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Under the Radar 2023 NH/MA Players to Watch this AAU Season

Sawyer Mayhugh 6’10 Center/Power Forward (Brewster Academy): Mayhugh can space the floor from beyond the arc. He makes three-pointers when spotting up or on pick and pops at a solid rate. Finishes well around the rim with his strong frame and soft touch off the glass. Also creates high percentage finishing opportunities for himself, rolling hard to the basket out of ball screens or using his mobility to outrun opposing big men in transition. Mayhugh generates second chance layups with his aggressiveness on the offensive glass as well. Defensively, he is consistently in the right spot when rotating from the help side, forcing opponents into lower percentage attempts around the rim. Also uses his well-built frame effectively on the defensive glass to come up with crucial rebounds.

Logan Carey 6’3 Combo Guard (St. Paul’s School): Carey gets in the lane with his good burst or sharp through the legs and behind the back moves. Finishes proficiently around the basket with his explosiveness, ability to score with either hand, and craftiness to create better finishing angles. Can take smaller defenders into the post where he has a smooth turnaround jumper. Also makes open standstill treys at a good rate when the ball is swung to him on the perimeter. Carey can create for others as well, making sound decisions in the lane when a defender collapses on his driving lane to the rim. Defensively, he generates steals at a good rate. Moves quickly jumping into passing lanes if an errant pass is thrown near him. Also is a solid defensive rebounder for his position, having a knack for being around the ball when it comes off the rim.

Anthony Chinn 6’3 Wing (Pinkerton Academy): Chinn is a reliable threat from long-range with good elevation on his shot. He makes three-pointers on standstill attempts or when pulling up. If opponents close out hard on him from the perimeter, he can put the ball on the floor to get to his soft mid-range pull-up or for athletic finishes around the rim. Chinn creates high percentage scoring opportunities for himself on the break, running the floor hard for above the rim finishes with his leaping ability. Defensively, he uses his length and lateral quickness to effectively guard both wing spots. Makes it difficult for opponents to shoot over the top of him while also limiting his matchup from getting by him with straight-line drives when guarding on the ball.

Rollie Castineyra 6’1 Shooting Guard (Phillips Exeter Academy): Castineyra has a smooth stroke from deep. He has compact form with a quick release. Makes treys at a good rate when spotting up or coming off screens. Complements his long-distance shooting ability with a smooth pull-up in the mid-range when attacking closeouts. Castineyra also can score around the basket against bigger defenders with his creative layup package. He has a soft touch off the glass with either hand.

JB Frankel 6’3 Point Guard (Northfield Mount Hermon): Frankel is a solid playmaker. Gets into the paint using a good change of pace on his dribble moves. He finds teammates for high percentage looks out of ball screens and open three-pointers on drive and kicks. Smart player who plays within the flow of his team’s offense and rarely turns the ball over. Frankel is also a very good shooter from beyond the arc with deep range. He makes three-pointers on the move or when spotting up. Also has a smooth pull-up jumper in his mid-range arsenal when using a ball screen. Defensively, Frankel is consistently in the right spots when making off-ball rotations.

Cooper Wright 6’5 Combo Forward (St. Sebastian’s School): Wright needs to be accounted for from long-range. He makes treys at a solid rate on standstill attempts. Can put the ball on the floor, attacking closeouts to finish at the rim proficiently through contact with his strong frame. Also creates high percentage second chance layup opportunities for himself with his motor on the offensive glass. Defensively, Wright blocks shots at a productive rate. He uses good timing and anticipation when defending on the ball or coming over from the weak side.

Declan Davis 6’0 Combo Guard (Plymouth South HS): Davis is an impressive shooter with fluid mechanics. He makes three-pointers when pulling up, running off screens, or on standstill attempts. Gets to his soft mid-range pull-up when attacking closeouts or using a ball screen. Also creates better finishing angles around the basket for himself with a step-through move. Is a productive scorer near the rim using an array of finger-roll and inside-hand layups. Davis also is a solid playmaker, getting into the paint well with his crossover or hesitation moves. He creates shots for others on drive and kicks for open three-pointers or precise passes for cutting layups.

Braeden White 5’9 Point Guard (David Prouty HS): White is a solid playmaker, creating lane penetration with his sharp crossover move. He finds others in the half-court for high percentage finishes around the rim on bounce passes out of ball screens. Also hits teammates in stride with push-ahead passes on the break for layups. Is a consistent threat from beyond the arc, making treys when spotting up or pulling up off of ball screens. When opponents close out hard on him from the perimeter, he gets to his two-dribble pull-up in the mid-range well. Defensively, White does a nice job drawing charges. He comes over from the help side and beats opponents to the spot when they drive recklessly down the lane. Also is a solid rebounder for his size, showing good instincts being around the ball when it comes off the rim.

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