Monday, September 20, 2010
BST Adanced Academy Recap
It might be football season, but over the last few weeks there has been a group of about 25 kids who have really been working hard on the basketball court.
The BST Advanced Academy recently wrapped up it's 5 week program that was focused on getting talented players in the gym who wanted to work hard and get better. It did so through high intensity, fast paced drills geared towards positional development and preparing the players for the college level.
I attended 3 of the sessions. I was impressed by the program, and it was clear that all 28 of the players there were really improving their games. Here's what I saw from those players.
Class of 2011
Seth Cordts, 6'2", Souhegan HS - Cordts is really playing some tough, hard nosed basketball right now. He is digging in defensively and playing with a purpose. Cordts is shooting it well and also made some strong drives to the rim in drills and scrimmages. He's a threat to score anytime he comes off a screen, but also made some nice passes to teammates for scores.
Jared Fahmy, 6'6", Bedford HS - Fahmy was working out the wing players at this program. Considering he's 6'6" the fact that he has the quickness and skill set to play the wing makes him an attractive option at the next level. Fahmy showed some nice moves around the basket as well as the ability to step out and knock down outside shots. He was able to defend players on the wing as well as down in the post.
Connor Hill, 5'11", Bow HS - Very smart, savvy ballplayer. Showed a good handle and hesitation dribble. Was able to get in the lane and make plays. Very good mid-range shooter and was able to get good looks thanks to a nice crossover. Solid frame for a 5'11" kid and Hill was also a tough defender.
Ezra Hodgson 6'5" Conant HS - Hodgson was one of a handful of this program's breakout players. He flat out does not miss from the 15-18 foot range, and also showed he could hit the 20 footer. Last season he was strictly a big man who could shoot. But he has really expanded his game a lot since then, both defensively and offensively as well. He can now post people up, is effective shooting off the dribble as well as off the catch and he is also a solid defender. His stock raised a lot from these sessions.
Greg Leblond, 6'0", John Stark Regional HS - LeBlond looks primed for a big senior year for the Generals. I said it last season and I'll say it again. His game reminds me a lot of Alex Burt from Dover. LeBlond played solid on-the-ball defense and is also dangerous in transition with his court vision and ability to drain the pull up three. He's in excellent shape right now and played hard every minute he was on the court.
Scott McCallum, 6'4", Milford HS - Another one of the program's major stock risers. I was very impressed by the 6'4" swingman. Few players in the NHIAA have improved as much over the last year than him. He is as good of a shooter as any in the state, and with his height and long arms he is able to get his shot off over pretty much anybody. The game now comes easy to McCallum, and it shows with his decision making in the open floor. Forget the "Big 3" in Milford. They now have the "Big 5" with McCallum and Kyle Nelson included.
Mike O'Loughlin, 6'3", Milford HS - O'Loughlin was the highest ranked player in this program. it might not have shown as much the first 2 sessions I went to, but it definitely showed last Thursday. At multiple points during the the scrimmages he flat out took over the game, making some tough off balanced shots off the dribble, as well as finishing nicely on some hard rives to the rim against contact. O'Loughlin also played well on the defensive end of the floor. He was an exceptional threat to score the basketball, and has also tightened up his handle.
Ryan Redmond, 6'4", Souhegan HS - Redmond showed that he is a strong inside player, especially when posting up and rebounding the basketball. He ran the floor well, is good at passing the ball out of the post as well as knocking down the mid-range jumper.
Class of 2012
Trevor Fahmy, 6'7", Bedford HS - Another big stock riser. The younger Fahmy (pictured above) is a very hard worker and is always in the gym working on his game. With his combination of size and strength he's an imposing figure in the paint. He was also able to step away from the basket and drill the 15-18 foot jumper. Fahmy is a fundamentally sound big man with plenty of upside. His best basketball is clearly still ahead of him.
Brad Holler, 5'11", Bishop Guertin HS - Holler showed a good feel for the game, and is another player who the game comes easy to. Holler is also one of the state's top shooters, and also showed a very quick release which allowed him to get his shot off even when guarded closely. Holler also showed that he is much more than just a shooter, as he displayed some solid passing skills, especially on the break. He was also tough on defense, and if you don't protect the basketball he'll take it from you.
Logan Kesty, 6'2", Bishop Guertin HS - The silky smooth two-guard glided to the basket on some hard drive attempts, and also showed a deadly pull-up jumper from 15-18 feet. Kesty has more strength than most 2's, and this allowed him to finish inside against them in addition to playing on the perimeter. He's another player who's in excellent shape, and looks to have a big junior season. You know he's itching for the season to start after not getting as many minutes as he was hoping for last year at Trinity.
Skyler Mitchell, 6'3", Coe-Brown - Mitchell played extremely hard on both ends of the floor. He's kind of a tweener. Not big enough to play the post, but his game is more like a bigs so it's at times tough for him to play the perimeter. But this also makes him a tough matchup. Put a big on him, and Mitchell will use his quickness to go by them. Put a guard on him and he'll abuse him down on the block. He's not a flashy player, but he is a hard nosed kid who does all of the little things well.
