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Philmon Gebrehiwet reclassifying into 2018

Expressions Elite announced on Wednesday Philmon Gebrehiwet will be transferring from New Mission High School in Massachusetts to The Holderness School and reclassifying to 2018 in the process.

Gebrehiwet is a six-foot-seven wing that adds to an already talented young core in the rising junior class with Sukhmail Mathon, and senior Thomas Jackson.

Gebrehiwet is a long wing with the ability to play at the highest level, Gebrehiwet played with Expressions Elite this season making a name for himself on the national level while playing amongst the best grassroots talent in the country EYBL.  Expressions Elite was one of Nike’s only 16u teams that participated in each all of Nike’s sessions.  Gebrehiwet was selected to participate in the national invitational Nike Top 100 camp, after great reviews he now has the attention of national media outlets.

Philmon currently holds offers from Creighton, and UMASS for the class of 2017, look for him to jump into the national spotlight while in the class of 2018.

 


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Baris Ulker “Smooth”

2016 Baris Ulker 6’8” attends Winchendon School (MA) the do it all forward is relatively unknown to the masses of the college world, due to him participating with the Turkey national team during all live period events.

Ulker is one of the most skilled forward in his class, vision, size, length and a high IQ sums up what Ulker brings to the table.

“During the evaluation period I’m looking forward to staying in the U.S. the year and participating in the EYBL with Expressions Elite”.

Choosing to play for the Turkey national team was a hard decision for Ulker and his family; the reward was that he helped his country place 7th place during the European championship.

After seeing Ulker over a dozen times, I can go on record stating that he has the skill and IQ of a player far past his grade level. He will be a big time target when colleges see how skilled he is, he has the skill to be a secondary ball handler at 6’8’.

“Playing in Turkey helped me understand how to play like a point guard, it made me a better passer and better leader”

Winchendon plays at the 2015 Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic Jan 10-11, 2015 at Bunker Hill Community College and all eyes will be on Ulker & Co. to show that they have what it takes as a program to compete at the highest level against some of the best in the NEPSAC. – See more at:

 

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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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Abdul Malik Abu & Jared Terrell Press Conference

Two of Americas top 100 players on every 2014 national rankings, will announce their respected schools in a joint press conference Saturday September 7, 2013 3pm at the Reggie Lewis Center 1350 Tremont St Boston, MA.

Abdul Malik Abu is down to Providence, NC State, Florida, and UCONN.  Abu has yet to give any indication that he has a leader.

Jared Terrell is down to Cincinnati, Oklahoma State, URI, and Providence.  Terrell has yet to give any indication that he has a leader.

The pair have both made headlines this year playing for Expressions Elite in Nike’s EYBL circuit.  They where rumored to be a package deal, and have gone on record stating that they would possibly attend college together.

All media outlets are welcomed to attend the joint press conference. The event is free of charge and is expected to be a packed house of supporters from the whole community. We at HoopDreamsMagazine will be on hand to witness where the two will be next fall.

 


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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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Jared Terrell Is Taking His Game To New Heights

Jared Terrell is 6’3 combo guard that attends Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH. Terrell has really taken a step forward in his game with an improved outside shot and ability to create his own shot off the dribble. Terrell, most comfortable as a combo guard is making strides in attempting to play the lead guard role. Known for his scoring and smothering defense, Terrell over the summer has learned to use his size and strength to over power defenders when attacking the basket. Terrell continues to grow as a player everytime he steps onto the court


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ESPN Top 50 Prospect Abdul Malik-Abu Summer Mixtape

Abdul Malik-Abu is a 6’8 forward that attends Kimball Union Academy  in New Hampshire. Malik-Abu is one of the most highly recruited players in the Northeast. Malik-Abu will look to carry this momentum into the prep season. The sky is the limit for this class of 2014 prospect who has developed a face up game. With over 30 + offers look for this young man to jump in the rankings. Thomas Robinson 2.o


Akosa Maduegbunam Earns MVP Honors at the Powerade Hardtop Challenge

Akosa Maduegbunams is a Penn St. Freshmen from the city of Boston, Ma. Maduegbunam played his last games at the Powerade Blacktop challenge before officially suiting up for the Nittany Lions. Alissa earned himself MVP honors of the tournament with electrifying plays above the rim and a smooth jump shot. We wish Akosa the best of luck this season.


Abdul Malik-Abu Hoops Diary Report

Abdul Malik-Abu along with a number of teammates are on the road for a number of unofficial visits to Temple and Maryland. Abu and his Expressions teammates just wrapped up their visit to College Park, MD and had this to say about the Terps.

“Myself, Jared Terrell, Alec Brennan, Juwan Gooding along with the Director and Owner of Expressions Elite Todd Quarles, and my AAU Coach Tyron Boswell,” Abu tells HDM. “We arrived to campus and meet with Coach Tergeon, and Spinelli along with the rest of the staff”

 “We sat down and talked about Maryland and the tradition of the program, coach Tergeon showed us the one different uniform that the team would wear during the year.”

 “Our tour was great we walked onto the floor and my heart stopped as I pictured myself making a game winning basket with a packed house.   The gym is on campus which is great for the school compradorey. “

  ”Maryland will be one of the schools that will be on my final list, the coaches are great and I like the direction the program is heading in” 

 “Myself, and my teammates along with a few of the Maryland players walked the strip after we had dinner and the town and state has a great college fell” 

 Thank you University of Maryland coaches. 

 

 Overtime: reactions from Alec Brennan and Juwan Gooding about Maryland.

 Alec “They have a great system that fits my style of play; they allow the big men to shoot and put the ball to the floor.  I like that haha”

 Juwan ” this is a like a dream school I have never seen anything like this before”