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Hoop Group West Virginia Jam Fest: Part 3
Saturday, 18 July 2009

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Kadeem Green
By Brian Crownover
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We now take a look at some of the teams that advanced into the playoffs at the Hoop Group West Virginia Jam Fest in Morgantown, WV.  The Ohio Basketball Club eventually went on to take the victory over God's Glory in the 17 & under bracket championship game.  Here is a look at some more of the best players at the event, this time from the top teams.

Team Takeover (Canada)

Kadeem Green (2010, 6-8 SF/PF)
Kadeem is a freakishly long wing player who can also mix it up inside a little.  Not surprisingly, he's a long strider who can attack off the dribble.  He's a smooth ball handler who can create problems because of his length.  Kadeem converted several times with drives and runners in the lane.  He also converted on an old fashioned three point play after another drive.  He doesn't have an explosive first step, but with his long strides, he really doesn't have to. 

Kadeem hit a face up 17 foot jumper, but didn't show range beyond that.  He possesses a smooth stroke on his shot though.  He's also an athletic player who likes to run the floor.  He often looked to push after rebounds.  Speaking of which, Kadeem excels on the glass too.  He converted a left handed putback and followed up his own miss as well.  His hands are good, but like most players, he could benefit by adding some strength.  Kadeem will work inside too from time to time, but he clearly prefers plays on the wing.  He certainly stands out physically, but Kadeem brings a nice skill set to the table too.  He could be a stud at the mid major level and a solid one even at the high major level.  

Maurice Walker (2010, 6-10 270 C)
Maurice is easily the most noticeable player on the court.  He's built more in the mold of an offensive tackle than a basketball player.  That said, he plays very well on the court.  He moves better than one would expect for a player of that size.  Maurice does an excellent job of using that size to get deep position inside.  He has an outstanding pair of hands and combines that with soft touch around the rim.  

Maurice battled with fellow big man and super talent Dejuan Coleman.  Maurice started that one off slow, but picked it up as the game wore on.  He was more dominant in their battle with the Ohio Basketball Club on Thursday morning.  He scored often on hook shots and short turnaround shots in the post.  Not surprisingly, Maurice is a monster rebounder who really controls the glass.  Defensively, he's able to block shots, although he doesn't get off the ground much.  Maurice could benefit by trimming down some and adding some muscle.  He is quite the talent though.

Taevaunn Prince (2010, 6-3 SG)
Taevaunn is a lanky guard who plays an aggressive brand of basketball.  He could often be found setting up teammates with passes after attacking off the dribble.  He's very fluid with the ball in his hands and can drive in either direction.  Taevaunn hit a nice runner in the lane after a spin move.  He didn't look to score much though.  He has nice size for the lead guard spot and looks to be a fine player.

Ashton Khan (2010, 6-0 PG)
Ashton is a talented lead guard for this squad.  He has a quick handle and can penetrate.  He is smooth and can change directions easily.  Ashton did mix in a few nice passes too.  He hit a pair of three pointers, including one of the pull up variety.  He didn't put up huge numbers for this loaded team, but Ashton was steady and solid as they advanced deep into the playoffs.

Jabs Newby (2010, 6-1 PG)
Jabs is another guard on this loaded team.  He has a quick handle and a solid crossover move.  He's comfortable scoring or dishing it off when going at the rim.  Jabs looked to get his teammates involved with several fine passes throughout the two games.  He hit a runner in the lane after a nice fake from the perimeter.  He was quiet from the outside when it came to his jump shot though.  Jabs is a solid lead guard nonetheless.

Kofi Ankoma-Menga (2010, 6-4 SG)
Kofi provided a spark off the bench on this talented squad.  It's nice when you can look to your bench for a long and athletic wing player.  He ran the floor and threw down a pair of high flying jams.  Kofi showed a smooth stroke as he buried a three pointer too in his limited action.

Melvin Ejim (2010, 6-6 SF)
Melvin showed a fine set of skills as well.  He possesses a smooth handle and attacked often from the wing.  He hit a runner in the lane and converted on another occasion after getting to the rim.  Melvin is at his best going at the hoop and he was rather quiet from the outside.

Ohio Basketball Club

TJ McConnell (2010, 5-8 PG) committed to Dusquense
TJ put forth a nice outing.  Most impressive was his ability to play the passing lanes and pick up steals.  He has great anticipation and he picked off pass, after pass, after pass.  Often, it started a fastbreak at the other end.  TJ makes good decisions on the break, whether it is scoring or distributing the ball.  In halfcourt sets, he plays under control and he displayed sound fundamentals.  He handles the ball fairly well, although he doesn't blow by anyone.  TJ hit a three pointer and showed a smooth stroke, but he didn't shoot the ball much.  He opted instead to let others on this talented team do the scoring.  TJ was blocked on one drive to the hoop and that's where his size hurt him.  It could carry on to the next level for him.  Luckily, it wasn't a frequent issue for the small lead guard.  TJ didn't have an outstanding game, but he showed himself to be a solid player on this day.

Noah Cottrell (2010, 6-3 PG/SG) committed to West Virginia
It's no shock that he's headed to the Big East after the Thursday morning game.  Noah possesses as quick of a release as you'll find around.  He can shoot off the dribble and buried jumpers time and time again.  He drained those shots out to three point range.  He's a very sound ball handler and a good passer.  Noah doesn't drive all the way to the hoop that often, opting usually to just pull up and bury the jumper.  He runs the floor well and can make plays on the break.  He makes good decisions with the ball in his hands.  Noah plays well on the defensive end too.  He's quite a pickup for the host school.

