The Spalding HoopHall Classic wrapped up on Monday evening after five days of action. While the event featured top ranked individual prospects and teams from around the country, there was also plenty of local talent on hand. Here's a look back at some of the results from the various New England teams in action throughout the weekend.
Roselle Catholic 96 Weaver 76
In a game that was much closer than the final score indicated, one of the CIAC's top programs battled one of New Jersey's best for all 32 minutes. Jaecee Martin finished with 23 points, 7 assists, and 6 steals while his twin brother Chaylyn Martin added 13 points but Roselle Catholic was led by their junior big man Nazreon Reid, one of the top ten 2018 prospects in the country, who finished with a triple double including 25 points.
Notre Dame West Haven 74 Archbishop Molloy 66
Tremont Waters led his new team into the HoopHall to take on one of the most talented teams in the greater NYC area, and he delivered one of the...
This year's first edition of Notable Performances looks back on some of the top individual showings from the last week.
Throughout the remainder of the high school season, we'll tweet out top performances on a daily basis, and then once a week, post them all on the NERR website. To be considered tweet your top performances to @NERRhoops and be sure to follow us the next day.
Notable Performance - Taylor Schildroth had 61pts & 12-threes in a George Stevens (ME) win over Lee. 27 of his points came in 1st quarter.
The men behind the camera may have changed, but New England continues to be a hub for video content with the likes of LW Productions and Hoop Major to be the latest to join a long line of talented videographers including the likes of BallasTV, Crusader 22 Productions, 2eZ Mixtapes, RI Affiliated and many more.
Here's a look at some of the highlights to come from New England in the last week alone.
Hoop Major was on hand at UMass Boston last Sunday for the annual BallasTV Invite and they came away with a handful of videos. The first captures the MacDuffie School trio of Ismael Massoud, Dana Tate, and Delano Banton in an impressive win over Gould Academy. Gould post-graduate Krayton Nash was also the subject of a short video as too was Bradford Christian's Ronnie Silva and and Nate Tenaglia.
The best weekend on the high school basketball calendar is ready to get underway, as the 16th annual HoopHall Classic kicks off at Springfield College this weekend. Top programs from across the country will gather at “The Birthplace of Basketball” to pit dozens of the nation’s top high school prospects against one another in head-to-head matchups throughout the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.
HoopHall always has a distinct local flavor and this year’s event is no different. Ten games featuring 15 New England programs, with eight of the top-10 prospects in New England’s 2017 class and four of the top-10 prospects in New England’s 2018 class, highlight this weekend’s regional docket.
Saturday, January 14th @ 12pm: Weaver (CT) vs Roselle Catholic (NJ)
Coach Reggie Hatchett leads his Weaver program back to the HoopHall for the second year in a row behind battle-hardened brothers, Chaylyn and Jaecee Martin. Last year, Weaver was tasked with handling a St Raymond’s (NYC) squad...
The Boston Amateur Basketball Club will be hosting their annual BABC Prep Classic this weekend, as well as Session 2 of the BABC Holiday Classic. All games will be played at Cathedral High School in Boston (74 Union Park St). Tickets are available at the door and are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Below is a full schedule of games:
BABC Prep Classic
Saturday, January 14th
10:00am Worcester Academy v. Masters School
11:20am Vermont Academy v. Brimmer & May
12:40pm Northfield Mount Hermon v. Notre Dame Prep
2:00pm MacDuffie School v. Bradford Christian Academy
3:20pm St. Andrew's School v. City Reach United
4:40pm South Kent School v. Rivers School
6:00pm Tilton School v. Commonwealth Academy
Sunday, January 15th
10:00am Pingree School v. Greens Farm Academy
11:30am Brimmer & May v. Gould Academy
12:45pm Beaver Country Day v. Brooks School (Patrick J. Harrington Memorial Game)
2:00pm St. Andrew's School v. Tabor Academy
The last couple of weeks have brought another round of division III commitments, or at least brought some previous commitments to light. Here's a look at a few recent pledges who all have a chance to be impact players.
Greenwich senior guard Conor Harkins made a verbal commitment to Swarthmore back in September. At the time it flew under our radar, but since then Harkins has done anything but. He's opened his senior season with a number of loud performances, including a game winning buzzer beater over Darien and strong showings against state powerhouses Notre Dame West Haven and East Hartford. A product of High Rise Elite on the grassroots circuit, Harkins is highly skilled with a equally high basketball I.Q. He's a high level shot-maker from behind the three-point line, capable of playing both on and off the ball and an undeniable steal at the division III level.
Austin Lavitt, a post-graduate from the Kent School, has made a commitment to continue his basketball career at Case...
Jack joins Bishop Hendricken guard Justin Mazzula to become the second New England product to commit to GW so far this season.
GW has longstanding ties in the region, and specifically at St. Thomas More, as former Chancellor Yuta Watanabe is one of the leaders of this year's team while former Worcester Academy big man Kevin Marfo is currently in his freshmen season.
The Colonials have equally deep roots into upstate New York, thanks in large part to assistant coach Carmen Maciariello, and so Jack, who graduated from Williamsville North High School in Buffalo last year, will see plenty of...
Putnam Science Academy post-graduate guard Hamidou Diallo announced his commitment to Ketucky during a Saturday afternooon press conference in New York City.
He will join John Calipari's program immediately but isn't expected to fully suit up before next season.
Diallo was a virtual unknown when he made his New England debut, at the 2014 Memorial Day Super 16 Showcase. He returned a month later to take part in the Elite 75 College Showcase and didn't pick up his first division I offer until the following month's July live period. Two-and-a-half years later, he had established himself as a top national prospect, earned a gold medal with USA Basketball and wound up with his choice of five-star suitors.
Jumping straight to the NBA Draft was even an option for Diallo, who had 30 NBA Scouts watching him at November's National Prep Showcase. While his move to Kentucky indicates he isn't focused on the NBA until at least 2018, he could still elect to test the waters this spring.
The 9th annual Junior Elite 75 Showcase will return to New England on Sunday, March 12th at the University Sports Complex.
The Junior Elite 75, open to players in grades 5-8, has played host to the best up and coming young prospects in New England since 2009.
The event strives to introduce middle school prospects to the NERR brand and help prepare them and their families for what lies ahead on the high school level.
This year's Junior Elite 75 is also unique because it will coincide with the launch of NERR's Junior Elite Prospect Database, a new feature on the New England Recruiting Report website which will allow high school coaches, prep schools coaches, grassroots coaches, players, and families alike to search through the region's top young prospects by a number of criteria.
NERR-TV will also be on hand to provide each player with the option of including video footage to their Junior Elite Prospect Page.
The basketball will feature controlled games, but first and foremost...
Our sixth and final glimpse inside New England’s state associations takes us to New Hampshire and the NHIAA. The Granite State is often one dominated by the prep landscape where you have both traditional powerhouse programs and plenty of depth to choose from with the likes of Brewster, New Hampton, Tilton, Phillips Exeter, Proctor, Holderness, and Kimball Union among others.
With so many local options, the talent base in the state association typically gets depleted on an annual basis, but that doesn’t mean there still aren’t some quality under-the-radar finds to be had in the NHIAA. Here’s a look at some of the top prospects:
Tayler Mattos, Kearsarge – The 6-foot-8 junior big man just put up arguably the most impressive stat line of the young season when he went for 49 points, 21 rebounds, and 10 blocks in a win over Campbell. He isn’t just a big body though, but also capable of changing ends well and finishing powerfully above the rim. Combine that with a soft touch and he may be...