SCBL Report by Ed Jennings 9/23
SCBL Season VI
Michigan State 63
Khaleel Foster 15pts
Devon Boyko 17pts
Marcus Tippens 17pts
Colten Hagodus 17pts
Nick Filchner 23pts
Bryan Santana 16pts
Jayden Walsh 16pts
(Both of Princeton)
Recaps: SCBL VI, week 1 tipped off with some great games in the NCAA division for opening of season VI. This division of 7th thru 9th graders appears to be ready for the winter season already. Compete and fall basketball matters are the motto of the SCBL Season VI. And both were on full display in week 1. Expect more of the same in week 2!
Player of the Week
Marcus Tippens '19
Carlos Gutierrez 13pts
Terrance Noonan 10pts
Talek Williams 23pts
Zay Jennings 22pts
Sam Iorio 21pts
Hector Morales 10pts
Recaps: Whew!!! What an opening week to the SCBL VI for the old heads (i.e. NBA division). The first game saw the Sixers make a 23pt turn around to defeat the Lakers. Kudos Coach Dallas (Comegys) and his 76ers for staying with it. It's never over til it's over people! The Knicks and the Cavs got it going next with the Knicks hitting a game tying 3-ptr to send it into OT. In OT the Knicks prevailed in a very entertaining game. In the evening cap the Spurs were dominate throughout beating the Bulls who were short-handed in the backcourt. If you don't think #fallbballmatters ask the players who show up and play every Sunday in the SCBL! See you next week…
Player of the Week:
Tyrese Martin '17
Also, I'd like to thank ALL those who patronized the SCBL's concessions (Shyla's Corner) which is supporting Kyle Kostic's "Fight against Cancer" www.gofundme.com/kylekostic
The SCBL also held a moment of silence for Darryl Dawkins and RIP to Moses Malone as well.
SHOW ME THE MONEY $HOWCASE (2013)
$HOW ME THE MONEY RECAP
The second annual “Show Me the Money Showcase” was held at Kutztown University on the last viewing date for Division 2 schools. Multiple schools from the PSAC and CACC along with several Division 3 colleges were in attendance checking out the available talent. Players were hyped and put forth their best efforts in hopes of being Shown the Money.
2014 6’1 Travaun Cloud (Wilson West Lawn) electrified Keystone Arena with numerous high flying acrobatic dunks. His athleticism seemed to be a step above most of the competition. West Chester and Kutztown were all over the Berks County senior.
Juniors on the Rise
6’5 Daniel Cuevas (Stroudsburg) is a hybrid forward capable of playing inside and out. Expect Cuevas to be a MVC All Conference player.
6’2 Da’Shon “Do it All” Giddings (Del Val Charter) is a exactly what his name states. Da’Shon dazzled the $howcase by exhibiting his all around game. Giddings is definitely the most underrated player in the Philly market. Caldwell College thought he was the best prospect at the $howcase.
6’5 Isiah Hinton-Gray (Allen) was extremely active on both ends of the floor swallowing all rebounds.
6’0 Danny Ziccardi (Faith Christian) shot the ball extremely well. Danny proved to be an exceptional spot up shooter in every contest.
6’5 Kyle Stout (Parkland) was on fire throughout the $howcase! His threes were raining from the corner, wing, and everywhere else in Amish country. The coaches started to cross off his name after learning he was only a 2016 prospect, deeming they would never have a chance at him in two years.
6’4 Jason Rebuck (RedLion) demonstrated toughness and the ability to hit shots from 15feet. The 2016 prospect was the tough guy in every contest he played in.
5’8 Dave and Matt Kachelries (Emmaus) are a pair of 2017 guards that play with relentless energy. Although not the tallest or strongest, the twins play fearless and are always on the attack. Several Universities were excited to learn that these two would be on the high school scene for 4 more years.
5’10 Isaiah Wiggins (Pocono Mt West) is a super athletic 2017 guard. The younger Wiggins was very active on both ends of the floor casuing havoc.
5’6 “The Catalyst” Lucas Hudson (Southern Lehigh) controlled the tempo and is virtually impossible to rattle. The 2017 point guard weaved in and out of double teams continuously finding the open man.
6’5 Sam Iorio (Parkland) plays with incredible poise for a 2017 player. He has extraordinary length and intriguing perimeter skills. Sam has all the makings and potential to be a dominant player in the future, and the game to be an immediate, impact player RIGHT NOW.
