Boston High School: Wilbraham & Monson

WMA's Okonoboh commits to UNLV

October, 3, 2013
Wilbraham & Monson senior forward Goodluck Okonoboh announced his commitment to UNLV during halftime of ESPNU's broadcast of the Western Kentucky vs. Louisiana-Monroe tonight.

The 6-foot-9 Okonoboh -- a Boston resident, and the No. 21 overall 2014 prospect according to ESPNU -- chose the Rebels over Duke, Florida, Indiana and Ohio State. He took official visits to UNLV and Ohio State within the last week.

When Okonoboh arrives in Las Vegas next fall, he will join former Notre Dame Prep star and McDonald's All-American Khem Birch among alums from the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) on the Rebels' roster.

"Me and coach [Dave] Rice established a real good relationship," Okonoboh told ESPN's Adam Finkelstein. "They play really fast, and that style of play fits me. I can go right in and do what I do defensively, but also have some freedom offensively."

Okonoboh told Finkelstein he came away from his recent trip to UNLV convinced the coaching staff could help him take his game to the next level.

"The blueprint they had for me was second to none. The amount of intensity the team had in practice, how the coaches develop their big men, and, again, just the blueprint they had for me personally," Okonoboh said.

Finkelstein has more on the big man's commitment on the college basketball RecruitingNation blog HERE.

Elite 24 coverage of Okonoboh, McCullough

August, 23, 2013
The 2013 Under Armour Elite 24 will be held at the historic Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Friday and Saturday. The game airs live on ESPNU at 7 p.m. on Saturday, while the Slam Dunk Contest and Skills Competition will air tonight at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.

Two local New England prep school products -- Goodluck Okonoboh of Wilbraham & Monson, and Chris McCullough of Brewster Academy (N.H.) -- will be competing in the showcase event, which annually draws 24 of the top high school basketball prospects from around the country.

Below is some of the coverage of the two stars leading into tonight's festivities, from the staff at RecruitingNation, along with links:

Reggie Rankin: Top Elite 24 Position Matchups | LINK (Insider only)

Power forward matchup
Ivan Rabb vs. Chris McCullough

This matchup is between two long, athletic, explosive quick-off-the-floor forwards. Who will miss the first block-out and give up a tip dunk and get the crowd fired up? Which one will display his much improved ball skills and shooting and get off to a quick start? Expect rim-level rebounds, blocked shots and poster-like, above-the-rim finishes early in this one.

Reggie Rankin: Elite 24 Player Breakdowns | LINK (Insider only)

Chris McCullough
Power Forward
Bronx, N.Y./Brewster Academy
6-9, 210

College: Syracuse

McCullough is a extra-long athletic forward that excels on the break and finishes above the rim on all clear paths. He rebounds and blocks shots to go along with being a capable multiple-position lockdown defender as well with great upside.

NBA Comparison: Taj Gibson

Goodluck Okonoboh
Power Forward
Woburn, Mass./Wilbraham & Monson
6-10, 220

Okonoboh is a strong and physical forward that is finishes above the rim with extreme power and volleyball spike-like shots. He is a top-notch finisher, shot blocker, rebounder and rim protector with great upside.

NBA Comparisons: Serge Ibaka/Derrick Favors

Vonleh, Selden top updated ESPN hoops rankings

February, 13, 2013
ESPNU has updated its national basketball player rankings today. To see them, click here for 2013, 2014, and 2015.

A number of locals either move up or hold on to their spots in the latest updated rankings, including New Hampton's Noah Vonleh and Tilton's Wayne Selden. Below is the complete list of locals:

8. Noah Vonleh, Haverhill, Mass./New Hampton (N.H.)
12. Wayne Selden, Boston/Tilton (N.H.)
83. Kyle Washington, Champlin, Minn./Brewster Academy (N.H.)

6. Chris McCullough, Bronx, N.Y./Brewster Academy (N.H.)
20. Goodluck Okonoboh, Boston/Wilbraham & Monson
53. Abdul-Malik Abu, Boston/Kimball Union (N.H.)
54. Kaleb Joseph, Nashua, N.H./Cushing Academy

BasketBull Hoops Fest tips off Thursday

December, 19, 2012
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


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

Vonleh shines at National Prep Showcase

November, 19, 2012
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Many of the top postgraduate basketball programs in the country were at Albertus Magnus College this weekend for the annual National Prep Showcase. Sunday’s schedule brought some of the of the tournament’s best matchups, featuring games that included NEPSAC powers Brewster Academy (N.H.), New Hampton School (N.H.), Lee Academy (Maine), Northfield-Mt. Hermon, Tilton School (N.H.), and Wilbraham & Monson Academy.

