By: Kevin Moses

Avery Collins
Instagram: Avery_Collins_2, Twitter – avery_collins_814
Height: 6’1, 160
Class of 2026
School: Erie First Christian Academy, PA

Collins is a fierce triple-threat scoring machine. Even with defenders in his jersey, slowing him down is no easy task. With unlimited range, Avery can drain the long bomb or get into the lane and punish defenders with that quick pull-up no matter how tightly he is guarded. Or he just makes it look easy finishing at the rim even through contact. A walking bucket. Avery loves to get out in transition for easy scores off his defense.
Last season Averaged 24.1 points per game, with 52 3s made, and 83% free throws. Along the way, Avery was the leading scorer in District 10, first-team all-district, first-team all-region, second team all-state. Playing for SPS has set goals to get an offer from a college by the end of summer, become a sponsored Puma team while focusing on improvement, understanding he has to continue to be a consistent scorer, extend my range more, and become a better passer especially out of the pick and roll. Avery’s goals for the upcoming season are goals are to win a district championship, and a state championship and be the leading scorer in the state. This motivation comes from losing in the first round of the playoffs this year.

Matthew DeGroff
Twitter: @Matthew_degroff / IG: @DeGroff.Matthew
Height: 6’2” 190
Class of 2025
School: Calvary Baptist Academy, WV

DeGroff is a gritty, tough blue-collar gem! He never forces shots and shoots at a high percentage from the field. While giving him the “eye test” he would seem quite unorthodox, yet he is very effective. He undoubtedly possesses the ability to score from all three levels, while shooting from midrange exceptionally well. His greatest strength is being able to think on the fly and adapt to the game as it is going on. He loves rebounding and he makes the right read for assists. Although he may not “look the part” he is a solid defender and gobbles up rebounds like candy. He has a high game IQ and very nice vision, which allows him to see the entire court, which then allows him to set up some slick passes. Last season, Matthew averaged 12 points,, 10 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1 steal per game. Matthew’s main focus areas of improvement this summer will be working on his lateral quickness as well as becoming more explosive, which he knows will not only help his overall defense, but his consistency on the offensive side of the ball. Last season, his team was the first in the past five years to not win the State Championship, and they watched their cross-town rival hoist the trophy. That is something that doesn’t sit well with Matthew and he is going to do everything he can to ensure that never happens again. it. He wants to leave his legacy at Calvary, and he feels this team can be special and finish what his class started when they won their Middle School State Championship together.

Easton Day
Twitter Easton_Day11 / Instagram the_easton.day
Height: 6,2, 160
Class of 2025
School: Mount Pleasant High School, MI

Day is a prolific triple-threat punisher who is crafty and explosive off the bounce and delivers some fierce finishes. He can masterfully dynamically deliver dimes, with his strong court vision. He often will hit threes a couple of feet behind the 3PT line which makes defenders stay honest. He flat-out forces a defender to have to come out to guard him. He sees the entire floor and uses a high game IQ and sharp handles to get downhill and into the seams. Last season he averaged 17.5 points per game while shooting a blistering 41% from 3PT land, and had 10 games where he delivered 20+ Points. His team lost in the District Finals last year, and that motivated him to work even harder to not allow history to repeat itself. He felt he played the worst game he had played all season in that District Championship game, and he vowed to not allow that to ever happen again. His goal for this season is to win the District Championship and try his best to be named the Saginaw Valley League MVP along the way. Easton plays for Real Basketball 17U for AAU, and his main focus this Summer was to land his first offer, which he did. He is constantly working on his leadership skills, knowing that the point guard has to command the offense. He is a high-energy player who instills that passion into his teammates. When bad plays happen, he knows to have short-term memory and always reminds his teammates to do the same. in.

Gabriel Holmes
Instagram: @gabe7077
Height: 6ft
Class of 2026
School: Hall High School, TN

Holmes is an electric guard with a very high basketball IQ. He possesses crafty moves and some very nasty handles. He loves to make it rain from downtown. He is versatile enough to get into the seams where he thrives at sucking in the defense and fuels his team with some dazzling passes. He shoots at a high percentage from three, with a very smooth touch. He is extremely tough in the paint, and he will battle for rebounds, despite what many would consider to be “undersized.” You can’t judge the size of the dog in the fight, but you can judge the size of the fight in the dog. He is a dual sport athlete who oozes athleticism. And, he is a solid defender which is just icing on the cake. Last season Gabriel averaged 10 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds while playing AAU for the TN Impact. Gabriel said his goal is to always compete against the very best. One of the many things he has been working on is shooting the ball more and showing everyone the dynamic playmaker that he can be. He is getting much more comfortable shooting, which will only further maximize his ability to shoot at a high percentage, all while taking his game to the next level. His main goals this upcoming season are to increase his scoring and to break the school’s assist record. That is the definition of being a team player! He is currently only 15 assists away from breaking the school record. I would guess he does that within the first 2 games!

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