Jermaine Samuels and Tomas Murphy Put The Elite In Elite 75

A fun filled day of basketball that consisted of a number of top prospects in new england. A camp decided to bring out the best up and coming talent in the region and it did just that. Jermaine Samuels and Tomas Murphy were two of the best prospects at the camp. Murphy and Samuels are considered to be top 25 prospects in the class of 2017 according to ESPN. Below are a number of highlights captured during the event.



Rivers Freshman Jermaine Samuels

Rivers Freshman Jermaine Samuels

The number one rated freshman in our rankings, Expressions Elite Jermaine Samuels comes into his first high school season with a lot of hype. A true freshman set to play for coach Andrew Mirken at the Rivers School, Samuels’s posses a lot of skill. Standing at 6’6 he is athletic, can put the ball on the floor, and has added a nice mid range game to his arsenal. He is strong, and has the motor of an old mustang that continues to run.

If developed as a guard he has the potential to become one the best players we have seen in a long time.  A kid with a great skill set for his age, he seems as if he hasn’t finished growing. Before playing a single high school game Samuels already posses a number of high major offers.

Here is a first look of the freshman, playing basketball this fall.

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Elite 75 Class of 2017 Standouts

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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