Magic Win Big Apple

Magic Win Big Apple

Posted Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

The Middlesex Magic have a long and proud tradition of excellence that dates back generations.

This 2017 grassroots season has been something special though. All spring, the Magic collected championships, and major ones at that. First it was the Northeast Hoops Festival, then it was the Pitt Jam Fest, and then the Memorial Day Super 16.

Last week, when they fell at the hands of the D.C. Blue Devils in the finals of the BasketBull Summer Championships, some wondered if they had peaked too early. Only a few days later, the Magic responded with their most impressive championship of the year.

What made the Big Apple Showcase unusual was that the field consisted of the very best non-sneaker sponsored teams from New England to Pittsburgh to Baltimore and all spots in between BUT ALSO sponsored programs from all three major sneaker circuits.

When it was all said and done the Magic, and the Blue Devils alike, proved that you don't need a sneaker contract to compete at the highest level...

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Big Apple Showcase Day 3 Recap

Big Apple Showcase Day 3 Recap

Posted Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

After wrapping up the varsity division on Thursday, the 14s, 15s and 16s division champions were crowned. Here's a look at the rest of the day. 


 

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Big Apple Showcase Day 2 Recap

Big Apple Showcase Day 2 Recap

Posted Thursday, July 20th, 2017

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Big Apple Showcase Day 1 recap

Big Apple Showcase Day 1 recap

Posted Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

The second annual Big Apple Showcase kicked off tonight with over 100 college coaches representing such conferences as the Big East, ACC, AAC, A-10, NEC, CAA, Patriot, MAAC, MEAC, NESCAC, NE-10 and more. The most notable performers are listed below: 

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Week 1 Recruiting Updates

Week 1 Recruiting Updates

Posted Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Yesterday we broke down the teams that stood out during the first week of the July evaluation period, and today we are going to shift our focus to the individual players that earend new offers.

  • BABC big man Dimon Carrigan put up some huge numbers at the Peach Jam, not just blocking shots but also rebounding the ball, and walked away with offers from Syracuse, Clemson, and Coppin State along with strong interest from Texas. Carrigan's backcourt running mate Jakigh Dottin also added an offer from Coppin State.
  • Vermont Academy forward Simisola Shittu, who was one of the biggest stars of the Peach Jam, added new offers from Arizona and Gonzaga to his already long list.
  • The WrightWay Skills squad picked up a bunch of offers while in Georgia last week for the Nike P.I.T. Here's the complete rundown: Oklahoma offered 2019 big man Charles Coleman; UMass offered Coleman and 2019 point guard Noah Kamba; Kansas State offered Kamba and fellow rising junior Jordan Mason; and Hartford offered...
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Adidas Elite 8 - Final Recap

Adidas Elite 8 - Final Recap

Posted Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Champions were crowned in the Adidas Select Series at Brandeis University, with an infusion of talent coming to the area from outside New England.  Along with some of New England's strongest grassroots programs, teams from New Jersey, Virginia, Charlotte, San Antonio, Montreal & Toronto all shined.  

Here is a recap of the championship rounds:

Varsity:
Holding Division 1 offers, QCAA's MJ Armstrong's strong first half propelled his Charlotte-based squad into the finals over Evolution.  Armstrong has a very advanced offensive game and can score in a multitude of ways.  Although they found themselves down 32-26 at the half, Evolution kept fighting and took the lead early in the second half.  Craig Preston continued his solid play, and Melvin Worley kept on his pace of making winning plays at the right time, asserting himself as one of the breakout stars of the weekend.  Charlie Deacon rose up and made several jaw-dropping plays with his athleticism in the second half, as well, but...

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All-Academic Camp - Final Recap

All-Academic Camp - Final Recap

Posted Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

One of the few events across the country that gets so many quality academic student-athletes playing in front of so many quality academic colleges and universities, the All Academic Camp concluded last week with more than 120 schools coming through the doors of Brandeis University to see more than 350 players.

Players who perform well at the AAC have a track record of shining in other events in July.  Last year, several AAC alums earned Division 1 offers within a week of this event.  This year is proving to be no different, as 2018's Justin Connolly, Toni Rocak & Thomas Shaughnessy have all earned scholarship offers in recent days.  Shaughnessy is well-known within the northeast, and Ivy & Patriot league coaches have begun to take notice.  Rocak, hailing from Switzerland, was introduced to New England last summer, but has made great strides over the past 12 months and will attend Phillips Exeter for a post-graduate year.  As a mobile big man, Connolly does all the little things to...

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Week 1 Wrap-Up

Week 1 Wrap-Up

Posted Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

The first week of the live period has come and gone and New England has collectively shined. Here's a look at some of the top achievements from around the region.

  • We-R1 is technically located in the Philadelphia/Delaware area but there is an especially strong New England prep presence on the roster. On Saturday, they won the Under Armour Association championship for the second year in a row and third time in four years. Putnam Science Academy guard Eric Ayala was once again one of the team's leaders while Malik Curry stepped up and asserted himself last week in Atlanta as well. Also at the UAA Finals, the Connecticut Basketball Club came out on top of the open division while the Boston Bobcats made their sneaker debut in the 9th grade division.
  • Three hours northeast in Spartanburg, South Carolina the New England Playaz made an inspired run to the semi-finals of the Adidas Gauntlet Finale before falling to the eventual champions, Team YIIS Future. A Saturday win over Iowa...
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Adidas Elite 8 - Day 1 Recap

Adidas Elite 8 - Day 1 Recap

Posted Monday, July 17th, 2017

The Adidas Select Series came storming through New England last Thursday & Friday, and featured not only top New England talent, but a ton of individual and collective talent from outside the region.  With Brandeis University playing host, the following players stood out on Thursday:

Patrick Harding (Middlesex Magic, 2018)- The incoming Suffield post-grad not only sets very good screens, but makes reads off how his man reacts.  He recorded several easy baskets by slipping if his defender hedges out too far.  Harding also seals his man very effectively in the paint, making him hard to defend.

Dante Rivera (Mass Rivals, 2018)- The Methuen HS product is a small point guard but is very efficient on the court.  Confident with the ball, Rivera does not turn it over, and uses ball fakes well & changes speeds so that it is very hard to guard him outside.  His floater makes him dangerous to score at all three levels.

Georges Lefebvre (Brookwood Elite, 2021)- The young big built upon his...

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Big Apple Showcase schedule announced

Big Apple Showcase schedule announced

Posted Sunday, July 16th, 2017

The first week of the July evaluation period is in the books and, as expected, New England distuinguished itself along the way.

While we'll look back on the week that was in the next couple of days, it is already time to start looking forward to this week's Big Apple Showcase.

Tipping on Wednesday night, the second annual event is bound to be a major attraction for college coaches as the only NCAA sanctioned tournament in the northeast (on Wednesday and Thursday) which features a loaded field including literally dozens of programs with scholarship level prospects.

New England will be represented by the likes of CBC, DC Blue Devils, Metro Boston, Middlesex Magic, PTT Elite, and WrightWay Skills among a host of others while the event has also attracted top talent from around the greater northeast region.

The PSA Cardinals will defend their home turf while Jersey Force, PK Flash, JB Hoops, York Ballers, Mid-Atlantic Select, New Jersey Roadrunners, The Firm, Yellow Jackets, Raising...

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