Boston High School: Joey Glynn

ESPN Boston presents: 'All For Joey'

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Cardinal Spellman boys' basketball had a perpetual sixth man on the court as the Cardinals won the Division 3 state title in March. The spirit of Joey Glynn, a former Spellman hoop standout who died suddenly during a summertime pick-up game in 2013, guided the Cardinals each step of the way.

With heavy hearts, the Cardinals dedicated their season to Glynn, vowing to pay honor to their fallen former teammate with a championship.

Greg Story followed Spellman's run to the DCU Center and produced this mini-documentary for ESPN Boston.

Here, we present "All For Joey":

Locally, the impact from the sudden death last summer of former Bentley University basketball player Joey Glynn was seismic. Outpouring was immediate and heavy, both from Glynn's home town of Abington and his high school alma mater, Cardinal Spellman, which devoted its season to him as they captured the program's first Division 3 boys basketball state championship since 1984 last month.

Now, Glynn's influence has been brought halfway across the world. Former Bentley player Kevin Kettl is currently serving an 11-month sabbatical in Rwanda, part of a grant with Shooting Touch, Inc., and built a basketball court in Glynn's honor in the rural town of Nyamirama:

(Photo courtesy of Shooting Touch)



Shooting Touch founder Justin Kittredge passes along the following press release on Kettl's construction of "Joey Glynn Court":



Although they never played a single minute together at Bentley University, Kevin Kettl still feels a strong connection to the late Joey Glynn, the former Bentley basketball player who tragically passed away during a recreation league game in Watertown in June 2013.

The connection and impression that Glynn gave was so strong, Kettl – a Bentley student-athlete who graduated in 2012 -- decided to name an outdoor court that he constructed in rural Rwanda, "Joey Glynn Court.”

Kettle says he knew Glynn for only a short time, but had a great deal of respect for him, and was deeply saddened by his death

"Although Joey started playing at Bentley after I had graduated, I still played pick-up ball with him, and you could just tell he was a special kid from the get-go," said Kettl. "He was tough, he never got out-worked, and he was humble at the same time -- and I really admired him for that.”

Kettl is one of two local student-athletes who were awarded Sabbatical Grants by Boston based non-profit Shooting Touch, Inc. to work for 11 months with underserved youths in Rwanda. The other grantee is Stonehill College basketball star and graduate Priscilla Dodoo.

Since October 2013, Kettl and Dodoo have coordinated the construction or renovation of 4 basketball courts, mobilized new youth basketball teams and leagues, held basketball clinics, and provided health and youth-development services to over 400 underserved young people in Rwanda.

The all-new Joey Glynn Court is located in Nyamirama, a rural village in the Eastern Province of Rwanda. It is the first known basketball court in the region and introduces the sport to youths who have never picked up a ball.

"Memorializing Joey in this way is really the least I could do," said Kettl. "Everything that Joey stood for is what we aim to teach at our basketball clinics. I hope that someday, this court will be filled with a bunch of Joey Glynns.”

Glynn, a Brockton native, graduated from Cardinal Spellman High School. He then went on to Bentley, and competed 1 year with the Falcons.

Kettl and Dodoo began their work in Rwanda in October 2013. Kettl graduated from Bentley in 2012 with a B.S. in Marketing. Dodoo, a Worcester native, graduated from Stonehill in 2012 with a B.A. in International Studies.

Shooting Touch is a Boston based basketball and youth-development organization that runs and sponsors tournaments and clinics locally. The organization’s non-profit arm, The Shooting Touch Sabbatical Program, known as the "Basketball Peace Corps", awards grants for college graduates on an annual basis to work at creating basketball and youth-development programs in developing nations.

The organization launched its five-year initiative in Rwanda in 2012, with the goal of creating a nation-wide youth league, while improving the lives of its players by teaching the ideals of gender equality, health and fitness, HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention, education and leadership skills. Shooting Touch grantees also have developed and delivered service programs in Cape Verde, Senegal, Brazil, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Over 3,000 youths around the world come through Shooting Touch’s programs each year.

Bentley's Hall of Fame Coach, Barbara Stevens is a member Shooting Touch’s Board of Directors.


Service arrangements for Joey Glynn

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Cardinal Spellman High School announced funeral and wake arrangements for former student-athlete Joey Glynn, who passed away suddenly Monday evening during a men's league basketball game.

Visiting hours will be Sunday afternoon from 2-6 p.m. at the Quealey and Son Funeral Home in Abington, and his funeral will be held at the St. Bridget Church in Abington at 9 a.m. Monday morning.

Former Spellman student Jared Lordi has also created commemorative basketball jerseys for Glynn, which can be purchased for $35. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Glynn, an Abington resident, started 16 games this past season for Bentley, averaging 3.3 points in 16.7 minutes per game. He was named to ESPN Boston’s All-State team in 2012 after a decorated career at Cardinal Spellman, where he finished with 1,425 career points.

'Emotional service' held for Glynn

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A few hundred people attended a prayer service Tuesday morning at Cardinal Spellman, mourning the sudden death of former basketball star Joey Glynn.

Glynn died Monday night after collapsing during a men’s league basketball game in Watertown, Mass.

“You hear about it two or three times a year, a kid collapses on a basketball court, but you never expect it to happen to someone like Joey Glynn,” Cardinal Spellman spokesman Nate Merritt said.

The school opened the prayer service to all students, including seniors who have already graduated and former students and parents who knew the 19-year-old Glynn, who graduated last year.

Merritt described it as an “emotional service” that was led by Deacon Joseph Nickley, who was close with Glynn. The service included a photo montage set to music in tribute to Glynn.

“It’s hitting everybody pretty hard,” Merritt said.

The cause of death is still being investigated, according to Watertown police.

“I can’t even fathom it. Joey has played a thousand games at this point in his life. You can’t tell me he pushed himself more than last night than he ever has,” Merritt said.

Glynn was named to ESPN Boston’s All-State team in 2012 after a decorated career at Cardinal Spellman, where he finished with 1,425 career points. He played for Bentley College this past season, starting 16 games and averaging 3.3 points in 16.7 minutes.
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Local hoops star Glynn dies suddenly

June, 4, 2013
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Former Cardinal Spellman basketball star and Bentley University freshman forward Joey Glynn died Monday night during a men’s league game in Watertown, Mass.

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Brendan Hall/ESPNJoey Glynn, with family after scoring his 1,000th high school point in 2011, was playing Monday with several ex-teammates when he fell to the court.
Glynn, 19, was playing with many of his former teammates from the Middlesex Magic AAU club, including program director and coach Mike Crotty Jr., when he suddenly collapsed at 7:25 p.m. Glynn was transported to Mount Auburn Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to Watertown Police Detective Michael Lawn.

The cause of death is unknown and an investigation is ongoing, Lawn said.

“I loved the kid, he was a great person,” Crotty said. “He was quiet until you got to know him, and then he was a funny kid with a great personality that everyone responded to. He was a great brother to all of his sisters, the kind of son you would want to have -- didn’t do anything wrong, did what he was asked. If I had a daughter someday, my hope is that she would meet a guy like Joey Glynn.

“He was one of the best, just a wonderful kid. As a player, nobody had more heart, nobody had a better motor, he shut up and played the game the way it was meant to be played. The great part of coaching kids when you’re young enough ... I’m a coach and a mentor in some ways, but then they become my friends, and Joey was a great friend.

