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Hoop Group Summer Showcase
Sunday, 22 June 2008

Steve Samuels
By Brian Crownover
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Many of the top high school teams from the region took the court at Rutgers on Saturday afternoon for the Hoop Group Summer Showcase.  CAA Insider was on hand to take in the action.  Here is a look at some of the top players.


Steve Samuels (2009, 6-4 SG)
This bouncy guard proved to be very tough to contain. Steve gets to the lane in a hurry in half court sets and can really get out and run in transition. He loves using his strong ball handling skills to get into the lane and often looks to convert with runners. He had a beautiful scoop finish and was fouled for an old fashioned three point play on one occasion. Steve got up and down the floor and finished with a dunk on another play. He also looked to dish off the ball in the open court too. He is more of a scoring guard than a setup man, but he showed he can pass too. Steve displayed the ability to shoot out on the perimeter too. He hit a three pointer and another deep shot just within the arc. Steve proved too tough to handle on this day.

Adrian Stachell (2009, 6-5 SF)
Adrian had a productive outing as well. He can play some inside as well as on the wing. On the inside, he's more of a face up player, but he did have a couple plays around the rim. He has good hands and grabbed quite a few rebounds. Adrian also showed solid ball handling skills. He had a nice drive and bank finish in the half court. He got out and ran in transition and dished off for an assist on one play. Adrian showed his athletic ability with a dunk and a block.

Doug Soutar (2009, 6-3 SG)
Doug isn't flashy, but proved to be a steady, productive player in this one. He did a number of things on the court. He hit a three pointer, converted on a runner in transition and had an offensive rebound put back among his plays. He can handle the ball some, but doesnít blow people away off the dribble.

Susquehanna Township

Akeem Wilson (2009, 6-5 PF)
Akeem was a player we were eager to watch at this event and he didnít disappoint. The athletic forward was very active, just like last time we saw him. He made a number of plays around the rim. He had a couple lay-ins on the interior. He also followed his own miss and converted with a short jumper. Akeem finished another play with some contact. He plays mostly facing up, but he showed a nice jump hook in the post on one occasion. Akeem also rebounded the ball well. He did miss a jumper from about 12 feet and showing some wings skills could really elevate the stock of this undersized forward. We really do like his activity and the plays he can make above the rim though.

Ben Dupree (2010, 5-10 PG)
Ben really proved to be an ideal lead guard. He plays quick, but under control. He handles the ball very well and can get into the lane with ease. Ben played the role of setup man as he found teammate after teammate with fine passes. In the scoring department, he showed he can step outside and hit the three point shot. He missed a couple floaters in the lane and a pair of pull up jumpers. Ben really runs the offense well though and is a key to the Susquehanna success.

Greg Edwards (2009, 6-4 SG/SF)
Greg actually did most of his damage in this one by distributing the ball. He drove left on one play and found a teammate with a beautiful pass. He also kicked the ball out for a couple assists after driving to the rim. The lanky guard is a good ball handler. Greg showed that again by hitting a runner in the lane. His athletic ability was on display when blocked a shot from behind on the break. Greg didn't have a huge day on this balanced squad, but he still made some plays.

Aaron Maisel (2010, 6-1 SG)
This team is loaded with small, but productive guards. Aaron made a number of plays in this one. He opened by burying an early three pointer. He then showed he can attack off the dribble. Aaron had a drive in banked finish in traffic. He also converted on a floater after another drive. Heís not quite as quick as Ben Dupree off the dribble, but Aaron is solid. He was productive in the victory.

Tajh Turner (2010, 5-11 PG)
Tajh is another of the small guard that leads the attack for Susquehanna. He scored several times in transition, including one after a steal. He also stepped outside and knocked down a three pointer. He has a solid handle and can get into the lane, but Tajh couldnít convert on a few runners.


Isaiah Epps (2010, 6-2 PG/SG)
Isaiah is a big, left handed lead guard who was just dominant. Heís very fluid with the ball in his hands and uses long strides to get to the goal quickly. He also has a good crossover move too and the ability to go side to side. Isaiah loves scoring on runners in the lane. He adjusts well in traffic thanks in part to his long arms.  He has outstanding vision and was able to find his teammates on plays that few others can. Isaiah did really struggle with his perimeter jumper in this contest. He missed on a number of three pointers. It was the lone area where he had trouble during this standout game.

Anthony Baskerville (2009, 5-8 PG)
This small guard can just flat out make plays. He opened with a flurry on the perimeter. He hit a pair of three pointers and then another deep jumper just inside the arc. Anthony made several outstanding plays around the hoop. He had a pair of difficult scoop finishes in traffic. He converted on another play with a bank shot after being fouled. Anthony adjusts well in traffic and his size doesnít hurt him in that area. He is also very quick off the dribble and difficult to keep in front of you. Anthony mixed in a fine drive and dish play as well during this outstanding performance.

St. Anthonyís

Jamee Jackson (2009, 6-8 PF/C)
Last week was our first time viewing this big man and he was solid. On Saturday evening, he looked even better. He was very effective scoring around the goal. Jamee makes quick moves and seems to know what he wants to do in the post. The lefty had a nice spin move and hook on the inside. He also converted with a foul on the inside and finished well around the rim throughout. He banked home another shot. Jamee also showed he can put the ball on the floor as he drove to the hook and drew a foul. The skilled post player did well in this one. 

