Friday, August 17, 2012

Scott Hazelton Basketball Camp - Girls Recap

After the star-studded cast of past, current and future basketball prospects was done hooping it up during the boys session, it was time for the girls to take the court on Thursday for Day 4 of the Scott Hazelton Basketball Camp. Headlining the girls session was a pair of Division I recruits from the Class of 2013 in Meghan Green (committed to Boston University) and Olivia Healy (committed to Richmond University).

You also had Rachel McCarron (committed to D-II UMass-Lowell), potential scholarship player Michelle Poole and the #1 sophomore prospect in NH Megan Kerutis, who definitely played true to her ranking.

The players were put through a good workout including dribbling drills, other skill work and full court scrimmaging. Here's a a breakdown of the top prospects from NH at the camp.

Class of 2013
Meghan Green, 6'1", Bishop Guertin - Green has her scholarship in hand, but she is still working just as hard as before she got any offers. She's in great shape and now has the size of a forward but the ball handling ability and quickness of a guard. Green hit cutters from the high post, made some great dribble drive moves and tough finishes inside. She was active in the paint on both ends of the floor and also showed a good mid-range game. Very few players in New England can match the size and skill level of Green.

Michelle Poole, 5'10", Brewster Academy - Every team needs players who can do the dirty work - mix it up and be physical inside, take charges, grab boards and play hard nosed defense. That's exactly the kind of player Poole is. She doesn't care about individual accolades and she doesn't care about scoring the most points. She just cares about winning, and she plays extremely hard to make that happen. Poole has a good feel for the game and can also hit the mid-range jumper, from the elbows or the baseline.

Madison Gibbs, 5'10", Bishop Guertin - You can tell that Gibbs and Green have been playing together for a long time, because in scrimmage action when they were on the same team they were constantly setting each other up and hitting each other with some nice passes, whether it be on a back-door cut or a give-and-go. In addition to her strong passing from the perimeter, Gibbs also showed a solid outside shot, including one jumper to end a game and win it for her team.

Class of 2014
Kelsey Brown, 5'11", Tilton School - Brown has very good length and shooting ability out on the wing. She can hurt you off the dribble or from the outside. Brown shot the ball especially well off the dribble, and just when her defender would get back in their heals playing the drive, she would hit the step-back jumper which is a nice weapon.

Class of 2015
Megan Kerutis, 5'5", Bishop Guertin - No other kid in the gym played harder and with more determination than Kerutis. Some kids took plays off or were giggling while going through drills - not Kerutis though, as she was all business out there. She was diving on the floor for loose balls, fiercely pressuring the basketball defensively and going hard to the basket on drives, both in the half court and in transition. Kerutis has great quickness, an extremely tight handle and gave 100% out there throughout camp, whether it was in drills or in scrimmaging.

Class of 2016
Jocelyn Chaput, 5'5", Nashua South - It was our first look at Chaput, and we came away very impressed with this talented freshman. The 2 best words to describe her game are 'motor' and 'energy' because she just never stopped running the entire time. Chaput has a great motor out there, playing with a ton of energy and really excels in an up-tempo game. During the latter part of the camp when most players were tired she just kept on going, getting out ahead of the basketball on the break and finishing in transition before most of the defenders even crossed half court. She hit outside shots and the other thing she has that most younger girls don't is a shear aggressiveness and physical streak to her which is definitely a good thing.

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