Boston High School: St. Raphael (R.I.)

BasketBull Hoops Fest tips off Thursday

December, 19, 2012
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The 2012 BasketBull Hoops Fest tips off Thursday at noon with two days of prep school basketball, followed by an additional two days of Catholic school matchups.

All games will be played at Holyoke Community College. For more information on the tournament, CLICK HERE.

BasketBull Director Colin Tabb passes along the full schedule, as well as players to watch over the four-day event:

Thursday, Dec. 20
Noon - Cheshire Academy (Conn.) vs. Worcester Academy
1:45 p.m. - Williston-Northampton vs. Masters School (Conn.)
3:30 p.m. - Jean de Brebeuf (Canada) vs. Wilbraham & Monson
5:15 p.m. - Suffield Academy (Conn.) vs. Northfield-Mt. Hermon
7 p.m. - ALMA Academy (Canada) vs. Cheshire ACademy (Conn.)

Friday, Dec. 21
Noon - St. Thomas More (Conn.) vs. Wilbraham & Monson
1:45 p.m. - Jean de Brebeuf (Canada) vs. Williston-Northampton
3:30 p.m. - Masters School (Conn.) vs. Cheshire Academy (Conn.)
5:15 p.m. - Northfield-Mt. Hermon vs. ALMA Academy (Canada)
7 p.m. - East Longmeadow vs. West Springfield

Saturday, Dec. 22
2 p.m. - Holy Cross (N.Y.) vs. St. Joseph Central
3:45 p.m. - Bishop Hendricken (R.I.) vs. St. Theresa's (Canada)
5:30 p.m. - Holy Name vs. Springfield Cathedral
7:15 p.m. - Bishop Kearney (N.Y.) vs. St. Peter's Prep (N.J.)

Sunday, Dec. 23
Noon - Jean de Brebeuf (Canada) vs. Holy Cross (N.Y.)
1:45 p.m. - St. Theresa's (Canada) vs. Springfield Cathedral
3:30 p.m. - St. Raphael (R.I.) vs. Catholic Memorial

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Rene Castro – Worcester Academy - 2013 – Butler
Peter Miller – Northfield Mt Hermon - 2013 – Princeton
Anthony Dallier – Northfield Mt. Hermon - 2013 – Yale
Zena Edosomwan – Northfield Mt. Hermon – 2013 - Harvard
Denzel Gregg – St. Thomas More – 2013 – Fordham
Dylan Haines – St. Thomas More – 2013 – undecided
Marquis Moore – St. Thomas Moore – 2013 – undecided
Chinonso Obokoh – Bishop Kearney – 2013 - Syracuse
Trevis Wyche – Saint Peter’s Prep – 2013 – St. Peter’s
Charles Correa – St. Raphael’s – 2013 – undecided
Tarik Smith – Cheshire Academy – 2013 – undecided
Eric Suder – Cheshire Academy – 2013 – undecided
Tank Roberson – St. Joseph Central – 2013 – undecided
Kamali Bey – Wilbraham and Monson – 2013 – undecided
Thomas Rivard – Worcester Academy – James Madison
Skylar White – Northfield Mt Hermon – 2013 – undecided
Donte Gittens – Masters School – 2013 – undecided
Austin Carter – Masters School – 2013 – undecided
Kendall Jackson – Suffield Academy – 2013 – undecided
Max Risch – Williston – 2013 – undecided
Goodluck Okonoboh – Wilbraham and Monson – 2014 – Undecided
Kerem Kanter – Wilbraham and Monson – 2014 – undecided
Matt Cimino – Worcester Academy – 2014 - undecided
Cane Broome – St. Thomas More – 2014 – undecided
Sem Kroon – Northfield Mt. Hermon – 2014 – undecided
Gerard Adams – Catholic Memorial – 2014 – undecided
Godspower Ogide – Bishop Kearney – 2014 – undecided
Thomas Bryant – Bishop Kearney – 2015 – undecided
Josh Sharma – Northfield Mt. Hermon – 2015 – undecided
DJ Baptiste – Wilbraham and Monson – 2015 – undecided
Luis Montero – Wilbraham and Monson – 2015 - undecided
David Watkins – Catholic Memorial – 2015 – undecided
Darrick Boyd – Springfield Cathedral – 2015
Mustapha Heron – Wilbraham and Monson – 2016
Tyonne Malone – Williston - 2016

