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Bridging the Gap Podcast: Tyler Nelson

Tyler Nelson leaves Fairfield as the schools all time leader sorer, 3 pointers made and captain. Nelsons discusses his collegiate career and pro aspirations with Hoop Dreams Magazine. A one time McDonald’s All-American nominee, Massachusetts Gatorade POY. The list of accolades goes on for Nelson. But most importantly he spoke about life after basketball and advice he had for the younger prospects coming up in New England

Podcast is available on Youtube, GooglePlay, iTunes and Soundcloud


Tremont Waters Brooklyn EYBL Highlights

2017 Expressions Elite/South Kent lead guard Tremont Waters is very crafty and facilitating at a high level. Waters has al the tools to be something. the lead guard can create off the dribble, understands spacing, controls the tempo of the game and gets his teammates involved on every play.

Tremont Waters averaged 17 ppg and shot nearly 64% from beyond the arc. The highlights below display Tremont Waters overall game


Yale For Azar Swain

Azar Swain has seen his recruitment go in many directions being a two sport athlete for Rivers School. Swain knew what direction he wanted to go in as a college athlete when he decided on his commitment to play for the Yale Bulldogs men’s basketball program as part of the 2017 class.

Swain a 5-foot-10 scoring guard is on the best long range shooters in New England. Footage below shows the young guard going for 48 points one game at the 2016 Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic.

Azar packs a lot of punch and has the heart of a lion that won’t allow this young man to ever back down from any opponent. The decision came via twitter when Swain announced that he would end his recruitment and will now have the rest of his prep career to focus developing his body, game and getting better.

To quote Mark Twain – It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog. Yale got them on tough future Bulldog in Azar Swain.


Shabazz Napier Prepares For 82 NBA Game Season

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Shabazz Napier Prepares For 82 NBA Game Season

We recently caught up with former Charlestown/Lawrence Academy/UConn standout now Miami Heat rookie Shabazz Napier, as he worked out with ATF Athletix founder and trainer Pierre Sully. Normally we at HDM like to showcase players in the gym, but we thought it was just as important to show the other side of preparation for basketball season and the rookies mind set going in.

When asked by NBA TV staff what he will bring to the Heat this season Napier answered, “just a guy thats going to come with complete effort. The only thing I can control is my effort. I can’t control me making shots. I can control playing great defense. It’s something that comes with great pride.” Napier led his national championship Uconn team in points, assits, and steals last season.

When asked why he plays with a chip on his shoulder, the rookie point guard answers, “comes from where I was brought up at (Roxbury). I was never given much.You got to work for what you wanted,”

In terms of their workout Sully states the focus was changing speeds and footwork which translates into game simulations. “The goal was to target his hip flexors and increase burst speed with short quick movements with lots of resistance.”

Watch as the two strapped it up (literally) and hit the good old gridiron for some conditioning and agility work.



Kimani Lawrence With The Dunk of The Year

2017 6’6″ wing Kimani Lawrence is special. A young talent, Lawrence is filled with a lot of potential to be one of the elite players to come out of his class. In this clip Lawrence Posterizes his defender showing great athleticism and court awareness. A crucial play down the stretch in crunch time, this play by Kimani Lawrence helps his Expressions Elite team over the hump to win the game. Lawrence attends Cushing Academy in the competitive NEPSAC league.


Abdul Malik Abu senior season highlights

6’8″ Abdul Malik Abu Much has been written about him and all has been well deserved as he is one of the best combo forwards in his class. His calling card lies in his versatility as he can display many skills on the floor. When it comes to scoring he hardly ever forces the issue as his instincts and unselfishness are advanced for a young player. Abu can beat defenses from long, and mid range consistently while his dribble drive game has developed.

Abu simply affects the game in so many positive ways: scoring, passing, rebounding and handling the ball in addition to being very unselfish. Match up nightmare as he goes by taller guys and post up smaller ones. Overall, great feel with an elite basketball ceiling. Abu comes from the Nike Expressions Elite program who has continued to produce high level players year after year. Abu was the NEPSAC AA Player Of The Year, Abu will attend NC STATE next year, WolfPack you have a good one.


2014 Jared Terrell Season Mix (Uncommitted Top 100 Guard) (Video)

Jared Terrell is a power guard with great athleticism and a strong college ready body. He is as aggressive as he is powerful, getting after people on the defensive end and going hard to the rim offensively. He is a versatile defender who can make plays in full court pressure situations and also lock up opposing scorers in the half-court. Has developed into a shot maker who can also attack the rim and finish. Released from his NLI, Terell now becomes one of the best guards left on the board.

Terrell senior season was a great one as he has won a prep school national championship along with a AAA Championship. A proven winner, who competes on both sides of the floor.