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Worcester Academy “Prep Profile”

Worcester Academy head coach Jamie Sullivan knows his team is in good hands, when Rene Castro is running the show. Castro when on a scoring binge last season, going on a streak of scoring 30 plus points in 5 straight games. Look for Castro to be more of a facilitator this season with newly added scoring options on the wing. Insert Worcester, Ma native Matt Mobley, who is a 6’2 combo guard post-grad that recently gave a verbal commitment to Central Connecticut State. Mobley is a very aggressive guard with tremendous athleticism that can also see some time at the point. Also on the wing you have Matt Pannagio a 6’3 guard from Florida that can really stroke it from deep and a great play maker in the open floor. Benjamin Mesuda and Devin Williams will also find time at guard spot for the Hilltoppers.

The Hilltoppers Frontline will be orchestrated by returning 6’10 Center Matt Cimino and 6’8 bruiser, Darryl Reynolds. Cimino is coming off a great run on the AAU circuit with Mass Rivals earning high major interest including offers from Virginia, BC and Kansas State. Cimino is versatile, face up post player that can step out and knock down the long range jump shot. Reynolds comes to Worcester, Ma by the way of Philadelphia, Pa and made a name for himself in New England weeks prior to the start of school at the Tufts Prep Shootout. Reynolds physical presence alone is an intimidation factor for those who think about trying to get in his way. Standing at 6’8 with a massive cut frame, Reynolds is a skilled, big man with range on his shot that extends to the 3 point line. Reynolds likes to bang down low, put the ball on the floor to create space, in order to knock down the baseline pull up or jump shot from the elbow. Reynolds and Cimino on the floor together will create matchup problems for opposing big men.

Tyreik McCauley, Thomas Rivard and Samuel Joaquin will also be key contributors in the frontcourt. All three players bring veteran experience to a deep Hilltoppers team.


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Elite75 Stock Risers

This segment of the Elite 75 recap is geared towards thosem players who used this event to boost their confidence going into live period.

Arguably the MIAA top point guards Malik James and Aaron Calixte separated themselves from the other guards as they played the roles of facilitators rather than scorers for their teams. Both players have been known to put up big numbers for their high school teams this past season. In drills James showed a quick first step in 1 on 1 and 2 on 2 drills, blowing past his defender for a lay up. In 5 on 5 matchups James looked to set his teammates up on offense and seemed to control the tempo of the game when the ball was in his hands, even setting up players where he wanted them to be when the ball wasn’t in his hands. Calixte is a power guard with great upper body strength and loves the contact. Calixte is most known to play off the ball but today we saw a improvement in his ball handling skills and a nice pull up jumper from beyond the arc. Calixte’s decision making is what stood out the most on this day. The young guard would force turnovers with his lock down D that would lead to fast break points for his teammates. Both players made the right plays at the right time.

Jeff Spellman and Jacquil Taylor showed why the two lead their Beaver Country Day team to a NEPSAC Class B title this past season. Spellman was deadly shooting the ball from the outside and had his atleticsm on display. The 6’0 guard had one of the top plays of the day when finishing above the rim for a and 1 flush on his opponent. Didn’t see his point guard skills on display but we did see a level of confidence that’s rarely seen from the guard. Jacquil Taylor is a 6’9 center who has good timing on blocking shots which is his best asset right now. Taylor who had a good showing during one on one drills has a variety of post moves on the offensive end. But we’d like to see him move a lot quicker and be commited to the move when going to the basket. Jacquil has a great motor and never takes plays off.

Jared Wilson-Frame was one of the most efficient scorers on the day. Wilson-Frame scorerd in a variety of ways by hitting long range jump shots, cutting to the basket and scoring off the dribble. A great player who will create a serious buzz in the month of july during live period.

Henry Bolton is starting to trust himself as a point guard. Bolton sores at  a high volume and not to many players in the gym can match his combination of strength speed and athleticsm.

Kaleb Joseph and Dimitri Floras are one of the best backcourts in New England on the AAU circuit. Joseph played real well during drills and forced defenders to play him close because when they sagged off him he would knock down the open jumper. Floras is a guard that has been on a tear this AAU season and starting to create a buzz for himself deservingly so. A very confident player from a year ago around this time. Floras lets the game come him and doesn’t over play possessions. A very good heads up guard with a lot of upside.

Qincey McKnight came into the start of the game with the same energy going out. A wing player with good size that runs the floor well in transition had a number of top plays on the day with crisp bounce passes and aslo being able to finish in the lane while absorbing the contact.

