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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.


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Kimani Lawrnce to Arizona State

Arizona State Head Coach Bob Hurley comes in to New England to land his second commitment in two years. Hurley a New Jersey native utilized his resources back a little east coast flavor to the west coast.

Kimani Lawrence announced this morning during a press conference his intentions to attend Arizona St. and become a Sun devil.

Lawrence, a 6-foot-7 wing who attends the New Hampton School (NH) has really elevated his game over the course of this year seeing his recruitment expand from coast to coast. While playing on the Nike EYBL circuit, Lawrence was looked to score and defend on the wing. A similar role he will play at Arizona St.

The extremely athletic forward possess a smooth skill set with the ability to put the ball on the floor and create offense for himself. Lawrence has a nice shooting stroke for a player deemed to play on the wing.

Playing in a competitive league like the pac-12 prepares Lawrence to play at the highest level after school as he’s beginning to scratch the surface. From the best prep league (NEPSAC) to now one best conferences in the country gives a taste of Kimani’s prep work before moving onto to his next goal in life.

The Pac-12 has seen recent success with Sun Devils alumni James Harden, DeMar Derozan (USC), Kevin Love (UCLA), Russell Westbrook (UCLA), Jaylen Brown (CAL). Where Kimani Lawrence stacks up against those guys is yet to be seen. But what we do know is that coach Hurley is getting a player who will make an immediate impact from day 1.

Kimani Lawrence joins Remy Martin as the second Sun Devils commit in their 2017 class.

 


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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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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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Jose Alvarado to Georgia Tech

The reigning New York City Catholic School League POY makes his college decision, Jose Alvarado chose Georgia Tech over Rutgers and Seton Hall.

First year Head Coach Josh Pastner has a vision for the of Georgia Tech basketball and Jose Alavarado will be apart of it. Pastner started recruiting Alvarado as soon as he took the job at Georgia Tech and made the talented point guard a priority.

A week ago, Alvarado announced his final three schools including Rutgers, Seton Hall, Georgia Tech. Seton Hall has been recruiting Alvarado the longest and have more success recruiting kids in New York as of late but Coach Pastner and the Yellow Jackets swooped in for the win.

Winning indeed is the direction Georgia Tech trying to head towards after being projected to finish at the bottom of the ACC this upcoming mens basketball season.

Jose Alvarado becomes the first Christ The King basketball player to play for the Yellow Jackets in school history. Alvarado becomes the first member of the Yellow Jackets 2017 recruiting class.


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Isaiah Washington to Minnesota

When you think of New York City point guards, Kemba Walker, Isiah Whitehead, Stephon Marbury come to mind. From the playgrounds of NYC, Division 1 college basketball to Madison Square Garden Draft night festivities.

Plug in Isiah Washington, 6-foot-1 St. Raymond’s point guard is arguably the best at his position in New York City regardless of class. The Minnesota Gophers think so also and have secured a commitment from Washington.

Washington took an official visit to the Minnesota campus over the weekend and came away impressed enough to give Head Coach Richard Pitino and staff a commitment.

Assistant coach Kimani Young, who is a former Program Director of New Heights traced back to his New York City roots and it paid off in the long run. Staying with the recruitment of Washington who has expressed the recruiting efforts of the Gophers coaching staff every time recruitment is brought up.

Isiah Washington becomes the first member to commit to the Minnesota Gophers 2017 recruiting class. Washington is most notable as of late for putting up a 36 point performance at the prestigious Under Armor Elite 24.


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Terrell Brown To Pitt

When making a college decision a lot programs discuss history and tradition. The Pitt Panthers has history in New England  and developing front-court players in Jamel Artis (ND Prep) and Steven Adams (ND Prep/OKC Thunder). Terrell Brown, 6-foot-10 senior at the Tilton School in Tilton, N.H., will be apart of adding to the history of New England prep front-court players at Pitt.  Brown chose the Panthers over Purdue who he recently visited before making it official with Head Coach Kevin Stalling’s and his staff.

Brown, a face up forward has a nice length and a good touch around the rim. Brown joins Aaron Thompson to form a two member 2017 recruiting class. This is coach Starling’s first recruiting class that he’ll bring into Pitt so all eyes are on this particular class.

Terrell Brown has recently transferred from St. Andrew’s (RI) to Tilton School for a post graduate year.

 


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Ashton-Langford To UCONN

For UConn men’s basketball when you think of point guards, Shabazz Napier and Jalen Adams come to mind.But now you can add Makai Ashton-Langford to a list of New England point guards that will look to add towards the legacy of Husky greats.

Makai had a decision to make when deciding between UConn and Providence. The Friars had pulled out all the stops when Kris Dunn was on campus during Makai’s visit to Providence. UConn had a point guard of their own on campus in Kevin Ollie. Ollie who has already landed Jalen Adams (a former AAU teammate of Makai)  in a previous class knew his luck could strike again.

Makai Ashton-Langford, a Worcester, Mass. native is one of the premier point guards in the country and will be competing his prep career at Brewster Academy (NH). A school that has produced UConn players Jeff Adrien and Jalen Adams.

Right now UConn has Makai Ashton-Langford as their only member of the 2017 recruit class after 7-foot-1 big man Zach Brown decommitted back in January. But the Huskies aren’t done yet as they look to replace three seniors after this year and two of them being guards put Ashton-Langford in a good place to contribute early on in his college career.

 

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Jermaine Samuels is a Wildcat

It’s been a busy current event for Jermaine Samuels the past few days but the consensus top 50 prospect created the biggest moment of his high school basketball career when he announced his college decision.

The Rivers School (MA) 2017 wing had picked up an offer from from Duke, then shortly after announced his top 5 schools. Following that announcement Samuels took the first of his official visits to Villanova’s campus. Shortly following the visit Jermaine announced decision via twitter to play for Head Coach Jay Wright and the Villanova Wildcats.
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Coach Jay Wright ad the defending NCAA mens basketball national champions have ben recruiting Samuels for the past 3 years and their recruiting efforts have paid off.

Villanova has found success in New England before landing current freshmen Omari Spellman (St. Tomas More), Darryl Reynolds (Worcester Academy), Eric Paschal (St. Thomas More/Fordham transfer).

Jermaine Samuels chose the Wildcats over Duke, Indiana, Kansas, and Georgetown.


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Under Armour Elite 24 Recap

The annual Under Armour Elite 24 events took place this past weekend, with the highlight of the weekend being the Elite 24 game on Saturday night at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2. This game is fast paced, high level match up of some of the best rising juniors and seniors respectively. The teams this year were Team Drive and Team Clutch. The notables players are as follows.

 

Trevon Duval, 2017 PG, TBD- At this point it is a known fact that Trevon Duval will get the ball through the rim at will. Tonight was no different, he ended that game at the same pace he started with. He was getting to the rim at will, and had a number of good dunks in the start of the first half. He’s a high major player playing his best basketball and any school that lands him is getting a winner. Duval ended the game with 25 points & 9 assists.

 

Hamidou Diallo, 2017 SG, Putnam Science Academy- Diallo is a walking highlight real. He had the crowd hyped up during warm-ups and only carried that every into the game with his usual dunks. This is not to take away from his ball handling skills, and his all round game IQ. He can shoot the ball solidly from 3 point range, and guard an opponents best guards as well. He’s got an all around game that is irreplaceable. Diallo had 22 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals & 2 assists.

 

Silvio De Souza, 2018 PF, IMG Academy- The big man was on fire tonight. His presence in the post was made known at all times, making second and third change put backs at will. It must be mentioned that De Souza is only a rising junior and it will be exciting to watch him grow as a player these next couple of years. De Souza had 16 points & 8 rebounds on the night.

 

Zion Williamson, 2018 SF, Spartanburg Day School- Williamson won the dunk contest not even 24 hours before playing the Elite 24 game. That did not stop him from showing that he had something to prove in this game. He’s absolutely dominant on both ends of the floor, getting putbacks, rebounding, passing, he’s a high level player who can do it all. Williamson had 23 points, 6 rebounds & 3 assists.

 

Nick Richards, 2017 C, The Patrick School- Richards was a man amongst boys in this game. Not only does he have the height, but his body is getting bigger, in a great way. He made his presence known on almost every possession. Richards had 10 points & 9 rebounds.

 

Jalek Felton, 2017 PG, Mullins High School- The North Carolina commit was fresh off winning the 3-point shoot out the night before, but this did not slow him down in his scoring by any means. Felton had to be the quickest player in this game. He has many fast break points, but also blew by any defender in his path. This speed, along with some impressive ball handling skills made Felton an absolute dominant guard in this game. Felton had 16 points, 4 assists & 3 rebounds.

 

 

Austin Wiley, 2017 C, Spain Park High School (Auburn)- The Auburn commit had himself a game. Making his presence known in the post, and playing against some bigger guys in Nick Richards and Moses Brown. He has good on the glass, grabbing rebounds, getting second chance buckets, and even showed off some handles. Wiley had 22 points & 12 rebounds.

 

Isaiah Washington, 2017 PG, St. Raymond’s High School- Washington was originally not even selected to be in the Elite 24 game, and ended up going for a game high 36 points. He was definitely playing the role as ‘Hometown Hero’ in this game. The crowd loved him and he did not disappoint. His ball handling skills are one of a kind, and he will get to the basket at will, against any opponent. He’s expected to have a huge senior year, as one of the summers biggest stock risers.

 

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Holy Cross Lands New Hampshire Guard

Derry, NH does it again. Geo Baker announced a couple weeks ago his intentions to attend Rutger University and now longtime friend and teammate Caleb Green calls an end to his recruitment with a commitment to Holy Cross.

There were talks of Green and Baker possibly attending school together but those talks have come to an end. Green chose the Crusaders over the likes of UNH, Stony Brook, Fairfield and Brown.

Head Coach Bill Carmody made his presence felt early when they offered Green fall 2015 and his efforts played itself out in the summer of 2016.

Caleb Green is the third DC Blue Devils AAU prospect to commit to a division 1 school joining Geo Baker (Rutgers) and Sukhmail Mathon (Boston U.).


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A Hot Summer 16 For Wabissa Bede

Wabissa Bede had one of the biggest summers of any prospect in the 2017 class and high major programs from across the country have been calling for his services.

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.

Bede stated via his twitter page that he wanted to win a national title and play on ESPN one more time before ending his AAU career and did just that.

Bede has generated a new list that consists of his top five schools. Butler, Minnesota, LaSalle, Massachusetts and Virginia Tech have all earned a place on that list and will now try to get the young guard on their campus for a visit to lay out the red carpet.

Wabissa Bede plans to visit Butler officially on Aug. 27. Virginia Tech and Minnesota will get a visit in the fall.


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Geo Baker To Rutgers

When the July live period comes to a close prospects and coaches are faced with decisions that they have to make. For coaches it’s what players should they offer and make a priority. For student athletes it’s breaking down a school list and planning visits. For Geo Baker, a 6-foot-3 Proctor Academy combo guard it was decision time.

Baker felt it was time to call it in a week after the July live period and commit to Rutgers University. Not one of the most highly publicized prospects in the 2017 class but that’s one of Bakers gifts. The things people don’t talk about are some of his best attributes. mostly known as a pass first point guard coming up in the ranks, Baker has now shown that he can score from all levels and take over games. The New Hampshire product has gone unnoticed for quite some time now but the coach Pikiell and his staff turned over a stone and found a gem.

“They love my game, the way i play so they’re trying to have me be interchangeable with either guard position,” said Baker. Coach Pikiell is a great coach with a great vision for the program.”

Geo Baker becomes the first member of the Scarlet Knights 2017 recruiting class. Baker chose Rutgers over the likes of George Washington, George Mason and Boston University.


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Makai Ashton-Langford Leads Rivals To Title

The Mass Rivals defeated Team Loaded in the 2016 Adidas Gauntlet championship game in a rematch of lat years finals. The Mass Rivals ended up being the team that was loaded with a 57-48 win over the team from Virginia.

When your lead guard in Makai Ashton-Langford can average 20 points a game and share the load of scoring in double figures with his counterparts then it’s hard to lose a game when a player is that unselfish.

The Mass Rivals have a pair of guards in Yale commit Azar Swain and Wabissa Bede who team up with Ashton-Langford that made it hard on the defensive end up for nationally ranked guards Immanuel Quickely and Romeo Langford to get a bucket. In result the Mass Rivals went on to win on average of almost 18 points a game.

Dominance is the only word to describe the showing by the Mass Rivals.

Makai Ashton-Langford stated that Louisville, Uconn and Providence have been working the hardest to land his services.

 


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Nike EYBL Peach Jam

North Augusta, SC was home home to the 2016 Nike Peach Jam from July 6-10. Although Mokan Elite came away with the Peach Jam title a number of New England prep products came victorious in their own right.

New England was represented through five different Nike EYBL teams (Expressions Elite, BABC, Albany City Rocks, PSA Cardinals, New Rens).

Marcus Santos-Silva (BABC) – Santos-Silva a bruising power forward had a 27 point performance against E1T1 and tallied 22 points to go along with 12 rebounds in a win against Houston Hoops to close out the Nike EYBL season.  The Vermont Academy big man is no longer considered a secret after seeing his recruitment sky rocket this past spring.

Jordan Nwora (NY Rens) – a future prep teammate of Santos-Silva had a bit of a showing to pen up the Peach Jam from the wing position. Nwora scored in double digits all but one contest throughout 5 games. Th skilled wing came out on fire averaging 21 points in his first three match ups.

Hamidou Diallo (NY Rens) – Arguably one of the top 10 players in the country after the dominance he displayed the past couple of months. Up until he sat during the last game of Peach Jam, Diallo had the likes of coaches from Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Arizona front and center for every game. When it’s all said and done Diallo could possibly work himself into a top 5 national ranking.

Tremont Waters (Expressions Elite) – The shifty guard had probably one of the toughest battles at Peach Jam against Trae Young. Waters finished with 18 points in the loss but helped carry his team into the Elite 8 where Expressions Elite would eventually fall to PSA Cardinals.

Jermaine Samuels (Expressions Elite) – Samuels shot over 50% from the field and was a pest on defense. But it was the little things like game clutch free throws down the stretch, loose ball tips and rebounding to keep plays alive that earned Samuels this honor. No question he was the glue to that team and walked away with an offer from Indiana during the stretch of games at Peach Jam.

Walter Whyte (Psa Cardinals) – Whyte walks away with the unsung hero award at Peach Jam. Similar to Samuels when his number is called he’s ready to play. His 17 point performance against the NJ Playaz in a close close loss showed that whenever everything wasn’t falling for the more heralded players on the team he was there to pick things up.

Andrew Platek (City Rocks) – The 6-foot-4 shooting guard was being tracked by Roy Williams and the entire Tarheels coaching staff and he didn’t disappoint. Platek has a lot of upside and as he continues to build on his physical strength you can see why there’s so much buzz around this kid. Finished averaging double figure scoring throughout Peach Jam.

 


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Unofficial Visit: Caleb Green and Geo Baker

Geo Baker and Caleb Green are two of the biggest stock risers in New England’s 2017 recruiting class. The two long time friends and teammates have racked up a number of division 1 offers from low-high major in the course of a year span continuing to build on that number. Baker and Green gave us an in depth look on the process and the story that drives them both on and off the court.

Geo Baker and Caleb Green share a backcourt for the DC Blue Devils AAU program and also for their High School team Proctor Academy. The chemistry on the court is undeniable between the two which is why they share interest and offers from a numerous college programs.

Hoop Dreams Magazine took a trip to Londonderry, NH in this segment of Unofficial Visit.


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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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One on One: Isaiah Washington and Saquan Singleton

Jelly Fam co founder and St. Raymonds (NY) 2017 Point Guard Isaiah Washington discuss the Jelly Fam movement and gives a little background of his life off the court. Washington is a highly recruited point guard out of New York making a national name for himself.

Saquan Singleton, a Monsignor Scanlan High School wing has all the tools to be special and starting to put it together going into the Summer AAU circuit.

Both Washington hold offers from high major D1 programs and play for New Heights on the AAU circuit

In the video both players discuss school options and what pushes tem to get better as a person and basketball player.


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Makhtar Gueye: The Secret

We first seen Makhtar Gueye more then five months ago, before he became a national target, tucked away in the Winchendon  School Ma the 6’9″ do it all forward screamed potential.  He moved like a guard, and rebounded like a power forward, his off the dribble jumpshot was a tool that he used often which made him a threat for bigger defenders.

Born and raised in Senegal West Africa, Gueye came to the states with one goal and one goal only.  To be the best player he could possible be, and to make his parents and his country proud.  He started playing basket ball 4 years ago in a Academy name SEEDS Academy in Senegal, before that he was playing Soccer.  Fast forward the hands of time and now he stands before you as one of the country’s best kept secrets.  With offers from Marquette, Rutgers, Depaul, Creighton, UAB, and UCONN

When asked about his goals for the AAU season, Gueye was to the point  “To become a better player.  I’m looking to compete at a high level and get offers from big school like UK, Duke, Louisville, Texas,etc.. and win the chips”

“My favorite Player is Kevin Durant. Because since I started playing basketball everybody used to tell me I look like him, we have the same style of game, he was skinny when he was in HS and as you can see so Im I lol.”

“The strongest aspect of my game is I’m tall and can play on the perimeter and go by the big man that usually guards me, and also I can run the floor well and get easy buckets”

Who is the thought player you have played against?
“Well I will say I faced many though players since I got here last year in Nike Global challenge, like Malik Monk, Miles Bridges and other player from USA team, because they were much more ready than I was and more stronger thats why they were a really hard challenge to play against then. But I did play hard and impose my self”

Who would you want to have dinner with ?
“Kevin Durant because I always watch his documentary and we have so many things in common,  so I really want to sit with him and share my story and get advices from him as a person not as just a basket ball player”

Describe yourself in one WORD: “Thoughtless. Because doesn’t matter who I play against I will play hard and impose my will”


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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


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2016 Northeast Hoops Festival

Northeast Hoops Festival

 

16u Standouts

 

Metro Boston 5’10 PG Jayden Depina (2018)- Depina was another guard the caught our eye. He has good speed and appears confident when handling the ball. He uses strength to finish off plays but can also make good passing decisions with the ball. Depina was key in Metro Boston win against New England Playaz.

 

Expressions Elite 6’7 Dana Tate (2018)- Tate has enormous talent and upside. He has good bounce, size and can play multiple positions. I like how he creates off the bounce and will knock down the open jumper, post up smaller defenders.

 

 

NE Playaz 6’2 Ethan Wright (2018)- When Wright attacked the basket most defenders bounced off his body. Wright was strong enough to absorb that contact and finish. He was extremely tough to stop even in transition.

 

NE Playaz 6’8 Nate Laszewski(2018)- Long lanky wing that showed the ability to knock down deep, long range shots. Laszewski has all the tools to play at the high major level.

 

Expressions 6’7 Philmon Gebrewhit(2018)- Gebrewhit has good size for a combo guard. He can fill it up in the scoring column and he gets it in a variety of ways. Scoring comes easy to him and he scores from all three levels in addition to the FT line. If needed Gebrewhit has good enough ball handling and passing ability that he can play the PG.

 

Mass Rivals 6’5 AJ Reeves(2018)- Reeves continues to show why he is one of the top shooters in the region. Scoring from a multitude of levels. Reeves continues to fill out his frame showing he is an elite prospect in the class of 2018.

 

Metro Boston 6’0 Ghared Boyce(2018)- We saw him drive hard to the basket and finish with either hand, through contact. He competes on the defensive end and rebounds from the guard position well. He can move over to the point for short periods of time when needed.

 

Expressions 6’2 Marcus Zegarowski(2018)- Zegarowski was pound for pound the best point guard at the 16u level throughout the event. His ability to make shots from all over the floor, incredible vision while attacking gaps of the defense Zegarowski has all the tools to play at a high major level.

 

 


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Oak Hill Academy Crowned Number 1.

Oak Hill Academy (62) vs. La Lumiere (60):

Oak Hill came out hot in this absolute thriller of a Dicks Nationals High School Championship Game against La Lumiere. They definitely had seemed to have knocked some rust off. Many thought that with the losses of Harry Giles and Joe Hampton to ACL injuries that this Oak Hill squad would crumble. Their 45-1 record will tell you that they certainly knew how to fill those big holes in their roster. Oak Hill was in an incredible rhythm until they blew an 18-point lead, which lead to the overtime. Braxton Key took home MVP honors from this tournament. He was playing big, and was getting to the glass and basket at will. Key had just short of a double-double with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist. Khadim Sy is another big man who has having a strong game. He missed a couple important free throws, but made up for that with getting the game winning tip-in in overtime. Sy had 9 points, 9 rebounds. Matt Coleman started the game off strong, getting to the basket, making good passes, and shooting 3’s. Coleman finished with 8 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. Lindell Wigginton was also having a great shooting day. He had 16 points, 5 rebounds. Oak Hill will graduate 4 seniors big men, Braxton Key (Alabama), Mario Kegler (Mississippi State), Khadim Sy (Virginia Tech), and Rodney Miller (Miami).

La Lumiere wasn’t looking as fast and aggressive as they have the past two days. They seemed out of synch for much of the first half. Within the first two minutes Jeremiah Timon dislocated his shoulder and was rushed to the hospital. This was a huge loss for La Lumiere, seeing as how Tilmon is usually their top rebounder. James Banks was also in foul trouble for the whole game, eventually fouling out during overtime. Banks finished with 6 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 blocks. Kevin Zhang got much more playing time than usual with both Tilmon and Banks not playing their usual minutes. Zhang finished with 6 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Brian Bowen was not playing to his potential for the first half of the game. After halftime he came out a different player. He was shooting great and getting to the basket. He was the true reason for La Lumiere making a comeback in this game, and lead them into overtime. Bowen finished with 20 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists. Freshman point guard Tyger Campbell is one guy who always was cutting the rim, facilitating his team mates, and making good decisions for such a young player. Campbell had 12 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals. Isaiah Coleman-Lands had an exceptional game as well, hitting some important 3-point shots. He finished with 13 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists. Brandon Cyrus also added another 5 rebounds, 3 points. La Lumiere will graduate 2 seniors, James Banks (Texas) and Brandon Cyrus (DePaul).


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Dick’s Sporting Goods High School Nationals Day 2 Recap

Montverde Academy (47) vs. La Lumiere (55):

La Lumiere once again came out fast paced, but very out of rhythm. Brian Bowen struggled for the first half of the game. He was playing a bit too fast then he’s used to and therefor turned the ball over multiple times. During the second half he slowed down and hit some very smooth mid-range jumpers. Jeremiah Timon found himself in some foul trouble as well, but still finished with 6 points, 7 rebounds, 3 blocks, 1 assist. It was Freshman point guard, Tyger Campbell who really put the team on his back up halftime. He was playing a very quick and aggressive game, therefor making fast drives to the basket. He was made out to be a target by the Montverde defense and he handled that extra pressure very well. The halftime score was 35-34 Montverde. When the second half started it seemed everyone on La Lumiere came to play. Texas commit James Banks had a much better day today ended with 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Brian Bowen had himself a near double-double with 16 point, 9 rebounds, 3 assists. Tyler Campbell finished with 11 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 steals. Other guys who had notable performances were Brandon Cyrus, who had 5 points, 7 rebounds. Junior forward Kevin Zhang also shows great potential, with good size and tons of upside.

 

Montverde found themselves really battling more than they’re used to. Freshman guard RJ Barrett was off today, going 0-10 from the field. Bruno Fernando also seemed to be out of rhythm, he finished with 2 points, 5 rebounds. The team had a lot of great passing going on which led to Ohio State commit Micah Potter’s 11 points, 4 rebounds. But Montverde went 8-26 from the free throw line. Simi Shittu was having himself a good game, being active on the glass he pulled down 10 rebounds, adding in 6 points, 2 assist, 2 steals. Silvio De Sousa was definitely the shining start for Montverde today, he was excellent on the glass, grabbing rebounds, dunking the ball. He had 15 points, 5 rebounds. Montverde is no stranger to this tournament and therefor may have been thought to be a shoe-in for the championship game, but there 18-70 shooting was not going to get them the win on this day.

 

Oak Hill Academy (47) vs. Miller Grove (46):

It almost seemed as though Oak Hill had met their match. They came out strong to start the game. But during the second half Miller Grove crawled their way back into this game, but Oak Hill would not allow them to complete the second upset of the day. Right from the start Junior guards Matt Coleman and Lindell Wigginton were cutting to the basket full throttle. Their passing was what really stood out, they were unselfishly facilitating the team. Coleman had 11 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists, while Wigginton had 12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists. Braxton also had a tremendous game with 10 points, 8 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assist, and not the mention the game winning block. Khadim Sy was also active on the glass, battle through to the rim he had 10 point, 7 rebounds. We’ll see if Oak Hill can finally knock all the rust off for the championship game against La Lumiere.

 

Miller Grove started this game very slow and didn’t seem to find their rhyme until the end of the second quarter. They overall are a smaller team and knew how to use that to their advantage. Guys like AUB football commit Raylon Richardson, Colin Young, and UConn commit Alterique Gilbert all had great games. Gilbert had 19 points, 2 rebounds, Richardson had 12 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and Young added in 6 points, 3 rebounds. Not many have even heard of Miller Grove until this tournament and they definitely have made a national statement that they belong here. They won a state championship in Georgia this year, and now have shown the nation that they are in fact one of the top basketball programs in the country.


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Dick’s Sporting Goods HS Nationals Day 1 Recap

The 2016 Dick’s Sporting Goods High School Nationals is closing out the 2015-16 high school basketball season with a bang. Eight of the top ranked high school boys teams across the nation venture to New York with a chance to be crowned as the best of the best.

La Lumiere (60) vs. St. Benedict’s(59):

La Lumiere came out very strong to start the day, and the first game of the Dicks High School Nationals Tournament. They were playing with sense of urgency.  They were dominant on the inside, blocking shots, finishing at the rim. They struggled with the ball in the second quartering, turning it over multiple times. Brian Bowen really came to play right from the start. He would drive hard to rim, shoot the 2 or 3. He finished with 23 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. The Texas commit James Banks was active defense, having the game winning block, and was active on the glass pulling down 8 rebounds, and adding 4 points. The DePaul commit Brandon Cyrus had 6 points, 4 rebounds. Other notable players were Junior Jeremiah Tilmon who was just short of a double-double having 10 rebounds, and 9 rebounds, and Freshman Tyger Campbell, a small, shifty point guard who had 9 points.

 

St. Benedict’s started the game off looking a little blown away by the speed and aggressiveness of La Lumiere. They were turning the ball over numerous times during the first quarter, allowing La Lumiere, and Brian Bowen especially to get the easy baskets. St. Benedict’s made an incredible effort to always try to crawl their way into the lead, but La Lumiere would always have an answer for them. Junior David Beatty who is said to be their best player went 1 for 12 from the floor today, and 1 for 7 from 3-point range. James Scott, who’s headed to Kennesaw State had 18 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists. Bourama Sidibe added a double-double with 12 rebounds, 13 points, 2 assists, and George Washington commit Arnaldo Toro had 10 points, 8 rebounds.

 

Oak Hill Academy (81) vs. Wasatch Academy (64):

 

Oak Hill was down 0-10 to start this game. They hadn’t had a practice for 17 days, and hadn’t had a game for almost a month. To say the least, they looked rusty. They didn’t find their rhythm until the end of the second quarter. They ultimately come out on top once they started getting good looks from 3-point range and the guards were getting much more aggressive, driving to the basket. Junior guards Matt Coleman, Lindell Wigginton, Devontae Schuler, and Creighton commit Ty-Shon Alexander put on a show. Coleman had 7 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, Wigginton had 17 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, Schuler had 13 points, 3 assists, and Alexander had 11 points, 1 assist. This is not to say that the forwards presence wasn’t felt. Virginia Tech commit Khadim Sy was ruthless on the glass, adding a double-double of 10 rebounds, 13 points. Alabama commit Braxton Key was doing it all adding in 12 points, 7 rebound, 4 steals, 3 assists, and 2 blocks.

 

Wasatch Academy came out hot, getting good 3’s and 2’s to hit. They couldn’t withhold the combination of the big forwards, and the shifty guards from Oak Hill however. They put up a tremendous fight, their passing was unreal. Josip Vrankic had the game high 18 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists. Jeff Baradziej was looking good from the 3, having 9 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists. Utah State commit Koby McEwan had 12 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists. Watch out for Wasatch Academy in the future as they may make a name for themselves as one of the best basketball teams from the West.

 

Montverde Academy (70) vs. Providence Day (54):

 

Montverde came out colder than ever. They were down 12-15 after the first quarter. Once they started to have a strong full court press however, they started causing turnovers and their big were having a field day. With the huge group of forwards that include Bruno Fernando, Silvio De Sousa, Simi Shittu, and Micah Potter. Fernando had 8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, De Sousa had 10 points, Shittu had 8 points, 5 rebounds, and Potter added 3 points, 2 rebounds. The guards were also impressive, although Montverde may not be known for them just yet. Freshman point guard RJ Barrett had a game high 20 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, clearly making a statement and a name for himself. He is definitely a guy to keep track of in the years to come. Devonta Jordan also had a good game, he was quick to the basket, and is a good transition player, therefor he added 11 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals.

 

Providence Day saw glimpses of a chance to make a run against Montverde but could not capitalize. They were hot from beyond the arc however. Tennessee commit Grant Buchmiller only played 1 minute of the game, which could play a factor in this loss. Sophomore starting point guard Devon Dotson is a name you’ll hear a lot in the future, he recently received another from UNC, and he had 11 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists. Other notable players were Grant Williams who had 12 points, 8 rebounds, and Isaac Johnson who added 8 points, 6 rebounds.

 

Miller Grove (67) vs. Findlay Prep (65):

 

Miller Grove just won a state championship in Georgia, defeating High Point Christian who’s known for Kentucky commit Bam Adibayo and Boston College commit Ty Graves. There may be only one guy from Miller Grove who anyone has heard of, Alterique Gilbert, the McDonald’s All-American and UConn commit. He has at the McDonald’s game just last night, getting on a plane in Chicago at 5:30 AM, and arriving in New York at 11 AM. For most people this would mean it would be a sluggish day. For Alterique Gilbert it meant he would have 2o points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, 2 steals. This by no means is to say that this game was a blow-out. The game remained neck and neck until the very last second. Miller Grove does have a rather small roster, having their tallest player stand at 6’7”. They are incredible shooters however. Raylon Richardson who fouled out had 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, Colin Young had 10 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assist, and Nauqante Hardy added another 8 points.

 

Findlay Prep is a much bigger name with a much more highlight reel roster, consisting of Juniors P.J. Washington, Markus Howard, and  Skylar Mays. All of which had incredible games. Mays was aggressive, driving to the basket at will, having himself 21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. Howard, who’s a strong point guard, was shooting the ball well, and passing the ball well. He had 13 points, 3 rebounds. Washington was looking strong, finishing at the rim. He added a double-double of 15 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks, and 2 assists. Their game plan was to keep Miller Grove out of the paint, and stop them from driving to the rim. This worked until Miller Grove started to force their way to the rim or would settle for 3’s that hit their mark.


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NEPSAC Champs

The NEPSAC boys basketball season has come to a close and Sunday evening evening brought the best out of a lot of player and champions were crowned in classes AAA, AA, A, B, C and D.

Nate Laszewski score 26 points to go with 16 rebounds and earned himself Class AAA MVP honors leading Northfield Mt. Hermon to a Championship win. Northfield Mt. Hermon defeated St. Thomas More 95-85.

Bruce Brown was electrifying in the last game of his prep career scoring 35 points to lead Vermont Academy to a 69-61 win over Cushing Academy in the Class AA title game. Bruce Brown walked away with the Class AA MVP honors.

Williston Northampton walked away with a 56-53 win over Phillips Exeter Academy. After being down most of the game a second half effort to capture the Class A title behind a MVP showing from Jake Ross.

Class B champs Brooks took control of the game against from the gate against Rivers and never saw a lead change. Brooks defeated Rivers convincingly 63-42 to be crowned Class B champs and Ikenna Ndugba took home MVP honors.

In Class C Pingree took St. Lukes into overtime after being down for most of the game. In OT the Storms came out clicking beating Pingree 74-68. St. Luke’s Walter Whyte was named MVP.

Storm King School beat Bancroft in the Class D title game 60-57. SKS Elijah Barnett named MVP of the game.


MIAA Playoff Action

Sunday afternoon high school gymnasiums were filled throughout the state of Massachusetts and the madness of basketball in March must be in the air.

St. John Prep and Central Catholic got the day started in what was said to be thriller down to the final whistle. CC came away with an upset victory over SJP 66-62. Kevin Fernandez poured in 26 points to lead Central Catholic.

The matchup between Cambridge and Andover went into overtime on a Devon Beasley jump shot with the clock running down and runs out on a Cambridge possession. In overtime Cambridge took off and never looked back winning 84-66. Kareem Octavian (25) and Malik Correia (15) stepped up big and combined for almost half of the Falcons points.

In Central Mass. Concord-Carlisle and Nashoba had a tough match up also that went down to the final period. It was hard for Nashoba to hold on when CC’s Eric Sellew scores 19 second half points to go with 23 rebounds. Concord-Carlisle’s only loss came to Cambridge so it speaks volumes to how talented this Patriots team in.

If you thought the day of basketball was going to slow down then you must have missed the intro to this article that mentioned the madness of March. Marlborough faced a tough Medfield team. The game was decided on Marlborough’s Joao Mendes steal that in the final period with less than a minute to play. A final effort by Medfield at the buzzer would fail and fall to Marlborough 59-58. Joao Mendes finished with 25 points

Side Note: Cambridge Falcons Junior point guard Jakigh Dottin earned himself a division 1 scholarship from Sacred Heart University


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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.


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Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic Day 2 Preview (Part 3)

Day 2 of the Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep matches the competitive nature of Day 1.

The first game of day 2 is the battle of the borders with Bridgton Academy (ME) matched up with Jean De Brebeuf (CAN). Both teams are traveling the furthest by the way of Maine and Canada. JDB is making the trek down to Boston to have Emmanuel Bandoumel get a taste of some high level talent when High Point commit Carter Skaggs.

Marianapolis (CT) and St Luke’s (CT) come in from the nutmeg state pairing up two young prospects on the rise. Dominique Senat (Marianapolis), is a class of 2016 6-foot-8 post player that runs the floor well making himself available and active on both ends of the floor. Walter Whyte (St. Luke’s), a hard nosed guard that can get to any spot on the floor off the dribble. Known for his high scoring volume but has made an effort to improve his defensive skills this year.


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Road to The States Episode 1

The New Mission Titans have a quest to defend their 2014 Massachusetts Boys Basketball State Title but know that the task at hand wouldn’t be easy for the 2014-15 season.

The battle on the court is nearly half the battle for these young men or any student athlete you’ve encountered in the city of Boston.

But one thing that’s definite is no matter what the world throws at them they’ll take it as a learning curve and continue on the path of… Well watch for yourself and see how it plays out.

 


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Battle Of The States Mass vs Rhode Island

Battles are made to be won, Expressions Stores has done something that not many have been able to pull off.  2015 Expressions High School Showcase Two states Massachusetts vs. Rhode Island, Saturday December 12, 2015 Boston Ma. #BOTS

4:30pm Tech Boston (MA) vs. Classical High School (RI)

The event tips off Saturday afternoon Tech Boston (MA) takes on Classical High School (RI) Tech Boston’s Shamar Moore Sophomore Comb Guard with good range who can score the ball inside and out. Known for his defense he will be a go to guy for Tech Boston. Tristan Perry Senior forward has the tools to league his team to a victory, makes shoots and plays to win.

Classical High School (RI) will be lead by David Dukes the shifty guard is one of Rhode Island’s best prospects, athletic, and can score it with ease. Junior forward Jamari Johnson brings energy on both ends of the floor. Johnson known for finishing above the rim will look to hold the middle down.

6:00pm Cathedral High School (MA) vs. Bishop Hendricken (RI)

Cathedral High School (MA) made a state championship all the way to TD Bank last year they return hungrier as they return top scores Junior Trevor Lynch sharp shooting Sophomore Moses Flowers and Sophomore Julian Howell who is one of the states best defenders.

Bishop Hendricken (RI) has been one of the states most premier schools, lost last year in the state quarterfinals, last won the state championship 2014. They return Junior guard Justin Mazulla who holds a Boston College offer, the south-par has the total package, makes shots, gets to the rim and can finish with the best of them. Sophomore Preston Santos one of the states best prospects regardless of grade. Santos is a big time scorer, long, athletic and frequently plays above the rim.

7:30pm New Mission High School (MA) vs. La Salle Academy (RI)

 New Mission High School fell short of their goal last year, which was to win a state title. They return a bulk of the talent and have added a few new pieces. Tyrique Lee has returned for his senior year, and looking to get back to the State Championship as he did in 2014, Charles and Charlie Mitchell will spear head the New Mission chaos, the twins bring electricity every time they step on the court. Darion Jordan-Thomas is looking to have a breakout season, great motor with mixed with a great deal of upside. With the addition of Isaiah Laurent the athletic wing, look for New Mission to be one of the stats favorite teams.

La Salle Academy (RI) won the division one state championship last year as well as the RI Open State tournament championship. The return senior point guard Lawrence Sabir first team all state last season helping La Salle win the D1 title as well as the RI Open State Tourney. Strong, athletic guard that has exceptional speed. Senior Mike McCourt wing, tough, fierce competitor. 2nd team all division 1 last season. Has three point range, rebounds well, can run the floor hard and finish in traffic.  Jimmy Pare senior sharp shooter. Tough physical guard with a nice shooting touch. Plays hard at both end of the floor, and is a two-year starter.

 

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Class of 2018 MIAA Preseason Players To Watch List

The Class of 2018 is loaded with talent and look for some of these players to lead their teams to a state title run. 6’6 F Chris Doherty is the obvious front runner for top Sophomore in the MIAA. But don’t be surprised if 6’4 G Brycen Goodine puts up record breaking numbers, as he leads Bishop Stang to a title run.

Class of 2018

 

6’4 Brycen Goodine(Bishop Stang) First, let’s start with the frame, as at 6-5 with long arms and a wiry frame, Goodine has basically a prototypical body for an NBA guard. But it’s more the skill set he has that is so intriguing. Goodine has the skills of a guard on the floor and can guard multiple positions. Goodine is our Preseason breakout player of the year.

6’1 Paul Durkee( Shrewsbury High) Durkee can flat out shoot it from all over the floor. He can score in bunches and has a knack of driving in gaps and facilitating to teammates.

6’9 Tommy Oneil(St Johns Prep) The biggest improvement here has to be in his body. At 6-9 with a 7-1ish wingspan, Oneil always had the frame to be play at the highest level. He’s a tremendously talented offensive player who has always been able to score at all three levels due to his soft touch.

5’10 Tenahj Pettway(Central Catholic) His biggest strength right now is his ability to shoot. His athleticism and first step are also pretty strong, and it allows him to attack closeouts well on offense and slow down opposing slashers on defense.

 6’6 Chris Doherty(Marlboro High)- At 6-6 with long arms, he’s a good shot-blocker who has good timing and pretty solid explosiveness. Above all, his motor is absolutely top-notch and you can trust him to never quit on a play or on a ball. Doherty is the top returning sophomore in the state.

6’4 Kenneth Araujo(Fenway High) First and foremost, he is an elite rebounder that has good fundamentals in boxing out opponents and has good hands that he can trust to come down with the ball. Look for Araujo to put Fenway High School on the map this season


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MIAA Preseason Players to Watch 2019

So many talented players have came through the MIAA rankings. Here is a look at our Preseason Freshman to watch list. We are featuring four freshman from all over the state of Massachusetts. Tune in tomorrow as we will feature the Class of 2018 preseason players to watch list.

Class of 2019

Taelon Martin(Putnam Springfield, MA)- The 6’1 PG shows high major athleticism and all the tools to immediately impact the high school game.

Chris Camille(Brookline High)- At 6’5 he’s already a really good athlete who can get past defenders, score at all three levels, and get out into transition. Look for Camille to breakout this season

Rivaldo Soares( O’Bryant)- Soares has already broke out after an incredible fall while running with his Expressions Elite squad. The 6’3 Soares already played varsity as an 8th grader and showed the ability to knock down shots off the catch or off the dribble  and his footwork is absolutely pristine to the point that he can get that shot off from every angle.

Quest Harris(Lowell High)- The highly talented point guard he’s a strong passer, and can handle the ball in side pick-and-rolls to initiate offense. Plus, he’s a good defender showing he can contribute right away.

 

 

 


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Kicks One Seven All Star Game (Boston, MA)

The premier Boston Sneaker Show and National Basketball Middle School/High School All Star Game
takes place at the landmark Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, in the heart of Boston’s most historic neighborhood on November 14, 2015. Kicks One Seven Sneaker Convention is the most recent addition for the Boston sneaker connoisseur looking to buy, sell, and trade some of the most exclusive sneakers in the world. This is the must attend event for all sneakerheads, or for those that appreciate the culture. 


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Kris Dunn and Other Former Preps Make College Watch List

The 2016 Preseason college basketball Watch Lists featuring the top prospects in their respectable position was released recently. A number of former New England prep players cracked the Jerry West Award (top shooting guard), the Bob Cousy Award (top point guard) Julius Erving Award (top small forward) and Karl Malone (top power forward).

Bob Cousy Awad (PG)

Kriss Dunn – (New London (CT)/Povidence College)

2016 Jerry West Award (SG)

AJ English – (South Kent (CT)/Iona)

Julius Erving Award (SF)

Wayne Selden – (Tilton (NH)/Kansas)

Jake Layman – (King Phillip(MA)/Maryland)

Karl Malone Award (PF)

George Niang – (Tilton(NH)/Iowa St)

Markus Kennedy – (Brewster Academy (NH)/SMU)


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Jose Alavarado Next Up For New York City

The Big Apple, big city, bright lights and big dreams. All describe New York and if you can make it there then you can make it anywhere. The saying meant the same for Rawle Alkins who has transferred from Christ the King (NY) to a prep school in North Carolina for his senior year. But Alkins passed the torch to 2017 point guard Jose Alvarado a friend and former teammate.

Alvarado has some big shoes to fill and knows the winning history of Christ the King’s basketball program.

“Rawle left a big hole in the team but we’re looking forward and hoping the best him,” said Alvarado. “This season we just want to continue what Christ the King been doing for years and just win,” said Alvarado about the Royals winning ways.

The Royals have been to the New York state title game the past three years and has walked away winning two out of the three appearances.

“It’s going to be a different year for me. Getting much stronger, making smarter decisions and I just want to be great, making sure everybody knows my name,” said Alvarado.

Alvarado has a list of suitors pursuing him and has already taken an unofficial visit to St. John’s. Newly hired Head Coach Chris Mullin and the Red Storm staff have been making New York City a priority on their recruiting trail.

“I just want to feel comfortable and fit in with any program that will prepare me for the next level,” said Alvarado on what he’s looking for from a college programs that are recruiting him.

Although being recruited by over a dozen schools, Alvarado list VCU, St. John’s, Indiana and Iona as the schools showing the most interest at this point.


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Zero Gravity “Beast of the East” Standouts

6’6 Chris Doherty(2018)NE Playaz- Was a man amongst boys as he single handedly earned his squad a championship this past weekend. Doherty has improved his footwork and ability to finish with both hands around the rim.

