#HGSkills Jr. Elite Weekend: Stars That Shined

On July 22nd and 23rd, Hoop Group Skills Camp hosted their annual Jr. Elite Weekend, for rising 5th 9th graders, to end the month of July. Our Jr. Elite Weekend brought in the games next generation of stars to the Poconos to compete on the courts and make a name for themselves prior to entering High School. Campers were coached on the courts and during workouts by current High School and College coaches, giving them a preview of the workouts and intensity needed to play at the next level. Hoop Group Skills hosted players from some of the top AAU programs in the country, including the Riverside Hawks, Albany City Rocks, Team Green, Stamford Peace, Jersey Shore Warriors, NY Lightning, TTG, among others. The National Recruiting Report supplied players of their strengths and weaknesses on the court and where to focus their development to become complete players. Although no player is a finished product, we wanted to recognize those whose play stood out during the Jr. Elite Weekend.


#1 Sam Knudsen- Sam had a solid showing at the Jr Elite weekend. He consistently knocked down the mid-range jump shot while knocking down the occasional 3-point shot.

#3 Bakim Azemi- Bakim is a tough, hard-nosed player with a blue-collar work ethic. He does all the little things that coaches love. He has a good midrange jumper and a high basketball IQ that was displayed all weekend.

#4 Jaylen Britton- Jaylen is a crafty left-handed point guard that controls the tempo of the game. He is a pass first PG that looks to get into the lane and find the open man. He has very good leadership traits at a young age.

#7 Jack Bailey- Jack is a solid all-around player with a knockdown jump shot. On every possession Jack competes and rarely takes a play off. He has a high basketball IQ and a huge ceiling at such a young age. Jack always seems to make the right decision on the court.

#9 Jaylen Douglas- Jaylen is a quick guard who scores the ball in a variety of ways. He is a very good spot up shooter with good range that knocked down many shots at the Jr Elite weekend. He has a good understanding of the game.

#10 Robert Footman- Robert is an attack first point guard that can knock down an open shot. He had much success scoring the ball at the Jr Elite weekend.

#11 David Niang- David is a strong, athletic big with great length. He was one of the top rebounders at the Jr Elite weekend. He needs to continue working on his post game, finishing through contact, but makes his impact felt on each possession.

#12 Xavier Samuels- Xavier is a gifted athlete with great speed and quickness. He has an explosive first step attacking the hoop with the ability to be an elite defender. He is a big time scorer when he attacks the hoop and does not settle for jump shots.

#13 Amari Mills- Amari is a talented, athletic guard who pushes the ball well in transition while always making the right decision. In the half court setting, Amari showed a variety of different moves beating players 1 on 1 off the dribble while also finding the open man.

#14 Honor Huff- Honor is a quick, shifty guard with a great handle. He sees the court extremely well with a pass first mentality. Honor wants to take and make big shots, which he did down the stretch of many games for his team.

#27 Cameron Jones- Cameron is the player every team wants. He moves the ball very well, talks on both ends of the court, and has a strong basketball IQ. Cameron was the leader of his team over the weekend and really took pride in encouraging and uplifting his teammates.

#30 Carter Strauss- Carter had a solid Jr Elite weekend. He was very coachable and followed directions well when being coached. He has a good understanding of the game and high basketball IQ.

#31 Ian Werner- Ian displays very good ball handling skills that helped him see the court and distribute the ball to the open man throughout the weekend. Ian showed the ability to knock down jumpers

#32 Dontae Prescott- Dontae is a crafty guard with great vision and court awareness. He has potential to be a great team leader and floor general if he is more vocal and positive. Dontae needs to be in attack mode at all times.

#34 Robby Gaymon III- Robby is a fundamentally sound guard with a solid basketball IQ. Over the weekend, Robby consistently locked down the opponent’s top player and showed signs of an elite defender.

#35 Paul Bochterle- Paul is a southpaw shooter with a high basketball IQ. He is fundamentally sound offensively but relies on his left hand more often than not. He has the potential to be a great scorer but needs to improve with his weak hand if he wants to get to that level.

#41 Kevin Degnan- Kevin is a play making guard that can knock down jumpers. He is constantly in attack mode looking to get into the lane and find the open man. Kevin showed the potential of being an All-Shore Conference player at RBC.

#42 Isiah Carroll- Isiah is a long athletic wing/forward. He uses his length to his advantage as he shut down some of the top players throughout the Jr Elite weekend. Isiah has a knack for going up and getting the ball on both ends after a missed shot.

#44 Nymere Whitalker- Nymere had a strong weekend defensively at the Jr Elite. He had very active hands on the ball, which led to many deflections and steals for his team. Offensively, he sees the floor well and looks to get his teammates involved.

#45 Makhi Upshur- Makhi has a nice combination of size and speed which helped him throughout the weekend. He had a strong defensive effort and showed signs of becoming an elite defender. He is strong with the basketball and uses his strength to get into the paint.

#47 Kurt Gray- Kurt is a knockdown shooter. He hit shot after shot at the Jr Elite weekend and uses his shooting ability to stretch the defense.

#48 Davon Lee- Davon was one of the top players at the Jr Elite weekend. He scored the ball in a variety of ways. He is a very sound shooter and an even bigger threat attacking the rim. He can become a dangerous player to watch in the future.

#49 Jayson Pilsitz- Jayson had a strong showing at the Jr Elite weekend. The combo guard was very good at getting into the lane and hitting a pull-up jumper or finding his teammates. He was solid on the defensive end causing turnovers and creating havoc for the opponent. He is a player to keep an eye on throughout his high school career.

#50 Amir Jackson- Amir is a solid point guard who can score the ball but most importantly sees the whole floor and makes the right decision. He can attack the hoop going either left or right while finishing at the rim.

