Cormac Ryan Attracts Major Attention at Spring Jam Fest

Cormac Ryan

From the cabins and the blacktop courts of Hoop Group Skills Camp in the Poconos, to a starring role at the Hoop Group Spring JamFest, Cormac Ryan has almost achieved his goal of reaching the highest level of collegiate basketball, but he knows there is plenty of work to be done.

“(This AAU season and going forward) I really need to work on my strength and conditioning so I am ready to compete at the highest level,” said Ryan (Milton Academy, MA | 2018).

On the court he is already showcasing his basketball talents, this weekend at Spooky Nook in Manheim, PA, for the crowds that came out for the first weekend of the Division I live period. One member of the crowd was University of Virginia head coach Tony Bennett.

“I am honored that the head coach of Virginia came out to watch,” Ryan said, “playing up (with Middlesex Magic’s 17U team) is really a good opportunity.”

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Tony Bennett was one of the many coaches to watch Cormac Ryan this weekend

I’ve attended (Hoop Group) Skills Camp and the camps at Albright (Hoop Group Elite),” Ryan continued. “This is great organization that is run very well and affords you great exposure.”

If Bennett was like everyone else in attendance he was exposed to not only Ryan’s sweet shooting stroke but also his seemingly polished basketball IQ.

Ryan does an excellent job moving with and without the ball and knowing when not to force his shot and distribute the ball. He can seemingly create space on the floor with ease and is adept at finding open teammates when opponents try to double-team him. In the game watched by Bennett, Ryan dished out 11 assists.

“I try to take enough shots so I stay sharp but I know I need to move the ball and keep my teammates involved,” said Ryan, who was also being looked at from members of the Boston College staff and, what appeared to be, ever other coaching staff in the building.

“He is going to be a high-level point guard. He’s got ‘it’ and he’s shifty on the court. When you add that to his skills that is what separates him from everyone else,” said Columbia assistant coach Jared Czech.

In addition to Virginia and Boston College, there have been discussions with Michigan, Notre Dame and Stanford as well Ivy League schools Harvard and Yale. Northwestern is supposed to come to the final day of the Spring JamFest to see him.

“To use a baseball term, he’s a five-tool player,” Middlesex Magic coach Michael Crotty said. “He can move quick laterally, he has a great stroke off the pass, he goes to the glass hard for a guard and, like everyone saw here last night, he can pass the ball and set up his teammates. He’s one of the nicest kids off the court and one of the most competitive ones on it.”

A Trip Out East Pays Dividends for the All For Sports Program

Kevin Samuels
The road to the 2016 NCAA Final Four ended in Houston this season, so it was fitting that one of the early teams drawing attention at the Hoop Group Spring JamFest in Manheim, PA was a team from the Space City, the 17U All 4 Sports Dream Team.

“I have known about (Hoop Group) elite camps and tournaments and I know what a great product Hoop Group puts on,” said All 4 Sports head coach and director Orin Bailey. “Based on that reputation, coming here was a no-brainer.”

One of two All 4 Sports players who is already benefitting from Bailey’s decision to come east to start of the 2016 AAU season is 2017 Kevin Samuels (pictured above).

Samuels emerged on the scene in July of 2015 at the Fab 48 tournament in Las Vegas and Bailey confirmed at that time that he had received scholarship offers from Kansas State and Houston. Since then the list of schools expressing interest has grown to include Baylor, Nebraska, Texas A&M and UCLA to name a few. After the opening night of the Spring JamFest you can now add Arkansas, Connecticut and Washington to that list.

Samuels showcased the ability to play strong defense and at times play bigger, if that is possible, than you would think his 6-foot-10 body could, and a propensity for playing well coming off screens.

“That’s another thing that I really have liked so far from this tournament, the direct feedback from coaches,” Bailey said. “April is when colleges find guys and when staffs begin to prioritize who they want. Coming to this event helps to give our kids the maximum exposure that comes from not only playing tournaments in the west or Texas but now on the east coast.”

Of course while having a tremendous upside because of his size and ability to alter a game in the paint, Samuels, is still progressing and he hopes to use this AAU season to fine tune his game. “I need to develop a more consistent jumper and I plan on doing that throughout the season and by going to camps over the summer.”

Jock HughesWhile Samuels represents the present success of All 4 Sports, a program which has produced  20-plus Division I basketball players during its 10 years, the future may very well depend on the continued growth of Jock Hughes III (pictured left), who will turn 16 on April 17.

The 6-foot-3 guard, has been playing well in Texas, having already garnered attention from Houston and Texas, but has now put himself on the radar of other Division I schools thanks to his ability to shoot from all areas of the floor and his play with the basketball.

“He (Hughes) has done a lot of nice things with the ball from what I have seen,” said a top Division I assistant.

But upon hearing that the sophomore from Yates (Houston, TX) High School displayed a poise off the court that shows he realizes there is still a lot of work to do.

“That’s nice but I know I still need to work on my ball-handling, especially if I am going to play point guard. I still have a long way to go,” said Hughes, who said this is really his first experience travelling outside of Texas to play, “I just want to enjoy this experience, have fun with my teammates and I know the attention from schools will come.”

Girls Skills Camp – Award Winners/Recap


Following up the success of the previous week’s Girls Shooting Camp, Girls Skills Camp featured top quality instruction, drills and games as the girls worked hard and dramatically improved their skills over the past four days.

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Over camp she greatly improved her defense and rebounding. Her work in drills and games seemed to further her development as a post player and has her confidence grew so did her ability to score in the paint. For all her hard work Campbell was named the Big East Division’s Most Improved Player.