“I wish could have played for a lot longer. He had such a bright future, such bright a life ahead of him. I don’t know what to say.”

Glynn, an Abington resident, started 16 games this past season for Bentley, averaging 3.3 points in 16.7 minutes per game. He was named to ESPN Boston’s All-State team in 2012 after a decorated career at Cardinal Spellman, where he finished with 1,425 career points.

“He was an outstanding athlete and an even better person,” Cardinal Spellman spokesman Nate Merritt told the Patriot Ledger. “He always represented Spellman better than we could have even asked. Putting this tragedy into words is virtually impossible.”

The school held a prayer service at 9 a.m. for Glynn.
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ESPNBoston's MIAA All-State Boys Basketball Team

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THE SUPER TEAM

All-StateGuard – Aaron Calixte, Jr., Stoughton
An exceptional athlete gifted with a tenacious motor, and one of the state's most dynamic scorers, the 5-foot-11 Calixte was the driving force behind the Black Knight's run to the Division 2 Eastern Mass. final, and asserted himself as the state's premier point guard. For his junior season, he averaged 19 points and six assists, and was named a Hockomock League All-Star. Calixte also stands out on the gridiron for the Black Knights' football squad.

All-StateGuard – Tyrese Hoxter, Jr., Charlestown
After playing in the shadows of former All-Stater Akosa Maduegbunam a year ago, the 6-foot-3 Hoxter thoroughly burst onto the scene and had a monster campaign for the Townies, leading them to the TD Garden floor for the first time since 2005 before bowing out to Brockton in the Division 1 Eastern Mass. Final. This season he averaged 19 points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals.

All-StateGuard – Tyrell Springer, Sr., Springfield Central
After falling short of a state title two seasons ago with New Leadership, the 6-foot-2 Springer led Central to the DCU Center floor this season where the Golden Eagles captured their first Division 1 state title since 1991. The centerpiece of one of the state's most athletic lineups, Springer averaged 15.3 points, 7.5 rebounds, seven assists and 7.3 steals. He is undecided on college plans.

All-StateForward – Jake Layman, Sr., King Philip
The 6-foot-8 Layman was one of the most dominant players in Massachusetts this season, with the ability to score both inside and out, as the Warriors set a school single-season record for wins (18) before suffering a surprise upset in the Division 2 South quarterfinals. In 21 games, he averaged 26.5 points, 16 rebounds, 5.8 blocks, 3.2 assists and three steals. He closes his career with with 1,752 points, 1,098 rebounds and 391 blocks, giving him career averages of 20.6 points, 12.9 rebounds, 4.6 blocks, 2.8 steals and 2.6 assists. This is his second appearance on the Super Team; he also captured the Hockomock League's MVP for the second straight season. Layman, who was named ESPN Boston's "Mr. Basketball" earlier this week, is ranked the nation's No. 62 overall senior by ESPN, and will continue his career next season at the University of Maryland.

All-StateCenter – Sayvonn Houston, Sr., Brockton
A nightly double-double machine, Houston established himself as one of the state's most dominant true centers, making life difficult down low as the Boxers went 23-3 and made their first Division 1 state final appearance since 1985. He saved his biggest performances for the biggest stages, such as his 20-20 night in the Division 1 South semifinals, or his 22-point, 13-rebound effort in Brockton's overtime win over Charlestown in the Division 1 Eastern Mass. Final at TD Garden. Houston is undecided on college plans.

BEST OF THE REST

All-StateJalen Adams, Soph. G, Melrose
Quickly rising as one of the Bay State's most complete scoring guards, the 6-foot-1 Adams took home Middlesex League MVP honors after averaging 21 points per game. He led the Red Raiders to an 18-2 regular season record, before they fell to state runner-up Brighton in the Division 2 North semifinals. Adams has already declared that he will be transferring to Wilbraham & Monson Academy next season, where he will reclassify to the Class of 2015.

All-StateJaylen Blakely, Jr. G, Brockton
Like Houston, the 5-foot-11 Blakely saved some of his best performances for the crunch time in the playoffs, such as his eight-assist performance in the Boxers' win over Catholic Memorial. Blakely distributed evenly to Brockton's talented shooters and post players, as they went 23-3 and reached their first state final appearance since 1985.

All-StateMatt Droney, Sr. F, Catholic Memorial
A terrific shooter, the 6-foot-4 Droney was named the Catholic Conference's MVP after a season of averaging 20.7 points, six assists and five rebounds per game. He also became the eighth player in school history to surpass 1,000 points earlier this season. The Canton resident will be doing a post-graduate season next year at the Taft School in Connecticut.

All-StateDarien Fernandez, Jr. G, Wareham
The 5-foot-7 waterbug demonstrated a tenacious motor in leading the Vikings to their second Division 3 Eastern Mass. Final appearance in three seasons. Wareham was the state's last unbeaten before losing to state champion Danvers. For the season, Fernandez averaged 24 points, 10 assists, eight rebounds and five steals, and recorded three triple-doubles. He needs just 45 points next season to reach 1,000 for his career.

All-StateRony Fernandez, Sr. G, Charlestown
Fernandez was one of the most outstanding point guards of the MIAA tournament, leading the Townies to a thrilling win over Lexington in the Division 1 North final before bowing out to state runner-up Brockton in the Eastern Mass. Finals. For the season he averaged 16 points and seven assists. He is undecided on college plans, but is currently fielding interest from Division 1 programs such as Maine, Northeastern and Hartford.

All-StateJoey Glynn, Sr. F, Cardinal Spellman
The 6-foot-5 Abington resident did it all this season for the Cardinals, averaging a double-double (18.5 points, 12 rebounds, three steals, 2.2 blocks) as they lost to Eastern Mass. runner-up Wareham in the Division 3 South semifinals. For his career, Glynn scored 1,425 points. He will continue his career next season at Bentley University.

All-StateSteve Haladyna, Sr. G/F, St. John’s Prep
One of two repeat All-Staters, the 6-foot-3 Haladyna was unable to lead the Eagles deep in their Division 1 state title defense, but he still leaves the Danvers campus as one of its most decorated basketball stars. He averaged 22.4 points and 9.5 rebounds per game, both team highs, and for his career he finishes with 1,392 points -- second all-time on Prep's scoring list. The South Hamilton resident will continue his career next season at Tufts University.

All-StateMalik James, Soph. G, Brighton
The 6-foot-1 James elevated his game when the Bengals needed it most, as they made their first state final appearance in school history, falling to Mahar in the Division 2 title game. For the season, James averaged 18.1 points, 8.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds as the Bengals won their first-ever Eastern Mass. title.

All-StateJameilen Jones, Jr. G, BC High
BC High's season came to an unexpected halt as the Eagles loss in the first round of the Division 1 South tournament, but the 6-foot-2 Jones has established himself as one of Eastern Mass.'s premier two-way players. For the season, he averaged 17 points and eight rebounds as the Eagles went 15-6.

