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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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Brantely Chooses Maryland

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Former Notre Dame Prep guard Jaylen Brantley has officially made a verbal commitment to play basketball next season for The University of Maryland.

Brantley attended Marshall University last season but was forced to sit out his freshman year by the NCAA who deemed him academically ineligible. Jaylen then transferred to Odessa Junior College in Texas where he will finish out this academic year.

On why Brantley chose the Terps, “I just felt that it was the perfect place for me. The coaches are so invested in getting the players better every year which will help me to reach my goals.”

The former BABC standout is a play making guard. Once known as mainly a three point shooter, Jaylen heading into his senior year of high school was able to show his play making ability off the dribble, scoring with ease or finding teammates. Jaylen feels that with Maryland, he should be able to play a major role, contributing to the team as much as he can.

Brantley now has a chance to join his former BABC teammate Jake Layman who he won a couple national championships with. He also joins Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter for the 2015-16 season.

 


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Miller off the board to Boston College

Boston College defeated Syracuse the #1 team in the nation on Wednesday, on Thursday they received their first 2015 commitment in Jeremy Miller as well as their highest ranked player in Coach Donahue’s four years at Boston College.

Miller is a 6’ 9” forward/ center who will be able to stretch the defense, because of his ability to make the long range shot as well as post up.  The junior forward has improved year to year, but in order to become more effective on the low block he will have to continue to improve his strength.

Miller states, “I chose Boston College because the school really blew me away in different aspects, not just basketball.  I want to major in public relations or communication and BC has my major”

Boston College has gone on record stating that they want to make New England a priority when it comes to recruiting.  Miller attends New Hampton School (NH); is a resident of Milton (MA) and lives about 15 minutes from the Chestnut Hill campus. A few weeks prior Jeremy was present at the Boston College vs. Duke game sitting courtside.

When asked how he felt about the eagles Miller states “I love the coaches and everyone that I talked to, it felt like home since I’m only 15 minutes away.”

Miller held offers from Maryland and Providence College.

Boston College could be on to something, by making local kids a priorities, more kids will take a long hard look at the ACC school located close to there house.  Miller will potentially join his high school teammate Olivier Hanlan who was the ACC rookie of the year last season.

I would like to thank my parents; they are my biggest supports and are always there with me.  Also Pete Hutchins and all my family and friends, Now I can focus on finishing the season off strong winning a AAA championship, then a peach jam championship with BABC”


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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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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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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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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.


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Wayne Selden Nets A Triple-Double In Home Opener

The Tilton Schools Friday night home opener against Notre Dame Prep was in front of a packed house and spectators did not walk away disappointed. After losing the season opener to the Kiski School (PA), the Rams knew losing back to back games would not be acceptable. Kansas commit Wayne Selden put on a triple-double (19pts 18reb 10ast) performance to remember including a one handed tomahawk bang off a lob pass from Johnny Joseph that set the gym on fire.

The big story was Lee Messier, the 6’2 sniper connected on 7-10 shooting from behind the arc to tally up 28 points midway through the contest. Messier finished with 35 points for the game.

Every Tilton Rams player scored at least a point in the 125-79 victory over ND Prep