Super 16 Showcase Saturday Recap I
New London, CT – The Super 16 Showcase got off to a quick start on Saturday morning as the action was fast and furious at Connecticut College and the surrounding areas. Here’s a look at some of the standouts:
A.J. Brodeur, Middlesex Magic – Connecticut Select vs. Middlesex Magic was the marquee match-up of the first half of the day on Saturday. Brodeur stole the show with 16 first half points showing his typical versatility and efficiency from 16 feet and in.
Tyshon Rogers, Connecticut Select – The former Crosby High School star showed why he was the leading scorer in the CIAC this morning, going for a total of 56 points in his team’s two games. Most impressive was a string of 8 straight points in the final minute of their last game, almost single handedly carrying them to victory.
Kevin Love, Bristol Ballers – A power wing who can handle the ball and overpower defenders on the way to the rim, Love was the offensive catalyst for the Ballers in their opening game of the tournament. Look for the rising senior to be a major factor next season for Bristol Eastern.
Abraham Diaz, Boston Spartans – Just an 8th grader playing up in the 9th grade division, Diaz isn’t yet sure where he’ll attend high school. What is certain though is that this youngster has a ton of upside with good size, length, and developing skill creating offense for both himself and others.
Austin Boudreau, MB Nation – A big six-foot-three guard, Boudreau is just a freshman but already a staple of the Nation’s 9th grade team. With his size and ability to handle the ball, he shows flashes of a young Alex Furness, while also being a major threat from behind the three-point line.
Tyler Dion, BV Chaos – The highly skilled guard was again leading the way for Blackstone Valley early Saturday afternoon. He has a smooth and efficient handle but keeps defenders off balance with his ability to make shots off the catch or the dribble. Put it all together and he’s an especially tough cover.
Joey Shehadi, Lone Wolf – He may be an undersized guard, but he’s got big range on his jumper. Shehadi was stroking threes from out near NBA range against TB Elite, showing a smooth release, terrific rotation, and the ability to make big shots down the stretch.
Mamadou Diarra, NYC Jayhawks – The Jayhawks opened with a pair of convincing wins and the Putnam Science big man asserted himself as the morning’s most physically dominant big man in the process with strong legs, quick bounce around the rim, and a strong motor.
Kobe Vaughn, TB Elite – The undersized scoring guard was getting to the rack at will, showing speed and quickness alike to break down the defense and then finishing with body control while also dropping his fair of dimes off the dribble.
Kyle Doucette, Boston Warriors – The Lynn Classical big man had a long following of college coaches this morning and it was easy to see why. He’s got good size, a strong frame, agile feet and was a consistent interior presence on both ends of the floor. He’ll be a new addition to the NERR prospect database following the tournament.
Zach Gilpin, MB Nation – The unsigned senior was the Nation standout in what was otherwise a very balanced attack as they pulled away from the Boston Titans in the second half. Gilpin has become much more comfortable in the team’s offensive system and finished with a double-double.
Garrison Duvivier, Boston Titans – The six-foot-six forward was another prospect who played his way into the NERR prospect database on Saturday morning. He’s got a terrific basketball body, long and strong, and the potential to be a force on the defensive end of the floor.