#NEHF 9th & 10th Grade Divisions - Live Blog

#NEHF 9th & 10th Grade Divisions - Live Blog

Posted Saturday, April 18th, 2015

The 2015 Northeast Hoops Festival is up and running with action on 26 courts throughout Massachusetts and we'll be recapping the action with continuous blog entries throughout the weekend, so be sure to keep checking back for updates:

  • The U Stars got good production out of Charlie Contenant on Saturday morning. The forward set some very good screens, made a baby hook with his left hand and even stepped out and hit a three.
  • Iverson Lopez is a big, bulldog style guard for Premier Hoops who is shifty off the dribble and able to play through contact to get to the hoop or create space.
  • Mike Carangelo is a big perimeter player for the New England playmakers who can see and pass over the defense, make plays going north to south and has some nice upside as he continues to fill out his frame.
  • Middlesex Magic swingman Jared Gordon-Anderson showed a nice fundamental base to his game on the perimeter with good footwork including nice use of both a shot-fake as well as a jab step.
  • The New...
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#NEHF Varsity Division - Live Blog

#NEHF Varsity Division - Live Blog

Posted Saturday, April 18th, 2015

The 2015 Northeast Hoops Festival is up and running with action on 26 courts throughout Massachusetts and we'll be recapping the action with continuous blog entries throughout the weekend, so be sure to keep checking back for updates:

  • The Middlesex Magic have three teams playing in the Varsity division this weekend and we got our first peak at the Garrity squad this morning with Karlens Joas making contributions on both ends of the floor with his athleticism and versatile floor game. Jason Bird also continued to impress after a strong showing at the Academic Elite 75 Showcase last month and is definitely a prospect who will garner attention from small academic colleges.
  • Keegan McDonough, who had a strong season for Morse High School in Maine, did some nice things earlier today for the Maine Athletic Club, showing some flashes of versatile offensive production while also doing a nice job on the glass for MAC.
  • The Mass Rivals also have multiple teams competing in the Varsity...
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NMH Welcomes Local Products

Kellan Grady 2016

Posted Friday, April 17th, 2015

Northfield Mount Hermon will be adding a variety of familiar faces to their program next year.

Last week Kellan Grady announced via twitter that he would be transferring from Catholic Memorial and reclassifying into NMH's 2017 class.

Grady is coming off a huge season in which he helped Catholic Memorial to a state championship and won a variety of post-season accolades. He'll be joined by Andrew Platek, a...

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Connors Leaving Cushing; Bede, Kuakumensah Transferring In

Connors Leaving Cushing; Bede, Kuakumensah Transferring In

Posted Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

It is the end of an era at Cushing Academy as longtime head coach Barry Connors confirmed on Wednesday that he is leaving the school at the end of the academic year and moving south to Florida with his family.

One of the true good guys in all of high school or prep school basketball, Connors' legacy includes a pair of NEPSAC championships in 2013 and 2014. He's also coached some of the top players to come through the New England region in the last decade including the likes of Phil Pressey, Andrew Chrabascz, Kaleb Joseph and Jalen Adams among others.

Perhaps Connors' greatest tribute is that the program he built is poised to live on even after his departure. Not only does Cushing have one of the top returning young rosters in New England with the likes of Makai Ashton-Langford, Kimani Lawrence and Jarrod Simmons, but on Wednesday Wabissa Bede and Greg Kuakumensah both announced they would be joining the team next year as well.

Bede was one of the top players in the MIAA this year...

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Jackson West Coast Bound

Tyler Jackson 2015

Posted Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

South Kent center Tyler Jackson became the third New England product to commit to a division I school on what was a very busy Wednesday in the region.

The seven-footer is originally from Illinois but first arrived in New England last year as a junior when he suited up for Vermont Academy. He transferred to South Kent for his senior season and played the best basketball of his career down the stretch of the season, putting up some huge numbers to stabilize a Cardinal team that battled numerous injuries in the second half of the year.

At seven-foot-two, Jackson obviously has tremendous size that can immediately change a game, but he's also done a great job improving his conditioning within the last year and becoming both a more consistent interior scorer and rebounder.

Jackson joins Aaron Carver (Old Dominion) to become the second South Kent product in the '15 class to accept a full division I scholarship but he likely won't be the last as fellow big man, Jovan Grujic, takes an...

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Porter Picks St. Mary’s

Franklin Porter 2015

Posted Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Franklin Porter has won quite a few basketball games in his two years in New England.

