#S16 Saturday Night Twitter Blog

Tanahj Pettway 2019

Posted Saturday, May 28th, 2016

 

 

Saturday night was action packed on the Connecticut Shoreline as college coaches and fans packed gyms from New London to New Haven. Here's a quick rundown of some of the more notable happenings:

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#S16 Saturday Afternoon Twitter Blog

#S16 Saturday Afternoon Twitter Blog

Posted Saturday, May 28th, 2016

The Super 16 Showcase was in full swing on Saturday afternoon, here's a look at some of the action across all six locations.

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#S16 Saturday Morning Twitter Blog

Jeff Allen 2017

Posted Saturday, May 28th, 2016

From New London straight down I-95 to New Haven, the Connecticut shoreline was buzzing with action to start Memorial Day weekend as the Super 16 Showcase had returned. Here's a look at some of Saturday morning's notables via our most recent Twitter blog:

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Super 16 Tips This Weekend

Super 16 Tips This Weekend

Posted Thursday, May 26th, 2016

The annual Memorial Day Super 16 Showcase tips this weekend in Southern Connecticut with the varsity and 10th grade divisions based at Connecticut College and other facilities in the New London area and the 9th grade division in the greater New Haven area.

With over 60 teams in the varsity division alone this field is by far the deepest and most talented in the event's history and NERR will have their full team of evaluators out in full force.

Stay tuned to New England Recruiting Report for updates throughout the weekend or for the most immediate information follow us on twitter at @NERRhoops.

Click here for complete schedule.

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Coaching Changes at New Hampton & South Kent Schools

Coaching Changes at New Hampton & South Kent Schools

Posted Thursday, May 26th, 2016

There will be major changes on the sidelines of the nation's top prep school league next season as both the New Hampton School and South Kent School have welcomed new men's basketball coaches within the last week after the departure of Peter Hutchins and Kelvin Jefferon to join the college ranks.

Hutchins will remain in New Hampshire and join the staff of newly appointed Dartmouth head coach David McLaughlin while Jefferson is heading south to Old Dominion University where he will join Jeff Jones' staff.

"I can't begin to describe my gratitude & appreciation for the chance to be a part of the New Hampton School community over the last decade," Hutchins said via his twitter account last week. "Giving back to a place that gave me so much was an honor & I couldn't be prouder to have coached such special kids. I'll always be a #Husky. With that said, I'm thrilled to be joining Coach McLaughlin's vision for the future of #Dartmouth basketball & can't wait to get to work!"

Dartmouth...

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Ayala’s Stock Rising

Eric Ayala 2018

Posted Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

There aren't many players in New England's class of 2018 who have helped themseslves more than Eric Ayala this spring.

Playing alongside the best point guard in high school basketball, Trevon Duval, on a We-R1 squad that currently sits atop the Under Armour Association standings with a 7-1 record, Ayala has proven himself to be one of the most dangerous guards in all of the UAA.

While Duval has often times been the primary playmaker, Ayala has the ball in his hands plenty, averaging 12 points per game and sometimes even being the player to have his number called in late game situations.

It was more of the same last weekend at the Hoop Group's Southern Jam Fest when Duval played led the way throughout much of the weekend only to be forced out of the line-up in the finals with severe dehydration and leg cramps. That void was all Ayala needed to step-up with a huge performance in the final, delivering 33 points to lead We-R1 over Team Loaded Virginia for the championship.

As his...

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Bryant Lands Baker Jr.

Vincent Baker Jr. 2017

Posted Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Bryant University scooped up what might have been New England's biggest sleeper, rougly six weeks before the July evaluation was set to kick-off.

Vincent Baker Jr., a six-foot-seven forward from Old Saybrook High School in Connecticut, committed to the Bulldogs on Monday night.

Baker, the son and namesake of the former NBA All-Star who first starred at the University of Hartford before playing for the Milwaukee Bucks and Seattle SuperSonics among others, has been playing for his father on the AAU trail this spring with the Connecticut Playmakers and was one of the standouts at last month's Northeast Hoops Festival.

This wasn't the first time we've seen Baker Jr. in action, but some might not have recognized him after his last appearance at the 2014 Elite 75 Frosh/Soph Showcase when he was just a six-foot-two guard. 18 months and five inches later and Baker Jr. is experiencing the same late growth spurt that his dad had in the late 80's when he too starred for Old Saybrook High...

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Canterbury’s Bruton Headlines Latest Batch of Commitments

DeAnte Bruton 2016

Posted Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Nichols College landed an important piece in their 2016 recruiting class over the weekend when Canterbury School post-graduate guard DeAnte Bruton came on board.

Bruton previously starred at Ledyard High School before graduating last year and opting for a post-graduate years in hopes of building up both his body and his recruitment.

He put up huge numbers against some of the top programs in New England this year as the slippery southpaw proved that he was capable of scoring points and making plays at the highest of levels.

He went on to earn First-Team All-New England honors in Class B of the NEPSAC and also generated interest from both division I and II programs along the way.

At Nichols, he should have an opportunity to step right in and play immediate minutes and assert himself as an offensive weapon from day one.

In other recent commitment catch-up news:

- Wilbraham & Monson Academy’s Julian Alexis committed to Babson a few weeks ago, adding to what is a strong spring class...

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Fair will prep at PSA

KeAndre Fair 2017

Posted Sunday, May 22nd, 2016

Putnam Science Academy announced earlier this week that KeAndre Fair would be joining the program as a post-graduate next year following his graduation from Weaver High School.

The 6-foot-2 guard has had a decorated high school career playing in the CIAC state championship game for four consecutive years and helping Weaver to the 2015 Class M state championship as well as a pair of CCC championships.

He was also named first-team All-State for all four years of his high school career by the Connecticut High School Coaches Association, is a three time All-CCC selection and a two-time New Haven Register first team All-State selection. The Hartford Courant named him their Player of the Year in 2015.

He leaves Weaver as the program's all-time leading scorer with 2,005 career points, their all-time leader in made three-pointers with 210 and their all-time leader in games played with 110. He was also a member of the school's National Honor Society for all four years.

On the grassroots...

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Gaines Stock Rising

Anthony Gaines 2017

Posted Friday, May 20th, 2016

Anthony Gaines is one of the biggest stock-risers in the Nike EYBL this year, not just in terms of New England, but in terms of the entire league.

One of four local prep products to play with the Albany City Rocks, he took the league by storm from day one of the first session in New York. By the time the month of April was over he had six double-doubles in seven games and had established himself as one of the top rebounding wings in the entire country.

It was more of the same this past weekend at session III in Virginia as Gaines shot 68% from the floor while averaging 20 points and 9 rebounds per game.

On the season, he’s leading a City Rocks team that currently has an 8-3 record in both scoring (17.9 points per game) and rebounding (10.4 boards per game) while his aggressive driving style is also getting him to the free-throw line at an unmatched rate.

Gaines’ value exceeds beyond just the individual stats though. He’s an elite defender who can already guard as many as four...

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