ZG Prep Classic Tips Friday

ZG Prep Classic Tips Friday

Posted Thursday, November 30th, 2017

The annual Zero Gravity Prep Classic tips off on Friday with over 40 teams playing nearly 50 games throughout the 3 day event at St. Andrew's in Barrington, Rhode Island.

A wide-range of New England's top programs and prospects will be in attendance while visiting teams from outside the region will include the likes of IMG Academy, Spire Institute, Our Savior Luthern, Knox School, and a host of Canadian programs including Athlete's Institute, London Basketball Academy, Ridley College, Rise Prep, and Southwest Basketball Academy.

NERR will provide coverage throughout the weekend on both our social media platforms as well as with daily recaps.

Below is the complete schedule.

Zero Gravity Prep Classic – St. Andrew’s School (Barrington, RI)
Friday, December 1st
    3:00pm IMG HS (FL) vs. SPIRE (OH) – Raffa Gym
    3:30pm Master’s (CT) vs. Cushing Academy (MA) – Sage Gym
    4:30pm Commonwealth Academy (MA) vs. Rise Prep (CAN) – Raffa
    5:00pm Dexter School (MA) vs. IMG Prep (FL) –...

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Prep Profile - Gould Academy

Prep Profile - Gould Academy

Posted Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

In just their first season in the AA ranks, Gould Academy made a clear impression last year.

Under the direction of head coach Cory McClure, Gould quickly established a reputation for individual improvement and collective competitiveness as they took on the best the NEPSAC had to offer and saw their players take their games to new levels in the process.

The second season of Gould’s introduction to NEPSAC basketball will feature a largely new roster but the same principles that made such an impression a year ago.

The Returners

Zack Mittelstadt is back for his senior season and second at Gould as the local Maine product tried his hand against AA competition last year and had good results. He’ll look to add to that resume this year and take on more of a leadership role in the process. Brendan Hyde provides a second senior who will look to add similar experience to the team’s frontline.

Junior guard Jaxon Wroe is also back for his second season. He picked up valuable minutes last...

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Prep Profile - Wilbraham & Monson Academy

Prep Profile - Wilbraham & Monson Academy

Posted Wednesday, November 29th, 2017

As we continue our tour through Class AA of the NEPSAC we now turn our attention to Mike Mannix’s program at Wilbraham & Monson Academy.

The Titans have produced a surplus of successful college players in recent years with the likes of Wenyen Gabriel, Curtis Cobb, and Maodo Lo among a handful of others.

This year’s roster may not have such well-known names, but they have a group of driven players who are bound to make a name for themselves before the year comes to an end.

The Returners

While WMA is undoubtedly young this season, there still a nice nucleus of experience in the backcourt with senior Devonn Allen and the junior tandem of Idan Tretout and Dan Klosk.

Allen is now finally healthy, much improved on the offensive end, and one of the better perimeter defenders in the league. Klosk is an ideal complement as a heady and skilled guard who, according to Mannix, is one of the best shooters to ever wear the red and blue.

Tretout’s first season in the NEPSAC was an impressive...

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Prep Profile - Cheshire Academy

T.J. Rountree 2018

Posted Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

Head on a swivel.

That’s a common phrase in the coaching world, often used as a defensive instruction referring to seeing both man and ball.

For Cheshire Academy though, the phrase was also consistent with their approach to the 2016-2017 season as they were undoubtedly always looking over their shoulder with the constant rumors of Chol Marial’s departure, albeit through no fault of his own.

With Marial now officially gone (he transferred to IMG Academy in Florida), Cheshire can get a totally clean slate and approach the season with no distractions or question marks as to what their roster will look like.

The Returners

Junior big man Justin Allen is the lone holdover from last year’s team and now in his third season at Cheshire Academy. The 6-foot-8 big man returned to school in the best shape of his high school career to date, ready to show off his combination of size and skill, and potentially poised for a breakout year.  

The Newcomers

There are a host of newcomers in the...

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Prep Profile - Worcester Academy

Prep Profile - Worcester Academy

Posted Monday, November 27th, 2017

Worcester Academy had the youngest team in AA last year and with that came both growing pains and valuable lessons.

A year later and those youngsters are starting to grow up. There is a noticeable improvement in almost every returning player on the roster and so, while they are still relatively young compared to the rest of the league, this is a team that has their sights set on the post-season again.

The Returners

The individual improvements made from each player are especially obvious in the class of 2019 where six players return from last year’s team.

Mitch Doherty is one of the smartest frontcourt players in New England, regardless of class. He’s very skilled, an excellent passer, and able to facilitate for his teammates from various spots on the floor. Also in the frontcourt, Michael Rabinovich has stretched his frame out to 6-foot-9 and really turned a corner in the last year.