From dribbling, shooting and defense, Glover worked hard all week long and improved in every facet of her game as she was named the WNBA Division’s Most Improved Player.


A point guard with tremendous talent. Harris can handle the ball, effectively penetrate the lane and is a dangerous shooter from long-range. Harris showcased all of her skills in the WNBA All-Star and was honored as the game’s MVP. She also copped the WNBA Division’s Floor General Award.

Lynch worked tremendously hard all week and showed off one of the most complete skill sets in the ACC Division. During the All-Star game her passing, scoring and defense led to her being named the game’s MVP. Lynch is shown above demonstrating a drill with Hoop Group Skills Director Ryan Finch.

As her team’s point guard, Mento was great at controlling the pace of the game and getting her teammates open shots. Honored as the ACC Division’s Floor General Award winner.

A very aggressive player on both ends of the floor, O’Connor hardly ever took a play off and her ability to take over a game at any time was one of the reasons she was named the ACC Division’s MVP.

Her strong shooting technique and great follow through helped Sabino on her way to winning the ACC Division’s Free Throw Championship. Thanks to her balance and good leg placement, Sabino’s shooting isn’t limited to the free throw line as she possesses the ability to shoot from anywhere on the court.

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Wraziens’s strongest improvement at camp came on defense. Learning to keep her hands straight up allowed her to make her opponents ability to shoot or pass difficult. On rebounds she improved her two-hand grab on the defensive end and the quick put back on the offensive side. These improvements, along with the work put in developing a drop-step fake led to Wrazien being named the ACC Division’s Most Improved Player.


Girls Skills Camp was the third of our four girls camps of the summer, the fourth, Coach Bob Hurley’s Girls Camp, ended on August 6. Once again it was a pleasure to have all of you attend one or more of our sessions and we look forward to having you and your daughters back next summer.

However, before next summer we here at Hoop Group host several tournaments and clinics for girls throughout the year and would love to see and hear from you before next summer. Please be sure to visit our website for all upcoming Hoop Group Skills events.

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Shooting Stars From Girls Skills Shooting Camp

Girls Shooting Camp, the first of our three girls camps of the summer, was filled with high-energy play, hands on instruction with NBA and WNBA level coaches – Shooting Coach Dave Hopla and Portland Trail Blazers Assistant General Manager Steve Rosenberry –  and interactive 1-on-1 video breakdown of the players shooting form.

While the consensus among directors, coaches and players was that everyone’s game improved over the past four days, there are a few campers who, either by excellence in games, stations or individual competitions, are recognized below for their accomplishments.

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A team leader and a solid point guard, Davis copped two awards at camp this week as she won the Big East Division’s All-Star Game MVP and Hot Shot Championship. Davis exhibited a good handle and her ability to knock down big buckets, including from long range, helped her Rutgers squad, pictured above, win the team championship.

One thing that makes a great player is confidence, and DeSantis displayed that confidence all week long, especially when shooting the ball. Never afraid to take a shot, which most of the time she hit, DeSantis saved her best for the ACC Division’s All-Star Game and was far and away the best player in that game as she earned MVP honors.

A point guard with strong ball handling skills and an excellent feel for the game, Dombrowski was this week’s Big East Division Free Throw Champion. As a point guard the most important aspect of the game is directing the floor and Dombrowski did that as well as any player in the Big East Division.

An aggressive and confident ball handler she clearly has the ability to take her game to the collegiate level. Starring in the WNBA Division all week, Hartley was above average when it came to shooting off the dribble and using both hands. Her selection as the camp’s MVP was a lock.

A tremendous point guard who has the capabilities to be a game changer, Harris can drive to the basket as well as step out to the 3-point line and her skills off the dribble are impeccable. She showcased her skills in the WNBA Division All-Star where she garnered game MVP honors.

Displayed a high basketball IQ throughout camp. Her ability to find teammates and put them in scoring position was consistent and led to her being named the ACC Division’s Floor General Award winner. Lynch not only improved her own skills but also helped teammates become better players.

A good rebounder and defender, Nazih was also among the most consistent players in camp at the free throw line. That consistency led to her winning the ACC Division’s Free Throw Championship.
Arguably the best player in camp, Olmstead, who teamed with Davis to lead Rutgers to the Big East Division Championship, was named that Division’s MVP. She has the ability to score from anywhere on the floor and her presence on defense always seemed to throw off her opponents.

Pine strove to get better every day and never missed an opportunity to be on the court working on her game. All week long she was one of the standout players and was named the ACC Division’s Early-Bird Workout Star.

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A high-energy player with a great attitude, Rockwood seemed to take over whether in games, stations or workouts. While at camp it seemed there was nothing she couldn’t do on the court from scoring, passing and defending, simply put, she was the best player in the ACC Division and was named the MVP at the end of the week. Rockwood, pictured above with her Duke teammates, also won the Division’s Hot Shot competition.

Her hard work all week paid off as Sudano was named the ACC Division’s Most Improved Player. She was a solid defender and her positive attitude and work ethic will allow her to continue improving her game.

Worked hard from the opening whistle of camp and was always hustling as she outworked her opponents to pull down key rebounds. Played hard with and without the ball and that attitude led to her being named the Big East Division’s Miss Hustle Award winner.


