CoxHub Podcast - Marfo Talks Final 3, HoopRootz on ‘18 & ‘19

CoxHub Podcast - Marfo Talks Final 3, HoopRootz on ‘18 & ‘19

Posted Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

The Upside podcast, the latest collaboration between the New England Recruiting Report and CoxHub, is live and guests include both Kevin Marfo and HoopRootz' A.J. Stokes.

Marfo breaks down his final three schools - Boston College, Providence & George Washington - heading into Friday's decision while Stokes and Adam Finkelstein break down the top young prospects in New England' 2018 and 2019 classes as seen at the recent Elite 75 Frosh/Soph Showcase.

To listen to the podcast - click here.


BABC’s Papile Earns Community Service Award

BABC’s Papile Earns Community Service Award

Posted Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

BABC founder and u17 head coach Leo Papile will be honored with a community service award at the 25th anniversary gala of Greater Love Community Cares.

Papile, who was recently named Nike EYBL's Coach of the Year, founded the BABC in 1977 and built it into one of the premier AAU basketball programs in the country with a virtually unprecedented history including 17 national championships and 99 gold medals. During that time BABC has produced 17 NBA players, 12 McDonald's All-Americans and 211 NCAA scholarship athletes.

Papile's own career has spanned over forty years as a coach and executive including time in the NBA (Boston Celtics. 1997-2012, LA Clippers, 2015), NCAA Division I (Boston University, 1979-81, Cleveland State, 1984-87) and CBA (Quincy Chiefs, 1977-78, Maine Lumberjacks, 1981-83). He was also a court coach with USA Basketball in 2012.

In addition to the 211 young men that BABC has helped to earn a free college education, they've also given back by awarding Chelsea High...


Curran D1 Bound

Max Curran 2016

Posted Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

New Hampshire native and Notre Dame Prep forward Max Curran made a verbal commitment to Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Monday evening, sealing his place at the division I level.

A 6-foot-8 forward who graduated from Pembroke Academy, Curran flew largely under the radar locally. He played in some local AAU events with the New Hampshire Granite State Raiders and then joined the Minnesota based Team Sizzle for most of July.

It was in Las Vegas, during the final week of the evaluation period, that Milwaukee-Wisconsin first saw Curran. They became the first school to offer him a division I scholarship shortly afterward and hosted him for an official visit last month.

Curran is reportedly now the 3rd product of Team Sizzle to commit to the Panthers in the class of 2016.

He is also the 3rd Notre Dame product to commit to a division I school in as many weeks following Travis Atson (Tulsa) and Chris Baldwin (UMass).

Curran is a long and lanky face-up four-man who can make shots in bunches out to...


Knight Makes the Call

Nathan Knight 2016

Posted Monday, October 5th, 2015

Kimball Union Academy post-graduate big man Nathan Knight made a verbal commitment to William & Mary on Monday night.

A native of upstate New York, Knight joined the New Hampshire based D.C. Blue Devils last spring, starred with them throughout the AAU season and went on to become one of the biggest stock-risers in the northeast.

By the time the summer had come to an end, Knight had collected over 20 division I scholarship offers ranging all the way up to the American Athletic Conference as well as multiple schools in the Atlantic Ten.

The Blue Devils summer included the championship at the Hoop Group Tip-Off, a second place finish at the Hoop Group Summer JamFest and a spot in the Elite 8 of AAU u17 nationals in Kentucky.

Knight, who didn't turn 18 until last month, ultimately cut his list to eight schools and took his official visit to William & Mary this past weekend.

The southpaw four-man is highly skilled for his size with shooting range that extends out to the three-point...


ZG Fall Brawl - Event Recap

ZG Fall Brawl - Event Recap

Posted Monday, October 5th, 2015

Zero Gravity took over the South Shore for the second weekend in a row, bringing many of New England’s top programs to The U, Mass Premier, MPlex and Kingston for their “Fall Brawl” – a highly anticipated tournament that lived up to its hype.

BABC took home championships in the hotly contested ninth and tenth grade divisions, while RCA Gold and Boston Bobcats each came away with titles in the varsity division. With more automatic bids punched to the ZG Finals after this weekend, here are some prospects who impressed at Fall Brawl:

Shandon Brown, BABC (Beaver Country Day) – Brown was exceptional all weekend, finishing explosive lay-ups at the rim and orchestrating the BABC offense. In terms of athleticism, he had as much upside as any player in the gym at Mass Premier on Sunday.

Dana Tate Jr., Expressions Elite (St. Sebastian’s) – The ultra-skilled Tate was the go-to man for Expressions’ ninth grade team on Sunday, helping carry them to the title game where they fell to BABC’s...


