Commitment Catch-Up

Jeremia Livingston 2015

Posted Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

With all of our attention focused squarely on the class of 2016 and beyond in recent weeks, there have been several members of last year's senior class that have made final plans on their futures. Recent Vermont Academy graduate Zack Sandberg has a rundown:

Jeremiah Livingston was one of the most dominant players in Connecticut. The 5’11 guard led Westhill High School to an undefeated regular season with averages of 25.7 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists per game. Livingston was conference MVP, first team all state, and the second leading scorer in school history with over 1,500 points scored in his career. Livingston will attend Harcum Junior college in Pennsylvania.

Ben Malloy of Bonny Eagle High School announced he will be attending Saint Joseph’s College. Molloy, one of the top shooters in the state of Maine, finished his career as a four year starter with 200 made 3 pointers and 1,058 points.

Noah Thomas (Bridgton Academy) will head home next year and attend IUPUI. The 6’9 big...


Local Products in Adidas Nations

Tremont Waters 2017

Posted Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

The month of July may be over but that doesn't mean that Adidas' summer schedule has stopped just yet.

In fact, four New England products are currently in Los Angeles taking part in Adidas Nations, the final event of the Adidas Uprising summer schedule.

Adidas Nations features some of the top 18-and-under players in the world, divided into seven regional teams - Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, Latin America, Nations Select and the United States (Wall, Lillard and Noah).

A multi-faceted international curriculum featuring NBA coaches and players, as well as current collegiate players acting as camp counselors, will provide invaluable insight and first-hand knowledge to the participants, illustrating the pressures, rigors and challenges that accompany the rise of any aspiring NBA star.

Putnam Science Academy 2017 guard Hamidou Diallo and Wilbraham and Monson 2016 forward Wenyen Gabriel are currently competing with Team Africa while South Kent 2017 guard Tremont Waters is on Team Noah...


Sam Carey Classic Set for August 21st

Sam Carey Classic Set for August 21st

Posted Saturday, August 1st, 2015

After Sam Carey died in a car accident in 2011, his longtime friend, Mike Stys, decided to organize an annual memorial basketball classic in Carey’s name.

“The first year the goal was to raise money for a trust fund set up for Sam’s family,” said Stys, referring to Carey’s infant son, Brayden, and fiancee Kayte Kenyon. “The last two years we raised about $10,000, which will go towards renovating the basketball courts across from Beech Street School (in Manchester). The entire project will cost around $18,000 and right now, we’re closing in on that figure. I’m hoping we can reach it next month so we can start the project next spring.”

The fourth annual Sam Carey Classic will be held Friday, Aug. 21. at Manchester Central with two games. The first contest, beginning at 6 p.m., will be the high school all-star game followed by the alumni game featuring former New England high school basketball players, many of whom had successful college careers.

Stys said the fans who attend the...


Week Three Offer Updates

Wenyen Gabriel 2016

Posted Thursday, July 30th, 2015

In each of the first two weeks of the July evaluation period, we've looked back to see which scholarship offers have come out of it. Now, it's time for the third and final week in review of offers:

  • Wenyen Gabriel was obviously the big winner of the third and final period, leading the Rivals to a place in the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships final on ESPNU and landing new offers from the likes of Duke, Kansas and Kentucky in the process;
  • Rivals point guard Makai Ashton-Langford, who out-played a series of nationally ranked point guards in Las Vegas, scored his latest high-ajor offer from Creighton;
  • Azar Swain picked up his first two division I offers from Brown and Yale respectively after drilling three first-half three-pointers in the first half of the nationally televised ESPNU game;
    Fellow Rival 2017 product Greg Kuakumensah also landed an offer from Brown, where his older brother Cedric Kuakumensah has starred for the last four years;
    Incoming Cushing Academy 2017...


Barrino Shines in Combine Testing

Nassir Barrino 2016

Posted Thursday, July 30th, 2015

In the week before the July evaluation got underway, Nassir Barino was one of the players that stood out at the Elite 75 College Showcase, setting the tone for what was a very productive month in front of college coaches.

Barrino, who played an important backcourt role for the New Jersey Playaz at the EYBL Finals and Las Vegas Fab 48 alike, was impressive not just on the floor but also in the combine portion of the Elite 75.

Velocity Sports Performance tested all participating players in speed, agility, reactions and leaping (both standing and running.  

Barrino led the entire field in the ¾ sprint – which he completed in just 3.31 seconds. He also tested well with his vertical jump, measuring at 31 inches for the standing vertical (5 inches better than the average among the field) and 35.5 inches for the running vertical (again more than 5 inches better than the field).

In total, the testing showed Barrino to be a strong athlete with a particularly impressive ability to generate...


