Basketball Club Rhode Island 17u Team Profile
*All 2023 Prospects
Liam Geraghty 6’0 Combo Guard (Old Rochester Regional HS): Geraghty is a good three-point shooter. He makes treys effectively on standstill attempts. Gets into the lane well when attacking closeouts or using a sharp crossover move to create for himself and others. Geraghty finishes proficiently around the rim through contact. Also is a good half-court passer in the paint. Finds teammates for open spot-up threes or high percentage drop-off layups. Defensively, he is consistently in the correct spots on his rotations when one pass away or coming over from the weak side.
Jack Graham 6’4 Wing (Milton Academy): Graham needs to be accounted for from beyond the arc. Hits three-pointers at a solid rate off movement or when spotting up. Gets into the paint with his good burst or sharp jab-step move. Finishes effectively around the rim with his explosiveness or creative finger-roll layups. Has good vision as a passer. Finds teammates well in the half-court for cutting layups. Defensively, Graham is quick laterally. Makes it difficult for opposing wings to get him with straight-line drives. Uses his length and leaping ability to make it difficult for opponents to shoot over the top of him. Also draws charges at a good rate. Rotates quickly from the help-side, beating opponents to the spot when they drive recklessly down the lane.
Dimetri Iafrate 5’11 Combo Guard (Marianapolis Prep): Iafrate is a reliable floor spacer from long-range. Excels at making treys on catch and shoot attempts. Gets into the paint well using a sharp crossover move or when attacking closeouts. If bigger defenders collapse on him, he can score over them with a soft tear-drop as part of his in-between game. Iafrate has a good understanding of how to move without the ball. When an opponent is defending him tightly on the perimeter, he creates high percentage finishing opportunities for himself with sharp backdoor cuts. Defensively, Iafrate generates steals at a solid rate when guarding on the ball. Uses quick hands to rip the ball from opposing guards when they are not strong with their handle.
Travis Cobain 6’0 Shooting Guard (Deerfield Academy): Cobain is a versatile scorer. Hits treys proficiently on standstill attempts or when coming off screens. Shows flashes of making three-pointers when pulling up. Has a high release point on his shot. Gets into the lane well with a quick through-the-legs move or when attacking closeouts. Cobain can stop and pop for smooth mid-range jumpers near the foul line or hit soft floaters over defenders when they collapse on him. Can create better finishing angles for himself around the rim, using deceptive start and stop moves on bigger defenders to score crafty reverse layups. Keeps his eyes up in transition. Does a nice job quickly pushing the ball ahead to teammates for open treys.
Sawyer Fox 6’5 Combo Forward (Old Rochester Regional HS): Fox is a solid shooter from the perimeter. Excels at hitting three-pointers when spotting up. Does a nice job of regularly taking long-range attempts within the flow of his team’s offense. Rarely takes ill-advised shots. While Fox does a lot of damage from deep, there is more to his game. If an opponent closes out sharply on him to take away his long ball, he can put the ball on the floor and get to the basket. He finishes effectively around the rim with his good body control and leaping ability. Shows in spurts an ability to take defenders off the dribble and hit two-dribble fifteen-foot pull-ups. Defensively, Fox blocks shots at a solid rate. Uses his anticipation, explosiveness, and length effectively when rotating over from the help side.
Calvin Lucenti 5’11 Combo Guard (Portsmouth HS): Lucenti is an impressive shooter from deep with a quick release. The southpaw makes three-pointers off movement or when spotting up. When opponents close out hard on him from the perimeter, he can put the ball on the floor to get to his soft floater in the lane. Lucenti can also make plays for others. He uses his crafty handle to get into the lane, kicking the ball out to open shooters for treys or dishing the ball off to big men near the basket for high percentage finishes.
Ethan Dias 6’5 Combo Forward (Marianapolis Prep): Dias has a smooth stroke from long range. He has good mechanics on his shot. Makes three-pointers at a solid rate when spotting up. Gets to his soft mid-range pull-up well when using a ball screen. Dias finishes effectively around the rim through contact when attacking closeouts. Also can get by opponents with a quick crossover move. He takes advantage of mismatches in the post. Has a well-built frame to back down opponents and create high percentage finishing opportunities. Defensively, Dias is impressive on the glass. Uses his high motor to come up with 50-50 balls and strength when boxing out to be a volume rebounder.
Azmar Abdullah 6’2 Combo Guard (Bishop Hendricken HS): Abdullah makes his mark from deep. The southpaw has a quick trigger, making treys off the catch, on pull-up attempts, or when coming off screens. Complements his long-range shooting ability with a soft pull-up in the lane when attacking closeouts. Abdullah gets into the paint with his good burst or subtle hesitation moves to create for himself and others. Finishes around the rim effectively with crafty finger-roll layups. Finds teammates well on drive and kicks for open three-pointers when opponents collapse on him in the lane. He also has upside as a pick-and-roll playmaker. Shows in spurts the ability to hit teammates with pocket passes for high percentage finishing opportunities near the hoop.
Bernard Dushie Jr. 6’6 Combo Forward (Portsmouth Abbey School): Dushie cannot be left open from long range. Hits standstill three-pointers effectively. If an opponent closes out on him, he can put the ball on the floor and slash to the basket. Finishes well around the rim in traffic with his explosiveness and strong frame. Also creates high percentage scoring opportunities for himself rolling hard out of ball screens. Dushie shows intriguing upside as a ball-handler, creating separation on opponents in spurts with a quick crossover move. Uses his size to his advantage as a passer. Does a nice job finding seams over the top of defenses to hit cutting teammates for layups. Defensively Dushie protects the rim well. Uses good anticipation and leaping ability when coming over from the weak side to block or alter opponents’ layup attempts.
Dante Iafrate 5’10 Combo Guard (La Salle Academy): Iafrate has a smooth stroke from beyond the arc. Has compact form with a quick release on his shot. Makes treys at a solid rate when spotting up. Shows flashes of hitting three-pointers when coming off screens. If a defender makes a sharp closeout on him to take away his long-range shot, he has the ball skills to blow by them. Iafrate makes sound decisions in the lane as a passer. If an opponent collapses on him, he has a good feel finding teammates for dump-off layups or open three-pointers. Defensively, Iafrate has quick hands just like his brother for causing steals. Understands the right times when to be more aggressive with his hands or just defend straight up
Seth Anderson 6’8 Center (Pomfret School): Anderson is a threat to shoot from the perimeter. Has the ability to hit three-pointers on standstill attempts or when popping out from the mid-post. If a teammate dumps the ball off to him from the dunker spot, he has a soft touch off the glass to be an effective finisher. Anderson finds teammates for layups in the post or on the perimeter. When catching the ball on the block or taking one or two dribbles from beyond the arc, he leads cutting teammates well with bounce passes. Has good mobility, regularly beating opposing big men down the floor in transition for high percentage finishing opportunities. Defensively, Anderson makes his presence felt around the rim. Rotates quickly from the help-side, limiting opponents from getting layups when they blow by a teammate.
Derek Salvatore 6’0 Combo Guard (Johnston HS): Salvatore is a consistent floor spacer from beyond the arc. Has deep-range out to the NBA line on his shot. Makes treys at a good rate off movement or when spotting up. Regularly gets into the lane to create for others with crossover or hesitation moves. Finds teammates with bounce passes in tight windows for drop-off layups. Knows when the right read is to kick the ball out to an open teammate for a three-pointer. Salvatore shows flashes of hitting floaters over bigger opponents when they collapse on him in paint. Also creates high percentage layup opportunities for himself as an off-ball cutter. Has good instincts on when he can face-cut or go backdoor on his defender.