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Justin Simon and Jarrell Brantley Make Plays

Price of admission for the 2015 New Hampshire Prep Classic was well worth it. A tournament field loaded with talent from across New England who filled the two day event with some exciting plays.

Justin Simon had one of many exciting plays over the weekend. A 6-foot-5 guard at Brewster Academy, Simon was one of many talented prospects who kept spectators on their toes wit his play. Simon, a 2015 Arizona Wildcat commit posterized his defender on a move going baseline. Simon’s an athletic prospect and his defender found that out the hard way.

Jarrell Brantley, a 6-foot-7 forward out of Notre Dame Prep is an athletic freak who makes highlight reel above the rim plays. Brantley had a number of top plays but none better than his leap from one foot in from the free throw line. Jarrell Brantley is an available 2015 prospect who will generating a lot of buzz this year.


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Jared Terrell picks URI

Its been 251 days since URI was considered the runner up for Brewster Academy’s  top 100 prospect Jared Terrell.  Terrell was released out of his NLI from Oklahoma State on April 25, 2014.

A number of programs have come into the fold such as Boston College, Michigan State, Missouri, Providence, Pittsburg, Cincinnati to name a few.  All where taken into to great consideration, but only one could win.

The nations highest rated player left on the board (ESPN) pledged to Dan Hurley and URI today.

“I picked URI because I felt like it was the best fit for me, they run a ton of ball screen action.  My relationship I have with the head coach is great, he understands where I in-vision myself and has a plan of action”

When asked when did he know that URI was his choice, Terrell replied “Yesterday, I went with my gut feeling and felt that coach Hurley could develop my game, and help me get to the next level.

What factors played into you committing ?

“Great guard system, great coach who develops players, also being close enough to home where my family and friends can come see me play, as well as having a chance to win right away,  I could have went to a higher conference but after looking at all options with my family and coaches, URI was the better fit for me.  I was never the person to worry about conference, if you can play they will find you”

You will be joining a backcourt of EC Matthews as well as Jarvis Garrett, that is as good as any young backcourt in the league ?

I agree It feels good to be apart of something special, Obviously we have to put in a lot of work to get the chemistry right, but I feel we can do that and if we do we can be very dangerous”

What where some of the conversations that stick out to you that coach Hurley has said ? ” I would be an immediate impact player, and someone needs to replace Xaiver Munford lol”

Todd Quarles of Expressions Elite states Jared has been great for our program, he has been one of the hardiest working kids I have ever meet, he will be great for URI”

I want to think my family, Expressions Elite and Brewster Academy, all have supported me through this process, its been a long journey and now I can finally call URI home “Lets Go Rhody”

From the looks of Terrell’s thread count on the URI message board has he him proclaimed as one of the biggest recruits in the programs history, as his thread count exceeds over 63 pages.  A local kid who will help tickets sales increase.

 


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Josh Lee “The Man Behind The Madness”

Josh Lee, has been an assistant coach at Brewster Academy since the 2006-2007 preparing Brewster Academy’s best prepare for arguably the best league in the country NEPSAC AAA.

Lee by day is a Physical Therapist at Action Sports & Physical Therapy, but during the afternoon he turns into the man behind the madness that Brewster Academy has been know for.  Championships are won in the preseason, and one look around the Smith Center and you will see many White & Blue banners, which are AAA championship banners along with national championship banners.  Not to forget the NBA jersey’s that give the gymnasium some added color.

During this early Saturday conditioning you will see Lee in action, as he has assisted Brewster in a NEPSAC Class AAA Regular Season Titles, plus the NEPSAC Tournament Championships in 2013, 2010 and 2008. The program has also won the New Hampshire Prep Classic, New Hampton Invitational, and Brewster Invitational each in six out of the past seven seasons.

 


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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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Chris McCullough Junior Season Highlights

At 6’10”  Chris McCullough possesses a inside out game that most players at his age rarely have. CM5 has the ability to knock down a long range jumper or put the ball on the floor to get by his defender for a finish at the rim. ESPN’s Dave Telep recently compared CM5 game to the Miami Heats Chris Bosh. The 2014 Syracuse commit is special and in these highlights you’ll see why…


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Brewster Tops Northfield Mount Hermon 86-58

 

The defending NEPSAC AAA champions has had its best games against Brewster dating back to last years league championship.  In the first match up of the season NMH used that same momentum to come away with the 73-71 win.

Brewster Academy figured they would try something new for this game, they decided to commit on defense and not allow the other team to score easy baskets. Brewster challenged each and every shot that NMH attempted, which gave them a commanding halftime score of 44-16. Martez Harrison led Brewster at the half with 10 points, while Jared Terrell added 9 points. 44-16

Coming out of the half NMH decided to try something different, inserting 2015 Jahshanti Allen, and 2015 Daquon Ervin into the line up. These two are fun to watch as they where a two man defensive nightmare. There havoc allowed NMH to get within arms reach.

Second half Ron Patterson the Syracuse commit ignited Brewster by going on a scoring tier to keep NMH at bay. NMH would go down easy as Michael Flemming (Dartmouth commit) went on a scoring drive scoring 12 second half points to keep NMH alive.

