2018 Spring Showdown Recap

Hoop Group Headquarters packed the gym this past weekend for its 2018 Spring Showdown and start of Hoop Group’s spring tournament season. The weekend attracted over 60 AAU heavy hitters to the Shore including programs like Team Rio, Wrightway Skills, NJ Shoreshots, Jersey Force, The Firm and NJ Roadrunners.

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Player Standouts


Charles Coleman | Wrightway Skills

The 7-Footer came down to New Jersey from Massachusetts and left his mark on the Spring Showdown. Coleman controlled the paint all weekend and looked very comfortable when stepping out behind the line. His wide array of skills will be highly coveted as he prepares for the next level.

Alex Stoddard | Wrightway Skills

The 6’4 shooter was truly on fire this weekend for Wrightway Skills. Stoddard hit 19 threes in a two game stretch, helping them get to the 17U championship game.

 Scottie Lewis | Team Rio

Scottie Lewis was a walking highlight this weekend, throwing down dunk after dunk for Team Rio. In addition, Lewis showed off an improved shot, especially off the dribble. He is poised for a big travel season this year.

Philip Wheeler | Team Rio

Wheeler was a key cog for Team Rio 16U in their 4-0 weekend at Spring Showdown. A 6-7 Wing, Wheeler showed off his constantly improving skill set as well as being a terror in transition.

Yasin Pretlow | The Firm

The 2019 guard was very productive for The Firm all weekend. After a strong opening game performance against Team Rio, Pretlow ran the show, both scoring the ball and creating for his teammates. Pretlow appears poised for a big spring season.

Will Soucie | NJ Shoreshots

The 6’5 do it all point-forward paced the 16U Shoreshots-Pooley to a 3-1 record for the weekend. Soucie had 21 in an overtime win to open the weekend and was strong throughout.

Jared Kimbrough | Jersey Force

The 6’9 Forward for Jersey Force was a walking double-double this weekend. He controlled the paint on both ends of the court and displayed his constantly evolving offensive skill set.

Jalen Gaffney | Team Rio

Jalen Gaffney made a major statement to open the AAU season for Team Rio. The 6’3 guard scored at all three level and led Rio to a 4-0 weekend.

Tariq Ingraham |

Tariq Ingraham controlled the paint this weekend. The big bodied forward showed his ability to play above the rim and step back to hit the jumper.

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