HoopRootz Sophomore Series Part 6

Ulyen Coleman 2017

Posted Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Darien High School (CT) 6'7" skilled forward Alex Preston has had a breakout season for an inexperienced Blue Wave squad which has struggled this year but whose youth bodes very well for the next couple of years. Preston has led the team in scoring at around 16 points per game while registering season-highs of 31 against Warde, 24 against Hamden, and 22 against WIlton & Ludlow. Winter Riser. Looking to forward to seeing Preston continue his development this spring.

Sophomore big man Theo Zidor had a good season as the anchor in the trenches for Somerville High School, where he was steady on the boards, blocking & changing shots, and finishing around the basket. Big spring ahead as he continues to grow, fill-out and develop.

Sophomore big-man Jamari Johnson has had an impressive season for Classical HS in Providence, averaging 8 points and 10 rebounds and he led the team with 14 points last night in a huge-win over Hope HS in the 1st RD of the Rhode Island State Tournament. The...


Fernandez Earns D1 via JUCO

Darien Fernandez 2013

Posted Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

Former Wareham High School and BABC product, Darien Fernandez, committed to Jacksonville on Thursday according to BABC founder and head coach Leo Papile.

Fernandez has spent the last two seasons in the state of Wyoming, starring for Laramie County Community College. He averaged over 10 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 and a half steals per game last year as a freshmen but has upped those totals to over 16 points and nearly 5 assists per game this year as a sophomore while shooting 43% from the three-point line. He is also averaging over 3 steals per game, good enough for fourth overall in the national junior college ranks.

Laramie is currently 21-9 and set to begin their conference tournament this weekend.

The five-foot-eight guard will have two seasons of eligibility at Jacksonville and will be eligible right away next season.



Judson off the Board

Ben Judson 2015

Posted Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

St. John's Prep senior swingman Ben Judson recently deposited at Johnson State College in Vermont where he'll join the men's basketball team next season.

The six-foot-five swingman is a southpaw sniper best known for his ability to shoot the ball with range from behind the three-point line. He's also been a two year captain for St. John's Prep.

"I have coached Ben for 4 years now; two as an assistant and two as his head coach. Ben has improved his game every year," said high school coach John Dullea. "Ben is known as a knockdown shooter and has developed his game to be an all-around solid defender and rebounder while still being considered one the best pure shooters in the area. I expect Ben to have a very successful college career and lead his team to many wins."

Johnson will play for head coach Tommy Verdell at Johnson State.

"We are extremely excited to welcome Ben into our basketball family here at Johnson State College," Johnson said. "I can say with great confidence that Ben...


Morrison Back on the Market

Troy Morrison 2015

Posted Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Phillips Exeter Academy post-graduate Troy Morrison is back on the market and again open in his recruitment.

College coaches began backing off Morrison earlier this fall when he was believed to be heading closer to his home in Georgia, but that never came to fruition and so now high academic schools have another talented two-way player available at the relatively late date.

A pure point guard and hard-nosed defender, Morrison is a little bit of a throwback style player in that he is plenty capable of creating his own offense but especially unique because he can make a dramatic impact on the game without having to score a point thanks to his abilities to defend, distribute and run a team.

Morrison is one of three Exeter post-grads still available as Evan Crawford and Kyle Daugherty remain uncommitted as well.

Together that trio has helped lead Exeter to win three of their last four, including a 77-72 decision over AA powerhouse Tilton, and peak at just the right time as they...


HoopRootz Sophomore Series Part 5

Caleb Green 2017

Posted Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Sophomore power forward Nick Osarenren has been a horse on the front-line this season for Governors Academy, averaging 14 points and 11 rebounds and most-recently going for 22 points in a big win over Rivers. Meanwhile, sophomore southpaw wing high-riser Jalyn Hinton has consistently produced in a variety of ways on both sides of the ball, scoring about a dozen a game while making a big impact on the glass and also accumulating dimes, steals, deflections, and blocks. The Governors have a season-record of 9-9 and a record of 6-4 in the ISL.

Sophomore guard Kyle Cassarino is having a terrific season in the back-court for a Rutland High School squad which is ranked #3 in the state of Vermont. Cassarino has played both the point and shooting guard spots and is averaging 10 PPG, 5 APG, and 3 RPG. The Raiders are 14-4 on the season and look poised to challenge for a State Championship.

Although minutes have been hard to come by at times on the deep Commonwealth Academy front-linet,...


