The opening months of the college basketball season is characterized by exempt tournaments - select events bringing together some of the top programs in the country that preceed league schedules.
The prep school season has similar traditions with four straight weekends of exposure showcases to start the weekend beginning with the National Prep Showcase. With Thanksgiving now behind us, we turn our attention to the second leg of that tour, which takes place this weekend at St. Andrew's School in Rhode Island for the Zero Gravity Prep Classic.
Formerly known as the Hoop Mountain Prep Classic, the ZG field welcomes many of New England's top programs while also opening up the field (and a second gym at St. Andrew's) to some teams from outside the region that have just the sleepers that college coaches are starting to search for at this time of year.
Here's a complete look at the schedule:
Friday, December 4th
3:00p.m. Lee Academy (ME) vs. Master’s (CT)
4:30p.m. Bill Crothers...
Next Best Basketball was on hand filming throughout the three days of action at last week's National Prep Showcase and now they're allowing us to relive some of the most exciting moments of action as they count down the top ten plays of the weekend.
Worcester Academy has one of the proudest basketball traditions in all of New England prep school basketball and head coach Jamie Sullivan and his squad are looking to write the latest chapter in the program’s history book.
The squad will center around Kevin Marfo – both literally and figuratively – as the second year senior will serve as both the man in the middle as well as the leader of the 2015-2016 edition of the Hilltoppers.
Marfo’s first season in Worcester was one defined by injuries and yet he still managed to take his game to new heights and push his recruitment to the very highest levels during the subsequent EYBL season.
A dominant rebounder and emerging post-scorer, Marfo now has his recruitment behind him following his commitment to George Washington and is looking to lead Worcester to a run at their first championship since joining the AA ranks.
Vermont Academy senior wing Tinga Adiang will continue his basketball career at St. Lawrence University.
The 6-foot-3 southpaw is in his second season at Vermont Academy after transferring from Mount Mansfield High School in Vermont, where he averaged 17 points and 5 rebounds per game.
While Adiang might be best known for his high motor - he plays very hard, is a strong slasher and accomplished defender - his skill set has evolved quite a bit in the last year resulting in a much more consistent perimeter scoring threat.
Nevertheless, "his best asset might be his leadership and passion for the game," according to Vermont Academy head coach Alex Popp, which was perhaps best exemplified by the fact that his teammates voted him a tri-captain for the current season.
Adiang, who also starred at last year's Elite 75 Academic Experience, took several visits to NESCAC and NEWMAC schools before deciding on St. Lawrence.
He becomes the fourth VA product to commit to commit in the class of...
This year, the Saints are expected to stay in the thick of the hunt, in large part because of the continued maturation of Wheeler and Swider, who have both not only expanded their respective games in the last year but also their physical frames.
Wheeler has sprouted from 6-foot-3 to 6-foot-6 and become a step quicker in the process all while continuing to assert himself as one of the premier three-point shooters in New England. Wheeler has stretched another inch or so in the last year as well and boasts a terrific combination of size,...
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.
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...
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...
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.