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Northeastern Lands Jeremy Miller

The Northeastern Huskies picked up a verbal commitment from 6-foot-10 face up big man Jeremy Miller of the New Hampton School (NH).

“The relationship with the coaches and the way I felt during the visit,” Miller stated on what it came down to when making his decision.

Miller played for Leo Papile’s BABC AAU program generating interest from Big East and Big Ten schools. Miller is a one-time Boston College pledge until former Head Coach Steve Donahue was relieved of his coaching duties.

“I have a really good chance to play right away and it felt like home to me.”

Miller a resident of Milton, Mass. becomes the second local product to commit in a matter of weeks joining Quincy native Anthony Green of the Tilton School, NH. The two will be matched up against one another during the 2014-15 NEPSAC season.


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Recruitment Catch-Up

It was a busy past couple of weeks in New England recently and we’ll catch you up with all the recruiting news up to date.

            Class of 2014 Prospects Continue To Fly Off the Board

Matt Leblanc a 6’6’’ forward who attends New Hampton prep gave a verbal commitment to Princeton. Leblanc had a great July live period while running with the RI Hawks and being heavily trailed by IVY schools. Leblanc had a number of schools to choose from but felt the need to pull the trigger early as did a number of other prospects.

IVY strikes again when Mike Auger gave a verbal commitment to University of Pennsylvania. Auger a hard nosed worker really utilizes is strengths to the best of his ability. The forward in Auger is tough and when i mentioned strengths i literally meant the way he over powers defenders when attacking the basket or wrestling rebounds from his opponents. Auger attends New Hampton prep and at times will be hard cover for opposing defenders, with his ability to back you down or face you up and pull it from the perimeter. A great get for UPenn in Mike Auger

Idris Taqqee a 6’3” do it all guard who attends Cushing Academy is A-10 bound. Taqqee who ran with the Expressions Elite AAU program on the Nike EYBL circuit held more than his own. His hard work and relentless effort on the court did not go unnoticed when St. Bonaventure came calling Taqqee. Taqqee gave a verbal commitment to the Bonnies after taking an official visit to the school’s campus. Taqqee becomes the Bonnies first commit in the 2014 class

One the top premier shooters in the country are off the board to Fairfield. Tyler Nelson a 6’1” guard from Central Catholic HS gave a verbal commitment to the Stags. Nelson ran with BABC on the AAU circuit and lit up the Nike EYBL circuit from long range shooting at best 45% from beyond the arc. “They will use me as a combo guard but mostly at the 2,” Nelson on how he will be utilized in the Fairfield offense.

Sammy Mojica earned what he got after having a rough year off the court where his family was left without a home after a fire caused Mojica and his family to go through a bit of a rough period. With great efforts from the basketball community and those who care about Sammy a great response in terms of donations helped his family bounce back. While on the AAU circuit playing with the MASS Rivals, Sammy fueled a different type of fire. A fire that would showcase his talents in front of a bus loads of division 1 programs. A couple took notice but only one came out a winner. After visiting Drexel unofficially Mojica came away impressed that he it didn’t take him much time after getting back home to give a verbal commit. Mojica is very well known for his scoring but his role as a defender is what earns him those buckets on the offensive end. Mojica will continue to get better and put together an all-around complete game while at Brimmer & May.

Ed Cooley has been nothing but active on the recruiting and his efforts are showing. Cooley has landed his second top 100 recruit in the 2014 class when Paschal Chukwu gave a verbal commitment to Providence. Chukwu the 7 foot center who attends Fairfield Prep in Connecticut gave a verbal commitment to the Friars after taking an unofficial visit to St. Joseph’s. Chukwu will team up with Carson Derosiers to form a Providence Friars Twin Towers.

                                  Visits On Hand

A number of New England prospects attended the Syracuse Elite camp. Syracuse commits Kaleb Joseph and Chris McCullough was in attendance to take part in a number of drills with their future teammates. Joseph and McCullough are Syracuse only commits for the 2014 class. Tyler Lydon a 2015 forward impressed the Syracuse coaching staff and earned him a scholarship. Lydon is one of the fastest rising prospects in his class and will attend New Hampton prep this season.

Ben Judson had attended Colgate University on a unofficial visit. Judson has a number of division 1 programs showing interest and will be looking to increase his recruitment this season. Bonzie Colson took a visit to Pitt recently and came away impressed (see our featured front page story)


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Travis Jorgenson Is A Smooth Criminal

When we say “Smooth Criminal”, we mean by the way he schemes his way into the lane with his dribble drive offense and quick hands on defense. New Hampton’s 6’0 point guard Travis Jorgenson is making his presence felt in New England in a major way. As Kansas City, MO native prepping in New England, Jorgenson has all the tools of a high major point guard and is being courted by a number of elite programs. Here’s a look at his game highlights from the season so far.


