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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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Phillips Exeter has a little more talent this time around

by - Published September 15, 2012 in Columns
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EXETER, N.H. – At Phillips Exeter Academy, the academic qualifications of the players are not in doubt. The program annually sends most of its players to elite academic schools, which for Division I often means the Ivy and Patriot Leagues. On the hardwood, this year’s team appears to have a little more talent than those of recent years, so college coaches coming by will like what they see even more.

Jay Tilton’s team doesn’t have a lot of size, but the talent, intangibles and chemistry all look good right now. His one true big man, Kendrick Morris (6’9″ Jr. PF-C, Houston (TX)), has a good frame and moves well, and while not a big offensive factor he isn’t a major liability, either, as he is fundamentally sound. One knock on him Thursday night was that he didn’t always finish close shots, something he’ll need to do better.

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Not the best time to be around college basketball

by - Published September 14, 2012 in Columns
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I often tell people that September is the second-best month of the year, and basketball has a lot to do with it. A lot gets done with some fall showcases, prep school visits and fall leagues in effect, in addition to college basketball being right around the corner. Right now, though, is not a good time for college basketball.

College basketball has been beset with bad news lately. There are always players declared academically ineligible around this time of the year, which is never good news, but there’s more than that going on and that’s why this has been a difficult stretch.

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Some things never change: Brewster Academy is loaded again

by - Published September 14, 2012 in Columns
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WOLFEBORO, N.H. – It probably sounds like a broken record by now, but we’ll sum up Brewster Academy’s team on paper as we and many others have in recent years: they are loaded.  It’s not just a team full of high-major prospects, although there are plenty of those.  They also appear to have a solid mix of mid-major and low-major prospects as well to play off the elite prospects, and that’s not the only reason they will probably be the pick of most to win the Class AAA crown this season.

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Saturday Notes – January 24, 2015

January 25, 2015 by

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This Saturday didn’t have quite the marquee matchups as a week earlier, but there were some important ones, especially with teams in the middle of a few conferences trying to separate themselves from the pack.

Saturday notes – January 17, 2015

January 18, 2015 by

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High school games may have grabbed a lot of attention, but there were plenty of college games as well. Most results weren’t surprising, but were well worth looking at some notes on, and we do that here.

Rhode Island keeping perspective after tough loss

January 15, 2015 by

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Rhode Island controlled Tuesday night’s game against VCU, but couldn’t finish it and took a tough loss. Their improvement is evident, though, and they are keeping perspective on that in trying to keep improving.

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2015 Boston Winter Invitational: What to expect

January 23, 2015 by

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The Boston Winter Invitational is coming up on Sunday at UMass-Boston. Here is a look at some of what to expect in the four prep school games that are on the schedule.

2015 Spalding Hoophall Classic – Monday notes

January 21, 2015 by

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Monday was the big day despite having just five games, as all were big matchups and most were nationally televised. There was plenty of talent in these games, and some big names played well.

2015 Spalding Hoophall Classic – Sunday notes

January 19, 2015 by

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It was a bad weather day outside, but fortunately we play the games indoors. Prep schools took center stage on a busy Sunday with some good talent and good games all the way to the end.

2015 Spalding Hoophall Classic – Saturday notes

January 18, 2015 by

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The Spalding Hoophall Classic picked up on Saturday, with a few good games, a couple of blowouts, then the best game of the day at the end. There was also plenty of good talent in each game.

2015 Hoop Dreams Mag Prep Classic – Sunday notes

January 14, 2015 by

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Sunday was the day for a trip a little down the road from Saturday’s destination to check out some prep school action. We take a look at some notes from the day’s games in the Hoop Dreams Mag Prep Classic.

2014 Prep School Tour

Missed a recap of an open gym workout? We have them all right here for you.

Sept. 9: Putnam Science Academy
Sept 10: Commonwealth Academy
Sept. 11: St. Andrew's
Sept. 12: Northfield Mount Hermon
Sept. 16: Brewster Academy and Phillips Exeter
Sept. 17: Brooks School
Sept. 21: Holderness School
Sept. 23: St. Thomas More and Marianapolis Prep
Sept. 24: South Kent School and Kent School
Sept. 25: Williston Northampton
Sept. 28: Wilbraham and Monson Academy and Suffield Academy
Sept. 30: New Hampton
Oct. 5: Worcester Academy
Oct. 7: Brimmer and May
Oct. 8: Cushing Academy
Oct. 9: Tilton
Oct. 12: Tabor Academy and Rivers School
Oct. 14: The Master's School
Oct. 16: Vermont Academy

You can also find them all right here.