Phiri is A10 Bound

Saul Phiri 2016

Posted Saturday, February 13th, 2016

Putnam Science Academy post-graduate Saul Phiri made a verbal commitment to LaSalle on Friday night while on their campus for an official visit.

This was his second trip to the Atlantic 10 school's Philadelphia campus after visiting unofficially over the summer.

Phiri is a scoring swingman who is probably best known for his ability to shoot the ball from long range but is a far more versatile scorer than that. He's a smooth ball-handler, able to post smaller guards and score over top of them from the mid-post and also has a solid mid-range game.

He's run with the Mass Rivals for his entire AAU career and helped them advance to the nationally televised finals of the Adidas Summer Championships last July in Las Vegas.

Phiri joins Mamadou Diarra (UConn) and Tyrere Marshall (Rider) to become the third PSA senior to commit to a division I school in the class of 2016. He is 4th Rivals product to do the same joining Wenyen Gabriel (Kentucky), Chris Baldwin (UMass) and Mark Gasperini...

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Grady Starting to Turn Corner

Grady Starting to Turn Corner

Posted Friday, February 12th, 2016

Northfield Mount Hermon junior guard Kellan Grady has been turning the corner as of late.

A transfer from Catholic Memorial who won a MIAA state championship last season, Grady's transition to the prep ranks was twice as daunting as most since he wasn't just adjusting to a new level of competition but also to a new position as he's moved over to play the point guard spot on a full time basis.

The results were predictably inconsistent early in the year and November's National Prep Showcase was a great example. Grady was extremely impressive on day one, scoring 18 points while knocking down four threes and receiving loads of national press in the process, but had his share of struggles a day later handling the relentless pressure of Hargrave Military Academy.

That weekend also highlighted two areas that would be critical to Grady's development - his three-point shooting and ability to handle the ball against pressure.

While shooting the three isn't necessarily more important at the...

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Where are they now? 2009 Junior Elite 75 Showcase II

Where are they now? 2009 Junior Elite 75 Showcase II

Posted Thursday, February 11th, 2016

The 1st-ever New England Junior Elite 75 Showcase back in April of 2009 gathered together a deep-group of top middle school talent from throughout the region. Here's a look at the original impressions and current "whereabouts" of the 27 players listed in the Swingmen Recap.

The top two players of the day back in 2009 were a couple of junior elite studs in Timmance McKinney and Ramon Gibbons; each from Boston. "Both are blessed with tremendous strength and athleticism that simply puts them at another level when compared to kids in their own age bracket.  But beyond their physical assets, both players showed some of the tools necessary to become stars down the road."

Ramon Gibbons - First Impression in 2009: "The thing that stood out the most for Gibbons was his unselfishness.  He was perfectly capable of creating his own shot every time down the floor if he so desired, but he showed an understanding of how to share the ball, and in so doing, made those around him better.  He also...

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Recruiting Round-Up

Recruiting Round-Up

Posted Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

 

Recruiting activity tends to slow down a bit in the thick of the winter as conference schedules tend to preclude most college coaches from getting out and hitting the recruiting trail as hard as they might like.

Ironically, things have been atypically busy in New England within the last month. Here’s a rundown of some of the recent activity.

• Brewster Academy big man Taurean Thompson has been a popular man as of late. Providence head coach Ed Cooley made the trip to see both Thompson and Alpha Diallo, who scored 34 points, in a road win at Bridgton. A day later it was Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon who was in town to watch Thompson while Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim also made the trip to Wolfeboro. Most recently, Thompson took an unofficial visit to Georgetown on Monday of this week.

• Also at Brewster Academy, former Army commit Ryan Beddeo opted to re-open his recruitment and picked up new interest from Sacred Heart and Holy Cross quickly thereafter. Unsigned big man...

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NPSI Recap

NPSI Recap

Posted Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

The New England Recruiting Report and CoxHub were on hand this weekend at Rhode Island College to live stream nine games and over 15 hours over prep school action with triple-headers taking place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Replays of those broadcasts are still available on CoxHub.com and include: Notre Dame Prep vs. Coastal Academy; St. Thomas More vs. Orangeville Prep; Wilbraham & Monson vs. Suffield Academy; Sunrise Christian Academy vs. Cushing Academy; South Kent School vs. New Hampton School; Hill Academy vs. Putnam Science Academy; Notre Dame Prep vs. Scotland Performance Institute; St. Thomas More vs. Helsinki Basketball Academy and Vermont Academy vs. Proctor Academy.

