The Madness Has Returned To March

It’s March! It’s the most exciting time if the year for college basketball fans. Teams work hard in the offseason and throughout the year to make it to this point. In an amateur basketball athlete’s career you wait to hear two things, your teams name called on selection Sunday and your name called on NBA Draft night. In the 2019 NCAA Tournament field over 30 players are residence of New England and over 70 student athletes in total who have played at a New England HS/Prep school will suit up. Below are a list of those players.


Iona – *EJ Crawford (St. Thomas More), NCCU – Reggie Gardner (Loomis Chaffee), UCF – Aubrey Dawkins (New Hampton), NOVA – *Jermaine Samuels (Rivers), *Cole Swider (St. Andrew’s), Eric Paschal (St. Thomas More), St. Mary’s – Kristers Zoriks (New Hampton), Vermont – Skyler Nash (Gould), Samuel Dingba (Salisbury), *Kevin Garrison (Burlington), *Bailey Patella (Vermont Academy), *Ben Shungu (Rice Memorial), LSU – *Tremont Waters, St. Louis – Hasahn French (Commonwealth), Elliott Welmer (Bridgton Aca.), Cin – *Cane Broome (St. Thomas), Utah St. –  *Crew Ainge (Kimbal), Mich – *Duncan Robinson (Philips Exeter), Andrien Nunez (St. Thomas), Virginia – Jayden Dixon (Choate), PVAMU – Chancellor Ellis (St. Andrews), Ole Miss – Luis Rodriguez (Woodstock), Seton Hall – *Quincy McKnight, Ant Nelson (South Kent), Myles Powell (South Kent), Taurean Thompson (Brewster), Yale – Eze Dike (Kimbal), Miye Oni (Suffield), Thomas Ryan (Hotchkiss), *Azar Swain (Rivers), Maryland – Eric Ayala (Putnam), Oregon – Miles Norris (Brewster), Texas Tech – Malik Ondigo (Putnam), Josh Mballa (Putnam), Wofford – *Donovan Theme-Love (New Hampton), VCU – *Marcus Santos-Silva (Vermont Academy), *Issac Vann, North Carolina – Andrew Platek (Northfield Mt. Hermon), Walker Miller (New Hampton), Baylor – *Makai Mason (Hotchkiss), Washington – David Crisp (Brewster), Nate Roberts (Brewster), Kansas St. – *Mike McGuirl (East Catholic), Purdue – *Aaron Wheeler (Brewster), Northeastern – *Jeremy Miller (New Hampton), Shaquille Walters, *Anthony Green (Tilton), *Tomas Murphy (Northfield Mt. Hermon), Arizona St. – *Kimani Lawrence (New Hampton), Houston – Brison Gresham (ND Prep), Nevada – Nisre ZouZoua, Oklahoma – *Aaron Calixte, Kentucky – Brad Calipari (McDuffie), Gardner Webb – Jose Perez (Putnam), Jaheam Cornwall (Putnam), Florida St. – *Terance Mann (Tilton), Syracuse – Brendan Paul (Brewster), *Paschal Chukwu (Fairfield Prep), *Ray Featherson (Choate), Elijah Hughes (South Kent), Buddy Boeheim (Brewster), Virginia Tech – *Wabissa Bede (Cushing Academy), NM St. – *Keyon Jones (Milton HS), St. John’s – *Mustapha Heron (Sacred Heart), Justin Simon (Brewster), *LJ Figueroa, Sedee Keita (Vermont Academy), ODU – Loren Brill (South Kent), Aaron Carver (South Kent), Louisville – *Steve Enoch (St. Thomas Moore), Jordan Nwora (Vermont Academy), Florida – Mike Okauru (Brewster), Colgate – Zach Light (Northfield Mt. Hermon)

*- Players who are residence of New England


49ers Land Tyler Bertram

Tyler Bertram, sharp shooting guard out of Vermont Academy by the way of Cooperstown, NY has committed to play for Head Coach Ron Sanchez and the Charlotte 49ers.

Bertram, who made a national name for himself after exploding onto the scene during the 2018 Hoop Hall Classic. The 6-foot-4 guard who was a member of the 2019 class will instead enroll at Charlotte as a member of the 2018 class.

Bertram who is known as one of the better shooters in the region and on the Nike EYBL circuit for the NY Rens chose the 49ers over St. Joseph’s, Rice, George Washington, Brown,  and Hofstra.

The 49ers only had one recruit in Cooper Robb for their 2018 incoming class. Bertram adds an immediate scoring threat from deep.

Vermont Academy returns 2020 elite prospect Symir Torrence for the upcoming 2018-19 NEPSAC. Torrence has a list of suitors in hopes of being an asset to their collegiate program.

