Inside Imhotep: Part B

Two weeks ago, Hawk Hill Hardwood took a first look inside Imhotep Charter (PA), one of Philadelphia's top basketball programs. Over the weekend, I caught up with sophomore wing Carnel Harley and senior point guard Abraham Massaley to get their thoughts on the upcoming season and the latest on their recruitment.

Abraham Massaley is one of two players to transfer this summer from Math, Civics, and Sciences to Imhotep. The 6-foot point guard joined junior forward Basil Thompson, who was profiled here two weeks ago. One of the quicker guards in the city, Abe described himself as "a pure point guard with great quickness."

Massaley went on, saying that one of his greatest strengths is his "on the ball defense." Offensively, Abe explained, "I like to create off the dribble, and either look to drive and kick or drive to score."

According to Abe, "the environment" and "their ability to prepare you for the next level" were the primary reasons for the transfer over to Imhotep. That, combined with "the work ethic of the coaches and players" drew him to Imhotep and Coach Andre Noble.

A senior, Massaley is drawing interest from a handful of schools, but remains wide open in the process. He listed "Quinnipiac, Long Island University, Sacred Heart, St. Francis, and Siena" as the schools that he's hearing from. While he is open in the process, Abe stated that he would like to play "in an up-tempo, fast style of offense" in college.

Another transfer into Imhotep is 6'6 sophomore wing forward Carnel Harley. Harley played recently in the All-City Classic against New York, in the 2015 game, where he demonstrated an ability to score from the wing and also mix it up inside.

In talking with Hawk Hill Hardwood, Carnel said, "I'm a wing that likes to drive on you and hit pull-up jumpers." At 6'6, one of Carnel's greatest strengths is his versatility. In the All-City Classic he played at both the 3 and the 4, but he also explained to Hawk Hill Hardwood that he spent some time "running the 1 this summer."

Like Abe Massalley, Carnel was drawn to Imhotep by the environment there and the strength of their basketball program.

While is it still very early in the process for the sophomore, Carnel noted that a number of schools have already been in touch. "St. Joe's, St. John's, Rutgers, Xavier, Quinnipiac, Providence, Miami, and UMass" are the schools that he rattled off over the weekend. At least one of those schools has already received an unofficial visit, as Harley added that he visited St. Joe's in early September.

Abe Massalley and Carnel Harley are two transfers that should make their presence felt at Imhotep this season.

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