Should he stay or should he go?

Kris Dunn 2012

Posted Sunday, March 29th, 2015

We're still in the full swing of the NCAA tournament and yet former New England products are already making NBA Draft news including Providence guard and former New London High School and CBC star Kris Dunn.

Dunn was named Co-Big East Player of the Year this season after missing virtually all of his first two seasons at Providence with a pair of shoulder injuries.

With many people projecting him as a first round draft choice, NERR examined whether Dunn should stay or go for CoxHub.

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VPA Season Wrap-Up

Kendrick Gray 2016

Posted Friday, March 27th, 2015

Rice Memorial High School won their third straight Vermont state championship this season, setting a new record for a program that was already among the state’s most prestigious.

The junior tandem of Ben Shungu and Kendrick Gray, arguably the top two players in the state overall, led Rice from start to finish.

The final game, played out in front of a sold out Patrick Gymnasium on the University of Vermont campus, was a battle between them and longtime rival, Burlington, who they had already knocked off twice during the season.

Appropriately, it was free-throws from Shungu and then a dunk by Gray that finalized a 61-54 win and another championship for Rice. Gray had 19 points and 7 rebounds in the finals while Shungu had 16 and 8. Asko Mostarlic and Josh Hale had 16 and 14 respectively for Burlington while freshman Kevin Garrison chipped in with 10 and 8.

Rice (23-1) and Burlington (21-3) finished one and two in the final Burlington Free Press Power Rankings followed by Rutland...

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RIIL Season Wrap-Up

RIIL Season Wrap-Up

Posted Thursday, March 26th, 2015

The only of New England’s six states to crown one undisputed basketball champion, Rhode Island first crowns champions in all three of their divisions, but then hands out one cumulative prize as the top 16 teams regardless of class battle it out in the state championship.

When it was all said and done, LaSalle Academy left absolutely no doubt as to who the best team in the RIIL was, winning both the state open as well as the division I championship.

The division I title was their second consecutive, but after falling in the semi-finals of last year’s state championship, they were determined to get over the hump this year and did just that, knocking off Barrington 61-51 at URI’s Ryan Center.

C.J. Waite, Mike McCourt and Lawrence Sabir all contributed to a balanced offensive effort, scoring 17, 16 and 15 respectively, but each played a special part in the team’s run.

Sabir was a stat stuff all year long for LaSalle showing tremendous athleticism at the point guard position...

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NHIAA Season Wrap-Up

NHIAA Season Wrap-Up

Posted Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

NHIAA Division 1 – Londonderry 47  Pinkerton 46

A thrilling title game between arch-rival schools. Londonderry wins their first boys basketball championship in school history and completes a perfect 22-0 season. They were led all season long by their ‘Big 3’ of Cody Ball, Marc Corey and Jacob Coleman. All three of them can move the ball well, can shoot it from anywhere and defend.

The final was a low-scoring game, as both teams had stretches where they went cold offensively.  Londonderry’s Brandon Radford made what turned out to be the winning layup with just under a minute left. Corey scored 17 in the title game, Coleman dropped 16 and Ball was named D-I Player of the Year.

Pinkerton’s Matt Rizzo scored a team-high 12 points, but missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. Teammate Geo Baker put on a show in the semi-finals by pouring in 30 points, but was held to just 10 in the ship’. Both Pinkerton and Londonderry had to make furious 2nd half comebacks...

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BABC Select Tour Recap

Bruce Brown 2016

Posted Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

For the second consecutive year, BABC spent the first weekend of the club season traveling the state of Massachusetts for the 2nd Annual BABC Select Tour. By Sunday night, the BABC Sophomores had posted a 4-0 record, while the BABC Juniors posted a 5-0 record; playing a total of five forty minute games in the span of 44 hours, over five cities, and traveling over 350 miles with a roster of seven players, missing point guard Ikenna Ndugba and forwards Bob Martin and Kevin Marfo to injury.

The tour kicked off Friday night at Quincy High School with the South Select Fitzy-Nolan games. The BABC Sophomores were able to pull away in the second half to earn the 80-60 victory over the South Region underclassmen. Leading the way for BABC was Cambridge guard Jakigh Dottin who poured in a game high 28pts. Also playing well for BABC was Suffield Academy prospect Garrett Stephenson, who netted 11pts from the interior. The South underclassmen were led  by the impressive duo from...

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CIAC Season Wrap-Up

CIAC Season Wrap-Up

Posted Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

The CIAC crowned four state champions this past weekend at Mohegan Sun.

