Tyrese Martin Using Fifth Year to Prepare for Rhode Island

Rhode Island commit and current Massanutten Military Academy wing Tyrese Martin took the Lehigh Valley Showcase by storm by winning Co-MVP in a 84-82 win against the Westtown School. Martin scored 31 points and went back in forth with Duke commit Cameron Reddish. He enjoyed playing against tough competition at such an exciting setting.

“He made a lot of tough shots and made the gym go crazy so I felt like I had to step up again and go make a play,” said Martin. “It was just one of those games where I felt like the team said they were just going to ride with me. Whatever I did they just followed me, helped me and pushed through.”

Martin graduated from a Lehigh Valley based team in William Allen High School last year, but decided to do a post-graduate year at Massanutten this year. Martin had this game circled on his schedule as soon as he heard that he would be playing at home again.

“Since the beginning of the season I was looking forward to this game coming back home,” he said. “I played against them before, but we lost so this time I made sure we’d come out with the win.”

Getting the feeling back of what it meant to play in front of his home crowd meant a great deal to Martin.

“It was great I mean I hadn’t known what this felt like in a year,” Martin said. “Last year for high school we had games like this, but this game meant a lot. Everyone came out and showed love so I felt like I had to put on a show.”

He got the opportunity to catch up with old friends after the game, but before it was all business.

“Before the game I didn’t talk to anyone, I got really locked into the game,” he said. “I blocked a lot of things out, but after the game I talked to students and people.”

Schools like Maryland, NC State, Boston College, Virginia, Virginia Tech and more got involved with the recruiting process late for him. Even with top notch, schools like these recruiting him, Martin still found Rhode Island to be the place for him.

“They just stayed with me the whole ride and have been loyal,” he said. “With the picture they have for my four years at Rhode Island I feel like that it is going to fit my style of play. That’s where my heart felt like I needed to go.”

Martin transferring and taking a post-graduate year at Massanutten Military Academy didn’t align with the usual reasons a high school prospect takes a fifth year of high school. Usually done for a need with additional exposure, Martin felt he needed another year to expand on his game in order to make a big impact at Rhode Island next year.

“No it really had nothing to do with offers I mean since last year I knew I was going to go to Rhode Island before I even came to this school,” said Martin. “I wanted to get stronger and take the extra year to prepare myself mentally and physically for the next level.”

The new school has been an easy adjustment for Martin and he cannot wait for what is next with this team.

“I’m enjoying it a lot, we have a national championship to get so were just chasing that right now and its pretty fun with these guys,” Martin said.

In Midst of Recruiting Scandal, Duke Remains Supreme

There hasn’t been a more talked about off-season in college basketball than this year. By now everyone knows about the FBI investigation that flipped multiple programs upside down, and likely isn’t going anywhere for sometime. The investigation has exposed all the flaws and corruption that exist in college recruiting. Despite the negativity surrounding recruiting, one thing remains constant. Duke is number one.

Last night, RJ Barrett, ESPN’s #1 player in the class of 2018 announced his commitment to Duke over Kentucky and Oregon. Barrett solidified himself as the premiere recruit in the 2018 class with his play in the U19 FIBA games this past summer. He led Canada past Team USA, coached by John Calipari, in the semifinals on his way to a gold medal.

With Barrett’s commitment, Duke has now landed the top ranked recruit in four of the last five recruiting classes. In the those five years, Coach K has landed a total of 22 players ranked in ESPN’s Top 100. Barrett gives the Blue Devils three of the top ten next year already.

Five lottery picks in the last three years and countless McDonald’s All-Americans prove that when it comes to recruiting, it is Coach K, along with John Calipari, at the top of the list. And with players like Barrett, Marvin Bagley, Trevon Duval, Gary Trent and Cam Reddish waiting for their draft nights, you can expect that lottery number to continue to rise.

