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Amir Bell & Hashim Moore impressions.

Less than a full day after traveling up north to watch Princeton recruit Spencer Weisz in person for the first time, I was able to make a shorter but equally rewarding trip into Princeton this afternoon to see future Tiger Amir Bell and undefeated East Brunswick face Hashim Moore and 13-4 The Hun School.

My observations and Robert Solomon's photos follow after the jump.

You may want to read the site's original profiles of Amir Bell and Hashim Moore for further information on each player plus quotes from each's coaches and many a video.

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Saturday News:

Louisville vs. Georgetown - 12:00 pm ET - ESPN
MCCC vs. Salem - 2:00 pm ET
Northwestern vs. Nebraska - 3:00 pm ET - ESPNU
Washington State vs. Oregon State - 5:00 pm ET - Pac-12 Network

Dartmouth vs. Harvard - 2:00 pm ET - NBCSN
Brown vs. Yale - 2:00 pm ET
Cornell vs. Columbia - 7:00 pm ET

East Brunswick is undefeated and ranked third in the state of New Jersey. Their coach credits Princeton recruit Amir Bell and teammate Rob Ukawuba for staying at a public school.

Craig Robinson thought his photo that went viral earlier in the week was pretty funny.

Lots of action today, starting with Georgetown hosting #6 Louisville while looking for consistency, resurgent Northwestern playing at Nebraska for the first time in 37 years and Oregon State welcoming Washington State.

Spencer Weisz impressions.

For the first time since when Tom Noonan was a senior in high school, I had a chance to catch a game featuring a current Princeton recruit in person.

Choosing Shabazz over Shabbat, I took the train up to Essex County on Friday night in order to watch Spencer Weisz and Seton Hall Prep host Newark's Malcolm X Shabazz.

My observations and Robert Solomon's photos follow after the jump.

The site's original recruiting profile of Weisz can be found here.

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Friday News:

Bragging rights in Hoopstown USA went dramatically to Richmond (13-7) last night. The Spiders rallied from down seven with :39 left in regulation, including a three pointer right before the buzzer that sent their game against #16 VCU into overtime. Chris Mooney's team then outscored the Rams 17-5 during the extra frame.

Sydney Johnson picked up his 99th career victory as Fairfield (11-10) easily defeated Marist, 71-37.

Princeton recruit Steven Cook was named MVP of the J-Hawk Martin Luther King Shootout.

Thursday News:

VCU vs. Richmond - 7:00 pm ET - CBS Sports Network
Marist vs. Fairfield - 7:00 pm ET - ESPN3

Since their dismal performance against Iowa, Northwestern (12-8) has been playing some inspired basketball. Facing a third straight ranked team, the Wildcats befuddled Minnesota, taking control with an 18-4 second half run on their way to a 55-48 triumph.

Denver (11-7) did not fair well at New Mexico State, shooting 3-18 from three point range in a hard-to-watch 53-42 loss.

A 74-66 decision over Washington gave Oregon State (11-8) their first Pac-12 victory of the campaign.

Ian Hummer cracked the Top 100 in StatSheet's national player rankings.

There's a feature on Kareem Maddox in advance of Newcastle's trip to Birmingham.

Tonight it is the Black & Blue classic wherein Richmond and VCU will face off. Fairfield will also host Marist.

Around the Ivy League: Penn (3-15) led as late as the 5:25 mark of the second half versus Temple until an 11-0 Owls run sealed the Quakers' fate.

Wednesday News:

Minnesota vs. Northwestern - 9:00 pm ET - Big Ten Network
Denver vs. New Mexico State - 11:00 pm ET - ESPNU
Washington vs. Oregon State - 11:30 pm ET - Pac-12 Network

Penn vs. Temple - 7:00 pm ET

Princeton recruit Hashim Moore and Hun lost on a last second layup at The Lawrenceville School.

Mercer (14-6) fell 74-58 at Essex.

Been a bit since I checked on Dan Mavraides. Since joining Juve Caserta, Mavraides has been averaging eight points per game in these six contests, including a first start for his new squad their last time out.

Tonight Northwestern matches up against Minnesota, their third straight ranked opponent. Denver plays at New Mexico State and Oregon State hosts Washington. All three games are televised nationally if you're looking for some late evening viewing.

Tuesday News:

MCCC vs. Essex - 2:00 pm ET

In case you missed it, the above screencap of Craig Robinson behind President Obama went viral yesterday. Robinson also spoke to The Grio in advance of the inauguration.

There's the "can beat anyone, can lose to anyone" cliche and then there's Georgetown (13-4). 48 hours after going down at cellar-dwelling South Florida, the Hoyas went on an 18-0 second half run to glide past Notre Dame on the Irish's floor. ND had won 47 of their prior 49 home games.