6’7 Dana Tate Jr. (2018) Expressions- Tate was one of the most dominant scorers to come through this event. He had back to back games in which he scored in the 20s. He too strong and skilled on this level for most at this level.

6’5 Chuck Hannah(2018) NE Playaz- A powerful forward built like a linebacker. He handles enough to bust through the defense and finish at the cup. He plays the game with a high motor and is a constant force on the glass. His strength and aggressiveness was a major force at this event.

6’6 Dyondre Dominguez(2019) NE Playaz- He has the size to be effective at the forward slot but also handles the ball like a guard. He also knows how to create space off the bounce which could also led to a step back trey ball.

6’9 Tommy Oneil(2018) Expressions-He showed the ability to put moves together and finish at the cup. He had the court presence to use his body to negate shot blockers and score the ball. He also showed great effort in hitting the glass.

5’10 Thomas Shaugnessy Middlesex Magic- He went at any opposing guard that was in his circumference and had his way. I like his speed, court vision and ability to score himself.

6’5 Chris Camille(2019) Expressions- has developed his ball handling and uses it to dance pat defenders and finish at the tin. He has a wide frame and has the body control to maneuver around shot blockers. Once he gets on a scoring streak he’s tough to low down.

6’3 Nyzair Rountree(2018) Expressions- Rountree was scoring in bunches, but what really caught my eye was his improved ball handling, range and play making ability. I can clearly see that this kid has been putting the work in at the gym.

5’10 Devon Ford(2019) NE Playaz- He had a few games where he lit up the score boards. I like his natural feel for the game and the way he turned up his play when needed.

6’7 Phil Gebrewhit(2018) Expressions- Gebrewhit has a style that helps him get through defenders and finish at the tin. He also has enough wiggle to get rid of smaller guards that attempt to check him.

6’3 Charles Whipple(2018) NE Playaz- Is a sharp shooting guard that isn’t afraid of launching the rock from anywhere. His mid-range game was on display and he showed the ability to get away from defenders off the dribble.

6’3 Daman Tate(2019) Expressions- He’s one of the best finishers around and has stepped up his game on the defensive end.Tate knows how to use his body to finish through contact.


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Christian Vital To UNLV

in 2013 UNLV had success in the past recruiting in New England with current Running Rebel Goodluck Okonoboh.

UNLV has continued to build on that Success in 2015 by landing a commitment from 2016 St. Thomas More guard Christian Vital. Vital a sharp shooter from beyond who plays with a lot of toughness was on the Las Vegas campus over the weekend for an official visit and came away impressed.

Vital, A New York native has spent the past three years playing in the NEPSAC league making a name for himself. Mostly known for his outside shooting in the past, Vital is now an improved ball handler who creates shots off the dribble. As an underrated defender vital is giving Head Coach Dave Rice an athlete who likes who puts in the same effort on both ends of the floor.

Christian Vital becomes the second St. Thomas More player to announce a college decision joining E.J. Crawford (Iona).


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Jose Martinez To San Diego

Jose Martinez, a 6-foot-10 Cheshire Academy (CT) forward by the way of Long Island, New York is heading out west after giving a verbal commitment to the University of San Diego.

“They’re great academically and I think it’s the right place,” said Martinez. “They showed me that they really wanted me. I think my game really fits their philosophy of the game.”

Martinez is a face up forward with a lot skill but there are a few areas of his game he needs to strengthen. Jose was in the middle of a workout during this interview showing that although he’s made a college decision that it’s just a step towards to where he wants to go.

“I need to get stronger but that’s something i’m working with coach Kehoe, coach Campbell and coach Sam at Cheshire Academy,” said Martinez. “I’m also trying to improve my handle cause with that i will combine my outside-inside game much better and take advantage of slower big men.”

Jose Martinez is a special talent oozing with potential the Toreros got a good one.


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Travis Atson To Tulsa

Travis Atson not only took an official to the University of Tulsa this weekend. But the 6-foot-4 Notre Dame Prep (MA) guard didn’t leave without giving Head Coach Frank Haith and the Golden Hurricanes a verbal commitment.

As we reported earlier in the week Atson was heading to Tulsa,OK for an official visit and came away with all he needed to see.

“It was where i belong,” Atson said with excitement in regard to his commitment. “They accepted me right into their family and i feel like the style of play fits me perfect.”

With the Addition of Travis Atson, Coach Haith now has his fifth commitment for the 2016 class. Atson blew up on the EYBL circuit playing with the PSA Cardinals collecting more than a dozen scholarship offers.

 


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Jaylen Hands To UCLA

One of the top players in the 2017 class, Jaylen Hands, will be calling UCLA home when his prep career is done.

Hands is a in state kid who took to twitter and announced his decision. The 6-foot-1 point guard out of Balboa City School in San Diego, CA is considered to be the best prospect at his position in the state of California

“Me and my family felt the most comfortable with UCLA and their staff as a whole,” said Hands in regards to making an early decision to be a Bruin. “The lineage of point guards being sent to the league, and being so close to home is something we couldn’t pass up.”

There are some things that Jaylen Hands doesn’t have to pass up staying close tome.

“I like to sing, ride bikes on the beach with me dad and friends,” Hands said in terms of things he likes to outside of basketball that people wouldn’t know about him.

The Bruins have done a fine job recruiting in state for their 2017 class. Hands now joins fellow instate commits Jalen Hill and LiAngelo Ball to round up the recruiting class. Head Coach Steve Alford has also put together an all in state recruiting class for 2016. UCLA is definitely taking care of business at home.


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Kevin Marfo Trims List To 5 and Sets 2 Visits

Kevin Marfo, a 6-foot-8 power forward who attends Worcester Academy (MA) as member of the 2016 class has trimmed his list to five schools.

Among the five listed on Marfo’s list are Providence, Boston College, URI, DePaul and George Washington. Marfo has no current timetable on his decision but does give some incite on what attracts him most about his final list.

“All these schools give me the combination of academics and coaching,” stated Marfo on how he based his decision of choosing between the final five schools.

Kevin Marfo has an official visit set up for Boston College (9/19-9/20) and an official visit to Providence College the following week.


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Christian Vital Geared Up For The West Coast

This past summer Christian Vital had a huge spring/summer showing playing for the PSA Cardinals on the EYBL and in those efforts he has seen non-stop action in his recruitment process.

Vital, a 6-foot-2 class of 2016 guard that attends St. Thomas More (CT) can score in bunches and possesses sneaky athleticism. Vital came into the NEPSAC two years ago as a deadly shooter from beyond the arc. With improved ball handling and ability to create his own shot you can find the young prospect in Vital exploding to the lane for contact finishes above the rim.

Vital gave us a rundown of who is recruiting him the hardest and what the schools recruiting him project his role at the next level.

“They see me as a guy who can score from the one or two spot,” Vital explains.”I’m hearing from UNLV, St. Joe’s, Dayton, and Hofstra.”

Christian Vital plans to visit UNLV for an official visit (9/19-9/20).


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EJ Crawford Is Set To Take Visits

“He’s just a spot up shooter,” is the notion EJ Crawford is trying to erase from the scouting report college coaches have in their notes.

Crawford, a 6-foot-4 guard who attends St. Thomas Moore (CT) has been seeing his recruitment take a turn for the good and starting to pick up steam.

“Coaches feel i’m doing a lot more than shooting the ball,” said Crawford. “My rebounding in trafficis improving and i’m in better shape.”

it’s not just on the court EJ Crawford is trying to make changes the young prospect tells us all the areas in his life as a student-athlete he wants to set the bar higher in.

“I’m looking forward to playing against some of the best players in the country this season,” said Crawforfd.I’m also looking forward to getting better through practices so i will be prepared for college. Coming to STM was a blessing being able to improve on the court and in the classroom.”

EJ Crawford has been offered by Bryant, Vermont, Iona, Robert Morris and Hofstra. Crawford plans to take an unofficial visit to Iona (9/19).


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College Recruiting: In Home Visits

On September 9, 2015 New England will host dozens of coaches either on a school’s campus or in a prospects home.

An in home visit can be done in a number ways to insure that a college gets the chance to continue selling his program. Coaches from all levels make in-home visits but New England is home to big time prospects from all over the world. Big time prospects equal big time college programs.

A college coach utilizes his resources to make the best marketing pitch to land the prospect that they’re are one of many schools recruiting him/her.  College coaches can pitch their recruitment over the phone to the prospect and their family but with an in home visit doing it in person allows the family to get a better sense of belief.

Take N.C. State for example they’re taking a helicopter ride for their first in home visit of many. The Wolfpack have already separated them from every other program by doing that one particular entrance. It makes you wonder what the rest of the presentation looks like.

An in home visit also allows the coaches to either sway an early decision (depending on the deciding date), convince a prospect to put their program somewhere at the top of the list, or land them an official visit so that they could get a chance to host the prospect and their family on campus.

Also getting a background on where the prospect comes from can also help the coaches reassure if they’re making the right decision.

This week will be busy for a number of available prospects in New England who have some coaches coming in for in home visits this week. Providence will see Wenyen Gabriel, Sedee Keita and Kevin Marfo. Gabriel will also host Duke, and Maryland while Kentucky and UCONN come in the following day. Depaul will be in Thursday to see Travis Atson for an in home visit.


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Updated Class of 2017 Rankings

After strong consideration and weighing both potential and production we decided that Hamidou Diallo as the #1 player in the class of 2017. The 6’4 do it all wing has consistently produced at the highest level no matter the competition.

#2 Tremont Waters pound for pound has to be one of the best guards in the country, now standing at 6’0 Waters can do it all. A prospect to keep a close eye on as he continues to prove everyone wrong, size doesn’t matter.

#3 Jermaine Samuels has as high of a ceiling as anyone. Combine that with his athletic ability and you have a big time prospect. Samuels was sidelined do to injury, which is most of the reason why he has dropped

#4 Kimani Lawrence passes the look test and has shown that he has the total package of playing at the highest level.  When its all said and done could possibly become a challenge for the # 1 spot in the class.

#5 Maki Ashton Langford will run the show for Cushing Academy.  The athletic guard, who knows how to get to the rim, has developed a pass first mentally, which will help his overall game. With an improved jump shot, he has the makings of a big time prospect.

 

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Updated 2016 Class Rankings

The 2016 class is shaking up to be better than projected a year ago. Mustapha Heron (Auburn) sits at the top of our rankings followed by Omari Spelman (Villanova) and Wenyen Gabriel.

Gabriel makes the jump into our top 3 after blowing up during the summer evaluation period on the grassroots circuit.

Kevin Marfo cracks our top 10 ranking and has been followed by almost every conference in the country and the versatile big man continues to develop. Mamadou Diarra (UCONN) also cracks our top 10 ranking and will look to have continued success for Putnam Science Academy.

EJ Crawford made one of the biggest jumps in our Rankings moving up 18 spots after proving he can score with the best of them during the spring/summer evaluation.

Luke Rosinski, Tyrn Flowers, James Foye and Mike Sagay are newly introduced to our rankings and rightfully so with the impact they’ve made on the grassroots circuit.

Class Of 2016 Class Rankings


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Expressions Elite Alumni Game Highlights

2015 Expressions Elite Alumni Game fetured pros of the present and pros of the future. New England has been a hot bed for high level athletes in many sports. Expressions Elite has contributed to showcasing talents across New England on the basketball aspect. Todd Quarels the owner of Expressions AAU jas contributed to this region on and off the court in many ways than one. The Alumni coming back to honor the man who helped get them to where they are in their journey of continuing to be valued citizens in their community. The video below speaks volumes of the talent that has and continues to come out of New England


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Mustapha Heron Commits To Auburn

Mustapha Heron, a class of 2016 6-foot-5 prospect out of Waterbury, CT committed to Head Coach Bruce Pearl and the Auburn Tigers Sunday evening while visiting the school.

A former Pitt Panther commit, Heron decided to reopen his recruitment in April and was then being recruited by the likes of Alabama, St. John’s and Marquette.

Heron is an explosive athlete who is coming off of a state title starring for Sacred Heart (CT). A powerful scoring guard who is filled with a lot of potential to grow into one of the best incoming freshmen in the SEC, Heron is a gifted scorer who is very difficult to defend because of his strong built.

As a national consensus top 25 prospect in his class, Heron is Bruce Pearls highest rated commit during his tenure at Auburn.

Pearl a Boston, MA native came back to New England and landed of the most heralded prospects to come out of New England in recent years.

 


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Wenyen Gabriel Cuts List To 5

News broke Wednesday that Wenyen Gabriel, a 6-foot-9 forward from New Hampshire had cut his list of schools down to five.

Gabriel will choose between Duke, Kentucky, UConn, Providence and Maryland. Duke is considered to be the favorite at this point seeing how Gabriel is looking for a high academic school and a institution his sister really sees could be a good fit for the top 50 prospect. The Wildcats also rank high on Gabriel’s list securing an official visit early.

Wenyen Gabriel has three visits set to date. Maryland the weekend of September 4th, Kentucky the weekend of September 26th and Duke the weekend of October 15th. No other school on his list has secured an official visit yet.

Fun Fact: neither team on Wenyen Gabriel’s final list play in the same conference showing how open his recruitment is.


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Philmon Gebrehiwet reclassifying into 2018

Expressions Elite announced on Wednesday Philmon Gebrehiwet will be transferring from New Mission High School in Massachusetts to The Holderness School and reclassifying to 2018 in the process.

Gebrehiwet is a six-foot-seven wing that adds to an already talented young core in the rising junior class with Sukhmail Mathon, and senior Thomas Jackson.

Gebrehiwet is a long wing with the ability to play at the highest level, Gebrehiwet played with Expressions Elite this season making a name for himself on the national level while playing amongst the best grassroots talent in the country EYBL.  Expressions Elite was one of Nike’s only 16u teams that participated in each all of Nike’s sessions.  Gebrehiwet was selected to participate in the national invitational Nike Top 100 camp, after great reviews he now has the attention of national media outlets.

Philmon currently holds offers from Creighton, and UMASS for the class of 2017, look for him to jump into the national spotlight while in the class of 2018.

 


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Hoop Group Elite Session 2 Standouts

Hoop Group Elite Camp Session 2 Standouts
Hoopdreamsmag was at Hoop Group Elite Camp Session 2 this past week. Some of the top AAU programs in the country were well represented throughout the duration of the week. Here is a look at the top class of 2018 Standouts.

 

6’6 Isiah Mucius(2018) A long and Silky smooth playmaker showing the ability to score in a multitude of ways.

 

6’7 Dana Tate (2018) Fresh off an offer from Brown University Tate showed dominance throughout the entire camp. 6’7 with guard skills and a high motor on the glass makes Tate a high major prospect.

 

6’3 G Calvin Whipple (2018) Whipple showed he is a long range shooting elite prospect. Whipple shot the ball well from behind the arc and has shown increased athleticism.

 

6’7 Nate Leswiscz(2018) Arguably has the most potential in the class of 2018. Leswicsz can score from all over the floor, having some big games on the offensive end during camp.

 

6’6 Preston Santos (2018) Santos was sensational all weekend scoring, facilitating and rebounding at a high level. A plethora of Division one schools were following Santos throughout the week.

 

6’3 Jalen Carey (2018) Carey is a high major athlete with an incredible motor on both ends of the floor.

 

6’8 Arashma Parks (2018) Parks is a big-bodied player with good hands and feet in the post. Parks continues to develop his face up game but showed signs of improvement.

 

6’7 Jake Glenzen(2018) Glenzen is your protypical big man with good skills in the post. Glenzen continues to improve his athleticism.

 

6’9 Tommy O’Neil (2018) O’Neil is long and very skilled for his size. O’Neil showed the ability to break down defenders off the dribble and shot it well from behind the arc. He has all the tools of a high major prospect.

 

6’11 Sean Good (2018) Good is an intriguing prospect with elite level skills and sneaky athleticism. Good continued to play his best basketball towards the end of the camp.

 

5’10 Anthony Harris(2018) Harris showed high level athleticism and the ability to get to the rim when needed. Harris really impressed with his playmaking skills throughout camp.

 

6’5 David Mitchell (2018) Mitchell was one of the top scorers in his class. Mitchell can score from an assortment of ways. Mitchell most impressed us with his ability to score from long range.


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Kentucky and Duke Offer Wenyen Gabriel

Wenyen Gabriel, a class of 2016 consensus top 100 prospect in the country earned himself a scholarship from the Kentucky Wildcats, Duke Blue Devils and Kansas Jayhawks in the same weekend.

The Wilbraham & Monson Academy (MA) forward ran with the Mass Rivals while in Las Vegas at the Adidas Uprising Championships who were a few possessions away from capturing the title.

After his performance at the Adidas Uprising showcasing versatile skill set on a national TV while playing in the title game against Team Loaded on ESPN the country now knows the name Wenyen Gabiel. Showing off his ball handling, Perimeter shooting and high motor the 6-foot-9 Gabriel had everything on display over the weekend.

Gabriel holds an offer from every mid-high major program in New England but has taken a liking to the Duke Blue Devils who have offered as of today. As his recruitment continues to grow be sure to pay close attention to the rankings of Gabriel who has performed on the big stage and proved to play for any collegiate program in the country.

No favorites or scheduled visits for Wenyen Gabriel at the moment but we’ll be sure to report if there are any.

 

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Aaron Wheeler AAU Highlights

Aaron Wheeler, a 6-foot-7 wing forward who suits up for St. Andrews School (RI) and NE Playaz on the grassroots circuit is one most versatile prospects in the class of 2017. Wheeler has all the tools to be special. At his size, Wheeler possess the ability to handle the ball and create his shot wether it’s from deep or attacking the rim. An eye popping wingspan and good footwork allows Wheeler to not only protect the rim but also defend out on the perimeter


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Flash Cam On Instagram: Bobby Martin

Bobby Martin, a 6-foot-5 glue guy who stars for the Tilton School on the prep level and BABC on the grassroots circuit has really elevated his game this spring. Matin has improved defensively and scoring off the bounce. Martin has also shown flashes of his athleticism and hitting the perimeter jumper.


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Flash Cam on Instagram: Jordan Hardwick

As the July live period gets the ball rolling prospects are getting ready to make a name for themselves. One of those prospects tends to be Jordan Hardwick. Hardwick is a 6-foot-7 forward who plays for Expressions Elite on the grassroots circuit is a baby in basketball years. One of the youngest players in his class oozing with potential Jordan Hardwick really gets after on the glass and runs the floor really well to establish post position finishing over the top.


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Tyrique Jones Chooses Xavier

Tyrique Jones, a 6-foot-8 power forward by made a verbal commitment to Chris Mack and the Xavier Musketeers after visiting the campus over the weekend.

Jones, who attends Vermont Academy (MA), is an explosive athlete with a high motor and a high level rebounder. A physical specimen who likes the contact may draw comparisons to a young Jaylen Reynolds. Reynolds, a former NEPSAC player at Brewster Academy and current Musketeer who Jones will most likely replace after graduation was most known for the same attributes doing his prep years. If Jones can trust Coach Mack the way Reynolds did then his development is in good hands.

Jones becomes the first player in the 2016 class to give a commitment to Coach Mack. Tyrique Jones chose Xavier over Temple, UCONN, URI, Pitt, Boston College, VCU and Kansas St.


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On The Circuit: Kimani Lawrence

Kimani Lawrence, a 2017 6-foot-7 wing who attends Cushing Academy (MA) and plays for Expressions Elite on the grassroots circuit discusses areas of his game he’s improving. Had a chance to sit and talk to Kimani about his Nike EYBL experience and much more

With the ability to create off the dribble and score the ball like we sleep there’s a reason why Kimani Lawrence is beginning to hear from High Major programs. Lawrence is being recruited by the likes of Syracuse, Providence, Miami, URI, Creighton, Wake Forest just to name a few. A consensus nationally ranked top 100 player in his class, Lawrence will be one the most sought after prospects during the July Live period.

Lawrence has a ton of potential to be one of the overall leading prospects in his class and at the wing position. Often noted to be one of the best prospects to ever come out of the ocean state in a long time it’s up to Kimani to turn that potential into a true statement.

 


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Zero Gravity Nationals 15u Standouts

6’5 David Mitchell Mass Rivals-Quickness and strength is the trademark of Mitchell.  He likes to create contact in traffic. Mitchell was a threat on Saturday, showing the ability to score from all over the court.

5’10 G Maurice Works BABC-  Works best attribute today was his abiltiy to knock down the 3-point shot.  If you sit on his shot, he will break you down off the dribble and create for his teammates. He is a winner.

6’7 G Dana Tate Expressions- Tate is a big-bodied slasher who knows how to use his body to create space. His ability to finish through contact makes him a consistent scorer.  He loves to start the break after a rebound and his unselfish play creates easy buckets for others. High Major potential.

6’5 F Javon Jones Mass Rivals-  From either forward position, the 6’5″ Just is a true threat.  He has a remarkable quiver full of deadly post moves and can take you off the bounce.

5’10 PG Shandon Brown BABC-  Brown is a soild PG who can flat out score the rock.  His ball handling is on point and loves getting the ball ahead on the fastbreak

6’4 G AJ Reeves Mass Rivals-  Reeves is a guard that looks to attack the paint and facilitate. He knows when to be selfish and score and when he does look for his shot it usually is a high percentage shot in the paint or a hesitation move to a pull-up midrange.

6’5 G Kiyon Boyd DC Owls-  Boyd was arguably the top performer in the 15u age group. Only 14 years old the freshman starts for Dunbar high school in Maryland. Boyd put up numerous 30 point performances and showed high major potential.

6’3 G Nyzair Rountree Expressions- Highlight after highlight.  Rountree has high major leaping ability.  Over and over again he deflected perimeter passes and once he gets on the break it was a highlight.  The slashing guard is most dangerous when he is absorbing contact.

6’5 F Cole Swider BABC- Swider dropped numerous shots from beyond the arc.  He can shoot both off the catch and after a couple dribbles. Swider put up some big numbers for his BABC squad.

6’6 G Preston Santos Expressions- Santos loves to play both ends of the floor and does it well. He also showed he can guard multiple positions, his ability to score the ball by shooting from different spots and getting to the rim when he wanted showed he is a strong player and is getting even stronger.

5’10 PG Noah Fernandes NE Playaz- He runs the team and puts guys where they need to be for the team to be successful. He has great change of speed when he is being guard and he displayed a nice mid-range jump shot over the weekend.

6’1 Paul Durkee BABC- This week he was probably one of the best shooters in the gym in the whole tournament. He use so many ways to score the ball. he gets out in transition and stretches the floor and knocks down corner and wing jump shots.

6’1 G Ethan Wright NE Playaz- Wright is a lethal scorer who desperately wants to win.  His competitive spirit hides behind the mask of relaxation. Wright can shoot it from all the floor and loves taking advantage of smaller players guarding him.

6’9 F Tommy Oneil Expressions- Oneil was one of the more impressive young players we saw all weekend long.  He’s a good athlete, great rebounder and can affect the game on both ends. His post game is advanced for a player his age and showed the ability to break down defenders and score off the bounce.

6’5 Rakeesh Tibby NE Playaz- Tibby moves very well.  He already incorporated an effortless baby hook.  He has good footwork and his touch in traffic is excellent.

6’6 F Daniel Oladapo DC Owls- Oladapo already holds an offer from Towson and Penn State. The Big man has incredible footwork and high major athleticism. Oladapo had numerous dunks and high level plays above the rim.

5’10 PG Kwane Taylor Expressions- One of the more pure point guards in this weekends tournament, Taylor reads pick’n’rolls very well.  When he executes the play it quickly led to easy layups for his teammates. Taylor also showed the ability to consistently score from behind the arc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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NERR Super 16 Standouts

2016 EJ Crawford- Crawford is  a high major scorer. At one point hit 4 consecutive three point shots to bring his USAD team to victory

2016 Rawle Atkins(New Rens) Fresh off of his Kentucky offer Rawle Atkins impressed everyone in the gym. 6’5, super athletic and highly skilled. Atkins is a Top 30 prospect and on the incline

2017 Jose Alvarado(New Rens) is an elite guard that can facilitate and score at a high level. A mid major prospect and rising

2016 Matt Dewolfe(Middlesex Magic) His motor and size allowed him to dominate the paint while scoring with ease.

2018 Tyler Bourne(New Heights) When this kid is clicking he looks like a top 5  point guard in the country. His strength combined with great dribbling skills and penetrating ability makes him a special player to watch.

2018 Dana Tate(Expressions Elite) 6’7 with guard skills Tate appeared to be a good prospect last season but this year he leaped to the next level. The tools and athleticism he showed this weekend were unmatched. He might have shot into the Top 50 in the country.

2016 Mustapha Heron(New Rens) Heron usually handles most of the scoring load but this weekend got some help from his teammates. The big guard average close to 18 points a game and continues to keep his name among the elite players in the nation.

2017 Thomas Murphy(NE Playaz) Murphy was dominant playing in the 16u age bracket but, more impressive was his improved footwork and touch around the basket. He was able to gain good low post position, seal defenders and court in the paint. He’s a big target and possess the soft hands needed to catch and finish.

2018 Nyzair Rountree(Expressions Elite) Rountree went to work throughout the weekend and really shined in his teams pool play blowing out teams. Rountree scored a few buckets but played more of a facilitator role for his Expressions squad.

2016 Wenyen Gabriel(Mass Rivals) Gabriel continues to improve as he has all of the size, athleticism and skills to play at a high level. Look for Gabriel to continue impressing throughout the summer.


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Zero Gravity Mass State Championship Standouts

6’2 Jakai Dotton(2017) BABC- The 6’2 guard and scoring prowess powered BABC to the championship. Once he got going he was difficult to slow down. He packs a mean scoring punch. 

6’9 Tommy O’neil(2018) Expressions- At times O’neil looked like the best prospect in the building. His wiry frame and developing skills gives the indication of what could be expected down the road. O’neil looks like he will continue to sprout up in size. 

6’3 Justin Mazzula(2017) BABC- Every coach would wish to have a kid like lane suiting up. This kid gave his all on both ends of the floor and seemed to make winning plays. His all-around toughness rubs off on the team. 

6’1 G Ethan Wright(2018) NE Playaz- Wright brings a calm to his squad when running the show. He takes good care of the rock when scoring or facilitating to teammates.

6’6 Chris Camille(2019) Mass Commanders- Camille caught our eye as one of the most promising prospects in the building. His long, slender type frame and feel for the game really stood out. 

6’7 Dana Tate(2018) Expressions- The more comfortable he gets putting the ball on the floor, rebounding on both ends  and making perimeter plays, the more intriguing he becomes. Expressions might have something special with this kid. 

 


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Hoop Group Providence Jamfest 15u Standouts

5’10 G Maurice Works (BABC)- Works has the rock on a string therefore he gets anywhere he wants on the floor. Once he got through the first line of defense he has the option of either scoring or dishing to teammates. He’s one tough guard to defend.

6’7 F Dana Tate (Expressions Elite)-  What else needs to said this kid came to a big time stage in the and put up numbers. Tate can essentially do it all and play multiple positions. No one really knew him before but now he might have created national name. 

6’6 F Martin Mann (BABC)- Martin put team on his back as he guided them through the trenches during championship run. His strength and scoring ability makes him a factor every time he steps on the floor.

6’5 Cole Swider (BABC) Swider had a barrage of scoring during Hoop Group Jamfest. His range seems to be when he walks in the gym. Once he gets hot he’s usually tough to contain.

6’4 G AJ Reeves (Rivals)- Whether he was scoring or making things happen for teammates, Reeves proved to be a superior play maker. His stock is continuing to rise as we speak. 

6’8 Tommy O’neil (Expressions Elite) O’neil is long and lanky wing. He has shown he could score  from all three levels and has improved his ability to make his teammates better.

5’9 PG Shandon Brown (BABC)- Brown showed that his presence matters. He ran the point for BABC as they won the championship. His heady plays and ability to score or run his team makes him an elite prospect.

6’4 F David Mitchell (Rivals)- Mitchell showed he could score from any kind of circumstances. It seems to be natural for him to put the ball in the hole. 

5’10 PG Kwane Taylor(Expressions Elite)- Taylor has fun breaking down defenders at will. Once he got into the lane at ease he either finished at the rim or facilitated to his teammates. Also an elite level defender.


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Northeast Live Invitational 15u Standouts

Basketbull.com put on quite the event this past weekend in Springfield, MA. The majority of the top programs in the Northeast were present NY City Rocks, BABC, Expressions, NE Playaz, NY Lightning, PSA, etc. Here is a look at some of the standouts over the weekend.

 

Noah Fernandes (NE Playaz)- The 5’10 PG Fernandes has the rock on a string therefore he gets anywhere he wants on the floor. Once he got through the first line of defense he has the option of either scoring or dishing to teammates.

Kwane Taylor (Expressions)- 5’10 PG Taylor was a new face on the circuit and found open teammates with precise passes and creative dimes that left the defense standing still.  Clearly, Taylor’s stock should rise over the next few months.

Cole Swider(BABC)-  At 6’5 this kid is so natural at scoring that it’s kind of scary. He’s very fluid going to the basket and if you try to back off he will score from long range.

Ethan Wright(NE Playaz) 6’1 G Wright played the game with great intensity. He could be seen attacking the rim in transition and in the half court set.

Shandon Brown(BABC)- 5’9 PG  Once again Brown proved to be an elite level player in this event. His take over the game ability was very apparent on both ends of the floor.

Tommy O’neil(Expressions) 6’8 F O’neil can play multiple positions as he played in the Expressions backcourt. He’s also big enough to sneak inside, grab rebounds and score in the paint

Maurice Works( BABC) Works is a ball handlers worse nightmare. He pressures the rock and makes the opposing guard have to make quick decisions.

Preston Santos(Expressions) When you are 6’6, can put it on the floor and step back to hit from long range consistently it’s hard to find a better prospect in the building. Santos not only passed the look test he also showed and proved on the floor that he’s one of the best in the Northeast Region

 


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#NEHF Showcase Recap

In the showcase edition of the North East Hoops Festival we saw some of the areas top shoe company grasssroots programs take on one another. Mass Rivals (Adidas) were present with their 15u, 16u, and 17u teams, New England Playaz (Adidas) also present with their 15u, 16u, and 17u teams. Expressions Elite (Nike) was present with their 16u team who participated in the 17u division only.

New England Playaz were lead by 2017 Kellan Grady, a guard who has made tremendous strides as of late. Has been able to become a better combo guard who can score it when he gets hot. Made his teammates better and scored it when he needed to, 2016 Jimbo Lull has started to make a name for him self on the circuit, a big body who takes up space and has a nice touch.

Expressions Elite 16u played up in the 17u division and had arguably the best game of the weekend against the New England Playaz losing by one point on a buzzer beater. 2017 Derrick Ellis has continued to show that he is one of the best guards in his class, continued to set teammates up, and get to the rim no mater who was in front of him. 2017 Philmon Gebrewhit was a standout performer; at 6’7” he passes the look test for a high major wing, another test was to see if he was able to make translatable moves against division one prospects. He showed that he was able to make shots, as well as get into the lane and create offense, also was able to defend the wing position. 2017 Sukmail Mathon and 2017 Jordan Hardwick rebounded and scored in transition respectively showing that they are prospects of their own.

Mass Rivals 2017 Makai Ashton-Langford and 2016 Wabissa Bede caused havoc all day long, toughness combined with a will to win these two were fun to watch. Very impressed with the toughness and leadership of Wabissa Bede. Hands down most improved player in region. Makai Ashton-Langford was able to get to virtually any spot on the floor that he wanted to at any given time. Made tough shots, and has improved on the defensive end. Ty Malone showcased his improved outside shooting, making timely shots, as well as causing havoc on the defensive end.

2016 Keyshaun Jacobs was impressive for Metro Boston, created space off the dribble and made shots. 2016 James Foye showcased his scoring ability in which he was able to score off the bounce, as well as get to the rim.


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Nike EYBL Boo Williams 15u Standouts

6’6 Martin Mann(2018) competed at a high level as the Nike EYBL tipped off this past weekend and was loaded with talent in the 15u field. BABC and Expressions Elite were the sole representers in New England. Here is a look at some of the standouts.

 

Martin Mann (BABC) -The 6’6 Forward competed at a high level for his squad. Averaging nearly a double-double Mann impacted the game on both ends of the floor.

Preston Santos (Expressions) –6’5 guard averaged over 20 points per game for his squad. Santos scored in a variety of ways and showed he is a top prospect netting 22 points in a win against Team United(NC).

Paul Durkee (BABC)- 6’1 G Durkee was inconsistent throughout the weekend, but seemed to settle during his third game and put up huge numbers. Durkee proved he is one of the top scorers in the region.

Tommy O’neil (Expressions)- 6’8 Swingman showed tremendous potential scoring on the wing,high post and on the block. O’neil continues to mature and develop into an elite prospect.

Maurice Works(BABC)- 5’10 PG Works simply makes his team go in a variety of ways. Works was consistent throughout the week for his squad and was essential during game vs. Team Melo.

David Dukes(Expressions)- 6’2 PG showed a great deal of composure during the weekend. Scoring when needed and facilitating to his teammates.

Shandon Brown(BABC)- 5’9 PG Brown is an elite defender and show ability to knock down shots from long range.


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Philmon “Penny” Gebrehiwet

It’s not often that you can compare NBA players to high school kids at such an early stage in their development. But there is always a “What If”.  Projected to be 6’9″ last measured at 6’7″ 2017 Philmon Gebrehiwet Passes the eye test, Great feel for the game, can defend the guard position, can make shots off the dribble as well as catch and shoot.

On paper his upside is tremendous, great ball handler in transition, reads the pick & roll well.  This AAU season Philmon will play the combo guard for the Nike Expressions Elite team. Who has a front line of 6’10, 6’9 6’8, Philmon looks to have a breakout summer.  “My goal is to become the best player in my class, I’m not trying to prove anyone wrong, and I’m simply proving to myself that with hard work and dedication my dream of playing college basketball will come true”

When speaking to Expressions Elite coach Boswell about Philemon’s upside he states “He can be special, he has a tremendous work ethic, I never seen someone get better every week, he has guard skills at 6’7 and that’s not normal.  Phil has all the tools to become a high major player without a doubt.

On why he choose Expressions Elite Philmon states ” I felt that they would be able to prepare me to play at the highest level, along with a chance to showcase my talents again the best players on the Nike circuit, I’m in the gym every day, preparing for my opportunity.


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Next up: Daman “Mr. Hibachi” Tate (Class of 2019)

Daman Tate is poised to break out this upcoming AAU season as projected as one of the top guards in the country. Tate has been relatively flying under the radar but potentially playing on the Nike EYBL circuit could boost his stock. The 6’2 eighth grader has a deadly outside shot, finishes very well in transition, and is consistently playing above the rim. Tate is a natural playmaker with all of the tools of a high major prospect. We look forward to following him during the spring/summer.

 

How are you preparing yourself physically and educationally to succeed?

 I have been preparing physically by of course doing on court workouts but also lifting weights and getting stronger for the upcoming season 

What goals and aspirations do you have for yourself as a person?

My main goal is not only to be a successful basketball player on the big stage, but also finish college and get my degree in Communications 

What are your season averages?

18 points per game, 6 rebounds per game, 7 assists per game

What are you doing for the AAU season?

For the AAU season I am hopefully playing on the Nike EYBL circuit while constantly working out in the gym and weight room trying to get better.

What’s your favorite gametime music?

Favorite gametime music anything Meek Mill or J Cole

What’s your favorite sneakers?

 My favorite sneakers Jordan 2’s

Have you been contacted by any colleges yet?

 No I haven’t been contacted by any colleges but I hope to this upcoming AAU season. And I would want to play college at Duke University 

 

 

 

 


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Next up: Preston Santos Class of 2018

6’5 Preston Santos of Bishop Hendricken(Providence, RI) is a star in the making. Only a freshman with the intangibles to dominate at the varsity level. Santos has registered a number of triple double performances and clutch shot performances he is already being referred to as the next Ricky Ledo. ESPN has ranked Santos as the third best Freshman prospect in New England. Even though he is only 14 years of age he is prone to help Bishop Hendricken accomplish another state title run.

How are you preparing yourself physically and educationally to succeed?

I prepare myself by working hard in the gym whenever I can, and studying for school and the plays I need to learn more

What goals and aspirations do you have for yourself as a person?

My goals are to graduate from high school and college. And I want to play division 1 basketball.

What are your season averages?

9.5 PPG, 8 RBG, 5 BPG, 3 APG

What are you doing for the AAU season?

I will be playing with Expressions Elite on the Nike EYBL Circuit. I have been playing with them since the 7th grade.

What’s your favorite gametime music?

Bricks by Migos

What’s your favorite sneakers?

My favorite sneakers are nike foamposites

Have you been contacted by any colleges yet?

I have been contacted by PC, URI , West Virginia, and Boston College

 


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Next up: Ethan Wright (Newton, MA)

6’1 PG Ethan Wright has had a breakout freshman campaign at Newton North High School(MA). Wright has helped Newton North to a top 5 state ranking and continues to contribute on both ends on the floor. As Wright continues to improve at the right time as Newton North continues on their quest for a state championship. We had the opportunity to sit down with Ethan and talk about more than just basketball.

How are you preparing yourself physically and educationally to succeed?

-I’m just trying to work hard on the court and the classroom. Whether it’s meeting with teachers or working out

What goals and aspirations do you have for yourself as a person?

-My goals are to graduate from high school and college. And I want to play division 1 basketball.

What are your season averages?

 I’m averaging around 8 points per game. I try to facilitate and get all of my teammates involved.

What are you doing for the AAU season?

For the AAU season I’ll be playing with the Game Time Eilte.

What’s your favorite gametime music?

My favorite game time music is probably “the devil is a lie” featuring Jay Z

What’s your favorite sneakers?

My favorite sneakers are probably the concord 11s

Have you been contacted by any colleges yet?

I haven’t been contacted by any colleges yet. And I would be happy with any division one school for college

 

 


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New England Class of 2018 Stock Risers

The New England Class of 2018 is loaded with new talent and as we are headed into the last stretch of the high school season some of these players stocks are beginning to rise. 6’3 G AJ Reeves has seen his stock soar to a national level after reclassifying at Brimmer and May School. 6’5 SG Preston Santos has also significantly jumped onto the national recruiting level as, he is only 14 years old and still has tons of growth left. 5’11 G Tanahj Pettway  has been the most productive freshman leading Central Catholic in scoring during a plethora of games and is drawing comparisons to Boston legend Monty Mack. Lastly, 6’3 PG Brycen Goodine has seen his stock rise after multiple triple-double performances and a number of high major plays.

Here is a look at the TOP 10 freshmen stock risers in New England.

1. 6’3 G AJ Reeves (Brimmer and May School, MA)

2. 6’5 SG Preston Santos (Bishop Hendricken School, RI)

3. 5’11 G Tanahj Pettway (Central Catholic School, MA)

4. 6’3 PG Brycen Goodine (Bishop Stang School, MA)

5. 6’4 G Cole Swider (St Andrews School, RI)

6. 6’5 G Javon Jones (St. Sebastians School, MA)

7. 6’3 G Nyzair Rountree ( Holy Cross, CT

8.  6’3 G Shamir Johnson (Taft School, CT)

9.  6’6 F Martin Mann (Lawrence Academy, MA)

10. 6’1 G Ethan Wright ( Newton North, MA)

 

 


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Early-impact Freshman in New England

6’6 Chris Doherty(Marlboro High)- Doherty is the leading scorer for his Marlboro high school squad averaging 17 points per game. Doherty is a prototypical back to the basket big with a solid touch around the basket.

6’2 G Paul Durkee( Shrewsbury High)- Durkee has a knack to put the ball in the basket and can score in a variety of ways. Durkee averages 14 points per game for his varsity squad and look for him to continue to dominate the varsity ranks.

6’3 G Nyzair Rountree(Holy Cross High)- Rountree has been on a tear averaging 27 points per game over the past few weeks. Only a freshman but can attack at a high level and has shown the ability to score from long range.

5’6 PG Travis Evee(BC High)- Evee is small but efficient as he shows the ability to score and facilitate for his squad. Evee has put up some big numbers for his BC High squad.

6’2 G Dominic Jones(New Mission)- Jones continues to light up opponents as he averages close to 15 points per game. Jones is a scholarship level athlete that can fill it up from behind the arc.

6’3 PG Brycen Goodine(Bishop Stang)- Goodine is arguably the top player in southern Massachusetts regardless of class averaging 17 points per game. Goodine continues to fill up the stat sheet noting a triple-double performance during the season.

6’1 PG Ethan Wright(Newton North)- Wright has been sensational for his undefeated Newton North Squad. Wright  has logged major minutes and has shown the poise of a senior and the ability to score in bunches.

6’5 Preston Santos(Bishop Hendricken)- Santos started season off slow but, has began to put together dominant performances with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Santos does it all for his Bishop Hendricken squad playing a multitude of positions.

5’10 Maurice Works(East Boston)- Works averages 17 points per game and is recognized as the top freshman in the City of Boston. Works is a jet on the offensive end and can defend at an elite level.

 


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Jermaine “Born Ready” Samuels

When you think of potential and upside the name that comes to mind is Jermaine Samuels the 6’7” shooting guard has been a name that has been in the national media for quite some time.

Nationally ranked amongst the top 25 prospects in the country, Samuels is generally known for his athletic ability while attacking the rim. This year he has improved his game and skill set leaps and bounds. His jump-shot has been one of his go to moves as of recent, with him being more confident with his jump-shot he now has defenders guessing what he will do offensively.

“My goal this season is to become a better leader, while taking ownership in the things I do, and hopefully bring an ISL championship to Rivers” says Samuels

As a player who wants to play at the next level, naturally you envision how you would want your game to resemble, Samuels states “Paul George, he does a lot of things well”

Currently Samuels holds offers from the defending national champions UCONN, Boston College, Boston University, and URI. He has also heard from the likes of Kansas, Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse, UCLA, V Tech, and Stanford to name a few.

“Unanimous College Coach “ Jermaine is the real deal, he has one of the best motors I have seen in my 19+ years coaching, he will be a high major player when its all said and done,

Rivers plays at the 2015 Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic Jan 10-11, 2015 at Bunker Hill Community College and all eyes will be on Samuels & Co. to show that they have what it takes as a program to compete at the highest level against some of the best in the NEPSAC. – See more at:

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Baris Ulker “Smooth”

2016 Baris Ulker 6’8” attends Winchendon School (MA) the do it all forward is relatively unknown to the masses of the college world, due to him participating with the Turkey national team during all live period events.

Ulker is one of the most skilled forward in his class, vision, size, length and a high IQ sums up what Ulker brings to the table.

“During the evaluation period I’m looking forward to staying in the U.S. the year and participating in the EYBL with Expressions Elite”.

Choosing to play for the Turkey national team was a hard decision for Ulker and his family; the reward was that he helped his country place 7th place during the European championship.

After seeing Ulker over a dozen times, I can go on record stating that he has the skill and IQ of a player far past his grade level. He will be a big time target when colleges see how skilled he is, he has the skill to be a secondary ball handler at 6’8’.

“Playing in Turkey helped me understand how to play like a point guard, it made me a better passer and better leader”

Winchendon plays at the 2015 Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic Jan 10-11, 2015 at Bunker Hill Community College and all eyes will be on Ulker & Co. to show that they have what it takes as a program to compete at the highest level against some of the best in the NEPSAC. – See more at:

 

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Omari “BIG TICKET” Spellman

When the nation noticed that their was a high major prospect on the rise in North Royalton, Ohio they didn’t know he would blossom into one of the country’s most dominate do it all bigs that we have seen in quite some time.

