2022 NY vs. NY Week 1

By David Cordova

 

On June 21, RecruitTheBronx got to the Parque de Los Niños Playground in The Bronx for the first week of the NY vs. NY tournament. This event features teams from six of New York City’s Nike-sponsored tournaments, such as Dyckman (Manhattan), West 4th Street (Manhattan), Tri-State (Manhattan), Watson (The Bronx), Lincoln Park (Queens) and Gersh Park (Brooklyn).

 

Here are the standouts from that evening’s event:

 

Treshawn Sheppard 6-6, Forward, Eagle Academy II, West 4th Street, Class of 2023 - A forward this strong and agile and uses his power to make his presence felt on the floor. Has the ability to absorb contact when in the post and is a great finisher at the rim when going up to score. Makes it his mission to fight for rebounds every time he is in the low post.

 

Preston Edmead 5-10, Point Guard, Deer Park High School, West 4th Street, Class of 2024 - A guard that has plenty of quickness and has a good sense of court vision every time he is on the floor. Is very good at getting to the basket and has the ability to get his shot off with a nice release. Although of diminutive stature and is able to finish at the basket. Is able to pass the ball to his teammates and makes sure that they can score.

 

Phil Grant Jr. 6-5, Shooting Guard, Tennessee Prep Academy (TN) West 4th Street, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to make his presence felt every time he’s on the floor with his scoring. When going to the basket, he exudes plenty of confidence and toughness and is able to get his shot off with ease, especially from three-point range. Is able to drive to the basket off the dribble and is fearless when it comes to attacking the basket.

 

Brandon Gardner 6-7, Forward, Word of God Christian Academy (LA), West 4th Street, Class of 2023 - A forward that has the ability to be a dominant presence on the floor. Uses his strength to hold his own in the low post. Is a good defender that has a long wingspan and is able to deflect the ball on the defensive end. Has the ability to finish strong at the rim and is good for getting to the free-throw line.

 

Elijah Moore 6-4, Shooting Guard, Cardinal Hayes High School, Tri-State, Class of 2024 - A guard that has a penchant for taking over games with his scoring ability. Has the ability to show off his athleticism and loves to drive to the basket at all times and is a good finisher at the rim. Is great at getting his shot off with ease and loves to shoot from long range.

 

TJ Robinson, 6-2, Point Guard, Bishop Walsh School (MD), Tri-State, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to make his team run efficiently every time he is on the floor. Is able to speed up or slow down his team’s tempo whenever he’s int he game. Has plenty of confidence when taking his shot and is able to create for himself off the dribble.

 

Brandon Williams 6-8, Forward, Christ the King High School, Dyckman, Class of 2023 - A forward that has the ability to be a presence on both ends of the floor. Is very skilled at his size and is able to post up the opposition and put the ball on the floor. Has great hands and is able to obtain rebounds and block shots at all times. Is great at getting his shot off on the perimeter.

 

Tai Turnage 5-10, Point Guard, St. Raymond High School, Dyckman, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to make his presence felt on the floor with his strong play. Even when he is not scoring, he is able to use his toughness and is willing to go in the paint and obtain rebounds when he’s in the game. Is still able to dish off the ball to his teammates and help his teammates score.

 

Taj Bryant 6-2, Point Guard, Eagle Academy II, Gersh Park, Class of 2024 - A guard that is good at taking on anyone at any moment on the court. Has the ability to drive to the basket and can run on the fast break whenever he’s going down court. Is able to attack the glass and obtain rebounds, despite his small frame.

 

Connor Sprattley 6-0, Point Guard, Thomas Jefferson High School Campus, Gersh Park, Class of 2025 - A guard that has plenty of speed in his game and has the ability to get past the defender guarding him at all times. Is good at driving to the basket and is able to score at will when he has the opportunity. Finds ways to get to the free-throw line, as he is able to draw fouls by initiating contact whenever he goes to the basket.

 

Ty-Laur Johnson 6-0, Point Guard, St. Benedict’s Preparatory School (NJ), Gersh Park, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the opportunity to run the floor at all times and is able to make his presence felt every time on the court. Is good at his shot selection as he is able to drive to the basket and can finish at the basket. Has the ability to go into the paint and obtain rebounds at all times.

 

Youssouf Singare 7-0, Center, Our Saviour Lutheran High School, Watson, Class of 2023 - A forward that is able to dominate on both ends of the floor. Has great hands and can control what happens whenever he’s at the basket, as he is a great shot blocker and can easily deny the opposition from scoring. Is dominant on the offensive end, as he is able to finish at the rim.

 

Armoni Zeigler 6-4, Shooting Guard, Our Savior Lutheran High School, Watson, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to be very explosive whenever he’s on the offensive end of the floor. Has a penchant for throwing down great dunks when on the offensive end. Has good eyes on the defensive end, as he is able to get steals, which then allows her to transition to the other end of the floor.

 

Christian Jones 6-4, Shooting Guard, Our Saviour Lutheran High School, Watson, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to do many things on the court and has the opportunity to make an impact on the floor. Has a nice shot from the outside and is able to get his release off quickly. Loves to use his athleticism and is able to get to the rim with ease.

 

Kenny Satterfield, Jr., 6-2, Point Guard, The Patrick School (NJ), Lincoln Park, Class of 2023 - A guard that can bring up the ball and is able to see the floor efficiently and can make his teammates better every time. Has the ability to get to the free throw line and can get to the free throw line. Is fearless when going to the hole.

 

Mouhamed Dioubate 6-7, Forward, Putnam Science Academy (CT), Lincoln Park, Class of 2023 - A forward that has the ability to use his strength to make his presence felt on both ends of the court. Is fearless when going up for a rebound and is able to absorb contact at all times. Goes up strong at the basket and is successful at scoring in the post and is good at getting to the free-throw line.

 

2022 W 4th Standouts - Juneteenth Day

By David Cordova,

 

 

On June 20, RecruitTheBronx.com joined the Juneteenth celebration paid at the West Fourth Street Courts in the Greenwich Village section of Manhattan, aka “The Cage” one of the City’s most famous asphalt courts.


We were there to catch the high school division play of the West 4th Street Classic

 

Here are the standouts:

 

Jonathan Rosado, 5-8, Point Guard, Franklin K. Lake High School, Sky Risers, Class of 2025 - A guard that is very tenacious on the defensive end and has a knack for being on the fast break. Has a penchant for shooting from long range & is willing to take risks when it comes to shooting during the right moments. Is good at staying with his man on the other end of the court.

 

Keyshawn Mitchell 6-8, Forward, Woodstock Academy (CT), Sky Risers, Class of 2023 - A forward that is strong and agile and is able to impose his frame on smaller players. Has a long wingspan and uses his long reach to block shots & obtain rebounds. Is able to power his way to the basket and is able to play above the rim.

 

Scottie Lee 6-3, Shooting Guard, Boys & Girls High School, Orangemen, Class 2024 - A guard that has the ability to bring the ball up the court & is a solid playmaker. Is able to drive past the opposition and get to the basket easily. Is fearless when it comes to absorbing contact & when he is at the basket, he goes up strong.

 

Rahiem Robinson 6-4, Shooting Guard, Boys & Girls High School, Orangemen, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to make his presence felt with his scoring prowess. Is great at running on the fast break and can take it to the basket with strength and precision. Has the ability to play off the ball & anticipate when a pass is coming to him.

 

Treyshawn Sheppard 6-6, Forward, Eagle Academy II, Rim Rockers, Class of 2023 - A forward that has the ability to make his presence felt on both ends of the floor. Loves to drive to the basket & attack the glass when it comes to get rebounds. Uses his strength to hold his own in the low post and is always able to draw fouls when going to the basket, due to his ability to absorb contact.

 

Kyle Marshall 6-4, Shooting Milbrook School, Rim Rockers, 2023. - A guard that is shifty and is able to make his presence felt with his ball-handling ability. Finds ways to get his shot off effectively & also is able to drive to the basket. Has good eyes on the defensive end, as he is able to get steals to get downcourt.

 

Eric Acker 6-1, Point Guard, Eagle Academy II, Curry Crib, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to create for himself off the and is able to score in multiple ways. Has the ability to shoot from three-point range & has a good shot selection. Has the ability to showcase his athleticism, as he is able to go to the rim & finish.

 

Tywan Evans 5-7, Point Guard, Thomas Jefferson High School Campus, Curry Crib, Class of 2023 - A guard that has plenty of court vision and awareness of when his teammates are on the move. Has a knack for getting to the basket with his quickness & his will for getting to the hold. Is able to set his teammates up for passes that can lead to baskets.

 

Tristan Davis 5-9, Point Guard, Thomas Jefferson High School Campus, Curry Crib, Class of 2025 - A guard who is very crafty with the ball and uses his quickness to get downcourt with ease. Has the ability to swipe the ball from the opposition and get on the fast break. Has the ability to shoot from the top of the key & is able to finish at the basket easily.

 

 

B2022 CHSAA Team Camp Participants

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The following athletes will be participating in the 2022 D1 Live Period Catholic High School Athletic Association Team Camp that is being held on June 24, 2pm through June 26 6pm at Iona Preparatory High School at 255 Wilmot Road, New Rochelle, NY.

 

Archbishop Molloy High


Mehki Blamoville (2023) 5’10 guard - Strong point guard who can pressure and contain the ball. Can score from behind the arc or off the dribble.


Kuba Cwalina (2023) 6’3 guard - Ranked #80 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. ​Excellent Shooter and student (99 average). Tireless energy who never stops moving. Kuba is adding to his offensive arsenal with being able to score off the dribble.


Joshua DeCady (2023) 6’8 forward - Ranked #46 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. Energetic Big man who can guard on the perimeter and protect the rim. Working hard in his strength and offensive skill set. Consistent scorer at the rim.


Chikezie “Chuck” Emmanuel (2023) 6’3 small forward - Strong Forward who finishes consistently around the rim. Good rebounder and defender.

 

Emmanuel Ikioda (2023) 6’4 guard - Ranked #71 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York.


Jayden James (2023) 6’4 guard - Ranked #39 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. All Around talent who has dedicated himself to the weight room this off season. He scores from perimeter and at the rim. Superior defender.


Keenan Kenny (2023)  6’2 guard - ​Tough all around player who can shoot, defend and drive.


Malachi MacMillan (2023)  6’2 guard - Ranked #41 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. Super quick lefty who can score from the perimeter or at the basket. He transitions from defense to offense in a split second.


Jahmire Brewer (2024) 6’8 forward - Ranked #25 2024 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. Big and Strong. Jahmere can control the backboards on both defense and offense. Consistent finisher around the rim who is working on adding to his offensive game.


Elijah Small (2024) 6’5 small forward - Ranked #42 2024 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. Long and lanky lefty with a smooth game and touch. Coming off an injury which kept him out of last season. Can score, rebound and defend. Can be a special player. Plays AAU with Riverside Hawks.


Emmanuel Ikioda​ (2023) 6’4 small forward-​Strong finisher who can score in traffic. Terrific defender who reacts quickly to block shots, rebound and win 50/50 balls.

 

Channer Duke​ (2024) 6’1 guard - ​Last year’s JV point guard has an efficient game. Makes solid plays and decisions. Can run the team while being a scoring threat.


Miles Jones​ (2024) 6’1​ guard - ​Very Good Shooter and playmaker. A legitimate threat from three.


JP Maaba​ (2024) 6’0 guard - ​Good shooter and scorer. Strong handle which allows him to play point or off the ball. Scores at the rim and from behind the arc.


Matthew Tucker (2023) 6’4 swing - ​Hard-working all-around player.  Nonstop energy gets him to the rim and around every play.

 


Archbishop Stepinac High

 

Cole Decker (2023) 6’5 guard -


Benjamin Lyttle (2023) 6’5 small forward - Ranked #66 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York.Lyttle is a bulldozing 225-lb forward who typically double-doubles and has knack for rising to the ocassion in big games. He is mposing physicality imposing and has a nose for ball. Plays AAU with Team Diffrnt. 4.0 gpa


Howard Eisley Jr  (2024) 6’0 guard - Ranked #36 2024 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York.


Boogie Fland (2024) 6’2 guard - Ranked #2 2024 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York.


Jahi Gary (2024) 6’4 small forward -


Braylan Ritvo (2024) 6’6 guard - Ranked #19 2024 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York.


Aamyr Sullivan (2024) 5’9 guard - Ranked #32 2024 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York.


Danny Carbuccia (2025) 6’0 guard - Ranked #1 2025 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York.

 

 

Bishop Loughlin Memorial High


Bryce McPherson (2023) 6’2 guard -


Makhaya Moore (2023) 6’7 center -


Tyseer Rahman (2023) 5’10 guard -


Christian Jeffrey (2024) 6’2 guard - Ranked #9 2024 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York.


Daye Kaba (2024) 6’5 forward - Ranked #47 2024 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. Plays AAU with New Heights Lightning.


Jakai Sanders (2024) 6’3 guard - Ranked #6 2024 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York.

 

 


Cardinal Hayes High


Tyliek Fields (2023) 6’3 small forward -


Jaiden Williams (2023) 6’3 shooting guard - Ranked #13 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York.


Ian Jackson (2024) 6’6 shooting guard - Ranked #1 2024 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. Recently named 1st Team All Pangos All American Camp.


Elijah Moore (2024) 6’4 guard - Ranked #10 2024 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York.


Nas Simmons (2024) 6’3 combo guard - Ranked #44 2024 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. Plays AAU with NY Gauchos

 

 


Christ the King High


DeCoursey Corley (2023) 6’3 small forward - Ranked #77 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York - Great athlete. Strong wing/forward who can score efficiently from with 15 feet. Excellent rebounder for his size. Willing passer out of the high post, a spot where he is most effective passing and shooting.

 

Jaylin Lewis (2023) 6’3 guard - Ranked #72 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York - Strong finisher in transition. Can run up and down the court all day. Excels defensively on the ball. Range and consistency in his shot off the dribble has improved dramatically.


Bryce Merchant (2023) 6’5 small forward - Ranked #43 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York - Three level scorer. Quick release on catch and shoot 3’s. Excellent midrange pull-up/floater off 1 – 2 dribbles. Face-up post player with a soft touch around the rim. Good defensive rebounder and above average offensive rebounder.


Taheen Oliver (2023) 5’11 guard - Excels in the mid-range area. Can shoot off the dribble with high efficiency. What he lacks in size he makes up for in smarts and hustle. Grit and grind player who reads defenses well, allowing him to create good shots for others.


Kesean Shillingford (2023) 6’11 center - Ranked #73 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York - Maybe the most improved player in the city. Sped up the release on his shot within 6-10 feet. Good back to the basket post player with a consistent short hook shot. Has improved his ability to face up with a consistent mid-range jump shot. Good defensive rebounder.


Devin Vanterpool (2023) 6’3 guard - Ranked #7 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York - Great 3-point shooter. High percentage shooter off the catch, with a quick release. Solid on and off ball defender, who plays passing lanes better than anyone on the roster. Great strength for his frame allows him to finish in traffic.


Brandon Williams (2023) 6’7 forward - Ranked #2 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York - Three level scorer. Great footwork on either block. Has the ability to take slower defenders off the dribble and finish in the paint. Set 3-point shot has become consistent. When engaged, he is the best defensive rebounder in the program. Has improved as a shot blocker and runs the floor well.


Qinfang Pang (2024) 6’8 forward - Physically imposing presence on the wing and post. Excellent transition shooter. Solid passer from the paint, and easily finishes through contact. Excellent rebounder and improved ball handler in the open court.


Dwayne Pierce (2024) 6’6 guard - Ranked #3 2024 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York - Three level scorer. Good playmaker off the dribble. Can consistently get in the paint and create a shot. Great range on his set shot 3. Willing passer who runs the floor well, and finishes in transition.

 

Markell Alston (2025) 6’1 point guard - Ranked #6 2025 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York -  Point guard. Has dramatically improved his outside shooting, both off the bounce and the catch. Can handle the ball under pressure, find gaps in any defense, and get the right guys the right shots at the right times. Aggressive defender who plays passing lanes well.

 

Kiyan Anthony (2025) 6’3 wing - Highly intelligent. Reads his defender at a high level for his age. Has the ability to get his shot off in a variety of ways. Has improved as a ball handler. Great catch-and-shoot player. Offered by George Mason as a freshman. Video highlights


Jayden Ramirez (2025) 6’4 guard - Very aggressive, high motor player. Strong finisher in the paint against bigger players, and a great offensive rebounder. Has a consistent outside shot, and an improved mid-range pull up. Strong defender and even stronger help defender with the ability to block shots.


Chiko Kalu (2024) 6’3 165 - Solid 3-point set shooter with a strong mid-range pull up off one to two dribbles. Has point guard instincts. Excellent rebounder for his size.


Oke Okrokoto (2024) 6’8” 250 - One of the strongest players walking the 5 boro’s. Excellent defensive rebounder, and great screener. Has developed a solid hook shot within 6 feet of the basket. Punishes opponents with his ability to hold position in the post with minimal effort.

 


Holy Cross High


Tysaun Bruce (2023) 5’11 guard -


Travis Castro (2023) 6’2 swing - Ranked #61 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York.


Thomas Collison (2023) 6’3 small forward -


Sam Parada (2023) 5’10 guard -


Tafari Plummer (2023)  6’2 guard -

 

 

Iona Preparatory School

 


Bangaly Berete (2023) 6’6 small forward - Ranked #25 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. He is an athletic, high motor wing who is excellent around the rim and is emerging as a 3pt threat. Elite Defender who can guard 1-4 positions.

 

Blaise New (2023) 5’10 guard - Ranked #37 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. A true PG/Coach on the floor. Fearless penetrator with excellent court vision. 40% 3 pt shooter and lock up defender.

 

AJ Rodriguez (2023) 6’5 small forward - Ranked #84 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. Multi Dimensional inside/out force who creates mismatches all over the floor with is ability to post up, Shoot 3’s or attack with combo moves off the bounce.


Godswill Eheriene (2024) 6’9 forward - Very athletic Stretch 4 who’s soft touch and 7’2” wing span allows to finish in the paint with either powerful dunks or step through layups. Elite shot blocker and rebounder. Runs the floor very well for his size.


Alexander Bryant (2024) 6’8 forward - Very athletic with tons of upside. Very good Shot blocker and rebounds in space.


Marcel Henry (2024) 6’7 forward - High Motor player who is very rugged. Soft touch from 15 ft and has emerging athleticism

 

RJ Jones (2024) 5’10 guard - Ranked #34 2024 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. Hard nosed guard with strong ball handling skills. Excellent 3 pt shooter.


Cayden Noonan (2024) 6’3 guard - Rangy guard who is a physical defender and very good 3 pt shooter. Emerging ball handling skills opens up the floor for him.


Jaylen Pray (2024) 6’7 forward - Ranked #41 2024 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. Man Child on the floor. Excellent foot work, soft hands and can finish adeptly with either hand. Can put the ball the floor and beat his man from the perimeter.

 

Kris Banwareesingh (2025) 6’1 shooting guard - Ranked #7 2025 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. An elite shooter. Sneaky athlete. Excellent ball handler.


Johnny Keenan (2025) 5’10 guard - Very Crafty Ball Handler with creative finishes at the rim. Also a savvy distributor. Knock down 3pt shooter.

 

Kylon Brown (2024) 5’10 point guard - Avg 28 ppg last season on JV. Tough nosed competitor who’s quickness allows him to blow by defenders to make plays at the rim.

 

 

Mount St Michael Academy


Kevin Collado (2023) 6’6 forward - Ranked #15 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. A tenacious rebounder who finishes around the rim with consistency. Solid free throw shooter.


Jalen Lyn (2023) 6’2 guard - Ranked #12 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. Can score going to rim and from the perimeter. Can guard PG’s and wing players. Continues to get stronger. Sees floor very well.


Izaiah Millan (2023) 6’0 point guard - Guard. Very quick and fast. Gets into lane for kick-outs and short knock down shots. Can guard the ball with the best of defenders. Has a knack to draw offensive fouls. Sees the floor very well.


Jayport Smith (2024) 5’9 guard - Ranked #20 2024 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. Amazing athlete. Fast, quick and strong. Gets into lane and makes perimeter shots. Very tough guarding the ball for 90 feet. Competes!


Antwon Katako (2024) 6’4 forward - Strong inside player who rebounds and matches up very well vs. other bigs. Runs floor and passes well for big man.


Joshua Thompson (2025) 6’4 guard - Strong going to rim and can knock down perimeter shots. Athletic player who can guard in and out. Big upside.


Kaelen Destin (2024) 5’11 guard - Handles ball and sees floor well. Finishes at rim and makes perimeter shots. Needs to get stronger.


Aaron Mitchell (2025)  6’5 230 center - Very raw, but strong. Continues to get better with great work ethic. Can guard post with strength.

Alex Moemeka (2023) 6’3 guard - Makes open shots. Guards with strength and sees floor well.

 


Monsignor McClancy Memorial High

 

Aldin Skrijelj #30 (2023) 6’0 small forward - Has great hands and touch around the basket. Shoots it well out to 18 feet. Undersized as a forward but footwork around the bucket is terrific. Improving as a handler. Excellent on the pick and pop. Takes charges and can lead the break. Averaged 10 ppg last year. 2 games of 20+ points.  Was recognized as a “Tablet A Division All Star” this past season.

 
William Heredia Jr. #1 (2023) 5’8 guard - Vocal leader. Does a good job of getting to his spots. Excellent Pullup jumper 15 feet and in. Knock down shooter form corner 3. Improving his body to be more muscular to take the bumps and hits on the perimeter. Good speed heading north and south. Willing passer and good vision. Transferred into our school this year with an over 90 average in the classroom. Is maintaining those grades at McClancy.


George Kyriakopoulos #32 (2023) 6’6 forward- 2 sport athlete. One of the top baseball players in New York State. George can shoot it out to 15 feet. He has tremendous footwork in the post. George is a willing banger underneath. Phenomenal hands, an explosive leaper and good timing as a shot blocker. Working hard on improving his lateral quickness. Really came on late in the season getting more comfortable playing basketball again after a long hiatus due to covid restrictions and focusing on baseball. Over a 95 average in the classroom.

 
Nicholas Rodriguez #2 (2023) 5’9 guard - Tough hard-nosed player. Sacrifices his body. Makes winning plays. Starting SS on our varsity baseball team. Great defender and gets out on the break and finishes. Over a 92 average in the classroom.


Matthew Cipri #0 (2023) 5’7 guard - Scrappy guard who is a solid shooter. Understands the game and is a good passer. Carries a 95 average in the classroom.

 

Jaiden Gaston  #15 (2024) 6’0 guard - Excellent 3 point shooter. Was only sophomore named to the CHSAA “A” Division all league team last season. Led McClancy in scoring, averaging 13.4 ppg. Had 7 games of 20+ points. His high was 30. Also had a game in which he hit 7 threes. Shot over 80% from the foul line. Knockdown shooter out to 23 feet. Good rebounder.
 
Carlos Urena #11 (2024) 5’11 guard - Quick and strong attacking the basket. Has spent the last 2 months getting much stronger and it has shown in our open gym workouts. Has spent a lot of time working with our coaches on improving his jump shot and in a few short weeks great progress has been made. Very good instincts on offense and plays the passing lanes very well on defense. Good passer. Showed a lot of growth over the course of the season. Difficult transition from no H.S. Basketball experience due to covid to starting PG on the varsity as a soph.


James Rosales (2024) 5’8 guard- Played JV last year. Extremely quick and creative finisher around the rim. Would not call him a shooter yet, but he makes shots. Excellent feel for the game and a relentless penetrator. Good passer. Working on his focus defensively bc the natural instincts are there.


Darius Mihai (2024) 6’3 guard - Played JV last year. Big growth spurt from mid-season to now. Shoots it well with range. Very gangly and working on finding a consistent shooting pocket now that he grew 6 inches unexpectedly. (He will continue to grow) Now dunking the ball with 2-hands. Good feel for the game, mixing in floaters and pull-up jump shots. Needs to focus on defense but that will come with some more H.S. experience.


Richard Werner (2024) 6’2 small forward - Played JV. last year 2 sport athlete. Pitcher for the JV Baseball team. Very good rebounder. Excellent hands. Keeps the ball on high rebounds and throws very good outlet passes. Finishes consistently around the rim. Unfazed by contact and is a no-frills player. 


Dennis Inga (2024) 6’3 forward)- Played JV last year. Great rim runner, decent shooter out to 18 feet. Good rebounder in traffic and makes the right plays. Solid passer out of the high post.

 

 

Monsignor Scanlan High


Kenny Fields (2023) 6’0 guard -


Jaidan Hill  (2023) 6’0 guard -


Jaylen Logue  (2023) 6’7 forward - Ranked #48 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York.


Kaissius Paulin  (2023) 6’4 guard -


Jabari Phillips  (2023) 6’4 forward - Ranked #33 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York.


Bryce Simmons (2023) 6’0 guard - Ranked #67 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York.

 

Bryce Simmons (2023) 6’0 guard -


Nasir Rodriguez  (2024) 6’4 guard - Ranked #11 2024 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York.

 

 

St Edmund Preparatory School


Mitchell Wiggan 6’4 guard (2023)- Long athletic scoring guard that can put up points in a hurry.


Jordan Boreman 6’2 guard - Excellent basketball IQ and feel for the game/passing.


Matt Steiner (2023) 5’10 guard - Tough defensive minded floor general.


Malik Wilson (2024)  5’9 guard - Defensive-minded guard.


Jaydin Sanchez (2024) 5’8 guard - Talented shooter/scorer.


Brendan Armour (2023) 6’6 forward - Big time rebounder, passer, and scorer.


Matt Frost (2023) 6’3 forward - Athletic, tough, physical.


John Leahy (2023) 6’2 forward - Left hander that pass the ball.


Tyler Burns (2023) 6’4 forward - Long and a good offensive rebounder.


Gavin Paulsen (2024) 6’0 guard - High impact newcomer that is versatile.


Kamar Pierre (2024) 6’3 forward - Athletic.


Joe O’Sullivan (2024) 6’1 guard - Very good shooter.


Jaylin Jean-Louis (2024) 6’0 guard - Excellent quickness and can get to the rim.


Connor McElhinney (2024) 5’11 guard - Rugged, tough, defensive-minded guard

 

 

St Francis Preparatory School


Vere Anthony (2025) 6’0 guard - Ranked #5 2025 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. As the starting point, Anthony was named MVP for his championship varsity team as a freshman. He uses his low-to-the-ground advantages well, creating his own gaps through the team defense, and has the body control to both finish and draw fouls. He has speed, quickness and a nose for the ball on defense, and excels at both getting the 50/50s and creating steals. He has good court vision and a nice mid-range pull-up. Video highlights


Hao Chen (2025) 6’5 guard - Ranked #8 2025 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. Another frosh who played on the Varsity last season, terrific passer who stretches the floor, high GPA.


Tyler Michel (2024) 6’2 guard - Ranked #25 2024 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. Made the most of his minutes last season, can shoot the three and defends best perimeter players, will be asked to do it all next season


Joshua Pascarelli (2023) 6’2 guard - Ranked #8 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. All City Player from a season ago, SFP’s top returning scorer, exceptional shooter and athlete, has improved defensively


Nolan Raymond (2024) 5’10 guard - Ranked #35 2024 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. Should see more minutes as a junior, high IQ and tremendous from the perimeter.


Malike Smart (2024) 5’11 guard - Ranked #30 2024 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. Terrific athlete who can defend and get off his feet, improving jumpshot, could be under the radar talent for the Terriers.


Jacob Wang (2024) 6’3 guard - Will see minutes this season after sitting out all of last season, shoots the three, has potential for a big season.


Nigel Moore (2025) 6’1 guard - Played on frosh team last season where he scored a ton of points, will see minutes in his first year with Varsity.

 

 

St Joseph’s by the Sea High

 

Anthony Graziano (2023) 6’6 220lbs forward - Expect Graziano to do a little of everything again for the Vikings this year both on the offensive and defensive side of the ball.  A strong physical presence inside with great footwork who can score on a variety of defenders and loves to create for his teammates from the block, but can also knock it down from the elbow and three point line. Graziano can start the fast break with his rebounding and exceptional outlet passes and also finish the break with his speed and stamina. Plays AAU with NY Jayhawks

Christian Greeley (2023) 6’2 180lbs point guard - Coming off of an All League season as a junior, count on Greeley to run the show again for the Vikings this year.  A true floor general who can push the basketball and score in a variety of ways.  Greeley flourishes in the open court, but can pick defenses apart off of the pick n & roll.  His height and strength also allows him to guard multiple positions. Plays AAU with_NY Jayhawks


 

Laurent Kingue (2023) 6’5 210lbs small forward - A spark off the bench last year for the Vikings, count on Laurent to be a major piece for the Vikings in this upcoming season. A blue collar presence around the basket with a knack for the basketball, Laurent also has a soft touch both around the basket and from the mid range. Plays AAU with Pro Level Titans

 

 


St Raymond High

 

Jireej Cole  (2023) 6’6 forward - Ranked #65 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. Plays AAU with Riverside Hawks.


Ahmir Moore  (2023) 6’1 guard - Ranked #18 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York.

Shamoi Tonge (2024) 6’4 swing -


Nichsean White  (2024) 6’7 forward


Brandon Stores Jr (2025) 6’4 swing - Ranked #3 2025 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York.

 

Taj Turnage (2025) 5’10 guard - Ranked #5 2025 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York.

 

 

Xavier High School

 

Logan DuWors (2025)  6’1 guard - started as a freshman, strong going to the rim and can knock down perimeter shots, quick hands, excellent vision, good on and off the ball defender, high basketball IQ and great feel for the game.

 

Thomas Felenstein (2023) 6’2 guard - big guard who can score going to the rim and from the perimeter, loves to compete, defends both pg and wing positions.

 

Coin Peterson (2023) 6’5 center - plays very physical, good rebounder who competes every possession.  Finishes around the rim and has a nice shooting touch.

 

Conner Fraser (2023) 5’10 guard - super quick guard who can get into the lane and finish, good shooter from distance, defends 94’, excellent free throw shooter.

 

Jacob Sarabhayavanija (2023) 5’10 guard - excellent shooter and crafty with the ball, continues to get stronger, loves to compete.

 

Brian Rudolph (2024) 6’3 forward - started every game as a sophomore, finishes well with both hands around the basket, high basketball IQ, great work ethic, always in the right place

 

 

 


Xaverian High


Don Colon-Lewis (2023) 6’5 forward - Ranked #40 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. Lewis is terrific in the low post, quick strong and athletic in getting himself open, and quick strong and athletic in his ability to make the ball go in the basket. He also dominates as a rebounder. Video highlights


Dylan Diasso (2023) 6’3 forward -


Aaron Goldstein (2023) 6’0 guard - Ranked #20 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York.


Spencer Mahoney (2023) 6’8 swing - Ranked #14 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York.


Nasir Muhammad (2023) 6’1 guard -


Nicholas Shlimov (2023) 5’10 guard -


Michael Walker (2023) 6’6 forward - Ranked #83 2023 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York.


Nico Pena (2024) 6’0 guard - Ranked #12 2024 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York.


Achilles Desmangles (2025) 6’1 combo guard - Ranked #5 2025 college prospect in the state by Prep Hoops New York. This high ceiling freshman is a natural slasher, a crafty lefty scorer and an excellent finisher around the rim. Coaches love his motor and his ability to guard the ball.

2022 The Collision Top Performers

By David Cordova,


On Saturday, June 4, RecruitTheBronx.com paid a visit to Long Island Lutheran High School in the Brookville suburb of Long Island for The Collision, a three-day event put together by Eleve11 Hoops. In the two games, we got to see two great games in the 17u division and the 16u division, respectively. Here are the standouts from those games:


Kapok Sharpe, 6-2 guard, City of Life Christian Academy (FL), Rising Stars, Class of 2023 (17U) - A guard that has the ability to see the floor well and is able to direct his team on the court. Is able to drive to the basket efficiently and is a great finisher. Is able to shoot from long range and is able to get his shot off well, plus he has a nice shooting touch.efficiently and finish well. Has the ability to pass the ball well.

 

Chase Robinson 6-0 point guard, Archbishop Molloy High School, Rising Stars, Class of 2022 (17u) - A guard that has plenty of quickness and is able to drive to the basket with ease. Has the ability to get to the hole and is able to get past his defender easily. Can be a dangerous shooter from long range, especially when not being heavily guarded.

 

Tristan Davis 6-7 forward, Frederick Gun School (CT), Rising Stars, Class of 2023 (17u) - A forward that has the ability to make their presence felt in the post area. Has the ability to drive to the basket easily and is able to put the ball on the floor. Is able to muscle his way to the basket and is able to showcase his athleticism by throwing down powerful dunks when at the rim.

 

Jon Medley 6-3 shooting guard, Wilbraham & Monson Academy (MA), Rising Stars, Class of 2023 (17u) - A guard that has the ability to do many things on the court. Is able to make hustle plays easily, and is able to get to get steals and rebounds on both ends of the court. Has the ability to shoot from long range & is a huge threat on the three-point line when he is not being heavily-guarded.

 

Greg Cantwell 6-3 shooting guard, St. Andrew’s School (Ri), Rising Stars, Class of 2023 (17u) - A guard that has the ability to make plenty of shots on the perimeter and is a potent threat. Is able to move around off the ball and is great at catching and shooting. Is a hot three-point shooter at all times & even when being guarded, he has no fear in shooting the ball.that can break down the opposition in a zone defense.

 

Benjamin Lyttle 6-5 small forward, Archbishop Stepinac High School, Team Diffrnt, Class of 2023 (17u) - A small forward that is able to get to the ball at all times. Is able to make hustle plays and finds ways to grab rebounds and block shots every time on the defensive end. Is able to get to the basket with ease by driving & is great at finishing at the hole.

 

Kenneth Satterfield, Jr, 6-2 guard Whitehall-Yearling High School (OH), Team Diffrnt, Class of 2023 (17u) - A guard that has the ability to make plenty of great decisions when he has the ball in his hands. A floor general that can be very creative on the offensive end, especially when it comes to him setting up his teammates for passes that could lead to them being able to score. Has a good jumper that he uses during certain moments in a game and the ability to drive past the opposition to finish strongly at the basket.

 

Seck Zongo 6-6, Forward, Whitehall-Yearling High School (OH), Team Diffrnt, Class of 2023 (17u) - A forward that plays with strength and plenty of precision in the low post. Has plenty of leaping ability, which he uses very well on the offensive end. Has the ability to play above the rim, as he is a great finisher when throwing down powerful dunks. Has a point wingspan, which aids in him obtaining rebounds.


JaIden Williams 6-3 shooting guard Cardinal Hayes High School, Team Diffrnt, Class of 2023 (17u ) - A guard that has the ability to play with plenty of poise and hustle on the court. Has the ability to help his teammates get the ball and is willing to dive on the floor for loose balls. When going to the basket, he is able to finish at the rim.

 

Taj Bryant 6-2, Point Guard, Eagle Academy II, Black Ops, Class of 2024 (16u) - A guard that is a true floor general on the court and is able to make his teammates better on the floor. Is a player that has the ability to change speeds and decide whether he wants to dish it off or go to the basket. Has the ability to get to the basket easily & can find ways to finish when trying to score and draw fouls in order to get to the free-throw line.

 

Vere Anthony 6-0 point guard, St. Francis Preparatory High School, Black Ops, Class of 2025 (16u) - A guard that has the ability to bring plenty of energy to his team whenever he is playing. Is great at getting steals and can get down court easily. Has the ability to score with ease when he drives to the lane and goes up strong with the intention to finish. Is able to shoot and has a nice touch on his jumpshot.

 

Johnny Pierce 6-8, Forward, Windsor High School (CT), Black Ops, Class of 2024 (16u) - A forward that has a long wingspan and uses his length to obtain rebounds and block shots. Loves to run downcourt at all times. Has good footwork & is able to contest or alter the shots of the opposition.

 

Jayden Ramirez 6-5 shooting guard, Christ the King High School, Black Ops, Class of 2025 (16u) - A guard that is able to get his baskets in many ways. Has the ability to grab rebounds and is able to score by driving to the basket off the dribble. Has a penchant for knocking down plenty of shots from long range. Has great body control when going up for a basket, as he is able to absorb contact in order to draw a foul.

 

Mike Spisto  5-8 point guard, St. Peter’s High School, Black Ops, Class of 2024 (16u) - A guard that is diminutive in stature, but bigger in heart because of his passion for the game and his tenacity. Is able to get his shot off efficiently and has a nice form and release. Has the ability to get to the basket with ease.

 

Caleb Crawford 6-1 point guard, Loomis Chaffee School, Riverside Church, Class of 2024 (16u) - A guard that is a spark plug that can give his team good minutes and energy on the floor. Is able to to take on whatever challenge is placed in front of him, including making strong drives to the basket and looking to be fouled in order to draw fouls. Has a penchant for making shots from long range and can facilitate to his teammates.

 

Bryce Simmons 6-0 point guard,  Monsignor Scanlan High School, Riverside Church, Class of 2023 (16u) - A guard that is a great decision-maker and has plenty of knowledge on how to play his position. Has great upper-body strength and uses that to his advantage when he goes up for a layup. Is able to pull up and shoot from the perimeter. Is good at dishing the ball to his teammates at the right places and putting them in position to score.

 

David Dix, 5-10 point guard, St. Benedict’s Preaparatory High School, Riverside Church, Class of 2024 (16u) - A guard with quickness and a player that can drive to the basket with poise. Is able to see the floor well and is able to use good moves to get past his defender and when he goes up for a basket, he is able to absorb contact to draw a foul and get to the free-throw line. Is able to pass the ball to his teammates and put them in position to score.

 

 

 

2022 Team Cray Huskies

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The Team Cray Huskies are the definition of Upstate NY basketball. Founded in 2019 by James Cray, an assistant coach at Rush Henrietta High School, and is currently an assistant coach at the historic McQuaid Jesuit High School in NY. He also does scouting in Upstate NY for Prep Hoops.The Huskies have made a name for themselves, traveling the country and recently upsetting sneaker and top independent teams. Team Cray vows to bring together a diverse group of players from all over Rochester, NY.


Their program is loaded with high-level talent, high-character players, and high academic athletes:

 

#0 Chris Powell (2025) 6’3 Guard, University Prep - A long elite athlete who finishes with dunks and crafty finishes at the rim. He knocks down the three from range and pulls up well in transition.


#2 James Mathews (2022) 6’2 Guard, University Prep - Athletic, high skilled guard. A 3-level scorer who creates for others well enough to keep defenses honest. Guards multiple positions on the floor.


#3 Ian Florence (2023) 6’0 Guard, McQuaid Jesuit High School - Fundamentally sound, doesn’t make mistakes, and communicates well on the floor. Deadly shooter from anywhere off the catch. Holds a 4.0 GPA


#4 Patrick Tehan (2024) 6’4 Wing, McQuaid Jesuit High School - Strong athletic wing with a college-ready body. He defends 1-4 and plays bigger than his size. Great catch and shoot three but plays nicely off two feet in the paint. Holds A 3.8 GPA


#5 Ryan Heath (2023) 6’0 Guard, Irondequoit High School - High-skilled guard with elite finishing ability. Crafty around the basket with an elite floater in the lane. Shifty and hard to stay in front of plays the passing lanes and creates easy points off steals.


#6 Khaleeb Obieke (2025) 5’9 Guard, McQuaid Jesuit High School - Elite playmaker who handles the ball well under pressure. He runs the pick & roll as well as most college guys. Very unselfish and can make any pass on the floor. Shoots it well from beyond 25 feet. Will guard the opposing team’s best guard every night.


#10 Bryon Streb Jr (2023) 6’5 Forward, Spencerport High School - Strong Framed stretch four that shoots the three-ball well. Handles the ball well out in space and finishes through contact with ease. Not afraid to take charges and get on the ground for loose balls. Holds a 4.0 GPA


#14 Christopher Woodard (2023) 6’5 Guard, McQuaid Jesuit - Big athletic guard with elite athleticism, finishes above the rim through contact. Fundamentally sound and will take smaller guards down low where elite footwork comes into play. Shoots the 3 very well off the catch.


#22 Shamir Caruthers (2022) 5’11 Guard, East High School - Crafty guard who is the rare True Point Guard. A vocal leader that gets everyone involved. Knockdown 3-point shooter who finishes well in traffic around size. He makes every pass on the floor and makes everyone around him better. A tough defender that gets a lot of on-ball steals.


#23 Greyson Trubia (2024) 6’8 Forward, Suffield Academy (CT) - Long athletic stretch 4 that finishes well around the rim. Elite rim protector that defends the basket at a high level. Good footwork down low with the ability to stretch the floor and knock down the 3 ball.

IS8/Nike Spring Classic Championship Weekend Standouts

By David Cordova

 

On Saturday, June 4,  RecruitTheBronx.com was again in the Jamaica section of Queens, New York. This time it was for the championship weekend of the IS8 Spring Classic. On this date, four teams (Goldminz, Road 2 Riches, 2G’z & Beacon Elite) came out to play for a title in two semifinals and a championship game for the gold ball trophy. Here are the standouts:

 

Tai Turnage 5-10, Point Guard, St. Raymond High School, Goldminz, Class of 2025 - A guard that is poised and mature beyond his years. Is able to put his teammates in position to score & is able to see the floor well. Is able to get downcourt easily & is fearless when going to the basket to score at will.

 

Samuel Gibbs 6-3, Shooting Guard, Archbishop Stepinac High School, Goldminz, Class of 2022 - (Loyola University - Maryland commit) - A guard that is able to stay with his man on the defensive end. Is a player that can get to the basket and is very fearless when going to the basket. Is able to set up his teammates for baskets at the right moments.

 

Diovion Middleton 6-5, Shooting Guard, Woodstock Academy, Goldminz, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to create for himself off the dribble and has plenty of strength, which he uses to muscle his way to the basket. Is able to get his shot off efficiently. Loves to get to the basket and is able to finish at the cup.

 

Shawn Fulcher 6-0, Point Guard, Scotland College Preparatory School (PA), Goldminz, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to use his quickness to his advantage. Is fearless when driving to the basket and is able to draw fouls with ease. Has the ability to stay on his man on the defensive end and good hands, which aid in him getting steals.

 

Eric Jarecki 6-0, Shooting Guard, Our Saviour Lutheran High School, Goldminz, Class of 2022 - A guard that is a defensive anchor for his team who is able to get steals and stick with the opposition every time he’s on the floor. Manages to hit clutch shots from long range, especially when left open. Provides plenty of energy when he’s on the floor.


Maurice Odum 6-2, Shooting Guard, West Oaks Academy (FL), Road 2 Riches, Class of 2022 - (Pacific University commit) -A guard that has the ability to take over a game when he’s on the floor. Is known for his ability to score in transition and can make difficult shots every time he’s on the floor. Has the ability to shoot from long range & finish at the basket with ease. Is able to absorb contact when going to the cup.

 

Jaquan Sanders 6-3, Shooting Guard, Our Saviour Lutheran High School, Road 2 Riches, Class of 2022 - A guard that has a penchant for making his presence felt on the offensive end. Is able to put the ball on the floor & is able to create for himself off the dribble. Has the ability to get to the basket and is able to finish strong. Has a nice shooting stroke from three-point range.

 

RJ Greene 6-5, Forward, Southern California Academy (CA), Road 2 Riches, Class of 2023 - A forward that is very athletic when he is at the basket & on the defensive end. Is able to obtain rebounds and get on the break to get downcourt. Is able to score in multiple ways every time he gets in the lane or is on the perimeter.

 

Armoni Ziegler 6-5, Shooting Guard, Our Saviour Lutheran High School, Road To Riches, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to use athleticism to his advantage and has great hands, which aid in him getting steals. Is able to blaze past his defender and get to the basket easily. Loves to make powerful dunks and has great body control which allows him to draw fouls.

 

Jaden Daughtry 6-6, Forward, St. Francis Preparatory High School, Beacon Elite, Class of 2022 - (Marist College commit)- A forward that has the ability to play three, four and five positions whenever he is on the floor. Is known for rebounding and is great at blocking the shots. Has plenty of athleticism when he drives to the lane and is able to post up a defender and muscle his way to the basket.

 

Jaylin Simmons 5-11, Point Guard, Cardozo High School, Beacon Elite, Class of 2022 - A guard that is a true playmaker and has the ability to get his shot off efficiently from the top of the key. Is able to get past the opposition with his smooth handle. Is very fearless when driving to the basket & is able to absorb contact every time he is on the floor,

 

Daryl Victory Jr. 5-9, Point Guard, Cardinal Hayes High School, Beacon Elite, Class of 2022 - A guard that gives his team great energy and effort when he is on the floor. Has a penchant for playing great defense and putting pressure on the opposition to give up the ball. Knows when to get his teammates the ball and also when to score.


Latiek Briscoe 6-2, Shooting Guard, St. Francis Preparatory High School, Beacon Elite, Class of 2022 - (College of St Rose commit) -A guard that finds many ways to be effective on the floor for his team. Is one of his team’s biggest threats on the offensive end, as he is able to shoot from the perimeter and can attack the basket. Is able to absorb contact and loves to draw fouls.

 

Kenneth Satterfield, Jr., 6-2, Point Guard, Whitehall-Yearling High School (OH), 2G’z, Class of 2023 - A guard that does everything quietly on the court and is able to let the tempo of the game come to him. Had a nice shooting stroke from the outside and is a consummate scorer when he drives to the basket. Always manages to find his teammates every time they’re going to the basket.

 

Seck Zongo, 6-6, Forward, Whitehall-Yearling High School (OH), 2G’z, Class of 2023 - A forward that has plenty of strength and is able to make his presence felt on the floor, especially on the offensive end. Has a penchant for throwing down powerful dunks and has the ability to obtain rebounds with ease. Is able to be an asset to his team because of the energy he provides at the forward position.

 

Ziare Wells 6-6, Shooting Guard, Hillcrest Prep (AZ), 2G’z, Class of 2022 - A guard that is a consistent scorer and is a player that is known for getting things done on the floor in many ways. Is a great rebounder and has the ability to get plenty of steals when on the court. Has great body control when going up to the rim and is able to draw fouls.

 

Zaire Baines 5-10, Point Guard, Portledge School, 2G’z, Class of 2022 - (Emmanuel College commit) - A guard that has a nice rhythm to his shot and is a key player on his squad. Is able to move around off the ball and get open during many instances. Has a nice handle, which allows him to get to the basket easily. Has a nice pull up jumper, which he uses often.

 

Kelechi Okrowogwo 6-6, Forward, Westminster School (CT), 2G’z, Class of 2022 - (Austin Peay State commit) - A forward that is a great presence in the low post as he is strong and agile. Finds ways to block shots and obtain rebounds. Loves to run down court and is very agile and mobile on the offensive end. Is very powerful at the rim, as he throws down powerful dunks.

 

Benjamin Lyttle 6-5, Forward, Archbishop Stepinac High School, 2G’z, Class of 2023 - A forward that has the ability to do many things when on the court. Has plenty plenty of upper-body strength, which aids in him boxing out the opposition in the low post and being able to get rebounds. Is able to put the ball on the floor and can drive to the basket. Has a penchant for finishing at the cup & is able to make tip-ins.

 

2022 Battle in the Apple Top Performers

By David Cordova,


On May 20 and 21, RecruitTheBronx.com made it to both Monsignor McClancy High School in East Elmhurst, Queens and St. John’s Prep High School in Astoria, Queens, for the Battle in the Apple Classic. This is a showcase event put together by NBA player Danny Green and Gold Levels Sports & Entertainment. A few of New York’s best AAU teams came to compete. The event also included Strive for Greatness, a Nike-sponsored program based out of California, that was created by NBA superstar LeBron James. Here are the standouts from the event:

 

Tai Turnage 5-10, Point Guard, St. Raymond High School, New York Gauchos, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to put on a great show when the lights are on him. Is able to get to the basket with ease and finds ways to get his teammates the ball with ease. Has the ability to score in bunches.

 

Brandon Stores, Jr 6-4, Forward, St. Raymond High School, New York Gauchos, Class of 2025 - A forward that is very versatile on the offensive end and uses his strength to the advantage to the low post. Is able to absorb physical contact at the basket in order to draw fouls in order to get to the free throw line. Has the ability to put the ball on the floor and loves to drive to the basket.

 

Hason Rawlins, 6-4, Shooting Guard, Nazareth High School, New York Gauchos, Class of 2025 - A guard that is very explosive and is able to create for himself off the dribble and is able to make plays on the floor. Has the ability to use his quickness to get downcourt with ease. Is able to use his athleticism to his advantage, especially when going to the rim for a dunk.

 

Mike Spisto 5-8 Point Guard, St. Peter’s High School, Black Ops, Class of 2024 - A guard with great playmaking ability when on the floor. Has the ability to get past his defender and can make his presence felt with his guard skills. Has the ability to shoot from long range. Has plenty of quickness when going down court.

 

Taj Bryant 6-2, Point Guard, Eagle Academy II, Black Ops, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to be a floor leader when on the court. Has a penchant for getting past his defender easily and is able to set his teammates up for baskets at all times. Is a great finisher at the basket and is able to absorb contact when going to the hole. Has a nice arc on his jumpshot.

 

Dylan Harper 6-4, Shooting Guard, Don Bosco Preparatory School (NJ), New York Rens 16’s, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to make an impact on the game whenever he is on the floor. Showcases his athleticism whenever he goes up to dunk. Has the ability to finish at the basket and uses his first step to get to the hole.

 

Dwayne Pierce 6-6, Shooting Guard, Christ the King High School, New York Rens 16’s, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to do good things when on the court. Has a penchant for getting his shot off efficiently and can drive to the basket. Uses his strength to power his way to the basket whenever he is driving. Is fearless when going up to the basket.

 

Jaiden Toscano-Glover 6-6, Shooting Guard, Roselle Catholic High School (NJ), New York Rens 16’s, Class of 2024 - A guard that has plenty of speed in his game and does not hesitate to use it at all times. Has a penchant for going up strong when attacking the basket and is great at using his athleticism. Has a nice shooting stroke from three-point range.

 

Qinfang Pang 6-8, Forward, Christ the King High School, New York Rens 16’s, Class of 2024 - A forward that has plenty of size and versatility. When putting the ball on the floor, he has a penchant for creating for himself off the dribble. Has the ability to see the floor and has a nice shooting stroke from long range. Has great defensive tendencies, as he is able to obtain steals and block shots.

 

Tyler Betsey 6-7, Forward, St. Thomas More School, New York Rens 16’s, Class of 2024 -A forward that has plenty of size and is able to make an impact whenever he’s not scoring. Is able to block shots and get rebounds whenever he’s in the low post. Is a smart player that knows where to be at whenever he’s on the floor.

 

Ty-laur Johnson 6-0, St. Benedict’s Preparatory School (NJ), New York Rens 17’s, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to score in bunches and can take over a game when the opportunity presents itself. Is able to attack when going to the hole and can create for himself off the dribble. Does not hesitate to shoot jumpers from three-point range or from the top of the key.

 

Papa Kante, 6-10, Forward, South Kent School New York Rens, Class of 2023 - A forward that is solid every time he gets on the floor and is able to make his presence felt in the low post. Has a penchant for blocking the opposition’s shot and can intimidate the person trying to score into making bad shots. Has the ability to use his athleticism when going to the rim.

 

Simeon Wilcher, 6-3, Shooting Guard, Roselle Catholic High Scholl (NJ), New York Rens, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to use his skill and his scoring ability to give his team a big advantage when he’s on the floor. Is able to get to the rim easily and always looks to draw fouls. Has a nice shooting stroke from outside.

 

Tarique Foster 6-7, Forward, Cardinal Hayes High School, Wiz Kids, Class of 2023 - A forward that has the ability to obtain rebounds and attack the glass whenever he’s on the floor. Knows how to attack the rim and can put the ball on the floor. Has the ability to shoot from the perimeter and has a nice shooting stroke. ** Plans to do a postgraduate year at a prep school. **

 

Dionte Johnson 6-1, Guard, The Patrick School (NJ), Wiz Kids, Class of 2023 - A guard that has a great playmaking ability and an eye for making sure that his teammates are in the right time. Is a player that likes to score in multiple ways. Likes to get to the basket with ease and can shoot from the perimeter.

 

Jarrett Dingle 6-2, Point Guard, South Shore High School, Riverside Church 17’s, Class of 2023 - A guard that has a good eye for putting his teammates in position to score at all times. Is very quick and is able to run on the fast break. Is able to get to the basket and is a good finisher at the cup. Is fearless when going to the hole.

 

Jalen Lyn 6-2, Shooting Guard, Mount St. Michael Academy, Riverside Church 17’s, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to make his presence felt when on the court. Is able to get downcourt easily and has plenty of athleticism, as he is able to get to the rim. Loves to drive to the basket and finds ways to get to the free-throw line.

 

Jaden Kempson 6-1, Shooting Guard, Thomas Jefferson High School, New Heights, Class of 2023 - A guard that is quick and deceptive and finds ways to drive to the basket. Is able to play off the ball and can get free for passes. Has a nice shooting touch from the perimeter & possesses plenty of athleticism when he goes to the rim.

2022 High Rise Elite 15u

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High Rise Basketball was founded in 2011 by Bobby Spezzano and Drew Gladstone, two former collegiate players from Fairfield County, CT. It is now a full service, year-round player development organization featuring over 20 programs for boys and girls ages 5 and up. Through camps, clinics, leagues, travel and AAU teams, private and group training, High Rise has been able to not only introduce and teach the game to tons of young players, but has also helped to develop players to play at the high school, college and professional level.