The Money Team (Seniors)
6’1 Tyrin Grantham (Lincoln Leadership) impressed with his relentless effort. Tyrin played extremely hard and with a determination all morning.
6’1 Shahid Adams (Del Val Charter) likes to attack attack attack. Adams showed he could get to the rim without any difficulties while using exceptional body control.
5’11 Daiyon Barnett (Allen) showed true point guard skills and leadership on the floor. Daiyon was often complimented about his decision making and willingness to pass the ball to open teammates.
6’2 Junior Sanchez (Salisbury) had the hot hand. Sanchez hit shots from all over the floor and seemed determined to let everyone know that he can compete with the best.
6’0 Joe Wiggins (Pocono Mt West) continues the tradition of West tough guys. The older Wiggins is blessed with athleticism and quickness. Wiggins is always ready to mix it up and seems to control every loose ball.
6’8 Vincent Eze (Notre Dame Green Pond) was a complete terror. Eze swatted away and pinned several shots onto the backboard. His size and athleticism was unmatched.
6’1 Justin Zajko (Parkland) is
a strong player that has really improved his guard skills. Zajko hit numerous pull up jumpers while completely disregarding his defender. Zajko’s toughness is infectious and runs through all of his teammates.
6’4 Nate Feiertag (Emmaus) did a lot of things well showing off his polished all around game. Often you could find Feirertag handling point guard duties, while also defending bigger opponents.
6’1 Jordan Greene (Abington Friends) is an explosive combo guard. Jordan impressed the coaches with his quickness (in transition and jumping). Jordan also drilled several deep shots with ease.
6'4 Muhammad Ali Abdur Rahkman (Allentown
Central Catholic) made a surprise appearance at the showcase and certainly did not disappoint. Abdur Rahkman was showing off his
overlooked passing skills, dropping dimes to open players in the half court and transition.
10/16- LVBR "Show Me the Money" Showcase
The LVBR held its annual event; a showcase to expose the under the radar talent from the Lehigh Valley, Poconos, Philly and Bucks/Montgomery counties. The prospects were on hand, and they were competing to the maximum in front of a wall full of Division 2 and Division 3 coaches. The 70 players were separated into 9 teams. The teams rotated thru 3 classroom stations and games being played on 3 courts. One classroom, led by licensced nutritionist Tim Leech, mentored the athletes on proper nutrition and its importance. A second room introduced the players on how yoga could improve the flexibility and reduce risk of injuries which was taught by certified expert Elizabeth Jourdon. The final classroom dealt with NCAA requirements and eligibility instructed by Muhlenberg Asst Coach, Ryan "Slasher" Finch. For many of the athletes, this was the first time they were introduced to this information.
On the court the action was furious. Teams raced up and down the court attacking each other with great tenacity. 10 players stood out as they were named to the Vast Brand "Money Team (PICTURED)."
2014 5'10 Malik "Meeky" Smith (Del Val Charter) played with relentless energy throughout the day. The feisty Philly guard was all over the court defending and constantly applying pressure on the offensive end. In one scenario Malik was matched with a fellow member of the Money Team, 2013 6'1 Gerald Terry (Wilson). The two went back and forth on both ends of the floor mixed in with some friendly trash talking. Gerald dazzled the gym with strong ball handling skills and nice range on his jumpshot.
2014 6'1 Sean Cooper (Pocono Mt West) impressed the college coaches with his bulldog mentality. Pocono Mt West seems to be developing all their players with this mentality. A Division 3 head coach was very intrigued with Cooper and was shocked to learn he was in the class of 2014.
2013 5'9 Jared Wright (Abington Friends) was a floor general that impressed with his game management. As the pace was hectic, Wright always seemed calm, under control, and a complete menance on the defensive end of the court.
6'3 2013 Ausitn "Chops" Beidelman (Parkland) astounded the Division 2 coaches in attendance with his superb midrange pull up jumper. Chops seemed very comfortable in the fast pace action and was able to freeze several unexpecting defenders with his pull up.
Freedom frontcourt duo of 2013 6'6 Derike "Cornbread" Chiclana and 2014 6'6 David Williams had very solid performances. Both players showed the ability to handle the ball up the court, and knockdown jumpshots. Defensively they were shotblockers constantly deterring opponents from bringing it to the paint.
