#NEHF 9th & 10th Grade Divisions Recap

Chris Doherty 2018

Posted Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

The underclassmen talent at the 2015 Northeast Hoops Festival was off the charts, particularly in the 9th grade division where the PSA Cardinals, Mass Rivals, New England Playaz, Albany City Rocks, NY Rens and many others were in action.

The champion though was a somewhat lesser named program that made a big statement this weekend as the Millbank Flyers came from New York to take the title. Cardinal Hayes wing Terry Hawkins stood out for the champs, showing a strong body and aggressive floor game en route to the championship. The Flyers knocked off a talented Boston Spartans team in the final that had several impressive prospects. Abraham Diaz might have been tops among them as the Lynn English product has a clear upside but Mekhi Warren is a bouncy forward who caused havoc in the lane on both ends of the floor while the Johnson brothers, Calvin and Jalen, formed a very impressive backcourt tandem.

Metro Boston and the City Rocks made semifinal runs as well with Muhammed Traore...

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#NEHF Varsity Division Recap

Makai Ashton-Langford 2017

Posted Monday, April 20th, 2015

NY Rens came to New England and took the 2015 Northeast Hoops Festival championship in the varsity division. The Rens had a relatively slow start on Saturday but got better with each passing game and were absolutely dominant through their three games on Sunday.

Rawle Alkins, a top 30 national prospect, treated local fans to displays of his talent all weekend long as he combined power, playmaking skills and athleticism. He wasn't alone though as Sacred Heart (CT) southpaw Tyrn Flowers also stepped up on Sunday showing great length and physical upside on the wing along with a fluid shooting stroke.

MB Nation advanced to their second straight #NEHF championship game. The backcourt of Shyheim Ulrickson and Nicholas Gilpin set the tone all weekend long while there's no denying the contributions that Elliott Welmer provided as a finisher and rebounder inside the paint, but Jack Lesure and Ian Milekis continued to emerge throughout the course of the weekend as unsung heroes for this squad...

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#NEHF Varsity Division - Sunday Recap I

#NEHF Varsity Division - Sunday Recap I

Posted Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Pool play is over and the first round of play-offs now complete and so the quarterfinal match-ups are now set in the Northeast Hoops Festivals’ varsity division.

The BABC City team came out of their pool yesterday and gave Wayne PAL all they could handle this morning, but ultimately the New Jersey squad continued to execute and make big plays down the stretch of a tight game and so they advance to play Middlesex Magic.

The Beantown Bulls knocked off House of Sports Pride in a match-up of Boston vs. New York. Dartmouth bound guard Guillien Smith showed well for the Bulls this weekend, who are now set to meet MB Nation in the quarterfinals. The Nation again relied on their backcourt of Shyheim Ulrickson and Nicholas Gilpin to lead them over Connecticut Elite this morning, a team comprised primarily of unsigned seniors from the greater New Haven area including both Justin Campbell and John Lewis Jr., both of whom looked good in defeat.

Another Connecticut based squad, The System...

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#NEHF 9th & 10th Grade Divisions - Sunday Recap I

#NEHF 9th & 10th Grade Divisions - Sunday Recap I

Posted Sunday, April 19th, 2015

It’s championship Sunday at the Northeast Hoops Festival and we’ve got continuous recaps coming at you throughout the day. Here’s a look at the early standouts in the Underclassmen divisions:

  • The House of Sports Pride team showed off a talented u16 club with talent across all five positions. Jayquan Smith, a powerful 6-foot-6 combo-forward was the biggest standout, and a very pleasant surprise with his combination of size, strength, athleticism and straight line drives. Emmanuel Oyakhilome anchored the team on the interior with his big body, which is typically unmatched in the 10th grade division, Eric Monroe and Brandon Redendo paced the guards. Monroe looked the part of a knock down three-point shoot and dependable ball-handler while Redendo is a playmaker with some flair to his game.
  • Daevyon Robinson was impressive for Fab 5 Elite on Sunday morning utilizing his thick frame to go through competition like a bull in a china shop and score numerous buckets in the paint.
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#NEHF Varsity Division - Saturday Recap II

#NEHF Varsity Division - Saturday Recap II

Posted Sunday, April 19th, 2015

College coaches were out in full force on Saturday as there were multiple prospects for the next level on all eight courts at the University Sports Complex.

BABC was the main attraction in the afternoon session as they got a pair of tune-up wins in preparation for next weekend's EYBL session in Lexington, Kentucky. Bruce Brown was his typically explosive self while Patrick Fisher picked up right where he left off last week in Virginia. Thomas Mobley completed the backcourt trio by proving himself as good a three-point threat as there was in the field.

