Three Hoop Group Alumni Poised to Step Up for Miami

Injuries often cause one door to close, and another to open for players and teams. The Miami Hurricanes will experience that feeling over the next month and a half, as the school announced an injury to Bruce Brown. Brown, the team’s second leading scorer, will have surgery on his left foot and leave him sidelined for the next six weeks. This is huge news for a Miami team that had expectations of competing with the top of the ACC this season.

Brown, like Miami, had been slightly underwhelming this season. He was a player who many thought would make huge strides as a sophomore, catapulting him to a first round selection in the Spring’s NBA Draft. His 11 points and team leading 7 rebounds are not bad by any means, but not the jump many expected. Now he will be sidelined for six weeks and have to work back from injury.

Miami as a whole finds themselves in a similar boat. After starting 10-0, Miami is just 15-5 and 4-4 in ACC play. They have a loss to Duke, which normally isn’t bad, but it came in a game where they held a 13 point second half lead at home. They also have losses to Georgia Tech, Florida State and Clemson. With Virginia pretty much locking up the ACC, all the Canes can do is finish as close to the top as they can. That will be a tall task without Brown.

With Brown’s absence, there is production that needs to be filled. The Canes roster has three Hoop Group alumni that are more than capable of stepping into the role, or helping fill, the void left by Brown.

Lonnie Walker

Let’s start with the most likely to step in and fill Brown’s role entirely: Lonnie Walker. Alongside Brown, Walker is the other NBA prospect on the Canes’ roster. Also like Brown, Walker got off to a slow start this season, but for different reasons. Walker was working his way back from a torn meniscus and is just beginning to reach his potential. The former Hoop Group Elite and Hoop Group Showcase standout is averaging 10.8 points a game in 24 minutes. He already shoots it at a better clip than Brown as well. While Coach Larranaga may be reserved with Walker’s minutes, an increased time on the court will no doubt lead to increased production.

JaQuan Newton

Next, there’s senior guard JaQuan Newton, another Pennsylvania native. Newton has been the definition of a senior leader. He was one of Miami’s leading scorers last season, but now ranks sixth due to all the freshman and sophomore talent on the roster. As a result, Newton has become the ultimate utility player, filling in wherever Miami needs help. Some night he’ll score 15+, other nights he’ll lead in assists, and other nights he’ll hit the glass. With 11 points and 7 rebounds missing for the next six weeks, he’ll have the opportunity to fill both voids down the stretch of his senior season.

Chris Lykes

Last but certainly not least, there’s Chris Lykes. Lykes is one of the most entertaining players to watch due to his physical make up. He’s only 5’7, but is lightning quick and extremely active. He’s an energizer and a playmaker when he’s on the court. It’s his energy and playmaking that has earned him more minutes once ACC play rolled around. Lykes likely won’t get inserted into the starting line up, but he could end up being a player Larranaga leaves in at the end of the game. The former Future All-American all-star can be the difference maker on any given night and with Brown out, he will have more chances to make game changing plays.

Good teams have the “next man up” mentality. No one wants to see a player go down, but when they do, someone steps up. Despite Miami’s record in the conference, this is a good team, with players more than capable of rising to the occasion. Out of the three, Walker is the easy choice to step up due to his pure talent. That said, look for Newton to become more active as the team’s elder player, and more minutes for Lykes means more exciting plays.

All three players got their start at Hoop Group events, and now all three are key pieces to bringing Miami to the NCAA Tournament. You’re next. Be sure to sign up for Hoop Group Elite Camp or Hoop Group Jam Fest Tournaments this Spring and Summer to get yourself seen.

An Early Look At The ACC

ACC Basketball

We are 51 days away from the college basketball season. While college basketball season is fast approaching, many of us cannot have the new season come soon enough. With that said, let’s take an early look at the ACC for next season. Here’s our 1 through 15.

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Philadelphia Top 100 Recap


Philadelphia Top 100 Recap

With over 100 great high school players and 25 college coaches from all over the northeast in attendance, the Philadelphia Top 100 did not disappoint! Players were given the opportunity to compete against some of the best that Philly has to offer, while receiving instruction from our top-notch staff comprised of D2, D3, and high school coaches.

