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May 13, 2009 New England Hoop News Staff
Basketbull’s Spring Classic – New England Hoop News will be on hand all weekend to check out the action as Basketbull puts on its annual Spring Classic in Western Mass. Due to the large volume of teams (over 150), the tournament is being held at multiple locations including the younger divisions at American International College and Holyoke Community College and the complete 17u bracket at Amherst College. Click here to see the whole schedule and make sure to check back with New England Hoop News for updates from the weekend!
BABC Becomes First – Although they might not have they big names like Alex Oriakhi or Jamal Coombs-McDaniel anymore, BABC still has the team-oriented style that they’ve been known for. The program became the first one in Massachusetts AAU history to sweep the state titles for 14u, 15u, 16u, and 17u divisions. You can read our recap of the 17u State Final here, as well as seeing how the brackets played out on NEAAU.org.
Connecticut Basketball Club took home the Connecticut AAU State Tournament crown for both the 17u and 16u divisions in dominating fashion. Year in and year out CBC is regarded as one of the top programs in Connecticut and they came out to prove that this year. In the 15u division, CT Elite came away with the Gold while the CT Hoopstars showed their program’s strength throughout the weekend as well. They brought home the Silver medal both in the 15u and 16u divisions earning themselves a bid to the Nationals this summer.
NH and VT AAU Titles Decided – The Burlington Hawks took home the 17u Vermont State Crown led by Joe OShea’s deadly stroke. The Hawks blew past ProCity in the final to earn a bid to the AAU Nationals. While in the Granite State, the New Hampshire Rivals dominated the scene. The Rivals were able to pull off a similar sweep that BABC did in Mass, taking the 12u, 14u, and 15u titles in their home state. To read NERR’s article on the Vermont games click here, and for the New Hampshire action click here.
Update Northeastern Violations – Now that all the details seem to be out, the NCAA handed down the punishment of a reduced number of scholarships and recruiting rights starting this season. They will also be on probation through April of 2011, however the good news for Coach Boen and his staff is that all this went down under the previous administraion. They may have to answer some questions from current recruits but they can safely say their slate is clean.
MABC Also Wins 2 – In our article recapping the Mass AAU Boys State Tournament we did not include that MABC also won the 11u State Title, making them a double winner as well. MABC defeated Bay State Magic to earn the crown as both squads also took bids to the AAU Nationals this summer. Not to be outdone, 9u and 10u titles were both captured by the Mavericks who beat All for One and the Boston Warriors respectively in their age groups. Although we weren’t there to report on any of the games, here is the link to see the complete bracket results from NEAAU.
Jones heading to Franklin Pierce – New Hampshire’s Mr. Basketball Josh Jones has received a half-scholarship to attend Franklin Pierce in the fall. Jones led Salem this year as he will be staying in state to join Head Coach Dave Chadbourne’s squad that went 8-14 in the NE-10 this season, losing in the first round of the tournament to Le Moyne 73-53. The 6’3 shooter was a McDonald’s All-American Nominee this season and will look to be an impact player in the backcourt rotation right away for the Ravens.
CCSU Gains/Loses Commitment – Different programs but within the same building, the Central Connecticut girls added one of the top seniors in the state, Brooke Bailey who signed a letter of intent at the end of April. Then just a week later Coach Howie Dickenman and the boys program got word from Jefferson Lora that he will not be attending CCSU in the fall of 2010. Instead, Lora will take summer classes to finish at Lyman Hall earlier than expected and enroll in school at Div. III Albertus Magnus for the 2009-2010 year. Read the whole article on Lora here, from the New Haven Register.
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