Super 16 All-Tournament Team - Varsity Division
The Middlesex Magic and New York Jayhawks were the big winners at the 2018 Memorial Day Super 16 Showcase and appropriately they also have representatives sharing the event’s highest individual prize.
Chris Ledlum, New York Jayhawks – The burly forward put up incredible numbers on the Adidas Gauntlet circuit in April and continued to produce at an extraordinary high level this weekend. He almost single handedly willed his Jayhawk team to a championship as he was relentless attacking the rim, constantly overpowering defenders, and showing tremendous finishing ability with both hands in traffic. Ledlum has a terrific motor, provides constant energy on both ends of the floor, and tons of leadership tools.
Tommy ONeil, Middlesex Magic – O’Neil’s big spring continued this weekend as he led the Magic to their third consecutive Super 16 championship. While he was a big part of last year’s run as well, both his body and his game have grown in the last year. He’s boasting a stronger body, shooting the ball with more consistency from behind the arc, and proving to be a versatile offensive threat. O’Neil was also able to raise the level of his game on championship Sunday as his motor really started to stand out and he made his presence felt on every possession.
First Team All-Tournament
Tyler Kolek, Middlesex Magic – After leading the Magic to a 10th grade championship in 2017, the sharp-shooting Kolek found similar success on an even bigger stage this year. The southpaw is one of the best shot-makers in New England and a key cog in the Magic’s offensive attack.
Rhett Carter, Middlesex Magic – Carter held things down inside for the Magic all weekend long. It started on Saturday when he outplayed another big man with D1 level recruitment. Carter is poised in the post, a quality interior defender, and consistent presence on the glass.
Cole Prowitt-Smith, Middlesex Magic – He had some very big moments this weekend as the big guard mixed in deep threes and athletic finishes at the rim alike. He’s evolved at a consistent linear rate all spring long and seems poised to play his best basketball this summer.
Charles Pride, New York Jayhawks – A consistent staple of the Jayhawks for the last two years, Pride has taken his game to new levels this season. He’s become more of a true guard with an expanded skill set but still distinguishes himself with a high motor and hard-nosed defensive approach.
Jordan McAllister, New York Jayhawks – The Worcester Academy guard is another with an expanded floor game. He boasts a college ready body, plays both ends of the floor, and made some huge plays down the stretch of Sunday’s championship game.
Gary Grant, New York Jayhawks – A long and athletic sophomore playing up in the varsity division, Grant made athletic drives to the rim while showing flashes of a passing instinct and defensive potential this weekend to help the Jayhawks’ drive to a championship.
Jay-Juan Hayes, Rhode Island Elite – The Ocean State floor general led RI Elite to another big weekend as they advanced to the semifinals before falling at the hands of the eventual champs. Hayes shot the ball well from three and was a defensive catalyst all weekend long, especially in a big quarterfinal win.
Tedrick Wilcox, Rhode Island Elite – A big wing with a high ceiling, Wilcox continued to both play above the rim and knock down shots from behind the arc this weekend. His progression on the defensive end and the glass didn’t go unnoticed though as he was impacting the game in new ways.
Aireus Raspberry, Rhode Island Elite – A new addition for RI Elite who made a big impact, Raspberry used his shifty handle and strong body to make plays for himself and his teammates this weekend, while also raising the level of his defensive game.
Nicolas Johnson, New York Gauchos – Johnson was a catalyst for the Gauchos’ inspired run this weekend as they scored a number of big wins by relying on his consistent ability to score and finish at a high level.
Mike Green, New York Gauchos – An undersized point guard proved he could score at all three levels, including a pair of tough floaters against taller shot-blockers in a hotly contested overtime affair against the Jayhawks in the semis.
Jalen & Jordan Gallimore, New York Gauchos – Jalen was an active rebounder and hard-nosed player whose high motor earned his team extra possessions. Jordan impacted the game in multiple ways including smother individual defense in their semifinal match-up.
Tim Dawson, Metro Boston – Playing on his home floor at Hamden Hall, Dawson came alive on Sunday to lead Metro Boston out of pool play and into the quarterfinals. A dynamic playmaker in the open floor with a lot of finishing tools around the rim, he averaged 15 points, 4 assists, and 3 steals per game on the weekend.
Travis Evee, Metro Boston – A quick southpaw scoring guard, Evee was aggressive all weekend along to the tune of 18 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds, and 3 steals per game. He’s been the main catalyst for Metro all season long and was at his best on Saturday at the #S16.
Bensley Joseph, Team New England – Joseph was playing his best basketball of the spring this weekend as he scored on all three levels and controlled the pace of each game. He went down with an injury to start the quarterfinals, otherwise Team New England might just have contended for their second straight major title.
Moses Flowers, Team New England – He picked up right where he left off in April as he continued to make shots and prove his expanded skill set. Flowers distinguishes himself on both ends of the ball though as he’s a high level athlete with a chiseled physique and well-known for his defensive prowess.
Tavin Pierre-Phillipe, Castle Athletics – A rising senior from Christ the King High School, Pierre-Phillipe made his present felt early and often for Castle this weekend and helped spark their run to the quarterfinals. A well-built and athletic wing with budding guard skills, Pierre-Phillipe was especially effective attacking north to south.
Glen Anderson, Castle Athletics – An energizer bunny who compensates for what he may have in size with pace, power, and quickness, Anderson immediately changed the game for Castle upon joining the team mid-day on Saturday.
Matt Knowling, NE6 – A long and athletic sophomore with loads of natural talent, Knowling showed glimpses of stardom while playing above the rim and making big plays in the open floor. He helped propel NE6’s 10th graders to the quarterfinals of the varsity division.
Corey McKeithan, NE6 – A Kahlil Dukes clone, McKeithan may be an undersized guard but he’s an absolute bucket getter who makes pull-ups and deep jumpers alike in bunches. He was as consistent a half-court scoring threat as NE6 had all weekend long and a key to their success.
Second Team All-Tournament
Tyler Thomas, PTT – After emerging at this event two years ago, Thomas picked up right where he left off after his senior season. A scorer from all three levels with a shifty game, the incoming Williston Northampton post-graduate also made some nice passes this weekend.
Connor Peterson, Mass Elite – The 6-foot-6 big man had a tremendous debut with Mass Elite as he was a force inside all weekend long. He was tough and explosive inside the paint and played much bigger and stronger than his listed frame. In short, he looked like he could be a prospect on the rise.
Anthony Morales, Boston Bobcats - We'll likely look back on the 2018 Super 16 Showcase as the event that Anthony Morales broke out and announced his arrival to the rest of New England. With good size, soft hands, developing handle, and playmaking ability, he has a ton of tools and upside to discover in the coming years.
Lyron Bennett, Boston Warriors - This lefty is as skilled as he is smooth. He's a scoring threat from all three levels as he can splash threes and pull-ups alike while also showing lay-up touch around the rim. Bennett even creates tempo and makes plays for those around him as well.
Michael Rabinovich, Central Mass Swarm – Standing at 6-foot-9, Rabinovich was active on the defensive boards & protected the paint for the Swarm all weekend while also showing of his improved shooting range to knock down open threes.
Ty Vitko, Northeast Elite - A shot-maker who can drill jumpers in bunches, Vitko connected on 11 threes over the course of three games and averaged 16 points per game on the weekend. His three-point prowess also opened up driving lanes for his teammates.
Kyle Lubinsky, Mass Select – He has a great combination of size and mobility. He’s 6-foot-11, a true junior, and able to run the court and keep up with the pace of play like few his age. He needs to add a decent amount of weight and continue to develop a range of post moves to be able to compete at the highest level but has a lot of tools to develop.
John Gates, Rise Above – Gates put on a weekend-long shooting exhibition with 17 threes over just three games. He went for 28, including 8 threes, against Hoop Wave Elite and another 20 against the New York Jayhawks and was one of the biggest breakout performers of the event.
Arseniy Semenov, New Haven Heat – A versatile big man from Lee Academy, Semenov has the size and skill to be an inside-out scoring threat as he can finish as well as he can operate from the mid-post while also stretching the floor.
George Tinsley, JB Hoops – He has tremendous size on the perimeter at 6-foot-6 along with a terrific feel for the game. He’s a high level passer with a high I.Q. who can see and pass over opposing defenders and should be a priority for scholarship level coaches this summer.
Noah Downing, Boston Bobcats – As a 2020 playing up, Downing is a mature floor general who has his best basketball ahead of him. He makes good decisions and reads to get his teammates the ball in positions for them to be successful.
Malachi Hazelton, Mass Elite – A powerful athlete who attacks the rim and looks to finish above it, Hazelton is physically imposing but also developing his skill set. He was the primary ball-handler for a Mass Elite team that had a terrific weekend and almost upset the Gauchos to advance in bracket play.
Alex Stoddard, WrightWay Skills – The long and slender wing has emerged into one of the best shooters in New England and is only going to continue to evolve as his body changes and he learns to impact the game in others ways. He has deep range and can make shots off the catch or dribble.
Sunday Joshua, Syracuse Select - He's certainly raw but there's no denying Joshua's potential. He's nearly 6-foot-9, has a terrific build, ability to change ends, and a two-way game that is developing at a rapid rate.
Kyle Daniels, New Haven PAL - The Career High School product led New Haven PAL to a National division championship. a quick heady point guard who could score in a variety of ways, Daniels hit seven threes in the championship game.
Arie Breakfield, Northeast Elite - Long and well-built with good perimeter size, Breakfield also boasts a well-rounded floor game. He moves the ball, has a high basketball I.Q., plays with good pace, and has an array of moves he uses to get into the paint.
