Scholar Roundball Classic - Sunday Recap

Scholar Roundball Classic - Sunday Recap

Posted Monday, December 11th, 2017

 

An exciting weekend of basketball came to an end on Sunday at Babson College with seven more games at the Scholar Roundball Classic in front of colleges ranging from the likes of Notre Dame, California, UConn, Providence, and Davidson all the way to academic division III schools like Colby, Connecticut College, Hamilton, WPI, and numerous others. There were also several coaches in attendance from Ivy and Patriot schools including the head coaches at Yale, Harvard, Brown, and Holy Cross.

Kimball Union Academy 80 Phillips Andover 64

KUA played an inspired and physical brand of basketball to bounce back from Saturday’s loss and score a convincing win. Nick Timberlake led five players in double figures with 18 points showing both a high motor and explosive athleticism in the open floor. Junior forward Will Engelhardt’s inside-out skill set was on display as he drilled shots to the arc for 14 pints while Yale bound guard Eze Dike scored 13 in front of his future head coach. Jordan...

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Scholar Roundball Classic - Saturday Recap

Scholar Roundball Classic - Saturday Recap

Posted Sunday, December 10th, 2017

 

The Scholar Roundball Classic tipped off on Saturday at Babson College with five games on Saturday afternoon as teams braved the snow to show out in front of college coaches.

Brimmer & May School 74 IMG Academy 62

Brimmer & May opened up a lead early and didn’t look back, leading by over 20 points for the majority of the second half. Jordan Minor set the tone early with his toughness on the offensive glass, that early energy translated to numerous dunks for Minor before the game was over. He ended with 26 points and 18 rebounds AJ Reeves looked good as well, showcasing his ability to score at all three levels on the offensive end for a game high 31. Brendan Favre led the way with for IMG while PG Jayden Hardaway showed impressive tools as well specifically on the offensive end of the floor.

Cushing Academy 64 South Kent 52

This game was back and forth from the tip all the way down to the final few minutes until Cushing was able to pull away thanks to the play of their point...

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Coaches vs. Cancer Classic - Event Recap

Coaches vs. Cancer Classic - Event Recap

Posted Friday, December 8th, 2017

The NERR Coaches vs. Cancer Classic featured four games at Babson College on Friday night as an appetizer for the Scholar Roundball Classic, which remains fully on schedule for Saturday and Sunday.

Proceeds from the evening's game went to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Brooks 53 Holderness 31

The teams went back and forth for the better part of the first half until the defending Class B champions were able to pull away in the second. The frontcourt duo of Keigan Kerby and Justin Connolly led the way for Brooks. Kerby showed he was fully recovered from last spring’s injury for numerous above-the-rim finishes while Connolly controlled the paint by turning both shoulders and showing his dexterity in the post. Holderness showed off some nice young talent with Karl Jeannot and Carter Storey in the sophomore class along with freshman guard Muhamed Kante.

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Coaches vs. Cancer & Scholar Roundball Classics on tap for this weekend

Coaches vs. Cancer & Scholar Roundball Classics on tap for this weekend

Posted Friday, December 8th, 2017

A terrific weekend of prep school action is on tap at Babson College beginning with the third annual NERR Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Friday followed by the 7th annual Scholar Roundball Classic.

The action tips off Friday afternoon with a 4:30pm tip between the Brooks School and Holderness School. Subsequent match-ups include Gould vs. Williston Northampton, Wilbraham & Monson vs. IMG Academy, and Rivers vs. Phillips Academy.

This event has helped to raise thousands of dollars for the American Cancer Society in recent years with proceeds going directly to that incredible cause.

The Scholar Roundball Classic will once again feature some of the top academic programs and prospects, not just from New England, but from the northeast region and beyond. Schools like Phillips Exeter Academy, Phillips Academy Andover, Choate Rosemary Hall, Northfield Mount Hermon, Blair Academy, Hill School, Loomis Chaffee School, and others are among the most exclusive private institutions in the...

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NEPSAC AA Preview

NEPSAC AA Preview

Posted Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

For the last several weeks, we’ve previewed some of the top prep programs in New England. With the season now in full swing, we’ll take looks at each of the respective NEPSAC classes (AAA preview here), beginning with the deepest in all of New England – Class AA of the NEPSAC.

Making the post-season is a major accomplishment in Class AA as the league is ripe with teams featuring scholarship level prospects atop their roster.

Want proof? Consider this, the league has produced many of New England’s top prospects in recent years – guys like Nerlens Noel, Wayne Selden, Nik Stauskas, Georges Niang, Phil Pressey, Kaleb Tarczewski, and numerous others.

This year alone AA is home to 6 of the top 8 ranked prospects in New England in Simisola Shittu, Cole Swider, A.J. Reeves, David Duke, Marcus Zegarowski, and Anthony Nelson.

As we’ve said all fall long, things are wide open. The defending champs, Cushing Academy, have one of the league’s best players but an otherwise young roster.  The...

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Prep Profile - Kimball Union Academy

Eze Dike 2018

Posted Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Straight up 91 north over the Vermont border and tucked away in the small town of Meriden, New Hampshire there lies a potential sleeper in Class AA of the NEPSAC.