Standing at 6’8 as a sophomore, Omari Spellman had the tools to of a guard, and the size of a NBA forward. Spellman took Ohio by storm and proved to be one of the top players in the state.

Both Spellman’s parents played basketball at Youngstown State, and he lived in Cleveland up until the seventh grade. He then moved to New York to live with his father, but returned to Ohio before his freshman year because he was homesick.

Fast-forward to the present, Spellman now attends The McDuffie School (MA) and is of the most sought after prospects in the country.  Ranked amongst the top 20 players in the class of 2016, the world will have their hands full when Spellman steps on the court.  MacDuffie has been a frequent stop for all high major coaches to see what we call the “BIG TICKET”

“I’m looking for the school that is the right fit for me and I have now cut my list to 15 schools”

Kentucky, Villanova, Ohio State, UCLA, UConn, Pitt, Arizona, Miami, West Virginia, Virginia, Florida, Indiana, Wake Forest, St. John’s and Seton Hall in no order.

“I’m currently 6’9. 5 and I’m down to 270 lbs, I’ve been working hard to become a better person and player everyday” Spellman and the McDuffie School will participate in this years Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic. Bunker Hill Community College, Boston MA.  There will be a long list of coaches at the event to see one of the nations best.

 

 

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Boston Trinity Academy

 Boston Trinity Academy is led by Super Senior and Bryant University commit Nisre Zouzoua The 6-2 shooting guard previously led Boston Trinity to the NEPSAC Class D championship. Zouzoua also earned Class D Player of the Year and championship game MVP honors. Zouzoua is a super athletic guard that can score in a variety of ways. Even though they have had success last year Boston Trinity still tends to fly under the radar in the world of NEPSAC basketball. This fast paced Boston Trinity squad will be matched up against Marianapolis prep.


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Bruce Brown & Tyrique Jones package deal

Vermont Academy has had a long list of coaches who have made the trip to campus, most have been on campus to see two of the country’s best prospects in Bruce Brown who is arguably one of the best defenders in the country, he has worked on his ball handling skills and now has been recruited as a lead guard.

The other prospect would be Tyrique Jones a 6’8 235 monster, one of the rebounders in the country and has developed into a low post nightmare when a basket is needed. A great on ball shot blocker with great timing.

Brown states, “Some schools are looking for me to play both guard positions, I’m looking to see how the teams play, if they run and get out on the break that’s the system I’m looking for”

Jones had his first taste of NEPSAC basketball this season and says, “It wasn’t that difficult for me to adjust, playing in the EYBL with Expressions Elite helped me prepare for the league. Each time we stepped on the court we where playing against the best players in the country”

The duo has now informed HDM that they intend to be a package deal for college.

Jones “ Me and Bruce talked about it and we plan to attend school together.

Brown “ Yes me and Tyrique would like to attend school together.

Whichever school lands this dynamic duo will have one of the best defensive classes of 2016.

Brown holds offers from Indiana, Auburn, Arizona State, Texas Tech, UMass, Virginia Tech, Iowa State, Providence, Temple, Boston College, VCU, Wake Forest, URI, Miami, Minnesota, Xavier,

Jones holds offers from Providence, Cincinnati, Kansas State, URI, Texas Tech, Xavier, UMass and interest from over 15 others.

Both will be playing in this years Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic January 10-11, Bunker Hill Community College.

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Top Freshman Standouts in New England

5’10 PG Maurice Works- 16 pts and 10 asts as he wins the Keith Nance tournament MVP. Talented freshman just scratching the surface.

6’2 G Paul Durkee- Has led his team to a 2-1 record scoring 16 against St. Peter-Marian. Durkee is clearly one of the top scorers in the state
6’6 F Chris Doherty- 21 pts and 13 rbs against St. Bernard. Doherty has led his team to a 3-1 overall record and proving he is one of the top Freshmen in New England
6’3 PG Brycen Goodine- 19pts, 15 rbs, 5 ast and 3 blocks has been doing it all for his Bishop Stang squad(3-0). Goodine already has the size and athleticism to play at the Division One level.  He has tremendous potential and keeps improving.
6’8 F Tommy O’Neil- 12 pts, 8 rbs has helped lead his St. John’s Prep team to a 3-0 mark. O’neil plays St. Anthonys(NJ) tonight
5’11 G Tanahj Pettway- Has been averaging 16 pts a game as he is the leading scorer for his Division One squad. Pettway sure can put up points in bunches.
6’5 G Preston Santos- Has been averaging 10 pts, 8 rbs, 5ast and 5 blks a game as a freshman for Bishop Hendricken. Santos does it all for his squad.

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FRESHMAN FOCUS: DANA TATE

6’6 Wing Dana Tate is the best freshman you have never heard. Tate has been flying under the radar but is poised to contribute at St. Sebastian’s this year. We received an opportunity to sit down and talk to Mr. Tate about his first Varsity Season.

 

What were your high school Fall league averages?
I don’t know my high school  fall league averages, but I played well and we have a really talented team at St. Sebastians.
How are you preparing yourself physically and educationally to succeed?
I work out in the weight room 3 times a week and I try to practice on the court at least 4 times a week. I have been working hard in my academics and have earned honor roll grades.
What goals and aspirations do you have for yourself as a person?
My main goal in life is to play college basketball and be a  successful lawyer with a college education.
Why did you pick St Sebastian’s prep School?
I picked St. Sebastians because of the community, the great education I will receive by going here, and because of the opportunities that the school will open for me in years to come.
How have you been transitioning from middle school life to life as an athlete in high school?
I am transitioning by taking basketball and school a lot more serious, and I will always try my hardest and try to challenge in the best way possible.
Where do you want to play college basketball?
The college I would love to play basketball at is either North Carolina or Georgetown.

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A LOOK AT OUR NEW CLASS OF 2018 PLAYER RANKINGS

Multiple players reclassifying to Class of 2018 and the emergence of young prospects helps form the New England Class of 2018 rankings.  Here is a look at our Class of 2018 top 10 rankings

Click the link for our Class of 2018 Player Rankings!

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10. Brycen Goodine Expressions- The 6’3 PG has been on a tear since since AAU Nationals. Goodine has the size, skill and athleticism to be a high major prospect. Goodine looks to run the at Bishop Stang high school. Not bad for a 14 year old.

 

9. Charles Hannah Mass Rivals – 6’5 Big man Hannah cracks the top ten after reclassifying to class of 2018. Hannah is a prototypical back to the basket big still developing his face up skill set. Looking forward to seeing Hannah develop at Northfield Mount Hermon.

 

8. Tyler Aronson Expressions- 6’1 G Aronson was the breakout player of the year during last AAU Season. Aronson has a high IQ with a plethora of skills to attack the defense. Aronson also is very athletic and looks to crack the rotation at the Rivers School this winter.

 

7. Kegan Kerby Mass Rivals- 6’6 Kerby has reclassified and now attends the Brooks school. Kerby is very athletic and shows the skills to eventually play on the perimeter. Kerby continues to develop and looks to improve during the winter.

 

6. Calvin Whipple Mass Rivals- 6’3 Whipple is a top 10 prospect in New England after reclassifying into the Class of 2018. Whipple can really fill it up from all over the floor. Look for Whipple to make an impact at NMH.

 

5. Tommy O’neil Expressions- 6’9 swingman O’neil might have the most potential out of all prospects in New England. Only 14 years old O’neil has improved his skill set and shows the ability to make plays on the perimeter. Look for O’neil to make an immediate impact at St Johns Prep.

 

4. Maurice Works BABC- 5’10 Works is jet quick with a college level ready skill set. Works has the skills, athleticism and toughness to produces right away in the MIAA.

 

3. AJ Reeves Mass Rivals- 6’3 scoring guard is silky smooth and has begun to show high major potential. Reeves should contribute right away at Brimmer and May and with continued development an All Conference type of player.

 

2. Nyzair Rountree Expressions- A top 100 prospect 6’3 Rountree is arguably the most athletic player in his class. Rountree appears to be developing his skill set, as he is able to attack gaps and make plays while finishing at the rim. Look for Rountree to produce immediately at Holy Cross.

 

1. Chris Doherty NE Playaz- 6’6 Doherty is a finely skilled big man that shows the toughness to dominate at the MIAA level as a freshman. Look for Doherty to help lead Marlboro High School to a state title run. Doherty is a high major prospect.

 


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NERR Hoops Festival 16u Recap

In a field that was loaded with talent NE Playaz, Mass Rivals, Expressions Elite, and Middlesex Magic.Expressions Elite 15u squad ran through the 16u competition winning every game by more than 20 points and the championship 75-31. Here is a look at some of the standouts

 

6’3 Nyzair Rountree Expressions- (2018) Fresh off receiving interest from Notre Dame and Virginia the talented freshman displayed a high major upside posterizing a number of defenders throughout the weekend. Rountree showed elite level play making skills and ability to hit the long-range shot.

 

6’5 Aaron Wheeler NE Playaz-(2017) Wheeler showed high major potential scoring in transition and shot it well from behind the arc. Wheeler has all of the tools to play at a high major program

 

6’3 Brycen Goodine Expressions-(2018) Goodine is a smooth facilitating point guard showing the ability to attack the gaps and make plays consistently.

 

6’6 Chris Doherty NE Playaz-(2018) Doherty has a high motor and the ability to control the glass. Doherty continues to improve his skill set.

 

6’9 Tommy O’Neil Expressions-(2018) O’Neil shows high major potential having the ability to lead the fast break and make sound play making decisions.

 

 

6’6 Nate Laszewski NE Playaz-(2017) Long and lanky forward with the ability to stretch defenses with his outside touch.

 

6’5 Preston Santos Expressions (2018) Santos can score in an assortment of ways showing a high major upside.

 

6’0 Jared Simmons NE Playaz(2017) Simmons is super quick and a sneaky athlete showing ability to score in bunches.

 

6’1 Tyler Aronson Expressions (2018) Aronson is a heady guard showing the ability to finish above the rim and score from long range.

 

5’10 Jarron Santos RI Renegades (2017) Santos is a tough match up with the ability to score from long range and attack gaps of defenses.

 

 

 


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NERR Hoops Festival 17u Recap

The New England Hoops Festival was loaded with talent this past weekend. A number of Division one players were in attendance and a key match ups throughout the event. Here is a look at some of the Varsity division standouts

 

6’1 G Marcus Zegarowski Expressions-(2017) Heady guard that can facilitate and score at a high level. Zegarowski appears to be a clutch performer nailing a long distance 3 to extend Expressions to overtime with Middlesex Magic.

 

6’6 Harry O’neil Middlesex Magic-(2016) O’neil is a throwback style big man that has a great skill set and an assortment of low post moves.

 

6’6 Jermaine Samuels Expressions-(2017) The top 20 prospect flat out dominated the competition. Samuels is a high major athlete with an abundance of perimeter skills.

 

6’7 Matt Dewolfe Middlesex Magic-(2016) Dewolfe showed low-mid major potential as he showed a high motor and great feel for play.

 

6’8 Jordan Hardwick Expressions-(2017) A super long athlete with a developing perimeter skill set. Hardwick was a mismatch for opposing swingmen as he showed the ability to take defenders off the bounce.

 

6’3 Bruce Brown BABC-(2016) He shoots with confidence from all over the court, has a great handle of the basketball and shows tremendous athleticism at both ends of the court.

 

5’10 Derek Ellis Expressions-(2017) Elite level facilitator that shows the ability to score at a high level.

 

6’6 David Watkins Rivals-(2016) The lanky wing continues to improve his guard skill set.

 

5’11” Guilien Smith B2L-(2015) – The Dartmouth College commit could arguably be the best scorer in MIAA. Absolutely filled it up all weekend and made out to be a tough cover for opposing defenders.

 

 


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Nisre Zouzoua off the board to Bryant University

On Sunday night Bryant University landed a commitment from Boston Trinity Academy guard Nisre Zouzoua following his official visit last weekend.   

Nisre Zouzoua led Boston Trinity Academy to the NEPSAC Class D championship as a junior, leading all scores with 31 points in an MVP performance, also named the Class D MVP of the regular season.

Running with Expressions Elite during the grassroots season, Zouzoua got his first taste of national exposure playing on the Nike EYBL circuit against the best layers in the country.  Holding his own and proving that he to was a player that could play at the highest level, Zouzoua continued to get better with each sessions, ultimately gaining offers from Bryant, Robert Morris, Winthrop, and Canisius College.

“I chose Bryant because I loved the basketball atmosphere. Its a school that really supports its basketball program, and I believe that I can help the team make it over the hump, and into the NCAA tournament -I knew that Bryant was the place, my second night. I had a talk with Zach their shooting guard. He was telling me what he wanted to achieve at Bryant, and how he thought I could fit in. The team environment was great for me, and I knew right there that’s where I wanted to go”

“My biggest supporters are my dad, my mom, my coaches at BTA and BTA as a school, and my whole city of Brockton.  Everyone has been pushing me to be different.  Not just to be the basketball player who didn’t go anywhere, to actually make a name for myself.  My goals this season is to win a NEPSAC class D championship again this year, and to be BTA’s first 1000 point scorer.”

“I would like to thank Expressions Elite director Todd Quarles and coach Tyron Boswell for believing in me, they gave me a chance to prove that I belonged”


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Corey Porter’s Rise in The Basketball Community

About a year ago today, a 20 year old college student by the name of Corey Porter was up late one night watching Ricky Ledo highlights on YouTube. Always passionate about basketball and video editing, the young man finally decided it was time to pursue his dream. He gathered a bunch of Ledo highlights, made his first video, and put it on YouTube. No one in the basketball community knew who he was yet, but when his Ledo video caught the eye of Expressions Elite coach Tyron Boswell, everything would soon change.

Boswell sent the local kid a message on twitter basically wondering who he was, who he works for, and if he would like to help out Expressions with video. First however, he wanted to see more work from Corey to see if he was the real deal. Eager to prove himself Porter went out the very next day, bought a camera, and reached out to top 100 Providence College commit Brandon Austin. They ended up becoming close friends and the two of them would hit the PC basketball facility every single night. Austin working on his game and practicing ridiculous dunks while Corey recorded every single minute of each workout. When the short documentary was finally finished and put on YouTube, the word was officially out on Corey Porter. He was gaining hundreds of followers on social media, thousands of views on YouTube, and showing his face at dozens of prep school games recording the top prospects in the country. Not only was Expressions Elite on board, but soon he was freelancing for Cox Sports, Go Local Prov, and had a press pass for PC games.

Porter then decided to start his own self-titled video production company named Corey Porter TV aka CPTV and got his own logo and t-shirts for players to wear. “I named my production company Corey Porter TV because I wanted to get my name out there and build my portfolio so one day I could get my dream job of working for an NBA team” says Corey. Players quickly accepted him and his brand and within the span of a few months he went from virtually unknown in the basketball community to being regarded by many as the best videographer in New England, having well over a thousand followers on his social media accounts, traveling the country with one of the best AAU teams in the nation, sitting on the baseline at the Dunkin Donuts center recording PC games, and even hanging out with NBA player Nerlens Noel in Philadelphia. “He’s the best in the game, it’s as simple as that” said UNLV player Goodluck Okonoboh. He was also becoming close friends with some of the top players in the country and they helped him expand and build his brand by wearing CPTV shirts in layup lines and shouting him out on Instagram.

Corey was so busy with his new lifestyle and working full time that he had to take some time off from school, but he will be finishing up his last year of college at Valencia College in Orlando starting this January. Valencia college is ranked a top 10 video production program in the country. Going forward, He will be covering PC games for Friarbasketball.com this season doing the post game video recaps, as well as recording some prep school basketball. His goal is to get his degree in video production and intern with an NBA team eventually landing a job in the NBA, or to be a film maker. “I would like to thank Tyron Boswell, Ricky Ledo, Brandon Austin, and Kaleb Joseph because without them, I wouldn’t be here today.” Check out his director reel below and follow him on his journey while he chases his dream.

 


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Sources: Nike near Durant megadeal

At the 11th hour, Nike just simply couldn’t let Kevin Durant walk away.

With Durant on the verge of a move to Under Armour, sources told ESPN on Sunday that Nike has exercised its right to match any rival shoe company’s offer to the Oklahoma City Thunderstar.

Nike has countered Under Armour’s offer of between $265 million and $285 million and believes it will keep Kevin Durant for the next 10 years, sources told ESPN. Nike, whose seven-year deal that guaranteed Durant $60 million is expiring, made an initial offer of about $20 million a year that was far from what Durant was looking for. Under Armour’s huge play for Durant had many believing that Nike would even let him go at that price.

 

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Over the next two years, Kevin Durant will make more from his deal with Nike than he will from the remaining $41.2 million on his contract with the Thunder, according to sources.

 

But on Saturday, Nike officials told Durant and his team at Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports that it would indeed step up enough to allow the world’s largest shoe and apparel company to keep him in its robust stable of basketball endorsers that includes LeBron James and Kobe Bryant.

While the exact Nike offer for Durant isn’t known, sources told ESPN that Durant should make more — in base and royalties — than the Thunder will pay him over the next two seasons ($41.2 million). That’s why fans in Oklahoma City were nervous about a possible move to Under Armour, which could have steered him more to returning to his local roots to play for the Washington Wizards when he becomes a free agent after the 2015-16 season.

Analyst Omar Saad, senior managing director of ISI’s luxury, apparel and footwear team, who covers all the major brands on Wall Street, said that, despite the negotiations coming down to the final hours, he always believed that Nike would win Durant’s services.

“For Nike, this was nothing to them,” Saad said. “They could easily build Durant’s business enough, assuming normal margins, where they could generate a cash flow of $60 million a year. And Nike is really good at monetizing its marketing assets, way better than anyone else.”

Saad said, for Nike, Durant satisfies a niche that makes him different from James, Bryant or the Jordan brand. Durant’s signature “KD” shoes generated $175 million at retail this past year, according to SportsOneSource, a market retail tracking firm. Not only was the business on the rise, but one retailing source told ESPN that Nike left plenty of money on the table with Durant’s shoe at $125 and relatively limited distribution to stores. Simply raising the price and opening up more channels could make the deal worth it, the source said.

It looks like Nike has offered enough to land Durant, though it could be argued as to whether its an exact match to the Under Armour deal. Under Armour’s offer included 10 percent stock, which one could argue makes that offer worth more than its present day value.

Indications were strong that Durant would go to Under Armour, which was essentially willing to commit more than eight percent of its annual marketing budget solely to the basketball star — and that doesn’t even include the marketing the company would do to promote the relationship. The deal with Durant would have largely trumped Under Armour’s largest sponsorship deal, surpassing the $16.5 million a year the brand pays soccer club Tottenham for its kit rights.

But Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank believed that landing Durant would be essential to competing, not only in the basketball shoe space, of which it only did roughly $30 million in business last year, but in building the brand internationally outside of North America. Under Armour was further motivated to put a huge deal on the table thanks to the fact that Durant was a native of Maryland, having grown up in Seat Pleasant — less than 40 miles away from Under Armour’s Baltimore headquarters.

Durant was a loyal Nike man, who took significantly less money to go with the company over Adidas when they both wooed him his rookie season. But considering the business that Durant became in the last two years, shoe business insiders were shocked that Nike didn’t try to lock him up before he became a shoe free agent. Nike frequently signs its stars to new deals before their current ones are up so that they can’t test the marketplace. That might have cost Nike more in this case, though it’s still a drop in the bucket to the company, which expects to sell more than $27 billion in product in 2014, making it more than nine times Under Armour’s size.

Although the money was big, sources close to Durant say the decision weighed on him. Going back to Nike comes with a sense of relief, those sources said, because Durant, who has turned into one of the league’s most marketable stars, can still make significant money without being associated with the risks of Under Armour’s fledgling shoe business.

For Nike, consumers can expect to see a seamless transition, as Nike had so much in the pipeline for Durant because it believed it would keep him long before Under Armour shocked the basketball world with the nature of its offer. Nike has used its “KD” logo since 2008, but was granted the trademark for it in January.

For Under Armour, it’s back to the drawing board. Last year, they wooed Golden State Warriorsguard Stephen Curry away from Nike, but have missed on Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, who returned to the Jordan brand, and now Durant.

Article: By Darren Rovell and Marc Stein | ESPN.com


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Jesse Bunting cuts list to four

Tabor Academy 2015 6’8″ forward Jesse Bunting has come a long way from when we first seen him playing for Plymouth North.  Playing with Expressions on the grassroots circuit he proved to be one of the best do it all players in the region.

After having a breakout performance when his Expressions Elite team reached the final four of the AAU Super showcase, Bunting’s recruitment took off for the better.  Fielding calls from programs in the SEC, and the Big Ten conference amongst others, Bunting is slated to have a big year with his Tabor Academy team.

“I sat down with my mother, my AAU coach and my high school coach and chose these four schools because I think they are the best fit for me academiclly as well as athletically”

Official list / Official Visit Dates:

Fordham University September 4-6

Quinnipiac University September 11-13

Saint Joseph University September 18-20

Duquesne University September 25-27

 


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Boston’s Top 40: Recap

Boston’s Best 40 took place at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston; over 100 players from grades 5th- 10th took part in the summer’s ending events.  The 3 point foundation (Andrew Mirken) assembled some of the best staff in the country, Anthony Gurley (UMass Boston) Kyle Casey (Harvard University) Dennis Clifford (Boston College) Corey Lowe (Boston University) just to name a few.  The one day clinic started with drill stations which where intense from start to finish.  Then there was a brief staff vs. staff game that brought the campers to their feet, followed by games and an all-star game.  These are the players that stood out during the course of the camp.

Theo Zidor 2017 (Everett HS) – The 6-foot-6 front court player seems to be coming into his own. Zidor has showed improvements scoring around the basket with a soft touch. A very mobile big man with great hands. Looks to be growing since the last time we saw him. The ceiling is high for this prospect and many attendees walked away impressed

Javon Taylor 2017 (Beaver Country Day) – The recent Providence College commit showed off his scoring ability during the all-star where he was also relentless on defense. Taylor stands at 6-foot-3 now but expects this guard to not grow physically but also his skills on the court.

Ulyen Coleman 2017 6’5 Combo guard Coleman shot well from the outside. Coleman also impressed with his ability to create off the dribble.

Jakigh Dottin & Daniel Rhyner (2017 CR&L) – The pick roll tandem will be teaming up a lot the next three years for the Falcons. Dottin, an explosive lead guard who has shown a vast improvement in distributing the ball and making high level plays. Looking more confident in taking a pull up jumper but his bread and butter is his ability to attack the basket at will. Rhymer at 6-foot-5 is bruiser who is built like a defensive end. Daniel has a great motor, beats his opponent to the spot and physical style of play that allows him to dominate on the boards.

Shyheim Hicks 2017 (Commonwealth Academy) – Hicks, a combo guard who is dangerous in the open floor. Has always been known to score in bunches but on this afternoon Hicks was playing the role of a distributor. Shyheim was able to find the open teammate and make the right plays.

David Mitchell 2018 (Belmont Hill) – Mitchell, who stands at 6-foot-3 and plays with a silky smooth style. One of the top prospects in his class who has sneaky athleticism and a shot that looks fluent from the mid-range. Mitchell is one to keep an eye on

Julian Mincey 2018 6’9 and continues to develop his skill set. Mincey has a great deal of potential, but needs to work on his conditioning. Mincey showed the ability to efficiently use his size in the paint.

Isiah Gaiter 2018 6’2 G very aggressive attacking the basket and also showed the ability to defend at a high level. Gaiter is an elite athlete with tons of potential.

Kyle Rocker 2020 One of the best shooters in the class, Rocker has great range on his jumper and has gotten a lot better on the defensive end. During the event he showed he could put the ball in the basket, a great IQ with good size for his age group.

Preston Murphy 2021 New to the circuit the young Murphy showed that he was hear to stay, showed that he has a high ceiling. During drills he showed the separation from him and his peers by going full speed in all drills.   Once the games started the lights came on and Murphy displayed why he is one of the best 2021 point guards in the northeast.


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Boston’s Best 40

Boston’s Premier End of Summer Event will take place Saturday August 17, 2014 @ Reggie Lewis Center Boston Ma, grades 5th-10th.

New England’ s best will all be present at this event, don’t miss out on your chance to showcase your talents. for more information contact: Andrew Mirken coachmirken@gmail.com

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Donovan Mitchell picks Louisville

One of the biggest stock risers in all of America 2015 Donovan Mitchell Brewster Academy (NH) is off the board and heading to Louisville.

It didn’t take long for Donovan Mitchell to figure out that he wanted to be a Cardinal, during his official visit to campus on Thursday Mitchell reashured himself that his gut feeling was correct.

“I committed because I knew I was going there but it wasn’t until I got on campus that’s when I was like that’s it for sure”

Pitino and his staff pulled out all the stops during his visit and it left a ever-lasting impression on Mitchell. “The atmosphere was great coach Pitino was so excited about me and I think that really put things in perspective”

To be quite honest Louisville style of play fits Mitchell perfectly, there signature style of full-court pressure.  Mitchell in the open the court can be described as a freak, if and when he transistions into a lead guard he will have a chance to be a big time collegeite player.  “I see myself being a dominant point and shooting guard and just pressuring on defense and running on offense”

I would like to thank my mother she was always helping me, my father and sister, my AAU coaches, coach Smith Brewster Academy, and Hoop Dreams Magazine.

 


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Jared Reuter picks Virginia

On Saturday the Virginia Cavaliers received a verbal commitment from one of the best passing big men in the Class of 2015, 6-foot-8 forward Jarred Reuter, who attends Brewster Academy (NH) committed to Virginia while visiting the school this weekend, Reuter returned home and made the call that he wanted to become a Cavalier.

Virginia who is the reigning ACC champions, will look for Reuter to make an immediate low post impact when he arrives on campus.

“I choose Virginia because I liked the coaches and players a lot, I think I fit their system and style of play” says Reuter.

When asked what he wanted to improve on for this upcoming season, Reuter states “I want to become a better athlete, so I can face up a little more and hit more shots”

Reuter is a power inside player with a terrific motor.  A great low post player who has a great IQ, a great fit for the Cavaliers. The other schools considered by Reuter were Iowa, Providence, Rhode Island and South Carolina.

“I would like to thank my mom, and family, as well as TJ and the rest of my coaches for helping me throughout my process.

 


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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.

 


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Donovan Mitchell has a final 10

One of the countries most sought after 2015 prospects has trimmed his list of schools to ten.

In no particular order, Providence, Creighton, Florida State, Indiana, Georgetown, Villanova, Louisville, Kansas, Boston College, UNC remain.

Mitchell attends Brewster Academy (NH) and runs with The City (NY) on the circuit.  He posses all the tools to become one of the nations best prospects.  Look or him to take a leap in the national rankings as well as potentially being the number one prospect in the new @HoopDreamsMag rankings.

Mitchell will visit Villanova unofficially Monday (Aug. 4) and Louisville officially Thursday-Friday (Aug. 7-8).

Stay tuned as we will have a diary entry from Mr. Mitchell within the coming weeks.


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Nisre Zouzoua the Unknown Gem

Nisre Zouzoua has taken the recruiting period by storm, and he hasn’t looked back.  It started in April during the first evaluation period Zouzoua was not happy how he performed, and vowed to himself that it will never happen again.  From that day forward he has been in the gym continuing to work on his game.

Fast forward to Hoop Group Elite Camp, this is where the 6’4 combo guard decided that he wanted to make a name for himself.  He played to rave reviews making the all-star game, and now has picked up where he lifted off with his Expressions AAU team after winning the Hoop Group Summer Jam Fest.

Nisre currently holds offers from the likes of the MACC, NEC, Big South, American East, Patriot League, and the Ohio Valley.  Look for Zouzoua to continue to make noise on the circuit as more schools are after the combo guard who has a 3.5 GPA with a 1640 SAT score.


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NBA Mock Draft 1.0

With the NBA Draft being days away, we decide to reveal our first round mock draft, we combined information we have received from NBA workouts along with team needs.  We will release updated versions as we move closer to the Draft.

Update June 23, 5:00pm

1 Cleveland Jabari Parker 6-9 SF Duke  
2 Milwaukee Andrew Wiggins 6-8 SF Kansas  
3 Philadelphia Noah Vonleh 6-9 PF Indiana  
4 Orlando Dante Exum 6-6 PG Australia  
5 Utah Joel Embiid 7-0 C Kansas  
6 Boston Aaron Gordon 6-9 PF Arizona  
7 LA Lakers Julius Randle 6-9 PF UK  
8 Sacramento Marcus smart 6-4 PG OKSt  
9 Charlotte Nik Stauskas 6-6 SG Michigan  
10 Philadelphia Rodney Hood 6-8 SF Duke  
11 Denver Zach LaVine 6-4 SG UCLA  
12 Orlando Dario Saric 6-10 SF Croatia  
13 Minnesota Gary Harris 6-4 SG Mich. St  
14 Phoenix Elfrid Payton 6-4 PG Lou. Laf  
15 Atlanta Doug McDermot 6-7 SF Creighton  
16 Chicago Kyle Anderson 6-9 SF UCLA  
17 Boston TJ Warren 6-8 SF NC State  
18 Phoenix James Young 6-6 SF UK  
19 Chicago Shabazz Napier 6-0 PG UConn  
20 Toronto Tyler Ennis 6-0 PG Syracuse  
21 Oklahoma City Jusuf Nurkic 6-7 C Bosnia  
22 Memphis Jordan Clarkson 6-4 SG Missouri  
23 Utah Jarnell Stokes PF PF Tennesse  
24 Charlotte Glen Robinson II 6-7 SF Michigan  
25 Houston Adreian Payne 6-10 PF Mich. St  
26 Miami Cleanthony Earl 6-7 SF Wichita. S  
27 Phoenix Clint Capela 6-11 C Switzerland  
28 LA Clippers Mich McGary 6-10 PF Michigan  
29 Oklahoma City K.J McDaniels 6-6 SF Clemson  
30 San Antonio DeAndre Daniels 6-8 SF UConn  

 

 


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Updated 2017 rankings

After strong consideration and weighing both potential and production we decided to go with Jermaine Samules as the #1 player in the class of 2017. The 6’6 do it all wing has consistently produced at the highest level no matter the competition.

#2 Tremont Waters pound for pound has to be one of the best guards in New England regardless of class.  We he lacks in size he makes up for it in production.  A prospect to keep a close eye on as he continues to prove everyone wrong, size doesn’t matter.

#3 Thomas Murphy has as high of a ceiling as anyone, combine that with his basketball bloodline and you have a big time prospect.  Murphy will transfer to Northfield Mount Hermon look for him to play a key role this season.

#4 Kimani Lawrence passes the look test and has shown that he has the total package of playing at the highest level.  When its all said and done could possible become challenge for the # 1 spot in the class.

#5 Maki Ashton Langford the southpaw point guard will run the show for Cushing Academy.  The athletic guard who knows how to get to the rim, has developed a pass first mentally which will help his overall game.

#6 Jarrod Simmons has busted onto the scene, the 6’7 combo forward with soft hands, great touch and a developing perimeter skill set. Physically Simmons is still developing into this frame as he has grown four inches over the past few months. It will be interesting to see Simmons continue to climb the national rankings.

                                                Updated 2017 Rankings  

 


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Jaylen Franklin To Navy

Many basketball followers in New England may not know the name Jaylen Franklin, a Springfield native with dreams and aspirations of playing basketball at the highest level collegiality. Franklin, a 6-foot-2 2015 point guard who attends Colonial Forge in Virginia verbally committed to the Naval Academy.

”I went to visit in May and just loved it. They offered me while on the visit and i committed a week later,” stated Franklin on his decision to commit.

Franklin will be attending and playing basketball for the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Rhode Island for a post graduate year after wrapping up his career at Colonial Forge.

“”I talk to coach Goodman almost everyday and h tells me to just keep working, keep my head in the books cause its a great academic school.”

Jaylen Franklin will come back to New England after a long traveled journey before heading to Navy to play in the Patriot League. Only time will tell where Franklin’s journey takes him next.


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Houston Lands Egi Gjikondi Through the fire & back

The journey is finally over,  6′ 9″ Egi Gjikondi committed to Houston the Massachusetts native took the long route in order to get to the top.

Gijkondi attended Cushing Academy, then South Kent, and graduated from Malden HS (MA)  along with making stops at ABCD Academy, then eventually ending up on the campus of Alabama State as a non qualifier.  APR issues arose and Gjikondi was able to transfer, per NCAA rules he could not accept an athletic scholarship but could transfer he decided to attend a Jr. College.  In order to receive an athletic scholarship  he would have to graduate.  San Jacinto Community College was the landing spot of choice, fast forward the hands of time, and you have a young man who was giving a second chance and has made the best of it.

“I picked University of Houston because I thought it was the best for me personally,” he told HDM “After meeting with the coaching staff and coach Kelvin Sampson I felt comfortable to where the program is headed.

“I will be playing in and out as a stretch four. I enjoyed my visit and the University of Houston has a great atmosphere. I really like the idea of the style they are going to be playing but most importantly how they are going to develop me in the next three years.”

A Massachusetts native, Gjikondi played for Tyron Boswell of Expressions Elite.

“Egi has sacrificed an awful lot within the last few years. He deserves everything he has worked for. He is one of the most humble kids I have ever encountered.” He has been through the fire and back and still is standing”  I recall a few months back while on break he called me and said ” Coach Im tired of fighting Im just going to attend a D3 school in Boston”  I informed him that he has come to far to turn back, to keep fighting and we will get through this together.  He beleived the visions, he got back on the plane and headed back to Dallas Tx for school, the rest is history”

Houston will be getting s tough inside presence who isn’t afraid to do the dirty work.  He has expanded his game and has developed into a consistent scoring option.

 

 

 


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The sad, sad story of former Georgetown star Victor Page

Remember Victor Page? The former backcourt partner of Allen Iverson at Georgetown?  The guy who—after AI went to the NBA—went on to become the leading scorer in the Big East?

He’s now spending his days in jail, after being sentenced to 10 years last month on charges of second degree assault.

His story was outlined this week in the Washington Times, who paid a visit to Page at the Prince Georges County Correctional Center.

Some of the highlights from the story on the one-time Washington, DC basketball legend who once seemed bound for the riches of the NBA:

  • Since 2010 he’s been jailed nine times.
  • He’s currently serving time after being convicted of  assaulting a woman, and chasing her with a knife.
  • He lost his right eye in 2003 after being shot.
  • He’s been charged with 33 crimes in Maryland and Washington, DC over the past three and a half years.

After failing to make it to the NBA, Page played for the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the CBA. He was so good that the Skyforce  retired his jersey in 2004.

Page was so confident of his basketball skills that he thought as recently as 2009 (as shown in the video below) that he could still make it to the NBA.

The moral of the story is, make the right choices in life.  We all have choices, its what you do with your choice that determines your outcome.

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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.


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Tyrique Jones reclasses in to the class of 2016

When it comes to potential one thing comes to mind, having or showing the capacity to become or develop into something in the future. Meet Tyrique Jones, 6’8″ 235 pound monster, This season Tyrique averaged 14 points 15 rebounds and 7 blocks a game.

Now playing with Expressions Elite on the EYBL circuit Tyrique has taken the leauge by storm drawing comparisons to Abdul Malik Abu.  Jones is strong, runs the floor, athletic, and has added a consistant mid range jump shot to his game.

Jones will attend Vermont Academy next season as a member of the class of 2016. Look for his recruitment to take on new heights.


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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.

 


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2016 PG Ikenna Ndugba

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2016 Ikenna Ndugba is arguably one of the top point guards in the region. Only 15 years old Ndugba posses a great feel, timing and understanding of the game at his young age. He is a natural point guard with play making ability that likes to get after it on both sides of the ball.

On offense he does a great job of getting into the lane, finding open teammates or finishing at the rim himself with either hand. He is very dangerous in the open court, but is comfortable running half court sets. In the half court he likes to utilize the pick and roll where he attracts attention and makes the right pass. If open he can knock down the open shot or utilize his speed to attack the lane.

Standing at 6’0 with a strong frame he is a menace on defense. Ikenna has great lateral movement, quick hands, and a nose for the ball. Defensively Ndugba can pick up other guards full court with little or no help, forcing turnovers or disrupting the other team’s offense.

This past sesason Ndugba led his Brooks School basketball team all the way to the NEPSAC class B finals where they fell short to a talented Cheshire Academy team. Ikeena posses all the skills to be one of the top point guards in the country when it is all said and done. This AAU season the sophmore will be playing with Expressions Elite in the Nike Eybl, where he will surely be tested against the countries best.

Here is a look back at his succesful sophmore season.


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New England Players selected to play in the Jordan Brand Regional Game

Jordan Brand, a division of NIKE, Inc., announced the rosters for the Jordan Brand Classic’s Regional Game, which will feature the top prep players from the greater New York area.  The regional game will be played at Barclays Center on Friday, April 18 along with the International and All-American games.

New England players selected to play where, Kimball Union Academy’s Abdul-Malik Abu, Brewster Academy’s Jared Terrell, and Fairfield Prep’s Paschal Chukwu were selected.

The Home Team includes Khadeen Carrington (Bishop Loughlin/Brooklyn, NY/Seton Hall), Adonis De La Rosa (Christ The King/Middle Village, NY/Undecided), Dwayne Foreman (Massanutten Military Academy/Woodstock, VA/Rutgers), Terry Larrier (Phelps School/Malvern, PA/VCU), Abdul-Malik Abu (Kimball Union Academy/Meriden, NH/NC State), Cheddi Mosely (St. Anthony /Jersey City, NJ/Boston U), Shavar Newkirk (Cardinal Hayes/Bronx, NY/St. Joe’s), Trayvon Reed (Life Center Academy/Burlington, NJ/Maryland), Desi Rodriguez (Abraham Lincoln/Brooklyn, NY/Seton Hall), Ismael Sanogo (East Side H.S./Newark, NJ/Seton Hall) and Samson Usilo (Nazareth Regional/Brooklyn, NY/Manhattan).

The Away Team includes Paschal Chukwu (Fairfield College Prep/Fairfield, CT/Providence), Angel Delgado (The Patrick School/Elizabeth, NJ/Seton Hall), Devin Eke (Union Catholic/Scotch Plains, NJ/FDU), Kobie Eubanks (Our Savior New American/Centereach, NY/Undecided), Paul Jorgenson (Don Bosco Prep/Ramsey, NJ/GW), Ja’Quan Newton (SS Neumann-Goretti/Philadelphia, PA/Miami), Michael Nzei (Our Savior New American/Centereach, NY/Undecided), Marial Shayok (Blair Academy/Blairstown, NJ/Marquette), Sterling Taplin (Williamsville North/Williamsville, NY/Undecided), Jared Terrell (Brewster Academy/Wolfeboro, NH/Oklahoma State), Dominique Uhl (Point Pleasant Beach/Point Pleasant, NJ/Iowa) and Michael Williams (Bishop Loughlin/Brooklyn, NY/Rutgers).

The tripleheader begins with the International Game at 2:30 PM, followed by the Regional Game at 4:30 PM. The All-American Game tips off at 7:00 PM, and will be broadcast live on ESPN2. The International rosters will be announced at a later date.  The All-American Game rosters can be found on www.JordanBrandClassic.com.

The All-American Game will feature 26 of the top prospects in the country, including all of the Top-10 rated players from the ESPN 100, highlighted No.1 Jahlil Okafor (Chicago, IL/Duke), No. 2 Myles Turner (Bedford, TX/Undecided), No. 3 Cliff Alexander (Chicago, IL/Kansas), No. 4 Tyus Jones (Apple Valley, MN/Duke) and No. 5 Emmanuel Mudiay (Dallas, TX/Southern Methodist).

Current Jordan athletes Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony and Blake Griffin highlight a long list of prominent Jordan Brand Classic alumni.

Tickets for the Jordan Brand Classic are now on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center, online at BarclaysCenter.com and ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.  For more information, visit the official web site, www.JordanBrandClassic.com or follow the JBC on Twitter @JordanClassic.


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Video Recap of 2eZ Charity All-star Game

Video Recap of 2eZ Charity All-star Game

This past weekend we at Hoop Dreams Magazine had the pleasure of partaking in Mr. 2eZ himself Derek Molloy high school all-star game. A game which featured some of New England’s top prospects and themed after the 1996 animated classic “Space Jam,” was organized to help raise money for Jake Downey born with Congenital Hydrocephalus. Jake who is now 11 years old is bond to a wheel chair and requires assistance for his basic everyday needs due to the birth disorder. All proceeds from the event went to help Jake and his family acquire a van which can accommodate Jake and his wheelchair.

Watch as players Unique Mclean, Donovan Mitchell, Jalen Adams, Tomas Murphy, Aaron Falzon, Tyler Lydon, Kaleb Joseph, Jared Terrell, and Malik Abdul-Abu, electrify the packed house at East Greenwich High School.


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Isaac Copeland Mission Accomplished

It’s the usual for a kid to move on to college and move away from his family and friends.  It’s even harder for a teenager who has spent his high school years miles away from his home to pick up and move.  When making this decision one knows that it’s for the best for the prospective student / athletes, take Isaac Copeland hailing from Raleigh North Carolina Copeland attended Miller High School last season and decided to transfer to Brewster Academy (NH).

Brewster Academy (NH) has been a frequent rest stop for future collegiate and NBA stars, such as Thomas Robinson, T.J. Warren, Semaj Christon and Mitch McGary to name a few.  Copeland was looking to prepare for his future as he is committed to Georgetown University and decided that Brewster would be the best place to prepare him. “Brewster is known for getting people ready to play in college so it was just the place I needed to go to” says Copeland.

Brewster went on to win the NEPSAC AAA championship along with the National Prep School Championship, pretty impressive to say the least.  The NEPSAC is by far the best league in the country hands down, each day you are practicing against division one players as well as playing against them each time you play a contest. “It feels great. Winning the NEPSAC and National tournament was our goal coming into the year so feels great to get it done”

Copeland will be heading to Georgetown next season and has designed a blueprint to prepare for the future ” I plan to just get in the weight-room a lot over the spring and work on my perimeter skills since I’ll be playing mainly the SF position in college”

We have seen Isaac play in style all year and asked him what was his favorite sneaker to play in ” My favorite sneakers to play in are the Chicago 10s. They feel good and are one of my favorite pair of retro Jordan’s”.

I would like to thank my parents, Coach west, G, and everyone else affiliated with the garner road AAU program for helping me get to where I am today, Brewster Academy coaches and Hoop Dreams Magazine @HoopDreamsMag


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New Mission Wins Division 2 EMass Championship

New Mission Wins Division 2 EMass Championship

In a game filled with the emotions of playing for the division 2 Eastern Mass championship, facing up against a former teammate, and playing in front of friends and family in the TD Bank North Garden its was natural for the kids to come out a little nervous. A low scoring first quarter it seemed as if both teams needed time to get into a true rhythm.

Once the 2nd quarter got under way both teams seemed to settle down, as both New Mission and Milton found ways to exploit one another’s advantages. New Mission did a great job of finding big man Frederick “Bam” Rivers down in the post, as he was able to pull of 9 of his total 13pts in the quarter. Shaquan Naerem also came up big in the quarter scoring 7pts. Milton on the other hand chose to go to their guards Keyon Jones and Juwan Gooding who was able to use their speed and craftiness to get to the rim when they wanted. New Mission ended the half with a small lead up 37 to 32 heading into the locker room.

