Bigger Than Ball Vol. 5: Aidan Igiehon

Aidan Igiehon is a top ranked basketball player whose aggression and footwork around the basket have colleges from all over the country lining up to see him play.  What’s even more impressive than his ability on the court is the unique journey he has taken to play basketball in the United States.  Igiehon is an Irish citizen, living and going to school in New York.  He’s also one of the most humble kids we have gotten the chance to interview so far.  Here’s our in depth Q & A with the number 55 ranked junior, Aidan Igiehon.  

 

You don’t typically see many kids from Ireland playing ball in the States, how’d you end up coming over to play?

 

It’s funny, I didn’t actually come over here to play ball.  I came over here with my local team called Dublin Lions, they play ball, and I went to this Sixers camp – Philadelphia 76ers.  I was 13, 6’5” – yeah, I was like tall and skinny…and then I was athletic and could dunk the ball.  They were like “yo he’s 13?”, and then a lot of high schools came to see me.  No one really helped me get over here.  I just traveled with my team.  I went from Philly to New York to visit my family, and then stayed a couple months; and then I was playing in the park with my Aunt – my Aunt’s daughter’s Coach is best friends with Dana. He set up a workout, and I’ve been with them ever since.  Never thought about playing with anyone else.  

How was it playing on the EYBL circuit? You were relatively unknown before  you started playing AAU basketball, how did that help your recruiting?

 

On the circuit that’s when I really blew up.  The first session…it was the game against Bol Bol and Shareef [O’Neal] – people were like…like didn’t know who I was at the time.  They were just focused on Shareef.  “theres a kid dunking crazy”, it was me – I was just cocking it back, like ahh!  I had 18 points with like seven dunks and a couple free throws.  After that game my phone started blowing up – they started calling me.  Then I got my first ACC offer.  Syracuse.  After I got that offer, a lot of schools started contacting me.  I was too excited.  Dana was telling me to relax.  I guess he expected it, but I didn’t…Syracuse was like my fourth or fifth, and from then on I had like 20 something.  

 

Who has been the best person you’ve played against so far?

 

Marvin Bagley. Gotta be – and second that Bol Bol.  Bol Bol might be better actually, I don’t know.  He’s nice…underrated.   Only thing is, he’s 7’3” but he hates to play around the rim.  He plays from the free throw line and up.  It’s easier for me to guard big men rather than guards so that made it tough.

 

Which NBA player do you think you play like?

A mixture…I wanna say a mix with Deandre Jordan…and with Anthony Davis.  Yeah – mix that – take a little skill off AD.  My aggression and how hard I dunk the ball is like him.  I am actually very skilled, but many people don’t know that.  All they see is the dunks.  I can finish with both hands and start the break.  It’s tough to show that sometimes because showcase games usually show the guards.  Nobody really knows my name like that so that’s why I’m trying to use this July period to get known.

 

Soccer is the main sport played in Ireland,  and you seem to have great footwork for a player your age – Did you play when you were younger?

 

Yeah, I actually started off playing soccer.  I started playing ball when I was 12, but before that yeah – it was only soccer.  So, I played center midfield – I started off playing right back, and right defensive mid.  I wasn’t thinking about playing in college honestly, I didn’t even know about college athletics when I was younger.

 

Do you still play?

 

I still play soccer for fun, like with my older brother.  He’s 20.  He’s playing semi-pro right now upstate.  He plays in college, but he’s going to be a pro…It’d be cool for me to be able to play for the same school as my brother…I still work out like a soccer player.  When I’m training I do a lot of ladder stuff.  With Dana [Dingle-New York Lightning AAU coach], we start with a couple sprints then some high knees and then other footwork. As you get really tall, really quickly you get kinda slow.

What was the biggest adjustment basketball-wise when coming over from Ireland?

 

The speed of the game, the physicality of the game, and how serious everyone is about it.  In Ireland it’s just fun and games.  Like people here, they work out like one in the morning – I’m used to like, training with a team. That’s how we do it. That’s why the development has been different for me.  I was probably one of the best players in the country back then.  For my age.  There were some good players though.  Now looking back it was kinda like, eh.  There was one guard though, Matt Drummond.  He was good.  I had to wait a couple months before I could play when I came here, just the speed of everything…they threw me into the fire though.

