Bede Picks Virginia Tech

Wabissa Bede 2017

Posted Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Cushing Academy and Mass Rivals point guard Wabissa Bede announced his verbal commitment to Virginia Tech at a Wednesday afternoon ceremony.

He visited Virginia Tech's campus this weekend after taking his first official visit to Butler in August. Minnesota, LaSalle and UMass were also among his final five although he generated interest and offers from numerous other high profile college programs.

Bede put his name on the national map this summer and specifically in Las Vegas during the final week of the July evaluation period when he led the Rivals to both the Adidas Creator's Cup as well as the Adidas Summer Championship, in a game that was televised live on ESPNU.

Those championships capped an incredible month for the Rivals as they went a combined 22-0 in tournament play including championships at the Adidas Gauntlet Finale and Peach State Invitational earlier in the month.

Bede wasn't always projected for such stardom. In fact, he was anything but a high profile young prospect...

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Gaines Picks Northwestern

Anthony Gaines 2017

Posted Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

Two years ago, Northwestern came into New England and landed arguably the region's best shooter in Aaron Falzon. 

On Tuesday, they returned and this time pulled out perhaps the region's best defender and perimeter rebounder.

New Hampton School and Albany City Rocks swingman Anthony Gaines took to his twitter account on Tuesday to announce his commitment to the Wildcats and  head coach Chris  Collins on Tuesday.

Gaines visited Northwestern last weekend after previous trips to both Dayton and Butler.

The six-foot-four swingman, who is now in his third season with the Huskies, has seen his game grow by leaps and bounds over the years and was one of the biggest stock-risers from the recent Nike EYBL season when he led the City Rocks in both scoring and rebounding with 16 points and 9 boards per game.

A high level...

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Zero Gravity Championship Tip-Off - Event Recap

Zero Gravity Championship Tip-Off - Event Recap

Posted Monday, September 26th, 2016

265 teams stormed southeastern Massachusetts for the first major travel tournament of the fall.  Zero Gravity hosted their annual Championship Tip-Off on Saturday & Sunday.  In the varsity division, Mig's Team defeated a feisty Synergy team that came all the way back from a large first-half deficit.  Mig's Team is poised for a huge fall season on the ZG Fall Circuit.

In the 10th grade division, three champions were crowned.  The BABC 10th graders took the American Championship with a brilliant defensive effort.  Two Boston Bobcats teams split the National Championship, with Bobcats- Tyler and Bobcats- Rudy showing impressive performances throughout the weekend.

Continuing on their strong showing last weekend at the Elite 75 Frosh/Soph, the BABC 9th graders took home the American Championship, while the Boston Blazers grinder their way to the International Championship, needing some clutch shooting late to stave off Take Charge Moynihan.  Take Charge Sullivan was able to bring a...

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NE Finest Showcase - Event Recap

NE Finest Showcase - Event Recap

Posted Monday, September 26th, 2016

The first ever New England's Finest Showcase was Sunday night at the XLSportsworld in Saco, Maine. Prospects from the 2017-2020 class in Maine showcased their talent to college and prep school coaches alike.  Players participated in drills, stations and games, displaying their abilities in a variety of settings.  

Here are some of the top prospects from the showcase who impressed college coaches and spectators in attendance:

Noah West, Hyde Prep 2017- West was the standout of the showcase. He is a quick explosive guard with a tight handle who can rise up and finish above the rim. His floor game was impressive as he blew by defenders and found the open man cutting in for layups.

Austin Boudreau, Thornton Academy 2017- at 6'4 Boudreau is a big point guard with acute court vision and...

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Christian David Commits to Butler

Christian David 2017

Posted Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Vermont Academy swingman Christian David made a verbal commitment to Butler on Saturday night, announcing his decision over Twitter.

David took official visits to Butler, Creighton and Pittsburgh over the course of the last six weeks and also previously considered Miami and Oregon.

The 6-foot-7 swingman made a major impression in his first season in New England, exploding onto the scene last fall as one of the most talented newcomers in New England and going on to help Vermont Academy win the NEPSAC AA championship.

Unfortunately, it was in that championship game that David would tear his ACL and consequently miss the entire spring and summer as a result. Nevertheless, he had already solidified himself as not only a high-major prospect but also a top 100 national recruit.

What makes David so unique is the combination of his perimeter size, a knockdown shooting stroke...

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#E75 Frosh/Soph – 2020 Guards

#E75 Frosh/Soph – 2020 Guards

Posted Saturday, September 24th, 2016

New England’s freshman class was ripe with talent in the backcourt at last weekend’s Elite 75 Showcase – Frosh/Soph Edition.

