Westchester County Class B Section 1, Conference 3
Coach: Chad Charney, (1st Year)
Overall record: 11-10
Class B Tournament #7 seed, lost in first round of playoffs to #10 Pleasantville
Top players: Cam Amerson, 6-3, Sr. F; Dylan Scales, 6-5, Sr. F; Terence O'Brien, 6-1, Jr. G; Ben Yamuder, 6-2, Sr. F
Other Key Players: Rich Petrillo, 5-9, So. G; Kyle McHugh, 6-0, Sr. G, Tyler Tsiakaros, 6-4, So. F
Outlook: Westlake will be coached by Chad Charney, in his first head coaching season in the High School ranks. Charney came from Purchase College as an Associate Head Coach and will be assisted by Creig Graves and his father, Jeff Charney, who was the Head Coach at Purchase College. The Charney's come from a collegiate program that ranked in the Top 10 on D3Hoops.com and won four Skyline Conference Championships in six years.
For Westlake, despite having nine seniors on the varsity roster, Westlake will be very inexperienced with a lot of players, who did not see significant time in previous seasons. The Wildcats will look to replace their entire starting five from last season, losing talent to graduation. O'Brien should see the majority of time, at the off guard and should contribute regularly offensively. The Wildcats have a strong front court with Scales, Yamuder, and Amerson. Other players who will be vital to the Wildcats efforts include seniors Joe Ferri (G 5-10), a quick and powerful guard, and Haseeb Azhar, an athletic and passionate player (G 6-1). The Wildcats will again be competing in the Tappan Zee Christmas Tournament on Dec 16/17th. After a long drought from the County Center, Charney and his boys are looking return for the first time since 1978.
Bronx, NY The growing presence and popularity of the annual Battle of the Bronx preseason showcase is the result of the hard work and charisma of Evander Childs High coach and 5 Star Basketball Director, Dave Fonfa. This past Thanksgiving weekend, Fonfa brought in 20 quality teams from all over Greater New York City. Here are some of the players who we enjoyed seeing.
Isaiah Ryan (2017) 6'1 Guard High School: Dewitt Clinton HS (Bronx) Ryan is an all around player generating interest from a number of Division 3 schools as well as post grad prep institutions. Ryan is incredibly strong and is able to mix it up under the boards. He is also quick enough to play on the outside and usually guards the opposing teams best player.
Greg Lawrence (2019) 6'5 Small Forward High School: Greens Farms Academy (CT) GFA rolled down I-95 to show off their D1 prospects. Lawrence was impressive in scoring 18, rebounding 12 and blocking three in his minutes against defending City Champs, KIPP NYC. Long, mobile and dependable. Cool under pressure with great right-place instincts in the Dragon's ball-movement offense.
Tilquan Rucker (2017) 5'7 Point Guard High School: South Bronx Prep (NY). Entering this season, Rucker is ranked as the #3 point guard in all of NYC PSAL. Tilquan is averaging 25 ppg and 10apg in SBP's 2016 pre-season games. He scored his 1000th point as a junior. This score-first point guard broke school's record for scoring in one season last year, but can read defenses and orchestrate when needed. Per his coach, Paul Campbell, Rucker runs baseline to baseline in under 5 seconds, plays the game with no fear and a eagerness to learn more.
Kevon Wiggins (2019) 6'0 Guard High School: Evander Childs HS (Bronx). Wiggins is the leading scorer for his home country, Guyana National U-16 team. Wiggins is excellent with the ball and a fearless shooter. Good energy. He'll be a true highlight for ECHS over the next three years.
Timothy Lindsay (2017) 6'2 Wing High School: Dewitt Clinton HS (Bronx) Lindsay is a silky smooth wing player who can flat out score. Whether from the outside or driving to the basket, Lindsay is an all out threat with the ball in his hands. Lindsay is getting looks from a number of Division 3 programs and prep schools.
C.J. Woods (2017) 5'8 Point Guard High School: Dewitt Clinton HS (Bronx) is the heart of the Clinton basketball team. Tough as nails and dependable with the ball, Woods runs the offense efficiently and is a threat from the three point line. Woods is also being looked at by a number of Division 3 programs and holds an 90% GPA.
Sunday Okeke (2017) 6'8 Forward High School: Greens Farms Academy (CT). It was pretty clear why Wake Forest University snapped up this guy. His strong and active body and strong and suffocating wing span gave him a man-amongst-boys type of presence. We saw him shut down centers, forwards, wings and point guards. Nobody wants to be guarded by this guy. Impressive chasis..only to be exceeded by his impressive motor.
Alexis Pena (2017) 5'11 Guard High School: Jane Adams HS (Bronx). Pena was one of the key players in helping Jane Addams reach the NYC B Division City Championship game last year. He's got ice in his veins for making the clutch shot, as he did in the City quarter-finals against Maspeth last year. Pena's coach Jon Osterow describes Pena as a great kid, good student and a real good shooter who can produce 15 ppg night after night.
Andre Rivera (2017) 6'2 Guard High School: Walton HS (Bronx) Rivera is a combo guard, but he is so much more than that. He is the engine that makes the Walton team run. His coach, Eric Swilliger describes him as a "Jack of all trades" and a hidden gem that if a college coach discovers, will bless the day he found him. Riveria has an endless motor and a burning desire to succeed. He is a penetrating machine and his three point shooting is improving. His handle needs some work but his court vision is outstanding. He is a terror on the glass, especially for his size and frame. In addition to all that, Coach Swillinger says that his captain usually guards the opponent's best player and is always the leader in taking charges.