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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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Vonleh Makes His Case For #1

After a dominating performance against Julius Randle and the Texas Titans at the EYBL championships, Andrew Wiggins along with some media outlets called him the best high school prospect regardless of class. Now fast forward two weeks and insert Noah Vonleh. Vonleh along with Mass Rivals AAU teammate Kaleb Joseph made traveled to Long Beach, CA, to participate in the Adidas Nations Invitational.

Vonleh was playing like a man on a mission everytime he took the court. The 6’8 combo forward averaged 19.3Ppg to go along with 11Rpg throughout the camp. If those numbers don’t jump out and scream star potential then i don’t know what will.

Noah Vonleh is a key reason to why the talent in New England is so special and rates as one of the best regions to find talent in the nation. Vonlehs best performannce came in the title game when USA 2014 Red defeated USA 2013 Blue in a overtime victory, 86-84. Vonleh did not start the game off so hot in the 1st half missing a number of baskets but continued to build his confidence by attacking the basket and getting good looks. In the 2nd half Vonleh turned in one his best performances on a national stage. Vonleh was completely unguardable, creating shots for his teammates, and grabbing every rebound that came off the glass. The biggest play of the night was when when Vonleh pulled up to the 3 point line with 3 tics left on the clock and knocked down the long range bomb to put his team up 2. Vonleh finished with 25pts and 16reb in the hard fought contest.

Noah Vonleh is ranked as our class of 2014 #1 prospect in New England but we feel like he’s made his case for #1 in country or atleast a close 2nd.


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Noah Vonleh & Jared Terrell The Future of 2014

When you allow two incoming prospects to play right away in arguably one of the best high school leagues in the country they tend to learn fast, meet Noah Vonleh and Jared Terrell.

 

Vonleh 6’8” 2014 (F) who is currently ranked #2 (Rivals.com) in the country, the do it all forward has all the tools you would ever want in a prospect, dribbles like a guard, rebounds like a professional, and has developed an outside jump shot.  More recent he has been scoring the ball with his back to the basket.

Terrell 6’4 2014 (G) currently ranked #30 in the county (Rivals.com), can flat out score the basketball, has a college ready body, can really shoot the ball from all over the court.  When in transition watch out the athletic guard sores above the rim.  More recently Terrell has been a facilitator, playing point guard while still producing night in and night out.

 

The two combined equal the future of New Hampton Basketball, as well as the future for the class of 2014.  One of the best young duo I have seen in the country in quite some time.  Having two sought after prospects will surely keep the college coaches flocking to the New Hampton School games.

 

College comparison:

Noah Vonleh = Harrison Barnes (North Carolina)

Jared Terrell = Dion Waiters (Syracuse)

 

 


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Hoop Group Providence Jam Fest Recap

In the 16u Gold bracket championship game we saw signs of growth in one of Rhode Islands top prep players. What is Henry Bolton position at the next level? That we don’t know but what we do know is that he has a knack for putting the ball in the basket and is a great team leader. The 6’1 combo guard in Bolton scored in a variety ways and almost every shot was contested but went in like a open jump shot.

 

In a 79-58 convincing win over Rens(NY) the RI Hawks capture the Gold Bracket title at the HoopGroup Providence Jam Fest. Henry Bolton had 26 points but wasn’t the only bright spot on the RI Hawks team. Jackson Donahue and Kealen Ives are a 1-2 punch that can’t be contained in transition. Donahue is a deadly shooter a Ives a quick floor general who with his dribble penetration allows wide open shots for his teammates.

 

The battle between two premier post players of Noah Vonleh and Samuel Digba was a fun one to watch. The 17u Gold bracket battle between Ma Rivals and Westchester Hawks(NY) was one that will be talked about all summer. Westchester Hawks came out firing leading for most of the game and thought to been the staright away winner in this contest.

 

Samuel Dingba and Eric Edwards combined for 27 points and 19 rebounds. Dingba(Salisbury School) proved to be one of the top post players in New England and there’s no question why he’s being recruitd by 7 different division 1 conferences. Dingba is at his best on the low block on the offensive end, having grabbed multiple rebounds including a loud 2 hand dunk. On the defensive side of things with his timing and leaping ability Dingba finished with 9 blocks. But a second half serge from MA Rivals that saw Matt Cimino(22 points) hit 4 consecutive 3’s the Rivals grabbed the lead and never looked back. Noah Vonleh had a slow start battling a anke injury but found his way in the 2nd half. Finishing with just 11 points Vonleh anchored the comeback by being able to beat Dingba off the dribble to the basket. The backcourt of Kaleb Joseph and Dimitri Floras finished with a combined 22 points. Ma Rivals capture the the Gold bracket championship with a 71-58.

