Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest Report Part One
Jackson Bleecker 6’4 Wing 2023 (NJ Panthers-HGSL/Seton Hall Prep): Bleecker is a terrific shooter from long distance. He has fluid mechanics on his shot with a quick release. Makes three-pointers off movement, when spotting up, or on pull-up attempts. Bleecker does a nice job of letting the game come to him and playing within the flow of his team’s offense. He rarely takes ill-advised shots in the half-court. When opponents overplay him on the perimeter, he creates high percentage layup opportunities for himself by making sharp cuts to the basket. Bleecker has a soft touch off the glass with either hand around the rim.
Dylan Saunders 6’8 Power Forward 2023 (VA Premier/Cave Spring HS): Saunders is a reliable floor spacer from beyond the arc. He makes treys at a good rate off the catch. Does a nice job flashing to open spots near the foul line where he has a smooth mid-range jumper. Saunders is a threat to score in the post. Uses a quick spin move when backing down opponents on the block where he is a capable finisher with either hand. Also is constantly in the dunker spot at the right times for teammates to dump the ball off to him for high percentage finishes. Defensively, Saunders uses good explosiveness, mobility, and timing to block or alter opponents’ shots when coming over from the weak side. Also is a solid defensive rebounder and limits opponents from getting second chance opportunities with his high motor.
Kahlil Singleton 6’2 Combo Guard 2023 (House We Built-HGSL/Loomis Chaffee): Singleton is an impressive three-point shooter. He makes treys on standstill attempts or when creating space with his quick step-back or through the legs crossover moves. Is difficult to keep out of the lane with his array of shifty ball-handling moves. When opponents take away his driving lanes to the basket, he makes sound decisions creating for himself or others. Singleton can score with a soft floater or stop on a dime to get to his mid-range pull-up. Also does a nice job kicking the ball out to open teammates for spot-up threes.
Tre Green 6’3 Shooting Guard 2023 (Team Melo-MD 23/Bridgton Academy): Green is a versatile scoring threat. The southpaw can hit three-pointers on pull-up attempts or when spotting up. He gets into the lane effectively with his good burst and crisp crossover or through the legs moves. Gets good elevation on his smooth mid-range pull-up, along with finishing around the rim with a strong frame and soft touch off the glass. Defensively, Green guards his position well. Makes it difficult for opponents to get by him with his good lateral quickness. He also generates extra possessions for his team at a good rate. Uses active hands to pluck the ball away from an opponent when they are weak with their handle and shows toughness by diving on the floor for loose balls.
Max Hurray 6’1 Combo Guard 2024 (PK Flash-HGSL/North Catholic HS): Hurray has a smooth stroke from deep with range out to the NBA line. He hits treys off the catch or when pulling up off of ball screens. Makes plays for himself and others when getting into the lane with his quick first step or crossover move. Hurray scores around the rim with creative inside-hand layups and finds teammates spotting up for three-pointers on kick-outs. He also does a nice job hitting teammates cutting to the basket for high percentage finishing opportunities.
Christopher Meakin 6’7 Power Forward 2024 (York Ballers-HGSL/Littlestown HS): Meakin needs to be accounted for from beyond the arc. Makes three-pointers at a solid rate on standstill attempts. Also has good pick and pop potential at the next level with his comfort hitting treys off movement. Has the ability to rise over smaller defenders and hit face-up or turnaround jumpers in the mid-post. He also has the ball skills to initiate a fast break when corralling a rebound. Meakin makes his presence felt on the defensive glass to rebound at a good rate. Uses his frame well to get advantageous position on opponents when boxing out.
Moustapha Sanoh 6’10 Center 2023 (Team Final Red-HGSL/Executive Education): Sanoh uses his size and explosiveness to be a consistent scoring threat on put-backs or finishes from the dunker spot. Shows flashes of taking opponents off the dribble from the perimeter for straight-line drives or scoring with a jump-hook in the post. Sanoh has good fluidity running the floor in transition. Creates high percentage finishing opportunities for himself beating opposing big men down the court. Defensively, he is an impressive rim protector. Uses his solid anticipation, length, and mobility to block opponents’ shots as a primary or weak-side defender.
Ezekiel Avit 6’3 Wing 2023 (Global Squad-HGSL/Winston Churchill HS): Avit is a terrific athlete. He consistently blows by defenders with a quick first step and finishes proficiently around the rim with his explosiveness. Also creates lane penetration with a sharp crossover and scores through contact near the basket with his strong frame. When opponents take away Avit’s driving lanes to the rim, he has a soft floater as part of his in-between game. Also cannot be left open from long range. Makes treys at a good rate when spotting up. Defensively, he has the size, length, and lateral quickness to effectively guard the 1-3 positions. Avit also uses his leaping ability and long arms to make it difficult for opponents to rise over him.