D.J. Harvey is a 6-6 high school sensation at traditional Washington powerhouse DeMatha Catholic, and as Keith Jackson used to say, "He's ooonnnllly a soph-o-more!"

Harvey, who already has big-time college programs interested, nearly knocked himself out in a recent game when he jumped so high trying to block a shot that his head crashed into the backboard.

The play occurred during DeMatha's 51-47 win against St. John's on Dec. 3. It is just starting to make the rounds on the Internet as photographer Brian Kapur realized he had captured the moment of impact:


Harvey is ranked 17th nationally among players in the Class of 2017, according to Rivals.com.

Looks like this is a classic case of a player being so good that he can only stop himself.

Only 18 girls have ever played in the Little League World Series. But none of them come close to matching the success of Mo'ne Davis, who rose to fame this summer by pitching a shutout in the tournament -- a feat unmatched by any other girl.

Despite her performance, Davis has insisted that basketball is her better sport. Now, there's video evidence to prove she might be right.

Still just an eighth-grader, Davis is already on the high school varsity roster at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy. And she's logging heavy minutes, too, as the team's point guard and primary ball-handler. The first minute of the clip is just warmups, but then you can see her in game action, which includes a nice crossover dribble and a slick bounce pass.

As noted by MaxPreps, Davis' team went on to suffer its first loss in the season against the team featured in the video, and Davis only notched four points in the game. But we're talking about a girl who is playing on varsity before she's even able to attend high school.

It's a pretty safe bet that as Davis adjusts to the high school game, she'll grow into a dominant force.

No wonder UConn's Geno Auriemma was eager to break NCAA rules (however ridiculous they might be) with a congratulatory phone call over the summer.

After his final high school football game, the wide receiver embraced his mother while his father beamed. Two beefy security guards provided protection from a circle of onlookers, and an ESPN documentary crew captured the scene.

You draw that kind of attention when your father is Calvin Broadus -- aka Snoop Dogg.

"I might just be a celebrity's son,” Cordell Broadus said. "But in reality I'm really out here grinding it and trying to make a name for myself on the field."

Broadus, the 17-year-old son of the hip hop star, is well on his way to creating his own identity on the gridiron.

The 6-3, 195-pounder is the 19th best receiver in the country and a four-star recruit, according to Rivals.com, who has his pick of colleges.

While helping lead Bishop Gorman High to the Nevada Division I state championship, he caught 39 passes for 602 yards and 11 touchdowns.

His father, who burst on the scene with The Chronic album at the age of 21, ranked Cordell’s achievements ahead of his own lofty marks, noting he refrained from playing high school football because he did not want to put in the work.

"He's doing things that I could've never done at his age," Snoop Dogg said. "He’s doing way better than me."

In recognition of Cordell’s accomplishments, the senior with 4.55 speed in the 40 was selected to the Under Armour All-America Game, the annual all-star game that features the 90 best seniors in the country.

“His skill level definitely warrants all the notoriety he keeps getting," said St. John Bosco head coach Jason Negro. "His dad has no bearing on his ability to get recruited or play on the next level."

Coach Negro saw Cordell’s soft hands, large frame and ability to separate from defenders firsthand during a Sept. 26 game between his Bosco team -- which was led by QB Josh Rosen, the nation’s highest ranked prospect -- and Bishop Gorman.

On the second play of the game televised nationally on ESPN, Cordell set the tone.

He took off on a vertical route, made a move to blow by the Bosco cornerback and adjusted to an underthrown ball to haul in the pass for 18 of his 66 yards during Gorman's 34-31 victory, Bosco’s first loss since November 2012.

"It was a pretty big moment in the game," Negro said. "We were playing catch-up the rest of the night."

No one caught Gorman during its state championship campaign.

Cordell scored the first points in the Dec. 6 title game against Reed High, catching a six-yard touchdown in the left corner of the end zone. He caught a fourth quarter touchdown from about the same spot to cap his high school career triumphantly.

"He can become a really, really good college football player,” said Tony Sanchez, the Gorman coach who guided the Gaels to the title.

