Updated Class of 2017 Rankings

After strong consideration and weighing both potential and production we decided that Hamidou Diallo as the #1 player in the class of 2017. The 6’4 do it all wing has consistently produced at the highest level no matter the competition.

#2 Tremont Waters pound for pound has to be one of the best guards in the country, now standing at 6’0 Waters can do it all. A prospect to keep a close eye on as he continues to prove everyone wrong, size doesn’t matter.

#3 Jermaine Samuels has as high of a ceiling as anyone. Combine that with his athletic ability and you have a big time prospect. Samuels was sidelined do to injury, which is most of the reason why he has dropped

#4 Kimani Lawrence passes the look test and has shown that he has the total package of playing at the highest level.  When its all said and done could possibly become a challenge for the # 1 spot in the class.

#5 Maki Ashton Langford will run the show for Cushing Academy.  The athletic guard, who knows how to get to the rim, has developed a pass first mentally, which will help his overall game. With an improved jump shot, he has the makings of a big time prospect.


                                                  Class of 2017 Rankings


Philmon Gebrehiwet reclassifying into 2018

Expressions Elite announced on Wednesday Philmon Gebrehiwet will be transferring from New Mission High School in Massachusetts to The Holderness School and reclassifying to 2018 in the process.

Gebrehiwet is a six-foot-seven wing that adds to an already talented young core in the rising junior class with Sukhmail Mathon, and senior Thomas Jackson.

Gebrehiwet is a long wing with the ability to play at the highest level, Gebrehiwet played with Expressions Elite this season making a name for himself on the national level while playing amongst the best grassroots talent in the country EYBL.  Expressions Elite was one of Nike’s only 16u teams that participated in each all of Nike’s sessions.  Gebrehiwet was selected to participate in the national invitational Nike Top 100 camp, after great reviews he now has the attention of national media outlets.

Philmon currently holds offers from Creighton, and UMASS for the class of 2017, look for him to jump into the national spotlight while in the class of 2018.



Hoop Group Elite Session 2 Standouts

Hoop Group Elite Camp Session 2 Standouts
Hoopdreamsmag was at Hoop Group Elite Camp Session 2 this past week. Some of the top AAU programs in the country were well represented throughout the duration of the week. Here is a look at the top class of 2018 Standouts.


6’6 Isiah Mucius(2018) A long and Silky smooth playmaker showing the ability to score in a multitude of ways.


6’7 Dana Tate (2018) Fresh off an offer from Brown University Tate showed dominance throughout the entire camp. 6’7 with guard skills and a high motor on the glass makes Tate a high major prospect.


6’3 G Calvin Whipple (2018) Whipple showed he is a long range shooting elite prospect. Whipple shot the ball well from behind the arc and has shown increased athleticism.


6’7 Nate Leswiscz(2018) Arguably has the most potential in the class of 2018. Leswicsz can score from all over the floor, having some big games on the offensive end during camp.


6’6 Preston Santos (2018) Santos was sensational all weekend scoring, facilitating and rebounding at a high level. A plethora of Division one schools were following Santos throughout the week.


6’3 Jalen Carey (2018) Carey is a high major athlete with an incredible motor on both ends of the floor.


6’8 Arashma Parks (2018) Parks is a big-bodied player with good hands and feet in the post. Parks continues to develop his face up game but showed signs of improvement.


6’7 Jake Glenzen(2018) Glenzen is your protypical big man with good skills in the post. Glenzen continues to improve his athleticism.


6’9 Tommy O’Neil (2018) O’Neil is long and very skilled for his size. O’Neil showed the ability to break down defenders off the dribble and shot it well from behind the arc. He has all the tools of a high major prospect.


6’11 Sean Good (2018) Good is an intriguing prospect with elite level skills and sneaky athleticism. Good continued to play his best basketball towards the end of the camp.


5’10 Anthony Harris(2018) Harris showed high level athleticism and the ability to get to the rim when needed. Harris really impressed with his playmaking skills throughout camp.


6’5 David Mitchell (2018) Mitchell was one of the top scorers in his class. Mitchell can score from an assortment of ways. Mitchell most impressed us with his ability to score from long range.


Zero Gravity Nationals 15u Standouts

6’5 David Mitchell Mass Rivals-Quickness and strength is the trademark of Mitchell.  He likes to create contact in traffic. Mitchell was a threat on Saturday, showing the ability to score from all over the court.

