Dylan Blair: Junior Elite Player of the Day

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Dylan Blair
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Scouting Report: Dylan Blair, son of perennial D2 powerhouse West Chester University head coach Damien Blair, certainly has the pedigree and work ethic to become an elite high school and college player.  Dylan is definitely a coach’s son as showcased by his abilities to make plays for others from the point guard position and the versatility he possesses to play both guard positions effectively.  A blur in transition, Dylan’s handle and speed allows him to keep defenders on their heels while he weaves through defenders to get to the rack.  One of the most exciting players to watch at the youth level, we expect Dylan to continue to grow considering the positive influences he has around him!

Aryan Arora: Junior Elite Player of the Day

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Aryan Arora
PSA Cardinals

Scouting Report: Aryan Arora,  New York City product, is one of the craftiest players in the class of 2021.  Aryan is a knock down shooter out to 22′ and uses his jumper to set up driving opportunities for himself.  Once in the lane, he is great at either stopping short to set up a teammate or knock down a short pull-up jumper.  Aryan also uses a variety of finishes around the rim to compensate for his lack of elevation.  He is one of the best youth players when it comes to using his body and playing angles which will help take his game to the next level once he gets more agile on the floor.

Events Attended: NYC Jr. Elite, Hoop Group JamFests

Daniel Schlakman: Junior Elite Player of the Day

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Daniel Schlakman
Milton Academy

Scouting Report: Schlakman, a 6’7 forward, possesses strong footwork in the post and can score with his back to the basket, but is also a capable face-up player. He showed he has range out to the 3 point line and also led the break for his team after several rebounds. The Milton Academy (MA) product projects as a face-up 4 man as he enters high school. Also a high academic student, he is a very intriguing prospect to keep up with.

Events Attended: Jr. Elite Weekend

Hoop Group Alumni Named McDonald’s All Americans 2017

Mohamed Bamba at Hoop Group Elite Camp

The Hoop Group has impacted the sport of basketball in many ways over the years.  In this space we will provide some updates on some of the high school accomplishments of a small percentage of the great many successful Hoop Group Alumni!

“Dreams Do Come True”

Becoming a McDonald’s All American has become the highest accolade a prep basketball player could achieve.  The list of past McDonald All Americans include some of the greatest players ever to lace up the sneakers.

Over 220 Boys Hoop Group Alumni have been selected McDonald’s All Americans over the years

Congratulations to the Hoop Group alumni who were selected to play in the 2017 McDonald’s All American Game March 29, 2017 in Chicago.

 NameHigh SchoolCollege
Mohammed Bamba 100Mohamed BambaWesttown PA
TrevonDuval100Trevon DuvalIMG Academy FL
QuadeGreen100Quade GreenNeuman Goretti PAKentucky
nickrichards2100Nick RichardsPatrick School NJKentucky
lonniewalkerhge100Lonnie WalkerReading PAMiami
MJWalker100MJ WalkerJonesboro GA

Hoops Group Alumni Named McDonald’s All Americans All Time

Nick Padilla: Junior Elite Player of the Day


Nick Padilla
Riverside Hawks

Scouting Report: Nick Padilla is a quiet assassin on the court with his ability to produce with seemingly effortless performances.  Nick is incredibly smooth with his handle and has 3 point range that makes defenders pick him up as early as possible in transition.  He is a solid leader on the floor and is able to make plays for those around him.  One of the top NYC guards in the class of 2022, we look forward to seeing Nick develop over the next few years!

Events Attended: Future All-American Camp