Hoop Mountain SWI - Day 2 Recap

by Ephraim Herskovitz | Sunday, June 29th, 2008

Hoop Mountain SWI - Day 2 Recap

Matchup of the Day

The game of the afternoon pitted two extremely talented forwards against one another, in Allen Williamson and Alan Harris. Williamson was consistently able to get to the rim and finish, whether it was in the post or off the dribble. Harris made his living with his deadly mid-range game, where he was able to pull up off the dribble and connect. Despite his long, rangy frame, Harris was also able to finish tough inside with contact. Also playing extremely well for Harris’ squad was Nicco DeMasco, who showed great energy and toughness on the glass and inside. The game went down to the wire and into overtime before Harris made a clutch floater in traffic to seal the victory for his team.

Some other players who impressed:

Sean McCarthy (pictured) - With his size, strength, and soft hands, McCarthy was the most dominant player at camp. He was a monster on the glass and virtually unguardable in the post. The big man will prep next year at Loomis Chaffee and looks to be a possible scholarship level talent.

Lance Greene- The explosive point guard had an impressive day scoring the ball. He broke down the defense in the half-court, got to the rim in transition, and was able to connect on multiple occasions from behind the arc.

Mike Byron- Solid with ball, Byron can make shots and is a poised decision maker. He won’t blow you away with any one aspect of his game, but Mike Byron is a combo guard who is a master of the little things.

Victor Smith- A tremendous scorer out of Lynn Tech, Smith simply knows how to put points on the board. On Monday, he torched opposing defenders with drives and finishes as well as pull-up jumpers. Standing 6’3 with long arms, Smith has the size and ability to score consistently from the wing.

Adna Cecunjanan- This 6’8 big man with tremendous length demonstrated a solid back to the basket repertoire as well as very good spring.

David Miller- Miller is a heady combo guard, who was playing a lot of point guard on Monday. He is solid with the ball and has a good stroke, especially off the dribble.

Ryan Spencer- Versatile is the word to describe Spencer. The 6’4 wing showed on Monday that he can shoot it, handle it, and bang a little bit on the glass. Additionally, Spencer thinks the game very well and makes good decisions. Once he puts on a little weight to his frame, Spencer will be an intriguing wing prospect.

Brendan Rollins- Rollins was an absolute load to handle both on the glass and in the post. When he catches on the block, he is very crafty, which allows him to get off shots despite his lack of height. On Monday, Rollins was also launching from well behind the arc; he has unique range for a big man.

Scott Tavares- Tavares is an absolute joy to watch running a team from the point guard position. He is fundamentally sound, with a tight handle and a solid stroke, but he also has a distinct flair to his game. He broke down defenders time and time again on Monday with an assortment of crossovers and hesitation moves.

Tucker Esborn- This 6’5 wing player is the definition of an inside-outside threat. He was able to take smaller defenders down on the block as well as attack off the dribble in his afternoon game on Monday. Esborn almost always creates a match-up problem for the opposition.

Demola Abu- A bull on the glass, Abu uses his body to create space on the offensive boards. In his night game, the 6’4 big man deposited countless put backs and drop step finishes. In addition, Abu has a great feel for the game, allowing him to find shooters and cutters from the low post.

Matt Stone- This big lefty does all the dirty work. He rebounds, sets screens, and finishes with contact. At 6’7, Stone is a coach’s dream.

Jason Arias- Arias is an exciting rising junior at the point guard position. He pushes the ball relentlessly and has terrific end to end speed. He played well at night, running his team successfully.