Lee Academy senior forward Rudolfs Stradnieks made a verbal commitment to Southern Illinois last week.
The six-foot-nine power forward became a priority mid-major recruit during the course of the season scoring offers from Drexel, Miami (OH), Evansville, Wright State and Niagara among others.
Stradniaks is a true senior who arrived from Latvia just prior to the school year and made a relatively quick adjustment to the speed and physicality of the American game, averaging 11 points and 6 rebounds on the season for a Lee Academy squad that finished with a record of 19-2.
An athletic and mobile six-foot-nine four-man, Stradnieks is also skilled inside and out and so he has a plethora of tools and talent to continue to develop at the next level.
Stradnieks has also starred for Latvia's junior national team.
This past weekend, the BABC held the annual George “Trigger” Burke Tipoff tournament in Boston. The BABC FR. Gold team finished the weekend 3-0 with victories over the Boston Warriors (67-33), GT Elite (54-42), and a pesky Maine MAC team (66-58). Playing well for the freshmen was Shandon Brown and Cole Swider, among others. The BABC Sophomores also went 3-0 on the weekend with victories over the South Shore Wolfpack (61-51), Middlesex Magic Sophomores (57-35), and the Middlesex Magic Juniors (43-41) in a hotly contested game. In that game, the Middlesex Magic Juniors were led by Harry O’Neil (16pts) and Matt DeWolf (10pts). BABC was led by big man Garrett Stephenson (17pts) and mainstay Jakigh Dottin (11pts). Sharing the title of “Co-Champions” with the Sophomores was the BABC Juniors who came out of the weekend with a 3-0 mark as well. The Juniors tallied victories against Middlesex Magic Giordano (97-68), USAD (79-48), and Middlesex Magic Crotty (73-44). Playing well for...
Fairfield scored just the 11th hour recruiting victory they were looking for on Sunday when Wilbraham & Monson Academy guard Curtis Cobb committed to the Stags.
Cobb, who ran with the Mass Rivals on the grassroots level, had been heavily recruited throughout the last two years. It was just two summers ago that he landed offers from Providence and Connecticut while it was programs like Butler and Wake Forest that were on him this fall.
Fairfield wouldn't be deterred though as assistant coach Tyson Wheeler has pursued Cobb hard for the last eight months and that patience paid off on Sunday as they land a high level talent capable of making an immediate impact in the MAAC.
"Curtis loves the school and is very excited to be coached by Coach Johnson," Wilbraham & Monson head coach Mike Mannix said. "Coach Wheeler did a great job recruiting him."
While Cobb is perhaps best known for his ability to shoot the ball from behind the three-point line, he's a highly versatile scorer who can...
We're still in the full swing of the NCAA tournament and yet former New England products are already making NBA Draft news including Providence guard and former New London High School and CBC star Kris Dunn.
Dunn was named Co-Big East Player of the Year this season after missing virtually all of his first two seasons at Providence with a pair of shoulder injuries.
With many people projecting him as a first round draft choice, NERR examined whether Dunn should stay or go for CoxHub.
Rice Memorial High School won their third straight Vermont state championship this season, setting a new record for a program that was already among the state’s most prestigious.
The junior tandem of Ben Shungu and Kendrick Gray, arguably the top two players in the state overall, led Rice from start to finish.
The final game, played out in front of a sold out Patrick Gymnasium on the University of Vermont campus, was a battle between them and longtime rival, Burlington, who they had already knocked off twice during the season.
Appropriately, it was free-throws from Shungu and then a dunk by Gray that finalized a 61-54 win and another championship for Rice. Gray had 19 points and 7 rebounds in the finals while Shungu had 16 and 8. Asko Mostarlic and Josh Hale had 16 and 14 respectively for Burlington while freshman Kevin Garrison chipped in with 10 and 8.
Rice (23-1) and Burlington (21-3) finished one and two in the final Burlington Free Press Power Rankings followed by Rutland...
The only of New England’s six states to crown one undisputed basketball champion, Rhode Island first crowns champions in all three of their divisions, but then hands out one cumulative prize as the top 16 teams regardless of class battle it out in the state championship.
