2024 94 Foot Elite Player Profiles

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94 Foot Elite is a Westchester-based AAU program that was founded in 2022. It competes in the varsity high school level at tournaments and summer leagues in the metropolitan Tri-state area, including Changing Youth Basketball League, The Valley Basketball Classic, and the Riverdale Summer Classic.


The 18u team is coached by Aaron Lin and Ilir Muratovic, and their players are profiled below.


John Berbano (2024) 6’1 point guard, Greenwich Country Day School (CT) - High IQ point guard that gets to his spot at will. Averaged 13.1 PPG, 3.7 APG to lead his school to their first FAA title and first Class B playoff appearance. Recently committed to Manhattan College. 4.0 gpa


Noah Williams (2025) 5’11 point guard, Mount St. Michael Academy (NY) - Quick and crafty point guard that takes care of the basketball. Plays with pace and tends to get to the hoop or a pullup off the dribble. Doesn’t settle but can hit outside shots.


Mujo Muratovic (2025) 6’1 guard, Archbishop Stepinac (NY) - 2-way threat that makes NBA range 3’s off the catch or off the dribble. Shot 46% from 3 in the school year. Solid on ball defender and rebounds well for his size. 3.9 gpa


Ali Zherka (2025) 6’3 wing, Lincoln High School (NY) - Endless motor and defensive instincts lead to second chance opportunities and fast breaks in transition. Averaged 12 points and 4 steals per game in the school year.  3.7 gpa


Arber Mustafaj (2024) 6’5 small forward, Yonkers Montessori Academy (NY) - Uses his size on both ends by altering shots and shooting over defenders. Has good touch in the paint and on post fadeaways and stretches the floor as a reliable spot up shooter.


Kamryn Boyd (2026) 6’4 wing, Sacred Heart High School (NY) - The best athlete on the roster and possesses an ability to create shots off dribble drives. Length and good pass perception yield showtime dunks on breakaways.


Elvis Muratovic (2024) 5’10 guard, Roosevelt High School (NY) - Shoots the three ball best off the catch, navigates through screens and cuts to get open. Won back-to-back Yonkers City Championships. 3.4 gpa


Ryan Branch (2024) 6’1 wing, Riverdale Kingsbridge Academy (NY) - Guards the opponents’ best player and rebounds exceptionally thanks to his strong stature. Plays best near the hoop and will get to the stripe.


Chauncey Gordon (2025) 6’4 wing, Lincoln High School (NY) - Long, lanky frame assist his pesky on-ball defense and rebounding. Willing shooter from outside and runs well in transition.

 

 

2024 MADE Hoops East Summer Clash Standouts

By David Cordova,


On Sunday afternoon, July 7, we swung over to the Sportika Sports facility in Manalapan, New Jersey for the MADE Hoops East Summer Clash. This was an event for many of the grassroots programs as a prelude for the NCAA July Live Period. Here are some of the standouts from the event from the New York City and New England areas:


Brandon Margolin 6-5, Small Forward, Xaverian High School, Rising Stars, Class of 2025 - A forward that has plenty of strength and is a force in many ways for his team. Is able to control the middle on the defensive end and is able to run on the offensive end and put the ball on the floor while looking to make a play. Is able to drive to the basket and finish strong in the lane.


Carter Wilson 6-1, Point Guard, Bay Shore High School, Rising Stars, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to see the floor and has a penchant for being a true playmaker on the floor. Is able to watch his teammates move around and then set them up for scoring opportunities with his distribution of the ball. Is able to hit midrange jumpers and also finish strongly at the basket.


Stanley Dhondt 6-7, Forward, Xaverian High School, Rising Stars, Class of 2025 - A forward that likes to run and is able to stay active when on the floor. Is able to move around off the ball and is able to get free and open as a way to get his shot off efficiently. Is able to outwork the opposition in the low post when it comes to obtaining rebounds.


Kamryn Salters 6-2, Shooting Guard, Notre Dame-Fairfield High School, Rens United (CT), Class of 2025 - A guard that is very strong and agile and can hold his own on the court. Is able to stick with his man on the defensive end and is able to get to loose balls when the oppprtunity presents itself. Is able to attack the glass and is able to drive to the basket and finish strongly.


Warren Keel, Jr. 5-10, Point Guard, Putnam Science Academy, Mass Rivals, Class of 2026 - A guard that is able to patrol his team and will try to make sure that his team is successful when making certain plays. Is able to distribute the ball and make sure that his teammates have opportunities to score. Is able to control the tempo of the game & can slow it down to his liking. Is able to drive to the basket and finish efficiently with layups or floaters.


Sebastian Wilkins 6-8, Forward, Brewster Academy (NH), Mass Rivals, Class of 2026 - A forward that has good hands and uses it to his advantage whenever he’s near the boards. Is able to put the ball on the floor and post up on a smaller defender and turn around and shoot. Is able to get his shot off efficiently, especially when it comes to being free and open on the wing. Is able to drive to the basket & finish efficiently.


Brandon Lee 6-4, Shooting Guard, The Patrick School (NJ), New York Rens, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to hold his own on the court in various ways. Has a penchant for shooting at a high volume, as he is able to shoot from long range. Has the ability to drive to the basket and can finish efficiently. Has the ability to crash the boards and obtain rebounds.


Jermel Thomas 6-2, Point Guard, Cardinal Hayes High School, New York Rens, Class of 2026 - A guard that has the ability to take over a game with his ability to control the tempo of a game with his ballhandling ability. Is able to find his teammates in the right places so that there can be scoring opportunities for them. Is fearless when going to the basket and is a strong finisher.


Vere Anthony 6-0, Point Guard, St. Francis Preparatory High School, New York Rens, Class of 2025 - A guard that had the ability to be a playmaker and a player that will go all out for his team by any means necessary. Has the ability to play tough defense on his man and is prone to obtaining steals and forcing turnovers. Is able to find his teammates on the break, as they plan to streak to the basket or pull up for a jumper. Has a nice shooting touch and has the ability to drive to the basket.


Nasir Rodriguez 6-6, Small Forward, Northfield Mount Hermon School, New York Rens, Class of 2025 - A forward that has the ability to be a force for his team at all times, as he brings plenty of energy when he’s on the floor. Has the ability to crash the boards for rebounds and is always ready to use his defense to his advantage. Is able to drive to the basket and finish strongly.


Anthony Williams 6-5, Small Forward, Putnam Science Academy, New York Jayhawks, Class of 2025 - A forward that has the ability to make his presence felt in the low-post area and can also put the ball on the floor and drive into the lane. Is able to showcase his athleticism and has a penchant for throwing down dunks when going up for two. Has the ability for obtaining rebounds when on the defensive end at all times.


Kenneth Bartlett, Jr. 5-10, Point Guard, Eagle Academy III, New York Jayhawks, Class of 2025 - A guard that has a penchant for making great plays on the offensive end. Has the ability to showcase his speed as he is able to get down court easily and will zoom to the basket with ease. Has a penchant for making showcasing his athleticism when driving to the basket.

 

2024 New Haven Heat-Made Hoops 17u Player Profiles

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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. Doc Kennedy runs the program and coaches their 17u Made Hoops circuit level team.


Here is the New Haven Heat Made Hoops 17u roster for this season:


                        (Clicking on the player’s name pulls up their profile)

 


#0 Antoine “Butta” Williams (2025) 6’0 point guard - Williams is the starting point guard playing in the highest of prep school ball at Putnam Science. Averaged 11pts, 4Ast, 2stl a game for the NEBL and Power 5 Champs.  He has a lightning quick first step and change of direction driving his tight handle skills. He is a pass first playmaker who can get into the lane easily. He can also shoot and get to the rim, when that is the best option. He will also pick pockets on the opponent’s primary ball handler. 3.5 gpa


#1 Allyn Wright (2025) 6’0 point guard, St George’s School (RI) - A high IQ, pass-first point guard that can get a bucket as needed. Colleges should tap into this NEPSAC AA honed talent.


#2 Zaire Lott (2024) 6’6 small forward - Lott’s elite athleticism helps him protect the rim on defense and play above the rim on offense. This two time CIAC All State wing was a top 3 point shooters in the CIAC for the last two years. He also rebounds at a high level.


#3 Travis Upchurch ( 2025) 5’10 point guard, Notre Dame-West Haven (CT) - Upchurch has bounce, can dribble and can get his teammates the ball 2023-24 CIAC State Champion.


#5 Elijah Parker 6’4 (2026) 6’3 guard, St Thomas More School-White showcase squad (CT) - 2023-24 All State CIAC, Second Team as a junior for Holy Cross High (CT). Parker has excellent foot speed and a lethal first step. He can also hit the open three, when the defenses get wary of his paint drives. He covers a lot of ground is impactful with his defensive activity.


#10 Jair Mathis (2025) 5’11 point guard, Lee Academy (ME) - Mathis missed his past high school season, while recovering from injury. He should be back in July for the Live Periods. He is a lightning quick guard with a high IQ. He knows how to hit the gaps to create for others and is a very crafty scorer.  He also defends on a high level 94 feet.


#11 Stephen Mulinio (2026) 6’7 forward, Lasalle Institute


#12 Brandon “Bizzy” Beamon (2025) 6’6 small forward, Knox School - Beamon can guard 1-4. He is also athletic and effective in getting to the rim for a score. He is CIAC All State player who is looking for Post Grad program. Bizzy is an elite slasher and that can also spread the court and post up. Beamon is the definition of a glue guy; every team needs a guy like that. An 1,000 points scorer, who averaged 23pts and 7rebs. Holds a scholarship offer from D2 Franklin Pierce.  2.9 gpa


#21 Amare Marshall (2025) 6’6 small forward, St. Bernard High (CT) - 4.0 gpa

 

#32 Chris Van Tassel (2025) 6’5 small forward, Wilbur Cross High (CT) - - Van Tassel is one of the hardest working kids on the team, he pursues every rebound (defense and offense). He has also developed a jump shot and has become comfortable putting the ball on the floor and attacking the basket this AAU season. His motor never stops and he’s always willing to learn and get better. 4.2 gpa


#34 Ibrahim Gati (2025) 6’10 forward, Darrow School (NY) - Gati hails from Niger and is a fluid, athletic and dominant presence on the basketball court. Gati excels in running the floor, grabbing rebounds and blocking shots. 2023-24 All NEPSAC, Class AA Honorable Mention. Last season, he was impressive in averaging 16 points, 12 rebounds, and 4 blocks per game. Gati consistently makes his mark on both ends of the floor. Holds D1 offers from Alabama State and Gardner Webb.  2.9 gpa

 

 

 

 

 

2024 Rens United/Riverside Hawks Select College Night Player Profiles

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On Monday, July 8th, Rens United, Riverside Select, and Rising Stars will host a college night with upwards of 50 prospects, as profiled below. The event is open to all Division II and III coaches who wish to attend. Packets will be provided containing contact information and gpa for each player.

 

The event will be held at Hackley School in Tarrytown, NY, beginning at 5pm and concluding by 9pm.

 

To confirm attendance or have any questions answered, please reach out to either Andrew Becil: 917-443-7638 or Zach Kuba: 412-551-3735


                 

                      (Clicking on the player’s name pulls up their profile, which includes video highlights)

 


Rens United 2025s
Rens United is an high academic oriented team affiliated with the renown NY Rens program. The program is New York City based. This 2025s team is head coached by Andrew Becil, a former college player and current NEPSAC AA prep school coach at Wilbraham & Monson Academy (MA).

                           
David Dix (2025) 5’10 point guard, Canterbury School (CT) - Lightning quick true point guard. Plays to get his teammates involved, non-stop energy + communication. Elite on-ball defender who picks up 94 feet. Holds NJIT offer. 3.8 gpa


Jakub Lomicka (2025) 6’10 forward, Suffield Academy (CT) - Probably one of the most interesting prospects in AAU this summer. Super under-the-radar wing/forward with real experience playing on the ball back home in european play. Phenomenal passing feel and understanding of the game. Can shoot, handle, play around the rim, and see the floor. Needs to be seen. 3.9 gpa

 

AJ Mickens (2025) 6’4 Hun School (NJ) - Strong, smooth, and skilled scoring guard. High-level scorer from every spot on the floor. Never does too much with the basketball. Ivy/CAA/NEC/Patriot. 3.7 gpa


Benedek Maly (2025) 6’7 Trinity Pawling School - Powerful downhill lefty wing, junkyard dog mentality. Relentless straight line driver, can guard 2 through 4 and effectively play a small-ball 5. Super high-academic. NESCAC recruitment right now, Coach Becil thinks that he winds up on some NE10 lists and maybe impresses beyond that. 3.8 gpa

 

Luke Seltzer (2025) 6’6 small forward, Phillips Andover Academy (MA) -  Big wing who does a bit of everything. Nice looking jumper off the catch + bounce. Great size and length on the wing. Rebounds and defends big. Never more than 2-3 dribbles getting downhill. 4.0 gpa

 

Darrell “DJ” Brown Jr. (2025) 6’3 guard, West Nottingham Academy (MD) - - Best athlete in every gym he steps into (seriously). Head-at-the-rim athleticism. Elevation on jumper lets him get it off whenever he wants. Constant communicator, relentless defensively, non-stop motor. Needs to be on pretty much every single Low Major radar. 3.8 gpa


Jules Varin (2025) 6’3 guard, Hotchkiss School (CT) - Lefty sniper who impacts the game without needing the ball much. Always in the right spots offensively + defensively. Efficiently attacks closeouts, always has his head up when he puts the ball on the floor. 3.8 gpa


Avery Headley (2025) 6’6 forward St Benedict’s High (NJ) - Elite athlete with a college-ready body and a really nice looking jumper. Gets his head to the rim on straight line drives. Can keep the ball in front on the perimeter guarding 1 through 3 and can bang around the rim with bigs as needed. Very high-level 3+D prospect. 3.8 gpa


Anson Beard (2025) 6’5 small forward, Lawrenceville School (NJ) - Playmaking guard with great positional size as someone who can legitimately play on the ball. Will take point guard reps this summer. Really comfortable handling the ball against pressure, head up at all times. Shoots it out to NBA range. Super high-academic. 3.8 gpa


Peter Knapp (2025) 6’1 guard,  Millbrook School - High-energy defender, non-stop pest on the basketball. Spaces the floor offensively, and hunts paint touches to get teammates open. 3.8 gpa

 

Basti Williams (2025) 6’3 guard, Knox School - Williams has the ball on a string, is a lethal shooter from outside and a crafty finisher at the rim. He has a college level work ethic and commitment to the game. Receiving interest from NEC, Ivy and MAAC programs. 3.5 gpa

 

 

Riverside Hawks Select Blue 17u
Riverside Hawks Select is a program designed for serious ballplayers who value structure and consistency in their player development regimen. “Select” is the high academic prospect arm of the renown Riverside Hawks program. The veteran Zach Kuba coaches the Riverside Hawks Select Blue 17u team, and his roster is as follows:


Chase Garcia (2025) 6’1 point guard, Millbrook School- - Leading Millbrook in assists in addition to boasting one of the team’s highest 3-point percentages, Garcia will once again be asked to produce in all areas of the game this year, something he has already proven his ability to do last season. He brings a high level of versatility, basketball IQ, work ethic, athleticism, and skill to the floor. He regularly creates for others off the bounce and knocks down jumpers as an off-guard. 3.9 gpa


Joseph Evangelista (2025) 6’1 shooting guard, Millbrook School -This elite shooter has the potential to be a major replacement for Millbrook’s trio of college-bound shooting guards who graduated from the team this year. Maturity is just a part of what this experienced post-grad will bring to the table, as he will be looked upon to play a big role. 3.3 gpa

 

Noah Khalid (2026) 6’2 guard, Dalton School - 2023-24 All Ivy League NYC Khalid is a lanky guard who can contribute in many different ways. He has scored on a high level for the past two years. Very unselfish player who loves to turn defense into offense. He can handle the ball and set up the offense using high IQ. He is also a great teammate and brings positive energy being one of the younger guys on the team. 3.5 gpa


Mouhamed Toure (2025) 6’7 forward, Dalton School - A high motor player, especially apparent on the defensive end, where he will guard 1-5. He does the little things to affect the game, like always talking on the court, and taking charges. 3.6 gpa   1440 SAT


Sean Xavier Thomas (2025) 6’4 small forward, New Rochelle High - 3.0 gpa


Christopher Skendari (2025) 6’7 forward, Avon Old Farms School (CT) - Skenderi is a stretch forward, that also has a great touch around the rim. Pick and pop, or pick and roll. Makes shots out to 3-pt. He has a high pedigree, coming from NYC Catholic League, Xavier High. 3.5 gpa


Kenneth Paul Thompson, Jr. (2025) 6’10 Blair Academy (NJ) - Thompson has court vision and a feel for the game that Nikola Jokic is proving to be invaluable in a big. He can also implode team defenses by hitting threes/pulling rim defenders away from the rim. Offered by Texas A&M.  4.0 gpa


Jelani Middleton (2025) 6’4 wing, Hackley School - Middleton is a scholarship level player who coaches should be lining up to see. At 6’4 he’s a great size to handle the point at the highest level. His explosive athleticism and natural strength allow him to guard 1 through 4 and the kid has an instinct for the ball. He gets a hand on a ball almost every defensive possession. He attacks the glass and ends up with nearly every ball he is in the mix for. Middleton’s IQ and feel on offense allow him to make the right read and correct pass nearly every time (his size also helps here). He can use his wiry frame to back you into the mid post MJ style or use his dynamic handle to blow by you on the perimeter like Ant Man. 3.6 gpa


Nehemiah Snell (2025) 6’0 guard, Bergin Catholic High (NJ) - Snell has been turning heads with his dynamic ability to drive downhill and attack the basket with ease. His athleticism and explosiveness make him a formidable two-way player, excelling on both offense and defense. On offense, he consistently breaks through defenses and finishes strong at the rim. Defensively, Snell’s agility and intensity allow him to effectively guard multiple positions. 3.2 gpa

 

 


Rens United CT 17u
The 2024 Rens United CT teams are drawing prospects from the southwest region of Connecticut, and their 17u team is head coached by former Southern Connecticut State star, TJ Trimboli. The team competes in theMadeHoops Circuit.

                   

Kamryn Salters (2025) 6’3 small forward Notre Dame–Fairfield High (CT) – Salters is a tremendous leader which may be his best attribute.  He can score from all 3 levels and has tremendous work ethic. A small forward that is able to help his team out tremendously in multiple areas. Is a player that can crash the boards in order to get rebounds. Has a penchant for driving to the basket and is a solid finisher on the offensive end. Uses his physicality and strength to hold his own on both ends of the floor, whether it has to do with scoring or defense. Has a penchant for making passes that will aid in offensive opportunities for his teammates.


AJ Trimboli (2026) 5’10 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 D2 All-American and his uncle Mike Trimboli was a 4-year starter and 2,000 point scorer at the University of Vermont.  All FAA 2nd team and All NEPSAC for the 2023-2024 season.  Trimboli has emerged this year as a go-to player. With an assassin’s mentality and his ability to get shots off at will, he can fill it up at any given time. What separates him is his high IQ on and off the court. He is a student of the game and understands efficiency. He has been on a tear lately, connecting on almost four 3’s a game. As a sophomore, he is in rarefied air, averaging 19 ppg while shooting over 50% from 2, over 40% from 3, and over 90% from the free throw line. Trimboli’s tight handle gives him the ability to ‘get to his spots, which allows him to consistently make the right play as he also the team leader in assists (4.1) and leads in steals (2.1). He is at the top of the opponents’ scouting reports.  College coaches take note; as AJ Trimboli gets stronger and continues to fill out, there will be many more eyes on him. 3.6 gpa


TJ Wright (2025) 5’10 point guard, St Joseph’s High (CT) - Wright 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.  All-FCIAC and All-State CIAC for the 2023-2024 season.


Ryan Luchetta (2025) 6’1 Guard, Wilton High (CT) - Luchetta 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. Led his conference in FT attempts which shows his ability to get to the rim.


Henry Simon (2026) 6’3 wing, King School (CT) – Simon hails from California and brings a strong aggressive wing game with him.  He can score from all 3 levels and his mid-range game is top notch.  With his strong frame and high IQ, he has the ability to guard 3 positions.  Simon lives in the gym as all he wants to do is get better.  He is a constant catch and shoot threat from the 3-point line, and he should continue to attract college coaches because of his versatility.  3.5 gpa


George McCormack (2025) 6’1 shooting guard, King School (CT) - “Shooter!!!” is all you hear from opposing coaches when McCormack runs up the court. He has separated himself as the most lethal shooter around. He takes over eight 3’s a game and has found the balance of volume and efficiency. He moves extremely well without the ball and shoots with impressive confidence and range. McCormack understands how to make himself available and gets his shot off as quick as we have seen in recent years, which separates him from the rest. Every team needs a shooter; McCormack fills that role without question. 3.7 gpa


Jaylen Brown (2024) 5’10 point guard (Alleghany College of Maryland commit) - Brown is a true point guard who sees the floor very well. He is also an excellent slasher, can knock down the 3, and is a very good free throw shooter. 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.  Jaylen has put up 50+ points in multiple games in his HS career and was All-State CIAC, All-FCIAC, and Player of the year in the FCIAC for the 2023-2024 season.
 

Ejai Presley (2025) 6’3 wing, Stamford High (CT) – Presley is a wing that runs the floor well, finishes at the rim, and can knock down the 3.  A multi-sport athlete, he bounces back and forth between basketball and football.  All-FCIAC and All-State CIAC for the 2023-2024 season.  He is able to defend multiple positions with his length and athleticism.

 

 

Rising Stars Red 17u
Rising Stars was founded by Paul Savramis in the early 1980’s. The Rising Stars Athletic Complex located in Freeport, NY. Their Rising Stars Red 17u team is coached by Prentice Smalls and Jamaal Wilson.


Carter Wilson (2025) 6’0 guard, Bay Shore High. A high talent offensive player. Capable of 20 points or more every night, including deep range shooting. He was one of Long Island assists leaders last winter. on the Island. His decision making has matured,  now showing D1 level floor general ability.


Christian Smiley (2024) 6’6 forward, Bay Shore High - e. Smiley is an athletic and active player on both ends. Really good coming off the weak side blocking shots and is outstanding on the ball defender. Does most of his damage 17 feet and in but is a capable shooter from the perimeter. He can dunk it in traffic.

 

Brandon Margolin (2025) 6’5 small forward, Xaverian High - An easy to root for over-achiever. Plays bigger than his body size due to his relentless energy and instincts for the game. Stat sheet stuffer and a game winner impact player in every aspect of the game.


Javelle Epps (2025) 6’5 guard, Putnam Science Academy (CT) - Epps is a gifted athlete that plays as a smooth, controlled, play maker, with knockdown perimeter shooting. He has a soft and creative touch on finishes and a high release point jumper, which makes him a matchup problem . Spends his school year honing his skills against the nation’s highest level prep talent at PSA.  3.1 gpa


Ryan Hempfling (2025) 6’9 small forward, Blair Academy (NJ) -  An NFL LT body that makes OG hoops coaches purr. Very smart/knows his teammates jobs as well as they do, and communicates to make them better. Does not cede ground in the paint. Sets a massive screen. Scores over the right shoulder, to set up his next move …over the left. CEO-in-training court presence. 3.7 gpa


Jayden Miller (2025) 6’3 guard, St John the Baptist - Athlete! - Miller uses his length and fast-twitch gifts to be the toughest guard defender on the floor.


Jawuan Smith (2025) 6’5 small forward, William Floyd High - High level shooter, literally and figuratively. Long range splashing with a sweet-looking and with-elevation jump shot. But he is also aggressive and slippery in getting to the rim. D1 length and athleticism. 3.2 gpa


Jermaine King (2025) 5’7 point guard, William Floyd High - A quick guard. He can handle the ball and knock down threes. As a defender, he uses his quickness and energy to create pressure on the opponent.


Stanyslas Dhondt (2025) 6’7 forward, Xaverian High - Dhondt is an ELITE shooter. Then as he draws aggressive close-outs to contest his shot, he is more than capable taking them off the bounce.  He competes defensively and rebounds well. 


Brandon Manirakiza (2025) 6’0 guard, Lee Academy (ME) - Manirakiza is both a good shooter and a good play maker. On defense, he picks up and contests tenaciously for 94 feet


Chase Timberlake (2025) 6’1 guard, Baldwin High - Timberlake is All-New York State, First Team All-Long Island, and All Section 8 honoree from the winter season. He is a scorer who can get a basket off the dribble or running off of screens. He is also a shooter. Once the defense, starts to overcommit in stopping him, he makes the reads and finds his teammates.


Kingsley Rogers (2027) 6’2 point guard, Bay Shore High - A smooth and controlled floor general who is getting big time tutelage by playing for former UCONN star, AJ Price. His height aids his ability to see the floor… and destroy trap attempts. His length also creates a problem in help and on-ball defense. The weight room and deep range shooting reps will determine his ability to realize his potential.

 

 

Riverside Hawks Select Gold 17u
The 2024 Riverside Hawks Select Gold 17u team is coached by Western Connecticut State assistant coach, Jamie Procino, and their roster is as follows:


Devin Guilbe (2026) 6’4 wing, Canterbury School (CT) - Guilbe is a fast twitch athlete who can get to the rim with ease. He is able to knock down shots while playing multiple positions. Versatile player who can contribute to the game in many ways on and off the ball. A crafty defender who can defend multiple positions. Not afraid to crash the boards and get rebounds as a guard. 3.7 gpa


Pat Holman (2025) 6’0 guard, Fordham Prep - Holman’s ability to extend the floor with his shooting range is something any team at the next level can use. What’s impressed lately is Pat’s IQ to make the right play/pass, pry and get into gaps for a kick/ floater, and improved athleticism to stay in front better on the defensive end. The kid works his tail off and only has upside potential right now. 3.7 gpa

 

Brendan Bartley (2025) 6’5 wing, Greens Farms Academy (CT) - A lefty guard who can score at all three levels. He is a skilled ball-handler who can create his own shot and create for others. A good shooter from beyond the arc and a strong rebounder for his size. A tenacious defender with good instincts. He is a versatile player who can contribute in a variety of ways. 3.4 gpa


Joshua Rivera (2025) 6’4 small forward, Kellenberg Memorial High. 4.0 gpa

 

Jonah Gilliam (2025) 6’3 Salisbury School (CT) - Gilliam is a strong and athletic guard who gets downhill well, plays with high energy and gets others involved. He crashes the glass hard and runs the floor well. He’s a very gritty player who brings multiple things to the game on both sides of the ball. A more than capable defender and scorer.  3.5 gpa


Asa Beckett (2025) 5’10 point guard, Collegiate School - Beckett is crafty in getting into the teeth and creative getting his shot off. Defensively, he is a pest and is never afraid to stick his nose into a play. As he adds size and strength he will turn himself into a rotation piece at the high academic college level 3.7 gpa

 

Edward Tam (2025) 6’0 guard, Masters School - Tam is a competitor, eg. he led Masters in charges taken for each of the last two seasons. He is a high IQ player and a team leader. He loves his ability to find teammates and get them involved in the scoring. He defends with passion.  3.5 gpa

 

Nicholas Brown (2025) 6’6 forward, Dalton School - 3.7 gpa


Hudson Rodriguez (2026) 6’0 guard, Masters School - Rodriguez is a skilled guard with deep range. He is both a shooter and a scorer, who plays within the team concept. He’s an unselfish player with the ability to read the floor well and find his teammates for an open shot.  Rodriguez also has the ability to get into the paint and finish at the rim. 4.0 gpa

 


Chris Ward Basketball 17u
Chris Ward Basketball is a Westchester County based grass roots program.  It’s mission is to deliver player development and opportunity for young, dedicated athletes, to learn to play the game of basketball at a highly competitive level. They are committed to each athlete, no matter what their experience; assisting in the growth and development of athletic, educational, and social skills.


The program was founded by Chris Ward, and he coaches the 17u team shown below:

 

Noah Brookman (2025) 5’11 point guard, Blind-Brook High - Brookman is a high IQ, pass-first player, who loves getting teammates involved. He is a great shooter, very coachable, who does whatever to help the team win. 3.5 gpa


Luke Lawler (2025) 6’2 guard, Briarcliff High - 3.7 gpa 34 ACT


Justin Cohen (2025) 6’4 small forward, New Rochelle High - 3.7 gpa


Kas Mira (2025) 6’5 small forward, Fredrick Gunn School (CT) - - A three level scorer with impressive range that can consistently knock down shots in traffic. His size, basketball IQ and ability to finish in traffic and at the rim make him a dangerous inside/outside threat. Mirza also displays intelligent passing and a playmaking ability that makes him exceptionally difficult to guard. He is a tough rebounder and smart defender that is always looking to take the charge. Leading Scorer in New York Section 1 AAA play for 2023-24. Averaged 20 pts, and 8 rbs. 2023-24 All State NY, Lohud All Star.  4.0 gpa 1320 SAT


Izaiah Augustine (2026) 5’8 point guard, New Rochelle High - Augustine is a quick play maker and unselfish in that he likes to get his teammates involved. He is a good shooter and is coachable. 3.7 gpa


Logan Mancusi (2025) 5’10 Scarsdale High - Mancusi can shoot the 3 ball, push the ball in transition and is an above average passer. He is a gritty guard who has a “team first” mentality, i.e., a good playmaker that can get others open. He is a scrappy guard defender who is willing to take charges and dive on loose balls. High energy kid who wants to win. A high IQ kid who always makes the right plays and lifts up his teammates.


Tarren Wilkins (2025) 6’3 guard, Mt. St. Michael Academy - Wilkins is strong in the mid-range. He is a strong rebounder and wants to defend the best player on each team. He is unselfish and likes to get teammates involved. He has a strong work ethic, high IQ, and is vocal in uplifting teammates. 4.0 gpa


Malik Gasper (2025) 6’6small forward, New Rochelle High - Gasper has a long wingspan, and is very versatile on the floor. He is able to put the ball on the floor and is able to drive past the opposition to get to the basket. Gasper is a great finisher at the basket and is able to obtain rebounds when going up to the hole.


Miles Johnson (2025) 5’10 point guard, White Plains High/Brockport

 

 

6th Boro Scholars 17u
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. The 6th Boro Scholars 17u is coached by Franklin & Marshall College assistant coach, AJ Bajana. His is as follows:


Noah Whitehead (2025) 6’3 guard, Tennessee Prep Academy — 2024 Hoop Group Tournament MVP. Whitehead’s strength are his play making, finishing at the rim, athleticism, defense and his shooting. Whitehead is hearing from Ole Miss, Memphis, Troy university, Lane college. 3.6 gpa


Asher Cort (2025) 6’5 wing, Taft School (CT) - 2023-2024 NY Section 1 All League, and All Section Teams. His strengths are his athleticism, triple threat scoring and finishing at the rim. 3.9 gpa


Noah Williams (2025) 5’11 point guard, Mount St Michael Academy - Williams is a sturdy on ball guard for Mount St Michael. He has understanding of the in between game and uses it well. Rises up for shots off the dribble quickly. He also can knock down the 3’s as well. He’s a 2025 recruit that has turned a lot of heads for the fact that he’s is one of the true point guards left in the city. He hunts shots for his teammates constantly. Williams can also create for himself, he has a strong 1 dribble pull up game who can create well of the pick and roll. Williams is a creative crafty guard who can get to his spots off the dribble. 3.5 gpa

 

Raheem Azeez (2025) 6’4 shooting guard, Barack Obama School for Social Justice - Azeez can knock down the three and can consistently finish through contact at the rim. Azeez is also a high level defender and uses his length and physicality to match up 1-4. Azeez excels   of the catch where he can catch and shoot or make a quick move to knock down a shot or finish at the rim. He is also a great leader,has a positive impact on his team and leaves it all on the floor. Hearing from Hartwick College and Western Connecticut State. 3.0 gpa

 

Damair Burton (2025) 6’4 point guard, Earl Monroe New Renaissance School - Burton an distribute the ball to his teammates and put them in position to score. Possess an elite level shooting ability. Is able to use pace to get to his spots and score or pass. Is an athletic finisher who finishes above the rim. Uses length well to get deflections and blocks on the defensive end. Vocal leader that impacts winning. He has heard from Also I have heard from Chestnut Hill College, Holy Cross, Binghamton, Stony Brook and Bucknell.  3.5 gpa

 
Ray “Tru” Bradley (2025) 6’2 shooting guard, Copiague High - Copiague High 2023-2024 MVP. Bradley’s strengths are his downhill basket attacks with either hand. his jump shooting and his ability to create plays for others. His good positional length and ability to jump has turned him into a shot blocker as well. He is also a good team leader.

 

Russell Wechsler (2025) 6’0 point guard, The Leffell School - Led Section 1 in assists and was New York All-State 3rd Team - Wechsler is quick and fast. He also brings IQ, leadership and defensive ability. 3.8 gpa 33 ACT


Chandler Bligen (2026) 6’5 shooting guard, Earl Monroe New Renaissance School - 3.4 GPA - Bligen can score in a variety of ways: knocking down threes consistently, scoring in transition, grabbing boards for second-chance points, and driving to the rim with ease. Bligen plays with an intense motor, allowing him to be an active defender who can guard positions one through four using his length and size. His athleticism and size also help him finish over the top of his competition. Most importantly, he leads and communicates effectively with teammates, which has a positive impact every time he steps on the floor. 3.4 gpa


Owen Zabel (2026) 5’11 guard, Hotchkiss School (CT) - Zabel is a pure point guard who has the ability to score at all 3 levels. He lives in the paint and has really become a special playmaker. High IQ and has the ability to see plays unfold at a high level. 3.7 gpa


Julian Martinez (2025) 6’0 guard, North Rockland High - Martinez has a good motor. He attacks the defense and plays with a winning mentality. 3.8 gpa

 

2024 Manhattan Sports Summer League Standouts

By David Cordova,


Since 2011, One of Greater NYCs hardest working event operators, Lucky Brannon of Manhattan Sports has brought in a terrific variety of teams to play in his summer league at the House of Sports in Ardsley, NY. In addition, to running the games, Brannon brings terrific effort in getting the student athletes exposure in the form of a big social media presence, including video and game stats. On Monday, July 1, we made it to the House of Sports to catch some of the league’s playoff games. Here are the standouts from those games:


Malik Gasper 6-8, Forward, New Rochelle High School, Class of 2025 - A forward that has a long wingspan, but is very versatile on the floor. Is able to put the ball on the floor and is able to drive past the opposition to get to the basket. Is a great finisher at the basket & is able to obtain rebounds when going up to the hole.

 

Sean Thomas 6-4, Shooting Guard, New Rochelle High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to hold his own on the court, as he is able to use his strength to muscle his way to the basket. Is able to finish when in transition and is able to come off of screens when in a pick & roll situation. Is a great defensive player and is able to anticipate where the opposition will be so that he can get the steal.


Nevion Legree 6-4, Shooting Guard, Monsignor Scanlan High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has plenty of length and has finesse when on the court. Is a player that is known for getting past the opposing defender with a quick first step and is able to score easily. With his aggressiveness at getting to the basket, he is able to absorb contact and is able to get to the free throw line. Is a player that likes to run on the fast break.


Johansel Cruz 5-9, Point Guard, Monsignor Scanlan High School, Class of 2026 - A guard that has plenty of quickness and is able to see where his teammates are going at all times in order to set them up with passes that can lead to scoring opportunities. Has a penchant for driving to the basket and finishing efficiently. Is a solid defender, as he is able to pounce on the opposition and obtain steals when the opportunity presents itself.


Gilbert Baez-Rodriguez 6-5, Shooting Guard, Monsignor Scanlan High School, Class of 2027 - A guard that has the ability to make plays on the floor and is able to use his size and length to his advantage. Finds ways to showcase his athleticism when going towards the basket, as he is known for throwing down dunks. Is able to obtain rebounds and then run on the fast break or can dish it out to his teammates.


Riley Bautista 5-8, Point Guard, Paramus Catholic High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has plenty of quickness in his game and is able to speed up or slow down the tempo for his team. Knows when to distribute the ball to his teammates as he is able to find them at the right moments on the offensive end. Is able to shoot pull-up jumpers from midrange.


Yves Harris 6-6, Forward, Paramus Catholic High School, Class of 2025 - A forward that has a penchant for establishing his presence in the low post area and is able to use his physicality on both ends of the court. Is a strong rebounder and can also alter or block the shots of the opposition. Is able to finish at the rim.


Josh Charlot 5-11, Point Guard, Notre Dame Fairfield High School, Class of 2027 - A guard that has plenty of quickness and flash whenever he hits the floor. Is able to find gus teammates whenever they’re streaking towards the basket or are open. Has the ability to obtain steals and can get down court quick and can get to the basket or pull up for a jumper.


Nasir Dunlap 6-3, Shooting Guard, Notre Dame Fairfield High School, Class of 2026 - A guard that had a penchant for finding eye to get to the basket and is able to absorb contact when going to the basket. Is very active when it comes to getting rebounds and loose balls on the court. Has a penchant for finishing at the basket and can get to the free-throw line with ease.


Anthony Williams 6-5, Forward, Notre Dame Fairfield High School, Class of 2025 - A forward that is very active on both ends of the floor and is able to find ways to get to the ball. Knows when to attack the glass when it comes to rebounds and get to loose balls with precision. I’d able to anticipate passes when streaking towards the basket and is able to score once he gets the ball.


Kaden Gonzalez 6-1, Shooting Guard, Yorktown High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that is shifty and is able to make his presence felt in both areas on the court. Has the ability to create for himself off the dribble and is able to drive to the basket and finish efficiently. Is able to obtain rebounds and then get on the fast break. Has a penchant for shooting from long range,

 

2024 Nassau Pride 17u-Vieux Player Profiles

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Nassau Pride Hoops, founded in 2013, is a Long Island-based AAU basketball organization offered for boys and girls of multiple age brackets. Their more experienced teams will compete in many of the top tournaments in the Tri-state area. While the Pride develops enhanced skillsets, they also place a great emphasis on teaching teamwork. 


For 17u play, Coach Ash Vieux has put together a very deep talented team. His uptempo offensive style, coupled with stifling defense focus has been a good match for his players’ talents.


#3 Nicolas Vieux (2025) 5’9 guard, St Anthony’s High School - A tenacious player who can control the pace of the game. Named the 2023-2024 Defensive Player of the Year for Nassau Suffolk CHSAA, he’s a player who can pass, score, grab rebounds, and steal the ball with the best of them. 4.0 gpa


#10 Jesse Roggendorf (2025) 6’2 guard, Great Neck South High School - Still one of the top varsity scorers in Nassau County as a junior. He is on his way to being the complete package. Jesse was named 2023-24 PSAL AA3 Player of the Year. 3.3 gpa


#11 William Casseus (2025) 5’7 point guard, East Meadow High School - Casseus is a speedy guard who can create separation and space off the dribble and has developed a consistent three-point shot. He excels at distributing the ball to his teammates. 3.2 gpa


#13 Isaiah Perkins (2025) 6’2 wing, East Meadow High School - An athletic stretch defender, now known as a 3-and-D player, who contributes on both ends of the court. 3.0 gpa


#15 Mike Fosorile (2025) 6’3 small forward, Massapequa High School - A physical player who has developed a consistent three-point shot. He can take the ball coast to coast and solidifies the defense with his strong presence. 3.0 gpa


#20 Johnny Roggendorf (2025) 6’5 forward, Great Neck South High School - A lengthy player who shifts between power forward and center. He roams the paint, blocks shots, and rebounds effectively. He has also added an outside shot to his arsenal. 3.3 gpa


#24 Connor Mannix (2025) 6’3 point forward, St Anthony’s High School - A versatile swingman with a consistent midrange shot, contributing effectively on both ends of the court. He has added 10 pounds of muscle to his frame, enabling him to score from inside and outside, handle the ball, and rebound efficiently. 3.0 gpa

 

2024 6th Boro Hoops-Bajana Player Profiles

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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.


Two of their 2024 teams are coached by Franklin & Marshall College assistant coach, AJ Bajana.


His 2024 6th Boro Scholars 17u roster is as follows:


Noah Whitehead (2025) 6’3 guard, Tennessee Prep Academy — 2024 Hoop Group Tournament MVP. Whitehead’s strength are his play making, finishing at the rim, athleticism, defense and his shooting. Whitehead is hearing from Ole Miss, Memphis, Troy university, Lane college. 3.6 gpa


Asher Cort (2025) 6’5 wing, Taft School (CT) - 2023-2024 NY Section 1 All League, and All Section Teams. His strengths are his athleticism, triple threat scoring and finishing at the rim. 3.9 gpa


Noah Williams (2025) 5’11 point guard, Mount St Michael Academy - Williams is a sturdy on ball guard for Mount St Michael. He has understanding of the in between game and uses it well. Rises up for shots off the dribble quickly. He also can knock down the 3’s as well. He’s a 2025 recruit that has turned a lot of heads for the fact that he’s is one of the true point guards left in the city. He hunts shots for his teammates constantly. Williams can also create for himself, he has a strong 1 dribble pull up game who can create well of the pick and roll. Williams is a creative crafty guard who can get to his spots off the dribble. 3.5 gpa


Morgan Fulton (2025) 5’9 point guard, Iona Prep - Fulton is a very exciting player to watch. His ability to get to his spots and knocking it down is what separates him from others. Being able to breakdown his defender and score is what he does best. His speed helps him create for other and himself, making it very hard to stay in front of him.  Fulton is a guard that plays with pace and poise and competes at a high level. He leads by example and also effectively communicates with his teammates on and off the court. 3.4 gpa


Seediya Jabbi (2025) 6’6 small forward, Barack Obama School for Social Justice - 2023-24 All Conference, All League, 3x back to back Rim Protector Award, Yonkers City champion. Aggressive finisher inside the paint area using both hands, able to drive strong with the left and effectively score at the basket. Known for his ability to finish strong and high over defenders. Elite level shot blocking covering the paint area and in help defense. Possesses a unique talent for timing blocks without getting fouls and being a great rim protector. Strong ability to rebound both offensively and defensively. Great at moving off the ball and setting off ball screens and on ball screens. 4.0 gpa.


Raheem Azeez (2025) 6’4 shooting guard, Barack Obama School for Social Justice - Azeez can knock down the three and can consistently finish through contact at the rim. Azeez is also a high level defender and uses his length and physicality to match up 1-4. Azeez excels   of the catch where he can catch and shoot or make a quick move to knock down a shot or finish at the rim. He is also a great leader,has a positive impact on his team and leaves it all on the floor. Hearing from Hartwick College and Western Connecticut State. 3.0 gpa

 

Toni Çima (2026) 6’5 guard, Ismail Qemali High (Albania) - 2024 Albanian National 16u championship, where he finished with 24 points 8 assists and 11 rebounds in that game. A guard that has foundations set from a European background, mainly focuses on creating for his teammates, organizing the floor and also has a strong pick and roll game where he can make the correct reads. He also spaces out and can knock down threes consistently. He can push the ball through transition, make the right play for his team and also rebound on both ends over other guards. 3.1 gpa

 

Damair Burton (2025) 6’4 point guard, Earl Monroe New Renaissance School - Burton an distribute the ball to his teammates and put them in position to score. Possess an elite level shooting ability. Is able to use pace to get to his spots and score or pass. Is an athletic finisher who finishes above the rim. Uses length well to get deflections and blocks on the defensive end. Vocal leader that impacts winning. He has heard from Also I have heard from Chestnut Hill College, Holy Cross, Binghamton, Stony Brook and Bucknell.  3.5 gpa

 
Ray “Tru” Bradley (2025) 6’2 shooting guard, Copiague High - Copiague High 2023-2024 MVP. Bradley’s strengths are his downhill basket attacks with either hand. his jump shooting and his ability to create plays for others. His good positional length and ability to jump has turned him into a shot blocker as well. He is also a good team leader.


Gabriel Downes (2025) 6’3 shooting guard, Storm King School - 2023-24 All NEPSAC Class C, averaging 20.5 ppg, 7 rpg and 8 apg. This Bronx native’s strengths are his ability to get downhill and get to the line. He is strong and physical while attacking and as is evident by the big assist average, he creates for others. He can also guard multiple positions.


Russell Wechsler (2025) 6’0 point guard, The Leffell School - Led Section 1 in assists and was New York All-State 3rd Team - Wechsler is quick and fast. He also brings IQ, leadership and defensive ability. 3.8 GPA 33 ACT


Bryce McCurdy (2025) 6’1 shooting guard, Mount Vernon High - McCurdy has a quick first step and is good at attacking downhill. He also can catch and shoot.


Elvin Emmanuel

 

 

Coach Bajana’s 2024 6th Boro MHC 16u roster is as follows:

 

Chandler Bligen (2026) 6’5 shooting guard, Earl Monroe New Renaissance School - 3.4 GPA - Bligen can score in a variety of ways: knocking down threes consistently, scoring in transition, grabbing boards for second-chance points, and driving to the rim with ease. Bligen plays with an intense motor, allowing him to be an active defender who can guard positions one through four using his length and size. His athleticism and size also help him finish over the top of his competition. Most importantly, he leads and communicates effectively with teammates, which has a positive impact every time he steps on the floor. 3.4 gpa


Omari Levy (2026) 6’4 guard, The Masters School - Levy is twitchy and aggressive. He’s everywhere on the court, raising the intensity of the game. Levy is a versatile player who can score from anywhere. His mid-range game is particularly strong, but he is also a threat from beyond the arc and in the paint. He is an excellent on-ball defender. He is also an excellent rebounder with a non-stop motor.


Kamryn Boyd (2026) 6’4 guard, Sacred Heart High - Boyd has good positional size with long reach. He can catch and shoot and is a high flyer who finishes through contact. He can play on and off of the ball.


Nasir Williams (2026) 5’7 point guard, Archbishop Stepinac High - Williams’ strengths are his leadership, passing, and ball handling. He makes his teammates better. He is athletic and can guard 94 feet.  3.7 gpa


Xavier Sam (2027) 6’1 point guard, St Mary’s High - Sam is very athletic and can handle the ball under pressure and facilitate the offense. He is a strong spot up and off-the-dribble shooter. He can also get downhill and finish or kick out to the open man. 3.9 gpa


Nick Triolo (2027) 5’11 guard, Greenwich Country Day School (CT) - A combo guard that has plenty of heart and toughness when on the court. He plays with a high motor on both ends of the floor and takes pride in his defense. His energy affects others and he leads by example. He can knock down open shots and shoot over a contest. He has the ability to obtain rebounds over bigger opponents and then sprint down the floor for an offensive possession. He has a penchant for dishing it out to his teammates and can also drive to the basket, where he is able to finish with strength. His IQ and decision making are also very high and he is constantly making the right plays. 3.6 gpa

 

Zach Derstine (2027) 6’8 Wayne Valley High (NJ)


Devin James (2026)


Ian Katten (2026)


Demarjay Smith (2026) 5’10 guard, Murry Bergtraum High


Joudan Archevald (2028) guard

 

 

 

No Days Off Training Player Profiles

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Steven Johnston is an independent player development coach and founder of No Days Off Training LLC (aka NODAT Training). Purpose of NODAT is to provide comprehensive, high-quality basketball training that merges physical skill enhancement with holistic practices that nurture mindfulness, resilience, and a balanced lifestyle. They seek to cultivate an environment that inspires their athletes to unlock their full potential, fostering leadership, teamwork, and discipline, which they can carry with them on the court, at home, in school, and into their future careers. For more information on their services, visit www.nodattraining.com. The athletes that are profiled below are ones that Coach Steve has been able to help their development on their own individual journeys. What NODAT is most proud of is how these athletes play the game and the high quality young men that they are. Without being high character people, NODAT wouldn’t want to train them.


