ZGXL I Report Part One
Mohamed Keita 7’0 Center 2022 (Empire Youth Athletics/Winchendon School): Keita is an impressive rim protector. He has good mobility coming over from the weak side to block or alter opponents’ attempts around the basket. Also is a solid defensive rebounder. Uses his length and leaping ability to quickly grab the ball when it comes off the rim. Offensively, Keita is a constant drop-off layup threat in the half-court. He is a reliable finisher around the hoop with his explosiveness. Also does a solid job creating putback opportunities for himself with his aggressiveness on the offensive glass. Keita shows in spurts the ability to make good passing reads out of the post as well.
Liam McBride 6’3 Wing 2023 (Middlesex Magic-Corcoran/Hingham HS): McBride is a terrific long-range shooter with compact form and deep range. He makes three-pointers off movement, when spotting up, or on pull-ups. Also shows flashes of making treys on side-step attempts or when creating separation with a quick crossover move. Generates lane penetration effectively with his crossover or subtle hesitation moves. When defenders collapse on McBride in the lane, he makes good decisions. Has the ability to stop on a dime and hit smooth mid-range pull-ups or dump the ball off to teammates for high percentage finishing opportunities.
Demir Kandic 7’0 Center 2022 (New Haven Heat/Lee Academy): Kandic has taken strides with his ability to score in the post. He has a soft jump-hook when backing down opponents on the block. Finishes well around the basket on drop-offs or when rolling out of ball screens with his improved touch off the glass. Kandic also cannot be left wide open from beyond the arc. Can hit standstill three-pointers at a solid rate for his position. Has a better feel and awareness now of where open teammates are when catching the ball in the paint. Defensively, he rebounds well. Uses his size effectively to get advantageous position on opponents when blocking out. Kandic also makes it difficult for opponents to finish around the rim against him with his standing reach.
Brian Belade 6’4 Wing 2022 (DTX Basketball/Lee Academy): Belade has a smooth stroke from beyond the arc. He makes treys at a good rate off the catch or when pulling up. Creates lane penetration well with his crossover or inside-out moves. Has a soft mid-range pull-up when defenders take away his driving lanes to the basket. Belade also can back down smaller opponents in the post and rise over them with a turnaround jumper. He is a solid pick-and-roll playmaker. Does a good job finding teammates rolling to the bucket for high percentage finishing opportunities. Belade rewards teammates for cutting hard to the basket with precise passes for layups as well.
Will Hurst 6’3 Wing 2023 (PSB DMV/Episcopal HS): Hurst makes his presence felt defensively. He creates steals at an impressive rate. Uses active hands to strip opponents when they are not strong with the ball. Also has good reflexes jumping into passing lanes when an errant pass is thrown in his area. Hurst draws charges well. Rotates quickly from the weak side and beats opponents to the spot when they drive recklessly down the lane. Time and time again he creates extra possessions for his team coming up with 50/50 balls. Hurst is usually one of the first on the floor diving for a loose ball or doing everything he can to save a ball from going out of bounds. Offensively, he is a consistent floor-spacing threat with his ability to make three-pointers on the move or when spotting up. Also shows flashes of being able to attack closeouts and get to his pull-up in the mid-range.
Daithi Quinn 6’3 Wing 2024 (ASA Select/North Quincy HS): Quinn uses his quick first step, soft touch, and strong frame to get to the basket and finish proficiently at difficult angles or through contact. He needs to be accounted for from long range. Makes three-pointers at a solid rate off the catch or when pulling up. Quinn also has the explosiveness to finish above the rim in transition for two-hand slams when given space. Makes nice reads finding teammates for open shots when catching the ball in the middle against a zone defense. Defensively, he generates steals well. Quinn uses good intuition when deciding the right times to aggressively jump into a passing lane.
Jaden Jauregui 6’2 Shooting Gaurd 2023 (PSB Philly/Strath Haven HS): Jauregui explodes to the rim well off ball screens. Also gets into the lane using a quick behind-the-back move when a defender hedges a ball screen. He scores proficiently around the basket using good body control and comfort finishing with either hand. Uses a sharp spin move in the lane, creating better finishing angles for himself when an opponent is defending him tightly. While Jauregui excelled in this event at scoring around the rim, he showed this past high school season the ability to score in other ways. The southpaw can hit three-pointers off movement or on pull-ups. Also has a soft mid-range pull-up in the paint when bigger defenders take away his driving lanes to the hoop.
Will Davis 6’8 Center 2023 (B2L Hoops/Newton North HS): Davis is a skilled scorer on the block. He has a nice jump-hook and drop-step in his post-up arsenal that he can finish with either hand. Creates second chance layup opportunities for himself with a high motor on the offensive glass. Davis also has good vision as a passer out of the post. Finds teammates spotting up for open three-pointers or high percentage finishes on cuts to the rim. Defensively, he consistently keeps his hands up straight when challenging shots around the basket. Davis forces opponents into lower percentage attempts while staying out of foul trouble. Also uses his wide frame effectively on the glass to limit opponents from getting second-chance opportunities.