The Elite 8 Prospects
On Sept. 20 the KSC hosted it’s first South Shore College showcase. Players from all over the area provided scouts and coaches with competitive, high-energy basketball. 37 prospective players, grades 9-12, from around the area (including a few from Western Mass) were on display. These are the Elite 8 players that drew the most attention...
Brendan Woodard (Mahar Regional) 6’1 – 170 lbs.- Is a long, athletic, smooth PG. Strong going to his left, he sees the court well in transition. He needs to work on dribble moves to his right and needs to find more consistency in his jump shot.
Ben Mclarey (Scituate High School) 6’5 – 250 lbs.- A solid DIII prospect with a great nose for the ball. He can score inside with good touch and footwork, and can also knock down a 15 footer. Ben is clearly a team first guy with great energy and effort on the court which make him highly recruitable.
Brendan Butler (Weymouth High School) 6’4 – 210 lbs.- Is a versatile player, long and athletic he can defend post players while also leading a fast break. He has an awkward release but is more than capable of hitting an outside shot. Look for him to develop as the season moves along.
Ryan Jones (Weymouth High School) 6’2 – 214 lbs.- Always a great rebounder, he has developed better ball handling skills and has really improved his shooting. Lateral quickness will need to improve moving forward.
Josh O’Neill (Silver Lake) 5’7 – 160 lbs.- A heady PG who isn’t flashy but always has a solid stat line at the end of the day. He is strong for his size, has good quickness, and a nice shot with some range.
Tyrone Jackson (North Attleboro High School) 5’10 – 167 lbs.- Has good size and quick hands with ball handling skills. He is more comfortable in the open floor than in the halfcourt. His overall court vision is solid, but his jump shot needs to become more consistent.
Jordan Aylesworth (Scituate High School) 5’11 – 160 lbs.- The best underclassmen at the event. He is a hard worker and team guy. He is better in transition right now running the break, but he will need to develop PG skills in the next couple of years and go stronger to his right. The intangibles and potential are all there for Jordan.
Pat Gill (BC High) 6’3 – 192 lbs.- Is an athletic wing player with size and length. He is a consistent spot up shooter, solid rebounder, and shows good fundamentals. He is also a good on ball defender who gets into passing lanes.
Since 2010, we have held our High School Boys Fall Shootout at Medford High School and New Mission has attended each one. With good reason as the Titans captured their third shootout title by defeating a gutsy Medford team 59-46.
This year's version of Coach Cory McCarthy's squad features the usual senior leadership with scoring guard Shaquan Murray and versatile bigs Asante Sandiford and Fred Rivers Jr, but there are a lot more youngsters in the mix. The youth proved to be the key to the shootout as the Titans were able to wear teams down with their quickness and pressure defense, averaging twenty-four points off turnovers in their five games.
Not indicative of the final score was the fight put up by the host Medford in the championship. The Mustangs were very impressive throughout the day, losing their first game in pool play, but then running off three consecutive impressive wins over Whitinsville Christian, Conc0rd-Carlisle, and a one point come back win over Andover. However, Medford expended a lot of energy once they got to the final and just ran out of gas against the Titans.
Thanks to all the participants, fans, and college coaches in attendance and we look forward to the fifth installment of this event next fall.
Round Robin play
Acton-Boxborough 36 Medford 31
New Mission 48 Whitinsville Christian 31
Andover 37 Concord-Carlisle 29
Swampscott 34 Hudson 20
New Mission 54 Acton-Boxborough 19
Medford 47 Whitinsville Christian 44
Concord-Carlisle 41 Swampscott 38
Andover 45 Hudson 23
New Mission 68 Hudson 39
Acton-Boxborough 52 Swampscott 47
Medford 39 Concord-Carlisle 27
Andover 51 Whitinsville Christian 43
New Mission 79 Acton-Boxborough 30
Medford 41 Andover 40
New Mission 59 Medford 46
Shaquan Murray, Senior, Guard - New Mission
Asante Sandiford, Senior, Forward - New Mission
Fred Rivers Jr., Senior, Forward - New Mission
Gerrard Jean-Legerd, Senior, Guard - Medford
Darnell Richardson, Junior, Guard - Medford
Alex Boyd, Senior, Center - Acton-Boxborough
Jamir Henderson, Senior, Point Guard - Concord-Carlisle
Connor Merinder, Junior, Forward - Andover
Chad Nelson, Senior, Center - Swampscott
Richie Santos, Senior, Guard - Whitinsville Christian
We are excited to once again host our Fall Shootout on September 7th at Medford HS. The annual event has been a showcase for players and teams to get ready for the upcoming season and as always we have another strong field for the event. Acton-Boxborough, Andover, Concord-Carlisle, Hudson, Medford, New Mission, Swampscott, and Whitinsville Chrisitan will be participating this year and the event will start at Noon. For a complete schedule, please click on the following link, Fall Shootout Schedule.
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