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EC Fieldston is Off to a Strong Start

 

By Emma Yavel

Ethical Culture Fieldston

Riverdale, NY

Ivy Prep School League

Head Coach: Rafael Salazar 

2016-17 Record to-date  8-0

Mid-season Report

The Fieldston Eagles have started their season at 8-0, making them one of the top teams in NYC.  Head coach Rafael Salazar is very proud at his team’s success thus far. "Leading the way is one of the best kept secrets and top all-around players in NYC”, says the coach. One of the main contributors of this year’s early triumphs is senior guard Justyn Rogers 6’3” (2017).  Justyn Rogers is averaging 29 pts per game, 14 rebounds, 5 assist, 3 blocks, 3 steals in the first 8 wins of the season. Justyn has begun to draw interest from many Division 1 colleges with his outstanding play. His stat line is definitely one to take notice of, as this young man continues to excite crowds and media throughout New York City with his show-time dunks and blocks.

Playing Robin to Batman is rising star junior PG Jared Maharaj.  Jared is one of the best 3 point shooters in the Ivy League. The 6’2" guard is averaging 20 ppg, seven assists, and two steals per game.  Rounding out the rest of the roster is 6’6" PF senior Bryce Kasselow. He is averaging 8 rebounds and 2 blocks per game. Junior guard Ryan Tavarez is leading the Ivy league in steals at four per game. 5'10" junior guard Nick Gibson is one of the quickest and toughest match-ups in the Ivy League. 

Forward Noah Gold 6’5” (2017), Oliver Schacht 6’0" (2017), Carter Pollak 6’0" ( 2018) Mike Flom 6’2 ( 2018), JD Haus 6’2 ( 2019), Zach Fleischer 6’2 (2018), Amir Mustefa 6’3 (2019), Alexander Cohen 6’5 (2018), Nick Francore  6’1 (2018) comprise the remainder of the Eagles’ undefeated roster. 

With one of the top defenses in the league, the Eagles are off to an  impressive start to their season, to say the least. The squad now holds a the 5th seed in the Section 12 PSAL Rankings and #15 in NY State. We look forward to see how the team finishes their season. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


posted 01/07/2017
Aviation High is Bouncing Back

 

By Emma Yavel

Aviation High School

Long Island City, NY

PSAL Queens A West

Head Coach: Nicholas Vlavianos (4th Season)

         2015-2016

Overall Record: 9-12

Queens A West Record 7-9

The 2015-2016 season was a tough one for the Flyers, as they lost two senior starters during the season, one with a concussion and the other due to poor academics. In trying to make a late rally in the season to make the playoffs for the second year in a row, unfortunately, they fell short. With a few returning players and the possibility a few incoming freshmen, the Flyers are looking to bounce back big this year.

With two key returners, Davion Lee (Guard/6’0”/2019) and Lorenzo Quiblat (Guard/5’8”/2017) sprinkled in with a few more key players and new facilities on the horizon, the Flyers expectations are flying high this season.

According to head coach Nick Vlavianos, “it was an exciting year that saw us fighting down to the end for a playoff spot, but we simply fell short”, says the head coach. “With a new gym that should be completed in a couple of years, along with my younger guys getting older and gaining the much needed experience, our future is looking bright”. We have turned around the Basketball culture here at Aviation and now, year after year, we just keep on building on that solid foundation” 


posted 12/21/2016
Walton Coming Back With a Vengeance

 

By: Claire Mulgrew

Walton High School

Bronx A West

Coach: Eric Swillinger (18th season)

              2015-2016

Overall Record:  14-11,

Bronx A West 10-7

2016-17 Projected Starting Five:

Andre Rivera G, Sr. (6’2”) is the team’s primary ball handler, who’s point guard skills are improving rapidly. Though last year Rivera was the leading rebounder and assist-man, this year he will have much more responsibility with the ball, along with increasing his average PPG and REB. Rivera is a talented player, who is able to step up and do whatever the team needs, whether it be to take a charge, be a leader, or get to the basket, he gets the job done. He is also an exceptional 3-pt shooter, who can also drive the ball to the hoop. If you face Rivera be prepared to deal with his competitive nature and his natural basketball abilities.

Louis Florimon PG, Sr. (5’8”) is the team’s other point guard who is a reliable shooter, and the team’s best 3-pt shooter. He averaged 10 PPG and 6 assists, making him a major player on offense.

Derek Smith F, Sr. (6’2”) is a lefty with a good shot. He is second leading rebounder, providing great defense for the team. Smith is crafty about getting to the basket, making him an offensive threat as well.

Arturo “Pookie” Sealy F, Jr. (6’1”) an all-around good player, who has an improved 3-pt shot. He is very good at getting to the basket and going to the line. He is also a good rebounder.

Ismael Canales C, Soph. (6’6”) has height that makes him a big advantage to his team. He is coming into his size, which will make him a threat in the Bronx A West league. Since he is only a sophomore, watch out for him to improve as the season goes on.

At the end of last season, the Wildcats could have felt defeated after losing many close games and suffering a loss in the first round of the playoffs, but they didn’t. Instead, they set their sights on the upcoming season and chose to work even harder. Attending a camp at Fordham University where they came out second overall, beating Fordham Prep, and just narrowly missing being champs against St. Francis, added to their growing confidence. They are hoping that all their hard work in the offseason will have a payoff during the season, and so far it has. The Wildcats have started their pre-season 4-0. Led by their 3 senior captains, Walton knows they have the potential to be one of the top teams in the Bronx, and a competitive team come the time for borough playoffs.  


posted 12/09/2016
Danbury Looks to Build on its Success

 

By Claire Mulgrew

Danbury High School

Danbury, CT

FCIAC

Class LL

Head Coach: Casey Bock

Assistant Coaches: Angelo Marrero, Anthony James, Nate Wilda

​     2015-16

Overall Record:  23 - 4

FCIAC Regular Season Champions

FCIAC Tournament  Finalists

Class LL Tournament Semi-Finalists 

The Danbury High Hatters lose four seniors to graduation, but still should remain competitive in the FCIAC.  Last year, the program had its most successful season in recent years, winning the FCIAC regular season and reaching the FCIAC finals and LL semi-finals.  The Hatters have a solid group of seniors and young talent coming up. According to their Coach Bock, If DHS can play together, defend and rebound, they have an opportunity to repeat their success from last season. 

Top Returning Players:

Marcus Fox (2017) is a 6'4 forward  who was a first team All FCIAC and second team All-State player in his junior campaign.  He also led his Academic Basketball Club AAU team to the Zero Gravity New York State Championship in the spring. Marcus has a linebacker's  inside presence, a track star's speed in transition and can step outside and stretch the defensive with his shooting ability. 

Titus James (2017) is a very skilled 6'3 player who can go inside and out.  He is a great distributor that can rebound and finish around the rim.  Messiah Crandell (2017) is a very athletic wing. He is a very good defender, who can finish in transition and get to the rim.

Other key players will be: 6'2 Jordan Alleyne (2017), 6'3 Tyler Scalzo (2017), 5'11 Chris Torres(2018), 6'1 Jordan Brown (2018), 5'11 Cameron Snow (2018), 6'4 Denali Burton (2019) and 5'7 Javon Hernandez (2019). 


posted 11/09/2016
Cougars Will Defend to Win

 

By Emma Yavel

A. Philip Randolph High School

New York, NY

Manhattan A Northwest

Head Coach: Peter Gonzalez

         2015-16

Overall Record:  7-9

Manhattan A NW 4-10

The Cougars are loaded with players who are eager to compete this season. The squad is led by junior guard Joshua Vasquez (5’6”), who averaged 17.5 ppg last season, and 6'4” senior forward Oluwadare Sowunmi. These are two guys who are fantastic leaders. With their high basketball IQ, they are looking to have the Cougars compete on every possession in the Manhattan A Northwest Division in the upcoming season.

With the help of 5'7” senior guard Keyshawn Adams and 5'11” senior swing man Ronald Rodriguez, the Cougars hope to have a successful year despite their small size. “Despite our size and lack of dept, we will be very tough defensively and will win games based on how well we rebound and manage turnovers”, says head coach Peter Gonzalez.

