2017 Hoop Group Toy Drive Basketball Clinic

All toys will be donated to K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital

through Shore Children’s Dental Care’s “Give a Smile” campaign

Coaches Mike Rice, Tiny Green, James Cooper Jr, Austin Kelley, Zack Curran and Cooper Handelsman with our players at Hoop Group’s first Annual Holiday Toy Drive Basketball Clinic.

On December 12th, Hoop Group hosted its first Annual Holiday Toy Drive Basketball Clinic. Players who attended brought a toy to donate to the K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital and received a Hoop Group basketball clinic. Former division 1 coaches Mike Rice and Tiny Green volunteered to lead the workout with the help of Hoop Group Elite’s Austin Kelley, Zack Curran and Cooper Handelsman. Hoop Group Headquarters also shared coupons for one FREE Mike Rice or Tiny Green workout with those who donated toys to Shore Children’s Dental Care.

Hoop Group’s Holiday Toy Drive Basketball Clinic collected over 300 toys for the K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital. On December 23rd, Amy from Shore Children’s Dental Care picked up the presents and brought them to the hospital to be shared with its patients.

Hoop Group would like to thank all those who participated and helped to make our Toy Drive a success. A special thank you to Amy, Mike Rice, Tiny Green, James Cooper, Austin Kelley, Zack Curran, Cooper Handelsman, James Cooper Jr and the rest of the Hoop Group staff for donating their time to the cause.

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Can Highlight Tapes Help My Recruitment?

During the 2016/2017 season, over 550 thousand males and 430 thousand females  participated in a high school basketball program. For this reason, few high school players are actively recruited by college coaches. The overwhelming majority must figure out a way to sell themselves to college coaches to be noticed.

How Do I Get Coaches to Notice Me?

Once you reach out, the first thing a coach is going to ask is “Can you send me your film”. Since they can not be everywhere, coaches will often use this as a method to weed out, prioritize and research athletes. It is important to have film clipped, sorted and ready to share with coaches. Sharing your a highlight tape saves coaches hours of sorting film and allows you to showcase your strengths.

What Should I Include in My Highlight Tape?

A highlight tape should be what it sounds like : short, entertaining and effective. Coaches can often watch two possessions and be able to size up a player. Therefore, what you choose to include is paramount. Some things to keep in mind while you are selecting your content include:

 

 

  1. Keep it short. The ideal length for a highlight tape is between 2-3 mins. This allows you to showcase a variety of talents without losing interest.
  2. Add variety. Mixing in defensive plays, assists, foul shots, off the ball movement and plays in transition help maintain a coaches interest and helps give coaches a full understanding of a player.
  3. Consider your music selection. Including music in your highlight tape can help maintain an interest, but be careful it does not take away from the film or turn coaches away.
  4. Post it to YouTube or Vimeo. If coaches are not going to watch a 4 min highlight video, they definitely are not going to wait that long to download it. Uploading your video and including a clickable link in an email saves you the hassle of uploading the file multiple times and coaches the hassle of downloading large files.
  5. Include your information. Providing your name, contact information, school and height gives puts the information coaches look for right in front of them.

Highlight tapes are a great tool for early in the recruiting process. When starting to recruit a class, coaches need to research a large number of players, and do not have the ability to be courtside at every game to see everyone. Most times, players need to find a way to put themselves in front of coaches. Highlight tapes are a great way to showcase what you are capable of at your best in a short, concise, and professional video that does not take as long to view as a raw game film.


 

 

Begin your recruiting process the right way with Hoop Group Highlights!

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Paul Mulcahy Looks to Become Vocal Leader of Gill St. Bernard’s

Paul Mulcahy gets mobbed by teammates after game winner at Hoop Group Fall Showcase

Paul Mulcahy is one of the main components to one of the most talented teams in New Jersey, Gill St. Bernard’s. The class of 2019 guard had a great showing at the Hoop Group Fall High School Showcase even with his team having the toughest schedule in the event.

“I think it’s cool to see how everyone stacks up because we have some of the best teams in the northeast here,” said Mulcahy. “We played Westtown, The Ranney School and The Patrick School so to go against all of those great players was exciting for us.”

With his improvement from last year, Mulcahy is excited for what is to come this high school season.

“I’ve think I’ve improved with my game a lot from last year,” he said. “I had a slow summer so it was hard to showcase that, but that’s why I’m excited for the high school season. I’ve gotten bigger and more athletic so I’m starting to fill out well.”

Gill St. Bernard’s Head Coach Mergin Sina expects a lot out of the junior standout this year, as he will have a much bigger role.

“I just need to be a vocal leader, I have to be another coach on the floor for Coach Sina,” he said. “I need to always be on the same page as him because I’m going to be the primary ball handler.”

Many schools will be following Mulcahy this year, but he pointed out that Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. Joseph’s, Temple and Northwestern have made him a priority. Even with these top schools after him, he is focusing on one thing.

“The one thing on my mind for this year is the TOC without a doubt,” said Mulcahy. “Gill St. Bernard’s has always been at that level, but this year is really exciting. We have all the right pieces and I think many people will sleep on us. Everyone is going to buy in this year and play for each other.”

Khalif Battle: GSB’s Back Court Can Lead to Special Season

Junior guard Khalif Battle has made a name for himself in the past year. The Gill St. Bernard’s prospect shined at the Hoop Group Fall High School Showcase. Battle liked what he saw out of his team at the event.

“I love taking the court with my team, they are an exciting group of guys to play alongside,” Battle said. “We all share the ball well and it’s just the beginning for us. We are still growing as a team and I’m looking forward to the season.”

Talented class of 2019 guard Paul Mulcahy joins Battle in the backcourt. With players like Mulcahy he thinks Gill St. Bernard’s can go far this year.

“I think Paul deserves more attention and is underrated,” he said. “With me and him in the backcourt it’s going to be a special year especially with Alex SchachnePeter Sorber and the other guys. I think we have everything to be successful this year.”

Multiple college programs have been into his high school to watch him workout.

“Wake Forest, Temple, UConn, Miami, Virginia, Villanova, Butler, Rutgers, Seton Hall have been in to see me,” said Battle. “Indiana and Oregon will be in soon to see me.”

His older brother Tyus Battle is a sophomore guard at Syracuse University. Khalif received an offer from the Orange in July and they have made him a priority ever since. Tyus has let his brother know about the intriguing aspects to his school.

“Tyus loves it there, they have great fans and a great coaching staff,” he said. “He has learned a lot from one of the best in Jim Boeheim. He’s been around forever and has coached the best of the best. I love what they have to offer and they are looking at me as a prospect that they want to recruit not just Tyus’ little brother.”

Like most players at top-notch programs in New Jersey, Battle has one goal in mind.

“My goal is the same as the rest of my teammates, win the TOC,” Battle said. “We are talented and capable of taking it this year.”

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.”