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2015 Hoop Dreams Magazine Prep Classic Recap

With a gym full of spectators and college coaches over the course of a two day weekend. Bunker Hill Community College was home to the 215 Hoop Dreams Magaazine Prep Classic. Some players were up to their old tricks and some made a name for themselves.

The twin towers of ’16 C Jordy Tshimanga and ’16 F Omari Spellman anchored the load to lead Macduffie School to hard fought win over Suffield Academy. While Spellman punished his opponents with a variety of post moves and knocking down the perimeter jumper that look so fluent every time it left his hands. Tshimanga did most of his damage in the post on both ends by altering shots on one end and coming down gaining position making it hard for his defender to stop him from scoring around the basket. Tshimanga and Spellman combined for 35 points and 15 rebounds in the win. ’16 G Keyshaun Hicks was also a bright spot MacDuffie School adding 13 points.

’15 G Juwan Anderson and ’15 G Chris Wilkins formed a 1-2 punch that made Suffield a competitive group of players. Anderson is so smooth and plays well of the pick and roll game knocking down the outside shot. Anderson makes really good decisions facilitating the offense and finding the open man. Indiana HC Tom Crean was on hand to evaluate Anderson. Although a Clemson football commit, Wilkins was a force to be wrecking with over the course of the weekend. Showing great footwork and nice touch on his shot, Wilkins had one of the better performance overall at the HDM Prep Classic.

’16 G Saul Phiri was elite, the first thing that stood out about Phiri from where he was at last year’s HDM Prep Classic was how much more physical he has become attacking off the dribble. Phiri was efficient scoring the ball and with the transformation of his body allowing him to move better laterally when guarding on the perimeter. His teammate, ’15 G Pat Benzan (Holy Cross commit) has taken the role of a pass first point guard since making the move to Worcester Academy. Benzan, known for his scoring really showed that he can run an offense. Kevin Marfo is such a physical specimen who does a lot of work on the glass. Right now defensively he’s ahead of the curve more than his offensive game but he showed flashes that it’s coming along.

’16 G Thomas Jackson of the Holderness is a silky smooth lead guard that can really score the ball. Jackson opened up the after Saturday scoring the first eight points of the game. Plays under control and gets his teammates involved. ’17 F Sukhmail Mathon, a very active forward who runs the floor well. Has a face up game that extends 15 feet. A very intriguing prospect who will grab the attention of college coaches soon enough.

’16 G Elijah Pemberton of Master School a combo guard who is always in attack mode. Pemberton is dangerous in the open floor as the 6-foot-3 guard is gifted athletically. Elijah knocked down shots from all over scoring 28 points. ’15 C Sam Ibiezugbe has improved offensively but his game right now is a defensive minded big man who dedicates himself to rebounding.

’16 G Bruce Brown showed why he’s one of the better prospects in New England regardless of class. Brown opened up the game with a two hand slam off an alley-oop pass.  Brown left only his defender but spectators also guessing what his next move. With his ability to score being well known, Brown improved in many areas over the course of the year, showing that he can be relied on to bring down the ball and his creative passing was also on display. With Tom Crean on hand it’s no question that Indiana has Bruce Brown a priority.

‘17 G Jermaine Samuels and ’17 G Azar Swain continue to play off of one another and carry the offensive load for Rivers. Swain who plays more of the point guard position and can create off the dribble scored the well going toward the basket. Samuels did a good job creating space and showed a good release on his shot.

’16 F Baris Ulker showed flashes of his offensive game where all of his points came from below the free throw line. Ulker needs to be more patient on defense and utilize his length and ability to move his feet well to guard more on the perimeter.

Jean-De-Brebeuf ’15 Fordham commit Joseph Chartouny did a good job facilitating the offense over the weekend. A very skilled ball handler who can get his shot off when he wants to with a variety of offensive moves in his repertoire.

Another Fordham commit ‘15 F Jesse Bunting of Tabor Academy showed great Athleticsm and a soft touch on his jump hook. Bunting looks as though he’s growing and starting to look as though the weight room is paying off.

Lee Academy ’15 PG Walter King is so underrated as a point guard. King has the ability to get in the lane and finish with his signature tear drop floater. Does a great job of playing under control and possess a lot of patience and never looked rattled. Teammate Rudy Stradnieks had head coaches from both Drexel and Miami (OH) on hand to see him over the course of the weekend. Stradnieks has great hands and scores the ball well around the basket. Did a good job rebounding the ball as well

Notre Dame Prep ’15 G Jerry Johnson is a shooter. Not just a regular shooter but a deadly one from the beyond the arc. It’s tough to cover Johnson alone though when the interior physical presence of ’16 F Chris Baldwin imposes on defenders and ’15 G Winston Morgan’s quick release from deep cold also be looked at as a threat for opposing teams.

’15 G Tyshon Rogers is a New England native doing a post grad year at Mont Clare Academy came home and put on a scoring clinic in his 2 days playing front of family and friends. Rogers kept his team competing in late game situations scoring the ball.

Bryant commit ’15 G Nisre ZouZoua ran the point at times for his Boston Trinity team and with improved ball handling and extended range on his shot; ZouZoua is showing a vast improvement from just being a slashing athletic guard.

“15 G Tom Hovart from Marianapolis Prep was a shining star Sunday. Hovart scored 20 points on the evening and 12 of those points came at the half against Tabor Aacademy.