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Home arrow Recruiting News arrow Hoop Group Philadelphia Top 100
Hoop Group Philadelphia Top 100
Tuesday, 02 October 2007

by Bill Martin
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Last Thursday the Hoop Group held their annual Philly Top 100 clinic, in Haverford Pennsylvania.   Here is a look at some player performances from Thursday’s action.

Wesley Kirkland (2008, 6-5 SG/SF)
We got to see Wes play two different times on Thursday, and in both games he looked like the most talented player on the floor.  Wes did however look much better in the first game than the second game, but really the only difference was that his jump shot was falling in the first game and not in the second.  Wes is an above average athlete, and he showed off his leaping ability on a few different occasions.  He blocked a couple shots in each game and also threw down some highflying dunks.  He did miss on two dunks in the second game that he probably should have just layed in, instead of going for the spectacular dunk.  What really stood out about Wesley’s game was his pull up jumper.  He has a high, quick release that makes his shot very difficult to defend.  There were many times where he would give his man a small hesitation move and then nail a jumper before the defender could even react.  His range extends behind the three-point line, and it does not seem to matter whether or not there is a hand in his face. 

Wes is also a good ball handler, enough so that he ran point for his team on a number of occasions.  He possesses a nice crossover move and uses dribble hesitation moves to his advantage.  Another plus of Wesley’s game is his passing ability.  He did a good job of finding open men in this game, and he loves the no look pass.  It seemed like every pass he threw was a no look pass and this was often times unnecessary.  He did not turn the ball over much but he did throw it into heavy traffic on more than one occasion.  We would like to see Wes take the ball to the hoop more.  Even when his jump shot was off in the second game he kept firing up jump shots.  He started to hit late in the game, but he needs to more effective when his shot is off. 

Ryan Regis (2009, 6-6 SF/PF)
Regis was the most physically imposing player on the court, in the game we watched.  He played primarily in the post and used his strength to take over the lane.  Regis really does a great job of getting position in the post, and makes an extra effort to box out his man.  He has good hands and was a beast on the boards.  Regis also moves his feet well and no one could stop him from backing them down in the post.  He got to the hoop seemingly at will but could have finished more consistently around the hoop.  He did not show much of a face up game and the only jump shot he took he air-balled. 

Sam Prescott (2009, 6-3 PG/SG)
Sam Prescott is a quick and athletic guard.  He has excellent leaping ability and showed he could hit the mid range jumper.  Sam also hustled throughout the game we saw, and even dove on the floor for a loose ball or two.  He also had a couple steals.   His quickness allowed him go coast to coast on one play using only one crossover move to get right to the hoop.  He finished off that play with a beautiful finger roll.  Sam could have taken some less difficult jump shots, a couple of his shots were turn around fade aways.  While he did hit one or two of these he could have shot a higher percentage if he got his feet set.  He also did not show much of a game behind the three-point line. 

Kenneth Garnett Jr. (2009, 5-11 SG)
Kenneth was deadly when left open.  He knocked down numerous mid range jump shots when left alone.  When the lane was left open Kenneth showed that he was not afraid to take it to the hoop.

Ade Barak (2009, 6-8 PF)
Ade is a young, long and lanky frontcourt player that needs to get stronger.  Older more physically developed players bullied him a bit in the paint.  His hands also need to improve as he had some trouble holding on to passes.  This is another part of his game that would probably be improved with added strength.  He did show he could be a defensive presence with a couple blocked shots.  Ade has a couple years to develop his game and get stronger.

James Cotton (2008, 6-8 SF/PF)
James is a player who has a ton of potential.  At 6-8 he is quick enough and handles the ball well enough to play out on the wing.  He does however need to refine his wing skills.  While he showed signs of a jump shot he struggled with that aspect of his game, in this contest.  He does have great hands and runs the floor very well.  James did not show much of a post game, as he preferred to play facing the hoop.  He also struggled some finishing around the basket.  James is not nearly the player that he could potentially be.  He has all the physical tools he just needs to develop his skill set to match.

Jarrod Dennard (2008, 6-2 SG)
Dennard played a very aggressive style of basketball in the game we saw.  He attacked the hoop constantly and did a nice job finishing over taller defenders.  His quickness was apparent on both sides of the ball.  Dennard also hit a tough pull up jump shot in this game, but he did not attempt many other outside shots.

Chris Martin (2008, 6-1 SG)
In the one game we saw Chris play in, his jump shot was deadly.  If his defender gave him an inch he would hit the jumper.  He hit quite a few jump shots with his man right in his face.  Where Chris struggled is when he took the ball to the hoop.  He made a nice shot fake to get his man in the air, and then he took it to the hoop but missed a tough lay-up.  On another attempt at a drive he crossed his man up and got to the hoop, but again missed the lay in. 