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PIT Standouts

Being invited to the Portsmouth Invitational is one of the last achievements of a college student-athletes career. Jared Terrell, Matt Mobley and Tyler Nelson knew that. These three have spent years battling one another on the HS/Prep, AAU and even in college all translated to the hard work that level of competition of competition has played.

Tyler Nelson (Fairfield University) averaged 14.6 points per game to go along with a game winning layup in the title game. Nelson shot 52 percent from the field and 41 percent from deep. Jared Terrell also averaged 14.6 points per page and shot 51 percent from the field. Terrell helped lead his team to a title game appearance. Matt Mobley contributed 11.6 points per game including a 16 point performance in the first contest of the tournament and a 14 point 10 rebound outpouring in his last game.

Nelson earned himself a spot on the all-tournament team. All three players proved that they belonged.

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Bridging the Gap Podcast: Tyler Nelson

Tyler Nelson leaves Fairfield as the schools all time leader sorer, 3 pointers made and captain. Nelsons discusses his collegiate career and pro aspirations with Hoop Dreams Magazine. A one time McDonald’s All-American nominee, Massachusetts Gatorade POY. The list of accolades goes on for Nelson. But most importantly he spoke about life after basketball and advice he had for the younger prospects coming up in New England

Podcast is available on Youtube, GooglePlay, iTunes and Soundcloud

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March Madness 2018 (New England)

The 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is lined up with the nation’s best teams in hopes of winning a national title. Hoop Dreams Magazine takes an in-depth look at which prospects have a chance to make a major impact and what teams have a chance to make deep run in the tournament.

We start with the Kansas Jayhawks and the Big 12 Player of the Year Devonte Graham. The Jayhawks are #1 seed in the Midwest region that open up the tournament against Penn. Graham comes leading the charge as a Naismith Player of the Year finalist. Graham comes in averaging 17 points and almost 8 assists per contest. With Graham anchoring this offense the Jayhawks could see themselves in the final 4.

Jared Terrell, Andre Berry and Jarvis Garrett will hope to help the Rhode Island Rams out of the 1st round for a second round match up against Duke. Last time the two clubs met were in December of 2016 where the Blue Devils got the best of the Rams with a 75-65 win. The three seniors and former New England student athletes would love to have a win over Duke added to their list of accomplishments. Terrell, the Rams leading scorer at 17 points a game will be looked towards closing out his senior in a big way.

Staying within the A-10 conference Kellan Grady of Davidson continues his freshmen campaign. Coming off of an A-10 tournament title and conference Rookie of the Year, Grady has a tough first round match up against the Kentucky Wildcats.

Matt Mobley and Idris Taqqee make up a group of seniors that help and experienced St. Bonaventure’s team pose as a threat. Taqqee does the work on the glass while Mobley contributes his high level scoring and combined the duo keeps the Bonnies flowing.

As the team’s leading scorer, Seton Hall will need Myles Powell and his perimeter shooting to help the Pirates out of and up and down end to the season. Powell’s and the Pirates can hopefully pick this to be the time they right that ship.

More Big East Play comes with Alpha Diallo and Makai Ashton-Landford of Providence. Providence fell to Villanova in overtime in the Big East tournament title game. The Friars have Diallo’s all around inside and out game to look towards when matched up a very good Texas A&M team.

Mustapha Heron and Head Coach Bruce Pearl’s Auburn Tigers have the potential to be a sweet 16 team. Heron, the team’s leading scorer runs the show and it’s about that time for curtain call. Mustapha Heron has always been known to perform on the big stage and it’s ShowTime.

Hamidou Diallo brings the toughness to the Kentucky Wildcats with the ability to put the ball on the floor and attack the basket allowing with his ultra-athleticism makes him difficult to contain. A matchup between Kellan Grady and Hamidou Diallo is set for the first round. Wenyen Gabriel had a strong SEC tournament and Coach Calipari is hoping he can carry that momentum throughout this tournament run.

A tournament favorite in Villanova is equipped with Omari Spellman the Big East Rookie of the Year, Jermain Sameuls and Eric Paschall. Spellman and Paschall make a great tandem from an offensive and defensive standpoint. Both possess toughness, with Spellman who is very skilled on the offensive end and Paschall’s defense along with dominance on the glass helps Nova’s chances at competing for a title.

