The 2014 Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic was filled with intensity and high level of competition. A number of breakout performances from local products highlighted the day. Several collegiate programs were on hand to catch some of the action. Programs such as Boston College, Providence, Iona, and Umass to name a few.
To start off the day, Rivers School beats Wheeler School 66-44. 6’6 Guard Jermaine Samuels showed why he is a top 20 prospect in the country as he dominated throughout the game with 20 pts, 10 rbs. As Rivers school used a variety of defenses to speed up and turnover Wheeler. Azar Swain and Jamari Venter are also class of 2017 and showed sparks of efficiency. Wheeler School was led by Nate Balcolm 14 pts.
Redemption Christian Academy beats Thayer Academy 61-33. RCA forced a multitude of turnovers and used their size and strength to dominate the undersized Thayer Academy during the game. 6’5 Wing Daniel Eduardo led Redemption Academy with 18 pts, 12 rbs and Daniel Lewis 16 pts, 9 rbs. Thayer Academy was led by Conor O’Brien with 15 pts.
Worcester Academy edges out Marianpolis Prep 53-44. 6’3 G Jameilen Jones Class of 2014 finished with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Worcester used their size and length to control the boards and contest shots throughout the game. 6’10 Forward Matt Cimino (2014) had a plethora of high major schools in attendance and shot the ball well from the outside as well. 6’6 Swingman Eric Long led Marianapolis prep with 14 pts, 10 rbs. Binghamton commits 6’5 Forward Bobby Ahearn also impressed with 10 pts, 8 rbs.
Belmont Hill’s Point guard Sultan Oleskun (2015) was the difference maker as throughout the game as he finished with 22 pts, 9 ast. Oleskun scored in a variety of ways and showed the ability to defend at a high level. Oleskun is yet to have a scholarship offer, but if his production continues the offers should begin. Vermont’s 6’0 G Tyler Harville shot the ball from outside and led with 21 pts , Bruce Brown consistently made plays and finished with 13 pts, 8 rbs and 6’10 Sedee Keita showed signs of a high major prospect as well.
Lee Academy defeated Macduffie School 55-53.Qunnipiac Commit 6’1 Guard Dimitri Floras and 6’11 Jordy Tshimanga (2016) were an efficient inside/out combination as Floras shot the ball well from the outside finished with 15 pts, 7 ast and facilitated with the best of them. Tshimanga finished with 14 pts 13 rbs hes an intriguing prospect with high major size, soft hands and a good basketball IQ. 6’6 Mihalio Vasic shot the ball well for Lee Academy as he finished with 19 pts
Believe Prep Academy wore out Jean-De-Brebeuf winning 60-57. Believe Prep used their size, strength and athleticism to control the game from start to finish. Three top 100 class of 2015 prospects stood out during the game Damontrae Jefferson finished with 15 pts, 5 ast. 6’5 guard Jared Wilson-Frame was productive throughout the game making plays every possession 6’7 David Burrell finished with 17 pts, 10 rbs. Jean-De-Brebeuf was lead by Nemanja Zechvich with 16 pts and Joseph Chartouay 12 pts, 9 ast.
In the last game of the night, Avon old Farms dominated Canterbury School from start to finish winning 64-53 6’7 Wing Brandon Aughborns (2015) had 12 pts 10 rbs with some highlight reel plays. Aughborn showed tremendous potential and the ability to play at the division one level. 6’4 G Artis Parris led Avon with 18 pts, 9 rbs