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2014 Hoopville Spring Finale notes

by - Published June 26, 2014 in Columns, Recruiting
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ROXBURY, Mass. – The 2014 Hoopville Spring Finale saw a number of things happen. There were some thrillers along the way, as well as some blowouts, as is often the case. A number of players capped off a good spring, while a few others showed that they could be primed to break out in July. Two programs in their first spring of competition won championships.

With those thoughts in mind, let’s take a look back at some highlights from the weekend.

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2014 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

by - Published June 24, 2014 in Columns, Recruiting
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ROXBURY, Mass. – The 2014 Hoopville Spring Finale was a story of old and new champions. That may seem obvious at first glance, but the event featured several programs who won their first championship in the event as well as a stalwart program continuing its winning ways in the event. The first-timers notably featured a couple of brand new teams.

Sunday featured the championship games, and while a few were blowouts there were a few dandies as well.

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2014 Hoopville Spring Finale preview

by - Published June 20, 2014 in Columns, Recruiting
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The fourth annual Hoopville Spring Final takes place this weekend at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center and the neighboring Madison Park Community Center. While this is the fifth straight year Hoopville has run an event on this weekend, the first one in 2010 was named the Hoopville Elite 8. This year, the tournament will feature over 50 teams, including over a dozen from Canada. Game play will begin Saturday morning and continue through Sunday afternoon.

The schedule for the event can be found here. Now, some thoughts on what to watch for in the high school ages, starting with the 14-Under as this group features players who will be freshmen in high school in the fall.

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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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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.

Even More: City Hoops Recruiting

Mass Elite and Boston Warriors hold college showcase

Mass Elite and Boston Warriors, two of the largest programs in Massachusetts, teamed up for a college showcase on Wednesday night. Here are some evaluations from that event.

Massachusetts 11th grade AAU Tournament recap

Teams gathered at Mass Premier Courts to chase the state title in the oldest age group, and one champion was a familiar one.

Travel team profile: All For One

All For One has been one of the better travel programs in Massachusetts for players before they reach high school

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

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Recruiting Coverage

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.

New Vermont Academy coach has put together a contender

October 17, 2014 by

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Vermont Academy has a new coach for the second year in a row, but they shouldn’t skip a beat. They have enough talent to win a lot of games and make a deep run in NEPSAC Class AA.

The Master’s School has good students and talent

October 15, 2014 by

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The Master’s School has a number of good students, and they will continue to head to college later. This time around, they also have some talent on the hardwood and should win a few more games.

Rivers will try to build on a breakthrough season

October 13, 2014 by

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The Rivers School had a breakthrough season last year, winning the Independent School League. They will try to build on that with a team that loses a lot but also returns a lot from last season’s team.

Tabor Academy looks to have more depth this time around

October 13, 2014 by

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Tabor Academy will once again be headlined by a frontcourt player. This time around, though, the Seawolves appear to have a deeper support cast than in recent years.