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The Hall Of Fame National Invitational Recap

Team Scan who was dominant throughout the weekend entered the 16u title game against the NE Playaz with a ton of momentum. With a well balanced attack in the scoring column Team Scan took an early lead against the Playaz and never looked back. The interior presence of Thomas Bryant and Kassoum Yakwe appeared to be too much for their opponents to handle. But it was play of talented sophomore guard Chris Atkinson that stood out throughout the day. The speedy guard made it hard for the defenders to keep him in front of them with his dribble drive crossover and forcing the defense to collapse hen entering leaving his post players open for the easy dish.  Atkinson is definitely one to keep an eye on.

In one of the many competitive match ups on the day was the battle between the Playaz (New England vs New Jersey) in the 17u title game. The NJ PLAYAZ put on an impressive performance against the USAD (CT) who to some were considered the favorites to win it all after last weekend’s performance at the Basketbull Summer Championships. The NE Playaz went on to capture a double digit victory over the NJ Playaz with a backcourt trio of Ainge, Calixte and Twyman who combined for 32 points. In the post Jared Reuter dominated the paint with his scoring and rebounding finishing with 14 points and 8 rebounds. But the talk of this weekend’s field of loaded prospects was Tyler Lydon. Lydon a 6’8 forward who will be attending New Hampton in the fall was unguardable. Lydon is a match problem with his ability to knock down the mid-range jumper and even though he is a bit on the slim side the young prospect loves the physical contact. Tyler kept spectators and coaches in ahh with countless finishes above the rim including a number of posters. Lydon holds offers from BC, Iowa, Providence and later picked up an offer from Virginia that evening

Finally what turned out to be the main event which drew attention away from the 17u finals, “The battle of the Playaz (New England vs New Jersey)”, was the 15u finals CBC vs Team Scan. Two very talented young teams in the Northeast, For Scan carrying the scoring load was big man Omari Spellman who showed his versatility by scoring inside and also stepping out to hit three’s. A smooth guard in Unique Mclean, who seemed to be everywhere in terms of rebounding, chasing loose balls, defending, and still scoring in an abundance of ways. CBC’s Keandre Fair stepped up big for CBC while his backcourt mate Jaycee Martin fell into early foul trouble. Fair’s teammates did a good job of finding him as he hit some big shots.

Throughout it was a tough battle as neither could truly pull away. Up to this point Tremont Waters played the role of facilitator. With little less than two minutes left in game Tremont would make all the right plays for Scan. Down 62-65 Tremont drives gets fouled scores the basket and makes the free throw to tie it up at 65. On the next possession Spellman makes a big block Tremont drives and kicks to Mclean for three. Fair then comes down and knocks down a big three to tie it up again leaving 51 seconds on the clock. Waters then brings the ball up and dribbles out the clock down to 10 seconds where he drives and lays it up to put Scan ahead 70-68 with 6 seconds left in game. CBC quickly gets the ball up court; Keandre Fair manages to get fouled for three with 0.01 seconds left on the clock. He makes 2 out of three free throws which sent the game into OT. With only two minutes allowed for overtime, Scans defense was too much for CBC holding them scoreless. Team Scan wins 74-70 to win the 15U title of The Hall Of Fame National Invitational


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Kahlil “Radio” Dukes Finds A Home Away From Home

If Kahlil Dukes had any bit of a doubt about his pledge to USC then it went out the window with his recent visit to the Southern California campus.

“Unbelievable, God knew what he was doing,” Dukes said when asked about his visit.

“The experience was crazy, just unbelievable. LA is a very unique place; I met Candace Parker and Kristi Toliver at the Garden Center at SC because the LA Sparks were practicing in our arena.”

Dukes was like a kid in a candy store as he spent all weekend tweeting pictures of his trip.

“I met Matt Barkley, quarterback of SC and future NFL draft pick. Quincy Jones performed in my hotel lobby.”

Kahlil Dukes told HDM that he felt like he was at home away from home.

