Elite 75 The Guards
If the big men stole the show to start the 7th annual New England Elite 75 Showcase, the guards picked up the pace towards the end of the day, showing both star power and depth. Here’s a look at who was most impressive:
Jared Terrell – Terrell was at his best in the 5 on 5 action and stood out as the best scoring guard in that setting. Loud dunks, deep step back threes, and a bit of the in between game, Terrell had the whole package working. He also got into the lane to create shots for others and defended with energy throughout the day.
Kaleb Joseph – While most players tend to look for their own offense in settings like this, Joseph was one of the few who played like a true point guard. He flew up and down the floor in transition, getting easy dunks and layups for cutting teammates while also unveiling a new weapon in his constantly evolving arsenal – high level confidence.
Dayshon Smith – Smith did what has become his norm this spring by being in complete control of the game from the point. Not lacking for physical skills, it remains Smith’s intangibles like leadership, heart, and savvy that separate him from the competition. An intelligent player and a winner, Smith is someone that a college coach will be able to trust as a coach on the floor.
Kahlil Dukes – Dukes seemed to get better as the day went on Friday, and while his shots weren’t always falling with their normal regularity early in the day, you wouldn’t know it from the look on his face or his approach to the game as his steady confidence is the backbone of who he is as a player.
Dimitri Floras - Pound for pound, Floras in one of the top basketball players in New England, and although not overly athletic, his understanding of angles and how to use them give him the ability to play at a high-level.
Cane Broome – On his way to St. Thomas More next season as a repeat junior, Broome played with passion and purpose on Friday. He attacked the rim and even snuck up on some people with his bounce while showing his typically smooth skills.
• Adrian Oliveira is another guy who looked especially smooth with the ball in his hands and seems to have his game peaking at just the right time heading into July.
• Jalen Myrie is an explosive athlete with serious speed and lift. Has the ability to finish with thunder at the dish, as he showed it with a top 3 play of the day.
• Charles Correa is a playmaker with the ball in his hands who also gets some air under his feet to the tune of a 31.25 inch vertical leap – tops overall in the field.
• Casey Woodring continued his hot shooting, scorching the nets from behind the three point line with his quick released stroke
• Dustin Cole stood out with his subtleties, doing a nice job of running the show and distributing the ball while also getting after it on the defensive end.
Sam Donahue – No one helped themselves more in the backcourt than this NMH sharp-shooter who appeared focused and locked in from the moment he first walked into the gym. He shot the lights out of the ball from start to finish while also showing a solid complimentary skill set.
Jeff Spellman - Athletic combo-guard showed the ability to score the ball at a high-level, combining a lethal long-range shooting stroke with crisp pull-ups off the bounce and athletic slashes to the basket from the wing. Finished above the rim in traffic on several occasions.
Colin Richey – He was getting into the paint and making plays throughout the course of game play, but really got people’s attention when he started diving for loose balls. He also proved how deceptively athletic he is – recording a 29 inch vertical leap – good for 6th best in the field.
• Matt Mobley has a lot of people intrigued after his showing on Friday and looking forward to seeing what he can do against a high level of competition at Worcester Academy.
• Dontae Gittens is a long and versatile spider-man type guy who makes plays all over the floor and on both ends of the court.
• Elijah Rogers is a guy who played his way onto the biggest stage the local AAU circuit has to offer and continued to show well in this setting.
Jonathan Joseph – An undersized point guard, Joseph flashed two major skills that will continue to serve him well as he advances through the ranks, speed and decision making. He’s a blur with the ball in his hands but rather than allowing his pace to get him out of control, Joseph continued finding shooters and cutters with simple effective passes.
Ian Sistare – It took him a while to get adjusted to the high level of competition, but once he settled in, Sistare showed why he is a player to be reckoned with down the road. His best production came in the five-on-five games where he splashed threes from corner to corner.