Nick Smith, elite combo guard, sets commitment date

Nick Smith, a 6-foot-4 combo guard out of Sherwood (Ark.) North Little Rock will announce his college decision on Sept. 29, according to Smith’s Instagram. Smith will be deciding between Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, and Arkansas Pine-Bluff. Up until late last month, Smith was considering the pro route – the NBL...
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NBArank 2021: Ranking the best players for 2021-22, from 50 to 26

Our NBArank countdown is back for its 11th season. Which players are beginning their ascent up the league's hierarchy? Who is on the verge of breaking into the superstar tier?. To get the final NBArank prediction, we asked our expert panel to vote on pairs of players: Kevin Durant vs. James Harden, Luka Doncic vs. Zion Williamson, Stephen Curry vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo ... and the list goes on.
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Guest Speakers Enlighten NBL Members

Network Battle Lake members gather together to discuss area news/issues and to build Battle Lake through partnerships every Thursday at 7:30 a.m. in The Shoreline back room. They also invite guest speakers to come and meet and learn more about what they do and promote. Battle Lake City Police Department Chief of Police Todd Quaintance (right) and Officer Ethan Mahrer were at the August 26th gathering. They told what their duties are and extra little things. Also their schooling, past work experiences and family.
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Training with Martial Arts Weaponry

Training with Martial Arts Weapons – Karate Kung Fu Weaponry. There are opportunities in martial arts training to learn to use various martial arts weapons. Many martial arts schools, especially those that teach Japanese karate and Chinese kung fu styles have weaponry as part of their overall curriculum. Popular weapons from karate systems include the bo staff, kama, sai, sword, nunchaku and tonfa. Chinese kung fu styles have broadsword, 3 section staff, kwan do, whip chain, butterfly knives as well as their own versions of staff. Of course, there are many other types of weapons in martial arts but the above are the more common ones taught. Some of the more exotic weapons include the fan, rope dart and the hook swords. Martial arts weapons can be divided into short and long range. An example of a short range weapon would be a pair of sai. The bo staff would be a long range weapon because of the longer reach. Weapons can also be divided into bladed and non-bladed. Kamas and swords of course would be bladed weapons where staffs and nunchakus would be non-bladed. In most training situations with bladed weapons, the blades are not live. That is, the blades of swords and kamas are blunt rather than sharp. This adds to the safety aspect of martial arts weapons training. Weapons can also come in different weights from heavy traditional models down to ultra light weight versions for forms competition.

Five-star forward Yohan Traore sets Michigan official visit

Five-star power forward Yohan Traore will take an official visit to Michigan this weekend, he confirmed to UM Hoops today. Traore is one of the fastest-rising prospects in the country and is currently ranked 10th nationally in the 247 Sports Composite after entering the spring as a fringe top-100 prospect. Traore, a native of France, transferred to play high school basketball in America at Prolific Prep. This season, he’s transferring to Dream City Prep in Arizona.

No jab, no job: Hawks let import go due to not being vaccinated

A second NBL player has opted to miss the new season due to their stance on COVID-19 vaccination. Import guard Travis Trice, who previously starred with Cairns and Brisbane before spending time in the NBA G-League and Europe, had signed with the Illawarra Hawks in July for this coming season.

Brandon Miller, elite small forward, postpones commitment

Brandon Miller, a 6-foot-8 small forward out of Antioch (Tenn.) Cane Ridge has postponed his commitment, he tells On3. Miller was expected to decide on Sept. 27 at 12:00pm CT. The finalists are Alabama, Tennessee State, the NBL, and the NBA G-League. Miller told On3 that he will probably announce...

Illawarra Hawks cut ties with unvaxxed import Travis Trice

The Illawarra Hawks have become the second NBL club in as many days to cut ties with a player due to their refusal to being vaccinated against COVID-19. Import Travis Trice signed a one-year deal with the Hawks for the upcoming 2021/22 season, but the American guard, who mutually agreed to the decision with the club, will no longer venture Down Under.

Timberwolves announce signing of two former Gamecocks

A pair of former South Carolina men’s basketball players are joining up with the same team. Late on Monday, the Minnesota Timberwolves announced the signing of forward Chris Silva and guard Brian Bowen. The duo was part of a four-man group of signees that were revealed by the organization. Silva...

Kentucky to go all-in on 5-star center Adem Bona

Kentucky had landed two top-5 prospects in the last two weeks in Shaedon Sharpe and Chris Livingston but missed out on the trifecta as No. 2 overall prospect Dereck Lively chose Duke over the Wildcats on Monday. A commitment from Lively and UK would have become the first school since...
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Timberwolves Announce Training Camp Signings

The Minnesota Timberwolves announced late Monday afternoon that the team has signed forward Brian Bowen II, guard Matt Lewis, guard Isaiah Miller and forward Chris Silva. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not released. Bowen II, 22, started all five games for the Timberwolves in the 2021 MGM...

Wolves Sign Brian Bowen II, Matt Lewis, Isaiah Miller, Chris Silva

The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed forward Brian Bowen II, guard Matt Lewis, guard Isaiah Miller and forward Chris Silva. In two seasons with the Indiana Pacers, Bowen saw action in 12 total games. He played in 44 games for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants over two seasons, averaging 14.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. After withdrawing from the 2018 NBA draft during the final entry deadline, Bowen made the decision to forgo college and pursue a professional contract. On August 7, 2018, Bowen signed with the Sydney Kings of the Australian NBL. During the 2018–19 NBL season, he played in 30 games while averaging 6.3 points and 3.2 rebounds per game.
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After KU visit, recruit Adem Bona says Kansas basketball ‘culture’ is ‘one of a kind’

Adem Bona, a 6-foot-10, 210-pound senior center from Prolific Prep in Napa, California, completed his official visit to Kansas on Sunday without offering a commitment. Bona, the No. 10-ranked player in the recruiting Class of 2022 by, No. 17 by and No. 33 according to, told he planned on visiting Kentucky and UCLA before making a decision. He was on KU’s campus Friday through early Sunday.

NBL's Breakers cut anti-vax player Tai Webster

NBL star Tai Webster has been released from his New Zealand Breakers contract because of his refusal to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Webster enjoyed a breakout campaign last season and signed a new two-year deal with the Breakers in July. However, the 26-year-old's anti-vax stance will limit his ability to...