Elite 2: Day 1 Top Performers



Today marked the start of Elite 2 here at Albright College. Check out this shortlist of impressive performers from Day 1.

Danny Duffy
Duffy played like every coaches dream from the point guard position. He did a great job facilitating without accounting for many turnovers. Duffy also scored the ball when he needed to as he connected on a number of open jumpshots around the arc as and floaters in the lane.

Alonzo Walker
Outside of blanks solid play on the day, he did one thing extremely well above the rest, and that’s finishing around the rim. However, he didn’t do so with a timid layup or shot off the square. He finished with mostly authoritative dunks and two-handed slams in transition.

Dwight Whitlock
Whitlock put on a tremendous do-it-all performance on Day 1. He shot the ball at a high percentage. He made the right passes when he needed to and he put in a great effort on the defensive end as well. Spectators should look forward to his continued versatile play throughout the week.

Brandon Johnson
Johnson showed all day that he’s arguably the best leaper in camp this session. Between his performance during stations and tryout team play, Johnson displayed a flurry of impressive two-handed slams both in the halfcourt and in transition.

Karl Lewis
Lewis was a consistent shot-maker in Day 1. He picked his spots nicely on the more and connected on most of his open looks.

Seth O’Neal
The smooth southpaw guard used his deceptive crossover to get by defenders and finish in the paint with great regularity. He also showed great vocal leadership during tryout team play on Day 1.

Matthew Genereux
Genereux served as the ultimate floor general today creating open looks for his teammates while controlling the tempo of his team’s offense. He did a great job of keeping his dribble and his head up which allowed him to find players streaking to lane and setting up around the perimeter.

DMV Jr. Elite/Baltimore Top 100: Top Performers

There was a bevy of skilled players that showcased their talent this past weekend as The Hoop Group continued their spring skill sessions in Maryland. Saturday kicked off Jr. Elite which at Bladensburg High School in Washington D.C. The session featured a handful of the best 6th,7th and 8th graders from the DMV area.

Then on Sunday, the weekend was capped off by a solid showing of Baltimore area high school players at the Baltimore Top 100 held at The Park School.

Here is a list of notables that stood out from this past weekend’s action.

Jamir Moultrie | Bishop McNamara (Md.) | 6-0 | 2017
Jamir is a strong lead guard that can not only put pressure on the defense with his driving ability but is also a knock down shooter that can score off the bounce and catch. Jamir will be a high level guard in the class of 2017.

Ako Adams | Bishop O’Connell (Va.) | 6-2 | 2016
Ako is a combo scoring guard. He can get to the rim and also knock down outside shots. Ako showed a great ability to handle the basketball on Sunday and make plays for other guys!!

Craig LeCesne | St. James (Md.) | 6-7 | 2016
Craig is a multi dimensional wing forward that can play in and out. Look for this name to gather more attention every time he steps on the floor this spring. He is a capable shooter that has a motor and great size. He can be effect both on the perimeter and low block.

A.j. Wilson | DuVal (Md.) | 6-7 | 2016
Wilson was one of the more impressive players to showcase their ability at Baltimore Top 100. He displayed a great combination of leaping and shooting ability and showed little weaknesses in his overall game. Wilson gave it his all on both ends of the court, as he scored at will and contested any shots that were taken in his vicinity.

Marcel Thompson | Poly HS (Md.) | 6-3 | 2015
Thompson was a standout at the Baltimore Top 100. He did just about everything on the court as he scored both from both short and deep while owning the glass for his team as well. He used his athleticism to sky for rebound after rebound and showed great basketball IQ throughout.

Daniel Wilson | St. Paul (Md.) | 6-6 | 2015
Wilson was a force to be reckoned with on the glass Baltimore Top 100. He used his strong frame to out muscle defenders and track down a number of rebounds. He was no slouch scoring in the paint either. He did a tremendous job holding his own scoring in the low-post when fed the ball.

Nyrique Smith | Frederick Douglass (Md.) | 6-3 | 2016
Smith was a very efficient player on the day. He scored within himself as he took a lot of high percentage shots within the flow of his team’s offense. The opposition had their hands full trying to slow down Smith’s ability to evade defenders and finish in transition.

Frevado Morse | WJA (D.C.) | 5-7 | 2018
Morse is going to be a great addition for any high school that he plans to attend. The eighth grader had the ball on a string at the DMV Jr. Elite as he was able to break down defenders at will. Morse played unselfishly throughout as he scored when needed, but put more of an emphasis on creating easy shots for his teammates.

Jared Bynum | Washington Jesuit (D.C.) | 5-6 | 2018
Bynum, similar to Morse, put on a great display of crossover moves. But the difference in their games was that Bynum looked to score more often. He was very aggressive going to the basket and showed nice range on his jumpshot as he was able to knock down a few from deep.

Kenneth Tyree Jr. | Hardy MS (D.C.) | 5-3 | 2018
Tyree was a tremendous floor general that used his quickness to set up his teammates. His maturity and poise kept his team’s chemistry intact throughout. He also displayed a solid midrange jumper as well.

Brayden Gault | Ronald Regan (Va.) | 6-2 | 2018
Gault was an all-around workhorse that used his size and grit to out hustle the competition. Gault showed great versatility as he was able to make shots from both the perimeter as well as blow by his man for layups and floaters in the lane.

D’Marco Baucum | D.C.A. (D.C.) | 6-5 | 2018
Baukum was a beast that battled and rebounded in the paint all day at the DMV Jr. Elite.  He didn’t have the best offensive day but he used his size and strength to score when he needed to.

