Live in AC Pt. 2 outstanding players:

Supreme Cook 6'8' '19 NJ Roadrunners (East Orange Campus HS NJ) – I only got to see the Roadrunners once in this event but having seen Cook several times over the last year and a half I think he's trending in the right direction. In a win over L&L Cook led with 19pts 11reb as he gave them fits trying to check him. He used an assortment of quick burst moves in the paint to score at will and he was masterful in getting position to snare offensive rebounds for put back slams or tip ins. He has an excellent first jump to get up for boards on both ends and his touch around the basket is really improving to where he's comfortable stepping out an knocking down a 15 footer. Defensively he can defend the post and get occasional blocked shots despite having a thin frame and I believe that once he hits a college weight room he'll pack on some muscle to make him even more effective down low. He also has improved his ability to kick the ball out to open perimeter shooters and he actually had 2asts by doing just that. NJIT and Robert Morris are two D-1 schools checking him out and I suspect that a few more may inquire before the summer ends.

Doug Edert 6'2' '19 NJ Roadrunners (Bergen Catholic HS NJ) – Edert is Mr. Outside to Supreme Cook's Mr. Inside for the Roadrunners and quite simply this young man can shoot the basketball. Every time I see him he shows that shooters mentality which is keep putting them up cause eventually they're going to fall. With him though they generally do fall more often than not. In the contest I viewed he had 18pts 3 treys 4asts 5stls and was just as big a headache for L&L as Cook was on the interior. His shot is smooth with a quick release and good rotation and he's not just reliant on his long distance stroke. He can handle the ball very well even against pressure and can get inside the lane to hit pull up jumpers or find a seam and get to the rim. He excels in drawing defenders close then throwing a crisp scoring pass to a teammate. Defensively he plays smart positional basketball and has good instincts to pick off errant passes and he specializes in sneaking in from behind for double team strip steals. He recently picked up an offer from New Hampshire to go with those from Wagner and Fairleigh-Dickinson as he heads into his Sr. season.

Keeshawn Kellman 6'8' '19 K-Low Elite Blue (Perkiomen School PA) – After a fine scholastic career at Allentown Central Catholic PA he decided on a prep year and another go round of spring and summer hoops. Running with K-Low's B team Kellman has had a chance to work on his game and iron out some of the kinks he had at ACC. He has always been a good rebounder and interior defender and nothing I saw here in the three games I watched has changed my mind about that. He boarded at a high level all three tilts using his strong frame to box out and grab misses and he was very diligent about getting position on the offensive glass to get put backs. Defensively he was tough inside and as always showed good timing to block several shots across the three contests. Where I saw improvement was on offense where his footwork has gotten much better and he's getting to the rim for layups and finishing them with regularity. He had 8pts/14pts/11pts in his three games which were well earned and opponents still had to contend with his ability to kick the ball out to open shooters from the low post. If he continues to make strides in his skillset during his Prep year I can see him upping his stock to the mid D-1 level at least.

Andrew Delaney 6'6' '19 Jersey Shore Warriors Gold (St. Augustine Preparatory School NJ) – I had a coach tell me that Delaney should stop playing hoops right now and become a tight end in football cause with his strong upper body he could possibly be playing on Sundays in the NFL someday. I don't disagree with that except for the part of giving up basketball of course but he is a strong young man who can carve out space down low and on more than one occasion I saw an opponent literally bounce off him and hit the deck. He is athletic in a non basketball kind of way so to speak but he has decent skills that he can utilize to get results. He can rebound very well using his physicality to seal off his man and grab boards off the rim. He's a good passer with decent court vision especially on outlet passes as he threw several in the games I watched that were right on the money. He has good form on his jump shot with range to the arc he just needs to be more consistent in his shot selection. In a win over All Day Hoops PA he found that consistency by netting 21pts 3 treys and a couple in traffic layups to lead the squad. Defensively he is adept at guarding guys in the post with his physicality but he doesn't possess great lateral quickness which can cause issues away from the basket. What level he maxes out at in the futurewill be dependent on his continued development in various aspects of his game. He does have one thing that is dependable though and that is a strong work effort which should serve him well.