Kimball Union Academy may not have some of the big names of their AA brethren, and may be a little shorter on their bench then they’ve been in years past, but head coach Mike Olson has a first 8 than can compete with anyone and is already off to a 3-0 start on the season with wins over Bradford Christian, Holderness, and Deerfield.

With a pair of games coming up on the bigger stage of the Scholar Roundball Classic this weekend, KUA is looking to make a statement and announce their arrival as a team bound for the post-season this year.

The Returners

It all begins with Eze Dike. A native of Montreal and early Yale pledge, Dike is in his second season with KUA. His frame is shredded beyond that of maybe any other guard in the region and his athleticism almost equally impressive. He’s a highlight waiting to happen in the...

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ZG Prep Classic All-Tournament Team

ZG Prep Classic All-Tournament Team

Posted Monday, December 4th, 2017

 

Zero Gravity has announced the all-tournament team from this weekend's Zero Gravity Prep Classic.

Athlete's Institute wing and Arizona State signee Lugentz Dort was picked as the event's Most Outstanding Player while IMG Academy's unsigned guard Anfernee Simons was picked as the Most Valuable Player.

Below are the other selections as made by the Zero Gravity staff.

First Team:

Terrence Clarke, Rivers School
David Duke, Cushing Academy
Nate Laszewski, Northfield Mount Hermon
Cole Swider, St. Andrew’s School
Malachi de Sousa, South Kent
 
Second Team:

Eric Ayala, IMG Academy
Isaiah Mucius, Brewster Academy
A.J. Reeves, Brimmer & May
Taelon Martin, Masters School
Mika Adams-Woods, New Hampton

Third Team:

D.J. Mitchell, ND Prep
Noah Kamba, Dexter
Jalen Pickett, SPIRE
Noah Fernandes, Tabor Academy
Jose Perez, Putnam Science Academy

Honorable Mention:

Brycen Goodine, St. Andrew’s
Quest Harris, Worcester Academy
Marcus Zegarowski, Tilton School
Jovan Jones, Belmont Hill
Gob...

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Zero Gravity Prep Classic - Day 3 Recap

Malachi de Sousa 2018

Posted Monday, December 4th, 2017

The 2017 Zero Gravity Prep Classic wrapped up on Sunday at St. Andrew's School in Rhode Island as college coaches, fans, and evaluators continued to pack both gyms to see top talent from New England and beyond. Here's a look back at the action.

Gould Academy 76, Cheshire 65 - After being down by 7 at halftime, Gould Academy was able to come back and beat Cheshire thanks to the play of Daniel Buie and Wildens Levesque. Buie dropped 18 points and controlled the game while Wildens added 22 of his own and was dominant in the paint both offensively and defensively. Despite losing a force in Jamaal Waters due to injury early in the second half, Cheshire was able to keep the score within 5 points until the last minute.

Ridley College 73, Putnam Science High School 53 – Ridley pulled away in this one earning a 73-53 win over PSA. Guard Anthony Daudu set the tone early contributing 17 points to go along with 6 rebounds, which earned him the Zero Gravity player of the Game honors. Point guard...

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Zero Gravity Prep Classic - Day 2 Recap

Zero Gravity Prep Classic - Day 2 Recap

Posted Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

The stars were out on Saturday at St. Andrew's School as some of New England's top prospects delivered huge performances while five-star national prospects like Anfernee Simons and Luguentz Dort delivered shows of their own.

Here's a game by game rundown of day two at the Zero Gravity Prep Classic.

Spire Academy 82, King's Christian 66 - Spire Academy was on fire from the tip, unable to miss beyond the 3 point line where their first 15 points came away from. The team was led by the Zero Gravity Player of the Game Josh Brewer, who came away with 24 points, 18 of which came from beyond the arc. King's Christian was led by Coleman Stucke with 17 points.

Beaver Country Day 68, Rocky Hill 62 - This was an uphill battle got Beaver Country Day as they came away with a huge overtime win against Rocky Hill. As the game went down to the wire ZG player of the Game Guard Jayden Depina came up clutch as he had a game high 22 points to go along with 4 threes. Rocky Hill Forward Steven Lora kept...

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Zero Gravity Prep Classic - Day 1 Recap

Zero Gravity Prep Classic - Day 1 Recap

Posted Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

 

The Zero Gravity Prep Classic tipped off Friday night with local fans, evaluators, and college coaches all in attendance to see the first 10 of 40 games scheduled to be played at St. Andrew's School throughout the weekend.

Here's a rundown of the action:

Spire Academy 97, IMG HS II 63 - Spire Academy played a fast-paced offensive game, pushing the tempo in transition to pull ahead early on. Spire was led by ZG Player of the Game Fabian Rial and also received a great effort from Jalen Pickett (16 points). IMG High School received 10 points apiece from Robert Potter Jaden Feaste.

Cushing Academy 69, The Masters School 59 - Cushing Academy had a balanced offensive attack, led by Providence commit David Duke who scored 21 points and added some thunderous dunks, being named ZG Player of the Game. Daman Tate, Kyle Murphy and Matt Cross all added 13 points apiece in the winning effort. The Masters School kept this game close with a solid efforts from standout guard Taelon Martin and...

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