Top Prospects in the VPA

Kam Farris 2020

Posted Saturday, December 30th, 2017

As we said when we updated our state rankings earlier this fall, there are a lot of unknowns in the state of Vermont this year. Of the six New England states, Vermont was the one that very rarely made their presence felt beyond their own state’s borders in many exposure settings and as a result they aren’t as well known to college coaches. There were, of course, some exceptions. Kam Farris had a breakout travel season while running with the… READ MORE >

Jim Calhoun joins the Upside Podcast

Jim Calhoun joins the Upside Podcast

Posted Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Naismith Hall of Famer and former University of Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun is the latest to join the Upside Podcast. Coach Calhoun is a true legend who led UConn to three national championships and numerous regular season and conference tournament championships in the Big East. This wide-ranging conversation includes the specific philosophies that led to him building a national powerhouse program including recruiting philosophies, branding, and the psychology behind motivating his players, specifically his star players. He talks about… READ MORE >

Top Prospects in the MIAA

Chris Doherty 2018

Posted Friday, December 29th, 2017

The 2017-2018 campaign looks to be a particularly strong one in the MIAA. The senior class in particular seems loaded with talent with a handful of players already committed to scholarship level schools and potentially more to follow before the year comes to an end.  Marlborough’s Chris Doherty is a man among boys, especially competing in the state’s division II level. If his teammates can get him the ball consistently, then Doherty is sure to put up some monster numbers.… READ MORE >

Top Prospects in the CIAC

Top Prospects in the CIAC

Posted Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

While the top talent in New England is often clustered in the prep ranks during the winter months, there are always players to be found in the local state associations. This year is no different and with all six state associations now up and running at full speed, we’ll take the better part of the next week to profile the top players in each of those states. First up is the CIAC in Connecticut, which has managed to keep some… READ MORE >

25 Names to Know in the Class of 2021

Terrence Clarke 2021

Posted Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Every year, as fall turns to winter, NERR releases our initial freshmen class rankings. Last year those rankings came with a new twist, as we published 25 names to know but presented them in alphabetical order. There were several motivating factors behind that decision. First and foremost, the growing culture of entitlement around youth basketball has led to an unprecedented amount of youngsters being celebrated instead of pushed or guided. As a result, too many youngsters with a real opportunity… READ MORE >

BABC Holiday Classic tips Wednesday

BABC Holiday Classic tips Wednesday

Posted Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

The Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) will host the Slades Bar & Grill Holiday Classic starting tomorrow, December 27th at Cathedral High School (74 Union Park Street) in Boston. Held in two sessions, the Holiday Classic will see some of the MIAA's best annual contenders, as well as strongholds from Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and New York. Session #1 will be held December 27th and December 28th, while Session #2 will commence on January 14th and conclude January 15th. Below… READ MORE >

Yags’ Point Forward - Checking in on the Class of 2017

Yags’ Point Forward - Checking in on the Class of 2017

Posted Tuesday, December 26th, 2017

The winter holidays are here and the new year is right around the corner. With a slow prep schedule for the next few days and most college programs taking an extended break, it’s a good time to check in on how our latest group of New England prospects are faring at the college level. This is always a productive exercise, regardless of your point of view. As scouts, we should almost always be checking on the development of players to… READ MORE >

#E75 Academic Experience Returning to New England on March 11th

#E75 Academic Experience Returning to New England on March 11th

Posted Friday, December 22nd, 2017

The fourth annual Elite 75 Academic Experience will be returning to New England on Sunday, March 11th at the M-Plex in Mansfield, Massachusetts and is designed for high caliber students that also hope to be college basketball prospects. The Elite 75 Academic Experience is more than just an ordinary showcase as it combines REAL EXPOSURE with unique learning opportunities to help guide prospects and families through the process of applying to and thriving in top academic colleges and universities. REAL… READ MORE >

Episode 5 of the Upside Podcast

Episode 5 of the Upside Podcast

Posted Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Episode 5 of the Upside Podcast is now live and it features a conversation with Mike Peck. Peck is probably best known as the former head coach of Findlay Prep, the powerhouse high school program in Nevada, where he coached several current NBA players and numerous high-major college players. He spent six years at the helm of the program including two in the prep school ranks followed by four years in high school. He then spent two years as a… READ MORE >

Taft’s Johnson NE-10 Bound

Shamir Johnson 2018

Posted Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Unsigned seniors continue to come off the board this week as Taft School guard Shamir Johnson is the latest to announce his commitment. Johnson is headed to Stonehill College next year to compete in the Northeast 10 Conference according to a tweet from his father on Wednesday night. The longtime Connecticut Select product starred on both the grassroots circuit as well as multiple Ivy League Elite Camps this past spring and summer. A well known prospect since arriving at Taft… READ MORE >

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