Austin Nehls To CCSU

Austin Nehls a post grad at Cheshire Academy by the way of Arizona gave a verbal commitment to Central Connecticut State Monday.

Nehls, who was a former Tucson, Arizona Player of The Year, turned down several division II offers and opted to do a post graduate year in pursuit of earning a division I offer.

Nehls, A former standout at Catalina Foothills in Arizona is the son of former Arizona Wildcat guard Joe Nehls.

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2015 Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic Recap

With a gym full of spectators and college coaches over the course of a two day weekend. Bunker Hill Community College was home to the 215 Hoop Dreams Magaazine Prep Classic. Some players were up to their old tricks and some made a name for themselves.

The twin towers of ’16 C Jordy Tshimanga and ’16 F Omari Spellman anchored the load to lead Macduffie School to hard fought win over Suffield Academy. While Spellman punished his opponents with a variety of post moves and knocking down the perimeter jumper that look so fluent every time it left his hands. Tshimanga did most of his damage in the post on both ends by altering shots on one end and coming down gaining position making it hard for his defender to stop him from scoring around the basket. Tshimanga and Spellman combined for 35 points and 15 rebounds in the win. ’16 G Keyshaun Hicks was also a bright spot MacDuffie School adding 13 points.

’15 G Juwan Anderson and ’15 G Chris Wilkins formed a 1-2 punch that made Suffield a competitive group of players. Anderson is so smooth and plays well of the pick and roll game knocking down the outside shot. Anderson makes really good decisions facilitating the offense and finding the open man. Indiana HC Tom Crean was on hand to evaluate Anderson. Although a Clemson football commit, Wilkins was a force to be wrecking with over the course of the weekend. Showing great footwork and nice touch on his shot, Wilkins had one of the better performance overall at the HDM Prep Classic.

’16 G Saul Phiri was elite, the first thing that stood out about Phiri from where he was at last year’s HDM Prep Classic was how much more physical he has become attacking off the dribble. Phiri was efficient scoring the ball and with the transformation of his body allowing him to move better laterally when guarding on the perimeter. His teammate, ’15 G Pat Benzan (Holy Cross commit) has taken the role of a pass first point guard since making the move to Worcester Academy. Benzan, known for his scoring really showed that he can run an offense. Kevin Marfo is such a physical specimen who does a lot of work on the glass. Right now defensively he’s ahead of the curve more than his offensive game but he showed flashes that it’s coming along.

’16 G Thomas Jackson of the Holderness is a silky smooth lead guard that can really score the ball. Jackson opened up the after Saturday scoring the first eight points of the game. Plays under control and gets his teammates involved. ’17 F Sukhmail Mathon, a very active forward who runs the floor well. Has a face up game that extends 15 feet. A very intriguing prospect who will grab the attention of college coaches soon enough.

’16 G Elijah Pemberton of Master School a combo guard who is always in attack mode. Pemberton is dangerous in the open floor as the 6-foot-3 guard is gifted athletically. Elijah knocked down shots from all over scoring 28 points. ’15 C Sam Ibiezugbe has improved offensively but his game right now is a defensive minded big man who dedicates himself to rebounding.

’16 G Bruce Brown showed why he’s one of the better prospects in New England regardless of class. Brown opened up the game with a two hand slam off an alley-oop pass.  Brown left only his defender but spectators also guessing what his next move. With his ability to score being well known, Brown improved in many areas over the course of the year, showing that he can be relied on to bring down the ball and his creative passing was also on display. With Tom Crean on hand it’s no question that Indiana has Bruce Brown a priority.

‘17 G Jermaine Samuels and ’17 G Azar Swain continue to play off of one another and carry the offensive load for Rivers. Swain who plays more of the point guard position and can create off the dribble scored the well going toward the basket. Samuels did a good job creating space and showed a good release on his shot.

’16 F Baris Ulker showed flashes of his offensive game where all of his points came from below the free throw line. Ulker needs to be more patient on defense and utilize his length and ability to move his feet well to guard more on the perimeter.

