Boston High School: Myles Davis

Recap: Notre Dame Prep 89, Canarias (Spain) 70

February, 3, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -– According to Notre Dame Prep coach Ryan Hurd, 7-foot center Steven Adams was quite ill when the Crusaders played Canarias Basketball Academy Friday in the 14th annual National Prep School Invitational at Rhode Island College.

“He’s wrestling with the flu,” Hurd said after the Crusaders prevailed, 89-70. “He’s doing his best to fight through it and wrestle with it a little bit. You’re getting him in spurts. He’s able to gut it out a little bit at a time and then he wants to take a seat for a few minutes.

“Twenty-four hours ago he was throwing up everywhere. I think we’ve done a pretty good job of mitigating it.”

How true.

Just ask the Canarias players.

Adams, a transplant from New Zealand who’s already committed to Pittsburgh, scored 20 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked three shots in only 26 minutes (tournament games last 40 minutes). As a result, he was named the game’s MVP.

But that being said, Adams wasn’t using his illness as a reason why he didn’t play better.

“Not at all,” Adams responded when asked how the flu affected his play. “It’s not an excuse. I chose to suit up, so there isn’t a reason to blame it on the sickness.”

Sick or not, Adams still connected on 9-of-12 shots and committed only two turnovers.

And he was at his best during a 14-0 run late in the first half which enabled the Crusaders (18-5) to expand their lead to 43-26.

Myles Davis led Notre Dame with 21 points, burying 6-of-10 three-point shots, while Adonis Filer added 13 and Mandell Thomas 12.

Davis drained a trio of treys in the first half as Notre Dame got off to a fast start.

Simon Krajkovic paced Canarias (12-2) with 13 points while 7-1 center Boris Borjanovsky added 12 and grabbed nine rebounds.

Adams, who enrolled at Notre Dame for the second semester, has had to adjust not only to a different culture but also to a different style of basketball – which, in his opinion, is the more difficult adjustment he’s had to make.

“Pace...the game is played by fast people,” Adams said. “Stamina has been a problem. I got really unfit over the (holiday) break. I’m quite disappointed in myself.”

Unfit or not, Adams applied an exclamation point to his performance when he slammed down a monster jam to finish a fast break with just under four minutes left on the clock.

Hurd disappointed: After Notre Dame built that 43-26 lead, it let Canarias back into contention.

The team from the Canary Islands went on an 11-1 run in the last 2:46 with Aleks Rostov scoring four points and pulled within 44-37 at intermission.

“We’re playing three in three days down here and for whatever reason I think they looked down there and saw their size and thought they weren’t going to be able to play with us,” Hurd said. “It took as a little while to respect them. That’s something that’s a character flaw on our part and we have to fix it.

“Overall, I wasn’t tremendously happy with the effort but I think we’ll bounce back tomorrow and do it the right way.”

Notre Dame plays La Jolla Prep at 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Then, Hurd launched into specifics about the Crusaders’ play.

“The trademark of what we’ve been dable to do so far has been that we are a tremendously unselfish team,” Hurd said. “I think that little bit of selfish play reared its ugly head today. We’ll fix that tonight and we’ll get out there.

“These guys enjoy being around each other. They enjoy each other’s success. For whatever reason, we broke that for 20 or 30 minutes today. Fortunately, we’re a talented bunch of guys and at the end of the day we were able to overcome that.”

Tall task for Adams: If nothing else, Hurd expressed sympathy for Adams who’s been placed in a difficult situation -– especially since he’s been greeted with a ton of hype.

“I think it’s unfair to take a kid all the way around the world and pluck him on a team in the middle of December or January and say ‘Go do it.’

“But, all things considered I think he’s handled it really well and our guys have handled it really well. He’s trying to understand the pace and speed with which we play here in the United States. He’s willing to do whatever it’s going to take.

“The funny thing about prep school basketball is, yes we want to be successful, but you’re going to be able qualify and quantify our success with what he does eight months from now at Pitt,” Hurd continued. “Did he understand what we were doing? Did he understand what we were saying? And I think that he does.”

BABC Prep School Classic primer

January, 13, 2012
Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) Director of Operations Jay Demings forwards along some information regarding this weekend's BABC Prep School Classic, this Saturday and Sunday at the Kroc Center in Dorchester.