 

The High Rise Elite 15u team is coached by TJ Trimboli, a former D2 standout point guard for the Southern Connecticut State University. This very competitive squad consists of the following high potential players

 

Kamryn Salters (2025) 6’2 Guard/Forward, Notre Dame–Fairfield (CT) – Kam is a tremendous leader which may be his best attribute.  He can score from all 3 levels and there is not a kid who works harder than him.  He started as a freshman for Notre Dame who won their league championship.



AJ Trimboli (2026) 5’9 Guard, King School (CT) - Trimboli is a knock down shooter and he has a very high basketball IQ coming from a basketball family.  His dad and coach, TJ, was a Dll All-American and his uncle Mike Trimboli was a 4 year starter and 2,000 point scorer at the University of Vermont.  He played varsity this past season as an 8th grader at King.  He handles the ball well, does not turn it over, and can finish all the games with his 90%+ free throw percentage.

 

Nathan Charlot (2024) 6’0 Guard, Notre Dame–Fairfield (CT) - Nate is a very athletic wing that can get to the basket with ease.  A great finisher around the rim as well as a great defender both on and off the ball.  A major contributor to the Lancers this past season on their way to winning their league championship.  His IQ is high and this is a player to watch out for going forward.



Jared Strand (2026) 6’3 Forward, Canterbury School (CT) - Jared will be reclassing into 9th grade at Canterbury.  A very athletic forward that can score both off the dribble and knock down the 3.  Jared comes from a very athletic background where mom and dad were collegiate athletes at Stanford University.

 

TJ Wright (2025) 5’9 Point Guard, St Joseph’s High (CT) - TJ is a shifty quick guard that can easily get by his defender and get his shot off against anyone.  A very skilled PG that sees the floor and can knock down shots. A crafty defender when it comes to reading the passing lanes.  Just a good player all around.



Ryan Luchetta (2025) 5’11 Guard, Wilton High (CT) - Ryan is a high IQ guard that handles the ball well and can knock down shots from anywhere on the floor.  He is a smart defender and has a really good feel for the game. 



Parrish Edmond (2025) 6’3 Forward, Notre Dame–Fairfield (CT) - Parrish is a very athletic forward that dominates the offensive glass.  His knack for offensive rebounding is off the charts.  He finishes strong around the basket and can get out on the wing and run.  He has range to step out and make 3’s as well.



Jermel Bynum (2025) 5’9 Guard, Brien McMahon High (CT) - Jermel is a freak athlete.  Fast, strong, physical, and skilled.  A football player turned basketball player, his on the ball defense is like no other.  He can stay in front of anyone and his physicality allows him to defend all 3 guard/forward positions.  He shoots it well from behind the arc which also makes him that much better.



Griffin Joo (2025) 6’0 Guard, King School (CT) - Griffin is a very skilled, high IQ, lefty shooter.  He played JV for King this past season pouring in 40 points in a game.  He finishes around the rim and can knock it down from behind the arc.

 

Jaylen Brown (2024) 5’9 Point Guard, Norwalk High (CT) - Jaylen is a true point guard who sees the floor very well. He is also an excellent slasher. His ability to create shots for himself and others, as well as his ability to defend a full 90 feet, makes him a solid point guard at both ends of the floor.

2022 CT Takeover 17u College Prospects

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Established in 2019,  CT Takeover is one of the fastest growing, highly competitive grass roots programs in Connecticut. They are lead by skills trainer, Darren Gilbert. This year alone, they’ve had join them, 5 All State and 13 All Conference selections, and about 15 players who made it to the state’s Final 4 and/or Championship games. CT Takeover’s goals are to get their kids as much college scout exposure as possible, get them placed at the collegiate level and set them up to be successful young men.
 


Here’s some of the college prospects currently in the CT Takeover 17u programs:

 

Dylan Resendes (2023) 5’10 guard, Rockville High (CT)- A high IQ guard who can score at all 3 levels. He makes smart decisions with the ball, and is quickly learning to adjust to the high level competition and faster game speed. He will be dangerous during July live period.

 

Jaydon Jackson (2023) 6’5 swing Notre Dame West Haven (CT) - An academic student athlete, a 3.4.gpa in heavy honors classes curriculum. Jackson can play both inside and outside. He is very comfortable shooting the three. He uses his length and athleticism to defend the rim. To become a more attractive college prospect, he needs to get into the weight room and become more comfortable attacking the rim from the wing.


Nick Preschel (2023) 6’5 swing, Notre Dame-West Haven (CT). Preschel is another player that can play both inside and outside. High IQ. He also needs to get in the weight room to further his opportunities at the next level. 3.7 gpa

 

Micheal Coggins (2024) 6’4 swing, Suffield High (CT) - Coggins was named All State as a sophomore. He is a lefty that can play 1-4 on both sides of the ball. He can score at all three levels. His ceiling is high, projecting to be a low D1/D2 player. Colleges are already taking interest in him. Has been playing up in age levels for CT Takeover since 7th grade.

 

Amari Cruz (2024) 6’3 wing, Innovation ASI (CT) - Cruz is one of the most athletic wings in the state. He has a very high motor and is very active on both sides of the ball. He needs to work on his outside shot and tighten up his handle. He will make a college coach very happy. Good grades and even better kid and teammate.

 

Quentin Ford (2024) 6’3 wing, Manchester High (CT) - Ford is another very athletic prospect in the CT TO program. He can score at all 3 levels and is great off the bounce. He can play 1-3. He is another very high IQ player.  As he invests in working to be more consistent from the outside, his college interest levels will rise. 

 

Mekhi Seth (2024) 6’0 guard, Maloney High (CT) Seth is a lights out shooter from the outside. He has kept CT TO in games all spring when he gets hot. He also needs to get in the weight room and get more comfortable attacking the rim That will make him a very dangerous scorer.

IS8/Nike Spring Classic Standouts 5/18/22

By David Cordova


On Saturday, May 18 , RecruitTheBronx.com made another visit to Intermediate School 8 in Jamaica, Queens for the IS8 Spring Classic, which was in its final week of the regular season. In these games, there were plenty of underrated prospects in the gym giving it everything they had while on the floor. Here are the standouts from that day’s games:

 

Derek Varlack 5-11, Point Guard, Half Hollow Hills East, Team Underrated, Class of 2022 - A guard that is able to bring the ball up and has the ability to create for himself off the dribble and can make his presence felt on the floor. Has a chance to set his teammates up for baskets and gives them the opportunity to flourish when on the floor. Has the ability to play tough defense on his man, which can aid in him getting steals on the floor.


Alijah Lovelace 5-11, Shooting Guard, Suffield Academy, Team Underrated, Class of 2022 - A guard that is able to bring the ball up the court. Loves to play off the ball & looks to get open for the ball in the right spaces. Has a nice shooting stroke from three-point range. Has plenty of speed in his game, which he uses to his advantage.

 

Isaiah Wright 6-2, Cardozo High School, Learn The Game/Bello, Class of 2023 - A guard with plenty of height that is able to put the ball on the floor and post up against the opposition. Is able to absorb physical contact when driving to the basket. Makes plenty of smooth moves to the basket when driving. Is a great defender that sticks with his man wherever the opposition is moving.

 

Makhaya Moore 6-7, Forward, Bishop Loughlin High School, Class of 2023 A forward that has long arms and has the ability to make his presence felt in the low post. Had plenty of explosion in his game at all times. Is fearless when going up for a rebound & has the ability to block shots.

 

Joseph Boateng 6-3, Forward, Brooklyn Collegiate High School, Team Deuce, Class of 2022 - A forward that has versatility on the floor and can put the ball on the floor and get downcourt with ease. Is able to use his good footwork to get to the basket with ease. Is able to use his strength to absorb physical contact when getting a rebound or going up to score.

 

Kentrell Evans, 6-4, Forward, Robeson High School, Team Deuce, Class of 2022 - A forward that has the ability to put the ball on the floor and is able to drive to the basket. Has plenty of strength and is very agile when on the floor. Has the ability to step out on the key and shoot from the perimeter. Has the ability to impose his strength on the opposition when going up for a rebound.

 

Dayjon Anderson 5-10, Point Guard, Brooklyn Collegiate, Team Deuce, Class of 2023 - A guard that is lightning-quick and is able to get downcourt with ease. Is able to absorb contact when driving to the basket with ease. Has the ability to find his teammates at the right moments, which aids in them getting baskets. Loves to run on the fast break.

 

Graham Hall 6-3, Shooting Guarc, Friends Seminary School, PVO Elite, Class of 2022 - A guard that has plenty of strength and has plenty of range on his shot. Is very good at attacking the glass and getting out on the fast break. Has the ability to drive to the basket and is a good finisher in the lane.

 

Mohamed Soumahoro 6-6, Forward, KIPP NYC College Prep, PVO Elite, Class of 2022 - A forward that has plenty of strength and can make his presence felt in the low post area with his size. Is fearless when going up to obtain rebounds & is good at attacking the glass and blocking shots with reckless abandon.

 

Zaphian Scott 6-4, Shooting Guard, Boys & Girls High School, PVO Elite, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the opportunity to make smart plays on the floor. Always looks to pass the ball to his teammates and put them in the right position to score. Is great at driving to the basket and is fearless when it comes to contact.

 

Tywan Evans 5-7, Point Guard, Thomas Jefferson High School, Killa Dawgs, Class of 2023 - A guard that loves to drive to the basket and is fearless when going to the cup. Has plenty of confidence with his shot, especially when shooting from the top of the key. Has the ability to rack up assists at the right moments.

 

Tristan Davis 5-9, Point Guard, Thomas Jefferson High School, Killa Dawgs, Class of 2025 -A guard that is lightning-quick & has the ability to attack the lane when looking to score. Is a good passer and finds his teammates at the right time, so that they are able to score easily. Is a great decision maker when he has the ball in his hands.

 

Peyton Seals, 6-4, Shooting Guard, Ramapo High School (NJ), Express Ballers, Class of 2024 - A guard that has a penchant on taking over the game with his scoring mentality. Is able to get free and open, and when he gets the ball, he has a nice shooting stroke from three-point range. Has the ability to drive to the basket and is a good finisher.

 

Aiyan Walker, 6-3, Shooting Guard, Barringer High School (NJ), Express Ballers, Class of 2022 - A guard that has plenty of speed and is able to attack the lane with fearlessness. Has shifty moves which aid in him getting past his defenders. Is a great finisher at the basket and is able to absorb contact when going up for a basket.

 

Mayhem in Maryland Top Performers

By David Cordova,


On Saturday, May 7,  RecruitTheBronx.com went south on I 95 and paid a visit to the Park School of Baltimore in Pikesville, Maryland for the Mayhem in Maryland tournament. The event was put together by the Baltimore-based Team Thrill, which is sponsored by Under Armour and NBA player, Will “The Thrill” Barton. In this tournament, we saw two 17u teams from the NYC metropolitan area, Riverside Church and the New York Jayhawks as they took on some of the finest talents in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area. Here are the standouts the two games that we caught:


Adam Nije, Jr  6-2, Point Guard, Hillcrest Prep (AZ), Riverside Church, Class of 2024 - A guard that has plenty of quickness in his game and is able to change speeds at all times. Knows how to facilitate to his teammates and can get them the ball in the right places. Is able to drive to the basket and is able to create for himself off the dribble and get himself off a nice jumper.


Cameron Estevez 6-3, Point Guard, Canterbury School, Riverside Church, Class of 2023 - A guard that is very shifty and is able to make moves with the ball with ease. Has the ability to get downcourt with precision and is able to set up his teammates with good passes and is able to help them score. Is able to get his shot off efficiently from the top of the key.


Godwswill Erheriene 6-9, Forward, Iona Preparatory School, Riverside Church, Class of 2024 - A forward that has the ability to use his strength to muscle his way to the basket. Is very strong physically & has a great size advantage in the post. Is able to block shots and obtain rebounds at both ends of the court.


Emile Johnson 6-10, Quality Academy (NJ), Riverside Church, Class of 2023 - A forward that is solid and is willing to contribute di his team every time out on the floor. Is very active on the class and can alter the opposition’s shot or block it when on the defensive end. Has solid moves in the post area and can hold his own on the offensive end.


Josh Pascarelli 6-2, Shooting Guard, St Francis Preparatory High School, Riverside Church, Class of 2023 - A guard that gives great effort every time he steps out on the floor. Has the ability to shoot from long range and is able to create for himself off the dribble. Has plenty of athleticism when it comes to driving to the basket.


Jonathan Sigurdsson 6-10, Forward, Brunswick School (CT), Riverside Church, Class of 2023 - A forward that is long and agile and is able to make his presence felt on the perimeter. Has a long wingspan, which allows him to get rebounds on both ends of the floor. Knows when to drive to the basket and is able to absorb contact when going up to score.


Jean Aranaguren 6-3, Shooting Guard, Upper Room Christian School, New York Jayhawks, Class of 2023 - A guard that has a penchant for scoring in bunches every time he gets the ball. Has the ability to make plays in order to get his teammates in the right position to score. Is able to drive to the basket with ease and is fearless when it comes to absorbing contact when going up to the basket.


Ugonna Oyenso 7-0, Center, Putnam Science Academy, New York Jayhawks, Class of 2023 - A forward with a long wingspan and powerful frame that allows him to establish his presence in the low post. Is able to dominate at the rim and is able to absorb contact, which allows him to draw fouls. Is able to obtain rebounds and block shots in the paint area. Is able to put the ball on the floor and drive to the basket.


Carnegie Johnson 6-0, Point Guard, Blair Academy (NJ), New York Jayhawks, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to jumpstart an offense and make his teammates go. Has plenty of energy on the floor and is able to drive fearlessly when going to the basket. Is a player that likes to score in bunches & has a good jumper from the key.


Luke Paragon, 6-4, Shooting Guard, Blair Academy (NJ), New York Jayhawks, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to create for himself off the dribble and can drive to the hole with ease.  Is good at hitting shots from three-point range & has a nice shooting touch. Has the ability to make plays off the ball and is very athletic when going to the rim.


Finley Sheridan 6-9, Forward, Canterbury School, New York Jayhawks, Class of 2023 - A forward that is very skilled and can play the three and four positions. Is able to play on the perimeter & is able to make a move every time he has the ball in his hands on the wing. Is very athletic and can make a shot from long range.


Asim Jones, 6-3, Shooting Guard, Paterson Charter High School (NJ), New York Jayhawks, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to put the ball on the floor and can attack the basket with ease. Has a penchant for shooting from long range and a nice shooting touch. Is fearless when driving to the hole and can absorb contact, which makes it easy for him to draw fouls.


Jalijah Grant, 6-4, Shooting Guard, St. Benedict’s Preparatory High School (NJ), New York Jayhawks, Class of 2023 - A guard that is an asset to his team because he is able to bring toughness and skills. Is able to shoot from long range and is a solid playmaker. Has the ability to set up his teammates for passes that can aid in them being able to score.


Ryan Williams, Jr. 6-5, Shooting Guard, St. Benedict’s Preparatory High School (NJ), New York Jayhawks, Class of 2023 - A guard that has a penchant for using his athleticism when going to the basket. Has the ability to see where his teammates are moving when he’s moving on the perimeter so that he can give them passes. Has the ability to play above the rim when going up to the basket.

 

2022 Team New England (CT) 16u

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HoopWave and Team New England have formed to create TNECT 16u to play on ZGXL Circuit. Program Directors Dean Jones II (Hoopwave) and Zeke Davis (Team New England) had a vision for this combining of their programs to create this this team, and so far it is working. The Head Coach is Jamaal “Coach Shaq” Folston, a former college basketball player and pro football player brings over 20yrs of coaching experience to lead these young student athletes into battle. This squad has battled high level competition in Live Session 1 in Boston and Live Session 2 in Atlantic City. They were recently ranked in the top 15 for ZGXL 16u standings. They will attempt to raise that ranking in Session 3 at Spooky Nook, PA on May 20-22.


Madden Cupe 5’8 2024 Weaver High (CT) - Cupe is a bucket getter can score with the best of them. His range stretches out to “Curry land”. Once he gets stronger, he will definitely be a scholarship player by his senior year.  Also a great student in classroom.


Israel Case 6’3 2025 Achievement First High (CT) - Case is a special type of player who has yet to find his niche. He can hit the midrange and is an efficient 3pt shooter. Once he starts to use his size to dominate smaller defenders, colleges will come calling


Amari Cruz 6’3 2024 Innovation High (CT) - Cruz is a freak athlete and high motor energy guy. Once he gets it all under control, he will be dangerous. He rebounds like Dennis Rodman and has a nice touch around basket. An all conference player in high school and has the GPA to match.


Nayquan Farmer 5’8 2024 Achievement First High (CT) - Farmer is a dog and reminds one of Khalid el-Amin. He can get to the basket with strong intentions, but needs to work on his jumps shot more. A great on-ball defender who is always looking to guard other team’s best guard.


Nazir Rembrant 5’10 2024 Norwich Free Academy (CT) - Rembrandt is a high octane combo guard. He made All State and All Conference in only his sophomore year. He is a “Showtime” electric guard, but can tends to over do it at times. Once he understands that,  his ceiling is high as in becoming a high mid major talent.


Malike Asaline 6’3 2024 South Windsor High (CT) - Alasani has a college-ready body. He gets to the basket with ease, but sometimes settles for the three ball instead. He can take any man off the dribble and is a strong rebounder. He needs to work more on his free throw shooting and becoming a better defender, but his upside is very high. Colleges take notice.


Josiah Evans 5’5 2024 Capital Prep (CT) - Evans smallest of the group but has a heart big as a lion. He is super speedy and reminds one of Earl Boykins. A good defender and gets to the basket on offense. He needs to round out his skill set. Coach Shaq can definitely see him at a good school running the point.


Jordan Jackson 5’8 2024 Prince Tech High (CT) - Jackson’s last name is familiar one in CT, as his brothers Delshawn Jr and Tyshawn were high level and 1000 pt scorers in high school… as was his father, Delshawn sr.  Jordan can really shoot it and reminds one of Marcus Smart in the way he will sacrifice his body and take charges. He will definitely be the focal point this coming winter season at Prince Tech. Stay tuned.


Mahari Taylor 5’8 2024 Weaver High (CT) - Taylor has just joined the team recently, but looks to make an impact. He can definitely get to the basket and is a decent defender.

2022 NY Select Academy Varsity Roster

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The NY Select Academy is a basketball program that was founded by Executive Director David Moses and Assistant Director, Luis Nieves during the summer of 2020. They are based in New York City and provide opportunities for student-athletes throughout the Tri State. New York Select since it’s inception has placed 18 players in College from D1 to Juco and NAIA.

 

The 2022 roster for the NY Select Academy Varsity team:

 

#0 Nika Kuchukhidze (2022) 6’0 guard, New Utrecht High - Kuchukhidze is a crafty guard with nice mid range game. Can score quickly and in bunches. Sneaky offensive rebounder. D3 potential.

 

#1 Tyseer Rahman (2022) 5’8 point guard, Bishop Loughlin High - Rahman is a speedy guard with tremendous 3pt range. Hard worker on defense. Crafty finisher around the basket for his size. High GPA. D3 prospect with low D2 ability.

 

#2 Nicholas Bocharov (2022) 5’10 point guard, Prestige Prep - Bocharov is a heady point guard who sees the floor well, shoots the midrange well and decent 3pt shooter. Willing defender with potential to grow. D3 level player with D2 potential.

 

#3 Tyreck TJ Morris (2022) 6’4 Brooklyn Democracy Academy - combo guard- Morris is a 3 level scorer who can get any shot he wants. Finishes above the rim. Can take over games offensively and defensively. Rebounds well as a guard. He has D1 ability, with NBA potential.

 

#5 Carson Davis (2023) 6’2 guard,  Brooklyn Technical High - Davis is a guard who can play on or off the ball with ease. Knockdown shooter who has the ability to get to the basket and has a consistent mid range shot. Hard worker on the defensive end. Untapped potential, High GPA with D2 potential.

 

#11 Tymel Stevenson 6’7 stretch forward, Brooklyn Democracy Academy - Stevenson is active wing who can score on all 3 levels. Good defender and rebounder. Runs the floor well and finishes tough around the basket. D1 potential, High D2 talent.

 

#15 Elhadji Diop (2022) 6’5 small forward, Bridgeport Prep 2022 - Diop is a forward who can stretch the floor scoring from behind the arc. Can guard 1-4 positions. Tough in the paint, strong around the basket and great rebounder. D2 prospect with untapped potential.

 

#21 Jakkai Stith (2023) 6’1 guard, Hempstead High - Tough as nails big guard. He runs the offense with precision and effectively uses his size in the post vs. smaller guards. A dog on defense. Tough finisher around the basket. D2 potential.

 

#22 Phillip Khobot (2022) 6’7 wing, Sheepshead Bay High - Khobot is a long wing with a decent shot from 3 and a good mid-range game. With hard work and the right system, he has a high ceiling.

 

#24 Anthony Banister 6’5 wing, St Peter’s High - Banister is a smart player who takes advantage of his size and IQ to get scores from 10ft and below. Very vocal on defense and hard worker all around.

 

#32 Cadeem Ramsay 6’7 forward, Baldwin High - Ramsay ia a 1-5 defensive player, who changes shots at the basket as primary rim protector. Very active rebounder. Runs the floor well. Good finisher.

 

 

 

2022 CT Passion 17u

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The CT Passion AAU program has been around since 2007 and has sent over 40 of their players on to play at the collegiate level.

 

Their coaching staff is deep and experienced. Dean Edwards has been with the CT Passion since 2012 and played Division I basketball at both Butler University and Rider University. Coach Edwards has coached college ball at Union College, St. Michael’s College, Buffalo State, Trinity College, Rider University and Rutgers University, both in New Jersey. From 2013-2017 Coach Edwards was the varsity boys’ basketball coach at Tolland High School (CT). Jake Collins is in his third year with the CT Passion. As a high school player, Jake was a 2-time All Central CT Conference player and played college ball at Eastern CT State. Erik Pettit is also in his third season of coaching for CT Passion. coaching staff. He was an outstanding high school player at Cheshire High School, making over 60 3pt field goals in a single season. Coach Pettit. While attending the University of Connecticut, he played on Geno Auriemma’s UCONN Women’s Basketball Practice Team. Coach Pettit runs basketball clinics and trains players in his hometown of Cheshire, CT.


Loudon Chupas (2022) 6’3 swing, Hale Ray High (CT)- American International College commit. This lefty can play multiple positions as well as guard multiple positions.  Sneaky athlete who can score it from all 3 levels.  Has turned himself into a college player based on his tireless work ethic.

 

Gio Cruz (2022) 6’0 guard, Wilby High (CT). After an outstanding senior season Cruz is still looking for a college to attend.  This guard is lightning quick with the ball and has the ability to play off the ball as well.  He can shoot it from 3 with range and has a tough mid-range game.  Would be an outstanding asset to any college program willing to take a chance!

 

Mekhi Petteway (2022) 6’3 small forward, St Paul Catholic High (CT) - Petteway is a lefty, undersized post player that has a knack for the ball.  Works extremely well from the high post area and can knock down a 12 ft. jumper consistently.  Rebounds and defends well. Petteway is also looking for a college to attend next year.

 

Tanner Ostop (2023) 6’0 guard, Northwest Catholic High (CT) - Ostop is a combo guard who has the ability to both run a team and score/shoot the ball from the 2 spot.  Has unlimited range from 3 as well as the ability to get to the basket.  He has a nice pull up/floater game too!  Is an outstanding student and should be on all high academic D3’s radar after the AAU season.

 

Thad Kimberely (2023) 6’2 swing, Torrington High (CT) -  An athletic, tough player with the ability to play multiple positions. Kimberely is a slashing type scorer who’s at his best hitting mid-range jumpers and finishing at the basket.  Defends and rebounds extremely well from his position. 

 

Danny Hartnett (2023) 6’3 forward, Woodland Regional High (CT).  Hartnett is a big bodied forward. He attacks the basket off the dribble and is good at finishing with either hand.  Can shoot it from 3 with time and space.  Rebounds well from his position.

 

Jordan Harvey (2023)  5’10 point guard, Torrington High (CT).  Harvey is an excellent point guard who’s at his best running a team.  Is a pass-first type player who can also shoot it from 3 and attack the basket.  Solid on the ball defender who loves guarding 94 feet.

 

Nick Bergin (2023) 6’0 guard, Farmington High (CT).  Bergin is a hard-nosed combo guard who can both run a team and score it from the guard position.  He does all of the little things to help his team (defends, rebounds, takes charges, dives on loose balls, etc.).  Bergin can shoot it from 3, but is at his best attacking the basket off the dribble.  A great student who should be on the radar of high academic D3’s after the AAU season.

 

Allen Smith (2023) 5’10 guard, Torrington High (CT) - Smith plays much bigger than his size by both defending and rebounding extremely well.  An elite defender who excels guarding the ball.  Loves getting to the basket off the dribble and is a more than capable shooter from 3.

 

Tobin Grande (2023) 5’10 guard, Farmington High (CT) - Grande can play and defend multiple positions for his size.  Can both shoot it from 3 and get to the basket off the dribble.  Rebounds well from his position.  Defends well on the ball and in a team concept who always seems to be in the correct position. 

 

IS8/Nike Spring Classic Standouts 4/23/22

By David Cordova


On April 23, RecruitTheBronx.com paid a visit to Intermediate School 8 in Jamaica, Queens for the second week of the IS8 Spring Classic, which is where many from the Tri-state area come to show that they’re game means more than their name. While many traveled out of state to play in front of coaches during the NCAA Live Period, those that stayed hone rose to the occasion. Here are the standouts from that day’s games:



Anthony Russo 6-0, Point Guard, Holy Cross High School, Beacon Elite, Class of 2022 - A guard that has a penchant for getting out on the break with the ball and looking to hit his teammates with the right passes. Loves to shoot from long range and is very alert when on the wing. Has the ability to be a leader when he’s out on the court.



Jaden Daughtry 6-6, Shooting Guard, St. Francis Preparatory High School, Beacon Elite, Class of 2022 - A guard that has plenty of size on the perimeter and uses it to his advantage when on the court. Makes good drives to the basket and plays strong when on the perimeter. Has the ability to make good plays and hit jumpers from three-point range.



Latiek Briscoe 6-2, Shooting Guard, St. Francis Preparatory High School, Beacon Elite, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to make big plays when he has the ball in his hands. Is able to create for himself off the dribble and makes strong drives to the basket. Has a penchant for playing above the rim and being aggressive when going up for a dunk.



Jakai Irby, 6-4, Forward, Newark Central High School (NJ), Team Blaze, Class of 2022 - A forward that is very mobile and has great footwork on the court. Is able to shoot from the perimeter and isn’t hesitant to pull up to shoot from the perimeter. Is able to get putbacks when going up to score in the low post.



Randy Crosby 6-1, Point Guard, Carolina Basketball Academy, NCE Smush, Class of 2022 - (Tyler JCC Commit) A guard with plenty of quickness on the court and has great playmaking abilities when on the floor. Is very crafty and a good decision-maker when he has the ball in his hands. Loves to drive to the basket when he has the chance and can shoot from the perimeter.



Dior Davis 6-2, Point Guard, Springfield Commonwealth Academy (MA), NCE Smush, Class of 2022 - A guard that has a penchant for being a playmaker and has the ability to make shots in multiple places on the court. Is good at using his speed to get down court and has the ability to obtain steals on the defensive end. Has the ability to make plays and finding teammates in order to put them in position to score.



Jordany Martinez, 5-10, Shooting Guard, Edward A. Reynolds West Side High School, NCE Smush, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to find his teammates at the right spots and can find his teammates at the right spots every time he’s on the floor. Has the ability to anticipate the ball and is able to flash to the basket and score off his teammate’s pass. Loves to drive to the basket where he can make a layup easily.



Demarley Taylor 6-7, Forward, Mount Vernon High School, Gus Williams All-Stars, Class of 2022 - A forward that has the ability to use his strength in the low post and is fearless on the block. Is able to hit hook shots efficiently and is able to muscle his way to the basket and finish strong at the hole. Is able to attack the glass with precision and is able to get rebounds.



Tavien Tyler 5-6, Point Guard, Mount Vernon High School, Gus Williams All-Stars, Class of 2025 - A guard that is tougher than his height implies and plays bigger than his frame. A guard that has the ability to get downcourt easily and can control his team’s tempo when they’re on the offensive end. Has the ability to score and has the ability to set his teammates up for baskets at the right moments.



Jayden Austin, 6-2, Shooting Guard, Mount Vernon High School, Gus Williams All-Stars, Class of 2022 - A guard that is able to find his way to the basket with ease. Likes to run on the offensive end and is able to command attention for the ball. Is able to get his shot off efficiently and is able to drive to the basket.



Omari Hart, 6-4, Forward, Mount Vernon High School, Gus Williams All-Stars, Class of 2022 - A forward that has the ability to make his presence felt with his stature and physicality. Has the ability to absorb contact when on the floor and is able to attack on the low block and get rebounds. Is able to go up to the basket with strength and is a good finisher.



Tyrek Hall, 5-3, Point Guard, Transit Tech High School, Shockwave, Class of 2022 - A guard that has a penchant for being a leader on the floor and has the ability to play bigger than his height. Has the ability to make strong drives to the basket. Is able to find his teammates as they are streaking to the basket to score on the break.

CT Select College Prospects

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CT Select is one of the most revered and storied programs in grassroots basketball history. Below are some prospects in the program for the spring currently coached by long-time grassroots staple Dre Johnson.

 

Andre Johnson Jr. (2022) 6’4 combo guard, South Kent School (CT) - An athletic and skilled combo guard who is a big time scorer and makes big time shots. He scores in bunches and can play on and off the ball. Elite shooter who has deep range and scores from all three levels. ‘A bucket’. He likes to create for teammates, rebounds well for the guard position and is a willing defender. He is a gym rat with a high IQ.


Caleb Sampson (2022) 6’2 combo guard, The MacDuffie School (MA) - Strong body, crafty, attaching guard. He gets down hill and finishes well through contact. Is able to get to the basket with ease and uses his physicality to draw fouls and also to obtain rebounds. Makes pull-up and open jump shots consistently. A gym rat who takes pride in defending.


Christian Wilson (2023) 6’10 wing/forward, Weaver High (CT) - A force in the paint with a nice touch from mid range and spreads the court with the 3 ball with ease. Alters and blocks shots around the rim at a high clip. Game and recruiting is growing quickly. May reclass to class of 2024.


Julius Powell (2023) 6’9 forward, Bristol Central High (CT) - A physical big who hits the glass hard. Finishes around the basket with either hand and is knocking down the 3 ball. Julius is a difference maker on defense. May reclass to class of 2024.


Lennox Serrano (2023) 6’6 wing, Kennedy High (CT) - A versatile wing who can help any team in a number of ways. A big guard that plays above the rim, shoots it with range, and can play positions 1-4. Rebounding machine. Work-horse with a very high motor and coachable. May reclass to class of 2024.


Dayven Zielinski (2023) 6’4 guard, Kennedy High (CT) - All State and All Conference big guard who shoots the ball well. Smooth shooting stroke and can take over games at times. Plays above the rim. Can play the 1-3.


Dylan Swift (2023) - 5’11 guard, St. Thomas More (CT) - High energy and high character kid. A pest defensively and disruptive to the other team’s offense. Runs the offense and shoots the ball extremely well.


Jahvon Mirthil (2022) 6’1 guard, Notre Dame West Haven Prep (CT) Competitive guard with a strong build. Attaches the basket fearlessly to score and is able to absorb contact. Is able to step out on the perimeter and shoot from mid and long range.


Terrance Morrison Jr. (2025) 5’10 guard, Kennedy High (CT) - High motor guard who is a deadly shooter from 3 point range and a pest defensively. Someone to keep an eye on.

 

 

Level Up LI 16u College Prospects

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The Level Up LI program is in its 5th year and is one of the fastest growing youth travel AAU basketball programs in the tri-state area. Their mission is to create the top travel basketball teams focusing heavily on individual and team development. ALL of their coaches and trainers excelled at the college level as players or coaches.

 

Carson Niehoff is the 16u team’s Head Coach and Director of Player Development for the Level Up LI program. His playing career included SUNY Cortland where he was a 1,000 point scorer and received All-SUNYAC honors.  As recent as 2016, he was the Varsity Head Coach at Inwood Academy in Washington Heights, NY. As a coach and trainer, Niehoff values dedication, passion and the willingness to expand players game beyond their limits, through versatility and having a strong basketball IQ. Below are the players that he is developing into college prospects.


Jordan Gabriel (2024) 6’7 forward, Mineola High - Gabriel is a D1 prospect, a methodical big man who can play back to the basket or out of the face up. He is a master at drawing fouls and putting defenders on his hip from 10-15 feet out to cause contact and finish through it. He can also shoot it efficiently from the perimeter when the defense sags off. Deceptively quick with the ball when making his move and can get from the three point line to the rim in two steps. Uses his body well to engage defender and cause contact. Gabriel is great at rebounding his own misses and turning into a made basket or and-1. Can finish with both hands. He excels at passing over a defense that doubles him to make the right pass out of the double team. Defensively, he completely clogs the paint and does a great job of contesting/blocking shots without fouling. He has great timing to contest shots at the rim and rarely gets in foul trouble. Has magnets for hands and rarely gets out worked for a 50/50 ball.

 

Vasilis Triantafyllou (2024) 6’4 swing, North Shore High - Versatility is Triantafyllou’s strength. His length, ranginess and ability to do everything makes him a moveable chess piece offensively and defensively. Can shoot the three, drive and recently has developed a step back mid-range jumper that is efficient. Very good rebounder. One of his best abilities is to secure a rebound and lead a fast break on his own and finish high and strong at the rim. Plays much stronger than what he looks. Has the ability to guard positions 1 through 5 at a high level due to his length, technique and lateral movement. He has shut down many top options on opposing teams regardless of position. Triantafyllou has great timing on contesting shots and does so without fouling. A true “can do it all” type of player on both ends. A coach’s dream in terms of coachability, accepting in-game responsibilities and never making the same mistake twice.

 

Jake Cohen (2024) 5’10 guard, St Anthony’s High - Cohen is a high-IQ point guard who can make plays for others or play off the ball and score. He possesses the characteristics to be a floor general and will always accept whatever role his coach puts him in and do it with hard work and class. He can shoot the three ball at an efficient clip as well as drive into the lane to either kick to shooters or use his highly effective floater over larger defenders. Adjusts his game based on what the defense gives him. Has shown the ability to change in-game roles from facilitator to scorer based on personnel around him. Cohen plays at a controlled pace but will attack when the defense gives him lanes to exploit. Tough and strong defender who doesn’t get beat off the dribble. Body is starting to fill out due to his tireless work ethic off the court. Nobody puts more hours in the gym improving his game than Cohen.

 

AJ AbuSaab (2024) 6’1 guard, Syosset High - AbuSaab’s ability to go downhill and attack in transition by using elite footwork and speed is his best ability. Unstoppable in transition and can finish with either hand over bigger defenders at a high percentage using either hand. He possesses the rare ability to use his footwork to navigate around multiple defenders in his way. AbuSaab played point guard as a 10th grader on varsity this season but also has the ability to play off the ball and make plays out of that role. Three point range has improved year after year as he rounds himself into a complete offensive player. He is tough as nails defensively and has been asked to face-guard or lock up opposing teams’ best options and does it effectively. He is very physical all around style and is an elite rebounder for a guard. Is not intimidated to go up against anybody.

 

Jack Connolly (2024) 5’9 point guard, Chaminade High - Crafty ball handler that sees the floor at an elite level. Connolly has a second gear he gets to when he changes speed with the ball which is very tough to keep in front of. Not many defenders have been able to contain him due to his ability to protect the ball with his body and use their momentum against them. Coach Niehoff says that he has not seen a point guard who understands passing angles and draws and kicks to shooters like Connolly does. He also has the ability to score and finish at the rim. His footwork and crafty finishing ability around the rim is college-level and he can also shoot the three when he wants to. One of the rare players who makes all four players around him better. Does not turn the ball over and balances pace and attack mode very well. Can lead the team in scoring or lead the team in assists each game based on what the defense gives him.

 

Mason Goodstadt (2024) 5’11 guard, Roslyn High - Goodstadt is a knockdown shooter with a good feel for the game and rarely takes a bad shot. He can hot quick and has a great shot fake to go by his defender. His high IQ and passing ability make him hard to contain for defenses. He can create for others and himself off the dribble. He he’s a “herky jerky” guard that’s gets to his spots and let’s the game come to him. He has great poise and uses that to his advantage. 

 

Jesse Traicario (2024) 6’5 forward, Great Neck South High - Traicario is a strong big man that can get to his spot and finish around the rim. He uses his body well and can create match up problems for defenses. Great screener and seeks defenses very well. Solid on the boards and helps keep possessions alive for his team. He’s hard to stop on the block when he gets position underneath. Sneaky athletic and can finish with the best of them down low.

 

Sean Leonardo (2024) 5’10 guard, Garden City High - Leonardo is a speedy guard that can play on or off the ball. He can shoot off the dribble and is threat attacking the basket. Has a great touch and loves to use his floater when he gets in the lane. Hard nose defender that doesn’t back down from a challenge. 

 

 

2022 DTX Basketball College Prospects

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Below are the profile links for the college prospects playing for DTX Basketball in the 2022 season:

 

DTX RED


Lorenzo Almonte (​2022) ​6’0 guard, ​Bethel High​​ (CT) 3.7 gpa


Matt Amarante (​2023) ​​6’2​ guard, ​Wooster School (CT) 3.6 gpa


Makai D Coleman​ (​2024) 5’11 guard, ​​Newtown High (CT)​​


Najimi George (​2024) ​​6’3​ guard, ​Kolbe Cathedral High (CT)​ 3.3 gpa


David Melson (​2024) ​​6’4​ guard, ​Fairfield Warde High (CT) 3.8 gpa


Jack Plesser (​2023) ​​6’4​ guard, ​Fairfield Warde High​ (CT) 4.4 gpa


Tommy Scholl​​ (​2023) 6’3 guard, ​​Fairfield Prep High​ (CT) 3.3 gpa


Colin Vigeant (​2023)​​6’2​ guard, ​Fairfield Warde High​ (CT) 4.0 gpa



DTX BLUE


Luca Antonio​​ (​2023) 6’0​ guard, ​Trumbull High​​ (CT)


Brandon Fowler (​2024) ​​6’0 guard, ​​Trumbull High (CT) 3.6 gpa


Elijah Lewis (​2024) ​​6’1​ guard, ​Stratford High (CT)​​


Ben Miller​​ (​2024) 6’0 guard ​​Trumbull Hig (CT)h​​ 3.3 gpa


Mason Pratt (​2023) ​​​6’1 guard, ​​St Lukes School​​ (CT) 3.9 gpa


Sean Racette​​ (​2023)6’1​ guard ​Trumbull High (CT) 3.4 gpa


Jeremey Everlith Jr. (​2022) ​6’7 forward ​Masuk High (CT)​​ - Houghton College commit


Will Vargas (2024) ​​6’0 guard, ​Kolbe Cathedral (CT)


Exhauce Myopi (2024) ​​6’0 guard, ​Kolbe Cathedral (CT)


DTX GREEN


Jack Balsano​​ (​2023) 6’0 guard, ​​Fairfield Prep High (CT)​


Aidan Copeland​​ (​2023) 5’11 guard, ​​Trumbull High​​ (CT)


Matt Domenichelli​ (2024) 6’6 forward, ​Masuk High (CT)​​ 3.0 gpa


Brian Elmo Jr​​ (​2024) 5’10 guard, ​​Trumbull High​​ (CT) 4.2 gpa


Zija Emini​​ (​2023) 6’0​ guard, Fairfield Warde High (CT)​ 3.8 gpa


Aidan Licata (​2024) ​​6’1 guard, ​Newtown High​​ (CT) 3.5 gpa


Theo Rawls​​ (​2023) 6’0 guard, ​​East Haven High (CT)​


Aston Sylvester​​ (​2023) 6’3 wing, ​Brookfield High​​ (CT) 4.1 gpa


Jake Fiorita ​​ (​2023) ​​6’1​ guard, Danbury High​​ (CT)


Conner Parkes ​ (​2024 ) ​​6’1​ guard, Greenwich High​​ (CT)


Edward Kufuor ​​(​2023) 6’1 guard, ​Danbury High​​ (CT)

Hoop Dreams 17u College Prospects

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Hoop Dreams NYC is a basketball program with its own basketball facility located in Huntington Station on Long Island. Their program includes a strategic alliance with Method Test Prep, giving their players discounted access to SAT and ACT prep programs.
 

The Hoop Dreams 17u teams are coached by Tamar Adams, a player development coach. He is the director of Perfect Your Skills 24/7 which is located in Long Island, NY. With more than 10 years of experience, Adams has helped countless high school players get to college.


Hoop Dreams focuses on fielding AAU teams with excellent long-range shooters, intense defenders and aggressive rebounders. The college prospects from their 17u teams include the following:

 

Tarell Joseph (2022) 5’10 guard, Garden City High - Pure point guard. Floor general. Scrappy defender. Phenomenal passer. Controlled ball handler. Great decision maker. High IQ. Solid shooting ability.

 

Jamir Stewart (2022) 6’0 guard, Baldwin High - Shifty combo guard. Skilled ball handler. Breaks down defenders and make plays for others. Knockdown shooter from anywhere on the court. Very good in pick & roll actions. Solid on ball defender.

 

Andrew Zhou (2022) 6’1 guard, Syosset High - Shooting specialist and crafty guard that can create his own shot and make plays for others. Moves exceptionally well without the ball. High IQ. High motor. Competes at a very high level. Fierce competitor and solid on ball defender.

 

Jack Baron (2022) 6’2 guard, Bayport Bluepoint - Strong frame high motor guard. Three level scorer. High level competitor. Physical on ball defender. Hard worker.

 

Brendan Carr (2023) 6’2 guard, Northport High - Elite level shooter with unlimited range. Fast release. Finish well at the basket with floaters. Great off the dribble mid range shooter. Shoot over 85% from the free throw line.


Robert Tansey (2022) 6’2 guard. Mepham High - Dynamic guard that can do it all. Pass, shoot, score and defend at a high level. Knockdown mid range shooter. High IQ. Great feel for the game.


Isaiah Lariosa (2022) 6’3 wing. New Hyde Park High - A strong wing. Very unselfish player. Willing passer. Good touch from 3. Active defender that guards every position. Plays hard. Always communicating and brings great energy and intensity.


Jacob Oka (2022) 6’5 wing/forward. Baldwin High - Very athletic and explosive player. Above the rim. Strong finisher. Elite defender that guard bigs and protects the rim. Takes charges. Rebounds. Runs the floor hard. Looks for the open guy and makes the extra pass. Fierce competitor.

 

Bobby Schwartz (2023) 6’6 forward. West Babylon High - Long stretch forward. Great rebounder and shot blocker. Nice soft touch around the basket.


Bryan Pena (2022) 6’6 forward/big. Calhoun High - Very strong and physical forward. Finish at the basket through contact exceptionally well. Great defender, rebounder, shot blocker and screener. Runs the floor hard. Great in pick & roll situations.

 

2022 Aim High Eagles 17u

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Aim High Eagles is a Queens, NYC based AAU program in its 15th year developing student athletes. The program was founded by St. Agnes Boys HIgh and Marist College alum Blake Gaston and has produced a good deal of college athletes. Their 17u prospects are coached by Gaston who is also the boy’s JV coach at Monsignor McClancy High School.


#00 Isaiah Nisbett (2022) 5’11 guard, Bayard Rustin HIgh - Isaiah plays hard on both sides of the floor with scoring, assists and steals. He takes pride in competing at a high level every play and loves to win.

 

#4 Kyle Dhu (2024) 6’2 wing, Brooklyn Law & Tech -  He can score in a variety of ways. Kyle can drive and finish at the basket. He is smooth with the ball, and looks to make things happen for his team by attacking openings. He can also hit the three consistently.

 

#13 Daniel Wade (2023) 6’2 wing, Msrg. McClancy HIgh - He looks to pass first and set up teammates as opposed to looking for his own shot. Good open-court vision and enjoys getting teammates scoring opportunities and displays an unselfish manner in his game.

 

#24 Deshaun Douglas (2023)  5’9 guard, St. Mary’s High - He’s a tenacious defender. He is always getting steals, deflections, and makes any offensive player uncomfortable. His defense creates offense for him.

 

#11 Devonte Gordon (2023) 6’0 wing, Hillcrest High - Devonte is a high jumper with serious hang time. He can change a lot of shots with his 40” vertical which helps him on the defensive and offensive glass. He is a very good athlete and is at his best when slashing and attacking the basket.

 

#35 Jaidenblake Gaston (2024) 5’11 guard, Msgr. McClancy HIgh - Named to the CHSAA ‘A” All League team; Jaidenblake is versatile enough to play multiple positions. He has a dangerous mid-range jumper that extends well beyond the college 3-point line with smooth shooting mechanics. Off the ball he moves well to open space and can get to the basket at will.

 

#32 James Rosales (2024) 5’9 guard, Msgr. McClancy HIgh - He is a scrappy point guard who can control the tempo. He has a good feel for knowing when to attack and when to slow it down to avoid turnovers. Off the ball James is patient and capable of hitting open jump shots.


#25 Kristion Meade (2023) 6’4 forward, Elmont Memorial HIgh - He attacks hard and strong, and puts his defender on their heels on the block.  He can clean up the boards in the paint, as well as finish in transition.

 

#23 Matthew Tucker (2023) 6’0 wing, Archbishop Molloy HIgh - Named to the CHSAA ‘Varsity B’ All League team; Matthew has a great feel for scoring in the paint with his soft touch. He gets a lot of putbacks and kills on the offensive boards. He’s also good on the wing when attacking his defenders downhill.

 

#21 Victor J Cruz (2022) 5’9 guard, Christ the King HIgh - Cruz is a good decision maker with the ball in his hands and knows the difference between scoring effectively and keeping his teammates involved. He is a good athlete who understands how to use change of pace effectively.

 

#5 Aidan LeBron (2024) 5’11 wing, Msgr. McClancy HIgh - He has a very consistent three point jumper. He can find the open teammate when needed. He is also a hard worker who brings enthusiasm and leadership.

 

#30 Dylan De la Cruz (2023) 6’1 small forward,, Fashion Industries High -  He completely dominates the blocks and the boards. His shot-blocking ability is extraordinary as he has great timing when getting off the ground.

 

#55 Tyquan Parker (2022) 6’2 small forward, Frederick Douglass Academy 1 -  He is a long wing that defends and rebounds the ball at a high level. He doesn’t mind doing the dirty work.

 

2022 IS8/Nike Spring Classic Standouts

By David Cordova


On Saturday, April 16, RecruitTheBronx.com paid a visit to the Jamaica section of Queens for the annual IS8/Nike tournament, in which many of the premier teams from the tri-state area come to battle. With it being back in action for the first time since 2019, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many players were ready to duel it out on the hardwood of the famed tournament that is famous for the adage, “Bring Your Name, Not Your Game.” Here the standouts from the opening weekend of IS8:


TJ Morris 6-4, Shooting Guard, Brooklyn Democracy Academy, Goldminz, Class of 2022- A guard that likes to create for himself and has plenty of athleticism in his game. Loves to get up and down the court on the fast break and is a great finisher at the rim. Is able to absorb contact when he goes to the basket.


Shawn Fulcher 6-0, Point Guard, Scotland Campus Preparatory School (PA), Goldminz, Class of 2022 - A guard that has excellent court vision and has the opportunity to see where his teammates are moving so that he can put them in position to get passes that could potentially lead to baskets. Is able to drive to the basket with ease and has the ability to pull up for a jumper. Is able to use his speed at all times.


Brandon Williams 6-8, Forward, Christ the King High School, Goldminz, Class of 2023 - A forward that is able to use his strength as a way to make his presence felt when on the floor with his physicality. Is a player that can make jumpers from the perimeter and can put the ball on the floor. Has the ability to play above the rim and can create for himself.


Dontae Prescott 5-10, Point Guard, Our Saviour Lutheran High School, Goldminz, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to make plays and facilitate by putting his teammates in position to score. Has excellent court vision and is a good decision maker when he has the ball in his hands. Has the ability to drive to the basket with ease.


Quadir Copeland, 6-5, Point Guard, IMG Academy (FL), Difference Makers, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to make smooth moves when handling the ball. Is able to drive to the basket with ease and is a good finisher at the basket. Has the ability to shoot at a high volume.


Jonathan Kelly, 6-2, Shooting Guard, Quality Academy (NJ), Difference Makers, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to drive to the basket and is fearless when going to the hole. Is able to anticipate passes and can make plays, when it comes to passing the ball. Has the ability to pass the ball to his teammates for them to score.


Darian Grady, 5-11, Point Guard, Shipley School (PA), Class of 2023 - A guard that is very smart on the court and is able to find his teammates on the court and put them in position to score. Has the ability to shoot from long range and is very fearless when going to the basket. Has an efficient shooting stroke from the corner and is able to finish at the rim.

Devon Jainlett, 6-6, Forward, Rocktop Academy (PA), Difference Makers, Class of 2022 - A forward that has plenty of size when on the court. Is able to shoot from long range and is solid when on the wing. Loves to drive to the basket and is able to absorb contact.


Leverson Tulien 6-5, Campus Magnet High School, Spartan Pride, Class of 2022 - A forward that has a strong build and is able to absorb contact on both ends of the court. Is able to obtain rebounds and can get up the court and run on the fast break. Is able to post up on smaller defenders.


Bryce Williams 6-0, Point Guard, Campus Magnet High School, Spartan Pride, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to get up and down the court and can make big plays in crucial moments. Has the ability to create for himself and is able to make smooth moves to the basket. Has a nice shooting stroke rom the corner.


Jaelon Johnson 5-9, Point Guard, Campus Magnet, Spartan Pride, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to get down the court with ease and Is a good finisher at the basket. Has plenty of quickness and has the ability to get past his defender with his slick handle. Is able to shoot from the corner and has a nice, quick release.


James Wenzel 6-1, Shooting Guard, Campus Magnet High School, Spartan Pride, Class of 2023 - A guard that has plenty of athleticism and is able to get to the basket with ease. Has plenty of energy and is able to make his teammates feed off of him. Has a nice shooting stroke and is able to use his hustle when on the court.


Randy Crosby 6-1, Shooting Guard, Carolina Basketball Academy (NC), NCE Smush, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to bring the ball up the court and looks to get past his defender at all times. Has the ability to shoot from long range and is able to use his quickness to his advantage when going for steals. Has a penchant for getting his teammates in position to score.


Isaac Gonzalez 6-0, Point Guard, WHEELS, NCE Smush, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to make shifty moves with the ball and is able to make a pull up jumper. Is able to drive to the basket and can absorb contact while finishing at the basket. Although he may look to score mostly, he has the ability to give teammates the ability to score.


Kevin Rochez, 5-7. Point Guard, Benjamin Banneker Academy, NCE Smush, Class of 2022 - A guard that is very talented and is a great ball handler. Has the ability to stay in front of his man at all times on the defensive end and is able to run on the fast break. Is very fearless when going to the basket and has a penchant for absorbing contact and finishing at the basket.


Avery Brown 6-2, Point Guard, Northfield Mount Hermon School (MA), 2G’z, Class of 2022 (Columbia University commit)  - A guard that has the ability for making clutch plays and is able to attack when going to t he basket on the offensive end. Has excellent court vision and has the ability to see where his teammates are moving at all times so that they can be in position to score. Has a nice shooting stroke and can create his own shot.


Dwayne Pierce 6-6, Shooting Guard, Christ the King High School, 2G’z, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to make clutch plays and has plenty of size. Has plenty of versatility in his game and is able to make an impact in many ways. Has the ability to get past his defender and is able to hit a jumper from midrange or from three-point range.


Stephen Olowoniyi, 6-7, Forward, Webb School (TN), 2G’z, Class of 2023 - A forward that has plenty of length and also has plenty of athleticism. Has good hands and is a solid rebounder that has a penchant for getting out on the break and running down court. Is able to finish when going to the basket and can play above the rim.


Kenny KJ Satterfield, Jr., 6-2, Point Guard, Whitehall High School (OH), 2G’z, Class of 2023 - A guard that is able to set up an offense and is very ball dominant. Is able to make plays happen on the court and has excellent court vision. Is fearless when going to the basket and is able to throw up floaters or complete layups.


Tylik Weeks 6-6, Forward, South Shore High School, 2G’z, Class of 2022 - A forward that has plenty of strength and is very skilled when on the court. Is able to go coast-to-coast when he has the ball in his hands. Is player that has the ability to shoot from three-point range. Is able to absorb contact when scoring and finishes strong.

Heat Lightning 17u College Prospects

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The Heat Elite and the Long Island Lightning have collaborated to field this year’s Long Island Heat Lightning Hoop Group Showcase League team. The team is made up with a group of talented players local to southern New York. This 17u team is coached by Portledge High’s Varsity Coach AJ Allen. Allen joined the Heat Elite program last year, bringing his varsity and aau coaching experience down from Worcester MA. Below are their college prospect players for this season.


Tyson Mobley
(2023) 6’1 guard, Newtown High (CT) - Mobley is a true pass-first lead guard. He is able to see the floor in transition or the half court and find his teammates in stride. His strong frame allows him to absorb contact when in the lane, allowing him to get to the basket or find his open teammates when the help comes. He is a coach on the floor, getting guys to the right spots Tyson is maybe the best kept secret in Connecticut.