Ali Sumareh (2018) 6'4 Small Forward High School: South Bronx Prep (NY). Sumareh looks poised for a break out season, averaging 20 ppg and 10 rpg in his 2016 pre-season games. He is quick down on the box. He is an aggressive and high flyer,who can also step out and shoot the mid range. His coach says Sumareh loves to handle the ball when given the opportunity and can control the floor just as well as a point guard. With two seasons left in his run, his time is now to mature into a greater player on this championship level team.
Waldo Toribio (2019) 5'8 Point Guard High School: Evander Childs HS (Bronx). Toribio is the prototypical NYC point guard, relentless motor and will hurt you in multiple ways. He is a pass-first floor general, but can create his own shot at will. Coach Fonfa thinks he is one of the city's best, and if he stays in the practice gym enough, will go to college for free.
Mark Morgan (2017) 6'1 Shooting Guard High School: South Bronx Prep (NY). According to Coach Campbell, Morgan is a leader by nature on and off the court and is making up from a broken wrist. He is averaging 15 ppg, 10 apg and 5 rpg in 2016 pre-season games. He controls the court and super aggressive when needed. Loves the game and it shows. Morgan is likely to have a break out season as the pressure increases from teams to overplay Tilquan Rucker.
Louis Florimon(2017) 6'2 Guard High School: Walton HS (Bronx) Florimon is Walton's best ball handler and shooter. His quickness allows him to beat just about anyone off the dribble. Given that strength, his coach hates when he settles for a three point attempt. When Florimon applies his athleticism to the defensive end, Walton gets tough to beat.
Momadou "Djbril" Diallo (2018) Wing High School: Jane Addams HS (Bronx). Diallo was another piece in Jane Addams run to the City Finals last year. He is a dynamic athlete, with a hard-to-stop drive to the rim. Averaging 15 ppg. His coach loves him and says he never misses a practice.
Kobi Agard (2020) 5'3 Point Guard High School: Greens Farms Academy (CT). It's not supposed to work like this. There's no way a baby faced, tiny freshman point guard is supposed to handle the City Champion KIPP NYC ball pressure and trapping as well as Agard did. Agard was clearly a crowd favorite, slipping and ducking the bigger, stronger and older defenders. Getting the ball where it was supposed to get. Great court sense. Great energy.
Derek Smith(2017) 6'2 Swing High School: Walton HS (Bronx) , Walton uses Smith as an undersized 4, and he does a competent job against bigger guys. As a lefty, he has an uncanny way of getting to the basket and drawing fouls. His ball handling skills adds another dimension to his game and, accordingly, he can be used to run the point. His coach says that his rebounding, especially in heavy traffic, both on the offensive and defensive glass is much improved.
Long time coach and former Athletic Director at Eagle Academy, Steven Leonard is assuming the helm as the boys varsity basketball coach at Bathgate this season.
Per returning Assistant Coach Alain Latortue "Last season at Bathgate, it was a learning and development year, we had a team loaded with sophomores and juniors that played tough and gained tons of experience. This season we have high expectations because we are returning key players from last and stable leadership."
Bathgate will be led by 6’1” small forward Andrick Ortiz (2017) who should have a big season, He was their leading scorer from last season. Ortiz brings versatility by attacking the rim, jump shooting, tough defense, and solid passing. Also returning with Andrick from last season are Juniors forward Ralphy De La Cruz and shooting guard Kevin Afriyie. De La Cruz is a 5’10 bruiser who is a rugged rebounder and slasher to the rim who can finish strong at the basket. Afriyie is a 5’10” slasher who draws a lot contact and is a solid passer, and has developing mid range shot.
The floor leader of our team this season will come from our 5’8” freshman point guard Brian De La Rosa. "Brian is a savvy lefty point guard, with solid ball handling skills and passing skills." Per Latortue.
This season there are high expectations for this Bathgate team. With tough defense, smart gameplay and senior leadership they should again be a contender in the Bronx B league.
DeWitt Clinton is coming off a 20-9 season where they were knocked out of the City Championship by finalist Frederick Douglas in the Round of 16. Only one starter returns from the 2015-16 squad in Isiah Ryan. The team has a number of newcomers from a strong J.V. team. Per Coach Ballerini the success of this year’s squad will have a lot to do with how well the team can gel and execute on both ends of the court.
Isaiah Ryan 6'1 (2017) is an all around player generating interest from a number of Division 3 schools as well as post grad prep institutions. Ryan is incredibly strong and is able to mix it up under the boards. He is also quick enough to play on the outside and usually guards the opposing teams best player.
Timothy Lindsay 6'2 (2017) is a silky smooth wing player who can flat out score. Whether from the outside or driving to the basket, Lindsay is an all out threat with the ball in his hands. Lindsay is getting looks from a number of Division 3 programs and prep schools.
C.J. Woods 5'8 (2017) is the heart of the Clinton basketball team. Tough as nails and dependable with the ball, Woods runs the offense efficiently and is a threat from the three point line. Woods is also being looked at by a number of Division 3 programs and holds an 90% GPA.
Jose Alvarado 6'1 (2017) is a crafty wing who can consistently knock down the three point shot as well as get to the basket and create for others. With Alvarado in the game, Clinton has another steady ball handler and a player that can create baskets for his teammates.
