Hoop Dreams Mag Recap

BOSTON, Mass - The Hoop Dreams Mag Prep Classic concluded on Sunday with a solid slate of games. Several players stepped up big with their play, but none shined more than West Virginia commitment Daxter Miles.

Daxter Miles, SG, Notre Dame Prep – The future West Virginia Mountaineer was absolutely on fire and scorched the nets. Miles is a natural scorer and also a very good athlete, but a new part of his game was improved floor vision. Miles made some very impressive passes and set up buckets for teammates. Still what he did best was put the ball in the basket. He shot a very high percentage from three, and showed that he should be ready to make an impact next year for Bob Huggins' squad.

Jarvis Garrett, PG, Notre Dame Prep – There aren't many better options at the point guard position left in the class than Garrett. He is more of a scoring point than a pass first guy, but he also has the ability to find open guys. Garrett and Miles controlled the game for Notre Dame Prep and each was excellent in helping the team to a win. Garrett continues to make strides on the floor, and could be one of the more interesting recruitments once the spring really ramps up.

Jacquil Taylor, PF/C, Beaver Country Day – Not a ton has been seen out of Taylor due to injury, but he looks healthy and as a long term project could be a major benefit for Purdue down the road. Taylor is right there at 6-foot-9 and runs the floor very well. He needs to get stronger and more physical, but he does have a nice touch and is someone with some definite upside.

Matt Cimino, C, Worcester Academy – An unsigned big man, Cimino is sure to get a lot of looks during the season and into the spring. Cimino has good hands and a decent touch around the rim. He showed a few nice post moves, though he definitely needs to get tougher and be more effective as a rebounder. Look for things to pick up for Cimino this season, and he is off to a solid start to the year.

Damontrae Jefferson, PG, Believe Prep – There is seemingly no middle ground on people who view Jefferson play. The 5-foot-7 bolt of energy is one of the better scorers and athletes you will see. Jefferson as always was shooting a lot, and scoring a lot. He actually mixed in a few very nice passes as well, though he still needs to show some focus on the defensive end.

David Burrell, PF, Believe Prep – There aren't too many better athletes than Burrell. He finished above the rim numerous times and also was a monster on the glass. Burrell is beginning to show more of a touch in the mid-range, but still the bread and butter is athleticism and toughness. Believe Prep was able to get the game in an up and down manner, and Burrell definitely took advantage.

Jesse Bunting, C, Tabor Academy – A very good athlete with some skill down low, Bunting has a chance to really improve over the next year. One thing he must pay attention to is that he has no left hand around the rim, but Bunting can score with his right hand and is a factor blocking shots. Once he pursues the ball better on the glass, he could see his stock rise.

Marcos Echevarria, PG, St. Mark's – Speed is the name of the game with Echevarria. He is very quick baseline to baseline, and has a good ability to get to the rim. At about only 5-foot-9 he clearly lacks ideal size, but he can make things happen and is a gifted shot maker. When games slow down he can be lost a little bit, but still Echevarria just finds a way to make plays.

Jordy Tshimanga, C, MacDuffie Prep – Not many know about the roughly 6-foot-8 and 270 pound center, but there is a lot to like with him. Tshimanga has excellent hands and rebounds well with long arms and toughness. Also he gives good effort running the floor and shows the makings of some good post moves down low. Tshimanga has to continue to get into better shape, but the upside is there, and if he continues to grow he could be a monster on the low block.

Bruce Brown, SG, Vermont Academy – Not many players had a more productive weekend than Brown. The 6-foot-1 guard was an absolute beast in two games. He has as much energy as any player in the nation and then is also a very gifted scorer. Brown is an excellent athlete who attacks going right or left, and then can hit shots to the three point line. He needs to improve on his decision making, but there is no doubting his ability to get buckets.

Sedee Keita, PF/C, Vermont Academy – Length, athleticism, and motor is what Keita brings to the table. He isn't a gifted scorer or someone with refined post moves, but he has the energy, length, and athleticism to control the glass and then also is a good shot blocker. Offensively he scored off of offensive rebounds and right around the rim. He needs to continue to refine his game, but there are a lot of tools to work with.

Ikenna Ndugba, PG, Brooks School – A physically developed point guard, Ndugba put on a good show. Since he is physical he can get to the rim with drives even at about 6-feet tall. Then he has the ability to really shoot it from deep as well. Ndugba isn't the most athletic or ultra-quick, but he can get to places on the floor and knows how to score as well as pass. Overall upside is the question, but he does a lot of things very well.

Jermaine Samuels, SF, Rivers - This is a kid with a ton of upside. One of the top, if not the top, 2017 prospects in New England, Samuels is a high level athlete who can shoot and also has a good handle. A long wing, Samuels looks to still be growing and there is a lot to like about his future. Once he continues to add strength the upside is basically limitless.

Bruce Brown mentioned VCU and Boston College are showing him a lot of interest.

Matt Cimino is hearing from Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, George Washington, Georgia, and Tulsa.

Villanova boss Jay Wright was present for the Vermont Academy trio of Sedee Keita, Bruce Brown, and Christian Vital.

Massachusetts had two assistants watching Damontrae Jefferson.

Also assistants from Rhode Island, Boston U, Marquette, Boston College, and Harvard were spotted in the gym.


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