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If you or anyone you know missed Girls Shooting Camp or the currently in session Girls Skills Camp, there is still time to register for Girls Bob Hurley Camp which runs from this Sunday, August 3, until Wednesday August 6

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Skills Camp III wrapped up the first half of our boys summer camps, and thanks to the effort of all our campers it was clearly one of the most competitive camps of the summer! While the schedule of early-bird workouts, stations, lectures and games was the same as the other Skills Camps, the play on the court was highlighted by many standout individuals, some of which are listed below.

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A talented player on both ends of the court, Alize hustles on every play until he hears a whistle.
is a great basketball player that will hustle every play of the game.

A very good shooter, who’s not afraid to take big shots. Can get to the basket at will and is a relentless defender.

Always kept a positive outlook on the court. Worked well with his teammates and displayed great leadership the whole week.

A good point guard who directed the floor well and was one of his team’s best shooters at camp.

Played both ends of the floor extremely well and was one of the more accurate free throw shooters at camp, winning the ACC Division Free Throw Championship.

The ultimate team player, he is always finding different ways to contribute to the game. His offensive skills are matched by his defensive ones, making him the complete player.

Used his speed to his advantage all week long as he led his team in totals fast-break points and steals. Burke also played big in big spots including the Big East Division All-Star Game in which he was named MVP.

Earned the Big East Division’s Floor General Award based on his strong leadership and excellent passing. Always seemed to know where a teammate was going to be and sometimes put the ball there before anyone knew what was happening.

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Caruso is an incredible player who makes moves on the court years beyond his age. His skill set is extremely versatile ranging from deep threes to Euro steps. Caruso capped his week by winning the ACC Division Hot Shot Championship.

Chester could flat out score. He was one of the quickest guards in the NBA Division and he hustled and played defense harder than any other player on his way to winning the Division’s MVP Award.

Was instrumental all week long in setting up his team’s offense and directing his teammates on and off the court.

Cooper keeps defenses off balanced by his ability to beat defenders off the dribble and with his steady jump shot. He has a high basketball IQ and finds his teammates extremely well. Cooper is shown above running through a drill with Skills Director Ryan Finch.

A long and athletic two guard, Crowley can shoot the ball for a very high percentage from long range.

A skilled big man who improved during camp. He was a rebounding machine who, according to his coach, was a very coachable player.

A very tough shooting guard who can slash to the basket and was very dangerous on the fastbreak.

A hard worker with great leadership skills, Ezenekwe was always composed on the court no matter the situation. A great role model for his teammates he helped lead his Florida squad to the SEC Division semi-finals. He was also named the camp’s Iron Man Award winner to go along with All-Star Game MVP.

His ability to get to the rim led to many scoring opportunities for his team, and even when not driving, his solid jumper helped to keep defenses honest.

A great on-the-ball defender who also attacked the rim with no fear during his time at camp. Was a team leader throughout the week.

A very talented player who can play multiple positions. He can finish really well with both hands. His coach characterized him as a good leader who is going to be a special player.

A dangerous shooter for mid to long range, Fox also won the NBA Division Free Throw Championship.

Went from a timid player at the start of camp to an aggressive one by the end. A very unselfish player Freeman knew when and when not to take the shot and his strong defensive play led his team all week.

A dominant rebounder on both ends of the floor, he was also a tremendous shot blocker and ran the floor well.

A physical guard who can finish around the rim even with contact. Seemed to always make the right decision with his passes and was up for any defensive assignment given to him.


A very skilled point guard, his explosiveness allows him to not only blow by defenders, but finish at the rim. He sets the tone with his defense, which his teammates feed off of.

Played both ends of the floor really well and it was clear he improved his game during his time at camp. His hard work earned him the NBA Division’s Mr. Hustle Award.

Went after every loose ball and he does anything it takes to help the team win. He’s the true definition of a team player. His style of play led to his being named Mr. Hustle in the SEC Division.

Most complete player on his team, Ivackovic can do a little bit of everything. A very unselfish player who exhibited excellent sportsmanship at camp.

A very heady point guard with an high basketball IQ, he is very good at picking when to be aggressive and when to get his teammates involved. Jones’ superb all-around skill set led to his being named the SEC Division’s MVP.

Josue has had a very productive summer at Hoop Group Skills Camp’s and that continued this past week. A great all-around player with great point guard skills and a lot of potential.

Dominated the entire ACC Division on his way to being named MVP, he respected all of his opponents and all his teammates enjoyed playing with him. Filled with potential and a huge upside. Kaplan is pictured above with his ACC Division Championship Wake Forest team.

An aggressive big man who improved daily, he was clearly the best rebounder at camp this week.

The six-foot-five rising freshman had a great week holding down the paint and showing an array of moves.

An extremely talented player with the ability to score the basketball in numerous ways, Luis is a charismatic team leader with a lethal jump shot. He clearly possesses a complete game which is full of a deadly combination of talent and skill.

Can play any position on the floor and his ability to handle the ball, drive to the rim and hit the 3-point shot make him a very solid player.

Over the week McKnight drastically improved his ability to finish layups and to grab both offensive and defensive rebounds which led to his being named the NBA Division’s Most Improved Player.

Was the clearly the best shooter on his team and over the course of the past week showed he was capable of hitting both the mid and long-range jumper consistently.

All week long he worked very hard and was determined to get better. He possessed a solid skill set and a high basketball IQ which led to his being named the SEC Division’s Floor General award winner.

Was a consistent defensive presence that forced opponents to turn the ball over all week.

His leadership skills along with his work ethic and rebounding skills helped to earn Restivo a spot on this list.