Abel Hernandez 6' 2 (2018) is a strong inside presence for the Governors. Incredible leaping ability to go along with a soft inside touch provides Clinton with a scoring option in the lane. Hernandez has improved his mid range game and is a threat to hit the 15 foot jumper.
DeWitt Clinton will continue to be a strong defensive team and is hoping to get enough contributions on the offensive end to compete for another league title. The Bronx A West is extremely deep this season with a senior laden Walton team, a reloaded Roosevelt squad to go along with the new member, the state runner-up Kipp NYC Bulldogs. Every game is going to be a battle.
In the grueling New York Catholic High School Athletic Association, “every night is a grind.” Says Patrick Massaroni, in his second year at the helm for the Crusaders. After a somewhat disappointing finish to the 2015-16 season with an overtime loss to eventual Archdiocesan champions Cardinal Hayes, Massaroni and his squad look to the future behind a core of young talent.
Perhaps more painfully than the disappointing finish, this past offseason saw the departure of two standout prospects from Stepinac in Jordan Tucker and Aundre Hyatt. With bona fide Division 1 talent, the two top-100 prospects left New York for the promise of prep school, leaving Massaroni to rebuild around 6’3” Senior Jorden Means. Means is a crafty left-handed guard who can get to the rim with ease, and looks to be the beating heart of the Stepinac attack. We saw Means lead his Academic Basketball Club to the Zero Gravity New York State AAU Championship this past summer.
Means is complemented by Alan Griffin (2018), a 6’6” guard with the ability to work inside and out. Sophomore big Joel Soriano (6’9”) cements the interior game for Stepinac, and has the ability to step outside and hit from beyond 15 feet as well.
The Crusaders don’t lack for guard depth, with junior guard Payton Hudson, a deceptive scorer with a deft outside touch, andRJ Davis (2020) providing energy and athleticism in the rotation. The Crusaders shoot the ball well from the outside too, with additional shooting depth provided by the lightning-quick Makai Johnson and 6’3” swing man Eddie Johnson. Ethan Rohan (6’6”) provides impressive length and a soft touch from the free throw line as well.
At the end of the day, Coach Massaroni is conscious of his team’s youth, but promises his team is “working hard to be successful.” It’s difficult to expect a young squad like the Crusaders to assume the place of world-beaters in what is arguably one of the best high school leagues in the country, but Massaroni remains optimic: “All 17 league games are a battle,” he says, “And we are looking forward to that challenge.” As the saying goes, "hard work beats talent if talent doesn’t work hard", expect the Crusaders to come ready to work this coming season.
In his 18th season at the helm, head coach Vic Quirolo looks to lead an improved Gaels squad back to Fordham. An injury-plagued 2015-2016 campaign ended in a quarterfinals loss in the CHSAA tournament at the hands of powerhouse Archbishop Molloy.
After the loss of standout Virginia-commit Ty Jerome last season, a junior and sophomore-heavy Iona team at one point posted nine straight losses before their somewhat promising finish to the season. This year, all signs point upwards for what should prove to be an older, experienced team in New Rochelle. The Gaels are looking to strike gold once again only a handful of years removed from a Catholic High School state championship in 2012.
Widely considered one of the most competitive high school leagues in the country, Iona Prep looks to navigate the NYC Catholic High School Athletic Association with improved execution, and a lineup of sizeable prospects. Coach Quirolo makes mention of the depth and talent in the league, but remains optimistic. He states, “While the CHSAA division is one of the most talented leagues in the country, I feel as though we have the talent and size to beat any team in the league… In my opinion, every team will have a chance to win on any given night. The team that brings the most energy and properly executes their game plans the most consistently will most likely come away with the conference.”
The Gaels look to play hard and fast in the 2016-2017 season, making for an aggressive game plan on all fronts behind outstanding junior guard Bryce Willis (2018) and junior big man Josh Alexander(2018). Willis (6’5”, 180 lbs.) is a lengthy jack-of-all trades garnering national attention, with offers from Villanova and Maryland on the table. He sits just outside the Top 100 prospects nationally on the 247 Composite, but looks to use his undeniable nose for the basket and tremendous potential to catapult himself still further into the national spotlight. Alexander (6’8”, 220 lbs.) himself is a talented post player, recently named one of the top-10 bigs in the NYC area by NYCHoops.net. A deft touch around the rim and the ability to step outside make him a beast on the offensive end, and his coach is quick to point out his skill on the boards and grown-man strength, which have garnered him numerous D-1 looks.
The team also looks to capitalize on the talents of the 6’ 8”, 185 lb. Souleymane Koureissi (2018), an aggressive wing player whom his coach notes for his machine-like precision from the free-throw line and propensity for help-side defense. Earning some D-1 looks himself, he’ll make for a well-rounded small forward at the college level. Senior Nick Brennan (6'4”, 185 lbs.) is a “great” combo guard, with a soft touch and quick release from the outside and the ability to finish through contact on the interior. His coaching staff praise his high IQ and outstanding coachability, and he’s notched interest from many D- I schools including a few in the Ivy League.
In addition, Romar Reid (6'1”, 170 lbs.) and Jacob Hargraves (5’ 11”, 185 lbs.) from the class of 2018 provide solid depth at the guard spot. Romar is a quick combo guard with and without the ball who finishes with ease around the rim and boasts a solid outside touch. Hargraves is a terrific contributor as well, with the ability to pass, shoot, score and adds tenacity on the defensive end. It’s safe to say that this Gaels squad is well-rounded and more experienced: look for some big things coming out of New Rochelle this season
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).
