Basketball Recruiting Showcase

More than two dozen Division I-level players competed at the Hoop Mountain National Boys' Basketball Recruiting Showcase this past weekend at Robert Morris University's Charles L. Sewall Center, and the most impressive was 6-foot-6 junior point guard Tom Droney from Sewickley, Pa. Academy.

Many evaluators who saw him for the first time said that he is a future pro. Tom Droney currently holds offers from about 30 high major D-1 programs including Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Wake Forest, Virginia and Stanford.

Nick Brown, a 6-6 SG from Warren, Ohio (JFK HS) was the most impressive senior. A number of other juniors strutted their stuff, including 6-9 junior center Deion Turman from Mt. Lebanon HS (Pittsburgh, PA), 6-8 junior post Peter Schramm (Sewickley Academy, Sewickley, PA), 6-8 junior PF Billy Luther (Hampton HS, Allison Park, PA) and 6-3 junior SG Nate Perry (Hempfield HS, Greensburg, PA), who are all top-level D-I talent.

The top-ranked player in the Class of 2011 (sophomores) was Giovanni Ellis, a 6-6 forward from Avonworth HS (Pittsburgh, PA) who has high major potential. Mike Garrison, a 6-7 forward from Stow-Munroe HS (Stow, OH), E.J. Blackwell, a 6-3 SG from Rochester HS (Rochester, PA) and Dylan Greene, a 6-4 SG from Canyon HS in Anaheim, CA also impressed the coaches and evaluators there.

The most impressive player in the Class of 2012 (freshmen) was 6-4 guard Ben Mickens from Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, PA) and Class of 2013 (eighth grade) point guard Ta-ron Ayers from Beckley, WV competed and held their own against the more mature players in attendance.

Hoop Mountain National Boys Basketball Recruiting Showcase

October 25, 2008 at Robert Morris University -- Evaluations

Class of 2008 -- Availables

Alphadi Toure -- 6-6 -- SF -- Mali -- Has a mid to high major game -- needs a JUCO

Calvin Crawford -- 6-10 -- C -- Hedgesville, WV -- D2 or D3 Big

Class of 2009, Division 1:

Nick Brown -- 6-6 -- SG -- JF Kennedy -- Warren, OH -- Athletic, Smart and Can Score, Great LM/MM Wing.

Mike Stanzel -- 6-6 -- SG/SF -- West Mifflin HS -- West Mifflin, PA -- Solid LM Shooter/Scorer. Should be a solid college player.

Tyrone Steals -- 5-11 -- CG -- New Castle HS -- New Castle, PA -- LM Combo, Great D and can score.

Ray Lewis -- 5-11 -- PG -- Merrillville HS -- Merrillville, IN -- Very good LM leader, Top senior PG at Showcase.

Jordan Wilds -- 6-6 -- SG/SF -- Hickory HS -- Hermitage, PA -- Very good athletic wing that can really shoot it -- LM

Lucas Mickens -- 6-3 -- G -- Central Catholic HS -- Pittsburgh, PA -- Solid LM Wing, Plays hard and a winner.

David McCauley -- 6-3 -- CG -- Lincoln Park HS -- Midland, PA -- Major athleticism, lots of potential -- LM-MM

Division II:

Dontae Brown -- 6-5 -- SF -- Penn Hills HS -- Pittsburgh, PA -- Athletic, Hard Worker

Nick Dizon -- 6-5 -- SF -- Woodland Hills HS -- Pittsburgh, PA -- Strong -- JUCO possible

Matt Visser -- 6-1 -- CG -- Kitsilano -- Vancouver, BC -- Shooter

Zach Bellhy -- 6-1 -- G -- Fort Cherry HS -- McDonald, PA

Jarred Hill -- 5-11 -- G -- North Catholic -- Pittsburgh, PA

Olonzo Johnson -- 6-0 -- G -- Youngstown Christian -- Youngstown, OH

Jordan Baker -- 6-8 -- F -- McDowell HS -- Erie, PA

Richard Hall -- 6-0 -- G -- Bay Shore HS -- Bay Shore, NY

Floyd Showers -- 6-0 -- PG -- Liberty HS -- Youngstown, OH -- Quick

Nick Bryant -- 6-2 -- CG -- Washington HS -- Washington, PA -- Scorer

Alan Heter -- 6-5 -- SG/SF -- Montour HS -- McKees Rocks, PA -- Shooter, Improving

Kyle Wrentmore -- 6-2 -- G -- Mayfield HS -- Mayfield, OH

Nick Dvorsky -- 6-3 -- G -- North Allegheny HS -- Wexford, PA

Brady Pacific -- 6-3 -- SG -- Kiski Area HS -- Vandergrift, PA -- Plays hard!

