Guards Steal the Show at Hoop Mountain Prep Classic
This weekend we at HDM were on hand for another great weekend of basketball at the Hoop Mountain Prep Classic. An annual three day event which showcases some of New England’s top prospects to colleges coaches of all levels. At this year’s event it seemed as if the guards were saving their best play for this weekend. In this article we will highlight the top performers over the weekend of the Hoop Mountain Prep Classic.
Trae Bell Hayes (Bill Crothers) a 6’2 Point Guard out of Ontario Canada seemed unstoppable the whole weekend. Though not flashy he can do it all, knows how to run a team, can defend, score, and possess an overall remarkable feel for the game. In his first game against a tough Notre Dame team Hayes scored 25pts. Not to be out done he saved his best performance for his second game of the tournament against Lee Academy where he netted team high 32pts, to go along with 12ast. Hands down one the best performances of the tournament, what’s shocking is he does not possess any true D1 offers.
Jarvis Garrett (Notre Dame Prep) a 6’0 PG can fill up a stat sheet in a quickness. After a slow first half matched up against Trae Bell Hayes, in a win Garrett exploded in the second half (18pts) to help lead Notre Dame Prep past Bill Crothers 74-60 Friday evening. Saturday Garrett picked up right where he had left off, putting on a clinic going 9-13 from three to finish the game with a tournament high 42pts and dishing out 12ast. Garrett is by far one of the best available senior point guards left in the country.
After not having the best showing at the NPS, 2015 Jalen Adams showed why he is one of the nation’s most dangerous scores. He exploded on day one with a 28 point performance. Followed up with a spectacular showing (25pts) in front of head coaches Ed Cooley and Kevin Ollie. On display was Jalen full offensive arsenal, scoring 18 alone in the second half which included another game winner for the Jr. guard.
Stealing some of the thunder from these spectacular guards were Worcester Academies Matt Cimino and Lee Academy forward Mihailo Vasic. Matt Cimino has been on offensive tear since the tip of the season averaging around 22pts per game. In close loses against AAA powers South Kent and Brewster Academy Cimino put up 21pts in each game.
6’7 senior Mihailo Vasic a power man’s version of Iowa State forward Georges Niang. Like Georges he does not have much athleticism, but is a terror down low in the post with his back to the basket. In a loss to Bill Crothers Mihailo finished the game with a team high 23pts. He came back the next day and led his team to victory against Tilton with another team high 24pts. Vasic posses good court vision and has a nice face up game.
Aaron Calixte (Lee Academy)
Shyheim Hicks (Commonwealth Academy)
Devonte Gram (Brewster Academy)
Donovan Mitchell (Brewster Academy)
Dusan Perovic (South Kent)
Bruce Brown (Vermont Academy)
Chritian Vital (Vermont Academy)
Aubrey Dawkins (New Hampton)
Bobby Ahearn (Marianapolis Prep)