Bede To Virginia Tech

Mr. Summer 16. Wabissa Bede had one of the biggest breakout performances of any prospect in the 2017 class and division 1 programs from across the country came calling for his services.

Bede eventually narrowed his list down to LaSalle, Butler, UMass, Minnesota and Virginia Tech. This afternoon on the Cushing Academy campus where he attends school, Bede announced his decision to attend.

The 6-foot-1 Cushing Academy point guard was named MVP of the Adidas Uprising Championships when he helped lead his Mass Rivals AAU team to a national title.

Butler earned the first visit from Bede and thought to have been a favorite from the beginning. The Bulldogs recently landed 6-foot-7 wing Christian David of Vermont Academy.

UMass has friend and former AAU teammate Chris Baldwin. LaSalle also has friend and former AAU teammate Saul Phiri.

But Bede wanted to blaze his own trail to the state of Virginia. Joining Nickeil Alexander-Walker in the backcourt to form one of the better freshmen guard tandems in the 2017 class.



Makhtar Gueye: The Secret

We first seen Makhtar Gueye more then five months ago, before he became a national target, tucked away in the Winchendon  School Ma the 6’9″ do it all forward screamed potential.  He moved like a guard, and rebounded like a power forward, his off the dribble jumpshot was a tool that he used often which made him a threat for bigger defenders.

Born and raised in Senegal West Africa, Gueye came to the states with one goal and one goal only.  To be the best player he could possible be, and to make his parents and his country proud.  He started playing basket ball 4 years ago in a Academy name SEEDS Academy in Senegal, before that he was playing Soccer.  Fast forward the hands of time and now he stands before you as one of the country’s best kept secrets.  With offers from Marquette, Rutgers, Depaul, Creighton, UAB, and UCONN

When asked about his goals for the AAU season, Gueye was to the point  “To become a better player.  I’m looking to compete at a high level and get offers from big school like UK, Duke, Louisville, Texas,etc.. and win the chips”

“My favorite Player is Kevin Durant. Because since I started playing basketball everybody used to tell me I look like him, we have the same style of game, he was skinny when he was in HS and as you can see so Im I lol.”

“The strongest aspect of my game is I’m tall and can play on the perimeter and go by the big man that usually guards me, and also I can run the floor well and get easy buckets”

Who is the thought player you have played against?
“Well I will say I faced many though players since I got here last year in Nike Global challenge, like Malik Monk, Miles Bridges and other player from USA team, because they were much more ready than I was and more stronger thats why they were a really hard challenge to play against then. But I did play hard and impose my self”

Who would you want to have dinner with ?
“Kevin Durant because I always watch his documentary and we have so many things in common,  so I really want to sit with him and share my story and get advices from him as a person not as just a basket ball player”

Describe yourself in one WORD: “Thoughtless. Because doesn’t matter who I play against I will play hard and impose my will”


2016 Northeast Hoops Festival

Northeast Hoops Festival


16u Standouts


Metro Boston 5’10 PG Jayden Depina (2018)- Depina was another guard the caught our eye. He has good speed and appears confident when handling the ball. He uses strength to finish off plays but can also make good passing decisions with the ball. Depina was key in Metro Boston win against New England Playaz.


Expressions Elite 6’7 Dana Tate (2018)- Tate has enormous talent and upside. He has good bounce, size and can play multiple positions. I like how he creates off the bounce and will knock down the open jumper, post up smaller defenders.



NE Playaz 6’2 Ethan Wright (2018)- When Wright attacked the basket most defenders bounced off his body. Wright was strong enough to absorb that contact and finish. He was extremely tough to stop even in transition.


NE Playaz 6’8 Nate Laszewski(2018)- Long lanky wing that showed the ability to knock down deep, long range shots. Laszewski has all the tools to play at the high major level.


Expressions 6’7 Philmon Gebrewhit(2018)- Gebrewhit has good size for a combo guard. He can fill it up in the scoring column and he gets it in a variety of ways. Scoring comes easy to him and he scores from all three levels in addition to the FT line. If needed Gebrewhit has good enough ball handling and passing ability that he can play the PG.


