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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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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.


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The Knights Prevail Over The Spartans

Amity Spartans hosted Notre Dame (West Haven) and had to pull out all the stops literally. The Spartans did just that and stopped the Green Knights early runs.

The Spartans jumped out to an early 19-12 lead at the end of the first qtr. Led by Tyler Thomas (11 points) Amity looked to be in good shape.

But when you have Georgetown commit Tremont Waters on the floor means the Green Knights can only be down for so long. Notre Dame went on a run and outscored Amity 20-4 in the second qtr. taking a 32-22 lead going into the half.

The Knights continued the same drive in the 2nd half and never took their foot off the gas pedal. After scoring 19 points in the 1st qtr. Amity scored 21 points combined in the next 3 periods.

Tremont Waters led all scorers with 21 points in route to a 66-40 Knights win over the Spartans.


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Abdul Malik Abu Makes TMZ

Abdul Malik-Abu makes TMZ for all the right reasons. The former Kimball Union/Expressions Elite alumni now stars for NC state in his third year.

The Wolfpack forward scored 19 points and 9 rebounds in a upset win over ACC rival Duke. A post game celebration on the North Carolina State campus  was recorded by Abu and has made recent headlines on TMZ.com in a positive way.


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2016 Basketbull Hoopfest Team Review

2016 Basketbull Hoopfest, Mass Mutual Center, Springfield, MA

 

Thoughts on teams:

 

Putnam Science Academy: Putnam Science has a special team to say the least. Everyone knows about senior guard Hamidou Diallo and rightfully so. He’s a high major guy, can shoot the ball, has a high IQ, is a floor leader, oh yeah, and he can dunk the ball. He’s everything you could want from a 2 or even 3 guy. Junior guard Eric Ayala didn’t play much of the first half, but in the second half he showed that he means business. He’s a bigger guard, and is arguably the best defender in the country. He’s a tough player who isn’t afraid to do the dirty work and mix things up. Being that he’s only a junior, he’s got a lot of even more better basketball coming, pulling in most recent offers from Indiana and Memphis in the last week. Senior forwards Alexis Yetna, Isaac Kante, and Malik Ondigo are the height of this team, and they have a big presence down below. Ondigo is a tough, big, underrated guy who gets tons of second chance buckets. Kante has a great hook shot and is great in the post. Yetna is a great big presence under the basket, and also gets second chance buckets. KeAndre Fair is an underrated guard, who can shoot. Anything near the arc is his specialty. He can light it up, and next to Diallo they light it up. Fair is not the most underrated player on this team however. Jaheam Cornwall is a high major player. He’s small but tough. He is fast, flat out fast. He’s got college ready handles. He’s skilled and smart. He’s a great floor general, but can pull up if need be. Do not sleep on Jaheam Cornwall.

 

Cheshire Academy: Things begin and end with Chol Marial, but there’s Jeff Allen, Rich Kelly, and Nick Neihls in between. Allen is a tough SF, and he knows his role on the floor. He’s looking to make that extra pass, and can get the second chance bucket, or pull down the rebound. Kelly is a quick and crafty guard. He plays a very up-tempo game, and can shoot the three. You may recognize the name Neihls, as Nick is younger brother to Central Connecticut State PG, Austin Neihls. Shooting must run in the family because Nick Neihls can shoot. He’s underrated, and isn’t afraid to guard the best player on the opposing team. Marial played just as the rankings promise. He can block any shot within reach, and most of them are as he stands at 7’1. He can grab any rebound, and he makes second chance buckets look easy. He’s a high major player, and has years of high school basketball left to play.

 

New Hampton School: Things are clicking for New Hampton. Even without Kristers Zoriks (St. Mary’s) there right now, they are doing well. Junior PG Shandon Brown is excelling in his first season in the AAA. When he’s running the floor with senior Grant Robinson and Anthony Gaines (Northwestern) it’s a scary guard combo. Grant Robinson is a quick and smart guard that will be a steal for any college. Anthony Gaines is playing the best basketball yet right now. He was doing absolutely everything, running the floor, playing phenomenal defense, and of course, shooting from behind the arc. Senior forwards Walker Miller (Dartmouth) and Khalea Turner-Morris are a force to be reckoned with down below. Miller is unstoppable when he wants to put back, and Turner-Morris will block any shot within his range, not to mention he has a college ready body, and can pull in rebounds. With all of this said, Kimani Lawrence (Arizona State) is a shooting machine. If he gets the ball in his hands, that ball in going in the hoop. He’s looking a lot stronger, and knows it, and is shooting the ball great, and driving to the basket strong. With new coach Nick Whitmore, he’s making a special team at New Hampton.

