Jayhawks College Night – Event Recap

New England Recruiting Report | Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Jayhawks College Night – Event Recap

With more and more AAU programs opting to run their own showcase style events during the late spring and early summer weeks, the Granite State Jayhawks became the latest program to open their doors to college coaches on Wednesday night. 

The Jayhawks also hosted the New England Storm u17 team as the two programs combined to provide the 20 division II and III coaches in the gym with a look at the talent that both programs have to offer. 

The showcase was as well organized as any we have been to this spring, with a detailed outline of drill work allowing each player to showcase their ball skills before a 45 minute scrimmage. 

Best of the Bunch

John Wickey, Manchester Central (NH), 2011: Anytime a player is 6’7” with a sturdy build and can run the floor and drain three-pointers he is going to stick out to college coaches.  Wickey did just that as coaches were noticing his passion for the game and obvious combination of size and skill. 

Sean McClung, Bishop Guertin (NH), 2011:  He was the scrimmage’s leading scorer showing a lethal long range jumper and the quick trigger to get it off by spotting up, running to his spots in transition, or even when popping out after setting a back-screen. 

Sam Longwell, Acton-Boxboro (MA), 2011:  In a showcase style setting sometimes you can stand out by doing the little things and that was exactly what Longwell did, as he showed an impressive acumen for the game, moved without the ball, communicated defensively, and made a couple of strong drives to the rim. 

Others Who Impressed

Raudy Minaya, Methuen (MA), 2011:  He’s an aggressive player with a scorer’s mindset and has the potential to fill an instant offense role at the next level.   

Michael Gorman, Methuen (MA), 2011:  The perfect complement to Minaya in the Methuen backcourt, Gorman is a pure point guard who distributes the ball and understands how to run a team. 

Connor Green, Bishop Guertin (NH), 2011: He simply finds ways to score points and can attack the defense both inside and out in order to get it done. 

Thomas Palleschi, Phillips Andover (MA), 2012:  He is so big and strong that he just bullies people on the block to score and rebound.  He would be best served to leave the long ball at home though. 

James Ek, Thornton Academy (ME), 2011: Best known for his streaky good 3, Ek needs only half an inch to fire, but showed some evolving point guard skills in the open floor as well. 

Mike Mitchell, Milford (NH), 2011:  Two things that stood out the most were his endless energy at the point and ability to use the ball screen to get into the lane.   

Jimmy Zenevitch, Central Catholic (MA), 2011:  Scored some with his back to the basket but his ability to pass the ball is his biggest asset in our book. 

Catching Our Eye

•  Mike OLoughlin (Milford, NH) was versatile offensively, making some deep jumpers and attacking off the catch.

•  Nick Lund (Woburn, MA) is a big lefty with obvious upside who made some face up plays going north to south. 

•  Scott McCallum (Milford, NH) has length, can handle in the open floor and made a few 3’s of his own. 

•  Steve Spirou (Pelham, NH) does a little bit of everything and is credited for being the team’s “glue guy”. 

•  Matt Daniels (Chelmsford, MA) is long and lanky and efficient, always seeming to be in the right place at the right time. 

•  Adam Goodwin (Oyster River, NH) doesn’t do anything to jump out at you but gets the job done and makes the most of his touches. 

•  Joe Gallant (Salem, NH) is an undersized but productive power forward with good hands and feet inside the paint.