Hoop Hall Classic: Day Two

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- A trio of 2015 prospects -- Jalen Adams, Cheick Diallo and Jalen Coleman -- stepped up at the Hoop Hall Classic on Sunday. Matt Cimino, Joe Hampton, Karl Towns and others had strong showings.

Matt Cimino, C, Worcester Academy – For an available big man, Cimino picked the right time to have a terrific game. With a host of college coaches looking on, Cimino, a 6-foot-10 post, showed skill and confidence, both on the block and facing the rim. He hit one catch and shoot jump shot, to go with a number of buckets on the block. He hit jump hooks over both shoulders, showed a step through move and displayed very good touch around the rim.

Cimino scored 22 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked three shots. The only gripe with his outing was the six turnovers he committed. College coaches are searching for available post players and Cimino certainly helped his case, as high major schools are sure to flock to him.

Malik Abu, PF, Kimball Union Academy – Abu, a North Carolina State signee, brought the energy on Sunday. He hunted down put back opportunities and had three tip dunks. He's bouncy, hits the glass with aggression and contests shots inside. Abu enjoys physical play and always plays with toughness in the paint. Abu did leave points on the board, as he was just 3-for-11 from the free throw line. Abu finished with 15 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.

Kaleb Joseph, PG/SG, Cushing Academy – While Jalen Adams was the top performer of the game, Joseph, a Syracuse signee, certainly had a major impact for Cushing. Joseph scored 17 points, tossed out eight assists and recorded five rebounds. Joseph is quick, a solid athlete and capable of playing either guard role. He has good vision and is a quality passer, but also is a shot maker from both mid-range and three.

Elijah Cain, SF, St. Benedict's Prep – An available wing prospect, Cain helped himself on Sunday with a solid showing in front of a host of college coaches. The 6-foot-5 lengthy wing prospect went 4-for-6 from behind the three-point stripe. He also added three other field goals at the rim. In all he finished with 18 points on 7-for-9 shooting.

Isaac Copeland, PF, Brewster – All three times I've watched Brewster this season, Copeland has played well, but his performances against Wilbraham & Monson was easily the best. Copeland is shooting the ball with confidence from mid-range and he made multiple catch and shoot jumpers. He also used his athleticism inside, ran the floor looking to score and was aggressive on both ends of the floor. The Georgetown commitment finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds.

Jonah Bolden, PF, Brewster – With his future head coach – Steve Alford – looking on, Bolden scored nine points, grabbed 12 boards and at least a dozen shots. The 6-foot-9 forward is versatile. Offensively he's able to step away from the rim and make jumpers, but he's also good around the basket and can finish with either hand. Bolden also does a good job passing out of the high post. Defensively, he's active, blocks shots and always goes to the glass. He's only been at Brewster a few weeks and is making a major impact.

Devonte Graham, PG, Brewster – Brewster had it rolling against Wilbraham & Monson and Graham was the catalyst. He runs his team well, sets up his teammates and mixes in scoring opportunities for himself. Graham has a good pace to his game and is able to get into the paint often. Graham tossed out five assists to just one turnover against Wilbraham & Monson. He's established himself as a high major player and will be ranked among the top 100 players in the country when Scout.com's rankings are updated.

Karl Towns, C, St. Joseph – The future Kentucky Wildcat was efficient offensively in a loss to DeMatha. Towns scored 22 points on 9-for-12 shooting. His offense came in a variety of ways. He knocked down a three-pointer, scored off face up drives, jabbed off a defender for an 18-footer and maneuvered on the block for buckets. Towns is also a good passer both out of the high post and on the block.

Josh Sharma, C, Northfield Mount Hermon – After playing just one minute in the first half, Sharma, a 6-foot-11 big man, broke out in the second half scoring 13 points on 6-for-7 shooting and blocked a pair of shots. Sharma is an impressive athlete that runs the floor well. He has good hands and touch inside and is capable of making a hook shot. He scored off a pair of alley-oop dunks, two nice right hand finishes, plus hit a catch and shoot three-pointer.

