State Champions Crowned in Maine

Nicholas Gilpin 2016

Posted Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Four state champions were crowned in the state of Maine over the weekend with Hampden Academy taking the top prize by knocking off Portland 70-50 Saturday night at the Augusta Civic Center, scoring some retribution after falling to Portland in last year’s state final.

Brendan McIntrye scored a team high 22 points while star junior Nicholas Gilpin added 17, 13 of which came in the second half. Gilpin was also 9-10 from the free-throw line. Stephen Alex scored 14 points to lead three players in double figures for Portland.

A night earlier, at the Cross Insurance Arena in Portland, Cape Elizabeth closed the game with a 7-0 run with under a minute to play and knocked off top seed Medomak with a buzzer beating lay-up from Ethan Murphy.

Murphy led the way with a team high 13 points while Jack O’Rourke added 11. Nicholas DePatsy scored a team high 14 for Medomak, who missed 11 straight shots in the 4th quarter.

Top seed Calais knocked off Dirigo in the Class C final on Saturday night...


NEPSAC Brackets Announced

NEPSAC Brackets Announced

Posted Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The NEPSAC announced their tournament brackets in all six New England divisions on Sunday, setting the stage for what should be an exciting week of post-season action.

Top seeded Brewster Academy and second seeded Northfield Mount Hermon earned byes in AAA while New Hampton and South Kent will meet at Worcester Academy and Bridgton Academy will travel to third seed St. Thomas More on Wednesday.

Tilton earned the top seed in AA but they have a tough task ahead of them as they’ll first have to hold off a St. Andrew’s team that is capable of shooting their way into any game and then face the winner of Cushing Academy and Wilbraham and Monson is tough 4/5 game. #2 Vermont Academy meets Cheshire Academy on the other side of the bracket while #3 Worcester Academy meets #6 MacDuffie in what should be a great game.

Top seeded Kent opens with St. Sebastian’s and then appears to be on a collision course with 4th seeded Suffield Academy, who opens with Belmont Hill. Second seeded...


Bouthillette Makes Pick

Brendan Bouthillette 2015

Posted Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Billerica High School (MA) and Mass Elite guard Brendan Bouthillette has committed to Salem State University where he will play for Coach Chris Harvey. 

A standout in the very competitive Merrimack Valley league, Bouthillette averaged 15 points and 6 assists this season to help lead Billerica into the post-season.

A longtime member of the Mass Elite AAU program, initially joining the club in 2011 as an 8th grader, he turned in big performances at a variety of events last spring – including the Northeast Hoops Festival, NEAAU Super Regionals, and Massachusetts AAU state tournament – and was heavily recruited by a number of division III college programs as a result before deciding on Salem State.

"Brendan defines what it means to be a competitor" Mass Elite head coach and program director Eric Polli said.  "He doesn't back down from anyone. The word fear is not in his vocabulary.”

Bouthillette owns a college ready body and has an ability to play through, and absorb contact,...


National Prep Championship field announced

National Prep Championship field announced

Posted Saturday, February 28th, 2015

The field for the 2015 National Prep Championship has been announced and will include 10 teams - Brewster Academy, IMG Academy, Northfield Mount Hermon, St. Thomas More, Elev-8 Academy, Notre Dame Prep, Putnam Science Academy, Tilton School, South Kent School and Hargrave Military Academy. 

The single elimination tournament will be held on Tuesday, March 10th and Wednesday, March 11th at Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut.

The opening round of action will be played on the morning of the 10th as South Kent faces Tilton at 10am and Hargrave meets Putnam at 11:45am. The South Kent/Tilton winner will move on to play Brewster Academy later that afternoon while the Hargrve/Putnam winner will face IMG. Other quarterfinal match-ups include St. Thomas More against Elev-8 Academy and NMH against Notre Dame.

Wednesday's semi-final action will be played at 11 and 1 while the 2015 National Prep Champions will be crowned later that night with a 7:30 tip.

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Elite 75 Academic Experience; more than just a showcase

Elite 75 Academic Experience; more than just a showcase

Posted Friday, February 27th, 2015

The world of academic recruiting has become incredibly saturated in recent years with more prospects than ever competing for an incredibly small number of spots.

Making matters even more complicated is the amount of misinformation out there, not just about the recruiting process but also admission standards and financial aid as well.

The Elite 75 Academic Experience will help to educate families on all of these issues while also providing each player with an opportunity to prove themselves in front of college coaches from these academic schools.

In a day and age, where the word “exposure” has become over-promised and under-delivered in grassroots basketball, Elite 75 will continue to set the standard.