When it was all said and done, LaSalle Academy left absolutely no doubt as to who the best team in the RIIL was, winning both the state open as well as the division I championship.
The division I title was their second consecutive, but after falling in the semi-finals of last year’s state championship, they were determined to get over the hump this year and did just that, knocking off Barrington 61-51 at URI’s Ryan Center.
C.J. Waite, Mike McCourt and Lawrence Sabir all contributed to a balanced offensive effort, scoring 17, 16 and 15 respectively, but each played a special part in the team’s run.
Sabir was a stat stuff all year long for LaSalle showing tremendous athleticism at the point guard position...
A thrilling title game between arch-rival schools. Londonderry wins their first boys basketball championship in school history and completes a perfect 22-0 season. They were led all season long by their ‘Big 3’ of Cody Ball, Marc Corey and Jacob Coleman. All three of them can move the ball well, can shoot it from anywhere and defend.
The final was a low-scoring game, as both teams had stretches where they went cold offensively. Londonderry’s Brandon Radford made what turned out to be the winning layup with just under a minute left. Corey scored 17 in the title game, Coleman dropped 16 and Ball was named D-I Player of the Year.
Pinkerton’s Matt Rizzo scored a team-high 12 points, but missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. Teammate Geo Baker put on a show in the semi-finals by pouring in 30 points, but was held to just 10 in the ship’. Both Pinkerton and Londonderry had to make furious 2nd half comebacks...
For the second consecutive year, BABC spent the first weekend of the club season traveling the state of Massachusetts for the 2nd Annual BABC Select Tour. By Sunday night, the BABC Sophomores had posted a 4-0 record, while the BABC Juniors posted a 5-0 record; playing a total of five forty minute games in the span of 44 hours, over five cities, and traveling over 350 miles with a roster of seven players, missing point guard Ikenna Ndugba and forwards Bob Martin and Kevin Marfo to injury.
The tour kicked off Friday night at Quincy High School with the South Select Fitzy-Nolan games. The BABC Sophomores were able to pull away in the second half to earn the 80-60 victory over the South Region underclassmen. Leading the way for BABC was Cambridge guard Jakigh Dottin who poured in a game high 28pts. Also playing well for BABC was Suffield Academy prospect Garrett Stephenson, who netted 11pts from the interior. The South underclassmen were led by the impressive duo from...
The CIAC crowned four state champions this past weekend at Mohegan Sun.
Ironically, the team most consider to be number one overall in the state competed in the smallest division and so it was no surprise to see Sacred Heart run away with the Class S championship 71-46.
The win was their second consecutive over Valley Regional in the state championship game and punctuates a perfect 25-0 season.
Mustapha Heron was at his best, scoring 32 points on 12-21 shooting from the floor to go along with 8 assists. Senior forward Malik Petteway added 22 points and an incredible 18 rebounds, as Sacred Heart’s dynamic duo literally out-scored Valley single handedly.
Valley got 17 points and 6 rebounds from Chris Jean-Pierre but was limited by a suffocating Sacred Heart defense all day long, shooting just 26 percent from the floor including 4-21 in the first half.
Fairfield Prep took the biggest prize of the weekend, scoring the LL final on Saturday night in dramatic fashion. With 6 lead...
St. Thomas More point guard Sean Hoehn made a verbal commitment to Sacred Heart over the weekend following an official visit that began earlier in the week.
Hoehn was in many ways symbolic of the entire Chancellors' team this year as he exceeded expectations and proved a lot of the naysayers wrong. Similarly, St. Thomas More advanced to their latest NEPSAC final as well as the semi-finals of the National Prep Championship after an epic three-overtime win over Elev-8 Sports Institute from Florida with a team that had multiple players without D1 offers in their regular rotation.
Hoehn emerged as not just the floor general but also the emotional leader of this STM team. His toughness and intensity were immediately apparent every time the Chancellors took the floor, but that's only part of why he proved himself to be a division I player.
The other half is that he dramatically improved over the course of his post-graduate season, reportedly after frequenting the STM gym many mornings at...