Super 16 Showcase - Morning Recap
The fourth annual Super 16 Showcase is underway in the greater Hartford area this morning and off to a fast start with some of the top players from programs throughout the Northeast going at it hard with coaches from the Northeast-10, Ivy League, MAAC, Northeast 10, America East, Atlantic 10, SEC, ACC, and Big East in the stands to check out the morning set of games.
Quick Recaps Scores
Mid-Atlantic Select 55 JB Hoops 52 in a down-to-the-wire game in which Brandon Hedley and Will Rassman made clutch plays down the stretch.
JB Hoops 16U 63 Mid-Atlantic Select 16U 58 in a hard-fought victory for a very balanced JB Hoops attack.
The Nation 64 NJABC 54 led by Harry Rafferty’s 10 3-pointers in a big victory over an athletic and talented NJABC team.
Maine Mac 50 East Coast Elite 43 with Maine Mac capturing a solid win with their usual display of toughness, effort, and intelligence.
New Heights 56 CT Select 50 in a defensive struggle in which baskets were hard to come by against long athletes with lock down quickness.
LI Lightning 74 Mid-Atlantic Select 56 in a contest played at a frantic pace and largely above the rim featuring a variety of Division I players up to the very highest levels of college basketball. Kamari Murphy and Kedar Edwards finished with 19 and 14 respectively for a Lightning team that raised its game to a higher level in the second half after a tight first 24 minutes.
Hoop Heaven 75 Boston Warriors 68 with Hoop Heaven controlling the game throughout led by another strong performance by Matt Rennie.
Middlesex Magic 54 Team Jersey Elite 46 with Middlesex Magic playing great team basketball on offense and lockdown defense against an athletic Jersey Elite team.
CBC Donnelly 79 CT Select 61 in an unexpected match-up of two local powerhouses, Jeff Racy stood out as a great shooter with 23 points while Devon Nolan attacked the rim for 25 for Select.
Kyle Reardon (Middlesex Magic)- Following up a stellar couple of days at the Hall of Fame Invitational in Springfield on Monday and Tuesday, Reardon was again making a strong case for his scholarship aspirations against Hoop Heaven Elite by attacking the rim hard off the bounce and showing his trademark stroke from three off various pin-down action.
Anthony Barry (Middlesex Magic)- Although held in check for most of the first half by Hoop Heaven’s quick-rotating half-court defense, Barry’s athleticism started to show itself in the second half with a series of explosive drives to the basket through contact and a pair of high-rising tip-ins on the offensive glass.
Michael Thorpe (Middlesex Magic)- Matched up against Dartmouth-commit Alex Mitola, Thorpe more than held his own by keeping the future Ivy Leaguer out of the paint defensively, pushing him off ball-screen action and forcing turnovers, and getting himself out in transition to showcase his speed and elevation in finishing nicely at the rim on several occasions.
Matthew Rennie (Hoop Heaven Elite)- A strong, active presence on the interior at six-foot-seven who proved difficult to keep off the glass against Middlesex, Rennie got loose inside for multiple plus-one buckets and showed value as a capable interior passer capable of locating weak-side shooters and hitting diving cutters in stride for well-executed scores.
Brandon Hedley (Mid-Atlantic Select)- A sturdy, powerful point guard, Hedley scored on a series of floaters and bank shots throughout the game. He also exhibited that he is a more-than-capable outside shooter, especially off of ball screens.
Will Rassman (Mid-Atlantic Select)- Rassman is a long, six-foot-seven forward who plays extremely hard and can step out and make shots. He scored 15 points on multiple finishes, pull-ups, and pick-and-pop jumpers.
Garland Owens (Mid-Atlantic Select)- A big-time athlete on the wing, Owens is most productive in transition and attacking the basket in the half-court. He is always a threat to catch a back-screen lob pass.
Ryan Krawczeniuk (JB Hoops)- Going head to head with some talented guards from Mid-Atlantic Select, Krawczeniuk more than held his own. He competed, displayed a good stroke from deep, and played very under control.
Jaylen Myrie (Mid-Atlantic Select 16u)- Myrie is electric with the ball in his hands. He possesses excellent court vision, and is dynamic on the break.
James Fives (JB Hoops 16u)- Tough and athletic, Fives competes on the glass and in the paint. He finished with 11 points, while grabbing double-digit rebounds.
