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Brantely Chooses Maryland

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Former Notre Dame Prep guard Jaylen Brantley has officially made a verbal commitment to play basketball next season for The University of Maryland.

Brantley attended Marshall University last season but was forced to sit out his freshman year by the NCAA who deemed him academically ineligible. Jaylen then transferred to Odessa Junior College in Texas where he will finish out this academic year.

On why Brantley chose the Terps, “I just felt that it was the perfect place for me. The coaches are so invested in getting the players better every year which will help me to reach my goals.”

The former BABC standout is a play making guard. Once known as mainly a three point shooter, Jaylen heading into his senior year of high school was able to show his play making ability off the dribble, scoring with ease or finding teammates. Jaylen feels that with Maryland, he should be able to play a major role, contributing to the team as much as he can.

Brantley now has a chance to join his former BABC teammate Jake Layman who he won a couple national championships with. He also joins Georgia Tech transfer Robert Carter for the 2015-16 season.

 


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Sneaker Watch

This week’s player sneaker watch comes from New England prep prospects who hit us with some flare.

Jaylen Brantley spotted in a pair of Pink Foamposites; Andrew Simpson gave something old mixed with new sporting a pair of Air Jordan 4 retro “Thunder”; Wayne Selden gave us funk with a pair of Zoom KD 5  “Christmas”.

                                                                                                          Wayne Selden Zoom KD 5  “Christmas”

 

Jaylen Brantley Pink Foamposites

Andrew Simpson Air Jordan 4 retro “Thunder”


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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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Prep Vs Public

Prep vs. Public while this will be forever a topic of discussion, both have their pros and cons.  We talked with several prep players who spoke about the deference and how they felt going from one school to the other.


Public School is just that Public its usually the school in your town in which you attend free of charge.  In some cases public school districts have great academic curriculums, but the flip side they can have poor curriculums as well.  Public schools teachers union contracts protect them from certain things such has staying to help a student after school who don’t understand the class work.

As an athlete its great to play in front of family and friends who have seen you become the star player that you have become.  But lets be honest you can count on your hands how many scholarship basketball players in the last 6-7 years that went to any BCS school.

 

Prep schools, usually private, designed to prepare students for a college or university education.  Prep schools cost usually range around 40k – 50k a year.  Educational wise public isn’t even close; teachers usually live in the same dorm as the students, each prep school that I have been in contact with has mandatory study hall every night where the wifi is shut off and students have to complete assigned course work.

This alone prepares you for college, waking up on your own, doing your own laundry all helps students mature in a prep school environment.

Now lets talk basketball, if you’re a high school basketball prospect with dreams of going to the NBA yes NBA we all had them until reality struck and we where only 5’9” as a sophomore in high school.  If you haven’t attended a game you don’t know what you are missing, high level basketball that would put MIAA to shame.  I will go on record of saying a AAA or AA school would mercy rules the majority of MIAA schools if not all.

 

Wayne Selden 2013 top 25 prospects in the country was once a public school star who left for Tilton School a prep school located in (NH) says

“I left because I wanted to put myself in better position for college, academically and athletically, public school could not provide that”

 

 

 

Jared Terrell 2014 top 25 prospects was once at Weymouth High School who was given the keys to the town, “I felt like I already dominated at the MIAA level.  I felt my game would not have progressed playing against MIAA competition.  Prep school has some of the best players in the world, I played against someone going Division one every night as well as in practice”

 

 

 

Jaylen Brantley 2013 top 100 guard “Better opportunity to reach my goal of playing division one basketball, also my coaches in public weren’t helping me reach that goal basketball wise or academically”

 

 

Hoop Dreams Magazine covers both Public as well as Prep school basketball.  We can count on one hand how many division one coaches we have seen at a public school game this past season.  Prep school is just what it says, prep you for college, its not for everyone. The MIAA makes it easy by not allowing coaches to work with their players earlier in the season, where prep schools start working out as soon as the player drops his or her bags at their dorms after orientation.

There are some great public school coaches who actually do their jobs and help players get to the level they can play at, but unfortunately the bad out weigh the good by hundreds.

If your child can attend a private school for little to no money and you don’t send him/her, shame on you.


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National Prep Showcase: All Tournament Teams

As we wrap up the National Prep Showcase we bring to you the All Tournament Teams by class.

All Tournament Team 2012

Semaj Christon 6’2″ (Brewster Academy) Xavier  – One of the best point guards in the class, scores in so many ways, when jump-shot develops will have a chance to make a living from distributing the pig skin.

NPS: Showed that he belongs in the conversation as one of the top five point guards in the class.

 

Ricardo Ledo 6’6″ (South Kent CT) Providence  – One of Americas premier scores, shoots the ball out to the NBA three-point arc, and finishes above the rim like a future NBA player would.  hard to believe that there are twenty one people in America better then Ledo.

