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College Visits Set For This Weekend

Busy weekend of college visits in New England this week. Some players are coming in for visits as well as other leaving New England to take visits.

University of Rhode Island will have Brendan Adams (Prolific Prep) and Tyrese Martin (Massanutten Academy) on campus

UCONN will play host to New England’s premier shot blocker Dimon Carrigan (Woodstock Academy) and James Akinjo (Salesian)

UMASS Minutemen and newly head coach has been landing commitments around New England are now stepping outside of the region when they play host to Tre Wood (St. John’s College HS) this weekend.

Aaron Clarke (Pope John XXIII) is set to attend Sacred Heart this weekend for a visit

Nate Lazewski will be visiting Notre Dame this weekend. The Fighting Irish has a track record of success when recruiting in New England.


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GW Lands Shandon Brown

2018 New Hampton point guard Shandon Brown gathered his friends and family to make one of his biggest decisions at the Vine Street Community Center. The Boston, MA native chose the George Washington Colonials over Quinnipiac.

The 5-foot-10 floor general is one of the biggest prospects in the region with over a dozen schools but in the End GW earned the services of Brown.

“Both schools have tremendous coaching staffs. From the head coach all the way down to the last assistant. I was very comfortable with the situation both schools were in and the vision each coach had for me,”Brown stated as part of the deciding factor on his decision. “They were neck and neck in every aspect, so it came down to where I think I would develop the best as far as competition and constantly being pushed to perform at my best. The A-10 is somewhere I want to go down in history in. I got something to prove and show once I step foot in that conference.”

“Now that I’m committed and don’t have to worry about the whole recruiting process anymore, it’s all about developing and preparing. I will go all out my last year in the nepsac and while doing so will do everything I need to make sure I am as prepared as possible for next summer. Now that I am committed I have to work 100x harder, and I totally understand that. Everything I’ve received this far In my career was earned not given. I’m excited.”

Committed not only to his future school but getting better. A trait in Shandon Brown that a college coach hopes to find in all of his future recruits.


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Dana Tate To URI

University of Rhode Island Head Coach Dan Hurley is looking a class of key contributes after the 2017-18 season. The Rams will lose E.C. Matthews, Jarvis Garrett, Jared Terrell,  Stanford Robinson and will look to fill those big shoes.

Coach Hurley started in the right direction when he landed 2018 6-foot-7  forward Dana Tate, a Boston, MA native who attends the MacDuffie School and ran with the Expressions Elite AAU club on the circuit.

Tate chose the Rams over in state schools Northeastern and  UMass. The wing is skilled scorer on the perimeter and provide a key contribution from day one.

Dana Tate announced his decision at the Reggie Lewis Center where it all started in front of his family, close friends and coaches.

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Jeenathan Williams Jr. Talks Recruitment

The AAU season has come to close and prospects are gearing up to not only head back to respected Prep/High Schools but also narrowing a final college list and planning visits.

Jeenathan Williams Jr. has grabbed the attention of college coaches from around the country and has seen his recruitment take off in the past month.

“The recruitment is great, i’m just enjoying it,” Williams Jr. stated when asked about the recruitment process. Virginia stands out. So does Virginia Tech, NC State, Rhode Island and Minnesota.”

An unsigned prospects work is never done when trying to prove that their worth is not hype and consistent. While playing on the Nike EYBL circuit with the Albany City Rocks the 6-f00t-6 Rochester, NY native wing is best known for his pure athleticism but there’s more to his game.

“I want to just continue show coaches my mid-range, outside range and just showing my versatility.”

No timetable on a decision for Jeenathan Williams Jr. but the 2018 prospect is still in the process of setting up visits.


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Cole Swider Picks Villanova

Cole Swider took three official visits this month (Syracuse, Xavier and Duke) before eventually deciding that Villanova is the perfect fit for him all along.

He never took an official visit to Villanova the final of four schools listed as Swider’s top choices.

Swider is one of the nation’s best shooters from beyond the arc and early comparisons to Klay Thompson may be high but the potential is there.
At 6-foot-8 and playing on the wing it makes it hard for opponents to defend his shot. An average ball handler, Swider does enough to create his own shot.

Villanova has been there since the beginning of the recruitment stages and was able to build off of that to secure a commitment from the St. Andrew’s product. A 2017 Gatorade POY honors is one of many accolades he plans to walk away with. Swider plays with BABC on the AAU circuit and is gearing up to compete for a NIKE EYBL Peach Jam title.

The NEPSAC has sent their fair share of sudent-athletes to the Big East in recent years who have excelled at the next level. Darryl Reynolds (Worcester Academy), Eric Paschal (St. Thomas More), Jermaine Samuels (Rivers), and Omari Spellman (St. Thomas More) are NEPSAC standouts playing for Coach Jay Wright.