In the 3rd quarter both coaches did a great job of making the proper adjustments to take away the advantage exploited by one another’s teams weak spot. To slow down New Mission in the post coach Sean Lopresti decided to mix it up, going in and out of a 2-3 zone to throw New Mission off. Allowing NMHS to score just 10pts for the quarter. To slow down Milton’s guards, NMHS coach Corey McCarthy went from straight man to man, to playing man with help defense. Milton ended the quarter down 42-48.

After a slow start NMHS senior Shaquan Murray would take over, becoming the team’s primary scorer in the 4th scoring 10 of the teams 23 4th quarter points. Not to be out done, it seemed as if Junior Milton guard Juwan Gooding would lead the surge for another Milton magical 4th quarter come backs, scoring 10 of the teams 21 points for the quarter. In the end it wasn’t enough, as New Mission would go on to win the Division 2 Eastern Mass Championship 71-63.

Leading NMHS was seniors Shaquan Murray 18pts, Frederick “Bam” Rivers 13pts 12 rebs, and Asante Sandiford 11pts 11rebs 4ast. For Milton in the loss was lead by Juwan Gooding 17pts 4ast, Myles McDermott 12pts 6rebs and Keyon Jones who finished with 18pts.

 


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Rice Memorial High School

Statements rarely begin with an exclamation point. But that’s exactly what Rice Memorial chose to do.

What transpired against Mount Mansfield Union High School — the type of Division I boys basketball championship performance not seen in a quarter-century — took even the Green Knights by surprise.

“Better than we ever could’ve thought of, I think,” Rice senior point guard Tommy Fitzgerald said. “We just played great.”

All of 16 seconds into Saturday’s state final, Fitzgerald served up a lob from the top of the key for Kendrick Gray. The high-flying sophomore exploded off the right block, snared the pass with two hands and flushed it through the hoop.

The alley-oop, the game’s first basket, didn’t seal anything for the third-seeded Green Knights — they did that later. Rather it was a jolt of electricity for the sellout crowd of 3,266 at Patrick Gymnasium and for Rice, which went on to pull away to a 66-35 victory over the No. 5 Cougars for the storied program’s first title repeat in more than four decades.

“They just played a fantastic game in every facet of the game,” MMU coach Jeff Davis said. “Defensively they were very well prepared. They rebounded so well and they just made shots.

“We ran into a buzzsaw today, for sure.”

The Green Knights’ winning score was the highest in a D-I final in 13 years and the margin of victory was the first of 30 points or more since Mount Anthony raced past South Burlington 101-64 in 1989.

Sophomore guard Ben Shungu’s double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds paced the champions. Gray and Fitzgerald (four assists) each finished with 13 points.

Junior Tinga Adiang collected a team-best 14 points and five rebounds, and Kyle Adams tossed in nine points for Mount Mansfield (19-5), which suffered its first defeat in a state final.

“They’re a very good team and they were clicking on all cylinders to come into this game,” Rice (20-4) coach Paul Pecor said of the Cougars, who split a pair of one-point games with the Green Knights during the regular season. “We were expecting a tight game, but I liked the way we were playing.”

“I knew if we could go on a couple runs then good things were going to happen.”

And that’s precisely what unfolded.

An early 14-3 spurt — the meat of which came when Gray and Shungu bracketed an Adams 3-pointer with trifectas of their own on consecutive possessions — paved the way to an 18-9 lead after one quarter.

When Mount Mansfield responded with an 8-0 run, trimming the deficit to 18-15 with 6:19 left in the second quarter, Rice fired back with a 14-2 surge to the halftime buzzer.

The Cougars, after reaching the final with a two-week run of emotional, dramatic victories, found themselves on the wrong side of a 32-17 score when they retreated to the locker room

“It was going to take the first four minutes of the second half,” Davis said of a comeback bid. “We felt, down (15) at the half, we did switch our defense up a little bit and we needed to get a couple of stops.

“But the first play of the second half they scored and it was kind of one of those things where we could never get close enough to make a run.”

That first field goal of the third quarter came on a pretty move by Shungu, driving right and spinning back to his left for a floater in the lane, that doubled up the Cougars on the scoreboard. The next basket, a two-handed slam by Gray to put back Matt Maynard’s fastbreak layup that slipped off the front of the rim, sent the Rice fans into a frenzy and sparked a runaway second half.

“We were just hitting everything. We couldn’t miss,” Shungu said. “At shoot-around I couldn’t miss, Fitzy couldn’t miss, the whole team couldn’t miss.”

But even when they did miss, there was a very good chance a Green Knight was there to clean up. Rice finished with a 42-25 rebounding advantage that included 18 offensive boards.

Adams’ second trey made it a 45-26 game midway through the third quarter, as close as the Cougars would get the rest of the way.

Putting a bow on a winter that had its ups and downs, Rice finished with a 25-9 run to secure the program’s 14th banner season and first back-to-back crowns since 1970-71. Unlike the Knights’ last four state finals, all grinding, single-digit affairs, three starters left the game to applause midway through the fourth quarter; Maynard and Fitzgerald, the two seniors, checked out to an ovation with a 31-point lead and 2:55 left to play.

“It’s great to look back on this year with this group and how far we’ve come from start to finish,” said Pecor, who has led the Green Knights to seven finals in eight years. “It might be the biggest transformation I’ve had with any of my groups.”

Written by: Austin Danforth


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Does the shoe really matter ? Who is sponsored ?

Stay tuned as we will break down, what a grassroots sneaker contract means to a program.  Along with the ends and outs of the benefit of the shoe comapanies having elite prospects in their apparel.  And most importanly who has sneaker contracts and who doesn’t.

This will be a three part series, where we have interviewed sneaker comapny executives, along with sponsored grassroots programs and non sponsored grassroots programs.

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NEPSAC Champions AAA, AA, A

This years NEPSAC Finals looks very familiar to most, that’s because if you attended last years event you would have seen all three winning teams repeat Back2Back titles.

NEPSAC Class AAA Brewster 69 New Hampton 63

To say this was a rival game would be injustice, more like a college conference championship then a high school class championship the heavy weight bout was set.  New Hampton came out swinging and landed several punches, Brewster was down by 16 points nine minutes into the game.

Brewster would rally behind hard nose defense that would bring them back into striking distance.  New Hampton held a 40 -36 halftime lead.

Syracuse commit Tyler Lydon showed his versatile skill set, making big shoots as well as posting up he finished with 10 points, 8 rebounds.

Tory Miller looked unstoppable for a period of time on the low block, the Colorado commit seemed determined to will his team to victory.

We nicknamed Jared Terrell to combination lock last year for a reason; he defended at an all time high, which resulted in him single handedly leading Brewster’s change back into the game. “I know what it feels like to loose big games, last year we lost a big one in the National Prep Championship, I didn’t want to feel that feeling again.  At that point I was willing to do whatever my team needed for us to win”

Terrell commenting on how he got a steal for a dunk, then the next play he picked his opponent again and dunked it hard on the break, that brought BA within three points.

The Oklahoma State commit finished with 14 points, 4 rebounds, and 5 steals.

“Jared’s just a competitor,” said Smith. “He’s tough, he’s hard-nosed, he competes and wants to win every time, no matter if it’s in practice. He just wants to win. He’s a competitive guy.”  States Smith (as told to ESPNBoston)

Devonte Graham was also special making big shot after big play throughout the game in route to 15 points

With a one-point lead with 23.9 to go, Donavon Mitchell went to the free throw line looking to extend the Brewster lead. He made four free throws in the final seconds, which secured Brewster Academy’s back-to-back NEPSAC AAA champions, along with MVP honors.

NEPSAC Class AA Cushing Academy 78 Kimball Union Academy 70

 

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This game had star power written all over it, Cushing = High power guards Kimball =the best low post player in the region; we can only have one winner.   Idris Taqqee made sure his last game would be memorable; he did everything in the book to help his team win.  Made three pointers, found every loose ball, defended Abu, defended Tot.  If I didn’t know any better I would have thought there was two of him out there.  Taqqee finished with 16 first half points.

Crew Ainge was a bright spot for KUA along with Duby Maduegbunam combing for 19 first half points for KUA.

Cushing executed their game plan to perfection, when Abdul Malik Abu gets the ball double him, Abu was able to mix things up by showing his skill set at 6’8” putting the ball on the floor from the top of the key, draining the 3 point shot, to keep KUA in the game.  Abu finished with 16 points 13 rebounds. Brent 14 points Duby 13 points Ainge 11 points Tot 9 points.

The guard play of Jalen Adams & Kaleb Joseph proved to be to much as the duo took control of the game by taking turns making game winning plays each time the ball was in their hands.  Joseph was great of the pick and roll, and better going down hill finishing at the rim through the contact in route to his game high 25 points.  Adams was special again attacking the defense while being a nightmare in transition, all while being a staple on the defensive end, he finished with 16 points along with MVP honors.

“Two peat baby, this one feels better then the first, we lost to Kimball during the regular season and we knew what we had to do to win.  This was a team effort and we champions baby,” says Taqqee.   During the second half of the game Taqqee dislocated his finger, he proceeded to the bench popped it back in place asked the trainer to tape him up and entered back into the game.  Now that was a warrior.

NEPSAC Class A Exeter 49 Hotchkiss 46

 

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This game seemed to be one out of a movie script, back and forth both teams playing as hard as they could.  Exeter took a halftime lead 21-22.

Both teams seemed to save the best for last, with 10 seconds left Mason drives and finds Daoust for a three pointer which tied the game at 46 a piece.  Jeb Helmers drove the length of the court releasing a long 3 pointer with 2.5 seconds left of the clock to give Exter their Back2Back Nepsac class A championship.

Maki Mason Yale commit finished with 16 points Noah Daoust 11 points for Hotchkiss.

 

 


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Tickets are Punched NEPSAC Finals

Brewster Academy (NH) 82 Northfield Mount Hermon (MA) 66

These two teams have meet twice before this showdown during regular season play, yesterday during the NEPSAC AAA semifinals both teams came out swinging.  Daquan McNeil has continued his tear as he keeps NMH in the game by attacking the rim and making shoots.  Aaron Falzon didn’t have the best shooting night, but was able to find ways to score the basketball by attacking the rim off the dribble to finish with 14 pts.

Donavon Mitchell was a bright spot for Brewster; he was in full attack mood from the start of the game.  Mitchell made the three pointer as well as made mouth-dropping moves to the rim, he finished with 17 pts.  Jared Terrell has been in full swing for quite sometime now, he has been as consistent as he has ever been this season.  Terrell used his arsenal of moves to finish with 16 pts.   Devonte’ Graham 13 pts and Isaac Copeland 11 pts 11 rbs.

New Hampton (NH) 85 St. Thomas Moore (CT) 74

St. Thomas More lead by five early on; the Huskies took control of the rest of the first half, taking their biggest lead of the first going into the break with a 41-30 lead.  In the second half, New Hampton never relinquished the lead, but withstood multiple runs by St. Thomas More, who pulled within 4 at one point. Down the stretch, though, the Huskies were able to get the necessary stops. Tory Miller led the way with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Elijah Bryant added 16, and Mike LeBlanc hit five threes on his way to 15 points.

Brewster Academy vs. New Hampton School 5:00 pm at Endicott College for the NEPSAC AAA title.

Kimball Union Academy (NH) 61 Wilbraham & Monson Academy (MA) 37 

This was a rematch, which took place Feb. 17 WMA beat KUA at home and managed to secure the higher seed going into the playoffs.

The match up of Abdul Malik Abu & Goodluck Okonoboh where what the fans all came to see, two highly ranked prospects going head to head.  KUA took an early lead, and never looked backed, as the wildcats where clicking on all cylinders.  Taking a 31-18 lead at halftime.  2015 guard Crew Ainge played a vital role making shots and defending.

Abdul Malik Abu would go on to dominate the game on both ends finishing with 16 pts 10 rbs and 4 blk shoots, while guard Malcolm Brent tacked on 14 of his own. Ainge, as well as Oliver Tot who has been playing his best basketball since entering the stats each tallied 11 points in the KUA win.

Okonoboh was up to his old tricks changing and blocking shoot, as well as competing he finished with 12 points, 10 rbs, Max Hoetzel tallied 10 for WMA

Cushing Academy (MA) 67 St. Andrews (RI) 64 

A rematch of last years AA finals, Cushing visited St Andrews winner would earn its right to play in this year’s final.  Chancellor Ellis was on fire from behind the arch for St Andrews School, Henry Bolton keeps St Andrews hopes alive by attacking and playing hard nose defense.   Kaleb Joseph finished with 13 pts while Idris Taquee fin shied with 12 pts, 12 rbs, Jalen Adams was his usual self finishing with 20 pts while scoring in every way imaginable.  Down by 4 with 30 seconds left Joseph hits a big 3 pointer to bring Cushing within arms reach, Cushing fouls St Andrews who missed both free-throws.  Joseph last second drive comes up short as Jalen Adams saves the day with a put back layup, which gives Cushing the lead and the eventual, win as they move onto the finals.

Kimball Union Academy vs. Cushing Academy 3:00 pm at Endicott College for the NEPSAC AA title.

Phillips Exeter Academy (NH) 67 Buckingham Browne & Nichols 50

Hotchkiss School (CT) 62 Trinity-Pawling School (NY) 58

Hotchkiss School (CT) vs. Phillips Exeter Academy (NH) 1:00 pm at Endicott College for the NEPSAC A title.

Class B, C, D Championship games @ Clark University (MA)

Brooks School vs. Cheshire Academy (CT) 3:30pm Clark University for the NEPSAC B title. 

Greens Farms Academy (CT) vs. Hyde School (CT) 1:30pm Clark University for the NEPSAC C title. 

Boston Trinity (MA) vs. Chase Collegiate (CT) 11:30am Clark University for the NEPSAC D title.


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Sneaker Watch: Foamposite

Over the past few years we’ve pretty much had a Nike Foamposite overload. We’ve seen some hits as well as misses as far as colorways. It is safe to say that as a sneakerhead community, we were a bit overwhelmed and maybe even a little bit fed up with the non-stop releases. Well it looks as if Nike took notice at what people liked and disliked when sample images leaked and such. With that being said we are beginning to see a trickle of images that are very exciting for fans of the rugged Nike baller.

We are slated to see two colors of Supreme X Nike Foamposites as well as the “Knicks” makeup that was once reserved only for Spike Lee. The “Shooting Stars” PE that was once only a Penny Hardaway player exclusive will be hitting stores as well and this Saturday will see the release of the silver/volt colorway that looks very clean and crisp. We have also seen a “Gold Safari” scheme as well as a “Metal Mirror” makeup that we have yet to see much of. With all that being said, what do you think of these samples and future “Foams” that we’ve already been witness to? Do remember that some of these MAY or MAY NOT release.


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North Quincy Moves Past Newton South

North Quincy Moves Past Newton South

North Quicy 67 Newton South 66

This one felt like a prizefight, contenders going blow for blow as each team struggled to pull away from one another through out. Early in the game it seemed as if Newton South (11-10) came out wanting to prove they were better then their record indicated, ending the 1st quarter up 8 over N. Quincy. Senior Phil Levine-Caleb seemed unstable, scoring 9 of the teams 18 1st quarter points.

In the 2nd quarter coach Barrett made a key substitution that seemed to ignite the Raiders, bringing in high-energy guard Jackie Chen. Chen opened the quarter with a big 3 and was all over the Newton South guards. The Raiders went on 12-0 run not allowing South to score their first 2nd quarter basket until 4:32, on a made layup. N. Quincy ended the half up 37-28 holding a hot Phil Levine-Caleb scoreless in the quarter.

In the 2nd half both teams came out their corners swinging, as they went basket for basket neither team giving any ground. Junior Geoff Gray came alive in the 3rd quarter for South, scoring 5 of his 10pts in the last minute of the 3rd to put his team up 47-46 heading into the 4th.

The game stayed close through the 4th as each team was unable to pull away for more then 2pts, setting up a thrilling ending. With 33.1 seconds left in game North Quincy held a 67-66 lead, South senior Mark Karmiy forces a turnover. Now with possession South winds the clock down to 18.2 seconds before Phil Leivine-Caleb is called for a moving screen. Phil then redeems him self by stealing the ball at the 16.7 second mark, and calls a timeout. Newton South inbounds the ball, and ball is swung to Phil who drives baseline and the ball is stolen by Jackie Chen who scores a break away layup. The refs wave the basket off, calling the steal a kick ball, 5 seconds is put back on the clock giving South another chance. South inbounds the ball and N. Quincy Kyle Richardson comes up with a big steal to seal the game 67-66.

North Quincy was lead by Efthim Butka who led all scorers with 22pts, Kyle Richardson 11pts and star center Anthony Green who finished with 15pts 11reb and 5blks in game. Newton South’s top scorers were Phil Levine-Caleb 18 and Mark Karmiy 17.

North Quicy will play rivals Quincy this Friday in the next round MIAA state tournament.

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Jarvis Garrett chooses URI

Jarvis Garrett a resident of Milwaukie Wisconsin made his way to New England more then two years ago, landing feet first on the campus of Notre Dame Prep school located in Fitchburg Mass.  There he would take the region by storm, by becoming one of the best guards the region has seen in quite some time.

Leading Notre Dame Prep for the last few seasons at the point, Garrett has blossomed into one of the best 2014 guards available.

Garrett along with his Notre Dame Prep team participated in the this years Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic, University of Rhode Island’s Preston Murphy was front and center, along with Marquette and a slew of others wanting Garrett’s services but at the end Garrett gave a verbal commitment to URI today.

“I picked URI because I felt welcomed, I felt wanted and I just felt it would be the best option for me”

When asked when did he know he wanted to be a RAM, Garrett states, “ I knew this past weekend, I’ve just been really thinking about a lot of the things & at the end I just feel this was the best spot”

Murphy ‘s reputation as a first class relentless recruiter who continues to find himself at Garrett’s games.  Has been rewarded with one of the best point guards left on the board.  URI has now assembled a great backcourt for the future in E.C. Matthews and now Jarvis Garrett.

 

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MASS MADNESS

It‘s that magical time of year again, where you’ll be checking brackets daily online. No we are not talking about March Madness, what we are talking about is that good old Mass Madness. MIAA boy’s basketball state tournament,  which is set to tip tomorrow evening. The official Road to DCU has begun. As of last Friday night the official seeding for all boys basketball teams taking part in this year’s state tournament has been released to the public. Here is the top seeded team for each division.

North Division 1A: St. John’s Prep (16-4)

North Division 2: New Mission (18-2)

North Division 3: Greater Lawrence Tech (17-3)

North Division 4: St. Clement (19-1)

South Division 1: North Quincy (20-1)

South Division 2: Bishop Feehan (19-1)

South Division 3: Old Rochester Reg. (16-4)

South Division 4: Bishop Connolly (17-0)

Central Division 1: Fitchburg (17-3)

Central Division 2: Concord-Carlisle (17-2)

Central Division 3: Ashland (19-1)

Central Division 4: Sutton (18-1)

West Division 1: Putnam (12-0)

West Division 2: Longmedow (18-2)

West Division 3: Sabis (13-7)

West Division 4: Quaboag (19-1)


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MIAA Boys Semi Finals City League Championship

MIAA Boys Semi Finals City League Championship

East Boston 59 Dorchester Aca./Tech Boston Aca. 57

As expected the game turned out to be a rugged tough fought game between two city teams.  An up and down game through out, at one point it seemed as if the lead changed with each team possession. East Boston held a comfortable lead at the end of the first quarter up nine points, but lead by a tough Markus Neal (who scored his 1000th point in 2nd) and Tavon Smallpiece Dorchester clamped down on their defense and ended the half just down by two points.

In the 2nd half Khail Newson became more aggressive and was a nice sparked for Dorchester early. Scoring 13 of his 16 total game points all in the second half helped his team to tie the game up late in the 4th quarter eventually forcing the game to go into overtime.  In the end, East Boston junior guard Dion Knight would come up with play after play to help Eastie seal the game in over time. With a few seconds left to play Knight finds a cutting John Mitchell for what eventually turns out to be the winning lay up. Knight finished the game with a game high 33pts, scoring a total of 19pts in the 2nd half and OT alone.  Like Newson fellow Dorchester senior Marcus Neal finished with 16pts.

New Mission 66 Snowden Intertional 50

A game that turned out to be more competitive then people assumed would be. For three quarters, Snowden defiantly gained the respect of a lot of spectators. Snowden was lead by three talented guards in Captains Javaughn Kittrell, Kareem Murrell, and Francis Depina. In the first half Kittrell (12pts) and Murrell (6pts) carried the scoring load for Snowden. But in the 2nd, point guard Francis Depina emerged scoring 12 of his 15pts all in the 3rd and 4th quarter.  Ultimately New Mission balanced scoring proved to be too much for Snowden.

In the middle Snowden had no answer for New Mission big man Frederick Rivers who lead all scorers with 21, while future Franklin Pierce Raven Asante Sandiford finished with 12pts, six which came by way of one hand jams. Senior Shaquan Murray would finished with 14pts, knowing his spots when his team needed a basket. This game gives New Mission head coach Corey McCarthy his 200th Career Win.

New Mission will take on East Boston tonight at Madison park High School for the City Championship.


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Curtis Cobb “The Movie”

Curtis Cobb the name alone has a ring to it, more like a movie characters name then a basketball star, in fact this actually is both.  A basketball star, creating a movie of his life as a student athlete.

Hailing from Fall River, Massachusetts Cobb has seen his fair share of crime within his neighborhood.  Cobb attended the local high school, up until his sophomore year before transferring into one Wilbraham & Monson Academy (MA).

Cobb had the tools to always compete at the highest level, but lacked confidence that he could actually be one of the best.  Chris Sparks head coach of Wilbraham & Monson Academy challenged Cobb day after day, sharpening his skill level along with his confidence, which would help him develop as a complete player.

“I owe credit to my coach and just my teammates around me, they keep me going” states Cobb.

“Going into the season my mind set was just to compete every game no matter who we were playing”.

Cobb currently claims offers from Creighton, Tulsa, Uconn, Providence, St. Bonaventure, URI, La Salle and Temple.

The 6’4” Cobb has great size and athleticism, can shoot the long ball as well as defends, look for his recruitment to take on new heights Curtis has game.

 


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Mann on a mission

Terance Mann has been long talked about because of his skill set as well as his size 6’6’ guard, once regarded as a top 50-prospect nation wide by ESPN, Scout.  HDM thinks Mann is amongst the best in the counrty.

Mann has seen the light on both sides, now out of the top 50 ranking most would pout about the circumstances. Not Mann he begin to take notes, and list every players name that was ahead of him and remember them one by one.

“I know what I’m capable of, I know I’m better then a lot of the guys that are ranked ahead of me, and when I saw the updated rankings I just looked at it like wow, now it’s time to show these scouts that they messed up and I’m not done proving them wrong.”

Most would not know that Mann has a cheat code when dealing with his recruitment, Daynia La-Force is Terance Mann’s mother she is in her seventh season as the Head coach of Northeastern University woman’s basketball team. La-Force Mann was a standout member of the Georgetown women’s basketball team, highlighted by the Hoyas’ 1992-93 season in which they won the Big East Conference championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.

“Having her around makes me feel real lucky because she knows how to handle the recruiting process really well and knows that it’s my decision”

Your recruitment has been steady for quite some time, which schools stick out to you right now.

The schools that are sticking out to me right now are Georgetown, Boston College, VCU, Florida State and Creighton “

I won’t be making a list until late summer maybe after the Nike peach jam.

Do you have any visits coming up to any of the schools that are sticking out for you at this time?

“I have visited four schools that are sticking out to me already, I will visit Florida State over March break.”

This summer will be a big summer for you, what is your mindset going into to the spring and summer.

“Honestly to prove a lot of people wrong and win the Nike Peach Jam with my BABC team,  I feel that the Nike circuit has the best players in the country and I want to play against the best to show and prove that I belong”


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Top 10 Plays From NPSI 2014

Top 10 Plays From NPSI 2014

In its 16th year the National Prep Showcase Invitational did not disappoint with a slew of great games to go along with great talent. A tournament long known for always bringing some of the top local prep teams together, along with some of the top unknown prep prospects from other regions to New England.

This years showcase brought us the emergence of Jalen Adams all around game, a look at Goodluck Okonoboh offensive skill, Jarvis Garrett ability to take over games, and finally an offensive minded Terrence Mann people have been dying to see. This years event brought us a pair of top 100 Florida seniors who had a great showing, Sidy Ndir committed to Texas A&M and 7’1 Anas Obama who has a slew of division 1 offers. Finally it isn’t complete with a dominent performance from Jason Smith’s Brewster Academy team.

In honor of another great year at the NPSI we at HDM decided to put together the top 10 plays we witnessed at this years event.


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Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic: Day 2 Recap

One the final day of play at Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic, was considered the day to be present.  With college coaches swarming the event, they got a treat out of each game that was played througout the day.  National media outlets where on hand to take in the action, and they two where not disappointed.

Game one of the day included Winchendon Prep (MA) vs St. Pauls School (NH) WP took control as they used there size to gain an advantage,they won 54-38.  6’8 Guard Boris Ulker (2016) was the most impressive prospect finishing with 18 pts, 12 rbs, 6 blks  as he has a skill set that translate to  a high major prospect. Ulker showed the ability to change the game on the defensive end as well. Malik Mclaren was a spark finishing with 14 pts. St Pauls was led by 6’2 G Ethan Schlager 16 pts.

In a game featuring a slew of international prospects Lee Academy (ME) beats out Jean-De-Bruf(CAN)  6’7 wing Mihalio Vasic finished with 16 pts displayed a diverse set of skills facilitating and knocking down long-range shots.  6’3 Guard Joseph Chartonnay led Jean-De-Bruff(CAN) showed he is an elite level guard with 14 pts, 5 ast.

In a game played with over 30 college coaches in attendance the highly anticipated matchup Believe Prep runs away with a win against Tabor Academy 77-65. 5’7 PG Damontrae Jefferson (2015) made a variety of high level plays finishing with 21 pts, 7 sast  6’5 G Jared Wilson-Frame (2015) was made an immediate impact from behind the arc scoring 17 pts . 6’7 Wing David Burrell (2015) finished with 10 pts, 8 13 rbs was also highly impressive making high major plays above the basket and solidifying himself as a top 100 prospect in the country. Tabor’s 6’7 Forward Jesse Bunting (2015) was the difference maker for Tabor finishing with 19 pts, 14 rbs. Bryce Boggs 15 pts and Miles Wright 14.

In a Prep School classic Vermont Academy edges out Brooks School  48-47. Vermont Academies Bruce Brown led all scorers with 25 pts and a last minute play to win the game.  6’3 guard Lavar Harewood (2015) scored in bunches finishing with 12 pts, 6 rbs 5’10 PG Ikenna Ndugba showed why he is recognized as one of the top point guards in class of 2016 with  17 pts, 10 ast.

Notre Dame Prep dominates from the start beating Macduffie School 73-57. CJ Vaughan with 15 pts., Jarvis Garrett with 15 pts and Dexter Miles had 14 pts. Macduffie was led by the inside presence of 6’11 Jordy Tmichanga (2015) and 5’10 G Brandon Chaisson (2016) 14 pts.

One of the best games of the event, St Mark’s vs Beaver Country Day School, St. Marks PG Marcos Echevarria last second shot at the end of regulationIn an instant classic that went into two overtimes, Beaver Country Day beats St. Marks 63-61. Purdue Commit Jaquil Taylor dominated the interior finishing with 26 pts, 12 rbs 6’1 guard Jeff Spellman shot the ball well from the outside with 19 pts. Marcos Echevarria led St marks with 14 pts. Aaron Mcclean led St. Marks with  13 pts.


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Day 1 of Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic

The 2014 Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic was filled with intensity and high level of competition. A number of breakout performances from local products highlighted the day. Several collegiate programs were on hand to catch some of the action. Programs such as Boston College, Providence, Iona, and Umass to name a few.

To start off the day, Rivers School beats Wheeler School 66-44. 6’6 Guard Jermaine Samuels showed why he is a top 20 prospect in the country as he dominated throughout the game with 20 pts, 10 rbs. As Rivers school used a variety of defenses to speed up and turnover Wheeler. Azar Swain and Jamari Venter are also class of 2017 and showed sparks of efficiency.  Wheeler School was led by Nate Balcolm 14 pts.

Redemption Christian Academy beats Thayer Academy 61-33. RCA forced a multitude of turnovers and used their size and strength to dominate the undersized Thayer Academy during the game. 6’5 Wing Daniel Eduardo led Redemption Academy with 18 pts, 12 rbs and Daniel Lewis 16 pts, 9 rbs.  Thayer Academy was led by Conor O’Brien with 15 pts.

Worcester Academy edges out  Marianpolis Prep 53-44. 6’3 G Jameilen Jones Class of 2014 finished with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Worcester used their size and length to control the boards and contest shots throughout the game. 6’10 Forward Matt Cimino (2014)  had a plethora of high major schools in attendance and shot the ball well from the outside as well. 6’6 Swingman Eric Long led Marianapolis prep with 14 pts, 10 rbs. Binghamton commits 6’5 Forward Bobby Ahearn also impressed with 10 pts, 8 rbs.

Belmont Hill’s Point guard Sultan Oleskun (2015) was the difference maker as throughout the game as he finished with 22 pts, 9 ast. Oleskun scored in a variety of ways and showed the ability to defend at a high level. Oleskun is yet to have a scholarship offer, but if his production continues the offers should begin. Vermont’s 6’0 G Tyler Harville  shot the ball from outside and led with 21 pts , Bruce Brown consistently made plays and finished with 13 pts, 8 rbs and 6’10 Sedee Keita showed signs of a high major prospect as well.

Lee Academy defeated Macduffie School 55-53.Qunnipiac Commit 6’1 Guard Dimitri Floras and 6’11 Jordy Tshimanga (2016) were an efficient inside/out combination as Floras shot the ball well from the outside finished with 15 pts, 7 ast and facilitated with the best of them. Tshimanga finished with  14 pts 13 rbs hes an intriguing prospect with high major size, soft hands and a good basketball IQ. 6’6 Mihalio Vasic shot the ball well for Lee Academy as he finished with 19 pts

Believe Prep Academy wore out Jean-De-Brebeuf winning 60-57. Believe Prep used their size, strength and athleticism to control the game from start to finish. Three top 100 class of 2015 prospects stood out during the game Damontrae Jefferson finished with  15 pts, 5 ast. 6’5 guard Jared Wilson-Frame was productive throughout the game making plays every possession 6’7 David Burrell finished with 17 pts, 10 rbs.  Jean-De-Brebeuf was lead by Nemanja Zechvich with 16 pts and Joseph Chartouay 12 pts, 9 ast.

In the last game of the night, Avon old Farms dominated Canterbury School from start to finish winning 64-53 6’7 Wing Brandon Aughborns (2015) had 12 pts 10 rbs with some highlight reel plays.  Aughborn showed tremendous potential and the ability to play at the division one level. 6’4 G Artis Parris led Avon with 18 pts, 9 rbs


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Matt Cimino Worcester Academy (MA) 2014 Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic Jan 11-12 @ Tufts University

Attends Worcester Academy (MA) a super skilled player with good size and length, Cimino has the tools to blossom into a versatile forward. He has a tremendously smooth shooting stroke and is already a very dependable three-point shooter when in rhythm. He is already a mismatch problem with the ability to go to the face up and make shoots. Matt & Worcester Academy will be present at the 2014 Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic Jan 11-12, 2014 @ Tufts University


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Jermaine “The Chosen One” Samuels 2014 Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic Tufts University Jan 11-12

Just a true freshman who attends Rivers School (MA) Jermaine Samuels posses grit of a senior, and the work ethic of a focused iron worker.  while not finished growing as of yet standing at 6’6 Samuels is able to play full time two guard as we speak, great length, along with high major athleticism.  This will be a name you will continue to hear,  watch Jermaine Live @ 2014 Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic, Tufts University Jan 11-12


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2014 Lee Academy Aaron Claixte and Mihailo Vasic

2014 Lee Academy Aaron Claixte and Mihailo Vasic

6’0 PG Aaron Calixte and 6’8 F Mihailo Vasic lead an exiciting Lee Academy team under new head coach Igor Vrzina.

6’8 senior Mihailo Vasic a power man’s version of Iowa State forward Georges Niang. Like Georges he does not have much athleticism, but is a terror down low in the post with his back to the basket.Vasic posses good court vision and has a nice face up game.

Calixte is a tough pass first PG who is at his best when his 3 ball is falling. He is able to break his defender down off the dribble to create scoring oppurtunities for his self or teammates.

Catch Aaron Calixte and Mihailo Vasic along with their Lee Academy team on January 11-12 in Medford, MA at Tufts University. Where Hoop Dreams Magazine will be hosting our 2014 Prep Classic. Saturday January 11th  5:00pm Lee Academy (ME) vs Macduffie School (MA) and on Sunday January 12th 11:30am Lee Academy (ME) vs Jean-De-Brebeuf (CAN)


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Mustapha Heron Picks Pitt

After visiting the Pitt Campus last week,  along with his father Mustapha Heron has decided that he will become a Pitt Panther and has given Jamie Dixon a verbal commitment. 

“The visit went well, he enjoyed it, he loved the players and coaches, along with the system.  He felt that there guards resembled the style of play that he would love to be apart of ” states the elder Heron

We felt real comfortable with the players and the coaches, Barry Rohrssen led the recruitment of Heron as he has had a relationship with dad for 25 years, he played professional basketball overseas in Poland with Mr Heron.

Coach Dixon was great, “I had a list of questions for coach, along with how I would be used during the course of the game.  All my questions and concerns were answered” states Mustapha

When asked why commit so soon, the elder Heron states “He didn’t want to go through the big process of being called daily, he felt that this was the right fit and my relationship with coach, I wanted to make sure he was with someone I knew, which gives me the security that he will be in good hands”

In Heron, Jamie Dixon’s club is landing a strong, athletic power guard who has the potential to a transition to a point guard down the road. He is ranked No. 1 by Hoop Dreams Magazine & No. 14 by ESPN for the Class of 2015.

“Coach Dixon is just a real personable guy along with the rest of the staff, he’s laid back, and we just have one thing in common — we want to win national championships,” Heron told HoopDreamsMag.com. “I feel like together, with me, that’s possible. I hope to have a great season this year, and continue to get better by working out everyday and developing my game.

Heron will suit up for Todd Quarles’s Expressions Elite program during the AAU season, and participate in the high powered NIKE EYBL.  Expressions Elite made headlines as they took the league by storm last season.  Heron will join the talented group and become one of the focal points from day one.


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2014 Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic January 11-13, 2014 Tufts University (Video)

 

2014 Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classi January 11-12 Tufts University. This years filed features 21 prep schools, this event will be one to remember, filled with excitement and breath taking action, this is an event you don’t want to miss. Make sure you get to the gym early so you don’t miss out on the action, More then 50 Division One players will be on display. This event will be Powered by NIKE & Body Armor

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2016 G/F Bruce Brown Vermont Academy

2016 G/F Bruce Brown Vermont Academy

Bruce Brown is a 6’3 do it all wing, who attends Vermont Academy (VT). Mainly known for his defense, Brown has added to his game which has made him a big priority for any college looking to get a player that could help them win. Brown is somewhat of a glue guy, where the team may let up a player like Bruce does a good job of masking it with his toughness and his ability to do a lot of the little things well. An athletic guard who punishes defenses when he attacks the basket.

Look for Brown and his exciting Vermont Academy team as they will play Saturday Jan. 11th against Belmont Hill and again on Sunday Jan. 12th vs Brooks School in the 2014 Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic @ Tufts University.


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New Mission 76 – Charlestown 46 #BostonCityLeague

In our first Boston City League action we made our way to one of the city’s newest grudge matches.  Both programs have had their taste of success at some point and time, but like the old saying “what have you done for me lately”.  The New Mission Titians started the game with a purpose, as if they collectively just finished listing to Jay-Z’ s  (I will not lose verse) before tip off.  They controlled the game from start to finish taking a commanding 40-22 halftime lead.  Shaquan Murray made it look easy at times, as he directed traffic easily breaking the Charlestown pressure.

Charlestown made a run at a comeback but New Mission refused to let up, they played as if they where at the DCU Center competing for a state championship.  When you play that hard for 4 quarters you control your own destiny.   A portion of this win has to go to the New Mission student body who acts as the 6th man creating the hostile environment which makes it uncomfortable for any opposing team.

At the end New Mission proved that they where in midseason form and came away with the 76-46 win.

New Mission: Shaquan Murray 23 Pts / Asante Sandiford 9 Pts / Randy Glenn 10 Pts

Charlestown: Freddy Oliveira 14 Pts


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Believe Prep Academy Set to Play in Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic

Believe Prep Academy to Play in HoopDreamsMagazine Prep Classic

January 11-12 in Medford, MA at Tufts University Hoop Dreams Magazine will be hosting our 2014 Prep Classic. The field of competition consists of 21 prep school teams from across the U.S. One of the most explosive Prep school teams by way of Rock Hill South Carolina, Believe Prep Academy will be on hand for both days of the tournament. Staring for Believe will be star point guard Damontrae Jefferson who can do it all with the ball in his hands offensively, 6’6 ultra athletic combo forward David Burrell, 7’1 C Legend Robertin and 6’5 sharp shooter Jared Wilson-Frame who will be making only his second stop in New England.

Believe Prep Academy will play Jean-De-Brebeu (CAN) Saturday Jan. 11th at 6:45pm and again on Sunday Jan. 12th at 1:15pm against Tabor Academy.

Here is a small taste of what to expect from Believe Prep Academy team.


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Mustapha Heron transfers to Sacred Heart High School (CT)

As first reported by Hoop Dreams Magazine, Mustapha Heron has decided to leave Wilbraham & Monson Academy (MA).  Today Mustafa speaks about the situation and why he decided to transfer.

“The environment became very toxic so I decided to remove myself from the situation.  I wanted to go to a place where I am allowed to develop into a better basketball player.  I would like to thank the administration and the student body at WMA for all the love and support.  I am planning on enrolling onto Sacred Heart High School (CT) on Wednesday” states Mustapha.

Heron is ranked as a top 15 prospect nationally by ESPN, as well as all other national ranking sites.  With the late addition of Mustapha the CIAC will have there hands full this season.


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Trae Bell Haynes 32pt 12ast Performance At The 2013 Hoop Mountain Prep Classic

Trae Bell Haynes 32pt 12ast Performance At The 2013 Hoop Mountain Prep Classic

Trae Bell Hayes (Bill Crothers) a 6’2 Point Guard out of Ontario Canada seemed unstoppable the whole weekend. Though not flashy he can do it all, knows how to run a team, can defend, score, and possess an overall remarkable feel for the game. In his first game against a tough Notre Dame team Hayes scored 25pts. Not to be out done he saved his best performance for his second game of the tournament against Lee Academy where he netted team high 32pts, to go along with 12ast. Hands down one the best performances of the tournament, what’s shocking is he does not possess any true D1 offers.

Here is footage of Trae Bell Haynes 32pt 12ast performance  at the 2013 Hoop Mountain Prep Classic.


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Guards Steal the Show at Hoop Mountain Prep Classic

Guards Steal the Show at Hoop Mountain Prep Classic 

This weekend we at HDM were on hand for another great weekend of basketball at the Hoop Mountain Prep Classic. An annual three day event which showcases some of New England’s top prospects to colleges coaches of all levels. At this year’s event it seemed as if the guards were saving their best play for this weekend. In this article we will highlight the top performers over the weekend of the Hoop Mountain Prep Classic.

Trae Bell Hayes (Bill Crothers) a 6’2 Point Guard out of Ontario Canada seemed unstoppable the whole weekend. Though not flashy he can do it all, knows how to run a team, can defend, score, and possess an overall remarkable feel for the game. In his first game against a tough Notre Dame team Hayes scored 25pts. Not to be out done he saved his best performance for his second game of the tournament against Lee Academy where he netted team high 32pts, to go along with 12ast. Hands down one the best performances of the tournament, what’s shocking is he does not possess any true D1 offers.

Jarvis Garrett (Notre Dame Prep) a 6’0 PG can fill up a stat sheet in a quickness. After a slow first half matched up against Trae Bell Hayes, in a win Garrett exploded in the second half (18pts) to help lead Notre Dame Prep past Bill Crothers 74-60 Friday evening. Saturday Garrett picked up right where he had left off, putting on a clinic going 9-13 from three to finish the game with a tournament high 42pts and dishing out 12ast. Garrett is by far one of the best available senior point guards left in the country.

After not having the best showing at the NPS, 2015 Jalen Adams showed why he is one of the nation’s most dangerous scores. He exploded on day one with a 28 point performance. Followed up with a spectacular showing (25pts) in front of head coaches Ed Cooley and Kevin Ollie. On display was Jalen full offensive arsenal, scoring 18 alone in the second half which included another game winner for the Jr. guard.

Stealing some of the thunder from these spectacular guards were Worcester Academies Matt Cimino and Lee Academy forward Mihailo Vasic. Matt Cimino has been on offensive tear since the tip of the season averaging around 22pts per game. In close loses against AAA powers South Kent and Brewster Academy Cimino put up 21pts in each game.

6’7 senior Mihailo Vasic a power man’s version of Iowa State forward Georges Niang. Like Georges he does not have much athleticism, but is a terror down low in the post with his back to the basket. In a loss to Bill Crothers Mihailo finished the game with a team high 23pts. He came back the next day and led his team to victory against Tilton with another team high 24pts. Vasic posses good court vision and has a nice face up game.  

Notable Performers

Aaron Calixte (Lee Academy)

Shyheim Hicks (Commonwealth Academy)

Devonte Gram (Brewster Academy)

Donovan Mitchell (Brewster Academy)

Dusan Perovic (South Kent)

Bruce Brown (Vermont Academy)

Chritian Vital (Vermont Academy)

Aubrey Dawkins (New Hampton)

Bobby Ahearn (Marianapolis Prep)

 


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Rivers Freshman Jermaine Samuels

Rivers Freshman Jermaine Samuels

The number one rated freshman in our rankings, Expressions Elite Jermaine Samuels comes into his first high school season with a lot of hype. A true freshman set to play for coach Andrew Mirken at the Rivers School, Samuels’s posses a lot of skill. Standing at 6’6 he is athletic, can put the ball on the floor, and has added a nice mid range game to his arsenal. He is strong, and has the motor of an old mustang that continues to run.

If developed as a guard he has the potential to become one the best players we have seen in a long time.  A kid with a great skill set for his age, he seems as if he hasn’t finished growing. Before playing a single high school game Samuels already posses a number of high major offers.

Here is a first look of the freshman, playing basketball this fall.


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Rivers School Basketball Team Preview 2013-14

Rivers School Basketball Team Preview 2013-14

After missing out in last year’s Class B post-season, coach Andrew Mirken team is back to change things. Lead by seniors Carlin Haymon and Matt Prokap this Rivers team may be one of the most talented teams the school has seen in years past. The team has a nice balance of young talent to go along with veteran upperclassmen.

5’9 PG Carlin Haymon is the team general, as he goes so will the team. A battle tested point guard, Carlin likes to push the tempo either looking for his teammates or finishing him self at the rim.  In the half court he’s very strong with the ball in his hands, he posse’s such good feel for the game, which allows for good things to happen. 

6’5 Matt Prokap does it all for his team. He is an energy guy who rebounds, defends, and can score a number of ways.  Prokap isn’t afraid to go down low and battle with bigs or stretch out to the perimeter and match up with guards.

