Lehigh Valley Hoop Group Showcase Recap (PHOTOS)

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It is not everyday that Parkland High School (PA) draws some of the nation’s top prospects to their gymnasium all in one day. The Lehigh Valley Showcase, presented by Hoop Group, was filled with star-studded talent this past Sunday where notable prospects such as Mo Bamba (Top 5 Senior), Brandon Randolph (Arizona Commit), Cam Reddish (Top 5 Junior), Collin Gillespie (Villanova Commit), Nick Richards (Kentucky Commit), Jamir Harris (Minnesota Commit), Hameir Wright (Top 50 Junior), Deng Gak (Miami Commit) and many prospects were all on display. With this much talent, it was no wonder that there were many college coaches in the stands making their rounds to recruit some of their targets.

Below is a recap of the top performers that were on display at the Lehigh Valley Showcase:

David Kachelries, 6’1, G, Emmaus HS (PA), 2017

The quick, feisty guard was relentless getting into the lane and connecting on easy layups while finishing with 31 points in a loss to Archbishop Wood (PA). Kachelries — a NJIT commit — is a natural born scorer who also has exceptional court vision on the floor as he can be seen dishing no-look passes to teammates.

Tyree Pickron, 6’3, WG, Archbishop Wood (PA), 2018

In a game where star guard Collin Gillespie struggled in the first half, it was sidekick Tyree Pickron who picked up the slacked for Wood in a hard-fought battle against Emmaus (PA). The 6’3 wing hit a clutch trey with just a few seconds left on the clock, giving his team a three-point lead. Pickron is starting to become a deadeye perimeter shooter although he likes to slash the basket frequently against smaller defenders. Stony Brook, Drexel and Delaware State have all offered the junior, although more schools will most likely began calling the North Philly native.

Brandon Randolph, 6’6, G, Westtown School (PA), 2017

Randolph — an Arizona commit — caught fire early on scoring 13 of Westtown’s 16 points in the first quarter, displaying his ability to score the “rock” in various ways. The tall guard finished the night with 19 points while hitting three treys and reached his 1,000th career points in the win over Bishop McNamara. A frequent streaky shooter, Randolph is beginning to look more comfortable attacking the basket while finishing through contact.

Mo Bamba, 7’0, F/C, Westtown School (PA), 2017

Although this was one of Bamba’s settle games, the future NBA Draft pick presence was still felt in their win against Bishop McNamara where he held twin big men Makhi and Makhel Mitchell to single-digits. Bamba is as versatile as they come and seems to thrive on the both ends of the floor whether he is finishing around rim, using his long arms to grab rebounds and block shots, or running the floor during fastbreak plays for easy dunks. Texas head coach Shaka Smart was on hand to watch the top 5 senior as he has made it known that Bamba is a priority for the Longhorns.

Tyrese Martin, 6’5, WF, Wiliam Allen (PA), 2017

Martin brings a certain kind of competitiveness to the hardwood as he does not back down at any moment and looks to step up during the clutch. The 6’5 wing has a “lights-out” perimeter jumper and can also finish in the paint due to his size. In a win against Albany Academy, Martin nailed three treys en route to 26 points while being named MVP for his team. With schools such as St. Bonaventura, Wagner, San Diego, FIU, Quinnipiac and many more offering the Allentown native, it would not be a surprise if a few mid-majors began to give the senior a call.

Talek Williams, 6’1, G, William Allen (PA), 2017

One of the most gifted athletes for his size, Williams super-bouncy leaping ability is jaw-dropping as he can throw down some of the nastiest flushes. The 6’0 hard-nosed guard, who finished with 17 points in the win, likes to bulldoze his way through traffic with his muscular physique for strong finishes or can often be caught on the baseline catching alley-oops. Williams is headed to Central Connecticut State University next season where he will suit up for former NBA player Donnell Marshall.

Hameir Wright, 6’8, F, Albany Academy (NY), 2018

The long athletic wing is one of the top juniors in the state of New York and has an old-school swagger on the floor whenever he is performing. The 6’8 forward can be a matchup nightmare for opposing bigs as he is capable of hitting the perimeter jumpshot and can also put the ball on the floor and slash to the basket where he likes to finish through contact. Although he must get stronger for the next level, Wright possesses the skillset of a prototypical “stretch 4” and will has the potential to blossom into a big-time scorer.

Nick Richards, 7’0, F/C, The Patrick School (NJ), 2017

Richards was the second McDonald’s All-American on display this past Sunday (along with Bamba) where he led The Patrick School in a blowout win over Blair Academy. The Kentucky commit was very aggressive in the paint finishing strong on layups and dunks while battling Miami commit Deng Gak. Richards’ offensive game has expanded within the last year as he is now comfortable stepping out the perimeter to hit shots and looks to have gotten stronger in the post.

Matt Turner, 6’2, G, Blair Academy (NJ), 2017

Despite the blowout loss to The Patrick School, Turner seemed to be in attacked mode all evening as he used his craftiness to blow by defenders to get into the lane for easy buckets. The Santa Clara commit finished with 22 points on the evening while nailing four treys.

 

 

 

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