The New England Recruiting Report's latest feature on CoxHub.com profiled Brewster Academy alum Donovan Mitchell, who recently got an early start to his college career at Louisville when the Cardinals took a summer trip to Puerto Rico for a series of games against the national team.
Mitchell, who was Louisville's signature recruit in the 2015 class, saw consistent minutes in every game and remains a candidate to see time at both guard positions this year for Rick Pitino.
To read the feature, which includes a detailed look back on Mitchell's high school career as well as a look at what to expect in his freshman season, click here.
South Kent junior point guard Tremont Waters is set to take an unofficial visit to Duke this weekend, multiple sources have reported this week.
The Connecticut native was a quick star in the prep ranks and scored the 1000th point of his career last year as just a sophomore, proving an uncanny ability to put the ball in the basket against bigger and more experienced competition.
He continued to take his game to new levels this spring and summer on the Adidas Uprising circuit with the New England Playaz as he found a more efficient balance between looking for his own offense and distributing to those around him, all of which culminated with a trip to Adidas Nations in August.
His evolution has been noticed by college coaches and national evaluators alike. Waters is currently ranked 35th in the national class of 2017 by ESPN, 40 by Scout.com, 44 by Rivals.com and 54 by 247 Sports - marking the first time he's been nationally ranked by every major outlet.
All five of Wenyen Gabriel's finalists are expected to have their head coaches at Wilbraham & Monson Academy within the first two days of the September recruiting period, which tips off next Wednesday, September 9th.
Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon, Providence head coach Ed Cooley and Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski will all be in to do "in home visits" on Wednesday while Kentucky head coach John Calipari and UConn head coach Kevin Ollie will be in to do the same a day later on Thursday.
Gabriel is set to take his official visit to Maryland this coming weekend and has other visits scheduled to Kentucky (September 25-27) and Duke (October 16-18). He is also expected to see both UConn and Providence again before making his decision.
HoopRootz has spent the better part of the last three years covering New England's class of 2019, covering them from the time they first arrived on the middle school scene, and as such there might not be anyone else more qualified to preview the region incoming freshmen.
Those previews have been rolled out on HoopRootz.net over the last few weeks:
The South Kent School will welcome one of the best shooters in the country to their line-up this year.
Myles Powell, who previously starred at Trenton Catholic High School in New Jersey, is as potent as it gets from behind the three-point line. His range is ridiculously deep and if he's able to set his feet it's as good as in. But Powell has become more than just a catch-and-shoot player. In fact, he's a total scorer now. He might use his jumper, or atleast the threat of it, to set up the rest of his game, but while he's not a naturally explosive athlete, he knows how to lean in off the dribble and use his strong body and low center of gravity to get near the rim, where he's an exceptional lay-up maker.
The six-foot-one guard is coming off a big summer. He began July at the Nike Peach Jam, where he helped lead the New Jersey Playaz to an EYBL championship in 2014. While he was primarily a supporting weapon to Isaiah Briscoe on that team, he took over as the focal point of this...
Next Best Basketball released four new highlight reels last weekend, profiling four of the top players for the D.C. Blue Devils.
The Blue Devils had a very succesful month of July, winning the Hoop Group Summer Tip-Off, advancing to the finals at the Summer Jam Fest and then a run to the Elite 8 at AAU nationals in Louisville.
Incoming Kimball Union Academy forward Nathan Knight was a huge stock-riser this summer, scoring a reported 27 division I offers:
Geo Baker took over the #1 ranking in New Hampshire's 2017 class after his big summer which also included new offers from the likes of George Mason, Boston University, Long Island, Bryant and Brown:
Baker is transferring into Proctor Academy next year where he and Caleb Green will continue to form a dynamic duo in the backcourt. Brown and Fairfield became the latest programs to offer the Blue Devil's point guard this summer:
As anticipation builds for the eighth annual Elite 75 Showcase - Frosh/Soph Edition, the New England Recruiting Report and HoopRootz have been taking to social media to recall some of the top moments and most notable alums from year's past (see twitter blog below).
While this year's event is once again expected to host the very best freshmen and sophomores in New England, and consequently have major implications on updated rankings in '18 and '19, it will also take on a little bit of a different theme. "Saturday night Live at the Elite 75" tips off on Saturday, September 19th with check-in at 4pm followed by basketball from 5pm - 9pm. This event always sells out and all players must register ahead of time.
ESPN wrapped up the release of their updated rankings in all three classes with their ESPN 60 (2017) and ESPN 25 (2018).
New England was well represented in the rising junior class with four local products cracking the 60.
First up was Putnam Science Academy and New York Jayhawks guard Hamidou Diallo who made a big impression this summer, rising all the way up to 10th in the country.
Next up was Cushing Academy and Mass Rivals point guard Makai Ashton-Langford, who out-dueled four nationally ranked point guards in front of virtually the entire ESPN staff in Las Vegas, who now lands in the 35th spot.
South Kent and New England Playaz point guard Tremont Waters was just one spot below, who had a big summer of his own, was next at 36th overall in the rising junior class.
Rivers swingman Jermaine Samuels, who plays for Expressions Elite but missed the summer with injury, maintained his spot in the ESPN 60 and checked in at 40th overall in the country.
ESPN published their updated national rankings in the rising senior class of 2016 on Wednesday and New England was well represented on the list.
Omari Spellman, who is joining St. Thomas More this season, remained the 16th ranked player in the country. The Villanova pledge went down with a summer ending injury on the first day of the July evaluation period but had already made a statement with his play at the Nike Skills Academy.
Wilbraham & Monson forward Wenyen Gabriel was the biggest stock-riser in the national class, jumping all the way up to #23 after his huge summer, making him the second overall ranked prospect in the region and tops among true New England natives.
Sacred Heart swingman Mustapha Heron moved up a couple of spots to sit at 24th in the country and remains the most likely local product to have a chance to crack this year's McDonald's All-American game as a true fourth year senior.
Another big stock-riser was Vermont Academy guard Bruce Brown, who jumped over 20...
CoxHub, in collaboration with the New England Recruiting Report, has announced a new podcast series entitled "Upside."
The Upside podcast series will cover New England and local recruiting but also basketball at all levels, including college and the NBA, and even extending beyond New England's borders when appropriate.
The bottom line is that nothing with the roundball will be off limits in this podcast series.
The opening podcast includes NERR founder and ESPN recruiting analyst Adam Finkelstein recapping the summer and recent Under Armour Elite 24 with NERR contributor Luc Smith and then Wenyen Gabriel talking about his final five suitors - UConn, Providence, Maryland, Kentucky and Duke.