In total, over 130 Division 1 basketball coaches attended National Prep Showcase to watch some of the top high school hoopers in the nation.

There were no players of higher profile than 6-foot-8 senior forward Noah Vonleh, who helped lead his New Hampton squad to an 82-66 victory over Lee Academy. Vonleh was a dominant presence on the glass and efficient scorer in the post, but he also had plenty of freedom to perform given the great play of his supporting cast: point guard Travis Jorgenson, and guards Anthony Pate, Lincoln Davis, and Mike LeBlanc.

Jorgenson, a senior point guard from Kansas City who decommitted from Missouri earlier this fall, may have been the most consistent player on the floor for New Hampton. He hit several long outside shots and on many occasions fed New Hampton’s slashers and bigs with beautiful feeds that ended in dunks or layups.

“Travis makes us go, he completely controls the tempo,” Huskies head coach Pete Hutchins said, “When he makes a mistake, you’re shocked. He has everyone’s confidence, especially in his ability to go out and lead our team.”

Pate and Leblanc both stepped up with pressure defense, and also came up in the clutch with two three-pointers each in the second half. Davis, a strong guard who got to the rim at will throughout the game, constantly kept the defense in check.

“We just want to focus on taking great shots, and playing a game the way that we practice,” Hutchins said. "If we do that...and play with a level of toughness, I always think we should feel really good about what we should be able to accomplish.”

Vonleh, the No. 8 player in ESPN’s 2013 rankings, recently ended his highly-contested recruitment by committing to Indiana on Nov. 10.

“I don’t know how much it impacts his performance on the court. I think in every other aspect of his life, like for him and his mom, I’m sure [committing] makes things a lot easier,” Hutchins said.

Sharpshooters, Stand Up: Northfield Mount-Hermon senior Sam Donahue knocked down six threes on Northfield’s way to a 17-point win over La Jolla Prep (Calif.). Widely considered as one of the best shooters in New England, Donahue attracted constant attention on the perimeter from La Jolla’s defense, opening things up for scorers Skyler White and Josh Hearlihy.

Rhode Island native Lee Messier had six 3-pointers of his own in a losing effort for Tilton in their closely contested matchup Kiski. The Rams were down by as much as 22 points midway through the second half, but thanks in part to Messier’s four second-half threes, Tilton was able to make the game much more competitive.

Clean Sweep For Kiski: Brewster and Tilton have been NEPSAC royalty the past few years, but apparently nobody mentioned that to the squad at Kiski School (Pa.). Kiski knocked off Brewster 79-77 on Saturday night, behind 29 points from senior Rashad Richardson.

Kiski came with the same type of effort defensively on Sunday afternoon, beating Tilton 94-86 despite a furious second half run by the Rams, who were led by Kansas signee Wayne Selden (33 points) and Messier.

WMA young, but talented: Wilbraham & Monson’s 6-foot-4 freshman Mustapha Heron has already established himself as one of New England’s most promising hoops talents, as has 6-foot-7 sophomore guard Luis Montero. Heron was WMA’s leading scorer in its showdown with New Jersey’s Blair Academy on Sunday afternoon, scoring inside and out, showing a presence on the defensive glass, and nailing two shots from behind the arc.

Montero, considered one of the top college prospects in New England, moves exceptionally well for a 6-foot-7 player with such length. Originally from the Dominican Republic, he will be one of their best players this season as he becomes better acquainted with the players and style of play at Wilbraham.

Brewster Reloads: Syracuse-pledge Chris McCullough is the highest profile player in the lineup for the talented Bobcats, but he isn’t the only highly-touted division 1 prospect that will be featured. Brewster has great size up front with McCullough, NC State commit Kyle Washington, and West Virginia commit Elijah Macon, as well as guards Ron Patterson (Syracuse), Jared Terrell, and Kevin Zabo.

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).

Castro, Chrabascz leading Gatorade contenders

March, 16, 2012
ESPNHS' Eric Snyder breaks down the leading candidates for Massachusetts' boys basketball Gatorade Player of the Year honors, today on ESPNHS' Player of the Year blog.

