New England Shines in Orlando

New England Shines in Orlando

Posted Friday, July 29th, 2016

It was five days ago that the July evaluation period officially ended and while Las Vegas was the center of the recruiting world for most of the final week, AAU boys basketball experienced a revitalization of sorts by bringing their championships back to Orlando and Disney's Wide World of Sports complex.

The Disney facility hosted a number of championships over the final two weeks of the period with their Super Showcases headlining the final five days of action.

BABC and CBC were two of the 24 teams from around the country selected to participate in the 11th grade Gold Super Showcase. As we reported earlier this week, CBC's Mike McGuirl was one of the biggest individual winners in Orlando last week while BABC followed up on their 19-and-under AAU championship from a week earlier with a bronze medal. They scored wins over Team Power and Baltimore Elite in the opening rounds of the championship bracket before a heartbreaking 49-48 semifinal loss at the hands of Team Charlotte, who...

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Baker Bound for Big Ten

Geo Baker 2017

Posted Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Proctor Academy and D.C. Blue Devils rising senior guard Geo Baker took to his twitter account on Wednesday to announce his commitment to Rutgers University and first year head coach Steve Pikiell.

Pikiell offered Baker back during the April evaluation period and made him a priority through the recent July evaluation period, following him from Springfield to Orlando.

Perhaps no player in New England has seen a more dramatic, yet consistent, rise in their recruitment over the last two years as Baker established himself as a priority mid-major recruit a summer again before then taking his recruitment to the highest level.

Ironically, Baker's increased popularity with college coaches came in direct correlation to his decision to spurn sneaker circuit teams. Widely recruited by teams on both the EYBL and Gauntlet circuits, Baker made the choice...

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Cormac Coming on Strong

Cormac Ryan 2018

Posted Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

It was July of 2015 that Cormac Ryan landed his first division I scholarship offer from the University of Pennsylvania.

A year later, July of 2016 turned out to be the summer that he solidified himself as a priority high-major recruit.

Local ACC member, Boston College, proved to be ahead of the curve by offering the Milton Academy guard in March of his sophomore year. Rice and Davidson weren't far behind just a month later. In June, Ryan landed his first Big East offer as St. John's extended the invitation with DePaul and Tulane coming just days later.

George Mason offered early in the evaluation period but things have gone to an entirely new level in the last 48 hours.

After watching over the final week of the period, Indiana head coach Tom Crean offered on Tuesday as too did Northwestern, Florida and Stanford.

These latest offers are the culmination of a huge summer with the Middlesex Magic where Ryan showed not only the combination of size, skill and basketball I.Q. that makes...

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McGuirl Making a Name for Himself

Mike McGuirl 2017

Posted Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

There are few players in New England that helped themselves more in July than Mike McGuirl, especially in the final days of the evaluation period.

The East Catholic High School and Connecticut Basketball Club guard was having a steady summer through the first two weeks. He led CBC into the UAA Finals in their first year on the circuit and had added three new offers - Quinnipiac, NJIT and Holy Cross - to a list that already included Sacred Heart, Hartford, Brown and Vermont.

In the last five days though, things have gone to an entirely new level.

CBC traveled to the AAU Super Showcase at Disney's Wide World of Sports just outside of Orlando, and were invited to play in the invite only gold division.

Given the opportunity to prove himself in the top division in the event, McGuirl did that and more and has racked up new offers as a result.

Siena, Hofstra, Penn and Boston University are all on board now, as too are George Mason and St. Bonaventure from the Atlantic 10. Kansas State...

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Rivals Complete Perfect Summer with Adidas Summer Championship

Rivals Complete Perfect Summer with Adidas Summer Championship

Posted Sunday, July 24th, 2016

The Mass Rivals capped their perfect summer in grand style on Sunday as they defeated Garner Road in the nationally televised final of the Adidas Summer Championship.

The day began bright and early for the Rivals as they faced Team Laoded VA in an 8am semi-final. The game was a rubber match of sorts after the two met in the finals of last year's Adidas Summer Championships, a game in which Loaded scored a comeback victory on ESPNU, and then the finals of the Adidas Gauntlet Finale earlier this month, where the Rivals earned some retribution with their first championship of the month.

Ironically, this most recent game was decided on the inside as Tamenang Choh, Greg Kuakumensah, Jarrod Simmons, Monytung Maker and Keigan Kerby combined to shoot 10-12 from the floor all while out-rebounding a much bigger Loaded squad to earn a 64-51 win.

The final though was a return to the norm as their guards paced them. Wabissa Bede capped his magnificient week with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5...