Future Friar Dunn captivates Warwick crowd

January, 8, 2012
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WARWICK, R.I. -- With a bounce in his step and genuine grin in his visage, Kris Dunn reveled in the post-game mini-mob of cameraphones and autograph seekers at CCRI-Warwick's gym, all looking to get a piece of the kid that just put on a clinic.

Some shy away from the constant attention. Then there's Dunn, who seems to bask in the attention and -- if tonight's game was any indication -- saves his best performances for the biggest stage.

"Actually, it's a great feeling," the Providence signee and nation's No. 2 point guard smiled, when asked about the signage requests. "It kinda feels like you're in the NBA, just seeing kids that look up to you, you're kind of their hero a little bit. It's a great feeling for me."

Local pride at stake? Sure. But when it boiled down, this was what the 1,000-plus on hand at CCRI-Warwick's gymnasium had come to see: this 6-foot-3 gazelle of a point guard, considered by some as New England's top college prospect, as pure a scorer some say you'll find in the Northeast.

Darting around at a pace that was at once breakneck and breathtaking, New London's All-Everything leader did not disappoint. Tonight's game was billed as a matchup between two heavyweights, with the defending CIAC Class L champs going up against defending RIIL champ St. Raphael and its junior point guard Charles Correa -- a 5-foot-8 waterbug considered the Ocean State's top junior, and with Division 1 interest beginning to take root.

Running the point on offense and manning the post on defense, Dunn racked up 32 points, 22 rebounds, four steals and four assists, as the Whalers won going away, 66-55.

But it wasn't just the way Dunn ran up court, it was the way he ran with authority that had so many in the stands cheering him on tonight; had so many recruiting analysts throwing praise over the last nine months; and had even one nationally-respected analyst calling him the Friars' most important backcourt recruit since God Shammgod.

Over and over on the defensive end, Dunn would spring towards the rim, grab the loose ball and immediately turn up court with a full head of steam. Rinse and repeat at the other end, where Dunn picked up 12 offensive rebounds on the night.

St. Raphael head coach Tom Sorrentine tried everything to slow him down -- full court man-to-man, traps at halfcourt, zone defenses, bringing his bigs up to the foul line to cut him off. But for most of the night, the Saints had to resort to physically trying to force him to a dead stop, picking up plenty of fouls along the way.

Dunn went to the line for a total of 20 free throw attempts, hitting 16 of them. Most of the trips to the line came from fouls on the floor.

"You gotta try and get the ball out of his hands," Sorrentine said. "And he's a great passer, too. He's tough. He turned the whole game around. I mean, he just makes you do things that you're not used to doing."

Playing all but the last two minutes tonight, Dunn appeared visibly fatigued at times -- all that jumping will do that to you. But he says he was prepared for the physical tone of tonight's game.

"I was in the weight room during the summer, and during the football season, so I was ready for something like this," Dunn said. "You've just got to keep going."

Maybe this should come as no surprise that Dunn manned the safety spot during the fall-- "strong safety, so I'm coming up to hit," he added with a chuckle.

When asked to make a comparison, Sorrentine barely let the reporter finish his sentence before calling upon former Friars great Marshon Brooks, a first-round pick last June who's currently playing for the New Jersey Nets.

"I think he's just like Marshon. He's long, he gets to where he wants to go," Sorrentine said. "He can get by you, know what I mean? You can think that you're covering him, and next thing you know he's by you. He's got those long legs, long arms...typical Marshon for me. That's what I said the first time I saw him [last season, a 100-72 loss to New London]."

