Christian David Commits to Butler

Christian David 2017

Posted Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Vermont Academy swingman Christian David made a verbal commitment to Butler on Saturday night, announcing his decision over Twitter.

David took official visits to Butler, Creighton and Pittsburgh over the course of the last six weeks and also previously considered Miami and Oregon.

The 6-foot-7 swingman made a major impression in his first season in New England, exploding onto the scene last fall as one of the most talented newcomers in New England and going on to help Vermont Academy win the NEPSAC AA championship.

Unfortunately, it was in that championship game that David would tear his ACL and consequently miss the entire spring and summer as a result. Nevertheless, he had already solidified himself as not only a high-major prospect but also a top 100 national recruit.

What makes David so unique is the combination of his perimeter size, a knockdown shooting stroke...

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#E75 Frosh/Soph – 2020 Guards

#E75 Frosh/Soph – 2020 Guards

Posted Saturday, September 24th, 2016

New England’s freshman class was ripe with talent in the backcourt at last weekend’s Elite 75 Showcase – Frosh/Soph Edition.

Worcester Academy’s Quest Harris stood out as perhaps the most impactful player in the group. Dubbed “the best player on the floor” by one coach and praised by another for “scoring and getting into the lane at will,” part of what made him so impressive was that he was a two way player who showed he could make just as many plays on the defensive end.

New Hampshire native and Proctor Academy freshman Bol Akot is another top guard in the class. He’s both quick and fluid with the ball in his hands, but also has some naturally crafty instincts that allow him to be a high level playmaker. His stroke is also solid though so there is a well-rounded and versatile foundation to continue building off of.

Suffield Academy freshman Jalin Sinclair, who is originally from New York, also distinguished himself as one of the best guards in the class. He’s got that prototypical...

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#E75 Frosh/Soph – 2020 Wings

#E75 Frosh/Soph – 2020 Wings

Posted Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Perhaps the best overall wing at the New England Elite 75 Showcase – Frosh/Soph Edition wasn’t from New England at all. Che Evans, a 6-foot-6 swingman from Dulaney High School in Maryland made the trip to New England and lefty having made quite an impression. Evans is long, athletic and powerful. He was a man among boys attacking the rim and still bursting with potential. He handled it well, finishes around the rim and was “the total package” according to one coach.

Speaking of being a man among boys, Redemption Christian’s Jerry Iliya was physically dominant throughout the night as well. Standing 6-foot-4 with a 6-foot-11 wingspan, Ilya sported length and athleticism for the highest levels. His motor was equally impressive as he attacked the rim and glass alike. He also showed a good willingness to play around the basket despite the fact that he projects on the wing in the long run.

Another physically gifted wing, Malachi Hazeton was a “freak athlete” according to one coach as he...

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#E75 Frosh/Soph – 2020 Forwards

#E75 Frosh/Soph – 2020 Forwards

Posted Saturday, September 24th, 2016

We’ll begin our look back at the top 2020 prospects at the recent Elite 75 Frosh/Soph with a look at the frontcourt where ironically one of the very best performers wasn’t even from New England.

New York native Zed Key was certainly among the most impressive forwards in the field. A product of Brentwood High School this six-foot-six forward was already powerful inside and able to play above the rim but not yet a finished product physically. While he may not be from New England, he’s certainly no stranger to these parts after putting up a similarly dominant performance at the ZG Finals in June. He was no less impressive this weekend, throwing down dunks and asserting his will inside the paint.  

Locally, Matt Cross was one of the most well-known names to come out of the middle school ranks as he’s dominated that level for the last couple of years. He looks poised to make an immediate impact at the high school level as well as he combines a strong body, good interior toughness,...

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ZG Fall Circuit Tips This Weekend

ZG Fall Circuit Tips This Weekend

Posted Friday, September 23rd, 2016

One of the largest travel basketball organizations in the country kicks off their fall circuit this weekend.  Zero Gravity will invade eastern Massachusetts for Championship Tip-Off, One Day Challenge & Two Day Challenge.  With powerful programs such as BABC, Mass Rivals, Middlesex Magic, Central Mass Swarm, Evolution, New England Storm, Rise Above Basketball, South Shore Wolfpack, Spartans & Boston Bobcats among the many programs participating on opening weekend it should be an exciting start to the fall season. The remaining power programs on the fall circuit tip-off next weekend at the Fall Brawl at the University Sports Center, Mass Premier Courts, and MPlex.

With hundreds of players competing, breakout stars are sure to emerge.  Although the fall travel season does not bring in college coaches like the spring and summer seasons do, the fall offers not only a time for players to improve & hone their skills, but show it in a game setting.  Players who have taken the time to get in...

