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Under the Radar 2024 New England Players to Watch this AAU Season

Updated: Apr 6, 2022

Jay Jones 6’3 Combo Guard (Middlesex Magic/The Rivers School): Jones is a reliable floor spacer with compact form on his shot. He makes three-pointers at a solid rate when spotting up. Gets to his smooth floater game in the paint when attacking closeouts. Uses his good burst and sharp through the legs move when playing on the ball to create for himself and others. Jones uses his craftiness to finish well around the rim with either hand. Makes good decisions by finding teammates in the half-court for drop-off layups or open three-pointers when defenders collapse on him in the lane. Also is a solid passer on the break, hitting streaking teammates for high percentage finishes. Defensively, Jones 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.

Harry Stanwood 6’0 Combo Guard (Rise Above Basketball/Marianapolis Prep): Stanwood has a smooth pull-up in the mid-range that he gets to when using a ball screen or coming off a dribble hand-off. Creates space well on his mid-range pull-up with a spin move if an opponent is playing tightly contested defense. He is a threat from beyond the arc as well, making treys on standstill attempts or when pulling up. Stanwood also creates high percentage finishing opportunities for himself with quick cuts to the basket when defenders overplay him on the perimeter. He makes good decisions as an on-ball playmaker. Uses his shifty through the legs or hesitation moves to get into the lane and dish the ball off to teammates for layups when opponents take away his driving lanes to the rim. Stanwood also makes precise passes in the half-court to cutting teammates for finishes around the rim.

Trey Rezendes 5’11 Point Guard (Rhode Island Elite/East Providence HS): Rezendes does an admirable job of balancing scoring and facilitating. He is difficult to keep out of the lane with his quick first step and array of shifty ball-handling moves. Defenders cannot go under ball screens against him as he is a solid three-point shooter when pulling up. Also finishes effectively around the rim against bigger opponents with his good body control and touch high off the glass. Rezendes is a terrific playmaker, finding teammates in the half-court for layups on drop-offs or when rolling out of ball screens. Also uses his speed and quickness well in transition. He forces opponents to collapse on him, creating open passing lanes to teammates for high percentage finishes near the basket.

Anthony Troncellito 6’1 Combo Guard (Expressions Elite/St. Paul’s School): Troncellito is an impressive shooter from beyond the arc with a quick release. Makes treys off the bounce with his pull-up or step-back, along with being a spot-up threat as well. Also attacks closeouts well to get to his smooth pull-up in the mid-range. Uses his three-point and mid-range pull-up effectively in transition when he is not able to get to the rim. Troncellito can make plays for others when tasked with on-ball duties. Finds teammates when rolling out of ball screens for high percentage layups. Also makes good reads as a passer when attacking closeouts. He hits teammates on the second side of the floor spotting up for open three-pointers.

Teigan Pelletier 6’6 Small Forward (XLP Thunder/Oxford Hills HS): Pelletier needs to be accounted for from deep. He hits three-pointers at a solid rate on standstill attempts, as well as showing flashes of making them when pulling up. When opponents close out hard on him from the perimeter, he can put the ball on the floor and get to his soft mid-range pull-up. Also scores well flashing to the foul line for quick turnaround jumpers. Pelletier has some wiggle in his game which helps him get to the rim. He gets by opponents with a sharp crossover move, using his good length and body control to finish difficult shots around the basket. Makes his presence felt on both sides of the glass. Pelletier uses his high motor and nose for the ball to rebound at a solid rate.

Tyler Bike 5’11 Point Guard (New England Storm/Trinity HS): Bike is a very good playmaker. The southpaw consistently creates lane penetration with his good burst and quick crossover move. He gets to his smooth mid-range pull-up and finds teammates for dump-off/cutting layups. Also rewards teammates for running the floor hard in transition with precise passes leading to high percentage finishes around the rim. Bike cannot be left open from beyond the arc. Makes treys at a solid rate on standstill attempts or when pulling up. Defensively, he generates steals well. Rotates quickly from the weak side, picking off passes if an opponent telegraphs where they are going to throw the ball.

Riley Fox 6’5 Shooting Guard (Team Spartans/Conard HS): Fox is terrific from long-range, having a high release point on his shot. He makes treys on the move, when spotting up, or off the bounce with pull-ups. He Attacks closeouts well, getting to his spots in the mid-range or penetrating to the rim. Fox has a soft pull-up or turnaround jumper in the mid-range. Also uses a quick spin-move near the basket, creating better finishing angles for himself where he can score with either hand. Shows some self-creation flashes getting by opponents with sharp crossover or through the legs moves. When Fox runs the floor hard in transition, he has the leaping ability to finish above the rim for two hands slams with space.

Kobe Pena 6’2 Combo Guard (Team New England Basketball Club/Marianapolis Prep): Pena gets into the paint to create for himself and others with crafty crossover or start and stop moves. When defenders collapse on him in the lane, he makes good decisions. He can score with his smooth mid-range pull-up or find open teammates for drop-off layups and spot-up three-pointers. Pena is a threat from long-range as well. He can hit treys on standstill attempts or when pulling up. Also shows glimpses of using a step-back move, creating separation to hit shots in the mid-range or from deep. Defensively, Pena puts his 6’5 wingspan to good use. He gets his hands on balls for steals and deflections at a solid rate.

Andrew Alekseyenko 6’7 Power Forward (ASA Hoops/The Rivers School): Alekseyenko is a consistent floor spacer from beyond the arc. He makes treys off movement or when spotting up. Finishes well around the rim when teammates dump the ball off to him with his well-built frame and soft touch off the glass. Creates a high percentage of second chance layup opportunities for himself with his aggressiveness on the offensive glass. Shows good fluidity, beating opposing big men down the floor in transition where he can finish above the rim with two hand slams. Alekseyenko also shows intriguing ball skills with his comfort in initiating a fast break when corralling a defensive rebound. He is terrific on the defensive glass, using his strength and intense desire for the ball to be a volume rebounder.

Bryce Goulet 5’10 Point Guard (Mass Elite/Tyngsborough HS): Goulet uses his quick first step and shifty crossover or behind-the-back moves to get into the lane well. He has a soft pull-up and floater in his mid-range arsenal when opponents collapse on him. If a bigger defender helps on him in the paint, he can use a spin-move and create enough separation to get his pull-up or floater off. Goulet can find others for shots when getting into the lane. Excels at finding teammates for high percentage drop-off layups. Also can stretch the floor from deep. He makes standstill three-pointers at a solid rate when the ball is swung to him on the perimeter. Defensively, Goulet moves his feet well laterally. Limits opposing point guards from getting by him with straight-line drives.

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