Spellman Calls it for Villanova

Spellman Calls it for Villanova

Posted Friday, February 20th, 2015

New England's top ranked junior, MacDuffie School power forward Omari Spellman, made a verbal commitment to Villanova on Friday.

The news was first reported by ESPN.com.

Spellman, who attended North Royalton High School in Ohio last year, is in his first season in New England but made plenty of appearances in New England prior to this year with his PSA Cardinals AAU team.

Spellman has taken multiple unofficial visits to Villanova's campus including a trip to their Midnight Madness event in October and most recently, a trip with his mother to see the Wildcats play Georgetown.

While Spellman said that he knew during that visit that Villanova was where he wanted to be, he waited until Friday to announce his commitment since it was his mother's birthday.

"I'd just like to thank my mom, David Gates and the entire PSA family, Jacques Vaughn and everyone at the MacDuffie School and everyone who has helped me get to this point," Spellman said.

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Wesleyan Gets a Steal

Wesleyan Gets a Steal

Posted Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Bridgton Academy post-graduate guard Kevin OBrien is headed to Wesleyan University next year after being accepted via early decision.

O’Brien marks the second Wolverine product to commit to a NESCAC school in the last week following Phil Leotsakos’ pledge to Connecticut College.

O’Brien came to Bridgton by way of Arizona, but had plenty of preexisting New England ties from his father, who previously played at Boston College.

A big, six-foot-three guard with long arms and a frame that is still far from a finished product, O’Brien appeared to be one of the top prospects on Bridgton’s team this fall, but ended up missing the first few weeks of the regular season with injury.

He’s made a quick impact since his return – averaging 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game along with close to 3 steals – and very clearly has his best basketball still in front of him.

Bridgton Academy head coach Whit Lesure had high praise for O’Brien, comparing him to a former NCAA champion at Marquette...


Ainge Adding Offers

Ainge Adding Offers

Posted Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Kimball Union Academy guard Crew Ainge has been on a tear in recent weeks, putting up huge numbers and scoring two division I scholarship offers in the process.

The performance that seemed to catch everyone’s attention took place a few weeks back on January 30th when he scored 35 points against Brewster Academy and their four high-major bound guards, going 4-9 from behind the three-point line and 15-17 from the free-throw line.  

He followed that up with a triple-double a few nights later, leading KUA to a commanding 71-47 win over Holderness and finishing with 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

Last week began with a 25 point performance against Tilton and ended with a full division I scholarship offer when Binghamton head coach Tom Dempsey came calling.

It’s been more of the same this week, beginning with a 29 point performance against Wilbraham and Monson on Monday. Tuesday brought another division I scholarship offer, this one from UNC Greensboro, while Wednesday was a win over...


Pemberton’s Stock Rising

Pemberton’s Stock Rising

Posted Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

In his first year at the Master’s School, Connecticut native Elijah Pemberton is in the midst of a breakout season and now has the scholarship offers to prove it.

Pemberton landed his first division offer last week from Duquesne head coach Jim Ferry, following his performance at the NPSI in Rhode Island.

An assistant coach from Hofstra was also in the stands and now Pride head coach Joe Mihalich is expected to be in attendance on Wednesday when Master’s meets MacDuffie in a Class AA match-up.

Pemberton’s recruitment has grown alongside his game in recent months. Best known as an athletic wing in the past, his skill set has improved exponentially in recent months, allowing him to develop into more of a true perimeter player.

“Right now he’s definitely a guard, but a scoring guard,” Master’s head coach Ralph Auriental told NERR. “He’s shooting the ball much better. His main thing is still going to the basket but I think people are shocked by the way he’s been shooting the ball, spotting...


HoopRootz Sophomore Series Part 4

Posted Monday, February 16th, 2015

Sophomore scoring guard Romario Ebanks of Boston's O'bryant high school is averaging 16 points and is currently the highest scoring sophomore in the BCL after Tyrone Perry (18 per game). Ebanks has a quick-trigger and can be deadly when he gets it going as he's had a 27 point game against Madison High School and a 23 point game against Malden Catholic. Meanwhile, manning the patrols is another sophomore in point guard Kenrick Dixon, who is averaging and doing a good job of distributing and taking care of the basketball for O'Bryant.  After winning only four-games last year, the Tigers are currently 8-7 and looking to finish strong and qualify for the State Tournament.

Sophomore guard Brandon Kolek had 33 points and 12 boards in Cumberland High School's win last week over Rogers. Kolek is currently 8th in scoring in the state of Rhode Island at 19.9 points per game. Winter Riser.

Sophomore guard Alex Frawley has been a starter and key-player for Billerica High School this season in the...

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