Elite 2 — Day 3 Standouts

Our last full day at Hoop Group Elite 2 has come to a close, and it was yet another solid day of action at Albright College.

Here are our standouts from day 3:

Johnathan McGriff | 2019 PG | Bishop McNamara, MD

A rising sophomore with two Division I offers–Hampton and Kent State–McGriff showed off a wealth of abilities during his games Thursday; the wiry 5-foot-11 guard can distribute, create for himself with his insane handles and quickness, and is a nuisance on the defensive end. With McGriff’s skill set, the sky is the limit.

Tamir Green | 2017 PG | Constitution, PA

Green’s pass-first playing style makes him the ideal point guard prototype, and his ability to dish the ball to anyone on the floor at any given time only makes his team that much better. While Green has yet to receive a Division I offer, he has proved he can create for himself as well as his teammates in front of many scouts these last three days.

Nick Alikakos | 2017 F | Episcopal Academy, PA

Alikakos, who has four Division I offers–including Hartford, Penn, St. Francis (PA), and Lafayette–as well as a slew of Patriot/Ivy League interest, is quite the “glue guy” on both sides of the ball. The lanky, 6-foot-7 forward can do many different things for his team, with a smooth mid-range jumper, strength on the glass, and a high motor.

Denmark Slay | 2017 PG | St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes, VA

Slay showed the ability to both score the basketball in bunches and efficiently while also running the show and keeping his teammates involved. He showed the ability to hit from deep off the bounce, get in the lane to create and he also was terrific guarding the basketball. The best part is that his game seems to step up in matchups against high level players.

Justin Winston | 2018 F | Immaculate Conception, NJ

At 6’8” Winston has a terrific frame to play and guard both on the perimeter and in the post, and he has the versatility offensively to get it done in a number of ways too. Despite his impressive frame, Winston is very perimeter oriented, where he can work out of the triple threat or come off of screens to hit shots from deep. He also loves the big moment, hitting a game winner in double overtime in his first game of the day.

Damian Chong Qui | 2017 PG | McDonogh School, MD

He may be the smallest player on the floor 90% of the time, but Chong Qui is impossible to stay in front of with his mix of speed and his ability to shoot it from deep. He’s super crafty, changes speeds, has blow by ability and is an absolute pest defensively. He’s been one of the most fun point guards to watch, and he’s been one of the best in the camp too.

Dylan Hastings | 2017 PF | Solanco, PA

Hastings is a very skilled forward who’s able to score with his back to the basket or facing up in the midrange. He has good hands, a soft touch from a number of spots on the floor and he rebounds and runs the floor well for his size. However, the most impressive thing may have been his athleticism, as Hastings threw down a number of impressive finishes in transition.

Jordan Lyons | 2017 F | Orangeville Prep, CAN

Speaking of athleticism, Lyons has been one of the most impressive athletes in all of the camp. He’s not just a high flyer, Lyons is also a very strong forward that is able to get in the lane and elevate over and through defenders for posterizing finishes.

Kyle Copeland | 2017 SG | Phillips Exeter, NJ

Copeland has always played well in Hoop Group events, whether it was last year’s Elite Session Two or one of the many tournaments he’s played with District Basketball Club. At 6’4”, Copeland has good size and is a smooth athlete that allows him to finish above the rim in transition and guard some of the best players in camp. He’s a two guard that can shoot it, but he’s also a willing and capable passer with good vision and feel in transition.

Aaron Clarke | 2018 PG | Pope John XXIII, NJ

Clarke was simply all over the place during his games Thursday, doing it all as his team’s primary ball handler. Although he has yet to receive D-I offers, the 6-foot-tall rising junior distributes at a high level with his unselfish play. Clarke closed out the night with a dagger three from the wing for the win.

(Contributors: Jeff Griffith and Jack Herron)

 

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