2019 IS8/Nike Spring Classic Top Performers - 5/11
By David Cordova
This past weekend, Recruit the Bronx paid a visit to the IS8/Nike Spring Classic, which is held at Intermediate School 8 in Jamaica, Queens, and is a breeding ground for the best talent in the tri-state area. During that weekend, it was the start of the playoffs, as teams with the best records in the league were prepared to go hard or go home. Here were the standouts from the playoff games:
Jaylen Davis, 6-3, Shooting Guard, Cardozo High School, Shooting Stars, Class of 2019 - Davis is very versatile on the court and shoots at a high volume. Likes to stay open on the wing area and is good for handling the ball on the perimeter. Has a good shooting touch from the wing area and is a deadly shooter when he gets hot.
Jaqai Murray, 6-5, Forward, Nazareth High School, Shooting Stars, Class of 2021 - Murray is good at guarding at the top of the key from the perimeter. Has a long wingspan and moves well on the defensive end. Has great passing instincts. Is very strong when penetrating to the basket.
Cherif Diarra, 6-4, Forward, John Bowne High School, Diallo Elite, Class of 2020 - Diarra is very strong in the post, but can also do damage by stepping out on the perimeter and hitting jumpers. Very strong and has good movement with his feet when on defense.
Kyron Robinson, 5-7, Our Saviour Lutheran High School, Diallo Elite, Class of 2020 - Robinson is quick on the floor and also displays plenty of toughness. Is a good facilitator that can pass the ball to his teammates at the right places and the right moments. Is good for absorbing physical contact when going up for two. Is also fast on the defensive end.
Tyshawn Trail, 6-2, John Bowne High School, Diallo Elite, Class of 2021 = Trail can score and likes to run on the fast break. Has the ability to blow past defenders and also has a good shooting touch from the wing area. Possesses plenty of finesse in his game.
Ziare Wells, 6-4, Shooting Guard, Nazareth High School, Shooting Stars, Class of 2021 = Wells plays aggressive defense and has a good jumper from long range. Is a player that finishes strong in the lane, despite his lithe frame. Has the ability to score at will.
Jalen Gaffney, 6-3, Shooting Guard, Westtown School (PA), 2G’z, Class of 2019 = A guard that has plenty of hustle and looks to score every time. Displays plenty of athleticism and is able to get to the hole easily. Is good at shooting from three-point range. Displays a knack for making clutch baskets and making nifty layups.
Trey Clarke, 6-6, Forward, Brooklyn Democracy Academy, 2G’z, Class of 2019 = Clarke is a strong forward who makes great moves in the paint, but can also handle the ball on the perimeter. Finishes strong in the hole and is able to absorb contact when going up for a basket. Has good hands on the defensive end when it comes to getting blocks.
Isaiah Wong, 6-3, Shooting Guard, Monsignor Bonner High School (PA), 2G’z, Class of 2019 = Wong is a pure scorer and is a potent threat when he gets to the basket. Is very dominant when getting to the basket and also has a lethal jumpshot. Although he may not be the strongest in terms of physicality, he does have plenty of athleticism.
Terry Roberts, 6-2, Shooting Guard, Believe Prep Academy (NC), 2G’z, 2019 = Roberts is very athletic and plays above the rim. Has a lot of quickness and can get down the court in less than five seconds. Has plenty of hustle on both ends of the court.
Davante Smith, 6-0, Point Guard, Wings Academy, Manhattan Sports Academy, Class of 2019 = Smith has plenty of quickness and knows how to be a facilitator and also knows when to score. Good at hitting teammates for assists. Has a deadly three-point shot, which can kill the opposition if he is not contained.
Omar Rowe, 6-6, Forward, Sacred Heart High School (CT), 2G’z, Class of 2019 = Rowe is a forward with plenty of length and athleticism. Loves to play above the rim and has good hands, which he uses to get blocks on the defense. Good at getting rebounds and running in transition when on offense.
Nick Johnson, 6-4, Shooting Guard, All Hallows High School, Manhattan Sports Academy, Class of 2019 = Johnson makes plenty of tough drives to the basket and takes it up strong. Loves to penetrate into the lane and can score at will if not defended heavily. Has the ability to shoot from long range and has the ability to pass the ball.
Aidan Ighieon, 6-10, Forward, Lawrence Woodmere Academy, Northeast Basketball Club, Class of 2019 = A forward that is physically dominant around the paint area and is fierce on the low-block on the defensive end. Loves to play above the rim and has good hands on defense when he anticipates to block shots.
Paul Mulcahy, 6-5, Point Guard, Gill St. Bernard School (NJ), Northeast Basketball Club, Class of 2019 = A guard that is a true floor general and knows where and when to move on the floor. Is a good facilitator, as he is able to set teammates up for passes, which results in made baskets and assists. Has good moves when he has the ball in his hands.
Zach Freemantle, 6-9, Forward, Bergen Catholic High School (NJ), Northeast Basketball Club, Class of 2019 = Freemantle is a skilled forward that has plenty of versatility. His physicality and strength makes him a dominant presence in the low post. Also has the ability to shoot from long range and can dominate the game in many different ways on the offensive end. Is a solid rebounder that can bang in the paint.
Glen Anderson, 5-8, Point Guard, Brooklyn Collegiate High School, LPAC, Class of 2019 = Anderson has a lot of quickness and knows when and where to hit teammates for passes that lead to assists at the right moments. Is also a scorer that can get to the basket and is fearless when going up for two. Is a good defender that is prone to getting steals.
Charles Brown, 6-3, Shooting Guard, Brooklyn Collegiate High School, LPAC, Class of 2019 = A guard that is very strong when going to the basket and is able to get to the hole easily and is great at absorbing physical contact and can hold his own in the low-post when grabbing rebounds. Good at running on the fast break and getting clutch baskets.
Dashawn Davis, 6-3, Shooting Guard, Our Saviour Lutheran High School, Goldmins, Class of 2019 = Davis is another well chronicaled player in RecruitTheBronx.com Top Player write-ups. He has plenty of toughness and is fearless when going to the basket. Struggles with shooting, but is good at blowing past his defender to the basket and can score in bunches. Has good hands, which helps him with creating steals when on defense.
Nariq Chisholm, 6-7, Forward, Martin Luther School, Goldmins, Class of 2019 = Chisholm has a lot of physicality in him, as he is tough for the opposition to contain as he is very strong in the low post. Has the ability to put the ball on the floor and also has a nice shooting touch. Also has plenty of athleticism when going to the rim.