“The campus was beautiful. The coaches are more like brothers than dads. The players were mad cool. I only laugh so much with grown men when I’m with my uncle and his friends, and that’s true family.”

“They treated me like I was already there, even though I am committed,” Dukes said.

Basketball is a sport that’s played 365 days out of the year and Kahlil Dukes Knows that.

”I requested to workout instead of go to the party with the guys and they gave me the assistant manager and he helped me workout. He took me in a cab back to the hotel and they all just took care of me.”

“The football game was sold out, 100,000 fans. It’s a huge family, and i’m happy to be a Trojan.”

kahlil also picked up a nickname while in California.

“Coach Cantu was calling me radio all weekend, says i talk to much and he cant turn me off lol.”

Kahlil Dukes plans to sign his NLI in November.


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A Pair of Early Class Of 2013 Commitments

Two New England prep products gave verbal commitments within the past week.

Denzel Gregg, a 6’7 forward by the way of Syracuse, NY gave a verbal commitment to Fordham for the 2013 season. Greg is a starting forward for St. Thomas More in Connecticut, who is a low post presence on bothe ends of the floor. Gregg uses his atleticsm to block shots on the defensive end and rise above his defenders for the finish around the basket on the offensive side.

“Me and my family felt so comfortable at Fordham we just felt like there was no better place to be so why not commit,” Gregg tells HDM. “The coaches told me everyone will be able to compete for their own role on the teamso i just want to work my way in.”

Gregg, who makes his earnings off putbacks and shots from the free throw line down, Knos that theres work to be done.

“I really want to work on getting stronger and extending my range to be a better player all around.”

The second commitment comes from Kurt Steidl, a 6’5 forward out of Ridgefield HS in Connecticut. Earlier in the week Steidl announced his commitment to the University of Vermont.

Steidl explained why the decision to commit this early was a no brainer.

“They will have 6 seniors when i will be a freshman so it’ll give me a good opportunity to get accustomed to college basketball,” Steidl tell HDM. “I will be able to learn the system from them as a freshman which will be very beneficial.”


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USC Lands One of New Englands Best From 2013 class

What better way to celebrate a successful AAU season than being able to make a selection on your college destination?

After playing in his final game of his AAU career in Las Vegas at the Adidas Super 64, Kahlil “Mr. All or Nothing” Dukes had some time to think about his next move and decided to give USC a verbal commitment.

“The commitment they showed, USC showed up to every single one of my live period games since April” said a humble Dukes in a phone interview. Coach Oneill, my mom and head coach at Capital Prep had a conversation and we decided that USC was the best fit for me”

Kahlil was excited to play basketball at the next level but never once mentioned the NBA instead he was focused on academics.

“I feel like the coaching staff will help me get better but another reason why I chose USC was to get a degree,” he says. “I want to get my degree in cinematric arts and work for hollywood.”

Back in April (http://childthemes.site/hoopdreamsmag/?p=3172) Kahlil told us “I just want to be in the same sentence as those high major guys”, and he did just that.

Dukes also had some inspiring words for those young prospects with Hoop Dreams.

“Just never leave any doubt, always go out and get after what you want.” 

Dukes runs with CBC during the spring/summer on the AAU circuit which has produced high level point guards such as Freddie Wilson(Seton Hall), Kris Dunn(Providence ) and Phil Gaetano(Sacred Heart). You can now add Kahlil Dukes to that list.

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The Future Looks Bright

In 3 days HDM witnessed a lot of young talent and the future is looking bright for a number of prospects. Both Bay State Flash and Middlesex Magic took home the 17u crown at the 2012 Basketbull Hall of Fame National Invitational in Springfield, Ma. With big contributions from Chris Braley and Pete Miller the Magic were able to go head to head in a championship game against MB Nation. Magic ended up victorious with effort from Chris Lee and Harry Rafferty. Bay State Flash caputred their crown in a overtime win against MABC.

