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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.


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Sidney Wilson 2016-17 Season Highlights

Sidney Wilson is a 6-foot-7 Bronx, NY native that plays above the rim and on the wing for Brewster Academy during the prep season and on the Under Armor circuit with New Heights during the spring and summer.

Wilson posses high level athleticism that makes him dangerous in the open floor. With his length added to his athleticism Wilson can guard fro the 2-4 effectively


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March Madness New England Edition

It’s that time of the year where brackets tore up within the first day of play, Cinderella teams and a collegiate team is crowned champion. It’s the Madness of March and emotions are running wild.

The 2017 NCCAA Men’s Basketball tournament has a New England influence to it that reflects the reason why prospects in the region are heavily recruited.

With more than five dozen former New England HS/Prep players on half of the teams in the field we had a chance to get a glimpse of selection Sunday from a player’s point of view.

It was an amazing feeling; we actually watch it on a little T.V. at a little restaurant in the airport. When we saw our name it was just an unreal feeling.” – Jared Terrell (Brewster Academy/URI)

“It was a great feeling honestly!… It’s just crazy to think we’re playing UCLA in Cali. Should be fun and exciting, we’re looking forward to the challenge definitely.” – Kevin Zabo (Brewster Academy/Kent St.)

For many players in the field it’s their first time so emotions run high. When a team is ranked you’re already locked into the field. But when you’re unranked and team who gave it their all it’s a different type of feeling come Sunday.

It’s a good feeling, real excited, anxious to start the last chapter of my career and ready to make it a good one.” – Scoochie Smith (Putnam Science Academy/Dayton)

Well I’ve never been in this position before so it’s kind of a surreal feeling; you grow up dreaming of time like this. When the show starts you get nervous right away. You don’t know what can happen. But once you see your name you just get an exciting rush, it’s a great feeling.” – Terance Mann (Tilton/FSU)

Whether the emotions are nervousness or anxiousness the end result is happiness and feeling of preparation for the big dance. Not the type you get dressed up for to attend prom but a similar ending to earn that crown as the best of the best in the 2017 bracket field. Only one can be crowned a champion and New England has over five dozen reasons why they make that dream reality.


Falcons Move Past Lowell

Lowell gave their best shot at handing Cambridge their first loss of the season but fell short.

Lowell’s junior guard Alex Rivera went for 37 points and 10 rebounds against the reigning MIAA Div. 1 state champions Cambridge Rindge & Latin. But the Falcons Dynamic Duo Jakigh Dottin (23 points) and Dimon Carrigan (14 points) made sure that their back 2 back title hopes stayed alive.

The Falcons got out to a quick 22-7 lead with their up-tempo style of play and hardnosed on ball defense.  The 2nd qtr. sang a different song as Lowell was able to cut into the Falcone lead. With a 30-22 lead going into the 2nd half, the Falcons knew they were in for a battle.

Kareem Octavien and Alex Rivera put up one of the best single quarter performances this post season. Rivera did his from behind the arc and getting into the lane for his signature tear drops. Octavien had a purpose to secure his teams lead that they were able to maintain. Although Rivera notched his 1,000th career point, Octavien wanted to let all those in attendance know that the game was not over.

The Falcons cleaned up a 70-63 win despite Lowell’s efforts to claw back into the game. But the Falcons efforts on the boards appeared to be too much.

Falcons wait to play the winner of Everett vs. Central Catholic tonight.


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NEPSAC Championship Sunday

The NEPSAC championship Sunday held at both Rhode Island College and Clark University capped off the end of the prep season. With match ups in six divisions looking to crown a 2017 winner in each of wasn’t easy.
St. Luke’s Goes Back 2 Back in Class C
After going back to back as FAA champs, St. Luke’s said to themselves why stop there. The reigning Class C champs stormed their way to a 74-65 win against Green Farms Academy.
Everything has come in the form of two’s for Head Coach Drew Gladstone having finished with a 49-2 record in the past 2 seasons, having went back 2 back in regular and postseason titles, Walter Whyte finishing with his 2nd Class finals MVP honors.
But four individual performances formed a great team win for the St. Luke’s Storm. Lead by Walter Whyte alongside Jonas Harper (14pts), Andrew Varoli (10pts), and Joel Boyce (12pts) combined for 61 of their teams 74 points.
Sunday Okeke finished with 23 points for Green Farms Academy.
Brooks Takes Over Class B
The Brooks boys’ basketball team finished the season with a 25-0 record. But none greater than solidify a back 2 back Class B title against Marianapolis Prep Sunday evening.
When opening up the game on an 18-2 run it was made clear that the Brooks School wanted this title. But when you have a core of your production coming from five seniors there no question why the lead ballooned so quickly
Brooks took a 36-11 lead going into the half and the 2nd half was no different.
Brown commit Tamenang Choh finished with 16 points to lead all scorers in route to an MVP honor.
Brooks would complete a 68-32 win over Marianapolis Prep to secure their second Class B title in 2 years.
Brewster Slam Dunks AAA Win
The tone was set for the Brewster Academy Bobcats when junior wing Sidney Wilson connected on 5 dunks in the first. It was a sign to how dominant the Bobcats were against Northfield Mt. Hermon
The Bobcats took a 45-26 lead going into the half. The second half was owned by UConn commit Makai Ashton-Langford who sliced his way into the lane consecutively to keep the Bobcats lead going. Ashton-Langford earned MVP honors to the tune of a 89-62 win
Cushing Wins AA

In his first year as head coach of Cushing Academy, James Cormier made his claim as one of the premier coaches in the region with a 57-50 win over Tilton.

