Recruit the Bronx sat in on the private scrimmage between St Raymond's and Archbishop Molloy at the Nike Headquarters in Midtown Manhattan.
Moses Brown2018 7'2 C Archbishop Molloy - Premier big man in the country he is the highest ranked center that has not picked a school yet. He does a great job of finishing above the rim. Moses can handle the ball on the break and does a great job of passing out of double teams. When getting the ball in the post he can face up and make the short jumper. He is going to be a big time get for ever school gets him.
Cole Anthony 2019 6'2 PG Archbishop Molloy - Top point guard in his class nationally, Cole can score at will, he is a very explosive, dynamic guard with deep 3 point range with a. Does a great job running the team and makes excellent decisions.
Khalid Moore 2018 6'8 Wing Archbishop Molloy - The Georgia Tech signee is an excellent slasher with great length and size. Moore is an all around player. He can defend multiple, knock down the 3, bring the ball up, make good passes and finish above the rim. It will be very interesting to see who is going to be able to stop the Stanners.
Dallas Watson 2018 6'2 Guard St Raymond's - Sharp shooter with a good basketball IQ. Dallas can score with the best of them in NYC. After playing alongside Isaiah Washington last year, Watson is coming into this season like a man on a mission. He will be one of the top players in the CHSAA this season.
DaMarco Watson 2020 6'3 Guard St Raymond's - Combo guard who is going to be the future the the Ravens basketball program. Watson has great size at 6'3, he has to get more consistent with the 3 point shot but he can get to the basket with a variety of moves and does a good job of finding the open man when getting into the gaps.
Omar Silverio 2018 6'3 Guard St Raymond's - The Santa Clara signee can shoot the ball and finishes strong at the basket. He is the primary ball handler for the Ravens this year which I think will help him get more prepared for college. Silverio went in and challenged Brown at the rim several times throughout the course of the game and was on the winning end of it more often then not. It's going to be very fun watching him this season.
Recruit the Bronx was on hand to take a look at some of the top talent in Staten Island at The 2017 Staten Island High School League Thanksgiving Showcase. Here is a list of our top prospects this weekend.
Chris Ledlum 2019 6'6 Forward St Peters - Big body nice touch on his jump shot from mid range and 3, decent athlete, doesn't go inside and rebound enough for his size.
Kaleb Hicks 2018 6'7 Forward St Peters - Quick first step when driving right, soft mid range shot that can extend out to 3. Work horse down low, goes after every offensive rebound. Has to get stronger and develop his handle.
Jordan Fox 2018 6'2 Shooting Guard St Peters - Undersized shooter, really good stroke from 3, has a good one or two dribble pull up, can't really create his own shot, decent handle.
Chris Clancy 2019 6'1 Point Guard St Peters - Solid PG, decent jumpshot, does a really good job of running the team. Has to slim down a bit to maximize his athleticism.
Kyle Felix 2018 6'3 Forward Moore Catholic Strong Body, Very undersized for his position, good finisher around the basket, basic post moves.
Christopher Velasquez 2018 5'10 Point Guard Moore Catholic - Crafty floor general, good decision maker, good mid range shot, decent speed.
Mario Scarcella 2018 5'9 Guard Moore Catholic - Good 3 Point Shooter when open plays hard, has to get better handling the basketball.
Joseph McCoy 2018 5'10 Point Guard Tottenville - Tough, Strong guard, has a good mid range pull up. Plays hard, needs to increase his speed in the open court.
Joseph Delgado 2018 6'4 Forward Tottenville - Good touch on 3 point shot, decent rebounder. Has to increase his foot speed and handle.
Devin Nicholson 2018 6'2 Point Guard St Joes SI - Solid Point Guard with a high IQ, floor general, leader of the team. Decent 3 point shooter really good mid range game.
Michael Mokwuah 2018 6'5 Forward St Joes SI - Athletic forward that plays extremely hard. Doesnt really have an arsenal of moves but he can make the short jump hook.
Gerard Nicholson 2020 5'8 Point Guard St Joes SI - Gerard is the younger brother of Devin, you can tell that things are being set up for him to take over the reigns from his brother. Devin was hurt yesterday and Gerard stepped right in and looked very comfortable. He shoots the 3 well, has a good handle, and can run a team for a young guy.
Johnathan Badmus 2018 6'3 Guard Wagner - Decent handle, doesn't play hard all the time, limited perimeter jump shot, has good size and strength.
Will Edwards 2018 6'2 Point Guard Monsignor Farrell - Really good basketball IQ, does a great job of running his team, makes the right decisions. Not really a great athlete and he isn't a marksman from 3, but he gets to where he wants to on the court.
Malik Martin 2018 6'4 Guard Curtis - Mr. Do it all. Top player on Staten Island and one of the top players in the PSAL. Martin does a bit of everything for the Warriors. He has gotten better handling the ball, his 3 point shot needs improvement but he can hit it when open, doesn't have a problem getting to his spots and he is a strong finisher. He's coming off a knee injury so he is playing at about 70% right now. It will be very scary once he gets to 100%
Adelaye Oyekanmi 2019 6'3 Wing Curtis - Undersized Wing, decent athleticism, plays hard, has a very strong body, decent jump shot, quick first step and he can defend multiple positions. He has to work on his left hand to take his game to another level.
