Elite 75 - Frosh Breakout Performances
St. Andrew’s forward Bonzie Colson and Stoughton guard Jonathan Joseph may have had the two biggest breakout performances in the class of 2014 at Saturday’s New England Elite 75 Showcase – Frosh/Soph Edition.
Colson is a versatile frontcourt player who has the size and skills to be a major mismatch problem. He has the frame and interior touch to be very productive on the blocks but is also exceptionally skilled from the perimeter, showing the ability to handle the ball in the open court and knock down jumpers with a smooth stroke.
Joseph took a backseat to no one in the backcourt, going blow for blow with the most talented guards in the showcase and producing all day long. He has the speed and quickness to get into the paint and make plays, both in the open floor as well as the half-court, but also shows the skill set to knock down open threes or drill mid-range pull-ups with a lot of lift.
Brimmer & May’s Quinn Iuliano also turned in a significant breakout performance, coming out of nowhere to shine throughout the event. Iuliano has a very polished offensive game showing low sweep moves off the catch, being efficient playing through the lane, making shots, and even showing some bounce to block shots in transition.
One group that impressed collectively was the freshmen class from West Roxbury who offered a five man unit that could blossom together for the next four years. Freddie Oliveria is a well built post who scores and rebounds in the paint but can also handle the ball well. Damion Smith and Markus Neale have the physical tools to play the forward position but the skills and athleticism to attack from the perimeter while Mike Rodriguez and Khalil Newsome are two playmaking guards who can create offense for themselves or their teammates.
There were a number of other freshmen who proved their worth, playing their way into the NERR prospect list:
Michael McDevitt, Greely – Very promising big man with a strong body and good toughness inside the paint and signs of skill to match including a soft touch and a rip through move from the high post.
Drew Shea, Medfield – A high post four-man who has good size at 6’6”, Shea showed a nice touch from the 15 foot range and also finished consistently against contact from block to block.
Andrew Kaufmann, Rivers – Frontcourt player with good size and length to go along with a soft touch from the mid-range area and in. Has potential to be a nice combo-forward down the line.
Jeff Spellman, Beaver Country Day – A typical coach’s son who has a high understanding of the game, knockdown jumper, and smooth all around skill set.
Leon Tambue, Fessendon – Bulldog guard who overpowers defenders en route to the rim and has the talent to make quick plays with the ball while accelerating at full speed.
Pavin Parrish, Rochester – Point guard who distributes the ball and plays unselfishly, can penetrate through the defense and finish, and plays hard at both ends of the floor.
TreVon Betts, Weymouth – Little guy with a lot of game, Betts is very good with the ball, a pesky defender, and capable shot maker from the perimeter.
Jael Letang, Dedham – Super quick guard who uses his wheels as a weapon on both ends of the court, he gets himself into the paint, pressures the ball, and is even capable shooter.
Janvier Johnson, Glastonbury – Another guard with jets who gets himself into the paint and knows how to maneuver to create his shot either with a runner or floating pull-up.
Andrew Lechner, Pinkerton Academy – Solid in all aspects of the game, Lechner shoots it well, passes with vision, has good perimeter footwork, and has an efficient handle.
Michael Robinson, New Britain – He has a cut frame, good quickness, and a high motor. He competes hard on both ends, pressures the basketball, and attacks the defense with his dribble.
Others Who Impressed
• Nate Trznadel slashes to the basket with a quick separation dribble and can also pull-up in the mid-range area.
• Rackwan Evans & Mason Vasconcellos give Wareham an exciting one-two punch in the backcourt moving forward.
• Adeyinka Adams is a super quick point guard who has good vision with his dribble along with a nice looking stroke.
• Connor Brown showed a good skill base in drill work and a high motor and good touch once 5 on 5 action began.
• Kevin Conner has length, strength and athleticism and makes an impact on both ends of the floor as well as on the glass.
• Keymu Cannon is an athletic slasher with attacking skills who creates consistently with his dribble.
• Quentin Bullen plays exceedingly hard, runs the floor, goes to the offensive glass, and is always around the ball.
• Aaron Mazzulla changes the game on the defensive end with his ability to defend multiple positions and block some shots.
• Tyler Ancrum is a talented young guard who makes plays in high volume and can be a blur sometimes in transition.
• Robert Rockwell is a heady guard who drives to kick, is very crafty, and is a growth spurt away from being a player.
• Ryan Murphy is aggressive and physically strong. He plays strong with the ball & is efficient with his slashes.
• Nick Jacobs is a slice and dice guard with good burst in the open floor who scores it from the mid-range and in.
• Amari Brown is a physically gifted lefty who plays his game, is smooth with the ball, and gets himself to the basket.