Knight Makes the Call

Nathan Knight 2016

Posted Monday, October 5th, 2015

Kimball Union Academy post-graduate big man Nathan Knight made a verbal commitment to William & Mary on Monday night.

A native of upstate New York, Knight joined the New Hampshire based D.C. Blue Devils last spring, starred with them throughout the AAU season and went on to become one of the biggest stock-risers in the northeast.

By the time the summer had come to an end, Knight had collected over 20 division I scholarship offers ranging all the way up to the American Athletic Conference as well as multiple schools in the Atlantic Ten.

The Blue Devils summer included the championship at the Hoop Group Tip-Off, a second place finish at the Hoop Group Summer JamFest and a spot in the Elite 8 of AAU u17 nationals in Kentucky.

Knight, who didn't turn 18 until last month, ultimately cut his list to eight schools and took his official visit to William & Mary this past weekend.

The southpaw four-man is highly skilled for his size with shooting range that extends out to the three-point...


ZG Fall Brawl - Event Recap

ZG Fall Brawl - Event Recap

Posted Monday, October 5th, 2015

Zero Gravity took over the South Shore for the second weekend in a row, bringing many of New England’s top programs to The U, Mass Premier, MPlex and Kingston for their “Fall Brawl” – a highly anticipated tournament that lived up to its hype.

BABC took home championships in the hotly contested ninth and tenth grade divisions, while RCA Gold and Boston Bobcats each came away with titles in the varsity division. With more automatic bids punched to the ZG Finals after this weekend, here are some prospects who impressed at Fall Brawl:

Shandon Brown, BABC (Beaver Country Day) – Brown was exceptional all weekend, finishing explosive lay-ups at the rim and orchestrating the BABC offense. In terms of athleticism, he had as much upside as any player in the gym at Mass Premier on Sunday.

Dana Tate Jr., Expressions Elite (St. Sebastian’s) – The ultra-skilled Tate was the go-to man for Expressions’ ninth grade team on Sunday, helping carry them to the title game where they fell to BABC’s...


Fleming Staying Home

Andrew Fleming 2016

Posted Sunday, October 4th, 2015

The top ranked senior in the state of Maine is staying close to home for the next for years after accepting a full athletic scholarship from Blackbears head coach Bob Walsh.

Fleming, who starred with MBR on the AAU circuit last spring and summer, earned offers ranging from the Ivy League to Division II before committing to Maine.

Last year as a junior at Oxford Hills, Fleming averaged nearly 17 points , 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals per game and was named third team All-State by the Bangor Daily News.

Fleming is a long and deceptively athletic 6-foot-7 forward with a high motor. He plays with high energy, is a good rebounder and has a high release to score effectively inside the lane.

The local product becomes the first player to commit to the Black Bears in the 2016 class.


National Prep Showcase Schedule Announced

National Prep Showcase Schedule Announced

Posted Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

The National Prep Showcase will return to New Haven, Connecticut and Albertus Magnus College on Friday, November 20th through Sunday, November 22nd.

This year's field is one of the most talented of all time with the best post-graduate teams from the United States and beyond coming to take on the best programs in New England.

The field includes traditional powerhouses like Brewster Academy, Hargrave Military Academy, St. Thomas More, Bridgton Academy, Elev-8 Academy, Notre Dame Prep, IMG Academy, South Kent, New Hampton, Fork Union Military Academy, Putnam Science, Blair Academy and Lee Academy while also welcoming new programs including Montverde Academy, Sunrise Christian Academy, Spire Institute and DME Academy. Canarias Basketball Academy, the top college placement program in Europe for the last five years, will also be making their return to this year's event. The 2015 National Prep Showcase will also feature a select few of New England's AA programs including Vermont Academy,...


ZG Fall Brawl Preview

ZG Fall Brawl Preview

Posted Friday, October 2nd, 2015



Zero Gravity FALL BRAWL invades the U, Kingston, Mass Premier and MPlex with an extremely large and talented field for the second stop on the Path to the Belt fall circuit. Action only gets more intense next weekend at the annual BEAST of the EAST presented by HoopRootz.
Here are some teams in the high school divisions to keep an eye on going into the weekend:

11th grade:

Redemption Christian Prep
Beantown Bulls
b2L Black
eXpressions Elite

After a strong showing at the ZG Fall Tip-Off the 11th grade field should have quite a challenge with unseating this past weekend’s champ in the Varsity National Division: Redemption Christian. Led by high-scoring guard Ziv Baisden, RCA will look to bring home a championship in back-to-back weeks – but that won’t come without facing some stiff competition.