Jean-De-Brebeuf ’15 Fordham commit Joseph Chartouny did a good job facilitating the offense over the weekend. A very skilled ball handler who can get his shot off when he wants to with a variety of offensive moves in his repertoire.

Another Fordham commit ‘15 F Jesse Bunting of Tabor Academy showed great Athleticsm and a soft touch on his jump hook. Bunting looks as though he’s growing and starting to look as though the weight room is paying off.

Lee Academy ’15 PG Walter King is so underrated as a point guard. King has the ability to get in the lane and finish with his signature tear drop floater. Does a great job of playing under control and possess a lot of patience and never looked rattled. Teammate Rudy Stradnieks had head coaches from both Drexel and Miami (OH) on hand to see him over the course of the weekend. Stradnieks has great hands and scores the ball well around the basket. Did a good job rebounding the ball as well

Notre Dame Prep ’15 G Jerry Johnson is a shooter. Not just a regular shooter but a deadly one from the beyond the arc. It’s tough to cover Johnson alone though when the interior physical presence of ’16 F Chris Baldwin imposes on defenders and ’15 G Winston Morgan’s quick release from deep cold also be looked at as a threat for opposing teams.

’15 G Tyshon Rogers is a New England native doing a post grad year at Mont Clare Academy came home and put on a scoring clinic in his 2 days playing front of family and friends. Rogers kept his team competing in late game situations scoring the ball.

Bryant commit ’15 G Nisre ZouZoua ran the point at times for his Boston Trinity team and with improved ball handling and extended range on his shot; ZouZoua is showing a vast improvement from just being a slashing athletic guard.

“15 G Tom Hovart from Marianapolis Prep was a shining star Sunday. Hovart scored 20 points on the evening and 12 of those points came at the half against Tabor Aacademy.


Rudolfs Stradnieks Picks Up Offers

Lee Academy plays one of the tougher schedules in all of New England prep basketball and in order to do that the Panders would put together a competitive team year in and year out.

Rudolfs Stradnieks, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Lativia, has been on a tear as of late and picking up offers from Drexel and Miami (OH).

As one of the top frontcourt players available in the 2015 class, Rudolfs Stradnieks is very mobile and athletic. The unsigned senior can score off the dribble and has a face up game that extends 15 feet out.

Strandnieks uses his athleticsm to be active on the boards and also defend out on the perimeter.

Lee Academy comes into town Jan 10-11, 2015 at Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown, MA to compete in the 2015 Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic. The Pandas also include U of Maine commit Ilija Stojiljkovic and Utah State commit Dusan Majstorovic.


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Titans Prevail

New Mission has been tested many times in the early going of this season and the way they close out games could also determine how the Titans finish their season.

    The Titans went into the half tied at 34 against Woburn off a Devan Palmer three point made buzzer beater.

Woburn opened the second half on fire as the duo of Daniel Moscat and Mat Catizone teamed up to carry the Tanners scoring load. The Tanner backcourt gave the Titans fits and would hold a lead late into 4th.

But the heroics of Devan Palmer who hit back-to-back triples late in the fourth to send the game into overtime with the score tied at 61. An Alonzo Cooper driving lay up followed up by another deep three from palmer, Titans cruised in overtime the rest of the way in route to a 76-68 comeback victory.

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Aston and Waters Lead South Kent To Victory

The second game of the day for the 2015 national Prep Showcase featured South Kent and Fishburne Military Academy.

A game that went South Kent’s way since tip off, were the results of a good team effort.

Lead by class of 2016 highly touted point guard Tremont Waters (20 points) who spent the afternoon facilitating the offense for SK. Waters broke down the Fishburne defense making his way into the lane whenever he wanted. When Waters wasn’t looking for his shot, he was setting up his teammates to be on the receiving end of his smooth passes. Travis Atson, a 2015 guardfinished with 26 points for South Kent in a variety always but his bread and butter was his attack to basket

South Kent would go on to win 79-68 respectfully. Jeremy Harris was a bright spot for Fishburne with his perimeter shooting. Harris finished with 32 points


Notre Dame Prep Makes It Rain 3’s

The 2015 National Prep Showcase kicked off with a match up between Fork Union Academy and Notre Dame Prep that went down to the wire.