Stephon Seton -- 6-6 -- SF -- Lutheran West HS -- Rocky River, OH

Justin Martin -- 6-5 -- SF -- Huntington HS -- Huntington, WV -- Athletic

Sean Tarver -- 6-3 -- SG -- Carver Voc Tech -- Baltimore, MD -- Athlete - JUCO possible

Jared Artman -- 6-5 -- SF/SG -- Edgewood HS -- Ashtabula, OH - Scorer

Chris Tamasy -- 6-4 -- SG -- Greensburg Central Catholic -- Greensburg, PA

Ronald Flowers -- 5-11 -- PG -- Woodland Hills HS -- Pittsburgh, PA -- JUCO possible

Division III:

Jason Mikol -- 6-4 -- F -- Penn Trafford HS -- Harrison City, PA - Solid

Rocky Davis -- 6-4 -- F -- Danbury HS -- Danbury, CT

Brock Witkowski -- 5-11 -- G -- Keystone HS -- Knox, PA -- Great defender, worker

Eric Ellis -- 6-1 -- G -- St. Johns Jesuit -- Toledo, OH

Steven Hopkins -- 6-1 -- G -- St. John-s Prep -- Astoria, NY

Jonathan Boyd -- 6-4 -- SG -- First Baptist Christian School -- Butler, PA

Argenis Henriquez -- 6-1 -- G -- Automotive HS -- Brooklyn, NY

Matt Seikel -- 6-2 -- G -- Abp Hoban HS -- Akron, PA

Esteban Santiago -- 6-0 -- PG -- Robinson School -- San Juan , PR -- Good floor leader

Kwame Moore -- 6-2 -- SG -- Carver Voc Tech -- Baltimore, MD -- JUCO?

Adam Alco -- 6-0 -- G -- Metropolitan Learning Center -- Hartford, CT

Karl Riley -- 6-3 -- G -- Franklin Learning Center -- Philadelphia, PA -- JUCO?

Caleb Angle -- 5-11 -- G -- Altoona Area HS -- Altoona, PA

John Thomas -- 5-10 -- PG -- Washington HS -- Washington, PA

Jonathan Zehe -- 6-4 -- SG/SF -- Fairview HS -- Fairview, PA

Jordan Teague -- 6-0 -- G -- McEachern HS -- McEachern, GA

Quentin Cooper -- 6-4 -- SG -- Mt. Healthy HS -- Mt Healthy, OH

Class of 2010, Division I

Tom Droney -- 6-6 -- PG -- Sewickley Academy -- Sewickley, PA -- High Major -- Potential McDonalds All-American, Big Time Game

Deion Turman -- 6-9 -- C -- Mt. Lebanon HS -- Pittsburgh, PA -- Mid Major Big -- Defender & Shot Blocker, Improving Scorer

Peter Schramm -- 6-8 -- C -- Sewickley Academy -- Sewickley, PA -- Big Strong Post, Great LM to MM Big Guy

Billy Luther -- 6-8 -- F -- Hampton HS -- Allison Park, PA -- Mid Major Forward, Great Shooter & Passer, Rebounds well.

Nate Perry -- 6-2 -- CG -- Hempfield HS -- Greensburg, PA -- Considered by many as one of the top pure shooters in the country this past summer, Mid Major sniper

Nate Herrmann -- 6-3 -- CG -- Seneca Valley -- Harmony, PA -- Tough as nails scorer -- can play either guard spot -- Very good LM-MM guard -- Kevin Bettencourt clone

Darren Harris -- 6-2 -- CG -- Mansfield SR HS -- Mansfield, OH -- Very quick, athletic combo. Solid LM player.

Richard Morrow Jr -- 6-3 -- G -- University School -- Hunting Valley, OH -- Athletic, solid LM guard.

Jerome Barnes -- 6-4 -- SG -- Shadyside Academy -- Pittsburgh, PA -- Very athletic, scoring 2G with major upside -- great student -- Ivy or Patriot League

Division II:

Andrew Rickard -- 6-3 -- G -- Girard HS -- Girard, PA -- Has potential to move up to D1, smart, scoring combo guard.

