#S16 Varsity Division All-Tournament Team
With over 60 teams alone in the varsity division, the Super 16 Memorial Day Showcase was once again a main attraction for both college coaches and media attention.
The Middlesex Magic scored a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Crown Athletics in the final minute of the American final. The win marked the fourth consecutive year that the Magic have captured the Super 16 championship while this was Crown’s first loss of the spring after taking championships at the Hoop Group Spring Jam Fest, Pittsburgh Jam Fest and Providence Jam Fest.
New Haven Heat North captured the other American championship with a semifinal win over New York Lightning Select and a final win over Rise Above Basketball.
The Rens took the academic division championship by scoring wins over ABC Krumins and ABC Rens before holding off Riverside Hawks in the final.
Ensueno and Middlesex Magic–Downing won titles in the national divisions.
1st Team All-Tournament
George Smith, Middlesex Magic – With the Magic missing several key pieces of their attack, Smith stepped up and provided consistent productivity all weekend long. He was draining deep threes, providing toughness, playing in the flow, and showing off a great right-hand.
Trayvon Alexander, Crown – Arguably the best distributor in the field, Alexander is the engine that makes Crown go. He plays with great pace, has his head always up, and understands how to deliver balls at various angles and ways.
Cooper Creek, Boston Bobcats – The unsigned senior and Australian native put up big numbers for the Bobcats all weekend, and especially down the stretch of Sunday’s semifinal run. He’s a good athlete who catches lobs around the rim but can also stretch the floor.
Michael Graham, New Heights – An unsigned senior big man headed to New England for prep school, Graham plays with a high-motor and was one of the best rebounders in the field. As he continues to grow into his body and fill out his frame, his game will only go to new levels.
Kazell Stewart, New Haven Heat North – One of the best all-around athletes in the field with a powerful body to match, Stewart is a physical specimen who plays at the top of the box on both ends of the floor. He also owns the high-motor to maximize his athletic tools as he plays hard and competes.
Bryant Ciccio, Rise Above Basketball – A pure point guard with an efficient floor game, Ciccio is going to be a college coach’s dream at the next level. He’s tenacious and competitive, individually skilled, a very talented passer, and runs the show from start to finish.
Andres Marrero, Ensueno Hoops – The big sophomore guard played up in the varsity division and led his team to a chip. He’s skilled with a tight handle and deep range on his jump shot, but also owns a natural feel for the game.
Eddy Sanchez, NY Rens Gold – A skilled and ultra-crafty guard with tons of big game experience, both in FIBA and with Archbishop Stepinac, Sanchez utilized all of those tools this weekend to help the Rens Gold program make their run.
2nd Team All-Tournament
Tyler Kolek, Middlesex Magic – Truth be told, this wasn’t Kolek’s best weekend. But whatever happened prior to the last minute of Sunday’s final was forgotten when he hit not one, but two, dagger three-pointers in a one of the most heroic late-game performances of the spring.
Nick Spinosa, Crown – On a team where Alexander runs the show and a couple of other guys already have division I offers, Spinosa is the man who holds things down in the middle. He’s young for his grade, physically strong, and has great hands down low.
Anthony Morales, Boston Bobcats – Like Kolek, Morales wasn’t always at his best on Saturday but took his game to new levels on Sunday. He simply does things that most players his size aren’t able to do, and he’s only just beginning to realize how much potential he truly has.
Mason Romano, New Haven Heat North – A late-blooming forward from Newington will head to Winchendon and reclassify back to 2021. Romano looked like a prospect on the verge of breaking out as he’s long, athletic and just beginning to tap into his physical tools.
Spencer Aronson, Rise Above Basketball – While RAB had at least five players who were double figure threats, Aronson was their most consistent scoring threat. He’s strong, aggressive, able to play through contact and drill threes from behind the arc.
Timmond Williams, CT PHD – Coming off a big senior season at Trumbull, Williams continued to put up big numbers here as he was scoring in bunches right away on Saturday and commanding double, and sometimes triple, teams from that point on.
