Huskies sled out to strong start
- The New Hampton Huskies streaked out to a 2-0 start on the season with victories over the Kiski School and Blair Academy.. Against Kiski on Saturday, New Hampton overcame a slow start and withstood a voluminous Kiski three-point-shooting attack to pull away in the 2nd half for a 2222 victory. Boston College-bound Olivier Hanlan led the scoring in this one with 20 while Zach Auguste had 12 points and 8 boards. Meanwhile, the sophomore duo of Noah Vonleh and Jared Terrell made its' much anticipated prep school debut with Terrell notching 12 while Vonleh dominated the glass with 21 rebounds and also threw in 15 points on 5-8 shooting...In their second contest, New Hampton faced adversity early after Hanlan rolled his ankle and came out in the first minute of the game. With his floor general on the shelf, Head Coach Pete Hutchins turned to guards Evan Manning and Terrell to take on the ball-handling chores and they did a terrific job of withstanding defensive pressure to get their club into its' sets. The Huskies didn't miss a beat and jumped all over Blair from the start to take home a 90-63 victory. It was in this game that Vonleh and Terrell really announced themselves on the march as America's top sophomore tandem as JT dropped 21 in spectacular fashion while Ooze had 19 pts, 14 rebs, and shot 4-5 from trey land...Also stepping up in this one was sharpshooter Aaron Hendricks, who had 15 on 5-7 shooting from the floor, and sophomore Mike Auger, who came in with tough minutes off the bench to post up 6 points and 8 boards.
- Towson-bound Barrington Alston is an impressive left-handed athlete. At 6'7, he gets vertical in a hurry to attack the rim or go after a shot-blocking opportunity. Alston had one of the loudest dunks of the weekend against Kiski on Saturday when he absolutely assaulted the rim with a thrashing two-hand thump, droppin' back down to the floor with a flair twist...Zach Auguste didn't have a great weekend scoring the ball and he also got into foul trouble, but he did show flashes of brilliance blocking shots and boardin' up on the defensive end and on several occasions, he broke out with rebounds to lead the break. Also had about a half-dozen loud two-hand swing dunks off the one foot stride leap...Noah Vonleh just rebounds the stuffing out of the rock, announcing himself as gubenatorial candidate for every carom off the glass or tin. Vonleh also showcased a new spin-move recipe and premiered a change of pace flavor to his dribble-drive game. And despite stitches in his right index finger, Noah dialed up and connected consistently from long-distance in both games. On the weekend, Vonleh's Husky debut was a resounding success and he picked up offers from UConn and Baylor...After a solid debut on Saturday, Jared Terrell was sensational on Sunday scoring the ball. He had several youtube finishes, including one off an alley, that had folks gaspin' for air. But we already knew he could do that. What we didn't know was that JT has the ability to handle the basketball against pressure and use the dribble to break down his defender to get into his sweet mid-range pull-up game. - According to New Hampton Head Coach Pete Hutchins, Terrell took an offer from Virginia Tech over the weekend. Expect many others to follow suit...Aaron Hendricks came in and flat out filled it up on Sunday for the Pete Hutchins Steam Engine Express. He really knows how to get out on the secondary break and spot up in the right place on the arc. Hendricks looks to have announced himself as New Hampton's black-belt long-range assasin, a role which is going to be very important for the Husky Heartbeat this season...Another guy who showed the ability to hit the long ball was step-out four-man Lew Evans, who ran the floor well to hit multiple trey balls running the trailer on the break. With his size and deft shooting stroke, Mr Evans will have his college meals on the house...After breaking the ice with some solid minutes in his prep debut on Saturday, sophomore Mike Auger came in on Saturday and announced himself on the scene by throwing his weight around on the glass and in the paint. Auger also stepped out to shoot 2-2 from three point range. Put a check mark in the box...Another guy who made his prep debut was freshman Jeremy Miller, who for a stretch on Sunday, matched up with Virginia-bound Blair Academy center Mike Tobey. Miller didn't necessarily win the duel, but at the least, he certainly battled Tobey to a draw. Also, Steve Keller of the National Recruiting Report and Hoop Group called Miller the top freshman prospect at the event...Although he didn't have his best weekend offensively, Evan Manning did a nice job of facilitating from the backcourt and also showed well on the defensive end. In terms of his own offensive game, not to worry, E-Manning will will get his groove goin' before the turkey is out of the oven...Olivier Hanlan started slowly on Saturday and had a quiet first half, but the second half was a different story as he scored the ball at will with a series of floaters in the lane, mid-range pull-ups, and slashes to the basket. As mentioned before, Hanlan rolled an ankle early in the ballgame on Sunday. The injury does not appear serious as Hanlan was walking around on it and was poised to give it a try going back into the game had it been close.