Other contributors this season will be seniors Mamadu BahJordy Samuel  and Tyler Simmons, who will all be getting many minutes on the court this season. “I look forward to the success this team has to offer”, says Gonzalez. 


posted 10/25/2016
2016 War on the Floor Top Perfromers

 

By Emma Yavel

Ardsley, NY The War on the Floor tournament is the second of four straight weekends where Zero Gravity puts out the call for Fall AAU teams to assemble and do battle in the big Westchester County hoop Meccas. Here's the Top Players who caught our eye:

Sam Mullet (2020) 6'2 Swing HighSchool: Bishop Guertin (NH) AAU Team: C4. Mullet is a forward with a guard's passing ability and a tenacity for finishing around the rim. He works hard at getting to the hole and can finish with either hand. He needs to work on his ball handling and his ability to defend in the post. 

David Oscher 5'10 Point Guard High School: Ridgewood (NJ) AAU Team: Gryphon. Ocher has a floater game that will score against all levels of talent. He will also knock down the open 3. His defensive stance work is of clinic quality. He is both a thief in the passing lanes and an instinctual Help defender.

Christian Wontong (2019) 6'2 Guard High School: Edison High (NJ) AAU Team: Hoop Nation. Wontong attacks the boards on both ends He is an athlete, a shot blocker, and a slasher in the lane.

Jason Ongondo (2018) 5'9 Guard High School: Monroe High (NY) AAU Team: Team Take Over. Ongondo, aka "Bucketz"  is hyper quick and has a whiplash quality crossover dribble attack.  Earns his nickname by being too difficult to stay in front of. A vocal and focused team leader.

​Kevin Lanham (2021) 5'10 Guard School: Flood MS (Stratford, CT) AAU Team: TYSKILLZ SELECT. Lanham is an athletic and explosive combo guard who attacks the basket with a lethal first step and crossover ability. He can handle the rock well and gets into the lane effortlessly. He has a great attitude and is extremely coach-able. He can also knockdown the perimeter jump shot.He has the potential to be a big-time scorer. His excellent anticipation for steals leads to easy transitions points. 

Sean Regis (2019) 6'2 Shooting Guard High School: Bergen Catholic High (NJ) AAU Team: NJ Crusaders. Big and strong shooting guard with high basketball IQ. Three point shooter with ability to finish down low and get to the line. Sees entire floor and makes great passes. Needs to improve lateral footwork on defense.

Bryce Dawkins 5'11 Guard High School: Ridgewood (NJ) AAU Team: Gryphon. Dawkins is the quickest man on the floor, making him a lethal slasher in transition. His gymnast-esque agility makes him a winner in the 50-50 scrums. A foul magnet on his too-quick-to-stop basket drives. A high velocity passer who can get the ball through right windows.

Mucyo Sheriff (2018) 6'5 Swing High School: Dobbs Ferry High (NY) AAU Team: Global Sports Academy. Sheriff is a college sized guard, who can defend and rebound like a high school big. His height and patience give him excellent court vision as a ball handler. His length and athleticism make him lethal on the way to the rim. We saw him pass up some open threes, so infer that part of his game may still be on his to-do list.

Lucas Green (2019) 6'4 Guard High School: Rutgers Prep (NJ) AAU Team: Hoop Nation.  Green is capable of averaging a double double every game. His coach says that he has leadership skills and intangibles that every coach wants. He is a  clutch knock down 3 point shooter and a creative finisher around the rim. High IQ, 5 tool player.

Sybri Traore (2017) 6'1 Swing High School: Collegiate Inst for Math and Science (NY) AAU Team: Global Sports Academy. Traore is an athlete. He plays with the confidence of the most athletic guy on the floor. On offense he handles the ball as a guard. On defense he defends the lane and rebounds like a big. He is a natural slasher, but needs to commit himself to developing an outside shot.

Jordan Gallimore (2019) 6'8 (Center) High School: Bassick HS (CT) AAU Team: CT Premier Hoops Development This guy is like a metal gate, nobody gets in. The rim is very safe with Gallimore on the floor. Standing at 6'8 as a sophomore, he should peak the interest of college scouts  If he can get some offensive tutoring, his career could take off.

Matthew Defeo (2019) 5'11 Point Guard High School: Ridgewood (NJ) AAU Team: Gryphon. Defeo has a coach's son feel for the game; the schemes just work better when he is on the floor. On an excellent ball movement team, he is the best ball mover. Excellent floor general recognition of defensive scheme switches.  He will defend you into a turn over by taking away your plan. He was his team's designated long ball sniper.

Jack Silver (2017) 6'6 Power Forward High School: Riverdale Country School (NY) AAU Team:Global Sports Academy. Silver is a wide body load, and uses every bit of that strength in his hoops game. He does a nice job of anchoring into the post, and then uses his back-to-the-basket scoring moves over either shoulder. He sets a heavy screen that creates excellent two-man-game spacing.

Jaden Rege (2019) 5'11 Guard High School: WW-Plainsboro South High (NJ) AAU Team: Hoop Nation. Rege is a knock down shooter. He can create space and shoot the 3 off the dribble at a high percentage.

Derek Wray (2019) 5'10 Guard High School: Clarkstown South High (NY) AAU Team: Elevate. Wray has a serious case of Gym Rat-itis. Elevate called on him to play four games in one day, two on varsity and two with his 10th grade classmates.  His motor to play the game at a high level is defined by that workload. He's checking the opponent's best player, regardless of the height differential. The defensive stance and footwork is clinic-worthy. His hustle and being a great teammate seems to be contagious.

Christopher Lulgjuraj (2019) 6'4 Forward High School: Monroe High (NY) AAU Team: Team Take Over. Lulgjuraj is a long and scrappy player. He is aggressive and tough minded on extended right handed drives to the hole. He is excellent in the pick-n-roll game, giving both a tight screen then becoming a long target on his rolls to the hoop.

Josh Gestosani (2019) 5'10 Guard High School: Franklin High (NJ) AAU Team: Hoop Nation. Gestosani is crafty guard who can create space off the dribble. His coach feels that he has major upside.

Justin O'Neal (2020) 6'2 Swing High School: Bedford High (NH) AAU Team: C4. O'Neal is a long and athletic wing with a knockdown catch and shoot shot. He stretches the floor with his ability to defensive rebound and ball handle. He has guard skills in a big, lanky frame. He has the ability to defend multiple positions. If he spends his four high school years in the weight room, he will blossom into a high impact player.

Cam Jones (2020) 5'10 Guard High School: Alvrine High (NH)  AAU Team: C4.  Jones has great ball handling under pressure and the ability to facilitate an offense. He is an amazing shooter off the catch or dribble and a highly motivated scorer. Per his coach, he is a gym rat that works tirelessly at perfecting his game. Left handed shooter with the ability to finish with either hand.

Nore Davis (2018) 6’3” Guard High School: Notre Dame-Fairfield (CT)  AAU Team: CT Premier Hoops Development. Davis shows a lot of maturity on the court – a patient ball player. He hits shots from various angles and has good height for a guard. If you don't bring help, he is going to get to the rim. We look forward to see what this guy has in store during his college years.

Justin Regis (2019) 5'11" Point Guard High School: Bergen Catholic High (NJ) AAU Team: NJ Crusaders. A true point guard who can shoot and has above average ball handling skills. Regis can score off the dribble by getting to the basket or by pulling up for a mid range shot. Sees the floor well and puts his teammates in scoring positions with his basketball I.Q. A vocal playerthat is the leader of the team. Good ball pressure on defense. Needs some time in the weight room.

Sean Lachman (2019) 6'3 Wing High School: Kellenberg High (Long Beach, NY) AAU Team: LI Lightning.  Lachman is a 6'3 three man with a huge wingspan and unlimited energy. He runs the floor hard and finishes well around the basket.  Also has good range out to the three point arc.

Robert Vacco (2018) 5'11 Point Guard High School: Monroe High (NY) AAU Team: Team Take Over. Vacco is a savvy and patient floor general. His southpaw, stop-no-go, change of direction, drive-n-dish game forces the defense to misstep and miss. If you back off to slow his basket drive game, he'll smoke you with the three ball.

