By: BM (5,673 posts) - 11/20/2015 8:12:21 AM

As proposed by Florida Colonial.

NJ Hoops@NJHoops
St Bens cruises past Our Saviour Lutheran CN in exhibition action. GW bound Arnaldo Toro 17

Justin Barney@JustinBarneyTU
BBB: Collin Smith 28 points, Jonathan Dewane 15 as Bolles ds Ponte Vedra 67-33. JD Pirris 10 for Sharks. Bolles now 2-0.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 11/20/2015 8:22:14 AM


Bolles School (Collin Smith)

Shiloh HS (Darnell Rogers)

Worcester Academy (Kevin Marfo)

St Benedict's Prep (Arnaldo Toro)

Westtown School (Jair Bolden)

By: Free Quebec (6,340 posts) - 11/20/2015 8:30:29 AM

Thanks for this update.  Is St Benedeicts the same one Jabari Edwards went to? 

By: herve (9,159 posts) - 11/20/2015 8:46:22 AM

GREAT STUFF BM! Thanks so much!

By: Mike K (1,177 posts) - 11/20/2015 9:09:02 AM

Thanks you ever go to work?

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 11/20/2015 9:28:45 AM

Same school FQ, but I think Jabari was there when Dan Hurley coached them.

By: lowpost (314 posts) - 11/20/2015 10:42:38 AM

st benedict's is also joe dooley's alma mater.

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 11/20/2015 11:00:26 AM

Thanks BM. This will become my favorite thread

By: The Other MG (69 posts) - 11/20/2015 5:31:12 PM

Thank you, BM.  I should have read this before posting on Toro's thread.

By: SHOFAZ+1 (71 posts) - 11/20/2015 7:36:56 PM

Is Smith this much of a beast and is underrated because the competition is not that good or what? 

And thank you very much BM 

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 11/20/2015 8:53:36 PM

No idea on Smith.  We'll see over the season I guess.  Here are some hightlights from their first game (won 63-42).  Don't know how many he scored, but they have video of him making eight baskets.

By: Colonial'13 (94 posts) - 11/20/2015 9:28:17 PM

Haha awesome to see some clips of Collin. Didn't look like a whole lot of defense being played by the big man lol

By: CH (142 posts) - 11/20/2015 9:47:19 PM

No defense!  It looked like an all-star game.  All dunks, crazy passes and wide open 3s.

Collin looks like an athlete though.

By: Bo Knows (705 posts) - 11/20/2015 11:02:03 PM

Collin's offensive game is ahead of his defense but he can play defense much better than he showed in those clips.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 11/21/2015 8:48:13 AM

Looks like they've kept opponents to under 40 points a game so someone is playing defense.  

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 11/24/2015 8:49:44 PM

Bump.. Season isnt in full swing and I dont want this thread to get lost

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 11/24/2015 8:51:14 PM

Justin Barney ‏@JustinBarneyTU  Nov 19Downtown Jacksonville, Jacksonville

BBB: Collin Smith 28 points, Jonathan Dewane 15 as Bolles ds Ponte Vedra 67-33. JD Pirris 10 for Sharks. Bolles now 2-0.

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By: BM (5,673 posts) - 11/24/2015 11:25:43 PM

Justin Barney @JustinBarneyTU

BBB: Collin Smith 23 points, Lorenzo Lawrence 15, Austin Williams 13 as Bolles ds Cornerstone 83-53. Jykayle Walker 22 for Cornerstone

By: Free Quebec (6,340 posts) - 11/25/2015 12:48:05 AM

Would love to know more about the level of competition because Smith is lighting it up. I've heard the coaches are very excited about him, and think he's way better than people realize (which presumably means people on this board, or who otherwise express opinions to them - just my guess). 

Very curious whether this a senior year offensive blowup, or a Jonathan Davis schedule, or something in between 

By: The Dude (529 posts) - 11/25/2015 12:59:20 AM

In between would be my educated guess.  Level of competition isn't great, but he does seem to be more dominating this year.  Granted, I'm not an expert on coastal Florida HS basketball scene.




By: CPots (486 posts) - 11/25/2015 6:27:28 AM

Definitely not Jonathan Davis competition. 

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 11/25/2015 6:52:20 AM

They play in 4A so right in the middle in terns of school size (goes to 8A). Being in Florida I'll try and keep an eye on rankings etc

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 11/29/2015 6:56:19 PM

Jarrod AllMetroHoops @AllmetrohoopsJ

16' 5'3 Senior PG Darnell Rogers is fearless when attacking the basket. Huge and 1 finish

16' PG Darnell Rogers is now making it complicated for Pebblebrook to get Jared Harper the ball

JHillsman @JHillsman

Shiloh downs Pebblebrook 68-63 Greg James 21 Dejon Waters 13 Darnell Rogers 11 for Shiloh Collin Sexton 24 Jared Harper 16 for P'brook #HSBB

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/2/2015 8:24:56 AM

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BBB: Collin Smith 14, Lorenzo Lawrence 12 as Bolles ds West Nassau 60-13. Bulldogs now 5-0.

By: Pops (505 posts) - 12/2/2015 12:33:21 PM

60-13? Did I read that right?

By: Free Quebec (12/2/2015 2:11:02 PM)

nice to have a recruit who singlehandedly out scored an opponent. 

By: BC (1,645 posts) - 12/2/2015 2:28:21 PM

That score appears to be correct.  Note that Maxpreps has West Nassau ranked around 3300.    My empathy.

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 12/2/2015 7:35:10 PM

chick gillespie ‏@chickg3  20m20 minutes agoPennsylvania, USA

Final score Westtown over Mont Clare Academy 83-66 as 6'3" Sr Jair Bolden led the way with 24pts & Brandon Randolph added 23pts

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/2/2015 8:03:55 PM

@MarkGasperini with 13 pts 9 rbs and Kevin Marfo with 20pts. Delight to watch these 2 compete against each other.

By: Lebron Jรฅmยดs (12/2/2015 10:42:35 PM)

Marfo was at my school playing in a open gym with my highschool team last summer crazy how he developed so much 

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/3/2015 3:50:07 PM

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Westtown's Jair Bolden averaging 24 points through 3 games. He's 17 for 18 from the line. @WTbbasketball @GW_MBB

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By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/4/2015 9:25:13 PM


Kevin Marfo 14 pts 16 rebs and James Wells 12 pts 8 rebs lead Worcester Academy to the win over Bridgton Academy led by Kai Toews 17 pts

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 12/5/2015 7:02:03 AM

#POTG Kevin Marfo (Bergenfield, NJ) posted 14 pts 16 rebs dominating the paint all game long



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By: Bigfan (2,829 posts) - 12/5/2015 1:20:36 PM

Keep dominating, Kevin.

The post is open for you when you get here.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/6/2015 4:27:10 PM

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George Washington Commit Collin Smith Has a Dunk Party Against Lake Highland Prep

4:25pm · 6 Dec 2015 · Twitter for iPhone

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/6/2015 4:29:03 PM

zerogravitybbBig time block from@vitalka11 ... Kevin Marfo dominates the paint per usual #PrepClassic

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/6/2015 5:58:02 PM

Looks like Bolles lost their first game of the season.  Extended highlights here.  I read that Smith was in foul trouble early.  I don't see him in any of the late-game/OT highlights.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/6/2015 6:05:49 PM

SBP Basketball ‏@SBPGrayBees  20h20 hours ago

St. Benedict's takes down Calvert Hall 75-61. Bourama Sidibe 24 points 15rebounds 5 blocks. Toro 21 points 10 rebounds. #graybees

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/7/2015 8:30:06 AM

Recap from St Ben's two games in Baltimore.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/9/2015 11:50:32 PM

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St. Benedict's (NJ) F Arnaldo Toro (@ToroArnaldo) scores 20 PTS in a win over Hun @TheBenedictNews @cityrocksEYBL…

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By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/10/2015 11:08:16 AM

8 & 10 in loss @ Tilton

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/11/2015 11:30:47 AM

Some video from Marfo game last week.

