Summer Final: Sunday notes

Sunday afternoon marked the end of a hectic month of travel basketball. Hawk Hill Hardwood ended the last live period of the month at the Elevate Hoops Summer Final at Cabrini College. Donte DiVincenzo and Myles Stephens were two of the day's standout stars.

Donte DiVincenzo: A 6'3 combo guard from Salesianum (DE), DiVincenzo has gone from a relative unknown to a hot commodity in a matter of weeks. The rising junior, who plays with Team Final Black, was terrific in a Sunday morning loss to the New Jersey Roadrunners. Donte is extremely athletic, and that athleticism was on display Sunday as he converted acrobatic layups and had a monster block on the defensive end. He has range on his jumper, which he demonstrated knocking down a step-back three off a cat-quick crossover. He also possesses good vision off the bounce. St. Joe's has extended an offer DiVincenzo's way, as have countless others this month. He has the look of a high-major lock, and could very well be the most exciting and fun player in the area to watch.

Myles Stephens: Around 6'4, Stephens was phenomenal for the Roadrunners in the morning win over Team Final Black. He went punch-for-punch with DiVincenzo, and ultimately blew a close game into a 20-plus point rout. Princeton, Seton Hall, and others are involved. Stephens is a very bright student, and plays a high IQ brand of basketball, and that's not a knock. He is smart with the ball and possesses athleticism and a beautiful jumper. The 2015 wing guard certainly looked the part of a high-major on Sunday.

The morning tilt between Team Final Black and the NJ Roadrunners drew a handful of coaches. Dave Duda from St. Joe's, Phil Martelli Jr. from Delaware, and Jim Carr from Rhode Island were among the coaches taking this one in.

Johnnie Shuler: A 5'11 point guard from Washington DC, Shuler was very good in a semifinal win with the DC Warriors. Shuler played the role of facilitator but was also able to knock down multiple shots from the perimeter. He had help in this one from Aaron Robinson, who knocked down five threes of his own. Shuler is being very aggressively recruited by La Salle, and the Explorers were watching him closely in this one. A bit on the smaller side, Shuler can knock down open jumpers and is very crafty with the ball in the lane and around the rim. He has the look of a player that would be a great fit for the Explorers.

Ben Bentil: I only caught the last ten minutes of the semi-final match-up between the NJ Roadrunners and We R-1 17s, but it was certainly worth it. The Roadrunners got the win and ultimately took home the 17u championship, defeating the DC Warriors. In the ten minutes that I saw, Bentil played well. He had a big two-handed dunk over a defender and knocked down a 17-foot elbow jumper. Recent reports by Adam Zagoria and also Josh Verlin have Bentil planning visits to Miami, Providence, and Georgetown. The Hawks have been involved with Ben longer than anyone, and have been recruiting him as hard as anyone. At the end of the day, it will be interesting to see if that pays off for the staff or not. At 6'7-6'8, Ben has great strength and plays with a strong motor. After a somewhat down April, he regained his form and played very well throughout July.

With the book now closed on the July live periods, expect the next week or two to be hectic with offers, visits, and more. Not only at St. Joe's, but around the country. Continue to stay dialed into the latest with Hawk Hill Hardwood.

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