Mason Marion -- 5-10 -- PG -- Riverside HS -- Ellwood City, PA -- Very crafty PG, A big time winner, nails the 3 and makes plays -- reminds of Wojo.

Brett McCormick -- 6-4 -- SG -- Upper St. Clair HS -- Very solid guard, could move up to D1, winner

Ivan Tchatchouwo -- 6-2 -- CG -- All Hollows -- Bronx, NY -- Tough, athletic Guard

Tavon Barnes -- 6-2 -- CG -- Carver Voc Tech -- Baltimore, MD -- Athletic scorer

Timothy Denman -- 6-2 -- CG -- Blackhawk HS -- Beaver Falls, PA -- Smart, Winning guard

Brandon Hill -- 6-3 -- SF -- Maple Heights HS -- Maple Heights, OH -- Athletic Scorer

Jamaal Martin -- 5-10 -- G -- Rush-Henrietta HS -- Henrietta, NY -- Quick Guard, can play

William Marrow -- 6-3 -- SG -- JF Kennedy HS -- Cleveland, OH -- Strong, scoring wing

Kendall Hunter -- 6-0 -- G -- McKeesport HS -- McKeesport, PA -- Much improved, quick combo

Anthony Thomas -- 6-0 -- PG -- Union HS -- New Castle, PA -- Very quick PG

Anthony Henderson -- 6-1 -- G -- Toledo Start HS -- Toledo, OH

Reginald Faison Jr -- 5-9 -- G -- Upper Marlboro HS -- Upper Marlboro, MD

Derek Winkley -- 6-1 -- SG -- Poteet HS -- Mesquite, TX -- Scorer

Nigel Gibson -- 6-1 -- G -- Quaker valley HS -- Sewickley, PA -- Athlete, works

Will Glendenning -- 5-9 -- G -- Canon McMillan HS -- Canonsburg, PA -- Major Athlete, quick

DJ Waldon -- 5-9 -- G -- Solon HS -- Solon, OH -- Very quick guard that can play

Todd (TJ) Brown -- 6-8 -- C -- Hampton HS -- Allison Park, PA

Jalen Walker -- 5-9 -- PG -- Greenbrier East HS -- Roceverte, WV

Jordan Albert -- 6-0 -- G -- Upper St. Clair HS -- Pittsburgh, PA

Matt Dawson -- 6-1 -- G -- Newark Catholic -- Newark, OH

Michael Wilkison -- 5-9 -- PG -- Anderson HS -- Cincinnati, OH -- Leader

Division III:

Tyler Palmer -- 6-1 -- SG -- Sewickley Academy -- Sewickley, PA -- Shooter!

Matt Dawson -- 6-1 -- G -- Newark Catholic -- Newark, OH

Nathan Hodge -- 6-2 -- CG -- Campbell Memorial -- Campbell, OH

Jordan Westphal -- 6-2 -- G -- Bethel Park HS -- Bethel Park, PA

Stephen Drake -- 6-0 -- G -- Slippery Rock HS -- Slippery Rock, PA -- Worker!

Caleb Gregory -- 6-2 -- SG -- McClain HS -- Greenfield, OH

Alex Guzel -- 5-11 -- G -- Midpark -- Middleburg Hts, OH

Jamey Thomas -- 6-3 -- SG -- Washington HS -- Washington, PA

Michael Roman -- 6-1 -- G -- West Mifflin HS -- West Mifflin, PA -- Worker

Quentin Burton -- 5-7 -- G -- Ambridge HS -- Ambridge, PA

Michael Podolsky -- 6-1 -- SG/SF -- Canfield HS -- Canfield, OH

Brodie Hill -- 6-0 -- G -- Markham District -- Markham, ONT Canada

Eric Miles -- 6-0 -- G -- Schenley HS -- Pittsburgh, PA -- Athlete, Major Improvement

Craig Banks -- 6-1 -- CG -- Gateway HS -- Monroeville, PA

Jeremy Hays -- 6-0 -- G -- John Marshall HS -- Glen Dale, WV

Sumir Dixit -- 5-9 -- G -- MacArthur HS -- Irving, TX

Class of 2011, D-I Prospects:

Giovanni Ellis -- 6-6 -- SF -- Avonworth HS -- Pittsburgh, PA -- MM+ Major athlete, scores

Mike Garrison -- 6-7 -- F -- Stow-Munroe Falls HS -- Stow, OH -- Very nice player -- LM-MM

EJ Blackwell -- 6-3 -- SG -- Rochester HS -- Rochester, PA -- Athletic scoring guard -- MM?

