Hoop Group Summer Classic East: Monday

On Monday, Hawk Hill Hardwood attended the opening day of Hoop Group's Summer Classic East. The high level of talent in the field drew quite a crowd of college coaches.

Saint Joseph's had head coach Phil Martelli in the building, along with assistant coaches Mark Bass and Dave Duda. Other head coaches included Pitt's Jamie Dixon, La Salle's Dr. John Giannini, Davidson's Bob McKillop, UMass' Derek Kellogg, and many more.

Below are player write-ups on some of those that stood out in Monday's action. A recap of Tuesday's games will be up tomorrow.

Steve Vasturia- Vasturia is a 6'3 guard out of Philadelphia's Saint Joseph's Prep that runs with the Jersey Shore Warriors for AAU. On Monday morning, Vasturia helped lead the Jersey Shore Warriors to a blowout win over South Jersey Select. He opened up Monday morning's contest with a deep three. While Vasturia is most known for his shooting from the perimeter, that opening 3 was his only of the contest. That's not to say that that was his only impact on the game though. Vasturia's used his strength to battle inside for offensive rebounds, one of which he converted for an and-one layup. A combo guard, Vasturia did spend some time at the point in this contest, where his eyes were always upcourt and looking to push the ball. By my count, Vasturia finished the contest with 10 points. A number of head coaches sat courtside, including Martelli, McKillop, and Giannini, as Vasturia turned in a solid outing.

Billy Dooley- While Vasturia and teammate Ronald Curry, a James Madison commit, are the biggest names on the Jersey Shore Warriors, Dooley was an integral part of Monday morning's win. The 2012 6'5 shooting guard from Chestnut Hill Academy (PA) showed an ability to knock down perimeter shots in the game. By my count, Dooley connected on four in the game and finished with 14 points.

B.J. Johnson- Johnson, a 6'6 small forward out of Lower Merion (PA), runs with the 16U Jersey Shore Warriors squad. A terrific athlete, Johnson was one of the quickest end-to-end players that I watched on Monday. Johnson has great length and quickness, which should allow him excel on the defensive end. Only a rising junior, he has plenty of time to add significant weight to his lanky frame. Johnson showed an ability to knock down shots from three, as well as activity on the boards. For the most part, Johnson is all about potential at this point. He is certainly a Philadelphia-area prospect worth tracking over the coming years though, and I am sure that college coaches feel the same way.

Hallice Cooke- Hawk Hill Hardwood has written extensively about Cooke's high school and AAU teammate Josh Brown over the past week. Cooke is an extremely talented player in his own right. The 2013 6'3 shooting guard has exploded on the scene in recent weeks. Cooke took an unofficial visit to Saint Joseph's with Josh Brown in the beginning of June, when very few people nationally knew who he was. That has all changed now, and Cooke is quickly making a name for himself. On Monday, in an afternoon game, Cooke started off slowly, but then heated up after knocking down a three off a Josh Brown assist. That's all it took for Cooke, who proceeded to then score off a steal, get two more off a driving layup, and then knock down another triple. Among the coaches watching Sports U during this afternoon game were Saint Joseph's assistants Mark Bass and Dave Duda, an assistant coach from Florida Atlantic, and an assistant from Rutgers.


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