Boston High School: Mike Tobey

New England Roundup: Connecticut

January, 24, 2012
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Marty Roos has won more hockey games than any other high school coach in Connecticut history, but it doesn't look like Roos will win anymore.

ConnecticutRoos, 76, retired from coaching Wednesday after guiding Notre Dame-Fairfield for the first nine games of the current season. The Lancers were 3-6 when he announced his decision.

"I always felt that when it came time to step down from coaching, I would know that it was time," Roos said. "Even though Notre Dame is mid-season, I believe that now is the right time."

Roos, who was born in Switzerland, was in his 21st season with Notre Dame-Fairfield. The Lancers won the Division I championship in 1999 and 2006, and finished as the Division I runner-up in 2007 and 2008.

Assistant coach Steve Hetherman was named Notre Dame-Fairfield's interim coach.

"His passion, dedication, loyalty, commitment and hard work are second to none,” Notre Dame-Fairfield athletic director Rob Bleggi said. “He is the ultimate professional and class act.”

Bleggi, who also served as an assistant coach under Roos, said Roos told him about his intention to step down on Monday. He said he was also told health was not the reason for Roos' decision.

Roos began coaching at Fairfield Prep in 1972 and moved to Notre Dame-Fairfield in 1991. He won four championships at Fairfield Prep.

Roos retired with a career record of 536-301-19.

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Local McDonald's All-American Nominees

January, 18, 2012
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Nominees for the McDonald's All-American Game were announced this morning. The Final Teams announcement for the prestigious high school basketball all-star game will be announced on Feb. 9 at 5 p.m., on ESPNU.

The boys and girls games will take place on March 28 at the United Center in Chicago, with the girls game at 7 p.m. and broadcast on ESPNU. The boys game will take place immediately after, at 9:30, and will be on ESPN.

One interesting omission to note is Andover senior guard Nicole Boudreau, a Boston College signee who is the state's defending Gatorade Player of the Year and ESPN Boston Miss Basketball. Boudreau has also been ranked in the ESPNU 100 for the Class of 2012.

Below are the nominees from the New England states:

MASSACHUSETTS
Lexi Sells, Bishop Feehan
Jake Layman, King Philip
Ricardo Ledo, Notre Dame Prep
Kaleb Tarczewski, St. Mark's
Nik Stauskas, St. Mark's

CONNECTICUT
Kris Dunn, New London
Ben Freeland, Suffied Academy
Timajh Parker-Rivera, St. Joseph
Erik Sanders, Suffield Academy
Mike Tobey, Hotchkiss
Bria Holmes, Hillhouse

NEW HAMPSHIRE
Zach Auguste, New Hampton
Mitch McGary, Brewster Academy
T.J. Warren, Brewster Academy
Georges Niang, Tilton

RHODE ISLAND
Amber Holgate, St. Andrew's
Thomas Garrick, St. Andrew's
Cedric Kuakumensah, St. Andrew's
Kalusha Ndoubme Ngollo, St. Andrew's
Tyler Sabino, St. Andrew's
Austin Van Bemmelin, North Providence
Rob Hazard, North Providence

MAINE
Darrick Wood, Bridgton Academy

VERMONT
Chad Copeland, Twinfield Union
Jaskin Melendez, Mount St. Joseph
Avery Whitcomb, Twinfield Union
Sara Illingworth, Hartford
Alexandra Jones, Poultney

Local bigs highlight new ESPNU 2012 rankings

May, 25, 2011
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ESPN's basketball recruiting analysts have unveiled the first ESPNU 100 rankings for the Class of 2012, and to nobody's surprise much-hyped big man Andre Drummond of St. Thomas More (Conn.) maintains a vice grip on the No. 1 spot.

New England prep school talent is littered throughout the list, including Brewster Academy's Mitch McGary (4), St. Mark's Kaleb Tarczewski (9) and Nik Stauskas (100), Notre Dame Prep's Ricardo Ledo (13), South Kent's Anrio Adams, Hotchkiss' Mike Tobey, and Bridgton Academy's Kareem Canty. But what sticks out the most in this list is the number of quality big men, including Drummond, Tarczewski and McGary.

Dave Telep has previously opined that Drummond -- already profiled several times in Sports Illustrated, and tabbed by some as a once-a-generation talent -- can separate himself widely from the rest of the pack when he chooses to. Now, he writes, it's time to turn it up a gear:


ESPN analyst John Stovall summed it up best in a recent meeting when he said Drummond and [Isaiah] Austin clearly have the biggest ceilings as prospects. However, both can no longer live on potential and it's time they begin producing to meet their level of expectations. These two bigs are NBA prospects and have physical attributes and talents no one else in the class possesses. The next step is proving it beyond a shadow of a doubt. They're built like pros, they look like pros and we don't need them to play likes pros -- though it's not too much to ask for consistent, impactful efforts.