Kalique Mitchell 2019 6'4 Guard MSIT - Mitchell is a crafty guard that can get to the basket with a variety of moves. He has to work on being able to knock down the open 3 consistently but he can pretty much get wherever he wants on the floor.
Jamahl Humbert 2018 6'4 Guard MSIT - Athletic guard with good handles that is strong getting to the rim. Has to work on his decision making and consistency from 3. Does a good job of getting the team out in transition.
Keysean Faulkner-Smith 2018 6'8 MSIT - Brother of Keion Smith one of the MVP's of The Unsigned Hype Senior Games, Smith is a high flyer that makes it very difficult for the opposing teams to get their shots off comfortably. He has a soft shot and does a good job of rebounding. The biggest knock on Smith is that he has to play with a high level of intensity on a more consistent basis.
Roberto Molina 2018 6'4 MSIT - Junkyard dog. Molina does a variety of things for McKee. He can knock down the open 3, rebounds well , he also takes on the responsibility of guarding the best player on the opposing teams.
Sunday afternoon, November 26, Recruit the Bronx was on hand to watch the Funsport JV Thanksgiving Classic Playoffs at Eagle Academy Ocean Hill in Brooklyn, NY. The JV tournament ran from November 24-26, and featured 12 JV programs. The event is run by Funsport Inc. Director and Head Coach of Success Academy JV Boys Basketball Team Ricky Rivers.
Here are our top prospects:
Jeremiah Davis 2020 5’6 Point Guard, WHEELS HS - 3pt sniper with a quick release, creates good separation to get his shot off at his size, moves well without the ball, can use his quickness to get to the rim. Needs to add muscle.
Mohamadou Diarrah 2020 6’4 Forward, Boys and Girls HS - good aggressive rebounder, can finish thru contact inside, attacks the basket strong. Needs to secure the ball better in the high post and trim down more.
Drissa Traore 2021 6’6 Forward, Success Academy - long and lanky, long arms bothers a lot of shots, athletic shot blocker and rebounder. Needs to add muscle and be more consistent inside, very raw offensively.
Shamell Ponds 2021 5’6 Point Guard, Thomas Jefferson HS - good 3pt shooter, undersized guard, shifty handle, decent playmaker, pesky perimeter defender. Needs to add muscle.
Jahiem Mason 2021 6’1 Guard, South Shore HS - scorers mentality, good 3pt shooter, attacks the basket strong, good hesi pull up jumper, good passer. Needs to be more aggressive on defense.
Jason Davis 2021 6’10 Center South Shore HS - long and lanky, very long arms, decent rebounder. Very raw offensively, extremely skinny, has ample time to develop.
On November 24-25 Recruit the Bronx was on hand to watch the Battle of the Bronx Showcase at Evander Childs HS in Bronx, NY. The high school team event tournament is run by Evander Childs Head Coach and Five Star Basketball's Dave Fonda.
Here are our top propects:
Kevon Wiggins 2019 6’2 Shooting Guard Evander Childs - can score inside-out, displays good offensive awareness, can finish thru traffic, hustles on both ends of the court. Needs to be more aggressive on the court. Played for Guyanese 17-Under National Team last summer.
Tyrese Conway2019 6’2 Guard Evander Childs - long and lanky frame, quick hands on defense, pesky perimeter defender, good offensive rebounder finishes his putbacks. Streaky shooter, needs to be more consistent.
Asany Small2019 6’6 Power Forward Evander Childs - strong body, good rebounder, decent finisher thru contact inside. Needs to be more aggressive on both ends. Just started playing basketball last year, played soccer prior, good potential.
Greg Lawrence2019 6’7 Forward Green Farms Academy (CT) - athletic combo forward, attacks the basket strong and draws contact, can handle the ball on the perimeter, can finish thru contact.
Henry Holzinger2018 6’0 Point Guard Green Farms Academy (CT) - high offensive IQ, 3pt sniper moves well without the ball, good footwork and balance on his jumpshot, good shot off the dribble, decent playmaker. Needs to add muscle
Teddy Brown2019 6’8 Power Forward - good rebounder, decent interior defender, can get up and down the court well, good hands, developing footwork in the post. Needs to be more aggressive on the court, very raw offensively.
Santiago Collada 2018 6’1 Guard Morris HS - quick hands on defense, has a scorer's mentality, vocal on the court, creates driving lanes with his handle, can score inside-out, crafty finisher on the drive. Needs to be more disciplined on defense.
Denzel Arnold 2018 5’8 Guard Prospect Heights - pesky perimeter defender, attacks the basket, runs the floor well on the break and finishes at the rim, good floter over taller defenders, tough defense on the press. Needs to work on his outside shot and distribute more.
Dwight Reed 2018 6’3 Wing QHST - attacks out of the triple threat, good court vision, can finish thru traffic, long arms help him on defense. Needs to look for his shot more.
Bryce Arroyo 2019 5’11 Guard Samuel Gompers - good outside shooter, stocky guard can get to the rim and finish, decent playmaker, good on ball defender. Needs to slow down at times.
Delon Ruffin 2018 6’5 Forward Van Arsdale - active defender, can finish inside, can get to the basket at ease and finish with either hand, athletic rebounder. Needs to work on his handle and outside shot to be a wing on the next level.