The Greenwich High Cardinal Boys Basketball team began last season with 10 returning varsity members and a second year head coach. The season had some quality wins that initially put the team in good shape for FCIAC’s. Unfortunately, a devastating three game losing streak that started with a heart wrenching one point loss to #1 Danbury High. The team could have easily given up, but they chose to work harder with two games remaining. They won those, but narrowly missed the FCIAC play-offs on a tiebreaker.
Although the team did not make FCIAC’s, they decided to focus on playing well in the State Tournament, which they did. The team made the Sweet 16 and gave three time State Champion, Weaver High, a fight. Per Head Coach Heaton, "We may have not reached all our goals, but there were plenty of accomplishments for the team to be proud of along with our 12-9 record. The Cardinals will look to improve on that record this year."
Leading the way for the Cardinals in 2016-17 will be third year starter, Conor Harkins, the team's leading scorer the last two seasons. He is one of the most feared shooters in the state and a returning All-FCIAC player. He has committed to play for Swarthmore College. Another high academic college prospect is two-year starter,Robert Clark. The athletic and tenacious Clark will be relied on heavily for both scoring and rebounding.
A plethora of returning JV and Varsity players will compete to fill the other three starting positions and for places in the team's rotation. The team hopes to rely on its depth and quickness to continue its steady season by season improvement under Heaton.Look for the Cardinals to be an up tempo team that will rely on defensive tenacity and the transition game.
The Cardinals have one of the toughest schedules in the state. Besides the grueling FCIAC season, the Cards will face highly touted Notre Dame-West Haven, East Hartford, and a team from Portland, Maine.
Brewster, NY Zero Gravity wrapped up their 2016 AAU tournament slate in Greater New York City with their Battle for the Belt event. As the basketball guys now start to turn their focus toward their winter seasons, they will look back with fondness on the opportunities that Zero Gravity provided them to shine in. We looked on with fondness at some talented guys, such as these below.
Malachi Hazelton (2020) 6'7 Forward High School: Bedford HS (MA) AAU Team: Mystic Valley. There's a high school freshman roaming the gym in a NCAA D1 body and his name is Malachi Hazelton. Just in case you didn't catch that physique in warm-ups, he opened the game scoring with a tomahawk slam dunk. Built like a 5, moves like a 2. Active, active, active. Wins the boards, flies in and out of his defensive rotations, boxes out. Pushes the ball. A freight train through the lane...until its overplayed, then comes the step-back three ball. He makes the other players on the court feel like they need a career change.
Cape Holden (2020) 5'6" Point Guard High School: Trumbull HS (CT) AAU Team: High Rise Elite (9th grade). Holden makes statements on the court. It's starts with the flowing shoulder length hair, but then quickly switches to his hard nosed style of basketball. He can stretch a defense with the long, long ball, but would prefer to slice n dice through the lane. His drives can end in both scores and assists. Fearless.
Jordan Salisbury (2018) 6'3 Guard High School: North Brunswick HS (NJ) AAU Team: Hoop Nation. "Just win baby!" is this kid's theme. He doesn't blow you away with any one talent, he just blows you out of the gym with relentless application all of the talents. He can handle. He can score. He can find the open man. He can shoot the long ball, and he can draw the fouls on his basket drives.
Chancellor Green (2018) 6'0 Point Guard High School: Monroe Woodbury HS (NY) AAU Team: Team Takeover (Varsity). Green checks all of the boxes for a next level point guard. He's already got a college-sturdy body. He will bust the zone with the ultra long ball, and ses the floor and sticks the right pass into the right spot at the right time.
Legacy Wallace (2018) 5'11 Guard High School: Construction HS (NY) AAU Team: JAMM. Great name, great game! Splendid athleticism, His leaps through the air hang there longer than the defender's ability to match it. He has some serious shake in his bake. Fearless scorer, either by slicing through you or over the top with the stop n pop.
Kevin Hunter (2018) 6'0 Shooting Guard High School: Livingston HS (NJ) AAU Team: NJ Crusaders . "Shooter!!!" Get used to that desperate scream if you are going to stand near an opposing coach of Hunter's. In the game that we saw of Hunter's, all of the shouting went for naught. The defense tried to find him, but they couldn't. He lit them up with eight threes, including the well contested buzzer beater to force OT. Someday, his first body ink likely will read "Zone Buster".
Gavin Greene (2020) 6'4 Forward High School: St Joseph HS (CT) AAU Team: CT Premier Hoops Development. In his first two Battle of the Belt games, Greene averaged a double double in points and rebounds (20 ppg and 15 rebs). He has great athleticism in attacking the rim and finishing around the basket. Greens can also mix in a decent jump shot and ball handling skills. He's too athletic to be guarded by a big, and too big to be guarded by a guard.
Nick Eiler (2017) 6' Guard High School: Monroe Woodbury HS (NY) AAU Team: Team Takeover. Eiler did a lot of things well. Let's call him a basketball Swiss Army knife. He can shoot. He can drive. He can find the open teammate. Plays hard. Loves the game.
Malakai Whittaker (2020) 5'9 Point Guard High School: Marymount Academy (CAN) AAU Team: Sun Youth Hornets. This Canadian point guard dropped in for a weekend of play at Brewster and showed his smooth and crafty game by playing up a grade. He has great speed and shiftiness. He shoots with accuracy and range, and attacks the rim.