 

Biggest non-basketball adjustment?

 

So basically, I’m in New York so I’m in the city.  In Brooklyn.  So, how there are mad trains and mad buses, and how you don’t use cars to get anywhere…and just the speed of life. It was a big change.  I lived in a very nice estate in Ireland, that you had to drive everywhere. Everywhere’s kinda far…hilly – quiet.  Ireland’s nice, the weather’s just horrendous.  Sometimes you can have all four seasons in a day.  Freezing, then warm, then it gets kinda hot and it’ll rain.

 

You’ve been living in New York for a few years now, do you ever get homesick?

 

Oh yeah.  All the time.  I’ve got a ton of friends and even now, a ton of people follow me like “yo you’re my inspiration”…I actually have to go back and run a camp – I have to give a speech and everything.  A ton of people are going to be there. [laughing] I’m looking at them like, yo I’m just a regular kid – I don’t look at it like how they look at it.  I look at it like I’m just playing ball you know…

What are you planning on saying in your speech?

 

Basically…first thing they’re gonna ask me is if I can dunk.  After that there just gonna ask me questions about my life.  “How can we get there?” They all want to come over, but unfortunately they can’t all come, but who am I to say they can’t.  So I’m going to let them know they have to work hard, and try and tell them how I much work out – and how you have to stay focused on academics. That plays a huge part.  Because I have good academics my recruitment is great.  I have a 3.7 – because of that my recruitment took off.

 

You have well over 20 Division I scholarship offers now, which gives you the opportunity to pick a school that really fits you.  What are you looking for out of the programs that are recruiting you?

 

I want to be somewhere where I can play right away.  My goal honestly is to be a pro.  I’m going to try man.  I just started playing ball..like I’m working hard, so I think I have a chance.  That’s why I work out so much – I’m just trying to work on my skills.  I’m really gonna try.

 

What do you think you need to work on to become a more complete player, and hopefully reach your goal of playing professionally?

 

I think I need to work on outside shooting. ‘Cause i’m athletic enough to play the three, I think if I could spread the floor more I could really be good.  I do a lot of ball handling in workouts, because that’s the goal.  I’m trying to make the NBA.  Obviously still think the academics, so I can play anywhere in the country – and I really have to extend my game. Do the repetition so much so that when it comes game time it just comes naturally.  I’m going to work hard, so that once I get to college, I really can cement myself as one of the best bigs in the country.

Academic and Metro Top 100 Recap

Academic and Metro Top 100 Recap

Two separate events brought over 230 players to the Hoop Group Headquarters in one weekend for the Academic and Metro Top 100’s. With over 20 college coaches in the building throughout the two days, the players were given an opportunity to be seen and coached!

The Show-and-Go portion of the clinic was filled with players dialed into our top-notch staff, and applying what they were learning to the drills. They competed, went hard, and were given some tools to make themselves better!

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After the players were split up in to teams the first game set began! The teams that that did not play in the 1st game set headed upstairs to a Recruiting Seminar and Q&A with former D1 Head Coach Pat Kennedy. Coach Kennedy educated the student-athletes on the recruiting process, and what it takes to play the game at the next level.

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Game sets were characterized by high intensity basketball! The players competed, shared the ball, and showcased their skill to an audience of college coaches. With each team playing two games, each player had the opportunity to have a role with their team and show what they could do.

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With such a talented group it was difficult to decide, but after consideration from our coaching staff and evaluators we selected the:

All-Academic and Metro Top 100 Teams

1st Team:

 Eddie Evans (Guard) 2020 – Trenton Catholic
 Devin Jensen (Wing) 2017 – Manasquan
Daniel Sofield (Wing) 2019 – Jackson Liberty
Souleymane Koureissi (Forward) 2018 – Iona Prep
Marc Dadika (Post) 2018 – St. Mary’s

2nd Team:

Joseph McCoy (Guard) 2018 – Tottenville
Matt LaCorte (Wing) 2017 – Westfield
Max Somelofske (Wing) 2017 – Appoquinimink
Moe Fafana (Wing) 2018 – Wings Academy
Peter Obertan (Post) 2017 – John F Kennedy

Check out your Academic and Metro Top 100 Evaluation here!

