Recruiting Round-Up

Recruiting Round-Up

Posted Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

It has been a busy seven days on the recruiting wire, and that's to be expected in the week that follows the final weekend of the April evaluation period. Here's a look back at some of the recent updates:

  • After landing offers from Duke and Kentucky following the first session of EYBL with Expressions Elite, South Kent point guard Tremont Waters added another offer from Kansas last Thursday;
  • Northfield Mount Hermon and Albany City Rocks sniper Andrew Platek added an offer from Princeton earlier in the week and then saw his recruitment go to a brand new level with an offer from North Carolian on Wednesday while Stanford came next the following Monday;
  • Fellow NMH'ers Tomas Murphy and Jerome Desrosiers added new offers last week as well. The New England Playaz forwards were both offered by Hofstra while Desrosiers added other offers from Brown, Vermont and Princeton while Murphy was also offered by St. Bonaventure;
  • Winchendon School and Mass Rivals forward Makhtar Gueye added...

Yags’ Point Forward - What the Stats Say

Yags’ Point Forward - What the Stats Say

Posted Monday, May 2nd, 2016

The Adidas Gauntlet, Under Armour Association and Nike EYBL are proving grounds for elite prospects across the country. But what has set them apart from "AAU" tournaments in the past is their commitment to statistics. It's awesome. Whether you need to back up your opinion as a scout or make your case as a player, the numbers are there. They never tell the entire story but they don't hurt when you're looking for some answers to specific questions.

With that in mind, here's a look at some of the numbers from local 17U programs that have come out of the aforementioned leagues after their first two sessions of the season.


Mass Rivals

Led by rising junior point guard and Cushing Academy product Makai Ashton-Langford, Rivals is 7-1 and tied for the top spot in the circuit. But what really jumps out when you delve deeper into the box score is their depth and unselfishness, as ten players average between 10 and 21 minutes per game.

Ashton-Langford has exemplified both the...


Williston Northampton’s Hudson is Bentley Bound

Chris Hudson 2016

Posted Sunday, May 1st, 2016

Williston Northampton forward Chris Hudson committed to Bentley University on Saturday, less than 48 hours after the Falcons offered him a full scholarship.

The scholarship is a well-deserved culmination for a career spent doing all the "little things" that go into winning without much regard for individual statistics or personal glory.

Hudson's high school career began at Hodgdon High School in Maine where he helped the team to a Class D state championship in 2014. In the two years since, he has been an important part of the rotation for a Williston Northampton team that has won back-to-back NEPSAC Class A championships.

In other words he might be the only player in New England to win his final game of the season in three straight years.

When Hudson first arrived in the prep ranks, he wasn't perceived to be a scholarship level talent, but he gradually changed that perception first by building up his body, then by extending his shooting range and finally by proving himself a...


Notre Dame’s Batiste is D1 Bound

Tyson Batiste 2016

Posted Sunday, May 1st, 2016

The few best available prospects left in New England continue to come off the board with each passing day and Saturday's it was Tyson Batiste's turn to commit to a division I school.

The Notre Dame guard became the second local prep product to commit to new Central Connecticut head coach Donyell Marshall in as many weeks, following MacDuffie's sharp-shooter Kashuan Hicks from a week earlier.

A Missouri native who found great success this year in New England, emerging into the starting line-up for the Crusaders and helping to lead them back into the National Prep Championship field, Batiste is now set to stay in the region for the next four years.

The six-foot-three combo-guard is the ultimate glue guy in the backcourt. He's very versatile, equally comfortable on and off the ball, able to make open shots and facilitate for those around him as well.

He's perhaps most valuable playing next to an undersized scoring guard, ala Notre Dame's Caleb Smith, because while Batiste is content...


Vital Joins Huskies

Christian Vital 2016

Posted Friday, April 29th, 2016

St. Thomas More guard Christian Vital made a commitment to the University of Connecticut on Friday afternoon.

Vital initially committed to UNLV in the fall but didn't sign a National Letter of Intent and later re-opened his recruitment following Dave Rice's departure as the program's head coach.

He recently visited both UConn and Louisville, and was also considering Iowa, before deciding on the Huskies.

Vital is originally from New York but has virtually grown up in New England, beginning at junior boarding school before spending his sophomore year at Vermont Academy and then the last two years at St. Thomas More School.

"New England you stuck with me through my hardships and struggles," he tweeted this afternoon, "I'm glad I have the chance to repay you."

An ultra-competitive guard who shoots the ball well from the three-point line and gets after it on the defensive end, Vital is also a longtime product of the PSA Cardinals (previously Team Scan) Nike sponsored grassroots...


