between the end of the regular season and a potential run in GEICO Nationals.

    The ITP crew also break down other top performances from MLK weekend, including FAB 50 No. 1 Paul VI (VA), No. 2 Montverde Academy (FL), No. 6 Columbus (FL), No. 7 Centennial (CA), No. 10 Camden and No. 27 Kenwood Academy (IL), which will take on Camden this week.

    Ron and Ali talk about the mid-season grades of top seniors such as Camden's D.J. Wagner and give a quick take on some of their borderline McDonald's All-American picks.

    The fellas also talk about the perils of gunplay on colleges campuses in light of the arrest of Alabama’s Darius Miles and the perils for young student-athletes of speeding and not wearing their seat belts. How prevalent are these issues and will they become even bigger problems now that elite college athletes will have more money in their pockets (NIL) moving forward?

    The ITP crew offers some terrific insight on a variety of topics, so make sure to tune in to Episode 150 from start to finish!

    (0:00) - Intro

    (1:38) - Quick MLK FAB 50 Updates

    (6:25) - Difference between No. 6 Columbus (FL)/No. 7 Centennial (CA)

    (9:43) - Realities of Big-Time HS Basketball

    (15:10) - Bill Armstrong (Link Academy HC) Interview

    (17:56) - Armstrong on Bass Pro TOC Victory

    (25:01) - Armstrong on 90s vs. Current HS Landscape

    (30:21) - Armstrong on Handling GEICO Nationals Expectations

    (37:49) - D.J. Wagner: If He’s Not No. 1 Then Who?

    (42:16) - Kenwood (IL) Chances vs. Camden (NJ)

    (46:00) - Next Pod: McDonald’s Reaction + Borderline Picks!

    (48:44) - 150 ITP Podcasts: Memories & Fav Pods!

    (55:37) - MLK Statue & Ron Naclerio MLK Story!

    (1:00:15) - College Issues: Gun Play, Speeding & Seat Belts

    (1:09:38) - Leaving to Prep School: Serious Approach to Game
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  • On Episode 149 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Ani Umana and Chelsea Hopkins go hard on a variety of topics, including the NBA, NFL and high school hoops.

    The ITP crew reacts to the Damar Hamlin situation in light of the Bills' announcement that the 24-year old safety will receive full play after suffering cardiac arrest on the field one week ago. Under NFL rules, the Bills could have cut his salary in half after he went on injured reserve. The ITP crew talks about the players' lack of guaranteed contracts and why it's such a different situation than NBA contracts. Will Hamlin's incident prompt change? How far will players be willing to go to fight for guarantees in their contract? Would players embrace lower salaries for more guarantees? The ITP crew breaks it down.

    Chelsea and Ani give their take on the scoring outbursts and high number of players averaging 20 or more PPG in the NBA (currently 44). Chelsea dishes from a players' perspective and her appreciation for skill level, while Ani dishes from a fans perspective. Will this continue? Is there a middle ground? Are fans getting cheated or getting the best product we've ever seen?

    Ron breaks down the latest in high school hoops, as FAB 50 ranked teams gear up for the big MLK weekend showcase events, particularly the Spalding Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass. Can Camden (NJ) bounce back from its loss to Columbus (FL)? Will Sierra Canyon's Bronny James be chosen for the McDonald's All-American Game? Is he deserving? Has the novelty worn off with Bronny (and Mikey Williams) as it pertains to fan interest?

    The ITP crew offers some terrific insight on a variety of topics, so make sure to tune in to Episode 149 from start to finish!

    (0:00) - Intro

    (4:08) - Bills’ Darmar Hamlin Situation: Reaction to Situation

    (6:50) - Lack of Guaranteed Contracts: Business vs. Player

    (10:38) - Ani’s Take on Full Guarantees: Less Salary?!

    (13:38) - NFL Roster Dynamics: Dirty Secret About Players

    (18:19) - NFL: Big Changes Coming or Business As Usual?

    (21:11) - Ron’s Personal Note on Junior Seau

    (23:28) - NBA: Chelsea’s Dish on 82-Game Grind

    (33:08) - Entertainment Factor of High Skill Level

    (37:39) - NBA All-Star Surprises

    (45:08) - HSBB Update: MLK Weekend Notes

    (49:33) - Bronny James-Mikey Williams: Over Exposure?

