Local Products Attend Elite One Hundred

Ismael Massoud 2019

Posted Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Nike Grassroots Basketball hosted 100 top national prospects in the classes of 2019 and 2020 at their annual Nike Elite One Hundred last week in Saint Louis.

Invited prospects, who were selected almost exclusively from within Nike's sponsored grassroots programs, competed in closed session drills and games from Thursday to Sunday in front of Nike staff, select media, and limited family.

Tabor Academy and Expressions Elite guard Noah Fernandes was in attendance along with MacDuffie School and PSA Cardinals guard Ismael Massoud. Nate Tabor, a Connecticut native who currently attends Our Savior New American in New York and plays for the New York Rens, was also in attendance.

Fernandes has been playing up on Expressions' EYBL team all spring and seen his impact increase with every passing session. He had a particularly big weekend earlier this month when he helped Expressions earn the championship at the Rumble in the Bronx. Below are some of his highlights from that weekend.

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KUA’s Dike Commits to Yale

Eze Dike 2018

Posted Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

 

Kimball Union Academy 2018 guard Eze Dike committed to Yale on Monday afternoon.

Dike is a native of Montreal, Quebec who announced his commitment via North Pole Hoops, which has been at the forefront of covereing Canadian basketball for several years now.

Dike arrived in New England last fall and made a quick impact for KUA on both ends of the floor and subsequently cracked the NERR rankings as a result. His recruitment went to new levels this spring though as he starred with the Northern Kings on the travel circuit and added multiple offers in both the Ivy and Patriot Leagues.

The 6-foot-2 guard is both athletic off of two-feet as well as powerful. He's capable of playing both on and off the ball and is also a tough defender.

His commitment will mark the 8th...

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Reeves is a Friar

A.J. Reeves 2018

Posted Sunday, June 25th, 2017

Providence College's Elite Camp couldn't have gotten off to a much better start on Sunday.

In fact, when Ed Cooley first began to address the campers he spoke of a commitment that the Friars had just received from a prospect who had attended elite camp for the last three years.

The Friars' pursuit of Reeves does indeed go back that far. It was clear from a very early age that Reeves would be one of the top prospects in New England's 2018 class, but his game has actually evolved quite a bit over the years.

Initially, his potential was based on being a budding guard with good size and ball-handling ability. A shooter, however, he was not.

Three years later and his frame has stretched to 6-foot-6 and, thanks in large part to long hours spent in the gym with Brimmer head coach Tom Nelson, Reeves has developed into not just one of the best shooters in New England, but the entire country after knocking down 46% of his attempts from behind the three-point line during the recent Adidas...

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Mattos Earning Offers

Tayler Mattos 2018

Posted Sunday, June 25th, 2017

The live period doesn't begin until July but that doesn't necessarily mean prospects have to wait until then to play in front of division I coaches.

The month of June is a big time for both elite camps and team camps run by various division I programs. It is different from the live periods because you're only playing in front of one coaching staff as opposed to potentially numerous ones at the same time but it can still be very beneficial.

No one has benefitted more this month than Kearsarge High School big man Tayler Mattos who has attended numerous camps with his WrightWay Skills club and earned a plethora of offers along the way.

In fact, Mattos has now earned four new division I offers in the last ten days. It began last week at BU when Mattos earned an offer while on the Terriers campus. Subsequent offers from Albany and Bryant both came mid-week and now, most recently, he landed an offer from Rider following their team camp on Saturday.

Mattos had a dominant junior year in...

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ESPN Announces 2019 & 2020 Rankings

Chol Marial 2019

Posted Friday, June 23rd, 2017

After announcing an updated ESPN 100 earlier this week, the ESPN 60 for the class of 2019 and ESPN 25 for the class of 2020 were announced on Thursday and Friday respectively.

Two New England prep products were ranked among the top 60 rising juniors as Chol Marial maintained his status within the top five prospects in the class while Akok Akok made his debut at 51st overall.

Marial, who finished his second consecutive season at Cheshire Academy, is rumored to be heading to a school in Arizona next year but similar rumors also spread last summer and Marial still elected to return to Cheshire where he made huge strides from his freshman season.

Akok's debut in the ESPN 60 comes after a huge spring on the Adidas Gauntlet where the rising junior established himself as both one of the best shot-blockers and three-point shooters in the entire league.

Those are the only two local prep products included among the top 60 so far but stay tuned as others on the list are reportedly...

