Monday, August 25, 2014

2014 Sam Carey All-Star Classic - Event Recap

BST Basketball and the Rock On Foundation teamed up for the third annual Sam Carey All-Star Classic on Friday night at Central High School in Manchester to honor the late Sam Carey. Carey was a standout forward at Central and then at SNHU and was tragically killed in a motorcycle accident. This event serves to honor Carey's memory and raise money for the Rock On Foundation which is run by Matt and Luke Bonner to renovate local basketball courts.

It was a first-class event that run to a tee. You had a standing room only crowd. Two great games with a ton of talent on display, touching speeches by Luke Bonner and David Cooper, a halftime performance by Boston Celtics mascot Lucky and music provided by JAM'N 94.5. It was a great night for NH basketball.

There was an alumni game played, which featured a collection of players who either played with or against Carey in high school and / or college, or were personal friends of his. This year a second all-star game was added to the event, consisting of local players from NH who are either headed off to play college ball or at a prep school next season. Both games were played at a high level.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Believe it or Not - Ripley is the Next Big Thing in NH Basketball

New Hampton School's Rebecca Ripley already has 6 scholarship offers - and she hasn't even started her sophomore year of high school. Ripley, a versatile 5-foot-11 wing player, was voted to the NEPSAC all-star game as a freshman. She has continued her strong play this spring / summer AAU season with the Rivals Basketball Club.

"URI was the first school that offered me this spring" Ripley told the NH Notebook. "The coaching staff saw me play at the NEPSAC all star game and was impressed by my play. I was so excited because URI is a great school. Other schools that have offered me are Clemson, Providence College, Fordham, Bryant University and UMass Amherst. I attended the Clemson basketball camp over the summer and they offered me right after camp. I have also have been talking to coaches from Boston College, University of Kentucky, LSU, Syracuse and Michigan."

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Memorial & Londonderry Girls Win Summer Tourney Titles

Over the past 2 weeks we've gotten an early indication of who 2 of the favorites might be in this winter's NHIAA girls basketball season - Manchester Memorial and Londonderry. Londonderry won the SNHU Summer Slam tournament on July 29, and on Wednesday night Memorial won the Nashua CC Summer League championship.

The SNHU Summer Slam tournament took place 2 weeks ago at Souther New Hampshire University in Manchester. It had 12 teams, including many of the top teams in Division I and II. Londonderry won the tournament title, defeating Memorial in the championship game 31-17.

Then this week was the playoffs for the Nashua Community College Summer League, with semi-finals taking place on Monday and the finals on Wednesday. In the semis Memorial got their revenge, beating Londonderry 39-32 in a physical, hard fought game. Then in the finals the Crusaders cruised past city rival Manchester Central 43-25 to capture the league crown.

Both Londonderry and Memorial have to be feeling good about the way they are playing this summer, and their chances in D-I this winter. The NH Notebook was on hand at Nashua CC this week, and here's a look at what we saw.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Third Annual Sam Carey NH All-Star Classic to Take Place at Central High School on Friday, August 22

MANCHESTER, NH — The third annual Sam Carey NH All-Star Classic is returning to Central High School on Friday, August 22. BST Basketball launched this annual celebration of New Hampshire basketball to honor the late Sam Carey.

This year’s event will feature two special games. First at 6pm, there will be a high school all-star game pinning the top New Hampshire players in the class of 2015 against the top players in the class of 2016. Following the conclusion of the high school game, the always-entertaining alumni game will tip off. The alumni game will feature former New England high school basketball stars, many of who had successful college careers and some professional experience. (Rosters below)

Monday, July 28, 2014

DC Blue Devils Go 9-1 in AAU Nationals, Green Picks Up D-I Offer

The DC Blue Devils went down to Louisville, KY to compete in the Division I AAU National Tournament. They brought 9 players with them - 8 of which are from NH. The went down there to play against the top talent in the country and to prove they could play with any of them - mission accomplished.

The team went 9-1, they beat AAU powerhouse Boo Williams EYBL by 9 to finish in 9th place overall, and incoming sophomore point guard Caleb Green (Londonderry, NH) picked up a scholarship offer by Stony Brook University. The only game they lost was to the Tennessee Tigers - by 1 point.

"We went from Springfield to Philly to Kentucky, we had games every day for 2 weeks" said TJ Thompson, the team's head coach. "Stony Brook first came to see us in Springfield. Then they came to 3 of our games down at nationals. They made their offer to Caleb through me after the third game. He has also received interested from Fairfield, Bucknell and Old Dominion."