NY Rens made the trip up from Gotham, featuring a top 40 national prospect in Rawle Alkins, who showed just why he is one of the best wing scorers in the country on Saturday while leading his club to a pair of wins.

Here's a look at some other players who stood out:

  • The Mass Rivals clearly have more than one talented u17 squad this year and while it was their frontcourt tandem that showed off their upside in the morning, the...
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#NEHF 9th & 10th Grade Division - Saturday Recap II

Earl Hassell 2012

Posted Sunday, April 19th, 2015

The action in the 9th and 10th grade divisions only got more intense as the day went on Saturday.

The PSA Cardinals took the court at the MPlex showing a star studded roster including a top 25 sophomore in the country, Mohammed Bamba who showed freakish like length, athleticism and budding skill. Bamba added offers from the likes of Syracuse, Arizona, Connecticut and several others last week alone and is quickly becoming one of the most notable prospects in the national 2017 class. He was surrounded by a pair of local products who were equally dominant in their own right, Hassahn French and Samuel Japhet-Mathias, forming quite possibly the most dominant interior trio in the field regardless of division. French was powerful and explosive alike around the rim, not only bullying his way around the rim but also showing some face-up game, while Japhet-Mathias was virtually unstoppable when able to get catches on the block. While the Cardinals stole the show on Saturday, they certainly...

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#NEHF 9th & 10th Grade Divisions - Saturday Recap I

#NEHF 9th & 10th Grade Divisions - Saturday Recap I

Posted Saturday, April 18th, 2015

The 2015 Northeast Hoops Festival is up and running with action on 26 courts throughout Massachusetts and we'll be recapping the action with continuous blog entries throughout the weekend, so be sure to keep checking back for updates:

  • The U Stars got good production out of Charlie Contenant on Saturday morning. The forward set some very good screens, made a baby hook with his left hand and even stepped out and hit a three.
  • Iverson Lopez is a big, bulldog style guard for Premier Hoops who is shifty off the dribble and able to play through contact to get to the hoop or create space.
  • Mike Carangelo is a big perimeter player for the New England playmakers who can see and pass over the defense, make plays going north to south and has some nice upside as he continues to fill out his frame.
  • Middlesex Magic swingman Jared Gordon-Anderson showed a nice fundamental base to his game on the perimeter with good footwork including nice use of both a shot-fake as well as a jab step.
  • The New...
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#NEHF Varsity Division - Saturday Recap I

#NEHF Varsity Division - Saturday Recap I

Posted Saturday, April 18th, 2015

The 2015 Northeast Hoops Festival is up and running with action on 26 courts throughout Massachusetts and we'll be recapping the action with continuous blog entries throughout the weekend, so be sure to keep checking back for updates:

  • The Middlesex Magic have three teams playing in the Varsity division this weekend and we got our first peak at the Garrity squad this morning with Karlens Joas making contributions on both ends of the floor with his athleticism and versatile floor game. Jason Bird also continued to impress after a strong showing at the Academic Elite 75 Showcase last month and is definitely a prospect who will garner attention from small academic colleges.
  • Keegan McDonough, who had a strong season for Morse High School in Maine, did some nice things earlier today for the Maine Athletic Club, showing some flashes of versatile offensive production while also doing a nice job on the glass for MAC.
  • The Mass Rivals also have multiple teams competing in the Varsity...
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NMH Welcomes Local Products

Kellan Grady 2016

Posted Friday, April 17th, 2015

Northfield Mount Hermon will be adding a variety of familiar faces to their program next year.

Last week Kellan Grady announced via twitter that he would be transferring from Catholic Memorial and reclassifying into NMH's 2017 class.

Grady is coming off a huge season in which he helped Catholic Memorial to a state championship and won a variety of post-season accolades. He'll be joined by Andrew Platek, a...

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Connors Leaving Cushing; Bede, Kuakumensah Transferring In

Connors Leaving Cushing; Bede, Kuakumensah Transferring In

Posted Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

It is the end of an era at Cushing Academy as longtime head coach Barry Connors confirmed on Wednesday that he is leaving the school at the end of the academic year and moving south to Florida with his family.

One of the true good guys in all of high school or prep school basketball, Connors' legacy includes a pair of NEPSAC championships in 2013 and 2014. He's also coached some of the top players to come through the New England region in the last decade including the likes of Phil Pressey, Andrew Chrabascz, Kaleb Joseph and Jalen Adams among others.

Perhaps Connors' greatest tribute is that the program he built is poised to live on even after his departure. Not only does Cushing have one of the top returning young rosters in New England with the likes of Makai Ashton-Langford, Kimani Lawrence and Jarrod Simmons, but on Wednesday Wabissa Bede and Greg Kuakumensah both announced they would be joining the team next year as well.

Bede was one of the top players in the MIAA this year...

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