Darryl Reynolds To Villanova

Darryl Reynolds is a 6’9 PF who attend Worcester Academy (MA) by the way of Philadelphia, PA. Reynolds attended Lower Marion HS (PA) the former high school of Kobe Bryant before landing at Worcester Academy. Reynolds will be attending Villanova and playing for head coach Jay Wright during the 2013-2014 college basketball season.

Reynolds picked Villanova over Seton Hall, South Carolina and Utah. Reynolds development under head coach Jamie Sullivan showed throughout the season even earning himself third team Class AA NEPSAC honors while helping the Hilltoppers to a 21-6 record. With the loss of two Wildcat post players Reynolds fills a void that coach Wright is looking for.



Rene Castro To Butler

Rene Castro announced over the weekend that he would be attending Butler University in the fall of 2013. After a recent visit to Butler, Castro made the decision after spending a week discussing his options with family about deciding between Boston University, George Washington, Butler and Duquesne.

 Rene Castro is one of the most heralded prospects out of the New England area in the past 3 to 4 years. Castro’s career started at Milton High, where he lead his team to a state title as a freshman with one of the most memorable clutch performances in a Massachusetts state tournament game. Castro would transfer to Beaver Country Day the following year where he would lead his team to two consecutive Eastern Independent League championships.

Rene Castro, who now stars for Worcester Academy was the 2011-2012 Gatorade Player of The Year. On the AAU circuit Castro has won numerous national titles while playing with Leo Papile’s BABC program. Castro is a proven winner wherever he goes and that shouldn’t change when he gets to Butler.

 “Butler, because of the great coaching staff,” said Rene on one of many reasons why he chose Butler. “I think it (Butler) can help me be the most successful on and off the court.”

 “My role hopefully is to get major minutes as freshman as a point guard and able to play my game,” Said Castro.

 Rene Castro is the second local prospect to give Butler a commitment and a familiar one close to Rene. Castro will team up with Andrew Chrabascz for the next four years in hopes of continuing their winning as they once did on the AAU circuit for BABC.

 “Andrew did not put any pressure on me, he said make the best decision for yourself,” said Castro on teaming up with his former AAU teammate Andrew Chrabascz. “It’s great; me and him(A. Chrabascz) are just doing anything to win, that’s what we’re about.”

 Butler enters its first season as a member of the A-10 and is 1 of 6 teams favored to win the conference this year.


The Effect Social Media and The Internet Have On A Players Recruitment

Social media and the internet have permanently changed how recruiting works in college sports. The NCAA has rules and regulations in place that restricts how many phone calls coaches can make to recruits. The current rule stands at unlimited phone calls, text messages and direct messages are permitted after a prospect completes his sophomore season.

“I think it’s huge….More than ever social media is a must have for a College Coach,” said one college coach to HDM, explaining the way recruiting tactics have changed over the years. “YouTube is something all kids should do for coaches.”

With the rapid growth in technology, a prospect is able to log onto Twitter and Facebook on their mobile phones and receive all types of messages from coaches at any given time.

We are also living in what is called the “YouTube Era” where you can almost type in any word or phrase in the search menu and get a result. For some prospects that are trying to get noticed by recruiters YouTube can be used as a tool to attract certain coaches. YouTube is probably the fastest and easiest way for an athlete to go from being unnoticed to creating a name for themselves.

“It plays a big role – but ultimately I like what my eyes see better- highlights have and will deceive” said one coach to how much YouTube plays a factor in evaluating a player.

 A player can often find themselves swamped with alerts and messages on twitter from fans and coaches about coming to their respected schools. A message can be ignored; it’s up to the players to decide which ones they want to respond to if any.

 During the 2011-2012 prep season while playing basketball for Worcester Academy, Rene Castro deactivated both his Twitter and Facebook account.

 ‘Yeah I was focusing too much of my time (to social media), so I deleted both for schoolwork and bball,” Castro explained how crazy social media can get for a student-athlete. “It was hard at first but then I got use to it, I have them back because I am able to manage my time on social networks, workout, and do school work.”

 “Love YouTube,” said one coach on feelings about social media and internet use to recruit. “Even if it’s just to keep other coaches on the staff in the loop, Facebook lets us see what they are doing socially, Acceptable vs. Unacceptable behavior, Very helpful.”

Twitter, Facebook and Skype have also been used as ways for student-athletes to announce their college decisions in recent years. The state of social media and the internet has become more than just a way to connect with family and friends, it’s almost a way of life now, and some of us can’t live or keep up with the times without it.

no coaches names were listed in this article per request


Panaggio to Lipscomb

Matt Pannagio, a post-grad at Worcester Academy, by the way of Father Lopez High School in Florida, gave a verbal commitment to Lipscomb University Monday evening.

