2015 FALL TRYOUT SCHEDULE IS OUT!!!
2015 Fall Tryout Schedule
Saturday September 5th:
BOYS 5th & 6th Grade -- 10:00:00am
BOYS 7th Grade -- 11:30am
BOYS 8th Grade -- 1:00pm
BOYS 9th Grade -- 2:30pm
BOYS High School -- 4:00pm
Tryout venue is Nipmuc HS, 90 Pleasant Street, Upton, MA 01568
Registration for Fall tryouts can be found at
Registration fee is $15.
Contact Dennis Richey (508 736-8349) for further details.
GIRLS FALL PROGRAM
Chaos Flight School for Girls returns!!!!
Registration is now open!!!!
BVC Flight School
A Central Mass basketball training program emphasizing skills development and committed to teaching the implementation of those skills.
Are you preparing for the next level? Are you maximizing your skill set? We have comprised a comprehensive, intense 8 week program that, with your hard work, will help you achieve these goals.
We are looking for Middle & High School Girls of high character that are serious about the game of basketball and committed to improving their game. Girls that are looking to take the next step in their development and willing to work hard to understand and improve their games.
The Flight School training program will include strength training, ball skills, developing footwork and understanding spacing on the floor.
We will meet three times a week a for 8 weeks from Sept - November beginning Monday, September 7th.
Two times a week we will conduct Skills Sessions that will include 30 minutes of basketball specific/ age specific strength training through plyometrics .
The last hour of each Skills Sessions will include skill development through drill work & competitive scrimmaging . Skills sessions will be led by Blackstone Valley Chaos coordinator Dennis Richey.
The third session of each week will be league games. Each player will be placed on a team and they will compete with this team through a 8 game league schedule. The league portion of our sessions will include coaches and certified referees.
September through October 2015. Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday 6 - 7:30pm.
Memorial Elementary School
69 Main St
Upton, MA, 01568
$350 for 8 week / 24 session program
Flight School jersey
Space is limited!! Register ASAP @ www.bvchaos.com
Contact Dennis Richey (508 529-0031) for further details.
Thursday's schedule and Sunday's playoff schedule!!
Sunday's playoff schedule:
Game 1 3:00pm - Cavs vs Warriors
Game 2 4:00pm - Hawks vs Spurs
Game 3 5:00pm - Grizzlies vs Game 1 winner
Game 4 6:00pn - Celtics vs Game 2 winner
Game 5 7:00pm - Championship
(Game 4 winner vs Game 5 winner)
Congrats to Coach Nuttall's 7th grade team!!
Congrats to Coach Nuttall's 7th Grade team on winning the Basketbull Junior National Invitational in Springfield, Ma.
Chaos 6th grade Boys win Warriors May Mayhem tourney!!!!
The Chaos 6th grade boys had a great weekend in Boston winning their division in the Boston Warriors May Mayhem tournament. The boys were undefeated on the weekend defeating a tough BSA team from Brockton in the finals.
Chaos 8th grade boys win Mass Premier Spring Classic
Coach Rodrigues' 8th grade boys went undefeated (all double digit victories) to win the 2015 Mass Premier Spring Classic championship. Great effort by all!
Chaos 8th grade boys take Boston Warriors Spring Breakout.
The Chaos 8th grade boys led by Joey Nuttall and John Adams swept the field at the recent Boston Warriors Spring Breakout tournament. The team went undefeated in winning the first tournament of the year. Congratulations and well done!
The Blackstone Valley Chaos Youth Basketball Program is one of the top rated AAU Basketball organizations in New England, for over 8 years running. The Chaos program has three State Championships while providing National, Regional , and Local teams for all ages. BVC has also provided Leagues, Camps, Chaos' Flight School / Skills Academy, College Exposure Showcases and more!
The program currently has twenty three former players participating in College basketball.
Home to the three time Massachusetts NEAAU State Champions
and three time ZG Massachusetts State Champions!
Chaos 8th grade Girls take the "Blast at the Beach"!!!!
Coach Covells 8th grade Girls sailed in to Coastal New Hampshire and won the Blast at the Beach tournament. The Girls were 4 & 0 on the weekend including a hard fought, one point win over the New England Flame in the championship game. Great job and congrats to the players, coach and parents!
