Patenaude Makes His Choice

Spencer Patenaude 2017

Posted Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

Concord-Carlisle High School and Mass Elite 6-foot-2 swingman Spencer Patendaude has committed to Denison University.

Patenaude helped lead Concord Carlisle to an MIAA state championship as a junior before joining Mass Elite last spring and going on to see recruitment from nearly 20 division III colleges and universities from across the country including the likes of Kenyon, Franklin & Marshall, and Connecticut College among others.

He had an especially good outing at the All-Academic Camp, earning Player of the Game honors on Thursday, and followed that up with more strong showings during the NCAA evaluation period in the remainder of July.

"Spencer defines what it means to be a student-athlete," Mass Elite head coach and program director Eric Polli said.  "He gets it done both on the court and more importantly in the classroom. He is a tremendous shooter and has a very high basketball IQ. He was one of our most highly recruited seniors for a reason. The kid flat out knows how to...

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ZG Prep Classic - Day 3 Recap & All-Tournament Team

ZG Prep Classic - Day 3 Recap & All-Tournament Team

Posted Monday, December 5th, 2016

The third and final day of the Zero Gravity Prep Classic drew the biggest number of college coaches throughout the weekend as the action continued to be played at a high level throughout both gyms. Here's a look back at the results as well as the All-Tournament team as selected by Zero Gravity.

Cheshire Academy 91, Gould Academy 72

Gould Academy got stellar efforts from their backcourt of Skyler Nash and George Papas who chipped in with a combined 40 points. Cheshire Academy was led by floor general Rich Kelly who had 18 points and 7-footer Chol Marial who added 18 points and showed great prowess on the defensive end with key blocks in the prevailing effort.

CBD Montverde Regional 68, London Basketball Academy 57

Denzel Cummins scored 15 points and forced key turnovers while guard David Penney added 11 for London Basketball Academy. CBD Montverde got the win and ended the Prep Classic with a 3-0 record, receiving solid contributions from Jason Cam, Niles Dilosa and Alejandro...

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ZG Prep Classic - Day 2 Recap

ZG Prep Classic - Day 2 Recap

Posted Sunday, December 4th, 2016

The action was jam packed on Saturday at St. Andrew's School as both Sage Court and Jones Court had games throughout the day, providing college coaches with a premium setting to get multiple evaluations all day long. Here's a look back at the action:

Central Tech 85, Brimmer & May 78

Brimmer and May received great contributions from guard Jimmy Yfantopulos, who hit five three-pointers and star A.J. Reeves, who scored 24 points and threw down roaring dunks to get the crowd going early in the day. Central Tech pulled away late and got clutch performances in the game from Evan Shadkami who hit four consecutive threes and Isaiah Cromwell-Wright who had some key defensive plays to keep the momentum on the Blues side.

CBD Montverde Regional 70, Leman Manhattan 55

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ZG Prep Classic - Day 1 Recap

ZG Prep Classic - Day 1 Recap

Posted Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

The Zero Gravity Prep Classic tipped off on Friday night at St. Andrew's School in Barrington, Rhode Island and included seven hotly contested games that brought out fans, media and college coaches alike. Here's a look back at the action:

Knox School 71, Spire Academy 61

A closely contested matchup that saw Spire lead early in the first half. Spire was led by guard Isaiah Boggs who scored 14 points including a thunderous dunk and some excellent buckets in transition. Knox pulled away after halftime driven by guard Tyler Hammond with 17 points and 7 assists.

Masters School 67, Beaver Country Day 48

The Masters School executed their game plan of playing very efficiently, guided by their tremendous backcourt of Ben Eke and MJ Richardson; Richardson finished with a full state line of 11 points, 8 assists and...

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Prep Profile - Cushing Academy

Prep Profile - Cushing Academy

Posted Friday, December 2nd, 2016

Changes abound at Cushing Academy this season, as first year head coach James Cormier looks to lead the program to their second straight AA championship game appearance. Cormier spent the last two seasons as an assistant on the Dartmouth staff after previously learning under John Carroll as an NMH assistant.

As was the case last season, Cushing's success in Cormier's inaugural season will reflect the success of their dynamic backcourt led by two Mass Rivals products. Due to the departure of Makai Ashton-Langford to Brewster, it just won't be the two Rivals products that Cushing had grown accustomed to.

Virginia Tech commit Wabissa Bede now becomes the program's unquestioned leader, a role that comes naturally to the charismatic point guard. Bede became the heart and soul of the Rivals team this summer, leading the program to a perfect 21-0 tournament record in the month of July and the Adidas Guantlet Championship. He also took his personal game to a new level and enters the final...

