Sidney Wilson to Transfer from St. John’s


Sidney Wilson had yet to play a game for the St. John’s Red Storm, and it appears he never will. It was reported today that the 6-6 wing from the Bronx will transfer from St. John’s before ever suiting up for the Johnnies. A four-star recruit with highlight making bounce, Wilson was a big get for Chris Mullin and staff when they convinced Wilson to stay home.

Per Scout, since Wilson enrolled at SJU this summer and took classes, he will have to wait a year before being eligible to play for whatever school he chooses. The same thing applied to Mitchell Robinson, who ended up returning to Western Kentucky this week instead of transferring. Wilson chose St. John’s over UConn, UMass, Syracuse and Texas.

Wilson transferred from St. Ray’s in NY to Brewster Academy for his last year in high school. I would not be surprised if he chose Connecticut over New York again for college and chose to commit to the Huskies. Anything can happen though, so stay tuned.

All-Tournament Teams: Buzzer Beater Classic

Hoop Group’s Buzzer Beater Classic ended on Sunday with a double overtime thriller between JB Hoops and Maryland 3D. The finish between those two teams was only fitting, as the entire weekend was filled with overtimes, buzzer beaters and overall great competition. Aside from the fantastic effort put forth by every team we also had players rise up above the rest and showcase their talent to the fans and coaches in attendance. That being said, it is time to announce our first ever All-Buzzer Beater first and second teams.

First Team All-Buzzer Beater:

Sidney Wilson (St. Raymond’s 2017)
Wilson led his underage New Heights team to the 17U Parkway Division championship game. His last three games of the weekend he averaged 21 points per game, scoring 18 points in the Elite Eight to help his team beat Team FOE, then repeating it Sunday in the Final Four, scoring another 18. In the Championship against USAD, Wilson was the game-high scorer, accounting for 27 of New Heights’ 69 points. It was a big time scoring weekend for Wilson in Neptune, who showed how high his ceiling is.

James Fives (The Hill School 2015)
JB Hoops had an eventful, and successful, weekend. A large reason why was because of the play of James Fives. Fives started the weekend with 18 and 16 point efforts in JB’s first two games on Saturday. He followed that with a 14 point performance in the semi-finals, but he was far from done. In a crazy championship game against MD3D, Fives went for 40. His team needed every single point if they were going to walk away with a trophy. In his 40 point effort, Fives sunk 19 free throws, many of which came in the end of the game and overtime periods. Fives was clutch this weekend for JB Hoops.

Myles Cale (Appoquinimink HS 2017)
Cale was an unstoppable scoring machine in the 15U Division. He proved Sunday that he was one of the best scorers in the entire tournament, let alone in his age group. He averaged 24.6 in three games on Sunday, getting his team all the way to the championship game. Cale scored in all ways. He got to the paint, shot a good percentage from three point range and also found a home at the free throw stripe. Cale is a very impressive player in the class of 2017.

Zack Keller (Seton Hall Prep 2016)
Zack Keller knows how to shoot the basketball, just ask the NJ Roadrunners. In the semi-final game between Jersey City Boys & Girls and the Roadrunners, Keller helped move Jerey City to the championship by knocking down five three pointers. Every time the Roadrunners tried to force their way back into the game, Keller got himself open for another back breaking three. He finished with a total of 17 in the semi final effort and then chipped in eight in a balanced scoring effort as his team went on to win the championship.

Arkel Ager-Lamar (St. Thomas Moore 2016)
Arkel played very well this weekend in Neptune for United Sons and Daughters (USAD), but he saved his best performance for last. He cemented himself on first team all-tournament when he went out and dropped in 23 points on USAD’s way to a championship. In the championship bout, USAD went on a second half run to give them a lead. Ager helped his team hold that lead by scoring every time New Heights looked like they were gaining some momentum. If USAD needed a bucket, Ager delivered it.

Second Team All-Buzzer Beater:

Mustapha Traore (The Phelps School 2015)
Not playing in the championship bracket on Sunday did not stop Traore from having a big finish to his weekend. In two games he went for 17 points and 26, showcasing his ability to face up and score in the paint and landing him on the second All-Buzzer Beater.

Brandon Anderson (Don Bosco Prep 2016)
Anderson led his 16U NJ Roadrunners team to the semis of Buzzer Beater Classic. His best showing was when he dropped in 21, on five three pointers made, against Burlington ISBA in the Elite Eight.

Tim Rose (Scranton Prep 2015)
A game winning, fadeaway three at the buzzer on Saturday coupled with 19 points in a semi final victory on Sunday has Tim Rose on our All-Tournament second team.

Isaac Vann (Coastal Academy 2015)
Vann played a crucial role in United Sons and Daughters’ championship run. His 15 point performance against Team Price in the Final Four of the 17U Parkway Division helped USAD get to the championship, where they would wind up winning.

Jevon Rawl (Paterson Kennedy 2015)
Despite the fact that his team was not playing for a championship on Sunday, Jevon Rawl did his part in two games on Saturday by averaging 16.5 points and being the main scorig threat for the Paterson Playaz.

