Hoop Group Teams Win State Championships

2017 Pennsylvania AAAAAA State Champions Reading High School

“Dreams Do Come True”

In addition to all the individual camps and AAU events the Hoop Group runs during the course of the year, we also provide opportunities for high school teams to play together as a unit in highly competitive exposure events.

During the off-season the Hoop Group manages the Summer and Fall High School Showcases at the Hoop Group Headquarters in Neptune NJ as well as the Hoop Group Elite Team Camp during the July Live Period at Albright College in Reading Pennsylvania.

The Hoop Groups operates four major high school showcase events during the season, the Reading Tip-Off Showcase (Albright College – Reading PA), NJ Tip-Off Showcase (Caldwell University – Caldwell NJ), Boardwalk Showcase (Brookdale Community College – Lincroft NJ) and Lehigh Valley Showcase (Parkland High School – Allentown PA).

Over the years many teams have used these events as springboards to go on to win state championships.

A look at the 2017 state champions who have played at a Hoop Group Team event this year and used that experience to help them earn a state chip.

Albany Academy NY

Archbishop Wood PA

Baltimore Poly Tech MD

Don Bosco Prep NJ

Frederick Douglas Academy NY

Imhotep Charter PA

Lincoln NY

Linden NJ

Molloy NY

Patrick School NJ

Reading PA

St. Benedict’s NJ

Teaneck NJ

Westtown PA

CONGRATS TO ALL!

Future All-American Day 3 Standouts

The final full day at All-American camp is in the books! Several players demonstrated strong work ethics along with solid play on Saturday. Below, we run down a few standouts from another full day of action:

Nkosi Cooper (Suffield Academy ’19): Nkoski Cooper has been getting after it all week here in Reading. Cooper locked down defensively, and came up with several steals. The 6’2″ guard is a speedster in the open floor who can handle the ball and finish with touch in traffic.

Jake Betlow (Montverde Academy ’19): What a week it has been for Jake Betlow. The lead guard sets the tone for his team on both ends of the court. Betlow consistently picks up his man full court. Betlow has a very strong skill set highlighted by a very efficient perimeter jumper.

John Bol Ajak (Church Fam School ’19): Jon Bol Ajak takes serious pride in protecting the rim. The 6-foot-10 big man owns a ridiculously long wingspan, and knows how to stay vertical when challenging shots. Bol will also not hesitate to finish strong over a defender in the paint.

Jordan Cooper (Southeast Raleigh ’19): Jordan Cooper has been dynamite this week at Albright College. The North Carolina native is a hard worker who gets it done on both ends of the floor. Cooper creates plenty of room for his jumper, which he gets great elevation on.

Paul Mulcahy (Gil St. Bernard’s ’19): You have to love the way Paul Mulcahy has been leading his team here at Future All-American. The talented 6’4″ guard is an exceptional passer who can also score it from a variety of areas when called upon. Mulcahy is a team-oriented player who enjoys making guys better.

Future All-American Day 2 Standouts

It’s been an action-packed second day at Future All-American camp! A wide variety of players showed off their skills at Albright College Friday, and here are some who stood out during their action on the courts throughout campus:

Bryce Wills (Iona Prep ’19): 6-foot-5 lead guard Bryce Wills demonstrated big time athleticism throughout the day. Willis is also a very capable jump shooter who has NBA-type range.

Kofi Cockburn (Christ the King ’19): Kofi Cockburn absolutely dominated in the low post. The strong and powerful 6-10 big man attempted to dunk everything around the basket.

Jordan Mason (Dexter ’19): 6-foot-4 shooting guard Jordan Mason lighted it up from three point range on Friday. Mason displays very good footwork along with a quick release. He connected on a handful off shots from long range in each of his contests.

Sherif Kenney (Clinton Christian ’19): Sherif Kenney has a fantastic feel for the game. The 6-foot-4 lead guard is a crafty handler with tremendous vision. Kenney consistently beat his defender off the bounce by utilizing a quick first step.

Idan Tretout (Wilbraham & Monson ’19): Idan Tretout is an outstanding paint getter who looks for contact on every one of his drives. The skilled 6-foot-3 guard scored it from three levels. Tretout’s jump shot was very efficient from the catch and off the dribble.

