- Jared Exler
AAU Profiles-Unity Legends
Dennis DeMarino 6’0 Point Guard (Cranford HS): DeMarino is a heady floor general who does a nice job of balancing scoring and facilitating. He always has his head up looking for open teammates whether that is in the halfcourt or transition. Finds teammates specifically well on drive and kicks for open three-pointers and drop-offs in the lane for high percentage layups. DeMarino is dangerous in the mid-range with his smooth pull-up and floater in the lane when opponents collapse on him. If opponents leave him open from beyond the arc when the ball swings his way, he can make spot up three-pointers at a good rate. DeMarino also plays on the gridiron and transfers the toughness he has learned from football on to the defensive end of the court in basketball. He uses his quick feet to limit opposing point guards from getting dribble penetration on him. Also has a strong body which allows him to not get knocked off the ball when opponents get physical with him. DeMarino gives just as good an effort on this side of the ball. D3 schools in a league like the MAC should be tracking DeMarino.
Kevin Dittman 6’5 Shooting Guard (Blair Academy): Dittman is a southpaw with very good positional size. He has very good form on his shot with a smooth release. Spaces the floor for his team well, making three-pointers at a good rate both spotting up and on the move. Also does a good job of moving without the ball, cutting to the basket for easy layups or finding an open spot beyond the arc to get his teammate a better pasing angle. Defensively, makes a concerted effort to put a hand up when an opponent is shooting to force them into a lower percentage shot. Uses his size to make it difficult for opponents to shoot over the top of him. Also does a good job of being in the correct spots when he is off the ball. He is consistently denying the ball when one pass away or in position to help a teammate if they get beat off the dribble. A player who also succeeds in the classroom. D3s in leagues like the Centennial or Liberty should be keeping an eye on Dittman.
Lucas Pavlounis 6’9 Center/Power Forward (Oratory Prep): Pavlounis is a big man with a high motor on the glass. He uses a mix of his size and ability to get position on opponents to rebound the ball at a high rate on both ends of the floor. Averaged near four offensive rebounds per game this past high school season, creating a good number of second chance points for his team. Pavlounis also does a good job of protecting the rim when opponents drive to the hoop by keeping his hands up straight. He likes to use a drop-step in the post which he finishes at a good percentage. Also finishes drop-offs in the lane from his teammates at a high rate. Shows good court awareness when opponents double him in the post getting the ball out of his hands quickly to an open teammate. A high achiever in the classroom. D3 schools in leagues like the NEWMAC and UAA should be keeping tabs on Pavlounis.
Brendan Ong 6’0 Point Guard (Seton Hall Prep): Ong is a cerebral point guard who makes his teammates better. He has the ability to fit passes in tight windows finding teammates for open shots. Also does a good job hitting teammates in stride running the floor in transition, as well as finding them for easy buckets in the halfcourt cutting to the hoop. While Ong’s main focus is getting others involved, he can also score the ball to keep opponents honest too. Has a smooth shot from long range which helps open up driving lanes for himself. If opponents go under ball screens against Ong he will make them pay. Defensively, he does a commendable job of jumping into passing lanes at the right times to create steals. Also is capable of playing tight on the ball defense to make it difficult for opposing point guards to get into their offense. D3 schools in a league like the CSAC should be checking out Ong.
Jack Spellman 6’8 Power Forward (Westfield HS): I did a profile on Spellman in an earlier article which will be listed here: Spellman is a stretch four with a very high release on his shot that combined with his height, makes it very difficult for opponents to block his shot. He fits well playing in ball screens as he is always a threat from long range on pick and pops. He made 22 treys this past high school season. Spellman also has the ability to score in the paint where he likes to use a drop-step or baby hook to score. When his defender collapses on a teammate in the lane, he understands the right spots to be in to give himself a better opportunity to get the ball from his teammate and score. Defensively, he makes a consistent effort rebounding and blocking shots. Uses his size along with getting good position on opponents to rebound at a high rate. Spellman has very good length along with consistently being in the right spots on his defensive rotations which helped him block 3.5 shots per game this past high school season. Also does a good job of keeping his hands straight up to stay out of foul trouble. A very good student who D3 schools in leagues like the Centennial and Liberty League should be tracking. Could get D2 schools involved if he can smoothly transition into an increased role at Westfield this year showing he can score at a higher volume, while helping them to similar team success as last year.
Malcolm Eley 6’3 Point Guard (Hudson Catholic): Eley is a relentless attacker at the lead guard spot. He puts constant pressure on opponents in the half court, creating offense both for himself and others with his quick first step. Scores at the rim efficiently with an array of creative finishes. Eley has a nice mid-range pull-up that he uses when opponents take away his driving lanes to the rim. Also has good vision to create shots for teammates. Finds teammates particularly well on drive and kicks in addition to drop-offs in the lane when opponents help on him. Is willing to pass up a good shot for himself to give it to a teammate for a better one. Eley is also a pest on the defensive end. He will take advantage of opponents when they are weak with their handle by ripping them to create steals. Also has very good lateral quickness making it difficult for opponents to get by him. If he does get beat off the dribble, he does a nice job of not giving up on the play, making a good effort to recover. D2 schools in a league like the CACC should be keeping an eye on Eley.
Colin King 6’6 Combo Forward (Seton Hall Prep): King is a forward who can make plays both inside and out. He is able to space the floor from long range for his team with his three-point shooting. Is a very good three-point shooter particularly when spotting up. Should be able to make an impact at the next level when setting ball screens by making treys on pick and pops. King can also play at the small forward spot as well. He has shown the ability at various times to take opponents off the dribble from the wings to finish strongly at the rim. King is also a solid athlete which helps him score at the rim efficiently. He has made nice progress on his body gaining strength which has allowed him to make his presence felt more on the defensive end. King is able to now get better position on beefier forwards for rebounds in addition to making them have to work harder when posting up against him. He is committed to D3 Gettysburg College of the Centennial Conference which should be a good fit for him.
Maxwell Dent 5’9 Point Guard (West Orange HS): Another point guard from this program is Dent. He understands the nuances of how to run a ball club. Dent plays like a coach on the floor, doing a good job of getting his team into their sets on both sides of the ball. He is a very unselfish player who is constantly looking to get others involved. Rewards his teammates with the ball for running the floor hard in transition leading to easy buckets. Also keeps his big men happy in the paint, finding them for high percentage shots in the lane when opponents collapse on him. Opponents cannot always play Dent for the pass, as he is very good at slashing to the rim using a feathery touch off the glass with both hands. While undersized, he is still able to make an impact defensively with his effort and tenacity. Dent does a good job of forcing opponents into spots on the floor to cause steals and traps. Also is solid at moving his feet and not reaching to pick up unnecessary fouls. D3 schools in a league like the CSAC should be looking at Dent.
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