All-StateZach Karalis, Sr. G, North Andover
The 6-foot-1 Karalis was one of the driving forces for the Scarlet Knights, who went 21-2 and reached the playoffs an unprecedented 47th straight time. For the season he averaged 15.9 points and shot 46 percent from the field, to go along with 6.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.8 steals. Karalis will continue his career next season at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

All-StateKevin LaFrancis, Sr. C, Acton-Boxborough
After a stellar season in leading the 21-2 Colonials to a Division 1 North semifinal appearance, the 6-foot-6 LaFrancis was named the Dual County League's MVP. He averaged 19.5 points and eight rebounds this season, and finishes his career at A-B with 1,012 career points. He is undecided on college plans.

All-StateAlex Lopez, Sr. G, Springfield Commerce
The 5-foot-10 Lopez led the Valley League in scoring for the second straight season, averaging 22.3 points as the Red Raiders went to the Division 1 Western Mass. Finals and took state champion Springfield Central to the wire. He led Western Mass. in field goals made (185) and total points (512). Lopez is currently undecided on college plans.

All-StateDamian Lugay, Sr. G, Weymouth
The 6-foot-2 Lugay led the Wildcats to a second straight 17-win season, before they were bounced in the first round of the Division 1 South tournament. For the season he averaged 18.1 points and just under four assists, and leaves Weymouth as a two-time First Team All-Bay State Conference. Lugay is undecided on college plans.

All-StateGeorge Merry, Sr. C, Danvers
At 6-foot-7, Merry was a force at both ends of the floor for the Falcons, known for his ability to redirect shots as much as his scoring touch. He averaged 16.1 points, eight rebounds and 6.6 blocks as Danvers captured its first Division 3 state championship in school history. Merry is currently undecided on college plans, but showing interest from several schools in Divisions 2 and 3.

All-StateMarcus Middleton, Jr. G, Stoughton
Tasked nightly with locking down the opposition's top scorer, Middleton established himself as one of the state's premier on-ball defenders. Middleton averaged 16 points per game for the Black Knights, who won the Division 2 South title before bowing out to state runner-up Brighton in the Eastern Mass. championship at TD Garden. Middleton also stars on Stoughton's football squad.

All-StateMatt Mobley, Sr. G/F, St. Peter-Marian
One of state's most pleasant late-blooming surprises, the 6-foot-3 Mobley was one of the leading scorers in Central Mass. as the Guardians made it all the way to the Division 1 Central Final. For the season, he averaged 23.2 points in leading SPM to its most successful season under head coach Marcus Watson. Mobley finished his career at SPM with 1,175 points, and will do a post-graduate season next year at Worcester Academy.

All-StateTyler Nelson, Soph. G, Central Catholic
The 5-foot-11 Nelson established himself as one of the state's premier shooters, as the Raiders made it to the Division 1 North semifinals before bowing out to champion Charlestown. He averaged 15.5 points and four assists this season, shot 42 percent from three-point range, and 91 percent from the free throw line.

All-StateColin Richey, Jr. G, Whitinsville Christian
After winning a Division 3 state title a year ago, the 6-foot Richey nearly led them back, as the Crusaders lost in the final seconds to state runner-up St. Joseph Central in the state semifinals. For the seaosn, Richey averaged 16.8 points, 6.7 assist and 6.3 rebounds for the Dual Valley League champions.

All-StateKamari Robinson, Jr. F, Springfield Central
The 6-foot-5 Robinson was a rock underneath for the Golden Eagles, who captured their first Division 1 state title since 1991 and third overall. He was a nightly double-double threat this season, averaging 13 points, 11 rebounds, four steals and three assists, as Central went undefeated in Massachusetts.

All-StateMichael Thorpe, Sr. G, Newton North
The Tigers went run-and-gun this season, and the 5-foot-11 Thorpe kept them thoroughly going. One year after reaching the Division 1 South finals, he nearly led them back, before losing to state runner-up Brockton in the semifinals. He was named the Bay State Conference's MVP, with averages of 15 points and four assists. Thorpe will continue his career next season at Emerson College.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
All-StateMARCUS MIDDLETON, STOUGHTON

The kind of on-ball pressure Middleton provided nightly to some of the state's premier scorers can take its toll physically, but he was routinely up to the task. As teammate Aaron Calixte saw a barrage of double-teams and box-and-one's, Middleton did his part at the other end, hedging off screens and staying one one's hip, chasing them all over the floor. As much praise as Calixte will get in this unprecedented season for the Knights, an equal amount must be thrown Middleton's way.

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM
G – Marcus Middleton, Jr., Stoughton
G – Anthony Hodges, Sr., Holy Name
G – Darien Fernandez, Jr., Wareham
F – Jake Layman, Sr., King Philip
C – George Merry, Sr., Danvers

COACH OF THE YEAR
All-StateHUGH COLEMAN, BRIGHTON

The Bengals lost their best player before the start of the tournament, and backpedaled into the playoffs with uninspiring losses to Acton-Boxborough and Madison Park. Yet in the end, they were one step away from the school's first-ever state title. Coleman is an unabashed disciple of the legendary Jack O'Brien, and staples of those historic Charlestown squads are sprinkled all over the program. Not only has Coleman done a remarkable job bringing the team to heights never before reached in his three seasons at the helm, but this is a program that will be dangerous for the next few years.

RUNNERS-UP:
Paul Connolly, Newton North
Dean O'Connor, Franklin

FINALISTS:
Kevin Brogioli, Wareham
John Gallivan, Stoughton
Reggie Hobbs, Lexington
Malcolm Smith, East Boston
Chad Softic, Mahar
John Walsh, Danvers
Dennis Wilson, Madison Park

Div. 3 Boys: Spellman 62, Rockland 60

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ROCKLAND, Mass. — Michael Downing made a promise to his teammates at halftime to be a factor in the final 16 minutes of the Div. 3 South quarter-finals after early foul trouble kept him on the bench in the first half.

The 6-foot senior guard was chomping at the bit to get back into action as the back-and-forth matchup between Cardinal Spellman and Rockland started to get real interesting in the fourth quarter. Downing returned in a big way defensively, as he came up with three steals in the fourth quarter, and the game-saving block at the buzzer to help the No. 5 Cardinals (19-5) down No. 4 Rockland, 62-60, in the final game ever in the “Dog Pound” at Joseph Cogan Memorial Gymnasium.

The exuberance of the moment was all over an emotional Downing’s face after the game, as the Cardinals will now move on to play Wareham in the Div. 3 South semifinals.

“I really felt I let my team down,” said Downing. “I felt that if I could get back in the game then I’m not going to let them down again. I knew that I had to help my team win this game. We are all brothers on this team and we had to do it for everybody.”

The Cardinals were in the midst of a 10-2 run when Downing came up with a big theft at center court and raced down for a lay-in to cut the deficit to 56-55. Downing picked off a Bulldogs (19-3) pass on the next possession and got the ball to Paul Preziosi, who was fouled and sent to the line.

Preziosi hit both of his free throws to give the Cardinals a one-point lead with four minutes remaining left in the ball game.

“We got a couple turnovers off their guards, which helped us out in that little bit of a run,” said Cardinals head coach Mike Perry. “I was happy with the way they played tonight.”

Downing kept his best defensive stand for last. Joey Glynn missed two free throws that would have sealed the game with 4.9 seconds remaining in the game. Ricky Witt grabbed the rebound and tried to get a halfcourt shot off that would win the game at the buzzer, but the lengthy Downing got his hand on is and swatted the ball away to secure the victory.

