Hoop Group Tip Off: Day Two

WEST ORANGE, N.J. – The Hoop Group Tip Off event saw some of the brightest young stars on the East Coast put on a show. None shined brighter than freshman Karl Towns who showed a world of ability.

Kyle Anderson, SF/PG, St. Anthony's – It wasn't his finest effort, but the always steady Anderson showed the passing ability and overall feel for the game to be an instant impact guy from day one at UCLA. Anderson shot the ball okay, and didn't assert himself like he is known to do over the summer, but for a balanced and well coached St. Anthony's squad, Anderson played his role. Had a few turnovers as the game got ragged, but when it mattered Anderson had the ball in his hands and something good usually happened.

Jerome Frink, PF, St. Anthony's – Just a tough player from the mid-range and in, Frink showed an ability to score using the dribble, but mostly he just converted off of feeds from Anderson and off of offensive rebounds. Frink was the most productive and most valuable player for St. Anthony's, and though undersized, he has a way of being productive.

Jameel Warney, PF, Roselle Catholic – This is a tough and athletic player who will make an immediate impact at Stony Brook. The powerful Warney loves contact down low and finishes above the rim to go along with being an excellent rebounder. Warney possesses good hands, and has a chance to be a multiple all-league type of player in the America East Conference.

Chris Jones, SG, Teaneck – As a shooter with solid athleticism, Jones' stock could be soaring with his play. Jones might have had the most impressive performance of the day, and his effort was enough to give Teaneck the win. He was making shots from all over, and did it both off the catch and of the bounce. In the second half he simply wouldn't allow his team to lose. With a shortage of shot makers available, Jones will be in major demand.

Quentin DeCosey, SG/SF, St. Joseph's Metuchen – An athletic wing, DeCosey doesn't always value the basketball and can take plays off defensively, but still he has some things that are tough to teach. He is at his best going to the rim and scoring, which he did a lot of, but also showed the ability to hit shots from the mid-range out to the three point line. As he refines his game, DeCosey is someone who could definitely have a solid impact at Temple.

Melvin Johnson, SG, St. Benedict's – Once again Johnson was a scoring star for the Gray Bees. Johnson is at his best shooting, but he scored going to the rim and showed a nice floater in the lane. Not an elite athlete, Johnson just has that basketball savvy needed to put the ball in the basket, and his stock is definitely on the rise as the best overall performer of the weekend.

Kavon Stewart, PG, Hudson Catholic – When he was in the game Hudson Catholic looked like a different team. Stewart is more of a scorer than a distributor, and his speed and quickness allows him to get to the rim. Unfortunately Stewart was in deep foul trouble before eventually fouling out, and his team fell apart. Stewart can for sure get to the rim, now he needs to do a better job of getting others involved. Still it was a solid game for him.

Mike Young, PF, Hudson Catholic – On the possessions where Hudson Catholic was patient and got Young the ball down low, he was fairly effective. Unfortunately for Young and Hudson Catholic, he didn't get a ton of touches. Part of that is on Young who needs to more assertive down low and demand the ball. A solid athlete with good hands, Young has some tools to work with, now he just needs to be more aggressive and do a better job of getting it off the glass if his teammates aren't feeding him the ball.

Reggie Cameron, SF, Hudson Catholic – A very good shooter, Cameron showed that ability to knock down shots in a stretch during the first half, but when his team needed him in the second he struggled. Cameron does have a hair trigger and good size for a wing, but he is only an average at best athlete, who needs to do a better job of moving without the basketball. Still a good prospect, he just needs to do a little bit more than make open shots.

Neville Fincher, PF, Teaneck – A re-classed 2012 prospect, Fincher is the kind of athletic shot blocking power forward that can explode. He battled well down low, and finished above the rim on several occasions. Now he did get into foul trouble and he isn't refined with his back to the basket, but his rebounding definitely translates and defensively he can make an impact.

Tyler Ennis, PG, St. Benedict's – A day after having a very good game, Ennis stepped it up a notch. He was more aggressive off of ball screens and did a better job of attacking his man off the dribble. Ennis also made a three and his jumper in general looked very smooth. Quite simply there are very few point guards in the 2013 class who lead a team and get players the ball in the right place at the right time better than Ennis.

Karl Towns, C, St. Joseph's Metuchen – There are prospects, and then there are phenoms. Towns is much closer to the latter than the former. At 6-foot-10, Towns has a great touch out to three point land, but also he isn't afraid to play down low. He finishes well with either hand and is a solid rebounder. Not an elite athlete, Towns knows how to carve space for himself, and shows a desire to be a good defender. In terms of upside and potential, very few have what Towns does.

Malachi Richardson, SG, Trenton Catholic – Not many young wings with size possess the type of shooting stroke that Richardson does. A fairly quick release, Richardson is able to get his shot off even when contested, and usually it is right on. Now he does need to get stronger off the bounce, but for a freshman with the bright lights shining, Richardson had no fear to let it fly, and was fairly efficient in the process.

Marquel Sheffield, PF, Paramus Catholic – A fairly good athlete who looks like to still be growing, the 6-foot-6 Sheffield has some potential to work with. He has a decent touch out to 10 feet and plays hard going after the ball when it comes off the rim. He will either need to grow or to get more skilled, but for a freshman Sheffield is an interesting prospect for sure.

Isaiah Briscoe, PG/SG, St. Benedict's – Briscoe once again showed why he has some heavy hitters going after him already. He is a good athlete who attacks, and has the strength to finish through contact. Now he did settle at times this game, but still there was a lot to like about his upside.

Chris Jones mentioned potentially taking upcoming visits to Rhode Island and Hofstra.

Neville Fincher is receiving interest from Hofstra, Binghamton, Temple, Towson, Rutgers, and Seton Hall.

Head coaches from Louisville, Rutgers, and St. Joseph's were all in attendance throughout the day. Also assistants from Cincinnati, Seton Hall, Georgia Tech, James Madison, Syracuse, Iona, Georgetown, West Virginia, Harvard, LaSalle, Lehigh, Dexel, Monmouth, San Francisco, Fordham, Fairfield, Boston University, Wagner, and Rider were spotted.

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