Boston High School: Notre Dame Prep

BABC to host Prep School Classic

January, 15, 2013
The Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) will host the 2013 Prep School Classic this coming Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 19 and 20, at the Kroc Center in Dorchester.

The event will consist of seven games featuring fourteen top area prep school programs. Each game will showcase future college stars and commits, all competing in the heart of the Boston community.

“BABC is excited to once again host the Prep Classic,” said Jay Demings, BABC’s Director of Operations, in a press release. “We feel we have compiled the best regional prep school teams and believe that the advanced level of play will make for another memorable event.”

This is the 4th annual Prep Classic hosted by the BABC and the event marks the second time it will be held in the City of Boston.

The up-to-date game schedule is as follows:

Saturday, January 19
2 p.m. - Vermont Academy vs. Redemption Christian Academy (N.Y.)
3:20 p.m. - St. Andrew’s (R.I.) vs. Tilton (N.H.)
4:40 p.m. - New Hampton (N.H.) vs. Notre Dame Prep
6:00 p.m. - Beaver Country Day vs. Worcester Academy

Sunday, January 20
2 p.m. - Kimball Union (N.H.) vs. Marianapolis Prep (Conn.)
3:20 p.m. - Brimmer & May vs. Northfield Mt. Hermon
4:40 p.m. - Rivers vs. Pingree

As an addition to the event, BABC will also host two make-up games from the weather-delayed BABC Holiday High School Classic. On Monday, January 21, Brighton will face University (Conn.) at noon followed by Capital Prep (Conn.) against Cambridge 2 p.m. Both games this day will take place at New Mission High School, 655 Metropolitan Ave., in Hyde Park.

BABC sophomores take AAU national title

July, 20, 2012
A year ago, the Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) rolled into the 10th grade AAU Nationals in Orlando, Fla., as arguably one of the nation's most talented squads, led by the country's No. 1 player Nerlens Noel, rolling over some of the country's elite team with ease.

This week, the BABC came to Orlando in defense of their title with a team just as long on fun, albeit in an entirely different manner. With a roster of just eight, none of whom currently ranked by ESPN, the club clawed their way through pool play to reach the Final Four, taking out some of the tournament's heaviest hitters in the process.

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Courtesy of BABCBABC coach Eggie McRae (left) lauded the play of Bonzie Colson (right), calling him "a master" on the blocks.
In the semifinals, the BABC found themselves down eight in the fourth quarter to the Albany City Rocks (N.Y.), only to squeak out a 67-63 overtime win. In the finals, televised on ESPN3, the club carried momentum from Jonathan Joseph's game-tying shot in regulation to outlast Team Charlotte (N.C.), 61-55, for their third consecutive AAU 10th grade national championship, and the program's 17th national title overall.

"It was unreal," head coach Eggie McRae said. "These guys played unbelievable in this stretch run. We only had eight guys so we were kinda undermanned, but eveyrone played their roles to a T."

For 6-foot-6 forward Bonzie Colson, a New Bedford native and by all accounts the star of this run, that included manning the post. The semifinal was his masterstroke, coming up with 23 points and 21 rebounds, positioning himself deep in the post and working over his defender with an array of shakes, fall-aways, and step-through's.

In the finals, Colson again came through in the overtime, helping give the BABC the cushion it needed in the end.

"He's like a master down there, really honing in his skills on the block," McRae said of Colson, who will enter his junior year at St. Andrew's (R.I.) School this fall. "He's just got a great feel for the block area."

That's not all. To get to the Final Four, the BABC had to go through arguably the longest team in the field, the Orlando Venom. Against a frontcourt featuring a 6-foot-10 center and two 6-foot-8 forwards, Colson went on the offensive, utilizing pump-fakes and jumpers to keep them honest.

Colson's strategy in the finals was more of the same.

