HoopRootz Freshmen Focus: #NEHF Wing Standouts

HoopRootz Freshmen Focus: #NEHF Wing Standouts

Posted Sunday, April 26th, 2015

The Northeast Hoops Festival went down last weekend and we had the chance to take in a bunch of games in the Freshmen Division. Below are some wings who impressed in the games which we saw…

Jovan Jones - Mass Rivals - Strong-athletic wing with length now stands right around 6'5" and he was impressive at the NEHF attacking the rim, cleaning the back-board, running the lanes and challenging shots on the trail. Lot to like as he continues to meld his perimeter skills with his new physical tools.

Calvin Whipple - New England Playaz - Long-range sniper has gotten significantly stronger over the past year and he looked good attacking the basket off the drive and finishing through contact at the hoop in addition to knocking down triples in the New England Playaz u16 Showcase Games.

Abraham Diaz - Boston Spartans - Lengthy swing-man with a smooth skill-set scored the pill from multiple-levels while showing the ability to create his own shot off the bounce. Had a level-raising weekend as...


HoopRootz Freshmen Focus: #NEHF Frontcourt Standouts

Arashma Parks 2018

Posted Friday, April 24th, 2015

The Northeast Hoops Festival went down last weekend and we had the chance to take in a bunch of games in the Freshmen Division. Below are some front-court players who impressed in the games which we saw…

Chris Doherty - New England Playaz - Savage southpaw power forward played to rave-reviews in the Playaz Sophomore Showcase Games; scoring around the basket in a variety of ways on the interior and dominating the glass with force. Don't think there's any doubt that Doherty is a high-major prospect.

Arashma Parks - PSA Cardinals - Long-athletic big-man from Commonwealth Academy has undeniable talent and enticing long-term potential. Makes plays above the rim on both sides of the ball. May well be a player recruited at the highest level as he puts in all together.

Jake Glezen - New England Playaz - Talented big-man had a breakout game against the Rivals; showcasing a splendid array of old-school post-moves and commanding the boards to the tune of 18 points and 11 boards. One of the...


Commitment Catch-Up

Commitment Catch-Up

Posted Friday, April 24th, 2015

It's been a busy few weeks on the recruiting circuit as the 2016 class has become the emphasis of the current evaluation period while we've simultaneously seen a rush of 11th hour commitments in the class of 2015. Here's a look at some of the most recent:

Avon Old Farms Product D2 Bound

Avon Old Farms post-graduate Stanley Foster signed a National Letter of Intent with St. Michael’s last week. The six-foot-six forward came to the NEPSAC from Rochester (NY), where he previously starred at Bishop Kearney High School.

“We are extremely happy for Stanley.  He has been nothing but an exceptional member of our community since the minute he arrived on campus.  He has worked hard in the classroom as well as on the court, and we think the Stanley and St. Michael’s are a great fit for each other,” Avon Old Farms head coach Tim Roller said. “Stanley had a solid season this past winter but his best basketball is still in front of him and we are excited to see him become a real...


Evaluation Period Returns

Posted Friday, April 24th, 2015

The evaluation period returns Friday night at 6pm meaning college coaches are out for the last of their second weekends on the spring AAU circuit.

The three major sneaker companies are all holding their own collective events within a 200 mile radius of each other as the Adidas Gauntlet is in Indianapolis this weekend, the Nike EYBL in Lexington and the Under Armour Association in nearby Louisville.

The Mass Rivals and New England Playaz are both in Indianapolis hoping to earn a birth in the Gauntlet Finale, scheduled for the first three days of the July evaluation period. The Rivals open on Friday night while the Playaz are in action first thing Saturday morning with a possible match-up with NY Rens on tap for later in the day if they both win their opening round match-ups. The Rivals u15 and u16 squads are also in action in Indianapolis as are the Playaz' u16 squad.

BABC and Expressions are both in Lexington and set to tip-off with their first game Saturday morning as neither is...


Kent Big Man D1 Bound

Malcolm Regisford 2015

Posted Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Kent School post-graduate Malcolm Regisford committed to Colgate on Wednesday.

While Regisford had picked up division I offers from Cornell and New Orleans at various points throughout his post-graduate season, the California native returned to the west coast last week to play with his BTI All-Stars club during the first half of the evaluation period.

Regisford came to Kent from California and returned to the west coast to play with his BTI All-Stars club last week for the first half of the evaluation period.

The Raiders staff made the trip to watch and ten days later came away with the commitment.

Regisford is a skilled big man who can both play with his back to the basket as well as step to the perimeter and face-up. He's also an excellent passing big man who has the potential to develop into a very productive player in the Patriot League.