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3 Prep Products Taken in NBA Draft

Donovan Mitchell 2015

Posted Friday, June 23rd, 2017

Three former New England prep products were selected in Thursday night's NBA Draft.

Brewster Academy alum Donovan Mitchell and New Hampton alum Tyler Lydon weren't just taken in the first round they were actually traded for each other.

More accurately, the picks they were selected with were included in a trade for each other prior to the picks being made and so when Denver selected Mitchell with the 13th overall pick it was actually Utah who was selecting Mitchell, and in fact made the deal specifically to get him. The irony was when Denver used Utah's 24th pick to select Lydon.

Another Brewster alum, Jonah Bolden, was selected early in the second round when Philadelphia picked him 36th overall.

Brewster Academy head coach Jason Smith was at the Barclay's Center for Thursday night's draft and got more than one mention during Thursday night's ESPN broadcast.

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Rivals Trio Goes 1-on-1 with Yags

Rivals Trio Goes 1-on-1 with Yags

Posted Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

It’s not often that one grassroots program is represented by three prospects at an elite camp like the National Basketball Players Association Top-100. But the Mass Rivals trio of AJ Reeves, David Duke and Akok Akok did exactly that last weekend when they went toe-to-toe with the nation’s best.

We tracked them down to find out what they took away from the experience.

What does it mean to be invited to the NBA Top-100 Camp, knowing that the majority of today’s great NBA players also participated in the event during their prep careers?

David Duke: It was a blessing. When I heard I was invited, it was a true sign of my progress and a reward for all the work I've been putting in these past few year. I knew it would be a great opportunity to learn from the current and former NBA players on the Top-100 staff and also give me a cnahce to show what I can do.

Akok Akok: I'm grateful to be a part of this camp. It's a great feeling to know that so many talented players were in our same...

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#E75 College Showcase Approaching

#E75 College Showcase Approaching

Posted Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

The Elite 75 College Showcase is rapidly approaching and now barely a week away.

The Elite 75 has been a time honored tradition in New England for more than the last decade, hosting the very best players the region has to offer.

This year's event will return to its roots and feature a uniquely talented field in front of a plethora of college coaches. In a day and age where exposure is often over-promised and under-delivered, all NERR events have prided themselves on providing #RealExposure.

The Elite 75 will be no different. In fact, unlike most other individual events, exposure can actually be guaranteed. The coaching staff for the day is comprised entirely of active college coaches including division II programs like Stonehill, Assumption, New Haven, Bridgeport, Pace, St. Thomas Aquinas, LIU Post, and numerous others. Additionally, NERR-TV will be on hand to capture highlights of the event for both college coaches as well as player profiles.

Consequently, this is a must attend...

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ESPN announces updated 2018 rankings

Cole Swider 2018

Posted Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

ESPN announced updated and expanded national rankings in the class of 2018 with their initial ESPN 100.

Several local names made the list including quite a few debut appearances.

It all began with Vermont Academy forward Simisola Shittu who retained his place in the top 10 with a huge EYBL regular season followed by a big performance at the NBA Top 100 Camp.

The first true local product to check-in was St. Andrew's and BABC forward Cole Swider who checked in at 48 on the list. Swider was the first of four New England products to be clustered in the next six spots as the title of New England's best is obviously still very much up for grabs.

Milton Academy and New York Rens guard Cormac Ryan moved into the 50th spot after a solid showing on this year's EYBL circuit while Mass Rivals guard A.J. Reeves and David Duke, from Brimmer & May and Cushing Academy, have played their way inside the 60 at 53 and 54.

Incoming Brewster Academy forwards Isaiah Mucius and Hameir Wright, who both...

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Yags’ Point Forward - NE Prospects Shine at NBA Camp

Posted Monday, June 19th, 2017

The NBA Players Association held their annual Top-100 Camp last week, giving current NBA players a chance to work with the league’s future in a variety of roles both on and off the court. A handful of New England products, including three Mass Rivals prospects, participated in the event and took advantage of the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of the game’s best.

Vermont Academy’s versatile manchild Simi Shittu made it clear that his name should be on the short list whenever the Class of 2018’s top prospects are mentioned. Shittu turned in one dominant performance after the next, starting with a 24-point (8-12 FG/2-3 3pt/6-7 FT), 9-rebound, 2-assist, 2-steal gem in the camp’s opening game. Shittu kept his foot on the gas pedal for the remainder of the week, leading the event in scoring (18.1ppg) and rebounding (7.7rpg). Going about his business in typically efficient manner, Shittu shot 58% from the field, dished out almost two assists per game and was ultimately named...

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