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Qualifications: This week we’ll have a little different approach to Pooley’s Picks. Often, with working at the Hoop Group, I’ll get to travel and see different events. This past weekend I was able to get down to The Hill School and watch the 2016 PSA Prep School Showcase. The event was loaded with coaches, talent, and great moments. The following are a selection of the Top 10 things I took away from the showcase.
Picks are in no particular order. Please enjoy the fourth installment of Pooley’s Picks.
And of course as always, everybody’s favorite:
Mesean “Bear” Williams
10 years old, 2024
Scouting Report: Mesean “Bear” Williams is one of the most competitive young players we have seen. He has strong skills with the basketball and is able to score in the half court, as well as transition. Defensively, he is an absolute “bear”. Coaches have described Mesean as thinking that “every time the ball is bounced, he believes it is a loose ball”. His tenacity on the floor, paired with his athletic ability, make him a standout in the 2024 class, playing the the New Jersey Shoreshots.
Events Attended: Coach Hurley Camp, Kevin Boyle PG Weekend, Tournament of Champions, Hoop Group Showdowns
*Note: Mesean was named All-Star Game MVP at Coach Hurley’s Skills Camp in the summer of 2016.*
Scouting Report: Jack Bailey is one of the most well-rounded and skilled guards in the class of 2023. Jack has range out to 22′ and uses this to keep defenders honest when they attempt to back off of him in hopes to contain his penetration. Given his ability to get by defenders with a variety of dribble moves and shifty change-of-pace moves, this may be the best course of action. Jack does an excellent job of handling pressure and has a knack for knocking down big shots with the game on the line. As a member of the highly competitive Riverside Hawks program, we are excited to watch Jack continue to grow as a player.
Events Attended: NYC Jr. Elite, Hoop Group Skills Camp, Jr. Elite Weekend, Bob Hurley Skills Camp, among others