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Hoop Group Summer Classic East: Part 1
Monday, 13 July 2009

By Brian Crownover
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Jonathan Arledge
The live period continued at the Hoop Group Summer Classic East AAU event in Neptune, New Jersey.  It's the closest many of us will get to the beach during this busy month of July.  Here is a look at the top performances that we saw on Saturday.

Mid Atlantic Select

Jonathan Arledge (2010, 6-9 225 PF/C)
Jonathan looked good when we first caught him a few weeks back at the Rock Summer League.  While there, he played well, but still appeared to be a work in progress.  That changed in Saturday morning's contest though.  The talented power forward did everything in that game.

The lefty's all around ability was evident early on in the contest.  Jonathan caught everyone's attention when he jammed the ball home after a quick move on the interior.  That showed just how athletic and explosive he can be.  Shortly after that, he went outside and hit a three pointer.  He continued to dominate from everywhere on the floor.  Jonathan finished very well inside, including a couple more athletic dunks.  His hands are outstanding too. 

Jonathan's wing skills are what were really surprising.  In addition to the early three pointer, he hit another jumper from beyond the arc and two more from just inside it.  He can handle the ball too and even hit a runner in the lane.  He battled on the boards and cleared a number of rebounds as well.  Defensively, Jonathan flashed his athletic ability one more time as he blocked a shot.

With many college coaches watching, this was Jonathan's coming out party.  He boosted his stock more than anyone we've seen to date during the live period.  We'll be eager to see him again.  That is for sure.

Andre Hodo (2010, 6-4 SG/SF)
Andre is a tough and active forward who gets it done around the hoop.  He had several finishes inside.  He worked hard on the glass on both ends of the court.  He flashed his athletic ability on a dunk too.  Andre missed a pair of three pointers and if he shows more from the outside, his stock will rise even more.  He's already proven to be a fine player though.

Zaid Hearst (2011, 6-4 SG)
Zaid played well in the contest.  He was at his best when driving and finishing at the basket.  He's a good ball handler.  He also hit a jumper from the outside in the victory.

Raising Champions

Mike Alvarado (2010, 6-1 PG) committed to Manhattan
Mike had a terrific outing and looks to be an outstanding pick up for the Jaspers.  He's a good ball handler who can get to the hoop.  He finished well after attacking, including a runner in the lane with a foul (which eventually resulted in an old fashioned three point play).  He has a fine crossover move.  Mike also ran the floor well.  He kicked the ball out after one drive to the hoop, but he really looks like more of a scorer than a true point guard.  He was quiet from the perimeter in the contest.  If today was any indication, Mike should do well at the next level.

NY Panthers

Ryan Rhoomes (2010, 6-9 PF/C)
Coming off a nice week at the Reebok All American Camp, Ryan continued to play well on Saturday.  He moves well on the court and possesses good hands and soft touch around the rim.  On the interior, he finished with a banked shot and drew a couple fouls too.  He had a strong game on the boards at both ends.  Ryan boosted his stock some with his recent play.

Winston Graham (2010, 6-2 SG)
Winston can really light it up.  From the outside, he hit a couple three pointers, including a pull up one.  He's very quick off the bounce and did a good job of attacking throughout the contest.  He made several nice passes as well for the Panthers.

CT Select

Josh Turner (2010, 6-5 PG/SG)
Josh is a big lead guard.  He had several fine drive and dish plays.  He attacked to the left and finished on another occasion.  He likes going to his left.  Josh hit a pull up jumper as well.  He was inconsistent finishing though.  All in all, it was a solid outing for him.

DE Team Takeover

Anthony Myles (2010, 6-4 SG)
This lefty from the "first state" really impressed on Saturday morning.  He got up and down the floor well and finished in transition.  Anthony showed fine athletic ability on a follow up dunk.  He's also very quick and loves to go at the rim.  He drew some fouls or finished when doing so.  He brings good passing ability to the table as well.  Anthony had several assists throughout the contest.  His jumper appears to be an area that needs to improve.  By our count, he missed all three shots from beyond the arc.  It was still an outstanding outing for Anthony though. 

Terrance Bobb-Jones (2011, 6-4 SG)
Terrance was a new name to us and he really surprised.  The lefty is very quick with the ball in his hands and can create.  He had a couple nice finishes and drew some fouls.  He was a bit inconsistent finishing though.  Most impressive was Terrance's athletic ability.  He brought the crowd to its feet with a high flying alley oop finish.  He showed his defensive prowess too as he picked up several steals.  Niagara was his lone offer coming in, but that likely changed after Saturday's performance.

Waverly Austin (2010, 6-11 PF/C)
Waverly moves well and can run the floor.  He's very long and athletic.  He had a dunk on the inside and drew a foul in the post.  He also hit a left handed hook shot.  Waverly rebounded the ball well too.  His stroke from the free throw line looked good, but he did miss two free throws at the buzzer that could've given his team the victory over NJABC.  Regardless, Waverly still played well throughout the day.

