Metro Academic/Metro Top 100 Recaps

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Home sweet home. After four events across the Mid-Atlantic region this fall, the Hoop Group Top 100 Tour enjoyed a nice weekend at home for a double dose of Top 100s on Saturday. With the Metro Junior Elite bringing in fifth through ninth graders on Sunday, high school players grades 10-12 had not one, but two chances to impress on Saturday. Players wasted no time breaking a sweat as Coach Mike Rice was in the building putting them through a rigorous workout routine prior to their game sets. Here is a break down of each Top 100:

Metro Academic Top 100

Academic Top 100 Player Head Shots
Academic Top 100Player Measurements
Academic Top 100 Player Evaluations

Our first session on Saturday was the Academic Top 100. In order for players to attend, they must have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. This clinic is a great way for coaches to evaluate players who are proven students in the classroom.
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We saw three players make the trip to New Jersey all the way from Virginia Beach. Adrian Beasley, Brian Brennan and Tyree Golston are all sophomores at Tallwood High School in Virginia and all three played well this weekend. Of all them, Tyree was most impressive and dominated in his games. He was rifling passes to open teammates and wreaking havoc by penetrating and getting into the paint. He also finished well at the rim with several strong, tough finishes.

We also saw some local players play very well. Devin Jensen (Manasquan ’17) and Michael Rice (Red Bank ’16) are both members of the NJ Shoreshots AAU program and both proved to be good college prospects. Devin is 6’2 and showed a solid ability to handle the ball. He was also one of the most consistent shooters of the weekend, knocking down multiple shots from deep. His favorite spot looked to be right at the top of the key. Meanwhile. Michael Rice was one of the top players we saw at the Metro Academic Top 100. The 5’11 guard handles the ball well and orchestrates a offense nicely. He showed of his great passing ability and was dishing out assists to everyone.

Other players who impressed were Sean McMilan, a senior at local Neptune High School in Jersey, Ethan Miller (Upper Merion Area ’17) and Matt Dean (Christian Brothers Academy ’17). All three players made plays Saturday morning and drew some attention by those in attendance.
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Metro Top 100

Metro Top 100 Player Head Shots
Metro Top 100 Player Measurements
Metro Top 100 Player Evaluations

After the gym cleared from the Academic Top 100, registration quickly began for the Metro Top 100. We saw a lot of new faces in the afternoon, with some players staying from the morning session. If there was one word to describe the Metro Top 100 it would be this: athletic. We saw a lot of guys make great plays and show off their athleticism.

No one in the gym had more athleticism than Isaiah Lamb. Lamb, who we saw at the Baltimore Top 100 last weekend, put on another show with highlight reel dunk after dunk. He plays with his head above the rim and confirmed why he is getting Division 1 looks in his senior year. Additionally, Terry Taylor, a 6’3 senior from Trenton Prep, showed a tremendous leaping ability. He was exciting to watch play.

We saw another good showing from Lake Clifton High School this weekend, including Derrick Green, Gary Jefferson and Steven Parker. Green is good at attacking the basket and positioning himself to finish at the rim. Senior classmate Gary Jefferson continued to be a scoring machine and freshman Steven Parker keeps improving every time we watch him.

Other players who impressed were Andre Jackson (East Stroudsburg South ’15). Andre did a little bit of everything Saturday. He rebounded well, blocked shots and scored. For a 6’3 wing, he showed a nice back to the basket game as well. Another was St. Anthony’s senior Tariq Baker. Tariq looked like a typical Friar, playing extremely hard and making hustle plays for his team. Also, Trenton Catholic senior Marquese Bell (Trenton Catholic ’16) was impressed when he continuously blew by defenders and got to the hoop for finish after finish.

Tariq Baker is one of the many talented players who will suit up for St. Anthony's this year

Tariq Baker is one of the many talented players who will suit up for St. Anthony’s this year

Lastly, there was Nigel Marshall. Nigel is only a freshman at Irvington High School in New Jersey, but physically he is lightyears ahead of most in his age. He is a force at 6’3 and has incredible strength already. Expect this young man to make a lot of noise as he gets older and his skill set develops more and more.

The final stops for the Hoop Group Fall Top 100 tour will be in New York. The Upstate NY Top 100 is this Sunday at SUNY Orange and the NYC Top 100 is October 17th at Riverbank State Park. Still plenty of time to sign up for both!

ALL COLLEGES AND SCOUTING SERVICES AT ACADEMIC/METRO TOP 100:
National Recruiting Report
EKB Scouting Service
NJ Hoops
Marywood University
Muhlenberg College
Moravian College
Rhode Island College
Centenary College
Baruch College
Arcadia University
Georgian Court University
Rutgers-Nerwark
Brooklyn College
College of Staten Island

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