Prep Profile - Bridgton Academy

Jack Lesure 2017

Posted Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

The story has been told many times over in the last five plus years.

Bridgton Academy was once on top of the prep school basketball universe, as the banners that still hang over top of their bench can attest to.
Recent years have been different though, as they have at so many other prep schools, where fiscal survival supersedes athletic success. So now, with financial aid hard to come by, Bridgton Academy fights to stay competitive on an annual basis in the most competitive prep school basketball league in the country.

What hasn’t changed, and is worth repeating once again, is the approach of the coach, Whit Lesure. Ten years ago his gym was full only of mid to high-major talent who were ripe to win championships. Now, that same gym is full of guys fighting for better financial packages or maybe some scholarship looks. He walks into that gym with no less enthusiasm though, no less passion to teach the game of basketball and that same one-of-a-kind dose of reality, mixed with both...


French Announces Commitment

Hasahn French 2017

Posted Monday, October 24th, 2016

Commonwealth Academy and PSA Cardinals forward Hasahn French was surrounded by teammates and classmates on Monday morning as he announced his commitment to Saint Louis University.

NERR's Mike Yagmin was on hand at Commonwealth Academy to capture the ceremony.

"I feel like they will be the best chance for me to get to the NCAA tournament," French said of SLU, " and I feel like I'll have a great role, be able to start there and have a great career there."

The commitment is an absolutely huge one for Saint Louis as first year head coach Travis Ford is attempting to build a program that can contend in the Atlantic 10. He already holds an early pledge from local ESPN 100 product Jordan Goodwin, a 6-foot-4 swingman, and so the addition of French provides the team with...


ZG Mass Madness - Event Recap

ZG Mass Madness - Event Recap

Posted Monday, October 24th, 2016

Another Zero Gravity weekend concluded on Sunday night, and, as always, new players emerged to show us what they are each capable of.  In all age groups, competitive games were the norm throughout the weekend.

Middlesex Magic took home the title in the American division for the second consecutive week.  Without some of their top players for parts of the tournament, the Magic again proved to be the team to beat.  Central Mass Swarm capped off an impressive weekend with the National division championship.  AMA Varisty took the International bracket by storm and cruised to the championship.

BABC cruised to the 10th grade American title.  While BABC holds many of the headlines in the 10th grade division, Evolution emerged as a threat this weekend in taking the National championship, edging Rise Above Basketball- Carter in a 49-47 battle.  Rise Above was not shut out, however, as Rise Above Basketball- Kelleher rolled to the International division title.

Expressions 2021 took the 9th...


Scholar Roundball Classic Schedule Announced

Scholar Roundball Classic Schedule Announced

Posted Sunday, October 23rd, 2016

The 6th annual Scholar Roundball Classic will return to Babson College on December 10th - 11th, once again hosting some of the top academic schools in the country and recruitable basketball prospects for all levels of college basketball.

For the 2nd straight year the weekend will tip off with the NERR Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Friday, December 9th with 100% of the proceeds set to benefit the American Cancer Society.


Commitment Catch-Up

Commitment Catch-Up

Posted Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Commitments have come off the board at an unprecedented rate in the last seven days and ultimately that's what it is all about, kids earning a free education.

Did you miss any of the news?

We've got you covered with this commitment catch-up:

South Kent forward San Antonio Brinson to NJIT - click here for story.

Phillips Exeter Academy guard Javante McCoy to Boston University - click here for story.

Brewster Academy and Mass Rivals forward Aaron Wheeler to Purdue - click here for story.

Northfield Mount Hermon and New England Playaz big man Matt Dewolf to Brown - click here for story.

Vermont Academy and New York Rens forward Jordan Nwora to Louisville - click here for story.

Notre Dame-West Haven and Expressions point guard Tremont Waters to Georgetown - click here for story.

Governor's Academy and BABC swingman Jalyn Hinton to Jacksonville - click here for story.

Thayer Academy and D.C. Blue Devils swingman Javaughn Edmonds to Southern New Hampshire - click here for...


