Zero Gravity Live in Atlantic City Report Part Two
Ethan Minarik 5’11 Combo Guard 2023 (Central Mass Swarm/Bartlett HS): Minarik is an impressive shooter from beyond the arc. He has range out to the NBA line. Makes three-pointers on spot-up attempts or when pulling up. Minarik creates lane penetration with a quick crossover move. Gets to his soft floater when attacking closeouts. Moves well without the ball. Makes sharp cuts to the basket for layups when defenders are hugged up on him. Minarik is a solid passer. Finds teammates effectively for cutting layups. Also can make plays out of ball screens, hitting rolling teammates for high percentage finishing opportunities. Defensively, he generates steals at a productive rate. Uses active hands to rip the ball from opponents when they are not strong with their handle.
Pat Washington 5’10 Combo Guard 2023 (Boys2Men/North Babylon HS): Washington has a smooth stroke from three-point range with fluid mechanics on his shot. Defenders cannot go under ball screens against him as he can make three-pointers when pulling up. He is an off-ball threat with his comfort making standstill treys. Washington can make plays for others. Gets into the paint well with his sharp crossover or subtle change of pace moves. When opponents collapse on him in the lane, he does a nice job finding open teammates for drop-off layups or spot-up threes.
Nick Viqueira 6’1 Shooting Guard 2023 (PSB DMV/Bullis School): Viqueira is a consistent floor-spacer from long-range. Needs very little time and space to get his shots off. Makes treys at a solid rate on the move or when spotting up. Viqueira does a nice job of playing within the flow of his team’s offense. Rarely takes ill-advised attempts. Excels in an offense with quick ball movement and unselfish passing. Defensively, Viqueira creates steals well. He relocates quickly into passing lanes when an opponent telegraphs where they are going to throw the ball.
Marcos Montiel 6’3 Wing 2023 (Prodigy Basketball Black/Brooks School): Montiel needs to be accounted for from deep. Makes three-pointers at a good rate off the catch. Shows in spurts the capability of hitting treys when coming off screens. Complements his shooting well by scoring in other ways when attacking closeouts. Montiel has a soft floater and pull-up as part of his in-between game. Also finishes effectively around the rim. Has a soft touch off the glass using crafty inside-hand or finger-roll layups. Montiel is adept at scoring near the hoop through contact using his strong frame or when creating better finishing angles with a step-through move.
Adam Savage 6’5 Power Forward 2024 (Black Bear North/Skowhegan HS): Savage has the ball skills to take opponents off the dribble when attacking closeouts. Finishes proficiently around the rim with his explosiveness. He is a capable scorer when catching the ball on the block. Has a nice turnaround jumper or up and under in his post-move repertoire. While Savage is most effective around the basket, he can hit standstill treys when left open. Defensively, he uses good anticipation, leaping ability, and mobility to block or alter opponents’ shots around the basket when coming over from the weak side. Also makes his presence felt on the defensive glass. Savage comes up with important rebounds using his high motor.
Evan Manno 5’9 Point Guard 2025 (Mass Elite/Littleton HS): Manno is a very good three-point shooter. Makes treys off the catch or when pulling up off ball screens. Also shows flashes of making shots from beyond the arc off movement. He uses his crossover or stop and start moves to get lane penetration. Manno can make plays for himself or others when driving into the paint. Finishes over bigger defenders around the rim with creative layups high off the glass. When opponents collapse on him in the lane, he does a nice job finding teammates for dump-off layups or open spot-up threes. Defensively, Manno is consistently in the correct spots on his rotations when one pass away or coming over from the help side.
Nick Verdile 6’0 Combo Guard 2023 (Adirondack Wild/Ballston Spa HS): Verdile is a terrific shooter from beyond the arc who can get hot in a hurry. Makes three-pointers off movement, when spotting up, or on pull-up attempts. Also can hit off the dribble treys with a through the legs step-back move. If an opponent closes out hard on Verdile to contest his long-range shot, he can put the ball on the floor and get to his smooth floater or mid-range pull-up. Creates high percentage layup opportunities for himself with sharp cuts to the basket when a defender overplays him on the perimeter. Is a solid on-ball playmaker. Gets into the lane with his quick crossover or good change of pace moves. Verdile finds teammates in tight windows for cutting layups or drop-off finishes.
Trey Surovec 5’9 Point Guard 2025 (SJ Titans/Central Bucks East HS): Surovec stands out on the defensive end with his scrappiness. Moves his feet well laterally, making it difficult for opposing point guards to get dribble penetration against him. Creates steals at a solid rate. He uses quick hands to pluck the ball away from opponents when they are weak with their handles. Also has good reflexes leading to interceptions of opponents’ lazy passes. Offensively, Surovec makes others better as a playmaker. Gets into the paint effectively with sharp behind-the-back or crossover moves. Finds teammates for open three-pointers on drive and kicks or unselfish extra passes. Also rewards teammates running the floor hard on the break with precise push-ahead passes for high percentage layup opportunities. While Surovec looks to get others involved first, he is a threat to score from long range. Can make open standstill treys when the ball is swung to him on the perimeter.