ESPN Releases National Rankings

Omari Spellman 2016

Posted Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

ESPN published their updated national rankings in the rising senior class of 2016 on Wednesday and New England was well represented on the list.

Omari Spellman, who is joining St. Thomas More this season, remained the 16th ranked player in the country. The Villanova pledge went down with a summer ending injury on the first day of the July evaluation period but had already made a statement with his play at the Nike Skills Academy.

Wilbraham & Monson forward Wenyen Gabriel was the biggest stock-riser in the national class, jumping all the way up to #23 after his huge summer, making him the second overall ranked prospect in the region and tops among true New England natives.

Sacred Heart swingman Mustapha Heron moved up a couple of spots to sit at 24th in the country and remains the most likely local product to have a chance to crack this year's McDonald's All-American game as a true fourth year senior.

Another big stock-riser was Vermont Academy guard Bruce Brown, who jumped over 20...


CoxHub Podcast - Wenyen Talks Final 5; Summer Recap

CoxHub Podcast - Wenyen Talks Final 5; Summer Recap

Posted Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

CoxHub, in collaboration with the New England Recruiting Report, has announced a new podcast series entitled "Upside."

The Upside podcast series will cover New England and local recruiting but also basketball at all levels, including college and the NBA, and even extending beyond New England's borders when appropriate.

The bottom line is that nothing with the roundball will be off limits in this podcast series.

The opening podcast includes NERR founder and ESPN recruiting analyst Adam Finkelstein recapping the summer and recent Under Armour Elite 24 with NERR contributor Luc Smith and then Wenyen Gabriel talking about his final five suitors - UConn, Providence, Maryland, Kentucky and Duke.

To listen to that podcast please click here.


BallasTV Breakout, Boston’s Best on Tap for this Weekend

Posted Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

We haven't even hit the month of September yet and already high level basketball is back on the weekends.

In fact, this weekend the city of Boston will host a pair of showcases, both of which promise to be full of talent.

The BallasTV BreakoutShowcase will take place on Saturday at UMass Boston. The event, which is generating quite a buzz in recent days of Twitter and other forms of social media, includes 3 guaranteed games, all-star game, dunk contest and, of course, video highlights of each game.

For more information click here.

The Boston's Best event will also take place on Saturday but serve a younger demongraphic for rising 5th - 10th graders. Run by former former Rivers coach and current director of the 3Point Foundation, Andrew Mirken, the event includes drill stations, game play and an all-star game.

For more information click here.


Reeves Comes off Big Summer

A.J. Reeves 2018

Posted Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

After debuting in the top spot of the initial NERR Class of 2018 rankings, Brimmer & May guard A.J. Reeves is looking to defend his spot at the upcoming Elite 75 Showcase – Frosh/Soph Edition.

Reeves had a dynamic performance at last year’s event, followed by a strong freshman season at Brimmer & May. It was more of the same during the AAU season as he impressed on multiple national platforms and earned his first D1 offers in the process from Temple and Fairfield while garnering additional interest from the likes of Syracuse, Providence, Drexel, Boston College and UConn.

Reeves has also continued to sprout up in the last twelve months, now standing a legit 6-foot-4 and potentially still stretching.

Heading into his sophomore year, Reeves looks poised to keep taking his game to new levels and hold on to the top-spot in the process.   

Below are highlights from his breakout performance at last year’s event as well as during his first season at Brimmer & May:  



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Introducing Taurean Thompson

Taurean Thompson 2016

Posted Monday, August 24th, 2015

One of the new players coming to the New England prep ranks this year is ESPN 100 power forward Taurean Thompson.

Thompson is a six-foot-nine big man who previously starred at St. Anthony's High School in New Jersey but will be finishing his high school career at Brewster Academy.

Thompson was one of the most promising underclassmen in the northeast a few years back until an injury cost him his sophomore season. He's made great strides since returning to the court little more than a year ago now and cracked the national top 100 this spring while standing out on the EYBL circuit with the New Jersey Playaz.

He appeared poised to continuing climbing the list until a rib injury cost him the summer, but has recently been fully cleared and so should be ready for fall workouts at Brewster where he is sure to draw a crowd.

