Academic Elite I: Day Three Outstanding Performers

SONY DSC The second full day of Hoop Group Academic Elite Camp at Albright College was again filled with some great basketball from some great players. While some of the names below have appeared on this list the previous two day’s, several newcomers made sure to make the most of the opportunity afforded them here in Reading, Pa.

Kevin Doolan | Ridge (N.J.) High School | 6-0 | 2014
His range and touch from 3-point land was impressive along with his ability to make effective passes while being aware of everything that was happening on the court. Doolan’s gritty style of defense was also a reason he turned some heads on camp’s third day.

Michael Rice | Red Bank (N.J.) Regional | 5-9 | 2016
For three days Rice has been working hard at sweatshops, film sessions and on the court. The rising sophomore displayed excellent ballhandling skills, a sweet touch and a high basketball IQ and even after the games end, he questions coaches in order to continue to improve his game.

Tim McQuail | Cathedral Prep (N.Y.) |6-3 | 2014
In early games and stations McQuail appeared to come off screens well and in good position to shoot. His ability to knock down shots on a consistent basis is what helped earn him some recognition on Day Three.

Josh Fried | Walt Whitman (Md.) High School | 6-7 | 2014
Like many players at camp Fried came in with a reputation, but he has not let that reputation stop him from working hard each day. In addition to scoring Fried, a member of the 2013 U.S. National Maccabi Team, has used his size to his advantage in the paint and was very effective at boxing out the opposition.

Joe Flanagan | Roy C. Ketcham (N.Y.) High School | 5-10 | 2014
Flanagan is a solid lead guard with great court vision. He had a very good handle on this ball today and did a great job of picking his spots on the floor when he looked to score.

Michael Nowatzky | Indian Hills (N.J.) High School | 5-10 | 2014
Was a very under control floor leader for his team this afternoon.  He played like every coaches dream as he took exactly what the defense gave him while not forcing a lot of shots or passes. He really liked his poise on the court as he was able to find the open man and orchestrate the game however he wanted.

Brendan Barcas | Wall (N.J.) High School | 6-0 | 2015
The junior had a solid performance on Day 3. Not extremely quick, but did display a nice first-step that allowed him to get by his defenders and finish at the rim. Decision making and passing in transition was a plus as well.

Jacob Steckel | Pocono Mountain East (Pa.) High School | 6-1 | 2015
Steckel was extremely aggressive on the day as he displayed an array of impressive crossover moves which often finished with a made basket. That combined with a nice tough on his jump-shot I think makes him one of the stronger players I’ve seen thus far.

Jordan McRae | Half Holllow Hills East (N.Y.) High School | 6-5 | 2014
There’s no argument why McRae is deserving of yet another top performers list selection. Making it for the second time this week, the 6-5 senior has been an absolute stud protecting the paint and being a huge defensive presence inside. His jaw dropping blocks has left fellow campers “oooo-ing” and “ahhing.”

Gregg Hill | Good Counsel (Md.) | 5-10 | 2015
Hill displayed a nice up-temp performance on the day. He blew by his man for a number of floaters in the line while also knocking down a few three-pointers with his quick trigger.

Zach Nahra | Mayfield (Oh.) High School | 6-3 |2014
Nahra was one of the better finishers that we saw on the day. The rising senior converted on a number of layups in the halfcourt and even threw one down for a vicious one-handed dunk in transition.

Glenn Forstner | Great Neck South (N.Y.) High School | 6-4 | 2014
Utilized mostly as a post-player, Forstner did show a nice feel for the game from around that around. Aside from his performance scoring in the paint, he did show a nice shooting touch from 15-ft as well. I saw a lot of hard work from him in Day 3. He also did a great job of rebounding and using his body to box-out the opposition.

Isaiah Lewis | Churchville Chili (N.Y.) | 6-0 | 2015
The young guard was fearlessly attacking the rim all day. I was really impressed by his intensity for it really helped to ignite his team. Lewis made a couple of nice jump shots as well when open.

Antonio McIntyre | Irondaquoit (N.Y.) High School | 6-1 | 2015
The junior has a big build and uses it to his advantage, never shying away from contact as he crashes through the lane and tries to earn two points on layups.

Aeneas Green | Socastee (S.C.) High School | 5-8 | 2017
Green, a 2017 guard, was all over the court in his first game of the day, pushing the ball for fast breaks and even swatting away a shot that looked to be an easy layup.

Drew Schankweiler | Mechanicsburg (Pa.) High School | 6-6 | 2014
The big man was enjoying his time against the opposition in the post, blocking away a few shots while bodying up a taller, yet skinnier defender. Schankweiler has been steadily improving each day of camp and all his hard work is apparently paying off with improved finishing and rebounding skills.

Dylan Meyer | Fredonia (N.Y.) High School | 6-2 | 2014
In a victory for his squad, Meyer hit a last-second put back layup at the end of the third quarter to give his team a double-digit lead. The senior fought off a defender for the offensive board and knocked the ball in with three seconds left on the clock.

Mamadou Mariko | Cristo Rey (N.Y.) High School | 6-2 | 2015
Mariko is a lanky player that spent a lot of his time in the post, using a handful of post finesse moves to find the bottom of the bucket. The junior also has a knack for crashing the boards and making sure his opponent can’t get a look at any second-chance points.

Tim Reilly | Roy C Ketcham (N.Y.) High School | 5-11 | 2016
Reilly was a top performer in day two, but it didn’t seem like he was satisfied because he came back for more. The guard could do no wrong, scoring at will regardless of the defense in his face.

Dan Devine | Wantagh (N.Y.) High School | 6-6 | 2014
The 6-foot-6 Devine is fairly lanky, but he was able to dominate in the post against smaller competition. The senior used an array of post moves to finish at the basket and seemed to be a focal point of his team’s offense.

Bennett Kautz | Bridgewater-Raritan (N.J) High School | 5-7 | 2016
The guard, who only stands at about 5-foot-7, stood much taller on the defensive end, sneaking around ball carriers to swipe the ball away from them and give his team a new possession.

Sam Houston | Christian Brothers Academy (N.J.) | 6-1 | 2016
Houston was a big problem on the defensive side of the court, especially when he read a pass and tipped it to himself for the steal and the easy layup in transition.

Ryan Warnet | Indian Hills (N.J.) High School | 6-3 | 2014
With a strong game from 15-feet in the versatile Warnet finished strong and was boxing out well all day. What made him tough for defenses to guard today was his ability to pop outside and nail the 3-point shot when opponents keyed on him in the paint.

Ryan Jensen | Manasquan (N.J.) High School | 6-4 | 2016
A superior athlete with huge potential, Jensen is a decent shooter who has gotten better each day and has grown into a leader on the court while at camp.

Aaron Geschwilm | Hereford (Md.) High School | 6-6 | 2015
Like Jensen, Geschwilm has steadily improved and today his strong rebounding and play in the paint provided the difference in a couple of his team’s wins.

Contributions from Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob), Jake Brahney(@Jakerbaker58), Peter Febbraro (@pfebbraro) and Colin Washington (@CabWashington)

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