Junior Elite 75 Returning on March 15th

Junior Elite 75 Returning on March 15th

Posted Saturday, February 29th, 2020

The New England Junior Elite 75 Showcase will return to New England and Mass Premier Courts on Friday night, March 20th.  The 2020 Junior Elite 75 marks the 12th consecutive year that we've hosted some of the top future stars in the region.  Once dubbed the "Stars of Tomorrow" this event provides early exposure through NERR and HoopRootz' various media platforms but more importantly offers skill instruction and educational sessions for players and their families alike. This year event will also be… READ MORE >

Who might be 2020’s late bloomers?

Who might be 2020’s late bloomers?

Posted Friday, February 28th, 2020

On the latest episode of The Upside Podcast, we dug into Dayton’s Obi Toppin and how he went from virtually unrecruited into one of college basketball’s best players.  Toppin’s ascension includes a number of different variables, all of which were imperative to his development. First and most obviously, there is the physical component, he’s nearly 3 inches taller and 50 pounds heavier than he was as a high school senior. He had also reportedly grown 6 inches in the twelve… READ MORE >

The Upside Podcast examines NEHF and NPS alum Obi Toppin

The Upside Podcast examines NEHF and NPS alum Obi Toppin

Posted Thursday, February 27th, 2020

Obi Toppin played in both the 2016 Northeast Hoops Festival and National Prep Showcase.  In April of 2016, he was an unsigned senior without a division I offer to his name. Seven months later, he had offers from Siena and SEMO, but nothing else.  Three years later, and he's now arguably the best player in college basketball, a projected lottery pick in June's NBA Draft, and has Dayton on the verge of a #1 seed in the NCAA tournament.  How… READ MORE >

PSA’ Williams overcoming incredible adversity with a smile on his face

PSA’ Williams overcoming incredible adversity with a smile on his face

Posted Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

Putnam Science Academy post-graduate guard Johnnie Williams may be a name that many local fans have not yet heard. He only arrived in New England for this season after playing his high school basketball in Florida, and only recently became a consistent member of the Mustang's rotation.  Williams story though is an inspirational one as he has suffered incredible adversity at a young age and yet still continues to persevere and push forward.  Below is an exert from a feature… READ MORE >

NEPSAC AA Showcase - Event Recap

Jalen Leach 2020

Posted Tuesday, February 25th, 2020

Class AA of the NEPSAC held their second, and final, showcase of the year on Sunday at Worcester Academy, following up on the first event from a few weeks prior at Cushing Academy. Seven games took place throughout the day, showcasing all but three of the league’s teams, and attracting over 25 college coaches in the process.   The games were hotly contested throughout the day with the final three being particularly competitive. Here’s a rundown of the action. Master’s… READ MORE >

Just how tough is earning a D2 scholarship?

Just how tough is earning a D2 scholarship?

Posted Monday, February 24th, 2020

It’s that time of year again as winter is gradually starting to wind down and spring is approaching that a still significant percentage of the senior class remains uncommitted. Many prospects come into that final year, especially if they’re post-grads, with a certain goal in mind. That goal is often tied to level, or at least perceived level of play. “I’m D1 player” “I’m a scholarship player” Recruiting though is about supply and demand and it’s the market that tells… READ MORE >

Bans becomes RIIL’s all-time leading scorer

Bans becomes RIIL’s all-time leading scorer

Posted Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

Shea High School senior guard Erickson Bans became the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Rhode Island Interscholastic League on Friday night as part of a 37-point effort.  He broke the 21-year old record, set by Saint Raphael's Robert Griffin in 1999, on a pair of free-throws and received a standing ovation from the crowd at Pilgrim High School immediately afterward.  Bans, who played on the EYBL with Expressions last spring and recently committed to Bryant, now has… READ MORE >

New England Top 100 of 2020 announced

New England Top 100 of 2020 announced

Posted Friday, February 21st, 2020

Over the course of the last week, we've rolled out rankings in all six New England states, including over 200 total prospects from around the region.  Today, it's time to put those all together and unveil the top 100 prospects in the New England region as a whole.  Rankings are not a reflection of current impact in the high school game, but a projection of their impact at the next level.  Prospects like Terrence Clarke, Hassan Diarra, and Matt Cross… READ MORE >

Westminster’s Carton Charfole earns scholarship

Westminster’s Carton Charfole earns scholarship

Posted Thursday, February 20th, 2020

Westminster School post-graduate forward Rafa Carton Charfole made a verbal commitment to accept a full athletic scholarship offer from the University of Minnesota Crookston, a small public university with a division II athletics program.  "They showed they really wanted me and also that I was going to make an ipact on their team," he told NERR's Zack Sandberg. "The importance of a degree from the University of Minnesota and obviously the full scholarship [were factors too]." Minnesota Crookston is not… READ MORE >

Diarra continues to set pace in Connecticut 2020

Hassan Diarra 2020

Posted Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

Of all six New England states, Connecticut stands alone when it comes to the overall depth in the class.  Our updated rankings include 50 prospects, all of whom are clear scholarship prospects, with even more prospects at that level falling beyond the top 50.  With that many scholarship candidates in one state, ranking them is an inexact science to say the least, because when the degree of separation is so finite it really becomes a matter of perspective, especially for… READ MORE >

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