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Yags’ Point Forward

Postby Tom Nolette » Sun Sep 18, 2016 3:29 am

Yags’ Point Forward - First Prep Impressions

Open Gyms are in full swing now that the '16-'17 school year is underway. Coaches are proudly showcasing their new talent. Players are refreshed, a few weeks removed from the grind that is their summer schedule, and looking to prove they are prepared to make up for the loss of last year's graduates. College coaches line the sidelines and sell their program as the pressure to land their top recruits only intensifies as the days roll on.

It all blends together to create interesting and exciting environments inside prep school gyms throughout New England.

The NERR staff has already crossed the six states, getting our first look at how some familiar names have grown (some literally) and how other prospects (including some New England natives) are adjusting to their new stomping grounds. Here are some things I noticed during the first week of Open Gyms along with my first impression of some newcomers to our region:

PUTNAM SCIENCE ACADEMY

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Re: Yags’ Point Forward - First Prep Impressions II

Postby Media » Sun Oct 09, 2016 4:35 am

Yags’ Point Forward - First Prep Impressions II

Our tour of Open Gyms and workouts across New England continues this week with three NEPSAC stops and a workout in Waterbury, CT. Much like last week (click here if you missed Yags' first set of prep impressions), we’ll take a look at the progress made by some of the region’s most coveted prospects while introducing you to a few newcomers to the area.

VERMONT ACADEMY

Alex Popp has one of the most talented teams in New England, which also makes his squad one of the most talented in the nation. With a healthy mix of improved returners and impact transfers, the expectations in Saxton River are to repeat as AA champs at the NEPSAC level and announce their presence on the national level with authority.

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Re: Yags’ Point Forward - First Prep Impressions III

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Oct 28, 2016 8:31 am

Yags’ Point Forward - First Prep Impressions III

The one and only Mike Yagmin has continued his travels to various prep schools and in the third installment of his first impressions series he provides his thoughts from schools at three different levels - New Hampton School, Loomis Chaffee School and Dexter School.

NEW HAMPTON

There's something very interesting brewing in southern New Hampshire. First year head coach Nick Whitmore is emphasizing efficiency in every aspect of the game imaginable, both on and off the court. His players have bought in entirely, realizing that their coaching staff's detailed shot charts and surgical approach to time management puts them in the best possible position to succeed.

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Re: Yags’ Point Forward - 2016 Class Makes College Debut[

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Nov 15, 2016 6:33 am

Yags’ Point Forward - 2016 Class Makes College Debut

Here’s a look at how some members of New England’s freshman class fared in their college debut (preceded by final ranking in region’s Class of 2016):

1. Wenyen Gabriel, Kentucky – 18 minutes played, 10 Points (5-6 FG), 2 Rebounds, 2 Steals in 87-64 vs Stephen F. Austin

3. Mustapha Heron, Auburn – 19 mins, 10 Pts (2-3 3pt/4-5 FT), 3 Reb, 2 Ast in 83-66 Win vs North Florida

4. Bruce Brown, Miami – 25 mins, 7 Pts, 8 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Blk in 92-43 Win vs Western Carolina

6. Taurean Thompson, Syracuse – 18 mins, 3 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast in 83-55 Win vs Colgate

8. Tyrique Jones, Xavier – 8 mins, 1 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Blk 84-81 Win vs Lehigh

10. Tyrn Flowers, Umass – 20 mins, 11 Pts (3-7 3pt), 7 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Ast in 90-76 Win vs Umass-Lowell

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Re: Yags’ Point Forward - Thoughts from NPS[

Postby Tom Nolette » Sat Nov 26, 2016 3:54 am

Yags’ Point Forward - Thoughts from NPS

The 2016 National Prep Showcase featured one of the deepest talent pools in recent memory. And that pool of talent produced a sea of highlights that are currently making their way across the country via a boatload of other outstanding film crews. Here are the things that caught my attention over the weekend….

