The 2018 HOOP GROUP FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR comes as no surprise. She is a player that comes around once in a lifetime. We have not seen a player like her, enter the shore since…who knows? This year, she not only lived up to the hype but exceeded it. She brought an excitement to the Shore Conference and most importantly to Ocean Country that we have never seen before.

Hoop Group 2018 Shore Girls Freshman of the Year is….DESTINY ADAMS of Manchester Township High School.

“Never once ,did she show her youth. Once she realized, she was a one of our go to’s on both ends of the court , she was BIG , game in and game out, and bottom line , she produced.” Quote David Beauchemin, Manchester  Township Head Coach

By now most know the story of Destiny Adams walking up to me, to inform me she was the best 7th grader in the Shore. What most don’t know is that she sold herself short that day. Destiny Adams, is not just the best freshman in the Shore. she is the best freshman on the Tri-State area. She my friends is something I have personally never seen before. Her stats this season are mind blowing. This season she averaged 15 points…8.7 rebounds..2.2 assists…along with 2.4 blocks a game. She had 466 points for the season. Those numbers are shocking by anyone standards. It was not her stats that were most impressive. It was her humble unselfish play that stood out to most. Destiny Adams is that rare superstar, that believes basketball is a team game and is willing to share the spotlight with her teammates. It’s why so many cheer and wish her the best.

Destiny Adams did not wake up and become a superstar. What she does have is a superstar work ethic and attitude. It why she is willing to make a 50 minute  ride on weekends to train. It why she allows you to coach her hard without her showing a negative attitude. It’s why when told she must become a better shooter, she did just that this season. She had 26 three’s this season. More than anything else Destiny Adams proved she is a real teammate, she played wherever she was needed on the court this season. She played every single position on the court this year. This  season at times her young teammates had trouble getting her the ball and often forgot where their bread was buttered. But not once did Destiny Adams show an attitude or raise an eyebrow. It is why once again coaches, teammates and opponents root for her success.

Before the season Destiny Adams was topic of much discussion. The word hype is often used when a talented player is introduced to the Shore Conference. the Shore is the show me conference, where doing over talking is required. Destiny is  6’3″ long and athletic but most importantly plays with a fire. It the only reason to explain how in her first game against rival Donovan Catholic she brought the house down. She had 28 points, 6 rebounds, 4 steals and a game winning shot. It was her way of introducing herself to the Shore Conference. If there were any doubts left, she put them to rest at the WOBM. She had 28 …13 rebounds and 3 assists against Toms River North in the championship game. It was the first WOBM title for Manchester and the first by a Ocean County school in a decade. She also became the first Freshman to walk away with the MVP honors. Manchester saw a lot of first with Destiny Adams in the lineup this season.

When Manchester knocked off RFH this year, it was sign of things to come. Like Manchester becoming a Top 20 team for the first time in schools history. Like winning consecutive Sectional titles for the first time. Like playing an elite schedule against teams like Franklin and a matchup against Mainland High School with Kylie Watson, these were big time showcase events Manchester has never been part of; prior to the arrival of Miss Adams. It was this type of excitement and attention that Destiny Adams has brought to Manchester High School. She has done all this with a cool demeanor and class. Her respect displayed toward, teammates, coaches, opponents and officials, proved she was more than at talented basketball player…but rather a first class young lady.

Destiny Adams will play college basketball wherever see pleases one day. It’s interesting that she seems not to be interested in attention from college coaches. I think she is enjoying playing with her sister. I also think were here sister Dakota goes to college will play a role in where one day she will play. Nobody told me this, I just know the relationship she and her family have. The Adams family are not your typical basketball family, they are proud of Destiny but keep her level headed. Her mother is a lawyer and one tough cookie. She doesn’t believe in special treatment and thinks all kids should be treated the same, including her own, regardless of there ability. Her father is the principle of Manchester High School and he will not allow anything to take a front seat above education. The Adams do everything as a family. They travel together, eat together and go to church every Sunday together. I once joked that Destiny should skip church to attend NBS on a Sunday….her mother did not laugh. The Adams raise Alpha daughters and sons, they are nurturing and firm. There are no shorts cuts. Everyone is held responsible and how many rebounds and points you get has nothing to do with anything.