Darius Patton -- 5-9 -- PG -- Penn Hills HS -- Pittsburgh, PA -- Super quick G

John Bray -- 6-4 -- SG/SF -- Shadyside Academy -- Pittsburgh, PA -- Ivy/Patriot, Solid

Dylan Greene -- 6-4 -- SG -- Canyon HS -- Anaheim, CA -- Scoring guard

Class of 2011, D-II and D-III Prospects:

Zach Landman -- 6-5 -- F -- Brownsville HS -- Brownsville, PA

Robbie Haught -- 5-10 -- PG -- Brecksville-Broadview Hts -- Broadview Heights, OH -- Shooter

Lucas Smokovich -- 5-11 -- G -- East Kentwood -- Grand Rapids, MI

Corey Cochran -- 6-1 -- G -- Beaver Area -- Beaver, PA

Derek Jones -- 6-1 -- G -- Brownsville HS -- Brownsville, PA

Cooper Handelsman -- 5-10 -- PG -- Shadyside Academy -- Pittsburgh, PA -- Has game

Jaihlen Teague -- 6-0 -- G -- Princeton HS -- Sharonville, OH

Zack Riddle -- 6-0 -- PG -- Bp. Watterson HS -- Columbus, OH

Tommy Stockwell -- 6-0 -- CG -- Marblehead HS -- Marblehead, MA

Justin Robinson -- 6-0 -- G -- Canon-McMillan -- Canonsburg, PA

Lucas Joseph -- 6-0 -- G -- Montour HS -- McKees Rocks, PA

Kionte Davis -- 6-0 -- G -- Canon-McMillan HS -- Canonsburg, PA

Zac Rorick -- 5-10 -- G -- Riverside HS -- Ellwood City, PA

Casey Hope -- 5-9 -- G -- Greensburg-Salem HS -- Greensburg, PA

Nate Bellhy -- 6-4 -- SF -- Ft. Cherry HS -- McDonald, PA

Kyle Kinnett -- 5-7 -- PG -- Harrison HS -- Cincinnati, OH

Bryan Wesson -- 5-11 -- PG -- Hampshire HS -- Romney, WV

Michael Keffer -- 6-2 -- SG -- Morgantown HS -- Morgantown, WV

David Rucker -- 6-1 -- G -- Blessed Sacrament -- St. Gabriel -- New Rochelle, NY

Class of 2012, Top Prospects:

Ben Mickens -- 6-4 -- G -- Central Catholic HS -- Pittsburgh, PA -- High D1 Potential

Danny Timpona -- 6-0 -- PG -- Sewickley Academy -- Sewickley, PA -- D1 Prospect

Grayson Gunner -- 6-0 -- G -- Rockbridge County HS -- Lexington, VA

Lincoln Davis -- 6-0 -- G -- Central Catholic HS -- Pittsburgh, PA -- Potential D1

David Hummel -- 6-4 -- F -- John Marshall HS -- Glen Dale, WV

Ben Dabat -- 6-0 -- G -- Upper St. Clair HS -- Pittsburgh, PA -- Deadly shooter

Nolan Cressler -- 5-10 -- G -- Plum HS -- Plum, PA -- Crafty prospect

Darius White -- 5-6 -- PG -- Westland HS -- Westland, OH

Jason Sebak -- 5-8 -- PG -- Kiski Area HS -- Vandergrift, PA

Alec Goodwin -- 5-9 -- G -- Grove City HS -- Grove City, PA

Brian Holland -- 5-9 -- G -- Bethel Park HS -- Bethel Park, PA

Oakley Irving -- 5-9 -- G -- Ridley College HS -- St. Catherines, ONT Canada

Cody Deal -- 6-0 -- F -- Hershey Christian -- Hershey, PA

Brad Fenton -- 6-1 -- G -- Mt. Vernon HS -- Mt. Vernon, OH

Trey Coyne -- 6-2 -- F -- Bethel Park HS -- Bethel Park, PA

Bryce Leach -- 5-11 -- G -- Elizabeth Forward HS -- Elizabeth, PA

Class of 2013, Top Prospects:

Ta-ron Ayers -- 5-4 -- PG -- Park School -- Beckley, WV -- Potential D-I PG

Braxton Nolte -- 5-9 -- SG -- Linsly School -- Wheeling, WV -- Shooter

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