Boston Warriors College Night – Event Recap

by Harry Rafferty | Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Boston Warriors College Night – Event Recap

With an impressive number of college coaches in attendance Wednesday night at Kennedy Middle School in Waltham, Massachusetts, the members of the Boston Warriors program had the opportunity to showcase their talents through a variety of drills, stations, and games. After warming up, Program Director Mark Papas put the players through a few transition drills, shooting drills, and position specific one-one-one drills, before splitting them up for some five-on-five scrimmaging.
Here were a number of the players that impressed college coaches as well as the other spectators in attendance:  

Duby Maduegbunam – Kimball Union Academy (2014) – A player that has had to battle through some injuries the past few years, Maduegbunam looked healthy and impressive on Wednesday night. He is long and has a strong, mature body that allows him to make athletic plays at the rim both off the bounce and on the offensive glass. He is a streaky shooter who can hit shots in bunches as well, especially if the opposing team leaves him open. Maduegbunam also has the potential to blossom into a fantastic wing defender at the next level. He is active, strong, quick, and looks like he enjoys playing defense. As he continues to learn more about the responsibilities of a great defender both on and off the ball, I think this could end up being his most valuable trait at the collegiate level.

Shane Farley – Burlingtion High (2014) – He impressed coaches all night with his feel for the game and sweet shooting stroke. Farley consistently made good decisions, was not selfish with the ball in his hands, and also hit the shots that you expect a shooter of his caliber to make. He played hard on the defensive end for the majority of the night, and brings a heady approach to the game to make up for whatever he may lack in speed and agility.  

Kyle Howes – Lawrence Academy (2014) – Howes is an explosive combo-guard who has the capability to put points on the board in a hurry when he gets going. A very impressive athlete with good speed and agility, he has been the Warriors most consistent offensive threat throughout the spring so far. His name is beginning to surface at the scholarship level, and rightfully so due to his ability to break defenders down off the dribble, finish in traffic, and mix in a smooth shooting stroke once he gets hot.

Nick Tarantino – BB&N (2014) – Possibly the best big man prospect at the event, Tarantino played hard all night and impressed coaches with his high basketball IQ and intangibles he brings to the floor. He is physical and doesn’t mind finding contact down low, both on the offense and defensive ends of the floor. He rebounded above average and ran the floor exceptionally well for a player his size which allowed him to get multiple transition dunks throughout the night.

Joe Carty –St. Andrews (2014) – Already a relatively well-known name by many of the coaches in attendance, Carty just recently opted to spend next year at St. Andrews School in Rhode Island where he will spend a season under the wing of one of the NEPSAC’s most well respected coaches, Mike Hart. Carty is a versatile player who is capable of doing a number of different things well on the basketball court. At 6’6”, he has the body and strength to battle inside, but also has the skillset that can stretch to the perimeter and cause mismatch problems for opposing big men. He will only add depth to an already strong St. Andrews team next season.  

Asanti Sandiford – New Mission (2014) – A strong wing with a big frame, Sandiford was very good on the night. He was playing as hard as anyone on the floor and found himself in the middle of a lot of good plays. He finished well both in transition and in traffic, hit open shots, and was extremely active on defense. The college coaches in attendance really appreciated the effort Sandiford brought to the table.

Kameron Nobles – Governors Academy (2014) – Nobles did a good job of not trying to do too much, while also making the right play the majority of the time. He has a good handle, and has tightened up his physique over the last few months which has allowed him to become a better defender and point guard who can get where he wants on the court.  

Vinnie Clifford – Danvers (2015) – Only a sophomore, Clifford was impressive even when playing up with the juniors. He is big for his age and owns a developed skillset that allows him to do a number of things well on the basketball court. He will be an interesting prospect to watch in years to come, and has the potential to turn into one of the better players in the MIAA.