Jess Perel (2018) 5'7 Point Guard High School: East Brunswick HS (NJ) AAU Team: Hoop Nation. Perel is a basketball player in a gymnast's body. He makes that innate body control and quickness really work for him in the gym. He is the straw that stirs the drink on offense. He get's under your dribble on defense. Fun to watch.
Tristan Joseph(2020) 6'1 Swing High School: Brien McMahon (CT) AAU Team: Greenwich Stars. After watching him play, we told Joseph to grab a mop and do the do floor. That's way he could say that he did absolutely everything for his Stars team. He probably plays guard at the varsity and college level because he has the handle, athleticism and shooting touch to do so. But his superior wing span and competitive mind set allowed him to defend the middle, clear the boards, and swat away basket drives at this 9th grade level of AAU play..
Jack Roberson (2020) 6'6" Center High School: Darien (CT) AAU Team: High Rise Elite. "You can't coach height." But you can teach your bigs to keep that ball high, and somebody has done a good job of that with this young center. Stick this young pup in the weight room for a few years, let age add some testosterone into that mind set, and Roberson will be able to choose his college uniform.
Malakai Kis (2020) 6'1 Wing High School: Lake Academy (CAN) AAU Team: Sun Youth Hornets. Kis has a sturdy build and athleticism. He gets to the rim at will and finishes through contact. He hits the open three and has a solid mid range game.
Jack Molloy(2019) 6'6 Forward High School: Brunswick School (CT) AAU Team: TriState Thunder (10th grade). We called Molloy a forward, because in the big boy league that Brunswick plays in, that's where he is likely to play. For his AAU team though, he was the center in the most literal sense of that word. Everything in their offense went through Molloy, first and foremost. He showed the IQ, vision, passing touch and drop-step game to justify that approach. He is too much of a long and heavy load to box out. Hack-a-Shaq was out the door as a tactic, because he made his free throws.
Jordan Thomas(2018) 6'7 Center High School: Queens Metropolitan HS (NY) AAU Team:JAMM. Thomas is a NYC kid, which means he is a force on the court. However, at 6'7 and 280 lbs, a suburban upbringing would have likely placed him in a football uniform in the Novembers of his life.. Those body types just don't end up in 16 year old packages that often. He used his size well when he got deep in the post. He showed some nimbleness in his ability to spin to his weak hand side. A demanding coach will eventually get him add some more scoring technique to maximize those physical gifts.
Elijah Bovell (2018) 6'1 Guard High School: Baldwin HS (NY) AAU Team: JAMM. Bovell is long and athletic, smooth and lethal. He's got a college-level quick release on his jumper. His handle has some stop-n-go and wiggle game that makes him hard to stay in front of. He is unselfish in his ball movement. His AAU program coordinator told us that he is carrying a 3.6 gpa. If he gets that fact in front of the high academic colleges, he is going to have some sweet options.
Ian Rieger (2018) 6'6 Forward High School: Baldwin HS (NY) AAU Team: JAMM. Rieger is a must-have accessory for the coaching fashion set. He is a big, strong, active, smart and skilled banger. A college four. Plays the high post like a control tower. He puts both the pick the roll in your pick-n-roll.
Phil Conner (2019) 6'1 Guard High School: Notre Dame-Fairfield HS (CT) AAU Team: CT Premier Hoops Development.Conner is a lock down defender who also averages double digit points per game (scored 27 points in his two Saturday games). His disruptive defense causes its own offense in transition.
Sean Smith (2017) 5'6 High School: Montclair HS (NJ) AAU Team: NJ Crusaders. You look at Smith, and you immediately decide that he is too small to be playing basketball. You look at his stat sheet, and you're seeing a complete stud. He is just too quick, too crafty and too hard-playing not be playing basketball.
Zach Forte (2019) 6'5 Center High School: Masuk HS (CT) AAU Team: CT Premier Hoops Development. Forte is the biggest body on the floor in most 10th grade division games, and he really makes that work for him. He positions well in the low post, creating a high percentage finish. He shows some higher level stretch four potential in his knock down 15 footer. He averaged a double-double in Battle for the Belt play.
Brandon Sechan (2020) 5'6 Point Guard High School: New Canaan HS (CT) AAU Team: High Rise Elite. Sechan sees the floor and the game flow better than you can. It's a vision thing. Not many have it at this level of play, and it will be well appreciated at the next. His understanding of how to use the jump-stop as a play making tool also carries through to the higher levels of the game.
Evan Carlisle (2020) 5'10 Point Guard High School: St James HS (MA) AAU Team: Mystic Valley. "Money!" You got to respect the selflessness of a primary ball handler who can drain the long ball as easily as this guy. Most people possessing that kind of shooting talent would be tempted to just dribble down and stroke it every time the defense was in "Hand down, man down" mode. Carlisle showed the point guard gene, he kept his teammates happy and playing hard by sharing the rock...until it was time to crush the defense with the mood-crushing long bomb...
Bathanamie Martin(2019) 5'10 Guard High School: Mamaroneck HS (NY) AAU Team: JAMM We asked Martin what he thought he did best. He answered "Defense...and sharing the ball". Great answer, but not fully descriptive. He also pleases his coach by thriving in transition, attacking the rim and sticking the pull-up jumper.
Lenz DuPont (2020) 5'9 Point Guard High School: Ecole Jeanne-Mance (CAN) AAU Team: Sun Youth Hornets. .DuPont came down from Quebec for the weekend and showed athleticism on his finishes at the rim. He has a great motor which, among other things, was reflected in his elite ability to rebound. He slices up transition defenses and hits the open threes in the half court game.