Tyshawn Bell (2010, 6-7 SF)
Tyshawn is big guard who can stroke it from the outside.  He hit a pair of three pointers and a deep jumper just inside the arc.  He did miss on a couple other jumpers as well.  He grabbed some rebounds too.  Tyshawn had a nice drive and finish, but he opted not to attack much.  He would certainly benefit by showing a willingness to create more.

Kendall Gray (2010, 6-6 PF)
Kendall is an active, but undersized forward.  He did most of his work on the glass on both ends of the floor.  He has good hands and moves well too.  On the defensive end, he blocked a shot.

NJ Roadrunners

Daveon Broadingham (2010, 6-7 PF)
We just love the way this active forward plays.  Daveon has such a high motor and is always mixing it up and making things happen.  He's pretty strong and does a lot of damage on the boards.  He finishes well around the rim and can do so with either hand.  Davion has a good pair of hands too.  He flashed his athletic ability with a transition dunk.  We'd like to see a little more away from the basket, but you can't ignore Daveon's production on the interior.

Asaad Bell (2010, 5-10 PG)
Asaad put together a fine all around game.  He's a quick, change of direction lead guard who makes good decisions with the basketball.  He had several fine passes to his teammates.  He also finished well himself.  Asaad hit a couple runners in the lane.  He stepped outside and buried a three pointer.  His skills were very impressive.

Philly Pride

Jesse Morgan (2010, 6-5 PG)
Jesse put on a shooting exhibition.  By our count, he buried 5 shots from beyond the arc.  The big point guard hit another jumper as well.  He has a quick handle and he beat his man on one play with an outstanding crossover move.  Jesse made a nice pass after that one.  He played well in this one.

Tyree Johnson (2010, 5-9 PG)
This small, but speedy guard was at his best dishing it off.  Tyree setup his teammates with several nice passes.  His jumper was off though and he was quiet in the scoring column.

Brooklyn Ballers

Lamont Samuels (2010, 6-4 SG)
Lamont strung together a fine performance.  He's able to slice through the lane by using the dribble drive.  He displayed a quick crossover move too.  He had a good finger roll finish on one play.  He even posted up a little and hit a hook shot.  Lamont really struggled from the outside as his jumper wouldn't fall.  It was still a solid outing though.

Devante Cutler (2010, 6-0 PG)
Devante is a guard who looks to put the ball in the goal.  He loves attacking off the dribble and can do so with either hand.  He ran the floor very well and often scored buckets on the break.  Devante hit a tough step back jumper, but his shot was very streaky.  He threw up a few airballs.  He did make a nice pass though.

Jamal Gill (2010, 5-8 PG)
Jamal is a small, but quick lead guard.  He's a speedy change of direction ball handler.  He ran the floor and scored quite a few buckets in transition.  Jamal added in a long assist on the break too, in this solid outing.

Champlain Cavaliers

Yann Charles (2010, 6-5 SG/SF)
This wing certainly passes the look test, as he looks like he should be on the gridiron.  Yann's play didn't quite match up to his physical abilities, but he was still very good.  The lefty is very athletic as he showed on an alley oop dunk.  His ball handling is awkward and couple definitely use improvement.  That said, he's still able to get to the hoop and can attack with either hand.  He had a nice fake and finish in traffic.  Yann had a nice spin move too, but failed to convert on the shot.  He hit a three pointer from the perimeter, but missed quite a few more.  That's definitely another area for improvement.  Yann stood out more physically than from a production standpoint, but he still played well.

Youth Interlock

Daniel Stewart (2010, 6-6 SF/PF)
Daniel put together a decent outing.  He was at his best using short drives to the basket and finishing around the rim.  He did that several times throughout the game.  Late in the contest, he strung together some fine plays.  Daniel turned and hit a face up 12 foot jumper and a deep jumper from just inside the arc.  He followed that up with a tip in.  He struggled earlier in the game with his shot though.  Daniel shows flashes from the wing and hopefully one day he'll be able to put it all together with that part of his game.  As usual, he rebounded well and did a lot of the little things, such as deflecting a pass that led to a turnover.

Soutiri Sapnas (2010, 6-3 SG)
Soutiri was solid.  Early on, he hit a couple jumpers.  That's one of the strengths of his game, although he wasn't at his best in that area on this day.  He also drove to the hoop quite often.  He had some trouble converting though.  Soutiri runs the floor well too.

DJ Irving (2010, 5-10 PG)
DJ is a speedy guard who can certainly create.  He had an array of moves with the ball in his hands, including an impressive behind the back crossover.  DJ got to the rim with ease during this one, but struggled to finish.  He hit a runner in the lane and was fouled for an old fashioned three point play.  He did setup his teammates well throughout the game.  DJ hit a three pointer, but at other times, struggled to find his shot.  It was not the best outing for him, but his playmaking ability sure was evident. 

Jersey Shore Warriors

Cameron Gunter (2010, 6-8 PF/C)
Cameron made a few plays.  He caught everyone's eye towards the end of the game as he threw down an athletic dunk.  He had a nice spin move and a left handed finish inside.  He did struggle to consistently score down low and would certainly improve in that area if he added strength.  Cameron missed several mid range jumper too.  He did show a smooth stroke from the free throw line.  On the defensive end, he blocked a shot.  He didn't dominate, but Cameron was solid.

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