Pannagio is a 6’3 guard from Florida that can really stroke it from deep and a great play maker in the open floor. Pannagio can be considered a combo by most with ability to slash to the basket, knock down the outside jump shot and also serve as a ball handler.

Lipscomb also picked up a commitment from 6’3 Peyton Hulsey from Memphis, TN yesterday.

Photo courtesy of Ocularfusion


Worcester Academy “Prep Profile”

Worcester Academy head coach Jamie Sullivan knows his team is in good hands, when Rene Castro is running the show. Castro when on a scoring binge last season, going on a streak of scoring 30 plus points in 5 straight games. Look for Castro to be more of a facilitator this season with newly added scoring options on the wing. Insert Worcester, Ma native Matt Mobley, who is a 6’2 combo guard post-grad that recently gave a verbal commitment to Central Connecticut State. Mobley is a very aggressive guard with tremendous athleticism that can also see some time at the point. Also on the wing you have Matt Pannagio a 6’3 guard from Florida that can really stroke it from deep and a great play maker in the open floor. Benjamin Mesuda and Devin Williams will also find time at guard spot for the Hilltoppers.

The Hilltoppers Frontline will be orchestrated by returning 6’10 Center Matt Cimino and 6’8 bruiser, Darryl Reynolds. Cimino is coming off a great run on the AAU circuit with Mass Rivals earning high major interest including offers from Virginia, BC and Kansas State. Cimino is versatile, face up post player that can step out and knock down the long range jump shot. Reynolds comes to Worcester, Ma by the way of Philadelphia, Pa and made a name for himself in New England weeks prior to the start of school at the Tufts Prep Shootout. Reynolds physical presence alone is an intimidation factor for those who think about trying to get in his way. Standing at 6’8 with a massive cut frame, Reynolds is a skilled, big man with range on his shot that extends to the 3 point line. Reynolds likes to bang down low, put the ball on the floor to create space, in order to knock down the baseline pull up or jump shot from the elbow. Reynolds and Cimino on the floor together will create matchup problems for opposing big men.

Tyreik McCauley, Thomas Rivard and Samuel Joaquin will also be key contributors in the frontcourt. All three players bring veteran experience to a deep Hilltoppers team.


Matt Mobley Makes His Pick

When Matt Mobley finished his high school career at St. Peter Marian he didn’t have a single offer on the table, so he decided to do a post grad year at Worcester Academy.

After a successful run down in Orlando, Fl on the AAU circuit, Mobley a 6’2 combo guard known for his athleticism and being able to score in bunches gave a verbal commitment to Central Connecticut State.

“I chose CCSU cause i loved the coaching staff,” said Mobley. “I felt like they kept it real with me 100%.”

Mobley felt really good about his decision and being able to play close to home.

“I liked the team a lot and the direction they’re heading in, Mobley told HDM. “I feel like i fit in perfectly with them and their style of play.”

Look for Mobley to have a big season under coach Sullivan at Worcester Academy.


Photo courtesy of WTIC’s Matt Dwyer


The Future Looks Bright

In 3 days HDM witnessed a lot of young talent and the future is looking bright for a number of prospects. Both Bay State Flash and Middlesex Magic took home the 17u crown at the 2012 Basketbull Hall of Fame National Invitational in Springfield, Ma. With big contributions from Chris Braley and Pete Miller the Magic were able to go head to head in a championship game against MB Nation. Magic ended up victorious with effort from Chris Lee and Harry Rafferty. Bay State Flash caputred their crown in a overtime win against MABC.

Team Scan and Greater Boston Lions won the 16u crown after both teams had an impressive win in the 16u Championship games on their respectable ends of the bracket. Team Scan also took home the title for the 15u division.

Top Performers:

Pete Miller (Middlesex Magic) – One of the most fundamentally sound players in this tournament. At 6’10 Miller can knock down the jump shot from the elbow and has a developing back to basket move scoring over the right shoulder. Has a ton of upside

Chris Braley (Middlesex Magic) – a power guard who has improved on his ball handling. Braley does not shy away from attacking the basket and punishes smaller defenders post backing them down and utilizing his body strength to scorI over them.

Chris Lee (Middlesex Magic) – At 6’7 Lee plays like he’s 6’9. A power forward with emphasis on the word power. A physically gifted player whose low post game is coming along. Can handle the presurre during crunch time as he knocked down a key free throw with seconds left on the clock to secure a championship win for his team.

Kameron Rooks (Gamepoint) – A 7ft big who knows how to use his size to box his man out. A back to the basket player who has a hanful of hugh major offers. Gamepoint runs a fast paced offense and Rooks ran the floor very well. Does a good job establishing position on the lower block. A mid level rebounder

Paschal Chuwku (CBC 17u) – The 7’1 center may have averaged 3 blocks a game but he altered about triple that. Roaming the paint on the defensive end Chuwku mad it hard for opponents to score in the lane. His offensive game is coming along strong and it shows as Big East coaches are starting to show interest.