Daniel Fitzpatrick (2019) 6'2 Guard High School: Fairfield-Warde HS (CT) AAU Team: CT Premier Hoops Development. Fitzpatrick l is very quick and a strong floor general for his team. He utilizes his length and quickness to get to the basket, and is very unselfish when he gets into the paint. He has a consistent jumper from outside.
Nicholas Dover(2018) 5’7 Guard High School: West Orange HS (NJ) AAU Team: New Jersey Crusaders. Dover is a solid, never-rattled floor general with exceptional speed and ball handling skills. Throughout the ZG NYC fall circuit, he defended the quickest guards and set up his teammates in the best positions. He’ll be on the college scout radar throughout the high school season.
Gabriel Silvera (2017) 6’1 Guard High School: West Orange H.S (NJ) AAU Team: New Jersey Crusaders. This talented high school senior was probably one of the most athletic players we saw this fall. His quick burst of speed and explosiveness to the rim brought excitement for spectators. Gabriel is versatile shooting guard who is extremely effective in full court transition. When his team needed quick buckets, he didn’t disappoint. There’s no doubt he’ll be playing at the next level as long as he doesn’t allow his emotions to get the best of him.
Dylan Bedder (2019) 6’6 Center High School:New Providence (NJ)AAU Team:Hoop Nation. This 6’6 hulk does nothing better than float around the hoop and block shots. Bedder is a great defender - but isn’t too shabby on offense either. His athletic talent puts him ahead of many other guys his height.
Andrew Onativia(2019), 6’4 Forward High School:Woodbridge High (NJ)AAU Team:Hoop Strong. Onativia is a solid player all across the board. He really impresses on offense and holds his own on the defensive end as well. There’s no doubt Onativia will be playing college ball in a few years.
Jordan Gallimore(2019) 6’8 Center High School:Bassick HS (CT)AAU Team:CT Premier Hoops Development. Gallimore occupies a lot of ground in the middle of the court, making it very difficult for anyone to get by him. We’ve seen Gallimore in other Westchester locations before, and he just continues to impress us both defensively and on the boards. If he can develop his back-to-the-basket game and his left handed move offensive game, he has a bright future ahead of him. Let’s hope things fall into place for him.
Derek Wray (2019) 5’10 Guard High School: Clarkstown South High (NY) AAU Team: Elevate. Wray is one of the best offensive players we saw all weekend. He’s relentless on the court, and poses a huge threat to his opponents. Wray plays with a lot of skill, and has the aggression and passion of a true star. Wray undoubtedly has a prosperous future ahead of him.
Zayon Marsh (2020) 6’3 Swing High School: Columbia (NJ) AAU Team: New Jersey Crusaders. Marsh is a bona fide superstar in the making. He’s a versatile big man with skills of a guard. Most teams struggled to defend this smooth lefty. He had no trouble protecting the rim throughout the fall. He’s already an excellent shot blocker and rebounder. He gives the Crusaders a player who can match up with the biggest players in the fall league on defense and then take them off the dribble on the perimeter on offense. “Zayon is our Magic Johnson. We can play him anywhere on the floor. He’s got all the skills to play at the next level. He is good for a double double every night” says AAU coach Ray Dover.
Noah Mack (2020) 6’0 Guard High School: Hudson Catholic (NJ) AAU Team: New Jersey Crusaders. We saw this player knock down a few big shots when needed late in the game. Mack brought plenty offensive excitement to the Battle of the Belt, both in his own scoring and assisting others. He’s a scrappy defender who sometimes gets into foul trouble too early. We know we haven’t seen the last of him.
Springfield Commonwealth Academy runs two high level boys basketball teams. It's National team competes in the NEPSAC AAA division playing other national powers, who have a heavy concentration of post grad, Division 1 college prospects. It's Regional team is coached by Wesley Jackson and will play a high school varsity level schedule of teams in the New England region.
The Regional team competes in the Prep 6 Conference with other similarly configured varsity teams from New England. Per Coach Jackson "We look to be very competitive in this conference and hopefully will play in the championship game at the end of the season."
This very deep program has added some local post grads to the Regional team this year. These players are getting an extra year of seasoning as a prep for college play. This outstanding depth has helped to define more specialization roles on the roster. "We were able to add some specialists and versatility throughout the roster." per Jackson. The flip side of that equation is that the team does not have an automatic "go-to" player. In those game situations that call for one, the plan is still a bit unclear. They are also going to be a small-ball tactics squad, given their lack of bigs.
The Regional roster will feature:
6'0 AJ Allen (post grad) 6'2 Kendall Baldwin (2017) 6'6 Brian Callahan (post grad)
5'9 Mike Hardwick (2018) 5'11 Tauheed Harris (2018) 5'11 Davis Perez (2020)
5'10 Eric Perez (post grad) 6'1 Daejon Pendleton (2019) 5'8 Chris Kelley (2020)
Coach Jackson is excited to coach this much talent and to get the journey started with this team. They will have over 25 games on the schedule this season. He is also excited to see where his seniors and post grads choose to go for their college futures.
The overall goals for the team are to win 20 games this season, and they are shooting to win the Prep Six regular and postseason championships, as well as the two invitational tournaments they have entered into. A third goal is for the entire team to average over a 3.0 GPA.
Last year’s highlights: Haris Tournament (Manchester, UK) Champions. Defeated Scottish, English and Turkish National Teams.
