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Home arrow Event Coverage arrow Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase - Part 2
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Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase - Part 2
Wednesday, 13 March 2013
ImageBy Brian Crownover
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Back at the end of January we headed over to Parkland High School in Allentown, PA for the Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase.

This event featured teams from the Lehigh Valley as well as other schools from elsewhere in PA and NJ.

In the second half of our coverage from this event we have player evaluations from Abington Heights, St. Benedict's Prep, Hudson Catholic, Germantown Academy and Freedom. 
Abington Heights

JC Show (2014, 6-2 PG/SG)
This has been our second time seeing JC this winter.  While he didn’t stand out as much as some AAU reports from last off season indicated, he played well in both contests.  JC is a strong guard who can do a bunch of different things.  He plays a heady game and is versatile enough to play either guard position.  He has good size.  He’s not a super quick, electrifying ball handler, he is more of a power dribble who gets into the lane from time to time.  JC hit a nice runner in the lane, but missed several others.  He made some nice passes and decisions from the lead guard spot.  He did have a few turnovers too.  He has a smooth shot and buried a couple jumpers including out to three.  JC nailed a tough fall away jumper to tie the game late and seems to have the knack for hitting big shots.  His shot has been a little streaky in both contests we’ve seen.  He pulled down some rebounds too.  He has done a lot of different things on the court, but hasn’t stood out in any particular area.  He’s just a good, productive all around player.  JC was named Player of the Game after a 19 point performance in their dramatic win over Gill St. Bernard’s.


St. Benedict’s Prep

Tyler Ennis (2013, 6-2 PG/SG) committed to Syracuse
Tyler is a big time recruit and the talented guard was terrific in this contest.  He did a little bit of everything.  He got going early by playing strong defense and picking up 3 steals.  One of them showed off his athletic ability with a dunk.  He ran the floor well all game and scored often in transition.  Tyler had a beautiful finger roll finish with contact for an old fashioned three point play.  He showed excellent shooting ability as well in this game as he buried 3 shots from beyond the arc.  He did a fine job of distributing the ball too, including an alley oop assist.  Tyler even converted on a turnaround shot in the post.  The future Syracuse player was named Player of the Game after 24 points in the blowout win.

Mike Young (2013, 6-8 PF) committed to Pittsburgh
The Pitt bound Young had a fine game for this loaded Grey Bees team as well.  Mike is a versatile forward.  He opened the game with a pull up jumper.  He had a nice left handed hook in the interior after taking a couple dribbles.  He’s a long strider who handles the ball well and can get to the rim quickly.  Mike scored on a floater in the lane and finished with contact too for an old fashioned three point player.  He also showed a good stroke as he buried a three pointer.  Mike is athletic as well and he threw down an impressive alley oop.  He’s a matchup nightmare with his combination of skills, size and athletic ability.

Denzell Taylor (2013, 6-7 PF) committed to Old Dominion
Denzell wowed us early on with his play above the rim.  He had two high flying dunks and an athletic block.  He ran the floor and finished well around the rim.  He was very active and a perfect complimentary player on this loaded squad.  Denzell didn’t show much of an interior game or the ability to handle the ball or shoot it, but he’s still a good rebounder.  At the very least, Denzell will be a good rebounder and shot blocker at the next level.  He looks like a good pickup for Old Dominion.

Isaiah Briscoe (2015, 6-2 PG)
Briscoe is another talented guard for St. Benedict’s.  He can attack off the bounce.  He drove to the hoop and finished on one occasion and drew a foul on another.  He hit a pull up jumper and converted a beautiful scoop shot in transition.  Isaiah made a great pass as well.

Jonathan Williams (2014, 5-11 PG) committed to Virginia Commonwealth
The Grey Bees are loaded at nearly every position and particularly at the guard spot.  Whenever they brought Williams off the bench, they didn’t miss a beat.  He’s a quick ball handler who drove to the hoop and finished on one play.  He also made a difficult basket in traffic.  He adjusted in mid-air for the terrific finish.  Jonathan has good vision and passes the ball well from the lead guard spot.  He hit a pull up jumper to showcase his outside ability as well.

Rodney Miller (2016, 6-11 PF/C)
St. Benedict’s Prep is so loaded that they can bring a 6-11 freshman off the bench and he can produce.  When we saw Rodney in the game, we figured that he youngster would look raw.  Instead, he showed an impressive skill set in his limited minutes.  He scored on the interior on a couple post hook shots.  He rebounded the ball well.  Perhaps most impressive was when he showed a drop step move in the low post.  He didn’t convert on the play, but a lot of high school senior big men haven’t even developed that move yet and Rodney already has.  He is a freakishly long big man.  He does need to get stronger.  The future is very bright for Rodney though.