***

Cordell started playing football as a 6-year-old in the Snoop Youth Football League, where he played alongside future NFL players like De'Anthony Thomas and Ronnie Hillman. From ages 8 to 13, Cordell was coached by his father.

Snoop had the receiver play offensive line, so he could hone his blocking. He threw the ball hard at his young son, expecting him to catch each pass.

"He made my hands strong at a young age," Cordell said.

Snoop taught his players to be aggressive but exhibit good sportsmanship and respect coaching. When they knocked someone down, they had to help them back up. On back of their shirts, they had three words emblazoned: Discipline, Dedication and Desire.

"With those three things," Snoop said, "you can accomplish anything on and off the field."

Kids were given an avenue through his football league, an endeavor he started in 2005 and one in which Snoop remains passionately involved.

“He takes it very serious," Thomas said.

Although the league may have produced stars and have a flashy founder, much of the appeal was because of its value. When the league formed, entrance fees cost $100, siblings received 50 percent off, and most of the teams were located in inner-city neighborhoods. More than 1,000 needy, South Los Angeles kids signed up.

“A lot of the kids in the inner city didn’t really have fathers in their life," Cordell said. "He provided that for those kids.”

The night before gamedays, Cordell remembers as many as 10 youth league players crashing at their house. They were from different backgrounds, and Cordell remains close with many of them.

"It was just a loving environment," Cordell said. “They were just so happy. He took care of them like they were his kids."

***

Last year Snoop Dogg moved his family from Southern California to Las Vegas after he accepted a DJ gig at Tao nightclub.

"We feel like Vegas is more like home now," said Cordell, though he noted his mother, Shante, and younger sister, Cori, sometimes travel back to California.

Once the Broadus clan made the move to Nevada, Cordell transferred from Diamond Bar (Calif.) High to Gorman in January 2014 and practiced with the team in the spring.

Attending the Catholic high school, which went 85-5 en route to winning six consecutive state titles, was an obvious decision for Cordell. Ranked No. 1 in the USA Today poll, the 2014 team finished 15-0 and outscored its opponents 776-184.

"Best high school team I've seen this year," Negro said, "without a doubt."

At Gorman, Cordell also found a setting that featured many student-athletes with famous parents. Julian Payton, son of NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton, plays on the basketball team. Chase Maddux, son of MLB Hall of Famer Greg Maddux, plays on the baseball team. Randall Cunningham II, son of the former NFL star, quarterbacked the Gorman team last year before moving on to USC.

Perhaps the most distinguished lineage belongs to Biaggio Walsh. The speedy sophomore running back is the grandson of Muhammad Ali, who attended the state title game.

Cordell and Walsh became friends after Snoop performed at Ali's Vegas birthday party two years ago. Cordell calls Walsh his "little cousin" and imparts advice on football, workouts and the college recruiting process.

Along with other noted sons of celebrities, Cordell has embraced the environment at the athletic powerhouse.

"Bishop Gorman is a good fit because the coaches were going to get after us no matter who we were, how much money our parents make," Cordell said.

Coach Sanchez got after Cordell when he missed school on the Monday after a weekend recruiting visit to Arizona State. He never notified the school that he was sick, so Sanchez, who was also Gorman’s dean of students, suspended him from that week's game and banned him from social media.

Despite that misstep those inside and outside the program praised Cordell’s character, pointing to the hard-working player who regularly stayed 30 minutes after practice to catch extra passes with star tight end Alize Jones, who will attend UCLA next year.

Asked if this season's opponents talked trash about his father, Cordell declined to elaborate but said he just blocked it out when they mentioned Snoop.

When Cordell first enrolled, his father also was the talk of the Gorman hallways.

“All the students, they reacted like, ‘Oh, it’s Snoop Dogg’s son,'" said Arizona State defensive back Armand Perry, who graduated from Gorman last year. “But he took it really well, really humble, and now the students there, I’m pretty sure they just know him as Cordell.”

Or they call him Channel 21, a reference to his jersey number.

