Hoop Group Tip Off: Day One

WEST ORANGE, N.J. – The Hoop Group Tip Off event got going on Saturday with some of the top teams in the state of New Jersey. Leading the way as an excellent game between St. Benedict's Prep and Plainfield, and Melvin Johnson stole the show.

Melvin Johnson, SG, St. Benedict's – The future Miami Hurricane was on fire for the Gray Bees. At about 6-foot-2, Johnson is comfortable shooting it from deep, but also is good going off the bounce. Johnson was named MVP of the game and simply dominated at times helping Benedict's rally from a double-figure second half deficit. If he continues to perform at this level, Johnson could make a run for top 100 status.

Kamall Richards, PF, St. Benedict's – Definitely an undersized power forward, but Richards along with Johnson played a vital role for St. Benedict's. He scored well down on the block and also was a force rebounding the ball. Lower level schools will definitely be intrigued with him as he plays hard and simply has a good feel for what to do on the floor.

Justin Sears, PF, Plainfield – This is a great get for the Yale Bulldogs. There just aren't many athletes in the Ivy League like Sears. He is a 6-foot-8 shot blocker who plays hard on every possession and flat out makes things happen. Sears finishes above the rim, and also showed some ability off the bounce. Yale is getting a steal in Sears.

Sekou Harris, PG, Plainfield – A tough point guard, Harris showed an ability to finish going to the rim while also knocking in a few jump shots. Overall Harris didn't have his "A game", but still he controlled things for Plainfield and showed that he is someone who could contribute next season as an unsigned senior who is getting some attention.

Dallas Anglin, SG, Seton Hall Prep – Anglin absolutely went off for Seton Hall Prep. He scored in a variety of ways. Most notably he destroyed his man off the dribble and finished around the rim or just used the dribble to create space and hit jump shots. Seton Hall Prep rolled, and Anglin's offensive display was a huge reason for that.

Tyler Ennis, PG, St. Benedict's – Ennis didn't have one of his best games, but when it came down to crunch time he got it done. The Benedict's point guard rebounded a missed free throw and tipped it in to give the Gray Bees their deciding bucket. What Ennis did show is an ability to get to the rim when needed, some more athleticism, and also as usual excellent floor vision. Even though he didn't have a vintage performance, Ennis definitely showed the tools to be one of the better floor generals in the class.

Denzell Taylor, PF, St. Benedict's – Another undersized forward for the Gray Bees, Taylor had a few huge rebounds down the stretch, and while he struggled to shoot foul shots, did come up with some key plays. He needs to do a better job of avoiding fouls, but Taylor is physical and has a solid motor. As his skills continue to grow, so will his production.

Isaiah Watkins, PF, St. Benedict's – Watkins showed some flashes of why he was so successful over the summer. The 6-foot-8 forward was active inside, worked hard on the glass, and finished around the rim fairly well. Now he does need to be more physical and be more of a factor when it comes to blocking shots, but Watkins showed that he has some definite potential to be a legitimate high-major threat.

Spencer Weisz, SF, Seton Hall Prep – It is tough to describe Weisz game as he has no defined position and the best thing about him is just that he knows how to play. Weisz is creative using the dribble and sees the floor very well. Not a knock down shooter, Weisz can make shots out to the arc. He does a great job though of creating for others and always making the smart play. An average athlete, Weisz will struggle to guard, but on offense he does make things happen.

Quadri Moore, C, Linden – The big fella has lost some weight since the summer, and it shows in that he is more mobile now. Still he floats too much on the perimeter, but he does make shots at a fairly high rate. When he does go down low he is developing more post moves, and showed those. Now if he improves his rebounding rate he is someone who has a ton of ability. Desire and rebounding are the two biggest steps for him going forward.

Paul Jorgenson, PG, Don Bosco Prep – Just a savvy floor leader who will play on and off the ball at times. Jorgenson is a pretty good shooter, but it is decision making and court vision that separate him. Not an elite athlete, he does get by guys because of his ability to change speeds, and once in the lane he makes the right pass at the right time. Jorgenson gives effort on the defensive end, and always is finding a way to make plays.

Isaiah Briscoe, PG/SG, St. Benedict's – Briscoe is still carving out exactly what position he plays, but there is no doubt he is a talent. He is a good athlete, and while his shot isn't quite a natural fluid stroke, it is fairly effective, and also plays hard. Briscoe had his moments during the game, though he missed some lay ups. He showed a good ability to pass the ball along with knocking in key free throws to help his team rally. Just now learning how to play, Briscoe has a huge upside.

Quadri Moore says Kansas was recently in to see him.

Assistants from Lehigh and Harvard were in the crowd to take in day one of the Hoop Group Tip off.

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