Jordan Brand Classic 2013 New England


           For the second year in a row HDM was on hand to catch The 2013 Jordan Brand Classic, which turned out to be bigger and better this year.  The event which took place at the New Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York, turned out to be a star studded event with the likes of a few New York Knicks (Melo, Jr Smith, and Amare Stoudemire), Spike Lee, Drake and of course his airness himself Michael Jordan among others. 

In between the celebrity sightings and Jordan dancers we were able to watch two great games, both regional and national that consisted of some of New England’s top prep players.  In the regional game we saw Putnam Science guard Dayson Smith wow the crowd with great plays for his self and others drawing lots of Oooo’s and Ahhh’s from the Brooklyn Crowd. Smith finished with a nice stat line of 11pts 11ast and 6rebs kids a natural play maker.  Playing in the regional game was also Brewster’s Kyle Washington( 12pts 9reb), South Kents Shane Rector (12pts 8ast), and Vermont Academy’s Richard Williams( 4pts 8reb).  All 3 players also made crowd-pleasing plays and represented the NEPSAC very well.

            In the National game representing for New England was Jayhawks Wayne Selden, Hoosier’s Noah Vonleh, and Memphis Tiger Kuran Iverson. 

After the festivities we caught up with Vonleh and Selden, who gave us some insight into what this opportunity meant for them and what their plans were for after graduation.

“It was an honor to come through here and play with all the great players that has come here and Michael Jordan himself.  I’m just thankful for the opportunity. It was just great, great feeling playing stuff like that it was just an all around great time,” states Selden.

Vonleh shared the same sentiments as Selden, but went on to say that being able to play against the best “going hard every day in practice,” Getting better being able to take that back home, was the biggest opportunity he took away from this experience.

As for the summer plans Wayne will continue to workout and push him self to get better. “Lifting workout and just getting ready for school“ say’s Noah.


Dayshon Smith Has Very Much Improved

If there’s any one person I would hate to play a game of HORSE against it would be Putnam Science Academy lead guard Dayshon Smith. Smith has a trickery to his game that always leaves his defenders wondering what in the world is he going to do next. Smith is also a good defender and a very much improved one this season. Half way into the season and Smith is showing us why he’s one of the best in the New England. Be sure to checkout Dayshon Smith and his Putnam science academy team February 9-10, 2013 @ Curry College in Milton, MA


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.


Dayshon Smith’s Flying High To Dayton

Dayshon Smith, a New York native is coming off the board with a recent commitment to the Dayton Flyers. Coming off a big summer evaluation period, Smith saw his recruitment soar to new heights, receiving offers from URI, Illinois, Providence, and Penn St. just to name a few.

Smith is a smooth and silky guard that’s known to put up big numbers and also known as a facilitator. Smith is looking to lead the Putnam Science Mustangs to a National Prep Championship.

“I enjoyed the visit a lot, I felt Dayton was the best choice,” Smith told HDM.
Smith truly believed that it’s where you fit in and not what’s written across the front of the jersey. “It didn’t matter about the big name.”

Dayton’s recruitment doesn’t stop here. With the addition of Smith, the Flyers have also added a recruiter.

“I’m going to recruit Kendall Pollard to come join me and Kyle Davis,” said Smith. “I want to thank God, My family friends, coaches, Rice High School and PSA.”

Smith mentioned to HDM during a preseason workout that his focus is on winning a National Prep Championship this year. With his recruitment out of the way, Smith can now focus on bringing home the Title to PSA

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Road Trip: Putnam Science Academy

Seventh year head coach Tom Espinosa has a unique and diverse group of guys that are more mature and experienced than last year’s team. The Putnam Science Academy coach will look to returning point man Dayshon Smith to be a leader on the floor to his teammates.

Dayshon Smith a New York native, is coming off a big summer evaluation period, that now has high major coaches from Pitt, Providence, Penn St. Just to name a few, making stops in Putnam, Ct. frequently.

Smith is a smooth and silky guard that was known last year to put up big numbers for the Mustangs last season. Now Smith is known as a facilitator, proving to college coaches while playing alongside highly recruited players Kuran Iverson, John Severe and Rich Williams on the circuit that he can do more than just score.

Smith’s supporting cast includes a group of six post-graduates, including four from the state of New York, all of whom project capable of playing important roles this year for Putnam Science.

In the backcourt with Smith, you have 6’1 combo guard Jamel Mosely who is a stocky built guard that likes to take on contact when attacking the basket. Mosely is also a streaky shooter that cannot be left open outside at the 3 point line. A pesky defender that always accepts the challenge of defending bigger guards.

On the wing you have Mairega Clarke a 6’5 player with a smooth stroke and a great handle with the ball. Clarke who was forced to play center last year for his Holy Cross HS team, comes to Putnam as one of the biggest sleepers this year in New England. Clarke also knows how to use his length out on the perimeter to jump into passing lanes and create instant offense off turnovers.

Playing on the wing also is Joel Angus 6’5 wing also from New York who’s at his best when attacking the basket and having also benefit from being able to create his own shot. With an improved jump shot Angus can be a serious threat.