And to think, this was a matchup that nearly wasn't. Over the summer, Dunn reportedly transferred to Wilbraham & Monson Academy, a prep school in Western Massachusetts, where he was set to team up with close friend Andre Drummond. But after a talk with his family, and a late-summer bolt to UConn by Drummond, Dunn returned to New London; and with his return, the Whalers are a favorite to repeat as state champions.

Seeing all this before him -- the sellout capacity crowd, the ooh's and aah's, the post-game crowds -- Dunn was asked if the return to New London has been worth it.

And as usual, he couldn't hide his emotions.

"Most definitely," he smiled. "This is all where it started, when I was a freshman. The New London community has always shown me love, ever since I was a freshman, so I just want to keep it going, and show my people that I'm going to show love back to them."

Video: Highlights from New London-St. Ray's

January, 8, 2012
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ESPN Boston correspondent Lucas Shapiro has highlights from tonight's monster showdown between defending CIAC Class L champion New London and defending RIIL state champ St. Raphael Academy of Pawtucket, R.I.

The game did not disappoint, as Providence signee Kris Dunn led the way for New London with 32 points and 22 rebounds in a 66-55 win.


Recap: New London (Conn.) 66, St. Ray's (R.I.) 55

January, 7, 2012
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WARWICK, R.I. –- Granted, defending CIAC Class L champion New London High is led by All-World point guard Kris Dunn.

But the fact the Whalers play tenacious defense is just as important to their success.

Just ask defending Rhode Island Division I champion St. Raphael Academy.

New London held the Saints to 39.6 percent (19-for-48) shooting and broke open a relatively close game in the second half en route to a 66-55 victory Saturday night before an SRO crowd at the CCRI Knight Campus Fieldhouse.

“I thought we played good, solid, man-to-man defense tonight,” Whalers coach Craig Parker said. “I thought we did a good job on their point guard (Charles Correa) for the most part. Our defense was stellar tonight.”

One sequence underscored Parker’s analysis.

New London (7-2) began the second half leading 36-30.

After the first three minutes, the Whalers had hit on only one of 11 shots – yet they still maintained a six-point lead (40-34) because the Saints (9-1) missed six of their first seven shots.

Dunn had a typical game (by his standards) as he torched the Saints for 32 points, including 88.9 percent (16-for-18) shooting at the free throw line.

Keith Porter added 15 points while Doug Hinton chipped in with 11.

Conversely, SRA didn’t receive the type of performance it’s accustomed to seeing from Dunn’s counterpart, Correa, who was the MVP of last year’s state championship game.

Correa scored 15 points and didn’t notch his first two until almost 11 minutes had elapsed in the first half. And even more significant was the fact he “batted” .000 (0-for-6) from the line.

“We played him last year in New London and we knew he was real quick off the dribble and he would shoot from anywhere,” Parker said. “My assistant scouted him last week against Cranston East (Correa scored 28 points in a 78-67 win over the Thunderbolt) so we had an idea.”

Wrong focus: While Dunn without question had an idea of what he was going to do in this highlight inter-state game, the same couldn’t be said of Correa.

For the majority of the first half, he forced shots – some from beyond what would have been the NBA’s 3-point arc. And perhaps the play that typified his performance came with 10:08 left in the game and New London leading 43-34.

Correa stole the ball and raced down the court for what should have been an unmolested layup – only to miss the shot.

“It was a big challenge … it was Dunn and him,” SRA coach Tom Sorrentine said. “I think he took it personal and it kind of got into his head a little bit. He ended up taking some bad shots. He made bad choices at certain times.

“We needed to set things up. It wasn’t only him (the only other Saint to reach double figures was Cesar Mejia with 19 points). But if he has a good game, we’re right there. It just wasn’t a good night for him. He’s usually money, but not tonight.”

Money in the bank: Dunn was more than money.

If anything, he was all the gold in Fort Knox.

“The thing is we couldn’t stop Dunn,” Sorrentine said. “We tried everything. We tried to play him full-court man and then pick him up and double him. That wasn’t working because he was getting to the hoop.

