Rivals, Playaz Invited to Adidas Gauntlet Finale

Rivals, Playaz Invited to Adidas Gauntlet Finale

Posted Thursday, May 21st, 2015

The Mass Rivals and New England Playaz have both been selected to participate in the Adidas Uprising Gauntlet Finale on July 8th - 10th in Atlanta. 

With 56 sponsored teams from across the country taking part in the Gauntlet's first two stops in Dallas and Indianapolis during the April evaluation period, only the top 16 were invited to the Finale, which takes place during the first three days of the July evaluation period.

The Playaz and Rivals both earned at-large bids into the field after only suffering one loss during the first two stops on the Gauntlet circuit. They also finished one and two respectively in point-per-possession differential according to Group Stats.

The 2017 backcourt tandem of Makai Ashton-Langford and Wabissa Bede led the Rivals in both scoring and assists while Wenyen Gabriel has added high-major scholarship offers at a rapid rate in the three weeks since the evaluation period came to an end.

Playaz' sophomore point guard Tremont Waters currently ranks...

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#S16 Schedule Announced

#S16 Schedule Announced

Posted Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

The schedule for this weekend's Memorial Day Super 16 Showcase has been released and it includes some of the top programs from New England and beyond.

Click here for the complete schedule.

The 17u or Varsity field is loaded with depth as over 52 teams will be in action at Connecticut College and surrounding facilities including the likes of Mass Rivals, New York Rens, Metro Boston, New Heights, Middlesex Magic, USAD, CBC, MB Nation, MBR, Boston Warriors, New York Gauchos, Syracuse Select and many more.

The 10th grade field might even be more impressive though as the Rens, Rivals, Magic, CBC, Gauchos and many other return but are joined by the New York Jayhawks, Expressions, New England Playaz, High Rise Elite and more.

The 9th grade division though might have the most star power as programs like the Rivals, Rens, Playaz, Expressions and New Heights are all represented.

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Another Scholarship for St. Andrew’s Senior

Duncan Ozburn 2015

Posted Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

St. Andrew's saw another unsigned senior accept a full athletic scholarship on Monday when Duncan Ozburn committed to Westmont College.

Westmont is a small liberal arts school in Santa Barbara (California) that advanced to the NAIA division I title game this year.

Ozburn is a six-foot-nine big man who came to St. Andrew's from Illinois and made significant strides during the course of his post-graduate season.

"Duncan worked hard and got better throughout the course of the year," St. Andrew's head coach Michael Hart said. "He was a spark plug off the bench and has a great post game. He reached his goal of a college scholarship at a terrific school."

Ozburn is also a very good rebounder, who not only controls his area but occassionally goes beyond that as well. While he can provide a low post scoring threat with soft hands and good footwork, he's valuable because he doesn't need a certain amount of touches or shots to be engaged in the game, and proved that at a variety of times...

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Diarra Set to Announce Friday

Mamadou Diarra 2016

Posted Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

One of the top big men in New England's 2016 class is ready to make an early college commitment.

Mamadou Diarra will announce his verbal commitment during a Friday morning press conference and is set to choose between UConn and VCU. NCAA rules will preclude him from signing a National Letter of Intent until November.

Diarra confirmed the news via his twitter account:

Diarra was one of the most recruited prospects in New England prior to cutting his list, being offered scholarship by over 25 schools at one point or another.

The New York native first arrived at Putnam Science Academy last year and is now set to attend Woodstock Academy, along with the other members of his team, as a senior. He has come up the ranks with the New York Jayhawks on the AAU circuit and is now one of the team's...

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Maine Lands a Big One

Vincent Eze 2015

Posted Monday, May 18th, 2015

The University of Maine scored what could potentially be a very important late commitment in the 2015 class on Sunday night when Putnam Science Academy big man Vincent Eze pledged to the Black Bears.

Eze was previously committed to Manhattan before receiving his release a few weeks ago.

A long and athletic six-foot-eight big man who graduated from Notre Dame-Green Pond High School in Pennsylvania last year prior to his arrival at PSA, Eze also owns a chiseled frame and top-notch motor.

He made significant strides during his sole season in the prep ranks, earning a variety of mid-major offers before committing to Manhattan earlier this fall.

While he may never be a high volume scorer for Maine, his motor and ability to change the game on the defensive end should allow him to make an immediate contribution next year as a freshman while also providing the Black Bears with the type of four-year physical presence on the interior that isn't often seen in the America East.

Eke joins...

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Mukasa Earns Full Ride

Brian Mukasa 2015

Posted Monday, May 18th, 2015

St. Andrew’s post-graduate guard Brian Mukasa has accepted a full athletic scholarship to division II Post University according to Saints’ head coach Michael Hart.

