#HGBuzzerBeater Classic AM Spotlight, Day 1

Division I schools La Salle University from the A10, Robert Morris from the Northeast Conference, and a multitude of Division II and III schools were in attendance to watch the morning matchup between the Crusader Nation and New York Havoc. With a trip to the winner’s bracket on the line, both teams showed some early game jitters to start.

Team Havoc jumped out to a quick 17-5 lead behind the energy and hustle of their point guard number 12, William Aybar.  Aybar set the pace of the game from the opening tip, extending the defensive pressure 94 feet and advancing the basketball by passing ahead.  Crusader Nation eventually acclimated to the frenetic pace of play, but consistently trailed double digits throughout the game’s first 10 minutes.  The Nation never looked comfortable in their half court sets, struggling to execute against the extended pressure of Havoc.  Skilled 6’8” forward Joe Delollo (#33) provided a perimeter, threat stretching the defense and opening driving lanes for Havoc’s lighting quick Aybar.  Crusader Nation eventually found a way to put up points up through second chance opportunities and fast break chances. They went on a 10-2 run and cut the lead to seven to close out the half.

The Nation continued their aggressive play to start the second half, finishing contested shots around the basket and creating and-1 opportunities.  With momentum on their side and foul situations softening up Havoc’s defensive pressure, the Nation began to convert on open jump shots. Although he showcased a soft touch around the basket and consistent face up game outside the paint, Delollo was unable to guard the perimeter on defense.  Delollo was forced to soft contest on screen and roll switches and gave up easy driving angles to Crusader Nation’s guards. Havoc trailed by two points going into the game’s final four minutes.  

The game came down to the final possession in regulation, tied at 60 with a little over eleven seconds remaining. Crusader Nation was set to take the ball out on a side out of bounds.  The ball was inbounded, and a down screen was set away from the ball in an effort to free up their team’s leading scorer for the game, number 0-Nick Parrish.  He was denied but eventually caught the ball out near half court under duress.

With three seconds remaining he stepped into a 30 foot pull-up jumper that seemed to hang in the air for an eternity before swishing through the net; ending the game and advancing the Nation to the winner’s bracket.  When asked about what was going through his mind in the closing seconds, Parrish responded, “I won’t lie to you, I practice that shot a lot…a hesitation to a pull up three—so, to see it finally come to work, it’s a blessing man. It felt great”.  Parrish continued on to speak about his team’s togetherness, “I’ve played with these guys for four years now–with these guys they go out and give it a hundred percent every game. It’s more like a family than a team.  We all just play together, and play for each other”.  

Crusader Nation will look to build upon this momentum going into their next matchup.  Joe Delollo for Havoc led the team in scoring with 15 points, while Parrish finished with 12 points, 10 in the 4th quarter and the game winner.  

Undiscovered Vol. 2: Elite Session 1

The 2017 Hoop Group Elite camps are shaping up to have some of the most talented crops of
players we’ve seen in recent years. Kids are coming into camp with legit interest from high/mid
major Division One programs and are bound to upgrade that interest into tangible scholarship
offers.
Some guys are different though. Some guys have been patiently waiting. With not as much
college interest as deserved, they have been preparing for the moment when they get a chance
to perform in front of the coaches that need to see them. These players will wait no longer. In
the shadows until now, these Undiscovered players will impress when they get a chance to
perform in front of the coaches that need to see them.
Elite Session 1 will feature many, here is a glimpse at just a few as they move from
undiscovered to on your radar.

Nick Timberlake – Kimball Union (NH)

Nick Timberlake is a must see for Division One coaches at camp this summer. One of the more
athletic, bouncy combo guards the camp will have to offer, Nick can not only jump with the best
of them but also put the ball in the hoop. He’s a potential mismatch nightmare every time he
laces up his sneaks and has a chance to become a household name in the next few weeks.

Brandon McGlynn – Dallastown (PA)

Brandon McGlynn has been one of the more under recruited guards in the area. A quick first
step poses a threat on the perimeter and all he needs is an inch of space for a catch-and-shoot
three. His skill set translates to the next level and college coaches are going to find that out in
the next few weeks. Injured in the spring, Brandon could be a steal waiting to happen at Elite 1.

