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Northeastern hopes to ride senior backcourt and other key players into CAA contention

by - Published October 18, 2012 in Columns, Your Phil of Hoops
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BOSTON – The Colonial Athletic Association will have a little different look this season, but that isn’t true only because one team is gone and two more teams will be gone after this season. Look near the top of the standings and there will likely be a team or two that hasn’t been a traditional contender in the mix. Northeastern hopes to be one of those teams, and there is reason to believe the Huskies can be there.

Northeastern returns four key players from last season’s team that will be the foundation of this season’s team. The last time the Huskies contended in the CAA, it was similar – four core guys and role players that surrounded them. Potentially, this team will have more depth than that team, and the four core players might collectively match the ones from that team.

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2012 CAA Media Day Notes

by - Published October 17, 2012 in Columns
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ARLINGTON, Va. – The Colonial Athletic Association held its annual Media Day on Tuesday, and it was sure to be an interesting day. The conference is in some transition, and commissioner Tom Yeager admitted that they weren’t sure what to expect as far as turnout goes. But the turnout still looked to be up there with some prior years, and it was a busy morning with all of the activity.

Here are some notes from the day’s conversations.

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Charlestown could get a boost from talented newcomers

by - Published October 9, 2012 in Columns
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CHARLESTOWN, Mass. – While many prep schools hold regular workouts for college coaches at this time of the year, public schools in these parts tend to be a little quiet on that front. But Charlestown High School brought all three of its teams (varsity, junior varsity and freshman) together on Saturday afternoon for coaches to get a look at its players.

Head coach Edson Cardoso, now in his fourth year at the school, organized it for his players who often can’t afford to go to multiple showcases that dot the landscape in the fall. The school has annually been one of the best in the city for over a decade and has sent several players to Division I in that time. This year’s squad is younger, but they aren’t lacking talent and will be able to run with many other schools.

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Will more players follow Vonleh and re-classify back into their original class?

by - Published October 5, 2012 in Columns
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Last week began with some big news in the world of recruiting as Noah Vonleh opted to move back into the Class of 2013 after re-classifying into the class of 2014 a year earlier. Vonleh becomes the latest of several players to make that move, but it’s entirely possible he won’t be the last by a long shot – and it may be the case that this trend signals something else.

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At South Kent, less may be more this time around

by - Published September 26, 2012 in Columns
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SOUTH KENT, Conn. – In recent years, there was often one team in NEPSAC Class AAA that might give Brewster Academy a run for its money from a talent standpoint.  That team was South Kent, and while they were right there talent-wise it didn’t always translate to contention.  That often happens in the prep ranks, where many players are part of the team for just one season and as a result, it’s hard to build chemistry over time.

This time around, Kelvin Jefferson’s team won’t rival anyone for the most talent, but that doesn’t mean they should be counted out by a long shot.  There is still talent, but there are other reasons to like this team.

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Vonleh makes news but has a good supporting cast at New Hampton

by - Published September 25, 2012 in Columns
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NEW HAMPTON, N.H. – Monday was a busy day at the New Hampton School even before Pete Hutchins’ team had a very competitive workout in the evening.  Earlier in the day, news broke that the top prospect on the team would re-classify back into his original graduating class, and that got a lot of attention and added some new urgency in the young man’s recruitment.  The college coaches who gathered on Monday night, however, saw that he has a good supporting cast.

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Milton Academy could have a chance in NEPSAC Class A

by - Published September 24, 2012 in Columns
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MILTON, Mass. – As Lamar Reddicks enters his fifth season at Milton Academy, the thinking among his team is a NEPSAC Class A championship. Some key pieces from last season’s team, which went 19-6 overall and 13-2 in Independent School League (ISL) play, are back for another run at it in what figures to be an even more competitive Class A this time around.

The key is likely to be on the perimeter, which is true for many teams but perhaps more so for this group. Their strength is up front, so the guards will need to control the game, hit open shots and get the ball to the players up front.

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Younger talent looks better at the New England Elite 75 Frosh/Soph

by - Published September 22, 2012 in Columns
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MANSFIELD, Mass. – Last Saturday, the New England Elite 75 Frosh/Soph edition brought together many of the top talents in the region in the younger high school age groups. The day started with freshmen and some eighth graders in the late morning, then the sophomores took us into the early evening as soon as the freshmen were done.

All told, over 250 kids competed on the day, and one thing seemed clear: the first session had better and deeper talent than the second, something many other observers agreed with. That’s a good sign from the standpoint of the younger group having more to build on with more time left in high school, although it can be taken as a sign that the Class of 2015 might not be so deep in the region at this point. That can change, of course, and we’ll see how this class develops before they become upperclassmen in a year.

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St. Andrew’s has less size but may have more depth

by - Published September 20, 2012 in Columns
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BARRINGTON, R.I. – Mike Hart has a pleasant problem.  The St. Andrew’s mentor doesn’t have his most talented team, or one with a great deal of size like a couple of recent teams, but he likes this team a lot.  A coach will almost always like his team, so that’s not news, but why a coach likes his team is often noteworthy.  The big reason Hart likes this team is that he feels like he has quality depth to go with some questions.

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Castro leads a Worcester Academy team that’s not so young now

by - Published September 19, 2012 in Columns
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WORCESTER, Mass. – Now in his second season leading Worcester Academy, Jamie Sullivan has a team with a little more experience under their belt after being a young group last year.  If a few things come together for this group, there’s reason to think they can contend in a more wide-open NEPSAC Class AA this season.

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Marianapolis Prep will battle in Class AA

October 20, 2014 by

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Marianapolis Prep is far from loaded with talent, but they have enough perimeter talent to be dangerous. As is usually the case, they will battle and be a tough out in Class AA.

New Vermont Academy coach has put together a contender

October 17, 2014 by

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Vermont Academy has a new coach for the second year in a row, but they shouldn’t skip a beat. They have enough talent to win a lot of games and make a deep run in NEPSAC Class AA.

The Master’s School has good students and talent

October 15, 2014 by

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The Master’s School has a number of good students, and they will continue to head to college later. This time around, they also have some talent on the hardwood and should win a few more games.

Rivers will try to build on a breakthrough season

October 13, 2014 by

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The Rivers School had a breakthrough season last year, winning the Independent School League. They will try to build on that with a team that loses a lot but also returns a lot from last season’s team.

Tabor Academy looks to have more depth this time around

October 13, 2014 by

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Tabor Academy will once again be headlined by a frontcourt player. This time around, though, the Seawolves appear to have a deeper support cast than in recent years.