Jalen Adams, SG, Cushing Academy – Arguably the top scoring performance of the day came from Adams, a 6-foot-3 guard. Adam was dialed in, as he hit four of six three-pointers and 12-for-20 overall. A solid athlete, Adams can score in a variety of ways. To go with his long-range shots, Adams hit a pair of mid-range pull-ups, plus a number of nifty finishes at the rim. Adams shoots the ball particularly well on the move and does a good job of creating shot opportunities for himself. Adams scored 32 points in Cushing Academy's win.

Jalen Coleman, SG, La Lumiere – One of the better perimeter threats in the 2015 class, Coleman pumped in 28 points in a win over Our Savior on Sunday. Coleman hit eight of his 11 three-pointers and also worked in two mid-range pull-ups. Coleman is a wiry guard with good athleticism. He's quick and able to create shot opportunities when he needs to. I also thought he did a good job defending the ball on defense.

Cheick Diallo, PF, Our Savior – Every time I see Diallo play he plays with intensity and out works the opposition. Sunday wasn't any different. In fact, Diallo ramped it up a notch recording a triple-double of 18 points, 17 boards and 10 blocks. Diallo controlled the paint with his defense. He's long, quick off his feet and has great timing. He's a very good rebounder that thinks every miss is his to grab. Offensively, Diallo finished well in the paint and was actively looking for put back opportunities.

Saul Phiri, PG/SF, Worcester Academy – A 6-foot-4 strongly built guard, Phiri handled the ball quite a bit for Worcester. He showed a good feel for the game and is a good passer. Although where he impacted the game on Sunday was with his scoring. Phiri hunted long-range shots and hit five of his seven three-point attempts. In all he shot 8-for-10 from the field and scored 23 points.

Joe Hampton, C, DeMatha – Matched up with elite 2014 big man Karl Towns, Hampton stepped up to the challenge. Hampton, a 6-foot-7, 250-pound big man, scored with hook shots in the paint, knocked down catch and shoot jumpers from mid-range and even stepped out and hit a three-pointer. Because of his size and strong base, Hampton is able to get good post position on the block when he wants it and he has very good touch around the basket. Hampton finished with 23 points on 10-for-16 shooting in DeMatha's win over St. Joseph.

D.J. Harvey, SF, DeMatha – When I watched DeMatha in mid-December, Harvey's production came in the paint. On Sunday, Harvey showed he could step out of and make mid-range pull-ups, as he hit two in DeMatha's win. At 6-foot-6, maybe 6-7, Harvey is an exceptional athlete with a long lengthy frame. He's an impressive long-term prospect. He finished with 10 points on Sunday.

*Aaron Falzon went for 11 points and nine rebounds in Northfield Mount Hermon's win on Sunday. Falzon hit three three-pointers. Falzon, a 6-foot-7 forward, has done a noticeably better job rebounding the ball during his junior season.

*Northfield Mount Hermon guard Jackson Donahue pumped in 26 points in a win on Sunday. The guard got hot from deep and hit six three pointers. He also added six boards and four assists.

*Idris Taqqee scored 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting against Worcester Academy. Taqqee hit a pair of three-point shots and also showed he was capable of making mid-range pull-ups.

*Guard Lamonte Turner had a strong showing for Arlington Country Day. Turner hit three three-pointers on his way to 16 points.

*Wagner commit Corey Henson played well for Mike Jones' DeMatha bunch. Henson shot the ball well from long-range and made plays in transition. Henson finished with 18 points.

*Kevin Ollie was at the Hoop Hall Classic to watch a handful of players, including 2015 top target Jalen Adams.

*Ed Cooley and his entire staff showed up on Sunday to watch Donovan Mitchell, of Brewster. Providence was among the first schools to offer Mitchell.

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