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 12/11/2015 11:46:19 AM

Found this while looking to see how Darnell was doing.. Will try and find more

The Shiloh boys were touted as one of the top threats to defending Class AAAAAA state champion Wheeler this basketball season in part because of the addition of two guards from out of state who were headed to NCA Division I programs.

Now neither is with the Generals.

Khalil Richard, committed to Siena, left before the start of the season. George Washington 5-foot-3 recruit Darnell Rogers left this month.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/11/2015 2:16:56 PM

Good catch Florida.  Looks like he's still all-in on GW from his Tweets.  

BTW, I would assume at least one of the coaches will be at Slam Dunk to the Beach at Lewes, DE this year.  GW 2017 recruits including Garza and Moultrie. Jair Bolden and Arnaldo Toro will be there too and their teams will play a GW Special on December 28. 

By: HankKnox (12/11/2015 5:21:54 PM)

Anyone know why Darnell left Shiloh? What's the deal?

By: ChuckStram (12/11/2015 5:35:50 PM)

Not a clue.

By: Thomas (1,146 posts) - 12/11/2015 5:47:11 PM

Jair Bolden is in the area to play in the 8-team Bullis Holiday Classic at Bullis High School which started this afternoon. His team(Westtown) defeated Takoma Academy, 78-60 in the first game earlier today. I believe they will play tomorrow at 6:30 in the semifinal

By: RKelley (152 posts) - 12/11/2015 5:50:07 PM

I really like Marfo and Smith. Marfo moves so smoothly for a big man, and he has great hands. I can see him being a rebounding machine, and and excellent post defender. Collin Smith has a lot of upside. He reminds me a little bit of Armwood.

I really don't know what to expect from the class after Marfo. I suppose I'm not alone. The remaining prospects all have quirky profiles--some very quirky. I like that ML/GW is willing to take a gamble on unconventional talent. Bolden could be a mini Garino, or maybe he transfers after year-1. Toro could be a really good starting post player, or maybe he rides the pine like [insert giant, slow big man here]. Rogers--no idea at all.

By: Buff and Blue Bandit (71 posts) - 12/11/2015 6:32:30 PM

The Gwinnett Prep Sports Report called it "an addition by subtraction" and that there was too much talent up front. Is it possible he left due to lack of playing time?

By: CPots (486 posts) - 12/11/2015 7:28:29 PM

No they didn't... 'PREP BASKETBALL NOTES: Shiloh boys hope for addition by subtrac'... Key word... 'Hope'

By: The Dude (529 posts) - 12/11/2015 7:33:26 PM

Marfo is a block of Granite.  The old adage "every HS kid of course needs to get much stronger" ....not true.  Marfo could compete physically at this level tomorow.  I liked the rim attack, and 1-dunk and the fired up reaction.

The flip side of the adage is also not always true, "He's only 18 he'll get a lot stronger in time."  Even for those who do, when they arrive physically completely unready, that itself is an issue.  Like the majority of our recent recruiting, which has left us without any Frontcourt depth at all and a way too thin bench.

As for Toro, there's nothing slow about him. His fluid movement is probably his strength for a Big.  Marfo y Toro would be in our rotation if they arrived on campus yesterday.   When you watch Collin Smith and Toro highlights, consider the quality of their opponents, respectively.  Collin reminds me of Zeek about as much as Roland reminds me of Steph Curry.


By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/12/2015 9:02:38 AM

Clayton Freeman 


Boys hoops: @BollesSchool tops Episcopal 60-33. Collin Smith 15 points, Austin Williams 14 to lead the Bulldogs, now 7-1.

9:43pm · 11 Dec 2015 · Twitter Web C

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/12/2015 11:04:29 AM


I assume he meant Darnell Rogers...


Darnell Washington (signed to George Washington) and Shiloh High School(GA) will play Cane Ridge…

6:41pm · 11 Dec 2015 · Instagram

By: Pkgw (180 posts) - 12/12/2015 4:02:37 PM

Know this probably does not belong here but in pregame talk, coach Turner said they are not really recruiting hard for 2017 since they only have 1 scholarship open.  Means a lot of the internet chatter may not be accurate for 2017 recruits

By: Thomas (1,146 posts) - 12/12/2015 4:17:12 PM

Jair Bolden and Westtown will be playing Pallotti tonight at 6 in the semfinals of the Bullis Holiday Classic at Bullis High School.  

By: Free Quebec (6,340 posts) - 12/12/2015 11:41:45 PM

Darnell is transferring to a Nashville public school?    Wonder what's going on with that.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/13/2015 4:18:33 PM

Westtown in final against Bullis.  Apparently there will be live video. 

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 12/13/2015 4:58:30 PM

Worcester Academy 56, Bradford Christian 55

Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, at Worcester

Kevin Marfo scored 22 points to lead the Hilltoppers to a comeback victory in the first round of the Blackburn Tournament. Host Worcester Academy (4-1) takes on Proctor Academy in the final at 4 p.m. Sunday.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/13/2015 5:06:26 PM

Box from above

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/13/2015 8:13:49 PM

Westtown won the final of the Bullis tournament.  I watched 10-15 minutes on the livestream.  Not much by Bolden in those minutes, just mostly Mo Bamba blocking a lot of shots.  Saw Turgeon in the crowd. 

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 12/13/2015 8:28:56 PM

Westtown Basketball ‏@WTbbasketball  4m4 minutes ago

Maybe the most impressive stat of our season. Through 9 games our PG Jair Bolden has only 7 turnovers. Everyone benefits

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/14/2015 9:15:41 AM

Marfo 21 points in win, tournament MVP

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/16/2015 10:07:13 AM

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Boys hoops: @BollesSchool defeats Fernandina Beach 47-24. Collin Smith heads a balanced Bulldogs offense with 13 points. Bolles is 8-1.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/16/2015 10:55:35 PM

Marfo another double double.  Teammate hits 10 3s in first half!

By: DEK (130 posts) - 12/17/2015 12:17:45 PM

Wonder if we are looking at Marfo's teammate Tanner Johnson from Kentucky who dropped 40 points in the same game. Maybe get the old Kentucky connection restarted. 

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/17/2015 12:21:40 PM

As the article suggests, he's committed to Bryant.

By: DEK (130 posts) - 12/17/2015 12:51:05 PM

Missed that fact in first sentence. Thanks

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/18/2015 10:18:20 AM

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BBB: Ricard Leggett 18 points, Jarquez Austin 10 as Jackson ds Bolles 47-44. Collin Smith 21 for Bulldogs.

By: L.A. Colonial (43 posts) - 12/19/2015 11:22:51 PM

David Beatty led the way for St. Benedict's with 20 points in its 75-35 victory over Winslow in the Jimmy V Foundation tournament in Cherokee.

Arnaldo Torro added 19 points for St. Benedict's, including three three-point field goals. St. Benedict's led 39-21 at halftime. Bourama Sidibe chipped in with 13 points in the victory.

Michael Cubbage scored a team-high 16 points for Winslow.

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 12/20/2015 8:32:07 AM

Master’s (Conn.) 72, Worcester Academy 63

Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, at Simsbury

Tanner Johnson sank four 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 17 points, while Kevin Marfo had 16 points and 14 rebounds and Caden Dumas added 12 points, but the Hilltoppers (6-2) fell to Master's (4-2) at the St. Andrew's Holiday Classic.



By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/20/2015 11:07:47 AM

Not an update, but entertaining video

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/20/2015 11:10:55 AM

This is from a game a few days ago.  Arnaldo with 17 boards.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/20/2015 11:13:33 AM

Slam Dunk to the Beach preview with Toro, Bolden mentions.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/20/2015 11:17:46 AM

Smith averaging 22.5 ppg and 8 rpg.  Good FT shooter, but doesn't appear in 3pt shooting list.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/20/2015 4:21:19 PM

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END 1Q: St. Benedict’s leads Rutgers Prep, 11-9. Arnaldo Toro has been great for the Gray Bees so far #NJhoops #HGShowcase.

