Yags’ Point Forward - Hoop Group FAA Recap

Yags’ Point Forward - Hoop Group FAA Recap

Posted Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Some of the nation’s top young prospects packed the Albright College dorms this weekend in Reading, PA for The Hoop Group’s Future All-American Camp, featuring prospects from the 2020 and 2021 classes. Here’s a look at how our young New England prospects made their presence felt throughout the 4-day event:

CLARKE, MARTIN & KEPNANG BRING HOME MVP HONORS

Terrence Clarke came into camp with an already-sterling reputation but cemented his status as one of the elite prospects in the National Class of 2021 by earning the 2017 Camp MVP Award. Clarke won the staff over by consistently winning head-to-head matchups against other top prospects by getting to the rim at will and showing off an improved jumper. In an environment that can create complacency amongst campers, Clarke embraced the opportunity to compete against the best and maintained his energy level through Sunday’s Top-20 All Star Game.

Clarke’s prodigious natural gifts and tireless work ethic will unanimously make him New...

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Rivera Staying Home

Alex Rivera 2018

Posted Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Lowell High School and Mass Rivals guard Alex Rivera will be staying close to home for the next four years.

Rivera took to his twitter account on Tuesday to announce his verbal commitmient to the University of Massachusetts at Lowell. The pledge is a significant one for River Hawks' head coach Pat Duquette, not just because he's keeping a local product at home, but because Rivera earned offers all the way up to the Atlantic 10 this spring.

Rivera was one of the biggest stock-risers in New England this past spring as he averaged 15 points per game while shooting 47% from behind the three-point line during Adidas Gauntlet play. His recruitment exploded alongside his production as he added a pair of Atlantic 10 offers heading into the July evaluation period.

The 5-foot-11 guard had an equally impressive high school season as he averaged 23 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and nearly 2 steals per game to lead...

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Local Products Return from Adidas Nations

Local Products Return from Adidas Nations

Posted Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Adidas Nations Global, the culminating event of Adidas' grassroots basketball season, wrapped up on Monday in Houston, Texas.

The event attracted some of the top under-19 players from around the world and divided them into eight different teams from Asia, Africa, Canada, Latin America, and then four teams made up of American players.

Those eight teams competed in a tournament during the course of the five day event while also receiving skill training from NBA coaches and participating in off-court sessions focused on global interactions, leadership, and philanthropy.

There were only 20 players in the class of 2018 selected from the United States and three of those came from New England as David Duke, Nate Laszewski, and A.J. Reeves all suited up for the USA Blue 2018 team. All three had a solid week of action as they all finished among the team's leaders in minutes played and helped them advance to Monday's third place game.

Duke averaged 9.6 points along with 3.6 rebounds while...

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Shaughnessy Wins A Shot For Life

Thomas Shaughnessy 2018

Posted Monday, August 7th, 2017

The fifth annual A Shot For Life Challenge took place this weekend in Hanover, Massachusetts and raised over $30,000 for cancer research.

The event is a two hour shooting competition where the winner is named “The Best Shooter in Massachusetts” and gets their number retired on the wall of the A Shot For Life Court at the University Sports Complex, which hosts the event every year.

The ASFL Family program is unique because it is a talent based charity program. The field was loaded with scholarship talent headlined by recent Division 1 commits Thomas Shaughnessy, Ethan Wright, Calvin Whipple, Carl Pierre, and more.

Each of the players made the commitment to take time out of their hectic summer schedules to raise money for cancer research, which speaks volumes about their character off the floor.

The two hour shooting competition is broken down by segments of different shots. The first twenty minutes are for free throws, the second twenty minutes are for mid-range jump-shots, the...

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NMH & CBC’s Whipple is MAAC Bound

Calvin Whipple 2018

Posted Monday, August 7th, 2017

Northfield Mount Hermon School and Connecticut Basketball Club's Calvin Whipple made a verbal commitment to Fairfield on Sunday after visiting their campus late last week.

The Stags offered just a few weeks ago while watching Whipple at the Big Apple Showcase in New York.

Whipple took to his twitter account to confirm the news Sunday night.

His commitment is the culmination of a huge summer that began in Atlanta as CBC won the open division at the Under Armour Association Finals. The next week they moved on to New York and that was where Whipple took his game to new levels and caught fire from behind the three-point line. He stayed hot to close the month out in Springfield as CBC won the BasketBull National Invitational and returned for the BasketBull Finale the following week where Fairfield continued to follow him.

Whipple played with more confidence...

