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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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Facing Adversity on the Road

Malik Abdul-Abu competes with the Expressions Elite on the AAU circuit and one of the fastest rising prospects in the country. Abu is dealing with bit of adversity of trying to balance basketball and practice his belief while on the road. Malik Abdul-Abu is a muslim who is fasting during the live period as part of his religion.

During Ramadan, Muslims fast during the daylight by abstaining from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. They also fast or restrain from evil actions, thoughts and words.

“I can’t eat or drink, and i pray 5 times a day,  says a charismatic 6’8 Pf. Fasting isn’t something I expect to hold me back but instead make me stronger.”

Many of the Muslim athletes expected to compete at the London Olympics have come out and said they postpone fasting until after competition. Although Malik  is not an Olympian but is still a young athlete that finds himself playing a total of 7-8 games in a 3 day span will continue to fast.

“It’s a mental thing, mind over body. I’ve done it before but never during during live period so this should be a interesting summer.”

Abdul-Abu never fails to mention his teammates in whatever he’s involved in.

“with the help of my teammates, they will get me through it.”

Wish Malik the very best of luck during live period


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BABC 9th Grade Team Defends Title and Captures a Medal

BABC according to our rankings has the #1 9th grade AAU team in New England. BABC are the defending 2011 national champions and recently went down to Little Rock, Arkansas with a chance to repeat and defend their crown.

The talented group of young Men lead by wing players Bruce Brown and Terrance Mann are coming off a great showing at the Hoop Mountain Super Week before heading to Arkansas. Then add the low post presence of Marcel Pettway and you’ve got the recipe of a team ready to compete.

 BABC went 3-0 in pool play advancing to the championship bracket.  In bracket play BABC goes 2-1 before falling to the Titans in the semifinals by 2 (39-37). The Titans(TX) would lose to The City(NY) in the finals. The anticipated rematch between BABC and City(NY) did not happen. In the spring BABC(16u) got the best of City(NY), beating them at the BABC Shootout.

BABC came in 3rd place earning them a Bronze medal. Next stop for BABC is Orlando to compete in the Super Showcase. Good Luck!


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Boston Show Stoppers Take Their Show on the Road

The Boston Show Stoppers took their show on the road and returned champions.

Head coach Clinton “Bronco” Lessiter took his 8th grade AAU team to Orlando, FL for tough hard fought battle to the championship circle. This makes national title number 3 in a row for the Show Stoppers.

BSW went 2-1 in pool play and after that 1 loss the Show Stoppers went on to champions circle defeating SCBC(FL) 57-41.

“This was our first national championship for the 8th grade team. Our 7th grade team have won back to back National Championships for their 5th an 6 grade yrs.” said Coach Lassiter

Their are many bright spots on this team but Sayawni Lassiter performance was one to remember.

“The play of Sayawni “Say say” Lassiter was big for us. She set a pace and a level the play for which the team had no choice to step up to. Her 24 points was nothing in comparison to the defense she played. The girl she was defending was single handedly beating teams. said Lassiter of his star point guard, She has put in the hard work and deserved every achievement she has received this far. Including her scholarship offer by Rutgers University”

Look for this group to continue competing at a high level and defend their title next year.