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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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BABC Are Your 2012 10th Grade AAU National Champions

The most heralded AAU program in New England raises another banner. The BABC sophmore team has won their 2nd national title in back to back years as a group. A number of these players have been in the winning circle before(Bobby Ahearn,Johnny Joseph,Curtis Cobb and Tyree Robinson), after winning the freshmen national title in 2011. This championship is marks the 3rd in a row for the program in the sophmore division.


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Titans Win Powerade Hardtop Challenge

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.


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3-Peat For BABC

The most heralded AAU program in New England raises another banner. The BABC sophmore team has won their 2nd national title in back to back years as a group. A number of these players have been in the winning circle before(Bobby Ahearn,Johnny Joseph,Curtis Cobb and Tyree Robinson), after winning the freshmen national title in 2011. This championship is marks the 3rd in a row for the program in the sophmore division.

BABC won a hard fought 61-55 overtime win over Team Charlotte but not before a nail biter in the semis down in Orlando, Fl. With a big contribution from Bonzie Colson who finished with 23 points and 21 rebounds in a overtime win against Albany City Rocks that helped his team advance to the finals.

In the finals BABC trailed until the finals against Charlotte where they battled back from a 8 point deficit. Before the sound at the end of regualtion down 3 Jonny Joseph puts in a NBA range 3 to send the game into overtime.

“I just knew it was going in” an excited Johnny Joseph replied when asked what he felt when releasing the shot.

Tyler Nelson came up big knocking down a number of 3’s to finish with 16 points and Tyree Robinson anchored the defensive charge with a number of blocks. Congratulations to coach Eggie Mcrae a former player of the BABC program on winning his 2nd national title.


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Elite 75 Standout Players

2013 Standouts

Kuran Iverson, As other media outlets turned there backs on the once #2 player in the country Hoop Dreams Magazine stood by his side while crowning him the #1 player in New England in the class of 2013.  Iverson can score with the best of them, while playing point forward keeps his teammates involved by consistently beating his defender off the dribble.  Iverson’s jump shoot looked better and it also seems like he has visited the weight room, David Stern will know his name if he continues to improve.

Kamali Bey, One word can describe his play, Efficient. Bey once herald as one of the state of Massachusetts up and coming gems, was sidelined by an injury that held the star out of action for quite some time.  Now back in action Bey showed why he was given that tag, scored the ball like he was playing horse with his little brother bucket after bucket.  Whichever program lands Bey will be more then satisfied.

Andrew Chrabascz, we like to call him the glue. He makes it work no matter the situation, back to the basket, or slashing down the lane for a two-hand dunk.  Chrabascz has the tools to play at any level because of his will to compete.  Has developed a mid range game as of lately.

Kahil Dukes, the sharp shooter is a volume shooter, but is also a shot maker.  Showed his point guard skills by keeping his team involved while taking over when the time was needed.  Dukes plan to have a top 5 by August and plans to decide which school he plans to attend

Sam Donahue left the event as one of the best shooters in the building; Donahue missed few shots, as he was red hot from the three-point arc. The downtown sniper used the one dribble pull-up to create space, which often freed up his teammates for wide open shoots.

2014 Standouts

Jared Terrell, showed why he is being recruited heavily as one of the best (SG) in the country, Terrell scored in all shapes and fashions. Pull up jumpers, three pointers from all over the court, as well as  his continued growth of athleticism by finishing with loud dunks. Terrell looks to have added more muscle to his already college ready body.

Elijah Rogers has been playing with a chip on his shoulder for the past few events that we have seen him in.  Rogers has gain more athleticism to go along with his consistent attacking style, Rogers plays hard on both ends of the floor.  Needs to develop a solid  mid range game to continue being a threat.

Paschal Chukwu, played to a different beat then he usually does, challenged all shots at the rim, as well as changed shots.  Has started to develop a consistent right hand jump hook, which looks to be his go to move at times.

 

Abdul Malik Abu, Once again proved that he belongs in the conversation as one of the top 50 players in the 2014 class.  Abu mixed it up today and gave us a preview of his step out three point game. Abu made more then eight three pointers throughout 5 on 5 play.  Not to mention his fearless loud dunks in traffic, Abu has great upper body strength, which allows him to score through contact; a go two move or two would help him scratch his potential.

Bonzie Colson showed his toughness while playing against bigger defenders, has a great feel for the game as he uses the rim to feed off the shot blocker.  What he lacks in size is equaled off by the size of his heart, never one to back down his upside looks great.

Damion Smith the do it all guard, scored rebounded and assisted on half of his teams points, we like to call him the “Junk yard Dog” as he has a great nose for the ball and plays hard from start to finish.  Has to strengthen his ball handling skills along with his jump shot which has looked better lately.

2015 Standouts

Bruce Brown, Showed why he has been declared the next one, showed high level athletic moves.  With a developed jump shot Brown will be a name to remember.

Terrance Mann has a great IQ for the game, both offensively and defensively Mann has the tools to become a high major prospect.  Strength is a concern at a young age; Mann has to be able to finish through the contact, a younger Gerard Coleman.


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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.