2015 Fall Philadelphia Junior Elite First Team & Award Winners

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The Hoop Group Skills Junior Elite Tour kicked off Saturday at Competitive Edge Sports with the Philadelphia Junior Elite. This sold out clinic welcomed some of the top young talent in the Philadelphia area. As with every Junior Elite, there were some stars that shined just a little bit brighter than the others. Here are the 2015 Fall award winners and first team all Philly Junior Elite.

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2015 Fall Jr Elite Award Winners

Kevin Boyle Point Guard AwardSynai Bossey
Synai Bussey

Synai portrayed all the skills of a top-notch point guard Saturday. He showed a nice balance between attacking it himself and distributing. Synai was by far at his best in transition; he’s tough to stop because he can score and pass at a high rate.

Bob Hurley Toughness AwardJack RileyJack Riley

As a ninth grader, Jack’s size, along with his toughness, makes him a great prospect entering high school. Jack is a competitor, and plays the game the way that it should be played: hard. He crashes the boards and can be a menace in the paint if you don’t put a body on him. His tenacity was unmatched this past weekend.

Shooting Star AwardDavid DudaDavid Duda

It’s not uncommon to find multiple guys who can shoot the basketball at an event as deep as the Phily Jr Elite was; none of them could compare to David Duda, however. He has a quick release and is able to get his shot off in a hurry. If he gets himself into a rhythm, he’ll see multiple shots fall. His pure stroke gave him our Shooting Star Award.

#HGSkills Mr. Versatility Award: Khai Champion

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A long time Hoop Group Skills camper, Khai really showed his versatility this past weekend in Philadelphia. The guard is very smooth and his game is fun to watch. He can glide his way to the hoop, shoot from outside, get in the passing lanes and be active on defense, and so much more. He can provide a team with many things from the guard spot.

He Got Handle AwardNyle ColemanNyle Coleman

It’s pretty impressive when one of best, if not the best, handle of the day goes to a sixth grader. That was the case this weekend when Nyle Coleman showed us his skills with the ball in his hands. From the minute he started demonstrating during skills and drills, you could see Nyle is more than comfortable handling the basketball. He has such a tight handle, and makes playing with the ball look easy. Keep an eye out for his progress as a player, because his ceiling is very high.

2015 Fall Philly First Team All-Junior Elite

Jihad Watson

Jihad Wilson

Remember the name. Jihad Wilson was a jack of all trades on Saturday. The southpaw took over as his team’s primary ball handler and showed flashes of both a scoring and passing guard. He was able to score in bunches and also racked up assists with some nice passes.

Jacor Smith

Jacor Divine

Jacor showed potential of being the next big name out of Neumann-Gorreti High School. He stood out physically with great size and a broad base. He impressed defensively, locking up opponents on that end of the floor. Offensively, the lefty was able to score inside and make the most of his touches. He should blossom at the Philly powerhouse high school.

Wesley Butler

Wesley Butler

Many people tried to keep Wesley out of the paint on Saturday, few succeeded. Wesley was terrific getting himself into the lane and making plays. He has a quick first step and is great off the dribble. He does a great job changing pace and keeping defenders on their heels.

Justin Paz

Justin Paz

A freshman at Bethlehem Catholic, Justin is a smooth operator at the guard position. He has a nice fluidity to his game, something you don’t see from many players his age. He’s a steady ball handler and takes care of the basketball when he has it. Expect him to turn into a solid guard at the high school level.

Justin Rockmore

Justin Rockmore

Justin showed his ability to be a great scorer Saturday afternoon. He’s a strong guard, who got himself into the paint often and was able to finish through players. He had several and-one plays and just bullied through defenders to get to the basket. Couple that with good passing ability and Justin finds himself on the first team.

Johnson Whyte

Jahson Whyte

Height and length made Chico stand out at first glance. Measuring in at 6’4 with a wing span of 80 inches, Chico is a beast in the paint. Add to that a great leaping ability and you have a prized rim protector. Chico was a crowd pleaser this past weekend, finishing multiple plays inside above the rim. His length and athleticism make our second Neumann-Goretti big man on the list a rare talent in his age group.

Julius Phillips

Julius Phillips

Another player who shined thanks in part to his shear athleticism, Julius displayed great quickness and bounce. He gets off the floor quickly and just keeps jumping. He was a huge factor on both ends of the boards thanks to his jumping ability. He also showed nice touch on offense, knocking down mid range jumpers all afternoon.

The tour hits the road again this coming weekend, as we make our way down to Lake Braddock High School in Burke, Virginia. Looking forward to see some of the best youth players in the DMV! Spots are still open, sign up here.

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