DJ Biggins (2026) 6’1 Point Guard, Kingswood Oxford (CT) – DJ is a great lead guard, not only you can trust him with the ball but off the ball as well. Has the build of what you need as a leader for your team. Has great vision, and understands how to play the right way. Has a great shot and handle along with being a very solid on ball defender. As he continues to get stronger and more athletic, NODAT can see his game go to another level. He also can finish with either hand very well around the rim (he’s a lefty). He picked up his first offer from Holy Cross. NODAT sees him as MM/HM guard.


Elijah Avery Turner (2026) 6’4 Combo Guard, MacDuffie School (MA) – Turner has been a very under the radar athlete. Due to taking the back seat last winter to an older athlete for the betterment of the team, he hasn’t able to show his full potential. With going to MacDuffie School, NODAT believes he can whole heartily show he’s a scholarship combo guard. He’s got great pace with the ball and being 6’4 and about 200lbs he can’t be moved easily. His biggest stride has been his shot, he needs to continue to make it a strength. Once he shows his game at a higher level in the NEPSAC, really believe scholarship schools will come. NODAT can see him as a LM/MM combo.


Preston Fowler (2025) 6’8 Forward, Brewster Academy (NH) – Preston blew up on the scene, and NODAT knew it was only a matter of time. He’s a gym rat, working out and hungry to compete. That’s his biggest super power. He also is arguably one of the best/most efficient shooters in the New England region if not the country. He wants to guard the best players on the court, rebounds well. A very good prospect for any school looking to add a forward who can stretch the floor. Once he takes his body and ball handling to another level, sky is the limit for Preston. NODAT sees him at HM/MM and becoming a Pro down the road.


Badara Diakite (2025) 6’10 Forward, South Kent School (CT) – We started training Badara, 6 months in from moving to the United States. We’re so high on his abilities on the court but he’s such a great young man off of it. His instincts and mind you can’t teach. He has a solid game overall. He has an improved jumper, an improved handle, showed this year at South Kent being able to guard multiple positions, he can be a very valuable asset for a school. Once he builds his body, makes quicker decisions and sures up his left hand, Badara can be one of the ones that has the potential to be an impact player at the next level. We see him at a HM/MM and becoming a Pro down the road.


David Melson (2025) 6’5 Wing, Cushing Academy (MA) – David Melson is just a work horse. That’s the best way to describe him. He lives in the weight room, changed his body while in the CIAC. When he transferred to Cushing he was ready to compete. With the roster composition this year he should have a bigger role. He’s a known shooter but has worked on his game where he has an improved handle to be able to create his own shot and show he can take contact with the best of them at the rim! His competitive drive will help be something that colleges really like as well! NODAT can see him at D2/LM/Ivy.


Jayden Reid (2025) 6’10 Forward, Westminster (CT) has an incredibly high ceiling ! We just started to be a part of his journey and has the potential to a solid stretch 4. He has a lot to catch up on skill wise if he wants to evolve to outside of that position (mainly his body and ball handling/footwork) but his athletic ability and shot definitely catch your eye. A very smart, well spoken kid who will fit in with any group. When he gets stronger, and develops his ball handling and footwork it can be very scary. We see him currently going to a LM/MM/Ivy.


Brendan Bartley (2025) 6’3 Combo Guard, Greens Farms Academy (CT) – Brendan has had an interesting journey. At his previous schools he never got the opportunity he deserved. We suggested going to the NEPSAC and he started to bloom. He plays with Riverside Select and he’s progressed immensely. He’s showing he can handle it, he’s strong physical guard and can shoot it very well. Once he shows more his senior year, Coach Johnston knows that Bartley’s goal of playing college basketball will happen. We see him at a high academic D3.


Krish Dodani (2028) 5’9 Point Guard, Greens Farms Acadmey (CT) – Krish will be attending GFA this fall and has been working out with the older hoopers and holding his own. Has improved his jumper and great touch around the rim. Very athletic for his height, laterally and vertically. Obviously early in his development but can see him down the road, high academic D3 with potential to be scholarship at a D2, LM/Ivy.


Krystian Gaston (2027) 6’2 Combo Guard, King School (CT) – Krystian has been with NODAT since 2nd grade. Seeing his growth has been an honor. He’s a athletic 6’2 and has a high ceiling. Solid finisher around the rim, great on ball defender and has a great mind for the game. He needs to continue to build his body and get stronger and be more consistent with his 3 point shot and he’s a scholarship level without a doubt. What level is still to be determined. NODAT definitely sees a high academic D3 with potential to a D2/LM/Ivy.


Rashawn Tibby (2025) 6’9 Forward, South Kent School (CT) – Tibby has the makings to be a really good forward/wing at the next level. Uses his length extremely well on the defensive end and has an excellent mid range shot. In his first year at South Kent, he showed flashes of what he can do on both ends, he needs to continue to build on that momentum going into this last live period with BABC and with South Kent this fall. As he continues to work on his body and shot, he can really move up with his recruiting. NODAT sees him at a MM/LM.


Tyler Newsom (2027) 6’4 Combo Guard, St. Lukes School (CT) – Tyler is another CIAC player that was under the radar and hopefully with the move to a NEPSAC school, he’ll get some shine. He is a very good shooter and pretty athletic player. He’s very good on ball and does a solid job rebounding for his position. He continues to get stronger and improve his ball handle ability he definitely has scholarship potential. Again early in his development, not sure what level but can see high academic D3 as a safety but LM/MM/Ivy level.


Jack Stevens (2027) 5’11 Point Guard, Choate, Rosemary Hall (CT) – Jack recently started working with NODAT, but they really like what we see. He has the ability to create his own shot in the mid range and has great vision. Transferring from Brunswick to Choate will be a jump due to the basketball talent at Choate will only benefit and elevate his game. He needs to get stronger and be a better defender (which will come with time) but overall super skilled. Early in his development but can see him at a high academic D3 right now. Potential to get to that scholarship level D2/LM/Ivy.


Seamus Cleary (2026) 6’4 Wing, Suffield Academy (CT) – Seamus is another athlete who just started working out with NODAT. He’s very big and strong for his position. The potential to be a lock down defender is there because of the size and athleticism. He’s a very strong finisher around the rim. He needs to continue to improve his handle (pace with ball), and jumper, he can definitely be in that scholarship talk. Right now a high academic D3 with potential to be a D2/LM.


London Jemison (2025) 6’9 Wing, St. Thomas More (CT) – London has exploded onto the national scene. His combination of being a fluid athlete with a smooth handle and a knock down shot is the definition of what NBA teams look for in a potential pick. He can play off the ball, on the ball and does a good job of both. Once he gets stronger and shows that dog on the defensive end, Coach Johnston wouldn’t be surprised if he isn’t in the draft in the next couple of years. He’s a HM with being a pro down the road.

 

 

2024 CHSAA Team Camp Top Performers

By David Cordova,


This past weekend, June 28 and 29, we joined the college coach migration to Iona Preparatory School out in New Rochelle for the annual Catholic High School Athletic Association Team Camp, in which all 31 Catholic schools within the five boroughs of New York City and Westchester County all competed, as an audition for a chance at a college scholarship. Here are the standouts from the event:


Halon Rawlins 6-6, Forward, Nazareth High School, Class of 2025 - A forward that is strong and agile and is able to do plenty of things on the floor. Is able to put the ball on the floor and get past defenders to glide to the basket. Is a good finisher when going to the basket. Has great hands, as he is able to obtain rebounds and block shots.


Kaiden Francis 6-8, Forward, Nazareth High School, Class of 2025 - A forward that has the ability to be a great presence on both ends of the court. Is a great shot-blocker and uses his athleticism to obtain rebounds. Has a penchant for finishing strong in the paint area and can also step out and shoot midrange jumpers.


Adonis Ratliff 6-9, Forward, Archbishop Stepinac High School, Class of 2027 - A forward that has plenty of length and is a great presence on both ends of the floor. On the defensive end, he is able to use his length to stymie the shots of the opposition and can outwork the opposition for rebounds.


Joshua Rivera 6-7, Shooting Guard, Archbishop Stepinac High School, Class of 2027 - A guard that has plenty of size, but is able to put the ball on the floor and can give his team plenty of energy when on the floor. Has a nice shooting touch from three-point range. Is very active on the boards and is able to find ways to get open for a shot.


Jasiah Jarvis 6-5, Shooting Guard, Archbishop Stepinac High School, Class of 2026 - A guard that is able to score in bunches and is able to dominate whenever the opportunity presents itself. Is a high-volume shooter and is able to hit shots from three-point range. Is a very athletic player who can get to the rim.


Mike Cunningham 6-7, Forward, Kennedy Catholic High School, Class of 2025 - A forward that is able to make his presence felt in the low post and finds ways to make his presence felt on both ends of the court. Use his physicality to muscle his way to the basket. Is able to post up against the opposition and finish efficiently, while getting to the free-throw line.


Devin Webb 6-5, Forward, Kennedy Catholic High School, Class of 2025 - A forward that is very mobile and shows plenty of versatility when on the court. Has the ability to make strong moves to the basket and is a good finisher when in transition. Is able to hold his own on the boards and obtain rebounds.


Juan Lao 5-7, Point Guard, Kennedy Catholic High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has a penchant for holding down the reins of the offense and is a true floor general when on the court. Is able to speed up or slow down the tempo when on the offensive end. Knows when to attack or drive to the basket. Is a solid defender that can obtain steals.


Dylon Stanley 6-6, Forward, Holy Cross High School, Class of 2025 - A forward that is able to make his presence felt with his size and has plenty of strength. Has a penchant for obtaining rebounds and blocking shots when on the defensive end. Is able to finish at the basket and is able to draw fouls to get to the free throw line.


Troy Fason, Jr. 6-0, Point Guard, St. Francis Preparatory High School, Class of 2026 - A guard that has a penchant for making smooth moves to the basket and getting everybody involved in the office. Has a penchant for finding his teammates when they are open on the break. Has the ability to shoot mid-range and long-range jumpers.


Ethan Butler 6-6, Shooting Guard, St. Francis Preparatory High School, Class of 2026 - A guard that has a penchant for making strong drives to the basket and is able to find multiple ways to get the ball on offense. Has a penchant for driving to the basket and is a solid finisher. Is able to move around off the ball and can shoot from long range.


Josh Powell 6-5, Shooting Guard, Archbishop Molloy High School, Class of 2026 - A guard that is able to hold his own on the offensive end, especially when defenses are able to key on him. Likes to drive into the lane and is able to absorb contact, which can lead to trips to the free-throw line. Has a penchant for shooting from long range.


MJ Ford 5-11, Shooting Guard, St. Peter’s High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to be one of the focal points of the offense, as he is a true threat when he has the ball in his hands. Is able to get to the basket easily and is able to finish strong. Is able to attack in transition and is able to bring his team plenty of energy when he is on the floor.


Jomar Fuentes 6-1, Shooting Guard, St. Raymond High School, Class of 2026 - A guard that is able to hold his own when on the court, as he is able to find ways to get open when on the court. Has a penchant for shooting from long range when he is in the corner. Is able to bring a lot of energy to his team, as well as defense.


Anderson Diaz 6-1, Point Guard, St. Raymond High School, Class of 2027 - A guard that is a true leader of his team at all times when on the court. Is able to speed up or slow down the tempo when the team is on the offensive end. Is able to distribute the ball to his teammates and can find them when they’re open. Uses his quickness to his advantage when driving down court.


Kamari Whyte 6-5, Shooting Guard, St. Raymond High School, Class of 2026 - A guard that has plenty of size, length and toughness when ont he court. Is able to match up or post up against his defender and can drive to the basket and finish in transition. Is able to move around off the ball and find ways to get open, whether it’s going towards the basket or on the three-point line.


Cameron Ziegler 6-0, Point Guard, Christ the King High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to make his presence felt in the backcourt at all times, due to his quickness. Uses blinding speed to get to the basket and finishes efficiently. Has a penchhant for getting his teammates involved at all times, as he is able to give them the ball when they’re open.


Jayden Mercado 5-9, Point Guard, Sacred Heart High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has excellent court vision and knows how to control his team’s offense. Is able to slow down the tempo or speed it up depending on the flow of the game. Has a penchant for distributing the ball to his teammates in the right moments and is able to flash to the basket and finish efficiently.


Lucas Morillo 6-6, Shooting Guard, Iona Preparatory School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has plenty of size and is a very dominant offensive player. Has the ability to get his shot off efficiently and has a nice release on his jumper. Is able to drive to the basket and is able to make strong finishes when scoring.


Johnny Keenan 5-11, Point Guard, Iona Preparatory School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the abilitty to see the floor and is able to make great decisions with the ball at all times. Is able to get his shot off when going up to shoot from long range or when driving to the basket. Is a great facilitator, as he is able to help teammates with opportunities to score.

 

 

 

The TS-S Scouting Report 7/2/24

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Ty Staples-Santos Sr. is a player development coach and Co-Founder of New England Supreme Basketball Academy. He is also now a contributing scout for RecruitTheBronx.com, focused on exposing under-the-radar talent from the ranks of Connecticut basketball. Below, we detail his recap of a couple of the college level potential student athletes from events such as New England Supreme/ConnecTalent Summer Basketball League and the Vertical Hoops Championship at Mohegan Sun.


Asher Abeles-Tierney (2025) 5’10 point guard, St Lukes School (CT) - Abeles-Tierney is twitchy quick and has a terrific handle and court vision. He will make the correct play and extra pass when needed, but also has a nice pull-up game of his own. Plays AAU with Project Triple Threat. 3.2 gpa


Mitch DeBernardo (2026) 6’1 point guard, Masuk High (CT) - Debernardo is a cerebral and composed pass-first lead guard who thrives in dictating the tempo of the game. He displays a sharp shooting ability from the perimeter, whether off the dribble or in a catch-and-shoot situations. He is fundamentally sound with excellent court vision and avoids forcing plays. As a team player, he excels in pick-and-roll situations, utilizing his exceptional footwork and understanding of angles and defensive reads to his advantage. Plays AAU with Connecticut Elite - Perrier 3.7gpa

 

Jaise Greaves (2027) 5’10 point guard, Archbishop Stepinac High - Greaves is a lightning-quick high basketball IQ point guard who plays with great passion. He puts immense pressure on his defensive opponents by adeptly breaking down defenses and driving to the interior, often setting up his teammates or finishing with a high smooth floater. His shooting off the dribble is exceptional, showcasing remarkable elevation on his mid-range jump shot. Defensively, he disrupts opponents by applying full-court pressure, leading to turnovers and chaos for the opposing team. Plays AAU with G-Elite. 3.8 gpa

 

Lawrence Lyalekhue (2027) 6’8 forward, Roosevelt High - Lyalekhue is a unique player due to his extraordinary physical strength. His physical power is nearly unmatched for a player of his stature. He possesses a solid understanding and a great feel for the game. He is a capable of dominating opponents physically of dominating opponents from the interior and yet also exhibits the finesse and skills of a smaller player to score from the perimeter. He has exceptional body control, soft hands, and surprisingly quick footwork. Plays AAU with G-Elite. 3.0 gpa

 

Tyler Newsom (2027) 6’4 wing, St Lukes School (CT) - Prior to his reclass and transfer to St Lukes, Newsom was selected as 2023-24 All State CIAC as a sophomore at Masuk High. Newsom is an athletic wing who can score from all three levels. He’s a good finisher driving to the hoop and has a nice mid range game. He defends multiple positions and rebounds well. Plays AAU with Rens United-Connecticut. 3.6 gpa

 

Parrish Edmond Jr. (2026) 6’6 Wing, Putnam Science Academy (CT) – Edmund is super athletic and does a great job moving without the ball. He needs to get stronger and get a better handle, which will take him from the LM/MM (He was recently offered by LeMoyne College) to a MM/HM projected level of college ball. In reclassing to a 2026, on his transfer into PSA, he has plenty of time to get that done. 

 

2024 NY vs. NY Top Performers Week 2

By David Cordova,


On Tuesday, June 25, we rolled on to Gershwin Park in the East New York section of Brooklyn for the second stop of NY vs. NY, as there were two games that were played on that night. In the first game, the Bronx-based Watson Classic routed the Harlem-based Tri-State Classic. In the second game, the home-team, Gersh Park, the defending champions, battled it out with the Queens-based Lincoln Park Classic and emerged victorious on their home court on banner night. Here are the standouts from Week 2:

 

Zoumana Traore 6-7, Forward, Millbrook School, Team Watson, Class of 2025 - A forward that is very athletic and has the ability to use his length and skills to his advantage. Has a penchant for obtaining rebounds and is able to put the ball on the floor. Is known for throwing down powerful dunks when going to the rim.


Casey Williams, 6-7, Forward, The Skill Factory (GA), Team Watson, Class of 2025 - A forward that has the ability to use his athleticism when he’s on the floor and is a huge asset for his team on the defensive end. Is great at finishing at the rim when going towards the basket. Is great at crashing the boards for rebounds and loves to run down court when on the fast break.


Ben Ahmed 6-10, Forward, Putnam Science Academy, Team Watson, Class of 2025 - A forward that has the ability to hold his own in the post area and has a good presence when on the defensive end. Has a penchant for blocking shots and getting to the boards for rebounds. Has the ability to make power moves on the offensive end and is a strong finisher when at the basket.


Kaelen Destin 6-1, Shooting Guard, Cardinal Hayes High School, Team Tri-State, Class of 2025 - A guard that has plenty of energy and is able to fill up the stat sheet when on the court. Is able to use his speed when going down court and is able to fly to the basket, where he finishes efficiently. Is able to pull-up for jumpers at the top of the key and sink them. Is also a player that can distribute the ball to his teammates and put them in position to score.


Montana Wheeler, 5-7, Point Guard, Houston Christian High School (TX), Team Tri-State, Class of 2025 - A guard that is very shifty and is able to get past defenders off the dribble. Is a good defensive player that has the ability to get steals and can find his teammates and put them in position to score. Has a penchant for using his speed to get past his defenders.


Christian Jeffrey, 6-3, Shooting Guard, Mount Zion Academy (MD), Gersh Park, Class of 2025 - A guard that is able to make his presence felt in many ways on the court. Has a penchant for getting open and catching the ball and getting his shot off at the top of the key. Loves to drive to the basket and uses his physicality to draw fouls and get to the free-throw line. Is able to outwork the opposition on the boards in order to obtain rebounds.


Jakai Sanders 6-2, Point Guard, Phhoenix Prep School (AZ), Gersh Park, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to score in bunches when on the floor. Uses his quickness to his advantage to finish in transition. Has a nice shooting touch from three-point range and is very active on the boards.


Connor Sprattley 5-11, Point Guard, Thomas Jefferson Educational Campus, Gersh Park, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to make his presence felt at all times with his ability to get to the basket with ease. Likes to pull up from three and can finish at the basket. Will box out and outwork the opposition to get rebounds and will get downcourt afterwards.


Taj Bryant 6-2, Point Guard, The Patrick School (NJ), Lincoln Park, Class of 2025 - A guard that has a penchant for scoring at will and finds ways to get to the basket. Is able to distribute the ball to his teammates and put them in position to score at all times. Is a good finisher when going to the basket. Is able to shoot from long range.


Jeremiah Webb 5-11, Point Guard, Wyandanch High School, Lincoln Park, Class of 2025 - A guard that is quick and deceptive and is always looking to get his teammates involved in the offense. Is able to control the team’s tempo and is able to think about whether to dish it out or take the shot. Will find ways to get to the free-throw line. Does not hesitate to crash the boards to obtain rebounds.


Mohamed Diaby 6-7, Forward, Our Saviour Lutheran High School, Lincoln Park, Class of 2024 - A forward that is strong and mobile and able to do plenty in the low-post area. Is very strong and agile and uses his length to block shots and obtain rebounds in the low post. Uses his strength to absorb contact and draw fouls to get to the free-throw line, where he is a good shooter.

 

 

2024 PSAL Team Camp Showcase Top Performers

By David Cordova,


On Saturday, June 22, we joined a throng of college coaches in the audience at the Major Owens Center in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn for the 2024 PSAL College Exposure Team Showcase, in which schools from the 2A, 3A and 4A classifications, all came to audition for earning a college uniform. Here are the standouts from the showcase:

 

Anthony Durant 5-10, Shooting Guard, DeWitt Clinton High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has a penchant for looking for opportunities to score at all times. Is able to create for himself off the dribble and looks for shooting opportunities from three-point range, where he is very effective. Has the ability to hit teammates with passes that can lead to baskets.

 

Kion Danso 5-10, Point Guard, DeWitt Clinton High School, Class of 2026 - A guard that is a true engine to his team, as he is able to start the offense. Has the ability to control the tempo whenever he has the ball in his hands. Is able to get to the basket efficiently and is a good finisher. Is able to distribute the ball and put teammates in position to score.

 

Johan Adames 6-4, Forward, DeWitt Clinton High School, Class of 2025 - A forward that is uses his physicality to hold his own on the court. Has a penchant for muscling his way to the basket and is able to draw fouls as a way to get to the free throw line. Is a solid rebounder that will outwork anybody to get to the ball.

 

Ethan Ostane 6-3, Shooting Guard, Abraham Lincoln High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to make his presence felt when going to score. Is a player that is truly athletic and is able to drive to the basket and finish efficiently. Is a player that can dish out the ball to his teammates so that they can score.

 

Jeremiah Swaby 6-4, Shooting Guard, Abraham Lincoln High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that is very strong and has the ability to be versatile, but can also play big when in the post area. Has a penchant for driving to the basket and finishing efficiently. Has the ability to crash the boards for rebounds and will run on the break downcourt.

 

Dylan Jimenez 5-7, Point Guard, Susan Wagner High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has a penchant for controlling the offense for his team. Is able to see the floor well and is able to find his teammates in order to help them score. Will go to the basket and will take the chance of going up for two.

 

Connor Sprattley 6-0, Point Guard, Thomas Jefferson Educational Campus, Class of 2025 - A guard that is able to control the tempo of the offense for his team and is a true leader in every way. Is able to see where his teammates are going at all times and will give them opportunities to score. Is able to shoot from the perimeter and is able to drive to the basket and score. Is able to shoot from long range.

 

Jah’da Swann 6-6, Shooting Guard, Thomas Jefferson Educational Campus, Class of 2026 - A guard that has the ability to use his athleticism to his advantage. Is a player that can obtain rebounds and is able to outwork the opposition when in the post. Has the ability to drive to the basket and is able to finish at the rim. Is able to block shots when on the defensive end.

 

AbdouAkim Tahirou 6-10, Forward, Thurgood Marshall Academy, Class of 2025 - A forward that is able to dominate on both ends of the court. A player that has great size and plenty of length that aids in him blocking shots and obtaining rebounds. Has the ability to make his presence felt on the offensive end, as he is able to put the ball on the floor and is able to finish at the rim, as well s hit floaters. Has a nice shot from long range.

 

Ahmad Torrence 6-6, Point Guard, Thurgood Marshall Academy, Class of 2025 - A guard that has plenty of size and has great court vision every time he’s on the court. Is able to make his presence felt when going to the basket and he makes smooth moves when in transition. Is able to see where his teammates are moving, so that he can put them in position to score.

 

Ka’sim Noble 5-10, Point Guard, Thurgood Marshall Academy, Class of 2025 - A guard that has a penchant for using his quickness on both ends of the court. Has the ability to stick with his man on the defensive end, as he is able to make steals and speed on the other end of the court. Is a player that can drive to the basket and finish efficiently. Is able to draw fouls and get to the free-throw line. Has a penchant for distributing the ball to his teammates.

 

Alonzo Archbold 6-8, Forward, Curtis High School, Class of 2025 - A forward that is able to go all-out on both ends of the floor. Is able to put the ball on the floor and is able to make his presence felt on the offensive end, as he uses his athleticism when he’s at the rim. Is able to block shots and also obtain rebounds.

 

Mohamed Bah 6-2, Shooting Guard, Wings Academy, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to use his length and his quickness to his advantage. Is able to move around off the ball in order to anticipate a pass. Is able to finish when at the basket and is able to absorb contact to draw fouls.

 

Deshawn Carnegie 6-0, Point Guard, Wings Academy, Class of 2026 - A guard that is able to make his presence felt, as he is able to lead his team when he has the ball in his hands. Is able to absorb contact and get to the free-throw line. Is great at distributing the ball and finding his teammates at all times.

 

Jalen Waters 5-10, Shooting Guard, Brooklyn Collegiate High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has a penchant for making big plays and is one of his team’s key players. Is able to make smooth moves to the basket and is able to finish at the hole efficiently. Has the ability to shoot mid-range jumpers.

 

Flavio Jean 6-1, Point Guard, Brooklyn Collegiate High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that is able to be an efficient floor general for his team, as he is able to control the tempo for his team. Uses his quickness to his advantage and is known for flying to the basket to score. Is able to find his teammates in certain spots and put them in position to score.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2024 NY vs. NY Top Performers Week 1

By David Cordova,

 

On Tuesday, June 18,  we were at the world-famous Rucker Park in Harlem for the first stop of NY vs. NY, the annual tournament put together by Nike and Game Seven Marketing. The competing teams are comprised of players representing the six Nike-sponsored tournaments (Tri-State Classic, Dyckman, Gersh Park, Lincoln Park, West 4th and Watson Classic). During this week, Tri-State was the host site and there were three games in which many of the best players in the city and the Northeast all came out to play one of the city’s most hallowed grounds. Here are the standouts for Week 1:


Kayden Mingo 6-2, Shooting Guard, Long Island Lutheran High School, Team Watson, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to be a solid playmaker and can take over a game with his scoring. Has the ability to create for himself on the offensive end and is able to get to the basket with ease. Has the ability to make his presence felt when he is open and able to shoot.


Brandon Stores, Jr. 6-4, Forward, St. Raymond High School, Team Watson, Class of 2025 (Georgia Tech commit) - A forward that has the ability to hold his own in the paint area, but has plenty of skills when it comes to handling the ball. Is able to muscle his way to the basket and finish strong when going up for two. Is able to hold his own when it comes to obtaining rebounds in the post.


Ben Ahmed 6-10, Forward, Putnam Science Academy, Team Watson, Class of 2026 - A forward with plenty of length and size and has the ability to dominate in the post area. Has great footwork and is able to run on the fast break. Has a penchant for finishing at the rim and can also make strong drives to the basket and score off of a layup.


Collins Chidera Onyejiaka 6-10, Newman School (MA), Team Watson, Class of 2026 - A forward that has the ability to make his presence felt on both ends of the court. Has the ability to block plenty of shots, which makes it difficult for the opposition to score. Has the ability to get open in the post and can finish at the rim efficiently.


Ashton Reynolds 6-3, Shooting Guard, Williston Northampton School (MA), Team West 4th, Class of 2025 - A forward that has a long wingspan and is very active on the break. Has great hands on the defensive end, which he uses when he’s on the block. Is able to finish efficiently when it comes to getting to the rim. Is a player that can run in transition.


Preston Fowler 6-7, Forward, Brewster Academy (NH), Team Tri-State, Class of 2025 - A forward that is able to make his presence felt on both ends of the court. Has the ability to run throughout the fast break and is very mobile. Is a great rebounder and uses his physicality to score at all times.


Badara Diakite 6-9, Forward, South Kent School (CT), Team Tri-State, Class of 2025 - A forward that has plenty of versatility in his game, as he is able to put the ball on the floor and can attack in transition. Has a penchant for crashing the boards for rebounds and is able to finish when going up for two. Has the ability to run on the fast break.


Yandel German 5-10, Point Guard, Our Saviour Lutheran High School, Team Tri-State, Class of 2027 - A guard that has the ability to use his quickness as an asset. Is able to drive to the basket and likes to hit floaters or get to the basket for a layup, which he does easily. Is also able to drive and kick out to a teammate on the wing and can also find his teammates when they’re open and put them in position to score.


Kaelen “Deuce” Destin 6-1, Point Guard, Cardinal Hayes High School, Team Tri-State, Class of 2025 - A guard that has plenty of quickness when he is on the court and is able to take advantage of the tempo when he’s on the fast break. Has the ability to shoot from long-range and is able to slice and dice his way to the basket. Is able to find his teammates in order to give them the ball and put them in position to score.


Anderson Diaz 6-1, Point Guard, St. Raymond High School, Lincoln Park, Class of 2027 - A guard that has the ability to hold his own on the court. Is able to drive to the basket and can finish in the lane. Is able to distribute the ball to his teammates and make sure that they are able to score. Has the ability to shoot from long range and has the ability to drive to the basket and finish efficiently.


Josh Powell 6-5, Shooting Guard, Archbishop Molloy High School, Team Lincoln Park, Class of 2026 - A guard that has a penchant for scoring in bunches. Is able to drive to the basket with ease and is able to hit jumpers from the top of the key. Is also able to obtain rebounds and run on the fast break and then drive to the basket.


Oesoemana Sacko 6-8, Forward, St. Francis Preparatory High School, Team Lincoln Park, Class of 2026 - A forward that has the ability to be a force on the court. Has a penchant to be a great rebounder and uses his physicality to hold his own on the court. Is able to put the ball on the floor and is able to drive to the basket and finish efficiently. Has the ability to shoot from the perimeter.


Tavien Tyler 5-6, Point Guard, Mount Vernon High School, Team Dyckman, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to make his presence felt when he’s on the floor. Has a penchant for scoring in bunches and has the ability to shoot jumpers from in and outside three-point range. Is also a player that can find his teammates on the break and put them in position to score.


Keiner Asprilla 7-0, Forward, Don Bosco Preparatory High School (NJ), Team Dyckman, Class of 2026 - A forward that has the ability to be a formidable presence on the floor, due to his height. Has the ability to crash the boards for rebounds and is able to run the floor efficiently. Tries to find ways to get open and can also step out and shoot from three.


Christian Jeffrey 6-3, Shooting Guard, Mount Zion Academy (MD), Gersh Park, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to take over the game with his scoring. Likes to drive to the basket and is able to finish at the cup. His ability to get to the basket also aids in him being able to get to the free-throw line. Has the ability to shoot from a certain distance.


Halon Rawlins 6-6, Forward, Nazareth High School, Gersh Park, Class of 2025 - A forward that is able to do whatever his teammates need when he’s on the court. Is able to showcase his athleticism when the opportunity when it comes to rebounding or going up for a basket. Is a good free-throw shooter, as he is good at drawing fouls to get to the basket.


Connor Sprattley 6-0, Point Guard, Thomas Jefferson Educational Campus, Gersh Park, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to make his presence felt when on the floor with his ability to hold his own on both ends of the floor. Is a good defender that is able to stick with his man and can obtain steals and get downcourt easily on the offensive end. Has the ability to drive to the basket and is able to finish efficiently and also finds ways to get to the free-throw line.

 

2024 Gary Sims Day Top Performers

By David Cordova,


On Sunday afternoon, June 16, we got to Edmonds Playground in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn for the high school game for the annual Gary Sims Day, powered by NYC Prospects. In this game, many talented players from the city & surrounding areas all came out to play for a great cause in celebrating the life of the late Gary Sims, a former coach and mentor to many over the years. Here are the standouts in this game:

 

Andrew Leonard 6-1, Shooting Guard, Townsend Harris High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has plenty of toughness and is fearless when it comes to any challenges presented in front of him. Is a player that likes to drive to the basket and can absorb contact and is an excellent finisher. Is able to make his presence felt from three-point range as he is a deadly shooter.

 

Sincere Folk 5-11, Point Guard, South Shore High School, Class of 2026 - A guard that has a penchant for being a great floor general and is able to make sure that his teammates get the ball during crucial moments. Is a player that can defend and is always ready to make his presence felt on the offensive end. is able to attack in transition and has the ability to finish strongly at the basket.

 

Jahzir Crawford 5-10, Point Guard, Holy Cross High School, Class of 2026 - A guard that has the ability to be a solid floor general and has plenty of court awareness. Is able to set up his teammates for passes when the opportunity presents itself. Has the ability to drive to the basket and can finish efficiently. Has a nice shooting touch from the perimeter and from three-point range.

 

Connor Igoe 6-7, Forward, Poly Prep Country Day School, Class of 2025 - A forward that has the ability to make his presence felt when it comes to his strength and his ability to be versatile in many ways on the court. Is able to post up smaller defenders and is able to obtain rebounds. Has a nice shooting touch from the perimeter.

 

Jalen Harper 6-4, Shooting Guard, Newman School (MA), Class of 2025 - A guard that is a lights-out scorer and can attack and finish efficiently in transition. Has the ability to break down defenses with his ability to get to the basket. Is very explosive and is able to finish at the rim. Has the ability to shoot from the corner. Named the game’s C0-MVP.

 

Trevor Lewis 6-1, Shooting Guard, Thomas Jefferson Educational Campus, Class of 2026 - A guard that has the ability to use his quickness and athleticism in various ways on the court. Is able to finish at the basket efficiently and has playmaking ability, as he can also distribute the ball to his teammates. Has the ability to get his shot off efficiently whenever the opportunity presents itself.

 

Ian Archbold 6-4, Shooting Guard, Poly Prep Country Day School, Class of 2028 - A guard that is wise beyond his years and is able to handle anything that is thrown at him. Is a player that flourishes on the fast break and can dominate when in the open lane. Is able to get rebounds and dish it out to his teammates or get downcourt with ease.

 

Brian Castillo 5-11, Point Guard, Graphic Arts Communications Campus, Class of 2025 - A guard that has plenty of quickness and uses it to his full advantage when on the break. Is able to get his shot off when he is in the corner or on the perimeter. Is able to attack when going towards the basket and can absorb contact when it comes to finishing for two.

 

Marquise Lloyd 6-5, Small Forward, Epic South High School, Class of 2026 - A forward that has plenty of length and uses it to his advantage, especially when driving to the basket. Has plenty of versatility, as he is able to dish the ball out to his teammates when the opportunity arises. Has a nice shooting touch, as he is able to shoot jumpers when he is open on the perimeter.

 

Brian Kapfer 6-3, Shooting Guard, Fordham Preparatory School, Class of 2026 - A guard that has the ability to go all-out on every possession on both ends of the floor. Is able to obtain loose balls and can stick with his man on the defensive end. Is fearless when driving to the basket and is a great finisher that can absorb contact and is able to get to the free-throw line with ease.

 

2024 Fordham Team Camp Top Performers

By David Cordova,


On Saturday afternoon, June 15, we were at the Bronx’s Atlantic 10 Conference entry, Fordham University in The Bronx for their annual Team Camp. High school varsity teams from around the region gathered to get in some summer game play. In this event, games were played across five courts in Rose Hill Gym and the Lombardi Center.  Here are the standouts for the camp:

 

              (Click on the player’s highlighted name to pull up his profile)

 

Taj Walters 6-5, Small Forward, Greenwich Country Day School, Class of 2025 - A forward that is strong, agile and loves to run on both ends of the court. Is able to muscle up on smaller players and can absorb contact when going up for two. Is able to crash the boards for rebounds and distribute the ball to his teammates when the opportunity arises.

 

Anderson Diaz 6-1, Point Guard, St. Raymond High School, Class of 2027 - A guard that has the ability to be a great playmaker & is a true leader when on the floor. Has a penchant for getting past the opposition with a quick first step and is able to drive to the basket and can finish efficiently. Has a nice jumpsuit and is also able to set teammates up for passes that can lead to baskets.

 

Zaire Johnson 5-9, Point Guard, St. Raymond High School, Classic of 2027 - A guard that brings plenty of energy and a lot of hustle off the bench. Is a player that is known for his defensive tendencies and has the ability to stick with his man at all times. Has the ability to pull up for a jumper when the opportunity presents itself and will also drive to the basket.

 

Colin Phang 6-8, Forward, St. Raymond High School, Class of 2025 - A forward that is very mobile and has great footwork. Is able to outwork and outmuscle the opposition when it comes to putting the ball on the floor and when it comes to obtaining rebounds. Has a penchant for stepping out of the paint area and shooting jumpers from the perimeter and from three-point range.

 

Eric Fagin, Jr. 6-3, Shooting Guard, Monsignor Scanlan High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to use his speed and his strength in various ways. Has the ability to be an asset to his team, as he makes plenty of hustle plays on the floor. Has the ability to attack in transition and also to distribute the ball to his teammates, so that they can have opportunities to score.


Justin Williams 5-7, Point Guard, Monsignor McClancy High School, Class of 2026 - A guard that has the ability to be a true playmaker when on the court. Despite his frame, he is able to play bigger than his size, as he is able to finish strong when going up to score. Finds ways to set up his teammates for baskets, as he is able to slow down the tempo or speed it up depending on the situation.


Mike Cunningham 6-7, Forward, Kennedy Catholic High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has plenty of mobility when on the floor and is able to hold his own in the post area. Is able to finish strong when going up to score and is a solid rebounder. Has the ability to move around when off the ball and makes himself available for passes when the opportunity arises.


Juan Lao 5-7, Point Guard, Kennedy Catholic High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to see the floor efficiently and control where his teaates are moving at all times. Has a penchant for slowing down the tempo of the game and making sure that his teammates are where they need to be during crucial moments. Looks to score when the opportunity presents itself.

 

Oesoemana Sacko 6-7, Forward, St. Francis Preparatory High School, Class of 2026 - A forward that can be versatile on the floor and when the opportunity presents itself on the court. Is able to run efficiently and is able to obtain rebounds easily. Is able to outmuscle and outwork the opposition on both ends of the floor and is able to finish in transition when going up to score.

 

Julian Desir 6-6, Forward, Christ the King High School, Class of 2025 - A forward that has good hands and is very mobile. Showcases plenty of athleticism, whether it is going up for a rebound or going up for a dunk on the offensive end. Is able to hold his own on the perimeter and is able to run up and down the court on the fast break.


Malachi Wilson 5-8, Point Guard, Christ the King High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to be a great playmaker, as he is able to see the floor efficiently. Is very quick and is able to make sure his teammates have opportunities to score on the break. Is very fearless when going up to score in the lane.

 

Joseph Jennings 6-3, Shooting Guard, Nazareth High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to drive in transition and is able to play off the ball. Is able to take clutch shots and sink jumpers from the corners. Is a solid defensive threat, as he is able to stick with his man at all times on the court. When driving to the basket, he is able to finish strong.

 

Halon Rawlins 6-6, Forward, Nazareth High School, Class of 2025 - A forward that has the ability to play inside the paint and outside the paint and is one of his team’s key pieces on the floor. Is able to put the ball on the floor and and drive to the basket. Uses his athleticism to his advantage, especially when it comes to rebounding.

 

Justin Delgado 6-5, Forward, Nazareth High School, Class of 2026 - A forward that has the ability to showcase his athleticism, especially when driving to the basket and going up for a dunk. Has a penchant for rebounding and also blocking shots when the opportunity presents itself. Brings plenty of energy to his team at all times.

 

AbdouAkim Tahirou 6-9, Forward, Thurgood Marshall Academy, Class of 2025 - A forward that is able to bring a formidable presence to his team at all times, due to his size. Has the ability to be a great shot blocker and is a great rebounder. On the offensive end, he is a solid finisher, as he is able to post up his defenders and score and also has a nice shooting touch.

 

2024 The Pound Invitational Top Performers

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On Saturday, June 15, the inaugural “The Pound Invitational” was held at the newly renovated Yosemite Park in Greenburgh, NY. It was a beautiful day for some outdoor hoops in Westchester County. The event was created by Greenburgh’s Fred Bowers and his partners: D’andre Tilford, Jaleel Barr, David Slater and Malik White.


This crew is a staple within the Westchester streetball scene. They initially drew acclaim for their play on the court. They made a championship run at the 2022 Ferris World Ball event in White Plains, NY. They’ve also competed at a high level at the Dyckman events in Harlem under the team name “Earn Your Leisure”.
In hosting The Pound, they are attempting to give back and stoke the flame of resurgence of “914 Basketball”.


There was some great action on the court with some the best players in the Tri-State area participating. The boys’ game gave a chance for some well-heralded RTB profilees to shine, such as:


Tavien Tyler (2025) 5’6 point guard, Mt Vernon High. The explosive dynamo was named the event’s MVP after scoring 25 points.


Anderson Diaz (2027) 6’1 guard, St.Raymond High. The freshman phenom and recent Fordham University offeree splashed in 16 points.


Parrish Edmond (2025) 6’4 guard, Notre Dame-Fairfield High (CT) - The recent Bryant University offeree dropped in from the Nutmeg State to put up 24 points.


Santana Sinvilcin (2024) 6’5 wing, Frederick Gunn School (CT) - Fresh off of his NEPSAC boarding school graduation, the Daemen University commit also dropped in 24 points.


Taj Walters (2025) 6’5 wing, Greenwich Country Day (CT) - Walters continued his streak of top summer performances. Recently garnering Top Performer recognitions at both Dyckman and Manhattan Sports summer ball events (and a growing list of D1 offers), the NEPSAC stud scored 15.

 

Eric Woodberry (2024) 6’1 guard, Woodlands High - The 2023-24 Section 1, Class B Champion and Player of the Year, and New York First Team All State selection also shined on the outdoor surface.

 

For the girls game, the standouts were:

 

Journey Atkins (2026) 5’8 guard, Monsignor Scanlan High - The sophomore sensation in both the CHSAA and for the NY Gauchos on the AAU circuit showcased her bright future and grabbed MVP honors with a 22 point run.

 

Ashari Emuze (2026) 5’7 guard, Woodlands High - Emuze stepped away from her NY Gauchos action to show why she was a 2023-24 Section 1 All Section selection and is receiving D1 interest with a 25 point performance.


India Newman (2024) 5’8 guard, Monsignor Scanlan High - This multisport talent showed why colleges are trying lure her into the hoops uniform with a nice all around performance.

 

“The Pound Invitational” not only featured some of the best players in the area, but also the best media personnel and arguably the best emcee in streetball “Cha-Ching” on the mic. It was an overall great event, and the organizing crew look forward to doing it annually going forward.


This summer be on the lookout for Bowers and his partners’ street ball team, now called “The Pound”, as they work to win another championship at Ferris World Ball and in their runs at Dyckman and the Watson Classic.

 

 


Photo credit: David Cordova

 

The TS-S Scouting Report 6/12/24

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Ty Staples-Santos Sr. is a player development coach and Co-Founder of New England Supreme Basketball Academy. He is also now a contributing scout for RecruitTheBronx.com, focused on exposing under-the-radar talent from the ranks of Connecticut basketball. Below, we detail his first submission of under-recruited, college level potential student athletes.

 

Nico Lubas (2026) 6’3 small forward, Stratford High - Lubas possesses excellent size and excels in running the floor with really good athleticism. He demonstrates versatility on offense and thrives without constant ball-handling responsibilities. With a smooth and quick release, he excels in pick-and-pop situations as the screener. He effectively drives to the basket and finishes well. He showcases a high shooting percentage in catch-and-shoot situations and is a strong offensive rebounder. Plays AAU with Academic Basketball Club-Krumins. 3.3 gpa

 

Myles Bertrand (2027) 6’1 guard, Stratford High - Bertrand plays with remarkable intensity and possesses a relentless work ethic. He thrives in transition offense, creating significant pressure on the opposing defense. Miles exhibits exceptional finishing ability around the basket with proficiency using both hands. His midrange shooting skills are highly effective. With a lengthy wingspan, he excels as a lockdown defender, applying full-court pressure and maintaining a high level of effort on every possession. 3.9 gpa

 

Brody Biggs (2027) 6’3 guard, Bunnell High - Biggs is a versatile guard with solid length, size and great potential. He excels in creating opportunities for himself by putting the ball on the floor. Whether with or without the ball, he plays exceptionally well, showcasing his ability to run the floor effectively and finish plays at the rim. Brody has demonstrated promise in pick-and-roll actions and is fairly adept scoring with his off-hand. Additionally, he possesses impressive upper body strength with broad shoulders that suggest he can add muscle without sacrificing mobility or flexibility. Defensively, he is a solid player capable of guarding positions 1 through 4. Plays AAU with PHD-National Team. 3.4 gpa


Vincent Aquino (2026) 6’1 guard, Stratford High - Aquino is a versatile combo guard, who accumulates steals due to his exceptional quickness and sharp instincts. He has the ability to score in bunches and frequently gets to the free-throw line. Vincent is a valuable asset on both offense and defense end, showcasing relentless energy and impressive scoring prowess. He is a smart cutter with major upside. Plays AAU with Team Hustle.

 

 

2024 Iona Team Camp Standouts

By David Cordova,

 

On Saturday afternoon, June 8, we got to the Hynes Athletic Center on the campus of Iona University in New Rochelle for the Iona Team Camp. High school teams from the Tri-state area came out to play against each other in a set of games throughout the weekend. Here are the standouts from the event:


Kai Harvey 5-6, Point Guard, Mount Vernon High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that is quick and is a good decision-maker for his team. In spite of his diminutive stature, he is fearless and is able to hold his own against bigger players. Is able to glide past the opposition and can drive to the basket and finish in transition.


Hadi Adeyi 6-5, Shooting Guard, Mount Vernon High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has a penchant for playing tough defense and is a great rebounder. Loves to run on the offensive end and is able to drive to the basket and finish efficiently. Is able to be an asset for his team by doing little things that equate to wins.


Tai Turnage 6-0, Point Guard, St. Raymond High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that is a true leader of his team and has the ability to control the tempo of his team when he is on the floor. Is an excellent defender and will look to stick with his man on defense and will go crash the boards for rebounds. Is able to drive to the basket and finish and is a good shooter.


Brandon Stores 6-4, Small Forward, St. Raymond High School, Class of 2025 (Georgia Tech commit)- A forward that is very versatile and is able to make his presence felt whenever he is on the floor. Has a penchant for obtaining rebounds and imposing his will on the opposition whenever he is going up to score. Is able to draw fouls and get to the free-throw line. Always plays tough defense.


Kenny Hunter, Jr., 6-4, Forward, St. Elizabeth High School (DE), Class of 2025 - A forward that is very mobile and plays tough. Likes to run in transition on the fast break and always looks to drive to basket to score. Is fearless when it comes to absorbing contact and can attack the glass for rebounds.


Joel Barnaby-Alexander 6-5, Shooting Guard, Nazareth High School, Class of 2026 - A guard that is quick and deceptive when he is on the floor and likes to run out in the open floor. Is able to create for himself and is able to hit pull-up jumpers from the top of the key and from three-point range. Is able to get open so that he can take a shot from three or can drive to the basket.


Halon Rawlins 6-6, Forward, Nazareth High School, Class of 2025 - A forward that is known for making his presence felt on both ends of the court. Showcses his athleticism when going up for rebounds and even throwing down powerful dunks. Has a penchant for showcasing his toughness on the floor, as he is able to absorb contact and is great at boxing out the opposition.


Dem Mohammed 6-10, Forward, James Monroe Educational Campus, Class of 2026 - A forward that has plenty of length and can make his presence felt in many ways on the floor. Has the ability to dominate on both ends of the floor, as he is a good shot blocker and is able to post up smaller players and can score. Is able to throw down powerful dunks, especially on the fast break.


Asher Elson 6-10, Forward, South Shore High School, Class of 2025 - A forward that is very skilled and can make his presence felt on the floor, due to his length. Has plenty of versatility, as he is able to put the ball on the floor and glide to the basket. Is able to block shots on the defensive end and can hold his own when it comes to obtaining rebounds.


Shamari Mitchell 6-6, Forward, South Shore High School, Class of 2025 - A forward that is known for his physicality and his athleticism. Has very good size and length and is quick on on his feet and ready to anticipate anything coming his way. Has a penchant for throwing down dunks and is a force when going up for rebounds.


Ethan Butler 6-5, Shooting Guard, St. Francis Preparatory High School, Class of 2026 - A guard that has a penchant for finding ways to get open and for creating for himself on ht offensive end. Is able to mover around off the ball and be open for when his teammates give him the ball, so that he can hit shots on the perimeter and from three-point range. Has a penchant for running on the fast break and finishing at the basket.


Troy Fason, Jr. 5-11, Point Guard, St. Francis Preparatory High School, Class of 2026 - A guard that has excellent court vision and plenty of quickness. Has a very smooth game, as he is able to get to the basket easily and has the ability to score with precision. Has a penchant for setting up his teammates for baskets, especially when they are open.