“When I tipped that ball and I knew that game was over I honestly wanted to cry,” said Downing.

Free Throws a Factor: Fred Damon didn’t want his season to end at the free throw line, but that’s exactly where it did. The Bulldogs were 10-of-26 from the line and missed several clutch free throws.

Tyler Gibson scored 15 points and grabbed 13 rebounds on the night, and was a major reason why the Bulldogs were able to build an 11-point lead in the third quarter. However, he struggled with free throws all night, going 1-for-10 from the line and missing two that would have tied the game in the game’s final seconds.

“It’s a very simple game,” said Damon. “I told them that we didn’t want to end the season on missed free throws.”

End of an Era in Rockland: People showed up in packs to get into the “Dog Pound” for its last game, and on the walk into the gym people were leaving before the game with sad looks on their face as police and security had to cut off the crowd with bodies seemingly in every inch of the gymnasium.

The Cardinals seemed to weather the storm, but with the inbounds near the Bulldogs’ fan section, some Cardinals players could feel the the Bulldogs faithful doing their best Cameron Crazies impressions.

“It was really tough because the fans were right there,” said Glynn. “It was tough.”

Spellman's Joey Glynn commits to Bentley

February, 8, 2012
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Cardinal Spellman forward Joey Glynn has verbally committed to Bentley University for the 2012-13 season, his coach with the Middlesex Magic AAU squad Mike Crotty Jr. confirmed today.

Glynn, a 6-foot-5 Abington resident, was also fielding interest from Navy, as well as Division 2 schools like Stonehill and St. Anselm. The Falcons had been on him last summer, Crotty said, but at the time had one scholarship to offer and were in need of a guard. A scholarship at Bentley opened up last Friday, and by Super Bowl Sunday Glynn was on the Waltham campus taking a visit.

The Middlesex Magic posted more about Glynn's commitment on the team's website today:



Glynn emerged onto the recruiting scene last spring and summer by leading the Magic’s 11th grade team in scoring and rebounding as they took a pair of spring titles and continued to play well deep into the month of July, scoring wins over the likes of Terry Porter Elite, Grassroots Canada, and Hoop Heaven Elite before heading to Orlando.

“Joey Glynn is as tough a competitor and as versatile an athlete as we have had in the Middlesex Magic program,” said Magic director Michael Crotty Jr. “He is a tremendous rebounder on both ends of the floor, and his athleticism allows him to be a lock down defender on forwards and guards. He can score the ball in a variety of different ways, and when he has an advantage situation he finishes powerfully high above the rim.”

Glynn has also distinguished himself on the high school circuit. Last year he averaged over 20 points and 10 rebounds per game while leading Cardinal Spellman to the Division III South sectional title and being selected to the Boston Herald All-Scholastic team in the process.

He becomes the third member of last summer’s Magic squad to commit to an NE-10 program, joining Connor Mahoney (Le Moyne) and Anthony Barry (Merrimack), and the 8th member to make his college commitment thus far, joining Kyle Reardon (Rochester), Cooper Ainge (BYU), Eric Olson (Northwestern/football), Jesse Pagliuca (Amherst), and Mike Thorpe (Emerson).

“I believe that his [Glynn’s] will to win, work ethic, and toughness will allow him to make an immediate and profound impact at Bentley,” Crotty Jr. said. “I have thought that Joey was a perfect fit for the NE-10 conference as a player, and more importantly, he has the opportunity to get a first class education at Bentley.”


Mid-season Boys Hoop Superlatives

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With many teams across the state reaching the midway point of their schedule this week, here are my mid-season picks for our annual MIAA All-State, All-Defensive, and Coach of the Year awards.

THE SUPER TEAM
G – Aaron Calixte, Jr., Stoughton
G – Steve Haladyna, Sr., St. John’s Prep
G – Tyrese Hoxter, Jr., Charlestown
F – Jake Layman, Sr., King Philip
F – Isshiah Coleman, Jr., New Mission

BEST OF THE REST
Yadoris Arias, Sr. G, Lawrence
Tyler Delorey, Sr. G, Holy Name
Matt Droney, Sr. G/F, Catholic Memorial
Joey Glynn, Sr. F, Cardinal Spellman
Leroy Hamilton, Sr. F, New Mission
Jameilen Jones, Jr. G, BC High
Kevin LaFrancis, Sr. C, Acton-Boxborough
Alex Lopez, Sr. G, Springfield Commerce
Damian Lugay, Sr. G, Weymouth
George Merry, Sr. C, Danvers
Marcus Middleton, Jr. G, Stoughton
Matt Mobley, Sr. G/F, St. Peter-Marian
Brian Mukasa, Soph. G, Sharon
Tyler Nelson, Soph. G, Central Catholic
Quinton Perkins, Sr. G, Fitchburg
Luis Puello, Sr. G, Central Catholic
Colin Richey, Jr. G, Whitinsville Christian
Kamari Robinson, Jr. F, Springfield Central
Tyrell Springer, Sr. G, Springfield Central
Michael Thorpe, Sr. G, Newton North

ALL-DEFENSIVE
G – Luis Puello, Sr., Central Catholic
G – Anthony Hodges, Sr., Holy Name
F – Jake Layman, Sr., King Philip
F – Antonio Ferreira, Sr., Stoughton
C – George Merry, Sr., Danvers

COACH OF THE YEAR FINALISTS
Scott Boyle, Lowell
Hugh Coleman, Brighton
Paul Connolly, Newton North
Paul DiGeronimo, Fitchburg
John Gallivan, Stoughton
Paul Neal, Lawrence
Brendan Smith, Boston Latin
Malcolm Smith, East Boston
Mike Vaughan, Mansfield
John Walsh, Danvers

Spellman's Glynn scores his 1,000th point

December, 14, 2011
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BROCKTON, Mass. -- It might have been an anticlimactic way for Cardinal Spellman's Joey Glynn to reach a milestone. But that's probably how the soft-spoken Abington resident would have liked it anyways.

The 6-foot-5 senior forward came into tonight's home-opener with Bishop Fenwick needing just nine points to surpass the 1,000 mark for his career, and he surpassed the feat less than four minutes into the contest. Point 998 was a two-handed slam that put the home crowd on its feet. The next one, with the student section anxious to erupt, took a second to develop -- Glynn initially passed up the ball to start the possession, before finishing with a bunny of a layup.

Play was stopped as Glynn was given a standing ovation from the capacity crowd, followed by photo ops, first with his coach Mike Perry, then at center court with his family.

Glynn finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, two blocks and two assists, in a lopsided 64-35 win in which he sat most of the second half.

"A little bit, but it just worked out like that," Glynn smiled sheepishly when asked if he'd have preferred the dunk be his milestone.

As for point 1,000, "It feels pretty good, it's good to get that out of the way, so I don't have to worry about it anymore."

For Perry, it's a fitting way to the start Glynn's senior season, and he couldn't be happier for a kid he considers so selfless on and off the court.

"He's just a great person -- never mind basketball, just a nice young man," Perry said. "No ego. He's there on the bench in the second half, helping kids out, cheering them on. Couldn't happen to a nicer kid. He works hard at it."