Mukasa had a decorated high school career at Sharon (MA), scoring his 1000th point last year as a senior, and leading them to the Division II South Sectional Final of the MIAA tournament.

He took on a brand new role upon his arrival at St. Andrew’s, coming off the bench and providing a burst of instant offense on the Saints’ second unit.

“Brian was a key part to our success this season,” Hart said. “He provided strong leadership in a rebuilding effort with 9 new players on our team.”

While Mukasa’s willingness to come off the bench in his post-grad year proved his unselfishness, his productivity in a back-up role proved his efficiency.

He averaged over 9 points and 5 assists while also shooting 54% from the field, 87% from the free-throw line and 47% from the three-point line.

Those shooting percentages are a...

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Commitment Catch-Up

David Labossiere 2015

Posted Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Members of the 2015 class continue to finalize their plans for next year. Here are some of the most recent commitments:

  • Connecticut College has landed two late commitments from Taft point guard Tyler Rowe and Brimmer & May shooting guard David Labossiere. The duo joins Bridgton Academy forward Phil Leotsakos to give the Camels three impact players in their 2015 recruiting class, following up on their incredibly deep 2014 class from a year ago. Rowe is a pure point guard who led Windsor High School to a state championship in 2014 prior to his post-graduate season at Taft. Labossiere is a high level athlete who is explosive above the rim but also has an improving skill set and consistent pull-up game.
  • Mount Ida College has landed a trio of commitments from local products. Sidney Limage is a six-foot-four athletic wing with good length and upside who earned All-Scholastic honors on an improved Archbishop Williams team. Joe Kwiatkowski, who was a product of the New England Storm AAU...
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Arajuo Earns Full JC Scholarship

Celio Araujo 2015

Posted Friday, May 15th, 2015

Master’s School senior and South Boston resident Celio Arajuo has received a full athletic scholarship to Sheridan College, a junior college in the Wyoming that is considered a NJCAA Division I powerhouse in Region 9.

Arajuo graduates from Masters this month with a 3.7 GPA and because he is fully qualified he will be eligible to leave Sheridan after only one season.

A consistent staple of BABC’s backcourt rotation over the years, Arajuo helped lead the club to Final Fours at both the AAU 10th Grade Division I Nationals and Super Showcase in 2013 as well as a spot in the EYBL Finals in 2014.

A true point guard who is dependable with the ball and very difficult to rattle, he is now the 8th and final member of BABC’s ’15 class to receive a full scholarship. He joins Tyree Robinson (Odessa) and Aamahne Santos (Cloud County) in the junior college ranks. Terance Mann (Florida State), Franklin Porter (St. Mary’s) and Jeremy Miller (Northeastern) are all headed to play division I...

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Final 2015 Rankings Announced

Jalen Adams 2015

Posted Thursday, May 14th, 2015

The final New England rankings in the class of 2015 have now been published, in all six states as well as New England.

Final New England Rankings

Jalen Adams finishes the year right we he started, at the top of the class. Adams finishes his career with three NEPSAC championships and the 2015 National Prep Championship to his name, and so while he's rarely described this way, he's actually as big of a "winner" as we've seen in New England in a long, long time. As an individual prospect, Adams has continued to make the transition to the point guard position all while continuing to be one of the very best creative playmakers off the dribble to come through New England in years.

His Brewster backcourt mates, Justin Simon and Donovan Mitchell, finish second and third respectively and that's appropriate given that this was perhaps the best backcourt we've seen in the prep ranks in the last ten years. With so much talent in place, Simon didn't always stand out like he might have...

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Phiri Lands Big Offer

Saul Phiri 2016

Posted Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Saul Phiri's recruitment went to a new level on Tuesday when DePaul became the first high-major program to offer him a scholarship.

Phiri had previously held numerous mid-major offers, including several in the Atlantic 10 from George Washington, LaSalle and Duquesne among others. 

DePaul, which competes in the Big East Conference, named Dave Leitao their new head coach earlier this spring. It is Leitao's second tenure in the position after previously holding the title from 2002-2005.

A Massachusetts native and former UConn assistant, Leitao has made it clear in his first few weeks on the job that he intends to recruit his former stomping ground as the Blue Demons have also offered Travis Atson, Kevin Marfo and Phiri's Mass Rivals teammate Wenyen Gabriel.

Phiri put up some huge scoring numbers during his junior season at Worcester Academy but recently announced he'll be transferring to Woodstock Academy for his senior year where he'll team with the likes of Hamidou Diallo and...

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