Coach Rodrigues 7th wins Think Pink Challenge
Congrats to Coach Rodrigues 7th Grade Boys team for winning the Think Pink Challenge at Clark University. Well done!!
Chaos Girls have big weekend!!!!
The Chaos girls had a great weekend in Mansfield at the M-Plex "Experience" tournament. Chaos had three teams with perfect records for the weekend. Coach Covell's 8th grade team (above left), Coach Kilcoyne's 7th grade team and Coach Ambrosino's 7th grade team (above right).
Well done Girls!!!
Best of luck to our 2013 alumns!
Congratulations and best of luck to Chaos' 2013 Alumns as they begin their college basketball careers. The program will have eleven young men from last year's seniors playing college basketball this winter. Evan Lerner (Salve Regina), Jeremy Bacon (Worcester State), Matt Mobley (CCSU), Joe Atkinson (Clark), Connor Costello (Hobart), Ryan Ballou (Worcester State), Chris Murray (Bentley), David Mercier (Clark), Josh Evans (Norwich), Grant Brown (Norwich) and Andrew Baron (Umass - Dartmouth). These players were all terrific young men to work with and We are sure will have very successful college careers.
This brings the total to 19 Chaos players in the last three years that have moved on to play college basketball. Very Proud!!!
Congratulations to Coach Dion's 7th Grade team!!!
Congratulations to Coach Dion's 7th grade team for winning their bracket in the 8th grade division at the TeamMass Fall Blast. The Boys went 3 & 1 on the weekend with their only loss coming to a 9th grade team. Well Done!! (missing from photo is Jameson Gannon)
Chaos players make splash at NERR's New England Hoop Festival
Many of our Chaos players were noted for their play at this weekends NERR New England Hoop Festival in Hampton, NH. Below you will find NERR's links and player notes on the event.
Nick Pasquale (BV Chaos)- The big man has a wide rebounding range and is quick off his feet to grab boards in his area. Playing against a zone, he is quick to receive the ball in the high post and look for the open shooter on the opposite side of the court. Defensively, he intimidates opponents into taking rushed shots because of his length and closing speed.
Kevin Durkin (BV Chaos)- Durkin is a skilled big man who has a bright future. He ran the baseline against the opponent's zone, and was efficient in catching, locating, and scoring. He is also solid on the boards, forming a 1-2 inside punch with Pasquale that is hard to stop on the AAU circuit.
Luke Cowen (BV Chaos)- The guard has a smooth, easy-flowing shot that allowed him to connect on several treys during the Chaos' game on Saturday. With shooters at a premium, Cowen has a skill that will translate well to the next level.
Drew Vittum (BV Chaos)- Vittum is a 6'5 player with great hands. He takes what the defense gives him, and makes the correct move. He does not try to force anything, whether it be a pass when there is no passing lane, or a penetration when there is no room in the lane to drive. Vittum is a very smart player who should make St. John's of Shrewsbury very happy this season.
Kevin Durkin (BV Chaos)- For the second consecutive day, Durkin impressed. He was able to get to the foul line more frequently today. He was active defensively and strong on the boards, as well. With Pasquale in foul trouble for BV Chaos' first game of the day, Durkin was able to sustain success in the paint (on both ends of the court) for a big part of the game.
Nick Pasquale (BV Chaos)- Pasquale had the center court rocking with several thunderous dunks on Sunday afternoon. He is smooth in going to the hoop, and is able to finish around the basket when he goes up strong. While his offensive game is emerging, his work on the boards and on defense make him a very valuable player for his team.
Sean Sweeney (BV Chaos)- Sweeney finished through contact especially well on Sunday. That, along with his tough defense, is a key factor in BV Chaos' success this weekend. Successful programs do not consistently win without players like Sweeney.
Chaos freshman 3 & 0 @ ZG Fall Brawl tournament.
October 7, 2013
The Chaos 9th grade team did a terrific job this weekend @ the Zero Gravity Fall Brawl tournament. The team went 3 & 0 through the weekend beating teams from New Hampshire and Boston. Good job Boys. Keep up the hard work!
Summer leagues crown champions!