"Just be patient," he said. "As soon as I get the ball, relax a little bit, see if anybody's trying to double, do a drop-step to the basket, and if I have to tourn around, I had two great guards in Tyler Nelson or Jon joseph that I know can hit the shot."

Indeed the attention on Colson opened up the floor for players like Nelson, who hit two crucial three's down the stretch of the championship.

"Bonzie was a mismatch for both teams," Nelson said of the final two games. "In both of those overtimes, he took over."

For Colson, who was also on the BABC's ninth grade national championship team last year, this figures to be a trigger point in his recruiting. Seton Hall extended a scholarship offer to Colson following yesterday's win; Boston University and Rhode Island have also offered to this point.

And for Nelson, an ESPN Boston MIAA All-State selection this past season at Central Catholic, this is the culmination of a year-long learning experience. One of the state's premier shooters, the Haverhill resident joined the BABC last fall and feels he has improved on the defensive end.

McRae concurred.

"He's starting to buy in," McRae said. "Sometimes when you play high school ball you can get away with playing no defense. But that's what we get a lot of our points off of here -- defense, moving the feet, getting in the passing lanes. He played a lot for us, and to do that you've got to play good defense."

Also factoring into the championship run were Nick Cambio (Central Catholic), Curtis Cobb (Wilbraham & Monson), Bobby Ahearn (Marianapolis), Tyree Robinson (Notre Dame Prep) and Jerelle Washington (Providence Central).

Locals playing in Jordan Brand Classic

April, 13, 2012
A total of five players either from the New England region or playing at a New England school will be participating in tomorrow night's Jordan Brand Classic high school all-star game, in Charlotte, N.C. ESPN's Paul Biancardi breaks down players to watch for the game, and mentions several locals, today on ESPN's Basketball Recruiting section:

Kris Dunn (New London, Conn./New London)
PG, 6-3, 180 pounds
College: Providence
He possesses the blow-by speed and quickness with the basketball that's necessary to score at the highest level. Dunn is a high-level athlete who can change directions on a dime in the open floor, break the ankles of a defender with a crossover, get into the lane at will and finish drives at the rim. Once he adds a jump shot, he will be special.

Nerlens Noel (Everett, Mass./Tilton School)
C, 6-10, 215 pounds
College: Kentucky
He has established himself as the best shot-blocker in high school and emerged as the top player in the nation without ever worrying about his numbers on the offensive end. The future Wildcat can score the ball inside by using a jump hook or driving from the foul line, but his real value comes from protecting the rim.

Kaleb Tarczewski (Claremont, N.H./St. Mark's)
C, 7-0, 240 pounds
College: Arizona
It's rare to find a big man, like Tarczewski, who is willing to run the floor and has good hands. He works hard to gain deep, low-post position whenever possible, understands the value of screening to free up his teammates and goes after missed shots on both ends. Tarczewski continues to work hard on improving his game and it shows.

Steven Adams (New Zealand/Notre Dame Prep)
C, 6-10, 235 pounds
College: Pittsburgh
Adams is the most physically-imposing player in the game thanks to his unique combination of strength and athleticism. He will attack the rim and score with his excellent mobility, huge hands and soft touch inside 15 feet. Defensively, he is very difficult to score over and Noel has said he is the hardest guy he's ever tried to score on.

Recruiting updates on local prep school stars

February, 29, 2012
ESPN Recruiting Nation has updates on the nation's top uncommitted seniors. Locally that includes a number of players from prep schools around New England: Tilton (N.H.) center Nerlens Noel, Brewster Academy (N.H.) wing Jakarr Sampson, Bridgton Academy (Maine) forward Markus Crider, and Notre Dame Prep's Sam Cassell Jr.