Marcos Torres 2018 5’10 Guard Van Arsdale - good 3pt shooter with a quick release, can get hot from deep, can draw contact on the drive. Needs to be more aggressive on defense and distribute more.
Jalen Williams 2018 6’3 Small Forward Metropolitan - good 3pt shooter, good arc on his release, good footwork on the catch and shoot. Needs to work on his handle to be a SG at the next level.
Yassine Sakhi 2018 6’1 Guard Manhattan Center - lanky frame, good court vision, high offensive IQ, can finish thru traffic, adept at slowing down on the drive to draw contact, good euro step, hustles for loose balls, ok outside shooter. Needs to get a tighter handle and add muscle.
Shemar Wisdom 2018 6’4 Forward Roosevelt HS - attacks the basket strong, athletic finisher with long arms, athletic rebounder, can block shots. Has a decent handle but needs to get better to be a wing at the next level, needs to work in his outside shot.
Carlos Vargas 2018 5’10 Guard Roosevelt HS - plays hard, shifty handle, can finish thru traffic, uses his quickness to get past his defender to the rim. Needs to add muscle.
Neikko Graves 2018 6’2 Wing Seward Park - moves well without the ball, stays with the play, positions himself well to take charges, can finish thru contact on the break, good rebounder. Needs to make better passes.
Ali Sumareh 2018 6’4 Small Forward South Bronx Prep - athletic build, can finish thru contact , downhill speed comes at you in a hurry on the break, good rebounder, point forward decent playmaker. Can be loose with the ball at times, needs to be a more consistent outside shooter.
Jordan Agyemang 2019 6’5 Forward South Bronx Prep - long and lanky frame, athletic shot blocker, can finish thru traffic on the drive, can handle the ball on the perimeter. Needs to work on his outside shot to be a wing at the next level.
Moussa Diaby 2019 6’1 Guard Dewitt Clinton- quick hands on defense, vocal on both ends, finishes strong on the break, can hit the outside shot, decent playmaker. Needs to be more aggressive on offense.
Amani Cummings 2018 5’11 Guard Transit Tech - quick and shifty handle, attacks the basket strong, pesky perimeter defender. Needs to work on his outside shot.
Sowande McWhite 2018 6’7 Center Harry S. Truman - big body, catches the ball well, carves out space with his size, good rebounder, decent interior defender. Needs to be stronger with the ball, needs to trim down more to move up and down the court quicker, needs to work on his post footwork.
Jesse Coston 2018 6’4 Small Forward Lehman HS - lanky frame, active defender, good court vision, point forward can push the ball on the break, moves his feet well on defense. Needs to work on his outside shot.
Bizamark Nasaiya 2020 6’5 Forward Lehman HS - athletic shot blocker, athletic rebounder has long arms, very raw offensively. Needs to be a more consistent finisher inside and add muscle.
Tashon Taylor 2018 6’4 Forward Edison HS - athletic shot blocker, plays hard on both ends, non stop motor, tough interior defender, athletic rebounder. Needs to work on his offensive game.
Shawn DeLeon 2018 5’7 Point Guard Bayside HS - quick with the ball, undersized guard, good 3pt shooter with a quick release, decent playmaker. Needs to be more effective on defense.
Stephen Takyi 2018 6’4 Small Forward James Monroe - can finish thru contact on the drive, attacks the basket strong, good passer, moves well without the ball. Needs to be more aggressive on defense.
Surakata Jahwara 2019 6’4 Wing James Monroe - long and lanky frame, attacks the basket, can go coast to coast and finishes thru traffic, effective eurostep, long arms. Needs to be more aggressive on defense and be more consistent on his outside shot.
Glen Vasquez 2018 5’11 Martin Luther King Jr. - quick first step, good playmaker, tight handle, vocal on defense, crafty finsher can finish thru heavy traffic, pesky perimeter defender, sneaky athleticism. Streaky outside shooter.
Now in it's second year, The NYC Castle Challenge is fast becoming a must see. Eighteen teams participated over the Thanksgiving break and the competition was at a high level, including a international game with a team from Spain. Brian Rosen is the top man at Castle Athletics which was founded in 2008. He and his staff provide a great forum for all teams and players to maximize their exposure to college coaches. Recruit The Bronx was on deck and here are our top performers:
Friday 11/24 Wahaad Johnson 2018 6'0 guard Bedford Academy - can handle the ball with both hands. Good feel for the court. Effective passer. Has 3pt shooting ability and can shoot deep when he gets hot. Can score the ball. Needs to be a committed one on one defender.
Gary Sykes 2018 6'5 center Bedford Academy - decent size. Can rebound and block shots at times. Runs the floor. Back to the basket player. Still improving on his offensive skills. Needs to work on his vertical and being confident on offense.
Nazeem Spencer 2018 6'4 wing KIPP - lefty player. Good length. Average ball handle. Shows decent athletic potential at the basket. Needs to work more on shooting and shots off his dribble.
Rodney Summers 2019 5'9 guard KIPP - strong body. Uses his body well to protect and shield his dribble. Strong enough to take the bump when he makes his moves. Average passer. Willing to work on Defense. Needs to work on shooting.
