#E75 Academic Experience is Two Weeks Away

#E75 Academic Experience is Two Weeks Away

Posted Saturday, February 25th, 2017

With the high school season now wrapping up throughout New England, the spring is almost upon us and that means we are now just weeks away from the third annual Elite 75 Academic Experience.

This year's event promises to be the best yet, not just because of all the opportunities that are available to prospects and their families that day, but because of the talented field that is now beginning to take shape.

The event will once again feature a coaching staff comprised entirely of active college coaches from top academic institutions (Amherst, Babson, Bowdoin, Conn College, Hamilton, Middlebury, Tufts, Trinity, Vassar, Wesleyan, and WPI are already committed), a list of speakers (including a NESCAC admissions officer), and programming on topics ranging from the Ivy Academic Index to financial aid to time management and everything in between.

The list of players participating grows by the day but already includes unsigned seniors like Wilbraham & Monson forward Enike Anyia along with...

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Best Available Wings

Best Available Wings

Posted Friday, February 24th, 2017

The third part of our best available series focuses on the top wings still on the board in New England’s 2017 class.

The list begins with Redemption Christian’s Chris Duarte, who at 6-foot-5 not only has good size but also the shot-making ability to give himself a major weapon. But Duarte is far from one-dimensional, and even doubles as a big combo-guard with his improved ball-handling and playmaking ability. As a big and versatile perimeter player, it’s no surprise that he is now being pursued by places like Syracuse on down.

While Duarte is undoubtedly at the top of this list, there are plenty of other talented prospects behind him. Here’s a look at some of the other best available wings in New England’s 2017 class.

Bobby Planutis, Bridgton Academy – He’s best described as a combo-forward, someone who is equally capable of seeing time as a big wing or face-up four. Planutis has put up big numbers for Bridgton this year, and been at his best when lights were on the brightest, such...

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Best Available Face-Up 4s/5s

Best Available Face-Up 4s/5s

Posted Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Yesterday, we examined some of the more conventional big men left on the board – guys that are likely to play, or at least do the majority of their damage, in and around the paint at the next level.

With the way the game has evolved in recent years though, most teams are now looking to play four perimeter players at one time, without sacrificing anything on the glass or the defensive end, and so there is an increased premium for forwards, or sometimes even centers, who can stretch opposing defenses out to the three-point line.

Consequently, the “power forward” position that was the prototype ten to fifteen years ago has given way to the “stretch-four” that most teams are now looking for in their second frontcourt position while centers who can step-out and/or facilitate from the elbow/high post are equally valuable.

Fortunately for college coaches, New England still has plenty of talented options left on the board in those spots.

DeAndre Johnson, Gould Academy – His tool set is...

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Best Available Bigs

Best Available Bigs

Posted Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

As seasons wind down and February begins to give way to March, the recruiting trail is beginning to heat up again as college coaches are coming back out in full force looking to plug some 11th hour holes in their recruiting classes.

Fortunately for them, there is still plenty of available talent in New England’s 2017 class. In the coming days, we’ll be running through some of those scholarship caliber players who remain uncommitted.

The big men are up first, and ironically three of the very best can all be found at the same school – Putnam Science Academy.

Malik Ondigo, a post-graduate from Arizona, has the most attention right now, but that certainly wasn’t always the case. The 6-foot-10 big man struggled to even crack the line-up early in the season, but has made great strides in recent months and seen his recruitment tick up in the process. DePaul, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, and Boston College are just a few of his recent suitors, along with his hometown Grand Canyon University.

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Game Winners

Bruce Brown 2016

Posted Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

New England products have dominated college basketball news over the course of the last 48 hours as UConn sophomore Jalen Adams and Miami freshman Bruce Brown delivered back-to-back game winning shots for their respective teams on consecutive days.

Sunday night, UConn traveled to Philadelphia to take on Temple. The Owls held a late 63-62 lead but UConn had one final possession with a sideline-out-of-bounds. They set a simple back-screen for Adams, followed by a subsequent ball-screen which they slipped to avoid a double-team. He nonetheless attracted two defenders, pumped the breaks, and then hit the gas again before making the game winner with one of his trademark tough lay-ups. He was appropriately named American Athletic Conference Player of the Week a day later. The American had highlights of his game winner in addition to other footage from the last week.

