Boston Breakout - 9th Grade Championship Recap

Boston Breakout - 9th Grade Championship Recap

Posted Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

After each team stormed through the field to come into the finals undefeated, the New England Playaz defeated Metro Boston in an entertaining contest to take down the Boston Breakout 9th Grade Championship last weekend. Both squads got production from up and down their roster in the championship game. Here's a look at who impressed and also take a look at full-game video-highlights below.

Rakesh Tibby - New England Playaz - Lengthy forward provided an active-anchor defensively and on the glass along with Cam Nelson for the Playaz while finishing with a soft-touch in the paint off the catch and finish, by getting put-backs on the offensive boards, and by running the trail in transition. Got into double figures in points and on the glass in the finals.

Ben Eke - New England Playaz - Smooth scoring guard shoots the ball well off both the catch and bounce and gets into the lane with the dribble to get buckets at the basket or with a soft-floater. Versatile back-court defender gets out...


Marfo Collecting Offers

Kevin Marfo 2016

Posted Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Worcester Academy and BABC big man Kevin Marfo has been collecting scholarship offers since the April evaluation period came to an end.

Marfo was only ten days returned from a torn meniscus when BABC made their EYBL debut last month in Virginia. Nevertheless, he still made important contributions inside the paint during session I and ended up landing offers from the likes of Boston University and Towson in the process.

Two weeks later, Marfo was starting to get his legs back and made even more significant contributions.

Now, at the mid-way point of the EYBL season, he's solidified himself as one of the best rebounders in the league, ranking 9th overall with 7.9 rebounds/game, 3rd in total defensive rebounds and ranking 1st in the entire EYBL in defensive rebounding percentage (according to Group Stats) - an advanced metric that measures the percentage of available rebounds that a player secures.

Aside from his prowess on the backboard, Marfo is also providing a consistent interior...


Canterbury Duo Signs

Branden Aughburns 2015

Posted Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

Branden Aughburns and Koree Hargraves both signed National Letters of Intent on Monday according to Canterbury head coach Keith Rado.

Hargraves signed with Dominican after making a verbal commitment to the division II school earlier in the winter.

Aughburns had been the best available big man left on the board in New England's 2015 class but picked up a pair of division I offers in the past week from Hampton and Charleston Southern after running with the New York Rens on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit.

He pledged to Hampton on Monday after taking an official visit to their Virginia campus this weekend.

Hargraves and Aughburns were both instrumental in Canterbury's run to the NEPSAC Class B championship. Aughburns was named third team All New England while Hargraves earned honorable mention recognition.

"Branden and Koree are special kids who will be missed by everyone in the Canterbury Community.  Having coached them for three years I will cherish the memories we had together on and...


Suffield’s Anderson to Nevada

Suffield’s Anderson to Nevada

Posted Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

One of the best available guards left on the board took to his twitter account to announce his decision last night as Suffield Academy point guard Juwan Anderson made a commitment to Nevada and recently appointed head coach Eric Musselmen.

Anderson is heading back close to home as the California native graduated from Bishop O'Dawd High School last year, where he played alongside national top ten prospect Ivan Rabb, and also starred for the Las Vegas Knicks on the AAU circuit prior to his arrival at Suffield.

He's made big contributions since joining the Tigers, earning first team All New England honors after leading Suffield to the finals of the NEPSAC Class A tournament.

He's also seen a steady, and wide-ranging, dose of division I recruitment during his time in New England. Most recently, he visited LIU but was reportedly in the process of setting up visits to California, Indiana and Pacific just prior to his commitment.

Anderson is a scoring lead guard who is both quick off the...


Vezele D2 Bound

Ben Vezele 2015

Posted Monday, May 4th, 2015





Wilbraham and Monson post-graduate forward Ben Vezele committed to the University of New Haven on Sunday night, according to the team's twitter account.

Prior to arriving at Wilbraham and Monson last fall, Vezele previously starred at, and graduated from, Hope High School in Rhode Island where he earned all-state recognition after averaging 19 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.5 blocks per game.

Vezele, who ran with the New England Playaz on last summer's AAU circuit, is very talented with extremely long arms, good athleticism and a soft shooting touch that extends all the way out to the three-point line. He's made...


Pittman, Colon & Stewart Heading D3

Pittman, Colon & Stewart Heading D3

Posted Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Three prospects who all earned championships in their respective leagues this season are the latest to come off the board in recent days as Ryan Pittman, Justin Stewart and Tyler Colon are all heading to the division III ranks.

