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For the last report of the Ri Hawks Halloween Hoopfest we will cover the class of 2015 players who stood out and were able to play up with the Sophomores. No Freshman's play was more dominant then our #1 Power forward in 2015's RANKINGS Jarred Reuter. He is a 6'8 230lb wrecking ball in the low block who showed advanced face up skills. Reuter may have been the most dominant big in the tournament based of the shear fact that he draws a double team just about every time he touches the ball. Without the double team its almost 100 percent that he is going to score, get fouled or both. After sitting out most of last year with an injury, Jarred received his first high major offer from Indiana with more sure to come. The video above shows clips from last weekends event by RI HAWKS and from Elite 75 Hosted by NERR.
What Impressed Us
2015 Stock Risers John Joseph and Aaron Falzon
5'7 John Joseph Babc - My high school coach told me a true point guard should be like the coaches eldest son while his teammates are his younger brothers. He is the man of the house when dads not around in charge of keeping his younger brothers in line and if something happens while dad is away he gets the punishment, not the younger siblings. Last weekend I saw this in the relationship between Joseph and his coach Eggie Mcrae, one of the best point guards out of the Boston and the Babc program. Whenever one of Joseph's teammates would dribble the ball of their foot, travel on a fast break, or take an unauthorized shot Mccrae would look to Joseph to correct it. A good point guard passes the ball to someone who is open, but a GREAT point guard passes the ball to the his teammate where he knows can be affective ,Joseph did this all weekend. One play (showed in the video above) Joseph with the ball in his hands trailing on a three on one break, instead of passing the ball ahead to either one of his big men, drove within an inch of the defender, head fakes him to the moon and drops a quick bounce pass to his teammate where all Robinson had to do was take one step and dunk. This was crucial to Babc going 2-0 on the day as he is the only person capable of this on his team, point guards take NOTES this why he is our #1 point guard in 2015!
*Does anyone else Notice how high the little guy is jumping?
6'7 Aaron Falzon NE Playaz - Falzon may have grown a half an inch since last year and looks to be around a legitimate six foot seven. Many have complained about Aaron's unwillingness to get his hands dirty, we have to now disagree. You may not see him on the low block posting up much, but we did see him body up post guys on defense as well as bang in the paint on the defensive side for rebounds. Aaron is one of the most lethal deep range shooters in the class of 2015 regardless of size and or position. He did not put the ball on the floor much but made great passes from all over the court and runs the floor well enough for us to consider him our #1 Small Forward. On defense, he tried to defend other wings where he had some success, but quicker guards sometimes took advantage of his foot speed. We are alright with this because as he has four years to improve on that. Look for Aaron to be offered by division one schools as he breaks out this spring and summer.
*When your over 6'5 and can shoot the ball, as long as you can keep someone in front of you on defense, a college coach has a spot for you on their roster.
Others who Impressed in 2015
6'5 Tyree Robinson Babc- A long athletic player who plays above the rim on both sides of the court. Robinson has a high major motor and seems to be trying to make a slow transition to the small foward position, time will tell.
5'6 J'shanti Allen NE Playaz - a compact point guard who reminds us of New Orleans Saints scat-back Darren Sproles. He had a better weekend at Elite 75 where we first found out he was a freshman, but his abiltiy to strip the ball away from top point guards in 2014/2015 is enough to get him on our honarable mention list. (will be up later today)
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