Lehigh Valley Showcase Top Performers

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The Hoop Group Lehigh Valley Showcase brought together some of the best high school teams in the state of Pennsylvania. We saw a number of teams show why they are off to such good starts and why they are regarded as the best in the state. As with all our events, there are always those players who shine from the rest. Here are our top performers:

Sam Iorio | 2017 | Parkland
Iorio was stellar in Parkland’s 64-62 win over Susquehanna Township. In a game that was tight knit throughout, Iorio came up with a basket whenever Parkland needed one. The 6’5 sophomore connected from deep three times, showcased a solid post game and worked well in the mid range area. He finished with 24 points on the day.

Jair Bolden | 2016 | Westtown
Things came easy for Jair Bolden and Westtown on Sunday. Bolden only scored 14, but his scoring was not needed, as Westtown would go on to score 70 points in their win. Jair was hot from the start, and looked like he could score 40 if needed. He did most of his damage from outside the paint: the junior buried a three pointer, then connected again from mid range and capped it with a beautiful, contested step back that made him seem impossible to guard.

Zane Martin | 2016 | Neuman Goretti
Zane, who ended up being the high scorer on the day, finished with 27 points in Neuman Goretti’s win over Emmaus. Martin was very consistent in his scoring (he scored 7,8,7,6 in his four quarters of play). Whether it was in transition or in the half court, the junior was at his best getting to the rim and finishing around the basket.

Zane Martin gets  of his game high 27 on an easy transition lay up.

Zane Martin gets of his game high 27 on an easy transition lay up.

Nehemiah Mack | 2016 | Susquehanna Township
Mack, who was a player to watch for Susquehanna coming into the game, showed showcased great scoring ability against Parkland. The junior was the primary source of offense for the Indians, scoring inside and out on his way to 19 points. Mack has quickness to get by defenders and get right to the rim and confidence to pull up from the outside. The junior will remain a staple in Susquehanna’s offense for awhile.

Nazeer Bostick | 2016 | Roman Catholic
It was a slow start for Roman Catholic offensively in the first half Sunday. Had it not been for Bostick’s scoring, they may have trailed by more than they did. When Roman made their fourth quarter comeback, Bostick provided six points, all coming from the free throw stripe. Teammate Gemil Holbrook may have won the game MVP for his all around play, but Bostick’s early offense helped keep Roman in striking distance.

Tim Rose | 2015 | Scranton Prep
Tim Rose is the point guard every team wants on their team. He’s tough, does not turn the ball over and knows how to score. Rose scored a game high 20 points in Scranton Prep’s loss. Despite playing against several Division 1 players, Rose looked like the best player on the floor most of the game, dishing out assists and draining threes.

Rarely did Tim Rose get to walk the ball up the floor. The senior guard was pressured the full length of the court at all times.

Rarely did Tim Rose get to walk the ball up the floor. The senior guard was pressured the full length of the court at all times.

Kenny Yeboah | 2016 | Parkland
Kenny was the perfect compliment to Sam Iorio on Sunday. While Iorio came up with the big buckets, Yeboah gave Parkland numerous second chance opportunities by physically dominating opponents on the glass. Not only was he a workhorse on the boards, he also finished with 18 points, helping boost Parkland to a big win n their home court.

Gemil Holbrook | 2015 | Roman Catholic
Gemil came up clutch when Roman Catholic needed him to. After scoring nine points in the first three quarters, Holbrook saved his biggest shots for the end. As Roman began their comeback against Scranton Prep, Holbrook hit a three to give Roman the lead (a lead they would not relinquish) and followed that with another that put Scranton away for good. The Rider commit may not have dazzled with huge numbers, but he showed up when it mattered.

Mohammed Bamba | 2017 | Westtown
Similar to teammate Jair Bolden, Bamba’s offense output does not jump off the state sheet, but the way he scored them did. Bamba finished with 13 points and three dunks. He set the tone early when he threw a one handed dunk down over a defender, which drew an enormous reaction from the crowd. Bamba’s biggest strength is his length and athleticism. He was a big factor on defense, blocking and altering shots in the paint. With Mohammed anchoring the defense inside, Chester was unable to produce any easy points.

Mohammed Bamba goes up for one of his three dunks of the day. He played above the rim Sunday.

Mohammed Bamba goes up for one of his three dunks of the day. He played above the rim Sunday.

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