Dayshon Smith the New York native is known for his scoring but today we focused on his defense. Smith played great on ball defense and jumped into passing lanes for steals and deflections. Would like to see Smith more vocal on both ends of the floor.

Matt Cimino is a high bred forward who has a great stroke from 15 feet and beyond. For his height standing at a lean 6’9 Cimino needs to be more assertive on defense. But over time and the tough schedule the Rivals have coming up Cimino will be able to turn it up during live period.

Charls Correa was not looked at to be a lead guard on the day but had a good showing during 1 on1 drills. Correa has a quick release on his pull up jumper that goes well with his natural speed. Always seems to be in control and has great recovery speed on defense.

Matt Owens at 6’6 came into the camp as sort of a unknown player but left with the respect of his players. Owens played hard every play and showed great athleticsm finishing above the rim with loud dunks and blocking shots on the opposing end.

Johnnie Joseph a true point guard at heart can really break down a defender with his ball handling. Today Joseph showed a good release on his shot but is at his best when setting up his teammates.

Donte Gittens is another player who came in as sort of a unkown but was getting into the lane at will. Also being able to penetrate through the lane and make the defense collapse and dish to his low post teammamtes repeatedly for the score.

Adrian Oliveira was aggressive in attacking the basket and knocking down jumpers off the pick and roll screen. The best thing Oliveira put on display was how vocal he was as he’s known to be quiet on the court. Had on of the top plays on the day when he dunked on his defender off the dribble. Would like to see him keep up that same intensity going into live period


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Heading to Camp

Its that time of the year again, the time when Elite prospects are chosen to attend national camps which are usually sponosored by sneaker companies.  Here is a list of prospects who will be heading to camp, to make a name for themselves nationally.

 

Nike Top 100

Location: St. Louis, MO

This Camp is designed for the top underclassman in the country to showcase there talents against the other national talent.

 

Abdul Malik Abu 6’8”  2014 – Expressions Elite

Jared Terrell 6’4” 2014 – Expressions Elite

Jeremy Miller 6’9” 2015 – Rivals

Chris Baldwin 6’7” 2015 – Rivals

 

 

Chis Paul Elite Guard Camp

Location: Winston Salem, NC

 

 

Wayne Selden 6’5” 2013

 

 

Adidas Nation

Location: Chicago

 

 

 

Noah Vonleh 6’8” – Rivals

Jared Reuter 6’8” NE Playerz

Kaleb Joseph 6’2” Rivals

Matt Cimino 6’9″ – Rivals

 


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Friday 12/2/2011 Game Recap

South Kent vs Worcester Academy, on paper you would think form the big name roster would scare Worcester away, wrong they challenged South Kent from the tip.  Chris Thomas caught fire early and didnt look back he finished with 22 points, Ricardo Ledo followed with 17 points and 9 rebounds.  Worcester was lead by the sharp shooting of Matt Cimino finished with 6 three pointers and a game high 24 points, Cimino had 4G reception as he knocked them down from all over, Rene Castro chipped in with 12 points and 8 assist.  South Kent proved to be to much down the stretch as the pulled out the win 84 -75

 

New Hampton played there first home game today in front of a packed student body, as the faced a tough Winchendon school.  The game was all it was hyped up to be as Winchendon’ s Akosa Maduegbunam kept his team in the game as he got hot from the outside.  But Winchendon ended up losing to New Hampton. Zach Auguste led the scoring load for NHS with  17 pts,  Evan Manning with 15 pts, Jared Terrell 15 pts, Mike Auger 12 pts,  Noah Vonleh 7 pts and 15 Rebs. Oliver Hanlan currently still on the injured list.   New Hampton 79 Winchendon 69

 

KUA defeats Master’s School tonight 67-43. “Cats jumped out to leads of 8-0, 12-3. 18-4 and, eventually 32-8 in the first half. A quick Master’s spurt just before half trimmed the lead to 34-15 going into the break. Master’s never got closer than 17 points in the second half. Jesse Chuku and Malik Abdul-Abu paced KUA scoring with 17 points each while Devon Thomas chipped in 15 points and five assists. Chuku earned a double-double by adding 11 rebounds.

 

 

Vermont Academy defeats Putnam Science Academy 65-59 the game was a battle from start to finish,  Dominic Woodson made his presence felt bulling his way to easy baskets whenever he felt like it he finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.   Putnam Science came with half of the international student body who cheered the entire game, at some points in the game making it tough on coach Bopp to communicate with his players. Vermont  was led  Shaun Lawton 19 points, 5 assists he has the tools to make an impact at the next level, this is our first look at Lawton he will certainly move up in ranking.