Each player was given the opportunity to play in front of over 25 college coaches, as well as the National Recruiting Report, which has over 300 subscribers from every level of college basketball. There is no individual event that can provide student-athletes with the level of instruction, competition, and exposure that the Hoop Group Top 100’s provide!

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All-Philadelphia Top 100

Position  Player
Guard Antonio Rizzuto (Northeastern HS)
Guard Lonnie Walker (’17 Reading HS)
Wing Max Duegen (’17 Rocktop Academy)
Wing Tyrone Nesby (’17  Reading HS)
Forward Justin Steers (’18 Friends Central)
Post Rodney Simon (’17 Rocktop Academy)


Check out our upcoming Top 100 dates! 


HG alumni flood ESPN top 100

The ESPN top 100 recruits for the class of 2017 feature familiar names, and the Hoop Group is proud to boast 24 players that are alumni listed as the best of the best.

Hoop Group alumni also make up 19 of the top 20 players ranked in the eastern region.

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

ESPN top 100

#3 Mohamed Bamba, PF
6-11, 210 lbs
Harlem, N.Y.
Westtown School

Mohamed Bamba, who hails from Harlem, N.Y., is No. 3 in the nation – and for good reason. The 6-11, 210-pound power forward is No. 1 in both the state and region, falling second in his position. In a recent ESPN scouting report, Mohamed Bamba was said to have a 7-foot-8 wingspan and a 9-foot-5 standing reach.
Mohamed Bamba received 20 offers which include programs like Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina and Syracuse to name a few.

#5 Trevon Duval, PG
6-3, 183 lbs
Wilmington, Del.
Advanced Prep International

Ranking No. 5 in the nation, Trevon Duval, a power guard out of Wilmington, Del., is No. 1 in his position and No. 1 in the state. Trevon Duval has offers from 20 schools including Duke, Kentucky and UNC, among others. Scouting reports describe Trevon Duval as an explosive playmaker who utilizes his speed and size on the court.

#8 Nick Richards, C
6-11, 250 lbs
Queens, N.Y.
The Patrick School

Queens native center Nick Richards earned himself the No. 8 spot in the nation, ranking second in the state and third in both the position and region. The 6-11, 250-pound Patrick School junior is a nightmare off the glass. Richards bodies opponents off the boards, unafraid of contact, making him hard to overcome in the paint.
Richards has had offers from schools like North Carolina State, Kansas and Kentucky – totaling 13 all together.

#12 Hamidou Diallo, SG
6-5, 175 lbs
Queens, N.Y.
Putnam Science Academy

Hamidou Diallo is a sought-after shooting guard who already racked up 17 offers from around the country with the likes of Duke, Kansas and Kentucky. He ranks second in his position. He is No. 3 in New York and No. 4 in the eastern region.

#14 Lonnie Walker, SG
6-5, 180 lbs
Reading, Pa.
Reading High School

(Credit 8EYE Media)

Lonnie Walker is the best in Pennsylvania and No. 3 at the shooting guard position. Scouting reports say Walker is an all-around athlete on both ends of the court. He can play pressing D, go down and can sink threes. The No. 14-ranked player is on Kentucky’s radar and has offers from 12 other schools.

#22 Quade Green, PG
5-11, 155 lbs
Philadelphia, Pa.
Neumann-Goretti High School

Size doesn’t matter for the No. 22 Quade Green, point guard for Neumann-Goretti High from Philadelphia, Pa. The 5-11, 155-pound point guard is a true floor general. Scouting reports claim he is one of the best passing playmakers in the nation. Green is the second-highest ranked in Pennsylvania. It’s no wonder he has sparked the attention of 12 schools with offers from programs like Michigan State, Duke and Kentucky.

#27 Matt Coleman, PG
6-2, 170 lbs
Norfolk, Va.
Oak Hill Academy

No. 2 in Virginia, Oak Hill Academy’s Matt Coleman already racked up 14 offers from schools, including Florida State, Indiana and Virginia. The Norfolk, Va., native is a left-hander who has tremendous speed off the dribble, creating separation on the floor.

#31 Tremont Waters, PG
5-10, 164 lbs
South Kent, Conn.
South Kent School

Tremont Waters is the best there is in Connecticut. The South Kent School point guard has a genuine understanding of the game, demonstrating a high level of maturity for his age. He reads defenses, adjusting to opponents as an overall versatile player with an admirable amount of poise. Waters has eight school offers so far including ones from Duke and Connecticut.