Matt Faller (2019) 6'1 Point Guard High School: St. Peter's Prep (NJ) AAU Team: Hoop Nation. Faller's coach thinks he has major upside. A tall point guard, who can shoot the 3, the midrange and get to the rim off the dribble.

Alexander Maminakis (2020) 6'2 Swing High School: Archbishop Molloy  AAU Team: Lightning-Haber.  This young swing man has range out to the three point arc and attacks the glass with a purpose. He is a extreme high energy kid, who can play multiple positions. "This guy is legit."

Gabe Silvera (2017) 6'0" Point Guard High School: West Orange High (NJ) AAU Team: NJ Crusaders. Silvera is a four year varsity player for West Orange, coached by Greg Tynes. He is expected to take on more of the scoring load this year. He is a great all around point guard with great speed, court awareness and the ability to dish.  A good shooter who can finish at the rim  through contact with either hand.

Ben Gheraty 6'3 Swing High School: Ridgewood (NJ) AAU Team: Gryphon. Ghearaty is an energizing player to watch and play with. His strong rebounding, court vision and passing combine to make him a one man fast break starter. He is active and opportunistic on both ends of the floor. Showed both step-back and stop n pop offensive shot creation.

Matt McCool (2021) 6'3 Swing High School: Souhegan High (NH)  AAU Team: C4. McCool is a long swing man who has natural low post ability. He has big hands with a great ability to rebound the basketball and score around the basket. He is a great defender with weak side rotation instincts re when to block shots. Great size for his age. Per his coach, he has the work ethic to realize his potential of playing at the next level.

Jaden Bell (2020) 5'9 Guard High School: Stamford High (CT) AAU Team TYSKILLZ SELECT. Bell is a polished scorer. His ability to make shots from the perimeter, combined with his mid-range and off-the-dribble game, makes him a very dangerous prospect going forward. He has tremendous strength and athleticism.  He can also finish around the rim with or without contact with either hand.

Toby Okani (2019) 6'3 Guard High School: West Orange HS (NJ) AAU Team: NJ Crusaders. Okani is good in transition. He moves well without the ball and has a strong mid-range shot. He is decent with his dribble and pass, but needs to get stronger for inside play in the paint and at the basket   

Mike Robbins (2021) 5'7 Guard High School: World Academy (NH) AAU Team: C4. Robbins is a competitor with an ability to score in bunches and run an offense to facilitate for his teammates. Raw on defense with good timing and vision. A tenacious competitor that won't back down to anyone. 

Deonte Benejan (2020) Guard HighSchool: Archbishop Molloy AAU Team: Lightning-Haber  This combo guard finishes soft and handles the ball very well. His coach says he is showing an improving outside shot.

Keyon Pryce (2019) 5'11 Point Guard High School: Roselle Catholic (NJ) AAU Team: NJ Crusaders. In Pryce's words, "My contribution to the team is energy, defense and leadership." He sees the floor well and has a point guard's sense of when to make what plays.

Timmond Williams (2019) 5'10 (Swing) High School: Trumbull HS (CT) AAU Team:CT Premier Hoops Development. Williams has been noticed at a few of our posts in the past, but this time in Ardsley, he really put on a show. He slices and dices to the basket, but also keeps calm and collected when posting up. This guy has a very solid set of offensive skills.

John Donaldson (2019) 5'11 Guard High School: Lynbrook High AAU Team: LI​ Lightning. Donaldson is a super-athletic high energy 2 guard.  He has a nose for the ball and the rim. He is  extremely tough to guard. He is a defensive stopper, with unlimited energy and a high level sense of transition basketball.

Jalen Sullivan  (2021) 6'1 Forward School: Achievement First MS (Stratford, CT) AAU Team: TYSKILLZ SELECT.  Sullivan is an imposing physical presence with a long wingspan. He is strong with good size and natural power - and potentially still growing. Per his coach, he's now starting to grow into his body and consequently becoming more athletic on a consistent basis. He is a power finisher and has a great feel for the game and also can push the ball from coast to coast.   

Tyrone Holloway (2021) 6'1 Guard School: St James MS (Stratford, CT) AAU Team: TYSKILLZ SELECT. Holloway is a high level athlete who plays with intensity. The ever present Jordanesque scowl on his face belies his will to win. He looks like he will grow into a size to be a true wing at the next level. His body control and length makes him hard to stay in front of. He can create for himself as well as for others.

Connor Dube ( 2019) 5'11 Guard High School: Watchung Hills High (NJ) AAU Team: Hoop Nation. Dube is an all around, high IQ player, who is great on both ends He is a lights out shooter.

Christian Jones-Langston  (2022) 5'10 Guard School: David Wooster MS (Stratford, CT) AAU Team: TYSKILLZ SELECT. Jones-Langston is a talented guard who can score from anywhere on the floor, but he does most of his damage attacking the basket. He is a slasher with a great wing span and can play with or without the ball.  He is very efficient on offense and also can quickly fill the scoring sheet. Can guard multiple positions on the floor. The sky is the limit for this young man.

Gavin Greene (2020) 6’2” (Forward) High School: St Joseph's (CT) AAU Team: CT Premier Hoops Development. Excellent jump shot from all ranges; especially mid-ranger. Played out of position, but due to his athleticism, Greene has developed into a solid high school forward. Greene's ability to showcase perimeter skills will determine his level of play at the next level.

Dylan Bedder​ (2019) 6'6 Forward High School: New Providence High (NJ) AAU Team: Hoop Nation. Bedder has  major upside. He is a tough workhorse with good hands, and a good passer from the post


posted 10/24/2016
2016 Battle at the Big House

 

By Emma Yavel

Ardsley, NY Zero Gravity continues to keep the region's gyms and gym rats busy in the fall. This week they hosted Battle of the Big House at the House of Sports in Ardsley, NY and Hooperstown in New Rochelle, NY. Here's some of the Top Performers:

Tadhg Crowley (2020) 6'6 Center High School: Sacred Heart (Yonkers, NY) AAU Team: GOSH Warriors. No more hurling for this Irish lad. Picking up hoops as his American sport was the right move. This freshman is an All Conference high school level player now. If he continues to add a few more inches, he will go to college for free. Great energy and mobility for his size. Very aggressive and very physical. Terrific ability to finish off his back-to-the basket moves for a young, very, big man.. No Hack-a-Shaq here, the not-so-wee lad makes his free throws.

Matthew Brand (2020) 5'10 Shooting Guard High School: Archbishop Stepinac (NY) AAU Team: GOSH Warriors. The GOSH squad's half court offense plan was pretty easy to scout. They were going to pound you inside with Crowley, and attack you from the outside by getting the ball to Brand. Brand earned the neon green light from his coach and teammates with a quick-release three point shot, and the accompanying attack-the-close-out basket drives. Being so critical to his team's scoring, he has developed a great off-the-ball set up game.

Shawn Smith (2017) 5'6 Point Guard High School: Montclair High (NJ) AAU Team: NJ Crusaders. Great ball handler and passer who gets everyone involved. He can also can hit the open jumper. Scrappy defender as well. Needs to improve on finishing around the basket when the defense steps to him.

Sean Lachman (2019) 6'3 Wing High School: Kellenberg High (Long Beach, NY) AAU Team: LI Lightning.  Lachman is a 6'3 three man with a huge wingspan and unlimited energy. He runs the floor hard and finishes well around the basket.  Also has good range out to the three point arc.

Alex Loukopoulos (2019)  6'1 Guard High School: Holy Cross (Queens) AAU Team: LI​ Lightning. Loukopoulos is an extremely high IQ player, with an inside-out game.  His mid range jumper extremely strong, and he has the inside moves of a big man. He is a very good rebounder who makes his team better.

Alex Sabastiani (2017) 6'3 Guard High School: River Dell High (NJ) AAU Team: NJ Crusaders. Sabastiani is a reliable 3-point shooter. He plays with an emphasis on being a lock-down defender. He has a high motor and gives maximum energy for four quarters. He is an unselfish basketball player with a high assist to turnover ratio. 

