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Battle Of The States Mass vs Rhode Island

Battles are made to be won, Expressions Stores has done something that not many have been able to pull off.  2015 Expressions High School Showcase Two states Massachusetts vs. Rhode Island, Saturday December 12, 2015 Boston Ma. #BOTS

4:30pm Tech Boston (MA) vs. Classical High School (RI)

The event tips off Saturday afternoon Tech Boston (MA) takes on Classical High School (RI) Tech Boston’s Shamar Moore Sophomore Comb Guard with good range who can score the ball inside and out. Known for his defense he will be a go to guy for Tech Boston. Tristan Perry Senior forward has the tools to league his team to a victory, makes shoots and plays to win.

Classical High School (RI) will be lead by David Dukes the shifty guard is one of Rhode Island’s best prospects, athletic, and can score it with ease. Junior forward Jamari Johnson brings energy on both ends of the floor. Johnson known for finishing above the rim will look to hold the middle down.

6:00pm Cathedral High School (MA) vs. Bishop Hendricken (RI)

Cathedral High School (MA) made a state championship all the way to TD Bank last year they return hungrier as they return top scores Junior Trevor Lynch sharp shooting Sophomore Moses Flowers and Sophomore Julian Howell who is one of the states best defenders.

Bishop Hendricken (RI) has been one of the states most premier schools, lost last year in the state quarterfinals, last won the state championship 2014. They return Junior guard Justin Mazulla who holds a Boston College offer, the south-par has the total package, makes shots, gets to the rim and can finish with the best of them. Sophomore Preston Santos one of the states best prospects regardless of grade. Santos is a big time scorer, long, athletic and frequently plays above the rim.

7:30pm New Mission High School (MA) vs. La Salle Academy (RI)

 New Mission High School fell short of their goal last year, which was to win a state title. They return a bulk of the talent and have added a few new pieces. Tyrique Lee has returned for his senior year, and looking to get back to the State Championship as he did in 2014, Charles and Charlie Mitchell will spear head the New Mission chaos, the twins bring electricity every time they step on the court. Darion Jordan-Thomas is looking to have a breakout season, great motor with mixed with a great deal of upside. With the addition of Isaiah Laurent the athletic wing, look for New Mission to be one of the stats favorite teams.

La Salle Academy (RI) won the division one state championship last year as well as the RI Open State tournament championship. The return senior point guard Lawrence Sabir first team all state last season helping La Salle win the D1 title as well as the RI Open State Tourney. Strong, athletic guard that has exceptional speed. Senior Mike McCourt wing, tough, fierce competitor. 2nd team all division 1 last season. Has three point range, rebounds well, can run the floor hard and finish in traffic.  Jimmy Pare senior sharp shooter. Tough physical guard with a nice shooting touch. Plays hard at both end of the floor, and is a two-year starter.

 

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Greg Senat Chooses Wagner

Wagner College came up big Tuesday night when Coach Bashir Mason received a call from Greg Senat on his intentions to attend the Staten Island, NY, school in the fall of 2013.

Greg Senat, a 6’7 space eater out of Elmont, NY, that attends Marianapolis Prep (CT) was fielding offers from over 15 division 1 schools before deciding on Wagner.

“I chose Wagner because they have a good program that’s on the rise,” said Senat. “I’ll have an immediate impact there, it’s a place that I can go and win and possibly make it to the NCAA tournament, that’s something I want to be a part of.”

“I have a great relationship with all the coaches and players there. Also it’s close to home so all my friends and family can see me play.”

Greg made a worthy buzz for himself over the course of the spring and summer on the AAU circuit attending various camps and playing at the highest level while playing with Metro Boston and Albany City Rocks.

“Firstly, I want to give a shout out to my coach/mentor from back home Navro Allen, he’s helped me out the most throughout the years. Also a shout out to my prep school coach Andrew Vitale.”

Greg Senat is Wagner’s first commitment of their 2013 recruiting class.


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Devon Thomas Makes His Pick

Devon Thomas, a 5’11 guard from Silver Springs, MD who runs the show for Kimball Union Academy (NH), gave a verbal pledge to Missouri State.

