ESPN's Joel Francisco has a recap today on the Double Pump Best of the Summer Showcase, in Anaheim, Calif., and makes special note of several New Englanders -- more specifically, St. Mark's 7-footer Kaleb Tarczewski, as well as Mass. Rivals prized recruits and soon-to-be New Hampton teammates Noah Vonleh and Zach Auguste.
Francisco says Vonleh very nearly stole the show out west. Here's what he said about the locals:
Noah Vonleh (Haverhill, Mass./New Hampton)
2014, WF, 6-foot-7, 215 pounds
Although he doesn't have the notoriety of a Theo Pinson (Greensboro, N.C./Wesleyan Christian Academy) or Andrew Wiggins (Toronto, Canada/Huntington Prep), Vonleh belongs in the discussion for being among the top players in the Class of 2014. He has all the physical intangibles (extraordinarily long arms and bounce) scouts look for in a high-level prospect. He is an innate scorer off the dribble and can knock down the 3-point shot. In addition, he had a number of high-level finishes through contact after slashing to the basket.
Kaleb Tarczewski (Claremont, N.H./St. Marks)
2012, C, 6-11, 250 pounds
Tarczewski is rated amongst the best prospects in the country as Kansas, Duke, Arizona and North Carolina monitor his every pivot move and finish. He has a solid frame with good length and has room for growth in his upper torso. He sets up well in the deep post and knows how to seal his defender. He is a good passer out of the double team and generally has a high IQ for the game at both ends. However, he is fairly grounded and needs space to elevate in the paint. In addition, he is slow to react in terms of shot blocking and rebounding in space. If Tarczewski is going to be mentioned amongst the best in the country, he must become more dominant at both ends.
Zach Auguste (Marlborough, Mass./New Hampton)
2012, PF, 6-9, 210 pounds
Auguste -- who reminds me of Channing Frye -- had his whole arsenal going at Best of the Summer. The rangy 4-man with great length displayed his face-up skills and nice touch out to the 3-point line. He rebounded well in traffic and had a number of impressive hustle plays. In one sequence, he sprinted the length of the floor off of a steal to get the block on the other end -- one of the most impressive plays we've seen all summer. Overall, Auguste is vastly underrated and he should turn out to be a great college player with the upside to play in the NBA.