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Diallo Wins Gold with USA Basketball

Diallo Wins Gold with USA Basketball

Posted Sunday, July 24th, 2016

Putnam Science guard Hamidou Diallo won a gold medal on Saturday as part of USA Basketball's 18-and-under team that captured the FIBA Americas championship.

The gold medal game saw Team USA hold off Canada 99-84 in a game that was competitive until the very end.

Tournament MVP and incoming Washington freshmen Markelle Fultz led the way with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists but Diallo chipped in with 14 points and 6 rebounds while continuing to make some of the tournament's most explosive highlight level plays.

"They hit big shot after big shot, but I knew once we settled in and ran our offense and played defense that we were going to run away with it, and that’s exactly what we did in the fourth quarter," Diallo said following the game. "It’s a blessing. There’s been adversity, so it’s a blessing to finally get what we came down here for. I’m happy to do it with this group of guys right here."

Here are some of the tweets that captured some of Diallo's biggest moments from the...

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Rivals win Adidas Creator’s Cup

Wabissa Bede 2017

Posted Friday, July 22nd, 2016

The Adidas Summer Champinships began with the thee stripes brand pulling eight of their top teams out of the normal bracket to play in their own single elimination tournament, which would then flow into the greater field.

The Mass Rivals came away with that first championship knocking off Compton Magic and Game Elite in dominant style before scoring a tough win over D1 Minnesota in the final.

Wednesday night's match-up against Compton Magic was supposed to be a battle of the two best point guards in the Gauntlet circuit, Makai Ashton-Langford and UCLA commit Jaylen Hands, but a third point guard ended up crashing the party as Wabissa Bede went off for 26 points on 10-17 shooting from the floor to steal the show. Ashton-Langford still proved his point against Hands as well finishing with 19 points on 5-11 shooting, handing out 5 assists and only committing 1 turnover while limiting Hands to 4-16 shooting from the floor.

Here are some highlights of Bede's performance care of The...

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Diallo with USA Basketball’s u18 Team

Hamidou Diallo 2017

Posted Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Putnam Science Academy guard Hamidou Diallo is one of twelve players currently with USA Basketball's 18-and-under team in Chile competing in the FIBA America's Championship.

The trials began in June at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs where an initial group of 26 players was cut to 18. Those 18 headed to Houston last week for training camp where the roster was trimmed to the final 12 which departed for Chile.

Preliminary action got underway on Tuesday of this week with the United States team squaring off against Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Chile in consecutive days prior to the semifinals which are on tap for later today.

The gold medal game will be played tomorrow at 8:15pm EDT.

Diallo is joined on the roster by other high school prospects including Mo Bamba, Matt Coleman, Quade Green, Michael Porter Jr., M.J. Walker, P.J. Washington and Trae Young. College freshmen on the roster include Markelle Fultz, Jarrett Allen, James Banks and Kevin Huerter.

Texas head...

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All Eyes on Vegas

Makai Ashton-Langford 2017

Posted Thursday, July 21st, 2016

The eyes of the grassroots basketball world are focused squarely on Las Vegas this week for the final days of the 2016 July evaluation period.

With four different high powered events taking place in Las Vegas, at the same time as the USA Basketball team prepares for next month's olympic games on the campus of UNLV, the city is full of NBA players, college coaches and high school prospects alike.

ESPN television coverage will highlight the action in three of the next four days beginning with the semi-finals and finals of "The 8" on Thursday and Friday followed by the championship from the Adidas Summer Championships on Sunday.

Many of New England's most notable programs are in Las Vegas this week as well. The Mass Rivals and New England Playaz are both in the field of the Adidas Summer Championships, with the Rivals looking to continue their undefeated summer to date following championships of the Adidas Gauntlet Finale and Peach State Classic. The Playaz, coming off their...

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BABC Wins AAU U19 Crown

BABC Wins AAU U19 Crown

Posted Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

The BABC juniors won the gold medal at the AAU Boys u19 nationals earlier this week, defeating RAP Stars from Upstate New York 67-50 in the final to win the program's 19th national championship.

The team went 7-0 on the week with Terrell Brown, Marcus Santos Silva and Corey Romich leading the way. Brown finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks in the championship game while Silva had 28 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals. Romich was on fire all week long, connecting on 40 threes over the course of the 7 games.

Bailey Patella added 10 points in the final while Justin Mazzulla handed out 12 assists.

Patella and Mazzulla also led a split squad into the u18 nationals (Brown, Silva and Romich only played u19) and advanced to the Elite 8 before falling to the eventual championships Alabama Challenge, ending the repeat bid after head coach Britney Papile's squad won the u16 nationals a year ago in Kentucky.

The BABC juniors currently hold a record of 71-11 in 2016 and...

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