All Academic Camp - Recap III
Now that we have covered the players from outside the New England region, here are the prospects close to home that have impressed us so far:
Pat Welch, Notre Dame Prep – He continues to prove himself as one of the most talented and consistent players in the field. Welch is a tough competitor who matches a great skill set with a must-win mindset. He can really shoot it, but also has a tight enough handle to help with ball handling duties and can defend other point guards. While he is only receiving mild scholarship interest at this point, look for Welch to breakout over the course of this summer and in his year at Notre Dame Prep.
Max Curran, Pembroke Academy – At 6’8” with a smooth stroke and growing perimeter game, Curran is one of the better kept secrets in New England. The New Hampshire product is versatile and moves very well for someone his size. With added strength, he is someone who will attract his fair share of scholarship attention.
Anthony Green, Tilton – Continues to be the most dominant player at camp due to his size, strength, and low post feel. When he dunks it seems like he is trying to rip off the rim, and he has a little nasty in him that coaches love in their forwards. Tilton head coach Marcus O’Neil is known to be great at developing big men and look for Green to be a stock riser throughout the next 10 months.
Trevor Dow, Choate - the 6'10 big man runs the floor extremely well for someone of his size. He is quick enough to stay with smaller forwards on the perimeter, as well. While his offensive
game is raw, he is active on the offensive glass, and put together a nice series of put-backs and dunks.
Brandon Twitty, Catholic Memorial – Twitty is a prospect on the rise right now, and continued that ascension this week at Brandeis. He has a fluid offense game and a body that seems like it has a lot of developing left. He shot it particularly well on Thursday and had some great takes to the rim as well. All in all, coaches really like Twitty’s upside and will surely continue to follow him during the month of July.
Hilal Dahlel, Belmont Hill – Had a dominating second half performance on Thursday during the afternoon session that had many coaches checking their packet. He willed his team to victory, and it all started on the defensive end where Dahleh has great potential down the line due to his length and instincts. Offensively, he hit shots and was able to work his way to the foul line on multiple occasions. Maybe nothing sums up his performance better though than the charge he took with two minutes to go to all but seal the game for his squad.
Sam Jefferson, Newton North - The 6'3 rising senior guard went 9/11 from deep in one afternoon game, and he continued to show his ability into the evening set of games. His shooting made many coaches take notice.
Colin Dougherty, Westminster School - The New York native has a good feel for the game and plays at a comfortable pace. Dougherty is feisty on defense and attacks the basket in a similar fashion. With his long frame and tight handle, Dougherty has coaches excited about his potential to be a big lead guard in the future.
David Giribaldi, Andover HS - Giribaldi guard can not only score, but is an underrated defender with quick feet and quick hands. He can score the ball in bunches, but is a very unselfish player who looks to constantly get his teammates involved.
Harry ONeil, St. John's Prep - O'Neil was his usual physical self in the paint, doing the dirty work to help his team have success.
Kena Gilmour, Kent School - The athletic guard continued his highlight-reel week with several strong dunks. He also showed the ability to knock down jump shots, particularly in the mid-range off the dribble, with a quick lefty release. Gilmour has been receiving division I interest from schools in the Ivy League, NEC, and America East among others, and has proven why so far in camp.
Tyree Weston, New Bedford – While Weston has been good all week, he perhaps had his best performance in a late Thursday night victory for his team. Weston has a great demeanor, does a good job of getting his teammates involved, and seemed to shoot the ball better and better as the week camp progressed.
Jack Zimmerman, Bishop Guertin - Zimmerman is a pass-first point guard who had coaches buzzing all day. He is efficient with his movements, making one move and leaving his defender in the dust. He looks to get his teammates involved as opposed to looking for his own offense.
Justin Leip, St. Andrew's – A shooter who made shots in bunches and also showed the ability to play good on ball defense.
Kyle Padmore, Beaver Country Day - The rising junior was active all day and crashed the offensive boards hard. The Milton native finishes well through contact and converted some tough drives to the rim on Thursday.
Corey Romich, Groton-Dunstable – A good shooter with a hard nose mentality, Romich makes up for his lack of size on the wing with a family trademarked toughness on the court. He is a hard working prospect who really knows how to compete
Matt Hanna, Catholic Memorial – Showed the ability to knockdown shots consistently from the perimeter and even had a few plays where he got into the heart of the defense and created for others.
Connor Merrinder, Andover HS - The strong and long 6'6 forward is a versatile defender who has quick feet, enabling him to stay with a variety of offensive players. He displayed good post up moves, and hisperimeter game has improved dramatically. Really has been shooting it well from behind the arc.
Perry DeLorenzo, Phillips Exeter – While he is still a little bit of an inconsistent shooter, when DeLorenzo gets hot, watch out. If he gets in that shooters zone, he has deep range and can make tough shots off the bounce.
Brendan Hughes, Choate – He is a shot maker with a high basketball IQ who knows his role and always plays within himself. Every team could use a guy like Hughes because he won’t make senseless mistakes, and will keep the floor spread.
Jason Vassallo, St. Andrew's – The future guard for Coach Mike Hart hit shots and used an array of finishes to score around the hoop.
Eric McCord, Westford Academy – A big man who has good feet for his size and displayed a soft touch around the rim.