2017 Battle of the Bronx

By Derrick Irving  @CoachDIrving

On November 24-25 Recruit the Bronx was on hand to watch the Battle of the Bronx Showcase at Evander Childs HS in Bronx, NY. The high school team event tournament is run by Evander Childs Head Coach and Five Star Basketball’s Dave Fonda.

Here are our top propects:

Kevon Wiggins 2019 6’2 Shooting Guard Evander Childs - can score inside-out, displays good offensive awareness, can finish thru traffic, hustles on both ends of the court. Needs to be more aggressive on the court. Played for Guyanese 17-Under National Team last summer.

Tyrese Conway (2019) 6’2 Guard Evander Childs - long and lanky frame, quick hands on defense, pesky perimeter defender, good offensive rebounder finishes his putbacks. Streaky shooter, needs to be more consistent.

Asany Small (2019) 6’6 Power Forward Evander Childs - strong body, good rebounder, decent finisher thru contact inside. Needs to be more aggressive on both ends. Just started playing basketball last year, played soccer prior, good potential.

Greg Lawrence (2019) 6’7 Forward Green Farms Academy (CT) - athletic combo forward, attacks the basket strong and draws contact, can handle the ball on the perimeter, can finish thru contact.

Henry Holzinger 2018 6’0 Point Guard Green Farms Academy (CT) - high offensive IQ, 3pt sniper moves well without the ball, good footwork and balance on his jumpshot, good shot off the dribble, decent playmaker. Needs to add muscle

Teddy Brown (2019) 6’8 Power Forward - good rebounder, decent interior defender, can get up and down the court well, good hands, developing footwork in the post. Needs to be more aggressive on the court, very raw offensively.

Santiago Collada 2018 6’1 Guard Morris HS - quick hands on defense, has a scorer’s mentality, vocal on the court, creates driving lanes with his handle, can score inside-out, crafty finisher on the drive. Needs to be more disciplined on defense.

Denzel Arnold 2018 5’8 Guard Prospect Heights - pesky perimeter defender, attacks the basket, runs the floor well on the break and finishes at the rim, good floter over taller defenders, tough defense on the press. Needs to work on his outside shot and distribute more.

Dwight Reed 2018 6’3 Wing QHST - attacks out of the triple threat, good court vision, can finish thru traffic, long arms help him on defense. Needs to look for his shot more.

Bryce Arroyo 2019 5’11 Guard Samuel Gompers - good outside shooter, stocky guard can get to the rim and finish, decent playmaker, good on ball defender. Needs to slow down at times.

Delon Ruffin 2018 6’5 Forward Van Arsdale - active defender, can finish inside, can get to the basket at ease and finish with either hand, athletic rebounder. Needs to work on his handle and outside shot to be a wing on the next level.

Marcos Torres 2018 5’10 Guard Van Arsdale - good 3pt shooter with a quick release, can get hot from deep, can draw contact on the drive. Needs to be more aggressive on defense and distribute more.

Jalen Williams 2018 6’3 Small Forward Metropolitan - good 3pt shooter, good arc on his release, good footwork on the catch and shoot. Needs to work on his handle to be a SG at the next level.

Yassine Sakhi 2018 6’1 Guard Manhattan Center - lanky frame, good court vision, high offensive IQ, can finish thru traffic, adept at slowing down on the drive to draw contact, good euro step, hustles for loose balls, ok outside shooter. Needs to get a tighter handle and add muscle.

Shemar Wisdom 2018 6’4 Forward Roosevelt HS - attacks the basket strong, athletic finisher with long arms, athletic rebounder, can block shots. Has a decent handle but needs to get better to be a wing at the next level, needs to work in his outside shot.

Carlos Vargas (2018) 5’10 Guard Roosevelt HS - plays hard, shifty handle, can finish thru traffic, uses his quickness to get past his defender to the rim. Needs to add muscle.

Neikko Graves (2018) 6’2 Wing Seward Park - moves well without the ball, stays with the play, positions himself well to take charges, can finish thru contact on the break, good rebounder. Needs to make better passes.

Ali Sumareh (2018) 6’4 Small Forward South Bronx Prep - athletic build, can finish thru contact , downhill speed comes at you in a hurry on the break, good rebounder, point forward decent playmaker. Can be loose with the ball at times, needs to be a more consistent outside shooter.

Jordan Agyemang (2019) 6’5 Forward South Bronx Prep - long and lanky frame, athletic shot blocker, can finish thru traffic on the drive, can handle the ball on the perimeter. Needs to work on his outside shot to be a wing at the next level.

Moussa Diaby 2019 6’1 Guard Dewitt Clinton- quick hands on defense, vocal on both ends, finishes strong on the break, can hit the outside shot, decent playmaker. Needs to be more aggressive on offense.

Amani Cummings (2018) 5’11 Guard Transit Tech - quick and shifty handle, attacks the basket strong, pesky perimeter defender. Needs to work on his outside shot.

Sowande McWhite (2018) 6’7 Center Harry S. Truman - big body, catches the ball well, carves out space with his size, good rebounder, decent interior defender. Needs to be stronger with the ball, needs to trim down more to move up and down the court quicker, needs to work on his post footwork.

Jesse Coston (2018) 6’4 Small Forward Lehman HS - lanky frame, active defender, good court vision, point forward can push the ball on the break, moves his feet well on defense. Needs to work on his outside shot.

Bismark Nsaih 2020 6’5 Forward Lehman HS - athletic shot blocker, athletic rebounder has long arms, very raw offensively. Needs to be a more consistent finisher inside and add muscle.

Tashon Taylor (2018) 6’4 Forward Edison HS - athletic shot blocker, plays hard on both ends, non stop motor, tough interior defender, athletic rebounder. Needs to work on his offensive game.

Shawn DeLeon 2018 5’7 Point Guard Bayside HS - quick with the ball, undersized guard, good 3pt shooter with a quick release, decent playmaker. Needs to be more effective on defense.

Stephen Takyi (2018) 6’4 Small Forward James Monroe - can finish thru contact on the drive, attacks the basket strong, good passer, moves well without the ball. Needs to be more aggressive on defense.

Glen Vasquez (2018) 5’11 Martin Luther King Jr. - quick first step, good playmaker, tight handle, vocal on defense, crafty finsher can finish thru heavy traffic, pesky perimeter defender, sneaky athleticism. Streaky outside shooter..

Surakata Jahwara (2019) 6’4 Wing James Monroe - long and lanky frame, attacks the basket, can go coast to coast and finishes thru traffic, effective eurostep, long arms. Needs to be more aggressive on defense and be more consistent on his outside shot.