#S16 All-Tournament Team - 10th Grade Division
While the 74 teams in the varsity division might have taken center stage this weekend, the 10th grade division emerged with a number of strong performances and turned out to be as deep as it was talented.
When it was all said and done the most impressive individual performances were the ones that came within the context of their team's greater success. With that in mind, here's the complete all-tournament team.
First Team All-Tournament
Tyler Kolek, Middlesex Magic –Kolek led the Magic in scoring, averaging 21ppg in an undefeated run to the championship. He made shots from distance but was also able to get into the lane and create for his teammates. Equally impressive, was his high basketball I.Q. and toughness.
Spencer Aronson, Middlesex Magic – Aronson was scoring at all three levels throughout the weekend, averaging 16ppg. His instincts and athleticism were on full display as he and Kolek asserted themselves as one of the top backcourts in the division.
Alex Tavares, Northeast Elite – It was a tremendous weekend for Northeast Elite and Tavares played a key role. He got hot against CBC and knocked down 6 threes but impacts the game in more ways than just scoring. He communicates well, is fundamentally sound, a willing facilitator, and able to defend the opposing team’s top guard.
Abdul Tetcheung, New World - A wide bodied athlete, Tetcheung is a space-eating rebounder who can get his own on the offensive glass and is hard to control inside. His interior dominance was a big reason why New World was able to punch their ticket to the Gauntlet Finale.
Damani Thomas, Albany City Rocks Orange – A versatile guard from Kingston HS (NY), Thomas is a playmaker with a flair for the game. He threw a number of high level passes throughout the weekend but also showed himself to be a skilled finisher around the basket.
Joseph Abate-Walsh, AFO – It took a total team effort for All For One to have the type of weekend they did but Abate-Walsh stood out as the man in the middle. He has great size, looks like he might not be done growing, is active in the paint, and not intimidated by opposing size. If he can continue to gain weight, his future is very bright.
Second Team All-Tournament
Sam Adeusi, Central Mass Swarm – The Swarm are a program that’s been trending at a rapid rate in recent weeks and Adeusi has had his fingerprints all over their success. This weekend they won their pool and came close to dealing an upset in the opening round of bracket play behind Adeusi’s quickness and playmaking in the backcourt.
Ben Allen, Northest Elite – A fundamentally sound and versatile player, Allen can facilitate, score from all three levels, and play multiple positions. He’s just as versatile defensively and can also get hot with his jumper (he hit 5 threes vs. CBC). Overall, he’s an excellent team player.
Jackson Benigni, PTT – Benigni had himself a weekend, scoring over 100 points in four games for the 16’s and then, when players got injured, joining the 17’s and making his presence felt on that level as well. He makes shots with range and thrives in the drive and kick game.
Zac Bennett, Northeast Elite – Another standout guard from Northeast Elite, Bennett is an excellent defender who ran his team well and made open shots all weekend long. He also showed he was capable of getting into the lane and scoring over bigger bodies protecting the rim.
Tyler Bertram, NY Jayhawks – Bertram can really shoot the ball and has very good range past the high school 3-point line. He’s far from one dimensional though and also impressed with his passing ability and feel for the game, especially in using various fakes to keep defenders off balance.
Rhett Carter, Middlesex Magic – The 6'8 big man scored on the low block and showed his growth as he made multiple three point shots over the weekend. Reliable on the glass and in the pick and roll, Carter was a force for the Magic and the main interior cog in their championship run.
Julian & Justin Champagne, Riverside Hawks – A pair of 6-5 twins, the Champagne brothers are the definition of high risers. Already fielding D1 offers, they are both long and athletic with the ability to score from all over the floor. Their length also helps in the post where they can play with bigger kids and block shots.
Terrence Clarke, Expressions – He’s still just an 8th grader but has been playing up against high school competition all spring long. His talent level is unmistakable and when the motor is running, he’s one of the best on the floor, regardless of who he’s competing against. This weekend, he showed increased floor vision and unselfishness as well.
Marc Dolgin, Mass Elite – He’s long been known for his toughness and intangibles, but this spring he’s proving his ability to put points up in bunches, specifically with his jump shot. He went for over 20 points in every game of the weekend and was one of the most consistent guards in the field.
Jalen Echeveria, AFO – The younger brother of Nichols College guard/captain Marcos, Echevarria is a team leader who keeps the ball on a string. He attacks opposing defenses both to get to the rim as well as to pitch out to shooters. Defensively, he’s very solid and consistently able to keep his man in front of him.
Jalen Graham, Expressions South – Graham lead Expressions to a couple big wins on the weekend and a run to the semi-finals. He is a guard who is always a threat to catch a lob, and stood out with his ball skills as well. Graham is certainly a prospect to keep tabs on over the next year.
Kyle Haberle, RI Magic – He was a walking double-double all weekend long despite consistently giving up three to five inches in virtually every game. Haberle is a hard-worker who is willing to out-scrap those bigger bodies on the glass, and has some budding versatility on the offensive end as well.
