NE Top 75 Showcase Is Loaded

The 2nd Annual New England Top 75 Elite Showcase, featuring the top high school talent that the area has to offer, will be held on Wed., Aug. 15 at Boston University.

The invite-only event, organized by senior college basketball writer Jeff Goodman and New England Recruiting Report/HoopScoop's Adam Finkelstein, will be limited to the top 75 players throughout the six New England states.

Erik Murphy, a skilled 6-foot-9 rising junior at St. Mark's, and UConn-bound junior big man Alex Oriakhi, have both confirmed they will be in attendance for the second straight year.

``It's the only camp in New England that has all the best players," said Murphy, whose school list includes UNC, Duke, Florida, UConn, BC and others. "All of the best players in New England are there and it's great competition."

All of the top players from Massachusetts are expected to participate: Troy Gillenwater, Jamaal Coombs, Andrew Van Nest and youngsters such as guards Nadir Tharpe, Nate Lubick Rodney Beldo and Joe Sharkey – as well as emerging big man Nate Lubick - have all committed.

Connecticut will be well represented by the likes of rising seniors Chris Prescott, David Gibbs (UMass), Alan Chaney, R.J. Evans and B.J. Monteiro – and juniors Jordan Williams and Tevin Baskin.

Murphy, Mike Marra, Jerell Gomes and Matt Brown headline the Rhode Island contingent – which will also feature Murphy's younger brother, Alex.

New Hampshire's top talent – Patrick Saunders and Simon McCormack – will be on display as will Maine's Sam Leclerc and Vermont swingman Candon Rusin.

There will be skill competitions and individual instruction in the morning from some of the top New England coaches: Winchendon's Mike Byrnes, Brewster Academy's Jason Smith, Notre Dame Prep's Bill Barton, Bridgton Academy's Whit Lesure, former Wright State head coach Paul Biancardi, East Catholic's (Conn.) Luke Reilly and Northwest Catholic's (Conn.) John Marabello.

``It's a great place where the best players in New England go for a day and challenge themselves," Barton said. "New England players need more exposure. Everyone talks about places like New York, Chicago and Baltimore – and for good reason. Events like this will help people realize that there is still plenty of talent in New England."

Many of the top college players from New England – UConn's Jeff Adrien, Memphis' Antonio Anderson and N.C. State's Farnold Degand - took in the action a year ago and spoke to the camp.

National talent evaluators and writers – including Tom Konchalski, Adam Finkelstein (Hoop Scoop) and Jeff Goodman ( are expected to attend.

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