Vital Joins Huskies

Christian Vital 2016

Posted Friday, April 29th, 2016

St. Thomas More guard Christian Vital made a commitment to the University of Connecticut on Friday afternoon.

Vital initially committed to UNLV in the fall but didn't sign a National Letter of Intent and later re-opened his recruitment following Dave Rice's departure as the program's head coach.

He recently visited both UConn and Louisville, and was also considering Iowa, before deciding on the Huskies.

Vital is originally from New York but has virtually grown up in New England, beginning at junior boarding school before spending his sophomore year at Vermont Academy and then the last two years at St. Thomas More School.

"New England you stuck with me through my hardships and struggles," he tweeted this afternoon, "I'm glad I have the chance to repay you."

An ultra-competitive guard who shoots the ball well from the three-point line and gets after it on the defensive end, Vital is also a longtime product of the PSA Cardinals (previously Team Scan) Nike sponsored grassroots...

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Love is D1 Bound

Donovan Love 2016

Posted Friday, April 29th, 2016

New Hampton School senior point guard Donovan Love committed to Wofford today following an official to their South Carolina campus.

A 6-foot-2 southpaw point guard known for his speed, quickness and ability to make plays with the ball in his hands, Love will be heading to Wofford with unique experience after three full seasons competing at the highest levels of prep school basketball as well as on the Nike EYBL with Expressions Elite.

“Everyone at New Hampton is really excited for Donovan,” Huskies head coach Pete Hutchins said. “Wofford is a program with a rich tradition and they are getting a terrific young man who will be ready to contribute in the Southern Conference right away.”

Love played an important role in New Hampton’s run to the NEPSAC AAA regular season championship this season and is joining a Wofford program that has gone to the NCAA tournament four times in the last seven years.

He becomes the New Hampton’s fifth player to commit to a division I school in the class...

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Lee’s Darwich D1 Bound

Sergio El Darwich 2016

Posted Thursday, April 28th, 2016

A native of the Middle East who came to northern Maine to play two years of prep school basketball, Sergio El Darwich's basketball world tour will continue in South Dakota following Thursday's commitment to South Dakota State.

El Darwich was one of the better kept secrets in the New England prep ranks this year, despite putting up a series of big games against top competition.

A six-foot-four combo-guard who has skill and savvy, El Darwich has unique poise and composure with the ball in his hands and is also capable of seeing time at all three perimeter positions at the next level. 

He becomes the fourth member of Lee Academy's 2016 team to commit to a division I school as he joins Vitaliy Shibel (Arizona State), Nedeljko Prijovic (Texas State) and Marcel Kliniewski (Seattle).

Below are some of El Darwich's season highlights:

 

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Platek Lands a Big Offer

Andrew Platek 2017

Posted Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Northfield Mount Hermon 2017 guard Andrew Platek was offered by North Carolina last night during a phone conversation with head coach Roy Williams.

Platek has been adding scholarship offers at a rapid rate in recent weeks after helping NMH to a NEPSAC championship in his first season in the prep ranks and then leading the EYBL in three-point shooting (54%) after two sessions this spring with his long-time club, the Albany City Rocks. 

He's also in the midst of taking several unofficial visits. Miami was one of the first high-major programs to offer Platek last summer and thus they received one of his first visits immediately following the conclusion of the prep school season. He traveled to Butler earlier this month and left with an offer from the Big East school and was on Harvard's campus on Wednesday, in the first of four Ivy visits scheduled for this week. He also has an unofficial visit to Indiana set up for next week.

Platek holds other offers from Yale, Penn, Princeton,...

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Diallo is a Friar

Alpha Diallo 2016

Posted Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Brewster Academy swingman Alpha Diallo brought an end to his recruitment on Tuesday afternoon with a commitment to Providence.

He had accumulated other offers from the likes of Indiana, Florida, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and numerous others over the course of his season with the Bobcats.

His pledge is a big one for Providence head coach Ed Cooley who now adds a versatile swingman capable of playing multiple positions, impacting the game on both ends of the floor and who also is continuing to improve on a consistent basis.

"I built a strong relationship with Coach Cooley and he has a clear vision for my future," Diallo told ESPN's Jeff Borzello following his decision.

He becomes the 7th member of Brewster's 2016 class to commit to a division I school joining Deleon Brown (Colorado), C.J. Keyser (Wichita State), Rapolas Ivanauskas (Northwestern), Malik Fitts (South Florida), Jack Lieb (Lehigh) and Zach Cameron-Chodes (Kennesaw State).

