Hoop Group Fall Jam Fest: Part B

In today's second and final part of coverage from last weekend's Hoop Group Fall Jam Fest, the Jersey Shore Warriors will get a closer look. Even without star guard Steve Vasturia, the Warriors put together an impressive weekend.

Hawk Hill Hardwood caught the Jersey Shore Warriors in action both Saturday and Sunday. After cruising through competition on Saturday, they ran into Tyler Roberson's NJ Roadrunners on Sunday. Below are player write-ups on a number of the talented juniors on the 17u Jersey Shore Warriors.

Kyle Green- Green is a wing from Camden Catholic High School (NJ) that stands right around 6'4 or 6'5. In the Warriors' opening-round game against the Wayne PAL Wolfpack, Green impressed. Not only did Green score in transition, but he also showed a nice stroke from the perimeter. Kyle Green scored early and often in the rout of the Wolfpack. A tough, hard-nosed player, Green threw himself on the floor throughout the weekend going after loose balls. Saint Joseph's is in the market for guards in 2013, and Green has the appearance of a guard who would find success at the A10 level.

Stephen Smith- Smith, a 6'7 small forward from La Salle College High School, is just another player on the Warriors who can scorch the nets from the perimeter. Hawk Hill Hardwood saw Smith over the summer and came away very impressed. That continued over the weekend. The bread and butter of Smith's game is his stroke from three. Due to his size, Smith is able to elevate over perimeter defenders with relative ease. Shooters, especially those with size, are in constant demand by college coaches, and Smith looks to be no different. After a solid summer, Smith now looks to have an increased role at La Salle this year. If he keeps knocking down jumpers like he did over the weekend, his name is going to become a popular one in Philadelphia this winter.

Amar Stukes- Stukes plays his high school ball with Stephen Smith at La Salle. For the Jersey Shore Warriors, the 6'1 junior handles point guard duties. Amar is a crafty point guard who likes to get up and down the court. He did just that against the Roadrunners on Sunday. Against the Roadrunners, Stukes pushed the tempo and got into the lane with regularity. Stukes played the role of facilitator Saturday, finding teammates open for dunks and layups. On Sunday, he looked to score and found success. Amar Stukes and Stephen Smith will be a potent backcourt this winter for La Salle.

B.J. Johnson- Checking in right around 6'7, BJ Johnson is a small forward from Lower Merion (PA) with lots of upside. Over the weekend, Johnson did what he does best. Due to his length and athleticism, BJ scores a lot around the basket, either on the break or off the offensive glass. He also showed, on more than one occasion during the weekend, impressive court vision for a forward. There are areas of his game for improvement, but that is part of the appeal. If BJ is able to add some weight to his thin frame and steady some areas of his game, most notably his comfort on the perimeter, then he could develop into a special player.

Yohanny Dalembert- Another forward from Lower Merion, 6'8 junior Yohanny Dalembert was a pleasant surprise this weekend. This was Hawk Hill Hardwood's first glance at the raw forward and there is a lot to like in his game. Yohanny is the half-brother of NBA center Sam Dalembert. Still new to the game of basketball, Yohanny is incredibly raw, but has size and athleticism that can't be taught. On Saturday, he had one of the weekend's top dunks, and swatted shots away with authority throughout the weekend. A tall, strong, active body, Yohanny does a nice job of holding rebounds high in the post. Although raw, he did show off a nice post move on Saturday against Wayne PAL. Against the Roadrunners, he showed no hesitance going right at elite talent Tyler Roberson. Hawk Hill Hardwood will keep a close eye on this intriguing post product this winter.

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