The entire list can be found here. Below is the latest recruiting update on the locals:

Nerlens Noel, C
Everett, Mass./The Tilton School
Player rank: 1 | Position rank: 1 | Grade: 98 | Stars: 5
Height: 6-10 | Weight: 215 pounds | Evaluation
Recruiting update: While Noel continues the process of formally reclassifying back to his original class, he has begun to take unofficial visits. First up was a quick trip to Providence alongside future Friars Kris Dunn and Ricardo Ledo. Next up was a visit to Syracuse to check on old friend and AAU teammate Michael Carter-Williams. Most recently, Noel visited Kentucky to learn more about becoming Anthony Davis' replacement. Florida, Georgetown, North Carolina and maybe Connecticut are expected to also get visits in the coming weeks but Syracuse and Kentucky have to be considered the favorites right now.

Jakarr Sampson, SF
Akron, Ohio/Brewster Academy
Player rank: POST | Stars: 4
Height: 6-8 | Weight: 200 pounds
Recruiting update: Sampson is a long, athletic forward who has visited Baylor, Pitt and most recently Kansas this past weekend. His recruitment is still wide open.

Sam Cassell Jr., SG
Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep
Player rank: POST | Stars: 3
Height: 6-4 | Weight: 170 pounds | Evaluation
Recruiting update: Cassell took his only official visit thus far to Maryland back in October and has since decided to play out the rest of his senior season before making any decisions. Florida State and South Florida have been on him as long as anyone while Connecticut jumped into the picture back in late January and hosted him for an unofficial visit last weekend for their matchup against Syracuse. Even still, the plan remains to play out the rest of the prep season and see what new schools come along before using his official visits in the spring. The latest places to express interest have been Purdue and Villanova.

Markus Crider, SF
Huber Heights, Ohio/Bridgton Academy
Player rank: POST | Stars: 3
Height: 6-5 | Weight: 195 pounds
Recruiting update: With his postgraduate season now in its final week, you would think Crider's recruitment would be starting to wind down, but really that isn't the case at all. He has yet to take any of his visits and is still very much open. At the end of the day he's going to have to decide between levels and fit with places such as St. Bonaventure and Iona recruiting him the hardest, others such as George Mason and Dayton are definitely involved, and Memphis, Clemson, Cincinnati and Xavier are doing enough to keep him warm.

ESPN's Finkelstein updates on Cassell, Sampson

February, 7, 2012
ESPN basketball recruiting guru Adam Finkelstein checks in with a number of top prospects this morning, including Notre Dame Prep's Sam Cassell Jr. and Brewster Academy (N.H.) forward Jakarr Sampson.

You can check out the entire article here (Insider only). Below is what he had to say about Sampson and Cassell:

Sam Cassell Jr. (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep)
Cassell has been playing the best basketball of his career recently and his recruitment has really picked up as a result. Connecticut was the most recent school to come with a scholarship offer but Maryland made the biggest statement this weekend as head coach Mark Turgeon brought the full staff to support their backcourt target.

“I’m hearing the most from UConn, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Central Florida, South Florida, and Washington,” Cassell said.

The 6-3 guard said he would wait until after the season came to an end before making his decision.

Jakarr Sampson (Akron, Ohio/Brewster Academy)
Sampson refuted claims that he had cut his list down to just two schools by saying that Baylor, Kansas, Louisville, Providence, St. John’s, and Florida were all still involved as of last Thursday afternoon.

With Kansas reportedly coming on strong, Providence certainly made a statement with not only its entire staff coming to the game but also several current players showing up.

“That was crazy how they all came,” Sampson said with a smile following his game. “Coach [Ed] Cooley, he’s a hard recruiter. I always see his face and always talk to him on the phone.”

Sampson also turned in a 22-point performance showing his versatility with an expanding offensive repertoire and his normal high motor and disruptive combination of length and quickness on the defensive end.

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.”

National Prep School Invitational primer

January, 25, 2012
Media Director Pat Stevens forwards along a press release on what to expect from the annual National Prep School Invitational, February 2 through 5 at Rhode Island College.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. --- Thirty of the country’s top prep school basketball teams, up to 100 college coaches on hand to evaluate prospects, and several NBA scouts will gather for the 14th annual National Prep School Invitational.