Sporting Gorman garb, Snoop watched every one of his son's games from the stands except for two contests. Fans approached him for autographs or selfies, but they also respected his privacy whenever he informed them that he needed to concentrate on watching his son.

After attending a couple of games, Snoop thought the school needed a more uplifting pep song.

"We listened to the music at the games," Snoop said, “and it was like it was missing something."

That inspired Snoop and Flavor Flav to hit the studio and create "Move Them Chains," a theme song the school adopted.

***

Cordell dabbles in music for fun, helping his brother Corde "Spanky Danky" with his music videos. But Cordell wants football -- not music -- to be his future, and it's a path Snoop endorses.

"I believe he can make it in whatever he wants to do, but I would rather him do something that’s completely him,” Snoop said. “That’s what football gives him -- a chance to be out of my shadow and create his own life.”

Cordell is also very interested in photography and making movies and hopes to open a restaurant one day. As a result he is looking at colleges that have strong film and business departments.

He also wants a school where he can receive playing time as a freshman and where he can "grow as an individual on and off the field.”

In no particular order, he listed his possible destinations as Arizona State, Arizona, UCLA, Oregon State or LSU. Cordell plans to choose one of those schools on Signing Day on Feb. 4.

One notable omission is USC, a football program his father closely follows, and where Cordell's cousin, DeShaun Hill, played defensive back from 2000–2002.

"I'm a fan of the school, but if you're going to try to get a 17-year-old kid," Snoop said, "you've got to sell him the dream that all the other schools are selling, you know what I’m saying? You can’t tell him that your father's a great fan of the school … He doesn't give a damn about that."

Another notable omission is UNLV, the local school that just named Sanchez its head coach.

Sanchez will try to prove himself on the next level after making the unusual jump from the high school ranks -- albeit guiding the nation’s top program -- to leading a Division I football school.

"His number was called,” Perry said. “He felt like it was time for him to crank it up a notch."

The competition also will intensify for Cordell next season as he tries to continue to earn recognition as wide receiver Cordell Broadus -- and not just Snoop Dogg’s son.

“That is his main focus,” Thomas said, "to just build a name for himself."

There have been a few instances of blind people playing high school basketball in recent years, but nobody is doing it the way Christian King is.

He is legally blind -- without any correctional lenses, King can't see much beyond the end of his nose.

And all of his teammates are deaf.

As featured in a lengthy News Leader profile, King has secured a contributing role for the team at Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind.

King, who hadn't even played competitive sports until a few years ago, has a different level of impairment in each eye -- positive-9 vision in the left eye and negative-11 in his right.

Even when he is on the court, King struggles to see everything that is happening. From one end of the court, the opposite end is a blur. When the basketball is passed into the post, King struggles to see what is going on.

King asked his deaf teammates not to treat him different because of his blindness. Sometimes that means getting hit in the face with a hard pass. Other times it means pushing the ball on a fast break while King moves slower up the court. King is reluctant to be too aggressive on the court, although with time his confidence may grow.

The freshman hasn't scored in a game yet, but he is getting playing time and opportunities. Although the team still plays against regular public and private schools, which can be a significant challenge, King is hopeful that he'll score sometime this season, and that he'll gradually get the hang of a new sport. He is learning sign language to communicate with his deaf teammates, but has an interpreter in the meantime.

"I've definitely gotten along with everyone on the team and I'm adapting well to it," King told the News Leader.

The full story on Christian King in the News Leader can be read here.

In the meantime, any sports fan can appreciate the effort King is making -- not only to play basketball, but to live without limitations.

Cornerback Kendall Sheffield is one of the highest ranked high school players in Texas, according to Rivals.com, and a key reason for his success is the willingness to be coached. Sheffield, who has drawn interest from dozens of colleges in the power-five conferences, says during campus recruiting visits he picks the brains of the position coach to see if he can bring those techniques back to Fort Bend Marshall High in Missouri City. Here's more of his story:

There is a distinction between those who play quarterback and those who truly understand the position, and Brady White's knowledge is one reason why he has a scholarship to Arizona State. Rivals ranks White fourth nationally among pro-style quarterbacks in the class of 2015. Listed at 6-2 and 186 pounds, White isn't the biggest prospect on the board, but savvy and grasp of the game are intangibles found in winners like Drew Brees and Russell Wilson, two Super Bowl quarterback that he cites as inspirations.