Mychal Parker (2010, 6-6 SF)
Mychal is a talented wing player who can get to the hoop off the dribble.  He's very athletic and ran the floor well and made plays in transition.  From the outside, he hit a three pointer.  Mychal showed great hands as he crashed the boards on both ends.  He had a very impressive one handed putback.  He is quite the talent.

Dakotah Euton (2010, 6-7 PF)
Dakotah did most of his damage on the boards.  He is a very aggressive rebounder on both ends of the floor.  He scored on several putbacks.  He has good hands and a decent body with the potential to add strength to it.  He moves well without the ball and ran the floor some.  Dakotah wasn't involved much in the offense.  He was relied on instead to do the dirty work.  He did a good job in that role.

Bryan Theriot (2010, 6-9 PF/C)
Bryan made a couple plays off the bench.  He's able to operate in short space.  He had a nice fake, then drove to the hoop and drew a foul on one occasion.  He was able to convert on both free throws.  He was efficient from the line.  Bryan was solid on the boards too.  He could trim down a little and add some muscle to his frame to be even more effective.  

East Coast Fusion - Lemcke

Josh Henderson (2010, 6-11 225 C)
Josh had an outstanding week, particularly during the game we caught on Tuesday evening.  The highly skilled post player can do a little of everything.  He establishes position down low and is at his best when catching the ball and making quick moves to the basket.  Josh finished well around the hoop in the first game.  He'll often go to the hook shot and convert in that manner too.  He doesn't waste time when working around the hoop.  Josh moves very well and runs the floor too.  He's pretty athletic and showed that with several dunks.  Josh rebounds the ball well too.

Wednesday's game was an intriguing matchup with elite prospect, Nate Lubick.  Neither actually played particularly well, but they had their moments.  Josh showed even more of his versatility than he had the day before.  He opened with a deep face up jumper and later on hit on a three pointer.  He blocked a shot and rebounded well, but struggled some in the post.  The NE Playaz defense swarmed him when he got the ball and it caused Josh to turn it over a few times.  

He still managed to make a few other plays too, but he didn't dominate the game as he had done a day earlier.  Like most high school players, he could benefit by adding strength.  Josh is a terrific looking prospect though.  Some mid majors were involved early with him and he'd be an absolute steal for them at this point.

Cameron Anderson (2011, 6-7 SF/PF)
Cameron continues to impress us.  The long and athletic forward had an impressive follow up dunk.  He can get to the hoop off the dribble.  He also stepped and hit deep jumper from inside the arc.  Cameron was inconsistent from the outside though.  He a very good defensive rebounder too.  He is worth keeping track of.

Toles Hartman (2010, 6-6 SF/PF)
Toles is a scrappy forward.  He always seemed to be around the ball.  He worked on the glass and scored on a couple putbacks.  Toles had a nice finish around the rim.   He hit a runner in the lane and showed to be a solid ball handler.  On the inside, he had good spin move and turnaround jumper.  He likes to go to the spin move on the inside.  It was a solid outing for Toles.

AJ Williams (2010, 6-5 SF)
AJ is a long and bouncy wing player.  He gets to the rim in a hurry.  He made a few plays, but did struggle some to finish.

NJ ABC 16s

Khalid Lewis-El (2011, 6-2 SG)
Khalid is a talented guard.  He's a smooth ball handler who can get to the hoop off the bounce.  He'll change directions quickly if needed.  Khalid converted with scoop shots on several occasions.  He ran the floor well.  He also hit a three pointer from the outside.  Khalid does an excellent job of distributing the ball as well.  He led the way as his team nearly made it to the finals.

Kazembe Abif (2011, 6-6 PF)
Kazembe had a solid couple games.  The springy wing had several good drives to the hoop, and he banked home a shot after one of them.  On the inside, he converted on a hook shot and was fouled.  He converted on the free throw attempt for an old fashioned three point play.  Kazembe put together a very strong game on the boards.  He has a bright future ahead of him.

Derek Johnson (2011, 6-5 PF)
Although a bit undersized, Derek makes a lot of plays inside.  He has an excellent set of hands and is a very good rebounder.  He scored mostly on putbacks, but he was very active.  Derek is a fluid ball handler too.  He is a solid prospect.

Chandler Fraser-Pauls (2011, 5-11 PG)
This left handed lead guard had a fine outing in Saturday evening's upset.  Chandler had it going from the outside as he launched in three shots from beyond the arc.  He has a low release point on his shot, but it is at least consistent.  He hit a runner in the lane as well and did a good job of running the offense.

Raiders

Rakeem Brookins (2010, 5-11 PG/SG)
We arrived late, but Brookins still stood out.  He had a nice cut and finish play with contact.  He hit a three pointer from the outside.  He drove left and drew a foul and converted both free throws.  Rakeem picked up a steal and transition assist as well.

Travis Robinson (2010, 6-4 SG/SF)
Travis had a nice drive and dish play.  He always gets out and runs.  He converted once in transition.  He also mixed in a quick drive and reverse.

Dominic Morris (2010, 6-7 PF)
Dom made a couple plays in the brief time we saw him play.  He grabbed a couple rebounds.  He also hit a deep jumper from just inside the arc.  This time, it was within the offense, unlike at Reebok Camp last week where he forced shots.

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