Patrick Rouse 6-5, Forward, St. John’s Preparatory High School, Class of 2025 - A forward that has plenty of athleticism and great footwork on the floor. Is able to move around off the ball and makes himself useful when it comes to possessions on the court. Has nice shooting touch and is always active for rebounds and loose balls. Has a penchant throwing down dunks.


Jake Sussberg 6-5, Shooting Guard, Scarsdale High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to be the focal part of his team’s offense. Is used to being that hot hand, as he is always able to move off the ball, go through screens and get his shot off efficiently. Is a player that can score at a high volume,and is able to drive to the basket and finish efficiently.


Jahzir Crawford 5-10, Point Guard, Holy Cross High School, Class of 2026 - A guard that has the ability to run a solid offense and has plenty of court awareness. Is able to make sure that his teammates get the ball so that they’re in position to score. Has a good shot selection, which he uses when it is the right time.


Julien Wiggins 5-10, Point Guard, Salesian High School, Class of 2026 - A guard that has plenty of quickness on the court and is able to pick possessions as far when he should score. Is able to play great on the ball defense and is great with sticking to his man at all times. Has the ability to drive to the basket and is able to finish efficiently.

 

2024 Team Finesse Varsity Player Profiles

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Team Finesse, founded and coached by Austin Carretta of Finesse Hoops Training and Finesse Fitness Gym in Wallingford, Connecticut, is a new basketball program with a big goal: to become a leading force in providing an avenue for Connecticut basketball players to get opportunities for higher education and basketball advancement. The program brings together talented players from New Haven County, providing them with high-level training and development opportunities to improve their skills. Team Finesse emphasizes professional-level strength and conditioning, ensuring players are physically and mentally prepared for the demands of college and professional basketball. By focusing on well-rounded athletic development, the program aims to create a path for its athletes to earn opportunities at top colleges, setting them up for success both on and off the court.


The 2024 Team Finesse Varsity player profiles are as below.

 

Khalil Thompson (2025) 5’10 point guard, Bridgeport Prep (CT) - This point guard is a real problem for defenses. He’s incredibly shifty and can get to the basket whenever he wants, plus he’s a serious scoring threat from anywhere on the court.  He’s a true floor general who can defend all 94 feet, putting pressure on the ball handler with tough, physical defense. During the spring live period, he averaged 16.6 points and 6 assists per game.

 

Bobby Moore, Jr. (2025) 5’9 point guard, Hamden High (CT) - Moore is a dynamic two-way threat on offense and defense, with elite speed and athleticism that allow him to finish strong at the rim. He can get to the basket and run the floor with ease, shoot from deep, and plays with a non-stop motor.


Amare Brooks (2025) 6’2 guard, West Haven High (CT) - Brooks has a great feel for the game; he can play multiple roles for any team; he can be a floor general and is a guard who can score at all 3 levels. He has a great mid-range game and with a 6 ‘5 wingspan plays above the rim and is a tremendous on ball defender getting steals blocks and out in transition and finding open players and making plays. He has averaged 20+ with 4+ steals per game so far this season and is continuing to make massive strides in his game as the season continues. Brooks played a major role on the West Haven High Basketball Team that fell short in the State Championship Game this season at Mohegan Sun. He has interest from prep schools for a post grad year and will be reclassing into the class of 2025.


Gabe Courno (2025) 6’2 guard 2025 Hamden High (CT)- Courno is an extremely athletic combo guard who started at Hamden High. A true two-way player, he can run the point, excels in transition, and is a lethal catch-and-shoot sniper from three-point range. He can guard the opponent’s best player, grab rebounds, and contributes to winning basketball games on both ends of the court. Courno has recorded multiple triple-doubles this high school season and during the spring live period. He has interest from several schools for a postgraduate year and plans to make his decision in the coming weeks. 4.0 gpa

 

Daylen Rosco (2025) 5’10 point guard, Holy Cross High (CT) - Rosco is the fastest kid on the court at all times, averaging 10 points per game at Holy Cross as a starter. As a measure of his speed Rosco won the State Championship in the 200M as a sophomore this past May. He is an elite guard who can pick up 94 feet and has a nonstop motor, Rosco can rebound, run the break and will pick up 94 feet for an entire game. He can knock down catch and shoot 3s but really excels taking people off the dribble and getting to the rim. Rosco has been playing 17u for Team Finesse since coming into his freshman year. He will continue to grow and excel into being one of the most impactful guards in his class in the state. He has been playing up due to his ability to defend and be a fearless competitor no matter where he is.

 

Eric Jones (2025) 6’2 point guard, Hill House High (CT) - Jones was an All-SCC player this past year in leading Hill House and was a top 25 player to watch this season per Game Time CT. Jones can finish above the rim, plays with great pace and can score the ball at an extremely high clip. He takes pride in guarding the opponent’s best player. He has a quick first step and can get to the basket off the dribble. He also finds open players due to his high basketball IQ.

 

Ronald Manning (2025) 6’3 wing Career High-New Haven (CT) - Manning is a high energy player who can shoot off the catch and loves to get out in transition and finish strong at the rim. He has a college ready body and loves to play defense. Manning is a coach’s favorite because he will do whatever it takes to win and shows up in big moments. 3.8 gpa

 

Amere Best (2025) 6’2 wing, Career High-New Haven (CT) - Best has been a key player for Career High-New Haven, averaging 14.7 points and 12 rebounds per game this past season. His athleticism, strength, and tenacity allow him to defend all positions effectively. While he excelled playing the 5, he is transitioning smoothly into a perimeter player, developing his ball-handling and scoring abilities at all three levels. As Best continues to learn the perimeter position, his already impressive game has tremendous potential for growth.


Jonovan Bracey (2025) 6’5 shooting guard, Career High-Waterbury (CT) - Bracey, a sophomore for Career, played a key role in their recent success. This past season, the team won a state championship at Mohegan Sun and their division championship. Bracey has continued to excel this spring, earning Second Team All-ZG honors at recent live events. He has a strong basketball IQ, finds open teammates and using his length effectively to block shots and grab rebounds. A threat at all three levels, Bracey is developing into a strong three-point shooter. As he continues to grow and refine his skills, expect D1 and D2 programs need to take notice. Several prep schools have already shown interest in having him reclassify into the class of 2026 due to his high potential and desire to improve and reach the next level. 3.5 gpa

 

Chris Price (2025) 6’6 forward, Hamden High (CT) - Price has great length and is very active. He can block shots in the paint and secure rebounds. He is still adding to his frame and continuously improving and making strides. He is making an impact in the paint contesting shots and quickly getting the ball out on the break to the guards, pushing the pace.

 

Harrison Grier (2026) 6’3 shooting guard, Lyman Hall High (CT) - An underclassman who has great length and is a fearless shooter. He is great at finding his spots on the floor and gets his shot off very quickly. He can hit from deep and the mid-range and does a good job running the floor and finishing in transition. Playing up has been helping Grier grow his game defense and rebounding. Competing with older players in practice is helping to mold his great length and potential into a great 3 and D wing. 3.4 gpa


Sean Boles (2026) 5’10 point guard, Maloney High (CT) - A strong physical guard who is smooth with the ball and plays with great pace and has a good feel for the game can finish through traffic, can shoot the 3 and has great mid-range game. He loves to take on challenge of guarding best player positions 1-5 and is a tough competitor who doesn’t back down. Grier and Boles are young guards on this team growing together, and are more than holding their own on the 17u varsity circuit this spring.  4.0 gpa

 

2024 IS8 Spring Classic Championship Standouts

By David Cordova

On Sunday, June 2, we were at Eagle Academy III in Jamaica, Queens for the semifinals and championship games of IS8 Spring Classic. In all three games, the competition level was high and the games were very competitive from start to finish. In the first game, The Bronx-based Kips Bay played a strong game against the Long Island-based Team Underrated and emerged victorious, punching their ticket to the tile game. In the second game, another team from The Bronx, Road to Riches steamrolled past Queens-based Elmcor. This set up a big matchup from the counterparts from the same borough. For four quarters, both teams played a strong brand of tough basketball. But in the end, it would be Kips Bay that would emerge victorious and would win the IS8 Spring Classic championship. All in all, it was a great affair for all teams involved. Here are the standouts from all three games:

 

Nigel James, Jr. 6-0, Point Guard, Long Island Lutheran High School, Kips Bay, Class of 2025 - A guard with a quick first step that is able to hold his own on the offensive end and on the defensive end of the court. Has plenty of court awareness when he’s controlling the offense, as he is able to set teammates up for passes. Is able to shoot from the perimeter and from behind the arc. Is able to finish in transition when driving to the basket.


Jacob Davis 6-8, Forward, Cushing Academy (MA), Kips Bay, Class of 2025 - A forward that has the ability to use his frame and toughness to his advantage. Has a penchant for playing defense and obtaining blocked shots and rebounds. Is able to use his physicality to hold his ow when going up for two.


Nowah Hargrow 6-2, Shooting Guard, Upper Room Christian School, Kips Bay, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to see the floor when he is on offense and has the ability to create for himself. Is able to drive past the defense and get to the basket with ease. Has the ability to shoot from long range and from the top of the key.


Brandon Varlack 6-0, Point Guard, Half Hollow Hills East, Team Underrated, Class of 2025 - A guard that has plenty of court awareness when leading the team on the break. A player that is a great distributor on the floor. Is able to use his quickness when going into the lane and also when it comes to obtaining steals on the defensive end. Has good hands and quick feet.


Jerimiah Webb 5-11, Point Guard, Wyandach High School, Team Underrated, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to be a great playmaker on the floor. Is able to attack in transition and drive to the basket with ease. Is able to get his shot off efficiently, especially if he is open on the three-point line.


Marquese Dennis 6-3, Shooting Guard, Brentwood High School, Team Underrated, Class of 2024 - A guard that is shifty and uses his length to his advantage. Is a very explosive player that is known for going to the basket and finishing strong, as well as throwing down powerful dunks. Is also able to take shots from three-point range.


Solomon Ominu 6-8, Forward, Our Saviour Lutheran High School, Road To Riches, Class of 2024 - A forward that has plenty of strength and has the ability to dominate over the opposition, due to his brawn. Is able outwork his opponents for rebounds, especially when the shot goes up. Is able to hold his own when it comes to scoring opportunities, especially when going to the rim.

 

Harvin Guevara 6-10, Forward, James Monroe Educational Campus, Road To Riches, Class of 2025 - A forward that has plenty of versatility in his game and has plenty of mobility. Likes to put the ball on the floor and has the ability to shoot from the perimeter. Has a penchant for grabbing rebounds and is able to finish at the basket.

 

Ahmed Cisse 6-4, Shooting Guard, Adlai Stevenson Educational Campus, Road To Riches, Class of 2024 - A guard that is always alert and ready for anything that comes his way. Is always active for rebounds and loose balls and is always ready to hit his teammates with the pass. Has a penchant for shooting from long range. Has the ability to shoot from three and is a good at driving to the basket and finishing.


John Magna Jr., 6-3, Point Guard, Christ the King High School, Road To Riches, Class of 2027 - A guard that has a penchant for creating for himself and knows when to take his shots. Has a penchant for driving to the basket and is a great finisher. Always finds ways to get open on the three-point line. Is able to dristribute the ball and give his teammates the opportunity to score.


Vere Anthony 6-0, Point Guard, St. Francis Preparatory High School, Elmcor, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to make his presence felt as a lead guard. Is able to make sure that the offense flows well, as he puts his teammates in position to score at all times. Is able to shoot from three-point range and has a penchant for driving to the basket & finishing efficiently.


Don Colon-Lewis 6-6, Moravian Prep School (NC), Elmcor, Class of 2024 - A forward that can make his presence felt in various ways on the floor. Has a penchant for putting the ball on the floor and posting up defenders and muscling his way to the basket. Has the ability to shoot from long range, especially when being open.

 

2024 Rens United CT 17u Player Profiles

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Rens United is an high academic oriented team affiliated with the renown NY Rens program. The program is New York City based but players are sourced from multiple states. They have a strong history of sending athletes to high-academic universities at all three levels across the northeast.


The 2024 Rens United CT teams are drawing prospects from the southwest region of Connecticut, and their 17u team is head coached by former Southern Connecticut State star, TJ Trimboli. The team competes in theMadeHoops Circuit.

 

                      (Click on the player’s names to pull up their profiles)

 

The 2024 Rens United 17u roster is as follows:


Kamryn Salters (2025) 6’3 small forward Notre Dame–Fairfield High (CT) – Salters is a tremendous leader which may be his best attribute.  He can score from all 3 levels and has tremendous work ethic. A small forward that is able to help his team out tremendously in multiple areas. Is a player that can crash the boards in order to get rebounds. Has a penchant for driving to the basket and is a solid finisher on the offensive end. Uses his physicality and strength to hold his own on both ends of the floor, whether it has to do with scoring or defense. Has a penchant for making passes that will aid in offensive opportunities for his teammates.


AJ Trimboli (2026) 5’10 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 D2 All-American and his uncle Mike Trimboli was a 4-year starter and 2,000 point scorer at the University of Vermont.  All FAA 2nd team and All NEPSAC for the 2023-2024 season.  Trimboli has emerged this year as a go-to player. With an assassin’s mentality and his ability to get shots off at will, he can fill it up at any given time. What separates him is his high IQ on and off the court. He is a student of the game and understands efficiency. He has been on a tear lately, connecting on almost four 3’s a game. As a sophomore, he is in rarefied air, averaging 19 ppg while shooting over 50% from 2, over 40% from 3, and over 90% from the free throw line. Trimboli’s tight handle gives him the ability to ‘get to his spots, which allows him to consistently make the right play as he also the team leader in assists (4.1) and leads in steals (2.1). He is at the top of the opponents’ scouting reports.  College coaches take note; as AJ Trimboli gets stronger and continues to fill out, there will be many more eyes on him. 3.6 gpa


Nathan Charlot (2024) 6’1 Guard, Notre Dame–Fairfield (CT) (Clark University commit) - Charlot 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 and their state title run.  His IQ is very high.

 

TJ Wright (2025) 5’10 point guard, St Joseph’s High (CT) - Wright 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.  All-FCIAC and All-State CIAC for the 2023-2024 season.


Ryan Luchetta (2025) 6’1 Guard, Wilton High (CT) - Luchetta 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. Led his conference in FT attempts which shows his ability to get to the rim.


Henry Simon (2026) 6’3 wing, King School (CT) – Simon hails from California and brings a strong aggressive wing game with him.  He can score from all 3 levels and his mid-range game is top notch.  With his strong frame and high IQ, he has the ability to guard 3 positions.  Simon lives in the gym as all he wants to do is get better.  He is a constant catch and shoot threat from the 3-point line, and he should continue to attract college coaches because of his versatility.  3.5 gpa


George McCormack (2025) 6’1 shooting guard, King School (CT) - “Shooter!!!” is all you hear from opposing coaches when McCormack runs up the court. He has separated himself as the most lethal shooter around. He takes over eight 3’s a game and has found the balance of volume and efficiency. He moves extremely well without the ball and shoots with impressive confidence and range. McCormack understands how to make himself available and gets his shot off as quick as we have seen in recent years, which separates him from the rest. Every team needs a shooter; McCormack fills that role without question. 3.7 gpa


Jaylen Brown (2024) 5’10 point guard (Alleghany College of Maryland commit) - Brown is a true point guard who sees the floor very well. He is also an excellent slasher, can knock down the 3, and is a very good free throw shooter. 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.  Jaylen has put up 50+ points in multiple games in his HS career and was All-State CIAC, All-FCIAC, and Player of the year in the FCIAC for the 2023-2024 season.
 

Ejai Presley (2025) 6’3 wing, Stamford High (CT) – Presley is a wing that runs the floor well, finishes at the rim, and can knock down the 3.  A multi-sport athlete, he bounces back and forth between basketball and football.  All-FCIAC and All-State CIAC for the 2023-2024 season.  He is able to defend multiple positions with his length and athleticism.

2024 Connecticut Elite 17u - Perrier Player Profiles

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Connecticut Elite is the largest premier youth basketball and development program in Connecticut. Their 2024 17u HGSL team is coached by Albertus Magnus College Assistant coach and Elite 50 Showcase operator, Jason “JP” Perrier, and below is his roster.


Ryan Tolliver (2025) 6’7 wing, Northwest Catholic High (CT) -  Tolliver is a do-it-all wing with play making and shot making ability and athleticism to match. A floor stretcher with his 3 ball. He gets into shots quickly. He rotates well on the defensive end. IVY and Patriot League programs will love his 3.9 gpa.


Paul Forster (2025) 6’7 forward, Weston High (CT) - Forester is a forward who can stretch the floor from 15ft out. Runs the floor, blocks shots and rebounds at a high level. A high academic D3 coach’s dream and he has a ton more room for growth.


Avery Sutton (2025) 6’5 small forward - Sutton is an athletic and long guard who can play the point but also be a 3&D guy. He gets to his spots, is an improved shooter. Receiving interest from IVY League schools with his 3.9 gpa.


Raheem Murray (2025) 6’1 guard, Pioneer Academy (NJ) - Murray is a big, physical guard with a college-ready build, speed and craftiness with the ball and deadeye shooting that’s able to break open games. He is also a tone setter with the energy and defensive tenacity he brings.


Jared Coleman (2025) 6’7 center, Hillhouse High (CT) - Coleman is a traditional back-to-the-basket big man that utilizes his 280lb frame to punish defenders. He also has the ability to stretch the floor and knock down 3s.

 

Xavier Goode (2026) 6’0 guard, Fitch High (CT) - Goode is a talented guard that does not shy away from big moments, with the ability to score and facilitate. He also plays with at a smooth pace and makes the right decisions with the basketball.


Dominick LaDuca (2025) 5’9 point guard, Putnam Science Academy (CT) - LaDuca is a pesky on-ball defender known for his shifty moves and strength. His ability to score through traffic adds another dimension to his game.

 

Alex Johnson (2025) 6’2 guard, The Bright School (CT) - Johnson has quick and efficient shooting mechanics, which helps him beat close-outs in his three point shooting. He can also attack the close-outs with a strong drive and good change of direction abilities. He proved these facts this winter in the high level, pre-college level of play that is the Power 5 AA prep school conference.

 

Thomas Glover Jr. (2025) Springfield Commonwealth Academy (MA) - Glover is an aggressive combo guard with the ability to score at all three levels and play above the rim. A good on ball defender who brings a lot of toughness to the game.


Jared Smith (2025) 6’7 small forward, Redemption Christian Academy - Smith is a high motor wing who brings athleticism and scoring at all 3 levels. He’s a great defender and uses his length to alter shots on the defensive end.  D1 Prospect. 4.0 gpa


Nazir Williams (2025) 6’4 small forward, Mt Zion Prep (MD) - A Hartford, CT native, Williams has a physical frame, plays with toughness and can make perimeter shots.  3.8 gpa

 

2024 Castle Athletics 16u-Herc Player Profiles

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Castle Athletics is a New York City based youth athletics program that is run by a deep and impressive staff. The Castle basketball program provides seasoned and respected coaches, superior training and opportunities to compete at the highest level. Their student athletes also participate in required weekly tutoring sessions individually designed to academically enrich at every level.


Their 17u basketball team is coached by the veteran Josh “Herc” Mejia and his assistant, Jared Thornton. Their roster is as below:


    (Click on the players’ names to pull up their profiles)


Amadou ‘Hami’ Berry (2027) 5’11 point guard, James Monroe Campus
- Crafty playmaking guard that can finish with either hand. Great floor vision gets teammates open and good on ball defender


Drew Diaz (2027) 6’0 point guard, Mount St Michael Academy - Very good shooter and scorer. Makes the right plays. Very consistent in his plays. Good teammate and high IQ of the game.


Gilbert Baez-Rodriguez (2027) 6’5 guard, Monsignor Scanlan High - He can put the ball in the basket! Very passionate about the game! Aggressive downhill guard that can finish and can shoot!


Jaydyn Corchado (2026) 6’8 forward, James Monroe Campus


Brian Kapfer (2026) 6’3 guard, Fordham Prep


Emmanuel Nieves (2026) 5’8 point guard, Wings Academy


Dem Mohamed (2026) 6’10 forward, James Monroe Campus


Acalan Fauntleroy (2026) 6’10 forward Ossining


Amir Cummings (2026) 6’1 guard, Eagle Academy-Bronx


Richard Fernandez (2026) Springfield Commonwealth Academy (MA)

 

 

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Jaydyn Corchado 6’8 2026
Low post presence that can stretch out and hit the three! Physical forward that doesn’t mind to bang!

Brian Kapfer 6’4 2026
Long range sniper! He can really shoot the basketball with a quick release. Can score in the open floor going to the basket.

Emmanuel Nieves 5’9 2026
Steady point guard that can set the team up to score and be successful. Pest defensively on the ball. Can score when need to but rather set up his teammate

Dem Mohammed 6’10 2026
Rim protector that run the floor! High motor plays the possessions all the way through! Good rebounder! Good hands and can finish above the rim!

Acalan Fauntleroy 6’10 2026
Athletic Forward that can block shots and run the floor! Can shoot 15-20 feet out. Also can finish above the rim!

Amir Cummings 6’3 2026
Big guard that can do a little bit of everything you need! High IQ. Very good defender! Slasher that create for himself and others!

Richard Fernandez 2027 5’10
Ultra quick guards with good hands. Always around the basketball. Very good pesky defender like a thief. Can score the ball!

Anthony Mann 7’0
Very long big that is growing his game every day! Soft touch that can shoot at the 3 point line.

 

2024 King Hoops Player Profiles

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King Hoops is a New York City based AAU program with kids from all five boroughs and is loaded with college basketball talent across all levels. Follow KING Hoops on Instagram and Twitter @KINGHoopsNY.


College scouts can reach out to Coach Josh Horowitz at josh@kinghoops.org to inquire about the Kings Hoops program and players.


Below are profiles on 2024 King Hoops key players:

 

Drew Parrish (2024) 5’9 point guard, Murry Bergtraum High - Parrish is a true point guard, best leader in the history of our program, and a winner. Parrish can score, pass, and defend at a very high level. 1st team All State.


Jayden Ayala (2025) 6’4 swing, Weehawken High (NJ) - Ayala can flat out score the ball from all 3 levels. 2023-24 New Jersey Sophomore of the Year and Top 10 in the State of New Jersey in scoring as a junior.


Charlek Rockcliffe (2024) 6’4 wing, John Bowne High - Rockcliffe is a versatile Swiss Army knife who can handle the ball, shoot it from 3, and guards all 3 levels.


Jeremy Bowers (2024) 5’11 guard, Williamsburg Charter High - Bowers is the leading scorer in the history of our program and is one of the best available guards in all of NYC. One program is going to be very lucky next fall.


Kimorri Samuels (2024) 6’0 guard, Albert Tuitt High - Samuels is a downhill and bouncy athlete with speed, strong finisher through contact, and versatile defender. Very projectable to the next level.


Hank Ford (2025) 6’3 guard, Poly Prep High - High academic prospect, Ford shoots it with range, posts smaller guards, and can beat you off the dribble. Guards all 5 positions. 3.9 gpa


Joel Ofori (2024) 6’7 forward, Murry Bergtraum - Ofori’s ceiling is as high as anybody in our program, high level finisher, rebounds on both sides of the ball, and can guard all 5 positions. 6’9 Wingspan and will improve with a college weight room.


Nico James (2025) 5’11 guard, Poly Prep High - James is the ultimate Glue guy/spark plug, incredible defender with his athleticism and effort. Guards the other team’s best player and gives them 94 feet nightmares.


Blake Fowler Lastra (2024) 6’2 swing, Eagle Academy Harlem - Fowler Lastra is an athletic downhill guard who can get to the rim at will especially with his right hand. Very capable defender and rebounder.


Lashawn Goodman (2025) 6’3 small forward, Seward Park High - Goodman is a multi-dimensional creator who can play inside and outside. Goodman is a good decision maker with the ball in his hands and has a knack for finishing around the basket. Improving defender.


Josh Day (2025) 6’0 guard, Eagle Academy Harlem - Day is a knock down shooter from 3 point range and very comfortable shooting the pull-up mid-range jumper. Can score in quick bursts and fill it up in a hurry.


Julian Krause (2025) 6’3 small forward, Christ the King High - Krause is a sharpshooter from the outside with a great 1 dribble pull up game. An improving defender with length, Krause is extremely coachable and has a great basketball IQ.


Josh Sarabhavanija (2024) 5’9 guard, Weehawken High - Sarabhavanija is a true scorer who is as shifty as they come. He can score the ball from anywhere on the court. An improving passer and decision maker, he is a knock down shooter catch and shoot and off the dribble.


Jaydon Koiner (2024) 6’0 guard, Seward Park High - A smooth operator who can score the ball from anywhere on the court. 3 level scorer who can rise over the top, and hit the consistent mid range jumper. Koiner can blow by any defender and will punish defenses for going under ball screens.


Wyatt Benson (2025) 6’3 small forward, Packer Collegiate High - Benson is the ultimate Glue Guy, willing defender at any position, exceptional offensive rebounder, and willing to do all of the dirty work and anything it takes to win!


Seven Dunlop (2025) 5’10 point guard, The Clinton School - Lights out from 3, if he has space, he is knocking it down. Confident ball handler who sees the floor well in transition and does not turn it over much. True point guard and leader. High gpa


Boubacar Balde (2025) 5’11 guard, Eagle Academy Harlem - Balde is an athletic, downhill guard who can blow by any defender and get to the rim. Excellent in transition with open space..Very good on ball defender.


DJ Coles (2025) 6’3 small forward, Murry Bergtraum High - Coles is a bruiser who can bully small guards inside and blow past forwards. Matchup problem for opposing teams and improving 3 point shooter.


Rashonne Houston (2024) 6’3 small forward, Albert Tuitt High - Houston is the best rebounder in the program, takes pride in his defense and doing the little things exceptionally well. Leads the program in charges taken.


KayKay Brunson (2024) 6’5 small forward, Broome Street High - Brunson is a bouncy and above the rim player who has a never-ending motor. 6’7 wingspan who will only get better as he gets in a weight room.


Daniel Reyes (2027) 5’11 guard, Cardinal Hayes - Reyes is playing up as a freshman and is not afraid of the moment, Reyes is a quick twitch guard who is very strong driving to his right hand, has a good pull-up game, and ready to defend at a very high level.


Josh Gaffin (2025/6) 5’11 guard, NYC Lab School for Collaborative Studies - Gaffin is a knockdown outside shooter who gets his shot up as quickly as anybody and scores the ball in bunches. Great decision maker with the ball in his hands and underrated on ball defender with quick hands. Very coachable and high work ethic. High gpa


Jadon Sarabhavanija (2026) 5’11 shooting guard, Weehawken High - Sarabhavanija is a lefty who can really shoot it from the outside with confidence and drive the ball to his left hand. The youngest of three brothers to come from the program, the sky is the limit for Sarabhavanija as he continues to get stronger.


Kev Mckinley (2026) 5’9 guard, East Harlem Scholars - Mckinley is an elite on ball defender who gives the opposing point guard fits from baseline to baseline. Mckinley does all the dirty work and is an improving decision maker with the ball in his hands.


Marc Verma Bonany (2024) 6’5 wing, The Clinton School - Verma-Bonany is elite shooter from 3 with 6’7 Wingspan and has only been playing basketball for two years. He is seeking basketball opportunities in Spain.


Justin Boutin (2024) 6’2 small forward, Winston Prep School - Boutin is a body bruiser who impacts games with his physicality. Big rebounder especially defensively who plays his tail off.


Orion Agee-Chandler (2026) 6’4 small forward, John Jay High - Agee-Chandler is a long athletic wing who is a slasher and can knock down the open 3 point shot. Very coachable with a high ceiling as he gets in the weight room.


Karon Petway (2025) 6’1 swing, Murry Bergtraum High - Petway is a great offensive rebounder and defender who makes winning plays. Very willing to play his role and makes a huge impact on the game on both sides of the ball when he is in.


Amarie Bynoe (2025/6) 6’7 forward, Murry Bergtraum High - Bynoe is the ultimate rim protector with his 6’10 wingspan affected and blocking all shots and rebounding on both sides of the floor. An improving finisher who is still learning how to use his body, Bynoe has a very high ceiling.

 

2024 Kings County Classic Top Performers

By David Cordova,


On Monday, May 20, the place to be was Thomas Jefferson Educational Campus in East New York, Brooklyn for the inaugural Kings County Classic, established by the Brooklyn-based NYC Prospects. In this event, players from the borough that played in the PSAL 4A division all came out to showcase their talent. Here are the standouts in the game.

 

Kevin Kearney 6-8, Forward, South Shore High School, Class of 2024 - A forward that has a lot of energy on the floor and is able to run up and down the court efficiently. Has the ability to use his wingspan to alter or block shots. Is very explosive and looks to throw down powerful dunks.

 

Scotty Lee 6-4, Shooting Guard, Boys & Girls High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to handle the ball and can distribute it to his teammates during crucial moments. Has a penchant for making explosive plays when going to the basket. Has the ability to shoot from the perimeter.

 

Mate Mamrishkivili 6-3, Shooting Guard, Abraham Lincoln High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to create for himself, as he is a high volume scorer on both ends of the floor. Is a player that has the ability to shoot from long range and is also able to drive to the basket easily. Has plenty of athleticism, as he can also throw down dunks.

 

Ajani Flemming 6-2, Shooting Guard, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to be a solid player on the court and is able to help his team in various ways. Is able to break by his defender and drive to the basket efficiently. Has a good midrange jumper, which he shoots when he has the opportunity.

 

Jeremiah “JoJo” Jacobs 6-8, Forward, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2025 - A forward that has the ability to hold his own in the front court at all times. Uses his length and physicality to dominate in the post area over smaller players. Is able to obtain rebounds and then run down court efficiently. Is great at scoring in the point.

 

Trevor Lewis 6-1, Shooting Guard, Thomas Jefferson High School Campus, Class of 2026 - A guard that has the ability to play tough defense and then use his quickness at the other end of the floor. When going to the basket, he is able to finish strong and can finish at the rim. Has the ability to get past the oppostion with his dribble. Is able to hit shots from three-point range.

 

Jah’da Swann 6-4, Shooting Guard, Thomas Jefferson High School Campus, Class of 2026 - A guard that has the ability to make his presence felt on both ends of the court. Has a penchant for obtaining blocked shots and also has the ability to obtain rebounds. Uses his athleticism, as he is able to finish at the rim for two.

 

Tyler Edore 6-8, Forward, Brooklyn Collegiate High School, Class of 2024 - A forward that is very versatile on both ends of the floor. Has a penchant for putting the ball on the floor and is ready to hit a jumper from the top of the key. Is able to power up when going up for a basket and is a good finisher.

 

Ethan Ostane Abraham Lincoln High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has plenty of size and has long hands that aid in him getting to the basket. Is able to use his length on the defensive end to obtain blocks and also rebounds. Has a nice shooting touch on the offensive end and is able to get to the basket with ease.

 

Amir Dockery 5-10, Point Guard, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2027 - A guard that has the ability to use his IQ and grit to his full advantage. Has a penchant for getting past the defense with his slick handle and can finish through traffic in the lane. Is able to find his teammates the they are open or are streaking towards the basket.

 

Tori Babs-Ogundeji 6-5, Forward, Brooklyn Collegiate High School, Class of 2024 - A forward with plenty of length and athleticism that can dominate in the post area. Has the ability to put the ball on the floor and can hit shots from the corner. Has a penchant for blocking shots from the defensive end and obtaining rebounds.

 

Connor Sprattley 6-0, Point Guard, Thomas Jefferson High School Campus, Class of 2025 - A guard that likes to control the tempo of the game to his liking and can attack the defense with reckless abandon. Is able to finish in transition whenever he’s looking to score. Has a nice jumpshot, which he uses especially if he is open.

 

 

 

2024 Nike EYBL Session 3 Standouts

By David Cordova,

 

On Saturday, May 18, we traveled to the Pacers Athletic Center out in Westfield, IN for Session 3 of the Nike EYBL Three programs from the New York City area, PSA Cardinals, New Heights Lightning and the New York Rens, plus upstate New York’s City Rocks and New England’s Expressions Elite we’re playing. This spring all five teams have been making their push towards the Nike EYBL Peach Jam, which is the national championship that takes place in mid-July in North Augusta, SC.


Here are the standouts from those teams at the event:


Keyshuan Tillery, 6-1, Point Guard, New Hampton School (NH), School, Albany City Rocks, , Class of 2025 - A guard that possesses cat-like quickness and has the ability to control the tempo of the offense when he’s on the floor. Is able to get past the defense with his speed and can get to the basket with ease. Is able to showcase his athleticism when the lane is open on offense.


Tahlan Pettway, 6-0, Point Guard, MacDuffie School (MA), Albany City Rocks, Class of 2025 - A guard that has great court awareness and is great at controlling the tempo for his team on the floor. Is quick and deceptive and is able to create for himself on the offensive end and is able to make shots on the perimeter. Is also willing to go crash the boards at all times.


Nasir Rodriguez, 6-4, Shooting Guard, Northfield Mount Hermon School (MA), New York Rens, Class of 2025 - A guard that has plenty of toughness and is able to hold his own on the court. Is able to use his physicality to box out for rebounds and is able to drive to the basket efficiently and finish strongly. Is able to make his presence felt on the floor with his toughness, which is key to his team.


Halon Rawlins 6-6, Forward, Nazareth High School, New York Rens, Class of 2025 - A forward that is able to put the ball on the floor and attack in transition. Has a penchant for using his physicality to obtain rebounds and is very fearless in crucial moments. Is a solid defednder that is great at sticking with his man on the floor.


Christian Jeffrey, 6-3, Shooting Guard, Mount Zion Academy (MD), New Heights Lightning, Class of 2025 - A guard that always looks to do his part on the offensive end for his team. Is good at pushing the ball up the court and distributing to his teammates at all times. Has a penchant for attacking the basket and finishing efficiently on the court.


Preston Fowler 6-8, Forward, Brewster Academy (NH), New Heights Lightning, Class of 2025 - A forward that is a huge asset to his team, as he is able to showcase his versatility while also being able to do post work on the offensive end. Has the ability to shoot from three-point range and can put the ball on the floor. Is known for his ability to box out in order to obtain rebounds.


Amari Evans 6-5, Shooting Guard, Overtime Elite, New Heights Lightning, Class of 2025 - A guard that is known for scoring in bunches and is always ready to attack when on the offensive end. Brings plenty of grit and tenacity to his team and it shows on the defensive end. Likes to drive to the basket and is a great finisher that also finds a way to get to the free-throw line.


Kayden Mingo 6-2, Shooting Guard, Long Island Lutheran High School, PSA Cardinals, Class of 2025 - A guard that has a penchant for making his presence felt on both ends of the court. When he has the ball in his hands, he is able to make certain decisions and can create for himself when he has the ball in his hands. Has a nice shooting touch from three-point range and can also drive to the basket and finish efficiently.


Darius Adams 6-5, Shooting Guard, La Lumiere School (IN), PSA Cardinals, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to make his presence felt on the court and is able to be a force on the offensive end. Is able to get past his an ad is able to break through defenses and finish at the basket with strength. Is able to hustle his way to the lane to obtain rebounds.


London Jemison 6-8, Forward, St. Thomas More School, Expressions Elite, Class of 2025 - A forward that is able to make slick moves and find ways to get open. Has a nice shooting touch from three-point range and is able to move around on the court. Is able to drive to the basket and can finish efficiently when going up to score and can showcase his athleticism by throwing down powerful dunks.


Jaylen Harrell, 6-6, Shooting Guard, C.A.T.S Academy (MA), Expressions Elite, Class of 2025 - A guard that is very skilled and knows how to get his shot off efficiently. Has great footwork and is able to hold his own with certain moves on the perimeter and has the ability to shoot off of a fadeaway. Is able to move around off the ball and get open so that he can shoot from log range. Uses his physicality to absorb contact and finish efficiently.


Dwayne Aristode, 6-7, Forward, Brewster Academy (NH), Expressions Elite, Class of 2025 - A forward that has a penchant for showcasing his athleticism and has a long wingspan that aids him in obtaining rebounds. Has a nice shooting touch from the mid-range area or three-point range. Has the ability to drive to the basket and can finish in a solid manner when it comes to making a contested layup.

 

 

Coach Naclerio’s Underrecruited 2024s

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The 2024 pre-occupation of college coaches with scouting the upperclassman transfer portal has left many worthy class of 2024 high schoolers under-scouted and underrecruited. On May 20, a RecruitTheBronx.com editor caught a social media comment from NYC PSAL’s winningest coach Ron Naclerio saying that college coaches are “missing the boat on 10-15” NYC student athletes in the class of 2024. I.e., these players are clearly scholarship level players, but are still unsigned as of this late date.

 

Given Coach Naclerio’s length of tenure and success, we felt that it would be worthwhile for the college scout community to hear his opinion, so we reached out to him to give us those names. He came back to us with seventeen prospects that we have profiled below.

 

For some added context, Coach Naclerio started coaching in 1981. By 2011, he broke the record of wins by a PSAL coach when he reached 723. During this time, he won city titles and has coached future pros such as Duane Causwell, James Southerland, Rafer Alston and Royal Ivey.

 

Coach Naclerio’s current 17 unsigned, but scholarship worthy PSAL 2024’s are as follows: (Click on their names to pull up their profiles.)


Jordin Walker 5’11 guard, Benjamin Cardozo High, plays AAU with Spartan Elite


Chris Judge 6’0 guard, John Bowne High, plays AAU with Heat Elite


Darnell “Bam” Childs 5’11 point guard, High School of Construction


Qoshae Roberts 6’3 guard, August Martin High


John Harrington 6’3 guard, Eagle Academy (Bronx), plays AAU with NJ Panthers (committed to Marshaltown Community College) 


Daye Kaba 6’6 guard, Eagle Academy (Bronx), plays AAU with New Heights


Hassan Al-Jallow 6’8 forward, Monroe High, playing IS8 ball


Ahmed Cisse 6’4 guard, Adlai Stevenson High, plays AAU with 6th Boro Hoops


Tristan Burth 6’8 forward, Adlai Stevenson High, plays AAU with NY Gauchos


Jahmire Brewer 6’7 wing, South Shore High, plays AAU with 114 All Stars.


Kevin Kearney South Shore High. Recently committed to St Joseph’s University.


Scotty Lee 6’5 shooting guard, Boys and Girls High, plays AAU with PVO Elite.


Tyler Edore 6’8 small forward, Brooklyn Collegiate, plays AAU with CM3 Elite.


Toribola Babs-Ogundeji 6’5 small forward, Brooklyn Collegiate, plays AAU with CM3 Elite.


Jakai Sanders 6’3 point guard, Eagle Academy (Brooklyn), plays AAU with New Heights Lightning. Recently committed to Siena College.

 

Nowah Hargrove 6’2 shooting guard, Clinton High, plays AAU with Rens United. Recently committed to a post grad year at Upper Room Christian School.

 

Ashton Reynolds 6’4 guard, Transit Tech High, plays AAU with CM3 Elite

 

 

2024 IS8 Playoffs - First Round Top Performers

By David Cordova,


On Wednesday night, May 15, the place to be was Intermediate School 8 in Jamaica, Queens for the start of the playoffs at IS8, one of New York City’s most prestigious tournaments. In both first-round games, there were some talented players on the court and the games were super-competitive. In the first game, there would be a matchup between The Bronx-based Road To Riches and the Gus Williams All-Stars (comprised of players from the Mount Vernon High School varsity basketball team) and in the second game, there was a matchup between Rundown and Tribe Stars. In the end, it would be Road To Riches and Rundown, who would advance to the next round. Here are the standouts from both of the first-round games:


Tavien Tyler 5-6, Point Guard, Mount Vernon High School, Gus Williams All-Stars, Class of 2025 - A guard that has a penchant for using his speed to his advantage the on the fast break. Is know for going to the basket with ease and is a solid finisher. Is fearless when it comes to going to the hole and is able to get to the free-throw line. Has the ability to make pull-up jumpers from the top of the key.


Kai Harvey 5-6, Point Guard, Mount Vernon High School, Gus Williams All-Stars, Class of 2025 -A guard that is a great defender and is able to stick with his man, as well as going for loose balls. Is a great distributor that will find his teammates In the right positions so that they can score. Is able to slice and dice his way to the basket and is able to finish strong.


Nathaniel Edwards 6-2, Shooting Guard, Mount Vernon High School, Gus Williams All-Stars, Class of 2024 - A guard that is very strong and is able to hold his own on the court with his versatility. Is able to drive to the basket and is a great finisher at the rim. Is able to crash the boards for rebounds and is able to showcase his versatility by putting the ball on the floor and creating for himself off the dribble.


Dwight Findlay 6-4, Forward, Mount Vernon High School, Gus Williams All-Stars, Class of 2025 - A forward that is a dominant presence on the court and finds plenty of ways to be active for his team. Is able to outmuscle others and is able to use his physicality when going up for two in the paint area. Is able to step out and shoot from three-point range.


Solomon Ominu 6-8, Forward, Our Saviour Lutheran High School, Road To Riches, Class of 2024 - A forward that is very strong and is able to dominate in the post area. Is a force for his team in the paint area on both ends of the court and can obtain rebounds and go up for two. Is able to put the ball on the floor and can drive to the basket.


Hassan Kouriessi 6-5, Shooting Guard, Archbishop Stepinac High School, Road To Riches, Class of 2026 -A guard that has a penchant for setting up the offense and trying to find his teammates on the offensive end. Is able to get past the opposition and looks to hit floaters over his opponents’ outstretched hands and can shoot from long range. Always trusts his instincts and knows when to take a shot or when not to shoot.


Adam Nije, Jr 6-2, Point Guard, Cardinal Hayes High School, Road To Riches, Class of 2024 (Iona University commit) - A guard that has the ability to take over the game when he has the ball his hands. Is able to find his teammates when the opportunity presents itself and is able to use his craftiness to his advantage. Is known for making acrobatic plays the going up for a layup ad is able to finish at the basket consistently.


Tai Turnage 6-0, Point Guard, St. Raymond High School, Rundown, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to hold his own the court, as he is able to control his team’s tempo. Is able to see where his teammates are moving, so that he can give them the ball and put them in position to score. Knows when to drive to the basket or when to shoot from outside the arc.


Halon Rawlins 6-6, Forward, Nazareth High School, Rundown, Class of 2025 - A forward that has the ability to make his presence felt on the floor with his toughness and his ability to hold his own in the front court. Knows when to drive to the basket & also when to kick out the ball to his teammates. Has a penchant for getting out to the corner and hitting three-pointers. Is able to attack the glass and obtain rebounds.


Kaelen Destin 6-1, Shooting Guard, Cardinal Hayes High School, Rundown, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to make his presence felt on the floor with his scoring. Is a guard that makes great plays and finds ways to get open on the perimeter. Has a penchant for getting past defenders with a quick first step and is known for also hitting jumpers in the lane.


Elijah Dias 6-4, Forward, Eagle Academy III, Tribe Starz, Class of 2024 - A forward that is able to hold his own in the post area. Has a lot of strength, which aids him in obtaining rebounds and boxing out the opposition. When going up to score, he is able to power up and absorb contact and finish efficiently.


Ethan Ostane 6-3, Shooting Guard, Abraham Lincoln High School, Tribe Starz, 2025 - A guard that has the ability to be a playmaker on the floor and is able to be active in many ways. Is always chasing after loose balls and is fearless when going to the basket. Has the ability to move around off the ball and kids ways to get open, which enables him to be open on the wing, so that he can get his shot off.

 

2024 Boys2Men Player Profiles

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Long Island’s Boys2Men (NY) is an AAU program providing high school athletes with the knowledge and skills to advance beyond the borders of the basketball court. Established in 2016 by Adurramahn Kareem, LI Boys2Men has grown to support players across Long Island and surrounding areas from grades 8th-12th under current program director George Holmes.


College prospects in the 2024 Boys2Men program are as below. (Clicking on the player’s name pulls up their profile):

 

Fabian Wheatley (2024) 6’0 point guard, The Knox School - Wheatley is a tough, quick and explosive point guard.


Isaiah Gilliam (2024) 6’2 guard, Patchogue-Medford High - Gilliam is a slick lefty with big play ability. 3.4 gpa


Bryce Wejuli (2024) 6’5 wing, North Babylon High - Wejuli is a 3D prototype player with great upside. 3.1 gpa


Reggie Pierre (2024) 6’6 forward, The Knox School - Pierre has a high motor with a relentless mindset. He is a superior athlete & dunking machine.


Mazin Ibrahem (2025) 6’3 guard, East Meadow High - Ibrahem is a high IQ basketball player with great shooting ability. 3.5 gpa


Yassen Shaker (2025) 6’3 combo guard, Syosset High - Shaker is a match up problem. A skillful and crafty player with the ability to play positions 1-4. 3.5 gpa


Anas Rezk (2025) 6’4 wing, Darrow School - Rezk is a mid-major talent. He is a smooth and smart player who gets the job done on both ends. 3.3 gpa


Bryan Saleh (2025) 6’4 wing, Springfield Commonwealth Academy (MA) - Saleh has great length and shooting ability. 3.8 gpa


Nadon Dean (2025) 6’2 guard, Bishop Loughlin High - Dean is a versatile combo guard. He can defend multiple positions and take advantage of the matchups on either end of the floor.


Craig O’Neill (2026) 6’1 guard, Smithtown East High - O’Neill is a crafty lefty guard who loves to compete on both ends of the floor. He has proved to be an efficient three level scorer.


Dell Nance (2026) 6’4 guard, The Knox School - Nance is hard to guard with his size & scoring ability. He has a great feel for the game.


Juan Cruz (2026) 6’1 guard, Westbury High - Cruz is a tough, competitive, high motored guard.


Jack Lanyo (2026) 6’3 guard, St. Anthony’s High - Lanyo is a sniper from 3pt range. He has the length, athleticism & natural talent for a bright future.

 

2024 Hoops Showdown Top Performers

By David Cordova,


On Saturday afternoon, May 11, we were at the Bronx River Community Center for the annual Hoops Showdown event in which some of the city’s finest players came to play in three games. They were competitively played. When it was all said and done, it was Team Rundown who emerged victorious and won this year’s event. Here are some of the standouts from the event:


Darnell Childs 5-11, Point Guard, High School for Construction, Debo All-Stars, Class of 2024 - A guard that is shifty and is a solid playmaker. Has a quick first step and is always ready to drive to the basket. While driving to the hole, he is able to absorb contact and is a solid finisher. Is a good distributor to an open teammate are anyone trying to get to the hole.


Don Colon-Lewis 6-6, Forward, Moravian Prep School (NC), Debo All-Stars, Class of 2024 - A forward that has the ability to make his presence felt with his ability to put the ball on the floor and outwork the opposition. Is able to muscle his way to the basket and can obtain rebounds at a fast rate. Has a penchant for shooting from outside the arc, especially when open.


Victor Lyle 6-2, Shooting Guard, Albert Tuitt Educational Campus, Debo All-Stars, Class of 2024 -A guard that has a penchant for showcasing his quickness on the open floor during the fast break. Has plenty of discipline when it comes to taking shots from long range. Is able to break down his opponent off the dribble and drive to the basket to score, where he finishes efficiently.


Adam Njie Jr. 6-2, Point Guard, Cardinal Hayes High School, Road To Riches, Class of 2024 (Iona University commit) -A guard that has the ability to create for himself and is able to take over the game with his penchant for playmaking and scoring. Is able to slice and dice past defenders and finish at the basket. When the opportunity presents itself, he is able to distribute the ball to his teammates and make sure that they pass the ball.


