New High School Basketball Player Rankings from Takkle.com and Sports Illustrated Spotlight Top-25 Players in the Country

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TAKKLE, Inc. (http://www.takkle.com), the premier online social network for high school sports, in partnership with Sports Illustrated, today announced the new Sports Illustrated TAKKLE Top 25 High School Basketball Player Rankings.

In its first year, our football rankings program was very successful and we expect the basketball program to build upon that foundation.

TAKKLE, Inc. , the premier online social network for high school sports, in partnership with Sports Illustrated, today announced the new Sports Illustrated TAKKLE Top 25 High School Basketball Player Rankings.

With players getting ready to lace up their sneakers in high school gymnasiums across the country, TAKKLE and Sports Illustrated have been busy picking the top players nationwide using a ranking system powered by Five Star Basketball, a leader in high school basketball player evaluation for over 43 years. The new interactive rankings (http://www.takkle.com/rankings)] will be updated every two weeks and will include in-depth video and photo content for each player.

The SI-TAKKLE Top 25 follows the successful launch of the TAKKLE Top 100 Football Rankings, a partnership with Sports Illustrated as well. SI and TAKKLE introduced the football rankings in October of 2007 as TAKKLE's first-ever interactive online ranking application.

"The launching of our basketball rankings is the next step of our continued efforts to provide the TAKKLE community with the opportunity to share their opinions on the best players in the country," said David Birnbaum, CEO and co-founder of TAKKLE.

TAKKLE users can also vote for which players they think are overrated or underrated, as well as check out the profile pages of players on the list, and post comments. Users can also post comments on the rankings home page to let them know if they think they missed somebody.

"The SI-TAKKLE Top 25 High School Basketball Player rankings will foster interaction, debate and the growth of a powerful social community that is rooted in the great traditions and passion of high school athletics," said Jeff Price, President, SI Digital. "In its first year, our football rankings program was very successful and we expect the basketball program to build upon that foundation."

About TAKKLE:

TAKKLE.COM (http://www.takkle.com), the premier online social network for high school sports, connects athletes, coaches, fans, friends and recruiters for all high school athletics. On TAKKLE, high school athletes can track and compare their stats, post team schedules, scout rivals, and share videos and photos with their teammates and opponents.

TAKKLE offers advertisers and marketers the ability to strategically target an engaged audience of high school athletes and fans. TAKKLE's investors include Wasserman Media Group LLC, Greycroft Partners LLC, Jack Schneider, Managing Director at Allen & Company, Inc., Sports Illustrated, IJ Smith Enterprises LLC and the New York City Investment Fund.

About Sports Illustrated:

Sports Illustrated (SI) is a multimedia sports brand that takes the consumer into the heart and soul of sports. The SI franchise is anchored by SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, the most respected voice in sports journalism which reaches a weekly audience of nearly 21 million adults, and SI.COM, the magazine's 24/7 sports news website that delivers more than 150 original stories to its users each week. The SI franchise also includes SPORTS ILLUSTRATED KIDS (sikids.com), a monthly magazine targeted to kids age 8 and up; GOLF MAGAZINE and GOLF.COM; FANNATION.COM, a social networking and sports news aggregation platform; SIONCAMPUS.COM, a website dedicated to college sports and the college sports lifestyle; SI PRESENTS the magazine's specialty publishing division; as well as SI BOOKS, SI PICTURES, SI PRODUCTIONS, SI DIGITAL and SI EVENTS. Founded in 1954, SI is a division of Time Inc., the world's leading magazine publishing company and a subsidiary of Time Warner.

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