NMH’s Franks is Ivy Bound

Davis Franks 2018

Posted Friday, October 20th, 2017

Northfield Mount Hermon School forward Davis Franks made a verbal commitment to Brown University and head coach Mike Martin on Saturday.

Franks is a 6-foot-8 forward who previously attended Brooklyn Collegiate before arriving at Northfield Mount Hermon last year. He ran with the Albany City Rocks during the recent EYBL season.

“I’m excited for my future at Brown University,” Davis said. “I see it as a place that will allow me to reach my fullest potential as a basketball player.”

Franks is a skilled forward who is an exceptional ball-handler and passer for his size. While he’s gained valuable experience over the course of the last year playing at the highest levels of both prep school and grassroots basketball, he projects as someone whose best basketball could still very in front of them as his skill and versatility gives Martin a very unique weapon at the next level.

“Davis is, in many ways, a point forward,” NMH head coach John Carroll said. “He’s an elite passer, has a high...

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Prep Profile - Woodstock Academy

Jakigh Dottin 2018

Posted Friday, October 20th, 2017

Typically, a new prep program would look at year 1 as an opportunity to get their feet wet and set a stable foundation for the future. The administration at Woodstock Academy, however, had their sights set on being anything but typical and have operated with the goal of winning at the highest level from the very beginning. So they hired an established coach with a winning history then gave him the means to build a successful and sustainable program. Instead of just dipping their toes in the water, Woodstock came to the beach prepared to swim with the sharks!

Tony Bergeron takes the reins at Woodstock after spending the last four seasons at Springfield’s Commonwealth Academy. Although the woods of Northern Connecticut offer a stark contrast to his former inner-city campus, Bergeron remains committed to developing under-the-radar talent and relying on a relentless attacking style to make life miserable for his opponents.

With far more depth than Bergeron has been stocked with in the...

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ZG Mass Madness Preview

ZG Mass Madness Preview

Posted Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Last weekend's New England Hoops Festival brought Zero Gravity's Path to the Belt to unprecedented levels with virtually all of New England's flagship programs in action and top individual performances coming from a number of already established top prospects.

The momentum is expected to only keep building this weekend with ZG's Mass Madness, the fifth and final stop before the season culminating Battle for the Belt.

The Mass Madness schedule is headlined by New England's two Nike sponsored programs, BABC and Expressions, who will both have teams in the Varsity, 10th grade, and 9th grade divisions. 

Other contenders in the varsity division include Lee School, RI Elite, EVOelite, B2L, BV Chaos, Cobras, and Rise Above Basketball Among others.

RI Rivals, RI Elite, Central Mass Swarm, and Mass Attack are among the top contenders in the 10th grade division.

The 9th grade field may actually be the deepest this weekend as BABC and Expressions will be joined by Middlesex Magic, AASA,...

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Silva is D2 Bound

Ronnie Silva 2018

Posted Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

 

Bradford Christian Academy and D.C. Blue Devils guard Ronnie Silva made a verbal commitment to Adelphia University on Wednesday night.

He took to his twitter account to announce his decision.

Silva was one of the biggest stock-risers in New England this summer as he came into the month without a scholarship offer to his name but left it with three offers in hand after leading the Blue Devils to the championship of the Basketbull Hall of Fame National Invitational as well as the finals of the NERR Big Apple Summer Showcase.

Silva may be undersized at 5-foot-8 but he's one of the most skilled guards in the region with a definite flair for the game with the ball in his hands. He's as shifty and crafty as he is skilled and so he excels at creating space, either for his pull-up or to get all the way to the rim where he has another bag of tricks in his arsenal.

"Ronnie...

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Connolly Calls It

Justin Connolly 2018

Posted Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Brooks School and Middlesex Magic forward Justin Connolly accepted a full athletic scholarship offer from Merrimack College on Tuesday night.

Coming off a NEPSAC championship in Class B, Connolly had a huge spring and summer with the Magic, earning multiple scholarship offers despite being hobbled by an ankle injury midway through the grassroots season.

The 6-foot-7 forward played a critical role for the Magic and was particularly impactful during their championships at the Northeast Hoops Festival, Pittsburgh Jam Fest, and Big Apple Showcase.

Connolly is one of six members of the Magic's 2018 class to have already finalized his recruitment, and one of five to commit to a scholarship level, as he joins Thomas Shaughnessy (Brown), Patrick Harding (Bryant), Bryce Daley (UMass Lowell), Tyler Aronson (Tufts), and Thomas Greaney (Rhode Island football).

Below are some of his highlights from the recent grassroots season care of the Middlesex Magic's YouTube page.