Jordan McAllister looked more like an undersized wing a year ago but he’s leaned out his frame...

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Yags’ Point Forward - Final NPS Player Notes

Yags’ Point Forward - Final NPS Player Notes

Posted Sunday, November 26th, 2017

The ’17-’18 season is officially underway now that the best prep programs in the nation made their opening statements at Albertus Magnus last weekend. I always like to let things sink in for few days before looking back on the action and taking inventory. It helps me to avoid being a prisoner of the moment and allows me not to make snap judgements based on the recency theory. That said, here are some of the things I took away from the 3-day event:

BEST INDIVIDUAL PERFORMANCE

Jalen Pickett, 6’3” PG/Wing, SPIRE ’18 – Pickett spent the summer playing for the Albany City Rocks in the EYBL and finished as one of the most efficient offensive players across all sneaker circuits. Expecting Pickett to repeat his sterling 137.2 Offensive Rating during the prep season would be unreasonable. Or would it? Pickett put on an absolute show against a strong Tilton squad on Sunday morning. He scored at all three levels, facilitated for his teammates and ripped down big rebounds in SPIRE’s 102-91 win....

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Yags’ Point Forward - Final NPS Team Notes

Yags’ Point Forward - Final NPS Team Notes

Posted Saturday, November 25th, 2017

The ’17-’18 season is officially underway now that the best prep programs in the nation made their opening statements at Albertus Magnus last weekend. I always like to let things sink in for few days before looking back on the action and taking inventory. It helps me to avoid being a prisoner of the moment and allows me not to make snap judgements based on the recency theory. That said, here are some of the things I took away from the 3-day event:

Mt. Zion Made The Loudest Statement…

Coach Roderick Harrison has always been brutally honest when it comes to the state of his Mt. Zion Prep program and isn’t afraid to mix it up with the country’s best. That attitude reflects in the way his team carries itself into battle and how they earn respect every time they take the floor. Last year, even with high-major talent like Teshaun Hightower (Georgia) and Isaiah Whaley (UConn), injuries took their toll on Harrison’s squad and they didn’t take care of business against high-caliber opponents....

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Prep Profile - St. Andrew’s

Cole Swider 2018

Posted Friday, November 24th, 2017

The Saints of St. Andrew’s School tip off their 2017-2018 season this upcoming Wednesday against Milton Academy, and while they might be trying to downplay it, this could be a year in which head coach Michael Hart’s bunch is again ready to compete.

Now in his 24th season at the helm of the St. Andrew's program, Hart has had a storied career, not just in terms of wins and losses but also because of the work he has done to be an advocate for NEPSAC coaches. He coordinates the NEPSAC finals ever year and has more New England titles to his name than all but one other coach in AA. In short, he knows what it takes to win it all and believes his group still has a ways to go.

There are still reasons to be optimistic though. AA appears wide open this year and Hart has a lot of weapons at his disposal to mold and connect over the next three months.

The Returners

St. Andrew’s is led by one of the very best players in New England – Villanova signee Cole Swider. Known primarily for his prowess...

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Shittu Calls It

Simisola Shittu 2018

Posted Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

 

Vermont Academy senior forward Simisola Shittu announced his commitment to Vanderbilt on Wednesday via the Players Tribune.

Shittu is a Canadian native now in his second season competing in New England. He is the top ranked prospect in the New England 2018 rankings and also a top ten prospect in the country in the ESPN 100.

A true senior who only recently turned 18 years old, Shittu earned All-NEPSAC honorable mention last year in Class AA as he helped Vermont Academy advance to the semi-finals of the NEPSAC tournament. He joins Thornton Scott (William & Mary) and Daniel Schreier (Manhattan) to become the third member of VA's 2018 class to commit to a division I school.

This summer he put up 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 3 assists per game in the Nike EYBL while running with CIA Bounce. Below are some of those highlights.

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Middlesex Magic Announce Pair of Commitments

Jackson Meshanic 2018

Posted Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

The Middlesex Magic have announced two more commitment from their program's 2017 class.

The first is Kingswood-Oxford for Jackson Meshanic who will be headed to Hobart College. Hobart head coach Tim Sweeney is a longtime D1 assistant who has making his presence felt in New England ever since taking over the program. In fact, Sweeney and his staff were both at the Elite 75 Academic Experience New York earlier this fall to watch Meshanic.

The 6-foot-6 Meshanic is a crafty interior player with a tremendous back-to-the-basket game. He has excellent footwork and a wide assortment of moves on the block. He's equally good in pick-and-roll and has continued to extend his shooting range as well. Most importantly, he is an outstanding rebounder.

"Jackson is one of the hardest working players and most team-oriented  young men I have ever coached," said Magic directory Michael Crotty Jr. "Coach Sweeney got a great young man and a player that I think can make an immediate and last impact at...

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