Ives To Rider

Kealen Ives made a name for himself over the past couple years in New England as go to lead guard that can score with the best of them. Ives confirmed with Hoop Dreams Magazine that he made a verbal commitment to Rider last weekend.

“I felt at home on the visit” Ives said, “It felt like the place for me.”

The Providence native split time on the AAU circuit playing for Metro Boston, New England Playaz and NYC Jayhawks where he racked up some scholarship offers. After picking up offers from Maine, Rider and even interest from Providence College, Ives stated he was going to decide when he found the right fit.

“Coach Braggett said that they’re not recruiting me to sit on the bench,” said Ives. “I will play and it’s up to me if I start or not.”

Ives, who is currently doing a post graduate year at Putnam Science Academy, is a former Classical HS standout. At Classical, Ives earned Interscholastic League player of the year, consecutive first team All-State honor this season, and also a state title.

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Dayshon Smith’s Flying High To Dayton

Dayshon Smith, a New York native is coming off the board with a recent commitment to the Dayton Flyers. Coming off a big summer evaluation period, Smith saw his recruitment soar to new heights, receiving offers from URI, Illinois, Providence, and Penn St. just to name a few.

Smith is a smooth and silky guard that’s known to put up big numbers and also known as a facilitator. Smith is looking to lead the Putnam Science Mustangs to a National Prep Championship.

“I enjoyed the visit a lot, I felt Dayton was the best choice,” Smith told HDM.
Smith truly believed that it’s where you fit in and not what’s written across the front of the jersey. “It didn’t matter about the big name.”

Dayton’s recruitment doesn’t stop here. With the addition of Smith, the Flyers have also added a recruiter.

“I’m going to recruit Kendall Pollard to come join me and Kyle Davis,” said Smith. “I want to thank God, My family friends, coaches, Rice High School and PSA.”

Smith mentioned to HDM during a preseason workout that his focus is on winning a National Prep Championship this year. With his recruitment out of the way, Smith can now focus on bringing home the Title to PSA

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Road Trip: Putnam Science Academy

Seventh year head coach Tom Espinosa has a unique and diverse group of guys that are more mature and experienced than last year’s team. The Putnam Science Academy coach will look to returning point man Dayshon Smith to be a leader on the floor to his teammates.

Dayshon Smith a New York native, is coming off a big summer evaluation period, that now has high major coaches from Pitt, Providence, Penn St. Just to name a few, making stops in Putnam, Ct. frequently.

Smith is a smooth and silky guard that was known last year to put up big numbers for the Mustangs last season. Now Smith is known as a facilitator, proving to college coaches while playing alongside highly recruited players Kuran Iverson, John Severe and Rich Williams on the circuit that he can do more than just score.

Smith’s supporting cast includes a group of six post-graduates, including four from the state of New York, all of whom project capable of playing important roles this year for Putnam Science.

In the backcourt with Smith, you have 6’1 combo guard Jamel Mosely who is a stocky built guard that likes to take on contact when attacking the basket. Mosely is also a streaky shooter that cannot be left open outside at the 3 point line. A pesky defender that always accepts the challenge of defending bigger guards.

On the wing you have Mairega Clarke a 6’5 player with a smooth stroke and a great handle with the ball. Clarke who was forced to play center last year for his Holy Cross HS team, comes to Putnam as one of the biggest sleepers this year in New England. Clarke also knows how to use his length out on the perimeter to jump into passing lanes and create instant offense off turnovers.

Playing on the wing also is Joel Angus 6’5 wing also from New York who’s at his best when attacking the basket and having also benefit from being able to create his own shot. With an improved jump shot Angus can be a serious threat.

In the front court, Coach will look to John Reutty to anchor his team in the post. Reutty is the teams best rebounder and its up on the glass with put backs. Reutty also has a nice face up game that allows him to be a inside out threat with his ability to knock down the perimeter jumper. Roaming the paint you have Paul Brooks, the lone New England Native on the team. Brooks explained his role on the team as “grabbing all the rebounds and blocking shots”, its always good to have a player on your tram that knows his role. Ugor Hortum is a 6’11 center from Turkey that can spread a offense with his ability to shoot the long range ball. Hortum likes to compare his style of play to Mehmet Okur. Hortum is battling back from a knee injury so he’s still trying to get in shape. Would love to see him develop a post game to solidify himself as a scholarship player.

Don’t expect this 7 man rotation to back down from any opponent. This Putnam Science Academy is a special group looking to make some noise. The teams confidence starts with coach Espinosa who’s willing to go up against any team in any setting.


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.