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Hoop Group PA Jam Fest Report

Updated: Aug 10, 2020

*All 2021 Prospects

TJ Long 6’4 Shooting Guard (Crown Basketball/Canterbury School): Long was outstanding in Crown’s loss to Team Rio University. Showed why he’s one of the best shooters in the Northeast, hitting five three pointers in the contest. The southpaw has a very quick release on his shot, needing very little time to get it off. Hit a nice three on an out of bounds play coming off of a screen. Hit another three on a hand off from his teammate toward the end of game when Crown made a late run. Also showed he can make long range shots off the bounce hitting a pull-up three in transition. Complemented his potent shooting ability well with his mid-range pull-up game. Hit a nice two dribble pull-up coming off of a screen in addition to scoring on another pull-up in the mid-range off one dribble when the defense took away his three ball. Finished the game with 25 points. While Long’s offensive ability is his forte, he showed his high basketball IQ on the defensive side by consistently being in the right spots on his rotations as well as using his added muscle to not be a liability on that end. Also had five rebounds in the contest by being in the right spots at the right times when the ball came off the glass. A player who should be a priority in a D1 league like the NEC or Patriot. Could get schools in the CAA and MAAC to show more interest if he can continue to replicate this performance that he had against more elite programs like Team Rio University.

Carl Schaller 5’11 Point Guard (K-Low Elite/Garnet Valley HS): Schaller fit in well with K-Low after not being with the program last year. He did an admirable job of letting the game come to him and playing within the flow of the offense. In K-Low’s loss to Team STAT Premier, Schaller showcased his smooth shooting stroke in finishing with 13 points on three treys. Has very good form on his shot keeping his elbow in which allows the ball to consistently go straight when coming off his hands. Two of his threes were on spot-ups in which he made the defense pay for leaving him open. On his other three-pointer he calmly stepped into a pass while on the move and sunk the three. While his assist numbers weren’t high in this game he created various good looks for his teammates with his vision. Also did a good job of handling pressure with the ball against more athletic opponents. Defensively, he moved his feet well to limit opponents from getting by him and gave a solid effort contesting opponents’ shots. Stays consistently in a low defensive stance when guarding and doesn’t go for high-risk steals. A very good student in the classroom. D1 schools in a league like the Patriot should be tracking Schaller.

Sean Neylon 6’3 Shooting Guard (East Coast Power-Rapczynski/Unionville HS): In a close loss to Team Rio Select, Neylon stood out with his shot making abilities. He scored at all three levels, finishing the game with 28 points. Made three-pointers in a variety of ways. Had a very nice step back three with an opponent in his grill in addition to making one on the move off a handoff from his teammate. Has deep range on his shot which he demonstrated making two spot up threes from NBA range. Had a total of five three-pointers in the contest. Neylon also showed a fine mid-range game. Scored on a two dribble pull-up in the halfcourt and converted on another pull-up in transition after he created a steal. Also got to the rim and finished at a good rate including a strong drive where he finished through contact for an and-1. Neylon also made his presence felt on the defensive end with three steals. Had good instincts knowing when to jump into passing lanes when opponents were lazy with their passes. Was also consistently in good position for help defense when a teammate was beat off the dribble. Is a good student in the classroom. D3 schools in the Centennial and Landmark should be following Neylon. Could get D2 schools to show interest if he can continue to have performances like this against quality competition as well as stepping smoothly into the “go to” role at Unionville this year and helping them to continued team success.

Jose Cuello 6’1 Point Guard (Team Rio Select/Triple Threat Prep (FL)): Running the show for Team Rio Select in their win over East Coast Power-Rapczynski was Cuello who put pressure on the opposing defense all game with his smooth three-pointer and shifty handle. He is very good at shooting three-pointers off the dribble. Had two threes where he used a screen to get to his spot and knock it down. Had another three by taking advantage of a defender’s miss on an attempt to intercept a pass to Cuello, by taking one dribble to get closer and sink the open three. Finished the game with four three-pointers. Hit a tough long two pointer by hitting his defender with a between the legs crossover move. Also had a very nice fadeaway jumper in the mid-range using the contact of his defender to get him to his spot. Used his quick first step to go with his evasive ball handling ability to get into the lane at will where he finished at a high rate. Had a play where he drove on his defender with his right hand and as his opponent overplayed the right side he quickly used a behind the back move to get by him and convert an and-1 at the rim. Finished at the rim on another play using a crossover to get by his defender and used a soft touch on his layup to score. Had 25 points in the contest. While he only finished the game with one assist, he nonetheless worked hard to get his teammates involved and his assist total certainly could have been higher. He set his teammates up for various good looks such as on post entry feeds to his big men or finding open teammates for three-pointers off his dribble penetration but those shots just didn’t go down for the most part in this game. He moves his feet well laterally on the defensive end which makes opponents have to work harder to get by him. Also has the ability to play tightly contested defense on opponents with his foot speed. Has quick hands which allow him to force tie ups or steals when an opponent isn’t strong with their handle. Low-major D1 schools should be keeping an eye on Cuello.

