High School Season Wrap-Up: CIAC

High School Season Wrap-Up: CIAC

Posted Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

The high school basketball season officially ended in New England over the weekend as the last of the state champions was crowned on Sunday and so today we'll begin the process of looking back on the six state associations.

Up first is the CIAC in the state of Connecticut where Hillhouse extended their New England record for most state championships, despite a controversial suspension to one of their best players, while Sacred Heart finished undefeated and won their fourth straight state championship.

What was billed as a loaded Class LL bracket, proved to be relatively easy work for Hillhouse as they won four of their five games, including Saturday's final, by 20+ points. Their toughest test was in the semi-finals against defending state champions East Catholic. The Academics survived 53-45 but it came at a cost as junior star Bryon Breland was assessed two controversial technical fouls and subsequently suspended for the state championship game. Nevertheless, Hillhouse rallied...

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Gatorade Announces Player of the Year Winners

Posted Monday, March 20th, 2017

CHICAGO (March 20, 2017) — In its 32nd year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, announced on Monday their Boys Basketball Player of the Year award winners in all fifty sates.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Moss as Maine's best high school boys basketball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year award to be announced in March, Moss joins an elite alumni association of past state boys basketball award winners, including Karl-Anthony Towns (2012-13 & 2013-14, St. Joseph HS, N.J.), Dwight Howard (2003-04, SW Atlanta Christian Academy, Ga.), Chris Bosh (2001-02, Lincoln HS, Texas), Paul Pierce (1994-95, Inglewood HS, Calif.), Chauncey Billups (1993-94 & 1994-95, George Washington HS, Colo.) and Jason Kidd (1991-92, St. Joseph Notre Dame HS,...

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Exeter’s Grandison is D1 Bound

Jacob Grandison 2017

Posted Sunday, March 19th, 2017

Phillips Exeter Academy post-graduate Jacob Grandison accepted a full scholarship offer from Holy Cross College last week.

The commitment marked the culmination of a very eventful week for Grandison.

First, he helped Exeter capture their second NEPSAC Class A championship in the last four years and earned MVP honors with a 20 point performance in the finals win over Suffield. Just two days later, he was named third team All-New England in Class A.

A skilled 6-foot-6 forward from California, Grandison played with Team Lillard on the summer circuit and arrived in New England without any division I offers this fall.

He continued to ascend throughout the course of the season, picking up a division II offer in late January, and accumulating increasing division I interest along the way.

Holy Cross already held a commitment from another Exeter post-grad, Kyle Copeland, and so they were often in the gym to monitor his progress. That gave them a frontrow seat to witness Grandison's...

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Yags’ Point Forward - All New England Team

Yags’ Point Forward - All New England Team

Posted Saturday, March 18th, 2017

Heading into the New England state associations’ championship weekend, I’ve been able to attend 193 prep games throughout New England, NYC and the backwoods of Pennsylvania so far this season. The overwhelming majority of those games featured Power-5 Conference and NEPSAC AAA/AA programs. With that in mind, I’m going to draw from that specific pool of players for my 2017 MVP’s and All-New England Team.

2017 Power-5 Conference MVP - Hasahn French, Commonwealth Academy

French built a loyal fan base of old school basketball grinders and new school analytics-driven cats from within the industry last summer while running with the PSA Cardinals. Both groups were drawn to French’s unique size, violent athleticism, unselfish team-first mentality and the value he placed on doing the little things to allow his teammates to shine. French took his summer momentum into the prep season, leading a young Commonwealth program to as high as #3 ranking in the national polls and a spot in the 2017...

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NERR Announces Spring Tournaments

NERR Announces Spring Tournaments

Posted Saturday, March 18th, 2017

The New England Recruiting Report, in conjunction with Zero Gravity Basketball, is proud to announce the return of our two spring travel events as the Northeast Hoops Festival and Super 16 Showcase will continue to host the best talent from New England and beyond.

The Northeast Hoops Festival will take place on April 8th and 9th in Massachusetts facilities including the University Sports Complex, M-Plex, and Kingston Sports Center among others. The event has boasted the most talented field in the region in each of the last several years and the 2017 edition will be no different. Not only are all of the very top programs in New England expected to be in action but the best of New York will also be in attendance as New Heights, New York Jayhawks, New York Rens, and PSA Cardinals are already committed.

For more information, or to register, please click here.

The Super 16 Showcase will return to the state of Connecticut on May 27th and 28th of Memorial Day weekend. Facilities from New...

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New England Guide to Day 2 of NCAA Tournament

New England Guide to Day 2 of NCAA Tournament

Posted Friday, March 17th, 2017

The second full day of the NCAA tournament is full of more familiar faces for local New England fans.

In fact, for the second consecutive day, 14 of the 16 games feature at least one player who played his high school basketball in New England.

Here's a breakdown of what to watch and when:

12:15 – CBS – Oklahoma State vs. Michigan
Michigan – SR forward Duncan Robinson is from New Hampshire and attended Governors Academy and Phillips Exeter Academy.