Regisford was a key component of a Kent team that went 18-5 this season and earned the top seed in the NEPSAC Class A tournament.

Below are...


Choate’s McLaughlin Makes Choice

Troy McLaughlin 2015

Posted Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Choate Rosemary Hall post-graduate Troy McLaughlin committed to division II Merrimack on Wednesday.

The six-foot-two guard came to Choate from Old Tappan High School in New Jersey where he had a decorated four year career. This season he averaged over 15 points per game for a Choate squad that went 13-8, including a 37 point performance at the St. Andrew Holiday Classic.

"I could not be happier for Troy and his family. He comes from a rich hoops background, is a great teammate, and approaches the game the right way," said Choate head coach Drew Dawson. "His ability to score the basketball from multiple perimeter spots on the floor will certainly add to Coach Hammel's program. I spoke with their staff this morning, and they are  thrilled he decided to attend Merrimack. Troy has a bright future in the NE-10." 

A product of the New York Falcons AAU program, McLaughlin is a scoring guard who is capable of putting points on the board in all three ranges. He can attack the rim, make...


South Kent Big Man Makes Pick

Jovan Grujic 2015

Posted Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

South Kent's Jovan Grujic committed to Stephen F. Austin on Monday following his official visit this weekend.

The seven-footer arrived from his native Serbia earlier in the fall and looked the part of a potential high-major prospect in the 2016 class. He backed that up with a strong start to the season, including a big performance at the National Prep Showcase in November, but later made the decision to enter the college ranks a year earlier than expected.

Now, he joins an SFA squad that has won 25 or more games in each of the last three seasons and gives them a post player with significant upside thanks to his ability to play with his back to the...


STM Duo Headed to D2 Gannon

C.J. Byrd 2015

Posted Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Ian Gardner and C.J. Byrd have been side by side for the last year, first playing together on the AAU circuit with High Rise Team Up last summer and most recently completing their post-graduate seasons at St. Thomas More School.

That pattern won't change next season either as both recently committed to Gannon University, a division II school in Erie, Pennsylvania that competes in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference and won the PSAC championship this past season.

Gardener graduated from Kolbe Cathedral High School in Bridgeport, where he previously played for former UConn star Chris Smith. He's a long and athletic wing who has the versatility to play multiple positions, the ability to score both going to the basket as well as in the open floor and the potential to emerge into a top-notch defender.

Byrd is a six-foot-three shooting guard who made a name for himself in his senior season at Greenwich High School, distinguishing himself as one of the top scorers in the CIAC, but...


#NEHF 9th & 10th Grade Divisions Recap

Chris Doherty 2018

Posted Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

The underclassmen talent at the 2015 Northeast Hoops Festival was off the charts, particularly in the 9th grade division where the PSA Cardinals, Mass Rivals, New England Playaz, Albany City Rocks, NY Rens and many others were in action.

The champion though was a somewhat lesser named program that made a big statement this weekend as the Millbank Flyers came from New York to take the title. Cardinal Hayes wing Terry Hawkins stood out for the champs, showing a strong body and aggressive floor game en route to the championship. The Flyers knocked off a talented Boston Spartans team in the final that had several impressive prospects. Abraham Diaz might have been tops among them as the Lynn English product has a clear upside but Mekhi Warren is a bouncy forward who caused havoc in the lane on both ends of the floor while the Johnson brothers, Calvin and Jalen, formed a very impressive backcourt tandem.

Metro Boston and the City Rocks made semifinal runs as well with Muhammed Traore...


#NEHF Varsity Division Recap

Makai Ashton-Langford 2017

Posted Monday, April 20th, 2015

NY Rens came to New England and took the 2015 Northeast Hoops Festival championship in the varsity division. The Rens had a relatively slow start on Saturday but got better with each passing game and were absolutely dominant through their three games on Sunday.

Rawle Alkins, a top 30 national prospect, treated local fans to displays of his talent all weekend long as he combined power, playmaking skills and athleticism. He wasn't alone though as Sacred Heart (CT) southpaw Tyrn Flowers also stepped up on Sunday showing great length and physical upside on the wing along with a fluid shooting stroke.

MB Nation advanced to their second straight #NEHF championship game. The backcourt of Shyheim Ulrickson and Nicholas Gilpin set the tone all weekend long while there's no denying the contributions that Elliott Welmer provided as a finisher and rebounder inside the paint, but Jack Lesure and Ian Milekis continued to emerge throughout the course of the weekend as unsung heroes for this squad...

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