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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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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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2014 Updated Rankings

Here it is it took some time and consideration, we have been present throughout the season to watch our listed prospects compete against each other.  There is no substitute for seeing kids live and in person.  HoopDreamsMag.com has traveled all summer long and has seen prospects from all over the region compete.

At times evaluators in the scouting business walk a thin line between potential and production.  This is constantly an argument/disagreement within the office, as we all have seen the prospects in different settings such as camps, AAU, as well as their high schools. 

So as we start our first segment of updated rankings, we would like for you to take in consideration that a committee of evaluators have thought long and hard about this and will certainly continue to be out when the high school season starts. 

Today we bring you our updated 2014 rankings.  There is no secret who the number #1 player in the class of 2014 is.


#1 Chris McCullough 6’9 has all the tools that scream star power, has developed an outside touch that has defenders confused on how to guard him.  He rebounds well, runs the floor like a deer. Chirs has antangebles that you cant teach, size, length, and  moblity.  McCullough has proven all summer long that he can produce at a high level no matter the competition.

#2 Abdul Malik Abu 6’8 Has jumped leapes and bounds this summer, he has developed a skill set that can translate to the next level. Abu took to the EYBL with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove, cream always rises to the top as ABu stood out as a fan favorite walking away with MVP honors.

#3 Goodluck Okonoboh 6’9 Has held the title as one of the best shoot blockers in the country for the last two years.  Now the race is over and he is the best shoot blocker in the country, when we speak of a skill set transiting to the next level Okonoboh defence is a skill set that will do just that. Witha growing offensive game look for him to have a great high school season.

 #4 Jared Terrell the 6’3” combo guard has a college ready frame with explosiveness that translates to the next level.  Terrell has improved his jump shot along with his ball handling skill level and looks to make the transistion as a lead guard.

 #5 Kaleb Joseph 6’3” has all the tools intangibles that any high major point guard should have.  Has the abilities to make shots while in transition, and has gotten more athletic. Look for him to guide Cushing Academy towards an AA championship.

Notable Stock Risers

 #6 Tory Miller moves up from #11, the big man has made a statement all summer long.

#7 Bonzie Colson moved up from #20 no matter the stage, Colson produces.

#18 Sammy Mojica moved up from #25 the do it all guard, produces.

                                        Updated 2014 Rankings



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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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Abu and Terrell Cut List To 10

Abdul-Malik Abu and Jared Terrell of Expressions Elite both cut their lists on Thursday to ten schools.

Terrell a 6-foot-3 guard at Brewster Academy listed Cincinnati, Florida, Miami, Oklahoma State, UCONN, St. John’s, UCLA, Providence, Rhode Island and Xavier.

Abu a 6-foot-8 forward lists N.C. State, UConn, Iowa State, St. John’s, Miami, Kentucky, Kansas State, Florida, UCLA and Providence.

The two friends off the court have publicly stated that playing together in college is a possibility. The duo lists six of the same schools who could potentially land them as a package deal. Among the six schools are UConn, Providence, UCLA, Florida, Miami and St. John’s.

The two prospects know at the end of the day if one has to depart from the other and choose one of the other four then that’s what’s has to happen. One of the other four on Abu’s list is Iowa St. who was the first school to offer the big man as a rising sophomore. For Terrell Cincinnati was one of the first to offer as a rising soph and remain on his list. Neither is considered favorites for the two but one would have to take notice of the hard work these coaches have put in.

Playing on the Nike EYBL circuit the two AAU teammates have elevated their game into new heights. Those to witness that progress of the two prospects from the 2012-2013 high school season to the end of July live period first hand were coaches from Kansas St., Miami, Florida, St. John’s, Providence, Iowa St, Kansas, URI, Xavier, N.C. State, Cincinnati and UCONN. Kentucky, OK St. and UCLA have come on as of late but the trio of schools has made their case enough to keep the prospects attention and make the list.

ED Cooley (Providence), Kevin Ollie (UCONN), Steve Lavin (St. John’s) and Dan Hurley (URI) have been spotted front and center during the Expressions Elite stop in New Jersey and New York during the last week of July Live Period.

The two prospects have yet to set up any visits but will probably try to plan a number of them before the basketball season starts up during the school year.

 


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Kimball Union Defeats Undefeated Cushing Academy

The match up between undefeated Cushing Academy and Kimball Union was all it was hyped up to be. From the tip-off Kimball took control behind Abdul Malik Abu who seemed to be playing with a new found purpose.  He displayed his full arsenal of scoring ability, hitting from inside as well as outside as he finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds in the first half. The backcourt of Joseph and Adams keep Cushing afloat as they trailed Kimball Union going into halftime 33-21.

Kimball picked up right where they left off during the first quarter; Devin Gilligan was relentless on the offensive glass as he gave Kimball second chance opportunities on several occasions. The backcourt Devon Thomas and Malcolm Brent gave Kimball some much needed scoring in the second half.  Defensively the backcourt played Cushing the toughness I have seen all year long.  Jalen Adams scored in style with several pull up jump shots that kept Cushing in arms reach, Matt Barr the Bentley College commit finished with a team high 19 points as he mad big shot after big shot.

Crew Ainge gave Kimball a spark, as he was the primary ball handler after Thomas fouled out with more then eleven minutes remaining in the game. Ainge knocked down two transition 3 pointers, Ainge handled the pressure well as he was able to man the point when Cushing extended their pressure, Ainge finished with 11points.

Abdul Malik Abu finished with a game high 23 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 blocks, on 3 for 5 from the three-point arch.  One of the best performances we have seen in a long time from Abu.  Final Score KUA 61 CA 58


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”


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Updated 2014 Rankings

Today we bring you our updated 2014 rankings.  There is no secret who the number #1 player in the class of 2014 would be,

Noah Vonleh at 6’8 is arguably the number one player in the country. Vonleh has proven all summer long that he can produce at a high level no matter the competition.

# 2 Chris McCullough 6’9 has all the tools that scream star power, has developed an outside touch that has defenders confused on how to guard him.  He rebounds well, runs the floor like a deer, has a great go to move and will continue to develop.  Look for McCullough to have a big high school year.

#3 Jared Terrell the 6’3” combo guard has a college ready frame with explosiveness that translates to the next level.  Terrell has improved his jump shot along with his ball handling skill level; look for Terrell to help New Hampton compete for AAA crown.

#4 Abdul Malik Abu 6’8 has taken the scene by storm, the “Monster” is what we like to call him was one of the big winners of the live period walking away with more then seven offers.  Kimball Union has a good one, in Abu.

#5 Kaleb Joseph 6’3” has all the tools intangibles that any high major point guard should have.  Has the abilities to make shots while in transition, and has gotten more athletic. Look for him to guide Cushing Academy towards an AA championship.

 

              Updated 2014 Rankings