Thursday, June 5, 2014
BST Prospect Series Event Recap - Class of 2015
The showcase consisted of full court skill work, half court skill building drills, full court game situation drills before getting into full court scrimmaging. It was a beautiful spring night in June, but these kids were in the gym working hard on their games. Clearly they are motivated athletes, and they all worked hard and were receptive to the coaching they received. Here's a closer look at each of the players, all from the Class of 2015.
Tim Preston, 6'0", Lawrence Academy - Preston has gotten much stronger after a year at prep school, and he made a number of outstanding passes to teammates throughout the workout which led to scores. Preston is a natural point guard who looks to set his teammates up for scores but can also put the ball in the bucket in a number of ways as well. Whether he's slicing through the defense for a slick finish in traffic or pushing it on the break before a making a great dish to a teammate for a layup, the bottom line is good things always seemed to happen hen this kid had the ball in his hands. Not only that, but he has great ups for a 6-foot point guard, as evidenced by skill drills where he took a power dribble along the baseline and slammed down a one handed dunk. Right before that he hit a step-back 3-pointer. Preston also showed a great euro-step move for a bucket, and also played tough defense on the ball.
Cody Ball, 6'2", Londonderry HS - Ball has been improving rapidly and now has to be considered right up there among the state's top prospects for 2015. He had a great showing at the AAU State Tournament and continued to play well at this event. Ball was once again on fire shooting the basketball, hitting shots from all over the floor, off the dribble or off the catch, with a compact stroke, good balance and quick release. Ball showed an ankle-breaking crossover dribble, drove hard to the rim, finished strong and also played tenacious defense on the ball. He's in great shape and played his tail off throughout the workout. Ball also looked to set teammates up, as he'd drive hard to the bucket and made some good kick-outs if the 'D' collapsed.
Robert O'Brien, 6'2", Cushing Academy - O'Brien already had one of the sweetest shooting strokes in the region, but he is also now becoming dangerous attacking the rim, as he made strong drives and also threw down some thunderous dunks. He also showed good effort and leaping ability while hustling over to get high up and block a shot on 'D' and it wasn't the only block he had on the night. O'Brien was lethal shooting it from the outside, but also made some great passes to teammates inside to set them up for layups and always keeps his head up when dribbling inside or out on the perimeter so he can find the open man. Between his lights out shooting and ability to get above the rim and throw it down O'Brien is a dynamic scorer.
Brandon DiLucchio, 5'9", Kennett HS - DiLucchio is a terrific passer, and is very unselfish. He is a true point guard in that he looked to set his teammates up for scores first before looking for his own shot. DiLucchio made a number of high level dishes, and showed lightning quickness. he used that burst of speed to push the tempo and race past opposing players on his way to the rim. From the beginning of the workout till the end, nobody played harder than DiLucchio. This kid always leaves it all out on the floor and plays with a lot of heart. He plays the game the right way, was quicker off the dribble than anyone in the gym, and can also hit the step-back 3.
Kyle Gavin, 6'2", Bishop Guertin - Gavin is a tough kid, he's like a bull out there. He goes up strong inside for buckets and boards and is also a lights out shooter. He's in good shape - towards the end of the workout when most of the kids were tired he was still out there burying threes during the scrimmage. Gavin has a good inside/outside game, and can also rebound and played tough defense. He does a lot of things well, and that versatility makes him an intriguing prospect. There's nothing flashy about his game, he's just a blue collar player who plays hard, battles on 'D', rebounds and is an assassin from beyond the arc.
Michael Osgood, 6'5", Nashua South - let's be honest, this workout was all guards. while there was a lot of talent on hand, there wasn't much size. It seemed like every kid out there was 6'1", which is why Osgood stuck out like a sore thumb. That is a good thing for him though, because not only is Osgood 6'5" but he has a high upside since his wingspan is closer to 6'7", he has long strides, has good athleticism and leaping ability. He also has a very soft shooting touch for a bigger kid and a quick, high release on his jumper which he hit consistently in the 15-18 foot range. He also made some strong drives and finishes at the rim as well as an emerging post up game.
Trevon Maughn, 5'10", Manchester Memorial - speaking of shooters, Maughn is clearly right up there with the state's best. His release might not be as high up as others, but it's an extremely quick release. It almost looks effortless when she shoots, it's just flick of the wrist that happens in the blink of an eye. He hit shots from the outside in bunches, off the dribble or the catch, and hit shots even with a hand right in his face. Maughn played at a high level, and also forced turnovers on defense.
Wade Gop, 6'2", Manchester Memorial - speaking of athleticism, long strides and leaping ability, those are also some of Gop's good qualities. This kid has clearly been working hard on his game and has to be considered one of the state's top players for this class. During the catch-and-shoot drills you look for how fluid the kids are able to catch the ball and smoothly get the shot off with a quick, compact release - Gop really stood out in this area. He hit a number of high level shots, from the outside as well as the mid-range area. Gop also showed tenacity when crashing the offensive boards. He busted his tail on both ends of the floor.
Josh Joyce, 6'3", Gilford HS - it was one of our first looks at Joyce and we definitely came away impressed with his combination of size, strength, quickness, skill and determination. This was a good chance for a kid from a lower high school division in NH to test his skills against a lot of D-I kids and Joyce more than held his own out there. One of those kids who will run through the wall to help his team, regardless of the score. Usually at showcases players don't play as hard on defense, but that was not the case for Joyce, as he played as hard on 'D' as anyone there. He hit shots, and made a number of strong drives and finishes inside including a killer spin move in the lane.
Brendan Johnson, 5'11", Bishop Brady - what we like most about Johnson's game is his toughness. For a 5'11" kid he is very tough physically, so it's no surprise that he also plays football. Johnson is also very tough mentally, one of those kids you can never count out - if he missed 5 shots you better still go out and cover him because he's making the next one. If he turns it over you better watch out because he's probably going to come back and steal the ball right back. A real competitor and fun player to watch. Tough defense, a gritty 2-guard who can shoot it or take his man off the bounce.
Matt Fothergill, 5'11", Hollis-Brookline HS - good form on his jumper, and overall a kid with solid fundamentals, a good understanding of the game and can hit shots from all over the floor if left open. A natural 2 guard, plays tough 'D'. Strong with the ball, Fothergill has a solid jumper in the mid-range area or from the outside and also had some tough finishes inside off the dribble.
Eric Bontemps, 6'1", Portsmouth Christian Academy - a raw but very athletic wing player, Bontemps showed flashes of brilliance as he was able to not only face up from the outside and drain the 3 but also put the ball on the floor and take his man off the dribble. Gets up high on shots inside and rebounds, but quick enough to guard people out on the perimeter.
Remmi Ellis, 6'3", Newfound Regional HS - versatile forward who can bang around inside, grab boards but also space the floor by stepping out and hitting the mid-range jumper with regularity.
Rob Rizos, 6'0", Derryfield School - a hard working, blue collar type player, best suited for the 2. Rizos played hard and did a nice job of finding the soft spots in the defense, and hitting shots in rhythm.
Luke Luneau, 6'2", Hopkinton HS - strong enough to play in the post, Luneau battled for position inside for points and rebounds. He also blocked shots, showed a good feel for the game and set good screens.
Keep checking the NH Notebook in the coming days for our player evals for the Class of 2016 and also 2017 as BST Basketball's Prospect Series continues...