September 30, 2008
2009 Top Performers
George Adams, Xavier (NY)
Big with great grades was great at drawing contact around the basket and converting as well.
David Laury, Nia School (NJ)
Not many players around as talented as Laury. He can handle like a point, shoot like a wing and score inside like a big. He is a fantastic finisher and a great kid.
Kenny Click, Don Bosco (NJ)
Big man showed nice touch from the perimeter over the weekend – but we’d like to see him do a little more work on the block.
Matt Blumel, Rumson Fair Haven (NJ)
Strong built, lefty wing can hit from outside and slash to the basket effectively. I don’t think enough college coaches are on this one.
Jonathan Brown, St. John The Baptist (NY)
Skilled, active combo forward is a good athlete and had one of the plays of the weekend with a big time dunk in traffic.
Azfar Khan, East Meadow (NY)
Steady point man that can create and shoot it from deep. Didn’t have the ball in his hands a ton this weekend, but when he did he made great decisions – pushing in transition, feeding the post, etc.
John Kalin, Lawrenceville (NJ)
A Mr. Hustle if there ever was one. Hard worker who does the dirty work but can score and make plays as well.
Matt Grossbard, Pearl River (NY)
Lefty combo guard that can be the set up man or the finisher from the wing.
James Frazier, Elizabeth (NJ)
Filled up the stat sheet all weekend. Scored on drives to the basket and in transition but also showed a consistent stroke from beyond the 3.
Russ Thompson, West Orange (NJ)
Strong point guard showed a nice floor game and made a bunch of shots from the perimeter as well.
Derek Hall, Jefferson Township (NJ)
Probably had the best post moves in the gym, and despite only being 6-3, 6-4, was able to go to work on the block.
Latif Rivers, Elizabeth (NJ)
Quick, strong PG made some nice moves to get to the rim.
Craig Clark, Hodgson Vo-Tech (DE)
Clark showed a much improved floor game this weekend. Made great decisions with the ball in his hands and used his strong build to basically get wherever he wanted. Has improved a lot in the past 6 months.
Ryan Duffy, Phillipsburg (NJ)
Face up 4 man has a very good stroke from the outside.
Javae Gilchrist, Teaneck (NJ)
Point man may have been the best ball handler at the event. Hit some poor defender with a nasty crossover that left him wondering where Gilchrist had gone. Finished effectively at the rim as well. An improved jumper would open up the game a ton for him.
Jin Hong, Archbishop Molloy (NY)
Another skilled four who was very active on Sunday. Needs to tighten up perimeter skills and handle a little bit, but when he does will be a major inside outside threat.
Amadou Bah, Fort Lee (NJ)
Strong 6’3” guard who seemed to score every time I looked over at his games. Good shooter as well.
Jose Diaz, Point Pleasant Beach (NJ)
Very good basketball IQ – always seems to make the right choice on the floor. Has improved his point guard skills over the past year. One of the hardest working guys you will find.
Mark Moorman, Hoboken (NJ)
Forward who has a knack for scoring. Always seemed to be in the right position around the basket.
Mike Dudas, Don Bosco (NJ)
Has had two great weekends back to back (last weekend at the HG Fall Jam Fest and this weekend). Lefty was on fire from the perimeter and was able to attack the rim when defenders realized he wasn’t missing from deep.
Alex Smart, Timber Creek (NJ)
Versatile wing has good size and skill level. Battled David Laury well in their match-up.
2010 Top Performers
Shaquille Thomas, Paterson Catholic (NJ)
Thomas was the most electrifying player in the gym on Sunday with 5 dunks in his final game that day. Really showed off a great ability to pass which I hadn’t noticed before. Starting to realize his potential but has just barely scratched the surface.
John Greenwald, High Tech (NJ)
Greenwald is a scoring threat as soon as he walks in the gym. At 6’4”, is slightly undersized inside, but still finds ways to finish.
Jimmy Gray, Binghamton (NY)
Tough guard from upstate NY who is good with the ball and also showed good touch from the perimeter.
Kyle Cancillieri, Middletown South (NJ)
Attacks the rim on offense and defense and is a physical presence on the court. Had a couple of impressive dunks and blocked shots on Saturday.