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Ballboy Hype @ballboyhype

St. Benedict's Arnaldo Toro is fighting for every rebound so far..Has 6 with 4 min left in 2nd quarter #HGShowcase

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George Washington commit Arnaldo Toro 6-8+ post wiping the glass and scoring put backs in 1st half vs. Rutgers Prep #HGShowcase


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Ballboy Hype @ballboyhype

St. Benedicts lead Rutgers Prep 25-16 at half..Dave Beatty has 12 points while GW commit Arnaldo Toro has 8 points and 7 boards #HGShowcase

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James Albano @JN_Albano

Size inside with Arnaldo Toro and Bourama Sidibe, a big difference maker for St. Benedict's. Tons of offensive rebounds and blocked shots


By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/20/2015 4:30:29 PM

9 pts on 10 shots, 5 reb, 5 assists, 0 TO in OT loss at City of Palms.

By: (1 posts) - 12/22/2015 4:18:42 PM

Westtown another loss at City of Palms.  Bolden with 15 points on 13 shots.  3Assists, 3 steals, 5 TOs.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/28/2015 4:04:28 PM

Westtown vs St Ben's (Bolden vs Toro) tonight at 7:30.  Should be live streaming here.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/29/2015 1:05:28 AM

Watched some of the game on replay.  Bolden ran the show for a loaded Westtown squad and was one of the leading scorers when it seemed like he hurt his left shoulder swiping at the ball in the second quarter.  He tried to go back in, hanging his left arm and playing with his right, but that didn't last too long.  He was on the bench with ice on his shoulder and in a sling for the second half.  Toro was a beast on the boards.  They have him leading the game with 10 boards, but I'm pretty sure they short-changed him.  His offensive game extended two feet from the basket, at least for this game.  His outside shots looked pretty ugly.

By: The Dude (529 posts) - 12/29/2015 1:51:20 AM

Watched much of the game, Toro looked good, his 3's were not falling, but the stroke looked ok, showed some versatility, drives, shots didn't go down but I was impressed.   As noted above, a board machine as always and his defense looked very strong.  Moves well, unselfish, helps on D, can guard the perimeter, looks noticeably stronger than last I saw him.  He's the kind of frame that could be a legit load in 3-4 years time, today looks like a man among very talented boys.

Honestly, if I didn't know Westown had a pair of Nationally Top 10 recruits, I might have guessed the biggest recruit in the game was Toro. 

Bolden looked good, scored a bunch early, then blended in some on a loaded court of talent, and in a game where there was very little scoring. Alpha Male take charge PG, he's like the inverse of most of our Guards, quicker defensively than he is with the ball on offense.

Mo Bamba, you're gonna hear that name a lot in the years to come.




By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/29/2015 5:20:32 PM

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Westtown guard Jair Bolden arm is in a sling. Would've loved to see him and Alani Moore go at it #SlamDunkDE

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/30/2015 9:51:52 AM

In St Ben's second game at Slam Dunk to the Beach versus powerhouse #3 La Lumiere, Toro scored 22 points on 18 shots (2-3 from 3pt) and gathered 12 boards (6 off).

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/30/2015 6:02:18 PM

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Balanced offense leads @BollesSchool past St. Francis deSales (Ohio) 47-40 in boys hoops. Collin Smith scored 12 for the Bulldogs.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 12/31/2015 8:37:20 AM

Somehow I posted this in the wrong thread.


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Brian Flinn @F150Bflinn
Arnaldo Toro looks like he's going to be a great replacement for Kevin Larsen at GW. All tied at 44 #PBPClassic

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Prep Circuit @PrepCircuit
St. Benedict's (NJ) F Arnaldo Toro (@ToroArnaldo): 13 PTS, 8 REB in a win over AB Carroll…

By: The Other MG (69 posts) - 12/31/2015 11:37:43 PM

Does anyone know the latest on the mysterious Darnell Rogers?

By: L.A. Colonial (43 posts) - 1/1/2016 4:49:17 PM

Bolles with three victories wins the Bobcat classic.

All-Bobcat Classic Team

Drew Holweger (Springboro)

Schuyler Snell (Cincinnati Country Day)

Cameron Holmes (Nation Ford)

Kayden Sanchez (St. Francis de Sales)

Austin Williams (Bolles)

Tyrese Sandgren and Jermaine Patterson (Bluffton)


Collin Smith (Bolles)

By: Free Quebec (6,340 posts) - 1/1/2016 8:24:13 PM

Any of those all classic guys big D1 recruits? 

By: L.A. Colonial (43 posts) - 1/2/2016 1:44:04 AM

Only Bolles teammate Austin Williams who has committed to Yale as far as I can tell.  Kayden (Caden) Sanchez is a junior supposedly with an offer from Wright St. according to Verbal Commits

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 1/2/2016 10:07:37 PM

James Scott scored a game-high 28 points, draining five 3-pointers, and David Beatty added 22 points to lead St. Benedict's to a 76-51 victory over Our Savior Lutheran (NY) in the Hoops 4 Troops Showcase at Roselle Catholic in Roselle.

Arnaldo Toro had 11 points with nine rebounds and Bourama Sidibe added 10 points with 15 rebounds for St. Benedict's, which used a 26-9 fourth quarter to pull away for the victory.

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 1/2/2016 10:11:09 PM

St Benedict's Stats 

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/4/2016 8:12:24 AM

Highlights of Bolles win over Deltona.  Collin Smith with 18.  Will be nice to have a big who dunks effortlessly.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/5/2016 8:24:49 PM

Looks like Bolden is still out for Westtown after his injury last week.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/8/2016 11:31:04 AM

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BBB: Collin Smith with a big night, 30 points, Jonathan Dewane 14, Austin Williams 11 as Bolles ds Trinity 60-40. Bolles now 17-2.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/9/2016 1:03:54 PM

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Boys basketball: Jonathan DeWane, Collin Smith each hit 25 points for @BollesSchool in 87-50 victory vs. University Christian.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/9/2016 1:05:56 PM

10 & 9 in big loss for KevMar

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/11/2016 10:41:39 AM

Marfo 14 & 16 in win over St Andrews.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/13/2016 7:53:49 AM

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Collin Smith scores 21 points as @BollesSchool outlasts Providence 63-57 (OT) in quality boys hoops. The Bulldogs improve to 19-2.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/15/2016 8:25:38 AM

KevMar 17 & 17 in loss.

Also, as noted elsewhere, Jair Bolden out for the year with a shoulder injury that happened during the game with Toro's St. Ben's on 12/28/15.

By: The Other MG (69 posts) - 1/15/2016 10:48:16 PM

What is up with Darnell???

By: L.A. Colonial (43 posts) - 1/15/2016 10:59:31 PM 

Collin Smith goes for 26 in 69-65 over 18-2 Bishop Kenny

By: RKelley (152 posts) - 1/15/2016 11:20:10 PM

From what I saw of Smith, he's not just some bench big. He's going to start at GW at some point.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/17/2016 5:18:33 PM

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For the Gray Bees MVP 6'4" Jr David Beatty had 20pts 5 treys, 6'9" Sr Arnaldo Toro (GW) had 17pts 6'4" Sr James Scott added 13pts in defeat

By: buffandblue (64 posts) - 1/17/2016 5:31:00 PM

what indeed is up with darnell rogers? he switched schools, anyone have an idea of why or what he is doing now?

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/22/2016 1:38:22 PM

Gill St Bernard's (Adam Mitola)

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/24/2016 8:28:35 AM

Corey Evans ‏@coreyevans_10  12h12 hours ago

Seen alot of good out of Arnaldo Toro. Headed to GW, A10 bunch has them inside out threat who can maximize size well in diff settings

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/24/2016 10:08:48 AM

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FINAL @StBensBball beats @BartowBasketbal 75-51 to wrap up our 2016 #Tampa event! MVP Arnaldo Toro 20pts

By: L.A. Colonial (43 posts) - 1/25/2016 1:13:37 AM

Big game for Marfo in blowout loss.