Tareq Coburn (Cardozo High School 2016)
Coburn was consistent for Team CIMI all weekend, averaging 18 points per game. The guard led his team all the way to the championship game in the 16U Division. Coburn had a few games scoring 20 or more and definitely showed up when his team needed him the most.

Amidou Bamba (St. Michael’s College School 2017)
Bamba gave a championship performance in 15U Canada Elite’s championship game. The 6’7 prospect played a great game and tallied a team-high 19 points in the 79-59 win over the South Jersey Jazz.

Drew Edwards (Calvert Hall 2015)
Edwards rounds out our all-tournament team as another 17U player who showed a great ability to put the ball in the basket. He had a huge role in MD3D’s late surge against JB Hoops in the 17U Turnpike Division Final, a game in which he finished with 19 points.

Buzzer Beater Classic Championship Recap

There’s always some extra excitement in the air when there are four championships on the line. That’s what he had today in Neptune as Buzzer Beater Classic came to a close this afternoon. Four titles were handed out by day’s end. Here’s a recap of all four championship games and more importantly, here are your winners.

15U Championship: Canada Elite vs. SJ Jazz
Canada Elite came into the championship game rolling and were not about to be deprived of a trophy that they felt they deserved. They controlled the tempo of the game from the opening tip. With the exception of Myles Cale, Canada Elite shut down the South Jersey Jazz offense for much of the first half, opening on a 23-10 run. Elite tallied 38 points in the first half and never looked back. They went on to defeat the Jazz 79-59 and were our first trophy winners of the day. As expected when scoring 78 points, Elite had a number of contributors in the championship bout. Every player recorded a point. Amidou Bamba led the way with 19 while Nickeill Alexander-Walker added 17. For the Jazz, Myles Cale continued to be a scoring machine, finishing with a game-high 23 points.

16U Championship: Jersey City Boys & Girls vs. Team Cimi
Team Cimi brought their size and athleticism into the championship game against Jersey City. Cimi came into the final after a heart racing game against the Brooklyn Rens whereas Jersey City defeated fellow Jersey team NJ Roadrunners. The last 16U game of the weekend was a one possession game with under 30 seconds to go. Rens were down three late and decided to take the quick two. Jersey City did a great job playing keep away, avoiding the foul attempt by Cimi and wound up taking a lay up with 1.8 left. Cimi had a chance from half court, but it was wide left. Jersey City took home the title, 48-45. They had a balanced scoring sheet, with four of their seven players recording seven points or more. Idris Joyner led with 13. Team Cimi was led by Jaheam Cornwall had 17 for Team Cimi.

17U Parkway Championship: United Sons And Daughters vs. New Heights
The 17U Parkway final featured two teams with loads of prospects in USAD and New Heights. New Heights jumped out to an early lead, but USAD recovered and the two teams went back and forth the rest of the half and USAD took a 42-35 lead at the break. Arkel Ager-Lamar led USAD with 14 while Sidney Wilson kept Heights close with 13. The second half started a lot like the first, with New Heights starting hot and tying the game up. USAD did a good job of handling the run by Heights and went on a run of their own, a run that would give them a lead they would not give up. USAD walked out of Buzzer Beater Classic 17U Parkway Division champs beating New Heights 80-69. Ager-Lamar finished with a team high 23 points for USAD, who also got contributions from Malik Petteway who had 21 points. Sidney Wilson had 27 in a losing effort for New Heights.

17U Turnpike Championship: MD3D vs. JB Hoops
Our 17U Turnpike Championship was the final of our four championships and it may have been the most exciting of the four, and that’s saying something. JB Hoops came into the final with some impressive wins and player performances and had another test in their final game of the weekend. Similar to our Parkway Championship, the score stayed very close the entire first half. After the first 16, MD3D led 30-28; little did we know the game was far from over. JB took control in the second half and appeared to have the game in hand. They led by nine with three minutes to play and by six with a minute to go. A few missed free throws and two threes, one by Bryce Thurston at the buzzer (shown below) forced our our first overtime.

The first overtime saw teams trade baskets; knotted at 73, JB Hoops had a chance for another buzzer beating win, but Tim Rose’s shot was just long. On to double OT we went. In double overtime, JB took a 77-73 lead, but anyone watching knew MD3D was far from done. They fought their back AGAIN and many watching thought we were heading to a third overtime, but as time ticked down, James Fives had the ball in his hands and was looking to win it. He took it strong to the hoop, drew a foul and knocked in two clutch free throws. With 8 seconds left MD3D pushed the ball up court, had a clean look for a three and the win, but the shot bounced off and our fourth and final champion was crowned. Fives was phenomenal in the win, scoring 40 points for JB Hoops in the win. 19 of his points came from the charity stripe, a number of them coming in overtime and late in the crunch time of the second half. Aside from his buzzer beater in the second half, Bryce Thurston also had 21 for MD3D. An amazing ending to a great tournament.

We could not have asked for a more thrilling way to end our summer tournaments series than the way Buzzer Beater did. Congratulations to all four teams on hard earned championship victories this weekend.