The Chaos Grade school Summer league and Middle school GirlsSummer league crowned champions this week in our Summer program. Congratulations goes out to Coach Johnson's Grade school Wolverines and Coach Taylor's MS Girls Storm teams for taking home the Summer titles. A special thank you goes out to all our parents for having the patience to deal with all the rescheduling due to our summer's crazy weather pattern. Enjoy the rest of the Summer!
Chaos U17 team has successful "Live" period
Coach Coffey's Junior team completed a very successful run during the recent NCAA "Live" period in July. The team attended events in NY, Springfield, Atlantic City and Philadelphia. Photos above and below include several team members on the boardwalk in AC and taking on a cheesesteak at Philly's famous Genos.
Playing against the top teams in the Northeast the boys competed very well finishing with a 9 - 7 record that included five one possession losses. Several different online publications noted our players and the team's style of play. They would include New England Recruiting Report, Hoopville and New England Hoop News among others. Ultimately our main goal for July was realized as the majority of our Junior roster has recieved college recruitment. Wonderful job by the coaches , players and parents!
It was a great weekend of Chaos basketball at the NEAAU Massachusetts State Championships in Mansfield (Mass Premier Courts). Coach Cowen/Donovan and Coach Coffey's Freshman and Junior teams both took home state titles. Congratulations to all the players, coaches and parents. Well Done!
Great weekend of Chaos Basketball!
Coach Hirtle's 7th grade team, Coach Rodrigues' 6th grade team as well as Coach Pryor's 5th grade team all won their brackets at the Massasoit Warriors SpringFest Tourney. Our Girls 6th grade team coached by Coach Ambrosino won their bracket at the MetroWest Madness tournament at Brandeis and Coach Cowens 9th grade boys team made it the State semifinals on May 17th with a great weekend of play @ the NEAAU 9th grade Mass State tournament in Mansfield.
Well done by all!
U17 team wins Rivals HoopFest!
Congratulation to Coach Coffey's U17 team for winning the Mass Rivals Spring HoopFest. The team won all three pool play games to advance to the Championship game where they defeated a tough BasketBull team from Springfield to take home the chip. Well Done!
Congrats to Chaos alumn Jesse Dykstra!
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- University of New England men's basketball player Jesse Dykstra (Douglas, Mass.) has been selected as the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) Rookie of the Week for the period ending November 25. CCC Commissioner Gregg Kaye announced the weekly honors Monday morning (Nov. 26).
Chaos Alumn Playing College Basketball
Former Chaos players Jake Ratcliffe (Worcester State), Scott Barrows (Clarkson), Dan Tessier (Westfield State), and Tyler Delorey (Anna Marie) as well as Jacek Louisville (Umass - Dartmouth), Paul Manning (Bridgewater State) and Jesse Dykstra (University of New England) are all looking forward to big winters as their college basketball seasons get under way. Unfortunately, Mac Roy (Eastern Connecticut) will miss his freshman year of basketball due to a knee injury he sustained on the second day of practice.
Best of luck guys from the Chaos family!
Good Weekend in Kingston!
Congrats to all the boys for a great weekend down at the Kingston Thunder Fall Showdown. All of our teams were extremely competetive. Particularly our 7th Grade (Hirtle), 10th Grade (Richey) & 11th Grade (Coffey) teams who all ended up 4 & 0 on the weekend to take home the tournament championships. Well done!
Hoop Mountain Fall Classic
Chaos' Juniors and Seniors attended the Hoop Mountain Fall Classic down at Mass Premier Courts in Manfield on Friday 9/23. The showcase was an opportunity for our high schoolers to play in front of over 70 college and prep school coaches. While everyone represented the program well, there were a few that stood out enough to be noted on New England Recruiting Reports article on the event.
Colin Richey, Choate(CT)- Richey showed why he is one of the better known point guard prospects in New England. He has continued to add upper body strength and some bounce in his jump, making himself a much more capable one-on-one scorer off the dribble. Defensively he showed a slight improvement, while on the other side of the ball he did a nice job of distributing to teammates.
Mass Premier Champs!
Congratulations to Coach Rodrigues and his 5th grade squad for winning their last tournament of the Spring down at Mass Premier Courts in Foxboro. Well done boys! Have a great Summer and keep working on your games.