Mass Rivals 6’5 AJ Reeves(2018)- Reeves continues to show why he is one of the top shooters in the region. Scoring from a multitude of levels. Reeves continues to fill out his frame showing he is an elite prospect in the class of 2018.


Metro Boston 6’0 Ghared Boyce(2018)- We saw him drive hard to the basket and finish with either hand, through contact. He competes on the defensive end and rebounds from the guard position well. He can move over to the point for short periods of time when needed.


Expressions 6’2 Marcus Zegarowski(2018)- Zegarowski was pound for pound the best point guard at the 16u level throughout the event. His ability to make shots from all over the floor, incredible vision while attacking gaps of the defense Zegarowski has all the tools to play at a high major level.




2016 Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic (Day 1)

Mamadou Diarra (2016) – had a big day today scoring 23 points and pulling down 12 rebounds in a win against Jean De Brebeuf. Diarra wowed spectators with a number of above the rim finishes. Including a big 19 point first half. The UCONN commit will have the fans in Storrs, CT excited about UCONN basketball when he gets to campus.

Azar Swain (2017) – in the second match up of the day had the best scoring performance on Day 1. Swain poured in 48 points scoring from long range like an everyday prospect makes a lay up. It looked that easy for the young guard.

Geo Baker (2017) – had a slow start to the game against Redemption Christian Academy turned things around in the second half and finished with 22 points to lead Proctor Academy in a win.

Dimencio Vaughn (2016) – Vaughn of Masters School is a hard working prospect who never let up once he got it going. The Rider commit could not be stopped and had an answer for Rivers every time the Red Wings would make a run.

Miye Oni (2016)  – the Yale commit Miye Oni is a stud. The 6-foot-7 Suffield Academy forward makes it look so easy. Oni had the gym buzzing with the play of the day as he rose to the basket and went chest to chest with the defender and finished with a loud dunk. But what blew the roof off the rim was the assist at the end of the game to teammate Garrett Stephenson for the game winning lay up. Oni finished with 31 points

Elijah Campbell (2016) – Hard to believe that Campbell is being under recruited. The Bridgton Academy prospect is a very heads up guard who really takes care of the ball and has a good shot selections. Never rushed and always poised. Campbell finished with 21 points on the day.

Chris Duarte (2017) – Duarte of Redemption Christian Academy let the game come to him today. Duarte finished with 19 points and a hand full of assists. Being able to use his length to finish with the floater when driving in the lane or shooting it from the outside. Duarte got the job done in many ways

Olivier Cadieux (2016) – Jean De Brebeuf’s Cadieux can play with the best of them. The Jean De Brebeuf guard put up 22 points shooting the ball very well on the day

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Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic 2016

In 2014, the Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic began like so many tournaments today, as a simple way to help prep school athletes gain maximum exposure.  Over the years, the tournament grew and expanded to include the nation’s finest athletes and teams. The past 3 years, HDM Prep Classic has set the standard by which all tournaments are compared.
Hoop Dreams Magazine 2016  Prep Classic January 9-10, 2016 event will be held at Bunker Hill Community College. Located five minutes from Boston’s Downtown attractions providing lots of family fun, as well as high level basketball.
  • More than 50 players have advanced to play at the NCAA Division I level
  • Numerous players have advanced to play professionally in the National Basketball Association and overseas affiliated with HDM
  • Hundreds of coaches and scouts at every level use this venue for recruiting. Here are some of the top NCAA Division I coaches that have attended past tournaments.
    • Tom Crean (Indiana)
    • Jay Wright (Villanova)
    • Dan Hurley (URI)
    • Chad Babel (Nike)
    • Alex Kline (Rivals.com)
    • Brian Snow (Scout.com)

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Battle Of The States Mass vs Rhode Island

Battles are made to be won, Expressions Stores has done something that not many have been able to pull off.  2015 Expressions High School Showcase Two states Massachusetts vs. Rhode Island, Saturday December 12, 2015 Boston Ma. #BOTS

4:30pm Tech Boston (MA) vs. Classical High School (RI)

The event tips off Saturday afternoon Tech Boston (MA) takes on Classical High School (RI) Tech Boston’s Shamar Moore Sophomore Comb Guard with good range who can score the ball inside and out. Known for his defense he will be a go to guy for Tech Boston. Tristan Perry Senior forward has the tools to league his team to a victory, makes shoots and plays to win.

