2018 Rumble in the Bronx Top Performers - 14u
By Brett Wilson @brettwilson715
RecruitTheBronx.com always finds it fruitful in attending the Rumble in the Bronx 14u games each year. It gives us a great early look at many of the rising freshman who we will become very familar with over the next four years. Here’s some of the Top Performers that we caught this weekend.
Ailill Walsh 2022 6’1 small forward High School: Horace Mann AAU Team: King Hoops - Aggressive and active player. Good ball handle. Can shoot and finish.
Isaiah Dorsey 2022 5’8 guard High School: Wadleigh HS - AAU Team: King Hoops - active defensive player. Can break an opponent down with his offensive moves.
Mike Atta 2022 6’3 small forward High School: Pope John (NJ) AAU Team: Rise As One - versatile player. Decent passer. Sees the court. Very coachable on the court.
Josh Haskell 2022 6’5 wing High School: Franklinville HS (NY) AAU Team: Albany City Rocks Black - Versatile player. Can play the post and perimeter. Good shooter with the ability to create his shot. Good defender.
JJ Starling 2022 6’2 guard High School: Baldwinsville HS (NY) AAU Team: Albany City Rocks Black - gets to the basket and has the ability to play above the rim. Good speed.
Odanis Done 2022 6’1 point guard High School: Manhattan Center AAU Team: Castle Athletics- solid perimeter player. Plays good all around game. Can dribble and get others involved.
Efrain Davila 2022 5’10 guard High School: Our Savior Lutheran AAU Team: Castle Athletics - good shooter. Good shot selection in pick-n-roll. Good IQ.
Jaden Fleming 2021 6’1 point guard High School: Metropolitan Expo of Learning AAU Team: Rising Stars - big guard has court awareness. Can rebound and play defense. Good with his dribble.
Chris Jones 2022 6’2 point guard High School: St. Lukes School (CT) AAU Team: CT PHD - explosive offensive players. Good IQ. Can hit the mid range shots.
Mike Olinvencia Jr 2022 6’1 guard High School: Kolbe Cathedral(CT) AAU Team: CT PHD - can shoot the mid range and 3pt shot. Good court vision. Good passer.
Jayquan Kirkland 2022 6’3 wing High School: Strafford HS (CT) AAU Team: CT PHD - athletic player. Good mid range shot. Can be a good rebounder
Richard Vaquero 2022 5’11 guard High School: Mepham HS (NJ) AAU Team: North Jersey Blast- attacks the basket. Good on the ball defender. Decent ball handle
Richard Nweke 2022 6’7 center High School: The Dwight School (NY) AAU Team: PSA Honey Bagers - good size and strength. Good rebounder. Average footwork
Noah Best 2022 6’0 guard High School: Unknown AAU Team: PSA Honey Bagers - good ball handler. Can finish around the basket. Can be a good defender.
Mekhi Conner 2023 5’5 point guard High School: Unknown/Elm City Middle School AAU Team: Elm City Elite - good feel for the game. Good court vision. Makes others and can score. Can make passes.
Reid Durcharme 2023 6’2 guard High School: Nobles & Greenhough (MA) AAU Team: Boston Bobcats - good catch and shooter and can create space for shots. High motor. Nice size makes him an above average rebounder.
Drew Herer 2022 5’11 guard High School: Beaver Country Day (MA) AAU Team: Boston Bobcats - good shooter. Can handle the ball. Can play combo because of his passing abilities.
Omari Ward 2022 5’7 guard High School: Fordham Prep (NY) AAU Team: Riverside Hawks - athletic, hard playing and smart. Eg., his team down 3, with only seconds remaining, he baits the defender into fouling his 3 point attempt. Runs the floor well, finishes through contact.
Joey Medlin 2022 6’5 power forward High School: Archbishop Molloy (NY) AAU Team: Riverside Hawks - classic, strong-man Big. Signature play is creating space for the offensive rebound/put back, then getting himself fouled on the and-one. Left handed, low post game also made him a foul-magnet.
Nicholas Paladino 2023 5’7 guard High School: Our Saviour Lutheran (NY) AAU Team: Riverside Hawks - prolific score for a 7th grader playing up. Excellent change of direction game. Unstoppable quick-release floater game. Sets up the pick n roll game with good timing and pace.
Francisco Matte 2022 5’11 guard High School: Archbishop Stepinac (NY) - AAU Team: Riverside Hawks - athletic and sturdy built body for a guard. Aggressive in attacking the basket in iso mode. His investment in his 3 point shot development will determine his upside.
Marco Lainez 2022 6’1 swing High School: Montgomery HS (NJ) AAU Team: United Prospects - a player with big guard potential at the next level. Too quick for the bigs to guard, too physical for the guards to check. His investment in his 3 point shot development will determine his upside.
Ryan Curry 2022 5’9 guard High School: Montgomery HS (NJ) AAU Team: United Prospects - a fun to watch scorer. Big arc, high release three ball game. When run off the 3 point line, he showed an excellent arsenal of head fake, stop-n-go and stop-n-pop play creation moves.
Caton Summers 2022 6’4 forward High School: Good Counsel HS (MD) AAU Team: Maryland Sharks - a high potential big body. Focus point for an inside-out offense. Excellent shoulder quickness on low post spin moves. Already using up-n-under moves. Terrific pick-n-roll screener and roll target.
Zaire Baines 2022 5’9 guard High School: Portledge School (NY) AAU Team: Seaford Heat - big time scorer from all levels. Per his coach, put up consecutive 50 point games during the winter season as an 8th grader playing on varsity.
Aazayah Ross 2022 5’11 guard High School: Portledge School (NY) AAU Team: Seaford Heat - strongly built guard, allowing him to physically dominate his match-ups. Sees the floor well, has a nose for the rebound and has quick hands on defense.
Chima Obayi 2021 6’0 guard High School: Archbishop Molloy (NY) AAU Team: Lightning Warren - plays hard and with a great attitude, coach calls him “special”. Plays intense defense. Attacks the basketball fearlessly. Outside shot shows promise.
Nick Watts 2022 6’3 forward High School: Northport HS (NY) AAU Team: Lightning Warren - tough, physical kid. Plays hard all of the time. Loves to rebound. A defender with excellent footwork. His investment in his skill development will determine his upside.
Ryan Weiss 2023 5’7 guard High School: Undecided/Hewitt (NY) AAU Team: Lightning Warren - a 7th grader playing up, but has already clearly put the work the work on his shot reps, with that being a key indicator of a bright future. Loves to compete.