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Holderness has a new coach and some young players with upside

by - Published September 22, 2014 in Columns, Recruiting
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PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The Holderness School has tended to fly under the radar in the world of NEPSAC basketball. Although they had a couple of good teams with solid Division I prospects a few years back, they haven’t sustained that run. They have continued to land some prospects at the highest level, and now a new head coach will try to get them going again.

Former Cornell and Boston College assistant coach Woody Kampmann took over as the head coach in August, so his team was pretty set by the time he got the job. He inherits a group that has some good holdovers, as well as newcomers with potential.

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2014 Hoop Mountain Fall Classic Showcase Evaluations

by - Published September 22, 2014 in Columns, Recruiting
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FOXBORO, Mass. – Friday night was a night for prospects to gather at Mass Premier Courts in Foxboro for the Hoop Mountain Fall Classic Showcase. An event they have run for years, it saw over 200 players compete in a series of games over three hours. Although largely an event for seniors to be seen one last time by college coaches before the school season, there were some underclassmen who were noteworthy as well.

With that, we take a look at some of the players who stood out on the evening.

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Brooks School hopes to continue the rise with one more step

by - Published September 18, 2014 in Columns, Recruiting
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NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – The steady rise of the Brooks School in recent years nearly had a big highlight last season. For the fourth year in a row, they finished second in the Independent School League (ISL). They have gone from 17-8 in 2011-12 to 18-6 a year later and 21-6 last year. That got them into the NEPSAC Class B Tournament, where they pulled out two overtime thrillers to reach the championship. There, Cheshire Academy took home a 66-56 win.

Last season’s 21 wins marked a school record. This year’s team has a lot of key pieces among their ten players returning, so there’s every reason to think they can get back there again. The competition will be stiff, as always, but there’s a lot to like about this team even after viewing them a bit short-handed due to a few two-sport athletes who had a game.

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Phillips Exeter has a team with some upside

by - Published September 17, 2014 in Columns, Recruiting
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EXETER, N.H. – Phillips Exeter is naturally known for academics first. The basketball team at the school is not exempt from the requirements, so they are a good group of students as well. All the while, the program has been on a roll of late, as last season they won their second straight NEPSAC Class A title in dramatic fashion.

This time around, there are a couple of holdovers, but in all it’s mostly a new cast of characters for Jay Tilton to mold into a winning group. He has some good talent to work with in that regard, and there’s a little class balance as well. For comparison to the last two teams, at first glance they don’t appear nearly as talented and deep as the team two years ago, but might have a little more than last season’s team. This team is also smaller than both up front.

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

by - Published September 17, 2014 in Columns, Recruiting
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WOLFEBORO, N.H. – When you head to Brewster Academy these days, you know what to expect. In short, you expect to see a great collection of talent, likely the best NEPSAC Class AAA has to offer, and a group that will likewise provide a different challenge for head coach Jason Smith and his staff.

This year’s trip up didn’t disappoint. And while having all of this talent is a pleasant problem to have, Smith and his staff don’t simply roll out the balls and win games. That isn’t how they’ve won four NEPSAC titles and three national titles in the last seven years. They hold players accountable and get them to understand that everyone wants to knock them off. There is a target on this team’s back, and that presents a challenge all its own.

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A lot to see at the 2014 Elite 75 Frosh/Soph Edition

by - Published September 15, 2014 in Columns, Recruiting
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HANOVER, Mass. – The University Sports Complex was host to the New England Elite 75 Frosh/Soph Edition on Sunday. The event brought over 200 players going through skill stations and then competing in live games, with a number of evaluators on hand. All of the players competed together, as opposed to prior years where they were separated by class into two sessions.

The Class of 2017 has already established quite a reputation in New England and nationally. At this event, the class of 2018 showed favorably as well in their first big impression.

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Northfield Mount Hermon has simply become a solid program

by - Published September 14, 2014 in Columns, Recruiting
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NORTHFIELD, Mass. – If you go to Northfield Mount Hermon, you get a sense of why the Ivy and Patriot Leagues are both doing well these days in college basketball. Both leagues have recruited a number of players from the school, which proudly proclaims to be the best combination of athletics and academics in the country. Also, whereas many schools will boast of alumni they have in conferences like the ACC or Big East, Northfield Mount Hermon is happy to tell you about all the alumni they have in the Ivy and Patriot League.

