Friday, August 17, 2012

Scott Hazelton Basketball Camp - Boys Recap

The Scott Hazelton Basketball Camp took place this week at the Greater Lawrence Technical School in Andover, MA. Every year this camp brings in some of the best basketball talent from all over New England. In addition to the NH Notebook, other media outlets in the house were the New England Recruiting Report, Basketbull, Eagle Tribune and Ballas TV.

They came to see the high level talent on display, including college players Carson Desrosiers (Providence), Evan Smotryc (Maryland) and David Madol (SNHU) and high school / prep school players like Noah Vonleh, Goodluck Okonoboh, Jalen Adems, Jeremy Miller and Kaleb Joseph (pictured above).

Here is our recap from Thursday's action during the boys session, with our girls recap soon to follow.

The highlight of the day was the full court scrimmage action involving the current/former college players competing against the blue chip prospects. A team that included Desrosiers, Smotryc, Scott Hazelton and Miguel Gonzalez won four straight games. Desrosiers (Windham, NH) stepped outside and knocked down threes, finished inside and blocked a number of shots.

A plethora of different teams tried taking down that super-squad, including guys like Okonoboh, Joseph, Madol, Adams, Miller, Matt Cimino, John Powell and Patrick Benzan. These were some seriously high-level games.

Overall on the day, here's a look at how the top NH prospects performed on Thursday.

Class of 2014

Kaleb Joseph, 6'2", Cushing Academy - Joseph showed why he is a nationally ranked recruit and is getting offers from high-major D-I programs. The Nashua, NH native started out the scrimmage action by drilling a 3-pointer in Hazelton's eye, then proceeded to run the point effectively by distributing the ball to his teammates and showing very good court vision with the basketball in his hands. Joseph was able to drive into the teeth of the defense, make a second defender play him and then either finish inside himself or dish it to the open man. Defensively he used his length and athleticism to pressure the basketball and jump the passing lanes.

Class of 2015

Ben Judson, 6'4", St. John's Prep - Judson has good size and length from the wing position, plus a smooth stroke from the outside. He always seems to be in control with the basketball and makes good decisions - knows when to pull up, when to drive and when to dish it. The Plaistow, NH native was also active on the boards and really excels in an up-tempo style of play. Judson has been lighting it up for St. John's Prep in summer league action.

Oumaru Kante, 5'10", Manchester Memorial - Kante is a point guard who is always looking to push the ball and attack offensively, and is equally effective at scoring and creating shots for teammates. During scrimmage action he showed the ability to use screens and read a defense. He showed range on his jumper and finished inside with some nice floaters and leaners.

Kabongo Ngalakulondi, 6'3", Manchester Memorial - Kabongo has a strong, athletic frame with a solid all-around game. He attacked the basket with a variety of dribble-drive moves that were tough for any defender to stop. On one drive he went baseline, finishing in traffic on the other side of the rim. Kabongo also used his length and leaping ability to get above the rim, finishing and grabbing boards.

Zack Jones, 6'1", Manchester West - Jones is a vastly improved player who has been working hard on his game this summer. You have to make this southpaw go right, because if you let him go left he'll burn you every time. Jones is quick off the dribble, and has developed a very effective first step and crossover to create separation from his defender. He was also very effective finishing in transition.

Trevon Maughn, 5'8", Manchester Memorial - Really started to heat up late in the day during 1 v 1 drills, scoring at will on any defender. Maughn was hitting pull-up jumpers from the outside and breaking his man down off the dribble and finishing inside. He was always going against bigger players but still scored. In scrimmage action he drilled outside shots and drove into the lane and hit floaters.

Gabir Gabir, 6'5", Manchester Central - The latest prospect to come out of Manchester, Gabir is still developing his skill set but clearly has a ton of potential. During fast break drills he ran the floor well, filling the lanes and then catching the ball in traffic and getting high up above the rim for some smooth, athletic finishes. Gabir was active on the boards, following up missed shots and hitting the outlet man to start fast break opportunities.

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