Dallas Hoffman, Ring City Elite - Hoffman is a long scorer who gets it done from all over the floor. He can knock down the three from well beyond the NBA 3-line or has the size to score in the post. He should be interesting to watch as he develops his game and begins attracting collegiate attention.
Delshawn Jackson Jr., AFB Freedom Jones - Jackson Jr. is a strong lead guard who has the ability to score from all around or make precision passes to set his teammates up. He had a huge buzzer beating layup on Saturday to help AFB Freedom stun the NY Rens EYBL.
Jordan King, Albany City Rock Orange – King was the City Rock’s resident three-point specialist and he didn’t just make shots, he made clutch shots that proved to be difference makers on their way to a statement weekend.
Keith Miller, Boost Mobile – An inside-out freshman who was playing up in the 10th grade division, Miller has the skill set to face the basket offensively but the strong body to be able to guard bigger players on the defensive end.
Isaiah Richards, Juice All-Stars - Already fielding Big 10 offers, Richards is a massive human being. Despite his size, he is well coordinated and a high level athlete. He is deceptively long which helps him grab boards and he can also get high off the ground with ease. With all of his physical tools, it looks like his stock could soar this summer.
Hasan Ward, New England Playaz – A long, 6’8 athlete who is oozing potential, Ward was effective off the catch from the high post and didn’t shy away from contact while finishing at the rim. Overall, he’s just scratching the surface of his potential and could be a diamond in the rough type.
Matthew Zona, NY Rens – A powerful and ultra-efficient big man, Zona dominated the paint while playing up against older competition. He controlled the offensive glass, finished everything around the rim, and showed an element of budding skill.
Third Team All-Tournament
Cody Adams, Central Mass Swarm – He made a name for himself during the high school season and is now starting to make a reputation beyond that. He’s a quick guard who scores in bunches and has a bright future.
Jaden Archer, East Coast Elite - Archer is a combo guard with good vision who likes to push the pace of the game. He plays a contagious unselfish style that very literally makes those around him better.
Dutchie Arroyo, RI Magic - Arroyo was a key piece of an inspired RI Magic run this weekend. He made multiple full court precision passes and also showed an ability to take it to the hoop or stop on a dime for his pull-up.
Damien Blount, CBA - A wide framed athlete, Blount was a bright spot for CBA on the weekend. He has the ability to bang in the post for rebounds and put-backs but can also dive in from the perimeter through contact.
Marc Bruce, Juice All-Stars - Bruce is a high flyer who's skill level is still improving. Getting off the ground very quickly is something that makes Bruce a dangerous player for a team that is looking to run.
Charlie Campbell, Middlesex Magic - Campbell is the swiss army knife that provides defense, scoring, and rebounding for the Magic. In short, he does a little bit of everything.
Chris Cannela, Mass Elite – Cannela is an unassuming inside-out contributor. He’s a tad undersized but has a wide frame that allows him to play through contact in the post while also being able to stretch the floor.
Wayne Collins, AFB Freedom Shaq - A true scorer, Collins has a lethal combination of precision and speed. He’s extremely shifty with the ball and also able to facilitate for others.
Evan Cook, Mass Elite - A playmaking guard that makes all of his teammates better, Cook's also consistently knocked down the mid-range jump-shot all weekend long.
Al Datillo, NH Spartans – A hard-nosed wing, Datillo is unafraid to attack those bigger than him and competes against anyone. He also showed great perimeter defensive skills and create offense from his defense.
Bryce Diehl, Lehigh Valley Wildcats – Diehl was one of the standouts on a Wildcats squad that surprised some people this weekend. A lanky forward with budding versatility, he and Stefan Rollins formed a potent one-two punch.
Hassan Drame, Raising Champions – The freshman from OSNA is an athlete who combines his burst with physical strength and toughness. He creates his own offense, plays through contact, and is a prospect on the rise.
Tony Elewagidado, Mid-Atlantic Select – He may be an undersized post but he has good hands, is an active rebounder on both ends, and uses his width to get good post position before the catch.
Justin Fitzpatrick, EVO – The 6’5 sophomore has a lanky frame which allows him to be a force on the defensive end and was impressive offensively with his ability to handle and shoot at his size. He should be an intriguing college prospect.
Marcus Goss, AFB Freedom Jones – He’s as quick as he is fast and consequently able to get into the heart of the defense. He’s played major minutes for both years of his high school career and continued to prove his prowess here.
Chris Harris, CT Passion – A skilled point guard who compensated for his lack of size with a strong handle and passing ability, Harris was the player the Passion relied on to deliver in key moments.
Kenny Hill, RI Elite – He’s a true point guard who controlled the tempo throughout the weekend, setting his teammates up for easy points and finishing with averages of 16 points and 10 assists.
Isaiah Jenkins, Hardware City – A two-sport star who also thrives on the grid iron at New Britain High School, Jenkins brings that same toughness and aggressive mentality with him to the hardware to produce on both ends.