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Princeton Scores Big with Wright

Ethan Wright 2018

Posted Sunday, August 6th, 2017

Newton North High School and New England Playaz guard Ethan Wright made a verbal commitment to Princeton on Saturday.

Wright has put together consecutive huge seasons, first by establishing himself as one of the best players in the MIAA and then by emerging against top national competition on the Adidas Gauntlet.

What makes Wright special is his combination of backcourt tools. He's been exceptionally well coached, learning under both Paul Connolly as well as John Carroll, and has developed an outstanding feel for the game as a result. Add to that his perimeter size, athleticism, and skill set and you've got someone who both knows how to play and is capable of scoring the ball at all three levels. He shoots it from long range as well as he pulls up off the dribble and can also rise up to finish explosively above the rim.

Wright's recruitment was on a sharp incline at the time of his commitment as his play this summer had pushed his list of offers to the Atlantic 10 level with...

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10th annual Elite 75 Frosh/Soph set to return

10th annual Elite 75 Frosh/Soph set to return

Posted Saturday, August 5th, 2017

The Elite 75 Showcase - Frosh/Soph Edition is celebrating its ten year anniversary this year with what is expected to be the best event yet as we return to the University Sports Complex for another year of "Saturday Night Live at the Elite 75" as the event will take place from 5-9pm on Saturday, September 16th.

With an alumni list that includes the likes of current NBA players Andre Drummond, Wayne Selden, Noah Vonleh, Kris Dunn, and Georges Niang and over 150 division I scholarhip players, the Elite 75 Frosh/Soph has hosted the very best players in the region for the last decade.

This year, the event is once again being utilized to provide a proving ground for the region's best young prospects as we invite anyone who thinks they belong to register online and prove their worth. We'll inevitably walk-away having discovered new names, especially in the class of 2021, while being able to evaluate all of the top prospects go head to head.

Be forewarned though, those that duck the...

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July’s 2019 Stock-Risers

Jaiden Delaire 2019

Posted Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Yesterday we examined New England’s top summer stock-risers from the class of 2018. Today we shift that focus to the class of 2019.

Being a stock riser, by its very nature, is more difficult for underclassmen because college coaches don’t typically watch them with the same frequency with which they do the rising seniors, and so it becomes harder to take your recruitment or reputation among coaches to new levels.

There were a select few, however, that took advantage of the looks they got and took their stock to unprecedented levels. Who were they? Here’s a look…

Jaiden Delaire, CBC – His emergence dates back to the spring. In fact, his reviews were as rave as they’ve ever been coming out of UAA session III in Los Angeles. He backed that up this summer, rising to the occasion in certain head-to-head match-ups, earning an invitation to the UA All-American Camp, and becoming a priority for an increasing number of high-major programs including Stanford, who followed him to Springfield...

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July’s 2018 Stock-Risers

July’s 2018 Stock-Risers

Posted Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

The July evaluation period has now come and gone and so it is time to take stock of what has changed.

We’ll begin in the class of 2018 where we’ve already detailed the huge month, or more specifically the huge week in Las Vegas, of New England Playaz forward Nate Laszewski and the consequent scholarship offers to come from that series of performances.

Vermont Academy forward Simisola Shittu, who ran with CIA Bounce on the EYBL circuit, was the other local New England product to take his recruitment to new levels this month. While that rise won’t be seen in local rankings, since he was already #1 in the class of 2018, it can be measured in his national presence and consequent recruitment.

Laszewski and Shittu though were really just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to New England’s stock risers from the last month (reminder – a stock-riser is someone who took their recruitment to unprecedented levels not an already elite prospect who solidified their status). So who were those...

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Brown Scores with Shaughnessy

Thomas Shaughnessy 2018

Posted Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Needham High School and Middlesex Magic point guard Thomas Shaughnessy made a verbal commitment to Brown on Monday, just one day after the conclusion of the July recruiting period.

Shaughnessy's recruitment actually dates back to last summer when he starred for the Magic's u16 team before being called up to the u17 squad for July.

He rode that wave of confidence into the high school season and ended up leading Needham to the MIAA D1 South Sectional Championship as he averaged over 23 points per game along with 4 assists, 3 rebounds, and nearly 3 steals per game.

This spring he returned to the Magic and asserted himself as the team's undisputed leader in what ended up being one of the club's most succesful seasons in recent memory with an overall record of 44-7 and spring championships at the Northeast Hoops Festival, Pittsburgh Jam Fest, and Super 16 Showcase.

This July, the Magic went 17-5 and took the championship at the Big Apple Showcase as Shaughnessy averaged over 21 points...

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