Devon Thomas possesses terrific basketball IQ and a toughness approach to the game that’s needed for a player who stands at 5 feet – 11 inches. High major schools such as Pitt,Virginia, Maryland and Duke have all expressed interest in the lead guard after a great showing during the July evaluation period playing with Metro Boston. But dinstead of waiting it out and potentially landing a big time offer, Thomas knew the time to commit was now.

“The coaches love me. They talk highly of me and only want the best for me. Coach Lust and I had a good talk about how he is going to utilize me and play me to my strengths,” Thomas said.

Goals already have been put in place by Thomas, in terms of what he wants to see happen with the Missouri State program when he arrives on campus.

 “Next year I plan on helping my team make it to NCAA tournament and possibly win it. They haven’t made it there in 13 years. So that would be a great accomplishment to achieve as a freshman,” Thomas said.

 Just because Thomas is regarded as a Division 1 player, he still knows that there’s room for improvement before heading to the next level in his career.

“Also I need to work on everything. Every aspect of my game could use improvement. Nothing is perfect. And that is one thing that Coach mo, the metro Boston family and Beyond Belief, and KUA had taught me.”

Thomas joins a recruiting class that includes: 6’10 Tyler McCullough and 6’1 Austin Ruder, who will be looked at as the core group for the future of the Bears program.


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Metro Boston Come Home With Hardware

Metro Boston won the bronze bracket of the Super Showcase by beating Connecticut Select and Virginia Assault to get to the bronze final.  Beat out Queen City Prophets 61-51 to clinch the title.

Metro Boston was lead by Devon Thomas who has seen his recruitment blow up in the past couple months.

“Devon Thomas, of Kimball Union Academy continued to lead this team vocally and with his play.” says Coach Didier of Metro.

Thomas is starting to receive high major attention from across the country. As of late the 5’10 point guard is fielding calls from Pac-12 schools.

After the Showcase Metro went right into AAU Nationals pool play a day later. They were able to clinch pool play with a 3-0 record and earned a spot to move onto the championship bracket.  Metro’s 9 game winning streak would come to an end when they fall to NJ Roadrunners in the 2nd round of bracket play.  

“We did not let that discourage us as we were able to win our last game of the tournament against the D12 Warriors 88-72. ” says Coach Didier.

Thomas wasn’t the only bright spot for Metro Boston.

“Greg Senat of Marianapolis Prep showed that he can defend the paint.” coach goes on to say,  “He uses his size and hustle to wrestle with other bigs and to be in the best position to help defensively. ”

Congratulations to Metro Boston on a good run down in Orlando


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The Future Looks Bright

In 3 days HDM witnessed a lot of young talent and the future is looking bright for a number of prospects. Both Bay State Flash and Middlesex Magic took home the 17u crown at the 2012 Basketbull Hall of Fame National Invitational in Springfield, Ma. With big contributions from Chris Braley and Pete Miller the Magic were able to go head to head in a championship game against MB Nation. Magic ended up victorious with effort from Chris Lee and Harry Rafferty. Bay State Flash caputred their crown in a overtime win against MABC.

Team Scan and Greater Boston Lions won the 16u crown after both teams had an impressive win in the 16u Championship games on their respectable ends of the bracket. Team Scan also took home the title for the 15u division.

Top Performers:

Pete Miller (Middlesex Magic) – One of the most fundamentally sound players in this tournament. At 6’10 Miller can knock down the jump shot from the elbow and has a developing back to basket move scoring over the right shoulder. Has a ton of upside

Chris Braley (Middlesex Magic) – a power guard who has improved on his ball handling. Braley does not shy away from attacking the basket and punishes smaller defenders post backing them down and utilizing his body strength to scorI over them.

Chris Lee (Middlesex Magic) – At 6’7 Lee plays like he’s 6’9. A power forward with emphasis on the word power. A physically gifted player whose low post game is coming along. Can handle the presurre during crunch time as he knocked down a key free throw with seconds left on the clock to secure a championship win for his team.

