2015 Fall Upstate NY Top 100 Player Report Cards

Hoop Group Elite’s Fall Top 100 tour made a stop in Middletown, NY, the birthplace of Vice President Matt Pooley, for the Upstate New York Top 100. The newest stop on our fall tour provided us with plenty of highlights and a few players who stood out above the rest…

Fred Squires 6’6″ 2016 Tuxedo, NY- Despite hailing from Tuxedo, NY Fred’s blue collar game made him stand out on Sunday. A familiar face at the Hoop Group, Fred played with the consistent effort and motor that has come to be expected of him. The way he runs the floor combined with his size and strength allows him to command attention from opposing defenses and create opportunities for himself and his teammates.

Dasier Lukes 6’4 2016 Green Tech, NY- Dasier showed off his athleticism early and often at the Upstate Top 100. The Green Tech wing used his length to drive by defenders and has the ability to finish well above the rim. He is extremely effective on both ends of the court and got his hands in the passing lanes to create deflections and turnovers for his team. Expect Dasier to have some highlights this year for Green Tech.

Peter Obertan 6’6 2017 JFK, NJ- A nice combination of size and skill Obertan had a strong Fall season appearing and playing well at multiple stops along the Hoop Group Top 100 Tour. Peter possesses a good understanding of how to use his size and has a nice feel for the game. Combine that with his soft touch and ability to stretch the defense and Obertan looks like he will be a matchup problem this year in the Greater Middlesex Conference in NJ.

Corey Simmons 6’9 2017 Poughkeepsie, NY- All of 6 foot 9, Corey Simmons impressed all day long with his ability to run the floor and commitment to consistently running rim to rim. The big man has a soft touch around the basket that allows him to finish plays at the rim, which he did on many occasions on Sunday. His size and motor make him an intriguing prospect and were looking forward to watching Corey continue to develop.

Ismael Massoud 6’6 2018 Cardinal Hayes, NY- At 6 foot 6 and just a sophomore Ismael Massoud possesses a se t of skills very rare for his size and age. The Cardinal Hayes and Albany City Rock product who looks most natural at the point guard position has great pace, vision, and playmaking ability. First seen by the Hoop Group at the inaugural Upstate Top 100 Massoud has continued to grow, literally and figuratively. He’s added a smooth jumper to his game and has the potential to be one of the next big things out of NYC.

Check out the list of schools on hand to recruit, and see each player’s report cards:

PhotoNameGradeCoaches Evaluation
Alert, Michael11Michael has a smooth release on his jumper and showed he can score in a variety of ways. He has a quick first step and can get by his man. Was able to stretch the defense and hit outside shots.
Alfano, Christopher11Christopher plays with a high motor and tons of energy. He got after every rebound and every loose ball today. He is very strong going to the rim and does a good job of drawing contact when attacking.
Alveranga, Sonji11Sonji has a tight handle on the ball and is able to maintain his dribble in tight spaces. He was able to get into the lane and got shots up over defenders. Made good kick out passes to open teammates.
Asenjo, Matt11Matt does a great job of attacking the basket and drawing fouls. Gets the ball to open teammates when the spot up on offense. Worked hard on defense to keep his man out of the paint and away from the basket.
Bailey, Andrai12Andrai makes strong passes and has a consistent jumpshot. He makes smart decisions on the court and has a good pump fake. Has deep range and does a good job of setting his feet on the 3 point line.
Billey, Keone10Keone has a high motor and plays hard at both ends of the floor. Made plays with his hustle and got his team second chance scoring opportunities. Uses his length to keep the ball alive on missed shots.
Blauner, Zeke9Zeke plays with great patience and is always in control of the ball and his body. He is a confident and effective shooter when setting his feet. At his best when getting into gaps in the defense.
Bonham, Tre11Tre is a lefty who can get to the rim and finish through contact. Has a tremendous understanding of team defense and were to be. Kept his team organized on both ends and is a good communicator.
Boyle, Ryan12Ryan made a lot of hustle plays for his team and took a few charges on defense. He made strong passes into the post and didn't force anything on offense. Knows where to be on defense and slides his feet well.