Greg Bridges (Boston Warriors 17u)The up and coming sophmore was the fastest end to end player with the ball in his hands this weekend. A savvy point guard who commands a double team which allows his wing players to free up and knock down the open jumper. His stats creep up on you at the end of the game as he totaled 90pts in 4 games.

Samuel Dingba (Westchester Hawks 17u) – A high bred forward who runs the floor well, rebounds at a high level and a very good defender. Dominated in the paint and finished with a number of loud dunks. His athleticsm let’s him play taller than his registered height

Max Risch (Boston Warriors 17u) – Risch is about 6’6 and a very athletic forward that can run the floor, knock down the perimeter shot.

Isaiah Coleman (Boston Warriors 17u) – The 6’4 Colemans athleticsm is through the roof. As he uses that tool to grab offensive rebounds that convert into put back points and blocks on the defensive end.

Daivon Edwards (Boston Warriors) – Great streaky shooter who will punish teams that leave him open. Zone Buster!

Jacquil Taylor (Prodigy 17u) – Had a dominant performance thoughout the weekend. Taylor blocked shots repeatedly on the defensive end and showed a nice touch around the rim with a running jump hook. Also caught a couple lob passes for dunks in traffic. Would like to see Jacquil add the 15ft jumper to his repertoire to complete his inside out game. St. Joe’s, Holy Cross and Sienna had a coach courtside to watch his every move.

Joseph Connolly (Prodigy 17u) – The 6’1 sharp shooter rarely saw a shot he didnt like from the perimeter because he rarely missed. Connolly also found ways to get in the lane with his dribble drive penetraition.

Matt Barr & Dustin Cole (MB Nation 17u) – If you didn’t know who this pair of shooters were coming into the weekend then i bet after watching one game you left a fan. Cole and Barr took turns torching the nets in Springfield, Ma and making believers out of some doubters. Both prospects should be hearing from a ton of coaches who will be following them on the circuit the next couple weeks.

Fredens Deneus (Greater Boston Lions) – A 6’6 combo forward who can play in the high post. Has quick feet and athleticsm to out maneuver his defender on the low block. had a great 20 and 12 performance in the championship game.

Conrad Chambers (Team Scan 16u) – showed a high skill level and a gift for getting his teammates involved. Plays at a high level all game and always kept his team in control.

Quincy McKnight (Team Scan 16u) – A long wing player with a quick first step that allows him to beat his defender off the dribble. Draws a lot of contact in the lane which allows him to earn points from the line. McKnight can knock down the mid range jumper but would like to see him knock down the an occasional shot from beyond the arc more.

Chris McCullough (Team  Scan 16u) – Showed a lot of improvement in his game by being able to knock down the perimeter jumper consistantly. Also showed confidence in his ball handling, where in one play McCullough took his defender off the dribble and finished with a tomahawk slam down the lane. A much stronger player in the past couple months since the end of the prep school season.

Nate Anderson (Metro Boston 17u)- A face up 4 who was active on the boards which lead to his team getting second chance points. Also improved on his ball handling as he continued to attack the basket when catching the ball at the high post.

Greg Senat (Metro Boston 17u) – A bruiser in the paint that punishes defenders who try to challenge him. Out works everybody who gets in his way of grabbing a rebound. Finished a bunch of loud 2 hand slams that had spectators backing up.

Percy Davis (Threat 220 17u) – The D.C. native is a 6’5 shooting guard with a great skill set who put up a phenomenal 24pt effort against the D.Rose All Stars in a buzzer beating loss. Davis knocked down perimeter shots, drove to the basket for the old fashion 3 pt play and finished 9-11 from the free throw line. One of the most underrated players at the event. A sleeper for a school with an available scholarship looking for a late addition

Tremont Waters (Team Scan 15u) – The young guard continued to impress this spring/summer aau season. Waters has yet to play a high school game but plays at the level of a varsity point guard. Created space with his dribbling and created offense for his teammates.

Zach Gattereau (Lox 17u) – A 6’5 long athleic versatile player who can shoot from the perimeter. No decision on his plans for next year

JC Show (JB Hoops 17u) – The 6’3 Jr combo guard did a lil bit of everything for his team as he ran the point and made big shots when his team needed one. Show is not gifted with speed but has the IQ of a good floor general. Played the role as a player/coach for his team

Justin Robinson (B.C. Eagles 17u) – After winning MVP honors At the 2012 Gym Rat Challenge Robinson continued his high level performance this weekend. At 5’8 Robinson is very quick, athletic and a wizard with the ball in the open floor. Constantly fooling defenders with his quick cross over dribble. Couldn’t find a defender to lock him up all weekend.

