Broduer Headed Ivy

A.J. Brodeur 2016

Posted Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

Northfield Mount Hermon rising senior forward A.J. Brodeur made a verbal commitment to the University of Pennsylvania and first year head coach Steve Donahue on Monday afternoon.

The 6-foot-8 forward had landed two offers from ACC schools but seemed to be focusing on a trio of Ivy League schools in recent weeks with visits to Harvard, Yale and Penn.

His commitment came just 48 hours before the beginning of the July evaluation period, when he was likely to generate even more recruitment, but ultimately he was committed to finding an academic situation.

"I think that's the timing, the open period wasn't going to change his desire to go Ivy," NMH head coach John Carroll told the City of Basketball Love.

While Brodeur had previously scored offers from Notre Dame and Boston College, the first ACC head coach to recruit him was actually Donahue, when he was at the helm of the Boston College program.

Brodeur's decision to join Donahue at Penn also reunites him with two former NMH...

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Papile Named EYBL Coach of the Year

Papile Named EYBL Coach of the Year

Posted Monday, July 6th, 2015

Boston Amateur Basketball Club's founder and head coach Leo Papile was named the 2015 Nike Elite Youth Basketball Coach of the Year by Krossover.

Papile led the BABC to their sixth straight appears in the EYBL finals, the only program in the nation to accomplish such a feat, finishing with a 13-4 regular season record to finish atop Division A.

The award was announced by D1 circuit who did a full feature on Papile, documenting his 37 years at the helm of the Boston program and 17 national championships along the way while also getting perspective from current players ranging from Kevin Marfo to Tommy Mobley.

Click here to read the full feature on D1 circuit.

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Stars of Tomorrow Camp Standouts: Guards

Stars of Tomorrow Camp Standouts: Guards

Posted Monday, July 6th, 2015

Callen Willworth - Skilled guard has a crisp handle and will spray you up from long-range in clutch-situations; as he did repeatedly over the course of the weekend at #STARS. Has a terrific feel for the game and has the potential to be a nice player as he grows and gets stronger.

Brendon Sailer - High-motor guard has a great motor and impacts the game on both sides of the ball. Defends, rebounds, moves the ball, attacks with the dribble to get to the basket when the space is there, and finishes around the basket in a variety of situations.

Jackson Scotnicki - Skilled guard with quickness and a crisp handle makes plays with the ball in his hands both in transition and the half-court. Natural feel for the game and the ability to raise the level of his teammate's play.

Cam Dunning - Heady point point guard handles the ball well and has a nice feel for playing the game from the back-court. Distributes the ball eyes-up in the open-floor and will look to get into the lane off the bounce...

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Hoop Mountain - Day 3 Recap

Hoop Mountain - Day 3 Recap

Posted Sunday, July 5th, 2015

The third and final day of the 29th annual Hoop Mountain Elite Prospect camp produced some incredibly hard fought and emotional games with 24 teams battling for the right to be crowned champs.

Play-offs began with an upset as prep powerhouse Worcester Academy, playing without Kevin Marfo in the line-up, fell to the Cavs, a squad of quick and scrappy three-point shooters. Incoming STM post-grad Trey Witter ran the show from start to finish, hitting deep threes and setting up his teammates. Another guard heading for the NEPSAC next season, Avelino Damoura (6'1 , Lexington Christian Academy / Boston Warriors AAU ) was able to contribute by slashing to the basket and finishing in transition. The Nobles trio of Cam Nelson (6'5), James Welch (5'10), and Jayden DePina, rose to the challenge of competing against Worcester’s frontline.  

The Cavs would continue their Cinderella like run, winning three more game and marching into the D2 final after going 0-4 just a day earlier. The...

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Doucette, Folger Thrive at Elite 75

Matt Folger 2015

Posted Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Williston Northampton returns several key contributors from the team that won the NEPSAC Class A championship last year, but there are also some new faces coming to town.

One of those is Matt Folger, a 6-foot-8 post-graduate who previously starred at Weston (CT). Folger has had a strong spring on the AAU circuit running with "The System" and was one of the most impressive frontcourt prospects at last week's Elite 75 College Showcase.

While Folger drew a steady following of college coaches before the day was done, incredibly he told the New England Recruiting Report that he hasn't been highly recruited just yet.

"It's really been just Williams," he told the New England Recruiting Report. 

Expect that to change in the coming months as Folger continues to develop his game and body.

"I just try to out-work people and just do all the little things," he said. "I've gotten a lot better with my timing blocking shots. Offensively, I'm a mid-range player who can attack and get to the...