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

NH vs. VT Twin State Games - Event Recap

Over the weekend New Hampshire took on Vermont in the annual Twin State Games, with many of the top senior basketball players for both states on display. The games were held at Keene State College, bragging rights were on the line and it was the last high school game for these players getting a chance to represent their state. Here is the final score and NH MVP in both games. In the boys game NH won 91-75 and in the girls game VT won 79-66.

Both games were played the way all high school basketball games should be played - with a shot clock. NH leads VT 19-10 in the all-time series on the boys side, and 18-10 in the all-time series on the girls side.

Jon Martin from Manchester Central took home MVP honors on the boys side and Bedford High's Ali Glennon was named the NH MVP for the girls game. Martin and Glennon were both recipients of the Michael Johnson award. Michael Johnson was one of four brothers who were all star basketball players from Vermont. Michael was a police officer who was tragically killed while on duty.

Congratulations to Martin and Glennon for the award, and to all of the players who participated in the games. Here's a recap of both games.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Hoops for Hope David Bradner Tournament - Event Recap

The Hoops for Hope summer league wrapped up its David Bradner Tournament last week, with Prep 1 winning the tournament championship 72-67 over Pelham in double-overtime. The Kirsch brothers Max and Mitchell and former Exeter High guard Ben Swett all played major roles in the title run for 'Team Kirsch'. Max Kirsch (team-high 21 points) hit a clutch 3-pointer at the buzzer to tie the game at 65-65 and force a second overtime. He hit another 3 in the second-OT, and then his younger brother Mitchell (both from Atkinson, NH) connected on 4 big free throws to seal the victory.

Pelham deserves a lot of credit, as they played their tails off and left it all out on the floor. They beat Saint John's Prep in a hard fought battle in the semi-finals in a game that went down to the wire. And they pushed Prep 1 to double-OT, which is impressive considering they're a high school team going up against an all-star squad of prep school players.

"I think the story here is Pelham" said Prep 1 head coach Dave Kirsch, father of Max and Mitchell. "For a small town high school team to make it this far, either team could have won this game - Pelham is my new favorite team."

Monday, July 14, 2014

Gaukstern, Gendron & Hoffman to Continue Hoops Careers in College

Three more local girls basketball players from the class of 2014 will be continuing their careers at the college level. They are as follows:

Emily Gaukstern, Souhegan HS - RPI
Amanda Gendron, Souhegan HS - Daniel Webster College
Brianna Hoffman, Milford HS - Curry College

Gaukstern was a 3 year varsity player, helped the Sabers win a D-II state title as a sophomore and was the team's leading rebounder this past winter as a senior. Gaukstern was also a two time all-academic selection from the NHBCO.

Gendron was the 6th man as a senior for the Sabers. According to Souhegan head coach Mike Heaney she was their best defensive player.

Hoffman meanwhile was a 4 year varsity player at Milford and was a key player on teams that made back-to-back Final Four appearances. She is a very good outside shooter.

Congratulations to all 3 players for their accomplishments and best of luck in their college careers.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Gibbs Hired as Trinity Girls Coach

After 3 years as the head women's basketball coach at NHTI, Kevin Gibbs is returning to coaching at the high school level. The former Bishop Guertin head coach has officially been hired on at Trinity. Gibbs takes over for Matt Courchesne, who coached the Pioneers for the past 2 years, including last year when they went 11-7 and advanced to the D-I quarterfinals.

Courchesne stepped down however, at the end of the season. Then word came out that Trinity's best player Amanda Torres was going prep, and transferring to Proctor Academy. Meanwhile Gibbs has been busy this spring / summer AAU season helping to coach the NE Crusaders, but he's found time to apply, interview for and then get hired as Trinity's new coach.

"I can say without hesitation that Paul Hogan (NHTI A.D. and men's basketball coach) is one of the best people I have ever worked for and with" Gibbs told the NH Notebook. "He runs the athletics department like an NCAA Div 3 program - everything is done top flight. His support and guidance during my time at the school was fantastic!

Theos Takes Over at Londonderry for Fagula

Replacing a legend is never easy - but Nick Theos is going to give it a shot. Theos has officially been hired on as the next girls basketball head coach at Londonderry High, taking over for the legendary John Fagula. Fagula announced he was retiring from coaching prior to last season. Then he went out on top, guiding the Lancers to the state title with an upset win in the finals over previously unbeaten Bedford. Fagula ended his illustrious 32 year career with 624 wins and 12 championships (between Nashua High and Londonderry).

"Nick has been there long enough, he's paid his dues" Fagula told the NH Notebook. "He's been coaching here 14-15 years, he was here even before I was. Plus he works right at the school and he is a Londonderry alumni."

