Shooting Touch Hosts Pre-Season Tune-Up
The fourth annual Shooting Touch Pre-Season Tune-Up hosts twenty elite players from the Greater Boston area as they prepare for the upcoming season.
The program, which is run out of the Reebok Headquarters and the Boston Athletic Club, includes six weeks and twelve sessions of training. Each session includes one hour of strength and conditioning and another hour of basketball fundamentals, which is run by a different high school coach each day, enabling every player to receive a variety of expert instruction.
The 2010 edition of the Pre-Season Tune-Up also included a monitored nutrition plan for each player as well as a variety of guest speakers including sports psychologists, NBA assistant coaches, and NBA players.
The New England Recruiting Report visited the Pre-Season Tune-Up recently to speak with players and their parents about the recruiting process as well as check out the action. Here is a look at some of the players who impressed us:
Dennis Clifford, Milton Academy – The Boston College big man continues to demonstrate a proficient inside-out game with jump hooks over both shoulders as well as consistent range on his long ball.
Matt Droney, Catholic Memorial – We loved the southpaw’s feel for the game when we saw him this summer and came away equally impressed with his shot-making prowess after taking in the latest workout.
Kyle Reardon, Rivers – The junior forward has a versatile game with deep range on his jumper, strong post-up moves in his back to the basket arsenal, and the softest mid-range touch of any player in the group.
Malique McLaren, Boston College – Not only is McLaren very skilled with the ball but he has a terrific feel for the game and high basketball I.Q. He was as efficient of a guard as there was in the workout we watched.
Steve Wynn, New Bedford – Wynn is boasting a bulked up physique and much improved perimeter jumper giving this scoring playmaker great versatility when looking to attack the defense.
Kachi Nzerem, New Mission – A high level athlete with a good perimeter jumper, Nzerem can explode above the rim for thunderous finishes or make opposing teams pay when allowed to set his feet from downtown.
Jeff Spellman, Beaver Country Day – Skilled and cerebral, Spellman’s game is taking the next step as he is starting to grow into his body and consequently adding a step or two of quickness.
Jared Fay, Brimmer & May – He has a college ready body with an absolutely ripped physique to go along with bouncy athleticism off of two feet and dependable range from behind the three-point line.
Jake Fay, Brimmer & May – One of the most improved players in the class of 2013 within the last six months, Fay actually got his start at the Tune-Up program as he is a returning veteran at this point.
Marcus Middleton, Stoughton - A steady young player who does a variety of things well on the court and understands how to play the game, Middleton is a player to keep an eye on in the years moving forward.