Kameron Rooks (Gamepoint) – A 7ft big who knows how to use his size to box his man out. A back to the basket player who has a hanful of hugh major offers. Gamepoint runs a fast paced offense and Rooks ran the floor very well. Does a good job establishing position on the lower block. A mid level rebounder

Paschal Chuwku (CBC 17u) – The 7’1 center may have averaged 3 blocks a game but he altered about triple that. Roaming the paint on the defensive end Chuwku mad it hard for opponents to score in the lane. His offensive game is coming along strong and it shows as Big East coaches are starting to show interest.

Greg Bridges (Boston Warriors 17u)The up and coming sophmore was the fastest end to end player with the ball in his hands this weekend. A savvy point guard who commands a double team which allows his wing players to free up and knock down the open jumper. His stats creep up on you at the end of the game as he totaled 90pts in 4 games.

Samuel Dingba (Westchester Hawks 17u) – A high bred forward who runs the floor well, rebounds at a high level and a very good defender. Dominated in the paint and finished with a number of loud dunks. His athleticsm let’s him play taller than his registered height

Max Risch (Boston Warriors 17u) – Risch is about 6’6 and a very athletic forward that can run the floor, knock down the perimeter shot.

Isaiah Coleman (Boston Warriors 17u) – The 6’4 Colemans athleticsm is through the roof. As he uses that tool to grab offensive rebounds that convert into put back points and blocks on the defensive end.

Daivon Edwards (Boston Warriors) – Great streaky shooter who will punish teams that leave him open. Zone Buster!

Jacquil Taylor (Prodigy 17u) – Had a dominant performance thoughout the weekend. Taylor blocked shots repeatedly on the defensive end and showed a nice touch around the rim with a running jump hook. Also caught a couple lob passes for dunks in traffic. Would like to see Jacquil add the 15ft jumper to his repertoire to complete his inside out game. St. Joe’s, Holy Cross and Sienna had a coach courtside to watch his every move.

Joseph Connolly (Prodigy 17u) – The 6’1 sharp shooter rarely saw a shot he didnt like from the perimeter because he rarely missed. Connolly also found ways to get in the lane with his dribble drive penetraition.

Matt Barr & Dustin Cole (MB Nation 17u) – If you didn’t know who this pair of shooters were coming into the weekend then i bet after watching one game you left a fan. Cole and Barr took turns torching the nets in Springfield, Ma and making believers out of some doubters. Both prospects should be hearing from a ton of coaches who will be following them on the circuit the next couple weeks.

Fredens Deneus (Greater Boston Lions) – A 6’6 combo forward who can play in the high post. Has quick feet and athleticsm to out maneuver his defender on the low block. had a great 20 and 12 performance in the championship game.

Conrad Chambers (Team Scan 16u) – showed a high skill level and a gift for getting his teammates involved. Plays at a high level all game and always kept his team in control.

Quincy McKnight (Team Scan 16u) – A long wing player with a quick first step that allows him to beat his defender off the dribble. Draws a lot of contact in the lane which allows him to earn points from the line. McKnight can knock down the mid range jumper but would like to see him knock down the an occasional shot from beyond the arc more.

Chris McCullough (Team  Scan 16u) – Showed a lot of improvement in his game by being able to knock down the perimeter jumper consistantly. Also showed confidence in his ball handling, where in one play McCullough took his defender off the dribble and finished with a tomahawk slam down the lane. A much stronger player in the past couple months since the end of the prep school season.

Nate Anderson (Metro Boston 17u)- A face up 4 who was active on the boards which lead to his team getting second chance points. Also improved on his ball handling as he continued to attack the basket when catching the ball at the high post.

Greg Senat (Metro Boston 17u) – A bruiser in the paint that punishes defenders who try to challenge him. Out works everybody who gets in his way of grabbing a rebound. Finished a bunch of loud 2 hand slams that had spectators backing up.

