ESPN Announces Updated 2017 Rankings

ESPN Announces Updated 2017 Rankings

Posted Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

ESPN announced a new ESPN 100 on Wednesday morning and, as usual, plenty of New England names made the cut.

Putnam Science Academy guard Hamidou Diallo checks in as the 11th ranked player in the country. One of the nation's most explosive athletes, Diallo had a big summer, which included a quarterfinal apperance in the EYBL Finals, a gold medal with USA Basketball's 18-and-under team and an MVP performance at the Elite 24.

New England's top two point guards, Tremont Waters and Makai Ashton-Langford, check in at 32nd and 33rd on the list. Waters, who will join Notre Dame High School of West Haven this year, is one of the most skilled and offensively gifted lead guards in the class, on par with the likes of Trae Young. Ashton-Langford, who heads to Brewster Academy this fall, distinguishes himself by being able to change the game on both ends and has an unmatched resume of winning games.

Jermaine Samuels returned to the top 50 after a strong summer of his own, checking in at 46th...

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Rankings Primer

Rankings Primer

Posted Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Updated rankings will begin to roll out on Wednesday with ESPN scheduled to announce a new ESPN 100 for the class of 2017. New England will follow suit beginning with updated 2017 rankings in all six states on Thursday followed by a new top 50 for the entire region. The class of 2018 will be up next while 2019 and 2020 will wait until after the Elite 75 Frosh/Soph Showcase in September.

With that in mind, here’s a couple of reminders about rankings:

1. Rankings are subjective

Ultimately, rankings come down to a small group of people, if not one person alone, and can sometimes be based on different criteria depending on the source. At NERR, our rankings are based on a prospect’s potential at the college level, and in the most unique cases, beyond that. In other words, we aren’t measuring who the best high school players are because often times the best high school players can be very different from the best college players. That isn’t to say current productivity isn’t a...

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Diallo Punctuates Summer with Elite24 MVP

Hamidou Diallo 2017

Posted Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Hamidou Diallo's big summer continued this weekend with one last chapter at the Under Armour Elite 24.

Played outside on Pier 2 of Brooklyn Bridge Park under the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline, Diallo was one of six players who earned MVP honors in a 140-134 overtime win for his "Team Drive" over "Team Clutch."

The Putnam Science guard finished with 22 points on 11-17 shooting from the floor to go along with 6 rebounds and 4 steals and almost came up with the game winning block at the end of regulation before it was ruled goaltending.

Of course, Diallo also electrified his hometown New York City crowd with a series of highlight finishes. Below are some of his video highlights from NERR's Luc Smith on Twitter:

Diallo shared MVP honors with Trevon Duval (25 points and 9 assists) and...

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Waters Transfers to ND West Haven

Tremont Waters 2017

Posted Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Four star national prospect Tremont Waters has decided to spend his senior year at Notre Dame High School in West Haven, Connecticut as was first reported by the New Haven Register on Friday.

His decision allows him to return home to live with his parents in New Haven after spending the last three years away at boarding school while starring for the South Kent School.

South Kent is part of Class AAA of the NEPSAC, the most competitive prep league in the country, and Waters had an unprecedented impact in that league as a freshman, taking over the team's starting point guard job right away and scoring his 1000th point before the end of his sophomore year. Last year he was named first team All-New England while reportedly averaging 25 points per game.

Now, he'll make the move to the CIAC and join a team that was already expected to be strong this season.

The expectation will be for Waters to be nothing short of dominant, similar to what we saw from Mustapha Heron at Sacred Heart last...

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2018 Stock Risers

2018 Stock Risers

Posted Friday, August 19th, 2016

Yesterday we examined five local products in the class of 2017 who raised their stock during the recent grassroots season. Now it is time to extend that lens to the class of 2018 in preparation for next week’s updated rankings.

Cormac Ryan, Milton Academy, Middlesex Magic – He made a significant jump during the high school season, climbing into New England’s top 10, and is poised to make yet another jump following the grassroots season. Ryan has evolved into a skilled big guard with a high basketball I.Q.  In July, he even started to show that he was capable of taking over games when it mattered the most down the stretch.

Eric Ayala, Putnam Science Academy, We-R1 – New England fans weren’t at all surprised to see Ayala take on a co-starring role next to Trevon Duval this summer in leading We-R1 to the UAA championship. In fact, we saw him do the same thing at PSA last year. The skilled and smooth guard arrived in New England as a shot-maker but has transformed himself into a...