At the end Brewster prevailed as they win 86-58

Brewster Stats:

Chris McCullough 15 pts 10 reb

Ron Patterson 14 pts 8 reb 3 stl

Martez Harrison 14  7ast  3stl

Jared Terrell 13 points 5reb  2stl


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NPS Standouts

On day one of the National Prep Showcase, Goodluck Okonoboh had a storyline to remember, the 6 foot 10 post player solidified himself this past weekend as one of the premier shot blockers in the country.  In his  first game in a Wilbraham & Monson uniform, Okonoboh had 10 blocks in one half of play, three rebounds shy of a triple double and made a game winning layup. Okonoboh roamed the paint denying more access than a bouncer scanning fake ID’s at your local pub. Okonoboh’s offense is coming along slowly as he displayed a nice form and release on his jump shot and schools like are Indiana is starting to take notice.

Chris McCullough had his whole repertoire on display this weekend. The 6 foot 10 McCullough played with a lot of confidence and aggressiveness by showing his ability getting to the rim off the dribble, hitting the outside jumper and rebounding at a high level. The recent Syracuse commit will continue to show growth in his game while at Brewster Academy.

Coach Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals got themselves a good in 6 foot 1 point guard Terry Rozier. Rozier has sneaky athleticism that could find defenders on a poster if not careful. Rozier is a small guard that packs a lot of power, finishes in the lane off contact who had one of his better performances against Notre Dame Prep (See Video).

Josh Hearlihy and Skyler White were two of the most versatile frontcourt players in the field of play. With Harvard commit Zeno Edosomwan sitting out with an injury White and Hearilhy were looked at to a little bit of everything in order for their team to stay close in games. With both players standing at about 6 foot 8 with the ability to put the ball on the floor and create their own show was incredible to watch. Not much degree of separation between the two’s game which gives Northfield Mount Hermon a deadly combination of pieces to work with when Pete Miller and Zeno Edosomwan come back from injury.

If there was any player this weekend who raised their stock the most it would have to of been Rashad Richardson of the Kiski School (Pa). Richardson started off the weekend helping his team upset Brewster Academy while shouldering the load in the scoring column sto beat of 29 points. The following day Richardson helped his team defeat the Tilton School in close battle. Richardson who was committed to IPFW but has recently reopened his recruitment is gaining interest from Rutgers, Duquesne and Manhattan according to his coach.

Wayne Selden in a losing effort to the Kiski School (PA), made his season debut scoring 33 points that he fought hard for. The 6 foot 5 wing returns to a new look Rams team that lost Georges Niang, Nerlens Noel, Dominique Bull and Goodluck Okonobh. Look for Selden to carry the load of responsibilities this season.

If there was any doubt or question about Noah Vonleh being able to perform at a high level after jumping up a class, well I guess all that went out the window this weekend. The 6 foot 7 forward looked comfortable shooting from outside even when it wasn’t falling. Vonleh’s ability to grab offensive rebounds and earn second chance points is the type of player every team needs at any level. Vonleh was also blocking shots and grabbing rebounds on the defensive end that lead to fast break points on the opposite end of the floor. Noah played with a lot of heart and whoever was in attendance sawitnessed a different player since the summer.

Duane Notice a Canadian guard in his first year suiting up for St. Thomas Moore mad a early name for himself by averaging a little over 22 points a game this past weekend. One of top guards remaining in New England’s 2013 class look for colleges to take Notice of Duane.

Jaylen Brantley one of many stellar additions to a tough Notre Dame Prep team did what he was known for around these parts for years. The 5 foot 10 guard displayed a great shooting touch from outside going 6 for 9 from 3 in a game against Hargrave Military Academy. Brantley is not only the team’s leading scorer so far this season but he comes off the doing it.

Deandre Burnett put on one the best shooting of the showcase this past weekend going 16 for 19 from the field scoring 40 points. The 6 foot 3 Miami commit was everything but shy about shooting the ball. Burnett will be a good replacement when Durand Scott and Trey McKinney Jones graduated this year.


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McCullough Tells Teammate To Save A Spot For Him

Just days after his Brewster Academy(NH) teammate Ron Patterson gave a verbal pledge to Syracuse University; Chris McCullough felt it was right to only do the same. McCullough is a Bronx, NY native who is regarded as one of the top 10 players in the class of 2014; McCullough on Monday evening became the latest New England prep player to come off the board when the 6’10 hybrid forward gave the Orangemen a verbal pledge.

In today’s game, big men shoot the 3-point shot, operate in space, and develop guard-like skills sometimes before post moves. McCullough shows flashes of all these skills and has just as much upside as anybody regardless of class.

“Syracuse showed the most love,” said McCullough on his early decision to commit.

McCullough becomes the 5th Brewster academy player to commit and Syracuse first verbal pledge in the 2014 recruiting class.


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Patterson Heads Upstate

Ron Patterson, a 6-3 guard originally a part of a 2012 Indiana recruiting class that called themselves the Fab 5, has given a verbal pledge to Syracuse University.

Best known for his defense, Patterson is an athletic freak that will torch you from the perimeter with his smooth stroke and pull up game. Ron has a near 7 foot wingspan, which makes Brewster Academy guard a perfect fit in the Orangemen zone defense.

Ron Patterson is the second Brewster Academy player in recent years to take his talents to Syracuse. Sophomore wing forward CJ Fair is a Brewster alum and current Orangemen starter.

Syracuse is very much involved in the recruitment of top 10 class of 2013 prospect Noah Vonleh. Vonleh was set to visit Syracuse this past weekend but decided to reschedule the visit for a later date.