Anthony Follett (2023) 6’5 wing, Portledge High - Follett is known for his smooth outside shot and knack for getting to the basket and finishing with either hand. The southpaw has added a lot to his game over his junior year by becoming a strong two way basketball player. Anthony is evolving into a strong lock up defender while maintaining his ability to get to spots and knock down shots.


Darius Coleman (2023) 6’3 guard, Upper Room Christian School - You can count on Coleman to be a top 3 player in any game and he typically isn’t 2 or 3. Whether he is using his well muscled body to get down hill and finish through contact or knocking down shots where ever he decides to,  you can count on him to light up the scoreboard. His well balanced skill set on top of his dog-like mentality allows Coleman to stand out any time he touches a basketball court.


Jared Weakly (2022 Unsigned) 6’7 forward, Combine Academy (NC) - There might not be a better defender in the Heat Lightning program than Weakly. He is a true 1-5 defender who can sit and guard you on the perimeter or bang with the big on the block. Weakly changes how offenses attack the basket by simply being on the court. Entering his senior year, he added a reliable outside shot and a simple and smooth handle, allowing him to get to the basket off one move thanks to his long and speedy first step.


Zaire Baines (2022 Unsigned) 5’10 guard, Portledge High - With 3,148 total high school points, Baines is #1 All time in Long Island and #2 all time in New York State scoring. Baines is now looking to show how he is equally as good a passer as he is a scorer. His center of gravity is unmatched low, making it very difficult to bump him off the basketball. With the constant threat of scoring, coupled with his creative and well timed passing Baines is a premier lead guard.


Kuba Cwalina (2023) 6’4 guard, Archbishop Molloy High - This lengthy sharp shooter is breaking out of his shell and becoming a high impact player. Cwalina catch and shoot with the best in the class of 2023, but he can also put the ball on the deck, get to his spots, and knock down shots off the dribble. He is an active defender who uses his length and discipline to keep his man in front and make them work. Look for Cwalina to make a big splash in the CHSAA this upcoming season.


Kyle Marshall (2023) 6’3 guard, post grad school TBD. Marshall possesses elite athleticism that will have you think he 6’7. He is an able-bodied lead guard that is also willing to play off the ball if that is what is asked. The lefty has a good outside shot and has the ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the rim where he’ll make a highlight reel worthy play. Marshall’s toughness and 6’8 wingspan ( makes him a tough match up 1-3.


Tafari Jerome (2023) 5’11 guard, Abraham Lincoln High - Jerome is every coach’s dream. A “Yes Coach, No Coach” look you in the eyes kind of guy. He is an elite athlete who turns heads with his impressive leaping ability. He is a vocal and willing defender who is rarely beaten down the floor in transition. A much-improved ball handler coupled with his ability to shoot the ball both stationary and off the dribble, Jerome is going to wake up a lot people in the PSAL AA next winter.


Manu Alford (2023) 6’3 The Skills Factory (GA) - Alford is a swiss army knife of basketball. From knocking down open shots to defending with passion, Alford is an asset to any program. He had a very successful high school career at Holy Trinity in Long Island, with him leading his team to a NSCHAA Championship. He is now eclassifying to the class of 2023 and now heading to The Skills Factory, looking to grow his already productive two-way game.


Marqiis Samuels (2023) 6’0 guard, The Patrick School (NJ) - Samuels is a spark off the bench for the Heat Lightning. He has the reputation of being a pest on defense, guarding the other team’s best player from baseline to baseline. His large hands and quick feet make it difficult for opposing teams point guards. His smooth handle couple with his quick feet allow Samuels to get to the basket and his strong body allows him to finish among the trees.

 

 

Riverside Hawks Impact 17u College Prospects

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The Riverside Hawks  are as venerable as it gets for a New York City AAU program. Founded in 1961 by the historic Riverside Church, its alumni include NBA players the likes of Tiny Archibald, Kenny Smith, Kenny Anderson, Malik Sealy, Chris Mullin, Rod Strickland and Elton Brand. To date, Riverside’s Impact program places over 90% of its participants in college with the opportunity to play basketball, with students from low-income households receiving an average of 95% of costs covered through scholarships and financial aid.


The gilded brand name is still attracting high level coaches. It’s 17u Impact Team this season is no different. The head coach is the veteran Brett Wilson. Wilson has 25+ years of college and prep school coaching and college scouting experience. He is assisted by Yonah Greenstein, Khalil Hamer, Romello Rashad and Lionel Lucas. Greenstein is a Riverside Hawks program director and the former assistant coach at high academic Bard College, where he also played his college ball. Hamer was a star for the Manhattan Center in high school and then went on to be a 1,000 point scorer at CCNY. Rashad played high school ball at Cardinal Hayes and his college ball at Bronx CC and CCNY. He is also an assistant coach at Promise Academy. Lucas is a former overseas professional player.


Their Impact 17u squad is loaded with high talent and high character players.


#1 Zahir Caldwell (2023) 6’2 guard, KIPP NYC - Athletic, attacking guard. Very difficult to stay in front of. Crafty finisher who makes plays for others.


# 2 Prince Mensah (2023) 6’6 wing, Democracy Prep - Long, athletic wing. Dynamic in transition. Budding playmaking skill. Multi-positional defender.


#3 Kenrick Gayle (2022) 6’0 guard, Brandon Hall HIgh (GA) - Plays well. Makes good decisions with his passing and shot selections. Will hit open shots. Does not over dribble the ball. Good free throw shooter. Scrappy defender.


#4 Daniel Reyes (2023)  6’7 forward, Roosevelt High - Skilled big with strong frame. Very high basketball IQ. Good hands and feet. Soft touch extends past 3
point line.


#5 Mohammad Sylla (2023) 6’3 guard, Institute For Collaborative Education - Playmaking guard with size. Very creative passer and ball handler. Knockdown shooter with range past 25 feet. Strong frame.


#10 Elijah Williams-Rivera (2023) 6’3 wing, Mount St Michaels Academy - Long, athletic wing. Able to protect the rim and guard bigger. Good touch from the perimeter.


#11 Prince Kamate (2023) 6’4 wing, Samuel Gompers Campus - Athletic wing with great size. Crafty finisher with space. Guards multiple positions. Unselfish passer.

 

#15 Alex Agar-Roberts (2023) 5’9 guard, Erasmus Hall High - Quick combo with range. Crafty finisher around basket and with floater. Smart playmaker. Quick on ball defender.


#23 Azikiwe Cuffy-Scott (2023) 6’3 wing, Eastside Community High - Explosive wing. Active on the glass and defends multiple positions. Good touch.


#25 Quincey Platt (2023) 6’8 forward, Adlai Stevenson High - Long, athletic forward. Strong finisher around the rim. Elite shot blocker. Good touch past the 3 point line.


#55 Kenneth Shippee (2023) 6’2 guard, Bronx United High - Smooth combo with good length. Good ball skill. Solid shooter.

 

 

 

 

 

6th Boro Hoops 17u College Prospects

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6th Boro Hoops is a long-term oriented program with the goal of holistically developing their players. The program was founded and is directed by Nihad Musovic, a four year player at Fordham Prep ‘11, Fordham University ‘15 and two year member of the Montenegrin National Team. He holds a Masters of Sports Coaching from West Virginia University. He is currently working on developing the following players to become the best versions of themselves.

 

Dylan Colon (2023) 6’2 point guard, Mt. Vernon High - Colon was named New York’s Mr. Basketball, NY State All Tournament and Section I’s Player of the Year after leading The Mount Vernon Knights to a perfect 24-0 season and to the New York State title. He is the first first junior to win New York’s Mr Basketball award since Ben Gordon and Jabari Hinds. He can dribble faster than most players can run. He has an exceptional handle and shoots a consistent 3 ball. Once you push out on him to cover his 3 ball, he will go by and attack the rim. Elevating more and more as of late. Dunking through traffic. Excels defensively. Already offered by Manhattan College.

 

Justin Robinson (2022) 6’1 guard, Mt. Vernon High - Robinson has the reputation of being s the best on-ball defender in NY state, a monster who hounds opponents relentlessly. He forces turnovers into transition opportunities. He has a high motor and is an underrated offense player. He is physical in attacking the rim with his body and shoots a good pull up jumper. Offered by Western Connecticut State.

 

Brandon Sinclair (2022) 6’10 power forward, Mt. Vernon High - Sinclair is a high-level passer. His renowned Hall of Fame high school coach, Bob Cimmino says that Sinclair “is the best passing big that I have ever coached. Understands how to play. Extremely difficult to press us with Brandon in game. He just reads, understands, and delivers the ball correctly. He will make money at playing this game before he is done.” Sinclair can also shoot the three and is an excellent shot blocker.

 

Elijah Morris (2023) 6’2 guard, Mt. Vernon High - Morris is a defensive minded guard who is also a knock down 3 ball shooter. He is exceptionally good at taking contact and finishing under control. A crafty southpaw who also has a knack of attacking the rim, hitting his defender, and making old fashioned 3 point plays. He sees the whole court all the time. E

 

Christopher “CJ” Riley (2022) 6’0 guard, Wings Academy - Riley can score in bunches and is extremely hard to guard. One of the city’s best scoring point guards. He can defend and is extremely quick. He has begun to find his voice as a leader on the floor.

 

Ryan Whelan (2023) 5’11 point guard, Salesian High - Whelan is a knock down three-point shooter. He also has a great pull-up game and is a good offensive rebounder for his size. Whelan was named CHSAA Class A this past season for Salesian.

 

Mario Piarulli (2023) 5’10 guard, Cardinal Spellman High - Piarulli is a knock down shooter that also does a great job of facilitating from the point guard position. Piarulli was also named CHSAA Class A All-League.

 

Mohamed Kante (2022) 6’4 wing, Wings Academy Kante is an extremely strong three man who can get to the rim and finish through contact. He is super long and due to his length, he is also a capable rim protector. Kante can guard the one through four.

 

John Atkins (2023) 5’11 point guard, Rye High - Atkins is a crafty point guard who finds the tight angles to finish or pass through. Atkins is a very good three-point shooter. He holds high GPA and is a perfect fit for a high academic D3.

 

Sean Garcia (2023) 6’2 guard, Mt. Zion Prep (MD) Garcia is a long and athletic defender. He is an extremely strong finisher and can be a streaky shooter.

 

Corey Coleman (2023) 5’8 point guard, 238 Academy Coleman is a very crafty, pass-first small guard that can also shoot the three.

 

Jahmir Harris (2023) 6’7 small forward, Fordham Prep Harris is an athletic big who has a soft touch around the rim. The forward also has a consistent stroke that stretches beyond the three-point arc.

 

Patrick Livingston (2023) 6’7 forward, Salesian High - Livingston is a mid-post and a back-to-the basket dominant scorer. He can stretch it out to 15 feet consistently. Livingston is a strong rebounder.

 

Ayden Gittens (2022) 6’7 small forward, Overhills High (NC) - Gittens is an extremely athletic big that grew up in Yonkers and has come back home after his senior season in North Carolina. Has a soft touch from 15 feet and can hit the three ball as well.

 

 

NY Lightning 2025 Team

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The New York Lightning (NYL) is one of the region’s most highly regarded grassroots programs, known for producing high talent, high character college-bound players and being stacked with a deep bench of excellent coaches. Their current 2025 Team this season checks all of those boxes. The team is coached by national prep power, Our Saviour Lutheran’s key assistant coaches. Malcolm “Coach Snoop” Pope is the head coach and he is assisted by his winter season colleague, Lamont Harris. The high potential high school freshmen that they are building into future college prospects are as follows:


Kadin Burnard (2025) Chancellor High School. 6’2 shooting guard. Freakish athleticism with the ability to get to the basket and hit open shots. He uses his athleticism to keep opponents in front of him and block shots on the defensive end.

 

Reggie Grodin (2025) 6’4 wing. Greenwich Country Day School (CT).  If you want a bucket, he will provide it. Shoots it from 3 efficiently, gets to the basket, moves well without the ball. Defensively gets in the passing lane to get out on the break. Sneaky athleticism and plays with a chip on his shoulder on both ends of the court. Ball handler that attacks the basket like a man on a mission. Work horse on both ends of the floor.

 

Tao Ibrahim (2025) 6’9 forward. Our Saviour Lutheran. Physically gifted from his size to his athleticism. Capable of hitting the outside shot, but excels at getting to the basket and finishing over defenders. Great rim protector and rebounder. Understands mismatches and will exploit it.

 

Yaw Ansong (2025) 6’11 forward. Our Saviour Lutheran. A rare talent with a high ceiling. Ability to handle basketball as well as stretch the defense out with his shooting ability, but will also take you off the bounce. A matchup problem because of his size and skill set. Very intriguing prospect.

 

Jayden Harrington (2025) 6’2 guard. Seton Hall Prep (NJ). Lights out shooting ability with a very high basketball IQ. Understands angle and pace. Handles the basketball well and is very unselfish. Communicates well on both ends and provides driving lanes for teammates because of his efficiency from the perimeter. Very solid defensively.

 

Farok Muntari (2025) 6’8 forward. Our Saviour Lutheran. First thing that sticks out is he passes the eye test. Great size and length. Respectable shooting ability and finishes around the basket. Alters shots around the basket with his length.

 

Jayden Huggins (2025) 5’10 guard. Holy Cross High School. High energy and high character kid. A pest defensively and disruptive to the other teams offense. Runs the offense and attacks the basket like someone well above his size. Puts pressure on the defense with his speed and ball handling ability. Puts pressure on the defense with his speed and ball handling ability.

 

Raheem Murray (2025) 6’0 guard. St. Joseph’s High School (CT).  Provides a big scoring punch off the bench. Scores it in bunches. Serviceable ball handler that stays in attack mode. Defends the ball hard and understands how to get his shot off.

 

Richard Walker Jr (2025) 6’0 guard. Cardinal Hayes High School. Combo guard with the ability to score in transition as well as take his defender off the bounce. Crafty around the basket and gets his teammates involved. Capable outside shooter with defensive prowess. Confident ball handler.

 

 

Early Risers NYC 17u College Prospects

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Early Risers NYC is a Bronx based basketball program who’s mission is to build a solid foundation for young men from inner city communities to excel through sports. Their 17u basketball team this spring is loaded with high potential talent.

 

Jabi Alberto (2023) 6’6 wing New York Military Academy - Jabi is a versatile wing who can help any team in a number of ways. A big guard with the ability to handle the ball, shoot it with range, and an excellent passer. Can play positions 1-4. Super competitive and coachable.


Darrel “DJ” Victory (2022) 5’7 Cardinal Hayes High - DJ is a BLUR. A one man press break who reads defenses at an extremely high level, locates his teammates with pinpoint passes, and is a 94 feet defender. A TRUE POINT GUARD. He can run a team at any level. He is a much improved jump shooter with the ability to finish at the rim over size.


Assad Madassalia (2022) 6’6 New York Military Academy - Standing 6’6 with a 7’3 wingspan, Assad is a LOCKDOWN defender capable of guarding positions 1-4 at an extremely high level. Very strong and athletic. Rebounds and blocks shot at a high level. He now has a much improved offensive game. Can shoot spotting up from 3 and pick and pop in the midrange. He is adept at finishing with either hand around the basket.


Francisco Mattei (2023) 6’0 New York Military Academy - A knockdown shooter with a much improved handle and body. Much much stronger. Can shoot with deep range off the catch. Solid defender. High IQ, high academic player. Holds a 4.3 GPA through high school. Can play either guard spot at a high level.


Liam Sherwood (2022) 6’9 270lbs New York Military Academy - Very skilled big man. Nice touch from mid range and can step out and hit the 3. Solid rebounder and an excellent passer out the post. Capable of controlling games for stretches with his combination of post scoring and passing.


David Teele (2022) 6’3 Teaneck High (NJ) - A 3 level scorer capable of taking over games with his ability to score the basketball. High IQ guard who plays on both ends of the floor. His length causes havoc to opposing teams defense. Solid ball handler. Can guard 1-3 at a very high level.


Jake Devaney (2023) 6’5 New York Military Academy - Devaney excels in transition as he is very strong finisher in traffic. Plays above the rim. Very good shooter. Can handle the ball. Defends the perimeter very well in the half court. High motor, very skilled wing.


Darryl Wright (2023) 5’7 Holy Redeemer School - A super quick point guard who excels in space. Adept at getting to the basket and finishing over size or getting to the free throw line. He is an elite level ball handler with the court vision allow him to spot open teammates with pinpoint passes for assists. A true floor general.


Aryan Young (2023) 5’7 Columbus High - Deadly shooter from 3 point range. Efficient scorer capable of handling the ball and running the offense. Solid defender. He is very fast off the dribble, great at getting into the lane and finding teammates.


Aidan Garcia (2023) 6’1 Xavier High - Knockdown shooter. 3 and D guy who takes pride in defending. Excels as a role player who can knock down shots and guard the wing positions.


Antwan “AJ” Williams (2025) 5’11 New York Military Academy - Very crafty young guard capable of playing either guard spot at a high level. Shoots the ball well, finishes in traffic and is an excellent passer.  Only a freshman, but has proven he can play well at this level on numerous occasions.

 

Trayvon Turner (2022) 6’4 wing Bronx Tech High


Gregory Sherills (2024) guard

Nike EYBL Session 1 Scouting Notes

By David Cordova


Over the weekend, RecruitTheBronx.com’s always-on-the-go scout, Dave Cordova shot down to the ESPN Wide World of Sports in Kissimmee, FL for the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League’s first session. The event included four of New York State’s finest AAU programs in the PSA Cardinals, the New York Rens, the New Heights Lightning and the Albany City Rocks in the 17U division. Here are the standouts from the weekend:

 

Gus Yalden, 6-8, Forward, Asheville School (NC), Albany City Rocks, Class of 2023 - A forward that is very dominant physically and has plenty of footwork. Is able to get to the basket with ease and uses his physicality to draw fouls and also to obtain rebounds. Is able to step out onto the perimeter and shoot from deep.

 

Elijah Gertrude, 6-3, Shooting Guard, Hudson Catholic High School (NJ), Albany City Rocks, Class of 2023 - A guard that has plenty of athleticism and loves to play above the rim. Is able to get to the basket and can make jumpers on the perimeter. Loves to run in the fast break and is able to anticipate passes on the break.


Trey Autry, 6-3, Shooting Guard, Western Reserve Academy (OH), Albany City Rocks, Class of 2023 - A guard that is always alert on the court and finds ways to get the ball. Has plenty of athleticism and loves to drive to the basket and is a good finisher at the hole. Finds a way to get his shot off efficiently from the perimeter.


Kayvaun Mulready, 6-4, Shooting Guard, Worcester Academy (CT), Albany City Rocks, Class of 2023 - A guard that loves to have the ball in his hands and can create for himself off the dribble at all times. Is good at staying on his defender and is very alert on the floor. Is very athletic and can get to the basket easily and loves to play above the rim.


Tobe Awaka 6-8, Forward, Cardinal Hayes High School, New Heights Lightning, Class of 2022 - A player that is a force in the post and is a good rebounder. Is able to put the ball on the floor and dominate in the paint area. Is able to put the ball on the floor and post up the opposition. Is great at finishing at the basket.


Tahaad Pettiford 6-2, Point Guard, Hudson Catholic High School (NJ), New Heights Lightning, Class of 2024 - A guard that is quick and deceptive on the floor and is able to do plenty on the floor. Knows when to take a shot and knows when to create for himself at all times. Is able to shoot from long range and is able to get past his defender with smooth moves to the basket.


Youssouf Singare 7-0, Center, Upper Room Christian School, New Heights Lightning, Class of 2023 - A forward that has great size and length and can find ways to hold his own in the paint area on both ends of the court. Is able to block shots on the defensive end and can get rebounds. Is a good finisher at the rim.


Akil Watson, 6-9, Forward, Roselle Catholic High School (NJ), New Heights Lightning, Class of 2023 - A forward that can get to the basket and is able to use his physicality to absorb contact at all times. Has good hands and uses that to make floaters and can shoot from the perimeter. Is able to finish whenever he gets to the basket.


Jason Rivera-Torres 6-6, Shooting Guard, Bishop Walsh School (MD), New Heights Lightning, Class of 2023 - A guard that has great court vision and is a good passer whenever he is on the perimeter. Is able to move to the basket and can score. Likes to get to stay onto whomever he is guarding and is prone to getting steals which turn into baskets on the opposite ends of the floor.


Christian Jones 6-4, Shooting Guard, Our Saviour Lutheran High School, New Heights Lightning, Class of 2023 - A guard that is always active and can be alert whenever he is on the floor. A player that can play above the rim and is very explosive when on the court. Is able to create for himself and is able to make smooth moves to the basket.


Mouhamed Dioubate 6-8, Forward, Putnam Science Academy (CT), PSA Cardinals, Class of 2023 - A forward that is very strong and is always good at attacking the boards. Is very physical in the post area and can be very explosive when going to the basket. Is able to handle the ball on the perimeter.


Jayden Reid  6-0, Point Guard, Long Island Lutheran High School, PSA Cardinals, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to facilitate to his teammates and uses his speed to get downcourt. Is able to get to the basket strong and finish. Is able to take clutch shots whenever he has a chance.


Devin Vanterpool 6-4, Shooting Guard, Christ the King High School, PSA Cardinals, Class of 2023 - A guard that is very skilled and has plenty of good footwork and is able to attack the basket. Is great at anticipating passes and is able to create for himself off of the dribble. Has the ability to come off of a screen and roll to the basket afterwards. Is able to find his teammates and put them in position to score.


http://recruitthebronx.com/index.php/prospects/get_prospects_details/5602 6-8, Forward, Christ the King High School, PSA Cardinals, Class of 2023 - A forward that is very smooth whenever he is on the court and is able to get past his defender. Is able to shoot from long range and has a nice shooting touch. Is able to get rebounds and absorb physical contact.


Diovion Middleton 6-5, Shooting Guard, Woodstock Academy (CT), PSA Cardinals, Class of 2023 - A guard that is able to create for himself off the dribble and finds multiple ways to get to the basket. Loves to drive to the hole and is able to get his shot off efficiently. Is able to put the ball on the floor and can make smooth moves.


Ty-laur Johnson 6-0, Point Guard, St. Benedict’s Preparatory School (NJ), NY Rens, Class of 2023 - A guard that is able to take over the game with his masterful play. Is very quick and is able to make dazzling moves when he has the ball in his hands. Is able to drive to the basket easily and is able to get his shot off from three-point range.


Christian Bliss 6-4, Shooting Guard, George School (PA), Class of 2024 - A guard that has great court vision and can bring the ball up the court and kick it out to whomever is on the perimeter. Is able to shoot from long range and can drive to the basket and finish. Is able to create for himself off the dribble.


Papa Kante, 6-10, Forward, South Kent School (CT), NY Rens, Class of 2023 - A forward that is very strong and is very mobile in the paint area. Has good hands and is able to play strong defense on the floor. Is able to block shots and obtain rebounds when in the low post. Has the ability to put the ball on the floor and has good footwork.


Aaron Clark, 6-6, Shooting Guard, Brewster Academy (NH), NY Rens, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to drive to the basket and make smooth moves with his ball handling skills. Is able to step out on the perimeter and shoot from long range. Is very fearless when going up to the basket to score and is able to absorb contact.

 

Rens United 17u College Prospects

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Rens United is an high academic oriented HGSL team affiliated with the renown NY Rens EYBL program. The team is based out of Brooklyn, NY, but their players are sourced from multiple states such as MA, PA, CT, NY, NH and NJ. The team is head coached by the highly regarded Jesse Shapiro. Sharpiro is a longtime NYC area AAU coach and director who has taken numerous teams to the Division I National Championships. Andrew Becil and Cole Thompson, both former college players are his assistant coaches for the squad. Their 2022 roster is loaded with high academic college basketball prospects:


JB Frankel (2023) 6’4 point guard of Brewster Academy (NH) - Frankel is a NYC native who has spent his high school career outside of NYC. True point guard that is composed and makes winning plays. Able to create for himself and others. He holds an offer from LIU Brooklyn. Ivy League and Patriot League schools involved.

 

Dan Vessey (2023) 6’3 point guard of The Hun School (NJ) - Recently named to the NJ Hoops All State Prep First Team, Vessey is a pass first guard who is always trying to create for teammates. He is able to get to the rim and finish strong and is a high level shooter. Does a lot of things well. Knows how to run a team. Has several D1’s involved with his recruitment.

 

Oscar Edelman (2023) 6’9 forward of Greens Farms Academy (CT) - Edelman is a versatile forward that moves extremely well. He’s able to do a lot most guys at 6’9 can’t. Plays above the rim, puts the ball on the floor to make plays, and knocks down shots beyond the perimeter. Blocks shots around the rim. Ivy League schools are deeply involved in his recruitment.


Will Groot (2023) 6’9 forward/center of Hotchkiss (CT) - Groot is a physical, back to the basket big. Goes after every rebound hard and contests all shots around the rim. Finishes around the rim and can step out and make mid range shots. Has a college ready frame. Many schools are involved with his recruitment.


Johnny McCain (2023)  6’2 guard of Canterbury School (CT) - “Johnny Cash” McCain has one of the best nicknames in high school hoops arising from his ability to shoot the lights out. He is absolutely lethal from beyond the arc. Is able to penetrate the defense and find teammates. Has a smooth pull-up and floater game. Plenty of schools are actively recruiting him.


Jeffrey Akintolu (2023) - 6’8 wing of The Kiski School (PA) - Originally from the United Kingdom coming to America in 2020. Has a good frame. Ability to knock down shots and put the ball on the floor. Plays good defense and blocks shots. Active on both ends of the floor. Numerous schools have been in contact with him.


Harrison Carrington (2022) 6’6 guard of Northfield Mount Hermon (MA) - Once you watch this kid play live you will walk away impressed with all he has to offer. Is able to do a little bit of everything on both ends of the floor. Extremely athletic with ridiculous bounce. Has a lot of attention and interest from schools all around.


Phillip Lawrence (2023) 6’2 combo guard of Poly Prep (NY) - Lawrence is fresh off of being named 1st team All State for the Ny Independent Schools. He is a scorer. Offensively he is someone you give the ball and let go to work. Able to create for himself and make plays. Does well locking up on the defensive end. Springy. Actively being recruited by several schools.


Thomas Prendergast (2023) 6’5 wing from Avon Old Farms (CT) - Prendergast is a pest on defense. Uses his long wingspan to his advantage to get deflections, steals, and blocks. Crashes the boards hard. Can play way above the rim as his athleticism is off the charts. Has interest from several schools across all NCAA divisions.


Anthony Aririguzoh (2023) 6’7 forward of The Hun School (NJ) - Aririguzoh is originally from Italy. He is a prospect that has a great wingspan. He blocks shots, gets steals, and is everywhere defensively. Offensively he is good around the rim and able to knock down mid range shots. He is someone to keep an eye on as he continues his development. Being actively recruited by several schools from different levels.


Christian Moore (2023) 6’6 guard of Northfield Mount Hermon (MA) - Moore is originally from California. He was a part of the class of 2022 before reclassing. While in the 2022 class he helf offers from five D1 programs. Moore is a wide framed guard who loves getting to the rim. He finishes well in traffic or raises up and dunks. Has the ability to knock down shots. Rebounds extremely well for a guard. Has a number of schools actively recruiting him.

 

 

DTX 17u go 4-0 at ZGXL

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DTX Basketball is a Fairfield County, CT based grassroots program that focuses on developing high academic players into college basketball prospects. They are lead coached by Dave Taylor. They started their 2022 campaign by going 4-0 in the HGXL Session 1.


  Here are the profiles on their players:


  Lorenzo Almonte (2022) 6’0 guard, Bethel High School (CT)  3.7 gpa


  Mateo Esmeraldo (2022 Post Grad) 6’0 guard, Bridgton Academy (ME) 3.9 gpa


  Brian Belade (2022 Post Grad) 6’4 guard, Lee Academy (ME) 3.1 gpa


  Matt Amarante (2023) 6’3 guard, Wooster School (CT) 3.6 gpa


  Jack Plesser (2023) 6’3 guard, Fairfield Warde High (CT) 4.4 gpa


  Tommy Scholl (2023) 6’3 small forward, Fairfield Prep (CT) 3.3 gpa


  Colin Vigeant (2023) 6’2 guard, Fairfield Warde High (CT) 4.0 gpa

  Najimi George (2024) 6’3 guard, Kolbe Cathedral High (CT) 3.3 gpa


  David Melson (2024) 6’4 guard, Fairfield Warde High School (CT) 3.8 gpa

 

 


2022 Nassau Pride - Diaz

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Nassau Pride Hoops is a Long Island-based AAU basketball organization for boys and girls in 3rd grade up to the Varsity level, The beginner teams participate in local programs geared towards development, the older, more experienced teams will compete in many of the top tournaments in the Tri-state area. Anthony Diaz is coaching the following varsity level players below this spring and summer:

 

Jayden Diaz (2024) 5’10 point guard, Bethpage High School - Diaz is recognized as one of the top varsity sophomores in Nassau County where he led Bethpage in scoring.  A long and quick defender who can get to the basket and finish with either hand.

 

Giuliano Camporini (2024) 5’8 point guard, Massapequa High School - Camporini is a crafty floor general who is excellent at running the pick and roll.  Give him space and he’ll make you pay from the outside.

 

Joe Knaus (2024) 6’5 forward, Chaminade High School - Knaus is a a big body that can mix it up inside, but has extraordinary range where he is more than comfortable with letting it fly from deep.

 

Trevor Amalfitano (2024) 6’1 wing, Port Washington High School - Amalfitano is another member of the team who was recognized as one of the top varsity sophomores in Nassau County where he led Port Washington in scoring.  The true definition of a slasher who can finish strong at the rim.

 

Kyle Joe (2024) 5’8 point guard, St. Mary’s High School - Joe is a fearless competitor with a lightning quick release and an uncanny ability to knock down long range shots with ease.


Kamron Elliott (2024) 5’9 guard, Chaminade High School - Elliott is a smooth and well-rounded game where he is comfortable taking his man to the hoop or knocking it down from the outside.


Randz Rionda (2024) 6’1 small forward, Massapequa High School - Rionda is rugged rebounder who does the dirty work to help the team win and has a good mid-range game.

 

Chris Faggiano (2023) 5’8 guard, Bethpage High School - Faggiano is a strong and active defender who can guard multiple positions on the court.

 

PJ Kellachan (2023) 6’8 center, Chaminade High School - Kellachan is the anchor of the defense who is also adept at making the right play from the high post.

 

 

2022 Real Scout Showcase Standouts

By David Cordova

 

On April 7, RecruitTheBronx.com made it to the Frederick Samuel Community Center in Harlem for the Real Scout Showcase. This showcase is an annual event that is put together by Nate Blue, the founder/CEO of Real Scout Basketball. Nate Blue is renown for both his eye for talent in Greater NYC and his long time efforts to get the word out on those players. Many of the best unsigned prospects in New York City and New Jersey came out to show their talent in front of college coaches on the Division II, Division III and JUCO levels. There were three games played, two senior games and an underclassmen game. Here are some of the standouts from the event:

 

Zaire Baines 6-0, Point Guard, Portledge School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to stay in front of his man on the defensive end and has great lateral movement. Has the opportunity to score in bunches and is able to give his teammates the opportunity to get the ball in the right spots. He is also a scorer that is able to get to the basket at all times.

 

Donnell Campbell Jr. 6-3, Shooting Guard, Murry Bergtraum High School, Class of 2022 - A shooting guard that has the ability to play with poise and athleticism when he’s on the floor. A player that is able to create for himself when he has the ball in his hands and has the ability to get to the basket. Is able to get up when it comes to getting rebounds.

 

Devere Palmer Jr. 6-7, Forward, Christ the King High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that has the ability to play tough in the low post and can make his presence felt when on the court. Has plenty of superb athleticism and loves to play above the rim. Is an asset to his team when on the floor and can run downcourt with ease.

 

Isaac Gonzalez 6-2, Point Guard, WHEELS, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to take plenty of shots and shoot at a high volume. Is able to make plays on the offensive end and knows when to kick out the ball to his teammates when he has to make a pass. Loves to drive to the basket when he has the opportunity.

 

Emarquis Jones 6-6, Forward, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2022 - A forward that has plenty of length and size and has the ability to stand out on the floor. Is able to absorb physical contact and can make his presence felt in the low post. Is able to make put backs or find ways to score in the low post.

 

Harry Bonilla 5-11, Shooting Guard, James Monroe Campus, Class of 2022 -A guard that has the ability to be a playmaker on the court and has excellent court vision when he’s on the floor. Has the ability to create for himself and can make plenty of shots from long range. Is a scoring machine that always takes risks when it comes to shooting from certain spots on the floor or driving to the basket.

 

Asa Kone 6-8, Forward, Eagle Academy I, Class of 2022 - A forward that has plenty of strength that can play the four and five position very well. Loves to use his frame to his advantage when in the paint and has very good hands, which aids in him blocking shots in the post or obtaining rebounds. Has the ability to play above the rim.

 

Jarrett Dingle 6-2, Point Guard, South Shore High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has great court vision when on the floor and always finds a way to get his teammates involved, Is able to find plenty of ways to score when he has the ball, whether it is driving to the basket or shooting from long distance. Is fearless when driving to the basket at all times.

 

Jahmir Payoute, 6-5, Forward, Snyder High School (NJ), Class of 2023 - A forward with plenty of length and a long wingspan that has the ability to play tough when on the court. Is a player that has plenty of strength and can absorb contact when going up for a basket. Is a good defensive player that can be a huge defensive threat, as his wingspan gives him the opportunity to block shots or force the opposition into taking bad shots.

 

Kyrone Alexander 6-5, Forward, South Shore High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to play with tenacity and is very alert on both ends of the floor. Is able to run down the floor every time and loves to drive to the basket and has the chance to score in transition. Is fearless when it comes to absorbing contact when he’s driving to the basket.

 

Shandres Serrata 6-6, Forward, Murry Bergtraum High School, Class of 2023 - A forward that is able to run down the court with ease and is able to get to the ball in multiple ways. Is good for getting to the boards, as he is able to box out and can get rebounds at crucial moments. Is able to put the ball on the floor and can drive to the basket at all times.

 

Davin Francis 6-6, Shooting Guard, South Shore High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has playmaking abilities when he’s on the floor and is able to create for himself on the perimeter. When in the corners, he has the opportunity to shoot from long range or get past his defender to get to the basket and score. His athleticism is off the charts and is often used when on the offensive end. Francis plans on doing a postgraduate year next season at a school TBA.

 

Andre Bowles 6-4, Shooting Guard, Murry Bergtraum High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has a penchant for scoring in bunches and is fearless when driving to the basket. Has no problem when it comes to shooting at a high volume, especially from three-point range and loves to run on the fast break. Is able to run on the break and can attack in transition.

 

Aaron Goldstein 6-0, Point Guard,  Xaverian High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that loves to have the ball in his hands and is fearless when taking on the opposition. Is a player that loves to shoot from long range and can roll off of screens. Is a guard that can stick with his defender and is good for taking charges.

 

Anthony Isaac 6-5, Forward, Thomas Jefferson Campus, Class of 2023 - A forward that is able to do many things on the court and has excellent footwork, which he uses to put the ball on the floor. Is able to get to the basket and attack the glass in order to get rebounds in the low post. Shows plenty of versatility and is able to shoot from 15 feet outside of the paint and is able to score.

 

Jaden Zimmerman Eagle Academy I - A guard that is good for making big plays on the court and can shoot from long range. Uses his athleticism, such as playing above the rim and is a force when driving in the lane. Has plenty of confidence in his game and can see and read the floor at all times.

 

Zaquan Jones 6-5, Forward, Brooklyn Collegiate High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that is very dominant in the low post, as his strength aids in him getting rebounds at crucial moments as a way to help his team. His physical nature leads to him muscling into the paint as a way to score. Is very difficult to contain in the post area.

 

Dia Braithwaite 6-2, Point Guard, South Shore High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to bring the ball up the court and has excellent court vision. Has the ability to be creative off the dribble and can pull up for a jumper. Is good at attacking the lane and has the ability to drive to the hole.

 

Supreme Niles 6-0, Point Guard, Xaverian High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has excellent court vision and has the ability to use his quickness to his advantage every time he’s on the floor. Has the ability to finish strong at the basket at all times. Knows when to give his teammates passes at the right time.

 

Clinton McCullum Jr. 5-10, Point Guard, Eagle Academy I, Class of 2022 - A guard with plenty of quickness and good decision-making when on the offensive end. Is great at making sure that his teammates get the ball whenever they need it and at crucial moments. Has the ability to get his shot off efficiently and is able to glide to the basket easily.

 

 

 

 

 

Connecticut Elite 17u College Prospects

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Connecticut Elite is the largest premier youth basketball and development program in Connecticut. They are running 55 teams statewide this spring season. Their younger teams run on the UA Future, NXTGEN, Hoop Group and Marquee Hoops circuits.

Their top 17u team, profiled below, runs on the the HGSL Circuit. Their roster includes three really talented unsigned seniors who are DI, DII, NAIA and NJCAA ready. This squad also has DI, DII and academic DIII players from the class of 2023 as well as a future DI 2024.

 

Taiga Jones (2022) 6’2 guard, Putnam Science Academy (CT) - Jones is a D2 level combo guard who has been overlooked due to playing behind the undefeated National Prep School Champion, Putnam Science starters. He is a guard with good size and strength who has great shot making ability. Jones has a great feel for the game.

 

Isaiah Sullivan (2022)  6’7 wing, Notre Dame West Haven Prep (CT) - Sullivan is a D1/D2 scholarship level player with the ability to score at all 3 levels. A tough match-up due to his length and athleticism.

 

Justyn Davis (2022) 6’5 swing, Fairfield Warde High (CT) - Davis is a guard/forward who can score at all 3 levels. A good 3 point shot who can create for both himself but for others. A projected NAIA or JUCO product.


Christian Jeffers (2023) 6’4 small forward, Danbury High (CT) - Jeffers is a physical forward who loves to attack the basket and post up smaller guards. He has room to grow with his shooting ability and perimeter skills. High academic.

 

Cameron Perez (2023) 6’2 guard, New Milford High (CT) - Perez is on track to becoming a high level threat, as soon as he gets his ball handling on a string. He is a great shooter from 3 and and also loves to get to his mid-range pull up. He has the potential to be a special D3/D2 high academic player as he continues to develop.


Luke Penna (2023) 6’3 guard, Southington High (CT) - Penna is a guard with all the tools to be successful at the college level. He plays at his own pace and uses his size to create his own shots inside of 15ft. High academic.

 

Walter Andrews (2023) 6’4 guard Woodstock Academy (CT) - Andrews is a physical guard with all the necessary tools to be a D1 basketball player. He was named to the Northeast Hoops Fest All Tournament team in the team’s first outing last weekend. He loves to attack the basket, make high flying plays in transition and defend.

 

Jake LaCroix (2023) 6’8 small forward, Rocky Hill Country Day School (RI) - LaCroix is a long 3 or 4 man who can stretch the floor with his ability to shoot. He also runs the floor well and uses his length on the defensive end to alter shots.

 

Mike Peliter (2023)  6’4, Woodstock Academy (CT) - Peliter is a projected future D3 player who plays hard on both ends of the floor and looks to stay aggressive.


Charlie Hare (2024) 6’10 forward, St Josephs High (CT) - Hare is a back-to-the-basket big man with a good feel for the game. He has a ton of upside and room to grow in regards to his strength and his ability to stretch the floor. A future D1 big man if he continues to develop.


Avery Hinnant (2022)  6’7 forward, Naugatuck HS, 2022 - Hinnant just came off the board this week with his commitment to DIII Albertus Magnus College.

 

New Haven Heat XL 17u College Prospects

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The New Haven Heat is a highly regarded developer of college-bound talent in the basketball rich Greater New Haven, CT region. Their XL 17u team is coached by their Director, Doc Kennedy. In the winter, Kennedy is an assistant coach for the highly ranked New England prep school, Lee Academy in Maine. Here is their 17u XL roster for this spring:


#6 Theo Stefan (2023) 7’1 center/forward, Lee Academy (ME) - Stefan can be one of the most highly sought prospects in the ZGXL circuit when it’s all said and done. He already holds a D1 Offer. He is a high level rim protector. He has a soft touch around the basket and can also spread the court with long range shooting. The additional strength that he will add in the weight room will determine how high his ceiling will be.

 

#11 Tim Coleman (2023) Hillhouse High (CT) Coleman is the starting big man for the legendary James Hillhouse High School. He blocks shots at a high clip. He has back to the basket moves with a soft touch in the paint. He also has a good mid-range game.

 

#0 Roddy Pearson (2023) 6’7 forward, Achievement 1st Amistad High (CT) - Per MaxPreps, Pearson wass in the Top 5 in the nation with 7 blocked shots per game this past winter. He was also #2 in the state in rebounds with 14.9 rpg. Pearson is nowhere near his full potential yet. His athleticism and motor will make him a elite rim protector and rebounder on the next level. He also has a 3.0 gpa and currently looking for a post grad program.


#5 Matteo Crisanti (2023) 6’7 small forward, Hamden Hall Country Day School (CT) - Crisanti is a High Academic standout and is coming off a big season for the Hornets. He is a 6’7 sharp shooter that is working on his back-to-basket game. He is a double digit rebounder. Starting to fill in his body frame and becoming a legit ball handler.


#2 Darrell Redd (2023) 6’5 guard, Hamden High (CT) - Redd is a late bloomer, over the last year he grew about four inches. He is a good slasher that can make plays for others. He plays with a steady tempo that he doesn’t let others speed up. He has very long arms that helps him defend the quicker guards.


#10 Charles Sepp (2024) 6’4 swing, Newtown High (CT) - Sepp is the Glue Man! He does a little of everything. Whatever the team needs, he provides it, including making winning plays!


#12 Isaiah Riley (2023) 6’4 guard Cheshire Academy (CT) - Riley is a high academic combo guard, already possessing a D1 offer heading into this Live Period. Riley is jack of all trades. He is also high level quarterback in football, so he brings leadership and toughness to the squad. He has elite athleticism, vision and a high motor. 4.0 gpa


#13 Elijah Guillaume (2023) 6’3 guard Wilbur Cross High (CT) - Guillaume is a wiry guard that can score at will and always has the highest energy on the court. He is deadly in the mid-range and crafty at the rim. One of the top defenders on the squad. 3.8 gpa


#3 Ty Cummings (2023) 6’2 guard Norwich Free Academy (CT) - Cummings is one of the most underrated kids with The Heat but also one of the most complete players on the team.  He has a college-ready body and skills. He is an elite defender that can guard 1-3 no matter how tall the other player is. He scores at a high clip but also can make plays make for others.


#21 Jon Rivera (2023) 6’2 guard, Crosby High (CT) - Rivera was a Connecticut All State and All Conference guard this past season. He was #2 in the state in scoring, averaging 26.7 points a game. Yes he is a elite scorer, but he is also an elite playmaker. Top 5 in steals in the CIAC.


#1 Beau O’Beirne (2023) 6’1 point guard, Williston Northampton School (MA)- O’Beirne is one of top shooters in New England. He can shoot from it anywhere on the court off the dribble. He is also one of the craftiest players around with a very high iq. He made All Tournament at the NERR Hoopfest last week. He is also another high academic player in the program.


#4 Fredo Delgado (2023) 5’10 point guard,  Wilbur Cross High (CT) - Delgado is another All State/All Conference guard in the program. Delgado brings leadership and that New Haven grit that the basketball world loves. He is a floor general that can also heat up quickly and knock down multiple 3s in a hurry. A player that everyone wants when it’s time for war.


#24 Edwin Roberts (2024) 5’10 point guard, We Believe Academy (CT) - Roberts is another floor general that can create for others and also for himself. He is another coach on the floor, making sure everyone is on the same page. He is the youngest player on the team, but a plays with a very high IQ.

 

2022 CM3 Elite 16u and 17u College Prospects

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CM3 Elite is a New York City based AAU program founded by Charles Melone. Melone is also the Director of Athletics at the Variety Boys and Girls Club in Astoria Queens. He was a standout hooper at St. Anthony High School (NJ) under legendary coach Bob Hurley. Melone coaches the 16u team. CM3 Director, Daniel Mark, a former assistant coach at LIU Post and current varsity head coach at The School of the Future (PSAL) coaches the 17u team. Ken Hoyte, assistant coach at Brooklyn Collegiate High is the assistant coach for both CM3s 17u and 16u teams.


Top college prospects on the 17u squad:

 

Davion Guity (2023) 6’8 forward, Albuquerque Basketball Prep (NM) -  Guity is a Bronx native who’s spent his high school career outside of NYC. He’s a high motor big man who is an elite shooter and rebounder. He’s also strong enough to bang in the paint. Excellent handle for his size and is a matchup nightmare. Has heard from over 10 D1 programs in the last year.

 

Dayjon Anderson (2023) 5’10 point guard, Brooklyn Collegiate High - Anderson is a lightning quick point guard who can make any pass. A one-man press break who has the ability to get anywhere on the court.

 

Nick Guillen (2023) 6’0 point guard, Cathedral Prep - Guillen is the reigning CHSAA B Player of the Year.  He may be one of the top under-the-radar prospects in NYC. He dominated the CHSAA B Division and led Cathedral to a City championship. He’s a strong, crafty PG who makes a ton of difficulty shots. He scores in bunches and defends at a high level.

 

Gregory Brown (2023) 6’2 combo guard, School of the Future - Brown is a fast twitch, super athletic combo guard. He can make 3s in bunches and is incredibly quick off the bounce. He causes chaos in the paint with his ability to blow by defenders and either finish in traffic or find the open man. He’s an elite defender who led the PSAL B division in assists.


Zaquan Jones (2022) 6’5 small forward, Brooklyn Collegiate High - Jones is a nominee for New York State’s Mr. Basketball. He is an All State performer who averaged 21 ppg and 14 rpg. Athletic wing known for his crowd rocking dunks. Excels in transition and in the high post. Soft touch on his midrange. He has been hearing from a long list of D1 programs including Wagner, Fairleigh Dickinson, and Robert Morris.


Elijah Pagan (2024) 6’5 wing, School of the Future - Pagan has exceptional guard skills for his size and can take defenders off the bounce. He’s a playmaker and an excellent shooter, an active defender and a strong rebounder.


Jaylin Lewis (2023) 6’4 wing, Christ the King High - Lewis is an explosive two-sport athlete who has recently taken football visits to Penn State, Boston College and several other high major program. On the basketball court he excels in transition and has the ability to blow by his man with a quick first step. He’s a lockdown defender who guards 94 feet.


Shawn Pajimna (2023) 6’0 guard, Bayside High - Pajima is a high IQ scoring guard who averaged 17ppg in the PSAL Queens A division. He’s an elite shooter with an the ability to score in bunches.

 

 

Top college prospects on the 16u squad:

 

Toribola Babs-Ogundeji (2025) 6’5 wing, Brooklyn Collegiate High - Babs-Ogundeji is regarded as one of NYC’s top 2025 prospects. He is a talented wing who can shoot the 3 and score in the paint.


Josiah Michener (2024) 5’9 point guard, Lafayette High - Mitchener is a tough as nails pass first point guard who can lock up on defense.


Jayden Johnson (2024) 6’0 point guard, Brooklyn Collegiate High - Johnson was one of the PSAL Brooklyn AA’s top players, he averaged 14ppg during the season and is a crafty three level scorer with excellent shooting skills.


Mody Siby (2024) 6’2 shooting guard, John F Kennedy High - Siby is a tough guard who can use his strength and quickness to get into the paint as will. He makes 3s in bunches.


 

 

 

Rise Above Basketball 2022 16u and 17u

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Rise Above Basketball is a South Shore Massachusetts based basketball program that prepares its players to achieve success on and off the court via running camps, clinics and high level AAU teams. The program is in its 10th year under founder and director Brendan Carter. Carter is a former Associate Head Coach at Framington State University and an Assistant Coach at Salem State University. The program draws high potential talent from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Upstate New York and Rhode Island.

 

Below is a run down on their 16u and 17u players for this spring.

 

Class of 2024

Dan Civello 6’9 forward, Boston College High School (MA) Civello has as olid touch around the rim and a smooth shot from the outside. He went through a massive growth spurt over last two years and is still learning how to play within his new body.


Harrison Stanwood 6’0 guard, Marianapolis Prep (CT) - Stanwood is a dynamic scoring combo guard with a quick first step and the ability to create or score at the rim. He can take over a game at any moment.


Ty Cheney 6’1 guard, Xaverian Brothers High School (MA) - Cheney has good length and athleticism. He is a slasher and plays well in the open floor

Class of 2023


Logan Murphy 6’4 guard, Sandwich High School (MA)- Murphy is a scholarship level talent who can score it at all three levels He brings solid length and athleticism at the guard position and can shoot it well from beyond the arc.


Jake Peterson 6’5 shooting guard, Hanover High School (MA) - Peterson is currently a three point specialist with good length at the guard position. He is attracting college interest from multiple levels.


Collin Johnson 6’6 forward, Tabor Academy (MA) - Johnson has a college-ready frame and is great at the pick and pop game. He can score around the rim and rebounds well out of his position.


Liam Kennelly 6’0 point guard, Millbrook School (NY) - Kennelly is a high IQ floor leader with incredible instincts, a coach on the floor. He can get into the paint at will and has creative scoring ability around the rim. He can also shoot it from the outside.


John Brigham 6’8 forward, Franklin High School (MA) - Brigham has plenty of room for growth. He works extremely hard for post position and has solid footwork around the rim. He can also step out and shoot it and runs the floor well.

 

Matt Draheim 6’0 guard, Boston College High School (MA) - Draheim is a skilled lefty scoring guard that can fill it up. he can shoot it well from the outside and is creative with his passing.


Ray Johnson 6’0 guard, Marianapolis Prep (CT) - Johnson has a college-ready body with shot-out-of-a-cannon quickness. He is a also an elite level defender.


Owen Layton 6’0 guard, Pomfret School (CT) - Layton is a scoring guard and a lunch pail worker who wants to win.


Declan Davis 6’0 guard, Plymouth South High School (MA) - Davis is tough and a high IQ shot maker.


Nick Neary 5’11 guard, Weymouth High School (MA) - Neary is the ultimate teammate. He shows a high IQ on the defensive end and is an improved shot maker.

 

2202 NY State Championships Standouts

By David Cordova


On March 26 afternoon, RecruitTheBronx.com was at Long Island Lutheran High School in the Brookville section of Long Island for the New York State Championships Class AA title game. These games which were put together by the NYSAIS and the PSAL in place of the New York State Federation Tournament, which was canceled this year. In the AA title game, powerhouse Long Island Lutheran met up against PSAL champion, South Shore High of Brooklyn for the state trophy. In the end, the game was close all game and the South Shore Vikings knocked off LuHi, 67-66.


Here are the standouts for the game:


Jayden Pierre 6-2, Point Guard, Long Island Lutheran High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has plenty of finesse in his game and loves to get past his defender every time out on the court. Has a good shot selection and knows when to hit his teammates for passes and when to give them the ball. Has great quickness and is able to create for himself on the offensive end.

 

Jayden Reid 5-10, Point Guard, Long Island Lutheran High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that is quick and is always ready to get a steal on the defensive end and uses his speed to get down court easily. Has the ability to get his teammates involved on the court and can shoot from the perimeter. Has the ability to command his team’s attention when he has the ball at the top of the key.

 

Jaxon Koroll 6-11, Forward, Long Island Lutheran High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that has the ability to hold his own in the paint and can obtain rebounds at a frenetic pace. Is a very physical player that has plenty of strength, which he uses when going up to score or snatch a ball from the air. Is good at blocking shots and being the enforcer in the post.


Louis Hutchinson 6-6, Shooting Guard, Long Island Lutheran High School, Class of 2022 -A guard with a long wingspan that has the ability to slice and dice to the hole. Is a good defender and has hands and length that give him a chance to stay with the opposition. Has the ability to shoot the ball from the perimeter.

 

Amdy Moustapha 6-10, Forward, Long Island Lutheran High School, Class of 2023 - A forward that has the ability to be a contributor to his squad and does it with his solid play in the post area. Has plenty of length and uses it when it comes to getting blocks and rebounds. When going to the basket on the offensive end, he is able to go up strong.


Finley Sheridan 6-10, Forward, Long Island Lutheran High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that is agile and has plenty of strength and has a lot of versatility when he’s on the floor. Is able to attack the glass with precision and is fearless when going up for a rebound. Is able to step out and shoot from the perimeter.


Matthew Mahoney 6-3, Shooting Guard,, Long Island Lutheran High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has slick moves to the basket and knows when to pass the ball to his teammates. Has a penchant for scoring in transition and is most dangerous when left open from three-point range. Is able to create his shot and is able to move around off the ball as a way to anticipate getting his shot.


Kyrone Alexander 6-5, Forward, South Shore High School, Class of 2023 - A forward that is able to make clutch baskets for his team in crucial moments on the floor and is always ready to attack the glass. His wingspan aids in him being able to battle on the low post, but his versatility gives him a chance to play on the wing. Is able to absorb contact when driving to the basket.


Davin Francis 6-5, Shooting Guard, South Shore High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has plenty of athleticism that he uses at all times and is prone to catching putback dunks if the opposition does not box him out. Loves to create for himself and is able to get to the basket with ease. Is able to shoot from the top of the key and is able to get his shot off effectively.


Max Ragusa 6-0, Point Guard, South Shore High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that is able to pick his spots when it comes to shooting and also the team’s floor leader. Has the ability to get past his defender with his slick handle and can sprint to the basket. Is able to facilitate the ball to his teammates and put them in positions to score.


