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ELITE 75 REVIEW – PART IV (YOUNG TALENT DEEP WITH NE PLAYAZ)
By Brian Bosworth, National Recruiting Analyst
Able to boast current NBA and college players such as Jordan Williams (Nets), Alex Murphy (Duke), Naadir Tharpe (Kansas), Anthony Ireland (Loyola Marymount), and Kaleb Tarczewski (Arizona) among others, the NE Playaz have a rich history of talent in New England. Their current crop made it clear at the Elite 75 that they are adding to the program’s impressive tradition. Nine current players received invitations including Jarred Reuter (2015 F/C), Djery Baptiste (2015 C), Jeff Spellman (2014 G), Adrian Oliveira (2013 PG), Aaron Falzon (2015 F), Cane Broome (2014 PG), Collin McManus (2105 F/C), Ian Sistare (2016 G/F) and Aaron Calixte (2013 PG.) Young big men ruled the day as Reuter and Baptiste both managed to separate themselves from the pack.
Jarred Reuter – Reuter was among the strongest players at the event and used that strength to be a bully in the paint. The 6-foot-8, 240-pound big man out of Tabor (MA) Academy has already established himself as a high priority for major powers in college basketball which speaks to his long term potential. The 2015 forward already holds offers from Indiana, Florida, Boston College, Providence and Connecticut. He has also recently received interest from North Carolina and is hoping to visit the Chapel Hill campus in July. Reuter should expect just about every major program in the country to extend a scholarship offer once all is said and done. He has the chance to be a dominant big man at the college level.
Djery Baptiste – Baptiste had been on the shelf for much of the spring after injuring his left knee back in April. He still wasn’t 100% back but that only made his performance that much more impressive. Baptiste is very long at 6-foot-10 and seemed to get his hands on passes and shot attempts all day no matter the setting. He will be someone to watch throughout to July as he rounds back into full form off this injury. I’d expect a breakout month for Baptiste as his interior presence could help advance the NE Playaz deep into some major national tournaments and he will definitely make an impact also this coming season with Wilbraham & Monson.
In addition to the young guns 2014 PG Cane Broome stood out as someone who was able to get to the basket with ease and create shots for others. A fixture at East Hartford (CT) for the past 3 years, Broome will be re-classifying to 2014 at St Thomas More (CT) next year citing a combination of basketball and academics as the reason for the shift. He chose St Thomas More because it offered a chance to focus only on improvement on the court and in the classroom with no outside distractions. Broome has been in contact with a variety of schools since June 15th including both whom have offered scholarships, Fairfield and Quinnipiac. In addition to those two Northern Kentucky, Robert Morris, St. Bonaventure, St Joseph’s, Canisius, and San Francisco have been in contact. Broome will have the opportunity to advance his recruitment with more opportunities in front of a national audience playing for St Thomas More. If he can repeat today’s success against top level prep competition in the NEPSAC he’s bound to have a lot more suitors.
Jeff Spellman (2014 G) also deserves mention as he flashed good athleticism around the rim and good form on his perimeter jumper. He’s a good fit for low to mid majors looking for a scoring guard that can make explosive plays.
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