Get To Know The HGSL: PK Flash

Social Media Handle: @PKFlash1

Coach: Joe Lewandowski

Notable alumni:
Austin Butler and Andrew Petcash both playing in Patriot League.
Elijah Minnie, who plays for Eastern Michigan was one of the best players in the MAC.
Justin Jackson is at Maryland and is one of the top players in the ACC.

Key players:
Reed Fenton– 6’4 point guard two guard he was the leading scorer in Western Pa class 6A, big time athlete, Shooter playmaker has interests from almost all Patriots, Ivy’s, Iowa, LSU will explode this AAU season. Father played at Lehigh and uncle played at Bucknell.

Dan Petcash– 6’5 two guard- Left handed long athlete very great shooter, excellent off the bounce, had one of the top five dunks in Pittsburgh this year. All patriot league, MAAC and IVY schools. Brother plays at Boston University.

Bryce Butler– 6’5- guard/forward He is a high motor versatile athlete will dunk you and shoot the three. Plays incredibly hard changes the game with his motor. Brother as a freshman was all rookie team in Patriot league was one of Holy Cross’ leading scorers Dad was a division 1 player. Top three scorer in the WPIAL class 6A.

Thomas Melonja-6’7 Stretch forward great shooter and great handles for his size high motor high IQ really runs the floor well great rebounder.

Bobby Clifford– 6’3 guard played for Allderdice High School was top player in Pittsburgh City league lefty flew under radar all he did was lead his team to 22 straight victories and shoots it as well as anyone in the state tough hard nosed competitor high IQ.

Amante Britt– top point guard in Pittsburgh schools all-time leading scorer. Over 12 d2 offers

Keenan Holmes– 6’2 guard physical and athletic freak plays point and two guard tough on ball defender great body hard nosed tough competitor. Was one of the top scorer in PIAA class 3A basketball. Big time student.

Marcus Might-6’7 center forward a load on the block, tough physical seeks contact banger, but highly skilled, can pass handle and shoot big time post passer.


Team analysis: Training and developing players is a mainstay of the PK Flash program. The Flash do a tremendous job in regards to developing our players in all aspects of the game. They pride themselves as a program known for having talented, hard working, high IQ players, who play team oriented basketball. As a result, many of the players who have played for the PK Flash have gone on to compete at Division I, II, and III level. “This will be the best 17u group we have had,” said coach Joe Lewandowski “We have 8 guys who are division 1 players on the roster in 17u.” Be on the lookout everyone, the PK Flash are on the way and ready to make some noise in the HGSL!

Stat to know: PK Flash had two athletes who played for us declare for NBA draft this year!

Get To Know The HGSL: Crown Basketball

Social Media Handles: @crownbball

Coach: Chris Diasparra

Notable alumni:
Thornton Scott- William and Mary
Richard Altenord- CW Post
Jeremy Arthur- Franklin Pierce University
Tucker Quinn- Dickinson College
Bobby Connors- Hartwick College
Michael McGuire- Western New England University
Joe Leighton- Middlebury College
John Alimo- CW Post
Cole Eiber- Western New England University
Owen Prendergast- Susquehanna University

Key players:
Cam Wynter 6’3 (2018)
Brendan McGuire (2019)
Sean Braithwaite (2019)
Antonio Lopez (2019)
Jarell White (2019)
Jon Harewood (2018)
Liam Drennan (2019)
Victor Olawoye (2019)
Mike Sixsmith (2020)
TJ Long (2020)
Kieran Dorney (2020)
Trayvon Alexander (2020)

Team analysis: Crown Basketball is based out of Long Island, New York. Over the past 5 years, the program has progressively gotten better across the board. This year is the deepest the program has ever been across the high school levels. Brendan McGuire, Sean Braithwaite and Cam Wynter are all receiving division 1 interest. “We have been coming to Hoop Group events every year since we started CROWN, we are excited to be playing in the HGSL this coming season. Truly first class events, exposure and competition!”

Stat to know: Crown has its own facility located in Long Island, New York.

