2015 Fall NYC Junior Elite Recap

The Hoop Group Junior Elite Tour ended Wednesday in New York City for the Fall NYC Junior Elite. Not many environments rival Riverbank State Park, and it was the perfect way to end our Fall series. Here is the full recap from Wednesday’s showcase clinic.

 Player Head Shots

2015 Fall NYC Junior Elite Award Winners

Zyaire Smith
He Got Handle Award: Zaire Smith

Smith had no problem making the big play at Jr. Elite. From the beginning on the workout, he caught people’s eye with his ability to handle the basketball. Once game play started, he took it to another level, making numerous highlight and no-look passes to teammates off the dribble.

Marcus Burnett

Shooting Star: Marcus Burnett

Burnett is as polished a shooter as they come. He made 3 after 3 on Wednesday, showing his ability to shoot off of the catch, as well as off the dribble. He has a high, quick release, allowing him to get his shot off whenever he has an opening of space.

Luke Klores

#HGSkills Mr. Versatiity: Luke Klores

Klores caught our eye on Wednesday due to his high basketball IQ and sound fundamentals. He gets into the paint and makes plays for others, he can shoot it consistently from mid-range and the 3 point line. He seemed to always be around the basketball, creating good things for his team.

Nick Koch

Bob Hurley Toughness Award: Nicholas Koch

Koch is a tough, gritty point guard with good court vision. He had no problems taking on larger opponents and not backing down. He lived in the paint on Wednesday, setting up teammates for easy shots and scoring opportunities. He also showed his ability to lead by example, picking up his man full court, getting on the floor for loose balls, and communicating on defense. Coaches win a lot of games because of players like Nick.

Kevin Boyle Floor General Award: Clinton McCullum

McCullum, a member of the 6th grade Harlem United team, was the definition of a “Floor General” on Wednesday. The quick guard has an exceptional handle, was quick and decisive with the basketball, all while being unselfish on the break. He used his ability with the ball to create shots for his teammates. He also keeps the defense honest with his 3 point shooting ability.

2015 Fall 1st Team All NYC Junior Elite

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TJ Jacobs

TJ, an 8th grader from the New Heights AAU program, stole the show on Wednesday night. He controlled the game on the offensive end, showing us a tight handle while scoring the basketball at will. He has a great release on his jump-shot, which makes him an effective scorer from anywhere on the court. He also threw several highlight passes to teammates for easy scores.

Kam Rodriguez

Kam Rodriguez

As far as young point guards go, The Riverside Hawk 6th grader is at the top of his class. He can make the highlight play and beat his man off the dribble at ease, but is also very fundamental and capable of running a team. He is a pass-first point guard, but that is largely because he sees the floor so well. He is more than capable of scoring, showing us crafty finishes around the rim, as well as making shots past the 3 point line.

Scott Vollmer

Scott Vollmer

Vollmer, a freshman at St. Luke’s (CT), is a name that college coaches will be hearing about soon. The 6’8 big man showed his versatility on Wednesday, scoring on the block when he got touches in the paint, but also showed his ability to face up and make shots out to 18 feet. Defensively, he is an aggressive shot-blocker and is developing as an anchor for his team.

Khalil Harris

Harris, a member of the well-known Brooklyn RENS, is a long, athletic wing. The 6’2 8th grader finished at the rim as well as anybody at the event, and is at his best while in the open court and in transition. Defensively, he uses his length to serve as a lock-down defender against opposing wings.
Tharon Allen

Tahron Allen

Tahron is the type of basketball player that entices coaches. He’s very long and smooth on the court. He moves well and showed spurts of great athleticism. He is very good at driving the basketball, getting all the way to the paint, and finishing at a high rate. Tahron showed a high ceiling.

Moussa Diaby

Moussa is a 9th grader from the talented Harlem United squad that very well could have been the fastest player in attendance on Wednesday. He is a lightning quick wing that was constantly in attack mode when he had the ball, using his explosive first step to blow by defenders. He showed he can play physical, being able to take contact and still finish plays at the rim.
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Ibrahim Wahara

Ibrahim is a huge paint presence down low. He’s already got great height at 6’4 and has tremendous athleticism. He can already play above the rim at times, and it is only a matter of time until he is there all the time. He’s got great hands inside too, as he can catch bullet passes from guards and finish in the paint.
Ryan Myers

Ryan Myers

Myers, another member for the New Heights AAU program, showed his wide range of skills. The lefty has a smooth jumper, and made it clear that no moment is too big for him. He carried his team down the stretch, making shot after shot, before hitting a contested step back jumper in the corner to send his game to overtime.

Rising Stars & Names to Know:
-Sunil Fong
-Caleb Crawford
-Malik Edmead
-Robert Taylor
-Ahvier Medina
-Jovan Germain
-Sam Lieberman
-Abdullah Holmes Jr.
-Kenjee Polanco
-BJ Tracey
-Isiah Ezenekwe
-Ceasar Lugo
-Kesean Tracey
-Shakur Rouse
-Joshua Antione
-Zachary Freemantle
-Renard Barnes
-Ricardo Allyene
-Jaden Jenkins
-Adomas Vaitkus

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