Abou Ba 6-3, Forward, South Shore High School, Class of 2023 - A forward that is strong and can make plenty of plays on the floor. Is agile and is very strong and can obtain rebounds with ease. Is able to be an asset on the floor to his team every time he steps on the court.

 

Jarrett Dingle 6-2, Point Guard, South Shore High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has great court vision and is a great contributor to his team every time out. Has great court vision when he’s running the team & finds plenty of ways to score when he has the ball. Is able to create for himself on the offensive end at all times.


Jalen O’Brian 6-6, Forward, South Shore High School, Class of 2023 - A forward that has plenty of strength and is a workhorse on the glass. Is able to impose his presence in the paint by boxing out the opposition and using his strength in the post area. Has plenty of explosion in his game, which aids in him going up for a dunk with ease.

 

PVO 17u College Prospects

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PVO Elite basketball program is an affiliation of the Positive Vibes Community Group. The team is coached by Kevin Jackson and his assistant coach, Jerome Austin.  The PVO Elite 17u basketball team features some outstanding players, see the notes on them below:

 

Nikko Barnes (2022) 6’0 point guard, York Prep - High Academic Student. 2022 NYSAIS Player of the Year on the NYSAIS State Championship team. Barnes is a Crafty guard with a strong frame, exceptional finisher around the rim. He is extremely calm under pressure.  Has a knack for on ball defending and is great in help-defense as well. Superb rebounder for a guard. Projected level as a Low Major to High Academic D3 college player.

 

Benny Mermelstein (2022) 6’0 guard, York Prep - High Academic Student. 2022 NYSAIS Player of the Year on the NYSAIS State Championship team. Mermelstein also started for the NYSAIS State Championship team. He is a knockdown shooter from anywhere on the court with extreme range. He can handle the point, distribute the ball well and is an exemplary leader. Microwave scorer that pours it on all three levels. A lockdown on ball defender. Projected level as a Low Major to High Academic D3 college player.


Matthew Medley (2022) 6’5 swing, George Westinghouse High - Medley is extremely athletic and a strong rebounder. He is good finisher around the rim and has a mid-range game. He can an defend all five positions and excels at shot blocking. Projected level as a Low Major, JUCO, and/or NAIA or D3 college player.

 

Fenley Jean-Baptiste (2022) 6’7 forward, Canarsie High - Jean-Baptise is an excellent rebounder and is unstoppable in the post as a scorer. His footwork is impeccable and has a very fluid game.  He has both the mid-range touch and a three point shot. He can put the ball on the floor as needed. When he is around the rim, he throws it down with ferocity. He is a strong post defender. Projected level as a Low Major to Mid Major D1 college player.

 

Zaphian Scott (2022) 6’4 guard, Boys and Girls High - Scott has a college-ready body and uses it well to get downhill. He is a strong rebounder. Can guard 1-4 and is the ultimate hustle player. He needs To develop outside shot to thrive at the next level, which could be any of D3, JUCO, NAIA or D1 levels.

 

Amadou Toure (2022) 6’0 guard, Kipp College Prep - High Academic Student. Toure is super athletic and can really hang in the air with has great body control. He is the ultimate slasher. He can defend on the perimeter. His ability to further develop his outside shot will ultimately determine where he lands in the D3 or D2 level.


Mohamed Soumahoro (2022) 6’6 forward, Kipp College Prep. High Academic Student. Soumahoro is very athletic, an excellent rebounder and great shot blocker. He is dangerous as an opportunistic rim-runner. rim runner. Projected level as a JUCO, D2 or possibly Low Major college player.

 

Graham Hall (2022) 6’4 guard, Friends Seminary - High Academic Student. Hall is a high IQ slasher who can also knock down outside shots. Projected level as an High Academic D3 college player.

 

Elijah Johnson (2022) 6’1 guard, Fieldston School - High Academic Student . Johnson is a high IQ player and a strong defender on the 1-3. He has a college-ready body, but needs to keep developing his shot making. Projected level as an High Academic D3 college player. 

 

 

 

2022 Connecticut Elite Showcase Attendees

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                        Below are profile links to the 2022 Connecticut Elite Showcase Attendees

 

        Darien Gillens (2022) 6’3 Beacon High (NY) 

                   
        Brian Belade (2022) 6’4 Lee Academy (ME)

 

        Luke Penna (2022) 6’1 Southington High (CT)

                   
        Isaiah Sullivan (2022) 6’7 Notre Dame West Haven PG (CT)

 

        Jack Hladick (2023) 6’1 New Canaan High (CT)

                   
        Michael Lawlor (2022) 6’7 East Haven High (CT)

 

        Jaylen Kirkland (2022) Oakmont Regional High (MA)

               
        Anthony Parker (2023) 6’2 Xavier High (CT)

 

        Derek Long (2022) 6’2 St Joseph’s High (CT)


        Devione Tanksley Jr (2022) 6’5 Achievement 1st High (CT)

 

        Ben Brochu (2022) South Windsor High (CT)


        Cameron Perez (2023) 6’2 New Milford High (CT)

                   

        Frank Piscitelli (2022) 6’3 Masuk High (CT)

                   
        Walt Andrews (2023) 6’4 Woodstock Academy (CT)

 

        Rodrick Pearson (2022) 6’6 Achievement First High


        Sotirious Nafpliotis (2022) 6’4 Putnam Science Academy (CT)

 

        Yaniel Hernandez (2022) 5’8 Fitch High (CT)


        Lamar Watkins (2022) 6’2 Putnam Science Academy (CT)

 

        Ese Onakpoma (2022)6’4 Naugatuck High (CT)


        Joshua Brown (2022) 6’1 Granby Memorial High (CT)

 

        Andre Jordain (2022) 6’5 Danbury High (CT)


        Caden Monte (2023) 6’5 Old Lyme High (CT)

 

        Austin Black (2023) 6’6 Darien High (CT)


        Calvin Monte (2023) 6’5 Old Lyme High (CT)

 

        Chandler Dicks (2023) 6’1 Deerfield Academy (MA)


        Charley Hare (2022) 6’10 St Josephs High (CT)

 

        Luke Nieman (2023) 6’0 Cheshire Academy (CT)


        Mike Pelletier (2022) 6’4 Woodstock Academy (CT)

 

        Justin Phillips (2022) 5’10 Granby Memorial High (CT)


        Jaiden Brown (2022) 6’2 Putnam Science Academy (CT)

 

        Matthew Knatchel (2022) 6’1 Ridgefield High (CT)


        Amaree Palmer (2023) 6’2 Fairfield Prep (CT)

 

        Christian Jeffers (2023) 6’4 Danbury High (CT)

 

 

 

 

 

Black Ops Cadets College Prospects

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Black Ops Cadets is a New York City based, high level youth basketball development program and AAU teams started by Bernard Bowen and Carmelo Anthony. The name was derived from the “Black Ops” nickname used by the Who’s Who of NBA Players who would gather in NYC gyms for offseason training and pick-up games, as organized by the elite NBA trainer, Chris Brickley and Carmelo.


This spring the Cadets roster contains a number of high potential college prospects, such as the following:

 

Vere Anthony (2025) 6’1 guard, St Francis Prep - As a frosh, Anthony started every game this year for SFP, helping to lead his team to a Brooklyn/Queens championship. He adds firepower to any backcourt. Prep Hoops currently has him ranked at #5 in the state of New York’s 2025’s.

 

Bryce Bennett (2026) 6’4 small forward, Rectory School (CT) - Bennett is very coachable, leans into his assigned role and wants to guard opposing team’s best player. His size, length, and athleticism allows him to be versatile on both sides of the floor. He has exceptional court vision with high capability of scoring when needed.

 

Bernard Bowen III (2026) 5’9 guard - Bowen plays with a coach’s son IQ. He is also a knockdown shooter with range.

 

Taj Bryant (2024) 6’2 point guard, Eagle Academy II (Brooklyn) - In his sophomore season at Eagle Academy, Bryant averaged 11 ppg and a PSAL league leading 7.8 assists, and quarterbacked his team to the Brooklyn/Queens title.

 

Abdoul Konate (2024) 6’4 guard, Graphic Campus High - Konate is an Uber athletic guard has a tight handle and breaks defenders down with ease. He will attend prep school next fall as he will be reclassifying to the 2024 class.

 

Jorel Monroe (2026) 6’4 wing, St Peters High - Monroe is a long wing who can score on all three levels and has the ability to be a really good defender.


Joel Nash (2026) 6’0 point guard, Greens Farms Academy (CT) - Nash has started as his prep school varsity point guard since he was an 8th grader, earning All Conference and All New England notice in the progress. Silky smooth and processes a college-range, deep ball ability already.


Jamiko Smith (2025) - Smith is a playmaking lefty who excels in the open floor. He has a knack for breaking down defenders and getting in the lane.

 

Mike Spisto (2024) 5’8 point guard, St Peter’s High - As a sophomore, Spisto started at the lead guard position for Peter’s this past season. Son of former college coach, posses a high IQ and has a big time feel for the game.

 

Johnny Pierce (2024) 6’7 wing, Windsor High (CT) - Pierce is a long, athletic, high motor, double-double machine. He will play basketball in college on a scholarship.

 

Luke Cronin (2023) 6’8 forward, Great Neck North High - Cronin is a multi-dimensional forward who impacts the game on both ends. High IQ playing shot blocker that is also a big presence on the backboard. He can shoot the 3, pass well from the high post and is a prolific scorer in the low post. Per Coach Nas Simmons “Baby Jokic is a very coachable, hard working player that wants to improve his game…and is just scratching the surface.”


Jayden Ramirez (2025) 6’4 guard Christ the King High - This athletic freshman can fill it up. He is a three level score and takes pride on the defensive end.

2022 Team RC23 Rosters

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Team RC23 is an independent AAU program based out of the Greater New Haven, CT Area. Their 17u coach is Andre Sutton, a veteran AAU program builder and an assistant coach at Hillhouse High (CT).

 


Their 2022 rosters are comprised of the following high potential players:


15u


Avery Sutton (2025) 6’1 guard, Hillhouse High (CT)


Nate McLeery (2025) 6’2 guard, Hamden Hall Country Day (CT)


Hassan Powell (2025) 5’9 guard, Bassick High (CT)


Karon Wilkins (2025) 5’9 guard, Hillhouse High (CT)


Noah Madigan (2025) 6’1 guard, Hamden High (CT)


Johnny Kauhl (2025) 5’10 guard, North Haven High (CT)


Teriq Mallory (2024) guard, Hillhouse High (CT)


Chris Van Tassel (2025) 6’4 forward, Wilbur Cross (CT)


Noah Vega (2025) 6’1 small forward, Eli Whitney High (CT)


Tyrese Kelley (2025) 6’0 small forward, Hillhouse High (CT)


Amere Best (2025) 6’3 forward, Career Magnet High (CT)

 


16u


Thomas Glover (2024) 6’3 guard, Career Magnet High (CT)


Dom Galetti (2024) 5’9 guard, Notre Dame West Haven (CT)


Matt Bostico (2024) guard, North Haven High (CT)


Carter Mulhern (2024) 5’8 guard, North Haven High


Bernett Scott Jr (2024) 5’11 guard, Achievement First-Amistad High (CT)


Jhani Barge (2024) 6’2 small forward, Ansonia High (CT)


Brendan Grudberg (2024) North Haven High (CT)


Ken Little V (2022) 6’2 small forward, Derby High (CT)


Trejon Williams (202) Hillhouse High (CT)

 


17u


Mekhi Bristow (2022) 5’11 guard, Hillhouse High (CT)


Randy Alston (2023) 5’7 guard, West Haven High (CT)


Alex Prezioso (2023) guard, Hamden Hall Day (CT)


Anthony Parker (2023) 6’3 guard, Xavier High (CT)


Justin Hess (2022) 6’3 guard, Guilford High (CT)


Jalen Sullivan (2022) forward, Hillhouse High (CT)


Elijah Holder (2023) 6’4 small forward, Hillhouse High (CT)


Nikai Brooks (2023) 6’4 forward, Hillhouse High (CT)


Kenneth Little III (2022) 6’4 forward, Hillhouse High (CT)

 

 

 

 

 

2022 NY Select Showcase Top Performers

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On May 6 and 7, New York Select Academy hosted a showcase for a number of the region’s grassroots teams at the Monroe Athletic Complex in New Rochelle, NY. Below are the profiles on a number of the top performers.

 

Deivone Tanksley (2022) 6’5 wing, Achievement First High (CT) Showcase team: AFB Freedom - Tanksley showed a good ability to score the ball at all three levels. He finished above the rim on numerous occasions. He was also very good on the defensive end and in rebounding the ball.

 

Lakota Livingston (2023) 6’0 guard High School for Construction, Showcase team: Spartan Elite - A crafty guard that can handle the rock and facilitate.)He can also score at all three levels. Defensively, he can guard 1-3.

Elijah Garcia (2022) 6’0 guard, We Believe Academy (CT) Showcase team: AFB Freedom - Garcia had a great showcase in showing his ability to make shots in a variety of ways. He hit big time shots to force his first game into OT, scoring the final seven points in regulation. He is a hard working defender and a very coachable athlete.

 

Kemani Thompson (2022) 5’11 guard, Sport and Medical Sciences Academy (CT) Showcase team: AFB Freedom - Thompson is very tough defender. He can shoot the 3 and has a good pull-up jumper. He also does a great job running the offense and setting guys up.

 

Elhadji “Ely” Diop (2022) 6’5 forward, Bridgeport Prep (CT) Showcase team: NY Select - Diop is a tough forward who’s improved 3 pt shooting and excellent mid range games opens up the offense for teammates. Tough rebounder who’s defends 1-4 positions. He has untapped potential and room to grow into a 20-10 guy every game.


Tyreck “TJ” Morris (2022) 6’4 guard, Democracy Prep Charter High, Showcase team: NY Select - Morris is a high level scorer at 3 levels. The game comes easy for him when he gets going. With his athleticism and ability to finish above the rim, it makes him almost unguardable. He is potentially professional level talent.


Tymell Stevenson (2022) 6’7 forward, Democracy Prep Charter High, Showcase team: NY Select - Stevenson is a game changing forward With the ability to score on all 3 levels. His 3pt shooting has improved tremendously which helps stretch defenses, opening up driving lanes for teammates. Very efficient finisher around the basket and good offensive rebounder. Active defender with room to grow. Stevenson is the complete package.


Demari Holder Showcase team: Anacoda All Stars


Justin Leddo (2023) small forward 6’5 175lbs, Benjamin Cardozo High, Showcase team:Spartan Elite - Leddo Plays 2-5, at both ends of the court. He can stretch the defense with the three, hit the pull up and score around the basket. Has good length and athleticism.


Noah Green Showcase team: Team Underrated

 

Daniel Armstrong Showcase team: Spartan Elite

 

Kejuan Brown Showcase team: Spartan Elite

 

Yanni Mousios (2022) 6’5 Benjamin Cardozo High High, Showcase team: Spartan Elite -


Jackson Bartley (2023) 5’10 guard Brooklyn Friends School Showcase team: NY Select 16u - Bartley attacks constantly attacks the rim making tough inside shots. He’s Still developing his 3pt shot He’s a ferocious defender with untapped potential to be even better. Making strides every day to becoming one of the better 2 way guards.


Shamar Pink (2023) 6’3 guard/forward, Hempstead High, Showcase team: NY Select Academy 16u - A skilled big guard with the ability to play 1-4 positions. He can score on all 3 levels. With more work and improvement, he will be a handful his senior year.


Will Lodico (2023) 5’11 point guard Campus Magnet High, (2022) 6’0 guard High School for Construction, Showcase team: Spartan Elite - A point guard who can score, but also loves to facilitate. lays the game with an old school flair on both ends of the court

NorthStar Naturals Spring 2022

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NorthStar Naturals is a highly regarded and successful AAU program based out of Poughkeepsie, NY that draws top players from Dutchess County, Westchester County, Putnam County and the Bronx. Program founder and Head Coach James Loughran has build the program on the mission of allowing all of the kids to feel ‘family’, to go through the program, and to look back on it as something that was of importance. He is a huge proponent of coaching hard, but loving harder. ‘Our hope is that with the right accountability, with pushing each other collectively, each of these players who hope to play college basketball one day will have a firm foundation for the next level. Building for the future, both on the court and off the court is important to me. Being great players is one thing, but being better fathers, husbands, friends, people, is another huge thing for me.’


The Northstar Narurals rosters for this spring are below:


17U


Chris Luciano Whyte (2023) SG/Wing, Lakeland HS (NY)- Chris is one of the most athletic guards I have seen around this area. He can score at any level, while also setting up his teammates really well within the flow of an offense. While also stepping up on the other end defensively, with his quickness and strength, allows him to guard tough players while grabbing a ton of defensive rebounds. Super interchangeable player, who can fit any system installed. Vocal leader, and one of the hardest workers in the gym!


Jake Couzens (2023) PG/ SG, Mahopac HS (NY)- Jake has a tremendous IQ as a PG. Can see the floor really well, while facilitating the basketball. Confidence beyond the arc is HIGH, both spot up and off the bounce. A gritty defensive player that can and will apply ball pressure on some of the toughest guards. Another vocal leader on the floor and a tremendous worker.


Dylan Howard (2023) 6’4 Wing/F, Kennedy Catholic High (NY)- Dee is a super competitive person with a high ceiling. His growth within just a year is tremendous. Coming off a HS season averaging just around 20ppg, his ability to do multiple things on the court makes him a solid player for any program. His ability to put the ball on the floor, finish around the rim, but also step out and knock down a shot is hard to find. His athleticism is impressive on the defensive/ offensive end on the glass. Willingness to battle down low with other bigs is impressive.


Dillon Chenard (2023) 6’10 C, Walter Panas HS (NY)- Dillon is coming off a tremendous season with us. His size speaks for itself, but his ability to keep plays alive on the offensive end is key. As well as being a rim protector and help limit teams to one possession defensively is incredible. His footwork out of a screen/ in the post is progressively getting better and better. This kid is a huge STEAL for any program in need of a big man, willing to do the work and make an impact. Dillon is a 6’10 big who can run the floor exceptionally well. Hard to find a big man who can block a shot, and rim run within a matter of seconds back to the offensive end.


Liam Lynch (2023) PG/SG, John Jay Cross River HS (NY)- Liam has tremendous ability on both ends of the floor. His ability to knock down shots off the bounce/ catch and shoot is impressive. Yet his quickness off the bounce to get to the rim is incredible. He shows great vision and uses contact to his advantage. He plays both sides of the floor and shows he will not back down from anyone.


Conner Griffin (2023) SF/C, Brewster HS (NY)- 3 words. TOUGH. AS. NAILS. This kid has been getting a ton of SUNY school interest, and rightly so. He has been the player since day 1 who sets the tone defensively with his toughness and his willingness to dial in. He has the ability to step out and guard beyond the arc, while also having incredible post defense. Offensively is a player who will finish plays, keep plays alive, while also being able to step out in the mid post and knock shots down.


Antoine Coles (2023) Guard/ Slasher, Yorktown HS (NY)- Antoine is another guard who has an incredible first step. He is a guard who can push tempo with his speed out in transition, while also being able to finish quickly in transition. His vision off a ball screen is great, and is guard defensively who can create a lot of havoc with his toughness.


Adrian Beato (2023) PG, Beacon HS (NY)- this kid ‘A’ has progressed his game tremendously. He has an incredible IQ for the game as a true PG. His ability to see the floor in transition as well as in the half court, makes him be a hidden gem around this area. Tough as nails defensively, and is a player that will do anything you ask him to do.


John Romero (2023) SG/3 Guard, Yorktown HS (NY)- John is joining us for another season. A lengthy kid, who defensively has created a ton of disrupted sets with his length. A gritty player, and someone who will do what you ask him to do. Confident to shoot the 3 and knock some down, while also being able to set his teammates up off the bounce.


Dylan Ingraham (2023) SG/ 3 Guard, Somers HS (NY)- a kid who wants to live in the gym and put The work in to get better daily. That’s what he has done. First season with us, and he will look to continue being able to knock down mid-range shots, as well as hit the 3 as he has done thus far. A player who plays with great pace in his game, and one that allows us to either speed up or slow down when needed.


Hayden Panteleo (2023) PG/SG, John Jay East Fishkill (NY)- Another new player with us this season, and one that is a tremendous kid. A type of player who will be able to create options on his downhill attack with his speed and his ability to either kick out or hit his floater that he loves. Continuing to get better and someone who can really do great things in his position.

 

2022 PSAL Semifinals Top Performers

By David Cordova

 

On Sunday afternoon, March 13, RecruitTheBronx.com made it to the Nat Holman Gymnasium on the campus of City College of New York in Harlem for the PSAL Semifinals. The winners of the two games would advance to the PSAL championship game at the Barclays Center on St. Patrick’s Day. In the end, South Shore knocked off Wings Academy and Eagle Academy II knocked off John Bowne. Here are the standouts from both semifinal games:


Jarrett Dingle 6-2, Point Guard, South Shore High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has great leadership skills on the court and has a way of having his teammates defer to him on offense. Has the ability to control the offense and set his teammates up to obtain possessions that can lead them to scoring opportunities. Has the ability to drive to the basket.


Davin Francis 6-5, Shooting Guard, South Shore High School, Class of 2023 -A guard that has the ability to hold his own over smaller defenders whenever he is on the perimeter. Has the ability to rebound because of his size advantage and his ability to be alert when the ball is going up. Is able to get to the basket with ease at all times.


Max Ragusa 6-0, Point Guard, South Shore High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that is quick and has excellent court vision. Is able to slice and dice past his defender and is able to get the ball in the basket with ease. Finds his teammates in good positions where they can score.


Jalen O’Brien 6-6, Forward, South Shore High School, Class of 2023 - A forward that is one of the physical big men on the team. Is able to muscle his way to the basket and is able to attack at all times. Is fearless when it comes to attacking the glass or going up to score. Is a player that can play above the rim.


Kyrone Alexander 6-5, Shooting Guard, South Shore High School, Class of 2023 - A guard/forward that can play two positions on the floor and has a large wingspan, due to his size advantage. Is fearless when driving to the basket and can make plays when going to the hole. Has the ability to go up strong to the basket and can handle contact when going up for a layup.


Nivek Borden 6-8, Forward, South Shore High School, Class of 2022 A forward that can make big plays on the defensive end and has the ability to block shots. When going up for the rebound, he is able to outmuscle and outwork the opposition to get the ball. Has great mobility in the post area.


CJ Riley 6-0, Point Guard, Wings Academy, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to control the team on offense and make his presence felt with his scoring. Knows when to attack in transition and get down the court, as well as pass the ball to his teammates, leaving them with opportunities to score. Has the ability to hit shots from the outside.


Mohamed Kante 6-3, Shooting Guard, Wings Academy, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to play big on the floor, but is also slick with his ball handling skills, as he is able to put the ball on the floor and drive to the basket. When going to the basket, he goes up strong and is very fearless when on the court. Is a scorer that is counted on in crucial moments of games.


Justin Johnson, 5-11, Point Guard, Wings Academy, Class of 2022 - A guard that is a solid facilitator when on the floor. Is able to attack when driving to the basket and has plenty of squad. Is a player that has great court vision and is able to make great plays at the point guard position.


Jesse Segura 6-3, Forward, Wings Academy, Class of 2023 - A forward that is able to put the ball on the floor and can hold his own in the post on a team full of guards. Finds ways to drive to the basket and absorb contact in order to draw fouls and get to the free throw line. Is a player that uses his body on both ends of the court, when it comes to getting rebounds.


Treshawn Sheppard 6-6, Forward, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2023 A forward that is able to put the ball on the floor and is very efficient when on the court. Is a player that is very athletic and is able to drive to the basket. Is a great rebounder and has great hands that will aid in him getting rebounds or blocking shots.


Jaquel Morris 6-8, Forward, Eagle Academy, Class of 2022 - A forward that is a force in the low post area and is able to hold his own, as he has a long wingspan every time he is in the paint. Is a player that is strong and can play with force every time on the court. Loves to play above the rim and can muscle his way into the post and can easily draw fouls.


Eric Acker 6-1, Shooting Guard, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to make great plays when on the court. Is a guard that can drive to the basket and can drive to the basket with precision. Has the ability to take plenty of shots and finds many ways to score.


Taj Bryant 6-2, Point Guard, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2024 - A guard that is able to take control of his team when he has the ability to get to the basket. Is fearless when going to the hole and can make big plays. Is a great facilitator when driving to the basket and is able to put his teammates in position to score.


Jamere Russell 6-3, Point Guard, John Bowne High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that is quick and has good court vision. Is able to speed past the opposition and can facilitate to his teammates at all times. Is also a player that will drive to the basket and find many ways to get to the hole or shoot from the perimeter.


Djibril Diallo, 6-1, Point Guard, John Bowne High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that loves to run in transition and is very effective on the floor. His speed gives his team the ability to have a guard that can get to the basket easily. When going to the basket, he is fearless of absorbing contact and goes to the basket strong.


Rasean Greer 6-3, Shooting Guard, John Bowne High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to find other ways to be in the game when he is not scoring. Is able to rebound efficiently and is very tenacious and scrappy. Is very willing to take plenty of shots, and even when they don’t go in, he is not afraid to try to make them.


Chris Judge 6-0, Shooting Guard, John Bowne High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that loves to get to the basket and score in transition. Has a nice shooting touch and has the ability to shoot from long range. Has excellent court vision and is able to find ways to be effective on the floor.


Chisom Ani 6-7, Forward, John Bowne High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that is very tough and is a leader in the front court. Has plenty of strength and is always ready to get a key block or rebound for his team. Is considered an enforcer in the post, because of his toughness. Even when he doesn’t score, he is still a player that will find other ways to be effective on the floor.

 

 

2022 CHSAA Quarterfinals Top Performers

By David Cordova,


On Sunday afternoon, March 6, RecruitTheBronx.com made it to the David S. Mack Exhibition Complex on the campus of Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island, for the CHSAA AA Quarterfinals. We saw three of the four games played on that day.


The semifinals will be played on Wednesday and the championship game will be played on Friday night. The semifinals and the finals, will also take place at Hofstra. Here are the standouts from the quarterfinal games:


Darrell Victory 5-9, Point Guard, Cardinal Hayes High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has a penchant for setting up his teammates with good passes and is able to be a great facilitator on the court. Likes to get to the basket with ease and is able to create for himself and uses his speed to get past the opposition. Is able to stay with his man at all times.


Ian Jackson 6-6, Shooting Guard, Cardinal Hayes High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that is always able to make big plays when on the court. Has a knack for shooting from long range and has a penchant for getting his shot off when he has the ball in his hands. Is able to play above the rim, especially when the lane is open.


Tobe Awaka 6-8, Forward, Cardinal Hayes High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that is a force in the low post and someone that is able to make great plays on the offensive end. Is the team’s defensive anchor, as he is able to help them with blocked shots & key rebounds. Does not hesitate to put the ball on the floor when he has the chance to dribble on the offensive end.


Dwayne Pierce 6-6, Shooting Guard, Christ the King High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that is great at creating for himself with his shot selection and is solid at finding ways to get to the basket. Is a player that looks to score every time he has the ball. Has a nice shooting stroke that is very fluid every time. Is able to obtain rebounds and can run on the fast break.


Brandon Williams 6-9, Forward, Christ the King High School, Class of 2023 - A forward that is a workhorse in the low post and is a player that his team turns to when they need a key rebound. Is able to put the ball on the floor and likes to drive to the basket. Is fearless when he goes to the basket to score


Devin Vanterpool 6-4, Shooting Guard, Christ the King High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to slice to the basket and is able to absorb contact every time. Is a guard that has a good shot selection when on the perimeter. Has a good penchant for hitting teammates with passes that could potentially lead to baskets.


Qinfang Pang 6-9, Forward, Christ the King High School, Class of 2024 - A forward that has a good body for someone at the four position and is very skilled when on the court. Is able to hold his own in the post area, but can also shoot from the perimeter and from long range. Has a penchant for putting the ball on the floor and posting up on smaller defenders.


Luke Perry 6-1, Point Guard, Christ the King High School, Class of 2022 -A guard that’s small and quick and has a nice release on his shot. Is able to run an offense efficiently when in the game and is able to see the floor well. Is fearless when launching his shots and when left open, his shot can be damaging to the opposition.


Johnuel Fland 6-2, Point Guard, Archbishop Stepinac High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to make his presence felt every time he steps on the floor. Along with being a sold point guard, he is capable of taking over a game with his shooting ability. Is able to facilitate to his teammates and can ensure that they’re in the right positions to score.


Isaiah Alexander 6-7, Forward, Archbishop Stepinac High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that is able to put the ball on the floor and is able to get on the down court with quickness and loves to run on the fast break. Is able to drive to the hole with ease and showcases his athleticism superbly. Finds ways to get rebounds in the low posrt area at all times.


Jacob Hogarth 6-9, Forward, Archbishop Stepinac High School, Class of 2024 - A forward that has plenty of strength and is able to play above the rim. Is able to to maintain his presence in the low post, as he has great hands that help him obtain rebounds every time he goes up to get the ball. Has a great ability to block shots when on the defensive end.


Danny Carbuccia 6-0, Point Guard, Archbishop Stepinac High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has a penchant for bringing the ball up on the perimeter and is able to see where his teammates are moving in order to find them at the right spots. Is a guard that has the ability to shoot from long range and is able to drive to the basket with ease.


Samuel Gibbs 6-3, Shooting Guard, Archbishop Stepinac High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to find a way to get to the basket and has the ability to make big plays on the court. Is fearless when going to the lane at all times, but his speciality is shooting from three-point range. When left open, he is able to shoot the lights out from the corner.


Tai Turnage 5-10, Point Guard, St. Raymond High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has a penchant for helping his team when he is on the floor. Has the ability to ste his teammates up with passes so that they can be in the right position to score. Is able to shoot from long range and is able to drive to the basket with fearlessness.


Brandon Stores Jr 6’4, Forward, St. Raymond High School, Class of 2025 - A forward that is able to play the two and three position and plays smoothly on the floor. Has the ability to go to the basket with strength at all times. Is a player that goes up to get rebounds and has good hands, which aid in him blocking shots.


Tafari Joseph, 6-3, Forward, St. Raymond High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that has the ability to make his presence felt in small ways when he is on the floor at all times. Is able to get steals and can get down the court with ease. Is able to get loose balls and is able to get to the basket and score.


Anthony Russo 6-0, Shooting Guard, Holy Cross High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to find ways to get open on the floor in order for him to get his shot off from the corner. Has a nice shooting stroke from the corner, but also has the ability to drive to the basket fearlessly and score. Is able to make his presence felt with his shooting and his scoring prowess.


Tyler Castro 6-3, Shooting Guard, Holy Cross High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to make big plays when on the floor. Is a great spot-up shooter and has the ability to drive to the basket. Is good at seeing the floor and reading his defender so that when he knows when to take the right shot. Has the ability to get to the basket with strength and can absorb physical contact when going up for two.


Christian Jeffrey 6-2, Shooting Guard, Bishop Loughlin High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to create for himself and can make great plays every time on the floor. Has the ability to make floaters, but also has great court awareness. Has a good shot from the perimeter & loves to drive to the basket.


Daye Kaba 6-5, Forward, Bishop Loughlin High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to drive to the basket with ease and can make great plays when on the floor. Is able to run down court easily and is able to get rebounds when in the post area. Has plenty of explosiveness in his game.


Jaream Eason 6-3, Forward, Bishop Loughlin High School, Class of 2022 -A forward that is able to move smoothly in the low post. Has the ability to obtain rebounds when in the low post and has superb footwork. His footwork allows him to score easily, as he is able to muscle his way into the post and lay the ball up.

Team New England (CT) 15u go 4-0 at ZGXL

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The Team New England (CT) 15u is a collaborative effort between two grassroots programs Hoopwave Basketball and Team New England. To say they started off on the right foot would be an understatement. They opened their 2022 campaign by going 4-0 in the HGXL Session 1.


The team is coached by a current Division III player Dean Jones III, and his roster is comprised of the following players:

 

Gyan Davis (2025) 6’5 Windsor High (CT)


Sean Evans (2025) 5’8 Windsor High (CT)


Da’Shaun Phillips ( 2025) 6’2 New London High (CT)


Savahn Warren (2025) 6’3 New London High (CT)


Atarian Salmon (2024) 6’2 Prince Tech (CT)


Aavonnye Womack (2025) 5’8 Weaver High (CT)


Richard Williams (2025) 5’8 Weaver High (CT)


Calsius Hales (2025) 5’8 Achievement First (CT)


Ricardo Oquendo (2025) 6’3 Holyoke High (MA)

 

 

 

2022 PSAL Borough Championships - Top Performers

By David Cordova,

 

On Saturday,February 19, RecruitTheBronx.com got ourselves to Achievement First High School in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn for the PSAL Borough Championships, in which teams from every borough would compete for a title. On this date, we got to see the tournament finalists from Brooklyn, Queens and The Bronx. Below are the standouts from the games that we caught:


Max Ragusa 6-0, Point Guard, South Shore High School, Class of 2022 - A guard with plenty of quickness and a knack for playing defense. Has the ability to take clutch shots for his team when needed. Is the team’s leader that will help encourage his teammates to do well on the floor and push them to succeed. Is good at setting his teammates up with passes that put them in position to score everytime.


Kyrone Alexander 6-5, Forward, South Shore High School, Class of 2023 - A forward with great size and athleticism, especially on the low block. Finds ways to use his physicality in the paint area, so that he can establish his presence. Is able to go up for rebounds on both ends of the court and snare them for an offensive rebound or to get a putback layup.


Tylik Weeks 6-6, Forward, South Shore High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that has great ball handling skills and great footwork. Has a nice shooting touch and is able to absorb contact and get fouled in order to get to the free throw line. Uses his large frame to establish his presence on the low block.


Davin Francis 6-5, Shooting Guard, South Shore High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has plenty of size, but excellent skills on the perimeter. Is a player that can tower over smaller guards and can power his way past them. Has the ability to create for himself and play above the rim.


Jarrett Dingle 6-2, Point Guard, South Shore High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to switch up speeds when he has the ball in his hands. Is able to facilitate the ball to his teammates & makes sure that they get the ball when needed. Has the ability to see the floor & take good shots when he has the opportunity.


Taj Bryant 6-2, Point Guard, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to make a huge impact on the game. Has a good shooting touch from the outside as he took plenty of shots with great intentions. Has the ability to get steals and turn them into offensive possessions for his team. Knows when to attack and drive to the basket.


Eric Acker 6-1, Shooting Guard, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2023 - A guard that has a penchant for scoring in transition. When given the opportunity to shoot from long range, he uses it to the best of his ability and makes the most of it. Is known for stepping up in clutch moments.


Treshawn Sheppard 6-6, Forward, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2023 - A forward that is solid and can do many things on both ends of the floor. Is very versatile, as he can put the ball on the floor and run in transition. Is always alert and able to get to the boards to get a rebound.


Angel Espejo 6-1, Shooting Guard, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2024 - A guard that is able to find multiple ways to get open on the floor. When he’s got the ball, he is able to shoot from deep, especially when left open. Knows when to crash the boards for rebounds and is a valued asset to his team.


Jaquel Morris 6-8, Forward, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2022 - A forward that is the anchor to the team’s defense, as he is counted on to neutralize the opposition with his good hands & ability to block shots. When on the boards, he is able to pull down rebounds with authority. When going to the basket, he is able to muscle his way into the paint.


Eddie Munyak 6-0, Shooting Guard, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2023 - A guard that is able to find many ways to be effective on the floor. When left unguarded on the perimeter, he has the ability to bury a team with his shooting. Is able to move around the floor off the ball.


Miguel Pineda 5-11, Point Guard, Francis Lewis High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to facilitate to his teammates and is able to get his teammates the ball on the offensive end. Is able to run the team efficiently and is the engine that gets his team going every time he’s on the floor. Is able to shoot from long range and is able to attack when going to the basket.


Stephon Vergara 5-11, Shooting Guard, Francis Lewis High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that loves to play defense and is always looking to get the ball in his hands at all times. Is very deceptive on offense and is able to slice and dice through defenders to get to the basket. Is able to get his shot off efficiently and loves to shoot from long range.


Leverson Tulien 6-5, Forward, Campus Magnet High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that is able to make big plays when he’s on the floor and can make plenty of big plays for his teammates. Is able to obtain rebounds when he’s in the low post and can hold his own when going up for a basket. Is very versatile, as he is able to put the ball on the floor and drive to the basket.


James Wenzel 6-1, Shooting Guard, Campus Magnet High School, Class of 2023 -A guard that is very athletic and can make his presence felt when going up for a rebound. Has plenty of grit and toughness and can play big when he has to. Is able to slice and dice to the basket. Has a knack for shooting from the perimeter or from long range.


Khalil Black 6-1, Shooting Guard, Campus Magnet High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has a slick handle and can make plenty of plays whenever he’s on the floor. Is able to get his shot off efficiently and is able to get to the basket with ease. Is able to create his shot off the dribble and has a nice shooting touch.


Asa Kone 6-8, Forward, Eagle Academy I, Class of 2022 - A forward that is able to establish his presence on the floor when he’s in the low post. Has a great wingspan and can block shots and snare rebounds every time he’s on the defensive end. Is able to dominate on the offensive end by playing above the rim and has a nice hook shot on the offensive end.


Jaden Zimmerman 6-2, Shooting Guard, Eagle Academy I, Class of 2024 - A guard that loves to take on defenders and is always a player that rises to the occasion when meeting up with a big challenge. Is a player that loves to drive to the basket and can go to the basket with strength and is able to draw fouls easily. Is fearless when going to the basket and can make big shots in clutch moments, which include jumpers.


Harry Bonilla 5-10, Shooting Guard, James Monroe Campus, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to make big plays when in the game. Has a penchant for making threes, which is his speciality. Is able to attack in transition and is fearless when driving to the basket. Has good hands, which aid in him getting steals and running down court to the other end.


Donzell Hamilton 6-0, Shooting Guard, James Monroe Campus, Class of 2023 - A guard that is able is known for making big shots, including threes from long range. Despite his diminutive frame, he is fearless when going to the basket. Is a ball-dominant guard that can make things happen, either when it comes to scoring or facilitating to his teammates.


Daouda Cisse 6-5, Forward, James Monroe Campus, Class of 2023 - A forward that is a strong presence in the low post and can absorb contact when in the low post. Is able to go up to the glass to rebound every time and is able to use his athleticism when going to the rim. Is a good finisher at the basket and is counted on to be his team’s interior presence.

 

2022 Eagle Fest Standouts

By David Cordova


On Friday, February 4, RecruitTheBronx.com pulled up to the Barclays Center for the first annual Eagle Fest, which was put together by NYC Prospects and Varsity Customs. In this event, two schools under the Eagle Academy network, Eagle Academy I (The Bronx) and Eagle Academy II (Brooklyn), showcased their talents against two non-league PSAL teams: Green Tech from Albany and Evangel Christian from Queens. Here are the standouts from Friday’s event:


Khalil Robinson 5-9, Point Guard, Eagle Academy I, Class of 2023 - A guard that has blinding speed and is able to create for himself off the dribble. Knows when to go to the basket or when to pull up at the top of the key to shoot from the perimeter. Is able to give his teammates the ball at the right moments in order to put them in position to score.

 

Asa Kone 6-8, Forward, Eagle Academy I, Class of 2022 - A forward with plenty of length & size. Is able to provide dominance in the low post to his team and is able to hold his own in the post area with blocks in the post. Is able to play above the rim and get to the hole with ease.

 

Jaden Zimmerman 6-3, Shooting Guard, Eagle Academy I, Class of 2024 - A guard that is very shifty and is able to find multiple ways to score. Is a great slasher to the basket and is a player that can shoot from long range. When not heavily guarded, he is able to give his team plenty of much-needed scoring, and is also a solid defender.

 

Kimani Walker 6-3, Forward, Eagle Academy I, Class of 2022 - A forward that is able to provide plenty of strength and good play in the post area. Is a player that has a lot of toughness and can attack the glass with ease. Is able to draw fouls and get to the foul line with ease.

 

CJ McCullum 5-8, Point Guard, Eagle Academy I, Class of 2022 - A guard that is a great facilitator for his team. Uses his court vision to see where his teammates are moving and can make plenty of plays in the backcourt area. Is able to get past defenders and is able to absorb contact when going into the lane.

 

Dayshaun Walton, 6-4, Shooting Guard, Green Tech Charter High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to see the floor and attack the lane. Is a potent scorer that is poised to get buckets every time he’s on the court. Knows when to dish a pass to the opposition or when to go for a basket. Is fearless everytime he goes into the lane and has great upper body strength.

 

Zaveon Little, 6-2, Point Guard, Green Tech Charter High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has plenty of quickness on the court and the ability to get downcourt with ease. Is fearless when going to the hole to score. Is a great facilitator that is able to dish passes to his teammates in the post.

 

Henry Perkins, 6-8, Forward, Green Tech High School, Class of 2023 - A forward that has the ability to use his large frame to impose his will in the paint. Is solid to use his body to box out the opposition as a way to obtain rebounds. His footwork and physicality allow him to give his team someone that can score.

 

Haisi Mayben, 5-10, Point Guard, Green Tech High Charter High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has a penchant for making the most of his offensive possessions. Loves to shoot from three-point range and also get by his defender to get by his defender to get the hole. Is very quick on both ends of the court.

 

Victor Pharr, 6-2, Shooting Guard, Green Tech Charter High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to bring the ball up the court and see the court. Is very speedy and efficient at his position. Loves to stay on the defensive end and will stay on the opposition when they have the ball.

 

Taj Bryant 6-2, Point Guard, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to play the point guard position very well for his team. Is able to create for himself off the dribble and get his shot off easily. Is a player that can see where his team is moving and has the ability to dish off assists to his teammates.

 

Eric Acker 6-1, Shooting Guard, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2023 - A guard that has a huge scoring presence every time he’s on the floor. Is able to drive into the lane with ease and can get to the basket, using his athleticism to go to the hole. Is fearless when going to the basket and can absorb contact when going up to score.

 

Jaquel Morris 6-8, Forward, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2022 - A forward with a great physical presence and can attack the glass with force. Has great size and is able to hold his own in the post by blocking shots and obtaining rebounds. When in the post, he is able to use his body to go up and score. Has the ability to play above the rim.

 

Isa Abraham 6-0, Point Guard, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2023 - A guard that has plenty of speed on the floor and has a penchant for getting steals and converting on the other end. Has the ability to have a nice shooting stroke from the top of the key. Is a player that is a solid contributor to his team.

 

Angel Espejo 6-1, Shooting Guard, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to step out on the corner to get his shot off efficiently. Has plenty of toughness, which he uses when going up to get rebounds. If not heavily guarded when on the three-point line, he is able to do damage to the opposition with his scoring.


Eddie Munyak 6-0, Shooting Guard, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2023 - A guard that has a penchant for getting past the opposition with his slick handle. Is a player that has good footwork when going to score and has a nice fluid shot when on the offensive end. Is able to use his grit to step into the lane and get a rebound.


Luis Peña 6-3, Shooting Guard, Evangel Christian School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to drive to the lane and has a long wingspan. Is able to glide to the basket with ease and has a nice, slick handle on the court. Is able to get rebounds efficiently and then get downcourt with ease.

 

Carlos Perez 6-0, Point Guard, Evangel Christian School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to shoot from long range and can drive to the basket. Has the ability to make great passes to his teammates on the floor. Has the ability to see the floor and knows when to give his teammates the ball and when to score.


Keven Campusano 6-3, Shooting Guard, Evangel Christian School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to get downcourt in a great manner. Is able to make a smooth entry into the lane. Is able to drive to the basket and can absorb physical contact and draw fouls at the basket. Is an offensive threat every time he steps on the floor.


Jose Mena 6-1, Point Guard, Evangel Christian School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has a penchant for making good decisions when going to the basket. Is able to attack the lane with his handle. Is a player that has a penchant for making sure that his teammates get the ball in the right positions.


Abraham Rosario 6-8, Forward, Evangel Christian School, Class of 2024 - A forward that has the ability to make an impact on the floor, even when not scoring. Has a penchant for getting rebounds and kicking it out to his teammates, so that they can get downcourt on a fast break. Is fearless when in the post area and uses his physicality to hold his own in the paint area.

 

 

 

2022 Battle at the Shore Standouts

By David Cordova


On Sunday, January 30,  RecruitTheBronx.com was at South Shore High School in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn for the Battle at the Shore event. This event featured multiple PSAL teams in action. We caught two of the games. There were some talented standouts from all four of those schools:


Christopher Judge 6-1, Point Guard, John Bowne High School, Class of 2024 -A guard that has the ability to run the point with ease and precision when on the perimeter. Is lightning-quick and likes to get steals when guarding his defender. Is able to absorb physical contact when it comes to him driving to the basket.


Rasean Greer 6-1, Point Guard, John Bowne High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that is very active on both sides of the court. Is a player that can make some great plays on the offensive end. Makes plenty of drives to the basket and is great at drawing fouls in order to get to the free throw line. Likes to play defense and is able to use his hands in order to block shots, get rebounds and run or get steals.


Jamere Russell 6-3, Shooting Guard, John Bowne High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that finds plenty of ways to get open on the perimeter. Finds ways to make his presence felt around the perimeter. Is able to find a way to get his shot off and can make great drives to the basket. Has a nice shooting stroke whenever he goes for a jumper.


Adam Jerome 6-4, Forward, John Bowne High School, Class of 2025 - A forward that is able to establish his presence in the low post area. Is able to attack the glass easily and can make good passes when in the paint area. Is able to absorb contact when going up for a basket and is able to draw fouls in order to get to the free throw line.


Djibril Diallo, 6-1, Shooting Guard, John Bowne High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that is able to create for himself on the offensive end and loves to drive in the post area. Knows when to drive and also when to kick out a pass to his streaking teammates. Can find ways to get open for a shot.


Chisom Ani 6-7, Forward, John Bowne High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that can make his presence felt by boxing out and getting rebounds. Is the team’s enforcer and is solid when in the post. Is able to hold his own in the paint area and is a huge asset to his teammates.


Adam Jasaraj, 6-2, Forward, Susan E. Wagner High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that has plenty of strength and is hard working when on the floor. Is very active when on the defensive end and makes plenty of hustle plays. Has the ability to fight for rebounds when in the low post.


Mekhi Jackson 6-4, Forward, Susan E. Wagner High School, Class of 2024 - A forward with great size and a nice skill set. Is able to box out the opposition with ease and finds ways to obtain rebounds. On the offensive end, he can glide to the basket when off the ball and score efficiently when going up to the basket.


Emmanuel Palmer, 5-11, Shooting Guard, Susan E. Wagner High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that likes to play tough and can make big plays. When in the low post, he can absorb contact and is capable of taking plenty of hits. Is able to showcase his athleticism by blocking shots and going up for a basket on the offensive end. Is a tremendous defender that aims to get steals at all times.


Xavier Barrow 5-11, Point Guard, Susan E. Wagner High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that is alert at all times and knows when to make the right plays. Is able to stick with his man at all times on the defensive end. Is lightning-fast when on the offensive end and loves to speed down court with every intention of getting to the basket.


Justin Nazon 6-3, Shooting Guard, Susan E. Wagner High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has a penchant for putting his teammates in the right positions to score when on the floor. Is a player that has excellent court vision and sees the floor well. Is able to get off his shot off easily and has a nice shooting stroke.


Adrian Kopec 6-4, Forward, Susan E. Wagner High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that is able to step in and out and can free himself in order to get shots. Is able to absorb contact in order to obtain rebounds or score. Is very strong and is able to hold his own in the post area and has great upper-body strength.


Juan Cosme, 6-6, Forward, Susan E. Wagner High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that has long arms and plenty of strength. Is the team’s anchor in the frontcourt and is depended on for rebounds and block shots. His wingspan is tremendous and is definitely something that is counted on by his team. Although he didn’t score much, his size and defensive skills were definitely useful to his team.


Max Ragusa 6-0, Point Guard, South Shore High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that can play tough and is a player with a lot of offensive skills on the floor. Has excellent court vision and knows when to take shots and when to pass to his teammates. Has a good shooting stroke from the outside.


Davin Francis 6-6, Shooting Guard, South Shore High School, Class of 2022 - A guard with a long wingspan that aids in him getting rebounds and one that uses his strength at crucial moments in the game. Loves to drive to the basket and can play above the rim, using his athleticism with ease. Has a good shooting stroke from the outside.


Jarrett Dingle 6-2, Point Guard, South Shore High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that is quick and has a penchant for scoring in bunches. Is a player that is very athletic and finds ways to get open shots from the perimeter. Is able to create for himself off the dribble and can get his shot off efficiently.


Donzell Hamilton 5-11, Shooting Guard, James Monroe Campus, Class of 2022 - A guard that is bound to score everytime he gets on the floor. Is able to play in a run and gun offense designed to get him to the basket with ease. Is a player that can shoot from long range and has a good shooting stroke.


Harry Bonilla 5-11, Point Guard, James Monroe Campus High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to get his points with ease. Likes to shoot from long range and can make plenty of shots from wherever he may be at, whether on the three-point line or if he’s driving to the basket. Is able to absorb contact when he’s driving to the hole and is fearless when it comes to getting fouled.

 

 

2022 NY vs. NJ Catholic Showcase Standouts

By David Cordova


On January 22nd, RecruitTheBronx.com made it to the Hynes Athletic Center on the campus of Iona College in New Rochelle, New York for the NY vs. NJ Catholic High School Showcase This event featured five games filled with ten of the premier Catholic high school teams in the tri-state area. In all five games, there were plenty of players that stood out. Here are the standouts from all five games:

 

Brandon Stores, Jr. 6-4, Forward, St. Raymond High School, Class of 2025 -A forward that is very strong and agile and has great footwork on the floor. Has plenty of versatility and loves to drive when he has the ball in his hands. Has a penchant for scoring at will and can absorb contact when going up for a basket.

 

Isaiah Philbert 6-1, Shooting Guard, St. Raymond High School, Class of 2022 - Has a penchant for scoring and getting his shots off when his team needs it most. Is able to get down the court easily and is able to get past his defender off the dribble. When unguarded, he can he do plenty of damage when on the offensive end.

 

Ahmir Moore 6-1, Point Guard, St. Raymond High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has a penchant for having great playmaking ability. Is able to create for himself off the dribble.  Has plenty of speed and quickness that aids in him getting to the basket with n wear, Has the ability to make great passes when on the offensive end,

 

Elijah Castillo 6-2, Shooting Guard, St. Raymond High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that makes powerful moves to the basket and is always able to absorb contact when going up for two. Has plenty of strength and is fearless when on the floor. Makes it his mission to give 100% effort when on the floor.

 

RJ Greene 6-5, Small Forward, Iona Preparatory School, Class of 2022 - A forward that is able to do many things on the floor. Is a pure scoring threat when on the court and is able to attack the glass and has a penchant to play big in the low post. Is very strong and is fearless on both ends of the court.

 

Bangaly Berete 6-4, Shooting Guard, Iona Preparatory School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has plenty of versatility when on the court. Uses his length to stay in front of his man when on the defensive end. Is able to get downcourt and put the ball on the floor efficiently and is good at creating for himself.

 

Blaise New 5-10, Point Guard, Iona Preparatory School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has excellent court vision and can speed up the tempo or slow it down, depending on the type of game it is looking like. Is the type of player that can get his teammates involved at all times. Is fearless when driving into the basket.

 

Devin Vanterpool 6-3, Shooting Guard, Christ the King High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has a complete game, as he is the one that draws plenty of attention for his scoring prowess when he’s on the floor. Is able to slice and dice past the defense when he’s driving towards the basket. Is a player that can score in multiple ways, including getting his shot off from the perimeter.

 

Jaylin Lewis 6-3, Shooting Guard, Christ the King High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that can has good court vision and is able to move around off the ball. Loves to drive to the basket and can attack the glass for the rebound. Has good size and skill for his position.

 

Brandon Williams 6-7, Forward, Christ the King High School, Class of 2023 - A forward that is strong and agile and has the ability to be creative on the floor. Is very skilled as he is able to put the ball on the floor. Has a nice shooting touch and loves to drive to the basket.

 

Ian Jackson 6-4, Shooting Guard, Cardinal Hayes High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that is able to make his presence felt with his effortless play on the floor. Has a penchant on getting to the basket. Has the ability to shoot from long range and is able to let his game come to him. Is able to make big plays, especially when he’s able to play above the rim.

 

Tobe Awaka 6-8. Forward, Cardinal Hayes High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that is a powerful force when he is on the floor. Is able to dominate in the low post on the defensive end. Is able to power his way up for a layup or a dunk on the offensive end. His physical nature aids in him getting blocks and rebounds.

 

Elijah Moore 6-4, Shooting Guard, Cardinal Hayes High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to be a long-range threat from the three-point line. Is able to find many ways to get open on the perimeter so that he can get his shot off. Is fearless when going into the lane for a layup.

 

Darrell Victory 5-9, Point Guard, Cardinal Hayes High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has a penchant for playing bigger than his height. Is able to control his team’s tempo when they’re on the break and makes sure his teammates are getting the right passes at the right moments. His quickness helps him get to the basket with ease.

 

Tarique Foster 6-7, Forward, Cardinal Hayes High School, Class of 2022 - A forward with a long wingspan and good hands that helps him obtain well when it comes to getting rebounds and getting blocks. Knows how to play above the rim & can also shoot from the perimeter.