Scouts from Division 3 schools as well as the Northeast-10 Conference were in the building to watch the small forward play. Glynn currently holds varied interest around the New England colleges, with St. Anselm offering a partial scholarship and Merrimack, Stonehill and Worcester Polytechnic all expressing interest. He currently holds one Division 1 offer, from the Naval Academy.

After leading the Cardinals to the Division 3 state semifinals at TD Garden last March, could we see another breakthrough with the senior this season? Perry admitted ballhandling will be an area of improvement for Glynn going forward, though he added, "yeah, but come to practice and watch what he does going through all the drills."

"You'll see it a little differently," Perry said. "He's shooting three's during practice, stuff like that. He was an 80-plus foul shooter for us last year, taking close to 100. But he's a great shooter for this area. He takes what they give him, which is what I think a smart basketball player does. But you come to practice, and he's out here running our drills, shooting three's like everybody else does.

"He can put it in the basket. He'll be there, believe me."

Middlesex Magic conclude promising summer

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Middlesex Magic director and coach Mike Crotty Jr. passes along some notes about his summer AAU squad, which went 15-7 overall for the month of July, including a 7-6 slate at AAU Nationals down in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

If you can recall, one year ago Pat Connaughton catapulted into the ESPN 100 following an explosive showing at Nationals, and Pat Ackerman played his way into a Big Ten scholarship offer. This year, players like Cardinal Spellman's Joey Glynn, Rivers' Kyle Reardon and Brooks' Anthony Barry and Connor Mahoney led a squad that won some tight contests in pool play before falling to Elite Eight contestant Alabama Challenge in the second round of bracket play.

"I think that Glynn, Mahoney, and Reardon all solidified themselves as low D1 and definite D2 players," Crotty wrote in an email. "Patriot League, NE-10 [Northeast-10], and some others were consistently following and have expressed serious interest. You know I am partial to D3, but I really believe all three of these kids, along with Anthony Barry, did more than enough to gain multiple scholarship offers."

Crotty wrote in to ESPNBoston.com with his thoughts on his standout players:



Joey Glynn (Cardinal Spellman) -- leading scorer and rebounder for the Magic in 13 games in Orlando (showcase and nationals). Joey Glynn is a division I athlete who played high above the rim for the Magic throughout their entire Summer run. Glynn showed his relentless work on the glass on both ends of the floor, his ability to defend multiple positions, and his versatile ability to score the ball. His endless motor and amazing upside are qualities that college coaches can not ignore.

Connor Mahoney (Brooks) -- Connor was the leader of the team and he stepped up on both ends of the court this entire Summer. In Orlando, in particular, he has back to back 25 point scoring outbursts where he showed his terrific 3 point shooting range, but also the ability to score driving the ball to the rim, in the post, and a deadly pullup jumper. His rebounding sometimes goes less noticed, but he was the team's second leading rebounder and he also defended wings and big with great effectiveness. In addition to his great basketball IQ and leadership, you get one of the most reliable players and people I have ever had the chance to be around. He is an instant positive addition to any college program on and off the court.

Kyle Reardon (Rivers) -- Kyle Reardon has the reputation of a terrific shooter and he is that. What people who watched him this Summer also learned is just how amazingly smart and unbelievably tough a basketball player he is. He became as invaluable a player as the Middlesex Magic had, as he played shooting guard-power forward doing whatever was asked and consistently creating match-up problems for whoever guarded him. Reardon can score in a variety of ways with a great long range jumper, ability to drive to the rim, and a tough back to the basket game. His toughness willed our team to many victories this Summer, and he will be a fantastic college player.

Anthony Barry (Brooks) -- Barry continued to show his fantastic athleticism on both ends of the court all Summer long. A bona fide D2 prospect with multiple scholarship offers in hand, Barry continued to impress as he shut down many heralded wings from all over the country. His ability to defend at such a high level, paired with his great ability to finish and make the mid-range jump shot have Anthony in a great spot in terms of his recruitment. He is also one of the best rebounding 2 guards I have ever had the pleasure to be around, and he possesses fantastic leadership qualities.

Aaron Davis (Brooks) -- The Middlesex Magic point guard battled an ankle sprain throughout the Summer, but he showed signs of exactly the type of player he is when healthy. Simply put, Davis is a throw-back point guard who sees the floor and creates for his teammates unlike any other point guard I have ever coached. He has tremendous ball handling skills, is a terrific passer, sees the floor, and is incredibly unselfish. On top of that he is a tremendous shooter, deceptive athlete who pressures the ball extremely well, and he is a natural born leader. I feel strongly that this young man will take the ball for some Coach's program and he will lead them for four years.

Michael Thorpe (Newton North) -- Thorpe emerged as a terrific combo guard for the Magic all season long. He has blazing speed and quickness which he uses to bother opposing guards and to create scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates. He has a very good shooting touch from deep and a great ability to finish in traffic. Thorpe will provide a versatile guard with great scoring ability at the next level.

Peter Miller (Northfield-Mt. Hermon) -- Peter Miller stood out for the Magic this Summer as he emerged as one of New England's best 2013 prospects. The 6'10 center can run the floor, has great back to the basket post game, and he is a terrific weak side shot blocker. He continues to improve in all aspects of his game including his jump shot and post defense, and he drew a variety of division 1 programs to come watch him put his skills on display.

Cooper Ainge (Wellesley) -- Cooper started off the Summer by showing that he might be the Magic's most versatile offensive guard. Ainge has a great stroke from deep, an excellent pullup jump shot, and he can get to the rim to finish and create for others. Defensively he has great lateral quickness and terrific instincts. Cooper is one of the smartest players on the Magic team, and his well rounded abilities will allow him to be a great college player.

Chris O'Keefe (Lexington) -- O'Keefe is one of the most hard-nosed players the Magic has ever had. He defends and rebounds his position extremely well, and he is as tough a player as there is on the floor. He is an efficient scorer who can make open shots and drive to the rim to score. His work ethic and competitiveness will make him an immediate value add to a college program.

Mike Corcoran (BC High) -- Corcoran consistently stepped in and showed his speed, amazing motor, and tremendous ability to defend. His ball pressure frustrated each opponent he faced, and his ability to manage a two tempo offense of transition and half court motion was invaluable to the team. The BC High Captain will return to the Catholic conference with a wealth of experience under his belt and poised for a big senior season. He is seeing interest from a variety of Division III schools.

John Mullane (King Philip) -- Mullane is a jack of all trades player who scores in a variety of ways and has the ability to defend both guards and forwards. Mullane is a tenacious rebounder and a consistent three point shooter who played multiple positions all year for the Magic. He is seeing recruitment from many Division III schools as he heads into a promising senior season.

Middlesex Magic, N.E. Storm host 'College Night'

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Mike Crotty Jr. of the Middlesex Magic and Rick Gorman of the New England Storm AAU programs have linked up tonight to host "College Night" at Tufts University, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Anywhere from 25 to 40 coaches from Northeast-10, NESCAC and NEWMAC schools are expected to be in attendance for the event.

"Rick Gorman of the New England Storm and I believe that bringing our players together for this event will be a great night for them to gain exposure, and for coaches to have the opportunity to see two teams full of collegiate level basketball players," Crotty said in a press release.