Karifala Conde 6-3, Shooting Guard, James Monroe Educational Campus, Road To Riches, Class of 2025 - A guard that has a penchant to use his strength on both ends of the court. Has the ability to play bully ball and muscle his way to the basket when going up to score. Has a penchant for outworking the opposition to obtain rebounds and speeds down court for a basket.


Solomon Ominu 6-7, Forward, Our Saviour Lutheran High School, Road To Riches, Class of 2024 (Pacific University commit) - A forward that is a dominant presence on the floor and is able to run down the floor well and attack the glass when it goes to rebounds. Has the ability to throw down thunderous dunks and is able to use his physicality when in the paint area. Has great hands, which aid him on the defensive end.


Tai Turnage 6-0, Point Guard, St. Raymond High School, Rundown, Class of 2025 - A guard that has a penchant for using his speed to his advantage on the court. Is great at setting up teammates for baskets and can drive to the basket when in transition. Has the ability to absorb contact and get to the free-throw line.


Kamari Whyte 6-4, Shooting Guard, St. Raymond High School, Rundown, Class of 2026 - A guard that is known for scoring in bunches and is able to have a huge impact when he’s on the floor. Is a player with a quick first step and great movement that enables him to get to the basket with ease. Has a nice shooting touch from three-point range.


Braylan Ritvo 6-7, Forward, Archbishop Stepinac High School, Rundown, Class of 2024 (Quinnipiac University commit)- A forward with a long wingspan that has plenty of versatility in his game. Is able to put the ball on the floor and has plenty of explosion in his game, as he is able to power up for dunks. Is always alert for rebounds, as he is great at boxing out the opposition when the ball goes up.


Jacob Moreno 6-3, Shooting Guard, Holy Cross High School, GTA, Class of 2024 (Dominican College commit)- A guard that has plenty of size and length and is able to have court awareness regarding everything that’s going on when play is going on. Is able to drive to the basket with ease and is a great finisher when going to the rim. Has the ability to shoot from the perimeter and from long range.


Vere Anthony 6-0, Point Guard, St. Francis Preparatory High School, GTA, Class of 2025 - A guard that is known for getting everybody involved when he’s on the court. Is able to be a consistent playmaker, as he is always hitting the open man and loves to run on the fast break. Has a penchant for slowing down the tempo of the game whenever he’s on the floor.

 

2024 Academic Basketball Club 17u Player Profiles

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The Academic Basketball Club is a Fairfield (CT) and Westchester (NY) County grassroots program focused on working with student athletes with a minimum gpa of 3.0. The program has earned renown for its impressive consistently high level of placement of its layers into top academic universities. ABC plays in tournaments throughout the Northeast, encourages its players to attend selected camps at the top academic universities and then plays as a Team at the Academic Basketball Camps at Babson College (MA) in and Pomona College (CA) in June.


The program was founded by Harvey Rubin. He and his long term coaching partner, Paul Krumins each run teams each spring, including a “National” team that pulls student athletes in from across the nation. Below are the players:

 

2024 Academic Basketball Club - Rubin


Kenny Mao (2025) 6’1 point guard, Post Grad School TBD - 2024 graduate of Roselle Catholic High (NJ). 3.9 gpa 1350 SAT


Zachary Zazula (2024) 6’6 wing, Greenwich High (CT) - 3.0 gpa


Will Dignan (2025) 6’1 guard, Brewster High - 3.9 gpa


Jordan Cohen-Mintz (2025) 6’5 wing, The Heschel School - 3.9 gpa 1560 SAT


Preston Neuenhaus (2025) 6’8 wing, Saddle River High (NJ) - 3.9 gpa


Jonas Wyman (2025) 6’0 point guard, Syosset High - 4.0 gpa 1440 SAT


Colin Finnerty (2027) 6’2 shooting guard, New Canaan High (CT) - 4.0 gpa


Thibaud Rubin (2025) 6’3 shooting guard, Fairfield Prep (CT) - 3.9 gpa


Henry Chandra (2026) 6’4 wing, New Canaan High (CT) - 3.9 gpa


George Pittman Alley (2025) 5’10 guard, Williston Northampton School (MA) - Alley can shoot the three ball well. He plays extremely hard and takes charges. 4.0 gpa 1360 SAT

 


2024 Academic Basketball Club - Krumins


Jack Nally (2026) 6’6 wing, Greens Farms Academy (CT) - Nally is a long, athletic wing that can shoot from beyond the arc and attack the basket from multiple angles. He competes on both ends of the floor and never backs down from a challenge. His defensive toughness and defensive prowess are impressive for his size. His jumping ability helps him protect the rim while also cleaning up on the glass at both ends of the floor. Loves the game and the grind. 3.9 gpa


Jackson Doyle (2025) 6’3 point guard, Foran High (CT) - Doyle is a smart and sound player with a good handle who shoots at a high level. He can create off the dribble or off the catch. With his quick release, he can get off shots over defenders. He hunts his shot when off the ball, and scores a lot of catch and shoot threes. Doyle has a good floater game off the dribble that can burn overly aggressive close outs against his jump shooting. He also gets into the paint and finds teammates. 4.5 gpa


Nico Lubas (2026) 6’3 wing, Stratford High (CT) - Lubas possesses excellent size and excels in running the floor with really good athleticism. He demonstrates versatility on offense and thrives without constant ball-handling responsibilities. With a smooth and quick release, he excels in pick-and-pop situations as the screener. He effectively drives to the basket and finishes well. He showcases a high shooting percentage in catch-and-shoot situations and is a strong offensive rebounder. 3.5 gpa


Gavin Mertz (2027) 6’5 point guard, Fairfield Ludlowe High (CT) - 4.5 gpa

 

Caden Quigley (2026) 6’3 shooting guard, Fairfield Warde High (CT) - 4.3 gpa

 

Cameron Upchurch (2025) 6’1 point guard, Jonathon Law High (CT) - 4.6 gpa


Scottie Conopask (2025) 6’4 shooting guard, Greens Farms Academy (CT) - A dynamic guard who can score in multiple ways. With a lightning-quick release, he’s a constant threat beyond the arc, and his off-the-dribble step-back adds versatility. Tenacious attacking at the rim and with several counter moves, he is a multifaceted scorer. Defensively, he is a fierce competitor and has the versatility guard multiple positions. A well-rounded player, and his positive demeanor and attitude contribute to a cohesive environment. 3.8 gpa

 

Tylor Bonaventura (2026) 6’0 guard, Stratford High (CT) - 3.9 gpa


Charlie Mahoney (2025) 6’5 wing, Fairfield Ludlowe High (CT) - 3.9 gpa

 


2024 Academic Basketball Team - National


Blake Sosnowitz (2025) 5’11 point guard, Phoenix Country Day School (AZ) - 3.9 gpa


Josh Wallace (2025) 6’0 point guard, Weston High (CT) - Wallace possesses exceptional speed and quickness that allows him to relentlessly attack the basket. He is also a strong shooter who is equally effective at shooting off the dribble or catch and shoot. Defensively he is a ball hawk who excels at shooting the gaps in passing lanes for easy transition layups. Growing into a strong guard who is adept as a scorer or playmaker for teammates. 2023-24 All Southwest Conference Team. 3.9 gpa

 

Andrew Kibel (2025) 5’10 point guard, Perkiomen School (PA) - Kibel is a high school graduate from the academically-famous Bronx School of Science and is going into a PG year at Perkioman. His strengths are his quickness, ball handling and getting to the basket and kicking the ball out to create opportunities for his teammates
He is also good at long range three point shooting. 4.8 gpa, 11 APs with all 5s, 36 ACT.

 


Charlie Rimon (2024) 6’2 guard, St Thomas More (PG) - 3.5 gpa

 

Sherwin Simmons (2025) 6’2 guard, Dunedin Academy (FL) - 3.9 gpa

 

Clyde Love (2025) 6’2 shooting guard, Colorado Academy - 4.0 gpa

 

River Hamm (2025) 6’0 guard, Colorado Academy - 3.8 gpa


Bones Mims (2025)6’0 shooting guard, Landon School (MD) - 4.0 gpa

 

Ryan Moore (2025) 6’2 shooting guard, Fairfield Warde (CT) - 3.5 gpa

 

Davis Currie (2025) 6’5 wing, Casady School (OK) - Currie plays a key role as a shooter. He also uses his length to be impactful on both ends of the court. He is great at getting the details right to ensure success for his team. 3.9 gpa

 

Griffin Taber (2025) 6’4 wing, St Andrews School (RI) - Hails from Dallas, TX and is now a post grad at the NEPSAC AA school. An outstanding shooter! Has deep range and ability to put ball on the floor. Versatile defender that can guard the 1-4.  High motor/energy. Solid rebounder on both ends, and is a playmaker for his teammates. High basketball IQ. 3.9 gpa

 

Gur Dhillon (2025) 6’7 power forward, Brewster Academy (PG) - Dhillon is from Texas where he was ranked as the #16th power forward in Texas according to PrepHoops.com. Dhillon is a unique player as he is very versatile with his back to the basket and can score with his footwork or be a playmaker. Dhillon had received 1st team All-District and Newcomer of the Year in his senior year playing for TCA. Dhillon had received 18 offers from small college programs. He is currently trying to play at a higher level. 3.2 gpa

 

Jack Van Amburg (2026) 6’0 point guard, Catalina Foothills (AZ) - 3.7 gpa

 

Sam Spencer (2026) 5’11 point guard, The Potomac School (VA) - 3.9 gpa

 

Nolan Weathers (2026) 6’1 guard, Riverdale Country School NYC - 3.8 gpa

 

Finland Bradford (2026) 6’2 shooting guard, Denver School of Science & Technology (CO) - 4.0 gpa

 

Cyrus Hutchison (2026) small forward, Brewster Academy (NH) - Hutchison is three-time All-League and All-Conference for The Meadows School (Las Vegas). Earned conference MVP and 2nd team All State last season. Led his school to a 68-17 overall record, 42-2 in league, two state title appearances, and one victory over the last three years. Hutchison tallied over 1100 career points, stuffing the stat sheet last year with 535 pts, 78 steals, 103 assists, and 141 rebounds. Hutchison is a versatile player and strong athlete who can score from all levels, facilitate, and defend 1 through 4. 3.2 gpa


Jeremiah Trimm (2026) 6’4 small forward, George Washington High (CO) - 3.2 gpa

 

Leland McLaughlin (2026) 6’4 forward, Marin Catholic High (CA) - McLaughlin is rehabbing an injury that will keep him out of the summer events. He is best at shooting the three. But can handle the ball and get to the basket when needed. He also can post up due to his size and get a bucket in the paint. With his size, McLaughlin also can guard bigs and other wings.This link is to his highlights for the 2023-24 season.

 

 

IS8 2024 Team Long Island

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Team Long Island is a completely sponsored team designed to showcase Long Island’s best basketball players and show the basketball community that Long Island’s best can play with anybody. They qualified for their 14th straight IS8 Playoffs this spring and have advanced to two Final Fours and one Championship Game. 10 former Team Long Island players were on D1 rosters this past season and the program has had two New York State Mr. Basketball award winners and over 40 All New York State players over the years.


IS8 Playoffs roster Spring 2024:


                 
Dev Anne (2025) 6’5 Jericho High - All-New York State, All-Long Island, All-Section 8, a Team Long Island returning player


Jorden Bennett (2025) 6’6 Westhampton High - All-New York State, All-Long Island, All-Section 11


Isaiah Blunt (2025) 6’4 West Hempstead High - All-New York State, All-Long Island, All-Section 8

 

Devin Clarke (2026) 6’8 Brentwood High - All-Long Island Sophomore, Section 11 League 1 Rookie of the Year, a Team Long Island returning player

                                     
Osage Ekhator (2024) 6’5 Elmont High - All-Long Island, All-Section 8, All-Tournament Team - NYSPHSAA Class AA State Championships


Saige Frisco (2024) 5’11 Valley Stream Central High - All-Section 8, Long Island Basketball Honor Roll


Dominic Obukwelu (2025) 6’3 Valley Stream North - All-New York State, All-Long Island, All Section 8, Section 8 Conference A6 Player of the Year  

         
Jordan Tucker (2024) 6’3 Sewanhaka High - All-New York State, All-Long Island, All Section 8  

         
Joey Mammolito 6’1 (2025) John Glenn High - All-New York State, All-Long Island, All Section 11, Section 11 League 5 Player of the Year


Jason Mascia 6’1 (2026) John Glenn High - All-Long Island Sophomore, Section 11 All-League # 5


Cassius Moore (2024) 5’10 Elmont High - First Team All-New York State, Fist Team All-Long Island, MVP NYSPHSA Class AA State Championship Tournament, Section 8 Conference AA4 Player of the Year,  Ranked 6th on Long Island with 68 three-pointers made, a Team Long Island returning player.


Chase Timberlake (2025) 6’0 Baldwin High - All-New York State, First Team All-Long Island, All Section 8,


Naevon Williams (2025) 6’2 Southampton High - All-New York State, All-Long Island, All-Section 11, Section 11 League 6 Player of the Year, a Team Long Island returning player.


Head Coach: Roheen Oates, former All-NYC player, College All-American, and overseas pro.

 

Program Director: Theodore Thomas, Editor of LongIslandBasketball.com

 

2024 Select Hoops 16u Player Profiles

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Select Hoops is a new and up and coming grassroots program located in Queens with players being from all across the five boroughs and upstate. Their players are being recruited by multiple D3 and D2 schools. The program is founded by Kew Forest School Boys Varsity Coach, Noah Griffith. The goal is to create an atmosphere of growth, competitiveness, accountability, and structure for all of their student-athletes.


The 16u team is coached by TBD. The teams will be competing this spring and summer in the ZGXL circuit, Hoop Group and Zero Gravity tournaments.

 

                    2024 Select Hoops 16u roster:

 

JQ Febres (2026) 5’11 point guard - A floor general


Dempsey Gonya (2026) 6’3 guard - Shooter


Tachel Compton (2026) 5’9 guard, Bay Ridge Preparatory School - An efficient shooter from anywhere. 3.9 gpa

 

Jayden Thomas (2026) 6’3 wing, East Harlem Pride - Super Athletic, runs the floor well, rebounds and defends at a high level.



Diafarou Diakahby (2026) 6’4 wing - Diakahby defends well, uses his length & body well. Offensively has a smooth game.

 

                             

                              2024 Select Hoops 16u roster:

2024 Mt Vernon Elite 17u Player Profiles

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The Mount Vernon Elite program was created by the Boys & Girls Club of Mount Vernon. Entrusted with their code of conduct and principles, The Mount Vernon Elite has branched off into a separate entity. The Mount Vernon Elite program has flourish beyond expectations. The Mount Vernon Elite basketball program offers the youth in New York the highest quality athletic programming, academic support, enrichment, and opportunities for lifelong success. Their goal is to produce athletes who can play basketball at the highest competitive levels, and to cultivate strong students to be well-rounded citizens.

 

Their 2024 17u team is coached by Kenny Tyler, assistant varsity coach at Mt Vernon High, and his roster is as below.

 


Tavien Tyler (2025) 5’6 point guard, Mt Vernon High - Super quick point guard that you might miss if you blink. Always plays much bigger than he is. He can really score the ball with ease because it’s impossible to stay in front of him and when you back up he knocks down the 3 ball with ease. He’s an excellent on ball defender and whenever you think you have him outsized somehow he finds a way to make you commit an offensive foul. He seems to be the leader of this team just as he was the leader of his high school team. Hopefully college coaches don’t overlook this kid like they did his brother Demetre Roberts because they are truly the definition of heart over height.


William Robinson (2025) 5’10 point guard, Mt Vernon High - Crafty guard who likes to mix it up in the paint from time to time. However, we have noticed that he has a silky smooth jump shot as he shoots the 3 ball really well. One of his best attributes is that he annoys any ball handler with his pesky defense. According to his coaches he’s been a gym rat since the season ended and he said he wants to bring a state chip back to his high school and play a major role in it.

 

Kai Harvey (2025) 5’6 point guard, Mt Vernon High - Tremendous ball handling ability and he loves to show it when he gets the opportunity. His craftiness with the ball allows him to set his teammates up with ease, and if you dare to take your eye off of him he’s ready to knock down any shot. Loves to pick up his defender full court and never leave him alone. According to his coaches he’s a lovable kid that tries his best to keep his whole team together at all times.


Dayshawn Staggers (2025) 6’1 guard, Mt Vernon High - At first sight you look at him and you would easily think he was running back, as he looks the part. When he plays he definitely show his strength as he’s not afraid to rebound and then push the ball. Loves to get into the paint and finish through contact. Watching him play its almost like he looks forward to someone attempting to hit him. On defense we’ve seen him take charges and guard almost every position. He’s a work horse and you can definitely see it when he out there.


Hadi Adeyi (2025) 6’6 small forward, Mt Vernon High - If you’re looking to see what god-like athletic ability looks like, then look no further. He’s a high flyer who is always looking to take off, and when you think that’s his only attribute here comes a 3 ball, then a mid-range. We have also seen him rebound a push the tempo of the game with some ball handling ability. We haven’t seen much of him but hopefully we will be able to get a closer look really soon.


Timoni Clarke (2025) guard, Mt Vernon High - Loves to attack the basket tenaciously. We’ve watched him get into the paint with ease and he doesn’t waste time getting airborne so that he can finish. He has some sneaky athletic ability as we have seen him hound the ball handler, block shots, and rebound without seeming to be tired or slowing down. We can’t wait to see more of him as time goes along.


Josh Thompson (2025) 6’4 guard, Mt St Michael’s Academy - A ball player with a high IQ. He loves to keep the defense guessing as to what he going to do. We have seen him fill the stat sheet on both ends of the floor. He’s guarded every position on the floor and did it with ease. He seems to be the guy on this team that’s ready to give them whatever they need when they need it. He is definitely this teams Swiss Army knife. We are looking forward to seeing more of him this spring and summer!


Kamrin Kendall (2025) 6’5 wing, Harry S. Truman High School - He passes the eye test for sure. He’s looks like a ball player and when he’s in uniform you can tell that he’s an athlete. He has the ability to sprint the floor with ease and when he’s running, he catches well and finishes well. We have also seen him hit the corner three frequently. For this team he plays big, and he rebounds in traffic very well. We can’t wait to see more of him.


Hardy Jimbes (2025) 6’6 wing, Cardinal Spellman High School - Very lanky kid who plays really big for this team. He is their rim protector, and he does it well because he gets off the floor quick and he gets up high. When he’s on offense he makes sure he reminds his teammates that he has a soft touch because when the get it to him he loves to turn and face the rim. We have watched him grow every week and according to his coaches he is a gym rat.


Joel Dalmasi (2025) 6’1 small forard, Alexander Hamilton High - Another player on this team with a high IQ. He’s not very big for his position, but for some reason he’s always in the right spot to grab a board, which tends to work in his favor on offense because he’s able to get some easy put backs. We have seen him make a lot of the right plays for his teammates and we are definitely looking forward to seeing what else he has in his arsenal.


Dave Golson (2024) 6’4 small forward, The Promise Academy - Golson seems to be very athletic as he’s gets really high when he’s rebounding or attempting to block a shot. Another player who plays big for this team and it doesn’t seem like he minds at all. We haven’t seen to much of him but from what we saw he’s not afraid to mix it up in the paint and he runs the floor well.


Quentin Carlos (2025) 6’5 wing, Our Savior Lutheran - Crafty wing player who can get to the basket with ease. Seems to love to push the ball off of rebounds. We haven’t seen too much of him with this team, but it seems like he has a lot to offer, and we are looking forward to following him through his journey.

 

 

2024 Lightning Amateur Basketball Club Defenders 17u Player Profiles

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The Lightning Amateur Basketball Club in its second year of existence playing on the UA Circuit led by its Director Artie Cox. Cox is a well known coach in the NYC area coaching many years in the CHSAA at Christ the King and Monsignor McClancy. He also has many years coaching AAU basketball at a handful of teams like the NY Rens, Riverside, New Heights and Team Odom. LABC, after one year, already has a few alumni committed to play collegiate basketball. Qadir Martin (Div 1 Mercyhurst University) Tajae Jones (Siena College) Mike Spisto (Farmingdale State College) Jayden James (Pace University).


The 17u team is coached by Frank Abreu, a veteran head coach and assistant for many of Coach Cox’s programs. Coach Abreu is currently the freshman head coach at McClancy and assistant varsity coach. He is assisted by Emilio Martinez a veteran coach who assists Coach Abreu on the high school and AAU level. Their 2024 players’ profiles are as follows:

 

Anthony Simpson Jr. (2025) 5’10 guard, The Master’s School (CT) - Simpson has a high IQ, an efficient point guard who can hit the shot from three and in the mid-range. He is excellent at finding the open man when getting into the lane. Defensively he is a physical defender and makes opposing guards uncomfortable. He is the type of point guard every coach wants on his team. 3.0 gpa


Jahmire Brewer (2024) 6’8 forward, South Shore High - Leading rebounder of the PSAL. Brewer is skilled with a strong frame and length which enables him to work in the paint. He creates mismatches due to his ability to knock down the three. With his perimeter game improving, we see him being able to play as a face-up four-man or a five-man who can stretch the floor at the next level. Brewer was an all-league and all-state honorable mention. Division I and Division II schools are interested in the unsigned senior. 3.5 gpa


Malik Junious Fuller (2025) 5’11 guard, The Patrick School (NJ) - Fuller is a combo guard who is an excellent three-point shooter. Fuller is good at coming off of handoffs and pulling up in the mid-range. He attacks the basket with purpose and finishes well around the rim. He is a solid rebounder for his size and uses his quick hands to create deflections.


Oke Okrokoto (2024) 6’9 forward, Christ The King High - Okrokoto is a force holding down the paint on both ends of the floor. He is a great rebounder due to his size and nose for the ball. Oke is improving his outside shot to knock down shots from 15 feet. This unsigned senior has Division II interests. Okrokoto is an honor roll student. 3.5 gpa


Jordan Randolph (2025) 6’4 wing, Bridgeport Prep (CT) - Randolph has improved his perimeter shot and is now a consistent three-point shooter. When his shot is taken away, he uses his strength to finish over defenders. Randolph is a good rebounder for his position, and with his improved athleticism, he has become a good defender. 3.1 gpa


Hao Chen (2025) 6’5 small forward, St. Francis Prep - Chen is a high IQ player, with the ability to make the long-range shot. Defensively, he can guard multiple positions due to his strength and IQ. Chen is also not afraid to step in and take a charge. He is also a great passer for his position. Chen is a member of the math, science, and national honor societies. 3.9 gpa


Sebastian “Basti” Williams (2025) 6’4 guard, The Knox School - Williams has to be recognized as one of the best shooters in the state of New York. Improving his athleticism after his first year of prep school has taken his defense to the next level. Williams has also improved his ability to score off the dribble. Recently transferring to the Knox School, he will be coached by former Division I coach, Jared Grasso. 3.5 gpa


Patrick Rouse (2025) 6’7 forward, St. John’s Prep - Rouse is one of the most unknown prospects in the state. The 6’7 forward has a high upside due to his size, length, and athleticism. Rouse plays above the rim and can finish over defenders due to his strength. He can hit the three-point shot and it is becoming more consistent. Rouse is a good help defender because of his shot-blocking ability. The unknown prospect is a diamond in the rough and was an all-league player. 3.8 gpa


Keishawn Morris (2024) 6’2 guard, The Piney Woods School (MS) - Morris is a versatile wing who can score from all three levels. He has great athleticism and strength which allows him to finish through contact. A great on-ball defender who gives opposing guards fits when attempting to bring up the ball. Morris is a true competitor. 86 average


Tyler Vassell (2025) 6’6 small forward, Green Farms Academy (CT) - Vassell is the definition of a floor-spacing four-man. He is a solid interior defender and a good defensive rebounder. He has a soft touch around the rim and his shot-making ability from mid and long-range makes him a difficult matchup for opponents his size. Vassell was an All-NEPSAC Class C and All-FAA player. Has some interests from Division I and Division II schools. 3.0 gpa


Paul Coty IV (2025) 6’2 guard, Stony Brook School - Coty is a very physical player. His strength allows him to guard players that are bigger than him. He also uses his size and strength to attack the basket when being guarded by smaller guards. Coty is a hard worker. Enjoys sharing the ball and facilitating for the team.


Daniel Ogunleye (2025) 5’11 point guard, Epic South High - Ogunleye is at his best off the dribble where he can create for his teammates. He has an excellent mid-range and is capable of hitting the three-point shot. He is a good defender for his size and does not foul when guarding. His leadership will be a key part of the team’s success this spring. Ogunleye led his high school team to winning the city and state championships while taking home the state championship MVP award. 3.1 gpa

 

2024 Humble Development Open Runs Top Performers

By David Cordova,


On Friday night, May 3, we made a visit to Benjamin Banneker Academy in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn for the Humble Development Open Runs, in which many of talented players from throughout the City came out to play in an open gym setting and improve on their games while also playing competitively against other talented players. Here are the standouts from the open runs:


Daniel Ogunleye 5-10, Point Guard, Epic South High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that has plenty of quickness and loves to take on any challengers that comes in his midst. Is able to get past defenders and finish in traffic. Has the ability to shoot midrange jumpers from the perimeter. Has a penchant for distributing the ball to his teammates, especially if they’re open.


Shane Seymour 6-3, Shooting Guard, Boys & Girls High School, Class of 2027 - A guard that has plenty of strength and uses it to his advantage when it comes to driving to the basket. Is able to absorb contact when going up for two. Is able to hold his own when on the floor against the competition.


Scotty Lee 6-4, Shooting Guard, Boys & Girls High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to make his presence felt in many ways on the floor. Is able to attack in transition and is a player that is known for his shot selection, as he is prone to hitting mid-range jumpers on the court. Is able to challenge defenders by absorbing contact when going up into the lane for two points.


Keishawn Morris 6-2, Piney Woods School (MS), Class of 2024 - A guard that is quick and deceptive when he has the ball in his hands. Has a lot of finesse in his game, as he is able to crafty player that can create his shot. Is able to make shots from three-point range and also the midrange. Is able to drive to the hole and finish efficiently.


Tyler Francis 6-7, Forward, Hotchkiss School, Class of 2025 - A forward that has plenty of athleticism and is able to use his length to impact the game. Is a player that can drive to the hole and throw down furious dunks. Has the ability to obtain rebounds and then run on the fast break.


Isaiah Ross 5-7, Point Guard, Nazareth High School, Class of 2027 - A guard that is shifty and uses his size and quickness as an advantage, as he is able to get his teammates the ball in various moments. Is able to attack in transition and can get downcourt efficiently. Has plenty of awareness when patrolling his team and is a great decision maker.


Ashton Reynolds 6-5, Forward, Transit Tech High School, Class of 2024 - A forward that is able to hold his own on both ends of the court. Knows how to absorb contact when driving to the basket and is able to use his athleticism to his advantage when going to the rim. Has a penchant for grabbing rebounds and then exploding onto the fast break.


Jahmire Brewer 6-6, Forward, South Shore High School, Class of 2024 - A forward that has plenty of skill and versatility when on the floor. Is able to put the ball on the floor and is able to outwork the opposition on the floor. Has a nice shooting touch and can also drive to the basket, where he is a good finisher.


Jadyn Wilson 6-6, Forward, Transit Tech High School, Class of 2024 - A forward that is mobile and has great footwork when on the floor. Is able to post up on the opposition and is able to muscle his way to the post and can finish in the paint. Has a nice shooting touch when on the perimeter and is able to hold his own when it comes to rebounding.


Ajani Fleming 6-2, Shooting Guard, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2024 - A guard that is known as a true competitor on the floor and is able to make his presence felt on both ends. Is a great defender that will stick with his man and looks to obtain steals. Has a nice shooting touch and likes to shoot three-pointers.


Brian Castillo 5-11, Shooting Guard, Graphic Arts Educational Campus, Class of 2025 - A guard that is very shifty and is able to be a solid playmaker on the court. Is able to get steals and likes to run in the fast break and drive to the basket to score. Has a nice shooting touch from three and has a penchant for shooting pull-up jumpers.

 

2024 Level UP LI 16u Player Profiles

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Level Up LI is in its seventh year and is one of the fastest growing youth travel AAU basketball programs in the tri-state NY area. Their mission is to create the top travel basketball teams focusing heavily on individual and team development for their players both on and off the basketball court. The primary focus is to help their players reach their full potential. All of their coaches and trainers excelled at the college level as players or coaches. Jesse Winter is the program’s President.


The Level Up LI is running two 16u teams this season.

 

                      (Clicking on the player’s name pulls up their profile):

 


The Level Up LI-Callender team is coached by Nikko Callender, and his players are as follows.

 

Ryan Schmitt (2026) 6’5 small forward, South Side High - Schmitt is an athletic wing/4 man that is an aggressive rebounder and thrives in transition. He plays great from the foul line area and is a good shot blocker. His perimeter game is developing nicely he could mature to a low D1 player with improved growth of perimeter game but would be a great D2 player as is.

 

Christian Frey (2026) 5’10 point guard, Mineola High - Frey is a fast athlete that thrives in transition, gets out in passing lanes and runs the wing well. He anticipates well in the press and is a very good shooter. Frey plays great within the system, but needs to become a better ball handler to transition to pg at a D3 level, but is athletic enough to play a D3 wing.

 

Amari Desir (2026) 5’10 point guard, Long Island Lutheran Regional - Desir is a knockdown shooter that is adjusting to the transition of making plays as a point guard. He is a capable defender when engaged. Very aggressive offensively and is always available when it comes to games and practice. He averaged 16 ppg this season. Has high academic D2 or D3 potential. 4.0 gpa


Dylan Cudjoe (2026) 6’7 forward, Baldwin High - Cudjoe is a super athletic rim protector that thrives at blocking shots and put-back dunks. He is a lob threat and is also a capable jump shooter with now improved mechanics. He plays to his strengths as a two way player and is scratching the surface with his potential. He can handle the ball well enough to start the break and advance the ball. He can also play out the post and iso in given situations.  He won a Nassau County championship at Baldwin this past winter season and can play D1 or D2 level college ball. 3.2 gpa


Carter Abernathy (2026) 6’3 wing, Long Island Lutheran Regional - Abernathy is a super athletic wing with a strong build. He gets out in transition well and is improving in his ability to handle the ball as the lead guard. He plays well in a system and is super unselfish. He averaged 18.7 and was 1st team All PSAA this past winter season. He is a very capable jump shooter that thrives in the mid post area and lives at the foul line. Very active on defense as well and a tenacious rebounder. Abernathy is a low D1 level player.

 

Jordan Rabinovich (2026) 6’4 guard, Plainview High - Rabinovich is a shooter with abilities to put it on the floor as well. He is growing as a rebounder and playmaker. Would be a D3 steal and will have scholarship capabilities if his game continues to develop and refine.

 

Adam Jeffries (2026) 5’8 point guard, Bishop Loughlin High - Jeffries is a tenacious point guard that is a ball hawk on defense, and a great playmaker on offens-. He is super quick and has a good mid range game and has shown growth as a leader. He expanded his range this year, and can still make improvements. Since he is young for his age, prep schools should be all over him or he will be a D3 steal.

 

Dion Morris Jr. (2026) 6’1 guard, Uniondale High - A strong wing that plays with great pace. He attacks gaps well and plays great off two feet. He is also a very good jump shooter and a capable playmaker. He accepts the challenge defensively and rebounds well for his height. Has D2/3 potential.

 

Peyton Howell (2027) 5’8 point guard, Baldwin High - Howell is a super smart and crafty point with elite court vision. He makes jumpers at a high level from both 2 and 3 distances. Plays well with the ball in his hands or without. He is super pesky on and off the ball on defense. He is hard to press with his quick first step and pass-first mentality. He was an All County player and led Baldwin to the Nassau County championship as a freshman. He can play at any collegiate level.

 

Darren Brown (2026) 6’4 wing, Long Island Lutheran Regional Brown is a tall and lanky wing that thrives in transition and is super active defensively. He rebounds well and is growing as a jump shooter. Once his body fills out and he becomes more of a playmaker, the sky is the limit. He would be a D3 steal and has D2 potential.

 

Christian Shaw (2026) 6’3 small forward, Chaminade High - Shaw is a lanky and hardnosed defender, who also makes great plays for his teammates. He embraces the Draymond Green role as a defensive leader. He is the ultimate team player. Rebounds well, but needs to look for his offense more.

 

John Pericolosi (2026) 6’3 point guard, South Side High - Pericolosi is a lanky, crafty, and smart point guard that makes all the winning plays on offense and defense. He is an excellent help defender. He takes and makes smart shots/plays to keep defenses off balance. He currently plays 3 sports but if he focused on basketball, he would easily be a college player.


Tyler Liautaud (2026) 6’3 wing, St Dominick High - Liautaud is a long and athletic athlete that is a pest defensively and rebounds well. High motor that guards opposing teams best player. Has the length and athleticism of an ideal 2 way player. He gets out in transition well. He makes shots to keep defenders honest and is a very good playmaker. He handles the ball well enough to play the off guard at times. His ideal position is the 3, but can also play 2 and 4 . He is a D2 level talent.

 


The Level Up LI-Montalbano team is coached by Chris Montalbano, and his players are as follows.

 

Aidan Windhausen (2026) 6’4 forward, St. Dominic High - Windhausen is a big man that can shoot and distribute the ball. He is a great individual and team defender who is always locked in and improving. He has a high IQ on both ends and helps direct his team. He is incredibly coachable and is a great teammate. He is still growing and filling out, with tremendous room to continue to improve.

 

Murphy Moore (2026) 6’1 guard, St. Anthony’s High -  Moore is a strong and confident guard that can post up or take you off the bounce. He is amazing in playing off 2 feet in traffic and getting into the paint to make plays. He is a good decision maker and gets to his spots. Once his 3 jump shot improves, he will be even more of a threat for defenses to keep track of.

 

Vincent Rienzie (2026) 5’10 point guard, Valley Stream North - Rienzie is a quick and crafty guard with a knockdown shot from the perimeter. A true extension of the coach on the floor. He never forces shots and makes the right plays consistently. He is a fantastic defender, for what he lacks in size he makes up for with his IQ and quick feet. Great player all around. 4.0 gpa

 

Max Salamone (2026) 6’2 small forward, St. Francis Prep - Salamone has great foot speed and a strong build. He does anything it takes to win and never tries to play outside of his game. He can stretch the floor with his shooting, or take you off the bounce. He locks down the other team’s best player. He routinely fights two guys for the rebound, and wins it.  A player every coach would be happy to have on their team.

 

Charlie Avallone (2026) 6’2 small forward, Chaminade High - Avallone is incredibly strong and can finish around the rim with ease. He is a very good defender that can guard 1-4 because his mix of size, strength, and speed. He leaves it all on the floor and fights to the last whistle. His improving jump shot is coming along very well as of the last few months and will complement his already dangerous driving ability.

 

Ali Abukoush (2026) 6’2 forward, Roslyn High - Abukoush plays bigger than he looks. He operates incredibly well in the middle against zones and consistently makes the right reads. He is skilled in the post area and finishes strong through contact. He is a sturdy and effective rim protector. He always brings good energy and adapts quickly as needed.

 

Connor Erickson (2026) 5’11 guard, South Side High - Erickson is incredibly composed and never plays rushed. He can play fast, slow and everywhere in-between. He is a good shooter, but is most effective in the lane facilitating or finishing around the rim. Erickson is a strong defender that does a great job of jamming his man and getting deflections. He has a great attitude and is a high IQ player that makes coaching easy.

 

Emanuel Luciano (2026) 6’0 guard, school TBD - Luciano is a high energy and athletic guard that works harder than anybody. He is a great rebounder for his size. His best attribute is definitely his motor and defense. He is constantly getting deflections and causing havoc. He is developing his shot and his offensive game is coming along well. Great teammate and getting better every day.

 

Jose Fernandez (2026) 6’1 guard, South Side High - Fernandez is a crafty guard. He has a great change of pace and consistently makes defenders pay for reaching. He works hard at practice and it shows. He is a good decision maker in the PnR. He plays selfless basketball and just wants to help his team win anyway he can.

 

Gerry Metaxes (2026) 6’1 shooting guard, St. Anthony’s High - Metaxes is a knockdown shooter. It’s not often there’s a better shooter on the floor. He takes care of the ball and plays team basketball beginning to end. You gotta run him off the line on the catch. He is also a solid individual and team defender. A very coachable and hard working player.

 

 

 

2024 Level UP LI 17u Player Profiles

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Level Up LI is in its seventh year and is one of the fastest growing youth travel AAU basketball programs in the tri-state NY area. Their mission is to create the top travel basketball teams focusing heavily on individual and team development for their players both on and off the basketball court. The primary focus is to help their players reach their full potential. All of their coaches and trainers excelled at the college level as players or coaches. Jesse Winter is the program’s President.

 

The Level Up LI-Tex 17u team is coached by Jerrel “Tex” Harris, and his players are as follows.


                      (Clicking on the player’s name pulls up their profile):

 


Jalen Waters (2025) 5’10 guard, Brooklyn Collegiate High - Waters is a tough-nosed combo guard that can create a shot for himself and others. He has a knack for scoring and can do it all 3 levels.

 

Orlando Morris (2025) 5’9 point guard, Stonybrook School - Morris is a crafty playmaker that has a lightning first step and knows how to get to his spots. He has a knockdown shot, elite ball handling skills and is able to draw a lot of attention which leads to high IQ decision making for himself and others.

 

Ray “Tru” Bradley (2025) 6’1 guard, Copiague High - Bradley is wiry and athletic and is a terror attacking to the basket downhill. He is a flat-out scorer especially with his mid-range and 3 continuing to improve.

 

 

 

New York Lighting 17u - LaBrew Player Profiles

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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. The program is co-directed by Dana Dingle and Shandue McNeill. Their 17u team that is coached by Kay Labrew is as follows:


Troy Fason Jr 5’11 point guard, St Francis Prep - Fason is strong and athletic, and that is combined with his relentless energy, making for a strong defender. On offense, he is creates his own shot off the dribble, and knocks down open threes.


Keiji “KG” Clifton (2025) 6’5 shooting guard, Forest Hills High - Clifton can shoot the ball, hitting on an average of three 3’s, and scoring 19 points a game for FHHS this past winter. He was also is second on that team in rebounding.


Jeremiah “JoJo” Jacobs (2025) 6’8 small forward, Eagle Academy (Brooklyn) -  Jacobs is a top prospect. He helped lead his Eagle Academy team to a NYC Championship this past winter, with averages of 14 ppg,19rbds,and 5apg. He led the City in rebounding. He is a versatile scorer, both on the low block and from beyond the arc. He also has shown the ability to create off of the dribble and is hard to account for in pick-and-roll scenarios.


Yandell German (2027) 5’10 point guard, Our Savior Lutheran


Elijah Avery-Turner (2025) 6’2 wing, Daniel Hand High (CT) - Avery-Turner does it all. He’s a good athlete that can attack the rim off the bounce and he’s got a consistent jump shot. He’s good with the ball, having both the ability to make plays for himself and for others. He also utilizes his athleticism defensively, where he’s both a good rim protector an on-ball defender.


Ebubenna Nwabudu (2025) 6’6 forward, Elmont Memorial High


Yendy Torres (2025) 6’5 wing, Our Savior Lutheran School


Ayomi Odetoyindo (2025) 6’10 forward, Our Savior Lutheran School


Elijah Avery-Turner (2026) 6’2 wing, MacDuffie School (MA) - Avery-Turner is a tenacious guard that possesses the ability to finish above the rim with impressive athleticism. His intense work ethic is outmatched on and off the court. Defensively, he forces turnovers and crowds the passing lanes. Fast twitch guard off the dribble with fluid shooting form on all spots of the floor. He has great court vision finding his teammates in transition. 3.8 gpa

 

Chinedu Okpara (2025) 6’6 small forward, Wilbraham & Monson School (MA) 3.7 gpa


Chase Beasley (2025) 6’3 point guard, Eagle Academy Brooklyn

2024 Nike EYBL Session1 Top Performers

By David Cordova,

 

On the April 26/28 weekend, we caught a flight to Memphis, TN and then got to the Memphis Sports & Events Center for the first session of the Nike EYBL circuit. Four teams from the New York City area (PSA Cardinals, New York Rens, New Heights Lightning and Marston Elite-Rens United), Albany’s City Rocks team and Expressions Elite from New England all competed in multiple games from Friday through Sunday. Here are the standouts from the first session:

 

Preston Edmead 6-0, Point Guard, Williston Northampton School (MA), New York Rens, Class of 2025 - A guard that has great sense of awareness when on the floor and is looking to distribute to his teammates at all times. If there’s an opportunity to score, he doesn’t hesitate to take it. Has a penchant for shooting from three-point range and likes to drive to the basket. Is a solid finisher at the basket and likes to run on the fast break.


Brandon Lee 6-4, Shooting Guard, The Patrick School (NJ), New York Rens, Class of 2025 - A guard that has a penchant for getting open on the offensive end. Is known for his scoring prowess, most notably his shooting touch from the outside. Is able to put the ball on the floor and create for himself and is able to drive to the basket when the opportunity arises.


Vere Anthony 6-0, Point Guard, St. Francis Preparatory High School, New York Rens, Class of 2025 - A guard that is very deceptive when on the fast break and is also able to slow down the tempo of the game when it is time to reset the offense. Has the ability to find his teammates on the break and is able to give them the ball when they are open or when the right moment presents itself.


Jordan Skyers 6-2, Shooting Guard, Our Saviour Lutheran High School, New Heights Lightning, Class of 2026 - A guard that has the ability to showcase his hustle and toughness on the court, as he is able to outwork the opposition for rebounds and steals. Is able to shoot from the perimeter and is able to finish in transition.


Connor Sprattley 6-0, Point Guard, Thomas Jefferson Educational Campus, New Heights Lightning, Class of 2025 - A guard that is very quick and is able to stick with his man on the defensive end. Has the ability to slow down or speed up the tempo when he’s on the court. Is known for pulling up for jumpers from three-point range and from the top of the key.


Keith McKnight 6-6, Shooting Guard, Hudson Catholic High School (NJ), PSA Cardinals, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to hold his own on the wing and is able to get to the boards and obtain rebounds when the opportunity presents itself. Likes to showcase his athleticism and is able to go up for a dunk. Is able to hit shots from the perimeter and from three-point range.


Darius Adams 6-4, Shooting Guard, La Lumiere School (IN) PSA Cardinals, Class of 2025 - A guard that is able to take over a game and able to pick opportunities to get his shot off when the opportunity arises. Is dangerous when going up to shoot from three-point range and is able to drive to the basket when the lane is open. Is fearless when it comes to obtaining contact while driving.


Harvin Guevara 6-10, Forward, James Monroe Educational Campus, PSA Cardinals, Class of 2025 - A forward that has the ability to make great plays on the court. Has long hands that aid in him blocking or altering the shots of the opposition and also obtaining rebounds. Has the ability to dominate in the low post on the offensive end, as he able to throw down dunks and also finish when going up for layups or putbacks on the rim.


Nigel James, Jr. 6-0, Point Guard, Long Island Lutheran High School, Expressions Elite, Class of 2025 - A guard that is shifty and is able to be a great playmaker at his position. When he is on the break, he is able to get to the basket efficiently and is a solid finisher. Is able to find his teammates around the basket and is able to distribute the ball to his teammates when they’re out on the break or in crucial moments.


Badara Diakite 6-10, Forward, South Kent School, Albany City Rocks, Class of 2025 - A forward that has the ability to use his length to his advantage and has a great motor every time he steps out onto the floor. Has a penchant for altering and blocking shots on the defensive and using his athleticism to his advantage. Is dominant on the low block on the offensive end, as he is able to power up in the paint and throw down dunks and can also step out and shoot.


Keyshuan Tillery 6-1, Point Guard, New Hampton School (NH), Albany City Rocks, Class of 2025 - A guard that is able to control the tempo of the offense and can attack in transition. Uses his speed to get up and down the court with ease. Is able to find his teammates in various places on the court and knows when to hit them with passes so that they can score. Is able to drive to the basket when the opportunity arises and is a good finisher.


Parrish Edmonds, Jr. 6-4, Shooting Guard, Notre Dame Fairfield High School, Albany City Rocks, Class of 2025 - A guard that has plenty of athleticism and is able to get down court with quickness and sprint, so that he can be open to receive the ball. Has a penchant for driving to the basket and finishing in the lane. Is a very explosive player that is known for finishing at the rim.


Nico Peña 6-1, Point Guard, St. Peter’s Prep High School (NJ), Marston Elite-Rens United, Class of 2025 - A guard that has a penchant for being a huge offensive threat on the court and is a great shooter from three-point range. Is able to move around off the ball and can find ways to get open. Is able to dish out the ball to his teammates for an open look when they have opportunities to score.


Jordan Ghee 6-4, Forward, Don Bosco Preparatory High School (NJ), Marston Elite-Rens United, Class of 2025 - A forward that has plenty of strength and has the ability to make his presence felt around the low post. Is a strong rebounder and uses his body to outwork and outmuscle the competition. Has the ability to play above the rim and is a good finisher at the basket when going up for a layup.

 

 

2024 114 All Stars 17u Player Profiles

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Gary Burrell aka “G Money” started 114 All Stars five years ago. In that time, he has sent or helped send over 25 kids to college through basketball. 95% of those were on scholarship. He humbly named his first team of only six players, after his home street address “114” in Queens. He focuses on skills training and getting the players’ names out to coaches, whether that be for college, prep school, PSAL or CHSAA placement purposes.


His 2024 team will include the following:


Mamadou Touray 6’2 point guard, Evander Childs Campus - Touray is an all around player, who fills up the stat sheet.


Pateh Ka (2025) 5’11 guard, Evander Childs Campus - Ka has great open court speed and likes to attack in transition. He averaged 21ppg this past winter season.


Carter Davie (2027) 5’8 St Edmunds Prep - Davie can spot up or shoot off the dribble comfortably, and he creates offense for everyone.


Mamadou Ndiaye (2025) 6’8 forward, Washington Irving High - Ndiaye is very coachable, fluidly mobile big.


Christian Eason (2025) 6’1 guard, Grover Cleveland High - Eason is a lefty who led New York City in scoring for the 2023-24 season, where he averaged 34 ppg.


Mario Rose (2026) 6’4 small forward, Erasmus Hall Campus - Rose is a hard worker that is very good around the rim.


Christian Summervil (2027) 5’8 point guard, Holy Trinity High Summervil has excellent body control when driving through the paint.

 

Alpha Keita (2024) 6’5 small forward, Bronx School of Science - Keita is a man amongst boys. Big time enforcer who takes pride in rebounding and can also step out to the 3 ball. 3.9 gpa


Amadou Ndiaye (2024) 6’5 wing Christopher Columbus Campus - Ndiaye is a beast inside. He is relentless and
rebounds well out of his position. He shoots a fluid mid range stroke.

 

2024 Athletic Club of Connecticut 17u Player Profiles

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The Athletic Club of Connecticut was founded in 2018 by Donnell Harvey.  Player development, coaching, and competition are the building blocks to the program. AC Connecticut Basketball emphasizes the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship, and education. The program is driven by what is best for the child: whether in a game, practice, classroom or life. 

 

2024 Athletic Club of Connecticut 17u team is coached by Sean Florenz and Donnell Harvey, and their roster is as follows:

 

#1 Rob Mineo (2025) 6’4 Oxford High (CT) - Mineo has been someone AAC can count on game in and game out. He always brings energy, runs the floor every possession, super athletic, and great finisher around the rim.


#2 Armani Checo (2025) 5’11 point guard, New Fairfield high (CT) - Checo has the ability to score from all 3 levels, combined with his court vision to set up his teammates make him a dangerous guard. Checo transferred from Abbott Tech to New Milford High this season and immediately made an impact averaging 23ppg and 4 assists. He’s been playing with great pace, keeps the offense flowing and picks his spots to make plays for himself and for others. Armani is coachable and loved by his teammates.