Theos served as Fagula's varsity assistant and JV coach the whole time Fagula was at Londonderry. He has been Fagula's right hand man on the varsity, and Theos' JV teams have consistently been among the top JV squads in Division I. Theos has already taken the reins of the program, as he is running a basketball camp for the youth girls of Londonderry this week.

Monday, June 23, 2014

McManus Commits to Penn

It's not every day that a kid from New Hampshire commits to play Division I college basketball - this is one of those days. Not only will Collin McManus (Bedford, NH) be playing D-I college ball, but he'll be getting an education from the best academic conference in the country - the Ivy League. As first reported by the New England Recruiting Report, the 6-foot-10 center will take his talents to the University of Pennsylvania.

"The factors that led to my commitment were definitely the UPenn coaching staff and their commitment to the program as well as being able to play in the Ivy League which is getting more competitive every day" McManus told the NH Notebook. "Also being able to play in the Big 5 which is all the great Division I colleges in PA."

McManus was recruited by a slew of D-I schools, and it was just in the last week that Penn came to the forefront. Then the Quakers landed the commitment from the big man, adding to their Class of 2015 recruiting class.

"I visited UPenn on June 17th" explained McManus. "The visit went great. UPenn gave me a great feeling when I went there and the academics are unquestionably great. Everything there felt right. After I visited on the drive home was really when I started thinking about the school and what it had to offer. Other schools I visited were: Northeastern, Loyola, Quinnipiac, Holy Cross, Monmouth, Elon, George Mason, UNH and Lafayette. Colgate and UNH made me offers."

McManus attended Bedford High his freshman and sophomore years of high school, leading the Bulldogs to the NHIAA Division II title game as a sophomore. Then he transferred to Northfield Mount Hermon, where he helped the team win a National Prep Championship in 2013 and then the reach the semi-finals this year.

"I feel like I have made great gains since transferring to NMH" McManus pointed out. "I would attribute my improvement to John Carroll my NMH coach. He has helped me greatly as a coach and asked me a lot about what I want and what I would strive for. NMH helped me by playing with great talent as well as playing against teams in one of the best leagues."

McManus has played AAU for the NH Titans, the NE Playaz and this year for the Middlesex Magic. McManus becomes the second Northfield Mount Hermon player to commit to Penn for 2015, joining guard Jackson Donahue who also plays with McManus on the Middlesex Magic.

"Jackson is a good friend of mine, but we didn't visit UPenn together" said McManus, who is undecided on a major at this time. "It is unusual to have a teammate go to Penn as well, but I have not thought about it much when thinking about my commitment. We play AAU together as well as play at NMH, so I know him well and we are good friends on and off the court.

Not only has Mcmanus worked hard on the court to develop his game to be a Division I player but he has also achieved a balance with academics to get into an Ivy League school as prestigious as Penn.

"NMH helped me a lot in school because of the small classes and individual attention which was something I needed as a student" McManus concluded. "NMH also helped me find a balance between basketball and academics both at the highest level which is great preparation for the Ivy League."

Monday, June 16, 2014

BST Prospect Series Event Recap - Class of 2017

BST Basketball's third installment of their 2014 NH Prospect Camp Series took place recently, and this time it was time for the Class of 2017 to take center stage. The event took place at Rivier College and Nashua and was run by BST Basketball co-founders Brett Sellingham and Will Flowers.

Like the workouts they did for the other classes, the players were again put through a rigorous series of full and half court skill work drills, full/half court game situation drills and 1 v 1's before getting into full court controlled scrimmaging. Everything was done at a fast pace with an emphasis on making the smart basketball play and all of the kids worked their tails off.

There was over 20 prospects in the gym, and this was our first look at many of them so this is definitely a deeper class than anticipated. Caleb Green and Tshiefu Ngalakulondi continue to show great chemistry on the court together. They're teammates in AAU with the DC Blue Devils and also at Proctor Academy, and they combined for the play of the night. Green led the break, stopped at half court and threw a lob pass up right on the money. Ngalakulondi leaped high up at the rim, catching the pass and in one motion slammed down the alley-oop dunk. Clearly it wasn't the first time those 2 have played together.

Other standouts at the event included Geo Baker, KJ Matte, Joe Bell and Parker Smith. The workout went at a fast pace and these kids all thrived in that up-tempo style of play. Here's a closer look at all of the prospects in attendance

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

BST Prospect Series Event Recap - Class of 2016

The BST Basketball Prospect Camp Series continued last week with their workout / showcase for the Class of 2016. This is a very deep and talented class. You had D-I college recruit Ian Sistare proving that he's as good as advertised and you had Keith Brown battling him tooth and nail during drills. Down low you had a great battle between Luke Rosinski and Dana Bean who went at each other hard and both showed tremendous potential.

