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2021 17u AAU Team Profiles: Jersey Force Select

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*All class of 2022 prospects

Justin Soranno 6’6 Combo Forward (Central Regional HS): Soranno has a soft pull-up in the mid-range and he is an effective scorer around the basket. Uses good patience and strength to effectively jump-stop, allowing him to draw and-1s when the opponent goes up in the air. While Soranno only hit seven three-pointers in twelve games this past high school season, his good mid-range touch and shot mechanics are solid indicators for improvement to come in this area. Also creates high percentage layup opportunities for himself with his ability to push the ball on the break after securing a rebound. Defensively, Soranno does a nice job using his size and length to force opponents into lower percentage shots around the basket. Also rebounds at a good rate, using his strong body effectively when boxing out opponents. Averaged 7.2 boards per game this past high school season.

Elijah Barlow 6’0 Combo Guard (Compass Prep): Barlow is an effective floor spacer from deep, making treys spotting up in the halfcourt or on the break. When opponents close out hard on him, he has a smooth mid-range package with his floater and pull-up. Also creates high percentage shots for himself with sharp cuts to the basket when opponents overplay him on the perimeter. He is a solid playmaker, finding teammates for open three-pointers on drive and kicks in the halfcourt or high percentage layups from push ahead passes on the break. Defensively, Barlow does a nice job using his quick feet to force opponents into difficult shots in the mid-range.

Harrison Hochberg 6’6 Combo Forward (Suffield Academy): Hochberg has good mechanics with a quick release on his shot. Makes three-pointers off the catch or on the move at a solid rate. Has the ability to start the break by himself after securing a rebound. Hochberg is a good passer, finding teammates for high percentage finishes on the break from push ahead passes. Also does a nice job hitting open teammates for threes on kickouts or layups from cuts to the basket in the halfcourt. He creates high percentage layup opportunities for himself with his constant aggressiveness on the offensive glass. Defensively, he is consistently in the right spots on his rotations when one pass away or coming over from the help side. Also uses his strong body effectively and rarely gets bullied to the rim by opponents.

Ruben Reyes 6’1 Combo Guard (The Patrick School): Reyes is a very good shooter with deep range from beyond the arc. He makes three-pointers spotting up, coming off screens, or when relocating to an open spot after making a pass. Gets to the rim well when attacking closeouts, using slick inside hand finishes to score against bigger defenders. Also is a solid playmaker, finding teammates for high percentage layups on drive and dishes in the lane. Defensively, Reyes does a nice job drawing charges, beating opponents to the spot in transition when they are driving down the lane.

Jonathan Spatola 5’8 Point Guard (Marlboro HS): Spatola is a good shooter from beyond the arc, making standstill three-pointers or pulling up when coming off ball screens. He gets into the lane effectively with his quick first step and shifty crossover or through the legs moves. Has a smooth pull-up and floater when defenders collapse on him in the lane. Also is a solid playmaker, finding teammates for open treys on kickouts in the halfcourt and high percentage layups from push ahead passes on the break. Defensively, Spatola creates steals at a good rate. He does a nice job jumping into passing lanes when opponents telegraph their pass or ripping them if they are weak with their handle.

Cyril Arvanitis 6’2 Shooting Guard (Red Bank Catholic HS): Arvanitis is a very good shooter from long range, displaying compact form with a quick release. Makes three-pointers coming off screens and dribble hand-offs or when spotting up. Also does a solid job finding open spots from beyond the arc in transition. This opens up driving lanes for teammates and gets Arvanitis good looks from deep when defenders collapse on a teammate. Drilled 38 treys in 13 games this past high school season. He complements his potent shooting ability with a soft pull-up and floater in the mid-range. Arvanitis also shows flashes of being able to get by opponents for finishes around the rim with a nice spin move.

Luke Braaten 6’7 Center (Brick Memorial HS): Braaten is a reliable scorer around the rim. He scores effectively from rolls off ball screens, jump hooks in the paint, or on drive and dishes from teammates in the lane. He does a nice job creating second chance scoring opportunities for himself with his aggressiveness on the offensive glass. Also shows some playmaking upside, finding teammates for high percentage layups on cuts to the basket. Defensively, Braaten uses his 6’11 wingspan well to block or alter opponents’ shots around the basket. Also makes an impact on the defensive glass, doing a nice job getting advantageous position on opponents to rebound at a solid rate.

Brian Herbert 6’4 Wing (Robbinsville HS): Herbert has a smooth stroke from long range and needs very little time and space to get his shot off. He makes three-pointers at a good rate when spotting up. Gets into the lane effectively with his tight ball handling moves to create for himself and others. Herbert is a solid finisher around the rim with good body control and a soft touch off the backboard. Also finds teammates well for high percentage layups on drive and dishes in the lane. Defensively, he does a nice job using active hands to create steals at a good rate. Averaged just under two steals per game this past high school season. Also rebounds well for his position, and shows a knack for being around the ball when it comes off the rim. Averaged 6.6 boards per game this past high school season.

Ajani Rasbury 6’2 Shooting Guard (Dwight-Englewood School): Rasbury excels in transition, using his speed to create high percentage layups for himself when pushing the ball up the floor. He seeks contact around the basket to effectively draw and-1s. Also has a nice touch high off the glass to finish over bigger defenders. Scores effectively in the halfcourt when exploding to the rim coming off ball screens. While getting to the basket is his bread and butter, Rasbury has shown in spurts the ability to make standstill three-pointers when the ball is swung his way. Defensively, he creates steals well, moving quickly into passing lanes if a lazy pass is thrown in his area. Also does a nice job of not giving up on plays, coming from behind to block or alter opponents’ shots when they think they have an uncontested layup.



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