Elite 75 - Best of the Bigs

Elite 75 - Best of the Bigs

Posted Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

The Elite 75 College Showcase allowed a variety of local products to prove themselves in front of over 40 division II and III coaches on Monday afternoon at Brandeis University.

The day began with a combine style theme as players first took part in athletic testing performed by Velocity Sports before then going through a series of competitive breakdown drills measuring their ability to play one on one, two on two, three on three and finally four on four, thus allowing every player in the field to showcase their abilities to create their own shot, play pick and roll and come off screening action.

Here’s a look at some of the top performances we saw from the big men:

Opong Bramble, Brunswick 2016 – He’s powerful and athletic, able to rise above the rim to finish or grab rebounds and also able to make some plays off the bounce. Bramble relished the opportunity to play a marquee role and drew more and more college coaches as the day went on.

Kyle Doucette, Williston Northampton 2016 –...

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Hoop Mountain - Day 1 Recap

Hoop Mountain - Day 1 Recap

Posted Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Hoop Mountain kicked off their 29th annual Elite Prospect Camp today at Roger Williams University and continued to attract talented players from a wide geographic range as campers made their way to Rhode Island from as far away as Canada and Australia.

The camp boasts an impressive coaching staff consisting of coaches from six different division II programs from the Northeast 10 Conference (Franklin Pierce, Adelphia, St. Michael’s, Stonehill, Merrimack and Assumption) as well as others schools including Babson, Bates, Norwich, Roger Williams and Dominican along with local prep school programs like Worcester Academy, Williston Northampton, Bradford Christian Academy and the Groton School. Ballas TV is also on hand to film all of the action.

The camp itself features a Team Camp style component with local prep programs like St. Andrew’s, Worcester and Williston all playing together this week as well as six time AAU national champion BABC.

Worcester was the most dominant team on day...

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Stars of Tomorrow Camp - Notables

Stars of Tomorrow Camp - Notables

Posted Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

 

 

 

HoopRootz continues to look back on some of the award winners at Session I of the Stars of Tomorrow Camp. Here's part two of our "twitter blog" recapping the final day of action:

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#Elite75 Standout - Ross’ Recruitment Rising

Jake Ross 2016

Posted Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Over the course of this week we'll be profiling some of the top prospects from this year's Elite 75 College Showcase. First up is Williston Northampton 2016 guard Jake Ross.

 

It's been a big year for Jake Ross.

His first year in the prep ranks proved to be a major success, both from an individual and team standpoint, as he helped lead Williston Northampton to a NEPSAC Class A championship, improved his own game dramatically and saw his recruitment go to new levels in the process.

While he might be best known for his intangibles - Ross has a terrific motor and plays with great toughness and intensity - his most notable developments this year have been with regard to his skill set.

"I worked on my handle a lot this year, and was really able to go from being a forward to a guard," Ross told the New England Recruiting Reporat during Monday's Elite 75 College Showcase.

Those new perimeter skills, along with both his intangibles and physical tools - he's six-foot-five with a very...

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Stars of Tomorrow Camp - Day 3 Recap

Stars of Tomorrow Camp - Day 3 Recap

Posted Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Monday brought the third and final day of what turned out to be, far and away, the most talented Stars of Tomorrow Camp yet. The field of players included not just New England, but also New York and New Jersey, as top rising freshmen through juniors converged on Brandeis University for three intense days of competition and instruction.

The camp wound down with play-offs, awards and a recruiting seminar for parents. Here's a look back at our twitter recap of the award ceremony:

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Jones Joining Xavier

Tyrique Jones 2016

Posted Monday, June 29th, 2015

Vermont Academy rising senior Tyrique Jones made a verbal commitment to Xavier on Monday following an official visit to their campus over the weekend.

The 6-foot-8 power forward announced his decision via twitter saying, "I am proud to announce that I am the newest member of the Xavier basketball team! Go X. #Musketerrnation"

Jones began his career at Bloomfield High School in Connecticut before transferring to Vermont and repeating his junior year just prior to the 2014-2015 school year. 
His recruitment has increased dramatically in that time as well with offers coming in from the likes of Florida State, Cincinnati, Texas Tech, Connecticut, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, Auburn, Kansas State, Temple, Boston College, Providence, UMass, Rhode Island, VCU and Minnesota among others.
A powerful athlete with an ability to elevate in traffic, Jones' best attribute is his ability to rebound the ball and that's something that he projects capable of doing from day one in the Big East.
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Stars of Tomorrow Camp - Day 2 Recap

Stars of Tomorrow Camp - Day 2 Recap

Posted Monday, June 29th, 2015

The Gosman Sports Complex was crawling with talent on Sunday as the Stars of Tomorrow Camp featured unprecedented levels of talent and potential. HoopRootz and the New England Recruiting Reort were front and center from start to finish, keeping tabs on the action.

Here's a recap of the action via our patented "twitter blog":

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Stars of Tomorrow Camp - Day 1 Recap

Stars of Tomorrow Camp - Day 1 Recap

Posted Sunday, June 28th, 2015

 

 

 

Talent was all over the floor at Brandeis University on Saturday for the opening session of the Stars of Tomorrow Camp for rising 9th - 11th graders. Here's a look back at the action through our patented "twitter blog."

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Stars of Tomorrow Kicks Off

Stars of Tomorrow Kicks Off

Posted Saturday, June 27th, 2015

The search for rising Stars officially begins on Saturday as session I of the Stars of Tomorrow Camp kicks off at Brandeis University.

Rising 9th through 11th graders will converge on Waltham for three full days of competitive, instruction, education and exposure while the New England Recruiting Report and HoopRootz will be on hand the entire time to recap the action.

Which prospect will make a name for himself this weekend to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Jared Terrell, Tomas Murphy and Nate Lewsewski?

We'll know soon enough...

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Where would Dunn have gone?

Kris Dunn 2012

Posted Saturday, June 27th, 2015

This was the first time in recent years that the NBA Draft didn't include a true local product in the first round.

Yes, Chris McCullough, who spent his prep school years at Salisbury and Brewster Academy, was taken late in the first round by the Brooklyn Net, but it wasn't until the Nets selected Pat Connaughton, subsequently trading him to the Trail Blazers, that we heard the name of a true New England native.

That wasn't always expected to be the case though.

New London, Connecticut native and Providence guard Kris Dunn was widely projected to be a mid-first round pick, before he opted to return to the Friars to both get his degree and better prepare himself for an NBA career.

Where exactly would Dunn have gone had he opted to stay in the draft? CoxHub looked back on Thursday pick and came up with the most likely landing spots.

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