Team Scan and Greater Boston Lions won the 16u crown after both teams had an impressive win in the 16u Championship games on their respectable ends of the bracket. Team Scan also took home the title for the 15u division.

Top Performers:

Pete Miller (Middlesex Magic) – One of the most fundamentally sound players in this tournament. At 6’10 Miller can knock down the jump shot from the elbow and has a developing back to basket move scoring over the right shoulder. Has a ton of upside

Chris Braley (Middlesex Magic) – a power guard who has improved on his ball handling. Braley does not shy away from attacking the basket and punishes smaller defenders post backing them down and utilizing his body strength to scorI over them.

Chris Lee (Middlesex Magic) – At 6’7 Lee plays like he’s 6’9. A power forward with emphasis on the word power. A physically gifted player whose low post game is coming along. Can handle the presurre during crunch time as he knocked down a key free throw with seconds left on the clock to secure a championship win for his team.

Kameron Rooks (Gamepoint) – A 7ft big who knows how to use his size to box his man out. A back to the basket player who has a hanful of hugh major offers. Gamepoint runs a fast paced offense and Rooks ran the floor very well. Does a good job establishing position on the lower block. A mid level rebounder

Paschal Chuwku (CBC 17u) – The 7’1 center may have averaged 3 blocks a game but he altered about triple that. Roaming the paint on the defensive end Chuwku mad it hard for opponents to score in the lane. His offensive game is coming along strong and it shows as Big East coaches are starting to show interest.

Greg Bridges (Boston Warriors 17u)The up and coming sophmore was the fastest end to end player with the ball in his hands this weekend. A savvy point guard who commands a double team which allows his wing players to free up and knock down the open jumper. His stats creep up on you at the end of the game as he totaled 90pts in 4 games.

Samuel Dingba (Westchester Hawks 17u) – A high bred forward who runs the floor well, rebounds at a high level and a very good defender. Dominated in the paint and finished with a number of loud dunks. His athleticsm let’s him play taller than his registered height

Max Risch (Boston Warriors 17u) – Risch is about 6’6 and a very athletic forward that can run the floor, knock down the perimeter shot.

Isaiah Coleman (Boston Warriors 17u) – The 6’4 Colemans athleticsm is through the roof. As he uses that tool to grab offensive rebounds that convert into put back points and blocks on the defensive end.

Daivon Edwards (Boston Warriors) – Great streaky shooter who will punish teams that leave him open. Zone Buster!

Jacquil Taylor (Prodigy 17u) – Had a dominant performance thoughout the weekend. Taylor blocked shots repeatedly on the defensive end and showed a nice touch around the rim with a running jump hook. Also caught a couple lob passes for dunks in traffic. Would like to see Jacquil add the 15ft jumper to his repertoire to complete his inside out game. St. Joe’s, Holy Cross and Sienna had a coach courtside to watch his every move.

Joseph Connolly (Prodigy 17u) – The 6’1 sharp shooter rarely saw a shot he didnt like from the perimeter because he rarely missed. Connolly also found ways to get in the lane with his dribble drive penetraition.

Matt Barr & Dustin Cole (MB Nation 17u) – If you didn’t know who this pair of shooters were coming into the weekend then i bet after watching one game you left a fan. Cole and Barr took turns torching the nets in Springfield, Ma and making believers out of some doubters. Both prospects should be hearing from a ton of coaches who will be following them on the circuit the next couple weeks.

Fredens Deneus (Greater Boston Lions) – A 6’6 combo forward who can play in the high post. Has quick feet and athleticsm to out maneuver his defender on the low block. had a great 20 and 12 performance in the championship game.

Conrad Chambers (Team Scan 16u) – showed a high skill level and a gift for getting his teammates involved. Plays at a high level all game and always kept his team in control.

Quincy McKnight (Team Scan 16u) – A long wing player with a quick first step that allows him to beat his defender off the dribble. Draws a lot of contact in the lane which allows him to earn points from the line. McKnight can knock down the mid range jumper but would like to see him knock down the an occasional shot from beyond the arc more.