Jermaine Pert, Paterson Catholic (NJ)
One of my favorites, Pert showed off great athleticism on Sunday. The Underclassmen All Star from Hoop Group Elite this summer continues to show improvement.
Lance McKenzie, Freehold Boro (NJ)
Tough PG who handles well and is very quick going to the rim. A winning player.
Omar Grier, Episcopal Academy (PA)
One of the best mid-range games of anyone in the junior class. His 1-2 dribble pull up game is fantastic. He gets great separation from his defender and buries the jump shot more often than not.
Kevin Baez, High Tech (NJ)
Baez might have been the best passer at the event. Great court vision and is fantastic in transition.
Harry Givas, Southern Regional (NJ)
SCORER! Givas is a strong built wing that gets to the rack and scores with regularity. Once he improves his 3 point stroke will be a tough matchup for other wings.
JP Kambola, St. Benedict’s (NJ)
The big fella didn’t have a lot of other true “bigs” to play against, but still made some plays around the basket that were very impressive. Just like in Boston, I was impressed by his ability to make tough catches and the go strong to the rim.
Xavier Munford, St. Benedict’s (NJ)
Combo guard who is solid in all areas. Scored well, set up his teammates, hit mid range J’s.
Andre Rose, Paterson Catholic (NJ)
Small point who controls the game. Pushes the tempo and usually finds guys in the right spots.
Amir Tarif, Proctor Academy (NH)
Big, physical power forward who throws his body around and scores inside but also showed an ability to handle in the open court. Also showed nice touch from the perimeter.
Holden Collick, Lawrence Woodmere (NY)
Does a little bit of everything. An effective rebounder, defender and ball handler. Can score and is really good around the rim.
Jayon James, Paterson Catholic (NJ)
6-5 point forward really knows how to play. A tough matchup for most high school players because of his versatility.
2011 Top Performers
Jayson Johnson, St. Anthony’s (NJ)
No one could keep Johnson from getting to the rim this weekend. Also showed an improved stroke.
Kelvin Amayo, St. Benedict’s (NJ)
Power guard gets to the basket well. Is also a very good finisher due to his strength. Must tighten up his perimeter game and improve his jumper, but is a hard worker and I have no doubt he will do both.
Jhamir White, Paterson Catholic (NJ)
You can tell that White plays with a ton of other talent at Paterson Catholic. He plays the role of distributor very well – getting the ball to his teammates in the right spots. White could definitely shoot and score more, but at this point plays the role of true point guard better than most.
Ryan Clinesmith, Calhoun HS (NY)
Active four man who is a good athlete, runs the floor very well and scores inside, even against bigger players.
James Chillemi, Archbishop Stepinac (NY)
Very nice player. Smart, good with the ball, impressive quickness and showed the ability to hit from the outside.
Jarelle Reischel, Point Pleasant Beach (NJ)
One of the best players in the gym on Sunday. Strong, 6-4 wing guard hits 3’s from deep, mid range pull-ups and is difficult to stop around the rim.
Lucky Jones, St. Anthony’s (NJ)
Plays with great composure for a sophomore. Had 9 3’s (yes, you read that correctly) in a game on Saturday. Could be the next great St. Anthony’s guard.
Andris Misters, St. Benedict’s (NJ)
The Latvian import showcased his “Euro” game all weekend. Very crafty and fundamentally sound, Misters is a 6’4” guard who is very comfortable with the ball and usually makes the right decisions.
2012 Top Performers
Aaron Brodie, Newark Eastside (NJ)
The 6’6” Brodie is raw, but has some great tools. He is active around the basket and showed good athleticism getting into passing lanes for steals.
Gary Simpson, Hackensack (NJ)
Point guard controlled the game like an upperclassman. Held his own against older guys and showed great poise doing it.
Tarique Carey, Newark Eastside (NJ)
Great talent here. Carey can score and handle with great effectiveness, but probably most impressive was his desire to learn and get better at the optional Sweatshops held throughout the weekend.
Marcello Kambola, St. Benedict’s (NJ)
JP’s little brother is a 6-3 lefty combo guard that was nearly unstoppable driving to the basket. Has 3 point range already and once his jumper gets a little more consistent will be a very tough player to stop from scoring