NERR-TV Virtual Showcase - Commitment Catch-Up

NERR-TV Virtual Showcase - Commitment Catch-Up

Posted Monday, December 28th, 2020

When the pandemic hit and the recruiting world was shut down, the NERR-TV Unsigned Senior Showcase was born out of necessity.  After nearly 15 years of hosting the best showcases in the region, we pivoted to a virtual showcase, which was the first of its kind. Admittedly, we couldn't be sure how it would go. But when it was all said and done, the results exceeded even our most ambitious hopes.  There were 50 players profiled in the class of… READ MORE >

Best of The Upside Podcast in 2020

Best of The Upside Podcast in 2020

Posted Sunday, December 27th, 2020

This has been a year unlike any other, but one of the silver linings at NERR has been the growth of The Upside Podcast and the ways in which we've tried to use that platform over the course of the last year.  There were 32 new episodes of The Upside published in 2020.  We had former local products and current NBA players like Georges Niang, Duncan Robinson, and Michael Carter-Williams.  We had some of the most well-known college coaches in… READ MORE >

Scotland Campus on the Be Seen Tour

Scotland Campus on the Be Seen Tour

Posted Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

The Be Seen Tour has ventured beyond New England on a number of occasions this fall. Most recently, we went to Pennsylvania to see Scotland Campus, a still relatively new prep program under the leadership of legendary coach Chris Chaney. They've only been around a few years but already made waves in the prep world, placing numerous D1 players, making the National Prep Championship field every year, and advancing all the way to the finals in 2019. READ MORE >

Etienne Heads to UCLA

Etienne Heads to UCLA

Posted Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020

Brewster Academy and PSA Cardinals big man Mac Etienne will be joining UCLA for the winter quarter, per a release earlier this week.  Etienne committed to UCLA less than a month ago and will now make the move to join the Bruin program immediately.  His decision is not unprecedented, especially in times like these. Former Putnam Science guard Hamidou Diallo left mid-way through his post-grad year to join Kentucky but red-shirted until the next fall.  Etienne now plans to do… READ MORE >

Mass Rivals - #BeSeen Recap

Mass Rivals - #BeSeen Recap

Posted Tuesday, December 22nd, 2020

The grassroots season may be well behind us, but the Mass Rivals were in the headlines last week as the alums kept delivering good news.  Tyler Burton was named the Player of the Week in the Atlantic 10. Then David Duke was named the Player of the Week in the Big East. A.J. Reeves knocked down his latest game-winning three for Providence on Sunday and Boo Buie dropped 30 points for Northwestern in a win over Michigan State.  Thus it… READ MORE >

#RealTalk - Today is a Big Day

#RealTalk - Today is a Big Day

Posted Monday, December 21st, 2020

Today is a big day on the basketball calendar, but not one that you’ll see get much attention on social media.  Today is the last day of the NBA off-season and so it is the day that various NBA teams waive players or assign them to the G-League.  Many of the players that will get that unfortunate news will be the very same that were celebrated on twitter in recent weeks with “welcome to the NBA” posts on social media. … READ MORE >

The Upside Podcast explores CBB ‘Bubbleville’

The Upside Podcast explores CBB ‘Bubbleville’

Posted Sunday, December 20th, 2020

Mohegan Sun was the host site for one of college basketball’s first ‘bubbles’ in 2020. Naismith Hall of Fame Vice President of Basketball Operations, Greg Procino takes us inside the logistics of pulling-off the ‘minor miracle’ of hosting 27 games in these unprecedented times. We also explore the possibility that 'Bubbleville' will become the template for how the college season ends if conference tournaments or the NCAA Tournament are forced to go to a bubble set-up.  The Upside with Adam… READ MORE >

SCSU Steals Stewart

Kazell Stewart 2021

Posted Friday, December 18th, 2020

Southern Connecticut State University and head coach Scott Burrell had already landed a local Connecticut native that most considered a D1 lock when Winchendon School's Mason Romano committed earlier this fall.  On Friday, they landed perhaps an even bigger prize when Prince Tech alum and Lee Academy post-graduate Kazell Stewart opted to follow suit.  Both Romano and Stewart are products of the New Haven Heat grassroots program.  Stewart put up huge numbers at Prince Tech but is a player who… READ MORE >

This Week’s Commitment Catch-Up

This Week’s Commitment Catch-Up

Posted Friday, December 18th, 2020

It has been a busy week of commitments, especially at the division III level, as early decision applicants are now hearing from various admissions offices.  While real-time information on commitments can always be found on the NERR social media platforms on the day they become available (@NERRhoops on both Twitter and Instagram), there were so many this week that we wanted to circle back to recognize each of them. The most notable commitment, or in this case commitments, comes from… READ MORE >

Unsigned Senior Spotlight – Justice Carter

Unsigned Senior Spotlight – Justice Carter

Posted Thursday, December 17th, 2020

Justice Carter made a big impression in his first season at his local high school last season, earning All-CCC honors while putting up big numbers for New Britain.  Expectations were high heading into the spring and summer, but like so many others, Carter has now been robbed of the opportunities to show coaches what he can do.  His New Haven Heat squad played some this summer, but of course with no college coaches permitted to be in attendance. Similarly, his… READ MORE >

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