 

Johnuel Fland 6-2, Point Guard Archbishop Stepinac High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that has a penchant for helping his teammates get better when on the floor. Knows when and where his teammates are going to hit them with great passes. Has the ability to drive within the lane or shoot ruin three.

 

Samuel Gibbs 6-3, Shooting Guard, Archbishop Stepinac High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has a penchant for making plays that will help his team when on the floor. Has the opportunity to create for himself off the dribble and can attack the lane with precision. Is able to shoot from long range and can be tough to stop when open.

 

Benjamin Lyttle 6-5, Small Forward, Archbishop Stepinac High School, Class of 2023 - A swing man that is able to play big when on the floor and is always hustling for the ball and can obtain rebounds with ease. Is always ready to go after the ball when the opportunity presents itself. Can get to the basket by creating for himself & loves to get tap-ins.

 

Dylan Harper, 6-5, Shooting Guard, Don Bosco Preparatory High School (NJ), Class of 2024 - A guard that is able to do plenty on the floor for his team. Has the ability to get rebounds and go up for baskets with ease. Is able to use his athleticism when he goes up for a dunk. Loves to create for himself off the dribble & can shoot from long range.

 

Elijah Gertrude, 6-4, Shooting Guard, Hudson Catholic High School (NJ), Class of 2023 - A guard that has a lot of scoring ability. When going to the basket, he is fearless when going up to the cup. Is able to show off his athleticism by playing above the rim. Can shoot from three-point range, especially when left open.

 

2021-22 Achievement First - Hartford Key Players

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Achievement First is a public charter school located in Hartford, CT and has been open since 2012.  It’s boys varsity basketball team is a member of the Capital Region Athletic League and the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference and competes to get seeded in the Division V state tournament.


Phil Smith is in his first year as the Head Coach of the Phoenix.  Smith was named Head Coach last year, but the Phoenix did not compete because of the pandemic. As a player, Smith played collegiately at Division 2 USCAA powerhouse NHTI where he played point guard and was ranked top 10 in the nation in 3 pointers made in his final season. Smith served as the head assistant on the 2019 Academy of Innovation team that won the Division V state championship and is also the Co-Founder of AFB Freedom AAU program.


The Achievement First Phoenix have only managed just one winning season in the past 10 years. Here are the key players who Coach Smith will look to help turn the Achievement First program around:


Deivone Tanksley Jr. (2022) 6’4”, 180 lbs swing man - Tanksley is a long, versatile and athletic wing with a high motor who can defend multiple positions and play positions 1-4 on offense. He scores the ball well from all three levels, creates for himself and others and also finishes above the rim.


Rodrick Pearson (2022) 6’7”, 185 lbs forward/center - Pearson is a long and athletic big with excellent shot blocking timing. Pearson runs the floor well offensively and works relentlessly to always be in the correct position for a rebound.


Sadiki Darling (2022) 5’10” 160 lbs guard - Darling is a lightning quick guard who is usually the most athletic player every time he steps on the floor. He excels in the open floor and finishes well at the rim. Harasses ball handlers and has good anticipation defensively.


David Hinds (2022) 5’10” 160 lbs guard - Hinds is a fiery guard that is able to play either guard position.  He is a streaky shooter with a smooth handle and who can get hot and score in bunches.


Davon “DC” Chambers (2023)  5’11 155lbs guard - Chambers is a defensive-minded guard who prides himself in guarding the opposing team’s best ball handler. He is tough, scrappy and fast, Chambers can also knock down shots if left open.


Elijah Smiley (2023) 6’4” 275lbs forward - Smiley is a defensive tackle on the gridiron, and he brings the same bruiser mentality to basketball, but he has a feathery touch around the rim.


Jeffrey Acoff Jr. (2025) 6’4 175 lbs forward - Acoff is a fearless forward who can play both inside and out. He has a decent handle for his size and can stretch the floor to the 3 point line.

 

2022 Real Scout Jamboree Top Performers

By David Cordova,


On January 8, RecruitTheBronx.com sat in on the Real Scout New Year’s Jamboree event, which took place at Canarsie Educational Campus in Brooklyn. The event is one of the city’s best events to start off the New Year in a great fashion. Here are some of the standouts from the event:

 

Ryan Hudson 6-3, Shooting Guard, Cardozo High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to bring the ball up on the perimeter and has excellent court vision. Is known for getting tp the basket with ease and is known for scoring with precision. Is able to create for himself off the dribble and can be a threat from three-point range. Also, has plenty of athleticism, especially on the offensive end.

 

Isaiah Wright 6-2, Shooting Guard, Cardozo High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has a penchant for making strong drives to the basket and has the ability to make an impact on a game with his scoring. Has the ability to get rebounds and draw fouls as a way to get to the free throw line. Has great physicality and is not afraid of contact.

 

Toby Pascual 5-9, Point Guard, Cardozo High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that is very shifty and can switch speeds on the floor with his dribble. Is able to move around the floor off the ball and finds many ways to get open on the floor so that he get a shot off. Has the ability to be an efficient facilitator.

 

Denym Leslie 6-3, Shooting Guard, Cardozo High School, Class of 2023 - A forward that is able to get to the basket easily and gives plenty of effort to make hustle plays. Knows when to get up to the glass and snare rebounds. Is able to score when his team needs a basket.

 

Lavar Hunter 5-7, Point Guard, Canarsie Educational Campus, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to make fearless drives to the basket and is not afraid of contact. Is great for setting up teammates with passes that could lead to baskets. Has a penchant for driving to the basket and is a good finisher.

 

Khalel Noteman 6-6, Forward, Canarsie Educational Campus, Class of 2023 - A forward that is very skilled and has great size. Is able to obtain rebounds at a fast rate and can absorb contact when he is going up for a basket. Has good hands, which also includes getting blocks.

 

Sean Johnson 6-0, Shooting Guard, Canarsie Educational Campus, Class of 2024 - A guard that loves to run in transition and has excellent court vision. Has the ability to change speeds when in transition and can attack the basket. Is able to control the team on the perimeter.

 

Thuron Gordon 6-2, Shooting Guard, Canarsie Educational Campus, Class of 2022 - A guard that can create for himself off of the dribble when he has the ball in his hands. His wingspan allows for him to get rebounds and he is great at boxing out in the low post when it comes to obtaining rebounds. Is a defender that forces the opposition into giving up the ball or into refusing to make certain shots. Uses his hands to stifle the opposition.

 

Jared Days-Jean 6-6, Swingman, Canarsie Educational Campus, Class of 2023 - A player who can create for himself off the dribble when he has the ball in his hands. Has great hands and is a superb rebounder in the post area. Has plenty of toughness and is able to use his ball handling skills to show off his versatility.

 

Jean Aranguren 6-3, Shooting Guard, Upper Room Christian School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has a penchant for making his presence felt with his scoring. Is his team’s leader and encourages his teammates to get better. Is able to drive to the basket easily. Is fearless when it comes to absorbing contact on the offensive end.

 

Dante Green 6-3, Shooting Guard, Upper Room Christian School, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to be a facilitator, as he is a great passer. Is a player that possesses athletic skills, such as going up to dunk. Finds many ways to score, as he can drive to the basket and can also shoot from the perimeter.

 

Youssouf Singare 6-11, Forward, Upper Room Christian School, Class of 2023 - A forward with a large wingspan that has great hands and can hold his own in the post area. Knows when to get blocks and dominate in the post area. Has a penchant for making his presence felt offensively.

 

Darius Coleman 6-2, Shooting Guard, Upper Room Christian School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has a penchant for hustling and getting after the ball. Is very active when it comes to getting steals and has a penchant for obtaining rebounds. Finds ways to drive to the basket and score.

 

Don Colon-Lewis 6-5, Forward, Xaverian High School, Class of 2023 - A forward that has a penchant for using his size to his advantage. Has the physicality to post up smaller defenders and has great ball handling skills. Has great footwork and is smooth at moving around the floor. Has the ability to get his shot off from three-point range.

 

Spencer Mahoney 6-8, Small Forward, Xaverian High School, Class of 2023 - A forward that has plenty of versatility on the floor and has a good skill set. Is great at shooting from long range and has a penchant for his shooting stroke. Is good at using his body to absorb contact in the post.

 

Nasir Muhammad 6-0, Point Guard, Xaverian High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has a penchant for being a great facilitator for his teammates. Is very quick and has great playmaking abilities. Is able to get to the basket easily and has good court vision.

 

Nico Peña 6-0, Shooting Guard, Xaverian High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to make great plays on the court. Finds a way to get his shot off efficiently from three-point range. Has the ability to get open and can take advantage of a team when he is not heavily guarded.

 

Aaron Goldstein 6-0, Point Guard, Xaverian High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to score in bunches and is always able to get his shot off in an efficient manner. Loves to drive to the basket and is a superb finisher at the cup. Has a great penchant for passing the ball to his teammates and giving them the ball at the best spots.

 

Supreme Niles 5-10, Guard, Xaverian High School, Class of 2022 - A guard who is a solid playmaker that can find ways to ensure that his teammates get the ball at the right moments. Finds ways to stick with his man on the defensive end and is always superb at getting steals. Is able to get to the hole with his quickness.

 

2022 Crusader Classic Key Performers

By David Cordova

 

On January 7, RecruitTheBronx.com made it to Draddy Gymnasium on the campus of Manhattan College in the Riverdale section of The Bronx, for the Crusader Classic. The Classic is the annual CHSAA rivalry game between Archbishop Stepinac and Iona Prep. In this game, both teams played a tough battle, but Stepinac prevailed in the end. The rematch will take place at Iona College’s Hynes Athletic Center in New Rochelle, New York on February 12th. Here are the standouts for the first matchup:

 

Danny Carbuccia 6-1, Point Guard,Archbishop Stepinac High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that is able to lead his team in many ways and categories. Is able to create for himself off the dribble and is able to get to the basket. Has a nice pull jumper, which he uses especially when open.

 

Samuel Gibbs 6-3, Shooting Guard, Archbishop Stepinac High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to facilitate to his teammates and find them in the right spots for passes that could lead to baskets. Is able to get to the basket with fearlessness and makes clutch shots when given the opportunity. Is able to play great defense on his counterpart.

 

Joel Baez 6-5, Shooting Guard, Archbishop Stepinac High School, Class of 2022 - A guard with plenty of athleticism and the ability to score. Makes terrific drives to the basket and can attack when the lane is open. Is a solid rebounder and is able to absorb contact when going up to the basket or obtaining rebounds in the air.

 

Jacob Hogarth 6-9, Forward, Archbishop Stepinac High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that is very athletic and is very strong. Has a large wingspan and can hold his own in the post area. Has the ability to get rebounds and get blocks on the defensive end. Is able to muscle his way into the post to get a basket.

 

Isaiah Alexander 6-7, Forward, Archbishop Stepinac High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that has great versatility and is able to do many things on the floor. Is able to create for himself on the perimeter and is able to put the ball on the floor. Loves to drive to the basket and can show off his athleticism.

 

Benjamin Lyttle 6-5, Forward, Archbishop Stepinac High School, Class of 2023 - A forward that has a penchant for doing everything required of him on the floor. He is a glue guy that will hustle for the ball and get rebounds at all times. Has a penchant for getting to the basket and getting putbacks.

 

Braylan Ritvo 6-6, Forward, Archbishop Stepinac High School, Class of 2024 - A forward that gives his team energy when on the floor and is very active when his team needs a key basket or a key possession. Has the ability to shoot from long range when on the floor. Is able to hustle for the ball when the opportunity presents itself.

 

Blaise New 5-10, Point Guard, Iona Preparatory School, Class of 2023 - A guard that is the team’s floor leader and facilitator on the court. Is able to set the team’s tempo and has great court vision. Is able to see where his teammates are going so that he can put them in position to score.

 

Bangaly Berete 6-4, Forward, Iona Preparatory School, Class of 2023 - A forward that has plenty of skills and has the ability to play on the wing. Is able to power his way to the basket with his dribble. Is able to use his frame to absorb contact when going up for a basket.

 

Johnny Keenan 5-10, Point Guard, Iona Preparatory School, Class of 2025 - A guard that is another facilitator for his team. Has plenty of speed and will use it to his advantage when on the offensive end. Has the ability to stay with his man and be on the defensive end and getting steals.

 

Mike Ryan 6-2, Shooting Guard, Iona Preparatory School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to step out on the wing and shoot from three-point range. Has the ability to absorb physicality, due to his physical frame. Knows when to step into the post area and get rebounds.

 

RJ Greene 6-5, Forward, Iona Preparatory School, Class of 2022 - A forward that has the ability to showcase his versatile skills on the perimeter and into the post. When driving into the post, he is able to get past his defender and can use his strength to draw fouls in order to get to the free throw line. Never hesitates to get into the lane to grab a rebound.

 

AJ Rodriguez 6-5, Forward, Iona Preparatory School, Class of 2023 - A forward that is able to make an impact in the game, especially when it comes to getting rebounds. Is able to handle the ball on the perimeter and can step out to take shots from the outside. Uses his strength to muscle into the post to obtain rebounds or go to the basket with precision.

 

2021-22 Bronx Tech College Prospects

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Bronx Tech Prep competes in the Metropolitan Post Grad Athletic Conference. They are the defending MPAC Champions and recent BBall Shoutout Classic champions.  Head Coach Zayid Shabazz is entering his third season at the helm. Prior to Bronx Tech, he was an assistant coach at Our Savior Lutheran where his team won a AIPGC Title.


The college prospects on Bronx Tech’s current roster are:

 

Trayvon Turner (2022) 6’4 180 lbs swing - Turner is a crafty scorer. He can create shots for himself and his teammates. He plays above the rim with force. Turner has the total package. He earned the 2022 BBall Shootout Classic MVP.


Malachi Dilworth (2022) 6’3 175 lbs guard. Dilworth is the returning league MVP. He is a returning senior with a huge leadership role this season. He is a great finisher around the rim.

 

Mike Clement (2022) 6’7 185 lbs small forward - Clement is a versatile forward. He can hit the mid-range jump shot.  He is a good rebounder and a rim protector.

 

Lixander Guzman (2022)  6’6 215lb center - Guzman is the anchor the the BT defense. He is a good shot blocker and rebounder. He finishes at the rim consistently and can hit the mid-range shot.

 

Justin Lawrence (2022) 6’6 190lb forward - Lawrence brings versatility to the team. He has perimeter skills, but also plays inside. Good rebounder, very coachable.

 

Glenn Terrell 5’11 (2022) 170lb guard - Terrell is a two way player. He is a good on-ball defender. Offensively, he is very explosive, plays above the rim and consistently attacks the basket. He plays hard every night.

 

 

2021-22 Martin Luther King Jr High Key Players

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Martin Luther King Jr High Knights are ready and excited for the PSAL 2021-2022 season. The team is coached by Ms. Delfina Leston, MLK’s first female boys varsity team coach. The team competes in the PSAL Manhattan A Division. MLK is looking forward to the challenge as this is the majority of the team’s last season playing high school basketball with eight graduating seniors. Per Coach Leston, “They want to go all the way, leaving it all on the court. This is a special group of boys who play with hustle, heart and dedication and want to win. MLK’s style of play is…one win at a time!”


The key players for MLK this season are:


Julius Hillary (2022) 5’11, is a three year starter, guard. Julius is a leader on and off the court with excellent communication skills. He is a quick athletic two way guard who can play on both sides of the court at a high level of intensity, 32 mins straight. He is also a go-to player since he can score in multiple ways, including being able to knock down the 3 ball. 3.2 gpa


Wilmer Beard (2022) 6’4, is a three year starter, shooting guard. Wilmer is long, athletic, savvy and can score with ease, knocking down 3 pt shots and has the ability to finish in the paint. 3.6 gpa


Ruben Uribe (2022) 6’3, is a three year starter, small forward. Ruben is an energetic, quick, athletic player who is an excellent defender and passer as well. He is a rebounding machine and will finish in the paint averaging double-double’s every game.


Luigi Avenia (2022) 5’11, is a four year starter, shooting guard who can knock down shots effortlessly. Luigi is a true leader on the off the court and will play hard all 32 minutes. He is a quick, energetic, athletic scorer and defender. Luigi can score multiple ways, knocking down the 3pt shot, attacking the basket and in the paint. 4.0 gpa


Ousmane Fofana (2022) 6’2, is a starting, first year forward. He is a great addition to the team providing that spark grabbing rebounds on both ends of the court and being an excellent role player who hustles and plays every possession like it’s his last.


Atcha Yaya (2022) 6’4, is a first year center, who is a true athlete. Atcha is an athletic and strong center who dominates in the paint rebounding and blocking shots. His ensures his presence is felt.


Marquies Ross (2024) 6’1, forward and Clayborne Heartly (2022) 6’2 senior forward both provide valuable minutes off the bench. Both have the ability to knock down 3pt shots, finish in the paint and rebound.


Abou Fofana (2022) 5’7, guard who is a first year player providing that energetic defense hustle every possession. Abou is a quick relentless guard who can attack and finish at the basket, while giving it his all on the defense end. He is willing to guard the opponents best player.


David Schagun (2023) 5’6, guard who is a quick defender off the bench, who can stay with the opponent’s quickest player providing team defense stops.

 

2021-22 Shots With Patience College Prospects

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Andre “Dre” Edwards is a valuable community member and a staple in the Long Island tapestry of AAU basketball. He has been instrumental in giving countless student-athletes the platform to show off their basketball powers and procuring scholarships to college. Dre has been the guy that not only got his student-athletes the looks from the college coaches, he also took them there in his own car on his time to make sure things were taken care of. He did all of this as a coach at Wyandanch High and St John the Baptist High and as the founder of Team Underrated Basketball Academy. Team Underrated is one of long Island Longest running independent AAU/Travel programs in existence today.

 

This season Dre Edwards is new director and owner of the Shots with Patience Prep mens basketball program. It is a sports-specific prep school located on Long Island. The student athletes take college-level courses and the basketball team plays against other high level prep schools such as Olympic Prep and Scotland Campus. They are currently 2-0 in North American Cup Session Association play. His staff includes David Moses, Associate Head Coach; Cam Winston, Assistant Coach; Daniel Pierrot, Assistant Coach; and Payton Johnson, Assistant Coach.

 

Below are the student-athletes currently in the basketball program:

 

Shamell Ponds (2022), Brooklyn, Thomas Jefferson High (2021), 5’10 point guard - @shaaponds is a scoring, crafty combo guard. He gets to the line, can shoot the 3, can defend 1-2, and passes the ball well.

 

Jerheim Elder (2022), Leaventile (Trinidad and Tobago), Layton Christian Academy (2021) 6’4 shooting guard, (6’8 wingspan) - @ja_buckets4 is an athletic wing that plays above the rim, great defender in the passing lanes and rebounds very well.

 

Chris Boothe (2022) Farmingville NY, Sachem East High (2020) - @_boothee is a 6’5 shooting guard who has a 6’7 wing span. He is left handed and has a motor. He shoots the ball very well from 3pt range and has a good mid-range game.  He creates for his teammates, is very athletic and rebounds well for his size.


Justin Norman (2022) Freeport High (2021) 5’10 guard - @jusgotgame is a facilitator looking to push the tempo and set guys up. He gets a lot of paint touches which allows his teammates easy baskets. Justin is very good shooter that needs to look for his shot more. He shoots over 85% from the line. When he’s on the court, the team defense is led by him/ a very good on-the-ball defender. 3.7 gpa

 

Tayron Bangs (2022) Bay Shore High (2021), 5’9 point guard - @tdigzz_ is the team’s best shooter. He’s 18/36 on the season from 3pt range. Quick, grinding guard that plays hard on every play. Now learning how to be a point guard and better on the ball defender. 3.9 gpa

 

Eric Hysaw (2022) Harlem, NY, HS of Teaching & Profession (2021) 5’9 guard - @ejsoraw is a humble leader that is starting to be more aggressive with his play. He can play the 2 guard position, and he gets to the line. Eric has good basketball IQ and is a great team guy!


Tyrece Thompson (2022) Camperdown High, Jamaica (2021), 6’8 power-forward/center - @tyrece_thompson is a solid and athletic post player. He is a very active body in the post. He is averaging a double-double so far this season. He also moves well on the perimeter in space. Received an offer from D2 Allen University. 

 

Sharif Parks (2022) Rochdale Village, John Adams High (2021) 6’8 forward with a 6’10 wingspan. @reefb__ is an athletic stretch 4, who can also play the 3. He can handle and put the ball on the floor, shoots the 3, and he runs the floor well. He is a good rebounder who can defend out on the perimeter on a guard and 1-5. Over his most recent three games, he’s averaged a double-double and shot 62% from the field.

 

Marvin Longmore (2022) Erasmus Hall (2021) 6’1 guard – Longmore can play 1-3 and defend all 5 positions, because of his football body and experience. Coach Edwards calls him “The HEART, SOUL, DAWG, ENFORCER of our team and MOST IMPROVED.” What Marvin does well is get to the line, because of his aggressiveness to attack the rim. He can post him up vs small guards or forwards. Marvin is only 6’1, but has the tremendous athleticism which makes him play as if he is 6’6. Marvin is improving with his shooting, and getting more confident at the free throw line. Marvin is a stat stuffer: 11.5ppg, 7rpg, 4asp and 2.5spg. For the team, he is currently 3rd in points, 2nd in rebounds, 2nd in assists, 1st in steals and 1st in FT attempts.

 

Blake Williams (2022) Mentone Grammar School (Austrailia) 6’7 forward - Williams is projected to play at the D1-D2 level. He handles and is a slasher, a 3pt shooter and a great rebounder. Coach Edwards and his staff are looking forward to helping his growth as a basketball player.


Todd Rochelle (2022) Brooklyn, St Francis Prep (2021) - @_toddr - is already committed to D1 Bryant University. Rochelle is SWP’s Team Captain and is averaging 20.1 ppg 6.6 rpg 5.8 apg and 2.1 spg. He recorded the program’s 1st Triple double in a game vs Prestige Prep and the highest single game points record with 35 against Middle GA Prep. He is shooting 42.5% 3pt, 80% from the line. A smooth, crafty athletic lefty who gets SWP going. A great leader and ultimate competitor.

 

 

 

 

2021-22 W.T. Clarke High Key Players

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W.T. Clarke High competes in the Nassau County conference, A-5 division. Head Coach Joe Hasbrouck is in his sixth year of coaching the Varsity team after spending one season at the JV level.


Hasbrouck’s 2021-22 team relies on hard work, creating turnovers, and sharing the basketball.  When they space and move the ball on offense, they can be difficult to guard 1-5. A young group with only two seniors on the roster, they are looking to grow and develop as a team as the season progresses. This season’s key players this are:

 

James DeSimone is a 5’9” junior guard who is looking to build on his short, but strong Sophomore campaign. Averaging 20.3 points last season, James is at the center of a lot for what Clarke does offensively. He has great range from anywhere on the court, and creates his own shot well both inside and out. 3.8 gpa

 

Bryan Richard is a 6’ senior guard who is another good shooter. He has a great mid range game and can shoot it off the dribble as well as anybody.  Bryan is a terrific rebounder for a guard, and helps start transition off the defensive glass.

 

Zeak Mercado is a 5’10” athletic forward who is probably the hardest worker on the team. He brings nonstop energy and effort, and finishes strong underneath, though often undersized. Zeak is a vocal leader and drives our team effort level.

 

Jack Hollywood is a 5’11” guard who again, is always going full speed. Probably the team’s best on ball defender, is both quick and tough, and thrives running the court in transition. Extremely coachable and always looking to do the right thing.

 

Jason Goetz is a 6’3” forward/center who has high basketball IQ and a good mid range jump shot. His improved footwork and post game will bring a new element to a guard-oriented team. Defensively, Jason is almost always in the right spot and does a lot of the little things well for Clarke.

 

Tammyson Emile - 6’2” athletic wing who has a quick first step, can attack the rim, and might have the most raw talent in the program. He is developing a consistent jump shot and will to continue to take big steps forward throughout the season.

 

Jonathan Segura - 6’2” wing who is all over the place defensively. Always in passing lanes, guarding the dribble well, Jonathan can create turnovers on his own in the full court. He has a great feel for the game offensively, and sees the court really well. Maybe Clarke’s best passer.

 

2021 Hoop’n to the New Year Tournament Standouts

By David Cordova


On December 30, RecruitTheBronx.com paid a visit to the Ocean Hill section of Brooklyn for the Hoop’n to the New Year tournament at Brooklyn Collegiate High School. Participating were four of the PSAL’s best teams in Brooklyn Collegiate, Thomas Jefferson Campus, Eagle Academy (Bronx) and James Monroe Campus. They competed in a two-day event to finish off the first month of the season. Here are the standouts for the event:


Connor Sprattley 6-0, Point Guard, Thomas Jefferson Campus, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to take over a game with his scoring when he sees fit. When he has the ball in his hands, he is able to dominate with high-volume shooting. Is a good defender that has the ability to get steals and turn that into basket.


Tywan Evans 5-7, Point Guard, Thomas Jefferson Campus, Class of 2023 - A guard that is fearless when going up for a basket. Is a guard that has plenty of confidence when it comes to taking high-volume shots. Has the ability to distribute the ball to his teammates and puts them in a position to score at all times.


Jaden Kempson 6-1, Shooting Guard, Thomas Jefferson Campus, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to get past defenders with his dribble. Makes it easy to get to the lane and is a good finisher at the basket. Is good at staying with his man at all times on the defensive end. Has a nice shooting touch when going for a pull up jumper or a floater.


Nathaniel Lynton, 6-4, Forward, Thomas Jefferson Campus, Class of 2022 - A forward that has a long wingspan and is very dominant with his physicality. Is a player that provides plenty of energy and size in the post area. Has the ability to rebound and power his way to the basket.


Tristian Davis 5-9, Point Guard, Thomas Jefferson Campus, Class of 2025 - A guard that is very quick on & has the ability to attack off the dribble Has the ability to set up his teammates with good baskets, especially when they are open or even cutting to the basket. Is good at creating for himself and is fearless when going to the basket.


Jaryn Bull 6-1, Forward, Eagle Academy, Class of 2023 - A forward with size that loves to get up and down the floor. Is able to get to the hole with ease and has the ability to use his physicality to absorb contact in the post.


Asa Kone 6-8, Forward, Eagle Academy, Class of 2022 - A forward that is an enforcer in the low post. Has large hands that aid in him blocking shots and obtaining rebounds. Has great upper-body strength and a long wingspan. Is fearless when going up for a basket.


Jaden Zimmerman 6-3, Shooting Guard, Eagle Academy, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to find his way to the free throw line. Is able to move around when off the ball and is able to command the ball at all times. Is able to come off of screens and get to the basket easily.


Clinton McCullum 5-8, Point Guard, Eagle Academy, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to stick with his man at on the defensive end. Has the ability to get downcourt with his speed and has a penchant for driving to the basket. Had the ability to find his teammates & deliver great passes that lead to assists.


Efrain Davila 5-9,  Shooting Guard, James Monroe Campus, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to give his team energy when he’s on the floor. Has a penchant for getting past the opposition on the offensive end and can set up his teammates for baskets. Has a nice shooting touch from the outside.


Donzell Hamilton 5-11, Shooting Guard, James Monroe Campus, Class of 2022 - A guard that likes to get out in the break and loves to run in transition. Is able to slice and dice his way to the basket. Is able to hit pull up jumpers or floaters when going to the basket.


Harry Bonilla 5-11, Shooting Guard, James Monroe High School Campus, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to take over a game when he has the ball in his hands. Is able to drive to the basket at will and can score at will. Is able to shoot from long range ands a nice shooting stroke.


Odanis Done 6-2,  Point Guard, James Monroe Campus, Class of 2022 - A guard that has a penchant for leading the team on the floor. Is able to set the tempo for his team when he’s handling the ball. Loves to get his teammates in the right position to score. Is able to attack in transition and drive to the basket. Has a nice shooting touch.


Al-Hasan Jallow 6-6, Forward, James Monroe Campus, Class of 2024 -A forward that can make his presence felt with his size and physicality. Is a great rebounder that has good footwork and can help his teammates with movements on the floor. Is able to alter the shot of the opposition when he puts his hands up and gives his team good energy on the floor.


Toriboli Babs-Ogundeji 6-4, Forward, Brooklyn Collegiate High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has a penchant for using his wingspan to corral rebounds. Has a penchant for drawing fouls and getting to the free-throw line. Has a nice shooting touch from the perimeter.


Zaquan Jones 6-4, Forward, Brooklyn Collegiate High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that is a strong and imposing figure on the floor. Is able to obtain a rebound and is the enforcer for his team. Is able to use his physicality to hold his own in the low post area.


Jayden Johnson 6-0, Shooting Guard, Brooklyn Collegiate High School, Class of 2023 - Johnson is a good a spot-up shooter, and he commands the ball accordingly. He has a nice shooters touch. He can bring the ball up while under pressure and get his team into a set.


Dayjon Anderson 5-10, Point Guard, Brooklyn Collegiate High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that is able to stick with his man at all times on the defensive end. Has the ability to use slick moves to get into the lane. Has the ability to come off of a screen and shoot. Has great upper-body strength that gives him the ability to withstand contact.


Jamal Smith 6-3, Forward, Brooklyn Collegiate High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that has a penchant for being a solid rebounder. Uses his strength to absorb contact when going up for a basket or absorbing a rebound. Is able to box out and dominant.


Trey Skeete 6-0, Forward, Brooklyn Collegiate High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that likes to play on the perimeter. Has the ability to step into the lane and obtain a rebound. Has plenty of strength that aids him in drawing fouls and absorbing contact. Has a penchant for staying in front of his man on the defensive end.

 

2021 Benjamin Classic Top Performers

By David Cordova,


On December 19, RecruitTheBronx.com got to Bishop Loughlin High School in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn for the second day of the Antonio Benjamin Memorial Classic. On this day, there were three games involving teams from the boroughs and Long Island. Here were some top performers:


Nohoun Diarra 6-2, Shooting Guard, Brooklyn College Academy, Class of 2024 - A guard that is tough and very athletic when in the post area. Because his team is undersized, he plays the low post, but he is able to step out onto the perimeter & create for himself. Is able to get up for rebounds and can put his hands up in order to block shots.


Tiziah Spears 6-1, Shooting Guard, Brooklyn College Academy, Class of 2022 - A guard that is able to play on the perimeter and can free himself when it comes to getting the ball. Has a penchant for drawing fouls and getting to the free throw line.  Has good hands on the defensive end and can attack.


Zekerea Alyshka 6-3, Shooting Guard, Broome Street Academy, Class of 2022 - A guard that is a great distributor with the ball and looks for his teammates at the right spots. Is able to see the floor well and can move around the floor when he’s off the ball. Loves to drive to the basket and is able to draw fouls and make his way to the free-throw line efficiently. Has a nice shot from three-point range.


Jaden Arroyo 6-0, Point Guard, Broome Street Academy, Class of 2022 - A guard that loves to be out on the break and has a penchant for finding his teammates at the right spots. Is able to create for himself on the floor.  Has the ability to obtain steals and can get to the basket easily. When left heavily guarded, he can take advantage of the opposition’s weakness.


Brayan Espinal 6-1, Shooting Guard, Broome Street Academy, Class of 2023 - A guard that is defensive-minded and has a great eye for paying attention to the ball. A player that loves to run and is active on the fast break. Knows when to take a great shot and also when to kick it out to a teammate that’s on the break.


Yousef Saleh 5-10, Point Guard, Broome Street Academy, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to stick with his man on defense. Is able to get steals in transition and can get downcourt with ease. Has a penchant for driving to the lane and can score easily.


Jamier Nowell 5-9, Point Guard, Benjamin Banneker Academy, Class of 2024 - A guard that is quick with the ball and knows how to be deceptive with his handle. Is always alert on the defensive end when it comes to getting steals or even getting to loose balls. Finds ways to set up teammates with passes that lead to baskets for his team & has the ability to get to the basket and shoot from long range.


Kevin Rochez, 5-7, Point Guard, Benjamin Banneker Academy, Class of 2022 - A guard that has a penchant for bringing the ball up the court & has excellent court vision. Has superb quickness where he is able to get past his defender. When driving to the basket, he finds a way to finish strong at the basket. Has good hands, which aids in him to get steals at all times.


Asani Delpeche, 6-4, Forward, Benjamin Banneker Academy, Class of 2022 - A forward with a long wingspan and and plenty of versatility. Uses his strength to hold his own when it comes to him getting rebounds & putbacks and blocking shots. Has a penchant for going to the basket and finishing strong.


Sincere Simmons, 6-3, Forward, Benjamin Banneker Academy, Class of 2024 - A forward that is able to hold his own in the low post for his team. Has soft hands, which aid in him obtaining rebounds and also getting his shot off. Uses his body to absorb contact in the post and is fearless when going up for a shot.


Aaron Nyantankyi, 6-4, Forward, Brentwood High School, Class of 2023 - A forward that likes to run down the floor and attack in transition. Has the ability to rebound the ball when in the paint area. Uses his body at all times to get charges and is fearless when it comes to contact.


Daniel Hernandez, 6-0, Shooting Guard, Brentwood High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that loves to free himself on the perimeter and look for ways to get open, so that he can get his shot off. When going up for a basket, he has the ability to absorb contact.


Seth Jones, 6-2, Forward, Brentwood High School, Class of 2023 - A forward that is strong and rugged in the low post. Is able to handle the ball and loves to drive and has the ability to dominate in the paint. Is able to step out and shoot from three-point range.


Zatai Townsend 6-1, Shooting Guard, Brentwood High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has good hands and is very alert on the defensive end. A guard that has the ability to shoot from long range and is very aggressive when driving to the basket. Has superb athleticism when going up for a basket.


Josh Ramos, 5-8, Point Guard, Brentwood High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that is speedy and is able to see where the opposition is moving so that he can swipe the ball from them and get back to the basket. Has the ability to shoot from long range and has an affinity for getting to the basket to score. Has the ability to help his teammates get great opportunities to score.


Jaden Michael, 6-3, Shooting Guard, Brentwood High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that loves to run out on the floor and possesses plenty of versatility on the break. Is a player that is able to create for himself off the dribble. Is great for driving to the basket and can come off of screens and then drive to the basket.


Jordan Joseph, 5-10, Shooting Guard, LaSalle Academy, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to be an asset on the defensive end for his team. Has the ability to pick off passes from the opposition. Is able to block shots and get back rebounds. Has the ability to kick it out to his teammates on the break.


Carlos Lorenzo, 5-10, Shooting Guard, LaSalle Academy, Class of 2022 - A guard that is very alert when it comes to cutting to the basket. Is able to get rebounds whenever the ball goes up. Is fearless when it comes to taking charges and has the ability for hitting clutch shots, especially from three-point range.


Taylor Perlmutter 6-1, Point Guard, LaSalle Academy, Class of 2023 - A guard that has good court vision and is able to see where his teammates are going at all times. Is able to control where his team is going when he is in the perimeter. Likes to drive to the basket and can make.


Ryan Toscano, 5-8, Point Guard, LaSalle Academy, Class of 2023 - A guard that is alert on the defensive end and is able to stick with his man with ease. Has the ability to shoot from long range & is able to move around the perimeter and free himself for an open shot. Finds ways to draw fouls and get to the free-throw line.

2021-22 Lehman Campus Season Preview

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The 2021-2022 season for the PSAL high school boys varsity basketball is here and the Lions of Lehman Campus are expected to face it with a plethora of new players after graduating 9 seniors but as usual, they have optimism that the returning players will be ready to carry the load.

 

The Lions, with COVID restrictions sort of lifted, have been preparing vigorously and as per Head Coach Francisco Rivera, “We have new faces and we will come together, get better and continue to improve as the season goes on with the common goal of getting better and growing as a team. I’m excited to see how this group comes together.

 

Jalen Elfe 5’10, is a 3 year starting senior guard who will be in the familiar role of leader and at times the go to guy. Jalen has good range on his 3pt shot to go along with his ability to finish in the paint, find the open man and playing both ends of the court.


5’8 seniors Chevy Williams and Angel Arce are both pesky defenders with good range on their 3pt shots. They play a tough brand of basketball and are being looked at for Leadership on offense and tough nosed defense.


6’6 seniors Steven Mejia and Gio Maldonado roles will both expand this year. They are athletic, block shots well, rebound, and have the ability to get up and down the floor quickly. 6’3 senior Jordan Mills will provide size and touch from the post area.


6ft seniors Elijah Flores and Justin Santiago should provide the defensive spark the team will need to close out games.  Both have the ability to get to the basket and space the defense with their shooting.


6ft juniors Marques Hutchinson and Jayquan Lee can both score in multiple ways while providing the team great versatility. 6’1 Junior Chris Lature is a streak shooter you will have to pay attention too. 6’2 Juniors Tyler Laqqueri and Arial Vargas are projects with some nice potential. Sophomore Jaziel Vargas, seniors Noel Villanueva and Andrew Sanchez, along with juniors Zishawn Strouble and Mike Waleh round out the team’s depth at the guard position.

 
The coaching staff has big aspirations for the team and feels this could be a surprisingly big year for the Lions. As per Coach Rivera,  “Our goal is to compete to win the Bronx championship and make a long run in the City to give ourselves a chance at states. The main goal is to get each senior placed into college whether or not basketball is part of the equation. We have a few guys who should be able to play college basketball as they continue to grow.”

2021-22 Trinity Pawling School Key Players

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The Trinity-Pawling School is a boarding prep school in Dutchess County, NY that was founded in 1907. It’s boys varsity basketball team competes in two leagues, the Founders League and the Tri-State League and competes to get seeded in the NEPSAC Class A post season tournament.


Tarik Smith has assumed the head coaching job this year, after 20 year veteran, Bill Casson announced his retirement.  Back in the day, Smith was captain of the basketball team at Tufts University where he led the Jumbos to the NCAA Elite 8 and Sweet 16 in back-to-back years. During his college years, he spent his summers training and coaching student-athletes at basketball camps. Last year, he was an assistant coach at The Winchendon school.  During the pandemic-pause year, he worked to get all 14 of Winchedon’s graduating players a spot on college basketball rosters for this year.

 

Historically, Trinity-Pawling’s key players and those of its opponents are all prepping to play collegiate ball. This year is no different, and here are TP’s current key guys:


DeAndre Williams (2023) 6’3 180lbs - DeAndre is an extremely skilled and athletic guard who can score at three levels. He can finish above the rim and make plays for others. DeAndre received his first scholarship offer from Robert Morris University the beginning of this season.


Nzube Mekkam (2022) 6’3 175lbs - Nzube Mekkam is a very athletic combo guard who plays above the rim and can score in a variety of ways. Using his quickness he is able to break down his opponent and create shots for himself and others. Nzube is a very strong defender and is having a great start to the season.


Mikkel Cintron (2022) 6’7 210lbs - Mikkel is a long versatile wing who can shoot the three and finish around the rim. He can rebound well and block shots on defense using his quickness and length. Mikkel has been playing big minutes, and making timely plays for TP this season.


Sean Conroy (2022) 6’4 200lbs - Sean is a strong guard who can shoot the three and defend well. In transition he can create his own shot with little space and he can also make plays for others. Look for Sean to be an impact player on TP this season.


Suhayb Choaibi (2022) 6’5 180lbs - Suhayb is a very long athletic wing who can finish above the rim. He is very skilled with the ball and creates shots for himself. On defense he plays passing lanes and gets out in transition. Suhayb is a Swiss Army knife and can impact the game in many ways.


Justin Umunakwe (2023) 6’5 220lbs - Justin is a tough versatile wing who attacks the rim relentlessly and is a beast on the glass.  He can defend multiple positions using his strength and moving his feet. Justin also has much improved jump shot and does whatever is needed to win.


Austin Williams (2022) 5’11 180lbs - Austin is a high IQ point guard who can attack the rim and create shots for himself. He is very good at running the offense and getting others involved as well. Look for Austin to be a part of the TP rotation this season.

 

 

2021 Tom K Classic Standouts

By David Cordova,


On December 5, RecruitTheBronx.com paid a visit to Archbishop Molloy High School in the Briarwood section of Queens for the first annual Tom Konchalski Classic. The event which was put together as a way to pay homage to the late, great scout who passed away in February at the age of 74. As the start of the season, many of the teams were getting their feet wet after last year’s shortened season due to COVID-19 pandemic. Here are the standouts from the event:

 

Jaedon Hutchinson 6-5, Shooting Guard, St. Mary’s High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that is very explosive and has a solid game that can match with anyone on the floor. Is very active on the break and is able to get down court with ease. Is a very athletic player that can create for himself off the dribble.

 

Vere Anthony 6-0, Point Guard, St. Francis Preparatory High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has great court vision and can see where his teammates are moving on the floor so that he can distribute the ball to his teammates. Is able to get to the basket easily and is fearless when going up for two. Is very mature for his class.

 

Kelvin Collado 6-6, Forward, Mount St. Michael Academy, Class of 2023 - A forward with good footwork and plenty of strength in the paint area. Is a skilled player that is a valued asset for his team whenever he’s on the floor. Is able to obtain rebounds and go up and score in the post area.

 

Noah Best 6-5, Shooting Guard, Mount St. Michael Academy, Class of 2022 - A guard that has a penchant for shooting at a high volume and can score in bunches. Is a player that can shoot from long range and can do damage when left open on the perimeter. Has the ability to use athleticism when driving to the basket.

 

Jalen Lyn 6-2, Point Guard, Mount St. Michael Academy, Class of 2023 - A guard with an excellent vision on the court. Is a player that can lead his team in transition and can either bring up the pace of play or slow it down. Has the ability to dominate from the perimeter and has superb athleticism, whether it is going to the rim or blocking the shot of the opposition.

 

Izaiah Millan 6-0, Point Guard, Mount St. Michael Academy, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to see the court when on the floor. Loves to run in the fast break and is able to get downcourt with ease. Is always alert and ready to hit teammates with good passes. Is always fearless when going up for a basket.

 

Manu Alford 6-3, Shooting Guard, Holy Trinity High School, Class of 2022 - A guard with a long frame that has the ability to make plays in transition. Is able to absorb physical contact with driving to the lane and can attack the basket easily. Has plenty of confidence when it comes to scoring.

 

Izaiah Shaw-Glenn, 6-4, Forward, Holy Trinity High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that has good footwork and is able to move around the floor off the ball. Is able to step out of the paint area and shoot from at least 15 feet. Knows how to maneuver when it comes to getting rebounds and holding down the post area.

 

Jonathan McCullers, 6-0, Point Guard, Holy Trinity High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has plenty of quickness & can attack the perimeter in transition. Has excellent court vision & is able to see where his teammates are moving on the floor. Has the ability to shoot from long range and can hit clutch shots.

 

Don Colon-Lewis 6-5, Forward, Xaverian High School, Class of 2023 - A forward that has good footwork and makes swift moves on the offensive end when going towards the basket. Is an imposing figure in the paint area that can help neutralize the opposition when it comes to them trying to score. Has good hands and great positioning when it comes to him being on the defensive end.

 

Supreme Niles 6-0, Point Guard, Xaverian High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that runs like an engine and makes his teammates go when on the court.Has the ability to attack in transition and is able to see the floor well, especially when his teammates are on their way downcourt to get to the basket. Is also fearless when going into the basket.

 

Aaron Goldstein 6-0, Shooting Guard, Xaverian High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has a penchant for scoring in bunches and is never afraid to take clutch shots when he has the opportunity to do so. Is very fearless when going to the basket and always goes up strong and is able to draw fouls. Likes to drive to the hole and always goes up strong.

 

Nico Peña 6-1, Point Guard, Xaverian High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that can create for himself offensively and also can move with out the ball and can free himself to get open for a shot. A player that can shoot the lights out from three-point range. Can be tough to stop if he is not guarded heavily every time, especially if it’s from deep.

 

Michael Walker 6-6, Forward, Xaverian High School, Class of 2023 - A forward that can attack the glass easily and has the ability to be a tough player in the post who can hold his own. Has the ability to impose his strong presence on the court and is fearless when it comes to going up for a basket and being fouled. Is an x-factor for his teammates when he’s on the floor.

 

Joshua Rodriguez, 6-1, Shooting Guard, St. Anthony High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to shoot from long range and is able to find ways to break down defenses with his dribble. Is very aware of when to shoot and when to kick out the ball to his teammates. When not guarded heavily, he can take advantage of the opposition, especially when it comes to his shooting prowess.

 

William Snyder 6-5, Forward, St. Anthony High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that is able to attack the glass and can make good decisions on the floor. Is able to crash the boards for rebounds with ease and is fearless when it comes to absorbing contact. Has good hands, which also enable him to block shots.

 

Jalyke Gaines-Wyatt 6-0, Point Guard, St. Anthony High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that is a slick ball-handler and is able to get to the hole easily by breaking down the opposition off the dribble. Knows how to attack the lane and has the ability to make sure that his teammates are around so that they can receive the ball at the right time. Has a good jumper from the mid-range.

 

Chase Robinson 6-0, Point Guard, Archbishop Molloy High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that is able to get up and down the court with ease and has great playmaking ability. Knows how to create for himself off the dribble and is capable of making sure that his teammates get the ball so that they can score.

 

John McCabe 6-3, Shooting Guard, Archbishop Molloy High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to make hustle plays on the floor. Has the ability to create for himself off the dribble and is able to absorb physical contact when going up for two. Has a penchant for shooting from long range.

 

Matthew Hanley 6-6, Forward, Monsignor Farrell High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that is able to make his way around the paint and is very versatile when on the offensive end. Is able to create for himself off the ball and can handle the ball when in the post. Is also able to step out and shoot from long range.

 

2021 Sunday Service Standouts

By David Cordova


On Sunday, November 28, RecruitTheBronx.com made it to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the first annual “Sunday Service”. This event was set up so several PSAL teams were able to kick off their season by playing on an NBA court. This event was put on together by Varsity Customs and NYC Prospects.


Here are the standouts from the event:


Connor Sprattley 6-0, Point Guard, Thomas Jefferson High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has plenty of poise in his game and excellent court vision. Has the ability to bring the ball up and can control the temp of the game when he has the ball in his hands. Has the ability to give his teammates the ball in the right places.

 

Tywan Evers 5-7, Point Guard, Thomas Jefferson High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that is fast and uses his speed to blaze past the opposition. Finds a way to draw fouls and get to the basket with ease. Has a nice shooting touch as well from mid-range and can facilitate to his teammates so that they can score.

 

Moussa Samake 6-7, Forward, Thomas Jefferson High School, Class of 2024 - A forward that is long and agile and can make his presence felt by putting his hands up at all times. Has a penchant for grabbing rebounds and by forcing the opposition to think twice about scoring in the lane when he’s in the paint. Has a nice shooting g tech and is able to get into the paint.

 

Anthony Isaac 6-5, Forward, Thomas Jefferson High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that has great size and can use his physicality to hold his own in the post area. Has the ability to shoot from long range and has a nice shooting touch from behind the arc. Is able to draw fouls and grab rebounds with ease.

 

Yanni Mousios 6-5, Forward, Cardozo High School, Class of 2022 - An undersized forward that is able to establish his presence in the post area. Is very tough and scrappy and will fight for loose balls. Has a penchant for playing tough defense on the opposition and is a great asset to his team. Finds many ways to score.

 

Isaiah Wright 6-2, Shooting Guard, Cardozo High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has a penchant for driving to the basket and has the ability to take over a game with his scoring. Has the ability to obtain rebounds and draw fouls as a way to get to the free throw line. Is a player that is very aggressive and is a warrior when he steps on the floor.

 

Ryan Hudson 6-3, Shooting Guard, Cardozo High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to bring the ball up and has excellent court vision. Is known for attacking the basket with ease and is known for scoring in bunches. Is able to create for himself off the dribble and is a very dangerous shooter from three-point range.

 

Toby Pascual 5-9, Point Guard, Cardozo High school, Class of 2022 - A diminutive guard that is very shifty and can break down a zone defense with his shooting. Is able to move around off the ball and finds ways to get open on the floor. When open, is able to shoot with plenty of range. Is able to get to the basket at will. Has excellent court vision and has the ability to pass the ball to teammates.

 

Qadir Martin 6-6, Forward, Curtis High School, Class of 2024 -A forward that is able to attack the glass and has plenty of toughness when he’s on the floor. Knows when to back down an opponent on get to the basket or the rim on the offensive end and is also able to box an opponent at the rim. Is versatile as he can put the ball on the floor and dribble.

 

Jalen Munson 5-11, Point Guard, Curtis High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that is quick and deceptive on the floor. Is able too see the floor well and is able to slow down the tempo for his team. Is able to blaze past defenders with a quick first step. Knows when to put up a shot or dish it out to his teammates so that they can score.

 

Toloupe Ayedemi, 6-4, Forward, Curtis High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that is a very strong inside presence in the post and has great hands that allow him to obtain the ball. Uses his strength to muscle into the paint. Is a player that can hold his own in the post.

 

Alex Agard, 5-6, Point Guard, Erasmus Hall High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that loves to run in transition and is very active when on the floor. Has plenty of quickness, which allows him to get downcourt in an efficient manner. Has a knack for splitting the defense as a way to get to the basket.

 

Cosby Napoleon 6-2, Forward, Erasmus Hall High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that is able to do it all for his team. Is great at attacking the boards and can use his strength and physicality when going up for a basket. Is very athletic and has the ability to finish at the rim.

 

Chris Erskine-Gidding 6-3, Forward, Erasmus Hall High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that has good size and is able to be a contributor to his team by doing any means necessary to stay on the floor. Is able to get to the basket and can put the ball on the floor. Is a player that can score when given the opportunity to do so.

 

Tyler Exeter, 5-9, Shooting Guard, Erasmus Hall High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to run in transition on the fast break. Has the ability to get to the basket with ease and has excellent court vision. Is able to make decisions on the floor when he has the ball in his hand.

 

CJ Riley 6-0, Point Guard, Wings Academy, Class of 2022 - A guard that has plenty of flash in his game and can make plays when he has the ball in his hands. Has a penchant for shooting from mid-range and can also play the point guard position well. Has a knack for being a great facilitator on the floor.

 

Mohamed Kante 6-2, Forward, Wings Academy, Class of 2022 - An undersized forward that is great for holding his own when it comes to rebounding and attacking the glass. Is able to run on the fast break and is able to put the ball on the floor. Is fearless when driving to the basket at all times.

 

Eric Acker 6-1, Shooting Guard, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2023 - A guard that can make big plays on the court and has a penchant for making big shots. Is able to create for himself off the dribble and has the ability to get to the basket easily. Has a knack for shooting from three-point range.

 

Treyshawn Sheppard 6-6, Forward, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2023 - A forward that can play both the three and four positions on the floor. Is able to finish strong at the basket and is a solid rebounder at the glass. Has the ability to block shots when on the defensive end.

 

Tyliek Weeks 6-6, Forward, South Shore High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that is very versatile on the floor, as he has great footwork and is a force on the court. Is able to step out and shoot from long range or mid-range. Is able to get to the boards and use his physical strength to get a rebound.

 

 

2021-22 Chaminade High Key Players

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Long Island power house Chaminade High Flyers of Mineola, NY is looking forward to another successful season. Under the helm of their new head coach, Dan Feeney, Chaminade will be attempting to defend their Nassau-Suffolk Catholic High School Athletic Association championship in the highly competitive seven school league.

 

Feeney has spent the past 13 years coaching at Chaminade, eight as the freshman coach, and the last 10 as the varsity assistant. Some of the key players that he will be relying on for his varsity head coaching debut are:

 

Greg Cantwell (2022) 6’2 Guard - Cantwell has an ability to do a little bit of everything in the backcourt.  He is a high IQ player with a lethal pull-up but can also consistently knock down the 3. His work ethic is unmatched and he is expected to do everything for the Flyers this season. 3.5 gpa

 

Mac Kelly (2023) 6’0 Guard) - Mac has developed into a true floor general.  He will be asked to handle much of the PG responsibilities while still maintaining his ability to score.  Mac has a much improved 3 point shot.  He is often asked to guard the other teams best player as well.  One of the tougher kids in the program.

 

Dave DeBusschere (2023) 5’10 Guard) - Dave is the grandson of the former Knick’s great and is an outstanding perimeter shooter, one of the best shooters in the area.  He returns for his second year in the starting lineup with a target on his back.  He has expanded his game and look for him to have another big year for the Flyers. 4.0 gpa

 

Bradley Wyckoff (2023) 6’4 Forward - Bradley is the ultimate glue guy. A two-sport athlete as a standout in lacrosse will play a major role in the paint for the flyers.  He is able to handle the ball as well which gives us many options on how to use him. 3.7 gpa


Deepuk Edmonds (2022) 6’7 Forward - Deepuk is a very skilled versatile big that score both in the pain and all the way out to 3.  He provides the Flyers with tons of impact in the front court. 3.9 gpa


Antoni Vlogianitis (2023) 6’2 Guard - Antoni is another OUTSTANDING shooter for the flyers. He provides great depth in the backcourt and look for him to have to big games this year. Another Flyer with an outstanding work ethic.  Has improved as much as anyone in the program over the last two years due to his work. 3.2 gpa

 

Joe Knaus (2024) 6’4 Forward - Joe is the only sophomore on the roster, and he has the ability to shoot it at a very high level. Other parts of his game are still developing, but he has a very bright future.  Look for him to increase his effectiveness as the season moves forward. 3.7 gpa


Albert Knaus (2023) 6’5 Forward - Albert is the heart and soul of the Flyers.  He is a very versatile and physical forward that backs down from on one. The ultimate teammate.  He can shoot the 3 and also finish at the rim. 3.3 gpa

 

2021 Hersch Classic Standouts

By David Cordova


On November 19, RecruitTheBronx.com paid a visit to Thomas Jefferson Educational Campus in Brooklyn for the first night of the annual Hersh Classic, an event in which many of the PSAL’s best high school programs duel it out before the official start of their winter seasons. Here are some of the standouts from the event:

 

Nick Tung, 5-8, Point Guard, Scholars Academy, 2022 - A guard that has plenty of quickness when going down the lane. Is fearless when it comes to driving into the lane and is in attack mode very often when it comes to scoring. His quickness is impeccable on the floor and his defense is spectacular.