Worcester Academy made the trip up to Vermont Academy to play a NEPSAC Class AA contest on Sunday afternoon.  VA prevailed by a score of 101-60.

Vermont got off to a quick lead.  WA was able to pull within 7 points late in the first half, but Vermont proved to be too explosive and had too much firepower.

Senior big man and George Washington bound Kevin Marfo (Bergenfield, NJ) scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in defeat.  Post-graduate point guard Nassir Barrino (Newark, NJ) netted 19 points for the Hilltoppers, too.

Worcester Academy drops to 8-7 (6-5 in NEPSAC Class AA).  They will host St. Thomas More at 4pm on Wednesday at Rowe Court.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/25/2016 9:11:20 AM

Looks like its just KevMar and the streaky shooter as the two main weapons on the team.  

By: herve (9,159 posts) - 1/25/2016 9:25:34 AM

Getting ready to play JJ Brade's alma mater!

By: Long Suffering Fan (4,106 posts) - 1/25/2016 10:22:43 AM

Thank you to all who contributed to this thread.   The question many of us seem to have, however, is any news on how Darnell has been doing this season?   Can't seem to find any recent information on him on the web.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/27/2016 10:11:42 AM

Rare loss:

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BBB: Shaun Wade with 23 points, Troy Jackson 15 as Trinity ds area No. 2 Bolles 65-61. Collin Smith 20 for Bolles.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/30/2016 10:55:53 AM

Looks like Jair Bolden is not our for the season after all...

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Westtown also got 18pts from 6'3" Sr Jair Bolden (GW) 11pts from 6'6" Jr Brandon Randolph and 10pts from 6'6" Jr Najia Hunter in the loss

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/30/2016 10:56:44 AM

Bolles sweeps rival Bishop Kenny:


Collin Smith 17pts for Bolles in their big win over rival Bishop Kenny!

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By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/30/2016 11:57:25 AM

Found him.

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Believe Prep Academy


Believe Academy defeats Moravian Prep (NC) 87-80. Isaiah Brown 21 pts, Darnell Rogers 20 pts and 5 asts, Ashton Spears 16 pts.

By: L.A. Colonial (43 posts) - 1/30/2016 2:08:30 PM

1/29/2016 Phillips Academy Andover defeated Worcester Academy on Rowe Court by a score of 67-58.

WA started out hot off layups by post-graduate point guard Nassir Barrino (Newark, NJ) and post-graduate guard Joshua Abrahams (New York, NY).  Andover crept back into it with hot shooting from the outside, and took a 33-28 lead into the half.

Andover's hot shooting kept going in the second half, and WA was downed at home by a score of 67-58.

Barrino lead the Hilltoppers with 21 points on 9/14 FG shooting.  Post-graduate guard Tanner Johnson (Lexington, KY) scored 17 points (including 5 3-pointers), while senior big man Kevin Marfo scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

By: Mike K (1,177 posts) - 1/30/2016 4:31:05 PM

He isn't on the roster and is not mentioned in previous Believe Prep tweets.  Thanks BM


By: BM (5,673 posts) - 1/30/2016 5:29:25 PM

Article on Bolles game

By: The Dude (529 posts) - 1/30/2016 5:31:57 PM

I know its been asked a lot but is ther an answer to this Q.  Is Darnell Rogers not playing this season??

By: Mike K (1,177 posts) - 1/30/2016 5:38:37 PM

See BM's post from earlier today

By: The Dude (529 posts) - 1/30/2016 7:58:39 PM

Thank you Mike K and thx BM, admist all these great updates I didn't see the Darnell sleuthing.  Was tough find via any hunting of my own, good spot and much appreciated

Collin Smith looks very thin.

Great to hear that Jair is actually healthy and playing...developing his game further, should have a chance to make an immediate impact next season.


By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/1/2016 9:57:35 PM

Nice highlight reel of Toro's games

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/1/2016 9:58:07 PM

Westtown Athletics


Congratulations to Jair Bolden '16 for scoring his 1000 point! Great student, leader, and player. @WTbbasketball

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By: Bigfan (2,829 posts) - 2/2/2016 12:41:11 AM

Arnoldo looks smooth and solid physically,though not huge in height. Nice shot.

Hope he has a great GW career,especially since we had to sit through that irksome soundtrack.

By: The Dude (529 posts) - 2/2/2016 1:24:24 AM

Fluid mover and emerging nice J.  Can't wait for Toro!

Congrats to Jair!

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/2/2016 5:47:03 PM

Good stuff:

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@BelievePrep Darnell Rogers was unable to travel with Believe Prep Academy this Week in Connecticut due to academic Obligations ( Class)

By: The Dude (529 posts) - 2/2/2016 6:02:27 PM


By: Bigfan (2,829 posts) - 2/3/2016 4:59:08 AM

Glad he is taking his academic responsibility seriously.

Hope the change in schools has not affected Darnell academically.

As sure his father is telling him, G W takes school seriously.

Which is great for him and other recruits.

By: L.A. Colonial (43 posts) - 2/3/2016 9:26:02 PM

Marfo goes for 27 points and 22 rebounds in two point home loss.

On Coaches vs. Cancer Day here at Worcester Academy and as a part of Winter Carnival Spirit Week, the boys basketball team hosted NEPSAC Class AA member Commonwealth Academy on Rowe Court.  In a close game, WA was defeated on a layup with 1 second to go, 68-66.

Commonwealth got off to a hot start on some productive early offense.  The WA defense locked up late though, and post-graduate point guard Nassir Barrino (Newark, NJ) lead the way with 10 points heading into the half.  George Washington-bound senior big man Kevin Marfo (Bergenfield, NJ) hauled in 13 rebounds in the first half.  Thanks to a buzzer-beater from deep, Commonwealth lead 36-28 at the half.

WA came storming back, cutting the deficit to 3 early.  While Worcester couldn't quite get over the hump, they stayed within single digits for most of the half.  Down 52-42, the Hilltoppers went on a 14-4 run halfway through the half.  Barrino got in the lane at will, and Marfo flushed several dump-down passes.  Post-graduate forward Jesse Wims (Watertown, MA) hit a 3-pointer to tie the game with 6:24 left in regulation.  Again, Worcester couldn't quite get over the hump, but Barrino tied the game with 10 seconds left on a layup driving right to left.  Commonwealth took the ball down the court and hit a layup with 1 second left to take the lead right back.  A last-second 3-pointer by WA went right, and Commonwealth emerged with a 68-66 victory.

Marfo lead the way for the Hilltoppers with 27 points and 22 rebounds.  Barrino netted 23 points, 4 assists, and 3 steals.    

Worcester Academy will travel down to Rhode Island to play in the prestigious National Prep Showcase at Rhode Island College in Providence.  They will play long-standing rival Bridgton Academy at 9:30pm on Friday night, and Bill Crothers Secondary School at 3:00pm on Saturday afternoon.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/4/2016 9:53:48 PM

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No. 22 St. Benedict's (NJ) F Arnaldo Toro (@ToroArnaldo): 27 PTS, 8 REB in a win over Peddie @TheBenedictNews


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3-4A BBB semis: Collin Smith 19, Lorenzo Lawrence, Jonathan DeWane 12 as Bolles ds Episcopal 62-33. Isaiah Gibson 13 for Eagles.

By: L.A. Colonial (43 posts) - 2/6/2016 1:37:40 AM

Collin Smith goes for 29 in 65-49 win over Jackson to win the District championship and avenge a 47-44 loss earlier this year.

