Coach Hurley Camp I: Standouts and Rising Stars

In our last Skills camp session before the 4th of July holiday, Hall of Fame Coach Bob Hurley led his first of two camp sessions in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. Known as being one of the best basketball teachers in the country, Coach Hurley leads the on-court instruction while at camp. Coach Hurley not only attracts the top players in youth basketball, but the top staff as well. We had an extremely knowledgeable staff, combined of High School Head and Assistant Coaches, NCAA Division II and III College coaches, and former professional players. ESPN Analyst and 24 NCAA Division I coaching veteran Seth Greenberg also stopped by camp to speak on the importance of defense and how to become a “lock-down” defender for your team. Adam Turner, former Director of Hoop Group Skills Camp and current Head Coach at Bard College (NY), was also on-hand for camp, helping campers improve their skills during their workouts.

From the very beginning of camp, it was evident campers came prepared to work on their game. Monday morning’s optional Early Bird Workout had 143 participants, and each Early Bird session had over 100 campers working on their game. We had many standouts at camp, with several players showing that they are scholarship-worthy and many rising stars to keep you eye on in the near future. Listed below are some of the top players from Coach Hurley’s camp:

Coach Hurley Camp
Session I: Top Performers

William Peterman: William is an exceptional young man with an impressive ability to get to the rim and finish with either hand. He has worked hard this week to develop a well-rounded game. He earned an All-Star selection in the SEC.

Tysean Samuels: Samuels has worked very hard this week to develop skills that will impress his coaches in New York City. With an uncanny ability to rebound and make intelligent plays, he is sure to make those coaches happy. Ty has the ability to score around the rim and has a bright future ahead of him.

Michael Long: Long is a very energetic guard that brings great enthusiasm to the game. He is quick on the ball and a very unselfish player, making him a popular teammate. Michael is a lock-down defender, but with the work he showed this week, his offensive game will make him a threat in the coming years.

Chris Mann: As part of the championship winning Seton Hall team, Chris was a huge part of the rotation and provided meaningful minutes. He stretched the floor with his outside shooting and finished strongly at the rim. He was an asset to the team and helped bring the team together as a whole, showing leadership qualities well beyond his years.

Eddie Driver: During the regular season and playoffs, Eddie was a strong ball handler on the court and defender. He always seemed to hit the tough shot and no moment was too big for him to shine. When his team needed a bucket, Eddie was there to deliver.

James Murray: Throughout camp, James was a strong leader and provided the extra energy that his team needed to get past difficult moments. He excelled at running the point and provided many other opportunities for others to score. He is at his best when getting into the lane and creating shots for teammates. Murray was also a vocal leader on defense, making sure all five guys were communicating and on the same page.

Robbie Petersen: Robbie showed an ability to score the basketball throughout the week. One of his biggest strengths is his ability to control the pace and tempo of the game for his team. He has shown he is more than capable of taking and making the big shot.

Collin Harrington: Harrington is a beast in the paint and grabs every rebound in sight. Collin has the ability to rebound outside of his zone, which creates easy transition opportunities for his team. He is a strong player takes the ball up hard and finishes high of the glass with either hand.

Kade Darr: Darr has a fundamentally sound shooting stroke and is automatic from distance. One of the pure dead-eye shooters at camp, Kade compliments his shot with a strong perimeter defense game, often matching up with the best wings on the court.

Michael Farnan: Michael has a motor that does not stop, making him one of the best defenders and hardest workers in camp. He sees the floor well and has a strong ball handling ability, often finding the open man and getting assists out of double teams and traps.

Myles Jones: Myles is a great passer and sees the floor very well. He controls the tempo of the game and sets the pace with his play. He is an aggressive player that looks to create for his teammates when breaking down a defense off the dribble.

Griffin D’Agosta: Griffin brings toughness to the team because of his good defense and willingness to do whatever is necessary on the court. He has a high motor and plays hard, never takes a play off. This leads to deflections, steals, and rebounds, creating easy scoring chances for teammates.

Brandon Martes: Brandon is a powerful force down low that controls the paint on both ends. He has a great rebounding ability and demands a double team when he catches the ball inside.

Colin Brady: Colin displayed a wide range of offensive skills this week. His length, talent, and athleticism allow him to finish at the rim with both hands. As he expands his game, I would like to see him work on his ball handling and pull-up jumper, completing his offensive repertoire.

Jackson Blaufeld: Jackson has all the attributes that coaches love about point guards. He has excellent leadership, court awareness, and the ability to not only set up and run an offense, but be the leader of a team. He can score the ball when needed, but also gets teammates open for shots, making him a lethal offensive player.

Jermaine Knight: Knight was one of the most improved players at camp. When paired with teammate Jackson Blaufeld, Jermaine blossomed into an off the ball scorer and put up points in a hurry. His elite speed, athleticism, and great instincts make him a good on ball defender.

Giovanni Martinez: Gio is a quick, shifty point guard who finishes well over bigger defenders in the lane. The diminutive guard fly’s the ball up the floor and can also knock down the open spot-up jumper.

Sean Sudelka: The 6’3 wing is a great spot-up shooter who can also get to the rim and finishes with either hand, for a complete offensive game. His stocky build makes him a physical defender and serviceable rebounder. A great teammate, Sean has a future in the game.