Meanwhile, Bryant Holmes hit about 100 3-pointers, Jourdain Bell was a constant threat with the ball in his hands and Bedford had 4 players there, showing they will be a tough team for years to come. In total there were 26 players, and this was our first look at a few of them so it was nice to see some new talent. All of them worked hard and all are players to watch in the coming years, which shows just how deep this class.

The workout was run by Brett Sellingham and Will Flowers. They put the kids through a series of skill drills in the full court and half court as well as game situation drills, positional drills before moving to full court scrimmaging. Here's a closer look at the players who took part in the event, all from the Class of 2016.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

BST Prospect Series Event Recap - Class of 2015

This week BST Basketball is having their annual Prospect Series. They kicked things off on Monday night at Rivier College with the Class of 2015, as 15 of the state's top recruits and a slew of college coaches in the house. The workouts are being run by BST Basketball founders Brett Sellingham and Will Flowers. They do a great job with skill development and teaching the nuances of the game.

The showcase consisted of full court skill work, half court skill building drills, full court game situation drills before getting into full court scrimmaging. It was a beautiful spring night in June, but these kids were in the gym working hard on their games. Clearly they are motivated athletes, and they all worked hard and were receptive to the coaching they received. Here's a closer look at each of the players, all from the Class of 2015.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

NH vs. VT Twin State Games Rosters

The New Hampshire vs. Vermont Twin State Games are back, and the rosters have been finalized. The games are the last chance for these kids to represent their high school on the court. Not only will they be representing their high school but they'll be representing their state, as the top senior players from NH go up against the top senior players from VT with bragging rights on the line.

The games will take place on July 19 at Keene State College. Here is the roster for the NH girls team:
Melissa McLeod - Forward - Winnacunnet HS
Haley Driscoll - Forward - Bedford HS
Ali Glennon - Forward - Bedford HS
Amber Plummer - Guard - Newfound HS
Erika Waterman - Guard - Sunapee HS
Clairee Putnam - Guard - Windham HS
Riselly Deoleo - Guard/Forward - Bishop Brady
Emily Hickey - Guard - Salem HS
McKenzie Brown - Forward - Bedford HS
Heather King - Forward - Lebanon HS
Skylar Bonnette - Guard - Hinsdale HS
Allison Scott - Guard - Hinsdale HS

To view the roster for the boys team click here:

Hanson Transfers from Central to Tilton

Brett Hanson was as good as any player in the NHIAA this past high school basketball season, wreaking havoc on both ends of the floor, showing the ability to take over a game at any time and leading Manchester Central to perfect 22-0 season and a Division I state championship. He had such a tremendous junior season he has decided to do it over again.

The final buzzer had barely sounded on Central's title and the rumors had already started about Hanson transferring to prep school. Now the rumors can end, as the 6-foot-2 guard has made it official - he's headed to the Tilton School where he'll repeat his junior year and reclassify to the Class of 2016.

"The decision to transfer was not an easy one" Hanson told the NH Notebook. "We had a great year at Central and there were so many great guys which made it a very difficult decision to leave. In the end, I made the decision because I wanted do what was best for the development of my game. I want to be playing against and with the best kids in the area and I believe going to Tilton will provide that opportunity. I learned a lot from Coach Wheeler and will forever appreciate his coaching and guidance for the past three years. I am also excited to learn from Coach O'Neal and his excellent staff at Tilton."

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Girls Basketball Class of 2016 Prospect Rankings Released

Well folks, they're finally here. Thank you for your patience, but we are finally ready to release our list of the top girls basketball prospects in NH's Class of 2016. This is a very deep and talented class. Our goal is to achieve a rankings list that is as accurate as possible for the college coaches to use as a resource. Sometimes though you just have so many good players who are similar in ability and/or size which makes it difficult to differentiate them. That's why we waited a little longer with this particular class. I wanted to get to some workouts, tournaments, events to see them play more and also have reviewed hours upon hours of game tape from this past season as well as talked to many high school / AAU coaches in the area.

The rankings are here in order to get the kids' names out there for college coaches, to give them exposure. They're also posted to recognize the local athletes who have been working so hard. Any player from NH from the Class of 2016 who is looking to play basketball in college is eligible for the list.

Keep reading to see the list, along with scouting reports on each player. All of this exposure is at no cost for the kids. We're just trying to help these talented, hard working athletes get the recognition and exposure they deserve. Any comments / questions on the rankings can be directed to:

So without further ado, here are the NH Notebook's top 26 girls basketball recruits from the Class of 2016...