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Vonleh in top 30 of ESPN Upcoming Sophmores:
 
The rankings for the top 25 sophomores in the country just came out and Rivals Noah Vonleh appears in a list of 5 players that fell just short of making the top 25.  Doing the math, that puts Vonleh in the top thirty.  That's pretty amazing for a  young man that is only 14 years old and could technically be an eigth grader.  Here is what ESPN had to say about Vonleh.
 
Noah Vonleh (Haverhill, Mass./Haverhill)
SF, 6-5, 175 pounds | College: Undecided
He's a long, strong swingman with huge hands and feet but appears to still be growing. Vonleh has star qualities with instinctive efficiency in his game. He attacks the rim, is a big-time rebounder and has a rapidly-developing jump shot.

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Jordan Laguerre did it all for the Mass Rivals Saturday

Bracket Play Begins at the Jam Fest

April 25th, 2009
NewEnglandRecruitingReport.com

The New England Recruiting Report has been in Providence since Friday night to check out all of the action at the Jam Fest.  The 250+ team field was beginning to wind down by Saturday night as the tournament was already two rounds into bracket play.

There were 90 teams and 30 pools in the u17 division alone.  But the local teams were more than holding their own as 11 New England teams won their pool.  The New England Playaz, Mass Rivals, Expressions Elite, Connecticut Basketball Club, Connecticut Select, Metro Boston, Bay State Magic, Connecticut Knights, Greater Boston Lions, Boston Warriors Blue and Boston Warriors all advanced to the Gold Bracket which tipped off on Saturday night. 

Several of those squads scored wins in the opening round of bracket play which set up two huge local match-ups in the round of 16, both of which would take place at Providence College on Saturday night.  The New England Playaz would face-off with the Mass Rivals while the Connecticut Basketball Club would run into Expressions Elite. 

The Playaz/Rivals game in particular was widely anticipated as it not only featured two of the top programs in the entire northeast, but also three of the top five juniors in New England in the Playaz' Nate Lubick, and Rivals' Evan Smotrycz and Carson Desrosiers

The Rivals came in riding a big wave of momentum having blown out U-PLAY with a huge offensive outburst in the opening round.  It was more of the same in this game as head coach Vin Pastore's offense was clicking on all cylanders. 

Evan Smotrycz was the catalyst as the Michigan bound forward really brought his game to another level.  Not only was he making shots from the perimeter, but he also showed a much improved dribble drive game, as he was able to break his man down with a right to left cross-over on more than one occasion.  But it wasn't just his ability to score off the dribble that was so impressive as he also passed the ball tremendously well, acting as a facilitator in the second half with his ability to create open looks for his teammates.   

Jordan Laguerre and Matt Brown were also pretty darn good on Saturday night.  Laguerre, who is a terrific dribble drive player in his own right, got it going from downtown in the opening round as he connected for six three-pointers.  As for Brown, he picked up right where he left off in Pittsburgh last week as he was at his best again today.  We loved what we saw from the 6'3" guard as he was more efficient offensively than we've seen him in a long time, making good use of each dribble and taking (and making) shots with both legs under him. 

Carson Desrosiers was up to his normal tricks in the second half as he went for 12 points in the last 16 minutes with a series of long jumpers. 

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     Scott's Fan Club in Luxembourg

Scott played three years as a Professional basketball player in both Luxembourg and Sweeden.  During that time, Scott put up big numbers similar to those he had put up at Central Catholic High School.   During one season in Luxembourg, Scott averaged over 30 points per game and was named the Leagues Most Valuable Player.  Scott was a fan favorite in Luxembourg.  As a matter of fact, one of his young fans flew in from Luxembourg to participate in the Scott Hazelton Basketball School this past summer. 

But like much of his life, tragedy seem to come Scott's way.  While overseas, 25 year old Scott was informed that he had lost his 27 year old brother to drugs.  In all the things that Scott would go through in his first 25 years of life, the hardest would be to return from Europe to give his brother's Eulogy.  To know Scott is to know one of his greatest strengths is his ability to speak to and in front of people.  In what was an emotional and heart wrenching few days of mourning, the funeral Mass ended with Scott delivering a beautiful summary of his brother's life and what his brother meant to those who loved him.  Immediately after the funeral, Scott would return overseas to finish his basketball season.  While in Luxembourg, Scott would spend much of his free time reflecting on his brother's life and his own life, wondering if he wanted to continue playing professional basketball overseas.  Scott has experienced the highs and lows of life over the last ten years and has come to realize that life is not all about basketball and that life is too short. 