Keith Mency 6’1 Point Guard (NJ Beasts/Archbishop Stepinac HS (NY)): Mency had a solid all around game in NJ Beast’s win over York Ballers. Has the ability to make three-pointers as he made 39 of them this past high school season. Hit a nice three in the first half off a double crossover move. Showcased his mid-range game with a one dribble pull-up from the left wing in addition to a play where he got his defender up in the lane with a shot fake to score with a soft floater. Finished the game with nine points. Had a trio of assists in the contest. On two of them he found open teammates for spot-up three-pointers. On the other one he was double teamed and when he saw the defense didn’t rotate correctly he hit an open teammate for a layup. He plays with good pace with the ball in his hands, never letting the defense speed him up. Mency gives just as good an effort on defense. He was a pest on this side of the ball, making it difficult for the opposing point guards to get into their offensive sets. Also had four rebounds in the contest, showing an ability to be in the right spots at the right time when the ball came off the glass. D1 schools in leagues like the America East and NEC should be checking out Mency.

Jason Baker 6’10 Power Forward (PK Flash-Red/Kiski Area HS): Showing why he’s one of the biggest sleepers in Pennsylvania, Baker had a strong game in a win over WV Barons. What immediately stands out with Baker are his physical tools to go with shooting ability from three-point range. He has very good form on his shot to go with size which allows him to get his three ball off with ease. Had two three-pointers in the game. The first one he flashed to the top of the key from the free throw line for a smooth shot. His other trey was on a spot-up where his teammate hit him when he was open. Scored in the halfcourt on a cut when his teammate hit him with a pass and used a spin-move on his defender to score a smooth mid-range jumper. Also finishes well around the rim using his soft touch and good athleticism. Finished a layup rolling off a screen as well as throwing down a big two hand dunk in transition off an alley-oop. Another intriguing part about Baker’s game is his ball handling ability for his size. Multiple times he got a rebound and started the break on his own. Had a nice drive from the left wing where he got all the way to the bucket to score off one dribble. In transition he had a great play where he used a step through move to get by to his defender to score. Moves very fluidly up and down the floor for a player his height. Finished the game with 23 points. Baker was also a force defensively, pulling down eight rebounds and blocking five shots. While he isn’t very strong, he still made a good effort to put a body on his opponents to put him into more advantageous spots for rebounds. Also did a commendable job of timing his blocks at the right moments to avoid picking up cheap fouls. Picked up his first D1 offer from Morgan State Sunday night and more low-major D1 offers can be expected to come in for Baker. Could get mid-majors to show more interest if he can continue to have strong performances like this one when he plays at a higher level of competition with PK Flash’s top team, in addition to dedicating himself in the weight room to add muscle mass to his frame before college.

Jackson Mascari 6’4 Wing (Central PA Elite-Hofsass/Hershey HS): Mascari shined in Central PA Elite’s win over East Coast Power-Piefry. He finished with 19 points in the game. Has a nice mid-range game where he likes to back down opponents in the paint to get to his turnaround jumper. Scored in this way on two different instances in addition to drawing a shooting foul on his opponent. Got to the rim at will in the contest finishing in a variety of ways. Had a nice drive from the left wing to finish on the right side for a layup. Also had a good play where he cut to the basket to get away from his defender and finished over the help side defender. Finishes at a high rate on his layups with his soft touch. Struggled with his three-point shot but proved this past high school season that he needs to be respected from that area, making 40 treys on 37% shooting. Defensively, he was regularly in the right spots on his rotations to challenge opponents’ shots as well as help his teammates if they got beat off the dribble. Also showed he can help get the ball off the glass, snagging four rebounds in the game. Averaged 8 rebounds per game this past high school season. D3 schools in leagues like the Landmark and MAC should be keeping an eye on Mascari.

Ryan Smith 6’3 Wing (Central PA Elite-Hofsass/Central Dauphin HS): Making up a nice wing duo with Mascari is Smith who also stood out in Central PA Elite’s win. Showed off his smooth shooting from three-point range hitting a pair of treys. His first three was a spot-up that he calmly hit off a pass from his teammate in the post. On his other three, his teammate again had the ball in the post and Smith moved to the top of the key to give the passer a better angle, and made the trey. Had a play in transition where he got by an opponent at halfcourt using a nice behind the back move, and he sunk a smooth mid-range pull-up seconds later. Showed he has a well rounded offensive game with his ability to get the rim and finish creatively at a good rate. Had a great drive from the left wing to finish with a reverse layup on the right side. On a play in transition he used a right crossover move to get by an opponent on the left wing to get to the rim and finish. Had 16 points in the contest. Also showed he can make his teammates better finishing the game with three assists. Had two good assists to teammates using drop-off passes in the lane. On his other assist he made the simple play in transition hitting a teammate for a layup when he was ahead of the defense. Defensively, while Smith is not the most athletic player, he gives great effort on that end to maximize his ability. Doesn’t take many risks that could hurt his team on this end. Would be a good fit in D3 leagues like the Landmark and MAC.

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