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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.


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Wheels Up to Purdue

With heavy hitters from across the country including Michigan, Northwestern and Creighton recruiting Aaron Wheeler for his services, he could only choose one.
The 6-foot-7 Brewster Academy forward and Stamford, CT native had the mindset of doing just that by choosing Purdue. I came down to one school and it was the only official visit that Wheeler took during his recruitment process.
Purdue Head Coach Matt Painter lands his third New England Prep Product in the past three seasons. Wheeler joins previous New England Prep player Jacquil Taylor (Beaver Country Day), and Michigan transfer Spike Albrecht (Northfield Mt. Hermon).
Wheeler announced his decisions via his twitter fresh off an official visit to the Boilermakers campus.

Coach Painter is getting a versatile forward who runs the floor well and really gets out on the break. Has a smooth touch when attacking the rim and a fluent face up game that extends beyond the arc.
Wheeler has yet to scratch the surface and there’s no question at first glance you can see the potential he has to make a big impact at the collegiate level.
Aaron Wheeler is the second Purdue 2017 commit joining Matt Haarms.


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New Gaines For Northwestern

Last weekend Anthony Gaines visited Northwestern after narrowing his list of visits Butler, Dayton and the Wildcats.

Gaines announced via his twitter his intention to attend Northwestern. Coach Chris collins is getting a good athlete with the ability to handle the ball in the open floor. Gaines likes to rebound and get out on the break. So expect coach Collins to use Gaines as ball handler at times for the Wildcats

New Hampton has seen athletes at the caliber of Gaines athleticism when the produced wingman Aubrey Dawkins who also ended up playing in the Big10 for Michigan.

Anthony Gaines is the first 2017 commit for Northwestern and it’s not a bad way to start.


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LIU Lands Hicks

Around this time last fall Shyheim Hicks picked up an offer from LIU Brooklyn. Fast forward a year and almost two week later Hicks is now calling LIU his new academic home Fall 2017.

Hicks, a 6-foot-1 combo guard gave a verbal commitment to head coach Jack Perri being the  Blackbirds first 2017 commit.

Hicks is well known for his high level scoring at Commonwealth Academy. Hicks became coach Tony Bergeron first 1,000 point scorer at Commonwealth Academy but has played well into the role of a good defender. At the division 1 level expect Shyheim to have the same impact he does on the prep level in New England. The consistent drive and work ethic of Hicks keeps him on the floor.

LIU has also offered Commonwealth Academy teammates Jordan Vidal and Derrick Ellis Jr.


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Bede To Virginia Tech

Mr. Summer 16. Wabissa Bede had one of the biggest breakout performances of any prospect in the 2017 class and division 1 programs from across the country came calling for his services.

Bede eventually narrowed his list down to LaSalle, Butler, UMass, Minnesota and Virginia Tech. This afternoon on the Cushing Academy campus where he attends school, Bede announced his decision to attend.

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.

Butler earned the first visit from Bede and thought to have been a favorite from the beginning. The Bulldogs recently landed 6-foot-7 wing Christian David of Vermont Academy.

UMass has friend and former AAU teammate Chris Baldwin. LaSalle also has friend and former AAU teammate Saul Phiri.

But Bede wanted to blaze his own trail to the state of Virginia. Joining Nickeil Alexander-Walker in the backcourt to form one of the better freshmen guard tandems in the 2017 class.

 


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Ngalakulondi is Heading to the A-10

Tshiefu Ngalakulondi, one of the most athletic wings in the class of 2017 is heading to play for St. Bonaventure in the A-10 conference.

Ngalakulondi, 6-foot-6 New Hampshire native who attends Proctor Academy announced his decision via social media.

“I chose St. Bonaventure because they are in an environment that i’m used to and have had success,” Tshiefu stated in terms of playing at Proctor Academy. I also got comfortable with the coaching staff, players and the way that i play.”

Tshiefu knows the journey doesn’t stop here and that it’s only the beginning.

“I am looking to improve on my ball handling skills. The coaches said that i will play on the wing who can push the ball and run. That’s the position i wanted to play on the next level.

Tshiefu Ngalakulondi chose the Bonnies over the likes of Rutgers, Boston University and Rutgers.


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2016 NBA Draft (New England Edition)

Draft Night is the biggest night in a young athlete’s career after graduation, prom or getting your learners permit. From the time you take your first dribble and fall in love with the game to the time you take you walk off a college court for the last time; one would hope that their next chapter in life is the pros.

Tonight is the start of a new chapter for some of New England’s brightest young stars on the rise. The 2016 NBA draft will determine if dreams really do come true. The prospects listed are New England residents and although a number of former prep players from the region has entered the draft our focus is geared towards New England born and raised players.

 

Wayne Selden (Roxbury, MA)– a former Mcdonalds and Jordan Brand All American is projected to land between late first and early second round. Selden’s game can be compared to Ben McLemore. Selden who was considered to be more of a slasher coming out of high school has shown that he can get it going from beyond the arc.

Georges Niang (Methuen, MA) – Niang is a tweener with a game similar to Boris Diaw. The young forward is like a pot of gumbo the way he gives you a bit of everything on the court. Georges works hard on both ends of the floor rebounding and has exceptional footwork on the post. Niang has a smooth face game and is projected to be a late second round pick

Jake Layman (Wrenthem, MA) – Layman can hold a comparison to Chandler Parsons with his versatility on both ends of the floor. Jake can knock down the occasional three, can guard multiple positions on the floor and plays his role on the team. Layman is never looking to outshine his counterparts and always finds a way to get his hands on every play. Projected to go anywhere from early to late second round.

Zach Auguste (Marlborough, MA) – a poor man’s Greg Monroe. But with that being said Auguste is no slouch and could be one of the biggest steals in the second round. Auguste has the physique of a natural NBA power forward.

Kaleb Tarckzewski (Claremont, NH) – can be compared to Timofey Mozgov. Tarckzewski is a big bodied bruising center with extreme toughness. Had a solid college career at Arizona and could be a good get in the second round

Kris Dunn (New London, CT) – His build and style to his game can be compared to John Wall. Although Dunn doesn’t have the explosive athlecism of Wall he is a better defender. Dunn the two-time Big East POY should be the first of all New England natives selected and rightfully so. Kris could be a top 5 point guard in the NBA one day. Considered a lottery pick by most analyst it’s a waiting game to see where Kris Dunn lands.

Honorable Mention

AJ English –Although he’s not a New England native but did play his prep years at in the region AJ had a stellar college career that has made him deserving in being mentioned as an NBA draft selection hopeful.