It was a busy past couple of weeks in New England recently and we’ll catch you up with all the recruiting news up to date.
Class of 2014 Prospects Continue To Fly Off the Board
Matt Leblanc a 6’6’’ forward who attends New Hampton prep gave a verbal commitment to Princeton. Leblanc had a great July live period while running with the RI Hawks and being heavily trailed by IVY schools. Leblanc had a number of schools to choose from but felt the need to pull the trigger early as did a number of other prospects.
IVY strikes again when Mike Auger gave a verbal commitment to University of Pennsylvania. Auger a hard nosed worker really utilizes is strengths to the best of his ability. The forward in Auger is tough and when i mentioned strengths i literally meant the way he over powers defenders when attacking the basket or wrestling rebounds from his opponents. Auger attends New Hampton prep and at times will be hard cover for opposing defenders, with his ability to back you down or face you up and pull it from the perimeter. A great get for UPenn in Mike Auger
Idris Taqqee a 6’3” do it all guard who attends Cushing Academy is A-10 bound. Taqqee who ran with the Expressions Elite AAU program on the Nike EYBL circuit held more than his own. His hard work and relentless effort on the court did not go unnoticed when St. Bonaventure came calling Taqqee. Taqqee gave a verbal commitment to the Bonnies after taking an official visit to the school’s campus. Taqqee becomes the Bonnies first commit in the 2014 class
One the top premier shooters in the country are off the board to Fairfield. Tyler Nelson a 6’1” guard from Central Catholic HS gave a verbal commitment to the Stags. Nelson ran with BABC on the AAU circuit and lit up the Nike EYBL circuit from long range shooting at best 45% from beyond the arc. “They will use me as a combo guard but mostly at the 2,” Nelson on how he will be utilized in the Fairfield offense.
Sammy Mojica earned what he got after having a rough year off the court where his family was left without a home after a fire caused Mojica and his family to go through a bit of a rough period. With great efforts from the basketball community and those who care about Sammy a great response in terms of donations helped his family bounce back. While on the AAU circuit playing with the MASS Rivals, Sammy fueled a different type of fire. A fire that would showcase his talents in front of a bus loads of division 1 programs. A couple took notice but only one came out a winner. After visiting Drexel unofficially Mojica came away impressed that he it didn’t take him much time after getting back home to give a verbal commit. Mojica is very well known for his scoring but his role as a defender is what earns him those buckets on the offensive end. Mojica will continue to get better and put together an all-around complete game while at Brimmer & May.
Ed Cooley has been nothing but active on the recruiting and his efforts are showing. Cooley has landed his second top 100 recruit in the 2014 class when Paschal Chukwu gave a verbal commitment to Providence. Chukwu the 7 foot center who attends Fairfield Prep in Connecticut gave a verbal commitment to the Friars after taking an unofficial visit to St. Joseph’s. Chukwu will team up with Carson Derosiers to form a Providence Friars Twin Towers.
Visits On Hand
A number of New England prospects attended the Syracuse Elite camp. Syracuse commits Kaleb Joseph and Chris McCullough was in attendance to take part in a number of drills with their future teammates. Joseph and McCullough are Syracuse only commits for the 2014 class. Tyler Lydon a 2015 forward impressed the Syracuse coaching staff and earned him a scholarship. Lydon is one of the fastest rising prospects in his class and will attend New Hampton prep this season.
Ben Judson had attended Colgate University on a unofficial visit. Judson has a number of division 1 programs showing interest and will be looking to increase his recruitment this season. Bonzie Colson took a visit to Pitt recently and came away impressed (see our featured front page story)