Always seemed to play big in when the situation was tight. When his team needed a stop, he was there. When his team needed a bucket, he was there.

Rebounds the ball very well and kept a positive attitude every day.

A lockdown defender who can take over on the offensive end as well. He has an above-average shot and a great attitude.

Bringing a ton of energy to the game, Shapiro is aggressive on both ends of the floor and is always going hard after every rebound. On the last night of camp, Shapiro claimed ACC Division All-Star Game MVP honors.

Had one of the most complete skill sets of all the campers this week. He always played hard, “which is all I ask of my players,” said his coach Jakeem Bogans, “I feel he is going to be a very good player at the high school level.”

Having the ability to play both inside and out, Tanner clearly plays bigger than his size. All week long he played with great enthusiasm, energy and attitude.

Took his shooting to a new level over the course of the five-day camp, Thomas developed a propensity for always knocking down his jump shots.

Scored the basketball from anywhere on the floor and his ball handling abilities helped him always either find a way to the basket or to pass to an open teammate.

Great team leader who excelled in any role he was put in this week. His offensive play and decision making improved greatly this past week.


From July 25 until August 6 Hoop Group Skills Camp will host our summer girls programs and than from August 8-26 will wrap up our summer by bringing the boys back. Included in that final run of boys camps will be Skills Camp IV (August 10-14) and Bob Hurley Camp (August 17-21).

Spaces are filling up fast for our girls and boys sessions
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Skills Camp 2 (July 13-17) – Look Who Stood Out!

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                 Skills Camp II in the Pocono Mountains was one of the most exciting and productive weeks of camp so far this summer. From early-bird workouts, stations, lectures, a one-on-one tournament and intense league and all-star games, several campers made names for themselves and took away a once in a lifetime experience.
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Early in camp it became clear that Ailes was not afraid in pressure situations as he made big plays in crunch time. He made it to every Early-Bird Workout sessions and his penchant for seeking out extra help during down time helped earn him a spot on this list.

Very energetic and passionate player, he thrives on defense and doing whatever it takes to help his team win. Has the makings of a very special player.

Gives everything he has on every play and during every drill. He is a great teammate with a great attitude and his knack for hitting big shots in several games made a solid impression on coaches.

Played every position on the floor at some point during camp and played them all well. A very coachable player, Barre worked hard every day to improve.

A very skilled player who is a great scorer, Bermejo also loved to push the ball in transition which helped lead to several easy points for his team.

As the week progressed he improved in a lot of aspects, especially his leadership. That improvement, along with his skill at handling the ball and making the right pass added up to his being winning the ACC Division’s Floor General Award.

The ultimate team leader this week, he is always two steps ahead setting up his teammates or himself for a score. He has worked extremely hard in games and drills and was honored with the NBA Division Floor General Award.

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Came in with one of the best shots in camp and worked every day to improve on that shot. He capped his week by winning the ACC Division Hot Shot Championship and being named an All-Star (team pictured above).

Very good point guard who ran the show all week, Byers shined the brightest in the Big East All-Star Game as he copped the game’s MVP Award. All week he exhibited good range on his jump shot and was a strong on the ball defender.

Playing with what appeared to be an advanced skill level, Cooper earned a mention on this list as one of the SEC Division’s best shooters this week.

Was one of the hardest workers in camp and was constantly looking to improve his game. His dedication paid off as he was named the ACC Division’s Early-Bird Workout Star.

Despite his size he was not afraid to go in the paint and fight for rebounds. As the week progressed he was clearly one of his team’s most valuable players on the floor.

A well-rounded point guard, Dominguez was a threat whether he shot or passed the basketball. Over the past five days it was clear he was taking on more of a role as a team leader and that will only add to his ability to be a top-tier point guard.

A poised and heady point guard, Donohue put in a solid effort all week which culminated in a spot on the ACC Division All-Star team.

A great scorer who can take over the game when needed, Furey-Bastian worked extremely hard on both ends of the court. His ability to rebound, pass, handle the ball, score, and defend all contributed to his bringing home the SEC Division’s MVP Award.

An explosive combo guard who plays hard on both ends and appeared to have the ability to play bigger thanks to his athleticism.

The rising senior from Voorhees, N.J. was a force to be reckoned with on the court as a threat in the paint, thanks to his size and strength, and from behind the arc. Also demonstrated an intense work-ethic all week and seemed to follow instruction both on and off the court.

An elite passer with a very high basketball IQ, Genco always made the right play and was an unselfish player and great teammate. Was named the SEC Division’s Most Improved Player.

His effort and always playing to the whistle, along with his ability to shoot and run the floor well, helped Gonzalez raise a few eyebrows with his play this week.

An incredibly offensive guard with a will to win, when he turned the corner no one in camp could stop him. Most importantly this talented point guard was constantly looking for ways to involve his teammates on the floor and was an almost unanimous decision to be named the Big East Division’s MVP.

Showing why he’s one of the top talents in the region at his grade, Alex had a great week competing against varsity players as a rising eighth grader.

NBA MVP DAngelo Hilton
A very explosive player who can defend the 2-5 spot., Hilton was great running the lane in transition and can control the ball. Also a very athletic shot blocker, his aggressive style of play helped him win not only the NBA Division’s 1-on-1 Championship but also its MVP Award.

Played incredible defense all week and got after opposing teams whether his man had the ball or not. Was named an ACC Division All-Star.

His work ethic and determination allowed him to improve his post play daily. Couple that with his strength and he has the ability to become a great post position player.

