Maryland sophomore center Jordan Williams of Torrington has submitted his name for the. NBA draft, but has not hired an agent.He averaged 16.9 points and 11.8 rebounds last season. I’m excited about testing the waters and seeing where I would be,” he said in a statement. ”It’s always been a dream of mine to play at the next level. This will give me an opportunity to get feedback from some NBA coaches and scouts on what parts of my game need improvement in order to be successful.” By not hiring an agent Williams can return to Maryland before the draft, if he decides that his best course of action.
Sarah Benedetti of Canton will play basketball at St. Francis (N.Y.) next year and Katie Mahoney of Bacon Academy, the state’s Gatorade Player of the Year, committed to Brown University this week.
Mahoney led her team to an ECC tournament championship and a 25-1 record, losing in the Class L semifinals to eventual champion Hillhouse.
Benedetti led Canton to the second round of the Class S tournament, where the Warriors lost to top-seeded Capital Prep.
Hillhouse finished the season as the top team in the state for the third consecutive year after winning its third straight Class L championship Saturday at Mohegan Sun Arena. The SCC had three finalists and two won, with No. 2 Career outlasting No. 3 Mercy 39-37 in the Class LL championship game.No. 8 Windham won the Class M title over Weaver, ranked eighth in the area rankings, and No. 7 Bacon Academy, which beat the Whippets three times during the season, lost its first game, to No. 1 Hillhouse in the semifinal.State Top 101. HILLHOUSE (25-2) LW: 1. Won its third consecutive state title and ninth overall, beating E.O. Smith in the Class L final 2. CAREER (23-5) LW: 7. Beat Mercy for the first time this season in the Class LL finals, 39-37.3. MERCY (24-3) LW: 2. Lost to Career in the Class LL final.4. GLASTONBURY (24-3) LW: 4. Lost to Mercy in Class LL semifinals5. E.O. SMITH (22-3) LW: 9. Lost to Hillhouse in the Class L championship game, 77-50.6. MANCHESTER (23-3) LW: 5. Read more…
A tragic story out of Michigan. Here’s the report from The Associated Press:
FENNVILLE, Mich. — A Michigan high school basketball player who died shortly after making a game-winning shot had an enlarged heart. The Ottawa County medical examiner says 16-year-old Wes Leonard suffered cardiac arrest because of the condition. An autopsy was conducted Friday. The teenager from Fennville High School was pronounced dead Thursday evening at a hospital in Holland. He scored the game-winning layup at the end of a perfect season for the small town near Lake Michigan. Leonard collapsed during a post-game celebration. Paramedics performed CPR on the 16-year-old before he was pronounced dead at Holland Hospital.
Leonard, a junior who also excelled as the quarterback of the Blackhawks football team, was “by far the best player on that basketball team — outstanding athlete,” said coach Mike Miller, whose Bridgman team lost 57-55 to Fennville Thursday night.
Bacon Academy won its first State Open title, edging Hand, 98-95, at the New Haven Athletic Center Saturday night.
Bacon’s Aren Norman won the 189 pound championship with a 7-1 decision over Ben Ceci of Greenwich and his teammate Devin Covone won at 160, beating Dillon Carter of Hale-Ray, 2-1.
It was the first time Danbury has not won the State Open title since the CIAC started keeping team scoring again in 2001. Ledyard won the last team title in 1975.
Top 10 team scores: 1. Bacon Academy, 98; 2. Hand, 95; 3. New Milford, 88; 4. South Windsor, 64.5; 5. Glastonbury, 63; 6. Xavier, 62; 7. Bristol Eastern, 61; 8. Griswold, 50; 9. Conard, 49; 10. (tie) Fairfield Warde and Shelton, 47.5.
Top six Individuals
103: Championship: Conor Kirkegard, New Milford dec. William Crisco, Hand, 1-0.Third place: Will Chowanek, Xavier dec. Pascal Medor, Westhill, 8-3; Fifth: Kevin Jack, Danbury dec. Mark Failla,
The most dangerous spot in ratings? It could just be the four hole. For the third straight week, a team resting at No. 4 in the ratings was upset by a team outside the top five. But it might not be too long till South Windsor finds its way into the top five. Joey Bonazelli and Kyle Benson each had two goals as No. 7 South Windsor beat host West Haven at Bennett Rink. Benson, who also had two assists, helped the Bobcats (13-2) outscore the Blue Devils 6-2 in the final two periods. South Windsor fell behind 2-0 in the first period after West Haven got goals from Mike Troiano but battled back thanks to its depth and the consistent playof Bonazelli, Benson, Tyler Glassman and Nate Waldeisen, who each had goals. Christian Marchi made 23 saves for the win. The Bobcats have the longest winning streak in the state at 12 games and take on Hamden Saturday in what has now become one of the most interesting games of the week. Could we be looking at the best team in the north. Yes. Read more…