Below is a list of some of the most notable players expected to play tonight:

Aaron Davis, Brooks
Mike Corcoran, BC High
Cooper Ainge, Wellesley
Michael Thorpe, Newton North
Chris O'Keefe, Lexington
Connor Mahoney, Brooks
John Mullane, King Phillip
Anthony Barry, Brooks
John Parsons, Willmington
Peter Miller, Northfield-Mount Hermon
Kyle Reardon, Rivers School
Joe Glynn, Cardinal Spellman
Chris Lee, Lexington

Coppola puts on clinic, W'Town back in DCU

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BOSTON -- It could not hit a shot for the first four minutes of the game, but once it did, Watertown put on a textbook performance against Cardinal Spellman in the Division 3 State semi-finals, 56-36.

Watertown (19-5) came out of the gate cold, finding difficulty in hitting even a layup. In the latter part of the quarter, it picked up its defensive intensity, which in turn sparked its offensive game, and lead 14-9 after the opening frame.

“I think we were a little bit jittery playing out there,” said Marco Coppola (26 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals). “I know me and Connor (Stockdale) have played out there before but some of the other guys haven’t. Once we settled in and adjusted to the court and really picked up the defensive pressure, we were alright.”

Stockdale, the 6-foot-3 senior, finished with only 5 points, but made most of his impact on defense, finishing with 6 rebounds, 3 steals, and a block.

Coppola initially had a difficult time shooting from long range, but found success going to the basket and creating his shot of the dribble. When he finally hit his first three-pointer with a minute to go in the second half, Watertown already had a double-digit lead thanks to its defensive effort.

“It was a good team effort,” said Coppola. “The whole tournament has been about defense for us and I think that was the story for us tonight. The points just come.”

At halftime, it was ahead 27-16 and playing the high-energy, defensive-minded style that epitomizes Watertown basketball. When the third quarter started, it had stretched the lead even more, but also stayed true to the defensive side of the ball. Spellman (20-5) only scored six points in the third. In contrast, Watertown scored 20, including 3 three-pointers, to take a 47-22 lead into the fourth.

“It’s been like that the whole tournament for us, coming out at halftime,” said Coppola. “Once we have a lead we know to just put it on them in the third quarter and that kind of demoralizes teams.”

The Raiders will now look to take that same defensive intensity to the Division 3 State Finals Saturday against the winner of tomorrow night's Central/West semifinal between Whitinsville Christian and Lenox at the DCU Center.

“The guys are so smart, their rotations are so good (on defense) that it looks like you’re doing a good job as a coach, but a lot of it is them,” said Watertown coach Steve Harrington. “They have such great basketball IQ that on the defensive end they just make up for each other, they rotate well, and they’re just ball hawks.”

“It’s the fourth game in a row in the tournament we’ve held someone in the 30’s. I think the difference was tonight we separated because we made some shots. Once we made some shots, it made it kind of difficult for Cardinal Spellman to get back in it.”

As a team, Watertown had 16 steals, making it difficult for the Cardinals to get anything going on the offensive end.

Joey Glynn lead the way for Cardinal Spellman with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

“They knew what they had to do and they came and they did it,” said Spellman coach Mike Perry. “They’ve been here a couple times when they were younger, and they did a real nice job.”

“It wasn’t the best game in the world for us, but I have nothing but praise for my kids. Ya, you’re disappointed, but what they accomplished to this point, I really didn’t know if we could get here.”


Hopkinton girls win thriller to take D2 South

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BOSTON –- With just 15 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the score tied, 50-50, Hopkinton sophomore guard Tess Chandler received the inbounds pass and scored the game winning basket on a layup, as the Hillers edged out Scituate, 52-50 in the Division 2 South Championship at UMass-Boston's Clark Athletic Center.

“After the game, Eric Karjel my Athletic Director came up to me and said, hallelujah for Tess for finishing that off and winning the game,” said Hopkinton head coach Rita Atkinson.

The winning basket was something special for Chandler, who finished the game with just four points, since she struggled immensely from the free throw line (2-10), but having the ball in her hands to score the game winner clearly fooled the entire Scituate coaching staff.

“We thought it be going to [Lindsey Doucette] or [Alee Leteria] and [Chandler] made the hoop,” said Scituate head coach Brian Buckley. “You have to give the coaching staff a lot of credit because that was a terrific inbounds play.”

Starting off somewhat slow, Hopkinton rebounded after a quick 4-0 run by the Lady Sailors, but responded with a 16-2 run of their own and majority of those baskets came on behalf of senior guard Katie Sousa, who knocked down three three-pointers in a row.

Hopkinton continued to add to their lead in the second quarter, but turnovers and missed shots denied their chances to pull away with a larger lead before halftime. Scituate did score 14-points during the second quarter, as sophomore guard Kelly Martin tallied nine points.

“I told the kids at halftime we have to keep the pressure on pushing the ball,” said Atkinson.

During the beginning of the final two quarters and leading the Lady Sailors, 33-24, Hopkinton started to struggle to produce points and keep the pressure on Scituate, but constant turnovers kept the game at a standstill for nearly four minutes.

However, their various turnovers did not end up hurting the Hillers, but instead, allowed Scituate to pull closer to Hopkinton, as Martin provided the much-needed spark to her team by tallying five points and senior forward Megan Otto to supplemented her efforts with five points during the third quarter.

Scituate eventually tied the game during the final seconds, as the Lady Sailors outscored the Hillers during the final quarter, 17-13. A major reason that the Hillers were unable to add a few additional points during the final eight minutes was because of their poor free-throw shooting, as Hopkinton connected on just [6 of

Although, Hopkinton eventually drew up the game winner, which allowed Chandler to guarantee that the Hillers would indeed walk out of the University of Massachusetts gymnasium with the MIAA Division 2 South championship, as well as continue their exciting playoff run by earning a trip to the TD Garden.

D3 Boys: Cardinal Spellman 51, Medway 45

Cardinal Spellman tallied 29-points during the second half and eventually pulled away from Medway, as the Cardinals defeated the Mustangs, 51-45.

“It’s nice [to win], anytime something like that can happen,” said Cardinal Spellman head coach Michael Perry. “They’ve had a real good year. I think we played good lately. We come out and your tournament ready.”

“That’s the farthest [Medway] has ever gone in school history,” said Medway head coach Jason Rojee. “Nothing to be ashamed of [because] that’s a heck of a team.”

The Cardinals and Mustangs used the first quarter to test each other’s defenses, but also, commit fouls. Medway sent Spellman to line 13 times during the first half and the Cardinals made most of their visits successful, as they recorded 10 points from the free throw line during the first two quarters.

Spellman outscored Medway during the second quarter, as junior forward Joe Glynn tallied nine of his 26 points during the first half, which seemed to frustrate Rojee, as his team seemed unsure of how to cover him on defense. At times, Medway forced Glynn to beat them outside the paint, but unfortunately, the Mustangs defense couldn’t stop him from driving into the paint and scoring easy lay-ups.

“The kid hit the shots when he needed too, he rebounded well and he was tough,” said Rojee.

Medway though relied heavily upon senior forward Joe Henry, who finished the game with 20 points. Henry challenged the Cardinals defense, as they couldn’t stop Henry’s outside shooting game.

Entering the third quarter, both teams continued to battle with one another back and fourth, but Spellman would continue to hold onto their lead, as remained consistent at the free throw line, but during the fourth quarter, Glynn added nine points, while his teammates complimented his effort with an additional 12-points.