BOSTON -- This weekend’s Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) Prep Classic at the Kroc Center in Boston will not only feature some great games, but will give fans an up-close look at the elite-level basketball talent that permeates the New England region.

In the event’s first matchup on Saturday, two talent-laden teams in Notre Dame Prep and the Tilton School (NH) feature two potential NBA lottery picks in Notre Dame’s Steven Adams and Tilton’s Nerlens Noel.

Adams is a seven-foot center from New Zealand who just arrived at Notre Dame Prep as a post-graduate and will make his debut on Saturday. He is signed to play at the University of Pittsburgh for the Fall of 2012. Only a junior, Noel is a 6’11’’ center from Everett, MA who is ranked second in the class of 2013 by ESPN. Both players have drawn serious attention from NBA scouts.

“I have yet to see Steven Adams play live but, based on all accounts and video I’ve seen, this is a can’t-miss matchup between him and Nerlens," said BABC’s Director of Operations, Jay Demings. “Many of us are familiar with Nerlens’ skill set, but fans will get to see how Adam’s size, strength and skills translate to the American game. Experts believe that both players are certain future NBA lottery picks.”

The two-day event will also feature many signed Division 1 collegiate players and those that are expected to make their college choices soon. The field of teams include the following committed players:

Myles Davis - ND Prep - Xavier
Adonis Filer - ND Prep - Clemson
Mandell Thomas - ND Prep - Fordham

Georges Niang - Tilton - Iowa State
Dominique Bull - Tilton - Missouri
Kevin Crescenzi - Tilton - Dartmouth

Evan Cummins - NMH - Harvard
Tommy Carpenter - NMH - Dartmouth
Ethan O’Day - NMH - Vermont

Nick Lund - Rivers School - Claremont McKenna

Akosa Maduegbunam - Winchendon - Penn State
Tevin Falzon - Winchendon - Sacred Heart

Jake Fay - Brimmer & May - Fordham

Others to watch:

Tilton - Goodluck Okonoboh, Wayne Selden, Jr., John Witkowski, Cameron Durley
Wilbraham & Monson - Kamali Bey, Jaylen Brantley, Marcel Pettway, Djery Baptiste
Worcester Academy - Matt Cimino, Rene Castro
Marianapolis Prep - Kristian Medina, Nigel Sydnor, Bobby Ahearn
Brimmer & May - John Powell, Adrian Oliveira
Rivers School - Shaquor Sandiford, Kyle Reardon, Andrew Kaufman, Carlin Haymon
Boston Trinity - Elijah Okagbare, Zach Petion
Winchendon - Tre Tipton, Tom Bajda, Malique McLaren, Malcolm Smith
Putnam Science - Oscar Assie, Tyree Robinson, Jonathan Joseph, Dayshon Smith
Notre Dame Prep - Sam Cassell, Jr., Nehemias Morillo
Northfield Mount Hermon - Ryan Oliver, Lucas Van Nes, DeKeeba Battee

ND Prep's Myles Davis commits to Xavier

July, 19, 2011
Notre Dame Prep incoming senior shooting guard Myles Davis has just verbally committed to Xavier University for the fall of 2012, he announced on his Twitter account a short time ago.

"I would like to announce that I will be a Musketeer at Xavier University," he wrote.

The 6-foot-3 Jersey City, N.J. native is a two-star recruit entering his second year with the Crusaders program. He was also considering Georgetown, Pitt, Villanova, Virginia and Virginia Tech at the time of his commitment.

Scouts Inc. currently evaluates Davis as follows:

Without question, his jump shot is his biggest weapon. He has confidence and ability to pull it from well behind the line. He's also a competitive kid who has addressed the need to transition to the point because of his size. We'll give him credit for toning down his perimeter game and making a concerted effort to be a more complete guard.

He's going to have to guard quickers kids in college and that will be a challenge. He's caught in a position transition and to make the switch to full time point he must become a better ballhandler and continue refining his approach.

Bottom Line:
The reality is his size and lack of defensive speed will need to be addressed, thus making his college decision very important. At the mid-major level, his jump shot will be a weapon.

McDonald's All-American nominees announced

January, 25, 2011
Thirty-eight athletes playing at Massachusetts high schools have been nominated for this year's McDonald's All-American basketball games, and it is quite the interesting list. On the boys side, Notre Dame Prep has a whopping six players nominated; also of note, Newton North's Tevin Falzon gets a nomination despite not playing a minute all season due to a wrist injury.

