Boston High School: Jarred Reuter

BABC, NE Playaz clash in 41st Boston Shootout

June, 3, 2013
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."

ESPNU updates hoops player rankings

May, 24, 2012
ESPNU's basketball recruiting section updated its national rankings for the 2013, 2014 and 2015 classes this afternoon. For the respective classes, this is the first ESPNU 100 for 2013, Super 60 for 2014 and Terrific 25 for 2015.

Northwest Catholic (Conn.) forward Kuran Iverson is the lone New Englander represented in the Class of 2013, coming in at No. 80, but there is plenty of local flavor in the underclass rankings. Haverhill native Noah Vonleh comes in at No. 4 overall in the 2014 class; the power forward was named to ESPN Boston's inaugural MIAA All-State Team in 2011 as a sophomore at Haverhill High, before transferring to New Hampton (N.H.) and reclassifying.

Below are the locals represented on the new rankings:

ESPNU 100 (Class of 2013)
80. Kuran Iverson, 6-8 SF, Windsor, Conn./Northwest Catholic

Super 60 (Class of 2014)
4. Noah Vonleh, 6-8 PF, Haverhill, Mass./New Hampton (N.H.)
12. Wayne Selden, 6-5 SG, Boston/Tilton (N.H.)
18. Chris McCullough, 6-9 PF, Bronx, N.Y./Salisbury (Conn.)
53. Kaleb Joseph, 6-3 PG, Nashua, N.H./Cushing Academy
56. Jared Terrell, 6-4 SG, Weymouth, Mass./New Hampton (N.H.)

Terrific 25 (Class of 2015)
18. Jarred Reuter, 6-8 PF, Rochester, Mass./Tabor Academy

For the complete rankings, follow the links here: 2013, 2014, 2015.

ESPN's Paul Biancardi breaks down the new rankings over on Recruiting Nation Basketball, and highlights several of the aforementioned locals, excerpted belo:

SG Wayne Selden (Boston/The Tilton School)
When it comes to power and strength Selden is at the top of the class. His ability to overpower defenders, even ones bigger than him, with his college-ready body is what separates him from the pack. He is physically dominant on the fast break, finishing through contact.

PF Noah Vonleh (Haverhill, Mass./New Hampton)
He has a strong frame and his physical tools are becoming elite as he grows into his body. Vonleh's versatility and ability to create his own shot off the dribble make him unique. His handle is a weapon that we just don't see that often at this stage for players with his frame.

For Biancardi's full breakdown, CLICK HERE (Insider only)

Updated offer lists for local ballers

July, 20, 2011
On his recruiting blog today, ESPN's Adam Finkelstein has updates on the recruitment of some of the northeast's top prospects, including several New Englanders:

Ethan O'Day, PF (Mansfield, Conn./Northfield Mount Hermon)
He has had to battle a sprained ankle but still holds offers from St. Joseph's, Vermont, Boston University, Holy Cross, Hofstra, American and Lafayette according to NMH coach John Carroll. Davidson is expected to follow him early in the second half of the month as well.

Jake Layman, SF (Wrentham, Mass./King Phillip)
He has been somewhat of a hidden gem but that's not going to hold true for much longer. Layman now claims offers from Maryland, Notre Dame and Providence with a variety of other schools apparently ready to follow suit.

Jaylen Brantley, PG (Springfield, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson)
Layman's BABC teammate is one of the Northeast's hardest players to evaluate. In one sense, his lack of size is bound to catch up with him before too long, but you simply can't ignore his production against the highest levels of competition. Brantley has reportedly heard from Boston College, Virginia, Louisville, Florida, DePaul and Northeastern.

Jarred Reuter, PF (Rochester, Mass./St. Mark's)
The 2014 big man has been a poor man's Tyler Hansbrough for the New England Playaz this summer. He claimed his first high-major offer from Indiana at the Hoosiers Elite Camp in June and has added invitations from St. John's and Rutgers so far this month.

For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school basketball talent, be sure to check out Finkelstein's ESPN blog as well as his New England Recruiting Report.

Indiana offers St. Mark's Jarred Reuter

June, 8, 2011
ESPN's Adam Finkelstein reports today that St. Mark's freshman big man and Rochester, Mass. native Jarred Reuter received his first high-major offer last weekend, from Indiana University.

Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean extended a scholarship offer to the 6-foot-8 Reuter -- who missed his entire freshman year at St. Mark's with a foot injury suffered during football -- last weekend while the Class of 2014 prospect was on a visit to campus for the program's elite camp.

Only recently has Reuter begun playing basketball, running with the Springfield-based New England Playaz. But even still, he's on the eye of many a radar for his phyiscality, aggression and college-ready frame.

Scouts Inc's current evaluation reads as follows:

Reuter's game is similar to that of a poor man's Tyler Hansbrough in that he is a power player inside with a terrific motor. He plays with reckless abandon inside the paint, bullying physically weaker and less aggressive players. Even at his young age opposing players already bounce off his strong frame as he carves out space to score inside, rebound, and defend the post. He has a soft touch inside the lane, signs of a developing jump hook with his back the basket, and enough skill to step out and shoot.

Reuter missed his entire freshman season with an injury and needs to get back into basketball shape since making his return. As he continues to add muscle to his frame he needs to ensure that he doesn't get stronger at the expense of his conditioning or mobility. He projects as more of a power player than a high level athlete against the highest levels of competition and needs to continue to develop his overall ball skills both inside and out.

Bottom Line:
Reuter possesses the physicality and aggression that can't be taught. With time to develop his skills, he projects as a high level prospect in the class of 2014.