Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Bishop Elite With Good Showing at Rumble in the Bronx Tourney

The Bishop Elite 17U team continues to make headlines on the boys AAU basketball circuit in 2011. The team, which is made up of 8 players from NH, played in the highly competitive Rumble in the Bronx tournament this past weekend.

The squad had a very good showing, knocking off 3 VERY good basketball teams. They continue to make a good name for NH basketball, and in the process its players are getting some prime exposure.

Here is the team's roster, which helps when watching the video:
#3 - Wol Majong, Trinity
#6 - Devin Gilligan, Kimball Union Academy
#10 - Trevor Fahmy, Bedford HS
#24 - Gabe LaCount - Manchester Central
#26 - Anthony Muccioli, Nashua South
#29 - Logan Kesty, Bishop Guertin
#35 - Chris Light, Pinkerton

These were 3 very impressive wins for the Bishop. They played teams that were bigger than them, teams from NY, NJ and TX and didn't back down, even when they were playing without one of their better players in Tyler Gendron from Merrimack (out with an illness).

Devin Gilligan (just recently committed to Kimball Union Academy prep school for next year) was able to get to the rim and score the basketball at will. He finished on the break and in transition, once again displaying a devastating spin move and tremendous finishing ability inside.

Wol Majong also had a big weekend. This AAU season is especially important for Majong to try and get his name out there and be noticed by colleges, since it just came out that he has been ruled ineligible for the 2011-2012 high school basketball season by the NHIAA despite the fact that he was listed as a junior on Trinity's roster this past season so he hasn't played his senior season yet. That being said, Majong played very well this weekend for the Bishop, running the point for much of the time. He created for himself and his teammates, showing tremendous quickness and athleticism. Majong had a superb step-back three and also a very athletic double pump finish at the rim with his left-hand.

Gabe LaCount showed good explosiveness off the dribble, attacking the basket and finishing against bigger players as well as draining the three ball with a quick release. He was more effective playing away from the basketball.

2 players who have really shown a lot of improvement over the course of the AAU season so far for this team are Anthony Muccioli and Trevor Fahmy. Muccioli has really improved his outside shooting and is now a knock down shooter from anywhere on the floor. Muccioli and Majong are the 2 quickest players on the team, and Muccioli is also a very strong defender. Fahmy meanwhile continues to dominate the paint for the Bishop. His rebounding and shot blocking have been exceptional, he's throwing laser outlet passes and he's extending the range on his jump shot to the 15-18 foot area.

Logan Kesty is a silky smooth player who has also continued to get better. He's a wing player who has very good balance and form on his jumper, which he knocked down from virtually anywhere on the floor. He also showed some creative moves going to the basket. Chis Light also battled in there, going hard to the rim, going after loose balls and hitting shots.

"Coming in as a underrated team with only 7 players, the team exceeded expectations and proved that when you play as a team, anything can happen" said Bishop Elite 17U head coach TJ Thomspon, who played at Division I George Washington University and is now playing professionally overseas. "I am proud of the guys because they showed that hard work, dedication and selfless basketball will produce positive outcomes every time. I couldn't have asked for a better group of kids this year and am looking forward to finishing out the season at the HOF National Invitational and the National Championships."

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