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New England Early AAU Season 2024 Eyecatchers Part Two

Hunter Larson 6’2 Wing (Connecticut Elite/Woodstock Academy): Larson is a reliable floor spacer from beyond the arc. Needs very little time and space to get his attempts off. The southpaw makes three-pointers at a solid rate off movement or when spotting up. He attacks closeouts well, getting into the lane to create scoring opportunities for himself. Larson has a smooth mid-range pull-up, in addition to showing flashes of hitting floaters over bigger defenders. Also has good vision as a passer. Does a nice job finding cutting teammates for high percentage finishing opportunities around the rim.

Kayvaun Mulready 6’4 Wing (Albany City Rocks/Worcester Academy): Mulready makes his presence felt defensively. Has the strength, length, and lateral quickness to effectively guard the 1-3 positions. He is terrific on the defensive glass for his position. Uses impressive anticipation and explosiveness to come up with rebounds in key moments. Offensively, Mulready has a quick crossover move to get lane penetration and create for himself or others. Finishes proficiently around the rim through contact with his well-built frame and finds teammates for open treys on kick-outs. Also can hit standstill three-pointers when left open. Mulready is very good in the open floor. He is a constant lob threat for finishes above the rim with his excellent leaping ability.

Kur Teng 6’4 Shooting Guard (Mass Rivals/Bradford Christian Academy): Teng is a multi-faceted scorer. He is an impressive shooter from long distance. Has a high release point on his shot, making it difficult for opponents to contest his attempts. Hits three-pointers on spot-up attempts or when coming off screens. Shows in the spurts the ability to hit pull-up treys on ball screens. Teng gets into the paint well when attacking closeouts or using a pump-fake. Has a smooth pull-up that he gets nice elevation on to rise over defenders in the mid-range. Also uses a soft floater to score over bigger opponents in the lane when they collapse on him. Defensively, Teng creates steals at a solid rate. Has good length to regularly get his hands on lazy passes thrown around him.

Amir Lindsey 5’7 Point Guard (BABC/Rivers School): Lindsey is a terrific playmaker. Gets into the paint consistently with his good burst or sharp crossover move. Finds teammates well for high percentage layups on drop-offs or open treys on drive and kicks. While Lindsey looks to get others involved first, he is also a scoring threat. Needs to be accounted for from long range. Hits treys off the catch or when pulling up off-ball screens. Has a smooth mid-range game. Can stop on a dime to get to a pull-up or score with high-arching teardrops over lengthier opponents. Defensively, Lindsey is quick laterally. Makes it difficult for opposing point guards to get dribble penetration on him. Also uses active hands to generate steals well when guarding on the ball, ripping opponents if they are weak with their handle.

Nick Petronio 6’4 Shooting Guard (Expressions Elite/Milton Academy): Petronio is a sniper from deep who can get hot in a hurry. Does a nice job playing within the flow of his team’s offense, leading to impressive efficiency from long range. Makes three-pointers off movement, when spotting up, or on pull-up attempts. Petronio creates lane penetration effectively with his quick through the legs or crossover moves. Has a soft mid-range pull-up that in addition to his wiggle, gets to it well when using ball screens. Creates high percentage finishing opportunities for himself at the rim as an instinctual off-ball cutter. Petronio is a solid playmaker in the half-court. Finds teammates for rolling layups on pick and rolls or open treys with live-ball passes to the opposite side. Also uses his vision to pick apart zone defenses when catching the ball in the middle.

Christopher Happy 6’9 Center (Middlesex Magic/Milton Academy): Happy is a reliable scorer around the basket. Does a nice job getting deep post position on defenders using his wide frame. When backing opponents down on the block, he has soft touch on his jump-hook with either hand. Creates high-percentage layup opportunities by constantly being in the dunker spot at the right time for dump-offs from teammates. Also is a scoring threat on ball screens when rolling to the hoop. Happy’s high motor as an offensive rebounder regularly puts him in a position for putbacks. Defensively, he makes his presence felt on the glass. Uses his physique effectively when boxing opponents out to rebound at a solid rate.

Yusuf Dakane 5’10 Point Guard (XL Portland/Lewiston HS): Dakane gets into the paint consistently with his quick first step and sharp crossover move. Finishes around the rim against bigger defenders using good body control and soft touch off the glass with either hand. Also can make open standstill three-pointers when the ball is swung to him on the perimeter. Dakane is a solid passer. If an opponent takes away his driving lane to the basket, he does a nice job dumping the ball off to others for high percentage finishing opportunities near the rim. Rewards teammates for running the floor hard on the break with precise hit-ahead passes for layups. Defensively, Dakane creates steals well. Has good reflexes knowing the right times when to shoot the gap in a passing lane.

Ryan Dunn 5’11 Combo Guard (HST Basketball/Scituate HS): Dunn is a good passer in the half-court or transition. Against a set defense, he finds teammates for cutting layups with on-target bounce passes. Also finds others for open three-pointers on drive and kicks when attacking closeouts. Hits teammates in stride with precise push-ahead passes for high percentage finishes on the break. Dunn is a high IQ player who rarely turns the ball over. Is a dependable option from beyond the arc that defenders cannot leave open. Hits treys at a solid rate when spotting up. Shows flashes of hitting threes on pull-up attempts. Defensively, Dunn is sound on his rotations. Consistently is in the correct spots when one pass away or coming over from the help side.

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