As a result, this year Scott decided against returning overseas and is playing locally with the ABA Manchester Mill Rats and working as the director of basketball operations at the Rockingham Athletic Club (RAC) in Plaistow, NH.  Scott loves his family and friends, enjoys working with kids and teaching the game of basketball.  He also loves dogs and spends his free time carting his dogs around and entering them in dog shows. 

Who knows what the future brings, but for now Scott is happy to be home and we are delighted to have him. Tonight Scott will be inducted into the Central Catholic Hall of Fame.  We will remember him as one of the best player's in Massachusetts High School history.  For Scott, I'm sure he will reflect on how his days at Central Catholic changed his lives. 

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 Scott playing at URI

 

Much like his high school life, College life was an up and down experience for Scott, and it started out on a down note as Scott broke his foot during the first month of his Freshman season at UConn. This was the second break (same spot) in as many years and would set Scott back quite a bit. Scott would redshirt the remainder of the year and return to the Husky's the following season, but he was never quite the same as he missed two years of playing and had lost some of his athletic ability.  Meanwhile, life went on in the basketball world as the current UConn players continued to get better and new talented recruits arrived.  During that year (still a Freshman after redshirting because of the injury) Scott averaged 8.5 minutes and 2.4 points per game.  The following Sophomore year saw Scott average 12 minutes and 4.6 points per game.  Scott returned to UConn for his Junior season before deciding he wanted more playing time and a different setting.  He transferred to URI after the December break, and as a result, NCAA rules required him to sit out for one year until the following Christmas break.  When Scott returned to URI he had one and a half years of eligibilty left.  The move turned positive for Scott as by his senior year he averaged 15.5 points and 7 rebounds a game and was named to the Atlantic 10 All-league team as well as the URI Team MVP.

Scott's highlights at UConn included a Big East League Championship and a Big East Tournament Championship.   For me, my highlight may have been when now NBA player Emeka Okafor spent Thanksgiving break with my family.  Emeka also joined Scott and I for Central Catholic's Thanksgiving day football game.  I was also forturnate enough to travel to Syracuse University to watch Scott play and UConn win the Big East Tournament.  While at URI, some of the glory days of Central Catholic returned as Scott put up some big numbers as he lead the team in both scoring and rebounding. 

In the end, Scott had accomplished the most important things.  He had earned a college degree and he had learned much about himself and about life.  But not ready to hang up the basketball sneakers, he was ready to take a shot at playing professional basketball.

Scott Hazelton College  Stat Summary:

SeasonGPMPGPPGFG%3FG%FT%APGRPGBPGSPG
2004-2005 (URI)*2829.215.539.925.079.01.77.00.70.9
2003-2004 (URI)2615.86.142.015.488.60.33.60.60.3
2002-2003 (UConn)**512.04.658.80.050.01.02.00.40.4
2001-2002 (UConn)328.52.440.58.378.90.11.90.20.2
2000-2001 (UConn)***52.21.242.90.00.00.20.40.00.0

    Career9616.47.341.021.179.70.73.80.50.4

* Named URI Team MVP, Atlantic 10 All-League Selection

** Transferred from UCONN after 5 games

*** Broke Foot and reshirted the remainder of season

Stay tuned for Part 5 - Scott playing professional in Europe.

 

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Scott In Europe 

Scott's junior year was an exciting one as he led Central Catholic to their first Division 1 State Championship in school history.  Scott was the most dominating high school basketball I have ever seen play as he was literally unstoppable.  What made Scott so dominating was his ability to score from both inside and outside and from so many different angles and positions.  In this unbelievable junior season, Scott averaged 31 points per game and dominated the game at both ends of the floor.   He brought many of the top basketball progams in the country into the Central Catholic gymnasium including Duke, then National Champions UConn, Syracuse, Villanova, Maryland, and many more.  Added to that list Scott was recruited by Kansas (Roy Williams) and was recruited by just about every Big East and ACC school.  Scott was fortunate to visit and meet with the coaching staffs of North Carolina, UConn, Villanova, and Maryland during his junior year. Scott had boxes of letters form college coaches and had regular conversations with the likes of Coack K (Duke),  Jim Calhoon (UConn), Jim Boeheim (Syracuse), Roy Williams (Kansas), Steve Lappas (Villanova), Tim Welch (Providence),  John Chaney (Temple). 

In November of his senior year, Scott signed a National Letter of Intent to play basketball at UConn.  He went into his senior season with high expectations, hoping to win a second Division 1 State Championship.  Things were in place as Scott led Central to the annual Greater Lawrence Christmas Tournament Championship.  Tragedy hit Scott again as he broke his foot in a regular season Tuesday night home game against Tewksbury High School.  Knowing that his foot was broken, Scott refused to have his foot looked at until after Central played Andover High School that Friday evening.  Earlier in the season, Central had already handed Andover their first league loss and Scott knew that the next game would likely determine who would be MVC champions.   Scott played that Friday night at Andover High School hobbling around the court and scoring 19 points as Central remained undefeated in the league and two games ahead of Andover in the standings.  The following day Scott made his way to the doctors where he found out what he already knew, he was done for the season as he had broken his foot  (Jones fracture).  The following Monday Scott had a large screw inserted in his fifth metatarsal with hope that he could return in six weeks to play in the McDonald's All-American game which he had been selected to play in.  Scott did return to participate in the prestigious game, but was unable to play at the level required to compete with the best players in the country. Nonetheless, Scott ended his high school career playing on Natational television in the McDonald's All-American game with 23 players who were considered to be the best high school basketball players in the country for the class of 2000.

How good was Scott people often ask?  Below are the Prep School and high school ranking of the top juniors (class of 2000) put together by "HOOP SCOOP" Magazine during Scott's junior year.  "HOOP SCOOP" is recognized as the nation's No. 1 source for recruiting information and player rankings.

TOP JUNIORS NATIONALLLY (CLASS OF 2000)

Rk. Player Ht. Class Pos. Hometown (High School) State College
1. Marcus Taylor 6-3 2000 PG Lansing (Waverly) Mich.
2. Alton Ford 6-9 2000 C Houston (Milby) Texas
3. DeShawn Stevenson 6-5 2000 2G Fresno (Washington Union) Calif.
4. Jerome Harper 6-5 2000 2G Columbia (W.J. Keenan) S.C.
5. Eddie Griffin 6-8 2000 PF Philadelphia (Roman Catholic) PA
6. Zach Randolph 6-8 2000 C Marion (H.S.) Ind.
7. Taliek Brown 6-1 2000 PG Astoria (St. John's Prep) N.Y.
8. Omar Cook 6-1 2000 PG Middle Village (Christ the King) N.Y.
9. Gerald Wallace 6-7 2000 PF Childersburg (H.S.) Ala.
10. Darius Miles 6-9 2000 C East St. Louis (H.S.) Ill.
11. Jared Jeffries 6-9 2000 PF Bloomington (North) Ind.
12. Chris Duhon 6-1 2000 PG Slidell (Salmen) La.
13. Andre Barrett 5-9 2000 PG New York (Rice) N.Y.
14. Andre Brown 6-8 2000 PF Chicago (Leo) Ill.
15. Glen Worley 6-8 2000 PF Iowa City (H.S.) Iowa
16. Imari Sawyer 6-1 2000 PG Chicago (Martin Luther King) Ill.
17. Scott Hazelton 6-7 2000 PF Lawrence (Central Catholic) Mass.
18. Reo Logan 6-10 2000 PF Hillcrest (Country Club Hills) Ill.
19. Teyo Johnson 6-6 2000 PF Everett (Mariner) Wash.
20. Maurice Searight 6-2 2000 PG Orchard Lake (St. Mary's) Mich.

Scott was inducted into the High School Hall of Fame after his unbelievable season of 1999. Scott is recognized by many as one of the top high school players to have laced them up in Massachusetts. The following selection of Massachusetts High School boy's basketball players was compiled and recently published by JAMES A. JOHNSON who is a basketball cognoscente and a Certified NBA Players Agent.   Acording to Johnson, the reason these nine were selected, with all due respect and honor to the great players not mentioned, is superior skill.  Johnson's states that the nine players listed below were simply off the chart and unusually gifted.

