Isaiah Briscoe: Destined to be Elite from Day One


For the past few years, Isaiah Briscoe has been regarded as the best point guard in the class of 2015. ESPN.com has ranked him the 13th best player in the country and Rivals.com has him as high as nine in their ranking. Tomorrow, Briscoe will announce his college commitment on national television. After listening to the countless pitches and carefully evaluating every program, the list has been narrowed down to Kentucky, St. John’s and Connecticut.

Isaiah Briscoe was an all-star at Future All-American Camp before he even took a high school class

Isaiah Briscoe was an all-star at Future All-American Camp before he even took a high school class

Briscoe, who started his high school career at St. Benedict’s Prep before transferring to Roselle Catholic, averaged 22 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds and nearly 2 steals a game for the Lions last season. With the start of the 2014-15 high school season quickly approaching, Briscoe gets set to help lead a talented Roselle team on a State Championship run. Many have their guesses as to where the New Jersey guard will land, but only one thing is for sure: we know where he came from.

Before the scholarship offers piled up, before countless days were spent traveling from AAU event to AAU event, Briscoe was a budding star at Hoop Group Future All-American Camp. Only a rising freshman at camp, the point guard was not shy to admit that even at an early age, he felt he can bring a little bit of everything to the table for a team, and he’s not wrong. The point guard is a terrific scorer and possesses a good shooting touch. He makes those around him better, dropping crisp, on time passes for assists; he’s even increased his presence in the rebounding department. As a 14 year old at camp, he particularly impressed with his ability to distribute the basketball and deliver passes with both hands, as well as get to the hoop and score.

A New Jersey State Championship is the goal for Briscoe and his talented Roselle Catholic teammates this season.

A New Jersey State Championship is the goal for Briscoe and his talented Roselle Catholic teammates this season.

You could tell from an early age that Isiah Briscoe was destined for big things on the hardwood. Playing for the New Jersey Playaz AAU program, Briscoe played for their 17U team as a rising freshman. Competing alongside other great NJ guards, like former Hoop Grouper and now San Antonio Spur, Kyle Anderson, Briscoe was able to learn lessons and gain experience that very few players his age get the chance to do. “I take a lot of stuff from Kyle’s game,” Briscoe said. “I look up to him like a big brother. Every time he’s playing I always want to watch him play so I can help my game.”

His game certainly has skyrocketed to another level since Future All-American Camp, and at 6:00 pm EST tomorrow, he will become a prize recruit in one coach’s recruiting class. The question on everyone’s minds right now is which school that will be. Will he choose the defending National Champion Connecticut Huskies? Will he become the newest piece to another powerhouse recruiting class for Kentucky? Or will he opt to stay close to home and represent New York City with St. John’s? As the hype and speculation continues to mount, one thing is for certain: no matter what school he chooses, Isaiah Briscoe will be the most recent Hoop Group Alum to achieve his basketball dream.

Hoop Group Alumni Nwankwo Chooses Golden Gophers

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NEPTUNE, NJ-  In early September, Hoop Group Alumni Jonathan Nwankwo committed to attend the University of Minnesota next year while on his visit to the school. Physically, Nwankwo is ready for the next level. He’s 6’9 and has a strong build, making him a presence inside. He’s a good defender and rebounder around the rim and offensively, he can  finish with a nice touch. We saw a lot of the Minnesota bound senior at Hoop Group Elite Camp this summer with his high school teammate, Peter Kiss. Here are  their highlights from Academic Elite session one.

Before putting on the maroon and gold for Minnesota, Nwanwko will play his senior season at Victory Rock Prep in Bradenton, Florida after playing at Monsignor Scanlan High School for three years. Nwankwo is excited for the opportunities that Victory Rock can provide him with and he believes the school will help make him a better player and get him ready for college. I sat down with Jonathan this summer and discussed his recruiting process at the time as well as the move down to Florida.

Last month Jonathan joined a hearty list of Hoop Group Alumni who have committed to play Division 1 basketball. The University of Minnesota has landed themselves a big man with a lot of upside. We wish the best of luck to Jonathan both this year and when he steps onto campus at Minnesota.

HG Alum Commits: Adam Pickett Chooses Winthrop

The last time we saw Adam Pickett, he was playing in a gym packed with college coaches at Hoop Group Elite Camp. The 6’1 senior showed an ability to run the point guard position and appeared to be very comfortable with the ball in his hands. The long lefty also showed a tremendous ability to slash to the rim and finish in a variety of ways. He drew a lot of attention during the week of camp and finished as an NBA East All-Star.

Fast forward a couple of months and the Hoop Group Alumni has now committed to play basketball at Winthrop University. Pickett will be joining a team that finished 20-13 a season ago and made it all the way to the Big South Conference Championship game. The team looks to build on last season’s success this upcoming year as Pickett looks to end his high school career with a strong senior season.

While he may have accomplished his goal of playing Division 1 basketball, Adam knows his game is not a finished product. He continues to work on enhancing his skills every single day. In the summer, he mentioned that one of his goals was to improve his jump shot, which could make him a terror to guard defensively.