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


ShoreShots Showdown: LIVE Blog


Today’s showcase features a talented collection of 6th-12th grad teams in tournament style play here at the Hoop Group Headquarters. 6th, 7th, 9th and 10th graders are competing for the best record and the top two teams will face off in a championship game matchup tomorrow afternoon. 8th grade teams have their own bracket while the Varsity league bracket features upperclassmen teams. Be sure to follow the LIVE Blog for all updates from today’s action (Note that different teams have varying age groups.)

11:40 p.m.- In the first batch of games Heat dominated All Sports by a final score of 72-12 while Hoop Dream edged Ashbury Park 52-22. In the final contest of the opening round games Howell downed NJ Hoops 53-21.

2:15 p.m.– The second round of contests completed with wire-to-wire finish between the NJ Crusaders and the JS Riptide. In the end, the Riptide knocked down a clutch free throw in double overtime to ice the game. Shane Gaudio had an impressive performance for the Riptide as he finished with a game-high 23 points. Timothy Algenio had a stellar outing as well leading the Crusaders with 17 points. Finals score from second round action: Shoreshots 64 Firm A.C. 18, Quincy Douby Elite 62 Firm A.C. 38, Bounce 72 Gym Rats 26

3:15 p.m.– Here are some additional scores from today’s play: Shoreshots 60 Wayne PAL 45 in Varsity play, Hoopgroup (fill-in team) 63 Wayne PAL 48. The NJ Crusaders handled the Central Jersey Hawks 67-48 behind 16 points poured in by Douglas Gertner.

4:30 p.m.– It was quite the entertaining matchup between Wayne PAL and Firm A.C in the varsity division. Ultimately Wayne finished on top 72-61 behind 13 points put in by Joe Sherwood. Lamont Tyman did most of the damage for Firm as he finished with 24 points. Other scores:  Hoop Dreams 42 All Sport 25, Hoop Dreams 2 52, Ashbury 22, NJ Playaz 43 Hilltopper Heat 29.

5:45 p.m.- Hilltopper Heat ousted Howell 49-38 due in large part by the performance of Jabre Lateef who compiled 16 points in the win. JS Riptide cruised pass Wayne PAL 52-45 behind another double-figure outing by Shane Gaudio who finished with 18 points. NJ ShoreShots picked up 58-47 win over NJ Crusaders. Timothy Algenio finished with 24 points for the Crusaders.

7:15 p.m.Hill Heat 58 Gym Rats24, Hoop Group (fill-in team) 29 Firm A.C. 33, Bounce 55 Playaz 51

8:45 p.m.- In the final set of games Firm A.C. snagged a win over Hoop Group (fill-in) 62-54 while Quincy Douby Elite edged Hoop Group (fill-in) 52-34. Tomorrow afternoon Shoreshots will face the Gym Rats at 12:35p.m.  for the ShoreShots Showdown Championship game. #BeElite

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Philadelphia Top 100 and Jr. Elite Top Performers



Philadelphia Top 100 and Jr. Elite had quite the strong turnout of talent which featured a number underclassman looking to make a name for themselves during this upcoming season. Here is a list players that shined above the rest from this weekend’s action in Philly.

Quade Green | Neumann-Goretti (Pa.) | 5-10 | 2017
Despite being one of the younger players at camp, you really couldn’t tell based on his poised play on the day. Green showed that he is a combo guard that always has his head up looking for the open man in transition. He also showed a knack for getting to the rim and creating his own shot as well.

David Beatty | Archbishop Caroll (Pa.) | 6-3 | 2017
Beatty was the go-to guy for his team as he showed that he more than willing to take on the task. He used a nice euro-step and hop-step to evade defenders and score baskets in the lane. Beatty also used pin-point passing to set up open teammates.

LaPri Pace | Conwell-Egan (Pa.) | 6-0 | 2016
Pace used his wide frame to muscle smaller defenders and score around the rim. He also kept defenders honest as he also showed a nice shooting stroke from beyond the arc.

Shakaris Davis | St. Benedict’s (N.J.) | 6-3 | 2014
Davis used his all-around game to take defenders off the dribble and finish at the rim in addition to showing a nice touch from deep as well. He showed tremendous hustle all day which gave him a huge edge against the competition

Tieon James | Forest Park (Md.) | 6-2 | 2014
James finished a number of layups as he was able to blow past anyone that had his assignment. The lefty guard did a nice job pushing the tempo and finding open teammates in transition as well.

Vincent Pace | Bridgewater (N.J.) | 6-5 | 2014
Pace played like every coaches dream as he was able to score from wherever on the court. Whether it was pouring in baskets  from deep or close, defenders had a headache all day trying to guard the forward. Pace also gave it all he had on the defensive end as well as on the glass. He showed a nice ability to rebound and stop whoever he was assigned to guard.

Joshua Yorke-Frazer | Vaughn Road Academy (Can.) | 5-9 | 2014
Yorke-Frazer served as his team’s floor general all afternoon. He showed a great ability to get his teammates involved and that he was more than dependable in running his squad. He rarely turned the ball over and seem composed at all times.

Stevie Jordan | Conwell-Egan (Pa.) | 5-10 | 2016
Jordan was great at pulling up off the dribble and knocking down a number of jumpshots. He could really fill it up and it only took him an inch of daylight for him to get his shot off.

Marquis Collins | Chester (Pa.) | 6-6 | 2016
Collins used his height and nice leaping ability to finsh baskets around the rim and rebound the ball for his team. His length was also disruptive on the defensive end. He altered a number shots and even recorded a few blocks.

Joseph Shelton | Church Farm (Pa.) | 6-2 | 2014
Shelton found his spots on the court and executed well in knocking down a number of mid-range baskets.