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High School Standouts 2021 Season: Report #5

Updated: Mar 17, 2021

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JP Baron 6’1 Shooting Guard 2022 (Pope John Paul II HS): Baron stretched the floor well for Pope John Paul in their win against Methacton. Has very good form with a quick release, allowing him to make three-pointers at an impressive rate. Baron had two treys in the contest. Used a nice crossover move on the wing to nail one from deep in the first quarter in addition to hitting a spot up from the corner in the second half when Methacton was in a zone. Showed he was more than just a shooter with a strong drive from the wing to score on a finger roll, as well as another drive from the top of the key finishing with a soft floater in the lane. Finished the game with 10 points. Defensively, Baron competes hard when defending on the ball and is consistently in the right spots on his rotations when being one pass away or coming over from the help side. Also showed he was willing to help out on the glass, coming down with some important rebounds that allowed PJP to get on the break. Had four rebounds in the game.

Cole Hargrove 6’6 Small Forward/Power Forward 2022 (Methacton HS): Hargrove showed his inside and out skill set during Methacton’s close loss to Pope John Paul II. Had a trio of three-pointers spotting up in the game with two coming from the wings and the other from the top of the key. Uses his high release and good size to shoot over the top of opponents with ease from long range. Hargrove also showed his post game, scoring on the block using a baby hook with his left hand and finishing a turnaround jumper off a drop-step. Finished with 16 points in the game. His playmaking ability is intriguing as well. Threw a perfect post entry feed from the wing over the top of an opponent leading to an easy layup for his teammate, in addition to hitting another teammate cutting down the lane for a high percentage layup. Also made the right decision when an opponent collapsed on him in the lane, hitting his teammate with a dish right next to the basket for a wide open layup. Hargrove had three assists during the contest. Defensively, he showed the ability to guard the 2-4 positions, forcing opponents into lower percentage shots and limiting his matchup from getting dribble penetration on him with his impressive length and lateral quickness. Hargrove made an impact on the glass as well, using his size and athleticism when boxing out to come up with a variety of tough rebounds finishing with five total in the game.

IV Petit 6’2 Combo Guard 2022 (Devon Prep): Petit was outstanding from beyond the arc in Devon Prep’s victory against Archbishop Ryan. Had four threes in the contest. Drained a spot up trey from the top of the key off great ball movement in the first quarter. Acted as a decoy in the second quarter, setting a screen at the foul line causing an opponent to help on his teammate while allowing him to get open popping out to the top of the key hitting his second three of the game. Had a pair of treys in transition on back to back possessions when pushing the ball after securing a rebound as well. Also showed a smooth mid-range stroke in the second half, pulling-up from 12 feet to score a heavily contested jumper. Pettit put constant pressure on the Ryan defense when penetrating, allowing him to get to the line at a high rate. Made 8/12 free throws to go with scoring 24 points in the game. While he is very skilled as a scorer, he also can make teammates better with his playmaking ability. Did a good job of creating shots for others particularly when Ryan full court pressed. Found a pair of teammates in the corner for open threes after breaking Ryan’s press. Pettit had a nice crosscourt pass to a teammate in the second half for another open corner trey as well. Finished with five assists. Despite being only 6’2, Pettit is an excellent rebounder. He uses his strong body when boxing out, while also having the knack for being in the right spot at the right time when the ball comes off the rim. Corralled 12 boards in the game giving him a double-double.

Jalen Snead 6’2 Shooting Guard 2022 (Archbishop Ryan HS): Snead showed why he is one of the top defensive guards in the Philadelphia Catholic League during Archbishop Ryan’s loss to Devon Prep. Creates steals at a very good rate with his swift hands and bundle of energy. Recovered nicely after getting beat off the dribble to take the ball from an opponent when they were about to go up for a layup. Snead also came out of nowhere in transition to pick off a pass, in addition to plucking the ball away from an opponent when they were weak with their handle. Finished with five steals in the game. In addition to his impressive theftery, Snead did a solid job of contesting opponents’ shots at the rim to force them into lower percentage attempts. Plays his ferocious defense while limiting his fouls as well. Was able to stay in the majority of the game like Ryan needed him to as a result of this. Also made a significant impact on the offensive end. Showed some wiggle and creativity using a crossover to draw a shooting foul at the rim, as well as driving from the top of the key late in the game to hit an up and under shot against tightly contested defense. Used his defense to create offense by corralling a pair of steals and taking it the other way to draw shooting fouls. Snead also had good awareness moving into an open spot when the defense collapsed on a teammate in the lane, scoring two easy layups on drop-offs. Had 18 points in the contest.