 

Other JamFest Notable Performers:

 

Kahlil Dukes(CBC)

 

Pete Miller(Middlesex)

 

Sean Obi(CBC)

 

Jared Terrell(Expressions)

 

Abdul Malik-Abu(Expression)

 

Jared Wilson-Frame(CBC)

 

EJ Rogers(Expressions)

 

Markus Neale(Boston Spartans)

 

Devon Thomas(Metro Boston)


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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.


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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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Zach Auguste “Something to Prove”

Zack Augusta a native of Marlborough Ma, has seen his portions of up’s and downs, from starting out as a well sought after prospect playing with the storied BABC program.  Things didn’t workout and Zach was introduced to the Mass Rivals program, where Auguste had something to prove.  Not to the former program but to himself, he wanted to prove to all that he belonged in the conversation of elite basketball player in his class.  Zach rarely took a day off from work, in the gym day after day working on all skill sets while slowly extending his range on his jump shot.

Academically Auguste was on track but athletically him and his family thought he needed more of a challenge, first order of business was to enroll into the New Hampton School (NH) a class AAA school where they play the best of the best while getting a world class education at the same time.  Zach entered his junior year 6’9 1/2 ready to take the league by storm, the adjustment was all that he expected but Zach was hungry to do well.  He struggled during times and did well during times, but he made sure he kept competing.  Coaches from far and near started to take notice of the big man taking his man on the perimeter and knocking down shoots.

Zach joined the Albany City Rocks to play on the EYBL circuit to been seen more often and to get a chance to play against some of the best players on the Nike circuit.  He held his own and the flood gates started to open, Wake Forest, Providence, Missouri, Marquette, Georgia, Clemson, Auburn, Notre Dame just to name a few that offered the now 6’10 power forward.  Zach continued to impress all summer long while running with the Rivals during the live period while down in Las Vegas.

Zach checked his list and checked it twice and formed a list of six schools, when it was all said and done on September 22, 2011 Auguste committed to Notre Dame.  This coming after he took a visit to the south bend campus, one tends to think he ran into Skylar Diggins on his visit.  This is a great fit for Auguste he will have a chance to step in and play right away and most of all again, prove that he belongs.  Below we went inside the mind of Auguste as he talked about recruitment, New Hampton as well AAU.

 Why did you choose to attend Notre Dame?

“I chose Notre Dame because when I arrived at campus right away I could see myself there for however many years. I felt comfortable with the guys and we all got along, losing two important seniors next year I knew I would have a chance to come in and make a big impact right away. I built a great relationship with Coach Brey and Coach Solomon.  Coach Brey knows how to win, and gets his players better, and become a complete player to possibly play at the next level. When I stepped on to the court in the arena I smiled, I felt like it was home.”

What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?

“My strengths are blocking shots, rebounding, running the floor, playing above the rim, also being 6’10 and being able to shoot the three. My weakness is creating shots off the dribble and that’s something coach Hutchins is helping me with as we speak.”

How did New Hampton help you develop on and off the court?

 “Coming to new Hampton was the best decision I could of made to reach my goals. Being here, being able to have gym access whenever was great. Coach hutch was willing to work me out whenever I wanted. He helped me overcome some speed bumps in my game. Off the court new Hampton offers so much. You’re treated as an adult at school, you have responsibilities and you learn to take responsibility for your actions. You learn to handle things in a mature manor.”

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

“Prep school isn’t for everyone, but prep school is called prep school for a reason it prepares you mentally and physically for college. It challenged me in academics, and in basketball on and off the court. It helped me a lot and I can honestly say I wouldn’t be where I am at if I didn’t attend new Hampton.”

How did AAU Change your life?

 “AAU gave me a chance to play against to play against better competition, and get my name out there.  A big part of my success is my AAU coach Vin Pastore with the rivals.  He dedicated a lot of time to his players and getting them better.”

Tell the readers about Zach off the court?

“I love to laugh and make people laugh; I’m always dancing. It’s all fun and games with me but when I get into the classroom or step onto the court it’s strictly business, hard work, and dedication.”

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

“When I was growing up I loved MJ but as I grew older and taller I started modeling my game after Dirk, the way he can create a shot for himself anyway he wants to.”

Who is your biggest supporter?

“My biggest supporter is my mom how took the time to drive me all over the place for AAU tournaments and everything else basketball related. I love her.”

Describe your AAU coach in one word?

“Real”

What are you going to miss the most about AAU?

“I’m going to miss hearing Vin during the games, Rivals was great no other way to explain it we had fun, and we took care of business, leaving every game playing the hardest we could win or loss.

How do you feel NH will do this year in the NEPSAC?

“This year at NH we will be very talented. And will make a good run at getting the championship. It’s great we all are real close we look out for each other. We are all brothers on this team; one big family.”

How is it taking the younger players like Jared & Noah under your wing and showing them the way to compete in the NEPSAC?

 “Noah and Jared love to be in the gym so it’s easy for me to help them mentally prepare for this upcoming season.”