Also available on CoxHub is a collective look back on what we learned this weekend. In particular, this recap details programs like Notre Dame Prep and Putnam Science Academy as well as the incredible competitiveness taking place inside Class AAA of the NEPSAC this season. Additionally, it examines the...

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Where are they now? 2009 Junior Elite 75 Showcase

Where are they now? 2009 Junior Elite 75 Showcase

Posted Sunday, February 7th, 2016

The 1st-ever New England Junior Elite 75 Showcase back in April of 2009 gathered together a deep-group of top middle school talent from throughout the region. Here's a look at the original impressions and current "whereabouts" of all 27 players listed in the Big Men Recap

Jared Terrell - The kid from Weymouth won the MVP on that afternoon seven Aprils ago and went on to star for Brewster Academy via New Hampton via Weymouth HS and Expressions Elite. Ended up ranked #79 in the final ESPN C/O 2014 Top 100 Rankings. JT is now a sophomore guard averaging 13 points/game for the University of Rhode Island.
First Impression in 2009: "Terrell obviously has plenty of physical gifts including great strength and athleticism.  He wowed the people gym on a couple of different occasions, first with some fierce blocked shots on the defensive end and then with explosive dunks offensively.  He also showed an ability to break his man down off the dribble with his cross-over move.  But more than any...

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Folger is NESCAC Bound

Matt Folger 2016

Posted Sunday, February 7th, 2016

Williston Northampton's post-graduate forward Matthew Folger is headed to Middlebury College next year to continue his basketball career in the NESCAC.

The 6-foot-8 forward previously starred at Weston High School in Connecticut before opting for a post-graduate year, but it was on last spring's AAU circuit that he really started to make a name for himself.

With his good size, long arms and developing inside-out skill set, Folger's upside was obvious and while he had put up good numbers at Weston, his ability to have similar production against higher level competition made him an intriguing prospect for coaches at a variety of different levels.

Starring with The System, Folger seemed to make more waves on an almost weekly basis and kept that going into the summer where he delivered another big outing at the Elite 75 College Showcase.

At Williston Northampton, he's joined not just the defending Class A champions, but a team with unmatched depth at that level. He's fit in...

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This Week’s Notable Performances

This Week’s Notable Performances

Posted Saturday, February 6th, 2016

 

 

 

Suffield Academy's Miye Oni broke a NPSI record with his 52 point performance on Thursday night but he was just the tip of the iceberg when it came to this week's notable performances. Here's a look back at some of the best of the rest:

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Suffield’s Oni Sets NPSI Record

Miye Oni 2016

Posted Friday, February 5th, 2016

CoxHub.com began their live coverage from the National Prep School Invitational on Thursday night and the final game of the triple-header saw a record breaking performance.

Suffield Academy post-graduate and Yale commit Miye Oni was credited with 52 points in the official game book, an all-time high at the NPSI. Perhaps even more impressive than the final total though was his second-half outburst as he scored 34 points after halftime. Oni finished the game with a total of 11 three-pointers and shot 17-24 from the field.

Oni's incredible performance allowed Suffield to pull away down the stretch in a game that was tied at halftime.

CoxHub's NPSI coverage continues on Friday with another triple-header scheduled for a 5pm tip as a red-hot Cushing Academy team takes on Sunrise Christian Academy. The AAA battle between South Kent and New Hampton is on tap next at 6:30pm followed by Putnam Science Academy vs. Hill Academy at 8pm.

Below are some of Friday's top highlights:

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Bradanese Earns Scholarship

Bradanese Earns Scholarship

Posted Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Billerica Memorial High School senior forward Josh Bradanese accepted a full athletic scholarship offer from Philadelphia University on Wednesday.

An NCAA Division II school competing in the Central Athletic Collegiate Conference, "Philly U" is coached by Herb Magee, who has been at the helm of the program for the last 49 years, already won over 1000 games, been enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame and is widely known as "The Shot Doctor" because of his expertise in shooting mechanics.

Bradanese, a product of the New England Storm AAU program, took to his twitter account to announce his decision on Wednesday.

Bradanese also went on to tweet, "Huge thank you to @FennisDembro87 [Storm and BST director Rick Gorman] and the Storm, as well as @djbwpi003 [former WPI guard and Storm coach David Brown] for helping me get this...

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