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Mattos Lands First D1 Offer

Tayler Mattos 2018

Posted Monday, February 20th, 2017

It has been a relatively long time since a prospect earned a division I scholarship out of the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association as the state's top local talent has a way of migrating into the prep ranks.

Last week though, Kearsarge Regional High School's 6-foot-9 junior big man Tayler Mattos showed that he may well be on his way to becoming the exception.

Mattos, who made his debut in the NERR 2018 rankings just a few weeks ago, has been putting up staggering numbers so far this season, scoring more than 40 points and grabbing 20+ rebounds on more than one occasion while averaging nearly 27 points per game. 

University of New Hampshire head coach Bill Herrion and his staff have taken notice of the local product and on Friday night they were in to watch the Kearsarge big man. Hours after the game, they became the first division I school to offer him a full athletic scholarship offer.

That offer appears to be just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to recruiting...

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This Week’s Notable Performances

This Week’s Notable Performances

Posted Sunday, February 19th, 2017

The post-season is already upon us in some New England states and that means big individual performances are that much more valuable.

With that in mind, here's a look at this week's notable performances:

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Yags’ Point Forward - Regular Season Rundown

Yags’ Point Forward - Regular Season Rundown

Posted Friday, February 17th, 2017

Believe it or not, we’re already on the verge of wrapping up another prep season here in New England as the six state associations and the NEPSAC head into their final regular season games over the next few weeks. Here’s a look at some of the conference races and individual games with postseason implications heading down the stretch.

Class AAA

Brewster remains undefeated and continues to put more distance between themselves and the rest of the pack with each passing week. Jason Smith’s clinched the regular season championship last week with a 93-87 win over New Hampton and have won their conference games by an average of 20-points per contest. If Makai Ashton-Langford and Curtis Haywood II aren’t leading Brewster into the AAA Championship Game at Rhode Island College in a few weeks, we’ll have a shocking upset to discuss.

Northfield-Mt Hermon (5-2 in AAA) battled through a handful of inconsistent performances at the beginning of the season to put themselves right back where...

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AOF Duo Comes off the Board

Brandon Arnold 2017

Posted Friday, February 17th, 2017

Avon Old Farms recently announced a pair of commitments as post-graduate Tyler Washington was accepted to Hamilton College and senior Brandon Arnold to St. Lawrence College.

Arnold has been a mainstay of the AOF program in recent years. A Connecticut native, he is a bigger guard with good perimeter size and the strong body to play multiple perimeter positions. He shoots it well off the catch and the dribble and is full of intangibles and leadership tools.

Arnold was also instrumental in last year’s Founder’s League championship.

Washington and his twin brother, who doubles as a star on the football field, came to Avon from Florida as post-graduates.

Tyler was committed to division I Air Force in the class of 2016 before opting to re-open his recruitment. Now, his addition is a major score for Hamilton as they strive to climb up the ranks in the NESCAC, arguably the premier athletic and academic league in division III.

Washington is a lively and athletic wing with big shoulders,...

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This Week’s Recruiting Round-Up

This Week’s Recruiting Round-Up

Posted Thursday, February 16th, 2017

A week ago, on February 8th, St. Andrew’s visited Brimmer & May for a regular season Class AA game.

The Gators got a good turnout of home fans and held on for a win behind 25 points from A.J. Reeves. Cole Swider led the Saints with 33.

In the 8 days since, Reeves and Swider have been linked in a series of recruiting news.

Both Syracuse head-coach-in-waiting Mike Hopkins and Villanova head coach Jay Wright were in attendance and the Orange were the first to offer both products later that night.

A day later, Villanova followed suit and offered both Reeves and Swider.

Two days later, on Saturday, they coincidentally both found themselves at the Dunkin Donuts Center to watch Providence knock off nationally ranked Butler in Rhode Island native Andrew Chrabascz’s final return to his home state.

It was Swider’s second unofficial visit to Providence in as many weeks after he watched the Friars play host to Villanova on February 1st.

Reeves added another offer before the week was done...

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