Akosa Maduegbunam Earns MVP Honors at the Powerade Hardtop Challenge

Akosa Maduegbunams is a Penn St. Freshmen from the city of Boston, Ma. Maduegbunam played his last games at the Powerade Blacktop challenge before officially suiting up for the Nittany Lions. Alissa earned himself MVP honors of the tournament with electrifying plays above the rim and a smooth jump shot. We wish Akosa the best of luck this season.


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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.


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Penn State Commit Akosa Maduegbunam: Talks Penn State

Basketball is a tough sport to evaluate talent. There are a lot of guys who get more exposure than others, which is very unfortunate. Akosa Maduegbunam is one of those guys who has not gotten a chance to prove himself much on the national level, but there’s no doubt that this rising senior is a diamond in the rough. Maduegbunam is a high-character player with a high ceiling. He has high-major athleticism and a nice skill set. Maduegbunam will play for The Winchendon School this year and is already committed to play basketball at Penn State under new coach Pat Chambers. I recently caught up with Akosa for a day so that fans could get to know the under-the-radar prospect a little bit better.

Akosa played for Expressions Elite for AAU, he not only showed that he belonged on the national level, he proved it every time he stepped on the court.  He had something to prove check out his interview and video that shows the amount of work he put in day in and day out.

What made Coach Chambers stand out from the rest of the coaches that recruited you?

AM: “He’s a great guy more than basketball coach. He’s definitely one of the better recruiters out there. We’ve built a bond that can’t be broken. I feel like I could almost expect him to be present at my wedding.”

Did you watch any Penn State basketball games last season?

AM: “Funny thing is, I always wanted the Big East Network, but somehow I did have the Big Ten Network, so I actually got to see the team a bit. Towards tourney time, Penn State wasn’t even really recruiting me but I was particularly attracted to Talor Battle. I love small guys with big hearts like Talor and Kemba Walker.”

Other than basketball, what else attracted you to Penn State?

 “Academics are first and foremost. At Penn State, they are off the charts. The Penn State name says a lot.  I wanted to be a part of a big community, not just a basketball community.  I was also attracted to the town (State College) itself.  Overall, it’s just a great environment.”

What are the best facets of your game?

“Coach Chambers’ style fits the way I play. It’s very faced-pace, catch and shoot, coming off screens, and running the floor. I also love defending the hell out of the ball.  I will continue working on my ball-handling as well as my strength and conditioning.”

 What do you want to tell the Penn State basketball fans out there?

“I want you guys there, not just for some games, but every game.  It takes a lot of commitment to be a part of a great program, so I’d hope that the fans put in that commitment as well.  I’m just a fun and outgoing guy and I love meeting people.  This should be fun!”

Basketball is a tough sport to evaluate talent. There are a lot of guys who get more exposure than others, which is very unfortunate. Akosa Maduegbunam is one of those guys who has not gotten to prove himself much on the national level, but there’s no doubt that this rising senior is a diamond in the rough. Maduegbunam is a high-character player with a high ceiling. He has high-major athleticism and a nice skill set. Maduegbunam will play for The Winchendon School this year and is already committed to play basketball at Penn State under new coach Pat Chambers. I got to catch up with Akosa for a day so that fans could get to know the under-the-radar prospect a little bit better.

 

video & article courtesy of (LShapiro Productions)

article: onwardstate

 


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Tevin Falzon “Commits to Sacred Heart University”

It’s been a long journey of ups and downs for 6’7 Forward Tevin Falzon. Falzon a native of Newton, MA seems to have been on the basketball circuit forever. Falzon began playing aau for Team MAD a team formed of predominantly Boston area kids. In the Beginning years Falzon would struggle to consistently contribute while wearing a size 16 shoe at the age of 14 years old coaches could see the potential .

Falzon would star at Newton North high school but unfortunately was unable to earn himself a scholarship and receiving interest from Division 3 programs. Over the past summer Falzon has blossomed into a dominate force in New England and helped lead Metro Boston AAU program to AAU nationals.  Falzon has earned himself a scholarship to attend Sacred Heart University today.  That is three division one schlorship players for the Metro Boston AAU program this month Dimitry Coronel (Maine) Jesse Chuku (Lehigh).  We sat down with Falzon to talk about his commitment.

“I choose Scared Heart University because I felt it was the right fit academically and basketball wise. Also, Sacred Heart University did not wait on me and offered early showing that they really believe that I can be an impact player for them at the next level.

It feels great knowing that I have reached one of my goals that I set out for myself early in life and again going into this summer. It definitely feels like the sacrifice and hard work has payed off. This will propel me to work even harder to achieve my future goals this season and at the next level. It also feels great to prove all my doubters wrong.

What does the words Metro Boston mean to you?

“Family and great organization that teaches, and helps it’s players develop as well as getting them to college too.”

What advice could you give the younger generation about picking the right school?

“I would basically say just do your research about each school that you have to choose from. Don’t just pick the school based on name, make sure you visit these schools, talk to the players and coaches, find out what the school has to offer academically, and decide if that is the place where you want to be, receive your education, and play for 4 years.”

Who are your biggest supporters?

“My biggest supporters are my parents especially my dad who put a lot of his time and energy into doing whatever was needed to make me a better player. Other big supporters include my AAU coach Mo Vasquez along with the rest of the Metro Boston coaching staff and my high school coach Paul Connolly.  My Aunt and my grandmother were other supporters who helped me get to this point. And pretty much the rest of my family supported me and helped me get here as well.”

What advice have you given your younger brother about being recruited?
 
“The advice that have giving to my younger brother Aaron has been just to continue to work hard/play hard no matter what, and not get caught up in any hype or other bs and he will be fine.”