New England Recruiting Report

2018 NCAA bracket Eye on the Alamo

Emerging Hoop Names in New England’s Class of 2021

We recently profiled some of New England's top 2020 stock risers following the grassroots season. Today, we'll shift that focus to some of the 2021 prospects (and one in 2022) who have started to emerge in recent months. Mac Etienne, Suffield Academy, PSA Cardinals The fact that he had high-major tools was no secret. In fact, it...
Hassan Diarra PSA

New England’s Class of 2020 Summer Stock Risers

The summer recruiting period has come to an end and while this year's schedule was very different due to the NCAA calendar, there were still plenty of prospects who managed to completely change their recruitment over the course of the last few months. Stock-risers, by their definition, aren't necessarily the most highly recruited prospects in...
Terrence Clarke NPSI Brewster Academy

Terrence Clarke is a Top Class of 2021 Prospect

The EYBL season came to an end last week and with it the end of the unofficial basketball calendar year. In retrospect, Brewster Academy and Expressions Elite product Terrence Clarke's sophomore campaign certainly had its ups and downs, but there was far more good than bad with the year being characterized by significant growth overall...
Akok Akok UConn

UConn May Lead but Akok Still a Mystery

Akok Akok's recruitment has been full of unexpected twists and turns. UPDATE: Akok has committed to UCONN.  The 6-foot-9 forward first broke out in the spring of 2017, after spending much of his first prep school season developing his game and body on the Putnam Science bench, when he had a starring performance with the Mass...
PC Friars David Duke

Freshmen Thriving But It’s Not Always as Easy as It Looks

Being a freshman isn't easy. Even when you're among the best the Big East has to offer. David Duke was voted the conference's pre-season co-freshmen of the year by the league's coaches. A.J. Reeves etched his name in the record books in his very first game when he went for 29 points on 7-9 shooting from...
PC Friars basketball freshman

PC Friars Freshmen Focus

As the Providence Friars embark on a new season and strive to advance to their sixth straight NCAA tournament, they find themselves more reliant on freshmen than perhaps they've ever been under Ed Cooley. David Duke, A.J. Reeves, Kris Monroe, and Jimmy Nichols Jr. combined to form a top 25 national recruiting class last year,...
Akok Akok putnam science

Akok Akok Wants to be the Top Player in the Country

Akok Akok was back in the headlines this week, leading the Mass Rivals to the finals of the Adidas Summer Championships for the third time in four years. The Putnam Science big man drew widespread praise from various national media outlets. 247 bumped him up to five-star status while Rivals declared him the best player...
Marcus Zegarowski and Big East recruiting

Big East Proves They Can Recruit With Anyone

There is a misplaced narrative being whispered in some uninformed corners of college basketball that the Big East is somehow down or evolving into a "Villanova and everyone else type" type of conference. As preposterous as that notion may seem given that the Big East was the only conference in the country to have multiple...
2018 Sweet 16 Clemson

Anatomy of the Upset – Sweet 16

Last week, before the opening weekend of the NCAA tournament, we previewed some likely characteristics of potential Cinderella stories. We warned of overlooked high-majors, teams that played at either unusually high or unusually low tempos, and those that were capable of getting hot from behind the three-point line. Then we watched Syracuse win three games in...
Providence Friars basketball

Texas A&M – Providence breakdown

After the committee admittedly moved Providence down a line to assure "proper bracketing" the Friars find themselves with the 10 seed in the west headed for a potentially unfavorable match-up with Texas A&M. For their trouble, the Friars would have the opportunity to face the second seeded North Carolina inside their home state as...