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2013 Boston Skills Showcase Recap

by - Published September 22, 2013 in Columns
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BOSTON – The 2013 Boston Skills Showcase was held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center on Saturday. College coaches worked with a number of high school players through drills and game action, including situational play. It was a chance for the young men to get better and show how they have done that, and a few certainly did.

Here are notes on a few who stood out on the day.

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2013 Boston Back to School Showcase recap

by - Published September 16, 2013 in Columns
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BOSTON – The Boston Back to School Showcase came and went quickly on Sunday with 19 teams in action.  Held at UMass-Boston, where renovations to the Clark Athletic Center have come out very well and more building is happening elsewhere on campus, the event was a mix of school and travel teams and provided a venue for teams and players to get some much-needed competition at a time when many school teams are also in fall leagues, albeit often without those who also play football.  On a busy day of basketball in the area, many of the players and teams in the event were also busy with games elsewhere and had a full day on the hardwood.

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2013 Hoopville Spring Finale notes

by - Published June 27, 2013 in Columns
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BOSTON – The 2013 Hoopville Spring Finale is in the books, and in addition the 2013 spring circuit is history.  Over 50 teams competed and six emerged victorious, including four programs that won here for the first time.  Plenty of other teams came close and/or walked away with just one loss on the weekend.  The all-important month of July now beckons.

Before we get to that, let’s look back at some notes from this weekend.

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2013 Hoopville Spring Finale sees several new champions

by - Published June 24, 2013 in Columns
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BOSTON – Sunday was the day for championship games in the Hoopville Spring Finale, and six teams walked away with medals telling that story. The day started bright and early with young players in the morning before the oldest players took center stage in the afternoon. It also started with a few new faces in the winner’s circle before a couple of teams that have already won some titles returned to that place.

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2013 Hoopville Spring Finale Preview

by - Published June 21, 2013 in Columns
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The fourth annual Hoopville Spring Finale is on tap this weekend at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston.  June is a month without many team events on the travel circuit as camps and showcases take center stage for a lot of the month, and the Hoopville Spring Finale has filled a void in that respect as one of the best team events in the northeast at that time.  Many teams get a chance to prepare for the important events in July in Boston and have done so successfully before going on to success in front of college coaches.

Naturally, the base of teams is in Massachusetts and more specifically Boston, but once again a number of teams from outside the area will be competing as well.  Included in that group are three programs from Canada.  There will be teams competing in 10-under and 12-under age groups to go along with high school age groups, and right now we take a look at the latter set of teams competing this weekend.

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2012 Hoopville Spring Finale – Notes

by - Published June 30, 2012 in Columns
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BOSTON – The 2012 Hoopville Spring Finale saw over 70 teams compete at three sites. The high school age groups played all of their games in Boston at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, while the younger age groups played in Lynn. We look back at some notes from the weekend, starting with the champions in some of the younger age groups.

Champions in the younger age groups were Expressions Elite (fourth grade), Xtreme Ballarz (fifth grade), All For One (sixth grade) and Expressions South (seventh grade).

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Out of state teams make their mark at Hoopville Spring Finale

by - Published June 25, 2012 in Columns
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BOSTON – The Hoopville Spring Finale is in the books. The 2012 edition saw teams from outside of the host state make their mark, especially in the oldest age group. The 17-Under/Open division saw no teams from the host state advance out of pool play, while only one team did so in the 16-Under. The 15-Under was the age group where the host state salvaged the weekend as both finalists came from Massachusetts.

It wasn’t too surprising that the 17-Under had no teams from Massachusetts advance since it had the highest concentration of teams from outside the state. Nine of the 14 teams in that group came from outside of the state, including three from Canada.

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2011 Hoopville Spring Finale – Notes

by - Published June 29, 2011 in Columns
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BOSTON – The Hoopville Spring Finale saw over 50 teams compete in six age groups. The high school divisions brought out some competitive games, and while just two programs won championships, it was a good weekend for some other teams and programs as well. We take a look back at some of what happened outside of the championship games.

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Two Programs Dominate Hoopville Spring Finale Championships

by - Published June 27, 2011 in Columns
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BOSTON – The 2011 Hoopville Spring Finale is in the books. In terms of the end results, it mirrored last year’s tournament in that two programs dominated the championships. What was also similar is that a number of under-the-radar teams and players took advantage of the opportunity they had and played well.

The Expressions Elite program had a big weekend, taking home four of the six championships and being the runners-up in another. It started with their 12-Under team, which went 3-0 in a four-team round robin, while the 13-Under team defeated Prodigy Basketball 61-49 in the final to tip off Sunday morning.

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2010 Hoopville Elite 8 – Final Notes

by - Published June 30, 2010 in Columns

BOSTON – We have some last notes from the Hoopville Elite 8. It was a weekend with a lot of good basketball in all of the high school age groups, ending with some good championship games on the last day.

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College Basketball Tonight

COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, who will be joined by former Manhattan and Seton Hall head coach Bobby Gonzalez and many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show will air on AM 970 The Answer in New York City from 7-9 p.m. on every Sunday from Selection Sunday to the Final Four. You can listen to the show here.

Your Phil of Hoops

Watson’s transfer will sting BU the most

April 11, 2014 by

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Boston University recently saw three players transfer. The impact of the departure of one of them will be felt more than the other two.

Mihalich’s first year at Hofstra is over but will have plenty of value

March 9, 2014 by

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The first year for Hofstra under Joe Mihalich is in the books. Many expected that wins would be hard to come by, and they were, but this season was about more than that and is hardly a throwaway year.

Cornell’s future can only be better

March 2, 2014 by

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Cornell has had a rough season, as could be expected given some personnel losses. It’s almost in the books, and the future at least looks brighter.

2013 Prep School Tour

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

Sept. 9: St. Andrew's
Sept 10: Tilton
Sept. 11: South Kent School and Northfield Mount Hermon
Sept. 12: Putnam Science Academy
Sept. 16: St. Thomas More and Marianapolis Prep
Sept. 17: Brewster Academy and Phillips Exeter
Sept. 23: New Hampton School
Sept. 24: Brimmer and May
Sept. 25: Proctor Academy
Sept. 26: Notre Dame Prep and Cushing Academy
Sept. 29: Worcester Academy and Vermont Academy
Oct. 6: Charlestown High School and Milton Academy
Oct. 13: Tabor Academy
Oct. 15: Brooks School

Hoopville Archives

Even More: City Hoops Recruiting

Travel team profile: Blackstone Valley Chaos

Size and options on the wing are not lacking for this year’s junior team

Travel team profile: Expressions Elite

Expressions Elite has quickly become one of the deeper programs in New England

Cesar Fulcar commits to Wentworth

The senior guard led Watertown to the state semifinal this past season

Travel team profile: Bay State Magic

Bay State Magic doesn’t have much size on their junior team this season, so they’ll have to win with execution and intangibles

Travel team profile: Mass Elite

Mass Elite is one of the largest travel teams in the state despite being relatively new

Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is already moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

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