Notable Names to Watch: Arkel Lamar (UMBC), Joe Sherburne (UMBC), Jarrell Brantley (CofC), Abdul Malik-Abu (NC St.), Daxter Miles Jr. (WVU), AJ Brodeur (Penn), Keyon Jones (NM St.), Shadrac Casimir (IONA), EJ Crawford (IONA), Francis Alonso (UNCG), Duncan Robinson (MICH), Terance Mann (FSU), Tyrique Jones (Xavier), Karem Kanter (Xavier), Kyle Washington (Cin), Kyle Washington (Cin), Raiquan Clark (LIU),


2108 Hoop Hall Classic (New England Edition)

The 2018 Hoop Hall Classic in Springfield brings the best prospects from around the country to Springfield College for a weekend of great hoops. New England prep prospects held their own against some of the best teams the field had to offer.

Cole Swider – The St. Andrew’s forward and Villanova commit went 6-11 from beyond the arc to the tune of 41 points in a losing effort to Woodstock Academy.

Tre Mitchell – The 6-foot-8 forward had a great shooting day from the field completing eight makes off nine attempts to lead Woodstock Academy with 19 points in a win over St. Andrew’s.

Derek Culver – Bob Huggins landed himself a stud and Covers overall game was on display Sunday against Cushing Academy. Despite owning the glass and hauling down 12 rebounds, Cover ended the game with 15 points while shooting 6-7 from the field. The 6-foot-10 West Virginia commits game is as large as his stature.

Dana Tate – The URI commit fought hard but came up short in an effort to wheel his team to a win against Montverde Academy. Tate finished with some highlight plays showing his above the rim athleticism. Finishing with 18 points and 11 Rebounds for Macduffie.

Tyler Bertram – The crowd may have shown up to see a potential 2018 NBA draft prospect Anfernee Simmons of IMG and 2018 Vanderbilt commit Simi Shittu of Vermont Academy. But the real showstopper ended up being 2019 guard Tyler Bertram who put up 31 points along with an almost 3 point make to send the game into over time. After Sunday’s performance college coaches from all over will for sure be tking notes on the guard.

Northfield Mt. Hermon – A well balanced attack as a team lead to a win over Hargrave Military Academy. Nate Lazewski (17 points) and Noah Kirkwood (14 points) lead the charge combining for 19 rebounds. between Maxwell Lorc-Lloyd, Charles Hannah chipped in 12 points each. Hannah went perfect from the field and free throw line. Ryan Greer and Calvin Whipple combined for 29 points and 7-11 from beyond the arc.


Perry Nets 52 Points In Homecoming

Ty Perry, a Woodstock Academy (CT) guard, reached a historic milestone in his team’s win on Saturday over Tilton (NH).

The Roxbury, MA native and former Brighton Bengals star scored a career-high 50 points, including 10 three-pointers, as he helped the Centaurs to a 116-9o victory over Tilton (NH) in front of family and friends at Cathedral High School.

“I just kept on working hard and keeping my energy high to help my team win,” said Perry on his scoring performance. Tilton was a good team, we just kept our energy level high and kept staying together as a group and got the win.”

You can tell by the way Perry responds to questions about himself and finds a way to include his team in his responses is the way his game plays out on the court. Jakigh Dottin (14 points) and Joe Kasperzak (14 points also contributed to the win.

With 29 first half point off 7 threes and 13 three point makes to conclude the game perry was having a good day. That day turned to great when Ty Perry earned a division 1 scholarship from St. Bonaventure.

“I feel good. It’s a blessing honestly, i’m truly blessed but i’m going to keep it up.”

Days before his 52 point outpouring Perry scored 31 points in a win over MacDuffie School. That’s a lot of scoring power from a player who is doing this coming off the bench


Jakigh Dottin Chooses Towson

Jakigh Dottin came back home to The War Memorial Gymnasium in Cambridge, MA where he played four years as the starting point guard at Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School. Dottin announced in front of his friends, family, media and former coaches that his intentions to attend Towson University in the fall of 2018.

Dottin, who is currently doing a post-graduate year at Woodstock Academy in Connecticut chose the Tigers over Duquesne, Kent St., Florida Gulf Coast, Siena, and Bryant to name a few.

“Loyalty,” Dottin said. As a key factor to why he chose to play for Head Coach Pat Skerry at Towson University. Dottin credited Tigers coaching staff for staying in contact and attending his games throughout the AAU circuit.

Jakigh Dottin brings a winning pedigree to Tigers program. Dottin is a two-time MIAA state title winner and AAU national title winner.



David Duke Jr. To Providence

Providence native and consensus top 100 prospect David Duke Jr. announced via his Twitter page that he has decided to pledge to Head Coach Ed Cooley and Providence College.

Duke who attends Cushing Academy as a member of the 2018 class chose the Friars over Villanova, Virginia Tech, Florida and Indiana. Joining former AAU teammates AJ Reeves and Makai Ashton-Langford the Friars have made it a point to not only recruit in New England but land prospects successfully.