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Hoop Group Fall Jam Fest
Tuesday, 25 September 2007

By Brian Crownover
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{mosImage}This past weekend, the Hoop Group concluded their outstanding AAU season with Fall Jam Fest at Rutgers University. Many outstanding players from throughout the region took the court. Hereís a look at some of the top players.

Pennsylvania Red Storm

Devon White (2008, 6-8 PF/C)
Devon has always been a fantastic talent. His effort just hasnít always matched his abilities. He certainly played strong throughout the game we saw Saturday afternoon. Devon was great on the boards all game, especially on the offensive glass early on. He has excellent hands and had several nice finishes around the rim. He ran the floor, was very explosive in transition and threw down several impressive dunks. Devon rebounded and started a lot of fast breaks by pushing the ball up the court. He even went coast to coast himself on a couple of occasions. He handles the ball well for his size and has the ability to play on the perimeter as well. Devon mixed in a block on the defensive end too. He played hard throughout the contest, which is something weíd certainly like to see from him every game. If he continues to put forth the effort, Devon will have an outstanding college career. 

Dwayne Davis (2008, 6-4 SG/SF)
Much like his high school teammate, Dwayne played very well too. He was also strong on the offensive boards early. He played a very unselfish brand of basketball and he found his teammates a number of times. Dwayne can attack off the dribble and pull up or score around the basket. He had a crossover move and hit a pull up jumper and followed that with a sweet left handed finish. Dwayne played well in transition too. As usual, he was very aggressive. Dwayne is quite a talented all around player.

New England Playaz

Eric Murphy (2009, 6-10 PF)
We havenít been fortunate enough to see Eric at all this summer due to injury. The skilled post player sure didnít disappoint. He has an excellent set of hands, soft touch and is extremely efficient around the rim. He opened by flashing a short left handed hook shot. He followed that up with a face up jumper from about 15 feet away. Eric also had a fantastic catch and finish around the hoop in transition. He was still wearing a knee brace, but that didnít appear to slow him down much. He also rebounded well throughout. Itís easy to see why Eric is one of the most highly regarded players in all of New England. 

Nate Lubick (2010, 6-8 PF)
Nate was another skilled big man who composed the Playaz frontcourt. He has great touch around the hoop and a good feel for where he is in relation to the basket. He was very efficient on the inside and scored in several different ways. Nate hit a bank shot off the glass, had an offensive rebound put back, and started one play with his back to the basket before driving in for a bucket. He also showed off more of his skills as he found Murphy with a beautiful pass. They are a deadly one-two combo.

Jordan Williams (2009, 6-8 PF)
Jordan is another talented post player for the tournament championship team. The big bodied forward was very efficient on the interior. He loves to put the ball on the floor around the bucket and score via reverse lay-ups. He didnít play a lot of minutes with the talent in front of him, but Jordan certainly had an impact.

Firm AC

Anthony Hargrove (2008, 6-7 SF)
Anthony is an athletic forward. He showed off his leaping ability on a pair of missed alley oop attempts. He had a nice drive after facing the hoop. Anthony was very good on the boards throughout, including an offensive rebound follow-up and foul. He missed a pair of three pointers, but at least showed some ability to play on the perimeter. Anthony has a lot of natural ability, but needs to refine his skills some as he moves forward.

JJ Gundry (2008, 6-6 SF/PF)
J.J. didnít play as strong as he did over the summer with his high school team, but he still was solid. He really struggled early on in the contest as he missed several shots from close range. The versatile forward picked up his play in the second half and did numerous things. He scored on a tough shot around the hoop. J.J. then stepped outside and hit a three. He also dished off a beautiful pass to a teammate for an assist. J.J. is a tough match up with his inside and outside capabilities. He can shoot, drive (although his handling could improve) or score in the block. The multiple skilled forward put together a nice game.

Tony Fannick (2008, 5-5 SF)
Tony opened the game by burying a three pointer. He has good size for a wing player. He is a catch and shoot perimeter player. His outside shooting was inconsistent throughout the game. Tony has a decent handle too, but could improve in that area too. He also grabbed a few rebounds.