Kevin Hunter (2018) 6'0 Guard High School: Livingston High (NJ) AAU Team: NJ Crusaders.  Solid combo guard with an exceptional shot that has both good elevation and range. Finds open teammates and makes the right pass. Solid ball handling skills. Needs to work on finishing around the rim. 

Taurean Thompson (2020) 6'1 Forward High School: Sacred Heart (Yonkers, NY) AAU Team: GOSH Warriors. Thompson has the body and spirit to play this game at a high level. Long, athletic, physical and aggressive. He's not wasting time trying to go around defenders, he is just going past them. A nasty weak side defender in the zone press, possessing great instincts and ability to make impactful rotations. He does not currently appear to have a jump shot offensive game. If he invests in building himself one of those, he will have options at the next level.

Sivon DiConcilio (2019) High School: Ellenville High (NY) AAU Team: NY Ratz. This kid is super fast with superb ball handling. One and even two defenders have a tough time staying with him in transition where he's a willing passer and capable scorer. His toughness and quickness makes up for his small frame as this young sophomore is an all around PG who shoots the ball well from deep and defends his position.

Myles DeBrecourt (2020) High School: Seward High (NY) AAU Team: NY Ratz. DeBrecourt is a high energy freshman with a good outside touch and has a knack for finding himself on the FT line where he shoots it well. He is a quick guard who gets up and down the floor with ease. 

Avery Taunton (2020) 5'9 Point Guard High School: Iona Prep (New Rochelle, NY) AAU Team: GOSH Warriors. Classic Greater NYC point guard. Elusive in the open court. Lethal stop-n-go move. Dangerous with either hand. Don't let him get the ball in transition,or he'll hurt you. If he gets in the gym and develops an outside jumper, he will be a player.

John Donaldson (2019) 5'11 Guard High School: Lynbrook High AAU Team: LI​ Lightning. Donaldson is a super-athletic high energy 2 guard.  He has a nose for the ball and the rim. He is  extremely tough to guard. He is a defensive stopper, with unlimited energy and a high level sense of transition basketball.

Nick Schneidler  (2019)  5'7 Guard: High School: Massapequa High (NY) AAU Team: LI​ Lightning. Schneidler is a sharpshooting point guard with extremely crisp passing skills as well.   As he learns to penetrate and finish more, he will have significant upside.

John Mastando  (2019) 5'11 Guard High School:  Manhasset High (NY) AAU Team: LI​ Lightning.  This sophomore shoots the lights out from 3, and also gets to the rim very well.  His transition game is excellent.

Tyrone Holloway (2021) 6'1 Guard School: St James MS (Stratford, CT) AAU Team: TYSKILLZ SELECT. Holloway is a talented and versatile play-maker who can fill any position on the floor. He's shifty off the dribble. His coach says he has shown improvement as a finisher at the rim.  He has excellent size and can create for himself as well as for others. He is a lock-down defender. If he makes the investment in the gym, he could realize on his great potential

Robert Berland  (2019) 5'11 High School: Syosset High (NY) AAU Team: LI​ Lightning. Here we have another well coached, high IQ player playing for the LI Lightning. Berland has a soft touch both inside and out. 

Adrian Tabada  (2019) 5'9 High School: North Babylon High (NY) AAU Team: LI​ Lightning. Tabada is a slasher and a sharpshooter, who also plays extremely tough defense.  He is a high energy 2 guard.

Randy Zane Fulton (2020) 6'0 Guard High School: Fordham Prep (NY) AAU Team: Marlon Smith Hoops. Zayn is a Martial Arts champion and he plays basketball with that kind of strength, athleticism and agility. He is strong to the hoop, strong busting traps and a foul magnet. He is a Euro-step How-to demo tape. If this guy moves out of the dojo and into the gym for some jump shooting reps, he will be a force.

AJ Raines (2018)  6'0 PG High School: Edison High School (NJ) AAU Team: Hoop Nation (Red) Excellent ball handler.  Able to knock down the mid range shot and push the ball efficiently.  Plays hard all the time.

Jordan Salisbury (2018)  6'3 PG/SG High School: North Brunswick High (NJ) AAU Team: Hoop Nation (Blue) Good ball handler who is able to make plays to the basket. Finishes very strongly and is able to step out and hit the 3 ball and mid range jumper.  His length is very deceiving and allows him to be a multi positioned guard. Always in attack mode.

Luke Patel (2018) 5'11 PG High School: Monroe High (NJ) AAU Team: Hoop Nation (Blue) Extremely good ball handler with great court vision.  Excellent in transition to make plays for his teammates.  Has a strong basketball IQ.  He can knock down the 3 ball as well as any mid range shot. Plays good defense on and off the ball. 

Jack Seegers (2020) 6'1 Swing High School: Greens Farms Academy (CT) AAU Team: Tri-State Thunder. Hard to peg the position that Seegers plays on the court, because he can apparently handle them all. Great energy. Finds the open teammate with the right pass at the right time. Nice use of the jump-stop to create plays within the heart of the defense. If he can add a long ball to his arsenal, he will be an impact player.

Matt Panganiban (2018)  5'9 High School: Bishop Ahr High (NJ) AAU Team: Hoop Nation (Blue) Excellent shooter from the outside.  Has a quick release and can knock it down all over the floor.  Ball handles very well and finishes at the basket in transition. High energy player that can boost your team at just the right time. Capable of playing hard full court defense on the ball. With a 3.8 gpa in the classroom, Panganiban will have some excellent options ahead. 

Jesse Perel  (2018) 5'8 High School: East Brunswick High (NJ) AAU Team: Hoop Nation (Blue) Floor general. A little under-talented but will give exactly what you need.  Leads the team in every aspect. Can control the tempo of the game and plays extremely hard defense.  Excellent guard in transition to make plays. Has a strong build and frame.  Extremely above average basketball IQ. Good finisher and ok mid range jumper. Works very hard.

Simon Llaguno (2018)  5'11 High School: Bishop Ahr High (NJ) AAU Team: Hoop Nation (Blue) Very coachable player who gives you whatever you need. Has a good basketball IQ.  Plays very hard defense, knocks down mid range jumpers and 3 pointers, ball handles decent and plays with passion.  Per his coach, Liaguno is he perfect gym rat that will do anything for the team and doesn't ever miss a practice or workout..

Zach Kaczmarek  (2018) 6'2 Wing High School: Sayreville High (NJ) AAU Team: Hoop Nation (Blue) Decent shooter mid range extended. Runs the floor very well and plays with a lot of energy. Works very hard at his game. He is focusing on improving his ball handling to make himself a more versatile guard. 

Christian Jones-Langston  (2022) 5'10 Guard School: David Wooster MS (Stratford, CT) AAU Team: TYSKILLZ SELECT. Jones-Langston is a talented guard who can score from anywhere on the floor, but he does most of his damage attacking the basket. He is a slasher with a great wing span and can play with or without the ball.  He is very efficient on offense and also can quickly fill the scoring sheet. Can guard multiple positions on the floor. The sky is the limit for this young man.

Tyrell Staples-Santos (2021) 5'8 Guard School: Flood MS (Stratford, CT) AAU Team: TYSKILLZ SELECT. Staples-Santos is a flashy floor general. He has great ball-handling skills and has an extremely quick first step which he uses to get pass his defenders. He has shown the ability to be a high volume scorer whose game is growing and also can consistently knock down the perimeter jump shot.

Matt Donnell (2020) 6'4 Center High School: Manhasset High (NY) AAU Team: LI​ Lightning. According to his coach, Donnell is a fast developing big man. He led Lightning 15U back from a double digit deficit in one of the Battle games, scoring 28 points. 

O’Zhell Jackson (2021) 6’1” (PG/SG) Hometown: Harlem, NY AAU Team: Riverside Hawks. Jackson has excellent ball handling skills. He sees the court well and always find the open player in the hole. Jackson creates great passes and initiates almost all points. The true leader of the squad. Clutch player that plays well under pressure.

