#E75 Frosh/Soph - Video Highlights
While the NERR staff continues to pour through the video footage and coaching notes from Saturday's 9th annual New England Elite 75 Showcase - Frosh/Soph Edition, we'll begin our look back at the event with some of the early video highlights that came out on social media.
As always, NERR's Mike Yagmin had the wingspans measured and the camera phone rolling throughout the night and so many of these highlights can be found on twitter at @MikeYagmiNERR.
Putnam Science forward Akok Akok has made a bigger buzz in the first 10 days of the September recruiting period than any other sophomore in New England and on Saturday night he put his talents on display. It began with his official measurements - a 7'1" wingspan and 8'11" standing reach - before showing his ultra-rare combination of length and budding skill during both skill stations and games.
Loomis Chaffee forward Jaiden Delaire was one of the biggest stock-risers as he too began with impressive measurements - 6'7 height, 7'0" wingspan and 8'10" standing reach - and backed that up with an intriguing skill set that is coming on a rapid basis and matching mobility. Mike Yagmin caught a couple of highlights throughout the course of the night.
Delaire wasn't the only stock-riser in the 2019 class, in fact, he was one of many. O'Bryant's Rivaldo Soares has a long and powerful build, the ability to bring the gym to their feet with a series of highlight reel finishes and even a solid measure of skill.
Redemption Christian had a pair of young prospects that made quick names for themselves. 6'9" big man Bernard Kouma measured with a 7'2" wingspan and and unmatched 9'1.5" standing reach and dominated the paint with emphatic blocks, countless rebounds and powerful finishes. Jerry Iliya, a 6'4" wing with a 6'11" wingspan, was one of the most explosive athletes in the field and scored at will throughout the night.
There were a series of other first year prep products that announced their arrival in New England. Wilbraham & Monson guard Idean Tretout was among the best. He shot the ball well from deep, made plays off the bounce and utilized his size and strength in the backcourt to finish at the rim.
The MacDuffie School also had a pair of newcomers who impressed. Dalano Banton is a potential 6'6" point guard in the making while Ismael Massoud demonstrated his incredible combination of size, skill and budding athleticism in the backcourt.
Of course, the Elite 75 wasn't only about new names, at least not in the class of 2019. Maxwell Lorca-Lloyd and Taelon Martin, the two players who most recently sat atop the class at the end of their freshmen season, both reminded people why they are so uniquely talented. Lorca Lloyd showed off his athleticism in plays like the block below, but he also demonstrated an improved post package with good footwork and both hands around the rim.
Martin's combination of size, length and natural playmaking tools continues to be virtually unprecedented as he showed off on numerous occasions on Friday night.
In the class of 2020 Malachi Hazelton was a prospect who showed all the physical tools to have a very bright future.
Zed Key came to New England from New York and walked away as one of the most impressive freshmen in the field.