Cheshire’s Stevens is D1 Bound

Cheshire’s Stevens is D1 Bound

Posted Sunday, April 30th, 2017

Cheshire Academy post-graduate wing Jairus Stevens committed to, and signed with, IPFW late last week.

Stevens led Cheshire in scoring this year at 19.8 points per game while also averaging 6.3 rebounds and shooting over 50% from the field and 35% from behind the three-point arc.

An Indiana native, Stevens is the son of former Iowa State star and NBA player, Barry Stevens, and is now returning back closer to his home.  

"I'm extremely excited to have Indiana native Jairus Stevens join our program," Fort Wayne head coach Jon Coffman said. "Jairus is a great fit for our program and comes from a family with a tremendous basketball pedigree. He has been well coached, has a great skill set, is extremely versatile and loves to play. We have won a lot of games with players that have bought into our unselfish culture and are passionately committed to the work necessary to become a great player."

Stevens is the third member of Cheshire Academy's 2017 class to accept a full athletic...

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Week 1’s Recruiting Updates

Week 1’s Recruiting Updates

Posted Saturday, April 29th, 2017

The second weekend of the live period is up and running, which means the new recruiting updates have already begun, but it's also time to take one collective look back on all the new offers to roll in from the first weekend of the month. 

A disclaimer first, these offers are only as credible as the source that's claiming them, and even when offers are legitimate, they certainly aren't always created equal.

Click here to read an ESPN feature on just how real scholarship offers actually are. 

Nevertheless, offers are one of the most exciting aspects of the recruiting process and often positive reinforcement for long hours of hard work. Here's a look at the offers to come through in the last seven days:

Akok Akok - Providence, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Umass, NC. State
Eric Ayala - Cincinnati, Indiana
Shandon Brown - William & Mary, George Washington, Quinnipiac, UMass, Oklahoma State
Dimon Carrigan - Houston, Towson, South Florida, DePaul
Daniel Dade - LIU
Eze Dike - Boston U
Chris...

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Yags’ Point Forward - EYBL I Recap

Cole Swider 2018

Posted Thursday, April 27th, 2017

There’s something to be said about knowing what you do and doing what you know. Leo Papile has a group of young men who stuck to that script over the weekend in Hampton, VA and experienced a ton of success as a result.

The BABC set the tone immediately in their EYBL season opener, hitting Team United (NC) with a trapping press right from the jump. Not only did it create a few easy buckets but it also took any nerves that players might have had from playing in front of dozens of high-major college coaches and threw them directly out the window. Talent and toughness took over for the rest of the weekend.

Dimon Carrigan was day one’s breakout star, measuring in with a 7’3” wingspan during pregame and using that length to block 6 shots to go along with 7 points and 6 rebounds in a 72-50 win.

After getting into foul trouble early, Cole Swider took full advantage of his second half playing time and finished with 17 points in just 20 minutes. More importantly, Swider got acclimated to his...

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Adidas Gauntlet I - New England Recap

Adidas Gauntlet I - New England Recap

Posted Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

The New England Playaz and Mass Rivals headed down to Dallas for the opening session of the Adidas Uprising Gauntlet and each finished with a record of 4-0. With their 4-0 records, point differential, and points against, the two New England programs emerged from the weekend ranked as the number 1 and 2 teams respectively and put themselves in great position to qualify for the Gauntlet Finale in July in South Carolina. Both Playaz and Rivals faced the challenge of having to play three games on Saturday followed by morning games on Sunday.

Saturday morning began with the Playaz facing off against the 51st ranked player in the country, Nassir Little and 1 Family. The Playaz’ defense, which was the storyline all weekend, held the 6’6” Little to 35.7% shooting and forced him into five turnovers.  The Playaz were led by the guard play of Tyson Walker with 12 points 6 rebounds and 4 assists, Tyrese Williams who produced 12 points 5 rebounds and 5 steals, and Ethan Wright's 10 points. The...

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UAA Session 1 - New England Recap

UAA Session 1 - New England Recap

Posted Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Session I of the Under Armour Association came to New York City this weekend, the closest any of the three sneaker circuits will come to New England this season, and the local products more than held their own.

CBC, the only New England team in the UAA, finished 2-2 despite facing a challenging schedule and playing without five-star big man Chol Marial, who remains out with injury.

They opened with a dominant 58-35 Friday night win over Canada Elite behind 21 points from Jared Simmons and 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 2 steals from Avon Old Farms big man Filip Petrusev. Click here for full game story.

