Archives for 2013

Basketball Instruction with Coach Ryan Finch: X-out Shooting

Ryan Finch with X-out Shooting from Jake Brahney on Vimeo.

Coach Ryan Finch, Director of Hoop Group Skills, is back with you today to teach you a great rebounding and shooting drill called X-out Shooting! In this drill, you will learn how to score in the paint from a variety of spots and positions. Remember, all great players play in straight lines!

If you haven’t already seen Coach Finch’s other Instructional Videos, you can check them out here, with Monster Rebounding, Form Shooting and Dribbling Instruction.

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Gift of Camp is Here!!!

Ryan Finch is here with Gift Of Camp! from Jake Brahney on Vimeo.

Coach Ryan Finch is back again with the greatest promotion of the year! The Gift of Camp is back and only for a limited time. Going until December 20th, if you buy a camp with this promotion, you get 70$ off any boys week long camp, $50 off any girls week long camp, and $30 off of any weekend camp. In addition to the great savings, you will also get a pair of Hoop Group shorts, an Under Armour shirt, and for the Father-Son signups, a nice Hoop Group Polo shirt! But you have to act fast, because this promotion is only up for two more weeks!

Ryan also introduced us to two new camps that we are proud to announce: Elite Skills Training Camp and Ball Handling and Shooting Camp!

Elite Skills Training is a great camp for the SERIOUS Basketball player, who is ready to step their game up to the next level. That Camp will be the first camp of the summer, from June 7th-8th. The Ball Handling and Shooting Camp is great for any player looking to improve either Ball Handling or Shooting, which will run at the end of the 2014 summer. Both are great camps that you can take serious advantage of with the Gift of Camp Promotion!

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Ryan Finch @ryanjfinch1212
Jake Brahney @JakerBaker58
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2013 Turkey Tip Off Results and Champion Photos

A special thanks goes out to all the players and coaches that participated in this year’s 2013 Turkey Tip Off. The stellar showing of basketball continued to hold up to its reputation as one of the premier holiday tournaments in the country. Thank you to all the teams that made the event a success and congratulations to all the Turkey Tip-Off bracket winners. Be sure to follow The Hoop Group on twitter and @TheHoopGroup and be sure to follow all the action on instagram @hoopgroup. See below for final bracket results and championship team photos. Happy holidays and make sure to always #BeElite in anything that you do!

8th Grade AAU Winner- P.Y.O. Phenoms

8th Grade AAU Winner- P.Y.O. Phenoms
8th Grade AAU Scores and Results

7th Grade AAU Winner- Brampton

7th Grade AAU Winner-Brampton
7th Grade AAU Scores and Results

6th Grade AAU Winner- Team F.O.E

6th Grade AAU Winner- Team F.O.E.
6th Grade AAU Scores and Results

5th Grade AAU Winner- Vaughn Panthers

5th Grade AAU Winner- Vaughn Panthers
5th Grade AAU Scores and Results

8th Grade Travel Winner-Berks Red Storm

8th Grade Travel Winner- Berks Red Storm
8th Grade Travel Scores and Results

7th Grade Travel- Neptune

7th Grade Travel Winner- Neptune 
7th Grade Travel Scores and Results

6th Grade Travel Winner- CBAA

6th Grade Travel Winner-CBAA
6th Grade Travel Scores and Results

 

5th Grade Travel Winner- Mt. Laurel
5th Grade Travel Scores and Results

 

St. Anthony’s is Unique

In a recent interview with Dave Krupinski of “St.Anthony2020”, our very own Rob Kennedy had some very inspiring words to say about the history and tradition that exists at St. Anthony’s in Jersey City. He talked about Coach Bob Hurley’s reputation, the winning culture of the program, and what St. Anthony’s meant to him growing up as a basketball player.

I’ve had 12 years of Catholic education and besides preparing me very well educationally, it was a foundation for me the rest of my life. The benefit of a Catholic school education is tremendous. In particular at St. Anthony serving Jersey City and inner city population it is even more important. It gives kids an avenue, an opportunity to excel in the classroom and put themselves in a position to go to college and change the direction of their lives. One of the things about St. Anthony is so much attention obviously on their basketball program but the fact that each of their seniors goes on to attend college is even more remarkable than the national record of state championships that this tiny little school in Jersey City has done.
-Rob Kennedy, President of The Hoop Group

You can read the full transcript here.

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Basketball Instruction with Coach Ryan Finch: Monster Rebounding

Basketball Instruction with Coach Ryan Finch: Monster Rebounding from Jake Brahney on Vimeo.