Last season was perhaps the best example yet that John Carroll has built a fine program at his alma mater. Continuing where Bill Batty left off, Carroll has produced a program with a NEPSAC champion in 2012 and a National Prep Champion in 2013. They won 24 games last season and at one time were atop a national prep school poll, all despite heavy personnel losses from the year before that left them with a very young team.

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St. Andrew’s has young talent to watch alongside veterans

by - Published September 12, 2014 in Columns, Recruiting
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BARRINGTON, R.I. – Just outside the basketball gymnasium at St. Andrew’s, you can see four brand new tennis courts. They are a sign of things being well at the school, and they aren’t the only recent improvement there. The sport that the school has been most notable for, boys basketball, has been in a good place, and that continues heading into this season.

Mike Hart, the long-time head coach and athletic director, is in a good place. Each year he seems content with the group he’s assembled from a character standpoint, and this year is no different. He’s happy to have a low-maintenance group, and that should make it easier to try to get the most out of a team whose young talent makes them well worth keeping an eye on.

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Commonwealth Academy has plenty of talent and potential

by - Published September 11, 2014 in Columns, Recruiting
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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Potential. You hear the word a lot, especially when it comes to evaluating talent in any sport. It’s heard even more when it’s talent that’s far from being fully harnessed, and naturally it comes up more with younger players.

In New England prep school basketball, perhaps no school has had that word associated with it more in the last year than Commonwealth Academy. It is the operative word for multiple reasons when talking about this team. Tony Bergeron, a native of Springfield, has a lot of talent in his gym on a daily basis, and it’s young – they have no juniors or seniors in the entire program. So the word “potential” is a big one for this team.

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Putnam Science is poised to continue building after last season’s success

by - Published September 10, 2014 in Columns, Recruiting
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PUTNAM, Conn. – Before last season, Putnam Science Academy had been building slowly but surely into a solid program, one who would have a team to be reckoned with every year. They had talent, perhaps more than they ever had, so it looked like a good year could be ahead. Most of all, though, by March they had the results.

After a 29-5 season that included an appearance in the National Prep Championship, Putnam Science is firmly on the map. They beat several NEPSAC Class AAA teams along the way and were ranked in the top five in one prep school poll. The off-season built on this, as the school received NEASC accreditation and is now applying to join NEPSAC.

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Saturday Notes – December 20, 2014

December 21, 2014 by

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A busy Saturday is in the books, and we saw the matchups get better, the results continue to be noteworthy and tell us more, and a couple of the games needed a lot of extra time to decide.

Despite a hit on the bottom line, Stony Brook’s transition continues

December 16, 2014 by

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Stony Brook was able to hang with Providence until the roof caved in several minutes into the second half. It’s part of a growing process this team in transition needs, and it continues despite dropping a few games along the way.

Amidst Maine’s rebuilding challenge, there is hope

December 12, 2014 by

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Maine has a long road ahead as they rebuild under new head coach Bob Walsh. Amidst the early struggles, the Black Bears have shown some reason for hope going forward.

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2014 Scholar Roundball Classic recap and notes

December 16, 2014 by

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We look at some notes and evaluations from Sunday’s action at the Scholar Roundball Classic, where the blowouts included some noteworthy performances.

2014 Hoop Mountain Prep Classic – Sunday notes

December 9, 2014 by

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We look back at Sunday’s action in the Hoop Mountain Prep Classic, which included an overtime thriller and a couple of lopsided contests, and some prospects who helped themselves out with their play.

Some notes from the National Prep Showcase

November 28, 2014 by

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The busy weekend that just passed also included a few games at the National Prep Showcase. Here are a few notes from some of the action early on Friday and Saturday.

New England Prep Schools 2014-15: looking back and looking ahead

November 3, 2014 by

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With a series of prep school open gym visits in the book and the season not far away, here’s a look back at open gyms and a look forward to the season in the New England prep school ranks.

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.

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.