Jame A. Johnson's  ALL-TIME MASS. H. S. Team is as follows: 

Jack Foley

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Holy Cross

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NBA

Steve Sarantopolous

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Providence College

 

 

Ron Teixeria

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Holy Cross

 

 

Russell Lee

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Marshall Univ.

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NBA

Ron Lee

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Oregon

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NBA

Ron Perry, Jr.

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Holy Cross

 

 

Sean Connolly

Scott Hazelton             

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Ohio State

Univ. of Rhode Island 

 

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Europe

Michael Beasley

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Kansas State

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NBA

Jack Foley, 6'5" and pencil thin, was supremely offensively gifted.  He raised both hands to a full arm extension over his head, with a terrific snap of the wrist, releasing the ball at the apex of his jump, at the rate of 41 ppg.

Steve Sarantopolous, 6'1" could knock down jumpers at 20 feet and beyond, any way you wanted it; off the dribble or catch and shoot.  He averaged over 26 ppg. for the season and got 50 points in the famed Boston Tech. Tourney.

Ron Teixeria, 6'9", a 3 time All-State player and 2 time H.S. All-America.  He was more skilled in high school than Patrick Ewing, Bill Curley or Dan Gadzuric.

Russell Lee, 6'5" super athlete, 33 ppg. and 25 rebounds from the backcourt.

Ron Lee, 6'3" was Hercules in sneakers, but as fluid and complete as any player in America.  To this day, the most complete player in Mass. Prep History; rebounding, scoring, passing and stealing passes.

Ron Perry, Jr., 6'1" the son of the former AD at Holy Cross, has to be the greatest long range pure shooter and automatic from the foul line.  Perry captured every schoolboy honor possible; All-State and All-America - twice!

Sean Connolly, 6'4", a great shooter, 33 ppg., 11 rebounds and ranks 4th in career points with 2,473, behind Ron Perry's 2,481.

Scott Hazelton, 6' 8', had the whole package with 30 points and 11 rebounds pr game.

Michael Beasley, 6' 9", 235 lbs, 26 ppg at Kansas State is an amazing talent at 19 yrs of age. He was drafted No. 2 in 2008 by the Miami Heat.

Here is the complete list of others (including girls) who have been inducted along with Scott into the High School Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA since 1955.

 

Vinny DelNegro

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Springfield Trade

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1955

 

Chuck Chevalier

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Charlestown

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1956

 

John Tremblay

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Lawrence C. Cath.

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1957

 

Jack Foley

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Assumption

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1958* NBA

 

Archie Roberts

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Chicopee

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1960

 

Donald Patrician

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Gloucester

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1961

 

Mark Belanger

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Pittsfield

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1962* Pittsburg  Pirates

 

Bill Hewitt

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Ringe Tech

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1963* NBA

 

Steve Sarantopolous

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Brockton

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1963

 

Charlie Campbell

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Lynn-English

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1964

 

Ron Teixeria

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Catholic Mem.

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1965

 

Marshall Lewis

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Boston Tech

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1966

 

Steve Rubin

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Brookline

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1967

 

Russell Lee

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Hyde Park

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1968* NBA

 

Bill Raynor

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Cath. Mem.

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1969

 

Bill Endicott

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Cath. Mem.

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1970

 

King Gaskins

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Cath. Mem.

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1971

 

Ron Lee

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Lexington

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1972* NBA

 

Mark Young

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Brookline

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1975

 

Ron Perry, Jr.

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Cath. Mem.

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1976

 

Felton Sealey

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Don Bosco

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1977

 

Tim O'Shea

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Wayland

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1980

 

Medina Dixon

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Rindge & Latin

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1981

 

Patrick Ewing

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Rindge & Latin

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1981* NBA

 

Tom O'Shea

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Wayland

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1982

 

Rumeal Robinson

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Rindge & Latin

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1986* NBA

 

Bill Curley

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Duxbury

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1990* NBA

 

Jamila Wideman

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Regional-Amherst

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1993 * WNBA

 

Wayne Turner

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Beaver Country Day

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1995

 

Jeff Babul

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North Attleboro

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1996

 

Mike Bradley

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Burncoat

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1997

 

Sean Connolly

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Bishop Fen. Pea.