In the front court for this years team will be 6’7 sophomore Ross Carter, stretch four Andrew Kaufmann, 6’3 Hans Gabriel, 6’3 senior Steve Carangelo, and the talented freshman Jermaine Samuels.  The number one rated freshman in our rankings, Jermaine comes into the season with a lot of hype. 

A true freshman Samuels posses a lot skill, standing at 6’6 he is athletic, can put the ball on the floor, and has added a nice mid range game to his arsenal. Samuels already posses a number of high major offers before his first official high school season.

In the backcourt will be speedy guard Jermari Venter, Justin Lei, Jacquan Mills, crafty senior Kevin Hester, and true freshman Azar Swain. Playing with one of the most talented 8th grade AAU teams this summer (Expressions) swain looks like he has grown an inch or two. He now stands at 5’9 and has added some muscle mass. Once known mostly for his shooting ability, Swain has added more to his game. He has transitioned more into a point guard role, and has become more aggressive attacking the basket. Azar posses’ great patient to his game and is very dangerous in the pick and roll.

Not present during our visit: Sr Steve Carangelo, Soph Justin Leip

This season Rivers will participate in the Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic (January 11-12, 2014) at Tufts University.


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BODY ARMOR: Official sports drink Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic 2014

Body Armor has signed on to become the official sports drink of the 2014 Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Class which will be held at Tufts University January 11-12, 2014.  Twenty-One Prep schools will participate in the event.

BODYARMOR SuperDrink is loaded with real nutrition with real benefits. This SuperDrink provides Superior Nutrition, Superior Hydration, and Superior Taste. It is light on calories and easy to drink up. Let’s get to it: Five refreshing exotic fruit and tea flavors loaded with a powerful antioxidants that protect from within; amino acids, L-Carnitine, and folic acid that restore you faster than fast; Vitamins A, B complex, C and E to keep your body fine tuned and ready to go; and a ton of electrolytes and coconut water to quench that thirst and keep the flow going. So stop running on empty and fuel your body with something super, BodyArmor Superdrink.

We will be releasing the schedule shortly, this year the field is loaded with talent and all teams will be fueled with BODYARMOR SuperDrink to give fans and coaches an event to remember.

2014 Hoop Dreams Prep Classic, January 11-12, 2014 Tufts University.

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What does an athletic scholarships mean ?

Often times prospects along with parents become confused with certain terminology that is often used in the world of basketball.  Today we break down what an athletic scholarship means, as well as frequent questions. 

Does the NCAA award athletic scholarships?

Individual schools award athletic scholarships, not the NCAA. Division I and II schools offer athletic scholarships. Division III schools offer academic scholarships only. NCAA members provide more than $1.5 billion in athletics scholarships annually.

Is an athletic scholarship guaranteed for four years?

At a minimum, an athletic scholarship must be a one academic year agreement.  In Division I, institutions are permitted to offer multiyear scholarships. Athletic scholarships may be renewed and the school must notify the student-athlete in writing by July 1 whether the athletic scholarship will be renewed for the next academic year. Individual schools have appeal policies for scholarships that are reduced or not renewed. In most cases, the coach decides who gets a scholarship, what it covers and whether it will be renewed.

What do athletics scholarships cover?

Division I and II institutions are permitted to provide a student-athlete with tuition and fees, room, board and required course-related books.

Can student-athletes receive other, non-athletic financial aid?

Yes. Thousands of student-athletes benefit from academic scholarships and need-based aid, such as federal Pell Grants. In addition, there is money available from the NCAA’s own Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund. Sometimes student-athletes cannot accept certain types of aid because of NCAA amateurism or financial aid requirements. Student-athletes and parents with questions on additional financial aid should check with their athletic department or college financial aid office.

Is an athletic scholarship the same thing as a National Letter of Intent?

No, but they are often confused with each other. By signing a National Letter of Intent (NLI), a future NCAA student-athlete ends the recruiting process with all other NLI institutions and commits to a school for one year. In return, the student-athlete is guaranteed a one-year scholarship from that school. The NLI seeks to limit recruiting pressure but signing one is not a required step to earning an athletic scholarship.

Do many high school athletes earn athletics scholarships?

Very few in fact. According to recent statistics, about 2 percent of high school athletes are awarded athletics scholarships to compete in college. This small number means high school student-athletes and their parents need to have realistic expectations about receiving an athletic scholarship to play sports in college. Academic, not athletic, achievement is the most reliable path to success in life.

 


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Updated 2017 Rankings

Today we bring you our updated 2017 rankings.  This was by far the hardiest class to rank because at a young age, these prospects have yet to begin to reach their full potential.  We based our ranking according to a three-part evaluation.

1: Potential – Will the prospect become an impact player once in college.

2: Skill Set – Does the prospect have a high level developing skill set.

3: Pro ability – Prospect has a chance to become a professional, NBA, Euro, etc.

So there you have it, the method behind the madness of HoopDreamsMag.com,

The #1 player in the class of 2017 goes to Jermaine Samuels at 6’6 Samuels has the motor of an old mustang that continues to run.  If developed as a guard he has the potential to become one the best players we have seen in a long time.  A great skill set for his age and has not finished growing.

#2 Kimani Lawrence 6’6 wing with an amazing upside, as a great skill set, great range on his jumper, can create off the dribble as well as finish above the rim.  Lawrence plays well in traffic as well as in space, will be one to watch for years to come.

#3 Thomas Murphy 6’7” athletic forward that has not begin to scratch his potential, rebounds well in and out of area, can shoot the 15 footer and plays hard, has NBA DNA in his blood stream.

#4 Hassan French 6’5 combo forward who likes to punish defenders any way he knows how, can take guys off the dribble, find teammates in transition, and score the basketball.  He will be one to watch at Commonwealth Academy.

#5 Tremont Waters pound for pound one of the most exciting players in the region.  Has begin to grow into his body frame as of lately, continues to add range on his jump shot.  Waters is what one would call a table setter who can score.

#6 Jerome Dosrosiers of Northfield Mount Hermon has all the tools that scream elite, athletic and able to create separation on his jump shot, has the skill set to be a national prospect

#7 Sunday Okeke has raw ability that he doesn’t even know he has as of yet, rebounds with the best of them, and has a knack for finding the ball.  You cant teach motors and Sunday plays hard every time he steps on the floor, once his skill level develops he will be a great prospect.

#8 Jordan Hardwick talented has the tools to be an elite player, a natural wing who needs to become more aggressive long term.   Great skill set along with intangibles you can’t teach, length and size.

#9 Shyheim Hicks Scoring combo guard who has the ability to create for others, decent range on his jumper, and a nightmare for defenders when he is going down hill.  Great size and court vision to eventually move to the point guard spot full time.

#10 Jaecee Martin Great lead guard who knows how to score when his team needs him to, as well as facilitates when he needs to.  Will be an impact player this season as he starts his high school career.

Click Link: Updated 2017 Rankings


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BST New England Prep All-Star Game

This past weekend we at Hoop Dreams Mag decided to take a trip up north to Derry, NH to check out some of the region top prep prospects at the BST NorthEast Exposure Showcase highlighted by the prep all-star game. Not knowing what to expect in an all-star game taking place so early in the season, it quickly turned out to be highly competitive and entertaining game. Here’s a look at some of the players that stood the most amongst the other all-stars.

Taking home MVP honors was Notre Dame Commit Bonzie Colson. As usual Colson was all over the floor doing it all for his team. Though it was an allstar game Colson was scrambling for loose balls, blocking shots, rebounding, and scoring all type of ways. Surprisingly, Bonzie athleticism was on full display as he blocked shots and even made a put back dunk.  

Purdue commit Jacquil Taylor was equally as impressive. Coming off an injury last season it seems as if his focus coming into this year was his offensive game. Taylor was unstoppable in the post continuously beating his man with what seems to be his go to move in the post, spinning off the defender and finishing with either hand. In the pick and roll Jacquil kept the defense guessing as he did a good job of mixing it up fading for jump shots, or rolling to the hole for two hand jams.

Crew Ainge looks poised to take over where Devon Thomas left off. His feel for the game was impeccable; he knew where to find his teammates and his own shots. The pick and roll action with Taylor seemed as if they had been playing together for years.

Other Notable Mention’s

Williem Brandwijk 6’8 F Holderness ’14

John Dewey 6’0 G Holderness ’14

Terrell Brown 6’8 F St. Andrews School ’16

Chance Ellis 6’5 G/F St. Andrews School ’15

Shyheim Hicks 6’1 G Commonwealth Academy ’17

Hashan French 6’6 F Commonwealth Academy ’17


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Concord Academy names Boswell Head Boys Basketball Coach

Concord Academy a coeducational prep school located in Concord, Ma.  Not known as a basketball school but has decided that they wanted to take their basketball program to another level.  Phase one was the hiring of Tyron Boswell, who comes to Concord from Roxbury Community College where he served as the associate head men’s basketball coach.  Boswell helped RCC to 1 State Championship, 2 Region Championships, 2 NJCAA National Tournament Appearances, from 2008 – 2013 Boswell finished with a 103 – 26 record.

Boswell also has been a big part in building the Expressions Elite Basketball Club who is now sponsored by NIKE, most recently having all six of the 2014 players commit to division one schools. Abdul Malik Abu (NC State) Jared Terrell (Oklahoma State) Alec Brennan (Princeton) Idriss Taqqee (St.Bonaventure) Dmitri Floras (Quinnipiac) and Cane Broome (Sacred Heart).

Concord Academy is a coeducational, independent, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9 – 12, in historic Concord, Massachusetts. They participate in the NEPSAC league, Boswell, has been tapped one of the best recruiters in the region, look for him to bring Concord Academy to the forefront.

Follow Concord Academy Basketball on Twitter: @ConcordAHoops


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What questions should I ask college basketball coach during phone calls?

When thinking about any potential college, think long and hard about what you want to know.  If a coach is calling you, there is a solid chance that they hope to have you as a student athlete at their school.  So any questions you throw there way will either be answered or researched and then responded to.  The more questions you ask, the more interested you seem in the school.  As mentioned in that previous article, the most you are wasting is the ten or so minutes you are on the phone with the coach.

Here are some of the most important questions you should think about asking when these calls are arriving.  It is easy to think of more but these are some of the most obvious ones that should be brought up:

How will I fit in on the team?

Do you plan on redshirting me my first year?

(If the team is struggling), what is the coaching staff doing to turn things around?

(If the team is doing well), what is the coaching staff doing to continue to help the school have success?

(If the coaching staff may be good enough to move up to a better job), what are the possibilities that the staff will be in place during my four or five years at the school?  This same question applies if the staff is doing a poor job as well.

Where do you see the program in the next four or five years?

How many other players are you recruiting at my position (this may receive a very interesting response)?

How do athletes balance academics and athletics?

Is there help in the classroom if I am struggling in a class?

Are you able to help set up internships with former alumni in my field of study (ask this to the head coach)?

How would you describe your coaching style?

What are the best features of your school?

Why should I pick your program over a conference rival that is recruiting me?

How is the admission process handled and will any preference be given to student athletes?

If there is a concern with the city/area, ask about it.

Will the facilities be updated any time soon (take what they say with a grain of salt)?

How will you help me become the best player I can be?

What does the depth chart at my future position look like?

Are you looking to bring in other scholarship recruits at my position?

How well does the school/student body support the program?

Does the team go on any unique travel opportunities during the year or the summer?

How is the training staff at your school?

Is there a full time strength and conditioning coach that is willing to help me become a better athlete?

How is scholarship money handled and when do I know a final total for how much I am paying (this one obviously depends on the level you are looking at)?

Via Recruit101


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Vermont Academy’s Sophomores Debut to New England

In honor of this Thursday we thought we would give you a bit of a throwback, as we go back to the debut of Vermont Academies stellar sophomore class at this year’s Elite 75 Frosh/Soph edition. Coach Cody Hatt has four of top 15 prospects and arguably the best group of sophomores in New England, Bruce Brown, Christian Vital, Sedee Keita and KJ Santos.

Sedee Keita is a 6’9 face up four, who has the ability to put the ball on the floor, can knock down open jump shots and runs the floor really well. He’s a one-man fast break, very comfortable in the open floor, but may be the most dangerous offensively in the pick and roll.

KJ Santos is a pure shooting guard. Standing at 6’7, Santos has one of the purist jumper’s we’ve seen in awhile.  His length allows him to be a good defender, he does a great job attacking the rim, and creating for others.

Bruce Brown 6’3 is a do it all wing. He is strong, athletic, and is great defender.  Brown is somewhat of a glue guy, where the team may let up a player like Bruce does a good job of masking it with his toughness and his ability to do a lot of the little things well.

Christian Vital 6’1 is tough New York guard with an attack mode mentality. He has a consistent enough jump shot that can force defenders to play up on him, which works in his favor as he loves to attack the rim.

The future is looking very bright for VA basketball, as the four sophomores will only get better with time. Here is footage of the four at Elite 75 frosh/soph edition.


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Book Of The Month: Qaddafi’s Point Guard

A Nigerian native who emigrated to the United States (Boston) at age 11, Alex Owumi’s exploits on the basketball court earned him a college scholarship to Georgetown University. Undrafted by the NBA, Owumi pursued his basketball dream overseas, eventually signing with Al-Nasr of Libya, a state-run athletic club privately funded by the family of Libyan president Muammar Qaddafi.

Owumi’s tenure with Al-Nasr was interrupted by the Libyan uprising and resulting civil war. Imprisoned in his Benghazi apartment for more than 2 weeks with no food, phone, Internet, or hope, Owumi wondered whether he would make it out of Libya alive. Despite his weakened condition and the dangers lurking in the city, he was able to escape Benghazi and flee the country. Smuggled to a refugee camp in Egypt, he was, much to his surprise, contacted by an Egyptian team seeking his services. And so, in a bizarre, storybook ending, Owumi finished the year by helping lead the team to an unlikely league championship, earning league MVP honors in the process.

What made you write this book ?

The main reason I wrote the book was because I wanted my story to be an inspiration to people everywhere. No matter what you are going through you can get out of it an turn it into a positive.

Have you ever thaught to yourself, damn is basketball worth my life ?

After I went to this life experience I really had to ask myself was basketball worth it? My life is the most important to me and my family. I’m blessed to play basketball professionally but I have to be around for my family.

Are you still playing overseas ?

I am still playing basketball in England for the Worcester Wolves in the British Basketball League.


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NEPSAC Alumni ranked Top 100 NCAA Players

CBS Sports recently released a list of the top 100 college players for the upcoming 2013-2014 season. With no suprise, on the list are former NEPSAC players who have continued to help affirm the case and point that the league they once called home is and should be ranked amongst the best.

Below is list of players names and schools they currently attend that made it onto CBS Sports top 100 list.

C. J. Fair Syracuse University – Brewster Academy

Semaj Christon Xavier – Brewster Academy

Shabazz Napier UConn – Lawrence Academy

Wayne Selden Kansas – Tilton School

Noah Vonleh Indiana – New Hampton School

T.J. Warren North Carolina State – Brewster Academy

Jakarr Sampson St. John’s – Brewster Academy

Anthony Ireland Winchidon – Loyola-Marymount 


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Vermont Academy 2013-14 Preview

Something special is happening on the Vermont Academy campus. This year’s basketball team may go down as one of the deepest and most talented group that the NEPSAC has seen from the Saxton River campus. Gone are the days of Jesse Bopp, Dimitri Flores, Dequein McNeil, Dominic Woodson, and Jamel Artis. Ushered in are now the days of coach Cody Hatt and a crew of youngster who will make a lot of noise this season. After taking in one of the teams open gym session, its no question that this young team is very talented.

Vermont Academy has four of top sophomores in New England, who has been creating quite the buzz, Bruce Brown, Christian Vital, Sedee Keita and KJ Santos. Sedee Keita is a 6’9 face up four, who has the ability to put the ball on the floor, can knock down open jump shots and runs the floor really well. He’s a one-man fast break, very comfortable in the open floor, but may be the most dangerous offensively in the pick and roll. 

KJ Santos is a pure shooting guard. Standing at 6’7, Santos has one of the purist jumper’s we’ve seen in awhile.  His length allows him to be a good defender, he does a great job attacking the rim, and creating for others.

Bruce Brown (6’3) is a do it all wing. He is strong, athletic, and is great defender.  Brown is somewhat of a glue guy, where the team may let up a player like Bruce does a good job of masking it with his toughness and his ability to do a lot of the little things well.  6’1 Christian Vital is another tough guard that will help this team both offensively and defensively. In the open run Vital was able to knock down lots of jump shots that helped open up the floor for him to attack the rim.

Running the show for VA at the point guard position will be senior Tyler Harville. Standing at 6’0 Harville may be one of the most dangerous shooter’s in the country. Over and over again in the open run if Harville felt he had a hint of space he would let it go, knocking down jump shots from all over the floor.  He is a steady lead guard who doesn’t force his passes, he did a great job reading the defense during pick and roll situations making the right decisions for his self or teammate.

Anchoring the middle will be 7’1 Jr. Tyler Jackson. Jackson is a big body in the middle; he ran the floor well and made a couple nice offensive plays.  He has a descent touch on his jump shot and also made a couple of good offensive moves in the post.

Here’s a look at the teams Open Run


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Sneaker Watch: Air Jordan 10 Retro GS – Fusion Red

The Jordan Brand introduces another red-dominated classic in the form of this all new Air Jordan 10 Retro for the kids.

The new look Air Jordan X features a full suede build woring together with the AJ X’s usual leather eyestay. Fusion red leads the way on these kids’ exclusives, working together with black over the eyestay, tongue, laces. Finishing them off in classic Air Jordan X fashion, we see a combination of black and fusion red taking care of the checkerboard collar lining.

Stay tuned to Sole Collector for further details on the “Fusion Red” Air Jordan 10 Retro GS.


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Does having a teammate who is also being recruited help or hurt you in the chase for a scholarship offer?

There are some high school programs who are blessed with multiple Division I athletes year after year.  They send a number of players every decade to that level as they have proven to be a pipeline for colleges.  Other high schools may be lucky to have a Division I athlete once every fifty years.  It really just depends on the school, the population of the area, and a number of similar factors along those lines.

But if you are one of the lucky ones who is at a school that has other college prospects in your class, is that going to help you or hurt you?  Will you be overshadowed by your own teammates or will having someone talented next to you help open doors that may not have been opened without them?  Find out as we take a look at all of this now.

I think that sometimes it does depend on the sport and the school as well.  Some programs are better equipped than others to handle the recruiting process of multiple athletes.  Most of the schools that do have pipelines to the scholarship level in college have a system in place that will help send athletes there as well.

A school like this is great because it most likely means that you have a coaching staff who has helped athletes through the recruiting process before.  They may not know everything but they have helped previous athletes at that school go on to the scholarship level.  And while that it not always necessary, it certainly is not going to hurt you having a high school coach know what he is doing.

It is sometimes also easier for the college coaches to call the high school coaches and ask about multiple athletes as opposed to trying to track down separate high school coaches.  Another financial factor that this could help is it eases the burden of travel with camps and unofficial visits to schools.  You have a built in travel buddy with you.

While there are some obvious benefits, there could be some reasons why it hurts both athletes.  Again, it does depend on the sport but jealousy could creep in.  It depends on the relationship between the two athletes (and their families, let me stress that) but in a sport like basketball, if one athlete is taking all the shots, the other may get frustrated.  An athlete could also be disappointed if their teammate gets a scholarship offer but they put up better numbers over the course of the season (this happens and is a great case for why the high school seasons don’t matter much in recruiting).

You may also have a high school coach who either is new to the recruiting process or just doesn’t have the time to handle two athletes being recruited.  I have said this before but high school coaches are stretched in so many different ways year after year.  Putting the time and effort into two athletes in one class may be an impossible task for some college coaches to juggle.

I think in the long run if you can avoid the jealously issue, it is a huge benefit to have a potential college athlete along side you.  I would assume it would help your team win more games, and if you can get to State, that should help the recruiting for both players.  If one sends out tape, the college coaches are always looking for anyone who can play so that may help you as well.  If you are in this situation, I would feel blessed that someone else has put in the time and dedication to the best as well and that should only help the team and your abilities grow.


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Does making an Official Visit mean you will get a college scholarship offer ?

When deciding to take a college visit, make sure you are well aware of all rules and regulations.

But because of NCAA rules, you are limited to five official visits so it may be important which ones you pick and choose.  If a school has not offered me a scholarship but wants me to official visit their school, are they going to end up offering me a scholarship?  As always, the answer really depends on the situation.

I have also heard coaches promise a recruit that if he official visited/visited, he would leave the trip with an offer.  The school didn’t realize that this recruit really wanted an offer so he decided to make an official visit shortly after they said that.  With another player that school was hoping to get a commitment from, they didn’t end up offering the kid that took the official visit.  If something like that happens, I would strongly recommend moving on from that situation.

In my opinion, the majority (80% or greater) of official visits do end up with athletes having scholarship offers from that school.  The reason is because these schools are limited in the amount of official visitors that they can bring on campus.  They would not be bringing in players who they feel cannot play so you really are among their top recruits.

Before going on an official visit, I would try to ask the coach as many questions about offers and that type of thing before going.  If I was going on an official visit, I would assume a scholarship offer would be coming.  So before you get in the car or the plane, make sure that you know where you stand with the coaches on a scholarship offer.  It could be the difference between you being blinded while there.


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Springfield Central hires Jack O’Brien as Boys basketball coach

When the news was released that Springfield Central principal Tad Tokarz officially announced that the school has hired former Charlestown and Salem coach Jack O’Brien as its new head boys basketball coach.  Former players of Coach O’Brien all shed tears of joy.

Some people ask why, its simple over his tenure of coaching public school basketball he has dominated and sent his players to college.  That is not a small task when you are speaking of MIAA basketball.  Per ESPN Boston From 1999 to 2005, Charlestown has won five state titles in a span of six years, the 2002 squad finished the season ranked No. 16 in USA Today’s national Super 25 poll.

Riding the wave of his success he decided to write a book, “The Assist” a book based on Coach O’Brien’s experiences dealing with not only basketball, but life.

 

“We’re excited, the school is excited, the kids should be excited,” Tokarz said. “We got a guy with a tremendous reputation and a proven track record. We’re very excited to give him everything he needs to be successful here. He’s done it before, he’s got a tremendous track record. He changes kids’ lives, and that’s the biggest thing with us. It’s not about wins and losses, it’s how to get kids into college and give them opportunities outside of basketball. He convinced all of us that he’s the best person to make that happen. As told to ESPN Boston’s Brendan Hall

What can be said for Jack O’Brien is that he has done it before, and there isn’t one boys basketball coach in the system that can say he has sent more players to school then Mr. O’Brien.  To add icing on the cake he did this while not allowing his players to play AAU basketball a living legend to say the least.  Springfield you have been blessed.


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Dimitri Floras off the board Quinnipiac University

Dimitri Floras a native of Merrimack NH who now attends the McDuffie School (MA), has been known for his toughness and an ability to make tough shots in any situation.  Head coach Tom Moore of Quinnipiac University made Floras a priority, stayed with him when other big names schools came calling and it paid off.

Today at a school assembly, Floras gave a verbal commitment to Quinnipiac University.

“I chose Quinnipiac University they stuck with me throughout my entire recruiting process” Floras tells HoopDreamsMag. When asked why he chose the Bobcats Floras states, “I will have an opportunity to come in, play right away and be a leader as a freshmen that was appealing to me.”

McDuffie head coach Jerry McCullough on his decision, “I’m happy that Dimitri committed to a school with a coaching staff thats been committed to recruiting him for the past few years. QU understands Dimitri the person and player.”

Floras played his AAU basketball with Expressions Elite, a team that made a splash on the Nike sponsored EYBL circuit this spring/summer as they qualified for “Peach Jam” with Floras as the lead point guard.

Dimitri saw his recruitment take a jump last season as the likes of Tulsa, St Bonaventure, Xavier, Utah State, Buffalo, and Boston University all where involved.  But in the end Quinnipiac University revealed to be the best fit.

“I’m excited for Dimitri he is a hard working kid, he comes prepared and plays hard at all times, Tom Moore and Scott Burrell have done a great job recruiting him.  He will do well in there new conference,” states Expressions Elite head coach Ty Boswell.

Floras became the 6th and final senior to commit to a division one scholarship school from their 2014 EYBL team. Abdul Malik Abu (NC State), Jared Terrell (Oklahoma State), Idris Taqqee (St. Bonaventure), Alec Brennan (Princeton), Cane Broome (Scared Heart) and now Dimitri Floras (Quinnipiac) this is a very impressive accomplishment for a team. A trend we hope will continue with all teams.


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2015 Updated Rankings

 

 

Today we bring you our updated 2015 rankings.  This was a really tough class to rank as we felt 1-5 could have had a chance to be # 1 in the class.  The #1 player in the class of 2015 goes to Terrance Mann at 6’6 with guard skills, Mann has a great deal of potential.  Once he learns how to create separation to get his jump shot off he will be scary.  Used as a combo guard Mann has become comfortable with the ball in his hands.

# 2 Donavan Mitchell 6’3 has not played all AAU season due to a hand injury, plays aggressive, and is one of the best athletes in the NEPSAC regardless of class.  He will be a name to remember, he will be in rotation at Brewster Academy.

#3 Tyler Lyndon 6’8” athletic combo forward that can shoot, Lydon has all the tools to make an impact at New Hampton.  With added strength he should become more effective in the blocks as well as on the wing.

#3 AJ Turner 6’7 SG who has the skill set to play at the highest level, Turner will make his NEPSAC coming out party while lacing them up for The New Hampton School.

#4 Jalen Adams 6’2 arguably one of the best pure scores in the class, shows flashes that he can convert into a point guard because of his passing ability.  Competes on both ends of the floor and produces.

#6 Aaron Falzon 6’8” Sharpe shooter, who can get hot quick, has become more athletic which has helped his post game.  Will be a focal point at Northfield Mount Hermon this season.

Click Link: Updated 2015 Rankings


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Sneaker Watch: Air Jordan XX8 SE – Russell Westbrook PE

Jordan Brand previewed a new PE for Russell Westbrook today, taking the “why not?” approach once again with a wild camouflage colorway of the XX8 SE. This shroud-less version of the XX8 features a unique camouflage upper and outsole, utilizing colors from the Oklahoma City Thunder throughout.

Take a closer look at Russell Westbrook’s Air Jordan XX8 SE PE below, and stay tuned for further release details.


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5 Steps to a Scholarship

I always like to make quick notes about things before going into the article and there are two important notes to be included. The first is for parents that are reading this. You need to make 100% sure that your child wants to play college athletics before going to these steps. If they are on the fence, you will be spending a lot of time and money investing in something they are not sold on. If they are not fully committed, this is a waste of time. The second is that even though you can do all of these steps perfect, if your son or daughter cannot play (You probably need a third party/coach to tell you because few parents don’t have their parental bias on at all times), these will not get them a scholarship.

I hate to say that but I know a lot of recruiting services make thousands of dollars because they get athletes who at most will play Division III athletics. This article is about earning a scholarship at the Division II or level higher. While it is not a not a guarantee of anything, these would be the same steps I would go through for my kids if they were at the high school level. Also, don’t bother doing these steps until your child has accomplished something at the varsity level in their chosen sport. Coaches don’t care about how your son dominated the freshman basketball team. Anyways, onto the five steps.

1.) Build a Recruiting Profile 
The first step to earning an athletic scholarship is to build a successful recruiting profile. Even for parents or athletes that lack computer skills, this is something that really can be easily done. The advantage of doing it on the computer in a Word document or PDF document is the ability to send it via email. You can use the Internet to your advantage and that is why putting this together is very helpful in the recruiting process. It allows you to quickly showcase your son or daughter’s accomplishments and saving you money by sending it through email.

2.) Find Schools that Match You 
The second step to earning an athletic scholarship is to finding school that match the athlete. In order to be successful at the college level, you need to think of a variety of things that could factor into the college decision process. Location is definitely one of the most important. If you are a homebody, it would be safe to say that you should look at in-state schools or programs that are in a certain mile radius.

3.) Market Your Child to Coaches 
The third step to earning an athletic scholarship is to market your child to the college coaches.  Look up colleges that fit your need ex: degree, and level.   After you have found those matches and put together your recruiting profile, now is the time to help your child get the attention he or she deserves.

4.) Make a Quality Highlight Tape 
The fourth step to earning an athletic scholarship is to put together a quality highlight video. Athletes in basketball rely on putting together a quality highlight recruiting video that showcases your abilities. If you have a bad tape, chances are that the college coaches will move on quickly. Unless you have already excelled at their camp, putting together a good highlight video is something that is essential for the recruiting process.  (If you are in need of a highlight video, email us info@HoopdreamsMag.com)

5.) Build a Website with Video
The fifth and final step to earning an athletic scholarship is to put together a website that provides stats and video of your child in action in their chosen sport. Some may consider this an egotistical thing to do for a cocky player but I consider this a smart investment that utilizes the Internet. It saves you money on producing more highlight videos as well as sending out the tapes. Having that video available by clicking on a link is something that makes things very simple for college coaches during the recruiting process.

Written by recruiting-101.com


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Beantown Slam Pres Season League

The most noteworthy game of Saturday night at the beantownslam which was moved to the beautiful New Mission gymnasium was a matchup of two perennial powers in Catholic Memorial and New Mission.  New Mission started hot jumping out early to a 13-4 lead and had control for most of the 1st half.

CM picked it up in the second half as you would expect from a senior laden team.  Down by as many as 11 in the second, 38-27 Cm started to pressure new missions guards and scored 13 straight to go up three.  New mission could never find a reliable offensive weapon in the half court which was there downfall.  Final score was 53-49.

Players who impressed

Fred Rivers 6-5 Senior  New Mission

The burly 6-5 does a little bit of everything for New Mission.  As he has the ability to stretch the D with a consistent shot and also drive the ball.  He finished with 15 points 8 rebounds against a fairly big CM team.

Asante Sandiford 6-4 Senior New Mission

6-4 Combo forward who can play on the perimeter but is primarily used in the post on a smaller new mission team.  Showed his athleticism by finishing in traffic and routinely getting to the line.  Figures to be one of the more explosive players in mass this year.

Finished with 10 points and 6 rebounds

Aahmahne Santos 5-9 Junior Catholic Memorial

Best player in the gym the whole night.  Was the leading catalyst for CM comeback win as he controlled tempo and really bothered the guards for new mission defensively.  After transferring back to CM from Redemption Christian he figured to be one of the best players in Mass regardless of class.

Second game of the night was a mismatch as a young Brighton team played Brimmer and May.  Brimmer and May jumped on the young Brighton team early and often as they opened the game on a 19-1 run .  There lead was 38-20 with just under 10 minutes before a furious Brighton rally cut the lead to 40-32 but after some made free throws Brimmer hung on but Brighton looks to be one of the best city teams once again this year after winning the division 2 stats title last year.

Jason Jones 6-5 Junior Brighton

Tough as nails forward who was not intimidated by Brimmers big frontline.  And was the guiding force behind Brightons comeback.  Looks to be the centerpiece of a talented Brighton team that can compete with anyone.  Finished with 8 points and 10 rebounds

Andrew Simpson 6-5 Sophmore  Brimmer and May

Ultra talented combo forward that showed his versatility and motor.  Defensively his presemce was more than enough as the undersized Brighton team had no answer for him.

With a couple more years of high school and aau ball he should defelop into a premier division one player

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Moses Toriola Picks Books Over Ball

Moses Toriola a 6’10 Nigerian import arrived on US soil with a dream to receive an education while playing the game he loves, Basketball.

Toriola has all the tools you can’t teach, size, length, and most important heart.  Lacking in skill and muscle mass were suppose to be Moses biggest obstacles to over come. With limited action on an experienced Kimball Union Academy team, Toriola worked hard. Taking advantage of his lack of playing time, he worked on his game to over come those obstacles.

Playing his AAU ball with the Nike Sponsored Expressions Elite, Toriola was preparing for a break out summer, waking up daily working on his game determined to prove everyone who ever doubted him wrong.

“His work ethic is what separates him from the rest of his peers, he wants to be great and he wont stop until he gets to that level” states Tyron Boswell Expressions Elite coach.

When your dream starts to become blurry, it means its time to take action. Toriola’s dream became just that, a bit blurry when he found out he needed to take an extra math class to meet NCAA requirements to become qualified.  It turned out that this math class would consume all of July, which meant he would not be able to participate in July’s Live Period. The choice was simple and Toriola made the right decision, as he attended the Wolfeboro School (NH) and received an A for the math class.

“Moses is going to shock not only college coaches but the AA league as well, he will have a breakout High School season, along with a big time summer. Coaches should make there way to Meridian (NH), Kimball Union has a gem who is 6’10” with a 7’4″ wing span in Toriola.”  States Boswell.


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Malcolm Brent off the board to UMBC

Malcolm Brent the Silver Springs (MD) import made his way to Kimball Union Academy Meriden, NH last school year. His goal was simple to take the prep school reigns by storm, and he did just that.  Showing his ability to score in numerous ways, helping Kimball Union to an AA semifinals appearance. Brent continued that momentum into the summer running with Metro Boston on the AAU circuit.

Today he announced that he will attend The University of Maryland Baltimore County.

“I liked that it was close to home and i felt very comfortable around both the players and coaches. I really loved the coaching staff and the direction they are moving the program in,” said Brent on his commitment.

Brent a Baltimore native states “I loved that it was close to home, and i felt really comfortable around the players and coaches”

“They’re all young, local guys with ties to the area. And they want to win! And I felt like I would have the opportunity to be a part of something Special and come in and compete for playing time right away” Says Brent about choosing UMBC.

UMBC has a good one in Brent who plays hard and hates to lose, when asked whats next Brent replied

“Now I’m just focused on winning the AA title!”

 


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Ranking the best Jordan Sneakers to play in


Inspired by MJ’s Ferrari 550 Maranello, the Jordan XIV’s were the original “last shot” shoe.Everyone remembers that crossover step-back jumper over Bryon Russell that pushed theBulls past the Jazz in the 1998 NBA Finals. Well, these were the kicks he was wearing.

After missing most of the 1985-86 NBA season with a broken bone in his left foot, MJ wore the Air Jordan II upon his return in 1986-87. Jordan cemented his legacy as one of the greatest scorers of all time at a young age that season, averaging 37.1 points per game in the last “Jumpman-less” Jordans.

The Air Jordan VI isn’t as well known for its style as it is for what MJ accomplished while sporting them.  Released for the 1990-91 season, Jordan delivered his first championship in the VI’s, defeating Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Air Jordan X is a classic among classics. This is the shoe that ushered MJ back into the game wearing “45” on his back.  What did he do? Oh, just drop 55 points to go along with the game-winning assist to beat the Knicks in only his fifth game since returning.

 

 The Air Jordan XII—otherwise known as “The Flu Shoe”—is most famous for being worn during Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, when Jordan dropped 38 points, including the game-winner, despite battling the flu.  Born in 1997, these Jordans were the first to be released under the exclusive Jordan brand, as MJ’s kicks finally garnered their own Nike sub-brand—and deservedly so.

Although Jordan never donned these sneakers on the court, he wore a cleated version on the diamond.  The story goes that Jordan wanted a familiar shoe for his transition to baseball, so Tinker Hatfield turned the Jordan IX into the baseball cleats he wore with the Birmingham Barons.

The “Space Jam Jordans” are probably the most popular J’s of all time.  Earning the nickname for their role on Jordan’s feet in Space Jam, the XI’s were released for the 1995-96 season, Jordan’s first full year back from retirement.

The Air Jordan VII was built on the look of the VI, but it traded the airsole heel for a full-length zoom-air sole while adding the legendary Jumpman logo around the ankle.  Released for the 1991-92 season, Jordan may have accomplished more in these kicks than any other shoe on this list.


Ranking the best Jordan Sneakers to play in


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Sneaker Watch: Nike KD VI

With a handful of colorways already in stores, Nike Basketball previews the next wave of KD VI colorways. When working with designer Leo Chang, Durant provided personal on and off-court insight which was directly applied to the KD VI through color blocking, themes, graphics and textures that bring KD’s journey to life.

Each of the following five colorways will be featured with some special surprises and insight from KD himself beginning October 1 with a salute to the Texas colorway.

These new KD VI colorways will be available globally in limited quantities at nike.com and select retailers.

Nike KD VI “Texas”

Durant has fond memories of his days playing in Texas. Inspired by the state’s magnificent stars and big sky, the shoe includes a burnt orange, black and mint color palette. Launch: Oct. 10.

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Nike KD VI “Peanut Butter & Jelly”

Aunt Pearl would always bring a young KD his favorite childhood snack, a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, when he was away from home. She would drop off the sandwiches at the Seat Pleasant Activity Center while KD was busy developing his game. His appetite for hard work continues to this day, with PB&J as an ongoing reminder.

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$130.00

Nike KD VI “OKC Away”

The road is where teams are tested. Playing away in hostile arenas is where KD feels his game is tested and perfected. Whether it’s the front row or last row, KD wants all the fans on the road to be able to see his KD VI Away shoe with his black, orange and blue color combination.

10/31/13 Nike KD VI
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$130.00

Nike KD VI “Precision Timing”

Inspired by the precision craftsmanship of a wristwatch, the KD VI includes both performance and aesthetic cues tied to timing and clockwork. Whether it’s the hidden outsole detailing or radial brushed texture marks on the midsole, this special colorway accentuates details with a metallic palette.

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$130.00


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2017 Top Wings at Elite 75

This past Sunday Hoop Dreams Magazine was on hand for one of New England’s top recruiting events the Elite 75 which took place at the University Sports Complex in Hanover, Massachusetts. The Elite 75 frosh/soph addition serves as an event that gives the New England basketball community its first look of future elite high school player’s in the region. The event has introduced some of New England to its elite players like Wayne Selden, Ricardo Ledo, and Noah Vonleh before their names became nationally known.                                                                           

This year was no different, in this article we will highlight some of the top 2017 wings at this year’s event.

In the Class of 2017

Jermaine Samuels coming into the event was projected to be one of the top players regardless of class, and that he was. The 6’6 wing showcased his dominant slashing ability, with drives that ended either with a one or two-handed slam-dunk.  What was on display this Sunday was a player who has a good offensive feel for the game, he did not force things too much but was still dominant.

Kimani Lawrence was another player who came into the event with a lot of hype who didn’t disappoint. He played with a lot of energy, attacking the glass for rebounds, as well as attacking the rim for put backs, knocking down jump shots, and looked comfortable putting the ball on the floor.  In Kamani you can sense a bit of hunger, if fostered correctly he will turn into something real special. 

Jerome Dosrosiers a Canadian import to Northfield Mount Hermon, looked real good in the drills. He was comfortable putting the ball on the floor and majority of his finishes were slam-dunks.  In the scrimmages he looked just as good, at times bringing the ball up the floor for his team and finishing at the rim with power. At NMH don’t be surprised to see him play the 2,3, and sometimes even at the 4 spot.

Malik Pouncey and Jaylin Hinton is two unknown’s that caught our attention. Malik standing at about 6’2 was a physical guard that made good drives to the basket.  He was able to beat his man a couple of times off the dribble. He posses a descent mid range, knocking down a couple of shots in scrimmages keeping the defenders honest.

Hinton also standing at around 6’2 made good things happen for his team with his play.  He played hard the whole time pushing the tempo whenever he had the ball in his hands.  He looked good in the open floor, even faking out a defender with the Rondo fake behind the back pass on a breakaway and finished with a nice layup.  Jaylin looks like he just had a growth spurt standing a bit knocked kneed, may not be used his new body. If he continues to grow and gets more comfortable with his body, there is no way he will remain an unknown


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Sneaker Watch: Air Jordan 5 Retro “3LAB5”

Today we take a closer look at the upcoming Air Jordan 5 Retro “3LAB5,” releasing later this month at select Jordan Brand retailers. The flashy, all-over elephant print colorway features a cement grey upper with black and gamma blue accents. Waxed laces and a leather liner provide a premium feel, while a holographic box puts this new release over the top.

The Air Jordan 5 Retro “3LAB5” will release at select Jordan Brand accounts and online at Nike.com on Saturday, September 21.

9/21/2013 Air Jordan 5 Retro
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Cane Broome commits to Sacred Heart

St. Thomas More 2014 point guard Cane Broome has committed to Sacred Heart, the south par guard ran with Expressions Elite on the AAU circuit this summer.  Broome competed against the nations best guards night in and night out.

Asked why he picked SHU, Broome tells ESPNBoston’s Chris Bradley

“I picked Sacred Heart because it’s a wonderful academic school, and playing time as a freshman there was more than anywhere else,” states Broome on hi commitment. I had a good relationship with the coach and felt comfortable; he didn’t miss a game this summer. He was there for the good ones and the bad.”

SHU gets a great floor leader who is able to control the game on both ends of the floor.  Offensively he can shoot the ball well as well as get teammates involved, this is a huge get for coach Anthony Latina as he secures his home turf.


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Alec Brennan commits to Princeton

Alec Brennan standing at 6’11” has long been tagged as one of the best skilled prospects in the country. The Milton Academy (MA) big man coming off a minor knee injury, ran with Expressions Elite last summer and watched his recruitment take off to new heights. His size along with his athletic and shot making ability helped make him into a highly touted prospect. Drawing sutters from the ACC, Big 10, and the new Big East to come play at their respective schools. Last night Brennan pulled the plug on his recruitment and decide to play for the Princeton Tiger’s.

Tiger’s head coach Mitch Henderson was informed on Monday while visiting Milton Academy’s campus, that Brennan would be playing for him next season. Henderson’s visit came after Alec’s official visit to the New Jersey campus this past weekend. “I had a great visit, the players where nice and I got along with the coaching staff really well.  I wanted a great balance of acadimics as well as athletics, at Princeton I get the best of both worlds.”

Brennan is the forth player from the Expressions Elite program to commit to a division one program, joining Abdul-Malik Abu (North Carolina State), Jared Terrell (Oklahoma State), and Idris Taqqee (St. Bonaventure).


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Josh Lee “The Man Behind The Madness”

Josh Lee, has been an assistant coach at Brewster Academy since the 2006-2007 preparing Brewster Academy’s best prepare for arguably the best league in the country NEPSAC AAA.

Lee by day is a Physical Therapist at Action Sports & Physical Therapy, but during the afternoon he turns into the man behind the madness that Brewster Academy has been know for.  Championships are won in the preseason, and one look around the Smith Center and you will see many White & Blue banners, which are AAA championship banners along with national championship banners.  Not to forget the NBA jersey’s that give the gymnasium some added color.

During this early Saturday conditioning you will see Lee in action, as he has assisted Brewster in a NEPSAC Class AAA Regular Season Titles, plus the NEPSAC Tournament Championships in 2013, 2010 and 2008. The program has also won the New Hampshire Prep Classic, New Hampton Invitational, and Brewster Invitational each in six out of the past seven seasons.

 


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Jacquil Taylor sets Official dates

2014 PF Jacquil Taylor of Beaver Country Day School (MA) has long been on the brink of bringing out, the 2012-2013 season was tagged his year, that plan was cut short due to him being injured early on in his junior year.  With months of rehab and handwork he is now one of the best Power Forwards available.

Fast-forward to his senior year, he has now scheduled his official visits, Purdue September 28-29, Providence October 12-13, St Joseph October 19-20 NC A&T November 2-3

“All schools a great academic schools, with a great balance of basketball, we will evaluate the schools and make a decision shortly afterwards” states Moe Taylor (Jacquil Taylor father.)