In their first action of the fall, eXpressions will be led by the dynamic duo of Rivers School star Jermaine Samuels and recent New Hampton transfer Kimani Lawrence. The competition...


Gabriel Picks Kentucky on ESPN Set

Wenyen Gabriel 2016

Posted Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Wilbraham and Monson Academy and Mass Rivals forward Wenyen Gabriel announced his college decision live on the set of ESPN's recruiting nation on Wednesday.

Gabriel had previously cut his list to five schools - Kentucky, Duke, UConn, Providence and Maryland and taken official visits to Maryland and Kentucky in recent weeks. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and two assistants were at Wilbraham and Monson on Tuesday night to make one last pitch to Gabriel but it ended up being not enough as he committed to Wildcats' head coach John Calipari.

Watch the full video of Gabriel's announcement here.

Gabriel had a breakout summer with the Rivals as he was arguably the most widely pursued player in all of Las Vegas on the third week of the period as he was trailed not just by Calipari, Coach K, Kevin Ollie, Ed Cooley and Mark Turgeon but also Roy Williams, Bill Self, Shaka Smart, Jay Wright, Mike Brey and countless others.

Below are some of his summer highlights care of Ballas TV and RI...


Sellew Heading NESCAC

Eric Sellew 2016

Posted Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Concord Carlisle and Boston Warriors big man Eric Sellew ended his recruitment on Wednesday, making a verbal commitment to Amherst College.

Amherst is annually one of the top ranked liberal arts college in the country and athletically, head coach David Hixon has built them into a true division III powerhouse with national championships in 2006 and 2013.

In Sellew, the Lord Jeffs are getting a strong interior player who can score inside the paint and provide a potential double-double threat.

After beginning last year's AAU season out of the line-up with injury, his return to the court proved to be a major spark for a Warriors squad that punctuated a strong summer with a 6th place finish in the 17-and-under AAU Division I Nationals.

"The allure of Amherst being one of the top ranked schools in the country as well as a program that has won two national championships in the last seven years and 7 NESCAC titles in the last 14 years was very hard for Eric to pass up," Boston Warriors...


UMass Scores with Baldwin

Chris Baldwin 2016

Posted Wednesday, September 30th, 2015




Less than 24 hours after UMass made waves in the recruiting world by landing a talented tandem from New Orleans, head coach Derek Kellogg and his staff landed another major score on Tuesday when Notre Dame Prep and Mass Rivals big man Chris Baldwin announced he would be returning close to his Springfield home to play in front of friends and family.

Shortly afterward, Baldwin released his own statement, via his twitter account, putting his decision in his own words:

Baldwin's name has been widely known in local basketball circles since he first arrived in high school. Initially dubbed one of New England's best young prospects, he struggled to live up to that potential initially...


Karpowicz Calls It

Matt Karpowicz 2016

Posted Tuesday, September 29th, 2015




St. Sebastian's School and New England Playaz big man Matt Karpowicz ended his recruitment on Monday, announcing via his twitter account that he would be enrolling at Williams College next year.

A top ranked liberal arts college in the country, Williams is also a traditional basketball powerhouse within the NESCAC, having advanced to three NCAA division III Final Fours in the last six years.

Karpowicz has played with the Playaz for the last three years but took his game to another level this past spring and summer as he seemed to grow into his body, becoming more fluid and athletic, while establishing himself as an inside-out scoring threat.

He earned a variety of interest from schools in both the Ivy and Patriot Leagues in the process and figured to be someone who would get increasing division I interest during the course of his senior season.

Instead, he pledged to Williams on...


ZG Fall Tip-Off - Recap

Cole Swider 2018

Posted Monday, September 28th, 2015

HANOVER, Mass. – Zero Gravity kicked off their fall season this weekend with a slew of teams advancing past pool play at the University Sports Complex. With some of New England’s most talented teams excited to begin their fall season, here’s who stood out in a deep field in the first edition of Zero Gravity’s #PathToTheBelt:

Cole Swider, BABC (St. Andrew’s) – Swider had a big weekend following his offer from Boston College, proving to be an unstoppable force in the 10th grade field while scoring around the rim all the way beyond the three point arc. He continues to improve by leaps and bounds on the offensive end.

Shandon Brown, BABC (Beaver Country Day) – The second of three BABC products to pick up an offer from BC this past weekend, the talented point guard was the maestro of the BABC offense, creating shots for others in transition and exhibiting strong on-ball defense.

Maurice Works, BABC (Lawrence Academy) – Works had a huge hand in BABC running away with the 10th grade...

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