Percy Davis (Threat 220 17u) – The D.C. native is a 6’5 shooting guard with a great skill set who put up a phenomenal 24pt effort against the D.Rose All Stars in a buzzer beating loss. Davis knocked down perimeter shots, drove to the basket for the old fashion 3 pt play and finished 9-11 from the free throw line. One of the most underrated players at the event. A sleeper for a school with an available scholarship looking for a late addition

Tremont Waters (Team Scan 15u) – The young guard continued to impress this spring/summer aau season. Waters has yet to play a high school game but plays at the level of a varsity point guard. Created space with his dribbling and created offense for his teammates.

Zach Gattereau (Lox 17u) – A 6’5 long athleic versatile player who can shoot from the perimeter. No decision on his plans for next year

JC Show (JB Hoops 17u) – The 6’3 Jr combo guard did a lil bit of everything for his team as he ran the point and made big shots when his team needed one. Show is not gifted with speed but has the IQ of a good floor general. Played the role as a player/coach for his team

Justin Robinson (B.C. Eagles 17u) – After winning MVP honors At the 2012 Gym Rat Challenge Robinson continued his high level performance this weekend. At 5’8 Robinson is very quick, athletic and a wizard with the ball in the open floor. Constantly fooling defenders with his quick cross over dribble. Couldn’t find a defender to lock him up all weekend.

David Stewart (MABC 17u) – A 6’5 power forward who plays the game to his strength. What Stewart lacks in size he makes up for it with his ability to use his upper body strength to finish over taller defenders.

Henry Bolton (RI Hawks 16u) – We know the 6’2 combo guard is a great scorer but it’s what he did by making plays for his teammates is what impressed us the most. Continued to grab the attention of coaches in the building with his ability to knock down the pull up jumper from deep.

Jackson Donahue (RI Hawks 16u) – In the championship game Donahue showed us why he is one of the best shooters in New England regardless of class. Knocking down 4 consecutive 3pt shots with a hand in his face and didn’t stop in the 2nd half. Donahue needs to get a little bit stronger and improve on his first step in order to take his defender to the basket and absorb contact.

Kealen Ives (RI Hawks 16u) – a great pass first point guard who is a vocal leader. Limits his turnovers and takes good shot selections.

Charels Correa (RI Hawks 17u) – Did a great jump of knocking down jump shots and running the show.

Daquon Ervin (Riverside Hawks 15u) – A new emerging name in the New England region who will suit up for Northfield Mt. Hermon. The ’15 guard has a nice pull jumper and runs the offense with good speed and understanding. He’s a heads up point that defends real well. Has a lot of room for growth

Matt Mobley (Bay State Flash 17u) – displayed a lot of strength when attacking the basket and also showing a good stroke from the mid range.

Lexus Williams – (D. Rose All Stars 17u) – A 6’2 combo guard who recently gave a verbal commitment to Valparaiso. Gets into the lane with his quickness and uses a tear drop floater to finish over defenders. Plays under control and is not afraid to do the bulk of the scoring if his team needs him to.

Larry Austin (D.Rose Allstars 17u) – A top 50 player in the class of 2014 Austin repeatedly attacked the basket and never backed away from defenders. Austin showed his strength with the ability to continue going towards the basket for a finish after absorbing the contact. So much room for growth in this prospect

Ben Moore (D. Rose All Stars) – The 6’8 junior forward did a good job filling in for the top 5 player in the country Cliff Alexander(who was injured earlier this week). Moore has a soft touch around the basket and runs the floor well in the open floor. Has great timing on his shot blocking. Needs to get stronger with his ball handling and add muscle to his body if he’s going to make a living in the post.

Darius Austin (D. Rose All Stars) – A 6’6 face up player whose game extends out to 15ft. Has a great body type that allows him to often over power his defenders when facing his back to the basket on the low block. Not very athletic but is a work horse

LJ Mcintosh (D. Rose All Stars) – No matter how long Mcintosh sits on the bench the one thing thats for certain is that when his number is called he’s ready to go. Mcintosh punished teams all weekend with his outside shooting. Often pulling his team out of deficits. The 6’2 guard left one official stating to his coach “how doesn’t he start?”. That’s because Mcintosh understands his role as a player and is the first player off the bench to be a scoring option for the 2nd unit.

