2017 Top 100 Recap | Baltimore, Rochester, Chicago

2017 Top 100 Recap

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Ike Cornish (2021, Dulaney) 

The young wing continued to show why Division 1 programs all over the east are stopping by Dulaney open gyms this fall. With a unique blend of size and skill, the 6’6 Cornish, displayed his emerging inside/outside offensive game at the Baltimore Top 100.  With crafty drives to the rim, a smooth jump shot, and a great feel for the game, Ike Cornish proved why, even is a freshman, he is a name to know in the Baltimore Area this winter.

Nytre Brown (2019, Lake Clifton) 

The most physically imposing player at the Baltimore Top 100 Turner did not disappoint. With a strong 6’7 frame, the Lake Clifton big man dominated every inch of the paint! Grabbing rebounds, blocking shots, and using a soft touch to finish around the rim. Even with his size, he showed an ability to run the floor, and defend in space against smaller players.

Sherwyn Devonish (2018, Wise)

The Wise High School guard was flat out the best guard in the building. His consistent ability to play quickly but under control is what has college coaches from every level interested. He puts relentless pressure on the defense by creating off the dribble and scoring in the lane. With a much improved jump shot, Devonish is turning into an all-around scoring point guard, who can run a team, and get you a basket!

Deson Flood (2018, Good Counsel) 

Deson Flood will be one of the best athletes in the WCAC this year. The 6’5 wing was virtually unstoppable in transition, consistently finishing above the rim. A quick leaper, with a skill set that keeps improving, Flood displayed an ability to create driving lanes in the half court, as well as showcased a capable jump shot to keep defenders honest. His length and quickness makes him one of the most versatile defenders in the area! It’s no surprise that a variety of D1 coaches have been in to see the Good Counsel wing.

Noah Hutchins (2019) 

The highflying PG from Buffalo is one of the best athletes in the 2019 class. Hutchins has the ability to get and finish above the rim in both transition and in a half court setting. With a GPA high enough to get into any college in America, and a skill set only a few have, Noah’s recruitment will be wide open. If Noah can continue to develop his jump shot and PG skill set he will be one of the best 2019 PG in all of NY.

Kobe Long (2020) 

With the ability to consistently knock down shots from 23 feet and in, Kobe Long has a chance to be the next big thing to come out of McQuaid. Kobe knocked down shots for the entire 5 hours he was in the gym. If Long can add other aspects to his game he will have a chance to be D1 scholarship player. This season will tell a lot about the kind of player Kobe can become moving forward.

Will Amica (2020) 

One of the stronger bodied 2020s in the area, Amica has the ability to play on both ends of the floor. An ability to play through contact was on display all event as Amica had no problem getting to the rim and finishing. If Amica can stretch out a few more inches and continue to play at the level he showed at SJFC, he will be coveted by many D1 schools moving forward.

Eddie Creal (2018, Romeoville)

Eddie used his athleticism and strength to dominate the event.  He has a high motor and was unstoppable in the open court, including a 3 minute stretch in the second half of a game where he had 11 points on 3 dunks.  Division 1 programs will start taking notice of Eddie this high school season!

Jeremiah Oden (2019, St. Rita)

Jeremiah is an ultra-talented wing/forward who plays for catholic league power St. Rita.  At 6’ 8”, he moves fluidly and can put the ball on the deck and finish at the rim.  Arguably the highest ceiling of any prospect at the event, he will have numerous Division 1 offers by the end of the high school season.

Robert Harvey (2018, Hillcrest)

Robert had his full game on display this weekend in Chicago!  The wing is a knockdown shooter who can also put it on the deck and make some plays.  With a developed skill set, he plays a mature game that makes it easy for him out on the court.  Already holding an Illinois St. offer, expect more schools to watch Harvey play this season.

Fall NOVA Top 100 Recap

NOVA Top 100 Recap

The final stop on the Fall Top 100 Tour lead us right outside our nations capital to Marymount University in Arlington, VA. A sold out event had players showing up an hour early just itching to get working on their game. With a staff comprised of over 20 coaches from collegiate programs, each player got a chance to get instruction from coaches who might recruit them! Check out the NOVA Top 100 Recap video below:

The Show-and-Go portion of the event set the tone for the entire day! A group of highly talented, highly competitive players, absorbing instruction and applying it to in game situations.

Terrence Gibbons (2018 Wise HS) works on his jab series during Individual workouts

Terrence Gibbons (2018 Wise HS) works on his jab series during Individual workouts

Vice President Matt Pooley introduces our Top Notch StaffVice President Matt Pooley introduces our Top Notch Staff

As the first game set got under way, half of the players headed down to a recruiting seminar with Hoop Group Elite Director Austin Kelley. The seminar “Separate Yourself in the Recruiting Process” is excellent way for us here at the Hoop Group to educate student-athletes on the recruiting process, and how to find the best academic and athletic fit for themselves. Some of the most valuable teaching that goes on at Hoop Group Top 100 happens in that room, as young men learn what’ll take to play basketball at the next level.

The Northern Virginia talent did not disappoint during the game portion of the day. College level talent on each court, showed why coaches from all over flock to this event each year.