Max Kiehm, Middlesex Magic-Kedner – A smooth wing who is great in catch and shoot situations, Kiehm can produce in spurts and when he becomes consistent on both ends of the floor his game will go to an even higher level.
Kenny Lazo, Boys2Men – This 9th grader playing up has his handle on a string. He changes speeds and can break down balanced defenders to create offense off the bounce at any given time.
Ian Lee, Grassroots Elite – A point guard from Virginia powerhouse Mountain Mission, Lee is a lights out shooter that can pull-up from long range. He has excellent court vision along with precision passing that allows him to be a team leader.
Kyle Lubinski, Mass Select – An intriguing post prospect with a rare combination of size and athleticism, Lubinsky ran the floor, secured rebounds, and showed potential as a shot-blocker and rim protector.
Jarren Mabray, RI Elite – He stuffed the stat sheet with averages of 21 points and 8 assists on the weekend including a 26 point, 8 three-pointer effort against Ring City Elite.
Will Martin, NY Lightning - A creative scoring guard who was effective in the pick and roll game, Martin could sneak to the rim or pull-up with a quick jump shot.
Kyle Maurer, Ring City Elite – He’s a versatile player who competes on the boards with his size but can also stretch the floor with a soft touch. He’s strong and long but also has the ability to pass from various spots on the floor.
Kyle Moore, New England Storm – He’s a guy who can light it up in a hurry and so defenders learn the hard way they can’t give him any air space or allow him to set his feet or else it is an automatic bucket.
Luis Mora, Albany City Rocks Orange – The 6’3 guard came off the bench to provide instant scoring for the City Rocks this weekend utilizing his combination of size, skill, and an international type of craftiness to his game.
Jonah Mosher, M7ng Hali Kings – A hyper-competitive player and the emotion leader of his team, Mosher refuses to back down from anyone. As the weekend went on he also began to have more of an impact with his jump shot.
Joe Nutall, Mass Select – A 6’0 point guard, Nutall pushed the tempo, hit a ton of contested jump shots, but was also able to make his teammates better with his distributing.
Justin Oliveras, Albany City Rocks Orange - A massive mountain of a man, Olivers has deceptive athleticism that helps him clean up on the boards and finish above the rim, including the game winning dunk in Sunday’s showcase game.
DJ Pantry, PHD - He was able to create his own shot off the dribble and was one of the go to scorers for PHD. Pantry was effective defensively guarding opposing ball-handlers the length of the floor.
Shemar Pearl, Boost Mobile – Pearl may be an undersized big but he’s wide, strong, and hard to move. He attacked the offensive glass all weekend long and is beginning to extend his shooting range.
Joel Pullen, New Haven Heat - Few players in the field caught fire as quickly as Pullen did on Saturday. His shot mechanics are machine-like and his releases are quick and deadly.
Nick Redden, Central Mass Swarm – A long 6-4 forward from Algonquin, Redden not only scored but also made heady passes from different spots on the floor, rebounded effectively in the lane, and even blocked some shots.
Nester Roberts, CT Roughriders - A long rim attacker, Roberts has arms down to below his knees. His lanky frame is supplemented by good footwork and an expanding perimeter game.
Victor Rosario, USAD - A heady point guard, Rosario showed an ability to both set up his teammates and be a scorer. He has a tight handle and good form on his release along with an uncanny ability to create space to get his shot off.
Gavion Singleton, Riverside Hawks – Singleton is a high level athlete who plays above the rim with ease. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and is a prime competitor.
Amir Sommers, NY Jayhawks – Sommers controlled the paint all weekend for the Jayhawks. He elevated to grab each rebound with two hands, and blocked enough shots that some opposing guards will still be thinking about it mid-week.
Micab Snowden, NY Lightning – A big man with guard skills, Snowden was able to hit from three and handle the ball while bruising in the paint for rebounds. He showed off a sound feel for the game as well with his passing ability.
Primo Spears, #HDS Basketball – A quick and athletic point guard, Spears was a coach on the floor and was able to create space off the dribble for his jump shot.
Will Spencer, Mass Elite Giddings - An undersized guard, Spencer played like a bulldog with the way he attacked the basket and had no problem dishing to teammates and sharing the wealth once defenses started collapsing on him.
Joshua Stewart, CT Stars - The crafty point guard loved to get into the lane and create havoc. He was more than willing to get his teammates involved but could also finish himself or draw contact to get to the stripe.
Corey Walters, BGCNH – A playmaking guard who looks poised to take on a bigger role for Hamden Hall next year, Walters can get to the rim, finish with touch, and also had impressive moments defensively.
Jalen Warmack, High Octane – Warmack is a little guard who is both quick and shifty off the bounce but also able to finish through contact from bigger players inside the lane on multiple occasions.
Akeem Wilson, Hilltopper Heat – A driver with both hands, Wilson loves to split ball-screens and then read how the weak-side of the defense reacts to his penetration to pick them apart.