Derrick Williams (2010, 6-6 PF)
Derrick put together a solid game.  He was a monster on the boards all game long. Early on, he was frustrated with the physical play of the opposition. Once he got going though, Derrick made some nice plays offensively. He hit a pair of deep jumpers. He also can put the ball on the floor and showed that with a drive and left handed finish. Derrick has good hands and a big body which allowed him to bring in rebound after rebound. He could actually benefit by dropping some weight. He certainly is tough to keep away from the ball though.

Milford Mill School

Xavier Drake (2009, 6-0 SG)
This undersized shooting guard proved he can really light it up from the perimeter. He knocked down three pointer after three pointer. He hit them in various ways including a pull up shot and a fall away jumper. By our count, Xavier hit six from beyond the arc. He also proved to be a solid ball handler too. He had a nice drive and finger roll finish. He had a good drive and dish play as well. When someone is as hot as Xavier was, itís impossible to stop.

St. Joseph Regional

Joseph Efese (2009, 6-6 PF)
This undersized post played very well on the inside. Heís strong and made several plays around the rim. He scored on a put back, a reverse and a transition dunk. Joseph also displayed the ability to put the ball on the floor. He had a nice drive and bank finish. He rebounded well and blocked a shot too. Joseph played a strong game and finished with 23 points.

Monmouth Regional

Joe Willman (2009, 6-5 SF/PF)
We saw Joe last year here and he caught our attention. Heís a very unique player. Heís not the smoothest forward on the court, but heís still very effective. The big man has fantastic hands and he finished well around the hoop early on. He had several lay-ins and also banked in a post hook shot. He hit a short face up jumper too. Joe is in constant motion and always ready to receive the ball. He makes you pay if you donít guard him for the full possession. Heís surprisingly athletic as he showed with several blocks. Joe used his great hands to pull down numerous rebounds. He struggled from the outside with his jumper. He can put the ball on the floor some too and will use good fakes when needed. Joe could be more consistent finishing than he was in this one. He definitely possesses a unique skill set and causes problems with his style of play. 

Neil Thompson (2010, 5-11 PG)
Neil is a lead guard with a quick handle. He got into the lane quite often, occasionally using a good crossover move. He had a beautiful scoop finish on one play and converted after contact on another. He did miss from beyond the arc several times during the contest. Neil showed the ability to make plays though.

Paramus Catholic

Andre Blackwood (2010, 6-0 SG)
Andre made quite a few plays in this one. The young guard converted a tough up and under around the basket. He has a good handle and can get into the lane off the dribble. Andre hit a couple three pointers, including one of the pull up variety. He banked home a shot in transition with contact too. Andre proved to be a guard who can score.

Justin Harris (2011, 6-6 PF)
Justin possesses good size for a young player. He grabbed a few boards in this one. He also had a lay-in around the rim.  He made a nice pass from the high post into the interior. Justin did miss on a foul line jumper. He should be able to make more plays as he progresses.


Brian Neller (2009, 6-3 SG)
We took a peak over at Brianís game during another contest. He managed to make several plays during that time. He had a nice reverse lay-up in transition. He also converted on a scoop finish. Brian hit a three pointer and another short jumper. He did miss a couple more threes though. He pulled down several boards in the contest too. Brian looked solid in this one.

The Nia School

Yvon Raymond (2009, 6-3 SG)
This guard can handle the ball and get into the lane. Yvon scored after driving to the hoop on several plays. He banked home a couple of those shots, including a huge one late in the contest. Yvon has nice size for his position too.

Ron Spencer (2009, 6-8 PF)
Ron had a solid game. He made most of his plays around the rim. He followed his own miss on a couple plays, including one where he was fouled. He rebounded well on both ends of the floor. Ron also knocked down a mid range jumper for this new prep school.


David Bruce (2009, 6-9 SF/PF)
David really had it going from the perimeter in this one. He banked home a shot after a short drive. He was very effective driving to the hoop. He hit a runner plus a foul on one occasion. On another, he banked home a shot after driving. David also knocked down a deep two point shot. He grabbed several rebounds. He was blocked inside after another rebound. David didnít do a lot around the basket. Adding strength and a little more aggressive attitude around the rim could really take his game a long way. Regardless, heís still a productive player with good all around skills.

St. Benedictís

Aaron Brown (2010, 6-4 SG)
Aaron put together a very strong game on a very different looking St. Benedictís squad. He took full advantage by making numerous plays. Aaron hit a three pointer and another deep shot from the outside. Heís a quick ball handler who also finishes well around the rim. He banked home one shot and converted another with a runner during his hot second half. Aaron had a follow up on the boards too. This talented wing showed he can make plays.

Paterson Catholic

Kyle Anderson (2012, 6-5 SG/SF)
On this loaded team, this incoming freshman was solid off the bench. He already possesses very good size. Kyle showed the ability to handle the ball. He also had a nice alley oop assist on this team that shares the ball very well. Kyle blocked a shot too during his time in the contest. On many teams, he would come in and be asked to be a big part of the offense. On this loaded squad, he can ease his way into the mix.

Seton Hall Prep

Jimmy Burke (2009, 5-11 PG)
We only caught the end of his game on the way in, but Jimmy did make a couple plays. He had a drive to the hoop plus a foul. He also converted on a lay-up after a steal in just a few minutes of action.

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