Boston High School: Jeremy Miller

Vonleh impresses at Memorial Day Super 16

May, 28, 2012
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ESPN's Adam Finkelstein recaps the Memorial Day Super 16 Showcase in New London, Conn. today on ESPN's College Basketball Recruiting Blog, and makes note of the local flavor.

To read the full entry CLICK HERE (Insider only). Below are some excerpts of Finkelstein's analysis:



STANDOUT PERFORMANCES

Noah Vonleh (Haverhill, Mass./New Hampton)
2014, PF, 6-8, 220 pounds
Vonleh’s dominance continued on Sunday as his versatility and overall talent shined above the rest of the field. He seems to highlight a new weapon in his arsenal every weekend and this weekend it was his ability to rise to the occasion in big moments. In the semifinal, it was a buzzer-beating tip-dunk that saw him rise above a pack of traffic to throw down a vicious dunk just as time expired in what was an incredible display of his explosiveness.

Kahlil Dukes (Hartford, Conn./Capital Prep)
2013, SG/PG, 5-11, 160 pounds
His game and recruitment have been on a steady rise all spring. His DNA is that of an undersized scoring guard and while he may never be a pure point guard, he’s more of a new-age lead guard who uses his individual playmaking abilities to create offensive opportunities for his team. This weekend, he continued to get better as the tournament went on and his efficiency improved with his decision making.

EYE ON THE UNDERCLASSMEN

Chris Baldwin (Springfield, Mass./Hillside School)
2015, PF, 6-6, 185 pounds
Baldwin’s name is far from a new one in the Northeast. His natural ability has been well- known for some time, but in many ways this weekend was still his breakout performance as it was the first time that he made a heavy impact on a high-level game. Playing up at the U-17 level, Baldwin stole the show on Saturday, showing his powerful athleticism to throw down back-to-back hammer dunks.

Bruce Brown (Wakefield, Mass./Wakefield)
2015, SF, 6-3, 175 pounds
Brown is a young, up-and-coming swingman with a very high ceiling. He is a high-level athlete who is already playing well above the rim and has good size and a naturally-strong body. While he’s a constant threat to get to the rim, the two other things that could make him special are his motor and defensive instincts.

Jeremy Miller (Milton, Mass./New Hampton)
2015, C, 6-9, 200 pounds
He’s the type of young big man who has clear potential, but hasn’t yet been able to deliver the consistent production. That wasn’t the case on Sunday when he showed his skill set out to the 3-point line and even knocked down a dagger 3 to tie the game with 5 seconds left in the junior division final.


Locals shine at Rumble in the Bronx

June, 13, 2011
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ESPN's Adam Finkelstein checks in today with a recap of last weekend's Rumble in the Bronx, held at six different courts across the Bronx (new NCAA rules prevented the showcase from being played on the campus of traditional host Fordham University).

Cambridge's Jacquil Taylor and Northfield-Mt. Hermon's Jeremy Miller were two players Finkelstein singled out from Eastern Mass., calling them "two young post prospects from the state of Massachusetts who both showed glimpses of stardom."

Meanwhile Notre Dame Prep's Ricardo Ledo, a Providence native and the No. 13 Class of 2012 prospect, was one of the most dominant players on the floor. Finkelstein writes:


His individual offensive skills were head and shoulders above any other player in the field. He showed his dominance in spurts, taking over games whenever he chose to assert his will. His most consistent weapon was his jumper, which was his Achilles' heel at one point in his development, punishing defenders for going under ball screens and shaking his man enough to drill contested pull-ups from long range.


Five Things We Learned at Elite 75

September, 29, 2010
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The third annual "New England Elite 75 Showcase -- Frosh/Soph Edition" took place on Saturday at Boston University’s Case Gymnasium and included many of the top underclassman prospects the New England region has to offer. The event featured two sessions, with the freshmen taking the court in the morning and the sophomores in the afternoon.

Here is a look at five lessons we learned after taking in the day’s action:

1. Noah Vonleh is a Potential Star in the Making

Haverhill High School sophomore Noah Vonleh stood out as the most impressive prospect at the event. What sets him apart is a combination of three factors. First, he has the talent to dominant his peers right now. Second, he has demonstrated the work ethic to consistently improve his game. Third, his physical upside is tremendous. Vonleh only recently celebrated his 15th birthday and already stands 6-foot-7 with a strong body. He could still be growing and is certainly still growing into his body and consequently hasn’t nearly peaked athletically. He has terrific economy of motion, taking the ball off the defensive glass and going coast to coast in three or four dribbles and only requiring a single bounce to get to the rim in a half-court set, to go along with a rapidly developing skill set. If this young man continues to work hard and make good decisions, the sky could be the limit.

2. The Class of 2013 has Tremendous Depth

New England has some very well known talent in the class of 2013. Connecticut native Kuran Iverson is the second ranked player in the country and Everett native Nerlens Noel is third, according to ESPNU’s most recent Terrific 25 list. But beyond the obvious star power of Iverson, Noel, and Vonleh the region, and the state of Massachusetts specifically, has great depth in the class. Beaver Country Day guard Rene Castro already owns a scholarship offer from Boston College, Brimmer & May’s Jake Fay has one from UMass, and a variety of others in action on Friday had the potential to earn similar opportunities including Milton Academy’s Ikemefuna Ngwudo, Cushing Academy’s Andrew Chrabascz, Springfield Central’s Cornelius Tyson, and Weymouth’s Jared Terrell.

3. Getting to Know the Class of 2014

This was our first major opportunity to check out the incoming freshmen and there was plenty to like. Milton’s Jeremy Miller has the size and raw talent to potentially be a high level prospect down the road. Fellow big men Aaron Falzon (Newton North) and Bonzie Colson Jr. (St. Andrew’s) have similar upside. There are plenty of talented local guards including Lawrence Academy’s Johnnie Vassar, Cushing Academy’s Idris Taqqee and Stoughton’s Jonathan Joseph. The state of Connecticut also offers a particularly talented group with the likes of Jared Wilson-Frame, Levy Gillespie Jr., Winston Morgan and Kahari Beaufort.

4. Prep Talent Arriving Earlier than Ever

New England has always been the hub of prep school talent in the country, but it used to be that talented players only arrived for their post-graduate, or sometimes senior, seasons. Saturday’s event showed they are now coming much earlier and opting to play in the NEPSAC for multiple seasons. Some of the event’s top prospects, like Northfield Mount Hermon’s Dekeeba Battee, Worcester Academy’s Asur Madison, Winchendon’s Dennis Green and the Kent School’s Travis Berry are all from outside of the region but are boarding students at local prep schools.

5. One Year Can Make a Big Difference

There was a notable difference between the morning and the afternoon session as the sophomores delivered a significantly higher quality of play. The biggest difference was obviously physical as players were bigger, stronger, faster and more athletic given the extra year of physical maturity. But the other interesting trend was the higher caliber of basketball acumen. Some examples were more obvious as the sophomores tended to both share the ball more as well as play without it, but others were more subtle like looking into the post, using jab fakes or understanding how to defend from the weak side of the floor.

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