Abdul Malik-Abu is a 6’8 forward that attends Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire. Malik-Abu is one of the most highly recruited players in the Northeast. Malik-Abu will look to carry this momentum into the prep season. The sky is the limit for this class of 2014 prospect who has developed a face up game. With over 30 + offers look for this young man to jump in the rankings. Thomas Robinson 2.o
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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Terrance Mann is a 6’5 wing player that attends The Tilton School in New Hampshire. At the 2012 Frosh/Soph NERR Elite 75 camp, Terrance made his case as being one of the top rising players in New England. You can also catch Terrance playing with BABC on the AAU circuit.
The talent pool for wing players were at its best in the 2012 Elite 75 camp. A couple of players caught our eye and in this video their skills are put on display.
The talent pool for point guards were at its best in the 2012 Elite 75 camp. A couple of players caught our eye and in this video their skills are put on display.
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
Kuran Iverson, As other media outlets turned there backs on the once #2 player in the country Hoop Dreams Magazine stood by his side while crowning him the #1 player in New England in the class of 2013. Iverson can score with the best of them, while playing point forward keeps his teammates involved by consistently beating his defender off the dribble. Iverson’s jump shoot looked better and it also seems like he has visited the weight room, David Stern will know his name if he continues to improve.
Kamali Bey, One word can describe his play, Efficient. Bey once herald as one of the state of Massachusetts up and coming gems, was sidelined by an injury that held the star out of action for quite some time. Now back in action Bey showed why he was given that tag, scored the ball like he was playing horse with his little brother bucket after bucket. Whichever program lands Bey will be more then satisfied.
Andrew Chrabascz, we like to call him the glue. He makes it work no matter the situation, back to the basket, or slashing down the lane for a two-hand dunk. Chrabascz has the tools to play at any level because of his will to compete. Has developed a mid range game as of lately.
Kahil Dukes, the sharp shooter is a volume shooter, but is also a shot maker. Showed his point guard skills by keeping his team involved while taking over when the time was needed. Dukes plan to have a top 5 by August and plans to decide which school he plans to attend
Sam Donahue left the event as one of the best shooters in the building; Donahue missed few shots, as he was red hot from the three-point arc. The downtown sniper used the one dribble pull-up to create space, which often freed up his teammates for wide open shoots.
Jared Terrell, showed why he is being recruited heavily as one of the best (SG) in the country, Terrell scored in all shapes and fashions. Pull up jumpers, three pointers from all over the court, as well as his continued growth of athleticism by finishing with loud dunks. Terrell looks to have added more muscle to his already college ready body.
Elijah Rogers has been playing with a chip on his shoulder for the past few events that we have seen him in. Rogers has gain more athleticism to go along with his consistent attacking style, Rogers plays hard on both ends of the floor. Needs to develop a solid mid range game to continue being a threat.
Paschal Chukwu, played to a different beat then he usually does, challenged all shots at the rim, as well as changed shots. Has started to develop a consistent right hand jump hook, which looks to be his go to move at times.
Abdul Malik Abu, Once again proved that he belongs in the conversation as one of the top 50 players in the 2014 class. Abu mixed it up today and gave us a preview of his step out three point game. Abu made more then eight three pointers throughout 5 on 5 play. Not to mention his fearless loud dunks in traffic, Abu has great upper body strength, which allows him to score through contact; a go two move or two would help him scratch his potential.
Bonzie Colson showed his toughness while playing against bigger defenders, has a great feel for the game as he uses the rim to feed off the shot blocker. What he lacks in size is equaled off by the size of his heart, never one to back down his upside looks great.
Damion Smith the do it all guard, scored rebounded and assisted on half of his teams points, we like to call him the “Junk yard Dog” as he has a great nose for the ball and plays hard from start to finish. Has to strengthen his ball handling skills along with his jump shot which has looked better lately.
Bruce Brown, Showed why he has been declared the next one, showed high level athletic moves. With a developed jump shot Brown will be a name to remember.
Terrance Mann has a great IQ for the game, both offensively and defensively Mann has the tools to become a high major prospect. Strength is a concern at a young age; Mann has to be able to finish through the contact, a younger Gerard Coleman.