 

South Kent School: South Kent is a younger team than usual with standout juniors Anthony Nelson, Christian Hickson, Malachi De Sousa, and Jared Whitt. De Sousa was the standout however; he’s big, young, and athletic. He’s got a very high ceiling, and looks ready to excel. Nelson was a great shooter from the 10-15 ft. range. He’s going to have a great season. Senior guards Kevin Smith and Alex Vilarino are a fantastic combination. They both are get-a-bucket sort of players. They make it happen, whether it’s giving the assist or driving to the basket themselves. Nick Washington is a college ready forward. He’s the complete player, he can defend any position, and while he may not look it, he’s fast. He’s got a bright future ahead of him.

 

Lee Academy: First things first, this team can shoot the lights out. This is the best team they have ever had. Shaquille Walters (Santa Clara) is the core of this team. He’s a great passer, and knows where everyone is at all times. He knows when to make that extra pass, or when to get a bucket himself. Miks Antoms and Arnolds Krauklis are scary from behind the arc, and almost can’t miss. The three-point shot is what kept them in this game and will be what makes them a team-to-beat come March. Big things are happening at Lee and no one should underestimate this team.

 

St. Thomas More School: To be honest, this is most certainly and rebuilding and learning year the Chancellors. E.J. Anosike (Sacred Heart) is the core of this team. He’s a versatile big, that’s got his best basketball ahead of him. And while he’s 6’7, he’s a force in the post. Tyrei Randall (Rider) is who holds it down from behind the arc, and if a shot’s possible, he’ll find a way. Senior guard Maceo Jack is another shooter. He’s great from the 15 foot range, and can drive the ball hard and fast. Senior PG Ty’jon Gilmore is and underrated guard in New England. He stands at 6’1, and has the handles of a veteran college guard. His IQ is high and college coaches need to and are going to take notice. Now looking into the St. Thomas More future, they have a sophomore guard, Jared Garcia who lights it up from behind the arc. He’s got years left to play in AAA and is going to be a high major player; schools need to get at him while they can. He’s only going to get better.

 

Northfield Mount Hermon: Northfield Mount Hermon is a deep team. Sophomore center, Max Lorca-Lloyd and junior forward Chuck Hannah were out with injuries, but that didn’t stop them from being up by almost 40 at one point. Senior forward Matt DeWolf (Brown) was on fire from down below. He’s unstoppable and isn’t afraid to dribble the ball around and find a way. Another senior forward Tomas Murphy (Northeastern) is definitely coming into his game. He was playing with a lot of confidence, and played a lot tougher than he has in the past. Senior guard Andrew Platek (North Carolina) is seriously only getting better. He just can’t miss from behind the arc, and isn’t afraid to drive and challenge a forward. Senior guard Kellan Grady (Davidson) is another guy who’s playing with a lot of confidence, and rightfully so. He’s a threat to shoot from anywhere, but he was hitting a lot of good 10 foot shots, he’s versatile. Senior guard Jordan Sechan (Bucknell) is another guy who’s going to see a lot more playing time as the year goes on. He’s getting smarter and tougher. His best basketball is yet to come. Junior guard Kai Toews just became a starter and he earned it. He’s a smart guard; he makes the pass most people don’t think is possible. He’s ready for his first year in the NEPSAC and is ready to make some noise. Junior guard Zach Light is another guy who’s ready to play, he’s a smaller guy, but his energy level is high, and he’s got some impressive ball handling skills. Junior forwards Davis Franks and Nate Laszewski are a bright future down below for NHM. Laszewski can light it up from behind the arc, and he’s a big guy, he’s also a high major guy. Franks is another big guy who’s going to learn from some of the best, and won’t have a hard time proving that he’s going to be one of the best forwards in New England.


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Hasahn French to St. Louis

“I will be going to St. Louis University,” Hasahn French spoke into a phone during a press conference.

French, a 6-foot-7 forward, a New York native who attends Commonwealth Academy (MA) chose the Billikens over Marquette, UMass, and UNLV.

Head Coach Travis Ford is putting together a stellar 2017 recruiting class with landing French in addition to Jordan Goodwin, a top 100 prospect.

Hasahn French has the chance to make an immediate impact for the Billikens as he did for the PSA Cardinals on the recruiting circuit along with Commonwealth Academy on the prep circuit.