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News and Notes From Sunday at Hoophall
by Eric Hampford, Future150 (9:10 AM CT, Mon January 20, 2014)
Joe Hampton delivered a huge performance against Karl Towns.
Joe Hampton delivered a huge performance against Karl Towns.
Eric Hampford
Eric Hampford:

Future150 GM / Senior National Analyst. Covering high and middle school basketball.

Springfield, MA (Future150) -- In game action on Sunday at the 2014 Spalding Hoophall Classic, Northfield Mount Hermon (MA), Cushing Academy (MA), Arlington Country Day (FL), LaLumiere School (IN), DeMatha (MD) & Brewster Academy (NH) picked up big victories. Here are some news and notes from the day of action:

- Giving up two years in age and five inches in height, 2016 power forward Joe Hampton was at a disadvantage in his matchup against Kentucky commit Karl Towns on Sunday night. However, that didn't stop him from turning in a huge performance and helping deliver a big win for DeMatha (MD). Scoring 23 points on 10/16 shooting, Hampton was very effective around the rim. He also used his beefy frame to pull down six rebounds on the night. Currently, he holds offers from Penn State, DePaul & Xavier. Interest is coming from Maryland, Syracuse, Florida State, Kansas, Georgetown & North Carolina.

- After an efficient performance in a Northfield Mount Hermon (MA) win on Sunday, 2015 PF Josh Sharma talked to Future150 a bit about his recruitment. Currently, he holds offers from Illinois, Wisconsin, Gonzaga, Creighton, Vanderbilt, Boston College, Providence, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Maryland & UConn. In terms of interest, Indiana and Florida are the latest big time programs to get involved. He finished the day with 13 points on 6-7 shooting from the field. He also ran the floor well and protected the rim.

- While DeMatha Catholic (MD) has several prospects in their program who are hearing from division one programs, the one who really impressed me Sunday was their youngest contributor, 2017 wing D.J. Harvey. Already showing polish to his game, the 6-foot-5 wing scored 10 points and grabbed five rebounds in their win over St. Joseph's-Metuchen (NJ). In doing so, he played within himself and showed maturity well beyond his years. Xavier was the first school to offer, while Miami (FL), N.C. State, Tennessee & Virginia are showing heavy interest.

- In terms of wing shooters in the 2015 class, very few are as efficient as 2015 small forward Aaron FalzonThe 6-foot-7 Northfield Mount Hermon (MA) wing totaled 11 points and nine rebounds on the day in a 80-66 win over Kimball Union (NH). While it wasn't his best shooting performance, his ability to keep defenses honest with his perimeter skills and versatility have major division one programs involved. Currently, he holds offers from Boston College and Harvard. Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, Creighton & Northwestern are all actively recruiting him as well. Expect that list to expand.

- St. Benedict's Prep (NJ) 2015 wing Elijah Cain, originally a member of the 2014 class, is using this season to enhance his national profile. Since making the switch to the 2015 class, he has fielded interest from Seton Hall, Maryland, Georgia Tech, Texas Tech & Notre Dame. The 6-foot-5 shooting guard is a smooth prospect who can do a multitude of things well on the floor, and when his shot is falling, he is a very impressive player.

- Cushing Academy (MA) has a good one in 2017 forward Kimani LawrenceRight now, he is more of a combo forward, but look for him to try to make a transition to a pure three over the next year or so. On Sunday he was sensational on the glass, finishing with 10 rebounds against Worcester Academy (MA). He also scored 14 points on 5-11 shooting, while also knocking down a three-pointer as well. With offers already from Providence and Rhode Island, Lawrence claims interest coming from Syracuse as well. 

- Speaking of 2017 prospects, Northfield Mount Hermon (MA) has a special one of their own in Jerome DesrosiersThe 6-foot-6 native of Canada is spending his freshman season in the Northeast honing his skills. The small forward is at his best when "Driving and using my body to finish at the rim." With claimed offers from Baylor, Boston College and Illinois, the frosh is well on his way to becoming a highly sought after prospect. According to the Brookwood Bounce Elite player, Ohio State, Purdue & UCLA are all already showing interest.


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