Christian Oweifie, 6'6", Winnacunnet HS - Last year I thought it might be his breakout year, but with so many seniors on the team he had to wait patiently for his chance. His chance to start shining for Winnacunnet is definitely this year, with the Warriors being a much younger team. He is long, athletic and has excellent leaping ability. The upside is there, he just has to continue to work on his skill set and inside play and he could be a scary player pretty soon.
Class of 2013
Phil Boyatsis, 6'4", Dover HS - Another tweener kind of player like Mitchell. Boyatsis though is probably better off as a wing, because of his good shooting touch and slender frame. He has a good face up game, and has solid range out to 18 feet. Smart player and hard worker.
Quentin Bullen, 6'0", Exeter HS - Athletic guard with smooth release on jumper and good range. Was able to routinely knock down shots off the dribble and with a hand in his face. Could see good minutes for an Exeter team that lost a lot of seniors, and had their top returning player (Holler) transfer to BG.
Grant Faustino, 6'3", Dover HS - Faustino is a tough, rugged player whom is also another one of those tweener players. He has a strong frame, and was able to muscle the ball up and in against smaller defenders.
Max Gouveia, 5'10", Campbell HS - Gouveia was the most impressive player from this class. He's a quick, athletic, lefty point guard with good court vision and is very quick off the dribble. He is adept at getting into the lane and making plays for himself and teammates, and really pushes the ball in transition. he best part of his game is a pull-up jumper which he made consistently, even with a hand in his face and even from 20 feet away.
Jarrett Hudson, 5'10", Dover HS - Hudson is a player who is underrated and sometimes gets lost in the shuffle on a deep Dover team, but the kid can definitely play. He has a solid build for a 5'10" kid and is also a good ball handler. Hudson is a fundamentally sound player with a solid mid range game.
Brandon Len, 5'6", Souhegan HS - I liked what I saw from Len. Nowadays everyone likes to score and put shots up. There are not a lot of pure point guards left - it's a dying breed. So when you see a player who is just as happy to make the assist as he is to make the basket it's refreshing. Len did a nice job of controlling the tempo and also made good decisions with the ball in transition.
Zach Simmonds 6'2" Souhegan HS - At 6'2" Simmonds has good size for a wing, and he is only a sophomore. He can shoot it from deep, put it on the floor, and also isn't afraid to go after the offensive boards.
Class of 2014
Jake Capistran, 5'11", Bedford HS - Solid player who works hard and is unselfish offensively. Capistran is a wing who can handle the ball and was able to hang right in there against the older players.
Dawson Dickson, 5'6", Trinity HS - Judging by his knowledge, feel for the game and instincts you would never think he was only a freshman. He just knows how to play the game. Excellent ball handler and one of the quickest guards in the state. Also a good shooter off the catch or the dribble. Tough competitor.
Carmen Giampetruzzi, 6'1", Trinity HS - Giampetruzzi is a very athletic kid (also plays football and baseball) and has a strong frame. The 6'1" two-guard is already a knock down shooter from 18-20 feet away with a quick release. He's in excellent shape and also played solid defense.
Patrick Keefe, 5'10", Trinity HS - Not only was he the best freshman at the program, but he might be the best freshman in the state period. Keefe is a fun player to watch, because his motor is always running. He made the play of the night the first session I went to by coming out of nowhere and jumped up high in the air for a nice put-back all in one motion. Some people knock his shooting form, but he was consistlently hitting 15-18 footers in rhythm when I was there.
Sam Knollmeyer, 5'11", Winnacunnet HS - Knollmeyer made some nifty moves in transition to get his shot off, and also displayed a good mid-range game. Solid all around player who made good decisions on the floor. Very hard worker. Nothing flashy about his game, just a solid ballplayer who can fill up a stat sheet.
Jordan Lates, 5'2", Hollis-Brookline HS - One of the program's breakout players. Yes, he is short. He can't control that. What he can control is his skill set and how hard he plays, and I was very impressed by both from this young man. Despite his size he is fearless going to the basket, and made a number of nice finishes against bigger players as well as drive and dish plays to teammates for layups. He is lightning quick and knows how to run the point. Fun player to watch.
Andrew Lechner, 6'1", Pinkerton Academy - Another youngster who I really liked what I saw from, especially at the first session I went to. He is a gifted offensive player who takes the ball right at the defender and is able to finish at the rim and against contact. Not only is he a good slasher, but he has a good pull-up game as well in the mid-range area. Not only that, but Lechner's range also goes beyond the 3 point line. Tough kid who plays with a little bit of an edge which I like.
Dan O'Neil, 6'3", Windham HS - O'Neil has a bright future ahead of him. He struggled to get a shot off at times during the drills. But he was going against guys like Hodgson and Trevor Fahmy who are older and bigger than him. Of the players who worked out with the bigs, he was definitely the only freshman and was also the smallest. Playing against that kind of competition will really make him better in the long run. He's an athletic player and a hard worker.