McGuirl Making a Name for Himself

Mike McGuirl 2017

Posted Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

There are few players in New England that helped themselves more in July than Mike McGuirl, especially in the final days of the evaluation period.

The East Catholic High School and Connecticut Basketball Club guard was having a steady summer through the first two weeks. He led CBC into the UAA Finals in their first year on the circuit and had added three new offers - Quinnipiac, NJIT and Holy Cross - to a list that already included Sacred Heart, Hartford, Brown and Vermont.

In the last five days though, things have gone to an entirely new level.

CBC traveled to the AAU Super Showcase at Disney's Wide World of Sports just outside of Orlando, and were invited to play in the invite only gold division.

Given the opportunity to prove himself in the top division in the event, McGuirl did that and more and has racked up new offers as a result.

Siena, Hofstra, Penn and Boston University are all on board now, as too are George Mason and St. Bonaventure from the Atlantic 10. Kansas State...

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Rivals Complete Perfect Summer with Adidas Summer Championship

Rivals Complete Perfect Summer with Adidas Summer Championship

Posted Sunday, July 24th, 2016

The Mass Rivals capped their perfect summer in grand style on Sunday as they defeated Garner Road in the nationally televised final of the Adidas Summer Championship.

The day began bright and early for the Rivals as they faced Team Laoded VA in an 8am semi-final. The game was a rubber match of sorts after the two met in the finals of last year's Adidas Summer Championships, a game in which Loaded scored a comeback victory on ESPNU, and then the finals of the Adidas Gauntlet Finale earlier this month, where the Rivals earned some retribution with their first championship of the month.

Ironically, this most recent game was decided on the inside as Tamenang Choh, Greg Kuakumensah, Jarrod Simmons, Monytung Maker and Keigan Kerby combined to shoot 10-12 from the floor all while out-rebounding a much bigger Loaded squad to earn a 64-51 win.

The final though was a return to the norm as their guards paced them. Wabissa Bede capped his magnificient week with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5...

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Diallo Wins Gold with USA Basketball

Diallo Wins Gold with USA Basketball

Posted Sunday, July 24th, 2016

Putnam Science guard Hamidou Diallo won a gold medal on Saturday as part of USA Basketball's 18-and-under team that captured the FIBA Americas championship.

The gold medal game saw Team USA hold off Canada 99-84 in a game that was competitive until the very end.

Tournament MVP and incoming Washington freshmen Markelle Fultz led the way with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists but Diallo chipped in with 14 points and 6 rebounds while continuing to make some of the tournament's most explosive highlight level plays.

"They hit big shot after big shot, but I knew once we settled in and ran our offense and played defense that we were going to run away with it, and that’s exactly what we did in the fourth quarter," Diallo said following the game. "It’s a blessing. There’s been adversity, so it’s a blessing to finally get what we came down here for. I’m happy to do it with this group of guys right here."

Here are some of the tweets that captured some of Diallo's biggest moments from the...

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Rivals win Adidas Creator’s Cup

Wabissa Bede 2017

Posted Friday, July 22nd, 2016

The Adidas Summer Champinships began with the thee stripes brand pulling eight of their top teams out of the normal bracket to play in their own single elimination tournament, which would then flow into the greater field.

The Mass Rivals came away with that first championship knocking off Compton Magic and Game Elite in dominant style before scoring a tough win over D1 Minnesota in the final.

Wednesday night's match-up against Compton Magic was supposed to be a battle of the two best point guards in the Gauntlet circuit, Makai Ashton-Langford and UCLA commit Jaylen Hands, but a third point guard ended up crashing the party as Wabissa Bede went off for 26 points on 10-17 shooting from the floor to steal the show. Ashton-Langford still proved his point against Hands as well finishing with 19 points on 5-11 shooting, handing out 5 assists and only committing 1 turnover while limiting Hands to 4-16 shooting from the floor.

Here are some highlights of Bede's performance care of The...

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Diallo with USA Basketball’s u18 Team

Hamidou Diallo 2017

Posted Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Putnam Science Academy guard Hamidou Diallo is one of twelve players currently with USA Basketball's 18-and-under team in Chile competing in the FIBA America's Championship.

The trials began in June at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs where an initial group of 26 players was cut to 18. Those 18 headed to Houston last week for training camp where the roster was trimmed to the final 12 which departed for Chile.

Preliminary action got underway on Tuesday of this week with the United States team squaring off against Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands and Chile in consecutive days prior to the semifinals which are on tap for later today.

The gold medal game will be played tomorrow at 8:15pm EDT.

Diallo is joined on the roster by other high school prospects including Mo Bamba, Matt Coleman, Quade Green, Michael Porter Jr., M.J. Walker, P.J. Washington and Trae Young. College freshmen on the roster include Markelle Fultz, Jarrett Allen, James Banks and Kevin Huerter.