Held at Rhode Island College from Thursday, February 2 through Sunday, February 5, the nation’s elite exposure event during the school year will once again have its top games broadcasted on COX Sports.

With an upwards of 50 players impressively already committed to colleges, the event’s main goal is to provide a springboard for many more to join that group.

The featured young talent competing ranges all the way from the traditional powers of the New England Prep School Athletic Conference to as far as the Canarias Basketball Academy of the Canary Islands.

Highlighting the field is last year’s National Prep Championship Tournament winner St. Thomas More (CT) and NEPSAC champion Maine Central Institute (ME). Previous titleholders Brewster Academy (NH), Bridgton Academy (ME), Notre Dame Prep (MA) and Tilton School (NH) return as well.

Considered the strongest All-American candidates for their success throughout their high school and prep school careers are South Kent’s Ricardo Ledo (Providence) and Tilton’s Nerlens Noel (Undecided) along with Brewster Academy duo Mitch McGary (Michigan) and TJ Warren (North Carolina State). Notre Dame Prep recently welcomed Steven Adams (Pittsburgh) for the second semester, a talented center from New Zealand who made waves this past summer with his play at the Adidas Nations global event. Some of college basketball's top contenders are also showing high interest in a number of underclassmen on the rise - Tilton's Wayne Selden and Goodluck Okonoboh, New Hampton's Noah Vonleh and Jared Terrell, and Vermont Academy's DaQuan McNeil, Dominic Woodson and Jamel Artis.

St. Andrew’s (RI) star All-American guard Michael Carter-Williams (now at Syracuse) took home back-to-back NPSI MVP awards in 2011 and 2010. The 2009 MVP went to Lawrence Academy’s Shabazz Napier, who has since gone on to win a NCAA National Championship at the University of Connecticut.

Currently, 28 active NBA Players have participated in the NPSI. Those once awarded the NPSI MVP for their performances in the event include Michael Beasley (Notre Dame Prep ‘07/Kansas State/Minnesota Timberwolves), Lazar Hayward (Notre Dame Prep ’06/Marquette/Oklahoma City Thunder), Shawne Williams (Laurinburg Institute ‘05/Memphis/New Jersey Nets) and Dorell Wright (South Kent ‘04/1st Round Draft Choice out of prep school).

For more information, visit and

Tickets are $10 per day or passes for the entire event can also be purchased at the door.

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Thursday, February 2
10 - Lee Academy (ME) vs. Robinson (NJ)
11:30 - St. Thomas More (CT) vs. CJEOTO Academy (NJ)
1:15 - Brewster Academy (NH) vs. St. John’s Northwest Military Academy (WI)
2:45 – NIA Prep (NJ) vs. Canarias Basketball Academy (Spain)
4:15 - Notre Dame Prep (MA) vs. Wilbraham & Monson (MA)
5:45 - La Jolla Prep (CA) vs. South Kent (CT)
7:15 - Phelps (PA) vs. Cushing Academy (MA)
9 – Mont Clare (PA) vs. New Hope Academy (MD)

Friday, February 3
9 –CJEOTO Academy (NJ) vs. Lee Academy (ME)
10:30 - Robinson (NJ) vs. La Jolla Prep (CA)
12 - SJNWMA (WI) vs. New Hampton (NH)
1:30 – Canarias Basketball Academy (Spain) vs. Notre Dame Prep (MA)
3 - South Kent (CT) vs. NIA Prep (NJ)
4:30 - Mont Clare (PA) vs. St. Thomas More (CT)
6 - Worcester Academy (MA) vs. Phelps (PA)
7:30 - Vermont Academy (VT) vs. Winchendon (MA)
9 - New Hope Academy (MD) vs. Bridgton Academy (ME)