Last summer he was part of a BABC team that qualified for the EYBL finals at the Peach Jam and this winter he was one of the offensive focal points for a Tilton squad that captured their latest NEPSAC championship and returned to the National Prep Championship.

Now he's set to join another top program as he both committed to, and signed with, St. Mary's on Wednesday.

A perennial powerhouse on in the West Coast Conference under Randy Bennett, the Gaels won 20 or more games for the 8th consecutive season this year while also making their 8th straight appearance in either the NCAA or NIT tournaments.

Porter joins Terance Mann (Florida State) and Anthony Green (Northeastern) to become the third member of Tilton's 2015 class to accept a division I scholarship. He is also the 7th member of BABC's 2015 class to accept a full athletic scholarship as he joins Mann and Jeremy Miller (Northeastern) in the...

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Brantley Heading Home

Jarrell Brantley 2015

Posted Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Notre Dame Prep post-graduate forward Jarrell Brantley is headed back to his home state of South Carolina after committing to the College of Charleston on Wednesday.

The six-foot-six power forward was one of the best prospects left on the board in New England, especially in the frontcourt, and should be able to compete for immediate minutes inside the rotation.

While Brantley rarely put up flashy offensive numbers, his recruiting stock continued to grow throughout the course of the season with Notre DamBre Prep because he did a variety of things that all translated to the next level. He's an excellent defender who has both the upper body strength to bang on the block with bigger guys as well as the quick feet to defend ball screens on the perimeter. He's a also a very good rebounder and can fill a role offensively with his ability to set big screens, finish around the basket and make mid-range jumpers.

Brantley, who ran with the D1 Ambassadors on the AAU circuit, was one of the...

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Two More off the Board

Francisco Alonso 2015

Posted Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

While the emphasis shifted to the class of 2016 with the beginning of the evaluation period last weekend, there are still plenty of quality players left uncommitted in 2015.

That list decreased by two this weekend when Cushing Academy guard Francisco Alonso and Notre Dame Prep guard Jerry Johnson both came off the board. Alonso committed to North Carolina Greensboro following an official visit while Johnson pledged to Fairfield and both are expected to make immediate contributions. 

UNCG couldn't have done much better in landing Alonso, a high skilled and equally smart six-foot-three guard who did a post-graduate year at Cushing after starring on Spain's junior national team last summer. He had gotten a steady dose of mid-major recruitment throughout the year and was just starting to ping the high-major radar.

Johnson is a big and powerful combo-guard who consistently raised the level of his play throughout his post-graduate season at Notre Dame Prep and now joins Curtis Cobb to...

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Recruiting Updates

Shawn Montague 2016

Posted Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

The first weekend of the live period inevitably brings a rush of new scholarship offers and recruiting interest. Here's a rundown of the headlines:

  • VCU and Seton Hall both offered the Putnam Science & NY Jayhawks tandem of Hamidou Diallo and Mamadou Diarra on Friday. Diarra, the 2016 big man, also added Dayton and St. John's before the weekend was out. Chris Mullin had offered Diallo a week earlier only days after accepting St. John's head coaching position. On Tuesday, St. Joseph's became the latest school to offer Diarra.
  • Georgetown became the latest school to offer BABC and Vermont Academy guard Bruce Brown who stuffed the stat sheet all weekend long at session I of the EYBL, while Larry Brown and SMU became the latest to jump on board on Tuesday.
  • Wenyen Gabriel added an offer from Rice on Monday after leading the Mass Rivals to an undefeated 4-0 record during the first session of the Adidas Uprising Gauntlet circuit.
  • Brown's Vermont Academy teammate, Tyrique Jones, who also...
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Nike EYBL I - Event Recap

Nike EYBL I - Event Recap

Posted Monday, April 13th, 2015

Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League got underway this weekend in Hampton, Virginia with BABC and Expressions being among the 40 programs in the field.

BABC went 2-2 on the weekend, winning their final two games of the weekend including a 62-61 game against King James and then a dominant showing on Sunday morning against Northwest Express.

With Ikenna Ndugba still out with injury and Ryan Layman out of the line-up to start the session, BABC only had 8 active players when they opened against MOKAN Elite, and while they dropped that opener 70-68 it was still a solid showing for the three-guard line-up of Bruce Brown, Tommy Mobley and Patrick Fisher who finished with 19, 18 and 17 points respectively. Brown also added 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Next up was a game against the defending EYBL champions, NJ Playaz, and Myles Powell shot his way to 27 points while Brown led the way with 17, 7 and 5. Kevin Margo also had a big game for BABC in this onen with 16 and 9.

With their...

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