Among the clubhouse leaders are two juniors from the prep school ranks, Worcester Academy guard Rene Castro and Cushing Academy forward Andrew Chrabascz.

Snyder has more:

Rene Castro
Junior guard, Worcester Academy (Worcester, Mass.)

2011-12 Team record: 15-11
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in New England Prep School Athletic Council Class AA quarterfinals

2011-12 Points per game: 23.4
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 3.4
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.1
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.6

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: HS junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: BCD Holiday Hoops Tournament MVP; National Prep Showcase All-Tournament Team

Andrew Chrabascz
Junior forward, Cushing Academy (Ashburnham, Mass.)

2011-12 Team record: 20-7
2011-12 Team standing: Lost in New England Prep School Athletic Council Class B quarterfinals

2011-12 Points per game: 17.0
2011-12 Rebounds per game: 9.0
2011-12 Assists per game: 2.2
2011-12 Blocks per game: 0.6
2011-12 Steals per game: 1.4

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: HS junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Team MVP; 20-plus Division I scholarship offers

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Boys Basketball Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Jaylen Brantley: Junior guard, Wilbraham & Monson Academy (Wilbraham, Mass.)
Aaron Calixte: Junior guard, Stoughton (Mass.)
Jake Layman: Senior forward, King Philip (Wrentham, Mass.)

Finkelstein on Brantley's clutch factor

February, 8, 2012
ESPN basketball recruiting analyst Adam Finkelstein weighs in today on Wilbraham & Monson junior point guard Jaylen Brantley's shooting ability. More specifically, the Springfield native has been showing a knack lately for hitting clutch baskets in crucial moments.

Last weekend at the National Prep School Invitational at Rhode Island College, Brantley hit a 25-foot buzzer-beater to lead the Titans over Winchendon, his third such buzzer-beater of the season. More impressive, he hit this one while battling flu-like symptoms.

Finkelstein weighs in on this "clutch factor" today on ESPN's Basketball Recruiting Blog:

Brantley is already coveted by a variety of high-major programs that value his ability to take care of the basketball, run a team and make shots from long range -- but it’s that inner confidence and ability to make big shots down the stretch that makes him even more unique.

This time of year it becomes more and more obvious which players have the mental tools to thrive in the game’s biggest minutes and those are qualities that can’t be taught; they simply are or aren’t a part of a player’s DNA.

For Brantley, they very clearly are, which should only make him all the more attractive to his rapidly growing list of college suitors.

The 5-foot-10 lead guard picked up his most recent offers from Rutgers and Georgia this weekend, adding to a list that already included Georgetown, Syracuse, Louisville, Missouri, Richmond, Rhode Island, Georgia Tech and Virginia.

“It’s becoming a long process and I’m ready to trim it down a little bit,” Brantley said following the game.

The incumbent point guard for the reigning Nike Elite Youth Basketball League champions, BABC, said that he won't be making any final decisions soon.

“I’m trying to wait until after the AAU season and see how that plays out,” he said.

With more high-level teams to run, shots to make, and games to win, it stands a pretty high probability that Brantley’s list could only get bigger before it gets any smaller.

Video: Hoophall Classic Day 4 Highlights

January, 16, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- ESPN Boston correspondent Lucas Shapiro highlights the top action from yesterday's slate of games at the Hoophall Classic, at Springfield College's Blake Arena.

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:

Hoophall: St. Thomas More (Conn.) 71, WMA 60

January, 15, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Sluggish starts have plagued St. Thomas More the last several games, and it looked like that trend was going to continue in the opening minutes of their battle with Wilbraham & Monson in today's Hoophall Classic.

Then, in a snap, the Chancellors turned a five-point deficit into a double-digit lead, going on a 21-5 run after starting the game trailing 9-4. From there, they never looked back, beating the Titans 71-60 to get some retribution after losing in this tournament a year ago.

"We were coming off a two-game winning streak," said STM's Ky Howard, who was named the game's Most Valuable Player after recording 16 points and four assists. "We had a chip on our shoulder. We came out slow, Coach [Jere Quinn] got into us and told us to pick it up. As a team, together, we did, and from there it just took off."

The key to the run was transition play. Though it sounds awkward to say, considering they count 7-foot-2 Sudanese center Chier Ajou (14 points, six rebounds) in their lineup, the Chancellors aren't incredibly big by prep school standards. So when the shot went up, the Chancellors' guards pushed the ball upcourt as quickly as possible, leading to some easy baskets.

