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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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Mohamed Bah To Drexel

Drexel’s Head Coach, Bruiser Flint is no stranger to New England, having coached a 12-year stint at UMass as an Assistant and Head Coach.

Since arriving at Drexel Coach Flint has made it a point to recruit out of New England. Drexel currently has 4 New England prep products on their roster for the 2012-2013 men’s basketball season. On Wednesday evening Coach Flint landed his first recruit since 2011, when Mohamed Bah gave a verbal commitment to the Dragons.

Mohamed Bah of Lee Academy (ME) is a 6’9 power forward that plays every possession with aggression and passion. Bah rebounds at a high level and dunks the ball so hard each time he gets above the rim. Bah who we nicknamed “Baby Shaq” because of his massive size and strength is a great get for the Dragons.

At the CAA Media Day, the Drexel Dragons men’s basketball team was picked to win the 2012-2013 CAA title by the conference’s coaches.

Daryl McCoY (Hartford Public), Dartaye Ruffin (New Hampton), Tevon Allen (WorcesterAcademy) and Damion Lee (St. Thomas More) are all current members of the Drexel Dragons 20102-2013 roster, showing Bruiser Flint’s recruiting efforts in New England.


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Djery Baptiste Is Looking To Bounce Back

Within a year Djery Baptiste has put on 40lbs of muscle and it shows an “Absolute Beast” down low. Baptiste is hearing from a number of division 1 schools, and it’s only a matter of time before interest turns into offers. The haitian born basketball player is looking to make a name or himself this year, after missing all of last season with a knee injury. Look out for Baptiste and the Titans of Wilbraham and Monson this year.


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ECE Mass Come Away Winners at Summer Classic East

Six New England AAU programs made their way to King of Prussia, PA this past week for the Hoop Group Summer Classic East. East Coast Elite Mass sophmore won the gold bracket for their division, becoming the first New England AAU program ever to do so ever the existance of the tournament. ’14 G Jeff Spellman had the play of the tournament for ECE Mass when he put up a shot with time running down on the clock for the game winner to move on to the semis.

ECE would go on to beat JS Warriors in the semis and face the RI Hawks in the finals. The RI Hawks were beating teams by a average of double digits befor eventually fallingh to ECE Mass 51-44. Aaron Falzon and Malik James combined for 24pts in the win for ECE Mass.

ECE Mass junior team also found themselves in the gold bracket championship game but did not have the same outcome as their sophmore peers. ECE would lose to Arkansas Hawks but are hats go off to these kids after all that they’ve been through days before live period began. These groupof young men stuck together as a group and competed as a team. Next Stop for them is the Hoop Group Summer Jamfest

 


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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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Heading to Camp

Its that time of the year again, the time when Elite prospects are chosen to attend national camps which are usually sponosored by sneaker companies.  Here is a list of prospects who will be heading to camp, to make a name for themselves nationally.

 

Nike Top 100

Location: St. Louis, MO

This Camp is designed for the top underclassman in the country to showcase there talents against the other national talent.

 

Abdul Malik Abu 6’8”  2014 – Expressions Elite

Jared Terrell 6’4” 2014 – Expressions Elite

Jeremy Miller 6’9” 2015 – Rivals

Chris Baldwin 6’7” 2015 – Rivals

 

 

Chis Paul Elite Guard Camp

Location: Winston Salem, NC

 

 

Wayne Selden 6’5” 2013

 

 

Adidas Nation

Location: Chicago

 

 

 

Noah Vonleh 6’8” – Rivals

Jared Reuter 6’8” NE Playerz

Kaleb Joseph 6’2” Rivals

Matt Cimino 6’9″ – Rivals