 

Daniel Kaplan, 6-2, Shooting Guard, Scholars Academy, 2022 - A guard that has the ability to play strong defense on his man and stick with them. Has a penchant for using his body to absorb contact when going to the basket. Has an ability to impact his team when playing off the ball.

 

Connor Sprattley 6-0, Point Guard, Thomas Jefferson High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that is strong when attacking the basket and uses his quickness at will. Knows when to distribute the ball to his teammates and when to score. Has a great IQ for his position & has a good eye for what to do on the floor.

 

Tristan Davis 5-9, Point Guard, Thomas Jefferson High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that is very speedy and has the ability to attack the lane. Has the ability to set up his teammates with good baskets. Is a great decision maker and can create for himself off the dribble.

 

Moussa Samake 6-7, Forward, Thomas Jefferson High School, Class of 2025 - A forward that has good size and length and has plenty of toughness when going on to the boards. Is able to move well around the paint area and can run well across the floor. Is great at anticipating passes and catching them en route to getting to the basket.


Kentrell Edwards, 6-3, Forward, Robeson High School, Class of 2023 - A forward that has plenty of toughness when on the court and is able to use his body to muscle his way to the basket. Has good hands and is able to alter or block shots on the defensive end. Is able to force the opposition into missing shots or passing it.

 

Jamel Johnson, 5-11, Point Guard, Robeson High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that is very explosive and is able to glide his way to the basket on the offensive end. Finds ways to make his presence felt by blocking shots and getting rebounds. Is food at attacking the basket off the dribble and can absorb contact when driving.

 

Robert Witter, 5-5, Point Guard, Robeson High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that is diminutive but plays bigger than his height. Is able to control the tempo of the game and can handle the ball on the perimeter. Has jet-like quickness and superb court vision that aids in his team being very successful.

 

Gregory Ricketts 5-5, Point Guard, Brooklyn Law & Tech High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has a penchant for being in the right places at the right times. Has a lot of quickness, which he uses to get to the lane efficiently. Is able to hit teammates with good passes in order to put them in position to score.

 

Siyani Arthur 5-8, Point Guard, Brooklyn Law & Tech High School, Class of 2024 - A diminutive guard that has a penchant for making big shots at all times. Is fearless when it comes to driving into the basket and has a lot of confidence when driving into the basket. Knows when to dish it out to teammates and puts them in position to score.

 

Raymond Gillespie 6-4, Forward, Brooklyn Law & Tech High School, Class of 2023 - A forward that is able to slice and dice his way to the basket. Knows how to make himself present when off the ball by moving around. Is good for absorbing the ball when it comes to getting rebounds.

 

Kyle Dhu 6-1, Shooting Guard, Brooklyn Law & Tech High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that is very athletic and will not hesitate to go up for a rebounds and loose balls. Is able to extend plenty of energy when he’s on the floor. Finds plenty of ways to score and is always ready to anticipate a pass coming from a teammate.

 

Cristian Davis 5-10, Point Guard, Murry Bergtraum High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that is small, but deceptive with the ball. He is great at making sure his teammates get the ball in their hands at the right time on the fast break. Uses his speed quite often when it comes to getting past the opposition and has great hands, which aids in him being able to make plenty of steals when on the defensive end.

 

Donnell Campbell Jr. 6-4, Shooting Guard, Murry Bergtraum High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has a penchant for making the right plays at the right time. Is able to attack the glass ferociously and can use his strength to his advantage, when it comes to drawing fouls and getting to the free throw line. Has a penchant for getting to the basket with ease.

 

Kalifa Outtara 6-5, Shooting Guard, Murry Bergtraum High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that is explosive and loves to get after the ball. Has a quick first step off the dribble and can create for himself on the offensive end. Is able to drive to the basket and is fearless of contact.

 

Andre Bowles, 6-4, Shooting Guard, Murry Bergtraum High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that makes the effort to get after the ball when it comes to loose balls or steals and gives maximum energy when he’s on the floor. Is a great defender that stays on his man at all times.

 

Jamier Nowell 5-9, Point Guard, Benjamin Banneker Academy, Class of 2024 - A guard that is quick and deceptive and finds a way to get down court in an instant. Is always alert when it comes to getting steals or even getting to loose balls. Finds ways to set up teammates with passes & has the ability to get to the basket.

 

Kevin Rochez,  5-7, Point Guard, Benjamin Banneker Academy, Class of 2022 - A guard that has a penchant for bringing the ball up the court & can fill the lanes. Never hesitates to use his quickness to his advantage. When driving to the basket, he finds a way to finish string at the basket. Has good hands, which allow him to get steals at all times.

 

Asani Delpeche, 6-4, Forward, Benjamin Banneker Academy, Class of 2022 - A forward with a long wingspan and and the ability to bring the ball up the court, which shows his versatility. Uses his strength to hold his own when it comes to him getting rebounds and blocking shots. Has a penchant for going to the basket and finishing with strength.

 

Marlon Johnson, Jr., 5-11, Shooting Guard, Benjamin Banneker Academy, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to use his good hands to snare rebounds and also obtain steals whenever he gets the opportunity. Loves to find ways to drive to the basket. Has the ability to shoot from long range.

 

 

 

 

2021 Lower Manhattan Invitational Top Performers

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Over Veteran’s Day weekend, the Seward Park program held their annual preseason bracket-style tournament. With a mix of Manhattan, Bronx and Brooklyn PSAL teams vying for the championship trophy, teams were able to prepare for the season in a highly competitive atmosphere.


With the PSAL season approaching, organizer Coach Katey Wentworth of Seward Park launched this tournament to be a spring board for teams to get an early gauge on what the season will bring.

 

Top performers in the games were:

 

Rashaun Chapple 6’2 Seward Park class of 2022 Combo Guard with explosive athleticism and serious scoring ability. Shifty ball handler and crafty scorer that penetrates defenses very well and is a willing passer. Dangerous for other teams in transition.

 

Emilio Nabli 6’1” Seward Park class of 2023 Smooth 3 point shooter with deep range. Strong and athletic shooting guard that can get to the rim and finish well around the basket. Good defender with explosive athleticism.

 

Jahmarri Clarke 5’10” Graphics class of 2022 Small guard that is lightning quick and very strong problematic for individual defenders to keep with. Gets to the rim with ease and is a consistent finisher. Good basketball IQ and strong leadership qualities. Creates mismatches for defenders. Disciplined defender in the half court.

 

Jose Rosario 5’9” Graphics class of 2022 Lefty shooter with serious range and scoring ability. Needs little to no room to get his shot off and knocks it down consistently. Knows and gets to his spot well and plays within his own game. Scores in bunches and defends well.

 

Romario Dunkley 6’3” West 50th street Campus class of 2022 Classic athletic wing player with clear understanding of the game. Strong and focused finisher - runs the floor well and can knock down the open three. Vocal leader who brings a lot of energy.

 

Zion Hinkson 6’2” August Martin class of 2022 undersized Wing scorer who is strong and athletic and can Get to the rim well. Has a good outside shot. Understands his strengths and uses them well - vocal leader and high motor.

 

Rashad Jean-Gilles 6’1” August Martin class of 2023 Smooth combo guard with a good mid-range game. Runs the floor well and plays at his own pace. He does a nice job of playing his own game who doesn’t force actions. Can score in bunches.

 

Ricardo Dixon 6’6” Evander class of 2022 long and lanky wing player that can score easily around the basket and has solid midrange game. Defensively is a rim protector who’s long frame create issues for the other teams offense. Scores the ball at a high clip.

 

Merlin Gogolin Hunter 6’5” wing class of 2023 high academic Athletic 3-level scorer who creates matchup issues on the perimeter. Smooth shot but can score around the rim easily. High basketball IQ who understands pace well. Good defensive player who’s team creates deflections and forces turnovers easily.

2021 Ready or Not Showcase Top Performers

By David Cordova,


On November 11, RecruitTheBronx.com paid a visit to the Basketball Results Fieldhouse in East Massapequa, Long Island for the Real Scout Basketball “Ready or Not” event, which was a final tuneup of sorts for a few programs from Long Island and New York City before the impending high school season. Here are some of the standouts from the event:

 

Youssouf Singare 6-11, Forward, Upper Room Christian School, Class of 2023 - A forward with a large wingspan who can dominate on both ends of the floor. Is able to attack from the glass when it comes to getting rebounds and can swat away shots from the opposition. Has the ability to own the rim when he’s on the offensive end.

 

Jean Aranguren 6-3, Shooting Guard, Upper Room Christian School, Class of 2023 - A guard that is very shifty on the offensive end and makes great moves off the dribble. Has a penchant for having a terrific shot selection and can make a huge impact when in the game. Knows when to use his body when he gets into the lane.

 

Dante Green 6-3, Shooting Guard, Upper Room Christian School, Class of 2024 - A guard who can see the floor and is a good distributor to his teammates. Loves to drive to the basket and has great body control when going to the basket. Has excellent court vision and is able to find great ways to get to the hole.

 

Maurice Butler, 5-8, Point Guard,Upper Room Christian School, Class of 2022 - A guard that is very crafty and can make great decisions when on the court. Has a penchant for getting good shots off from the perimeter. Is able to shred the defense of the opposition and can get to the basket with ease.

 

Erick Perez, 6-3, Forward, Upper Room Christian School, Class of 2023 - An undersized forward that has plenty of toughness and can attack the glass with precision and can be an asset to his team in the clutch. Is a good ball handler and can get to the lane and finish in traffic at all times. Is very good at using his physicality to draw fouls.

 

Anthony Reyes 5-10, Point Guard, Upper Room Christian School, Class of 2025 - A guard that is a great playmaker and can be very crafty on the offensive end. Has a penchant for getting his shot off when he’s on the perimeter. Knows when to attack the lane and getting to the basket and has great defensive tendencies.

 

Zaire Baines 5-10, Shooting Guard, Portledge School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has a penchant for playing tough and aggressive and is also a team leader on the floor. Has the ability to use his physicality when going to the basket and can easily draw fouls. Is able to create for himself off the dribble.

 

Anthony Follet 6-4, Forward, Portledge School, Class of 2023 -A forward with good size and plenty of strength. Is able to maintain his presence in the post area and can run well downcourt. Has the ability to use his toughness when going up for rebounds or going to score.

 

Aazayah Ross 6-0, Shooting Guard, Portledge School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to play tough hard-nosed defense and is able to make plays with precision. Does not back down from any challenges that are presented to him on the court.  Is able to use his physicality to get to the lane and score.

 

Joe Scandalios, 5-10, Point Guard, Portledge School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to get his shot off with precision. Is able to make good plays and never passes up an opportunity to make great plays on the floor. Has the ability to drive to the basket fearlessly.

 

Luke Cronin 6-7, Forward, Great Neck North High School, Class of 2023 - A forward that is skilled and has great footwork. Is able to back his man down and is able to shoot over a smaller defender. Knows how to put the ball on the floor and establish a defensive presence. Is also a solid rebounder.

 

Jared Oheb, 6-0, Shooting Guard, Great Neck North High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that can create for himself around certain areas of the court. Is able to see where his teammates are moving around the floor and can attack when in transition. Is a pass-first guard that knows how to get his teammates involved.

 

Dylan Morad, 6-2, Forward, Great Neck North High School, Class of 2023 - An undersized forward that uses his size to get rebounds and establish his presence on the floor. Is able to be a force and uses his body to stop the opposition from getting to the paint easily. Is not afraid of contact when it comes to physical play.

 

Zekerea Alyshka, 6-3, Shooting Guard, Broome Street Academy, Class of 2022 - A guard that is a great facilitator and looks for his teammates at the right spots. Is able to see the floor when he’s off the ball and can attack in transition. Finds his way to the free-throw line efficiently & also has a nice shot from three-point range.

 

Jaden Arroyo, 6-0, Point Guard, Broome Street Academy, Class of 2022 - A guard that loves to be on the break and has a penchant for finding his teammates at the right spots. Is able to run out and attack on the break and can create for himself on the floor.  Uses his speed efficiently when he’s on the court.

 

Michael Hall, 6-0, Point Guard, Baldwin High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that is able to put the ball on the floor and facilitate to his teammates. Has a penchant for driving to the basket and isn’t afraid of being fouled. Is able to control a team on the perimeter.

 

Joshua Peyton, 6-4, Shooting Guard, Baldwin High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that is very active on the floor and loves to run on the floor. Likes to attack when he has the ball. Sees great opportunities to capitalize on the floor for good baskets and uses them. Is able to get steals when on the floor.

 

Jacob Oka, 6-5, Shooting Guard, Baldwin High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that can play tough and has great defensive tendencies. Is superbly athletic and finds a way to get to the rim efficiently. Has great hands which allow him to get rebounds and also block shots. Is able to get steals and run on the fast break.

 

Cadeem Ramsey, 6-5, Forward, Baldwin High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that is long and agile and is a very layer that has great defensive tendencies. Is very athletic and loves to play above the rim. Loves to run the floor and is very agile.

 

Tijae Julien, 5-9, Shooting Guard, Grady Educational Campus, Class of 2023 - A guard that is quick and shifty and can find ways to get to the basket. Is very alert when he’s on defense, as he is able to pickpocket the opposition into giving up the ball and can get across the court to get to the basket.

 

 

 

 

 

 

South Shore High Open Gym 10/21/21

By David Cordova



RecruitTheBronx.com paid a visit to South Shore High School in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn for their Open Gym on October 21. The defending PSAL “AA” champions came into the gym and played ultra-competitively to help them prepare for the upcoming season. Here were the standouts:


Max Ragusa 6-0, Point Guard, Class of 2022 - A guard that is very competitive and is a player that can stay with his man at all times. A guard that is smart with the ball and always looks to hit his teammates with passes that will lead to baskets. Is a player that can create for himself off the dribble and finds an opportunity to get to the hole and has the ability to hit shots from the outside.


Tylik Weeks 6-6, Forward, Class of 2022 - A forward that is a powerful inside presence, he makes it his mission to be an enforcer in the post, Is able to hold his own in the low post and can obtain rebounds by boxing his man out all times. Has great footwork and is able to get to the basket with ease.


Ibrahima Ba 6-8, Forward, Class of 2023 - A forward with size, he has plenty of strength and is able to make his presence felt in the paint area. Has the ability to use his wingspan to obtain rebounds and block shots. Has a penchant for scoring with precision.


Kyrone Alexander 6-5, Shooting Guard, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to create for himself off the dribble and uses his strength to get to the basket with ease. Has the ability to drive into the lane and is fearless when going up to the basket. Has the ability to use his toughness to obtain rebounds.


Davin Francis 6-5, Shooting Guard, Class of 2023 - A guard that has good size for his position and can make great moves when going to the basket. Knows how to facilitate to his teammates at the right moments and finds many ways to get to the basket. Has a slick handle and is able to get his shot off from long range.


Nivek Borden 6-8, Forward, Class of 2022 - A forward with plenty of toughness every time he steps on the floor. Has a very imposing figure and has plenty of strength that allows him to muscle his way to the boards. Uses his physicality to muscle his way to the basket when it comes to rebound or going up to score.


Dia Braithwaite 6-0, Point Guard, Class of 2022 - A guard that has great defensive tendencies and is very alert every time he steps out onto the floor. Looks to get to the basket at all times and can get to the hole with precision. Is a good decision maker when it comes to controlling his team. Has the ability to create for himself off the dribble.


Jalen O’Brian 6-6, Forward, Class of 2023 - A forward with great size that can slash his way to the basket and knows when to attack at all times. Has superb athletic ability and uses his strength to muscle his way to the basket. Knows when to attack the glass and get downcourt.


Zyir Fowler 6-0, Shooting Guard, Class of 2022 - A guard that has a penchant for scoring in multiple ways. Has the ability to shoot from long range and is able to slice and dice his way to the basket. Is great at absorbing contact when driving to the hole.


Abou Ba 6-3, Shooting Guard, Class of 2023 - A guard that has great size and length and has the ability to step out and shoot from long range. Has good footwork and can contribute to his team in many ways when on the floor. Is active when it comes to passing the ball to his teammates.


2021-22 Harborfields High Key Returners

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Harborfields High School is located in Greenlawn, NY in Suffolk County in Long Island. The Tornadoes compete in League V of New York’s Section 11.


Harborfields looks to make some noise in League V this year as Coach Glenn Lavey takes over the program with a super skilled group. Lavey has been coaching varsity basketball for 15 years, which includes being the assistant coach last year for the Tornados. With the experience and athleticism of this senior class, they can put themselves in a position to win another league title as well as a county title.

 

Key returners for the Tornadoes:

 

Nick Ruisi (2022) 6’5, 170lbs - Ruisi is an extremely athletic wing who is looking to make a statement year for the Tornado’s. He can shoot the 3, finish above the rim, and block shots as well as anyone in Suffolk County. Look for him to be a double-double machine in this fast-paced HF offense.

 

JJ Desiderio (2022) 6’0, 165lbs - Desiderio is a 3 year varsity player that will be a staple in HF’s half-court offense. He will most likely shoulder the load of scoring as well as do a good deal of handling the rock. Desiderio has put in a ton of work this off-season into his game and his body, we’re excited to see everything come together on the court for his senior year.

 

Marcus Wynter (2023) 5’10, 160lbs - Wynter has excellent ball handling skills and knows how to change speeds to elude defenders. He has a much improved jump-shot and knows how to get his own looks, but at the same time gets his teammates involved. Look for Wynter to be a standout for the Tornado’s this year.

 

Chad Berlent (2022) 6’2, 200lbs - Berlent is the toughness and relentlessness that is Harborfields basketball. He is a beast on the offensive and defensive glass and brings extremely positive energy to his teammates and coaches. Always does whatever the team needs to win, look for Berlent to play big minutes for HF this year.

 

2021 New Haven Senior Showcase Top Performers

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The 4th Annual New Haven Senior Showcase brought NCAA, Juco, and Prep coaches (plus recruiting services Prep Hoops and RecruitTheBronx.com) to Amistad High School to evaluate the best New Haven area players in the class of 2022. Over 50% of the event’s players from previous years have gone on to play college and/or prep basketball. This year looks to be another that will send over 50% to play ball beyond high school. Based on feedback from a variety of coaches in attendance, here are the event’s top performers:

 

#71 Jonathan Rivera 6’2” Guard, Crosby High (CT) - Lanky, athletic left-hander. Smooth game that combined athleticism and control. Knocked down numerous 3s and frequently got to the rim and finished. Played well in transition and in half-court situations. Efficient and productive without forcing. Found open teammates when drawing help defenders.

 

#24 Javaun Calhoun 6’7” Forward, West Haven High (CT) - Very athletic forward with high upside. Potential for significant development. Good size and speed which he utilized on both ends - scoring at the rim, rebounding, blocking/altering shots. Good motor.

 

#12 Amare Davis 5’10” PG, Notre Dame-West Haven High (CT) - Demonstrated a wide-range of skills and smarts at the PG position. Hit open 3s, but never forced bad shots. Found open teammates and made the easy/smart play for assists. Controlled pace in transition and half court sets. Defended wisely and well without gambling or fouling. Efficient scorer proved ability to knock down numerous open 3s as well as getting into the lane and finishing at the rim without forcing poor shots. Never looked out of control.

 

#4 Rodney Cook 5’11” Guard, Amistad High (CT) - Aggressive, disruptive on-ball and off-ball defender who was a very vocal communicator. A guard that made plays on the offensive end without dominating the ball. Hit several open 3s and while also getting downhill to finish at the rim vs contact. Also displayed court vision and IQ to make the extra pass from the perimeter or in the paint. Unselfish and did not force shots. Quick leaper who rebounded well for a guard. Exceptional motor.

 

#45 Emanuel Boles 5’11” PG, Hamden HS - High volume shooter who was able to knock down plenty of 3s as well as getting to the rim to finish 1-v-1.


#43 Derrell Redd 6’2” Guard, Hamden HS - Slashing, attacking perimeter player who got downhill and to the rim throughout the event. Beat defenders baseline and middle, half-court and transition.

 

#3 Aden Goffe 6’0” PG, Amistad HS - Athletic point guard with good frame. His natural explosiveness was limited while playing through injury, yet he still flashed playmaking ability on drives to paint where he was able to finish with a variety of moves, or setup and find open teammates for assists.

 

The Preview Top Performers 10/9/21

By David Cordova

 

On October 9,  RecruitTheBronx.com paid a visit to Nazareth High School in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn for The Preview. This was a preseason showcase in which many teams in the tri-state area compete the preseason to get ready for the high school season, which is a month away. Here are the standouts:

 

Raesean Greer 6-2, Shooting Guard, John Bowne High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has a great edge to his game and knows how to slice and dice his way to the basket. Is great at absorbing physical contact when going up for a basket. Is quick on his feet and is very alert when on the floor.

 

Jamere Russell 6-3, Shooting Guard, John Bowne High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has plenty of length and is always alert when he’s off the ball. Is always good at distributing the ball to his teammates. Has the ability to get back downcourt on the defensive end

 

Alpha Bah 5-9, Point Guard, John Bowne High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has great defensive tendencies when it comes to getting steals on the court. Loves to stay in front of his man, as he looks to get the ball every time, On offense, he is able to create for himself and is able to get to the basket with ease.

 

Chris Judge 6-0, Point Guard, John Bowne High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that has a penchant for coming up clutch in big situations. Has the ability to hit a jumper from the top of the key & will look to take the best shots. Has the ability to drive to the basket with strength.

 

Quincey Platt 6-8 Forward Adlai Stevenson High School, Class of 2023 - A forward that has plenty of length and knows when to keep his hands up on the defensive end. Is very active when it comes to getting rebounds and can put the ball back up when it comes to putbacks. Is good at putting the ball on the floor and attacking the basket.

 

Leon Anderson, 5-8, Point Guard, Adlai Stevenson High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that makes plenty of strong drives when going to the basket and is always ready to score. Despite his small frame, he is fearless when going to the basket. Never hesitates to attack whenever the lane is open.

 

Ishmel Gibbs, 5-8, Point Guard, Adlai Stevenson High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that loves to bring the ball up the court and will look to set his teammates up for baskets when it comes to them driving to the basket. Has excellent court vision and has terrific point guard IQ. Is able to go after loose balls whenever he has the opportunity.

 

Jean Aranguen 6-3, Shooting Guard, Upper Room Christian School, Class of 2023 - A guard that is very competitive and finds a way to get to the basket with ease. Does not back down from any challenge presented to him. Is fearless when driving to the basket & can also shoot from the perimeter.


Dante Green 6-3, Shooting Guard, Upper Room Christian School, Class of 2024 - A guard with plenty of speed and great athleticism. Is good at creating for himself on the offensive end and is able to set teams up for baskets. A great rebounder that can that can get out and run in transition. Has the ability to shoot with a good release off the dribble.

 

Anthony Reyes 5-10, Point Guard, Upper Room Christian School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has great energy on the floor and is an asset to his teammates every time he’s on the court. When left open, he can cause damage to the opposition with his long range shooting. Is fearless when driving to the basket at all times.

 

Ty-Laur Johnson 6-0, Point Guard, St. Benedict’s Prep High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has a penchant for controlling the tempo for his team on the break and getting to the basket with ease. Has good hands that allow him to get steals and get downcourt easily. Is a great distributor for his teammates and has the ability to make great plays.

 

Everton Browne 6-0, Shooting Guard, St. Benedict’s Prep High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has plenty of speed and uses it to his advantage every time he’s on the court. Knows how to distribute the ball to his teammates and can make sure they get the ball at the right spots.

 

Chase Robinson 6-0, Point Guard, Archbishop Molloy High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that is able to control the tempo for his team every time they step out on the floor. Has great hands, as he is able to attack in transition and also obtain steals. Loves to drive to the basket and gets to the hole smoothly.

 

Malachi McMillian 5-11, Shooting Guard, Archbishop Molloy High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the opportunity to bring the ball up the court and lead the team at all times. Has great point guard IQ & has the ability to use his quickness whenever possible. Uses his speed to get to the basket and is fearless when going to the hole.

 

Thuron Gordon 6-2, Shooting Guard, Canarsie High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that can create for himself when he has the ball in his hands. His long wingspan allows for him to get rebounds and box out when the ball goes up. Is an outstanding defender that forces the opposition into giving up the ball or into refusing to make certain shots.

 

Jared Days 6-6, Forward, Canarsie High School, Class of 2023 - A forward that has the ability to establish his presence due to his length. Is able to post up the opposition in the low post and can back them down when it comes to offense. Has good hands, which allow him to get blocks on the defensive end.

 

Bradley Beache 6-7, Forward, Canarsie High School, Class of 2023 - A forward who has the ability to be the cleanup man in the low post, as he is able to get rebounds efficiently. Is able to run well with the guards and can establish his presence in the low post and can determine where the ball will go when he extends his hands to get a pass.

 

Jacob Roman 5-11, Shooting Guard, Nazareth High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that has plenty of quickness and has the ability to score in transition. Has the ability to shoot from long range & is a huge asset for his team, especially in the clutch. Is a player that can create for himself off the dribble.

 

Tristan Rogers 5-11, Shooting Guard, Nazareth High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that has a penchant for driving to the lane and loves to score. Is able to attack off the dribble with precision. Is able to find a way to get to the free throw line and is fearless when driving to the basket.

 

Nasir Rodriguez 6-4, Shooting Guard, Monsignor Scanlan High School, Class of 2024 - A player that can play both the two & three position and can play with plenty of energy. Possesses plenty of strength & fearlessness, as he is able to him getting rebounds or driving to the basket. Is a player that drives to the basket and showcases his athleticism when going up with the ball.

 

 

2021 Test the Waters Invitational College Prospects

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When St Raymond High coaches Jorge Lopez and Chris Williams use their holiday day off to host a full slate of New York City power teams, it makes it very easy for RecruitTheBronx.com to live up to its name. On October 11, they did just that with their Test the Waters Invitational. It was a NYC hoops junkie’s dream, with so many of the region’s high talent players on display running with their high school teams.


Here are the college prospects that we took note of:


Jaden Daughtry (2023) 6’6 wing, St Francis Prep – Daughtry was impressive. He is a long, springy, lefty, with a great first step which made him both a scorer at the rim and a foul drawing magnet. Help defenders had to stay focused, because Daughtry would embarrass single man coverage. His basket drives were frequent because his ability to shoot the 3 warranted tight coverage. He was active without the ball and was a competitor on the boards. His length, athleticism and high motor also made him impactful as a help defender.

 

Vere Anthony (2025) 6’0 guard, St Francis Prep – If you wonder what it takes for a 6’0 freshman to crack the starting line up on a very deep SFP roster, you get to see that in Anthony. He uses his low-to-the-ground advantages well, creating his own gaps through the team defense, and has the body control to both finish and draw fouls. He has speed, quickness and a nose for the ball on defense, and excels at both getting the 50/50s and creating steals. He has good court vision and a nice mid-range pull-up. When he adds a reliable deep ball threat to his arsenal, he will draw collegiate interest over the next four years.

 

Chance Morrish (2022) 6’2 guard, St Francis Prep – Morrish has very live legs. They give him a lot of advantages on the hoops court. He has a quick rise jump shot that can’t be contested. He is a very active, will-to-win defender and especially nasty in his ability to pressure the ball.

 

Josh Pascarelli (2023) 6’2 guard, St Francis Prep – Pascarelli has a sweet, deep, game-changing 3 ball shot.  It’s a problem, both because defenders have to extend beyond their ability to play help-defense elsewhere and because it makes his defender vulnerable to his quick first step blow-by moves. He also has the college-game complimentary floater game to beat the rim protection rotations.

 

Latiek Brisco (2022) 6’2 guard, St Francis Prep – Brisco has great foundational footwork that enables him to get up college-level quick release 3’s and mid-range jumpers.  He has good court vision and leaves a jet stream behind when in transition. He earns free throws, and he makes them. He is also lock-down on-the-ball defender.

 

Justin Price (2022) 6’1 shooting guard, Immaculate Conception High (NJ) – Price was one of the highest percentage 3 ball shooters in the showcase. He consistently changed the momentum towards his team’s direction with every dagger 3 that he hit. He seems to be developing a complimentary floater game, which will serve him well vs college-sized rim defenders.

 

Jeremiah St John (2022) 6’9 forward, Immaculate Conception High (NJ) - St John has the D1 big man size. The ICHS offensive scheme avoided using him as a scoring or post passing threat, but he did score off of his offensive rebounds, and he likely set a single game record for number of screens set.  He rebounds and defends as his great size would lend you to expect.

 

Mark Armstrong (2022) 6’2 guard, St Peter’s Prep (NJ) – This Villanova Commit is a very polished player. He has that High Major first step, hang time and body control. He shoots the 3, he shoots the floater, and gets himself into the paint as a Jay Wright-style playmaker. A vocal leader on defense.

 

Matt Kinsler (2023) 6’7 small forward, St Peter’s Prep (NJ) – When Kinsler matches up on defense with the opponent’s big, you’re initially led to believe he plays a skinny man’s version of center. Then as the game gets going, you start to realize, no, you are watching a D1 wing guard. He dribbles, he drives, and he finishes with either hand. He shoots the deep ball. He is the guy that his teammates look for to find the gaps and solve the press with IQ, vision and passing instincts.

 

Tobe Awaka (2022) 6’8 forward, Cardinal Hayes High - When you see Awaka in person, you just imagine that the Cardinal Hayes football coach probably weeps with jealousy every time he passes this Julius Pepper clone on campus.  Awaka is big, strong and can overpower the opponent with deep post set-ups. It’s a big mistake to foul him, because he is money at the line. He leaves bruises and makes a great roll target off of his ball screens. There is no two-dribble scoring drives from the wing by the opponents; Awaka pins those to the backboard.

 

Ian Jackson (2024) 6’6 wing, Cardinal Hayes High – Nothing new to report here…i.e., Jackson is a High Major prospect loading… He has big time length, agility and explosive vertical lift. Terrific catch radius in receiving the ball, and is ambidextrous in his ability to finish.  He also impressed with the intangibles of having scheme discipline and the patience to allow the offense to come to him.  Right now, at this point in his development, his most impactful aspect is his ability and desire to destroy the opponent with his defense.

 

Elijah Moore (2024) 6’3 guard, Cardinal Hayes High – Although only a sophomore on a very talent-loaded team, Moore is the vocal leader on defense. He is athletic and agile and is gonna smoke you with his deep ball shooting.

 

Tarique Foster (2022) 6’7 forward, Cardinal Hayes High – A very competitive rebounder and a highlight reel Alley Oop target. Foster is active, athletic, and long, He is unselfish in nature and makes the team’s schemes work well.


Brandon Williams (2023) 6’8 guard, Christ the King High – Williams suits up and you think you may be looking at a physically dominant power forward, then he takes the court and you quickly realize that you are watching a very high ceiling guard. He is a load off of the dribble drive. He overpowers, and/or outsizes the guys trying to stop him on his way to a score, getting fouled or finding the teammate that he just got open. Trying to sag off and cut down his drive angles doesn’t help, he’ll splash the long ball in that situation. When in the paint, he rebounds well as his great size and athleticism enables.

 

Dwayne Pierce (2024) 6’5 shooting guard, Christ the King High – Pierce is the college built scorer. He will hit the three, but then can blow-by when that shot is over-contested. He has a great first step and the body control to attack the rim. He is a foul drawing magnet. Excellent ability to accelerate in transition.

 

Bryce Merchant (2022) 6’5 small forward, Christ the King High – Merchant is the “positionless” scheme coach’s guy. He is just as happy posting up and being a physical scorer as he is splashing it from deep. Try extending out to hand-check his three ball, and you’ll just trigger a freight train drive into the lane by him.

 

Nate Boateng (2023) 6’6 small forward, Fordham Prep - Boateng steals your heart with his will-to-win help-defense effort. He is long, athletic, very active and takes it personally if anyone with 10 feet of him is trying to score. He is like the Catholic School fundamentals student of basketball. He uses his D1 physical gifts and sets great screens, makes great passes, rebounds with desire, and finishes shots with either hand. But if you need a little splash with all those solid traits,  then lob up an Alley Oop pass in his direction, he will throw that down for you too.

 

Thomas Whelan (2022) 6’0 guard, Fordham Prep - Whelan does not have typical D1 size, but boy does he have the “it” factor on the basketball court. He was clearly big factor in Fordham winning the City title last year. He does that, he wins games. He is very tough-minded and has an uncanny ability to break down a team defense with vision, decision making and his ability to make plays. He’s blessed with a quick first step and quick-off-of-the-floor ups. He embellishes those with pump-n-go deception. A coach’s scheme “genius” gets boosted up several levels when Whelan is in the game.


Don Colon Lewis (2023) 6’6 power forward, Xaverian High - Lewis is an absolute clinic on how to get open in the post. Truly one of the more impressive players we’ve seen in that technique. It’s clear why he works so hard and so well to earn the entry pass, because once he gets it, he is money. His wide body belies his quick pivot, soft hands and doesn’t-miss finishing talent. He also doesn’t let his opponents get their fair share of the rebounding pie. He is strong, active and very tough to get around. His college recruiting will take a hit because he is carrying a lot of extra pounds. But for some college coach, this will be seen as an opportunity, not a problem. I.e., whoever get Lewis to buy into a college level diet and conditioning program, will get themselves a key piece at the next level.


Michael Walker (2023) 6’7 forward, Xaverian High - Walker will lead your squad in rebounding. He combines his D1 size and strength with motor and instincts to really get it done on the boards. For similar reasons, he is a valuable help-defender. Offensively, he is a textbook roll man off of the ball screen. He loves to post up but is also hard to deal with when driving from the wing.


Tristan Davis (2025) 5’9 guard, Thomas Jefferson High - You know that Davis must be special, to be able to crack the starting line-up and be very impactful as the (maybe) 5’9 freshman in the guard-rich Jefferson roster. You rub your eyes in disbelief, seeing the impact that such an under-sized, baby faced player can have in a high level game. He does it with some Barry Sanders type quickness, agility and impressive vertical leaping ability. His cross-over in tight spaces is unguardable. His ability to finish near the rim is so much better than it should be for a (maybe) 5’9 player. Similarly, his stop-n-pop jumper is not going to get defended. He has four years to invest in building his long ball game, if he adds that floor stretching ability, he will over-achieve like the other exceptional small guards have. before him.


Javoy Thompson (2023) 6’6 guard, Mt St Michaels Academy - Thompson is a lengthy and athletic D1 sized guard who wants to lead the league in assists. And he is very good at it. When he drives, his length and athleticism is so threatening that the help-defense has to converge. He then uses his above-the-rim elevation and great vision to hit the most open teammate on the floor. He has a great catch radius, making it difficult to deny him the ball and the ensuing ability to make plays. He uses the same combination of length and athleticism to rebound well. The more he develops his ability to hit floor stretching 3’s, the higher up the D1 level he will play.


Noah Best (2022) 6’5 guard, Mt St Michaels Academy - Best is a clear D1 level prospect. He has a pretty, quick off-of-the-floor, jump shot that works both as a mid-range pull-up and from three ball range. He has deceptively effective ball skills for a guard of his length. He also has the athleticism to finish at the rim, and to defend at the rim at the other end of the floor.


Max Ragusa (2020) 6’0 point guard, South Shore High - Max Ragusa has jet speed. Max Ragusa is a gifted shot maker, floaters, rim finishes, 3 ball, etc. Oh, and by the way, Max Ragusa does those things as an sideline to running the show for his team’s offense in the half court and in transition. New York City high school ball will miss The Max Ragusa Show when he moves on to the next level, next year.


Davin Francis (2023) 6’6 shooting guard, South Shore High - The Vikings are gonna be hard to handle in PSAL this season. Teams will struggle to minimize the damage caused by Ragusa, Tyliek Weaks, Ibrahim Ba and Kyrone Alexander, but a lot of fatal daggers will also come from the sweet, high release 3 ball from Davin Francis. They cannot defend his shot, they just have to pray that he misses. When a defender over-commits to stop the long ball, Franics counters with D1 length and first step acceleration. He has the long arms and athleticism that also makes him tough to guard on a basket drive. He also has an impressive cross-over move for a player of his length. He is very useful in defensive rotations with his ability to defend above the rim.


RJ Greene (2022) 6’5 wing, Iona Prep - Greene’s game-within-the-game is that he wants to foul out all of your rim protectors as soon as possible. He has the James Harden long and strong arms and body control to bait the opponent’s bigs into whacking him on rim drives. He is a very invested defender, using those same physical gifts and a whole lot of motor to make potential scorers have a bad day.


Blaise New (2022) 5’10 point guard, Iona Prep - It was a treat to see New match up vs. Ragusa, in a battle of two of the region’s toughest small guards. (It seems like it turned out to be a draw). Jitter bug quick and nails tough, Blaise is a problem. He loves drawing the defense out with his long ball, then making them pay for having too many gaps. Opponents need to coach their ball handlers to quit dribbling whenever within 10 feet of New. If you don’t, your dribble is gonna become his dribble.


Isaiah Philbert (2022) 6’0 shooting guard, St Raymond High - Philbert finished his game with a game high 22 points (five 3 ptrs). Philbert is becoming one of the best shooters in NYC. He has long range on his 3, a nice pull up jump shot and is a versatile defender. The MVP of his 2021 JV Championship squad, Philbert is becoming a hot name within NYC basketball circles.


Brandon Stores (2025) 6’3 shooting guard, St Raymond High - Stores lived up to the billing as one of the top, if not the top, freshman in a deep NYC class. His versatility was on full display as he scored from all three levels, scoring 16 in this game. He is a physically imposing guard that has a ton of upside.


CJ Riley (2022) 6’0 guard, Wings Academy - Riley’s transfer into Wings has been impactful. He was their lead guard, with his skilled handle. He was their leading scorer, with 16. He is also a terror on the ball as defender, and a confirmed pick pocket as a steals threat. He has range as shooter and impact as a playmaker off of the dribble.


Mohammed Kante (2022) 6’3 guard, Wings Academy - Kante slashed his way to 11 points and six rebounds against the CHSAA power, St Raymond. He has an array of moves around the basket and uses his length to be a pesky defender at the other end. He is a fierce competitor who will keep Wings in the hunt for a PSAL title.

 

2021 Mental Toughness Exposure Clinic

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The first ever Mental Toughness Exposure Clinic was a four-hour event that took place at the Westport YMCA in Connecticut. The purpose of the camp was to give high school players genuine exposure in front of college coaches, while using basketball to continue a mission of spreading mental health awareness. The event was organized by Sean McGee, the founder of Mental Toughness, a team in “The Basketball Tournament” on ESPN and the current assistant coach at Manhattanville College.

 

The clinic had a total of eight college coaches giving instruction during our hour of skill-work and all the teams for live games were coached by the college coaches. The camp had a total of 36 players who competed in two full high school games in front of the coaches with media in attendance to capture everything. After the games there was a recruiting seminar with the college coaches, who gave players tips and advice on how to help their recruitment.

 

In attendance were College of Saint Rose, Baruch College, Sarah Lawrence College, Mount Saint Vincent College, Purchase College, Manhattanville College, Nichols College and John Jay College.


The event’s standouts were:


Ayo Aminu (2023) 6’5 small forward,  Notre Dame-West Haven High, AAU team: Gibson Way - Ayo is a true hybrid forward who can put the ball on the ground an attack the basket or punish you from outside. He has a good feel for the game and makes the right decision with the ball in his hands. His athleticism also makes him a talented defender who can alter shots with his length. With his size and ability to handle the ball, he is a mismatch for smaller opposing guards and can rise over defenders closing out on his jump shot.

 

Cooper Galdenzi (2023) 6’2 guard, The Morgan School: Cooper is a strong, physical, and athletic guard who is not afraid to get downhill, getting to the rim and finishing through contact. Though, he also will make you pay with his ability to consistently make feet set three-pointers. He is an intelligent player who has good shot selection and understands spacing and movement off the ball. Galdenzi’s athleticism in the open court gives him a step above the competition too as he can throw down some impressive dunks.

 

Darien Gillins (2023) 6’2 guard, Beacon High, AAU team: Playmakers AAU - Darien was a calm and collected player who plays at his own pace. He has good basketball IQ and does the little things well for his age. He hits his open jump shots and has a good release when the ball is coming off his hands. He also can deal with pressure while handling the ball and does not over dribble. Lastly, he is an athletic defender that has good on ball-defense that gives opposing guards some problems.


Roger Squire 2022 6’5 small forward,  North Salem High, AAU team: NorthStar Naturals - Roger has good size and strength inside and uses his body well in carving out space. His handle needs to get a little sharper, but he has the ability to blow by defenders and attack the basket. He even threw down a couple dunks in the live games. Squire is good on the offensive glass and can get to his spot on the blocks and rise over defenders, while finishing through contact. He also can hit feet set jump shots, which makes him hard to guard as he can work inside and out.

 

DTX Basketball 17u Red College Prospects

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DTX Basketball is a Fairfield County, CT based grassroots program that focuses on developing high academic players into college basketball prospects. They are lead coached by Dave Taylor, a 25 year veteran in coaching.

 

On October 10, DTX’s 17u Red Team won the Zero Gravity TriState run CT Jamboree tournament.  To quote Zero Gravity Tri-State, DTX’s 17u Red team “is full of college level players and beat a fantastic team to bring home the ‘ship!”.

 

Below are those players (Pictured above, left to right):

 

Colin Vigeant (2023) 6’2 guard Fairfield Warde High School (CT) – Colin is an excellent scorer and has ability to handle pressure.  He’s a skilled play-maker, ball handler, and passer, and has a high basketball IQ.  He’s a good defender and is continuing to improve every time he hits the floor. 3.95 gpa Website

 

Jack Balsano (2023) 6’2 guard Fairfield Warde High School (CT) – Jack is an above average shooter and is willing to do the dirty work to help his team win. Jack is an energy and effort player with solid on ball defense and a solid weak side help defender. He sets solid tuff screens and is a terrific communicator on the floor. 3.2 gpa Website

 

Matt Amarante (2023) 6’3 guard Wooster School (CT) - Matt Amarante is just scratching the surface of his potential.  Matt is a big guard with the ability to post-up smaller guards or rise up and stick a jumper over an opponent.  He’s an exceptional 3-point shooter and possesses a mid-range with a quick release. He’s a savvy player and understands how to play. As he continues to get stronger, he will be a player with huge upside. 3.6 gpa Website

 

Mason Pratt (2023) 6’1 guard St. Luke’s School (CT) - Mason is a physical swingman with a forward’s strength and a guard’s skills. He is an aggressive rebounder with great ball instincts, uses his body well, and can guard any position.  He’s always the toughest player out on the floor. 4.1 gpa Website

 

David Melson (2024) 6’3 guard Fairfield Warde High School (CT) - David is an elite shooter with a quick release and can hit shots from anywhere on the floor. David has a high basketball IQ and knocks down open shots.  David is a gym rat and plays with a chip on his shoulder. 3.7 gpa Website


Brandon Francisco (2022) 6’0 guard Masuk High School (CT) – Brandon is a combo guard with terrific 3-point shooting ability.  Brandon is deceptively athletic and is able to defend bigger players.  A savvy lefty, he can be very difficult to defend attacking the basket. 4.3 gpa ACT: 30 Website

 

Najimi George (2024) 6’3 guard Kolbe Cathedral High School (CT) – Naj is a definite Division 1 prospect. He’s a long combo guard with the ability to score at 3 levels and is exceptional off the dribble.  Naj is an elite defender who can shoot 3s and post.  He consistently hits the mid-range jumper and utilizes his quickness to explode to the basket. He’s working to improve hedging when his guy is setting on-ball screens. 3.3 gpa Website


Lorenzo Almonte (2022) 6’0 guard Bethel High School (CT) – Lorenzo is a guard with a high basketball IQ and is an excellent team defender.  Lorenzo is a floor general, and his leadership skills are off the charts.  He can drive and kick, post up, and make 3s. He’s a good on ball defender and can guard 1-3. He will also box out, take charges, and make winning plays. 3.6 gpa Website

 

2021 HoopWave Veterans Day Showcase Standouts

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HoopWave Directors Dean Jones and Jamaal “Coach Shaq” Folston are in their fifth year of hosting their great day of basketball celebration that is known as the Veterans Day Basketball Showcase. This year it is being held at Weaver High School in Hartford, CT. A high point of the event is the Prep vs. Public high school boys game. They match up some of the region’s biggest standouts. This year the rosters include the following:


Prep School roster, coached by Dawne Gittens


Gavin Griffiths (2023) 6’7, Kingswood-Oxford School (CT) - Holds offers from numerous D1 schools, and is ranked nationally at #75 by ESPN and #35 by Rivals.net. He is a top player in his class for New England. This long and athletic kid can score from inside and outside with a vary of moves.

 

Justin Menard (2024) 6’2, Loomis Chaffee School (CT) - This sophomore already holds an offer from NJIT. Crafty guard who can control the game with his high IQ and looks to be a major asset in school this year. He will be on full display at the HoopWave showcase. CIAC All State Player last year for Xavier High.

 

Tayeshawn Pemberton (2022) 6’2, St Andrews School (RI) - Pemberton has been on a tear lately as he has transformed his body into a legit D1 guard prospect. He runs with Expressions EYBL Select team in the summer, and in the D1 training ground that is NEPSAC AA in the winter. Be on the lookout for a super year from him, he will be bringing showtime to the Hoopwave Showcase.

 

Dashon Gittens 6’3, Putnam Science (CT) - Mr Gittens will be on full display in the Prep Vs Public game as he brings an array of skills with him. He holds numerous of offers from D1 programs and will be committing in days to come. For now, catch him at the Hoopwave Showcase before he is gone.

 

Jack Nieradko 6’9, Kingswood Oxford (CT) - This big sturdy mountain will be a major piece in K-O’s run to a chip as he teams up with Gavin Griffith to form a major 1-2 Punch. He is trending toward a Mid-Major/High Major college career.

 

Tre Duncan 6’2,  Notre Dame-West Haven (CT) - This silky smooth sharp shooter can fill it up with the best of them and will be on call to fill it up at The HoopWave showcase. Grab your popcorn you don’t wanna miss the show.

 

Alex Barber (2024) 6’6, Paulo Freire School (RI) This long athletic swing man is reminiscent of Tayshaun Prince. He can fill it up with the best of them. He has been doing his thing on the grassroots circuit with BABC EYBL team. 

 

Craig Wilson Jr (2022) 6’0, Woodstock Academy (CT) - This sturdy point guard can run a team and has an aggressive defensive side. He has a high motor and IQ. He would be a great asset to a high level D2 program right now. Possibly a year at Woodstock will push him into the D1 ranks.

 

Lukas Gudavicius (2022) 6’9, Avon Old Farms School (CT) - This international superstar has been turning heads and piling up D1 offers since arriving in the States this past spring. He can shoot, dribble, and put it on your head if he catches you sleeping.

 

 

Public School Roster, coached By Broderick Bedford

 

Elijah Wilborn (2022) 6’7, Middletown High -This manchild is ready to tear up the CCC and the CIAC.  He has grown into his body and now his game is taking shape.  He is a mixture of Andre Drummond’s strength and rebounding mixed with a little of Vin Baker’s scoring skillset. No one can match his toughness when he sets his mind to it. Offers will be coming at a rapid pace with new Middletown head coach Eric Holley at the helm.

 

Tyrone Cummings 6’2, Norwich Free Academy - This kid has uncanny athleticism, built like a running back and has nearly a 40 inch vertical. He also has one of the toughest midrange pull-ups we’ve seen in a while. He still needs more polish on defensive side but has Lebron-like chase-down defense abilities. Played his AAU ball with NE6/HoopWave Select Team.

 

Keyshawn Mitchell (2022) 6’9, Capital Prep High - This stud has numerous offers right now in his waistband. He has stayed loyal to Coach Gillespie despite offers from other schools to transfer.  He wants to go out with squad he started with and bring a chip to Capital Prep. He has the tools to do it, he can shoot, handle and drive with the best of them. He will be looking to win MVP once again in the HoopWave Showcase and have his name mentioned with other great players who have won multiple HoopWave MVPS.

 

Jevan Foster (2022) 6’6, Norwich Free Academy - You have to see this Lebron James mold player. He is still raw, but when he walks into a gym, your head will spin. His freakish strength and athleticism will have schools scrambling to gain his services at the next level.

 

James Jones (2023) 6’5, East Catholic High - This young stallion will be set to make his mark as one of the leaders for a young East Catholic team. ECHS has its sights set on keeping their winning ways. Jones will show the skillset that has been handed down to him thru his Jones’ bloodlines and will show his worth at the Showcase.

 

Avery Hinnant (2022) 6’6, Naugatuck High - This forward has a low post game that reminds you of a young Shaq.  His raw power is unmatched and will look to lead Naugatuck to a conference and hopefully state championship.

 

London Jemison (2024) 6’6, Northwest Catholic High - This young baller has emerged over the spring and summer while playing with Expressions Elite on EYBL Circuit and likely will be emerging as an All Stater this upcoming season.

 

Tyler Betsey (2024) 6’9, Windsor High - Coach Ken Smith seems to reload every year, and this year he has a group of young pups ready to let loose. The one with the biggest bite is his 6’9 phenom with a Tracy McGrady like game. Watch him work and do his thing at the Showcase and then lead Windsor high back to prominence.

 

Quentin Duncan (2024) 6’4, Notre Dame-West Haven PG - This stud will be facing his big brother Tre in this game and looks to set himself apart. He is a 6’4 combo guard with an array of skills. He is also playing for the post grad squad at Notre Dame, but will rep the public squad and show why is amongst the state’s elite in the Showcase.

 

Austin Cannon Jr (2022) 5’10 Norwich Free Academy - Cannon is the small guy of the bunch, but packs the biggest heart. He is a transfer from St Thomas Moore’s prep program. This senior will look to bring his deadly sharp shooting touch to the HoopWave Showcase and let the world know he is set for the prime time stage. This winter he will look to lead a stacked NFA squad to a State Title under new head Coach Dave Cornish.

 

 

2021-22 Fordham Prep Roster Preview

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Fordham Preparatory school of the Bronx is in the CHSAA ‘A’ Division. They are the defending City Champions, winning their first title since 1933 in March 2020. Four returning seniors were on that team as sophomores with all impactful roles. They were also City Champions on the Freshman level in 2019. Head Coach Brian Downey ‘95 is entering his 7th season at the helm. He was an assistant coach at Fordham Prep from 1996-2003 then went to All Hallows until 2014 when he took over at his Alma Mater.

 

Here are the key players for the Rams in 2021-22:

 

Nate Boateng (2022) 6’6”, 190lbs- Boateng is a versatile forward who can score off his offensive rebounds or many moves in the post. He is the total package with his rim protection, rebounding and can step outside and drill mid range and 3 point shots. 4.1 gpa


Jake Introzzi (2022) 6’4” 210lbs, swing. Introzzi is a workhorse. No one will out hustle or work harder than him. Nonstop motor who can guard multiple positions and gets the job done in many ways. High basketball IQ makes positive plays. 3.8 gpa


Omari Ward (2022) 5’11”, 160lbs - Ward is the consummate point guard. This floor general has excellent court vision that makes the right decisions with the ball in his hands. Outstanding ball handling that changes speed and direction to elude defenders. He will knock down the perimeter shot at ease if you give him the space. 3.4 gpa

 

Thomas Whelan (2022) 6’2”, 165lbs guard - Whelan is an excellent 3 point shooter with unlimited range. He is a very tough and fearless player that brings the energy on every possession. He is very strong with the ball and can penetrate to the hoop at will. Tough defender that will be up in your space. 3.9 gpa

 

Charlie O’Sullivan (2024) 6’4”, 185lbs wing - O’Sullivan shoots the 3 point shot effortlessly. High basketball IQ and also sees the floor very well. His quickness is improving everyday and will be a top player in the City in the near future. Huge upside. 4.2 gpa

 

 

Eagle Academy II Open Gym 10/1/21

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On October 1, RecruitTheBronx.com paid a visit to Eagle Academy II in the Ocean Hill section of Brooklyn for their Open Gym. In the Open Gym, their players showcased their talents as they were getting ready for their upcoming season. Here were the standouts from the Open Gym:

 

Khalik Sharpe 6-2, Point Guard, Class of 2023 - A guard that is quick and shifty with the ball and knows how to make the right plays when on the floor. Is able to drive to the lane with precision, and is fearless when it comes to absorbing contact, which enables him to draw a foul and get to the line. Finds ways to get his shot off in transition and has the ability to pass to his teammates the ball that may lead to assists.

 

Taj Bryant 5-9, Point Guard, Class of 2024 - A guard that is able to get to the lane easily with his craftiness on the offensive end. Is able to create for himself when he has the ball in his hands and knows when to drive to the cup for a basket. Has the ability to see where his teammates are moving to and puts them in position to get baskets.

 

Eric Acker 6-1, Shooting Guard, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to see the floor and knows how to maneuver on the court. Is able to break down the defense when going to the basket and has a penchant for playing above the rim. Knows when to dish it out to his teammates and set them up for baskets.

 

Jaquel Morris 6-8, Forward, Class of 2022 - A forward that is long and physically imposing in the post area and is fearless when it comes to holding his own in the paint area. Is always ready to obtain a block or a rebound and his ability to be active is superb. Has the potential to be a dominant force in the post.

 

Treshawn Sheppard 6-6, Forward/Shooting Guard, Class of 2023 - A guard that has length and size, as well as the ability to play both the two and the three position. Has plenty of strength and is able to play bully ball and muscle his way to the basket like a typical Brooklynite. Has the ability to use his athleticism in many ways, including going up for a dunk.

 

Angel Espiro 6-1, Shooting Guard, Class of 2024 - A guard that likes to make hustle plays and is very active on the floor. Is always alert when the ball is coming his way and can move well off the ball. Is great at getting his baskets with precision and finds ways to be alert when going for loose balls. Has a penchant for shooting from long range.

 

Isa Abraham 6-0, Point Guard, Class of 2023 - A guard that has great hands and is able to see what is going on when the ball is in motion. Is a tough defender and is able to stick with his man at all times. Knows when to be active when it comes to loose balls. Finds a way to get to the basket.

 

Emmanuel Obiora 6-7, Forward, Class of 2023 - A forward that has good size and can put the ball on the floor at all times when dribbling. Is very active on the boards when the ball goes up and has the ability to drive to the basket with ease. Makes smart decisions when it comes to driving with the ball and does not hesitate to play big when he has to and can play like a swingman.

 

Ajani Flemming 5-10, Point Guard, Class of 2024 - A guard that is very active on the defensive end as he stays with his man at all times. Has the opportunity to facilitate to his teammates and gives maximum effort on the floor. Is able to get steals and turn it into an opportunity to score.

 

Elijah Johnson 5-7, Point Guard, Class of 2024 - A guard that plays with great energy and a feel for the game. He is a pest on the ball defensively and stays with his man at all times. On the offensive side, he looks to set up teammates and reads the plays

 

2021 Connecticut Elite 50 College Showcase

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On September 24th, 60 Class of 2022-2024 players from Connecticut and New York made a stop at Newtown Youth Academy for the Elite 50 College Showcase which was presented by the Connecticut Elite Basketball Program.


Here are your top performers:

 

Cameron Perez (2023) - Shifty guard who can get to the basket and find his teammates.  Knock-down shooter.  Cameron will have a breakout season for his high school team.

 

Stephen Brooks (2022) - High IQ guard who lived in the paint.  Hit the open three and played with a good pace in transition.

 

AJ Rodriguez (2023) - The 6’5 slasher places above the rim.  AJ is tough to stop when going downhill.  All evening AJ showed he can knock down the open three-ball. Scholarship level player.

 

Ben Miller (2024) - Tough hard nose guard who competes on both ends of the floor.  Knockdown pull-up jump shots in transition.  A confident ballplayer who is only a 10th grader will continue to get better. 

 

Justin Phillips (2022) - Arguably the best player at camp.  Dominated all evening.  Justin lived in the paint and consistently knocked down deep three-pointers off the dribble.

 

Frankie Piscitelli (2022) - Good spot-up shooter.  In one game he went 4-5 from threes.  Showed the ability to create off the dribble for others.  Has size at the two-guard position.  Improved over the years.


Keyshawn Mitchell (2022) - Do it all big who plays above the rim.  Able to rebound and push on the break. Keyshawn has a good feel for the game.  Potential D1 player!

 

Caden Monte and Calvin Monte (2023) - The brothers have good touch around the basket.  Rebounds outside of their area and finish in traffic.  They both showed more athleticism from the last time we have seen them.

 

Micah Morgan (2023) - very strong guard, that can play on and off the ball. Rebound very well at his position and made the open shot in half court as well as transition. Has the ability to attack and finish well.

 

Ashton Sannasi (2022) - one of the top guards at the showcase. He sees the floor extremely well while penetrating. He has a College mid-range pull-up game. Coupled with his 3pt range, and constant “hunting of the paint”, makes it very hard to guard him. Will be one of the top guards in CT this season.

 

Brandon Cary-Green (2023) - He has great college potential. He runs the floor incredibly well. Has very good hands and balance in traffic. A very long wing that finishes at rim. Has a midrange shot that can develop into a weapon. He worked hard in the drills prior to playing, displaying the desire to get after it in a practice setting.

 

Christian Andriolas (2023) - Very tough guard, who defended very well the entire night. He attacked the rim and could make the 3pt consistently. He saw the floor very well and looked to go the offensive boards on shots.

 

Aidan May (2023) - this lefty shooter has a great knack for getting open. If left open will make a very high percentage of his attempts. A very strong guard, he rebounds very well at his position. Finishes well in transition. And pushes the ball ahead in transition well.

 

Jacob Francis (2024) - A player with a very high ceiling. Only a sophomore, he competed very well the entire night. Played very well through contact when attacking the rim. He ran the floor and defended at the rim on many possessions. With the ability to rebound above the rim, he gave his team an advantage in transitioning very quickly. College prospect.

 

Jack Murphy (2022)) - A 6’6 forward who likes to play with his back to the basket. Murphy rebounds the ball at a high level and finishes around the basket well. He runs the floor well for his size and has a newfound mid-range jump shot that he seems to be working on.

 

Benjamin Brochu (2022) - Lefty guard who likes to get to the basket. Brochu has a nice stoke from 15 ft out to the 3-point line. He understands how to play the game and makes the right plays.

 

Luke Penna (2023) - Luke has a great stroke from 15ft out. He loves to get to his mid-range game and will hit the open 3 consistently. Luke is always under control and makes the right plays for himself and his teammates.

 

Mehki Slaughter (2022) - Mehki is an undersized forward who gets the job done. He’s powerful and sneaky athletic. He attacked the basket relentlessly all evening and it included so high-flying dunks.


Yaniel Hernandez (2022) - Hernandez was one of the best guards at the event. His ability to make shots and get to the basket made him hard to guard.

 

Christian Jeffers (2023) - Jeffers has a college ready body to compliment his skill. His ability to get out in the open floor and make high flying plays was something to admire. Jeffers ability to defend was also noted.

 

Juan Morel (2024) - A 6’7 forward with lots of size and potential. He rebounds, alters shots and runs the floor well. He’s going to have a bright future if he continues to develop.

 

2021 Hoop Group Exposure Tour NYC Standouts

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On October 1, Hoop Group brought their Exposure Tour to Harlem at the three court complex at Riverbank State Park. Over 130 prospects were put through the paces for about five and half hours. RecruitTheBronx.com stopped in and caught a look at the following high potential players:

 

Mohamed Soumahoro (2022) 6’6 forward, KIPP NYC College Prep – Soumahoro has been blessed with a D1 basketball body: tall, log arms and trampoline legs. He was the dominant performer of the night. Rarely do we see a player score 30 points in a game… and shoot >90% in doing so. Those stats were helped by 11 dunks. Dunks in transition, dunks off of wing drives, dunks off of post moves, and dunks off of offensive rebounds. On the rare times he couldn’t get over the rim, his long arms and vertical lift also allowed him to be a very high percentage finisher off of the backboard. When the opponents’ tried to back up to slow his drives, Soumahoro showed that he can also hit the under-contested three. His physical advantages were also making him a strong paint enforcer and rebounder.

 

Isaiah Alexander (2022) 6’7 wing, Archbishop Stepinac – Alexander is a D1 wing….loading. “Smooth” is the defining label on Alexander’s offensive game. He glides to get open, he glides through the defense, and he has an effortless, high release outside shot.  His defensive intensity will determine how high he lands in D1. A solid 2021-22 season in Stepinac’s CHSAA title campaign, should put him in the habit of competing at the highest level on that end of the floor.

 

Jordan Randolph (2025) 6’2 point guard, Success Academy – We had to keep double-checking Randolph’s listed grad year. His point guard play far exceeded the expected level of a high school freshman. He was a complete master of the basketball universe, when running the show.  He sees it, reads it, and then gets the ball where it should be ASAP. That includes the ability to call his own number, and opportunistically slice through a team defense. His has quick hands on defense and will embarrass ball handlers with a picked pocket, both as a primary defender and in a help-defense rotation. If he can put together a >40% three point shot over the next three years, he will go to college for free.

 

Damon Friery (2025) 6’7 small forward, St Ignatius (OH) – An old scout’s showcase hack: whenever a player travels from a long way to participate in a Houp Group Exposure Event, they’re gonna be really, really good. Friery did not play like a freshman, he played MVP ball in all aspects of the game. The national prospects ranking agencies need to be put on notice in their Class of 2025 Top Players work.

 

Desmond Ulokameje (2023) 6’2 guard, McNair High (NJ) – Ulokameje is an agile, strong and long armed prospect. He was tough inside the arc. He used his long step and long arms advantages well with a variety of slice through, jump stop, pump, pivot and step through play making tools. We saw him hit nice midrange pull-ups. Future college scouts will be looking to see if he has also built himself a college level three point shot.

 

Diego Martella (2023) 6’0 guard, Eleanor Roosevelt High – Martella is a lot of meals and weight lifting sessions away from looking like a college prospects, but he showed a lot on the court. He was crafty and surprising in all elements of his game, including sneaky defensive instincts. He was one of the best shot makers in the building and sees the game on both ends very well.

 

Jon Reiner (2022) 6’0 gurad, Beacon High – Reiner played the game like he really wants to win. Intense and athletic in his ability to impact the game. He was also money from beyond the arc. Excellent spirit that will elevate a team’s ability to compete.

 

Eddy Hart 6’2 guard, St Raymonds High – Hart has a great nose for the basket.  He is a lefty with a great first step and long armed ability to finish past rim protectors. He complemented his ability to beat the defender off of the dribble with an unguardable step-back jumper.

 

Victor Cruz (2022) 5’9 guard, Christ the King – We probably aren’t the only “Coach Carter” movie fans who connect to that movie’s key character, Timo Cruz when watching Victor Cruz. He is that prototypical NYC point guard: gritty, serious, hard-playing and shifty as hell. Very difficult to stay in front of, a package of stop-n-gos, left-then-rights, rights-then-lefts. That package is complimented in a key way with a solid midrange jumper.

 

Kristan Lewis (2022) 6’2 guard, Vision Academy - Lewis played like he is ready to make some noise in his upcoming season. He is a strongly built player, and uses that to his full advantage on the basketball court. He is alert, active and physical, on both ends of the court. He sees the floor well, and has a quick-off-the-floor, high release jump shot.

 

Ben Lyttle (2023) 6’5 wing, Archbishop Stepinac – Lyttle is the guy that “position-less” scheme coaches are looking for. Built like a high major tight end prospect, he combines those physical blessings with a great energy and effort level on the court. He is a nasty thief in the passing lanes, reading the situation better than the opponent’s passers. He is very effective as a screen setter, and very savvy as a screen-slipping scoring threat. And like all great energy and athletic players, he is an impactful rebounder.

 

Necho Estiler (2023) 6’1 guard, McNair High (NJ) – Estiler is strongly built, athletic and active. He leaves his opponents with multiple bruise souvenirs. He has a great first step, and is hard to contest at the rim due to either hand being available to put the ball past wherever the rim protectors’ hands leave a gap. If he is guarding you, you’re gonna have a long night.

 

Hassan Koureissi (2026) 6’1 guard Mott Hall Charter Middle School – It’s generally really, really hard to predict which eight graders will have the work ethic to build themselves into a college prospect, but Koureissi shows eye-catching potential. He has a long limbed body that looks like its’ got a whole lot of growing and maturing left to do. He already has the long ball accuracy, and belief in his ability to hit that shot that will open a lot of doors…and defenses… for him going forward. Those long arms get a lot use in the poke steal game and finishing well at the basket.

 

Sebastian Roda (2022) 6’4 guard, New York Military Academy – Cadet Roda made his trip down the Hudson pay off. He showed a lot, a natural for the positionless game in that he is a Swiss Army knife on the court. He is active and in charge of the game. Sees the game very well. A crafty shot maker who finds a way to get the ball in the bucket when it’s the right decision.

 

Brandon Nathan (2024) 5’8 Medgar Evers College Prep – Nathan is that guy that NYC ball produces like no other. Tough, relentless, low-to-the ground elusive. His change-of-direction ball handling in a migraine for the opponent. He also showed a three point shot that will help him grab a college scout’s attention.

 

Archbishop Molloy Open Gym Standouts 9/28/21

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Archbishop Molloy High of Queens, NY are perennial contenders in the Catholic High School Athletic Association. They are head coached by Mike McCleary. Below are the standout players from their Open Gym play this week:

 


Josh Decady (2023) 6’6 - Champion motivator towards his teammates and is flexible when faced with unexpected challenges. Extremely athletic and comfortable around the rim. Huge dunking game, improvement with his mid range game. Incredible energy and talent overall.

 

Malachi McMillian (2023) 6’0 - Displays great leadership skills on the court Intense and focused on all aspects of the game. He has a hunger to win at all times He brings speed and incredible defense to the game. Very confident, strong and is able to play both sides of the court with ease.

 

Desmond Ward (2022) 6’5 - Runs the floor well and finishes smooth around the basket .Excellent rebounder. Constantly showing maturity despite challenging situations in the game. His long and lean stature changes the opponents shot around the basket. Able to add points silently and continue the momentum of the game.

 

Chase Robinson (2022) 5’11 - Major impact player, Great ball handler who is a master of protecting the ball . Able to push the ball and get it to the open man for a quick easy shot and can get to the rim. Target shooter who is college ready.


Jayden James (2023) 6’3 - Slasher who brings excitement to the game. Very confident player who is never scared of contact. Gets to the basket with ease and knows how to draw fouls. Incredible improvement from Freshman year to present.


Jack Guevara (2023) 5’10 - High IQ point guard that knows how to set up the teammate that’s in the best position to score . Great at shooting the three point field goal and beyond. Exceptional ball handling skills and solid defensive player.


Emmanuel Ikioda (2023) 6’3 - Displays strength, toughness and versatility throughout the game. Always looking to improve his game .Great defender that knows how to get to the rim. Aggressive player who dives for 50/50 balls and is good at denying his opponent.

 

John McCabe (2022) 6’3 - Great leader and a very unselfish player. Huge improvement on mid range and confident Shooting the long ball.

 

 

 

2021-22 St Edmund Prep Roster Preview

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St. Edmund Preparatory High is set to begin the 2021-2022 season with high hopes. Coach Dan Wiatre enters his 16th season with Assistant Coaches Patrick Akande and Justin Manon and a versatile group of players that promises to be tough on the defensive end and share the ball and push the pace on the offensive side.


The team looks to have good depth and will be led by juniors Mitchell Wiggan and Brendan Armour.


Jaydin Sanchez (2024) 5’7 point guard - super quick shooter with unlimited range.


Malik Wilson (2024) 5’8 point guard - defensive minded distributor.


Matthew Steiner (2023) 5’8 point guard - floor general and facilitator.


Jordan Boreman (2024) 6’2 guard - super talented combo guard that plays on both ends of the floor.


Delaney Neil (2022) 5’9 guard - experienced guard that can knock down the open shot.


Shane Alexandre (2022) 5’9 guard - high energy shooter off the bench.


Mitchell Wiggan (2023) 6’4 wing - long and athletic. Big time scorer and rebounder.


Jonathan Mendizabal (2022) 6’1 wing - good rebounder and can make shots.


Joey McLinden (2022) 6’1 - instant offense off the bench. Starting shortstop on the CC Baseball team.


Maxwell Hooper (2022) 6’1 - runs the floor and provides scoring. Also runs on the track team.


Jackson Cherubin (2022) 6’3 - good scorer and rebounder.


Matthew Frost (2023) 6’2 - active player that brings toughness to the court.


Michael Arnold (2022) 6’1 forward - tenacious defender and high energy player. A Ben Wallace type.


Brendan Armour (2023) 6’6 forward - highly skilled inside/out performer.

 

 

2021-22 Cicero North-Syracuse College Prospects

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For the 2021-22 season, Cicero North-Syracuse High will be led by second year Head Coach Kyle Martin, in New York’s Section III Class AA division. Martin turned around the program in his first year improving the team from a 2-18 mark to 8-4 and the future is bright for the Northstars. Prior to Cicero North Syracuse, Martin spent five seasons as the Head Coach at SUNY Purchase, where he led the team to postseason play every season, including a Skyline Conference divisional title in 2020. Below are the current Cicero North Syracuse players with the potential of developing into college level performers:


Luke Paragon (2022) 6’4 Guard - Paragon, who was highlighted on the RecruitTheBronx.com this summer, played with the NY Jayhawks team this past year and will likely attend a post-grad program next year. Paragon has a constant motor and an active rebounder on both ends. He is billed a shooter, but is also very explosive getting to the rim and is an underrated passer. Luke is a high-character gym-rat and holds an offer from Stony Brook; and has interest from a number of Division I schools. 3.5 gpa

 

Robbie Siechen (2022) 6’0 Point Guard - Siechen, is a true point-guard, and thrives in getting his teammates involved. Siechen is a consistent outside shooter and has the ability to get to the rim. He will guard the opponents best guard and is a floor general in every sense of the word. He is the son of a 5x NYS Champion Coach on the girls side and has an extremely strong work-ethic. He currently has interest from high-academic Division III schools. 3.7 gpa


Reece Congel (2023) 6’4 forward - Congel is a high-motor do-it-all force on both ends. He is slightly undersized for the 4 position but makes up for it with his work-rate and production. He has the ability to hit the outside shot and is very strong going to the rim. He has a mix of post-moves and cleans up on the offensive glass. 3.6 gpa


Andrew Benedict (2025) 6’1 guard - The youngest member of the Northstars is one to look out for. Benedict averaged over 20ppg for the Northstars Junior Varsity team as an 8th grader and transitioned that well for the Varsity team this past summer, averaging double-digits and shooting over 60% from the field. Benedict can score in a variety of ways, and is rarely sped up by his opponents.

 

Eagle Academy (Bronx) 2021-22 Roster Preview

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Eagle Academy for Young Men of The Bronx competes in the PSAL AA Division. Coach Roosevelt Byers takes over the program this year. Eagle-Bronx had a very successful 2019-2020 season, losing to Wings academy in the borough championship. “Coach Rose” played college basketball at St. Thomas Aquinas College when they played in the NAIA D1 division. STAC is now a powerhouse D2 school in Rockland County NY. Coach Rose spent the last eight years at St. Raymond’s High as the boy’s freshmen coach and an assistant coach for the varsity team.


Eagle Bronx is returning seven seniors and will compliment them with a mixture of some 2023 and 2024 student athletes. They are looking forward to the battles that will take place every night in PSAL AA. Below are some of the key players to watch for 2021-2022:


Asa Kone (2022) 6’8 198lbs, forward – Asa is a great defender with a wingspan that extends over 7”. Attacks the rim with aggression, ability to put the ball on the floor and has developed a nice 12-15ft. jump shot. Entering his Sr. year with a 3.3gpa, Asa will be a still steal for a low to Mid-level D1 program.

Clinton “CJ” McCullum (2022) 5’8 150lbs, point guard - CJ is a dynamic floor general that can get to any spot on the court. His quickness, crafty IQ and ability to knock down the 3, will make him one of the best if not the best point guard in the AA division this year.


Myron Bennett (2022) 5’11 165lbs, guard – Smart guard who won a JV City Championship his Soph. year at St. Raymond’s HS. Entering his 2nd year at Eagle Academy. Myron is eager to get going having missed his Jr. Year due to the pandemic.


Kimani Walker (2022) 6’3 guard - Walker is a strong guard who loves to play the contact game. Smart player who also have a nice touch 12-15ft away from the basket. 3.2 gpa

 

Jhonny Jones (2023) 6’2 155lbs, shooting guard – Jhonny is a prolific sharp shooter who can get hot at any min. Can handle the ball and will play a few guard positions for the Eagles this season.


Jaryn Bull (2023) 6’2 162lbs, guard – Crafty guard who can score, dribble, rebound and more. Jaryn is looking to put the PSAL AA on notice that he is one of the top players in the division.


Brandon Perez (2023) 6’3 185lbs, guard – Strong guard with good leaping abilities. Brandon will be a consistent contributor for the Eagles this year.


Charles Solorzano (2023) 6’7 178lbs, Swing – Long wing span with the ability to block shots and knock down the open 3. Charles will open many eyes as the season progress along.


Kwame Opoku (2022) 6’6 196lbs, forward – Kwame is a strong low post player who runs the court well. Powerful rebounder with a soft touch around the rim. Honor Roll student with a 4.0 gpa


Jaden Zimmerman (2024) 6’2 155lbs, guard – “The young boy”, as they call him at Eagle is a tremendously skilled player who can score on many different levels. Jaden will be a major recruit here at Eagle.

 

2021-22 Monsignor McClancy High Roster Preview

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Monsignor McClancy Memorial High competes in the very competitive and balanced Catholic High School Athletic Association A Division.  Anthony Olszewski, a 2001 graduate of the school, is the head coach. McClancy is in the midst of a youth movement with limited varsity experience coming back this year after the truncated Covid19 season. They are a hungry, focused and scrappy group looking to make some noise this year.

 

The following are the anticipated varsity players for 2021-22:

 

Chris Cardozo (2023) 5’7 - Fast, tough disruptor on defense. Endless energy.


Matthew Cipri (2023) 5’7 - Good outside shooter. Utilizes the floater very well. Worked on his body this summer to get stronger.


River Cuevas (2023) 6’0 - Slasher, tough minded. Good rebounder. Improving shooter and ball handler. Good finisher.


Jaiden Gaston (2024) 5’10 - Excellent shooter. Shows a great pace to his game. Handles the ball well. Can initiate the offense.  Has improved his athleticism and ability to get to the rim. Good rebounder in traffic for a guard.


William Heredia Jr. (2023) 5’9 - Quick, good defender, gets to the rim. Distributes pretty well.


George Kyriakopoulos (2023) 6’4 - Great size, strength. Run very well for a guy his size. Huge soft hands.  Working on rebounding out of his area a little more. Soft touch around the hoop. One of the best baseball prospects in the state of New York.


Gabriel Mazariegos (2022) 6’1 - Lankly, athletic. Jack of all trades. Can handle. Knockdown shooter from the corners.


Nicholas Rodriguez (2023) 5’9 - Tenacious defender, fast. Solid shooter and ball handler. Was starting shortstop on JV baseball Brooklyn Queens Championship team.


Sean Serrano (2022) 5’11 - Tenacious defender, good ballhandler. True leader by his actions on the court. Scholarship level baseball player. Nobody works harder.


Aldin Skrijelj (2023) 5’11 - Automatic from 15 feet and in. Has begun extending his shooting range to the 3 point line.  Rebounder for an undersized forward. Very good passer.


Carlos Urena (2024) 5’9 - Good shooter. Terrific finisher. Plays without fear. Highly competitive. Growing into role of being able to initiate the offense. Has a good feel for the game, making the right reads and passes. Improving defender.


William Wood (2023) 5’10 - Knockdown shooter. No nonsense approach. Goes about his business. Deadly range when his feet are set. Improving defender and ball handler. Good knowledge of the game. 4.0 gpa.


Other McClancy underclassmen who will also stand out:


James Rosales (2024) 5’7 - Shifty guard. Excellent at getting to the rim and finishing. Solid outside shooter. Working on defensive technique and and responsibilities in the half court. Great anticipation in the passing lanes.


Darius Mihai (2024) 5’11 - Excellent shooter form deep. Big growth spurt over the summer. Working on ball handling and physicality on defensive end of floor.


Marcus Maxwell-Grimes (2025) 6’0 - Long Lanky. Growth Spurt over the summer. Very good outside shooter. Understands pace of play . Doesn’t need much room to get his shot off. Working on his

RTB College Prospect Notes - September 2021

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During the month of September, RecruitTheBronx.com compiled notes from our discussions with high school, prep school and AAU coaches re any under-recruited college prospects that they had in their programs. Below we present our findings.

 

2022’s

 


Colin Anderson (2022) 6’5 shooting guard, Fitch High (CT) Anderson is 3 pt sniper with great range He has good length and is still growing. Good passer, handles the ball well with either hands and tremendous basketball IQ. He has a high ceiling. 4.0 gpa

 

Alex Barnhill Jr (2022) 6’6 small forward, Bridgton Academy (ME) AAU Team: Team Swish - Barnhill is doing his post grad year after scoring >1,300 points in high school while leading Mekeel Academy (NY) on a 28 game win streak. Section II Player of the Year as a junior.  He is a crafty finisher at the rim, and he can shoot the 3 and has a good midrange also. He is also a prolific shot blocker. He’s a hard worker, a good leader and he’s very coachable. He’s long and athletic at 6’7” so he’s a mismatch for smaller guards in the post. He’s a good rebounder from the wing. He can shoot the 3 and has good midrange also. Uses his length on defense and gets a lot of deflections and steals. 3.0 gpa


Joel Baez (2022) 6’5 guard, Archbishop Stepinac, AAU Team: 6th Boro - Baez is long and athletic. He is a 3 year player for the NYC Catholic powerhouse and college basketball feeder school, Stepinac. He can play 1-4, defends, finishes and can handle the ball. 3.4 gpa


Kam Bailey (2022) 6’6 small forward, New York Military Academy - Bailey is a 220lb lefty with a 7’0 wing span. He is an explosive dunker (both hands), a 1,000 pt career scorer in high school and is a great rebounder who plays with a high motor. 3.1 ga 960 SAT.


Gerrad Beaubrun (2022) 6’3 swing, Baldwin Senior High, AAU Team: NY Jayhawks - Beaubrun prides himself on his defense. He has an extremely high motor. Beaubrun uses his athleticism and length to finish above the rim, and to block and contest shots. He can play and guard positions 1-4.


Myron Bennett (2022) 6’1 guard, Eagle Academy II, Riverside Impact - Bennett is a pass first guard who enjoys facilitating his teammates’ scoring. He is also a good shooter, best off of the catch. He can play through the team’s sets and has a high basketball IQ.


Dillan Bryan (2022) 6’0 point guard, Bedford Academy - Bryan can shoot the 3 and also defend his position very well. He is a true point guard. High character and a strong student. 3.6 gpa


Yadier Catedral (2022) 6’8 forward, Brooklyn Collegiate High - Catedral uses his 7’1 wing span to alter and block shots. He is a solid rebounder and has good touch out to 18 ft.

 

Suhayb Choaibi (2022) 6’5 guard, Trinity Pawling School - Choaibi is a post grad in from London. He has great length, making it easy for him to shoot over smaller guards his long frame helps him get to the rim at will with the Euro-step. He has many moves to beat a defender making him a hard player to contain. Choaibi can also knock down shots from the 3 at a good level, making him a well-rounded player. In his last four 18u games in London this summer, he averaged 38 ppg.


Ricardo Dixon (2022) 6’6 swing, Evander Childs High - Dixon will graduate in June as only a 17 yr old. He averaged 19 points and 15 rebounds a game in the 2021-22 season. His coach, Dave Fonfa says that he is easily a D2 level player now, and will likely fill out and be D1 worthy. He has a huge wing span, great attitude and a bunch of upside. 3.2 gpa


Andrija Djikanovic (2022) 6’4 guard, Knox School - Djikanovic is a good shooter both inside and outside the three. His is athletic, and able to attack the basket and finish around the rim. He has a pretty good handle, able to go coast to coast and make good decisions for his team. 3.5 gpa


Tuwan Ellison (2022) 6’4 swing, A. Philip Randolph High -  Ellison is a “can-do-it-all” on the floor. He has the ability to adjust during a game offensively versus any defense. Versus zones he can flash and finish while making plays as well as stretch it from 3-point land when needed. Versus man coverage, he can dissect mismatches and execute. Ellison is very explosive and bouncy, which works to his advantage on the open floor (transition). This summer he took Uptown Manhattan by surprise and led his team to winning both the Dyckman Basketball and Washington Heights Invitational Basketball 16u championship, earning MVP honors for the WHIB tournament.

 

Quincy Ferguson (2022) 6’4 guard, Capital Prep High (CT) - Ferguson is a strong and powerful guard that uses his body effectively to score and defend.  He scores at all 3 levels, with his biggest weapon being his perimeter jump shot. He is is deceptively athletic and a great rebounder.  He is versatile and can play and defend multiple positions.

 

Samuel Gibbs (2022) 6’3 guard, Archbishop Stepinac High, AAU Team: PSA Cardinals - Gibbs has good size and a solid frame. He has being playing basketball at the highest level, both as a 4 year starter at Nationally Ranked Stepinac and with the nationally renown PSA Cardinals. He is a lefty with a great feel for the game and ability to make guys better. 4.0 gpa.


Elijah Graig (2022) 5’11 guard, Capital Prep High (CT) - Graig stretches the defense with his deep range.  He is highly skilled and a creative finisher around the basket. He has a high basketball IQ and has an effective mid-range game. Graig finishes in a number of ways around the basket that includes runners and floaters to avoid shot blockers.


Davonte Harris-Coleman (2022) 5’11 point guard, Springfield Central High (MA), AAU Team: Next Level Basketball. Harris-Coleman can really facilitate for his team mates. He has a college-ready body who is strong and finishes at the rim well. Extremely quick and fast, can get rim to rim within a blink of an eye. Has a great handle and feel for the game which makes him hard to guard.

 

Tyler Hawkins (2022) 5’9 point guard, Mount St Michaels High, AAU Team: NY Rens - Hawkins is a tremendous competitor. Very fast and quick with the ball. Gets into lane for kick-outs and has a strong ability to finish at rim. Good mid range shooter and solid from the line. Guards the ball well and can be a real ‘pest’ on the defensive end.


Yaniel Hernandez (2022) 5’9 point guard Fitch High (CT) AAU Team: Connecticut Elite - Hernandez is a four year starter, and is a tough as nails on-the-ball defender. He led the ECC in steals last year with a 5 per game average and he also led in assists a game, while scoring 16 per game.  Hernandez is a natural leader and an ultimate competitor.

 

Omar Jaiteh (2022) 6’0 Guard, Adlai Stevenson High - Jaiteh can put it on the floor and attack the rim, and is able to finish in traffic. Excellent defender and high IQ player.

 

John Lynch (2022) 6’7 forward, Holy Trinity Diocesan High, AAU Team: Boy2Men - Lynch is a lengthy forward that utilizes his length and height to grab rebounds and block shots. His strongest part of his game is his shooting as he extends his offensive game with his range to open up other opportunities. He also shows a a great ability to finish with either hand efficiently. 

 

Luke McCann  (2022) 6’8 Forward, Briarcliff High School.  McCann is a highly skilled big man who continues to improve the range on his shooting and is now consistently scoring from behind the arc.  He is a bully inside and plays above the rim on both ends.  His shot blocking and ability to move his feet defensively to guard out to the perimeter make him unique.  High academics and character as well.

 

Declan McIntyre (2022) 6’0 guard, Archbishop Stepinac High, AAU Team: Boys2Men - McIntyre is an elite shooter and continues to improve other facets of his game - defending, ball handling, passing. 3.8 gpa


Jayce McNeil (2022) 6’5 wing, All Hallows High, AAU Team: Force NYC - McNeil takes pride in his defense and rim protection. He scores well in the open floor and rebounds at a high level. His basketball IQ enables him to keep his turnovers low and his production high. 3.5 gpa

 

Keyshawn Mitchell (2022) 6’9 guard, Capital Prep High (CT) - Mitchell’s versatility allows him to play all five positions on the floor.  He is crafty when handling the ball and has an effective change of pace. He rebounds and starts the fast break. Mitchell has improved both his perimeter defense and rim protection, and is an effective scorer at all 3 levels.


William Phipps (2022) 6’0 guard Knox School - Phipps is a quick guard who can play both ends on the floor and is able to create for himself and others. He gets to his spots on the floor and can get to the basket under control. He is a leader for his teammates each day and is learning how to be more vocal on the court.

 

Bryce Randolph (2022) 6’4 guard, Archbishop Stepinac High - Randolph is long and athletic. He can both knock down shots and block shots.

 

Ben Siegel (2022) 5’10 point guard, PG Program TBA, AAU Team: Chris Ward Basketball - A 2021 graduate of Briarcliff High, Siegel is incredibly strong and finishes through contact.  He is a workhorse and comes back every year another level up in his game.  His strengths include on ball defense, shooting, ability to run a team and physicality.  High academics as well 3.7 GPA. 

 

Noam Siegel (2022) 5’11 guard, Salanter Akiba Riverdale High, AAU Team: New Rochelle Jaguars- Siegel is a combo guard whose physical strength, keen passing ability, strong outside shooting, deft dribbling skills, and superior drives to the basket set him apart.  He is an extremely coachable player who likes to learn every time he steps foot on the court.  Siegal has always played on winning teams and eagerly desires to see his teammates succeed.  Basketball is his main passion and he’ll never give less than 100% effort at any point when on the floor. 

 

Trey Skeetes (2022) 6’0 shooting guard, Brooklyn Collegiate High - Skeetes is a sharp shooter, 46% from beyond the arc. He is an exceptional rebounder for his position and is a tough defender.


Isaiah Sullivan (2022) 6’6 shooting guard, Notre Dame-West Haven Post Grad (CT), AAU Team: New Haven Heat - Sullivan can score the ball from anywhere on the court. A true three level scorer, he uses his great length and athleticism to get to the basket. He shoots the ball well off the dribble and bury it off of a catch-n-shoot. His size makes it very tough for opponents to score on him on the defensive end. He is a Division 1 level talent and looks to prove that this winter.


Papa Thiam (2022) 6’4 wing, Knox School, AAU Team:Born Ready Elite - Thiam uses his length and athleticism to be a strong defensive player. Offensively, he is a strong shooter from many spots on the floor, and he has the ability to also get to the rim quickly. 3.6 gpa

 

Mehki Tyson-Slaughter (2022) 6’4 guard, Capital Prep High (CT) - Tyson-Slaughter is a strong, physical and ultra-athletic guard.  He has high energy, a high motor and is a terrific rebounder.  He displays his speed, power and athleticism with aggressive dunks and chase down blocks.  Tyson-Slaughter can handle the ball, is a good shooter and scores in a variety of ways.

 

 

2023’s

 

Brendan Armour (2023) 6’6 forward, St Edmund’s Preparatory High - Armour is a rebounding machine that can score from the foul line down.


Jeremy Bowers (2023) 5’9 point guard, All Hallows High, AAU Team: Bronx Storm -  Bowers is a two-way player, giving a high level ball pressure and help defense and controlling the offense at the other end of the court. He is a play maker that can both create for himself and others. His offensive strenths include good open court decision making and a mid-range jumper.


Jaryn Bull (2023) 6’2 guard, Eagle Academy - Bull is a solid defender, very athletic and physical on ball. Good mid range shooter. Has big upside with a strong work ethic.

 

Jamine Charles (2023) 6’11 forward, Woodstock Academy (CT), AAU Team: Team NYC - Charles is an unknown D1 prospect, who just arrived to USA basketball from the Caribbean. He has NBA size and agility. He plays hard and is an impact player as a rebounder and rim protector.


Kelvin Collado (2023) 6’6 forward, Mt St Michaels High, AAU Team: NYC Gauchos - Collado is a tenacious rebounder and finisher. Great motor who attacks the rim. Average shooter from 15 feet. Can guard big or small. Very physical on both ends and loves to compete.


Zija Emini (2023) 6’0 shooting guard Fairfield Warde High (CT), AAU Team: DTX Basketball - Emini is a 2 guard who plays bigger than his height. He can guard bigger players in the post, box-out and rebound beyond what his height belies.  He is aggressive, and dives for loose balls. He is effective out of the triple threat, and has a reliable mid-range shot.


Prophet Fields (2023) 6’4 point guard, Salesian High, AAU Team: NY Gauchos - Fields is a true floor general with a great midrange pull up in transition, and can shoot from midrange out to the 3 point line. He is a knock down 3 point shooter, two way player and can defend guards and post alike. He has great court awareness and the ability to distribute passes in transition and under pressure. 3.2 gpa

 

AJ Holl (2023) 6’0 wing, Pope Francis High (MA), AAU Team: Next Level Basketball. Holl is an elite shooter with unlimited range and who can find open spots to get his shot off. Quick release and makes defenders respect his pull up game also. He is comfortable going either way and does a great job rebounding the ball at both ends of the floor.

 

Christian Jeffers (2023) 6’4 small forward, Danbury High (CT), AAU Team: CT Dream - Jeffers has a great body type that can influence the game in many ways.  He can get to the rim, post up and finish and knock down the 3.  He is able to control the glass and defend multiple positions. 4.2 gpa


Shay John (2023) 6’7 forward Forest Hills High - John’s is an elite shot blocker with scholarship length and athleticism. He can play both with his back to the basket and facing up. Shay has 3 point range. He understands all offensive and defensive schemes. He can guard all five positions. 3.7 gpa

 

Nehemiah Johnson (2023) 6’0 point guard, Capital Prep High (CT) - Johnson is a tough, pass-first, point guard.  He is aggressive and defensive minded without fouling. Johnson attacks the basket off the dribble and is creative finishing at the basket to avoid defenders.


Joe Kosior (2023) 6’0 wing, West Springfield High (MA), AAU Team: Next Level Basketball. Kosior has a great feel for the game. He can score at all 3 levels and handles well it in traffic. He is strong around the rim and can finish through contact. Does a great job getting others involved and always brings energy to his team.

 

Jayden Larregue (2023) 6’2 guard, Briarcliff High, AAU Team: Chris Ward - Larregue plays with great quickness and athleticism.  He plays above the rim, can dunk with either hand or with both and routinely dunks in games.  He is an excellent ball handler who can shoot it as well.  Great mid range game.  Larregue is very long, making him a monster defensively.  He needs to get stronger and better at creating off of ball screens in order to maximize his potential. High character, unselfish player who only cares about winning.


Jaylen Logue (2023) 6’7 forward, Monsignor Scanlan - Logue has only been playing basketball for less than two years. Despite that, he is doing well and has a ton of upside. He works well out of both the high and low post. He has good footwork and is a good mid-range shooter. 3.9 gpa

 

Jalen Lyn (2023), 6’2 guard, Mt St Michael High - Lyn is a solid athlete with great instincts for game. Shoots it well off dribble and spot ups. Gets into lane for kick-outs. Very calm on court, but has great motor. Finishes at rim with ease, Excellent from line. Needs to get stronger. Honor Student.

 

Ben Lyttle (2023) 6’4 small forward, Archbishop Stepinac High - Lyttle is a high motor two way player.  He is very aggressive on defense and has developed a jump shot that extends beyond the 3 point line.  Lyttle does the little things needed to win ball games such as deflecting apass, rebounding, stealing and be an all around menace to his opponent.  4.0 gpa

 

Izaiah Millan (2023) 5’11 point guard, Mt St Michael High - Millan is a solid floor general. Better than average shooter, can knock down the 3. Takes pride in distributing and setting others up. Tenacious on ball defender from end to end. Excellent from line. Honor Student.

 

KJ Manigaulte (2023) 5’10 point guard, New Rochelle High, AAU Team: GoTorey All Stars - Manigaulte is a high IQ point guard that can make plays for others and knock down shots. He plays tough defense and is a team leader. 3.7 gpa

 

Eddie Munyak (2023) 6’0 guard, Eagle Academy II - Munyak’s strengths are catch and shoot and mid range pull-ups. He has secret athleticism. He can see the court well to make tough passes.

 

Luke Penna (2023) - 6’3 guard, Southington High (CT), AAU Team: Connecticut Elite- Penna is a defender first who can defend well on the ball and can read and react to what happens off the ball. He can also hit open shots and has an offensive game that has a lot of potential to expand. He can push the ball up the floor while and spaces the floor well. He rebounds well for his size. 3.5 gpa


Quincey Platt (2023) 6’8 wing, Adlai Stevenson HIgh - Platt is very athletic and can shoot the ball from mid range and beyond the 3 point line. He is also a great shot blocker and can finish around the rim.


Aidan Roy (2023) 5’10 point guard, Mamaroneck High, AAU Team: Go Torey All Stars - Roy was a starter last season as a sophomore on the Mamaroneck High conference semifinal team. He is a huge shot maker, with the ability to create shots for himself and his teammates. He is a crafty, tough guard that is looking forward to a huge junior season.


Mike Sadowski (2023) 5’10” combo guard, Long Meadow High (MA), AAU Team: Next Level Basketball - Sadowski can score at all 3 levels. He has unlimited range and shoots at a high level. College ready body who attacks the rim well and find open shooters. Ready for a breakout season to show college coaches he is ready to lead his team.


Damjan Stanisic (2023) 6’0 point guard, Knox School - Stanisic is a high IQ playmaker who can shoot and excel in the pick-n-roll. He is also a strong perimeter defender. 4.0 gpa


Eduardo Suriel (2023) 5’10 shooting guard, University Heights High - Suriel is a good ball handler and has a strong mid-range game. He can finish through contact. Suriel is an intense defender. 3.9 gpa

 

Tanner Tedesco (2023) 6’0 point guard, Cheshire Academy (CT), AAU Team: Team Swish - Tedesco transferred in to play NEPSAC AA ball from Voorhees, NY. He is a pure point guard that leads and levels a team He controls the tempo of every game and rarely turns the ball over. He has played up at the 17u AAU level since he was 13 and has been a varsity starter since he was a freshman. He motivates and encourages his teammates and is an extension of his coaches. 3.7 gpa, 1100 SAT


Javoy Thompson (2023) 6’6 forward, Mt St Michaels High, AAU Team: Level Up LI - Thompson is a tremendous athlete with a great body. Average shooter who sees floor well. Can guard big or small. Needs to be more consistent on both ends, but has big upside.

 

Patrick Washington (2023) 5’10 guard, North Babylon High, AAU Team: Boys 2 Men - Washington is a strong defender, guarding all positions. He can also score at all 3 levels. He is quick, coachable, and has a high basketball IQ. Washington is a good teammate who communicates well on the court. 4.0 gpa

 

Mitchell Wiggan (2023) 6’4 guard St Edmund’s Preparatory High - Wiggan is a long wing that scores in bunches. Wiggan can score on all 3 levels. Also a excellent student, he should have a huge junior season.


Blake Wilson (2023) 6’3 guard, St. Pius X (Atlanta, GA), AAU Team: CT PHD - Wilson is a versatile guard that always plays at a high level. He brings a strong offensive game which includes long range shooting, killer pull-up jumpers and floaters. He is a lock down defender that his coaches rely on, usually guarding the opponents’ best player.  He is unselfish and can get others open off of his lane penetrations. 3.7 gpa

 

Malcolm Jefferson Wrisby (2023) 6’4 point guard, The Phelps School (PA) - Wrisby showed a lot of poise and play making ability in big moments. At 6’4, he handles and passes the ball extremely well, consistently making plays for others. He can defend 1-4 and rebounds the ball well. During the most recent D1 Observation Period, Wrisby heard from Lafayette and and Fairfield University.

 

Alex Zakheim (2023) 6’2 guard, Frisch School (NJ), AAU Team: Chris Ward Basketball - Zakheim made a name for himself as a scorer in AAU leagues and showcase camps this past spring and summer. He has college 3pt range and uses a euro step and other crafty moves to get to the basket and score. He is an excellent passer off the dribble and is adept and driving kicking to 3 pt shooter on the wing and foul line extended. He has the wing span that helps him be a disruptive perimeter defender and ball hawk. 3.7 gpa

 

 


2024’s

 

Jordan Boreman (2024) 6’1 guard, St Edmund’s Preparatory High - Boreman is a smooth ball handler with tremendous court vision. He plays downhill and defends 94’ feet.

 

Amare Cockfield (2024) 5’11 guard, Capital Prep High (CT) - Cockfield is a confident, high percentage shooter from behind the arc. His greatest weapon is his jump shot. Cockfield is also calm and composed and has the ability to make big shots under pressure.


Makai Coleman (2024) 5’11 guard, Newtown High (CT), AAU Team: Westchester Swarm - Coleman is a Yonkers native who just moved to Connecticut. He played his freshman ball for Mt St Michaels in the Bronx. He has shown tremendous development over the past year. He is a dynamic lead guard and a deadly shooter from behind the arc. He can score in bunches and is sneaky quick on the defensive end. He is still growing in height and in adding strength and skills. 3.5 gpa

 

Josiah Evans (2024) 5’5 point guard, Capital Prep High (CT) - Evans is a super-quick point guard with great change of pace that gets him by his defender.  He is a one player press break. Evans is able to break down defenses off the dribble and find open teammates. He is a tough on ball defender and is aggressive playing the passing lanes.


Jacob Francis (2024) 6’5 guard, Fitch High (CT) Francis - Jacob has a motor and is an excellent rebounder who finishes well using either hand. He is a good ball handler and a willing passer with room to grow.

 

Riley Fox (2024) 6’5 wing, Conard High (CT), AAU Team: Project Triple Threat - Coming off an all conference season, as a freshman, Fox attended every single off-season workout from April-August while also being one of the best scorers for his AAU club and in the Newington summer league. He is now up to 6’5 as a wing and added 15 pounds to get to 170 lbs. While he continues to be one of the best pure scorers in the area, he is working on and improving his ball handling and decision making, especially in the pick and roll. He has the work ethic and is on the path to being a college prospect as just an incoming true sophomore.

 

Makai Gillespie (2024) 5’7 - guard, Capital Prep High (CT) - Gillespie is an aggressive on-ball defender.  He is a pest on defense creating turnovers and is active in getting his hands in passing lanes.  He attacks the basket from off-of-the-dribble.

 

Ben Haug (2024) 5’10 point guard Smithtown East - Haug is a point guard who can shoot the ball and get to the rim with multiple finishes and different touches around the rim. He is also am a great defender who will get multiple steals a game. 3.7 gpa

 

Marcel Henry (2024) 6’5 small forward, Iona Prep, AAU Team: Westchester Swarm - Henry has the drive, determination and focus to be the best that he can be. He is a throwback post player, with great footwork and low post moves. He is also successfully developing a deadly mid-range shot and the ability to hit from beyond the arc. He has a great attitude and is easy to coach. 3.7 gpa


Antwon Katako (2024) 6’4 forward, Mt St Michaels High, AAU Team: Westchester Swarm - Katako is a skilled player who is strong is tough. Finishes at rim. Guards the post with strength and agility. He has advanced low post moves, and can hit his open mid-range and 3 pt shots. Solid passer who has good instincts for game. 3.6 gpa

 

Dan McGetrick (2024) 6’1 guard, Southington High (CT) - McGetrick is strong as both a 3pt an d mid-range shooter. He can create his own shot and for others. He is a good play maker and has a strong basketball IQ. He is improving his upper body strength and that is improving his ability to get to the rim. He is a good perimeter defender. 3.0 gpa

 

Jalen Munson (2024) 5’11 guard Curtis High - Munson has improved as a point guard each since assuming the position in high school. He has good court vision and the ability to see a play before it happens. He gets the ball to guys in positions where they can be most effective. He can push the tempo on offense. He is an aggressive defender.


Cameron Perkins (2024) 6’3 small forward Danbury High (CT), AAU Team: CT Dream - Cameron Perkins is a very skilled player that is an inside/outside scoring threat.  He can knock down the 3 and has a variety of moves in the post.  He is always communicating on the floor and has a great basketball IQ.


Charnez Perkins (2024) (2024) 6’3 small forward Danbury High (CT), AAU Team: CT Dream - Charnez Perkins is a super athletic player that gets it done on both ends.  He runs the floor, gets in the paint at will and can finish with either hand.  He is a lockdown defender that can guard 94 feet and defend multiple positions.

 

Cavin Pollard (2024) 6’8 power forward, Northwest Catholic High (CT) - Pollard has good size and is a strong and active player. He has a nose for the ball and finishes well around the rim.

 

Jayport Smith (2024) 5’9 point guard, Mt St Michaels High - Smith can really push the ball and make plays. Tough to guard because he’s so fast and quick. Solid mid range shooter who has great motor. Guards ball for 90 feet and never gets tired. Relentless in all areas of game. Solid student.

 


2025’s

 

Jaryn Aguiar (2025) 6’1 point guard, Eaglebrook School (MA), AAU Team: BABC - Aguiar is a lengthy point guard with great leadership skills. He can score at all three levels and facilitate with ease.

 

Cameron Menna (2025) 6’2 wing, St Edmund’s Preparatory High - Menna is a A big time scorer that will be an impact player in the future.


Jaysean Williams (2025) 5’8 point guard, Bloomfield High, AAU Team: Connecticut Elite - Williams has an incredible work ethic and is eager to maximize his potential. He has developed himself into a dynamic player. He has leveraged his ability to learn the game in to becoming a strong leader on the court.

 

 

 

Dave Edwards Fall League Standouts 9/25/21

By David Cordova


On September 25, RecruitTheBronx.com paid a visit to the inaugural Dave Edwards Memorial Fall League, which was organized by Elmcor and the Lincoln Park Classic, and took place at the Elmcor Center in Corona, Queens. On the first day, there were three games (St. Raymond vs. Eagle Academy II, South Shore vs. Holy Cross and Xaverian vs. John Bowne). Here are the standouts from the games:

 

Tai Turnage 5-9, Point Guard, St. Raymond High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that is very crafty with the ball and can see where his teammates are moving on the floor in order to set them up with opportunities to score. When driving to the basket, he possesses plenty of toughness and can absorb contact when going up to the basket, despite his lithe frame. Also has the ability to shoot from the corner.

 

Ahmir Moore 6-1, St. Raymond High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that is a solid playmaker on the court and always has the opportunity to distribute the ball to his teammates in a timely manner. Has a quick first step when going to the basket and can get to the cup easily. Has the ability to get steals at all times.

 

Mark Rodriguez 5-8, Point Guard, St. Raymond High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that finds a way to make plays and can help his teammates in multiple ways on the floor. Has a penchant for sticking with his man and has a knack for hitting clutch shots when needed. Gives maximum effort on the court every time out on the floor.

 

Isaiah Philbert 6-0, Shooting Guard, St. Raymond High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that has a good wingspan and is able to get steals and get after the ball. Has a nice shooting touch from the outside and can pass the ball to his teammates as well. Great at seeing the court and knowing where his teammates are at, so he can spread the court and give his teammates the ball and distribute it to the person that’s cutting in the lane.

 

Ray Pimentel 5-7, Point Guard, St. Raymond High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that is quick and deceptive when on the floor and can slice and dice his way to the hole. Finds a way to get rebounds and make an impact every time he’s on the floor. Has a penchant for taking the ball to hole and getting to the free throw line easily.

 

Treshawn Sheppard 6-6, Forward, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2023 - A forward that has the ability to play the two and the three. Is very strong and is able to bully his way to the basket against other defenders. Has the ability to use his athleticism in many ways, whether it includes him driving to the basket for a layup or him going up for a dunk or him going up for a rebound.

 

Taj Bryant 6-0, Point Guard, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2024 - A guard that is very crafty and is able to get to the lane with ease. Is able to create for himself when on the floor and knows when to drive to the cop for a basket. Has the ability to see where his teammates are going and can put his teammates in position to drive into the lane.

 

Jaquel Morris 6-9, Forward, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2022 - A forward that is long and athletic and is fearless when on the floor. Is tough as nails and is always ready to obtain a block or a rebound. Has a penchant for holding his own around the rim and attacking the glass for a rebound.

 

Eddie Munyak 6-0, Shooting Guard, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2023 - A guard that is able to space the floor and can make a huge impact for his team. Has the ability to take advantage of the opposition with his shooting ability from three-point range. With his shooting, he is able to help his team against the opposition’s zone defense.

 

Eric Acker 6-1, Point Guard, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2023 - A guard that has the ability to see the floor and knows how to maneuver on the court. Is able to break down the defense when going to the basket and has a penchant for playing above the rim. Knows when to dish it out to his teammates and set them up for baskets.

 

Emmanuel Obiora 6-6, Forward, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2022 - A forward that is slender and can put the ball on the floor at all times. Is very active on the boards and has the ability to drive to the basket with ease. Makes smart decisions with the ball and does not hesitate to play big when he has to.

 

Tylik Weeks 6-7, Forward, South Shore High School, Class of 2022 - A forward that has the ability to put the ball on the floor and play like a guard, but has the toughness to maintain his presence in the post. Is great at using his body to absorb contact and make powerful plays on both ends of the court. Has the ability to block shots on the defensive end.

 

Ibrahim Ba 6-7, Forward, South Shore High School, Class of 2023 - A forward that is a force when in the post area, as he is skilled and has great footwork. Has an affinity to show his athleticism when on the offensive end and is a force. Has a long wingspan, which helps him when going up for a rebound or a basket.

 

Davin Francis 6-6, Shooting Guard, South Shore High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has a long wingspan and has the ability to create for himself on the offensive end. Is able to drive to the basket effortlessly, and has a great first step when it comes to dribbling from the perimeter. Is active when going to the basket and capitalizing on opportunities to score.

 

Kyrone Alexander 6-5, Shooting Guard, South Shore High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that has a long wingspan and has plenty of physicality in his game. Knows how to take advantage of the opposition with his fearlessness and can attack from the perimeter. Is able to drive to the basket off the dribble and can get to the hole easily.

 

Darnell Childs 5-11, Point Guard, Holy Cross High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that is diminutive and can take it to the basket easily. Is very fearless when going into the paint area, and has plenty of quickness which gets him down both ends of the court. Is very deceptive with the ball in his hands and can also get to the holle, but can also shoot from the top of the key.

 

Supreme Niles 5-10, Point Guard, Xaverian High School, Class of 2023 - A guard that can make many big plays on the court and knows when to turn on the engines when it comes to getting up and down the court. Has the ability to set his teammates up nicely in positions to score for them and to get assists for himself. Has a penchant for getting to the basket off the dribble.