Chaos Girls have big weekend!
The Chaos Girls teams had a great weekend at the N.H. Rivals Spring Fling tournament in Lowell. The Girls went 18 & 2 for the weekend with several of the teams winning all 4 of their games. Including Coach Ambrosino's 5th grade team (pictured). Well done Girls!!
Big weekend for Chaos teams!
Titles in N.H.
Success at Super Regionals.
Many Chaos teams had success over the weekend. Coach Rodrigues, Coach Grenon and Coach Roy's 5th, 6th and 7th grade teams won their tournaments at The Infinity Hoops Spring Fling in N.H.
Our High School teams represented the program very well at the NEAAU Super Regionals in Foxborough. Coach Coffey's Sophomore team won the Silver Bracket championship. While Coach Costello's Junior team advanced to the semi-finals of the Gold bracket before failing to advance.
Both teams have now qualified for Nationals.
Great job to all. Keep improving!
Congratulations to Coach Gorman's 5th grade team for being division champs in The Boston Warriors Spring Fling Tournament in Boston.
The Boys went 5 & 0 over the weekend to take home the trophy. Well done!!!
BVC Juniors & Sophomores @ Hoop Mountain
Coach Coffey and Coach Costello had BVC Juniors and Sophomores down at Mass Premier for Hoop Mountain's Spring Classic exposure event. The event was held on Friday March 23 and many DII and DIII coaches were in attendance. This was a tune up event for what promises to be a big Spring and Summer for these young men.
While everyone had their moments, below you will find evaluations on the Chaos players that New England Recruiting Report highlighted in their event recap.
Sam WIllsey, Douglas (MA) 2014 -Willsey uses his big upper-body, bounce, and ability to change speeds to body opposing defenders and therefore get to the rim or make a mid-range jumper. Willsey has the talent to be a college guard, and his gradual development will be key in that regard.
Nick Pasquale, Shrewsbury (MA) 2014 -The 6’8 Pasquale is a player to keep an eye on over the next few years because of his skillset and advanced coordination for a player his size. Pasquale plays hard, rebounds consistently, and plays with a sense of urgency on the offensive end of the floor.
Tom Annan, St. Peter-Marian (MA) 2014 -Annan is another combo guard who, like Bullen, starred on his school’s JV squad this past season. He is a quick, creative player who likes to attack the rim and will continue to be more effective as he improves his outside jumper.
Colin Richey, Whitinsville Christian (MA) 2013 -Richey came out on Friday and gave another impressive performance by displaying an improved handle and floor leadership and also knocking down several outside jumpers
NERR event recap link : http://www.newenglandrecruitingreport.com/news/article/2463/Hoop-Mountain-Spring-Classic:-2014-Recap.php
Mac Roy - WCRN "Athlete of the week"
Congratulations to Chaos Senior Mac Roy for being named WCRN's "Athlete of the week". You can find Mac's radio interview @ http://www.scholasticsportszone.com/interviews/athlete_of_the_week .
Congrats to all the Chaos players that were named captains of their high school teams.
Mark Devries - Uxbridge
Mac Roy - Sutton
Brendan Stock - Grafton
Nick Treu - Grafton
Tyler Delorey - Holy Name
Jacek Louisville - Holy Name
Scott Barrows - Millbury
Luke Bernard - Millbury
Joe Mespelli - Nipmuc
Colin Richey - Whitinsville Christian
Kenny Harrington - St. Johns
Chris Murray - Littleton
Evan Lerner - Hopedale
Ian Strom - Hopedale
Paul Manning - Hopedale
Lindsey Bishop - Hopedale (Girls)
This is not an accident. You are all great leaders. Show the younger players how to get it done and take your teams to the next level. Have a great season!
Middle School Girls Champs!
Congrats to Coach Farineau and her Liberty team for taking home the Championship in our Fall Middle School league.
Not in picture: Mary McInerny and Emily Costa.
Chaos 6th graders compete in Boston's Mayors Cup
In June Coach Coffey brought a group of Chaos 6th graders in to Boston to compete in the Mayors Cup @ the Reggis Lewis Center. Pictured are the Chaos team with Boston Mayor Tom Menino.
