Wednesday, December 1, 2010

EBPS Game Recap - Boys 2013 Game

On Sunday, November 21 the best high school basketball players in NH were on display in Plaistow for the Eastern Basketball Preseason Showcase. I am in the process of re-capping all 8 of the event's games. Next up is the Boys 2013 Game.

Game Recap
This was definitely one of the more lopsided games at the event. I tried to make all of the teams as even as possible, but unfortunately that didn't happen with this game. The Black Team played good team basketball, working for good shots and when they got good looks they were not missing them all game. Led by Exeter's Matt Barr with a game-high 20 points, they defeated the White team 85-58.

Player Evaluations

Game's Standout Players
Travis Descoteaux, Trinity HS – Showed a killer pull-up jumper that you can’t help but be impressed with. Descoteaux also had the tightest handle of anyone in this game. He was tough to guard off the dribble, and also played solid defense on the other end.

Mabor Gabriel, Trinity HS – Gabriel just keeps getting bigger, and just keeps getting better. He’s now 6’7”, and has a rapidly improving skill set. He is developing a solid face-up game, and he has a very tight handle for a kid his size and he can also shoot it in the 15-20 foot range. And while he didn’t show it as much in this game, Gabriel is a very good shot blocker.

Matt Barr, Exeter HS – The 6’0” Barr had a game-high 20 points. There’s nothing flashy about his game, he just flat out makes shots, inside and out. Barr was able to hit shots off the catch or off the dribble, and always stayed under control, even against defensive pressure.

Dominic Paradis, Spaulding HS – You had to be impressed with the low post game and face-up game displayed by the 6’4” Paradis. He was assertive offensively, looked for his shot and had some nifty moves in the post which allowed him to get open looks. Not the biggest or strongest post player, but Paradis showed good footwork and fundamentals in the paint.

Brandon Len, Souhegan HS – Len is another player who had people around the gym talking. He’s a true point guard who knows how to control tempo and distribute the basketball. Len is only 5’6”, but he was not afraid to take the ball hard to the rim and finished against much bigger players.

Other Stock Risers
• Matt Cowles (Lebanon) 6’3” forward drained the three and also made a nice block on the break. Really asserted himself on both ends of the floor.

• Max Gouveia (Campbell) Point guard with very high ceiling due to explosiveness, athleticism and quickness. Had a nice tip-in at the rim with his off-hand and pushed tempo all game.

• Majak Wenyin (Manchester Memorial) Wenyin (pictured above) is still growing into his body, can play 4 positions on floor and showed nice shooting stroke. Tough match-up as a 6'4" kid who can play the 1 or the 2.

• Matt Dean (Gilford) Dean is a bulldog who is fearless and played hard on both ends. Had a nice finish at the rim over the much taller Wenyin.

Other Contributors
David Hampton (Lebanon) Hampton's in very good shape right now and showed a good handle in this game, and also distributed the ball well on offense.

Justin Sandberg (Pinkerton) Sandberg has grown a couple inches since the spring and is now 5'10", he showed a very nice handle in this game and is in very good shape.

Grant Faustino (Dover) tough player around the basket, uses strong body and physical play to grab boards.

Jordon Richard (Raymond) cool, calm and collected player, chipped in with 9 points for Black Team. Did all the little things well and never forced anything.

Joel Mayola (Manchester Memorial) quiet game for the athletic Mayola, he was ale to beat people off the dribble and get to the rim.

Devin Springfield (Conant) led White Team with 12 points, was able to score the basketball in a variety of ways.

Damon Doyle (Coe-Brown) showed excellent quickness and on the ball defense.

Zach Simmonds (Souhegan) dropped 11 points for Black Team, hit shots off the catch or off the dribble.

Updated Player Rankings
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