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St. Andrew’s Holiday Tournament

In a game where nine of the participants on both teams have played for the same AAU program the past 2 years, you would expect the contest to be a good one.  Oh what a good one it turned out to be.

At the 2012 St. Andrew’s Holiday Tournament, a matchup between The Tilton School and Wilbraham & Monson was a potential playoff game in the middle of the regular season. The gym was packed with spectators and college coaches who were in for a treat.

The game started off rough for Kansas commit Wayne Selden who sat for most of the first half with 3 fouls, Tilton looked towards their young core of players to step up and make things happen. Terrance Mann (14 points) played the role of the aggressor the whole game. Even though he had his shot attempts rejected on numerous occasion by 6’10 Goodluck Okonoboh, the wiry forward continued to attack not showing any signs of letting up.

With Goodluck Okonoboh roaming the paint on the defensive end, it was almost impossible for Tilton never really got things going inside. Okonoboh who finished with 11 blocks was a game changer on the defensive end as always. The Titans also looked towards one of their young players to step up and be the aggressor on offense.

With Tilton holding a 1 point lead going into halftime (29-28) WMA needed that they needed to come out swinging first in the 2nd half. Freshmen guard Mustapha Heron (12 points) played tough throughout the game but especially in the 2nd period having the assignment of guarding Wayne Selden and then having to be guarded by Mann on the other end, the young guard had his work cut out for him on this day. Heron also had the nice play that showed off the growth in his game when had a crossover drive to the basket for a two hand slam down the middle of the lane.

The game was close in the 2nd period with Tilton’s lead exceeding no more than 4 points at a time. It was the play of senior guard Chestor Victor who led all scorers with 27 points that was the real story of this game. Victor had the hot hand all day poking and diving for loose balls (4 steals) and knocking down shots whenever WMA started to make a run. Tilton would go on to defeat WMA 63-59

Other Top Performers:

Rene Castro (Worcester Academy):  22pts vs Masters

Sammy Mojica (Brimmer May):  27pts vs Vermont Academy

Jacob Clark (Christian Heritage): 30pts vs Cushing Acdemy

DaQuein McNeil (Vermont Academy): 19pts vs Brimmer May


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Wayne Selden Nets A Triple-Double In Home Opener

The Tilton Schools Friday night home opener against Notre Dame Prep was in front of a packed house and spectators did not walk away disappointed. After losing the season opener to the Kiski School (PA), the Rams knew losing back to back games would not be acceptable. Kansas commit Wayne Selden put on a triple-double (19pts 18reb 10ast) performance to remember including a one handed tomahawk bang off a lob pass from Johnny Joseph that set the gym on fire.

The big story was Lee Messier, the 6’2 sniper connected on 7-10 shooting from behind the arc to tally up 28 points midway through the contest. Messier finished with 35 points for the game.

Every Tilton Rams player scored at least a point in the 125-79 victory over ND Prep


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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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Terance Mann’s Basketball Skills Seminar at Zero Gravity

During the 2012 Zero Gravity Beast of The East Tournament, Terance Mann a 6’5 wing player from the Tilton School went on a tear and averaged 26 points per game on the weekend. His best showing was a 30 pt, 9 reb, 6 stl, 7 ast performance against the Kingston Thunder. These are a set of highlights of Terance performance while running with his BABC AAU program. Terance Mann’s game has improved more than any prospect in New England’s 2015 class and it shows every time he steps out onto the court.

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Wayne Selden To Kansas

Kansas made it a point to land Wayne Selden, and the end of result of their hard work came a commitment from the 6-foot-5 Boston, Ma native who attends the Tilton School (NH).

“Kansas already being my favorite, visiting and feeling a part of something special was the selling point,” said Wayne on his commitment to the Jayhawks.

Selden was accompanied on his recent visit over the weekend to Lawrence, KS with his mother, father and God mother. Selden and his family credit Kansas assistant Norm Roberts for doing a good job recruiting him.

Now with his personal recruitment process out of the way, Selden has some recruiting to do on his own.

“I’m recruiting Julius Randle & Aaron Gordon,” when speaking on potential prospects Wayne is working on getting up Kansas with him. Gordon attended Kansas Late Night Madness with Selden and Julius Randle is scheduled to visit sometime during the season.

Wayne Selden also has a lot more to focus on this year, after losing seven players from last year’s Tilton team and coming back as the only returning starter.

“Now my focus is to have a great high school season and work even harder.”

This past summer, Selden declared that he will be leaving the class of 2014 and will be returning to his original class of 2013. Originally the reason for reclassing was to develop academically and athletically while playing in the NEPSAC, arguably one of the best prep school leagues in the country. Wayne Selden is an early candidate for the 2013 McDonald’s All-American game.


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Alex Oriakhi 2.0

 

Oriakhi, a 6’9″ post player, played at the Tilton School in Tilton, New Hampshire. As a senior, Alex was named a McDonald’s All-American, a Parade All-American and the Gatorade player of the year for New Hampshire.

Following his high school career, Oriakhi chose the University of Connecticut to play for Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun. Alex started most of his freshman season, averaging 5.0 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.  At the close of the season, he was named to the Big East Conference all-rookie team.

As a sophomore, Oriakhi raised his game to average 9.9 points, 8.7 rebounds (second in the Big East) and 1.6 blocks per game (7th in the Big East). Oriahki was the main post presence for the Huskies when they won the 2011 Big East Tournament and the 2011 NCAA Men’s Tournament. As a junior, Oriakhi saw his minutes decrease with the addition of highly recruited freshman Andre Drummond.  Oriakhi’s production dropped as well, as he averaged 6.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

After the season, Oriakhi announced his intentions to transfer to another school, citing the Huskies’ 2013 ban on postseason play.  He will be eligible to play for his new school during the 2012–13 season.  Ultimately Oriakhi transferred to Missouri where he would team up with AAU teammate Phil Pressey , seems like things have paid off, Oriakhi has made  great improvements with his body as well as his workout with Pro/Elite skills trainer KP.

Look for Alex to play a major role, as Missouri looks to make another run towards the NCAA tournament.

 

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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.


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Wayne Selden’s New York/Boston Summer Pro-Am Tour

Wayne Selden was one of the most electrifying prep prospects in the country this summer. Playing on the Nike EYBL circuit, camps in North Carolina, California, Florida, Maryland…ETC. Selden still found time to participate in Pro-Am’s traveling from New York back to Boston. Selden has been training all summer to prepare himself for a big senior campaign.