#35 Jordan Tucker, SF
6-7, 190 lbs
White Plains, NY
Archbishop Stepinac High School

No. 35 on the list is small forward Jordan Tucker, a White Plains, N.Y., native who attends Archbishop Stepinac High. His potential is just beginning to develop. He has offers from 16 programs including Syracuse and Oklahoma.

#36 D.J. Harvey Jr., SF
6-5, 190 lbs
Bowie, Md.
DeMatha Catholic High School

No. 36 in the nation and No. 1 in Maryland, D.J. Harvey Jr. has peaked interest of 20 schools so far, with offers from some of the best programs like Duke. Scouting reports say the 6-5, 190-pound small forward works best against contact, finishing after each attack.

#43 Brandon Randolph, SG
6-6, 180 lbs
Yonkers, N.Y.
Westtown School

With 22 offers under his belt including one from the University of North Carolina, shooting guard Brandon Randolph has a bright future. The No. 43-ranked player is just coming into himself after overcoming injuries as an underclassman. He’s making up for time lost, though, and is a dangerous utility beyond the arc, shooting 40 percent outside the perimeter.

#46 Chris Lykes, PG
5-6, 160 lbs
Bowie, Md.
Gonzaga College High School

Ranking second in Maryland and No. 46 in the nation, Gonzaga College High point guard Chris Lykes has vision on the hardwood. Making up for his height (5-6), reports say his quickness is dangerous with his ability to cut on a dime and change direction. Lykes currently has 10 offers.

#59 Jermaine Samuels, SF
6-5, 205 lbs
Franklin, Mass.
The Rivers School

Rivers School small forward and Franklin, Mass., native Jermaine Samuels can score from all over. Playing at an elite level for his age, the 6-5, 205-pound player has peaked offers from eight different college programs.

#60 Kimani Lawrence, SF
6-5, 180 lbs
Providence, R.I.
New Hampton School

No. 60-ranked Kimani Lawrence runs Rhode Island. The New Hampton School small forward recently added to his offensive threat, making progress shooting from downtown. Reports claim he not only has good size on the wing, but is impressive with his vertical athleticism. He has offers from five schools.

#63 Hameir Wright, PF
6-7, 195 lbs
Albany, N.Y.
The Albany Academy

The potential for 6-7, 195-pound power forward Hameir Wright is endless. Ranking No. 63 in the country, the Albany, N.Y., native at Albany Academy is consistently improving his skills set. Wright currently has 10 offers.

#65 Myles Cale, SG
6-3, 195 lbs
Middletown, Del.
Appoquinimink High School

Middletown, Del., native Myles Cale is currently No. 2 in Delaware and No. 65 in the nation. The 6-3, 195-pound shooting guard out of Appoquinimink High committed to Seton Hall in March.

#80 Deng Gak, PF
6-10, 195 lbs
Blairstown, N.J.
Blair Academy

Deng Gak reps New Jersey as the most sought after recruit in the state. The 6-10, 195-pound power forward hails from Blairstown and attends Blair Academy. Gak’s natural talent earned him offers from Duke and eight other programs.

#81 Oshae Brissett, SF
6-6, 195 lbs
Mississauga, Ontario (Canada)
Findlay College Prep

Ontario, Canada product Oshae Brissett is drawing a lot of attention. The small forward shows poise from three-point shooting to finishing in transition, adding in above-the-rim play and shot-blocking abilities, according to scouting reports. The 6-6, 195-pound Findlay College Prep junior has 10 offers so far.

#82 Christian David, SF
6-7, 200 lbs
Milton, Ontario (Canada)
Vermont Academy

No. 82 Christian David, who hails from Ontario, Canada, currently has five offers. Scouting reports say the 6-7, 200-pound small forward creates space on the floor and works well off screens, adding he has a high basketball I.Q.

#87 Nate Reuvers, PF
6-10, 220 lbs
Lakeville, Minn.
Lakeville High School

No. 2 in Minnesota and No. 87 in the country, Nate Reuvers is crossing over the state line after committing to Wisconsin in May. The 6-10, 220-pound power forward and Lakeville, Minn., native will have a lot to offers the Badgers.

