Travel team profile: BABC

You would be hard-pressed to find a travel program in New England that can match the track record of the Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC). While a few programs have had spurts of great success, BABC has done this for 37 years and shows no signs of slowing down.

The accomplishments are many, headlined by 17 national championships and 89 gold medals in New England AAU competition. They have are also off to a great start in the early history of the Nike EYBL.

This year the program is as deep as it’s been in a few years, as for the first time in a few years they will have a regular 17-under entry that consists of mostly juniors. No longer will their oldest team be a lot of sophomores playing up.

The junior team that will compete in EYBL will feature Boston College commit Jeremy Miller (6’9″ Jr. PF-C, Milton (MA) New Hampton School) inside. Miller is long and starting to use that length more effectively, and his skill package is good with signs of improvement. He’ll be joined up front by Bobby Martin Jr. (6’6″ Jr. PF, Waltham (MA) Noble & Greenough School), who has a lot of good tools and mainly needs to shed the “too nice a kid” part of his game, along with Terrell Brown (6’8″ So. PF, East Providence (RI) St. Andrew’s School), whose feel for the game and skill package are improving to go with his great length. Chibuzor Ogbue (6’6″ Jr. SF-PF, Framingham (MA) Masters School), who is mainly a source of untapped potential, and Garrett Stephenson (6’6″ So. PF, Townsend (MA) St. Bernard HS), who can score in close and rebound, could also join the team but will at least see time on their sophomore team. Stephenson will head to Suffield Academy next year and re-classify.

The wing will feature Terance Mann (6’5″ Jr. SF, Lowell (MA) Tilton School), who can do many things for them. He’s very athletic and has a nice skill package, and when he gets aggressive he’s shown he can finish, including with highlight-reel dunks at times. Tyree Robinson (6’4″ Jr. SF-PF Fall River (MA) Durfee HS) is more of a power forward but will have a role with this team. Brendan Hill (6’4″ Jr. SF-PF, Mansfield (MA) High) is also part of the program, but will miss several months with a torn ACL suffered during the high school season.

Playing off the ball in the backcourt will be Bruce Brown (6’3″ So. SG, Wakefield (MA) Vermont Academy). Brown is athletic and has great length for his size, and he can be deadly in transition as he’s more of a scorer than a shooter. Behind him are Franklin Porter (6’3″ Jr. SG, Portland (OR) Tilton School) and Tommy Mobley (6’2″ Jr. SG, Newton (MA) North HS). Porter is more mature physically, while Mobley can shoot with the best of them in Massachusetts.

Aamahne Santos (5’9″ Jr. PG, Boston (MA) Catholic Memorial HS) is the most likely point guard, as he’s quick and well-built. Celio Araujo (5’10” Jr. PG, Boston (MA) Masters School) will also get plenty of minutes there and made a good jump in the last year.

Among the younger teams, players to watch include Jakigh Dottin (5’11” Fr. SG, Cambridge (MA) Rindge & Latin School), Javaughn Edmonds (6’0″ So. SG, Boston (MA) Brighton HS), Jalyn Hinton (6’1″ Fr. SG, Boston (MA) Belmont HS) and Martin Mann (6’6″ Fr. PF, Lowell (MA) Hillside School), the younger brother of Terance.

Besides the four EYBL sessions, BABC’s spring schedule includes three events they run. They opened up with the BABC-Select Classic and the George “Trigger” Burke Classic, and they run the Boston Shootout in June. They will also play in the state and regional AAU tournaments, a couple of Zero Gravity tournaments, the Super 16 Showcase and Hoopville Spring Finale. July will feature the AAU Super Showcase, and other events are to be determined. The Nike Peach Jam will be part of it if they play well enough during the four EYBL sessions.

Plenty of challengers have been around to BABC’s place in New England travel team basketball. That will continue, but if history is any indication there isn’t likely to be much, if any, change to where they stand this year.

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