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Stars of Tomorrow Camp Standouts: Wings/Forwards

Stars of Tomorrow Camp Standouts: Wings/Forwards

Posted Saturday, July 4th, 2015

While the HoopRootz Twitter Blogs provided recaps from last weekend's Stars of Tomorrow Camp in real time, this weekend we're taking a look back at the camp the old fashioned way. Here's a look at some of the wings and forwards that caught our eye:

Sam Custeau - Rumbling power forward brings a physical presence to the inner third of the floor; mixing it up in the paint and on the glass at both ends and going to work in both the offensive and defensive post. Consistently finished around the basket and grabbed boards throughout the weekend

Rhett Carter - Touted incoming freshman big-man drew attention from the get-go during stations on Sunday Morning before shutting it down prior to the first game-session of the day after turning a wheel.

Jack Carey - Rugged forward with a nice skill-set knocks down shots from the perimeter and gets to the basket with the dribble when a crease is there. Battles on the glass at both ends and runs the floor hard to get buckets in transition both on the...

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Seretta Taking Visits

Nick Seretta 2016

Posted Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Northfield Mount Hermon rising senior and Middlesex Magic standout Nick Seretta began his week with a standout performance at the Elite 75 College Showcase and finished it with a pair of visits to division I campuses.

The six-foot-three swingman visited the University of Maine on Wednesday before traveling south to see another America East School, the University of New Hampshire on Thursday.

Seretta has also attended elite camps at Holy Cross, Dartmouth, Brown, Yale and Boston University this spring and summer.

"The most interest right now is from Maine and Dartmouth, who I'm going to visit in August," he told NERR on Monday.

A power wing with a strong body and a ton of sheer force to his game, Seretta understands what his strengths are but is also out to prove people wrong when it comes to some of his perceived dificiencies.

"I think the best part of my game is my intensity, toughness, attacking the rim and defensive capability," he said, "but I'm more skilled than people think...

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More Stars of Tomorrow Standouts

More Stars of Tomorrow Standouts

Posted Saturday, July 4th, 2015

HoopRootz continues to churn out incredible coverage from session I of the Stars of Tomorrow Camp, which was held last weekend on the campus of Brandeis University. 

Remember, session II of the Stars of Tomorrow Camp begins on Friday, July 10th for rising 5th - 8th graders. Limited spots are still available by clicking here.

Crafty C/O 2018 PG Andrej Oljaca handles very efficiently and was one of the top distributors of the basketball at #STARS; quarterback style floor general who hits teammates with strikes in rhythm whether stationary or on the move.

Skilled southpaw guard Cameron Hardy impressed at Stars of Tomorrow Camp; high IQ, smooth stroke, crisp handle, good passer, currently undersized; will catch up with peers quickly as he grows and gets stronger; allowing him to play more effectively over the top and through contact.

C/O 2018 G Julio Pires made a strong 1st impression at #STARS; change of direction/change of pace combo-guard with elusiveness off the southpaw bounce in...

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Elite 75 – Best of the Guards

Elite 75 – Best of the Guards

Posted Friday, July 3rd, 2015

The Elite 75 College Showcase allowed a variety of local products to prove themselves in front of over 40 division II and III coaches on Monday afternoon at Brandeis University.

The day began with a combine style theme as players first took part in athletic testing performed by Velocity Sports before then going through a series of competitive breakdown drills measuring their ability to play one on one, two on two, three on three and finally four on four, thus allowing every player in the field to showcase their abilities to create their own shot, play pick and roll and come off screening action.

Here’s a look at some of the top performances we saw from the guards:

Nassir Barrino, Worcester Academy 2016 – Fresh off his EYBL season with the New Jersey Playaz, this incoming post-grad showed why he isn’t just quick off the bounce, but also bound to become one of the very best defenders in New England right from day one next year.
 
Jaylen Franklin. MacDuffie School 2016 – Franklin...

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Elite 75 - Best of the Wings

Elite 75 - Best of the Wings

Posted Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

The Elite 75 College Showcase allowed a variety of local products to prove themselves in front of over 40 division II and III coaches on Monday afternoon at Brandeis University.

The day began with a combine style theme as players first took part in athletic testing performed by Velocity Sports before then going through a series of competitive breakdown drills measuring their ability to play one on one, two on two, three on three and finally four on four, thus allowing every player in the field to showcase their abilities to create their own shot, play pick and roll and come off screening action.

Here’s a look at some of the top performances we saw from the wings:

Nate Duda, St. Andrew’s 2016 – The development of his perimeter game continues to come along nicely but what differentiates Duda is his length and athleticism on the wing as he can make plays defensively as well as on the defensive end of the floor.

Brenden Vessichio, Wilbraham and Monson 2016 – Arguably his best showing...

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