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Justin Simon and Jarrell Brantley Make Plays

Price of admission for the 2015 New Hampshire Prep Classic was well worth it. A tournament field loaded with talent from across New England who filled the two day event with some exciting plays.

Justin Simon had one of many exciting plays over the weekend. A 6-foot-5 guard at Brewster Academy, Simon was one of many talented prospects who kept spectators on their toes wit his play. Simon, a 2015 Arizona Wildcat commit posterized his defender on a move going baseline. Simon’s an athletic prospect and his defender found that out the hard way.

Jarrell Brantley, a 6-foot-7 forward out of Notre Dame Prep is an athletic freak who makes highlight reel above the rim plays. Brantley had a number of top plays but none better than his leap from one foot in from the free throw line. Jarrell Brantley is an available 2015 prospect who will generating a lot of buzz this year.


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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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Donnele Munda Reopens His Recruitment

New England’s 2013 class have been making headlines daily with a number of prospects committing early. Over the weekend, Donnele Munda (Notre Dame Prep) added his name to the list of committed players in the region, but the 6’4 combo guard who gave a verbal pledge to Farleigh Dickinson University reopened his recruitment today.

“I’m going to take a few more visits to some other schools,” said Munda on why he chose to open his recruitment.

Donnele Munda is far from shy; he gave us some early season predictions for him and his Notre Dame Prep team.

“This year you can expect a lot of made 3’s,” said Munda who is known for his long range shooting. “My team to win all our games, we’re probably the deepest team in the country.”

Munda is in the process of setting up visits to Pepperdine and Jacksonville at this time. Farleigh Dickinson is still considered to be a possible destination


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Matt Atewe Talks KSU Visit

Matthew Atewe is one of the most sought after big men in the country, and over the weekend he took an official visit to Kansas State. Atewe took time about to talk about the visit and what information he got from it.

“Visit went well, and I’m going to set up two more so far,” said the 6’9 Canadian power forward. “I just loved the whole family environment and the fact that I can always be around the coaching staff and not feel awkward.”

The coaching staff left a lasting impression on the Notre Dame Prep senior.

“Their very personable and can relate to what you’re going through,” he added. “I also loved that the team was like a family and all the fans are crazy about the team as well.’

“They also showed me how they play and I liked that as well, Just a great visit overall.”

Atewe has not made a choice on what two other schools he would be visiting. It’s kind of difficult when you have to choose from over 15 division 1 schools.

Atewe claims KSU to be the favorite at this point but he’s still wide open in his recruitment.

 

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Ron Patterson To Brewster Academy

Former Indiana commit Ron Patterson will attend Brewster Academy (N.H.) this year.

Patterson, a 6-3 guard was a part of a 2012 Indiana recruiting class that called themselves the fab 5. Patterson failed to qualify academically for the 2012-2013 season.

First reported last week by Eamonn Brennan of Espn.com, with the announcement of Patterson failing to meet academic standards at Indiana, other institutions began to call. Patterson’s AAU coach Chris Hawkins stated last week that at least 16 schools have reached out with interest in Patterson’s services

Brewster Academy now has a triple threat in guard play with recent additions of Kevin Zabo, Jared Terrell and Ron Patterson.

Notre Dame Prep coach Ryan Hurd recently announced the addition of Jamel Artis.

Artis is a 6’5 SF who spent last season at Vermont Academy and runs with Baltimore Elite on the AAU circuit. Artis is expected to make an announcement on his college decision any day now. Look for Artis to make a selection between Pitt and La Salle.

 

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Matt Atewe Is Set For A Big Year

After having to play behind highly touted big man Steve Adams last year at Notre Dame Prep, Matt Atewe is ready to prove his worth.

Standing at 6’9 with a chiseled frame and broad shoulders, Atewe has a physical presence that lets opponents know, even before the whistle blows, they have their work cut out for them.

Atewe is well traveled and has built up a lot of experience this past spring/season. Atewe played with the Northern Kings on the AAU Circuit and the 18u junior Canadian national team in the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men.

“I played with the Northern Kings up in Toronto, Canada,” Attewe tells HDM. “It was good, just really long, and tiring but a good experience all around.”

Atewe and his Canadian national team finished the FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men with a bronze medal.

“It was a great experience being able to meet back up with the best players in my country, and being able to represent your country through a sport was amazing. Not a lot of people get to do that.” Attewe added.

Atewe’s recruitment is starting to heat up as of late. High major programs are starting to take notice of the Canadian big man.

“I’m being recruited by Kansas St, Auburn, Dayton, St. Bonaventure, SMU, Duquesne, Charlotte, Marshall, WKU, Nevada, NM St, Memphis and others,” said Atewe. “All have offered with Purdue, Illinois, Butler and others interested.”