#4 Danny Ciriello (2025) 6’2 guard, Brookfield High (CT) - Ciriello is a great scorer, an elite shooter from the outside, but also can put the ball on the floor and finish through traffic. He can make smaller defenders pay with his size and strength while being able to get right past taller defenders. 

 

#10 Enzo Marin (2024) 6’0 guard, Bethel High (CT) - Marin is an aggressive guard who can get to the hoop, shoot it from 3 and is an excellent on-ball defender. He also rebounds the ball extremely well for a guard and is a tough matchup for any defense.


#10 Khalil Tolliver-Van Wright (2025) 6’4 small forward, Danbury High (CT) - Tolliver is a skilled wing who really thrives driving downhill. Finishes through contact, has great footwork on his finishes and can knock down the outside shot. Tolliver can also lead the break in transition and runs the floor really well.


#13 Daniel Nason (2025) 6’7 forward,  New Fairfield High (CT) - Nason has been very dominant this spring, the best player on the floor for both teams. His high basketball IQ combined with his skill set and motor make him rare. He is a strong finisher around the rim, getting more comfortable with his outside shot and is a force on the defensive end. 3.3 gpa


#21 Peter Szpakowski (2025) 6’7 forward, Ridgefield High (CT) - Szpakowski is a skilled back-to-the-basket post player with great footwork, ability to finish in traffic, and is a really good defender. He is getting more confident with his outside shot and ability to drive to the hoop.


#24 Alex Hickey (2025) 6’0 guard, Ridgefield High (CT) - Hickey is a gamer. He can flat out shoot it, and will guard the other team’s best player. He is getting more confident on his drives. Most importantly, he is a WINNER and a team-first guy.


#30 Reed McMurray (2025) 5’10 point guard, Ridgefield High (CT) - McMurray has impressed the coaching staff to start the spring. A confident and smart guard who can really shoot it from 3. He is an excellent defender and is always someone you can count on to be in the right spot on both ends of the floor.


#35 Nick Sganga (2024) 6’7 forward, Ridgefield High (CT) - Sganga is a force around the rim. He can defend in pick-n-rolls as well as protect the rim. At 225 lbs, he has an ability to seal and finish around the rim. He can shoot off of the pick-n-pop. This past winter, he averaged 14 & 9 on one of the best teams in the CIAC.

 

 

 

2024 Rising Stars 16u Player Profiles

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Rising Stars was founded by Paul Savramis in the early 1980’s as a series of summer camps but has since been on a 20-year journey of changing the lives of countless youths and their families. Today, Rising Stars is staffed with dozens of dedicated professionals and is considered of the elite, educationally-centered youth programs in the country. Additionally, The Rising Stars Athletic Complex located in Freeport, NY, opened in December 2024, bringing a new 16,000 sq/ft state-of-the-art facility features two regulation high school basketball courts, dedicated strength/fitness training rooms, and a community/academic space.

 

The 2024 season looks like another robust production for the Rising Stars. Veteran coach and Director Willis Perry is orchestrating a deep array of talented coaches and players. The Rising Star “Red” teams represent their A level teams for each grade. Their 2024 rosters are as follows (click on their names to pull up their profiles):

 


          16u RED  Coached by Portledge High School varsity coach,AJ Allen and Amir Sultan

 

Ryan Leary (2026) 6’2 guard, Carle Place High - Leary has the body and the motor of a college basketball player. He finds himself defending 1-5 due to his great footwork and understanding on how to position his body against larger opponents. Leary rebounds, pushes the break, and is a willing passer. His body allows him to finish at the rim with great control, but he also has a reliable jump shot making him a floor spacer. Ryan Leary is the GLUE to this year’s Rising Stars 16u Group. 3.7 gpa

 

Sylvanus “S1” Tabe (2026) 6’8 forward, Lawrence Woodmere Academy - 2023-24 PSAA Regular Season MVP as a sophomore. D1 body as a HS sophomore. Hide your lunch money when you see this bully on the block. Tabe is a shot blocking, basketball dunking, screen setting monster. Thriving as a rim protector and rebounder due to his gifted jumping ability and paint presence, he also has a budding offensive game. With great footwork, Tabe is working on post-game and adding a 10-15 foot jump shot, making him a must watch prospect. 3.6 gpa


Hank Williams Jr. (2027) 6’2 guard, Lawrence Woodmere Academy - 2023-24 PSAA Tournament MVP as a freshman. Has a freshman’s physique, but a senior’s game. Don’t let this guy get hot, Williams is known for his quick release ability to shoot the ball from deep. But what he should be known for is his ability to defend. He makes it difficult for opposing guards, and he uses his voice when off-the-ball. Williams is a gym rat who is committed to adding new layers to his game. He is a coach’s son who inherited great leadership and understanding of the game which is on display every time he’s on the floor. 3.7 gpa


Joe Burke (2026) 6’2 guard, Kellenberg Memorial High - Burke has earned the reputation of a 3 and D guy. He knocks down 3s in bunches. When left open he makes defenses pay with his smooth jump shot that he gets off quickly and comfortably from 22 feet out. Burkes jump shot range has expanded, making him a guy who can shoot off the dribble, utilize screens to create space, and confidently shoot any time the defender’s hand is down. 4.0 gpa


Josh Smith (2026) 6’2 guard, Lawrence Woodmere Academy - Smith is an extension of the coaching staff on the floor. A true floor general who excels at dictating the pace of the game and making reads on the fly. Josh is a 3-level scorer who finds his offense through his ability to keep his teammates involved. 3.7 gpa


Orlando Morris (2026) 5’9 point guard, Uniondale High - Morris is a southpaw with great twitch and is a tough cover for opposing guards. A speedy guard who gets to spots on the floor effortlessly with his high IQ and ability to understand angles and body position. Morris can score the ball in bunches, but it doesn’t stop there, as he is also a pesky defender who can defend in the open floor. 3.0 gpa


Nick Anson (2026) 6’1 guard, Holy Trinity High - Anson is a downhill bully who is capable of finishing through contact with either hand. He has the foot speed to cover the perimeter and the strength and audacity to step inside the bully his way around the interior making him a primetime defender. 3.2 gpa

 

Elijah “EJ” Ashby (2026) 6’0 point guard, Archbishop Stepinac High - Ashby is where finesse basketball meets hardnose basketball. He is a strong defender who is the heart and soul of this Rising Stars defense. Committed to leading the defense, Ashby’s presence is felt on every possession. On offenes, he is a lead guard who thrives in the mid-range, but is now stepping out and knocking down the 3 as well. Coupling his ability to shoot with his handle, Ashby is turning himself into an offensive weapon. 3.0 gpa


Kevin Moore (2026) 6’1 guard, St Anthony’s High - Moore is a strong bodied guard who wills his way to the rim regardless of the defense. Finishing through contact and knocking down free throws, Moore is an old school 3 point machine. His lateral speed and great footwork makes him a dual threat both offensively and defensively covering guys in the open court. His play and attitude injects a level of competition and positivity that will never show up in the stat book, but is impossible to miss. 3.8 gpa

 

Joel Barnaby-Alexander (20226) 6’4 guard, Nazareth High School - What does Barnaby-Alexander not do? He is a high IQ guard. He selflessly gets to the paint, and then plays off two feet,in order to kick it to the help defender’s man without hesitation. He is realizing what an asset it is to be 6’4 with great guard skills. Barnaby-Alexander rebounds with determination and has the ability to push the break and make plays in transition. His passing keeps everyone honest and allows him to get in a grove offensively. He can finish with either hand around the rim, and he knocks down shots all over the floor. He is primed to make a big jump going into his junior year. 3.1 gpa

 

Kingsley Rogers (2027) 6’2 point guard, Bay Shore High - A smooth and controlled floor general who is getting big time tutelage by playing for former UCONN star, AJ Price. His height aids his ability to see the floor… and destroy trap attempts. His length also creates a problem in help and on-ball defense. The weight room and deep range shooting reps will determine his ability to realize his potential.


 

2024 CT Takeover 17u Player Profiles

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CT TakeOver is grass roots program for ages 7-17 years old. Since being established in 2019, Takeover has provided year round training and high level competitive basketball. The program’s mindset is to help as many student athletes get to the next level as possible. It’s working, They already now have multiple alums playing in college. The Program Director is Darren Gilbert.


Their 2024 17u player profiles are as below.


Aston Whittingham (2025) 5’10 point guard, Sport and Medical Sciences Academy High (CT) - Whittingham is one the top guards in the area, earning himself All CIAC honors. His ability to defend on ball separates himself from the rest. Crafty and strong when attacking the rim. Very comfortable to rise up and hit mid range jumpers. Once he becomes a more consistent shooter from deep, he will have the full arsenal in his game. 3.3 gpa


Jakeel Martin (2025) 5’11 point guard, Windsor High (CT) - Martin ia CCC All Conference player and a CIAC Division 2 state champion. He gets it done on both ends of the of floor. He has the ability to get home from deep and uses his athleticism to finish around the basket. Is already receiving D3 recruitment.


Derrick Sheets (2025) 6’0 guard, Manchester High (CT) - Sheets is also a CIAC D@ All Stater this year. One of the most deadliest shooter from beyond the arc in the state. His ability to get to the basket and create makes him a true 3 level scorer.


Kaiden James (2024/55) 6’1 guard, Windsor High (CT) - James another All Conference and CIAC D2 state champion from the Windsor High basketball talent factory. He knows how to put the ball in the basket. His IQ creates opportunities for himself and teammates to succeed. It’s hard to keep him off the court. Is already receiving D3 recruitment.


Alec Rodrigue (2025) 6’2 guard, Coginchaug High (CT) - Rodrigue is a
earned All Conference honors as both a sophomore and a junior. Does everything you need as a player. Creates plays and is a blue collar competitor. He can get to the basket along with being consistent from deep. Prep schools are already showing interest in him. He will make any college or prep coach happy. 4.2 gpa


Tyler Manguel (2025) 6’3 guard, St Bernard’s High (CT) - Mangual is fresh off of a All Conference junior season. He is a lengthy wing that gets after it especially on the defensive end. He is now earning how to play through contact at this level. His high IQ on both ends of the floor will help tremendously going into the Live Periods.

 

Jayveon Robinson (2025) 6’4 small forward, Manchester High (CT) -
One of the highest ceilings players in the state of Connecticut. He is a lengthy and athletic wing that can do it all. One of the most unselfish kids CTO has had
in their program. He fills the stat sheet. He defends from the interior at a high rate due to his tremendous athletic ability.  Is already receiving D3 recruitment.


Michael Coggins (2024) 6’5 small forward, Suffield High (CT)—Coggins is a 3x CIAC All State and 4x All Conference honoree. One of the best players in the state of Connecticut. Does everything great. Holds  25 plus offers, verbally committed to Keene State but has since decided to look for higher offers this spring/summer.


London King (24’/25) 5’11 guard, South Windsor High, (CT) - Another All Conference players for CTO. This southpaw is a shot maker. He spreads the floor which helps create for him and others.


Kevin Clarke (2025) 6’3 wing, Pomfret School (CT) - Clark is an athletic physical slasher that embraces contact is able to finish through contact and can play above the room. Can guard 1-5 with his speed quickness and strength . Unorthodox shot but can hit the open 3. Scholarship player. 3.4 gpa

2024 Heat Elite 17u Black Player Profiles

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Heat Elite, also known as Seaford Heat, is a Nassau County based grassroots program. The club’s mission is to benefit youth through the sport of basketball. What began as one local town team has now grown into one of the more prominent programs in Long Island. Under the leadership of program director, and St Dominic High’s varsity coach,  Isaiah Wilson, the program has grown to over 20 teams.


In 2024, Heat Elite run two 17u teams. Isaiah Wilson coaches both of them. The player profiles for the Black team are as below.

 

                  (Click on the player’s name, and his profile will pop up)

 

Aiden Zamor (2025) 6’0 point guard, Forest Hills High - Zamor is a lefty with an extremely high basketball IQ. He gets into the paint at will and plays off two feet with a nice floater. Led Queens in assists for the past winter season.


Spencer Sexton (2025) 6’8 forward, Malverne High - Sexton has a long frame which he uses to protect the rim. He has been getting his feel back for the game after being out for some time.

 

Brady DelValle (2025) 6’1 guard, Valley Stream South High - DelValle scores it in all three phases. He shoots at a high percentage.


AJ Lambdin (2025) 6’7 forward, Saint Anthony’s High - Lambdin rebounds the ball and finishes around the rim. He als sets good screens and is the ultimate team player.


Adam Jerome (2025) 6’4 wing, Saint Dominic High - Jerome was selected as an All League player this past winter playing for Coach Wilson at St Doms. He is a high energy player and makes game winning plays. He is a willing passer and defender.


Christian Scott (2026) 5’9 point guard, Stuart Hall School (VA) - Scotti s a quick guard, who knocks down open shots. He transferred to school in VA to repeat his sophomore year.


Anthony Jackson (2024) 6’4 wing, West Hempstead High - Jackson is a long wing that plays above the rim. He has an old school workman approach and a great nose for the ball. He knocks down open threes.


Corey Sommervil (2024) 6’0 guard, Holy Trinity High - Sommervil can defend 1-3. He is very good on-the-ball and in taking charges from off-of-the-ball. He is scrappy and creates for others.


 

 

2024 DTX Player Profiles

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DTX Basketball is a Connecticut based grass roots program that is focused on helping student-athletes who have a goal of playing basketball at the collegiate level. Spots on their National teams are earned, not given. Athletes are developed to play utilizing fundamental skills and a high basketball I.Q., two critical requirements for playing at the next level. We teach that it is not about winning, but about DEVELOPING the student-athletes and placing them in positions to succeed to reach their goals.  The program is run by Dave Taylor, with assistance from college placement guru, Noel Roman. The program runs its practices out of the three court, InSports Center facility in Trumbull.


The player profiles on the college prospects on their 2024 teams are as follows:

 

                  (click on the players’ names and their profiles will pop up)


Najimi George (2024) 6’4 guard, Kolbe Cathedral (CT) - (University of New Haven commit) George is a 3 level scorer.  He’s very long and athletic, plays above the rim.  He’s able to guard five positions and is getting stronger.  Najimi has consistently been one of the best players in the CIAC for the last three years and he will have a bright future as a college player. 


Matt Amarante (2024) 6’5 guard - (Lake Forest College commit) Amarante is 3-point sniper, who uses his 6’5 height to an advantage on the shot release. He’s also able to use his strength to back down defenders, and he drives to the basket with aggression.


Connor Parkes (2024) 6’0 guard, Greenwich High (CT) - Parkes has tremendous potential. He is a quick guard that can do a little bit of everything.  Uses a long wingspan to rebound and a quick first step to get by a defender.  He’s a knockdown shooter, on and off the dribble.  As a defender does a good job at cutting off the angles. He’s working to be a pure point guard, that will thrive off the pick-and-roll opportunities.


Matt Domenichelli (2024) 6’6 forward, Masuk High (CT) - Domenichelli is a traditional big man who rebounds and blocks shots.  He is versatile in that he can pick and pop, post up, or finish with a jump hook.  He has a high motor and is always active on the floor. He’s working to extend his range on the floor.


Ryan Lamothe (2026)  6’1 guard, Trumbull High - Lamothe is an athletic wing that has improved his jump shot. He has exceptional leaping ability, can play physical and is extremely coachable.  With his improved jump shot, he is on his way to potentially being a scholarship player. Lamothe is young and still learning the game, but has been playing at the 17u level since he was an 8th grader.


Sean Wilson (2026) 6’1 guard, Trumbull High (CT) - Wilson is a strong left-handed guard that can play multiple positions.  He can both post and handle the ball.  Wilson has improved his jump shot and is further developing it every day.  He has a strong body and is a physical player. He’s difficult to guard when he attacks downhill. Wilson is a tremendous player with a huge upside as a scholarship player.


Jaden Tuhaise (2026) 5’8 point guard, Trumbull High (CT) - Tuhaise is a pure point guard with an exceptional and evolving skill set. He has a great court vision and is a dynamic passer, always finding his teammates in the right spots to create scoring opportunities.  Jaden is tough and quick, able to get to the rim.  Jaden is athletic and a solid on ball defender, always disrupting passing lanes and getting steals. Tuhaise is a solid, with the potential to be a high-level point guard at the next level.


Brian Elmo Jr (2024) 6’0 combo guard, Trumbull High (CT) - Elmo can shoot and defend efficiently, handle the ball, and get into the gaps. Quick feet allow him to specialize in on-ball defense, a solid ball handler under pressure. He can create his own shots and set up other teammates for open looks. Solid stamina and can run the court well, also constantly moves without the ball.


Joey DiMarco (2024) 6’2 guard, Trumbull High (CT) - Demarco is a 3-point sniper with deep range. He had nine 3 pointers in a single high school game this winter. He is a hardworking player and a student of the game with a high basketball IQ and discipline. He’s a team player who is known for making winning plays. Demarco will be a terrific addition to a program looking to build a winning culture.


Oliver Irving (2025) 6’0 point guard, Masuk High (CT) - Irving is a lefty point guard with a high basketball I.Q.  Despite being only 6’0, he can really attack the rim. He needs to become more consistent from the perimeter but he can really lead a team. Not afraid to mix it up inside and attack bigger stronger defenders. Excellent pass-first point guard that sets up his teammates.


Marko Joksovic (2024) 6’4 guard, St Joseph High (CT) - Joksovic uses his length and reach, to his advantage. Marko can get to the rim quickly and finish strong. Marko can knock down mid-range jumpers and stretches the floor with three-pointers. High gpa.


Stephen Kaine (2024) 6’0 guard, Stratford High (CT) - Kaine is a versatile in being able to play multiple positions. He is a defensive minded player who lives for the challenge of guarding the other team’s best offensive player. His strength and physicality allow him to keep players in front and allows him to get steals, rebounds, and deflections. Kaine is a great shooter and passer with the ability to score inside and outside of the paint. He is always putting the work which makes him a great fit for any team.


Thomas Kaine (2024) 6’2 guard, Stratford High (CT) - Kaine is a versatile in being able to play multiple positions. He is an excellent shooter and playmaker who can handle the ball, score, penetrate the defense, and feed his teammates. He is a threat both inside and outside of the arc and he isn’t afraid to use his size and athleticism to his advantage. With a 6’9 wingspan he is a solid defender who is able to stay attached to his man, block shots, deflect passes, grab rebounds, and get steals. He is a great athlete and well-conditioned. He plays well the ball and runs the floor well.


Gabe Ciminiello (2026) 5’11 point guard, Hopkins School (CT) - Ciminiello is a floor general, who also excels defensively. He is a very good on-ball defender because of his foot speed, physicality, and effort on defense. He is also dynamic on offense, a solid ball handler who excels at creating open shots for his teammates. He is a pass first point guard and facilitator with good court vision who runs the offense to set up his teammates in the half-court offense and in transition. He reads the pick and roll and dribble hand off situations well and also pushes the floor. He is becoming a three-level scorer, with the ability to get to the basket, finish in the paint with floaters and mid-range shots, and a capable shooter of the dribble and catch. He is a tough competitor, and a vocal leader on both ends of the floor, and a high energy player.


Henry Cooper (2026) 6’2, 195lb, wing, St Luke’s School (CT) . Cooper can catch and shoot efficiently.  He can post up smaller guards and uses his deceptive quickness to get past bigger forwards. Cooper has a solid basketball IQ and always keeps teammates engaged by sharing the ball.  He is a hard-working defender and is a solid student-athlete.


Alex Roth (2026) 6’0 guard, Trumbull High (CT) - Roth is a physical player with an athletic build and a strong frame. He is able to defend on an island but is also a great help defender. He’s a high IQ player, a solid defender with length, and is expanding his offensive ability.  Roth is a multi-sport athlete. 3.7 gpa


Ryan Tulley (2026) 6’1 guard, Fairfield Ward High (CT) - Tulley works hard on the court and in the classroom.  He has deep range and a knockdown jump shot, shooting at a high percentage from beyond the arc. As defenses adjust to his shooting he effectively attacks the close out and can get into the lane and finish with either hand. Tully’s court vision and constant off ball movement allows him to create scoring opportunities for his teammates and himself. Tully’s long wingspan makes him an active and impactful help defender who is not afraid to take a charge. 4.2 gpa

 

 

2024 Heat Elite Player 17u Profiles

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Heat Elite, also known as Seaford Heat, is a Nassau County based grassroots program. The club’s mission is to benefit youth through the sport of basketball. What began as one local town team has now grown into one of the more prominent programs in Long Island. Under the leadership of program director, and St Dominic High’s varsity coach,  Isaiah Wilson, the program has grown to over 20 teams.


Wilson also coaches the 2024 Heat Elite 17u team, and their player profiles are as follows.

 

                  (click on the players’ names and their profiles will pop up)

 

Khaleel Mitchell (2024) 6’3 guard, John Bowne High - Mitchell is a high level basketball player. He passes well. He can both stick the pull up jump shooter and finish at the rim. Big Apple Jamboree All-Tournament Team, MTG All Summer First Team, and MTG Preseason All Tournament Team

 

Chris Judge (2024)  6’0 point guard, John Bowne High - Judge can shoot the basketball with range.  He also has the ability to create and defend as one of the top players in Queens this past year.


Jeremiah Carter (2025) 6’4 small forward, St John The Baptist High - Carter is a great shooter. He has long arms and legs that he uses to his advantage. He is diversifying his game to be more of an attacker. He has received scholarship interest.


KJ Anderson (2025) 6’7 forward, Knox School - Anderson can score on all three levels. He handles the ball well and creates for other.

 

Brandon Torres (2025) 6’5 small forward, St Dominic High - Torres can score inside and out. He plays above the rim, handles the ball well, and will hit the open three.


Christian Thomas (2025) 6’3 guard, St Dominic High - Thomas was one of New York State’s top performers from the winter season, averaging a double-double on the season. All NSCHSAA as both a sophomore and a junior. He scores in double digits, especially off the bounce, but also does a lot of other things that help his team win. He has a high basketball IQ and a nose for the ball, especially in getting rebounds from the guard position.


Kam Quinn (2025) 6’1 guard, North Babylon High - Quinn is a quick, extremely athletic and sneaky guard. He has a high basketball IQ.


Erik Kubelka (2025) 6’2 guard, Farmingdale High - This past December, Kubelka set a Farmingdale school record with eight made threes in a single game. He is a lights out shooter with a quick release.


Blake Henderson (2024) 6’2 guard Manhasset High - Henderson does whatever it takes to help his team win, and is particularly good at getting to his spots and knocking down shots. 3.7 gpa


Josiah Salmon (2024) 6’6 forward, John Bowne High - Salmon is impactful around the rim as a rim protector and disrupter. He can score either back to the basket, dunking off of the bounce or hitting the midrange.

 

2024 Team Underrated Rosters

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Team Underrated is one of long Island Longest running independent AAU/ Travel programs. It was founded by Shots with Patience Prep head coach, Andre Edwards.



            15u Roster

 

Aiden Jones (2027) 6’3 small forward, Academy Charter


Mike Cancel (2027) 6’0 small forward, Bayshore High


King James (2027) 6’0 point guard, Brentwood High


Chris Brown (2027) 6’3 shooting guard, Cardinal Hayes High


Andy Blanco (2027) 6’1 small forward, Brentwood High


LJ Merchant (2027) 5’7 point guard, Half Hollows Hills East High


Christian Ekwonye (2026) 6’7 power forward, East Meadow High


Nusanti Delbridge (2027) 5’7 point guard, Deer Park High


Bryant Sewell (2026) 5’9 point guard, East Meadow High


Will Mack (2026) 6’3 small forward, Brooklyn Collegiate Prep


Logan Douglas (2026) 6’1 shooting guard, Valley Stream North


Antonio Bramble (2027) 5’7 point guard, Brooklyn Collegiate Prep


Jaylen Cowell-Pettway (2027) 6’1 small forward, Brooklyn Collegiate Prep

 


            16u Roster

 

Logan Douglas (2026) 6’1 shooting guard, Valley Stream North


Jaden Pryce (2026) 6’3 power forward, Valley Stream South High


Jordon Hines (2026) 6’2 shooting guard, Amityville High


Leonis Curry (2025) 5’8 point guard


Joseph Oyakhilome (2026) 6’4 power forward, Lindenhurst High


Ray Owens (2025) 6’0 guard


Micah Chery (2026) 6’0 shooting guard, Academy Charter


Josh Boothe (2026) 6’0 shooting guard, St Anthony’s High


Joziah Victoria (2026) 6’5 small forward


Nisaiah James (2025) 6’2 point guard, Uniondale High


Brandon Varlack (2025) 6’0 point guard, Half Hollow East High


Jahir Martinez (2025) 5’10 shooting guard, Academy Charter

 


          16u and 17u Roster

 

Joel Beard (2025) 6’4 small forward, Academy Charter


Carmelo (2025) 6’0 point guard

 
Nisaiah James (2026) 6’2 point guard, Uniondale High


Jerimiah Webb (2025) 6’0 point guard, Wyandanch High


Jamel Williams 6’1 shooting guard, Wyandanch High


Brandon Varlack (2025) 6’0 point guard, Half Hollow East High


Dameek Horton (2024) 5’10 point guard, Uniondale High


Sean Cronin (2025) 6’1 shooting guard, Massapequa High


Dimaunte Gardner (2025) 6’3 small forward, Deer Park High


Leonis Curry (2025) 5’8 point guard


Jahcure Lawrence (2024) 6’5 small forward, Shots With Patience Prep


Nick Rodriguez (2024) 6’1 point guard, Shots With Patience Prep


Talha Aamir (2024) 6’8 small forward, Shots With Patience Prep


Adam Jefferies (2024) 5’8 point guard, Bishop Loughlin High


Kevin Heamans (2024) 6’3 shooting guard, Believe Prep Academy (SC)

 

2024 Unsigned Hype Showcase Standouts

By David Cordova,


On April 12, the place to be was the George Westinghouse High School in downtown Brooklyn for the Unsigned Hype Showcase Games, a showcase for high school seniors in New York City and surrounding areas that are in search of a college scholarship. Coaches from Division II, Division III & junior college schools were all in attendance, checking out potential talent. Here are the standouts from the event:


Mate Mamrishkivili 6-3, Shooting Guard, Abraham Lincoln High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to be a playmaker on the floor and has plenty of scoring tendencies. Has the ability to showcase his athleticism by going to the basket and throwing down dunks. Has a nice shooting touch from the outside and is great at creating for himself.


Jacob Roman 6-3, Shooting Guard, Nazareth High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to make an impact on both ends of the floor. Is a player that has great defensive tendencies and has the ability to stick with his man in order to get a steal. Has the ability to drive to the basket and is a good finisher when he goes into the lane.


Xavier Agyemang 6-6, Forward, South Bronx Preparatory High School, Class of 2024 - A forward that has plenty of length and athleticism and finds ways to hold his own on the floor. is a good rebounder and likes to run downcourt afterwards. Is able to drive to the basket and is able to finish efficiently. Is fearless when going to the basket and is able to absorb contact.


Amara Sonko, 6-6, Forward, Brooklyn Democracy Academy, Class of 2024 - A forward that has plenty of strength and is a dominant presence on the floor. Has the ability to be a force on the floor and is able to make great plays in the post area and can attack the glass for rebounds. Has the ability to throw down powerful dunks and muscle his way in the paint and finish efficiently.


Prophet Fields 6-3, Point Guard, Our Saviour Lutheran High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to be a solid playmaker that is able to make his presence felt in different ways. Has the ability to make shots from three-point range, especially when it comes to him not being guarded. Is able to distribute the ball and make sure that his teammates get the ball and score.


Daniel Ogunleye 5-10, Point Guard, Epic South, Class of 2024 - A guard that is quick and deceptive on the floor and has the ability an offensive threat on the court. Is a true playmaker that has the ability to give his teammates the ability to score by getting them the ball. Likes to pull up and shoot from the perimeter and can also get to the basket and finish easily.

 

Jahmire Brewer 6-6, Forward, South Shore High School, Class of 2024 - A forward that has the ability to make plenty of great plays on the court and can attack in the low post. Also shows plenty of versatility as far as stepping out to shoot on the perimeter. Is a force as he is able to power up and finish at the basket.


Daouda Cisse 6-7, Forward, Our Saviour Lutheran High School, Class of 2024 - A forward that has a high motor, as he is able to provide plenty of versatility and tough play when he’s on the court. Is able to use his physicality, as he is able to muscle his way to the basket and is good at boxing out the opposition for rebounds.


Jeremiah Peoples 6-0, Shooting Guard, Our Saviour Lutheran High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to make great plays on the floor and is great at finding multiple ways to score, especially when it comes to finishing at the basket. Has plenty of athletic tendencies, as he is able to finish at the rim. Has good hands on the defensive end and is able to get steals efficiently.


Ahmed Cisse 6-4, Shooting Guard, Adlai Stevenson Educational Campus, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to make his presence felt on the offensive end. Loves to shoot from long range and finds ways to get open around three-point range and is able to anticipate the shot that he is taking. Is able to drive to the basket and is able to finish efficiently in the lane. Will also dish out the ball to his teammate if the opportunity arises,

 

 

2024 Nate Blue Showcase Standouts

By David Cordova,


On April 11, we made it to Louis D. Brandeis Educational Campus on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for the annual Nate Blue Showcase, which featured many of New York City’s best up and coming talent in one game and two games for the senior class of 2024. College coaches from NCAA Division II, Division III & NJCAA (junior college) schools were also in attendance. Here are the standouts for the event:


Sir’Patrick Livingston 6-2, Forward, South Bronx Preparatory High School, Class of 2024 - A forward that loves to get out on the break and run in transition. Is able to drive to the basket with ease and is a solid finisher at the cup. Is fearless when it comes to absorbing contact, especially when going up for rebounds.


Jordin Walker 5-11, Shooting Guard, Cardozo High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that is a scoring threat everyone he touches the ball. Is known for having a penchant for hitting three-pointers at will every time when he’s on the wing. Is a great defensive threat that is prone to getting steals and then sprinting down court on the fast break. Is able to finish efficiently when going up for two.


Victor Lyle 6-1, Shooting Guard, Albert Tuitt Educational Campus, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to dominate the floor at his position. Is a player that is known for his ability to shoot from long range and is able to create for himself off the dribble at all times. Is able to get past his defender with ease and get to the basket with ease.


Robert Phelps, Jr. 6-5, Shooting Guard, Bedford Academy, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to make great plays on the court and is a true scorer on the floor. Is a player that loves to get to the basket and can destroy the opposition if he is not guarded heavily. Is also able to obtain rebounds with ease.


Kai Harvey 5-6, Shooting Guard, Mount Vernon High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to be a playmaker and great decision-maker when on the court. Is able to see where his teammates are at every time they are getting down court. Has the ability to drive down court and finish efficiently. Is also a good shooter from long range.


Eric Fagin, Jr. 6-3, Shooting Guard. Monsignor Scanlan High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that can make his presence felt in many ways. Is a player that likes to hustle on both ends of the court. Is a player that can shoot from long range and is fearless when driving to the basket, as he always looks to get to the free-throw line.


Jeremiah Jacobs 6-8, Forward, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2025 - A forward that is a physical presence in the low post and is able to hold his own when it comes to getting rebounds in the paint area. Is able to throw down dunks efficiently and can finish efficiently in the paint when it comes to layups. Is able to alter the opposition’s shot by showing off his length.


Elijah King 6-1, Shooting Guard, Eagle Academy I, Class of 2027 - A guard that is quick and deceptive every time he is out on the break. Is able to get to the basket with ease and is a good shooter from three-point range. Has a lot of confidence in his game and can find his teammates on the break when the opportunity presents itself.


Tavien Taylor 5-6, Point Guard, Mount Vernon High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that is able to make an impact whenever he is on the court. Is able to find his teammates whenever he is on the perimeter and puts them in position to score, especially if they’re open. Has the ability to make great plays on the floor, especially on the defensive end. Knows when to attack the basket and can also hit shots from outside.


Josh Rivera 6-6, Forward, Archbishop Stepinac High School, Class of 2027 - A forward that has the ability to use his length and versatility in many ways. Has the ability to step out on the three-point range and can hit shots. Is able to put the ball on the floor and can crash the boards for rebounds.


Tristan Davis 5-8, Point Guard, Thomas Jefferson Campus, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to make his presence felt on the court in many ways. Is known for making plays that will leave the defenders startled, as he has a quick first step that he uses to get past the opposition. Is able to drive to the basket and score with ease. Is able to distribute the ball with ease.


Jahmire Brewer 6-7, Forward, South Shore High School, Class of 2024 - A forward that has plenty of strength and has the ability to be a force in the low post. Is able to showcase his athleticism when he goes up for powerful dunks in the post. Is able to put the ball on the floor and make pull up jumpers from the top of the key. Is able to obtain rebounds and make cutback baskets.

 

 

2024 Pro Level Titans 17u Elite Player Profiles

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Pro Level Titans are a New York City based grass roots program that strives to educate athletes and build life-enrichment skills such as work ethic, commitment, self-motivation, integrity, perseverance, and self-discipline. The program motivates, inspires, and pushes their athletes to the max in every practice.  Giving them the foundation to lead to a memorable and thrilling college-level experience.


The program is directed by Brian King.


2024 Pro Level Titans 17u Elite started its 2024 campaign with a 6-0 run and championship at the New England HoopFest. Their roster is as below.


                      (Clicking on the player’s name pulls up their profile):

 

#1 Tylar Okai-Koi (2025) 6’4 guard, Phelps School (PA) - Long, agile, hyper active on both ends, whose team-oriented play disguises the fact that he can flat-out score the ball. 3.8 gpa


#3 Ford Okehi (2025) 6’1 point guard, Taft School (CT) - 2023-24 All NEPSAC Team. Okehi is hyper-skilled with a knack for making shots. He not only excels in scoring but also possesses the skill to facilitate for his teammates. He can play on or off the ball.  3.7 gpa


Hasan Spencer (2025) 6’7 forward, Canarsie High - Spencer a big man who is a force to be in the paint, rebounding and scoring at will.


#5 Dayn Campbell (2025) 6’1 guard, MacDuffie School (MA) - Campbell is a talented shot maker at all 3 levels. He is a team catalyst on offense and a tenacious defender at the other end.


#7 Pharrell Aybar (2025) 6’1 guard, A Phillip Randolph Campus - “Playing off of two feet is a college ball skill”, Aybar has that skill. His change of direction quickness is also a difference maker. He can generate off script offense for both himself and his teammates. He will also splash it from deep. 3.5 gpa


#8 Eli Kocet (2025)6’5 shooting guard, Lee Academy (ME) - Kocet is a lengthy and skilled sharp shooter from Australia.


#14 Leo Becker (2025) 6’5 small forward, Haverford School (PA) - Becker is a glue guy, grabbing rebounds, setting screens, making the right pass, all while playing tough defense. A great and highly coachable teammate. 3.9 gpa


#17 Antoine Vandewiele (2025) 6’11 forward, Dwight School - Vandewiele excels due to his exceptional rebounding ability, commanding presence in the paint, and proficient shot-blocking skills. His height and strength make him a formidable opponent under the basket, both offensively and defensively. 3.7 gpa


#20 Abubacarr Camara (2024) 6’4 guard, Putnam Science Academy (CT) - Camara is a very athletic,  elite level defender. He is crafty and can pass the ball. He also can shoot the 3. 3.6 gpa


#21 Harrison Muntner (2025) 6’4 guard, Frederick Gunn School (CT) - Munter is a scorer with very deep range. 3.0 gpa

 

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2024 Riverside Church Hawks 16u-Irizarry Player Profiles

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The Riverside Hawks, one of NYC’s most storied programs, was founded by the historic Riverside Church in the early 1960’s. The program’s mission is still to help students and families use basketball to pursue academic opportunities and to promote their character development.

 

Their Class of 2026 (16u) team is coached by Jose Irizarry, Associate Head Coach at Mt St Michaels Academy, and former assistant coach at Wagner College.

 

The Riverside Church Hawks 16u-Irizarry are profiled below:

 

                  (click on the players’ names and their profiles will pop up)
                   


#0 Jahzir Crawford (2026) 5’10 point guard, Holy Cross High - An explosively fast player, who magnifies that edge by changing speeds with great effectiveness. He sees the floor well and makes good decisions. MVP of last December’s Jordan Brand Classic game. Offered by Manhattan as a 8th grader.


#1 Mason Santiago (2026) 6’6 shooting guard, St Peter’s Prep (NJ) - Santiago has the handle to get himself open and get off his lethal, quick release jump shot.  He is an active and impactful defender, tough on the ball, in the passing lanes and shot blocking.


#2 Malik Fields (2026) 6’6 guard, Cardinal Hayes High - Fields is a very assertive scorer, fearless on his drives and fluid in the midrange. Fields likes to play off of screens and is a dangerous shooter when he is in the corner. He is also a multi-positional defender. Holds multiple D1 offers, including Texas A&M and Florida International. 3.4 gpa


#3 Brad Brown (2026) 6’0 point guard, Don Bosco Prep (NJ) -Brown is a dynamic lead guard with elite scoring ability. He Is lights out from the 3 and mid range. He is a pit bull and on defense and is a good leader.


#10 Jayden Holman (2026) 6’0 point guard, Arts High School (NJ) - On offense, Holman is both a jump shooter and a rim attack man. His biggest rep though comes from the defensive end of the court. He suffocates ball handlers and steals their dribble. He is also a disrupter in his hawking in the passing lanes.


#11 Saad Mitchell (2026)  6’4 guard, Hudson Catholic High (NJ) - Mitchell is an explosive leaper in his ability to attack the rim, which buys him extra time to finish past defenders. His jump shot is good enough to open up his basket drive opportunities. He is good on screen switches due to his ability to guard multiple positions.


#12 Najay Bess (2026) 6’5 shooting guard, St Raymonds High - Bess is athletic, enabling him to both can score over defenders and drives past them. He also can defend multiple positions. Bess is piling up D1 offers, including Robert Morris, Valparaiso and Texas A&M.


#15 Preston Merrick (2026) 6’6 guard, Hotchkiss School (CT) - Merrick put up a strong sophomore season vs. elite NEPSAC Class A competition with Hotchkiss. He averaged 15 ppg, 7.5 rpg and 3.5 assists. He plays with great pace and is a 3 level scorer with special athleticism. He plays the game like he thinks that defending and rebounding matter.


#23 Kenny Thompson (2026) 6’10 forward, Blair Academy (NJ) - Thompson has court vision and a feel for the game that Nikola Jokic is proving to be invaluable in a big. He can also implode team defenses by hitting threes/pulling rim defenders away from the rim. Offered by Texas A&M.


#30 Will Higgs (2026) 6’11 forward, St. Peter’s Prep (NJ) - Higgs brings a “not-in-my-house” level of defensive presence in the paint. He moves his feet well and has NBA length that makes him an elite shot-blocker and contester.


Lucas Laungayan (2026) 5’9 point guard, Greenwich Country Day School (CT) - Laungayan is a high energy leader who consistently makes the right decision and knocks down the open shot. Teammates feed off of his defensive intensity. His quickness allows him to disrupt the rhythm of most point guards that he matches up with. 3.7 gpa

 

2024 PVO Elite 17u Player Profiles

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PVO Elite basketball program is an affiliation of the Positive Vibes Community Group. PVO strives to help high school athletes achieve their dreams of playing college basketball. The 2024 17u team is coached by Jerome Austin and his assistant coach, Benny Mermelstein.  The PVO Elite 17u basketball team features some outstanding players, see the notes on them below:

 

Sasha Mermelstein (2026) 5’11 point guard, Kent School (CT) - Mermelstein is an elite floor general, who has uncanny basketball IQ and passing ability. He also is an elite shooter and has crafty finishing ability. Ivy League and Patriot League schools should be paying attention. 3.4 gpa


Scotty Lee (2024)  6’5 ard, Boys and Girls High - Lee is a do it all guard. He is an elite shooter from everywhere on the court. He has the ability to play either guard positions at a high level. If you need a basket you simply put the ball in his hands. Lee is a low to mid major prospect with major upside.


Jerome Whyte (2025) 6’4 small forward, Believe Prep (SC) - Whyte is a premier athlete who plays the game above the rim. He is also an elite defender. His mid-range game is developing nicely as well as his of the ball movement. He is a D2 and JUCO prospect who has low major upside.


Angelo Guzman (2024) 6’0 guard, South Shore High - Guzman is PVO’s engine. He plays extremely hard on both ends of the floor. He is an elite two sport athlete who shows off his unworldly athleticism on the court as well as the gridiron. He is relentless when attacking the rim. He also is a consistent shooter both of the dribble and spot up. Low majors should be paying attention.


Erik Graves (2026) 6’3 guard, Monsignor Scanlan High - Graves is a player any college program would dream of. He plays extremely hard on both sides of the ball. He is extremely teachable and coachable. Every game he is given the hardest defensive assignment and shuts his opponent down easily. He also is an elite slasher and rebounder. Division 2 programs should be paying attention.


Lorenzo Spence (2026) 6’10 forward, South Shore High - Spence is currently dealing with some injuries but is looking to make is PVO debut at Made Hoops Live in Virginia. He is an elite rebounder and shot blocker. He is still raw offensively, but when he puts it all together he will be a scary prospect going forward.


Tyler Thomas (2025) 6’7 forward, South Shore High - Thomas is a big body who does most of his work around the basket. He is hard to stop around the rim and also has a very polished midrange game. He also excels in pick and roll scenarios with the ability to pop out to the three point line.


Chris Etienne (2025) 6’3 guard, South Shore High - Etienne is another two sport athlete with a college-ready build. He is an elite slasher who plays very hard. He also excels on the defensive side of the ball garnering multiple steals per game.

 

 

2024 PSA Cardinals 16u EYBL Player Profiles

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ProScholars Athletics is a nationally renown grass roots basketball program, based in New York City. Their main objective is to use team sports as platforms to not only showcase their student’s athletic gifts but to expose them to greater social and academic opportunities that ensure they can succeed at the collegiate level. In doing so, they aim to break this cycle of poverty by creating cohorts of student athletes that can flourish in institutions of higher learning, graduate debt free (or close to it). The basketball program has been directed since 2008 by author and coach Terrance “Munch” Williams, and their teams play under the name PSA Cardinals.


2024 PSA Cardinals 16u team is coached by Donavan Jones, and the roster is as follows:


Hassan Koureissi (2026) 6’5 guard, Archbishop Stepinac High - Koureissi has established himself as a high-major prospect over the winter season. His improved jumper and ability to handle the ball have made him a dangerous scorer and he is a pretty good athlete and defender as well. Has received an offer from the University of Dayton Flyers.


Jayden Hodge (2026) 6’5 wing, St. Rose High (NJ) - This Belgian native is rising up the ranks with his well rounded European skill set. His similarly skilled older brother just committed to Villanova.


Jalen Grant (2026) 6’0 guard, Roselle Catholic High (NJ) - Grant has a tight handle and first step quickness, which he uses to blow by defenders and get to a variety of rim finishes. He has good court vision and shoots the ball with a quick release. Has received multiple D1 offers, including Seton Hall, Providence, Auburn and Kansas State.

Julius Avent (2026) 6’8 wing/forward, Bergan High (NJ) - Avent is an athletic, physical 3-level scoring threat. He takes advantage of smaller defenders inside the perimeter, uses his length to score. He hits jumpers and crashes the boards. He can switch all screens, with his ability to guard 1-5. Holds multiple D1 offers, including Villanova, Seton Hall and George Washington.


Jasiah Jervis (2026) 6’5 guard, Archbishop Stepinac High -Jervis is a really good shooter who has continued to develop as a playmaker, and now is projecting as a high major prospect. #51 nationally ranked player by Rivals. Holds multiple D1 offers, including St. John’s, Iona, Manhattan and Rhode Island.


Johnny Bol Akot (2026) 7’0 forward, MacDuffie School (MA) - Bol Akot is e versatile and has a skill set that includes a three-point shot. He can also finish on the inside, using his height and athleticism for putback dunks. He runs the floor extremely well and is developing into a big time shot blocker. He has been honing his game against high level, NEPSAC Class AA talent at MacDuffie.


KJ Coles (2026) 6’2 point guard, Pocono Mountain West High (PA) - A high major prospect at point guard. He plays with pace, great change of direction, and is shifty with the ball. He has a very high basketball IQ. He hits step-back threes and floaters in the lane.


Dylan Mingo (2026) 6’5 guard, Long Island Lutheran High - Ranked #20 nationally by ESPN. Mingo has great positional size, athleticism, and feel for the game. Developing his game with and against the highest level of high school talent with LuHi. Holds multiple D1 offers, including Missouri and Providence.


Adonis Ratliff (2026) 6’8 wing, Archbishop Stepinac High - Ratliff’s size not helps him be dominant in the paint, but also provides him with clearance when shooting from beyond the arc. Ratliff is deadly accuracy in his three-point shooting, often catching opponents off-guard with his range.  The son of former NBA big man Theo Ratliff. Holds multiple D1 offers, including Bryant and Manhattan.


Darius Ratliff (2026) 6’11 wing/forward, Archbishop Stepinac High - Despite being sidelined by injury during the high school season, Ratliff’s skill versatility remains undeniable. Also Theo Ratliff’s son.


Drew Carrao (2026) 6’9 forward, Archbishop John Carroll - Carrao is building toward being a high impact stretch four. He already shoots threes at a high clip. He has refined ball handling and improved his passing. Received an offer from Big South champion, High Point University.

 

2024 New Heights15u EYBL Player Profiles

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New Heights is a sports-based youth development organization that creates opportunities for youth to rise to their potential on the basketball court, in the classroom and in their communities. Their mission is to educate and empower promising underserved youth to be leaders, champions and student-athletes by developing the skills necessary for success in high school, college and life.

 

The coaches and educators are positive role models who guide youth through adolescence and into young adulthood, and motivate them to develop the social, behavioral, academic and athletic assets necessary for maintaining physical and mental health throughout their lives.

 

The 2024 15u EYBL team is coached by Rodney Frazier. The players’ profiles are as below.


                (Clicking on the player’s name pulls up their profile)


Darrell Nderitu (2027) 6’7 forward, Beaver Country Day (MA) - Nderitu is a stretch 4 with promising potential. He is a good athlete with a high basketball IQ.


Jayden Johnson,6’1 guard, Elizabeth High (NJ) - Johnson may be the best shooter in the Tri-state area. He hit 47 threes in varsity ball as a freshman this winter. Has logo distance range. Johnson has an opportunity to be a top 50 player nationally in his class.


Amir Dockery 5’11 point guard, Eagle Academy Brooklyn - Dockery won the City championship as the starting point guard as a freshman. 2023-24 PSAL Freshman of the Year. He plays physically and forces TO’s. He has impressive playmaking vision, handle and IQ. Holds an offer from LIU.​


Talib Martin 6’5 small forward, St. Peters Prep - ​Comes from a family of D1 basketball players. Already has next level size with a good handle and the ability to get past defenders on his way to the rim.


Marque Johnson 6’5 (2028) College Achieve (NJ) - A high potential 8th grader playing up at the highest levels. ​Super athlete which twitchy bounce and that plays above the rim. ​Reminds scouts of Mike Beasley at a young age.


Kamsi Awaka (2027) 6’10 Cheshire Academy (CT) - High major, ​Tobe Awaka’s younger and taller brother. A skilled big with NBA Size who finishes above the rim with ease.  He is a force on the interior holding down the paint on both ends. ​Has the opportunity to be a top 30 player in the country.


Noah Johnson 6’0 point guard, The Pennington School (NJ) - Johnson is a crafty point guard who broke school single season varsity assist record as a freshman. He gets to the line, has a very smooth handle and scores consistently when attacking the rim. On defense, he applies intense ball pressure, and forces turnovers on the defensive end with his active hands.