By: L.A. Colonial (43 posts) - 2/7/2016 12:03:15 AM

Summary of February 3 and 4 games

St. Benedict's Prep
The Gray Bees basketball team, ranked 22nd in the nation, raised its record to 22-1 with victories the last two nights against in-state rivals, Lawrenceville and Peddie. Arnaldo Toro (pictured) had two monster games – first adding 21 points and 15 rebounds in an 80-59 victory over Lawrenceville on Wednesday in Dalton Gym. He then contributed 27 points and 8 boards a night later on the road in Hightstown when SBP defeated Peddie, 72-64. David Beatty scored 22 points against Lawrenceville, while James Scott contributed 16 and Bourama Sidibe had 12 points. In the Lawrenceville game, Scott and Beatty again joined Toro in double figures with 20 and 13 points, respectively.

By: L.A. Colonial (43 posts) - 2/7/2016 2:26:44 PM

WA Tops Bill Crothers, 62-57


Worcester Academy traveded to Rhode Island College on Saturday afternoon to play in the prestigious National Prep School Invitational against Bill Crothers Secondary School from Toronto.  WA lead the entire game and topped Bill Crothers, 62-57.  

Post-graduate point guard Nassir Barrino (Newark, NJ) got the scoring started for WA with 3 first-half steals and layups.  A late Bill Crothers push left Worcester with a 4 point lead at the half, 34-30.

The Hilltoppers built a double-digit lead early in the half, but Bill Crothers kept hanging around.  A few big 3-pointers by post-graduate guard and Bryant-bound Tanner Johnson (Lexington, KY) and junior guard Charlie Clay (Southborough, MA) gave WA the lead for good, as they hung on for a 62-57 win.

Johnson hit four 3's for the game, and lead the Hilltoppers in scoring with 18 points.  Senior forward/center Kevin Marfo (Bergenfield, NJ), who is heading to George Washington next year, scored 14 points and grabbed 18 rebounds.  Senior forward James Wells (Waterville, VT) scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, and Clay scored 10 (including three 3-pointers) points.

WA improves to 10-10, and will head on the road for two games next week.  The Hilltoppers will travel to face PA Exeter on Wednesday at 5:00pm, then head to Wilbraham & Monson next Saturday at 4:30pm.  WA will return home to play Hoosac School next Sunday, 2/14, at 1:00pm in a make-up game from earlier in the season.


By: L.A. Colonial (43 posts) - 2/10/2016 10:12:39 PM

Marfo's Layup Late Lifts WA Over Exeter


Worcester Academy traveled to Phillips Exeter on Wednesday afternoon and emerged victorious after Kevin Marfo's layup with 0.7 seconds to play put WA ahead, 63-61. WA got off to a slow start, including going through a 5-minute scoreless streak in the middle of the first half. Thankfully, their defense proved tough for Exeter, and they went into the locker room down 31-21 at halftime. Marfo (Bergenfield, NJ), a senior who is committed to play at George Washington next season, scored 6 first-half points, as did senior forward James Wells (Waterville, VT). Worcester clawed their way back in the game in the second half thanks to a small lineup that pressed up on Exeter. Post-grad point guard Nassir Barrino (Newark, NJ), junior forward Caden Dumas (Holden, MA), and junior guard Charlie Clay (Southborough, MA) all contributed steals to the Hilltopper attack. Post-graduate guard Tanner Johnson (Lexington, KY), who is committed to play at Bryant, hit a big 3-pointer to lift WA. But post-grad guard Joshua Abrahams (New York, NY) hit one big 3-pointer and one big mid-range late. The Hilltoppers got the necessary stops late, and Marfo got the ball on the left block with 7 seconds remaining. He spun off the double team and hit a stretched-out layup from the left side with 0.7 seconds left to give WA a 63-61 lead. Exeter's last second 3-pointer fell short, and WA emerged victorious. Marfo lead the way with 26 points (10/12 FG) and 14 rebounds (9 offensive). Wells scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. Abrahams, Barrino, and Johnson all scored 7 points apiece. Worcester notches their second straight win and improves to 11-10 on the season. They will head to Wilbraham & Monson on Saturday at 4:30pm, and return home on Sunday at 1:00pm to play Class AA member Hoosac School.


By: Free Quebec (6,340 posts) - 2/10/2016 11:20:47 PM

Finally, a Darnell Rogers siting!

For those in attendance at the St. Joe's game, the lone bright spot was the kid who I assume was Darnell Rogers playing for Falls Church at halftime of the game today.  Wearing #11 for the white team.  That kid was small, but man could he handle the rock. Had to be Darnell, right?

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/11/2016 8:24:44 AM

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Arnaldo Toro, the George Washington-bound senior forward, had another monster game for the Gray Bees, which traveled to Morris County and defeated Randolph, 68-41, on Wednesday evening. Toro scored 28 points, hauled down 17 rebounds, added four blocks and five assists to help SBP up its record to 25-1. James Scott chipped in with 13 points and 8 rebounds, while David Beatty contributed 8 points and seven assists.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/11/2016 8:27:05 AM

Arnaldo Toro ‏@ToroArnaldo  11h11 hours ago

I gotta keep it 1000, I gotta keep it 1000!!! Senior Year have been the best, best teammates I ever had!๐Ÿ’ฏโœ”๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ€

By: Free Quebec (6,340 posts) - 2/11/2016 8:33:08 AM

Is that the DEA agent from Breaking Bad posing with Toro? 

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/11/2016 1:51:19 PM



Notable Performance - Kevin Marfo had 26pts & 14rebs plus with game winner with 0.7 seconds left in a Worcester Academy win over Exeter

By: 2cents (32 posts) - 2/11/2016 2:49:46 PM

It's really tough to find anything recent on Darnell.  Does anyone know where he is playing right now for sure? There aren't any headlines or stats that I can find.

By: Poog (3,875 posts) - 2/11/2016 3:01:36 PM

FQ: made the same remark to the people around me. His quick hands and the steal at mid court had me convinced. 

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/11/2016 6:16:12 PM

Collin Smith named district 3-4A player of the year

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/13/2016 12:58:41 AM


Assisting Bamba in getting most of his points was senior guard Jair Bolden who used his attacking skills to get into the lane to create for others. Often considered a combo guard, Bolden was a true floor general in this one often seen throwing ally-oops to Bamba for crowd-roaring dunks. The George Washington commit finished the game with 9 points and 5 assist.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/14/2016 10:49:08 AM

NJ Hoops @NJHoops
Good win for St Bens 78-68 over Huntington Prep. Arnaldo Toro 25 & 15. Miles Bridges 20 for Huntington

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Been alot of good with Arnaldo Toro. Can score in and out. College ready body. Active and rebounds. Great 4man for George Washington

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 2/14/2016 2:48:30 PM


ARNALDO TORO, PF, ST. BENEDICT’S, 2016: It was the best that I had seen Toro play all year long as the 6-foot-8 big man finished with 25 points and 13 rebounds in the win on Saturday evening. He set the tone down low with physical play as he finished off a number of put backs and one or two dribble back downs that led to easy baby hook shots. Throw in the fact that Toro can step out and hit the deep jumper, something that he did on two separate occasions, and the George Washington signee is going to be a solid, four-year guy for Mike Lonergan and his staff in DC. He competes with a solid motor, has fine hands, and is getting much better laterally in defending away from the basket. Add it all up and the St. Benedict’s big man should be a fine asset on either end and a scoring threat on any given night within the Atlantic 10 Conference.


By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/14/2016 5:21:56 PM

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Final Gill St. Bernard over Newark Eastside 55-50 Knights were led by 6'2" Sr Adam Mitola w/17pts 6'0" Fr Jake Betlow had 11pts 3 treys

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Gill St Bernard beat Newark Eastside 55-50/As usual 6'3 Sr Adam Mitola & 5'11 Fr Jake Betlow he key 3s consistently

By: Bigfan (2,829 posts) - 2/14/2016 11:37:10 PM

These recent recruit posts make one feel better,given that the once-great promise of this season teeters on the brink of disaster.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/15/2016 10:12:54 AM

Toro putback

By: Free Quebec (2/15/2016 7:13:50 PM)

wait, BM, does that link mean Toro is a forward who can play above the rim?   I had forgotten what that's like. 

