Battle Of The States Mass vs Rhode Island

Battles are made to be won, Expressions Stores has done something that not many have been able to pull off.  2015 Expressions High School Showcase Two states Massachusetts vs. Rhode Island, Saturday December 12, 2015 Boston Ma. #BOTS

4:30pm Tech Boston (MA) vs. Classical High School (RI)

The event tips off Saturday afternoon Tech Boston (MA) takes on Classical High School (RI) Tech Boston’s Shamar Moore Sophomore Comb Guard with good range who can score the ball inside and out. Known for his defense he will be a go to guy for Tech Boston. Tristan Perry Senior forward has the tools to league his team to a victory, makes shoots and plays to win.

Classical High School (RI) will be lead by David Dukes the shifty guard is one of Rhode Island’s best prospects, athletic, and can score it with ease. Junior forward Jamari Johnson brings energy on both ends of the floor. Johnson known for finishing above the rim will look to hold the middle down.

6:00pm Cathedral High School (MA) vs. Bishop Hendricken (RI)

Cathedral High School (MA) made a state championship all the way to TD Bank last year they return hungrier as they return top scores Junior Trevor Lynch sharp shooting Sophomore Moses Flowers and Sophomore Julian Howell who is one of the states best defenders.

Bishop Hendricken (RI) has been one of the states most premier schools, lost last year in the state quarterfinals, last won the state championship 2014. They return Junior guard Justin Mazulla who holds a Boston College offer, the south-par has the total package, makes shots, gets to the rim and can finish with the best of them. Sophomore Preston Santos one of the states best prospects regardless of grade. Santos is a big time scorer, long, athletic and frequently plays above the rim.

7:30pm New Mission High School (MA) vs. La Salle Academy (RI)

 New Mission High School fell short of their goal last year, which was to win a state title. They return a bulk of the talent and have added a few new pieces. Tyrique Lee has returned for his senior year, and looking to get back to the State Championship as he did in 2014, Charles and Charlie Mitchell will spear head the New Mission chaos, the twins bring electricity every time they step on the court. Darion Jordan-Thomas is looking to have a breakout season, great motor with mixed with a great deal of upside. With the addition of Isaiah Laurent the athletic wing, look for New Mission to be one of the stats favorite teams.

La Salle Academy (RI) won the division one state championship last year as well as the RI Open State tournament championship. The return senior point guard Lawrence Sabir first team all state last season helping La Salle win the D1 title as well as the RI Open State Tourney. Strong, athletic guard that has exceptional speed. Senior Mike McCourt wing, tough, fierce competitor. 2nd team all division 1 last season. Has three point range, rebounds well, can run the floor hard and finish in traffic.  Jimmy Pare senior sharp shooter. Tough physical guard with a nice shooting touch. Plays hard at both end of the floor, and is a two-year starter.


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Jared Wilson Frame transfers to Believe Prep Academy

When you think of the word production from a basketball standpoint a few names come to mind, Jared Wilson-Frame is a name that produces night in and night out.

Wilson-Frame a resident of Connecticut who attended Windsor High School for the past three years, will transfer to Believe Prep Academy (SC) and will now become a member of the class of 2015.

During the summer Wilson-Frame ran with Expressions Elite (MA) and was one of focal point during the EYBL circuit.  Wilson-Frame earned scholarship offers from Rutgers, Providence, URI, and a host of others.

Look for coach Tyson Waterman to take Wilson-Frame to new heights.


Abu, Terrell narrow there list to four

Expressions Elite teammates have cut their list of schools to four.

Abdul Malik Abu Kimball Union Academy (NH) one of the best Power forwards in the country has cut his list to four schools, Providence, UConn, Florida, and N.C. State.  

Taken off the list were St. John’s, UCLA, Iowa State, Miami, Kentucky and Kansas State.

Abu states “I want to attend a school that is the best fit, as well as the best place that will develop me as a player and a young man”

“I called all the schools that did not make my final list and told them I really appreciate there effort and thank them for recruiting me” says Abu

Jared Terrell of Brewster Academy (NH), one of the top combo guards in the country has cut his list to four schools as well, Providence, Cincinnati, Oklahoma State, and URI.

Taken off the list were, Florida, UConn, UCLA, Miami, St. John’s and Xavier.

Terrell states “This is one of the biggest decisions of my life, I plan to make the right choice, so I’m able to continue my career after college”

“Informing the schools that did’t make the list was hard, I have built relationships with them.  But I wanted to inform them out of respect” says Terrell.

The two have one school in common, Providence. Ed Cooley PC head coach has been recruiting the duo for the past two years.  They have gone on record stating that they would like to attend school together, but would do whats best for themselves.  Both have spoke about committing on the same day at a press conference, no date has been set as of yet.  Both will visit Providence College August 10, 2013, before the elite camp

In there own words:

Jared Terrell 

Providence: Have a good relationship with the staff, their style of play fits what I like to do.

Cincinnati: Great relationship with coach Savino, I like how they developed Sean Kilpatrick

Oklahoma State: I like the system and how they were able to develop Marcus Smart, staff is great

URI: Great fit overall, I would be the focal point and their players get better. Staff is great.


Abdul Malik Abu 

Providence: I will play right away, close to home and my family would be able to see me play, great staff

Florida: Their bigs get better, great coaching staff who are proven that they can develop bigs.

N.C. State: Best league in the country, I will play right away, their system fits my style of play, great staff.

UCONN: Great history of producing pros, I will play right away, close to home, great staff


Battle Of The City #BostonStrong

Boston is the capital of the state of Massachusetts, Nike has two sponsored programs within the city of Boston., BABC & Expressions Elite

BABC has been the cream of the crop dating back to 1977 as the program was founded by Head Coach Leo Papile.  The BABC program has a history of winning at the highest level, and doing it on big stages. 

