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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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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


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Abu and Terrell Cut List To 10

Abdul-Malik Abu and Jared Terrell of Expressions Elite both cut their lists on Thursday to ten schools.

Terrell a 6-foot-3 guard at Brewster Academy listed Cincinnati, Florida, Miami, Oklahoma State, UCONN, St. John’s, UCLA, Providence, Rhode Island and Xavier.

Abu a 6-foot-8 forward lists N.C. State, UConn, Iowa State, St. John’s, Miami, Kentucky, Kansas State, Florida, UCLA and Providence.

The two friends off the court have publicly stated that playing together in college is a possibility. The duo lists six of the same schools who could potentially land them as a package deal. Among the six schools are UConn, Providence, UCLA, Florida, Miami and St. John’s.

The two prospects know at the end of the day if one has to depart from the other and choose one of the other four then that’s what’s has to happen. One of the other four on Abu’s list is Iowa St. who was the first school to offer the big man as a rising sophomore. For Terrell Cincinnati was one of the first to offer as a rising soph and remain on his list. Neither is considered favorites for the two but one would have to take notice of the hard work these coaches have put in.

Playing on the Nike EYBL circuit the two AAU teammates have elevated their game into new heights. Those to witness that progress of the two prospects from the 2012-2013 high school season to the end of July live period first hand were coaches from Kansas St., Miami, Florida, St. John’s, Providence, Iowa St, Kansas, URI, Xavier, N.C. State, Cincinnati and UCONN. Kentucky, OK St. and UCLA have come on as of late but the trio of schools has made their case enough to keep the prospects attention and make the list.

ED Cooley (Providence), Kevin Ollie (UCONN), Steve Lavin (St. John’s) and Dan Hurley (URI) have been spotted front and center during the Expressions Elite stop in New Jersey and New York during the last week of July Live Period.

The two prospects have yet to set up any visits but will probably try to plan a number of them before the basketball season starts up during the school year.

 


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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.


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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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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


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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.

 


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”