Chris McCullough (Team  Scan 16u) – Showed a lot of improvement in his game by being able to knock down the perimeter jumper consistantly. Also showed confidence in his ball handling, where in one play McCullough took his defender off the dribble and finished with a tomahawk slam down the lane. A much stronger player in the past couple months since the end of the prep school season.

Nate Anderson (Metro Boston 17u)- A face up 4 who was active on the boards which lead to his team getting second chance points. Also improved on his ball handling as he continued to attack the basket when catching the ball at the high post.

Greg Senat (Metro Boston 17u) – A bruiser in the paint that punishes defenders who try to challenge him. Out works everybody who gets in his way of grabbing a rebound. Finished a bunch of loud 2 hand slams that had spectators backing up.

Percy Davis (Threat 220 17u) – The D.C. native is a 6’5 shooting guard with a great skill set who put up a phenomenal 24pt effort against the D.Rose All Stars in a buzzer beating loss. Davis knocked down perimeter shots, drove to the basket for the old fashion 3 pt play and finished 9-11 from the free throw line. One of the most underrated players at the event. A sleeper for a school with an available scholarship looking for a late addition

Tremont Waters (Team Scan 15u) – The young guard continued to impress this spring/summer aau season. Waters has yet to play a high school game but plays at the level of a varsity point guard. Created space with his dribbling and created offense for his teammates.

Zach Gattereau (Lox 17u) – A 6’5 long athleic versatile player who can shoot from the perimeter. No decision on his plans for next year

JC Show (JB Hoops 17u) – The 6’3 Jr combo guard did a lil bit of everything for his team as he ran the point and made big shots when his team needed one. Show is not gifted with speed but has the IQ of a good floor general. Played the role as a player/coach for his team

Justin Robinson (B.C. Eagles 17u) – After winning MVP honors At the 2012 Gym Rat Challenge Robinson continued his high level performance this weekend. At 5’8 Robinson is very quick, athletic and a wizard with the ball in the open floor. Constantly fooling defenders with his quick cross over dribble. Couldn’t find a defender to lock him up all weekend.

David Stewart (MABC 17u) – A 6’5 power forward who plays the game to his strength. What Stewart lacks in size he makes up for it with his ability to use his upper body strength to finish over taller defenders.

Henry Bolton (RI Hawks 16u) – We know the 6’2 combo guard is a great scorer but it’s what he did by making plays for his teammates is what impressed us the most. Continued to grab the attention of coaches in the building with his ability to knock down the pull up jumper from deep.

Jackson Donahue (RI Hawks 16u) – In the championship game Donahue showed us why he is one of the best shooters in New England regardless of class. Knocking down 4 consecutive 3pt shots with a hand in his face and didn’t stop in the 2nd half. Donahue needs to get a little bit stronger and improve on his first step in order to take his defender to the basket and absorb contact.

Kealen Ives (RI Hawks 16u) – a great pass first point guard who is a vocal leader. Limits his turnovers and takes good shot selections.

Charels Correa (RI Hawks 17u) – Did a great jump of knocking down jump shots and running the show.

Daquon Ervin (Riverside Hawks 15u) – A new emerging name in the New England region who will suit up for Northfield Mt. Hermon. The ’15 guard has a nice pull jumper and runs the offense with good speed and understanding. He’s a heads up point that defends real well. Has a lot of room for growth

Matt Mobley (Bay State Flash 17u) – displayed a lot of strength when attacking the basket and also showing a good stroke from the mid range.

Lexus Williams – (D. Rose All Stars 17u) – A 6’2 combo guard who recently gave a verbal commitment to Valparaiso. Gets into the lane with his quickness and uses a tear drop floater to finish over defenders. Plays under control and is not afraid to do the bulk of the scoring if his team needs him to.