 

Gavin Greene (2020) 6’2” (Forward) High School: St Joseph's (CT) AAU Team: CT Premier Hoops Development. Excellent jump shot from all ranges; especially mid-ranger. Played out of position, but due to his athleticism, Greene has developed into a solid high school forward. Greene's ability to showcase perimeter skills will determine his level of play at the next level. 

 

Chad Vickers (2018) 6’2” (Swing) High School: LaSalle Academy (NYC) AAU Team: Riverside Hawks. Absolutely unstoppable on the court. Between his incredibly consistent jumper and his shake and bake moves, Vickers can be an incredible addition to any college roster. He’s athletic and is ready to break through.

 

Kevin Green (2018) 6’2” (Guard) High School: W.H.E.E.L.S (NYC) AAU Team:Riverside Hawks. Enthusiastic player who definitely cashes in solid minutes during a given game. Reliable player who loves making buckets. He is quick and relentless.

 

Jadyn Tabois (2019) 5'11 (Guard) High School: Fairfield Prep (CT) Home Town: Southport, CT AAU Team: CT Premier Hoops Development. Solid guard who leads the team at the top of the key. He is a pesky defender and a flashy offender. This guy is relentless everywhere on the court. In unusual fashion, he banks in all his 3's

 

Charles Clemons (2019) 5'10 (Guard) High School: NotreDame-Fairfield (CT) AAU Team: CT Premier Hoops Development.

Clemons is an outstanding athlete. He has a great jump shot, but can also score on an athletic basket drive.

 

 

 

 


posted 10/17/2016
Making it in the Mecca

 

A mini documentary written and produced by Long Island City's

 Leonardo Jorge

 Class of 2016

 

Episode 1: Unsigned Senior Hype Try-outs

Episode 2: My Live Period

Episode 3:  l Baba Gz: The Beginning

 

 

 


posted 08/24/2016
Smartball Classic Game Schedule

 

These games will be played at Lincoln Playground Park, 135 Street and 5th Avenue

 

 

 


posted 08/13/2016
Wooter Summer Tournament

 

Register here: wooterleague.eventbrite.com


posted 07/07/2016
2016 Empire State Games

By: Claire Mulgrew

This weekend in Ardsley, NY at the House of Sports, Zero Gravity hosted the Empire State Challenge where teams from all over the tri-state area came out to show their talents. Some of the top performers at the tournament included the following:

Max Mitchell (2020) 6’3” Forward, Greens Farm Academy, Hometown: Westport, CT AAU Team: CT Premier Hoops Development. Mitchell has exceptional big man skills, despite the fact that he is only in 8th grade. He can go hard to the basket, while also sinking outside shots. He grabs many rebounds and plays with confidence.

Joey Gulbin (2020) 5’7’ Swing, Fairfield Warde High School, Hometown: Fairfield, CT AAU Team: CT Premier Hoops Development. Gulbin is a strong defender who puts his heart in every possession he plays. He is always hustling and plays with determination to see his team win.

Diontae Eady (2020) 5’8 Point Guard, Hometown: Milford, CT AAU Team: CT Premier Hoops Development. Eady has good ball handling skills and also makes smart passes to his teammates.

Jadyn Tabois (2019) 5’11” Guard, Fairfield Prep, Hometown: Southport, CT AAU Team: CT Premier Hoops Development. Tabois has good shot, whether it be from outside, in the paint, or down low. He also is very consistent with his foul shooting. 

Gavin Greene (2020) 6’2” Forward, Saint Joseph’s High School, Hometown: Monroe, CT AAU Team: CT Premier Hoops Development. Greene has a nice mid range jumper and is powerful down low as well.

Kameron Jones (2020) 5’9” Shooting Guard, West Genesee High School, Hometown:Syracuse, NY AAU Team: Gymratz. Jones is really increasing the depth of all of his ball handling skills and makes lots of steals. He hustles and stays with the play. He also has nice mid-range jumper.

Travis Gray (2020) 6’3’ Shooting Guard, Fayetteville Manlius High School, Hometown:Syracuse, NY AAU Team: Gymratz. Gray creates many opportunities for his teammates to score when he is on the court. He also gets many points inside, resulting in him getting to the foul line.

Will Amica (2020) 5’8” Point Guard, West Genesee High School, Hometown: Syracuse, NYAAU Team: Gymratz. Amica is a natural point guard. He can easily get around many defenders, making it easy to dribble up and down the court under pressure. He makes good decisions with the ball. He also has a good shot.

Charlie Godsden (2020) 6’3” F/C, Fayetteville Manlius High School, Hometown: Manlius, NYAAU Team: Gymratz. Grabbing rebounds is Godsden’s specialty. He plays strong and gets his points down low.

Zack Brown (2020) 6’2” Forward, Solvay High School, Hometown: Syracuse, NY AAU Team:Gymratz. Brown is an all around good player, who plays smart and uses that to help his team succeed.

Jaden Ezomo (2020) 6’3” Forward, Nottingtham High School, Hometown: Syracuse, NY AAU Team: Gymratz. A good outsider shooter, who is strong and able to block shots. He also is a dependable rebounder for his team.

Aidan Kudzy  (2017)  6'0"  Guard, Ludlowe High School Hometown: Fairfield, CT  AAU Team: ABC-Krumins.  It is not often we see a kid dominate a game from the defensive end. This kid plays stifling on-ball defense, gets to every loose ball and can also pin layups on the backboard. Gets to the rim and finishes.

Connor Payne (2018) 6’3” PF/C, Massapequa High School, Hometown: Massapequa Park, NYAAU Team:  Lightning-Busch. Payne makes nice moves to the hoop, resulting in lots of rebounds and point down low. He uses his size to his advantage, often resulting in him taking charges and getting to the foul line.

Teandre Rountree (2018) 5’9” Point Guard, Bellport High School, Hometown: Bellport, NY AAU Team: LI Elite. Rountree overwhelms any team trying to defend him with his exceptional ball handling skills and his overall ability as point guard. He is a good defender, making it tough for players to get around him.

Troy Goode (2018) 5’9” Point Guard, Riverhead High School, Hometown: Riverhead, NY AAU Team: LI Elite. Goode is fast, which helps him create turnovers for the other team. He goes strong to the basket and gets points down low.

Sean Braithwaite (2019) 6’4” Guard, Center Moriches, Hometown: Center Moriches AAU Team: LI Elite. Braithcoaite does a little bit of everything for his team. He can also shoot well from the 3-point range.

Jake Gaudiello (2018) 5'11 Guard - HS Team Westhampton Beach HS, Westhampton NY  AAU Team: LI Elite. Heady guard who competes at both ends; has tremendous range and good IQ. Made winning plays down stretch to help his team secure win.

Elijah Harding (2017) 6’1” Forward, Bridgehampton High School, Hometown: Bridgehampton, NY AAU Team: LI Elite. Harding clogs up the middle, and is always helping his teammates out on defense. He uses his body to his advantage down low and finishes his shots strong. He is a true team player who is always hustling.

Micah Snowden (2019) 6’4” Center, Southampton High School, Hometown: Southampton, NYAAU Team: LI Elite. Snowden consistently gets to the line and makes his foul shots. He is strong down low and always goes hard to the basket.

Jack Reese (2019) 5’7” Guard, Easthampton High School, Hometown: Easthampton, NY AAu Team: LI Elite. Between his quickness and ability to get to the basket, when Reese is on the floor, he gives it his all. He makes smart passes, grabs rebounds, and always goes the extra mile for his team. He is an all around good player.

Hayes Kelchner (2017) 6’6”, Forward, Ludlowe High School, Hometown: Fairfield, CT AAU Team: ABC-Scott. The cornerstone of any successful basketball, a hard playing, tough minded big. Kelchner is all of that. Relentless rebounding effort, and runs the floor well in both directions . He is a strong defender, who is a road block to the rim.

Hamilton Forsythe (2017) 6’7" Wing, Weston High School Hometown: Weston, CT AAU Team: ABC-Scott. Forsythe is blessed, a high academic with a D1 body. He is smooth and athletic. Too athletic to be guarded by bigs on the perimeter, and too long to be guarded by guards in the paint. He has a pretty and high release on his smooth jumper. Very active and mobile on both ends of the court.

