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Miller off the board to Boston College

Boston College defeated Syracuse the #1 team in the nation on Wednesday, on Thursday they received their first 2015 commitment in Jeremy Miller as well as their highest ranked player in Coach Donahue’s four years at Boston College.

Miller is a 6’ 9” forward/ center who will be able to stretch the defense, because of his ability to make the long range shot as well as post up.  The junior forward has improved year to year, but in order to become more effective on the low block he will have to continue to improve his strength.

Miller states, “I chose Boston College because the school really blew me away in different aspects, not just basketball.  I want to major in public relations or communication and BC has my major”

Boston College has gone on record stating that they want to make New England a priority when it comes to recruiting.  Miller attends New Hampton School (NH); is a resident of Milton (MA) and lives about 15 minutes from the Chestnut Hill campus. A few weeks prior Jeremy was present at the Boston College vs. Duke game sitting courtside.

When asked how he felt about the eagles Miller states “I love the coaches and everyone that I talked to, it felt like home since I’m only 15 minutes away.”

Miller held offers from Maryland and Providence College.

Boston College could be on to something, by making local kids a priorities, more kids will take a long hard look at the ACC school located close to there house.  Miller will potentially join his high school teammate Olivier Hanlan who was the ACC rookie of the year last season.

I would like to thank my parents; they are my biggest supports and are always there with me.  Also Pete Hutchins and all my family and friends, Now I can focus on finishing the season off strong winning a AAA championship, then a peach jam championship with BABC”


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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.

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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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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.”

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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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Jalen Adams: “I Am Roxbury”

Growing up in the inner city isn’t easy, but it does have its advantages when you have a goal and a dream.

Jalen Adams the Roxbury, Ma native was always prasied as the next one, as he started early in his playing career at the Roxbury YMCA No Books No Ball basketball league.

Jalen is a part of the Metco school program, a program that allows inner city students into the suburban schools outside of the city.  Jalen attends Melrose High School where he starred for the Red Raiders. The 6-foot-1 Adams was the Middlesex League MVP after averaging 21 points per game. He led the Red Raiders to an 18-2 regular season record, before they fell to state runner-up Brighton in the Division 2 North semifinals.

Adams went into the AAU season with the same fire as he did during the high school season, things didn’t work out for Adams until mid way through the season when he joined the Mass Rivals.

Quickly inserted into the starting line up and things started to pay off for the do it all guard.  This past July Jalen received his first scholarship offer from Providence College. The rising junior will look to take the Melrose Red Raiders to a state championship this up coming season.


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Elite75 Stock Risers

This segment of the Elite 75 recap is geared towards thosem players who used this event to boost their confidence going into live period.

Arguably the MIAA top point guards Malik James and Aaron Calixte separated themselves from the other guards as they played the roles of facilitators rather than scorers for their teams. Both players have been known to put up big numbers for their high school teams this past season. In drills James showed a quick first step in 1 on 1 and 2 on 2 drills, blowing past his defender for a lay up. In 5 on 5 matchups James looked to set his teammates up on offense and seemed to control the tempo of the game when the ball was in his hands, even setting up players where he wanted them to be when the ball wasn’t in his hands. Calixte is a power guard with great upper body strength and loves the contact. Calixte is most known to play off the ball but today we saw a improvement in his ball handling skills and a nice pull up jumper from beyond the arc. Calixte’s decision making is what stood out the most on this day. The young guard would force turnovers with his lock down D that would lead to fast break points for his teammates. Both players made the right plays at the right time.

Jeff Spellman and Jacquil Taylor showed why the two lead their Beaver Country Day team to a NEPSAC Class B title this past season. Spellman was deadly shooting the ball from the outside and had his atleticsm on display. The 6’0 guard had one of the top plays of the day when finishing above the rim for a and 1 flush on his opponent. Didn’t see his point guard skills on display but we did see a level of confidence that’s rarely seen from the guard. Jacquil Taylor is a 6’9 center who has good timing on blocking shots which is his best asset right now. Taylor who had a good showing during one on one drills has a variety of post moves on the offensive end. But we’d like to see him move a lot quicker and be commited to the move when going to the basket. Jacquil has a great motor and never takes plays off.

Jared Wilson-Frame was one of the most efficient scorers on the day. Wilson-Frame scorerd in a variety of ways by hitting long range jump shots, cutting to the basket and scoring off the dribble. A great player who will create a serious buzz in the month of july during live period.

Henry Bolton is starting to trust himself as a point guard. Bolton sores at  a high volume and not to many players in the gym can match his combination of strength speed and athleticsm.