Vasaun Harper (2027) 6’3 guard, Immaculate Conception (NJ) - ​One of the best freshman in the state of New Jersey. Harper attacks the basket with a purpose as he finishes nicely around the rim and is unafraid of contact. Harper rarely gets rattled by on-ball pressure and can find open teammates in the halfcourt. He is a solid rebounder and uses his quick hands to get deflections on defense. Harper has the trajectory to be a high major player.

Mikahi Allen (2027) 6’3 guard, Don Bosco High (NJ) - A dual sport athlete (football) with defensive intangibles. Has D1 football offers as a safety.


Dominic Jimenez (2027) 6’0 guard, Christ The King High - Jimenez has a defense-first mindset. On Offense, he plays with a speed and toughness that allows him to dictate the pace of the game. He has a quick first step and was able to find his way to the rim on a number of drives. He also rebounded the ball well, especially for his size, and would start the break himself.

Mike Ervin (2027) Jr 6’0 guard Eaglebrook School (MA) - Ervin is a knockdown shooter, who can also can guard well on the perimeter. 

Bo Ran “Moon” Yue (2027) 6’10 forward, St. Thomas More School (CT) - In from Shenyang Lianing, China, Yue is a skilled big, with NBA size. ​His long term projection is very promising, he has the good body and will be developing with New Heights in the spring and NEPSAC basketball under high major talent developer, Jere Quinn in the winter.

2024 New Heights 16u EYBL Player Profiles

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New Heights is a sports-based youth development organization that creates opportunities for youth to rise to their potential on the basketball court, in the classroom and in their communities. Their mission is to educate and empower promising underserved youth to be leaders, champions and student-athletes by developing the skills necessary for success in high school, college and life.

 

The coaches and educators are positive role models who guide youth through adolescence and into young adulthood, and motivate them to develop the social, behavioral, academic and athletic assets necessary for maintaining physical and mental health throughout their lives.

 

The 2024 16u EYBL team is coached by Rahme Anderson, who is also the New Heights Director of Boys Basketball.

 

The players’ profiles are as below.  (Clicking on the player’s name pulls up their profile)


Deron Rippey Jr. (2026) 6’2 point guard, Blair Academy (NJ) - ​5 star recruit. 2024 USA Basketball Mini Camp MVP.​ Ranked in the nation’s Top 40 by 24/7 Sports. A very quick and agile lead guard seemingly gets into the lane at will and is creates for his teammates. His jump shot has shown great improvement.​ Holds multiple D1 offers, including Villanova, Illinois and Rutgers.

Jermel “Mel Mel” Thomas (2026) 6’3 point guard, Cardinal Hayes High - Competes with Rippey as being the best point guard in NYC. Impressive ball-handling skills, great court vision, and consistently finds open teammates. One the hardest players to guard in the the CHSAA this past winter. Observers think that he shows flashes of Sebastian Telfair. Holds multiple D1 offers, including Villanova, St Johns and Eastern Michigan.


Kole Grandison (2026) 6’5 small forward, Immaculate Conception (NJ) - Grandison is a very good athlete and a big time shooter. He also can defend multiple positions.


Eric Hillsman (2026) 6’7 small forward,  Roselle Catholic (NJ) - Hillsman is a lengthy, super athlete who looks to dunk everything. ​Has the potential to be a national top 50 recruit. His ability to slash to the basket is elite, constantly putting pressure on the defense. His outside shooting is good enough to complement his abilty to attack the rim. 


Oesoemana Sacko (2026) 6’8 forward, St. Francis Prep - ​Sacko is a skilled big. He’s got a strong frame and good length which enables him bang effectively in the paint. He is also a problem to keep off of the offensive boards, and scoring on put backs. He will create mismatches at the next level because he can also work from the perimeter with a consistent catch-n-shoot 3 ball. He has been working on his perimeter defense, to enhance his ability to switch on screens.


Jahda Swann (2026) 6’4 wing, Thomas Jefferson High - Swann had a great sophomore season at Thomas Jefferson.  High Major Potential. A great ​blasher, but also a capable shooter. One of the best defenders in the City. A big guard who plays much bigger thanks to his wingspan and athleticism.


Davonne “DJ” Biggins Jr. (2026) 6’2 Kingswood-Oxford School (CT) - 2023-24 All NEPSAC and All Founders League as a sophomore. A tremendous floor a general. The crafty lefty guard has great athleticism and uses that to get to the rim, block shots, finish in transition, and pick up full court.


Alonzo Archbold (2026) 6’7 small forward, Curtis High - Archbold is a lengthy wing player, who has a lethal combination of athleticism and skill. His ability to finish around the basket helped him lead Staten Island in scoring as a sophomore.


Caleb Ourigou (2026) 6’10 forward, Lawrence Woodmere Academy - Ourigou is a very good athlete with a 7’0 wingspan. He is trending toward becoming a High Major big. He already holds an offer from St John’s. He is big, agile and very strong. He can score in the paint, including an unguardable hook shot. Defensively, he is a great presence on the interior. He blocks and intimidates shots near the rim, and he sucks in rebounds from a wide area.​ His offensive game is improving rapidly. He is only turning 16 in 2024.


Jackson Southerland (2026) 6’2 South Kent School (CT) - Southerland is a very good athlete, with a knack for scoring the basketball in close and from three point range. He is good with the ball and in seeing the floor on offense. He has active hands and defensive tenacity.

2024 New Heights Lightning 17u EYBL Player Profiles

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Two of the most storied programs in New York City grassroots basketball history have again teamed up again this year to field a combined team on the EYBL circuit. New Heights and the New York Lightning playing under the New Heights Lightning flag.

New Heights Lightning 17u EYBL team is coached by Shandue McNeill. His roster is as follows:


                          (Clicking on the player’s name pulls up their profile)

 

Amere Brown (2025) 5’10 guard, Woodland Hills (PA) - Brown brings quickness and agility to the court on the defensive end to cause havoc for the opponent on a regular basis. His speed on the football field translates at a high level on the basketball court on the fast break while getting out on the run and finishing at the basket.


Amari Evans (2025) 6’5 guard, Overtime Elite - Evans has High Major quick first step and agility. He gets to the basket.  body control have been on full display as he’s attacked downhill and gotten to the basket. Has been dominating on the glass, as well. He holds multiple D1 offers, including Tennessee, Villanova, Xavier and Providence.


Preston Fowler (2025) 6’8 wing, Brewster Academy (NH) - - #117 ranked player in the nation by 24/7 Sports. #7 ranked Class of 2025 player in New England by Prep Hoops. Fowler is a versatile forward prospect who can shoot the ball, attack the rack, rebound and defend. He has a wide-ranging skillset. Plays AAU ball with New Heights Lightning.


Reggie Grodin (2025) 6’5 guard, Newman School (MA) - Grodin has nice length, which helps him see options when running the point. It also makes him a box out problem when he crashes from the perimeter. Attacks aggressively and equally with either hand. He gets out on the break and plays above the rim.


Christian Jeffrey (2025) 6’3 guard, Mt. Zion Prep (MD) - Ranked as a Top 100 player nationally by 24/7 Sports. Jeffrey is a powerful, downhill guard coming off a big prep season leading Mt Zion.  His passing ability stands out, as he has excellent timing, anticipation, and delivery on a variety of reads. Defensively, he disrupts the opponent’s lead guad, with quick hands and a lot of desire.


Mabilmawut Mabil (2025) 6’10 forward, Our Saviour Lutheran - Mabil is a skilled 4,5 who can score inside or outside. He has the ability to stretch the defense with his 3pt shot. He is a rim protector and can rebound in traffic. He is a solid defender that can guard 3-5.

 

Ayomi Odetoyinbo (2025) 6’8 center , Our Saviour Lutheran - Odetoyebo is a long athletic center, who is a high level shot blocker and rim protector. He rebounds in traffic. He goes above the rim as a high level lob threat and finisher.


Jordan Skyers (2025) 6’3 guard, Our Saviour Lutheran -  Skyers a big time athletic guard who plays above the rim, has a quick handle, and loves to get downhill. He can score from all three levels. Holds offers from Rhode Island and LIU offer


Connor Sprattley (2025) 6’1 guard, Thomas Jefferson High - Sprattley has a quick first step, a quick release and range out past the three point line that is very hard to guard. He can create off the dribble as well as shoot off the dribble.


Meleek Thomas (2025) 6’6 guard, Lincoln Park (PA) - Thom fills it up from all three levels. He features an explosively effective change of pace, and can finish past rim protectors. He has a fluid pull-up jumper and floater in the paint.

 

2024 NY Gauchos 3SSB 17u Player Profiles

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The New York Gauchos Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball program offers youth in New York City the highest quality athletic programming, academic support and enrichment, and opportunities for lifelong success. Their goals are to produce athletes who can play basketball at the highest competitive levels, and to cultivate strong students and well-rounded citizens. Since 1967, the internationally-recognized New York Gauchos have operated under the stewardship of Teamwork Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit located in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx.  Each year they provide approximately 300 student athletes with an elite travel team experience, academic enrichment, and educational opportunities. Their home is the iconic the Gauchos Gym in the Bronx.


The Gauchos have a 17u boys team playing in the 2024 3SSB circuit that is sponsored by addidas. The team is being coached by NYC basketball coaching stalwart, Book Richardson.  His player’s profiles are as follows:


                          (Clicking on the player’s name pulls up their profile)

 

#1 Nigel Moore (2025) 6’2 guard, St Francis Prep - A speedy guard with a big rep as a tough defender, he challenges ball handlers and disrupts their rhythm and set plays. His great speed also allows him to excel in transition and beat defenders down the court. Moore has developed a smooth shooting stroke, which is reliable. He makes threes, floaters,  and tough inside hoops as well.


#2 Sincere Folk (2026) 6’0 point guard, South Shore High - Folk is a vocal leader who gets his guys in the right spots and looks to create for others. He defends well and has forced big turnovers thin big games.


#3 Johnny Keenan (2025) 5’10 point guard, Iona Prep - Keenan oozes “NYC point guard”. He plays fearless, aggressive, and and crafty basketball. Usually the smallest player on the court, which never seters him form having big impact on the game. He runs an offense, and can score in a wide spectrum of ways. Offered by Fordham.


#5 Lucas Morrilo (2025) 6’7 small forward, Iona Prep - Morrillo is everyone’s favorite teammate, in that he is always bring enthusiasm and high energy play. He stays under control ,plays above the rim and can score from all three levels. He defends multiple positions. He holds multiple D1 offers including High Point, Manhattan and University of Washington.


#11 Trevor Lewis (2025) 6’1 guard, Thomas Jefferson High - A hard playing hustler that will do whatever his teams needs to win. Wins 50-50 balls and defends like every game is Game 7. He shows college-game skills in that he plays off of two feet in the lane and can drop floaters. He will also seeks contact on his basket drives, and be a foul-magnet. 


#13 Asher Elson (2025) 6’10 forward, South Shore High - Elson is a high ceiling big. He’s versatile, has a high motor and is steadily improving his game.  He can shoot the ball very well from the midrange, or deeper. Holds multiple D1 offers, including Illinois, Syracuse, St. John’s, Fordham, Creighton and Temple.


#14 Brandon Stores, Jr. (2025) 6’4 small forward, St Raymond High (Georgia Tech commit) - Stores does everything on the court both sides of the ball.  He has a high basketball IQ, and can score from anywhere on anyone. He gets significant elevation on his shot, including mid range, and fall-away jumpers.


#15 Shamari Mitchell (2025) 6’7 forward, South Shore High - Mitchell is a very high-energy player and is a force on both ends of the court. He attacks the glass and loves to run the court in both directions. He is a great, above the rim finishers. He is a shot blocking and influencer on the defensive end of the court.


#23 Colin Phang (2025) 6’7 small forward, St Raymond High - A physically strong and active big. Phang’s activity levels and mobility make him a double-double potential every game. He defends the rim with attitude.


#35 Tristan Burth (2024) 6’8 forward, Adlai Stevenson High - Burth just completed a PSAL season as one of the city’s dominant bigs. Strong, athletic and plays hard. He has a body that is built to double-double. 3.4 gpa


  Elijah Parker (2025) 6’3 guard, Holy Cross High (CT) - Parker has excellent foot speed and a lethal first step. He can also hit the open three, when the defenses get wary of his paint drives. He covers a lot of ground is is impactful with his defensive activity.


  Halon Rawlins (2027) 6’6 small forward, Nazareth Regional High - Rawlins is on a steady rise as top NY prospect. He possesses the size to shoot over perimeter defenders, and has a nice stroke. He can also get into the paint using minimal dribbles.

 

 

 

2024 Riverside Church Hawks 17u-Colon Player Profiles

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The Riverside Hawks, one of NYC’s most storied programs, was founded by the historic Riverside Church in the early 1960’s. The program’s mission is still to help students and families use basketball to pursue academic opportunities and to promote their character development.

 

Their 17u team is coached by Daniel Colon , and his roster is as follows:

 

                          (Clicking on the player’s name pulls up their profile)

 

#0 Abdoulaye Konate (2025) 6’ 5 guard, The Patrick School (NJ) - Konate is a lengthy and uber athletic guard. He has a tight handle and breaks defenders down. He has a nice wingspan which helps his rebounding. He loves to run on the fast break and is able to finish efficiently around the rim.


#1 Tai Turnage (2025)  6’0 point guard, St Raymond High - Turnage will hit multiple 3’s from the NBA line in a game. He will also rise and drop it from the mid range. He pushes the ball in transition, and has a coach’s son feel for decision making. He is an active mover and cutter when off of the ball.


#2 Vincent Chaudhri (2025) 6’7 small forward, Northfield Mt Hermon (MA) - Chaudhri is bouncy, with great lift on his high-release jumper. is Similarly his dunks came in from high above the rim. He can handle the ball and create. He is a defensive weapon vs the pick-n-roll, as he can switch onto and cover every opponent.


#3 Austin Spencer (2025) 6’2 guard, St Peter’s High (NJ) - Spencer has a smooth release on his jumper and can splash it from distance.  He can also has a solid handle, is a good passer and can finish around the basket.


#5 LJ Saunders (2025) 6’3 guard, Blair Academy (NJ) - He is a knock down 3 point shooter who finds a way to get to this spots. He is also a crafty ball handler, and great teammate. Projected to be a D1 player.


#10 Kaelen “Deuce” Destine (2025) 6’1 point guard, Cardinal Hayes High - Destine can put the ball on the deck, but has a big rep for splashing the long ball. He plays with energy on both ends of the floor.


#11 Brendan Oliver (2025) 6’6 small forward, Blair Academy (NJ) - Oliver is super athletic and was major contributor as to his 22-4 Blair team this past winter. He is versatile defender, an improved shooter, and a rim attacker.


#12 Tyler Francis (2025) 6’8 forward, Hotchkiss School (CT) - Francis is a dynamic and athletic wing player who excels at driving to the basket with authority. His ability to navigate through defenders and finish plays in traffic makes him a formidable force on the court. With a high upside, Francis shows great promise as a player who can continue to develop and elevate his game. Offered by Manhattan.


#15 Evan Brown (2025) 6’3 guard, Hun School (NJ) -  Brown plays with strength and power, and is unafraid of drawing contact in the paint and rises up nicely on his jumper. He is a strong rebounder for a guard.  He has the length to defend multiple spots on the floor. Brown dropped a career-high 31 points against Immaculate Conception last season.


#20 Amadou Fall (2025) 6’9 forward, Millbrook School - Fall is on a rapid rise, he is coming off an All Conference Western Preps and All NEPSAC season. He is long, agile for his size, and able to change the game on both ends of the floor. An above average rim-runner and rebounder.


#22 Jack Bailey (2025)  6’10 forward, forward, Blair Academy (NJ) - Bailey holds multiple D1 offers, including Boston College, St Johns, Georgia Tech and Cal Berkley.  He has great his size, but he is also able to knock down the three or take his opponent off the dribble.

 

2024 NY Rens United-Becil College Prospects

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Rens United is an high academic oriented team affiliated with the renown NY Rens program. The program is New York City based but players are sourced from multiple states. They have a strong history of sending athletes to high-academic universities at all three levels across the northeast.


The 2025s team is head coached by Andrew Becil a former college player and current NEPSAC AA prep school coach at Wilbraham & Monson Academy (MA). Becil is partnered with Cormac Reilly. The team will compete in the Marquee Hoops Circuit.

 

The roster is again loaded with high academic college basketball prospects:

 


                            (Clicking on the player’s name pulls up their profile, which includes video highlights)


David Dix (2025) 5’10 point guard, Canterbury School (CT) - Lightning quick true point guard. Plays to get his teammates involved, non-stop energy + communication. Elite on-ball defender who picks up 94 feet. Holds NJIT offer. 3.8 gpa


Jakub Lomicka (2025) 6’9 forward Bergen Catholic High (NJ) - Probably one of the most interesting prospects in AAU this summer. Super under-the-radar wing/forward with real experience playing on the ball back home in european play. Phenomenal passing feel and understanding of the game. Can shoot, handle, play around the rim, and see the floor. Needs to be seen. 3.9 gpa


LJ Katz (2025)6’0 guard, Peddie School (NJ) - Elite shooter from every which way — off the bounce, catch, off any action, anything. Great feel, attacks closeouts effectively playing off his jumper. Shooting ability allows him to go between playing on and off the ball just as effectively. 3.8 gpa


AJ Mickens (2025) 6’4 Hun School (NJ) - Strong, smooth, and skilled scoring guard. High-level scorer from every spot on the floor. Never does too much with the basketball. Ivy/CAA/NEC/Patriot. 3.7 gpa


Benedek Maly (2025) 6’7 Trinity Pawling School - Powerful downhill lefty wing, junkyard dog mentality. Relentless straight line driver, can guard 2 through 4 and effectively play a small-ball 5. Super high-academic. NESCAC recruitment right now, Coach Becil thinks that he winds up on some NE10 lists and maybe impresses beyond that. 3.8 gpa

 

Luke Seltzer (2025) 6’6 small forward, Phillips Andover Academy (MA) -  Big wing who does a bit of everything. Nice looking jumper off the catch + bounce. Great size and length on the wing. Rebounds and defends big. Never more than 2-3 dribbles getting downhill. 4.0 gpa

 

Darrell “DJ” Brown Jr. (2025) 6’3 guard, West Nottingham Academy (MD) - - Best athlete in every gym he steps into (seriously). Head-at-the-rim athleticism. Elevation on jumper lets him get it off whenever he wants. Constant communicator, relentless defensively, non-stop motor. Needs to be on pretty much every single Low Major radar. 3.8 gpa


Jules Varin (2025) 6’3 guard, Hotchkiss School (CT) - Lefty sniper who impacts the game without needing the ball much. Always in the right spots offensively + defensively. Efficiently attacks closeouts, always has his head up when he puts the ball on the floor. 3.8 gpa


Avery Headley (2025) 6’6 forward St Benedict’s High (NJ) - Elite athlete with a college-ready body and a really nice looking jumper. Gets his head to the rim on straight line drives. Can keep the ball in front on the perimeter guarding 1 through 3, and can bang around the rim with bigs as needed. Very high-level 3+D prospect. 3.8 gpa


Anson Beard (2025) 6’5 small forward, Lawrenceville School (NJ) - Playmaking guard with great positional size as someone who can legitimately play on the ball. Will take point guard reps this summer. Really comfortable handling the ball against pressure, head up at all times. Shoots it out to NBA range. Super high-academic. 3.8 gpa


Peter Knapp (2025) 6’1 guard,  Millbrook School - High-energy defender, non-stop pest on the basketball. Spaces the floor offensively, and hunts paint touches to get teammates open. 3.8 gpa

 


Catch the team’s 2024 event schedule here

 

 

 

2025 Wiz Kids 16u Player Profiles

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In 1990, following a successful professional and collegiate basketball career, Clarence, “Mugsy” Leggett began his journey to being a community leader. His desire to make a positive impact on children is inspired by his years spent growing up in the education system and playgrounds of New York City. He quickly developed an appreciation for the benefits provided to him through a combination of academics and skills he learned on the basketball court. Understanding the importance of a supportive village and how basketball affects the self-esteem of the inner city youth, Mugsy knew he wanted to be a part of change.


Wiz Kids started as a small basketball recreation program in the Bronx with only volunteers and family members. Being embraced by the local boys and girls, the program expanded to various gymnasiums and courts throughout the Bronx.  In 2001, Books B4 Ball Organization/Wiz kids Basketball Program settled in the Northeast part of the Bronx, serving over 550 children annually, focused on ages 5-18, but even extending the reach to adults age from the New York City metro area. In the years to follow, the program has proudly worked with over 1300 students.


All Wiz Kids student athletes are required to meet scholastic and behavioral requirements in school before they can play ball. Study hall, tutoring, mentoring and college and high school tours are a part of the Wiz Kids curriculum. Report cards and progress reports are checked regularly.

 

The 2024 Wiz Kids 16u team is coached by the highly regarded skills trainer Daman Brown, and his assistant coaches Chris McCullers and Alfredo Figueroa.  Their roster is as follows:

 

                          (Clicking on the player’s name pulls up their profile, which includes video highlights)

 


#0 Hunter Stoll (2026) 6’6 small forward, Choate Rosemary Hall (CT) - Stoll is a versatile stretch wing with the ability to change shots. Stoll shoots the mid range and 3 ball at high efficiency.


#1 Johansel Cruz (2026) 5’7 point guard, Monsignor Scanlan High - Cruz is a shifty guard with a smooth handle and a high IQ. He is quick and picks his spots well offensively.


#2 Jalen Mehu (2026) 6’4 small forward, Archbishop Stepinac High - Mehu is a versatile defender who can guard the 1-4 spots. Has a very high shot iq while on the move, taking efficient pull up jump shots and floaters. He has a great ability of getting to the rim in the half court set and finishing at the basket.


#3 Tyler Wallace (2026) 6’3 guard, Phelps School (PA) - Big combo guard who is a very efficient three level scorer due to his size and feel for the game. A solid perimeter defender who initiates a lot of transition baskets from his on ball defense.


#5 Joe Wolf (2026) 6’2 guard, Iona Prep - Wolf is an excellent shooter with a high basketball IQ . He can defend at a high level as well.


#11 Owen Zabel (2026) Hotchkiss School (CT) - Zabel is a pure point guard who has the ability to score at all 3 levels. He lives in the paint and has really become a special playmaker. High IQ and has the ability to see plays unfold at a high level. 3.7 gpa


#13 Dave Gaymon (2026) 6’3 guard, Cardinal Hayes High - A very tough and physical combo guard. Gaymon gets it done on both ends of the court, consistently helping the team turn defense into offense. Has the ability to initiate and finish offensive sets at a high level.


#22 Issa Sawadogo (2026) 6’5 small forward, Monsignor Scanlan High - Sawadogo has a great basketball physique, a very strong and lengthy player who is able to guard multiple positions. Rebounds the ball extremely well and excels at getting easy layups and being in the right positions to be set up from his guards.


#24 Rowan Introzzi (2026) 6’5 small forward, Greenwich Country Day School (CT) - Introzzi is a versatile player with the ability to drive, finish, pass and shoot. He is strong and uses his body well to get in the paint and finish.


#30 Joseph Holness (2026) Mt. Vernon High - Holness is a versatile big man who has a soft touch around the rim while playing above it as well. A good rebounder who’s also able to alter shots at a high level. Not afraid to step outside the paint and knock down jumpshots.

 

 

 

2024 Empire Youth Athletics 16u-Haggerty Player Profiles

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Empire Youth Athletics is based out of Long Island, NY. Their goal is to mold their players into hard-working, coachable individuals by providing a high quality coaching and training experience for them.

 

This 16u team is coached by St Francis Prep assistant varsity coach, Brian Haggerty. They are participating in the Hoop Group circuit tournaments. The following are the team’s player profiles:

 

                          (Clicking on the player’s name pulls up their profile)

 


Lawrence Hailes (2026) 5’11 guard, St Francis Prep - A crafty guard that has a great feel around the rim, and can also score efficiently from the mid range and 3. Hailes is lethal in transition. 3.6 gpa


Diego Reyes (2026) 6’2 small forward,  St Francis Prep - Reyes does a little bit of everything on the court. He can score both from inside and outside. He is a willing defender and brings energy every time he steps on the court. 3.4 gpa


Pavlo Papantonio (2027) 6’2 small forward, St Francis Prep - Papantonio can score at the rim, mid range, and has a great catch and shoot 3 shot. He is continuously working on his game on the court and in the weight room. He is a very unselfish player, constantly looking for his teammates. Coach Haggerty feels that the sky is the limit for Papantonio.


Johnathan Cruz (2026) 6’1 small forward, St Francis Prep - Cruz is an energy giver on the court. He is impactful as a constant communicator on and off the court. Cruz is a culture builder in being a high level defender, winning 50/50 balls and taking charges. 3.8 gpa


Jude Bulatao (2026) 5’6 point guard, St Francis Prep - Bulatao is scrappy. He uses his quickness to get to the rim, and he is a catch and shoot 3 point threat.


Deshawn Wilson (2026) 6’2 small forward, Earl Monroe Academy - Wilson plays with a ton of energy. He is a natural born leader. He can score tough baskets as an excellent slasher through the lane. He uses his length on the defensive end to get deflections, steals, and blocks.  3.4 gpa


Kareem Kanuteh (2026) 6’0 guard, Earl Monroe Academy - Kanuteh is a natural scorer. He creates his own shot and is lethal in transition. Coaches love him being a very vocal leader on and off the court.

 

Kameron Stuckey (2026) 6’0 guard, Earl Monroe Academy - Stuckey is a gifted scorer. He is crafty and strong in his ability to can create his own shot and shots for others. He will beat you in transition, and with his smooth pull up jumper. He is also prolific catching and shooting the 3.


Jayden Kiser (2026) 5’10 point guard, Earl Monroe Academy - Kiser always wants to impact the game, by picking up the full 94 feet. He is always willing to guard the other team’s best players. He is impactful in transition, and is constantly working on building his 3 point shot percentage. 3.1 gpa


Bryce Ozuna (2026) 6’6 forward, Earl Monroe Academy - Ozuna’s future bodes well, as he is always improving his game. He has solid foot work and touch in the post. He is an elite shot blocker. The combination of his high potential and dedicated work ethic projects very good things for this young developing big. 3.4 gpa


Cooper Cordes (2026) 5’11 guard, Lynbrook High School - Cordes is a knock down 3 point shooter. He is a very smart player who knows the game very well. Cordes is a vocal leader in practice and games. He is working on building his strength to finish more efficiently in the paint. 4.0 gpa


Chase Herrington (2026) 5’11 guard, Islip High School - Herrington is extremely lethal in transition. He flies up and down the court hunting lay ups or catch and shoot 3’s. Herrington does not fear anyone when driving it into the paint. 3.3 gpa

 

 

2024 Empire Youth Athletics 17u-Cavallaro Player Profiles

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Empire Youth Athletics is based out of Long Island, NY. Their goal is to mold their players into hard-working, coachable individuals by providing a high quality coaching and training experience for them.

 

This 17u team is coached by Joe Cavallaro, Harborfields High varsity coach. He studied at St. John’s University, where he was able to work under Coach Chris Mullin. Coach Cavallaro has a strong passion for defense and player development. This team participates in Hoop Group circuit tournaments.


The following are player profiles for Empire Youth Athletics 17u-Cavallaro:


                        (Clicking on the player’s name pulls up their profile)

 


Stevie Williams (2024) 5’11 point guard, St John the Baptist High - A super talented guard who is a nightmare to matchup against. 2023-24 First Team All Nassau Suffolk CHSAA. Big enough to bully smaller guards and quick enough to blow by bigger defenders with his elite change of pace. He has a very high IQ and feel for the game. He’s a leader on the court and a guy that his teammates naturally gravitate towards. EYA is looking for him to have a big time spring season.


Chris Williams (2025) 5’10 point guard, St John the Baptist High - An extremely athletic guard who affects the game with and without the ball in his hands. Williams makes plays for himself as well as getting his teammates involved. He can finish around the rim through contact and shoots the 3 well. An extremely smart young man with a great feel for the game. He does whatever is needed of him to win and is someone people love to play with. 4.0 gpa


Jahrell James (2024) 5’11 point guard, Hillcrest High - A super athletic guard with a lot of talent. Shoots the 3 well and plays efficiently off the dribble. James plays high level defense and uses his wingspan to be extremely disruptive. He rebounds the ball very well on both ends of the floor and is a vocal leader on the court. EYA expects him to be a standout player for the team this spring.


Austin Wrynn (2024) 6’5 forward, Kellenberg Memorial High - A strong and athletic big with a great 3 point shot. Wyrnn rebounds the ball very well and is an “energizer bunny” on offense. He loves to get in the gym to work and has improved his game every single season. Has good touch around the rim and extends his team’s possessions with his effort and intensity. EYA is looking for Wrynn to take another big leap this spring.


Myles Opare (2024) 6’3 small forward, Newfield High - A tough and athletic forward who shoots the 3 very efficiently. He talks nonstop on the defensive end, always helping his teammates be in a position for success. Opare is a natural leader who can hurt you in a number of different ways offensively. An extremely team-oriented player who will do whatever it takes to win.


Nate Grossman (2025) 5’11 guard, Cold Spring Harbor High- An athletic guard who is a high level shooter. Scores the ball from all 3 levels and knows how to get others involved. Moves his feet very well defensively, and has great instincts on both sides of the floor. Grossman has a great feel for the game and makes the people around him better.


Joe Kiely (2025) 6’1 wing, Cold Spring Harbor High- A versatile wing/forward who does a little bit of everything. Kiely plays extremely hard and does whatever is asked of him to win. He is a ferocious rebounder who can fight down low with guys bigger than he. Moves his feet very well on defense and isn’t afraid of putting his body on the line for his team.


Chris Sakelos (2025) 6’4 small forward, Bethpage High - A stretch 4 who can score from all 3 levels. Shoots the 3 efficiently and has great touch around the rim. He sets great screens and knows how to play off of his ball handlers. Has a good feel for the game and knows how to get his shots off from his spots.

 

 

Lightning Amateur Basketball Club Defenders 2026 Player Profiles

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Assistant Varsity Coach at Christ the King (27 years); former Freshmen Coach at Monsignor McClancy, Coach Artie Cox has helped build and guide a number of high-profile AAU programs throughout his many years of coaching including Riverside BQ Express, Team Odom, NY Rens and now the Lightning Amateur Basketball Club. LABC is a part of the Long Island Lightning, under the guidance of its founder, Jim Fox and director, Jim Fox Jr., based in Hempstead, NY. The teams will compete on the Under Armour Next circuit


The Defenders 2026 (16u) team is coached by 20 year Christ the King veteran coach, James Horan. Horan is currently CTK’s JV coach and assistant varsity coach. He is partnered with CTK varsity assistant coach, Sean Lewis.  Below is their 2026 roster:

 

                        (Clicking on the player’s name pulls up their profile)

 


Orion Cobb (2026) 6’7 forward, Christ the King High - Cobb is a high-motor forward who can get up and down the floor as well as anyone his size. At 6’7”, 210 lbs, he is a physical presence on the defensive end of the court, with impeccable timing as a shot blocker. He can defend bigger players inside and has improved his lateral movement, allowing him to defend more on the wing. Cobb is a good finisher from within 12 feet, has improved his free throw shooting, and can finish in transition off the bounce. Great upside.


Justin Williams (2026) 5’9 point guard, Monsignor McClancy High - Williams is a steady, low-turnover, high-efficiency point guard. He has a consistent shot from the 3-point line, can hit the mid-range pull up jump shot, and is excellent at finding the open man once he gets in the lane. He is a very physical defender for his size, with the ability to guard without fouling. Coaches point guard, great attitude, and very determined to WIN.


Cameron Serrano (2026) 6’3 guard, St. Mary’s High - Serrano is a complete wing. Versatile in his ability to score, he can beat you off the dribble going to the basket or off a pull-up. He is also a very reliable set 3-point shooter. Cam has great athleticism and strength, allowing him to finish in the lane with contact. Another physical defender who excels in transition and playing passing lanes. Also a competent rebounder from his position.


Daquan Bryant (2026) 5’7 point guard,  Eagle Academy Brooklyn - At his best off the dribble, Bryant has the ability to break down defenses with the dribble, resulting in high-quality shots for those on the court with him. He plays good off 2-feet once he gets in the lane, has a good mid-range/floater to close possessions, and has an advanced understanding of how to attack different defenses. Daquan is a good on-ball defender, causing problems for other guards who may perceive his size as a disadvantage for him.


Corey Baylor Jr. (2026) 5’11 point guard, The Avenues School - Baylor is an excellent 3-point shooter. He excels in creating space for his shot on and off the dribble. Reads defenses well, allowing him to find open spaces on the court to get his shot off. He has long arms, making him a difficult match-up for wing players trying to shoot or drive on him.


Brian Kapfer (2026) 6’3 guard, Fordham Prep - Kapfer is a knock-down 3 point shooter. He excels as a floor spacer. When his shot is taken away, he has the ability to use his size and strength to get in the lane and finish with contact efficiently. Brian is a solid on the ball defender and very good rebounder from the guard position. 3.6 gpa


Amosun “Musa” Toluwalase (2026) 6’6 forward, Holy Cross High - Toluwalase is an excellent shot blocker and rim protector. He has good range on his jump shot, with an ability to his set-shot 3 pointers. He is an efficient finisher with 8-10 feet of the basket. He excels the most in transition where he can finish possessions with the pass or a basket. High-ceiling for this still growing class of 2026 forward.


Jacob Gomez (2026) 5’11 guard, St. John’s Prep - Gomez is a very underrated guard out of Long Island City. He is a tenacious defender with a knack for causing turnovers. Jacob is a reliable shooter, but at his best when he can dribble penetrate and finish around the rim. Jacob has a strong mid-range game. Jacob is the ultimate team player, leading by example every possession with his attitude, hustle, and fierce competitiveness.


Brandon Iglesias (2026) 6’4 small forward, Notre Dame-West Haven (CT) - Iglesias is a bruiser in the paint who can step out and hit the 3 point shot with consistency. An excellent finisher around the rim, very good defensive rebounder, and the ultimate hustle-man. Brandon is a good defender when matched up against players with a size advantage. He uses his strength and speed to his advantage when being defended by taller players. Brandon has a high ceiling.

 

Kaelin Vilfort (2026) 6’4 small forward, Valley Stream North - Vilfort is a floor spacing 4-man. He has a consistent three point shot, making him a difficult cover in the pick-and-roll. He is a solid interior defender and good defensive rebounder. He also has a soft touch around the rim. Vilfort’s shot making ability from mid and long range sets him apart from other players of similar size.

 

 

 

2024 Hoop Group Long Island Warmup Top Performers

By David Cordova,

 

On Saturday, April 6, we paid a visit to the Island Garden facility in West Hempstead, Long Island for the Hoop Group Long Island Warmup, which was a showcase that marked the start of the AAU season for many of the teams. Many of the teams were from the Tri-state area and showed plenty of promise on the court that will bode well for when they play on their respective circuits. Here are the standouts from this past weekend’s games.


Jakai Sanders 6-3, Point Guard, Eagle Academy II, New York Lightning HGSL 17U, Class of 2024 (Siena College commit) - A guard that has plenty of finesse in his game and is able to make his presence felt on the court. Is able to drive to the basket and create for himself when it comes to scoring. Has excellent court vision and is able to distribute the ball to his teammate.


Jordan Gabriel 6-8, Forward, Archbishop Stepinac High School (Post Grad program TBD), Crown 17U, Class of 2025 - A forward that has the opportunity to hold his own on the floor. Is a player that has plenty of length and uses his physicality to his advantage, as he is able to muscle his way to the basket. Is able to obtain rebounds at a great pace.

 

Ryan Moesch 6-0, Point Guard, Cushing Academy (MA), Crown 17U, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to take over the game with his skills. Is a player that can shoot at a high volume and is very fearless when trying to drive to the basket. Has a penchant for distributing the ball to his teammates when the opportunity presents itself.


Myles Blackley, 6-5, Forward, Immaculate Conception High School (NJ), NJ Beasts HGSL 17U, Class of 2025 - A guard that is very shifty when he has the ball in his hands and is able to score in bunches. Has plenty of size and is able to outwork smaller players. Has a penchant for knocking down three-pointers from the corner.


Brandon Russell, 6-5, Forward, Archbishop Ryan High School (PA), NJ Beasts HGSL 17U, Class of 2025 - A forward that has the ability to make an impact on both ends of the floor. Is able to muscle his way to the basket, as he is able to drive and draw fouls. Is also a force on the low block and can obtain rebounds and run down court afterwards on a fast break.


Robert Phelps, Jr. 6-5, Shooting Guard, Bedford Academy, Eddie Lau Elite 16U, Class of 2025 - A guard that has a solid all-around game on the court. Has the ability to drive to the basket and is a good finisher. Is able to draw fouls and get to the free-throw line. Is able to move around off the ball and is able to anticipate passes before it gets to him.


Darren McFarlane 6-6, Forward, Monsignor Scanlan High School, Wiz Kids 17U, Class of 2024 - A forward that is a dominant presence in the low post, as he is able to use his physicality to hold his own. Is able to showcase his athleticism by throwing down powerful dunks. Is able to attack in the post area by finishing in the lane when going for layups.


Oesoemana Sacko 6-8, Forward, St. Francis Preparatory High School, Team Crate 16U, Class of 2026 - A forward that is very mobile and has plenty of versatility on the floor. Has a penchant for muscling and outworking the opposition when in the paint. Is able to put the ball on the floor and find ways to score, whether it is shooting from the perimeter and driving to the basket.


Caleb Ourigou 6-9, Forward, Lawrence Woodmere Academy, Team Crate 16U, Class of 2026 - A forward that is a dominant presence and is a force on the court. Has a penchant for making great plays on the defensive end and can flash to the glass to absorb rebounds. Is able to make his presence felt in the low post and can throw down powerful dunks, finishing in the lane powerfully.


Troy Fason Jr. 5-11, Point Guard, St. Francis Preparatory High School, Team Crate 16U, Class of 2026 - A guard that has plenty of finesse in his game and is a true floor general, as he knows what to do on the floor. Is able to find his teammates if they’re open or streaking towards the basket. Has the ability to get to the basket and is a good finisher.


Jermaine King, Jr. 5-7, Point Guard, William Floyd High School, Rising Stars 17U, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to be a true playmaker on the floor in various ways. Has the ability to make shots from long range and is also great at dishing passes to his teammate and puts them in position to score. Has the ability to be a finisher when driving to the basket.


Alex Mazzella, 5-10, Point Guard, St. Joseph Regional High School (NJ), NJ Beasts HGSL 16U, Class of 2027 - A guard that has the ability to make his presence felt as a leader and a true floor general on the court. Has great court awareness, as he is able to distribute the ball to his teammates, who are usually going towards the basket or are trying to be open. Likes to flash to the basket and is a good finisher at the basket.


Antoine “Butta” Williams 6-0, Shooting Guard, Putnam Science Academy (CT), New Haven Heat 17U, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to make great plays on the floor and allows his game to flow in his team’s offense. Has great court awareness and looks to see where his teammates are on the floor to see where his teammates are on the floor. Likes to shoot from long range and can be a great finisher when he is going to the basket.


Aidan Carter, 6-3, Point Guard, St. Thomas Aquinas High School (NJ), New Jersey Roadrunners 17U, Class of 2027 - A guard that is a jack of all trades on the court and makes his presence felt on the court. Is a good rebounder and likes to get on the fast break after. Is able to make his shots from the perimeter and can drive to the basket and finishes in the lane.

 

 

2024 New Haven Heat-Made Hoops 16u Player Profiles

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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. Doc Kennedy runs the program and Lawrence McGill, assistant coach at Amistad High, coaches their 16u Made Hoops circuit level team.


Here is the New Haven Heat Made Hoops 16u roster for this season:


                        (Clicking on the player’s name pulls up their profile)

 

Germone Barnes (2026) 6’0 point guard, Hamden High (CT) - Barnes is a high IQ lead guard who plays with intensity and is very unselfish. He has developed the ability to shoot off the catch.  He is a high level half-court defender who can guard positions 1-3.


Miguel Chaparro (2026) 6’1 guard, Amistad High (CT) - Chaparro is a crafty, speedy and confident guard who has a knack for breaking his defender down and getting into the gaps with ease. His biggest intangibles are his heart and motor.


George Ganim (2026) 5’10 point guard, Notre Dame-West Haven High (CT) - Ganim is a crafty guard who has the ability to get to his spots and make the right plays for himself or for others. He is a very fundamental and sound defender. 4.0 gpa


Jaynatae “Moca” Jackson (2026) 5’7 point guard, Hamden High (CT) - Jackson is a tenacious 94 foot defender who loves to apply pressure on ball handlers and create turnovers. He is also a really good rebounder for his size.


Mamady Kourouma (2026) 6’2 guard, Hillhouse High (CT) - Kourouma is a true athlete. He grabs rebounds and finishes taller than his 6’2 frame. This also allows him to play and defend 2-5 when needed.  He has developed into a really good catch and shoot threat.


Adrian “AJ” Shepard (2026) 6’4 guard, Rocky Hill Day School (RI) - Shepard is the youngest on the team but he belongs. First Team All SENE, First Team All NEPSAC Class C, averaging 18 ppg 6.7 rpg and 1.28 spg. He already has a college-ready body, running on a high motor. He is an elite slasher but he can also spread the court with his deep ball shooting. He is also a lock-down defender and rebounds with a passion. On the front end of building a very special career.


Takki Oliver (2026) 6’4 small forward, Amistad High (CT)-  Oliver is the youngest on the team and is still growing into his long and rangy frame, building his body out. He flourishes in transition, and uses his 6’6 wingspan to defend positions 2-4.


Emonie Devone (2026) 6’3 small forward, Wilbur Cross High (CT) - Devone is undersized low post force who can guard positions 3-5. He has also developed the ability to put the ball on the floor and step out to hit the occasional 3 pointer, which makes him a real match up problem.


Chris Torres Jr (2026) 6’3 guard, East Providence High (RI) - Torres is a high IQ guard who uses his size to get to his spots, set up others and shoot off the dribble at a consistent clip.  He also rebounds well as a guard, and can defend positions 1 through 3 at a high level

 

2024 City Rocks EYBL 17u Player Profiles

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In 1993 Jim Hart along with four other area coaches started the City Rocks program. Now entering their 20th season, City Rocks field over 20 teams made up from over 200 boys and girls from Upstate New York and beyond. They have achieved National acclaim and are widely considered a Top 20 AAU program in the USA. They have placed hundreds of athletes into athletic scholarships, and have six that played in the NBA.


Jim Hart has served on the Advisory Board of Nike Grassroots Basketball. Jim also serves on the Advisory Board of iHoops a collaboration of the NCAA and NBA whose mission is to establish a structure and develop programs to improve the quality of youth basketball in America in order to enhance the athletic, educational, and social experience of the participants.


The 2024 City Rocks EYBL 17u players are as follows:

 

Keyshuan Tillery (2025) 6’1 guard, New Hampton School (NH) - #144 ranked player in the nation by 24/7 Sports. #7 ranked player in New England by Prep Hoops. Tillery’s ability to make plays for others makes him a coveted recruit. He is a pass-first, drive and kick, screen-roll and kick playmaker, but can score it is called for. He has a high motor and will-to-win that shows up in his defense and hard hustling style. All NEPSAC AAA as a junior. All NEBL First Team as a junior. Has received multiple d1 offers, including Washington, Georgia Tech and Northwestern. 3.5 gpa Vi

 

Mason Blackwood (2025) 6’7 small forward, New Hampton School (NH) - #9 ranked player in New England by Prep Hoops. At 6’6’, Blackwood has great size as a wing. He has the ability to slash to the basket and use his athleticism to get above the defense around the rim. He also can hit shots from beyond the arc and mid-range, using his rise to hit contested jumpers. Blackwood is also extremely tough to stop in transition, with high level speed and the ability to dribble and finish in traffic. All NEPSAC as a junior. All NEBL as a junior. He has been offered by multiple D1 schools, including Georgia Washington, Bryant and Marquette

 

Jacob Davis (2025) 6’8 forward, Cushing Academy (MA) - Davis is a load! He sets teeth-rattling screens,  and clears a wide berth in the rebounding wars. He is active and smart, and has surprisingly soft hands in his ball control He has received a D1 offer from North Carolina A&T.


Charlie O’Sullivan (2025) 6’10 forward, Loomis Chaffee School (CT) - O’Sullivan is a lights out shooter with range. He has a very good handle. The lefty has a great face up game as well. Has received interest from Virginia and Pitt. 4.2 gpa


Gavin Doty (2025) 6’5 guard, Fulton High - One of the most talented guards in his class. #15 ranked player in New York by Prep Hoops. With tremendous size for the guard position, Doty has above-average playmaking ability. He is smooth with the ball and makes the correct decision the majority of the time. Doty averaged 29 points, 13 rebounds, 9 assists, 3 steals and 1 blocks per game this past season. Holds multiple D1 offers, including Buffalo, Bryant, Northern Kentucky, NJIT and Coastal Carolina. 3.9 gpa


Tahlan Pettway (2025) 6’1 guard, MacDuffie School (MA) - 2022-23 MaxPreps Massachusetts High School Basketball Player of the Year. Pettway is a highly skilled and speedy guard. His ability to heat up from the outside in a hurry adds a dynamic scoring element to his game.  What sets Pettway apart is his high-level breakdown skills, allowing him to navigate through defenses with precision and create scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates.


Badara Diakite (2025) 6’9 forward , South Kent School (CT) - #93 ranked player in the nation by 24/7 Sports. #3 ranked player in New England by Prep Hoops. Diakite is an incredibly unique prospect with a combination of size, length, and fluidity you rarely see from a wing at this age. His feel is advanced, as seen in his playing on and off the ball, subtle passing manipulation and timely cutting. He also leverages his good shooting to get downhill and has impressive footwork and tight space navigation as a slasher. His motor and length together were game-changing on the defensive end as well, as he crowds ball handlers, makes plays in the passing lanes, and bothers shots at the rim.


Isaiah Henderson (2025) 6’5 small forward, Kimball Union Academy (NH) -  Henderson has already established a college-ready build while displaying a sublime scoring arsenal and proficiency as a shot-maker. Henderson has developed a high-arching release, and is able to spread out defenders with his range. He can also muscle his way into the paint and score. He also utilizes his long reach to levitate above the rim and finish. One of the more compelling aspects of Henderson’s game is his ability to create his own shot without requiring a lot of dribbles.


Imahri Wooten (2026) 6’5 small forward, Putnam Science Academy (CT) - As a long and athletic guard, he brings versatility to the court, excelling both on the inside and outside. With his exceptional athleticism, Wooten delivers powerful poster dunks, often brought on by his ability to get out in transition.


Liam Dagostino (2025) 6’4 small forward Canterbury School (CT) - Dagostino knocks down open 3’s on catch-n-shoots. He plays his defensive rotations well, and steals the ball both from dribblers and in passing lanes. 2023-24 Western Prep Honorable Mention.


Andreo Ash (2025) 6’8 forward, Canterbury School (CT) - Ash earned standout honors at the Scholar Roundball Classic after dropping 26 points with 6 boards in the win over Suffield. Ash can get it going in a hurry offensively and uses his body well on the glass. Voted MVP of the Western New England Preps as a junior. All NEPSAC as a junior.  He has received offers from Stony Brook, Seton Hall and Bryant.


Parrish Edmond Jr (2025) 6’5 small forward, Notre Dame-Fairfield (CT) -  Edmond has next level leaping ability and athleticism. Attacks the rim with reckless abandon, with excellent slashing ability and a very good, quick pull up jump shot. Very good offensive rebounder. A long and active defender with great timing/shot blocking ability. Improving guard skills, including ball handling, slashing and 3 point shooting. Extremely high ceiling.  Under exposed while playing in high school, Edmond has attracted a D1 offer from his home town’s Sacred Heart University. 2023-24 All State CIAC Second Team.