Texas head...

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All Eyes on Vegas

Makai Ashton-Langford 2017

Posted Thursday, July 21st, 2016

The eyes of the grassroots basketball world are focused squarely on Las Vegas this week for the final days of the 2016 July evaluation period.

With four different high powered events taking place in Las Vegas, at the same time as the USA Basketball team prepares for next month's olympic games on the campus of UNLV, the city is full of NBA players, college coaches and high school prospects alike.

ESPN television coverage will highlight the action in three of the next four days beginning with the semi-finals and finals of "The 8" on Thursday and Friday followed by the championship from the Adidas Summer Championships on Sunday.

Many of New England's most notable programs are in Las Vegas this week as well. The Mass Rivals and New England Playaz are both in the field of the Adidas Summer Championships, with the Rivals looking to continue their undefeated summer to date following championships of the Adidas Gauntlet Finale and Peach State Classic. The Playaz, coming off their...

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BABC Wins AAU U19 Crown

BABC Wins AAU U19 Crown

Posted Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

The BABC juniors won the gold medal at the AAU Boys u19 nationals earlier this week, defeating RAP Stars from Upstate New York 67-50 in the final to win the program's 19th national championship.

The team went 7-0 on the week with Terrell Brown, Marcus Santos Silva and Corey Romich leading the way. Brown finished with 22 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 blocks in the championship game while Silva had 28 points, 9 rebounds and 4 steals. Romich was on fire all week long, connecting on 40 threes over the course of the 7 games.

Bailey Patella added 10 points in the final while Justin Mazzulla handed out 12 assists.

Patella and Mazzulla also led a split squad into the u18 nationals (Brown, Silva and Romich only played u19) and advanced to the Elite 8 before falling to the eventual championships Alabama Challenge, ending the repeat bid after head coach Britney Papile's squad won the u16 nationals a year ago in Kentucky.

The BABC juniors currently hold a record of 71-11 in 2016 and...

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NMH’s Platek Calls It

Andrew Platek 2017

Posted Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Northfield Mount Hermon shot-maker Andrew Platek made a verbal commitment to North Carolina on Monday. 

The 6-foot-4 guard from upstate New York recently completed his first season at Northfield Mount Hermon School and it was an impressive one as helped lead NMH to a NEPSAC AAA championship. 

It was more of the same this spring as the longtime Albany City Rock product took on a starring role with the program’s EYBL team and racked up scholarship offers after opening the season with huge sessions in both New York and Indianapolis. 

He ended up with offers from the likes of North Carolina, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Butler, Miami and numerous others but decided that he was destined to wear Carolina blue. 

“It felt right to me,” Platek told the New England Recruiting Report. “I’ve been able to transform my game over the last year and I want to keep pursuing the highest level of basketball I can, and play with the most talented teammates possible, because it will only continue to...

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All Academic Camp in review

All Academic Camp in review

Posted Monday, July 18th, 2016

Over 160 college coaches from all across the country came to watch more than 380 student-athletes interested in attending high academic colleges and universities last week at the All Academic Basketball Camp at Brandeis University. One facet of the camp that makes it so unique is wthe fact that local players always stand out, but there are always players from outside of New England who make a lasting impression. This is a comprehensive recap of everyone who impressed us from the camp.


New Englanders That Continued Their Strong Play Into The Summer

Francis Uzorh (Cushing Academy, 2017)- The post showed the growth of his game this week. Besides making tough plays inside (on both ends), Uzorh stepped out and nailed several midrange jumpers & 3-pointers over the course of camp. With his size, aggressiveness, and improving skill set, Uzorh is setting himself up for a big summer and an even bigger fall season at Cushing.

Javon Taylor (Beaver Country Day, 2017)- Taylor shot the lights...

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New England Playaz captured Gold at Big Apple

Posted Saturday, July 16th, 2016

They may be from New England but the Playaz came to New York and walked away as the big champions this week, winning not just the u17 Platinum Division but also the u16 Gold bracket.

Rising sophomore Chris Camille stood out as not just a player who was already impactful at a young age, but also one who has the upside to continue taking his game to new levels. He was making athletic plays around both rim, attacking the basket, blocking shots, flying around the court in the open floor and even knocking down some jumpers.

Calvin Whipple has provided veteran stability for this club all season long with his strength and shot-making but the emergence of Tyler Aronson has been a big boost as well as he's made shots and heady plays alike on a consistent basis. Add 2019 guard Noah Fernandes to the mix, as a youngster who can already produce against players two or three years his senior, and there's a talented backcourt in place here.

Metro Boston had an inpsired run of their own, advancing...

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