Saturday was a frustrating day for CBC as they held leads against both G3 Grind and New Heights before losing narrow decisions down the stretch of both. Simmons and Petrusev again led the way, with 22 and 10 points respectively against G3 Grind, but ultimately their disadvantage on the glass, coupled by second half turnovers and low field goal percentage, did them in. Click here for...

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Spring Jam Fest - New England Recap

Spring Jam Fest - New England Recap

Posted Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Several of New England's top programs were in Manheim, Pennsylvania last weekend for the Hoop Group's Spring Jam Fest. The Middlesex Magic and Metro Boston both made runs to the tournament's semi-finals, while D.C. Blue Devils advanced to the quarterfinals.

While his Metro Boston team may not have won the tournament, Nick Timberlake certainly “won” the weekend. Hidden behind players such as Nelson Broachie-Yiadom and Kendrick Gray it may be easy to overlook the 6-foot-3 guard but from the moment he got on the court he impressed everyone watching and I heard murmurs from the coaches section as they asked each other who that was while frantically looking through their coaches packets. Timberlake is expected to attend prep school for a post graduate year however he might not have to as multiple Division 1 and Division 2 coaches mentioned to me that they wanted to offer him a scholarship or wanted to bring him in for a visit soon.

My personal favorite game of the first night came when...

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Putnam’s Ondigo is Big 12 Bound

Malik Ondigo 2017

Posted Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Putnam Science Academy post-graduate big man Malik Ondigo brought his recruitment to an end on Monday when he announced his commitment to Texas Tech via his twitter account.

Ondigo came to New England from Arizona and didn't initially make much of an impact, but grew exponentially throughout the course of the year and ended up with his choice of several high-major scholarship offers. His final five were ultimately Boston College, Colorado, Nevada, and Purdue, along with Texas Tech.

Still relatively young with long arms and an upside that he is still just scratching the surface of his potential, Ondigo has a very bright future if he can continue evolving at the same rapid rate which he showed this season.

He's the second PSA big man to commit to a high-major school in as many weeks following Alexis Yetna's pledge to South Florida last...

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New England Shines During First Live Period

New England Shines During First Live Period

Posted Monday, April 24th, 2017

The first of two live weekends during the month of April is now in the books and once again New England has collectively shined.

All five of the region's sneaker sponsored teams - BABC, CBC, Expressions, Mass Rivals, and New England Playaz - went at least .500 in their respective leagues and finished the weekend with a combined record of 18-4. Both the Playaz and the Rivals finished a perfect 4-0, and sit atop pools Porzingis and Lowry respectively, in the opening session of the Adidas Gauntlet in Dallas. Expressions and BABC both finished their weekend 3-1 in Nike EYBL play and are currently tied for second place in Division D coming out of session I in Hampton, Virginia. CBC finished 2-2 in New York this weekend at session I of the Under Armour Association

In Pennsylvania, New England also showed well at the Hoop Group Spring Jam Fest. Both Metro Boston and Middlesex Magic advanced to the semi-finals of the 17u platinum division while D.C. Blue Devils made it to the quarterfinals....

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Commitment Catch-Up

Commitment Catch-Up

Posted Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

While the class of 2018 and beyond are busy this weekend with the opening of the live period, commitments continue to come at a rapid rate in the class of 2017.

Here’s a rundown of what we’ve seen in the last week alone:

  • Worcester Academy senior guard Jack Zimmerman is headed to the NESCAC where he’ll star at Connecticut College. The New Hampshire native has improved exponentially over the last year and generated some Ivy League interest over the summer. He’s an athletic playmaker who should have a great opportunity to make his presence felt from day one with the Camels.
  • Commonwealth Academy announced their latest commitments this week as senior guard Kendall Baldwin will stay close to home and star for Springfield College while A.J. Allen is headed to Fitchburg State. Baldwin’s commitment is a big one for Springfield as they land a talented combo-guard with definite scholarship level tools and plenty of upside still left to discover. Allen is a guard who also shoots the ball...
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Brewster’s Allen Picks Nebraska

Thomas Allen 2017

Posted Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Brewster Academy senior guard Thomas Allen committed to Nebraska on Friday afternoon.

Allen is originally from North Carolina and he signed with N.C. State during November's early signing period but requested a release following Mark Gottfreid's firing as the program's head earlier this spring.

He received attention from numerous high-major schools in recent weeks, including programs from the very highest level, but announced his commitment for Nebraska via his twitter account on Friday.

Allen is coming off a huge season for the Bobcats in which he was named NEPSAC Class AAA MVP while helping to lead Brewster to their first perfect season in program history including both the NEPSAC and National Championships.

The shot-making combo-guard also played his way into the final ESPN 100 by virtue of his strong season. He becomes the fifth member of Brewster's 2017 class to commit to a high-major school...

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