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EYBL – BOO WILLIAMS: PREP SCHOOL PROSPECTS SHINE ON AAU TRAIL

April 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

BY PAT STEVENS

HAMPTON, Va. – The first major national event of the travel hoops season took place this past weekend with the first session of Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League getting underway in it’s annual spot of long-time coach Boo Williams’ backyard.

Several prep school players were in action with their 17-under division teams, as BABC went 5-0 with Tilton (N.H.) teammates Georges Niang, Nerlens Noel, Goodluck Okonoboh and Wayne Selden (who mostly played 15U where they reached the championship game).

The Playaz also went undefeated with its backcourt shared by Myles Davis (Notre Dame Prep) and Darrick Wood (NIA Prep).

Albany City Rocks featured New Hampton (N.H.) teammates Zach Auguste and Olivier Hanlan along with Ricardo Ledo (Notre Dame Prep, MA), who averaged just under 24 points per game for the weekend.

Other prep school players included Mike Tobey (Hotchkiss/NY Gauchos/Virginia commit) and Sam Cassell Jr. (Notre Dame Prep/Baltimore Elite).

We managed to catch a pair of games in between session of the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament while in town last weekend…

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NATIONAL PREP CHAMPIONSHIP RECRUITING NOTES

March 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

by PAT STEVENS

Earlier this month, St. Thomas More (CT) won the fifth annual National Prep Championship tournament with Andre Drummond named MVP of the final, where they defeated Notre Dame Prep (MA) 90- 74. This culminated an exciting week of basketball in New England as just a few days earlier the NEPSAC championships concluded with Maine Central Institute taking home the AAA crown and the Tilton School winning the AA title. NBE was taking in the action throughout and here are some recruiting notes picked up on during the action:

-Notre Dame Prep has two players who have another year to go before college in Ricardo Ledo and Myles Davis. Expect Connecticut, Louisville and potentially Providence to be in the mix for Ledo, along with Kentucky. Pittsburgh could be considered a favorite for Davis, along with Xavier.

-NIA Prep has two unsigned players with Kelvin Amayo and Ryan Rhoomes. Oregon State and Seton Hall have long been options and depending on if they choose to recruit him, Providence (new staff) or DePaul (new interest) are also possible choices for Amayo. Seton Hall had Rhoomes on campus last week and TCU is scheduled to host him on an official visit this weekend.

-Westwind Prep’s Kiwi Gardner, a 5-foot-8 point guard from Oakland, visited Providence before heading to New Haven for the National Prep Championships. This was before the coaching change but it’s notable that Fairfield was recruiting him as well, whose coach Ed Cooley is now the new Friars coach. TCU, South Florida, Murray State and San Francisco have also shown interest. Gardner was originally a 2011 prospect but then planned to re-classify, however it now looks as if he’ll head to college next year.

-As we covered, St. Thomas More took home the National Prep Championship and Andre Drummond was named the event’s MVP. Connecticut, Kentucky, North Carolina and West Virginia remain the short list involved, but the Huskies are still the favorite for one of the nation’s top prospects.

-Tilton had a great run this season behind the play of their underclassmen, winning New England Class AA and an impressive showing at the National Prep Championship tournament. Sophomore big men Nerlens Noel and Goodluck Okonoboh have wide Big East interest (Noel also with ACC and Big Ten offers) while a href=”http://www.nbebasketball.com/w3/big-east-team-pages/connecticut/”>Connecticut and Providence had the two in to see games this year. 2012 power forward Georges Niang should see Big East interest this summer but to date has various A-10, CAA and NEC offers. Iowa and Iowa State have also offered and expect to have him in for visits. Wayne Selden, a 2014 prospect, will be nationally recruited over the next few years. The young guard made a big splash this season, finishing with 22 points in each of the NEPSAC Final and the NPC Opening Round vs. Notre Dame Prep.

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Pat Stevens has assisted with the National Prep School Invitational and has covered prep schools for Van Coleman’s Hoopmasters.com the past seven years. He has also contributed his knowledge to NBE often in the past. Be sure to visit PatStevensBasketball.com for more of his insights to the prep school game.
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ANDRE DRUMMOND LEADS ST. THOMAS MORE TO NATIONAL PREP CHAMPIONSHIP

March 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

by PAT STEVENS

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – St. Thomas More (CT) won the fifth annual National Prep Championship tournament with Andre Drummond named MVP of the final, where they defeated Notre Dame Prep (MA) 90- 74.

Drummond (MVP) scored 19 points and matched up throughout with Khem Birch (Pittsburgh), who had nine points. Drummond’s assignment in his matchup was to keep him off the offensive glass and to run the floor with him. The two traded post ups on each other as well as dunk attempts that had the crowd packed with St. Thomas More students up in arms – almost like a mini-Madison Square Garden on Big East title night.