A lot of people like to label Coach K a cheater. When top recruits choose Duke, critics like to make pay-for-players jokes. Whatever your personal opinion may be, facts are that coaches all over the country are getting busted for illegal recruiting. None of them have the last name Krzyzewski. The FBI investigation is expected to be around for awhile. Duke may come up, they may not. But until that day comes, you have to admire and respect Coach K’s ability to bring in the best of the best.

Cam Reddish: New Teammates, Same Goal

Duke commit Cameron Reddish was one of the biggest names at the Hoop Group Fall High School Showcase this past weekend. The class of 2018 prospect led The Westtown School to a 3-1 record on the weekend and took a lot away from the talented event.

“Overall, it’s a lot of fun especially with all of the top competition here,” Reddish said. “As a team we are coming together and learning how to play with each other. This has been fun and a good learning experience.”

Westtown has another talented team this year with Reddish, Indiana commit Jake Forrester, Jalen Gaffney, Noah Collier and more. Reddish sees this year’s team being very successful as long as they keep improving.

“We are really versatile and have been really smart with the ball as we have done a good job limiting our turnovers,” he said. “As long as we keep working and pushing our limits as a team we will be fine.”

In early September, Reddish committed to Coach K and Duke. The senior wing can’t wait to take the floor at Cameron Indoor Stadium and show what he is can contribute. Reddish broke down the opportunity to suit up for the Blue Devils next year.

“I actually never had a dream school, but after visiting all of the different schools I knew that Duke was my favorite spot,” he said. “It’s such a blessing that I get the opportunity to go there next year.”

He has already accomplished so much, but Reddish still has a couple of goals in mind. One of his personal goals stands out amongst the rest.

“The ultimate goal for me is to get to number one, that’s always been the goal for me,” said Reddish. “From here on out it is to prepare for Duke and like I said to get to number one.”

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Our Future All-American Camp feature some of the Nation’s top Freshman and Sophomore talent. These top players exhibit the raw talent needed to dominate at the next level.

Cam Reddish: SF-  Westtown

 

Cam Reddish came onto the scene at our Future All-American camp and absolutely blew up the college and recruiting world. He is currently ranked as the 4th best player on ESPN in the class of 2018 and he’s only getting better. The mid-range assassin’s ability to create space and run the pick and roll game as a 6’6 SF is absurd. Reddish holds offers from Duke, Arizona, Kentucky and others as he heads into his senior year.

Cole Anthony-PG- Archbishop Molloy

Standing at 6’2, the bouncy rising Junior’s ceiling is sky high and only increasing. Anthony came onto the scene at our Future All-American Camp with all eyes on him, and he hasn’t disappointed. The 5-Star recruit stunned the world this past season with his stellar defense and basketball IQ. Defense wins games and the Nike EYBL recognized Cole as the Defensive Player of the Year for the regular season. His teammate and former Hoop Group All-American participant Quade Green states “Cole is the best two  way player in the country, don’t matter the class.” Anthony currently has offers from Kansas, Georgetown, and Oregon. 

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Pooley’s Picks – 2016 PSA Prep School Showcase

Pooley’s Picks

2016 PSA Prep School Showcase

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.

Chase Audige: The 6’4″ junior from Hill was very impressive in the win over Isaiah Christopher Academy.  Chase had some electrifying plays, but was also a consistent scorer willing passer.  The wing is quickly going from a high potential kid, to a star.  Look for Chase to continue to develop over the next year and look for Hill to have an extremely successful year under coach Seth Eilberg.

 

 

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Tyler Jones: The 5’11” senior from Peddie had 20 in an overtime win against Canada Top Flight Academy.  The guard can do it all, and has a much improved jump shot with excellent form and rotation.  Tyler earned his MVP late in the game scoring crucial buckets and running the show.  Thus far uncommitted: Tyler may be a guard that could be on a lot of scholarship schools radars as the HS season draws to a close.

