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Isaiah Washington to Minnesota

When you think of New York City point guards, Kemba Walker, Isiah Whitehead, Stephon Marbury come to mind. From the playgrounds of NYC, Division 1 college basketball to Madison Square Garden Draft night festivities.

Plug in Isiah Washington, 6-foot-1 St. Raymond’s point guard is arguably the best at his position in New York City regardless of class. The Minnesota Gophers think so also and have secured a commitment from Washington.

Washington took an official visit to the Minnesota campus over the weekend and came away impressed enough to give Head Coach Richard Pitino and staff a commitment.

Assistant coach Kimani Young, who is a former Program Director of New Heights traced back to his New York City roots and it paid off in the long run. Staying with the recruitment of Washington who has expressed the recruiting efforts of the Gophers coaching staff every time recruitment is brought up.

Isiah Washington becomes the first member to commit to the Minnesota Gophers 2017 recruiting class. Washington is most notable as of late for putting up a 36 point performance at the prestigious Under Armor Elite 24.


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Terrell Brown To Pitt

When making a college decision a lot programs discuss history and tradition. The Pitt Panthers has history in New England  and developing front-court players in Jamel Artis (ND Prep) and Steven Adams (ND Prep/OKC Thunder). Terrell Brown, 6-foot-10 senior at the Tilton School in Tilton, N.H., will be apart of adding to the history of New England prep front-court players at Pitt.  Brown chose the Panthers over Purdue who he recently visited before making it official with Head Coach Kevin Stalling’s and his staff.

Brown, a face up forward has a nice length and a good touch around the rim. Brown joins Aaron Thompson to form a two member 2017 recruiting class. This is coach Starling’s first recruiting class that he’ll bring into Pitt so all eyes are on this particular class.

Terrell Brown has recently transferred from St. Andrew’s (RI) to Tilton School for a post graduate year.

 


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Ashton-Langford To UCONN

For UConn men’s basketball when you think of point guards, Shabazz Napier and Jalen Adams come to mind.But now you can add Makai Ashton-Langford to a list of New England point guards that will look to add towards the legacy of Husky greats.

Makai had a decision to make when deciding between UConn and Providence. The Friars had pulled out all the stops when Kris Dunn was on campus during Makai’s visit to Providence. UConn had a point guard of their own on campus in Kevin Ollie. Ollie who has already landed Jalen Adams (a former AAU teammate of Makai)  in a previous class knew his luck could strike again.

Makai Ashton-Langford, a Worcester, Mass. native is one of the premier point guards in the country and will be competing his prep career at Brewster Academy (NH). A school that has produced UConn players Jeff Adrien and Jalen Adams.

Right now UConn has Makai Ashton-Langford as their only member of the 2017 recruit class after 7-foot-1 big man Zach Brown decommitted back in January. But the Huskies aren’t done yet as they look to replace three seniors after this year and two of them being guards put Ashton-Langford in a good place to contribute early on in his college career.

 

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Jermaine Samuels is a Wildcat

It’s been a busy current event for Jermaine Samuels the past few days but the consensus top 50 prospect created the biggest moment of his high school basketball career when he announced his college decision.

The Rivers School (MA) 2017 wing had picked up an offer from from Duke, then shortly after announced his top 5 schools. Following that announcement Samuels took the first of his official visits to Villanova’s campus. Shortly following the visit Jermaine announced decision via twitter to play for Head Coach Jay Wright and the Villanova Wildcats.
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Coach Jay Wright ad the defending NCAA mens basketball national champions have ben recruiting Samuels for the past 3 years and their recruiting efforts have paid off.

Villanova has found success in New England before landing current freshmen Omari Spellman (St. Tomas More), Darryl Reynolds (Worcester Academy), Eric Paschal (St. Thomas More/Fordham transfer).

Jermaine Samuels chose the Wildcats over Duke, Indiana, Kansas, and Georgetown.


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Holy Cross Lands New Hampshire Guard

Derry, NH does it again. Geo Baker announced a couple weeks ago his intentions to attend Rutger University and now longtime friend and teammate Caleb Green calls an end to his recruitment with a commitment to Holy Cross.

There were talks of Green and Baker possibly attending school together but those talks have come to an end. Green chose the Crusaders over the likes of UNH, Stony Brook, Fairfield and Brown.

Head Coach Bill Carmody made his presence felt early when they offered Green fall 2015 and his efforts played itself out in the summer of 2016.

Caleb Green is the third DC Blue Devils AAU prospect to commit to a division 1 school joining Geo Baker (Rutgers) and Sukhmail Mathon (Boston U.).


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A Hot Summer 16 For Wabissa Bede

Wabissa Bede had one of the biggest summers of any prospect in the 2017 class and high major programs from across the country have been calling for his services.

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.

Bede stated via his twitter page that he wanted to win a national title and play on ESPN one more time before ending his AAU career and did just that.

Bede has generated a new list that consists of his top five schools. Butler, Minnesota, LaSalle, Massachusetts and Virginia Tech have all earned a place on that list and will now try to get the young guard on their campus for a visit to lay out the red carpet.