Extremely versatile offensive player, he can get to the rim and finish through contact. Great on and off the ball defender.

From day one of camp until the final whistle, Johnson took the most strides in his all-around game and was named the NBA Division’s Most Improved Player.

Possessing an excellent handle and an all-around complete game, Josue led his team to the ACC Division Championship Game and on his way garnered Division MVP honors and won the 1-on-1 Championship.

The ACC Division’s Most Improved player, Kassalow is a versatile all-around player. He can pull up for the three and also has quick handle to take his man off the dribble and score. A good defender who always looks to guard the best player on the other team and shut him down.

A strong rebounder with a good inside game, he improved his post-position defense over the week to lead to his inclusion on this list.

Strong and tough to guard, he plays both ends of the court well and already possesses a high basketball knowledge. He has a lot of potential and he’s all about team and helping his teammates perform out on the court. Melendez is shown above with his coach, Tynell Fortune, after their Syracuse team won the ACC Division Championship in triple-overtime. Also pictured are Mike Bradley (L) and Andrew Schwab (R) who are also on this list.

Powerful left handed 3-4 player who can go off the dribble and shoot the 3-pointer. Can rebound on both ends and plays good help defense

Was one of the better shooters on his team and the work he put in during the week to develop into a dribble-drive threat made him an NBA Division All-Star and Hot Shot Champion.

He’s coachable and hardworking. He played his heart out and is all for the team. Was always helpful and positive when it came to his teammates and he responded well in several pressure situations with and without the ball.

Had a solid week at camp and displayed an advanced skill set on his way to winning the ACC Division’s All-Star Game MVP Award.

An incredibly spirited point guard, TK  led his team consistently and effectively over the course of the week. Possessed a great left handed layup which made him a solid threat when he drove the lane.

One of the most effective 3-point shooters in camp, Tate earned his spot on this list clearly with his excellent mid to long-range shooting.

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A phenomenal player with a bright future ahead of him, Thurlow, pictured above with his Mississippi teammates, was named the MVP of the SEC Division All-Star Game.

A true point guard with the ability to direct players to the proper spot, Wilson showcased his nice 3-point pull-up shot off the dribble during the NBA Division All-Star Game in which he earned MVP honors.


If you or anyone you know wants to improve and prepare for the upcoming basketball season like these players above don’t worry, we still have plenty of summer camps available.


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Coach Kevin Boyle, who in April led Montverde Acadmey (FL) to it’s second-straight High School National Championship, just concluded his second and final camp of the summer at Hoop Group Skills Camp in the Poconos.

The intensive 48-hour point guard camp was highlighted by Boyle running campers through many of the same drills he has used to coach current and former NBA players Kyrie Irving, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Samuel Dalembert and Al Harrington.

In addition to the instruction from Boyle, campers were given the opportunity to attend two early-bird workout sessions with Skills Director Ryan Finch and play in a set of round-robin team and 3-on-3 games.


NBA MVP - Harlyn OwensHARLYN OWENS – NBA Division MVP
Clearly the best player in camp, Owens demonstrated his ability to play either the one or the two by showcasing his ball handling, shooting and decision making abilities. Also went hard on the defensive end and quickly assumed the role as a team a leader.

NBA MIP - Mike HomzaMIKE HOMZA – NBA Division Most Improved Player
A strong guard that can get to the rim well, he can also knock down long-range jumpers if you leave him alone. Homza showed great improvement with his ball handling over the camp’s two days and worked hard at both Early Bird Workout sessions.

NBA Floor General  - Kyle BrownKYLE BROWN – NBA Division Floor General
Excellent court vision, it always seems that he sees the open man before his opponents. Handles the ball well and displayed the kind of leadership necessary to play the point guard position. His size is also advantage Brown uses to his advantage as his length helps to create scoring chances on offense while taking away opponents chances on defense.

NBA Division Mr. Hustle - Tarrick BrissettTARRICK BRISSETT – NBA Division Mr. Hustle
Strong physical player with great athletic ability. When tuned in and focused he can be the best player on the court. Has vocal leadership skills and will lead by example. Works end-line to end-line.

ACC MVP - James Jordan-HooksJAMES JORDAN-HOOKS – ACC Division MVP
He can get out and the run the floor with the best of them, all the while effectively surveying the court for the next opportunity, be it a scoring chance, a pass or even to set a pick. He also took immense pride in his play on the defensive end with his length causing problems for opposing teams.

ACC MIP - Alex HarbourALEX HARBOUR – ACC Division Most Improved Player
An incredibly athletic player, Harbour attacks the basket with amazing force. His power and height, plus speed, makes him a difficult player to match-up against. Worked hard to develop a stronger handle this weekend.

ACC Floor General - Patrick KernanPATRICK KERNAN – ACC Division Floor General
A very good ball handler who can use both hands interchangeably, Kernan sees the floor extremly well and is strong when attacking the basket. He was very coachable over the weekend and exhibited a very high basketball IQ.

ACC Division Mr. Hustle - Michael FarnanMICHAEL FARNAN – ACC Division Mr. Hustle
A small kid with a big heart, Farnan wasn’t the tallest kid on the court but didn’t let that stop him from out hustling every other player in the ACC Division. Was also the first to hit the floor when going after loose balls.

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Hoop Group Skills Camp 1 – Top Performers

We just completed the first of four Hoop Group Skills Camps of the summer here in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. Throughout the week campers worked hard and developed their skills in stations, games and lectures which gave them one of the most complete basketball experiences of the summer.

