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BABC: No. 7 St. John's Prep 55, No. 13 Quincy 46

January, 19, 2015
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BOSTON -- Usually clipping the wings of an Eagle will cripple it. St. John's Prep's Kareem Davis is no ordinary Eagle.

Quincy sealed off the edges on defense which allowed Davis to drive at will, and he did just that to the tune of 28 points to power the Eagles to a 55-46 win over the Presidents at the BABC Winter Classic, at Roxbury's Reggie Lewis Center.

“Everything was opened up,” Davis said. “They were denying on the wing. I saw the feint and just kept attacking. Once I broke my man they didn't really no bigs to contest so I just kept attacking them.”

While Davis shined, the road was riddled with bumps for the Eagles. After opening up a 12-point lead late in the second quarter, the Eagles seemed poised to pull away, but the Presidents kept picking away at the lead.

Quincy was able to slice the deficit down to one three times in the third quarter only to see it balloon back to four or five. Davis' only three, right at the end of the third, made it a four-point game heading into the fourth.

“They have all seniors and they've been through this for three, four years,” St. John's Prep coach John Dullea said of Quincy. “They're not the type of team that's going to crawl [away] when you're up by eight points. They're a very strong, senior-laden team. Nothing's going to rattle game. We kept saying we can't let them hang around, and they did until the last three minutes or so when we picked up our pressure and got some easy baskets.”

Quincy rode the wave of J.T. Bain throughout the game. Bain netted a team-high 17 points while pulling down a game-high 15 rebounds. He had three assists, all on backdoor layups.

“He's solid, he's consistent, he keeps us in games,” Quincy coach David Parry said of Bain. “He's a throwback player. When the outside stuff's not dropping we know we can rely on him on the inside, and we like to dump into him and let him do his thing. He's got some inside moves that we didn't teach him. He brought them himself and worked on himself. I thought he kept us in the game frankly.”

Bain may have been a force, but Prep's depth inside proved to be too much. Harry O'Neil had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Tyson Johnson came off the bench and buzzed around the paint to the tune of seven points and five rebounds.

Despite being in foul trouble, Jake Burt was able to pull down three rebounds and alter even more shots. Prep won the battle of the boards 33-27.

“There aren't as many kids as big and physical as Jake,” Dullea said. “Harry's a big body in general. We try to get them the ball, especially early, to establish that inside presence. Jake was in foul trouble, which he can be at times, but on the boards we feel we should own them because those two big bodies, when they're boxing out they are tough to get around.”

BABC Winter and Prep Classic schedules

January, 14, 2015
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This Martin Luther King Day weekend, the Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) will be hosting two events in the Hub loaded with talent, the Prep Classic (Jan. 17-18) and Winter Classic (Jan. 19).

Top prep programs such as Tilton (N.H.), St. Andrew's (R.I.), Worcester Academy and Vermont Academy will be participating in the two-day Prep Classic, while eight teams ranked in ESPNBoston.com's latest statewide poll will be squaring off in Monday's Winter Classic at Roxbury's Reggie Lewis Center.

This weekend's festivities are dedicated to late local legend Patrick Harrington, who passed away last October in an automobile accident.

Here is the schedule:

PREP CLASSIC

Jan. 17 - at Shelburne Community Center
Noon - Tilton (N.H.) vs. Masters (Conn.)
1:30 p.m. - Worcester Academy vs. Vermont Academy (Vt.)
3 p.m. - St. Andrew's (R.I.) vs. Lexington Christian Academy
4:30 p.m. - Beaver Country Day vs. Brooks
6 p.m. - Commonwealth Academy v. Boston Trinity
7:30 p.m. - Notre Dame Prep vs. Dean College (NJCAA Div 2)

Jan. 18 - at Reggie Lewis Center
3:45 p.m. - Marianapolis (Conn.) vs. Milton Academy
5:15 p.m. - Governor's Academy vs. Boston Trinity


WINTER CLASSIC

Jan. 19 - at Reggie Lewis Center
10 a.m. - No. 14 East Boston vs. No. 8 Everett
11:20 a.m. - No. 12 Brighton vs. No. 17 Mansfield
12:40 p.m. - No. 16 New Mission vs. BC High
2 p.m. - Burke vs. University (Conn.)
3:20 p.m. - No. 7 St. John's Prep vs. No. 13 Quincy
4:40 p.m. - Durfee vs. No. 2 Cambridge
6 p.m. - Somerville vs. St. Clement

Below is the official press release from the BABC, which includes more information on how you can donate to Harrington's memorial trust:



This coming weekend, January 17-18, 2015, Boston Amateur Basketball will proudly host the 1st Patrick J. Harrington Memorial Prep School Classic; January 17th at the Shelburne Community Center, and January 18th at the Reggie Lewis Center. Formerly known as the BABC Prep Classic, this event will honor the memory of hometown basketball giant, Patrick J. Harrington. Harrington, a former Brooks School captain who helped lead his team to the 1981 New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Class C Championship, and later continued his playing career at Rollins College, died tragically in an automobile accident in October 2014.

At the time of his passing, Patrick was preparing for his fifth season as the Head Coach of the Lady Raiders of Northwest Florida State College (NWF); where he had led his teams to a combined record of 100-25 and back to back appearances in the NJCAA Division 1 tournament. Prior to his time at Northwest Florida State, Harrington spent time on the women’s coaching staffs at the University of Colorado, and Oregon State University, as well as time as a men’s assistant at the University of New Orleans, Southern Utah University, and the University of Texas Pan-American.

Patrick’s life was consumed by his family, friends, and his teams. He enjoyed his many deep friendships, a laugh at everyone’s expense (especially his own), and the thrill of competition, be it on the hardwood or the golf course. Perhaps Patrick’s greatest legacy were the twenty-three student athletes he recruited to Northwest Florida State, who all went on to become matriculated students at four year institutions on basketball scholarships.

Harrington leaves behind his wife, Lori, and their three children: Kelly, Patrick II, and Katherine. A portion of the Classic’s proceeds will go to the Harrington Children’s Educational Trust, established for his three children. For additional information on the on the Harrington Educational Trust, please contact L.J. Harrington at Marble Harbor Investment Counsel, 101 Federal Street, Suite 2505, Boston, MA 02110 or ljharrington@marbleharboric.com

For the complete event schedule for the Patrick J. Harrington Memorial Prep School Classic, as well as the BABC Winter Classic, which will be held January 19, 2015 at the Reggie Lewis Center and feature eight of Massachusetts’ Top 25 teams in the ESPNBoston.com Top 25 Poll, please visit www.thebabc.com


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At last night's annual Fitzy-Nolan Games in Quincy, the Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) honored former UConn coach Dee Rowe with a Lifetime Achievement award.

The Worcester native, and long-time special advisor to UConn athletics, turned his alma mater Worcester Academy into a premier New England Prep School powerhouse before coaching the Huskies from 1969-77. Rowe was also named an assistant coach for the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team, which was unable to participate due to the U.S.'s boycott of the games.

Courtesy of Dan Viscariello, here is the official press release:



Boston Amateur Basketball Club, in conjunction with Fitzy-Nolan Games chairman Rico Cabral, are proud to announce the First Annual BABC/Fitzy-Nolan Games “Friend of the Game” Lifetime Achievement Award. The inaugural recipient of this award is Coach Donald “Dee” Rowe; former basketball coach at Worcester Academy, The University of Connecticut, and the 1980 United States Olympic Team.

Fitzy-Nolan games Chairman Rico Cabral and BABC Executive Director Britney Papile issued the following statement: “Coach Rowe has mentored countless individuals and guided all by example throughout his career; all while making the needs of others his main priority. On behalf of the Fitzy-Nolan Games and Boston Amateur Basketball Club, we are proud to name Coach Rowe the inaugural recipient of this award.”


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BABC Fitzy-Nolan Games schedule

February, 14, 2014
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The Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) will be hosting the 12th annual Fitzy-Nolan Games late next month, following MIAA State Championships.

Courtesy of BABC executive director Britney Papile, here is the official press release:



BABC will open the 2014 season on March 21 at Quincy HS in the 12th annual "Fitzy-Nolan Games". The games are named after Quincy HS '66 Hall of Famer Paul Fitzpatrick, who went on to coach at Boston St. College (his alma mater) and led them to the NCAA Div. 3 Nationals in 1977. Coach Bob "Knobby" Nolan was Boys Basketball coach at North Quincy HS from 1965-1977 leading them to Greater Boston League titles in '65,'66,'69,'74. Both men were pioneers on the summer camp basketball circuit in the Boston area.

Accordingly, proceeds from this event help local players attend basketball camps across New England each summer. This year's event marks a new format with the event moving from Mt. Ida College to Quincy HS. Former Mt. Ida coach Rico Cabral founded the event in 2002 shortly after the death of Fitzpatrick, and after Nolan's passing a few years later he was added to the Memorial Game.

BABC Juniors (class of 2015) will play in the feature game at 7:30 p.m. This group enters the 2014 season with hopes of winning the club's 18th National Championship since its founding in 1977. This group reached the AAU 10th grade Division 1 final four last july in Orlando, finishing 55-4, and had a 15-0 fall 2013 record to begin this 2014 season. BABC features eight juniors and two sophomores this 2014 season. All are considered NCAA Division 1 prospects. Veterans Terrence Mann, a 6-6 combo guard from Lowell attending Tilton (N.H.) school; 6-10 power forward Jeremy Miller from Milton, attending New Hampton (N.H.) School; 6-6 forward Bobby Martin Jr. from Waltham, attending Noble & Greenough School in Dedham; lead the BABC Class of 2015. Sophomores Bruce Brown, 6-3 guard from Dorchester attending Vermont Academy; and 6-10 forward Terrell Brown, are the two players from the Class of 2016 on the BABC Junior team. BABC Juniors also feature three of the most productive players in MIAA basketball: juniors Tommy Mobley, 6-2 guard at Newton North; Aahmane Santos, 5-10 point guard at Catholic Memorial; and Tyree Robinson, 6-4 power forward at Durfee.

The BABC juniors will be opposed by a "South Select" team made up of juniors and seniors from the MIAA South Region, selected by a committee of area high school coaches and coached by North Quincy coach Kevin Barrett and Cohasset coach (North Quincy'60) Bo Ruggerio. The first game of the evening will be at 6:15 p.m., featuring the BABC freshmen vs. the "South Select" freshmen and sophomores coached by Quincy HS coach Dave Parry and Braintree HS coach Bob Crook. A further Quincy connection to this event is that BABC founder and Junior team coach Leo Papile North Quincy HS '71 (NQHS basketball Hall of Fame) and BABC Executive Director Britney Papile (attended NQHS for three years before transferring) are natives of the City of Presidents.

The Host Committee for this event include some of Quincy's favorite sons well known in the athletic, civic, and business world. Attorney George "Trigger" Burke former Norfolk County District Attorney, UMass '56 and Quincy HS'50 Basketball Hall of Famer; Attorney Dave "Chub" Mahoney, NQHS'72 (football Hall of Fame); Brian Donahue of J. Donahue Architects-Quincy, NQHS '71 and NCAA Division 1 basketball at Vermont; Rich Mahoney, NQHS '77 and NQHS basketball Hall of Fame, member of NCAA Division 3 National Champion at Clark University; Paul Bregoli NQHS'66 and current member of Quincy School Committee and longtime coach at NQHS; former quincy teacher and NQHS'66 alumni Jerry Mulvey owner of Granite Rail in Quincy; and 1510 AM Radio personality Roger Homan; and Quincy HS Freshman basketball coach Matt Ramponi. Their efforts assured that this outstanding event come home to Quincy where the individuals we honor in memory Paul Fitzpatrick and Knobby Nolan are eternally revered. Any further information can be found at thebabc.com.

Tickets can be purchased in advance by contacting babc via email at babc@me.com. BABC Juniors will tour the area that weekend with games on Sat March 22 at Worcester Academy at 10:30 and Noon vs. Central Mass Select and that same evening vs Rhode Island Select at CCRI-Warwick (junior game only) at 6 p.m. On Sunday, March 23 the weekend continues with BABC vs North of Boston Select at Salem St University. (Freshmen at 1030 a.m., juniors at noon).


BABC: No. 1 Putnam 69, No. 6 New Mission 52

December, 29, 2013
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BOSTON -- As the second half continued to carry on, it was quite clear that one team was significantly more energetic than the other.

Top-ranked Putnam withstood an upset bid from New Mission on Sunday afternoon at the BABC Holiday Classic, pulling away in the second half to knock off the Titans, 69-52,

New Mission was able to dwindle the Putnam lead down to six, 36-30 early in the third quarter, but the Titans collapsed down the stretch, playing their third game in as many days against the buzzsaw that is the defending Division 1 state champion Beavers.

Dizel Wright led Putnam with 20 points and 8 rebounds, while Jonathan Garcia (12 points) and David Murrell (10 points) each put up double figures. Forwards Asante Sandiford (14 points, 7 rebounds) and Fred Rivers (13 points, 14 rebounds) led the Titans, who took on Putnam (4-0) after playing New Hampshire power Bishop Guertin and St. Joseph of New Jersey -- who is considered to be one of the best high school teams on the East Coast -- on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

The Beavers’ fast-paced attack left New Mission (3-2) exhausted in the second half, taking the Titans out of their gameplan and therefore allowing Putnam to pull away significantly after leading by 9 at halftime.

“We felt like we had a good plan, we knew exactly what they were gonna do, but you can’t simulate that speed,” New Mission coach Cory McCarthy said. “We tried to do some things in the walk-through today that were pretty effective, but after awhile once you’re tired, you stop thinking, and you stop sticking to the gameplan.

“Although they turned the ball over, they were still disciplined enough to beat us down the floor. They’ve got five guys who will beat you down the floor, we’ve only got three. That’s the difference in the game: their transition points was probably in the 30’s or 40’s.”

Wright turned in an outstanding performance for the Beavers, about 24 hours after he was forced to leave Putnam’s game against Cambridge because of a dislocated shoulder. Though Wright said the injury was something he can play through, Putnam coach William Shepard will insist his point guard see a doctor about the shoulder when the team gets back to Springfield.

“I spoke to him about that last night, he said it happened to him several times this year. It comes out, he puts it back in, but we’ve got to get that looked at. He says he’s able to play through it,” Shepard said. “He’s shown some senior leadership. Dizel’s been awesome, in practice, in games, he’s just awesome. He’s having a great start to his senior year, a great start.”

Putnam was able to contain New Mission shooting guard Shaquan Murray, who is considered to be one of the MIAA’s best shooters, to 10 points on 4-for-17 shooting from the field.

“That’s what we hang our hat on: defense. Being accountable, now let’s hope we can hold it down where we have to hold it down: the defensive end. We played the way we were capable of playing,” Shepard said.

Murray, the Titans’ anchor on the offensive end and defensively on the perimeter, never could get anything going against the Beavers’ high-pressure defense. Rarely getting a chance to sit during New Mission’s stretch of three games in three days, Murray wore down in the second half.

“I think Shaquan’s tired, he doesn’t get too much time on the bench," McCarthy said. "He just didn’t have any legs, he didn’t create any steals...He wasn’t Shaquan. Bam and Asante will come out five or six times a game, Shaquan stays on the floor. I think we could have rested him more. We just need him to make people better."

The uptempo play was a speed New Mission hadn’t seen all year, and likely won’t see for the rest of their schedule, but McCarthy hopes the experience will pay dividends for the talented Titans’ – perhaps the favorite statewide in Division 2.

“They got us to play out of character, and they sealed the deal. They’re experienced, they’re relentless; they’re the number-one team in the state for a reason,” McCarthy said. “The last two games we played, we won’t see anybody that good for the rest on the season. If we can keep it up we’ll be on track for bigger goals, we’ve got bigger goals.”

Shepard said the overnight stay in Boston was a bonding experience for his team—a trip that included ordering pizzas and watching movies yesterday afternoon at their hotel in Chelsea after knocking off Cambridge. The Beavers will go home with an undefeated record and Valley League play set to start this coming Friday against West Springfield. The next big challenge for Putnam will likely come Jan. 10, where they’ll take on a tough Northampton squad at American International College.

BABC: Cambridge 78, No. 15 Springfield Central 46

December, 27, 2013
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BOSTON -- From the opening tip-off on Friday afternoon, Cambridge made it very clear who had the upper hand.

Led by point guard Isaiah McLeod, big man Fredens Deneus (13 points, 12 rebounds) as well as Diandre Shoulder-Williams (14 points) and Tevin Charles (13 points, 8 rebounds), the Falcons (2-0) blew out Springfield Central (1-2) 78-46 at the BABC Holiday Classic.

This win came in similar fashion to Cambridge’s first win, a runaway 101-70 victory over West Roxbury last week.

“It’s definitely a satisfying win, it being so early in the season and playing against a quality opponent. That’s what I’m trying to express to these young men, that you want to play against the best competition,” Cambridge coach Lance Dottin said.

The Falcons’ swarming pressure defense left Springfield Central to scramble for baskets in the first half, Cambridge made a living off of forcing turnovers, playing the fast break, and converting lay-ups or free throws at the other end. Despite having a deep stable of guards who can shoot it from behind the arc, the Falcons only attempted four three-pointers.

In what seemed like the blink of an eye, Cambridge jumped out to a 37-11 halftime lead. It was all according to plan, according to Dottin.

“We just really wanted to spread the floor a little bit against Central and look to find the open man and advance the ball if we could," Dottin said. "So that we could take advantage of the numbers on the fast break.”

Baldwin vs. Deneus: One of the biggest storylines in this one was the play in the post, with the 6-foot-6 Deneus facing off against Central’s Chris Baldwin -- two of the top big men in the state. Deneus got the best of Baldwin for the most part, asserting himself as the most dominant rebounder on the floor while also finishing a few high-rising dunks and lay-ups.

Deneus wasn’t a prospect seen on the AAU circuit in July, leaving him flying under the radar. But with several top Division 3 as well as a few Division 2 programs recruiting him, Dottin sees his big man as a potential break-out star in the MIAA this year.

“I thought Fredens was sensational today. Fredens, in a lot of ways, is a best-kept secret. He’s a kid who in my opinion is a scholarship kid who maybe a few people missed the boat on, but as they come around this year they’ll see,” Dottin said. “Especially on the defensive end, for most great teams that’s where it starts, and Fredens is a great defensive player.”

Baldwin was unable to do much scoring for the Golden Eagles, but often managed to make his presence felt in other ways, totaling 8 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 blocks.

“They had a big presence in the middle, their big fella must have had five or six blocks -- he’s a good young player and he’s only going to get better,” Dottin said of Baldwin.

Be the best, beat the best: The game against Central is a warm-up for what would end up being Cambridge’s toughest game of the regular season: a showdown tomorrow afternoon at the BABC Holiday Classic with Putnam, the top-ranked team in the MIAA and last year’s Division 1 state champion.

“This weekend we get a chance to play against two of the better teams out of the west, so it’s definitely a good win for us. I just want to make sure, in our case, that we get better every day. There were times where we weren’t that good today, too many turnovers,” Dottin said. “I’m satisfied with the win, but we really need to get better.”

“Our schedule dictates to us that we’re gonna’ play the best, tomorrow we’re playing the defending state champs. For us, it’s a good win, but we feel like we could be even better.”

USA Basketball hires BABC's Jay Demings

November, 5, 2013
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USA Basketball this morning announced the hiring of former Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) Director of Operations Jay Demings, who will serve as Youth Program Director.

Here is the full release from USA Basketball:



COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Nov. 5, 2013) - USA Basketball has announced Jay Demings as its Youth Program Director. Demings started his position on Nov. 4, 2013. He arrives at USA Basketball with 16 years of experience in boys and girls basketball and a master's degree in sport leadership from Northeastern University.

"The addition of Jay is an important first step for our youth program," said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director. "Jay has an impressive background in youth basketball that will help shape and guide USA Basketball's new youth basketball division. He has the passion and experience necessary to manage and help launch this new endeavour, and all of us at USA Basketball are excited to promote, grow and elevate our sport.

"USA Basketball's youth program will expand the organization's focus to a broader group that encompasses the entire youth basketball community, including boys and girls. It's USA Basketball's belief that through our new youth program initiative, important and positive values can be taught, while also providing real basketball tools for players of all ages, coaches and parents."

As the Youth Program Director, Demings will oversee all facets of the newly created department, including the development of youth basketball initiatives that address player development, coach education and safety in sport.

"I am humbled and honored to have been selected as Youth Program Director for USA Basketball," Demings said. "This is an exciting time to join the organization. I'm looking forward to working with basketball leaders at all levels in guiding our young people through their development."

Recently, Demings served as the director of operations for the Boston Amateur Basketball Club in Boston, Mass., where he oversaw all aspects of the non-profit basketball program. During his tenure, BABC won five national tournament titles as well as the 2012 Victor Rho International Basketball Tournament in Milan, Italy, at the U16 age group. He also organized and directed many youth basketball tournaments.


BABC juniors, sophomores earn national praise

September, 1, 2013
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The Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) AAU club saw two of its top squads earn spots in a recent poll of the nation's top summer basketball clubs. BABC Director of Communications Jay Demings passed along the following release:



BOSTON, MA -- The Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) Junior and Sophomore teams have each been selected to the Indihoops.com Final Top 25 teams in the nation for 2013. BABC’s Junior team placed 23rd while the Sophomore team placed 21st in the final rankings, becoming the only New England teams to make the list. Additionally, BABC is one of only three programs nationally to finish in the top 25 of multiple age-group rankings.

“Our veterans, Bonzie Colson, John Joseph and Tyree Robinson date back to the 6th grade as a group,” said BABC Head Coach Leo Papile. “Those players, along with sophomores Bruce Brown, Terrance Mann and Robert Martin, Jr. that played up during the EYBL season, gave us the depth to accomplish this award. Our entire 2014 class including Tyler Nelson, Malik James, Nick Cambio and Mike Rodriguez all gave effort that will forever be appreciated. We look forward to 2014 as we feel we can compete for the number one spot in the nation once again.”

The 2013 season saw the BABC Junior team qualify for the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) Finals at the Peach Jam in North Augusta, SC, the club’s 4th straight year reaching the Nike EYBL playoffs. The Junior team also finished in the Elite 8 of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Gold Super Showcase in Orlando. The BABC Sophomore team reached the Final 4 of the AAU 10th Grade Division 1 National Championships and also finished in the Final 4 of the AAU 10th Grade Super Showcase, both in Orlando.

Established in 1977, the BABC has evolved into one of the most prestigious amateur basketball programs in the country. The club has won 17 National Championships, has been a National Finalist 28 times, reached the National Final Four 39 times, and has garnered 90 New England AAU gold medals.


Central Cath.'s Nelson commits to Fairfield

August, 26, 2013
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Central Catholic senior guard Tyler Nelson made a verbal commitment to Fairfield University on Monday afternoon, he told ESPN Boston.

Nelson, a 6-foot-2 sharpshooter, averaged 17.2 points per game last season for Central Catholic, leading the Red Raiders to the Division 1 North championship and garnering his second consecutive ESPN Boston All-State nomination.

This summer, playing for Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC), Nelson picked up offers from Jacksonville, George Washington, Vermont, Fairfield and Binghamton. Dartmouth offered him in January.

He narrowed his choices down to Fairfield, Binghamton, and Dartmouth, and ultimately chose the Stags.

“I recently have been thinking about it a lot, and I wanted to make my decision before the beginning of my senior year. I narrowed it down to three schools who [sic] were at a level of play I could play at and get a good education,” Nelson said following his commitment.

He visited Fairfield, unofficially, earlier in the summer, and came away impressed with what the school and the basketball program had to offer. He’ll visit Fairfield, officially, on Sept. 5.

“I really enjoyed the unofficial visit to campus, and I like the coaches a lot…I’ll have a good chance to play a lot as a freshman.”

Nelson was one of the most feared scorers on the Nike EYBL summer circuit, shooting 46.8 percent from behind the three-point line. While he admits the long summer schedule wore him down quite a bit, especially towards the end, he was able to reap the benefits and draw in widespread Division 1 attention.

“I just played out of my mind, I played well at EYBL. I was scoring well against some really good teams. I was one of the leading scorers for my team. That’s where I really did all my damage,” he said.

Playing on a relatively young BABC squad for coach Leo Papile, Nelson said he was able to pick up plenty of pointers from his AAU coach about competitiveness.

“All he wants to do is win, he doesn’t care who plays good, who doesn’t care who does what. That’s a good mindset to have going into college…you just want to win.”

There is also a noticeable amount of relief from Nelson, as he can now focus on team goals: leading Central to a deep run in yet another loaded Division 1 North field. Coach Rick Nault’s Red Raiders will again be one of the area’s most talented teams.

“I’m really pumped, I’m looking forward to having a good senior year,” Nelson said, “We’re going to be a lot better than people are giving us credit for.”

He attributes Central’s high in-house expectations to Nault, whom Nelson says is constantly pushing him to be better. As the Assistant Principal and Dean of Students at Central, Nault’s high expectations of Nelson and the team come on and off the court.

“I’ve known him a long time, he’s my favorite coach I ever played for. He’s always been there pushing me, he pushes me every day in practice. In school he’s the same way.”

Colson, Auger, locals shine during July circuit

August, 1, 2013
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The July live period has come to a close, as some of New England’s top AAU programs spent the majority of the month traveling all around the country to tournaments in Florida, Las Vegas, South Carolina, Springfield, Mass., Atlantic City, and Philadelphia.

With the AAU season over and the start of players’ high school seasons just a few months away, we break down New England’s top stories following the July live recruiting period:

Auger back in top shape: When Mike Auger trucked through an opposing player for a loose ball in one of Mass Rivals’ opening games at the Hoop Group Summer Jamfest, it was a side of his game that Rivals coach Vin Pastore hadn’t seen on a consistent basis in a couple of years. He was taken aback.

“Incidental contact,” Pastore laughed. “He just kept going. It was like a football play.”

Auger, a 6-foot-6 bruiser of a forward who will be a senior leader for New Hampton this season, has had a tough run the past couple years after suffering from multiple shoulder injuries. He tore his labrum at the beginning of his sophomore season at Hopkinton (N.H.) High, and aggravated the injury two years later after he had gone to New Hampton and reclassified.

After multiple shoulder surgeries, hundreds of hours in the weight room or at physical therapy, Auger finally looked to be completely recovered this summer as the Rivals’ most consistent offensive producer in the post.

“I don’t think he was in complete confidence before, especially with how hard he plays, how physical he was, he always played 100%...that’s his game,” Pastore said. “In the initial part of recovery he didn’t have the confidence to play the game the only way he knew how to.”

Auger is back, and college coaches have taken notice this summer. He now has scholarship offers from Fairfield, Vermont, New Hampshire, Holy Cross, Dartmouth, Binghamton, Quinnipiac, Loyola, and Stony Brook. In an age where most forwards would rather step out on the perimeter than do the “dirty work” inside, true post players come at a premium. Back to his old ways, college coaches are lining up for Auger’s services.

“Kids that are 6-6...Everybody wants to run to the three point line,” Pastore said. “What makes him so good is that he would start inside, then move out and make some threes. Nobody wants to start in and go out.”

"Every program needs a kid like Mike who rebounds, attacks, beats people up around the rim; he physically beats you up. And he likes doing that stuff. He’s a reckless abandon.”

St. Andrews’ Colson carries BABC offense: It wasn’t long ago that St. Andrew's (R.I.) senior Bonzie Colson, a 6-foot-4-1/2 forward with several scholarship offers from high-level programs, was a complete unknown on the national stage.

He certainly didn’t earn his now-nationally known name overnight. An undersized power forward who lacks the elite athleticism that most coaches at major conference schools look for, it took years of efficient production for Colson to prove himself.

“So many coaches go by the criteria and a certain size,” said BABC coach Leo Papile. “He doesn’t fit consensus with that. But, he’s shown to have repeated success statistically in terms of field goal percentage throughout a season.”

Colson led St. Andrew’s, the No. 8 seed of the NEPSAC AA tournament, to a surprise run all the way to the tournament finals last year, where they eventually lost a heartbreaker via a buzzer-beater by Cushing’s Jalen Adams. Colson built a niche for himself as a scorer over the course of the season, and as a result, his team was playing their best basketball in the playoffs.

On the AAU circuit this summer, he flourished for BABC playing on the Nike EYBL circuit, finishing in the top 15 in the league in scoring at just over 18 points per game.

“He’s always been really crafty, he has a lot of scoring value. It’s a unique skillset in terms of productivity in the amount of time he touches the ball. He’s one-dimensional in a good way, he’s very, very crafty,” Papile said.

He continued, "The past couple years he has done it on a national stage, and attracted attention from high major conference schools. He’s an undersized power forward by today’s standards, but he has an extraordinarily long standing reach.”

Papile said that from talking to Colson and his family, the St. Andrew’s star is learning towards taking official visits to Miami, Florida State, Notre Dame, and Pittsburgh -- though those aren’t set in stone yet. He also has scholarship offers from Seton Hall, Iowa State, Rhode Island, and George Washington.

Expressions grooming young talent: Expressions Elite, after qualifying for the Nike Peach Jam earlier this month, continued their impressive summer with a championship at the Hoop Group Summer Jamfest, a loaded tournament that featured several of the nation’s best club teams.

Jared Terrell, Aaron Falzon, Cane Broome, and Abdul-Malik Abu all had a hand in carrying the team to the championship game, but Expressions coach Ty Boswell made quite a statement by starting freshmen Jermaine Samuels and Kimani Lawrence in the finals against Montreal-based Brookwood Bounce Elite.

The freshman duo, whom Boswell purposely put in a hotel room with senior leaders Terrell and Idris Taqqee, used the experience to gain knowledge from their superiors.

“Jared and Idris really took them under their wing; breaking down plays, making sure they understood getting good shots. [Samuels and Lawrence] asked them a million questions, and every single one got answered,” Boswell said.

Samuels, a fearless competitor, came into the game and immediately started attacking offensively. His mindset thoroughly impressed his coach.

“There was no fear that he didn’t belong,” Boswell said, “When I finally took him out, he had that look like ‘why am I coming out?’ He wanted to prove he belonged, and he showed that.”

Lawrence, a Providence native, made his presence felt right away with his great decision making and understanding of the team’s offensive game. He will enroll and join Taqqee at Cushing Academy -- the defending NEPSAC Class AA champs -- while Samuels will attend The Rivers School in Weston.

Rising sophomores Donovan Love, another Providence product who will attend New Hampton, and Ikenna Ndugba -- who is at Brooks School and attended the Nike Elite 100 earlier in the summer -- are two other young players who are a part of Expressions’ supremely talented young group.

Small-town star leads the Playaz: Tyler Lydon wasn’t quite sure what to expect leading up to Basketbull’s Hall of Fame National Invitational. Having switched AAU teams from Albany City Rocks to the New England Playaz, he had only met his new Playaz teammates once, at a practice the day before the tournament.

“I hadn’t met any of those kids. There was a lot of uncertainty, I had no idea how the guys played. I just figured I would go in there and wing it and hope for the best,” Lydon said.

Lydon and his teammates hoped for the best, and that’s exactly what they got—as he, alongside Jarred Reuter, Aaron Calixte, and Crew Ainge, lead the Playaz to the 17U championship in Springfield. In the set of showcase games on the opening night, the Playaz suffered a close loss to Hunting Park (Penn.), but recovered well following their initial loss.

“It was the intensity; we came out that game kind of slow. Going into the rest of the games, that was a reality check for us,” he said.

The rising junior forward comes to New England from Pine Plains, N.Y., a tiny town of 2500 people that rests about an hour north of Poughkeepsie. Last season he led Pine Falls to the New York Division 3 state championship game. This fall, he’ll go play for Pete Hutchins at New Hampton.

“My parents and I decided it was the best decision for me,” the 6-foot-8 point forward said. “I’ll be able to play against the great competition in the league…and the academics are great.”

He’ll be expected to step in and contribute right away for the Huskies, who will have a major hole to fill after graduating McDonald’s All-American Noah Vonleh. Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg, along with assistants from Providence, Virginia Tech, and others, all watched him in Springfield. Following his return from the Adidas Super 64, he has picked up offers from Florida, Clemson, and Virginia.

New Mission guard primed for big season: Going into July, Boston Warriors coach Cory McCarthy needed a point guard.

McCarthy, who is also the head coach at New Mission during the winter season, looked no further than Shaquan Murray, a skilled senior who plays for McCarthy at New Mission and has proven himself as one of the top scorers in the MIAA.

Murray, who at 6-foot has long arms and an arsenal of offensive moves, stepped in and became the floor leader for the Warriors.

Alongside Lawrence Academy’s Kyle Howes and Kimball Union guard Duby Maduegbunam, the Warriors made it all the way to the elite eight of the AAU Super Showcase Silver, where they eventually lost to city power BABC.

The New Mission guard had a slew of 20-point games over the course of the Warriors’ run, taking advantage of the opportunity given to him by his coach.

“He’s learned how to score how to score in every possible way,” McCarthy said. “Runner, floater, threes off the catch and off the dribble. When guards attack the rim like that against that kind of competition…they’re going to attract attention.”

In leading the Warriors to an 11-4 record in the July live period, Murray has drawn serious attention from several Division 2 schools—including Post University and Bridgeport University, in addition to many different local Division 3 programs.

A good student who boasts a 3.3 GPA and wants to study engineering, Murray is still in the process of formulating college plans. In the winter, he’ll be the go-to scorer on a New Mission squad that will again be amongst the most talented in the state.

“He’s one of the best kids I’ve coached in terms of character,” McCarthy said. “He performed so well all summer against great competition. His confidence is at an all-time high.”

BABC playing on ESPNU tonight

July, 24, 2013
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The Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) will be playing the Howard Pulley Panthers (Minn.) tonight on ESPNU at 7 p.m., as part of the AAU 11th Grade Gold Super Showcase in Orlando.

The Minneapolis-based Howard Pulley club holds some of the nation's top talent in the Class of 2014, including point guard Tyus Jones (No. 3 overall in ESPN 100), power forward Reid Travis (No. 40 in ESPN 100) and point guard Jarvis Johnson (No. 55 in ESPN Super 60). That should make for an interesting matchup against some of the BABC's top stars, including St. Andrew's (R.I.) forward Bonzie Colson, Central Catholic guard Tyler Nelson, and last season's ESPN Boston Mr. Basketball, Malik James.

In an entry today on RecruitingNation, senior analyst Paul Biancardi highlighted Jones, Travis, Colson and Mann as players to watch in the Super Showcase. To read the full article, CLICK HERE (Insider only)



PF Bonzie Colson Jr. (New Bedford, Mass./St. Andrew’s)
Unranked in the ESPN 100
Uncommitted
AAU team: BABC

Colson is an undersized 4-man who overcomes his height with a ridiculous 6-foot-11 wingspan. He effectively uses those long arms to do work in the paint, on the glass, blocking shots and finishing offensive put-backs. Colson is a garbage guy and glue guy and one of the most consistent players in the 2014 class when it comes to effort and rebounding. He can also guard the low post thanks to his wingspan and frame. When you combine all of those factors, it’s easy to see why his stock is rising this summer.

PG Tyus Jones (Apple Valley, Minn./Apple Valley)
No. 3 in the ESPN 100
Uncommitted
AAU team: Howard Pulley

It’s easy to see why Jones is the nation’s No. 1 point guard, as his playmaking makes the game easy for his teammates. His vision and passing are extraordinary and his pinpoint passes usually result in an assist. He has a lot of Chris Paul in his game because he can beat you either with his scoring or with the pass. Much of Jones’ scoring comes from his floater and 3-point shot, and he also executes the pick-and-roll at a high level. He understands how to attack and create separation or stop behind the arc and shoot the 3.

SG/SF Terance Mann (Lowell, Mass./Tilton School)
No. 41 in the ESPN 60
Uncommitted
AAU team: BABC

At 6-5 and 175 pounds, Mann has the ideal body to play the 3 and the size, length and athleticism to cover ground on the defensive end. As for his offensive tools, he does everything well but makes his living attacking the rim. He has a good basketball IQ for a young prospect, and playing for a battle-tested program like BABC strengthens his chances of reaching his full potential.

PF Reid Travis (Minneapolis/De La Salle)
No. 40 in the ESPN 100
Uncommitted
AU team: Howard Pulley

This power forward loves contact and thrives on playing through it. He’s a dangerous offensive player for two reasons: He can score in the low post with his strength and physicality and he can make post moves to get buckets in the paint. Reid is crafty with the ball in his hands operating in the midrange area, whether it’s hitting the elbow jumper or driving to the cup with bodies draped all over him. With his bruising style of play, you can expect to see him frequent the foul line and make his mark on the glass.


BABC, NE Playaz clash in 41st Boston Shootout

June, 3, 2013
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BOSTON -- The host Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) and the New England Playaz met in the final of the 41st annual Boston Shootout on Sunday. Through scorching 90 degree conditions at Roxbury's Shelburne Community Center, BABC captured the championship, knocking off the Playaz 60-53 in an overtime thriller.

The two teams went blow-for-blow for nearly the entire first half before BABC’s three-quarter pressure began to help them pull away a bit. Bruce Brown (Vermont Academy '16), who finished with 17 points, knocked down a three-pointer to beat the first half buzzer, giving BABC a 30-23 lead going into the break.

After being down by as much as 13 early in the second half, the Playaz went on a 15-5 run to bring the deficit down to three with still over nine minutes left to play in the game. Crew Ainge (Kimball Union '15) fueled the Playaz comeback, making tough lay-ups around the rim, knocking down a couple of three-pointers, and creating for big men Marcel Pettway (Wilbraham & Monson '15) and Jarred Reuter (Brewster Academy '15) off of the pick-and-roll. Ainge drew rave reviews from Playaz coach Joe Dicruttalo after the game.

"Crew is just a constant energy guy," Dicruttalo said. "He’s always working, he’s always hustling. He’s that guy where you never have to question his effort. It’s good to have a guy like that out on the court. The first time I saw him was last year in Vegas; he’s not the same kid you see right now. It just goes to show how much times he’s put in off the court."

Dicruttalo made the decision at halftime to go to a pressure 1-3-1 zone, forcing BABC away from their precise offensive flow that often results in lay-ups or shots in the paint. By doing so, the Playaz were able to minimize the production of BABC’s super athletic guard Tyree Robinson (Notre Dame Prep ’15) and versatile forward Brendan Hill (Mansfield '15). The lack of space inside, in turn, forced BABC to shoot more outside jumpers via Tommy Mobley (Newton North '15) and Terrance Mann (Tilton '15). Mobley knocked down three treys while Mann had two of his own on his way to 10 points.

Defensive stalemate: Following a hard-fought game with few highlight-reel plays and plenty of scrappy defense, BABC coach Leo Papile praised the quality of the defensive play.

"A lot of people have the perception that AAU basketball is a bunch of guys running up and down dunking, it was far from that today," Papile said. "That was a really hard fought, down and dirty game. It’s smash-mouth basketball on both sides with clean, hard fouls."

Dicruttalo agreed.

"With a team like [BABC], if you’re giving them the passing angles, they’re going to pick you apart," he said. "So our biggest emphasis at halftime was that even though we were in a zone, we still needed to pressure them. Our biggest thing is we wanted more pressure out of the zone. Too many times people think that when you play zone, it’s time to take a break."

In the closing minute of the overtime period, Brown stepped up with the two biggest defensive plays of the game. The first, he stripped his defender on the wing and appeared to have a breakaway dunk until a late touch foul was called on him. After the officials discussed the play, BABC was given possession of the ball -- essentially cancelling out the questionable foul call on Brown.

Ainge, down 58-53 with 30 seconds left and a chance to make one last run, dribbled through BABC’s defense and pulled up for three from the right wing. Brown was there once again, blocking Ainge’s three attempt, retrieving the ball, and knocking down two free throws after being intentionally fouled.

"I call guys NFL bodies, and that’s what Bruce is, he has the body of an NFL cornerback," Papile said. "Those are the type of plays that he’s born genetically to make, with his length and stride."

An eye on the future: Two of the most promising young prospects in the game were BABC’s Terrell Brown (St. Andrew’s '16), a 6-foot-8 center who shows a ton of promise because of his shot-blocking and rebounding, and Playaz guard Tyree Weston, the former New Bedford guard who recently announced he will be heading to Cheshire Academy in the fall and repeating his sophomore year.

“I thought Terrell, for a 14 year-old, gave us some really good minutes in the first half -- especially in terms of his awareness [defensively]," Papile said. "For us, the defensive effort got us home."

Weston was critical in the Playaz' comeback later in the game, scoring eight points and hitting two 3-pointers in the second half. Brown got minutes in the first half, giving Papile an opportunity to rest Hill and Christian Wilkins (Suffield Academy '15). The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Wilkins -- a highly-touted football prospect already seeing a slew of Division 1 FBS interest -- gave Papile great minutes defensively on Pettway and Reuter.

"We’ve got a lot of football guys. I’m a big fan of that as a coach at this age-level," Papile said. "A lot of basketball guys say football ruins you, I love football guys. I love coaching them…the ability to think and the ability to execute -— which in football is a prerequisite. Down the end of the game, there’s no surprise we’ve got Brown, Hill, and Wilkins in the game - they’re all Division 1 football prospects as well. They’ll make plays."

BABC hosting 41st annual Boston Shootout

May, 31, 2013
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Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) director of operations Jay Demings passes along information regarding this weekend's historic Boston Shootout:



BOSTON, MA - The Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) will host the Boston Shootout Basketball Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2, at the Shelburne Community Center in Roxbury, MA.

This year marks the tournament’s 41st and will feature a sophomore division for six Northeast regional teams including the Albany City Rocks (NY), Connecticut Elite, Metro Boston, New England Playaz (MA), Northeast Shooters (NY) and tournament host BABC.

The official tournament schedule and directions can be found by visiting the BABC website at thebabc.com/events/.

The BABC Sophomore entry is the 2013 Massachusetts District Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Champion and finished 3rd in the nation at the 2012 9th Grade AAU National Championships in Arkansas. The BABC Sophomores are seeking the club’s 4th straight 10th Grade AAU National Championship title (’10, ’11, ’12). In addition, six sophomores fill the BABC Nike Elite Youth Basketball League (EYBL) roster that just qualified for a playoff birth as one of the league’s top 24 teams. They will compete in the Nike EYBL Playoffs July 10-14 in North Augusta, SC.

Established in 1977, the BABC has evolved into one of the most prestigious amateur basketball programs in the country. The club has won 17 National Championships, has been a National Finalist 28 times, reached the National Final Four 37 times, and has garnered 89 New England AAU gold medals. The club has previously been named Five- Star Basketball’s National Program of the Year.


BABC, Expressions make mark at Nike EYBL

May, 8, 2013
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Several local star players are making headlines on the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League circuit this spring, playing for regular power BABC or strong newcomer Expressions Elite. Of the 40 talented teams coast-to-coast who play on the highly-competitive EYBL circuit, Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) and Expressions, both based out of Boston, are two of the best teams in the field—at 8-1 and 9-0, respectively.

Expressions is one of two undefeated teams left in the entire field, including a win over the defending EYBL champ Oakland Soldiers. Behind a high-octane offensive attack -- led by juniors Abdul-Malik Abu and Jared Terrell, and sophomores Aaron Falzon and Jared Wilson-Frame -- Expressions has been one of the teams taking the event by storm. They've overpowered some of the top club teams in the country, and done so with players who are hungry college prospects with something to prove.

Abu has led the attack from the beginning. A chiseled 6-foot-8 forward with warrior strength and elite bounce, he has, on more than one occasion this spring, "posterized" opposing defenders via his high-flying dunks.

