Sunday, August 5, 2012

BST Tier-2 Prospect Camp - Event Recap

Back in the spring BST basketball held their Tier-1 Prospect Camp, with one session for each of the four states in northern New England (NH, VT, ME and MA). The top prospects from those sessions were invited back for the more advanced Tier-2 Prospect Camp, which took place this weekend at SNHU with NH and VT players coming down on Saturday and on Sunday it will be the MA and ME prospects going at it.

The BST Basketball staff put the players through a tough four hour workout, including positioning drills, full court drills and full court scrimmaging.

Here is a breakdown of how the 16 NH prospects looked at this event.

Class of 2013
Devin Gilligan, 6'4", Kimball Union Academy - On this day Gilligan was the best player in the gym. He has a strong frame, is in great shape and has a tremendous feel for the game. Gilligan showed a good understanding of how to use a screen to create separation from his defender and when he did he attacked the rim with authority. He not only exploded to the basket off the bounce but also showed the ability to elevate up over the rim and finish over defenders. Gilligan utilized a variety of dribble-drive moves, including his patented spin move, and also stepped outside and drilled outside jumpers. He also played tough defense and performed in all drills at a high level.

Troy Pelletier, 6'3", Manchester Central - Pelletier continues to be a dangerous weapon offensively, as he slashed to the rim with some strong finishes and also shot the ball well from the perimeter, both off the catch and the dribble. Few players in the area have a better mid-range pull-up jumper than Pelletier, and not only is he accurate with it but the defender never quite knows when he's going to take the shot or take it all the way to the rim. Pelletier also drained a smooth 3-pointer off the catch in the corner and defended all five positions on the floor.

Jack Preston, 6'5", Nashua South - Gilligan and Pelletier can do it as well, but nobody at this event plays above the rim quite like Preston. The power forward attacked the rim with authority, slamming down a number of highlight reel dunks and finishes. During drills he posterized Nason with a dunk coming down on the break. Preston also showed an improved handle, slicing his way through the defense and not only finishing on the break but leading it as well. He also played solid defense in the post, and if he can continue to work on his shot he has a lot of upside.

Kaleb Marquis, 5'9", Concord - Marquis played at a high level and with a ton of energy. Towards the end of the workout when most other players were tired he was still going all out, jumping passing lanes, knocking down jumpers from all over the floor and getting ahead of the pack and finishing in transition. He might be an undersized two-guard, but the kid can flat out play. He's a natural scorer, with a strong pull-up jumper and is a menace on defense as well.

Tom Nason, 6'10", Berwick Academy - You can't teach height, and for a kid who is 6-foot-10 Nason runs the floor well and has a developing skill set. Nason battled for position in the post and grabbed boards. He still has to improve his finishing ability inside, and a kid his size should be dunking on everyone. But he's working hard to get better, blocked some shots and stepped out and hit the 15 foot jumper.

Zach Grattan, 6'8", John Stark - Another big man with good size, a good motor and a solid post game. Grattan battled Nason in the paint throughout the workout, just like they've been battling each other during practice all spring/summer long as teammates with the Bishop Elite. Grattan rebounded in high volume on both ends of the floor and went back up strong with put-backs.

Class of 2014
Travis Descoteaux, 5'11", Marianapolis Prep - Toughness is the best word to describe Descoteaux's game. He has that gritty fearlessness that many city kids have, but at the same time he never gets out of control with that basketball and is a disciplined player who makes good decisions with the ball. Descoteaux is a two-guard who once again showed a very strong handle and mid-range jumper, as well as the ability to break his man down off the dribble to create space and slash to the rim.

Quentin Bullen, 6'2", St. John's Prep - Bullen is a long, athletic wing with a smooth game - he always seems to be in control and while he looked for his shot he didn't force anything. One great move in particular he made came during the 1 v 1 drills, when he made a crossover dribble and as he used a screen he put the basketball through his legs and drilled a step-back 3-pointer. Bullen also got to the rim off the bounce and showed a good feel for the game.

Dawson Dickson, 5'7", Manchester Central - Dickson is a true point guard who showed the ability to distribute the basketball and push the tempo and at the same time if you leave him open from the outside he will make you pay.

Chad Knighton, 5'10", Lisbon - Knighton hustled after loose balls, and played just has hard on defense as he did on offense which is always nice to see. He also made his teammates better by driving into the lane and making some great dishes top the open man for layups.

Andrew Lechner, 6'2", Pinkerton - Lechner showed good versatility by playing inside and out, and also filled the lane well on the break, finishing in traffic with either hand.

Class of 2015
Jourdain Bell, 6'0", Bishop Brady - He might only be a sophomore, but Bell was one of the top players in the gym, no question about it. No one played harder or with more energy than him. He was constantly pressuring his man defensively, diving on the floor for loose balls, pushing the ball up the floor and attacking the rim. Bell also made some great passes, including one nice dish to his brother Joe for a layup which he followed up with an 18-foot jumper to end the game.

Zack Jones, 6'1", Manchester West - Jones is a wiry but explosive wing player who attacked the rim and also showed the ability to read his defender and hit the pull-up jumper. He finished above the rim and overall he played the game at a fast pace.

Brett Hanson, 5'10", Manchester Central - Just like Jones, Hanson is also a lefty and you can't let these guys go left or they'll blow right past you. He did it during the scrimmages at this event and he also weaved his way through the defense in transition with a tight handle.

Alex Hill, 5'8", Souhegan - Quick off the dribble, got to rim and also hit shots from the perimeter.

Class of 2016
Joe Bell, 5'11", Bishop Brady - He was the only freshman at the event but he didn't play like one. He scored the basketball in bunches, with baseline floaters, strong takes to the rim and also finishing in transition. He is explosive off the bounce and also finished through contact.

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