SHOWCASE STARS

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Re: Yags’ Point Forward - Hamidou’s Highlights & Doubters

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Nov 29, 2016 4:55 am

Yags’ Point Forward - Hamidou’s Highlights & Doubters

33 NBA scouts and front office personnel showed up at last weekend's National Prep Showcase to get a look at Putnam Science guard Hamidou Diallo, who is eligible for next year's NBA Draft after graduating from high school last year.

Since that time, there have been numerous pieces in the national media assessing his performance and gathering feedback from those scouts, much of which has been mixed - focusing on missed jumpers and an inconsistent motor.

Listen, Diallo didn’t play the best game of his career in either of Putnam’s wins this past weekend. And there were times when he looked disinterested and chose to defer to his talented teammates instead of demanding the ball. He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well from the outside and could’ve asserted himself a little more defensively. But he also put a lot of good stuff on tape and gave everyone in attendance a reason to be excited about the type of player he can become in the future.

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Re: Yags’ Point Forward - ZG Prep Classic & PSA Cardinals Pr

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Dec 08, 2016 6:48 am


Zags’ Point Forward - Thoughts from ZG Prep Classic & PSA Cardinals Prep Showcase


The prep school basketball season is already in full swing. This past weekend’s schedule included two events that featured some of the top players in New England alongside some of the top prospects in America.

ZERO GRAVITY PREP CLASSIC

Dozens of programs from New England, New York, Canada and London made their way to St Andrew’s in Barrington, Rhode Island for the Zero Gravity Prep Classic. Some of the top players from New England’s next five prospect classes battled one another and gave programs from outside the region a taste of what it’s like to play in the NEPSAC.
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Re: Yags’ Point Forward - Thoughts from the #SRC

Postby Tom Nolette » Thu Dec 15, 2016 6:49 am

Yags’ Point Foward - Thoughts from the #SRC


NERR's Mike Yagmin offers his thoughts and analysis after watching this weekend's Scholar Roundball Classic at Babson College

Simi Shittu is one of the rare legit positionless players in the nation (I like to call them Big/Wing/PG). Through the first month of the season, Shittu has proven to be Vermont's primary ball handler, best playmaker, best passer, most consistent rebounder and most explosive athlete on both ends of the court.

Whenever you can apply those superlatives to a player who is close to 6'10" and owns a 7'1.5" wingspan, you have a special prospect on your hands. But when that player is also surrounded by teammates like Marcus Santos-Silva, an exemplary rebounder in his own right, and Jordan Nwora, one of the most dynamic scoring threats in the nation, and is still such an obvious standout, it becomes that much more clear that you're watching an elite talent.

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Re: Yags’ Point Forward - Thoughts from BasketBull Hoopfest

Postby MBRer » Sat Dec 24, 2016 6:36 am

Yags’ Point Forward - Thoughts from BasketBull Hoopfest

Teams from New England and Canada flocked to Springfield, MA this past weekend to participate in the 2016 BasketBull HoopsFest at the MassMutual Center.

It looks like Northfield-Mt Hermon found their mojo. After disappointing early season losses to Tilton and IMG, NMH again found themselves in a 12 point hole at halftime of their game against Spire Institute. That’s when they decided to turn things around.

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Re: Yags’ Point Forward - Thoughts from BasketBull Hoopfest

Postby Tom Nolette » Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:39 am

Yags’ Point Forward - Previewing the HoopHall Classic


The best weekend on the high school basketball calendar is ready to get underway, as the 16th annual HoopHall Classic kicks off at Springfield College this weekend. Top programs from across the country will gather at “The Birthplace of Basketball” to pit dozens of the nation’s top high school prospects against one another in head-to-head matchups throughout the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.

HoopHall always has a distinct local flavor and this year’s event is no different. Ten games featuring 15 New England programs, with eight of the top-10 prospects in New England’s 2017 class and four of the top-10 prospects in New England’s 2018 class, highlight this weekend’s regional docket.

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