In the front court, Coach will look to John Reutty to anchor his team in the post. Reutty is the teams best rebounder and its up on the glass with put backs. Reutty also has a nice face up game that allows him to be a inside out threat with his ability to knock down the perimeter jumper. Roaming the paint you have Paul Brooks, the lone New England Native on the team. Brooks explained his role on the team as “grabbing all the rebounds and blocking shots”, its always good to have a player on your tram that knows his role. Ugor Hortum is a 6’11 center from Turkey that can spread a offense with his ability to shoot the long range ball. Hortum likes to compare his style of play to Mehmet Okur. Hortum is battling back from a knee injury so he’s still trying to get in shape. Would love to see him develop a post game to solidify himself as a scholarship player.

Don’t expect this 7 man rotation to back down from any opponent. This Putnam Science Academy is a special group looking to make some noise. The teams confidence starts with coach Espinosa who’s willing to go up against any team in any setting.

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Elite75 Stock Risers

This segment of the Elite 75 recap is geared towards thosem players who used this event to boost their confidence going into live period.

Arguably the MIAA top point guards Malik James and Aaron Calixte separated themselves from the other guards as they played the roles of facilitators rather than scorers for their teams. Both players have been known to put up big numbers for their high school teams this past season. In drills James showed a quick first step in 1 on 1 and 2 on 2 drills, blowing past his defender for a lay up. In 5 on 5 matchups James looked to set his teammates up on offense and seemed to control the tempo of the game when the ball was in his hands, even setting up players where he wanted them to be when the ball wasn’t in his hands. Calixte is a power guard with great upper body strength and loves the contact. Calixte is most known to play off the ball but today we saw a improvement in his ball handling skills and a nice pull up jumper from beyond the arc. Calixte’s decision making is what stood out the most on this day. The young guard would force turnovers with his lock down D that would lead to fast break points for his teammates. Both players made the right plays at the right time.

Jeff Spellman and Jacquil Taylor showed why the two lead their Beaver Country Day team to a NEPSAC Class B title this past season. Spellman was deadly shooting the ball from the outside and had his atleticsm on display. The 6’0 guard had one of the top plays of the day when finishing above the rim for a and 1 flush on his opponent. Didn’t see his point guard skills on display but we did see a level of confidence that’s rarely seen from the guard. Jacquil Taylor is a 6’9 center who has good timing on blocking shots which is his best asset right now. Taylor who had a good showing during one on one drills has a variety of post moves on the offensive end. But we’d like to see him move a lot quicker and be commited to the move when going to the basket. Jacquil has a great motor and never takes plays off.

Jared Wilson-Frame was one of the most efficient scorers on the day. Wilson-Frame scorerd in a variety of ways by hitting long range jump shots, cutting to the basket and scoring off the dribble. A great player who will create a serious buzz in the month of july during live period.

Henry Bolton is starting to trust himself as a point guard. Bolton sores at  a high volume and not to many players in the gym can match his combination of strength speed and athleticsm.

Kaleb Joseph and Dimitri Floras are one of the best backcourts in New England on the AAU circuit. Joseph played real well during drills and forced defenders to play him close because when they sagged off him he would knock down the open jumper. Floras is a guard that has been on a tear this AAU season and starting to create a buzz for himself deservingly so. A very confident player from a year ago around this time. Floras lets the game come him and doesn’t over play possessions. A very good heads up guard with a lot of upside.

Qincey McKnight came into the start of the game with the same energy going out. A wing player with good size that runs the floor well in transition had a number of top plays on the day with crisp bounce passes and aslo being able to finish in the lane while absorbing the contact.

Dayshon Smith the New York native is known for his scoring but today we focused on his defense. Smith played great on ball defense and jumped into passing lanes for steals and deflections. Would like to see Smith more vocal on both ends of the floor.

Matt Cimino is a high bred forward who has a great stroke from 15 feet and beyond. For his height standing at a lean 6’9 Cimino needs to be more assertive on defense. But over time and the tough schedule the Rivals have coming up Cimino will be able to turn it up during live period.

Charls Correa was not looked at to be a lead guard on the day but had a good showing during 1 on1 drills. Correa has a quick release on his pull up jumper that goes well with his natural speed. Always seems to be in control and has great recovery speed on defense.

Matt Owens at 6’6 came into the camp as sort of a unknown player but left with the respect of his players. Owens played hard every play and showed great athleticsm finishing above the rim with loud dunks and blocking shots on the opposing end.

Johnnie Joseph a true point guard at heart can really break down a defender with his ball handling. Today Joseph showed a good release on his shot but is at his best when setting up his teammates.

Donte Gittens is another player who came in as sort of a unkown but was getting into the lane at will. Also being able to penetrate through the lane and make the defense collapse and dish to his low post teammamtes repeatedly for the score.

Adrian Oliveira was aggressive in attacking the basket and knocking down jumpers off the pick and roll screen. The best thing Oliveira put on display was how vocal he was as he’s known to be quiet on the court. Had on of the top plays on the day when he dunked on his defender off the dribble. Would like to see him keep up that same intensity going into live period