The Cardinals converted 10 of their 14 trips to the line and a majority of the fourth quarter free throw points came on behalf of Glynn.

With the final few minutes of the fourth quarter coming to an end, Medway attempted a small comeback, which was halted by both Glynn and senior guard Kevin Crane, who secured the win by knocking down free-throw shots, as well as critical three-pointer by freshman guard Ryan Roach.

“The kids have adapted to how they have to step up,” said Perry. “Sometimes, somebody else’s game is there. It’s nice to get the ball around the hoop.”

Spellman will advance to the TD Garden on Tuesday to face the MIAA Division III North winner.

When asked after the game if Rojee could see the Cardinals advance to Worcester for the Massachusetts state championship, he responded by saying, “I’d like to see it. Hey, if we’re going to lose to them, might as well [win the championship]. They’re a very good team.”

Who is the next big thing in MIAA hoop?

February, 26, 2011
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Every year, there is that one special player who erupts abuptly onto the basketball scene in March and puts many a college scout on notice. Think back to 2005, when Newton North's vicious backcourt of Anthony Gurley and Corey Lowe shone in the Tigers' first of two straight Division 1 state titles.

We saw it again in 2008, when Central Catholic's 6-foot-11 sophomore Carson Desrosiers filled the lane impressively and showed off his range for the Raiders in their D1 state title. We saw it again in 2009, when Lynn English's Ryan Woumn dropped 39 points on Brockton in the D1 EMass Finals. And we saw it again 12 months ago, when Pat Connaughton averaged 21.7 points and 19 rebounds as St. John's Prep made a surprise run to the D1 North finals.

So who is the next Connaughton, Woumn or Desrosiers? Below are nine underclassmen who could fit the bill.

JAKE LAYMAN, KING PHILIP
6-7, Jr. F

Why he matters: Layman has been nothing short of phenomenal for the Warriors this season, as they set a program record for wins (14) and ended a 15-year postseason drought. Averaging 24 points, 13 rebounds and 4.8 blocks on the season, and coming close to a quadruple-double in a game against Stoughton earlier this season, don't be surprised to see him put up those kinds of numbers in the postseason. UMass, Providence and Boston College have offered him, while Notre Dame, BYU and Texas A&M have shown heavy interest.
What opposing coaches are saying: “I think he could be a Dream Teamer this year, if you want my honest opinion. He’s one of the top three players in the state. He can jump out of the gym, shoot three’s, post you up, just an unbelievable talent…He can be the biggest prospect in the state of Massachusetts as far as I’m concerned. He is a major, major talent...His athleticism, he’s so athletic for a 6-9 kid, and like I said, he has point guard skills. Kevin McHale moves inside, three, four, five dunks a game, just stuff you don’t see in high school anymore. I mean he’s one of best players I’ve seen in last 15 years, to be honest with you...Holy God. The thing with him is how skilled is in all facets of the game, how he runs the floor, he's so athletic. He honestly, and I hate to use the same terms over and over again, but a very high ceiling."
Scouts Inc.’s analysis of strengths: “A long and athletic player, Layman has a terrific set of physical tools. He stands a legit six-foot-seven with great length and a solid frame which will eventually support a good deal of muscle mass. He is a very good athlete and gets his head on the rim between his length and leaping ability. He has good touch on his jump shot and projects as a very good three-point shooter down the road with a little refinement to his technique. He is a potentially versatile defensively who can change the game with his length on top of the press.”
ESPN's Adam Finkelstein: “Jake Layman may have more upside than anyone in the MIAA. At 6-foot-7 with long arms, a good frame, and athleticism that allows him to get his head on the rim he is the prototype high-major forward. He doesn't yet realize how good he is but has a tremendous future in front of him.”

JARED TERRELL, WEYMOUTH
6-2, Soph. G
Why he matters:
The sophomore led the Bay State Conference in scoring (15.1 points) this season, and while those aren't eye-popping numbers, Terrell is a sight to be seen. In the mold of slashers like Charlestown's Akosa Maduegbunam, Terrell is an off-guard in a linebacker's body, able to create his own shot off the dribble but at his best when charging through the lane. Quite simply, there are few in Massachusetts with such physical maturity at this age. He's drawing an assortment of Division 1 interest, from the Atlantic-10 all the way up to schools like Washington and Clemson.
Opposing coaches: "Jared Terrell is one of the purest athletes running around, if not the best athlete running around in the state. I think when he eliminates his dribbles and everything else like that, and just looks to take it to the hole, he can't be stopped...It's tough to make a comparison, because I think he's one of the top two athletes in the state. But as his progress keeps going up, I mean the sky's the limit. Historically? I don't know, because I'm not ready to give anything to these new jacks yet, but if I were to make a comparison I'd say his older brother Royce."
Scouts Inc.: "Terrell is a power guard with a strong body and bouncy athleticism. He is as aggressive as he is powerful, getting after people on the defensive end and going hard to the rim offensively. He is a versatile defender who can make plays in full court pressure situations and also lock up opposing scorers in the half-court, bodying up with his upper body without fouling. Offensively, he has a good first step and quick springs and shows no fear attacking shot blockers."
Finkelstein: "Jared Terrell is as explosive of a guard as you will find in the MIAA. He is powerful and athletic, allowing him to go through contact to make plays above the rim. If he can add a consistent jumper to his offensive repertoire his recruitment will go to the next level."

AARON FALZON, NEWTON NORTH
6-7, Fr. F/C
Why he matters:
While Falzon isn't the Tigers' top scoring option -- that falls unto guards Mike Thorpe and Avi Adler-Cohen -- the younger brother of senior Tevin Falzon is a game-changer in the middle. With his long arms and ability to step out to NBA-range three's, he has already drawn comparisons to former Tigers great and current Yale freshman Greg Kelley. The sky is the limit for Aaron, as the 14-year-old continues to grow and fill out.
Opposing coaches: “I think his ceiling is just through the roof, he is certainly super skilled for a big kid. He has a very good touch. Right now, facing the basket is where he's best, but as he gets stronger he'll get more confident down on the low blocks. He's real tough...For us, the problem with him is clearly the size advantage. But in general, he's so skilled. With him, if a typical big guy covers him, you can draw them away from the basket, because he's got range up to and beyond the three-pointt line. The few times I've seen him go to the blocks, he's very skilled, and has versatility on defense with his length, but he's a real nice player...He's very similar [to Kelley], at 6-7 when you can draw guys out like he did. If he can extend the defense and open up shots in the lane for guys like Thorpe and Adler-Cohen, he's a tough guard for us."
Finkelstein: “Aaron Falzon fits the new style big man in that he has the size to play down low but the skill set to step away and stretch the defense. With three more years to continue to develop his game and body, he has a chance to be a very highly pursued prospect if he continues to do the right things.”

