Baltimore Elite 17U was without a significant portion of their roster on Sunday. Despite a depleted roster, they took care of business in their opening-round contest against Eric Fanning and Team NJABC. However, they ran into eventual champion Playaz Basketball Club in their second-round game. The Playaz won a triple-overtime thriller against New Heights NYC in the championship game. Hawk Hill Hardwood caught two of Baltimore Elite's games on Sunday and one of the Playaz games.
Isaiah Miles – Miles is a 6'7 combo forward in the class of 2012 from Baltimore. Isaiah played the first three years of his high school career at Glenelg Country Day (MD), but will be finishing his high school career out this year at Milford Mills (MD). Miles is one of Saint Joseph's top targets in the 2012 class, and the Hawks had three coaches watching each of his games on Sunday, including head coach Phil Martelli. Miles didn't have particularly strong offensive outings on Sunday afternoon, but he did capture Hoop Group Elite Camp Session III MVP in the morning. Despite not scoring at a high rate in either contest, Miles still impressed on several fronts. In the second-round game against the Playaz, Miles knocked down a 17-footer. He also scored twice through contact after offensive rebounds. In both games, Miles demonstrated an ability to pass well out of the high post. When Miles gets the ball in the free throw extended area, he is able to face up and either shoot it himself or look for cutters to the basket. Due to his ability to knock down perimeter shots and pass well out of the high post, Miles looks like a face-up 4 type man at the college level. In the contest against the Playaz, Miles battled in the post with highly regarded 2012 forward Savon Goodman. Miles did not back down to Goodman's physicality in the match-up. With the Hawks looking for a stretch 4 in the 2012 class, it appears as if Miles is at the top of that list. He reminded a bit of former Hawk Rob Ferguson in that capacity, with a bit more of an edge on the boards.
Jamel Artis- Artis was the standout performer for Baltimore Elite on Sunday. A 6'6 rising senior, Artis is a combo guard who looks more than comfortable with the ball in his hands. Considering that, Artis has tremendous size for the point guard position. Due to his size, Artis is a very difficult match-up for opposing guards and does not shy away from contact. Artis likes to crash the offensive and defensive glass, and showed an ability to mix it up inside against bigger forwards. Due to solid play all summer, Artis has seen his recruitment take off. Jamel Artis is not currently being recruited by Saint Joseph's, but his terrific play on Sunday made him worth a mention here.
Chris Jones- While Xavier-bound senior Myles Davis gets plenty of attention for his ability to knock down deep threes, teammate Chris Jones showed on Sunday that he is deserving of some of that attention too. Jones is a 6'5 wing who plays his high school ball for Teaneck High School, who enters this coming season as one of New Jersey's top teams. During the second half of the Playaz-Baltimore Elite contest, Jones heated up from deep. Over the course of a couple minutes, Jones drained four shots from three. Jones is long and a capable ball handler as well. He showed an ability to create as well, driving past his defender and kicking the ball to a teammate for a wide open three. Jones also threw down a big jam in the game's first half. The Hawks have long been listed by Jones, and he turned in a terrific performance Sunday in front of the three SJU coaches.
Check back tomorrow for the final coverage from Hoop Groups' End of Summer Classic. Tomorrow, we will look at Jersey Shore Warriors 16U teammates Stephen Smith, B.J. Johnson,and Kyle Green.
Hoop Group End of Summer Classic: Part B
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