Jameek Daley 2019 6'5 forward Murray Bergtraum HS - active on both sides of the ball. Runs hard. Can be effective as a rebounder. Shows good ability to put the ball on the floor and finish in transition. Needs to work more on his perimeter skill set.
Aaron Walton 2018 6'3 forward Port Richmond HS - undersized to be a post player but he knows his way in the paint. Can rebound for his size and defends. Runs good. Very alert at the rim. Needs to work on his shot.
Ali Sumareh 2018 6'4 forward South Bronx Prep - good energy. Has potential to be a combo player because of his ability to dribble when starting the fast break and his passing when he driving the ball down hill. At times he can power the ball to the rim. Needs to become that guy with his play making abilities
John Egbuta 2019 6'6 wing Wadleigh HS - shows good versatility and athletic ability. Can get above the rim. Fills the lane and runs the floor. Average with his dribble but he stays active around the basket. Needs to work on shooting
Elijah Wynn 2019 5'7 point guard Wadleigh HS - tough point guard. Can dribble with speed and control. Can get into the lanes. Good with his assist to turnover ratio. Needs to be a better shooter.
Keyshawn Faulkner 2018 6'9 center Ralph Mckee HS - has some spring in his legs. Will block some shot in the paint. Can rebound. Decent in transition and his athleticism. Needs to show more ability to play away from the basket and get stronger.
Damien Chung Qui 2018 Post Grad 5'8 point guard Our Savior Lutheran Post Grad - makes good decisions. Knows how to run his team. Good passer. Good court awareness. Capable of making 3pt shots. Needs to stay consistent with his defensive capabilities.
Oumar Ballo 2020 6'11 center Spain/Academy Las Palmas - strong down low. Can finish at the basket. Plays hard. Can rebound on both ends. Good footwork and moves in the paint. Needs to develop a better turn and face game.
Diego Willis 2018 6'3 point guard Spain /Academy Las Palmas - good handles. More than able to his dribble under control when his is pressured. Good eye for finding his teammates. Good passer. Can shoot the ball. Stays alert on Defense. Needs to be more aggressive with his shooting.
Adisa Isaac 2019 6'5 forward Canarsie HS - two sport athlete. Football and basketball. Athletic up and down the court. Good around the basket. Good footwork. Not afraid to bang and defend in the post. Needs to develop more perimeter offensive skills
Marques Hibbert 2018 6'6 center Canarsie HS - big body. Average ability. Moves well around the court. Has good energy. Will give a solid effort rebounding the ball. Needs to work on being more of a offensive player.
Sayeed Osario 2018 5'7 guard Rucker HS - good instincts to play. Streaky shooter. Average with his dribble and playing making. Willing passer. Needs to work on Defense.
Joseph Thompson 2019 5'11 guard Rucker HS - aggressive shooter. Has good range. Willing to fire away. Knows how to create for his teammates with his passing. Needs to play harder defense on the ball.
Gavion Singleton 2019 6'3 guard Our Savior Lutheran Regional - can play above the rim. Good in transition. Runs the floor and fills the lane. Good with the ball going down hill. Needs to work more on creating for his teammates.
Charles Noonan 2019 6'7 forward Our Savior Lutheran Regional - can make plays. Good with his passes off the dribble. Good weak side defender. Good height to shoot over the defender. Needs to shoot more off screening action
Anthony Marshall 2020 5'9 point guard BDA Metro HS - good with his dribble. Can make things happen for himself and others. Plays fast and under control. Good court awareness. Good athleticism for his height. Need to be a better shooter when contested.
Trey Clarke 2018 6'4 forward BDA Metro HS - good athlete. Can play in the half court setting and in transition. Can hit open 3pt shots. Decent off the dribble. Not afraid to attack. On defense he can fill gaps with his length. Needs to rebound more.
Kenneth Hines 2018 6'5 center BDA Metro HS - strong in the paint. Can rebound. Plays hard. Can be effective very effective when he gets touches in the paint. Needs to be more demanding on offense.
Teequan Holley 2019 6'7 forward John Bowne HS - hustles up the court. Can block some shots. Good extension when he's aggressive to the rebounds. Can handle the ball in the open court. Decent with his mid range pull up. Needs to get stronger.
Jahmir Appleton 2018 6'5 center Eagle Academy - can get some rebounds. Capable of hitting the soft mid range shot. Good feel for making the skip pass out of the post. Runs well enough end to end. Needs to get more athletic at the basket and to the rebound.
David Grady 2018 6'6 wing Brooklyn Law and Tech HS - athletic player. Can hit his fair share of mid range and 3pt shots. Average handle but will make a play. Good wingspan makes him effective rebounder. Needs to be a better than fair shooter.
Kevin Greene 018 5'11 guard WHEELS HS - plays with good intensity. Aggressive player. Good athletic ability. Decent skill set to play the point. Can be a creator when he is under control. Needs to become a consistent shooter.
On Thanksgiving Saturday, Brooklyn Collegiate hosted six teams in three games. Here were the top performers:
Brandon Lewis – 2018 Guard, 6’2 Eagle Academy II- Very Athletic player who can really jump out the building. Can drive to the basket with either hand and loves to slash; but will pass the ball to the open player. Also a solid-Mid range shooter. Needs to work on his defense.
