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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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Falzon To Nortwestern

Aaron Falzon, a 6-foot-8 forward out of Northfield Mount Hermon announced via twitter that he gave a verbal commitment to Northwestern.

A consensus top 100 prospect in the country, Falzon a sharp shooter from Newton, Mass. was looking for a high academic institution that would give him the best of both worlds with books and basketball. Falzon would eventually choose Northwestern over Harvard.

“one factor was finding the combination between academics and basketball,” said Falzon, Another was Coach [Chris]Collins.”

“On my visit I thought I would fit in very well with the players.”

Coach Collins will be able to use Aaron’s shooting ability to stretch defenses and give him a dynamic to his frontcourt offense that the Wildcats aren’t used to seeing in their rotation.

“I really believe in the vision he has for NU, and the passion he brings is incredible,” said Falzon.


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Eagles Coaching Staff Keeping Busy on the Recruiting Trail

Head Coach Jim Christian and Co. is looking to recruit big in 2015, with several open scholarships to be filled at the end of the 2014-15 season. The Boston College Eagles have positioned themselves to land a number of highly recruited prospects that could end up being program changers.Having been heavy players in the final list of top 100 prospects Terance Mann (Florida State U.) and Donovan Mitchell (Louisville) who opted to play for other programs. The Eagles are showing great efforts in keeping local prospects in New England.

The Eagles are in the mix with local ranked prospects Josh Sharma, Aaron Falzon and AJ Turner. Turner, who attends the New Hampton School in New Hampshire is a smooth wing that could add instant offense to the Eagles. Sharma, a 6-foot-11 athletic big man who runs the floor well has a developing offensive game whose real impact will come on the defensive end protecting the rim. Josh Sharma is scheduled to be on campus for an official visit Sept. 18. Falzon, is a sharp shooting forward who can light it up in bunches from deep and can fill the void of a skilled perimeter player. Falzon is slated to visit BC in October for an official visit. Jim Christian and his staff will be on Northfield Mt. Hermon campus this week to visit Josh Sharma and Aaron Falzon who are prep teammates.  All three prospects have official visits set up with Boston College this fall.

Head Coach Jim Christian has also made his way outside of New England with Jerome Robinson and Matt Milon. Milon, a 6-foot-4 shooter from Oviedo, Florida became the first member of the Eagles 2015 recruiting class when he gave a verbal commitment over the weekend while on a visit. Robinson recently gave a verbal commitment to the Eagles while visiting the Chestnut Hill campus today. Whereas Markis McDuffie will Join AJ Turner on a visit to Chestnut Hill Sept. 12. where Jared Dudley (Milwaukee Bucks) has already expressed that he will be on campus.

Jared Dudley has recently took to Twitter in response to finding out Sharma would be visiting BC saying “We Need Him”. There’s a new feeling of excitement over at Chestnut Hill under the direction Jim Christian and Co. who are working towards sitting on top of that hill in collegiate sports.


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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.

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Aaron Falzon: Patiently Waiting For My Time To Shine

A lot of prep players at times feel like they’re underrated and being under recruited. Aaron Falzon falls into both categories but as a young prospect in the class of 2015 he’ll have plenty of time to prove his worth.

“I feel like I got work to do, especially on my athleticism,” Said Falzon on areas he needs to improve on in his game.

Falzon also spoke about how he doesn’t step on the court for the pub and more focused on ways to get better.

“It doesn’t bother me too much, because I know my hard work will  pay of eventually.”

The 6’8 forward has range on his shot that extends beyond the arc and post-game that’s showing much improvement.

“I think can play either 4 or 3 in college depending on the match-up. If the player is smaller I can post up, and if he is bigger and slower than me, I can expose him on the perimeter,” said Falzon on his style of play. “But to play the 3 in college I will have to get quicker, and better defensively to guard the perimeter.”

Your work ethic as a young prospect should be second to known if you feel as if your name should be mentioned with the top players in your class.

“On Game day I usually try to get to the gym at least 3 hours before the game and shoot around. Then before layup lines I try to envision ways I can impact the game and focus on the keys coach goes over in pre-game.”

Falzon recently picked up his first division one scholarship offer from Boston University.


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CBC Dominates CDC

The 2nd and final day of the Hall of Fame Columbus Day Challenge was a day of no slackers. A number of games were decided at the buzzer, even seeing one game go into triple OT.

