Hoop Mountain Team Camp Sunday Recap
Since the grassroots season is practically over, we got to take at look at some talented high school teams in the region.
The Rivers School was extremely impressive all weekend long. They won in a double-overtime game against Brimmer and May. The team was led by Shaquor Sandiford, Taariq Allen, and Carlin Haymon. All three of these guys capitalized on steals and pushed the tempo of the game. When the team was stuck in a half-court offense, they looked to Nick Lund and Kyle Reardon to help bring energy. Reardon made many impressive passes in the final game. Lund showed his soft touch in the post and also finished with contact. When they set their mind to it, Rivers used their athleticism and size to play excellent defense.
The addition of Nick Lund has already shown that it will pay off for Rivers. He may not be a star yet, but Lund has the potential to be an impact player next season.
Brimmer and May Made Smart Additions This Offseason
On day one, Marco Banegas was a standout for Brimmer and May. After injuring his leg, Brimmer and May’s other two new additions stepped up. Adrian Oliveira has a great balance between being a fundamental player and a great athlete. He took over the point guard duties in Banegas’ absence and did an excellent job by hitting many clutch baskets.
John Powell was a rebounding machine, which is exactly what this team needs. He also showed a nice array of post moves but could use some work on finishing with contact.
Jared Fay and Chris Sherwood stood out as the leaders. Each called for the ball when they felt the team needed their help and knocked down numerous shots.
Don’t Sleep on Lexington
Lexington’s 6’7” Matt Sharma had a big weekend. He runs the floor well and showed an improved face-up game. His athleticism stood out since he can get way above the rim. Sharma could use some fine-tuning to his game but there is no doubt that he could be a force for Lexington next year. Another guy to watch out for is rising-junior, Patrick Burns. Burns proved to be an efficient scorer. He got many put backs and layups from opponents mistakes. He also has a smooth outside shot. This forward should be another star on this tough Lexington squad.
Two Guys Who Showed Off Their Potential
After a rough first day, Jacquil Taylor rebounded by being patient. On day one, he was easy to get off his feet on defense and rushed his moves in the post. He decided to play his role as the team’s defensive anchor on day two and did a formidable job. He also showed off his signature hook shot, which will be a tough shot to block once he perfects it.
Jake Fay’s shot was not falling like it usually does but his form is hard not to like. It is quick and unpredictable. This combination will be lethal once Fay becomes more of a focal point of Brimmer and May’s offense.