6'7 2013 Antwan Scrivens (Del Val) is a big bodied post that also showed good ball skills. Scrivens weaved his way through defenders on the break and made an accurate pass to a wide open shooter. Many point guards dont make that play, yet alone a big bodied 6'7 post.
6'8 2014 Brendan Wagner (Souderton) has been opening eyes with his solid play the last 4 months. Wagner got the action started with an early tip slam that immediately had the wall of coaches fumbling through their roster packets to see who was this player. As they found out he was only a junior, they began focusing on others as they thought Wagner certainly would be a Divison 1 scholarship player.
The suprise of the showcase was the youngest player invited into the event- 2017 6'1 Talek "Real" Williams (South Mountain MS). Real Williams did not seem the least bit nervous playing in front of the many coaches or his older counterparts. His ability to drive and dish will have Lehigh Valley coaches perplexed for his four years of varsity ball.
The "Money Team" were the most notable players, however these guys also were impressive. Taaj Williams (2013 Lincoln Leadership) was a dunking machine. Jimmy Vaughan (2014 Central Catholic) and Chase Wilson (2014 Wissahickon) showed good poise and hit some notable shots. The Dietrich twins of Donegal HS (Jason and Martin) threw their sturdy bodies around and showed very nice fundamental moves. Deion Jones (2013 Bensalem) and Tyler Prescott (2015 Emmaus) both displayed an incredible amount of speed racing up and down the court. The Gray team had a combo of 2014 6'4 players- Nathan Feiertag (Emmaus) and Nick Rindock (Parkland) that kept them in the midst of all games. Both have very good size for perimeter players. Brandan Bridy (2013 Pottsville) brought that anthracite coal region attitude with him to the valley. Played hard, hit shots, and played harder. Deandre Tillet (2016 Bethlehem Catholic) did not back down from his older and bigger opponents. He attacked the basket using his famous running floater in the lane. Coaches also were very intrigued with 6'7 Hassahn Young (2013 Del Val), a prospect that just moved up north from Georgia.
LVBR Fall Tour ’13 -- Parkland Trojans
The LVBR was recently at the Taj Mahal aka Parkland High School to check out the defending 4A District XI champs. Andy Stephens’ talent laden crew is the LVBR’s preseason pick to repeat as district champs. The Trojans return 4 starters from that team and have tremendous underclassmen talent to validate this selection.
Times are changing at Parkland. Although still a dominant football power, Parkland now has more basketball exclusive players than we can ever remember. The days of waiting on Tim Massaquoi, Eddie Ohlson, and Jaleel Clark dominating on the gridiron while the hoops team anxiously wait are diminished. Currently the Trojans only have one football player (2016 QB/Guard DeVante Cross) that will have an impact on the varsity hardwood.
Senior Justin Zajko continues to add onto his game. Always a feared competitor, Zajko has now
added more skill to his repertoire. Fellow senior Nick Rindock followed up his strong ending to his junior season with a dominant
summer. Rindock won the MVP of the Atown Throwdown (Sportsfest), and was named to the All Tourney Team of Stellar. Jimmy Hahn is certainly in strong consideration as the best pg in the area. Hahn commands the Trojan offense and is a
deadly set shooter. “The Custodian” Nick Selvaggi and Alex Mitton will hold down the interior. Both have made great improvements to their game. Alex is more aggressive using both hands around the basket, while The
Custodian is looking for his 12 foot jumper more often. The addition of senior Ryan Keller transferring back to
Parkland gives the Trojans more depth and quality experience.
2015s Kevin Dulorie and Nick Hassler received reserved minutes last year and are in contention for an expanded role this season. However 2016 Kyle Stout and 2017 Sam Iorio are two of the best players in their respective class. Both have grown considerably since last season and now stand at 6’5. We anticipate these two making an impact at some point this season.
We all know about these players great achievements on the court, however we would also like to admire their off-court generosity. The Trojans are very involved in the "Miracle League" and it is something the entire program enjoys with great pride. Head Coach Andy Stephens states, "Our guys love being able to give back and help others. Over the past few years our basketball team has been involved with the "Miracle League". It has been a great experience for our players, parents, and coaches. Our booster club has done a great job setting up these opportunities. Senior Justin Zajko reiterates, "It's always good to give back to kids that may not be able to do the things im capable of doing. It is a great site to see how happy they are to spend time with us and receive gifts.