Fairfield (10-10) lost their fifth straight, 65-60 to Loyola (Md.)

YouTube potpourri LXXXVIII.

Here's the latest collection of videos from various corners of the Princeton basketball family. Above, The Bucks County Bungee Jumpers doing their thing at Jadwin Gym.

15 (!!!) additional videos, including four separate Tiger recruits in action, after the jump.

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Monday News:

Loyola (Md.) vs. Fairfield - 7:00 pm ET
Georgetown vs. Notre Dame - 7:30 pm ET - ESPN

Could the commitments of Amir Bell and Spencer Weisz mean more New Jersey player on future Princeton rosters?

Northwestern (11-7) used their 1-3-1 defense to confuse #2 Indiana in the second half as the Wildcats almost came back from 17 down before falling to the Hoosiers 67-59.

Tonight Fairfield hosts Loyola (Md.) and Georgetown continues on the road at Notre Dame.

Sunday News:

Indiana vs. Northwestern - 1:00 pm ET - Big Ten Network

Princeton recruit Spencer Weisz had 15 points and 12 assists for Seton Hall Prep at the Coaches vs. Cancer Challenge.

Darien Brothers scored a career high 39 as Richmond (12-7) recorded the victory of the day among Carril Cradle teams, 81-61 over previously 15-2 Charlotte.

Denver (11-7) continues to find their lone season in the WAC to their liking. The Pioneers won their seventh straight, 68-57 over Utah State.

Georgetown (12-4) fell short at South Florida, 61-58.

USC topped Oregon State (10-8) by one. The Beavers had the ball in the lane as time expired but could not get off a legitimate look at the basket.

Mercer (14-5) lost 66-53 to Harcum.

Before the football gets underway, Northwestern hosts #2 Indiana. Listen to an excerpt of Bill Carmody on Sirius XM College Sports Nation.

Any thoughts on the steps the NCAA is taking to simplify their rulebook?

Around the Ivy League: Harvard (9-6 / 1-0) was able to overcome a 20 point deficit at Memphis but once the Crimson took the lead the Tigers closed on a 16-4 run across the final 6:40. Columbia (9-6 / 1-0) used a 13-0 second half run to create enough space between themselves and Cornell (8-10 / 0-1) in Ithaca. Penn (3-14 / 0-1) returned to their losing ways, falling 79-59 to St. Joe's at the Palestra. In a bit of a surprise, Brown (7-8 / 1-0) built as large as a 49-29 second half lead in their conference opening victory over Yale (6-12 / 0-1).

Saturday News:

MCCC vs. Harcum - 1:00 pm ET
Georgetown vs. USF - 6:00 pm ET - SNY/ESPN+
Charlotte vs. Richmond - 6:00 pm ET
Utah State vs. Denver - 6:30 pm ET - ROOT Sports
Oregon State vs. USC - 8:00 pm ET - Pac-12 Network

Harvard vs. Memphis - 12:30 pm ET - FSN
Columbia vs. Cornell - 3:00 pm ET - NBCSN
St. Joe's vs. Penn - 5:00 pm ET - ESPNU
Yale vs. Brown - 7:00 pm ET

Try to contain yourself as Rush The Court checks in on Ian Hummer and the rest of the Ivy League.

Lamont "Momo" Jones had 27 and Sean Armond totalled 23 as Iona outscored Fairfield (10-9) in New Rochelle, 84-73. Big Apple Buckets has more on the game.

An active Saturday includes Georgetown visiting South Florida, Richmond hosting Charlotte, Denver welcoming Utah State and Oregon State looking for its first conference win at USC.

Friday News:

Fairfield vs. Iona - 9:00 pm ET - ESPNU

Northwestern (11-7) led from wire to wire in an unexpected victory at #23 Illinois, 68-54.

Make it six straight for Denver (10-7), who beat San Jose State by 36.

UCLA kept Oregon State (10-7) winless in Pac-12 play, 74-64.

Princeton recruit Spencer Weisz is a nominee for the 2013 McDonald's All American Game.

Future Tiger Amir Bell and East Brunswick improved to 11-0 with a second victory over St. Joseph.

It sounds like Hashim Moore had another strong defensive performance for the Hun School.

The Town Topics reviews Princeton's win over Penn.

Eight points, eight rebounds and six assists from Judson Wallace in FC Barcelona Regal's latest Euroleague triumph, including a pair of fourth quarter three pointers to put the result away.

Fairfield visits Iona tonight.

Around the Ivy League: Despite 26 turnovers, Penn (3-13) ended their eight game losing streak by surviving 54-53 at NJIT. Dartmouth (4-11) bested Colby-Sawyer, 80-42.

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