Boston High School: Stony Brook Seawolves

Boston Latin's Nachmanoff commits to Stony Brook

July, 26, 2013
Boston Latin outfielder Malcolm Nachmanoff has verbally committed to Stony Brook University for the 2014-15 school year, he announced this afternoon.

As a senior in 2013, the 6-foot-3, 195 pound Nachmanoff was named to the "Starting Nine" of ESPN Boston's MIAA All-State Team this past spring after earning MVP honors in the Dual County League’s Large division. He hit .507 with 26 RBI and five home runs, and also recorded a 1.45 ERA in 53 innings pitched. He is headed to Loomis Chafee (Conn.) next year for a post-graduate season, before heading to Stony Brook. When he arrives, he will join Lynn Classical's Kyle Devin and Salisbury (Conn.) Prep's Ryley MacEachern among the Massachusetts natives on the roster.

Nachmanoff, a South End resident, last visited the Stony Brook, N.Y. campus late last month, before heading down to tournaments in Georgia and Florida with the North East Baseball summer club. He gave a verbal commitment to the Seawolves late yesterday afternoon. He also had interest from Northeastern, Albany, Quinnipiac and South Carolina-Upstate at the time, but he says it basically came down to Stony Brook and Northeastern.

"It was so close, it was the hardest decision I'll ever make," Nachmanoff said of weighing the two schools. "I visited both schools, and when I visited Stony Brook I just liked the rural feel. I've lived in Boston my whole life, so it's good have that [rural feel] for four years, and I love the new facilities and all the new buildings they have at Stony Brook. One of my best friends is Kyle Devin, too, and he always has great things to say about it."

Nachmanoff said that in his most recent conversation with head coach Matt Senk two days ago, the coach told him that while there is depth at the outfield positions, Nachmanoff has the hitting tools to "contribute in the lineup right away".

In his first two varsity seasons at Latin, his freshman and sophomore years, Nachmanoff started at third base, with brief dabbles at second and shortstop as well. He moved to left field in 2012, then played centerfield this past spring.

"Hopefully I'm in the outfield, but I'm a versatile player," he said. "I just want to find a way to play right away."

In Nachmanoff, the Stony Brook coaching staff feels there is plenty of potential, though he realizes there is some work to be done.

"A lot of coaches like my upside and the leverage I get on balls," Nachmanoff said. "I have kinda just raw ability. I really haven't had a serious hitting coach with me, so I'm excited to work with [assistant coach Joe] Panucci and see what he can do with my swing. A lot of coaches like what I'm able to do without having had any hitting technique taught to me, but I know I have a lot of work to do with my swing. A lot of coaches said I'm a little long, so that's something I want to work on, too."
In a day and age where there are very few secrets left in the world of college basketball recruiting, Stony Brook might have just found a diamond in the rough in the hills of Western Massachusetts.

Seawolves head coach Steve Pikiell landed his fourth commitment in the class of 2012 last week, this one from Ahmad Reid, a six-foot-three swingman who lives less than an hour away from Stony Brook’s Long Island campus, but is currently in the midst of his third year of prep school at the Berkshire School.

Reid is a bit of a curious case. His resume is as extensive as it is impressive, complete with a NEPSAC MVP award during his junior season and a spot on a highly visible summer AAU team, and yet for some reason he found himself flying somewhat low under the recruiting radar.

Regardless of the reasons, Reid was under-recruited and Stony Brook was the beneficiary. They only had to out-duel a pair of NEC programs in order to land a commitment from a player who has the potential to become an impact talent in the America East.
Reid has the prototypical basketball body –- long and athletic, with cut muscle tone and the frame to continue to expand once he gets into a college weight training program.

The vast majority of his offensive production is a direct result of his physical tools right now. He owns the quick first step to be able to create his own shot, both in the open floor and quarter-court, along with the quick bounce and body control to both finish above the rim, while also able to adjust his body in mid-air.

While the majority of his production currently comes from attacking the rim, his perimeter game has a lot of promise as well. Presently, he’s a guy who can make open shots out to the arc -- capable, but unspectacular by college standards -- but his clean release and soft touch suggest that similar to his physical tools, Reid’s three-point shooting could improve significantly down the road once he joins a program that requires him to take a few hundred shots each day.

In the short term, the level of Reid’s impact next year will depend almost entirely on how quickly he can adjust to playing against a much higher level of competition. The Berkshire School is hardly a basketball factory. In fact, Reid is head and shoulders the best player on his team, and most nights the opposition doesn’t have anyone who can contend with him. The adjustment to playing with and against better competition will include getting used to a faster and more physical game, and most importantly, a new role, as he’ll be asked to play within set limitations for the first time in his career.

That’s a process that is bound to make his freshman season a learning experience, but ultimately, it’s Reid’s long term potential that has Stony Brook excited. He’s got the type of versatile tools that aren’t often found in conferences like the America East. His combination of size, length, and athleticism will make him very rare even before his frame has a chance to fill completely out, while his already potent dribble drive game will only become more dangerous as his three-point range continues to become more consistent and defenders are consequently forced to change their tactics.

Now, it’s just a matter of whether or not Reid can turn undeniable potential into production. If he can, Stony Brook could very easily have an under the radar steal on their hands in what is already considered to be one of the America East’s best incoming recruiting classes.

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.

Worcester's Robinson returning from injury

October, 19, 2011
Roger Brown checks in today on ESPN's East football recruiting blog with Worcester Academy senior running back/linebacker John Robinson, a senior Springfield native who missed most of last season with a torn ACL.

That injury may have played a part in the recruiting process, as he's yet to receive a scholarship offer. Brown writes:

“The injury did make some schools back off, but it feels good,” Robinson said. “They said it won't completely heal for one-and-a-half or two years, but it doesn't hinder me in any way. I'm actually faster now because having the injury made me work out more.”

Robinson said Connecticut and New Hampshire are the schools that have shown the most interest. He has attended a junior day at each school.

“I've also talked to coach [Sean] Devine from BC,” Robinson said. “Stony Brook, UMass, Villanova and Old Dominion are some of the other schools that have contacted my coach. Plus I've talked to Dartmouth.”

Robinson, a senior, repeated his junior year last year. At 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, he's been told he could play either running back or linebacker at the college level.

“I see myself as a defensive player first,” he said. “I like to hit people.”

Robinson has several teammates who have already committed to Division I schools. That group includes wide receiver Canaan Severin (Virginia), linebacker Steven Daniels (Boston College) and linebacker Corey Majors (Villanova).

“That's how I know I'm a Division I player -- because I line up beside these guys every day,” Robinson said. “I'm just waiting so see how things unfold and which school is the right fit for me not only athletically, but academically.

“At first it was hard not to think that the injury would hurt in terms of recruiting, but my coach told me not to worry about anything. He said things will come, and once it comes it'll all come.”