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Locals stand out at Hoop Group Jam Fest

5/1/2012

ESPN's Adam Finkelstein recaps last weekend's Hoop Group Northeast Jam Fests in Providence and Philadelphia, today on ESPN's Basketball Recruiting section, which you can find here.

Finkelstein highlighted several locals that stood out over the weekend, including New Hampton (N.H.) forward Noah Vonleh, Worcester Academy forward Matt Cimino and Capital Prep (Conn.) guard Kahlil Dukes.

Here's what he had to say about each:

STANDOUT PERFORMANCES

Noah Vonleh (Haverhill, Mass./New Hampton)

2014, PF, 6-8, 220 pounds

Still nursing a sprained ankle suffered last weekend in Las Vegas, Vonleh turned what should have been a limitation into an opportunity to showcase his developing versatility. While still showing his trademark playmaking skills off the dribble, he also went to work with his back to the basket. The Rivals took the title in Providence with a decisive second-half run, all of which came when running the offense through Vonleh in the post, as he not only scored with jump hooks and double pivots but also passed out of double teams to find shooters, punishing the defense for whatever coverage they attempted.

SURPRISE PERFORMANCES

Matt Cimino (Falmouth, Maine/Worcester Academy)

2014, PF, 6-9, 200 pounds

Cimino put on a show in the second half of the U-17 championship game in Providence, knocking down five second-half 3s by working the inside-out, two-man game with Vonleh. He’s a good post feeder from the perimeter, with agility and touch to throw soft bounce passes and the size to throw over top of pressure as well. His combination of size and skill also forced the opposition into defensive mismatches, as the Westchester Hawks had to use their longest defender to contest Cimino’s 3-point shot, leaving Vonleh free to operate against a smaller defender on the block.

PLAYER TO WATCH

Kahlil Dukes (Hartford, Conn./Capital Prep)

2013, SG/PG, 5-11, 160 pounds

If you like the comparison game, you’ll appreciate this reference from one on-looking college coach who compared Dukes to a poor man’s Eddie House. The former Arizona State sniper was an undersized 2-guard who did his best to slide over to the point but eventually embraced his identity as a scoring guard and played over 10 years in the NBA because of it. Dukes is cut from a similar cloth. He’s transitioning to the point and showing some growth with his decision making, but his niche is his ability to make shots in bunches and he owns the special skill of being able to make tough shots with high degrees of difficulty.