Fall NYC Top 100 Recap

NYC Top 100 Recap

The next stop on the Hoop Group Fall Top 100 Tour was at the beautiful Riverbank State Park. Right on the Hudson River, Riverbank State Park provides a stunning backdrop to a competitive day of New York City basketball! NYC Top 100 recap video:

As the players filed in, they were dispersed to different baskets for individual skill workouts with our college coaching staff. Our New York City staff never fails to provide the student athletes with fresh new drills and great instruction to enhance every players game!

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After introductions, and a brief talk about expectations, from our Vice President Matt Pooley and Elite Director Austin Kelley, the players were disperesed to different baskets for our Show-and-Go portion of the event.

Hoop Group Elite Director Austin Kelley address camp about expectations

Hoop Group Elite Director Austin Kelley address camp about expectations

Show-and Go’s are drills ranging from 1v1-4v4 that help develop a wide range of basketball skills while getting every player competeing in game like situations! These Show-and-Go’s are a great way for our coaches to help the players get better, as well give our college coaches a chance to evaluate in different game simulations.

Sal Koureissi (Iona Prep) recieves instruction during Show-and-Go's

Sal Koureissi (Iona Prep) recieves instruction during Show-and-Go’s

After a tough workout, it was on to our games. At the Hoop Group Top 100’s every player competes in two full length games, coached by D2 and D3 coaches. The games at the NYC top 100 contained a competitive brand of basketball, with every player looking to make a name for themselves.

All-NYC Top 100  Team:

Guard 6’0 Jay Vaughn (2018) Allentown Central Catholic
Guard 5’11” Zack Jacobs (2017) Canterbury School
Wing 6’4 Deondre Bourne (2017) Leman Prep
Wing 6’7″Sal Koureissi (2018) Iona Prep
Post 6’6″ Jake Tavroff (2020) Oceanside

If you want to check out your evaluation from the NYC Top 100 you can find it here!

 

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! 

 

2015 Philadelphia Fall Top 100 Player Report Cards

The second stop of the Hoop Group Elite Top 100 Tour took us to Philadelphia for the Philly Top 100. Another sold out showcase saw tons of college coaches come recruit and coach talented high school athletes. Here are the player reports from the event.

PhotoNameGradeCoaches Eval
Ajike, Baabatunde9Baabatunde is a very good athlete who plays tough defense and goes hard after every rebound on both ends. He was at his best today when attacking the rim and finishing through contact.
Alderman, Trevon9Trevon is at his best with the ball in his hand. He is a willing passer and doesn't get flustered when there is ball pressure. He has an excellent first step that allows him to explode to the rim and finish through contact.
Allen, Quadere12Quadere is a strong, defensive minded player who got after every loose ball went after every rebound. He made all of the smart plays for his team and was willing to sacrifice his body to create second chances on offense.
Azemi, Arian11Arian worked hard all day to create extra scoring opportunities for his team. He showed his ability to knock down the open shot. His defensive positioning allowed him to get into passing lanes and slow down opponents.
Barrouk, Bryce10Bryce does a great job of getting everyone involved and finding the open man. He is a very consistent outside shooter and doesn't force shots. He has the ability to stretch defenses opening up the middle of the court.
Beasley, Quentin11Quentin is a strong finisher who gets to the rim whenever he wants. He is a very physical on ball defender who created easy scoring opportunities for his team through his ability to force turnovers and get steals.
Bell, Randy12Randy used his quick first step and athleticism to get in the paint. He showed his ability to hit a jump shot as well as find the open man. Randy did an excellent job of putting pressure on the ball and keeping his man in front of him.
Bellinger, Darin11Darin is a very active player with tremendous athleticism and potential. He has a smooth shot and a great understanding of where to position himself on offense to get free from his defender.
N/ABoykin, Keyon12Keyon did a great job of running the floor in transition as well as getting back on defense. He excels at beating his defender and getting to the rim while finishing through contact.
Braddy, Theotis11Theotis has a good burst towards the rim and showed his ability to finish through contact. He handles the ball well in tight spaces and against pressure. He worked hard to keep his man away from the rim on defense.
Brown, Jack9Jack has a great understanding for the game and saw plays develop before they happened. He is very fundamentally sound with an all around skill set that allows him to play multiple positions.
Brown, Paul10Paul is a very smart player who used his understanding of the game to be one step ahead of his opponent. He showed his ability to step out and hit a shot as well as use his length to score around the rim.
Brownstein, Josh11Josh is a good shooter who can stretch the floor and knock down outside shots. He is very crafty when attacking the rim and getting in the paint. Josh has a great understanding of where to position himself on defense to help if a man drives to the basket.
Bueno, Dyony11Dyony has a great feel for the game and is an excellent one on one defender. He plays hard and is a tough matchup for defenses because of his quick first step and ability to get by his defender.
Burns, Kevin9Kevin is an athletic guard who has huge upside for his age.His athleticism kept him one step ahead of his man all day and allowed him to shut down opponents. He has a great handle of the ball and plays at a fast, controlled pace.
Burton, Drew11Drew is a very active rebounder and extremely coachable. He is a versatile player who brings a lot to the table. He is willing to do the little things and outhustle his opponent for loose balls.
Butcher, Yshaad9Yshaad has a great frame and tons of length on the perimeter. He has a very complete set of offensive skills that allow him to score in multiple ways. Yshaad has a high ceiling and will only improve the more he plays.
Calloway, Bryce9Bryce demonstrated a high upside throughout the day and has a great feel for the game for his age. He has great court vision and understanding of spacing on the offensive end. He attacked the rim hard and didn't have any issues getting by his defender.
N/ACarter, Ahrod10Ahrod is an athletic guard who used his handle to aggressively attack the basket all day. He showed the ability to score from different areas of the court as well as find the open man and get them the ball.
Carter, Myles11Myles is an athletic guard who showed his ability to score all over the court. He is a scrappy guard who kept opposing guards out of the paint and made them work for 94 feet.
Cerruti, Matt11Matt did a great job running off and screens and using them to his advantage to get open. He understands how to move without the ball and was very consistent knocking down shots once his feet were set.
N/AClowney, James12James is a strong, athletic forward who dominated the glass. He was able to create second chance opportunities for himself and finish hard at the rim. He did a solid job defending his man and keeping him off the boards.
Colleran, Will10Will did an excellent job of moving the ball forward in transition and starting fast breaks. He has a great feel for the game and a high basketball IQ. He made strong passes to his teammates all day.
N/ACramer, Kvonn9Kvonn had a terrific day and was one of the best athletes on the court. He plays great defense and finishes every defensive set by grabbing the rebound. He is at his best on offense when attacking the rim and can finish with either hand.
