Hoop Mountain SW2 - Day 4 Recap
BRISTOL, RI – After a great four days at Roger Williams, Super Week II came to a close on Wednesday as campers and coaches alike said good-bye to the beautiful Rhode Island campus. With the end of camp comes our final review of what we saw at camp this week. First though, here is the list of awards and all-stars from Super Week II:
Most Outstanding Camper: Jayvon Pitts-Young
Mr. Defense: Johnnie Spears
Mr. Stations/Workouts: David Ruiz
Most Improved: Andrew Holmes
Mr. Hustle: Malin Segal
Johnnie Spears, Pingree School
Connor O’Brien, Thayer Academy
Lee Messier, Tilton School
Matt Duffie, Bishop Hendricken
Chris DiClemente, Prout School
Devon Williams, Worcester Academy
Tyriek McCauley, Worcester Academy
Nick Pasquale, Worcester Academy
Tinga Adiang, Mount Mansfield HS
Johnathan Mitchell, Mount St. Joseph’s Academy
Isaiah Robinson, Salisbury School
Brandon Feinberg, Suffield Academy
Jared Harper, Suffield Academy
Colin Richey, Choate Rosemary Hall
John Geary, St. Andrews
Keyshaun Jacobs, Beaver Country Day School
Alex Peters, Mountain Brook HS
Zach Downey, Whitman Hanson Regional
Christian Foxen, Rocky Hill HS
Isaiah Bess, Hampden Academy
Jayvon Pitts-Young, Portland
Jack Simonds, Falmouth
• St. Andrews has to be considered one of the favorites for next year’s NEPSAC Class AA. Over the course of Super Week II, it became more and more apparent with each passing day that Coaches Mike Hart and John O’Shea have something special in the makings for next year. While Bonzie Colson has been the talk of many this spring and early summer (he was not at camp because he was attending the Lebron James Skills Academy), what was particularly impressive about their team this weekend was their great depth. Henry Bolton looked great in the BABC games Monday night with a bigger frame and his always impressive skillset, Terrell Brown played very well all week, and guys such as John Geary, Edson Dascy, and Aaron Brown all contributed when they needed to. Throw in Tom Hunt and Andre Berry into the mix, and you have a very dangerous AA team that will certainly be looking for revenge after their heartbreaking loss to Cushing in last year’s championship game.
• Worcester Academy may be young and somewhat inexperienced in terms of NEPSAC play, but there is no doubt that Head Coach Jamie Sullivan has the Hilltoppers once again reloaded. Incoming sophomore Saul Phiri starred at Super Week I, but this week it was a plethora of other young talent that impressed. In particular, Caden Dumas and Charles Clay were two rising freshman that both played well even though they were at time playing against players four years older than them. Nick Pasquale and Quentin Bullen will both be reclassifying to the class of 2015, and showed well too. If returners Devin Williams, Tyriek McCauley, and Matt Cimino as well as incoming Post-Graduate Jameilin Jones can lead this younger guys in this group, they could certainly surprise some teams next season.
• For NEPSAC Class B teams, the cream of the crop at camp was the group from Suffield Academy. Coming off the school’s first NEPSAC title in recent history, Coach Jeff Depelteau has a solid core of Post-Graduates coming in with Jared Harper and Brandon Feinberg to name a few who played well alongside others such as Ellis Christmas and Thomas Ianello this week at camp. Their top competition in B will likely be Beaver Country Day who also had a good showing at camp mostly behind their rising sophomore stud Keyshaun Jacobs. Leo Connolly also shot it well at camp this week, and if you throw a healthy Jacquil Taylor into the fold then it looks like it could be a battle for Class B this winter.
• On the AAU scene, the story of camp was the play of MBNation. They went 7-0, and were firing on all cylinders even without their starting guards Dustin Cole and Justin Zukowski. When dissecting the reasons for their success, all conversations have to start with the breakout performance of Jayvon Pitts-Young who took home the award for the camps Most Outstanding Player. Also impressive was the play of Jack Simmonds, Isaiah Bess, Shyheim Ulrickson, and Tom Coyne who all made major contributions, while Aaron Todd and Nate Alexander added depth off of the bench. The Nation looks poised for another run in July.