40 Hoop Group Alumni Named to ESPN Top 100

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Erlier this week, ESPN released their top 100 players in the class of 2016. Of these 100 prospects, an incredible 40% of them, have attended a Hoop Group event in their life. Whether it was a camp, tournament or Top 100, this list continues to prove how many elite players come to the Hoop Group every year. Let’s breakdown some takeaways from the list:

9 Have Already Committed to Division 1 Schools

A young Omari Spellman breaks onto the scene at Future All-American Camp in 2015

A young Omari Spellman breaks onto the scene at Future All-American Camp in 2015. Spellman is now committed to play at the University of Villanova

Not uncommon for most players of this stature, nine of our alum have verbally committed to a Division 1 school prior to the start of their senior year. We would like to recognize and congratulate these players.

  • Omari Spellman – Villanova
  • Tyus Battle – Michigan
  • Justin Jackson – UNLV
  • Derek Funderburk – Ohio State
  • Matthew Moyer – Syracuse
  • Ty Jerome – Virginia
  • Temple Gibbs – Notre Dame
  • J.J. Caldwell – Texas A&M
  • Mamadou Diarra – Connecticut

4 Alumni have Trained in the Poconos

A lot of hard work and training goes into making a list of this nature. Four of our alums have put in the work at Hoop Group Skills Camp in the mountains of Stroudsburg, PA. This includes a pair of New Jersey players in Tyus Battle (Gill St. Bernard) and Taurean Thompson (St. Anthony’s), Connecticut’s Mustapha Heron (Sacred Heart School) and Curtis Jones, who attends Huntington Prep in West Virginia.


32 Have Competed in Team Tournaments

The Hoop Group Team Tournaments division prides itself on providing a high level of competition at all its events; this list helps support that claim. Just a few weeks ago we saw Dennis Smith (Trinity Christian), Miles Bridges (Huntington Prep), Mamadou Diarra (Woodstock Academy) and Edrice Adebayo (Northside HS) dominate at the Southern Jam Fest. A number of guys have displayed their talents out in Pitt over the years as well (Kwe Parker, Derek Funderburk and Xavier Simpson are a few).

But it’s more than just AAU. A number of players have competed with their high school teams during our in season showcases. Notre Dame commit Temple Gibbs (who plays on Seton Hall Prep), Tony Carr (Roman Catholic) and Bryce Aiken (Patrick School) all are included on that list.

Hoop Group Tournaments bring in top talent.

18 Alumni Have Attended Elite Camp

Whether it was early in their careers attending Future All-American Camp, playing with their high school team at Team Camp, or attending various Elite Sessions, 18 of the Top 100 players in the Class of 2016 have attended Hoop Group Elite Camp. Headlining the list at 16 is Villanova commit Omari Spellman (MacDuffie School). Spellman was just one of eight players to attend Future All-American Camp. Other FAA attendees include Rawle Alkins (Christ the King), Justin Jackson (Findlay Prep), Sedee Keita (22 Feet Academy) and Lamar Stevens (Haverford School).

Then there was Markelle Fultz (DeMatha Catholic), Kevin Heurter (Shenendehowa Central) and Tyus Battle (Gill St. Bernard), who we saw just last summer when they traveled with their high school teams to Reading to compete in Team Camp. And Kassoum Yakwe (Our Savior New American) who was an all-star at Elite Session 1 last year.

See the full list

While we’ve mentioned a lot of players on the list, we have not hit all 40. Check out the entire list of #HGAlum in the Class of 2016, and where they rank, right here!

PlayerPositionESPN Ranking
Josh JacksonSF#3
Dennis SmithPG#4
Miles BridgesSF#7
Edrice AdebayoPF#8
Terrance FergusonSG#14
Omari SpellmanPF#16
Dewan HuellPF#18
Markelle FultzSG#21
Rawle AlkinsSF#22
Mustapha HeronSG#26
Tyus BattleSG#27
Justin JacksonSF#29
Maverick RowanSF#30
Seventh WoodsSG#32
Juwan DurhamPF#33
Jaylen FisherPG#41
Derek FunderburkPF#44
Javin DeLaurierPF#49
Matthew MoyerSF#51
Tony CarrPG#52
Curtis JonesSG#65
Ty JeromePG#66
Shamorie PondsSG#67
Koby McEwanPG#71
Temple GibbsSG#72
Kevin HuerterSG#73
Lamar StevensSF#74
Sedee KeitaPF#83
Wenyen GabrielPF#84
Xavier SimpsonPG#87
Bryce AikenPG#88
Kwe ParkerSG#90
Taurean ThompsonC#91
Jayce JohnsonC #92
Miles PowellSG#93
Cameron LardPF#94
Quentin GoodinPG#95
J.J. CaldwellPG#96
Mamadou Diarrac#98
Kassoum YakwePF#100
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