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Cushing Academy is young once again

by - Published October 10, 2014 in Recruiting

ASHBURNHAM, Mass. – Cushing Academy is a bit different this year, though there is something similar, too. The two-time defending NEPSAC Class AA champs were a veteran group the past couple of years, and the two titles were the outcomes behind a terrific backcourt.

That backcourt is gone, however, with Kaleb Joseph now a freshman at Syracuse and Jalen Adams finishing his high school career at Brewster Academy. In their place is a team whose core features sophomores and thus is much younger. While it is different, it is the kind of team that head coach Barry Connors has had a few times during his tenure at the school, as he has often had a young core of players to try to build around.

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Brimmer and May will try to grow into a playoff team

by - Published October 8, 2014 in Recruiting

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The lone commuter school in NEPSAC Class AA won’t bowl you over with talent or depth. They simply aren’t built that way, and not just because it’s not a boarding school. It brings plenty of challenges, but in Class AA everyone has a challenge of some sort.

Tom Nelson will field a competitive group this season just like in past years. They are not a veteran group, although a number of the key players are holdovers, so there is a future with this core. There isn’t a clear go-to guy, but there is more overall talent than last season and a clear potential game plan.

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Worcester Academy looks like one of the favorites in NEPSAC Class AA

by - Published October 6, 2014 in Recruiting

WORCESTER, Mass. – Jamie Sullivan has Worcester Academy in a good place these days. The Hilltoppers have long been a steady performer in the world of NEPSAC, and that should remain the case this season just from looking at their personnel as there is talent, depth and some class balance.

This time around, they are more experienced, and Sullivan has another low-maintenance group. There is some length on this squad, as well as a good core group of guards to start with, and there are a number of options in the frontcourt. The team is a bit dinged up right now, but no injuries are serious.

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New Hampton has a lot of size and personnel options

by - Published October 1, 2014 in Recruiting

NEW HAMPTON, N.H. – Pete Hutchins has a lot at his disposal at his alma mater this season. It’s not unusual for his New Hampton team to have a lot of bodies, but this team looks to have interchangeable parts and several options at key positions.

It’s a pleasant problem to have for a coach who has guided his team to the NEPSAC Class AAA championship game in two of the past four seasons. The Huskies have a good combination of holdovers and newcomers that will make this team go, and they have a lot of size all over the roster as well.

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Suffield Academy looks to grow into Class A in NEPSAC

by - Published September 29, 2014 in Recruiting

SUFFIELD, Conn. – The second stop on Sunday was southwest of the first one, as Suffield Academy held an open gym workout later. The school is under some construction, including right by the athletic facility, and the enrollment has grown recently. Alum Jeff Depelteau has built the program up as he enters his sixth season, and has put together a team with a noticeable California and New York influence.

This year, the Tigers will compete in NEPSAC Class A, moving from Class B. The boys enrollment has grown, and the administration figures to keep it there for a while, so there’s no reason to expect them to bounce back and forth between them.

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Wilbraham and Monson has a new leader with a similar level of talent

by - Published September 29, 2014 in Recruiting

WILBRAHAM, Mass. – The first stop on a busy Sunday was at Wilbraham & Monson Academy, where the sideline will feature a familiar face in a new role. Chris Sparks left the school in the spring, but the school moved quickly to bump Mike Mannix into the head coaching job after he had assisted Sparks. The Titans have been on a good run in recent years, and Mannix will seek to continue that.

Mannix has a team with a lot of perimeter options, including with the lineups he can put on the floor. They figure to complement the frontcourt players well as they continue to emerge.

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Williston Northampton begins a new chapter on the hardwood

by - Published September 26, 2014 in Columns, Recruiting

EASTHAMPTON, Mass. – Mike Shelton freely admits that this is uncharted territory for his new employer. Having already coached in Division 2 and 3 at the college level, he is now the head coach at the Williston Northampton School, located in western Massachusetts a little ways northwest of Springfield. It’s a school that has been on very few people’s radar in the world of New England prep school basketball, but there is a desire to change that.

Shelton comes with a career in coaching and an administration that wants to grow in athletics. There is the infrastructure for it to happen, which includes a nice facility where the basketball team plays. He’s changing things up right away as this team is made up almost entirely of newcomers. Many of them are from Massachusetts, so he is establishing the areas close to home first.

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Kent School has some pieces to compete in NEPSAC Class A

by - Published September 25, 2014 in Columns, Recruiting

KENT, Conn. – The second stop on Wednesday was a short trip from the first one, as the Kent School is located just a few miles north of South Kent. A short trip from the center of town, much of the campus is nestled right alongside the Housatonic River. While the talent level is a bit different from their neighboring school, the Lions have a team that should be competitive in Class A this season.

The basketball court at the school was redone recently, and before you see that you will walk past a football field right next to the facility that was improved a summer ago. Both are signs that the athletic program is in growth mode these days, and the basketball team is hoping to be no small part of that.

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South Kent has a lot of pieces – and size – to compete in NEPSAC Class AAA

by - Published September 25, 2014 in Columns, Recruiting

SOUTH KENT, Conn. – There’s no magic formula for winning and success in sports, no matter the sport. Kelvin Jefferson isn’t about to claim to have discovered one, but the South Kent head coach seems to be finding the right combinations of late, with last year being the latest example.

South Kent didn’t have as much talent last year as they have in many of Jefferson’s years at the school, but the results are hard to argue with. Last season, the Cardinals were the No. 4 seed in the Class AAA Tournament and lost a tough one to Northfield Mount Hermon in the quarterfinals, then managed to reach the National Prep Championship. Jefferson has won over 100 games in his six years at the school.

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St. Thomas More will compete and get better as usual

by - Published September 24, 2014 in Columns, Recruiting

OAKDALE, Conn. – Step into Jere Quinn’s office at St. Thomas More, and you see the testaments to his many years of coaching. He’s helped make many players better and won a lot of games over the years, largely through a no-nonsense style of coaching. The talent he’s had includes players who didn’t play Division I in college and elite players like Andre Drummond. He’s done it all at a small boys school well away from anything resembling a major city.

The Chancellors always have their fair share of talent, although they are rarely in the discussion for the most talented team in NEPSAC Class AAA. Still, they are always competitive, and there’s no reason to expect this season to be any different, especially as there is good talent for Quinn and his staff to work with.

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