Hoop Group Summer Jam Fest Report Part 1
Updated: Oct 1, 2021
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Team Final Black vs Expressions Select (Team Final Black Win 62-55)
Drew Greene 5’10 Point Guard (Team Final Black/Cherry Hill East): Greene does a commendable job balancing scoring and facilitating. Has a smooth stroke from beyond the arc, making three-pointers at a good percentage when spotting up or shooting off the dribble in transition. Hit a spot up trey on a drive and kick from a teammate, in addition to draining a pull-up three on the break when pushing the ball. Greene gets to the basket at a good rate with his quick first step. Despite his size, he draws fouls and scores effectively in this area with his willingness to seek out contact and crafty finishing ability. Drew shooting fouls on drives to the rim when pushing the ball after an outlet pass from a teammate, as well as getting by an opponent with a sharp crossover allowing him to get all the way to the basket. Also had a pair of nice finishes at the rim, slicing through two defenders for an inside hand layup, along with scoring a reverse layup after getting an opponent up in the air with a shot fake from the perimeter. Finished the game with 18 points. Greene is a solid playmaker, finding teammates well on drive and kicks for open threes, as well as on drop-offs in the lane or cuts to the basket for high percentage layups. Had six assists in the contest and averaged five helpers per game this past high school season. Defensively, he is active with his hands and movements. Greene creates steals at a solid rate, plucking the ball away from opponents when they are weak with their handle, or jumping into passing lanes when an errant pass is thrown in his area. Had a nice steal, intercepting a lazy pass when coming over from the help side. Averaged two thefts per game this past high school season. He also is willing to put his body on the line to draw charges. Had a good play coming over from the help side, drawing an offensive foul when getting set and taking the contact after an opponent drove recklessly down the lane.
Christopher Rey 6’8 Small Forward (Expressions Select/Beaver Country Day School): Rey is a very good shooter from long range. Gets nice elevation on his shot along with needing very little space to get it off, making three-pointers effectively when spotting up or on the move. Had a pair of treys when spotting up on drive and kicks from teammates. Also made two shots from beyond the arc when popping off a ball screen, along with moving out to the perimeter from the foul line to drain a contested NBA range three. Rey had five treys in the contest. He is making strides on complementing his potent shooting ability with a mid-range pull-up, as well as skillful finishes at the rim. Had a smooth one dribble pull-up from fifteen feet when a defender closed out hard on him, in addition to using a through the legs move to get by an opponent and score a finger roll layup off the glass.. Finished the game with 19 points. While Rey is best known for his scoring, he showed some playmaking upside on a pair of assists where he found teammates for open threes on drive and kicks.
Jersey Force-HGSL vs NY Gauchos-HGSL (Jersey Force-HGSL Win 61-59)
Asim Jones 6’3 Combo Guard (Jersey Force-HGSL/Paterson Charter): Jones can space the floor effectively with his compact form, making three-pointers at a good rate when spotting up. He also showed some upside shooting treys off the dribble, hitting a long ball off two dribbles when using a ball screen. Jones has an explosive first step off the dribble with the ability to finish at the rim proficiently with both hands. Had a nice straight line drive past an opponent for an and-1 layup with his left hand, as well as blowing by another defender to finish strong with his right hand at the basket. Jones has good touch around the rim with his finger roll. Scored a pair of finger rolls at the basket when coming off ball screens. Finished the contest with 16 points. Jones is comfortable playing on the ball as well and is a good playmaker out of the pick and roll. Had a nice play hitting a teammate with a pinpoint bounce pass for a layup when rolling off a screen. Averaged five assists per game this past high school season. Defensively, Jones is quick laterally, making it difficult for opponents to get dribble penetration on him. Also does a good job using active hands to take the ball away from opponents if they are not crisp with their handle. Had a nice play plucking the ball away for a steal from an opponent when they tried to get by him with a crossover.
Michael Carothers 5’10 Point Guard (NY Gauchos-HGSL/Cushing Academy): Carothers has a consistent shot from long range, making three-pointers proficiently off the dribble or when spotting up. Hit a one dribble trey off a shot fake, as well as acting as an outlet for a teammate when they got trapped to hit another three off one dribble. Also drained a long ball pushing the ball up with eight seconds left when his team was down five, along with draining a spot up trey on a drive and kick from a teammate. Carothers uses nifty finishes around the basket to score effectively at his size. Scored a soft runner off the glass from five feet after pushing the ball in transition, in addition to finishing an inside hand layup to shield an opponent from blocking his shot. He has a sharp crossover move in his arsenal that he uses to separate or get by opponents consistently. Carothers is a good passer, finding teammates well on drive and kicks for open three-pointers, good looks on baseline out of bounds plays, and drop offs around the rim for high percentage layups. Made a beautiful cross court pass to a teammate spotting up for a trey, as well as getting a pair of assists on baseline out of bounds plays hitting teammates for open threes. Carothers made nice plays that were not credited for assists dishing off to a teammate in the lane who took one dribble to score a hook shot, in addition to after causing a steal, pushing the ball and dumping it off to a teammate next to the basket who took one dribble for a layup.
