ESPN's Adam Finkelstein checks in today on his recruiting blog from Hoop Mountain Super Week II, on the campus of Stonehill College. Tilton's Georges Niang and King Philip's Jake Layman were some of the headlining attractions this year, but Finkelstein took note of the amount of under-the-radar prospects to impress at the event.
Most notably among the locals were Cambridge's Jacquil Taylor, still a raw prospect at 6-foot-9 but with plenty of upside:
A long and lean lefty with easy mobility and great feet, Taylor's upside is nothing new to those in the Northeast. He's gradually becoming more assertive and showed it in flashes on Wednesday. His bread and butter is his face-up game from the mid-post, but he also produced in pick-and-roll action and in transition.
Meanwhile Portsmouth, R.I. native and Cushing Academy power forward Andrew Chrabascz established his scoring ability:
Chrabascz is best known for his efficiency and playing a role within his highly-talented BABC team, but this week's camp atmosphere provided him with an opportunity to showcase some of his individual skills and he didn't disappoint. He demonstrated phenomenal footwork both inside and out and a series of aggressive scoring moves.
Also of note, Canterbury's English import and 7-foot-1 senior-to-be Ed Lawrence could become a familiar face over the next six to 12 months:
You can't teach size and while Lawrence is an undeniable project in need of muscle and upper-body strength, he has tools to work with. He moves very well for a guy his size, has soft hands and good poise with his back to the basket. About to enter his second year stateside since arriving from England, Lawrence is also a terrific student who has Yale among his early favorites.