The 2016-17 Proctor Hornets will be an experienced squad, with an infusion of youth.
Seniors 5'10 Caleb Green (Holy Cross commit), 6'6 Tshiefu Ngalakulondi (St. Bonaventure commit), 6'2 Geo Baker (Rutgers commit),6'1 Drew MacInnis (Clarkson commit), 6'2 Eamonn Healey and 6'1 Grey Bechok provide an abundance of leadership.
Returning sophomore Henry Bechok, along with new sophomore 6'6 Darion Jordan-Thomas, as well as two skilled freshmen: 5'10 Bol Akot and 6'10 Jonathan Aku will make significant contributions.
Coach Makechnie likes the ball handling and scoring ability of this year's crew, but knows that they will be on the small size in comparison to their D1 prospect loaded NEPSAC AA and Lakes Region opponents. He and the team crave that competitive schedule and the opportunity for the team to showcase its ability against some of the best players in the nation.
In 2015-16, the Harvey School Cavaliers finished in a four-way tie for 1st place in the HVAL. Late in the HVAL season, Harvey was at 9-2 and in sole possession of first place by two games, but then caught the injury bug.
6'6 versatile Rohan Harrison is the only returning starter from last season. As a junior, he led the team that had eight seniors in scoring with 15.9 points per game and in rebounding with 6.3 per game. When Harrison was healthy, the Cavaliers had a 9-0 winning streak in the HVAL. Without him, they lost their last three league games.
Besides Harrison and returning senior Jason Shi, the Cavaliers are young this season. 6'6 sophomore forward Treshawn Felder played varsity last season as a freshmen and is expected to be a key contributor this season.
Junior Kasim Cisse is a new addition, having transferred to Harvey this year. The Cavs expect the 6'5 athletic guard and Harrison to be a lethal combination this season. 6'2 swing Coy Treat, 5'10 combo guard Jacob Reber and other athletic and talented players from a JV team that finished 9-4 last season will complete the Cavs' roster.
Assistant Coaches: Andre Pennicooke, Robert Paul, and Greg Adams
2015-2016 Record: 14-13
The Irish Ready to Bring Home a Championship
Sacred Heart's 2015- 2016 season saw its ups and downs early, but a solid second half of the season led to them finishing as runner up in the CHSAA Class B. During last year's playoffs, the team displayed flashes of what’s to come in the 2016-2017 season. They have high hopes of returning to Fordham this year, having improved at just about every position on their roster. Sacred Heart plans on going 9 to 10 players deep, with no significant talent fall off within that rotation.
Leading the way for the Irish is Sean Smith, 6’3” senior forward. He will return as one of the team’s co-captains. The CHSAA B Division reigning league MVP and an All-State selection as a junior. He looks to top last year’s performance of over 500 total points, most points scored in all divisions of the CHSAA, and over 320 total rebounds. Smith is an athletic forward that loves to slash and finish above the rim. He has meaningfully improved his mid and long range jump shot and spent the summer working on his left hand, along with putting on muscle in the weight room. As a legitimate next level player, Smith is motivated more than ever to bring home a championship his senior year.
Shakirro Samuels, 5’10” junior point guard, will return as the floor general for the team. Samuels spent time on both the JV and varsity teams last year, gaining significant experience, especially during the Irish’s playoff run. Along with being a floor general, Samuels added a 3 point shot to his repertoire as well as a mid-range jump shot. He can’t wait to display his improved offensive abilities and his tenacious defense.
Dylan Wusu, 6’2” sophomore forward, is a transfer student who has the potential to be a top player in the league. Wusu is a strong rebounder with the ability to score inside and outside. He is also a very good ball handler with court vision and a high basketball IQ. With the ability to play positions 1-5, he could easily be a matchup nightmare for opponents.
Along with Smith and Samuels, the Irish have several solid players returning from last season. Senior co- captain Rory Gallagher is a wing player that will bring leadership to the team. Rory can shoot the long ball and is a smart defensive player. Senior John Cooper is a sharpshooter with extraordinary range and makes us a difficult team to zone. Junior Kevin Diaz will join Samuel in the backcourt as the primary 2 guard. Diaz, 5’10”, spent most of last season on JV and was the leading scorer on the team. He gained varsity experience during the playoffs and saw significant time on the floor during the championship game. He has the ability to shoot consistently from 3 and also inside the arc. He can finish at the rim and grab rebounds amongst taller players. Kevin’s offense starts with his defense. He gets under the skin of opposing players and create havoc especially when teamed up with Samuels during a full court press.
The 2016-2017 varsity will have a core group of juniors moving up from the JV team that will reunite with Samuel and Diaz. These players have had two full years on the JV and are expected to contribute to the team’s success. Along with the juniors, there are two more seniors that are expected to provide support and leadership.
The 2016-2017 team will feature a new up tempo offense and is likely to press full court on a regular basis. In addition to a very strong league schedule, Sacred Heart face a challenging non-conference schedule that includes several top private and public school programs and five CHSAA A Division teams including a matchup against Kennedy Catholic, 2015-2016 A Division champions, at Sacred Heart in December. The Irish are excited about the 2016-2017 season.
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 Bah, Jordy 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.
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
Ardsley, NYZero 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 inArdsley, NY andHooperstown in New Rochelle, NY. Here's some of the Top Performers:
Tadhg Crowley(2020) 6'6 CenterHigh 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.. NoHack-a-Shaqhere, the not-so-wee lad makes his free throws.