BVC Summer League Champs - Middle School
Congratulations to Coach Darian and his Heat team for taking the championship in the Chaos Summer league Middle School division.
BVC Summer League Champs - Grade School
Congratulations to Coach Rodrigues Green Wave team for winning the Grade School division of the BVC Summer league.
Team members not in picture: Jon Baker & Sean Rosenlund.
Congrats to Coach Rodrigues 4th grade team for winning the tournament in Plaistow, N.H. over the May 14th weekend. The boys went 4 & 0 to capture the title. Well done!
RI Hawks May-Madness Champs!
Coach Roy's U17 team had a great weekend down in Rhode Island winning the RI Hawks May Madness Tournament. The team went 4 & 0 over the weekend to take the chip. Congrats!
**not in picture - Luke Bernard**
Zero Gravity Champs!
Congrats to Coach Padula's 4th grade team for going undefeated over the weekend and winning their division in the Zero Gravity tournament in Worcester. Great job Boys!
Team members not in picture: Nick Quinn, Sean Rosenlund & Tyler Miller.
Congratulations to Coach Waswill's 6th grade team for winning the championship down at the Mansfield Sportsplex this past weekend. Great job!
Team members not in picture: Jack Marzec & Josh Callinan.
"Top of the Rock" Champs!
Congrats to Coach Costello's Sophomore team. The boys went 4 & 0 over the weekend taking the "Top of the Rock" tournament up at Holy Cross in Worcester. Well done!
Fieldhouse Tip Off Classic Champs!
Coach Roy's 11th Grade team took home the championship in the Sudbury Fieldhouse's Tip Off Classic.
(Not in picture Brendan Stock)
Great effort guys!
U16 wins King Of The Mountain tournament!
Congratulations to Coach Costello and his U16 group for winning the "King Of The Mountain" tournament in Saratoga, NY over the weekend. The boys went 4 & 0, defeating a very tough Granite State Raiders team 70 to 67 in the championship game.
U17 M-Plex Champs
Coach Roy's BVC U17 team won their first tournament of the year down at the Mansfield SportsPlex. The boys averaged 75 points per game while going undefeated during the tournament. Great job! Lets keep it going.
Chaos kids meet Coach "K"
Several of Coach Costello's U16 team had a chance to meet with Coach "K" at a recent St. Mark's open gym. Many high profile college programs were represented at the workout. Including Kansas (Coach Self), Georgetown (Coach Thompson) as well as North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest and West Virginia.
With coach "K" in the picture is Mark DeVries, Colin Richey, Connor Costello, Grant Brown and Antonio Estrella.
BVC U9 takes Silver Medal in State Tournament
Milford Daily News:
The Blackstone Valley Chaos U9 AAU boys basketball team finished second in the annual Massachusetts state AAU championship held at Brandeis University and Mass Premier Courts in Foxboro last weekend.
The third graders, from the area towns of Hopedale, Northbridge, Uxbridge, Douglas, Whitinsville and Hopkinton, played against teams from Boston and across the state.
The team includes, front row, left to right: Zack Roberts, Northbridge; Justin Tulley, Uxbridge; Jameson Gannon, Douglas; Sam Dykstra, Douglas; Jackson Tahmoush, Hopedale; and Matt Costanza, Hopedale. Second row: Wes Rodrigues, Hopedale; Jimmy Casey, Hopedale; Gabe Brookhouse, Whitinsville; Robbie Siefring, Hopedale; Gabe Terando, Hopedale; and Tyler Gorman, Hopkinton. Back row: Assistant Coach Jim Gannon; Assistant Coach Jim Casey; Jon Adams, Douglas; and Head Coach Mike Rodrigues.
Coach Maynard's U16 team won their division to take home the M-Plex Jamfest Championship over the weekend. The boys went 5 & 0 to win the title. Great job!
U11 wins Warrior's Tournament!
Congratulations to Coach Waswill's U11 team for a great opening weekend in Waltham at the Boston Warriors Tournament. The boys went undefeated to win their division. Terrific job!
Spring Clinic Photos
Coach Noah LaRoche, from Integrity Hoops, puts Chaos players through some drill work at the BVC Spring Clinic.
