Blogging with Tiny Green: 2017 Fall High School League

#HGBuzzerBeater Classic AM Spotlight, Day 1

Division I schools La Salle University from the A10, Robert Morris from the Northeast Conference, and a multitude of Division II and III schools were in attendance to watch the morning matchup between the Crusader Nation and New York Havoc. With a trip to the winner’s bracket on the line, both teams showed some early game jitters to start.

Team Havoc jumped out to a quick 17-5 lead behind the energy and hustle of their point guard number 12, William Aybar.  Aybar set the pace of the game from the opening tip, extending the defensive pressure 94 feet and advancing the basketball by passing ahead.  Crusader Nation eventually acclimated to the frenetic pace of play, but consistently trailed double digits throughout the game’s first 10 minutes.  The Nation never looked comfortable in their half court sets, struggling to execute against the extended pressure of Havoc.  Skilled 6’8” forward Joe Delollo (#33) provided a perimeter, threat stretching the defense and opening driving lanes for Havoc’s lighting quick Aybar.  Crusader Nation eventually found a way to put up points up through second chance opportunities and fast break chances. They went on a 10-2 run and cut the lead to seven to close out the half.

The Nation continued their aggressive play to start the second half, finishing contested shots around the basket and creating and-1 opportunities.  With momentum on their side and foul situations softening up Havoc’s defensive pressure, the Nation began to convert on open jump shots. Although he showcased a soft touch around the basket and consistent face up game outside the paint, Delollo was unable to guard the perimeter on defense.  Delollo was forced to soft contest on screen and roll switches and gave up easy driving angles to Crusader Nation’s guards. Havoc trailed by two points going into the game’s final four minutes.  

The game came down to the final possession in regulation, tied at 60 with a little over eleven seconds remaining. Crusader Nation was set to take the ball out on a side out of bounds.  The ball was inbounded, and a down screen was set away from the ball in an effort to free up their team’s leading scorer for the game, number 0-Nick Parrish.  He was denied but eventually caught the ball out near half court under duress.

With three seconds remaining he stepped into a 30 foot pull-up jumper that seemed to hang in the air for an eternity before swishing through the net; ending the game and advancing the Nation to the winner’s bracket.  When asked about what was going through his mind in the closing seconds, Parrish responded, “I won’t lie to you, I practice that shot a lot…a hesitation to a pull up three—so, to see it finally come to work, it’s a blessing man. It felt great”.  Parrish continued on to speak about his team’s togetherness, “I’ve played with these guys for four years now–with these guys they go out and give it a hundred percent every game. It’s more like a family than a team.  We all just play together, and play for each other”.  

Crusader Nation will look to build upon this momentum going into their next matchup.  Joe Delollo for Havoc led the team in scoring with 15 points, while Parrish finished with 12 points, 10 in the 4th quarter and the game winner.  

Future All-Americans Shine.

Our Future All-American Camp feature some of the Nation’s top Freshman and Sophomore talent. These top players exhibit the raw talent needed to dominate at the next level.

Cam Reddish: SF-  Westtown

 

Cam Reddish came onto the scene at our Future All-American camp and absolutely blew up the college and recruiting world. He is currently ranked as the 4th best player on ESPN in the class of 2018 and he’s only getting better. The mid-range assassin’s ability to create space and run the pick and roll game as a 6’6 SF is absurd. Reddish holds offers from Duke, Arizona, Kentucky and others as he heads into his senior year.

Cole Anthony-PG- Archbishop Molloy

Standing at 6’2, the bouncy rising Junior’s ceiling is sky high and only increasing. Anthony came onto the scene at our Future All-American Camp with all eyes on him, and he hasn’t disappointed. The 5-Star recruit stunned the world this past season with his stellar defense and basketball IQ. Defense wins games and the Nike EYBL recognized Cole as the Defensive Player of the Year for the regular season. His teammate and former Hoop Group All-American participant Quade Green states “Cole is the best two  way player in the country, don’t matter the class.” Anthony currently has offers from Kansas, Georgetown, and Oregon. 

Contact info:

Too receive more information call 732-502-2255 or email HGElite@hoopgroup.com.

 

 

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Player Interviews

HGSL Spring Jam Fest Recap

Friday Recap Saturday Recap Sunday Recap

HGSL Player Highlights

Danny Fraunhiem (NJ Shoreshots) is a  PG with a lot of toughness and a high basketball IQ. Fraunheim makes smart passes and is a strong defender. He is active and relentless on the ball. Fraunhiem has the ability to make crucial game decisions and plays and came in clutch draining a game winning shot with 1.2 seconds left last Friday.