Pittman starred for Bunnell High School (CT) and was one of the breakout players in the CIAC this season, leading his team to theird third straight SWC championship as well as the Class L state championship. Pittman was named Class L All-State after averaging 16 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds and 4 steals per game. He finished his career with over 1200 career points and finishes as the all-time leader in games plays, assists and steals in Bunnell history according to the New Haven Register. He's joining an Albertus Magnus team that went 28-2 this season, winning 24 or more games for the fourth consecutive season. The Falcons are a combined 108-12 over the last four years under head coach Mitch Oliver.

Another state champion, Putnam (MA) guard Justin Stewart,...


Whyte Adds First D1 Offer

Walter Whyte 2017

Posted Friday, May 1st, 2015

St. Luke's (CT) sophomore forward Walter Whyte made a name for himself this past season, averaging 22 points and 9 rebounds per game while earning first team All-NEPSAC honors in Class C.

It's only been more of the same to start the AAU season as he's starred with High Rise Elite.

Two weeks ago, he was turning heads at the Northeast Hoops Festival, while last week it was a trip to Pittsburgh where he led his club to a 3-1 record at the Pittsburgh Jam Fest.

Sacred Heart was just one of the schools to track his progress this month, but on Thursday they became the first division I school to offer him a full scholarship.

The day was doubly sweet for Whyte since he earned an invitation to the prestigious Pangos All-American Camp next month in California, which is the same setting that another former High Rise product, Steve Enoch, starred at a year ago.

"Walter is not only extremely long and athletic, but he is also skilled both on the perimeter and in the paint," head coach Drew...


Another Commitment Catch-Up

Ryan Peterson 2015

Posted Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Members of the class of 2015 continue to finalize their college plans for next season. Here's a look at some commitments from recent days:

  • St. Thomas More post-graduate forward Ryan Peterson recently committed to division II Pace University. The six-foot-six forward graduated from Wethersfield High School in 2014 and made dramatic strides during his post-graduate season, ultimately earning scholarship attention from a variety of division II programs. Peterson is very skilled for his size, able to handle and pass the ball like a guard and make open shots out to the three-point line. Peterson becomes the 6th member of this year's Chancellors team to earn an athletic scholarship for next season joining Steve Enoch (UConn), Sterling Taplin (Tulsa), Sean Hoehn (Sacred Heart), C.J. Byrd and Ian Gardner (Gannon).
  • New Hampton post-graduate Bradley Jomard has committed to M.I.T. The six-foot-six swingman came to New Hampton from France and made consistent contributions for the Huskies,...

Offers Rolling In

Wenyen Gabriel 2016

Posted Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

The second and final weekend of the April evaluation period has brought a rush of new scholarship offers for local prospects in recent days. Here's a rundown:

  • Wilbraham & Monson and Mass Rivals forward Wenyen Gabriel is blowing up this week after adding offers from UConn and Maryland following his performance at the Adidas Gauntlet in Indianapolis. Rhode Islad offered last week while Boston College and Providence, who had both already previously offered, followed Gabriel throughout the weekend as well.
  • Worcester Academy and BABC big man Kevin Marfo has been collecting offers in recent days. St. Joseph's became the first Atlantic 10 school to offer on Monday while George Washington and LaSalle followed suit on Tuesday. He's also added Lehigh, Wofford, Hofstra, Chattanooga and Northeastern this week while DePaul came calling Wednesday morning.
  • Auburn became the latest high-major program to offer Vermont Academy and Expressions power forward Tyrique Jones this week. Temple and...

New England Shines on 2nd Weekend of Live Period

Tremont Waters 2017

Posted Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

New England's four shoe sponsored programs went a combined a combined 11-5 this weekend in the top divisions at the Nike EYBL and Adidas Gauntlet Series.

The Mass Rivals and New England Playaz both finished the weekend 3-1 in Indianapolis. Makai Ashton-Langford and Wenyen Gabriel led the Rivals to a 70-62 win over Team Fast Elite on Friday night as Langford had 19 points on 7-12 shooting from the floor and Gabriel 16 points and 9 rebounds. Both players were again in double figures the next morning, while Wabissa Bede also added 12 points and 4 assists, but the Rivals fell to MBA Hoops 55-54, in their only loss on the Gauntlet Series so far this year. They rebounded with a commanding 78-52 win over New Orleans Elite later Saturday night as Saul Phiri and Tyonne Malone both came alive with 17 and 12 points respectively, while Langford added 11 points in 16 minutes on 5-7 shooting. Sunday brought another blowout win as they handled Florida Elite 57-37 as Ashton Langford went for 20...

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