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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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Tremont Waters is a Georgetown Hoyas

Tremont Waters is expected to make an immediate impact at the next level no matter where he chooses. But the Georgetown Hoyas will be home to New England’s No. 1 point guard next year.

Waters is a true definition of what a point guard is supposed to be and the history of the Hoya guards. An electrifying athletic scoring guard with crafty ball handling skills and will give Hoya fans a feel of Allen Iverson like.

From youtube views to being on the same court with Lebron James or playing Victor Oladipo one on one, Waters never comes up short when putting forth an effort.

Waters is a former prep teammate of recent Georgetown decommit Tyler Foster. This recent commit of Waters could convince Foster to reconsider the Hoyas again.

Academics played a major factor in Waters decision to attend Georgetown and with Yale on his final list speaks volumes to how much the young man values his education.

Head Coach John Thompson III lands his third New England Prep player in Waters. Joining the likes of Isaac Copeland and Marcus Derrickson.

Tremont Waters has recently transferred to Notre Dame (West Haven) after spending the past three seasons at South Kent (CT).


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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.


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Geo Baker Plans Visits

 

The new coaching staff has been recruiting the tri-state area pretty hard in hopes of competing with Seton Hall, St. John’s, Villanova and Temple. Geo Baker a New Hampshire native who holds offers from Rutgers, George Washington, Kansas State, George Mason, Duquesne, Lehigh and Boston University is on the radar of Rutgers coach Steve Pikiell.

The 2017 lead guard recently visited the Rutgers and has a number of positive things to say about the staff and his New Jersey experience.

“The campus was great,” he said.

 

Geo Baker can be considered to be a combo-guard with his ability to score of the dribble and create offense for himself but also does a good job of getting his teammates involved.

“Coach Pikiell and Knight are really building a good relationship with me,” he said.

Geo Baker, who suits up for the DC Blue Devils is one of the fastest stock risers in his class. Future planned visits prove that basketball is taking Baker places for outside of New England. Visits to to George Mason and George Washington are set up for June 17-21.


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Jaylen Brantley To Appear On The Ellen Show

Basketball can take you many places in life wether it’s to college, NBA, travel the country at a young age and sometimes the world.

But if you were to ask Jaylen Brantley during his time at Notre Dame prep if he can see himself appearing on the Ellen Degeneres Show doing a dance craze as a featured guest he’d probably say he has basketball to worry about.

Well the opportunity to win a national title or hear his name being called on draft night hasn’t presented itself as of yet. But the chance to appear on the Ellen Show has.

Brantley, a junior guard for the Maryland Terrapins and teammate Jared Nickens have gone viral doing the Running Man Challenge. A dance done to the Ghost Town Dj’s 90’s hit “My Boo” that was probably out before the two Terps were able to dribble a basketball.

You can catch Brantley and Nickens on the Ellen Degeneres Show  3 p.m. est. today