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/15/2016 8:27:40 PM

Meh.  I don't think Toro and Marfo are above the rim types.  The only one of the five (or six if you count Mitola) who dunks with ease is Smith. 

Thank god for Yuta who slams one with authority once every couple of games. 

By: L.A. Colonial (43 posts) - 2/15/2016 10:40:13 PM

Worcester Academy Defeats Class AA foe Hoosac


Worcester Academy hosted fellow NEPSAC Class AA team Hoosac School on Sunday afternoon.  WA lead wire-to-wire and held on for a 88-74 victory.

Senior big man and George Washington commit Kevin Marfo (Bergenfield, NJ) scored the first two baskets for WA inside, and Bryant-bound post-graduate guard Tanner Johnson (Lexington, KY) hit 5 3-pointers in the first half to lead the Hilltoppers.  Johnson's 15 points lead WA in the first half, while post-graduate point guard Nassir Barrino scored 11 first-half points.  WA lead 38-28 at the half.  

After scoring the last 5 WA points of the first half, Barrino went on a personal 8-0 run to start the second half, getting to the basket at will.  A big-time dunk by post-graduate forward Jesse Wims (Watertown, MA), who will play at Redlands University in California next year, plus baskets inside from Marfo paced the Hilltoppers, and they pulled out a key 88-74 win.

Barrino lead WA with 26 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals.  Marfo recorded another double-double with 22 points and 15 rebounds.  Johnson scored 17, and Wims chipped in 10 points and 3 steals.

Worcester Academy wins its 4th straight contest to improve to 13-10, including a 9-6 NEPSAC Class AA mark.  


By: L.A. Colonial (43 posts) - 2/18/2016 12:08:37 AM

WA Over Tabor On The Road


Worcester Academy drove down to Marion, MA, to take on Tabor Academy on Wednesday afternoon.  WA emerged with a road win, beating Tabor 63-50.

WA extended their lead in the first half, but wasn't able to completely pull away from Tabor.  Post-graduate guard Tanner Johnson (Lexington, KY) hit 3 3-pointers and lead WA in first-half scoring with 13 points.  Post-graduate guard Nassir Barrino (Newark, NJ) had 8 points at halftime, and WA took a 33-26 lead into the locker room.

Tabor came out hot, and it was a tight game until late.  Big baskets inside by senior big man Kevin Marfo (Bergenfield, NJ), plus key 3-pointers by Johnson and junior guard Charlie Clay (Southborough, MA) gave WA the lead for good.  The Hilltopper defense tightened up, only allowing 1 point over the last 6 minutes of the game.  The 15-1 run was the difference in the game.

Johnson, who is committed to Bryant, and Marfo, who is committed to George Washington, lead WA in scoring with 16 points each.  Marfo also had 11 rebounds, recording his 6th consecutive double-double.  Barrino chipped in 15 points on 7/11 FG shooting.  Post-graduate forward Jesse Wims (Watertown, MA) added 6 points.  Clay and junior forward Caden Dumas (Holden, MA) lead WA with 4 assists each.

Worcester wins their 5th straight game.  They will be home for three straight contests, beginning on Friday with a NEPSAC Class AA matchup against Bradford Christian Academy.  That game will tip at 5:30pm.  The Hilltoppers return to Rowe Court on Saturday for a 3:00pm tilt with Kimball Union Academy.


By: L.A. Colonial (43 posts) - 2/19/2016 12:53:42 AM

The Gray Bees scored the first 11 points of the game and never looked back en route to its highest point total of the season – a 99-60 victory over Lawrenceville in the State Prep semifinals on Thursday in Dalton Gym. David Beatty, with his family waving a poster from the bleachers all game, scored his 1,000th point with a three-pointer early in the second half to join Arnaldo Toro and James Scott as Gray Bees who have reached that plateau this season. Beatty finished with 19 points, while Toro led the team with 24 and Scott added 16. Bourama Sidibe and Damon Wall rounded out the five players in double figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively. The Gray Bees will try for its second straight state championship on Saturday back at Dalton Gym. Game time is 4 p.m.

By: Long Suffering Fan (4,106 posts) - 2/19/2016 8:42:02 AM

And still nothing on Darnell.  Am I the only one worried here?

By: Thomas (1,146 posts) - 2/19/2016 9:14:28 AM

If Darnell is unable to attend GW next season, it frees up a scholarship for ML and the staff to add another player. With all the de-commits, transfers and unsigned HS seniors that will be available after the season, having an available scholarship ready to give out at a moment's notice is great. GW doesn't necessarily need to depend on a player(s) transferring to free up a scholarship. Also GW incoming class without Darnell is still a very good class, so they won't be desperate to fill in the last scholarship like they were in 2013.

By: Long Suffering Fan (4,106 posts) - 2/19/2016 10:44:10 AM

Agreed, Thomas. but Darnell is a very special recruit, both in terms of is his potential and his pedigree.   On one hand, there has been nothing to specifically indicate that he will not be at GW next season.  On the other hand, it is worrisome that we can't find anything on him for the 2015-2016 season...not a box score, not an article, nothing to indicate an injury.   For somone with my negative attitude, I can only assume the worst.

By: GW2017 (34 posts) - 2/19/2016 10:53:51 AM

I'm with you here LSF. For a fairly talked about prospect due to how special he is, no news on him at all is very bizarre. I now wonder if I'd rather have Darnell just have a quiet senior year for some reason and then show up to GW, or Darnell not be able to play for GW next year and the scholarship be freed up for a potential transfer.

As for hypothetically filling up that extra scholarship, I agree with Thomas that the incoming class is pretty good regardless, and they don't have to rush to fill up a scholarship, so hopefully they'd take their time to find a really solid player

By: L.A. Colonial (43 posts) - 2/21/2016 12:38:51 AM

Jacksonville Bolles traveled to East Gadsden on Saturday night and handed the Jaguars a 65-40 defeat in the Region 1-4A final behind 28 points and 12 rebounds from 6-8 forward Collin Smith

By: Mike K (1,177 posts) - 2/21/2016 7:48:06 AM

We should start hearing more...also there is a 5th annual palmetto tourney this weekend that Believe Prep is hosting

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/21/2016 9:55:26 AM

Prep Circuit


No. 17 St. Benedict's (NJ) F Arnaldo Toro (@ToroArnaldo): 17 PTS, 10 REB in win over Blair Academy @TheBenedictNews…

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By: L.A. Colonial (43 posts) - 2/21/2016 6:32:47 PM

2/20/2016 Worcester Academy dropped a NEPSAC Class AA contest to visiting Kimball Union on Saturday by a score of 75-61.

A defensive battle early, KUA pulled away late in the first half to take a 33-28 lead into the locker room.  Senior big man Kevin Marfo (Bergenfield, NJ) had 13 points at the half for the Hilltoppers.

A few comeback attempts fell short in the second half for WA, and they dropped this one, 75-61.

Post-graduate guard Tanner Johnson (Lexington, KY) had 20 points to lead the Hilltoppers.  Marfo had 19 points and 9 rebounds, while junior guard Charlie Clay (Southborough, MA) chipped in 9 points.

WA falls to 15-11, and 10-7 in NEPSAC Class AA.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/21/2016 8:55:15 PM

Bolles playoff bracket

Westtown playoff bracket

By: L.A. Colonial (43 posts) - 2/25/2016 12:53:39 AM

2016 FHSAA Boys Class 4A Basketball Championship-Bolles gets to state class 4Afinals behind 31 points from Collin Smith


On Senior Night, Worcester Academy hosted rival Cushing Academy in a key NEPSAC Class AA clash on Wednesday afternoon.  An exciting game ended with WA dropping this one, 79-69 in overtime.

