Elite 75 - Best of the Wings

Elite 75 - Best of the Wings

Posted Thursday, July 2nd, 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 wings:

Nate Duda, St. Andrew’s 2016 – The development of his perimeter game continues to come along nicely but what differentiates Duda is his length and athleticism on the wing as he can make plays defensively as well as on the defensive end of the floor.

Brenden Vessichio, Wilbraham and Monson 2016 – Arguably his best showing...

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Stars of Tomorrow Camp - Prospect Blog

Stars of Tomorrow Camp - Prospect Blog

Posted Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

 

HoopRootz has continued their look back at last weekend's Stars of Tomorrow Camp held at Brandeis University, which featured some of the best rising 9th - 11th graders in New England.

Remember, session II of the Stars of Tomorrow Camp, which will be for rising 5th - 8th graders takes place from July 10th - 12th. Click here for more information.

Here's a look at the HoopRootz twitter blog from Wednesday:

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Hoop Mountain - Day 2 Recap

Hoop Mountain - Day 2 Recap

Posted Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

Day 2 of Elite Prospect Camp began with a strong thunderstorm that produced heavy rains, winds, and left puddles throughout the roger Williams campus on the walk to the gym. But that didn't stop over 120 campers from getting to the gym at 6:15AM to go through vigorous individual skills workouts with many of the college and prep school coaches.  

Game sets began with an intense battle between St. Andrew’s and a team from overseas with the Saints prevailing 46-45 in a very physical, back and forth contest. Jake Rudolph (6'2 , headed to Brewster Academy next year) knocked down a corner three point shot to give his team the lead 45-43 with just 8 seconds remaining, but Eric DAguanno knocked down a game winning three at the buzzer to win it. Other great performances in the game included:

Xavier Cooke (6'0 , Anglican Grammer School, Australia) a good combo guard who can really drive with great court vision and very fast with the ball in his hands getting up the court to make things...

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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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