“Then, we tried to zone the whole thing. We put our big guys at the top to try and drive him out of there and he still got to the hoop. He’s so long. He’s like (former Providence College star and current New Jersey Net) Marshon Brooks.”

Setting the tone: New London led 12-11 roughly midway through the first half when it hit SRA with a 12-2 run – Dunn scoring seven of those points. He even tipped in a missed shot at the buzzer for that 36-30 lead which ended a half during which SRA shot a modest 42.9 percent (9-for-21).

“We always emphasize defense at New London,” Parker said. “We have some good, quick athletic kids. That’s our thing, to be honest with you.

“And to be honest with you, we haven’t been a real good defensive team this year. This was our best defensive effort. It’s tough to get kids to play defense because they come alive on the offensive end. But, again, it was our best defensive effort of the year so far.”
ESPN Boston will be out in full force on Saturday night to cover a match-up with two reigning state champions, as Connecticut’s New London High School meets Rhode Island’s Saint Raphael Academy.

At the heart of the match-up is the promising individual battle between New London’s Kris Dunn and Saint Raphael’s Charles Correa, arguably the top two players in their respective state associations.

While the Providence-bound Dunn’s notoriety far outweighs Correa’s on the national level, recruiting doesn’t mean a thing in Saturday’s game. It’s simply a matter of which player can do more to help their team get a win, and when it comes to that department, Correa is no one’s pushover.

Here’s a Tale of the Tape to assess how the matchup might play out:

PHYSICAL TOOLS

Size & Length: At six-foot-three with long arms, wide shoulders, and a rapidly emerging physique, Kris Dunn has as good of a basketball body as any lead guard in the country. Correa doesn’t have nearly the same size or length, but has a strong core and a good knack for how to create space. That will help, but ultimately he’s going to be fighting an uphill battle in this department as the size and length disparity would be enough to give anyone problems.
Advantage – Dunn

Quickness & Athleticism: Dunn has tremendous end to end speed with the ball in his hands, and is an absolute blur in the open floor. The length of his strides supplements what is already an explosive build to allow him to cover an incredible amount of ground exceptionally quickly. Correa’s explosiveness is based more off quick starts and stops. He varies his speeds to perfection, is quick out of his stance on both ends of the floor, and is shifty enough to maximize his tools in the quarter court. Dunn’s size and length advantage is only magnified by superior vertical athleticism, as he consistently plays above the rim while Correa’s game comes under the ten foot barrier.
Advantage – Dunn

BALL SKILLS

Passing: Both of these guys are scorers by nature. That’s not to say they aren’t capable of seeing the floor and making those around them better –- they can and do. But when the game is on the line and it comes time to show their bread and butter, both guys are going to look to make a play for themselves and allow instinct to take over depending on how the defense reacts to their penetration. Both are versatile enough to make interior shovel passes to their big men, kick out to shooters, or hit a cutter on the move.
Advantage – Draw

Shooting: Dunn’s three-point range is much improved in the last year, but on the surface this is the most notable advantage Correa has going into Saturday’s match-up. He’s an old-school sniper who can’t be left unchecked from behind the three-point line, knows how to utilize screens to get his shot off, and has the rare ability to make tough shots while squaring in the air or firing off his back foot. If the two were competing in a three-point contest, Correa would likely win easily, but within the context of the game, Dunn’s length will help to neutralize Correa’s advantage as it will allow the future Providence guard to shoot over the top of his defender while forcing Correa to speed up his release in order to get his shot off.
Advantage – Correa

Ballhandling: Ultimately, ballhandling comes down to two things –- the ability to make a play with the bounce, and the ability to handle the ball against pressure to make decisions. When it comes to playmaking, these guys go about it in different ways. Dunn is more of a straight line driver, while Correa is a little flashier with his handle. When handling against pressure, both can be sped up at times; and while Correa looks to flatten pressure more often than not, Dunn is able to see and pass over the top of it.
Advantage – Draw