Classical High School (RI) will be lead by David Dukes the shifty guard is one of Rhode Island’s best prospects, athletic, and can score it with ease. Junior forward Jamari Johnson brings energy on both ends of the floor. Johnson known for finishing above the rim will look to hold the middle down.

6:00pm Cathedral High School (MA) vs. Bishop Hendricken (RI)

Cathedral High School (MA) made a state championship all the way to TD Bank last year they return hungrier as they return top scores Junior Trevor Lynch sharp shooting Sophomore Moses Flowers and Sophomore Julian Howell who is one of the states best defenders.

Bishop Hendricken (RI) has been one of the states most premier schools, lost last year in the state quarterfinals, last won the state championship 2014. They return Junior guard Justin Mazulla who holds a Boston College offer, the south-par has the total package, makes shots, gets to the rim and can finish with the best of them. Sophomore Preston Santos one of the states best prospects regardless of grade. Santos is a big time scorer, long, athletic and frequently plays above the rim.

7:30pm New Mission High School (MA) vs. La Salle Academy (RI)

 New Mission High School fell short of their goal last year, which was to win a state title. They return a bulk of the talent and have added a few new pieces. Tyrique Lee has returned for his senior year, and looking to get back to the State Championship as he did in 2014, Charles and Charlie Mitchell will spear head the New Mission chaos, the twins bring electricity every time they step on the court. Darion Jordan-Thomas is looking to have a breakout season, great motor with mixed with a great deal of upside. With the addition of Isaiah Laurent the athletic wing, look for New Mission to be one of the stats favorite teams.

La Salle Academy (RI) won the division one state championship last year as well as the RI Open State tournament championship. The return senior point guard Lawrence Sabir first team all state last season helping La Salle win the D1 title as well as the RI Open State Tourney. Strong, athletic guard that has exceptional speed. Senior Mike McCourt wing, tough, fierce competitor. 2nd team all division 1 last season. Has three point range, rebounds well, can run the floor hard and finish in traffic.  Jimmy Pare senior sharp shooter. Tough physical guard with a nice shooting touch. Plays hard at both end of the floor, and is a two-year starter.


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Class of 2018 MIAA Preseason Players To Watch List

The Class of 2018 is loaded with talent and look for some of these players to lead their teams to a state title run. 6’6 F Chris Doherty is the obvious front runner for top Sophomore in the MIAA. But don’t be surprised if 6’4 G Brycen Goodine puts up record breaking numbers, as he leads Bishop Stang to a title run.

Class of 2018


6’4 Brycen Goodine(Bishop Stang) First, let’s start with the frame, as at 6-5 with long arms and a wiry frame, Goodine has basically a prototypical body for an NBA guard. But it’s more the skill set he has that is so intriguing. Goodine has the skills of a guard on the floor and can guard multiple positions. Goodine is our Preseason breakout player of the year.

6’1 Paul Durkee( Shrewsbury High) Durkee can flat out shoot it from all over the floor. He can score in bunches and has a knack of driving in gaps and facilitating to teammates.

6’9 Tommy Oneil(St Johns Prep) The biggest improvement here has to be in his body. At 6-9 with a 7-1ish wingspan, Oneil always had the frame to be play at the highest level. He’s a tremendously talented offensive player who has always been able to score at all three levels due to his soft touch.

5’10 Tenahj Pettway(Central Catholic) His biggest strength right now is his ability to shoot. His athleticism and first step are also pretty strong, and it allows him to attack closeouts well on offense and slow down opposing slashers on defense.

 6’6 Chris Doherty(Marlboro High)- At 6-6 with long arms, he’s a good shot-blocker who has good timing and pretty solid explosiveness. Above all, his motor is absolutely top-notch and you can trust him to never quit on a play or on a ball. Doherty is the top returning sophomore in the state.

