Elite 1: Day Two Top Performers

SONY DSCThe second day of Hoop Group Elite I at Albright College in Reading, Pa. saw some quality basketball as players pushed themselves from the early bird workouts through the final game sets. Below are a few of the players who stood out through the day’s games, stations and workouts:

Lucas Wilke | Berlin, Germany | 6-7 | 2013
Wilke had a definite height advantage over his opponent, but looked more comfortable beating his man from the outside. The forward showed a nice touch from beyond, hitting on two three-pointers in one quarter of play.

Jibreel Ahmad | Newark Eastside (N.J.) High School | 5-10 | 2014
In an overtime game, Ahmad hit one of two free throws to give his team the two-point advantage and the victory. After missing the first, the junior breathed deep, collected himself and iced the game with the bucket.

Florent Bouttier | Vaugelas (France) | 5-9 | 2014
The Frenchman was a dead-eye sharp shooter today for his team. He did a great job of using screens to create space for him to knockdown easy mid-range jumpers. Bouttier only needed an inch of daylight to get off his quick trigger. He also had a nice steal in finish in the backcourt showing that he plays solidly on both sides of the ball.

Dylan Okoro | Bloomfield (N.J.) High School | 6-6 | 2013
Okoro had a nice defensive performance today for his team. Still very raw on the offensive end, Okoro did manage to finish a few jumphooks and layups in the lane.

Alfrad Burgesson | Halifax Grammar School (N.J.)| 6-4 | 2015
Burgesson was extremely important to his team as he helped his team capture a couple of wins today. His height provided a number of matchups problems for the opposition. He showed that he could slash to the basket with ease while also showing a nice stroke from deep.

Stephen Milhaven | St. Mary’s (N.Y.) High School | 6-5 | 2014
The wide-framed big was played very solid on both defense and offense today. In addition to finishing hooks around the basket, Milhaven also showed that he could hit shots from deep as well this afternoon.

Tyree Gibson | Reading (Pa.) High School | 6-2 | 2015
Gibson went to the rack and finish at the rim with ease this afternoon. Not the quickest guard, but his crossover moves were very deceptive as he was able to squeak by defenders.

Curtis Jenkins | Farmingdale (N.Y.) High School | 6-2 | 2014
Jenkins did an exceptional job at finding open teammates in transition. He had his head up all day trying to find the extra man while finding easy ways for his team to score. He was a hound on defense as well as he forced a number of turnovers as well.

Tyler Major | Mount Zion Christian Academy (N.C.) | 6-1 | 2014
Played hard and smart throughout Day Two. Was able to make the spot-up 3-pointer and was consistent in driving strong to the hole.

Karo Adjekughele | Fordham Prep School (N.Y.) | 6-6 | 2014
The senior forward was a force to be reckoned with in the post during gameplay, swatting away and altering shots throughout the day.

Isaiah Taylor | Match Public Charter (Mass.) | 5-10 | 2014
Running the point for his respective team, Taylor looked very comfortable with the ball in his hands, looking for the high-percentage shots that seemed to continually fall for him.

Zach Brunner | Mechanicsburg (Pa.) High School | 6-4 | 2014
The senior forward was giving 100 percent on the court on both sides, standing out mostly when he blocked what could have been a buzzer-beating three-point shot to draw the opposition within three points with a quarter left to play.

Preston Powell | Sachem East (N.Y.) High School | 5-11 | 2014
A nice, solid player, his ability to hit big shots when his team needy them most is what helped put him on this list. Even away from the games, Powell continued to work hard and stood out in the first of coach Danny Nee’s point guard clinics.

Chandler Benson | Moravia (N.Y.) High School | 6-7 | 2014
A big and strong defensive present on the floor who showed flashes of agile footwork while possessing a nice touch when finishing in and around the basket.

Travaun Coad | Wilson West Lawn (Pa.) High School | 6-0 | 2014
With the ability to explode to the basket, Coad had already garnered some attention early in camp, when his jumper started falling from all over the court on Day Two, he enjoyed a really big day.

John Kassis | Nazareth (Pa.) High School | 6-0 | 2014
A high intensity guard, Kassis is a problem on the defensive end, wreaking havoc on the opposing ball handler. On the offensive end, the senior guard has a nice handle with the ball while moving with purpose without the ball in his hands.

Tyler Tobin | Cherokee (N.J.) High School | 5-7 | 2016
Tobin showed off a wide variety of offensive skill in his team’s final game. The undersized guard raced by defenders and was able to hit mid to deep range shots with apparent ease, but was also able to change his shot mid-air when he wanted to go against a taller defender in the post for a layup.

Troy Bendian | River Dell (N.J.) High School | 6-7 | 2014
Through the final whistle of the day’s last game set, Bendian worked hard. His stingy defense and his ability to move without the ball was a key to his team’s Day Two success. He was a strong player who was able to box out well on both ends of the floor and even draw the occassional charge.

@AndrewKoob, @CabWashington and @pfebbraro contributed to this story.

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