"That was very important," Howard said. "We're a small team, so our advantage is running, if we don't run then it's useless to have a five-guard offense in the game."

Then again, it's not so bad having a 7-footer in the lane to clean things up. Defensively, the Chancellors funneled things into the lane, where Ajou used his wingspan and lateral quickness to alter some shots and otherwise force second thoughts.

"It's truly great, it's a blessing that we got a 7-2 kid that's not selfish, just wants to play and help us win. I mean, it's great because if any of us get beat he's there to protect us."

Offensively, Ajou's presence helped open up the middle of the floor. It isn't often a big man with his combination of stamina and athleticism can come out behind the three-point line, or step out to the elbow. That led to some great drives throughout the game from Howard, A.J. English (11 points, five assists) and Denzel Gregg (11 points, six rebounds).

"Because he can come out to the perimeter, that has the defense shifting a lot more," Howard said. "With us, as guards, we cut hard, fast and sharp, and with him coming out it opens up the lane for us."

Springfield native Jaylen Brantley had a showing in front of his home crowd for WMA (8-2) that in some areas was quality (14 points) but in other areas forgettable (one assist to six turnovers). Kamali Bey, another Springfield native, led WMA with 16 points, while Marcel Pettway also chipped in with 13 points and a team-high nine rebounds.

Video: Springfield's Brantley on Hoophall allure

January, 15, 2012
SPRINGIFELD, Mass. -- Wilbraham & Monson junior point guard Jaylen Brantley, a Springfield native, spoke to ESPN Boston's Brendan Hall following the Titans' loss to St. Thomas More (Conn.) about the allure of playing at the birthplace of basketball, and in front of his hometown crowd.

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

New England Roundup: Connecticut

January, 12, 2012
Temple coach Steve Addazio's familiarity with the football landscape in Connecticut has paid off this month, when Temple received verbal commitments from two former Connecticut high school standouts: running back Montrell Dobbs (Ansonia) and 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker Tyler Matakevich (St. Joseph).

ConnecticutBoth Dobbs and Matakevich graduated from high school in 2011, and played prep school football at Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y., last season.

Addazio is a Connecticut native who played at Central Connecticut State (1978-81) and coached at Cheshire High School (1988-94).

Dobbs originally committed to Connecticut, but could not gain admission because of an academic issue. He said he thought about playing for Marshall, until Temple entered the picture. He met with Addazio and Temple assistant coach Sean McGowan last Friday. Temple extended a scholarship offer Tuesday.

“I really didn't have to think about it much, especially since Tyler and I have become good friends and he's going there,” Dobbs said. “I wanted to stay closer to home anyway. I was a good fit for me.”

Dobbs rushed for 3,445 yards and scored 45 touchdowns during his senior season at Ansonia. He was Milford Academy's offensive MVP last season.

Dobbs said he may be a partial qualifier and not allowed to play next season.

“I don't know if I'm going to be playing this year,” he said. “I'm gonna find that out. All I know is I'm definitely going to school at Temple.”

An injury forced Matakevich to miss the first five games of his senior season, when he helped St. Joseph win the second of back-to-back Class S championships. St. Joseph beat a Dobbs-led Ansonia team 49-28 to win the 2010 championship. Matakevich scored four touchdowns in that victory.

Matakevich was a two-time all-state selection who caught Temple's eye at a postseason college combine.

“I love everything about Temple,” Matakevich told the Connecticut Post. “I'm so happy to finally get this done after all that hard work. It's finally paid off.”

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BABC Prep School Classic schedule set

January, 8, 2012
The Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) sends along its schedule for the Fourth Annual Prep School Classic, to take place on Jan. 14 and 15 at the Kroc Center in Dorchester.

Courtesy of BABC Director of Operations Jay Demings:

Saturday, Jan. 14
Tilton (N.H.) vs. Notre Dame Prep, 3
Wilbraham & Monson vs. Marianapolis (Conn.), 4:45

Sunday, Jan. 15
Brimmer & May vs. Putnam Science (Conn.), 1
Northfield-Mt. Hermon vs. Worcester Academy, 2:30
Rivers vs. Boston Trinity, 4
Marianapolis (Conn.) vs. Winchendon, 5:30