Monthly Archives: October 2011

Important!!! NCAA Recruiting Rule Changes 2012

Here are the recruiting rule changes going into effect for the 2012 NCAA & AAU Basketball seasons posted by Jeff Goodman of Parents, guardians, players, coaches and friends take notice.

The NCAA revamped more than just its student-athlete requirements and aid on Thursday. The Board of Directors also adopted a completely new recruiting model for basketball.

The most important changes are:

Contact is mostly deregulated starting June 15 after a recruit’s sophomore year. Coaches will be allowed to send unlimited text messages, make unlimited phone calls and send unlimited private messages via social media websites.
Two weekends in April will be opened up to coaches.

July will be trimmed to three four-day periods, as opposed to two 10-day periods.

Official visits can begin January 1 of a recruit’s junior year, with travel expenses for the recruit and his family being paid for by the school.

On-campus evaluations during official visits will be permitted.

Some contact at a recruit’s high school will be permitted beginning during a prospect’s junior year.

These are changes that needed to be made by the NCAA. With prospects making their decisions earlier and earlier, the line of communication between a player and school needed to be enhanced. Official visits being permitted during a recruit’s junior year will allow prospects to get a better feel of the campus, at an earlier age.

Opening up April was a must. Cramming all AAU evaluations into July was too much in a short amount of time. Coaches can now track development of players during their school season, spring AAU season and summer AAU circuit. Moreover, it will be lessen the impact of middle men, who coaches need to rely on when they can’t watch players.

The unlimited contact makes sense, although it could become a problem if recruits are spending too much time taking to coaches during school hours. If prospects don’t get bogged down with the new contact rules, it will be a win-win for everyone.

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Posted by on October 28, 2011 in Uncategorized


2011 Metro Classic Boro’s vs. Burbs


It is a game greatly anticipated by all hoops fans in the Metro NY area. Loaded with talent, both regions will do battle to prove who are the “Kings & Queens of the Court”in Metropolitan New York.




The Burb’s – Boys Roster

1 Emil Blackman Forward 6’3 2012 Half Hollows Hills West HS
2 Isiah Cousins Guard 6’3 2012 Mt. Vernon HS
3 Josh Dowdy Guard 5’7 2013 Mt. Vernon HS
4 Kentan Fancy Forward 6’8 2013 LI Lutheran HS
5 Mike McCahey Forward 6’5 2012 Clarkstown HS
6 Shaquille Mosely Guard 5’8 2012 Uniondale HS
7 Kirkland Ottey Guard 5’10 2012 New Rochelle HS
8 Alex Rawa Forward 6’5 2012 Locust Valley HS
9 Kyle Richardson Forward 6’4 2012 Baldwin HS
10 Randy Stevens Forward 6’4 2012 Mt. Vernon HS
11 Will Trawick Forward 6’5 2012 Fox Lane HS
12 Travis Whitfield Forward 6’4 2012 St. Mary’s HS
13 Lucas Woodhouse Guard 6’1 2012 Harborfields HS

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Posted by on October 27, 2011 in Uncategorized


NERR 2014 Rankings


After spending the last six weeks checking out the young up and coming talent on the AAU circuit as well as the New England Elite 75 Showcase – Frosh/Soph Edition, the New England Recruiting Report is ready to announce our rankings in the class of 2014.

The region’s top three could be just as easily described as three of the best in the entire nation. Noah Vonleh sits atop the list to start the year. Ranked 6th overall by ESPN and 2nd overall by Rivals, the Massachusetts native is no longer a national secret and literally showing new dimensions to his game with every passing weekend.

Wayne Selden checks in second overall. The six-foot-five two-guard had a tremendous summer, playing a big part in a pair of AAU national championships and a Nike EYBL title, and recently returned to the court after missing the first month of the pre-season after his August surgery. One of the most explosive athletes and scorers in the country, Selden already has his choice of potential college suitors.

Chris McCullough was the national class of 2012’s breakout performer this summer and has had a laundry list of schools follow him to the Salisbury School this fall. Long and athletic with an emerging skill set, the New York native is just beginning to scratch the surface of his incredible potential.

Jared Terrell and Kaleb Joseph are neck in neck in terms of being New England’s top sophomore guard. Terrell was the run-away choice through the summer but no one has emerged more this fall than Joseph and he now holds the high-major offers to prove it. They debut at four and five respectively on the most recent list.

A pair of big men are up next as Paschal Chukwu and Jacquil Taylor were two of the big stories at the Elite 75 – Frosh/Soph. Taylor has continued to back it up throughout the fall while Chukwu hasn’t been quite as active on the circuit but is nonetheless pinging the high-major radar with his seven-foot-one frame.

Rounding out the top ten are Worcester Academy’s Matt Cimino, East Hartford’s Kahari Beaufort, and Hotchkiss’ Makai Mason.

The Connecticut rankings are led by McCullough, Chukwu, Beaufort, and Mason while Quincey McKnight and Levy Gillespie Jr. are right behind.

Joseph, Taylor, and Cimino are the big three in Massachusetts while Alec Brennan and Jeff Spellman have also cracked the top five.

Dustin Cole is the runaway winner in Maine while Michael McDevitt, Zach Gilpin, Andrew Cartwright, and Justin Zukowski also appear on the list.

