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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USAD Wins Summer Jam Fest

E.J. Crawford 2016

Posted Sunday, July 19th, 2015

After a huge collective showing at Hoop Group Elite Camp, New England did it again at the Hoop Group Summer Jam Fest, with 5 teams advancing to the quaterfinals, 3 to the semifinals and then an all New England final as USAD held on for the championship in a one point win over the D.C. Blue Devils.

The Blue Devils were USAD's third straight opponent from New England as they knocked off Middlesex Magic in the quarterfinals and then We Will in the semifinals.

E.J. Crawford was named the tournament's MVP after scoring the ball in high volume throughout the weekend and coming away with a new offer from UNC-W in the process, but it was hardly a one man show as Roy Kane delivered some last second heroics to help them advance to the Final Four while Malik Petteway, Tyler Rowe and Collin Sawyer all played well at various points.

The Blue Devils were just one bucket away from winning their second consecutive Hoop Group championship after taking last week's Summer Tip-Off. While incoming KUA...

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Hoop Group Elite Camp - Award Winners

Hoop Group Elite Camp - Award Winners

Posted Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Session II of the Hoop Group Elite Camp was held at Albright University in Reading, Pennsylvania, but for the better part of four days it seemed like it was in New England, as the local products were the story of the camp. Cushing Academy point guard Wabissa Bede was named the camp's MVP and was one of 13 different New England products to be chosen for the Top 20 All-Star Game. Saul Phiri, Aaron Wheeler, Jarrod Simmons, Kimani Lawrence, Tyrn Flowers, Hasahn French, Jimbo Lull, Chris Baldwin, Jerome Desrosiers, Samuel Japhet-Mathias, Unique McLean and incoming Putnam Science post-grad Chuba Ohams were also selected. Three more New England products - Tyonne Malone, Ellis Christmas and Elijah Wilson - were tabbed for the "21 - 40" All-Star game while there were 8 other prospects selected for the underclassmen game in Arashma Parks, Calvin Whipple, Jordan Hardwick, Anthony McNish, Dana Tate, Preston Santos, Nate Laszewski and incoming Northfield Mount Hermon big man Maxwell Lorca.... READ MORE >

New England Well Represented at Adidas All-American

Wenyen Gabriel 2016

Posted Saturday, July 18th, 2015

New England was well represented at the Adidas Uprising All-American Camp, held Wednesday through Friday last week at Long Island University Post in New York.

Mustapha Heron, Tyrique Jones, Wenyen Gabriel, A.J. Brodeur, Tremont Waters, Makai Ashton-Langford, Kellan Grady and Tomas Murphy were all among the 90 players from across the Adidas Uprising brand selected to participate.

Heron was also one of 18 players from within the camp chosen to take part in the Uprising Showcase game, played Thursday night at the famous Rucker Park in Harlem. The event was the first of its kind in that Rucker had never been the host of a "live" event before and college coaches were out in full force sitting behind one basket.

With those 18 players sitting out Thursday afternoon's games in preparation for the showcase, Gabriel stepped-up to become one of the biggest stories of the day. He was followed by the likes of UConn head coach Kevin Ollie, Texas head coach Shaka Smart, Notre Dame head coach Mike...

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BABC takes Bronze at AAU 9th Grade Nationals

Shandon Brown 2018

Posted Friday, July 17th, 2015

The BABC freshmen defeated Team Mississippi to win the Bronze medal at the AAU 9th Grade Division I national championship in Memphis this week.

This was the 45th time a BABC team has advanced to a National Final Four in the program’s history.

Coached by East Boston High School coach Shawn Brown, the BABC 9th graders have comprised a record of 71-11 heading into their final event of the season, this weekend’s Hall of Fame National Invitational in Springfield, and have claimed championships at Zero Gravity Nationals and Providence Jam Fest among others.

Beaver Country Day’s Shandon Brown and Lawrence Academy’s Maurice Works lead the way in the backcourt while Brooks’ Cam Ray provides a spark off the bench. St. Andrew’s forward Cole Swider is the resident shot-maker of the group while Paul Durkee in an ultra-versatile swing from Shrewsbury.

The frontcourt was short-handed this week after New Mission forward Darion Jordan-Thomas broke in nose in the first game of the tournament, but...

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