He was also one of the top...

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EYBL, UAA recap from Indianapolis

Terrell Brown 2016

Posted Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Nike and Under Armour both set up shot in Indianapolis this weekend for the last of two evaluation periods.

At the EYBL, BABC had a resurgence going 3-1 in the session while Expressions Elite went 2-2 and now New England’s two Nike sponsored programs find themselves tied in third place in Division C at 4-3 on the season heading into session 3 next month in May.

Terrell Brown emerged as the star for BABC this weekend. He opened with a solid outing of 12 points and 7 rebounds in a win over Team United but exploded for 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals Saturday morning in a 68-43 win over the family. He repeated that pattern in the second half of the weekend, going for 10 and 6 in a narrow 53-52 win over Arkansas Wings Saturday night and then being one of the lone bright spots in a loss to the St. Louis Eagles on Sunday where he finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 6 blocks.

Justin Mazzulla had his best outing of the weekend in the win over Team United, dropping 12 points and 9...

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Rivals, Playaz qualify for Gauntlet Finale

Makai Ashton-Langford 2017

Posted Monday, April 25th, 2016

The second stop on the Adidas Gauntlet tour took place this past weekend in Atlanta were both the Mass Rivals and New England Playaz finished with 3-1 records in the u17 division to punch their ticket to South Carolina in July for the Adidas Gauntlet Finale.

After going 4-0 last weekend in Dallas, the Rivals wrap-up the evaluation period with an overall record of 7-1 with their lone loss coming on Saturday to Upward Stars in a battle of two undefeated teams. The Stars led by 20 points early in the second half but the Rivals went to a four-guard line-up and turned up the defensive pressure to come storming back with Makai Ashton-Langford leading the way. The Rivals took their first lead of the game with a minute left to play but the Stars answered with a quick 5-0 run of their own to steal the win. Ashton-Langford finished with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists against only 2 turnovers while Azar Swain added 11 points and 9 rebounds.

The Rivals continued to play all 12 players on...

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Lynch headlines latest commitment catch-up

Lynch headlines latest commitment catch-up

Posted Sunday, April 24th, 2016

Wheeler School (RI) shooting guard Graham Lynch committed to Wheaton College (MA) earlier this week.

A private liberal arts college in Norton, Massachusetts, Wheaton is a division III school that competes in the highly competitive NEWMAC (New England Men's and Women's Athletic Conference).

"I chose Wheaton because I was looking for a small school with a great academic reputation and a strong basketball tradition," Lynch said. "I'm really excited for the opportunities that Wheaton has to offer."

The sharp-shooting Lynch could be an immediate contributor for the Lyons, especially with the graduation of 1,000 point scorer and All-NEWMAC guard, Billy Battaglia. Lynch is a two-time All-SENE and two-time NEPSAC All-New England selection who scored 1274 career points.

This season, Lynch averaged over 19 points per game and knocked down 78 three-pointers while leading Wheeler to it's fifth consecutive NEPSAC Class C Tournament appearance. Lynch connected on 8 three's, while collecting 28...

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How Thon Maker Impacts Prep School Basketball

How Thon Maker Impacts Prep School Basketball

Posted Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

In a recent piece for CoxHub.com, the New England Recruiting Report examined the NBA's ruling to allow Thon Maker to enter the 2016 NBA Draft without attending a year of college.

The decision reinforces a precedent set last year when the NBA allowed IMG Academy big man Satnam Singh to enter the 2015 NBA Draft.

What are the implications for prep school basketball and New England prep products in particular?

Click here to read the story in its entirety.

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Hicks, Batts come off the board

Hicks, Batts come off the board

Posted Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Two more prospects in the class of 2016 have come off the board in the last 24 hours as Kashaun Hicks and Julian Batts have both committed to division I schools.

Hicks is staying in New England for another four years as he becomes the first player to commit to new Central Connecticut head coach Donyell Marshall. A skilled wing who shoots the ball well from the three-point line, has good positional size and long arms, Hicks is a New York native who ran with the PSA Cardinals on last year's EYBL circuit.

His junior season was his first in the prep ranks and he saw a variety of mid-major recruitment in that time but saw much of that interest dwindle as he's struggled with injuries in recent years. If he gets healthy, his size and skill should allow him to make a quality impact in the Northeast Conference.

Batts is also headed to the NEC after committing to Long Island University. The southpaw ran the show for St. Thomas More this year, providing great composure and stability with the...

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