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Sunday / May 26.
  • PHILADELPHIA — The Lakers won’t be the only team in Los Angeles with a new point guard come this fall.

    Lonzo Ball’s sneakers have to be replaced on the court at UCLA next season, and Steve Alford and company are turning the reins of the offense over to another five-star freshman recruit, Jaylen Hands.

    A San Diego native, Hands was the No. 19 ranked player in ESPN’s top-100 of 2017. Hands was a participant here this week in the Under Armour All-America camp for high school prospects and current college players.

    Of the collegiate player field, Hands was one of just two rising freshmen to get the invite. (Virginia Tech’s Nickeil Alexander-Walker was the other.)

    PHILADELPHIA — Between trying out for the U.S. U19 team and playing at the Under Armour All-America Camp, Shamorie Ponds has already had an eventful summer.

    The rising sophomore guard from St. John’s played five-on-five this week in front of some 35 NBA scouts, and played well through the first two days of workouts.

    “Yeah, it’s pretty exciting,” Ponds told me Thursday afternoon at Philadelphia University. “Just to showcase your talent in front of the next level I’m trying to be at, it’s a little nerve wracking but I’m trying. It’s going to be a job soon.”

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