Saturday, August 22, 2015

2015 Sam Carey Classic - Event Recap

The 4h annual Sam Carey Classic was held on Friday night at Manchester Central High School. The event featured two games - first was the high school / prep school all-star game, followed by the Alumni game. There was a DJ in the house as well as Boston Celtics mascot Lucky and San Antonio Spurs veteran forward Matt Bonner (Concord, NH). And it was all for a good cause - to honor the memory of former Manchester Central High and SNHU center Sam Carey, who was killed in a car accident. Proceeds from the event also went towards the 'Rock On Foundation', run by Matt and Luke Bonner.

"We've got an awesome crowd" said Luke Bonner, former Trinity High Star who went on to play at West Virginia and UMass. "Mike Stys and Brett Sellingham do a great job of running this event. It's a great tribute to Sam, bringing the NH basketball community together. If you met Sam once you had a friend for life. We're using the proceeds to renovate the Beech Street basketball court."

There was a ton of local talent on display. The alumni game featured players like Keith Friel, PJ Young, Corey Hassan, Scott Hazelton, Miguel Gonzalez, David Cooper, Tyler Roche, Troy Bowen, Chris Burns, Matt Lemieux and Pat Luptowski.

First up though was the high school / prep school all-star game, which had some kids who are headed off to college in the fall. The rest of kids out there are some of the area's most highly recruited players from the Classes of 2016 and 2017. Here's a look at the NH recruits on hand.

Class of 2015
Quentin Bullen - SNHU - congrats to Bullen, who will play at SNHU on a basketball scholarship. The 6-foot-2" wing was hitting shots off the catch and off the dribble, from mid-range as well as beyond the arc. He has a good feel for the game and is an unselfish player.

Jourdain Bell - Colby Sawyer College - Bell led his Bishop Brady high school team to the Division II championship this past March. In this game he pushed the tempo, hitting the open man, hitting the outside shot or taking it to the rim, always making things happen out there and keeping pressure on the opposing defense.

Dominic Timbas - Timbas continues to extend his game out to the perimeter, hitting 3's and running the floor like a wing. At the same time he showed the ability to defend the post, rebound and score inside.

Kafani Williams - Another kid who came up as a post player but has done a nice job of extending his game out to the perimeter. Williams is in great shape, has gotten quicker and can now defend the wing as well as slash hard to the rim from the wing and hit shots.

Kabongo Ngalakulondi - Ngalakulondi might be getting overshadowed by his younger brother Tschiefu now, but he is still a heck of a player. Kabongo once again showed the ability to score the basketball in a variety of ways, whether it's in transition, taking his man off the dribble or hitting shots from the outside or mid range area.

Class of 2016
Luke Rosinski - UNH - it's been a big summer for Rosinski, who accepted a scholarship offer from UNH. He becomes the first granite state product to accept a scholarship from UNH in Coach Herrion's 10 years at the helm. In this game Rosinski made some strong moves on the block for some baskets, converted put-backs, pulled down boards and also showed a smooth touch from the outside.

Ian Sistare - Sistare was clearly one of the best players on the floor. He got better as the game went on, hitting back-to-back 3's late to ice the win for his team. He also showed a strong handle, court vision, took the shot if it was there but didn't force anything. He's an elite perimeter player, but also has the rugged frame to take the ball inside and finish against bigger players. Sistare has a handful of D-I offers, and says the schools who are showing the most interest are Dartmouth, Brown, Rhode Island, Furman and Jacksonville.

Trevon Maughn - Maughn will be doing a post-grad year at Redemption Christian. It is a fitting school for him to attend, considering redemption is exactly what he's looking for after being forced to sit out the majority of his senior season at Manchester Memorial last winter. In Friday night's game Maughn was one of the top players on the floor, hitting seven 3-pointers while also getting out in transition and finishing on the break.

Class of 2017
Tschiefu Ngalakulondi - 'Chef' as many call him, had a great day on Friday. First he picked up a scholarship offer from Boston University. Then he went out and put on a show in the Sam Carey Classic. Chef came off the bench, and then immediately made an impact, scoring 8 points in a minute. First he converted a strong put-back, followed by 3 thunderous dunks in a row. Later in the contest he stepped out and drained the 3 ball before slamming down some more dunks. Ngalakulondi now holds offers from BU, UNH, Temple, James Madison and George Mason.

Geo Baker - Baker will join his buddies 'Chef' and Caleb Green at Proctor Academy this fall after playing for his hometown at Pinkerton this past winter. Once again on Friday night, Baker makes it look easy. Whether he's leading the break, draining 3's or making the extra pass, there's no question this kid plays the game at a high level.

Caleb Green - there's no question the NH Notebook will cover at least one Proctor Academy game this winter. All 5 of their starters have multiple D-I offers, with 3 of them (Chef, Baker and Green) being local NH kids. Chef, Baker and Green have all been offered by UNH. In Friday night's contest, Green showed the ability to control tempo, blow by his man to get to the rim and make some great passes.

Monytung Maker - the former Manchester West standout is taking his talents to Bradford Christian Academy and reclassifying to 2017. The higher level of competition and the extra year will help the 6-foot-6 Maker take his game to a new level. In the Sam Carey Classic, Maker made some explosive drives and finishes at the rim and also stepped outside and hit the 3 ball. Maker is very athletic, has long strides and plays above the rim.

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