Nicholas Rivera-Torres, Castle Athletic - A skilled forward who handles the ball well for his size and can make shots, Rivera-Torres was solid all-weekend long. He was opportunistic scoring the ball, crashed the glass, and didn't give up on plays on both ends of the floor.
Byron Breland, We-R1 - On loan from the UAA sponsored sister program, Breland showed why he has multiple division I scholarship offers. He's a high level athlete who hit shots from all over the floor and created in various spots as well.
Jackson Selvala, Stamford Peace - A shot-maker and floor spacer, Selvala got hot with his jumper on Saturday and started raining threes in bunches. The unsigned senior from St. Luke's School is planning to do a post-graduate year at Deerfield Academy.
Third Team All-Tournament
Jalen Bruce, Central Mass Lions – The unsigned senior point guard is great at reading pick & rolls. He takes two dribbles off the screen, and has the patience and the vision to make to correct play for his team. Any team still looking for a guard needs to take a look at Bruce!
Mikey West, New Haven Heat – West showed off his shooting ability in multiple games this weekend. His range is impressive, and his high release enables him to get his shot off against bigger & longer defenders who are contesting his shot.
Dwayne Ohagan, RI Elite – The guard was able to finish inside, going both over and through bigger players. His clutch finishes late helped RI Elite to a big win on Saturday afternoon, in particular.
Jackson Benigni, PTT Blue – A confident shooter who is effective off the catch and dribble, Benigni plays hard on every possession and formed a dangerous scoring duo with Thomas.
Joel Pullen, New Haven Heat – This quick point guard was the primary perimeter playmaker and able to score the ball both off the bounce as well as with his jumper.
Devin Foster, Rise Above – This lanky guard is typically best off the ball with a smooth stroke from long range but showed that he was able to slide over and play the point this weekend.
Kazell Stewart, Hoop Wave – An athletic wing who is relentless driving to the basket, Stewart was able to draw a lot of contact and get to the free throw line at will.
Fabian Cox, PTT White – A 6-foot-7 big man with a physically imposing style in the paint, Cox runs the floor well and also finishes around the rim.
Jack Scotnicki, Mass Elite – He paid his dues during the prep season and it’s paying off as he’s a dynamic scorer at this level. Scotnicki hit some huge shots in a big Saturday win and had numerous NEPSAC schools following his progress.
Joe August, Academic Basketball Club – A big sophomore combo-guard who plays a critical role for ABC even while playing up, August can play and defend multiple positions, shoot the ball with range, and has a high IQ.
Saikwon Williams, TMT – Williams is an undersized big man who was a force on the boards and had a couple of huge put-back dunks throughout the course of the weekend.
Greyson Herr, CT Passion – Herr once again showed his skill playing up at the varsity level. He has the speed to blow by defenders to attack the rim or kick the ball out but also the patience to play the one and the range to put up numbers playing more off-ball.
Declan Nugent, EVO – A 6-foot-4 inside-out player, Nuget does a little of everything. He can hit an open three or work his way inside for a layup or put-back. Defensively he is quick enough to guard the perimeter and has enough length to alter shots on the interior.
Zack Stole, CT Stampede – A wide framed 6-foot-6 big man, Stole has deceptive length and speed, a strong array of post moves, the ability to finish with both hands, and the length to blocks shots.
Max Sussman, ABC Dev – The Hotchkiss (CT) guard opened the weekend hitting 3 3's in the first half on Saturday morning. He has a quick release and good size for the perimeter and showed solid defensive footwork on the other end.
Paul Jordan, Duece Trey Elite – Jordan is a long stretch 4 who has an exceptionally good handle as well as the ability to hit the spot up three. He excels most when facing the basket and should be able to affect games more as he continues to grow into his body.
KJ Grisham, NE Nightmare – Grisham is a shifty guard who can get a steal and take it coast to coast for a bucket. He has speed and handles that allow him to be the focal point of his team offensively both scoring and distributing.
Cam Wilkins, RI Playaz- A quick guard, the St. Andrews product has speed like few others. This allows him to get to the rim, where he can finish with both hands as well as be a force defensively as a disruptor.
Daquan Walker, BGCNH – Walker is a 6-3, long athlete who can rise above the rim or hit a three. What stands out is his defensive ability as his length causes problems for smaller guards and allows him to clean up rebounds on both ends of the glass.
Will O'Keefe, Boston Bobcats – O'Keefe is a widebodied undersized big man who is an absolute animal on the boards. His size allows him to be a space eater in the post while not hindering his ability to go up and down the court. Under the basket he has the ability to finish with both hands.
Steve Goulet, RI Magic - Steve Goulet, RI Magic - His length and high I.Q. give him the ability to score from all three levels, as he did this weekend. Goulet averaged 18 points per game along with three three-pointers per game.
Jason Finkst-EVO - The Ipswich (MA) product opened the weekend with 22 points including 5 3's in his teams first game. Finskt has a smooth stroke from downtown and can get his shot off even when heavily guarded. He should be a valuable piece next year for a team looking to head to the state tourney for the first time in many years.