D-One Sports

John Wall (2009, 6-3 PG/SG)
John was explosive as usual. We only caught a few minutes, but the talented point had an athletic left handed throw down. He also buried a three pointer and threw a nice pass too. 

J.T. Terrell (2010, 6-2 SG)
J.T. is a terrific athlete. He threw down an alley oop. He handles the ball well. J.T. did struggle with turnovers though.

C.J. Leslie (2010, 6-7 SF/PF) Committed to North Carolina State
C.J. is a lanky and talented forward. Much like some of his teammates, C.J. is very athletic. In our short viewing time, he had a monster dunk, a block and grabbed a few rebounds too. This talented young player has a bright future ahead of him.

Jersey Shore Warriors

Dalton Pepper (2009, 6-6 SG/SF)
Dalton opened the game with strong play and established to everyone that heís a premiere player. He hit on a deep jumper, had a nice drive and finish and a transition basket. He hit several more three pointers, mostly of the spot up variety, and mixed in a few pull up jumpers too. Dalton was able to distribute the ball too. Heís a superb talent.

Ryan Woods (2008, 6-3 SG)
Ryan played well when we first saw him play last month. The sharpshooter continued his strong play Saturday morning. Heís an excellent spot up three point shooter. During one stretch, Ryan buried three straight three pointers. He doesnít put the ball on the floor a lot, but did have a nice drive and lay-up too.

Ed DiRugeris (2009, 5-11 PG)
Ed is a very steady point guard. Heís not super explosive, but is still able to get into the lane off the bounce. Ed put together a number of drive and dish plays. He loves to get teammates involved. He looks to be back from injury and should help Pennsbury out this year.

Dawson Blues

Kyle Desmarais (2008, 6-2 SG)
Kyle is a very good perimeter shooting guard. He struggled early on with his jumper, but heated up as the game wore on. He nailed multiple three pointers in the second half to keep his team within striking distance. Kyle was also aggressive going to the hoop. He wonít consistently blow by defenders, but heís a solid ball handler who can get into the lane. He had some difficulty scoring in traffic during this game. Kyle distributed several nice passes throughout the game too.

Kevin Loiselle (2009, 6-5 SF)
Kevin is a talented young combo forward. He showed the ability to score inside, including from offensive rebounds several times. He had a transition dunk as well. Kevin stepped outside and showed his perimeter skills too. He hit a three pointer and was able to drive into the paint several times. He finished well around the hoop and was fouled around the basket on one occasion. Kevin is a sound ball handler who can dish the ball off too from time to time. He is a talented Canadian forward with a bright future ahead of him.

New York Patriots

Curtis Loving (2008, 6-5 SF)
Curtis had a strong game. He played very well on the boards. He played a very aggressive brand of basketball and looked to push the ball up the court. Curtis is a good ball handler. He can really get up the court and threw a nice assist as well as scoring in transition.

Dorvelle Carter (2008, 6-5 SF)
Dorvelle was aggressive attacking off the dribble. He buried a short jumper after a nice drive to the hoop. He was very efficient finishing around the hoop and battled on the boards too. Dorvelle had a strong offensive rebound and put back. 

NJ Wizzards

Khiry Gordan (2008, 6-6 PF)
Khiry was very active on the boards. He is athletic and runs the floor well. He has some quickness with the ball in his hands, but could tighten up his handle. Khiry also could benefit by showing more on the perimeter.

Connecticut Select

Tyrone Gardner (2009, 5-11 PG)
Tyrone is a quick left handed guard. He had a game full of highs and lows. On the positive side, he buried several perimeter shots, including the pull up variety. He is a also a very proficient passer who likes to throw laser passes. He did get to the hoop fairly frequently, but struggled around the bucket. He also forced a couple bad shots too. Tyrone certainly has a lot of talent.  He just has to play more consistent than he did during this outing.

Jersey Jayhawks

Jamil Goodwin (2008, 6-3 SG)
Jamil is a very strong guard. He had a nice drive and dish play. He rebounds quite well for a guard. He had a solid handle and can get into the lane. Jamil did have trouble finishing inside.

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