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New England Preps To Represent Team USA

Three New England prep products will hit the stage Oct. 5 and 6 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Chris McCullough (Brewster Academy, NH), Terrell Brown (St. Andrews (RI) and Mustapha Heron (Wilbraham and Monson Academy, MA) will participate in the USA mini-camp will feature 35 members of the 2013-14 USA Basketball Men’s Developmental National Team (born on or after Jan. 1, 1997), who are preparing for the 2014 FIBA U17 World Championship, as well as 13 players from the high school class of 2014, who are training in preparation for the 2014 USA U18 National Team and the 2014 USA Nike Hoop Summit Team. Read more on the mini camp here (http://t.co/UCo6huZQCU)


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These Boys Called Next?

It’s no secret that New England is becoming a nice little hot bed for basketball. For the past few years we’ve watched as some of the nations top college coaches walk into the regions local high school gym’s, to get a glimpse at some of the nations top prospects. Prospects like Shabazz Napier, Andre Drummond, Michael Carter-Williams, Alex Murphy, and Naadir Tharpe to name a few.

But no other class blew the New England basketball scene up quite like the class of 2012. The class boasted the over all consciences number one player in the county Nerlen’s Noel who was a Jordan All American, and three other All Americans Kaleb Tarczewski (McDonalds, Jordan), Kris Dunn (McDonald, Jordan), and Ricardo Ledo (Jordan). Also in that class was Jake Layman (Maryland), Georges Niang (Iowa St), Zach Auguste (Notre Dame), and Dominique Bull (GW by way Missouri).

The question now is can New England produce another class as acclaimed such as the 2012, maybe, maybe not. What can be said is that this years incoming freshman class sure looks like a special one. Here are seven players we feel are at the top of this 2017 class.

Thomas Murphy a 6’7” F possesses a great deal of skill for a player his age. Murphy has the ability to be a stretch four like his brother Eric Murphy (Chicago Bulls) but also has a nice post game. Running with the Mass Rivals this summer Thomas holds offers from Marlyand, URI, Boston College and the University of Florida.

6’6” Jermaine Samuels has tons of upside to his game. Samuel’s is an attacking guard who loves getting to the rim and can finish with either hand. He has a good enough jumper to keep teams honest and possess a nice feel for the game. Running with Expressions this summer Jermaine played both 14u and 17u. He currently holds offers from Dartmouth, Boston College, Providence, and URI.

6’6” Kimani Lawrence of Providence. Kimani is just starting to scratch the surface of his potential. Doing it all for his Expressions Elite aau squad this summer, he played both forward positions banging down low and taking players off the wing with his guard skills. This year at Cushing Academy will allow him to play more on the wing where he belongs, to develop into a natural three. Lawrence currently holds offers from both Providence and URI.

Rounding out the top of the class are two natural point guards Tremont Waters and Jaycee Martin. Both are two tough playmaking guards that take care of the ball and can get to the basket whenever they feel. Waters is the better shooter of the two and is extremely dangerous when his jump shot is falling.

Two other combo guards to keep an eye out for are Shyheim Hicks (Commonwealth Academy) Jordan Hardwick (Commonwealth Academy)  and Javon Taylor (Beaver Country Day School) , All possess lots of skills beyond their years. When they truly learn how to play the game and can maintain a proper level of aggression these three are going to be very special.


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Abdul Malik Abu picks (NC State) Jared Terrell picks (Oklahoma State)

A pair of AAU teammates in the class of 2014 who are a national consensus top 100 players have made the call on what schools they will be attending next year. Expressions Elite’s Jared Terrell (Brewster Academy, NH) and Abdul Malik Abu (Kimball Union, NH) held a press conference at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston in front of tons of friends and family. Both players have made national names for themselves, spending countless nights in the gym they have now earned the oppurtunity to play at the collegiate level.

The two young prospects came down to four schools, Jared Terrell (OK St, Cincinnati, URI, Providence) and Abdul Malik Abu (NC St, Florida, UCONN and Providence). Both players have been rumored for 2 years that they could end up as a package deal but took a turn in a different direction this day

Jared Terrell as very humbled of a young man you’ll find, announced his decision in a low toned voice that he would be attending Oklahoma St University to play for coach Travis Ford.

“I get to play at the highest level of basketball and they’re allowing me to come right in and play right away,” states Terrell.

“When I went on the visit I got along with the players and coaches really well and I enjoyed their facilities.”

When asked what the best part about attending OK St. and where he goes from here. Jared states, “I’ll be an impact player right away.”

“Now I get to focus on academics more and finish my final year of school on a good note.”

Abdul Malik Abu will also be leaving New England to play in arguably the best league in the country the ACC. Abu announced his decision to attend North Carolina State University.

To show Abu’s high level of character the young man opened up the press conference by paying homage to former Northeastern and Celtics star Reggie Lewis.

“I’d like to thank Reggie Lewis for having such an influence on Boston, said Abu.” If it wasn’t for him who knows if we would be in this building right now.”

The Reggie Lewis center is where Abu and Terrell worked on their craft up until this point.

“When I went on my visit I got a home feel, it’s a basketball school and they treated me like a person and not just a basketball player,” Abu stated about his commitment. “The deciding factor was the opportunity to be great and the coaches have a strong belief in me.”

Abu is looked at to be a culture changer at NC St and also considered Mark Gottfried most important recruit of his tenure at NC State. Terrell is looked at to play major minutes with the possible departure of Marcus Smart.

 


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Abdul Malik Abu & Jared Terrell Press Conference

Two of Americas top 100 players on every 2014 national rankings, will announce their respected schools in a joint press conference Saturday September 7, 2013 3pm at the Reggie Lewis Center 1350 Tremont St Boston, MA.

Abdul Malik Abu is down to Providence, NC State, Florida, and UCONN.  Abu has yet to give any indication that he has a leader.

Jared Terrell is down to Cincinnati, Oklahoma State, URI, and Providence.  Terrell has yet to give any indication that he has a leader.

The pair have both made headlines this year playing for Expressions Elite in Nike’s EYBL circuit.  They where rumored to be a package deal, and have gone on record stating that they would possibly attend college together.

All media outlets are welcomed to attend the joint press conference. The event is free of charge and is expected to be a packed house of supporters from the whole community. We at HoopDreamsMagazine will be on hand to witness where the two will be next fall.

 


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Bonzie Colson Visits Pittsburgh

Bonzie Colson visited University Of Pittsburgh this past weekend here what he had to say,

“The visit was real good spent a lot of time with the players, it’s a like a city campus pretty big, they said I will produce a lot.  In there offense.  Pittsburgh as stated that Colson’s versatile could help them out a lot.

There is no surprise Pittsburgh are in a hot pursuit for Colson, some compare Colson to Dejuan Blair who thrived in the Pittsburgh system and moved on the the NBA.

Colson will visit Notre Dame in September 28th, and then Miami on the weekend of October 4th.


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Jared Wilson Frame transfers to Believe Prep Academy

When you think of the word production from a basketball standpoint a few names come to mind, Jared Wilson-Frame is a name that produces night in and night out.

Wilson-Frame a resident of Connecticut who attended Windsor High School for the past three years, will transfer to Believe Prep Academy (SC) and will now become a member of the class of 2015.

During the summer Wilson-Frame ran with Expressions Elite (MA) and was one of focal point during the EYBL circuit.  Wilson-Frame earned scholarship offers from Rutgers, Providence, URI, and a host of others.

Look for coach Tyson Waterman to take Wilson-Frame to new heights.


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Abu, Terrell narrow there list to four

Expressions Elite teammates have cut their list of schools to four.

Abdul Malik Abu Kimball Union Academy (NH) one of the best Power forwards in the country has cut his list to four schools, Providence, UConn, Florida, and N.C. State.  

Taken off the list were St. John’s, UCLA, Iowa State, Miami, Kentucky and Kansas State.

Abu states “I want to attend a school that is the best fit, as well as the best place that will develop me as a player and a young man”

“I called all the schools that did not make my final list and told them I really appreciate there effort and thank them for recruiting me” says Abu

Jared Terrell of Brewster Academy (NH), one of the top combo guards in the country has cut his list to four schools as well, Providence, Cincinnati, Oklahoma State, and URI.

Taken off the list were, Florida, UConn, UCLA, Miami, St. John’s and Xavier.

Terrell states “This is one of the biggest decisions of my life, I plan to make the right choice, so I’m able to continue my career after college”

“Informing the schools that did’t make the list was hard, I have built relationships with them.  But I wanted to inform them out of respect” says Terrell.

The two have one school in common, Providence. Ed Cooley PC head coach has been recruiting the duo for the past two years.  They have gone on record stating that they would like to attend school together, but would do whats best for themselves.  Both have spoke about committing on the same day at a press conference, no date has been set as of yet.  Both will visit Providence College August 10, 2013, before the elite camp

In there own words:

Jared Terrell 

Providence: Have a good relationship with the staff, their style of play fits what I like to do.

Cincinnati: Great relationship with coach Savino, I like how they developed Sean Kilpatrick

Oklahoma State: I like the system and how they were able to develop Marcus Smart, staff is great

URI: Great fit overall, I would be the focal point and their players get better. Staff is great.

 

Abdul Malik Abu 

Providence: I will play right away, close to home and my family would be able to see me play, great staff

Florida: Their bigs get better, great coaching staff who are proven that they can develop bigs.

N.C. State: Best league in the country, I will play right away, their system fits my style of play, great staff.

UCONN: Great history of producing pros, I will play right away, close to home, great staff


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Jesse Bopp of Vermont Academy takes VCU Job

Vermont Academy is proud to announce that Jesse Bopp will be the next Director of Basketball Operations at Virginia Commonwealth University.

“While we are sad to lose such an outstanding coach,” says Sean Brennan, Head of School, “I knew it was only a matter of time before Jesse would make the jump to the college level.”

After putting Vermont Academy on the map in NEPSAC – AA Basketball in 2010, Coach Jesse Bopp has made three runs to post -season play. His high intensity, up tempo style has developed a great deal of talent in only three years’ time.  Graduates from the last three years are playing at Montana, Minnesota, Manhattan, UCDavis, LeMoyne, Wesleyan, UVM, Trinity, and Skidmore.

“I am grateful for the opportunity Sean Brennan awarded me three years ago to come to a place where you have the chance to work with such special kids and colleagues,”

says Jesse Bopp, “Vermont Academy is, and will continue to be, a very special place to me. I would like to thank the players that have been a part of our basketball program for their efforts, commitment and dedication. The chance to return to VCU and work for someone who I consider a mentor is something for which I am truly appreciative. What Shaka Smart has done at VCU is unprecedented, and I am eager and humbled to begin working for him, his staff, the players and all those involved with VCU basketball.”

VCU Head Coach Shaka Smart says of Bopp, “We are extremely fortunate to add Jesse Bopp to our coaching staff as Director of Basketball Operations. He gained tremendous experience over the past three years at Vermont Academy, where he played a significant role moving student-athletes forward on and off the court.

 It is clear that Vermont Academy has been instrumental in Jesse’s development as a leader and a mentor.”Vermont Academy is pleased to announce Bopp’s successor. Cody Hatt, two year assistant coach for Vermont Academy, has been named Interim Head Coach for the 2013-14 season. Hatt played at Norwich University where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Communications. He has been instrumental in identifying and recruiting this years’ strong incoming class, and we are excited about the continuity in our program.”I know Vermont Academy is in great hands with Cody Hatt,” says Bopp.  “He is more than ready to be a head coach.  Furthermore, Sean Brennan and Vermont Academy continue to pledge their unconditional support for the program. I also have great faith in our returning players, as well as the seven newcomers joining the program, to continue to move Vermont Academy Basketball forward.


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Peach Jam Qualified

The Nike Elite Youth Basketball League regular season has come to an end this week in Minneapolis, MN.  Expressions Elite finished 3rd in their division going 13-5 in the league and most likely received an automatic bid into Peach Jam.  Boston’s other EYBL team BABC finished 7th in the toughest division in the league going 11-7 ending in a three way tie with Team Final, and automatic qualifier Mokan Elite. The good news is it looks as BABC will recieve a wild card spot to Peach Jam. HDM wants to extend a congradulations to both BABC and Expression for qualifing and on a great season.

Peach Jam will consist of the top 24 teams that participated in the EYBL,  which takes place July 10-14, 2013 during live period ( July 11-15).

Location: Riverview Park Activities Center
100 Riverview Park Drive
North Augusta, SC 29841


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Battle Of The City #BostonStrong

Boston is the capital of the state of Massachusetts, Nike has two sponsored programs within the city of Boston., BABC & Expressions Elite

BABC has been the cream of the crop dating back to 1977 as the program was founded by Head Coach Leo Papile.  The BABC program has a history of winning at the highest level, and doing it on big stages. 

Expressions Elite was founded in 2008 by Todd Quarles, who also owns 30 Clothing & sneaker stores throughout New England. Expressions Elite has taken the circuit by storm, and has been able to have early success with their program from grades 4th-11th. 

Both teams will meet against each other today during the final stop of Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League #EYBL.  This game will take place in Minneapolis, MN on Friday 10pm EST, both teams will represented the city of Boston.

Good luck to both teams, may the best team win.

follow @HoopDreamsMag on Twitter for all your game updates from Minneapolis, MN

 


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Nike EYBL The Inside Scoop

We decided to give our readers an inside break down of the most talked about AAU circuit the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League.  Nike sponsors (40) teams throughout the USA which includes one team from Canada, the perks are priceless all players receive a custom pair of Nike EYBL sneakers along with EYBL uniforms and an assortment of other gear.

The world of pool play doesn’t exist on the Nike circuit; there are no started programs who frequently get mercy ruled.  This is high-level basketball at its best; out of the top 60 players (ESPN) for the class of 2014 over 42 of them play for an EYBL team, that’s 70% of the top players in the country.

Nike sponsors each of the 40 teams that fly into the four different locations to participate in there league, Los Angeles, Virginia, Texas and Minnesota, followed by the top 25 teams that will be selected to play in the Peach Jam.

I don’t think outsiders understand how great this league is, the league keeps stats each game such as Points Per Game, FG Percentage, 3-Point Percentage, Free Throw Percentage, Offensive Rebounds, Defensive Rebounds, Blocks, Steals, Minutes, and Assists just to name a few.  From 2011 -2015 the #1 player in the class has played with a Nike team.

This is your ultimate league that every college coach would love to evaluate prospects in the college setting with a 30 second shot clock along with three referee.  To top it all off, teams film each other and break down film to learn plays as well as tendencies of the team.

This is a quick glance of what players will encounter once they reach the collegiate level.

Rene Castro: Worcester Academy (Butler) “It was fun playing against the best competition all the time, it helped me become a better player”

That’s what the EYBL is famous for, having the best players in the country all competing against each other.  If you want to be the best, you should play against the best.

Jaylen Brantley: Notre Dame Prep (Marshall) “EYBL was great, every game you’re playing against the best players in the country so you have to bring you’re a game.  The experience of being able to travel around the country to play basketball in front of coaches to help your future “

Kamali Bey Wilbraham & Monson (Assumption College) has played on both circuits Nike & Adidas when asked how he would compare the two his response was “ I thought the Nike circuit was more competitive, every team has a stud on it, its like the BIG EAST compared to the A-10”

Which circuit would you say benefited most from “The EYBL with out a doubt, the organization of it, competition and everything was just better “

KJ Baptiste: Brimmer & May School (Brandies University) has played on both circuits, “Playing in the EYBL was playing in a much different level of basketball. Every game you play in is as competitive as a championship game. In my opinion I believe the EYBL is the toughest AAU circuit to be successful in because every game you play no matter what place the team is in your playing, they could beat you”

One high major head coach “ The advantage of playing in the EYBL we are able to evaluate the players while they are fresh, you only play two games a day so you are at your best each time you step on the court. “

The amount of coaches that attend the different sessions are amazing, head coach after head coach are all front and center to watch what Nike has done to the circuit.  Created its on lane of Elite basketball.

 

Episode 3: Road to the Peach Jam ‘DALLAS’

Episode 2: Road to the Peach Jam ‘Hampton’

Episode 1: Road to the Peach Jam ‘Los Angeles’


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Making The Right Choice “Do The Right Thing”

When choosing a college make sure the school is the right fit for you and your future, the main goal is to graduate with a college degree.  Many think that the NBA is there calling, but statistics show that chances are very slim of making the NBA.

Many high school seniors have chosen their school because of the name, some because the coach recruited them hard and promised them the world.  What many don’t know is once you sign that NLI you are now a roster spot.  You cant take your ranking to college with you, everything is zeroed out, its you against another player fighting for minutes.  If you decided that you don’t want to fight anymore, or unhappy with your role/playing time, you will most likely transfer.

You are not alone per  & CBS Sports.com the 2013 transfer list has reached nearly 425, as of May 21, 2013.  Below you will see the names of all players that are transferring and where once in your shoes and thought that there school of choice where the best fit for them.

The lesson in the story is simple, research the situation you are committing to, write questions down and don’t be afraid to ask lots of them.  Most of all understand that what a coach is telling you, he’s more then likely telling the same story to another recruit. “Do Your Home Work”

 

2013 Transfer List: Updated Edition — Nearly 425 players

Martins Abele, 7-1, C, Jr., Duquesne
Remy Abell, 6-4, G, Soph., Indiana — XAVIER
Patrick Ackerman, 6-11, F, Soph., Penn State
Anrio Adams, 6-3, G, Fr., Kansas
Jeremy Adams, 6-4, SG, Jr., Colorado (can play immediately)
Emmanuel Addo, 6-8, F, Jr., Northern Colorado (can play immediately) — MISSOURI STATE
Dorian Albritton, 6-4, G, Fr, VMI
Eddie Alcantara, 6-5, F, Fr., Western Kentucky — Blinn JC
Kory Alford, 6-4, G, Fr., New Mexico – UCLA
Aaron Alston, 6-7, F, Soph., Southern
Aaron Anderson, 6-3, G, Fr., Fresno — CENTRAL OKLAHOMA
David Andoh, 6-7, F, Fr., San Jose State — WAGNER
Raymone Andrews, 6-2, G, Soph., Lafayette — New Orleans, McNeese, Northwestern State
Dallas Anglin, 6-1, G, Fr., Hofstra
Kene Anyigbo, 6-5, F, Jr., Western Kentucky
Nick Arenz, 6-8, F, Fr., Green Bay — WINONA STATE
A.J. Astroth, 6-4, G, Fr., Vanderbilt
McWisdom Bedajo, 6-9, C, Fr., Florida A&M
Brandon Bailey, 6-6, F, Fr., Howard
Sterling Bailey, 6-3, SG, RS Soph., Nicholls State
Calvin Baker, 6-1, G, Fr., FAU
Yunio Barrueta, 6-4, G, Fr., East Tennessee State — BARRY
Jared Bartling, 6-8, F, Jr., South Dakota — WAYNE STATE
Antonio Barton, 6-2, G, Jr., Memphis (will graduate) — Maryland, Texas A&M, K-State, Tenn.
Jaylen Beckham, 6-0, G, Fr., Samford
Marcus Bell, 6-8, F, Jr., Idaho — SOUTHWEST BAPTIST UNIVERSITY
Deuce Bello, 6-3, G, Fr., Baylor — MISSOURI
Paris Bennett, 6-6, F, RS Jr., George Mason (can play immediately)
Kevin Berardini, 6-0, G, Sr., Illinois (can play immediately)
Marvin Binney, 6-2, G, Soph., Duquesne
Taylor Birchett, 6-4, G, Fr. Louisiana-Monroe
Michael Birts, 6-6, F, Soph., SIU-Edwardsville
Randall Black, 6-4, SG, Jr., South Carolina State
Tarik Black, 6-9, PF, Jr., Memphis (likely will graduate) — KANSAS
Vernell Blackmon, 6-5, F. Jr., Texas Arlington
Corey Blake, 6-4, G, Jr., New Orleans
Alex Blessig, 6-2, G, Fr., Florida Gulf Coast — ROLLINS
Brandon Bolden, 6-10, C. Fr., Georgetown — KANSAS STATE
Jaylen Bond, 6-7, F, Soph., Texas – TEMPLE
Theodore Boyomo, 6-9, C, Soph., Howard
Wayne Bradford, 6-3, G, Soph., Weber State
Joe Bramanti, 6-2, G, Fr., Wright State — NEW HAMPSHIRE
Nate Brandt, 6-6, G, Soph., Mississippi Valley State
Martin Breunig, 6-8, F, Soph., Washington — MONTANA
Maurice Briggs, 6-8, F, Jr., Morehead State
Ryan Bross, 7-1, C, Fr., Green Bay — CONCORDIA
Aaron Brown, 6-5, G, Soph., West Virginia — ST. JOSEPH’S
Alex Brown, 6-11, C, Jr., San Jose State
Jerry Brown, 6-7, F, Jr., Fresno — SANTA CLARA
K.J. Brown, 6-2, G, Sr., Binghamton
Kris Brown, 6-8, F, Fr., Arkansas State
Robert Brown, 6-5, Soph., Virginia Tech — UAB
Chris Bryant, 6-8, F, Fr., FAU
Jeff Budinich, 6-10, F, Jr., Montana State — CENTRAL WASHINGTON
Taran Buie, 6-2, G, Jr., Hofstra
Dominique Bull, 6-4, G, Fr., Missouri — GEORGE WASHINGTON
Adonis Burbage, 6-5, F, Soph., Central Connecticut
T.J. Burke, 6-8, F, Soph., UC Riverside
Zach Burnham, 6-7, F, Fr., Coppin State
Antoine Burrell, 6-7, F, Fr., Hartford
Jordan Burris, 6-7, SG, Jr., Nevada
Jarell Byrd, 6-6, F, Soph., Wofford
Jarrett Calhoun, 6-1, G, Soph., Troy
Jackson Carbajal, 6-3, SG, Jr., Sacramento State
Tariq Carey, 6-1, G, Fr., Quinnipiac
Casey Carroll, 6-8, F, RS Fr., Drexel — NOVA SOUTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY
Eli Carter, 6-2, G, Soph., Rutgers — FLORIDA
Josh Castellanos, 6-1, G, Jr., Mount St. Mary’s (will graduate) — GARDNER-WEBB
Kam Cerroni, 6-2, G, Jr., Green Bay – ST. NORBERT’S
Justin Cheek, 6-3, SG, Jr., High Point
Ben Cherry, 6-1, G, Jr., Tulane — CHARLOTTE
Zach Chionuma, 6-5, G, Soph., Boston University — BRYANT
Angelo Chol, 6-9, PF, Soph., Arizona — SAN DIEGO STATE
Matt Citron, 6-7, PF, Fr., Presbyterian — ADELPHI
Manroop Clair, 6-2, G, Fr., Hawaii — SEATTLE 
Darion Clark, 6-8, F, Fr., Charlotte
Montray Clemons, 6-7, F, Fr., DePaul — PENSACOLA
T.J. Cline, 6-8, F, Fr., Niagara — RICHMOND
Patrick Cole, 6-5, G, Fr., Coppin State
Joe Coleman, 6-4, G, Soph., Minnesota
Tim Coleman, 6-10, C, Jr., Alabama State
Wade Collie, 6-6, G, Jr., Southern Utah
Dadrian Collins, 6-7, F, Jr., Howard (will graduate)
Will Cook, 6-4, G, Jr., Samford — BREVARD COLLEGE
Aaron Cosby, 6-2, G, Soph., Seton Hall — ILLINOIS
Jalen Courtney, 6-8, F, Jr., LSU — MOREHEAD STATE
Jalen Crawford, 6-2, G, Soph., Bradley
Mo Creek, 6-5, G, Jr., Indiana
Christian Crockett, 6-6, PF, Fr., Mount St. Mary’s
Dantiel Daniels, 6-5, F, Soph., Southern Illinois
Jarrod Davis, 6-6, F, Fr., Maryland-Eastern Shore
Jonathan Davis, 6-7, F, Soph., George Washington
Josh Davis, 6-8, PF, Jr., Tulane (can play immediately) — SAN DIEGO STATE
Rod Days, 6-6, SF, Soph., UCF
Brandon Dawson, 6-7, F, Jr., Kennesaw
Glen Dean, 5-10, G, Jr., Utah — IDAHO
Raul Delgado, 6-2, G, Jr., BYU — METRO STATE
Julian DeBose, 6-3, G, Soph., Rice
Deng Deng, 6-6, G, Fr., Long Beach State — CAL STATE BAKERSFIELD
Adrian Diaz, 6-10, PF, Soph., Kansas State
Dennis Diaz, 6-3, G, Soph., Stetson — FLAGLER
Jordan Dickerson, 7-0, C, Fr., SMU
Trevonte Dixon, 6-4, G, Soph., College of Charleston — FRANCIS MARION
Ibby Djimde, 6-8, F, Soph., Illinois
Gatete Djuma, 6-9, F, Fr, Long Beach State
Justin Dobbs, 6-2, G, Fr., Grambling State
Greg Dorleus, 6-9, F, Soph., Charleston Southern
Ivan Dorsey, 6-0, G, Jr., Eastern Washington — HAWAII PACIFIC
Gabe Dos Santos, 6-3, G, Fr., Detroit
Aaron Dotson, 6-4, G, Jr., Utah
Jimmie Duplessis, 6-4, G, Soph., Prairie View
Denzel Douglas, 5-11, G, Jr., Idaho
Bryce Douvier, 6-6, F, Soph., Northern Colorado
Stephon Drane, 6-7, F, Soph., Western Kentucky — WASHBURN
Jared Drew, 6-5, F, RS Fr., Saint Louis
Bobo Drummond, 5-11, G, Fr., Wright State
Osas Ebmomwani, 6-11, C, Jr., Lamar (will graduate)
Joe Edmonds, 6-5, G, RS Fr., San Francisco
Justin Edwards, 6-3, G, Soph., Maine – KANSAS STATE
Tyrel Edwards, 6-5, F, Soph., Canisius — CAMPBELLSVILLE
Jake Ehlers, 6-7, F, Fr, Portland
Ife Eke, 6-7, F, Soph., Louisiana-Monroe
Jon Ekey, 6-7, F, Jr., Illinois State (will graduate) — ILLINOIS
Devonte Elliott, 6-10, F, Jr., Nevada
Chuka Enah, 6-7, F, RS Fr., Florida A&M
Bruce English, 6-1, G, Soph., Loyola Marymount
Eric Fanning, 6-4, SG, Fr., Wagner — BOSTON UNIVERSITY
Javorn Farrell, 6-5, G, Fr., UMass (will graduate)
Mitch Farrell, 6-3, G, Fr., NJIT — WINDSOR
Drimir Ferguson, 5-8, G, Jr, NC Central
Jamal Ferguson, 6-5, F, Fr., Marquette
Chase Fischer, 6-2, G, Soph., Wake Forest — BYU
Naofall Folahan, 6-11, C, Jr., Wagner
Alasdair Fraser, 6-7, F, Jr., Maine
Tony Freeland, 6-7, F, Jr., Long Beach State
Josh Freelove, 6-2, G, Jr., Alabama State
Brian Freeman, 6-8, PF, Jr., Binghamton (can play immediately) – BOWIE STATE
Geoffrey Frid, 7-1, C, RS FR, California
Dylan Fritsch, 6-5, G, Jr., Jacksonville — CSU-PUEBLO
Lyonell Gaines, 6-6, F, Soph., IUPUI — MOREHEAD STATE
Spenser Gales, 6-7, F, Fr., Houston Baptist — COFFEYVILLE JC
Paul Garnica, 6-0, G, Jr., Northern Colorado
Amir Garrett, 6-6, SG, Soph., St. John’s — CAL STATE NORTHRIDGE
Louis Garrett, 6-6, F, Jr., San Jose State — DIXIE STATE
Vincent Garrett, 6-5, SG, Jr., Rutgers
Jimmy Gavin, 6-2, G, Soph., Bradley
Clide Geffrard Jr., 6-5, SG, Fr., Samford — NORTHWEST FLORIDA
Volo Gerun, 6-10, F, Soph., West Virginia — PORTLAND
Zach Ghormley, 6-4, G, Fr., Southern Utah
John Ross Glover, 6-4, G, Fr., Lipscomb — LEHIGH
Trae Golden, 6-2, G, Jr., Tennessee
Evan Gordon, 6-1, G, Jr., Arizona State (can play immediately) – INDIANA
Evin Graham, 6-3, G, Soph., Jacksonville
Jerron Granberry, 6-5, G, Sr., North Florida (can play immediately) — WYOMING
Josh Gray, 6-1, PG, Fr., Texas Tech — ODESSA JC
Juan’Ya Green, 6-3, G, Soph., Niagara — HOFSTRA
Kadeem Green, 6-8, F, Soph., Ohio
Terrelle Green, 6-2, G, Fr., Alabama State
Reggie Groves, 6-2, SG, Jr., Canisius (will graduate) —
Moussa Gueye, 7-0, C, Jr., Alabama (will graduate) — VALAPARAISO
D.J. Haley, 7-0, Jr., VCU
Jimmy Hall, 6-7, F, Fr., Hofstra — ASA COLLEGE
Chris Halvorsen, 6-8, F, Jr., Minnesota
Blake Hamilton, 6-5, SG, Fr., Northern Arizona
P.J. Hardwick, 5-10, PG, Fr., North Texas — ARKANSAS STATE
Austin Harper, 6-2, G, Jr., Eastern Michigan
James Harper, 6-5, G, Fr., Houston Baptist
Bryan Harris, 6-2, PG, Fr., Wofford – UMBC
Jon Harris, 6-8, F, Jr., Miami (Ohio)
Ryan Harrow, 6-0, PG, RS Soph., Kentucky — GEORGIA STATE
Cameron Harvey, 6-3, G, Fr., Eastern Illinois
Aaron Harwell, 5-10, PG, Jr., Sam Houston State
Kevin Hickson, 6-8, F, Fr., Wofford
Johnny Hill, 6-3, G, Soph., Illinois State
Jabarie Hinds, 5-11, G, Soph., West Virginia — UMASS
Reese Holliday, 6-4, F, Jr., Toledo
Enoch Hood, 6-9, F, Soph., James Madison — N.C. CENTRAL
Will Hornsby, 6-2, G, Fr., Grambling State
Antoine Hosley, 6-0, G, Jr., Utah Valley
Ky Howard, 6-3, G, Fr., NJIT
Pe’Shon Howard, 6-3, G, Jr., Maryland — USC
Twymond Howard, 6-6, F, Fr., UTEP
Mike Hundley, 6-9, F, Soph., Citadel
Korab Imami, 6-11, C, Fr., Oakland — TIFFIN
Patrick Ingram, 6-2, G, Fr., Iowa
Josh Ivory, 6-2, G, Fr., Cleveland State
Miles Jackson, 6-5, SG, RS Fr., Hampton
Jordan Jahr, 6-6, G, Jr., Evansville — TEXAS A&M – KINGSVILLE
Cordell James, 6-1, G, Fr., Morehead State
Jamaal James, 6-8, C, Jr., Southeast Louisiana
Marvin Jean, 6-4, G. Jr., Utah State
Jeremy Jeffers, 6-6, F, Soph., Drake
Garrett Jefferson, 6-3, G, Jr., Hawaii
Jonathan Jefferson, 6-6, F, Jr., Alabama State
Paul Jesperson, 6-7, SF, Soph., Virginia — Saint Louis, USC, Northern Iowa
Sheldon Jeter, 6-7, F, Fr., Vanderbilt
Anthony Johnson, 6-3, G, RS Soph., Purdue
DarryIn Johnson, 6-7, F, Fr., Coppin State
Donovan Johnson, 6-3, G, Fr., Cal State Northridge
Jermaine Johnson, 5-10, G, Fr., Canisius
Nevin Johnson, 6-5, G, Fr., Creighton
Steve Johnson, 6-7, C, Jr., Winthrop
Tajai Johnson, 6-2, G, Fr., UC Riverside
Isiah Jones, 6-4, G, Soph., UAB
Xavier Jones, 6-4, G, Jr., San Jose State
Charles Joy, 6-5, F, Soph., SIU-Edwardsville — CAMERON 
Blake Justice, 6-3, G, RS Fr., Akron
DeAndre Kane, 6-4, G, Jr., Marshall — Iowa State, Memphis, Pittsburgh
Michael Kessens, 6-9, F, Fr., Longwood — ALABAMA
Kimani Key, 6-0, G, Fr., Alabama State
Keala King, 6-5, G, Jr., Long Beach State
Khalid King, 6-2, G, Fr., N.C. A&T
Zeldric King, 6-7, F, Fr., Tulsa
Yasin Kolo, 6-10, F, Fr., East Carolina
Wes Koral, 6-3, G, Soph., Texas-Pan American — ILLINOIS-SPRINGFIELD
Lasan Kromah, 6-5, G, Sr., George Washington (can play immediately) — UCONN
Austin Kuemper, 6-9, C, Fr., Oregon
Trevor Lacey, 6-3, G, Soph., Alabama — North Carolina, Miami, N.C. State
Fred Landers, 6-5, G, Soph., North Florida — LYNN
Max Landis, 6-2, G, Soph., Gardner-Webb
Jarrell Lane, 6-0, G, Soph., UMBC
Devin Langford, 6-7, F, Fr., Illinois — KENTUCKY WESLEYAN
Herdie Lawrence, 6-1, G, Soph., Austin Peay
Jacob Lawson, 6-8, PF,, Soph., Purdue
Bryce Leavitt, 6-4, G. Fr., Washington State
Damien Leonard, 6-4, SG, Soph., South Carolina
Julien Lewis, 6-3, G, Soph., Texas
Trey Lindsey, 6-7, F, Soph., Louisiana-Monroe — ST. EDWARD’S
Leonard Livingston, 6-10, C, Fr., Florida Gulf Coast
Matt Lopez, 6-11, C, Soph., Utah State
Alex Lubsey, 6-6, F, Jr., Eastern Illinois
A.J. Lynch, 6-2, G, Fr., Austin Peay — SHELDEN STATE CC
Trent Mackey, 6-4, G, Soph., Louisiana-Monroe — NORTH FLORIDA
Sam Mader, 6-9, F, Fr., Northern Illinois
Akosa Maduegbunam, 6-3, G, Fr., Penn State
Jan Maehlen, 7-0, C, RS Soph., Pepperdine
R.J. Mahurin, 6-9, F, Jr., Indiana State — INDIANA WESLEYAN
Yemi Makanjuola, 6-9, C, Soph., Tennessee
Sandi Marcius, 6-9, C, Jr., Purdue (likely graduate) — DEPAUL
Arman Marks, 6-4, G, Soph., James Madison
Tre Marshall, 5-9, G, RS Fr., Southern
Kostadin “Dinko” Marshavelski, 6-11, C, Jr., Northeastern (graduating, pursuing professional opportunities in Bulgaria)
Chris Martin, 6-0, G, Soph., Marshall — MOUNT ST. MARY’S
Derrick Martin, 6-9, RS Soph., PF, Duquesne
Josh Mason, 6-3, G, Jr., Alabama State (will graduate)
Micah Mason, 6-2, G, Fr., Drake – DUQUESNE
Nick Mason, 6-1, G, Jr., Idaho State — HARDING UNIVERSITY
Keith Matthews, 6-5, SF, Jr., Fairfield — FAU, FIU, Florida A&M, Bethune-Cookman
Patrick Matthews, 6-6, F, Soph., Bryant
Tank Mayberry, 6-10, C, Soph., UTSA
DeMario Mayfield, 6-5, SG, Jr., Charlotte — MOREHEAD STATE
Blaise Mbargorba, 6-11, C, Fr., SMU
Sheldon McClellan, 6-4, G, Soph., Texas — Marquette, Oregon, Ill, Fresno, Miami
Ryan McCoy, 6-9, PF, Soph., Manhattan — GEORGE WASHINGTON (walk-on)
Erik McCree, 6-7, F, Fr., Murray State
Stuart McEwen, 6-8, F, Fr., Old Dominion — STONEHILL
Drew McGhee, 6-11, C, Jr., Miami (Ohio) – KENNESAW STATE
Andre McPhail, 6-7, F, Fr., Buffalo
Jon Mesghna, 6-6, F, Fr., Maine — MONTANA-BILLINGS
Blake McLimans, 6-10, F, Jr., Michigan (will graduate) — MIAMI (OHIO)
Hunter Mickelson, 6-10, F, Soph., Arkansas — KANSAS
Dominique Miller, 6-5, G, Fr., Alabama State
Lawrence Miller, 6-1, G, Soph., Citadel
J.J. Moore, 6-6, F, Jr., Pittsburgh
Willie Moore, 6-3, G. Fr., Oregon
Jesse Morgan, 6-5, G, Jr., UMass
Moses Morgan, 6-6, F, Jr., DePaul
Marin Mornar, 6-8, F, Fr., Loyola Marymount
Earvin Morris Jr., 6-5, SF, Fr., Kent State — TALLAHASSEE CC
Mike Moser, 6-8, F, Jr., UNLV (will graduate) — OREGON
A.J. Moutry, 6-1, G, Fr., Texas-Pan American
D.J. Muepo, 6-6, F, Fr., Lamar
Sultan Muhammad, 6-2, G, Jr., Green Bay
Abdel Nader, 6-7, F, Soph., Northern Illinois — IOWA STATE
Cameron Naylor, 6-7, F, Fr., North Florida — TALLAHASSEE CC
Victor Nickerson, 6-7, SG, Soph., Charlotte
Marc Eddy Norelia, 6-7, F, Fr., Tulane — FLORIDA GULF COAST
Jamal Nwaniemeke, 6-2, SG, Fr., Rider — EAST STROUDSBURG
Lotanna Nwogbo, 6-8, PF, Soph., Tulane
Manny Ochenje, 6-8, F, Soph., Pepperdine
Uche Ofoegbu, 6-4, G, Fr., SMU
Braxton Ogbueze, 6-0, G, Fr., Florida — CHARLOTTE
Brian Okam, 7-0, C, Jr., Appalachian State (will graduate)
Teddy Okereafor, 6-3, G, Soph., VCU — RIDER
Kerwin Okoro, 6-4, SG, Fr., Iowa State — RUTGERS
Kevin Olekaibe, 6-2, G, Jr., Fresno
Royce O’Neale, 6-5, G, Soph., Denver — BAYLOR
Michael Onuorah, 6-2, G, Soph., IPFW
Mike Orris, 6-2, G, Fr., Kansas State — NORTHERN ILLINOIS
Clarke Overlander, 6-5, G, Fr., North Texas — ARKANSAS TECH
Xavier Owens, 6-5, F, Soph., Mount St. Mary’s
Chris Page, 6-5, SG, Fr., Albany — St. Rose, Wisc-Parkside, Tampa, Southern Indiana
Kevin Panzer, 6-9, F, Jr., Nevada
Kelvin Parker, 6-3, SG, Soph., Mount St. Mary’s
Darius Paul, 6-8, F, Fr., Western Michigan — ILLINOIS
Ozren Pavlovic, 6-8, F, Fr., Hawaii
Cully Payne, 6-1, G, Jr., Loyola (Ill.)
Errick Peck, 6-6, F, Sr., Cornell (will graduate) — PURDUE
Billy Pecora, 6-2, G, Fr., Northern Kentucky
David Pellom, 6-8, F, Sr., George Washington (can play immediately) — MEMPHIS
Chris Perez, 6-3, G, Jr., Stetson — CANISIUS
Brandon Perry, 6-7, F, Fr., Cal State Northridge – SAN DIEGO
Matt Poches, 6-4, G, Soph., Oakland — FERRIS STATE
Mike Poole, 6-5, G, Jr., Rutgers — IONA
Dylan Poston, 6-4, G, Fr., Mercer — DAYTONA STATE 
AJ Price, 6-2, G, Fr., UTSA — MCLENNAN JC
Jodan Price, 6-5, SG, Fr., DePaul — EASTERN MICHIGAN
Taevuann Prince, 6-3, G, Soph., South Dakota State
Rodney Purvis, 6-2, SG, Fr., NC State — UCONN
Erik Raleigh, 6-8, F, RS Fr., Central Connecticut
Mike Ramey, 6-4, G, Fr., Ball State – MIAMI DADE
Derrick Randall, 6-8, PF, Soph., Rutgers
Willie Readus, 6-6, F, Jr., Jackson State — DELTA STATE
Brandon Reed, 6-3, G, Jr., Georgia Tech — ARKANSAS STATE
Bruce Reed, 6-7, F, Jr., Morehead State – PIKEVILLE
Brian Richardson, 6-4, G, Jr., South Carolina
Kyle Richardson, 6-7, F, Jr., Long Beach State — Portland State
Alexander Ridley, 6-11, C, Fr., Central Arkansas
Allen Roberts, 6-3, G, Jr., Miami (Ohio) (can play immediately)
Cleon Roberts, 6-5, SG, Fr., Georgia Southern — LA SALLE
Derrell Robertson, 6-10, C, Soph., DePaul
Christian Robbins, 6-11, C, Fr., Southern Miss
Jacoby Roddy, 6-5, F, Wright State — LINCOLN TRAIL CC
Deon Rodgers, 6-6, F, Fr., Texas Arlington
Angel Rodriguez, 5-11, G, Soph., Kansas State — MIAMI
Kaileb Rodriguez, 6-9, F, RS Fr., California — SHERIDAN COLLEGE
Frank Rogers, 6-9, F, Soph., San Francisco
L.J. Rose, 6-4, G, Fr., Baylor
Preston Ross, 6-4, F, Jr., Western Carolina
Jacob Rossi, 6-8, F, Fr., Northern Kentucky — SINCLAIR CC
Justin Rossi, 6-8, F, Fr., Northern Kentucky
Julian Royal, 6-8, F, Soph., Georgia Tech — GEORGE MASON
Robert Sampson, 6-8, F, Jr., East Carolina
RaAnthony Sanders, 6-4, G, Fr., Tulane
Larry Savage, 6-5, F, Soph., Delaware
DD Scarver, 6-4, G, Jr., Marshall
R.J. Scott, 6-4, G, Jr., Troy
Skylar Scrivano, 6-9, C, Soph., Columbia — RIDER
Jerome Seagears, 6-1, G, Soph., Rutgers — AUBURN
Justin Seymour, 6-3, G, Fr., Utah
Terrance Shannon, 6-8, F, Jr., Florida State (will graduate) — VCU
Umar Shannon, 5-11, G, Jr., St. Francis (Pa.)
Mike Shaw, 6-8, F, Soph., Illinois — BRADLEY
Shayok Shayok, 6-7, F, Soph., Bradley — UMKC
Jeff Short, 6-4, SG, Soph., Fordham
R.J. Slawson, 6-8, F, Jr, South Carolina
Eric Smith, 5-11, G, Jr., South Carolina — COASTAL CAROLINA
Malik Smith, 6-2, G, Jr., FIU — MINNESOTA
Rhett Smith, 6-7, F, Fr., Indiana State — HILLSDALE
Stephen Smith, 6-8, F, Soph., San Jose State
Cameron Solomon, 6-3, G, Soph., Georgia State
Ryan Spadaford, 6-4, G, Fr., Navy
Akeem Springs, 6-3, G, Fr., Northern Illinois
Kirk Stainbe, 6-5, F, Fr., Longwood
Ahmad Starks, 5-9, PG, Jr., Oregon State — Ilinois
Gavin Stephenson, 6-3, G, Fr., VMI
Jourdan Stickler, 6-4, G, Fr., Morehead State
Jarrett Stokes, 6-2, G, Jr., Morehead State
Shaquille Stokes, 5-10, G, Soph., Hofstra
Mario Stramaglia, 6-1, SG, Fr., East Tennessee State
Tyler Sugiyama, 5-10, PG, RS Jr., USC (can play immediately)
Bernard Sullivan, 6-8, F, Soph., Clemson — CHARLOTTE
Jared Tadlock, 6-9, C, Soph., Miami (Ohio)
Ameen Tanksley, 6-6, G, Soph., Niagara — HOFSTRA
Ricky Tarrant, 6-2, G, Soph., Tulane — ALABAMA 
De’Aires Tate, 6-6, F, Fr., Sacred Heart
Anthony Taylor, 6-3, G, RS Jr., Longwood
Diamond Taylor, 6-4, G, Jr., Southern Illinois
Larry Taylor, 6-1, G, Fr., Liberty
Quincy Taylor, 6-0, G, Jr., UAB
Jarvis Thibadeaux, 6-8, F, Fr., Presbyterian
Lewis Thomas, 6-7, F, Soph., UC Santa Barbara
Raphell Thomas-Edwards, 6-6, F, Soph., Buffalo — GANNON
J.J. Thompson, 6-0, G, Soph., Houston
Jordan Threloff, 6-10, C, Soph., Illinois State — NORTHERN ILLINOIS
P.J. Torres, 6-4, G, Soph., Duquesne
David Travers, 6-0, G, Fr., Georgia State
Darryl Traynham, 5-9, G, Soph., Morgan State
Justin Tuoyo, 6-9, F, Fr., VCU
Estan Tyler, 6-1, G, Soph., UMKC
Zeke Upshaw, 6-6, SF, RS Jr., Illinois State
Parker U’u, 6-5, G, Fr., Hartford
Christophe Varidel, 6-2, G, Jr, Florida Gulf Coast — CHAMINADE
Vertrail Vaughns, 6-2, G, Jr., George Mason (will graduate) — NORTH TEXAS
Kyle Vinales, 6-1, G, Soph., Central Connecticut
Kris Walden, 6-1, G, Soph., Towson
Demetrius Walker, 6-2, G, Jr., New Mexico (will graduate)
Marcus Ware, 6-8, F, Jr., Monmouth
Dee Washington, 6-4, F, Fr., USC Upstate
Eric Washington, 5-10, G, Soph., Presbyterian
Kentrell Washington, 6-3, G, Fr., Hofstra
Lonnie Watson, 6-4, SG, RS Soph., Cal State Northridge (will graduate)
Eric Weary, 6-5, G, Fr., New Mexico State
Jordan Weaver, 6-3, G, RS Soph., Arkansas State — ARKANSAS-MONTICELLO
Hondo Webb, 6-2, G, Soph., Lamar — McMurry
Negus Webster-Chan, 6-7, G, Fr, Missouri — HAWAII
Eric Weisenbach, 7-0, C, Fr., Tennessee Tech
Jordan Wejnert, 6-6, G, Soph., UMBC
B.J. West, 6-11, C, Jr., New Mexico State — ALCORN
Terry Whisnant III, 6-3, G, Soph., Florida State – EAST CAROLINA
Jake White, 6-8, F, Soph., Wichita State — NEBRASKA-OMAHA
Trent Wiedeman, 6-8, F, Jr., College of Charleston — GEORGIA SOUTHERN
Coron Williams, 6-2, G, Jr., Robert Morris (will graduate) — WAKE FOREST
DavRon Williams, 6-6, F, Soph., NC Central
Donald Williams, 6-5, G, Jr., Maryland-Eastern Shore
Drew Wilson, 6-7, F, Soph., Missouri State
Quevyn Winters, 6-5, F, Fr., Duquesne
Will Wise, 6-8, F, Soph., UMBC
Dominic Woodson, 6-10, C, Fr., Baylor
Justin Wright, 6-5, F, Jr., Troy
Achraf Yacoubou, 6-4, SG, Soph., Villanova
Andre Yates, 6-0, G, Fr., Creighton
Dominique Youmans, 6-10, C, Jr., South Carolina State (will graduate)
Aquil Younger, 6-0, PG, Soph., Drexel
Duce Zaid, 6-2, G, Soph., Weber State
Trey Zeigler, 6-5, SG, Jr., Pittsburgh — TCU
Luka Zivkovic, 6-7, F, Soph., Fordham

