Hoop Group Elite 1: Day 3 Top Performers

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Usually the third day of camp players start to get sluggish and tired from a busy two days before. That was not the case at Elite 1. The competition and effort remained terrific today and we were rewarded with another full day of spectacular basketball. Here who performed well today.

David Cole | 2016 |Christ the King (NY)

David is a big bodied post player from Middle Village, NY. He’s 6’7 with a strong frame. He used his strength to his advantage today, bullying through smaller defenders. He showed good touch around the rim and a good shooting stroke to about 15 feet. One thing that stood out were the hustle plays he made, both on the offense glass and diving on the floor. He was locked in mentally today.

Ray Jerome | 2016 | Cheshire Academy 

Ray’s motor is incredible. You’ll never see him not flying around the floor. His athleticism makes me lethal on defense, where he’s great at jumping passing lanes and getting break away dunks. He has an ability to change speeds on offense with the ball in his hands, keeping defenders on their toes. When face with double teams, the guard doesn’t get rattled, calmly using a step back dribble and finding the open man like every coach teaches. He’s gifted with great leaping ability.

Nate Reuvers | 2017 | Lakeville North (MN)

Nate’s a 6’8, pushing on 6’9, wing with a great ability to catch and shoot the basketball. His stroke is so smooth and he can provide a team with a forward who can stretch the floor on offense. He can shoot coming off screens just as well as he can shoot standing ready in the corner….which is well. He’s working on getting his body stronger for the next level, and if he adds some muscle, he can be an interior threat as well.

Brandon Anderson | 2016| Don Bosco Prep (NJ)

Not much we haven’t already said about Brandon as a point guard. He’s as tough as they come and doesn’t back down from a challenge. He will go at defenders, getting himself or pulling up for a jumper. Brandon has an ability to finish some acrobatic looking takes to the hoop, twisting his body in mid air to avoid shot blockers and still being able to finish. His ability to create has gotten better as well. He is able to find his own shot, or set teammates up.

DeAndre Johnson | 2017 | Clinton Christian (MD)

DeAndre is 6’9 with arms that appear to go on forever. He’s so fluid and swift moving around the floor. He shows flashes of a ‘point forward’ in some instances, leading fast breaks, making crisp change of direction moves and kicking out after penetrating. He also has the ability to knock down a mid range jump shot. His ceiling is pretty high.

Matthew Faw | 2017 | Upper Merion

Another shooter with length to him, Faw has had a good week of camp thus far. He couples length with athleticism, which makes him a dual threat on offense. He’s shown flashes where he plays above the rim, while also hitting his jump shot with consistency. A newly shown step back has helped elevate his game to a new level.

Mikey Dixon | 2016 | Sanford School (DE)

He’s shown out at HG events all summer, including multiple 30 point showings at the Pittsburgh Jam Fest and the Southern Jam Fest, and his takeover ability was on display on day 3 as well. When the fourth quarter came around, Dixon took over creating his own shots and drawing contact to get to the line. He was tremendous down the stretch, shooting it well off the catch for deep and creating space off the bounce. He received offers from Central Connecticut State and Cannisius at the event.

Davion Mintz | 2016 | North Mecklenburg (NC)

A strong 6’3 combo guard, Mintz was on a tear all week as he scored the ball efficiently from all three levels. He can create with the ball in his hands, and moves well without it where he can catch and shoot from the three with consistency.  He plays hard and is always after a bucket, and it’s clear to see why he holds over 10 scholarship offers already.

Nathan Knight | 2016 | Kimball Union (NH)

He dominated his opponents throughout the event, and it garnered him four offers from the likes of American, Central Connecticut State, UMBC and Stony Brook. The 6’8 forward is a versatile offensive player that can bang down low or step outside and attack from the perimeter. He’s a decent ball handler in transition, and despite his bigger frame moves well and runs the floor. He helped his stock as much as anybody here at camp.

Jimmy Panzini | 2016 | Point Pleasant Beach (NJ)

The easiest thing to say about this kid is that you’d want him to lead your team. A jacked 6’1 point guard with a New Jersey chip, Panzini was terrific at breaking pressure, getting in the lane to create, and finishing through contact. He was a tough competitor, and showed the ability to run a team that won a lot of games this week.

Alex Sorrensen | 2016 | Southside HS (NY)

Another Hoop Group killer, Sorrensen has been getting it done all summer with his GS7 Elite team, and he was terrific with the ball in his hands this week. He has deep range off the bounce, a shifty handle, a good feel and makes the right pass almost all of the time. A stocky 6’3 lead guard, he played to his strengths and showed some of the things that were questioned of him really shouldn’t be.

Samuel Geschickter | 2016 | Williston North Hampton (MA)

This kid caught fire and there was no way to extinguish him. He opened the second game of the day by going 5-for-5 from deep in the first quarter, showing tremendous range and a quick trigger off the catch. When he was denied the ball, he moved well and was able to come off of dribble hand offs where he fired from deeper each time. He finished with 22 points and 6 three-pointers in the game.

Austin Harriott | 2016 | Hun School (NJ)

Austin had the play of the day, no, make it the week, this morning at camp when he put back a tip back slam over a defender. The play showed how athletic the 6’4 is. While he was sound offensively today, Austin was at his best on the defensive end, pressuring defenders and speeding ball handlers up. It led to steals, fast break lay ups, and highlights….

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James Albano and Jack Herron contributed to this article.

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