Villanova It Is

Jermaine Samuels 2017

Posted Saturday, August 27th, 2016

Rivers School and Expressions Elite swingman Jermaine Samuels made a verbal commitment to Villanova on Saturday, announcing his decision via his twitter account:

Samuels' decision, or at least the timing of it, came as a surprise to many given that he had just announced a Duke offer and subsequent final five not even 48 hours earlier, after the conclusion of his official visit to Villanova. Nevertheless, the decision appears to be both a very good fit for Samuels as well as an important addition for Villanova.

Samuels is just the type of highly competitive and versatile wing that Villanova has thrived with over the years and even has many similarities to current Wildcat Josh Hart. Jay Wright isn't just a coach who values what Samuels brings to the table, he's also a coach who can help...

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Ryan Makes Debut in ESPN 60

Cormac Ryan 2018

Posted Saturday, August 27th, 2016

Milton Academy guard Cormac Ryan made his first appearance in the national rankings earlier this week when ESPN announced their updated ESPN 60.

Ryan's debut came as the 54th overall ranked prospect in the class of 2018.

The 6-foot-5 guard has made consistent and rapid improvements since arriving in New England. His first appearance in the region came in the 2014 Elite 75 Frosh/Soph, when he still attended school in New York. He returned for the 2015 Stars of Tomorrow Camp and shortly afterwards landed his first division I offer from Penn.

He was one of the top performers at last year's Elite 75 Frosh/Soph as well, before exceeding all expectations during his first season at Milton Academy and earning his first high-major offer from Boston College in the process.

His most impressive work though has come in the last five months as he's starred with the Middlesex Magic. When the grassroots season began his size, skill level and feel for the game all stood out, but this summer he...

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New England’s Top 50 of 2017

New England’s Top 50 of 2017

Posted Friday, August 26th, 2016

After a long summer on the grassroots circuit and with the fall recruiting period just a couple of weeks away, we've taken inventory in the class of 2017 beginning with yesterday's release of updated rankings in all six New England states.

Today comes the announcement of the top 50 in the rising senior class, a list which does not yet include incoming prep products.

The top 50 begins with the 7 products who were included in the updated ESPN 100 - Hamidou Diallo, Tremont Waters, Makai Ashton-Langford, Jermaine Samuels, Kimani Lawrence, Christian David and Wabissa Bede.

The rest of the top ten is comprised of players who all could have made a case to be national top 100 caliber recruits - Hasahn French, Kellan Grady and Andrew Platek.

French couldn't have been much better this spring or summer. Whether it was perfecting the role of the junkyard dog inside or when he needed to step up to prove he could go for 20 and 10 on virtually any given night. Grady was limited by injury for...

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Choh Chooses Brown

Tamenang Choh 2017

Posted Thursday, August 25th, 2016

Brooks School forward and Mass Rivals product Tamenang Choh made a verbal commitment to Brown earlier this week before announcing his decision via his twitter account on Thursday.

"I chose Brown because of the amazing coaches they have," Choh told the New England Recruiting Report. "They were easy to connect with and made it clear to me how they would help my game develop. I also considered Brown to be the ideal place to prepare me for life after basketball."

Choh is coming off a big summer with the Mass Rivals in which he helped them to a perfect 21-0 tournament record in the month of July and four different championships including both the Adidas Gauntlet Finale and the Adidas Summer Championships in Las Vegas.

In that time he stood out as a high level athlete and ultra-versatile defender who...

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Updated New England 2017 Rankings Announced

Updated New England 2017 Rankings Announced

Posted Thursday, August 25th, 2016

The New England Recruiting Report has updated rankings in the rising senior class of 2017. Links to all six New England states, as well as additional ranking content, can be found below while the updated top 50 in New England's cumulative class of 2017 will be released tomomorrow.

As a reminder, incoming post-graduates or transfers (who hadn't already played in the region) won't be eligible for these rankings until later in the fall once we've had a chance to visit the various prep schools throughout the region.

Connecticut 2017 Rankings

Maine 2017 Rankings

Massachusetts 2017 Rankings

New Hampshire 2017 Rankings

Rhode Island 2017 Rankings

Vermont 2017 Rankings

Thoughts & Perspective on Player Rankings

2017 Stock-Risers

Eight Local Products Crack Updated ESPN 100

 

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ESPN Announces Updated 2017 Rankings

ESPN Announces Updated 2017 Rankings

Posted Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

ESPN announced a new ESPN 100 on Wednesday morning and, as usual, plenty of New England names made the cut.