Drummond got off to a good start with a baseline jumper to get him going and managed to stay out of foul trouble. He had his share of highlights including a big one-hand dunk off a backdoor lob and a pair of shot blocks sent out of bounds in the second half.

Notre Dame Prep’s Todd Mayo had 27 points and Ricardo Ledo (2012) had 14.

Also for T-More, Damion Lee had 25 and Adam Jones (Fairfield) had 17.

Connecticut assistant coach Kevin Ollie made the drive for the championship game.

Semi-Final Results:
St. Thomas More (CT) 90 – Hargrave Military Academy (VA) 76
Notre Dame Prep (MA) 76 – Brewster Academy (NH) 71

Player Notes:

Drummond had 14 points in the semi-final win and battled foul trouble that kept him sidelined most of the second half while his team stepped up and pulled away.

Notre Dame Prep’s Todd Mayo had 33 points and scored 12 straight to start the second half in a big lift for the team. Ricardo Ledo had 13 and late-game knocked down a key free throw after missing three straight just seconds earlier. Birch had three offensive rebounds that saved the game for Prep, including an and-one that he also converted at the free throw line.

Brewster Academy’s Markus Kennedy (Villanova) had 17 points and Mitch McGary (2012) had 12 as they both were dominant in the first half against a thin front-line but would soon face quick double-teams after halftime. Eli Carter had 13 and Durand Johnson (Pittsburgh) kept Brewster in it with two big-three pointers plus a drive to the hoop late in the game, eventually finishing with 12.




NEPSAC CHAMPIONS CROWNED; NATIONAL PREP CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

March 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

by PAT STEVENS

2011 NEPSAC CHAMPIONSHIPS:

SCOREBOARD – SUNDAY MARCH 6:

4-Maine Central Institute (ME) 73 d. 3-New Hampton (NH) 56 *CLASS AAA Title*
–MCI’s Khristian Smith (Indiana State) led all scorers with 28 points.

1-Tilton (NH) 72 d. 2-St. Mark’s (MA) 56 *CLASS AA Title*
–Tilton’s Georges Niang (2012) had 22 and Wayne Selden (2014) had 21. Niang averaged 26 points per game in the three-game event.
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SCOREBOARD – FRIDAY MARCH 4:

*CLASS AAA SEMI-FINALS*
4-Maine Central Institute (ME) 87 d. 1-Brewster Academy (NH) 68
3-New Hampton (NH) 59 d. 2-St. Thomas More (CT) 56

*CLASS AA SEMI-FINALS*
1-Tilton (NH) 66 d. 5-Marianapolis (CT) 54
2-St Mark’s (MA) 67 d. 3-St. Andrew’s (RI) 47

TOP PERFORMERS – SEMIFINALS:

For Maine Central Institute, Adrian Rogers led the way with 20 points, Daishon Knight had 16 and Khristian Smith (Indiana State) had 15. Brewster Academy’s JaKarr Sampson (St. John’s) had 19 points in the loss while Eli Carter had 12.

For New Hampton, Nick Paulos (UNC-Greensboro) had what would be the game-winner and finished with 16 points on four three-pointers along with seven rebounds while Jordan Laguerre (UMass) had a team-high 19 points. St. Thomas More’s Andre Drummond had 10 points, 15 rebounds and eight blocks, while Damion Lee had a team-high 20 points and Adam Jones (Fairfield) added 11 points in the loss.

For St. Mark’s, freshman point guard Kevin Zabo had 19 points and 10 assists. 2012 trio Nik Stauskas had 15 points while both Alex Murphy (Duke) and Kaleb Tarczewski each had 14 points and seven rebounds a piece. St. Andrew’s Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse) had 17 points and seven rebounds in the loss.

For Tilton, Georges Niang (2012) had 26 points and Wayne Selden (2014) had 17. Marianapolis’ Zach Chionuma (Boston University) had a game-high 29 points while Ousmane Drame (Quinnipiac) had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
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National Prep Championship (Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT):

Opening Round – Tuesday, March 8th:
10am – #8 New Hampton (NH) vs. #9 Westwind Prep (AZ)
12pm – #7 NIA Prep (NJ) vs. #10 Northfield Mount Hermon (MA)

Quarterfinals – Tuesday, March 8th:
2pm – #4 St. Thomas More (CT) vs. #5 Princeton Day Academy (MD)
4pm – #1 Hargrave Military Academy (VA) vs. New Hampton/Westwind winner
6pm – #3 Notre Dame Prep (MA) vs. #6 Tilton School (NH)
8pm – #2 Brewster Academy (NH) vs. NIA Prep/Northfield Mount Hermon winner

Semifinals – Wednesday, March 9th:
11am – 2pm winner vs. 4pm winner
1pm – 6pm winner vs. 8pm winner

Finals – Wednesday, March 9th:
7:30pm – National Prep Championship Game

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NEPSAC PLAYOFFS GET UNDERWAY TODAY

March 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

by PAT STEVENS

State tournaments around the country are in full swing in high school hoops and the same can be said for the powerful New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) as their championships get underway tonight at sites across New England. Pat Stevens will be at many of the games this week as well as next week’s 2011 National Prep Championship and will provide NBE with updates on the action as well as the latest recruiting news and notes throughout the two-week run of top events in New England.