JACQUIL TAYLOR, CAMBRIDGE
6-9, Soph. C

Why he matters: Taylor dominated the glass this year for the 19-1 Falcons, and has served as a wonderful complement to guards Deondre Starling, Kyroe Qualls-Betts and his brother, 6-foot-5 junior Maurice. There may not be a longer starting five in the state than Cambridge, and at the center is Jacquil, who runs the floor well for a player his size and can change momentum in a snap with one of his thunderous two-handed slams. A handful of Division 1 schools, including UMass and BC locally, have expressed interest.
Opposing coaches: “He is a diamond in the rough. He’s going to be real good, high-major maybe, with his shot blocking ability and rebounding ability. He’s not as good as Nerlens Noel, but he’s that type of player...His length is his strength, I'd say right now -- defensively especially, and on the glass, too. I think his offensive game will get better, but in terms of what he does around the basket, he's impressive...Jacquil has tremendous upside. I think he's getting ready to have breakout in the state tournament this year. Both him and his brother Mo are two outstanding basketball players."
Finkelstein: "When you are big and mobile you have a chance to be very good and that's exactly what Jacquil is, not to mention a long lefty. His potential has never been questioned but now it's time to turn those tools into production on a consistent basis."

ADAM BRAMANTI, MASCONOMET
6-2, Jr. G
Why he matters:
One of the Cape Ann League's leading scorers (19.7 points per game), he is the cousin of Andover star Joe Bramanti, and could be ready to carve a name for himself on the family tree. Like Joe, he is an exceptional shooter -- most recently, Adam hit seven 3-pointers in a game with Manchester-Essex in late January -- who can give good chase on the perimeter.
Opposing coaches: “He’s a fantastic shooter. If he’s on, it’s in. I’ve seen him hit nine, 10 three’s in a game, he’s fantastic. He can work a little bit on his dribble-drive and finishing, but as far as being a shooter, he’s top-notch.”
Scouts Inc.: “A very skilled guard with a high basketball I.Q. and terrific feel for the game, Bramanti is well schooled in the fundamentals of the game. He is an excellent three-point shooter who makes shots with deep range and also changes speeds with his dribble to get himself into the lane. He is a very efficient scorer off the catch, being tremendously efficient with his body movements, and owning a terrific shot fake. He always has his head up, has very good court vision, and can deliver quick passes off the dribble with a quick flick of his wrist.”
Finkelstein: “Adam Bramanti is a super skilled young guard with a high basketball I.Q. and instinctive feel for the game. Give him a year or two for his body to catch up, and his stock is bound to take off.”

KEANDRE STANTON, LYNN ENGLISH
6-6, Jr. F
Why he matters:
In short, the junior is another one of those under-the-radar prospects. Stanton has had a breakout campaign this season for the 19-2 Bulldogs, complementing electric senior Travonne Berry-Rogers very nicely with his slashing ability in the post. With his size, length, and athletic ability on the break, Stanton has drawn comparisons to former English great Jarell Byrd, who is currently doing a post-graduate year at St. Thomas More (Conn.).
Opposing coaches: “We’re athletic, [but] he’s freakishly athletic. The things he can do, even when he attacked the rim off the bounce, he tried to get a dunk a few times. He went right at us. Jimmy [Zenevitch, of Central Catholic] scores a lot, but he is also a good defender as far as bigs, and this kid went right at Jimmy. He’s a great player, incredible athlete, and he’s going to be a handful in the tournament...He’s real skinny, but has a lot of athletic ability. He needs to play more. He has some big upside, too, but he needs to work on his ballhandling skils before he moves on to a higher level, because that’s what he’ll be with his size.”
Finkelstein: “Keandre Stanton has proven his worth this year at Lynn English but is still relatively unknown outside of Massachusetts' borders. A strong state tournament could be the first step towards a breakout summer.”

TYLER NELSON, CENTRAL CATHOLIC
5-8, Fr. G
Why he matters:
The freshman, who is averaging nearly eight points a game off the bench, could very well end up winning a game for the Raiders in the postseason. He scores in bunches, often coming into the game and knocking down a pivotal three-pointer. When bringing the ball up, he directs traffic in the half-court calmly but smartly, and is unafraid to bark orders at one of his senior teammates. Overall, he's shown a maturity well beyond his years in his rookie season on the Raiders' varsity -- of course, it doesn't hurt that his father is an advance scout for the Utah Jazz.
Opposing coaches: “He’s probably the best shooter in the state, and that’s no lie -- he’s a deadly shooter. He’s a baby he could only be an eighth grader for all we know, but the stronger he gets the better he’ll get...He’s gonna be a scholarship player someday, he has a real high basketball I.Q., no lie.”
Finkelstein: “Tyler Nelson gives Central Catholic a big boost with his three-point shooting and looks to have a very bright high school career in front of him. Any player who can make shots in bunches has a potential niche at the next level.”

NATE ANDERSON, NEW MISSION
6-6, Soph. F
Why he matters:
Anderson is still relatively unknown on the big stage; and between the Titans' star-studded backcourt of Samir McDaniels, Darius Davis and Kachi Nzerem, the young Anderson gets a limited amount of touches, and often comes off the bench. With his ability to handle, Anderson's future with Mission could be in more of a point forward role, though in the possessions he plays around the rim he shows adept skill and rebounding and blocking. In short, Anderson's a question mark right now, but a year from now could be a firm exclamation point. A good run in the playoffs, though, could serve his stock well.
Opposing coaches: “He has big upside, and we’ll see that the more he plays and the more touches he gets. He’s gonna be going to college somewhere, very athletic. He’s good.”
Finkelstein: “Nate Anderson has all the physical tools for the next level with a long and strong body to match his high level athleticism. He makes his biggest impact on the defensive end right now but has shown good potential as a face-up four who can attack less mobile big men with his dribble.”

CORNELIUS TYSON, SPRINGFIELD CENTRAL
6-1, Soph. G
Why he matters:
After a strong summer with the New England Playaz, the sophomore brought a considerable amount of hype with him to the Golden Eagles. And needless to say, at 11-9, they've grossly underperformed after starting the year off at No. 6 in ESPNBoston's MIAA Top 25 poll. This may be a head-scratcher, considering he's averaging just six points a game, but it's hard to ignore his creativity and the praise he's earned out of season.
Opposing coaches: “Corn is quick as lightning, great little stroke, great on-ball defender. He’s fearless, he’ll step in and take a charge against 6-11 kids, he doesn’t care...He’s a great point guard with great instincts, knows how to find the open man, get to a guy going through the air, he’s talented. On the AAU circuit, he’s a 20-point scorer.”
Scouts Inc.: “A talented young point guard who already has a good understanding of how to distribute the basketball. Tyson has terrific court vision at a young age, makes good decisions handling and passing the ball against pressure, and can also get into the lane to create shots for himself and his teammates. He has also developed into a consistent shooter from behind the three-point arc. He has a terrific feel for the game for such a young player, already making good use of jab steps, jump stops, and other crafty maneuvers to open up passing/driving lanes.”
Finkelstein: “Tyson is a good looking young point guard who shows a mature understanding of the position for someone his age. He not only hits the open man but also has the creativity and vision to make plays for his teammates, making him very unique.”

OTHERS TO WATCH

Aaron Calixte, Soph. G, Stoughton
Matt Droney, Jr. G, Catholic Memorial
Joey Glynn, Jr. F, Cardinal Spellman
Jameilen Jones, Soph. F, BC High
Jarrod Neumann, Jr. G/F, Northampton
Kenny Reed, Jr. G, Reading
Colin Richey, Soph. G, Whitinsville Christian
Damion Smith, Fr. G, West Roxbury
Michael Thorpe, Jr. G, Newton North

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