Cruz, Marquez11Marquez is a versatile player who has the ability to plaly multiple positions on offense as well as defend multiple positions on defense. He did a great job of moving the ball and finding open teammates.
Curnew, Nikolas12Nikolas has a great understanding of where to be on the court and how to play defense. He got after his man on defense and didn't allow him to drive past him and get to the basket.
N/ACurry, Marcell12Marcell is a ball hawk on defense with very quick hands. He has the ability to impact games with his aggressive defensive pressure. He is a very smart shooter who looks to spot up and knock down shots.
DePersia, Mike9Mike showed his ability to run a team and control an offense. He used his creativity with the ball in his hand to create offense. He handled ball pressure incredibly well and never got flustered when pressure came.
Dijurnette, Rahmaad9Rahmaad is a long wing with a high upside. He is a terrific on ball defender and was able to keep his man out of the paint. Rahmaad attacks the paint aggressively and is able to create his own shot.
Dixon, Eric9Erick has a very soft touch around the rim and finishes with both hands. He moves very well in transition and runs the floor aggressively. He uses his large frame to create space for himself and keep his man away from the basket.
Egan, Tommy12Tommy is a quick player who was able to create his own shot off the dribble. He was able to make plays for himself as well as others. His quickness with the ball in his hand allowed him to create separation from his defender.
Ellis, Rahee11Rahee did a nice job starting the fast break and finishing at the rim or finding his teammates. His athleticism and ability to rebound makes him a great asset to any team on the defensive end of the floor.
Evans, Jaimhy9Jaimhy showed his ability to break down his defender and get to the rim. He has a quick first step and was able to create space from his defender and consistently knocked down mid range jumpers.
Fleming, John12John showed a real understanding of how to play offense and fill the lanes in transition. He made some great plays for his teammates today with his ability to pass the ball and find open shooters.
N/AFoster, Raymond12Raymond is a long, active wing who can score in a variety of ways. His athleticism allowed him to create instant offense for himself and rise above opponents for rebounds. He creates match up issues on both ends of the floor.
Fulton, Cory10Cory had a great day shooting off the dribble. He does an excellent job of setting his feet and squaring up to the basket. His quickness and athleticism made him stand out from other players.
Funk, Andrew10Andrew has great range on his shot that stretches out defenders and creates openings for his teammates. He makes very strong passes and sees the floor really well in the half court.
Gans, Justin11Justin runs the floor well and gets himself easy lay ups in transition. His handle and quick hands make him an ideal combo guard. He did a great job of setting his feet and hitting open shots.
Genasevich, Nolan11Nolan is a stretch forward who was at his best when catching and finishing in the paint. His length and athleticism allowed him to run the floor and rebound well at both ends of the court.
Ghazzi, Sami11Sami has a great sense of where his teammates are at all time and executes the correct pass. He has the ability to knock down open shots as well as create space for himself and shoot over his defender.
Gillespie, Collin11Collin is an extremely gifted guard who plays with great pace and controls the offense. He makes all the right reads, passes and plays. His consistent shot makes him a complete player at the guard position.
Giuliani, David11David has a high basketball IQ and a tremendous feel for where everyone is on the court. He was able to hit open shots and consistently found the open man on offense.
Godfrey, Joshua9Joshua is a prototype point guard who focuses on setting up his teammates for open shots. He is great in starting transition and making the smart play. Joshua had a good day spotting up outside and knocking down a couple 3's.
Gordon, Chandler12Chandler did a solid job today of guarding the ball today and causing havoc. He has a very smooth dribble and used it to his advantage to attack the paint and knock down mid range jumpers.
Grant-Wheeler, Shaekwon12Shaekwon found his shot by sprinting to the wings and spotting up. He was at his best when setting his feet and squaring up to the basket. He has a smooth shot from deep and never rushes or forces any looks.
Green, Anthony11Anthony is a good shooter with range out to the 3 point line. He showed his ability to get by his man and consistently knock down pull up jumpers. He sees the floor well and finds openings in the defense.
N/AGreen, MalikN/AMalik does a good job of going after every rebound and boxing his man out. He never took a possession off on defense and worked his hardest to keep his man in front of him. He is aggressive on offense and looks to slash and attack the rim.
N/AHam, Bruce11Bruce was able to push the ball in transition and find open teammates. He has all of the skills on offense to create his own shot and score in a variety of ways. He was at his best getting in the paint and looking for his shot.
Haney, Christian10Christian is a very smart player who protected the ball and made the decisions all day. He has a great motor and is always in the right position on defense. Christian made a few hustle plays that gave his team extra possesions.