Here is the 2013 Midseason Transfer List, which included more than 50 players who left prior to the second semester:

2013 MIDSEASON TRANSFER LIST

Shareif Adamu, 6-8, F, Jr., Auburn
Daniel Alexander, 6-9, F, RS Fr., Texas A&M – GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY
Kelvin Amayo, 6-4, G, Fr., Marshall — IONA
Paul Bayt, 6-4, G, Fr., Manhattan – INDIANA (WALK-ON)
Tevin Bracey, 6-2, G, Jr., Missouri State
Riley Bradshaw, 6-2, G, Fr., Utah State – MONTANA
Scott Bruzvoort, 6-5, G, Soph., Albany – QUINCY UNIVERSITY
Antonio Bryer, 6-6, F, Jr., Southern Illinois
Jason Carter, 6-8, F, Jr., Mississippi – ARKANSAS STATE
Keith Carter, 6-1, G, Fr., Saint Louis – VALPARAISO
Dorian Cason, 6-7, F, Soph., Portland
Bishop Daniels, 6-3, G, Fr., Miami – ASA JUNIOR COLLEGE
Jordan Daniels, 5-8, G, Soph., Boston College – DRAKE
Keith Davis, 6-9, F, Jr., Texas A&M – SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY
Delino Dear, 6-9, C, Jr., Toledo
Michael Dixon, 6-2, G, Sr., Missouri
Justin Dobbs, 6-3, G, Fr., Grambling State
Chris Harrison-Docks, 6-0, G, Fr., Butler – WESTERN KENTUCKY
Dalante Dunklin, 6-0, G, Fr., UCSB
Ben Eblen, 6-0, G, Sr., Alabama (will graduate)
Arthur Framery, 6-3, G, Fr., Mississippi Valley State
Malcolm Gilbert, 6-11, C, RS Soph., Pittsburgh – FAIRFIELD
Lionel Gomis, 6-8, F, Soph., Siena
Bryan Harris, 6-2, G, Fr., Wofford
Mykel Harris, 6-7, F, Soph., Monmouth
Chris Harrison-Docks, 6-0, G, Soph., Butler – WESTERN KENTUCKY
Chrishawn Hopkins, 6-1, SG, Jr., Butler – WRIGHT STATE
Logan Irwin, 6-0, G, Fr., Stetson — GRACE COLLEGE
Trency Jackson, 6-2, G, Soph., Texas Tech — WESTERN KENTUCKY
John Johnson, 6-1, G, Soph,., Pittsburgh – PENN STATE
Ty Johnson, 6-3, G, Soph., Villanova – SOUTH CAROLINA
Maurice Jones, 5-7, PG, Jr., USC – IOWA STATE
Jarred Jourdan, 6-4, G, Soph., Liberty
Brandan Kearney, 6-5, G, Soph., Michigan State – ARIZONA STATE
Tyler Lamb, 6-5, G, Jr., UCLA – LONG BEACH STATE
Zach Lillie, 6-8, F, Fr., USC Upstate
A.J. Mathew, 6-2, G, Soph., Toledo — CHAMINADE
R.J. McGee, 6-6, F, Fr., Eastern Illinois — ROGERS STATE
Arthur McMillan, 6-6, F, Soph., Samford — ST. CATHERINE
Devon McMillan, 5-10, G, Soph., Fordham
Jon Miller, 6-2, G, Sr., Eastern Illinois (will graduate)
Reggie Moore, 6-1, 180, G, Sr., Washington State – WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY
Matthew Moss, 6-9, F, Fr., Lafayette — MCNEESE
Angel Nunez, 6-8, SF, Soph., Louisville – GONZAGA
Chris Olivier, 6-8, F, Fr., Northern Iowa — EASTERN ILLINOIS
Keegan Pace, 6-0, G, Soph., UNC Wilmington — CASE WESTERN
Jessie Pernell, 6-1, G, Soph., Georgia Southern
Zach Peters, 6-9, F, Fr., Kansas — ARIZONA
T.J. Sapp, 6-2, G, Soph., Clemson — MURRAY STATE
Antwan Scott, 6-2, G, Jr., Idaho
Josh Smith, 6-9, C, Jr., UCLA – GEORGETOWN
Freddie Wilson, 6-2, G, Soph., Seton Hall – DREXEL
Avery Woodson, 6-2, G, Fr., Southeastern Louisiana – EAST MISSISSIPPI CC



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Recruitment Catch-Up

It’s been a pretty hectic month in recruitment out of the New England region in terms of recruitment. With players in the 2014 class making a national name for themselves and the emergence of some future elite prospects in the 2015 class this amount of attention is a columnist dream. But the 2013 class is still making noise with some late period commitments. Here are a number of recruitment updates you may have missed over the course of the month.

In Fitchburg, MA Coach Ryan Hurd has made a ton of noise in recent weeks with a number of players from his Notre Dame Prep team committing to D1 programs. Roger Moute a Bidias a 6’7 athletic forward was the first of three ND Prep players to come off the board giving a verbal commitment to the University of California. KJ Pritchard a 6’4 wing player will be heading back close to home where he’ll play for UMKC. Pritchard a Lawrence, Kansas native will join Brewster Academy guard Martez Harrison as a part of UMKC’s 2013 recruiting class. A Springfield, Ma and local new England favorite Jaylen Brantley has made his college decision and will head to Marshall and play for coach Tom Herrion. Brantley is a highly decorated point guard who played for BABC on the AAU circuit where he has won a number of National championships. Brantley released a statement via twitter stating “Go where you’re wanted where you will have the best success. That’s what I did,” Some quick advice coming from a proven winner for some younger prospects to consider.

The University of Maine is getting a physical frontcourt player in Christian Ejigba from the Hyde School in Connecticut. Another prep player in the state of Connecticut to come off the board is St. Thomas More forward Marquis Salmon who is headed to Utah Valley. Utah Valley will be making a conference move to the WAC next year. Salmon is an athletic post player that plays hard and finishes well around the basket.


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Expressions Tv # 3 ” The EYBL Experience”

Episode # 3 “The EYBL Experience” We bring you some behind the scene footage of our experience while playing through the first two sessions. This league is like no other and we are currently 9-0, each game is like a championship game and you must bring your A- Game each and every night. You will view footage from the first stop in LA then onto to Virginia, If you want to play against the best, #NIKE #EYBL is where the best play.
Stay tuned as we will bring you closer as are road on the circuit continues, #EYBL


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Jordan Brand Classic 2013 New England

 

           For the second year in a row HDM was on hand to catch The 2013 Jordan Brand Classic, which turned out to be bigger and better this year.  The event which took place at the New Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York, turned out to be a star studded event with the likes of a few New York Knicks (Melo, Jr Smith, and Amare Stoudemire), Spike Lee, Drake and of course his airness himself Michael Jordan among others. 

In between the celebrity sightings and Jordan dancers we were able to watch two great games, both regional and national that consisted of some of New England’s top prep players.  In the regional game we saw Putnam Science guard Dayson Smith wow the crowd with great plays for his self and others drawing lots of Oooo’s and Ahhh’s from the Brooklyn Crowd. Smith finished with a nice stat line of 11pts 11ast and 6rebs kids a natural play maker.  Playing in the regional game was also Brewster’s Kyle Washington( 12pts 9reb), South Kents Shane Rector (12pts 8ast), and Vermont Academy’s Richard Williams( 4pts 8reb).  All 3 players also made crowd-pleasing plays and represented the NEPSAC very well.

            In the National game representing for New England was Jayhawks Wayne Selden, Hoosier’s Noah Vonleh, and Memphis Tiger Kuran Iverson. 

After the festivities we caught up with Vonleh and Selden, who gave us some insight into what this opportunity meant for them and what their plans were for after graduation.

“It was an honor to come through here and play with all the great players that has come here and Michael Jordan himself.  I’m just thankful for the opportunity. It was just great, great feeling playing stuff like that it was just an all around great time,” states Selden.

Vonleh shared the same sentiments as Selden, but went on to say that being able to play against the best “going hard every day in practice,” Getting better being able to take that back home, was the biggest opportunity he took away from this experience.

As for the summer plans Wayne will continue to workout and push him self to get better. “Lifting workout and just getting ready for school“ say’s Noah.


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New England Recruiting Update

Since the evaluation period has come to an end, we bring you some of the offers some players have received.  All listed offers were reported to us by the players themselves or their coach, If you have received an offer and you are not listed, please let us know.  Info@HoopDreamsMag.com or Twitter @HoopDreamsMag

Abdul Malik Abu (Expressions Elite) Kansas, Texas, Marquette, NC State, Minnesota, Florida State, Tennessee

Jared Terrell (Expressions Elite) Kansas, Florida

Kaleb Joseph (Mass Rivals) Marquette, Minnesota, Georgetown

Terrance Mann (BABC) Florida, Iowa State

Malik James (BABC) Canisius

Miles Wright (Metro Boston) Dartmouth

Alec Brennan (Expressions Elite) Wake Forest

Jafar Kinsey (Metro Boston) Dartmouth

Aaron Calixte (ECE Mass) Albany, UNH, Siena, Robert Morris

Quincy McKnight (SCAN) Buffalo, FAU, Florida Gulf Coast

Kahari Beaufort (LI Lighting) Canisius, FIU

Angel Delgado (LI Lighting)  Seton Hall

Terry Larrier (SCAN) VCU, USC, Florida, Maryland, Seton Hall, Rutgers, Memphis, St. John’s, Providence, Pittsburgh, Minnesota, George Mason, Penn State and West Virginia.

 


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Friday Notebook

Each Friday we will bring you a review of the past weeks and everything that has happen.  Today we present to you our first segment of Friday Notebook.

MacDuffie School forward Phabian Glasco commits to Central Arkansas

Brewster Academy’s Martez Harrison commits to UMKC

Marianapolis Prep post-graduate Mike Mallory commits to Southern Connecticut State University.

St. Thomas More post-graduate guard Marquis Moore commits to George Mason

St. Thomas More forward Gabe Levin commits to LMU

Brimmer & May point guard Adrian Oliveira commits to  Southern New Hampshire University

Brimmer & May forward KJ Baptiste commits to Brandies University


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Adrian Oliveira to Southern New Hampshire

One of the most underrated point guards in New England is off the board and heading to Southern New Hampshire.

Adrian Oliverira of Brimmer & May School (MA) was destined to play scholarship basketball, a two sport athlete as he played soccer and basketball.  Oliveira defines the term hard work, after battling through injury his senior season he fought back to lead his team into the playoffs under head coach Tom Nelson. While at Brimmer & May Adrian was able to reach the 1000 point mark.

When asked what made him choose Southern New Hampshire, Adrian states

“I chose SNHU because when I worked out with the team and met with the coaches I really felt a connection,”

“Even though my initial interest was to play for a Division one College I had a great opportunity in front of me to play for SNHU. They don’t have a point guard committed and I know I can come in right away and make myself known in a great NE-10 Conference.”

SNHU will be getting a great basketball player and an even better person, congrats A.O. and good luck.

 

P.S. He has my vote for rookie of the year, remember you heard it here first.


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Damion Smith chooses Lee College (TX)

Damion Smith has become a household name to many in the inner city of Boston, over a year ago we ran a story on Smith who was a two-sport sensation while attending La Lumiere School (IN).

Financial difficulties forced Smith to leave the school and come back to Boston to finish his high school career.  When he returned home Smith joined the Expressions Elite team who peaked during July’s live period, Smith was a big reason why the team had success.  During the process landing various scholarships offers including Rutgers University.

One thing that would haunt Smith and has throughout his whole life was academics, Smith finally got his act together with the support of the entire community pushing him to do better. Malik Smith, Tyron Boswell, Will Blaylock, Stevie Hailey, Leo Papile, Eggie McCray Joe Chatman and Damen.

All have played a valuable role in Damion’s life at some point and time, fast forward April 30, 2013 Damion Smith has signed a national Letter of Intent to Lee Jr. College (TX) a school full of rich tradition who annually produce scholarship players, under Head coach Roy Champagne.

“What made me turn things around was I didn’t want to be just a player from the city that had the talent and didn’t do anything with it.”

“I didn’t want to let the people down that believed in me,” says Smith about how he felt about letting people in the Boston community down.

“Lee has a great program, great coaching staff and they are all about getting players ready for the next level”

I would like to thank my family, friends and everyone who understood my situation, and most importantly those who never gave up on me.

 


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Martez Harrison To UMKC

Martez Harrison is one of the toughest guards in the country with a motor that never stops going. Speedy Tez also had another tough decision to make this week when deciding on making college decision. Harrison fielding offers from a number of Mid-High Major. On Tuesday night while on a official visit Martez found out all he needed to know about where he would be playing the sport he loves during his college career.

“I chose UMKC because the new coach and direction of the program. He played point guard and I feel like when he came to see me at my school we were both on the same page as far as winning and how we will play this season,” Harrison on his decision.

“also the feeling on the campus felt right, a very open and pretty nice campus. The community was open to me coming home and turning the program around.”

“The coaching staff was great, pretty good group of guys that know what they’re doing and really turning this program around.

“I’d like to thank my family here in KC , and my folks at brewster and of course you guys man.”


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Expressions Elite Takes EYBL By Storm

Newly sponsored NIKE team Expressions Elite made a name for themselves while in Los Angeles, CA for the first session of EYBL. The Expressions Elite opened up with a 67-43 victory over NIKE TEAM LOUISIANA, Jared Terell and Abdul-Malik Abu who combined for 31 points. Abu received rave reviews from media outlets who were seeing the workhorse for the first time. Expressions also got a big contribution from ’14 Dimitri Floras. Floras played the role of a facilitator who had an impressive stat line of 8 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assist.

Expressions marched on to the beat of a 4-0 finish that saw wins over defending EYBL champs Oakland Soldiers, Arkansas Wings and Indy Spiece. A well balanced attack throughout the weekend from ’15 Jared Wilson-Frame and ’15 Aron Falzon was a piece to why Expressions were able to finish 4-0. With Wilson-Frame ability to attack the basket and Falzons outside shooting there was no real answer to stop this streaking team. Combined the duo averaged 22ppg to form an inside-out offensive fire power.

BABC also took the stage this weekend in LA and ran the table to a 4-0 start behind the strong interior play from ’14 Bonzie Colson. Colson shot over 50% from the field averaging 18 points and 9 rebounds per game. From BABC we also saw one the best shooting displays from outside of any prospect over the weekend as red hot ’14 Tyler Nelson shot 45% from deep including a buzzer beater win over Bluff City Legends. Nelson’s shooting comes to surprise from the media outlets that follow his game in New England but he caught the attention of those in LA. The point guard play of ‘15 Johnny Joseph could not go unnoticed as the 5’9 general ran the offense with a 7:2 assist to turnover ratio throughout 4 games. The improvement in Joseph’s ability to slow the game down is something new and it works for the wiry pass first point guard but it works.

Chris McCullough (Brestwer Academy,NH) of Team Scan and Kevin Zabo (Brewster Academy, NH) of CIA Bounce also played well in LA. McCullough shot well from the field and often lead the scoring attack. Playing the role of the lead guard for CIA Bounce this year with the departure of phenom Andrew Wiggins and Zabo did what he could to fill that void.


Putnam Science Academy Mustangs #HDMPClassic

Coming into the season the number one goal for coach Tom Espinosa team was to make “The National Prep Tournament,” with this years squad its looking pretty good. This years Putnam Science team has been touted as the deepest, and most talented squad coach Espinosa has had at his disposal during his tenure at the school. The team now consists of a slew of scholarship caliber players.

Starting with Dayton commit Dayson “Schoocie” Smith. The 6’2” Bronx native has all the tools a coach would want in a point guard. He is extremely unselfish, elusive, and just a smart guard. Best way to describe Dayson, is as a playmaker. He’s pesky on defense (leading team in steals) and does nothing but make plays on offense (leads team in assist and points). Smith is accompanied by his running mate, combo guard Jemal Mosely, who is also a division 1 caliber guard. The two New Yorkers create havoc on the hardwood with their speed, shooting and ability to make a killing in the lane.

The wildcards for PSA are three athletic swingmen, 6-5 Mairega Clarke from Queens, 6-6 Joel Angus from Brooklyn and 6-5 lefthander Jonte Rutty from Newburgh, N.Y. Rounding out this years team is the two big men in the middle. Division I prospects 6-11 Ugar Hortum from Turkey and 6-9 Paul Brooks from Arlington, Mass.

Catch Putnam Science Academy Mustangs at the Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic on both days Saturday and Sunday. Putnam will play Belmont Hill on Saturday at 6:45pm, then will return to play Redemption Christian Academy Sunday 6pm Curry College.

 

Hoop Dreams Magazine Credits Mustangs program for some information

 


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Tabor Academy #HDMPClassic Preview

Tabor Academy “The School by the Sea” located in Marion, MA is home to the Sea Wolf’s varsity boys’ basketball team. A team that consist of young high major prospect 2015 Jared Reutur (FLA, Indiana, UCONN, BC, Gonzaga) and 2014 Miles Wright (Brown, Cornell, UNH, Bryant, Holy Cross). Tabor Academy seems to be a legit contender for the Class A title this year.

According to head coach Chris Millete, Tabor like’s to push ball always looking for an easy basket. This season 38% of their scoring occurs in transition. “We are able to capitalize on this using quick, long outlets and utilizing our athletic wings. In the half court, our 4-out motion includes aggressive drives and a focus on post touches,” states coach Millete. Defensively Tabor will mix it up going man in zone to disrupt the other team’s offense.

Tabor will play AA Wilbraham and Monson Academy Sunday February 10, 2013 3pm in the Hoop Dreams Mag Prep Classic at Curry College, MA.

Twitter Tag: #HDMPClassic

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Mustapha Heron 14 year old Phenom

When using the term phenom one would have to tread very lightly, in this case we feel like we are dead on.  Standing at 6’5″ Heron has been playing against older guys for more then half his life.

Fast forward to 2013 now at Wilbraham & Monson Academy,  starting as a freshmen, Heron acts as a facilitator and a scorer when needed.  This is a player that is a must watch, skilled humbled and a great kid. Watch him as he takes the floor at the Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic, Follow us on twitter: @HoopDreamsMag


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Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic 2013

Less then two weeks away we will host our Prep Classic, this event will showcase eighteen prep schools from as far as South Carolina.  This event will feature numerous NCAA future stars, as well as a number of future NBA players.  This event will take place February 9-10, 2013 Curry College 1071 Blue Hill Ave, Milton, Massachusetts 02186.

Hoop Dreams Prep Classic 2013 will feature the following schools:

Brewster Academy (NH), Vermont Academy (VT), Tabor Academy (MA), Lee Academy (ME), Believe Academy (SC), Milton Academy (MA), Bridgton Academy (ME), Wilbraham & Monson Academy (MA), Putnum Science (CT), Redemption Christian Academy (NY), Green Farms Academy (CT), Hyde Prep (CT), McDuffie School (MA), Beaver Country Day (MA), Satellite Academy (NY), Belmont Hill School (MA), Masters School (CT), Suffield Academy (CT).

Over the next few days we will be previewing all of the above named schools, this is a cant miss event and we would love to see you there.

 

Twitter Hash Tag: #HDMPClassic


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2015 Luis Montero On The Verge Of Breaking Out

Luis Montero came in the US with rave reviews, he has struggled to adjust with the English language as well as the style of play, but don’t let that fool you.  The 6′ 7″ Sophomore can play and is considered the best basketball prospect out of the Dominican Republic, Montero attends Wilbraham and Monson Academy and plays both guard positions Luis will be participating in the 2012 Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic Feb 9-10, 2013 @ Curry College, Milton, MA


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Brewster Tops Northfield Mount Hermon 86-58

 

The defending NEPSAC AAA champions has had its best games against Brewster dating back to last years league championship.  In the first match up of the season NMH used that same momentum to come away with the 73-71 win.

Brewster Academy figured they would try something new for this game, they decided to commit on defense and not allow the other team to score easy baskets. Brewster challenged each and every shot that NMH attempted, which gave them a commanding halftime score of 44-16. Martez Harrison led Brewster at the half with 10 points, while Jared Terrell added 9 points. 44-16

Coming out of the half NMH decided to try something different, inserting 2015 Jahshanti Allen, and 2015 Daquon Ervin into the line up. These two are fun to watch as they where a two man defensive nightmare. There havoc allowed NMH to get within arms reach.

Second half Ron Patterson the Syracuse commit ignited Brewster by going on a scoring tier to keep NMH at bay. NMH would go down easy as Michael Flemming (Dartmouth commit) went on a scoring drive scoring 12 second half points to keep NMH alive.

At the end Brewster prevailed as they win 86-58

Brewster Stats:

Chris McCullough 15 pts 10 reb

Ron Patterson 14 pts 8 reb 3 stl

Martez Harrison 14  7ast  3stl

Jared Terrell 13 points 5reb  2stl


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Noah Vonleh commits to Indiana University

You only get one chance to make a first impression, when Indiana made their pitch to Vonleh it was simple and straight forward.  There were no private jets involved nor cameras that followed the process, it was simply,  “Mr. Vonleh this is what we can do to prepare you for the next level.”  Vonleh liked what he heard and informed Indiana, the Hoosiers would be the first official visit on his schedule.

Vonleh couldn’t have picked at a better time to visit Indiana. Vonleh was present at Assembly Hall during Indiana’s first home game of the 2012-2013 season.  Vonleh states “The crowd was screaming we want Noah!!  It was the best feeling, I couldn’t do anything but smile.”

“I really liked Indiana a lot since they came into my recruitment and Tom Crean and Kenny Johnson showed me how they will prepare me for the next level.”

Preparation is key,  AAU Coach Vin Pastore was able to prepare Vonleh’s game as a forward who is comfortable with the ball in his hands.  This has made Vonleh one of the best prospects in the country.

Some have questions about what position Vonleh will play when he starts his collegiate career. “They told me I can come in and play either forward position and I will be the main guy to help replace Cody Zeller and Christian Watford”

“I would like to give a special thanks to God, my mother and father, Vin Pastore, Pete Hutchins, Scott hazelton, and Mike Trovato as well as all my family and friends that have supported me throughout the process.”

Thanks again HoopDreamsMag.com Im a Hoosier.

 

 


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Richards Picks The Musketeers

Kamall Richards, a 6’6 forward from South Kent School (CT) has chosen Xavier over URI, St. Joe’s, Seton Hall, Providence, Penn St and Temple.

Richards had a breakout spring and summer playing on the AAU circuit playing with We-R-1. Richards is an aggressive scorer with the ability to get on the glass. Richards offensive game is slowly improving and with the guidance of South Kent coach Kelvin Jefferson it should all come together before it’s all said and done.

Kamall Richards is Xavier’s first 2013 commit. Richards will be joining a Musketeer team with New England as Myles Davis (ND prep), Jalen Reynolds and Semaj Christon (Brewster Academy), and James Farr (MCI) are all currently freshmen.


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McCullough Tells Teammate To Save A Spot For Him

Just days after his Brewster Academy(NH) teammate Ron Patterson gave a verbal pledge to Syracuse University; Chris McCullough felt it was right to only do the same. McCullough is a Bronx, NY native who is regarded as one of the top 10 players in the class of 2014; McCullough on Monday evening became the latest New England prep player to come off the board when the 6’10 hybrid forward gave the Orangemen a verbal pledge.

In today’s game, big men shoot the 3-point shot, operate in space, and develop guard-like skills sometimes before post moves. McCullough shows flashes of all these skills and has just as much upside as anybody regardless of class.

“Syracuse showed the most love,” said McCullough on his early decision to commit.

McCullough becomes the 5th Brewster academy player to commit and Syracuse first verbal pledge in the 2014 recruiting class.


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Patrick Ewing “Legend/Innervator”

At the tender age of 11 a kid from Jamaica moves to one of the coldest and historic cities in America, Cambridge, Massachusetts. This kid who once played cricket and soccer takes up basketball and becomes Patrick Ewing basketball legend.

It starts at Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School where he helped lead his team to three straight MIAA state Titles. His great play earned him a scholarship to Georgetown University and an invite to tryout for the U.S.A Olympic basketball team. Ewing became the first high school player ever to earn this great honor. Ewing goes on to blossom at Georgetown for the next four years, averaging 15 pts and 9 rebs per game, and winning an NCAA title his senior year. In 1985 Patrick Ewing becomes the overall number 1 NBA draft pick, and is drafted by the New York Knicks.

In the late 70’s and 80’s the greatest trend in the NBA was for a player to have his own signature shoe with a major shoe company. Legends like Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Julius Erving endorsed their own shoe with Converse. Charles Barkley, George “Iceman” Gervin, and of course his royal airness himself Michael Jordan had sneakers with Nike. In 1986 Ewing followed suite, endorsing his own shoe with Adidas called the “Ewing Attitudes.”

Ewing the innovator, in 1989 becomes the first NBA player to own his own shoe company. His best selling sneakers the “Ewing Athletics 33 Hi” were released during 1989-90 season under his new company. During the 1989-90 wearing his 33 Hi sneakers Ewing had statistically his best season averaging 29 pts, 11 rebs, and 4 blocks per game.

For this throwback Friday we HDM present the Ewing Athletics 33 Hi’s. On November 10, 2012, the “Knicks” and the black/white are set to be re-released. Just make sure you carry a brush around for your “Knicks” and a nice cloth for your black/whites, stay fresh!

Side note: On October 27, 2012, Patrick Ewing was inducted into the Cambridge Athletic Hall of Fame.


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NIKE EYBL The Circuit // 2012 Season Recap

There are tournaments… and then there is the NIKE EYBL. This is The Circuit.

From countless players on countless courts to coaches dedicating countless hours to shape them, there are different levels of basketball – and the one above them all is the NIKE EYBL.

On the Circuit, the players face the toughest of competition, but it’s the coaches who must navigate hundreds of games, 4 cities and 40 of the best teams in the country… All to be one of the Elite 24 teams to reach the NIKE EYBL Peach Jam Finals.


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Sneaker Watch: Nike LeBron X – Miami Heat “Away”

With the NBA season finally set to kick off next week, it wont be long before we see this upcoming release of the LeBron X on ‘Bron’s feet.

Dressed to match both the Miami Heat’s road and alternate uniforms, this upcoming LeBron X sports a predominantly black upper. University red hits set these off, covering the Hyperfuse areas, Swoosh, collar liner and filling the 360 Zoom Air unit sitting down below.

The Miami Heat “Away” Nike LeBron X is set to release November 5th at select Nike Basketball accounts.

 

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Terance Mann’s Basketball Skills Seminar at Zero Gravity

During the 2012 Zero Gravity Beast of The East Tournament, Terance Mann a 6’5 wing player from the Tilton School went on a tear and averaged 26 points per game on the weekend. His best showing was a 30 pt, 9 reb, 6 stl, 7 ast performance against the Kingston Thunder. These are a set of highlights of Terance performance while running with his BABC AAU program. Terance Mann’s game has improved more than any prospect in New England’s 2015 class and it shows every time he steps out onto the court.

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Lexus Williams & LJ McIntosh

Class if 2013’s Lexus Williams and LJ McIntosh are considered to be one of Chicago’s top backcourts. Williams(Valparaiso commit) and McIntosh(Texas Pan American commit) attend Marist High School, who are considered to be favorites in winning the 2012-2013 East Suburban Catholic League. Considered one the best shooters in his class, McIntosh is a 6’1 spot up shooter that can knock it down from deep. Williams is a 6’1 floor general with a lot of bounce that can create offense for his teammates along with being able to do the same for himself.


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One on One with Tyonne Malone

 

Remember the name Tyonne Malone. 6’4 SG with unlimited potential. Malone starred with the Mass Rivals 15u team throughout this past AAU circuit. Malone dominated the competition and made his statement as one of the top players in the country in the class of 2016. Malone uses his athleticism,size and strength to out play his opponents. Look for Malone to play a huge role where he is currently enrolled at  Williston Northampton Prep School.

 

What do you want to do when you grow up?(besides basketball)
-I wanna work at being a electrician

You are part of an AAU Program, correct? What has been the best part of being with that program?

– The best part in the program is when we travel to places like las vegas and to be choosen to play with this aau program.

Do you plan to visit any prep schools this fall? Have you previously visited any schools?

– Yea this year I’m gonna be attending williston northampton prep school

What are the strong points of your game?

– My strong point is attacking the basket and mid-range

What part of your game needs work?
– I need help I’m shooting ability and weak hand handle

Whats your dream college to attend?
– My dream college is UCONN because i was born in Hartford and its a nice school there a good basketball team and all they do there is attack the rim and thats what I’m good at.

My pro comparison?
– I will compare myself to Durant just without shooting ability

Favorite TV Show?

–  My favorite the show is NBA TV

Game Day music?
– Before every game I bump to fabolous and french montana

Favorite sneakers?

– My favorite sneaker is Jordan 11 which ever type

Favorite Athlete?

– My favorite player is Kevin Durant

 

 


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Jared Terrell Is Taking His Game To New Heights

Jared Terrell is 6’3 combo guard that attends Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH. Terrell has really taken a step forward in his game with an improved outside shot and ability to create his own shot off the dribble. Terrell, most comfortable as a combo guard is making strides in attempting to play the lead guard role. Known for his scoring and smothering defense, Terrell over the summer has learned to use his size and strength to over power defenders when attacking the basket. Terrell continues to grow as a player everytime he steps onto the court


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Panaggio to Lipscomb

Matt Pannagio, a post-grad at Worcester Academy, by the way of Father Lopez High School in Florida, gave a verbal commitment to Lipscomb University Monday evening.

Pannagio is a 6’3 guard from Florida that can really stroke it from deep and a great play maker in the open floor. Pannagio can be considered a combo by most with ability to slash to the basket, knock down the outside jump shot and also serve as a ball handler.

Lipscomb also picked up a commitment from 6’3 Peyton Hulsey from Memphis, TN yesterday.

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Introduction: Dimitri “D-Flo” Floras

Dimitri Floras is a 6’1 heads up, sleek point guard in the 2014 class. Floras has been known for being more of a scoring guard in previous years, really showed a vast improvement in his point guard skills. While competing on the circuit over the summer where Floras showed improvement in a couple of areas of his game, with ability to get to the basket almost effortlessly, a consistent pull up jumper and also putting his athleticism on display finishing above the rim. Look for Floras to blossom this year at Vermont Academy playing for Coach Jesse Bopp.


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Columbus Day Challenge Standouts

 

 

 

Here is a look at the players that stood out during the Columbus day event.

 

Devandre Edmonds(Shooting Stars)- At 6’2 the rising 7th grader dominated competition while playing with the Shooting Stars. Edmonds can hit the midrange shot and changes the game on the defensive end.

Jermaine Samuels(CBC)- Samuels solidified himself as the top player on the CBC team as he clearly was the spark that made his team go. Samuels is very atheltic and has shown an improved outside shot. Samuels is oozing with potential

Shyheim Hicks(Expressions) Hicks was on fire throughout the weekend scoring 8 threes on Sunday. Hicks can score in bunches and has begun to develop a consistent outside stroke.

Keandre Fair(CBC) Fair starred in the showdown vs Expressions Elite 14u team scoring 28 points in the contest. Fair was simply unstoppable and showed a variety of high major moves to the basket.

Kimani Lawrence(Expressions) Lawrence played with a short handed Expressions Elite 14u team in the 15u age bracket and was arguably the top player throughout the weekend. Lawrence seemed to have grown an extra inch and showed he is one of the top Class of 2017 prospects in the country.

Kahari Beaufort(CT Hawks) Beaufort was sensational vs CBC on Saturday scoring 28 points. Beaufort’s outside shot was falling and bullied his way to the basket. A productive weekend for Beaufort!

Marcos Echeverria(NE Playaz) Echeverria  5’8 point guard did a solid job running the show for the playaz. Echeverria is a prototypical point guard and did a great job distributing the ball.

Aaron Mclean( NE Playaz) Mclean looked extra bouncy throughout the weekend and was all over the offensive glass for the Playaz.

Arkel Ager(CBC) 6’5 Swingman scored in a variety of ways for CBC. Most impressed with Agers ability to post up defenders and step out and hit the outside shot.

 

 

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Quandarious Roberson

 

 

 

6’4 Swingman Quandarious Roberson had a breakout season last spring/summer while running with Expressions Elite. Roberson started on the Expressions 14u squad and earned many all tournament team mentions. The Mobile, Alabama native has a plethora of skills and has shown improving perimeter work as well. Roberson has reclassed to the Class of 2017 and is currently ranked #4 in New England. Look for Roberson and his running mate Kimani Lawrence to break out in the national ranking scene as both players will be starring with Expressions Elite 14u during this up and coming winter season.

 

What do you want to do when you grow up?(besides basketball)
I would like to become a veterinarian

You are part of an AAU Program, correct? What has been the best part of being with that program?
I play for Expressions AAU Program The best part was traveling and playing new competition.

Do you plan to visit any prep schools this fall? Have you previously visited any schools?
Yes

What are the strong points of your game?

My strong points are going harder when a game gets mental and more physical.

What part of your game needs work?

My ball handling needs work

Whats your dream college to attend?

Alabama University
My pro comparison?

I don’t have a pro comparison
Favorite TV Show?

Martin

Game Day music?

Hiphop
Favorite sneakers?

Raging bull 5s andflint 13
Favorite Athlete?

Kyrie irving


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ESPN Top 50 Prospect Abdul Malik-Abu Summer Mixtape

Abdul Malik-Abu is a 6’8 forward that attends Kimball Union Academy  in New Hampshire. Malik-Abu is one of the most highly recruited players in the Northeast. Malik-Abu will look to carry this momentum into the prep season. The sky is the limit for this class of 2014 prospect who has developed a face up game. With over 30 + offers look for this young man to jump in the rankings. Thomas Robinson 2.o


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UNH and Dartmouth Pick Up Commitments

John Edwards a North Carolina native, who attends Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, gavee a verbal commitment to the University of New Hampshire Sunday evening following a visit. Edwards, who will be the glue guy that brings experience to a young Brewster Academy team, will look to use those qualities to make an immediate impact when he suits up for the Wildcats next season. Edwards is an athletic forward who is developing a consistent jump shot to make himself an effective scorer on the perimeter. Edwards becomes the second Brewster Academy player in recent weeks to give a verbal commitment. Kyle Washington recently gave a verbal commitment to NC State.

ICYMI: Northfield Mt. Hermon post graduate guard Mike Flemming gave a verbal commitment to the University of Dartmouth today. Flemming announced his decision via twitter stating “Officially committed to play basketball at Dartmouth.”

Former UNH assistant Jean Bain recently joined the Dartmouth coaching staff.


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Daquein McNeil Commits to Florida International University

Daquein McNeil has made another positive step in the right direction; the first step took place in the summer of 2010.

When Coach Jesse Bopp was hired as the Head boys basketball coach at Vermont Academy, he began to search high and low for student athletes that had the same beliefs as he did. Competitors in the classroom as well as competitors on the basketball court.

Sunday Daquein McNeil committed to Florida International University, where he will play for coach Richard Pitino. FIU will be moving into Conference USA beginning next season, coach Pitino and staff will be receiving a player who knows what it takes to be successful and understands sacrifice.

What McNeil brings to the program? A player who knows how to create his own offence as well as create offense for others.  A Maryland native, who played his grassroots basketball with Baltimore Elite, McNeil will look to make an impact as soon as he steps foot on campus.

Look for McNeil and Vermont Academy to make a splash this season, as they have refocused and have a one team one heart beat approach


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Alex Oriakhi 2.0

 

Oriakhi, a 6’9″ post player, played at the Tilton School in Tilton, New Hampshire. As a senior, Alex was named a McDonald’s All-American, a Parade All-American and the Gatorade player of the year for New Hampshire.

Following his high school career, Oriakhi chose the University of Connecticut to play for Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun. Alex started most of his freshman season, averaging 5.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.  At the close of the season, he was named to the Big East Conference all-rookie team.

As a sophomore, Oriakhi raised his game to average 9.9 points, 8.7 rebounds (second in the Big East) and 1.6 blocks per game (7th in the Big East). Oriahki was the main post presence for the Huskies when they won the 2011 Big East Tournament and the 2011 NCAA Men’s Tournament. As a junior, Oriakhi saw his minutes decrease with the addition of highly recruited freshman Andre Drummond.  Oriakhi’s production dropped as well, as he averaged 6.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

After the season, Oriakhi announced his intentions to transfer to another school, citing the Huskies’ 2013 ban on postseason play.  He will be eligible to play for his new school during the 2012–13 season.  Ultimately Oriakhi transferred to Missouri where he would team up with AAU teammate Phil Pressey , seems like things have paid off, Oriakhi has made  great improvements with his body as well as his workout with Pro/Elite skills trainer KP.

Look for Alex to play a major role, as Missouri looks to make another run towards the NCAA tournament.

 

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The Decision

September 24, 2012, Noah Vonleh, a 6’8 gifted student athlete from Haverill, Ma announced that he would reclass back into his original graduating class of 2013. As a reclassified recruit, Noah’s ranking is as high as #7 on most national recruiting sites.  Vonleh’s announcement to reclass ended speculation that buzzed around the recruitment world throughout the summer.

Vonleh’s performance at Adidas Nations last month against some of the top prospects in the country, improved his case as one of the best in the country regardless of class. Vonleh was playing like a man on a mission every time he took the court. The 6’8 combo forward averaged 19.3Ppg to go along with 11Rpg throughout the camp. If those numbers don’t jump out and scream star potential then I don’t know what will.

Vonleh continues a trend that is starting to build around New England and throughout the country. Kentucky freshmen Nerlens Noel (Tilton School, NH) was faced with the same decision this past winter with jumping up a class also. Nerlenswas met with academic requirements that he had to fulfill, which he eventually did and landed him in Kentucky as the #1 player in the class of 2012. Andre Drummond (St. Thomas More School, CT) the year before announced weeks before classes started at the University of Connecticut, he would skip out on his final prep year. This past spring, Wayne Selden (Tilton School, NH) announced he would jump up a class and graduate this school year with the 2013 student body.

All four players utilized the opportunity and time at their respected prep schools to improve on academic skills. Each student has been regarded as high character kids or better yet student athletes(emphasis on student) . We wish Vonleh good luck on his journey to having a great academic year and season on the hardwood.

According to CBS Sports, North Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Syracuse, and Ohio State are among the primary schools in the mix for Vonleh.

Andrew Wiggins, the #1 player in the class of 2014, is slated to announce his decision on whether to reclass or not in the upcoming weeks.


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Memphis Lands Kuran Iverson (NBA Potential)

Coach Josh Pastner and the University of Memphis picked up a verbal commitment from 6’8 wing player Kuran Iverson. According to what Kuran confirmed with us in a phone interview he was sold on this decision during his recent visit to Memphis but still needed time to make a final decision.

“Last week sometime, but I didn’t want to go forward till I came home and had that mom and son talk’” said Iverson about mulling over his decision. “Once she gave her blessing I was good mentally with it.”

The last prep player from the New England region that Pastner landed is now playing in the NBA (Will Barton, Brewster Academy). Kuran is coach Pastners fourth top 100 prospect added to a stellar Tigers 2013 recruiting class

Kuran Iverson is 6’8 lean wing player, with a great skillset, and all the tools to be great. Iverson was written off by many media outlets in the past 2 years, before bursting back onto the scene this past spring/summer on the AAU circuit.