Thompson recently visited Maryland and is also expected to travel to Xavier in September. He holds other offers from the likes of Rutgers, Seton Hall, Arizona State,...


#E75 Frosh/Soph Preview 1

#E75 Frosh/Soph Preview 1

Posted Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

As anticipation builds for the eighth annual Elite 75 Showcase - Frosh/Soph Edition, the New England Recruiting Report and HoopRootz have been taking to social media to recall some of the top moments and most notable alums from year's past (see twitter blog below).

While this year's event is once again expected to host the very best freshmen and sophomores in New England, and consequently have major implications on updated rankings in '18 and '19, it will also take on a little bit of a different theme. "Saturday night Live at the Elite 75" tips off on Saturday, September 19th with check-in at 4pm followed by basketball from 5pm - 9pm. This event always sells out and all players must register ahead of time.

More information about this year's event is available here.


Adams Entering Ideal Situation at UConn

Jalen Adams 2015

Posted Friday, August 21st, 2015

In this CoxHub feature, we look back on the career of Jalen Adams to date, both in the prep and AAU ranks, and look forward to exactly what we might be able to expect in his first season at UConn.

Adams was the top ranked player in New England last year and one of the best guards we've seen come out of our region in quite some time.

He might not have played his first college game yet, but he's already gotten his first taste of college life after attending a summer session in Storrs.

To read the column in its entirely please click here.


Keita Coming Back to New England

Sedee Keita 2016

Posted Thursday, August 20th, 2015

It's that time of year where New England is about to enherit a ton of new incoming talent to the prep school circuit, but one of those players isn't such an unfamiliar face.

Two years ago Sedee Keita was one of four celebrated sophomores to arrive at Vermont Academy. After one season, all but Bruce Brown would transfer and Keita would head to 22 Feet Academy in South Carolina.

Now, he's coming back to New England and enrolling at Putnam Science Academy for his final season of eligibility, where he and Mamadou Diarra will make one of the most potent interior tandems in all of prep school basketball.

Keita was already squarely on the high-major radar in his first stint in the region, in fact he was widely considered to be the most talented of Vermont's sophomores at the time, but now he has his choice of high-major offers including the likes of Kansas State, SMU, Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, LSU, USC, Clemson, Providence, South Florida, Auburn, South Carolina, Seton Hall, Mississippi...


Lasewski Already on HM Radar

Nate Laszewski 2018

Posted Thursday, August 20th, 2015

It was just last month in Las Vegas that the rest of the country started to find out what those of us in New England already knew - that Nate Laszewski has some serious upside.

The 6-foot-7 forward was at the Adidas Summer Championships, competing with his New England Playaz on the 16-and-under circuit, when all of a sudden high-major coaches and national media members from outside the northeast region all appeared to realize there was a rapidly growing perimeter forward with a knockdown three-point stroke.

Unofficial visits to Wisconsin, where Lasewski's father previously played, and Notre Dame have followed this month while dozens of other high-major programs have now begun to express interest.

Lasewski is also preparing for his first season in the NEPSAC after transferring from his hometown Avon High School, where he earned All-State honors in just his second season, to Northfield Mount Hermon where he'll reclassify to 2018 and join a talented young roster.

With an already long...


Gabriel, Diallo Set to Play in Elite 24

Hamidou Diallo 2017

Posted Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Putnam Science Academy 2017 guard Hamidou Diallo and Wilbraham & Monson 2016 forward Wenyen Gabriel are both heading to New York this week for the 10th annual Under Armour Elite 24 game.

The game will be televised live on ESPNU Saturday night, marking Gabriel's third appearance on national television this summer and Diallo's second after both played in Adidas Nations and Gabriel led his Mass Rivals squad to the finals of the Adidas Summer Championships.

This weekend's action gets underway late Thursday afternoon with the first of two practices, or live scrimmages, which is open only to credentialed media and NBA scouts. As of Tuesday, over 30 NBA credentials had been distributed.

The second practice session will take place on Friday morning followed by the UA Next Practice Session. The UA Next component is exclusively for the nation's top rising high school freshmen and will include Northfield Mount Hermon's John Carroll as one of the two head coaches. Friday's action will finish...

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