NPS: the fire department was called on day 1 of the showcase from Ledo going off for 37 points

JaKarr Sampson 6’8″ (Brewster Academy) – Athletic as they come, finishes well in transition, if you don’t box out he will reward you with a poster.  with developing jump – shot Sampson has a chance to play after college.

NPS: Made several highlight plays, knocked down the improved jumper.

 

TJ Warren 6’8″ (Brewster Academy) NC State – Doesn’t pass the athletic test, noor the look test, but don’t be fooled he passes the production test and that’s all that matters.  Scores with the best of them, time and time again.

NPS: Scored at will, and showed flashes of his off-season conditioning with coach Josh and the vertimax.

 

Montrezl Harrell 6’8″ (Hargrave Military Academy) Virginia Tech – A complete monster, plays with passion in the paint, isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty and do all the little things in order to get the team win.

NPS: Proved to be a player that can help VT as soon as he steps on campus.

 

 

                          Honorable Mention

Mitch McGary 6’10” (Brewster Academy) – didn’t produce as he usually does, but his rebounding and energy where never in question.

Myles Davis 6’3″ (Notre Dame Prep) – One of the better shooters in the class, Xavier got another steal.

Sam Cassell Jr. 6’4″ (Notre Dame Prep) – Shot the ball extremely well, has a knack for scoring

Ethan O’Day 6’9″ (Northfield Mount Hermon) – Was near perfect this weekend, Vermont got a steal

Mike Tobey 6’11” (Blair Academy) – Scored with every post move there was, left or right it didn’t matter

 

All Tournament Team: 2013

Jaylen Brantley 5’10” (Wilberham & Monson) – A true coach on the floor, as well as a bull eyes shooter, Brantley can control a team and make sure all teammates get involved.

NPS: ran the show for coach Sparks, mixed it up with a variety of moves and jumpers.

 

Chris Thomas 6’5″ (South Kent)- A scoring guard who can score with the best of them, can mix it up with the long ball or finish at the rim.

NPS: Scored the ball as he always does on day 2, seems like him and Ledo switched roles on day 2.

 

Nerlens Noel 6’9″ (Tilton School) – The eraser has added a demotions to his game, dribble moves from the perimeter to the basket.  Also developing his mid range jump shot, has NBA timing when blocking shots.

NPS: Showed his versatility by putting the ball to the floor from the wing and finished with both hands.

 

Goodluck Okonobh 6’8″ (Tilton School) – One of the better shot blockers in the class, Had nice low post moves and can hit the fifth-teen foot jump shot.

NPS: Finished above the rim in transition, controlled the paint like a corrections officer.

 

Dominic Woodson 6’10″(Vermont Academy) – Can stretch the defence out with his perimeter skill set, can also get his hands dirty in the low post.

NPS: Showed why he is on top of the recruiting board, can take slower bigs out to the top of the key and shoot it.

 

 

All Tournament Team: 2014

Johnnie Vassar 6’0  (La Lumiere School) – Quick guard who is very athletic, a great on ball defender

NPS: Played with great poise and under control, shoot the ball well

 

 

Jared Terrell 6’3″ (New Hampton) – A flat out scorer who attacks the basket, as good as anyone in his class.

NPS: Showcased his point guard skills, and showed that he belonged in the conversation of top players in the class.

 

Wayne Selden 6’5″ (Tilton School) – Explosive as they come, improved on his outside shot.

NPS: Didn’t score much, but we all know what he is capable of, his presence was felt.

 

Noah Vonleh 6’7″  (New Hampton) – Can score inside and outside, and rebounds like he is in college already.

NPS: Dennis Rodman like, Vonleh’s long term potential is scary, with his size and skill,  the sky is the limit.

 

Johnathon Wilkins  6’10” (La Lumiere School) – Remember the name will be a big time player, great shot blocking abilities.

NPS: Changed shoots and started the break from his defensive energy.

 

 


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Jaylen “Sharp Shooter” Brantley: My Georgetown Visit

Georgetown was great, the coaches were fantastic to me, coach Thompson is a really nice coach and his staff is great to.  The players work hard and that’s what I like to see in a potential school I might be at.  But the players were great also showing me around and giving me the scoop on the school.  The facilites were wonderful, I have no time frame and juts one more visit before school starts and that’s to University of Virginia, Nov 11th.

 My journey back home was the worst experience of my life,  I had a 5 hour lay over in new york because of the weather, then another 4 hour lay over in Hartford.  My train left DC at 4 pm staurday I didn’t get home till 930 this morning.  But on that note Georgetown was great, until next time keep Hoop Dream

– Jaylen