6’4 Kenneth Araujo(Fenway High) First and foremost, he is an elite rebounder that has good fundamentals in boxing out opponents and has good hands that he can trust to come down with the ball. Look for Araujo to put Fenway High School on the map this season


MIAA Preseason Players to Watch 2019

So many talented players have came through the MIAA rankings. Here is a look at our Preseason Freshman to watch list. We are featuring four freshman from all over the state of Massachusetts. Tune in tomorrow as we will feature the Class of 2018 preseason players to watch list.

Class of 2019

Taelon Martin(Putnam Springfield, MA)- The 6’1 PG shows high major athleticism and all the tools to immediately impact the high school game.

Chris Camille(Brookline High)- At 6’5 he’s already a really good athlete who can get past defenders, score at all three levels, and get out into transition. Look for Camille to breakout this season

Rivaldo Soares( O’Bryant)- Soares has already broke out after an incredible fall while running with his Expressions Elite squad. The 6’3 Soares already played varsity as an 8th grader and showed the ability to knock down shots off the catch or off the dribble  and his footwork is absolutely pristine to the point that he can get that shot off from every angle.

Quest Harris(Lowell High)- The highly talented point guard he’s a strong passer, and can handle the ball in side pick-and-rolls to initiate offense. Plus, he’s a good defender showing he can contribute right away.




Kicks One Seven All-Star Game Invitation

Kicks One Seven All Star Game (Boston, MA)

The premier Boston Sneaker Show and National Basketball Middle School/High School All Star Game
takes place at the landmark Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, in the heart of Boston’s most historic neighborhood on November 14, 2015. Kicks One Seven Sneaker Convention is the most recent addition for the Boston sneaker connoisseur looking to buy, sell, and trade some of the most exclusive sneakers in the world. This is the must attend event for all sneakerheads, or for those that appreciate the culture. 

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Zero Gravity “Beast of the East” Standouts

6’6 Chris Doherty(2018)NE Playaz- Was a man amongst boys as he single handedly earned his squad a championship this past weekend. Doherty has improved his footwork and ability to finish with both hands around the rim.

6’7 Dana Tate Jr. (2018) Expressions- Tate was one of the most dominant scorers to come through this event. He had back to back games in which he scored in the 20s. He too strong and skilled on this level for most at this level.

6’5 Chuck Hannah(2018) NE Playaz- A powerful forward built like a linebacker. He handles enough to bust through the defense and finish at the cup. He plays the game with a high motor and is a constant force on the glass. His strength and aggressiveness was a major force at this event.

6’6 Dyondre Dominguez(2019) NE Playaz- He has the size to be effective at the forward slot but also handles the ball like a guard. He also knows how to create space off the bounce which could also led to a step back trey ball.

6’9 Tommy Oneil(2018) Expressions-He showed the ability to put moves together and finish at the cup. He had the court presence to use his body to negate shot blockers and score the ball. He also showed great effort in hitting the glass.

5’10 Thomas Shaugnessy Middlesex Magic- He went at any opposing guard that was in his circumference and had his way. I like his speed, court vision and ability to score himself.

6’5 Chris Camille(2019) Expressions- has developed his ball handling and uses it to dance pat defenders and finish at the tin. He has a wide frame and has the body control to maneuver around shot blockers. Once he gets on a scoring streak he’s tough to low down.

6’3 Nyzair Rountree(2018) Expressions- Rountree was scoring in bunches, but what really caught my eye was his improved ball handling, range and play making ability. I can clearly see that this kid has been putting the work in at the gym.

5’10 Devon Ford(2019) NE Playaz- He had a few games where he lit up the score boards. I like his natural feel for the game and the way he turned up his play when needed.

6’7 Phil Gebrewhit(2018) Expressions- Gebrewhit has a style that helps him get through defenders and finish at the tin. He also has enough wiggle to get rid of smaller guards that attempt to check him.

6’3 Charles Whipple(2018) NE Playaz- Is a sharp shooting guard that isn’t afraid of launching the rock from anywhere. His mid-range game was on display and he showed the ability to get away from defenders off the dribble.

6’3 Daman Tate(2019) Expressions- He’s one of the best finishers around and has stepped up his game on the defensive end.Tate knows how to use his body to finish through contact.