Headlines from the National Prep Showcase

Headlines from the National Prep Showcase

Posted Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

There were a variety of local New England products that made headlines this week - Omari Spellman, Wenyen Gabriel, Bruce Brown, Travis Atson, Tremont Waters, Kai Toews, Maurice Brown, Tyrique Jones, Christian David, Ian Sistare, Kellan Grady, A.J. Brodeur, Hamidou Diallo, Mamadou Diarra, Christian Vital, C.J. Keyser, Taurean Thompson, Alpha Diallo, David Dileo, Malik Massey, Donovan Love, Matthew Moyer, Robert Martin Jr. and Brett Hanson - plus countless others from outside the region.

In order to give everyone their due, we collected all the headlines to come out of the full three days of action and put them in one place. Happy reading!

ESPN - Bright recruiting spotlight shines on...New Hampshire?

Scout - Prep Showcase: Wenyen Gabriel steals the show

Scout - Prep Showcase: Calipari, Ollie watch five-star 2017...


NPS Highlights

NPS Highlights

Posted Monday, November 23rd, 2015

The National Prep Showcase was the buzz of the recruiting world for the last three days as the very best prep school programs from around the country converged on New Haven, Connecticut and Albertus Magnus College. Over 120 college coaches - including the likes of Kentucky head coach John Calipari, UConn head coach Kevin Ollie, Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon, Providence head coach Ed Cooley and Florida head coach Michael White - attended this weekend along with over 30 media members including ESPN, Scout.com, Rivals.com and numerous others.

Scores and stats from the weekend are already available on the National Prep Showcase page while CoxHub continues to stream the nine games they broadcast live this weekend. We'll have more analysis and recaps out tomorrow, but until then here's a brief look back at some of the highlights from this weekend.


NPS Weekend Preview

NPS Weekend Preview

Posted Saturday, November 21st, 2015

After another amazing start to the National Prep Showcase on Friday, this weekend’s matchups are sure to provide more drama and late-game heroics at Albertus Magnus, in New Haven, CT. Here are previews of just a few of the highlighted matchups coming our way, along with some key figures in the history of these powerhouse basketball programs.

Fork Union Military Academy vs St. Thomas More (Saturday 9:30am)

Matchup:  After an emotional win against Notre Dame Prep to kick off this year’s Prep Showcase in style, Fork Union looks to ride their momentum into their matchup with St. Thomas More, another winner from Friday. Lewis Freeman’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer gave Fork Union the 46-45 victory over Travis Atson and a strong ND Prep crew, but it was the physical paint presence of 6’8” Corey Douglas that really set the tone for Matt Donohue’s squad. They’ll have their hands full on Saturday morning against a St. Thomas More team that got off to an early lead against IMG Academy by...


NPS Day 1 Preview

NPS Day 1 Preview

Posted Thursday, November 19th, 2015

With the National Prep Showcase scheduled to kickoff Friday morning at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, it’s as good a time as ever to take a look at the talent that will be on full display over the weekend and also take a look back at some of the players and coaches who have helped put these basketball programs in the national spotlight.

Notre Dame Prep vs Fork Union Military Academy

ND Prep:  With the additions of Travis Atson and Kejuan Johnson to his program this season, Coach Ryan Hurd acquired two of the most explosive scoring wings in New England. The ability to spread the floor will open things up for UMass commit Chris Baldwin. The 6’8” power forward is still the heart and soul of another tough and rugged Notre Dame squad.

Hoop History: A longtime perennial powerhouse under former head coach and current Pittsburgh assistant Bill Barton, the Crusaders have been under the direction of Ryan Hurd for the last eight years. In 2012, Hurd welcomed an Australian center named...


Brown Picks Miami on ESPN

Posted Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Vermont Academy and BABC guard Bruce Brown announced his commitment to Miami on Wednesday, live on the set of ESPN's Recruiting Nation.

Brown ultimately chose the Hurricanes over Indiana but also visited Xavier and Purdue while taking multiple unofficial visits to UMass. His original list of scholarship offers included close to 15 high-major programs from across the country.

The 6-foot-4 guard has taken his game to new levels in each of the last three seasons, establishing himself as not just one of the best in New England but as a top 30 national prospect in one of the most talent rich classes in recent history.

Now, he's headed to the ACC where he's expected to have an opportunity to play immediate minutes for Miami, but before that he'll lead Vermont Academy in their quest to capture the NEPSAC AA championship as their season gets underway Friday at the National Prep Showcase.

Click here to watch his announcement live on ESPN.

