#E75 Frosh/Soph - 2021 Frontcourt

#E75 Frosh/Soph - 2021 Frontcourt

Posted Friday, September 22nd, 2017

The class of 2021 has officially arrived, making their debut at last weekend’s #E75 Frosh/Soph Showcase and that means we are getting our very first look at New England's new freshmen class.

Here's a look at some of the frontcourt prospects, both forwards and big wings, that caught our attention.

Best of the Bigs

Frank Kepang, MacDuffie – He was the most impactful freshman in the building. His physical tools are well beyond most in the class with good size and a chiseled build but his motor is probably his best weapon. He plays with constant effort, is relentless on the boards, and a consistent shot-blocking threat on the defensive end. He’s still a work in progress offensively but there were early signs of being able to turn his left shoulder in the post and plenty of massive dunks in between.

Kekoa McArdle, Northfield Mount Hermon – He had the most advanced post package of all the freshmen bigs, but in a showcase type setting there weren’t many opportunities to show it off. To...

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#E75 Frosh/Soph - 2020 Guards

#E75 Frosh/Soph - 2020 Guards

Posted Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Guards, Guards, Guards.

There were certainly a lot of them in the sophomore class and so it was no easy task for them to differentiate themselves from the pack.

Nevertheless, there were still a select few that proved to be in a league of their own.  

Worcester Academy guard Quest Harris arrived with arguably the biggest resume to date given his experience at both the prep school and AAU levels. He didn’t rest on his reputation once he arrived though as he backed it up from start to finish. Harris is strong, aggressive, and explosive on both ends of the floor. He’s a leader and winner who is genuinely upset with losing, is a pest defensively, and a playmaker offensively.

First year Master’s guard Taelon Martin is perhaps the most naturally gifted of the bunch. He’s long, athletic, and smooth. He goes through the lane with the type of long, graceful strides that can’t be taught and then elevates for some explosive finishes. As his jumper continues to improve and he cultivates that...

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ZG Tip-Off - Tournament Preview

ZG Tip-Off - Tournament Preview

Posted Thursday, September 21st, 2017

One of the largest travel basketball organizations in the country kicks off their fall circuit this weekend.  Zero Gravity will invade eastern Massachusetts for the Zero Gravity Championship Tip-Off Tournament. The event is the first on their Path to The Belt Fall Circuit that concludes October 28-29 with the Battle for the Belt.  With powerful programs such as New England Playaz, eXpressions Elite, Boston Bobcats, Central Mass Swarm, Mass Elite, Rise Above, Evolution, Mass Rivals, Rhode Island Magic, Worcester Team United, C4, New England Storm, South Shore Wolfpack, & Mass Select participating, it should be an exciting start to the fall season.

With hundreds of players competing, breakout stars are sure to emerge.  Although the fall travel season does not bring in college coaches like the spring and summer seasons do, recent history has shown it to be a preview of things to come.

Last fall it was players like Carl Pierre, Nick Timberlake, Brycen Goodine, Quest Harris, and Daman...

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Elon Gets a Steal in Hannah

Chuck Hannah 2018

Posted Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Elon University came north to New England and landed a massive steal on Wednesday night as Northfield Mount Hermon and New England Playaz forward Chuck Hannah made a verbal commitment to the Phoenix.

The 6-foot-6 Massachusetts native had scored offers ranging up to the Atlantic 10 Conference over the course of the last year but was pursued heaviest only by a couple of schools coming out of the recent July evaluation period.

Elon seized the opportunity as head coach Matt Matheny and his staff recognized Hannah's value and prioritized him accordingly through the summer and fall to date.

In Hannah, they are getting one of the most competitive players and natural leaders that New England has seen in recent years.

"Every team Chuck has played on has been better with him on the court and in their program! He is the culture carrier at NMH and sets the tone with his leadership. He's a proven winner," NMH head coach John Carroll said.

In a day and age were statistics are widely available...

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#E75 Frosh/Soph - 2020 Wings

#E75 Frosh/Soph - 2020 Wings

Posted Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

A day after beginning our Frosh/Soph recaps with a look at the top frontcourt performers in the class of 2020, today we’ll shift our focus to the best of the wings in that sophomore class.

Putnam Science Academy had two of the very best in newly arrived Anthony Thomas and Worcester native Demarr Langford. While both have high ceilings, and should be a nice compliment to each other over the next three years, their games are still very different.

Thomas is a straight wing. He’s a slasher who is always in attack mode and very long, not just in his arms, but in the way in which he covers the court with instinctive economy of motion. His total impact doesn’t always live up to his potential just yet, but it’s very clear he’s just beginning to scratch the surface of his ability.

Langford has a similar upside with a rock solid build, the athleticism to elevate in traffic, and good hands. He’s not as aggressive with the ball just yet but has the maturity to impact the game in a variety of...

