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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.


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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.