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Over the course of the last few days the headlines have all been pointed in one direction – and that’s towards the long line of local transfers. But local products aren’t the only ones making transfer news as New England will, once again, be welcoming a variety of top prospects to the prep school ranks.
Earlier this summer, Kevin Zabo made headlines by announcing that he would return to New England to spend his junior season at Brewster Academy after starring for St. Mark’s as a freshman. Here are some of the other big names who are expected to arrive in New England in the coming weeks:
Zena Edosomwan, Northfield Mount Hermon – The California native not only spurned a variety of high-major offers to commit to Harvard last year, he also put off college altogether for a year. He’ll be a post-graduate at Northfield Mount Hermon this year before being the signature piece of Harvard’s 2012 recruiting class. Make no mistake about it, he’s a top 100 caliber national talent and an absolute beast in the paint according to all reports.
Hassan Hussein, Vermont Academy – It’s going to be a new look Vermont Academy squad this year and Hussein is among the most recruitable products. The six-foot-eight junior forward will join an already loaded 2014 class in New England, providing another high level prospect who already has recruitment from the likes of Boston College, Depaul, and Maryland among others after running with D.C. Assault this year.
Travis Jorgenson, New Hampton – After losing one of the purest point guards in all of prep school basketball in Olivier Hanlan, New Hampton is reloading with more of the same as Travis Jorgenson epitomizes what it means to run a team. A product of Kansas City Pump n’Run, Jorgenson is already committed to Missouri where he’s expecting to step into the role that will be left vacated by Phil Pressey’s graduation.
Ron Patterson, Brewster Academy – The former Indiana signee made headlines earlier this week by announcing he would spend a post-graduate year in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. A six-foot-three guard who has already drawn interest from the likes of Louisville, Missouri, Ohio State, Illinois, Villanova, Memphis, and Providence since de-committing from Indiana, Patterson is expected to be among the most recruited guards in New England this year.
Elijah Macon, Brewster Academy – Before Kevin Zabo, Kyle Washington, Jared Terrell, and Ron Patterson all decided to spend next season at Brewster Academy, Elijah Macon was the first domino to drop. One of the main staples of the All-Ohio Red AAU team in recent years, Macon finished as the 45th ranked prospect in the 2012 ESPN 100. He originally committed to West Virginia in 2012 and remains committed to the Mountaineers in 2013.
Luis Monteiro, Wilbraham & Monson – After making his debut with East Coast Elite Massachusetts in Las Vegas and starring at last week’s Scott Hazelton Basketball Camp, Monteiro is far from a secret at this point. Nonetheless, the six-foot-seven guard from the Dominican Republic will still have plenty of people watching for his debut with Wilbraham & Monson as he’s expected to be recruited at the highest level in the class of 2015.
Darryl Reynolds, Worcester Academy – A long and athletic big man who comes from the same high school (Lower Merion) which produced Kobe Bryant, Reynolds already ran with Worcester Academy during the recent Tufts Team Camp. He’s a product of Philly Pride, an Under Sponsored team which showcased many of the greater Philadelphia areas top players this summer, and will be expected to lead Worcester’s frontline this year.
Kamall Richards, South Kent – Richards spent last season as a starting forward at St. Benedict’s (NJ) but didn’t see his recruitment truly explode until this spring and summer when he starred with We R 1 on the Under Armour travel circuit. Richards was previously expected to return to St. Benedict’s and headline the return of their post-graduate program but is now heading to South Kent according to multiple reports on Monday.
Stay tuned to the New England Recruiting Report in the coming weeks for more information as more information becomes available about the top talent arriving in the region.