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1998

 

Daniel Gadzuric

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Gov. Dummer

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1998 *NBA

 

Scott Hazelton

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Lawrence C. Cath.

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1999 *Europe

 

Neil Fingleton

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Holy Name Cent.

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2000

 

Jessalyn Deveny

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Westford Acad.

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2001

 

Marshall Strickland

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Winchendon

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2002                              

 

Keith Butler

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Winchendon

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2002

 

Jarrett Jack

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Worcester Acad.

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2002*NBA

 

Jamual Warren  

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Notre Dame Fitchb.

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2003

Darryl Lodge

Michael Beasley 

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-

Charlestown

 Notre Dame Prep, Fitchb.

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-

2004

2007* NBA

 

Mike Baldarelli

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 Worcester                                

 -

2007

 

Felicia Barron

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 Springfield

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2008

 

Stevie Mejia

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 Groton

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2008

Stayed tuned for Scott's life after Central in Scott's Induction - Part 4.

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Scott Hazelton in Europe

Scott Hazelton is getting inducted into the Central Catholic Hall of Fame Saturday November 15, but there was a time that Scott wasn't so sure where he was going or where he would wind up.   Although Scott had an excellent Freshman year of basketball at Malden Catholic High School, Scott's life was in disarray and he was unhappy.  Scott was having trouble in his personal life, academic problems in the classroom, and was a real terror for his ninth grade teachers.  Meanwhile, recognzied as a great talent Scott was being pulled in a million different directions.  In the end, Scott transferred to Somerville High School for the fourth quarter of his Freshman year.  The change in atmosphere didn't help as Scott's life and his grades plummeted further downhill as he posted a series of F's for the fourth quarter.  His attitude was not much better, and his spirit worse.  Having been Scott's AAU coach, I witnessed all this happen. 

It was after that fourth quarter at Somerville High School that Scott moved in with my family.  It was during that fall of his sophomore year that Central Catholic High School gave Scott the opportunity to turn his life around and start anew.   Critized by many for taking the talented Hazelton in, and accused of recruiting by many others, Central Catholic stood firm in their decision to do right by a young man who was hurting and needed help.  It was apparent to all that knew Scott that he was intelligent, well spoken, and a caring individual, who if given the right support system could be a great success story.  Central Catholic gave a young man whose life was in turmoil a chance, a chance that Scott would take advantage of and a chance he wouldn't forget.  In the years to come, Scott would make all in the Central Catholic community proud as he would turn himself into an honor roll student, would move onto college and graduate, and inevitably, would become recognzied as an outstanding citizen in the Merrimack Valley who would give back to his community.

Of course, this transformation did not come without much heartache.  During his first year at Central, the M.I.A.A. ruled that Scott would be unable to play high school basketball that Sophomore year based on the fact that he had transferred schools and was a high profile basketball player.  The fourth quarter he had spent at Somerville High School would cost Scott a year of playing high school basketball.  For some strange reason, the powers to be, who claimed they were in it for the kids, forgot that Scott was only 15 years old when they told him couldn't play basketball.  Scott down, and trying to get his life back on track was faced with his biggest challenge.  The one thing that gave him self confidence and self esteem was gone.   Scott could of fell apart, but he didn't.

Fortunately, through this ordeal, Scott had learned that it wasn't all about basketball.  Many projected he would leave and go to Prep school where there are no M.I.A.A. rules, and where he could play right away.  But that was not the case, as he accepted the penalty for transferring, and vowed to prove people wrong.  While he silently cried about not being able to play high school basketball, he joined the Central Catholic Indoor Track Team for the winter season and with his high jump teammate set a Central Catholic school record for that event.  Meanwhile, while participating as a member of the track team,  he pounded the ball down the cellar each and every night, spent all weekend at the local playground, and got ready for the Spring and Summer AAU circuit.  It would be that Sophomore Spring and Summer that Scott would explode onto the national scene and he would inevitably be ranked as a top 25 player in the country.  It was then that Scott realized that great players are made down the cellar, down the park, and out in the driveway.