Expressions Elite was founded in 2008 by Todd Quarles, who also owns 30 Clothing & sneaker stores throughout New England. Expressions Elite has taken the circuit by storm, and has been able to have early success with their program from grades 4th-11th. 

Both teams will meet against each other today during the final stop of Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League #EYBL.  This game will take place in Minneapolis, MN on Friday 10pm EST, both teams will represented the city of Boston.

Good luck to both teams, may the best team win.

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Nike EYBL The Inside Scoop

We decided to give our readers an inside break down of the most talked about AAU circuit the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League.  Nike sponsors (40) teams throughout the USA which includes one team from Canada, the perks are priceless all players receive a custom pair of Nike EYBL sneakers along with EYBL uniforms and an assortment of other gear.

The world of pool play doesn’t exist on the Nike circuit; there are no started programs who frequently get mercy ruled.  This is high-level basketball at its best; out of the top 60 players (ESPN) for the class of 2014 over 42 of them play for an EYBL team, that’s 70% of the top players in the country.

Nike sponsors each of the 40 teams that fly into the four different locations to participate in there league, Los Angeles, Virginia, Texas and Minnesota, followed by the top 25 teams that will be selected to play in the Peach Jam.

I don’t think outsiders understand how great this league is, the league keeps stats each game such as Points Per Game, FG Percentage, 3-Point Percentage, Free Throw Percentage, Offensive Rebounds, Defensive Rebounds, Blocks, Steals, Minutes, and Assists just to name a few.  From 2011 -2015 the #1 player in the class has played with a Nike team.

This is your ultimate league that every college coach would love to evaluate prospects in the college setting with a 30 second shot clock along with three referee.  To top it all off, teams film each other and break down film to learn plays as well as tendencies of the team.

This is a quick glance of what players will encounter once they reach the collegiate level.

Rene Castro: Worcester Academy (Butler) “It was fun playing against the best competition all the time, it helped me become a better player”

That’s what the EYBL is famous for, having the best players in the country all competing against each other.  If you want to be the best, you should play against the best.

Jaylen Brantley: Notre Dame Prep (Marshall) “EYBL was great, every game you’re playing against the best players in the country so you have to bring you’re a game.  The experience of being able to travel around the country to play basketball in front of coaches to help your future “

Kamali Bey Wilbraham & Monson (Assumption College) has played on both circuits Nike & Adidas when asked how he would compare the two his response was “ I thought the Nike circuit was more competitive, every team has a stud on it, its like the BIG EAST compared to the A-10”

Which circuit would you say benefited most from “The EYBL with out a doubt, the organization of it, competition and everything was just better “

KJ Baptiste: Brimmer & May School (Brandies University) has played on both circuits, “Playing in the EYBL was playing in a much different level of basketball. Every game you play in is as competitive as a championship game. In my opinion I believe the EYBL is the toughest AAU circuit to be successful in because every game you play no matter what place the team is in your playing, they could beat you”

One high major head coach “ The advantage of playing in the EYBL we are able to evaluate the players while they are fresh, you only play two games a day so you are at your best each time you step on the court. “

The amount of coaches that attend the different sessions are amazing, head coach after head coach are all front and center to watch what Nike has done to the circuit.  Created its on lane of Elite basketball.


Episode 3: Road to the Peach Jam ‘DALLAS’

Episode 2: Road to the Peach Jam ‘Hampton’

Episode 1: Road to the Peach Jam ‘Los Angeles’

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Expressions Elite Takes EYBL By Storm

Newly sponsored NIKE team Expressions Elite made a name for themselves while in Los Angeles, CA for the first session of EYBL. The Expressions Elite opened up with a 67-43 victory over NIKE TEAM LOUISIANA, Jared Terell and Abdul-Malik Abu who combined for 31 points. Abu received rave reviews from media outlets who were seeing the workhorse for the first time. Expressions also got a big contribution from ’14 Dimitri Floras. Floras played the role of a facilitator who had an impressive stat line of 8 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assist.

Expressions marched on to the beat of a 4-0 finish that saw wins over defending EYBL champs Oakland Soldiers, Arkansas Wings and Indy Spiece. A well balanced attack throughout the weekend from ’15 Jared Wilson-Frame and ’15 Aron Falzon was a piece to why Expressions were able to finish 4-0. With Wilson-Frame ability to attack the basket and Falzons outside shooting there was no real answer to stop this streaking team. Combined the duo averaged 22ppg to form an inside-out offensive fire power.

BABC also took the stage this weekend in LA and ran the table to a 4-0 start behind the strong interior play from ’14 Bonzie Colson. Colson shot over 50% from the field averaging 18 points and 9 rebounds per game. From BABC we also saw one the best shooting displays from outside of any prospect over the weekend as red hot ’14 Tyler Nelson shot 45% from deep including a buzzer beater win over Bluff City Legends. Nelson’s shooting comes to surprise from the media outlets that follow his game in New England but he caught the attention of those in LA. The point guard play of ‘15 Johnny Joseph could not go unnoticed as the 5’9 general ran the offense with a 7:2 assist to turnover ratio throughout 4 games. The improvement in Joseph’s ability to slow the game down is something new and it works for the wiry pass first point guard but it works.

Chris McCullough (Brestwer Academy,NH) of Team Scan and Kevin Zabo (Brewster Academy, NH) of CIA Bounce also played well in LA. McCullough shot well from the field and often lead the scoring attack. Playing the role of the lead guard for CIA Bounce this year with the departure of phenom Andrew Wiggins and Zabo did what he could to fill that void.