ZG Finals - 9th Grade Division Recap

ZG Finals - 9th Grade Division Recap

Posted Friday, June 16th, 2017

With pool play concluding in the morning, bracket play began in all age groups on Sunday afternoon throughout southeast Massachusetts.  More than 700 teams were narrowed down a handful of teams who won their pool, and the following navigated the talent-filled playoff field & earned the right to be crowned Zero Gravity National Champions on Sunday afternoon.  

Two of the better point guards in the 9th grade division squared off in the quarterfinals, with Quest Harris of BABC and Bensley Joseph of NE Playaz going at it.  Both went back and forth with impressive drives, showing that the future of the point guard position is bright in New England.  The inside trio of Matt Cross, Qualeem Charles & Kekoa McArdle proved to be too much, as BABC earned their trip to the semis.  There, they would face Mass Rivals, who behind the solid play of Jamal Fricas, defeated Expressions South.  One needs to see Fricas play several times to really appreciate what a talented young prospect he is evolving...

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ZG Finals - 10th Grade Division Recap

ZG Finals - 10th Grade Division Recap

Posted Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

With pool play concluding in the morning, bracket play began in all age groups on Sunday afternoon throughout southeast Massachusetts. More than 700 teams were narrowed down a handful of teams who won their pool, and the following navigated the talent-filled playoff field & earned the right to be crowned Zero Gravity National Champions on Sunday afternoon. The first quarterfinal game went into overtime, as the New England Playaz topped Castle Athletics, 69-66. Tysheem Pickett came up with some big finishes around the rim late in the second half and in overtime. Cairo McCrory used his athleticism to overwhelm his man on defense, and Daniel Dade continued his strong weekend while running the show for the Playaz. Middlesex Magic defeated Mass Select in a game featuring three talented big men in Rhett Carter & Patrick Mogan for the Magic, and Kyle Lubinski for Mass Select. In the final quarterfinal, BABC defeated Rise Above Basketball behind the quartet of Brycen Goodine, Mitch Doherty,...

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ZG Finals - Varsity Division Recap

ZG Finals - Varsity Division Recap

Posted Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

With pool play concluding in the morning, bracket play began in all age groups on Sunday afternoon throughout southeast Massachusetts. More than 700 teams were narrowed down a handful of teams who won their pool, and the following navigated the talent-filled playoff field & earned the right to be crowned Zero Gravity National Champions on Sunday afternoon.

In the varsity division, the quarterfinals featured Project Triple Threat (PTT) vs. New England Playaz. Tyler Thomas paced PTT early, creating offense for himself and for others. The Playaz depth wore PTT down as the game went on, as Chris Doherty came in and helped the Playaz pick up the energy. Chris Herren hit several big shots, and the Playaz advanced to the semis to face the Middlesex Magic.

Mass Rivals defeated Connecticut Basketball Club in the quarters behind a great performance from Dante Rivera, as he was hitting shots from all over the court. Tanahj Pettway was solid at the point, as well, for Rivals. Jaecee Martin &...

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Yags’ Point Forward - 2019 Stock Risers

Yags’ Point Forward - 2019 Stock Risers

Posted Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

Earlier this week, Mike Yagmin profiled his biggest stock-risers in New England's class of 2018. In the second part of that series, here is a look at his biggest spring risers in the class of 2019.

Akok Akok, Mass Rivals/Putnam Science – Akok got caught up in PSA’s big man logjam during the prep season but he came out with something to prove this spring. Akok has established himself as a premier rim-protector (4 bpg) and an elite 3-point marksman (54.8%/23-42) in the national class of 2019. His advanced stats are off the charts and his prospect value is rising at the same rate. Akok has earned offers from Louisville, NC State and Virginia Tech in the process but still has a substantial amount of potential to tap into before he reaches his ceiling as a prospect.

Jaiden Delaire, CBC/Loomis Chaffee – Delaire has remained with CBC’s 16U squad in Under Armour Association play and it’s allowed him to gain an understanding of what it takes to become the focal point of a successful...

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ZG Finals - Saturday Recap

ZG Finals - Saturday Recap

Posted Sunday, June 11th, 2017

More than 700 teams flocked to the greater Boston area for the annual Zero Gravity National Finals.  As most teams progressed though pool play on Saturday to see who will earn their way to bracket play on Sunday afternoon, the following players stood out:

Akok Akok (Mass Rivals, 2019)- Akok showed the same improved range on his jump shot throughout the day that he did during the month of April.  Defensively, opposing drivers had no way to avoid the long & athletic big man standing in their way. Potential is starting to turn into production, and he is poised to be one of the most followed 2019 prospects in the region once the live period kicks off next month.

Cole Swider (BABC, 2018)- Swider's improved athleticism is one key reason why his recruitment has elevated itself even past what it was with his recent Duke offer.  He lead BABC to big wins, as his confidence rubs off on his teammates.  He was knocking down shots all over the court & getting out and running in transition.