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Summer Stock-Risers in the Class of 2017

Summer Stock-Risers in the Class of 2017

Posted Thursday, August 18th, 2016

ESPN has announced that they’ll release their updated national rankings next week and New England will follow suit immediately afterward.

Expect to see plenty of movement in these new rankings after a full travel season worth of basketball, but not necessarily at the top of the list as New England’s top ranked prospects did nothing but back-up their reputations in recent months.

Meanwhile other local products – like Andrew Platek, Hasahn French and Wabissa Bede – all lived up to their previous NERR ranking and have now made a name for themselves on the national level.

But who is next in the class of 2017? Here’s a look at five local prospects that came away from this grassroots season as some of New England’s biggest stock-risers:

Anthony Gaines, New Hampton School, City Rocks – Gaines’ put up huge numbers this spring and summer and from a statistical standpoint, proved himself to be one of the best perimeter rebounders in the history of the EYBL, as our own Mike Yagmin has...

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French Sets Visits

Hasahn French 2017

Posted Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

One of the top prospects in New England's rising senior class, Hasahn French, has scheduled three of his five allowed official visits per NCAA rule.

The Commonwealth Academy and PSA Cardinals power forward is coming off a breakout summer where he pulled in numerous scholarship offers before trimming his list to 13 earlier this summer - Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Marquette, Minnesota, Providence, Saint Louis, Seton Hall, St. John's, Temple, UMass, UNLV, USC and VCU.

He took unofficial visits to the two local New England campuses - Providence and UMass - earlier this month and has now scheduled official visits Marquette on September 9th - 11th, Minnesota on September 23rd - 25th and Saint Louis on September 30th - October 1st.

French was an instrumental part of the PSA Cardinals' success during the EYBL season and their ultimate run to the Peach Jam finals.

Perhaps what was so impressive, and ultimately what attracted such a wide range of colleges, was his versatility and...

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Diallo Selected for Elite 24 Game

Hamidou Diallo 2017

Posted Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

Hamidou Diallo's busy summer is getting ready for one last chapter this weekend in his hometown New York City.

The Putnam Science guard, who previously led NY Rens to the quarterfinal appearance in the EYBL Finals and won a gold medal with USA Basketball's u18 team, accepted an invitation to participate in Under Armour's 11th annual Elite 24 Basketball Showcase.

Played on the iconic outdoor stadium on Pier 2 of Brooklyn Bridge Park, the court overlooks the majestic lower Manhattan skyline and is played in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.

The event and two days of practice leading up to Saturday night's game is open to NBA scouts and all 30 NBA teams have reportedly already requested credentials.

Friday night's action includes a three-point shootout and a dunk contest, for which Diallo has to be considered a favorite, while Saturday's game will tip at 7:30pm live on ESPNU.

Diallo will suit up for "Team Drive" along with the nation's top ranked point guard Trevon Duval and...

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Simmons Trims List

Jarrod Simmons 2017

Posted Monday, August 15th, 2016

Cushing Academy and Mass Rivals rising senior Jarrod Simmons announced the final six schools in his recruitment on Sunday night and it was a combination of programs from the Ivy League and high-major conferences.

Brown, Penn, Princeton and Yale all remain in contention from the Ivy League as do Boston College and Temple from the ACC and American Athletic Conference respectively.

Simmons is coming off a calendar year in which he did nothing but win on both the prep and grassroots levels.

He stepped up into a leadership role with Cushing Academy during his junior season and helped lead the Penguins back to the NEPSAC championship game in what was nothing short of a terrific season for the Pittsburgh native.

This summer, he was a key part of the frontcourt rotation that led the Rivals to a tournament record of 21-0 with four championships including the nationally televised Adidas Summer...

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Introducing Sidney Wilson

Sidney Wilson 2018

Posted Sunday, August 14th, 2016

Over the course of the next few weeks the New England Recruiting Report will be profiling some of the most notable prospects set to arrive in the region this fall as part of the incoming prep school class.

Brewster Academy is preparing to welcome a host of new players to make up their 2016-2017 squad including local products like Makai Ashton-Langford and Aaron Wheeler.

Another name that local fans might be familiar with is Sidney Wilson, who will be joining the Bobcats' 2018 class.

Wilson has been one of the most well-known names around New York City basketball since his arrival at the high school level. He's an absolutely explosive athlete and consequent YouTube sensation who promises to be the star of The Academy's annual lay-up line dunk show next season.

The 6-foot-7 forward previously starred at St. Raymond's High School in the city and is also a staple of New Heights' program on the Under Armour Association. In fact, local New England fans got their first looks at Wilson...

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