Jaleel Lord: The 6’1 wing from St. Anthony’s has an ELITE level first step. The lefty finishes well at the rim and is a good pull-up jump shooter. A nice on the ball defender with a long wingspan, he is very active in passing lanes. With his solid GPA, Jaleel will be a nice addition to many college programs.

Liam Kennedy: A heady point guard who handles pressure well and knocks down open jumpers. Liam is crafty and can get in the lane to create for himself and others. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and is out to prove he will be a top player in the New Jersey area in the coming years.

Santi  Montara: Santi works extremely hard on the court. He is able to play multiple positions, and his versatility will serve him well in the future. Santi was positive influence on his teammates.

Jacob Weiner: Jacob gives his team a shooting threat from multiple spots on the floor. His hustle made others want to work harder and he leads by example on the floor.

Dante Conley: Dante is a very talented guard/forward. He can handle the ball and go coast to coast with an array of finishing moves. Dante also has a nice mid-range jumper.

Kobey Hart: Kobey is a quick guard who controls the tempo of the game. Kobey gets into the lane and can deliver a nice pass or finish with a floater. One of the camps All-Star MVP’s, Hart showed how dynamic he can be against the league’s top talent.

Devon Musial: Devon is an incoming 7th grader that has relentless effort on the defensive end. He just keeps coming at you. On offense, he gets out and transition and finishes well with both hands. Musial showed range to the 3 point line, keeping his defenders honest.

Grant Disken: Grant is flat out the hardest worker on the floor. He takes pride in being the best defender and always draws the hardest assignment. His stellar ball handling and deadly shot make him an outstanding player and the ultimate Floor General.

Zach Rocco: Zach is a coaches delight at guard position. He truly is the extension of a coach on the floor. His basketball IQ is well beyond his years. Zach has one of the best three point shots at camp, but is at his best when he blows by the defense and gets into the lane. He can score with touch or dish to open teammates for scoring opportunities.

Ryan Allen: Ryan is one of the few players who loves to play defense. He does an outstanding job at on the ball defense. Offensively, he is always moving without the ball and cutting to the open spot on the floor. He uses his IQ and intelligence to get open shots and break away from his defender.

Marques Watson – Marques is one of the most intriguing prospects at camp. He has great rotation on his shot and is a knock-down 3 point shooter. He uses his length and athleticism in the open court to get to the rim. He has exception vision and often gets teammates easy shots. The 2017 guard picked up his first Division 1 offer this summer and will have many to follow.

Ricki Lopez – The Reading, PA native was a rebounding machine. Lopez also finishes around the rim with either hand. Ricki has a toughness factor that separates his game from others his age.

Milo Magnani: Milo is a floor general who sees the court very well. He is a tough cover in transition and has another gear that allows him to get to the rim.
Cooper Ash: Cooper is a true wing with a variety of skills. He can shoot the 3 as well as rebound with the big men. When he continues to develop his solid midrange game, he will be trouble for defenses.

Kevin Reilly: Kevin has an inside-outside game. He thrives in the mid post but can also shoot the 3. The continued development of his already strong off hand will take his game to new heights.

Luis Soto Marte: Luis is a 5’6″ point guard and a rising 10th grader. Soto Marte is quick off the dribble and has the ability to find the open man in transition and especially on the drive. Soto Marte is aggressive on the drive and has the ability to finish strong at the basket with both hands. Soto Marte is a lock down defender who is quick to cut off his man and pressure the ball.

Raquib Lewis: Lewis a 5’8″ point guard and a rising 9th grader. Lewis is a deceptive guard and has the command to be able to guide and direct his teammates on the court. Lewis is quick off the dribble and his speed and ball handling allows him to effortlessly get to the basket. Raquib is an average mid-range jump shooter but is an accountable finisher at the rim and on the drive.

Sunil Fong: Sunil is a 6’3″ center and a rising 9th grader. For his age, he has immense strength and a tremendous post presence. Fong runs a strong two man game and is able to quickly identify the gaps on the roll. Sunil has solid footwork which enables him to create for himself and his teammates while in the post. He has unlimited upside and is a name to watch for.

Spencer Curto: Spencer is a combo guard/forward and rising 9th grader. Curto is an excellent spot up shooter with the ability to knock it down off the dribble and off the screen as well. Curto also has the ability to split defenders and finish at the rim. He is an intelligent player that uses his versatility to give opponents problems.

Julius David:  Julius possesses good court vision and finds his teammates. He can score at the basket and from outside, and he is a strong on-the-ball defender.

Garrett Duh: Garrett’s offensive game extends from the paint to the three-point line. He has a variety of post moves along with a consistent jump shot. He is also active on the boards.

Kyle Maatallah: Kyle can score in a variety of ways, whether it is attacking the basket in transition or pulling up from 3-point range. He plays hard at all times and is a physical defender.

 

Coach Hurley has a second session of camp this summer in the Pocono’s, from August 16th-20th, with limited spots remaining. If you have any questions, or would like more information about camp, please call our summer office at (570) 992-6343. There is no better camp than Coach Hurley’s for improving your skill-set and playing against great competition.

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