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.




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.



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.




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.




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:

HG alumni ranked in 2018 ESPN top 60

2018 ESPN top 60

Eighteen Hoop Group alumni players were listed in the recent 2018 ESPN top 60 recruits list.

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The following is a list of Hoop Group alumni, by ranking, info and scouting reports.

2018 ESPN top 60

#4 Nazreon Reid, PF
6-8, 215 lbs
Asbury Park, N.J.
Roselle Catholic High

Nazreon Reid, a 6-8, 215-pound power forward hailing from Asbury Park, N.J., ranks No. 4 on the 2018 ESPN top 60 list while he dominates the east. The Roselle Catholic High forward is No. 1 in New Jersey and No. 1 in the eastern region. Nazreon Reid has exceptional ball handling for a player his size, and his natural talent shows. He has 15 schools interested.

#5 Cameron Reddish, SF
6-7, 190 lbs
Norristown, Pa.
Westtown School

No. 5-ranked Cameron Reddish is the best in his position, according to the 2018 ESPN top 60 recent rankings. Cameron Reddish is No. 1 in Pennsylvania and No. 2 in the region, so it’s no wonder he has eight schools on his tail. Scouting reports say Cameron Reddish’s talents have been undeniable from day one and he can create big mismatch problems as a utility guy.

#6 Silvio De Sousa, PF
6-8, 220 lbs
Montverde, Fla.
Montverde Academy

The 2018 ESPN top 60 listed Silvio De Sousa at No. 6 in the nation, and he is turning heads in the south. Hailing from Montverde, Fla., the power forward from Montverde Academy utilizes his power and athleticism to drive the ball. Silvio De Sousa has two early offers.

#12 Keldon Johnson, SF
6-4, 175 lbs
South Hill, Va.
Park View High School

(Credit Big Time Highlights)

Keldon Johnson is at the top of the 2018 class in Virginia. The No. 12-ranked small forward is peaking the interest of 10 schools so far. An exceptional scorer, Keldon Johnson thrives in the lane.

#18 Jalen Smith, PF
6-8, 195 lbs
Baltimore, Md.
Mount St. Joseph High School

(Credit Next Best Basketball)

Jalen Smith combines natural ability, size and athleticism. The power forward out of Baltimore, Md., is at the top of his class in the state. The future is bright for the Mount St. Joseph High School sophomore.

#19 Immanuel Quickley, PG
6-3, 180 lbs
Bel Air, Md.
The John Carroll School

Knowledge of the game and great instincts earned Immanuel Quickley the No. 19 spot on the latest ESPN top 60 list. The point guard out of the John Carroll School is second in the state of Maryland.

#27 Louis King, SF
6-7, 190 lbs
Roselle, N.J.
Pope John XXIII High School

No. 27-ranked forward from Roselle, N.J. has already drawn attention from seven schools. Louis King grew four inches in the last two years, and his potential is through the roof.

#28 Jahvon Quinerly, PG
5-10, 160 lbs
Jersey City, N.J.
Hudson Catholic High School

Hudson Catholic High point guard Jahvon Quinerly has great instincts and is highly skilled in his class.

#29 Brandon Slater, SF
6-5, 180 lbs
Fairview, Va.
Paul VI High School

Five schools are eyeing this small forward out of Fairview, Va. Paul VI High’s Brandon Slater is dangerous on both sides of the court and is ranked No. 2 in the state.

#30 Isaiah Mucius, SF
6-7, 190 lbs
Saint James, Md.
St. James School

St. James School’s Isaiah Mucius is starting to grow into himself as a 6-7, 190-pound small forward. Isaiah Mucius is No. 3 in the state.

#32 Jalen Carey, PG
6-2, 170 lbs
Montclair, N.J.
Immaculate Conception High School

Scouting reports say No. 32-ranked Jalen Carey is a talented playmaker. The Immaculate Conception High guard is No. 4 in New Jersey.

#34 Jaedon LeDee, SF
6-7, 215 lbs
Houston, Texas
Kinkaid School

No. 34-ranked Jaedon LeDee has 18 southern schools eyeing the small forward out of Houston, Texas. An unselfish player, the 6-7, 2015-pound player at Kinkaid School can really make scoring plays.

#42 Dane Goodwin, SG
6-3, 175 lbs
Columbus, Ohio
Upper Arlington High School

No. 42 Dane Goodwin has the foreseeable future laid out for him. The 6-3, 175-pound shooting guard committed to Ohio State in 2014. The son of a college coach, his basketball IQ is through the roof.

#43 David McCormack, C
6-9, 280 lbs
Norfolk, Va.
Norfolk Academy

At 6-9 and 280 pounds, Norfolk Academy center David McCormack has four schools already eyeing the prize. He’s big … He’s strong, and he’s unstoppable in the paint.

#44 Kiyon Boyd, SF
6-5, 195 lbs
Washington, D.C.
Howard D. Woodson High School

Small forward Kiyon Boyd is developing nicely at Howard D. Woodson High in Washington D.C. Coming in at the No. 44 spot, his eagerness and work ethics will make him hard to pass up on.

#47 Robby Carmody, SG
6-4, 185 lbs
Mars, Pa.
Mars Area High School

No. 47-ranked Robby Carmody is starting to peak interest.

#52 A.J. Reeves, SG
6-4, 195 lbs
Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Brimmer & May

No. 52 in the nation but No. 1 in Massachusetts, A.J. Reeves, shooting guard at Brimmer & May, is starting to develop into his 6-4 body. He has size advantage on the court.

#60 Rasir Bolton, PG
Burlington, N.J.
Life Center Academy

Rasir Bolton hails from Burlington, N.J. The Life Center Academy guard is No. 5 in the state.

Marvin Bagley, a 6-9, 220-pound power forward from Sierra Canyon High was No. 1 in the nation. Earning the No. 2 and No. 3 spots respectively were Romeo Langford, a 6-5, 185-pound guard for Langford of New Albany Senior High and Jordan Brown, a 6-9, 210-pound center from Roseville, Calif.

See the full list of ESPN’s 60.