DEFENSE AND REBOUNDING

On the Ball: Both players look to utilize their quickness and other physical tools to their advantage. Dunn’s going to pressure the ball and attempt to use the length of his strides to keep the man in front, and the length of his arms to poke at the ball and get deflections. Correa can turn his smaller frame into an asset by getting into the ball-handler and utilizing his lower center of gravity to stand up the dribbler, giving him ideal position to get steals. The difference maker is Dunn’s motor, as he never lets up on this end of the floor.
Advantage – Dunn

Off the Ball: There may not be a better passing lane defender in New England than Dunn. New London’s calling card is their press, and often times they let Dunn play the second line in order to utilize his anticipation skills to pick off passes and create subsequent transition opportunities. In fact, I would estimate that close to 50 percent of his offensive production comes in the open floor as a result of some type of defensive play. This is one area that really separates Dunn from his peers, as most high school players -- Correa included -- have a tendency to rest when on the weak side of the floor defensively.
Advantage – Dunn

On the Glass: Dunn may be a guard, but his rebounding numbers are among the CIAC’s best through the first three weeks of the season. His size and athleticism allows him to rise up to rebound above traffic, while his nose for the ball enables him to rebound well outside his area, both inside and out. This is another area where Correa’s physical tools don’t give him the same potential ability as Dunn, but it’s also not as much of a focal point for him.
Advantage – Dunn

INTRINSIC FACTORS

Experience: Dunn is far more battle-tested on the national level. He’s played on center court at all the country’s biggest stages, from the NBA Camp to the Adidas Super 64 to AAU Nationals. But when it comes to strictly high school basketball, Correa is just as proven. He led his team to a state title as just a sophomore, and has battled New England’s best throughout his AAU career. Don’t discount the unofficial home-court advantage in this one, as Correa and Saint Raphael are likely to have more fans and familiarity with the arena at CCRI Warwick than Dunn and New London.
Advantage – Draw

Motivation: New London has been taking on all challengers to start the season, including matchups with perennial Connecticut powerhouses like Hillhouse, Trinity Catholic, and St. Joseph’s. With a matchup against one of New York’s best -- Queens powerhouse Cardozo High School -- on tap for later this month, this is just another blip on the radar. But for Correa and St. Raphael, this might as well be the Final Four. The game is an opportunity not just for the team to prove itself, but also for them to legitimize RIIL basketball on the whole. For Correa, a match-up with the second-ranked point guard in the country is the biggest stage he’s going to have to prove his worth to evaluators and college coaches.
Advantage – Correa

Leadership: Dunn’s return for his senior season has been cause for celebration in New London, and by spurning the bigger stage of prep school basketball in order to return home he has only helped to solidify his role as this team’s unquestioned leader. The fact that Dunn is also his team’s best defender and rebounder makes him all the more "follow-able" by his teammates’ standards. By contrast, Correa has his teammates’ faith on the offensive end and they rely on him to make big plays down the stretch of games, but whether or not they look up to him with the same wide range as New London does Dunn, remains to be seen.
Advantage – Dunn

BOTTOM LINE

While recruiting may have nothing to do with Saturday’s match-up between Kris Dunn and Charles Correa, ultimately the methodology may prove to be somewhat similar. Dunn’s size, length, and versatility are at the heart of what helped to propel him atop the national rankings this summer. This weekend, it could be those same tools that prove to be the deciding factor in his match-up with Correa. The St. Raphael guard may actually have a slight edge in terms of sheer offensive skills, but when those skills are put to the test in the context of a full court game, Dunn’s total package could prove too much to handle.

Adam Finkelstein is the founder and editor of the New England Recruiting Report and also covers recruiting in the northeast for ESPN Scouts Inc. Adam has the rare distinction of having coached or scouted at the high school, NCAA, and NBA levels, having worked as a Division I assistant at the University of Hartford and spent three years under the NBA's director of scouting Marty Blake.

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