The Scott brothers, L.J. and Isaiah, have all kinds of winning moves, including a nifty touchdown dance, on the football field. But it was a move that their mother, Lachelle Steele, made that has paid big dividends for their football career. She decided to leave their hometown of Youngstown, Ohio, for a less dangerous environment in a town about 20 minutes northeast called Hubbard.

That's where L.J. and Isaiah have thrived as football players. L.J. has committed to defending Big Ten champion Michigan State. Isaiah has scholarship offers from other schools but is hoping he can join his brother on the Spartans. Here is more of their story:

Kamonte Carter has the versatility to play defensive end or linebacker when he begins his college career next season at Penn State. But perhaps equally eye-catching is his attitude or coach-ability. Carter says he would be willing to play offensive guard if that's what the coach asked him to do. Part of his mentality comes from his strong relationship with his dad, who also happens to be his defensive coordinator at Gaithersburg High in Maryland. Here's more about their special connection:

LeBron James' son is only a few basketballs tall, but he's already a whiz at the game. Apparently, he's good enough to already have the attention of at least one major college head coach.

Ohio State's Thad Matta was asked last week if LeBron James, Jr., who is 9, is on his recruiting radar for the Buckeyes. (Update: LeBron Jr. just turned 10. His birthday is Oct. 6.)

Matta's response: "He will be."

But before everyone gets their briefs in a twist, let's take a minute to survey the situation. Yes, the gradual encroachment of college recruiting into elementary school gymnasiums is fundamentally gross. And yes, LeBron's son -- nicknamed "Bronny" -- is undoubtedly going to receive at least some measure of media spectacle that isn't deserved, particularly when so much development as an athlete remains.

At the same time, James' son isn't just a name. Among his peers, he's got a decent outside shot, can drive the lane, and he knocks down free throws with a smooth shooting stroke. There's no reason to think he couldn't become at least a serviceable college player:

Meanwhile, consider Ohio State's perspective. They likely would have signed James if he hadn't been able to jump straight from high school to the NBA. Even if Bronny was only good enough to ride the bench, the relationship his signing would foster between the James and Buckeyes families would be a promotional gold mine for the university.

Yes, the larger point here is that Bronny is still only 9. But by virtue of who his father is, he'll always have a spotlight on him -- no matter what he does with his life.

Here are some more Bronny highlights from the summer.

A Texas high school football player has become an overnight celebrity thanks to an unforgettable postgame interview that would make Richard Sherman smile.

Apollos Hester, a wide receiver who plays for the East View Patriots in Georgetown, Texas, gave an amazing answer to the question, "What were you guys able to do to come back and win this thing?"

Fresh off of a thrilling 42-41 win over Vandegrift High School, Hester had a lot to say. Here's an excerpt:

"Yeah, they had us the first half, I'm not gonna lie, they had us. We weren't defeated, but they had us. But it took guts, it took an attitude—that's all it takes. That's all it takes to be successful is an attitude. And that's what our coach told us. He said, 'Hey, it's gonna be tough. It's gonna be tough. It's gonna be hard. You're gonna go out there, you're gonna battle, you're gonna fight, you're gonna do it for one another. Do it for each other, you're gonna do it for yourself, you're gonna do it for us, and you're gonna go out with this win.' And we believed that, we truly did. And it's an awesome feeling."

The video has exploded in popularity, with 1 million views in a matter of days. Even reporter Lauren Mickler didn't realize how fast it would spread:


Hester seems to have enjoyed the popularity. A 6-foot senior with a 4.5 40-yard-dash, Hester has been retweeting dozens of fans' reactions to his interview. While it's unclear how many Twitter followers he had before the video went viral, as of Monday morning he stood at nearly 12,000. Not bad for a high schooler.

Syndicate content