Canada Top Flight Academy (Ottawa) at the 2016 PSA Prep School Showcase

Canada Top Flight Academy (Ottawa) at the 2016 PSA Prep School Showcase

International Flavor:  The 2016 PSA Prep Showcase featured a little basketball from our friends to the north.  Canada Top Flight Academy probably didn’t have their best showing but kept Peddie on the ropes into overtime.  2017 Lual Akot impressed, hitting a couple of deep threes and flushing a couple dunks in traffic.  Overall CTA came down and represented well.  Look forward to see what they have to offer as the season continues.

 

 

Walter Whyte: The 6’6″ BU bound guard was tough as he always is.  Carrying St. Luke’s at times, Walter rebounds, scores, handles to ball, and plays defense.  The senior also did what seniors have to do: lead.  Walter was under control and facilitated Coach Gladstone’s game plan all night. An impressive win for St. Luke’s against a talented and well coached Hun School.

 

 

Mohammad Bamba: The 6’11” uncommitted senior is the real deal.  The entire Westtown team is the real deal.  Going up against a very good St. James team Mo looked like the NBA prospect that he is.  He blocked shots, scored, rebounded, and most importantly looked comfortable after coming back from injury.  He really is fun to watch.  Worth the trip to the 2016 PSA Prep Showcase just for him.  Lucky for us there was much more.

 

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The Venue: The Hill School was the perfect venue for the 2016 PSA Prep School Showcase.  The gym has a throwback feel, with excellent baskets and a redone floor.  Looks a little like a gym out of the movie Hoosiers with one high rise set of bleachers separated from the court by a 3 foot high padded wall.  On top of that the event felt full, but not crowded, and was loud with a good atmosphere during the close games.

 

 

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View from the packed coaches section at the 2016 PSA Prep School Showcase

College Coaches:  The 2016 PSA Prep Showcase was loaded with college coaches.  An entire area of the bleachers was dedicated to the college recruiters and it was close to full for every game.  D1, D2, D3, JUCO, and scouts were all on hand to take a look at some of the top talent.  John Calipari, NCAA defending champ Jay Wright, Buzz Williams, Fran Dunphy, and Phil Martelli, were among the few who evaluated and scouted.

 

 

Hamidou Diallo: The 6’6″ senior is as sought after as anyone.  Up to #11 in the class of 2017, “Hami” got to the rim all night long.  The explosive guard is one of those players who can score in a variety of ways and create energy on the defensive end of the floor.

 

 

Atmosphere: First, the college coaches, next the fans, then the players, this had it all.  There was just an atmosphere of elite basketball and the feel that you get from seeing kids in HS who will be on TV in a few years.  NERR’s National Prep Showcase always signals the start of high school basketball for me.  This event had a similar feel to me: teams early in their season competing at a high level.

 

 

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Noah Collier, 6’7″ at Westtown, a top 2020 at the 2016 PSA Prep School Showcase

The Freshman: Not necessarily something you think of when talking about a Prep Showcase.  However, the freshman that I got to see in limited minutes were excellent.  Westtown’s Noah Collier is a great kid, with a ton of upside, who can play multiple positions.  His ceiling is exceptionally high, and he even knocked down a couple jumpers.  Seth Berger’s son, backup guard TJ Berger, played limited minutes but showed a lot of potential on and off the ball.  Backcourt mate Seyon Kpaan, looked good in some extended minutes.  Niels Lane played more minutes for a freshman on a Hun School team than I’ve seen.  Coach Stone has some confidence in that youngster, who moves well and has a good feel for the game.  Much better 2020 representation than you would think with so many talented upperclassmen.

 

Special Thanks to Hoop Major for the videos and helping me cover the event in this article.  Ian Finnen is a rising star, and is going to be very good at whatever he decides to do.

Special shout out to Terrence Williams and the rest of the PSA Cardinals family for running a great event and being so media friendly.  Look forward to this event in the years moving forward.

 

And of course as always, everybody’s favorite: