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Northfield Mount Hermon sets out to defend title with youth and more size

by - Published September 10, 2012 in Columns
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NORTHFIELD, Mass. – Our 2012 tour through a number of New England prep schools began on Sunday morning with a trip out to western Massachusetts.  Northfield Mount Hermon played host to over a dozen college coaches on the first live day of the fall as they look to build on last season’s NEPSAC Class AAA title.  Many coaches came from elite academic schools, as the school consistently gets players who are also excellent students and continues to send a number of players to the Ivy and Patriot Leagues.

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2012 Boston’s Best 40 Recap

by - Published August 24, 2012 in Columns
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WESTON, Mass. – The Rivers School was home to Boston’s Best 40, a one-day event for some talented players in grades 6-9 in the Boston area. Players entering the sixth and seventh grades competed in the morning before giving way to those in the eighth and ninth grades in the afternoon.

After the skill sessions and games, the young players got to hear a lecture from former Pittsburgh star Bobby Martin. Martin was a McDonald’s All-American and is still one of the top 20 all-time leading scorers in the schools history, and had a long career in Europe. He talked with the young men about what they will do besides basketball, noting that it will be more important for them to determine who they will be as people.

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Something is brewing well south of Boston

by - Published August 19, 2012 in Columns
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SOUTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – Well south of Boston and still a good drive from Providence, the South Coast seems an unlikely spot to be a hotbed for basketball in New England. It’s an area that at first seems most important as a gateway to the vacation spots on Cape Cod. While no city in this region will make anyone forget New York, D.C., Chicago, Atlanta, or any of a number of other cities with big-time reputations in basketball, New Bedford and surrounding cities might come to mind even less than others. But there is something brewing in this area.

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2012 Hall of Fame National Invitational – Sunday Notes

by - Published July 20, 2012 in Columns
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – After three days in Philadelphia, a trip back into New England was in order for the final day of the Hall of Fame National Invitational. The primary site was the MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield, with four courts set up adjacent to each other making for easy watching of games.

The 17-Under Championship Bracket saw two teams come out of their side, and unfortunately unable to play each other due to NCAA regulations limiting teams to five games in two days. We had a true champion in the 16-Under division.

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2012 Reebok Showdown Series – Player Evaluations

by - Published July 18, 2012 in Columns
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PHILADELPHIA – Reebok followed up its Breakout Challenge with the Showdown Series, a team tournament. Most of the camp participants stayed in town to compete with their travel teams at Philadelphia University and two other nearby sites. Games got underway on Friday throughout the day, although there were not many, and they picked up in earnest on Saturday.

Here, we take a look at some notable prospects who competed in the team tournament.

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Reebok Breakout Challenge – Friday Notes

by - Published July 14, 2012 in Columns
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PHILADELPHIA – The Reebok Breakout Challenge wrapped up on Friday and began to give way to the Showdown Series. Early games in the latter were held all day, although most of the attention was on the final day of games at the camp. Unfortunately, too many of Friday’s camp games were blowouts or played at a level clearly below Thursday’s games, in part because of attrition among the players. There was one game where a team had no one on the bench, another where a team had just two on the bench.

More will be coming out of late Friday games in the team tournament along with Saturday’s action later as it moves full speed ahead. For now, we take a look at a few of Friday’s noteworthy players at the camp, starting with the ones who stood out the most.

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Reebok Breakout Challenge – Thursday Notes

by - Published July 13, 2012 in Columns
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PHILADELPHIA – Thursday was the second day of the Reebok Breakout Challenge, held at Philadelphia University. This time around, the camp is not a stand-alone event, as a team tournament, the Reebok Showdown Series, begins on Friday and runs through Sunday at the same venue plus two others nearby. At first glance, the talent looks better than last year, which is a plus. We’ll see on Friday if that holds up.

For our look at some individual performers, we first take a look at some of the day’s standout performers:

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How much will BU’s departure hurt America East?

by - Published July 10, 2012 in Columns
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Boston University’s departure from America East to the Patriot League is at the very least a glancing blow to the future of America East. The move came out of nowhere, at a time where it seemed that conference maneuvers for this year’s cycle were complete. But few moves may have the affect this one has.

America East survived a round of conference maneuvers over a decade ago, when three of its premier programs were among four who bolted to the Colonial Athletic Association. After that, Vermont became a powerhouse after steadily rising for several years, Boston University went on a big run and Northeastern became relevant again and then a postseason team before they, too, bolted for the CAA in 2005. But this one might be tougher to overcome.

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2012 NEBA Super Exposure Event Recap

by - Published July 3, 2012 in Columns
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NEWTON, Mass. – A busy stretch of basketball in Massachusetts ended with two days of the New England Basketball Academy holding an exposure event at Mount Ida College. Junior high players competed on Saturday before high school players took over the gym on Sunday for a few hours. While a majority on Sunday were freshmen, there were some upperclassmen as well.

Here is a look at a few players who stood out on Sunday.

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Talent is good, quality basketball lacking in New England Elite 75

by - Published July 1, 2012 in Columns
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LOWELL, Mass. – The seventh annual New England Elite 75 was held on Friday at UMass-Lowell.  The event had been held during a live recruiting period for Division I coaches during the month of July for three years, but is now back outside that period.  While the talent present was good, even with some significant absences, the product on the floor didn’t match it.

Several top prospects were missing in action.  Noah Vonleh (6’8″ So. SF-PF, Georgetown (MA) New Hampton Prep) was present but sat out due to a bum ankle and teammate Jeremy Miller (Fr. PF-C, Milton (MA) New Hampton Prep) recently suffered a concussion and is likely out of any basketball action for another couple of weeks.  He was there as a spectator for a while.

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Holderness has a new coach and some young players with upside

September 22, 2014 by

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2014 Hoop Mountain Fall Classic Showcase Evaluations

September 22, 2014 by

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Brooks School hopes to continue the rise with one more step

September 18, 2014 by

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With a less experienced team, the Brooks School got to the NEPSAC Class B finals and won a school-record 21 games last year. Now they hope to take one more step forward.

Phillips Exeter has a team with some upside

September 17, 2014 by

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Known for academics, Phillips Exeter has won two straight Class A titles. Their quest for a third will involve a team that has some clear upside right now.

Plenty of talent, including a good mix, at Brewster Academy

September 17, 2014 by

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As one can expect, Brewster Academy is loaded this year. There’s also a good mix of talent, especially on the perimeter, as they try to win a third straight NEPSAC Class AAA title.