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Hoop Group Spring Jam Fest Report Part One

Updated: Apr 13, 2022

Ben Woodward 6’4 Wing 2023 (District Basketball Club/John Champe HS): Woodward is a terrific shooter from beyond the arc who can get hot in a hurry. He has a compact form with a quick release. Makes treys on the move or when spotting up. Woodward plays well within the flow of his team’s offense. He rarely takes ill-advised attempts which helps his impressive efficiency be where it is as a shooter. While the long ball is his bread and butter, Woodward shows flashes of creating scoring opportunities around the basket with sharp cuts when opponents overplay him.

Carlos Lopez 6’1 Shooting Guard 2022 (Philly Pride Select/Egg Harbor Township HS): Lopez is a consistent threat from three-point range with deep range. The southpaw makes treys at a solid rate off the dribble or on standstill attempts. He creates separation well with his crossover and step-back moves. Gets into the lane using a nice change of pace to make plays for himself and others. Lopez has good body control and touch off the glass to finish effectively around the rim. He finds teammates for drop-off layups when bigger defenders collapse on him in the paint. Also makes precise passes to cutting teammates for high percentage finishes around the rim. Defensively, Lopez generates steals well. He makes quick rotations jumping into passing lanes when an opponent throws a weak pass in his area.

Matt Kinzler 6’7 Power Forward 2023 (NJ Panthers/St. Peter’s Prep): Kinzler is a reliable floor-spacer from deep with a fluid release on his shot. The southpaw makes three-pointers at a solid rate when spotting up. Shows flashes of hitting treys off movement, giving optimism on his ability to be a pick and pop guy at the next level. Kinzler also can put the ball on the floor when attacking closeouts. He finishes well through contact around the rim with his physicality. Has the ball skills to initiate a fast break after corralling a defensive rebound. Kinzler is good on the defensive glass. He consistently gets advantageous position on opponents when boxing out to come up with crucial rebounds.

Dean Coleman-Newsome 6’3 Combo Guard 2023 (Gibbs Elite/Archbishop Carroll): Coleman-Newsome uses his well-built frame effectively to get to the rim and finish through contact. He is a threat from long range. Makes standstill three-pointers at a good rate. Also shows in spurts the ability to hit treys on pull-ups or step-backs. Coleman-Newsome can create for others when playing on the ball. Has a nice feel of where his open teammates are when defenders collapse on him in the lane. Makes his presence felt on the offensive glass, using good anticipation to generate second-chance opportunities for his team. Defensively, Coleman-Newsome uses his strong body limiting opponents from driving through him and holding his own against bigger players around the rim to rebound at an impressive rate.

Sam Hinman 6’1 Shooting Guard 2023 (Middlesex Magic-Lambros/St. Sebastian’s School): Hinman is a sniper from long-range, needing very little time and space to get his shot off. The southpaw makes treys effectively in the half-court on the move or when spotting up. He also does a nice job moving to open spots beyond the arc in transition, creating additional good looks for himself from deep. Hinman is at his best in an offense with quick ball movement and unselfish passing. He rewards others for running the break hard. Finds streaking teammates with precise hit-ahead passes for high percentage layup opportunities. Defensively, Hinman has good feel and anticipation of where to be when rotating off the ball.

Ebuka Okorie 5’11 Point Guard 2025 (Team New England Basketball Club/Cushing Academy): Okorie gets into the lane consistently using a good change of pace on his moves. Also creates separation well on defenders with his sharp crossover or behind-the-back moves. He is a solid passer, finding teammates for layups in the half-court on drop-offs or cuts to the basket. Okorie cannot be left open from three-point range. Makes standstill treys when the ball is swung to him on the perimeter. Defensively, he produces steals at a good rate, using active hands to pluck the ball away from opponents if they are weak with their handles.

Jonathan Anderson 5’11 Point Guard 2023 (PK Flash/New Castle HS): Anderson has a smooth three-point stroke. Makes treys at a solid rate on spot-ups or when pulling up on ball screens. He creates penetration well with his good burst and quick through the legs move. When bigger defenders collapse on him near the rim, he has a soft floater as part of his in-between game. Anderson also is a good playmaker. Finds teammates in the half-court for open threes on drive and kicks and in transition for high percentage finishes from hit-ahead passes. He works hard on the defensive end. Anderson has the lateral quickness to effectively guard tightly on the ball against opposing point guards

Ruben Rodriguez 6’2 Combo Guard 2023 (Team Final Red/Reading HS): Rodriguez excels in transition. He uses his speed and leaping ability, blowing by defenders when pushing the ball for above the rim finishes. Explodes well off of ball screens in the half-court, getting to his smooth mid-range pull-up or crafty finger-roll layups high off the glass. Rodriguez is also a capable pull-up three-point shooter who defenders cannot go under ball screens against. He is a solid passer. Finds teammates for high percentage layup opportunities in the half-court on dump-offs and in transition making sound decisions during two on one situations. Rodriguez is a pesky defender. He moves his feet well from side to side. Rarely gives up blow-by drives when defending one on one. Also uses good reflexes and quick hands to create steals at an impressive rate.

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