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Under the Radar 2023 PA Players to Watch this AAU Season

DJ Cerisier 6’1 Combo Guard (Total Skills Basketball/Upper Dublin HS): Cerisier is a solid long-range shooter. He makes three-pointers on the move or when spotting up. Uses his speed and quickness effectively when pushing the ball on the break, creating high percentage layup opportunities for himself. Cerisier also uses his good burst to get into the paint well. When opponents collapse on him in the lane, he makes solid decisions kicking the ball out to open shooters for treys. Defensively, Cerisier produces steals at a good rate. He makes quick movements jumping into passing lanes when an errant pass is thrown in his area.

Jose Ramos 5’10 Point Guard (East Coast Power/West Chester East HS): Ramos uses a good change of pace on his ball-handling moves to create lane penetration for himself. He is a solid playmaker. Finds teammates well in the half-court for high percentage finishes on drop-offs or open three-pointers on kick-outs. Also makes good reads out of ball screens, hitting teammates rolling to the bucket for layups. While Ramos is adept at finding others, he needs to be accounted for as a scorer as well. When bigger opponents take his driving lanes away to the basket, he has a soft floater in the lane. Also hits open standstill treys at a solid rate when the ball is swung to him on the perimeter.

Izaiah Pasha 6’5 Shooting Guard (Philly Pride/Cardinal O’Hara): Pasha creates separation in the halfcourt well with his sharp through the legs or start and stop moves. Uses good body control and craftiness to finish proficiently around the rim with either hand. Also is a threat from beyond the arc, making three-pointers at a solid rate off of movement. Pasha is a good passer, using his size to see over defenders and find teammates in the halfcourt for open looks. Defensively, he uses his length to make it difficult for opponents to shoot over the top of him. Also has a good motor on the glass, pulling down rebounds at an impressive rate for his position.

Ethan Glass 6’3 Wing (Raiders Basketball 2023/Spring Grove HS): Glass is a very good three-point shooter with compact form. He makes treys when spotting up, coming off screens, or creating separation with his stepback move. When opponents close out hard on him from the perimeter, Glass can put the ball on the floor to score with his soft floater in the paint. Is a solid playmaker, finding teammates for high percentage finishes in the half-court on pocket passes out of ball screens. Also leads teammates well for layups with outlet passes on the break after securing a rebound. Defensively, Glass creates steals at a good rate. He uses active hands to pluck the ball away from opponents when they are weak with their handles.

Andrew Maddalon 6’2 Shooting Guard (PK Flash/North Catholic HS): Maddalon is a consistent floor spacer from long-range, needing very little time and space to get his shot off. He makes three-pointers at a terrific rate when spotting up. Creates high percentage layup opportunities for himself with sharp backdoor cuts when defenders overplay him on the perimeter. Maddalon can attack closeouts, getting to the rim and finishing with crafty reverse layups. Also can get by opponents in the halfcourt with a quick crossover move. Has a nose for being around the ball on the offensive glass. He generates second chance possessions for his team at a good rate for his size.

Googie Seidman 6’0 Shooting Guard (Pro Skills Basketball Philly/Haverford HS): Seidman is an excellent shooter who can get hot in a hurry. He has range out to the NBA line. Makes three-pointers on the move or when spotting up. If a defender closes out hard on him to take away his long-range shot, he can put the ball on the floor and get to his soft pull-up and floater in the mid-range. Defensively, Seidman generates steals well. He has good intuition, jumping into passing lanes when an opponent telegraphs where they are going to throw the ball.

Danny Rosenblum 6’0 Combo Guard (PrimeTime Hoops/Radnor HS): Rosenblum has a smooth stroke from beyond the arc. He makes three-pointers at a good rate on standstill attempts or off of movement. Does a nice job playing within the flow of his team’s offense, rarely taking bad shots. Gets to his smooth mid-range pull-up well when attacking closeouts or using a ball screen. Rosenblum is also a solid playmaker. He uses his quick crossover move to get into the lane and find teammates for drop-off layups. Defensively, Rosenblum is regularly in the right spot coming over from the weak side if a teammate gets beat off the dribble.

Shemar Wilbanks-Acqui 6’3 Shooting Guard (K-Low Elite/West Catholic): Wilbanks-Acqui needs to be accounted for from deep. The southpaw has good form on his shot and makes treys at a solid rate when spotting up. He can create for himself and others when attacking closeouts, getting to his fluid mid-range pull-up, or kicking the ball out to teammates for open three-pointers. Defensively, Wilbanks-Acqui has the lateral quickness to effectively guard either backcourt spot. Also causes steals at a good rate, consistently making opponents pay for throwing weak passes in his vicinity.

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