Worcester got off to a 15-7 lead on Cushing thanks to two big buckets from senior big man Kevin Marfo (Bergenfield, NJ) and a floater from post-graduate Tanner Johnson (Lexington, KY), along with a corner 3-pointer from junior forward Caden Dumas (Holden, MA).  The first half was a defensive battle, and, thanks to a buzzer-beating 30-footer, Cushing took a 36-32 lead into the half.

WA chipped away early with baskets from Marfo, who is committed to play at George Washington, and post-graduate guard Joshua Abrahams (New York, NY).  A late Charlie Clay (Southborough, MA) 3-pointer put WA up 4, but Cushing came back with a big 3-pointer and a layup to tie the game. WA's last second floater fell short, and the two rivals headed to overtime, where Cushing took an early lead and hung on to the end for a 79-69 win.

Johnson, who is committed to Bryant, lead the Hilltoppers in scoring with 21 points.  Marfo had 17 points and a career-high 23 rebounds.

By: Bigfan (2,829 posts) - 2/25/2016 4:36:02 AM

Like 23 rebounds.

More than Zeke-like.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/25/2016 8:06:24 AM

Bolles game recap

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/25/2016 8:25:12 AM

Bolles highlights.  Some GREAT stuff from Smith.  #23 in yellow is the #6 player in the 2017 class.

By: GWAlum2001 (409 posts) - 2/25/2016 8:27:51 AM

Yeah loving the reports on Smith against high level players.  We knew Marfo and Toro were good, but I am excited to see Smith too.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/25/2016 8:31:53 AM


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Prep Hoops Florida @prephoopsfl

George Washington has a special big man in Collin Smith. He's super mobile, and can rebound really well.

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Eric Bossi @ebosshoops

Watching some Florida State Tourney, 6’9” senior Collin Smith of Jacksonville Bolles looks like a really nice pickup for George Washington

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Prep Hoops Florida @prephoopsfl

Collin Smith is really really good. Got great handles and then rose up for a 15 footer.


By: Free Quebec (2/25/2016 9:13:40 AM)

Some tidbits from BM's link:

- Smith is now being called 6'10" 

- according to the Jacksonville paper, Smith outplayed Kevin Knox (#6 recruit in the nation, starter for USA basketball junior team, had offers from Duke, UNC, Kansas, and basically every other school)   

- Smith had 31 points in the big win.  

-Bolles hasn't made it this far in the playoffs in a couple of decades   


By: MD-DC (147 posts) - 2/25/2016 9:22:30 AM

BM (or other recruit-savvy posters),

What's up with the "NR" on the ESPN ratings on Smith? I know we've seen it in the past where they're an international student or whatever, but has he simply just not been evaluated because, for lack of better term, he doesn't "rate it"? Very curious because he seems to be progressing well and could be an impact player.

By: herve (9,159 posts) - 2/25/2016 9:28:34 AM

My bet is he was an under-the-radar recruit who committed early to a "mid-major" and thus never warranted the always-objective eye of the recruiting services. If he had signed with say, "Wake Forest", then he'd be a 3.5 star player over night.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/25/2016 9:31:29 AM

Looks like our froncourt is going to dominate the A-10 for many years to come.

By: MD-DC (147 posts) - 2/25/2016 9:42:56 AM

Thanks, Herve. I figured as much. I'm excited to see the big men get here next year, but not excited to watch our seniors leave us.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/25/2016 9:44:11 AM

Smith has exactly zero articles written about him on Rivals, ESPN or Scout and is actually missing from the Scout database.  I think Rivals very recently gave him three stars.

By: Mike K (1,177 posts) - 2/25/2016 2:57:32 PM 

Herve hit the nail on the head .  Above is the most recent rating.

It took a long time to recognize and/or note his talent and ability. 

By: Bigfan (2,829 posts) - 2/25/2016 3:14:21 PM

Several of these guys, if not all, seem to be real contributors and that plugs a big hole that we have now and will in the future.

Though it was nail-biting, ML really landed some nice bigs from all appearances. Smith particularly was under the radar. Wondered about him about high-level competition and apparently we now have the answer.

Also these guys will learn a lot from senior Tyler, who is a blue collar-type player with an outside shot a big time basketball pedigree.

 Great job, ML.

By: Colonial'13 (94 posts) - 2/25/2016 3:33:03 PM

Is it wrong to think that with the additions of Marfo, Toro, and Smith that we will not be seeing much of Cimino or Goss next year? I definitely don't know a whole lot about these new guys, but on the surface it seems like they are a whole lot more explosive and can make an impact right away.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/25/2016 6:21:25 PM

NJ Hoops


St. Benedict's @ToroArnaldo was selected to All Prep A Tournament Team

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By: Free Quebec (2/25/2016 6:35:05 PM)

is that Adamah Kah Jr in picture next to Toro?  Man those are some long, thin arms. 

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/25/2016 10:10:14 PM

Justin Barney

Justin Barney‏ @JustinBarneyTU

Bolles senior class with 4A trophy after 30-3 season.


Feb 25, 2016, 9:41:49 PM



By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/26/2016 11:43:18 AM

No Darnell in this Believe Prep group photo  ;)

By: Bo Knows (705 posts) - 2/26/2016 11:54:38 AM

Darnell is not playing right now but is still expected to attend GW.

By: BC (1,645 posts) - 2/26/2016 1:27:16 PM

Let's hope Darnell is working hard on his academics.

By: Long suffering fan (4,106 posts) - 2/26/2016 1:41:58 PM

any idea why Darnell is not playing?  I can think of only 2 reasons, neither of them good...academic or injury

By: Poog (3,875 posts) - 2/26/2016 2:44:25 PM

My understanding why Darnell isn't playing is tied to administrative transfer issues.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/26/2016 5:08:26 PM

Westtown going to the finals:

Josh Verlin ‏@jmverlin  19m19 minutes ago

A 17-0 Westtown run over an eight-minute span powers the Moose to a 56-42 win over Episcopal.

Matthew De George @sportsdoctormd

Jair Bolden led Westtown with 18 points. Najja Hunter had 17. Bamba scored 10 to go with 11 rebounds.

By: Bigfan (2,829 posts) - 2/26/2016 5:21:36 PM

All of our recruits are doing real well, except for Darnell and not worried about Darnell's basketball ability, which is both proven and genetic.

Have no idea why he and his family thought it was a good idea to change schools, but basketball should be a secondary consideration. May be wrong, but pretty sure Darnell is a player, no matter what he does in high school.

Rather he just work on academics. Kid speaks either Italian or French, so he is certainly capable of doing it. Hopefully, needs to buckle down, like any other high school senior in America.

That's really good news. Sometimes it is clear when a recruit isn't performing in high school, or against really weak competition there are probles.

Also, as much as I bust Bo's chops about some other issues, have to say Bo made a valuable, reassuring post on Darnell. So, credit Bo Knows for this news.

And Poog, of course, who knows a lot, graciously stepped in as well. That's a real help because people seemed to be wondering about Darnell.

Anyone who saw Shawnta, even if he and his son are believed to be not totally comparable, has to be excited at the prospect of seeing Darnell in a GW uniform.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/26/2016 7:54:48 PM

You know what.  I don't give a fudge if we don't make it to the sweet 16 under ML, I want kids like this playing for my school. 

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 2/26/2016 7:54:59 PM

You know what.  I don't give a fudge if we don't make it to the sweet 16 under ML, I want kids like this playing for my school. 

By: GWAlum2001 (409 posts) - 2/26/2016 8:58:47 PM

Thats awesome BM, thanks for the link.  Bolden sounds like the perfect heir to the Joe Mac tough guy throne

By: Mike K (1,177 posts) - 2/27/2016 7:17:58 AM


Yes GWAlum2001, it sounds like he went to the Joe Mac school of toughness.


By: NPR (158 posts) - 2/29/2016 12:49:36 PM

By: 2cents (32 posts) - 3/1/2016 4:27:02 PM

I didn't see this mentioned previously and thought it was interesting. It's about a month old.  It was nice to read the word "depth" associated with GW. I found it while looking for ANY current information regarding Darnell Rogers, which is proving difficult to do. 