Bradley, Joshua12Joshua is a fundamental wing player who has a high basketball IQ. He has a consistent 3 point shot when setting his feet and squaring up to the basket. He makes winning plays for his team on both ends.
Brickhouse, Qur'an12Qur'an is a great team player and does everything his coach asks of him. He went after every loose ball and rebound in his area. Has the ability to hit shots from different areas of the floor.
Brown, Kyle12Kyle showed his ability to get into the paint and is a crafy finisher around the rim. He uses his quickness and passing to get open shots for his teammates. Has a consistent mid range jumper.
Burda, Christian10Christian is a tough guard who gets after it defensively. He never took a play off and plays with great energy all game. He has a knack for finishing at the basket in a variety of ways.
Campbell, Sean11Sean has the ability to get to the basket at will. He had no trouble getting by his defender with his dribble and getting into the paint. Applied good on ball pressure and played solid team defense.
Canty, Caleb12Caleb gets out and runs the floor well off the rebound. He is aggressive on the defensive end and is always communicating with his teammates. Pushed the ball well in transition and started the fast break.
Casale, Gian10Gian can handle the ball well and is a creative passer in traffic. He constantly looks to kick the ball out after beating his man and getting into the paint. Plays good on ball defense and applied pressure to his man.
Champagne, Tyler12Tyler is at his best when cutting to the rim and finishing strong. Has great court vision in both transition and the half court. Has a complete set of skills on offense that allow him to score in multiple ways.
Chaney, Timothy10Timothy does a good job of applying on ball pressure on defense. He constantly pushed the ball and got his teammates easy baskets. At his best when getting in the middle of the defense and hitting jumpers.
Collins, Melvin12Melvin is an athletic wing who is crafty when getting around the rim. He runs the floor well and gets into the lane in transition. Finishes strong with either hand and doesn't get affected by contact.
Cornine, Gavin12Gavin did a great job of using his body and size when going after rebounds. He trails the ball well on the fast break and got easy baskets. Does a good job of sliding over on defense and contesting shots.
Catanzano, Kyle12Kyle is a great on ball defender and applies pressure to his man full court. He is a playmaker when getting into the lane and setting up his teammates. Uses his dribble to break down and get by his man.
Cowell, Zachary11Zachary is an impressive player with good size. He is athletic and displayed his ability to alter shots when opponents got into the lane. Has a complete set of skills on offense and can hit outside shots.
Crum, Zane9Zane is a very hard worker who makes his teammates player. Sets hard screens on offense and got his teammates free for open shots. Plays good on ball defense and worked to keep his man out of the paint.
Dalland, Konrad12Konrad does a great job of posting up and has strong hands when catching the entry pass. He passes well out of the post and sees cutters coming in. Goes after every offensive rebound.
Danner, Devin11Devin has a solid handle and showed his ability to knock down mid range jumpers. He can get to the rim and is a good passer off his drives. Knows how to move without the ball on offense and get open looks.
Davidson, Jordan10Jordan did a good job of getting his teammates involved and swinging the ball on offense. He has a consistent mid range jumper and pull up. Played aggressive defense and made his man work with the ball.
Fallon, James9James showed he has a variety of skills on offense. He displayed his ability to get by a defender, hit pull up jumpers and spot up at the 3 point line. He does a good job of setting up his teammates on offense.
Folds, Danny12Danny is always in attack mode on offense. He is aggressive with the ball in his hand and likes to get to the rim. Danny had a couple highlight plays today around the rim and a few monster dunks.
Foley, Zack9Zack has excellent ball handling and passing skills. He is always in control of the ball and his body even when driving into traffic. Did a great job all day of setting up his teammates on offense.
Francis, Kendall12Kendall plays hard and is at his best in the open court. He showed his ability to finish with either hand around the rim. Didn't shy away from contact and fought through ball pressure when driving.
Fraser, Jermaine12Jermaine has a nose for the basketball and is always in the center of the action. He is always active and creating plays for his team with rebounds and blocked shots. He has a great motor and intensity on the court.
Friend, Marcus11Marcus is a smart guard who knows how to find the open man. He has tremendous court vision and gets into the defense at will. He has unlimited range when shooting the ball and hits a high rate from anywhere.