Scott will tell you he is not proud of this part of his life, or many of his actions during these trying days.  However, he will also tell you it was because of these experiences that he has grown into the adult he is today and he will tell you that is why he wants to give back to his community by working with kids.  On Saturday night we will be honoring Scott for all he did on the basketball court while at Central Catholic.   But, in return Scott will be thanking all those people who stood by him and gave him a chance.  Most importantly, he will be thanking Central Catholic High School.

Stay tuned for Part 3 -  Scott's last two years of high school.

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Scott Hazelton playing in Europe

Scott Hazelton will be inducted into the Central Catholic Hall of Fame next Saturday evening (Nov 15).  If you ever got a chance to watch Scott play high school basketball, you'll remember that he was a real treat to watch.  Scott could do it all, and people came from all over to watch him play.  He played the game with such grace, and he was exciting and fun to watch.  He had a great first step, had unbelievable handle, and most importantly, he could put the ball in the basket in so many different ways.  Scott averaged over 31 points his junior season as Central went on to be crowned Division 1 State Champions.  

Scott has a long history of high school accomplishments which include leading Central Catholic to their first ever Division 1 North Sectional Championship, first Division 1 Eastern Mass Championship, and first Divison 1 State Championship during that unforgettable junior season.  For all his accomplishments, Scott was named as the Hall of Fame and Gatorade Massachusetts Player of the Year, Greater Lawrence Christmas Tournamnt MVP, Merrimack Valley Conference MVP, Boston Globe All-Scholastic and Boston Herald Dream Team. During his senior year, Central was projected to bring home their second Division 1 State Championship, and they started off strong as Scott captured his second straight Christmas Tournament MVP award before suffering a season ending foot injuy. Scott was sidelined from the middle of the season on and did not play the last 10 game of his senior season including the post season.  Nonetheless, Scott was one of the top high school prospects in the country, and recieved the most prestigious award a high school basketball player can earn.  He was selected to play in the McDonald's All-American game. Scott accepted a scholarship and went on to play at the University of Connecticut the following season.  In an early season game during his Freshman year, Scott scored 10 points for UConn.  Shortly after, Scott broke his foot for the second straight year in the same location.  As a result, Scott missed two critical seasons and was never quite the same.  He decided to transfer to the University of Rhode Island where he became team MVP and an Atlantic 10 All-Conference selection.   He then played in Europe for three years after earning his college degree from URI. He played in both Luxembourg and Sweeden where he was named the Luxembourg League Most Valuable Player .

Scott now plays for the ABA Manchester Mill Rats and is coordinator of basketball at the Rockingham Athletic Club (RAC) in Plaistow, NH.  Scott runs a basketball Academy at the RAC and is director of the NH Rivals basketball club.  He also runs the Scott Hazelton Basketball School which just completed its third year and has earned the reputation as one of the best camps in New England. 

Next week, almost 10 years after leading Central Catholic to their first Division 1 State Championship, Scott will be inducted into the schools Hall of Fame.  It should be a great night as we take the time to remember someone who made the game of basketball look so easy and provided so much entertainment to those of us who love the game of basketball. On next Saturday we will remember one of the best players in Massachusetts high school history.  On that night, we will say thank you to Scott Hazelton.

There will be more to come on Scott during the next week.  Stay tuned.

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Congratualtions to Lynn's Anthony Anderson, a former player of mine who was named as the best player in the ABA this season.  Anderson played for my AAU team when I had the likes of Scott Hazelton (Central Catholic High School, UConn, URI), Kevin Reed (Dennis Yarmouth High School, UMaine) and Tom McLaughlin (Andover High, Princeton).  Anderson attended and played for UMass Amherst under coach Bruiser Flint and then coach Steve Lapas, and now plays for the ABA Manchester Millrats.   Anthony's brother Antonio is currently the starting point guard for the University of Memphis.  We wish Antonio the best of luck in the final four and congratulate Anthony for this prestigious reward.