Hardy, Kiyon11Kiyon did a great job getting to the rim and getting out in passing lanes. He plays hard and likes to get his teammates involved. His tight ball handling allowed his teammates to move on offense and get to open spots.
N/AHarris, Deonte12Deonte is an athletic defender who played hard at all times and never took a play off. He rebounded the ball very well and showed his ability to finish at the rim through contact.
Harris, Irie11Irie handles pressure very well and made the smart pass out of traps to the open man. He had some great catch and shot plays and was most consistent at 12-15 feet. His hustle all day created extra plays for his team.
Henry-Coppedge, Maurice 9Maurice has a great handle on the and handles opposing pressure well. He is a consistent shooter who has range out to the 3 point line. He does a good job controlling the offense and keeping the ball moving.
Henry, Maurice12Maurice did a great job protecting the rim by blocking and altering opponents shots. He was able to grab any rebound in his area on both ends of the court. His height and length allowed him to shoot over defenders.
N/AHevalow, Jonathan12Jonathan has great versatility and is a complete offensive player. He can get to the rim, hit a 3 and pull up at midrange. He uses his size to get an advantage on the boards and clean up any rebound in his area.
Hickman, Preston12Preston uses his craftiness to get by his defender and into the paint. He finishes well around the rim and doesn't avoid contact. He defends the ball extremely well and makes his man work to get up the court.
Jack, Casey9Casey is an excellent rebounder who wasn't afraid to go after rebounds against opponents who were older and bigger than him. His ability to get in the lane created issues for his opponent. He has a great work ethic and a huge upside.
Jarmon, Gerald9Gerald did a great job of setting the table for his teammates. He is a crafty guard who consistently created offense for his team. He was calm under pressure and never lost control of the ball.
Jermacans, Jarred10Jarred showed a very good understanding of the game throughout the day. He was able to find gaps in the defense and hit open shots. He shot his best off the catch and shoot.
Jones, Arvelle12Arvelle is a strong, smooth player who plays very smart defense. He is a crafty scorer who loves to get to the rim and break down his defender off the dribble. He was able to consistently score at will in a variety of ways.
Jones, Jsuan9Jsuan is a good ball handler with huge upside at the guard position. He showed the ability to be a lock down defender and used his quickness to keep his man in front of him and not let him get into the paint.
N/AJones, Terrell11Terrell was one of the more athletic guys today who used his explosiveness to attack the basket. He was a menace on the offensive boards and scored the majority of his points off second chance opportunities.
Jordan, Julius 9Julius was one of the hardest workers who got after every loose ball. He pressured his man well in the half court and made it difficult for them to get clean passes. He pushed the ball forward well and started transition on offense.
Karl, Bryan11Bryan is a great on ball defender as well as help his teammates when they got beat. He showed his versatility of being able to to guard multiple positions. His size and speed made it difficult for his opponents to stop him on offense.
Kelly, Ben9Ben is a solid guard who has a good handle and understanding of the game. His court vision allowed him to push the ball in transition and find an open teammate ahead.
Kelly, Sean10Sean is an extremely hard player who is always around the action. He has a very fundamentally sound set of skills that make him a complete level. Sean has a great motor and competes at a high level.
Kempter, Matt9Matt has a very high basketball IQ for his age and makes all of the right passes and shots. He is able to hit shots from anywhere on the court as well as get past his defender and attack the rim.
Kiszka, Konrad9Konrad has a very developed set of skills for his age. He is a tremendous shooter from anywhere on the court and has some strong moves to get by his defender. He has a very high ceiling to complement his skills.
Kline, Adam12Adam is a long, skilled forward who is active on both ends of the floor. He has a good understanding of where to be on defense and how to rotate towards a driving opponent.
Kline, Josh10Josh had a great night rebounding the ball and giving his team multiple scoring opportunities on each possession. He was able to finish hard at the rim and has a good set of post moves. He has the ability to both block and alter his opponents shot.
Kuhar, Christopher11Christopher is a tough guard who knows how to effectively run an offense. He gets anyone he wants on the floor with his dribble and creates open shots for teammates. He makes everyone around him better.
Kupa, Justin11Justin is a knock down shooter from anywhere on the court. He was able to find openings in the defense and was able to consistently hit open jump shots. The attention he drew to his shot allowed him to draw defenders and find an open teammate.
Larkin, Dillon10Dillon is an aggressive defender who forced turnovers for his team and got them started in transition. He pushed the ball hard up the floor and located his teammates for open shots.
Latane, Jared10Jared used his quickness and handle to go by defenders off the dribble and get in the paint. All day he was able to keep his man in front of him and used his quick hands to create turnovers.