    (54:04) - HSBB MLK Preview

    (56:06) - Will Bronny Make McDAAG?
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  • On Episode 148 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores and Ani Umana discuss what has transpired over the holidays since the last ITP episode on December 13, including the cardiac arrest of Buffalo Bills' safety Damar Hamlin, the offensive outbursts in the NBA, and the unfortunate death of stalwarts such as Pele and Barbara Walters. The fellas also go hard in the paint on all the happenings surrounding the holiday tournaments, from the best teams, standouts performers and airline travel issues many teams faced.

    Ron and Ani discuss their reactions and feelings of Hamlin's unfortunate on-field situation and why it's important for all high school sporting events to have qualified medical personnel on-site.

    The ITP crew also give their reaction to the Cleveland Cavaliers' Donovan Mitchell's 71-point outburst vs. the Bulls. He's only the seventh NBA player to crack the 70-point barrier, but Ron and Ani discuss why there have been so many insane offensive outbursts in recent weeks, especially by the Mavs' Luka Doncic. Can we expect more this season and why is this happening?

    Ron and Ani also go hard on the holiday tournaments and how all the results around the country produced the most highly-anticipated FAB 50 National Rankings update in years. There are 15 newcomers this week, but Paul VI (VA) stays No. 1 while there is a bunch of movement among top teams. Do teams that played murderous schedules deserve to be ranked ahead of a team that beat them that hasn't played as many tough teams?

    The fellas also discuss their top standouts and fast-rosing prospects over the past few weeks, the trials and tribulations of holiday travel from some top teams, and the fight coach Patrick Behan of FAB 50 No. 8 St. John's (Washington, D.C.) is in against ALS. Behan took his team to the Torrey Pines Holiday Classic in San Diego, where it won the title to remain unbeaten heading into the Behan Strong Invitational, where all the proceeds from the event will be donated to his fight against the disease.

    The ITP crew offers some terrific insight on the national landscape of high school holiday tournaments and the latest sports news, so make sure to tune in to Episode 148 from start to finish!

    (0:00) - Intro

    (4:12) - Reaction to Bills’ Darmar Hamlin Collapsing

    (9:28) - Ron’s Plead for Qualified Personnel at HS Events

    (11:44) - Ron’s Memories of Kevin Copeland & Hank Gathers

    (17:52) - Recent Passing of Greats: Barbara Walters & Pele

    (22:16) - Reaction to Spyda Mitchell’s 71-Point Outburst

    (25:50) - NBA: Individuals That Talented or Covert Tanking?

    (29:01) - Reaction to Brooklyn Nets’ Turnaround

    (34:36) - New FAB 50: Parity in HS Basketball

    (39:40) - FAB 50: What’s Coming Up Matters

    (46:00) - Surprising, Fast-Rising Players

    (53:32) - Top Holiday Tournament Players

    (58:05) - LM & MM Programs Recruiting Up

    (1:02:51) - Holiday Tournament Travel Issues

    (1:06:39) - Coach Patrick Behan & His ALS Fight
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  • On Episode 147 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Chelsea Hopkins and Ani Umana discuss a variety of topics, including high school games produced as made-for-TV specials. 20 years after LeBron James made his national TV debut on ESPN, his son Bronny James at Sierra Canyon (CA) took on Kiyan Anthony (Carmelo's son) and Christ the King (NY) in a celebration of 20 years of HS ball on the sports network. Should more diligence be done to make sure the facts surrounding the game are accurate? Who is to blame when media outlets run with bad info? Does it matter? Do the positives of these events outweigh the negatives?
    The crew ITP also discusses the play of Christ The King (NY) and Cardinal Hayes (NY) and the latest FAB 50 national rankings. CTK lost to Sierra Canyon and Cardinal Hayes lost twice at Hoophall West. Can both programs bounce back? Ron and Ani break down how the various start dates around the country affect early results and the FAB 50.

    Paul VI (VA) is the new No. 1 team in the FAB 50 and heads to the City of Palms Tournament in Florida looking to sustain its No. 1 ranking. Ron and Ani discuss its chances to win the COP and also break down the upcoming Tarkanian Classic in Las Vegas. Can host Bishop Gorman bounce back from its loss to Corona Centennial (CA) to come out on top?