Vonleh, Selden, and Terrell lead the way in New Hampshire while Abdul-Malik Abu and Mike Auger round out the top five.

The St. Andrew’s pair of Henri Bolton and Bonzie Colson are at the top of the list in Rhode Island, followed by Kealen Ives, Edson Dascy, and Dexter Thompson.

Vermont’s top five includes Ryan Booth, Pavin Parrish, Brendan OShea, Chris Collins, and Tom Fitzgerald.

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Posted by on October 25, 2011 in Uncategorized


Kilpatrick’s roll to be larger in 2011-12

CINCINNATI — All those University of Cincinnati basketball fans who clamored so loudly last year for Sean Kilpatrick to see more playing time will probably get their wish this season.

UC coach Mick Cronin says he’ll be “shocked” if Kilpatrick doesn’t play at least 30 minutes per game after he averaged only 20 last season.

“At times, he looked like a freshman,” Cronin said. “At times, he looked like our best player.”

It was those times when Kilpatrick looked like the Bearcats’ best player that had fans wondering why he didn’t start or at least get more minutes.

He scored 21 points in his UC debut against Mount St. Mary’s, a season-high 26 against Wright State, and reached double figures in scoring 17 times. He led UC with 37.7 percent 3-point accuracy and was third in scoring with an average of 9.7 points.

Kilpatrick, a 6-foot-4 sophomore from White Plains, N.Y., who made the Big East all-rookie team, describes his first season as “nerve-wracking” because he was asked to fill a role that was foreign to him. Having always been a prolific scorer, his focus now was on defense and rebounding.

“It was a huge adjustment,” Kilpatrick said.

This year, with Rashad Bishop gone, Cronin is looking for someone to supply the physical toughness and defensive aptitude that Bishop was known for. Kilpatrick is eager to be that player.

“He brought the East Coast attitude that I have,” Kilpatrick said of Bishop.

“That’s toughness and the attitude that I’m not going to let this person score on me. That’s something that I’ve got to bring this year.”

That doesn’t mean Kilpatrick, who will turn 22 on Jan. 6, can forget about scoring. In fact, Cronin said that with more playing time Kilpatrick should increase his offensive production to close to 15 points per game.

But for that to happen, he has to learn to play under control. One of Kilpatrick’s strengths is his ability to create offense opportunities for himself by driving to the basket, but there were times last year when he forced the issue and ended up turning the ball over or taking a bad shot.

It’s all part of the maturing process, which began for Kilpatrick two years ago when Cronin asked him to red-shirt, much to Kilpatrick’s dismay

“Coach said to me when I decided to red-shirt that it will benefit you in the long run,” said Kilpatrick. “As you see now, it’s actually paying off, so I’m pretty happy that I made that decision.

“But I was heated (at the time). After games, I wouldn’t even talk to nobody. I would just leave. It was that bad. It was only because I wanted to help my team win. That’s what I’ve been doing my whole life, so me sitting out a whole year, that’s painful.”

The hope for Cronin is that Kilpatrick’s painful season will pay off this year for him and the Bearcats as they pursue their first Big East championship.

“He’s going to have to go from one of the top five freshmen in the Big East to one of the better players in the Big East,” Cronin said.

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Posted by on October 24, 2011 in Uncategorized


Carmelo Anthony Melo8 Launch & Clinic

IMG_0730 Team Frenji was representing at the launch of Carmelo Anthony’s new sneaker the Melo8 by JordanBrand at the Pier 54 in NYC this weekend. Pictured are newcomers Emannuell & Johnathan with 15U PG Jordan Ruillano. More on the event launch on coming soon.

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Posted by on October 23, 2011 in Uncategorized


Team Frenji Alumni Updates

October 2011 Team Frenji Alumni Updates

Kevin Jones (Mt. V/ West Virginia) names pre season 1st teamAll Big East.
Tony Taylor (Stepinac/ George Washington) named preseason 1st team A-10.
Kenny Horton (Ossining/ Cent Conn St) named pre season P.O.Y.
Both Kevin Jones & Kenny Horton named to 2011-12 John Wooden Award Pre- Season Top 50 List.

Professional Ranks
Melvin Calhoun (Port Chester/ Northwood U.) free agent tryout for Springfield Armor (NJ Nets NBDL team) this weekend.
David Boykin (Germany), Spencer Smith (Chile), Demetrius Philips (Denmark).
Hassan Whiteside (Sacramento Kings) continues to get ready for 2011-12 season.

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Posted by on October 23, 2011 in Uncategorized


Triple Threat Training Combine 10.2.11

Thank you to everyone who came out for the 1st Triple Threat Training Combine partnered with Velocity Sports Performance featuring former Seton Hall University Mens Basketball Coach and current Harrison native, Coach Bobby Gonzalez at Stepinac High School. The event was covered by Stacey Davis of and supported by the Canopy Brand Group. Former players that worked the combine were: Melvin Calhoun, Kirk Williams, Jamie Procino and Grant Valentine, College Coaches working were SUNY Purchase Asst Coach Chad Charney and Mercy College Asst Coach Mickey Carey. High School coach was current Fox Lane Head Coach Chris Violante. Also joining the staff was former WNBA player and U of Virginia graduate Tora Suber. Thanks to everybody who worked so hard to help these players grow. Check the website for more workouts coming soon to the Westchester area at

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Posted by on October 4, 2011 in Uncategorized