 


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Coaches Come Calling Thomas

Devon Thomas is a 5’11 guard from Silver Springs, MD who runs the show for Kimball Union Academy(NH) during the school year and Metro Boston on the AAU circuit. Thomas is not a well known player in the classof 2013 outside of New England but all thats starting to change.

Thomas who holds one Division 1 scholarship offer at this time from Bryant University has recently seen his recruitment pick up steam. Devon is receing intere from A-10, America East, Ivy and NEC schools. High major schools such as Pitt,Virginia, Maryland and Duke have all expressed interest in the lead guard as of late. But for Thomas he knows that this is only the beginning.

“I’m so proud of all the attention i’m getting, it is a big surprise to me” said a humble Thomas.

“Well my plans to get better are to continue working hard on the court, put up a lot of shots to make my jump shot consistent,” said the All NEPSACC AA Honorable Mention player. “I workout everyday with my mentor Shawn Thompson and do conditioning on my own every other day.”

Being a lightning quick guard in the open court makes it hard for defenders to contain Thomas. “My greatest strength will have to be my speed with the ball, my weakness will have to be my pull up jump shot”

During the 2nd leg of the AAU season big things are expected from Thomas.

“Devon is a great leader, plays with high energy and elevates his teammates,” said Metro Boston Coach Didier Dinh.”Expect a breakout summer from him and will lead our team beyon expectations.”

Metro Boston has seen its fair share of guard come through the program and how does Devon measure to those before him.

“Coach Oscar Lopez often compare him to one of our former point guard at Uconn, Shabazz Napier” said Program Director and Head Coach Mo Vasquez “The only difference is his jumpshot is not as good as Shabazz but is real good for a point guard.”

 Coach Vasquez goes on to add “He is a great leader, teammate and a winner.”

Thomas credits his family for helping him get to this point

“Im just thankful for everything and i just want to thank my parents and the people who helped me become the basketball player i am today.”

We’ll be following up with this story as Devon’s recruitment continues to Blossom


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Dimitry Coronel Commits to The University Of Maine

Dimitry Coronel 6’5” athletic, defensive stopper, and a streaky shooter when he gets his feet set, that’s what coach Tom Woodward of the University of Maine will be getting in Coronel.

Coronel a Cape Verdan decent has made his family proud and achieved his dream of playing division one basketball.  But the path wasn’t easy in fact Dimitry was the focal point behind a Boston Globe article about Prep schools coming into the inner city and taking the student athletes.  This came after Dimitry came upon an inner city coach who introduced him to Tabor Academy, Coronel was accepted and enrolled all within two weeks.  Coronel then a student of East Boston High School had the city divided about if Coronel made the right decision.

Coronel took the negative press and turned it into to a positive, he joined the Expressions Elite AAU Program for personal reasons he decided to play with the New England Playaz for a portion of the summer.  Things didn’t go well there so Dimity went back to his roots in Metro Boston where it all started, Coronel took the end of the live period by storm and tore up the Basketbull tournament in July and never looked back as he continued to shine in Orlando.

This weekend Dimitry took an official visit to Maine University, and fell in love with the campus.  Monday Coronel gave coach Tim Woodward a commitment to attend the University.  We sat down with Demitry to talk about his commitment.

Why did you choose Maine?

“I chose to attend Maine because I felt that it’s was the right place to be if I wanted to continue my basketball career which I do and have a successful 4 years. Also the Coaching staff and players made feel comfortable on my visit and gave me some great advice on deciding where I want to go to college whether it was Maine or not.”

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?

“My strengths are my speed, my athleticism and my scoring ability. My weaknesses are trying to have consistent shot and my ball handling”

How did Tabor Academy help you develop on and off the court?

“Tabor helped me be more humble on and off the court. Tabor helped me realize what kind of person and basketball player I really am which is unselfish and caring.”

There was some controversy about you coming from public school to prep school, how did you handle that?

“I paid it no mind because I knew that it was going to be a great opportunity for me to prepare for college. So I took the opportunity no hesitation and as you can see it turned out to work out just fine.”

How did AAU Change your life?