Notre Dame Prep controlled the tempo of the game throughout the first half of the contest taking a 40-26 lead at halftime. ND Prep was able to maintain a sustainable lead with the scoring combination of class of 2015 guards Jerry Johnson, Winston Morgan, Jared Wilson-Frame and Patrick Welsch. The quartet of guards connected on 15 made three’s.

Fork Union was lead by it’s crafty and quick lead guard Kamau Stokes who rallied his team back from being down at the half with relentless efforts at attacking the basket. Stokes with time running down in regulation knocked down a a triple to send the game into overtime. But in OT ND Prep would hold on for win.

Kamau Stokes finished the game with 37 points to lead all scorers. Backcourt teammate Khyri Thomas finished with 21 points.

The play of Chris Baldwin who anchored the Notre Dame Prep defensive was key to the win over Fork Union. Baldwin, a high-major prospect who recently reclassed into 2016 made plays on both ends with his shot blocking and rebounding. Baldwin finished with 21 points 11 rebounds and 3 blocks


Justin Simon and Jarrell Brantley Make Plays

Price of admission for the 2015 New Hampshire Prep Classic was well worth it. A tournament field loaded with talent from across New England who filled the two day event with some exciting plays.

Justin Simon had one of many exciting plays over the weekend. A 6-foot-5 guard at Brewster Academy, Simon was one of many talented prospects who kept spectators on their toes wit his play. Simon, a 2015 Arizona Wildcat commit posterized his defender on a move going baseline. Simon’s an athletic prospect and his defender found that out the hard way.

Jarrell Brantley, a 6-foot-7 forward out of Notre Dame Prep is an athletic freak who makes highlight reel above the rim plays. Brantley had a number of top plays but none better than his leap from one foot in from the free throw line. Jarrell Brantley is an available 2015 prospect who will generating a lot of buzz this year.

Lavar Harewood

Lavar Harewood to Maine

Lavar Harewood, a 6-foot-3 combo guard who attend the Brooks School has been under the radar, up until now.  The Maine Black Bears earned a commitment from Lavar this afternoon.

“Me and Coach (Bob) Walsh spoke about me being under recruited and coming to Maine with a chance to play against those schools that didn’t recruit me,” said Harewood.

Lavar’s competitive nature matches the one of future head coach.

“I have a chip on my shoulder to go at those schools and make them regret not recruiting me,” said Harewood.

An athletic guard with a strong physical body who can really score the ball is how Lavar approached the game a year ago. Harewood who recently wrapped up playing for Sports U on the grassroots circuit, has improved his ball handling and play making ability to make him an asset at either guard position.


Josh Sharma Goes West

Stanford traveled across the country to land their latest commitment and the trip was well worth it after the news they received this afternoon. Northfield Mt. Hermon big man Josh Sharma, announced his verbal commitment to the Cardinals via twitter.

At 6-foot-11, Sharma brings versatility to his position with his unmatched athleticism that allows him to make above the rim plays and protect the rim on the other end.

For Sharma the announcement comes days after visiting Stanford this past weekend. Sharma was the missing piece to a 2015 Cardinal front court recruiting class with fellow commits Marcus Sheffield and Cameron Walker.

Josh Sharma has developed well over the past two years gradually adding an offensive game. With much needed muscle to add combined with his athleticism an ability to run the floor he makes out to be an intriguing prospect.

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McLeod to SCSU

Isaiah McLeod, who is one of the better players in the state of Massachusetts, is off the board to Southern Connecticut State.

The 6-foot-1 Cambridge Rindge & Latin senior point guard gave a verbal commitment to attend Sunday afternoon after an official to the schools campus.

A great pick up for SCSU who gets a high character player whose personality translates on to the court. His game translates to the next level, a physical guard who can not only score it from deep and make plays off the dribble. But Mcleod uses his length on defense to be one of the better on ball defenders around.

McLeod is last seasons GBL MVP and played AAU under the direction of Michael Crotty and the Middlesex Magic.

Video Highlights of Isaiah McLeod’s 43 point performance last season: