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Noah Vonleh trims list to six schools

October, 18, 2012
ESPN's Dave Telep is reporting this morning that New Hampton (N.H.) senior forward Noah Vonleh has cut his list of schools down to six. Indiana, Ohio State, Georgetown, Syracuse, UConn and North Carolina have made the cut for the 6-foot-8 Haverhill native's services.

The decision comes some three weeks after Vonleh declared his intentions to move back into his original Class of 2013. Vonleh played his first two years of high school basketball at Haverhill High, where in 2010-11 he was named to ESPN Boston's inaugural MIAA All-State Team, before transferring to the New Hampton, N.H. campus and repeating his sophomore year.k

As things currently stand, Vonleh will take a visit to Syracuse the weekend of No. 3, then Indiana the following weekend. New Hampton coach Peter Hutchins told Telep it's possible Vonleh visits Georgetown or Ohio State the weekend of Nov. 24.

Telep makes note of some interesting ties between New Hampton and the six finalists, which you can find by clicking HERE (Insider only). Below is an excerpt:

There are ties all around Vonleh between some of the schools and his prep school. Whether they have any bearing on his final decision is still to be determined, but nonetheless, they are ties.

-- Former Syracuse star Lawrence Moten is a graduate of New Hampton and the Big East’s all-time leading scorer.
-- Former Indiana Hoosiers Pat Knight, Tom Coverdale and Mike Roberts attended New Hampton. At one point a decade ago, Indiana was routinely recruiting from New Hampton under then head coach Jamie Arsenault. Current head coach Pete Hutchins was on those squads.
-- Georgetown assistant coach Kenya Hunter graduated from New Hampton.
-- Syracuse standout Todd Burgan was a New Hampton graduate.

Noel talks upcoming decision on schools

April, 4, 2012
Tilton (N.H.) senior center Nerlens Noel, the nation's No. 1 overall player, checks in with his latest blog entry today on ESPNHS' boys basketball section, which you can read here.

Following last weekend's All-American Championship high school all-star game in New Orleans, Noel told reporters that he would make his decision for college on April 11, choosing between Kentucky, Syracuse and Georgetown. Bishop Gorman (Nev.) senior forward Shabazz Muhammad, the nation's No. 2 overall player, will also be making his decision at the same time.

Noel discusses the three finalists for his services, and bats down the rumors circulating that Kentucky is the favorite to land both him and Muhammad:

OK, so by now I assume most of you guys know that I cut my list to Kentucky, Georgetown and Syracuse a few weeks back. I just thought it was time to get it down to the schools that I was really looking at the hardest.

Kentucky had the big win Monday night and I had a good time watching that game. I was really liking how Anthony Davis continued to be effective even without scoring the ball. I know how it feels to not be able to get it going on the offensive end at times and that makes you just want to go even harder defensively. I loved that he got Most Outstanding Player, too.

Just seeing him have all the success that he’s had this year definitely makes me think a lot about what I could be doing there. That’s really appealing to me.

His IQ on the court is crazy. I talked to him a lot while I was down there and he told me all about how much better he’d gotten since he got there. He told me that I’d have to be ready when I got there because it was going to be a lot of hard work.

I’d definitely say it makes me think about Kentucky more, and with them winning with all of those freshmen was very attractive. Just seeing that it doesn’t matter how young you are, you can win a national title.

I talked to (Kentucky assistant) coach Orlando (Antigua) after they won and he was really happy, of course. He said that all he could think about was me being a part of something like that next season.

I wouldn’t say that all of that stuff gives Kentucky an advantage though. It’s just something I think about a lot.

With Syracuse, they’ve been on me the longest of the three schools on my list. That factors in heavy with me. That’s big for me. With Georgetown, I would've been crazy not to really give them a look with all the history they’ve had with big men and the development that I could get there.

This is going to be a hard decision y’all.

I’ve decided to announce my decision a week from today on ESPN so I’ve got a lot of thinking to do between now and then. And I’ve heard the rumors about me making a decision already. That’s not true. Rumors are rumors, what can you do, but just know that I'm far from a decision no matter what you hear.

Like I always say, don’t believe things you don’t read from me right here in my blog. I definitely haven’t made up my mind yet.

Me and Shabazz Muhammad are deciding at the same time on ESPN so that should be pretty cool. It’s definitely just a coincidence because me and Shabazz have never even talked about schools or anything like that.

I would love to play with him in college though, but we’ve never talked about that and he’s got to do what’s best for him like I’ve got to do what’s best for me.

I will say that one of the biggest factors in my decision will be who will be there on the team when I get there because my No. 1 goal is to win a national title.

Nerlens Noel narrows list of schools to three

March, 19, 2012
ESPN's Dave Telep checks in today with Tilton (N.H.) senior center Nerlens Noel, who recently eliminated North Carolina from his list of suitors and is down to Georgetown, Syracuse and Kentucky.

The entry can be found here on ESPN's Basketball Recruiting Blog. Here is an excerpt:

“I cut it a little bit today,” Noel said Sunday night. “I took North Carolina off. I didn’t want to delay the process.”

A potential March 19 visit to UNC isn’t happening. While Georgetown, Syracuse and Kentucky –- Noel’s final three –- have been with him a long time, the Tar Heels tried to make a run at him following his reclassification. Turns out it was too late. Connecticut was also trimmed from the final list.

“I think I’m getting close,” Noel said. “I think after my mom talks to coaches and Kentucky does an in-home visit. Then Syracuse is on Wednesday and my mom already met with Georgetown when she went with me on my visit.”

Each of the three remaining schools has a different angle with which to approach the shot-swatter. The Wildcats, well, they could be four games away from replacing probably No. 1 NBA Draft pick Anthony Davis.

“I don’t like to think like I’m replacing somebody,” Noel said. “I want to go in there and play my own game. I don’t want to replace him and I know we’re similar but I want to go in there and do my own thing.

“Kentucky, when I was there they showed me how good of a job they do with their players and that maybe in 1-2 years in college I could be a professional.”

Then there’s Syracuse. Noel’s always been fond of the Orange. “Syracuse has a great tradition. Whenever I go there it’s a family thing and I like (Jim) Boeheim and (Mike) Hopkins a lot. Playing with Mike Carter-Williams again would be real good. They do a great job of explaining the place.”

The Hoyas' past is not easily lost on Noel. Some of the game's great shot-blockers roamed the lane under the watchful eye of two generations of Thompsons. From Patrick Ewing all the way through Roy Hibbert, the Hoyas have always loved having an anchor in the middle.

“Georgetown really showed me what they’re about. I watched video about how they utilized their big men and I can pass the ball and get assists in that system.”

Brewster's T.J. Warren commits to NC State

November, 2, 2011
Brewster Academy (N.H.) forward T.J. Warren, the 23rd-rated player in the latest ESPNU Top 100, committed to North Carolina State on Wednesday, picking the Wolfpack over Georgetown.

"When I was growing up I went to a lot of games when Herb Sendek was the coach and Julius Hodge was there," Warren told ESPN senior recruiting analyst Dave Telep. "I've always been a State fan."

Warren transferred to Brewster this fall, but played three seasons of high school basketball in Durham and Raleigh. Warren visited NC State officially last month and, following his trip, felt like the Wolfpack separated itself.

"When I made the decision it just felt right," Warren told Telep. "It was that feeling inside and I've been having that feeling for a long time."

The full story from Telep can be found here.

ESPN recruiting coordinator Reggie Rankin believes Warren will pose significant matchup problems to Wolfpack opponents:

The NC State Wolfpack are adding a scoring machine with the commitment of 6-7, 205-pound small forward T.J. Warren (Durham, N.C./Brewster Academy) who is No. 23 overall in the ESPNU 100 and No. 6 among small forwards. New NC State coach Mark Gottfried will have many scoring options by moving Warren around on the offensive end of the floor where he will present matchup problems for opposing perimeter players.

The strong and physical Warren can get buckets in a variety of ways. He attacks the rim on the break, creates shots and sets up drives off the dribble with his tremendous shot fake. Plus, he understands how to utilize screens in order to get open, hits midrange jumpers off the catch and punishes smaller perimeter defenders in the low post where he welcomes and scores through contact on a consistent basis.

Expect Warren to become a more consistent threat from behind the arc as well and learn to become a better defender once he is with the Wolfpack coaching staff on a full time basis which will take his already very productive game to the next level.

Needham's Aubin named No. 3 defender

October, 26, 2011
ESPNHS' lacrosse section is counting down to the Girls ESPNHS 100, to be unveiled Nov. 30, by naming the nation's top 25 players at each position. Today, they are revealing their list of the top 25 defenders in the nation, and coming in at No. 3 is Needham High's Shelby Aubin.