Kaleb Joseph and Dimitri Floras are one of the best backcourts in New England on the AAU circuit. Joseph played real well during drills and forced defenders to play him close because when they sagged off him he would knock down the open jumper. Floras is a guard that has been on a tear this AAU season and starting to create a buzz for himself deservingly so. A very confident player from a year ago around this time. Floras lets the game come him and doesn’t over play possessions. A very good heads up guard with a lot of upside.

Qincey McKnight came into the start of the game with the same energy going out. A wing player with good size that runs the floor well in transition had a number of top plays on the day with crisp bounce passes and aslo being able to finish in the lane while absorbing the contact.

Dayshon Smith the New York native is known for his scoring but today we focused on his defense. Smith played great on ball defense and jumped into passing lanes for steals and deflections. Would like to see Smith more vocal on both ends of the floor.

Matt Cimino is a high bred forward who has a great stroke from 15 feet and beyond. For his height standing at a lean 6’9 Cimino needs to be more assertive on defense. But over time and the tough schedule the Rivals have coming up Cimino will be able to turn it up during live period.

Charls Correa was not looked at to be a lead guard on the day but had a good showing during 1 on1 drills. Correa has a quick release on his pull up jumper that goes well with his natural speed. Always seems to be in control and has great recovery speed on defense.

Matt Owens at 6’6 came into the camp as sort of a unknown player but left with the respect of his players. Owens played hard every play and showed great athleticsm finishing above the rim with loud dunks and blocking shots on the opposing end.

Johnnie Joseph a true point guard at heart can really break down a defender with his ball handling. Today Joseph showed a good release on his shot but is at his best when setting up his teammates.

Donte Gittens is another player who came in as sort of a unkown but was getting into the lane at will. Also being able to penetrate through the lane and make the defense collapse and dish to his low post teammamtes repeatedly for the score.

Adrian Oliveira was aggressive in attacking the basket and knocking down jumpers off the pick and roll screen. The best thing Oliveira put on display was how vocal he was as he’s known to be quiet on the court. Had on of the top plays on the day when he dunked on his defender off the dribble. Would like to see him keep up that same intensity going into live period


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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

 


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2012 BABC Boston Shootout

This past weekend Tufts University was host to the 2012 Boston Shootout. This year marked the 40th anniversary of the event and a number of the nations future bright stars. Teams that participated in the event were BABC(MA), Albany City Rocks (NY), Middlesex Magic (MA), CT Select, NE Playaz, East Coast Elite (CT), MB Nation(ME), The City (NY),USAD(CT) Eric Gordon All-Stars (IN), and Mass Rivals. BABC came away winners in the 15u, 16u, and 17u division but is was no easy task.

 

BABC 15U dominated their division including a blow out win against Albany City Rocks. The strength and athleticsm of  Terrance Mann, Bruce Brown and Marcel Pettway appeared to be a bit much to handle for any team in that age group. Brown and Mann kept the game entertaining as it seemed like everytime they touched the ball and made a play towards the basket it ended up being a Sportscenter hightlight. The of the weekend came from Bruce Brown as he flew over a East Coast Elite defender for a 1 hand slam(Video Can Be Seen Below).

BABC 16u match up against City(NY) had to of been arguably the best game of the scheduled event as it came down to the wire.  Damian Smith(BABC) and Miachael Williams(City) started off hitting consecutive baskets for their teams as many predicted from the start would end up being decided in the last possesion. City(NY) took a bad blow when Donovan Mitchell went down with a ankle injury before the end of the 1st half. The outside shooting of Michael Williams kept City lead through most of the 1st half. But once BABC started to go inside and feed Bonzie Colson he ate on the boards and made everything around the basket.  A Tyree Robinson tip in at the sound of the buzzer put BABC up by 2 going into halftime. The 2nd half belonged to Josh Wallace of City(NY) as the young wing player did everything from knocking down the pull up jumper, grabbing rebounds and defending in the post. BABC proved to be to much at the end of the day as they pulled away in the final minutes of the game securing a 5 point win against City(NY).

The 17u matchup between BABC and Albany City Rocks(NY) was a familiar tune as these two teams meet on the Nike EYBL circuit. Tyrese Hoxter Darien Fernandez were the Co-MVP’s of this game as they jumped out into passing causing multiple turnovers and showing great leadership. Hoxter had a number of above the rim dunks to lead BABC to a 64-51 win over City Rocks(NY)

Notable Top Performers:

’15 Aaron Falzon(NE Playaz) – The 6’7 forward is now considered a dual threat. This weekend we saw Falzon score most of his points in the paint. Something we haven’t seen much of as he’s kbnown for his great perimeter shooting.