Iversons AAU Coach Andre Harrison states that he is happy Kuran made his own choice.

“The Best part of the visit was how nice the city of Memphis was,” said Coach Harrison. “Most of all how he got along with the team.”

Since being ranked as high as Top 10 in his class during his freshmen campaign, it was almost a sure thing; Iverson would put his stamp on the rankings as the top player in his class. After being hammered by injuries, and often seen taking plays off, Iverson began to fade as a promising prospect.

Iverson, heard the critics and used their criticism as motivation entering his senior year at Fishburne (Va.) Military School. Iverson starred at Northwest Catholic for three seasons before deciding a transfer move to the Virginia Prep School.

Iverson chose the Tigers over Billy Donovans Florida Gators. Kuran is also the cousin of former NBA MVP Allen Iverson.

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Larry Austin Is Blowing Up

Larry Austin Jr. is a Springfield, ILL native that stands at 6’1 165lbs and one of the top floor generals in the class of 2014. Austin Jr attends Lanphier HS (Ill.), and runs with the D-Rose All Stars on the AAU Circuit. Austin Jr. penetrates through the lane almost at will every time down the floor. The young crafty guard is fielding high major offers from all over the country. Look for Larry Austin to have a big junior campaign, and major growth in his game.


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Wilbraham and Monson Academy “Prep Profile”

When a basketball program loses as much as six seniors to college, arguably the best player on the team transfers, and overall becomes younger, the last word that comes to mind is contender. Naturally, phrases like; a rebuilding year, inexperience, excusable, a throwaway season does come to mind. After stopping by on campus to watch an open run, we at HDM now know that these groups of Titans are the real deal.

Coach Sparks and Mannix, has managed to assemble arguably the most versatile, talented, and most important youngest basketball team Wilbraham and Monson has seen. Most Notably in the front court, a very deep group of big men, a frontline deeper than any other team in the NEPSAC regardless of class.

Playing at both four and five position will be a very scary defensive tandem of newly reclassified import Goodluck Okonoboh and 2014 returning big man Djery Baptiste.

Okonoboh as everyone knows when playing alongside another defensive big is a very good weak side, help defender. His shot blocking and overall athletic ability will allow Djery and the rest of the big men to take more chances on defense. This season look for Goodluck to show his offensive skills and leadership. Playing at the center and forward position will be the new Djery Baptiste. According to Coach Sparks Baptiste has put on 40 pounds of muscle. His overall basketball skills have improved as Djery is now much more physical and confident.

At the forward spots will be 2014 transfer Kerem Kanter. Kanter who stands at 6’7” offensively is a very skilled big man, with a great soft touch around the basket (ala Pau Gasol). His knowledge of the game allows him to make good moves around the basket, and always places himself in great position for rebounds and put backs. With his skill set look for him to play both the three and four position.

Rounding out the big man core will be BABC’s and returning 2015 forward Marcel Pettway. Last season Pettway was arguably the biggest surprise, as he was able to hold his own against some of the country’s best big man as a freshman. With a deeper front court this season Pettway is able to focus and play more at his natural position Power Forward.

Not to be outdone, Wilbraham’s group of guards is just as versatile as their front court. 2015 guard from the Dominican Republic Luis Monteiro and 2013 Kamali Bey can play all three guard position. Monteiro standing at 6’7” is long guard with a lot of skill. Offensively Luis could be as dangerous as Ricardo Ledo but looks to pass more. His passing and ball handling ability may gain him the starting point guard position. Defensively his length and mobility is going to cause problems for smaller guards. Senior Kamali Bey the undoubted leader of this team has come back to school this year focused. To help his recruitment Bey is now 20 pounds lighter and has tightened up his ball handling to spend time at the one. During five on five in the open run Bey was the most vocal and encouraging player to his younger teammates. Matched up against a loaded team consisting of Goodluck, Djery, and Luis; Kamali willed his team into 2 to 3 straight victories.

Post grad, 6’0 Kevin Perez a physical guard from New York may serve as backup to Luis and Bey at the one and two spot. Perez is a physical guard with a good shot; majority of his minutes should come from playing backup point guard. Rounding out the guard position is Durfee transfer Curtis Cobbs 2015 and Earl Stephen.

This Wilbraham and Monson team that Coach Sparks and Mannix assembled is going to be a fun team to watch for some years to come. The real question is how this relatively new team will gel together to compete in a very competitive AA NEPSAC Class.


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Elite 75 Class of 2016 Standouts

 

Ryan Murphy(Dream Vision) highlighted a talented Class 0f 2016 field. The 6’3 Guard appears to have the total package as he can shoot from long range and broke down his defender at will. Later that day Murphy was also selected to participate with the USA U17 Developmental team.

5’10 G Ikenna Ndugba(Expressions) showed up later in the day as he earned himself an all star spot while playing up with the sophomore group.

6’3 Guard Ian Sistare(RI Hawks) and 6’6 F Tyrique Jones(CBC) also established themselves ahead of the pack of talented players. Here is a list of other standout Class of 2016 players.

6’1 G Keyshaad Dixon( Expressions) Dixon facilitated all day long as he consistently found open teammates. Dixon also showed a much improved outside shot.

6’3 G Saul Phiri(VBC) Phiri showed an improved skill set as he was able to beat his opponent off the dribble. Phiri also was able to use his size and strength to bully himself to the basket.

6’2 G Mike Nelson(Sbooting Stars) Nelson was one of the top offensive players throughout the day. Nelson is smooth with the ball in hands as he is able to hit the outside and drive to the basket.

6’6 F Terrell Brown(RI Hawks) Brown continues to improve his skill set. Brown looked more comfortable then ever with the ball in his hands on the low block. Look for Brown to begin playing to his potential this up and coming season.

6’0 G Malik Bangura(Expressions) Bangura was fun to watch as he made some acrobatic moves to the basket. Bangura is a lock down defender and continues to improve his outside shot.

5’10 G Thomas Jackson(CT Elite) Jackson has grown a good 4-5 inches over the summer. Look for Jackson to have a breakout high school season this kid has all the tools to be successful.

5’10 G Keandre Fair(CBC) Fair was dynamite all day long as he was able to slice and dice his way to the basket. Fair is a good defender with a tremendous skill set.

6’1 G Matt Donahue(RI Hawks) Donahue was his usual self knocking down multiple outside shots. Donahue has unlimited range from the outside and is improving his ball handling and defensive skills.

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Luis Montero 2015 6′ 7″ (Point Guard)

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6’7 Luis Montero has taken New England by storm, he has the skill set of a college player, the athleticism of a seasoned vet, and court awareness of a NBA prospect. When you add it all up you have Anfernee Hardaway aka Penny Hardaway.  Look for Montero to rank amongst the top 10 prospects in the class of 2015. Be sure to check out Wilbraham & Monson Academy this season.


Maurice Taylor Jr Picks NC A&T

Maurice Taylor a 6’6 wing that attends Beaver Country Day in Chestnut Hill, MA. Taylor is apart of the 2013 class and one of the top wing players in the New England region. We caught up with Maurice Taylor Jr. and his father to talk about the recent commitment to NC A&T.

” I feel great about the decision,” said Taylor jr. “The coaching staff has alot of faith in me and it was just a good environment to be in.”

Maurice Taylor Sr. echoed the same praise his son gave about the schools atmosphere on being a major selling point.

“The community and administration support was incredible,” said Taylor Sr.

“The environment, the type of players they are bringing in and the opportunity to develop into a point guard.”

Maurice started his high school career playing at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, where he helped lead his team to a successful season.  Maurice transferred to Beaver Country Day School after his junior year and helped lead them to a Class B NEPSAC championship.

After garnering interest from CAA, A-10 and Patriot league schools, Taylor eventually picked NC A&T over Iona, BU and Loyola

Maurice will be teamed up with a familiar face from the NEPSAC league. Waylan Siverand, a 6’7 sophmore this year for the aggies played his prep career at Kimaball Union in Meriden,NH.


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Matt Atewe Talks KSU Visit

Matthew Atewe is one of the most sought after big men in the country, and over the weekend he took an official visit to Kansas State. Atewe took time about to talk about the visit and what information he got from it.

“Visit went well, and I’m going to set up two more so far,” said the 6’9 Canadian power forward. “I just loved the whole family environment and the fact that I can always be around the coaching staff and not feel awkward.”

The coaching staff left a lasting impression on the Notre Dame Prep senior.

“Their very personable and can relate to what you’re going through,” he added. “I also loved that the team was like a family and all the fans are crazy about the team as well.’

“They also showed me how they play and I liked that as well, Just a great visit overall.”

Atewe has not made a choice on what two other schools he would be visiting. It’s kind of difficult when you have to choose from over 15 division 1 schools.

Atewe claims KSU to be the favorite at this point but he’s still wide open in his recruitment.

 

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Worcester Academy “Prep Profile”

Worcester Academy head coach Jamie Sullivan knows his team is in good hands, when Rene Castro is running the show. Castro when on a scoring binge last season, going on a streak of scoring 30 plus points in 5 straight games. Look for Castro to be more of a facilitator this season with newly added scoring options on the wing. Insert Worcester, Ma native Matt Mobley, who is a 6’2 combo guard post-grad that recently gave a verbal commitment to Central Connecticut State. Mobley is a very aggressive guard with tremendous athleticism that can also see some time at the point. Also on the wing you have Matt Pannagio a 6’3 guard from Florida that can really stroke it from deep and a great play maker in the open floor. Benjamin Mesuda and Devin Williams will also find time at guard spot for the Hilltoppers.

The Hilltoppers Frontline will be orchestrated by returning 6’10 Center Matt Cimino and 6’8 bruiser, Darryl Reynolds. Cimino is coming off a great run on the AAU circuit with Mass Rivals earning high major interest including offers from Virginia, BC and Kansas State. Cimino is versatile, face up post player that can step out and knock down the long range jump shot. Reynolds comes to Worcester, Ma by the way of Philadelphia, Pa and made a name for himself in New England weeks prior to the start of school at the Tufts Prep Shootout. Reynolds physical presence alone is an intimidation factor for those who think about trying to get in his way. Standing at 6’8 with a massive cut frame, Reynolds is a skilled, big man with range on his shot that extends to the 3 point line. Reynolds likes to bang down low, put the ball on the floor to create space, in order to knock down the baseline pull up or jump shot from the elbow. Reynolds and Cimino on the floor together will create matchup problems for opposing big men.

Tyreik McCauley, Thomas Rivard and Samuel Joaquin will also be key contributors in the frontcourt. All three players bring veteran experience to a deep Hilltoppers team.


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Elite 75 Class of 2017 Standouts

There were a handful of the top 8th graders in New England invited to participate at the Elite 75 event. The class of 2017 proves to be a unique class as many of the players were able to compete and dominate the Class of 2016 competition. Here is a list of some of the players that stood out throughout the event.

6’4 G Jermaine Samuels (MPLEX)- Only an 8th grader Samuels was arguably the top player throughout the event. Samuels has a unique scoring ability as he is able to use his size and strength to bully his opponent. Samuels also was crafty when attacking the basket scoring in a plethora of ways.

6’6 F Tomas Murphy (RI Hawks) Murphy flat out competed throughout the day. Murphy used his bouncy athleticism and improving offensive skill set to out play his opponent. Murphy was very impressive during the All Star game as he played above the rim and had numerous highlight reel dunks while in transition.

6’1 G Shyheim Hicks (Expressions) Hicks can put the ball in the basket like no other. Hicks showed supreme poise throughout the day scoring in transition and making heady plays in a half court set. Look for Hicks to have a very productive fall season.

5’7 Jaecee Martin (CBC) Martin was very impressive as he never seems to get rattled while being pressured. Martin was able to create consistent plays for himself and teammates. Looking forward to seeing more of Martin during the Fall aau season

6’5 F Deandre Leslie (Expressions) Leslie seemed to have grown 2-3 inches during the AAU season. Looks as if Leslie’s athleticism is catching up to his size. Leslie has a tremendous motor and plays hard every possession. As Leslie continues to strengthen his skill set sky is the limit for this youngster.

5’7 Azar Swain (CBC) Swain and his high basketball I.Q. was on display as he was able to knock down the outside shot and create for others. Most impressed with Swain’s ability to create for others as he has the skills to be a solid point guard.

UP NEXT CLASS OF 2016 STANDOUTS!

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Matt Mobley Makes His Pick

When Matt Mobley finished his high school career at St. Peter Marian he didn’t have a single offer on the table, so he decided to do a post grad year at Worcester Academy.

After a successful run down in Orlando, Fl on the AAU circuit, Mobley a 6’2 combo guard known for his athleticism and being able to score in bunches gave a verbal commitment to Central Connecticut State.

“I chose CCSU cause i loved the coaching staff,” said Mobley. “I felt like they kept it real with me 100%.”

Mobley felt really good about his decision and being able to play close to home.

“I liked the team a lot and the direction they’re heading in, Mobley told HDM. “I feel like i fit in perfectly with them and their style of play.”

Look for Mobley to have a big season under coach Sullivan at Worcester Academy.

 

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One on One with Marcus Zegarowski

 

 

Marcus Zegarowski had quite the productive summer while playing with his Expressions Elite team. Zegarowski is a pit bull defender who has blossmed into a top notch floor general. Zegarowski continues to improve and was playing his best  basketball towards the end of the summer. Zegarowski credits much of his success to his daily workouts with his father(Zach Zegarowski) as well as his older brother Michael Carter- Williams who currently plays for Syracuse. It looks as if Zegarowski could follow in his older brothers foot steps.

What do you want to do when you grow up?(besides basketball)

I want to get a degree in broadcasting and be a coach for college basketball.

You are part of an AAU Program, correct? What has been the best part of being with that program?

I play for xpressions and have made some great friendships. We all hang out
Do you plan to visit any prep schools this fall? Have you previously visited any schools?

I plan to visit a few my parents are going to set up visits

 

What are the strong points of your game?

My strong points I think are taking care of the ball and getting everyone involved. I love playing defense
What part of your game needs work?

I need to keep working on shooting and ball handling

Whats your dream college to attend?

My dream colleges right now Syracuse and Marquette
My pro comparison?

I love to imitate my game after Steve Nash and deron Williams

Favorite TV Show?

Favorite tv show is sports center

Game Day music?

Game day music is meek mills, jay z and 50 cent

 

Favorite sneakers?

Favorite sneakers are the Kobe’s and nikes

 

Favorite Athlete?

My favorite athlete is Derek rose

 

 


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Jacquil Taylor: Proving his worth

Last summer, Jacquil Taylor was a rising sophomore with a lean body that he wasn’t afraid to throw around in the lane. The secret was, that he wasn’t nearly done growing or developing.

Now a rising junior, Taylor  has completely reshaped his body, hitting the weight room and transforming his game from being primarily under the basket to now stepping out and hitting the mid-range.

Jacquil started his high school career playing at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, where he helped lead his team to a successful season.  Maurice Taylor Sr. decided to transfer him into Beaver Country Day School after his sophomore year.

“He did not decide it was fatherly decision I felt he was not where he needed to be academically so I made the decision to move him to Beaver. If it was his decision he would have stayed at Rindge & Latin” says Maurice Taylor Sr.

The move to reclassify Taylor has paid off, who now holds offers from Maryland, UMASS, Siena, Iona, NC A&T, LaSalle, Temple, St. Bonaventure, and St. Joseph’s.

Taylor has a lot of great aspects to his game, defensively he is superior , blocking shots in and out of his area, running the floor for easy transition buckets.  His footwork has improved considerably, and passes really well out of the post.

We spoke to Maurice Taylor Sr. to clear all the speculation about Jacquil Taylor and Maurice Taylor Jr. stating that they wanted to attend college together.

“I Did not know it was a rumor but yes the boys have expressed a desire to play together.  The boys are extremely close despite what people think the boys have a mind of their own and want to play together for as long as possible and what is wrong with that,  I wish I could have played alongside my brothers.  As a father you do your best to support your children’s dreams” says Maurice Taylor Sr.

look for Jacquil Taylor to attract more college coaches to the Chestnut Hill School, once made famous by the legendary Wayne Turner.  As a star point guard for the University of Kentucky’s Wildcats during a four-year period in which they won two national titles (1996 and 1998) and lost in the championship game once (1997).

 He set the NCAA record for games played (which has since broken) with 151 games in his four-year Kentucky Wildcats career.

 

As you see in our video, we knew he was on his way to breaking out.

 

 


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Calhoun Says Farewell

In the midst of the Big East announcing the departure of Notre Dame from its conference, another announcement was set to be made that would not only shake up the conference, but shock the basketball community at all levels.

After 40 seasons as a head coach, Jim Calhoun is ready to retire according to multiple reports. A press conference is scheduled for later today at 2 p.m. where an official announcement of retirement is expected from the Hall of Fame coach.

Calhoun, a native of Braintree, Mass., has been battling health issues the past couple years, to go along with academic troubles , that will ban the UCONN Huskies from appearing in any post season play this year.

The Huskies suffered a major blow when sophomore guard, Jeremy Lamb and Andre Drummond declared for the 2012 NBA Draft to go along with the departure, Alex Oriakhi who was expected to provide senior leadership, sophomore, Roscoe Smith and freshman center, Michael Bradley also decided to transfer.

Calhoun, a three time cancer survivor, whose health conditions may have taken him away from the game, temporarily, always made his way back to the sidelines. These actions lead me to believe that Calhoun would never leave the coaching ranks unless he was dragged out kicking and screaming. This type of passion for the game helped Calhoun collect 873, 7 Big East tournament titles, 9 Big East Regular Season titles, and 3 National Titles.

Although, it’ll be tough to fill the void and shoes of Jim Calhoun, UCONN is ready to announce Kevin Ollie as the next Head Coach of the Huskies. Ollie has made a name on the recruiting front as one of the top recruiters on the rise. Class of 2013 power forward, Kentan Facey and guard, Terrance Samuel recently gave UCONN verbal commitments. The hiring of Ollie may persuade the two, top 100 prospects to stay committed to UCONN. But in reality, every kid who commits to play for UCONN wants to play for Calhoun, so it will be tough to convince kids to not transfer, and to not pull out of their commitment.

If Ollie is hired as the next coach of the UCONN Huskies, who he has on his coaching staff will be critical to the program moving forward. UCONN currently has 3 former head coaches as assistants on staff; hiring one of them could be a possibility also.

I can’t picture Calhoun just retiring and being away from the game forever. I expect him to be upbeat and involved with basketball in some shape of form.

Junior, Shabazz Napier and sophomore, Ryan Boatright are expected to take on the leadership roles for UCONN. Look for freshman, Omar Calhoun and sophomore forward, Deandre Daniels to have a major impact this upcoming season.

 

 

photo courtesy of: blogs.courant.com


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A Pair of Early Class Of 2013 Commitments

Two New England prep products gave verbal commitments within the past week.

Denzel Gregg, a 6’7 forward by the way of Syracuse, NY gave a verbal commitment to Fordham for the 2013 season. Greg is a starting forward for St. Thomas More in Connecticut, who is a low post presence on bothe ends of the floor. Gregg uses his atleticsm to block shots on the defensive end and rise above his defenders for the finish around the basket on the offensive side.

“Me and my family felt so comfortable at Fordham we just felt like there was no better place to be so why not commit,” Gregg tells HDM. “The coaches told me everyone will be able to compete for their own role on the teamso i just want to work my way in.”

Gregg, who makes his earnings off putbacks and shots from the free throw line down, Knos that theres work to be done.

“I really want to work on getting stronger and extending my range to be a better player all around.”

The second commitment comes from Kurt Steidl, a 6’5 forward out of Ridgefield HS in Connecticut. Earlier in the week Steidl announced his commitment to the University of Vermont.

Steidl explained why the decision to commit this early was a no brainer.

“They will have 6 seniors when i will be a freshman so it’ll give me a good opportunity to get accustomed to college basketball,” Steidl tell HDM. “I will be able to learn the system from them as a freshman which will be very beneficial.”


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Wayne Selden’s New York/Boston Summer Pro-Am Tour

Wayne Selden was one of the most electrifying prep prospects in the country this summer. Playing on the Nike EYBL circuit, camps in North Carolina, California, Florida, Maryland…ETC. Selden still found time to participate in Pro-Am’s traveling from New York back to Boston. Selden has been training all summer to prepare himself for a big senior campaign.


Next Best Basketball Presents: Kuran Iverson ULTIMATE Summer Mixtape: Fishburne Academy Bound!

Kuran Iverson’s rise back to the top of the class of 2013 rankings is broadcasted here in his Ultimate Summer Mixtape! After spending three years at Northwest Catholic, Kuran will attend Fishburne Academy in Virginia this year. Kuran played for LI Lightning the past the two years on the AAU circuit, and established himself as one of the premier players in the nation. We would like to give a special thanks to everyone who helped contribute to this video, BallasTv, MeetMeAtThe Rim, and HoopDreamsmag (make sure to check them all out). Watch out for more mixes from the Greater Hartford Pro Am to come including NBA superstar Ryan Gomes. And yes, for all of you wondering Kuran is in fact Allen Iverson’s Cousin! Enjoy!

 

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Noah Vonleh Mr. McDonald’s All American?

Noah Vonleh seen first hand what happened to Tilton’s Nerlens Noel, as he was not able to participate in the prestigious McDonald’s All American game back in march.

Rumors are circulating that Vonleh has talked about reclassifying, back into his original class of 2013. Here are 2 of many articles stating Vonleh’s possible move on being a member of the 2013 senior class…( NorthStarBaketball , Sports Illustrated )

If Vonleh plans on reclassifying, do it relatively early.  Don’t wait until the last minute, would be the advice one would give Vonleh.

Kentucky’s freshman Nerlen Noel waited until Feb. 1 to reclassify into the class of 2012 from 2013, this caused the nations #1 player to miss the precious McDonald’s All American game.

The 6-foot-9 Vonleh, now 17 years old transferred from Haverhill High School (MA) to New Hampton Prep (NH) for the 2011-2012 school year.  While at New Hampton Vonleh repeated his sophmore year and finds himself in a similar situation.

Playing in the “Burger Game” (as some like to call it) means everything to a young student athlete. The likes of Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, just to name a few, have graced the floor at the McDonald’s All American game.

Vonleh has been projected as a future NBA draft pick by scouts across the nation. Developing while in college a year earlier would only place him a year closer to his dream of playing in the NBA.

Ballots have to be submitted by January in order to be considered for the McDonald’s game, therefore Vonleh will have to reclassify before then.

Only true seniors are allowed to play in the McDonald’s All American Game.  Players are only eligible once during their high school career to play in the game.

Wayne Selden also learned from his teammates mistake, as he reclassified back to his original class a few months ago.  Look for Andrew Wiggins to do the same.

Vonleh has as good as a chance to make the game as anyone in the country, after his dominating summer campaign there is little left to prove.

 

 

 

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One on One with Matt Donahue

 

 

 

 

6’1 SG Matt Donahue was born with a basketball in his hands. Donahue comes from a long line of brothers that are exceptional basketball players. Sam and Jackson Donahue are currently receiving Scholarship level interest. Donahue being the youngest of the family could be the best of the brothers. Matt Donahue has displayed high level shooting range and performances including 9 threes in a half. Donahue continues to improve as he was playing his best basketball towards the end of the aau season with the RI Hawks.

 

 

What do you want to do when you grow up?(besides basketball)

-Get into business world in some way.(if basketball doesnt workout)

You are part of an AAU Program, correct? What has been the best part of being with that program?

-Rhode Island Hawks and getting to meet new people, and the coaches helping me get better and improve my game and giving me the chance to play for their team.

Do you plan to visit any prep schools this fall? Have you previously visited any schools?

– I haven’t planned on visiting preps schools. The only one I’ve visited is NMH because my brother goes there.

What are the strong points of your game?
– Shooting and playing team basketball, and being a leader on the court.

What part of your game needs work?
– Handling the ball, and getting quicker feet.

Whats your dream college to attend?
– Uconn

My pro comparison?

– Kevin Durant, because he can shoot the ball, but doesn’t have a lot of body strength but can still compete against any type of competition.
Favorite TV Show?

– NBA TV, ESPN, and Entourage.

Game Day music?
– Lil Wayne, Drake, Wale

Favorite sneakers?
– Jordan 2011’s, Huaraches 2k4’s.

 

 

 

 

 


Abdul Malik-Abu Hoops Diary Report

Abdul Malik-Abu along with a number of teammates are on the road for a number of unofficial visits to Temple and Maryland. Abu and his Expressions teammates just wrapped up their visit to College Park, MD and had this to say about the Terps.

“Myself, Jared Terrell, Alec Brennan, Juwan Gooding along with the Director and Owner of Expressions Elite Todd Quarles, and my AAU Coach Tyron Boswell,” Abu tells HDM. “We arrived to campus and meet with Coach Tergeon, and Spinelli along with the rest of the staff”

 “We sat down and talked about Maryland and the tradition of the program, coach Tergeon showed us the one different uniform that the team would wear during the year.”

 “Our tour was great we walked onto the floor and my heart stopped as I pictured myself making a game winning basket with a packed house.   The gym is on campus which is great for the school compradorey. “

  ”Maryland will be one of the schools that will be on my final list, the coaches are great and I like the direction the program is heading in” 

 “Myself, and my teammates along with a few of the Maryland players walked the strip after we had dinner and the town and state has a great college fell” 

 Thank you University of Maryland coaches. 

 

 Overtime: reactions from Alec Brennan and Juwan Gooding about Maryland.

 Alec “They have a great system that fits my style of play; they allow the big men to shoot and put the ball to the floor.  I like that haha”

 Juwan ” this is a like a dream school I have never seen anything like this before”


’14 Jeff Spellman of Beaver Country Day

Jeff Spellman is a class of 2014 6’0 athletic guard that attends Beaver Country Day School. Spellman can shoot it from deep and with Improvements to his ball handling skills, defense, Spellman is more aggressive than a year ago. With a little added muscle Spellman can be one of Tge top guards in the North East to contain. Beaver Country has been known to produce a great deal of guards, including Wayne Turner, Rene Castro…ETC


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One on One with Charlie Fisher

 

6’0 Point Guard Charles Fisher hails from Waterbury, Connecticut. Charles had a productive previous aau season while running with CBC. Fisher has shown tremendous court vision and prominent poise as a floor general. Fisher was last seen dominating the competition at the NERR Jr Prospect Academy earlier in August. Look for Fisher to make an immediate impact at St Josephs high school this up coming year.

 

 

What do you want to do when you grow up?(besides basketball)

-I want to work in a nice building or train kids how to play basketball

You are part of an AAU Program, correct? What has been the best part of being with that program?

-The best part being with that program was seeing me improve on my game, playing against competitive teams

Do you plan to visit any prep schools this fall? Have you previously visited any schools?

-No I don’t plan to visit any prep schools this fall and Yes I have visited schools like Holy Cross, Sacred Heart, and St.Joesph

What are the strong points of your game?

– My strong points are my ball handling, defense, mid range, boxing out, passing and using my left hand

What part of your game needs work?

– Getting into the paint, I need to work on my quickness, rebounding and attacking the basket strong

Whats your dream college to attend?

– My dream college is Syracuse or Oregon

My pro comparison?

– My pro comparison is Chris Paul

Favorite TV Show?

–  Favorite TV is Everybody Hates Chris

Game Day music?

– Game day music is nothing I just go on the court and play strong and hard!

Favorite sneakers?

– Favorite sneakers are any hyper fuses

Favorite Athlete?

– Favorite athlete is Kevin Durant


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Updated 2015 Rankings

Clear-cut #1 prospect in the class of 2015 is the big man Jared Reuter, he has consistently scored against the elite level and has held his own, while playing 17u all year.

Jumping up to the #2 spot is Aaron Falzon; he has proven that he can mix his game up going inside and outside.  He has developed the inside outside game that will take his potential to the next level, look for him to have a breakout season playing at St Marks School (MA)

Just after Falzon in the ranking is Jeremy Miller the 6’9” wing has the potential to be really good, shoots the ball with the sweetest stroke.  With added muscle mass Miller will become one of the nation’s best inside outside players.

Making a jump into the top five at number #4 is 6-foot-3 Donovan Mitchell, as he hails from New York City. Mitchell will transfer to Canterbury School, located in CT.  Mitchell does it all, scores, defends and rebounds, he has stud written all over him.

#5 Luis Monteiro remember the name; can play the one, two and three. Has star potential with his skill set and basketball IQ.

#6 Jalen Adams entered the class by reclassifying and will make his presence felt, already holding offers from the who’s who of the Big East look for him to climb the rankings as the season progresses.

#7 Curtis Cobb has grown close to 6’6” has a sweet jump shot to go along with added athleticism.

#8 Chris Baldwin has all the tools to become great, has made great strides heading in that direction, excited to see him this high school season

 

                                       Updated 2015 Rankings


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1 on 1 with Malik Bangura

Malik Bangura was relatively unknown before the spring of 2012. After only a few months and a productive aau season Bangura is one of the hottest names in the New England area. Bangura ran with the Expressions Elite 14u team and found himself playing his best basketball towards the end of the season. Bangura is a silky smooth guard that can attack the basket in a plethura of ways. Look for Bangura to make an immediate impact this winter while attending Brockton High School.

 

What do you want to do when you grow up?(besides basketball)
– I want to be a fireman

You are part of an AAU Program, correct? What has been the best part of being with that program?
-Yes expression elite and building a family relationship with my teamates and coaching staff

Do you plan to visit any prep schools this fall? Have you previously visited any schools?
-Yes I do and no I havent visited any schools at this time

What are the strong points of your game?
– My ability to go drive and score through contact and my defense. I also have improved mid range shot

What part of your game needs work?
-My ball handling and range on my shot and Im also working on being able to play the point guard role

Whats your dream college to attend?
Uconn , Syrcuse , Oregon

My pro comparison?
I dont compare myself to pros but if I did I would say Kevin Durant

Favorite TV Show?
NBA gametime and my wife and kids

Game Day music?
kendrick lamar , future

Favorite sneakers?
Jordan 4

Favorite Athlete?

John Wall is my favorite athlete

 


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Chris McCullough Chooses Brewster Academy

Looks like Brewster Academy will be adding another piece to the puzzle; Chris McCullough is the latest prospect to inform us that he will be attending Brewster Academy for the upcoming school year.

McCullough ESPN’s #19th ranked prospect of the class of 2014 helped Salisbury School of Connecticut win a NEPSAC Class A championship last year, as he took over the championship game providing inside and outside scoring.

Just last week we informed you that 2014 Jared Terrell would be transferring to Brewster, now McCullough.  Brewster Head Coach Jason Smith must have Kentucky coach John Calipari blood running through his veins, he attracts high major talent.

Along with Chris McCullough, Brewster will boast 2014 Jared Terrell #27 Scout, 2014 PG Kevin Zabo #65 Rivals, 2013 PF Kyle Washington #120 Rivals, Elijah Macon 2013 PF who is committed to West Virginia.


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Matt Atewe Is Set For A Big Year

After having to play behind highly touted big man Steve Adams last year at Notre Dame Prep, Matt Atewe is ready to prove his worth.

Standing at 6’9 with a chiseled frame and broad shoulders, Atewe has a physical presence that lets opponents know, even before the whistle blows, they have their work cut out for them.

Atewe is well traveled and has built up a lot of experience this past spring/season. Atewe played with the Northern Kings on the AAU Circuit and the 18u junior Canadian national team in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men.

“I played with the Northern Kings up in Toronto, Canada,” Attewe tells HDM. “It was good, just really long, and tiring but a good experience all around.”

Atewe and his Canadian national team finished the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men with a bronze medal.

“It was a great experience being able to meet back up with the best players in my country, and being able to represent your country through a sport was amazing. Not a lot of people get to do that.” Attewe added.

Atewe’s recruitment is starting to heat up as of late. High major programs are starting to take notice of the Canadian big man.

“I’m being recruited by Kansas St, Auburn, Dayton, St. Bonaventure, SMU, Duquesne, Charlotte, Marshall, WKU, Nevada, NM St, Memphis and others,” said Atewe. “All have offered with Purdue, Illinois, Butler and others interested.”

Atewe explained to HDM what type of player, college coaches would be getting if they recruit him.

“I think my post game and my attitude for the most part improved the most,” said Atewe. “Most of the time I try to be really positive on the court at all times, and I was mostly able to accomplish that.

Attewe goes on to add

“I think I’m a defensive player that can really anchor a team’s defense for the most part, with me blocking shots and rebounding.”

The class of 2013 power forward might be relatively unknown but he’s definitely not going unnoticed.

 

Photo Courtesy: ND Prep


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Sneaker Watch: AIR JORDAN GOLDEN MOMENT PACK

One of the most highly anticipated Jordan Brand releases of 2012, the Air Jordan Golden Moments Pack. This two-shoe pack features an Air Jordan VI Retro and, an Air Jordan VII Retro. These will be a limited release available at select Jordan Brand accounts in men’s sizes only in mid-August. Retail is $350 and, they came in special packaging to commemorate this pack.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
08/18/2012 Air Jordan Golden Moment Pack
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President Obama Classic

The president is using his favorite sport to raise funds for his campaign.

President Obama has team up with Michael Jordan, Rajon Rondo, Paul Pierce and other professional basketball players to participate in the “Obama Classic,” the campaign announced in an email.

The e-mail asks potential donors to “imagine shooting hoops” with these and other players.

“Now stop dreaming and make it happen,” the email adds. “You and a guest of your choice could join President Obama and some of the greatest basketball stars for a special night at the Obama Classic.”

The event is Aug. 22 in New York City.

Jordan and NBA Commissioner David Stern are co-hosting a $20,000-per person fundraising dinner with the president later in the day. It should be noted that Jordan will not playing in the actual game

Other Players Participating:

Carmelo Anthony, John Wall, Kyrie Irving, Joe Johnson and former NBA and WNBA players Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, and Sheryl Swoopes along with a host of others.

 

Photo Courtesy: Sneaker Bar Dteroit, Glittarazzi


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USA Wins Gold (CP3 Olympic 7’s)

The USA men’s basketball team wins gold by beating Spain, 107-100. With all the talks about comparing this USA team to the ’92 Dream Team the answer to that question will always go either way depending on who you talk to.

The Americans would have a lead on Spain by only one point after three quarters, a hard fought, gritty battle that anyone would ask for in an Olympic final. The Americans found themselves matched up against a NBA frontline made up of Serge Ibaka along with 7 ft brothers Marc and Pau Gasol. But with pure dominance throughout the Olympics, the Americans were not going to settle for anything other than gold. The scoring power of Lebron James and company proved to be too much at the end of the contest.

After celebrating a gold medal win, Chris Paul took to his instagram to show off his gold medal, along with a rare pair of Olympic 7’s. The photo went viral instantly, and ended up being a trending topic on many social media outlets. No word on a release date or any information on these shoes

U-S-A!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Titans Win Powerade Hardtop Challenge

It was a win all the way around for the Boston Titans on Sunday.

In the 16u finals Titans were matched up against Dorchester House in a game full of New England’s up and coming young talent.

The Titans team featured BABC’s 2012 AAU national champs along with Juwan Gooding, and on the DH side you had Malik James, Jalen Adams and Greg Bridges. The play of Bonzie Colson was the key factor to why Titans won by a 20 point margin. Colson’s physical play could not be matched. The 6’5 bruiser of a forward crashed the boards on both including blocking a number of shots. When DH house would go into a zone to force Bonzie to play the high post he would knock down the jumper. Colson’s strong play earned him MVP honors finishing with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

The Titans and DH met up again in the 19u title game. The Titans gave spectators a chance to see two of New England’s top prospects in the class of 2012 before heading off to college. Georges Niang (Iowa State) and Akosa Maduegbunam (Penn State) simply dominated the competition all weekend leaving no doubt about their readiness for the upcoming collegiate season.

Both players sporting a new toned physique were giving a packed gym a preview of what’s to come in the near future. Niang got off the floor quicker than we’ve ever seen him to finish around the rim and improved ball handling skills. Maduegbunam took him MVP honors and very well deserved. The combo guard put on a shooting clinic, knocking down perimeter jumper along with a smooth pull up. Akosa finished with 20 points.


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Chuck “Hungry For More” Hannah

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6’3 Forward Chuck Hannah ran with the Mplex and MABC  aau teams during previous aau seasons.Hannah starred with Jermaine Samuels to form one of the top duos in New England. Hannah continues to improve his skill. Hannah has become more of a perimeter player. As a rising 8th grader look for Hannah to have a breakout season during the winter travel league.

 

What do you want to do when you grow up?(besides basketball)

-I want to become a Sports Manager

You are part of an AAU Program, correct? What has been the best part of being with that program
-I have been apart of an AAU program since I was in the 4th grade. The best part of being in an AAU program is traveling to the nationals to play against other teams across the country.

Do you plan to visit any prep schools this fall? Have you previously visited any schools?
Yes, I plan to visit prep schools this fall and I have previously visited Rivers in Weston, MA and Fessenden in West Newton, MA.

What are the strong points of your game?
The strong points of my game are rebounding, mid range shooting, post moves, defense, and passing.

What part of your game needs work?
The parts of my game that need work are dribbling, aggressiveness, finishing around the basket, and free throws.

Whats your dream college to attend?
My dream college to attend is the University of Kentucky or Harvard University.

My pro comparison?
My pro comparison is Zach Randolph (Memphis Grizzlies).

Favorite TV Show?
My favorite TV show is NBA Gametime.

Favorite Gametime music
My Game Day music is Riot by 2 Chainz.

Favorite sneakers?
My favorite sneakers are Nike Hyperize.

Favorite Athlete?
My favorite athlete is LeBron James.


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Providence College Elite Camp

The first annual Providence College Elite Camp took place at alumni hall, located on the Providence College campus.

Coach Cooley and staff wasted no time jumping right into instructing the prospects on how a future friar would work while at practice.  Providence staff demanded 100% energy & effort at all times, and brought the energy into the building to match the intensity of the prospects on hand.

Standout Players: 

Donovan Mitchell Jr 6’3″ 2015 G 2015 (The City): Was impressive from the start to finish, plays each play like its his last.  Has the ability to make shots as well as the skill level to get to the rim at any given time.  Mitchell was the one of several players that received scholarship offers from head coach Ed Cooley.  Mitchell will transfer in Canterbury School CT, look for him to become a gem while at Canterbury.

Terry Larrier 6’6″ 2014 F (Scan): Wing player who can play above the rim at times, has a great feel for the game as he rebounds, defends and can handle the ball like a guard.  With some added weight Larrier has all the tools to become an high major wing, needs to work on his perimeter jump-shot which will elevate his game to the next level.

 

Toriola Moses 6’9″ 2016  PF (Expressions): During drills Moses looked to be one of the better big men, each and every move was followed by a dunk.  Has added a mid range jump shot to his array of moves, rebounded well and challenged shots.  Needs to add some more muscle to his slim frame, plays aggressive despite his weight.

Quincy McKnight 2014 6’3″ SG (Scan):  Scored effortless at times, was very aggressive getting to the rim and defended well.  McKnight has a high ceiling where his potential could be limitless if he continues to work on his skill level.

Jeremy Miller 6’9″ PF (Mass Rivals): The question is still out will his game translate to the next level, the answer is yes.  Miller shoots the ball like he is a guard, made some college three pointers today that were impressive.  Would like to see him score with his back to the basket but that will come with time and confidence, Miller has became comfortable putting the ball on the floor and attempting to get to the rim.

Young & Ready: 

Unique Mclean 5’9 PG 2015 (Team Scan) Mclean showed freak athleticism throughout the event. Mclean impressed most with his decision making while running his team. Mclean showed all the tools to be a high major guard.

Kimani Lawrence 6’5  2016 G (Expressions)  Only class of 2017 Lawrence was very active throughout the stations and 5 on 5 play. Lawrence showed an ability to attack off the dribble and an improving mid range game. The future looks bright for Mr. Lawrence.

Donovan Love 6’1 2016 (NJ Playaz) Love plays with a supreme poise  with the ball in his hands. Love consistently attacked the gaps on offense and showed a knack to lock down on the defensive end.

Ikenna Ndugba 5’10 2016 (Expressions) Ndugba was able to run his team and make plays on a consistent basis. Ndugba continues to fine tune his outside shot and is a tough match up for any defender.

Nick George 6’2 2016 (Bay State Magic) As the youngest player on his camp team George gave a spark of energy and scored in a variety of ways. George continues to improve his guard skills.

Keyshaad Dixon 6’1 2016 (Expressions) Dixon was impressive with his ability to find the open man and knock down the outside shot. Dixon was one of the youngest in the camp but played with incredible poise.


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Jared Terrell Transfers To Brewster Academy

Jared Terrell has informed HoopDreamsMag that he will be transferring to Brewster Academy for the remaining two years of his high school eligibility.

“I feel with the addition of myself and all the other players we have a good enough team to make another run at a national championship” Terrell states

“I’m looking forward to being challenged while at practice, that is where you become great, when the cameras are off and its you and your family in the gym working” Terrell states

Jared Terrell the #21 Scout.com Prospect for the class of 2014 looks to pick up where he left off, scoring and shooting the ball while playing great defense on most of the AAA leagues best scores.

Brewster also welcomes 2014 PG Kevin Zabo #65 Rivals, 2013 PF Kyle Washington #120 Rivals, Elijah Macon 2013 PF who is committed to West Virginia.

While you cant replace Tj Warren: NC State, Jakarr Sampson: St Johns, Semaj Christon: Xavier, Aaron Thomas: Florida state, Mitch McGary: Michigan, Jalen Reynolds: Xavier, Joe Bramanti: Wright State.  This is for sure a step in the right direction.


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Sneaker Watch: Nike LeBron 9 Championship Pack

Nine years in the making, Nike Basketball presents the limited edition LeBron 9 Championship Pack, celebrating LeBron James’ first NBA Championship. The pack consists of the MVP LeBron 9 and the red-based LeBron 9 PS Elite James debuted in the Finals.

Previewed and worn by LeBron in May, the “MVP” LeBron 9 features a gradient fade from red to black with yellow detailing on the upper. Additional details include an MVP graphic on the heel and trophies printed on the sockliner.

 

The LeBron 9 PS Elite is featured in a red and black colorway with golden highlights. Tech includes a midfoot harness that wraps around the foot, Flywire for strength and lockdown support, and a tuned midsole that houses both Max Air 180 and Zoom cushioning elements.

The pack will be available in limited quantities across North America and China this Saturday, August 11. Locations and pricing have yet to be announced.

 

 

 

 

 

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Dallier Makes His Pick

Northfield Mount Hermon has been real familiar with Ivy League schools as of late.

Anthony Dallier became the third player on the 2012-2103 Northfield Mt. Hermon roster to verbally commit to an Ivy League in recent months. This afternoon Anthony Dallier gave a verbal commitment to the Yale Bulldogs.

The 6’6 wing Wexford, Pa native has the ability to play up to 3 different positions; this makes Dillard a match up problem for opposing defenders.

“He does it all,” said Coach Carroll of NMH. “(Dillier) Can play the 1-4, Avg 11pts, 6.3 rebs, 4ast last year and a great defender.”

“I can’t say enough about how excited I am to be a part of the Yale family,” Dallier told HDM. “Just the combination of the success the basketball program has been able to have under coach jones.”

Dallier goes on to point out the importance of education. “Coupled with the fact that it’s Yale, you can’t get a better education than that.

Teammates Peter Miller (Princeton) and forward Zena Edsomwan (Harvard) have also gave commitments to Ivy League for the 2013-2014 academic year.