Thanks to Coach LaRoche as well as Coaches Rob Costello, Chad Gosselin, Mitch Bajema and Brady Bajema for a successful Spring Clinic.
More Clinic photos have been posted on Chaos photo album (Courtesy of Mr. Gordon).
Coach Paulhus' U15 team won their division in the Middlesex Magic 1st Shot tournament played over the March 27/28 weekend at Umass-Boston.
Great start. Well done!
Team Mass Champs!
Coach Paulhus' U15 team concluded a great Fall season by winning the Team Mass Fall Blast Tournament. The team went 4 and 0 for the Tournament defeating Mass Evolution in a hard fought contest to take the championship.
The U15 team won titles in 3 of the 6 tournaments entered to complete their Fall schedule with 19 wins and 5 losses.
Team members not in picture - Sam Willsey and Dave Rosa.
Great job by all the team members. Best of luck to all and lets carry it through your school seasons
Chaos players attend Adidas Phenom Top 150 Camp
Chaos' 9th graders Antonio Estrella (Uxbridge) and Colin Richey (Upton) attended the Adidas Phenom Top 150 Camp over the weekend of 11/7 & 11/8.
State Champs at Nationals!
BVC U14 team @ Nationals in Orlando, Florida.
U14 RED WINS STATE CHAMPIONSHIP!!!
Congratulations to Coach Paulhus and his U14 team on a great weekend in Boston at the Division 2 State Championship. The boys went 6 and 0 over the weekend with 4 wins on Sunday including an OT win in the Championship to take the D2 State title.
The team's effort earned them the Gold medal and a spot in the U14 National championship tournament, August 1-8 in Florida.
Ian Strom #21 - Hopedale
Jake Hession #18 - Uxbridge
Colin Richey #24 - Upton
Sam Willsey #23 - Douglas
Kenny Paulhus #14 - Blackstone
Mark Devries # 10 - Uxbridge
Riley Barron #11 - Whitinsville
Nick Terranova #41 - Webster
Antonio Estrella #16 - Uxbridge
Caleb Holt #20 - Uxbridge
Grant Brown #12 - Whitinsville
Derek Moore #19 - Mendon
U15 RED Wins Silver in D2 States!
The team's effort earned them the Silver medal and a qualifying bid to the U15 National Tournament held in Little Rock, Arkansas, July 6th - 13th.
Congrats to players:
Joey Mespelli - Upton
Mac Roy - Sutton
Dan Walsh - Sutton
Darren Moore - Mendon
Luke Bernard - Millbury
Scott Barrows - Millbury
Attila Kara - Douglas
Eric Teixeira - Grafton
Nick Treu - Grafton
Vik Kozica - Northboro
Mark Devries - Uxbridge
Colin Richey - Upton
Mark DV featured in Worcester T&G article.
Mark DeVries is on a roll when it comes to records
By Steve Farley CORRESPONDENT
UXBRIDGE — In his season finale against Oxford, Mark DeVries only needed one point to break the single-season scoring record for the Whitin Middle School.
He got 22.
DeVries ended his two-year middle school career as the Whitin Middle School’s all-time leading scorer with 294 points, shattering the old mark set by Tony Barry two years ago. Barry, who transferred to Milford High, finished with 273 points.
“It was really cool,” said DeVries, a 5-foot-7-inch point guard who averaged an eye-popping 21 points in 14 games and broke the single-game record as well with 32 points. “My coach (John Raymond) told me I could beat the school record in our last game. I just like playing in the game. I’m always looking forward to when my next game is. I like making really good plays, and I like hearing the crowd cheer.”
Raymond, who has been coaching the boys’ middle school team for three seasons and is also the UHS varsity softball coach, couldn’t say enough positive things about DeVries.
“I had him for three years,” said Raymond, who pointed out that DeVries, an A student, was a ball boy/scorekeeper for the squad when he was in sixth grade. “He’s the nicest kid in the world. He’s a throwback. He’s a gym rat. He’s in the gym when practice is over. Sometimes, I have to chase him out of there. He listens. He wants to learn. He does all the little things, and he does them the right way. He sees the court very well. He’s just a super, super kid who will do anything to make his team better. He has a great work ethic, and he is a great role model.”
