The 2011 Northern New England High School Exposure Showcase took place this past weekend at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester. It was a chance for the top high school and prep school players from NH, ME, VT and MA to not only compete against each other, but also against teams from Canada as well. It was a single elimination tournament, and in the end it was Team Maine which defeated Team Toronto 50-44 in the championship game. There was also a prep school all-star game, feating many of New England's top prep school prospects.
There were 17 college coaches in the house, plus many prep school coaches as well. The NH Notebook was there all day on Sunday to cover the action. Below are highlight videos for each of the 3 games played by NH teams, plus player evaluations for all for all of the granite state players in attendance.
Class of 2012
Harry Rafferty, 5'11", Berwick Academy - Rafferty was a member of Team Maine, which was the team that won the entire showcase (although he's a NH resident he attends a prep school in Maine). Rafferty is a combo guard who played smart, always making the right basketball play. He did a nice job of walking the line between playing unselfish basketball while at the same time looking for his shot and keeping the pressure on the defense. Showed toughness and grit by rolling an ankle and then returning to the game just minutes later. As usual, Rafferty drilled outside shots and clutch free throws with his picture perfect shooting form. He also got after it on defense, getting in the passing lanes and grabbing steals which then led to fast break opportunities on the other end.
Trevor Fahmy, 6'8", Bedford HS - You have to give Fahmy a lot of credit for the way he battled in the paint all day against some VERY big, talented players. He went up against 6'9" Macam Bak Macam and 6'8" Elijah Okabare in the first game (both are big, athletic and skilled) and he did just fine against them. Fahmy showed excellent post defense and was a beast rebounding the basketball on both ends of the floor as well as hitting the outlet man. He wasn't afraid to bang around inside with the opposing bigs, playing tough, physical basketball inside. In the second game he went up against 6'6" Donovan Hastings, who is shorter than Fahmy but it is extremely quick, agile and explosive, especially when driving to the basket and crashing the boards. Fahmy did an excellent job defending him as well, showing that he could match up with any kind of big man. Offensively he was effective on pick and roll plays and made some strong finishes inside.
Ryan Gauthier, 5'11", Nashua North HS - Gauthier ran the show for the Team NH Seniors. He ran the point, set up the offense and was the go-to guy offensively. Gauthier showed a good handle, especially against tough, pressure defense. He ran the pick and roll very effectively, delivering a number of excellent passes inside for layups. Gauthier was also clutch, sinking 2 FT's to put his team up by a point at the end of the first game, then playing excellent defense, deflecting the ball and diving on the floor for it to preserve the win. Then in the second game he made a strong drive to the rim and finish with 9 seconds left to send the game to overtime. Gauthier did struggle at times with shot selection and decision making, but his potential is obvious.
Kamahl Walker, 5'10", Portsmouth HS - Walker showed lightning quickness, with his sheer speed and athletic ability in the open floor. Couple that with the fact that he was playing harder than just about anybody out there, hustling after loose balls, tenaciously going after rebounds and sprinting back on defense and Walker was simply all over the place, playing the game at a faster pace than the rest. He consistently attacked the basket off the dribble, making an array of athletic drives and although he had trouble finishing inside at times against bigger players he kept on battling in there. Walker also showed range on his jumper, hitting shots off the catch or the dribble.
Logan Kesty, 6'2", Bishop Guertin HS - Smooth wing player who let the game come to him but also looked for his own offense when the opportunity was there. Kesty was relatively quiet in the first game, but really came alive in the second game, hitting a number of shots from beyond the arc and making some tough finishes inside as well. The last shot he hit was a big one, connecting on a three which tied the game up at 56-56 with 1 minute left. The thing that stands out about his game is how much better of a rebounder he is now, as Kesty was very active on the boards in both games, especially on the offensive glass.
Brad Holler, 5'11", Bishop Guertin HS - Holler is a combo-guard who played good all-around basketball. He is best known for being a deadly outside shooter, a good passer and a tough defender and he did not disappoint in any of those areas at this event. Holler made arguably the best defensive play of the day, as he was the lone defender on a 3-on-1 break - not only did he hustle back on defense but he was able to deflect a pass and pick the ball off to prevent an easy basket. Then literally seconds later on the other end of the floor he spotted up from the right wing and drilled a three-pointer. Holler also made some nice dishes inside for layups.