“AAU changed my life because that’s when I started taking basketball seriously and it helped me showcase my basketball skills to earn a D1 scholarship and give me a chance to get me where I want to be in life.”

Tell the readers about Dimitry off the court?

 “Off the court I’m a chill dude who loves laughing, watching movies, and eating.”

Who did you try to pattern your game after, while growing up?

“I tried patterning my game after Allen Iverson until I grow to be 6’5″ and now it’s a little bit of A.I and Tracy McGrady”

Who are your biggest supporter?

“My family, don’t know who I would be or where I would be without them (Family First) and my friends and coaches.”

Describe your AAU coach in one word?

“A Rider!!!”

Describe your East Boston High School coach and your Tabor coach in one word?

 “Eastie coach: Fearless, Tabor coach: Understanding.”

What are you going to miss the most about AAU?

“Hanging out with my Metro Boston Teammates and traveling all over the country and Oscar’s (a.k.a Odizz) and Courtney’s jokes.”

How was it playing for Metro Boston?

“It was the best thing that ever happened to me because i learned a lot on the court and off the court from all my coaches”  

You went from Metro Boston, to Expressions, to the Playaz, then back to Metro Boston, explain why you went back?

“I went back because Metro Boston is a family and everybody cares about one another and it felt like the right thing to do because I know in 10 or 20 years I can depend on every player I played with and every coach on the team to help me out in need.”

Who would you like to Thank?

“Everybody who believed in me and helped me get a Division 1 scholarship.”


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Stevie Mejia “A New Beginning”

Stevie Mejia was named the Gatorade High School Player of the Year in Massachusetts after his senior year at Lawrence Academy.  While there Stevie led his Lawrence squad to a 51-7 record in his two years, including a New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) championship in 2006-07 and a championship game appearance in 2007-08. He was a two-time all-tournament team selection at the National Prep School Invitational

After High school Stevie attended the University of Rhode Island for two years, while at URI one would say Stevie didn’t have a chance to break out, as he was prone to do after his freshmen season.  Stevie led the Atlantic 10 Conference and ranked eighth in the country in assist to turnover ratio as a sophomore in 2009-10.  Stevie helped led the Rams who finished 26-10 on the year and reached the semifinals of the Postseason National Invitation Tournament (NIT) before losing to the University of North Carolina

Stevie started on the AAU circuit with Metro Boston, a program that has produced its fair share of division one talent.  We caught up with Stevie as he geared up for his upcoming season, after sitting out last season due to NCAA transfer regulations.  Now at Hoftra Mejia was named a tri-captain by Hofstra head coach Mo Cassara and the junior point guard is excited to lead his new team.

Why did you choose URI coming out of HS?

“I chose URI because it was relatively close to home and I had a good relationship with Asst. coach Pat Skerry.”

 What was the reason for you transferring from URI to Hoftra?

“The reason why I transferred to Hofstra was because I wanted a environment, wasn’t playing to my potential at URI, and the head coach at Hofstra, I knew for a while.”

 What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?

“Strengths- running a team, making my teammates better, pull ups in the lane, and knocking down open threes.”

 Did you help to land your friend from Boston, Jamal C?

“Yes I did help Jamal come to Hofstra, it was a working process lol”

 How did Lawrence Academy help you develop on and off the court?

“It helps me to become more mature on and off the court.”

 Are you a big believer in kids going to Prep School?

“Yes I am. It help me grow as a person and it’ll help others as well”

 How did AAU Change your life?

“AAU changed my life cause it got my name out there throughout the country.”

 

Tell the readers about Stevie off the court?

“Calm, laid back, business-finance major, everything I do I do for my family, especially my little bros.”

 Who did you try to pattern your game after, while growing up?

“Jameer Nelson”

 Who is your biggest supporter?

“Oscar Lopez from Metro Boston”

 Describe your AAU coach in one word?

“Loyal”

 What are you going to miss the most about AAU?

“How much fun I had with my old teammates and coaches.”

 How was it playing for Metro Boston?

“It was great, I miss it, and it was the greatest experience of my life.”