Hoop Mountain - Day 3 Recap

Hoop Mountain - Day 3 Recap

Posted Sunday, July 5th, 2015

The third and final day of the 29th annual Hoop Mountain Elite Prospect camp produced some incredibly hard fought and emotional games with 24 teams battling for the right to be crowned champs.

Play-offs began with an upset as prep powerhouse Worcester Academy, playing without Kevin Marfo in the line-up, fell to the Cavs, a squad of quick and scrappy three-point shooters. Incoming STM post-grad Trey Witter ran the show from start to finish, hitting deep threes and setting up his teammates. Another guard heading for the NEPSAC next season, Avelino Damoura (6'1 , Lexington Christian Academy / Boston Warriors AAU ) was able to contribute by slashing to the basket and finishing in transition. The Nobles trio of Cam Nelson (6'5), James Welch (5'10), and Jayden DePina, rose to the challenge of competing against Worcester’s frontline.  

The Cavs would continue their Cinderella like run, winning three more game and marching into the D2 final after going 0-4 just a day earlier. The...

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Doucette, Folger Thrive at Elite 75

Matt Folger 2015

Posted Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Williston Northampton returns several key contributors from the team that won the NEPSAC Class A championship last year, but there are also some new faces coming to town.

One of those is Matt Folger, a 6-foot-8 post-graduate who previously starred at Weston (CT). Folger has had a strong spring on the AAU circuit running with "The System" and was one of the most impressive frontcourt prospects at last week's Elite 75 College Showcase.

While Folger drew a steady following of college coaches before the day was done, incredibly he told the New England Recruiting Report that he hasn't been highly recruited just yet.

"It's really been just Williams," he told the New England Recruiting Report. 

Expect that to change in the coming months as Folger continues to develop his game and body.

"I just try to out-work people and just do all the little things," he said. "I've gotten a lot better with my timing blocking shots. Offensively, I'm a mid-range player who can attack and get to the...

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Stars of Tomorrow Camp Standouts: Wings/Forwards

Stars of Tomorrow Camp Standouts: Wings/Forwards

Posted Saturday, July 4th, 2015

While the HoopRootz Twitter Blogs provided recaps from last weekend's Stars of Tomorrow Camp in real time, this weekend we're taking a look back at the camp the old fashioned way. Here's a look at some of the wings and forwards that caught our eye:

Sam Custeau - Rumbling power forward brings a physical presence to the inner third of the floor; mixing it up in the paint and on the glass at both ends and going to work in both the offensive and defensive post. Consistently finished around the basket and grabbed boards throughout the weekend

Rhett Carter - Touted incoming freshman big-man drew attention from the get-go during stations on Sunday Morning before shutting it down prior to the first game-session of the day after turning a wheel.

Jack Carey - Rugged forward with a nice skill-set knocks down shots from the perimeter and gets to the basket with the dribble when a crease is there. Battles on the glass at both ends and runs the floor hard to get buckets in transition both on the...

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Seretta Taking Visits

Nick Seretta 2016

Posted Saturday, July 4th, 2015

Northfield Mount Hermon rising senior and Middlesex Magic standout Nick Seretta began his week with a standout performance at the Elite 75 College Showcase and finished it with a pair of visits to division I campuses.

The six-foot-three swingman visited the University of Maine on Wednesday before traveling south to see another America East School, the University of New Hampshire on Thursday.

Seretta has also attended elite camps at Holy Cross, Dartmouth, Brown, Yale and Boston University this spring and summer.

"The most interest right now is from Maine and Dartmouth, who I'm going to visit in August," he told NERR on Monday.

A power wing with a strong body and a ton of sheer force to his game, Seretta understands what his strengths are but is also out to prove people wrong when it comes to some of his perceived dificiencies.

"I think the best part of my game is my intensity, toughness, attacking the rim and defensive capability," he said, "but I'm more skilled than people think...

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More Stars of Tomorrow Standouts

More Stars of Tomorrow Standouts

Posted Saturday, July 4th, 2015

HoopRootz continues to churn out incredible coverage from session I of the Stars of Tomorrow Camp, which was held last weekend on the campus of Brandeis University. 

Remember, session II of the Stars of Tomorrow Camp begins on Friday, July 10th for rising 5th - 8th graders. Limited spots are still available by clicking here.

Crafty C/O 2018 PG Andrej Oljaca handles very efficiently and was one of the top distributors of the basketball at #STARS; quarterback style floor general who hits teammates with strikes in rhythm whether stationary or on the move.

Skilled southpaw guard Cameron Hardy impressed at Stars of Tomorrow Camp; high IQ, smooth stroke, crisp handle, good passer, currently undersized; will catch up with peers quickly as he grows and gets stronger; allowing him to play more effectively over the top and through contact.

C/O 2018 G Julio Pires made a strong 1st impression at #STARS; change of direction/change of pace combo-guard with elusiveness off the southpaw bounce in...

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Elite 75 – Best of the Guards

Elite 75 – Best of the Guards

Posted Friday, July 3rd, 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 guards:

Nassir Barrino, Worcester Academy 2016 – Fresh off his EYBL season with the New Jersey Playaz, this incoming post-grad showed why he isn’t just quick off the bounce, but also bound to become one of the very best defenders in New England right from day one next year.
 
Jaylen Franklin. MacDuffie School 2016 – Franklin...

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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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