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June 30, 2012

New England talent shines at Elite 75

LOWELL, Mass.-- The New England Elite 75 brought some of the top players in the region to UMass-Lowell's Costello Athletic Center on Friday.

Organized by New England Recruiting Report founder Adam Finkelstein, Elite 75 gave New England's most talented college prospects an opportunity to compete on a big stage and test their skills in front of media and college coaches.

The New England prep ranks are loaded with high level talent. Many of the top players were on hand and it wasn't a surprise to see some of the region's biggest names like Jared Terrell, Kaleb Joseph, Kuran Iverson, Jarred Reuter and Abdul-Malik Abu play up to their lofty reputations.

At 6-foot-2 and over 200 pounds of muscle, the truth about New Hampton (N.H.) Prep's Terrell is that he's stronger, faster, and more athletic than most any other guard in New England's 2014 class.

At the Elite 75, he once again showed his value on a big stage. The Expressions Elite star has an incredibly built body, enabling him to take defenders to the rim off the dribble, but his effective three-point touch makes him a true inside-out offensive threat.

Terrell lists several recruiting schools, including Miami, Connecticut, Providence, Cincinnati and Rutgers.

While Terrell is a power broker in the backcourt, the chief trait of Joseph's that stood out was his knack for bringing his best effort against top competition.

Whether it was in 1-on-1 drills or in the scrimmages later in the day, Joseph gave his very best effort on both ends of the floor.

An improved ball-handler and true distributive point guard, the four-star point guard at Ashburnham (Mass.) Cushing Academy showed what college coaches can expect from him in July. Joseph said that Tennessee, Maryland, Boston College, UConn, Pittsburgh, Kansas State and Providence are among those most active in his recruitment.

Iverson picked right up where he'd left off at the recent NBPA Top 100 Camp.

The last year or so has been an obvious stage of growth for him in developing his game, and that growth has presented an athletic 6-foot-8 forward with impressive perimeter skills and improved motor.

Even though he's had some ups and downs during the last couple of years, Iverson has always been a target of high major programs and that interest is only likely to intensify during the month of July when college coaches can go out and watch him.

A 6-foot-9 power player, Reuter plays very strong for a rising sophomore. He's got the strength of a much older player and is rapidly becoming one of the most sought after recruits in the class of 2015 from the region.

Reuter sets wide screens and is very effective in the pick-and-roll and he displays a love for throwing his size around and embracing contact.

He battled injury earlier on this summer, but on Friday he looked to be healed and in much better shape. The Tabor Academy product claims interest from the likes of Indiana, Providence, Kansas, North Carolina, Boston College, and Connecticut.

Another physically dominant power forward, Abu has emerged as one of the top players in New England and is one of the region's true breakout players of the summer.

He really showed off his explosive athleticism by catching several lob passes, finishing putback dunks, and standing out as one of the top rebounders at the event.

The rising junior claims offers programs such as Rutgers, Cincinnati, Rhode Island, Providence, Iowa State and Michigan State. Abu added that Seton Hall, Miami, and Connecticut are also very interested.

On the map

Paschal Chukwu: A rising junior, he is a legitimate seven-footer who moves up and down the floor surprisingly well and had no problems with the up and down pace of the Elite 75. He protected the rim and was a consistent presence on the glass, while he also showed off a newly developed post move: a drop step and right hook.

Aaron Falzon: Adding strength has brought another dimension to Falzon's game that was not as prevalent during the prep season. The 6-foot-8 forward displayed a nice touch from outside, but his willingness to attack the rim and draw contact was the most impressive portion of his performance. Aaron says he has heard from Division 1 programs such as Boston College, UMass, Duke, UCLA, Stanford and Ohio State.

Jared Wilson-Frame: He is a strong, slashing forward whose finishing ability at the rim is his greatest asset as a player. His play off the dribble and around the rim has been well-documented, but today he made several mid-range jumpers and showed off an improved outside touch. His recruitment can certainly be expected to pick up as he continues to improve a more inside-out offensive attack.

Kahlil Dukes: Dukes is an electric, undersized combo guard and his calling card has always been his ability to beat defenders in 1-on-1 situations. The, at times, lights-out shooter certainly made some shots but he was also very selfless on the fast break and did a nice job of getting teammates involved in hopes of showing he can serve as a playmaker on the next level as well.

Young guns

Josh Sharma: Sharma is a 6-foot-10 big man from the class of 2015 who can run the floor and is gradually improving his strength and post presence. He has a long way to go still in asserting himself on the low block, but his length, work ethic, and natural athletic ability have already made him one of the most promising young bigs in New England.

Bruce Brown: Brown has tremendous strength for a rising sophomore guard. Combining that strength with his willingness to attack and play above the rim make him a lethal force against any competition. Brown fears no defender and welcomes all contact on his way to the rim.

Tyonne Malone: Only a freshman to be, the Mass Rivals lefty plays an impressively mature game. The 6-foot-5 slasher made a living rolling off of screens or taking defenders to the rim off the dribble. Malone has shown he can produce against older competition, which certainly bodes well for his future.

Terrence Mann: Mann is a tough player who has already established a reputation for himself as a guy who can hit shots from anywhere on the floor. He makes great decisions with the ball and the sophomore to be has the ability to be one of New England's most complete prospects a couple years down the line as he tightens up his all-around game.



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