In Episode 47 of our In The Paint Show, co-hosts Ronnie Flores and Devin Ugland break down some of the top high school basketball tournaments across the country and which players you can see at those respective events. The guys welcome Glenn Smith, the Tournament Director of the Thanksgiving HoopFest, who gives an inside look at how his event went from small-time to big-time in the 11 years since its inception.
Ron and Dev also go hard in the paint on the Mr. Basketball USA Tracker voting for the National Player of the Year in high school hoops. Ronnie, the award’s curator, opens up on the voting process, including how it all started and who is on the panel. Seven-foot forward Evan Mobley of Temecula (Calif.) Rancho Christian is the early front runner, leading second-leading vote-getter Cade Cunningham of Montverde Academy (FL) by five points, 95-90, in the first preseason poll. Is Jalen Green of Prolific Prep too low? Who was snubbed? Who should be higher? Will Mobley be the wire-to-wire winner? Tune in to find out.
The guys close out with a look at the NBA and, in particular, if statistics are still the main barometer we should use when considering the top players in the history of the game. We’re currently in the triple-double era of the league, with elite players like LeBron James, James Harden, Luka Doncic and many others turning in eye-popping stat lines each and every night. How much of that is just pure skill and how much can be attributed to the evolution of the game, especially from a defensive standpoint. Ron and Dev go into major detail on that in Episode 47 of the In The Paint Show.
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