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.


Richards Picks The Musketeers

Kamall Richards, a 6’6 forward from South Kent School (CT) has chosen Xavier over URI, St. Joe’s, Seton Hall, Providence, Penn St and Temple.

Richards had a breakout spring and summer playing on the AAU circuit playing with We-R-1. Richards is an aggressive scorer with the ability to get on the glass. Richards offensive game is slowly improving and with the guidance of South Kent coach Kelvin Jefferson it should all come together before it’s all said and done.

Kamall Richards is Xavier’s first 2013 commit. Richards will be joining a Musketeer team with New England as Myles Davis (ND prep), Jalen Reynolds and Semaj Christon (Brewster Academy), and James Farr (MCI) are all currently freshmen.


A Pair of Tri State Players Are Headed To South Kent

Shane Rector a 6’0 floor general will be leaving St. Raymond’s HS in the Bronx, NY and will transfer to South Kent School in Connecticut.

This decision comes 3 weeks after St. Ray’s announced the hiring of longtime assistant Jorge Lopez for head coaching job, replacing Oliver Antigua, who is now an assistant at Manhattan.

Rector was a 2 year starter for St. Raymond’s, and help lead the Ravens to a Catholic High School Athletic Association “AA” championship last season.

Rector currently holds offers from Providence, UMass, Hofstra and Dayton and said he’d received interest from SMU, Pitt, Iowa State, N.C. State, Florida State, Stanford and Oklahoma.

Rector will also be joined in the backcourt with 6’5 wing, New Jersey native, Kamal Richards. Richards spent last season playing for St. Benedicts Prep (NJ). A High Major Player with a handful of high major offers


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