Get To Know The HGSL: Metro Boston

Social Media Handles: @metro_boston

Coach: Mo Vasquez

Notable alumni: Carl Pierre (Umass)
Chris Flores (NJIT)
Stevie Mejia (URI/Hofstra)
Nicolas Timberlake (TBD)
Nelson Boachie-Yiadom (Davidson)
Miles Wright (Dartmouth)
Bobby Ahearn (Binghamton)
Devon Thomas (Texas Tech)
Breno Giacomini (Louisville-football)

Key players:
Tyrone Weeks Jr – 6’4 Wing 2019 Woodstock Academy
Travis Evee 6’0 guard 2018 BC High/2019 prep
Tim Dawson 6’2 guard 2019 Hamden Hall
Nick Brennen 6’5 Wing 2018 Putnam Science Academy
Other members on team:
David Aikens – Putnam Science Academy
Stephon Baxter – Marianapolis School
Michael Perry – Tabor Academy
Robert Baum – St Andrews School
Keyshaun Kirkland – Winchendon School
John Korte – Watertown high School
Jihad Wallace – EMK Charter School

Team analysis: Metro Boston is one of the most consistent AAU programs in regards to producing a solid team in the past 20 years. “We’ve been operating since 1997: same name, same program. We have over 140+ alumni that have graduated from colleges (D1, D2, D3) across the country and that’s the number we’re most proud of,” said coach Mo Vasquez. This year is no different. Expect Metro Boston to raise hell in the HGSL this year. “Last year’s HGSL Team was fortunate to get 3 guys signed D1 and the reminder of the guys, with the exception of the two going to prep school this year, is almost signed and sealed across colleges throughout the US.”

Stat to know: Shabazz Napier, former UConn standout and current Portland Trail Blazer is an alumni of this program.

Get To Know The HGSL: York Ballers

Social Media Handle: @yorkballers

Coach: Pat McGlynn and Justin Seitz

Notable alumni:
Jalen Gabbidon (Yale)
Four McGlynn (Rhode Island)
Donovon Jack (Penn State)
Steve Zack (Lasalle)
Mike Zangari (ECU)
Mandell Thomas (Fordham)
Austin Tillotson (Colgate)
Andrew Nicholas (Monmouth)
Ryan Hill (Bucknell)
Dominic Antonelli (Navy)
Trenity Burdine (Siena)
Donyell Marshall (Conn State)
Joey Wallace (Southern Conn State)
Desi Washington (St. Peters)
Antonio Rizzuto (Albany)
Melik Martin (Monmouth)

Key players:
Zack Sabol
Keith Davis
Logan Collins
Casey Jack
Jalen Gorham
Brandon McGlynn

Team analysis: The York Ballers have built a impressive program full of student-athletes that attract college coaches from every level. Program director/17’s coach Pat McGlynn has built a program that with the combination of high level talent, toughness, and smart play expects to win at every major tournament.

This years team has nice depth and a cast of players with D1 potential. Zack Sabol has interests from American East, NEC and Patriot schools. Keith Davis is gaining traction as well with Patriot schools. Casey Jack has nabbed the attention of NEC and Patriot schools. Jalen Gorham has the Ivy schools courting him. Brandon McGlynn has D2 offers but has D1 potential.

Stat to know: Indiana commit Jake Forrester is an alumni to the York Ballers.

Get To Know The HGSL: Hoop Avenue Elite

Social Media Handle: @HAAElite

Head Coach: The 17u is Coached by Stacey Moragne
Assistant coaches: Necus Mayne and Jetter Gibson

Notable alumni:
James Farr –Xavier University
Quinton Chievous- University of Tennessee / Hampton University
Steven Cook-Princeton
Clarke Roseberg – Chicago State University
Malachi Nix – Fairleigh Dickinson University
Elyjah Williams — Fairleigh Dickinson University
KJ Langston — Washington State University

Key players:
Raekwon Drake 6’5 200 D1 offers Class of 2018
Ja’Dyn Brown 6’3 185 Class of 2019
Andrew Natinsky 6’0 175 Class of 2019
Quinn Pemberton 6’2 190 prospect Class of 2019
Michkeal Taylor 5’11 170 Class of 2020
Blake Peters 6’0 185 Class of 2021
Jaylin Gibson 6’3 190 Class of 2021
Kimarhi Wilson 6’0 165 D1 offers Class of 2021
John Poulakidas 6’4 165 Class of 2021

Team analysis: Guided by relentless focus on the youth of the community, HAA Elite provides a program which prides itself on teaching not only the skills needed for basketball, sportsmanship, physical activity, but most importantly, character development. Over the past couple of years, HAA Elite developed numerous high level players. The trend will continue this year. Raekwon Drake is a 6’5 guard that holds numerous division one offers. Ja’Dyn Brown is a 6’3 combo guard that is also poised to make a lot of noise on the HGSL. HAA Elite does a great job not only preparing their players for the challenges they may face on the court, but for anything they may face in life. They breed high character guys. “Our program supplies the opportunity for young student athletes to develop everlasting friendships and relationships,” said coach Stacey Moragne, “but also the opportunity to continue to reach and surpass their basketball aspirations.”