Below are a series of highlight films that...


Fisher Signs Early

Patrick Fisher 2016

Posted Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

Patrick Fisher exceeded expectations in his first season in New England and now he's officially a division I player.

A big 6-foot-3 point guard who arrived at Vermont Academy with the reputation of being a potential division I prospect, Fisher blew away the scouting report in his first season in the NEPSAC, earning his team's starting point guard spot and proving to be one of the leaders of a team that went all the way to the Class AA final.

It was more of the same this spring as Fisher joined the BABC and helped them take the division A championship in the regular season of Nike's Elite Youth Basketball League and picking up scholarship offers from the likes of Towson and Chattanooga in the process.

Unfortunately though he missed the vast majority of the summer with injury and saw some of his recruitment fall off as a result. Winthrop was one of the schools that came in this fall before hosting him for an official visit this weekend.

Now, they've locked up a commitment from a big...


New Hampton School’s Dileo Makes Call

David Dileo 2016

Posted Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

New Hampton School post-graduate forward David Dileo made a verbal commitment to Central Michigan on Tuesday and was expected to sign his National Letter of Intent before the end of the day as well.

The skilled 6-foot-7 forward had been particularly impressive this fall and looked poise to see his recruitment continue to grow during the coming season but ultimately felt comfortable making his decision just prior to the conclusion of the early signing period.

He projects as somone who could be capable of playing either forward position at the next level, especially given Central Michigan head coach Keno Davis' affinity for using skilled players at both the three and four spots.

A native of Iowa City (IA), Dileo is now set to return closer to his midwest home following the completion of his post-graduate year in the prep school ranks.

Dileo joins Will Rayman (Colgate), Malik Massey (UNC Greensboro) and Jimbo Lull (San Francisco) to become the fourth New Hampton School product to...


Prep Profile - Wilbraham & Monson

Posted Tuesday, November 17th, 2015

It’s going to begin and end with Wenyen Gabriel and there’s no denying it.

Fresh off his breakout summer, consensus spot among the top 25 prospects in the country and subsequent commitment to Kentucky, there isn’t much left for Gabriel to prove. In fact, perhaps the only thing left on his basketball bucket list, at least at this level, is to lead his team to a NEPSAC championship.

Those are lofty ambitions to be sure, but Gabriel has made a habit of proving his doubters wrong in recent months. The key, however, will have less to do with him and much more to do with his supporting cast, especially given the number of newcomers on the Wilbraham & Monson roster.

The other notable returner on the roster, and a fellow co-captain, is Brenden Vessichio. After a summer that didn’t necessarily go according to plan, Vessichio is looking to bounce back with a big senior year and based on the open gym we saw, there’s a pretty good chance of that happening. It wasn’t just his full assortment of...


Traicoff Taking Game to College Level

Sam Traicoff 2016

Posted Monday, November 16th, 2015

Beverly High School (MA) and Mass Elite guard Sam Traicoff has committed to Gordon College.

A standout in the Northeast Conference, Traicoff has been a captain since his Junior season and last season averaged over 15 points per game en route to being named a Salem News All-Star.

"Sam's a great kid and he is a going to terrific addition to Gordon College" said Mass Elite head coach and program director Eric Polli said. "Coach Murphy adds a young man of high character who does things right on the court, in the classroom and in life. We are really happy for Sam and are estatic to watch him compete at the collegiate level.

Traicoff is an extremely versatile player who shoots it well from behind the arc, has a strong frame and can consequently finish at the rim. He's a high I.Q. player on both ends of the floor and a quality defender both on and off the basketball and so should have a chance to compete for immediate playing time as a freshman.


Prep Profile - Cushing Academy

Makai Ashton-Langford 2017

Posted Monday, November 16th, 2015

As practice begins this week at Cushing Academy there will be a lot of familiar faces in the gym.

Makai Ashton-Langford will be back to run the point, Jarrod Simmons will anchor the team in the paint and other experienced players like Jordan Heywood and Michael Stamas will also return to the line-up.

There will be one very big change though.

Longtime head coach Barry Connors is no longer roaming the sidelines in Ashburnham. Connors and his family relocated to Florida over the summer and he now heads the program at the Pinecrest School. Instead, the Penguins will now be guided by Michael Wolf, a longtime college coach who has roots in the northeast but spent the better part of the last decade coaching on the west coast at the University of Portland.

He inherits a team that is young, but still has one of the most talented cores in all of Class AA.

Ashton-Langford has been a well-known talent in the New England ranks for a long time but played his way onto the national stage in a...

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