Elevate Hoops Summer Showdown ran a series of showcase games on night 1 of their event at Competitive Edge Sports in King of Prussia, PA and the following players stood out in those games:
Andrew Seager 6’7” SF 2018 East Coast Cyclones (NJ) (Ocean Twp. HS, NJ) – In the Cyclones 69-65 OT win over Team Final Black Seager showed off his well-rounded game and marksmanship from the arc in putting up 22pts with 3 treys. Seager a D-II talent that beats you with hustle and a good basketball IQ makes smart plays on the floor and combined with 6’6” SG 2018 Maurice Murray (Timber Creek HS) they created a matchup problem for Final Black by working in tandem to get to the rim or get open looks from three. For Seager shooting the ball is his strength but he’s a bit underrated as an athlete as he can get inside to score or rebound and as we mentioned earlier a strong IQ and passing game make him a player not to be glossed over.
Drew Friberg 6’6” SF 2018 Jersey Shore Warriors - PA (State College- PA HS) – One of the top shooters in all of Pennsylvania Friberg can definitely fill it up from downtown. He has great form when he’s set and square and every shot looks like it’s going in upon release. In the Warriors 65-49 win over Team Yellow Jackets (PA) he knocked down 5 treys on 7 attempts and finished as the game’s high scorer with 24pts. The crazy thing is he can do a lot of things on the floor that go unnoticed like pass the ball with solid feeds that are on the money which could lead to points scored. Plus he uses his wide frame to rebound in the paint and his keen sense of making the correct play leads to run outs and fastbreak points as well. Defensively he does have trouble keeping quicker players in front of him but at least he makes the effort to engage on that end of the court.
Caleb Fields 6’2” CG 2018 Jersey Force – Stein – NJ (Wildwood, NJ Catholic HS) – Fields is listed as a PG but he clearly has a scoring instinct that you simply can’t suppress and it was on full display in their 71-65 win over K=Low Elite (PA). Fields hit 5 treys with 4 of them coming in the second half as the Force seized control of the contest and held off a late comeback to win. His biggest weakness as a shooter is he rushes it or takes off balance shots that can drive a coach nuts but when he catches the rock in rhythm he has a nice release and good ball rotation. He does tend to force the issue at times but on this night, he kept it under control and reversed the ball on a number of occasions that kept possessions alive. He also contributed 5reb to the winning effort and as always, his ball hawking ways netted him 3stls on the evening. While contributing in a variety of ways he only had 2asts and that is why we view him more as a combo than an outright PG because he seems more inclined to create offense for himself first. If he learns to balance the two, however he could see a bump in his recruitment for sure.
Louis King 6’8” SF 2018 Team Final (PA) – (Hudson Catholic HS – Jersey City, NJ) – King started out hot and stayed that way in a 60-55 win over Team AJ Price (NY). He finished with 31pts 8reb in the win and banged home 6 treys to boot. King is a long athletic player who runs the floor like a deer and is equally adept pulling up from the arc or slashing to the rim in traffic and he did both with much success on this night. He worked well around the hole to rebound and used his length to cause problems defensively against a very talented AJ Price squad. With a lengthy list of suitors looking to secure his services King certainly balled out by playing hard and making plays to benefit his team in their tough victory.
Stephen Takyi 6’5” SF 2018 Team AJ Price (NY) – (Metropolitan Soundview HS – NY) – Takyi is more of a slash to basket type of SF who doesn’t rely on his deep jumper most of the time but uses his athleticism to attack the basket to get buckets or trips to the charity stripe. He does this rather well we’d say as he put up 23pts and 6reb while going 8-12 at the line. He took only three treys hitting one and all three were good looks that came in the flow of the game. Defensively he uses his quickness to control opponents and force them out of their comfort zones. In previous viewings, his kryptonite appears to be his penchant to make the spectacular play and this game proved no different as he did commit some rather silly turnovers. Overall he is an intriguing prospect who deserves further scrutiny during the upcoming HS season.
Adong Makuoi 6’8” PF 2018 Canada Elite (St. John’s College/TRC Academy Can.) – During the UAA championships in Atlanta we watched about 6 minutes of Canada Elite and was impressed with Makuoi enough to want to watch him again in a full game setting and he was better than he looked in that short stint in Atlanta by far. A solid four with a motor to get rebounds and tough buckets in close he was quite effective in this contest getting 21pts 8reb with 3blks in their 79-69 win over Team Final Red. He shot 10-14 from the field and got shots off at the rim with power slams or in the paint with an under control short jumper that was pure, balanced and accurate. He also ran the floor well looking to create something at the offensive end then sprinting back on defense. We really like this kids motor and upside and he bears a further look this weekend
Chris Mann 6’6” SG 2018 Team Final Red (PA) – (Phillipsburg - NJ HS) – Mann is another of those combo guys who can really shoot it but can also get inside to rebound the ball or get baskets and he has a little spunk to defend capably in the paint and out. He was Final Red’s most potent weapon knocking down five treys and garnering 27pts to go along with 6reb and 2stls. He’s also an excellent passer spotting cutters through constant motion and avoiding closeouts by dishing the rock at opportune times. He does handle the ball ok but he can still improve that aspect of his game to really improve his effectiveness.
That wraps up the showcase version of the Summer Showdown next report will be the tournament playoffs and championships.
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