ESPN's Paul Biancardi has similar thoughts:


Drummond is a physical specimen who has a college/NBA-ready body and has the complete package for a post player. He's a great athlete who scores by finishing a break at the rim, or with his skills in the high or low post. You notice his passing instincts whether he has his back to the basket or is facing the action. Drummond has the speed to outrun defenders, and the length and timing to block shots and rebound. Overall, he has an outstanding combination of size and skill level. He'll need to challenge himself on a daily basis to get better, but he has the potential to be a dominant college freshman.



Telep and Biancardi also make note of Brewster's McGary, who has seen his stock explode since transferring into the Wolfeboro, N.H. prep school from his native Indiana and re-classifying. Perhaps nobody's made a bigger leap so far, as Telep writes:


We've postulated for a long time that 2012 would be the year of the big man and our No. 4 prospect is far and away the fastest-rising player in America. Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy) reclassified to the 2012 class and enrolled at Brewster Academy, which has paid off. Armed with an attitude and a restructured body, the Indiana native made the biggest leap onto our list.


Biancardi similarly praises the big man's frenetic energy on the court:


McGary has always been a solid prospect, but the high-energy power forward has used the spring evaluation period to catapult up the rankings. He has become one of the better rebounders in the 2012 class and can stretch the defense with his ability knock down the face-up jumper out to the 3-point line.


Not to be forgotten either is the 7-foot Tarczewski, still a developing prospect but still an ever-intriguing post player drawing praise as a true five. Biancardi writes:


Because of his size and ability to dominate the paint, Tarczewski might be the top true center prospect in the 2012 class. Whereas most big guys want to show their guard skills, he understands his strengths and rarely deviates from them. Tarczewski has shown consistent improvement every year throughout his high school career and earned his top-10 ranking.


Telep discussed the new rankings in a live chat this afternoon, a transcript of which can be found here.

Hotchkiss' Tobey commits to Virginia

January, 4, 2011
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ESPN's Reggie Rankin has confirmed that Hotchkiss (Conn.) junior center Mike Tobey has verbally committed to the University of Virginia for the Class of 2012.

Tobey, a 6-foot-10 big from Ramsey, N.J., is the first commit for Tony Bennett's 2012 recruiting class. Tobey's current evaluation on Scouts Inc. reads as follows:



Strengths:
Tobey has a plethora of tools at his disposal and projects as a skilled inside-out five man at the next level. He has good hands and feet inside the paint, catching in traffic and showing well developed footwork both playing with his back to the basket as well as facing up from the elbow. Tobey also has a very soft touch around the rim along with an ability to stretch opposing defenses out to 18 feet.

Weaknesses:
While undeniably talented, Tobey is still very raw and likely a couple of years away from becoming a dominating force inside the paint. Physically, he needs to get into better shape and get stronger while tightening his frame. He can struggle to keep up with a fast paced game at the moment as his reaction time and agility are still developing as he grows into his body. He also needs to become a more consistent rebounder and finisher while developing a signature move with his back to the basket.

Bottom Line:
A young big man with a world of potential, Tobey has the combination of size and natural skill that simply can't be taught and while he still has a lot of improvements to make his upside is undeniable.


Hotchkiss guards generating interest

October, 28, 2010
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ESPN's Adam Finkelstein writes on his recruiting blog today on the building interest of Hotchkiss (Conn.) backcourt-mates Derrick Wilson and Clyde Smith.

Wilson, a 6-foot-1 Anchorage, Alaska native, will take his first official visit this weekend to Marquette, according to head coach Fred Benjamin.

"The thing with Derrick is that he is college-ready," Benjamin told Finkelstein. "So he will have to look to see what's a good fit personality wise but also where he can come in and make an immediate impact."

Meanwhile Smtih, a 6-foot-3 junior from Houston, is taking an unofficial visit to Notre Dame early next month, and is in the process of scheduling visits to Northwestern, Boston College and Boston University.

"Clyde has been to Stanford twice for elite camps so he needs some other looks for his frame of reference," Benjamin told Finkelstein.

Check out more on these two budding stars, as well as updates on the Bearcats' other elite talent like Mike Tobey, Makhai Mason and Christopher Campbell, on Finkelstein's blog.

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