Shamar Baker - 2019 Guard, 5’11 Eagle Academy II- Has the ability to dribble the basketball with both hands and can get into the gaps from any angle on the court. Great court vision and reads the floor very well. Needs to tune up his offensive skills.
Adriece Payne- 2018 Point Guard, 5’9 Eagle Academy II- Have a scorer mentality and can really mix things up on the court. Has great court vision and makes the right play. Have the ability to knock down the 3. Needs to improve his defensive awareness.
Tyrese Baptiste - 2018 Forward, 6’6 Eagle Academy II – Very big for his size but can move very well. Great Feet work. Rebounds the basketball on both ends of the court and plays above the rim. He is truly in Shape which benefits his game tremendously. Needs to polish his offensive game.
Jonathan Durodola- 2019 Guard, 6’1 August Martin HS - He is able to handle the basketball with both hands and can go either way. Loves to drive the basketball and has the ability to get into the paint and finish; as well as draw fouls. Needs to improve his shooting and court vision.
Yarayah Evans - 2019 Forward, 6’4 Westinghouse HS - Very athletic player and plays above the rim on every possession. Attacks the glass very well on both ends of the floor. Can finish very well around the basket from dump downs and hand offs. Needs to polish his offensive skills.
Jose Losado - 2018 Guard, 6’0 Westinghouse HS - Very lanky guard who can get to his spots on the court. Great ball handler with both hands and can go both ways. Decent shooter as well. Needs to increase his strength and improve his 3pt shooting.
Nyrie Hicks - 2018 Guard, 6’1 Westinghouse HS – Great Defender; especially Man to Man. Gets into you defensively for the whole game. Loves to attack the basket from all angles of the court. Looks to score first then pass. Needs to improve his shooting.
Cheikh Dia - 2018 Guard, 6’2 Westinghouse HS - He is a shooter first and foremost. If he is left wide open he will shoot it and will shoot off the dribble as well. Can handle the ball as well but does not drive much. Needs to improve on scoring in different ways and improve his defensive awareness.
Robert Taylor II - 2020 Forward, 6’5 Westinghouse HS - Rebounds the basketball very well on both ends of the floor. Plays above the rim on every possession. Very Athletic and can finish around the rim with both hands. Must Improve his Jump shot.
Dwight Reed - 2018 Swing, 6’4 Queens HS of Teaching - Plays under control on every possession which is rare at the HS level. Great offensive skills with a slashing handle to get him to the rim. Can hit the Mid-Range and can finish around the basket with both hands. Needs to improve his 3pt shooting.
Tafari Serrett – 2018 Guard, 6’0 Queens HS of Teaching – Has good strength, especially with the basketball. Also serves him well on defense and he knows how to use it to his advantage. Drive and score first guard but will pass the ball to the open man. Needs to improve his Jump Shot.
Justin Anderson - 2018 Guard, 5’10 Queens HS of Teaching – Very quick and can get into the lane with ease. Can also handle the ball with both hands and has solid court vision. Needs to improve his offensive skill set.
Christopher Goodwin - 2018 Swing, 6’1 Brooklyn Collegiate HS - Good Slasher and strong for his size. Looks to drive and get into the lane on most offensive possessions. Great defensive awareness. Needs to improve his jump shooting capabilities.
Majesty Johnson - 2020, Point Guard, 5’8 Brooklyn Collegiate HS – Very fast lefty guard who uses his speed to his advantage. Looks to score but does a great job in controlling the pace of the game, finding the open man and limiting his turnovers. Needs to improve his jumpshot and layup package for his size.
Erlyn Ramirez- 2019, Forward, 6’7 Brooklyn Collegiate HS - Very Strong Big man. Plays strictly in the paint and can finish around the rim with both hands. Has great feet work as well. Needs to work on his jump shooting and defending other big men.
Amadou Traore - 2019, Forward, 6’7 Brooklyn Collegiate HS - Very physical player inside. Attacks the glass on both ends of the floor and has the ability to finish around the rim with both hands. Solid defender. Must improve his offensive skillset.
Mekhi Warren- 2018, Forward, 6’6 Hillhouse HS (CT) - Very Athletic forward and plays above the rim on every possession. Solid handle for his size and will put it on the floor. Likes to drive for the most part. Needs to improve his jump shooting and effort defensively.
Rayshawn Brewer – 2018, Forward, 6’6 Hillhouse HS (CT) - Very versatile forward. Great spot up shooter and can fill it up quickly. Powerful inside with great rebounding ability. Needs to become a better ball handler.
J’Vaughn Hoover - 2018, Forward, 6’3 Hillhouse HS (CT) - Amazing wingspan and can play multiple positions. Drive first kind of guard and looks for his shot most possessions. Will pass to the open man and make the right play but looks to score. Decent shooter. Needs to improve his on-ball defense to compliment his wingspan.
Davon Warner - 2018, Guard, 6’0 Hillhouse HS (CT) - Great shooter who has NBA range. Can hit the Spot up jumper and can also shoot off the dribble. Also have the ability to get his defenders in the air and step in for his jump shot. If left wide open, he will knock it down 100 percent of the time. Has a great handle and can drive the basketball with both hands. Needs to improve his court vision for a combo guard.