By: 2cents (32 posts) - 3/1/2016 4:32:30 PM

Here's the GW summary, but others of note are VCU, UMass, Witchita and Gonzaga  

10. George Washington

247 Class Ranking: 63

George Washington is building momentum in the Atlantic 10, and hopes its 2016 class will keep the program’s momentum going in the right direction. 

The Colonials class doesn’t have any name in particular that catch your attention, but it does have depth — it features four players (Kevin Marfo, Jair Bolden, Darnell Rogers and Arnaldo Toro) who are rated as 3-star prospects.

Even with four 3-star commitments, the Colonials still have only the third-highest rated class in the A-10, which is a testament to how strong the conference is. Even so, George Washington fans should feel good about their class.


By: BM (5,673 posts) - 3/2/2016 9:26:32 AM

Rick O'Brien @ozoneinq

PG Jair Bolden and coach Seth Berger after @WTbbasketball took home first PAISAA boys' hoops title. @JahToDa


By: BM (5,673 posts) - 3/2/2016 9:46:29 AM

Worcester (Marfo) playoff bracket.

Noting that St Ben's (Toro) will play in the St James invitational in Hagerstown, MD and the National HS Invitational.  St James (featuring the Golden brothers) just won the MAC tournament with wins over Maret (Garza) and Sidwell.  All the games of the NHSI will be broadcast on ESPN and the finals will be at MSG. 

Adam Mitola is also playing in a state tournament, but I can't find a bracket.

By: ziik (2,950 posts) - 3/2/2016 12:08:25 PM

Is Adam M a GW walkon?

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 3/2/2016 2:15:57 PM

Looks like he needs some personal time with Coach Johnson to trim off the baby fat.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 3/2/2016 2:45:57 PM

Gill St Bernard's Bracket

By: spu (3/2/2016 7:21:01 PM)

Yes, Adam Mitola is a "preferred walk on" at GW next season.

By: Bigfan (2,829 posts) - 3/3/2016 3:01:36 AM

Looks just like his brother,with darker hair.

Nice 3 point shot.

Welcome Adam!

By: Long Suffering Fan (4,106 posts) - 3/3/2016 6:23:18 AM

OK...I'll bite.   What is meant by a "preferred" walk on?   Sounds like a non-scholarship player who may get to see the court?

By: Poog (3,875 posts) - 3/3/2016 7:55:54 AM

Not subject to a cattle call walk-on tryout but given an assured opportunity to come out for the team to try to make it. Spot on roster not guaranteed but subject to coach's discretion and availability of roster space and need. 

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 3/3/2016 3:48:00 PM

Marfo 17 & 10 in season finale.

Toro 16 & 12 on senior day.

Mitola 13 & 10 in first round of playoffs

Throw in Smith's +10 reb/game average and rebounding shouldn't be a problem next season.

Westtown season retrospective


By: Free Quebec (6,340 posts) - 3/3/2016 4:09:35 PM

Jair Bolden 5:1 Assist to Turnover Ratio.  Really impressive at any level.

By: GWAlum2001 (409 posts) - 3/3/2016 4:34:13 PM

ML has said it numerous times, he recruits walk-ons and has since he got here.  I don't believe he holds public try outs.

By: Hugh (209 posts) - 3/3/2016 4:51:01 PM

Pretty sure it means he's been guaranteed a spot on the team, he just doesn't have a scholly.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 3/9/2016 8:30:36 AM

Adam Mitola 10 & 5 in state final to lose to Roselle Catholic.

By: RKelley (152 posts) - 3/9/2016 11:46:21 PM

The fact that we made 48% of our 2's this year, while taking few three's is a bad sign. Defenses crowded the paint, and it made it hard to finish. 

No matter who the recruits are, I hope the practice minutes are spent passing, moving the ball and practing plays to beat zone defenses next year. I hope the offensive tempo is much faster next year, and the team has the shooters to attack from the perimeter (not just take the open shot). Good perimeter shooters scare the shit out of defenses. When defenses are scared and tired, they give up opportunities. Allowing your opponent to sit in a conservative zone for half the game, while you take 19 seconds to take a shot every possession, lets them conserve way too much energy.

They need to raise their eFG and they need to push the ball again. Hopefully Sina will be a saavy and aggressive point guard. I'm worried he's conservative and lacks footspeed. One thing this team needs more of is speed at guard.

The amount of man defense the team played this year, while playing so many players 30+ minutes was too much. The 1-3-1 doesn't save energy. And no-fouls defense doesn't create enough turnovers. 

By: RKelley (152 posts) - 3/9/2016 11:48:12 PM

The core four were all sub 3-star recruits. Marfo, Toro, Sina, Cavanaugh are the most purely talented players this team has seen in a long time. Smith and Bolden have some tools, and Yuta, Hart and PJ do as well. Should be a good team next year, but they need to play looser, and more aggressively/nastier. 

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 3/11/2016 8:32:00 PM

If you want to see a winner, Toro's St Ben's vs Riverdale live here.  He's #12 in white.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 3/13/2016 10:31:15 AM

St Ben's won the St James Invitational last night (ML was there) and stands at 35-1 going into the first round game of the National HS Championship against La Lumiere (which they already beat earlier this year). 

By: RKelley (152 posts) - 3/13/2016 11:03:54 AM

i think Toro will be a Peyton Aldridge-type player with size, a shot and rebounding skills. I'm excited to see what we get out Smith and Bolden. Bolden looks a little slower but I like his jump shot and the numbers indicate the good things--as @FreeQuebec mentioned his ast/to ratio looks quality for a guy that's build like a forward.

Smith, who got like no scouting points from a lot of media outlets looks like a really nice pickup to me. He's huge and athletic and moves really smoothly for his size--not like the big dopey center types that stumble over themselves as they jog at 2mph around the floor missing every rebound possible.

I think Toro could be like Alldridge, Bolden like a better version of Mikic. I hope some of these kids bring the attitude factor that and energy that this team needs.

By: notta hater (2,492 posts) - 3/13/2016 11:18:27 AM

are any of our recruits from public schools?

By: Free Quebec (3/13/2016 11:31:06 AM)

I was thinking Isaiah Miles as the comp for Toro because of how (I hope) he moves and the fact that he seems to be a jump shot / rebound guy at the same size.  Obviously Miles this year was phenomenal so long way to go for him to be like that, but that style of player and potential is what I'm hoping for Toro. 

By: Florida Colonial (562 posts) - 3/13/2016 8:21:23 PM

Congratulations Arnaldo Toro (future GW Colonial) for being named MVP of the St. James Tournament and to your team for winning the Championship!!! We were happy to be there to see the big win last night!!! Welcome to the GW men's basketball family

Maggie Lonergan's photo.

By: Tennessee Colonial (1,179 posts) - 3/13/2016 8:31:26 PM

BM, Mitola did even better against RC the first game he played against My school; Over 20. However, RC played terrible against St. Anthony's the next game. Well, at least 3 out of 4 against Hurley in Championship games isn't bad.  Wish we could get some of school's players to GW. Briscoe went to KY this year.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 3/14/2016 11:34:21 AM

AdamFinkelstein's avatar

Adam Finkelstein @AdamFinkelstein

Bruce Brown is NEPSAC AA MVP this year. Kevin Marfo, Makai Ashton-Langford, Elijah Pemberton, Robert Martin Jr. & Wenyen Gabriel 1st team.

By: BM (5,673 posts) - 3/31/2016 9:39:55 AM

Details of Dick's HS National Championships.  Games are on various TV channels starting today at noon and the final will be at MSG.

By: GW Bar Owner (3/31/2016 10:07:05 AM)

GW212 mentioned in one the blog posts a bar near MSG owned by a GW alumnus.  That's me. The bar is called Dewey's Pub and it is at 135 West 30th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues).  If there's some interest we can do some kind of special for GW fans pre-game or post-game tonight.  In any event, it's good food and 25 beers on tap.


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