#S16 Returns This Weekend

#S16 Returns This Weekend

Posted Friday, May 26th, 2017

In just six short years the Super 16 Showcase has gone from a new Memorial Day event to now the holiday weekend's most substantial east coast tournament.

Teams will be traveling to New England from up and down that east coast - as far north as Canada and as far south as Florida with additional teams from all six New England states, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. among others.

Among the programs in attendance are some of the most recognizable brands in grassroots basketball including Team Loaded, Mass Rivals, Juice All-Stars, New England Playaz, 1 Family, Expressions Elite, Grassroots  Canada, New York Jayhawks, New World, YIIS, and many more

The best of New England will also be on hand giving local programs the chance to compete against the top national competition without leaving their home region.

It is a college coach's paradise with over 70 of the event's 300+ teams coming in the varsity division and a complimentary...

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Yags’ Point Forward - 2017 Against the Rest

Yags’ Point Forward - 2017 Against the Rest

Posted Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

The final rankings for New England’s class of 2017 are now set in stone, putting the finishing touches on a historic group that featured elite prospects who still have a lot to figure out over the next few weeks. As we did last year, it’s time to take a look at how this year’s graduating class stacks up against the groups that came before them.

The best way to measure prospect classes against one another is to start at the very top. Using the ESPN-100 as our guide, we’ll examine how the Class of 2017’s elite players, unique strengths and overall depth holds up against other graduating classes in New England’s recent past.

CLASS OF 2012 REMAINS THE STANDARD

Like a fine wine, the class of 2012 keeps getting better with age. Rarely in today’s game will a class featuring three one-and-done players, a total of nine early-entry NBA draftees, and see their highest pick get taken four years after they left the prep ranks. But when the Timberwolves selected New London’s Kris Dunn with the...

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Super 16 Schedule Announced

Super 16 Schedule Announced

Posted Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

The 6th annual Memorial Day Super 16 Showcase returns to southeastern Connecticut this weekend for what has become the northeast's biggest and best event of the holiday weekend.

Nearly 300 teams will be in action including 74 in the varsity division, 58 in the 10th grade division, and 47 in the 9th grade division.

The field is as talented as it is deep and features top programs not only from New England and the greater northeastern region but also from as far north as Canada, including Grassroots Canada and YIIS Toronto, and as far south as Florida with 1 Family.

Stay tuned later this week for a full preview but here is the recently announced schedule.

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Local Prep Products Teaming up at Next Level

M.J. Richardson 2017

Posted Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

Dominican College, an NCAA division II school in New York, recently came into the New England prep ranks to grab two of the best guards left on the board.

First it was St. Thomas More guard Tyjon Gilmore who committed to the Chargers earlier this month.

A scoring guard originaly from upstate New York, Gilmore previously starred for Watervliet High School before enrolling at St. Thomas More. A longtime product of the Albany City Rocks program, Gilmore made a quick impact for the Chancellors this year as he shined at the National Prep Showcase in November by knocking down 7 three-pointers in a game against IMG Academy (highlights below care of stateyourname99 on YouTube). He continued to be one of the team's top scoring threats throughout the season.

Master's School post-graduate guard M.J. Richardson followed suit as his commitment to Dominican was announced Monday. Richardson put up some of the biggest numbers in New England this year as he stepped in to provide not only...

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Tilton’s Butler Bound for SNHU

Jalen Butler 2017

Posted Monday, May 22nd, 2017

Good things come to those who wait, as the old saying goes, but in the world of recruiting sometimes waiting doesn't always pay off.

For Tilton's Jalen Butler though, it certainly did.

Butler came to Tilton this year as a post-graduate guard and stood out in many fall open gyms as he and Marcuz Zegarowski would often go head-to-head.

Once the season began, Butler showed his character by sliding off the ball and embracing a complimentary role. By sacrificing his individual offense but asserting himself as the team's top perimeter defender, he helped set the tone for a team that wound up advancing to the finals of the Class AA tournament and earning their latest birth in the field of the National Prep Championship.

His unselfishness didn't go unnoticed and now Southern New Hampshire has added a valuable two-way player late in the recruiting cycle. Butler took to his twitter account on Friday to announce his decision.

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Wilson Announces for St. John’s

Sidney Wilson 2017

Posted Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Brewster Academy senior forward Sidney Wilson announced his commitment to St. John's on Saturday night as a member of the 2017 class.