Love is D1 Bound

Donovan Love 2016

Posted Friday, April 29th, 2016

New Hampton School senior point guard Donovan Love committed to Wofford today following an official to their South Carolina campus.

A 6-foot-2 southpaw point guard known for his speed, quickness and ability to make plays with the ball in his hands, Love will be heading to Wofford with unique experience after three full seasons competing at the highest levels of prep school basketball as well as on the Nike EYBL with Expressions Elite.

“Everyone at New Hampton is really excited for Donovan,” Huskies head coach Pete Hutchins said. “Wofford is a program with a rich tradition and they are getting a terrific young man who will be ready to contribute in the Southern Conference right away.”

Love played an important role in New Hampton’s run to the NEPSAC AAA regular season championship this season and is joining a Wofford program that has gone to the NCAA tournament four times in the last seven years.

He becomes the New Hampton’s fifth player to commit to a division I school in the class...


Lee’s Darwich D1 Bound

Sergio El Darwich 2016

Posted Thursday, April 28th, 2016

A native of the Middle East who came to northern Maine to play two years of prep school basketball, Sergio El Darwich's basketball world tour will continue in South Dakota following Thursday's commitment to South Dakota State.

El Darwich was one of the better kept secrets in the New England prep ranks this year, despite putting up a series of big games against top competition.

A six-foot-four combo-guard who has skill and savvy, El Darwich has unique poise and composure with the ball in his hands and is also capable of seeing time at all three perimeter positions at the next level. 

He becomes the fourth member of Lee Academy's 2016 team to commit to a division I school as he joins Vitaliy Shibel (Arizona State), Nedeljko Prijovic (Texas State) and Marcel Kliniewski (Seattle).

Below are some of El Darwich's season highlights:



Platek Lands a Big Offer

Andrew Platek 2017

Posted Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Northfield Mount Hermon 2017 guard Andrew Platek was offered by North Carolina last night during a phone conversation with head coach Roy Williams.

Platek has been adding scholarship offers at a rapid rate in recent weeks after helping NMH to a NEPSAC championship in his first season in the prep ranks and then leading the EYBL in three-point shooting (54%) after two sessions this spring with his long-time club, the Albany City Rocks. 

He's also in the midst of taking several unofficial visits. Miami was one of the first high-major programs to offer Platek last summer and thus they received one of his first visits immediately following the conclusion of the prep school season. He traveled to Butler earlier this month and left with an offer from the Big East school and was on Harvard's campus on Wednesday, in the first of four Ivy visits scheduled for this week. He also has an unofficial visit to Indiana set up for next week.

Platek holds other offers from Yale, Penn, Princeton,...


Diallo is a Friar

Alpha Diallo 2016

Posted Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Brewster Academy swingman Alpha Diallo brought an end to his recruitment on Tuesday afternoon with a commitment to Providence.

He had accumulated other offers from the likes of Indiana, Florida, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and numerous others over the course of his season with the Bobcats.

His pledge is a big one for Providence head coach Ed Cooley who now adds a versatile swingman capable of playing multiple positions, impacting the game on both ends of the floor and who also is continuing to improve on a consistent basis.

"I built a strong relationship with Coach Cooley and he has a clear vision for my future," Diallo told ESPN's Jeff Borzello following his decision.

He becomes the 7th member of Brewster's 2016 class to commit to a division I school joining Deleon Brown (Colorado), C.J. Keyser (Wichita State), Rapolas Ivanauskas (Northwestern), Malik Fitts (South Florida), Jack Lieb (Lehigh) and Zach Cameron-Chodes (Kennesaw State).

He was also one of the top...


EYBL, UAA recap from Indianapolis

Terrell Brown 2016

Posted Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Nike and Under Armour both set up shot in Indianapolis this weekend for the last of two evaluation periods.

At the EYBL, BABC had a resurgence going 3-1 in the session while Expressions Elite went 2-2 and now New England’s two Nike sponsored programs find themselves tied in third place in Division C at 4-3 on the season heading into session 3 next month in May.

Terrell Brown emerged as the star for BABC this weekend. He opened with a solid outing of 12 points and 7 rebounds in a win over Team United but exploded for 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals Saturday morning in a 68-43 win over the family. He repeated that pattern in the second half of the weekend, going for 10 and 6 in a narrow 53-52 win over Arkansas Wings Saturday night and then being one of the lone bright spots in a loss to the St. Louis Eagles on Sunday where he finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks.

Justin Mazzulla had his best outing of the weekend in the win over Team United, dropping 12 points and 9...

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