ZG Mass Madness Preview

ZG Mass Madness Preview

Posted Friday, October 21st, 2016

As the fall progresses, we can see improvement in many programs.  The quality of basketball has improved every week on the Zero Gravity Fall Circuit and we expect this weekend to be no different as ZG invades southeastern Massachusetts for their annual Mass Madness tournament.

The varsity bracket is wide open this weekend.  A lot of teams, such as Bay State Flash, Mass Select, RI Elite & Synergy have really improved this fall, and are looking to take the next step here at Mass Madness.  With Middlesex Magic in the field, however, they need to be considered the favorite looking at their recent history.  Coming off a title last weekend, they will have the target squarely on their back.  Don't sleep on Expressions 2019 team, however.  They are playing up a division, but their talent may be enough for them to challenge Coach Mike Crotty & the Magic.

The 10th grade division has been owned by BABC so far this fall.  Even with their success, there will certainly be challengers aiming right...


Edmonds Makes His Pick

Javaughn Edmonds 2017

Posted Thursday, October 20th, 2016

Thayer Academy and D.C. Blue Devils' senior Javaughn Edmonds became the latest New England product to accept a scholarship offer on Thursday as he took to his twitter account to announce his commitment to Southern New Hampshire.

The commitment is an impressive one for SNHU as Edmonds had multiple scholarship offers on the table, from both the division I and II levels, and is still just scratching the surface of his potential.

A long 6-foot-5 lefty who shoots the ball with range and is starting to diversify his offensive attack, Edmonds has a wealth of weapons at his disposal and the potential to play multiple positions a the division II level.

He joins his Thayer Academy teammate Jordan Mello-Klein, who committed to Bentley over the summer, in heading to the...


Hinton Headed South to Play D1

Jalyn Hinton 2017

Posted Thursday, October 20th, 2016

A busy day of commitments saw one more piece of good news come across the wire late Wednesday night when Governor's Academy and BABC swingman Jalyn Hinton made a verbal commitment to Jacksonville University.

Jacksonville is a Division I university in Florida which competes in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

Hinton had a breakout spring and summer playing with BABC on the EYBL circuit, serving as a key cog in their rotation as they extended their national leading streak of consecutive Peach Jam appearances.

A super long and athletic lefty on the wing, Hinton was a playmaker on both ends of the floor as he thrived in BABC's trademark full-court pressure and was a constant threat to throw down some explosive finishes in the open floor. Moving forward, he still has quite a bit of potential left to discover as his frame fills out and he extends his shooting range away from the basket.

In other words, Hinton proved he could impact the highest levels of competition this summer and yet is...


Waters Announces Commitment to Georgetown

Tremont Waters 2017

Posted Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Tremont Waters went back to the school where he first learned to play to announce his college decision.

Waters and his parents sat down at the Farnam School in New Haven with three hats in front of him - Georgetown, Indiana and Kentucky.

It was only about two minutes in that he announced he would be a Hoya and for the better part of the next 30 minutes he discussed his decision making process, his roots in the city of New Haven and future ambitions among other things.

Waters has been a star in New England literally since his first high school game, when he went off for 37 points as a freshman for South Kent in 2013 National Prep Showcase, an accomplishment that was totally unprecedented at that type of national post-graduate event. He went on to score his 1000th point at South Kent before the end of his sophomore season, contined to grow his game as a junior and then joined Expressions Elite to help them make a run to the quarterfinals of the EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam.



Vermont’s Nwora is Louisville Bound

Jordan Nwora 2017

Posted Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

Vermont Academy post-graduate Jordan Nwora made a verbal commitment to Louisville and head coach Rick Pitino on Wednesday, announcing his decision via his twitter account.

The 6-foot-7 forward is one of the best shooters throughout the entire country. He converted 39% of his attempts from behind the three-point line while starring with the New York Rens during EYBL play, but beyond that number, he also developed a reputation for being able to make tough shots with a hand in his face.  His contributions were a pivotal part of the Rens' run to the Peach Jam quarterfinals.

Following the conclusion of the EYBL season and the July evaluation period, Nwora took part in Adidas Nations and earned high praise in the nationally televised event.

Now, he's joining a Vermont Academy team that is looking to defend their NEPSAC AA crown. He is the third VA product to commit to a division I school in the class of 2017 as...

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