Philly-New York junior game standouts

On Sunday afternoon, Hawk Hill Hardwood was in attendance at Ben Franklin High School for the All-City Philadelphia-New York City game. Today, we will take a look at the sophomore game, which was highlighted by the play of guard JaQuan Newton, forward Terry Larrier, and more.

In today's recap, Hawk Hill Hardwood will look at a handful of juniors from the Philadelphia roster. I was only able to attend the first half of this game, so all information in this recap is from the first half alone.

JaQuan Newton: Newton, a strong 6'2-6'3 point guard from Neumann-Goretti (PA) is one of the top players in the city of Philadelphia, regardless of class. Newton went on to win MVP honors in the game, which should come as no surprise to anyone. Newton is at his best with the ball in his hands, attacking the basket. He had one of the afternoon's top plays in the first half with a dazzling reverse lay-in following a strong baseline drive. Newton has solid size at the point, is crafty with the ball, and is simply very difficult to stop when he lowers his head and attacks the basket. He holds local offers from the likes of Villanova, St. Joe's, and Temple while also being recruited by many of the nation's elite. Sunday was just another day on the court for JaQuan, as he put together a terrific performance.

Basil Thompson: Thompson is a 6'6 combo forward from Philadelphia's Imhotep Charter. Last month, Basil told Hawk Hill Hardwood that "George Mason, Delaware, Miami, and Florida" are among the schools involved in his recruitment. Undersized at the 4, Basil compensates by playing with a high motor and battling on the boards. He had, by my count, ten first half points. All came in or around the rim, or at the free-throw line. Basil is one of the best forwards in Philadelphia in the class of 2014. His willingness to mix it up on the boards, combined with his athleticism and soft touch around the rim will make him a tough match-up in the city this year, and an intriguing prospect for college coaches.

Sean Lloyd- During the first half, you could argue that Lloyd, a 6'4 wing guard from Franklin Learning Center ,was the top player on the Philadelphia roster. Lloyd, who runs with Team Philly on the AAU circuit, had 12 first-half points, scoring the ball in a variety of ways. Most known for his ability to slash to the rim, Sean also knocked down a deep three in the first half. Lloyd is athletic, plays with a definite toughness, and is willing to absorb contact driving to the rim, with the strength to finish through contact. Lloyd is getting looks from a mixture of mid and high major schools, including the locals. With St. Joe's in possession of five scholarships in the 2014 class, Lloyd is a player that is already getting looks, and will probably continue to get them from the Hawk coaching staff.

Eric Anderson- Anderson, listed at 6'4 in the roster but much closer to 6'6, attends The Haverford School (PA) and is a part of their dynamic, skilled backcourt. A heady player, Anderson does a number of things well, and he showed that ability on Sunday. Eric knocked down a 15-footer and also showed an ability to put the ball on the deck and pull up from the mid-range. Eric is an intriguing recruit due to his strong academics and skill set. He's certainly one to track for the Ivy and Patriots.

Terry Larrier: The final player that we will take a look at today is from the New York roster. 6'7 Phelps School (PA) combo forward was very impressive in the first half on Sunday. Terry's stock absolutely shot through the roof this summer, and watching him Sunday it was very easy to see why. He hit a baseline jumper, scored on an and-one, had a put-back dunk, and also showed an ability to push the ball up the court after grabbing a rebound. He also showed off his athleticism with a huge first half block. Zach Braziller of The New York Post recently reported that Larrier was visited by Drexel, St. Joe's, and Temple. With Terry now attending school in Pennsylvania, I would think that he becomes a player that the Philadelphia schools hone in on. He was extremely impressive on Sunday and was one of the day's bright spots

Check back tomorrow for an in-depth look at the sophomore game, which was loaded with high-major talent.

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