2013 Summer Player Evaluations: 2013 Hoopville Spring Finale
Matt Borrello for Mass Prep Stars
The 2013 Hoopville Spring Finale finished up late Sunday afternoon with some great action all weekend long at the Reggie Lewis Center. The event featured some of the top programs in New England, which lead to an exciting 16 & 17 under finals.
17 & Under Finals
Expressions Elite came away with an 81-65 finals win over MA Rivals. Expressions controlled the game from start to finish, as they utilized their size and depth to their advantage. Rivals were short-handed as they were without 6-foot-10 PF Goodluck Okonoboh, who is regarded as one of the top 25 players nationally.
16 & Under Finals
BABC went onto defeat Expressions Elite 44-29 in the championship game. This turned into a more of a grind it out final, as opposed to an up-and-down high tempo game than most people expected. BABC was able to spread out the court and utilize their quickness to get into the paint and finish around the basket.
Thoughts & Evaluations from the Hoopville Spring Finale:
BABC vs. Expressions Elite is turning into a great rivalry game between the two Boston based programs. I attend a lot of AAU tournaments, and a lot of the games do not have the intensity and passion that this game does. I think it’s great to see the two of them go against each other in the city of Boston, since the only time they go up against each other is in the EYBL circuit. If you have not seen this video on the two programs – it’s worth watching, as it will give you a feel for how important this game is for both programs:
This weekend was the first time I had the chance to see Jalen Adams ’15 6-foot-1, Guard, Cushing Academy (MA), play. All I have to say is that he is a special talent. He’s quick, can get to the basket has a great feel for the game. He had a block shot in the championship game against Expressions that will be one of the best you’ll see all summer (Ballas TV) block.
The Boston Spartan’s played a terrific game against MA Rivals in the 17 & under semi-finals. The program consists of quite a few college prospects. A few of players to keep an eye on as we enter the July evaluation period:
Markus Neale ‘14 6-foot-2, Guard, West Roxbury (MA) – Has good size, and can utilize his strength to get hit and finish around the basket. He also has great range and can knock down shots.
Kahari Beaufort ’14 6-foot-4, Guard, East Hartford High (CT) – Suited up for the Boston Spartans this weekend. The explosive guard is terrific in the open court and can get to the basket. Kahari will thrive in an up-tempo offense in the next level.
Nick Simpson ’14 6-foot-5, Forward, Brighton High (MA) – A strong and physical forward, Simpson (pictured above left) played tough down in the post this weekend. Will be a combo-forward in college, as he has the ability to guard bigger players, but can also step out and make plays.
More top performers from Sunday's action:
Amahne Santos ’15 5-foot-10, Point Guard, Notre Dame Prep (MA) – Played great in the 16 & under finals, and made an impact when he got inserted into the line-up in the first half. Amahne is a quick guard that can break you down off the dribble and make plays. He’s another player in the class of ’15 guards to keep an eye on.
Josh Sharma ’15, 6-foot-10, Power Forward, Northfield MT. Hermon (MA) - Still has a way to go to develop physically, but I thought he more than held his own against nationally regarded Abdul Malik-Abu and Alec Brennan. He can step out 15 feet away from basket, can make shots, and distribute the ball into the post for guards cutting to the basket.
Tommy Mobley ’15, 6-foot-0, Guard, Newton North (MA) – He shot the ball really well on Sunday. He has a chance to make a name for himself this summer as a lot of teams will make sure BABC’s guards do not get into the lane. Thomas has a chance to clean up and benefit from kick-outs.
Alec Brennan ’14, Power Forward, Milton Academy (MA) – Alec has been known as a face to the basket big man. However against Rivals in the 17 & under championship game, he made a couple of nice back to the basket moves in the paint. If he continues to do that during the summer time, watch his stock continue to rise.
Matt Borrello is the President / Founder of New England Scouting Services
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