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#E75 Frosh/Soph – 2019 Guards

#E75 Frosh/Soph – 2019 Guards

Posted Friday, September 23rd, 2016

There wasn’t a positional group that had more depth at Saturday’s Elite 75 Frosh/Soph Showcase than the sophomore guards. Loaded with talent and versatility, they were full of already big names, impactful newcomers and others just on the verge of making their mark.

Taelon Martin was the top ranked guard in last year’s freshmen class and watching him on Saturday night, there was no wondering why. He has good size, a plus five wingspan and the athleticism to rise up and punish the rim. Combine that with the type of natural playmaking ability that can’t be taught and his talent was clearly on another level than most.

There might not have been a more productive freshman, relative to his level of competition, than Tabor Academy’s Noah Fernandes last year and he continued to impress here. He had speed and quickness alike, great control of the ball for a young player, a polished pull-up game and increasingly dangerous range from beyond the three-point arc.

Brycen Goodine is a new addition...

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Santos Silva Makes the Call

Marcus Santos Silva 2017

Posted Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Vermont Academy and BABC big man Marcus Santos Silva took to his twitter account on Wednesday to announce his commitment to VCU. He had previously trimmed his list to VCU and Temple after visiting both campuses in recent weeks.

Santos-Silva was one of the biggest stock-risers in New England this spring and summer as he was the interior anchor for a BABC team that extended their national leading streak of Peach Jam appearances.

Santos Silva averaged nearly 16 points, 12 rebounds and 3 assists per game for BABC at this year's EYBL Finals, helping to push his recruitment to even higher levels after landing offers from DePaul and Boston College earlier in the spring.

A wide-bodied southpaw with broad shoulders and extremely long arms, Santos Silva is a load to handle inside. He has absolutely magnetic hands, which in combination with his power and reach, make him a high volume...

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Ngalakulondi is A10 Bound

Tshiefu Ngalakulondi 2017

Posted Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Proctor Academy and D.C. Blue Devils forward Tshiefu Ngalakulondi made a verbal commitment to St. Bonaventure on Wednesday, announcing his decision via his twitter account.

Ngalakulondi had collected a plethora of mid-major offers over the course of the last 15 months as well as invitations from both the American Athletic Association and the Atlantic 10.

The escalation in his recruitment came in correlation to his development. Always a physically gifted athlete, he boasts good size and length on the wing along with the ability to play high above the rim, but it was the progression of his skill set in recent years that helped take his game to another level.

Now, he's blossomed into a consistent perimeter shooter and pull-up threat as well as someone who can make athletic attacks of the rim. That progression is only likely to continue with the Bonnies as Mark Schmidt and his staff are a...

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#E75 Frosh/Soph - 2019 Forwards & Wings

#E75 Frosh/Soph - 2019 Forwards & Wings

Posted Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

The 9th annual Elite 75 Frosh/Soph Showcase took place this Saturday at the University Sports Complex in Hanover, Massachusetts and the state of the art 8 court facility was packed with talent throughout the evening.

The class of 2019 is especially talented, on the wings in particular, and if Saturday night was any indication there are a number of prospects primed to emerge.

Brookline’s Chris Camille was arguably the biggest name of the bunch coming into the event and rightfully so as he boasts a long and athletic basketball body with plenty of explosiveness. He showed more than athletic tools at the Elite 75 though as he mixed in some outside jumpers and a couple of impressive passes to show flashes of just what he might blossom into down the road.

He certainly wasn’t alone as a number of other sophomore forwards and wings looked bound for bright futures.

Loomis Chaffee forward Jaiden Delaire is a youngster obviously loaded with upside. A late bloomer who currently stands at 6’7”...

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NHS PG is West Coast Bound

Kristers Zoriks 2017

Posted Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

From Latvia to New Hampshire to California.

New Hampton School senior point guard Kristers Zoriks is seeing the world thanks to the game of basketball and now the next stop on his journey is set after a commitment to St. Mary's.

Zoriks is originally from Latvia and arrived at New Hampton School last year as a junior, making an immediate impact and landing scholarship offers at the high-major level in the process.

He spent the spring running the show for the Albany City Rocks in the EYBL before returning to Latvia this summer to star with his national team.

St. Mary's competes in the West Coast Conference and has established itself as one of the top mid-major programs in the country under head coach Randy Bennett, in large part because of a history of bringing in strong international talent, especially at the point guard position where Zoriks follows in the footsteps of the likes of Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova among others.

Zoriks is a pure point guard with terrific size...

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