#51 Juan Adames- Juan had a very good showing at the Jr Elite weekend. He is a smooth, athletic guard with very good ball handling abilities. Time after time, Juan created opportunities for his teammates by getting into the lane and finding the open man.

#52 Aaron Sterling- Aaron had a very productive weekend on both ends of the court. He displayed very good leadership qualities, always communicating on defense and encouraging his teammates. On the offensive end he has a solid jump shot and good understanding of the game.

#53 Kerry Glover- Kerry was one of the top shooting threats over the weekend. He consistently made big shots for his team. Kerry is constantly in attack mode on the court and is shaping up to be an intriguing prospect when he enters high school.

#55 Jaden Jones- Jaden is a talented guard who showed unselfishness and the ability to create and find the open man. He is solid defender with a knack for making plays.

#56 Jack Boyle- Jack was very impressive over the Jr Elite weekend. He has a very good handle and showed the ability to beat players 1 on 1 off the dribble while finishing at the rim in traffic.

#57 Kevin Loughlin- Kevin was solid on both ends of the court throughout the Jr Elite weekend, displaying a high basketball IQ. He is a strong physical player that can play both inside and out and can stretch the defense hitting a 15-20 foot jumper.

#58 Terance Crowley- Terrance is an outstanding shooter from the perimeter with deep range. He hit many big shots for his team during the Jr Elite weekend. He has great vision and understands the game very well.

#59 Jose Burgos- Jose is a natural scorer with the ability to fill up the stat sheet in a variety of ways. He is an excellent facilitator and shows promise of becoming a great leader.

#60 Pablo Quinones- Pablo has a smooth jump shot with great mechanics. He uses his body well when getting into the lane and drawing contact.

#62 Trey Autry- Trey was very efficient over the weekend scoring the ball in a variety of ways. He showed nice touch with the ability to stretch the defense and hit an outside shot with good range.

#85 Quinn Parker- Quinn displays a high basketball IQ on both ends of the court that allows him to always be in position to make plays. His size and court awareness helped him standout during the Jr Elite weekend.

#86 Jordan Schoen- Jordan showed strong flashes off creating off the dribble and getting to the rim. He showed great court awareness and leadership skills by communicating and constantly talking on defense.

#87 Khai Champion- Khai is a big, strong combo guard. He was a knockdown shooter all weekend and very skilled finishing at the rim. Khai has a high ceiling and is a prospect to keep your eye on in the near future.

#89 Ben Tarek-Kaminker- Ben brings great leadership qualities to the court by setting up teammates, talking on both ends, and being a positive influence to his team. He displays good ball handling skills and looks to get in the lane and create for others. Ben sees the floor very well and makes good decisions.

#90 James Thompson- James displayed his athleticism on both ends of the court during the Jr Elite weekend. He is very good at running the floor and finishing in transition. James made many plays on the defensive end resulting in deflections, steals, or turnovers.

#91 Ian Mccauley- Ian brings a competitive spirit to the court. He runs the floor very well and gives the maximum effort every possession. He is a solid rebounder and always puts a body on his man.

#92 Jack Lish- All weekend, Jack showed the ability to rebound and run in transition while finishing at the rim. He displayed good court vision and consistently made the right play.

#93 Ben Wojnarowski- Ben brings a basketball savvy and high IQ to the court. He can consistently hit the mid-range jump shot with very good touch inside. Ben showed a nice baby-hook move over his left shoulder in the paint.

#94 Jake Koretz- Jake is a smart basketball player who makes good decisions with the ball. He can consistently hit the mid-range and three-point jump shot.

#95 Jadon Green- Jadon displayed a strong work ethic on both ends of the courts. He is solid defensively and brings a lot of intensity with the ability to become a lockdown defender if he puts in the time.

#98 Demarco Bruce- Demarco was one of the top defenders at the Jr Elite weekend. He has the ability to get into the lane, make the right decision, and finish at the rim.

#99 Marcus Jalen Tippens- Marcus has a solid frame that helps him finish in the paint with contact. He has a nice fluid release on his jump shot with good range.

#101- Paul Ampah- Paul is a gifted athlete with good length. He is strong on both sides of the ball rebounding. Paul made some very strong post moves this weekend but needs to continue working on his footwork. Paul will need to add muscle in the weight room this off-season to really propel his game to the next level.

#102 Jason Collazo- Jason brings a lot of energy and effort every time he steps on the court. He is a solid rebounder that is undersized for his age but gets the job done. Jason needs to work on his post moves and continue extending the range on his jump shot.

#107 Callum McNear- Callum was one of the hardest workers at the Jr Elite weekend. He is a tough on-ball defender that created turnovers and bad shots for his team. Callum brought a lot of energy and passion that his team fed off of.

#109 Aris Rodriquez- Aris is a quick shifty combo guard. He is very effective attacking the glass and finishing with contact. Aris displayed good court vision throughout the weekend.

#110 Rene Rodriguez- Rene is an athletic combo guard that can score the ball in a variety of ways. He does a great job rebounding and was one of the better rebounding guards at the Jr Elite weekend.

#117 Xavian Baker- Xavian was one of the top rebounders during the Jr Elite weekend.  He is a big time scorer off of offensive rebounds. Xavian needs to continue developing his post moves, which will add to his already talented game.

#119 Raelyn Bobea Reyes- Raelyn showed the ability to finish around the rim and in the paint. He has a very good ball fake, which time and time again got defenders up in the air. On the defensive end, he was consistently talking, boxing out, and rebounding the ball.


Think you are the games next star? Prove yourself on the court during our 4 day Jr. Elite session in the Poconos, from August 18th-21st. Over 100 players are already registered to showcase their talents and compete on the courts. Call 570-992-6343 to learn more!

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