Anthony Anderson Named ABA Most Valuable Player

April 1, 2008 Quebec City, Canada: The American Basketball Association (ABA) today released the 2007-2008 All Star teams as well as the league's Most Valuable Player and Coach of the Year. They are:

ABA Coach of the Year: Will Voigt, Vermont Frost Heaves

ABA Most Valuable Player: Anthony Anderson, Manchester Millrats

First Team All-ABA

Anthony Anderson, 5'11 guard, Manchester Millrats

Mario Kinsey, 6'2" guard, Texas Tycoons

Cardell Butler, 6'4" guard, San Diego Wildcats

Eric Crookshank, 6'7" Forward, Halifax Rainmen

Terrence Green, 6'4" guard, Vermont Frost Heaves

Sun Yue, 6'9" guard, Beijing Aoshen Olympians

Second Team All-ABA

Robin Kennedy, 5'10" guard, Orange County Gladiators

Tommy Mitchell, 6'3" guard, Montreal Royal

Issa Konare, 6'8" forward, Vermont Frost Heaves

Samuel Audet-Sow, 6'6" forward, Quebec Kebekwa

Jerome Habel, 6'10" center, San Diego Wildcats

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I traveled to Woburn High School last evening to watch two of the most talented high school players in Massachusetts square off in friends Evan Smotrycz and Hanell Velez.  It was a sloppy game with many missed opportunites on both sides, but in the end Reading High School basketball went on the road and had a huge win as Evan Smotrycz and the Rockets proved they are for real with a 10 point victory over a highly regarded Woburn team.  Smotrycz led all scorers with 24 points and added 17 rebounds.  The talented Hanell Velez added 20 for the Tanners.  Smotryz and Velez also brought an interesting group of spectators as coaches from Syracuse UniversityUMass Amherst,  the University of Rhode Island, and Northeastern University all attended the game.  Central Catholic players  (Adrain Gonzalez, Tim Wheeler, Bill Marsden, and Carson Desrosiers) who had the night off also visted Woburn to watch their friends play.

In another key game, Romeo Diaz and the Methuen Rangers traveled to Saint John's Prep and came away with a 57 -51 win.  Diaz led all scorers with 21 points including a big 12 foot jump shot to break a 51 - 51 tie and lead the Rangers to victory.  Eatern Mass leading scorer Ryan O'Connell had 17 points and Sophomore guard Brendan Felder added 14 for the losers.

Brothers Cory and Kyle Stockmal led Watertown to an easy win over Winchester.  It was Kyle's night as the junior guard poured in 30 in the win including eight (8) three pointers.

Georgetown defeated Rockport 56 - 40 and Freshman guard Jayme Spears scored 25 points in the win.

Haverhill traveled to Charlestown and opened their season with a 30 point loss to the talented and athletic Charlestown team.  Haverhill opens their MVC league schedule Friday night home against Andover.

 

 

Category: Hazelton's Blog
Posted by: Coach P

Sunday night was the last night of the Mass Rivals fall league and it was a good one as Ryan O'Connell (St. John's) and Adrian Gonzalez (Central Catholic) played for the last time as a member of the Mass Rivals Basketball Club.  Both standouts joined the Mass Rivals in their Freshman year of high school, Ryan after playing Freshman basketball for Saint John's and Adrian after playig Junior Varsity Basketball for Central Catholic.   Both now move on to their senior seasons as top high school players in Massachusetts and pre-season favorites to become Dream Team selections.  To watch them play together for the last time was sad in one way, but rewarding and uplifting in another.  They have both worked so hard to become the best basketball players they can be, and their worked has paid off as both will play basketball at the collegiate level.  Ironically, the next time both will appear on the same court together is when Saint John's visits Central Catholic this winter in what should be a high intensity game where friends battle for the right to say that their respective high school team is better.

But the nice thing about last night was that the torch was passed to a talented bunch of juniors who showed up to play with O'Connell and Gonzalez for the last time.  They included Billy Marsden (Central Catholic), Evan Smotrycz (Reading), and Hanell Velez (Woburn).  With these three as the nucleus for the Spring's Mass Rivals high school AAU team, the Rivals should field their best AAU team ever and be ready to compete with the best AAU teams in the country.

Overall the Fall League was a huge success with many of the top ranked players in Massachusetts (as rated by the New England Recruiting Report) showing up to participate in the fall league including Gonzalez (Central Catholic) and O'Connell (St. John's Prep) from the senior class: Smotrycz, Velez, Corey Stockmal (Watertown) , Kyle Stockmal (Watertown) from the junior class; Carson Desrosiers (Central Catholic) from the Sophomore class; and Zach Hurynowicz (Burlington) and Jayme Spears (Georgetown) in the Freshman class.  Pretty good I'd say.