Head coach Tyron Boswell admits the undefeated start didn’t cross his mind at the beginning, but he isn’t surprised at the outcome given the work his players have put in.

“Honestly, I did expect us to do well, not undefeated, but we were prepared for it," Boswell said. "Guys got in the gym over summer and winter break, they work out three times a week. We’ve prepared to be successful."

Abu and Terrell are well-known commodities on the AAU circuit, with Abu breaking out last summer as one of the best forwards in the entire 2014 class. Terrell, who fractured his foot in two places last fall and struggled with the injury at times over the course of the prep season, looks healthy and is re-emerging as one of the nation’s best power guards.

Falzon and Wilson-Frame, who going into the season were lesser-known prospects, are just scratching the surface of their potential, says Boswell.

“Jared [Wilson-Frame] is a big part of what we’re doing," Boswell said. "He’s a great kid, he embodies what we’re all about: taking kids who are unknown and showcase them, help them get what they deserve. He’s brought what we need to do to win…an unselfish kid who holds our guys accountable."

For BABC head coach Leo Papile, whose program has won 17 AAU national championships, the strong run at EYBL has been all about selfless play and full-court pressure defense. Led in scoring by St. Andrew’s junior forward Bonzie Colson and Central Catholic junior sharpshooter Tyler Nelson, BABC is out to an 8-1 start. Sophomore point guard Johnny Joseph, a Brockton product who preps at Tilton (N.H.), is fifth in the EYBL in assists. To his credit, Joseph was absent from BABC’s only loss, a one point loss that he had to miss due to an academic obligation.

Nelson, who is an impressive 27-for-52 (51 percent) from three point range, along with Colson, Joseph and Wilbraham & Monson sophomore guard Curtis Cobb, have been the top players for BABC in terms of leadership and production. However, rising star Terrance Mann, a long 6-foot-5 wing player from Lowell, has already become one of New England’s most promising prospects. The Tilton (N.H.) sophomore picked up scholarship offers recently from Florida and Iowa State.

Mann, after receiving the offer from the Gators, said in an interview with ESPNBoston.com that he learned a lot this past prep school season from AAU and prep teammate Wayne Selden -- who on many occasions carried Tilton to wins following the graduation last year of Dominique Bull, Nerlens Noel, and Georges Niang.

“I learned a lot, seeing Wayne take over as much as he did," Mann said. "He was the man who had to take over, that’s a hard role to pick up. He’s in the gym every day. Having a work ethic like he does, by the time next year comes around, I think I’ll be ready to be a go-to [scorer]."

Teammates at Tilton, the 5-foot-8 Joseph may not have Mann’s height, but Papile says he has been making up for it with his defensive tenacity and tremendous floor vision.

“Bonzie and Tyler are the veterans from last year’s team, but Jon, he’s the quarterback. He’s going to have to erase a lot of doubts, and he’s in the process of doing it,” Papile said. “He’s a little guy, and sometimes people have pre-conceived notions. He doesn’t need to score for us to be successful.”

A lot of the scoring has gone to Colson, he’s one of the EYBL’s top scorers at 18.3 points per game. Well-known on the New England grassroots and prep school circuit already, Colson is quickly making himself a nationally-known prospect.

Papile’s teams as of late have included ESPN 100 prospects like Phil Pressey, Michael Carter-Williams, Niang, Noel, and Selden. For what this year’s team lacks in nationally-known blue-chip prospects, they make up for with defense, accountability, and offensive efficiency. A team’s best offense is its defense—a saying Papile has engraved into his players heads.

The defensive tenacity is something that role players like super-athletic Notre Dame Prep sophomore guard Tyree Robinson, Brighton guard Malik James, and Noble & Greenough sophomore forward Bobby Martin Jr. —- whom Papile says constantly makes “winning plays,” -- have taken to heart.

“Guys are battle-tested in terms of what we expect from them…they embody our definition of character," Papile said. "They can’t be a group of strangers with various missions, we try to weed all that out in ninth or tenth grade before they step up. Reaction to structure and being coached is key, it’s a recipe for disaster if you don’t have that structure.

"We really value having five thinkers on the floor at all times. There’s a big correlation between basketball IQ and real life IQ."

Seeing his team develop as a unit is also an aspect that Boswell has enjoyed with his Expressions squad. While the majority of the players on the team had never played together before this spring, the coach says something about the personality of his team has made things click. He credits guys like Dimitri Floras and Idris Taqqee with bringing the type of scrappy play needed to compliment Expressions’ many scorers.

“You would think that these guys knew each other prior to, but in all actuality every piece was hand-picked," Boswell said. "The togetherness they have...they’re just so unselfish. I’ve never seen a basketball move so much in one possession.”

BABC and Expressions Elite will travel to Dallas this weekend for the third round of Nike EYBL. The well-known Boston AAU squads will meet for the first time at session four of EYBL in Minneapolis, Minn., on May 24.

BABC to host Prep School Classic

January, 15, 2013
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The Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) will host the 2013 Prep School Classic this coming Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19 and 20, at the Kroc Center in Dorchester.

The event will consist of seven games featuring fourteen top area prep school programs. Each game will showcase future college stars and commits, all competing in the heart of the Boston community.

“BABC is excited to once again host the Prep Classic,” said Jay Demings, BABC’s Director of Operations, in a press release. “We feel we have compiled the best regional prep school teams and believe that the advanced level of play will make for another memorable event.”

This is the 4th annual Prep Classic hosted by the BABC and the event marks the second time it will be held in the City of Boston.

The up-to-date game schedule is as follows:

Saturday, January 19
2 p.m. - Vermont Academy vs. Redemption Christian Academy (N.Y.)
3:20 p.m. - St. Andrew’s (R.I.) vs. Tilton (N.H.)
4:40 p.m. - New Hampton (N.H.) vs. Notre Dame Prep
6:00 p.m. - Beaver Country Day vs. Worcester Academy

Sunday, January 20
2 p.m. - Kimball Union (N.H.) vs. Marianapolis Prep (Conn.)
3:20 p.m. - Brimmer & May vs. Northfield Mt. Hermon
4:40 p.m. - Rivers vs. Pingree

As an addition to the event, BABC will also host two make-up games from the weather-delayed BABC Holiday High School Classic. On Monday, January 21, Brighton will face University (Conn.) at noon followed by Capital Prep (Conn.) against Cambridge 2 p.m. Both games this day will take place at New Mission High School, 655 Metropolitan Ave., in Hyde Park.

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