Wes Bill (2009, 5-11 SG)
Wes did not get many offensive opportunities, but he still managed to knock down a mid range jump shot.  His highlight of the game came on a fast break.  He caught a pass from his teammate and as soon as the ball hit his hands, he released it and hit a lay up off the glass.

Greg Edwards (2009, 6-4 SG/SF)
Greg displayed some impressive leaping ability, in the one game we witnessed.  He had multiple shot blocks and seemed to gain confidence in his shot blocking ability with each shot that he blocked.  He pinned two shots right against the backboard that would have been easy buckets otherwise.  On one fast break Greg further showed his leaping ability by throwing down a big one handed slam.  Greg also had a fantastic up and under reverse lay-up to avoid the outstretched arms of his defender.  While Greg did not attempt many outside shots he did make a jump shot from about 15 feet out.  One thing that Greg did not do well was position himself for rebounds.  With his leaping ability he should have been much more effective on the glass.

Ligah Thompson (2009, 6-7 PF)
This kid has some excellent physical tools but really needs to develop his skill set.  He has great leaping ability, which he displayed on an alley oop.  His handle however is poor and on one inbounds play, he threw the ball to no one resulting in a fast break for the other team.  Watching Ligah in warm-ups you would have thought this kid was a star, with the crazy dunks he was throwing down.  When it came to the actual game you could see that his game was still in need of a lot of work. 

Rysheen Dorn (2010, 6-2 SG)
Dorn did a good job on the defensive side of the ball, applying pressure and causing turnovers.  He even threw in a blocked shot for good measure.  On the offensive side of the ball he was cleaning up the garbage and finished well around the hoop.

Ronnie Benson (2008, 6-3 SG)
Benson is extremely confident in his jump shot, and even when his shot wasn’t falling he just kept on shooting.  His shooting was inconsistent in the two games we watched.  Benson did a nice job in both games of taking the ball strong to the hoop, and finishing.  He also can handle the ball, but he will not be mistaken for a point guard.

Rob Siter (2008, 6-1 SG)
Most of Siter’s points were scored off lay-ups, although many of those were very tough.  He was fouled on a few attempts and still converted the buckets.  Siter also tipped in a couple baskets off his teammates misses. Besides scoring around the hoop Siter also showed a knack for finding the open man.  While he did not attempt the spectacular pass, he simply found the open man and made a smart pass.  Siter could have showed more of an outside game, he missed the only jump shot we saw him take.

Mustafa Jones (2010, 6-1 SG)
Mustafa hit a couple shots from deep, and even hit one three-point attempt to beat the buzzer at the half.

Doug Holcombe (2008, 6-2 SG)
Doug has a decent mid range game and also finishes well inside.

PJ Mills (2008, 6-11 C)
At 6-11 PJ Mills has the size to play the center position.  He is big but needs to get stronger.  PJ is not agile and even fell on more than one occasion when his feet got tangled up with another player.  While he likes to play in the post, he lacks many post moves.  He did show a soft touch around the hoop converting on very close lay-ins.  PJ also likes to shoot from just outside the box facing the hoop.  Two things PJ really needs to work on are his hands and toughness.  He dropped a good few passes and was pushed around in the post by much smaller players. 

Ian Davis (2008, 6-5 SF)
Ian Davis gives a lot of effort on defense, he always seems to have a hand in his mans face.  He can handle the ball and hit a few tough lay-ups in traffic.  Ian even posted up on one occasion and made a nice drop step resulting in an easy lay-up. 

Jermaine Marshall (2009, 6-4 SF/PF)
Jermaine battled hard in the post against the much bigger PJ Mills, and blocked one of Mill’s shots.

Shelby Parsons (2008, 6-6 SF)
Shelby handles the ball extremely well for a player his size, he even showed off a fine looking behind the back move to get by his defender.  Shelby did a nice job of getting to the hoop and finishing throughout his game.

Clark Hindelang (2008, 6-3 SG/SF)
Clark is an above average athlete with a solid mid range game.  He put his leaping ability on display when he severely out jumped his man and spiked the shot attempt out of bounds.  Clark also hit a tough lay up over his defender.  On one of Clark’s shot attempts he had an open look but waited for the defender to get to him and ended up shooting an air ball.

Matt Hankerson (2010, 6-3 SG)
Hankerson had three spectacular drives to the basket, that all looked like instant replays of each other.  On all three he slashed to the hoop blowing by defenders and finished with a finger roll. 

Keith Milnazik (2008, 5-10 PG)
Keith is a pass first point guard who has good court vision and is an excellent passer.  He is not particularly quick and struggles at times defensively to stay in front of his man.

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