This marks the 2nd year in a row Manchester has won the THE HOOP GROUP FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR, Kamari Reynolds won it last year. She has something in common with Destiny Adams. She too is a great teammate and ego free. There was talk if the two stars on a upstart program could work together. The questioned was answered this season, it was answered with unselfish play. The two have showed that winning trumps everything. Manchester is going to do a lot of winning over the next 3 years. Manchester will be a Top 5 team in the state to start next season. They will have a big target on their back. DESTINY ADAMS  has had a target on her back; since the day she announced she was best player in the 2021 class. That’s not just talk folks, because she is the …THE 2018 HOOP GROUP FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR…CONGRATS TO MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL AND DESTINY ADAMS

Hoop Group 2018 Shore Girls’ All Freshman Teams


This years HOOP GROUP ALL FRESHMAN TEAM,  is once again loaded. This year 3 of the 1st Team members currently have D1 offers on the table. This group is special because most are known gym rats, who welcome competition. They all played major roles on there high school teams. They all had big games on big stages during the season and where impact babies all season. The 2018 class is special and because of the this,  will have a 2nd team All Freshman Team. This is only the second time we have added a 2nd team. There are 3 future D1 players who did not make any of the Shore All Freshman Teams and that is a tribute to the 2018  FRESHMAN CLASS overall talent.










“Sophia is a great kid with unlimited potential. Her ability to perform under pressure was instrumental in our team success.”

 Joe Montano, Head Coach Red Bank Catholic

Sabino was as  advertised in her season debut. She stepped into the starting lineup of the Top 5 ranked RBC. Her impact was felt on  both sides of the floor. While college coaches marvel at her court vision and basketball IQ. It was her defense which was the biggest surprise this season, as often times she guarded the opponents best offensive guard. Her ability to breakdown defenders is rare and next level type stuff. Her showing stopping performance in a win over #1 ranked  Manasquan which included 20 points and 5 dimes. May have been the best performance by a baby this season on a big stage. No freshman had the ball in hands more this season. Sophia Sabino is getting recruitment from some of the best teams in the country, which includes Top 5 programs. She has high D1 offers on the table already. There is no question, she is one of the best young point guards in recent RBC  history. RBC’s point guard spot is in good hands for years to come.



“Katie has a great skill set and understanding of the game. She is a good teammate and competitor and her on our team is only going to grow. The best thing about Freshmen is they become Sophomores”

Dawn Karpell, Head Coach St. John Vianney

Her length, size and toughness make her a classic SJV player. She took on the challenge to play at SJV were no promises are made and everything is based on performance and merit. It was a wise decision as Katie Hill showed she has superstar written all over her. She played against the very best competition all year. Her brilliant play against RBC was an example of her being ready for prime time on the big stage. Katie Hill is a deadly shooter and proved she is not afraid to be aggressive off the bounce. But it’s her ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the rim, that separates her from other babies. Blessed with a next level competitive nature and knowing the track record of how SJV players develop. She just may be the best player in the 2021 class one day. No freshman played in more big games, while getting extended minutes. She is a drama free kid, from a drama free family. She is a total teammate and program kid. Katie Hill will be one of the most recruited players in New Jersey before her playing days are up at SJV. She has D1 offers on the table.



“Our success this season was spring boarded by a made 3-point shot as time expired when we were down two. Chloe had the courage to take the shot , but more importantly, show our team that games can be won even though we did not play our best and that a freshman can be counted on throughout the season. The shot was made in GAME 2! A poker face that bewilders opponents. Chloe Teter makes you think that she should be selling girls scout cookies at halftime rather than picking your pocket and finishing a drive that only needs two dribbles past half-court.”