Jared Wilson-Frame of CBC owned the weekend and earned our breakout player of the tournament. Having two play in two different age groups, JWF controlled the game every time he stepped onto floor. Playing so much confidence, Jared was getting his teammates involved, got to the lane whenever he wanted. A true testament to his dominance, JWF single handily caused three players from the NE Playaz who tried to guard him at different moments of the game to foul out in the 16u title match up. The best I’ve seen the ’15, 6’5 wing play all year on the circuit.

The NE Playaz Aaron Calixte, Luis Monteiro, Aaron Falzon and Kerem Kanter helped lead their club to a 17u title. Monteiro and Falzon handled most of the scoring on the wing, while Kanter controlled the paint, causing matchup problems for opposing defenders who could not match his strength. Calixte was a true general the way he lead his team. With improved ball handling since HDM last seen him over the summer, Calixte controlled the tempo of the game from start to finish on both ends. On the offensive side of things, Calixte put his players in spots he wanted to have them get the ball and also breaking down his defender off the dribble for numerous finishes at the rim. On the defensive side of things, Calixte gave fits with his overbearing on ball defense. Calixte forced multiple turnovers, got the ball up the floor quicker than any player n his age group for lead passes to set up his teammates for easy baskets.

CBC lead by Jaecee Martin took home the 15u title. Martin is so advanced for his age that you can’t help but wonder what he’ll become in the future. Martin is a 8th grader playing up and honestly he could have played in the 16u bracket and probably would have produced the same way. With superior ball handling and quick speed, Martin made it that much easier to set up his teammates, having to always have multiple defenders guard him. Keandre Fair and Tristan Peterson came up big for CBC, playing more physical than their opponents, the two were able to play an inside out game when Martin went out for a breather. Peterson is a very bright player that just plays above the rim at a different level than the colleagues in his class

CBC also captured the 14u title and so convincingly that it was almost unfair. At that age you would think that all the kids are on the same playing field but not when you have you have dominating post players like Tristan Peterson and Jermaine Samuels. Aaron Clarke was also a bright spot for CBC.

Other Notable Performers:
Jacquil Taylor ( Prodigy): The 6’9 PF/C blocked multiple shots at the rim on defense and fclinic on day 2.

Joe Crapps (Basketbull): A tough explosive guard with a quick first step.

Jerome Derosiers (RI Hawks): the 6’3 wing player is very physical and strong when attacking the basket. Derosiers had multiple dunk assaults when attacking the rim and knocked down multiple jump shots.
Tyree Weston/Jordan Scurry (NE Playaz): lead their team in scoring the weekend. Both players took their games to new heights

Nelson Zayas (Basketbull): A name to remember this year for Sabis. Zayas put on a scoring

 

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ECE Mass Come Away Winners at Summer Classic East

Six New England AAU programs made their way to King of Prussia, PA this past week for the Hoop Group Summer Classic East. East Coast Elite Mass sophmore won the gold bracket for their division, becoming the first New England AAU program ever to do so ever the existance of the tournament. ’14 G Jeff Spellman had the play of the tournament for ECE Mass when he put up a shot with time running down on the clock for the game winner to move on to the semis.

ECE would go on to beat JS Warriors in the semis and face the RI Hawks in the finals. The RI Hawks were beating teams by a average of double digits befor eventually fallingh to ECE Mass 51-44. Aaron Falzon and Malik James combined for 24pts in the win for ECE Mass.

ECE Mass junior team also found themselves in the gold bracket championship game but did not have the same outcome as their sophmore peers. ECE would lose to Arkansas Hawks but are hats go off to these kids after all that they’ve been through days before live period began. These groupof young men stuck together as a group and competed as a team. Next Stop for them is the Hoop Group Summer Jamfest

 


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2012 BABC Boston Shootout

This past weekend Tufts University was host to the 2012 Boston Shootout. This year marked the 40th anniversary of the event and a number of the nations future bright stars. Teams that participated in the event were BABC(MA), Albany City Rocks (NY), Middlesex Magic (MA), CT Select, NE Playaz, East Coast Elite (CT), MB Nation(ME), The City (NY),USAD(CT) Eric Gordon All-Stars (IN), and Mass Rivals. BABC came away winners in the 15u, 16u, and 17u division but is was no easy task.