Musa Jeng (NJ Shoreshots) showcased his scoring ability this weekend. Jeng created his own opportunities and capitalized from everywhere on the floor.

Pete Nance (Akron Bobcats) Was one of the most watched players this weekend. Nance is a 6-10 baller with speed and dribbling ability of an athletic PG. He is extremely quick and loves to have the ball in his hands. Nance is active on defense and offense near the rim. Many top tier Division 1 schools show interest in Pete Nance.

Antonio Rizzutto (York Ballers) had a few really big games at Spooky Nook. Rizzutto led his team to the Elite 8 of the 17U platinum bracket. A guard who can shoot, drive and isn’t afraid to body-up on defense or take a charge, Rizzutto plays a tough game overall and has a lot of looks from division 1 programs.

Ronnie Silva (DC Blue Devils) showed himself as one of the top shooters this whole weekend. Silva had several games with more than 5 made three pointers. He was not afraid to pull up with defense in his face or from distance. The Blue Devils made it to the elite 8 behind his leadership and lights out shooting.

Tyreke Williams (River CIty Reign) is a 6’8” forward who is excellent in the paint. He showed his ability to grab boards and score with both hands near the hoop.

Emmanuel Umoffia (NY Gauchos) is an athletic 7’2” big man who can score. Umoffia creates his own offense on the ball and is not afraid to face up down low.

Thomas Shaughnessy (Middlesex Magic) is a true point guard. Shaughnessy commands the floor with his court awareness and basketball IQ. He also has a scoring ability that can not be ignored. He led The Magic to the final four of 17U Platinum.

Carl Pierre (Metro Boston) left an impression at Spooky Nook this weekend. Pierre had game after game where he put up more than 20 points. He is consistent and a threat from anywhere on the court. Pierre is efficient on offense and hustles on defense.

Cle’Von Greene (Team Loaded) is one of the many impressive players from Team Loaded. The whole team had a great weekend at Spring Jam Fest but ended their run in finals. Greene contributed 35 points in the finals with 11 three point makes all in the second half.

Our HGSL teams return to the Live Period circuit this weekend in Hoop Group’s Pitt Jam Fest at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.

Friday | Day 1 Recap

Hoop Group kicked off its division 1 live period with Spring Jam Fest this past weekend. The tournament featured 370 teams with several division 1 standouts in every division, but the top teams belong to the Hoop Group Showcase League. Six of our teams participated in the Elite Eight as Jersey Shore Warriors and Team Loaded 575 faced up in the finals. These teams attract highly skilled athletes from around the country and draw interest from some of the top college programs across the nation. Here are some standouts from the weekend at Spring Jam Fest.

Matt Urbach | Team Takeover Orange 17U

Talk about starting the day off with a bang, Urbach was huge in TTO’s opening win over a talented Loaded 757 group. He came out hot hitting three three-pointers in the first half, and continued the hot shooting as he finished with 21 points on five three’s by game end. The shooter also showed improvement attacking closeouts and finishing at the basket.

Bryce Laskey | Bridge City 17U

If Urbach came out hot, Laskey was fully engulfed in flames. The Pittsburgh native felt right at home in the David L. Lawrence Center, as he went for an unofficial day high of 33 points. He may not look the part, but Laskey’s a tough customer who doesn’t mind taking big shots or attacking much bigger players in the paint. He hit 7 three-pointers in the game.

Jordan Miller | D1SA Spartans 17U

Miller had a huge weekend at Spring JamFest at Spooky Nook last weekend, and he continued that strong play in his first two games of the day. In their win over Bridge City, Miller was both productive and efficient, finishing with 24 points while also playing unselfish. The Virginia 4A State Player of the Year will likely have a sea of D1 coaches following him the rest of the weekend.

Traveon Maddox | Michigan Warriors 17U

He’s a football star that just picked up an offer from Kent State on the gridiron, but he also stepped up and balled out in their win over River City Reign. A lightning quick 6’5” wing, Maddox got to the rim at will and hit big shots when he needed to. He shot it well off the bounce, played tough on the defensive end and made all of his athletic moves look so easy.

