Akosa Maduegbunams is a Penn St. Freshmen from the city of Boston, Ma. Maduegbunam played his last games at the Powerade Blacktop challenge before officially suiting up for the Nittany Lions. Alissa earned himself MVP honors of the tournament with electrifying plays above the rim and a smooth jump shot. We wish Akosa the best of luck this season.
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.
South Kent vs Worcester Academy, on paper you would think form the big name roster would scare Worcester away, wrong they challenged South Kent from the tip. Chris Thomas caught fire early and didnt look back he finished with 22 points, Ricardo Ledo followed with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Worcester was lead by the sharp shooting of Matt Cimino finished with 6 three pointers and a game high 24 points, Cimino had 4G reception as he knocked them down from all over, Rene Castro chipped in with 12 points and 8 assist. South Kent proved to be to much down the stretch as the pulled out the win 84 -75
New Hampton played there first home game today in front of a packed student body, as the faced a tough Winchendon school. The game was all it was hyped up to be as Winchendon’ s Akosa Maduegbunam kept his team in the game as he got hot from the outside. But Winchendon ended up losing to New Hampton. Zach Auguste led the scoring load for NHS with 17 pts, Evan Manning with 15 pts, Jared Terrell 15 pts, Mike Auger 12 pts, Noah Vonleh 7 pts and 15 Rebs. Oliver Hanlan currently still on the injured list. New Hampton 79 Winchendon 69
KUA defeats Master’s School tonight 67-43. “Cats jumped out to leads of 8-0, 12-3. 18-4 and, eventually 32-8 in the first half. A quick Master’s spurt just before half trimmed the lead to 34-15 going into the break. Master’s never got closer than 17 points in the second half. Jesse Chuku and Malik Abdul-Abu paced KUA scoring with 17 points each while Devon Thomas chipped in 15 points and five assists. Chuku earned a double-double by adding 11 rebounds.
Vermont Academy defeats Putnam Science Academy 65-59 the game was a battle from start to finish, Dominic Woodson made his presence felt bulling his way to easy baskets whenever he felt like it he finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Putnam Science came with half of the international student body who cheered the entire game, at some points in the game making it tough on coach Bopp to communicate with his players. Vermont was led Shaun Lawton 19 points, 5 assists he has the tools to make an impact at the next level, this is our first look at Lawton he will certainly move up in ranking.
Lee Academy (ME) 70, Fork Union Military Academy (VA) 63
Game #1: National Prep Showcase Lee Academy faced off with Military Academy, Lee was lead by Drew Crudup scored 20 points, while Brandon Neel finished the game with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Hargrave Military Academy (VA) 115, Notre Dame Prep (MA) 91
Game #2: Xavier-bound Myles Davis had 6 three-pointers in the first half of play, Davis finished with 26 point. Hargrave proved to be to big inside for Notre Dame, as they pounded the ball inside to Montrezl Harrell,who finished with 27 points and seven rebounds.
Bridgton Academy (ME) 74, St. John’s Military Academy (WI) 71
Game #3: Bridgton compeated from the tip and proved to be better prepared for tonight’s contest,. St. John’s-bound wing Amir Garrett finished with 17 points and nine rebounds. Aaron Ross (18 points, eight rebounds) countered with two free-throws at the other end. Malik Nichols then came back for Bridgton with lay-up off of a spin-move, sealing the game for his team. Jacoby Davis also had 18 point and eight rebounds for St. John’s.
St. Thomas More (CT) 83, Fishburne Military School (VA) 56
Game #4: St. Thomas More proved to be to much as they took a command early and never looked back. top scores included Rodney Sanders 13 points, Barrington Stephens 12 points AJ English11 points.
South Kent School (CT) 94, La Jolla Prep (CA) 74
Game #5 Ricardo Ledo 37 points, five assists, four rebounds made a statement, he sought out to prove that there where not 21 people in his class better then him. He scored from start to finish in all fashions. Ledo finished the half with 22 points, and started the half right where he ended, scoring at will. He has to be one of the best scores in nation, permitting that his body language is positive, which coach Jefferson seems to have in order.
New Hope Academy (MD) 84, Winchendon School (MA) 62
Game #6: New Hope got off to a good start and executed with great ball movement, didn’t settle for shots and took what they wanted on the offensive end of the court. Cavon Baker 18 points and five steals Francisco Lopez 18 points, and William Howard 19 points, 11 rebounds. Akosa Maduegbunam led Winchendon with 13 points, six rebounds for Winchendon School.
Northfield Mount Hermon (MA) 97, Massanutten Military Academy (VA) 93
Game #7: I guess they saved the best for last, and could be titled the shoot out, for the amount of 3 three-pointers attempted. Ethan ODay played the best that we have ever seen him play, Coach Becker would have been proud. Corban Collins finished with 28 points and 8 assists for Massanutten
Basketball is a tough sport to evaluate talent. There are a lot of guys who get more exposure than others, which is very unfortunate. Akosa Maduegbunam is one of those guys who has not gotten a chance to prove himself much on the national level, but there’s no doubt that this rising senior is a diamond in the rough. Maduegbunam is a high-character player with a high ceiling. He has high-major athleticism and a nice skill set. Maduegbunam will play for The Winchendon School this year and is already committed to play basketball at Penn State under new coach Pat Chambers. I recently caught up with Akosa for a day so that fans could get to know the under-the-radar prospect a little bit better.
Akosa played for Expressions Elite for AAU, he not only showed that he belonged on the national level, he proved it every time he stepped on the court. He had something to prove check out his interview and video that shows the amount of work he put in day in and day out.
What made Coach Chambers stand out from the rest of the coaches that recruited you?
AM: “He’s a great guy more than basketball coach. He’s definitely one of the better recruiters out there. We’ve built a bond that can’t be broken. I feel like I could almost expect him to be present at my wedding.”
Did you watch any Penn State basketball games last season?
AM: “Funny thing is, I always wanted the Big East Network, but somehow I did have the Big Ten Network, so I actually got to see the team a bit. Towards tourney time, Penn State wasn’t even really recruiting me but I was particularly attracted to Talor Battle. I love small guys with big hearts like Talor and Kemba Walker.”
Other than basketball, what else attracted you to Penn State?
“Academics are first and foremost. At Penn State, they are off the charts. The Penn State name says a lot. I wanted to be a part of a big community, not just a basketball community. I was also attracted to the town (State College) itself. Overall, it’s just a great environment.”
What are the best facets of your game?
“Coach Chambers’ style fits the way I play. It’s very faced-pace, catch and shoot, coming off screens, and running the floor. I also love defending the hell out of the ball. I will continue working on my ball-handling as well as my strength and conditioning.”
“I want you guys there, not just for some games, but every game. It takes a lot of commitment to be a part of a great program, so I’d hope that the fans put in that commitment as well. I’m just a fun and outgoing guy and I love meeting people. This should be fun!”
Basketball is a tough sport to evaluate talent. There are a lot of guys who get more exposure than others, which is very unfortunate. Akosa Maduegbunam is one of those guys who has not gotten to prove himself much on the national level, but there’s no doubt that this rising senior is a diamond in the rough. Maduegbunam is a high-character player with a high ceiling. He has high-major athleticism and a nice skill set. Maduegbunam will play for The Winchendon School this year and is already committed to play basketball at Penn State under new coach Pat Chambers. I got to catch up with Akosa for a day so that fans could get to know the under-the-radar prospect a little bit better.
video & article courtesy of (LShapiro Productions)