#NEHF Varsity Division - Saturday Recap II
College coaches were out in full force on Saturday as there were multiple prospects for the next level on all eight courts at the University Sports Complex.
BABC was the main attraction in the afternoon session as they got a pair of tune-up wins in preparation for next weekend's EYBL session in Lexington, Kentucky. Bruce Brown was his typically explosive self while Patrick Fisher picked up right where he left off last week in Virginia. Thomas Mobley completed the backcourt trio by proving himself as good a three-point threat as there was in the field.
NY Rens made the trip up from Gotham, featuring a top 40 national prospect in Rawle Alkins, who showed just why he is one of the best wing scorers in the country on Saturday while leading his club to a pair of wins.
Here's a look at some other players who stood out:
- The Mass Rivals clearly have more than one talented u17 squad this year and while it was their frontcourt tandem that showed off their upside in the morning, the backcourt trio of Jonathan Paulino, Nate Tenaglia and E.J. Perry all played very well before the day came to an end.
- Terrell Williams is an intriguing prospect for BABC City. A long lefty with good shoulders and a frame that should fill out, he made some smooth and crafty plays in the open floor while another athletic lefty, Jair Johnson, also played well.
- Aamahne Santos ran the show as well as expected for the Beantown Bulls, helping them to a hardfought win over Metro Boston in their opener.
- Lee Academy 6-foot-7 forward Nedja Prijovic was a standout for Blackbear North while Nate DeSisto and Justin Thompson emerged as two underclassmen to keep an eye on.
- Walter Whyte and Patrick Racy formed a nice one-two forward punch for High Rise Elite as both had the versatility to play inside-out and consequently attack the defense in a multitude of different ways.
- Lone Wolf boasted a deep and balanced roster. Ben Shungu is the clear leader but Asmin Mostarlic and Max Kirsch provided an unexpected offensive burst while Adam Jaquish was an absolute beast on the glass with 14 boards in his first game.
- Maine Elite Basketball Club came close to scoring a major upset over NY Rens, spacing the floor with multiple shooters and passing the ball beautifully to compensate for the size and athleticism they were giving up.
- MB Nation ran away with two big wings as their trademark dribble drive offense comes with a pair of talented guards to get things going with Shyheim Ulrickson and Nicholas Gilpin, not to mention St. Louis bound big man Elliott Welmer up front.
- Andrew Fleming was his typical tough and hard-working self for MBR while also springing up for some bouncy two-handed dunks and making a series of tough turn-around jumpers in the post.
- James Foye, Keyshaun Jacobs and Jack Loughnane led a short-handed Metro Boston squad on Saturday that almost won their pool despite having just 7 players in action.
- Keith Brown was the clear leader for the New England Storm but Josh Bradanese and Bobby Hartmann also emerged as quality prospects for the next level, both of whom will be added to the NERR database next week.
- Zach Radz was the primary offensive playmaker for Team Not Even Famous, combining a strong body in the backcourt, the ability to make tough shots and also power his way to the rim.
- The Connecticut Basketball Club scored a big win over MBR on a last second bucket when Jacee Martin penetrated the defense, forced the collapse and then dumped off to brother Chelyn Martin for the game winning dunk.
- Joey Wallace stood out as an unsigned senior who deserved some attention from college coaches, playing well for The System with great size in the backcourt and the ability to play both on and off the ball.
- Wayne PAL brought a deep and talented team north from New Jersey. Matt Latka is a versatile wing with a solid skill set and a very strong body and while he may be the most well known prospect on the roster, this is a group that had a variety of different weapons and appeared poised to make some noise on Sunday.
Here's a look at some of the tweets to come out about the Varsity division:
College Coaches... Plenty of talent on the MBNation teams participating in the NERR tournament in Hanover this weekend. #ThePlaceToBe— MBNation - Woody (@MBNationBB) April 18, 2015