Galgano, Ryan11Ryan has a good pull up jumper and can shoot the 3 with time and space. He plays with a high motor and hustles on both ends of the floor. Makes the smart and simple play on offense in the half court.
Garey, Pat11Pat was able to get ahead of the defense in transition and get to the rim. He has a consistent jumper out to 18 feet. Knows where to be on defense and how to slide over for help when his teammates got beat.
Gersec, Tim12Tim has the ability to hit outside shots which complements his inside game. He is an active rebounder on both ends of the floor and got himself easy second chance points. Plays straight up defense to block shots.
Gillis, Javon9Javon has unlimited range on his shot and hits a consistent rate. He works hard on both ends and runs the floor well. He showed a good understanding for the game and positioning on the court.
Gordon, Roger11Roger played great team defense and was always in help position. Does a good job of moving his feet on defense and keeping his man in front. He was active on the offense rebounds and got his team extra possessions.
Grant, Daniel12Daniel is an athletic player with a good build. Explodes off the floor when going after rebounds and getting to the rim. Uses his strength to bully defenders and get inside position.
Grant-Wheeler, Shaekwon12Shaekwon did a great job all day of finishing at the rim in traffic and through contact. He has a confident handle on the ball in the half court. Made smart passes and kept the offense moving.
Hamilton, Malik11Malik is a long wing who knows how to run the floor. He is always looking up in transition to find a teammate that is filling the lanes. He uses his length to finish above and around the defense at the rim.
Henri, Kevin10Kevin is a great passer who gets the ball to his teammates early when they are open. Has a consistent mid range jumper. He knows how to play team defense and was in help position when his teammates got beat.
Honis, Brian10Brian is a smart and patient guard who uses head and ball fakes to move the defense. He has an effective spin move which he uses to protect the ball and get by his man. Gets after it on defense when guarding his man.
Ithier, Carlos12Carlos is a quick guard who knows how to finish around the basket. He has an exceptional change of speed with his dribble when getting by the defense. Does a great job of moving without the ball.
Jefferson, Randy11Randy is a consistent jump shooter who has a smooth release. He showed his willingness to get after loose balls and dive on the ground. Knows how to move on offense to get open shots.
Johnson, Dymajj12Dymajj did a good job of using his size to box out opponents on defense. He throws strong outlet passes to get his team started in the fast break. Contested shots at the rim when the other team drove the lane.
Kanan, Matthew12Matthew is a very patient offensive player who always looks to get off the best shot on offense. He tracks every shot and got a few easy putbacks today. Was able to consistently hit shots out to the 3 point line.
Karen, Keith12Keith is a very unselfish player on offense and has good patience when swinging the ball. He was always in good help position on defense and stepped in front to take a few charges today.
Knochen, Jordan12Jordan is a quick point guard who can get into the paint at will. He did a great job all day of running his teams offense and finding open teammates. Was able to knock down outside shots at a high rate.
Knox, Joel11Joel is a tough kid who works hard on both ends of the floor. He can shoot the ball when given time and space. Has a good understanding of team defense and where to be in help side.
Kordash, Justin12Justin did a good job of feeding the post on offense. He plays solid team defense and was always in help position. He was constantly setting screens and looking to free up his teammates for open shots.
Laude, Jimmy11Jimmy showed great defensive activity and hustle to go along with his strength. He uses his athleticism to pursue rebounds on both ends. Plays very patiently on offense and doesn't force passes or shots.
Lind, Neftali12Neftali is a spectacular athlete who finishes at the rim with dunks. He runs the lanes in transition and got himself easy looks at the basket. Has a complete offensive game and sets his teammates up with his passes.
Lukes, Dasier12Dasier is a complete player on offense and is at his best with the ball in his hand. On the catch he drives hard to the rim and used a euro step to avoid the defense at the rim. Showed his ability to hit pull up jumpers.
Martinez, Angel11Angel is an unselfish player who can handle the ball and move effectively without it. He is at his best when attacking the basket and finishing through traffic. Set his team up for easy baskets when getting into the lane.
Massoud, Ismael10Ismael was one of the best shooters on the day with the deepest range. He hit a couple 3's that were behind the NBA mark. Ismael plays well off the pick and roll and takes what the defense gives him.