5’10 G Maurice Works BABC-  Works best attribute today was his abiltiy to knock down the 3-point shot.  If you sit on his shot, he will break you down off the dribble and create for his teammates. He is a winner.

6’7 G Dana Tate Expressions- Tate is a big-bodied slasher who knows how to use his body to create space. His ability to finish through contact makes him a consistent scorer.  He loves to start the break after a rebound and his unselfish play creates easy buckets for others. High Major potential.

6’5 F Javon Jones Mass Rivals-  From either forward position, the 6’5″ Just is a true threat.  He has a remarkable quiver full of deadly post moves and can take you off the bounce.

5’10 PG Shandon Brown BABC-  Brown is a soild PG who can flat out score the rock.  His ball handling is on point and loves getting the ball ahead on the fastbreak

6’4 G AJ Reeves Mass Rivals-  Reeves is a guard that looks to attack the paint and facilitate. He knows when to be selfish and score and when he does look for his shot it usually is a high percentage shot in the paint or a hesitation move to a pull-up midrange.

6’5 G Kiyon Boyd DC Owls-  Boyd was arguably the top performer in the 15u age group. Only 14 years old the freshman starts for Dunbar high school in Maryland. Boyd put up numerous 30 point performances and showed high major potential.

6’3 G Nyzair Rountree Expressions- Highlight after highlight.  Rountree has high major leaping ability.  Over and over again he deflected perimeter passes and once he gets on the break it was a highlight.  The slashing guard is most dangerous when he is absorbing contact.

6’5 F Cole Swider BABC- Swider dropped numerous shots from beyond the arc.  He can shoot both off the catch and after a couple dribbles. Swider put up some big numbers for his BABC squad.

6’6 G Preston Santos Expressions- Santos loves to play both ends of the floor and does it well. He also showed he can guard multiple positions, his ability to score the ball by shooting from different spots and getting to the rim when he wanted showed he is a strong player and is getting even stronger.

5’10 PG Noah Fernandes NE Playaz- He runs the team and puts guys where they need to be for the team to be successful. He has great change of speed when he is being guard and he displayed a nice mid-range jump shot over the weekend.

6’1 Paul Durkee BABC- This week he was probably one of the best shooters in the gym in the whole tournament. He use so many ways to score the ball. he gets out in transition and stretches the floor and knocks down corner and wing jump shots.

6’1 G Ethan Wright NE Playaz- Wright is a lethal scorer who desperately wants to win.  His competitive spirit hides behind the mask of relaxation. Wright can shoot it from all the floor and loves taking advantage of smaller players guarding him.

6’9 F Tommy Oneil Expressions- Oneil was one of the more impressive young players we saw all weekend long.  He’s a good athlete, great rebounder and can affect the game on both ends. His post game is advanced for a player his age and showed the ability to break down defenders and score off the bounce.

6’5 Rakeesh Tibby NE Playaz- Tibby moves very well.  He already incorporated an effortless baby hook.  He has good footwork and his touch in traffic is excellent.

6’6 F Daniel Oladapo DC Owls- Oladapo already holds an offer from Towson and Penn State. The Big man has incredible footwork and high major athleticism. Oladapo had numerous dunks and high level plays above the rim.

5’10 PG Kwane Taylor Expressions- One of the more pure point guards in this weekends tournament, Taylor reads pick’n’rolls very well.  When he executes the play it quickly led to easy layups for his teammates. Taylor also showed the ability to consistently score from behind the arc.










NERR Super 16 Standouts

2016 EJ Crawford- Crawford is  a high major scorer. At one point hit 4 consecutive three point shots to bring his USAD team to victory

2016 Rawle Atkins(New Rens) Fresh off of his Kentucky offer Rawle Atkins impressed everyone in the gym. 6’5, super athletic and highly skilled. Atkins is a Top 30 prospect and on the incline

2017 Jose Alvarado(New Rens) is an elite guard that can facilitate and score at a high level. A mid major prospect and rising

2016 Matt Dewolfe(Middlesex Magic) His motor and size allowed him to dominate the paint while scoring with ease.

2018 Tyler Bourne(New Heights) When this kid is clicking he looks like a top 5  point guard in the country. His strength combined with great dribbling skills and penetrating ability makes him a special player to watch.

2018 Dana Tate(Expressions Elite) 6’7 with guard skills Tate appeared to be a good prospect last season but this year he leaped to the next level. The tools and athleticism he showed this weekend were unmatched. He might have shot into the Top 50 in the country.