Josh Cornish | Team Melo Red 17U

Cornish showed what it is he does best, and that’s create his own shot and fill it up! He finished with an easy 22 points in their blowout win over Michigan Titans, and it was the way that he did that was impressive. He scored from all three levels, played both on and off the basketball efficiently and was relentless getting to the basket and getting to the line. His ability to score it should have coaches flocking to his games later this weekend.

Rahim Jenkins | River City Reign 17U

Despite a tough start to the new HGSL, Jenkins has started to make a name for himself as the live periods continue. He’s scored in double digits five of the six games so far, and he had an impressive 24 point game including five three-pointers in their close loss to SBA. His ability to score it from all three levels with the ball in his hands has been nothing short of special so far this summer.

Dereon Seabron | Team Loaded 757 17U

Seabron has to be one of the most intriguing prospects here, and that’s why there’s been close to 20 division one coaches at the two Loaded 757 games. At 6’5”, he can create his own shot and score it in a number of different ways. He had games of 14 and 12 points yesterday, and if he improves throughout the weekend like he typically does he’ll likely see more offers come in.

New Jersey Warriors Gold –  This HGSL team won the 17U platinum division title in dominating fashion 92-72. The team is technical, with agile shooters and plays unselfish basketball all around.

 

Saturday | Day 2 Recap

After 15 hours of basketball, 150+ college coaches and 400+ teams of the best AAU talent on the circuit battling it out on our 36 courts, day two at the 2017 Hoop Group Pitt Jam Fest is in the books.

Game Recaps

The L&L Running Rebels defeated the Randallstown Running Rebels 73-68 in a close game. Hershel Ervin and Jay Vaughn’s defensive effort, intensity and key plays down the stretch won it for the L&L Running Rebels.

Wrightway Skills HGSL ran away from Crusader Nation late in the second half. Jordan Mason pulled up for some deep-range 3s and gave his team the momentum they needed to advance over Crusader Nation 60-49.

Down 35-16 at one point during the first half, Crown 17u pulled off an incredible comeback to beat Team M.O.A.M. 61-60. Jonathan Harewood sealed the deal for Crown with two clutch free throws with 5.8 seconds left.

An overtime thriller ended in a DC Blue Devils (NH) win over Team Melo – Red, 51-49. The Blue Devils got open looks from 3-point range off of great ball movement throughout the game. Kevin Fernandez hit a game-tying 3 that sent the contest into overtime where the team prevailed.

In a game that looked like it was under the control of 16u Platinum team Corey Graham Elite – Blue, guard Luke House hit a game-winning 3 at the buzzer to give the 56-55 win to Jersey Shore Warriors Gold.

Player Highlights

Woody Newton  | Team Thrill

Woody Newton (Team Thrill), a 6’6 2020 wing, has a rare mix of guard skills & length at his age. Newton has potential to be a special player. Keep an eye out for his name.

Cameron Thomas | Boo Williams

Cameron Thomas (Boo Williams), a 6’0 2020 G, is a lethal scorer at the guard position. Whether it a three pointer or an and-1, Thomas made it happen.

Scott Vollmer  | New Heights

Scott Vollmer (New Heights), 6’9 2020 C, showed flashes of big-time dominance. Vollmer dunks with the authority of a senior, the C/O 2020 has some serious manpower to deal with.

Kareem Reid | NY Rens EYBL 16’s

Kareem Reid (NY Rens EYBL 16’s), 6’8 2019 PF, is filled with potential. His shot-blocking ability on the defensive end & athleticism on the offensive end show why his stock has risen at a fast pace.

Alejandro Vasquez | NY Rens EYBL 16’s

Alejandro Vasquez (NY Rens EYBL 16’s), 6’3 2019 G, was one of the best scorers of day two. He’s crafty around the basket and extremely hard to stop off-the-dribble.

Jay Willis | Team Melo EYBL

Jay Willis (Team Melo EYBL), 6’3 2019 G, is a very strong guard for Team Melo. He’s a great leader that is tough for opponents to deal with.

RJ Blakney | Team Melo EYBL

RJ Blakney (Team Melo EYBL), 6’5 2019 F, is a fantastic athlete. He punished the rims & blocked shots all day.

Joel Bailey | NY Lightning Black

Joel Bailey (NY Lightning Black), 6’3 2018 PG, has a huge impact on the game. Bailey did a great job getting to the line & came up very clutch against Team Wall.

Emmanuel Umoffia | NY Gauchos

Emmanuel Umoffia (NY Gauchos), 7’2 2018 C, showed lots of promise today – even knocking down a few midrange shots. His potential is through the roof & it

helps that he has already made lots of development.