Leible, James10James is a smart player who plays within himself and competes on both ends of the court. He is at his best when setting his feet and spotting up for open jump shots.
Lewis, Arnel11Arnel does a really good job of using his length to score in a variety of ways. He is very quick off the drop at getting up the floor in transition. He used his handle to create space for open jumpers.
Li, Michael12Michael does a good job of handling the ball under pressure. He has a very high basketball IQ and understanding of the right play. He is the type of player who will run through a wall for his coach and teammates.
Long, Matt9Matt has a great concept and understanding of how to run a fluid, successful offense. He uses screens well to get into the middle of the defense. Matt does a good job of facilitating on offense and getting his teammates open shots.
Martin, Charlie11Charlie knows how to play with spacing on offense and is very impactful in the half court. He can stretch the defense with his ability to shoot outside jumpers and can put it on the floor and get by his defender.
Martin, Melik11Melik did a great job of beating his man off the dribble and getting to the basket. He was aware of his mismatches and showed his abiliity to post up smaller defenders. He knows where to be on defense and did a good job protecting the paint.
Matthews, Caleb10Caleb is a knock down shooter who is at his best when his feet are set. He was able to consistently score from anywhere on the court throughout the day. He did a good job of seeing the floor and making the right pass.
Mauge, Jelani11Jelani is a scrappy defender who worked hard to turn his man on defense and not let him get up the floor. He is an aggressive rebounder and created his own scoring opportunities off his hustle.
McCarthy, Aidan10Aidan has a good skill set to go with his high basketball IQ. He did a great job of setting up his teammates both in transition and the half court. He was able to find his own open shot and hit them consistently throughout the day.
McCullough, Brandon11Brandon is an excellent on ball defender who made his man work to get the ball past him. He plays under control at all times and has good court awareness as to where his teammates are at all times.
McGlashen, Owen9Owen displayed his athleticism and length all day when attacking the rim. He was able to finish over defenders when driving to the basket. Owen was able to rise above opponents and grab any rebound in his area.
Money, Jordan11Jordan is incredibly quick running down the floor and is a killer in transition. He is a high level defender who keeps his man in front of him and does a great job of sliding his feet and avoiding fouls.
N/AMoore, William10Will has good shooting form and is able to stop and pull up from anywhere on the court. He saw all the right plays and made the correct passes to his teammates to keep the offense moving.
Moultrie, Marquis12Marquis is a very athletic guard who loves getting to the rim. He has great timing on defense and knows when to jump into passing lanes to force turnovers. He slashes to the rim hard and doesn't shy away from contact.
Murphy, Colin12Colin understands how to get his teammates involved and made everyone around him better all day. He reads the ball screen extremely well and knows how to use it to get open shots and get into the middle of the defense.
Nesby, Tyrone11Tyrone is an athletically gifted wing who can get to the rim off his dribble and finish with either hand. He is extremely aggressive on defense and the combination of his size and length allows him to stripe defenders and start transition.
Nicholson, Nate10Nate is a very quick guard who is comfortable with the ball in his hand. He has a very fast first few steps which make it very hard to keep him in front of you on defense. Nate does a great job of finding the open man.
Noel, Jazere11Jazere has a very complete set of skills and has great upside. He understands how to play the game and plays with a good pace. He made sharp, clean passes to his teammates all day when they were open.
Obongo, Patrick9Patrick is an athletic big who was able to make highlight plays and impact both ends of the floor. His activity on the glass was great all day. He was able to use his length and size to get the position that he wanted.
Okafor, Chris9Chris is a long, athletic forward who has great shot blocking ability. He runs the floor very well and rebounds hard on both ends. Chris used his size all day to get the position he wanted and finish in the low post.
Otto, Keith11Keith showed a great feel for the game and consistently made the right basketball decision. He is an excellent passer and did a good job of pushing in transition. He demonstrated his ability to knock down outside shots.
Paz, Justin9Justin had a really good day scoring in a variety of ways. He was one of the more consistent shooters on the day and could score from anywhere on the court. His ball handling and strong passes make him a complete offensive threat.
Pellerin, Christian12Christian is an athletic player who has good ball handling and sees the floor very well. He got after it aggressively all day on defense and went hard after every rebound once a shot went up.
Pickron, Tyree10Tyree does an excellent job of using his body to fight off defenders and finish around the rim. He uses his length and athleticism to create turnovers and keep his man in front of him on defense.
Pinkney, Seth10Seth is a monster on defense and has great timing when going up to block shots. He absorbs the majority of his opponents attention at both ends of the floor. He plays hard at all times and uses his body to create space on offense.
