#E75 Academic Experience NY - 2018 Standouts

#E75 Academic Experience NY - 2018 Standouts

Posted Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

The Elite 75 Academic Experience New York is a unique event because the entire staff is comprised of college coaches at high academic colleges & universities.  High academic student-athletes from New England, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania & Florida flocked to the Brewster Sports Center in Brewster, NY with the goal of impressing coaches from prestigious leagues such as the NESCAC, UAA, NEWMAC, Centennial Conference, and others.

Like all Elite 75 events, the focus is not entirely on games, but on skill development and teaching players how to play the way the game is being played today.  Lead by Cushing Academy head coach James Cormier, all participants went through a skill development session, followed by competitive breakdown drills focused both on 1-on-1 and how to play using ball screens in a 3-on-3 setting.  These breakdowns give college coaches another setting to evaluate all prospects in attendance.  

The following seniors & post-graduates stood out to the NERR staff...

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Brewster’s Kisunas is UConn Bound

Lukas Kisunas 2018

Posted Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Brewster Academy big man Lukas Kisunas created his first twitter account on Sunday.

A day later, he used his first tweet to announce that he had made a verbal commitment to the University of Connecticut.

Kisunas is a Lithuanian native and longtime member of the country's junior national teams who first arrived in the United States last fall. He quickly went on to become the man in the middle for a Brewster Academy team that wound up being the first prep school team in recent history to finish undefeated and win both the NEPSAC AAA Championship as well as the National Prep Championship.

Known for his toughness, Kisunas is rugged inside the lane on both ends of the floor but also a well-schooled big man who has good hands, footwork, screening ability, and passing tools.

He is...

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ZG Fall Brawl - Event Recap

ZG Fall Brawl - Event Recap

Posted Monday, October 2nd, 2017

The Zero Gravity Fall Brawl took place this weekend and was filled with competitive, exciting basketball, and featured some of the top programs from around New England. Familiar faces were present but there was also the appearance of some new prospects on the board.

The Varsity squad for BABC took care of business and blew away their matchups this weekend on their way to the American crown. They sported a loaded roster with talent at every position. Mig’s Team battled out a good Massasoit Warriors group to become this weekend’s National champion.

It was a similar story in the 10th grade American division as BABC cruised through their competition sporting a team stocked with freshmen. Boston Spartans withstood a mid-second half run by Brockton Reign Elite to take the title in the National division.

The NE Playaz Black found a good opponent in Boston Spartans 2022 in the 9th grade division but managed to edge them out by 5 on two separate occasions, the latter secured them a...

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#E75 Academic Experience New York tips Sunday

#E75 Academic Experience New York tips Sunday

Posted Saturday, September 30th, 2017

The inaugural Elite 75 Academic Experience New Yorks tips on Sunday afternoon at the Brewster Sports Center.

The event mirrors what has become New England's most popular spring showcase style event in recent years, in large part because it is much more than a showcase. The Elite 75 Academic Experience hosts top academic prospects to work directly with current college coaches and also provides them a variety of educational opportunities about being admitted and having success at a top academic college or university.

In addition to the college coaches that are working the event, the Elite 75 Academic Experience is both open and totally free for all college coaches. Additionally, each coach will receive a complimentary coaches packet when they arrive.

The field for this year's event looks particularly intriguing as registered players come from not just the northeast region but as far away as Florida, California, Michigan and even Canada, Sweden, Costa Rica, and Israel.

Registered...

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Prep Profile - Northfield Mount Hermon

Prep Profile - Northfield Mount Hermon

Posted Friday, September 29th, 2017

After three different NMH products committed to division I schools earlier this week, it seemed only fitting to close the week with a glance at the collective Northfield Mount Hermon team of 2017-2018.

NMH has proven themselves to be an annual contender, both locally and nationally, in recent years all while staying consistent to their commitment to being the best combination of academics and athletics anywhere in the country under head coach John Carroll.

Last year they advanced to the finals of both the NEPSAC AAA and National Prep Championships, only to be turned away by Brewster at both spots. This year, with a strong veteran core returning and a couple of impactful newcomers, NMH promises to be right in the hunt.  

The Returners

There are 11 players back from last year’s team, far and away the most of any school in AAA, led by recent Notre Dame pledge Nate Laszewski, who returns for his third season at NMH. The 6-foot-9 flame thrower has already played a key role in leading...

