Week Three Offer Updates

Wenyen Gabriel 2016

Posted Thursday, July 30th, 2015

In each of the first two weeks of the July evaluation period, we've looked back to see which scholarship offers have come out of it. Now, it's time for the third and final week in review of offers:

  • Wenyen Gabriel was obviously the big winner of the third and final period, leading the Rivals to a place in the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships final on ESPNU and landing new offers from the likes of Duke, Kansas and Kentucky in the process;
  • Rivals point guard Makai Ashton-Langford, who out-played a series of nationally ranked point guards in Las Vegas, scored his latest high-ajor offer from Creighton;
  • Azar Swain picked up his first two division I offers from Brown and Yale respectively after drilling three first-half three-pointers in the first half of the nationally televised ESPNU game;
    Fellow Rival 2017 product Greg Kuakumensah also landed an offer from Brown, where his older brother Cedric Kuakumensah has starred for the last four years;
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Barrino Shines in Combine Testing

Nassir Barrino 2016

Posted Thursday, July 30th, 2015

In the week before the July evaluation got underway, Nassir Barino was one of the players that stood out at the Elite 75 College Showcase, setting the tone for what was a very productive month in front of college coaches.

Barrino, who played an important backcourt role for the New Jersey Playaz at the EYBL Finals and Las Vegas Fab 48 alike, was impressive not just on the floor but also in the combine portion of the Elite 75.

Velocity Sports Performance tested all participating players in speed, agility, reactions and leaping (both standing and running.  

Barrino led the entire field in the ¾ sprint – which he completed in just 3.31 seconds. He also tested well with his vertical jump, measuring at 31 inches for the standing vertical (5 inches better than the average among the field) and 35.5 inches for the running vertical (again more than 5 inches better than the field).

In total, the testing showed Barrino to be a strong athlete with a particularly impressive ability to generate...

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USAD, Stamford Peace win Championships at Buzzer Beater

E.J. Crawford 2016

Posted Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

The state of Connecticut was well represented this past weekend at the Buzzer Beater Classic as the United Sons and Daughters and Stamford Peace won their respective brackets. Both teams used balanced scoring and some excellent guard play en route to to the championship. In doing so, they went 3-0 and knocked off a number of teams from around the Northeast region.
     
USAD, despite playing shorthanded, had three convincing victories over the HC Elite out of New Jersey and the PA Slam and JB Hoops out of Pennsylvania. They were led all weekend on the perimeter by guards E.J. Crawford, Collin Sawyer, and C.J. Seaforth. They also received a strong weekend from combo forward Roy Kane. Seaforth, who is just a rising junior, was named MVP of the Parkway Bracket after having a strong all-around championship game.
     
Stamford Peace’s road to the title included 3 wins over the East Coast Cyclones, a tough Wayne PAL team out of New Jersey, and an athletic PA Rens team. Offensively, they...

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BABC Wins 10th Grade AAU National Championship

Justin Mazzulla 2017

Posted Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

The Boston Amateur Basketball Club's 10th grade team traveled to Louisville during the third and final week of the July evaluation period and came away with their latest Amateur Athletic Union national championship.

Played in the historic Freedom Hall, BABC knocked off the Albany City Rocks 50-44 in the final, their 5th match-up of the year after having previously met at the BasketBull National Invitational, twice at the Boston Shootout and first at the Boo Williams Invitational.

The win gives BABC their 18th national championship, 28th appearance in a national final and 46th appearance in a national final four. Perhaps most impressive though is that this is the fourth time in the last six years that BABC has won the AAU 10th grade national championship with previous titles in 2010, 2011, 2012 and another trip to the final four in 2013. 

Led by head coach Brittney Papile, this year's squad went ten deep all season long including Jakigh Dottin, Jalyn Hinton, Javaughn Edmonds,...

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Rivals Take Adidas Silver on ESPNU

Wenyen Gabriel 2016

Posted Monday, July 27th, 2015

The Mass Rivals had a storybook week at the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships, culminating an appearance on Sunday afternoon’s final, which aired live on ESPNU.

Wenyen Gabriel helped himself as much as any prospect in the country this week as he not only continued to be followed by a variety of high-major head coaches, but also added new suitors, as Duke’s Coach K and Kentucky’s John Calipari joined the likes of Kevin Ollie, Ed Cooley, Shaka Smart, Mike Brey and countless other head coaches throughout the week.  

The Rivals began the day on Sunday matched-up against Team Loaded North Carolina, the tournament’s top overall seed featuring a pair of top ten players in Dennis Smith and Edrice Adebayo, but it was Makai Ashton-Langford that stole the showing, going for 16 points and 10 assists while holding Smith to 5-16 shooting the floor.