Quentin James (2019 Lake Braddock) remaining alert in help side defense

Quentin James (2019 Lake Braddock) remaining alert in help side defense

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With so much talent in the event it was difficult to decide who would be part of the All Northern Virginia Team listed below!

Guard Keyante Williams (2018)  Massaponax
Guard Jack Kouba (2019) Bishop Ireton
Wing Jalen Gibbs (2018) North Point
Forward Terrence Gibbons (2018) Wise
Forward Deontay Compton (2017) Rock Ridge

If you would like to see your evaluation from the NOVA Top 100 check them out here!

Academic and Metro Top 100 Recap

Academic and Metro Top 100 Recap

Two separate events brought over 230 players to the Hoop Group Headquarters in one weekend for the Academic and Metro Top 100’s. With over 20 college coaches in the building throughout the two days, the players were given an opportunity to be seen and coached!

The Show-and-Go portion of the clinic was filled with players dialed into our top-notch staff, and applying what they were learning to the drills. They competed, went hard, and were given some tools to make themselves better!

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After the players were split up in to teams the first game set began! The teams that that did not play in the 1st game set headed upstairs to a Recruiting Seminar and Q&A with former D1 Head Coach Pat Kennedy. Coach Kennedy educated the student-athletes on the recruiting process, and what it takes to play the game at the next level.

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Game sets were characterized by high intensity basketball! The players competed, shared the ball, and showcased their skill to an audience of college coaches. With each team playing two games, each player had the opportunity to have a role with their team and show what they could do.

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With such a talented group it was difficult to decide, but after consideration from our coaching staff and evaluators we selected the:

All-Academic and Metro Top 100 Teams

1st Team:

 Eddie Evans (Guard) 2020 – Trenton Catholic
 Devin Jensen (Wing) 2017 – Manasquan
Daniel Sofield (Wing) 2019 – Jackson Liberty
Souleymane Koureissi (Forward) 2018 – Iona Prep
Marc Dadika (Post) 2018 – St. Mary’s

2nd Team:

Joseph McCoy (Guard) 2018 – Tottenville
Matt LaCorte (Wing) 2017 – Westfield
Max Somelofske (Wing) 2017 – Appoquinimink
Moe Fafana (Wing) 2018 – Wings Academy
Peter Obertan (Post) 2017 – John F Kennedy

Check out your Academic and Metro Top 100 Evaluation here!

Fall NYC Top 100 Recap

NYC Top 100 Recap

The next stop on the Hoop Group Fall Top 100 Tour was at the beautiful Riverbank State Park. Right on the Hudson River, Riverbank State Park provides a stunning backdrop to a competitive day of New York City basketball! NYC Top 100 recap video:

As the players filed in, they were dispersed to different baskets for individual skill workouts with our college coaching staff. Our New York City staff never fails to provide the student athletes with fresh new drills and great instruction to enhance every players game!

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After introductions, and a brief talk about expectations, from our Vice President Matt Pooley and Elite Director Austin Kelley, the players were disperesed to different baskets for our Show-and-Go portion of the event.

Hoop Group Elite Director Austin Kelley address camp about expectations

Hoop Group Elite Director Austin Kelley address camp about expectations

Show-and Go’s are drills ranging from 1v1-4v4 that help develop a wide range of basketball skills while getting every player competeing in game like situations! These Show-and-Go’s are a great way for our coaches to help the players get better, as well give our college coaches a chance to evaluate in different game simulations.

Sal Koureissi (Iona Prep) recieves instruction during Show-and-Go's

Sal Koureissi (Iona Prep) recieves instruction during Show-and-Go’s

After a tough workout, it was on to our games. At the Hoop Group Top 100’s every player competes in two full length games, coached by D2 and D3 coaches. The games at the NYC top 100 contained a competitive brand of basketball, with every player looking to make a name for themselves.

All-NYC Top 100  Team:

Guard 6’0 Jay Vaughn (2018) Allentown Central Catholic
Guard 5’11” Zack Jacobs (2017) Canterbury School
Wing 6’4 Deondre Bourne (2017) Leman Prep
Wing 6’7″Sal Koureissi (2018) Iona Prep
Post 6’6″ Jake Tavroff (2020) Oceanside

If you want to check out your evaluation from the NYC Top 100 you can find it here!

 

Philadelphia Top 100 Recap

 

Philadelphia Top 100 Recap

With over 100 great high school players and 25 college coaches from all over the northeast in attendance, the Philadelphia Top 100 did not disappoint! Players were given the opportunity to compete against some of the best that Philly has to offer, while receiving instruction from our top-notch staff comprised of D2, D3, and high school coaches.

Each player was given the opportunity to play in front of over 25 college coaches, as well as the National Recruiting Report, which has over 300 subscribers from every level of college basketball. There is no individual event that can provide student-athletes with the level of instruction, competition, and exposure that the Hoop Group Top 100’s provide!

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All-Philadelphia Top 100

Position  Player
Guard Antonio Rizzuto (Northeastern HS)
Guard Lonnie Walker (’17 Reading HS)
Wing Max Duegen (’17 Rocktop Academy)
Wing Tyrone Nesby (’17  Reading HS)
Forward Justin Steers (’18 Friends Central)
Post Rodney Simon (’17 Rocktop Academy)

 

Check out our upcoming Top 100 dates!