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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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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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Noah Vonleh commits to Indiana University

You only get one chance to make a first impression, when Indiana made their pitch to Vonleh it was simple and straight forward.  There were no private jets involved nor cameras that followed the process, it was simply,  “Mr. Vonleh this is what we can do to prepare you for the next level.”  Vonleh liked what he heard and informed Indiana, the Hoosiers would be the first official visit on his schedule.

Vonleh couldn’t have picked at a better time to visit Indiana. Vonleh was present at Assembly Hall during Indiana’s first home game of the 2012-2013 season.  Vonleh states “The crowd was screaming we want Noah!!  It was the best feeling, I couldn’t do anything but smile.”

“I really liked Indiana a lot since they came into my recruitment and Tom Crean and Kenny Johnson showed me how they will prepare me for the next level.”

Preparation is key,  AAU Coach Vin Pastore was able to prepare Vonleh’s game as a forward who is comfortable with the ball in his hands.  This has made Vonleh one of the best prospects in the country.

Some have questions about what position Vonleh will play when he starts his collegiate career. “They told me I can come in and play either forward position and I will be the main guy to help replace Cody Zeller and Christian Watford”

“I would like to give a special thanks to God, my mother and father, Vin Pastore, Pete Hutchins, Scott hazelton, and Mike Trovato as well as all my family and friends that have supported me throughout the process.”

Thanks again HoopDreamsMag.com Im a Hoosier.

 

 


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Noah Vonleh Down To Six

Noah Vonleh, a 6’9 forward in the class of 2013 has narrowed his list of schools to six. Vonleh is a clear cut top 10 prospect in his class, his list so far include: UCONN, Indiana, Ohio State, Georgetown, Syracuse and North Carolina as his potential college destinations.

Vonleh recently caught the attention of media outlets and message boards across the nation last month, when he announced that he would reclassify to 2013 from 2014.

Noah has also set up a pair of visits to Syracuse on November 2nd and Indiana on November 9th. No other visits have been scheduled at this time for the remaining 4 schools on his list.


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The Decision

September 24, 2012, Noah Vonleh, a 6’8 gifted student athlete from Haverill, Ma announced that he would reclass back into his original graduating class of 2013. As a reclassified recruit, Noah’s ranking is as high as #7 on most national recruiting sites.  Vonleh’s announcement to reclass ended speculation that buzzed around the recruitment world throughout the summer.

Vonleh’s performance at Adidas Nations last month against some of the top prospects in the country, improved his case as one of the best in the country regardless of class. Vonleh was playing like a man on a mission every time 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.

Vonleh continues a trend that is starting to build around New England and throughout the country. Kentucky freshmen Nerlens Noel (Tilton School, NH) was faced with the same decision this past winter with jumping up a class also. Nerlenswas met with academic requirements that he had to fulfill, which he eventually did and landed him in Kentucky as the #1 player in the class of 2012. Andre Drummond (St. Thomas More School, CT) the year before announced weeks before classes started at the University of Connecticut, he would skip out on his final prep year. This past spring, Wayne Selden (Tilton School, NH) announced he would jump up a class and graduate this school year with the 2013 student body.

All four players utilized the opportunity and time at their respected prep schools to improve on academic skills. Each student has been regarded as high character kids or better yet student athletes(emphasis on student) . We wish Vonleh good luck on his journey to having a great academic year and season on the hardwood.

According to CBS Sports, North Carolina, Florida, Indiana, Syracuse, and Ohio State are among the primary schools in the mix for Vonleh.

Andrew Wiggins, the #1 player in the class of 2014, is slated to announce his decision on whether to reclass or not in the upcoming weeks.


Noah Vonleh Mr. McDonald’s All American?

Noah Vonleh seen first hand what happened to Tilton’s Nerlens Noel, as he was not able to participate in the prestigious McDonald’s All American game back in march.

Rumors are circulating that Vonleh has talked about reclassifying, back into his original class of 2013. Here are 2 of many articles stating Vonleh’s possible move on being a member of the 2013 senior class…( NorthStarBaketball , Sports Illustrated )

If Vonleh plans on reclassifying, do it relatively early.  Don’t wait until the last minute, would be the advice one would give Vonleh.

Kentucky’s freshman Nerlen Noel waited until Feb. 1 to reclassify into the class of 2012 from 2013, this caused the nations #1 player to miss the precious McDonald’s All American game.

The 6-foot-9 Vonleh, now 17 years old transferred from Haverhill High School (MA) to New Hampton Prep (NH) for the 2011-2012 school year.  While at New Hampton Vonleh repeated his sophmore year and finds himself in a similar situation.

Playing in the “Burger Game” (as some like to call it) means everything to a young student athlete. The likes of Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, just to name a few, have graced the floor at the McDonald’s All American game.

Vonleh has been projected as a future NBA draft pick by scouts across the nation. Developing while in college a year earlier would only place him a year closer to his dream of playing in the NBA.

Ballots have to be submitted by January in order to be considered for the McDonald’s game, therefore Vonleh will have to reclassify before then.

Only true seniors are allowed to play in the McDonald’s All American Game.  Players are only eligible once during their high school career to play in the game.

Wayne Selden also learned from his teammates mistake, as he reclassified back to his original class a few months ago.  Look for Andrew Wiggins to do the same.

Vonleh has as good as a chance to make the game as anyone in the country, after his dominating summer campaign there is little left to prove.

 

 

 

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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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Updated 2014 Rankings

Today we bring you our updated 2014 rankings.  There is no secret who the number #1 player in the class of 2014 would be,

Noah Vonleh at 6’8 is arguably the number one player in the country. Vonleh has proven all summer long that he can produce at a high level no matter the competition.

# 2 Chris McCullough 6’9 has all the tools that scream star power, has developed an outside touch that has defenders confused on how to guard him.  He rebounds well, runs the floor like a deer, has a great go to move and will continue to develop.  Look for McCullough to have a big high school year.

#3 Jared Terrell the 6’3” combo guard has a college ready frame with explosiveness that translates to the next level.  Terrell has improved his jump shot along with his ball handling skill level; look for Terrell to help New Hampton compete for AAA crown.

#4 Abdul Malik Abu 6’8 has taken the scene by storm, the “Monster” is what we like to call him was one of the big winners of the live period walking away with more then seven offers.  Kimball Union has a good one, in Abu.

#5 Kaleb Joseph 6’3” has all the tools intangibles that any high major point guard should have.  Has the abilities to make shots while in transition, and has gotten more athletic. Look for him to guide Cushing Academy towards an AA championship.

 

              Updated 2014 Rankings


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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