Established in 1977, the Boston Amateur Basketball Club (BABC) has evolved into one of the most prestigious amateur basketball programs in the country. Founded by Head Coach Leo Papile, whose basketball career has spanned over forty years as a Coach and Executive; including the NBA (Boston Celtics. 1997-2012, LA Clippers, 2015), NCAA Division I (Boston University, 1979-81, Cleveland State, 1984-87), the CBA (Quincy Chiefs, 1977-78, Maine Lumberjacks, 1981-83), and USA Basketball in 2012, BABC has produced seventeen NBA Players, twelve McDonald’s All Americans, one NBA Head Coach, two hundred eleven NCAA scholarship athletes and captured a remarkable 17 National Championships and 94 Gold Medals as of 2015 in NEAAU.
BABC strives to be a leader in the Boston basketball community and hosts five of the areas’ most prestigious events. Each June, the club hosts the time-honored Boston Shootout, carrying on a forty four year tradition started by the Boys and Girls Club of Boston. The event consists of elite regional boys travel teams.
In 1996, BABC started the Holiday Classic for high school boys and girls teams over the holiday school vacation week. Legendary New England High School Basketball powers, Cambridge Rindge and Latin, Putnam Voc. Tech of Springfield, Windsor(CT), New Bedford, Springfield Central, Wilbur Cross(CT), Bishop Hendricken(RI), and New Mission are among our annual participants. Chelsea High School has been the recipient of over $70,000 in scholarships donated by the BABC over the history of this event. A second High School event began on the MLK Holiday in 2014 featuring a full day of games matching up many of New England’s finest High School programs.
The BABC Prep Invitational began in 2009 for NEPSAC schools on the Martin Luther King Holiday Weekend(Saturday and Sunday). Featuring National Prep School powers such as the Tilton School, Northfield Mount Hermon, the New Hampton School, and Worcester Academy, among others, the BABC Prep Invitational is a can’t-miss event for basketball enthusiasts.
In 2014, the BABC Select Tour began. This opens our season as the BABC Juniors compete against Senior Select teams, and the BABC Sophomores compete against Underclassmen Select teams, chosen by high school coaches and committees in the four MIAA districts(North, South, Central, and West) and Rhode Island.