Ronnie Silva – Bradford Christian Academy (MA)

Though only standing at 5’9, time and time again Ronnie Silva has outplayed bigger opponents
in big games. He is quicker than quick and can sink shots as soon as he crosses half court,
making him a prospect that college coaches need to pay attention to. This past spring was just
the start for Ronnie and this summer he will be as good as they come at the point guard
position.

Jacob Iwowo – Brooks School (MA)

6’4” with long arms is something all college coaches love to hear. Jacob Iwowo is athletic, plays
insanely hard, and makes an impact every time he’s on the floor. He can play above the rim,
score and defend. College coaches looking for a slashing wing with a high motor will be excited
to see Iwowo play at camp. Offers will come, sooner rather than later.

Michael Koch – Bergen Catholic (NJ)

Michael Koch is a perfect mix of skill and athleticism wrapped up into strong tall frame. Along
with being able to score the ball at a high level, he has been working hard on his decision
making and facilitating abilities with hopes of becoming a pure point guard. After a very good
spring, he has heard from many Division Two schools and is just starting to catch the eye of
Division One coaches. Whatever team Koch lands on at game will be a must watch for
scholarship schools.

Ryan Moffat – Hempfield (PA)

Ryan Moffat is the poster boy for Hoop Group: Undiscovered. A legit 6’5 with long arms, Ryan is
a skilled athlete who can really shoot it. To go with his range, he can play above the rim and
has a tough pull-up game. Undiscovered right now, but those days will be over after Elite camps
in the coming weeks.
Check back soon for more Undiscovered Prospects coming to Elite Session 1!

Pooley’s Picks – Best Shooters Available

Pooley’s Picks

Best Available Shooters: 10 Best From Long Range

Qualifications:  Every college coach has made the statement: “We need guys who can shoot.”  Every analyst and basketball fan has noticed the value of the three point shot.  It’s not rocket science, if you can recruit a guy who can flat out shoot from three, you’ll win.  This list sets out the best available shooters.  Three point shooting is the only thing being explored here.  This is not a list of the best players who can also shoot.  Simply, the best shooters who are unsigned seniors from Maine to Virginia.  Prep schools are included in this.  If you graduate in 2017 and are on of the best shooters available: you’re on this list.  If you’re a college coach, you should be all over these 10.

Players are in no particular order. Please enjoy the third installment of Pooley’s Picks.

 

 

Matt Donahue: Matt is a catch and shoot nightmare.  He’s 6’2″ and is a great compliment to a scoring guard who can draw attention.  You can tell he works his ass off and it shows in what he can do beyond the arc.  He moves well without the ball and is excellent coming off a down screen or staggered double.

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Thomas Binelli:  If we’re isolating shooting the rock Thomas Binelli is someone who can do it at any level.  Every bit of 6’7″ Binelli thrives outside the three point line.  Great off the catch and the dribble, leaning in and fading away, Binelli is a SHOOTER! A bunch of schools have overlooked the big guy, but someone will come around.

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Reese Mona: Most people might describe Reese Mona, 6’3″ senior at St. John’s, as a role player.  Ask those same people to list guys they don’t want taking the last shot against their team: Reese Mona.  The guard is among the best available shooters specifically because he hits big shots and does it against the best of competition.

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Devin Jensen: Devin Jensen, 6’4″ senior at Manasquan, has the purest release possible.  Watching Devin shoot is just fun.  While he can do more than just shoot, his 3-pt jumper is the deadliest around.  Range, a high release, excellent form, and ZERO conscience is what makes Devin one of the best available shooters.  Tall shooters like him won’t stay available for too long.

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George Pappas: A Maine representative on the list, George Pappas can shoot and he knows it.  The long guard is tough and can get busy from deep. After graduating from Union Catholic, George now attends Gould Academy in Bethel Maine.  George won’t ever turn down a look and uses his jumper to set up the rest of his game.

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Charles Falden:  Falden can do more than just shoot, but is at his best from long range.  Surprising that someone who can stick it like Falden doesn’t have a laundry list of offers.  However, this guard probably won’t be under-recruited for long (Coach Myers and Massanutten known for helping recruits).  Look for Falden to shoot at a high clip from three this season and lock up offers sooner rather than later.

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Dom Fragala: Dom is a tough, heady guard, who you simply cannot leave open.  The 5’11” combo has range for days and dets up a lot of his shots off the bounce.  Dom plays through contact and has a lot of experience getting his shot off against taller defenders.  Dom hits big shots and certainly is one of the best available shooters.

