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Get To Know HGSL: Team Loaded 757

Social Media Handles: Twitter: @Team_Loaded757

Coach: Lamar Claiborne and Coach Clay

Notable alumni:

Nigel Ribero-Gambling State
TJ Taylor-Wyoming
Joe Byrant Jr- Norfolk State
Travis Fields-Radford
Jalen Ray-Hofstra
Adam Grant-Byrant
Donald Hicks-Radford
Bash Townes-Byrant
Malik Trent- Street-Hampton
Xavier Green-ODU
Clevon Green-Radford

Key players:
Dajour Rucker
Caleb Butts
Izeah Parker
Tim Montgomery

Team analysis:

Utilizing the rigors of athletic competition, Team Loaded works diligently to improve athletic and academic skills, while enhancing important life skills such as self-discipline, positive relationship building, attention to detail and good sportsmanship.

The team this year is loaded with talent across the board. “We should be one of the best teams on the circuit,” said coach Claiborne. “We have great size, a lot of energy, and high expectations!” Every kid on the roster has multiple division one offers. Dajour Rucker whom has 5, Caleb Butts has 5, Izeah Parker has 5, Tim Montgomery has 4, and everyone else has 3 and 2!

Looking for size? 6’9 big man Keenan Sarvan will be running with the 757. He will look to add to his 3 Division 1 offers.

Stat to know: Team Loaded also has two teams on the Adidas circuit.

Get to Know the HGSL: Texas Hardwood Prospects Elite

Social Media Handle: Twitter: @THPElite

Director: Marcus Winn Sr. (Director/17U Coach)

Coaches: Zach Urbanus (17U Head Coach); Tim Williams (17U Coach)

Notable Alumni:

Deron Belford (’11)-Texas State Univ.
Devonte Brown (’11)-Indiana State Univ.
Malcolm Canada (’11)-Univ. of Auburn
Jalen Harris (’11)-West Point
Karim York (’11)-Prairie View A&M Univ.
Tevin Bellinger (’12)-Prairie View A&M Univ.
Jamal Shabazz (’12)-Samford Univ.
Justin Graham (’13)-Univ. of Hartford
Corey Scott (’13)-Texas Tech Univ.
Marchale Lotts (’14)-Canisius College
Armoni Brooks (’16)-Univ. of Houston
Jeffery Gary (’17)-Univ. of North Carolina Wilmington
Tim Holland (’17)-Univ. of Texas Arlington
Avery Sullivan (’17)-Univ. of Lamar
Mark Wilson (’17)-Coppin State Univ.
Davion Buster (’18)-Univ. of Lamar

Team analysis: The Texas Hardwood Prospects Elite (THP Elite) is a top-tier select basketball organization in Austin, Texas. Through the use of fundamentally sound basketball principles, intense competition, and the development of valuable life skills, players will grow into poised student-athletes.

Over the past decade, THP Elite has done a great job of finding and developing players within their program. Since 2011, THP has had close to a dozen players from the AAU program receive division one scholarships. “Our goal each season is to provide each STUDENT-ATHLETE an opportunity to play basketball at the collegiate level as well as obtain a quality post-secondary education,” said Director Marcus Winn Sr.

Dylan Disu

THP Elite comes into the 2018 AAU HGSL with another roster loaded with talent. 6’7 junior Dylan Disu boasts a numerous division one offers and is starting to gain traction with Big 12 schools as well. 6’4 wing Isaac Bullard has interests from: Sam Houston, Texas State, UT Rio Grande Valle, UTSA, Holy Cross, SFA, Illinois St., Tulsa. Eddie Burgess has interests from Texas State, John Brown, Northern Colorado, Weber St, Sam Houston St. Rounding out the roster is Carson Donahue, Trace Young, Tyrone Perry, Brian Batts, Charlie Anderson, Aleu Aleu.

Stat to know: 6’7 junior Dylan Disu (pictured) is a name to watch out for the HGSL circuit this year. Disu has a non-stop motor and wide array of skills that have college coaches drooling when watching him play live. Disu boast offers from Stanford, Rice and Northern Colorado, but he is starting to garner the attention of some Big 12 schools as well.

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!

For more information on purchasing a highlight tape, please see our Hoop Group Highlights page.

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.”