Orlando - Tuesday Recap
Tuesday was day two in Orlando for the New England Recruiting Report and it started off bright and early inside the Milkhouse at Disney's Wide World of Sports as Connecticut Basketball Club opened their nationals run with a match-up against K Lightning. CBC found themselves down early in the second half but got inspired play from their second unit of Gary Allen, Brandyn Benson, Dennis Levene, and Deshawn Murphy to lead the comeback heading into the fourth quarter. Tavon Allen took over in the final minutes, flushing a dunk along the baseline and knocking down several perimeter jumpers.
The Granite State Jayhawks scored a 75-54 win over the DH Warriors in the semifinals of the Super Showcase Iron Bracket, before falling to the Hudson River Hornets in the final. Connor Green scored the ball consistently, making corner threes and finishing inside the paint, while battling bigger players inside. Mike OLoughlin played a phenominal overall floor game, showing off a deceptively tight handle, making good decisions vs. pressure, and knocking down shots from the perimeter.
We saw Connecticut Select score a nice win over the South Florida Hawks and while Brian Patterson and OShawn Bannister were two prospects that had college coaches intrigued, we came away most impressed with Rohan Brown and Jerome Harris. Brown was all over the glass on both ends of the floor, showing a great motor and playing strong around the rim, while Harris continued to shoot the ball well from the perimeter while also making good decisions with the ball and getting his points within the flow of the offense.
Vince Van Nes bounced back in CBC's second game of the day as the boys from Connecticut once again drew upwards of 50 college coaches including Pitt head coach Jamie Dixon, Georgetown head coach John Thompson III, and North Carolina head coach Roy Williams.
Bay State Magic opened their nationals run with a win as Dennis Clifford contributed his typical double-double while Myles Brilhante stepped up in the backcourt and Ryan Kilcullen did the same up front.
Middlesex Magic had a fairly easy win in their opener. Pat Connaughton put up his standard 20 and 12 while Bryan Hurley played mistake free basketball with 12 points, 8 assists, and 0 turnovers and Pat Ackerman anchored the middle, continuing to be a major defensive factor while also finishing everything around the rim.
The Boston Warriors picked up right where they left off at the Super Showcase, scoring wins over the New Jersey Roadrunners and Georgia Elite South on day one. Metro Boston and Drive 4 Stardum also scored wins on Tuesday.
In the u16 nationals field, BABC and Connecticut Elite both advanced to the gold bracket. BABC opened bracket play with a 55-38 lashing of Team Nashville with their latest defensive clinic. While Nerlens Noel continues to be the standout for this squad, credit Georges Niang who has gone under the radar but consistently raised his stock in the eyes of college coaches.
Connecticut Elite ran into a talented Houston Hoops team and fell to the consolation bracket. Jamill Powell emerged for Elite as a player to be watched as he drilled multiple three-pointers and showed a fluid handle to create his own shot. Meanwhile Timajh Parker-Rivera continued to impress college coaches with his high motor.
At the 17u division II nationals, the New England Cyclones went 3-0 to take the victory in their pool. Rhode Island natives Pat Degnan and Josh Jones led the way in the backcourt while Pat Marchand and Justin Bristol got it done up front.