In fact, college coaches won’t just be on hand to watch the event, they’ll also be active participants, joining the event coaching staff, and consequently being able to interact, instruct and better evaluate prospects throughout the day.

This unique combination of education...


HoopRootz Sophomore Series Part 6

Ulyen Coleman 2017

Posted Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Darien High School (CT) 6'7" skilled forward Alex Preston has had a breakout season for an inexperienced Blue Wave squad which has struggled this year but whose youth bodes very well for the next couple of years. Preston has led the team in scoring at around 16 points per game while registering season-highs of 31 against Warde, 24 against Hamden, and 22 against WIlton & Ludlow. Winter Riser. Looking to forward to seeing Preston continue his development this spring.

Sophomore big man Theo Zidor had a good season as the anchor in the trenches for Everett High School, where he was steady on the boards, blocking & changing shots, and finishing around the basket. Big spring ahead as he continues to grow, fill-out and develop.

Sophomore big-man Jamari Johnson has had an impressive season for Classical HS in Providence, averaging 8 points and 10 rebounds and he led the team with 14 points last night in a huge-win over Hope HS in the 1st RD of the Rhode Island State Tournament. The Purples...


Fernandez Earns D1 via JUCO

Darien Fernandez 2013

Posted Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Former Wareham High School and BABC product, Darien Fernandez, committed to Jacksonville on Thursday according to BABC founder and head coach Leo Papile.

Fernandez has spent the last two seasons in the state of Wyoming, starring for Laramie County Community College. He averaged over 10 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 and a half steals per game last year as a freshmen but has upped those totals to over 16 points and nearly 5 assists per game this year as a sophomore while shooting 43% from the three-point line. He is also averaging over 3 steals per game, good enough for fourth overall in the national junior college ranks.

Laramie is currently 21-9 and set to begin their conference tournament this weekend.

The five-foot-eight guard will have two seasons of eligibility at Jacksonville and will be eligible right away next season.



Judson off the Board

Ben Judson 2015

Posted Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

St. John's Prep senior swingman Ben Judson recently deposited at Johnson State College in Vermont where he'll join the men's basketball team next season.

The six-foot-five swingman is a southpaw sniper best known for his ability to shoot the ball with range from behind the three-point line. He's also been a two year captain for St. John's Prep.

"I have coached Ben for 4 years now; two as an assistant and two as his head coach. Ben has improved his game every year," said high school coach John Dullea. "Ben is known as a knockdown shooter and has developed his game to be an all-around solid defender and rebounder while still being considered one the best pure shooters in the area. I expect Ben to have a very successful college career and lead his team to many wins."

Johnson will play for head coach Tommy Verdell at Johnson State.

"We are extremely excited to welcome Ben into our basketball family here at Johnson State College," Johnson said. "I can say with great confidence that Ben...


Morrison Back on the Market

Troy Morrison 2015

Posted Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Phillips Exeter Academy post-graduate Troy Morrison is back on the market and again open in his recruitment.

College coaches began backing off Morrison earlier this fall when he was believed to be heading closer to his home in Georgia, but that never came to fruition and so now high academic schools have another talented two-way player available at the relatively late date.

A pure point guard and hard-nosed defender, Morrison is a little bit of a throwback style player in that he is plenty capable of creating his own offense but especially unique because he can make a dramatic impact on the game without having to score a point thanks to his abilities to defend, distribute and run a team.

Morrison is one of three Exeter post-grads still available as Evan Crawford and Kyle Daugherty remain uncommitted as well.

Together that trio has helped lead Exeter to win three of their last four, including a 77-72 decision over AA powerhouse Tilton, and peak at just the right time as they...


HoopRootz Sophomore Series Part 5

Caleb Green 2017

Posted Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Sophomore power forward Nick Osarenren has been a horse on the front-line this season for Governors Academy, averaging 14 points and 11 rebounds and most-recently going for 22 points in a big win over Rivers. Meanwhile, sophomore southpaw wing high-riser Jalyn Hinton has consistently produced in a variety of ways on both sides of the ball, scoring about a dozen a game while making a big impact on the glass and also accumulating dimes, steals, deflections, and blocks. The Governors have a season-record of 9-9 and a record of 6-4 in the ISL.

Sophomore guard Kyle Cassarino is having a terrific season in the back-court for a Rutland High School squad which is ranked #3 in the state of Vermont. Cassarino has played both the point and shooting guard spots and is averaging 10 PPG, 5 APG, and 3 RPG. The Raiders are 14-4 on the season and look poised to challenge for a State Championship.

Although minutes have been hard to come by at times on the deep Commonwealth Academy front-linet,...

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