Worcester Academy’s Quest Harris stood out as perhaps the most impactful player in the group. Dubbed “the best player on the floor” by one coach and praised by another for “scoring and getting into the lane at will,” part of what made him so impressive was that he was a two way player who showed he could make just as many plays on the defensive end.

New Hampshire native and Proctor Academy freshman Bol Akot is another top guard in the class. He’s both quick and fluid with the ball in his hands, but also has some naturally crafty instincts that allow him to be a high level playmaker. His stroke is also solid though so there is a well-rounded and versatile foundation to continue building off of.

Suffield Academy freshman Jalin Sinclair, who is originally from New York, also distinguished himself as one of the best guards in the class. He’s got that prototypical...

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#E75 Frosh/Soph – 2020 Wings

#E75 Frosh/Soph – 2020 Wings

Posted Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Perhaps the best overall wing at the New England Elite 75 Showcase – Frosh/Soph Edition wasn’t from New England at all. Che Evans, a 6-foot-6 swingman from Dulaney High School in Maryland made the trip to New England and lefty having made quite an impression. Evans is long, athletic and powerful. He was a man among boys attacking the rim and still bursting with potential. He handled it well, finishes around the rim and was “the total package” according to one coach.

Speaking of being a man among boys, Redemption Christian’s Jerry Iliya was physically dominant throughout the night as well. Standing 6-foot-4 with a 6-foot-11 wingspan, Ilya sported length and athleticism for the highest levels. His motor was equally impressive as he attacked the rim and glass alike. He also showed a good willingness to play around the basket despite the fact that he projects on the wing in the long run.

Another physically gifted wing, Malachi Hazeton was a “freak athlete” according to one coach as he...

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#E75 Frosh/Soph – 2020 Forwards

#E75 Frosh/Soph – 2020 Forwards

Posted Saturday, September 24th, 2016

We’ll begin our look back at the top 2020 prospects at the recent Elite 75 Frosh/Soph with a look at the frontcourt where ironically one of the very best performers wasn’t even from New England.

New York native Zed Key was certainly among the most impressive forwards in the field. A product of Brentwood High School this six-foot-six forward was already powerful inside and able to play above the rim but not yet a finished product physically. While he may not be from New England, he’s certainly no stranger to these parts after putting up a similarly dominant performance at the ZG Finals in June. He was no less impressive this weekend, throwing down dunks and asserting his will inside the paint.  

Locally, Matt Cross was one of the most well-known names to come out of the middle school ranks as he’s dominated that level for the last couple of years. He looks poised to make an immediate impact at the high school level as well as he combines a strong body, good interior toughness,...

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ZG Fall Circuit Tips This Weekend

ZG Fall Circuit Tips This Weekend

Posted Friday, September 23rd, 2016

One of the largest travel basketball organizations in the country kicks off their fall circuit this weekend.  Zero Gravity will invade eastern Massachusetts for Championship Tip-Off, One Day Challenge & Two Day Challenge.  With powerful programs such as BABC, Mass Rivals, Middlesex Magic, Central Mass Swarm, Evolution, New England Storm, Rise Above Basketball, South Shore Wolfpack, Spartans & Boston Bobcats among the many programs participating on opening weekend it should be an exciting start to the fall season. The remaining power programs on the fall circuit tip-off next weekend at the Fall Brawl at the University Sports Center, Mass Premier Courts, and MPlex.

With hundreds of players competing, breakout stars are sure to emerge.  Although the fall travel season does not bring in college coaches like the spring and summer seasons do, the fall offers not only a time for players to improve & hone their skills, but show it in a game setting.  Players who have taken the time to get in...

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#E75 Frosh/Soph – 2019 Guards

#E75 Frosh/Soph – 2019 Guards

Posted Friday, September 23rd, 2016

There wasn’t a positional group that had more depth at Saturday’s Elite 75 Frosh/Soph Showcase than the sophomore guards. Loaded with talent and versatility, they were full of already big names, impactful newcomers and others just on the verge of making their mark.

Taelon Martin was the top ranked guard in last year’s freshmen class and watching him on Saturday night, there was no wondering why. He has good size, a plus five wingspan and the athleticism to rise up and punish the rim. Combine that with the type of natural playmaking ability that can’t be taught and his talent was clearly on another level than most.

There might not have been a more productive freshman, relative to his level of competition, than Tabor Academy’s Noah Fernandes last year and he continued to impress here. He had speed and quickness alike, great control of the ball for a young player, a polished pull-up game and increasingly dangerous range from beyond the three-point arc.

Brycen Goodine is a new addition...

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