Kris Monroe | Team Wall

Kris Monroe (Team Wall), 6’7 2018 SF, proved that he deserves the offers he has recently received. Holding offers from NC State & Providence to name a few, Monroe showed that his jumpshot & physical attributes are why he is recruited at such a high level.

Sunday | Day 3 Recap

Championship Sunday started with an early 8:15 a.m. game set. Teams continued to battle in Sweet Sixteen and Final Four match ups to advance to the weekend famous ‘black courts’. A lot of action during championship Sunday, with 15u, 16u and 17u division games championships coming to a close with exciting performances from our athletes, especially our MVPs.

Game Recaps

In a game that required a lot of heart and perseverance to win, Team Takeover Black pulled away and held onto a commanding lead over the NY Jayhawks 58-46 to win the 15U Platinum championship. Takeover MVP Ishmael Leggett led his team and controlled tempo throughout the game.

Despite an early deficit, Indiana Elite Fastbreak came back and held onto a close win 68-65 over Albany City Rocks EYBL to capture the 16U Platinum championship. Guard Anthony Payne had 13 points in the second half. Payne and his fellow guard Jared Hankins proved effective from 3-point range.

The whole weekend led up to the much anticipated 17U Platinum Championship game. Parents, players and coaches gathered to watch As Middlesex Magic put on a shooting clinic from deep to help them clench the 79-66 victory over Jersey Force. Thomas Shaughnessy was unconscious shooting from 3 and put up a game-high 38 points that included eight 3s in the first half. Despite multiple efforts to switch defenders on him, Shaughnessy stayed hot and carried his team to a huge championship win.

Player Highlights

Andre Curbelo | NY Jayhawks

5’9 2020 PG Andre Curbelo of the NY Jayhawks was solid for his team all weekend. He’s an excellent scorer that also did a good job distributing the ball due to his fantastic overall feel for the game.

Thomas Shaughnessy | Middlesex Magic

6’0 2018 PG Thomas Shaughnessy of the Middlesex Magic had the best championship performance of the weekend. Scoring 38 points, which included 8 threes, Shaughnessy put on a shooting clinic. He’s a great overall floor general with a deadly jumpshot.

Rheaquone TaylorNY Rens HG

6’7 2017 SF Rheaquone Taylor was arguably the best player in the 17U gold division. Taylor punished the rims all day, even catching 2 poster dunks in a semifinal game. His athleticism made him a matchup nightmare all weekend.

Andrew Funk | Jersey Shore Warriors Gold

6’5 2018 G Andrew Funk was one of the most efficient players of the weekend. Funk has a great mix of size, scoring ability & understanding of the game which is the reason why he has picked up so many offers this live period.

Cameron Thomas | Boo Williams

6’0 2020 G Cameron Thomas put up a serious argument for the most talented scorer of the weekend. Putting up multiple 30+ point performances, including a countless number of threes, Thomas proved to be a bigtime prospect.

Joe BryantTeam Loaded 757

6’1 2018 G Joe Bryant of Team Loaded 757 was a consistent performer for his team all weekend. Regardless of opponent, Bryant did a fantastic job putting the ball in the basket, mainly coming from strong moves in the lane.

Chidozie NnameneTeam Takeover Orange

6’9 2018 PF Chidozie Nnamene was a shotblocking machine for Team Takeover. Even against a very athletic Team Wall squad, Nnamene consistently sent shots to the sidelines. He’s a raw big with a bright future at the next level.

Kris Monroe | Team Wall

6’7 2018 SF Kris Monroe of Team Wall showed why he holds offers from big schools such as Providence & NC State. He’s a great shooter that is also very strong around the basket, which is exactly why he is so highly recruited. Monroe is built for the next level.

Malik Johnson | Team Wall

6’1 2018 PG Malik Johnson of Team Wall was quiet in the stat books, but huge in his impact. Johnson displayed one of the quickest handles in the tournament & single-handedly broke down defenses all weekend. Team Wall wouldn’t be the same without Malik Johnson in the lead.

Matthew UrbachTeam Takeover Orange

6’4 2018 G Matthew Urbach of Team Takeover Orange was solid all weekend. Urbach has a very good mix of size & guard skills. Matthew made some bigtime plays in an intense matchup with Team Wall in front of 10+ D1 coaches.

 

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