New England Recruiting Report

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...

New England Preps to Watch in the NCAA Tournament

March Madness is upon us and as usual, New England is well represented in all four regions. So in the event you're calling out of work Thursday and Friday (reportedly the two most popular sick days of the year in the U.S. economy) here are the local products to watch for: South Bracket Kellan Grady, Davidson...

Bol Bol: The Most Intriguing High School Basketball Prospect in the Country

Bol Bol is perhaps the most intriguing high school basketball prospect in the country. The son of former NBA player Manut Bol, Bol Bol is five inches shorter than his late father was, and he's still 7-feet and 2-inches tall. That frame also extends to a 7-foot-8 wingspan and 9-foot-7 standing reach, all extraordinary for players...
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PC and URI: Golden Age of Rhode Island College Hoops Recruiting

It was almost ten years ago that I first started covering college basketball and recruiting in the state of Rhode Island. One of my first observations, candidly, was what I considered somewhat unrealistic expectations of the collective local fan base. Rhode Island won 20 or more games for four consecutive seasons and 19 or more...