Cole Prowitt-Smith (2019) 6’2” Guard, Greens Farms Academy Hometown: Fairfield, CT AAU Team: Academic Basketball. Smith has excellent change-of-direction athleticism, gets to the line frequently and is a very consistent shooter from deep. Despite playing two years "up" in the 17u division, he plays with confidence that helps bring his team to success. 

 


posted 05/04/2016
2016 Hoops Showdown All Star Games

 

By Leonardo Jorge

Many of the top high school players in New York City gathered at the Bronx River Gym and played in this year's Hoop City Showdown All Star game. Here are some of the guys who shown brightly.

Victor Bakre - 6'4 G - 2016 - Jane Adams HS (Bronx). Victor is an athlete. He has good size for a guard and a great wingspan. His jumping and finishing ability make him a major offensive threat.

Darrin Horn - 6'5 G - 2017 West Oaks Academy HS (FL). Darrin needs to get in the gym to take his game to the next level but he can play. He had tough matchups and went at it with all of them. He can put the ball in the basket but he needs to sharpen his skills in order to be a great player.

Saquan Singleton - 6'5 SG - 2017 - Monsignor Scanlan HS (Bronx). Saquan needs to get stronger and be more aggressive in order to be a high level D1 player. However, he's a guy that you don't sleep on. He shut down the gym with his SportsCenter Top 10 worthy poster dunk.

Isaiah Washington - 6'2 PG - 2017 - St. Raymond's HS (Bronx). The game comes easy to Isaiah and he uses that to be a great leader and floor general. His mix of court vision, aggressiveness, passing ability, and flashy handle make it easy to see why some call him NYC's next best PG. I would like to see him work on his shooting ability so that he can strive on the next level.

Sidney Wilson - 6'7 F - 2017 - St. Raymond's HS (Bronx). Sidney is a big time prospect, it's easy to see why many high level programs have been recruiting him for awhile now. At 6'7, he's very skilled and versatile. Around the right coaches he can develop into a  good pro.

Cyril Langevine - 6'9 F/C - 2016 - The Patrick School HS (NJ). Cyril didn't get many touches but it's easy to see that he gets the job done. He's an underrated big, there aren't many as efficient and fundamentally skilled as he.

Nazreon Reid - 6'9 F - 2018 - Roselle Catholic HS (NJ).He has a lot of work to do in order to maximize his potential but being that he's only a sophomore, Nazreon is big time. As he was bringing the ball up, coach Kashif Pratt told him "go catch a dunk". His response was simple, one dribble to get from half court to the three point line, one in and out dribble to get rid of his defender and another one to make sure he put an exclamation on the dunk. If Nazi keeps developing his skills, he will be a matchup nightmare at the highest collegiate level. 

Markquis Nowell - 5'8 PG - 2018 - Bishop Loughlin HS (Brooklyn). Markquis is tough, skilled and efficient. Because of his poise and on court leadership, it's hard to believe that's he's still an underclassmen. Markquis will find a good fit at the next level.

Baron Goodridge - 6'0 PG - 2016 - Cardinal Hayes HS (Bronx). Baron is a natural born PG. He's great with the ball in his hands but I would like to see his play making ability tested a little more. He was slept on in the recruiting process but he'll be a good college player somewhere.

Elijah Pemberton - 6'4 SG - 2016- Cheshire Acadmemy (CT) Elijah is a guy who will have lots of success at the next level. He's very skilled and has a great understanding of the game. His superb athleticism takes him over the top and it's a big part of the reason that he'll be able to compete against other great guards next year. 

Unique McClean - 6'2 G - 2016 - The Hoosac School (NY). Unique can fly. His pull up jump shot is hard to guard but he'll need to develop more handle and moves to have the same success at the next level.

Chuba Ohams - 6'8 F - 2016 - Coastal Academy (NJ) Chuba's versatility takes him over the top, he's a matchup nightmare. In order to take his game to the next level he needs to hit the weight room and also develop a stronger handle.

Jalen Nesmith - 5'11 PG - 2019 - Cardinal Hayes HS (Bronx) Jalen has heart. Unlike most NYC guards, he doesn't take any plays off. He has the package that all of the elite guards come with: leadership, flashy handle and passing ability. He needs to learn how to run a team better but that'll come with time and experience. His future is all on him, Jalen might be great one day.

Ismael Massoud - 6'7 G - 2018 - Cardinal Hayes HS (Bronx). Ismael isn't too much fun to watch for fans who want that classic NYC playground ball. However,  playground ball isn't what takes you to the next level. Ismael is a next level player, he knows how to play the game and seems fearless of any defender you put on him. Colleges should be all over him.

Michael Maynes - 6'0 G - 2016 - Spring Valley HS (NY). Michael is the guy who you don't want to play against. He's the guy who'll dive into the crowd and has no fear on the court. He can put the ball in the basket but he needs to be more efficient.

Marlon Taylor - 6'6 F - 2015 - Mount Vernon HS (NY). Marlon is a superb athlete. Because of his strength and ability to get his eyes to rim level, Marlon can get in the lane and score the ball at will. He can be developed into a good college player.


posted 05/01/2016
Hoops 4 Autism All Star Game


posted 04/29/2016
2016 Wheelchair Charities Classic

 

By Leonardo Jorge

Established by Harry "Hank" Carter, the Wheelchair Classic, as a major part of Wheelchair Charities, Inc., started in 1973 and is a magnificent charity game played by the best high school players in New York City. The monies raised to go help support individuals who are wheelchair-bound.

Our top players included: 

Chaz Platt – 5’10 G - Holy Cross - Class of 2016.  Chaz can shoot the basketball, but because of his height, he needs to do it more consistently to be an impact player at the next level. He needs to get better at creating space for his shot. He has IQ and is a natural leader. Overall, with a few tweaks, Chaz can be a good player at the next level.

Alonzo Ortiz-Traylor – 6’5 F - Monsignor McClancy – Class of 2017. Alonzo is a strong forward who can step out. If he develops his handle, don’t be surprised if he starts his senior year with D1 looks.

Daniel Kissoon – 5’8 G - Springfield Gardens – Class of 2016. Daniel is an undersized guard but his toughness makes up for it on this level. He’s tough and has lots of heart. Because of his aggressiveness and understanding of the game, he will find a fit somewhere on the next level.

Tyrone Cohen – 6’5 G - Christ The King – Class of 2016. Tyrone needs to work on his decision making but he can easily be developed into a good Division 1 guard. He gets into the lane with ease and plays hard, he’ll be a good player for Holy Cross next year.

Isaac Grant – 6’4 F - Archbishop Molloy – Class of 2016. Isaac is a high IQ player. He’s very strong which makes him a problem in the paint. However, he’ll need to work on his guard skills in order to be successful at a high collegiate level.

Lenny Kadisha – 6’5 G - Coastal Academy (NJ) – Class of 2016. Lenny has both the size and skill to be a Division 1 guard. However, he has a lot of mental work to do. He makes strong moves but he needs to be less of a ball stopper. If Lenny can learn to balance looking for his own shot and to looking for his teammates, he will take his game to the next level.

Reggie Quezada – 6’2 G - Thurgood Marshall Academy – Class of 2016. Reggie needs a lot of work on his jump shot, especially his form. However, you can’t deny the fact that he’s tough. He takes it to the rack fearlessly and finishes a lot of and 1s. He’s not a kid to sleep on.

Chuba Ohams – 6’8 SF - Coastal Academy (NJ) – Class of 2016. Chuba is a BIG time prospect. He’s a 6’8 with guard skills and I wouldn’t be surprised if his wingspan is over 7 feet. His jump shot and free throw shooting need a lot of work but Chuba is special. Fordham isn’t necessarily known for breeding NBA players but if he works hard enough then Chuba may be the one to start that trend.

Bryan Assie – 6’6 F - Thurgood Marshall Academy – Class of 2016. Bryan is tough down low. He’s strong and has great fundamentals for a big. He can be a steal for many big time programs at the next level.