#94 Aaron Thompson, PG
6-2, 175 lbs
Glendale, Md.
Paul VI High School

Pittsburgh-committed point guard Aaron Thompson demonstrates true point guard ability. Scouts say the left-handed Glendale, Md., native knows how to run a team. The 6-2, 175-pound Paul VI High junior is the No. 94-ranked player in the country is No. 3 in Maryland.

#97 David Beatty, SG
6-3, 195 lbs
Philadelphia, Pa.
Saint Benedict’s Prep

(Credit 8EYE Media)

Shooting guard and Philadelphia, Pa., native David Beatty is currently No. 3 in the state and ranks No. 97 in the nation. He’s made a difference on his Saint Benedict’s Prep team since he was an underclassman and has an ever-evolving game. He has 14 current offers.

#100 Lavar Batts, PG
6-0, 175 lbs
Concord, N.C.
J.M. Robinson High School

Just making ESPN’s list is No. 100 Lavar Batts. The 6-0, 175-pound point guard is No. 2 in North Carolina and plays for J.M. Robinson High. Batts has five offers, most of which come from within state.

Earning the No. 1 spot was DeAndre Ayton, a 6-10 center from Phoenix, Ariz., at Hillcrest Academy. Wendell Carter, a 6-10 power forward from Pace Academy in Atlanta, Georgia ranked second.
See the full list of ESPN’s 100.

Reading Tip Off Showcase: 2015 LIVE Blog


Reading, PA– High School basketball is upon us, and with that, the Hoop Group High School Showcase series begins. As always we head to Reading for the first, for two great match ups: Constitution versus Berks Catholic, and Archbishop Wood versus Reading. The beginning of the season leaves every team with high hopes and expectations, that’s no different here. The live blog is open!

9:40 pm

The Reading Tip Off Showcase has come to an end, and the first in season high school showcase gave us great insight into what Pennsylvania basketball has to offer. The next showcase will be next weekend at Caldwell College as we will tip off high school hoops in New Jersey!

9:26 pm

Lonnie Walker took over in the 4th and helped bring Reading back, but an and-one but Tyree Pickron all but sealed a Wood win. Could not have asked for a better atmosphere for a high school basketball game! -@TheHoopGroup

9:07 pm

Wood has everything to celebrate about right now. Big run has them up 16. They are playing extremely hard.


8:59 pm

Villanova head coach Jay Wright, Miami and La Salle on hand watching Wood vs Reading #Exposure

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8:38 pm
At the half, Army commit Tom Funk has Wood up 28-24. Sophomore Tyree Pickron leads Wood scoring with 9 points.

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8:16 pm
Miami, La Salle and Villanova all on hand to watch Wood vs Reading. There is a lot of talent on the court. A number of Division 1 players. –@TheHoopGroup

8:10 pm

8:03 pm

Here are your two MVPs from game one: Tamir Green finished with 21 points in Constitution’s win, freshman Casey Jack finished with 16 for Berks.


7:55 pm
Next up is Archbishop Wood vs Reading. You voted again and according to you, Twitter thinks the Vikings of Archbishop Wood will come out victorious.

7:49 pm
One in the books, congratulations Constitution on the hard earned W.

7:35 pm

Casey Jack having a big half for Berks. Showing his scoring ability. Older brother Connor was the MVP for the Saints last year at the Reading Tip Off –@TheHoopGroup

7:29 pm

Hakim Hudson has been just one of the many Constitution players to show his shooting stroke tonight, in front of a great Reading crowd, too!


7:17 pm
Future is bright in Berks. Bryce Calloway is just one of the many freshman playing valuable varsity minutes this season.

7:04 pm

At the half, Tyrone Nesby and Berks Catholic trail Constitution 31-21. A quick regroup for the Saints could be what they need to propel them back in this game.


6:44 pm

After one, Constitution has the pressure on, they lead Berks 14-9.

6:31 pm

Underway here in Reading!


6:16 pm

We asked, you voted. The Berks Catholic faithful got behind their Saints and think they’re going to pull out the victory! Never too late to vote:

6:00 pm

We’re a half hour from tip of between Berks Catholic and Constitution. Lot of energy and excitement for these two games