Hoop Mountain Fall Classic - Event Recap
Hoop Mountain held their annual Fall Classic at Mass Premier Courts in Foxboro, MA on Friday night, and it turned out to be one of the most talented fields the event has seen in recent years. With a blend of prep school and public school talent, many players were able to shine in front of more than 50 college and prep school coaches.
While talented young players like Azar Swain, Jakigh Dottin, and Chad Dicenzo showed improvement in their game, it was several upperclassman who emerged as players to watch for this upcoming winter.
Ben Marello (2015)- A post-graduate at Worcester Academy, the Florida native was one of the more talented players in the field. At 6'7'', he plays the game at a great pace that can take control of the game. He is a very good passer, but can really shoot the ball and got to the hoop at will.
David Labossiere (2015)- Labossiere will be one of the leaders for Brimmer & May this season, and it is apparent he has been working on his game. His improvement was noticeable by many coaches, as he knocked down shots consistently from the perimeter.
Charlie Clay (2017)- Clay was one sophomore who really emerged on Friday night. The point guard always made the right pass to the open teammate, and did a great job of using his hesitation to get the defender to bite. He knocked down shots all night, as well, including a nice step-back jumper.
Brandon Johnson (2015)- The Loomis Chaffee post-graduate built on his strong showing during the summer's All-Academic Camp at Brandeis. He was a man among boys at times, using his strength and power to will himself to the hoop. His assertiveness on offense should bode well for Loomis.
Sam Jefferson (2015)- The Newton North guard is physical and strong and in better shape than when we saw him in the summer. His trademark jumper was on point tonight, and he added several tough finishes. Look for him to make some noise in the MIAA this winter.
Duncan Ozburn & Brian Mukasa (2015)- A St. Andrew's post-graduate forward, Ozburn will give Coach Mike Hart depth in the frontcourt with his ability to rebound. The Illinois native showed promising footwork in the post, as well. Muska, a post-graduate guard from right down the road in Sharon, adds a ball-handler and someone who will be very solid with the ball for Coach Hart.
Devon Williams (2015)- The Brewster Academy guard showed improved athleticism and his usual shot-making ability. He finished well with both hands throughout the course of the night.
Dexter Thompson (2015)- Thompson is a freak athlete who several scholarship-level programs took an interest in. He is a strong 6'4'' guard who excels in the open court.
Denis Tobin (2015)- The Catholic Memorial guard shot the lights out. CM will be very tough to guard this season, but opponents won't be able to sleep on Tobin's shooting ability.
James Loring (2015)- Loring ran the floor very well all night long, including catching a smooth alley-oop. Deceptively athletic, Loring is a nice pick-and-pop 4-man with solid range.
Konrad Sashin (2015)- a 7'2'' big man from Martha's Vinyard, Sashin looks much trimmer, having lost more than 40 pounds over the summer. His hard work paid off, as he was quicker off the ground and finished well around the basket. Sashin can be devastating for Martha's Vinyard on the defensive end with his size and ability to rebound.
Kareem Davis (2015)- The smooth point guard of a very talented St. John's Prep team, Davis is very effective in the open court by passing the ball up to his open teammate instead of dribbling the ball up himself. He is an unselfish player who should excel at getting the ball to all of St. John's playmakers in positions to succeed.
Max Parks (2015)- The Suffield Academy product was tough inside and great on the boards throughout the event. The 6'8'' big man had academic schools trailing him throughout the night.
Matt Fenderson (2015)- The lefty combo guard shot the 3 ball very well and used his athleticism and handle to get into the lane and make a series of pull-ups.
Josh Wolf (2016)- The 6'10'' Taft big man showed remarkable improvement in his game over the recent months. His footwork is more fluid and jump shot is much more smooth.