ZG New England Hoops Festival Preview

ZG New England Hoops Festival Preview

Posted Thursday, October 12th, 2017

The stakes continue to increase with each passing week as the Path to the Belt is now halfway through and Zero Gravity's New England Hoops Festival on tap for this weekend with the biggest field we've seen so far this season.

The varsity division alone features 50 teams, which is almost unprecedented for a fall grassroots tournament in the United States, but the field is just as talented as it is deep with the likes of Mass Rivals, Middlesex Magic, New England Playaz, Rise Above Basketball, Expressions Elite, Boston Bocats, Mass Select, Mass Elite, Rhode Island Elite, Evo Elite, ASA, and WrightWay Skills among others.

The winners will join a list of champions that already includes the likes of Mig's Team of Springfield, The Cobras, Boston Bobcats, B2L, and BABC.

There are 30 more teams in the 10th grade division which features the likes of Mass Select, Boston Bobcats, Middlesex Magic, Central Mass Swarm, Mass Select Gold, and ASA Select. They'll be fighting to join the likes of...

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Prep Profile - Bridgton Academy

Fardaws Aimaq 2018

Posted Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Class AAA of the NEPSAC is down to just five teams this year as South Kent School has moved to AA and after having profiled Brewster Academy, Northfield Mount Hermon, St. Thomas More, and New Hampton School over the course of the last week it is time to turn our attention to Bridgton Academy.

The narrative really hasn’t changed at Bridgton in recent years as the former NEPSAC powerhouse has been relegated to strive for the role of giant killer as their lack of financial aid dollars has prevented them from competing for the championships they dominated a decade ago.

The only common denominator among those distinct generations has been head coach Whit Lesure, a true legend of prep school basketball, who continues to approach the job with no less enthusiasm than he did when his roster was comprised by a collection of mid to high-major prospects.

The Returners

Other than Lesure, there are none. Not even the assistant coach returns from last season and ultimately that is just part of...

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Tiedemann Earns Full Ride

David Tiedemann 2018

Posted Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

It isn't often that a product of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League earns a full athletic scholarship for basketball. In fact, it's happened just once in the last five years.

That's what made the commitment of Westerly High School's David Tiedemann all the more noteworthy.

The 6-foot-8 forward made a verbal commitment to Assumption College on Monday, accepting a full four year scholarship offer from the Northeast 10 Conference School.

Tiedemann was a virtual unknown outside of the Ocean State before this spring but he joined PTT Elite and became a part of their foundation as they made their presence felt in New England this spring.

He first made a name for himself at the Elite 75 Academic Experience in March and by the time he returned to the Elite 75 College Showcase in June, he had Assumption and other scholarship level coaches following his progress.He continued to take his game to unprecedented levels in the month of July as he showed signs of putting together his rare...

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Prep Profile - New Hampton School

Prep Profile - New Hampton School

Posted Tuesday, October 10th, 2017


As we continue our tour through Class AAA of the NEPSAC we’ll head to New Hampton School where head coach Nick Whitmore begins his second season at the head of the program.

In some ways though this second season is more of a new beginning than last year was as almost the entire roster has turned over and quite a bit of young talent has joined the program.

The Returners

It’s a short list – Shandon Brown.

Brown is the only returning player from last year’s team and ultimately responsible for showing the newcomers “the New Hampton way” that was first coined under former head coach, and current Dartmouth assistant, Peter Hutchins and carried over when Whitmore took over.

If the open gym we attended was any indication, that culture remains very much intact, and truthfully that isn’t much of a surprise given that Brown is one of the most well-known leaders in New England. Beyond that, the George Washington commit is a highly competitive and experienced guard who has seen the highest...

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ZG Beast of the East - Event Recap

ZG Beast of the East - Event Recap

Posted Monday, October 9th, 2017

The Zero Gravity Fall Circuit is now through three weeks of competition marking the season’s halfway point. An even field led to some very competitive basketball this weekend and the emergence of some young talent on teams across all age groups.

Mig’s Team of Springfield built off a championship last weekend to take the American title in the Varsity division in convincing fashion, they’re loaded with talent and having a great fall so far. The Cobras won the National division, and have also been a team that has racked up a good amount of wins this season.

The Rhode Island Rivals played some great basketball this weekend and won the 10th grade National division. The Boston Blazers went 4-0 on the weekend and came away with an International division trophy.

At the 9th grade level Mig’s Team captured their second American championship of the weekend while Too Much Game withstood a late comeback effort to finish out their quest for National title. In the International division it was...