David Stewart (MABC 17u) – A 6’5 power forward who plays the game to his strength. What Stewart lacks in size he makes up for it with his ability to use his upper body strength to finish over taller defenders.

Henry Bolton (RI Hawks 16u) – We know the 6’2 combo guard is a great scorer but it’s what he did by making plays for his teammates is what impressed us the most. Continued to grab the attention of coaches in the building with his ability to knock down the pull up jumper from deep.

Jackson Donahue (RI Hawks 16u) – In the championship game Donahue showed us why he is one of the best shooters in New England regardless of class. Knocking down 4 consecutive 3pt shots with a hand in his face and didn’t stop in the 2nd half. Donahue needs to get a little bit stronger and improve on his first step in order to take his defender to the basket and absorb contact.

Kealen Ives (RI Hawks 16u) – a great pass first point guard who is a vocal leader. Limits his turnovers and takes good shot selections.

Charels Correa (RI Hawks 17u) – Did a great jump of knocking down jump shots and running the show.

Daquon Ervin (Riverside Hawks 15u) – A new emerging name in the New England region who will suit up for Northfield Mt. Hermon. The ’15 guard has a nice pull jumper and runs the offense with good speed and understanding. He’s a heads up point that defends real well. Has a lot of room for growth

Matt Mobley (Bay State Flash 17u) – displayed a lot of strength when attacking the basket and also showing a good stroke from the mid range.

Lexus Williams – (D. Rose All Stars 17u) – A 6’2 combo guard who recently gave a verbal commitment to Valparaiso. Gets into the lane with his quickness and uses a tear drop floater to finish over defenders. Plays under control and is not afraid to do the bulk of the scoring if his team needs him to.

Larry Austin (D.Rose Allstars 17u) – A top 50 player in the class of 2014 Austin repeatedly attacked the basket and never backed away from defenders. Austin showed his strength with the ability to continue going towards the basket for a finish after absorbing the contact. So much room for growth in this prospect

Ben Moore (D. Rose All Stars) – The 6’8 junior forward did a good job filling in for the top 5 player in the country Cliff Alexander(who was injured earlier this week). Moore has a soft touch around the basket and runs the floor well in the open floor. Has great timing on his shot blocking. Needs to get stronger with his ball handling and add muscle to his body if he’s going to make a living in the post.

Darius Austin (D. Rose All Stars) – A 6’6 face up player whose game extends out to 15ft. Has a great body type that allows him to often over power his defenders when facing his back to the basket on the low block. Not very athletic but is a work horse

LJ Mcintosh (D. Rose All Stars) – No matter how long Mcintosh sits on the bench the one thing thats for certain is that when his number is called he’s ready to go. Mcintosh punished teams all weekend with his outside shooting. Often pulling his team out of deficits. The 6’2 guard left one official stating to his coach “how doesn’t he start?”. That’s because Mcintosh understands his role as a player and is the first player off the bench to be a scoring option for the 2nd unit.


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#5 Tilton vs Worcester Academy: Recap

It’s not unusual to see Rene Castro and Wayne Selden on the court together. But what is unusual is seeing them opposite teams competing against each other. The two have not played against each other since their middle school days. I mean Castro is coming off a Nike EYBL
national championship win with Tiltons starting 5.



With their natural competitive spirit they did not disappoint the packed house that came to see a battle. “It was weird at first, he’s like my brother but after the game begun he was an enemy and was the target” said Selden. “It felt weird at first but it was pretty fun playing against them” said Castro

The Tilton School hosted Worcester Academy in their first home game of the season. WA came out firing from deep hitting four straight 3 pointers to take a early 12-1 lead over the rams. Half way through the first half Tilton grabs a hold of the lead after the Rams began to pound the ball inside to .Georges Niang and Nerlens Noel. WA cut the Rams lead down to two after a buzzer beating 3 pointer by Andrew Scocca to end the half 33-31 rams. Georges Niang had finished with 20 points at the half and 33 for the game

WA picked up right where they left off and attacked the rim on consecutive trips down the floor to regain the lead. But it wouldn’t be long before Tilton turned it up on the defensive as Nerlens Noel and Goodluck Okonoboh altered and blocked almost every shot that was put up in the lane. Tilton would regain the lead and never look back. In the second half another surprise look was Nerlens Noel running the point for majority of the half and doing it effectively as he finished with 13 points 7 blocks and 5 assist. Wayne Selden finished with 14 points for the Rams and Rene Castro finished with 26 points to lead the Hilltoppers in a losing effort.


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.