Recruit The Bronx was on hand to watch Day 1 of the 14th Annual Hersh Classic at Thomas Jefferson HS in Brooklyn, NY. The annual Pre-High School season tournament is run by Bud Pollard, Head Coach of Thomas Jefferson HS Orange Wave . The teams that participated are as follows:
Bedford Academy (Brooklyn A) Curtis High (Staten Island A) Eagle Academy (Bronx AA)
WHEELS (Manhattan AA) George Westinghouse (Brooklyn AA) Brooklyn Law & Tech (Brooklyn A)
KIPP NYC (Bronx A) Susan Wagner (Staten Island A) Benjamin Banneker (Brooklyn A)
Fannie Lou Hamer (Bronx B) MSIT (Staten Island A) Thomas Jefferson (Brooklyn AA)
Here are our top prospects:
Wahad Johnson 2018 5’11 Point Guard Bedford - confident 3pt shooter not afraid to pull-up from 30 ft out, crafty scorer and finisher, creates good separation off the drive, good pull-up jumper. Needs to be more focused on defense and distribute the ball more. Won MVP of Game 1.
Gary Sykes 2018 6’6 Power Forward Bedford - big body can carve out space down low, good rebounder. Needs to work on his low post offense and increase his vertical.
Marcus Ryan 2018 6’1 Wing Bedford - non-stop motor on both ends, can hit the open three, pesky defender. Needs to be more under control on the court and work on his handle to be a two-guard.
Frankie Williams 2019 5’10 Point Guard Fannie Lou Hamer - keeps head up on the break, good handle and court vision, can shoot from 3. Needs to look for his shot more and finish better around the rim.
Charles Davis 2018 6’2 Wing Fannie Lou Hamer - athletic, can get up and throw it down, long arms, ok finisher thru contact. Needs to work on his jumpshot and gain muscle.
Anthony Rose 2020 6’3 Forward Fannie Lou Hamer - long arms, displays good effort on the boards, active defender. Needs to be a more consistent finisher inside and more aggressive on offense.
Larry Moreno 2018 5’11 Point Guard BK Law & Tech - can heat up from three in a hurry, confident lefty scorer, creates good separation off the dribble, quick release on his jumpshot. Needs to add muscle. Won MVP of Game 2. Committed to St. Francis College (Brooklyn).
David Grady 2018 6’5 Small Forward BK Law & Tech - can defend positions 1-3, displays good discipline and timing on the defensive end of the floor, explosive leaper, can be a point-forward at times, showed a little improvement in his outside shot. Needs to be a more consistent outside shooter and get a quicker handle.
Rodney Summers 2019 6’0 Guard KIPP - strong athletic body, attacks the basket strong defenders bounce off of him, not afraid of contact, decent court vision. Needs to work on his jumper and be a consistent finisher on the drive.
Nick Taylor 2018 5’11 Guard Wagner - quick hands on defense, can score in bunches, high IQ player, can create his own shot, good deceptive handle. Needs to distribute more. Won MVP of Game 3.
Blaron Lata 2020 5’9 Guard Wagner - attacks the basket strong, good awareness at his age, very active on both ends. Needs to gain muscle and work on getting a tighter handle.
Gabriel Holly 2021 5’6 Point Guard Benjamin Banneker - speedy guard, tough Brooklyn guard with good court vision, heart over height, not afraid to drive to basket and take contact. Needs to add muscle and height over the next 4 years, needs to work on his jumper.
Kevin Greene2018 5’10 Point Guard WHEELS - quick and shifty lead guard, can blow past defenders off the dribble, can finish on the drive thru traffic, good passing skills, sneaky athleticism can get up and stuff it. Needs to focus more on defense, can get sloppy with the ball at times. Won MVP of Game 4.
Raheem Ragsdale 2018 6’4 Small Forward WHEELS - long and athletic, can defend positions 1-3, solid on and off ball defender, stays with play on both ends. Needs to work on his jumper and his handle to be more effective on offense, and gain muscle.
Ryan Pye 2019 5’9 Guard WHEELS - pesky perimeter defender, good handle, good pull-up jumper off the dribble, sneaky athleticism. Needs to be more consistent from three point range.
Jamahl Humbert 2018 6’4 Small Forward MSIT - explosive leaper, active defender, can finish thru contact, good passer. Needs to work on his jumpshot and be more aggressive driving to the basket.
Keysean Faulkner Smith 2018 6’9 Center MSIT - very long arms bothers a lot of shots, good form on his free throws, has some lift for his size, still very raw. Needs to add muscle and stamina to be effective at the next level.
Kalique Mitchell 2019 6’4 Guard MSIT - aggressive on the offensive end, can get the basket thru smaller guards, decent handle. Needs to work on his jumpshot.
Yarayah Evans 2018 6’5 Small Forward George Westinghouse - explosive dunker, hustles on both ends, regularly gets put back dunks, good defender. Needs to work his jumpshot and his handle.
Floyd Samuels 2018 6’0 Guard Eagle Academy - good court vision, decent 3pt shooter, positions himself well to take charges. Needs to get a tighter handle and be more aggressive on defense.
Jahmir Appleton 2018 6’6 Power Forward Eagle Academy - big body, can finish thru contact, decent interior defender, good rebounder, good passer. Needs to trim down more and increase vertical.
