Toews Makes His Pick

Kai Toews 2018

Posted Monday, September 25th, 2017

Northfield Mount Hermon School and New England Playaz guard Kai Toews announced his commitment to UNC Wilmington on Tuesday.

The decisions comes on the heels of taking three official visits – to Wilmington, Wofford, and Delaware – before returning to UNCW in recent days for a second visit, this time unofficially, that solidified his choice.

Toews is the son of a professional basketball coach in Japan who grew up around the game but didn’t come to the United States until just over two years ago when he debuted at Bridgton Academy. He transferred to NMH for the 2016-2017 school year and while he didn’t make the immediate splash that some thought, he continued to improve with each passing week and ended up being an important piece of the rotation.

He’s played for the New England Playaz throughout his grassroots career in the states, but came close to changing teams just prior to the July evaluation period this summer following a disappointing spring.

His decision making process and...

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Aronson Makes Pick

Aronson Makes Pick

Posted Monday, September 25th, 2017

Rivers School and Middlesex Magic guard Tyler Aronson made a verbal commitment to Tufts University on Tuesday  pending acceptance of his early decision application.

Aronson is a high level athlete with a solid skill set and especially dangerous pull-up game who will be an immediate impact player in the NESCAC.

"Tyler was an integral part of one of the most succesful seasons in Middlesex Magic history," Magic director and head coach Michael Crotty Jr said. "He has become an excellent play maker and uses ball screens extremely well to create for his teammates and himself. His instincts and quickness make him an excellent defender. Over and above his ability as a player, he is one of the toughest, hardest working and most unselfish players I have coached."

The Magic won numerous championships this year including the Northeast Hoops Festival, Pittsburgh Jam Fest, Memorial Day Super 16 Showcase, and Big Apple Showcase.

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ZG Championship Tip-Off Recap

ZG Championship Tip-Off Recap

Posted Sunday, September 24th, 2017

At the conclusion of the Zero Gravity Championship Tip Off we had seen a weekend full of extremely competitive basketball games and the emergence of prospects from across the region who put their improved games on display to kick-start the fall season.

A young Boston Bobcats team edged out Mass Select for the Varsity American division in a one score game that was back and forth down the stretch. The Bobcats are a long and athletic team that overcame a 15-point deficit to bring home the American division crown. Ball 2 the Limit (B2L) had an impressive run and won in overtime to secure the National division.

In the 10th grade game we had another come from behind victory in the American division from Worcester Team United. B2L established themselves as a National division power program as they also took home the trophy in this age bracket. The International champion was Massasoit Warriors.

Boston Spartans 2022 impressed in the 9th grade division by winning all five of their games by...

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#E75 Frosh/Soph - 2021 Backcourt

Terrence Clarke 2021

Posted Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

When it comes to breaking down the best guards in New England’s freshmen class there really isn’t any denying that Terrence Clarke is on a level all of his own to start. His positional size, length, the versatility of his skill set, and even his potential defensive contributions, are all unmatched at this point.

So too is his reputation. In fact, Clarke is probably as celebrated a young prospect as New England has seen in recent years. He’s still more than two months away from his first high school game but he already owns high major offers, has played on center court in Las Vegas, and been a social media sensation.

At Elite 75, Clarke had moments of brilliance and dominance. His challenge, amidst the type of early microscope that really isn’t fair for someone who is still so young, is to make those moments increasingly frequent and consistent over the course of the next four years.

Here’s a look at some of the other guards who impressed:

Cole Bryant, St. Luke’s – Bryant also...

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#E75 Frosh/Soph - 2021 Frontcourt

#E75 Frosh/Soph - 2021 Frontcourt

Posted Friday, September 22nd, 2017

The class of 2021 has officially arrived, making their debut at last weekend’s #E75 Frosh/Soph Showcase and that means we are getting our very first look at New England's new freshmen class.

Here's a look at some of the frontcourt prospects, both forwards and big wings, that caught our attention.

Best of the Bigs

Frank Kepang, MacDuffie – He was the most impactful freshman in the building. His physical tools are well beyond most in the class with good size and a chiseled build but his motor is probably his best weapon. He plays with constant effort, is relentless on the boards, and a consistent shot-blocking threat on the defensive end. He’s still a work in progress offensively but there were early signs of being able to turn his left shoulder in the post and plenty of massive dunks in between.

Kekoa McArdle, Northfield Mount Hermon – He had the most advanced post package of all the freshmen bigs, but in a showcase type setting there weren’t many opportunities to show it off. To...

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#E75 Frosh/Soph - 2020 Guards

#E75 Frosh/Soph - 2020 Guards

Posted Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Guards, Guards, Guards.