12:40 – truTV – New Mexico State vs. Baylor
New Mexico State – Soph guard Chancellor Ellis graduated from St. Andrew’s School and assistant coach Jesse Bopp is a New Hampshire native and the former head coach at Vermont Academy.

1:30 – TNT – Seton Hall vs. Arkansas
Seton Hall – FR guard Myles Powell did a post-graduate year at South Kent School and JR big man Angel Delgado attended Redemption Christian early in his high school career.

2:00 – TBS – Iona vs. Oregon
Iona – SR guard Sam Cassell Jr. did a post-graduate year at Notre Dame...

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New England Guide to Day 1 of NCAA Tournament

New England Guide to Day 1 of NCAA Tournament

Posted Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

The NCAA tournament gets into full gear today and that means people across the country will be glued to their televisions. New England basketball fans will have plenty to look forward to as 14 of Thursday's 16 games feature a former New England product.

Here's a breakdown of what to watch, where to find it, and who to look for:

12:15 – CBS – Princeton vs. Notre Dame
Princeton: JR forwards Mike Leblanc are both New England natives and alums of New Hampton School and Milton Academy respectively; SR forward Pete Miller is from Massachusetts and graduate from Northfield Mount Hermon.
Notre Dame: JR forward Bonzie Colson is from Massachusetts and graduated from St. Andrew’s.

12:40 – TruTV – UNC Wilmington vs. Virginia
Virginia: Soph forward Jarred Reuter is from Massachusetts and graduated from Brewster Academy.

1:30 – TNT – Winthrop vs. Butler
Winthrop: FR guard Patrick Fisher graduated from Vermont Academy last year.
Butler: SR forward Andrew Chrabascz is from Rhode Island and...

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Academic Elite 75 - Backcourt Standouts

Academic Elite 75 - Backcourt Standouts

Posted Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

The third annual Elite 75 Academic Experience showcased top academic talent from New England and beyond to a variety of academic college coaches who were both working on the showcase staff as well as on hand to evaluate.
Here’s a look at some of the top backcourt prospects from Sunday’s action:

Shamir Johnson, 6’2, Taft, 2018 – The Taft product was one of Sunday’s best offensive players. He’s known as a shooter and he backed that reputation up by making a number of tough threes. He showed increased versatility though as he’s gotten strong and more dangerous off the bounce. He played above the rim at times and handed out a number of nice shovel passes to create for his teammates as well.

Noah Kamba, 6’0, Dexter School, 2019 – Kamba’s quickness and burst is undeniable, but on Sunday he looked like a true floor general as well. His pick and roll reads were nearly perfect and his handles tight. Combine all of that with a jumper that continues to show growth and now looks much smoother,...

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BABC Select Tour tips off Wednesday

BABC Select Tour tips off Wednesday

Posted Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) will be kicking off their season this week with the annual BABC Select Tour. The tour will touch all four regions of MIAA High School Basketball and see the BABC Sophomores take on MIAA Region Sophs/Juniors, and the BABC Juniors take on MIAA Region Seniors. All players were selected from a committee of coaches from within their respective MIAA region. The schedule and rosters for MIAA Select teams are below:

Central Select Games:
Wednesday March 15, 2017
Worcester Academy
BABC SO/Central SO/JR: 6PM
BABC JR/Central SR: 745PM

South Select/Fitzy-Nolan Games:
Thursday March 16, 2017
Quincy High School
BABC SO/South SO/JR: 615PM
BABC JR/South SR: 730PM

West Select Games:
Friday March 17, 2017
Western New England University
BABC SO/West SO/JR: 630PM
BABC JR/West SR: 8PM

North Select Games:
Sunday March 19, 2017
Cathedral High School, Boston
BABC SO/North SO/JR: 12PM
BABC JR/North SR: 130PM

ROSTERS:

Central SO/JR:
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Academic Elite 75 – Frontcourt Standouts

Academic Elite 75 – Frontcourt Standouts

Posted Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

The third annual Elite 75 Academic Experience showcased top academic talent from New England and beyond to a variety of academic college coaches who were both working on the event staff as well as on hand to evaluate.

Here’s a look at some of the top frontcourt prospects from Sunday’s action:

Travell Washington, 6’9, Lawrence Academy, 2018 – Perhaps the most naturally talented rising senior in attendance, Washington put on a show on Sunday. His size, length, and skill set all suggest he’s on the verge of a breakout spring and summer. He has range to 3, can attack off the bounce, score in the post, and attack the backboard. As he becomes more and more confident, he’ll continue to emerge.

Marko Savic, 6’7, St. Andrew’s, 2018 – Savic was one of the most skilled players in the gym and also appeared to be on the verge of a big spring. He was consistently stretching the floor with a compact stroke, putting the ball on the deck, and equally efficient with his footwork and passing as he...

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