ZG Fall Brawl - Event Recap
The Zero Gravity Path to the Belt kicked off this weekend across the South Shore and Metro West with the Fall Brawl, which saw over 100 teams competing across the three high school boys divisions.
The Boston Bobcats took the first varsity championship by first defeating the Cobras 74-62 in the semis and then knocking off Take Charge 69-56 behind a strong performance from Njavan Stewart, who was named the Player of the Game. The 6-foot-4 senior from Newton South has primarily done his damage in the post to date but has a rapidly emerging skill-set on the wing with shot-making potential. He’s athletic with really long legs, active hands, and is both a weapon at the top of the press as well as in transition.
Middlesex Magic Lambros took another varsity championship after defeating NE Storm and Bay State Jaguars in the semis and finals respectively. Trent Mosquera stood out for them this weekend as a prospect to watch moving forward. He too has an expanding skill set as he combines sneaky athleticism with a great touch from the three-point line and a physical dribble-drive game.
In the 10th grade division, championships were earned by Team Sims, Massasoit Warriors, and a pair of Middlesex Magic Teams. Team Sims ran away from Mass Elite Brewer 61-41 in one final while the Warriors were equally dominant in wins over Mass Premeir and Starland Supernova. The Middlesex Magic Walch earned narrow wins over Take Charge and Beantown Ballers to earn their title.
Here’s a look at some of the other individual prospects that stood out throughout the course of the weekend:
Tommy Dunn, Central Mass Shamrocks – One of the MIAA’s best shooters, Dunn was fantastic this weekend from beyond the arc as he knocked down five-plus threes in each of his games and averaged over 26 points per game on the weekend. He was making them off both the catch and the dribble and showing a quick release throughout.
Obinna Uguwazki, Boston Bobcats Nick – Uguwazki is a big and powerful two-way guard who has a strong body and the high-motor to capitalize on his physical prowess. He plays hard, gets second chance points by being all over the offensive glass, and is virtually positionless at this level of competition.
Cam Leonard, Mass Attack – A polished scorer who had a big weekend, Leonard played with great energy every time he stepped on the floor and ended up averaged close to 20 points per game for the tournament. He scored from all three levels, showed a quick first step and crafty finishing game at the rim.
Brayden Sullivan & Jack Rudolph, Take Charge – This tandem formed the foundation of Take Charge’s deep run this weekend, playing off each other and leading the way for their squad on both ends. They both shoot the ball out to the arc and consequently spread the floor for their team, but they’re also tough defenders and good teammates.
Cam Nordstrom, Rise Above 9th – A youngster who caught our eye, Nordstrom is versatile enough to play multiple positions, very sound fundamentally at a young age, and equally intelligent as he moves well without the ball. He competes with a high-motor, has a good frame and looks to have all the tools to emerge in the next few years.
Seth Anderson, Rhode Island Magic – The big man is playing up with the varsity team for the second straight year and continuing to be productive against older competition. He’s very effective on the glass as he first boxes out and then rebounds out of his area. He then changes ends well and has the touch to step-away from the basket offensively.
Matt Lamy, New England Storm – After missing the Elite 75 Frosh/Soph with illness, one of the Granite State’s best underclassmen returned to the floor this weekend and didn’t miss a beat. He’s 6-foot-4-plus right now and still almost all arms and legs on a solid frame that is bound to fill out and certainly has scholarship potential down the road.
Kourosh Fattahy, ASA 9th – Another youngster to show well this weekend, Fattahy started to make a name for himself at the Elite 75 and he backed it up here. The budding big wing is another prospect still growing into his body with big feet, long arms and legs. He can already play through contact though and is also a threat to play inside-and-out and knock down open jumpers.
Steven White, Rise Above – White is a budding big guard with good size and athleticism that he showed off with a big reverse dunk. He also had an impressive feel for the game though with increasingly versatile offensive weapons as he was capable of scoring the ball from all three levels.
Ben Rice, Cobras, A new name that started to emerge this weekend, Rice is 6-foot-6 but operates as a point forward as he is as comfortable on the ball as he is off it. He’s still very raw but he can play through contact and looks like an ideal prep candidate, as the unsigned senior has a lot of upside.
Bobby Joy, Cape Cod Bulls – An undersized scoring guard with a pure release, Joy is highly skilled with his ability to put the ball in the basket but he also passes well and shows a high I.Q. Those offensive tools are magnified by a solid motor as he played hard each time we watched.