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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Yags’ Point Forward - Coaches Speaking French

Hasahn French 2017

Posted Thursday, May 19th, 2016

Looking at their roster heading into this spring's Nike EYBL Circuit, it was easy to envision Hasahn French's role for a loaded PSA Cardinals squad. When French wasn't benefiting from the vision of point guard Quade Green, who would find him for easy buckets, he would clear the lane of opposing frontcourt players with delusions of grabbing an offensive rebound, while teammate Mohamed Bamba skied high above the rim for the board.

You could've looked at rosters throughout the EYBL and made similar assertions about how certain players' skills would be highlighted playing alongside teammates meant to compliment them perfectly. What makes French's situation so unique is that he bought into his role immediately, without hesitation, and happily accepted wins as the fruits of his labor rather than individual statistics.

The result of putting team first: PSA (10-1) stands in 1st place within their EYBL division, while French has received more than a dozen new scholarship offers from high...

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Vessichio Makes Pick

Brenden Vessichio 2016

Posted Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Wilbraham & Monson Academy unsigned Brenden Vessichio committed to Saint Anselm College on Wednesday, taking to his twitter account to announce his decision.

A Connecticut native, Vessichio previously starred at Berlin High School before transferring into WMA for the 2014-2015 season. He went on to become the team's captain and an honorable mention All New England performer as a senior.

A 6-foot-4 swingman who evolved into more of a true guard during his career in the prep ranks, Vessichio is now a versatile perimeter player capable of playing multiple positions, rising up and finishing above the rim, and making shots off both the catch and the dribble.

Below are some of his highlights from his senior year:

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Sacred Heart’s Fisher Earns Scholarship

Charles Fisher 2016

Posted Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Sacred Heart High School senior guard Charles Fisher won't be going far from home next year as he recently accepted a scholarship offer to stay in Waterbury, Connecticut where he'll join Post University, a local division II school competing in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.

Fisher is coming off three straight CIAC state championships at Sacred Heart. A highly talented individual player who could have been the top scoring option at almost any other school in the state, Fisher was content to accept a more supporting role behind the likes of Mustapha Heron and Tyrn Flowers in order to form one of the most dominant teams Connecticut high school basketball has seen in a long way.

Appropriately, his sacrifice paid off as both his abilities and unselfish nature were noticed and ultimately rewarded with a scholarship.

"We are very excited to add Charles to our team," Post head coach Al Sokaitis said after receiving Fisher's National Letter of Intent. "He is a great defender...

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Tshimanga Calls it for Nebraska

Jordy Tshimanga 2016

Posted Monday, May 16th, 2016

Jordy Tshimanga, one of the best available players in New England’s class of 2016, announced his commitment to Nebraska on Monday morning at a ceremony at the MacDuffie School.

Tshimanga chose Nebraska over UNLV and Minnesota although he had also pulled in offers from the likes of Arizona, Pittsburgh, Oklahoma State and many others during the course of the last year.

Nebraska assistant coach Kenya Hunter and head coach Tim Miles were both credited for developing a relationship with Tshimanga that is rooted almost three years ago now, when Tshimanga first arrived in the New England prep ranks.

"Nebraska fans should understand that Jordy is an unbelievable person who is of the highest character," MacDuffie head coach Jacques Rivera said. "From an athletic standpoint, I think Jordy made a great pick...

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BABC & Expressions both go 2-2 at EYBL 3

BABC & Expressions both go 2-2 at EYBL 3

Posted Monday, May 16th, 2016

New England's two Nike sponsored grassroots programs both went 2-2 this weekend at the third session of the EYBL and remain tied for third placein Division C heading into the fourth and final session two weeks from now in Atlanta.

Most importantly, both programs also remain in the driver's seat in terms of qualifying for this year's EYBL Finals at the Peach Jam.

BABC opened the weekend with an impressive 67-51 win over Elfrid Payton Elite before splitting Saturday's contests with the New Jersey Playaz and New York Lightning. Sunday's loss to Team Final rounded out the weekend at 2-2.

Expressions got off to a slower start, dropping their first two games of the weekend to Team Penny and Spiece Indy Heat before rebounding to win their last two over Alabama Challenge and the New Jersey Playaz.

Now both programs have five regular season games left on their schedule, including a head-to-head match-up, left on tap for Atlanta.

BABC got great balance in their opening win over Elfrid...

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Kane & Bailey heading to New Haven

Roy Kane 2016

Posted Saturday, May 14th, 2016

Former Norwalk High School standout and current Notre Dame Prep post-graduate Roy Kane Jr. committed to the University of New Haven on Friday.

Kane is the second local prep product to pledge to the Chargers in recent weeks after Hotchkiss post-graduate guard Elijah Bailey signed his National Letter of Intent last month.

Kane had a huge high school career in the CIAC, putting up big scoring and rebounding totals for numerous years for Norwalk, while also running with USAD on the AAU circuit where he landed his first division I scholarship offer. The versatile forward continued to be recruited by a variety of scholarship level schools during his season at Notre Dame and now projects as an immediate impact player from New Haven.

While Kane's skill set has improved dramatically in recent years, allowing him to be a more consistent shooting threat from behind the three-point line, his ability to take the ball off the defensive glass and start the break with his dribble is one of his...

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