 

BABC 15U dominated their division including a blow out win against Albany City Rocks. The strength and athleticsm of  Terrance Mann, Bruce Brown and Marcel Pettway appeared to be a bit much to handle for any team in that age group. Brown and Mann kept the game entertaining as it seemed like everytime they touched the ball and made a play towards the basket it ended up being a Sportscenter hightlight. The of the weekend came from Bruce Brown as he flew over a East Coast Elite defender for a 1 hand slam(Video Can Be Seen Below).

BABC 16u match up against City(NY) had to of been arguably the best game of the scheduled event as it came down to the wire.  Damian Smith(BABC) and Miachael Williams(City) started off hitting consecutive baskets for their teams as many predicted from the start would end up being decided in the last possesion. City(NY) took a bad blow when Donovan Mitchell went down with a ankle injury before the end of the 1st half. The outside shooting of Michael Williams kept City lead through most of the 1st half. But once BABC started to go inside and feed Bonzie Colson he ate on the boards and made everything around the basket.  A Tyree Robinson tip in at the sound of the buzzer put BABC up by 2 going into halftime. The 2nd half belonged to Josh Wallace of City(NY) as the young wing player did everything from knocking down the pull up jumper, grabbing rebounds and defending in the post. BABC proved to be to much at the end of the day as they pulled away in the final minutes of the game securing a 5 point win against City(NY).

The 17u matchup between BABC and Albany City Rocks(NY) was a familiar tune as these two teams meet on the Nike EYBL circuit. Tyrese Hoxter Darien Fernandez were the Co-MVP’s of this game as they jumped out into passing causing multiple turnovers and showing great leadership. Hoxter had a number of above the rim dunks to lead BABC to a 64-51 win over City Rocks(NY)

Notable Top Performers:

’15 Aaron Falzon(NE Playaz) – The 6’7 forward is now considered a dual threat. This weekend we saw Falzon score most of his points in the paint. Something we haven’t seen much of as he’s kbnown for his great perimeter shooting.

’15 Bruce Brown(BABC) – Mr. Sportscenter is the next to blow in the BABC program. He showed a aggresive attack to basket punishing defenders at the rim for trying to contest his shots. (See Dunk Below)

’15 Terrence Mann(BABC) – Mann is beginning to come into his own. As of right now hes a slasher but  is starting to show confidence in his shot on the perimeter.

’15 Marcel Pettway(BABC) –  The ultra big low post presence is to much to handle for most big men in his age group. Pettway has great foot work and can also defend on the perimeter.

’15 Jared Reuter(NE Playaz) – Can put the ball on the floor and create his own shot on the drive. Reuter finishes with contact and converts everything into a old fashion 3 point play.

’14 Kerem Kanter(NE Playaz) – Kanter finishes everything around the rim. Has great hands and loves to finish with the baby hook. Once his defensive intensity matches his offense then he’ll be close to unstoppable.

’13 Tyrese Hoxter and Darien Fernandez(BABC) – Hoxter showed a great handle for the ball as he will be asked to do so next year for Charlestown. Was a vocal leader on defense and offense. Fernandez finished above the rim and was a pest on D causing multiple turnovers.

’14 Damion Smith(BABC) – A talented all around athlete who makes every shot look good when leaving his hands and a exceptional rebounding guard.

’15 Tyree Robinson(BABC) – The human highlight reel as we like to call him as he finishes everything with two hands above the rim whether there is a defender in the lane or not. Also a good shoot blocker for a small forward.

’14 Bonzie Colson(BABC) – Similar to Kanter, Colson has great has and almost finishes everything at the rim. But at this stage of the game Colson is a better rebounder.

’15 Johnny Joseph(BABC) – The lead guard is a wizard with the ball in his hands and is the engine that makes the team go. Has an incredible motor and love for the game that most playes don’t have at this age. Joseph never wants to come out of the game and almost picks apart defenses single handily.

‘ 14 Tyler Nelson(BABC) – When BABC  needed a big  shot Nelson was their for the calling. Knocking down outside shots to always keep BABC close during crunch time.

’13 Rene Castro – Continued to run the show for BABC and put up the best offensive performance of the weekend scoring 41pts in a contest against USAD(CT). In a game where BABC was short handed and was forced to play 4 on 5 and pulled off the win.