2016 Mustapha Heron(New Rens) Heron usually handles most of the scoring load but this weekend got some help from his teammates. The big guard average close to 18 points a game and continues to keep his name among the elite players in the nation.

2017 Thomas Murphy(NE Playaz) Murphy was dominant playing in the 16u age bracket but, more impressive was his improved footwork and touch around the basket. He was able to gain good low post position, seal defenders and court in the paint. He’s a big target and possess the soft hands needed to catch and finish.

2018 Nyzair Rountree(Expressions Elite) Rountree went to work throughout the weekend and really shined in his teams pool play blowing out teams. Rountree scored a few buckets but played more of a facilitator role for his Expressions squad.

2016 Wenyen Gabriel(Mass Rivals) Gabriel continues to improve as he has all of the size, athleticism and skills to play at a high level. Look for Gabriel to continue impressing throughout the summer.


Zero Gravity Mass State Championship Standouts

6’2 Jakai Dotton(2017) BABC- The 6’2 guard and scoring prowess powered BABC to the championship. Once he got going he was difficult to slow down. He packs a mean scoring punch. 

6’9 Tommy O’neil(2018) Expressions- At times O’neil looked like the best prospect in the building. His wiry frame and developing skills gives the indication of what could be expected down the road. O’neil looks like he will continue to sprout up in size. 

6’3 Justin Mazzula(2017) BABC- Every coach would wish to have a kid like lane suiting up. This kid gave his all on both ends of the floor and seemed to make winning plays. His all-around toughness rubs off on the team. 

6’1 G Ethan Wright(2018) NE Playaz- Wright brings a calm to his squad when running the show. He takes good care of the rock when scoring or facilitating to teammates.

6’6 Chris Camille(2019) Mass Commanders- Camille caught our eye as one of the most promising prospects in the building. His long, slender type frame and feel for the game really stood out. 

6’7 Dana Tate(2018) Expressions- The more comfortable he gets putting the ball on the floor, rebounding on both ends  and making perimeter plays, the more intriguing he becomes. Expressions might have something special with this kid. 



Hoop Group Providence Jamfest 15u Standouts

5’10 G Maurice Works (BABC)- Works has the rock on a string therefore he gets anywhere he wants on the floor. Once he got through the first line of defense he has the option of either scoring or dishing to teammates. He’s one tough guard to defend.

6’7 F Dana Tate (Expressions Elite)-  What else needs to said this kid came to a big time stage in the and put up numbers. Tate can essentially do it all and play multiple positions. No one really knew him before but now he might have created national name. 

6’6 F Martin Mann (BABC)- Martin put team on his back as he guided them through the trenches during championship run. His strength and scoring ability makes him a factor every time he steps on the floor.

6’5 Cole Swider (BABC) Swider had a barrage of scoring during Hoop Group Jamfest. His range seems to be when he walks in the gym. Once he gets hot he’s usually tough to contain.

6’4 G AJ Reeves (Rivals)- Whether he was scoring or making things happen for teammates, Reeves proved to be a superior play maker. His stock is continuing to rise as we speak. 

6’8 Tommy O’neil (Expressions Elite) O’neil is long and lanky wing. He has shown he could score  from all three levels and has improved his ability to make his teammates better.

5’9 PG Shandon Brown (BABC)- Brown showed that his presence matters. He ran the point for BABC as they won the championship. His heady plays and ability to score or run his team makes him an elite prospect.

6’4 F David Mitchell (Rivals)- Mitchell showed he could score from any kind of circumstances. It seems to be natural for him to put the ball in the hole. 

5’10 PG Kwane Taylor(Expressions Elite)- Taylor has fun breaking down defenders at will. Once he got into the lane at ease he either finished at the rim or facilitated to his teammates. Also an elite level defender.


Northeast Live Invitational 15u Standouts put on quite the event this past weekend in Springfield, MA. The majority of the top programs in the Northeast were present NY City Rocks, BABC, Expressions, NE Playaz, NY Lightning, PSA, etc. Here is a look at some of the standouts over the weekend.


Noah Fernandes (NE Playaz)- The 5’10 PG Fernandes has the rock on a string therefore he gets anywhere he wants on the floor. Once he got through the first line of defense he has the option of either scoring or dishing to teammates.

Kwane Taylor (Expressions)- 5’10 PG Taylor was a new face on the circuit and found open teammates with precise passes and creative dimes that left the defense standing still.  Clearly, Taylor’s stock should rise over the next few months.