Jack Forrest 6'4' '19 Jersey Shore Warriors Gold (Lower Merion HS PA) – As I've mentioned before when discussing Forrest is that he can shoot it and like last week at the Hoop Group Summer Jam Fest he knocked down 12 threes in the three games I viewed here. He was on fire Thursday backing up Delaney with 16pts 4 treys vs. All Day Hoops then came back later and popped for 24pts 6 treys in an elimination loss to Early Risers NY in the Atlantic division of this event. With good form and a quick trigger finger he can get his shot off from virtually anywhere on the court and defenses usually have to keep a close eye on him. He's a capable passer with an ok handle who is working on his deficiencies to improve his stock and is down to a final four of Columbia, Brown, Bucknell and Boston University as he enters his Sr. year.

Sean Conway 6'4' '19 Crown Basketball (Fairfield-Warde HS CT) – Watching this NY based Crown squadplay is always a pleasure as like JB Hoops, PK Flash and the JS Warriors these guys play team basketball with multiple shooters and lots of passing and cutting and back door layups. It is the equalizer for these teams as their rosters aren't usually stocked with a plethora of run jump athletes. Conway was a guy I had never seen before but after seeing him in the four games I viewed on their way to a second straight Atlantic division championship here at Live in AC I was definitely impressed by his overall game. He was a good shooter who had at least one trey in all four games I saw but didn't force any shots and took what the defense gave him. I liked his feel for the game and his decision making was on point in those 4 tilts as well. In one game vs. Team BBC Blue MD on Thursday he needed to shoot it more and he finished with 18pts and 4 treys. He has excellent form on his jumper but with solid handle he could penetrate the lane for a variety of options and his handle was effective vs. pressure which didn't seem to bother him in the least. His passing skills were quite impressive as he drew defenders to him only to dish some crafty feeds resulting in god scoring opportunities. By my unofficial count he had roughly 14asts in the four games. This team plays really good defense especially in help situations and Conway showed an ability to defend on the perimeter with good positioning and anticipation. I don't know where his recruitment is at the moment but I can see some NEC teams taking a look see at some point.

Corey Greer 6'0' '19 Team Rio (Olympus Prep NJ) – For Greer losing his Jr. season at Camden HS to a knee injury set his recruitment back a ton. After some trepidation heading into his Sr. season he had a very good year as he worked his way back to form although I'm sure their was greater pain for him as their season came to a sudden end with an upset loss in the SJ Group 2 final. Once the season ended however he still was not generating enough interest recruiting wise and while people wandered if he was all the back to his former self he decided to give prep school a shot and wound up at Olympus. With another year of Grassroots thrown in he's hoping to rekindle the D-1 interest he had before the injury and make no mistake Greer is a D-1 talented youngster when 100% healthy. Playing with Rio's B team he left no doubt to me that the knee is fine and that he's ready to show schools what he can do on the big stage. Despite a loss to Team Thrill UAA MD Greer was dominant in leading his team with 21pts 2 treys and at least 4asts. His shot looked much better than during the HS campaign as he seemed more comfortable planting his feet and squaring up. He continues to be a strong driver getting inside with change of direction and hesitation dribbles as he maneuvers his way to the hoop. He's a tough kid who can finish thru contact and he is an underrated passer because of his ability to penetrate and score. In this contest he continually drew defenders close and then hit cutters with deft feeds for scoring opportunities. He engages at the defensive end with a tough physical style that is effective in keeping his man from penetrating the lane and he is regaining his ability to close on outside shooters. I will reiterate here in saying that Corey should garner a D-1 scholarship at the conclusion of his year at Olympus Prep.

Chase Paar 6'10' '19 Team Thrill UAA (Glenelg Country Day School MD) – While I had heard of Paar before I had never seen him play so he was a guy I paid close attention to. As with most bigs in Grassroots ball he doesn't get a ton of touches but when he does he makes them count. In the four games I viewed he averaged 10 PPG on the money with a high of 14pts coming in an excruciating one point OT loss to eventual Atlantic division titlist Crown basketball in the semi's. He has good footwork that is still evolving and he has nice touch around the basket that leads to multiple layup attempts. His short range jump shot is also coming along as he did hit a couple inside the painted area. He rebounded well here although he needs to add some muscle to his frame and he held his own as an inside defender even managing to block a few shots. He runs the floor well for his size and is very alert to look for the ball as he jockeys for position. As a passer it was tough to get a read on him as this team had plenty of ball control guards who were more prone to shoot it or drive it but he did have several nice outlet passes to start the transition game to peek my curiosity. He recently told Rivals Corey Evans that he had cut his school list down to a final five consisting of Xavier, Temple, Nebraska, George Mason and NCAA tourney darling (1A) UMBC. The next step for him after the July period will be to start setting official visits so he can make his final decision.