2021 17u AAU Team Profiles: BCRI-ZGXL
Updated: Sep 11, 2021
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Jake Bender 6’3 Shooting Guard (St. George’s School): Bender is a very good shooter with sound mechanics, making three-pointers proficiently when spotting up. When defenders close out hard on him to take away his shot from long range, he can put the ball on the floor and score effectively in the mid-range with one and two dribble pull-ups. He gets to the rim and finishes strong with his quick first step and explosiveness. Bender also moves well without the ball, getting high percentage layups at a solid rate with sharp backdoor cuts. Defensively, he does a nice job forcing opponents into lower percentage attempts. He uses his length and leaping ability well when closing out on shooters or coming over from the help side to challenge shots around the rim.
Jawarie Hamelin 6’1 Point Guard (PRISE Academy): Hamelin is a creative playmaker. He finds teammates effectively for open three-pointers and high percentage layups on drive and kicks or drop-offs in the halfcourt, as well as push ahead passes in transition. Needs to be accounted for from beyond the arc, making three-pointers spotting up at a good percentage. Gets into the lane at a very good rate with his quick first step and tight handle. Hamelin uses his solid body control and touch with both hands to finish well around the rim. Defensively, he creates steals at a good rate. He has a nose for being around the ball when a lazy pass is thrown and does a nice job ripping opponents when they are weak with their handle.
Miles Fiore 6’4 Wing (St. George’s School): Fiore is a consistent threat from long range, making standstill treys proficiently. He gets to the rim well and scores effectively with his physicality and ability to finish with either hand. Also creates high percentage layup opportunities for himself beating opponents down the floor in transition. Shows some playmaking upside, finding teammates on drive and kicks for open treys and cuts to the basket for layups. Defensively, Fiore is consistently in the right spots on his rotations when one pass away or coming from the help side. Also uses his strong body well, very rarely allowing opponents to drive through him when trying to get dribble penetration.
Jack McMullen 5’11 Combo Guard (Marianapolis Prep): McMullen is a sniper from long range with deep range and a quick release. He makes treys at a very good rate when spotting up, coming off hand-offs, or off the bounce with his step-back move. Uses his good burst to get into the lane effectively and score well around the rim with creative finishes off the glass. Also has solid vision, finding teammates cutting to the basket for high percentage layups. Defensively, McMullen does a nice job of running hard to the other end when opponents are in transition to contest their ability to get an easy bucket.
Trent Santos 5’11 Combo Guard (Taunton HS): Santos is an excellent shooter from beyond the arc, making three-pointers when spotting up, coming off screens, or pulling up in transition. Complements his potent shooting ability with a soft pull-up jumper in the mid-range when opponents close out hard on him. Also is a solid passer, finding teammates for high percentage layups on rolls out of ball screens, drop-offs in the lane, or over the top passes when an opponent fronts a teammate posting up. Averaged 4.1 assists per game this past high school season. Defensively, Santos reacts quickly jumping into passing lanes for steals when an opponent throws a weak pass in his area.
Tristan Herry 5’10 Point Guard (Taunton HS): Herry is a reliable shooter from deep, making three-pointers at a solid rate when spotting up or on the move coming off screens. He uses a nice shot fake when opponents close out hard on him to get to his smooth pull-up in the mid-range. Herry makes others better with his playmaking. Finds teammates effectively for open treys on drive and kicks, along with high percentage layups from push ahead passes on the break and crisp deliveries to teammates cutting to the hoop. Defensively, he does a nice job beating opponents to the spot in the lane for charges when they drive recklessly.
Travis Cobain 5’11 Combo Guard (The Wheeler School): Cobain spaces the floor well from beyond the arc. He makes three-pointers at a good rate when spotting up while needing very little time and space to get his shot off. Complements his impressive shooting ability by being able to get to the rim and finish over taller defenders with nice body control and touch high off the glass. Also can create for others with his playmaking, finding teammates effectively for high percentage layups off cuts in the halfcourt and when they get ahead of the defense on the break.
Faisal Mass 6’3 Power Forward (Taunton HS): Mass has good patience around the rim, doing a nice job getting defenders in the air with up-fakes to draw and-1s. He scores high percentage layups well when getting drop-offs from teammates and using his motor for offensive rebound putbacks. Also has good hands when receiving passes from teammates in the post. Mass shows some shooting upside, making mid-range jumpers in spurts when flashing to the middle of the paint. Defensively, he makes it difficult for opponents to post him up with his strength and toughness. Also does a good job getting advantageous position on the defensive glass when boxing out, consistently pulling down important rebounds.
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