Putnam Science Academy guard Hamidou Diallo checks in as the 11th ranked player in the country. One of the nation's most explosive athletes, Diallo had a big summer, which included a quarterfinal apperance in the EYBL Finals, a gold medal with USA Basketball's 18-and-under team and an MVP performance at the Elite 24.

New England's top two point guards, Tremont Waters and Makai Ashton-Langford, check in at 32nd and 33rd on the list. Waters, who will join Notre Dame High School of West Haven this year, is one of the most skilled and offensively gifted lead guards in the class, on par with the likes of Trae Young. Ashton-Langford, who heads to Brewster Academy this fall, distinguishes himself by being able to change the game on both ends and has an unmatched resume of winning games.

Jermaine Samuels returned to the top 50 after a strong summer of his own, checking in at 46th...

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Rankings Primer

Rankings Primer

Posted Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Updated rankings will begin to roll out on Wednesday with ESPN scheduled to announce a new ESPN 100 for the class of 2017. New England will follow suit beginning with updated 2017 rankings in all six states on Thursday followed by a new top 50 for the entire region. The class of 2018 will be up next while 2019 and 2020 will wait until after the Elite 75 Frosh/Soph Showcase in September.

With that in mind, here’s a couple of reminders about rankings:

1. Rankings are subjective

Ultimately, rankings come down to a small group of people, if not one person alone, and can sometimes be based on different criteria depending on the source. At NERR, our rankings are based on a prospect’s potential at the college level, and in the most unique cases, beyond that. In other words, we aren’t measuring who the best high school players are because often times the best high school players can be very different from the best college players. That isn’t to say current productivity isn’t a...

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Diallo Punctuates Summer with Elite24 MVP

Hamidou Diallo 2017

Posted Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Hamidou Diallo's big summer continued this weekend with one last chapter at the Under Armour Elite 24.

Played outside on Pier 2 of Brooklyn Bridge Park under the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline, Diallo was one of six players who earned MVP honors in a 140-134 overtime win for his "Team Drive" over "Team Clutch."

The Putnam Science guard finished with 22 points on 11-17 shooting from the floor to go along with 6 rebounds and 4 steals and almost came up with the game winning block at the end of regulation before it was ruled goaltending.

Of course, Diallo also electrified his hometown New York City crowd with a series of highlight finishes. Below are some of his video highlights from NERR's Luc Smith on Twitter:

Diallo shared MVP honors with Trevon Duval (25 points and 9 assists) and...

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Waters Transfers to ND West Haven

Tremont Waters 2017

Posted Saturday, August 20th, 2016

Four star national prospect Tremont Waters has decided to spend his senior year at Notre Dame High School in West Haven, Connecticut as was first reported by the New Haven Register on Friday.

His decision allows him to return home to live with his parents in New Haven after spending the last three years away at boarding school while starring for the South Kent School.

South Kent is part of Class AAA of the NEPSAC, the most competitive prep league in the country, and Waters had an unprecedented impact in that league as a freshman, taking over the team's starting point guard job right away and scoring his 1000th point before the end of his sophomore year. Last year he was named first team All-New England while reportedly averaging 25 points per game.

Now, he'll make the move to the CIAC and join a team that was already expected to be strong this season.

The expectation will be for Waters to be nothing short of dominant, similar to what we saw from Mustapha Heron at Sacred Heart last...

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2018 Stock Risers

2018 Stock Risers

Posted Friday, August 19th, 2016

Yesterday we examined five local products in the class of 2017 who raised their stock during the recent grassroots season. Now it is time to extend that lens to the class of 2018 in preparation for next week’s updated rankings.

Cormac Ryan, Milton Academy, Middlesex Magic – He made a significant jump during the high school season, climbing into New England’s top 10, and is poised to make yet another jump following the grassroots season. Ryan has evolved into a skilled big guard with a high basketball I.Q.  In July, he even started to show that he was capable of taking over games when it mattered the most down the stretch.

Eric Ayala, Putnam Science Academy, We-R1 – New England fans weren’t at all surprised to see Ayala take on a co-starring role next to Trevon Duval this summer in leading We-R1 to the UAA championship. In fact, we saw him do the same thing at PSA last year. The skilled and smooth guard arrived in New England as a shot-maker but has transformed himself into a...

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