DBA Fall League Event Recap
The Desantis Basketball Academy is holding their annual fall league this year, once again welcoming many of the top programs, public and prep alike, from across Connecticut.
The New England Recruiting Report made the trip to Bridgeport this weekend to check out the sixth weekend of action. Here’s a look at who was among the most impressive:
Jason Boswell, Trinity Catholic – The Crusaders appear poised to be one of the best teams in New England and the new addition from New York is a big reason why. His size and athleticism alone put him ahead of most in the CIAC while his ability to create off the dribble at his size makes him a high level college prospect.
Schadrac Casimir, Trinity Catholic – He’s the engine that makes his team go. He creates tempo in the open court, has both a pull-up and a floater inside the lane, and starts the break by being especially pesky on the defensive end.
Lucas Hausman, Hopkins – Fresh off his commitment to Bowdoin, Hausman showed flashes of his total offensive repertoire. He consistently made shots from behind the three-point line, made plays with his dribble, and even slid over to play some point guard.
Sam Glazer, Hopkins – The freshman was a surprise standout at the Elite 75 – Frosh/Soph in September and continued to distinguish himself on Sunday. He was totally efficient within the structure of the offense, making shots off the catch and the dribble and making a number of nice passes.
Chan Williams-Bey, Wilbur Cross – This sophomore has a chance to be a very good player down the road. He’s long with good size on the perimeter and the type of fluid athlete who can thrive in an up and down game.
Kyle Holmes, Wilbur Cross – A power guard who can rise up for his pull-up as well as he can drive the ball through contact in order to get to the rim, Holmes was Wilbur Cross’ most consistent scoring presence on Sunday.
Andy Hurd & Garey Allen, Windsor – The backcourt tandem sets the tone on both ends of the floor as well as in the leadership department, providing all the intangibles possible. They were all over passing lanes on the front line of the press, getting easy lay-ups as a result, and both capable of creating their own offense.
Timajh Parker-Rivera, St. Joe’s – Physically, he was head and shoulders above the competition and consequently an absolute menace on the offensive boards. With a skill set that continues to develop, he promises to be one of the CIAC’s top players this year.
Diamonte Zarba, St. Joe’s – The Berkshire transfer is a huge addition for St. Joe’s. A powerful swingman with a strong slashing game, Zarba appears to be the perfect addition for a team that hopes to repeat as CIAC champions this year.
Kurt Steidl, Ridgefield – The junior forward has some very clear cut potential with a long and relatively athletic build to go along with an intriguing skill set that includes a dependable catch and shoot game from behind the three-point line.
Darren Payen, Hamden Hall – Payen was athletic and active around the rim, going to work when we got touches on the post and generally impacting the game in a variety of different ways with his size, mobility, and bounce around the rim.
Victor Joshua, Hamden Hall – His game has progressed nicely in recent months and he now boasts a strengthened frame and enhanced explosiveness in the open court. He was as consistent of a dribble drive playmaker as we saw on the day.
• Paschal Chukwu didn’t get the touches necessary to make an impact on the offensive end but may be the league’s best overall prospect.
• About to begin his first season in the CIAC, Jared Wilson-Frame has star potential with an evolving body and skill set.
• Brandon Wheeler has grown another inch and showed his ability to be a straight line driver from the perimeter to score in bunches during the second half.
• Troy Stokes did double duty, starring for both the New Haven All-Stars as well as his Wilbur Cross squad.
• Nolan Paige is a tennis star already committed to Stanford, but he’ll be a big help to the Hopkins team this year with his ability to shoot the ball.
• Jaquan Harrison anchored the backline of Windsor’s defense as a shot-blocker, single handedly shutting down opposing run-outs on a consistent basis.
• Jerry Buchanon can flat out score the ball. He attacks the basket quickly, makes enough shots to keep his defender honest, and will even back-cut.
• Tim Butala continues to show an intriguing tool set. He has touch to 20 feet, good vision as a passer, and the handle to start the break.
• Pat Hopkins did all the dirty work, flying around the court to rebound, block shots, and provide an active interior presence.
• James Jennings continues to be a powerful point guard with a game versatile enough to make shots or plays off the bounce.