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ZG Fall Brawl Preview

ZG Fall Brawl Preview

Posted Friday, September 29th, 2017

The second leg in the Path to the Belt takes place this weekend as the Zero Gravity Fall Brawl comes to eastern Massachusetts.

With the stakes rising with each passing week, teams like the Boston Bobcats, B2L, Boston Spartans, Worcester Team United, and Massasoit Warriors will all look to distance themselves from the field coming off of last week's championship.

There will be a wealth of star power in the gym though as BABC, Expressions Elite, and WrightWay Skills will all be making their fall debuts while the Mass Rivals, Evo Elite, and Central Mass Swarm headline some of the other contenders in the varisty division.

The sophomore division will feature BABC's 2021 class, Expressions, Boston Spartans, Mass Select, AASA and numerous others in what just may be the most competitive division of the weekend.

With big name programs comes big name prospects and accordingly there is likely to be some of the very best up-and-comers in New England blended between the walls of Mass Premier...

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Laszewski Picks Notre Dame

Nate Laszewski 2018

Posted Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

When it was all said and done, Nate Laszewski had his choice of some of the most prestigious college basketball programs in the country.

The Northfield Mount Hermon and New England Playaz forward was one of the nation's biggest stock-risers in the month of July as he helped lead the Playaz to the finals of both the Adidas Gauntlet Finale as well as the Adidas Summer Championships picking up offers from the likes of North Carolina, Indiana, Arizona, and others along the way.

Laszewski's prep career has been no less decorated as he won the NEPSAC AAA Tournament MVP award as a sophomore while leading NMH to a championship. As a junior, he was named second team All-New England while helping NMH return to the finals of both the NEPSAC and National tournaments.

He chose Notre Dame after also taking fall visits to North Carolina and Wake Forest earlier this month. His commitment is a signficant one for the Irish as they not only finish the top ranked recruiting class in their program's...

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Prep Profile - Brewster Academy

Prep Profile - Brewster Academy

Posted Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

There is really only one place to begin our prep profiles for the year and that’s at Brewster Academy where head coach Jason Smith and the Bobcats are coming off a historic 2016-2017 season in which they finished with an undefeated record and won both the NEPSAC AAA and National Prep Championships.

On paper, last year might not have even been Brewster’s most individually talented team, but they distinguished themselves with their continuity and chemistry and became the first prep school team in the modern era to finish with an unblemished record.

The Returners

Lukas Kisunas and Nate Roberts are the two players who return from last year’s team. Kisunas was the team’s starting center and Roberts provided a high-major big off the bench after coming to Wolfeboro at mid-year. Kisunas is a native of Lithuania and as physically tough a big man as there is in New England. Roberts has continued to grow and added two more inches since his arrival last year. They are set to visit UConn, Old...

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Toews Makes His Pick

Kai Toews 2018

Posted Monday, September 25th, 2017

Northfield Mount Hermon School and New England Playaz guard Kai Toews announced his commitment to UNC Wilmington on Tuesday.

The decisions comes on the heels of taking three official visits – to Wilmington, Wofford, and Delaware – before returning to UNCW in recent days for a second visit, this time unofficially, that solidified his choice.

Toews is the son of a professional basketball coach in Japan who grew up around the game but didn’t come to the United States until just over two years ago when he debuted at Bridgton Academy. He transferred to NMH for the 2016-2017 school year and while he didn’t make the immediate splash that some thought, he continued to improve with each passing week and ended up being an important piece of the rotation.

He’s played for the New England Playaz throughout his grassroots career in the states, but came close to changing teams just prior to the July evaluation period this summer following a disappointing spring.

His decision making process and...

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Aronson Makes Pick

Aronson Makes Pick

Posted Monday, September 25th, 2017

Rivers School and Middlesex Magic guard Tyler Aronson made a verbal commitment to Tufts University on Tuesday  pending acceptance of his early decision application.

Aronson is a high level athlete with a solid skill set and especially dangerous pull-up game who will be an immediate impact player in the NESCAC.

"Tyler was an integral part of one of the most succesful seasons in Middlesex Magic history," Magic director and head coach Michael Crotty Jr said. "He has become an excellent play maker and uses ball screens extremely well to create for his teammates and himself. His instincts and quickness make him an excellent defender. Over and above his ability as a player, he is one of the toughest, hardest working and most unselfish players I have coached."

The Magic won numerous championships this year including the Northeast Hoops Festival, Pittsburgh Jam Fest, Memorial Day Super 16 Showcase, and Big Apple Showcase.

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