NPSI Recap II
The second half of the NPSI brought two more exciting days of action as Saturday and Sunday were full of strong performances from top local prospects. Here’s a look back at who impressed the most:
Terance Mann, Franklin Porter, & Johnny Joseph – Mann came out intent to make his presence felt and was the sparkplug behind a surprisingly dominant first half for Tilton on Sunday as he played above the rim, sprinted his lane, handled the ball, and controlled the defensive glass. Porter was critical to the Rams’ ability to protect their lead in the second, making a number of timely jumpers, and coming up with big buckets when the team needed them the most. Both finished with 20 points while Joseph played a nearly flawless point, both taking care of the ball and showing a nice stroke from the perimeter.
Jalen Adams – He followed up his 30 point performance from Thursday night with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals and 4 assists, including the game winning dime as he set up freshman forward Kimani Lawrence for a lay-up with just one second remaining on the clock. Idris Taqqee (18 points) and Kaleb Joseph (12 points, 12 assists) also showed well.
C.J. Vaughn, Notre Dame – The unsigned 2014 product continued to distinguish himself as one of the top pure shot-makers in the field, but was more efficient with his floor game in his two final outings, making good decisions within the flow of the team’s offense and also rebounding well from the perimeter.
Aaron Falzon, NMH – His numbers were good on Saturday and Sunday alike, but what was most impressive was the way in which he responded when his NMH team found themselves in a hole on Sunday. He continued to make shots, but more importantly, he was one of the first to pick up his intensity and play with a renewed sense of urgency.
Calvin Crawford & Yuta Watanabe, STM –With only 7 healthy bodies in uniform, Crawford stepped up to provide consistent energy while also demonstrating his improving offensive tools with now consistent three-range range to match his long first step off the dribble. One day before choosing between Fordham and George Washington, Watanabe showed why he’ll be such a prize in the Atlantic 10, going for 20 points and 6 rebounds on Sunday morning while making deep jumpers and strong drives alike.
Devonte Graham & Isaac Copeland, Brewster – The talented point guard put on a show in the first half, going 5-6 from behind the three-point line, before finishing with a game high 25 points. Copeland took over for most of the second half, continuing to show his versatility and growing upside to the tune of 23 points. Jared Terrell (14 points, 9 assists), Jarred Reuter (13 points, 10 rebounds0, and Donovan Mitchell (8 points, 9 rebounds, 7 assists) also played well.
Christian Vital, Vermont Academy – The sophomore guard has made a reputation for bombing deep threes so far this year, but on Sunday, he mixed in some aggressive dribble drives as well and was far more efficient as a result, finishing with 18 points while better utilizing his versatile talents.
22 FT Academy 78 GB Academy 71
St. John’s NW Military 63 Worcester Academy 55
Alma Academy 46 Bridgton Academy 42
Notre Dame Prep 63 Mont Clare 58
Blair Academy 82 Wilbraham & Monson 55
Northfield Mount Hermon 85 St. Andrew’s 75
Cushing Academy 82 West Oaks HS 80
Canarias Basketball Academy 51 Master’s School 43
St. Thomas More 65 Bill Crothers 60
Mont Clare 52 GB Academy 51
St. Thomas More 70 Canarias Basketball Academy 61
Brewster Academy 114 Vermont Academy 73
Tilton 93 Northfield Mount Hermon 79
22 FT Academy 81 West Oaks PG 73
Bill Crothers 61 West Oaks HS 57