Wabissa Bede plans to visit Butler officially on Aug. 27. Virginia Tech and Minnesota will get a visit in the fall.


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Geo Baker To Rutgers

When the July live period comes to a close prospects and coaches are faced with decisions that they have to make. For coaches it’s what players should they offer and make a priority. For student athletes it’s breaking down a school list and planning visits. For Geo Baker, a 6-foot-3 Proctor Academy combo guard it was decision time.

Baker felt it was time to call it in a week after the July live period and commit to Rutgers University. Not one of the most highly publicized prospects in the 2017 class but that’s one of Bakers gifts. The things people don’t talk about are some of his best attributes. mostly known as a pass first point guard coming up in the ranks, Baker has now shown that he can score from all levels and take over games. The New Hampshire product has gone unnoticed for quite some time now but the coach Pikiell and his staff turned over a stone and found a gem.

“They love my game, the way i play so they’re trying to have me be interchangeable with either guard position,” said Baker. Coach Pikiell is a great coach with a great vision for the program.”

Geo Baker becomes the first member of the Scarlet Knights 2017 recruiting class. Baker chose Rutgers over the likes of George Washington, George Mason and Boston University.


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Makai Ashton-Langford Leads Rivals To Title

The Mass Rivals defeated Team Loaded in the 2016 Adidas Gauntlet championship game in a rematch of lat years finals. The Mass Rivals ended up being the team that was loaded with a 57-48 win over the team from Virginia.

When your lead guard in Makai Ashton-Langford can average 20 points a game and share the load of scoring in double figures with his counterparts then it’s hard to lose a game when a player is that unselfish.

The Mass Rivals have a pair of guards in Yale commit Azar Swain and Wabissa Bede who team up with Ashton-Langford that made it hard on the defensive end up for nationally ranked guards Immanuel Quickely and Romeo Langford to get a bucket. In result the Mass Rivals went on to win on average of almost 18 points a game.

Dominance is the only word to describe the showing by the Mass Rivals.

Makai Ashton-Langford stated that Louisville, Uconn and Providence have been working the hardest to land his services.

 


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Nike EYBL Peach Jam

North Augusta, SC was home home to the 2016 Nike Peach Jam from July 6-10. Although Mokan Elite came away with the Peach Jam title a number of New England prep products came victorious in their own right.

New England was represented through five different Nike EYBL teams (Expressions Elite, BABC, Albany City Rocks, PSA Cardinals, New Rens).

Marcus Santos-Silva (BABC) – Santos-Silva a bruising power forward had a 27 point performance against E1T1 and tallied 22 points to go along with 12 rebounds in a win against Houston Hoops to close out the Nike EYBL season.  The Vermont Academy big man is no longer considered a secret after seeing his recruitment sky rocket this past spring.

Jordan Nwora (NY Rens) – a future prep teammate of Santos-Silva had a bit of a showing to pen up the Peach Jam from the wing position. Nwora scored in double digits all but one contest throughout 5 games. Th skilled wing came out on fire averaging 21 points in his first three match ups.

Hamidou Diallo (NY Rens) – Arguably one of the top 10 players in the country after the dominance he displayed the past couple of months. Up until he sat during the last game of Peach Jam, Diallo had the likes of coaches from Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Arizona front and center for every game. When it’s all said and done Diallo could possibly work himself into a top 5 national ranking.

Tremont Waters (Expressions Elite) – The shifty guard had probably one of the toughest battles at Peach Jam against Trae Young. Waters finished with 18 points in the loss but helped carry his team into the Elite 8 where Expressions Elite would eventually fall to PSA Cardinals.

Jermaine Samuels (Expressions Elite) – Samuels shot over 50% from the field and was a pest on defense. But it was the little things like game clutch free throws down the stretch, loose ball tips and rebounding to keep plays alive that earned Samuels this honor. No question he was the glue to that team and walked away with an offer from Indiana during the stretch of games at Peach Jam.

Walter Whyte (Psa Cardinals) – Whyte walks away with the unsung hero award at Peach Jam. Similar to Samuels when his number is called he’s ready to play. His 17 point performance against the NJ Playaz in a close close loss showed that whenever everything wasn’t falling for the more heralded players on the team he was there to pick things up.

Andrew Platek (City Rocks) – The 6-foot-4 shooting guard was being tracked by Roy Williams and the entire Tarheels coaching staff and he didn’t disappoint. Platek has a lot of upside and as he continues to build on his physical strength you can see why there’s so much buzz around this kid. Finished averaging double figure scoring throughout Peach Jam.

 


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Unofficial Visit: Caleb Green and Geo Baker

Geo Baker and Caleb Green are two of the biggest stock risers in New England’s 2017 recruiting class. The two long time friends and teammates have racked up a number of division 1 offers from low-high major in the course of a year span continuing to build on that number. Baker and Green gave us an in depth look on the process and the story that drives them both on and off the court.

Geo Baker and Caleb Green share a backcourt for the DC Blue Devils AAU program and also for their High School team Proctor Academy. The chemistry on the court is undeniable between the two which is why they share interest and offers from a numerous college programs.

Hoop Dreams Magazine took a trip to Londonderry, NH in this segment of Unofficial Visit.