Mayo, Xavier10Xavier has good size and was all over the boards today. He was able to protect the rim and alter shots all day. He has a great motor and hustles on every possession of the game.
McKinney, Ray10Ray is smart on offense and knows when to pass the ball rather than forcing a shot. He is patient with the ball and did a good job of feeding the post. He has a smooth jumpshot and quick release.
Meles, Kibret12Kibret is a solid defender with very quick hands. He handles pressure well and has good control of the ball when dribbling in traffic. He hustles on both ends of the floor and can hit open shots.
Monaghan, Brian11Brian is a skilled guard who has a great understanding for the game. He is very good at using his body to shield his defender and score at the rim. Works in a pull up jumper to go along with his driving ability.
Mortilla, Sebastian12Sebastian runs the floor well and got himself easy scoring opportunities on the offense end. He plays within the offense and kept the ball moving. Does not force his shot or try to make difficult plays.
Noble, Joshua11Joshua is very explosive when getting to the basket and attacking the rim. He showed his ability to finish with both hands in traffic in the lane. He plays the passing lanes well on defense and gets deflections.
Obertan, Peter11Peter uses his strong dribble to break his man down and get to the basket. He ran the floor well and got to his position on offense in the post. Has good footwork and is patient with his post moves.
Ottley, Darryl11Darryl is a quick guard who showed he was able to run a team. He has the ability to go off on offense and take over a game with his shooting. Has range out to the 3 point line.
Palmer, Armand12Armand is a high energy player who rebounds the ball on both ends of the floor. Got a lot of second chance points after grabbing offensive rebounds. Moves well on defense and protected the rim.
Paul, Brandon10Brandon displayed his ability all day to finish through contact around the rim. He was active on the boards and went after every rebound. He does a good job of contesting and altering shots.
Phelan, Abraham11Abraham plays hard and competes on both ends of the floor. He does a great job of getting by his defender and into the paint. Set his big men up all afternoon with his ability to feed them the ball.
Pluff, Casey10Casey has a smooth shot and does a good job of setting his feet when shooting. Has a strong left hand and finishes everything around the rim. Doesn't get phased by ball pressure and stayed in control.
Ramsdell, Jacob12Jacob did a great job of getting out in transition and sprinting back on defense. He used his length to grab rebounds and block shots on defense. He sets hard screens and freed up his teammates.
Rashada, Hakeem11Hakeem is always in control of the ball and his body. He is a good decision maker in transition and gets his teammates easy baskets. He keeps the defender honest with his 3 point shot.
Reid, Amenrah12Amenrah did a good job of recognizing who was defending him and posting up smaller defenders. Used his dribble to get by bigger defenders. He gets into passing lanes on defense and contested a lot of shots around the rim.
Richardson, Tucker11Tucker runs the floor really well and is a strong finisher. He uses his length to get his hands on passes on defense and create havoc. Has a good handle on the ball and sees the floor well in the half court.
Rickman, Elijah11Elijah has a long wingspan which creates issues for his opponent on the defensive end. He showed his ability to get steals, rebounds and blocks. Has great range on his shot when catching the ball and shooting.
Rodriguez, Gabriel11Gabriel has a high motor and plays with great passion on every possession. He was active on defense and got his hands on everything. Was able to get steals and start the fast break for his team.
Rowland, Derrick12Derrick did a great job all day of finishing at the rim and in traffic. He has a good handle on the ball and can control it in tight spaces. Applies aggressive on ball pressure on defense.
Sabastiani, Alex11Alex plays with a ton of energy especially on the defensive end. He uses his long arms to get deflections and get into passing lanes. He moved well on offense without the ball and was willing to make the extra pass.
Santil, Cam'ron11Cam'ron was able to get himself easy baskets by going after offensive rebounds. He finished well through contact at the rim. He sprints the floor both on offense and defense getting himself open shots.
Seckler, Eric11Eric knows how to get himself open on offense and get easy looks. Scored a number of second chance points by being active on the boards. Finishes in transition and sprints back on defense.
