Fall High School Showcase Recap

Every year The Hoop Group Fall High School Showcase is considered by many to be the best collection of high school teams and talent on the east coast. This year was no different! With over 50 teams and 25 media outlets the Fall High School Showcase once again did not disappoint.

Best Games of the Weekend:

Bergen Catholic Vs. The Ranney School 

One of the most anticipated matchups of the weekend, Bergen Catholic lead by recent Columbia Commit, Gabe Stefanini, faced off the with a young Ranney team featuring super sophomore and ESPN #16 rated player Scottie Lewis (2019). Lewis needed to be a even more spectacular than normal with ESPN #8 point guard Bryan Antoine out with an injury. Lewis didn’t disappoint, scoring 21 points in the first half, he had his team up 9 at the half. Bergen didn’t back down, the veteran backcourt of Stefanini and recent Fairfield commit Taj Benning, and aided by the sharpshooting of Thomas Binelli (2017) Bergen stormed back and had a 1pt advantage with under a minute to play. But Ranney’s hero saved the day! A huge and-one from Scottie Lewis (See below), who finished with 33 points, and gave The Ranney School the lead and the win 68-66. Highlights:

Trinity Internation (NV) Vs. Westtown (PA)

When Trinity International, lead by high major forward Kenneth Wooten (2017), took on Westtown featuring ESPN #4 Cam Reddish (2018) and ESPN #40 Brandon Randolph (Arizona Commit) the game looked more like a college game then a high school one. Both teams absorbed the other ones best shot in the first half, and the score had Westtown ahead 29-27. Trinity International pulled ahead in the second half behind the sharpshooting of Ismael Cruz-Paris (2019) who connected on 3 3’s in the second half. In the end the Trinity International’s pressure, and shot making ability proved to be too much for Westtown who was missing ESPN #4 Mo Bamba (2017).

Final score: Trinity: 55 Westtown: 49

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Brandon Randolph (Arizona Commit)

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Cam Reddish (ESPN #4 Class of 2018)

Mater Dei (NJ) Vs. Lincoln (NY)

A battle between two of the best programs from their respective states, Mater Dei featuring star guard Kenny Jones (2018) and Lincoln one of the most storied programs in New York City.  This game was characterized by tough, competitive play, with both teams being physical on both sides of the court. Lincoln took an early lead 21-15 behind the strong play of Mike Reid (2017). Mater Dei’s shots began to fall and ended the half up g (7 3’s) had them up 35-33 at that half.  A strong second half from Princeton Commit, Elijah Barnes (2017), helped Mater Dei pull away late 68-55.

Top Teams (Not Mentioned Above): 

Nick Richards (ESPN #12)

The Patrick School: Record 4-0. Lead by ESPN #12 Nick Richards, The Patrick School turned in a truly dominate weekend.  With an average margin of victory of 31 points, they showed why many believe they are the best team in NJ. What impressed the most about The Patrick School was their depth and defense as well as the productivity of Minnesota Commit Jhamir Harris and unsigned senior Jordan Walker. The Patrick  School is primed for a big year!

Jordan Walker

Jordan Walker

Nick Richards

Nick Richards (ESPN #12)

David Beatty (2017 Imhotep)

Imhotep: A 2-0 record and margin of victory around 23, Imhotep made their case to be the best team at the Fall High School Showcase. Lead by an all-star backcourt of Daron Russell (Rhode Island Commit) and high major prospect David Beatty (2017) the Panthers put together a complete weekend, showcasing a suffocating defense, and a fast paced offense that no team could find an answer for. With a blend of young talent, and veteran leadership Imhotep is going to be tough to beat this upcoming season!

St. Anthony’s: With a 2-1 record against 3 high level opponents, St. Anthony’s showed why they are always a force to be reckoned with in the state of New Jersey and the country. Lead by do-it-all guard and Howard commit RJ Cole, St. Anthony showcased a versatile team capable of excelling against any style. Cole’s backcourt mate 2019 Xander Rice displayed a knack for scoring the ball from anywhere, leading the Friars in scoring 2 of the 3 games.  This weekend solidified what many already know, beware of St. Anthony’s this year!

Gil St. Bernards: A 3-1 record, including a win over the talented Ranney School, left everyone very impressed with Gil St. Bernards this weekend. The Knights beat teams using a balanced attack featuring jack of all trades wing Mike Morreale (2017), talented guard Paul Mulachy (2019), gritty guard Alex Schachne (2018), and skilled post Brad Bundschuh(2018). Their ability to defend, share the ball, and make timely shots made them a tough matchup for even the most talented teams. Keep an eye out for Gil St. Bernards this year.

Newark East Side: With a 2-0 record on the weekend, Newark East Side impressed many people at the Fall High School Showcase. Lead by Stony Brook commit Elijah Olyani, who averaged 16 ppg at the showcase, the Red Raiders used a combination of pressure defense, and attacking offense to make their opponents uncomfortable all weekend. With Olyani surrounded by a strong supporting case Newark East Side will be looking to make a run this year.

Top Players 

Cole Anthony (Archbishop Molloy): The #14 player in ESPN 2019 rankings was in the building this weekend, and he lived up to the hype! Scoring over 20 point in his first game and following that up with a 30 point performance. His elite athleticism was on full display with some high level blocks,  as well as an improved shot from 3. This young guard’s potential is through the roof! 

Lonnie Walker (ESPN #19)

Lonnie Walker (Reading HS): The #19 player in ESPN 2017 class showed why every high major team in the country is fighting to get him! He displayed a smooth offensive game, and overpowering strength when needed.  Walker’s unique blend of size and strength makes him a match up problem for any defender, and lead to numerous trips to the free throw line. Lonnie is final five schools are: Syracuse, Villanova, Arizona, Miami, and Kentucky.

Lonnie Walker (ESPN #19)

Isaiah Washington (St. Raymond’s): New York’s #1 Point Guard was in the building this weekend, living up to his billing as one of the best guards in the country. With a creative handle and exceptional quickness Washington proved to be difficult to contain regardless of matchup, scoring 21 against the stout Patrick School defense. The Minnesota commit, was a fan favorite as well a leader for the talented St. Raymond’s program.

Myles Douglas and Jihar Williams (Friends School): This dynamic duo from the Baltimore based Friends School, were terrific all weekend. Combining for 50 points in one game, both players showed deep range as well as physical college ready bodies that were hard to stop. Douglas (UCF commit) and Williams (William & Mary commit) are going to drive opposing coaches crazy this season, be on the lookout for a big year from these two and the Friends School.

 

Thanks to all the program, parents, and media that came out to The Hoop Group Fall High School Showcase this weekend! It was an overwhelming success, and we hope to see you all throughout your high school season as well as this spring and summer at our tournaments!

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