 

 

 

 

 

2024 Crown Basketball 17u HGSL Player Profiles

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The Crown Basketball program is based out of Long Island. It is a highly respected program with experienced coaches who are developing talent at all ages. The 17u HGSL team is coached by the program head, Chris Diasparra, a former assistant coach and player at Adelphi University.

 

The 2024 Crown Basketball 17u HGSL roster is as follows:


Brandon Arnold (2025) 6’3 guard, Kimball Union Academy (NH) - Arnold is very quick and has a tight handle. His change of direction is hard to stay in front of. He has an accurate and athletic jumpshot. Crafty in the lane. Offered by Quinnipiac.


Nolan Raymond  2025) 5’10 guard, Vermont Academy - Raymond plays team basketball, and competes on every possession He is he a reliable scorer, and a ball thief on defense.


Ryan Moesch (2026) 6’2 guard, Cushing Academy (MA) - Moesch who was the leading scorer in New York state averaging 37 points a game during his junior season at Chittenago this past winter. He has a quick first step and a wide ranging scoring package. Not only is he a prolific scorer, but he also makes a significant impact as a playmaker, displaying a keen basketball IQ and facilitating opportunities for his teammates. He crashes the boards with tenacity. On defense he actively gets into passing lanes, leading to steals and defensive stops.


Seth Pryor (2026) 6’7 small forward,,Cheshire Academy (CT) - Pryor has the ability to take you off the dribble or knock down shots. A good defender on or in help defense. Displayed the knack of blocking shots either in defending on the ball or rotating in from a help defense situation.


Joel Ferebe (2025) 6’6 small forward, Bellport High - A is a strong and athletic, above-the-rim player who is a serious double-double threat in every game.


Sean Glynn (2025) 6’5 small forward, Bellport High - Glynn is a strong physical player. He can score the ball many different ways, stretch the floor and hit the three and by being very efficient inside. Really good going to his left. 4.0 gpa


Justin Brown (2025) 6’2 point guard, Holy Trinity Diocesan High - Brown is an outstanding lefty shooter. He has a quick first step that he is using to attack the aggressive close-outs that his shooting talent draws. That is helping him advance his attack the basket and finish skills.  He works at developing his craft, and the consistent improvement shows.


Jordan Gabriel (2024/25) 6’8 forward, Archbishop Stepinac High (Choosing a PG school soon) - Gabriel was a big time impact player for CHSAA AA Champs Stepinac this past winter. He finishes through contact on the inside, and can step out and hit shots from outside. Gabriel also blocks shots, rebounds and runs the floor well.


John Spinoso (2025) 6’3 guard, Port Washington High - Per Coach Diasparra, Spinoso has a high of basketball IQ as anyone who has come through his program. Spinoso continues to make himself better.Great feel for the game on both ends. He reads passing lanes on defense and has excellent hands. Biggest strength offensively is he is an excellent passer, sees passes most players don’t see on the court. Can shoot the 3 and has good touch around the basket.

 

 

2024 CM3 17u Player Profiles

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CM3 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. Their 17u team is coached by Dr. Ken Hoyte, assistant coach at Brooklyn Collegiate High.
 

The 2024 CM3 17u roster is below:

 

Jaziah Luckie-Carter (2025) 6’7 small forward, Brooklyn Collegiate High - Long, lanky SF with high level guard skills. Began hearing from several D1s after a big summer on the Marquee Hoops circuit last year. Missed much of the 2023-24 high school season with injuries but looking to become one of NYC’s premier 2025 prospects.


Toribola Babs-Ogundeji (2024/25) 6’5 small forward, Brooklyn Collegiate High - Ogundeji uses his 7’ wingspan to lock up on defense – can guard 1-4. Three-level scorer who brings great energy. Visiting D1s this spring and considering a postgrad prep year.


Sheriff Akerele (2025) 6’5 power forward, 2025 Brooklyn Collegiate - Strong forward who uses his strength and quickness to cause havoc in the paint. Improving jump shot and perimeter defense – should be one of the PSALs top forwards next year.


Amir Owens (2025) 5’10 point guard, Broome Street Academy - Quick and shifty PG capable of making jump shots in bunches. Great handle and IQ – stock should rise this summer.


Flavio Jean (2025) 6’0 point guard, Brooklyn Collegiate High - One of NYCs top 2025 PGs, a two-year starter and three-year captain at Brooklyn Collegiate. A tough playmaking guard who scores from all 3 levels. Elite IQ and doesn’t take a play off. Several D1s have been in to see him during the high school season.


Jayden Johnson (2024) 6’1 point guard, Cushing Academy - A crafty lefty PG who shot 48% from 3 at one of the NEPSAC’s top prep schools. Makes every pass and has an elite midrange game. Currently hearing from several D1 programs in the MEAC and MAAC.


Sean Johnson (2024) 5’11 guard, Canarsie High - Averaged 17ppg, 5rpg, 3apg at Canarsie. Elite shooting guard who gets to the basket at will. Brings a quintessential ‘Brooklyn’ toughness.


Tyler Edore (2024) 6’8 power forward, Brooklyn Collegiate High -  NYC’s top unsigned 2024 big man will likely be making a college decision soon. Led Brooklyn Collegiate in PPG and RPG. Holds Brooklyn Collegiate’s single season and career record for blocked shots. Capable of dominating the paint and shoots the 3 over 40%. 3.9 gpa


Ronnie Livingston (2025) 6’1 guard, Teacher’s Prep High -  22PPG at Teacher’s Prep. A rugged, high flying guard. An “and-1” machine who uses strength and athleticism well. Elite rebounder from the guard spot.


Da King Smith (2024) 6’4 shooting guard, Metro BDA - Big physical guard that averaged 18ppg 6rpg for PSAL Multiple Pathways League Champion BDA. Elite shooter who has great court vision and the ability to consistently pass guys open.


Shaban Jefferson (2024) 5’10 shooting guard, Newtown High - Quick guard with knack for finishing around the basket. Solid midrange game. Capable of defending 94ft.

 

Ashton Reynolds (2024) 6’4 shooting guard, Transit Tech CTE High - All New York State Second Team. One of the most athletic guards to come out of New York City of late.  An explosive big, lengthy, guard who is good at changing of the speeds. He can shoot the 3 and is an excellent passer.

 

Ajani Flemming (2024) 6’2 guard, Eagle Academy-Brooklyn - Flemming has a quick first step and is able to break by his defender and drive to the basket efficiently. Has a good midrange jumper, which he shoots when he has the opportunity. He has also developed the reputation as one of the toughest defenders in NYC.


Alpha Keita (2024) 6’5 small forward, Bronx School of Science - Keita is a man amongst boys. Big time enforcer who takes pride in rebounding and can also step out to the 3 ball. Nonstop motor. 3.9 gpa

 

2024 Project Triple Threat 16u HGSL Player Profiles

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Project Triple Threat (PTT) is a Connecticut’s grass roots basketball club, founded by Choate Rosemary Hall varsity coach, Drew Dawson.  With a number of programs to meet the needs of various ages and abilities including player development training, camps and clinics and club teams, PTT is recognized as one of the most credible programs. Since 2017 they have placed more than 70 players onto college programs and have had those players secure more than $7 million in scholarship offers. in the northeastern United States.

 

Their 2024 16u HGSL team plays in the Hoop Group Showcase League and is coached by Dawson and Connecticut College Assistant Coach and PTT Director of Recruiting, Brett Zanardi. His roster is as below.

 

            (Clicking on the player’s name pulls up their profile): 

 

#0 Cam Major (2026) 6’0 guard, Manchester High (CT)


#1 Connor Crist (2026) 6’3 guard, Southington High (CT)


#2 Andrew Crayton (2026) 6’2 guard, Haddam-Killingworth High (CT)


#3 Noah Cast (2026) 5’11 point guard, Branford High (CT)


#4 Drew Dargati (2026) 6’4 small forward, Xavier High (CT)


#5 Mike Waters (2026) 6’3 guard, Xavier High (CT)


#11 Brody Cummings (2026) 5’10 point guard, Glastonbury High (CT)


#12 Declan Moriarty (2026) 6’0 guard, Haddam Killingworth High (CT)


#13 Miles Spodick (2026) 6’3 small forward, Amity High (CT)


#14 Joe DiMassa (2026) 5’10 point guard, Branford High (CT)


#15 Pearce Goodison (2026) 6’6 forward, Xavier High (CT)

 


 

2024 NY Gauchos 3SSB 16u Player Profiles

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The New York Gauchos Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball program offers youth in New York City the highest quality athletic programming, academic support and enrichment, and opportunities for lifelong success. Their goals are to produce athletes who can play basketball at the highest competitive levels, and to cultivate strong students and well-rounded citizens. Since 1967, the internationally-recognized New York Gauchos have operated under the stewardship of Teamwork Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit located in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx.  Each year they provide approximately 300 student athletes with an elite travel team experience, academic enrichment, and educational opportunities. Their home is the iconic the Gauchos Gym in the Bronx.


The Gauchos have a 16u boys team playing in the 2024 3SSB circuit that is sponsored by addidas. The player’s profiles are as follows:


                          (Clicking on the player’s name pulls up their profile)

 


#1 Sincere Folk (2026) 5’10 point guard, South SHore High


#2 Julian Desir (2025) 6’7 forward, Christ the King High


#3 Shameek Casillas (2026) 6’2 guard, Our Savior Lutheran School


#4 Rich Jackson Jr. (2027) 6’1 guard, Bishop Loughlin High


#5 Ethan Butler (2026) 6’6 guard, St Francis Prep


#10 Geremiah Glen (2026) 6’6 small forward, Holy Trinity Diocesan High


#11 Kaiden Francis (2026) 6’8 forward, Nazareth Memorial High


#12 Sebastian Jackson (2026) 6’3 guard Kennedy Catholic High


#14 Hassan Cisse (2026) 6’3 guard, St Raymonds High


#21 Ibrahima Camara (2026) 6’8 forward, John F Kennedy High


#23 Dylan Perry (2026) 6’7 forward, Archbishop Stepinac High

 

 

 

 

 

2024 NY Gauchos 3SSB 15u Player Profiles

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The New York Gauchos Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball program offers youth in New York City the highest quality athletic programming, academic support and enrichment, and opportunities for lifelong success. Their goals are to produce athletes who can play basketball at the highest competitive levels, and to cultivate strong students and well-rounded citizens. Since 1967, the internationally-recognized New York Gauchos have operated under the stewardship of Teamwork Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit located in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx.  Each year they provide approximately 300 student athletes with an elite travel team experience, academic enrichment, and educational opportunities. Their home is the iconic the Gauchos Gym in the Bronx.


The Gauchos have a 15u boys team playing in the 2024 3SSB circuit that is sponsored by addidas. The player’s profiles are as follows:


                          (Clicking on the player’s name pulls up their profile)

 

#0 Jaise Greaves (2027) 5’8 point guard, Archbishop Stepinac High


#1 Michael Kmetz (2027) 6’3 small forward, Iona Prep


#2 Elijah Jenkins (2027) 6’4 Monsignor Scanlan High


#3 Zaire “Za Za” Johnson (2027) 5’9 point guard, St Raymond High


#4 Noah Ferguson (2026) 6’4 small forward, Archbishop Stepinac High


#5 Joe Nunez (2027) 6’4 small forward, St Francis Prep


#10 Michael Chiara (2027) 6’3 small forward, Xaverian High


#11 Jayden Fisher (2027) 5’10 Kolbe Cathedral High (CT)


#12 Elijah Joseph (2027) 6’9 forward, Iona Prep


#24 Josh Simmons 6’6 forward, Iona Prep

 

 

 

2024 Project Triple Threat 17u HGSL Player Profiles

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Project Triple Threat (PTT) is a Connecticut’s grass roots basketball club, founded by Choate Rosemary Hall varsity coach, Drew Dawson.  With a number of programs to meet the needs of various ages and abilities including player development training, camps and clinics and club teams, PTT is recognized as one of the most credible programs. Since 2017 they have placed more than 70 players onto college programs and have had those players secure more than $7 million in scholarship offers. in the northeastern United States.

 

Their 2024 17u HGSL team plays in the Hoop Group Showcase League and is coached by Dawson and Connecticut College Assistant Coach and PTT Director of Recruiting, Brett Zanardi. His roster is as below.


            (Clicking on the player’s name pulls up their profile): 



#1 Malcolm Hunter (2025) 6’2 guard, Windham High (CT)


#3 Nate McCleery (2025) 6’2 guard, Westminster School (CT) - 4.0 gpa


#5 Jason Delevante (2025) 6’6 small forward, Platt High (CT)


#7 Anthony McKewon (2025) 5’10 point guard, Hall High (CT) - 3.6 gpa


#8 Isaiah Summer (2025) 6’5 small forward, Platt High (CT)


#9 Mike Timpano (2025) 5’10 point guard, East Lyme High (CT)

#10 Jonathan Niv (2025) 6’5 guard, Suffield Academy (CT) - 4.1 gpa


#11 Joe Schanzer (2024/5) 6’3 guard, St. Thomas More School (CT) - 3.7 gpa


#14 William Vachet (2025) 6’7 forward, Williston Northampton Academy (MA)


#15 Andrew Morikis (2025) 6’1 guard, Southington High (CT)


#33 David Smith (2025) 6’5 small forward, Glastonbury High (CT)


 

2024 Wiz Kids 17u Player Profiles

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In 1990, following a successful professional and collegiate basketball career, Clarence, “Mugsy” Leggett began his journey to being a community leader. His desire to make a positive impact on children is inspired by his years spent growing up in the education system and playgrounds of New York City. He quickly developed an appreciation for the benefits provided to him through a combination of academics and skills he learned on the basketball court. Understanding the importance of a supportive village and how basketball affects the self-esteem of the inner city youth, Mugsy knew he wanted to be a part of change.


Wiz Kids started as a small basketball recreation program in the Bronx with only volunteers and family members. Being embraced by the local boys and girls, the program expanded to various gymnasiums and courts throughout the Bronx.  In 2001, Books B4 Ball Organization/Wiz kids Basketball Program settled in the Northeast part of the Bronx, serving over 550 children annually, focused on ages 5-18, but even extending the reach to adults age from the New York City metro area. In the years to follow, the program has proudly worked with over 1300 students.


All Wiz Kids student athletes are required to meet scholastic and behavioral requirements in school before they can play ball. Study hall, tutoring, mentoring and college and high school tours are a part of the Wiz Kids curriculum. Report cards and progress reports are checked regularly.

 

The 2024 Wiz Kids 17u team is coached by Mugsy Leggett and the highly regarded skills trainer Jamal Brown, and the roster is as follows:


#3 Jake Sussberg (2025) 6’5 guard, Scarsdale High - A sharp shooter who includes transition pull up jumpers and stepback 3-pointers in his arsenal. He is also a very good rebounder for a guard, making him a constant double-double stat man. 4.0 gpa


#13 Caleb Andigue (2025) 6’8 forward, Mount Saint Michael Academy - Andigue has good touch as a back-to-the-basket scorer. He can also step out and shoot the 3. His long and athletic frame makes him a solid defender. Rim protection and rebounding are his major strengths. Good free throw shooter.


#4 Darren Mcfarlane (2024) 6’4 small forward, Monsignor Scanlan High - He is a strong and physical post player, where he imposes his will. He has post moves and can finish with either hand. He also runs the floor and finishes above the rim.


#15 Marcel Henry (2024) 6’7 forward, Iona Prep - Henry is a strong and tough rebounder who can get out and run the floor.Good in transition can start the break and then get down the floor and finish. He also body-ups well to score inside.


#2 Kaleb Popotte (2025) 6’2 guard, Monsignor Scanlan High - Popotte is an extremely quick guard with the ball, and he has an excellent handle and court vision. He is hard to stay in front of as he changes speed and direction really well. He gets into the lane and scores with his floaters.


#23 Dimiere Brunson (2025) 6’7 forward, All Hallows High - Brunson has a soft touch around the rim and can finish with either hand. He draws fouls, and makes the free throws. He also has a good mid-range shot.


#24 Aaron Mitchell (2025) 6’5 small forward, Mount Saint Michael Academy -Mitchell is a big physical player and a rebounding machine. His strong and athletic upper body makes him a tough match up on the block. He runs the floor well. 


#1 Josh Powell (2026) 6’5 guard, Archbishop Bishop Molloy High - Powell is making a name for himself as a top New York talent.  He has an outstanding basketball body. He gets great lift on his jumper, and is a strong driver and finisher to the rim. He is a strong and tough rebounder, who can lead and/or finish a fast break. He is also a really good on-ball defender.


#22 Dior Anderson (2026) 6’2 guard, Monsignor Scanlan High - A skilled and powerful three level scorer. He is lights out from the perimeter and has a mid range game that rivals those of the 80s. He even has a nice back to the basket game when he’s not slashing to the rim. Anderson is an elite level defender who is capable of guarding multiple positions due to his size and speed.  


#0 Taj Walters (2025) 6’5 guard, Greenwich Country Day School - Walters is an elite 3 level scorer. He is a lights out shooter from deep and finishes very well through contact. He is a good rebounder and can guard 1-5. He holds multiple D1 offers, including Hofstra and Northern Illinois.


#11 Diabe Bathily (2025) 6’8 guard, BFL Prep (WA) - Bathily is a long guard who can really defend. His length and mobility enable him to swallow up players on the perimeter. He also has the bounce and instincts to block shots and protect the rim. Offensively, he is developing a jumper and has the ability to finish at the rim.


#5 Maurice Henderson (2025) 6’3 guard, Victory Rock Prep (FL) - This Bronx native is a creative floor general with excellent court vision and feel for the game. He brings a nice balance of scoring and playmaking on full display. He is an good rim finisher, using skill, body control and touch.

 

 

 

 

2024 Rising Kings Player Profiles

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Theory 9 is a non-profit organization that focuses on the growth and well being of the Kingsbridge community, located in the northeast section of the Bronx. Established in 2019, the organization has hosted many holiday events, basketball tournaments and school drives for the neighborhood. They also run a grassroots basketball program founded by Shakir Seagers under the name of Rising Kings and Queens.

 

The 16u team is coached by Shakir Seagers and the 17u team is coached by Maurice Hargrow, and the players are as follows:

 

Nowah Hargrow (2024) 6’2 guard, Dewitt Clinton High - High level scorer. Gets to his spots and can knock down the shot from anywhere on the floor. Great basketball IQ. 4.1 gpa

 

Kajuan Kearney (2024) 6’2 guard, Our Savior Lutheran School - Kearney makes the right plays on defense and offense. Gets down hill and gets the ball to teammates. He gets his teammates engaged and controls the tempo, gets himself and the ball to the right spots. A team leader, knows how to handle adversity.

 

Darren McFarlane (2024) 6’5 small forward, Monsignor Scanlan High - He has athleticism and a good basketball IQ. He is a strong and physical post player, where he imposes his will. He has post moves and can finish with either hand. He also runs the floor and finishes above the rim. 3.5 gpa

 

Chris Diaz (2024) 6’0 guard, Monsignor Scanlan High - Diaz is a player maker, a knock down shooter, and a good defender. 3.7 gpa

 

Kyle Austion (2024) 6’5 small forward, Monsignor Scanlan High - Austion is coachable and has a nice midrange shot. He provides energy on both sides of the court at all times, by hustling on every play. 3.3 gpa

 

Kemar Martin (2025) 6’3 guard, Monsignor Scanlan High - Martin is a great finisher, a good shooter and a good ball handler. He also plays defense.

 

Kelvin Figureo (2024) 6’2 guard, Morris Heights High - Figureo gets to the basket and finishes through contact. He handles the ball well and can knock down open jump shots. He makes his free throws and defends well.

 

Jovanny Fabre (2024) 6’2 guard, Monsignor Scanlan High - Fabre is a fast, two way guard that prioritizes defense. He gets to the basket and finishes. He is also very capable of knocking down shots from 3.

 

Moises Batista 6’3 guard, Monsignor Scanlan High - Batista is a very versatile player that can do a little bit of everything. His rebounding and shot making ability are his strengths. 3.0 gpa

 

Darius Colds (2024) 5’4 guard, Mott Haven Community High - Colds get his shots from off-of-the-ball. He gets teammates open and handles the ball well. He plays good on-ball defense.

 

Oscar Martinez (2027) 6’5 small forward, All Hallows High - Martinez plays defense and finishes well around the rim on offense. He has a good midrange game and is very coachable. 3.8 gpa

 

Carlo Pineda (2026) 6’3 small forward, Cardinal Hayes High - Pineda plays great defense. He also attacks the basket well, is a good passer, and can get hot with his shot and score in bunches.


Francis Castanos (2026) 5’10 point guard, St Raymond High - A great Ball handler and playmaker. He can also shoot the ball. Plays great on the defensive end

 

Michael Samuels (2026) 6’1 guard, Christ The King High -  Samuels is a good shooter and defender, who plays with high energy. 3.1 gpa

 

Tyler Ascencio (2026) 5’10 point guard, Columbus High - Ascencio is a good mid range and 3 point shooter. He also plays good defense and finishes well.

 

Eric Bush (2026) 6’4 small forward, Earl Monroe High - Bush gets to the basket and finishes well around the rim. He also has a good midrange game.

 

Fabian Jimbo (2026) 6’3 small forward, Wings Academy - Attacks the basket well rebounds the ball good on post picks and ball movement /good defensive player. 3.2 gpa

 

Christopher Taylor (2026) 6’3 guard, Norman Thomas High - Finishes around the rim, hits spot up shots, breaks defenders down and a good defender. 3.0 gpa

 

Andrew Jenkins (2027) 6’1 guard, Jefferson High - A lock-down defender. He is a swift and smooth ball handler, who can get to basket, knockdown shots and make plays.

 

Josiah Davis (2026) 6’5 small forward, Dewitt Clinton High - A great finisher, who can also knock down the mid range shot and score in bunches. He is also good on the defensive end.

 

Chace Peters (2026) 5’10 point guard, Thurgood Marshall Academy - Peters handles the ball well and has a good IQ. He can knock down the three point shot routinely. 3.2 gpa


 

 

 

 

 

2024 Project Triple Threat 17u Select Player Profiles

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Project Triple Threat (PTT) is a Connecticut’s grass roots basketball club, founded by Choate Rosemary Hall varsity coach, Drew Dawson.  With a number of programs to meet the needs of various ages and abilities including player development training, camps and clinics and club teams, PTT is recognized as one of the most credible programs. Since 2017 they have placed more than 70 players onto college programs and have had those players secure more than $7 million in scholarship offers. in the northeastern United States.


Their 2024 17u Select team is coached by DJ Parent, and his roster is as below.

 

The 2024 Project Triple Threat 17u Select Player Profiles as as follows.


#0 Max Tartaglia (2025) 5’11 point guard, Conard High (CT)


#2 Asher Abeles-Tierney (2025) 5’10 guard, St. Luke’s School (CT)


#3 Jayson Dominguez (2025) 5’10 point guard, Bristol Central High (CT)


#12 Jaden Iacconne (2025) 6’2 guard, Hamden Hall Country Day (CT)

#15 Jack Grasso (2025) 5’10 point guard, Windsor Locks High (CT)


#21 Owen Hotaling (2025) 6’3 guard, Sheehan High (CT)


#22 Tyler Wetherington (2025) 5’10 guard, Amity High (CT)


#34 Colby Hurlock (2025) 6’1 guard, Hall High (CT)

2024 PSA Cardinals 15u EYBL Player Profiles

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ProScholars Athletics is a nationally renown grass roots basketball program, based in New York City. Their main objective is to use team sports as platforms to not only showcase their student’s athletic gifts but to expose them to greater social and academic opportunities that ensure they can succeed at the collegiate level. In doing so, they aim to break this cycle of poverty by creating cohorts of student athletes that can flourish in institutions of higher learning, graduate debt free (or close to it). The basketball program has been directed since 2008 by author and coach Terrance “Munch” Williams, and their teams play under the name PSA Cardinals.


2024 PSA Cardinals 15u team is coached by Antwan Harris and Gustave Koumare, and their roster is as follows:

 

Judah Bontemps (2027) 5’10 point guard, Christ the King High - Bontemps is a strong on-ball defender. On offense, he is a creator off of a tight handle with great floor vision and feel for the game.


TJ Allen (2027) 6’0 point guard, St Sebastian’s School (MA) - Averaged 13, 4 and 2 as a freshman playing varsity this past winter in one of the nation’s toughest leagues, NEPSAC Class A. He can shake defenders with deception, quickness, agility and a very tight handle. Fun to watch as a drive-n-dish play maker. All NEPSAC Honorable Mention as a freshman.

 
Anthony Mauro (2027)  6’1 point guard, College Achieve Charter High (NJ) - Mauro has a mature game, makes the right reads and has underrated athleticism. He also has a tight handle, which he uses to beat his man and finish. He has a good shooting stroke and discipline. He finds his open teammates in transition.


Johnny Magna (2027)  6’2 guard, Christ the King High - Magna has been a “plays-up” prodigy for some time now. He is unruffled against older defenders, and finds the right teammate. He can score the ball when that is the call. Competes.

 
Eli Colon (2027)  6’2 guard, St Peter’s Prep (NJ) - A standout at the Hoop Group Future All-American Camp. Colon is a smooth athlete, with a textbook shot. He is the X factor for this squad. Plays a mature, do-it-all game in an effortless looking fashion.


Elijah Guer (2027) 6’4 guard, The Patrick School (NJ) -  Guer is a playmaker with the ball in his hands. Heis electric in the open floor as he uses his combination of speed and handle to get by his defender. Guer finishes in a number of ways around the basket and does not mind drawing contact. He is a solid passer and defender. 


Ray Fernandez (2027) 6’5 shooting guard, Iona Prep - Fernandez was impactful as a freshman in the CHSAA varsity playoffs. He is one of the top shooters in the NorthEast. He also has some wiggle so when his three ball shot is challenged, he can counter with a mid-range stop-n-pop. He moves without the ball like someone who should be getting it.


Andrew Iduh (2027) 6’7 forward, Arts High School (NJ) - Iduh is a physical low-post presence who can finish. He is a high-motor rebounder, relentless on both ends of the floor. He works to protect the rim, with aggressive weak-side rotation and shot blocking.


Moussa Kamisoko (2027) 6’8 small forward, Trinity Pawling School (NY) - A versatile guard with NBA length. Kamisoko has a great handle and feel for the game. He gets into the lane and finishes above the rim with different moves. He can also knock down the three. He has the potential to build himself into a national Top 50 player.


Vander Eberhard (2027) 6’8 forward, Christ The King High - Despite being a freshman, Eberhard played tough as a big man in CHSAA ball this past winter season. He plays hard and controls the glass. He is possibly the most athletic guy on this team.


Ziyi Xiong (2027) 6’11 small forward, George School (PA) - Xiong played center in his native China, before arriving in the States last year. Now that he is here, his ability to handle the ball, move well for his size and shoot it has him on a trajectory to be a wing at the highest level of play. He also shows great coachability, basketball IQ, and can rebound.

 

Julius Kimani (2027) 7’2 center, Montverde Academy (FL) - Immersion training at Montverde is paying off for this young Brit. He has good hands, keeps the ball high, and is developing a right hook as his go-to move. He is engaged on the defensive end, and uses his length to rim protect and rebound.


Peter Uzgiris (2027) 7’0 center, St Lukes School (CT) - (currently injured). A young, but NBA-sized big, who has good hands in the post, a developing inside game and can hit a standstill 3 balls.  He sets heavy screens, and sucks in a lot of help defenders due to his threatening post presence. 4.0 gpa

 

2024 Rising Stars 17u Player Profiles

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Rising Stars was founded by Paul Savramis in the early 1980’s as a series of summer camps but has since been on a 20-year journey of changing the lives of countless youths and their families. Today, Rising Stars is staffed with dozens of dedicated professionals and is considered of the elite, educationally-centered youth programs in the country. Additionally, The Rising Stars Athletic Complex located in Freeport, NY, opened in December 2024, bringing a new 16,000 sq/ft state-of-the-art facility features two regulation high school basketball courts, dedicated strength/fitness training rooms, and a community/academic space.

 

The 2024 season looks like another robust production for the Rising Stars. Veteran coach and Director Willis Perry is orchestrating a deep array of talented coaches and players. The Rising Star “Red” teams represent their A level teams for each grade.
     

 

            17u Red  Coached by Prentice Smalls and Jamaal Wilson


Carter Wilson (2025) 6’0 guard, Bay Shore High. A high talent offensive player. Capable of 20 points or more every night, including deep range shooting. He was one of Long Island assists leaders last winter. on the Island. His decision making has matured,  now showing D1 level floor general ability.


Christian Smiley (2024) 6’6 forward, Bay Shore High - e. Smiley is an athletic and active player on both ends. Really good coming off the weak side blocking shots and is outstanding on the ball defender. Does most of his damage 17 feet and in but is a capable shooter from the perimeter. He can dunk it in traffic.

 

Brandon Margolin (2025) 6’5 small forward, Xaverian High - An easy to root for over-achiever. Plays bigger than his body size due to his relentless energy and instincts for the game. Stat sheet stuffer and a game winner impact player in every aspect of the game.


Javelle Epps (2025) 6’5 guard, Putnam Science Academy (CT) - Epps is a gifted athlete that plays as a smooth, controlled, play maker, with knockdown perimeter shooting. He has a soft and creative touch on finishes and a high release point jumper, which makes him a matchup problem . Spends his school year honing his skills against the nation’s highest level prep talent at PSA.  3.1 gpa


Dylan Kopp (2025) 6’2 guard, Stony Brook School -  Wow-level twitchy. Explosive off of the ground. Nasty change of direction/ankle breaker. Hard to stay in front of…will embarrass a Big on the PnR. One summer’s worth of heavy long ball shooting reps away from being a D1 level star. 3.2 gpa


Ryan Hempfling (2025) 6’9 small forward, Blair Academy (NJ) -  An NFL LT body that makes OG hoops coaches purr. Very smart/knows his teammates jobs as well as they do, and communicates to make them better. Does not cede ground in the paint. Sets a massive screen. Scores over the right shoulder, to set up his next move …over the left. CEO-in-training court presence. 3.7 gpa


Jayden Miller (2025) 6’3 guard, St John the Baptist - Athlete! - Miller uses his length and fast-twitch gifts to be the toughest guard defender on the floor.


Jawuan Smith (2025) 6’5 small forward, William Floyd High - High level shooter, literally and figuratively. Long range splashing with a sweet-looking and with-elevation jump shot. But he is also aggressive and slippery in getting to the rim. D1 length and athleticism. 3.2 gpa


Jermaine King (2025) 5’7 point guard, William Floyd High - A quick guard. He can handle the ball and knock down threes. As a defender, he uses his quickness and energy to create pressure on the opponent.


Stanyslas Dhondt (2025) 6’7 forward, Xaverian High - Dhondt is an ELITE shooter. Then as he draws aggressive close-outs to contest his shot, he is more than capable taking them off the bounce.  He competes defensively and rebounds well. 


Brandon Manirakiza (2025) 6’0 guard, Lee Academy (ME) - Manirakiza is both a good shooter and a good play maker. On defense, he picks up and contests tenaciously for 94 feet


Chase Timberlake (2025) 6’1 guard, Baldwin High - Timberlake is All-New York State, First Team All-Long Island, and All Section 8 honoree from the winter season. He is a scorer who can get a basket off the dribble or running off of screens. He is also a shooter. Once the defense, starts to overcommit in stopping him, he makes the reads and finds his teammates.


Kingsley Rogers (2027) 6’2 point guard, Bay Shore High - A smooth and controlled floor general who is getting big time tutelage by playing for former UCONN star, AJ Price. His height aids his ability to see the floor… and destroy trap attempts. His length also creates a problem in help and on-ball defense. The weight room and deep range shooting reps will determine his ability to realize his potential.

 

2024 PSA Cardinals 17u EYBL Player Profiles

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ProScholars Athletics is a nationally renown grass roots basketball program, based in New York City. Their main objective is to use team sports as platforms to not only showcase their student’s athletic gifts but to expose them to greater social and academic opportunities that ensure they can succeed at the collegiate level. In doing so, they aim to break this cycle of poverty by creating cohorts of student athletes that can flourish in institutions of higher learning, graduate debt free (or close to it). The basketball program has been directed since 2008 by author and coach Terrance “Munch” Williams, and their teams play under the name PSA Cardinals.


2024 PSA Cardinals 17u team is coached by Casey Williams and Greg McRae, and their roster is as follows:

 

Darius Adams (2025) 6’5 guard, La Lumiere School (IN) - Adams is a heady, dish-first facilitator, with floor stretching shooting range. He is crafty in getting into the lane.  He is also an excellent rebounder for his position.

 

Danny Carbuccia (2025) 6’1 point guard, Archbishop Stepinac High - Carbuccia’s aggressive playing style, fearlessly attacking the basket, and a lethal mid-range game makes him a problem to stop. Carbuccia has been leading the high talent charge for Stepinac since his freshman year.


Kayden Mingo (2025) 6’2 guard, Long Island Lutheran - Mingo is a four star prospect who already holds a slew of high major offers. He is efficient in his play, and drains shots from all spots on the floor. In the lane, Mingo is able to finish with either hand.


Keith McKnight (2025) 6’5 small forward, Hudson Catholic High (NJ) - Mcknight stands out as a big and athletic guard with shooting ability. Mcknight’s combination of speed and power makes him a formidable force in transition.


Taj Bryant (2024) 6’2 guard, The Patrick School (NJ) - Bryant is a dynamic scorer. His scoring comes from at all three levels. Bryant’s combination of high skill and athleticism has landed him a slew of D1 offers.


Quadri Bashiru (2025) 6’10 forward, The Hill School (PA) - A “throw back Big”. Bashiru is shot blocker who scares off rim attacks. Offensively, he’s got soft hands and an ability to score when contested on the block. He rim runs and is a glass cleaner.

 

Zoumana Traore (2025) 6’8 small forward, Millbrook School - Described as a future pro by his prep school coach, Traore clearly has a high ceiling. He is skilled and mobile enough to be a primary ball handler, and his height gives him superior ability to see the floor.

 

https://www.recruitthebronx.com/index.php/prospects/get_prospects_details/20946 (2025) 6’10 forward, Monroe High - Guevara is a multi-positional presence on both ends of the floor, causing mismatches. He has a reliable catch and shoot game and considerable leaping ability as a lob finisher. Guevara averaged a double double at James Monroe this past winter.


Tajae Jones (2025) 6’8 forward, Long Island Lutheran - Jones is a tough, athletic and high motor forward with the ability to play and guard multiple positions. He has been proving that against the highest level of competition at LuHI. He has shown flashes as a shooter and is a very efficient slasher. 


Halon Rawlins (2025) 6’6 small forward, Nazareth High - Rawlins has raised his profile as a top prospect over the winter season. He is a smooth, multi-positional with catch and shoot skills.  They make him a mismatch headache, because he is also proficient around the rim. He switches screens well on defense, because he can guard all the positions.


Jayden Reid 6’8 forward, Westminster School (CT) - Reid is a strong and athletic big man who plays hard, rebounds it well, and finishes at the rim. His also has the grades that will attract the high academic schools.

 

2024 NY Renaissance EYBL 17u Player Profiles

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The New York Renaissance, also known as the Rens, were the first black-owned, all-black, fully-professional basketball team in history, established in 1923. The present NY Renaissance focuses on continuing to turn amateurs into professionals - the right way. They are a youth development organization, created by filmmaker and playwright Dan Klores. Its foundation was sparked by a desire to set a new standard in a holistic approach to mentoring and educating hundreds of children from diverse backgrounds, ages 8-17. Their AAU teams and thrive at the highest level.

 

Their 17u team that is coached by veteran Oz Cross and they compete in the Nike EYBL circuit. His roster is as follows:

 

Ikenna Alozie (2026) 6’6 guard, Dream City Christian (AZ) - Alozie is a raw and powerful athlete. He creates pathways to the rim, and can finish in transition in acrobatic fashion. He is a drive-first, attacking threat.


Malachi Arrington (2025) 6’10 forward, Immaculate Conception High (NJ) - Arrington plays physical and tough-nosed basketball inside the paint. He fights effectively for the prime positions in the post.  Scores often off of the offensive rebound. On defense, he contests shots in an active and intimidating fashion.


Tacko Fawaz (2025) 6’11 forward, Dream City Christian (AZ) - A high major big man who controls the paint on both ends of the floor. A good rim-protector and very good rebounder who plays with great energy and motor.


Brandon Lee (2025) 6’4 guard, The Patrick School (NJ) - Lee is a dynamic shooter with a quick release off the catch, plus he’s a capable shotmaker inside the arc. He moves well without the ball. He is a strong and well-built slasher who can work past and over smaller guards.


Alier Maluk (2025) 6’10 forward, Long Island Lutheran - Maluk has athleticism,  and runs rim to rim. He puts up big numbers, using a variety of skills, including a nice touch from mid range and beyond the arc,


Brandon Stores Jr. (2025) 6’4 guard, St Raymond High (Georgia Tech commit) - Stores is hard to guard. He sees over smaller defenders, and that combines with the significant elevation on his jump shots.


Tai Turnage (2025) 5’11 point guard, St Raymond High - Turnage is a speedy, coach’s son, lead guard whose agility makes him a nightmare for defenders. He possesses a lethal shooting touch off the dribble, especially from long range, often catching opponents off guard with his quick release. Turnage facilitating offense by creating opportunities for his teammates.

 

 

2024 CHSAA vs. PSAL Champions Challenge Top Performers

By David Cordova,


This past week, we paid a visit to the Steinberg Wellness Center on the campus of LIU Brooklyn in downtown Brooklyn for the inaugural CHSAA vs. PSAL Champions Challenge, in which the best teams from the public and Catholic school leagues matched up against each other in multiple classifications to stake the claim as the best of the best.


In the AA/4A division, nationally-ranked Archbishop Stepinac from White Plains (Westchester County), the CHSAA “AA” champions, would defeat Eagle Academy II, the PSAL 4A champion from Ocean Hill, Brooklyn, for the championship. In the A/3A division, Epic South, the PSAL 3A division champion from South Ozone Park, Queens, would defeat Monsignor McClancy, the CHSAA “A” champion from East Elmhurst Queens, for the championship. In the play-in game between the PSAL’s 1A and 2A schools, the higher classification’s champion, which was The Bronx’s own South Bronx Prep would end up defeating Gregorio Luperon High School, the champions from the lower classification out of the Washington Heights section of Manhattan. South Bronx Prep would end up playing against the CHSAA “B” champions, Regis High School, from the Upper East Side of Manhattan. In the end, it would be Regis that would end up winning the B/2A championship.

 

All in all, it was a great event in its inaugural year. Here are the standouts from the event:

 

Johnuel Fland 6-3, Shooting Guard, Archbishop Stepinac High School, Class of 2024 (University of Kentucky commit) - A guard that is able to create for himself on the perimeter and is focused on making the right play for his team. Has a nice shooting touch from long range and can also drive to the basket and finish efficiently. Will even go to the paint area to obtain rebounds and run on the fast break.


Braylan Ritvo 6-7, Forward, Archbishop Stepinac High School, Class of 2024 (Quinnipiac University commit)- A forward that is able to do plenty of thins in the low-post area and is able to show off his versatility in many ways. Has a penchant for stepping out to three-point range and can shoot from long range. Has the ability to make his presence felt by boxing out and outmuscling the opposition for rebounds.


Jakai Sanders 6-2, Shooting Guard, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2024 (Siena College commit) - A guard that has the ability to make plays on the floor and is very crafty on the offensive end. Has a penchant for driving to the basket and showcasing his athleticism on the floor. Has a penchant for shooting from three-point range. Is very competitive when on the floor and looks to lead his team every time out.


Ajani Fleming 6-2, Shooting Guard, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2024 - A guard that has plenty of quickness when on the floor and has the ability to be a playmaker. Has the ability to take key shots from the perimeter and from long range. Has the ability to distribute the ball and make sure that his teammates has opportunities to score on the break.


Ahmed Ibrahim 6-8, Forward, Eagle Academy II, Class of 2024 - A forward that has plenty of physicality and has the ability to make his presence felt in the low post with his strength. Is able to make his presence felt in the paint area and go up strong in the paint area. Has a penchant for using his length to block shots and obtain rebounds.


Dior Legore 6-3, Shooting Guard, Epic South High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has the ability to make plenty of moves on the floor and is known for shooting from long range. Is able to drive into the lane efficiently and is a good finisher and is also good at getting to the free-throw line. Is great at sticking with his man and is able to block shots.


Daniel Ogunleye 5-10, Point Guard, Epic South High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to make his presence felt when driving to the lane on the offensive end and showcasing his ability as a playmaker. Has plenty of heart when on the floor and is willing to take on any challenge when the occasion arises. Has the ability to dish the ball to his teammates and will make sure that they have opportunities to score.


Carlos Urena 5-10, Shooting Guard, Monsignor McClancy High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to score in many ways on the floor and is able to create for himself off the dribble. Is a player that likes to shoot from long range and likes to flash around the basket. Knows when to make heady plays on the defensive end and obtain steals during crucial moments.


James Rosales 5-9, Point Guard, Monsignor McClancy High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that is quick and deceptive when on the court and is known for making clutch shots from three-point range. Is able to dish the ball out to his teammates and put them in position to score when they’re on the break. Is able to use his fearlessness to his advantage.


Mariano Mateo De Los Santos 5-11, Shooting Guard, Gregorio Luperon High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that is able to showcase his talent in crucial games and is always ready for any challenge that comes his way. Is able to attack in transition and is able to finish efficiently when driving through the lane. Is able to shoot from long-range and when driving into the perimeter.


Sir’Patrick Livingston 6-2, Forward, South Bronx Preparatory High School, Class of 2024 - An undersized forward with plenty of muscle that is able to hold his own in the post and in other areas of the court. Has plenty of athleticism and is able to drive to the basket and finish efficiently. Is a great rebounder that has length and will out-hustle the opposition to get the ball.


Brendon O’Keefe 5-10, Point Guard, Regis High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to play big in crucial games. Has the ability to get past his defender and can finish strong when driving to the basket. Is a three-point threat that is able to make his presence felt on the court. Has plenty of court awareness and has the ability to drive to the basket.


Austin Mejia 6-2, Shooting Guard, Regis High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that has plenty of size and can attack in transition. Has a penchant for playing tough defense and is a good rebounder when the moment arises. Has the ability to showcase his athleticism at all times. Finds ways to get to drive to the basket and likes to run on the fast break.

 

 

2024 Team Crate 16u Player Profiles

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Team Crate Basketball is a Far Rockaway, Queens based program that has been around for seven years. Their mission is to teach, develop, and offer the youth of the Rockaway communities the opportunity to learn the fundamental skills of basketball while installing life lessons and values. The Rockaways are comprised of 12 neighborhoods along the southern edge of Queens and each are represented within Team Crate’s program. Their 2024 16u team is coached by Garry Vernon aka “Coach Lou”, and his roster is as follows:


Oesoemana Sacko (2026) 6’7 forward, St Francis Prep - Sacko is a “bully ball” prototype. He’s got a strong frame and good length which enables him bang effectively in the paint. He is also a problem to keep off of the offensive boards, and scoring on put backs. He will create mismatches at the next level because he can also work from the perimeter with a consistent catch-n-shoot 3 ball.

 

Troy Fason Jr. (2026) 6’3 guard, St Francis Prep - Fason’s energy and intensity are strengths. It fuels his ability to defend at a high level. Offensively, he continues to add skill. He is creating plays and shots off of the dribble. He can also knock down open threes. 


Caleb Ourigou (2026) 6’10 forward, Woodmere Academy - Ourigou is trending toward becoming a High Major big. He already holds an offer from St John’s. He is big, strong and agile and very strong. He can score in the paint, including an unguardable hook shot. Defensively, he is a great presence on the interior. He blocks and intimidates shots near the rim, and he sucks in rebounds from a wide area.


Petey Franchock (2025) 6’0 point guard, Xavier High -

 

Sabathia Wright (2025) 6’2 guard, Xavier High

 

Jack Leary (2025) 5’8 point guard, St Francis Prep

 

2024 Chris Ward Basketball 17u White

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Chris Ward Basketball is a Westchester County based grass roots program.  It’s mission is to deliver player development and opportunity for young, dedicated athletes, to learn to play the game of basketball at a highly competitive level. They are committed to each athlete, no matter what their experience; assisting in the growth and development of athletic, educational, and social skills.


The program was founded by Chris Ward, and he coaches the 17u White team as shown below:

 

#1 Noah Brookman (2025) 5’10 point guard, Blind Brook High


#3 Malik Gasper (2025) 6’7 small forward, New Rochelle High


#4 Kashmir Mizra (2025) 6’5 guard, Frederick Gunn School (CT)


#5 Justin Cohen (2025) 6’4 guard, New Rochelle High


#13 Daniel Hoey (2025) 6’5 small forward, Scarsdale High


#15 Sam Weiss (2025) 5’11 point guard, Sar Academy


#21 Tarren Wilkins (2025) 6’5 wing Mt St Michael Academy


#25 Logan Mancusci (2025) 5’11 point guard


#33 Luke Lawler (2025) 6’3 Briarcliff High


#42 Miles Johnson (2025) 5’10 point guard, White Plains High

 

2024 Select Hoops 17u Player Profiles

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Select Hoops is a new and up and coming grassroots program located in Queens with players being from all across the five boroughs and upstate. Their players are being recruited by multiple D3 and D2 schools.The program is founded by Kew Forest School Boys Varsity Coach, Noah Griffith. The goal is to create an atmosphere of growth, competitiveness, accountability, and structure for all of their student-athletes. Griffith also coaches the 17u team. The teams will be competing this spring and summer in the ZGXL circuit, Hoop Group and Zero Gravity tournaments.

