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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.

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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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Hoop Mountain Prep Classic 2012

This past weekend Hoop Dreams Magazine was on hand to catch one of New England’s best ran tournaments in Hoop Mountain’s Prep Classic. At National Prep Showcase we got a chance to see most of the elite prep programs for the first time from the NEPSAC’s AAA, AA, and Independent class. The NPS gave us everything we wanted to see, except the only thing missing was AA power’s St. Andrews, Worcester Academy, and Cushing Academy which we finally got to see at the HMPC. We are going to highlight all of the top performances we witnessed from this great event which took place last weekend.

We begin this article with arguably the top performer this weekend Rene Castro. Game one Worcester Academy had a very slow start beginning the game without Castro. Once off the bench Castro helped ignite Worcester intensity, before exploding scoring 14 of his 18 points all in the second half to help lead Worcester Academy to a victory over South Kent. In the same game Xavier commit Kamall Richards did all he could also scoring 15 of his 25 points in the second half in the loss.

In his second game of the tournament Castro turned out one of his best performances in front of his future Butler Coach Brad Stevens, scoring 32 points. It seemed as if the Brewster guards had no answer for him, as he was able to score both in and outside of the lane. Unfortunately Worcester came up short in a very close game which came down to a big basket by Kevin Zabo and continued with great play from junior forward Chris McCullough who finished with 17.

Day one of the event gave us our first look at the new three headed monster of Kaleb Joseph, Jalen Adams, and Andrew Chrabascz for Cushing Academy. In Cushing’s first win of the season over Marianapolis 2014 guard Jalen adams in his prep debut finished with 13pts, while seasoned vet Joseph chipped in 15. Butler commit Andrew Chrabascz finished with a game high 22pts, 15 rebounds in sheer dominance of the paint against Marianapolis. In the loss, the biggest surprise came from former Attleboro High School star guard Steve Edmonds finishing with 20 points. Edmonds scored all 20 of his points in the second half, off of 4 big 3’s, two mid range field goals and four free throws.

Game two for Cushing was more of the same in a big statement win over fellow AA power Wilbraham and Monson. Chrabascz also now playing in front of his future coach Brad Stevens continued his dominance on the inside as he more than held his own against WMA big men D’Jery Baptiste and Goodluck Okonoboh. The backcourt of Adams and Joseph played great, but it felt like this game belonged to Joseph. His 18 point game felt like a 30 point performance as he was dominant. Joseph’s game seemed to mature a lot as he now knows how to effectively use his speed to score and set up a teammate for an easy bucket. The one bright spot for Wilbraham in this one, was the poise and performance of young guard Mustapha Heron who seemed liked he wanted to be the guy to bring his team back for a win.

Other Notable Performances

Henry Bolton scores his 1000th point. Congratulations from us at HDM

Charles Foster carries over scoring onslaught from NPS, as he scored 28 points in a win vs Brimmer and May. Then he goes on to score 18 in a win over Monte Clare.

Daquein McNeil scores 27 points in a losing effort in close one with New Hampton.

Wayne Selden scores 27 points to help lead his team into victory against Bridgton Academy.

Jaylen Brantley 24 points in ND Prep’s first game of the tournament vs REDA (Can).

In a win against ND Prep, Putnam Science Jemal Mosley scores 25 while Dayshon Smith scored 23 points and dished out 10 dimes.


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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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Brewster Academy “Prep Profile “

Coach Jason Smith and Brewster Academy are looking to defend their 2012 National Prep Title. Coach smith brings in a younger core of guys compared to last years older, more experienced group.

The Bobcats have some of the most versatile frontline players in New England, if not the country. With a recent commitment to NC State, Kyle Washington is a 6’10 post player with a variety of moves that will give defenders fits. Washington can play three different positions on the floor, with his ability to put the ball, knock down the 17ft jump shot and a throwback, back to the basket game.Elijah Macon(West Virginia commit)brings strength and toughness to this young Bobcats team. The athletic big man, Macon has aback to the basket game and a face up game that can draw his defender from the basket that creates easier post plays for his counterparts. Macon cleans up nice on the glass,always wanting to after it on every possession.Chris McCullough is the younger of the frontline who will benefit on getting by having to go up against Macon and Washington in practice. McCullough is a lean face up player that will utilize his time with Washington and Macon to develop a back to the basket game, and build up toughness.

Leadership on this team will come from veteran wing player John Edwards, who will be the glue guy that brings experience as a member of last years title team. Edwards who will be a captain to lead this young group has since his recruitment jump up a bit now that he has started to develop a perimeter jump shot.

A nice mix up of players at the guard position makes Brewster a very deep team. Starting with Canadian lead guard Kevin Zabo, a transfer who knows how to take care of the ball and looks to run a team before personal trying to go for his own personal stats. Jared Terrell a combo guard, who is also transfer will be a scoring option as well look to see time running the point. Terrell is a stocky guard that uses his strength to attack the basket and has a nice stroke from outside. Former Indiana commit Ron Patterson is so quick off that first step it’s hard to keep up with his combination of strength and speed. Patterson is an athletic freak that will torch you from the perimeter with his smooth stroke and pull up game. Patterson will WOW you with his acrobatic finishes going to the basket. Martez Harrison is a relatively unkown speedy guard that will be a spark off the bench.

Patrick Wallace, Zuri Pavlin, Rudolf Arnicanis and Alex Hall will crack the rotation and contribute to Brewster Academy’s title run.

 


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Chris McCullough Chooses Brewster Academy

Looks like Brewster Academy will be adding another piece to the puzzle; Chris McCullough is the latest prospect to inform us that he will be attending Brewster Academy for the upcoming school year.

McCullough ESPN’s #19th ranked prospect of the class of 2014 helped Salisbury School of Connecticut win a NEPSAC Class A championship last year, as he took over the championship game providing inside and outside scoring.

Just last week we informed you that 2014 Jared Terrell would be transferring to Brewster, now McCullough.  Brewster Head Coach Jason Smith must have Kentucky coach John Calipari blood running through his veins, he attracts high major talent.

Along with Chris McCullough, Brewster will boast 2014 Jared Terrell #27 Scout, 2014 PG Kevin Zabo #65 Rivals, 2013 PF Kyle Washington #120 Rivals, Elijah Macon 2013 PF who is committed to West Virginia.


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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