Bryce Council – 5’8 PG – LaSalle Academy – Class of 2017. Bryce is a tough floor general. He has enough handle to hold his own against athletic defenders and he has a whole lot of heart. He’s a guy who isn’t scared of the spotlight, he’ll give it his all.

Terrell Fullerton – 6’3 G – BDA – Class of 2016. Terrell is one of Brooklyn’s underrated guards. He had a couple of plays that displayed his efficient handle and scoring ability.  Don’t put a guy who can’t play defense in front of him because Terrell will expose him.

Gerald Williams – 6’5 G – Westinghouse HS – Class of 2016. Gerald is a great athlete. His strength and toughness allows him to take it to the basket on just about any big in America. Watch your head if you plan to run and jump with Gerald on the break.

Damarri Moore – 6’7 F – Westinghouse HS – Class of 2016. Damarri displayed his versatility in his matchup with Chuba Ohams. He has a lot of weight room work to do and he needs to keep developing his skills but he’ll be a steal for a low major D1 if he can stay focused.

Anthony Munson – 6’2 PG – Bedford Academy – Class of 2016.  Munson didn’t necessarily have any special plays but he proved that he’s a floor general. His composure and leadership ability will allow him to be successful at the next level.

Rasheem Dunn – 6’3 G – Thomas Jefferson – Class of 2016. Rasheem was a big time steal for St. Francis. He’s a strong guard who can get in the lane and give you a lot of buckets. Because Thomas Jefferson had so much talent, Rasheem couldn’t necessarily display all of his talent but he could’ve easily been the Russell Westbrook of the PSAL this year.

Jahlil Tripp – 6’5 G – Lincoln HS – Class of 2016. Tripp has the size and athleticism to be a big time D1 guard. Defense doesn’t seem to faze him but he needs to remember to stay aggressive. Without the aggressiveness, he’s not as efficient with the ball as he can be. Rutgers got a good one.

Travis Morgan – 6’ G – Elmont HS – Class of 2016. Travis is a guard who can do good things for your program. He needs to be more aggressive in order to completely display his skills but it’s easy to see that overall Travis can just play. 

Mike Almonacy - 6’1 G – Brentwood HS – Class of 2016. If Mike was from NYC then the hype around him would be real. Because of his court vision and wide variety of skills, he’s a great PG who can do it all for your team. If I’m a coach, I’m putting the ball in Mike’s hand for the game winning play. 

Lukas Jarrett – 6’5 F – Northport HS – Class of 2016. It took a few minutes into the game for Lukas to turn the switch on but once he started, there was no stopping him. This kid can play. Because of the combination of his length and skill, he has a lot of potential. It doesn’t hurt that his jump shot is automatic. A good coach can mold this kid into a great college player. 

Jose Pabon – 5’11 PG – Upper Room Christian HS – Class of 2016. Jose has a lot to work on in order to run the point for a good team next year. However, he plays hard and has a great understanding of the game. 

Alex Sorenson – 6’3 G – South Side – Class of 2016. The first few times he touched the ball, Alex proved that he can shoot the ball with ease. After the defense closed out on him, he also proved that he can make strong moves. He’s a kid who’s easy to sleep on in warm ups but once the ball is in his hands, it’s hard to stop this kid from making a play.   


posted 04/25/2016
2016 ZG Big Time Challenge - Top Performers

By Claire Mulgrew and Emma Yavel

Big Time Competition at HOS

Ardsley, NY Zero Gravity hosted another tournament at the House of Sports, filled with talent from all over the east coast. It was an exciting weekend where the NY Lightning was crowned the Big Time Champion in the 14U/8th grade division. Here are the weekend's top performers that we saw: 

Andy Vittoria (2019) 6’4” Center, Regis High School, Manhattan Hometown: Greenwich, CT AAU Team: Tristate Thunder. Vittoria is a strong player, who is always grabbing rebounds. He is powerful down low and positions himself well to score.

Bruno Barbosa (2019) 5’11” Small Forward, Pelham High School Hometown: Pelham, NY AAU Team: Tristate Thunder. Barbosa can shoot from just about anywhere on the court. His confidence shows, especially when making foul shots under pressure. He also can drive strong to the hoop.

Samuel “Gus” Thompson (2019) 6’1” SF/PF, Scarsdale High School Hometown: Scarsdale, NY AAU Team: Tristate Thunder. If the ball is on the floor, so is Thompson, every possession he finds someway to show his hustle. He also has a good shot and is a strong defender.

Jamari Foy (2020) 5’8” Point Guard, Hometown: Boston, MA AAU Team: eXpressions Elite  Foy is a good outsider shooter, with long range. His is always hustling hard to make good plays for his team.

Jamel Shaheed (2020) 5’10 SG/SF, Hometown: Boston, MA AAU Team: eXpressions Elite. Shaheed consistently gets to the line, making many of his foul shots. He is also a good outsider shooter.

Kurtis Henderson (2020) 5’6” Point Guard, Hometown: Brockton, MA AAU Team: eXpressions Elite. Henderson is a strong point guard, who can get down the court quickly and set up his teammates nicely for shots. He also can drive strongly to the hoop, but can pull up for a long range shot.

Karl Jeannot (2020) 6’5 SF/PF, Holderness High School (NH) Hometown: Everett, MA AAU Team: eXpressions Elite. Jeannot uses his height and long arm span to help clog up the middle. He grabs many rebounds on either end, providing him with ton of points right under the basket. He does not shy away from contact and is a strong all around player.

Quaran McPherson (2020) 6’2” PG, Vermont Academy (VT) Hometown: Queens, NY AAU Team: NY Lightning. McPherson can dribble around many defenders, making it hard to defend him. He also can drive hard to the basket, getting points easily.

Trey Hall (2020) 6’7” SG/SF, Hometown: Willimantic, CT AAU Team: NY Lightning Hall excels when under the basket, whether it be grabbing rebounds or getting baskets off. He also can drive to the basket from further out, making it hard for small players to defend him. He can jump very high, allowing him to easily block shots. 

Gary Grant (2020) 6’3” PG/SG, St. Raymond’s High School, Bronx Hometown: Queens, NY AAU Team: NY Lightning. Grant is tough and a good defender. He can shoot from all over the court and also is able to dribble around many defenders.

Quron Zene Jr. (2021) 6’4” Guard, Hometown: Windsor, CT AAU Team: NY Lightning  Zene provides great help to his team on defense, often stepping up to help out his other team members. He also is a good shooter.

Primo Spears (2020) 6’0” Point Guard, Northwest Catholic, CT Hometown: Hartford, CT AAU Team: NY Lightning. Spears is good with the ball, and clearly comfortable dribbling under pressure. He also creates good scoring opportunities for his teammates, leading him to a lot of assists.

Sylvanus Isiah Thompson (2019) 5’8” Shooting Guard, Danbury High School Hometown: Danbury, CT AAU Team: Keen Vision. Thompson is a good shooter that has long range. He defends the ball very well, and can easily annoy the players he is defending.

Denali Burton (2019) 6’2” Small Forward, Danbury High School Hometown: Danbury, CT AAU Team: Keen Vision. Burton is always hustling and giving his all on every possession, which is part of what makes him a tough defender in the paint. He can easily get by defenders, helping him get to the foul line frequently.

Keyon Moore (2019) 5’7” PG/SG, Danbury High School Hometown: Danbury, CT AAU Team: Keen Vision. Moore makes big plays for his team, including getting steals and getting to the foul line. He takes it hard to the rim, making foul shots and playing tough throughout the game.

Nazeer Priar (2019) 5’4” Shooting Guard, Abbott Technical High School Hometown: Danbury, CT AAU Team: Keen Vision. Priar is not afraid of contact, often going right up against the taller players when down low. He plays with confidence and is a good outsider shooter.

Charlie Weitzel  (2020) 6’4” Power Forward, Roxbury Latin HS (MA) AAU Team: Boston Bobcats. Weitzel has the height to be an excellent low post player. Always knows what to do with the ball on the offensive end. Poses a huge threat to opponents just by standing there – the guy gets to the free throw line.

Donovan Crawford (2020) 5’7” Point Guard, Beaver Country Day School (MA) AAU Team: Boston Bobcats. Crawford always capitalizes big time on every point. He has the range and can also make the easy lay-up. Smart player with high basketball IQ. Hopefully will be college bound.