Fleming Staying Home

Andrew Fleming 2016

Posted Sunday, October 4th, 2015

The top ranked senior in the state of Maine is staying close to home for the next for years after accepting a full athletic scholarship from Blackbears head coach Bob Walsh.

Fleming, who starred with MBR on the AAU circuit last spring and summer, earned offers ranging from the Ivy League to Division II before committing to Maine.

Last year as a junior at Oxford Hills, Fleming averaged nearly 17 points , 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals per game and was named third team All-State by the Bangor Daily News.

Fleming is a long and deceptively athletic 6-foot-7 forward with a high motor. He plays with high energy, is a good rebounder and has a high release to score effectively inside the lane.

The local product becomes the first player to commit to the Black Bears in the 2016 class.


National Prep Showcase Schedule Announced

National Prep Showcase Schedule Announced

Posted Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

The National Prep Showcase will return to New Haven, Connecticut and Albertus Magnus College on Friday, November 20th through Sunday, November 22nd.

This year's field is one of the most talented of all time with the best post-graduate teams from the United States and beyond coming to take on the best programs in New England.

The field includes traditional powerhouses like Brewster Academy, Hargrave Military Academy, St. Thomas More, Bridgton Academy, Elev-8 Academy, Notre Dame Prep, IMG Academy, South Kent, New Hampton, Fork Union Military Academy, Putnam Science, Blair Academy and Lee Academy while also welcoming new programs including Montverde Academy, Sunrise Christian Academy, Spire Institute and DME Academy. Canarias Basketball Academy, the top college placement program in Europe for the last five years, will also be making their return to this year's event. The 2015 National Prep Showcase will also feature a select few of New England's AA programs including Vermont Academy,...


ZG Fall Brawl Preview

ZG Fall Brawl Preview

Posted Friday, October 2nd, 2015



Zero Gravity FALL BRAWL invades the U, Kingston, Mass Premier and MPlex with an extremely large and talented field for the second stop on the Path to the Belt fall circuit. Action only gets more intense next weekend at the annual BEAST of the EAST presented by HoopRootz.
Here are some teams in the high school divisions to keep an eye on going into the weekend:

11th grade:

Redemption Christian Prep
Beantown Bulls
b2L Black
eXpressions Elite

After a strong showing at the ZG Fall Tip-Off the 11th grade field should have quite a challenge with unseating this past weekend’s champ in the Varsity National Division: Redemption Christian. Led by high-scoring guard Ziv Baisden, RCA will look to bring home a championship in back-to-back weeks – but that won’t come without facing some stiff competition.

In their first action of the fall, eXpressions will be led by the dynamic duo of Rivers School star Jermaine Samuels and recent New Hampton transfer Kimani Lawrence. The competition...


Gabriel Picks Kentucky on ESPN Set

Wenyen Gabriel 2016

Posted Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Wilbraham and Monson Academy and Mass Rivals forward Wenyen Gabriel announced his college decision live on the set of ESPN's recruiting nation on Wednesday.

Gabriel had previously cut his list to five schools - Kentucky, Duke, UConn, Providence and Maryland and taken official visits to Maryland and Kentucky in recent weeks. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and two assistants were at Wilbraham and Monson on Tuesday night to make one last pitch to Gabriel but it ended up being not enough as he committed to Wildcats' head coach John Calipari.

Watch the full video of Gabriel's announcement here.

Gabriel had a breakout summer with the Rivals as he was arguably the most widely pursued player in all of Las Vegas on the third week of the period as he was trailed not just by Calipari, Coach K, Kevin Ollie, Ed Cooley and Mark Turgeon but also Roy Williams, Bill Self, Shaka Smart, Jay Wright, Mike Brey and countless others.

Below are some of his summer highlights care of Ballas TV and RI...


Sellew Heading NESCAC

Eric Sellew 2016

Posted Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Concord Carlisle and Boston Warriors big man Eric Sellew ended his recruitment on Wednesday, making a verbal commitment to Amherst College.

Amherst is annually one of the top ranked liberal arts college in the country and athletically, head coach David Hixon has built them into a true division III powerhouse with national championships in 2006 and 2013.

In Sellew, the Lord Jeffs are getting a strong interior player who can score inside the paint and provide a potential double-double threat.

After beginning last year's AAU season out of the line-up with injury, his return to the court proved to be a major spark for a Warriors squad that punctuated a strong summer with a 6th place finish in the 17-and-under AAU Division I Nationals.

"The allure of Amherst being one of the top ranked schools in the country as well as a program that has won two national championships in the last seven years and 7 NESCAC titles in the last 14 years was very hard for Eric to pass up," Boston Warriors...

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