 

                              2024 Select Hoops 17u roster:

 

                            (Clicking on the player’s name pulls up their profile)

 

Mahir Ahmed (2024) 6’3 guard, Queens Complex - Ahmed is a three level scorer that has the length and versatility to guard 1-4. Ahmed has also developed into a marksman sniper along the perimeter.  Ahmed moves incredibly well without the ball in his hands, which gives him opportunities in catch and shoot situations, or coming off screens. He has transitioned into a combo guard with the ability to handle the ball. He can get his team into sets, or push the ball in transition and finding teammates. Ahmed runs the floor exceptionally well as teammates find him in the open court. He also has the ability to stretch the floor. He has D3 and some D2 interest, with his high GPA and skill he is a great piece for a high academic college program. 3.8 gpa

 

Damian Martinez (2024) 5’10 point guard, Spring Creek Community School - Martinez is dynamic and plays with poise on and off the ball. He has a tight handle, which he uses to get by his defender and make plays in the lane. He has a great first step that gets him into the lane with ease. Martinez is known for his exceptional ability to find his teammates with precision. He possesses a unique talent for facilitating the game, seamlessly dictating pace whether that is pushing the ball or slowing down the pace as the situation demands. He is proficient in driving to the rim and is remarkable in his ability to score consistently. Martinez also boasts an excellent mid-range game, making him a versatile offensive threat. Beyond his offensive prowess as a scorer and as a facilitator, he’s a tenacious defender. 3.1 gpa


Miles Manica (2024/Post Grad) 5’10 guard, North Florida Prep - Manica is an uptempo, college-ready point guard that can facilitate at a high level. He has an efficient midrange game that can extend to the 3pt line. He holds D3 and D1 Juco offers. 3.6 gpa

     
Marcus Garcia (2024) 5’10 guard, Queens Technical High - Garcia is a quintessential combo guard. He has an innate ability to get to the rim and he draws contact. He also has a smooth mid range jumper with such a high release point that makes it impossible to guard without fouling. He makes the right reads off of drives, half court sets, or in transition. Garcia also moves efficiently without the ball and has become a scoring factor in those situations. He is a guard that plays with poise and competes at a high level on both ends of the court. He leads by example and also effectively communicates with his teammates. 3.5 gpa


Milos Vasic (2027) 6’8 small forward, Hotchkiss School (CT) -  Vasic is a tremendous prospe that has added a silky smooth jumper to his long frame and wingspan. He has developed into a consistent shooter, and runs the floor well in transition. On the defensive end, he uses his length to stand out with his shot-altering capabilities, making it difficult for opponents to score in the paint or on the perimeter. 4.0 gpa
 

Sonny Batchelor (2027) 6’5 wing, Westminster School (CT) - Batchelor, a new an exciting addition to Select Hoops. He is a lengthy, athletic guard with a strong interior presence and good perimeter game. A tenacious on-ball defender who likes to get out and run/help his teammates find scoring opportunities. 4.0 gpa

 
Mateusz Łodziato (2024) 6’2 guard, Van Ardsdale High - Lodziato has grown immensely with the program over the past few years. He has the ability to score the ball in a variety of ways and is a quality “3 & D” two way athlete. Lodziato plays with good footwork in the post and finishes nicely in the paint. He also uses his handle to get into the lane and makes good decisions with the ball in his hands. He is a pest as a defender in the perimeter and along the post which makes him incredibly versatile cover. 4.0 gpa


Antoine Vandewiele (2025) 6’10 center, Dwight School -  Vandewiele excels due to his exceptional rebounding ability, commanding presence in the paint, and proficient shot-blocking skills. His height and strength make him a formidable opponent under the basket, both offensively and defensively. 3.7 gpa


Olaf Gorski (2024) 6’11 center, Harvey School - Gorski is a versatile player, doing well both offensively and defensively on the basketball court. His solid offensive IQ helps him score and facilitate from the post. Additionally, he’s a tenacious defender, known for his ability to disrupt opponents’ plays and force turnovers. He contributes significantly to his team’s success. 3.7 gpa


Edward Rollins (2024) 5’11 guard, Queens Complex - Rollins is the heart and soul of the Select Hoops program. He is also one of two program captains. He plays with such passion and energy. It translates into his play, to his teammates, and throughout the entire program. He does all the small intangible things that do not show up on a score sheet. He is an incredible teammate, a proven winner, and a culture builder. 3.8 gpa


Kieran Webb (2025) 6’1 guard, Hoosac School - Webb is a 3 level scorer, has the ability to attack downhill, with a solid mid range game. He is coachable, and he defends. He’s an exciting player to watch.


Adem Dervisevic (2024) 6’2 point guard, Queens Metropolitan High (City College of New York commit)


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2024 Heat Elite 16 u and 15u Player Profiles

Heat Elite, also known as Seaford Heat, is a Nassau County based grassroots program. The club’s mission is to benefit youth through the sport of basketball. What began as one local town team has now grown into one of the more prominent programs in Long Island. Under the leadership of program director, Isaiah Wilson, the program has grown to over 20 teams.


Josh Tocays, a former assistant coach at SUNY Potsdam and freshman coach at Holy Cross High, is the Heat Elite 15u and 16u team coach. Coach Tocays is also currently the St Dominic freshman team coach. He has been coaching AAU basketball since he was 16 years old.

 


                                  Heat Elite 16u


Myles Herbert (2026) 6’0 guard, St.Marys High - Herbert is a smooth shooting combo guard who can get to his pull up at any time, and be accurate with range.


Gabriel Phillips (2026) 6’3 small forward, Baldwin High - A big and athletic player who is able to guard 1-5, rebounds and finish at a high level.

 

Alexander Franklin (2026) 6’3 guard, Southampton High -Franklin is a strong combo guard who’s very versatile. He does it all well, score, pass, or defend.


Ethan Sainsbury (2026) 5’7 point guard, Baldwin High - Sainsbury is a lightning quick PG with a high IQ. He can score in the midrange. He is also a very good defender who plays passing lanes well


Ismaeel Mojeed (2026) 6’0 guard, St Dominic High - A scoring combo guard who is able to get to the rim at will and finish with either hand. His playmaking has taken big strides in the past year..


Dior Legore (2025) 6’3 small forward, Epic South High - Legore is a versatile and athletic wing who makes winning plays. He is able to guard 1-5. He shoots the 3 at a high rate of accuracy.

 


                                    Heat Elite 15u


Harrison Von Essen (2027) 5’7 guard St. Dominic High - A knockdown shooter, with a good feel for the game as a secondary ball handler.


Jonathan Walker (2027) 5’10 point guard, Francis Lewis High - A lefty floor general with a high IQ. He has made great strides as a shot maker.


Nick Lang (2027) 6’6 small forward, St. Dominic High - A long wing with a good jumper and his long frame allows him to protect the rim.


Christian Sommervil (2027) 5’7 point guard, St.Dominic High - A quick defensive-minded PG, who also has the ability to get in the paint and dish to open teammates


Donovan Medley (2027) 5’10 point guard, Holy Cross High - Medley is a scoring combo guard with a great in mid-range game and is making strides in becoming a creator for others.


Cameron Obijuru (2027) 6’0 guard, St. Dominic High - A balanced scorer who’s able to get his shot off in a variety of ways. He is also a plus defender who is good at playing passing lanes.


Devin Harris (2027) 6’2 small forward, John Bowne High - Harris is a long and athletic forward who makes plenty of hustle plays.


Darius Nelson (2027) 6’0 guard, Poly Prep High - A lanky defender who plays hard every position and has nice touch on the offensive end.


Timmy Song (2027) 5’10 point guard, Wheatley School - Song is a high IQ and unselfish “glue guy” that can pass, shoot and defend.

 

 

 

2024 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.


Their 2024 17u roster is as follows:

 

#10 Ege Kazicioglu (2024) 6’3 guard, Hoosac School from Istanbul, Turkey


#13 Kani Topuz (2024) 6’7 small forward, Hoosac School from Istanbul, Turkey


#15 Maximos Koutoris (2024) 6’6 forward, Hoosac School from Larnaca, Cyprus


#20 Tarik Bicic (2024) 6’5 guard, Hoosac School from New Jersey


#21 Enzo Boignee (2024) 6’4 guard, Hoosac School from Le Havre, France


#23 Unai Fernandez (2024) 6’6 guard, Hoosac School from Madrid, Spain


#24 Leo Ryott (2025) 6’7 forward, Hoosac School from Stockholm, Sweden


#32 Milos Sarenac (2024) 6’5 small forward, Hoosac School from Bratunac, Bosnia & Hercegovina


#50 Relja Vranesevic (2024) 6’9 forward, Hoosac School from Belgrade, Serbia


Dean Hogans (2025) 6’4 guard Hotchkiss School (CT)

 

 

2024 Rising Stars 15u Roster

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Rising Stars was founded by Paul Savramis in the early 1980’s as a series of summer camps but has since been on a 20-year journey of changing the lives of countless youths and their families. Today, Rising Stars is staffed with dozens of dedicated professionals and is considered of the elite, educationally-centered youth programs in the country. Additionally, The Rising Stars Athletic Complex located in Freeport, NY, opened in December 2024, bringing a new 16,000 sq/ft state-of-the-art facility features two regulation high school basketball courts, dedicated strength/fitness training rooms, and a community/academic space.

 

The 2024 season looks like another robust production for the Rising Stars. Veteran coach and Director Willis Perry is orchestrating a deep array of talented coaches and players. The Rising Star “Red” teams represent their A level teams for each grade. Their 2024 rosters are as follows (click on their names to pull up their profiles):

 

 

          15u RED  Coach AJ Price


Terrance Bellaire (2027)


Josiah Warfield (2027) 6’1 guard, Portledge School - Warfield has a good physique, good basketball IQ and is willing to outwork everyone. His strengths are his catch and shoot 3, one dribble mid-range pull ups, and finishing at the rim.


Kingsley Rogers (2027) 6’2 point guard, Bay Shore High - A smooth and controlled floor general who is getting big time tutelage by playing for former UCONN star, AJ Price. His height aids his ability to see the floor… and destroy trap attempts. His length also creates a problem in help and on-ball defense. The weight room and deep range shooting reps will determine his ability to realize his potential.


Amir Dickerson (2027)


Jordan Morris (2027)


Joseph Casella (2027)


Devon Williamson (2027) 6’1 guard, Beach Channel Campus


Carter Abrams (2027) 5’10 guard, Portledge School -


Andrew John (2027) 6’3 small forward, St Mary’s High

 

 

 

2024 NY Rens United 17u-Mega Roster

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Rens United is an high academic oriented team affiliated with the renown NY Rens program. The program is New York City based but players are sourced from multiple states such as MA, CT, NY, NH and NJ. They have a strong history of sending athletes to high-academic universities at all three levels across the northeast. The 2024 17u-Mega team is head coached by the veteran Arnell Omega “Mega” Milton. The team will compete in the Made Hoops and Hoop Group HGSL circuit.

 

The 2024 17u-Mega roster is loaded with high academic college basketball prospects:


Nick Cozzolino (2025) 6’3 guard Choate Rosemary Hall (CT) - 3.8 gpa


Kyler Emmanuuel (2025) 5’11 point guard, John F Kennedy High


Ethan Roman (2025) 5’11 point guard, Bethlehem Catholic High (PA)


Basti Williams (2025) 6’3 guard, Wilbraham and Monson Academy (MA) -3.5


Edwin Muric (2024) 6’10 forward, Bayard Rustin High


Ryan Sewtz (2024) 6’6 small forward, John Jay Campus - 4.0 gpa


Kenderick Hunter (2024) 6’6 small forward, Cliffside Park High (NJ)


Kayne Lewis (2024) St Raymond High

 

 

 

2024 Eddie Lau Elite 16u

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Eddie Lau is a former college player, college coach and NBA agent. He is also the very successful varsity head coach at Murry Bergtraum High School in Manhattan. In the off season, he runs his Eddie Lau Academy, which includes running AAU teams. Below are the player profiles for the college prospects on his 16u team:

 

Jayden Hernandez (2026) 6’2 guard, Murry Bergtraum High - Hernandez started varsity as a freshman and sophomore. He led Murry Bergtraum to back to back PSAL Final 4. He quick and active hands on defense, that makes lethal using great stance discipline and relentless ball pressure. He also has a hard to stay in front of low and tight handle. Plays hard. Needs to bump up his gpa (2.8) to increase his opportunities at the next level.

 

Robert Phelps Jr. (2026) 6’4 guard, Bedford Academy - Phelps’ dad played at Providence and junior has that DNA. He is a lefty and fill up that stats sheet with points, rebounds and assists. 3.4 gpa


Jayden Lau (2026) 6’3 point guard, Christ the King High - Lau played this winter on the Christ the King High varsity team. He is a pass-first point guard, who can also score on 3 levels and can really shoot the ball. He has 10 D1 offers.


Miles Teixeira (2026) 6’6 forward, Edgemont High - A big time rebounder who is also strong at and finishing around the rim. He is a big strong 4man that can score inside and out. Started as a freshman at CHSAA super power, Stepinac High. He gets better every year. 3.8 gpa


Eric Bush (2026) 6’4 guard, Earl Monroe Renaissance High - City-gritty, New York style guard. Hard playing and tough minded. Quick-to-the-rim on his finishes.


Jeremy Gonzales (2026) 5’9 point guard, Christ The King High - A great see-the-floor/move-the-ball play facilitator. Works hard and low to turn ball handlers.


Brian Kapfer (2026) 6’5 wing, Fordham Prep - Kapfer has good court sense and is a selfless teammate. He needs to physically mature and move into the weight room to speed that process.  If he wants to be great, he has the foundation of IQ and understanding, but needs build himself into a more physical attack man. 3.7 gpa


Adem Djonbalic (2026) 6’0 guard, St Peter’s High - A great on court communicator for a high school sophomore, which implies a confident understanding of the game. Adds value to his team’s flow. He is impactful as a drive and dish playmaker. 3.7 gpa


Lu Hingston (2026) 6’8 forward, Staten Island Technical High - Get used to reading about this guy. He is a lengthy, mobile and smart force around the basket. He can run the floor and is the most active rebound seeker on the floor. He also flashed a sweet, one dribble pull-up jumper. If he extends and expands on that skill, he will go to college for free. 3.9 gpa


Pharaoh Carrero (2026) 6’0 guard, Murry Bergtraum High - Carrero is quicker than the guys trying to guard him. He blows by with quickness, and a low and tight handle. He is an on-ball pest, getting underneath and into the opponent’s dribble.

 

 

 

 

2024 CIAC Coaches All Star Player Profiles

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On Wednesday, March 20, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference All State Selections played in their two Senior All Star games.


Click on the names of the highlighted players below to call up their their RecruitTheBronx.com profiles:

 

The Division 1 and 2 All-Stars

TEAM “MOHEGAN”


Coach Shawon Moncrief, Platt
Coach Scot Wenzel, Newington


1 - Riley Fox Conard (Yale University commit)


2 - Samson Reilly East Catholic (Quinnipiac commit)


3 - Gianni Mirabello Northwest Catholic


4 - Anthony Williams Windsor


5 - Avery Mickens, Newington


10 - Troy Miller, RHAM


12 - Drew Burns, Glastonbury


15 - Ryan Hammarlund Southington


20 - Jackson Forte New Britain


25 - Zaire Lott Waterbury Career

 


TEAM “PEQUOT”


Coach Garrett Hickey, Norwalk
Coach Armand Levasseur, Kennedy


1 - Najimi George Kolbe Cathedral


2 - Cameron Perkins Danbury


3 - Nate Charlot Notre Dame Fairfield


4 - Jaylen Brown  Norwalk


5 - Makai Coleman Newtown


10 - Tim Swanson, Notre Dame West Haven


12 - Alister Walsh Ridgefield


15 - Brandon Fowler Trumbull


20 - Connor Parkes Greenwich


25 - Michael Singleton, West Haven

 


The Division 3, 4, & 5 All-Stars
TEAM “CONSTITUTION”


Coach Dan Goscinski, Litchfield
Coach Ryan Raponey, Lewis Mills


1 - Amari Cruz Innovation


2 - Abijah Miller SMSA


3 - Michael Coggins Suffield (Keene State commit)


4 - Da’mnic Gittens Cheney Tech


5 - Joe Vasquez, Plainville


10 - Madden Cupe  Weaver


12 - Darren Zahner, Ellington


15 - AJ Quesnel, Litchfield


20 - Connor Evans, Lewis Mills


25 - Lukas Sward Bristol Eastern

 


TEAM “CHARTER OAK”


Coach Dan Copes, Windsor Locks
Coach Jamal Gibbs, Weston


1 - Victor Payne Cromwell


2 - Jhani Barge Ansonia


3 - Tate Mahoney Fairfield Ludlowe


4 - Jake Hendrickson Darien


5 - Indrit Peraj Seymour


10 - Shane Weber Brookfield


12 - Jacob Francis, Fitch


15 - Deondre Bransford, Wheeler


20 - Brandon Beamon, Wilby


25 - Kyle Hinckley, Windsor Locks

 

 

 

 

2024 Queens Defenders 14u-Diodonet Player Profiles

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Queens Defenders is a Queens based AAU basketball program dedicated to the development of our student athletes both on and off the court. Queens Defenders provide an opportunity for children with various skill sets to train, develop their game and increase their self confidence. The coaches in the program are committed to providing many opportunities for players to expand their skills, knowledge and love of the game of basketball. The program’s success is not measured by wins or losses, but by the improvement of the children’s skills, academics and overall basketball experience. The program was founded by Anthony D’Agostino, Athletic Director at Our Lady of Hope in Middle Village, Queens.

 

The 2024 14u team is coached by Chris Diodonet, who also runs his own Extreme Sports Training program and has trained Nba player Hamidou Diallo, WNBA player Emily Engstler and Long Island Lutheran, four star prospect Kiyan Anthony.

 

The player profiles for the 2024 Queens Defenders 14u-Diodonet team are as follows:

 

Akeem Pompey (2028) 6’0 guard - Akeem is a dynamic player jumps out the gym! Major 3 point threat and mid range shooter. Handles are silky smooth can get by defenders with ease. Akeem’s ability to chase down blocks in transition are exceptional and scary for anyone on the break. Akeem can guard any position on the floor 1-5. In the clutch Akeem will always hit the biggest shot with his nerves of steel and calm composure. Akeem is a winner and does whatever it takes to win the game.

 

Jarion Carmona (2029) 5’7 guard - Jari has a knack for getting straight buckets! Corner specialist, does not miss from the corner three at all very rare. Jari can shoot from anywhere on the court limit less range. In Transition Jari is a huge threat can make the correct read on the floor whether it be to make the correct pass or take the shot. Jari can play on ball defense and also great at the top of the zone. Jari is a 7th grader with a giant heart and will not back down from any competition.

 

Sergio Da Silva (2028) 5’9 guard - Serg’s court vision is ridiculous, he can see the pass way before the defense can see it. Can break any press single handedly with his vision. Serg takes absolute pride in his aggressive defense and will take on any defensive matchup. On offense Serg enjoys his slashing ability alot, and will hit a crucial three pointer when we need it. Serg is very competitive and will do anything on the floor to win he will never quit on his team, he plays until the final tick.

 

Nico Calabrese (2029) 5’1 Point Guard - Nico is a magician with his ball handling! Can take on any defender in front of him. Nico can score and run the offense. Nico can shoot the three ball very very well and also can hit a floater over the biggest player on the court. Nico will clamp up anyone infront of him with his tenacious on ball defense. Nico doesn’t back down from anyone! Can run an offense and make smart decisions in transition. Nico is a 7th grader ready to go to war on the court.

 

Thiago Dasilva (2028) 6’0 small forward - Thiago has a soft touch around the basket, can rebound and block shots. Thiago has a mid range in the half court game that is money, sets big body screens and rolls hard after the pick. Thiago can stretch the defense with his 3 point ability and really hurt the opposing team with timely clutch baskets. Thiago also has court vision out of the post and off an offensive rebound can kick it out to the three while the shooter is in rhythm.

 

Max Winn (2029) 5’4 guard - Max is a mid range shooter, and passer. Max also takes pride in his defense and corner three. Whatever is needed from Max on the court he will go out and do. He has amazing ability to remember plays and run them accurately. Max has incredible work ethic and will not stop until he has reached his goal.

 

Karma Kesang (2028) 6’0 guard - Karma is a smooth Lefty with a soft touch jumper from anywhere on the floor. Karma can slash, Dribble, Shoot and pass very well. Karma also has fast hands on defense for steals and can also rebound because of his wingspan. Karma is always cool calm and collective even in pressure situations. Karma is versatile and can do it all on the court.

 

Tyrell Ashby (2028) 5’9 point guard - Ty is the definition of bully ball! One of the strongest guards i have seen in a long time. Can finish the toughest layups. Ty enjoys slashing to the basket with his super crafty handles. Ty does an amazing job of keeping his eyes off the ball when he dribble drives so that he can hit the open man. When Ty gets in his bag he can score 3,4,5 buckets in a row, and when that happens be worried because that is when his three point shot is its deadliest. On defense, Ty can guard anyone in front of him he has zero fear and will match up with the best player on the court. Ty is a two way guard, Offense and Defense all game long.


Valleon Rosado (2028) 5’11 small forward - Leo is a mid range specialist can shoot set shots from the middy and fade aways. Leo hustles and tries to rebound every possession offensive and defensive boards. Leo is a quick passer soon as he gets the ball he knows exactly where he wants to pass which is deadly especially when he offensive rebounds the ball. Leo is athletic can jump extremely high mixed with a long wingspan. Leo is also fast and runs the floor well on fast breaks and getting back on defense. Leo enjoys the high post because he can turn around and knock down that mid-range jay.

 

Christian Galarza (2029) 6’0 small forward - Chris is a shooter and slasher. Left handed with a wet three point shot. If Chris hits one he can hit 3 more, when he’s hot he’s HOT! Chris can start any fastbreak with his full court passing. Chris can also jump with other big leapers for rebounds. He can also block a lot of shots throughout the game and will not stop until he gets at least one block. Chris is extremely fast and can get to the other side of the court in a blink of an eye. He also has a lethal euro step that is so difficult to stop, the opposition has night mares trying to stop his Euro step.

 

 

2024 NYC Best of the Best Tournament

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The 2024 NYC Best of the Best Tournament is an event organized by Archbishop Molloy Assistant Varsity Coach and “Da Talk” NYC basketball podcast host, Donald Francois. It will be held on March 24 at Archbishop Molloy. It is designed to give exposure and a pre-NCAA D1 Live Period warm-up to many of the best up and coming prospects in the Greater NYC region, and a Nike sponsored Canadian program..


By clicking on the highlighted team names below, you can get to the player profiles on that participating team’s roster.

 

9:00am Heat Elite 15u vs Team NYC 15u

 

9:00am Positive Direction 14u vs Queens Defenders 14u-Polite

 

10:00am Queens Defender 14u-Diodonet vs Victorious Youth 13u

 

10:00am Riverside Hawks 14u vs Positive Direction 14u

 

11:00am Crown Basketball 15u vs Team NYC 15u

 

11:00am Riverside Hawks 14u vs Dream City 13u

 

12:00pm Rising Stars 15u vs Crown Basketball 15u

 

12:00pm Dream City 13u vs Queens Defender 14u-Polite

 

1:00pm Rockaway Celtics 14u vs Victorious Youth 13u

 

1:00pm Heat Elite 15u vs Rising Stars 15u

 

2:00pm Rising Stars 16u vs Eddie Lau Elite 16u

 

2:00pm HQ Elite (Canada) 17u vs Heat Elite 17u

 

3:00pm Queens Defender 14u-Diodonet vs Rockaway Celtics 14u

 

3:00pm Heat Elite 17u vs HQ Elite (Canada) 16u

 

4:00pm Team NYC 16u vs Heat Elite 16u

 

4:00pm Rising Stars 16u vs HQ Elite Canada 16u

 

5:00pm Rens United 17u vs HQ Elite (Canada) 17u

 

5:00pm NY Gauchos 17u vs Rising Stars 17u

2024 Queens Defenders 14u-Polite Player Profiles

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Queens Defenders is a Queens based AAU basketball program dedicated to the development of our student athletes both on and off the court. Queens Defenders provide an opportunity for children with various skill sets to train, develop their game and increase their self confidence. The coaches in the program are committed to providing many opportunities for players to expand their skills, knowledge and love of the game of basketball. The program’s success is not measured by wins or losses, but by the improvement of the children’s skills, academics and overall basketball experience. The program was founded by Anthony D’Agostino, Athletic Director at Our Lady of Hope in Middle Village, Queens.

 

The 2024 14u team is coached by Brandan Polite, who also runs his own Rise Above Academy training program.

 

The player profiles for the 2024 Queens Defenders 14u-Polite team are as follows:

 

Joshua Vazquez (2028) 5’10 guard - Josh has a solid all-around game on offense and defense. When he gets downhill it is tough to tell which way he is going to finish because of his ability to finish well with both hands. He plays well beyond the arc with being able to shoot and hit mid-range pull ups. Not afraid to battle down low on the rebounding end and can defender a guard or forward.


Daniel “King” Pearson (2028) 5’9 guard - Daniel is a very crafty ball handler and finisher. He can really find his team with his precise passing and put them in a spot where they can be successful.  He read and reacts well on the defensive end which gets him lots of steals in the flow of the game.

 

Jack Clark (2028) 5’10 guard - Jack has a very energetic game which leads him to being very active on the court. He has a quick twitch to his offensive game that is tough to keep him in front. With his activeness he is all over the floor causing lots of disruption on the defensive end and scores well in transition.

 

Nathaniel Hosey (2028) 5’10 guard - Nate has a very mature game. He is a leader on and off the court with a nice pace to his offensive game. He can really mix it up with his scoring abilities by getting downhill or scoring the midrange area. He has a great skill for rebounding and will want to guard the best player on the court as a challenge.


Chase Gooden (2028) 6’2 small forward - Chase have huge presence with the ability to finish inside the paint well. He have good hands and can run up and down the floor well. As he is very light on his feet chase have a great skill of rebound the ball and covering defensive mismatches.


Micheal “Spalsh” Kozak (2028) 5’8 guard - Mikey has lot of passion in him. Can really shoot the ball well beyond the arc and can mix it up by getting off layups and floater over taller defenders. Have a smooth handle which get him to slither through defensives. He is a true communicator on the defensives end and is quick which keeps him in front of opponents.


Amadou Sanoh (2028) 5’7 guard - Amadou is an electrifying guard who steals the show. Can see the game steps before the play emerges and have a surprising move to get around the defender to score. He is a quick and disruptive guard that enjoys picking defender’s up full court. With his size defenders are amazed with how he finishes inside and out the paint.


Ben Jarvioc (2028) 5’9 guard - Ben has a great pace in his overall game and plays it the smart way. He can knock out the three and also switch it up with his ability to drive the basket. Keeps it really simple and gets right to the point on the offensive end. Defensively is great with communicating scenarios and be in the right places defensively to help out teammates when they get beat.


Samaba Bartah (2029) 5’9 guard - Samaba is a young athletic guard with a smooth game. He is very athletic and can attack downhill aggressively. With his length he covers a lot of ground with having a long wingspan and is not afraid of getting in the tress to grab a rebound. Along with his length he gives opponents tough times getting around him to score.


Nermin Mehovic (2028) 5’9 guard - Nermin is a shooter that can heat up at any given moment. With his ability to shoot it also leaves him room to get downhill to attack in a very unorthodox way. Plays the game the smart way and is a great wing defender.


Damouri Gordon (2028) 5’10 guard - Damouri is a energetic player with a versatile game, which allow him to play inside and out. He can get downhill to draw defenders and has a good passing abilities to find his open man.  Defensively he covers lots of ground with a motor and can rebound the ball.


Matthew Gomez (2028) 6’0 small forward - Matthew’s big body is effective down low and creates space with using his frame. He is a strong finisher who can get up and down the court to do his work early on the offensive end. On defense he is all over the board and can put a body on those around him.

 


2024 CT Elite Senior Showcase Player Profiles

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The players listed below have committed to the Senior Showcase hosted by Connecticut Elite on Saturday, March 23 at the Newtown Youth Academy 4 Primrose St, Newtown, CT. The event is organized by Albertus Magnus College assistant coach and long time CT Elite Director Jason JP Perrier.

 

Click on the highlighted players’ names below to pull up their profiles.

           

                          2025’s


Zane Brewer (2025) 6’3 guard, Wheeler High (CT)


Dominick LaDuca (2025) 5’9 guard, East Hartford High (CT)


Asher Abeles-Tierney (2025) 5’10 point guard, St Luke’s School (CT)


Connor Crist (2025) 6’2 guard, Southington High (CT)


Nathaniel Banton (2025) 6’0 guard, Bunnell High (CT)


Jared Smith (2025) 6’7 wing, Redemption Christian Academy (NY)


Jayden Turnage (2025) 5’10 point guard, Bunnell High (CT)


Avery Sutton (2025) 6’5 point guard, Hillhouse High (CT)

 

Justin Victorin (2025) 6’1 guard, East Hartford High (CT)


Anthony Thompson (2025) 5’9 point guard, Northwest Catholic High (CT)


Raheem Murray (2025) 6’1 guard, Pioneer Academy (NJ)

 

Cameron Perkins (2024) 6’4 small forward, Danbury High (CT)


Dominick DaLuca (2025) 5’9 point guard, East Hartford High (CT)


Josh Wallace (2025) 5’11 guard, Weston High (CT)

 


                          2024’s

 

Aidan Salazar (2024) 6’9 forward, Johnson High (TX)


Brayden Dauphinais (2024) 6’1 guard, Bristol Eastern High (CT)


Shane Weber (2024) 6’0 point guard, Brookfield High (CT) 


Malakai Roy (2024) 6’1 guard, Masuk High (CT)


Trenton Frasier (2024) 6’1 guard, Danbury High


Dean Accetura (2024) 5’8 point guard, Woodland Regional High (CT)


Leonardo Guidi (2024) 6’4 small forward, Woodstock Academy (CT)


Dominick Galletti (2024) 5’9 point guard, East Haven High (CT)


Avery Mickens (2024) 6’2 guard, Newington High (CT)


Paul Forster (2024) 6’7 forward, Weston High (CT)


Alex Munoz (2024) 6’0 guard, Bunnell High (CT)


Anthony Thompson (2024) 5’10 point guard, Northwest Catholic High (CT)


Indrit Peraj (2024) 6’5 small forward,  Seymour High (CT)


London King (2024) 6’0 guard, South Windsor High (CT)


Cameron Perkins (2024) 6’4 small forward, Danbury High (CT)


Ronald Baapogmah (2024) 6’4 small forward, Academy of International Studies (CT)


Julian Dent Jr. (2024) 6’5 small forward, Wilbur Cross High (CT)


Zamair Moales (2024) 5’9 point guard,  Warren Harding High (CT)


Thomas Glover Jr. (2024) 6’2 guard, Hillhouse High (CT)

 

Deondre Bransford (2024) 6’1 guard, Wheeler High (CT)

 

 

2023-24 All Western New England Prep Teams

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At the conclusion of the 2023-24 season, the head coaches of eight Western New England NEPSAC prep schools polled themselves and the determined their outstanding players for the season, as shown below. These honors are prestigious in that the schools are all high academic institutions and their rosters are all teeming with college-bound players.


Click on the player’s name to pull up his profile.

 


                        Most Valuable Player


Andreo Ash (2025) Canterbury School (CT)

 


                        First Team

 

Shane Cercone (2024) Canterbury School (CT)


Preston Edmead (2025) Williston Northampton School (MA)


Amadou Fall (2025) Millbrook School (NY)


Dylan Gage (2024) Berkshire School (MA)


Ricardo Nieves (2025) Williston Northampton School (MA)


Anthony Nimani (2024) Berkshire School (MA) (Cornell University commit)


Eze Wali (2024) Pomfret School (CT) (The Citadel commit)

 


                        Second Team

 

Bailey Coleman (2024) Salisbury School (CT) (football commit)


Nehemiah Franco (2025) Pomfret School (CT)


Raysean Johnson (2024) Canterbury School (CT) (Fairleigh Dickinson University commit)


Ore Odutayo (2025) Williston Northampton School (MA)


Santana Sinvilcin (2024) Frederick Gunn School (CT)


Zoumana Traore (2025) Millbrook School (NY)


Chris Torres (2024) Millbrook School (NY)

 


                        Third Team

 

Matt Defalco (2024) Salisbury School (CT)


David Dix (2025) Canterbury School (CT)


Chase Garcia (2025) Millbrook School (NY)


Christian Jeffers (2024) Canterbury School (CT)


Omar Robinson (2026) Pomfret School (CT)


Nehemiah Turner (2024) Williston Northampton School (MA)


Mason Wright (2024) Suffield Academy (CT)

 


                        Honorable Mention

 

Arinze Achufusi (2024) Berkshire School (MA)


Max Alberts (2024) Berkshire School (MA) (Middlebury College commit)


Liam Dagostino (2025) Canterbury School (CT)


Isaac Friedman (2024) Millbrook School (NY) (Tufts University commit)


Jack Guevara (2024) Frederick Gunn School (CT)


Jaylen Johnson (2025) Canterbury School (CT)


Omar Kulenovic (2024) Berkshire School (MA) (Hamilton College commit)


Cooper Marcum (2024) Suffield Academy (CT) (Bentley College football commit)


RJ Neysmith (2024) Frederick Gunn School (CT)


Mark Ostad (2024) Millbrook School (NY) (George Washington University commit)


Jared Strand (2026) Canterbury School (CT)


Darian Thomson (2024) Suffield Academy (CT)

 

                        Head Coaches


Berkshire School (MA) head coach Jeff Depelteau

   
Canterbury School (CT) head coach Brian Fruscio

 
Frederick Gunn School (CT) head coach Brian Konik


Millbrook School (NY) head coach Billy Thom


Pomfret School (CT) head coach Ronnie Turner    


Salisbury School (CT)  head coach Kyle Dudley/Bryce Daley  


Suffield Academy (CT) head coach Drew Gamere


Williston Northampton School (MA) head coach Ben Farmer

 

 

2024 Positive Direction 14u Player Profiles

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Positive Direction, aka “PD Nation” is a Queens based grassroots basketball program. Under the leadership of Coach Tim Brisco and CHSAA Director JoAnn Pinnock, PD Nation is looking to match the success of its girls program and get their boys college ready as well.


Tourron Whitfield, a former 2014-15 MAAC All-Academic Team selection for Marist College is back with his grassroots program, but now he is a coach of the 14u team.

 

Below are the 2024 Positive Direction 14u players’ profiles:


Uchenna Aninye (2028) 5’7 guard, Public School 270 - “What he lacks in size he makes up in hustle.” The lanky guard has good feel for the game and never backs down from competition.


Anthony Nelson (2028) guard, Baldwin Middle School - Anthony has an incredible knack for seeking the ball. With developing defensive prowess and long arms, Anthony can guard multiple positions and impact the game on both sides of the Ball. Goals: Aspires to be a NBA Player or an Anesthesiologist

 

Tyai’n Bonne (2028) 5’6 point guard, Louis Armstrong Middle School -Tyai’n is a combo, “swiss- army” knife guard. Most effective when leading his team, but isn’t afraid to let the 3-ball go and score when needed. Interest of Study: Computer Science

 

Dirk McRae Jr (2028) 5’6 guard, Dock School for STEAM Studies - Interest of study: Architecture/Medicine

 

Richard Hinkling (2028) forward, Longwood Junior High - Goals and Aspirations: High School Math Teacher

 

Justin Johnson (2028) 5’5 guard - Interest of study-sports agent

 

2024 CIAC Division I Quarterfinal Standouts

By David Cordova,


On Monday, we went north to look in on the CIAC Division I state quarterfinals, held at Fairfield-Warde High School in Fairfield, Connecticut. In addition to its very prestigious prep and boarding school basketball scene, Connecticut also has thriving and well-followed state association basketball running under the guise of the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference. High school teams vie for state championships in five levels of play. Division 1 is the top level and features the state’s strongest Catholic high school teams and its perennially strongest public school teams.


This year, two of the Division 1 quarter-finals featured games between St. Bernard Catholic High (Uncasville) versus Kolbe Cathedral High (Bridgeport) and East Catholic High (Manchester) versus Notre Dame-Fairfield High. Both games were close and competitive. But in the end, the St Bernard Saints the ND-Fairfield Lancers would advance on to Semi-finals game.


Below are the standouts for both games:


Najimi George 6-3, Small Forward, Kolbe Cathedral High School, Class of 2024 - A small forward that is very strong and athletic and will hold his own on the floor. Finds ways to help his team as an undersized post player who can also put the ball on the floor and drive to the basket. Is able to step out and shoot on the perimeter.


Marquise Owens, 5-8, Point Guard, Kolbe Cathedral High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that is a true playmaker and looks to get his teammates involved in the game. Has a penchant for controlling the tempo of the game for his teammates. Is able to attack in transition and will drive to the basket and is a great finisher. Has a nice shooting stroke.

 

Zachary Giddens, 5-10, Shooting Guard, Kolbe Cathedral High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to dominate in many ways with his scoring. Is able to fight off screens to anticipate passes in order to get to the basket. Is able to shoot from long range and is able to pull up from the free-throw line and hit crucial shots.

 

Amyre Gray, 6-0, Point Guard St. Bernard High School, Class of 2025 - A guard that has plenty of court vision and is good for making the right plays when the occasion presents itself. Is a great distributor on the floor and can attack in transition, and is a good finisher. Has a penchant for shooting from three-point range or from the perimeter.


Troy McKelvin, 6-6, Forward, St. Bernard High School, Class of 2027 - A forward that is long and agile and finds ways to be effective on the floor. Is able to drive to the basket and can finish efficiently. Is able to run the floor well and can crash the boards for rebounds. Has a nice shooting touch from three-point range.


Tyler Mangual 6-4, Forward, St. Bernard High School, Class of 2025 - A forward that is very skilled and has the ability to make clutch shots in crucial moments. Has a nice shooting touch from three-point range and is able to absorb contact whenever he is going to the basket for a layup. Will get to the free-throw line and will definitely help his team obtain points from the charity stripe.


Samson Reilly 6-2, Shooting Guard, East Catholic High School, Class of 2024 - Reilly is both the coach’s son and he hails from a long line of Connecticut basketball royalty. He has a penchant for scoring in many ways. Is a deadly shooter that will trust his shooting instincts, as he will bury the opposition from deep. Is also able to drive past the opposition and will look to get to the free-throw line by drawing fouls. Is always able to get open on the perimeter.


Brayden Jones 6-6, Forward, East Catholic High School, Class of 2026 - A forward that has great post moves and plenty of athletic ability. Has great hands and has the ability to obtain blocks and rebounds when in the low post. Is able to put the ball on the floor and also can muscle his way to the basket, as well as throw down dunks in the post.


Raymond Rodriguez 6-1, Point Guard, East Catholic High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that has the ability to make his presence felt on both ends of the court. Has a penchant for playing tough defense on the opposition and will force a player to turn over the ball. Has the ability to drive to the basket and is a good finisher. Has plenty of speed on the court and will use that to his advantage when it comes to the fast break.


Kamryn Salters 6-3, Small Forward, Notre Dame Fairfield High School, Class of 2025 - A small forward that is able to help his team out tremendously in multiple areas. Is a player that can crash the boards in order to get rebounds. Has a penchant for driving to the basket and is a solid finisher on the offensive end. Uses his physicality and strength to hold his own on both ends of the floor, whether it has to do with scoring or defense. Has a penchant for making passes that will aid in offensive opportunities for his teammates.


Josh Charlot 5-8, Point Guard, Notre Dame Fairfield High School, Class of 2027 - A guard that has plenty of heart and is able to make his presence felt when on the floor. is able to stick with the opposition when on the defensive end, as he is able to obtain steals or force turnovers. Uses his quickness efficiently and loves to get to the basket efficiently. Is a good distributor, as he is able to find his teammates when they are able to get free, so that he can give them opportunities to score.


Nate Charlot 6-1, Shooting Guard, Notre Dame Fairfield High School, Class of 2024 - A guard that is able to be an asset to his team during crucial moments on the floor. Has a penchant for making big plays on the court and is able to capitalize on scoring opportunities, as he is able to drive to the basket. Has the ability to make shots from three-point range.


Parrish Edmond Jr. 6-4, Forward, Notre Dame Fairfield High School, Class of 2025 - A forward that is able to make great plays on the court. When one part of his game isn’t working, he is able to make an impact in other ways, such as obtaining rebounds and helping his team on the defensive end. Is a player that puts his athleticism to good use and can make great plays on the offensive end, such as finishing at the rim.

 

HQ Elite (Canada) 16u

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HQ Elite is a proud affiliate of Nike’s UPLAY Canada, located in Hamilton, Ontario. They’ve created an exciting basketball program that participates in the highly competitive American MADE Hoops Circuit. Their unwavering mission is to provide the youth of Hamilton unparalleled opportunities, fostering their pursuit of post-secondary education and growth in basketball at the highest level. They prioritize refining basketball skills through intensive training sessions and exposure to competitive tournaments, catching the attention of college scouts. Their commitment extends beyond the court with specialized services like prep/private school placement assistance and leadership development, guiding athletes in academic planning and mentorship.


THe HQ Elite 16u roster is as follows:


Cam Selig (2028) 6’5


Luka Paslic (2026) 6’5 - Paslic is a three point specialist. Very physical can guard the 1-4. Always look to get teammates involved. Will do the dirty work taking charges and diving for loose balls.


Cassidy Garrick (2026) 6’1 guard - Garrick is an extremely quick player and a tenacious defender with a great physical frame that is beyond his years. His excellent ball handling ability allows him to create for his teammate’s while also holding the ability to get a bucket at any moment when his team is in need. Garrick’s greatest asset may be his leadership and coach Ming ability, while also holding an “never quit” attitude that helps will his teams to wins.


Nawaf Kigab (2028) 6’3


Daveh Rose (2026) 6’7


Omaree Francis (2026) 6’1 guard -

 

Daniel Simon (2026) 6’8 small forward - Simon is able to handle the ball, and stretch the floor out for any team. He is a consistent three point shooter that also has a a mid range game. He is also excellent at rim protecting.

 

George Nasir (2026) 6’4 - Nasir is a guard that can handle the ball, shoot the ball consistently from anywhere, can attack the basket. The best part about him is that he has length, he can guard around in the paint and around the perimeter with his size and length


Josh Henry (2027) 5’11


Arvin Batsinda (2026) 6’8 wing - Batsinda is a very talented all round player that can space the floor and shoot the midrange with high accuracy, he’s always making the right reads he can also dribble like a guard at 6’8, also got great footwork with a nice post game and can finish at the rim with the best of them. Arvin’s very versatile can guard the 1 through 5 if needed.

 

Joseph Botembo (2027) 6’1 guard - Botembo is a shifty lefty guard with a knockdown jump shot with great handles and a good leader on and off the court.

 

Jessie Emmanuel (2027) 6’2 guard -

 

Rockaway Celtics 14u Player Profiles

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Rockaway Celtics is a Rockaway Beach, Queens based program. It was started in 2012, by Terrence Mullin, with two teams. Over the years, the program has expanded and now includes teams for grade 3 – 10. The program focuses on helping younger players develop the knowledge and basic skills needed to be competitive team players. As their players grow, the focus is on skill development,  but they start with a team-first style of play. The goal is for the players to be prepared to succeed at the high school level. The coaches John Moran, Joe Courtney and JoJo O’Grady work hard with the teams on the court while emphasizing the importance of the player’s ability to represent themselves properly in their communities and schools. They expect our players to be able to excel both on and off the court.


Hugh Fina (2028) point guard from Breezy Point, Queens- The dynamic point guard is extremely athletic and can make plays on both ends of the floor. Hugh’s tough-minded style along with ball handling and slick passes gives him the ability to set up his teammates for open shots. On the defensive end, his tenacity can upset any opponent. Hugh plans to attend Xaverian High this fall.


Jason Cipolla (2029) wing player from Queens - This talented young player continues to grow his game. Jason has the athleticism and skill set that make him a tough matchup for his opponents. He has also shown the willingness and determination to keep growing his game. Jason is ready to be a major contributor for his team this season.


Jake “Sully “Sullivan (2028) forward from Breezy Point, Queens- Sully has shown tremendous improvement this season. He continues to work hard and shows the dedication needed to improve. Sully is a proven shooter and is also an excellent teammate. He is someone the coaches appreciate for his excellent work ethic. Sully is scheduled to go to Chaminade High this fall.


Ty Duffy (2028) guard from Rockaway, Queens - This sharpshooter has the uncanny ability to knock down shots from all around the court. While sharp shooting and passing is his forte, Ty has shown steady improvement and dedication on the defensive side of the ball. His commitment and passion for this game is obvious when you watch him practice. Ty will be attending Xavier High this fall.


Finn Hastings (2028) Forward/Center from Floral Park, LI - Finn is new to the team and through the first few workouts has shown his coaches a great work ethic and the willingness to learn. His ability to defend, rebound and score have been extremely impressive. Finn’s upside is very high and early on has been relentless on both sides of the court. He will be attending Kellenberg High this fall.


Jack “The Captain” O’Grady (2028) Point Guard from Rockaway, Queens - Captain Jack is one the leaders of this tight knit bunch. The past few years, Jack has played the wing. This year he is transitioning to point guard, something he has been practicing and handling quite well. Jack is a good passer and defender while also knocking down threes. He will be joining his brother JoJo at Xavier High this fall.


Danny O’Connell (2028) wing player from Floral Park, LI - like Finn, Danny is new to this team and has shown a very solid skill set. He is extremely strong with the ball. When he gets into the lane, he has a very good shooting touch around the rim. Danny’s skills allow him to slash to the rim, which will create opportunities for himself and his teammates. He plans on attending St Francis Prep this fall.


Hughie Courtney (2028) wing player from Rockaway, Queens - Hughie has a well-balanced offensive game.  He can score at all three levels and has no fear attacking the basket. Hughie’s knowledge and understanding of the game help gain advantages against his opponents. One of his under the radar strengths is as a defensive rebounder. He will be attending Xavier High this fall.


Jack Hayes (2028) wing player from Breezy Point, Queens- Jack has really grown as a player the last couple of seasons. He has gotten bigger and stronger, and so has his game. Jack can score off the bounce in the paint or from outside. His rebounding strength also helps this team on the defensive side of the ball. Jack will be following in his brother Timmy’s footsteps and attending Xaverian High this fall.


David Graves (2028) guard from Rockaway, Queens - Every team needs one, and David is our go-to defensive stopper. His nonstop motor, toughness and smarts help him when it comes to defending another team’s top scorer. Over the past year, David has shown great improvement in his offensive game, as he prepares to join some of his other Celtic teammates at Xavier High this fall.


Mike “Big Mike” Chiarantano (2028) forward/center from Rockaway, Queens- Michael is a very good athlete who excels at the defensive side of the court. He has excellent rebounding instincts. Mike also has an innate ability to be in the right position to help on defense when it is needed. Offensively, Mike can score around the basket and has a knack for making the correct pass. He would be attending Xaverian High this fall.

 

 

 

Team NYC 16u Player Profiles

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Team NYC, an organization founded over a decade ago on the behalf of student athletes who were once overlooked but went on to excel in Division 1 and Division 2 basketball. The team was formed to provide to parents and players guidance, opportunities and an education in grassroots basketball. Archbishop Molloy Varsity Assistant Coach, Donald Francois is the founder and director of the Team NYC program. He also runs Gimme Five Worldwide Summer Camp, that is a known for rigorous and effective training. He is also a player scout for Division I colleges.

 

Below are the player profiles for the 2024 16u team:


Josh Powell (2026) 6’5 shooting guard, Archbishop Molloy High - Powell was the CHSAA 2023-24 scoring leader as a sophomore. He is recognized as one of the top-ranked players in the United States. Known for his deadly shot and impactful offensive presence, Powell possesses unlimited potential. He is a player who can change the game with his consistent shooting ability, known for turning the game around with his hot shooting at any given moment.

 

Myles Miller (2026) 6’3 shooting guard, Archbishop Molloy High - Miller is a defensive ace known for his laser focus on shutting down opponents on the court. He uses his good sized frame to his advantage at both ends. He is a threat from beyond the arc and excels in mid-range shots with remarkable consistency. It is anticipated that he will have a standout spring and summer leading into his junior year, and is projected to make a significant impact next year as a player for Archbishop Molloy. 


Nolan Gomez (2027) 6’2 guard, Archbishop Molloy High - Nolan is a freshman basketball player who made a significant impact during his the Molloy JV team this past winter. He is recognized as a pure shooter. His potential for growth and contribution at the varsity level is immense. He has a remarkable basketball IQ, which positions him as a player to watch out for as he continues to elevate his game.

 

 

Sean Rojas (2026) 6’1 guard Archbishop Molloy High - Rojas is a skilled basketball player known for his exceptional shooting skills that can change the game. He is praised for his leadership qualities, often seen as a coach on the court. A player to watch.


Kevin Xhari (2026) 6’2 guard Archbishop Molloy High -  Xhari is a versatile basketball player known for his strategic gameplay, as he possesses a high basketball IQ. He excels in driving to the basket and has exceptional shooting skills. He is also adept at involving his teammates in the game. Xhari’s on-court presence is marked by intelligence and collaboration.


Kailan Vilfort (2026) 6’4 small forward, Valley Stream North High

 

Joshua Gamarra (2026) 6’5 shooting guard, Oceanside High - Gamarra is a versatile basketball player known for his exceptional teamwork, communication skills both on and off the court, strong defensive abilities, sharp shooting and expansive presence on the court.  He excels at both ends of the court. He has a promising future ahead.


Sincere Ferguson (2027) 6’4 small forward, John Bowne High - Ferguson is an impressive freshman with a towering presence, displays immense potential on the court. His size, long arms, and finishing skills hint at a bright future ahead. With further experience, he is poised to become a highly impactful player, making waves with his talent and determination.