PK Flash-HGSL vs Metro Boston-HGSL (PK Flash-HGSL Win 82-71)
Ronnie Leonard 6’6 Combo Forward (PK Flash-HGSL/Struthers HS): Leonard can stretch the floor from beyond the arc, making on the move three-pointers at a solid rate. Made a good decision, getting rewarded with the ball for a trey when moving to the corner after a teammate drove toward him in the paint. Leonard attacks closeouts well from the perimeter and finishes effectively at the rim with his leaping ability. Had a nice play driving past an opponent after they closed out hard on him from the perimeter, taking two dribbles to score a two handed slam. He creates high percentage layups for himself when setting screens, in addition to creating second chance buckets around the rim with his aggressiveness on the offensive glass. Had a nice play slipping a ball screen for an easy finish at the basket, along with scoring off a tip in from a teammate’s miss. Finished the contest with 10 points. Defensively, Leonard does a good job using his athleticism to make it difficult for opponent’s to shoot over him near the rim. Had a nice block on an opponent when they tried to score a hook shot over him in the paint. Also has sharp instincts defending opponents around the basket, drawing offensive fouls when an opponent is overly aggressive with their movements. Leonard drew an offensive foul on an opponent when they faced up after catching the ball on the block and put their shoulder down when trying to drive past him.
Tyriek Weeks 6’5 Power Forward 2021 (Metro Boston-HGSL/Springfield Commonwealth Academy): The southpaw has nice touch on his shot from the outside, making treys effectively out of the pick and roll or when spotting up. Drained a three-pointer when popping out of a ball screen, in addition to hitting another long ball on a drive and kick from a teammate. He hit a third trey when he caught the ball from the perimeter and his defender gave him too much space. Weeks has soft touch on his layups around the basket and a nice shot fake to get opponents up in the air, finishing layups at a very good rate on drive and dishes from teammates in the lane. Scored a reverse layup on a drop off from a teammate, as well as creating space for himself with a shot fake to finish a layup on another dish from a teammate. Also scored from another shot fake on the break, getting rewarded for running the floor hard and finishing an and-1 layup through contact after getting an opponent up in the air. Finished the game with 19 points. Defensively, Weeks is a good shot blocker around the basket. Had three rejections in the contest including swatting an opponent when they went up for a layup after getting an offensive rebound, in addition to blocking an opponent’s shot when they tried to shoot over him with a hook shot in the paint. While he only had three rebounds in the contest, Weeks has shown over the course of his high school career to be a very good rebounder with his toughness and ability to get position on opponents. Averaged an outstanding 17.4 rebounds per game this past high school season.
Rhode Island Elite-HGSL vs Diallo Elite-HGSL (Rhode Island Elite-HGSL Win 66-63)
Neel Beniwal 6’5 Shooting Guard (Rhode Island Elite-HGSL/The Phelps School): Beniwal is a very good floor spacer from deep with a quick release, making three-pointers efficiently when spotting up or on the move. Had a pair of on the move treys in the contest, finding the open spot on the wing against the opponent’s zone press, as well as popping out behind the line after an offensive rebound by a teammate. He drained a spot up three off great ball movement by his team against the opponent’s 2-3 zone defense. Beniwal’s strong shooting ability from beyond the arc causes defenders at times to play overaggressive defense on him when contesting his shot, leading to him getting fouled on threes and ending up on the foul line where he is terrific at knocking down free throws. Got fouled on a trey spotting up in transition, along with on a drive and kick from a teammate in the halfcourt. Had 17 points in the contest.
Aguibou Balde 6’5 Combo Forward (Diallo Elite-HGSL/Tilton School): Balde is active on the offensive glass creating second chance opportunities. Had three offensive rebounds in the contest, including two that were putback for layups. He is effective playing out of the pick and roll. Scored a left hand layup when rolling hard after setting a screen for a teammate. Balde is comfortable playing on the perimeter as well. He needs to be respected with his shot from long range, making three-pointers at a solid rate when spotting up. Drained a three acting as the trailer when his team pushed the ball up after an opponent’s made free throw. Also finishes well through contact at the basket with his strong body. Scored a layup through contact on a drive from the perimeter after taking a bump from an opponent. Finished the game with 15 points. Balde also rebounds the ball at a solid rate on the defensive glass, doing a nice job using his strength to get advantageous position on opponents. Corralled seven boards total for the game.
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