2021 17u AAU Team Profiles: NJ Panthers-HGSL
Updated: Jan 18
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Ethan Simmon 6’4 Shooting Guard (Saint Joseph Metuchen): Simmon took strides as a three-point shooter this summer. He made them at a higher volume spotting up and showed flashes hitting them off the bounce when pulling up with one or two dribbles. Gets to the rim well and finishes effectively with his quick first step, sharp crossover, and array of finger-rolls with both hands. Also makes his presence felt in transition, getting ahead of the break to finish strong with one hand slams. Defensively, Simmon does a nice job using his 6’9 wingspan to make it difficult for opponents to shoot over the top of him.
Mark Woolhouse 6’9 Power Forward (The Pennington School): Woolhouse is a solid shooter from long range, making three-pointers effectively when spotting up. Has good pick and pop potential for the next level. He scores effectively on the block, using a nice jump hook move with his right hand and ball fakes to get opponents up in the air. Also creates high percentage layup opportunities for himself in a variety of ways, including sharp cuts to the basket, rolling hard out of ball screens, and being aggressive going for offensive rebounds. Defensively, Woolhouse does a good job blocking and altering opponents’ shots when coming over from the weak side. Also makes a solid impact on the defensive glass, using his size and leaping ability to corral tough rebounds coming off the rim.
Ryan Pettit 6’2 Combo Guard (Rutgers Preparatory School): Pettit is a good passer, finding teammates for high percentage layups on drop-offs and open three-pointers from drive and kicks. He makes good decisions with the ball, rarely turning it over. Also spaces the floor well from beyond the arc, making threes at a solid rate on spot ups or off the dribble when pulling up with one dribble off ball screens. Pettit creates for himself well out of the pick and roll, getting to the basket by either rejecting the screen or attacking the switch man when he gets an advantageous matchup. He is a crafty finisher around the rim, using an array of spin moves and reverse layups to score in tight windows with either hand. Defensively, he creates steals at a very good rate - he has active hands that lead to steals when opponents are weak with their handle and his quick instincts lead to interceptions of opponents’ lazy passes. Averaged 3.5 thefts per game this past high school season. Pettit also is excellent at drawing charges, consistently beating opponents to the spot when they are driving recklessly down the lane.
Aidan Kehoe 6’10 Center (Canterbury School): Kehoe is a proficient scorer around the basket. He finishes effectively, both using a right handed jump hook and taking one or two dribbles when getting deep post position on a defender. Also scores well on drive and dishes from teammates in the lane and rolling to the bucket out of ball screens. Kehoe is active on the offensive glass, doing a nice job creating second chance opportunities for himself. He is a solid rim protector, having good mobility when coming over from the help side to swat opponents’ layup attempts. Also makes a concerted effort to keep his hands up straight, forcing opponents into lower percentage shots around the basket while not fouling. Kehoe is a very good rebounder, using his sturdy frame effectively when boxing out opponents. Averaged 13 boards per game this past high school season.
Jayden Brown 5’10 Point Guard (Immaculate Conception HS): Brown can stretch the floor well from deep, making three-pointers at a solid rate when spotting up and off the bounce with two dribble pull-ups coming off of ball screens. He gets into the lane consistently with his good burst and crisp crossover and through the legs moves. Has a smooth two dribble pull-up in the mid-range. Brown is able to score around the rim effectively against taller defenders with his good body control and touch high off the glass. He makes others better with his playmaking, finding teammates for open treys on drive and kicks and high percentage layups from drop-offs in the lane. Defensively, Brown moves his feet well laterally, making opposing point guards have to work hard to get dribble penetration on him.
Kunga Tsering 6’7 Small Forward (Woodstock Academy): Tsering is a floor spacer from deep, making three-pointers at a good rate when spotting up. He does a nice job taking opponents off the dribble from the perimeter with his good burst, finishing effectively around the rim with his explosiveness and soft touch. Also runs the floor hard on the break, finishing strong above the rim with his leaping ability. Defensively, Tsering does a good job using his size and length when contesting shots from the perimeter, forcing opponents into lower percentage attempts. Also rebounds the ball well, having a nose for the ball when it comes off the rim.
Logan Blake 6’7 Power Forward (Delaware Valley HS): Blake has a smooth stroke from long range, making treys effectively when spotting up. He has the ability to put the ball on the floor and get all the way to the rim for finishes when attacking closeouts. Runs the floor hard on the break, creating high percentage layup opportunities for himself and is adept at making reverse layups with either hand. Blake also takes advantage when opponents overplay him on the wings, cutting hard to the basket for layups off of backdoor cuts. Blake is strong on the glass, using his muscular frame and toughness to come down with critical rebounds. Pulled down nine rebounds per game this past high school season.
Pat Rodgers 6’6 Combo Forward (Rutherford HS): Rodgers does a good job making treys when spotting up. He uses his long stride to attack closeouts and get all the way to the rim, finishing effectively with his 6’10 wingspan. Also creates high percentage layup opportunities for himself on backdoor cut layups and offensive rebound putbacks. Defensively, Rodgers uses his length well when challenging opponents’ shots and gets his hands on balls for steals and rebounds. Averaged 9.2 rebounds and 2.7 steals per game this past high school season.
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