The performance was Ashton-Langford’s fourth consecutive strong showing against a nationally ranked prospect as he not only continued to score and...

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CBC Wins Live in the AC

KeAndre Fair 2016

Posted Saturday, July 25th, 2015

The Connecticut Basketball Club punctuated their comeback summer with a championship at Live in the A.C., knocking off a number of talented programs from the Mid-Atlantic region in the process.

Team Final Black, New Jersey Roadrunners and Jersey Shore Warriors all went down in their run to the finals, where they matched-up with Sports U, an Under Armour sponsored program from New Jersey.

Faced with a talented program that boasted superior size at virtually every position on the floor, CBC went to a small ball line-up that not only allowed them to utilize their speed and quickness but also space the floor to the max on the offensive end with multiple three-point shooters.

KeAndre Fair had a dominant performance, playing some of his best basketball and knocking down 5 of his 8 shots from behind the three-point line for a team high 24 points. Backcourt mate Thomas Jackson was impressive in his own rite, going 3-5 from behind the arc and finishing with 15 points.

CBC knocked down 13...

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Playaz, Rivals Win Pools in Vegas

Tremont Waters 2017

Posted Friday, July 24th, 2015

With pool play wrapping up and the single elimination bracket play set to begin on Friday both the Mass Rivals and New England Playaz had won their respective pools and advanced to the championship bracket at the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships.

The Playaz went a perfect 3-0 opening with a Wednesday night win over Texas Elite 78-40 and then a pair of close games on Thursday over Compton Magic 74-68 and Florida Sons 70-65.

Tremont Waters has continued to be the maestro. He opened with 17 points and 7 assists in game one, had 18 and 4 on Thursday morning and 16 points, 8 assists and 7 boards in Thursday's nightcap. Simultaneously though, Tomas Murphy is playing some of his best basketball. He went for 13 and 6 in the opener and followed that up with 13 more on Thursday morning.

A.J. Brodeur has been a model of consistency, finishing in double figures in all three games and going for a double-double Thursday night while Kellan Grady has gotten better with each passing game and...

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Hot in July

Wenyen Gabriel 2016

Posted Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

The month of July can be the most important time of year in the recruiting process and now that we're already two-thirds of the way through the recruiting period, we've already seen some clear winners.

The New England Recruiting Report recently broke down some of the biggest individual winners thus far in another exclusive on Cox Hub.

To read the article in its entirety please click here.
 

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Week Two Offer Updates

Week Two Offer Updates

Posted Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

The third and final week of the July evaluation period is set to tip-off on Wednesday afternoon at 5pm and New England teams are scattered from Las Vegas to Louisville to New Jersey and Atlantic City. Here's a look back at some of the offers that were generated during the second week of the period:

  • USAD's E.J. Crawford landed his latest offer from Robert Morris while Towson came calling for Malik Petteway, following a post-graduate year in 2016.
  • D.C. Blue Devils' Nathan Knight's latest offers came from Holy Cross, Boston University, Bryant, Vermont and Lehigh after the incoming KUA forward added 8 others offers in the first month of the period. Blue Devils' rising junior Tshiefu Ngalakulondi added a big offer from Temple this week as well.
  • Dayton and UNLV were the latest to offer PSA Cardinals guard Christian Vital after strong showings at the Oladipo/Lawson All-American Camp and PSA Cardinals/City Rocks Combine along with the Hall of Fame National Invitational. Hasahn French and...
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BasketBull Crowns Champions

BasketBull Crowns Champions

Posted Monday, July 20th, 2015

The Hall of Fame National Invitational wrapped up on Sunday with two champions crowned in both the u17 and u16 divisions respectively.

The Mass Rivals took the top prize by winning the u17/open championship with a win over GTA Bounce in the finals. That win came on the heels of a win over the Albany City Rocks in the semifinal in a match-up that appeared to be the top draw of the weekend and attracted Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon, Providence head coach Ed Cooley, Boston College head coach Jim Christian, Rhode Island head coach Dan Hurley and UMass head coach Derek Kellogg among others.

Wenyen Gabriel continued to be the main attraction for the Rivals, pulling in his latest offer from Villanova, and being watched by Kentucky assistant Tony Barbee on Saturday, but this was far from a one man show.

Makai Ashton-Langford was up to his usual tricks making plays off the dribble while Chris Baldwin continued his strong summer with another impressive performance. Azar Swain provided a...

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