HoopRootz Freshmen Focus: #NEHF Wing Standouts
The Northeast Hoops Festival went down last weekend and we had the chance to take in a bunch of games in the Freshmen Division. Below are some wings who impressed in the games which we saw…
Jovan Jones - Mass Rivals - Strong-athletic wing with length now stands right around 6'5” and he was impressive at the NEHF attacking the rim, cleaning the back-board, running the lanes and challenging shots on the trail. Lot to like as he continues to meld his perimeter skills with his new physical tools.
Calvin Whipple - New England Playaz - Long-range sniper has gotten significantly stronger over the past year and he looked good attacking the basket off the drive and finishing through contact at the hoop in addition to knocking down triples in the New England Playaz u16 Showcase Games.
Abraham Diaz - Boston Spartans - Lengthy swing-man with a smooth skill-set scored the pill from multiple-levels while showing the ability to create his own shot off the bounce. Had a level-raising weekend as he guided his squad to the championship game.
Shamir Johnson - CT Select Long-athletic wing-guard has impressive closing-speed getting to the basket from the wing and finishing at high-altitude in-traffic.
Isaiah Mucius - PSA Cardinals - Long-athletic hybrid swing-guard with a versatile skill-set plays multiple positions at both ends of the floor and has the ability to impact the game in a wide-variety of ways. Can create off the dribble and finish above the rim.
Michael Perry - New England Playaz - Savvvy southpaw wing came out of his shell in an exciting second game against the RI RENEGADES 16U and really put the team on his back, bringing the energy and aggressiveness needed to get the win after a half court buzzer beater brought it to overtime.
Max Bonney-Liles - SNH Saints - Lengthy wing-guard with good-size has a nice shooting stroke and is dangerous throwing daggers from downtown. Counter his shot-making ability by taking it strong to the basket off the dribble-drive and he's also invert and head down to the post, where he's he able to get his shot over smaller defenders with his size and length. Averaged 15 points per game while showing his versatility as a scorer. Also makes a steady impact on the glass and at the defensive-end.
Mitchell Kalageros - Middlesex Magic - Level-raising wing with a great motor scores the rock at the basket off the drive and is very good guarding the basketball. Had a great weekend at the NEHF and was recognized by his coach as the team's top performer.
Moses Flowers - Metro Boston - Long-athletic wing-guard has really developed his skills since we last saw him this past summer. The defensive specialist looked good at the NEHF handling the basketball. knocking down shots, and finishing at the basket off the drive.