Malik Martin 2018 6’4 Wing Curtis HS - good handle, good pull up jumper, active on defense and very vocal on that side of the floor, athletic build, can create his own shot, makes good passes, can finish thru contact, High IQ player.
Muhammadu Diokhan 2018 6’2 Shooting Guard Curtis HS - corner 3pt sniper, crafty scorer, can get hot from 3, good on ball defense. Needs to be more aggressive on defense.
Stephen Moncriffe 2018 6’5 Power Forward Thomas Jefferson - strong body, carves out space in the paint, good rebounder, can finish thru contact inside. Needs to trim down a little more and work on his midrange game.
Jaquan Carlos 2021 5’11 Guard Thomas Jefferson - good handle, deceptive speed, has a nice pull-up jumper, decent defender. Needs to work on his 3pt shot.
Marcus Burnett 2020 6’5 Wing Thomas Jefferson - good size at his age, good triple threat moves, quick first step can get by defenders to the basket, decent 3pt shooter, good handle. Needs to be a more consistent outside shooter and gain muscle.
Michael Encarnacion Perez 2018 6’9 Center Thomas Jefferson - very long and lanky frame, can block shots, decent rebounder, shows some athleticism. Extremely skinny, needs to add muscle to be effective on the next level.
Recruit The Bronx continued our pre season high school coverage at the More Than a Game playoffs on Saturday, October 28. MTG is now in its third year for high school pre season action. With Under Armour giving some sponsorship, MTG also runs a competitive summer league. Rob Moses is the tournament director, and he also is the assistant basketball coach at Cardozo HS. Rob says he anticipates the high school pre season tournament getting bigger. There may be a move to increase the 16 team tournament to as many as 24 in future years. Here are the top performers from the first round playoff games:
Moussa Cissa 2021 6'11 center Christ The King - good motor. Lean and athletic player. Can dribble coast to coast when he is given the lane. Plays above the rim. Will deter and block shots. Needs to be stronger at the rim when attempting to finish in traffic.
Kofi Cockburn2019 7'0 center Christ The King - 280lbs and solid. Power is his game. Physically strong. Can dominate the post with rebounds. Especially when he is aggressively going after the rebounds. Will protect the basket and block shots. Needs to develop a soft 10-15ft shot.
Shaun DeLeon 2018 5'6 point guard Bayside HS - good shooter. Knows how to free himself for his shot. Very crafty and shifty with his dribble. Needs to be a better defender.
Larry Moreno 2018 5'11 point guard Brooklyn Law - good 3pt shooter. Decent consistency with his shooting abilities. Can score the ball in bunch. Good passer. Needs to improve on his weak hand and the confidence to use his weak hand.
Brendan McGuire 2018 6'6 point forward Chaminade HS - good player. Plays the point forward but can very easily play the point guard position and perhaps should. Good with his dribble. Plays under control. Knows how to let the game come to him. Will stick his shots. Nice skilled player. Dependable at the free throw line. Needs to work on defending the ball one on one.
Johnny Francois 2018 6'1 guard Brooklyn Collegiate HS - good spot shooter. Will hit his fair share of 3pt shots. Works hard. Can dribble drive on occasion. Needs to shot the ball better off the dribble.
Teequan Holley 2019 6'6 forward John Bowne HS - decent around the basket. Long arms. Can be good around the basket. Runs rim to rim. Average rebounder. Needs to improve on some face up moves.
Victor Ogbo 2018 6'5 center - can rebound. Gets good positioning around the basket. Will back you down to the basket. Decent with shooting the ball over his shoulder with his strong hand. Needs more athletism added to his game.
Richard Selembo 2018 6'2 guard John Bowne HS - can finish at the basket. Likes to take the ball to the basket. Can be effective as a rebounder off the offensive glass giving his team second chance possessions. Needs to improve as a shooter.
Brandan Lewis 2018 6'2 guard Eagle Academy II Brooklyn - good in transition. Plays hard. Can finish with both hands. Needs to become a better shooter.
Recruit the Bronx was on hand to watch Week 5 of the MTG Back2School Invitational at Eagle Academy II in Brooklyn, NY. MTG (More Than A Game) is run by Rob Moses, Assistant Coach at Cardozo HS. Here are our top prospects:
Brendan McGuire 2018 6’7 Small Forward Chaminade HS - good coast to coast finisher who finishes well with both hands, good court vision, can be a point-forward, attacks the basket strong thru contact, good shooting form. Needs to be a more consistent shooter and be more aggressive on defense.
Liam Brennan 2019 6’8 Center Chaminade HS - good inside finisher, can finish with both hands, decent rebounder. Needs to work on his stamina and vertical.
Mike Ferrara 2018 6’0 Guard Chaminade HS - good 3pt shooter, shows a good understanding of the game, disciplined defender plays good on ball defense. Needs to be more of a playmaker.
Tashon Taylor 2018 6’4 Forward Edison HS - high energy player, non stop motor on both ends of the floor, tough interior defender, aggressive rebounder. Athletic game but needs to be more controlled, wild at times.
Taijay Good2020 5’9 Point Guard John Bowne HS - knockdown 3pt shooter, confident shifty guard who can score in bunches, quick first step, good passing skills. Needs to be more aggressive on defense.
