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2014 Updated Rankings

Here it is it took some time and consideration, we have been present throughout the season to watch our listed prospects compete against each other.  There is no substitute for seeing kids live and in person.  HoopDreamsMag.com has traveled all summer long and has seen prospects from all over the region compete.

At times evaluators in the scouting business walk a thin line between potential and production.  This is constantly an argument/disagreement within the office, as we all have seen the prospects in different settings such as camps, AAU, as well as their high schools. 

So as we start our first segment of updated rankings, we would like for you to take in consideration that a committee of evaluators have thought long and hard about this and will certainly continue to be out when the high school season starts. 

Today we bring you our updated 2014 rankings.  There is no secret who the number #1 player in the class of 2014 is.


#1 Chris McCullough 6’9 has all the tools that scream star power, has developed an outside touch that has defenders confused on how to guard him.  He rebounds well, runs the floor like a deer. Chirs has antangebles that you cant teach, size, length, and  moblity.  McCullough has proven all summer long that he can produce at a high level no matter the competition.

#2 Abdul Malik Abu 6’8 Has jumped leapes and bounds this summer, he has developed a skill set that can translate to the next level. Abu took to the EYBL with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove, cream always rises to the top as ABu stood out as a fan favorite walking away with MVP honors.

#3 Goodluck Okonoboh 6’9 Has held the title as one of the best shoot blockers in the country for the last two years.  Now the race is over and he is the best shoot blocker in the country, when we speak of a skill set transiting to the next level Okonoboh defence is a skill set that will do just that. Witha growing offensive game look for him to have a great high school season.

 #4 Jared Terrell the 6’3” combo guard has a college ready frame with explosiveness that translates to the next level.  Terrell has improved his jump shot along with his ball handling skill level and looks to make the transistion as a lead guard.

 #5 Kaleb Joseph 6’3” has all the tools intangibles that any high major point guard should have.  Has the abilities to make shots while in transition, and has gotten more athletic. Look for him to guide Cushing Academy towards an AA championship.

Notable Stock Risers

 #6 Tory Miller moves up from #11, the big man has made a statement all summer long.

#7 Bonzie Colson moved up from #20 no matter the stage, Colson produces.

#18 Sammy Mojica moved up from #25 the do it all guard, produces.

                                        Updated 2014 Rankings



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Jacquil Taylor: Proving his worth

Last summer, Jacquil Taylor was a rising sophomore with a lean body that he wasn’t afraid to throw around in the lane. The secret was, that he wasn’t nearly done growing or developing.

Now a rising junior, Taylor  has completely reshaped his body, hitting the weight room and transforming his game from being primarily under the basket to now stepping out and hitting the mid-range.

Jacquil started his high school career playing at Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, where he helped lead his team to a successful season.  Maurice Taylor Sr. decided to transfer him into Beaver Country Day School after his sophomore year.

“He did not decide it was fatherly decision I felt he was not where he needed to be academically so I made the decision to move him to Beaver. If it was his decision he would have stayed at Rindge & Latin” says Maurice Taylor Sr.

The move to reclassify Taylor has paid off, who now holds offers from Maryland, UMASS, Siena, Iona, NC A&T, LaSalle, Temple, St. Bonaventure, and St. Joseph’s.

Taylor has a lot of great aspects to his game, defensively he is superior , blocking shots in and out of his area, running the floor for easy transition buckets.  His footwork has improved considerably, and passes really well out of the post.

We spoke to Maurice Taylor Sr. to clear all the speculation about Jacquil Taylor and Maurice Taylor Jr. stating that they wanted to attend college together.

“I Did not know it was a rumor but yes the boys have expressed a desire to play together.  The boys are extremely close despite what people think the boys have a mind of their own and want to play together for as long as possible and what is wrong with that,  I wish I could have played alongside my brothers.  As a father you do your best to support your children’s dreams” says Maurice Taylor Sr.

look for Jacquil Taylor to attract more college coaches to the Chestnut Hill School, once made famous by the legendary Wayne Turner.  As a star point guard for the University of Kentucky’s Wildcats during a four-year period in which they won two national titles (1996 and 1998) and lost in the championship game once (1997).

 He set the NCAA record for games played (which has since broken) with 151 games in his four-year Kentucky Wildcats career.

 

As you see in our video, we knew he was on his way to breaking out.

 

 


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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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Elite75 Stock Risers

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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RI HAWKS HALLOWEEN HOOPFEST Recap

 

Spotlight of the day: Curtis “Mr. 3” Cobb  # 26 2014 Played well beyond his years, shoot the ball with perfection.  Cobb showed that he belonged in the conversation of elite shooting guards, and proved it today playing against some of New England’s best guards.  Cobb scored a game high 18pts against the New England Playerz, the game was controlled by BABC for most of the game as they defeated the Playerz 55-52.

NE Playaz 67 – RI Hawks 66

BABC 55- Playerz 52

BABC 48 – RI Hawks 43

Others that caught our eye:

Jaquil Taylor: (# 7 2014) Ran the floor well, contested shoots, looked great taking the 15ft shots, could have done much more damage in the post with a few more touches.

Henry Bolton: (# 29 2014) Will be a name to remember, played like a true big time guard, and didn’t back down from any competition, knows how to put the basketball in the basket in all sorts of ways.  Which ever assist coach lands this guy as a steal will surely become a head coach one day.

Jarred Reuter:  (# 1 2015) Played as he always does like an animal, creates so much space when he makes a move, its nearly impossible to guard him.  Rebounds like he is playing in college already and can start the break as well.

Bonzie Colson: (# 13 2014) Played like a champion that he is, doing all the little things to make his team win, Colson is a winner and proved that today and last summer by  winning a 15u national championship.

Aaron Falzon: (# 3 2015) Was terrific in both games, able to step away from the basket and drain the three point shot.  he has a very high ceiling and showed that he can guard on the perimeter at times.

Tyree Robinson: (# 6 2015) Robinson was kangaroo like when on the receiving end of the drop downs, as he quickly dunks the ball with high energy.  He consistently gets BABC’s famous press started. 

Jalen Adams:  (# 31 2014) Mr 2 Ez made his BABC debut today, and nothing came EZ as he struggled in the fast paced game and didn’t get a rhythm going, Adams didn’t look like a top 25 player when he played against other top 25 players.  Needs to work on his shot selection.

Kahari Beaufort : “Mr Twitter”  (# 14 2014) Did not live up to the hype, scored a total of 14 pts in two games combined.  Beaufort usually has a motor and plays hard at all times, today was a different story, witness him arguing with his coaches, taking his chair and sitting away from his team, that shows poor character that’s a part of the game of basketball being discipline.  he did not perform like a top 25 player.