Yarmouth & Blue Wave Forward is Brandeis Bound

Nolan Hagerty 2018

Posted Friday, December 15th, 2017

Yarmouth High School and Blue Wave forward Nolan Hagerty announced his commitment to Brandeis on Friday.

Hagerty is a 6-foot-6 forward with an inside-out skill set. He handles and passes the ball extremely well for his size and can also stretch the floor to the arc. He also has a little bit of sneaky bounce in the open floor as seen in this clip from last season.

"Nolan is a hard-working and unique kid who can put the ball on the floor and stretch the floor at his size," said Blue Wave director Robert Pillsbury. "He impacts the game not just scoring but blocking shots. He's very excited to be going to Brandeis and I think they're lucky to get him.

Hagerty is a two-time Defensive Player of the Year in his conference and was an All-State selection last year as a junior. He was recently named...

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NEPSAC B Preview

Justin Connolly 2018

Posted Thursday, December 14th, 2017

The 2017-2018 season is shaping up to be an especially competitive one in Class B as the overall depth of the group will be significantly higher with new programs like Holderness, St. Luke’s, Greens Farms Academy, and Hamden Hall all joining the field.

The two-time defending champions, Brooks School, remains the favorite though with unmatched experience and depth. Their progression up the Class B ranks has been a straight linear one with Final Four appearances in 2011, 2012, and 2013 followed by trips to the Finals in 2014 and 2015. They got over the hump in 2016 and won even more convincingly last year.

This year, they return a senior core that includes Merrimack bound Justin Connolly, who is among the most efficient big men in the league, and Keigan Kerby, a skilled forward who is now fully healthy and joins with Connolly to create one of the top interior tandems in Class B. Jacob Iwowo, a young senior, is a long, athletic, and active wing who continues to take his game to new...

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Yags’ Point Forward - Early Stock Risers

Yags’ Point Forward - Early Stock Risers

Posted Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

New England prep programs are now getting into the heart of their schedules and, with most of the region’s top prospects committed to their future college programs, the focus has turned to team success. It’s more about defining roles within the given system than showcasing individual talent and the players who adjust accordingly will see their stock continue to rise.

Programs from outside of New England have also created some early buzz, which is great for the overall health of prep basketball. More legitimate programs, designed to truly develop players on the court and in the classroom, are popping up throughout the country and they are a welcomed sight for any competitor. Programs like Hargrave, Massanutten, Fork Union and IMG have ensured that our region’s programs never become complacent and have always created opportunities for young prospects across the country.

Our neighbors to the North have also realized the benefit of these programs and introduced their players to the...

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NEPSAC A Preview

NEPSAC A Preview

Posted Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

One of the best kept secrets about New England prep school basketball is its depth. Even the casual local fans have heard of most AAA schools or some of the top players to come out of the AA ranks. What most don’t realize is that Class A is also loaded with talent.

Consider this, in recent years alone the third highest league in the NEPSAC has produced one-and-done NBA first round draft picks, numerous high-major prospects, and consensus top 100 national prospects. Class A teams are loaded with college prospects, especially in the top half of the league where more often than not the vast majority of the team has a realistic chance to play at the next level.

The other thing that makes Class A unique is the collective quality of the coaching as the league is ripe with former college coaches and others who do a tremendous job.

Here’s a look at some of the top contenders in the class for the 2017-2018 season.

Phillips Exeter Academy – They’ve set the standard with three Class A...

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Final Impressions from #CvC & #SRC

Final Impressions from #CvC & #SRC

Posted Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

 

The 7th annual Scholar Roundball Classic and the 3rd annual Coaches vs. Cancer Classic are now in the books and while we’ve already recapped all of the action from Friday, Saturday, and Sunday there were also some lasting impressions to take from this full weekend of action.

Stars Star

While Cormac Ryan and Milton Academy were unable to play due to the snow, four of New England’s other top ranked prospects were in action this weekend in Vermont Academy’s Simisola Shittu, Cushing Academy’s David Duke, Brimmer & May’s A.J. Reeves, and Northfield Mount Hermon’s Nate Laszewski and what is especially exciting about the top ranked players in this class is that they all keep evolving and taking their games to new heights. Shittu is the top ranked player in the class and he was dominant on Sunday to the tune of 33 points but the gap between him and his competitors isn’t as wide as it used to be. Duke’s body is transforming at a rapid rate, he’s stringing together more high level plays by...

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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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