Uxbridge High School Athletic Director Mark Donahue has been guiding the boys’ varsity basketball team for 28 years. Donahue can’t wait to see what DeVries’ potential could be over the next four years.
“It’s quite an achievement breaking that record,” said Donahue, athletic director at UHS for 27 years. “There’s been quite a few players that have gone through the Whitin Middle School program. I’ve seen him play. This kid works really hard at his game. I’m really looking forward to him joining our program next year. I think he’s got the potential to have a great career at Uxbridge High School.”
Mark’s older brother, Jon, is a 6-foot small forward, who will be a junior next school year. With any luck, the siblings could be playing together for at least one year, maybe two.
“He’s another kid who really works hard,” Donahue said of Jon. “His game has really improved. He had a good sophomore year.”
Although he is a third baseman for the Whitin Middle School baseball team, basketball is clearly Mark DeVries’ favorite and best sport, whether it’s him playing or his idols.
“I enjoyed Little League, but I’d much rather play basketball,” said DeVries, who looks up to the Celtics “Big 3” of Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and the captain, Paul Pierce. “I watch it on television all the time. It always gets me more excited. … If I have a chance of playing college basketball, I will.”
Playing AAU basketball will certainly help him reach that goal.
DeVries plays for a 14-year-old AAU team called the Blackstone Chaos in the spring and fall, and to no one’s surprise, has been turning heads there, too. The Chaos is coached by Ken Paulhus of Blackstone.
The AAU season during the spring extends to the middle of May, but the Chaos players have already competed in three tournaments and have a winning record.
“The better the competition, the better he plays,” said Paulhus, who has coached DeVries for three years. “He plays even harder than he normally does. I’ve probably coached him in over 100 games. His attitude is as big as his talent. He’s fantastic. He’s the most coachable player I’ve ever had. His teammates all love him, too. He doesn’t want to come off the court for one second of the game."
Other players from Uxbridge on the Chaos include Jake Hession and Caleb Holt, while another local talent, Grant Brown, resides in Northbridge.
Paulhus said that DeVries was sensational in a recent game against the Rhode Island Hawks in the Middlesex Magic First Shot Tournament, pouring in 27 points in a losing effort. “He carried us,” said Paulhus, who has also coached against DeVries during the winter season. “I consider the Rhode Island Hawks one of the premier teams in New England.”
“I’ve always been very good at going to the left side,” DeVries said. “A lot of my points come off of lefty layups. Some of my points come off of threes. I like to shoot when I’m open, but I don’t like to force anything. I’d almost rather drive. I like to get my teammates some open shots, too.”
Colin Richey impresses at Basketball Showcase.
April 14th, 2009
Guard play was the name of the game at New England’s Junior Elite 75 Showcase as it seemed there were outstanding playmakers everywhere you looked.
Demetri Lewis, Johnnie Vassar, Jonathan Joseph, Juwan Gooding, Aaron Calixte, Charles Correa, Justin McDonald, Colin Richey, and Cornelius Tyson all stood out as players who have the talent and potential to be stars down the road.
Lewis showed arguably better leadership ability than any other player as he was vocal with his teammates, constantly working, and tremendously unselfish. He’s also a uniquely talented playmaker with a terrific feel for the game.
Vassar is a super smooth and composed lead guard who can score with his patented pull-up jumper or by breaking his man down off the dribble. He’ll also make the defense pay for watching him as he has great floor vision and passing ability to match.
Joseph and Gooding were the top 6th graders at the event. Both are incredible and already complete packages offensively who can shoot it from deep, drive it to the rim, and finish against contact.
Calixte has all the physical tools with great athleticism, quickness, and a tremendous first step. His dribble penetration was the key to his success as he could create shots for himself and his teammates at virtually anytime.
Speaking of guys that can do it all offensively, Charles Correa certainly fits into that category as he is great with the ball in his hands showing a tight handle, a dependable jump shot, and a gear beyond most others.
McDonald and Richey are two guys that stood out from the competition by being exceptionally well schooled in the game, showing both a tremendous fundamental base and also fantastic basketball I.Q.’s.
Tyson is a big point guard and playmaking extraordinaire. He seemingly has eyes all around his head and can do things with the ball that most others his age wouldn’t even dream of.