Larry Austin (D.Rose Allstars 17u) – A top 50 player in the class of 2014 Austin repeatedly attacked the basket and never backed away from defenders. Austin showed his strength with the ability to continue going towards the basket for a finish after absorbing the contact. So much room for growth in this prospect

Ben Moore (D. Rose All Stars) – The 6’8 junior forward did a good job filling in for the top 5 player in the country Cliff Alexander(who was injured earlier this week). Moore has a soft touch around the basket and runs the floor well in the open floor. Has great timing on his shot blocking. Needs to get stronger with his ball handling and add muscle to his body if he’s going to make a living in the post.

Darius Austin (D. Rose All Stars) – A 6’6 face up player whose game extends out to 15ft. Has a great body type that allows him to often over power his defenders when facing his back to the basket on the low block. Not very athletic but is a work horse

LJ Mcintosh (D. Rose All Stars) – No matter how long Mcintosh sits on the bench the one thing thats for certain is that when his number is called he’s ready to go. Mcintosh punished teams all weekend with his outside shooting. Often pulling his team out of deficits. The 6’2 guard left one official stating to his coach “how doesn’t he start?”. That’s because Mcintosh understands his role as a player and is the first player off the bench to be a scoring option for the 2nd unit.

 


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This segment of the Elite 75 recap is geared towards thosem players who used this event to boost their confidence going into live period.

Arguably the MIAA top point guards Malik James and Aaron Calixte separated themselves from the other guards as they played the roles of facilitators rather than scorers for their teams. Both players have been known to put up big numbers for their high school teams this past season. In drills James showed a quick first step in 1 on 1 and 2 on 2 drills, blowing past his defender for a lay up. In 5 on 5 matchups James looked to set his teammates up on offense and seemed to control the tempo of the game when the ball was in his hands, even setting up players where he wanted them to be when the ball wasn’t in his hands. Calixte is a power guard with great upper body strength and loves the contact. Calixte is most known to play off the ball but today we saw a improvement in his ball handling skills and a nice pull up jumper from beyond the arc. Calixte’s decision making is what stood out the most on this day. The young guard would force turnovers with his lock down D that would lead to fast break points for his teammates. Both players made the right plays at the right time.

Jeff Spellman and Jacquil Taylor showed why the two lead their Beaver Country Day team to a NEPSAC Class B title this past season. Spellman was deadly shooting the ball from the outside and had his atleticsm on display. The 6’0 guard had one of the top plays of the day when finishing above the rim for a and 1 flush on his opponent. Didn’t see his point guard skills on display but we did see a level of confidence that’s rarely seen from the guard. Jacquil Taylor is a 6’9 center who has good timing on blocking shots which is his best asset right now. Taylor who had a good showing during one on one drills has a variety of post moves on the offensive end. But we’d like to see him move a lot quicker and be commited to the move when going to the basket. Jacquil has a great motor and never takes plays off.

Jared Wilson-Frame was one of the most efficient scorers on the day. Wilson-Frame scorerd in a variety of ways by hitting long range jump shots, cutting to the basket and scoring off the dribble. A great player who will create a serious buzz in the month of july during live period.

Henry Bolton is starting to trust himself as a point guard. Bolton sores at  a high volume and not to many players in the gym can match his combination of strength speed and athleticsm.

Kaleb Joseph and Dimitri Floras are one of the best backcourts in New England on the AAU circuit. Joseph played real well during drills and forced defenders to play him close because when they sagged off him he would knock down the open jumper. Floras is a guard that has been on a tear this AAU season and starting to create a buzz for himself deservingly so. A very confident player from a year ago around this time. Floras lets the game come him and doesn’t over play possessions. A very good heads up guard with a lot of upside.

Qincey McKnight came into the start of the game with the same energy going out. A wing player with good size that runs the floor well in transition had a number of top plays on the day with crisp bounce passes and aslo being able to finish in the lane while absorbing the contact.

Dayshon Smith the New York native is known for his scoring but today we focused on his defense. Smith played great on ball defense and jumped into passing lanes for steals and deflections. Would like to see Smith more vocal on both ends of the floor.