    Chelsea gives her hot take on WNBA star Brittney Griner's return to the U.S. in a prison swap with Russia. Will Griner return the the W next season? Was the mixed reactions to her return warranted? Chelsea also reveals some shocking details about the realities of professional ball in Russia going forward.

    The ITP crew offers some terrific insight on the national landscape of high school ball and how the media tries to control certain narratives, plus gives insight to the Griner situation in their last episode of 2022.

    Make sure to tune in from start to finish, as the ITP crew appreciates your support throughout the year. Episode 148 will take place 1/3/23!

    (0:00) - Intro

    (1:03) - Ani & Ron's HS Eval Updates

    (3:07) - Chelsea’s Israeli/Pro/W Update

    (7:40) - NBA Parity & Re-Naming of Individual Honors

    (13:37) - Reaction to Brittney Griner's Return to US

    (20:19) - Chelsea’s Take on Griner’s Future

    (23:33) - Chelsea on Realities of US Pros Returning To Russia

    (27:29) - Reaction to Sierra Canyon/Christ The King TV Game

    (31:54) - Ron’s Take on 20 Years of HS TV Games

    (38:21) - Breakdown of CTK & Cardinal Hayes’ Struggles

    (45:00) - New FAB 50 Breakdown & Various Start Dates

    (47:22) - Paul VI (VA) at No. 1 Going to COP

    (51:40) - Tark Classic Preview

    (58:50) - Next Pod Update (1/3/23)

    (1:00:19) - Hoops Predictions for 2023!

    (1:09:06) - shop.ballislife.com Holiday Discounts
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  • On Episode 146 of the Ballislife In The Paint Show, hosts Ronnie Flores, Chelsea Hopkins and Ani Umana chop it up with "Raymond Lewis: L.A. Legend" doc co-producers Dean Prator & Ryan Polomski about the making of their doc and its parallels to current events in sports. The ITP crew discusses their reactions to the hoop doc about arguably the greatest player to never play in the NBA and the mystery surrounding his rookie contract dispute with the Philadelphia 76ers in 1973. The ITP crew draws parallels to the current situations involving Kyrie Irving (who was recently let go by Nike as a top endorser) and Kayne West (whose Donda Academy program was shut down). 

    The crew also discusses Deion Sanders leaving HBCU Jackson State University for Colorado and the trend of older college basketball teams relying on the NCAA transfer portal. 

    Prator, who grew up seeing the Lewis legend grow, and Polomski, who first learned about Raymond in 2014 when he met Prator while searching for information on Los Angeles’ playground and high school basketball scene, talk about putting together the final product, what they learned about Lewis through the interviews process, and what they hope is the lasting legacy of his mysterious story. While Dean focuses on getting Ray Lew’s story out, Polomski hopes its theatrical and Video-On-Demand release will evoke some recognition or acknowledgement of Lewis’ talent by the NCAA and of the 76ers’ role in his downward spiral as a basketball talent. 

    How much is Lewis to blame for never playing in the league and will the NBA formally acknowledge any the role the 76ers played in his demise?    

    The ITP crew offers some terrific insight on the inner-workings of the NBA 50 years ago and now, so make sure to tune in from start to finish!

    (0:00) - Intro

    (1:34) - shop.ballislife.com Holiday Discounts

    (2:04) - Balance in HS & NCAA Basketball

    (7:47) - Chelsea & Ani’s Take on Seasoned Transfers

    (13:46) - Raymond Lewis Background: What’s Changed in 50 Years?

    (16:29) - Deion Sanders Leaving HBCU: Getting a Fair Shake?

    (23:39) - Chelsea’s HBCU Aspirations & Recruiting Realities

    (33:36) - Ray Lew Doc: Kyrie Irving & Kayne West Parallels

    (40:07) - Ray Lew Story: Talent Being the Authority

    (41:53) - Chelsea & Ani’s First Reaction To Doc

    (46:31) - Ray Lew’s Contract & Doc Premier Background

    (52:13) - Dean Prator (Co-Producer) Interview

    (57:58) - Ryan Polomski (Director) Interview

    (1:18:54) - Chelsea’s Reaction To Interview Subjects

    (1:22:22) - What the Doc Failed to Mention

    (1:25:14) - Ani’s Final Doc Takeaways

    (1:30:35) - Chelsea’s Final Doc Takeaways

    (1:35:29) - Ron & Ani’s Holiday Plans
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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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