Add Cole Swider’s name to the list of New England prospects making their division 1 collegiate dreams a reality.


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Providence Friars Land AJ Reeves

Sunday evening AJ Reeves, a Boston native attended Ed Coley’s Providence College Elite basketball camp but didn’t leave the same way he came in. Reeves, is one of the top prospects in the country and has become Providence biggest commitment in the 2018 class.

The 6-foot-5 wing that plays on the AAU circuit with the Mass Rivals will be joining current Friar and former AAU teammate Makai Ashton-Langford next year. Reeves chose the Friars over Louisville and Virginia.

Reeves, is an imposing physically athletic player who leads Brimmer & May during the regular season is one of the top perimeter players in the region. Head Coach Ed Cooley has made his mark for landing the region’s top prospects since owning the Friars sidelines. From Ricardo Ledo, Kris Dunn, Makai Ashton- Langford, Cooley has made it a point to recruit at home and has success doing so.

Look for AJ Reeves to try and recruit fellow AAU teammate and Rhode Island native David Dukes who is also being courted by the Friars. Dukes, is a fellow top 100 prospect that’s considering PC.


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Carl Pierre Commits To UMASS

Carl Pierre went from deciding to attending a prep school for a post graduate year in the fall to now enrolling at  UMass Amherst as a member of the basketball.

Newly Head Coach coach Matt McCall had recently landed local transfers Jaylen Brantley and Curtis Cobb. McCall continued to make his mark in the region when offered the 6-foot-4 Pierre a chance to join the Minutemen program.

Pierre is the only MIAA prospect to commit to a division 1 school in the 2017 class. The Catholic Conference MVP has beaten all odds already at the high school lvel and will continue that drive into his collegiate stages.

 

Carl Pierre finished his career at BC high as an 1,000 point scorer.


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Stanford Cardinals Land Cormac Ryan

 

On Sunday, one of the most highly skilled basketball prospects in the 2018 class made a decision. A timely one that comes a month before the next live but i guess when you know it’s the right time to make a decision you go with your gut feeling and Cormac Ryan did just that when he committed to the Stanford Cardinals.

The 6-foot-5 Milton Academy point guard verbally committed to Stanford over the likes of Villanova and Northwestern. The New York native made the transition to New England two years ago and took the region by storm making him one of the elite prospects regardless of class. Now he’ll be taking his talents to the west coast and attend one of the premier academic institutions in the country.

The Cardinals are getting a play maker with a high basketball IQ. Ryan is an efficient play caller who is vocal and gets his teammates involved. A long range shooter with good court vision and athleticism.

Cormac Ryan becomes the Cardinals first commit in the 2018 class.

 

 

 


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Sid Wilson Commits to St. John’s

It only took Sid Wilson to make an impact and leave his mark on New England prep basketball. Having transferred in from St. Raymonds (N.Y.) becoming a member of the 2018 class Wilson jumped back up a class when he had the opportunity of enrolling into college Fall 2017.

Wilson decided his time in New England was well spent but it was the perfect time to move back home at commit to St. Johns University. Head Coach Chris Mullin wanted to build the Red Storm off the best talent that New York/New Jersey has to offer and has done just that. Wilson joins tristate natives Shamorie Ponds, Bashir Ahmed, Malik Ellison, Justin Cole, Kassoum Yakwe as Mullins core foundation to bring the men’s basketball program back to the forefront of the Big East.

Wilson a 6-foot-7 freakish athletic forward has drawn comparisons to for Johnnies and Brewster Academy stud Jakarr Sampson. His versatility and 7 foot wingspan allows him to defend multiple positions.

UCONN and Texas were in discussion to land the forward who have recent success in landing New York prospects.

Justin Simon a former Brewster Academy joins the Johnnies 2017 recruiting class with Sid Wilson as a transfer from Arizona.


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NCAA Hidden Transfer Gems: Nisre Zouzoua

Bryant transfer Nisre Zouzoua , a Brockton, Mass native is one of the hidden gems on the NCAA transfer list. While spending the past 2 collegiate seasons playing for Coach Tim O’Shea and the Bulldogs, Zouzoua was the team’s leading scorer averaging 20.3 ppg this past season to go with 4.6 rbg and 1.4 spg.

Nisre made walks away from the program as the fastest player to score 1,000 points in school history, NEC All Rookie Team, First Team All-Conference in his sophomore season.

NC State, Missouri, Maryland, Rutgers and Illinois are rumored to have been in contact with Nisre Zouzoua.