Matt Cimino is a high bred forward who has a great stroke from 15 feet and beyond. For his height standing at a lean 6’9 Cimino needs to be more assertive on defense. But over time and the tough schedule the Rivals have coming up Cimino will be able to turn it up during live period.

Charls Correa was not looked at to be a lead guard on the day but had a good showing during 1 on1 drills. Correa has a quick release on his pull up jumper that goes well with his natural speed. Always seems to be in control and has great recovery speed on defense.

Matt Owens at 6’6 came into the camp as sort of a unknown player but left with the respect of his players. Owens played hard every play and showed great athleticsm finishing above the rim with loud dunks and blocking shots on the opposing end.

Johnnie Joseph a true point guard at heart can really break down a defender with his ball handling. Today Joseph showed a good release on his shot but is at his best when setting up his teammates.

Donte Gittens is another player who came in as sort of a unkown but was getting into the lane at will. Also being able to penetrate through the lane and make the defense collapse and dish to his low post teammamtes repeatedly for the score.

Adrian Oliveira was aggressive in attacking the basket and knocking down jumpers off the pick and roll screen. The best thing Oliveira put on display was how vocal he was as he’s known to be quiet on the court. Had on of the top plays on the day when he dunked on his defender off the dribble. Would like to see him keep up that same intensity going into live period


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NERR Super 16 13/14u Champions

 

 

 

 

Sean Floyd’s Expressions Elite 14u team dominated East Coast Elite in the Championship game. Reggie Hatchett’s CBC continues to steam roll through the competition beating Expressions Elite (South) convincingly in the 13u Championship Game. Many of the most talented Junior Prospects inNew Englandparticipated in NERR’s Super 16. Here are a few who stood out

 

Kimani Lawrence (Expressions) before the tournament Kimani Lawrence was relatively unknown throughout the AAU grassroots scene. By the end of the Championship game Mr. Lawrence was the talk of the tournament. The 6’5 SG was arguably the most impressive prospect in this event.Lawrenceshowed his improving play making skills and used his size and length to score at will all weekend.Lawrencehad the play of the day with a fast break dunk over a ECE defender.

 

Jaecee Martin(CBC) Martin continues to dominate the competition this weekend. Martin a true point guard dominates games without having to score a basket. Martin was seen running with the CBC 15u team in Championship game.

 

 

Quandarious Roberson (Expressions) 6’3 F Roberson is a workhorse with a high motor and improving skill set. Roberson is relentless on the boards and was able to finish on the offensive end for his Expressions squad. The ceiling of potential is through the roof for Mr. Roberson as he will be reclassifying next year.

 

Shyheim Hicks (CBC) 6’0 G Hicks uses his size and strength to dominate the competition. Hicks seemed to have improved his mid range game and on the ball defense. With an improving skill set Hicks makes the games look easy.

 

 

Jarris Ashley(Expressions) 5’10 southpaw went off for 29 points in the Championship Game connecting on six three pointers. Ashley seems to have found his outside stroke as of lately and will be tough to defend as he can also play make with the best of them.

 

Ismail Charles (CBC) 6’4 F Charles is an absolute monster at the 13u level. Charles is strong as a bull with bouncy athleticism. Charles continues to improve his post play and is one of the top big men in the area.

 

Ikenna Ndguba (Expressions) Ndguba was simply amazing throughout the weekend for his squad. Ndguba was most impressive on the defensive end locking up and creating multiple turnovers throughout the weekend. Ndguba also impressed while playing with the Expressions 16u team going off for 18 points in one game. At only 13 years old Ndguba is a high major talent.

 

Azar Swain(CBC) 5’5 G Swain is witty on the offensive end. Swain seemed to have found his outside stroke for his CBC squad shooting the lights out throughout the weekend.