Aaron Cooley (2020) 6’3” Forward, Newton North HS (MA) AAU Team: Boston Bobcats. This guy always seems to be in the middle the point – whether its on offense or defense. He fights for all the rebounds and seems to always come out on top. He is a very talented 8th grader with prosperous years ahead of him.

Jacob Harris – (2020) 6’0” Small Forward, Brookline HS AAU Team: Boston Bobcats. An unbelievably agile player. Made quite a few unbelievable plays off the dribble. Exciting player to watch, as he is pretty unpredictable. Very fast but can sometimes get overly aggressive. His charisma and love for the game will go far. Once he matures, he’ll be an extremely hot prospect in a few years time.

Trey Hall  (2020) 6’7” Wing  AAU Team: NY Lightning. Standing at 6’7”, Hall who is only in 8th grade, can dunk, play the point, and can basically play anywhere on the court. It would be unbelievable if this guy is not finished growing.

Camaron Tongue (2020)  6’3” Forward  Beaver Country Day School (MA) AAU Team: Boston Bobcats. Tall lanky guy who, although does need some work down low, can be a huge asset to the team once he matures. For now, he can contribute to the team’s offense and give them a decent amount of minutes. Coach says: “He is known for his shot blocking, rebounding and physical play. He also has the ability to guard guards”.

Zion Bethea  (2020) 6’1” Guard, Hometown: South Orange, NJ AAU Team: NJ Playaz. Big bodied guard that shows off a great deal of talent. He has the ability to catch and shoot the ball very quickly while demonstrating a soft touch in the lane as well. Bethea will be a hot prospect in the coming years.

Jahmali Carnegie (2020)  6’1” Guard, Hometown: Teaneck, NJ AAU Team: NJ Playaz. Grad Year: 2020 Carnegie is a defensive specialist, as he was one of the best defenders noticed all weekend. He has definitely earned time out on the floor and played extremely valuable minutes this weekend.

Reajon Figures – (2020) 6’2” Guard, Hometown: Hackensack, NJ AAU Team: NJ Playaz. Figures is a combo guard who truly gets the job down up top. His skill set allows him to a reliable finisher. He is clearly a leader of the squad and is able to produce results in pressured situations. 

 

 


posted 04/20/2016
2016 Big Apple Showcase

 

By Brett Wilson

Saturday April 9
This year marked the 21st year that Big Apple Sports conducted their college exposure showcase. Here are some notable players that we saw.

Nathan Josaphat class 2016    6'0 guard Brooklyn Friends HS - good shooting touch, strong attacking the basket, very athletic overall and a sharp defender. Needs more confidence, which affects his decision making

Tim Awosika class 2016 6'7 center Southside HS - can block shots in the paint and as a weakside defender. Will hustle hard. Can rebound and has good wingspan. Still developing his offensive game

Myles Patten class 2016 6'3 guard St. Anthony NJ - good player.  Efficient with his play.  Can shoot the 3 ball and good in transition and half court settings. Needs to consistently be a scorer.

Markus Wilson class 2016 6'2 point guard Kennedy HS - left handed point guard with good skill set. Good 3pt shooter.  Good feel for the game and good basketball IQ.  Needs to get stronger

Vaughndras Lennon class 2016 6'6 forward Saunders HS - long with good athletic ability. Good mid range shooter. Will get rebounds on both ends.  Needs to work on his dribbling skills.

Marcus Richardson class 2016 6'5 forward Hoosac Prep -  decent shooter.  Plays well in the half court setting.  Knows how to make the right play. Still improving on his athletic ability

Vinace Zoungrana class 2016 6'6 forward Kennedy HS - athletic ability. Good in transition.  Has good ability to be a shot blocker.  Needs to work harder on the offensive end. 

Chris Burkley class 2016 6'0 combo guard Long Island Lutheran - good combo guard. Good with the ball in his hands and making decisions. Will try hard on defense. Needs to better at mid range shooting

Jamir Cheeks class 2016 6'0 point guard Boys & Girls HS - good with the ball in his hands. Good with his dribble and drive moves.  Good energy on the court. Average defender

John Green class 2016 6'6 forward Manhattan HS - has some explosive power moves to the basket. Can get vertical and finish above the rim.  Needs to work on better footwork and crashing the boards

Obadiah Toppin class 2016 6'7 forward Ossining HS - good player good athleticism. Can beat you to basket with his long arms and reach. Can play above the rim. Can turn and face. Needs to get tough on defense

Yaradyah Evans class 2016 6'7 forward South Shore HS - can block shots and be athletic. Good movement in the lane. Knows how to space the floor. Plays unselfish. Still developing as a strong post player

Najee Scott class 2016 6'4 Boys & Girls HS - 3pt shooter. Streaky shooter but aggressive in his willingness to take the shot. Can push the fast break.  Needs to let the game come to him more often

Denzil Haynes class 2016 6'5 forward Transit Tech - can play in the post and good mid range action.  Can be aggressive on the boards.  Needs to stay focused during the game.


posted 04/11/2016
2016 James Barrett Showcase

 

By Brett Wilson

The notable unsigned seniors who showed out at James Barrett Showcase on Friday, April 8 were as follows:


Teshaun Beckles class 2016 6'3 wing Eagle Academy - good player. Good in transition.  Knows how to create off the dribble.  Needs to get more defensive minded. 

Baron Goodridge class 2016 5'11 point guard Cardinal Hayes - good in his ability to pass the ball.  Good with his decision making in transition. Can hit open shots. Needs to develop his ability to play consistently with his weak hand.

Kevin Saylor class 2016 6'2 guard Wings Academy - quick and fast.  Can beat you with his dribble drive. Needs to work on his shooting and being a shooting threat

Brian Adams class 2016 6'3 guard St. Raymond HS - will continuously give you good effort.  Decent mid range shooter.  Needs to fall into his niche as a perimeter player.

Cheyenne Nettleman class 2015  5'9 point guard South Shore HS Notre Dam Prep - quick up and down the floor. High energy type of player with scoring and play making ability. Still improving on his shooting and being a good facilitator

Betjol Jeremy class 2016 6'9 center Bishop Loughlin - knows how to crash the boards.  Good flow to his game around the basket. Has the potential to become a go to post player. Needs to jump higher.

Lenny Kadisha class 2015 6'5 wing Wadleigh HS - good size and shows to have better than average athletism. Can score and be a threat. Needs to add steady rebounding and  defense to his game.

Demari Moore class 2016 6'6 forward Westinghouse HS - will play defense and block some shots. Average offensive skills in the post.  Needs to get stronger for more physical play

Malik Mooving class 2016 5'9 point guard Wings Academy - good passer and distributor. Decent at creating and be a play making.  Average shooter.  Still improving at being a strong defender all the time

Gianni Ford class 2016 6'1 point guard Boys & Girls HS - good with the ball in his hands. Can break you down and get past you. Good scoring ability. Needs to be less herky jerky with some of his offensive moves.

Kevin Dennis class 2016 6'4 forward Truman HS - good strong player.  Strong body type and physique. Can rebound and doesnt mind attacking the basket. Still developing as a perimeter player

Obadiah Toppin class 2016 6'7 forward Ossining HS - good player.  Long wingspan. Athletic around and in transition. Has good perimeter abilities. Needs to get tougher on his perimeter defense.

Ronald Jefferson class 2016 6'2 guard Christ The King HS - nice player.  Can handle the ball.  Crafty at finishing at the basket. Willing to take the 3pt shot.  Still needs to physically get stronger for stiff competition.

Wesley Nelson class 2016 6'2 guard Construction HS - good passer.  Sees the floor.  Can be scorer.  Needs to be more vocal with his communication on the court.

Fatir Hines class 2016 6'9 forward The Patrick School - can rebound and be physical in the paint.  Will try hard defending in the post.  Needs to work on better footwork.


posted 04/08/2016
Positive Influence Summer League

Positive Influence Summer League

 

Season runs from June 15-August 15, Monday through Saturday, 3-10pm 


posted 03/22/2016