Aubin, who committed to Georgetown last July, was named to ESPN Boston's inaugural Girls Lacrosse MIAA All-State Team last June.

Here's what ESPNHS had to say about the selection:

3. Shelby Aubin Needham (Needham, Mass.), Georgetown
The Needham senior plays both midfield and defense, tallied 55 goals and added 32 assists on offense and also collected 40 ground balls last season.

The complete list can be found here.

Brewster's T.J. Warren down to four schools

October, 4, 2011
In his popular "Shooting Threes" column today on ESPN's college basketball recruiting section, senior analyst Dave Telep reports that Brewster Academy (N.H.) post-graduate forward T.J. Warren is down to four schools -- North Carolina, NC State, Florida and Georgetown.

You can read the entire column here (Insider only).

The surprise cut for Warren -- a Durham, N.C. native who is the No. 23 overall player in the Class of 2012 -- had to have been Kentucky, which is in the running for several other top uncommitted prospects as well. Telep explains:

T.J. Warren (Durham, N.C./Brewster Academy) is down to four schools: NC State, North Carolina, Florida and Georgetown. On Monday, Warren texted me and said he’s no longer considering Kentucky. Exactly what does that mean? Did UK chop him from their list or did he slice the Wildcats? The answer lies somewhere in between.

What happened to Warren -- or what happened with Kentucky depending on your point of view -- can be seen two ways. The gist of what happened is likely that Kentucky didn’t view Warren as a top tier small forward target. They are actively, heavily and with great zeal pursuing Shabazz Muhammad (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman), Alex Poythress (Clarksville, Tenn./Northeast) and Devonta Pollard (DeKalb, Miss./Kemper County).

“I just didn’t feel like I was their main guy,” Warren said. “And the communication wasn’t there.” Translation: the Wildcats either liked their other targets better (plausible given the headliners) or didn’t feel great about landing Warren or they didn’t put the same time and communication resources into T.J. for all of the above reasons.

I tweeted on Monday night that “Kentucky no longer on the list.” I picked my words carefully. At the time, I didn’t know if UK had dropped T.J. or he’d dropped them. It’s this gray area that is often times difficult to discern. You try and do your best to report what happened but the reality is, the devil is in the details and the details can be tough to determine.

Brewster's Christon commits to Xavier

July, 25, 2011
Citing multiple sources, ESPNU is reporting that Cincinnati native and Brewster Academy (N.H.) incoming post-graduate Semaj Christon will stay home to play his college basketball for the Xavier Musketeers.

Christon chose Xavier over Cincinnati, Georgetown, Illinois and Providence.

ESPN Recruiting Coordinator Reggie Rankin describes Christon as "an immediate impact guard that has size, skill and athletic ability.

"What makes him special is he's a high level playmaker not only for himself but teammates. He has the talent to challenge for a starting position right away.

"A huge commit for Chris Mack not only because of his talent but Christon is a local kid," Rankin added. "He should provide the Xavier fans with a high octane fast break while making plays off ball screens and end of clock situations."

Christon is the fifth commitment for head coach Chris Mack in 2012, joining center Sim Bhullar, power forward James Farr and Notre Dame Prep shooting guard Myles Davis. Power forward Jalen Reynolds originally signed with Xavier's 2011, class but did not qualify academically. He will also spend a post-grad year at Brewster along side Christon before enrolling in 2012.

Needham's Shelby Aubin commits to G'Town

July, 13, 2011
ESPN RISE lacrosse editor Mike Loveday is reporting that Needham defender/midfielder Shelby Aubin has verbally committed to Georgetown for the fall of 2012.

Aubin scored 55 goals and 32 assists on offense, while also tallying 40 groundballs, as the Rockets advanced to the Division 1 South final this spring, losing to eventual state champion Westwood.

Loveday has more on the commitment:

ESPN RISE: What other school’s did you consider?
Shelby Aubin: "I considered U Florida and BU, but Georgetown was always my top choice."

ER: What made Georgetown such an attractive choice?
SA: "I really love the girls and coach, they truly believe in being a team on and off the field. I also love the location and atmosphere of the school itself."

ER: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
SA: What surprised me the most was how quickly your school choices can change. In a instant a school can come on or off your list.

Nerlens the nation's best defender since Oden?

July, 12, 2011
Is Everett native and Tilton (N.H.) incoming junior center Nerlens Noel the nation's best shot-blocker?

In his "Shooting Three's" column today, ESPN senior basketball recruiting analyst Dave Telep makes the bold declaration. And while he won't go as far as a Bill Russell comparison, as Boston Amateur Basketball Club director Leo Papile did with Boston reporters last fall, Telep does mark some similarities between Noel and a certain former No. 1 overall draft pick.

Telep writes:

The best defensive player in the country isn't a senior. It is junior Nerlens Noel (Everett, Mass./ Tilton).

"He makes everything easy all the time because you know you have a dominant shot-blocker back there," BABC junior point guard Jaylen Brantley (Springfield, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson) said.

The stat sheet said Noel had 12 points and eight boards versus All-Iowa but only three blocks. The fact of the matter is Noel dominated play in the first half where Iowa scored just 12 points. All-Iowa Attacks big three of Marcus Paige, Mike Gesell and Adam Woodbury shot 8-27 from the field. Nerlens was in the neighborhood.

I've heard a lot of people criticize his offense and that's true, he has work to do but he's not a bad offensive player, he's just a superstar on defense. He has the work ethic and the offense will come. Pre-summer, Noel listed UConn, Kansas, Georgetown, Kentucky and Florida. Florida coach Billy Donovan was at his first game and Kentucky coach John Calipari and Kansas coach Bill Self popped in during the contest. You can bet North Carolina coach Roy Williams, who also caught his opener, is interested.

Noel isn't the prospect Greg Oden was at the same age, but it's been that long since high school basketball has seen a natural shot-blocker of that caliber. Anthony Davis was excellent last year but Noel is threatening to join an elite club of rejectors.

Brewster's Warren narrows it to seven

July, 6, 2011
In his popular "Shooting 3's" column today, ESPN senior basketball recruiting analyst Dave Telep checks in with incoming Brewster Academy senior T.J. Warren, who is starting to narrow his list of schools.

Warren is a Durham, N.C. native who left Word of God in Raleigh to join the Wolfeboro, N.H. program. But he could end up coming back home for college, as Telep writes:

T.J. Warren (Durham, N.C./Brewster Academy) recently made a significant decision. He's heading off to Brewster Academy for his senior year where he'll star alongside Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster). Warren began his high school career at Durham Riverside then switched after two years to Word of God in Raleigh, N.C. Now at Brewster, he'll face a tough northern prep schedule.

His collegiate recruitment could have him returning home in the fall of 2011. Warren recently trimmed his college list to seven programs: Georgetown, Florida, NC State, Louisville, Kansas, Texas and North Carolina. Each program, except the Tar Heels offered him a scholarship. The 6-foot-6 small forward with exceptional shooting touch and deep range is the son of a former NC State player.

Warrior 40 Final Competition roster unveiled

July, 1, 2011
ESPN RISE today announced the second annual Warrior 40 Final Competition. The culmination of a four-region search across the United States to find the best lacrosse athletes nationwide, the Warrior 40 Final Competition will be held at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., Friday, July 8, and Saturday, July 9, 2011.

Focused on elevating lacrosse players’ knowledge on and off the field, the athletes will be coached by top MLL players throughout the two days of competition. Friday will feature a skills competition with the final taking place at Harvard Stadium on Saturday before the MLL All-Star Game.

The skills competition and final will air on ESPNU Sunday, July 10, from 9-11 p.m. ET.

Locally, the Warrior 40 roster is set to include the following players:

Connor Darcey, Goalie, 2012, Wellesley, Mass. (Wellesley HS), Penn State
Niall Devaney, Attack, 2012, North Falmouth, Mass. (Canterbury School), Uncommitted
Joe Kruy, Midfielder, 2012, Sudbury, Mass. (Philips Andover), Duke
Matt O’Keefe, Defense, 2012, Duxbury, Mass. (Duxbury HS), Johns Hopkins
Oliver Saffery, Midfielder, 2012, Wellesley Hills, Mass. (Wellesley HS), Uncommitted
Greg Stamatov, Goalie, 2012, Foxborough, Mass. (Foxborough HS), Villanova
Curtis Townshend, Defense/LSM, 2012, New Canaan, Conn. (Brunswick School), Uncommitted
J.C. Vivian, Midfielder, 2012, South Hamilton, Mass. (Governor's Academy), Georgetown

The complete roster can be found here.