Coach Finch is back again this week with a great rebounding drill for all of you to do at home! This drill is called the Monster Rebounding and Finishing Drill which teaches you how to rebound correctly and finish at the rim. Coach Finch also wants you all to know that next week the Skills Camp Dates will be released, so be sure to check back next week for the camp schedule so you can register!

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Hoop Group College Alumni – Pre-Season D-3 All Americans 2014

“Dreams Do Come True”

Many Hoop Group alum have succeeded at many different levels, from the NBA, Division 1 as well as small colleges and in high school. On this page we look at some of the Hoop Group alumni excelling at the college level.

D-3Hoops.com has released their pre-season 2014 All American Teams.  The list of filled with Hoop Group alumni, with over 50% of the players honored having attended Hoop Group Camps, Clinics or Tournaments.  A look at the Hoop Group Alumni selected pre-season All America.

 

NameCollegeHometown
1ST TEAM
Aaron ToomeyAmherstGreensboro NC
Joey KizelMiddleburyMillburn NJ
Tra BenefieldChristopher NewportFolkston GA
2ND TEAM
Tyler PetersWheatonMedina OH
Taylor EpleyWilliamsLouisville KY
3RD TEAM
Aaron Walton-MossCabriniCamden
John IvyBrockport StRochester NY
Michael MayerWilliamsDurham NC
4TH TEAM
DJ WoodmoreVirginia WesleyanVirginia Beach VA
Doug ThorpeWoosterColumbus OH
Richie BonneyHobartNorwich NY
HONORABLE MENTION
Darius WatsonAlbertus MagnusNew Britain CT
Gerry WixtedDickinsonMoorestown

Basketball Instruction with Coach Ryan Finch: Form Shooting Drills

Basketball Instruction with Ryan Finch: Shooting from Jake Brahney on Vimeo.

With the basketball season starting up, Coach Ryan Finch takes a few minutes to show you how to be a better basketball player this season. Every week will be a different focus, whether it is on the fast break, shooting, rebounding or whatever you need to get better this season. This week, Coach Finch demonstrates some shooting drills that he learned under Dave Hopla and Tiny Green from his days at the Hoop Group Skills Camp. Be sure to check back every week to see what Coach has in store!

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Ryan Finch @ryanjfinch1212
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The Hoop Group @TheHoopGroup

Hoop Group Alumni Among Top Frosh in Country

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Kansas frosh Andrew Wiggins

“Dreams Do Come True”

Many Hoop Group alum have succeeded at many different levels, from the NBA, Division 1 as well as small colleges and in high school. On this page we look at some of the Hoop Group alumni excelling at the college level.

The United State Basketball Writers Association awards the Waymon Tisdale Award for the best freshman in the country.

They announced their 10 player Pre-Season Watch List this week.  Half of the players on the list are Hoop Group alumni.

The winner will be announced on April 14

Hoop Group Alumni nominated as candidates for the 2014 Waymon Tisdale Freshman of the Year Award

 NameCollegeHigh School
Tyler EnnisSt. Benedict's NJSyracuse
Aaron HarrisonTravis TXKentucky
Andrew HarrisonTravis TXKentucky
Wayne SeldenTilton NHKansas
Andrew WigginsHuntington WVSyracuse

Hoop Group Alumni Among Top Seniors in Country

“Dreams Do Come True”

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Aaron Craft of Ohio State

Many Hoop Group alum have succeeded at many different levels, from the NBA, Division 1 as well as small colleges and in high school. On this page we look at some of the Hoop Group alumni excelling at the college level.

The Senior CLASS Award is for senior Division 1 basketball players who excel both on and off the court.  To be eligible a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division 1 senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.  An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the the total student-athlete.  30 players were announced as candidates and 10 platers, 33% are Hoop Group alumni.

The winner will be announced during the Final Four.

Hoop Group Alumni nominated as candidates for the 2014 Senior Class Award

 NameCollegeHigh School
Allen ChaneyHigh PointNew London CT
Aaron CraftOhio StateLiberty Benton OH
Melvin EjimIowa StateBrewster Academy NH
CJ FairSyracuseBrewster Academy NH
Anthony IrelandLoyola MarymountWinchendon MA
Sean McGonigalBrownRiverside Brookfield IL
Travis McKieWake ForestJohn Marshall VA
Shabazz NapierUConnLawrence Academy MA
Dwight PowellStanfordIMG Academy FL
Russ SmithLouisvilleSouth Kent CT

 

2013 Fall Shoreshots Showdown Champions

Varsity Champions: Gym Ratz

Gym Ratz

9th Grade Champions: Quincy Douby Elite

Quincy Douby Elite

8th Grade Champions: Hilltopper Heat

Hilltopper Heat

7th Grade Champions: CIA Bounce

CIA Bounce

6th Grade Champions: Hoop Dreamz

Hoopdreamz