AJ Wilson: Elite 1 Spotlight Preview

Name: AJ Wilson
Class: 2016
School: Undecided
Height: 6’8”
AAU: DC Premier

Next to the word “versatile” in the dictionary is a picture of AJ Wilson. It is the simplest way to depict what AJ brings to the table not only on the basketball court, but in life as well. He spends his time off the court to study industrial engineering and biology, in addition to mentoring young children.

With the ball in his hands, he shows a different side of his personality. His mentality on the court is relatable to Finals MVP, Andre Iguodala. His dad said, “When he was younger, defense and court awareness were two of his strongest traits. He built his core skills around hustle and hard work.”

Like Iguodala, Wilson fills the stat sheet every time he steps on the floor. He is 4th in blocks for the Under Armor Association, 1st on DC Premier in rebounding and 3rd on DC Premier in scoring.

Playing for the 5th ranked AAU team (DC Premier) in the country, AJ has really improved his offensive skill set. He has shown his perimeter shooting ability to stretch the defense, and a strong penetration game that opens things up for his teammates.

Recently, the rising senior picked up his 12th offer from UCF. When asked about his several offers he said, “ I am very blessed to receive every offer on the table. I am proud to see how much I have grown over the years.”

His huge upside has high major programs such as Oklahoma, Ohio State, and Xavier very interested in recruiting him. In addition, AJ is still looking for a high school to attend next year. He has received offers from several schools within the DMV area and some outside of it.

In the meantime, Wilson will attend Hoop Group Elite Session 1 and several AAU events in anticipation of growing interest. I asked his dad why AJ is the right option for any school and he said, “Some program will be getting a humble kid who understands a blue collar lifestyle. There aren’t too many kids like him.”




Offers: UCF, Nevada, Drexel, Miami (OH), College of Charleston, Monmouth, Penn State, Chattanooga, VCU, Towson, High Point, URI, St. Joe’s

Keith Rado: Elite 1 Spotlight Preview

Name: Keith Rado
Class: 2017
School: Canterbury School (Connecticut)
Height: 6’1”

Keith Rado is an emerging talent out of the New England region. After a strong sophomore season, he has been named aTop 50 player in the New England 2017 class. His average of 10 points, 3 assists and 3 rebounds is a testament to the all-around production that coaches are picking up on.

Since the open contact period, Keith has heard from Marist, Boston University and Richmond along with other MAAC, A-10 and Patriot league teams. He has a few more years to improve before the college level, but he has already shown his ability to shoot from deep and make plays off the dribble.

Another big appeal is Keith’s focus in the classroom. When asked about his flawless academic record he said, “Academics are important to me. My mom is a teacher so she instilled a mindset of ‘school before sports’.” As he continues to excel in the classroom, Keith will work to improve his athleticism and speed.

He is very aware of the challenge college basketball brings, “I still need to get stronger and faster to be a good college player. If I can do that my game will be consistent. Consistency is the most important aspect of being great.”

This summer Keith will spend some time at Hoop Group Elite Session 1 in order to play in front of the majority of coaches recruiting him. Expect his recruitment to flourish as the summer continues.

Austin Harriott: Elite Camp Spotlight Preview

Name: Austin Harriott
Class: 2016
School: Hun School (New Jersey)
Height: 6’4”
AAU: NJ Shoreshots


Philadelphia is considered one of the hotbeds for basketball talent as far as the northeast goes. Rising senior, Austin Harriott is a product of the city and is showing why it is so highly regarded. At 6’4”, he is a versatile wing with a college-ready body.

Now starring for The Hun School, Austin is showing a polished game that has gotten NJIT and Robert Morris to offer him thus far. He has also received interest from Holy Cross, Loyola (Md.), William & Mary, Quinnipiac, Brown, and St. Francis (PA) among others.

His improvement over the past few seasons has been dramatic. He told me, “I’ve learned a lot about what my role is in any given possession. I have to make the right play for my team every time I touch the ball. I have also gotten a lot more athletic, which has really help my defensive game.”

Austin’s intangible improvements are accompanied by strength and body control. His ability to penetrate, rebound and shoot make him a matchup problem for both forwards and guards. As he moves forward, he will work on extending his range, refining his ball handling and playing intelligently.

He will spend this summer going to: Hoop Group Elite Session 1 (July 7-10), Hoop Group Team Camp (July 11-12), Hoop Group Elite Session 2 (July 14-17), Hoop Group Summer Jam Fest (July 17-19), Hoop Group Buzzer Beater (July 25-26), and possibly Hoop Group Elite Academic Session 2 (July 21-24). Expect several more Austin Harriott offers to be announced before this summer is over.


Michael Rice: Academic 1 Spotlight Preview

Name: Michael Rice
Class: 2016
School: Point Beach (New Jersey)
Height: 6’1”
AAU: NJ Shoreshots


Michael has found his niche in the recruiting circle as a sharp shooting combo guard. The high academic Jersey kid is starting to attract good Division 3 schools all over the country.

After being marked strictly a shooter for his first two years of high school, Michael emerged this past year as an all-around offensive threat. He showed his ability to put the ball on the floor and make plays for his teammates.

Going into the summer before his senior season, he his in talks with Franklin & Marshall, Colby, Rochester, Stevens Institute and McDaniel among other schools. Over the next few months playing with NJ Shoreshots and attending Hoop Group Elite camps, Michael will see his recruitment continue to flourish.

In the past months, he has added strength and in turn is becoming a quality rebounder out of the guard position. His length makes him a tenacious defender against perimeter players. Michael is dedicated to the weight room and will see increased recruitment as his body gets stronger.

Shawn Montague: Elite 1 Spotlight Preview

Name: Shawn Montague
Class: 2016
School: Canterbury (Connecticut)
Height: 6’5”
AAU: Sports U


Shawn Montague’s game has taken a 180 degree turn since falling into the hands of Keith Rado at Canterbury Prep. A once prolific spot up jump shooter has become an all around scoring talent. He is the odds on favorite to win the player of the year in New England this coming season, and has a chance to break the Canterbury scoring record.

He told me, “Once I got to Canterbury, Coach Rado made me more aggressive and taught me how to make plays. I am grateful to have him in my life.” As Shawn goes forward he will have to gain strength and prove his ball handling ability to be a high major player.

Nonetheless, Shawn is a special player and he knows that as long as he stays the course, good things will happen, “I just need to keep playing hard and at a consistent level; everything will fall into place in the end.”

To date, he has five Division 1 offers: Seton Hall, Manhattan, Robert Morris, Chattanooga, and Canisius. Other programs such as Florida, Boston University, Minnesota, Texas Tech and Providence have been in contact.

Later this summer, Shawn will make an appearance at Hoop Group Elite Session 1 where he is expected to receive close attention and several more offers.