Tilton’s Kirciman D1 Bound

Cem Kirciman 2020

Posted Saturday, June 27th, 2020

Tilton unsigned senior Cem Kirciman announced a late commitment to Wisconsin Green Bay on Saturday night, earning a full athletic scholarship from the D1 level.  Kirciman is the first player to commit to new head coach Will Ryan, the son of longtime Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan.  Kirciman announced his decision via social media.  A native of Turkey who played for the u16 national team during the 2017 FIBA championships, Kirciman has spent the last two years in the New… READ MORE >

Coaches for Action on The Upside Podcast

Coaches for Action on The Upside Podcast

Posted Saturday, June 27th, 2020

The Upside Podcast with NERR founder Adam Finkelstein hosted their first live virtual episode this past week with four members of the Coach for Action Coalition, a group consisting of the 21 minority assistant coaches in Big East men's basketball.  Marquette's Dwayne Killings, UConn's Kimani Young, Providence's Ivan Thomas, and Villanova's Kyle Neptune spoke about how this coalition came to be, what they've already done, and what the plans are moving forward as they use their platform of athletics to… READ MORE >

NERR Girls Spotlight - Olivia Gourdine

NERR Girls Spotlight - Olivia Gourdine

Posted Friday, June 26th, 2020

Barnstable High School rising junior Olivia Gourdine if the first female prospect to be featured on the NERR-TV Virtual Showcase. Recruitment officially began for Olivia on June 15th, the first day college coaches were permitted to have direct contact with players in the class of 2022, and instantly brought attention from several staffs in both the Northeast-10 and the NESCAC.  While she's only at the midpoint of her high school career, Gourdine has already distinguished herself both on the floor… READ MORE >

NERR-TV Virtual Showcase open for females

NERR-TV Virtual Showcase open for females

Posted Thursday, June 25th, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has come with numerous consequences, for people in all walks of life.  In our little corner of the basketball world, perspective student athletes who were relying on the spring and summer months for an opportunity to earn their exposure to college coaches have had those chances taken away from them.  At NERR, our goal has been to try to bridge that gap with our virtual showcase series.  It began with unsigned seniors, and was more successful than… READ MORE >

Stankard Ivy Bound

Stankard Ivy Bound

Posted Thursday, June 25th, 2020

Phillips Exeter Academy and Middlesex Magic rising senior Robbie Stankard made a verbal commitment to Columbia University on Wednesday night.  Stankard just completed his first season with both respective programs after previously starring at the Groton School and coming up the ranks with the Expressions program.  He announced his decision via his twitter account.  Extremely grateful to announce my commitment to Columbia University (pending admission)! It has always been my dream to play Division one basketball and I want to… READ MORE >

Rising Senior Spotlight - Aedan Derrick

Rising Senior Spotlight - Aedan Derrick

Posted Wednesday, June 24th, 2020

Southington High School's Aedan Derrick was one of the most pleasant surprises at last fall's Open Gym Series.  He showed up at the Connecticut event as a virtual unknown, but immediately turned heads. When it was discoved that he was a full year younger than most juniors, the intrigue into his potential only magnified.  Now, following a strong junior campaign, he has continued to emerge and increase our belief that he could be one of the bigger sleepers in the Nutmeg… READ MORE >

Rising Senior Spotlight - Matt Boen

Rising Senior Spotlight - Matt Boen

Posted Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

With still a year of high school basketball in front of him, Mansfield junior Matt Boen has already collected more awards and championships than most of the state's most decorated seniors.  From a statistical perspective, versatile doesn't even begin to cover it as his perimeter rebounding and defensive instincts are perhaps even more rare than his very impressive scoring and playmaking numbers.  If you're interested in blood-lines, well he's got those too. His dad played two sports and is in… READ MORE >

Rising Senior Spotlight - Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson 2021

Posted Monday, June 22nd, 2020

Rivers School's Nick Johnson is one of the best defenders you'll find anywhere in New England, that was his claim to fame this year as guys like Jay Dieterle and Camaron Tongue shouldered most of the offensive burden.  Johnson though is an equally talented offensive player with a ton of game with the ball in his hands. He and tongue should form one of the ISL's best inside-out tandems next year as the rising senior will get to show his… READ MORE >

The Upside Podcast explores the Tulsa Race Massacre

The Upside Podcast explores the Tulsa Race Massacre

Posted Sunday, June 21st, 2020

In the 5th installment of our series exploring racial issues The Upside looks at the history of one of the nation's most heinous acts of terrorism - the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921.  Tulsa was home to one of the most prosperous African American communities in the country. Nicknamed, ‘Black Wall Street’, hundreds of black business owners and families flourished. That all came crashing down as the result of an alleged sexual assault in an elevator leading to 3 days… READ MORE >

The Upside Podcast Explores Social Justice in Sports & Beyond

The Upside Podcast Explores Social Justice in Sports & Beyond

Posted Saturday, June 20th, 2020

The Upside Podcast, hosted by NERR founder Adam Finkelstein, has devoted all of their last six episodes to subjects of social justice and racial inequality in the United States as well as in the basketball world.  Earlier this week, Finkelstein wrote about that process, which began over three weeks ago, and what comes next.    On Monday, May 25th, Memorial Day, I was “off the grid” for most of the day; not connected to social media or the news. So… READ MORE >

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