Javon Williams, 5'10", Nashua High North - Williams showed his freakish athletic ability by skying up for rebounds, and slicing through the defense on drives to the rim. He made some tough finishes inside, showed range on his jump shot and the ability to play the game at a fast pace. Williams does need to work on shot selection.
Chris Light, 6'3", Pinkerton Academy - Light was the "glue guy" for the Team NH Seniors, as he is the kind of player who could fit in with just about any team and would always make a positive impact. He let the game come to him and did a little bit of everything. Light made some strong drives and finishes at the rim, scoring on multiple defenders, and defended well in the paint as well as on the perimeter and made a number of clutch rebounds.
Marcus Swedberg, 6'7", Moultonborough Academy - Swedberg is a big man who is just as comfortable facing up from away from the basket as he is in the paint. He showed good agility and post moves inside.
Trevor Glassman, 6'1", Bedford HS - Glassman is a scorer, and at this event he showed tremendous range on his jumper (hit one three from 6 feet behind the line) and also attacked the basket off the dribble by splitting 2 defenders on the break and finish at the rim.
Jim Tomaswick, 6'6", Alvirne HS - A multi-sport athlete who hopes to play soccer in college in addition to basketball, Tomaswick has good size, a strong frame and competes hard on both ends of the floor. He has a good feel for the game and has a good mid-range jumper.
Class of 2013
Tom Nason, 6'10", Berwick Academy - Nason really battled well inside and was all over the boards. He had a size advantage over the players on Team Toronto and he used it by gaining good position inside and utilizing a series of post moves before finishing and also scoring off offensive rebounds.
Devin Gilligan, 6'4", Kimball Union Academy - Gilligan made a number of strong drives to the basket, showing good strength, handle and a spin move that was able to free him up for good looks.
Zach Grattan, 6'7", John Stark Regional HS - Big man who has clearly worked to get into some very good shape over the summer. Now he's not only 6'7" but is trimmed down and moves much quicker up and down the court as well as laterally. Grattan hit the mid-range jumper as well, and if he can continue to refine his skill set watch out.
Max Gouveia, 5'10", Campbell HS - Gouveia is a point guard with that "blow by" quickness you can't teach and he's fearless going to the rim. Going up against the intense defensive pressure he faced in the game vs. Team Toronto will make him a better player no doubt.
Class of 2014
Dimitri Floras, 6'1", Kimball Union Academy - Floras played in the event's prep school all-star game, and he more than held his own while competing against some of the top prep school prospects in New England. He played both guard positions, handled the ball well vs. pressure and made some nice passes on the break and in the half court. It wasn't a huge game for him by any means, but you have to consider the fact that many of the kids playing in his game will be playing D-I college ball in the next couple years.
Eric Gendron, 6'2", Merrimack HS - Gendron was no doubt one of the standout players on the underclassmen team for NH. Whether he grabbed a steal or got an outlet pass off a rebound he was constantly pushing the ball up the floor, keeping the pressure on the defense. He was then often met with intense defensive pressure from Team Toronto, but that didn't phase him as he went right by his man and kept making plays. Even more impressive was Gendron's hustle, as he raced across the court to close out on his man, then dove on the floor for the loose ball.
Christian Iozza, 6'2", Proctor Academy - Iozza played a solid floor game, making plays but not forcing anything. He showed a good all-around skill set, including one of the better mid-range games in the state. Iozza is able to find the seams in a defense (especially at the elbows) and hit shots off the catch or the dribble.
Roger Larrivee, 6'6", Bedford HS - Larrivee has a ton of upside as he is still growing into his body and his skills are raw but rapidly improving. He ran the floor well, crashed the boards and made some tough finishes inside.
Carmen Giampetruzzi, 6'2", Trinity HS - I hope Trinity football coach Gary Leonard didn't mind that his star Quarterback/defensive back/punter was at this event showcasing his talents on the basketball court! Giampetruzzi moved the ball well against tough pressure defense, hit the outside shot and was also active on the glass.
Class of 2015
Ian Sistare, 6'1", Trinity HS - Sistare was the only freshman at the event, but you sure wouldn't be able to tell from watching him play. Sistare played the 1, the 2 and the 3, and more than held his own against players who were anywhere between 1-3 years older. He hit a big pull-up late in the game and made some strong drives to the rim as well.