Cole Swider(BABC)-  At 6’5 this kid is so natural at scoring that it’s kind of scary. He’s very fluid going to the basket and if you try to back off he will score from long range.

Ethan Wright(NE Playaz) 6’1 G Wright played the game with great intensity. He could be seen attacking the rim in transition and in the half court set.

Shandon Brown(BABC)- 5’9 PG  Once again Brown proved to be an elite level player in this event. His take over the game ability was very apparent on both ends of the floor.

Tommy O’neil(Expressions) 6’8 F O’neil can play multiple positions as he played in the Expressions backcourt. He’s also big enough to sneak inside, grab rebounds and score in the paint

Maurice Works( BABC) Works is a ball handlers worse nightmare. He pressures the rock and makes the opposing guard have to make quick decisions.

Preston Santos(Expressions) When you are 6’6, can put it on the floor and step back to hit from long range consistently it’s hard to find a better prospect in the building. Santos not only passed the look test he also showed and proved on the floor that he’s one of the best in the Northeast Region



#NEHF Showcase Recap

In the showcase edition of the North East Hoops Festival we saw some of the areas top shoe company grasssroots programs take on one another. Mass Rivals (Adidas) were present with their 15u, 16u, and 17u teams, New England Playaz (Adidas) also present with their 15u, 16u, and 17u teams. Expressions Elite (Nike) was present with their 16u team who participated in the 17u division only.

New England Playaz were lead by 2017 Kellan Grady, a guard who has made tremendous strides as of late. Has been able to become a better combo guard who can score it when he gets hot. Made his teammates better and scored it when he needed to, 2016 Jimbo Lull has started to make a name for him self on the circuit, a big body who takes up space and has a nice touch.

Expressions Elite 16u played up in the 17u division and had arguably the best game of the weekend against the New England Playaz losing by one point on a buzzer beater. 2017 Derrick Ellis has continued to show that he is one of the best guards in his class, continued to set teammates up, and get to the rim no mater who was in front of him. 2017 Philmon Gebrewhit was a standout performer; at 6’7” he passes the look test for a high major wing, another test was to see if he was able to make translatable moves against division one prospects. He showed that he was able to make shots, as well as get into the lane and create offense, also was able to defend the wing position. 2017 Sukmail Mathon and 2017 Jordan Hardwick rebounded and scored in transition respectively showing that they are prospects of their own.

Mass Rivals 2017 Makai Ashton-Langford and 2016 Wabissa Bede caused havoc all day long, toughness combined with a will to win these two were fun to watch. Very impressed with the toughness and leadership of Wabissa Bede. Hands down most improved player in region. Makai Ashton-Langford was able to get to virtually any spot on the floor that he wanted to at any given time. Made tough shots, and has improved on the defensive end. Ty Malone showcased his improved outside shooting, making timely shots, as well as causing havoc on the defensive end.

2016 Keyshaun Jacobs was impressive for Metro Boston, created space off the dribble and made shots. 2016 James Foye showcased his scoring ability in which he was able to score off the bounce, as well as get to the rim.


Nike EYBL Boo Williams 15u Standouts

6’6 Martin Mann(2018) competed at a high level as the Nike EYBL tipped off this past weekend and was loaded with talent in the 15u field. BABC and Expressions Elite were the sole representers in New England. Here is a look at some of the standouts.


Martin Mann (BABC) -The 6’6 Forward competed at a high level for his squad. Averaging nearly a double-double Mann impacted the game on both ends of the floor.

Preston Santos (Expressions) –6’5 guard averaged over 20 points per game for his squad. Santos scored in a variety of ways and showed he is a top prospect netting 22 points in a win against Team United(NC).

Paul Durkee (BABC)- 6’1 G Durkee was inconsistent throughout the weekend, but seemed to settle during his third game and put up huge numbers. Durkee proved he is one of the top scorers in the region.

Tommy O’neil (Expressions)- 6’8 Swingman showed tremendous potential scoring on the wing,high post and on the block. O’neil continues to mature and develop into an elite prospect.

Maurice Works(BABC)- 5’10 PG Works simply makes his team go in a variety of ways. Works was consistent throughout the week for his squad and was essential during game vs. Team Melo.

David Dukes(Expressions)- 6’2 PG showed a great deal of composure during the weekend. Scoring when needed and facilitating to his teammates.

Shandon Brown(BABC)- 5’9 PG Brown is an elite defender and show ability to knock down shots from long range.