Wilson initially reclassified to 2018 upon arriving at Brewster Academy in the fall but announced he would explore a return to 2017 shortly after the April evaluation period.

He's since taken visits to both UConn and St. John's and had also scheduled a third visit to Texas prior scheduling his announcement.

His decision allows him to return to his home city to play in front of family and friends after his year in the NEPSAC.

A six-foot-seven forward who is one of the most explosive athletes in the entire country, Wilson is a highlight reel waiting to happen almost everytime he takes the floor. He averaged over 17 points and 5 rebounds for the Bobcats this season as they completed their first undefeated year in program history, finishing at 33-0 while winning both the NEPSAC AAA and National Prep Championships.

Wilson is the third member of...

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Ellis is a D2 Steal

Derrick Ellis 2017

Posted Saturday, May 20th, 2017

Mercyhurst University, a Catholic liberal arts college in Erie (PA), came to New England and grabbed a late steal on Friday afternoon when Commonwealth Academy point guard Derrick Ellis committed to the Lakers.

Ellis' resume exceeds that of almost any other D2 signee. He not on played in the EYBL but often started for an Expressions team that advanced to the quarterfinals of the EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam. He was also the floor general for a Commonwealth Academy team that spent the entire season ranked among the top 8 prep programs in the country before advancing to the National Prep Championship for the first time in program history.

Ellis' game experience and proven worth against the highest levels of competition is off the charts but he is also known for his intangibles and work athletic. Additionally, he's extremely quick with the ball in his hands, capable of getting a piece of the paint practically on demand, and equally impactful with his ability to defend the ball on the...

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Smith is D2 Bound

Kevin Smith 2017

Posted Friday, May 19th, 2017

South Kent School guard Kevin Smith committed to division II Pace University earlier this week.

His decision punctuates what has been one of the better individual stories in prep school basketball this year.

Originally from Hamden (CT), Smith first appeared at the prep level at Putnam Science Academy, where he struggled to compete with the program's top players.

He transferred to the South Kent School for his senior season and right away it was clear that his game had gone to another level. Smith was a standout in the fall open gyms and exceeded expectations by playing his way into the team's rotation when the season began. That was just the tip of the iceberg though as he went on to establish himself as one of the team's best two-way playerss and earn All-NEPSAC honorable mention in Class AAA.

Along the way, Smith earned scholarship offers at both the division I and II levels and also proved himself to be one of the most improved players in New England.

Below are some of his...

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Final 2017 Rankings Announced

Final 2017 Rankings Announced

Posted Friday, May 19th, 2017

With champions crowned months ago, awards handed out, and most recruitments decided, the class of 2017 is officially in the books and that means it is time to take final inventory of what our region has produced.

2017 should be remembered, first and foremost, for the incredible collective success our region produced in both the prep and grassroots worlds. There were national championships, undefeated seasons, and tremendous depth of talent in both seasons.

In terms of individual prospects, the class will be remembered for the first prep-to-pros jump (should Hamidou Diallo elect to stay in the NBA Draft) we've seen in over a decade, the deep and talented point guard class (Tremont Waters, Makai Ashton-Langford, Wabissa Bede, and Kellan Grady among others), and a unique group of prospects like Waters, Jermaine Samuels, Kimani Lawrence, and Hasahn French - all of whom had big reputations four years ago when first arriving on the high school scene and leave having held the high ground...

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Yags’ Point Forward - Providence Jam Fest Recap

Yags’ Point Forward - Providence Jam Fest Recap

Posted Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

The Providence Jam Fest was held at Rhode Island College this past weekend, with The Hoop Group showcasing a handful of their HGSL programs alongside dozens of other prominent grassroots clubs from the northeast. It resulted in a ton of good basketball and an extremely competitive environment.

PLAYAZ TAKE 17U TITLE

The New England Playaz 17U squad has made one heck of a statement heading into the summer months, going a perfect 8-0 on the Adidas circuit and running through the competition last weekend, with a depleted roster, to win the Providence Jam Fest.

Northfield-Mt Hermon's 6'10" wing Nate Laszewski took home tournament MVP honors, mixing an already-established long distance arsenal with an evolving post game and a renewed willingness to mix it up on the boards. Laszewski is still far from a finished product physically, which makes him such an intriguing high-major prospect, but has added about 8-10 pounds of lean muscle since the end of the prep season. It's impossible not to...

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