Under the Radar 2022 Players to Watch this AAU Season from the Boston Area
Updated: Oct 12, 2021
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Keegan Sullivan 5’10 Point Guard (Scituate HS): Sullivan is a true point guard who makes others around him better. Uses his good vision to find teammates consistently on drive and kicks for open three-pointers, in addition to drop-offs in the lane for easy layups when opponents collapse on him. Sullivan also gets into the lane at a very good rate using his shifty ball handling ability. Finishes very effectively in the paint with his left hand, both when at the rim for layups high off the glass as well as with soft floaters. While Sullivan looks more to get in the lane first than shoot from beyond the arc, he still needs to be accounted for from deep. He makes treys at a solid rate when spotting up. Sullivan is also a pest on the defensive end. Uses his strong body and lateral quickness to limit opponents from getting dribble penetration on him. Also has a good acumen for creating steals when an opponent throws a bad pass or is not strong with the ball. Sullivan is not afraid to put his body on the line for charges as well, doing a nice job of beating opponents to the spot if they are driving recklessly down the lane.
Logan Satlow 6’7 Power Forward (Andover HS): Satlow is a skilled forward in the paint who has also shown flashes of being able to stretch the floor with his jump shot. Is very effective using a drop-step move when posting up on the block. Satlow also does a nice job of being in the right spots when opponents collapse on a teammate in the lane, getting easy buckets on drop-offs. Satlow has shown continuous improvement on his mid-range jumper. He also makes the occasional three-pointer. Satlow has solid vision, doing a good job finding teammates cutting to the basket for easy layups or spotting up for open three-pointers when opponents collapse on him in the post. Defensively, Satlow does a commendable job using his size and standing reach, making it difficult for opponents to finish at the rim against him. He effectively uses his strong body when boxing out to rebound the ball at a solid rate.
Matt Welch 6’2 Shooting Guard (Amesbury HS): Welch is able to score in a variety of ways. Has a smooth stroke from beyond the arc, where he excels spotting up when the ball is swung his way. Also has a nice mid-range game, having the ability to make tightly contested pull-ups and floaters when opponents collapse on him in the lane. Welch is a productive finisher at the rim as well, using a soft touch off the backboard to score efficiently in this area. Defensively, he is a solid rebounder for his position who makes a good effort putting a body on opponents when going for the ball off the glass. Is rarely out of position on rotations when he is one pass away or when coming over from the help side.
Sam Andreottola 6’5 Power Forward (Winnacunnet HS): Andreottola is a tough minded forward who uses a nice balance of playing inside and out. Has good form on his jump shot, which helps him make spot up three-pointers at a solid rate. Andreottola is also a threat with his jumper when flashing to the free throw line. Is a consistent finisher when posting up on the block, where he has a nice jump-hook and drop-step in his arsenal. Also does a nice job using his strength to finish through contact when close to the basket. Andreottola can take opposing forwards off the dribble when catching it from the mid-post or wing. He makes his presence felt on the glass for his team, using a high motor to corral tough rebounds at a good rate.
Darius Peterson 6’3 Wing (Saint Joseph Preparatory HS): Peterson is a sniper from long range. Has very good form on his shot and needs very little time and space to get it off. Makes three-pointers at a good rate both spotting up and on the move. Does a nice job picking and choosing his spots in an offense, rarely taking bad shots. Peterson also moves well without the ball, leading to easy points for himself off of cuts to the basket. While the three-pointer is his bread and butter, he has shown flashes both with his mid-range pull-up and in finishing creatively at the rim. Defensively, Peterson should be able to guard both wing spots at the next level with his length and lateral quickness. Also shows good instincts by choosing the right times, more often than not, to jump into a passing lane when going for a steal.
Jaiden Soberanis 5’10 Point Guard (Newton South HS): Soberanis is a crafty playmaker who can also hit difficult shots around the basket. Finds teammates particularly well when penetrating the lane, delivering pinpoint bounce passes for easy layups, in addition to hitting teammates for high percentage looks from long range. Soberanis takes care of the ball while keeping his turnovers to a minimum. Is adept at getting into the lane with his shifty handle, using very good body control to finish layups high off the glass against bigger defenders. Soberanis also excels when getting out in transition, using his speed and quickness to create efficient shots for both himself and his teammates.
Niko Lutz 6’7 Power Forward/Center (Brockton HS): Lutz is a steady presence in the paint who is a dependable finisher around the basket. Is consistently in good position for teammates to dish him the ball when opponents collapse on them in the lane, finishing efficiently with a soft touch off the backboard or two hand slams when given enough space. While Lutz has to continue polishing up his post moves, he has shown flashes of using a jump hook and turnaround jumper when he is on the block. Also runs hard in transition which leads to easy layups for himself. Defensively, Lutz does a nice job using his physicality when boxing out, limiting second chance opportunities for opponents. Also is not afraid to put his body on the line for charges, showing nice mobility rotating to get set in the lane before an opponent gets there.
Harrison Lien 6’2 Combo Guard (Georgetown HS): Lien is a southpaw who puts a lot of pressure on a defense with his smooth scoring ability. Has a nice stroke from long range, making three-pointers proficiently on catch and shoot attempts. When opponents close out hard on Lien from beyond the arc, he can take them off the dribble and finish efficiently at the rim with finger-rolls and reverse layups. Lien also has a soft touch on his mid-range pull-up if he cannot get all the way to the basket. He can be relied upon as a secondary playmaker in an offense as well with his passing ability. Makes the correct decisions in most cases when opponents help on him in the lane, finding teammates for high percentage layups and three-pointers. Defensively, Lien does a good job contesting opponents’ shots to force them into lower percentage attempts. Also shows his quickness jumping into passing lanes for steals when an opponent telegraphs a pass.
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