Nick Koch: Junior Elite Player of the Day

Nick Koch
6th Grade/2022
Hawthorne, NJ

Scouting Report: (From NYC Jr. Elite Recap) 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.

Events Attended: NYC Jr. Elite, Hoop Group Skills Camp.

**Note**: Koch has been named a league All-Star and MVP of Hoop Group Skills Camp. He was awarded the Bob Hurley Toughness award at the NYC Jr. Elite in the Fall of 2015.

Donta Scott: Junior Elite Player of the Day

Donta Scott
9th Grade/2019
Philadelphia, PA
Imhotep Charter

Scouting Report: (From Philly Jr. Elite Recap) Donta’ is another eighth grader with incredible size. He’s extremely long and can alter shots at the rim and rebound over others. What stood out most when watching Donta’ play was his ability to grab a rebound and run the fast break himself. He moves very well up and down the court; it’s not an easy task stopping him from scoring when he gets a head of steam. He has shown a strong ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter as well.

Events Attended: Philly Jr. Elite, Skills Tournament of Champions

**Note**: Duda has been named an All-Star at Hoop Group Skills Camp, as well winning the Shooting Star Award at Hoop Group’s Philly Jr. Elite in the Fall of 2015.

David Duda: Junior Elite Player of the Day

David Duda
9th Grade/2019
Norristown, PA
Methacton HS

Scouting Report: (From Philly Jr. Elite Recap) 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.

Events Attended: Philly Jr. Elite (2014 & 2015), Hoop Group Skills Camp

**Note**: Duda has been named an All-Star at Hoop Group Skills Camp, as well winning the Shooting Star Award at Hoop Group’s Philly Jr. Elite in the Fall of 2015.

RJ Davis: Junior Elite Player of the Day

RJ Davis
8th Grade/2020
NY Gauchos

Events Attended: NYC Jr. Elite

 

Antonio Sellers: Junior Elite Player of the Day


Antonio Sellers
6th Grade/2022
Jersey City, NJ
NY Gauchos

Scouting Report: Sellers has been a big name on the basketball scene for a few years now and it is well deserved. He is a physical player that uses his size to his advantage. He can play both inside and out, making shots and creating from the perimeter, as well as scoring inside with a soft touch.

Events Attended: Metro Jr. Elite, Jr. Elite Weekend, Hoop Group Skills Camp

**Note**: Antonio was a member of the All-Jr. Elite Team as well as an All-Star and Award Winner at Hoop Group Skills Camp.

Hoop Group to Sponsor HoopDirt.com’s Coach of the Week Award

Coach of the Week

New Jersey’s premier basketball company, The Hoop Group, and HoopDirt.com Launch Partnership

Neptune, NJ | February 4, 2016

The Hoop Group and HoopDirt.com, the leading website in college basketball coaching news, are excited to announce a sponsorship between the two companies. The new alliance will make Hoop Group the proud sponsor of HoopDirt.com’s Coach of the Week Award.

“HoopDirt provides valuable information to college basketball coaches, and The Hoop Group has had the pleasure of working with some of the best coaching minds in college basketball,” said Rob Kennedy, president of The Hoop Group. “Our coaching alumni have combined to win 57 Collegiate National Championships at the men and women’s level. Sponsoring the HoopDirt Coach of the Week and Coach of the Year Award further helps us grow and support not just basketball players, but coaches as well.”

With over two million page views per month, and over 20,000 Twitter followers, HoopDirt.com brings a unique insider perspective to the world of college basketball coaching. It was founded by college coaches as a way to help the college basketball community stay informed of what is going on in the coaching profession.

“I am thrilled to be partnering with Rob Kennedy and the Hoop Group on our Coach of the Week and Coach of the Year programs.” stated Adam Nelson of HoopDirt.com. “As a young coach, I worked my first camp for the Hoop Group nearly twenty years ago, and I am very excited that the Hoop Group wants to be a part of what we have started here at HoopDirt.com.”  

The partnership launch will coincide with the Week 12 Coach of the Week Award.

About HoopDirt
HoopDirt.com is the largest website in the country dedicated specifically to college basketball coaching news, jobs, and rumors at all levels.  HoopDirt.com brings a unique insider perspective to the world of college basketball coaching – it was founded by college coaches as a way to help the college basketball community stay informed of what is going on in the coaching profession.

About Hoop Group
The Hoop Group is the worldwide leader in basketball instruction, offering premier basketball camps since the summer of 1963. Having touched the lives of over one million young men and women, Hoop Group has evolved from simply offering summer basketball camps, to hosting tournaments and competitions, skills camps, clinics, showcases, and facilities to the basketball community. The Hoop Group’s alumni list reads as a “Who’s Who” of the basketball world, including: Moses Malone, Julius “Doctor J” Erving, Vince Carter, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Bob Knight, Chuck Daly, Billy Donovan, John Wall, Kyrie Irving and many more.

Brandon Klatsky: Junior Elite Player of the Day

Brandon Klatsky
6th Grade/2022
Team Rio National

Scouting Report: Klatsky has an improved handle, allowing him to play either guard spot on the floor. His biggest asset on the court is his ability to make shots from the perimeter, which he does at a consistent rate. He has a high basketball IQ and uses this to find the open spots on the floor to get his jumper off.

Events Attended: Metro Jr. Elite, Hoop Group Tournament of Champions, Junior Jam Fest

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Alex Ratner: Junior Elite Player of the Day

Alex Ratner
8th Grade/2020
Marlboro, NJ
Jersey Force

Scouting Report: A Co-MVP of the Jr. Elite weekend, the Jersey Force standout can score in multiple ways and is always a threat with the basketball. As good as his skill-set is, his best feature may be his leadership ability and on-court intangibles. Alex is a coaches’ dream. He is a leader on the floor and does whatever is necessary for his team to be successful.

Events Attended: Hoop Group Skills Camp, Ball Handling & Shooting Camp, Jr. Elite Weekend, Metro Jr. Elite, among others.

**Note**: Ratner was a member of the All-Jr. Elite Weekend Team while receiving Co-MVP. He has been a Skills Camp All-Star, MVP, and Floor General Award Winner.

Zaire Rogers: Junior Elite Player of the Day

Zaire Rogers
8th Grade/2020
Lawrenceville, NJ
Shoreshots (Finch)

Scouting Report: Zaire is a physical specimen on the basketball court. He’s 6’3 with arms that seem to go on forever, has great athleticism, and moves swiftly on the court. Zaire makes an impact on both ends of the floor, using his athleticism to block shots on defense, and get above the rim for dunks on offense. He also finishes well in traffic, not letting contact effect his scoring ability. Coaches should track his development in the coming years.

Events Attended: Metro Jr. Elite Weekend, Hoop Group Showdowns

**Note**: Zaire was a member of the All-Jr. Elite Team in the Fall of 2015.