 

Malik Bangur(Expressions) 6’0 G Bangur is a athletic guard and locks up on the defensive end. Bangur’s strength is attacking the basket. Bangur seems to have improved his outside shot as well.

 

 


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Getting To Know Kahlil Dukes

What would you say If you opened up your local sports page and read that the local kid was averaging 22 points, 4 assists, 2 rebounds, and 2 steals per game and shooting 55% from the field, 60% from inside the 3, and 40% from 3? You would say the player must be nationally ranked and probably has every high major college coach fighting for his services.

Well let us introduce you to Kahlil Dukes who is a 6’0 floor general for Capital Prep in Connecticut. Dukes runs with CBC during the spring/summer on the AAU circuit which has produced high level guards such as Freddie Wilson(Seton Hall), Kris Dunn(Providence Commit) and Phil Gaetano(Sacred Heart). Kahlil Dukes now takes over the reigns as point guard for CBC and is loooking to prove himself on the AAU circuit this year. Take some time out and get to know Dukes.

How was your season?

My season went well, for those who do not know I go to Capital Prep in Hartford, CT. A lot of people ask if that is a prep school, it is not. It is a magnet school in a public school league. I led my team to the state title game, ended up losing by 14 but it was a great season, we made history for a school that’s only 7 years old and I’m proud of my teammates, coaches, and my school. By far my most successful, efficient season.

How is it playing for CBC?

I am still playing for CBC, been playing since I was eight years old and they have always taken care of me. I made a name for myself playing alongside Kris Dunn, Andre Drummond and this year I get to fill their shoes. It’s going to be a fun summer and I’m looking forward to competing against the best players in the country and seeing where all this training will take me.

You come from a long line of CBC PG’s, How does it feel to be looked at as the next big PG to come out of CT?

Feels alright, I know who has come before me so I just set my mentality higher to do the things that they couldn’t do or didn’t do.

How much of a impact did guys like Kris Dunn have on you and your game?

With Kris, I am very close with him. He’s been my mentor, my admiration, and just like a big brother to me. I think I was able to understand him and kind of grow off of him more because I played with him and watched him blow up, and it inspired me to do the exact same thing or better.

What’s your goals for the spring/summer before heading into your senior year?

My goals for this spring and summer are to just see where all this training will take me. I have trained hard, and worked myself into a mid major player according to how my recruitment is going, and I just want to be in the same sentence as those high major guys. I feel like I can compete with them, and Kris has given me this mentality to be unsatisfied with everything. I could have just said to myself “okay you’re a mid major player”, but I told myself that I work hard enough to be in the conversation of high major schools and players and that’s what I want to do with my recruitment and image this spring and this summer.

What’s are some areas of your game you think need improvement?

I definitely need to keep improving my body strength and athleticism, staying patient on defense, and staying efficient on offense. I feel like when I just let the game come to me, I play a lot better. If I improve on those things, I’ll be right where I want to be.

How’s recruitment going?

My recruitment has been going well. I’ve gotten offers from Rice, Princeton, Saint Bonaventure, Robert Morris, Sacred Heart, Quinnipiac, Vermont, Saint Peters, Stony Brook and Fairfield. Northeastern and LeHigh are close to offering, probably will this spring.  Rider, Central Florida, and Providence have shown interest.

 Outside of basketball what are some things youre into?

 Sleeping, Music, and just spending time and laughing with those who are close to me.

Don’t watch TV, I’m trying to get on TV

 Biggest supporters and influences in your life?

Coach Levy, Coach JR, Coach Smith, Capital Prep, Steve Perry, Coach Fulton, Coach Millsap, my school teammates, Kris Dunn, Andre Drummond, the whole CBC, CJ Morrison, everybody who ever helped me workout and succeed in the classroom, My uncle Mikey and my whole family, and Bria Holmes.

 What’s a day like in Kahlil Dukes shoes?

Wake up, go to school, workout, go home, shower, pray, wash clothes, sleep and do it all over again.

I just want to get where I deserve to be

 Nickname?

Dukes