Saturday, February 4
9 – Marianapolis (CT) vs. SJNWMA (WI)
10:30 – Winchendon (MA) vs. Mont Clare (PA)
12 – Cushing Academy (MA) vs. New Hope Academy (MD)
1:30 – REDA (Canada) vs. Vermont Academy (VT)
3 – Bridgton Academy (ME) vs. Northfield Mount Hermon (MA)
4:30 - La Jolla Prep (CA) vs. Notre Dame Prep (MA)
6 – New Hampton (NH) vs. Canarias Basketball Academy (Spain)
7:30 - Maine Central Institute (ME) vs. Next Level Prep (Canada)

Sunday, February 5
9 - Canarias Basketball Academy (Spain) vs. Bridgton Academy (ME)
10:30 - Wilbraham & Monson (MA) vs. Winchendon (MA)
12 – Next Level Prep (Canada) vs. St. Thomas More (CT)
1:30 - Tilton (NH) vs. REDA (Canada)
3 - Northfield Mount Hermon (MA) vs. Lawrence Academy (MA)
4:30 - St. Andrew's (RI) vs. Maine Central Institute (ME)
6 - New Hope Academy (MD) vs. Worcester Academy (MA)

Semaj Christon (G - Brewster Academy - Xavier)
Mitch McGary (F - Brewster Academy - Michigan)
Jalen Reynolds (F - Brewster Academy - Xavier)
Aaron Thomas (G - Brewster Academy - Florida State)
TJ Warren (F - Brewster Academy - NC State)
Jarryn Skeete (G - Bridgton Academy - Buffalo)
Alex Furness (G - Cushing - Bentley)
Tyler McFarland (G - Cushing - Bentley)
Darrell Bowie (F - La Jolla Prep - Northern Illinois)
Strahinja Gavrilovic (G - La Jolla Prep - Southern California)
Darnell Harris (F - La Jolla Prep - Cleveland State)
Jarion Henry (G - La Jolla Prep - Oklahoma)
Travion Leonard (C - Lee Academy - Fordham)
Jean Yves Toupane (F - Lee Academy - Saint Bonaventure)
Barry Webster (F - Lee Academy - Maine)
Jared Brandon (F - Maine Central Institute - Cal State Fullerton)
James Farr (F - Maine Central Institute - Xavier)
Tobe Okafor (C - Maine Central Institute - Loyola Marymount)
Barrington Alston (F - New Hampton - Towson)
Zach Auguste (F - New Hampton - Notre Dame)
Olivier Hanlan (G - New Hampton - Boston College)
Ramon Johnson (F - NIA Prep - Coastal Carolina)
Tommy Carpenter (F - Northfield Mount Hermon - Dartmouth)
Evan Cummins (F - Northfield Mount Hermon - Harvard)
Ethan O'Day (F - Northfield Mount Hermon - Vermont)
Steven Adams (C - Notre Dame Prep - Pittsburgh)
Myles Davis (G - Notre Dame Prep - Xavier)
Adonis Filer (G - Notre Dame Prep - Clemson)
Shawn Valentine (G - Phelps - Rider)
Richard Audu (G - REDA - Siena)
Naz Long (G - REDA - Iowa State)
Jarrod Davis (F - Robinson School - Maryland Eastern Shore)
Laimonas Chatkevicius (C - South Kent - Kansas State)
Ricardo Ledo (G - South Kent - Providence)
Chris Ortiz (F - South Kent - Kent State)
Cedric Kukamensah (F - St. Andrew's - Brown)
Josh Hall (F - St. John's Northwest Military Academy - Cal Poly)
Andy Martin (C - St. John's Northwest Military Academy - Montana)
Curtis Jones (G - St. Thomas More - Manhattan)
Barrington Stevens (G - St. Thomas More - South Alabama)
Dominique Bull (G - Tilton - Missouri)
Kevin Crescenzi (G - Tilton - Dartmouth)
Georges Niang (F - Tilton - Iowa State)
Tevin Falzon (F - Winchendon - Sacred Heart)
Akosa Maduegbunam (G - Winchendon - Penn State)
Nick Victor (G - Winchendon - Yale)

ESPNU 100 rankings updated

January, 24, 2012
ESPN's basketball recruiting section has updated the ESPNU 100 rankings for the Class of 2012 today, and there is some significant shakeup involving local players.