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Prep Profile - Gould Academy

Skyler Nash 2017

Posted Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Class AA of the NEPSAC has a new member this year as Gould Academy is ready to make their debut.

College coaches became familiar with Bethel, Maine this fall as word of the program’s new talent level circulated in the NCAA ranks and led to a steady parade of visitors.

Now, the prep world is ready to learn what those coaches found out this fall, this isn’t going to be your typical expansion program.

Under the leadership of head coach Cory McClure, a veteran of both the division I and prep sidelines, Gould spent all of last year preparing to launch their new program and as a result their first roster is one that is already plenty talented.

It is going to begin with Skyler Nash, a 6-foot-4 swingman from Illinois who is now totally healthy after missing a year of high school basketball and ready to make his presence felt in the NEPSAC. He’s powerful and aggressive off the bounce, but also capable of raining threes from behind the arc. Combine that with some old-fashioned grit and...

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Prep Profile - Worcester Academy

Prep Profile - Worcester Academy

Posted Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

When Worcester Academy takes the court for their first game on Wednesday afternoon, they’ll have a much different look than when we last saw them.

Gone are Kevin Marfo, Nassir Barrino, Tanner Johnson and four other members of last year’s 2016 class that saw significant time in the rotation of head coach Jamie Sullivan.

Instead, that group has been replaced by what can only be described as a definite youth movement with as many as eight different underclassmen who could contend for time in this year’s rotation.

The lone returners with any real experience are Charlie Clay and Jack Zimmerman, a pair of senior guards who will need to play constant leadership roles this season, not just for the sake of this year’s team but also to set the tone for Worcester Academy teams of the future as they help establish a culture for this young core.

Clay is a point guard full of intangibles. He is a gym rat and extremely hard worker who maximizes his abilities and has natural leadership tools....

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Prep Profile - Cheshire Academy

Chol Marial 2019

Posted Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

They may not be the favorites. They may not be the most experienced or even have the most continuity after graduating four D1 players from last year but Cheshire Academy has one thing that no one else has….Chol Marial.

Now in his second year in New England, the seven-foot-three sophomore was rumored to be headed north of the border this year but when he returned to Cheshire it made them an immediate contender.

Upon his arrival last year, he wowed everyone not just with his size, length and consequent ability to protect the rim, but also with his touch on the offensive end of the floor and the ease with which he ran the floor and covered the court at his size.

For those who haven’t seen Marial since the end of last season…prepare to be amazed again…because he has improved and improved significantly.

He’s not just the best one-man zone defense (i.e. shot-blocker) in New England, but offensively he’s almost a brand new player. He’s showing that soft touch more, not just facing the...

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Yags’ Point Forward - Hamidou’s Highlights & Doubters

Hamidou Diallo 2017

Posted Monday, November 28th, 2016

33 NBA scouts and front office personnel showed up at last weekend's National Prep Showcase to get a look at Putnam Science guard Hamidou Diallo, who is eligible for next year's NBA Draft after graduating from high school last year.

Since that time, there have been numerous pieces in the national media assessing his performance and gathering feedback from those scouts, much of which has been mixed - focusing on missed jumpers and an inconsistent motor.

Listen, Diallo didn’t play the best game of his career in either of Putnam’s wins this past weekend. And there were times when he looked disinterested and chose to defer to his talented teammates instead of demanding the ball. He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well from the outside and could’ve asserted himself a little more defensively. But he also put a lot of good stuff on tape and gave everyone in attendance a reason to be excited about the type of player he can become in the future.

Diallo averaged 17 points and 7.5 rebounds...

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Prep Profile - St. Andrew’s

Cole Swider 2018

Posted Sunday, November 27th, 2016

2016-2017 edition of St. Andrew’s Basketball should be one of promise and potential. The 2015-2016 team, although big and talented, lacked the defensive toughness and rebounding ability needed to win a championship according to head coach Michael Hart. This year’s group is different. They might not be as big, deep or as talented on paper, but they seem to have that toughness that was missing last season.

The toughness starts in the backcourt with two year starter Keyshaad Dixon. The 6-foot-2 senior had a 6 to 1 assist/turnover ratio last year and is an elite defender. He’s improved dramatically offensively and should have a breakout season. He will be assisted by 6-foot-1 Kahleb Downing. Downing has also improved and has added a consistent three-point shot to his arsenal. Sophomore Robert Baum is a potential future star for the Saints who has learned the system and will add valuable minutes both offensively and defensively. 6-foot-4 junior Shawn Christy adds another three-point...

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