Below is the complete list of nominees for the boys and girls games:


Pat Ackerman, Worcester Academy
Khem Birch, Notre Dame Prep
Joe Bramanti, Andover
Ryan Canty, Brimmer & May
Sam Cassell Jr., Notre Dame Prep
Dennis Clifford, Milton Academy
Pat Connaughton, St. John's Prep
Aaron Cosby, Northfield-Mt. Hermon
Myles Davis, Notre Dame Prep
Tevin Falzon, Newton North
Grandy Glaze, Notre Dame Prep
Jon Henault, St. Bernard's
Kyle Kager, Deerfield Academy
James Kennedy, Cushing Academy
Samir McDaniels, New Mission
Joe Mussachia, Manchester-Essex
Angel Nunez, Notre Dame Prep
Kachi Nzerem, New Mission
Andrej Pajovic, Wilbraham & Monson
Joe Sharkey, Northfield-Mt. Hermon
Chris Sherwood, Brimmer & May
Tyler Strange, Notre Dame Prep
Vincent Van Nes, Northfield-Mt. Hermon
Jimmy Zenevitch, Central Catholic


Nicole Beresford, Marshfield
Sophie Bikofsky, Newton South
Kendall Burton, Newton South
Blake Dietrick, Wellesley
Amber Dillon, Brookline
Tori Faieta, St. Mary's
Julie Frankian, Millbury
Natalie Gomez-Martinez, Andover
Brenna Goncalves, Coyle-Cassidy
Briana Hunt, Newton North
Mariah Lesure, Tabor Academy
Samantha Mangano, Winchester
Gabie Polce, Central Catholic
Clare Sullivan, Rivers

In 2nd year, ND Prep's Strange is connected

December, 17, 2010
FITCHBURG, Mass. -- Tyler Strange first started dribbling and shooting with his father when he was three years old. Not too long after, he was running alongside the old man during weekend pickup games at Leominster's Assembly of God church, begging to jump in with guys in their late 20's, some early 30's.

"I wouldn't be able to hit the rim obviously, but I'd be out there trying to shoot, trying to dribble," he recalled, smiling. "Guys would be mad, but hey, I was just trying to get a run with them."

By 12, he was a regular on the court in those games, able to hold his own -- "they started picking me for teams," he laughed -- and so a sensation was born along Route 13.

Or so it seemed. Strange transferred to Ashburnham's Cushing Academy after a promising sophomore season at Leominster High, only to transfer again to the Notre Dame Prep campus in Fitchburg last fall and land himself square off the bench. Year one proved to be some growing pains for the 5-foot-10 point guard, coming in as a sub on a roster that lacked in big men.

Year two, though, has bode well for the senior. That was on display Wednesday night in the Crusaders' 99-62 win over CJEOTO Academy of Somerset, N.J., at St. Bernard's Activity Center, which improved them to 13-3. The flashy guard connected for eight assists in the win highlighted by dominating performances from Khem Birch (22 points, 12 rebounds, five blocks) and Myles Davis (7 of 10 three-pointers).

Over one particular five-minute stretch in the second half, Strange racked up four such dimes in dazzling fashion, and added a nifty teardrop to finish it off. First, he drove to his left and skipped a no-look bounce pass to Jamir Hanner, who missed the one-handed slam but picked up a shooting foul. Then, following an air-balled Kadeem Jack hook shot from the baseline, Strange connected with Davis on back-to-back three's on the drive and kick.

His next two assists-- both in transition -- were to Birch, an old summer league teammate of his, first on an alley-oop in transition that the 6-foot-9 slasher slammed home; Strange followed that up on the next fast break down with a behind-the-back dish off the dribble that Birch laid in.

Strange capped it off with one of his more beautiful plays of the night. Starting from near the scorer's table at midcourt, Strange took a step right and crossed to his left, charging hard from the left wing and lifting the ball underhand over two defenders for his final basket of the night.

"It's hard to be outta control with my foot back there," laughed head coach Ryan Hurd. "And that's really it. We focused on it, and he finally understood that it's more fun to play our way."

He then continued, "The key for him -- for us -- is that he's never looking to get his. He takes such pride in running the team, and making sure that everybody's getting the ball distributed to them. And at this level, that's so rare it's ridiculous. We benefit from it in ways I don't even think he knows. But if you have a basketball mind, you see it right away."