Aidan Carpenter, Rhode Island Elite – There weren’t many more naturally talented guards than Carpenter in the field given his size, shiftiness, and playmaking ability. He came alive in the second half of RI Elite’s Saturday afternoon game and showed just what he’s capable of.
Akim Joseph, Stamford Peace – He had one of the best individual plays of the weekend when he hammered a dunk over a contesting defender on Saturday. More importantly though, his versatility shined through as he plays inside and out, attacked in various ways, and showed his versatility.
Guy Ragland, CT Elite DBC – He’s well-built with a long and solid frame, plays with a high-motor, and also has inside-out tools with a soft face-up touch to match the physical tools he utilizes so well on the interior.
Aidan Godfrey, New England Blue Chips – A late-blooming big man who has reportedly grown 5 inches since the beginning of the school year, Godfrey plays with good energy, is active on the glass, and has a skill-set that allows him to step away from the rim.
Myles Foster, WrightWay Skills – The wide-bodied southpaw has extremely long arms, good touch, and hands that are as massive as they are soft. He catches everything and can face-up and attack opposing bigs off the bounce with his handle
Jay Dieterle, Middlesex Magic - Crotty – Playing his best basketball as of late, showed his versatility this weekend playing the 2-5. Knocking down the 3 ball more consistantly as well as playing with his typical high motor.
Malik Edmead, Boys 2 Men – An undersized, but explosive lead guard with a ton of playmaking tools, Edmead made an early commitment to Merrimack and looked every bit the part of a division I recruit this weekend.
Oumar Koureissi, Castle – The younger brother of Richmond’s Souleymane, Oumar has similar versatility with his size and skill-set. He handles the ball well for his size, has a very soft touch, and a ton of untapped potential.
3rd Team All-Tournament
Jordan Richard, Mass Elite-Mott – The strong-bodied 6-foot-3 combo-guard was the focal points of his squad’s attack and went for 25 points on Saturday night’s against New Heights, a UAA sponsored program from New York.
Justin Davis, CT Passion-Vasquez – Davis is a skilled point guard who controls the pace of the game, shoots it well, and is especially dangerous in the mid-range area. An ascending name in CT’s 2020 class.
Malachi Washington, Purpose Basketball – Washington is a scoring guard with a smooth handle and pure pull-up jumper.
Jaden Johnson, CT Elite FC – A high-flying athlete who can play above the rim with ease, Johnson also has an element of skill to his game as he’s a consistent shooting threat from 3.
Justin ONeil, NEXT – A standout from the Academic Elite 75 in March, the 6-foot-6 forward has an inside-out game and plays hard with a high-motor.
Brandon Sechan, ABC-Scott – A heady and skilled guard, Brandon both ran the offense and hit a ton of clutch shots throughout the weekend.
Will Amsler, Mass Elite-Jenkins – Amsler has a strong body and is quick with the ball. He can make plays off the bounce but is also a tough and gritty on-ball defender.
James Chestnut Jr, Glove City Raiders – Chestnut is a scoring guard who loves to push it in transition and does his damage from behind the arc in the half-court.
Tate Niemela, Longhorns Basketball Club – A long and athletic 6-foot-5 wing from Winchendon, Niemela was able to make plays on both ends of the floor.
Charlie Borstel, Fidelity House – He’s a shot-maker who can heat up in a hurry but also has the ability to put the ball on the floor and attack close-outs.
Kareem Obrian, Boys 2 Men White – He’s strong, quick, physical and able to differentiate himself on both ends. He scores it going to the rim and pressures the ball well defensively.
Aeden Using, CT Elite – A skilled forward with good frontcourt size, Using can stretch the floor from behind the arc, score over smaller defenders with his pull-up, or start the break.
AJ Edwards, New Haven Heat – An undersized lead guard who compensates for his lack of size with his toughness, aggression, and ability to dictate tempo and control the game.
Rashawn Wilson, DSD Basketball – A quick guard who excels on the defensive end of the floor, Wilson changes the game on that end with his ability to pressure the ball.