Here is the NEPSAC Playoff brief on the AAA and AA classifications:

*CLASS AAA OPENING ROUND (All games at Endicott College)*

1-Brewster Academy (NH) vs. 8-Winchendon (MA)
4-Maine Central Institute (ME) vs. 5-Northfield Mount Hermon (MA)
3-New Hampton (NH) vs. 6-Bridgton Academy (ME)
2-St. Thomas More (CT) vs. 7-South Kent (CT)

*CLASS AA OPENING ROUND (Games at higher seed’s sites)*

1-Tilton (NH) vs. 8-Holderness (NH)
4-Cushing Academy (MA) vs. 5-Marianapolis (CT)
3-St. Andrew’s (RI) vs. 6-Vermont Academy (VT)
2-St. Mark’s (MA) vs. 7-Hotchkiss (CT)

Semi-finals are Friday, Championships on Sunday

CLASS OF 2011 TOP 100s:
6-5 CG Michael Carter-Williams of St. Andrew’s (Syracuse)
6-7 WF Jakarr Sampson of Brewster Academy (St. John’s)
6-7 WF Maurice Harkless of South Kent (St. John’s)
6-0 PG Naadir Tharpe of Brewster Academy (Kansas)

CLASS OF 2012 Top Talents:
Andre Drummond – St. Thomas More
Kaleb Tarczewski – St. Mark’s
and Class of 2013 seven-footer Nerlens Noel of Tilton

CLASS OF 2011 COLLEGE SIGNEES:
6-9 PF Markus Kennedy – Villanova/Brewster Academy
6-9 C Vince Van Nes – Fairfield/Northfield Mount Hermon
6-8 PF Derrick Randall – Rutgers/South Kent
6-8 CF Donnie Hale – Purdue/Bridgton Academy
6-8 PF Rafael Maia – Brown/Maine Central Institute
6-7 F Ousmane Drame – Quinnipiac/Marianapolis
6-7 WF Nick Paulos – UNC Greensboro/New Hampton
6-7 PF James Kennedy – Boston University/Cushing Academy
6-7 PF Imoh Silas – Siena/Holderness
6-7 WF Armani Cotton – Yale/Northfield Mount Hermon
6-6 WF Durand Johnson – Pittsburgh/Brewster Academy
6-6 PF Adam Jones – Fairfield/St. Thomas More
6-6 WF Max Hooper – Harvard/Brewster Academy
6-5 SF Khristian Smith – Indiana State/Maine Central Institute
6-5 SG John Golden – Dartmouth/Northfield Mount Hermon
6-4 PG Joe Sharkey – Brown/Northfield Mount Hermon
6-3 SG Ge-Lawn Guyn – Cincinnati/South Kent
6-3 SG Zach Chionuma – Boston University/Marianopolis
6-2 SG Joey Ptasinski – Lafayette/New Hampton
6-2 PG Aaron Cosby – Seton Hall/Northfield Mount Hermon
6-1 CG Jordan Laguerre – UMASS/New Hampton

And several unsigned division one talents including
Eli Carter – Brewster Academy
Xavier Pollard – Winchendon
Olivier Hanlan – New Hampton
Damion Lee – St. Thomas More
Nemanja Djurisic – South Kent
Will Davis – New Hampton
Ryan Martin – Bridgton Academy
Daishon Knight – Maine Central Institute
Omari Grier – Maine Central Institute
Kyle Callanan – Cushing Academy

Plus 2012 verbally committed prospects
6-9 PF Mike Tobey – Virginia/Hotchkiss
6-8 WF Alex Murphy – Duke/St. Mark’s
6-3 SG Eli Lubick – Colgate/St. Mark’s
6-0 PG Dominique Bull – Rhode Island/Tilton

And other top underclassmen
Zach Auguste – New Hampton
Kareem Canty – Bridgton Academy
Evan Cummins – Northfield Mount Hermon
Georges Niang – Tilton
Goodluck Okonoboh – Tilton
Wayne Selden (2014) – Tilton
Nik Stauskas – St. Mark’s
Kevin Zabo (2014) – St. Mark’s
Clyde Smith – Hotchkiss
Andrew Chrabascz – Cushing Academy

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