Hudson Catholic

Reggie Cameron (2013, 6-6 SF) committed to Georgetown
Reggie struggled converted early on.  He finished the quarter by burying a three pointer though.  The big man has a smooth stroke from deep and hit several shots from beyond the arc.  He was perhaps a little inconsistent in that area, but he can definitely shoot the ball.  Reggie played well inside too.  He converted a couple turnaround shots in the post.  His most impressive interior move started with a spin move to the left, he then turned back to the right and banked home a shot.  He grabbed a few rebounds as well.  Reggie is a nice inside/outside player.  He was named Player of the Game after his 19 point performance.

Kavon Stewart (2013, 5-10 PG) committed to Robert Morris
Kavon is a very good lead guard.  He looked to setup his teammates first.  He had several wonderful passes in this contest and just made good decisions with the basketball in his hands.  He’s quick off the dribble and ran the floor well.  Kavon scored on a runner in the lane after a spin move.  He didn’t look much for his offense and we don’t remember him taking a jump shot.  He still showed well though.


Germantown Academy

Greg Dotson (2013, 6-4 SG/SF)
Greg looked good in this contest.  This lanky wing is a good slasher.  He had a nice drive, bank and finish for an old fashioned three point play.  He converted around the rim a couple times and even steeped outside and buried a three pointer.  Greg is athletic and combined with his length, that is a tough to contain.  He was named Player of the Game after a 10 point outing.

Julian Moore (2013, 6-9 SF/PF) committed to Penn State
Julian had an up and down game.  He’s very athletic and showed that with a dunk and block.  He possesses good length and is a fine rebounder.  He can put it on the floor a little as he showed with a short drive and reverse.  Where Julian really struggled was from the perimeter.  He took a number of jump shots and by our observation, he didn’t hit any of them.  He definitely has to shoot better than he did today.  He could also benefit by showing more of an inside game than he did today.  His game could use some polishing, but Julian looks like he could still be a solid pickup for Penn State.

Nick Lindner (2013, 5-10 PG) committed to Lafayette
We caught some of this Lafayette bound guard over the summer and he didn’t do much on a loaded team.  He is still surrounded by some talent here, but he was able to shine a little more.  Nick showed the ability to shoot with a couple jumpers from the perimeter.  He’s a good ball handler who did a good job of driving towards the hoop and then kicking it out to open teams.  He looks to be a solid lead guard.


Freedom

Derike Chiclana (2013, 6-6 SF/PF)
Few of the local teams can match the athletic ability of the out of town teams.  If there was one team that could, it was Freedom and their athletic forwards.  Derike lead the way in that department.  He played above the rim on both ends of the floor.  The lefty had a beautiful dunk in transition and a couple athletic blocks on the other end.  He also had an explosive drive to the hoop, but he missed a runner.  That is kind of the story of Derike’s game.  He makes a lot of terrific plays, but has some trouble finishing them.  He’s a very long wing player who can play inside or outside.  He scored on a nice spin move and hook shot in the post, but he missed several other ones around the rim.  He handles the ball pretty well and does love to use that spin move.  Derike can hit the outside jumper from time to time, but he definitely has to get more consistent in that area.  He is a solid rebounder.  He definitely could help himself by getting stronger.  Derike has some terrific skills and size and athletic ability to go with it.  He just needs to finish more plays.  If he can do that, he can develop into a big time scorer.  He managed to finish the game with 8 points, but he could’ve had so much more.

Nyreef Jackson (2013, 6-4 SF)
Freedom hung tough against New Jersey powerhouse Hudson Catholic, but their inability to finish plays really cost them.  Nyreef is another one of their talented players who struggled in this one.  Another lanky player like Chiclana, Jackson is a little less athletic, but he is a better perimeter player.  Nyreef did knock down a pair of three pointers, but for the most part he struggled with his outside shot.  He does have good size and tends to fade away more than he should on a lot of his pull up shots.  He can certainly hit those, but he makes the shot more difficult than it has to be.  Nyreef did have a couple nice passes and blocked a shot too.  He’s a solid athlete as well.  He has been scoring a lot of points lately, but without his shot falling on this day, Nyreef and the Patriots couldn’t get it done.  He did still finish with 10 points in the loss.

David Williams (2014, 6-6 PF)
David is normally the third scorer for the Patriots.  With their primary options struggling on this day, he picked his game up.  Like Chiclana and Jackson, Williams is quite the athlete.  The lefty has soft touch on the interior.  He caused a lot of problems for the Hudson Catholic defense and frequently found himself at the line.  Normally a poor free throw shooter, David converted 7 out of 9 shots from the line.  The undersized forward even stepped outside and knocked down a three pointer.  That is a rarity for him.  If he could show more from the outside, he could really elevate his stock.  He doesn’t produce night in and night out, but David has potential.  If he played like this night in and night out, he’d draw a lot more interest.  David scored 16 points and grabbed 7 rebounds en route to grabbing Player of the Game honors.
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