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Michael Speight:  First, Speight has been a Hoop Group campers for years.  He elevated his game this past year and was selected as one of the Top 20 all-stars at Elite 1.  Most of the difference with Mike comes with a new found consistency on his 3-pt shot.  Always dangerous, Mike now is much more consistent, that’s what makes the Wise guard one of the top available  shooters.

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Andre Rafus: The big lefty has bounced around a little but, but his threes rarely do.  The long, 6’8″ wing, with tremendous form and a quick release has landed at Lake Clifton.  Highly touted, and probably the highest recruited player on this list, Rafus is one of the top available shooters for sure.

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Jamil Pasha:  “Jamie” is admittedly a kid I haven’t seen a lot, but every I have he’s stroked it.  The 6’2″ Bishop Ireton senior, has range and is smooth as can be.  With a high release point and his ability to hunt shots make him a must have on this list.

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Quick Rant About Shooters:  Every college coach says they want shooters and there are some out there who genuinely recruit them.  However, what I see more of is college coaches recruiting kids who can shoot.  They like a kids overall game and they say “and he can shoot”.  Unfortunately, I think this is backwards.  College coaches need to be recruiting kids that are SHOOTERS, and saying things like “and he can play”.  Most of the time when you recruit a non-shooter, they don’t turn into a shooter.  However, when you recruit a shooter there is room for things like ball handling, Bball IQ, Body, and defense to come along once they enroll.  It’s hard for a non-shooter to become a shooter, it’s easier for a kid to get in better shape or learn an offense.  Shooting is as much an art as it is a science and guys need to be recruiting kids who are shooters.  Over half of the schools in Division 1 don’t shoot 35% from behind the three point line.  Recruit one of the kids we’re talking about today and turn that around!

Dissenting Opinions:

Hoop Group Happenings Newsletter 11/7

 

   
“I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, good   results will come.” 
-Michael Jordan
 Here at the Hoop Group we are committed to helping young players achieve their basketball dreams. Our Hoop Group Happenings Newsletter will give players, parents, and coaches tools to help every player succeed!
The NBA Hoop Group Alumni of the Week

D’Angelo Russell (Lakers) 
Russell averaged 16ppg and 5apg while leading a young Lakers team to a 2-1 week, including a win over the NBA title favorite Golden State Warriors! 
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Hoop Group Commitment of the Week 

Antwan Walker (Georgetown)
Walker, a two time Washington D.C. player of the year and #HGAlum has committed to Georgetown University. Walker is a postgraduate at Hargrave Military Academy this season.
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Fall NOVA Top 100 Recap

NOVA Top 100 Recap

The final stop on the Fall Top 100 Tour lead us right outside our nations capital to Marymount University in Arlington, VA. A sold out event had players showing up an hour early just itching to get working on their game. With a staff comprised of over 20 coaches from collegiate programs, each player got a chance to get instruction from coaches who might recruit them! Check out the NOVA Top 100 Recap video below:

The Show-and-Go portion of the event set the tone for the entire day! A group of highly talented, highly competitive players, absorbing instruction and applying it to in game situations.

Terrence Gibbons (2018 Wise HS) works on his jab series during Individual workouts

Terrence Gibbons (2018 Wise HS) works on his jab series during Individual workouts

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As the first game set got under way, half of the players headed down to a recruiting seminar with Hoop Group Elite Director Austin Kelley. The seminar “Separate Yourself in the Recruiting Process” is excellent way for us here at the Hoop Group to educate student-athletes on the recruiting process, and how to find the best academic and athletic fit for themselves. Some of the most valuable teaching that goes on at Hoop Group Top 100 happens in that room, as young men learn what’ll take to play basketball at the next level.

The Northern Virginia talent did not disappoint during the game portion of the day. College level talent on each court, showed why coaches from all over flock to this event each year.

Quentin James (2019 Lake Braddock) remaining alert in help side defense

Quentin James (2019 Lake Braddock) remaining alert in help side defense

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With so much talent in the event it was difficult to decide who would be part of the All Northern Virginia Team listed below!

Guard Keyante Williams (2018)  Massaponax
Guard Jack Kouba (2019) Bishop Ireton
Wing Jalen Gibbs (2018) North Point
Forward Terrence Gibbons (2018) Wise
Forward Deontay Compton (2017) Rock Ridge

If you would like to see your evaluation from the NOVA Top 100 check them out here!