If you missed any of the action you can catch up on all that happened by visiting our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages and if you are still interested in reserving your spot for one of our three remaining Skills Camps you can visit our website by clicking here for dates and other information.


A solid playmaker off the dribble, Alford was almost automatic from the free throw line and also displayed a good outside shot from 3-pt range during camp. He seemed to become more confident handling the ball this week and by the end of camp started to attack the rim more.

One of his team’s best shooter this week, he was deadly from the outside when left open. His range made him a constant threat when on the floor and he also had the ability to pump fake and finish at the rim. Was a member of Xavier’s Big East Division Championship team along with Shaijzhan Franklin and Cobe Toure who are mentioned further down this list.

A great passer, he is very skilled and likes to see his team excel. His attitude is great and will take him very far.

Very quick at getting up and down the court, Bryant was very difficult to defend not only because of his ability to score from anywhere on the floor, but because of his ability to find the open man when his opportunity to score the basketball wasn’t there.

His outside shooting was a must see during camp. He demonstrated it early camp when he knocked down four 3-pointers in one game on the first day and never looked back.

A hard- nosed defender he attacked the paint ferociously and without fear. Few players in camp were as dangerous as he was with his one-dribble pull-up jumper.

A talented guard who was aggressive on both sides of the floor, offensively he keeps his head up when pushing the ball so he can see the whole floor and on defense he averaged five steals a game on his way to winning the ACC Division’s MVP Award.

A fine defensive point guard who can play the passing lanes. Davis was a vocal team leader throughout the week.

A big guard that knows how to run the offense, He can shoot lights out of the gym if you leave him open. Was the ACC Division’s Free Throw Champion.

Led his team in points and assists and was always responsible for guarding the opponents best player. Dixon copped the ACC Division’s Mr. Hustle Award.

Despite his smaller size he backed down to nobody and was his team’s top rebounder this past week all the while going back-and-forth between camp and his baseball team’s All-Star playoff games.

Came in as a sky kid who waiting to be told where to go and what to do, to being one of the most reliable players defensively and offensively. Has a great shot on the baseline which won his team a couple of games. His great attitude and determination to get better everyday played a huge role in his winning the ACC Division’s Most Improved Player Award.

By far the best rebounder in the ACC Division this week, he was nicknamed “Baby Shaq” by his coach Rafiq Williams. Easily pulled down eight rebounds a quarter in all of his games.

His success this week highlights what you can accomplish if you are willing to put in the effort. Fall’s efforts earned him the NBA Division’s Most Improved Player Award.

Had a great week of camp. He got to the rim really well and was a key part in the success his team enjoyed in the Big East Division.

His above-average ball handling and shooting in addition to the effort he gave on the floor all week is what earned Freeland a spot on this list.

Among the tallest players in camp, Good used his size to hold down the paint on both ends of the floor with his shot blocking, rebounding and scoring.

A young player that felt very comfortable playing in the older Big East division. He was a versatile inside out player who rebounded consistently and exhibited a great mid-range jumper.

A very smart player, Hall was always in the right place at the right time which allowed him to showcase his excellent shooting.

Very skilled and emotional when it comes to the game of basketball. He played with an advanced skill level and work ethic and was tough on himself when he made mistakes and was serious about correcting them.

Another solid week at camp while playing the point. Heck is a complete player on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.

The most decorated player at camp this week, Jackson took home the NBA Division’s MVP, All-Star Game MVP, Free Throw Award, one-on-one championship and was vital in his Thunder team winning the NBA Division Championship.

He demonstrated an above-average handle and his high motor led to several fast break opportunities for his team. Was also very strong at finishing around the basket with both hands this week.

A heady player who was among the top players at camp. He was clearly his team’s Mr. Hustle and appears to be a true student of the game.

Completed his teammate Sean Good, mentioned earlier on this list, with his solid play in the post.

Coming all the way from Prague, Czech Republic, Kralicek exhibited a high basketball I.Q. and a solid offensive skill set.

Clearly in the conversation as one of the best players in camp, Lattimore showcased a complete skill set that culminated in his winning the Big East Division’s All-Star MVP Award.

Ran the floor well all week and was a strong rebounder and finisher.

A high motor and a great work ethic helped set Nelson apart on his team at camp. One of the top defenders in the NBA Division, Nelson led his team in steals and deflections on his way to earning the division’s Mr. Hustle Award.

Has a great desire to want to win and lead his team at all cost. Can handle the basketball in traffic and make the right decision to best benefit his team. Defensively can cause problems on and off the ball. Those skills allowed Pinkney to win both the ACC Division 1-on-1 Championship and the All-Star Game MVP Award.

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Very strong player with a mean streak on the court. Can score the ball in a number of ways and is a monster rebounder. He was by far the best player in the Big East Division as he left camp with the MVP Award and the 1-on-1 Championship.

Found guys on the skip and always was looking to feed it inside for easy layups. Was clearly his team’s leader throughout the week and the way he ran the point led to his being named the NBA Division’s Floor General Award winner.

Great player and a great competitor. Always encouraged teammates to do the right thing and never worried about being an individual. He was a great leader and his commitment to getting better showed in his selection as the ACC Division’s Early Bird Workout Star.

A young and talented rising sophomore who led his team in rebounds and blocks this week. His play in the post also accounted for several second-chance points for his team and he was always one of the first guys on the floor in pursuit of loose balls.

An aggressive guard that plays both sides of the floor. He uses a pump fake to get his defenders in the air then blows by them. Always gave 110% on the court whether in games, practice or drills.

