Reebok Breakout Challenge: Thursday Part Two

Yesterday, Hawk Hill Hardwood looked at players in the class of 2012 that played Thursday at the Reebok Breakout Challenge. Today, we will take a look at the 2013 and 2014 players that competed on Thursday.

Tomorrow, a recap of Friday's games will be up.

Josh Brown- Brown, a 6'2 guard from Saint Anthony (NJ), has been one of the more impressive 2013 guards in the Tri-State area this spring. That continued on Thursday at camp. Josh is long, athletic, and really gets after it on the defensive end. Due to his length, speed, and athleticism, he has the makings of a lockdown defender at the next level. Incredibly unselfish, Josh is a well-rounded player. While he didn't light up any particular category of the scoreboard, he does a little bit of everything. He grabs a big rebound here, then makes a nice touch pass on the break there. Everything he does is under control and smooth. With two more years under Coach Bob Hurley, Brown is likely to continue to improve significantly. One particularly impressive sequence yesterday saw him pull down a rebound on the defensive end, then zig-zag down court for a layup. Josh is not the only 2013 guard from New Jersey that the Hawks are involved with.

Shep Garner- The 2014 guard from Philadelphia's Roman Catholic High School is one of the select rising sophomores in camp. Shep has already built himself a reputation, both locally and now nationally, as someone that can knock down shots with regularity from deep. In his early game Thursday, he got it going late in the game, hitting two threes in right around a minute. Shep also got to the line, where he knocked down free throws, and scored off the dribble, getting into the lane and to the bucket past his defender. A supremely talented offensive player, it almost looks at times like Shep isn't even breaking a sweat on the court. The sky is the limit for this rising sophomore, especially if he can slide over to the point guard spot. As it stands now, the 6'2 guard is deadly from deep and can also get past his man to the basket. Shep is likely to be recruited at the highest level.

Joel Hernandez- Hernandez, a 6'3 combo guard who has interest from Saint Joseph's and a number of other schools, played alongside Teaneck (NJ) High teammate Neville Fincher, who was written up here yesterday. Hawk Hill Hardwood saw Joel play twice Thursday, and during those games he showed off an ability to knock down shots off the catch and off the dribble. In his first game, Joel knocked down two threes and also converted an offensive rebound into a bucket. In his second game, he showed off more of a mid-range game, hitting a pull-up, a runner, and also hitting a 12-footer from the baseline. Based on these two games on Thursday, Hernandez looks more like a shooting guard than a point. Blessed with decent size for the two-guard spot, Hernandez showed that he can score the ball. At times Thursday, he appeared frustrated by some calls and shots rimming off. The rising junior is one that the Saint Joseph's staff is clearly eyeing in that class. With the Hawks likely looking for two guards in the class of 2013, Hernandez appears to be in the mix.

Rysheed Jordan- Rysheed has seen his stock explode this spring, and for good reason. He has been a known commodity around Philadelphia, where he plays his high school ball for Vaux High, for quite some time. His explosion on the national stage this spring has been nothing short of amazing though. Standing right around 6'4, Jordan has tremendous size for the point guard position. He has everything that college coaches look for in a point guard: size, bounce, court vision, a jumper, and toughness. More than once Thursday, Rysheed got the ball off a defensive rebound and found cutters deep down court, leading them with perfect passes. In a setting like this, where players are typically trying to score as much as possible to attract college attention, Rysheed played an unselfish game, similar to Josh Brown. Jordan has offers from all the Philadelphia schools except Villanova. However, he is no longer a hidden commodity. It will not be shocking if Rysheed Jordan becomes one of the most hotly-pursued point guards nationally in the 2013 class.

Kavon Stewart- Listed at 5'11 in the media packet, Stewart is a jet with the ball, and very crafty with his dribble. Playing on the same team as Dallas Anglin, who was written about here yesterday, Kavon spent time playing both on and off the ball. It is clear that he is more comfortable with the ball in his hand. During the game and a half that I saw yesterday, Kavon showed off impressive court vision. He looks to push the ball up court every time he gets it, and that mentality led to some nice buckets in transition for his teammates. At least twice in his first game yesterday, Stewart found teammates open for dunks. In yesterday's contests, Kavon didn't take many shots from the perimeter. In fact, he didn't take many shots at all, seeming more interested in creating for his teammates. Saint Joseph's is involved with Kavon, but will likely have major competition for him, as he is already generating Big East interest

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