Redding, Nyaire9Nyaire is a facilitator on offense who looks to create open scoring opportunities for his teammates. He is an unselfish player who plays hard on defense and creates turnovers that lead to transition.
Ressler, Mason11Mason is a very smart player who is always in the right spots and makes the simple plays. He crashes the boards well and created second chance scoring opportunities for both himself and his teammates.
Rigsby, John12John is very active on both ends of the floor and affects the game in so many ways. He finishes strong with both hands at the rim and doesn't shy away from contact. He has a very solid set of skills and is a complete player.
Roane, Jawan10Jawan has the ability to play multiple positions and understands where to position himself in each role. He displayed his ability to break down a defender and get to the rim in the half court.
Robinson, Justin9Justin is a confident player who took on the challenge of guarding his opponents best player. He did a good job of moving the ball on offense controlling the pace of the game.
Sabastiani, Alex11Alex used his hustle to create extra scoring opportunities for his team. He was all of the floor on both the offensive and defensive end. Alex handles the ball well under pressure and keeps it moving on offense.
Saul, Jesse11Jesse is a very strong defender who knows how to position his body. He has a good feel on the offensive end and does not force. He does a good job of sliding his feet and keeping his man in front of him.
Seigfreid, Cameron10Cameron is a very scrappy defender who was constantly putting pressure on the ball throughout the day. He is very comfortable under pressure and made smart decisions on offense to get his team open shots.
Sessoms, Sam10Sam is a tremendous on ball defender with very active hands in the passing lanes. He did a great job of starting the fast break and getting to the rim and finishing through contact himself.
Sharif, Sherod12Sherod is a strong wing who rebounds the ball very well. He used his frame all day to get past his defender and attack the rim. Sherrod has a high basketball IQ with good court vision.
N/ASherrod, Mandel12Mandel has good range from distance and is at his best off the dribble. He is a very active player who plays with intensity at all times. Mandel has a great understanding of where to be on defense.
Simanavicius, Martynas12Martynas is an excellent shooter with range that extends out to the 3 point line. He draws defenders to his shot which creates openings for his teammates. It is difficult to push him off the ball because of his strong frame.
Simsick, Tracy12Tracy did a tremendous job spotting up and getting wide open shots. He does a really good job of using his shot fake to get defenders off their feet and blow by them. He plays to his strengths and doesn't force the issue on offense.
Smith, Tyreese9Tyreese has a tremendous motor and plays with an intensity that few can match. He is a terror in transition and can attack from anywhere on the floor. His athleticism and length allow him to play multiple positions.
Stevenson, Markus11Markus is a consistent shooter who can stretch the floor. He has great shooting form and is at his best off the catch and shoot. His size and athleticism allowed him to rise above opponents for rebounds.
Sephes, Gustavo12Gustafo uses his quick first step to get past his defender and into gaps in the defense. He is a good, quick athlete who pushes the ball in transition and runs to the rim on the break.
N/AThomas, Torrey10Torrey did a good job of running in transition and finishing strong with both hands. He is very effective at guarding other perimeter players and keeping them out of the paint.
Thompson, Jack11Jack has a high level motor who never takes a play off. He has a high basketball IQ and finds the open man on offense. Jack has the ability to hit mid range jumpers and drive past his defender.
N/AVazquez, Nathan12Nathan is great defensively and was able to lock down his defenders all day. He was active all of the floor and got after every loose ball and rebound. He handled pressure well and was able to pass out of traps.
Vostenak, Peyton10Peyton is a smart, heady basketball player who knows how to play the game. He is extremely coachable and made some great progessions throughout the day. He made good, clean passes all afternoon.
Walker, Antone11Antone did a great job of creating scoring opportunities for both himself and his teammates. He did a good job of slashing to the hoop and finishing at the rim. He is extremely quick and smart in transition.
Wallace, Karrington10Karrington is long, big man who not only blocks shots, but influences opponents who drive to the basket. His activity on offense and the boards created easy scoring opportunities for him all day.
N/AWilliams, Isaac10Isaac plays defense every second of the game and covers his man the full length of the court. He does a great job of swinging the ball on offense and using his own skills to get his teammates involved.
Williams, Jorden10Jorden is a scrappy defender who made his man work at all times. He rebounds the ball very well for his size and was aggressive at getting into the paint and finishing.
Wilmore, Isaiah12Isaiah is a dynamic scorer in all facets of the game. He can step out to the 3 point line as well as beat his defender and get to the rim. He has the length to grab rebounds and influence shots on defense.