The Saints of St. Andrew’s School tip off their 2017-2018 season this upcoming Wednesday against Milton Academy, and while they might be trying to downplay it, this could be a year in which head coach Michael Hart’s bunch is again ready to compete.
Now in his 24th season at the helm of the St. Andrew's program, Hart has had a storied career, not just in terms of wins and losses but also because of the work he has done to be an advocate for NEPSAC coaches. He coordinates the NEPSAC finals ever year and has more New England titles to his name than all but one other coach in AA. In short, he knows what it takes to win it all and believes his group still has a ways to go.
There are still reasons to be optimistic though. AA appears wide open this year and Hart has a lot of weapons at his disposal to mold and connect over the next three months.
St. Andrew’s is led by one of the very best players in New England – Villanova signee Cole Swider. Known primarily for his prowess...
Vermont Academy senior forward Simisola Shittu announced his commitment to Vanderbilt on Wednesday via the Players Tribune.
Shittu is a Canadian native now in his second season competing in New England. He is the top ranked prospect in the New England 2018 rankings and also a top ten prospect in the country in the ESPN 100.
A true senior who only recently turned 18 years old, Shittu earned All-NEPSAC honorable mention last year in Class AA as he helped Vermont Academy advance to the semi-finals of the NEPSAC tournament. He joins Thornton Scott (William & Mary) and Daniel Schreier (Manhattan) to become the third member of VA's 2018 class to commit to a division I school.
This summer he put up 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 assists per game in the Nike EYBL while running with CIA Bounce. Below are some of those highlights.
The Middlesex Magic have announced two more commitment from their program's 2017 class.
The first is Kingswood-Oxford for Jackson Meshanic who will be headed to Hobart College. Hobart head coach Tim Sweeney is a longtime D1 assistant who has making his presence felt in New England ever since taking over the program. In fact, Sweeney and his staff were both at the Elite 75 Academic Experience New York earlier this fall to watch Meshanic.
The 6-foot-6 Meshanic is a crafty interior player with a tremendous back-to-the-basket game. He has excellent footwork and a wide assortment of moves on the block. He's equally good in pick-and-roll and has continued to extend his shooting range as well. Most importantly, he is an outstanding rebounder.
"Jackson is one of the hardest working players and most team-oriented young men I have ever coached," said Magic directory Michael Crotty Jr. "Coach Sweeney got a great young man and a player that I think can make an immediate and last impact at...
The 2017 National Prep Showcase is now in the book and the weekend set the stage for what could be the most competitive prep school season in recent memory with the top four teams in the Prep Ciruit Power Ten all dropping a game.
The National Prep Showcase continued to attract unparalleled media attention with every major national recruiting network in attendance along with numerous others.
Here's a look at some of the headlines to have already come out of the event:
Cambridge Rindge & Latin alum and Woodstock Academy post-graduate guard Jakigh Dotton announced his commitment to Towson University on Monday in a ceremony at his former high school.
Dottin won a pair of state championship at Cambridge playing for his uncle, head coach Lance Dottin, while ending his career on a 45 game winning streak. He also scored over 1000 career points and 500 assists.
A longtime BABC product, he averaged nearly 13 points, 6 rebounds, and over 4 assists per game this year in helping BABC extend their streak of consecutive appearances in the EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam.
Known for both his toughness and winning pedigree, Dottin also came up huge this weekend for Woodstock Academy as he scored 10 points in the final minute of a hardfought win over Hargrave Military Academy, going 8-8 from the free-throw line, and also played a big part in the team's win over Montverde CBD on Sunday.
"Dream come true," Dottin told Woodstock Athletics on twitter. "I've...
Brewster hopped out to an early lead but @MtZionPrep is LOADED WITH TOUGH MFers who will NEVER back down! Love these cats, always bring it. 41-37 Brewster lead w/ just under 15:00 left @NERRHoops Prep Showcase
Hargrave tips off in their 2nd game of the @NERRHoops Prep Showcase vs St Thomas More after battling Woodstock yesterday. Trey McGowens & Tavin Lovan put these cats in a position to win every time they take the floor... pic.twitter.com/vBiByMx8jj
The National Prep Showcase tipped off Friday morning at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut and the gym was full as NBA scouts, college coaches, and national media members came to watch the premier prep school programs in the country.
Here's a game-by-game recap from those who were in attendance.
Fork Union Military Academy 70 St. Thomas More 56
Hey VCU fans, if you don’t know Keshawn Curry yet, you will. Kid can play. 17 points with 3 to play in first half. #NPS
HUGE fan of this cat.... @STMChancellors 6'5" wing Ikcaven "KK" Curry, one of the toughest dudes in New England's 2019 class. Electric athlete, great motor, simple outside stroke & showing it all of...
The nation's most prestigious regular season prep school event returns to New England tomorrow as the National Prep Showcase tips from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut.
The event, which annually features the very best prep school programs from across the United States and beyond, is again expected to attract a plethora of college coaches, national media members, and NBA scouts alike.
Fork Union Military Academy and St. Thomas More School will get things going with a 9:30am tip on Friday in the first of 20 games scheduled throughout the weekend.
Stay tuned to the New England Recruiting Report throughout the three day event to keep up with all the action or follow the discussion on Twitter at @NERRhoops or with the hashtag #NPS.
Friday, November 17th
9:30a.m. St. Thomas More School (CT) vs. Fork Union Military Academy (VA)
11:00a.m. Notre Dame Prep (NH) vs. IMG Academy (FL)
12:30p.m. Woodstock Academy (CT) vs. Hargrave Military Academy (VA)
Portsmouth High School (NH) alum and Tilton School post-graduate Joey Glynn quietly accepted a full athletic scholarship and signed his National Letter of Intent earlier this week with UMass Lowell.
"We're excited to add Joey to our incoming freshman class," UMass Lowell head coach Pat Duquette said. "He is a smart, skilled, and tough forward, who loves to compete. He is a high-character, hard-working kid, who comes from an extremely succesful high school program."
In fact, Glynn's high school career couldn't have been much more storied as he led Portsmouth to back-to-back undefeated seasons and NHII state championships. He averaged 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 3 assists per game as a senior, while shooting 56% from the field, and was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in New Hampshire in the process. He was also selected first team All-State as both a junior and senior.
Despite his incredible high school career, Glynn was still relatively low under the recruiting radar because...