Most significant of them all might be Brewster Academy (N.H.) big man Mitch McGary, who fell from No. 2 overall in the country down to No. 21. The Chesterton, Ind. native signed with Michigan last November.

ESPN's Dave Telep explains the drop:

Michigan signee Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy (N.H.)) dipped from No. 2 to No. 21 overall. Why? When a player is ranked that high, it's entirely up to him to stay there. Our vision with his ranking is to reset expectations so that they are reasonable once he arrives at Michigan. We loved his energy and motor in the past, but it's up to McGary to find his comfort zone and return to the level he played at last spring.

In other movement, St. Mark's big man Kaleb Tarczewski cracks the top five, moving up to No. 4, while Notre Dame Prep's New Zealand-bred big man Steven Adams enters the list at No. 5 overall after making his American debut two weekends ago.

New London (Conn.) point guard and Providence signee Kris Dunn moves up to No. 23 overall, six spots better than his previous ranking.

King Philip's Maryland-bound star Jake Layman falls eight spots to No. 61, while Tilton (N.H.) big man and Iowa State signee Georges Niang makes the biggest leap, up 15 spots to No. 68.

St. Mark's Canadian import Nik Stauskas rounds out the locals at No. 78, up five spots.

You can view the entire list here. The locals on the list are copied below:

4. Kaleb Tarczewski, 7-0 C, Claremont, N.H./St. Mark's (Mass.)
5. Steven Adams, 6-10 PF, New Zealand/Notre Dame Prep (Mass.)
18. Ricardo Ledo, 6-6 SG, Providence, R.I./South Kent (Conn.)
21. Mitch McGary, 6-10 PF, Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy (N.H.)
23. Kris Dunn, 6-3 PG, New London, Conn./New London HS
28. T.J. Warren, 6-7 SF, Durham, N.C./Brewster Academy (N.H.)
61. Jake Layman, 6-8 SF, Wrentham, Mass./King Philip HS
68. Georges Niang, 6-7 PF, Methuen, Mass./Tilton (N.H.)
78. Nik Stauskas, 6-6 SF, Mississauga, Ontario/St. Mark's (Mass.)

Local McDonald's All-American Nominees

January, 18, 2012
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:

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

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

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

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

Darrick Wood, Bridgton Academy

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

Hoophall: ESPNU recaps the best performances

January, 17, 2012
ESPN recruiting analysts Mike LaPlante and Adam Finkelstein recap the best performances from last weekend's Hoophall Classic, at Springfield College's Blake Arena. As usual, there was plenty local flavor among the highlights.

You can read the full article here on ESPN's basketball recruiting section. Below are some excerpts:

Nerlens Noel (Everett, Mass./Tilton)
2013, C, 6-10, 215 pounds
Noel came out intent to make his impact felt, and he did that and more. He was absolutely dominant on the defensive end, proving why he is one of the best shot-blockers we've seen in recent years, while showing an improved offensive repertoire with face-up ability and jump hooks over both shoulders. His only limitations were in regards to fouls, both converting a low percentage at the stripe and taking unnecessary chances when in foul trouble.

Aaron Thomas (Cincinnati, Ohio/Brewster Academy)
2012, SG, 6-4, 195 pounds
College: Florida State
On a team full of stars, Thomas was an unlikely hero on Sunday as Brewster Academy scored an emotional win over Tilton. The future Seminole hit big shot after big shot, often from ranges beyond the NBA arc, and was consistently the guy to come up big for Brewster at the end of the shot clock. Defensively, he might have been even better, utilizing his length and lateral quickness to contain opposing scorers, while coming up with a key steal in the game's final possession before icing the outcome at the free throw line.