Sharpton, Tahjai11Tahjai is a knockdown shooter who can also get to the rim. His long arms allow him to finish over defenders with ease. He has active hands on defense and did a good job of sliding his feet.
Sica, Eric12Eric has an aggressive style of play on both offense and defense. He did a great job of moving without the ball and getting himself open shots. Is quick off the rebound in getting out in transition.
Simmons, Caleb9Caleb is an athletic wing who is effective and active in the open court. He uses his explosive first step to get to the rim. Does a really good job of sliding his feet on defense and keeping his man away from the basket.
Simmons, Corey11Corey has good size which he uses to his advantage on both ends of the court. He did a great job of boxing out and grabbing rebounds. Passes well out of the post and kept the ball moving.
Smith, Rhyan10Rhyan is a smart basketball player with a high basketball IQ. He was able to hit open shots all day when setting his feet and squaring up to the basket. Always seemed to make the right extra pass on offense.
Snyder, Derek9Derek plays very hard and never takes a possession off on either end of the floor. He had great timing when going after offensive rebounds and looking to put the ball back up. Has a good understanding of how to play team defense.
Sparks, Tyrik11Tyrik has great hands that allow him to be effective on both ends of the floor. Defensively he is always getting steals and deflections. He got himself easy baskets by going hard after every rebound on offense.
Spell, Christopher12Christopher uses his size to gain an advantage on his opponent on both ends of the floor. He is a strong rebounder who runs the open floor well. Got himself some easy baskets on offense by going after rebounds.
Spencer, Colton10Colton sets hard screens and does a good job of popping to open spots. Was able to create space for himself and get off easy jumpers. Runs the floor to open space and spots up in transition.
Squires, Frederick12Frederick runs the floor hard and does a good job of finishing in transition. He is very aggressive when posting up and looking for the ball. Knows how to get position on offense and create space in the lane.
Stevens, Amir12Amir is a strong, physical guard. He showed he can be a lockdown defender when guarding the wing and created problems for his man. He is impossible to stop when driving to the basket and getting in the lane.
Thomas, Kasaun10Kasaun has a tight handle on the ball and showed his ability to get into the paint today. His focus on offense is to setup his teammates for open shots. Showed his ability to hit open shots when needed.
Thompson, Kendale9Kendale is a tough defender who makes it really hard on the offense to get good looks at the basket. He is an active cutter on offense and gets to the basket well. Knows how to move without the ball and get himself open.
Tilley, Donovan11Donovan is a strong player who is willing to set up his teammates on offense. He makes smart decisions when driving and knows when to kick it out. His aggressive style on offense put pressure on opposing defenses.
Toribio, Victor10Victor used his quickness and ball handling to get by his man and set up his teammates. He is an active communicator and floor organizer on both ends. Plays with great energy and focus.
Vacco, Robert10Robert did a great job of beating his man off the dribble and finishing at the rim. He knows how to move on offense to get to open spots. Plays solid team defense and was in help position.
Veith, Robert11Robert is a good shooter from 3 and also has good size. He uses his length to bother his man on defense and keep him away from the basket. Moves well without the ball on offense to get open shots.
Wexler, Tucker10Tucker is an unselfish player who makes strong passes to his teammates. He worked hard to gain offensive rebounding position and get inside. He knows where to be on defense to stop opponents from driving.
Wiliams, Jelani11Jelani has quick hands on defenses and does a great job of stripping the ball from his man. He uses his strength to get by his opponent and get into the lane. Does a good job of keeping his man in front of him on defense.
Williams, Tyrese10Tyrese is a very active defender who makes his man work the entire way up the court. He runs the floor well on offense and got himself easy baskets. Has good ball control around the rim when attacking.
Wilson, Xavier10Xavier uses his length to his advantage and was an active rebounder on both ends of the floor. He has good strength and plays with physicality on defense. He works hard to gain post position around the rim.
Young, Camari11Camari is a quick, shifty guard who is tough to defend. He is an effective on ball defender who uses his speed to create problems for his opponent. Has a good understanding of spacing on offense.
Zuvic, Will12Will is a good face up forward who can knock down shots out to 17 feet. He moves well inside and has good footwork on the block. Does a good job of initiating contact on the court when he has the ball in his hand.
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