Zaquan Nelson (CT Select)- A shifty, creative lead guard headed back for another year at Putnam Science in the fall, Nelson has already established himself as a Little East special type lead guard who could play himself into scholarship consideration by enhancing his jumper to go with his special quicks and playmaking ability.
Rohan Brown (CT Select)- The six-foot-five Choate-bound forward just plays harder than everyone else, pursuing the ball off the glass with passion on both ends, locking down multiple spots defensively, and slashing his way to the rim with his quick bounce and length from the wing.
Trevon Seymour (CT Select)- Long and lean with a smooth feel, Seymour used his feathery perimeter stroke from the mid-range area and behind the line to almost single-handedly shoot his team back into the game against New Heights.
Jimmy Hall (New Heights)- CT Select had no answer for Hall’s big, bruising six-foot-eight variety on the interior, as the St. Anthony-product consistently caught the ball deep and finished through contact with either hand for multiple plus-one scores.
Tyler McFarland (Maine Mac)- Strong, athletic and always productive, McFarland chipped in his usual double-double with 13 and 10. He ran the floor, offensive-rebounded, and finished with contact around the hoop.
Tristan Thomas (Maine Mac)- Thomas controlled the game with poise and solid decision-making in a solid victory for Maine Mac.
Harry Rafferty (The Nation)- Rafferty exploded for 10 3-pointers against a very good NJABC team. Rafferty found open shots against the NJABC zone and simply could not miss. He is an absolute knock-down shooter and he impressed with a very tight handle as well.
Alex Furness (The Nation)- Furness continued his phenomenal July with another excellent performance. He attacked the rim with a breakdown crossover, and he changed speeds extremely effectively. When he uses his length to slash to the hoop with his left hand, he is almost impossible to cover. Furness complemented Rafferty’s lights-out shooting performance with 19 points of his own.
Kevin Myricks (NJABC)- With a wide body, Myricks is able to clear out space for himself in the paint. He is a good finisher, with a soft touch and an ability to finish with either hand. Myricks finished with 18 points, despite his team’s loss to The Nation.
Eric Fanning (NJABC)- With Wagner and the Hurley brothers remaining in hot pursuit of the smooth, solid wing scorer, Fanning continues to show a feathery stroke and great feel en route to a solid 14 points in NJABC’s opening contest.
Kamari Murphy (LI Lightning)- On his way to IMG Academy in Florida this fall, the six-foot-nine power forward insists on doing damage in the Northeast until his very last possession, running hard rim to rim for emphatic finishes in transition and showing a developing face-up skill-set to complement his bounce and touch around the rim.
Daniel Dingle (LI Lightning)- Joining forces with Murphy to form a menacing frontline for the Lightning full of size , length, and bounce, Dingle continues to show a willingness to step out and face from 18-feet and attack his man with a variety of quick jab and crossover switches off the bounce.
Kedar Edwards (LI Lightning)- With South Carolina in the building to track their coveted wing prospect’s rapid progress, Edwards showed the explosive athleticism (caught two big-time dunks on the break) and smooth shooting ability that has the Gamecocks envisioning him as a productive scorer down the road in the SEC. Perhaps most intriguing is his upside as a six-foot-five playmaker who showed terrific feel in transition and repeatedly made sound plays to create high-percentage offense for others.
Enerio Jones (Mid-Atlantic Select)- Impossible to go underneath against on the high ball-screen, Jones had the Low-Majors oozing in Select’s morning match-up with LI Lightning with his rise-and-fire knock-down ability from three, ability to cross over and get himself into the lane under control, and confident ‘take and make my next look’ mentality indicative of his overall style of an attacking lead guard.
Kachi Nzerem (Boston Warriors)- The super athlete thrived on the break in a losing effort for the Warriors against Hoop Heaven.
Matt Droney (Boston Warriors)- Droney was feeling it from behind the arc with eight 3-pointers. His left-handed stroke was pure and effortless.
Lee Messier (New England Cyclones)-He went to work against United Sons & Daughters, scoring 28 points behind six three-pointers and a handful of efficient plays with his bounce.
Schadrac Casimir (United Sons & Daughters)- A shifty point guard who knows how to get to the cup and finish plays and makes enough outisde jumpers to keep defenders honest, Casimir went for a team high 23 against the Cyclones.