T.J. Warren (Durham, N.C./Brewster Academy)
2012, SF, 6-7, 215 pounds
College: North Carolina State
The brighter the lights, the better he seems to be. Warren is a pure scorer built in the mold of Glen Rice -- a highly-skilled, big wing who can rain shots from long range, put the ball on the floor to punish bad closeouts with an ability to create space in the midrange area or shoot over the top of contesting defenders with his high release.

Kaleb Tarczewski (Claremont, N.H./St. Mark's)
2012, C, 7-0, 240 pounds
College: Arizona
His efficiency was off the charts and his dominance was only limited by his number of touches. He's gotten much better at establishing deep low-post position within the flow of the offense and has developed his jump hook into a true weapon. He got countless dunks by sealing for scores and running in transition, and was equally impressive with his poise when passing out of the post.


" Pitt signee Steven Adams (New Zealand/Notre Dame Prep) made his much-anticipated American debut this weekend but was a little worn down by the time he got to Springfield after a Saturday matchup with Nerlens Noel and Tilton. He has a ton of upside but needs to be allowed some time to get into game shape and develop familiarity with his new teammates.

" Jakarr Sampson (Akron, Ohio/Brewster Academy) is the type of athlete who can change the momentum of the game with a single play, whether it be an emphatic dunk or a big blocked shot, and he did that on more than one occasion Sunday.

Video: ND Prep's Adams talks Hoophall debut

January, 15, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Notre Dame Prep center Steven Adams talked with reporters about his first weekend in North America, following tonight's 55-49 win over New Hampton (N.H.) to close out day four of the Hoophall Classic.

The colorful New Zealander is committed to the University of Pittsburgh for next season.

Video: ESPN's Finkelstein talks Hoophall Day 4

January, 15, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- ESPN Boston High Schools editor Brendan Hall spoke with ESPN recruiting anaylst and New England Recruiting Report founder Adam Finkelstein, to break down an action-packed fourth day of the Hoophall Classic at Springfield College's Blake Arena:

Recap: Tilton (N.H.) 90, Notre Dame Prep 86

January, 14, 2012

DORCHESTER, Mass. -– Tilton’s Kevin Crescenzi his a three pointer with fifteen seconds remaining to take the lead for the first time since the five minute mark, ultimately pulling off a 90-86 win over Notre Dame Prep in the first game of the 2012 BABC Prep Classic, at the Kroc Center.

“I really don’t know what to say, not sure I was thinking much at all,” said Crescenzi.

“He’s a pretty good shooter,” said Tilton coach Marcus O’Neil. “I think it was a thing where he decided he was going to take the shot. He came off a screen and knocked down the shot.”

With 1:15 left in the game, Tilton’s Wayne Selden (28 points) hit two free throws, bringing the game to within one at 84-83. Notre Dame’s Steven Adams came down and scored with a minute left then Selden scored again with 39 seconds left, leaving the game at 86-85, Notre Dame.

Tilton forced a five-second violation on the ensuing inbounds play, giving the Rams the ball back with the chance to go ahead. Crescenzi (11 points) came from around a screen, took the pass from Domonique Bull at the top of the key and drained a trey with 15 seconds left in the game.

Wayne Selden stole the ball after the ensuing timeout, and Bull was fouled but missed both of his free throws. Prep’s Adonis Filer took the rebound coast-to-coast and made it all the way to the basket, but missed the layup. Tilton’s Georges Niang (27 points, eight rebounds, five assists) got the board, was fouled and hit both of his shots.

A last-second heave by the Crusaders was no good, so the boys from Tilton pulled off the victory.

Noel shines: Top-ranked center Nerlens Noel ended the day with 12 points, six steals, five blocks, four assists and four rebounds. He did not make it to the free throw line, but was able to stop opposing shots from being made or put into the basket and drew a lot of attention in the post, freeing up some space for his teammates.