We had a chance to sit down with Adam during Elite Camp and talk to him. We talked about his camp experience, where his recruiting process was at the time, even NBA free agency! You can see that full interview right here:

Hoop Group would like to wish Adam the best of luck as he begins his senior year, and continued success both in the classroom and on the hardwood when he heads to Winthrop in the fall of 2015!

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Jr. Elite Interviews

We took some time during session II of Jr. Elite Camp in the Poconos to talk to several young, up and coming players who were spending the weekend with us. Here are all those interviews:

Chauncey Sterling

Lafayette Williams

Xavier Harris

David Dorsett

Kameran Rodriguez and Antonio Sellers

Riley McMahon and Drew Valentino

Zach Rocco and Isaac DeGregorio

Charlie Gordinier

Casey Jack and Sadeeq Tarry

We saw high levels of skill and intelligence from players all summer long at Skills Camp. Now it is time to keep that momentum going. Check out our Jr. Elite Top 100s this fall and see if these day clinics are right for you!

HG One on One: Cam Reddish

Cameron Reddish has the potential to be a special basketball player. The Philadelphia native is only a rising freshman, but he is already turning anyone who watches him play into a believer of how high his ceiling is. Reddish made some noise last season, getting varsity minutes for the Haverford School as an eighth grader. As a freshman his role is expected to increase this upcoming year, but it won’t come easy.

At 6’4, Reddish has great length for the guard position. His jump shot is good and is continuing to get better and better every time he plays. He’s also shown a strong ball handling ability.

Reddish has a passion for the game that motivates him to put in work every single day. While he may have the size, length and motor to be a Division 1 player, Reddish knows he must increase his strength if he wants to succeed at the high school level, let alone the high major level.

We spoke to Reddish last week at Hoop Group Future All-American Camp. He spoke to us about his summer, AAU teammates Lonnie Walker and Justyn Mutts and what it was like playing varsity minutes as an eighth grader. See the interview here:

One on One: Interview with Daniel Mading

A few months ago, very few knew the name Daniel Mading. A huge summer however, has helped the rising sophomore explode onto the recruiting scene. One of the reasons Mading was relatively unknown was his foreign background. Mading is a native of Perth, Australia, but is apart of the Beyond Belief Program, a program whose mission is to “promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness within a diverse society through the use of sports.”

From a physical standpoint, Mading is listed at 6’9, but do not make the mistake of comparing him to fellow Australian and NBA center Andrew Bogut; the two have very different games despite a similar height. While Mading does have impressive length to play with his back to the basket, he also possesses athleticism that will help him thrive on the wing. Couple that with the endless motor that he showed last week at Future All-American Camp, as well as his ability to take the ball coast to coast after hauling in a rebound, and you have a player with unlimited potential.

Mading wasted no time grabbing the attention of various scouts and media groups that attended Future All-American Camp. The Aussie impressed all week and showed how big of a recruit he can be. He exhibited great versatility, and is able to do many things on offense, including driving to the hoop in the half court, running the floor and finishing in transition and even displayed a promising mid range jump shot. Defensively he is long enough and athletic enough to be a good rebounder, pesky defender outside and shot alterer at the rim.

Mading capped off his week with a ten point performance in a star studded Super Sophomore All-Star Game. We sat down with the all-star and talked to him a little about his game and his excitement about attending The Rock School, in Gainesville, Florida next year. See the interview here:

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HG Debate: “Dream Team” Or 2012 Olympic Team?

Dream Team vs. 2012 Olympic Team

“Dream Team or 2012?”

With the 2012 Olympic Games set to begin, players at Elite III were asked to weigh in on which U.S. Olympic basketball squad they thought was better–the 1992 “Dream Team” with a roster featuring Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird or this year’s team, comprised of superstars like Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, and Carmelo Anthony.

Check out what they had to say:

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Isaiah Briscoe 2015 #1 Point Guard Credits Kyle Anderson For Helping His Game

2015 PG Isaiah Briscoe (NJ Playaz) who will be a freshman at St. Benedict’s high school was at Hoop Group Elite Future All American camp. He sat down with Dave Krupinski (@DaveKrupinski) to talk about his summer playing basketball at Hoop Group Camps and with 17U NJ Playaz team with Kyle Anderson and Savon Goodman.

Ben Bentil Came to Hoop Group Elite Because of the Competition

Ben Bentil received an invitation from Reebok to attend their camp during the first week of the July live recruiting period. Anytime you’re invited to a camp you should feel honored but when Bentil heard about the level of competition at Hoop Group Elite camp he had to turn the Reebok offer down.

“When I heard about the competition here I told Reebok that I was going to Hoop Group Elite.” exclaimed a thankful Bentil.

Bentil thrived facing elite competition in front of over 250 college coaches despite being one to two years younger than a majority of his competition. Bentil is one of the top big men in the country in the class of 2014 and will be attending St. Andrews school next year.