Some of the best guards were on display in this match up featuring David Dukes and Virginia Tech commit Wabissa Bede. The duo had a back and forth back with Tilton’s dynamic guard Marcus Zegarowski who was lighting up the first half from deep.
A very close contest throughout Cushing was able to take a 35-30 lead going into the half. But no matter how close the Ram got, Wabissa Bede always came back with answer on both ends of the floor.
Wabissa Bede lead his team with 17 points and a MVP honor so lock up his prep career.

Phillips Exeter Takes Home Class A
Javonte McCoy and Jacob Grandison combined for 40 points in a dominate Phillips Exeter win. Suffield Academy would keep the game close at times but not enough to gain a lead.
Phillips Exeter went on to with their third class title in five seasons with a 63-58 win over Suffield Academy. Jacob Grandison an uncommitted senior earned MVP honors.


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Academics Top The Green Knights In SCC Title Match

The Hillhouse Academics did some schooling Monday night against the No. 1 ranked Notre Dame West-Haven in front of a sellout crowd at the Quinnipiac TD Bank Sports Center.

The first quarter looked to be all Academics in the beginning who held a 22-13 at the end of one. The green Knights would come soaring back in the second quarter led by Georgetown commit Tremont Waters who was able to notch 16 of his 22 points in the first half.

The Academics would take a 33-26 lead going into the half and that’s when senior guard Joe Kasperzyk steps in for Hillhouse.

Kasperzyk and his Academics teammates knew that defensively they would have to step it up and they did just that holding Tremont Waters to only 6 points in the second half. The Green Knights would trim the Academics lead to 3 (47-44) at the end of the 3rd.

The Green Knights would show signs of life with possibly changing momentum of the game on their side when they took a 54-53 lead with 4:35 to play. But that quickly changed when Kasperzyk decided to take over scoring 9 of his game high 23 points in the 4th.

The Academics would control the game the rest of the way to a 70-62 win handing the Green Knights their first loss of the season.


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St. Luke’s Storms Through Dexter

The St. Luke’s boys’ basketball team played host to Dexter in the NEPSAC Class C quarterfinal playoff game.

The Storm did just that and blew Dexter out the gym in lopsided 82-47 win Wednesday afternoon. St. Luke’s appeared to be bigger, stronger and a lot more seasoned in this match up.

Dexter was held to 17 points in the first half and it was a reflection to the exceptional defense played by the Storm put up 45 points.

The second half proved to be no different as Boston University commit Walter Whyte (23 points) proved to be too much. Along with contributions from Jonas Harper (13 points), Joel Boyce (17 points), Andrew Varoli (14 points) the Coach Drew Gladstone and St. Luke’s were in good shape throughout the game. The trio had almost outscored Dexter themselves.

Promising sophomore’s Jordan Mason and Charles Coleman added 22 and 13 points respectfully for Dexter.


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Connecticut Playoffs Are Underway

Notre Dame Keep Their Win Streak Alive

The No. 1 ranked Notre Dame (West Haven) faced off against No. 9 Cheshire in the quarterfinals of the SCC tournament.
The Green Knights came in to this contest undefeated (21-0) and nothing changed but the win column when the game clock turned 0 to match their loss column.
Tremont Waters finished with 21 points in his first SCC playoff game in a 59-45 win over Cheshire. The Georgetown commit also scored his 2000th point to go along with this win. It’s been a story for the how the season is playing out for Waters, who will look to keep the Green Knights undefeated streak going when they take on Wilbur Cross in the next round.

Rountree and Wallace Scoring Lead Crusaders

In a lopsided win Holy Cross had four players score in double figures including a team high from DeAndre Wallace who finished with a game high 24 points for the Crusaders.
The Crusaders took an early 21-18 lead at the end of the first qtr. and almost never looked back. Seymour was able to keep it close by following the lead of Kevin Crawford who had a game high 25 points.
At the half Crusaders led the Wildcats 37-33. But that’s as close as the game would get. With the help from the explosive wing in Nyzair Rountree (20 points) opened the game open and would go on to secure a 90-69 win.


Falcons Win In Style

The defending Division 1 state champion Cambridge Rindge & Latin and the defending Division 2 state champions New Mission boys’ basketball team were lined up for one of the best match ups of the 2015-16 season.

Both teams have ambitions of defending their state titles in March and a game of this caliber is good preparation before a playoff run.

The match up lived up to the hype from the tip off as the Titans duo of Mitchell twins Charlie and Charles were able to keep the game close as the Falcons held a 18-14 at the end of the first qtr. But in the same breath The twin Ttitans fell into foul trouble and the Falcons senior 1-2 punch of Dimon Carrigan and Jakigh Dottin took advantage and opened the game up.

The Falcons outscored the Titans 25-7 in the 2nd period and a Dimon Carrigan (20 points, 20 rebounds) put back buzzer beating dunk to close the half was a symbol of how much the senior post player dictated the game.

The Falcons sealed up a 91-52 victory in the 2nd half where 2016 Massachusetts POY Jakigh Dottin contributed 18 points, 10 assists in a lopsided win over the Titans.