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2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

by - Published September 12, 2016 in Columns, Recruiting

DORCHESTER, Mass. – The 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase gave high school teams an early look at what they have as many fall leagues begin play. Teams played two games against teams they don’t normally play – namely, none against league opponents, though two leagues (Boston City and Hockomock) were very well-represented in the field.

There were a few blowouts along the way, but also a few dandies. Three teams had perfect days as well, and in all, some intriguing talent came to UMass-Boston.

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2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

by - Published June 28, 2016 in Columns, Recruiting

ROXBURY, Mass. – There was a distinct local flavor to the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which finished up on Sunday with champions in eight different age groups. The champions of the event reflected this, although there was one team from out of town that broke through when it was all said and done.

The Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center at Roxbury Community College was again the host of the event, as it has been every year. With so many city teams in the event, it was perfect for families to see the games. The championship games had a lot for the locals to see on Sunday.

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2016 Hoopville Spring Finale preview

by - Published June 24, 2016 in Columns, Recruiting

The 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale is coming up this weekend, and will once again feature a number of programs from the region. This year’s is a much more localized version, with fewer teams from outside of Massachusetts than any other year of the event. It means that for this year at least, it will truly feature the kids from the home area.

While the number of teams from out of state has fluctuated over the years, in some years the teams from out of state have dominated the bottom line. There are some good teams coming from out of state, so they could still have a prominent impact on the bottom line.

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At the 2016 Boston Shootout, host BABC has a big day

by - Published June 8, 2016 in Columns, Recruiting

BOSTON – While it isn’t the event of yesteryear with the plethora of big-time talent and all the memorable moments, the Boston Shootout continues on thanks to the Boston Amateur Basketball Club, the premier travel program in New England. After 1999, BABC took it over and started running it without seniors who would soon be in college, and it’s a solid event now for the region.

In the 44th iteration this year, the host program went 3-for-3, winning all age groups at Cathedral High School. The event featured teams from Maine, New Hampshire and New York in addition to Massachusetts. The freshmen team beat the Albany City Rocks, then the sophomores beat the New England Playaz before the juniors held off the DC Blue Devils in the final game of the weekend.

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2015 Boston Back to School Showcase recap

by - Published September 18, 2015 in Recruiting

DORCHESTER, Mass. – The 2015 Boston Back to School Showcase gave high school teams a chance for a couple of early games. Teams from three states as well as Quebec competed at UMass-Boston in an event that ultimately isn’t as much about wins and losses as it is getting better and figuring things out. Over a dozen college coaches also came by to see the talent on hand.

With football and other fall sports in full swing, most teams didn’t have their full squad, but found value in the matchups and in some players getting to start towards earning expanded roles. Coaches got to see some things with their team right now with or without certain players, helping them prepare for the season in a couple of months.

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2015 Hoopville Spring Finale Notes

by - Published June 30, 2015 in Columns, Recruiting

ROXBURY, Mass. – The 2015 Hoopville Spring Finale has come and gone. The sixth annual event gave us a busy Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center for two days, as well as a number of competitive games that were for all the marbles. Those who came out – the main gym had some pretty good crowds on Sunday – got their money’s worth.

The event is about the kids, and with that in mind, here are some notes on some players and teams who competed this weekend.

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A big championship day for a local program at the Hoopville Spring Finale

by - Published June 23, 2015 in Columns, Recruiting

ROXBURY, Mass. – You might call 2015 the year of the Spartan at the Hoopville Spring Finale. Sunday’s string of championship games at least started out that way, before other champions new and old were crowned to close the day.

The Boston Spartans have played in the event often, and have won a championship in the past. This time around, they jumped up their total in this event in a big way, taking home the first five of Sunday. It marked the first time a program won in more than four age groups (in 2011, Expressions Elite won in four). They pulled out some close games along the way with a lot of the city watching.

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Player highlights from Mass Elite and Boston Warriors college showcase

by - Published June 4, 2015 in Columns, Recruiting

WALTHAM, Mass. – With the spring winding down, the Boston Warriors and Mass Elite got together to host a college showcase for their programs. They got together on this last year and opted to do so again this time around, with results satisfying to both programs. A few other players joined in on the evening, with a good turnout of college coaches as well.

While last year’s showcase had more size up front, this year’s might have had a better lineup of wings. There were also some good underclassmen, so in all there was plenty to see at Waltham High School.

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2015 Massachusetts AAU Tournament notes

by - Published June 3, 2015 in Columns, Recruiting

FOXBORO, Mass. – Sunday was a busy day in the Massachusetts AAU Tournament. It closed out a weekend of action in the oldest age group, while a few younger ones held their final rounds after the early rounds were held a few weeks prior. As such, it offered a look at a few key age groups.

The first one of note was the championship game in the 14-Under. The Mass. Commanders were fresh off a double overtime victory over the BABC Academy in the semifinals, but they showed no signs of wear against the Boston Spartans. The Commanders ran out to a 19-7 lead, then responded to a 6-0 Spartans run to get back into the game with a 26-3 run of their own to put the Spartans away early. After a 53-32 halftime lead, they coasted to a 94-64 win behind a well-balanced attack.

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adidas Gauntlet Indianapolis – Sunday notes

by - Published April 29, 2015 in Recruiting

FISHERS, In. – The second and final adidas Gauntlet session came to a close on Sunday with a flurry of games in a short time. All of the teams will play in the Super 64 in Las Vegas in July, but this and the session two weeks ago in Dallas were qualifiers for the adidas Gauntlet Finale in Atlanta on July 8-10, which will feature 16 teams.

Most of the games I viewed on Sunday were not very competitive, though the last one had a somewhat surprising end. After Team Philly had a hot start to the second half and seemed poised to take over the game, they never built their lead, and the Utah Prospects slowly came back and then won going away.

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2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

June 28, 2016 by

We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale preview

June 24, 2016 by

We look ahead to the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, held at a familiar location in Boston.

At the 2016 Boston Shootout, host BABC has a big day

June 8, 2016 by

Sunday was a big day for the host program at the 44th Boston Shootout

2015 Boston Back to School Showcase recap

September 18, 2015 by

The Boston Back to School Showcase gave high school teams from three states and north of the border a chance for a couple of early games. We take a look back at the day and a few who stood out.