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New England Early AAU Season 2023 Eyecatchers Part Two

Beau O’Beirne 6’1 Combo Guard (New Haven Heat/Williston Northampton): O’Beirne provides value both on and off the ball as a shooter. The southpaw has a quick trigger with good form on his shot. Makes three-pointers at an impressive rate on standstill attempts or when pulling up off ball screens. He gets into the lane to create for himself and others with a quick crossover move or when attacking closeouts. O’Beirne scores proficiently around the rim with his soft touch high off the glass and comfort finishing through contact. When opponents take away his driving lanes to the basket, he can find open teammates spotting up for treys.

Theo Murray 6’2 Combo Guard (Middlesex Magic-Lambros/Kimball Union Academy): Murray is effective at getting to the basket using deceptive change of pace moves on ball screens. Finishes around the rim against bigger defenders with good body control and creative finger-roll layups. He is a reliable floor-spacer from beyond the arc. Makes treys at a solid rate when spotting up. Murray is also a good passer in the pick and roll. Finds rolling teammates for high percentage layup opportunities. Corrals rebounds on the defensive glass well for his position. Has nice timing and anticipation to constantly be around the ball when it comes off the rim.

Stephan Snagg 6’7 Combo Forward (Pro Level Titans/Cheshire Academy): Snagg is a consistent finishing threat around the basket. Uses his explosiveness to score on drop-off layups. Creates high percentage second chance putback opportunities with his aggressiveness on the offensive glass. Snagg is fluid with his movements. Regularly beats opposing forwards down the floor in transition for above the rim finishes. Needs to be accounted for from long-range with his ability to make standstill three-pointers when left open. Also shows some creation flashes with a crossover move to generate space for himself in the mid-range. Defensively, Snagg is a solid rim protector. Uses his leaping ability, length, and mobility to block or alter opponents’ shots when coming over from the weak side.

Tony Felder 5’9 Point Guard (Team Spartans/St. Thomas More): Felder is a terrific playmaker. Regularly gets into the lane with his quick first step and sharp crossover or through the legs moves. Finds teammates in the half-court for open treys on drive and kicks or high percentage finishes on drop-offs. Rewards teammates for running the floor hard on the break with precise hit-ahead passes for layups. While Felder excels at creating shots for others, he also is a consistent three-point threat. Has range out to the NBA line. Defenders cannot go under ball screens against him as he makes treys when pulling up. Hits threes effectively on spot-up attempts as well. Defensively, Felder generates steals at an impressive rate. Uses active hands to rip the ball from opposing point guards when they are not strong with their handle.

Geino Scaringello 5’10 Point Guard (Mass Premier/Franklin HS): Scaringello gets into the paint using a good chance of pace on his moves. Has solid vision as a facilitator. When opponents collapse on him in the lane, he finds teammates well for open three-pointers on kick-outs. Hits cutting teammates with pinpoint passes for layups. Is a solid playmaker in transition as well. Gets the ball up the floor quickly to others for good looks on spot-up treys. While Scaringello prefers getting others involved first, he can also score with his reliable shooting from beyond the arc. Makes threes at a good rate on standstill attempts when the ball is swung his way on the perimeter. Provides some off-ball value with the ability to hit treys off movement. Scaringello also shows flashes of making pull-up jumpers in the mid-range when using a ball screen.

Sean Tavis 6’3 Wing (Basketball 2 The Limit/Wellesley HS): Tavis consistently spaces the floor from long range. Has fluid mechanics on his shot. Makes treys effectively off movement, when spotting up, or on pull-up attempts. Does a nice job of playing within the flow of his team’s offense. He rarely takes ill-advised attempts. Tavis excels in an offense with quick ball movement and unselfish passing. Is a good playmaker in the pick and roll. Finds teammates for high percentage layup opportunities on rolls or slips to the basket. Defensively, Tavis is consistently in the correct spots on his rotations when one pass away or coming over from the help side.

Michael Paquette 5’9 Point Guard (Rhode Island Magic/Bishop Hendricken HS): Paquette makes others better with his vision. Finds teammates in the half-court for layups on baseball passes through tight windows or dump-offs when attacking closeouts. Also leads teammates well with push-ahead passes on the break for high percentage finishing opportunities at the rim. Paquette has range well beyond the arc as a shooter. Makes three-pointers at a solid rate on standstill attempts or when pulling up. When opponents close out hard on him from the perimeter, he gets to his soft runner in the paint. Defensively, Paquette draws charges well. Does a nice job rotating quickly from the weak side, beating opponents to the spot when they drive recklessly down the lane.

Ethan McInerny 6’1 Shooting Guard (Central Mass Swarm/Grafton HS): McInerny has a smooth stroke from long range. Has a high release point while needing very little time and space to get his attempts off. Hits treys well off movement or when spotting up. When opponents close out hard on McInerny to take away his potent outside shot, he can put the ball on the floor and finish in the lane with a smooth floater. Also creates high percentage layup opportunities for himself, making quick cuts to the basket when he catches an opponent not playing with their head on a swivel. McInerny shows some creativity flashes off the dribble. Uses in spurts a crossover move to evade help defenders when attacking closeouts.

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