There were certainly a lot of them in the sophomore class and so it was no easy task for them to differentiate themselves from the pack.

Nevertheless, there were still a select few that proved to be in a league of their own.  

Worcester Academy guard Quest Harris arrived with arguably the biggest resume to date given his experience at both the prep school and AAU levels. He didn’t rest on his reputation once he arrived though as he backed it up from start to finish. Harris is strong, aggressive, and explosive on both ends of the floor. He’s a leader and winner who is genuinely upset with losing, is a pest defensively, and a playmaker offensively.

First year Master’s guard Taelon Martin is perhaps the most naturally gifted of the bunch. He’s long, athletic, and smooth. He goes through the lane with the type of long, graceful strides that can’t be taught and then elevates for some explosive finishes. As his jumper continues to improve and he cultivates that...

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ZG Tip-Off - Tournament Preview

ZG Tip-Off - Tournament Preview

Posted Thursday, September 21st, 2017

One of the largest travel basketball organizations in the country kicks off their fall circuit this weekend.  Zero Gravity will invade eastern Massachusetts for the Zero Gravity Championship Tip-Off Tournament. The event is the first on their Path to The Belt Fall Circuit that concludes October 28-29 with the Battle for the Belt.  With powerful programs such as New England Playaz, eXpressions Elite, Boston Bobcats, Central Mass Swarm, Mass Elite, Rise Above, Evolution, Mass Rivals, Rhode Island Magic, Worcester Team United, C4, New England Storm, South Shore Wolfpack, & Mass Select participating, it should be an exciting start to the fall season.

With hundreds of players competing, breakout stars are sure to emerge.  Although the fall travel season does not bring in college coaches like the spring and summer seasons do, recent history has shown it to be a preview of things to come.

Last fall it was players like Carl Pierre, Nick Timberlake, Brycen Goodine, Quest Harris, and Daman...

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Elon Gets a Steal in Hannah

Chuck Hannah 2018

Posted Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Elon University came north to New England and landed a massive steal on Wednesday night as Northfield Mount Hermon and New England Playaz forward Chuck Hannah made a verbal commitment to the Phoenix.

The 6-foot-6 Massachusetts native had scored offers ranging up to the Atlantic 10 Conference over the course of the last year but was pursued heaviest only by a couple of schools coming out of the recent July evaluation period.

Elon seized the opportunity as head coach Matt Matheny and his staff recognized Hannah's value and prioritized him accordingly through the summer and fall to date.

In Hannah, they are getting one of the most competitive players and natural leaders that New England has seen in recent years.

"Every team Chuck has played on has been better with him on the court and in their program! He is the culture carrier at NMH and sets the tone with his leadership. He's a proven winner," NMH head coach John Carroll said.

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#E75 Frosh/Soph - 2020 Wings

#E75 Frosh/Soph - 2020 Wings

Posted Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

A day after beginning our Frosh/Soph recaps with a look at the top frontcourt performers in the class of 2020, today we’ll shift our focus to the best of the wings in that sophomore class.

Putnam Science Academy had two of the very best in newly arrived Anthony Thomas and Worcester native Demarr Langford. While both have high ceilings, and should be a nice compliment to each other over the next three years, their games are still very different.

Thomas is a straight wing. He’s a slasher who is always in attack mode and very long, not just in his arms, but in the way in which he covers the court with instinctive economy of motion. His total impact doesn’t always live up to his potential just yet, but it’s very clear he’s just beginning to scratch the surface of his ability.

Langford has a similar upside with a rock solid build, the athleticism to elevate in traffic, and good hands. He’s not as aggressive with the ball just yet but has the maturity to impact the game in a variety of...

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#E75 Frosh/Soph – 2020 Frontcourt

#E75 Frosh/Soph – 2020 Frontcourt

Posted Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Our recaps from last weekend’s Elite 75 Frosh/Soph Showcase will begin in the frontcourt of the sophomore class.

To be clear, being a frontcourt player no longer means that you have to play exclusively inside, but it does mean you have the size to get things done in the paint on both ends when needed.

Here’s a look at the guys who fit that description who were most impressive on Saturday night:

Kareem Reid, Putnam Science – This New York native recently arrived at PSA and he has star written all over him. He has the body type, mobility, and athleticism to translate to the very highest levels but the southpaw can also face the basket to make plays and has some shooting touch to develop.

Richard Springs, MacDuffie – Another first year prep product, Springs is a true sophomore who not only has good size, a strong build, and a budding versatile skill set but also the exemplary motor and toughness that makes it all the more likely that he’ll realize his significant potential in the...

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