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Introducing the New England Skills Academy

Introducing the New England Skills Academy

Posted Sunday, October 8th, 2017

For over a decade the New England Recruiting Report has been in the exposure business. In that time, we've seen New England basketball reach unprecedented levels of prosperity, both in terms of the success of our teams as well as the national recognition of our individual prospects.

Often times though, there can be a thin line between exposure and being exposed. Everybody wants exposure until they realize that they aren't quite ready to earn it given the opportunity and while we always remember those who succeed, the stories of those who miss out are forgotten much more frequently.

With that in mind, we are very excited to announce a new instructional program that will help players in the region prepare for those opportunities for exposure that they so badly want.

The New England Skills Academy is a pre-season training program that strives to not only prepare players for the upcoming season but also expose them to philsophies and training techniques that they would see at the...

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Yags’ Point Forward - First Prep Impressions

Yags’ Point Forward - First Prep Impressions

Posted Saturday, October 7th, 2017

 

Fall in New England might be my favorite time of the year. It’s got nothing to do with the fact that I only have to pack one sweat towel per gym once the weather sets in. That’s just an additional perk. It’s the annual influx of premium basketball talent that makes all the day trips to area prep schools worth every minute.

This year’s newcomers have been as good as advertised, with dozens of prospects adding scholarship offers and making their presence felt within their individual programs. Here’s the first look at what’s been happening inside open gyms across New England this fall….

WOODSTOCK ACADEMY

It’s only appropriate to kick off the new season with an entirely new program. After leading Commonwealth to a berth in the National Prep Championship last season, Tony Bergeron has been handed the keys to Woodstock’s new prep program. Bergeron will have a blend of fresh frontcourt faces and known New England backcourt prospects to help him jumpstart things in Northern Connecticut.... READ MORE >

Prep Profile - St. Thomas More

Prep Profile - St. Thomas More

Posted Friday, October 6th, 2017

After examining Brewster Academy and Northfield Mount Hermon last week, today we’ll preview St. Thomas More School where head coach Jere Quinn sits at 986 career wins heading into the season.

Quinn was nominated for the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame last year and is expected to be on the ballot again this year, a fitting tribute given both the number of wins and players he has helped to send on to the next level.

Now entering his 39th year at the helm of the program, Quinn would join exclusive company in the Hall of Fame as only Morgan Wooten and Bob Hurley, arguably the two most famous high school coaches of all-time, have been enshrined since 1960.

How does his 39th team differ from some of its predecessors? Well, it’s not the most talented we’ve ever seen in Lakeville, or in AAA, but the reality is that Quinn’s success has always been based more on getting ten guys to buy into playing harder and becoming more than the sum of their individual parts and that’s exactly what we are...

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ZG Beast of the East Preview

ZG Beast of the East Preview

Posted Friday, October 6th, 2017

The third week's of Zero Gravity's Path to the Belt takes place this weekend with the Beast of the East tournament.

Each weekend so far this fall we've seen new programs join the fold and session III is no different as the Middlesex Magic will be making their fall debut in the varsity division where they'll join programs like Expressions, Boston Bobcats, Central Mass Swarm, and others.

There will be similar talent in all of the other high school divisions as the stakes get higher with each passing weekend.

BABC, Mig's Team, Boston Spartans, and New England Playaz all claimed championships last weekend and added to their resume while prospects like Brycen Goodine, Keegan Records, Noah Kamba, and Quest Harris all stood out. Who will follow suit this weekend? NERR will be on hand throughout the weekend to find out as we'll have wall-to-wall social media coverage followed by a full Monday morning recap.

Click here for a look back at last weekend's recap from the ZG Fall Brawl and...

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#E75 Academic Experience NY - Underclassmen Standouts

#E75 Academic Experience NY - Underclassmen Standouts

Posted Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Yesterday, we recapped those in the class of 2018 who stood out at the Elite 75 Academic Experience on Sunday at the Brewster Sports Center.  But there was a lot of underclassman talent in the field that college coaches took note of and will plan to recruit moving forward.  Today, we look at the freshmen, sophomores & juniors who caught the attention of the NERR staff.

Justin Vander Baan (Whitinsville Christian, 2020)- Standing at all of 6'10, Vander Baan was the biggest surprise on Sunday.  He is much improved, and not afraid to assert himself on the offensive end.  He has soft hands and uses both hands well.  His back to the basket moves show a lot of promise, but he can also facilitate an offense in the high post.

Camaron Tongue (Rivers, 2021)- One of the youngest players in the field, Tongue built upon his strong play at the Elite 75 Frosh/Soph last month.  He showed noticeable improvement in his jumper.  With that, his range is developing out to the 3-point line, as well.

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