The third and final live period started for me at Stockton University in Galloway Twp. NJ with the Live In AC event run by Elevate Hoops and here are some of the standout players from the event:
Tyler Henry 6’3” ’19 L&L Running Rebels (Putnam Science Academy CT) – In two games that I caught L&L in the event Henry continued to impress me with his overall skill package as the PA native played a dual role as bucket getter and facilitator. He had 18pts in a Wednesday Showcase game vs. JB Hoops getting to the basket with solid dribble drive moves or pull up jumpers in the paint. He has good range from the perimeter but only attempted two treys making one. His handle has improved a great deal and his floor vision has impressed me as he is making crisp passes to teammates in scoring positions. This was on display in a tilt vs. NJ Roadrunners on Thursday morning when he was finding open teammates all game long and while he only finished with 4asts it wasn’t for lack of trying it was more that L&L shot poorly in the loss. He’s a heady defender as well showing good instincts to disrupt the opponents flow. Doing a Post Grad year can only help this young man as he strives to play D-1 basketball.
Leo O’Boyle 6’7” ’19 JB Hoops-Callahan (Scranton Preparatory School PA) – I had the opportunity to see O’Boyle play three times here at Live in AC and he is growing on me more and more. On Wednesday evening he combined with 6’6” ’19 George Tinsley to score all but six of their total points in their Showcase game defeat to L&L. He did his damage inside utilizing a bevy of moves inside to keep his defender off stride and deposit layups all night. He has good footwork and deft head and ball fakes in the arsenal and he can shoot it from distance. His shot is pure with excellent form and he dropped in 5 threes in the other two games I caught. He can pass the ball quite well for a big guy and uses that to his advantage to catch guys out of position. While not super quick he rebounds the ball well on both ends and he can play physical defense in the paint which he did in all three contests and he’s done it in front of plenty of college coaches which bodes well for his recruitment.
Anthony Burch Jr. 5’8” ’19 Maryland 3D (Severn School MD) – In their opening night Showcase game vs. JS Warriors I was impressed with Burch as he played bigger than his 5’8” stature by running his team and making plays on both sides of the court. He showed a solid handle that was effective in the open floor as well as in his penetration dribbles into the paint. His ability to find open shooters was huge in a game that was close wire to wire and he ended with 5asts in the win. He also shot it well hitting 5-8 from the arc in leading his squad with 15pts. His shot looked pretty good tho he does to tend to drift a bit when he shoots off the dribble. As a defender he was a pain in the rear for Jersey Shore as he constantly forced bad passes and turnovers with his speed and ability to get up inside a ball handler to disrupt his journey to the hoop. While his size is a concern at the next level I think you have to judge this young guy on his heart and hustle while making plays and giving maximum effort all over the court.
George Tinsley 6’6” ’19 JB Hoops-Callahan (Abington Heights HS PA) – Like his teammate Leo O’Boyle this young man is a big part of JB Hoops offensive attack and when he’s scoring like he’s capable of they have a chance to win games. This recent Binghamton commit is tough as nails as he ventures into the paint to get buckets and rebounds using his sturdy frame to carve out space to set position to board or create spacing to get off a shot. He has good balance on his jump shot and can finish thru contact in the paint and he’s improving his outside shot also as he has gotten confidence in his ability to hit them. He also is a good passer with a good basketball IQ to rotate the ball inside and out to find the open man and get the high percentage shot. He plays with a high motor at all times and is not afraid to give up his body to get a save on a loose ball or to stand in and take a charge which is at the top of the list for coaches at all levels. Defensively he has surprising instincts to take away opponents go to moves and he can get physical in the paint if that is what’s called for. After I saw him dive for a loose ball in the PIAA 5A state title game up 11 with 25 seconds left I was sold on him and I’m sure Binghamton will love him too.
Gerard Mungo Jr. 6’0” ’19 Team Thrill UAA (Patterson HS MD) – With his more heralded teammate 6’3” ’19 James Bishop having a so-so game Mungo stepped up big time with 26pts 5 treys in a huge win over Central PA Elite in a Thursday afternoon bracket contest. In my previous viewings of him I loved his gritty work ethic and all out hustle but was not sure what kind of offensive weapon he could be as he seemed to be that plugger who would make the extra pass or would set the screen to free up a shooter. These are traits that endear players of Mungo’s ilk to coaches everywhere but I had seen spurts in the past of his scoring talents and on this night he showed out. His jumper was smooth with a quick release and he was clever with the ball getting into the lane to attack the rim or pull up for the midrange J. He’s got moxie and can finish thru contact or get to the line for FT’s. his handle is very good whether going up against pressure or picking his spots to burst to the basket. He also has some lead guard positives to his game as he sees the floor well and can deliver the ball on a rope to open teammates. In the four games I watched over the three days of the event Mungo showed plenty of reasons why he could be a nice pickup at the low to mid D-1 level.
Ty Rivers 6’5” ’19 Castle Athletics-King (Monsignor Scanlan HS NY) – Ty was a late addition to the Castle roster previously running with The Rens on the EYBL circuit and I have to say he was a good add on for sure. In two games that I watched he was a low post demon getting 19pts 9reb in a loss to Team Thrill in a Showcase game them coming back in bracket play with 14pts 12reb vs Philly Pride Orange in a three point victory. He used his strong frame to move guys off the block when going after missed shots and created space to get to the rim to get lay ups or draw fouls. His shot was surprisingly good as he drew contact on almost every shot he took in both games. He had no problem kicking the ball out to beat double teams and while I wouldn’t recommend him as a primary ball handler he didn’t dribble into bad situations whenever tasked with putting the ball on the deck. He played tough defense as well especially in the post using said strong frame to keep opponents out of their comfort zones. I don’t know anything about his recruitment at this time but I will definitely follow up in the fall cause this kid has a college ready body and an expanding game to match.
Kareem May 5’11” ’20 NY Renaissance 2020 (South Shore HS NY) – In two contests that I got to see the Rens 16’s play I was impressed with May’s overall game playing up in the 17u division. In their opening night win over the NJ Beasts in a Showcase game he ran the show getting up and down the floor with purpose amd a definite idea on how to attack the defense. His handle is very good and he can hanle it on the move better than some guys standing still. He got into the lane on numerous occasions to deliver precision dishes to his teammates and he handled the pressure thrown at him with savvy moves to avoid trap situations. In keeping the defense honest he also stood out shooting the ball leading the squad in scoring with 17pts and 5 treys to go with his 6asts. He has a good shot with range to the arc whicjh would account for the three balls he knocked down but he also showed some nice form when pulling up from midrange and while he didn’t hit any the potential is there as well as the skill. He also excels on the defensive end harassing opposing ball handlers with his quickness and ability to strip balls from unalert ball handlers. His recruitment liiks to be heating up and I’ll be interested to see what schools will be paying attention to him in the coming weeks.