Sandberg’s Standouts - AC Jam Fest
NERR's Zack Sandberg has been in Atlantic City for the last two days checking in on the various New England teams and prospects taking part in the Hoop Group's Jam Fest.
Here's a look at his standouts from the event:
CJ Holmberg - ASA 17s: He has good size and a frame to add muscle. He's mobile and runs the floor well and also does little things like boxing out and communicating.
Aidan Callahan - ASA Smith 2021: A lockdown defender who is a true point guard in every sense of the word as he doesn’t turn it over, moves the ball well, makes plays for others and has a very high IQ.
Darius Ervin - B2L: Ervin is a heady playmaker who can push the tempo and is an absolute blur with the ball in his hands. He averaged 18 points and 5 assists on the weekend.
Ben Onek - Blue Wave: A powerful lefty wing with a college ready body, Onek is a great defender who is improving rapidly. He has a high IQ and is a vocal defender.
Aedan Using - CT Elite: Coming off a strong performance at Elite 75, Using was impressive all week as he can guard multiple positions, has a powerful build and is a very high academic prospect.
Sheer Akot - DC Blue Devils: The rising junior is oozing with upside as he's long, gradually growing into his body, continuously improving and adding new levels to his game.
Ryan Biberon - DTX: A true 5 man, he has great fundamentals and a strong build. He boxes out, rebounds and communicates
Jordan Richard - Mass Elite Mott: The ultimate competitor with both a muscular frame and an outstanding shot, Richard moves well without the ball and keeps getting better.
Felix Kloman - Metro Boston: Kloman is a high flying and versitile wing who has been playing his best basketball lately and shooting it at a high clip.
Devonte Sweatman - Metro Boston 16s: A high energy point guard, Sweatman sees the floor, always makes the right plays and is both tough and sneaky athletic.
Will Batchelder - Middlesex Magic Crotty 16s: A lethal scorer with one of teh smoothest looking jumpers in New England, Batchelder connected on 4+ threes in each game during the week.
Trent Mosquera - Middlesex Magic Lambros: A tough, physical wing who had multiple 20 point games, he’s aggressive and knows how to use his body to get to the line.
Charlie Campbell - Middlesex Magic Reidy: He's an improved shooter who scores it at all three levels now but is also a really tough defender who is super aggressive on both ends and does'nt take any plays off.
Bryson Andrews - Middlesex Magic White: The breakout year for the incoming Bridgton point guard continues as he went for 28 in a 1 point loss to East Coast Power. A tough lead guard, he’s always in the right place and making smart plays
Matt Knowling - Middlesex Magic Crotty: Knowling was aggressive getting downhill to attack the basket, finished above the rim, showed an improved jump-shot, and was also impressive rebounding outside his area and defending the 2-4.
Jordan King - NE Rivals Alves: An electric scores who gets where he wants on the floor and has extended range beyond the three-point line, King is also vocal and a tough defender. He was a key part of the Rivals deep run on Friday.
Parker Mason - NE Rivals Dame: A new name to emerge, he has great perimeter size at 6’7, upside to his frame, and plenty of skill. He connected on at least 5 threes each game, ran the floor, was agile, and rebounded well.
Dan Braster - NYL Select Eli: On a team filled with nepsac players, Braster impressed with his point forward ability, improved decision making, and mid-range shooting.
Fabian Cox - PTT Blue: In the best shape of his life, Cox has completely changed his body and game over the past year. He’s active on both ends with advanced post moves and great foot work.
Sebastian Thomas - RI Elite: An impressive 2021 playing up with the 17s, he’s a high IQ combo guard who has started to emerge as of late. He can score it from all 3 levels and is a heady defender.
Spencer Aronson - Rise Above Carter/Depaolis: A tough shot-maker and versatile scorer, Aronson also has a strong body and work ethic. He’s a great passer with a high IQ and can put it on the floor.
Tyler Stewart - Rise Above Sheehan/Wilder: The physical and burly big man has a soft touch and is light on his feet.
Matt McCool - Wrightway Skills 16s: He's long and strong with a solid frame and emerging game. He understands how to use his body and can play either in the post or on the perimeter.
Kam Farris - Wrightway Skills 17s: An aggressive scoring guard who is gradually becoming more of a point guard, Farris excelled at creating for himself and for others.