 

Christopher Judge 5-11, Point Guard, John Bowne High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to make tough plays on the floor and can get past his defender with his dribble. Can shoot the ball off the perimeter with a quick release and is fearless when going to the hole. Has a penchant for finding his teammates in the right spots on the floor in order to get assists.

 

Djibril Diallo 5-11, Shooting Guard, John Bowne High School, Class of 2022 - A guard that sees the floor well and is able to move without the ball. Is very dangerous from three-point range, especially when left open. Is fearless when going up for two at the basket and when left open and unguarded.

 

 

2021 Aim High Eagles College Prospects

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The Aim High Eagles are based out of Queens, NY. The program began with an effort to help student-athletes improve their overall skills through camps, clinics, and one on one training. Aim High has since been recognized as a platform to help players get exposure to college while creating a more competitive environment for younger players. The 17u boys team is coached by Blake Gaston and his assistant Geallo Alvarez.

 

The Aim High Eagles 17u college prospects:

 

Matthew Tucker (2023) 6’2 guard, Archbishop Molloy High - Matt is a big guard and can play the 1-3 but 4 and 5 if needed. Matt can attack the basket, shoot the mid-range, push in transition and make the right play, rebound, look for the open teammate, defend as well as handling the ball. Matt is still working on his game overall but each year he gets better. Also, he can be a floor general at times which is something he needs to keep working at.

 

Brayan Espinal (2023) 6’1 shooting guard, Hazard Independence High School (KY) - Brayan is a team player. He can shoot the 3, pass, and rebound.  Brayan has length and is a coachable player. Brayan continues to work every day on his handles and shot-creating abilities. He has grown a lot from when he first started playing basketball in 2019.

 

Jaidenblake Gaston (2024) 5’11 guard, Monsignor McClancy High - Jaidenblake is a brilliant offensive player, who mixes it up by creating his own shot, getting to the free-throw line, hitting the midrange, and of course using his extensive range. He moves well without the ball and strives in the open court. He’s an underrated defender who understands how to help and recover.

 

Victor Cruz (2022) 5’9 guard, Christ the King High - Victor is a gritty guard who doesn’t back down from anyone. He can score the ball, play defense, and always finds the open man. He’s unselfish and always gets his teammates involved. He has matured as a basketball player over the years and uses his speed well in order to make plays on both offense and defense.

 

Danny Wade (2023) 6’0 guard, St Mary’s High - Danny is a combo guard with a great IQ. Danny can find the open man at any moment and set his team up for the right play. His passing ability is what makes him stand out the most along with his ability to knock down the long ball. Danny is continuing to work on his game and has taken his game to the next level throughout the last few years especially during the time of quarantine. He has shot up as well going from 5’8 to 6’0 in one summer which has helped his overall game. He is currently working on getting faster and being more aggressive on the offensive side of the floor.

 

Malachi MacMillan 6’0 point guard, Archbishop Molloy High - MacMillan is a tough and quick guard that makes the right play. He uses his strength and quickness to get to the basket and create for his teammates. He plays both sides of the floor and over the past few years, his shooting ability has greatly improved.

 

Deshaun Douglas (2023) 5’8 guard, St Mary’s High - Deshaun is a pass-first guard for this team. Deshaun is athletic as he uses athleticism to score, rebound, get steals, and can also handle the ball. Deshaun has continued to put the work in and improve his game over the past few years. He makes an impact more on the defense side which is his strong point. He loves putting a lot of pressure on the ball handler and forcing turnovers.

 

Kyle Dhu (2024) 6’1 guard, Brooklyn Law & Tech - Dhu gets wherever he wants to on the floor because of his speed, quickness, and length. He uses his long arms to his advantage on both ends of the floor, whether deflecting passes on the defensive end or shooting over the top of smaller guards from the perimeter and mid-range. He is shifty with the ball which allows him to get to the paint for kick-outs.

 

St Joseph's by the Sea 2021-22 Roster Preview

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Saint Joseph by the Sea High of Staten Island is in the CHSAA A division. They return a senior class that won the city championship at the JV level two years ago. Head Coach Mike Cortese entering his 10th season, played his college basketball at The College of Mount Saint Vincent. He also spent two and a half seasons as an assistant coach with Division II Molloy College before taking over his alma mater of Saint Joes. Here are the key players for 2021-22:

 

Dorian Paki (2022) 6’6, 190lbs, forward - Long wing span with the ability to alter shots and guard from the arc to the block. Soft touch around the rim. Can handle the ball in the open court. Continues to work on his outside shot. 3.5 gpa

 

John Molloy (2022) 6’5,  195lbs forward - Blue collar big who does all the little things to help his team win.  Lefty who can score through traffic and can knock down the outside shot if left open. Defends well in the post and continues to work on his foot speed to guard the perimeter. 3.9 gpa

 

Kendall Arcuri (2022) 6’4, 185lbs, forward - Crafty lefty with a nose for the ball.  Can score at the basket and beyond the arc. Changes speed with ability to knock down the pull up mid range shot. Uses his length and has great hands around the rim rebounding through traffic. 3.5 gpa

 

Danny Marinaccio (2022) 6’0, 170lbs, guard - Knock down shooter from deep with a high basketball IQ. Rebounds well for a guard and has great defensive spacing. Improving his ability to handle in the open court. 3.3 gpa

 

Christian Zanone (2022) 6’1, 165lbs, guard - Strong motor that excels downhill in transition and on the ball defensively. Can knock down the open shot and makes good decisions coming off of PnR. Working on handling in the open court. 3.2 gpa

 

Anthony Graziano (2023)- 6’6, 215lbs forward - Strong physical forward who can score through contact and with a soft touch. Active on the defensive end with great hands for rebounding through traffic. Continues to work on stretching the defense with his outside game. 3.5 gpa

 

Laurent Kingue (2023) 6’4, 190lbs, forward - Big body that is constantly active around the paint.  Has a knack for the basketball and is not afraid to get physical.  Can finish around the rim and is working this off season on his range. 3.6 gpa

 

Christian Greeley (2023) 6’2, 165lbs, point guard - True floor general with solid command in the open court. Can get to the basket in a variety ways and loves setting up his teammates. Continues to work on consistently knocking down the mid range pull up. Long tough on the ball defender who likes to crash the boards. 3.7 gpa

 

Xavier Barrow (2023) 6’0, 150lbs, point guard - Heady guard who thrives in the open court. A threat from beyond the arc with a soft touch around the rim over bigs. Continuing to improve his overall defense each day. 3.0 gpa

 

2021-22 Brooklyn Collegiate Roster Preview

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Brooklyn Collegiate High will play this year, as usual, in the PSAL AA Division. However, last year, due to Covid 19, PSAL temporarily reconfigured its divisions. So in 2021, Brooklyn Collegiate were the undefeated champions of the Brooklyn 3 Division. The team is head coached by Malcolm Connor. Below is a recap of the key players in the program:

 

Zaquan Jones (2022) 6’5 wing - Zaquan is an explosive wing with a quick first step, elite strength, and excellent athleticism. Although he’s known for his powerful dunks, he has a soft touch out to 20 feet. Zaquan is an excellent rebounder and defender who’s not afraid to dive for loose balls and take charges. He’s comfortable handling the ball and can easily get by bigger defenders. D1 prospect.

 

Jamal Smith (2022) 6’3 wing - Jamal is a lockdown defender who likes to guard 94 feet and doesn’t back down from the opposing team’s best player. On the offensive end he’s a slashing wing who can cause all types of chaos in the paint. He’s excellent in transition and capable of getting hot from the perimeter. D2/D3/JUCO prospect.

 

Trey Skeete (2022) 6’0 guard - Trey’s name says it all! He’s a 3 point specialist with the ability of knocking down threes from anywhere on the court. He’s also a solid ball handler capable of getting to his floater. Plays with intensity and is an incredible rebounder from the guard spot and an excellent defender. D3/high academic prospect.

 

Dayjon “DayDay” Anderson (2023) 5’10 point guard - Dayday is a prototypical gritty NYC PG. He is absolutely electric with the ball in his hands and is a true pass first PG. As a sophomore he lead the PSAL in assists with 9.7 per game. Dayday is crafty in the paint and capable of finishing with both hands. He has a solid midrange jumper. D2 prospect.

 

Tori Babs (2025) 6’4 wing - Tori has the ability to develop into one of the state’s top prospects. He’s only 14 years old but can do it all. Offensively he handles the ball like a guard and has a smooth jumper - he’s also an excellent finisher in the paint. On the defensive end, his 6’8” wingspan and quickness allows him to guard 1-4. With some added muscle and more HS experience Tori should dominate the PSAL for years to come. D1 prospect.

 

Flavio Jean (2025) 6’0 point guard - Flavio just turned 14 years old and is a crafty, high-IQ PG from Harlem - who’s toughness is unmatched. Flavio has a tight handle and is an excellent shooter. Despite being only 14 he’s physically stronger that a lot of high school guys already and capable of finishing through contact. D1 prospect.

 

Jayden Johnson (2024) 6’0 guard - Jayden just transferred in from Bishop Loughlin. Only 15 years old. He’s a crafty lefty who is comfortable on- or off- the ball. Jayden has the ball on a string and plays with great pace. He also has a smooth jumper and super high IQ. D1/D2 prospect/high academic prospect.


Yadier Catedral (2022) 6’8 forward/center - A true 6’8” forward with a 7’1” wingspan. Yadier is a developmental big with a soft touch. Yadier is a solid rebounder and shot blocker who consistently knocks down the mid range jumper. D2/D3/JUCO prospect.

 

Monsignor Farrell 2021-20 Roster Preview

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Monsignor Farrell High of Staten Island competes in the highly competitive Catholic High School Athletic Association. In 2019, they were A Division Champions. They are coached by Mike Dunn, who played two years at Merrimack College before transferring to Manhattan College, where he played for eventual Villanova and UMass coach Steve Lappas. Farrell’s basketball program currently has six alums playing college basketball. Here are the 2021-22 players:

 

Matt Hanley (2022) 6’6” forward - Versatile player inside and out.  Has developed his outside strength and range over summer.  High IQ along with skills.

 

Rob Franolic (2022) 6’4” forward - athletic and long, has worked hard over the summer and is developing into a nice player. Rebounds and defends well.

 

Anthony Vergona (2022) 6’4” forward- soft touch from midrange, strong in the post and rebounds well.  Can finish in traffic, good defender.

 

Frank Defilippo (2022) 6’2” small forward - athletic point forward with ability to get to rim and rebound. Great defender.  Has worked hard at developing his Outside shooting.

 

PJ Scalisi (2023) 6’2” guard - athletic scorer who is long and can finish in traffic.  Defends well.  Can shoot it and runs the court well. Has shot blocking ability and rebounds well.

 

Lou Gelormimo 5’10” (2023) guard - hardest worker on the court- defends well and sees the court well.  Has taking on leadership role and developed his shooting ability.

 

Tim Manuellian (2023) 6’1” Guard - 2 sport athlete Uncanny range and nose for the ball. Great rebounder and passer.

 

Andrew Melillo (2023) 6’0 guard - skilled player who can get to rim and finish. Has developed his outside shooting.  Great passer and sees the court well.
Defends quicker guards great!

Matt Vaccaro (2022) 5’10” guard - heady player who can finish over bigs. Handles ball well and pressure well. Makes good decisions! Knock down shooter from 3.

 

Rob McGarvey (2022) 6’2” forward- rebounds well and finishes in traffic. Tough, physical player who plays bigger than he is.

 

2021-22 St Paul Catholic (CT) Season Preview

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For the 2021-2022 season , the St.Paul Catholic High Falcons look to build on their success from the precious year . Not only did they win a share of the “Iron Division” title in Connecticut’s very competitive Naugatuck Valley League but they also sent two All Leaguers onto play at the collegiate level. Coach Steve Phelps is a Hall of Famer who will look to send another team to the Connecticut state tournament for the 16th consecutive year. Below are some of the names to look out for:


Ben Bochicchio (2022) 5’11 - Point guard - A transfer from Canterbury Prep, Bochicchio comes to St. Paul ready to score. He can shoot the long ball, has a nice touch around the rim and can finish in transition. The most impressive trait about Ben is his High basketball IQ, which could have been developed from his years spent in the NEPSAC. Currently, he is being recruited by Multiple Division 3 programs such as Wheaton College and Wentworth Institute. Needless to say, this kid will continue to grow as a really good basketball player.

 

Matt Palmieri (2022) 5”10 - Point Guard - After Missing the majority of last season due to Covid, this Senior is looking to make an impact immediately. Matt is a player that paid his dues throughout the years and earned his spot in the starting lineup. Whether it’s making the right read on offense or coming up with a huge stop on defense, He always makes something happen. He can also lead fast breaks with his quickness, hits timely 3 point shots and wins the 50/50s. Every team needs a Matt Palmieri.

 

Mekhi Petteway (2022) 6’4 - Forward - A transfer from Sacred Heart (Waterbury, CT), Petteway has basketball in his blood. The younger brother of Malik Petteway (SH/ Robert Morris ), Mekhi comes in with broad shoulders and big time motor.  Rim running is his bread and butter, but it’s his physicality that will help the Falcons compete against the tough city opponents that the NVL has to offer. Mekhi is looking to reach his full potential in his final year of High School ball and the fit couldn’t have been better. The Falcons guard play will allow Petteway to get easy buckets in the P/R and on dump downs. Expect a few double doubles out of this kid this year.

 

Jamie Leggett (2023) 6’2 - Guard - The only returning starter from last year’s Division Championship team, Leggett looks to continue his stellar career. Jamie brings a bundle of experience and a chip on his shoulder the size of Texas. As a sophomore, he averaged 15 ppg and was second on the team in rebounds. He also nabbed NVL All- Division honors in his first year as a starter. This summer, he put on over eight pounds of muscle and his game has only gotten better. A solid handle with a beautiful stroke. Initiates contact when attacking the rim, dives on the ground for loose balls, a vocal leader. The Falcons go, as Jamie Leggett goes.

 

Erik Suzio (2023) 6”4 - Forward - The Heart and Soul of the St. Paul Catholic Falcons. Erik Suzio is a multi sport athlete that leaves it all on the floor every single night. Last season, he was HUGE in the teams championship run and only got better as the year went on. With an improving back to the basket game, Suzio gives the Falcons a quality threat on the block. With transfer Mekhi Petteway alongside him in the front court, look to see this kid making plays out of the short corner. The best part of His game…His passion!

 

St Francis Prep Open Gym Standouts 9/22/21

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On September 22,  RecruitTheBronx.com paid a visit to St. Francis Preparatory High School in the Fresh Meadows section of Queens, as the Terriers participated in an open gym in front of college coaches from SUNY Farmingdale State University, Fordham University and the College of Charleston. All players came ready to battle in the search for a scholarship. Here are the standouts:

 

Tyler Michel 6-0, Shooting Guard, Class of 2024 - A guard that can bring the ball up and shoot from the top of the key. Is a face-up shooter that can create off the dribble and attack. Is always alert and ready for the ball at all times, especially when the ball is loose on the floor. Plays with tremendous energy.


Joshua Pascarelli 6-1, Shooting Guard, Class of 2023 - A guard that is very active when on the court and is a solid playmaker. Has the ability to get to the basket and can take plenty of shots from the top of the key. Has a penchant for using his athleticism when he goes up to the basket. Has the ability to pass to his teammates when he doesn’t have the shot.


Marco Battaglia 6-3, Shooting Guard, Class of 2022 -  A guard that is able to get to the glass efficiently and run on the fast break. Loves to play on the perimeter and can pick his spots as far as shooting. Also has a penchant for driving to the basket when going up to score. His shooting can break down the zone of the opposition when he’s on defense.


Chance Morrish 6-2, Point Guard, Class of 2022 - Has a great point guard IQ and has the ability to control the team’s tempo when he has the ball and has great defensive tendencies on the court. Has the ability to pass the ball to his teammates at the right moments. Is good for driving to the basket and is fearless when going up to the cup.


Tyler Morales, 5-11, Point Guard, Class of 2023 - A guard who likes to move off of a pick & roll and can see where he can drive to. Has a good IQ for his position and can read where his teammates are moving at all times when they’re on the courtre . Has good footwork and has the ability to hit a floater.


Hao Chen 6-5, Forward, Class of 2025 - A forward that can play on the perimeter and is able to kick it out to his teammates. Has a good defensive stance and is able to stay in front of his defender. Is able to make an impact when he’s off the ball.


Vere Anthony 6-0, Point Guard, Class of 2025 - A guard that is quick and deceptive when he gets the ball in his hands and is able to see where his teammates are moving at all times. Is very poised for his age and can control the ball at the perimeter.


Giorgi Tchitadze 6-6, Forward, Class of 2022 - A forward that can do many things on the floor, such as handling the ball and establishing his position in the paint. Has great footwork and is very strong. Uses his body to absorb physical contact in the paint and can snare rebounds efficiently.


Jesse Killian 6-3, Shooting Guard, Class of 2022 -  A guard that loves to drive to the lane in transition and can split the defense. Loves to run in transition and can see where his teammates are going in order to hit them with great passes that could potentially lead to made baskets. Is a player that loves to score in many ways, including hitting long range shots.


Caleb Phillips, 5-9, Point Guard, Class of 2023 - A guard that can attack off the dribble and can find his teammates in the right places in order to give them passes that could lead to passes. Is very quick in transition and can glide to the basket. Finds many ways to get to the hole.


Nolan Raymond, 5-7, Point Guard, Class of 2024 - A guard that has a diminutive frame, but is very fearless when he’s on the court. Is always looking for the ball and can move well off the ball, and can play off of a pick & roll. Is able to attack the basket and when drfving, he is unafraid of contact.

2021-22 White Plains High College Prospects

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For the 2021-22 season, White Plains High will again be coached by their veteran coach, Spencer Mayfield in the AA Class of Section 1 of New York State basketball. The Tigers have won 10 league titles, two section championships and two state titles in Mayfield’s 29 years at the helm. They have also sent 10 players onto D1 college ball, seven onto D11 and several onto DIII ball. Five alums have played professionally, including one NBA player.  Below are the current White Plains players with the potential of developing into college level performers.

 

Shane Washington (2022) 5’10 point guard - Washington is a dual sport (football) athlete who has made tremendous strides this summer as a point guard. Excellent two-way player with good 3 point shooting range. Plays with passion and can get downhill paint attacks and making his teammates better with his willing passer mindset. Washington can play through contact and finish at the rim. Shane is a high character and conscientious student athlete who would be an asset to any program. 3.3 gpa

 

Malik Dawson (2023) 6’2 wing - Dawson is a versatile inside/out player who is a solid 3 point shooter as well as a good mid range jump shooter. He has terrific length and the ability to guard multiple positions and plays outstanding help defense. Dawson was key reserve last season as a sophomore and will be counted on for his leadership and consistency as a valuable two way player for the next two seasons. He is an outstanding student with a 3.9 gpa.


Menzy Carden (2023) 6’2 wing - Carden is a returning starter who averaged 11.8 points per game last season and 7.7 rebounds per game as a sophomore. He was the team’s second leading scorer. Carden shot 44% from 3 point range and was a 85% free-throw shooter. He runs the floor really well, excellent in transition. He can finish in traffic as well as rebound in traffic. Very coachable and is a committed defender. Carden will be one of the top players to watch in Section 1 this year.

 

Jake Labrosciano (2024) 5’10 point guard - Labrosciano is an excellent 3 point shooter and very skilled passer. He makes good decisions in transition and in the half court offense. Very coachable, a hard worker and a student of the game. He is the first one at the gym and the last one to leave. He has the ability to develop into an outstanding point guard. Labrosciano has the passion and work ethic to play at the next level. 3.3 gpa

 

Logan McCormick (2024) 6’3 wing - McCormick can play multiple positions. He is an athletic player with a length and versatility. He can shoot the 3 pointer, the mid range and finish at the rim. McCormick is excellent in transition and very good in the half court game. He plays with a high basketball IQ for such a young player. He will be one of the top sophomores to watch in the area. 3.3 gpa.

 

2021 Monsignor Scanlan Open Gym Prospects

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On September 14, RecruitTheBronx.com paid a visit to Monsignor Scanlan High School in The Bronx to check out their Open Gym run, as they prepared for the upcoming high school season and also fall leagues. The open gym is also a chance for players to show off their game in front of college coaches in the hopes that they can attain a scholarship. Here are the standouts from the open gym:

 

Nasir Rodriguez 6-4, Shooting Guard, Class of 2024 - A forward that has the ability to take over a game, as he has a good feel for the game and is very competitive on the floor. Has plenty of toughness and can take the ball downcourt with ease. Has superb athleticism and finds multiple ways to score.

 

Richard Smith 6-3, Point Guard, Class of 2022 - A guard that likes to run on the fast break and has plenty of energy when in transition. Loves to get to the basket easily and can attack the glass for a rebound or obtain a steal when on the defensive end. Has the ability to use his athleticism and loves to play above the rim.

 

Kenneth Fields 5-10, Shooting Guard, Class of 2023 - A guard that is quick and makes good decisions when on the court. Knows how to make hustle plays on the floor and is able to stay on his defender at al times. Is able to get by his defender off the dribble and can make strong drives to the basket.

 

Bryce Simmons 6-0, Point Guard, Class of 2023 - A guard that is fearless when on the floor and can attack in transition. Is able to use his strength to power to the basket and absorb contact when trying to get to the hole. Has a nice shooting touch when on the perimeter. Has the qualities of a natural-born leader.

 

Kassius Paulin 6-3, Forward, Class of 2023 - A forward that plays tough defense and gives plenty of effort when he’s on the floor. Has a long wingspan and can run the floor well. Is always alert and active on the boards.

 

Elijah Hernandez 6-3, Shooting Guard, Class of 2022 - A guard that is smart & shifty when on the court and is also looks to make great plays when on the offensive ends. Has great court vision and knows how to make sure his teammates get the ball in the right places.


D’Andre Gibbs 6-1, Point Guard, Class of 2024 - A guard that has plenty of quickness when on the court and is able to get downcourt with his speed. Is able to attack the basket with ease and is able to create for himself when it comes to getting points. Is always able to call out for the ball and makes himself alert.

 

Jabari Philips 6-3, Forward, Class of 2023 - A forward that has a strong presence when on the floor. Is able to show his toughness by getting rebounds and intimidating the opposition into giving up the ball. Has a penchant for guarding the opposition’s best offensive option.

 

Jaylen Logue 6-6, Forward, Class of 2023 - A forward that can hold his own in the low post and can move around well. Has a strong build and can impose their will with his strength. Is able to get to the basket with ease and can post up against smaller defenders & score with precision.

 

Daryl Jones 5-6, Point Guard, Class of 2025 - A guard that is small, but lightning-fast and has a penchant for being shifty. Is great at attacking the basket and is always ready to absorb contact when going up for a basket. Has the ability to set his teammates up with the ability to score.

 

Jacob Wang 6-2, Shooting Guard, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to stay with his man on the defense and has the ability to do different things on the floor. Has the ability to obtain rebounds and give the maximum effort when it comes to loose balls. Is able to get down court with the ball easily & can make hustle plays.

 

Jaiden Hill 5-10, Shooting Guard, Class of 2023 - A that presents plenty of speeds when it comes to the offensive end. Is a player that can get past his teammates with quickness and has the ability to hold his own when he goes up to the basket. Is very fearless when going to the hole & can absorb physical contact.

 

Empire Youth Fall 17u College Prospects

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The Empire Youth Athletics Fall 17u roster is set. They are being coached by Brandon Wilson and his assistant, Leon Pursoo. Their practice gym is the Empire Gym in Huntington, Long Island. The team will be competing in the following Zero Gravity events this fall.

 

10/2-10/3: Ardsley House of Sports  

 

10/9-10/10: CT Jamboree  

 

10/16-10/17: NERR Boston  

 

11/6-11/7: Spooky Nook, PA

 

Roster:

 

Terrell Adderly (2023) 5’10 point guard, Bay Shore High - Terrell is a true floor general. He has improved his game each year within the program and can score it at all three levels. Terrell brings his shiftiness, high basketball IQ, and fast pace to this roster. His leadership qualities and competitive nature are also strengths of his game.

 

Jaden Battle (2022) 6’1 guard Long Island Lutheran High - Jaden is an ELITE scorer. At 6’1 he can finish at the rim with either hand and isn’t afraid of contact. He can stretch the floor and shoot it from college range and also shoots a high percentage from the mid range area as well. Jaden’s stock went up over last spring/summer and will continue to be on college coaches’ radars this season.

 

Clayton Ward (2022), 6’4 small forward, Huntington High - Clayton is a very versatile basketball player. At 6’4 he can play positions 2-4 and uses his length to disrupt opponents both offensively and defensively. Clayton is EXTREMELY athletic with an improved jump shot. Look out for a big year from Mr. Ward.


Nick Ruisi (2022) 6’5 wing, Harborfields High - Nick continues to impress EYA’s coaches and program. Nick has an amazing work ethic and competes on every single possession. He can spread the floor and hit the three ball at a consistent clip along with having the ability to beat his defender off the dribble. Nick is very athletic and plays above the rim. He’s due for a breakout year at Harborfields.

 

Malachi Moore (2023) 6’3 guard, Copiague High - Malachi is a fierce competitor with a strong build. Another interesting prospect as Malachi scores at all 3 levels and plays above the rim. Malachi loves to compete and is extremely vocal. He will bring his leadership to this team and tends to uplift everyone around him. He LOVES basketball and will stay in the gym working on his game tirelessly. Expecting a breakout year from Malachi this season and school year.

 

Matt De Fazio (2023) 6’4 small forward, Chaminade High - Matt is the ultimate TEAM guy. He will do whatever it takes for the team to look good and win. He works extremely hard, is extremely vocal, and has contagious positive energy. Matt is a physical player and can stretch the floor and knock down threes.

 

Myles Cumberland (2023) 5’10 guard Long Island Lutheran High - Myles is another floor general and heady guard for this team. Myles can stuff the stat sheet. He scores, rebounds, gets steals, and can run the show from the PG role. Myles has continued to put the work in and improve his game over the past few years. He has grown as well and uses his length against other guards to make plays on both ends of the floor.


Jayden Henriquez (2023) 6’0 guard, East Meadow HS - Jayden is a tough nosed competitor and won’t back down from any competition or challenge. Jayden has also improved his skill set from being with us the last couple of years. Jayden is an ELITE shooter and can get hot in a hurry. He shoots it from college range and with confidence. Jay also has the ability to break a defender down and make the right reads. An important part of Jayden’s game is his vocal leadership and leads by example with his work ethic.

 

Troy Stephenson (2023) 6’3 guard, Paul Schreiber High - Troy continues to get better and better. With an improving skill set and improved jumper, Troy can start to take his game to the next level. Troy uses his length and athleticism as his main advantages. He had a couple highlight dunks in the summer and we’re expecting more of that to come in the future. Another strong part of Troy’s game is his ability to rebound.


Jason Zell (2023) 6’3 guard, Syosset High - Jason is Mr. reliable for this team. He is hard working, physical, a great rebounder, and finisher around the rim. Jason does a great job doing the little things the team needs to be successful. He finishes the dump down passes from the guards and does a great job setting efficient screens. Jason has great energy and is always willing to learn and get better.

 

Max Cordes (2023) 6’0 guard, Lynbrook High - Max brings his toughness and “outwork everyone” mentality to this team. Max is also a skilled player who can shoot it from the mid and long range. Max is a TEAM first player and is willing to do whatever is necessary for the team to win.


Michael Samuda (2023) 5’11 point guard, Bay Shore High - Michael is another one of the floor generals on this team. His physical physique makes him a matchup nightmare against other players at his position.  Samuda is also very deceptive, shifty, and crafty with his moves which makes it even harder to figure him out defensively. If you sag off he will hit the three as well. Mike is a physical guard who isn’t afraid to drive the ball to the paint and create. High basketball IQ as well and loves to compete.


Steven Papadimitropolous (2023) 6’3 guard Long Island Lutheran High - Steven brings his versatile game to this team. He can stretch the floor and has the ability to drive it and score off the bounce as well. Steve’s also not afraid to be physical and rebound. He is an extremely hard worker and is willing to do whatever it takes to improve his game and help the team win.

 

2021-22 Bridgeport Prep College Prospects

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Bridgeport Prep is Connecticut based prep school that plays against the country’s best prep programs, which provides their players exposure to sponsored club programs and scholarship college programs. They are a member of Great Atlantic Conference which includes national powerhouses Putnam Science Academy, Our Savior Lutheran and Redemption Christian Academy and the Canadian powerhouse, Thedford Academy. They are head coached by Greg Thomas and he is assisted by Ponce James, Sr.

 

Below are the college prospects currently in the program:

 

Cross Bandy (2022) 6’0 guard from Brooklyn - Crafty Lefty who can create for others and knock down shots.

 

Mouhamed Diallo (2022) 6’9 power forward from Senegal - Powerful/ Athletic big who can run the floor like a guard.

 

Eli Diop (2022) 6’5 small forward from Manhattan - Strong and rugged wing who is not afraid to mix it up. 

 

Henry Dunville (2022) 6’1 guard from Stratford, CT - Athletic gritty guard who is improving daily.

 

Pape Fall (2023) 6’9 forward from Senegal - Developing big the runs the floor blocks and alter shots. 

 

Tymir Greene (2022) 6’0 guard from White Plains - A balanced offensive player. Who can shoot the leather off the ball.

 

Shamel Jones (2022) 6’4 guard - Jones Shamel Jones is a pit bull with finesse. He is a gritty defender, great on the offensive and defensive glass, shoots the ball well and is explosive in transition.


PJ James (2024) 5’10 point guard from Stratford, CT - Shifty creator who knows how to get to his spots. Takes pride in being a 2 way player.

 

Mohamed Abdul Kader (2023) 6’9 forward from Senegal - Physical Athletic big who can score on the block.

 

Dontae Prescott (2022) 5’10 point guard from Brooklyn - Bulldog on both sides of the ball. Poised and can really take over game defensively. 

 

Isaiah Randolph (2022) 6’4 shooting guard from Long Island - Powerful, super athletic  bucket that can take flight from anywhere.  

 

Kaheim Roach (2022) 6’6 wing from Philadelphia - High Motor and ultra athletic. Energy is contagious. 

 

Jakari Tertulien (2023) 6’4 guard from Bridgeport, CT - Skilled 2 way player with a improved long ball. 

 

Ceazar Sampson (2022) 6’2 wing from Stratford, CT - Developing and hard nosed defender.

2021 Riot Regime High Potential Players

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Riot Regime is an independent AAU program based out of the Greater New Haven, CT Area. The Co-director and Founder is Andre Sutton, a former Hillhouse High (CT) basketball player and who played Post level basketball for the US Military in Korea.  Later, while being stationed in Fayetteville, NC, Sutton created a grassroots team called Team ENC. That program yielded multiple active college players like Shykeim Phillips (UNCW), Brandon Murray (Livingstone), Reggie Raynor (UNCG), Jahmois Barnhill (Limestone), and many more. In 2018, he moved back to Connecticut where he started Riot Regime. Sutton also currently serves as an assistant coach at Hillhouse High (CT).

 

Riot Regime is Co-directed by Dontae Harvin and Brandyn Benson who both played college basketball at the NCJAA and NCAA level. Harvin is a positive male role model in the community, as well as an artist. Benson also currently serves as an assistant coach at Career Magnet High (CT). Riot Regime also has a group of young coaches who come in and help with the student athletes when they are not playing ball at their schools.

 

Riot Regime originally started in Fall 2018 with the class of 2020, and then rebooted in the Fall of 2020 after the CDC guidelines allowed grassroots play to resume. In Spring/Summer of 2021, they fielded 14u, 15u, and 16u teams. Going into next spring those teams (i.e., the graduation years of 2025, 2024, and 2023) will be returning and will be stronger.

 


2025 key returners:

 

Avery Sutton 6’1 point guard, James Hillhouse High (CT) - Avery is a high motor, long and athletic point guard who is a jack of all trades. He acted as the vocal leader of the team. His speed and length and skill set makes him dangerous downhill. His height allows him to see the floor well and he is a great decision maker in transition. Avery also has the ability to defend multiple positions, and rebound as well as block shots very well at the guard position.

 

Nate McCleery 6’0 guard, Hamden Hall Country Day (CT) - Nate is a left handed shooting machine. His ability to hit the three efficiently was big for our team this summer. He provides great spacing for the other guards due to his range as well, he can shoot it from a couple steps behind the 3 point line. Though Nate’s primary weapon is the three point shot he can score it at all three levels. Nate also has a nose for the ball and comes up with loose balls and long rebounds very often.

 

Julian Dent 6’3 wing, Notre Dame-West Haven High (CT) - Julian is a raw athletic specimen with an incredible high motor. On the defensive end Julian is everywhere from protecting to rim, to guarding primary scorers on the opposing team. He’s a major threat scoring inside the three point line. Hits mid range shots from any spot, and can finish well in traffic. Julian’s perimeter skills progressed a lot from the first day to the end of the season. He expanded his range and became a solid slasher as well.


Chris Van Tassel 6’3 forward, Wilbur Cross High (CT) - Chris is a classic style forward. Plays a lot bigger than the height listed. His ability to rebound, especially on the offensive end provided us with multiple scoring opportunities almost every game. He has a great sense of when to put it back up or reset the ball. Chris is the team bull and continues to work on his ball skills as well.

 


2024 key returners:


Thomas Glover 6’1 point guard, Career Magnet High (CT) - Thomas is an offensive juggernaut. Everything you need a point guard to be, he is. He can create his own shot, he’s great in the pick & roll, can shoot it from the outside and plays above the rim. Thomas is still very unselfish but he knows when it’s time to takeover a game. Thomas scores at all three levels from either side of the court, but is an absolute nightmare when he’s attacking the basket. Thomas is also very competitive, and will defend the top player on the opposing team and try to shut him down.

 

Tre Williams 6’5 forward, James Hillhouse High (CT) - Tre has the highest motor in the entire program. He’s the leading rebounder and for his size runs the floor very well. Just like Chris Van Tassel for the 14u, Tre got both the 15&16u teams a load of second chance baskets this summer. Most of his points come from cleaning the glass. Even when giving up a couple of inches, Tre shuts big men down game in and game out. He also plays football, and he brings that physicality to the basketball court.


Bernett Scott Jr 5’11 point guard, Amistad High (CT) - Bernett fills up the bucket. He shoots it from deep, he can hit mid range pull ups and finish well under the basket. He has a solid frame, strong and low to the ground. He uses his body well to create shots, but that also helps on the defensive end as well.

 


2023 key returners:


Nikai Brooks 6’4 wing, James Hillhouse High (CT) - Nikai is a high motor wing that scores the ball inside and out. He’s recently made big strides with his perimeter shooting, and will be a big surprise to some this high school basketball season. Nikai can defend players with good size in the post but can also defend guards on the perimeter. In transition Nikai can be a dangerous finisher.

 

Vinston Hamilton Jr 6’2 point guard, James Hillhouse High (CT) - Hamilton is a long limb PG with gifted court vision. He plays with flare and can be exciting to watch. He has a competitive edge that can spark the team at any point during the game. Hamilton also shoots the ball well from deep. He can hit contested threes, catch and shoot threes, transition threes or create for himself. His long arms make him dangerous in passing lanes, on the boards and can be attractive to coaches who play zones.

 

2021 Palisade Preparatory School College Prospects

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Sean Stahn is the head coach in his 12h season at Palisade Preparatory School in Yonkers, NY. Palisade Prep has won three league titles, two city championships and 1 Section Championship during Stahn’s reign. They have also sent nine players on to play college ball. The Phoenix play in Class B of New York State Section 1.  Below are the college prospects currently in the program.



Deneli McIntosh (2022) 5’10 guard, AAU Team: Westchester Swarm.- McIntosh is a guard who is unstoppable when driving to the basket and finishing through contact with either hand, despite his height. A handle that allows him to break any defender down and a quick first step to blow by the defender. He has great court vision and exceptional rebounder at the guard position.

 

Xavier Merrill (2023) 6’2 forward, AAU Team: Westchester Swarm - Merrill is a versatile forward but can play any position on the offense end. He is a tough player that can finish at the rim with either hand, knock down the mid-range jumper and open threes. Defensively he guards forwards and centers, including those bigger than him as he brings the Draymond Green ability to play small but have someone who can lock down a true center.  He is also a great rebounder at his size.


Jalen Brown (2023) 6’4 forward, AAU Team: Westchester Swarm - Brown is an extremely athletic stretch four. He finishes at the rim very well and can knock down threes at a consistent rate. He has great lateral speed can guard smaller and quicker players as well as bigs.

 

Louis Martinez (2023) 6’0 guard- Martinez is a knock down shooter, who has spent the summer working on his driving ability and finishing in the paint.


Miguel Gonzalez (2024) 5’7 point guard, AAU Team: Westchester Swarm - Gonzalez is a young, gifted player with a tremendous upside. He is a quick slasher, who is willing to make the right pass and able to knock down shots from mid to long range. His best qualities are his dedication to his improvement, his confidence in his abilities and his desire to win. Gonzalez is willing to be coached and is a great teammate.

 

2021 NYC Prospects BTS Tournament College Prospects

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On August 29, RecruitTheBronx.com made it over to Edmunds Playground in Brooklyn to catch five of the games in the final day of the @NYCProspects Back to School Tournament. High School teams from throughout New York City played hard in the outdoor setting. The following showed college prospect potential:

 

Gregory “Chewy” Ricketts (2023) 5’2 point guard, Brooklyn Law and Tech - If Ricketts was raised in a different zip code, he’d likely be working to land a spot on the USA Olympic gymnastics team. But in Brooklyn, they add basketball skill, savvy and grit to those athletic gifts, and turn him into an incredibly devastating, game-changing player. If you’re a college program that wants to put more fans in the stands, grab this guy. He is a crowd favorite who will fill your gym. The opposing point guard cannot put the ball on the floor, because if he does, his dribble is gonna get “Chewyed up” and turn into two points for Brooklyn Law and Tech. Offensively, he can change direction and advance the ball quicker than the team-defense can stop him. He relentlessly gets into the paint and creates “bunnies” for his teammates. At 5’2, he is not supposed to get to the rim so consistently, but he does. He is so fast up and off the ground, the explosive elevation change is un-guardable. He draws fouls from rim protectors who are 15 or more inches taller than him because they can’t get a clean fix on the explosive change in elevation. He also makes those numerous free throws. Opponent’s cannot afford to let him get a touch in transition, or it’s two more points for Law and Tech.

 

Siyani Arthur (2024) 5’8 guard, Brooklyn Law and Tech - Arthur is the Baby-Faced Assassin. You’ll be confused by his slight build and ever-smiling face as being some other player’s little brother. Then, Bam! he shreds your defense from every spot on the floor. The Law and Tech squad is ridiculously under-sized, but Arthur’s shot-making and basketball savvy and Rickett’s devastating talents allow them to embarrass more full sized teams. Edmunds Park is the classic inner city graveyard for three point shooters, except for Arthur. It’s tilted end-to-end, it’s tiled left to right, and has the lack of depth perception that outdoor courts have.  Of the five teams that we watched played, no one could hit their 3’s consistently, it was an air-ball fest. Except for Arthur, he was putting up Steph Curry percentages. He was special from deep, but also scored off-the-dribble, with both the jumps shot and the floater. Treat yourself, get to one of this young man’s games before he becomes some college’s steal in three years.

 

Anthony Graziano (2023) 6’6 forward, St Joseph by the Sea High – There is clearly some high level coaching going on in the St Joseph’s by the Sea feeder system… and Anthony Graziano seems to have absorbed all of it. He is “a clinic” on the details that make a successful player. He makes his stated grad year seem like a typo, in that he plays a grown man’s game. On defense, he is in a stance, with his hands up, and vocal like a QB calling out schemes and adjustments. It’s a rare case to see the biggest body on the court diving onto the (concrete) floor to win the 50-50 balls, Graziano does that too. Physically gifted with height, the speed to be the first one down the court on the break, and he has a large catch radius. He hustles into setting ball screens, leaves a bruise, and then spins into being a big scoring target. Makes the free throws that his agility and craftiness in the paint frequently earn him. He also shows the Kevin Love ability to rebound and then precisely make the long outlet pass to a streaking teammate halfway down the court. He will also lead his college team in rebounding when that day comes.

 

John Molloy (2022) 6’5 forward, St Joseph by the Sea High – More excellent coach-ability is on display with Molloy. Like Graziano, he maxes out his impact on the game by doing everything as he has properly been taught to do it.  He contributes to winning team defense, with excellent readiness, technique and help rotation instincts. Similar good instincts also put him in the right spot for rebounds. He showed both back-to-the-basket and face-up scoring skills. He and Graziano took turns as the biggest guys on the court outrunning the transition defense. Strong hands helped him both as a receiver and a rebounder. As a potential college forward, he only has D3 size, but he plays with a D1 prospect’s level of execution.

 

Tafari Jerome (2023) 6’0 guard, Abraham Lincoln High – Jerome has next level bounce and athleticism. He also plays the game with an intensity that will keep college scouts taking notes. He is shifty and strong off-of-the dribble. His ability to elevate makes his mid-range jumper tough to deal with. His 3 point shot shows promise: good form, great legs, and a high release point. With another hundred hours of practice gym reps on it, colleges will be interested. His athleticism and intensity also made him a strong defender. He is quick enough and has enough ups to block shots on driving guards and in help vs low post players. He also has the quick hands, intensity and instincts to be a problem in team defense rotations.

 

Jonathon Espinal (2023) 6’3 guard, Abraham Lincoln High – Espinal is thickly built and has college guard size. Both his mid-range pull-up and 3 point shot can translate to the next level. He communicates like a team leader and that will help draw notice from scouts.

 

Elijah Small (2024) 6’7 forward, Archbishop Molloy High – As a rising high school sophomore, Small already shows the physical gifts that will intrigue college scouts. He is long, strong and agile. He is a natural shot blocker and rebounder. He showed the ability to finish with either hand. He was also a willing passer out of the post, using his high sight lines to good advantage. Over the next two years, he needs to invest in learning the techniques of receiving and scoring in the post, and the doors will open for him at the collegiate level.

 

Aaron Gray (2022) 6’4 small forward La Salle Academy – Gray will be an All State Team performer at the forward position this year for La Salle. The tournament’s glib court announcer, Randy Millard, dubbed Gray “The Baseline Bully”. It was an apt description, Gray was a game-changer in the paint. He plays hard and physical and wants to win. He is a strong rebounder and active rim protector. His hands are vice grips in both pulling down boards and in winning 50-50 scrambles. He is a strong-shouldered athletic player. Offensively, he was a force in attacking from the free throw line in. From a college potential standpoint, he showed guard skill ability when he got the rare chance, which was primarily in pushing the ball in transition. Ie., if he can find practice gym time to build a three point shot and complimentary perimeter attack skills, he’d have a shot at being a “position-less” asset at the next level.

 

2021 City is Mine Top Performers

By David Cordova

 

On August 21, RecruitTheBronx.com paid a visit to the Colonel Charles Young Playground in Harlem for the City Is Mine Tournament. The event had four grass roots teams filled with some of the finest players in the Tri-state area. The four teams were Team Shine, Milbank, Real Skills and United Brooklyn. In the end, Real Skills prevailed and won it all. Here are the standouts from the event:

 

Promise Opurum 6-7, Forward, Woodstock Academy (CT), Team Shine, Class of 2022 - A forward that has a great post presence when it comes to the offensive end and is dominant force when it comes to the defensive end for rebounds. Is great at using his strength to hold his own in the post and is great at using his length to alter the opposition’s shot or block the shot.

 

Jayshane Woodard 6-6, Forward, Woodstock Academy (CT), Team Shine, Class of 2022 - A forward that is very skilled and can do a lot of things on the floor. Has the ability to create for himself off the dribble. Is able to use his length to post up on smaller defenders and can do damage inside the lane and out and has the ability to shoot from long range.

 

Cameron Estevez 6-3, Shooting Guard, Teaneck High School (NJ), Team Shine, Class of 2023 - A guard that likes to slice and dice to the basket and can get past his defender easily. Has the ability to absorb contact when going up for a basket. Has the ability to shoot from long range off of the dribble.

 

Will Franks 6-8, Forward, Northfield Mount Hermon School (MA), Team Shine, Class of 2023 - A forward that is always alert on the defensive end, as he is always looking for steals and can get downcourt easily. Is able to handle the ball on the perimeter and loves to drive to the basket. Is very athletic and can play above the rim. Also has a nice shooting touch.

 

Tyler Hawkins 5-9. Point Guard, Mount St. Michael Academy, Team Shine, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to make hustle plays on the floor and has a penchant for making clutch plays when his team needs them. Despite his small frame, he is fearless when driving to the basket & is able to absorb physical contact when driving to the hole, as he looks to get to the free throw line. Has the ability to shoot from long range, especially if not guarded heavily.

 

Zakai Ziegler 5-10, Point Guard, Our Saviour Lutheran School, Real Skills. Class of 2022 - A guard that has great energy on the floor and always comes ready to play at all times. Is a player that has plenty of quickness and loves to run in transition to get to the basket with ease. Is always ready to hit his teammates with passes, but also looks to score when he has the opportunity.

 

Tyshawn Trail 6-3, Shooting Guard, Woodstock Academy (CT), Real Skills, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to create for himself off the dribble. Has a lot of speed and loves to drive to the basket when on the fast break. Has the ability to shoot from long range, especially if left unattended. Is known for getting to the rim with ease, especially when he is on the break.

 

Jaquan Sanders 6-3, Shooting Guard, Our Saviour Lutheran School, Real Skills, Class of 2022 - A guard that has a penchant for scoring at all times. Has the ability to hit shots from long range & can get down court and play above the rim, as he showcases his athleticism as well. Is fearless when going up to the basket and can absorb contact, which helps him get to the free throw-line.

 

Amadou Diallo 5-10, Point Guard, Putnam Science Academy, Real Skills, Class of 2022 - A guard that has a penchant for being a true floor general on the court. Has a lot of quickness and athleticism and can get to the basket. Has good hands and is able to get to the ball easily and is prone to getting steals, which end in baskets. Is able to distribute the ball efficiently to his teammates.

 

Dwayne Pierce 6-5, Forward, Christ the King High School, Real Skills, Class of 2024 - A forward that has plenty of strength and can attack in transition. Uses his build to absorb contact and can get into the lane and score easily. Is able to put the ball on the floor and can get down court with no problem.

 

Mouhamed Dioubate 6-8. Forward, Putnam Science Academy, Real Skills, Class of 2023 - A forward that has a lot of versatility and has great footwork when on the offensive end of the floor. Has the ability to get to the basket, due to his ability to put the ball on the floor and. Has a knack for shooting from the perimeter. Is able to get rebounds and can hold his own on the floor.

 

Daryl Victory, Jr 5-8, Point Guard, Cardinal Hayes High School, Milbank Flyers, Class of 2022 - A guard that has plenty of heart on the court and is always ready to take on any challenge. Is able to distribute the ball to his teammates when they are in the right situations to receive the ball. Is very fearless when driving to the basket and doesn’t mind absorbing contact as he is like to get the ball in the basket.

 

Ziare Wells 6-6, Shooting Guard, St. Benedict’s Preparatory High School (NJ), Milbank Flyers, Class of 2022 - A guard that is explosive and has the ability to score in bunches. Has the ability to get downcourt easily and can attack the basket and can hurt the defense when left unguarded. Has superb athleticism when on both ends of the court.

 

Dominick Barlow, 6-9, Forward, Bridgton Academy (ME), Milbank Flyers, Class of 2022 -A forward that is strong when in the low post on offense and can block shots on the defensive end. Has the ability to play above the rim and has plenty of finesse when handling the ball. Is always ready to get open so that he can drive to the basket.

 

Tarique Foster 6-8, Forward, Cardinal Hayes High School, Milbank Flyers, Class of 2022 - A forward that has a long wingspan and has the ability to get rebounds on the court. Despite his large frame, he is able to attack the lane.  Is a player that can also shoot from the perimeter. Has the ability to see the floor well and can pass the ball to a streaking teammate that is going to the basket.

 

Brandon Williams 6-7, Forward, Christ the King High School, United Brooklyn, Class of 2023 - A forward that is able to make plays in transition and can put the ball on the floor. Has plenty of toughness and finds various ways to score at all times. Is a solid rebounder that can hold his own in the post area. Has the ability to shoot from the perimeter.

 

Ty-laur Johnson 6-0, Point Guard, St. Benedict’s Preparatory School (NJ), United Brooklyn, Class of 2023 - A guard that has a penchant for getting out on the break and getting to the basket. Has the ability to shoot from long range, especially if left unguarded. Has good hands that allow him to get steals and get downcourt easily.

 

Jayden Pierre 6-2, Point Guard, Long Island Lutheran High School, United Brooklyn, Class of 2022 - A guard that has the ability to bring the ball up and can create for himself and take over a game offensively. Has the ability to shoot from long range. Has a lot of quickness and is able to attack the basket.

 

Shawn Fulcher 5-11, Point Guard, Scotland Prep School (PA), United Brooklyn, Class of 2022 - Fulcher is a guard that has a penchant for scoring in transition and will find multiple ways to get to the basket. Is a tremendous defender and finds ways to stay with the opposing player. Has a smooth handle when dribbling and possesses a jumper that he loves to use at the top of the key.

 

Tyliek Weeks 6-7, Forward, South Shore High School, United Brooklyn, Class of 2022 - A forward that is a low-post presence that has a large frame and has good hands, which he uses to snare rebounds. Looks to block shots on defense and uses his strength to hold his own in the paint. Is able to muscle his way into the paint and can score easily.

 

 

CWB Spartans 17u College Prospects

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CWB Spartans 17u team is a part of the Chris Ward Basketball program. This past AAU season they went 23-9, taking only single losses in making it to the Elite 8 in each of the Zero Gravity XL tournament in Spooky Nook (PA), Gym Rat Platinum Level (top) tournament in Albany (NY) and the Zero Gravity XL Nationals in Orlando (FL). Below are the college prospects who played for the team.

 

Chris Ward, Jr (2022) 5’9, 155 lbs, point guard, Alexander Hamilton High - Ward is a All-League level, prototypical point guard with a tremendous handle. His physical strength allows him to get to any spot on the floor. Deceivingly athletic. Excellent off of the ball screen, making plays for himself and others. Great decision maker in transition and has ability to hit open three consistently. He already has an offer from D2 Erskine College (SC). Ward is drawing additional interest from NAIA, D2, D3, and prep school as well.

 

Charlie Randall (2022) 7’0, 200 lbs, forward, Berkshire School (MA) - Randle is a recent Mamaroneck High graduate, where he was named Co-player of the Year in Westchester County, 1st Team LHBCA. All League, All Conference, and All Section. He is a skilled Euro-style face-up big with outstanding range from 3. He has made tremendous improvement over the last year in his post-up game. Displays excellent timing in shot blocking ability. Solid rebounder with great mobility and solid hands. Currently holds a D1 offer from Albany. High academic D3 Williams is also interested in landing him.

 

Jason Schofield (2024) 6’8, 205 lbs, wing, Avon Old Farms School (CT) - Schofield is a 15 year old who already holds four D1 offers (Story Brook, Albany, St. Francis (N.Y.) and Bryant). He has an advanced skill set beyond his years. He scores on all three levels, and is an excellent three point shooter. Schofield is a strong rebounder for a young player competing two years up and has has the ability to rebound and initiate the fast break. He will be a force in 17u play for years to come.

 

Brandon Harris (2022) 6’2, 215 lbs, Central Pointe Christian Post Grad (FL) - Harris is an Alexander Hamilton High graduate who is now doing a PG year in Orlando. He had a storied high school career, 1,000 point scorer. All-League, All Conference, All Section, and All State selection. In his senior year, he led a Section Championship team. Harris has an outstanding skillset and I.Q., Adrian Dantley style game. He is an excellent rebounder at his position. Excellent three point shooter. and a winner at every level. Harris is getting serious interest at NAIA, D2, and D3 levels.

 

Jaylen Savage (2022) 6’2, 175 lbs, Alexander Hamilton High - Savage was an All-League, All Conference, All Section, and All State selection. Section I Champion last winter. He is fantastic off the bounce with a mid-range jump shot. He does great job of getting in the lane and finishing. He has made tremendous improvement in his three point shooting. Rebounds well above his position and has excellent I.Q. on the court. He also excels in the classroom. Outstanding football player and a section champion in track as well. He is receiving serious interest from NESCAC currently. Ivy and Patriot League will soon follow.

Jayden Larregue (2022) 6’2, 170 lbs wing, Briarcliff High - Larregue was All-League in 2022. He is an explosive athlete who is only going to get better. Be is just realizing how good he can be now. Larregue has improved in all facets, three point shooting, ball handling and passing. His rebounding is starting to match his athleticism. Excellent finishing in transition. Larregue is poised to have a huge senior year on an excellent high school team. He is currently receiving serious interest at the D3 level. Going for an additional PG year is certainly an option as well.

 

Spencer Rubinstein (2021) 6’2, 175 lbs, wing Ramaz School - Rubenstein is the consummate “Glue Guy”. A reliable and consistent player who is at the center of WB 17u’s success. He is the type of player that does whatever his team needs in order to win, versatile, all-around game. He shoots the three, handles it well enough to initiate the offense. Excellent court vision and another player who rebounds above position. High I.Q. and one of the toughest to ever put on the Forest Green and Black. Rubenstein will be taking gap year in Israel and be working with the coach of the Israeli National Team. He has serious interest from NESCAC, CUNY and Skyline League institutions.