2012 was a banner year for Hoops Elite Academy. We are very grateful to the tremendous amount of support that we received from the many educators, coaches, and volunteers that have contributed to our success. Below you will find some of our top moments of 2012.
ELITE WEEK – Mount Ida College proved to be a great venue for the event, as the second annual Elite Week was a tremendous success. There was a huge concentration of the top Junior Elite players in New England in attendance, consistent media coverage from 2eZ Mixtapes, and a number of head coaches from the prep school ranks were in attendance throughout the week.
BREAKOUT PERFORMANCES – A number of Elite Week alumni had breakout seasons on the AAU circuit this past spring and summer. Tomas Murphy put his name on the map at Elite Week 2012, and went on to turn heads at Elite 75 Frosh/Soph Edition. Murphy continued the moment into the fall while playing up with the New England Playaz. Bruce Brown and Terance Mann both impressed at Elite 75 events, and dominated the competition while playing for the BABC. Chris Baldwin and Tyonne Malone had successful runs on the Adidas Grassroots Circuit while playing for Mass Rivals, and both landed their first Division 1 scholarship offers from University of Massachusetts. Baldwin received an invite to the Nike Elite 100 as well. Eric D’Aguanno had a great fall campaign for Mass Rivals grade 8 squad, and the moment has carried over to his freshmen season at Marianapolis Prep.
1st SCHOLARSHIP OFFERS – 2012 saw two former Elite Week MVP’s in Chris Baldwin and Tyonne Malone receive their first Division 1 scholarship offers, both from University of Massachusetts. Both are garnering interest from a number of high major schools.
NEW TO THE NEPSAC – There were three new additions to the NEPSAC ranks for Elite Week alumni. Sophomore Terance Mann began his prep school career at Tilton School, while freshman Eric D’Agunno begin his stay at Marianapolis Prep. Fellow freshmen newcomer Tyonne Malone has been nothing short of spectacular for The Williston Northampton School, including back to back 30+ point performances. Mann, D’Aguanno, and Malone have made immediate impacts for their respective squads. Meanwhile, Kimani Lawrence added to an already deep roster at Hillside School.