Possessing a nice floater that he uses when he gets in the lane, he can also shoot it from outside when he gets an open look.

Has the ability to get the rebound and take it the length of the court and score on the other end. Defensively will take any assignment, guarding anyone from the point guard to the center. Has a passion to want to be a winner and lead his team.

Arguably the most coachable kid in camp, Wise demonstrated his work ethic by never taking a second off.

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Bob Hurley Skills Camp 1 (June 29- July 3) – Top Performers


Hoop Group Skills Camp was proud to host Hall of Fame Coach Bob Hurley’s Camp from June 29 – July 3. From the opening whistle of camp the play on the court, in both games and stations was intense.

In addition to Coach Hurley’s instruction, which alone would be priceless to any aspiring scholastic and collegiate player, campers were lectured on shooting from Hall of Fame coach Herb Magee and on ball handling from St. Thomas Aquinas College head coach Tobin Anderson.

And while every camper appeared to take something away from the lectures and drills and incorporate that new found knowledge into their game, the following players are just a handful of those who enjoyed a very successful week at camp.


On the court he was solid in all facets of his game. From the beginning of the week he demonstrated that intangible of being a team leader and it showed in his play.

A very physical player, Battle proved effective on both the offensive and defensive glass and seemed to always find a way to get open in the post for easy baskets.

One of the best defensive guards in the SEC Division, Biancardi seemed to always disrupt the play whether his man had the ball or not. On offense, when it was necessary he was able to score.

Dominated with a long-range jumper all week. He also exhibited excellent use of both hands with the ball and a very high basketball IQ.

Cutting hard to the basket, knocking down jumpers and making the extra pass for wide open teammates were some of the things Bloom did all week to earn a spot on this list.


Tough guard, Boulden appears to be a student of the game and even though he plays physical, he also has a touch of finesse.

In one of the most competitive weeks of the summer, Mr. Cassidy walked away on the final day with the MVP award in the Big East division. Liam earned the award with not only his talents but his work ethnic throughout the week and his feel for the game. He knew exactly when the right time to get his teammates involved and when to hunt his own shot. Looking forward to seeing this young man on the high school stage.

Described as a “coach’s dream” this week at camp, Branigan worked hard and steadily improved every day of camp.

An unselfish player, he was always looking to make not only the extra pass but the smart pass. Also knew when it was his turn to put the ball in the basket.

A forward who is just getting comfortable playing in the paint, he uses his length to his advantage on defense by blocking and altering shots. Clark’s dribbling skills improved throughout camp and he seemed very confident in his ability. He was named the SEC Division’s MIP.


A solid ball handler, Coan was highlighted as a key playmaker for his team this week. He was also a very high-intensity player on defense

From day one he took on the role as his team’s most physical player and it showed as he fearlessly took the ball to the hole on numerous occasions.

Hard worker who seemed very motivated to improve. Sprinted the floor to allow for easy baskets and was consistently looking to make hustle plays on defense.

Aside from his work-ethic, Curly was strong when handling the ball and always seemed to know what to do when he had it.

Dana’s skill set seemed well developed when he arrived at camp and thanks to his size and intelligence, it improved daily at camp.


When it seemed his team need a big basket or a turnover in the clutch situations, Del Vecchio tended to be the player his teammates turned to, earning him a spot on this list.

A true point guard with excellent floor vision. Dominguez has ability to finish with both hands and can hit the pull-up jump shot. Also a great on-ball defender

His leadership skills came through on the court and he lead by example as he seemingly found crafty ways to the rim when his team needed a basket. There was no quit in Dwyer all week and he was always working to get better.

Joining his brother Jahi on the list, Tyree brought a game to the table that was all his own. A great dribble penetrator, he was adapt at playing both full and half court and possessed a dangerous mid-range jumper.

Taking shots when you are open is easy, hitting them what seemed like every time is why Fierro is listed here.

A power player with a knack for rebounding and making big plays, Fredericks saved his best for last as he earned the NBA Division’s All-Star Game MVP award.

Good footwork near the basket helped Frink appear quicker than most defenders. When he stepped out of the paint he was able to hit his jumpers, which made he more difficult to defend.

Using his strength and size, Gallagher was a beast on both the offensive and defensive boards and worked hard all week to improve his skill set in the paint.

His presence on the glass and scoring second-chance points was a key for his team throughout the week. According to many coaches, he was his team’s most improved player over the course of the week.

His week at camp was highlighted by his above-average play at point guard. Distributing the ball and making sure his teammates knew where to be on the floor really helped Gauger be among the week’s top players.

As a player Georgio knows only one way to get up and down the floor, to run. His high motor and amazing ball handling skills where highlighted by his coach and his dedication to waking early and working hard earned him honors as the SEC Division’s Early Bird Workout Star.


Was able to score from anywhere on the floor and even though he came into camp with a nice shooting form, he worked hard this camp to improve on that with the effort he put forth in stations and games.

He is always trying to learn and improve his game. He has improved greatly on his ball handling and his decision making since the start of camp. He is a solid defender and leader.

Elijah is a talented player who showcased a tremendous upside with the strides he made this week. His hard work in stations paid off with ball handling and shooting success in games.

Coachable player who never takes a play off. He handled the ball well and was able to score the basketball with quick moves to the basket and a solid jumper.

An all-around great offensive player. He has extended range and is able to attack the rim. Heck used those offensive skills, along with a hawkish defensive style, to win the Big East Division’s 1-on-1 Tournament.

