Balance of Power Has Shifted to JUCOs from Preps

Mike Taylor had it all going for him.

The 6-foot-4 shooting guard led Brooklyn Boys & Girls to its first New York PSAL championship ever in the spring of 2010, and then signed a National Letter of Intent to Rutgers that September, joining a blockbuster recruiting class for head coach Mike Rice.

Then the bottom began to fall out.

“I just stopped working,” he told by phone Tuesday. “I thought I didn’t have to to do school work and stuff like that.” To read more of this story, click here

Daniels Staying 2011, Going Prep

DeAndre Daniels says he isn’t reclassifying to 2010 and he’s headed to prep school.

There had been reports that the 6-foot-8, 192-pound wing from Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft would reclassify to 2010, but that is not the case.

“No, I’ll be Class of 2011,” Daniels said by phone from the Boost Mobile Elite 24 game in Venice Beach, Calif. “I was [considering it] for a little bit but I decided to stay in my class.”

Daniels, who recently decommitted from Texas, could go to college now if he wanted, though. To read more of this story, click here

'Air Jamaica' to Manhattan; National Prep Championship Set for Next Week; Boys & Girls, Cardozo Advance to PSAL Title Game

Joel ‘Air Jamaica’ Wright has verbally committed to play for Manhattan College.

The 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward had initially committed to Fordham while at Brooklyn Thomas Jefferson, but he and Fordham ultimately parted ways.

Wright is now at Central Jersey Each One Teach One (CJEOTO) after spending the first half of the year at Central Carolina Sports Academy, which he said has since shut down.

Wright said he picked Manhattan over interest from Providence, Pittsburgh, Baylor, Miami and Drexel. The story was first reported by Gotham Hoops Scouting.

“I picked them because it’s still a chance to be home,” Wright said. “[Coach Barry Rohrssen] is a cool dude. We had a relationship. I’m going to school where I can get exposure and my family can see me play. I want to be home so my mother [Diana Wilson] can see me play and enjoy my college career.” To read more of this story, click here

National Prep Poll Released

The voting could not have been closer in the latest installment of the National Prep Poll as the #1 team in the country was decided by one vote and three different teams came up exactly even in the voting for the fourth spot.

#1 Patterson School – Lenoir, North Carolina,

Overall Record 27-2, 48 Points, 3 First Place Votes

#2 Hargrave Military Academy – Chatham, Virginia

Overall Record 19-1, 47 Points, 2 First Place Votes

#3 Notre Dame Prep – Fitchburg, Massachusetts

Overall Record 22-4, 40 Points

#4 (Tied) Brewster Academy – Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Overall Record 17-7, 29 points

#4 (Tied) Bridgton Academy – North Bridgton, Maine

Overall Record 16-5, 29 points

#4 (Tied) South Kent School – South Kent, Connecticut

Overall Record 17-5, 29 points

#7 Winchendon School – Winchendon, Massachusetts

Overall Record 16-7, 21 points

#8 Tilton School – Tilton, New Hampshire

Overall Record 16-2, 12 points

#9 Charis Prep – Wilson, North Carolina

Overall Record 31-3, 10 points

#10 Northfield Mount Hermon – Northfield, Massachusetts

Overall Record 16-6, 3 points

Others Receiving Votes: Blair Academy (2); New Hampton School (2); St. Thomas More School (2); Fork Union Military Academy (1)

* The top 8 teams in the final poll of the year will advance to the National Prep Championship to be held on Monday, March 9th and Tuesday, March 10th at Endicott College in Beverly, MA

** Listed records are as of the time voting began in the middle of last week.  Wednesday and weekend games were not considered in this poll.

National Prep Poll Announced

The new year brings an updated edition of the National Prep Poll…and the nation has a new top ranked team.

#1 Patterson School – Lenoir, North Carolina, 20-0, 50 points, Five 1st place votes

Chris Chaney’s squad earned all five first place votes after knocking off Hargrave 79-76 in an early December match-up. Patterson has fire power at all five positions with the likes of Rashanti Harris, Clarence Trent, and Arsalan Kazemi on their frontline and DeAndre Kane and Hunter McClintock in the backcourt.

#2 Hargrave Military Academy – Chatham, Virginia, 12-1, 45 Points

Previously unbeaten and top ranked Hargrave Military Academy slips to the second spot. Despite their loss to Patterson they already have a handful of quality wins against Winchendon, Bridgton, New Hampton, and Fork Union. And you can bet Kevin Keatts n’company are hoping for a rematch with Patterson in the national championship game. To read more of this story, click here

Preseason National Prep Poll Announced

With the National Prep Showcase about to take place this weekend at Bryant University — Click here for schedule — the beginning of the prep school season is officially upon us. With that in mind the pre-season edition of the National Prep Poll has been announced.

The top three teams in the country are unanimous according to the five voting members of the National Prep Poll as Hargrave Military Academy, Brewster Academy, and Patterson School appear to be ahead of the field. But that’s where the consensus ends as each team has plenty to prove going into the season. To read more of this story, click here