Ironically, the team most consider to be number one overall in the state competed in the smallest division and so it was no surprise to see Sacred Heart run away with the Class S championship 71-46.

The win was their second consecutive over Valley Regional in the state championship game and punctuates a perfect 25-0 season.

Mustapha Heron was at his best, scoring 32 points on 12-21 shooting from the floor to go along with 8 assists. Senior forward Malik Petteway added 22 points and an incredible 18 rebounds, as Sacred Heart’s dynamic duo literally out-scored Valley single handedly.

Valley got 17 points and 6 rebounds from Chris Jean-Pierre but was limited by a suffocating Sacred Heart defense all day long, shooting just 26 percent from the floor including 4-21 in the first half.

Fairfield Prep took the biggest prize of the weekend, scoring the LL final on Saturday night in dramatic fashion. With 6 lead...

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Hoehning in on Sacred Heart

Hoehning in on Sacred Heart

Posted Monday, March 23rd, 2015

St. Thomas More point guard Sean Hoehn made a verbal commitment to Sacred Heart over the weekend following an official visit that began earlier in the week.

Hoehn was in many ways symbolic of the entire Chancellors' team this year as he exceeded expectations and proved a lot of the naysayers wrong. Similarly, St. Thomas More advanced to their latest NEPSAC final as well as the semi-finals of the National Prep Championship after an epic three-overtime win over Elev-8 Sports Institute from Florida with a team that had multiple players without D1 offers in their regular rotation.

Hoehn emerged as not just the floor general but also the emotional leader of this STM team. His toughness and intensity were immediately apparent every time the Chancellors took the floor, but that's only part of why he proved himself to be a division I player.

The other half is that he dramatically improved over the course of his post-graduate season, reportedly after frequenting the STM gym many mornings at...

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Ervin Makes His Pick

Daquon Ervin 2015

Posted Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Northfield Mount Hermon senior Daquon Ervin made a verbal commitment to UMBC on Sunday following an official visit to the school's campus over the weekend.

Ervin, who celebrated his birthday a day earlier on Saturday, was widely considered to be one of the best available point guards left on the board and had picked up offers from schools in the America East Conference, NEC and MAAC.

The New York native had a huge junior season for NMH, earning 1st team All New England honrs in the process, but has been limited by injuries almost ever since. 

He tore a muscle in his stomach late during his junior season and while he initially tried to play through it to open the spring AAU season with the New England Playaz, it quickly became clear that surgery would be necessary.

Ervin didn't return to the court until late August and spent the better part of the fall open gym period working to return to 100% on the court. He was back in good form by the beginning of the season but suffered...

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Gatorade Players of the Year Announced

Gatorade Players of the Year Announced

Posted Saturday, March 21st, 2015

CHICAGO (March 20, 2015) — In its 30th year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, announced the recipients of of 2014-2015 Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year in all 50 states on Friday.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Shungu as Vermont's best high school boys basketball player.  Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Basketball Player of the Year award to be announced in March, Shungu joins an elite alumni association of past state boys basketball award winners, including Dwight Howard (2003-04, SW Atlanta Christian Academy, Ga.), Chauncey Billups (1993-94 & 1994-95, George Washington HS, Colo.), Jason Kidd (1991-92, St. Joseph Notre Dame HS, Calif.), Paul Pierce (1994-95, Inglewood HS, Calif.) and Chris Bosh...

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MIAA Season Wrap-Up

Kellan Grady 2016

Posted Friday, March 20th, 2015

The MIAA season came to an end last week with four new state champions being crowned. The highest prize in the state went to Catholic Memorial, who knocked off the two-time defending state champions Putnam 80-70 in the division I finals.

Their dynamic duo in the backcourt, Guilien Smith and Kellen Grady, came up as big in the final game as they had all season long. Smith, who is headed to Dartmouth next season, scored 26 points while Grady had 27. Matt Hanna added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the win while Brandon Twitty added even more perimeter firepower.

Tyonne Malone had 29 points and 7 rebounds in a losing effort for Putnam while Ty Nichols added 15 and 5 and Jon Garcia 12 and 11.

Catholic Memorial and Putnam finished as the top two ranked teams in the final ESPN Boston Top 25 poll while Smith, Grady and Malone are all finalists for ESPN Boston’s “Mr. Basketball” award which is scheduled to be announced on Monday.

Smith was also named the Gatorade Player of the Year in...

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