High School Summer Showcase Media Round Up

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Thus ends the High School Summer Showcase here at Hoop Group Headquarters. We were spoiled this weekend with good coaches, competitive match ups and great talent. It was a great chance for coaches and players to learn some things about their high school teams before they break apart in July.
As much talent as there was in the building this weekend, there’s always the select few who rise above the rest and this weekend was no different. That being said, here are some of the players we saw stand out this weekend:

Patrick Andree (Christian Brothers Academy ’16)
Andree had one of the best scoring games of the weekend, racking up 36 points in a CBA win over Newwark East Side. The 6’7 rising junior showed that he is definitely a threat from the outside, knocking down a number of jumpers on Saturday. Lot of upside to his player.

 

George Elghoul (Marlboro ’15)
George Elghoul started his weekend scoring a basket literally seconds after tip off of Marlboro’s first game and did not look back. A complete floor general, Elghoul was the perfect example of why you’re taught to dribble with your head up. He was looking for teammates any chance he had and finding them with dazzling passes.

Walker Wilson (Newark Tech ’15)
Wilson was more a defensive presence this weekend than an offensive one, but boy did he ever make his presence felt on defense. Block after block after block had guards thinking twice before they drove the lane.

 

Ahmad Harrison (Newark East Side ’15)
Harrison was one of the most impressive players of the weekend. He led a strong Newark East Side team both days. Simply put, Harrison was a beast offensively. He showed the right balance between putting his head down and getting to the basket and pulling up for a smooth jump shot. When defenses collapsed on his hot hand he got the ball to his open teammates quickly, encouraging them to shoot. Ahmad Harrison stood out this weekend and is no doubt a player to keep an eye on in the upcoming high school season.
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Mohammed Bamba (Westtown ’17)
Tall and lanky, Mohammed Bamba dominated the paint for Westtown this weekend. His work on the offensive glass helped Westtown hold off a tough Roselle Catholic team in Saturday’s double overtime finale. He also had several exclamation point dunks, including one over multiple St. Anthony players. Bamba is a player with a lot of potential.

 

Jagan Mosely (St. Anthony ’16)
Jagan Mosely was the catalyst for the St. Anthony Friars squad this weekend. He dropped 26 points in a losing effort to a formidable opponent in Westtown PA. He followed that by leading the Friars back from a half time deficit over Teaneck in game 2. Mosely tok the game over in every aspect and willed his team to a win. Whether it was inside or outside, Mosely got it done for his team this weekend.
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Leandre Washington (Teaneck ’17)
At 5’8, Leandre Washington may have been the guard with the best handle this weekend. His wide range of moves had defenders looking like they were on roller skates all day. Once past his man, he was very good at attacking the paint and dumping off to one of his teammates for an open shot. Washington’s ability to create easy lay ups for his teammates was a big reason Teaneck had such a successful Saturday.
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Jair Bolden (Westtown ’16)
Jair Bolden is really good. A 6’3 point guard that possess both strength and quickness, Bolden was a problem for anyone who guarded him (which included stand out players Jagan Mosely and Ahmad Harrison). Bolden used his strength and size to get himself into the paint. Once there he showed the ability to finish through taller defenders and even take a hit and finish through contact. Bolden also showcased a smooth one-dribble pull up jumper. Westtown has an exciting and talented player in Jair Bolden.
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So there you have it. Those are the players we felt impressed the most here this weekend. Full a full recap of the 2014 Summer High School Showcase, go to out live blog, Facebook,
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