Future All-American Junior Elite Recap

A phenomenal week of top-notch basketball has just wrapped up at Albright College, as the Future All-American Junior Elite camp–which featured hundreds of sixth, seventh, and eighth graders from around the country–came to a close Wednesday afternoon.

Campers have taken part in more than half a dozen games throughout the week, but that’s not all they’ve been able to take part in. Clinics, sweatshops, stations, and lectures from the likes of Pat Kennedy and Tobin Anderson have filled up the schedules this week with a variety of activities.

Arguably the highlight of each camp at Hoop Group, the awards ceremonies and all-star games, took place Wednesday afternoon, with many different players being recognized for their abilities.

Winning most outstanding player for the junior elite division was ‘21 Rahsool Diggins, while ‘22 Mark Armstrong took home top honors in the NCAA division. ‘21 Trevon Patterson was also awarded Most Outstanding Prospect.

Other players were also able to take home awards for different aspects of their game, like the Most Improved winners–’21 Nick Thompson and ‘23 JJ Rembert–who were recognized for working hard to improve their game throughout camp.

It’s been a great four days, and we’re looking forward to four more as our Future All-American “Fab Frosh and Super Soph” camp kicks off tomorrow!

Junior Future All-American Day 3 Standouts

Day three of Junior Future All-American brought about a whole new group of standouts to the surface. Whether it’s dominant big men, shifty point guards, or athletic wings, the talent on display is unmistakable.

 

Here are some of our Day 3 standouts:

Matthew Wellener | 2021 PG | Phoenixville, PA

Wellener, who displayed a variety of skills during Tuesday’s games, possesses a consistent jumper with impressive range. He not only shot the ball well and found many ways to score, but also can drive to the hole and create for his teammates. Wellener’s combination of speed and handles helps him play the point guard position well, as a solid floor general at a young age.

Favorite Player: Anthony Davis

Jayden Brown | 2021 G | 

Brown proved himself to be one of the top all-around players at the camp thanks to his versatility. The 5’10” combo guard scored from both inside and out, and facilitated for teammates many on the break, displaying his solid court vision. A capable ball handler and shooter, Brown truly can play both point and shooting guard well, and he is definitely one to watch for the future as he develops his scoring game.

Favorite Player: Kyrie Irving

Jaylen Blakes | 2021 SF | Princeton, NJ

Blakes showed out during the afternoon session, finishing through contact in the paint for 3-point plays and knocking down outside shots from long range. Even when defenses began to key in on him, the rising 8th grader was unselfish, always finding the open man and racking up assists. The 5’11” wing has a high motor and a lot of potential.

Favorite Player: Paul George

Travis Roberts | 2022 SF | Westfield, NJ

Roberts showed a wealth of athleticism during his games on Tuesday, getting to the hole with ease and making his presence felt on defense. He was involved in many hustle plays and handles the ball with finesse. In an overall sense, Roberts’ motor is his best trait, as he continued to fight for rebounds and loose balls throughout the day, helping out his team in the process.

Favorite Player: Russell Westbrook

Nigel Garcia | 2021 G | Maplewood, NJ

In a strong and bulky frame, Garcia showed that he can do it all, scoring at will in the lane and defending it just as well on the other end. Garcia has consistent handles and can knock down the occasional mid-range jumper, but his best facet of his game lies in the low post, where he can snatch rebounds with ease, affect numerous shot attempts, and muscle his way into easy post baskets.

Favorite Player: Kyrie Irving

Demilade Alao | 2021 G/F | Somerset, NJ

Every time you looked up at his court, Demilade Alao was at the free throw line. Alao used his strong, athletic frame to impose his will on defenders, drawing foul after foul as he tried to finish on the inside. Alao also used his length to his advantage in the open court, forcing turnovers and leading the breakaway for his team on multiple occasions. As Alao continues to develop his outside game, it’s clear that the 5’9” wing has a ton of talent.

Demilade Alao

Favorite Player: Kevin Durant

(Contributors: Jeff Griffith and Anthony Dabbundo)