2017 Hoop Group Toy Drive Basketball Clinic

 

Hoop Group’s 1st Annual Toy Drive Clinic, is a hour instructional basketball clinic led by former Division 1 coaches Tiny Green and Mike Rice. The event is free to register, but in order to participate, you must bring an unwrapped toy to donate.

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

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


Register NOW! 

Hoop Group Headquarters | 1930 Heck Ave. Neptune, NJ | (732) 502-2255

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.”

Alexander Rice Getting Better Situated at Mater Dei Prep

Alexander Rice made a good impression with his new high school Mater Dei at the Hoop Group Fall High School Showcase. The class of 2019 guard liked getting acclimated with his team at a big time event.

“It was good to get out there and get back in the swing of things,” said Rice. “It’s great to play against talented teams this early in the year. It was great to play together and run our stuff out there. We are still getting used to each other so events like this really help us out.”

Rice had the opportunity play under legendary high school coach Bob Hurley before St. Anthony’s closed down last year, forcing Rice to transfer

The transition to Mater Dei has been a smooth one for Rice thus far.

“I really like the guys on the team, we’ve known each other before from AAU and various events so it’s been a pretty easy transition for me,” he said.

He has been a high level shooter for quite some time, but Rice has added a lot to his game from last year to make him more than just a shooter.

“I think last year I was just a spot up shooter, but now I can score the ball better with one dribble pull ups, getting in the lane and getting my teammates shots,” Rice said. “I’ve just been working on being a well rounded player.”

He has received a lot of attention from the recruiting front recently as he went on visits, picked up offers and a lot of interest.

“This past summer I went on visits to Stanford and North Carolina,” he said. “I just received an offer from Tulane and Ivy League schools like Yale, UPenn and Princeton have been recruiting me hard.”

His father, King Rice, is the Head Coach at Monmouth University, but is also known for playing at UNC. Rice enjoyed visiting his father’s old stomping grounds this past summer.

“It was a really cool experience for me, it was a lot of fun,” said Rice. “My Dad showed me the places that he and my Mom used to go on campus. It was a special weekend because I got to see what he went through at UNC.”

Heading into his junior year Rice has his sights set on a couple of goals.

“I want to win another shore conference championship and make a run in the state tournament,” he said. “I just want to have a really good season by playing within the system.”

Kahlil Whitney Working to Make Roselle Catholic Best in New Jersey

The addition of Kahlil Whitney to Roselle Catholic last year proved to be a big one as the class of 2019 wing has emerged as one of the top prospects in New Jersey regardless of class. Whitney is a big time athlete, is becoming a much better shooter, and is a huge reason why Roselle Catholic is looked upon as one of the best teams in the area this season. Whitney and his teammates gave fans attending the Hoop Group Fall High School Showcase an idea of what to expect from them this year.

“It’s been great playing here and taking part in some high level games,” Whitney said. “Playing against teams like Westtown and Lincoln is always a good challenge. I think we played well as a team, but I do think we need towork on some things defensively.”

He has been working on a couple of key parts to his game in the off-season.

“I’ve just been working on playing hard and executing on defense at all times,” he said. “Every game I know that I will have to guard the best player so defense is important to me. I also have worked on my ball handling and shooting to become a well-rounded player.”

Georgetown, Oregon, Syracuse, UConn, Virginia Tech and Virginia have been in to watch Whitney during his fall workouts. These programs among others have been actively recruiting the class of 2019 standout.

“I would say Oregon, Georgetown, Syracuse, Illinois, St. Johns and a couple more have been after me hard,” he said.

Whitney sees Roselle Catholic having another successful year as long as he plays on a high level.

“I think that as long as I improve on rebounding the ball and creating for others we’ll be the best team in the state,” Whitney said.

Al-Amir Dawes Ready For Increased Role at The Patrick School

Al-Amir Dawes from The Patrick School will have a lot of responsibility placed on his shoulders this season and judging off his performance at the Hoop Group Fall High School Showcase, he is ready for it. Dawes came into the high level event with a winning mindset.

“I just wanted to come out here and help my team win,” said Dawes. “I’m trying to put my teammates in a better position to score and do whatever I can to come away with a win.”

With Dawes undertaking a bigger role this season, he plans on doing a bit more on the court than he usually does.

“This year I am facilitating it a bit more, when last year I was doing a lot more off the wing,” he said. “This year I’m focusing more on getting the ball to my teammates so they can score. I’ve also worked on being more communicative on the floor.”

The class of 2019 guard has collected offers from Rutgers, Seton Hall, Minnesota and DePaul. Three of those schools have made him a priority.

“I would say that Rutgers, Seton Hall and Minnesota have been making me a priority,” Dawes said.

He also said Maryland and Rhode Island have expressed a lot of interest in him and could be close to offering.

The Patrick School won the TOC last season and they are looking to bring it back home this year.

“We have to take home the TOC, a lot of teams haven’t won it back to back,” said Dawes. “I know I can speak for all of my teammates and say that we all want it really bad this year.”

With Kentucky center Nick Richards, Minnesota guard Jamir Harris, Seton Hall point guard Jordan Walker, Monmouth guard Marcus McClary all graduating The Patrick School lost a lot of talent. Dawes wants to prove doubters wrong that don’t believe they will be able to compete at the same level this year.

“I’m just trying to prove that it doesn’t matter how many players we lost from last year,” he said. “I want to prove that every year The Patrick School will be ready.”