Played point guard all week and lead his undefeated team in transition by completing many full court passes and even in the half-court set. He had some outstandingly strong moves to the rim with spinning finishes. Lead the team in assists and had to defend the opponents best guard.

Running the floor hard, setting solid picks and making the smart pass all combined to highlight House’s skill set this week. Almost always made the right basketball play.


Just because you come to camp with a solid shot doesn’t mean you just don’t work. In addition to performing in stations and games, Insler could always be found at a basket during free time just getting up the extra shots necessary to polish his shooting form.

A very versatile player, he can handle and shoot the ball and is an excellent passer. Jenkins is an outstanding shot blocker and offensive rebounder.

Receptive to instruction from coaches all week. An all-around great kid who has a tremendous upside due to the skills he already has and the work is willing to put in to develop them.

He is an extremely hard worker who made each day’s Early Bird Workouts. A serious student of the game who has the ability to score in multiple ways

Possessed one of the purest jump shots in camp, extremely coachable and talented. When the ball was in Lenihan’s hands his coach never doubted the shot was going in the basket.


The improvement in his game from last summer was undeniable. His skill set has started to round into form and he capped his week with an all-star spot in the SEC Division.

A great team player and very easy to coach.  He finds the open spots on the floor and is always ready to catch and shoot.

Big man with great ball handling skills. He cleans up the glass on offense and defense. He is also great at running the floor and making the extra pass.

A hardworking player who recognized his weaknesses and each day improved dramatically. By the end of camp Michaels was covering the opponent’s best player and was the cornerstone of his team’s zone defense.

Like many others on the list, Moran’s work ethic helped separate him from other campers. A very smart player who always knew where to be on the court, when Moran did get the ball his shot was one of the most accurate on his team.

A versatile offensive threat with an accurate 3-point shot and a great drop step. Runs the floor hard and is an active defender.

A dangerous shooter from mid to long-range, O’Gorman was his team’s most productive 3-point shooter. A very  coachable kid who wants to keep working on his game.

Demonstrated good ball handling skills and a polished shooting touch while being a very vocal leader for his team all week.


A wing player who is always looking to get his teammates open. Pelham always looks to make the extra pass and always finds the open man. His quickness allows him to get out on the break quickly and help finish the play.

The strength of Petersen’s game was that it brought out the best in the rest of his teammates. While he was solid in every facet of the game, his strength was setting the key screen and making the extra pass to the open man.

Stepping up the intensity at both ends to help start fast breaks and hitting buckets. Exhibited excellent ball handling with his weak hand during the through the legs dribbling drill.

An important presence on the boards on both ends of the floor, Reily seemed to be the player grabbing all the big rebounds when his team needed them.

One of, if not the, hardest workers in camp. Santiago brought a high motor and always seemed to make the right basketball play. He drove the lane well and appeared to have a solid ability to handle and finish with both hands.

Explosive player who runs the floor very well for a big man. Rebounds well and boxed out every player in the SEC. Brought a ton of momentum running the floor.

A quick guard with a high motor, Simon played hard on both ends of the floor and showcased the ability to drive to the basket and shoot from long-range. Throughout the week he seemed to relish the pressure situations.

Big man constantly battling on the boards at both ends. Made plays all week long when his team needed them to contribute to his individual and team success.

A physically strong player, Young complimented his strength with a great jump shot and a solid ability to pass.

Very athletic and has a ton of raw potential. There wasn’t a drill, game or lecture where he appeared to take off which clearly demonstrated his dedication to take his game to the next level. Tremendous upside.


Eager to be coached and wants to improve on his skills in and out of games. At the point he controlled the tempo of the game and was clearly the class at that position in the SEC Division as he earned the Floor General Award after a solid week.

A very intense player who was not afraid to be physical when it was called for. His attitude seemed infectious and clearly set the tone for his team this week. Due to his hard work, Tham was recognized with the Big East Division’s Mr. Hustle Award.

Tham was clearly the “Mr. Do It All” of camp. He can handle full court, run the floor, shoot from the wing, pass inside and post up. If that wasn’t enough he also dominates the glass at both ends and lead his team in points, rebounds and blocks on his way to being named the NBA Division’s MVP. Tham was also the winner of the NBA Division’s 1-on-1 Tournament.

Had a very high court awareness and used it to help facilitate his team’s offense. Has a nice fake out move when driving to the basket for a layup and this led to him being among his team’s leading scorers.

Had one of the most successful weeks of camp as he copped the ACC Division’s MIP and Early Bird Workout Star Awards. A Great floor general who was adapt at setting up plays for his teammates, Tuffey also shot the ball very well at camp.

Showed great shooting touch throughout the week. Moved up from the Big East Division to the NBA and showed he is more than capable in the older group

A wing player who uses his quickness to get to the basket with ease. His dribbling skills allow him to play multiple positions on the court. On defense, he is always going in the paint for rebounds.

His very high basketball IQ and unselfishness with the ball were two of the qualities which led to his winning the Big East Division’s Floor General Award. He also demonstrated a very quick release while possessing one of the most consistent jumpers in camp.

Was sneaky fast on the court as he displayed great speed when fast break opportunities arose. His propensity to play hard every second on the floor helped to earn him the NBA Division’s Mr. Hustle Award.

These names above are only a handful of those who came and improved there basketball skills last week at Hoop Group Skills Bob Hurley Camp. If you missed last week, or want to come back later this summer, Coach Hurley’s second camp will be held from August 17-21. To register for that camp and all other Hoop Group Skills Camps click here.