Matthew Brand(2020) 5'10 Shooting GuardHigh School:ArchbishopStepinac(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 GuardHigh 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 GuardHigh 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 GuardHigh 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.
SivonDiConcilio (2019)High School: EllenvilleHigh (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.
MylesDeBrecourt(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 GuardHigh 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 GuardHigh School:LynbrookHighAAU 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.
NickSchneidler (2019) 5'7 Guard: High School:MassapequaHigh (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.
JohnMastando (2019) 5'11 GuardHigh School:ManhassetHigh (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. Hollowayis 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
RobertBerland (2019) 5'11 High School:SyossetHigh (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.
AdrianTabada (2019) 5'9High School: North Babylon High (NY) AAU Team: LI Lightning. Tabadais aslasherand a sharpshooter, who also plays extremely tough defense. He is a high energy 2 guard.
RandyZane Fulton (2020) 6'0 Guard High School: Fordham Prep (NY)AAU Team:Marlon Smith Hoops.Zaynis 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.
AJRaines(2018) 6'0 PGHigh 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/SGHigh 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 PGHigh 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.
JackSeegers(2020) 6'1 Swing High School: Greens Farms Academy (CT) AAU Team: Tri-State Thunder. Hard to peg the position thatSeegersplays 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.
MattPanganiban(2018) 5'9High 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,Panganibanwill have some excellent options ahead.
JessePerel(2018)5'8High 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.
SimonLlaguno(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,Liagunois he perfect gym rat that will do anything for the team and doesn't ever miss a practice or workout..
ZachKaczmarek(2018)6'2 Wing High School:SayrevilleHigh (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:TYSKILLZSELECT. 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 aslasherwith 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:TYSKILLZSELECT. 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.
After an exciting 2015-2016 season, the Mountaineers lost in the 2nd round of the city playoffs to eventual city champion, Xaverian HS. This upcoming season they will compete in the Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Classic in Elmira, NY. They will also face Hempstead HS in the NYC/Long Island Challenge.
Here’s a look into the Mountaineers Top Returnees:
Elijah Buchanan, 6'2'' senior guard. Led the CHSAA in scoring as a junior averaging 22.3 PPG. Outstanding scorer who has a nose for the ball. Very good defender who has a long wingspan. 80% free throw shooter. Currently being recruited by mid major Division 1 schools and has an offer from St. Peter's of the MAAC Conference.
Joe Bull, 6'5'' senior forward. Really has a feel for the game. Can score, pass and rebound with the best of them. True leader. Could really be an impact player for a Division 2 school.
Jacob Rodriguez, senior 6'4" guard/forward. Super athletic player who plays above the rim. Needs to improve offensive skills, but has a big upside because of his athleticism.
Jalen Jefferson, senior 6'4'' forward. Quick off of his feet and is very strong. Needs to improve post play and finishing around the basket. Terrific rebounder on both ends.
Mike Green, 5'10'' sophomore point guard. One of the better sophomores in the city. Deceptively quick. Gets in the lane to kick out or score. Great vision and can knock down perimeter shots. Needs to improve on ball guarding and needs to get stronger.
Key Newcomer for the Mountaineers:
Mike Krauss, 6'2'' junior guard. Can really shoot the ball. Deadly from 3-point range. Also, an active rebounder on both ends. Good head on his shoulders who will compliment other players. 80% free throw shooter.
The St. Edmund Prep Eagles expect to be contenders in the ultra-competitive CHSAA "A" Division in the 2016-17 season. The Eagles return all five starters from last season and a total of eight men overall.
In the back court, three-year starter Jordan Williams 6'4 (2017) returns. Jordan led the CHSAA "A" in scoring last season at over 19 ppg. The rest of the back court is deep and talented. Xavier Cantey (2017) returns for The Eagles and is expected to provide scoring off the bench. Moving up from the JV is point guard Kevin Langaman (2018). Kevin is the type of floor general The Eagles have been lacking and will be welcoming with open arms this season. NewcomerBelmin Purisic (2017) can fill it up from the outside and will add scoring on the boards. Rounding out the back court will be Jahvante Bain (2017).
On the wing, the Eagles return three players with starting experience. Jonathan Auguste 6'1 (2017) can defend and score in a variety of ways. Michael DeGaetano (2017) is the team’s top defender, and will likely continue that streak going into next year’s competition. Jon Sagesse(2017) does all the little things needed to win games. Moving up from the JV are four players who can help the cause for sure. Chris Curatola (2018), Gino Bova (2018), Richie Simon(2018), and Conor Leon (2018) are all expected to contribute once they get accustomed to Varsity basketball.
In the front court, the Eagles return two forwards with starting experience. Justin Carter 6'4 (2017) and William McCaffrey 6'3 (2017) form a solid tandem as both can rebound, run, defend, and score around the basket. Moving up from the JV is Anthony Caccamo (2018). A future force to keep an eye on is Kris Parbs-Slawson 6'3 (2019).
Coach Wiatre expects this team to compete and fight for 32 minutes. He says, “Aside from our challenging league schedule, we also play in the Msgr. King ChristmasTournament against a field that includes CHSAA rivals: Nazareth, McClancy, and Lasalle. PSAL powers: Wagner, Bedford Academy, Transit Tech, and North Babylon. "We hope to be successful”.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
The notable unsigned seniors who showed out at James Barrett Showcase on Friday, April 8 were as follows:
Teshaun Becklesclass 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 Saylorclass 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.