Dylan Blair 5’9 Point Guard 2023 (Downingtown West HS): Blair did an exemplary job of balancing scoring and facilitating in Downingtown West’s win over Bishop Shanahan. Has an explosive first step that he uses to get to the basket at an impressive rate. Blair had a pair of nice drives from the wings for a finger roll layup and an and-1 off the glass. Showed his slick handle on an in and out crossover from the wing getting by his opponent to score at the rim as well. Blair also got to the line frequently as a result of his penetration skills. Took advantage of these opportunities making 9/10 free throws. While Blair did most of his damage offensively at the rim, he also can stretch the floor from deep. Had a nice play early in the game, using a shot fake near the top of the key to then take one dribble and nail a three-pointer. Finished the contest with 22 points. While he is a very capable scorer, he understands when he needs to get his teammates involved as well. Used a pinpoint bounce pass on a ball screen to hit a teammate for a layup in the first half, as well as finding another teammate for a trey from the wing on a drive and kick with two seconds left in the first half. Blair had an important assist late in the game, dishing to a teammate in the lane when the defense collapsed on him for an and-1 putting his team up six. Had five helpers in the game.

Zane Domsohn 5’11 Shooting Guard 2022 (Bishop Shanahan HS): Domsohn found a variety of ways to put the ball in the basket during Bishop Shanahan’s defeat to Downingtown West. Transfers his quickness over from the soccer field to the basketball court with a good ability to get by opponents off the dribble. Domsohn used a nice crossover move from the top of the key for a layup, in addition to driving past his defender from the top of the key again to hit a floater off the glass in the second half. Showed off his speed in transition with a pair of coast to coast scores after corralling a rebound, finishing with a floater and layup. Defensively, Domsohn has solid instincts which led to a pair of steals that created immediate offense for himself. On his first theft coming over from the help side, after plucking it away from the opponent he took it the other way for a layup. Domsohn also picked off a lazy sideline out of bounds pass by an opponent to dribble into a trey from the wing giving Bishop Shanahan important momentum in their comeback. Showed his toughness and effort battling inside with bigger players to pull down five boards as well.

Ruben Rodriguez 6’0 Combo Guard 2023 (Reading HS): Rodriguez played a key role in Reading coming back to win after being down by double digits at halftime against Wilson. Showcased his smooth mid-range game with a drive from the top of the key for a turnaround jumper and rejecting a ball screen with a crossover in the second half to hit a floater in the lane. Rodriguez also had a nice drive coming off a ball screen from the top of the key to finish at the rim with a layup. He used a ball screen again later in the game, nailing two important free throws during the final frame from getting fouled on the floor with Wilson in the penalty. Rodriguez makes a solid impact getting out in transition as well. Finished an and-1 layup on the break early in the game along with another high percentage bucket from running the floor hard. Had 13 points in the contest.

Chris Vazquez 5’10 Combo Guard 2021 (Wilson HS): Vazquez did a good job of letting the game come to him in Wilson’s close loss to Reading. Hit two three-pointers in the game. Gave Wilson early momentum with a spot up trey from the wing on the first play of the game. Vazquez also drained another spot up three from the wing that was well beyond the arc in the second half. Had a nice drive from half court after Wilson broke Reading’s press to finish a left hand layup. Also showed good instincts following his own miss for a putback in the first half. Finished with 12 points in the game. Showed good decision making in the lane on a pair of dishes to teammates for high percentage layups when opponents collapsed on him. While Vazquez is not the most athletic, he is a smart defender who understands when to take risks going for steals. Had two steals in the contest, intercepting the ball when an opponent tried to throw a pass over him to a cutting teammate, in addition to coming up with the ball when an opponent lost it off their foot. Also came up with six rebounds during the game, constantly being in the right spots at the right time when the ball came off the rim.

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