2015 Fall Metro Junior Elite Recap


Another weekend, another stop for the Hoop Group Skills Junior Elite Tour. This Saturday’s stop had us in a familiar place, Hoop Group Headquarters. HGHQ hosted a sold out crowd for the Metro Junior Elite. It gave us a chance to see some of the top players in the tri-state area. Players had a chance to work with college coaches from: Montclair State University, Drew University, Salisbury University, York College, Rutgers-Newark, McDaniel College, Ursinus College, Ramapo College, Point Beach HS, Cheaspeake HS (MD), all while being evaluated by the National Recruiting Report.  Here are the award winners and your first team all-metro junior elite.

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2015 Fall Metro Junior Elite Award Winners

Bob Hurley Toughness: Colin Merriman

Colin Merriman

Merriman was one of the “toughest” players in the building on Saturday. The 7th grader played up, competing against 8th/9th graders and did not back away from the challenge. He does whatever is required for his team to win, making the winning-plays that all coaches admire.

Kevin Boyle Floor General: Ryan Pettit

Ryan Pettit

Ryan is unselfish as they come on the court. The point guard from Westfield, NJ, and younger brother of 1st Team member Jack, knows how to set defenders up and create shots for others. Another 7th grader who competed against 8th/9th graders, Pettit stood out by delivering the ball on-time and on-target to his teammates.

#HSkills Camp Mr. Versatility: James Mayerhoffer

James Mayhofer

James, a member of the 2015 National Champion Shoreshots Nitro, showed his versatility on the court throughout the day. He showed his ability to shoot the 3, consistently made mid-range jumpers, and also had creative finishes at the basket, including his nice euro-step. When you combine his offensive ability with his rebounding and ball handling, Mayerhoffer brings it all to the table.

He Got Handle: Abdullah Holmes Jr.

Abdullah Holmes

Holmes Jr. showed just how dynamic he can be on Saturday. The 6th grader playing with the highly successful Hilltopper Heat AAU program made several highlight passes in the open court, while using his tight handle to keep his defender off-balance in the half-court.

Shooting Star: Dwaine Jones

Dwaine Jones

Dwaine out shined all the other shooters this weekend, and in turn is our Shooting Star Award winner. He’s a as consistent as they come when it comes to shooting from deep. He supported that statement Saturday, knocking down multiple three-pointers in his game sets. Dwaine’s shot is as pure as they come and expect to see him continue to knock down shots in bunches.

2015 Fall Metro Junior Elire 1st Team
Zion Cruz

Zion Cruz
Cruz, a member of the well-respected Team IZOD, showed his versatility on Saturday. The 6th grader scored at will, eclipsing 20 points in both of his games, by finishing layups, using his mid-jumper, and knocking down the open 3. Zion is a prospect that should be kept up with in the coming years.Jack Pettit

Jack Pettit
Pettit, a freshman at St. Peter’s Prep, followed up his MVP performance from this summer’s Jr. Elite with a 1st Team appearance this fall. Pettit is a strong lead guard that is constantly finding open teammates for shots. He does a great job of dictating the pace of the game from the point guard spot. Although he prefers to drive for others, he also demonstrated his ability to finish at the rim with either hand.

Zaire Rogers

Zaire Rogers
Zaire is a physical specimen on the basketball court. He’s 6’3 with arms that seem to go on forever, has great athleticism, and moves so swiftly on the court. Zaire made impacts on both ends of the floor Saturday, using his athleticism to block shots on defense, and get above the rim for dunks on offense. He also finished well in traffic, not letting contact effect his scoring ability.

Trey Patterson

Trey Patterson
There are certain players who create a buzz when they are in the gym, and Trey is certainly one of those guys. At 6’4”, he has a unique combination of size and athleticism, along with being able to handle the basketball. He can score inside on smaller guards, while being able to take anybody off the dribble from the perimeter. The 7th grader could very well be one of the top players in the state before it is all said and done.

Charlie Gordinier

Charlie Gordinier
It’s tough to guard height; it’s even tougher to guard height that can shoot. That’s exactly what Charlie is as a basketball player. Another NJ Shoreshot with great size for his age, Charlie doesn’t play as a back to the basket post player. He’s got the ability to score inside, yes, but shined this weekend stepping out and connecting from mid-range and three-point distance.DeWarren Watkins

DeWarren Watkins
DeWarren could have won the Mr. Versatility Award as well this weekend, but he’ll have to “settle” for a first team nomination. DeWarren flies around the court like the Energizer bunny. He suffocates his opponent on defense, gets active hands in the passing lane and creates turnovers. Offensively, he’s a guard with very good vision. The number of steals and assists DeWarren racked up on Saturday was impressive.

Rising Stars:
Shane Dezione, Taj Montgomery, Riley McMahon, Rob Waldek, Mason Yablonski, Marcus Gaffney, Darien Jones, RJ Weise, Isaac Hester, Chaz Jackson, Drew Valentino, Jaden Cross, Connor Dougherty, Armani Lopez, Quinton Stewart, Kyle Davidson, Chase Jackson, Alex Ratner, Mamadou Bah, Jaden Honis, Isaac Butler, Max O’Shaugnessy, Jordan Holmquist, Gerby Janvier

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Lute Olsen

When are u guys going to post the metro top 100 stuff