’15 Bruce Brown(BABC) – Mr. Sportscenter is the next to blow in the BABC program. He showed a aggresive attack to basket punishing defenders at the rim for trying to contest his shots. (See Dunk Below)

’15 Terrence Mann(BABC) – Mann is beginning to come into his own. As of right now hes a slasher but  is starting to show confidence in his shot on the perimeter.

’15 Marcel Pettway(BABC) –  The ultra big low post presence is to much to handle for most big men in his age group. Pettway has great foot work and can also defend on the perimeter.

’15 Jared Reuter(NE Playaz) – Can put the ball on the floor and create his own shot on the drive. Reuter finishes with contact and converts everything into a old fashion 3 point play.

’14 Kerem Kanter(NE Playaz) – Kanter finishes everything around the rim. Has great hands and loves to finish with the baby hook. Once his defensive intensity matches his offense then he’ll be close to unstoppable.

’13 Tyrese Hoxter and Darien Fernandez(BABC) – Hoxter showed a great handle for the ball as he will be asked to do so next year for Charlestown. Was a vocal leader on defense and offense. Fernandez finished above the rim and was a pest on D causing multiple turnovers.

’14 Damion Smith(BABC) – A talented all around athlete who makes every shot look good when leaving his hands and a exceptional rebounding guard.

’15 Tyree Robinson(BABC) – The human highlight reel as we like to call him as he finishes everything with two hands above the rim whether there is a defender in the lane or not. Also a good shoot blocker for a small forward.

’14 Bonzie Colson(BABC) – Similar to Kanter, Colson has great has and almost finishes everything at the rim. But at this stage of the game Colson is a better rebounder.

’15 Johnny Joseph(BABC) – The lead guard is a wizard with the ball in his hands and is the engine that makes the team go. Has an incredible motor and love for the game that most playes don’t have at this age. Joseph never wants to come out of the game and almost picks apart defenses single handily.

‘ 14 Tyler Nelson(BABC) – When BABC  needed a big  shot Nelson was their for the calling. Knocking down outside shots to always keep BABC close during crunch time.

’13 Rene Castro – Continued to run the show for BABC and put up the best offensive performance of the weekend scoring 41pts in a contest against USAD(CT). In a game where BABC was short handed and was forced to play 4 on 5 and pulled off the win.

Eric Paschall, Donovan Mitchell and Michael Williams(City NY) – a group of 2015-’16 guards that have have basketball IQ ahead of their class. Paschall is 6’4 and plays on the block but stepped out a few times to knock down the 3. Also finishing for multiple above the rim plays through traffic. He has the making of a very promising prospect. Mitchell who is finishing up his 8th grade year has a developed body and game of someone already at the prep level. Mitchell has great perimeter game and is a floor general at  his young age that always keepes the defense on their toes. The city of NY is calling him the next best prospect to come out of there. Michael Williams is a knock down shooter who can not be left open. Even if Williams is not open his ball handling finds a way for him to create space to make it seem like he’s open most of the time.

’13 Isaiah Lewis(NE Playaz) – The New York guard has a knack for the putting the ball in the basket. When nothing was falling for the Playaz you can count on Lewis to create something.

’13 Zakarie Irvin (Eric Gordon All Stars) – The Michigan commit is a wing player but was forced to run the point as his team as short handed. Irvin is a good catch for the Wolveriens, the transition into the point guard role wasn’t a bad one for it was hatrd to tell that it wasn’t his natural position. A prospect that can hit the outside jumper and uses his length to grab rebounds on the offensive glass or second chance points.

’14 Dimitri Floras(MA Rivals) – Continues to impress throught the spring AAU season. Floras has a quick dribble drive move that he fishes with a tear drop in the lane. His outside extends beyond the college 3 point line. Would like to see Floras turn it up on D.

’14 Josh Sharma (MA Rivals) – The 6’10 center has also improved throught out the spring starting to be a great finisher around the basket. Sharma is exceptional on the defensive end altering shots and being quick his to clear out players on the block for a rebound.

’14 Matt Barr – A fierce shooter from outside. Plays on the wing and is a bit undersized. Would need to transition his game into the point guard role to be effective at the next level.

’13 Shadell Millinghaus – The guard was a complete blur to whoever was defending him. A super sthletic prospect that ran the point for his team but is a 6’2 combo guard that just does everything you ask.

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