And how about the play of Tyler Rowe, the little guy proved good things come in small packages as he dazzled the crowd with his prowess off the dribble.
U14 RED wins Mass Premier title!
Chaos U14 RED team swept through the field to win the Mass Premier Tip-Off Classic In Foxborough this past weekend. Coach Paulhus' team played terrific defense and up tempo offense to capture the title.
Well done boys!
U15 RED WINS THRILLER TO TAKE MASS PREMIER TIP-OFF CLASSIC TITLE!
COACH ROY & COACH TEIXEIRA'S U15 RED TEAM CAME FROM 22 POINTS DOWN IN THE SECOND HALF TO TAKE THE MASS PREMIER TIP-OFF CLASSIC TITLE OVER THE WEEKEND. THEY FACED A VERY TALENTED, AGGRESIVE AND ATHLETIC TEAM FROM NEW LONDON, CT. GREAT JOB BOYS!
(LUKE BERNARD NOT IN PHOTO)
Nichols' Basketball Clinic
SPECIAL THANKS TO COACH SOKOLNICKI, COACH FOURNIER AND THE NICHOLS COLLEGE MENS BASKETBALL TEAM FOR A GREAT JOB AT SATURDAY MORNINGS CLINIC.
IT'S YOUR JOB TO TAKE ALL THAT GREAT INFO AND RUN WITH IT BOYS!
NATE BERTAND RUNS A DRILL UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYE OF NICHOLS COACH
WRAP-UP AT NICHOLS COLLEGE CLINIC.
Thoughts on Mental aspects pertaining to Basketball
On Personal Character and Attitude:
Reputation is what you are perceived to be; character is what you are (John Wooden).
The true athlete must have character, not be a character (John Wooden).
In life you make choices, and your choices make you (John Wooden).
You don't have to win a trophy to be a winner.
In basketball, there is no such thing as a perfect game. Don't get upset if you make a mistake or miss a shot, keep playing hard and things will work out. Remember, a man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he gives up. Always think "next play" (Coach K, Duke).
Congrats to Mass Premier Champs!
CHAOS U13 & U14 (WHITE) TEAMS WON THEIR DIVISION AT MASS PREMIER TIP-OFF CLASSIC TOURNAMENT THIS PAST WEEKEND. WELL DONE & CONGRATULATIONS!
Congrats to Mass Premier Champs!
Not In Picture - ERIC TEIXEIRA
DC SUMMER LEAGUE CHAMPS!!!!!
Congrats to Coach Roy , Coach Teixeira and the all the Boys for a job well done in the Dudley-Charleton Summer League. The Boys went undefeated in winning the 7th & 8th Grade Division Championship.
COACH WOODEN'S - "Pyramid for Success"
April 15, 2007 – 08:00 AM
U13's Mass Premier Winter Carnival Champs!
November 4, 2007 – 08:00 AM
Pictured in photo celebrating:
Matt Phelan (Northbridge)
Grant Brown (Northbridge)
Mark DeVries (Uxbridge)
Jake Hession (Uxbridge)
Antonio Estrella (Uxbridge)
Tony Pacheco (Sutton)
Nick Blare (Sutton)
Evan Rodrigues (Hopedale)
Ben Bradley (Cumberland R.I.)
*** Not in Picture - Ken Paulhus (Blackstone) ***
GREAT JOB BOYS!!!
U13 State Tournament Results
May 14, 2007 – 12:00 AM
2007 13U Boys Division I and II Mass. State Championship Tournament Results
Site: American International College, Springfield, MA
1) All For One
2) Mass Destruction Elite
3) Mass Rivals
4) Merritting Attention
5) Pops Basketball Academy
7) CMAC Hawks
8) Mass Hoops Jaguars (Ayala)
1) Boston Ballers
2) Bay State Magic (Brickhouse)
3) North Central Blaze
4) Bay State Magic (Devilly)
5) BSV Chaos
6) Mass Premier
7) WBA Hawks
8) Mass Hoops Jaguars (Wray)
January 14, 2007 – 12:00 AM
In the BVC program, fundamental drill work and competition is the primary emphasis to allow for players to have a solid foundation to expand their games.