Teequan Holley 2019 6’6 Power Forward John Bowne HS - good interior defender, tries to contest and block every shot, athletic,very raw offensively. Needs to be a more consistent finisher inside.
Tyrese Apple 2019 6’2 Shooting Guard John Bowne HS - can score inside-out, crafty scorer finishes well on the drive, quick hands on defense. Needs to look for his shot more.
Josh Lugo 2019 6’5 Forward Frederick Douglass Academy - invites contact on the drive, adept at drawing fouls and converts his free throws, runs the floor well, hustles for loose balls. Needs to work on his handle and outside shot to be a SF at the next level.
Jayden Clarke 2020 6’2 Point Guard Frederick Douglass Academy - good passing skills and court vision, good handle needs to get tighter, hustles for loose balls, has a good feel for the game. Needs to look for his shot more and be more aggressive on the court. Long and lanky frame could grow taller by senior year
Kofi Cockburn2019 6’11 Center Christ The King HS - one of the strongest big men in the country, big body and uses it to his advantage, finishes thru contact with ease, intimidating rim protector, runs the floor like a wing very agile, good passer for a big. Needs to develop his post game more
Ryan Myers 2020 5’11 Point Guard Christ The King HS - very good 3pt shooter, good shot of the dribble, quick first step, attacks the basket strong, good on ball defense, controls the offense, sneaky athleticism, lefty. Needs to get stronger
Jaylen Davis2019 6’3 Shooting Guard Christ The King HS - cerebral scorer makes it look easy, very crafty can score inside-out. Needs to be more aggressive on defense, streaky shooter.
Nathan Curry 2019 6’3 Forward Christ The King HS - good discipline on defense goes all out on that end, good form on his shot, makes smart cuts moves well without the ball. Needs to increase his range and work on his handle to be more of a wing at the next level.
Felo Niclas 2018 6’0 Combo Guard Springfield Gardens HS - a 3pt sniper, tight handle creates good separation, very good perimeter defender quick hands, athletic finisher. Needs to distribute more to be a true PG.
Nasir Modeste 2018 6’2 Guard Eagle Academy II - explosive leaper attacks the basket strong, will sky for rebounds with the trees, decent handle. Needs to increase his range.
IWorkhosted The Battle for New York at The College of Staten Island on October 11. Nearly 100 seniors participated, and this event was full of action. More than 30 college coaches came out and Recruit The Bronx was in the house. These are our top players from the night:
Larry Moreno 2018 5'11 point guard Brooklyn Law & Tech HS - lefty point guard that has speed and can score with his 3pt shooting and driving the ball to the basket. His play is aggressive and he has a confident cool about his game. Still needs to get stronger and add some weight for next level play along with being better with his weak hand dribble.
Devon Nicholson 2018 6'0 point guard St. Joseph By The Sea HS - good player. Makes good the decisions with the ball and keeps himself moving without the ball. Shows the ability to make the right plays. Good IQ and feel for the game. Good mid range shooter. Needs to be a little bit faster with the ball.
Keysean Faulkner Smith 2018 6'9 center Ralph McKee HS - his building block starts on defense. Can block shots and change your shot selection when driving into his defense lane. Runs the floor. Decent agility and footwork. Average rebounder. Needs to be more aggressive going to get the rebounds.
Keyshawn Miller 2018 6'2 guard Saunders Trade & Tech HS - good player. Has a little razzle and dazzle to his game. He can make plays for himself and his teammates. Willing passer. Needs to become a shooting threat.
Sean Brensnan2018 6'4 small forward Saunders Trade & Tech HS - solid player. Has athletic ability and can get above the rim when he needs to. Can shoot the ball when he hot. Not afraid to take shots on the perimeter and drive the ball. Can put the ball on the floor and lead the fast break. Need to be a better defender one on one.
Victor Olawoye 2018 6'0 point guard Elmont Memorial HS - good with the ball. Can make things happen with his dribble. Good court vision. Knows how to read the defense in pick n roll action. Decent with his pass but needs to make better entry passes into the post.
Carlos Lemus 2018 6'3 guard Upper Room Christian School - can be athletic. Can finish at the basket. Decent shooter. Good first off the dribble. Needs to shoot better off the screen.
Korey Williams2018 5'8 point guard La SalleAcademy - can handle the rock. Has the ability to put pressure on the defense with his dribble. Good energy on the court. Has a play makers skill set and level. Needs to show a commitment to keeping the man in front of him on defense.
Marcus Hammond 2018 6'0 point guard Cardozo HS - lefty point guard with good shooting and passing skills. Good court vision and awareness. Decent when he is under pressure and making the right decision. Needs to add muscle to his frame and be more effective with his weak hand
Sahdique Watkins 2018 6'0 combo guard Holy Cross HS - can handle the ball as a two way type of player either as a point /two guard combo and or two guard/wing combo. Average passer. Average shooter. Needs to get trimmer and toner.
- Nick Ovichnkoff 2018 guard Clarkstown North HS
- Cameron Otiti 2018 6'1 guard All Hallows HS
-Elijah Galloway 2018 6'5 forward Saunders Trade and Tech HS
- Tyler Small 2018 6'1 guard Holy Trinity HS
- Danny Dacosta 2018 6'3 guard Monsignor Scanlan HS