Quote John Truhan, Head Coach Red Bank Regional


No player on this list is more of a surprise. In fact she is the biggest surprise HOOP GROUP ALL FRESHMAN MEMBER maybe of all time. She was not listed as a Top 10 freshman entering the season. She willed herself into one of the best babies in New Jersey. She started every game for RBR this season. She had big shots, steals, passes and rebounds all year. He game winner at the buzzer to beat Manalapan should have been a sign of what was to come. She helped RBR win a shocking 17 games, a win in the SCT and helped RBR make it to the STATE quarterfinals for the first time in schools history and SCT  semi finals for the first time in 20 years. Teter averaged 9 points,2 steals and 3 dimes a game. Her cross over hop move is the best in the business and next level. She had 18 three’s this season and never walked away from a big shot this season. In fact she may have made more big shots than any freshman this year.. She no question took on the responsibility of replacing a team that lost 9 seniors with no problem. Her freshman performance just at be the best by a RBR baby in10 years. She is the first freshman in RBR history to make the HOOP GROUP ALL FRESHMAN TEAM. Chloe Teter has a big future ahead of her and the future of RBR basketball may rest on her shoulders.



“Rachel Capua  is a gamer . Never once ,did she show her youth. Once she realized ,she was a one of our go to’s on both ends of the court , she was BIG , game in and game out, and bottom line , she produced.”

Quote Rachel Goodale, Head Coach Jackson Memorial

She has seem to come from nowhere. Caupa stats this season may be the reason, Jackson Memorial may have been the surprise team of the year. No freshman outside Destiny Adams had a better year statistical wise. Caupa, had 15 double figure scoring games this year, including a season high 25 points. She averaged 12 points and 7 rebounds on the season. She was beast all season and saved best for some of Jackson’s biggest games. Like her 23 point and 6 rebound game in a win over TOP 20 TRN. Before the season she appeared on no All Freshman list and for the most part unknown, making her story even better. Rachel Caupa is a classic two way player and is a problem on defense just as much as she is one on offense. She started all 25 games for Coach Goodale and scored 300 points this season only Destiny Adams had more.  Rachel Caupa many believe had a real good case for freshman of the year. There is no doubt she is a special talent, who will rewrite the record books at Jackson Memorial before she is done. While she is a unlikely member of the HOOP GROUP ALL FRESHMAN. It is highly unlikely that she is not a future All SHORE PLAYER.


*I feel its very important we knowledge Lucy Alberici, of Raritan High School. She clearly had a All Freshman type season. 9.1 points and 8.1 rebounds a game. She also had a 25/10 rebound game in the state tournament. I did not see Raritan High School play this season. This is the reason she is not included in the All Freshman lineup. I am sure other kids were missed as well. But her stats alone against the competition she faced must be acknowledged.


She had tons of pressure on her this season and stepped up nicely for Coach Callahan. A future D1 player, she is the future of RFH basketball. Tough hard nosed player.


Are you asking how a baby can average 10 points a game and score in double figures 17 time be on second team? A scoring machine


She is a future ALL SHORE PLAYER  and may have more upside than anyone in the 2021 class. She has next level natural talent.


She had some big moments this season, a Future D1 player. She has great size for her position and is an elite shooter


St. Rose has a future star on its hands. She got better it seems every night. Her competitive nature is off the charts. She is a big time defender and total gym rat.




Over my dead body… is exactly how Manasquan approached every game this year.  They were shining stars when the season ended. Lisa Kukoda and her Merry Band of warriors seem to always play there best on the biggest stages. The TriAngle of Death…DARA MABREY…LOLA MULLANEY AND FAITH MASONIOUS were deadly all year. Senior Carly Geissler and Emma McManamen proved they were winners all year and history will show, along Annie Mako and Macey Black. There would be no 3rd SCT TITLE for Lisa Kukoda. …WITHOUT THEM. No question MANASQUAN was the best team in the Shore Conference this year….enjoy the video.

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