ESPN's Adam Finkelstein recaps the Memorial Day Super 16 Showcase in New London, Conn. today on ESPN's College Basketball Recruiting Blog, and makes note of the local flavor.
To read the full entry CLICK HERE (Insider only). Below are some excerpts of Finkelstein's analysis:
Noah Vonleh (Haverhill, Mass./New Hampton)
2014, PF, 6-8, 220 pounds
Vonleh’s dominance continued on Sunday as his versatility and overall talent shined above the rest of the field. He seems to highlight a new weapon in his arsenal every weekend and this weekend it was his ability to rise to the occasion in big moments. In the semifinal, it was a buzzer-beating tip-dunk that saw him rise above a pack of traffic to throw down a vicious dunk just as time expired in what was an incredible display of his explosiveness.
Kahlil Dukes (Hartford, Conn./Capital Prep)
2013, SG/PG, 5-11, 160 pounds
His game and recruitment have been on a steady rise all spring. His DNA is that of an undersized scoring guard and while he may never be a pure point guard, he’s more of a new-age lead guard who uses his individual playmaking abilities to create offensive opportunities for his team. This weekend, he continued to get better as the tournament went on and his efficiency improved with his decision making.
EYE ON THE UNDERCLASSMEN
Chris Baldwin (Springfield, Mass./Hillside School)
2015, PF, 6-6, 185 pounds
Baldwin’s name is far from a new one in the Northeast. His natural ability has been well- known for some time, but in many ways this weekend was still his breakout performance as it was the first time that he made a heavy impact on a high-level game. Playing up at the U-17 level, Baldwin stole the show on Saturday, showing his powerful athleticism to throw down back-to-back hammer dunks.
Bruce Brown (Wakefield, Mass./Wakefield)
2015, SF, 6-3, 175 pounds
Brown is a young, up-and-coming swingman with a very high ceiling. He is a high-level athlete who is already playing well above the rim and has good size and a naturally-strong body. While he’s a constant threat to get to the rim, the two other things that could make him special are his motor and defensive instincts.
Jeremy Miller (Milton, Mass./New Hampton)
2015, C, 6-9, 200 pounds
He’s the type of young big man who has clear potential, but hasn’t yet been able to deliver the consistent production. That wasn’t the case on Sunday when he showed his skill set out to the 3-point line and even knocked down a dagger 3 to tie the game with 5 seconds left in the junior division final.