 

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Brewster’s Roberts Headed West

Nate Roberts 2018

Posted Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

 

Brewster Academy big man Nate Roberts made a verbal commitment to the University of Washington on Tuesday night, selecting the Huskies over the two other schools in his final three, Nebraska and Syracuse.

Roberts' announced his decision via a video released on his twitter account:

First year head coach Mike Hopkins began to recruit Roberts last year as the associate head coach at Syracuse and continued to pursue him even after moving across the country to take over at Washington. Roberts now becomes the third northeast product to commit to Hopkins at Washington as he joins Nahziah Carter and Hameir Wright, who are currently freshmen after committing in the spring.

Roberts is a Maryland native who arrived at Brewster for the second semester of last season and made contributions off the bench as the Bobcats went on to set prep school history with a perfect season including both the NEPSAC and...

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NERR-TV Videos Released from #E75 Frosh/Soph

NERR-TV Videos Released from #E75 Frosh/Soph

Posted Monday, October 16th, 2017

Last month the very best prospects from New England's 2020 and 2021 classes gathered for the 10th annual Elite 75 Showcase - Frosh/Soph Edition and the event was every bit as good as advertised with unprecedented depth and talent in the field.

Now, it is time to relive some of those moments as NERR-TV is releasing nearly 50 personalized highlight videos for prospects in attendance. To see the footage, simply click on the prospect's name, which will take you directly to their NERR prospect page where the video will be displayed in the upper right hand corner.

NERR-TV isn't just available at all NERR individual events but also throughout the course of the high school and grassroots seasons. Click here to learn more about the ways in which any prospect can take advantage of the NERR platform, which has averaged over 10,000 daily views for over the last five years.

Devin Morales
Terrell Jarvis
Nick Thomas
Solomon Hearn
Aracelio Rivera
Augustus Larson
Matt Knowling
Quinn Kelly
Tal...

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Zero Gravity New England Hoops Festival - Event Recap

Zero Gravity New England Hoops Festival - Event Recap

Posted Monday, October 16th, 2017

The Zero Gravity New England Hoops Festival brought out the best talent in New England to compete this weekend. This crop of prospects was among the most talented we’ve seen this fall on the ZG circuit and games were ultra-competitive down in the South Shore.

At the Varsity level we saw Middlesex Magic take the American title over RI Elite - Light to cap off an undefeated weekend at 5-0. The Massasoit Warriors were champs of the National division by outlasting RI Elite as well.  

In the 10th grade BABC left no doubt and came away atop the American division led by Quest Harris and Shemar Dennis. Mystic Valley Pride beat out C4 to become National division champions while Mass Attack held on by 2 to take the International bracket.

Boston Bobcats Elite won the American division for 9th grade convincingly over BABC. The National Champion was the MPC Blue Devils, and Brockton Reign Elite captured the International crown.

Standout Players

Keegan Records (Blue Wave/BBN Elite, 2018)...

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Duke Heading Home

David Duke 2018

Posted Friday, October 13th, 2017

Friday was a big day for Cushing Academy and Mass Rivals senior guard David Duke as he celebrated his 18th birthday and also announced his verbal commitment to play for his hometown school, Providence College, just as they were set to celebrate their annual midnight madness event.

Providence emerged victorious  over a final five that also included Virginia Tech, Villanova, Indiana, and Florida.

The decision also culminates a dream scenario for Providence as they reunite Duke, A.J. Reeves, and current freshman Makai Ashton-Langford off a Rivals 2016 team that swept every major Adidas summer championship.

Duke is a big lead guard who has taken his game to new levels within the last year and yet is still just scratching the surface of his potential. In addition to his positional size and length, he's also a high level athlete with instinctive playmaking ability, great use of both hands, a frame that is developing at a rapid rate, and the ability to change the game at both ends of the...

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Yags’ Point Forward - 1st Prep Impressions Part 2

Yags’ Point Forward - 1st Prep Impressions Part 2

Posted Thursday, October 12th, 2017

 

After featuring Woodstock, Commonwealth and Loomis Chaffee in last week’s edition. It’s only appropriate to group the following programs together in this week’s version since each of their head coaches stepped to the alter on the same day two weeks ago. They could’ve saved a lot of money by paying for AA commissioner Mike Hart to become a justice of the peace and having his preside over the ceremonies after the next conference coach’s meeting. Then again, it probably would’ve turned into another scheduling issue and the wives don’t deserve that mess.

Anyway, congratulations fellas!  Now here’s a first look into their talent-laden prep programs….

MACDUFFIE

During their first season together and playing against teams that were physically mature and more experienced in the NEPSAC, Jacque Rivera’s core of talented young prospects predictably got roughed up from time to time. But the lessons they learned from last season are already being applied and this year’s MacDuffie crew is set...

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