Strange thinks the improvement comes as "just a matter of playing the game", but also credits his familiarity with Birch, whom he first befriended two summers ago when the two both played for the eXpressions summer traveling team. In fact, when he first heard Birch was transferring into Notre Dame from up the road at Winchendon School, Strange wasted no time reaching out to him.

"Knowing your teammates gives you an extra edge, where they're going to be, how they move, how they shoot," Strange said. "And that's the thing, we've been setting up at practice every day at Notre Dame -- open gym, everything, just to get a feel for the guys. We play 35 games, and you really close to each other, and know where everyone is on the court."

Yes, at Notre Dame, players have access to the gym all the time, and are encouraged to take advantage. In Hurd's first season back in 2007-08, he recalled Terrence Jennings and Kim English coming in as late as 1 a.m. on Saturday night for a game of one-on-one, up to 100 points -- "Those are nights I'll never forget, and they'll both be rewarded with NBA contracts at some point," Hurd said.

As for this group?

"These kids, they're following in that mold," Hurd said. "They love to play, and when you have a team that loves to push each other, good things are going to happen."

National Prep Showcase: Day 1 notes

November, 19, 2010
The ninth annual National Prep Showcase began on Friday at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut. The event, which is considered to be one of the premier post-graduate showcases in the nation, featured seven games on day one with over 75 college coaches on hand to scout the prospects.

The day began with Northfield Mount Hermon scoring a 80-73 win over Fork Union Military Academy from Virginia behind a 23 point performance from Seton Hall signee Aaron Cosby. Notre Dame Prep followed suit to make Massachusetts 2-0 in the second game with a 75-66 win over Fishburne Military Academy. Khem Birch led the way for the Crusaders with 20 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks while Myles Davis scored 19 points on four of six shooting from three-point line. New England suffered its first loss when Westwind Prep (Arizona) knocked off Bridgton Academy behind 30 points from John Green, who is committed to UC Santa Barbara.

The day’s most entertaining game was a shootout between Hargrave Military Academy and the South Kent School which saw Hargrave come away with a 115-105 victory. North Carolina bound shooting guard P.J. Hairston drilled six threes and 29 points for the winners while Ricardo Ledo scored a game high 30 for the Cardinals. Two local New England natives locked up next with St. Thomas More defeating Lee Academy 82-57. Damion Lee scored a game high 19 points for the Chancellors. The sixth game of the day saw Winchendon fall to Princeton Day Academy of Maryland by a 67-63 margin.

Top three Performers of the Day:
Ricardo Ledo, South Kent (CT)
Stat Line:
30 pts (11-26 FG, 3-13 3pt, 5-8 FT), 4 rebs (3 off), 2 assts/1 to
Evaluation: Ledo has incredible talent. At 6-foot-6 he has the size and explosiveness to eventually play the game at the highest level. He is tremendously talented with the ball in his hands and able to create his own shots at virtually anytime. Because the game comes so easily for him, he plays with almost an unintentional complacency which causes him to settle for contested jumpers instead of attacking his defender like he is capable of. As he continues to mature and become more efficient with his attack, the sky is the limit for his development.

Myles Davis, Notre Dame Prep (MA)
Stat Line:
19 pts (6-12 FG, 4-6 3pt, 3-3 FT), 4 reb (0 off), 4 asts/1 to
Evaluation: Davis is as pure of a shooter as you will find and he proved it by making the defense pay every time he was allowed to set his feet. He has historically played off the ball but did a very nice job of running the point today, handling the ball against pressure and making good decisions. Davis also showed a compact dribble pull-up game in the mid-range area and, although he isn’t an especially quick on the ball defender, rotated very efficiently from the weak-side.

Kareem Canty, Bridgton Academy (ME)
Stat Line:
23 pts (8-18 FG, 3-4 3pt, 4-4 FT), 5 reb (1 off), 4 asts/5 to
Evaluation: Canty is a scoring guard who is extremely shifty with the ball in his hands. While he is at his best going north to south he is also able to keep defenders on their heels in the half-court with constant use of inside-out dribbles. Canty’s Achilles heel has always been his perimeter jumper so the fact that he made shots consistently tonight made him virtually un-guardable. The only knock on his performance was some inconsistency in his decision making, both in terms of shot selection and over-pounding his dribble.