There were a handful of the top 8th graders in New England invited to participate at the Elite 75 event. The class of 2017 proves to be a unique class as many of the players were able to compete and dominate the Class of 2016 competition. Here is a list of some of the players that stood out throughout the event.
6’4 G Jermaine Samuels (MPLEX)- Only an 8th grader Samuels was arguably the top player throughout the event. Samuels has a unique scoring ability as he is able to use his size and strength to bully his opponent. Samuels also was crafty when attacking the basket scoring in a plethora of ways.
6’6 F Tomas Murphy (RI Hawks) Murphy flat out competed throughout the day. Murphy used his bouncy athleticism and improving offensive skill set to out play his opponent. Murphy was very impressive during the All Star game as he played above the rim and had numerous highlight reel dunks while in transition.
6’1 G Shyheim Hicks (Expressions) Hicks can put the ball in the basket like no other. Hicks showed supreme poise throughout the day scoring in transition and making heady plays in a half court set. Look for Hicks to have a very productive fall season.
5’7 Jaecee Martin (CBC) Martin was very impressive as he never seems to get rattled while being pressured. Martin was able to create consistent plays for himself and teammates. Looking forward to seeing more of Martin during the Fall aau season
6’5 F Deandre Leslie (Expressions) Leslie seemed to have grown 2-3 inches during the AAU season. Looks as if Leslie’s athleticism is catching up to his size. Leslie has a tremendous motor and plays hard every possession. As Leslie continues to strengthen his skill set sky is the limit for this youngster.
5’7 Azar Swain (CBC) Swain and his high basketball I.Q. was on display as he was able to knock down the outside shot and create for others. Most impressed with Swain’s ability to create for others as he has the skills to be a solid point guard.
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