Jaydon Elliveau-Ryan, Mass Elite-Jenkins – A high-level shot-maker who had a weekend high of 24, Elliveau-Ryan could drain shots off both the catch and the dribble as well in the mid-range or from 3.
Dayion Thompson, NY Lightning Select – An aggressive player on both ends, Thompson flourished in the Lightning’s up-tempo system as he made plays on both ends, attacked the rim, and forced turnovers defensively.
Bobby Sommers, Mass Select – The main attraction for a team that drew a long-line of college coaches, Sommers is skilled with a powerful, college ready body, and competes hard on both ends of the floor.
Charlie Campbell, Middlesex Magic-Reidy – The undisputed leader of his squad, Campbell is fearless and strong with a wealth of intangibles and plenty of scoring ability to match.
Ethan Okwuosa, PTT Blue – A sophomore guard playing up in the varsity division, Okwuosa is well-built and athletic lefty with good perimeter size and playmaking ability.
Keegan Zoller, Albany City Rocks – A multi-dimensional player who can shoot the ball with range, finish through contact at the rim, and collapse opposing defenses.
Cole Bryant, Ensueno – A big wing with multi-positional potential, the St. Luke’s product keeps growing and evolving his game with each passing year.
Will Rywolt, RI Magic – A proven scorer and well-known shot-maker, Rywolt is also a heady player who scores within the flow and has a feel for the game.
Mick Browne III, NY Lightning-Haber – The rising senior guard made shots, played with poise, and provided toughness will proving himself an excellent perimeter rebounder.
Noah Delorme, PTT White – He was a breakout performer from the Elite 75 Frosh/Soph in the fall and continued to show his potential, and recent development, with a starring performance this weekend.
Cam Dunbury, Rise Above Basketball – The big man continues to make solid strides while maintaining his best days in front of him. He’s physical, not afraid of contact, and has good hands and touch.
Toby Foehl, Northern Berkshire Phenom – He may be undersized but Foehl is a knockdown shooter with a pure stroke who went for multiple threes each time he took the court this weekend.
Rassoul Abakar, Stamford Peace – A long-armed sophomore forward with a wealth of talent and versatility, he started to make a name for himself this weekend and is certainly a prospect to watch moving forward.
Symere McLain Jr, Central Mass Shamrocks – He was a constant double-double threat and even went for 18 points and 20 rebounds in a Saturday afternoon game.
Makhi Baskin, Rise Above-Buscetta – A quick point guard with good pace in the open floor and a flair to his game, Baskin can get a piece of the paint on demand and create for himself and others.
Alex Gibbens, ABC-Rubin – He’s skilled and physical with a versatile attack. He shoots it with range, attacks to both sides, and was able to score the ball in bunches at times this weekend.
Matt Knowling, Middlesex Magic - Crotty – With his team missing most of their size up front, Knowling showed an ability to play various positions, match-up with bigger guys, and score from different spots on the floor.
Abubakar Aden, Boston Warriors – A young 2021 guard playing up in the varsity division, Aden has great energy, quick twitch athleticism, and a ton of untapped potential.
Niko Bouzakis, CT Passion-Scott – On a balanced Connecticut Passion squad, Bouzakis provides a steady contributor who is capable of getting 20 and comes from a winning pedigree at Hamden.
Bryson Andrews, Middlesex Magic White– The unsigned senior who is headed to Bridgton for a post-grad year, Andrews continued to emerge as a subtle breakout performer of the spring.
Jalen Aquino, Rivals Select – The unsigned senior is a two-way player with a solid build. He shoots it cleanly, moves his feet defensively, and can make plays.
Christian Carminsino, RI Magic-Harris – Another shot-maker from the Rhode Island Magic program, Carminsino went off with five three-pointers in the final game of the weekend.
Fabio Goncalves, Boston Bobcats-Mo - A lanky big man who proects the rim well defensively, Goncalves makes his living offensively in the short-corner and mid-post areas where he boasts a soft touch.