Michael LeBlanc: In an afternoon tilt between the RI Hawks and New Heights, LeBlanc was arguably the most valuable player on either team. A 6'6 wing from New Hampton Prep, LeBlanc paced the RI Hawks with 19 points in the win. LeBlanc knocked down a trio of threes, converted a steal into an easy bucket, and scored on an aggressive drive from the wing. He also hit a pretty fifteen-foot turnaround jumper. Following the game, LeBlanc updated Hawk Hill Hardwood on his recruitment. The skilled wing listed offers from "Brown, Binghamton, and New Hampshire." In addition, he claimed "strong interest from Princeton, Bucknell, Dartmouth, Yale, Albany, San Francisco, Lehigh, Lafayette, and Marist." If Saturday's performance was any indication, Mike LeBlanc has the look of a player that will become a priority recruit at the Patriot and Ivy level.
Paul Jorgensen: In a loss to Mike LeBlanc and the RI Hawks, Jorgensen handled the point for New Heights. Jorgensen, listed at 6'2, attends Don Bosco Prep in North Jersey. The lead guard told Josh Verlin of City of Basketball Love that he picked up an offer from St. Joe's last weekend after being watched by the Hawks coaching staff at the Adidas Invitational. Paul had five points and a handful of assists in this one. A strongly-built 6'1-6'2, Jorgensen has a nice stroke, which he showed off right out of the gate, canning a 17-foot pull-up jumper. He also hit a runner, and one of two free throws. He was at his best with the ball in his hands, creating either for himself or teammates. He is a player that Hawk Hill Hardwood will watch again on Saturday.
Paschal Chukwu: Chukwu, a 7'1 center from Fairfield Prep (CT), has been one of the summer's biggest draws. Thursday was no different, as he drew coaches from St. Joe's, Providence, UConn, and more. Those appear to be three of the main schools involved in his recruitment at the moment. Chukwu finished with 5 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks in an afternoon tilt with the New Jersey Playaz. Paschal's defense is clearly ahead of his offense, but he still showed off a nice baseline spin out of a double-team. He hit three of his six free throw attempts. Phil Martelli and Ed Cooley have been tracking Paschal every step of the way this summer, and his shot-blocking ability and rebounding are clearly the draw. Paschal also runs the floor very well. More than anything else, he blocks and alters just about everything that goes up in the paint. 7-footers with his athleticism and mobility simply don't come around all that often.
Hawk Hill Hardwood will be back at Competitive Edge Sports on Saturday for the Hoop Group Summer Jam Fest.
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