- Jared Exler
Zero Gravity The Summit Report
Dorian Paki 6’7 Power Forward 2023 (Pro Level Titans/Westminster School): Paki can make plays for himself or others in the open floor. When corralling a rebound, he can push the ball. Uses his long strides to get to the rim for high percentage finishing opportunities, or vision to hit streaking teammates for layups. Paki is fluid with his movements. Regularly beats opposing big men down the floor in transition for easy finishes. In the half-court, he is a consistent play-finisher from the dunker spot with his explosiveness. Creates second-chance putbacks with his high motor on the offensive glass. Paki also is a solid passer out of the post, finding cutting teammates for layups. Defensively, he uses his good length and mobility to block or alter opponents’ shots around the rim as a weak-side rotator.
Jay-Nelly Reyes 6’0 Combo Guard 2023 (SJ Titans/Egg Harbor Township HS): Reyes gets by opponents at a good rate with his quick first-step or through the legs crossover move. Finishes well around the rim with crafty finger-rolls or reverse layups over bigger defenders. When opponents collapse on him to take away his driving lanes to the basket, he can stop on a dime and get to a smooth mid-range pull-up. Reyes also shows in the spurts the ability to hit three-pointers when pulling up. Can be relied upon as a secondary playmaker in an offense. Consistently makes sound decisions in the paint finding teammates for good looks from beyond the arc or near the basket. Defensively, he generates steals at an impressive rate. Reyes has good reflexes knowing the right times when to shoot the gap in a passing lane.
Jake Stout 6’6 Small Forward 2023 (Mid Atlantic Select/Boys’ Latin School): Stout is a very good floor-spacing threat from long distance. Has range out to the NBA line with a high release point on his shot. Makes treys off movement, when spotting up, or on pull-up attempts out of ball screens. While Stout is potent from the outside, he is more than just a shooter. Has some wiggle in his game, getting by defenders with crossover or through the legs moves. Also has a soft turnaround jumper in the lane when coming off screens. Has upside as a pick and roll playmaker, showing flashes of finding rolling teammates for high percentage layup opportunities. Defensively, Stout draws charges at a solid rate. Rotates quickly from the help-side, beating opponents to the spot when they drive recklessly down the lane.
Jordan Clayton 6’2 Combo Guard 2023 (Mass Rivals/Bradford Christian Academy): Clayton provides value both on or off the ball. When directing the offense, he creates lane penetration effectively with a sharp crossover move. Has a soft mid-range pull-up in the lane when defenders collapse on him. Also uses his good vision to find teammates for open three-pointers on drive and kicks. Clayton is productive when playing as a wing with his shooting ability from beyond the arc. Makes treys at a solid rate on standstill attempts or when coming off screens. Generates high percentage layup opportunities for himself, frequently making quick cuts to the hoop at the right time. Defensively, Clayton can guard both 1s and 2s with his strength, length, and lateral quickness.
Xavier Hazard 6’0 Shooting Guard 2024 (BCRI/East Providence HS): Hazard is an impressive shooter from deep. Has solid mechanics on his shot. Makes three-pointers at a high volume off movement or when spotting up. Does a nice job playing within the flow of his team’s offense, rarely taking ill-advised attempts. When opponents close out hard on Hazard from the perimeter, he can put the ball on the floor to get to this smooth floater or pull-up in the paint. Also shows some playmaking ability when attacking closeouts. Makes good reads finding open teammates for treys if an opponent takes away his shooting angles in the lane.
Dajon Burton 6’3 Combo Guard 2023 (Middlesex Magic/Brockton HS): Burton has a smooth stroke from beyond the arc. Needs very little time and space to get his attempts off. Makes treys at a solid rate on standstill attempts or when creating separation with a step-back move. He attacks closeouts well, getting to his soft mid-range pull-up in the lane. Burton is a good playmaker. Creates lane penetration with subtle start and stop moves or a quick crossover. Hits teammates with precise passes through tight windows for high percentage finishes around the rim. Has nice feel as a passer in the pick and roll to find others for good looks. Burton also uses his vision effectively on the break to hit streaking teammates for layups.
Bobby Rosenberger 6’5 Wing 2023 (We R1/Perkiomen School): Rosenberger is a reliable long-range threat. The southpaw has good form on his shot. Makes three-pointers off movement or on catch and shoot attempts. Does a nice job of letting his offense come to him, leading to the good efficiency he has from deep. If an opponent makes a sharp closeout on Rosenberger to challenge his shot, he can put the ball on the floor and finish around the rim through contact with his strong frame. Shows in spurts the ability to hit mid-range pull-ups when attacking closeouts. Also creates better scoring angles around the rim for himself, using a nice spin move to separate from defenders when penetrating. Defensively, Rosenberger uses his length well when guarding opposing wings. He makes it difficult for them to rise over him.
Isaiah Austin 6’2 Shooting Guard 2022 (Cap City Scrappers/Albany HS): Austin is a versatile scorer. He needs to be accounted for from three-point range. Makes treys off the bounce on pull-up attempts or when creating separation with a step-back move. Gets into the lane consistently with his quick first step and tight crossover or through the legs moves. Austin has a smooth mid-range pull-up that he needs minimal space to get off. Also uses a soft teardrop in the paint to score over bigger defenders. Moves well without the ball. When opponents crowd his space on the perimeter, he makes sharp cuts to the basket for high percentage finishing opportunities. Austin scores effectively around the rim in traffic with his leaping ability and soft touch off the glass.