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Jordan Brand Classic 2013 New England

 

           For the second year in a row HDM was on hand to catch The 2013 Jordan Brand Classic, which turned out to be bigger and better this year.  The event which took place at the New Barclay Center in Brooklyn, New York, turned out to be a star studded event with the likes of a few New York Knicks (Melo, Jr Smith, and Amare Stoudemire), Spike Lee, Drake and of course his airness himself Michael Jordan among others. 

In between the celebrity sightings and Jordan dancers we were able to watch two great games, both regional and national that consisted of some of New England’s top prep players.  In the regional game we saw Putnam Science guard Dayson Smith wow the crowd with great plays for his self and others drawing lots of Oooo’s and Ahhh’s from the Brooklyn Crowd. Smith finished with a nice stat line of 11pts 11ast and 6rebs kids a natural play maker.  Playing in the regional game was also Brewster’s Kyle Washington( 12pts 9reb), South Kents Shane Rector (12pts 8ast), and Vermont Academy’s Richard Williams( 4pts 8reb).  All 3 players also made crowd-pleasing plays and represented the NEPSAC very well.

            In the National game representing for New England was Jayhawks Wayne Selden, Hoosier’s Noah Vonleh, and Memphis Tiger Kuran Iverson. 

After the festivities we caught up with Vonleh and Selden, who gave us some insight into what this opportunity meant for them and what their plans were for after graduation.

“It was an honor to come through here and play with all the great players that has come here and Michael Jordan himself.  I’m just thankful for the opportunity. It was just great, great feeling playing stuff like that it was just an all around great time,” states Selden.

Vonleh shared the same sentiments as Selden, but went on to say that being able to play against the best “going hard every day in practice,” Getting better being able to take that back home, was the biggest opportunity he took away from this experience.

As for the summer plans Wayne will continue to workout and push him self to get better. “Lifting workout and just getting ready for school“ say’s Noah.


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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.