USAD, Stamford Peace win Championships at Buzzer Beater

E.J. Crawford 2016

Posted Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

The state of Connecticut was well represented this past weekend at the Buzzer Beater Classic as the United Sons and Daughters and Stamford Peace won their respective brackets. Both teams used balanced scoring and some excellent guard play en route to to the championship. In doing so, they went 3-0 and knocked off a number of teams from around the Northeast region.
USAD, despite playing shorthanded, had three convincing victories over the HC Elite out of New Jersey and the PA Slam and JB Hoops out of Pennsylvania. They were led all weekend on the perimeter by guards E.J. Crawford, Collin Sawyer, and C.J. Seaforth. They also received a strong weekend from combo forward Roy Kane. Seaforth, who is just a rising junior, was named MVP of the Parkway Bracket after having a strong all-around championship game.
Stamford Peace’s road to the title included 3 wins over the East Coast Cyclones, a tough Wayne PAL team out of New Jersey, and an athletic PA Rens team. Offensively, they...


BABC Wins 10th Grade AAU National Championship

Justin Mazzulla 2017

Posted Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

The Boston Amateur Basketball Club's 10th grade team traveled to Louisville during the third and final week of the July evaluation period and came away with their latest Amateur Athletic Union national championship.

Played in the historic Freedom Hall, BABC knocked off the Albany City Rocks 50-44 in the final, their 5th match-up of the year after having previously met at the BasketBull National Invitational, twice at the Boston Shootout and first at the Boo Williams Invitational.

The win gives BABC their 18th national championship, 28th appearance in a national final and 46th appearance in a national final four. Perhaps most impressive though is that this is the fourth time in the last six years that BABC has won the AAU 10th grade national championship with previous titles in 2010, 2011, 2012 and another trip to the final four in 2013. 

Led by head coach Brittney Papile, this year's squad went ten deep all season long including Jakigh Dottin, Jalyn Hinton, Javaughn Edmonds,...


Rivals Take Adidas Silver on ESPNU

Wenyen Gabriel 2016

Posted Monday, July 27th, 2015

The Mass Rivals had a storybook week at the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships, culminating an appearance on Sunday afternoon’s final, which aired live on ESPNU.

Wenyen Gabriel helped himself as much as any prospect in the country this week as he not only continued to be followed by a variety of high-major head coaches, but also added new suitors, as Duke’s Coach K and Kentucky’s John Calipari joined the likes of Kevin Ollie, Ed Cooley, Shaka Smart, Mike Brey and countless other head coaches throughout the week.  

The Rivals began the day on Sunday matched-up against Team Loaded North Carolina, the tournament’s top overall seed featuring a pair of top ten players in Dennis Smith and Edrice Adebayo, but it was Makai Ashton-Langford that stole the showing, going for 16 points and 10 assists while holding Smith to 5-16 shooting the floor.

The performance was Ashton-Langford’s fourth consecutive strong showing against a nationally ranked prospect as he not only continued to score and...


CBC Wins Live in the AC

KeAndre Fair 2016

Posted Saturday, July 25th, 2015

The Connecticut Basketball Club punctuated their comeback summer with a championship at Live in the A.C., knocking off a number of talented programs from the Mid-Atlantic region in the process.

Team Final Black, New Jersey Roadrunners and Jersey Shore Warriors all went down in their run to the finals, where they matched-up with Sports U, an Under Armour sponsored program from New Jersey.

Faced with a talented program that boasted superior size at virtually every position on the floor, CBC went to a small ball line-up that not only allowed them to utilize their speed and quickness but also space the floor to the max on the offensive end with multiple three-point shooters.

KeAndre Fair had a dominant performance, playing some of his best basketball and knocking down 5 of his 8 shots from behind the three-point line for a team high 24 points. Backcourt mate Thomas Jackson was impressive in his own rite, going 3-5 from behind the arc and finishing with 15 points.

CBC knocked down 13...


Playaz, Rivals Win Pools in Vegas

Tremont Waters 2017

Posted Friday, July 24th, 2015

With pool play wrapping up and the single elimination bracket play set to begin on Friday both the Mass Rivals and New England Playaz had won their respective pools and advanced to the championship bracket at the Adidas Uprising Summer Championships.

The Playaz went a perfect 3-0 opening with a Wednesday night win over Texas Elite 78-40 and then a pair of close games on Thursday over Compton Magic 74-68 and Florida Sons 70-65.

Tremont Waters has continued to be the maestro. He opened with 17 points and 7 assists in game one, had 18 and 4 on Thursday morning and 16 points, 8 assists and 7 boards in Thursday's nightcap. Simultaneously though, Tomas Murphy is playing some of his best basketball. He went for 13 and 6 in the opener and followed that up with 13 more on Thursday morning.

A.J. Brodeur has been a model of consistency, finishing in double figures in all three games and going for a double-double Thursday night while Kellan Grady has gotten better with each passing game and...

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