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#E75 Frosh/Soph – 2020 Frontcourt

#E75 Frosh/Soph – 2020 Frontcourt

Posted Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Our recaps from last weekend’s Elite 75 Frosh/Soph Showcase will begin in the frontcourt of the sophomore class.

To be clear, being a frontcourt player no longer means that you have to play exclusively inside, but it does mean you have the size to get things done in the paint on both ends when needed.

Here’s a look at the guys who fit that description who were most impressive on Saturday night:

Kareem Reid, Putnam Science – This New York native recently arrived at PSA and he has star written all over him. He has the body type, mobility, and athleticism to translate to the very highest levels but the southpaw can also face the basket to make plays and has some shooting touch to develop.

Richard Springs, MacDuffie – Another first year prep product, Springs is a true sophomore who not only has good size, a strong build, and a budding versatile skill set but also the exemplary motor and toughness that makes it all the more likely that he’ll realize his significant potential in the...

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#E75 Frosh/Soph - First Impressions

#E75 Frosh/Soph - First Impressions

Posted Monday, September 18th, 2017

The tenth annual Elite 75 Showcase – Frosh/Soph Edition lived up to its hype, in more ways than one.

Over the course of the last decade, the event has annually attracted the very best underclassmen in New England and been a who’s who of the region’s future stars.

While the perception of many is typically based on comparing the talent in attendance against each other, for NERR, the initial comparison is more holistic as our first impression is typically more about how the collective talent measures up against years past.

Admittedly, there have been years when that first impression can be underwhelming…but this was not one of those years.

Let’s begin first in 2020. This is a class that has come a long, long way in the last year. A year ago, the unprecedented parity of the group was enough to motivate us to abandon typical rankings in favor of a top 25 watch list. Since then though a combination of factors have changed things fairly dramatically. First, a select few of those...

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Elite 75 Frosh/Soph Tips Tonight

Elite 75 Frosh/Soph Tips Tonight

Posted Saturday, September 16th, 2017

The 10th annual Elite 75 Showcase - Frosh/Soph Edition is set to go down tonight for "Saturday Night at the Elite 75."

All of the very best freshmen and sophomores are expected to be in attendance in this massive proving ground setting and the only place where you will find all of New England's top young talent assembled under the same roof at the same time all year long.

Check-in for registered players will begin at 3:30pm and we'll tip right at 5pm and play into the evening to see who can back up their rep, who can start to make a name for themselves, and just how much collective talent New England has to offer in the classes of 2020 and 2021.

Spectators are always welcome and there is no charge for admission.

Be sure to follow the action live on twitter by following @NERRhoops, @ZeroGravityBB, and many more on Twitter.

Then stay tuned to the New England Recruiting Report throughout the week as we recap the event and all of the top young talent in the region.

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New Names to Know in 2019 & 2020

Sherif Kenney 2019

Posted Thursday, September 14th, 2017

With the Prep Transfer List now final and yesterday's top ten newcomers in the class of 2018 new published, NERR contributors Zack Sandberg and Luc Smith are ready to profile their top 10 underclassmen transfers into New England (again presented in alphabetical order):

Mika Adams-Woods, New Hampton 2019 - The upstate New York product ran the show for the Albany City Rocks in the EYBL last spring and summer and will now spend the next two years in New Hampton. He arrives with A10 offers lready on the table.

James Bouknight, MacDuffie 2019 - The New York native is no stranger to New England after spending part of his spring with the Playaz u16 squad. He joined the PSA Cardinals in July and has played to rave reviews in early open gyms so far this fall at MacDuffie.

Joel Brown, Brewster 2019 - Known as one of the best young point guards in Canada, Brown has good size and playmaking tools. He hopes to play up to the long line of talented lead guards to come out of the Academy in the...

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Goodine Makes Early Pledge

Brycen Goodine 2019

Posted Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

St. Andrew's School and BABC junior guard Brycen Goodine made an early verbal commitment to Syracuse University on Wednesday night.

The commitment comes just over two weeks after he landed his Syracuse offer following their Elite Camp in last August.

Orange head coach Jim Boeheim was on St. Andrew's Barrington, Rhode Island campus on Wednesday to see Goodine.

Goodine began his high school career at Bishop Stang High School in Massachusetts where he won an MIAA state championship before transferring to St. Andrew's for the 16-17 season. He's starred for BABC throughout his grassroots career to date, leading their u16 team last year and also being called up to the EYBL team mid-way through the spring.

A long and athletic guard, Goodine has also dramatically improved his skill set in his few short years at the high school level and is undoubtedly still just scratching the surface of his potential.

His commitment shares many similarities to that of Michael Carter-Williams' back in...

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