Chuck...

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Yags’ Point Forward - 2018 Stock Risers

Yags’ Point Forward - 2018 Stock Risers

Posted Sunday, June 11th, 2017

Between my schedule as a firefighter (24-hours on/72-hours off) and the grassroots events that take place every weekend after the prep season, I usually need a few guesses just to come up with the correct day of the week at this time of year. So I’ve got absolutely no idea where the seasonal calendar puts us right now! June in New England usually means we could expect warm weather at some point soon, so it seems like a good time to look back on who took advantage of the spring months to boost prospect stock heading into the summer.
 
WRAPPING UP THE CLASS OF 2017 (MOST LIKELY)

New England’s Class of 2017 saw their final high-profiled domino fall when Tremont Waters decided to attend LSU earlier this week. Waters’ signing, along with a handful of other prospects deciding to jump back into this year’s class over the last month, meant the finishing touches had likely been put on classes at the local and national perspective. At least for the time being.

Less than 8-hours later, Carl...

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Swider Lands Duke Offer

Cole Swider 2018

Posted Friday, June 9th, 2017

St. Andrew's School and BABC forward Cole Swider landed a scholarship offer from Duke University while on their campus for an unofficial visit on Thursday.

Swider has had a strong spring, highlighted by some huge games in the EYBL, and fits a niche that the Blue Devils have traditionally valued over the years in a skilled forward who can space the floor and shoot the three at a high level.

The 6-foot-8 forward had previously trimmed his list to Michigan, Syracuse, Villanova, Miami, Indiana, Creighton, Xavier, and Providence.

But when Coach K calls there isn't a player in the country who wouldn't at least consider it.

Below are some recent highlights of Swider at last weekend's Boston Shootout care of Buzzer Beater.

 

 

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Duke Selected for Adidas’ USA Select Team

Duke Selected for Adidas’ USA Select Team

Posted Thursday, June 8th, 2017

Cushing Academy and Mass Rivals 2018 guard David Duke was one of twenty players selected from around the country selected to travel to Italy to compete in the Adidas EuroCamp this week as part of two USA Select Teams.

Duke's squad is coached by longtime Virginia Tech head coach and current ESPN college basketball analyst Seth Greenberg and also includes the likes of David McCormack, Lugentz Dort, Courtney Ramey, Jules Bernard, Nassir Little, Reggie Perry, Joey Hauser, Brock Cunningham, and Joseph Wieskamp.

A second USA Select Team will feature Zion Williamson, Cameron Reddish, Romeo Langford, Nas Reid, Darius Garland, Javonte Smart, Quentin Grimes, E.J. Montgomery, Jordan Brown, and Jahvon Quinerly.

Those twenty players will represent the United States as they compete against other top young players from countries around the world in an event that is always a must attend for NBA and professional scouts from around the world.

They began the week with a brief training camp in...

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Zero Gravity Finals on tap for this weekend

Zero Gravity Finals on tap for this weekend

Posted Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

The 5th annual Zero Gravity National Finals returns to Massachusetts and the greater Boston area this weekend. The field includes over 700 teams from spots all over the nation, ranging as far west as Texas and even as far north as Canada. With such a surplus of talent slotted to be in attendance, the ZG Boys National Finals will be one of the nation’s biggest and deepest grassroots events of the years.

The New England Recruiting Report will be on hand all weekend long to provide wall-to-wall coverage of all high school divisions while Zero Gravity will be providing coverage of the middle school divisions from their various platforms.

The field is no less talented than it is deep with nationally known programs including Albany City Rocks, BABC, Castle Athletics, CBC, DC Blue Devils, Expressions Elite, Indiana Elite, Mass Rivals, Middlesex Magic, New England Playaz, New Heights, New York, Team Final and Wall 2 Wall all looking to cut down the nets on championship Sunday.

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Carl Pierre Commits to UMass

Carl Pierre 2017

Posted Monday, June 5th, 2017

Carl Pierre won't be needing that post-graduate year after all.

The Boston College High School star was prepared to spend an extra year in the prep ranks but it turns out all he needed was two extra weekends with his Metro Boston team.

Pierre committed to new UMass head coach Matt McCall on Monday night, accepeting a full athletic scholarship offer from the local Atlantic 10 school.

"Over the past year I've been working extremely hard," Pierre said, "waking up early, lifting and getting shots up every day before school. That carried over into my season at B.C. High and then into the live period. I came into April as hungry as ever and all the work I had put in showed."

After finishing his high school career without a division I offer to his name, Pierre's game went to totally unprecedented this April while starring with Metro Boston. McCall was just one of the division I coaches who extended an offer, and after a recent visit, Pierre decided to accept.

"First of all it is a great...

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