Atewe explained to HDM what type of player, college coaches would be getting if they recruit him.

“I think my post game and my attitude for the most part improved the most,” said Atewe. “Most of the time I try to be really positive on the court at all times, and I was mostly able to accomplish that.

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“I think I’m a defensive player that can really anchor a team’s defense for the most part, with me blocking shots and rebounding.”

The class of 2013 power forward might be relatively unknown but he’s definitely not going unnoticed.

 

Photo Courtesy: ND Prep


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5 Former NE Prep Players Selected in the 2012 NBA Draft

Moe Harkless 6’9 SF – Was selected 15th in the 1st round by the Philadelphia 76ers. Harkless Had a great freshmen campaign while at St. John’s. Having to be a leader/coach on the floor for his teammates because his head coach Steve Lavin miss the season for medical reasons Harkless did just fine. As a matter of fact he did more than fine, he was phenomenal en route to winning Big East Rookie of the Year by averaging 15.5 points and 8.6 rebounds. Played his prep school ball for South Kent School(CT) where he was a 2nd team All NEPSAC AAA selection.

 

Andre Drummond 6’11 C – Was selected 9th in the 1st round by the Detroit Pistons. Drummond suited up for the Uconn Huskies last season and was considered the #2 ranked prep prospect coming out of St. Thomas Moore behnd #1 draft pick Anthony Davis. A super athletic freak who is sometimes compared to Amare Stoudamire and Dwight Howard potential wise but is seen more of a Serge Ibaka type player right now. While at St. Thomas Moore(CT) Drummond was a 1st teamm all NEPSAC AAA selection. Finished his freshmen campaign averaging 10Ppg, 7.6 Reb and 2.7Bpg.

Will Barton 6’6 SG – Was selected 41 in the 2nd round by the Portland Trailblazers. Barton has been playing for coach Pastner at Memphis the past 2 seasons. Having scored 18ppg and shooting 50% from the field Barton lead the Tigers to 2  NCAA tournament appearances. Before heading to Memphis Barton was considered the #1 Shooting Guard in his class. A former NEPSAC Class A POY while at Brewster Academy playing for coach Jason Smith

 

Kim English 6’6 SG – Was selected 44 in the 2nd round by the Detroit Pistons. English was a big contributor to the Missouri Tigers heralded season which ended with a 30-5 falling to Norfolk State in the NCAA tournament. English was selected to the Big 12 All-Tournament Team, Most Outstanding Player and All-Big 12 Second Team selection. English averaged 14.5ppg and shot better than 50% from the field and 45% from beyond the arc for the Tigers last season. Kimmie English played his prep ball at Notre Dame Prep

 

Thomas Robinson 6’9 PF – Was selected 5th in the 1st round by the Sacramento Kings. After playing behind the Morris twins his sophnore year Robinson stepped into the role as a starter and leader for the Kansas Jayhawks in his Junior campaign. In his first year as a starter Robinson became one of the nation’s dominant forces, averaging 18.0 points and 11.9 rebounds a game, was also selected Big 12 player of the year. Robinson, the first unanimous first-team All-American since Blake Griffin, led the Jayhawks to the national championship game against Kentucky, where they lost 67-59. Thomas Robinson played for coach Jason Smith Brewster Acdemy during his prep career.


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Steven Adams Took New England and the Nation By Storm

7’0 Steven Adams is a Pittsburgh Panthers commit in the class of 2012. Adams played his prep school ball at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Ma by the way of New Zeland. Adams is a strong low post play with a old school feel to his game. Has a high motor and a good skill set. Steve is projected to be a lottery pick in the 2013 NBA Draft and here are highlights from his past regular season

 


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Familiar Faces to Participate in 2012 FIBA Americas Championships

Jake Layman(King Phillip HS, Werenthem, MA) and Matt Atewe( Notre Dame Prep, Fitchburg, MA) both were 1 out of 20+ players competing for a spot to represent their country in the 2012 FIBA Americas U18 Championship for Men, in Brazil from June 16 – 20.

Jake Layman is a 6’8 F with incredible athleticsm made the final cut and will head to Brazil to represent USA and new england. Layman will attend the University of Maryland in the fall of 2012 on a basketball scholarship. Layman fits the up-tempo style of play that Coach Billy Donovan is trying to run. The 6’8 Layman has a 7 foot wingspan that allows him him to guard on the perimeter or in the post.

Matt Atewe is a 6’9 C that attends Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, MA is a Ontario, Canada native. Atewe will be running with the Canada national team and is expected to play big minutes in post. “Atewe will have the responsibility of controlling the paint and protecting the rim. Matthew has tremendous length, improving footwork, and just good enough timing to make a difference in the middle for Team Canada” said, Nolan Shulman of Scout.

Good luck to these 2 young men and as they begin a  jouney to win a medal for their country.