Eric Paschall, Donovan Mitchell and Michael Williams(City NY) – a group of 2015-’16 guards that have have basketball IQ ahead of their class. Paschall is 6’4 and plays on the block but stepped out a few times to knock down the 3. Also finishing for multiple above the rim plays through traffic. He has the making of a very promising prospect. Mitchell who is finishing up his 8th grade year has a developed body and game of someone already at the prep level. Mitchell has great perimeter game and is a floor general at  his young age that always keepes the defense on their toes. The city of NY is calling him the next best prospect to come out of there. Michael Williams is a knock down shooter who can not be left open. Even if Williams is not open his ball handling finds a way for him to create space to make it seem like he’s open most of the time.

’13 Isaiah Lewis(NE Playaz) – The New York guard has a knack for the putting the ball in the basket. When nothing was falling for the Playaz you can count on Lewis to create something.

’13 Zakarie Irvin (Eric Gordon All Stars) – The Michigan commit is a wing player but was forced to run the point as his team as short handed. Irvin is a good catch for the Wolveriens, the transition into the point guard role wasn’t a bad one for it was hatrd to tell that it wasn’t his natural position. A prospect that can hit the outside jumper and uses his length to grab rebounds on the offensive glass or second chance points.

’14 Dimitri Floras(MA Rivals) – Continues to impress throught the spring AAU season. Floras has a quick dribble drive move that he fishes with a tear drop in the lane. His outside extends beyond the college 3 point line. Would like to see Floras turn it up on D.

’14 Josh Sharma (MA Rivals) – The 6’10 center has also improved throught out the spring starting to be a great finisher around the basket. Sharma is exceptional on the defensive end altering shots and being quick his to clear out players on the block for a rebound.

’14 Matt Barr – A fierce shooter from outside. Plays on the wing and is a bit undersized. Would need to transition his game into the point guard role to be effective at the next level.

’13 Shadell Millinghaus – The guard was a complete blur to whoever was defending him. A super sthletic prospect that ran the point for his team but is a 6’2 combo guard that just does everything you ask.

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RI HAWKS HALLOWEEN HOOPFEST Recap

 

Spotlight of the day: Curtis “Mr. 3” Cobb  # 26 2014 Played well beyond his years, shoot the ball with perfection.  Cobb showed that he belonged in the conversation of elite shooting guards, and proved it today playing against some of New England’s best guards.  Cobb scored a game high 18pts against the New England Playerz, the game was controlled by BABC for most of the game as they defeated the Playerz 55-52.

NE Playaz 67 – RI Hawks 66

BABC 55- Playerz 52

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Others that caught our eye:

Jaquil Taylor: (# 7 2014) Ran the floor well, contested shoots, looked great taking the 15ft shots, could have done much more damage in the post with a few more touches.

Henry Bolton: (# 29 2014) Will be a name to remember, played like a true big time guard, and didn’t back down from any competition, knows how to put the basketball in the basket in all sorts of ways.  Which ever assist coach lands this guy as a steal will surely become a head coach one day.

Jarred Reuter:  (# 1 2015) Played as he always does like an animal, creates so much space when he makes a move, its nearly impossible to guard him.  Rebounds like he is playing in college already and can start the break as well.

Bonzie Colson: (# 13 2014) Played like a champion that he is, doing all the little things to make his team win, Colson is a winner and proved that today and last summer by  winning a 15u national championship.

Aaron Falzon: (# 3 2015) Was terrific in both games, able to step away from the basket and drain the three point shot.  he has a very high ceiling and showed that he can guard on the perimeter at times.

Tyree Robinson: (# 6 2015) Robinson was kangaroo like when on the receiving end of the drop downs, as he quickly dunks the ball with high energy.  He consistently gets BABC’s famous press started. 

Jalen Adams:  (# 31 2014) Mr 2 Ez made his BABC debut today, and nothing came EZ as he struggled in the fast paced game and didn’t get a rhythm going, Adams didn’t look like a top 25 player when he played against other top 25 players.  Needs to work on his shot selection.

Kahari Beaufort : “Mr Twitter”  (# 14 2014) Did not live up to the hype, scored a total of 14 pts in two games combined.  Beaufort usually has a motor and plays hard at all times, today was a different story, witness him arguing with his coaches, taking his chair and sitting away from his team, that shows poor character that’s a part of the game of basketball being discipline.  he did not perform like a top 25 player.