- Jared Exler
Class of 2022 PA/NJ Players to Watch this HS Season
Updated: Mar 17, 2021
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Casey Traina 6’3 Combo Guard (Germantown Academy, PA): A player looking to take the next step in the Inter-AC this season is Traina. He excels at getting to the rim using very good body control to finish efficiently. Traina also has a smooth mid-range pull-up when his driving lanes to the basket are cut off. With his ball handling and playmaking abilities, he can play some point guard in certain situations as well. Is particularly effective at finding teammates on drive and kicks for open three-pointers. Defensively, he has solid lateral quickness to limit opponents from getting into the lane against him. He is also consistently in the right spots, whether he is one pass away or coming over from the help side.
Sean Logan 6’9 Power Forward (Westfield HS, NJ): Logan showed major signs of improvement and long term potential this summer, when he picked up his first D1 offer from FDU. Has the ability to make an impact on the offensive end in a variety of ways. Showed flashes of being able to push the ball on the break after getting a rebound, making good decisions to score himself or give it up to a teammate. In the halfcourt, he forces opponents to respect him from beyond the arc with his soft shooting touch when spotting up. Logan also has a nice up and under move that he uses when posting up on the block. On the defensive end, he is able to block and contest shots at a very good rate when making rotations with his good mobility for his size. Also does a nice job of timing his blocks to avoid picking up cheap fouls. Logan is a solid rebounder as well, putting himself in good position to get the ball coming off the rim.
Julian Gabbidon 6’3 Point Guard (Trinity HS, PA) Gabbidon is ready to take on more responsibility this year with the transfer of Chance Westry and the loss of graduating seniors Aley Zangari and Marcus Beckett. Has good positional size which he uses to find openings in the defense to create shots for teammates. In the halfcourt, Gabbidon finds teammates very well on cuts to the basket for layups and drive and kicks for open three-pointers. He also does a nice job of hitting teammates in stride for transition buckets. Defenses need to account for Gabbidon’s scoring ability as well. He is adept at getting to the rim with his quick first step, finishing productively with both hands. Gabbidon also moves well without the ball on backdoor cuts, taking advantage when an opponent overplays him for easy layups. Defensively, he does a good job of creating steals for his team, plucking the ball away from opposing point guards if they are weak with their handle. While Gabbidon is effective on this end with his aggression, he also understands when it is better to play it safe and just defend straight up.
Brady Muller 6’4 Shooting Guard (Blair Academy, NJ): Muller is an intriguing floor spacer. He has good form on his shot, making three-pointers efficiently both off the catch and on the move. Complements his potent shooting ability with his consistent pull-up jumper in the mid-range. Muller is also an unselfish player who has no problem passing up a good look for himself to get the ball to a teammate for a better shot. Defensively, he makes a concerted effort to challenge opponents’ shots, using his size and underrated leaping ability to make it difficult to shoot over the top of him. Muller also does a solid job when he’s playing defense off the ball, keeping his head on a swivel in anticipation of where to rotate next.
Dolan Waldo 6’7 Power Forward (Bethel Park HS, PA): Waldo showed a lot of upside with his skill and athleticism this summer to earn his first D2 offer from Fairmont State. Has the ability to take opposing forwards off the dribble from the mid-post and score effectively at the rim. When opponents collapse on a teammate of his in the lane, Waldo finds open spots to create easy layup opportunities for himself. He also uses his very good leaping ability to finish two-hand dunks off alley-oops or putbacks. Defensively, Waldo rebounds the ball at a high level with a combination of his athleticism and getting advantageous position on opponents when blocking out. Does a nice job protecting the rim as well, altering and blocking shots to limit opponents from getting easy points in the paint.
Ryan Curry 6’0 Point Guard (Montgomery HS, NJ): Curry is a floor general who balances scoring and facilitating very well. Opens up the floor for his team with his ability to make treys at a good rate both spotting up and off the bounce. He also gets into the lane consistently with his slick handle to create for himself and others. Finishes at the rim productively with an assortment of finger rolls and reverse layups with both hands. Uses his solid vision to find teammates for high percentage shots on drive and kicks for open three-pointers and drop-offs in the lane for easy layups when opponents collapse on him. Defensively, Curry uses his high basketball IQ to understand the right times to be aggressive when jumping into passing lanes for steals. He led Montgomery in steals this past high school season. Also does a commendable job of playing tight on ball defense with his feet instead of his hands to keep himself out of foul trouble.
Daniel Alcantara 6’4 Shooting Guard (Reading HS, PA): Alacantara looks to build on the momentum he created playing a key role as a sophomore on a 20-win Reading team last season. He is adept at getting to the rim with slithery drives from the wings. Alcantara has a soft touch on both his layups off the glass and floaters in the lane when opponents collapse on him. Needs to be accounted for from long range as well, as he has the ability to make treys off the catch at a good rate. Plays hard on the defensive end as well. Does a nice job of forcing opponents into lower percentage shots at the rim with his size and length. Also runs back hard when opponents are on a fast break to take away easy transition layup opportunities.
David Luberoff 6’8 Power Forward (Midland Park HS, NJ): Luberoff is a fundamentally sound big man. He excels at scoring around the basket with his turnaround jumper and drop-step when posting up. Also has the ability to space the floor for his team, making three-pointers at a solid rate when spotting up. Luberoff has very soft hands as well, rarely dropping post entry feeds from a variety of different angles. Defensively, he makes an impressive impact with his rebounding prowess and ability to protect the rim. Gets very good position on opposing forwards when the ball comes off the rim and he has an intense desire for the ball. Luberoff also has good instincts when coming over from the help side to block or alter opponents’ shots at the rim. Averaged 3.5 blocks per game this past high school season.
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