“It’s like having a cheat code,” Selden said. “Every time you let your man go by, sometimes I did too on lazy defense, he’d just block the shot.”

“He’s a one-man wrecking crew out there,” added O’Neil. “He can make it very difficult to score around the basket for the other team… No doubt about it he’s a nuclear weapon out there.”

Adams makes good first impression: Making his American debut donning number 24, New Zealand native and Pitt signee Steven Adams had 23 points, 10 rebounds and two assists on the afternoon for the Crusaders. Not bad numbers, but Adams was not satisfied with his personal numbers.

“If I played well, we would’ve been the one with a win,” said Adams. “Our first game back, kind of rusty,” is what Adams attributed the last minute of the game to. He added that he and his teammates would be training harder from here on in and that as the season goes on things will get better for them.

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

Hoophall: Paul Biancardi's Players to Watch

January, 12, 2012
The Hoophall Classic kicked off today with a hard-fought victory by's No. 1 team in the MIAA, Central Catholic, over Springfield Cathedral. Over the next four days, some of the nation's best high school players will be squaring off on the campus of Springfield College, the birthplace of basketball.

We've got you covered all weekend, between, ESPNHS and ESPNU's expert recruiting analysts. Today, ESPN's Paul Biancardi breaks down the top players to watch in this tournament. It's a loaded field that includes Las Vegas power Bishop Gorman and the nation's No. 1 overall player, Shabazz Muhammad, along with national powers like St. Anthony (N.J.), DeMatha Catholic (Md.), Simeon (Ill.), Oak Hill (Va.) and Findlay Prep (Nev.). But there is tons of local talent to watch, too.

You can read the full list here. Below are the locals Biancardi will be watching:

Kaleb Tarczewski (Claremont, N.H./St. Mark's)
Class: 2012 | ESPNU 100: 6 | C rank: 2
The Arizona signee is a legitimate 7-foot true center with excellent mobility, terrific hands and enormous upside. He scores the ball by finishing drop-off passes and off any clear paths to the rim, although he is starting to score on the block with a jump hook. Defensively, he's hard to score over and he changes and blocks a lot of shots.

Mitch McGary (Chesterton, Ind./Brewster Academy)
Class: 2012 | ESPNU 100: 2 | PF rank: 1
He is known for bringing a high motor and big-time energy to the game. The future Michigan Wolverine's intensity is infectious and his teammates feed off his energy. He runs the floor, outhustles his opponent, and scores off drop-off passes, high-post jumpers and low-post moves.

Nerlens Noel (Everett, Mass./The Tilton School)
Class: 2013 | ESPNU 60: 2 | C rank: 1
The junior is the nation's best shot-blocker. No one protects the rim better, whether he's guarding his own man or helping a teammate. If he doesn't block the shot he certainly will alter it and when it comes to the glass, he puts in an honest effort and grabs a good percentage. He is much improved offensively and can catch, sweep and drive from 15 feet and is a better passer than people give him credit for. Overall, he is one of the best NBA prospects in high school basketball.

Noah Vonleh (Haverhill, Mass./New Hampton)
Class: 2014 | ESPNU 25: 6 | PF rank: 1
He has a strong frame (6-7, 215 pounds), huge hands and good footwork to finish through contact. He possesses supreme athletic ability and skill at such an early age. His upside is undeniable.

Steven Adams (New Zealand/Notre Dame Prep)
Class: 2012 | ESPNU 100: NR | C rank: NR
The debut of Adams for Notre Dame Prep is one of the biggest stories of the entire weekend. The true center has already signed with Pittsburgh and dominated the adidas Nations in August, including a dominant performance against Tarczewski. NBA scouts are already clamoring for him thanks to his size (6-10, 235 pounds), mobility and skill set. Plus, Notre Dame Prep coach Ryan Hurd said Adams is even more skilled than he expected.