|Kade Kager broke out last Friday on Hoop Mountain|
Hoop Mountain Fall Showcase
- Last Friday night at the Mass Premier Courts in Mansfield, more than 50 college coaches gathered to watch a group of more than 175 high school players compete in the Hoop Mountain Fall Classic.
Kade Kager - '13 - 6'3 G - Taft School (CT) - Slashing guard with hops who had the dunk of the night when he flew in from the wing and slammed home a one-hand put-back dunk in traffic. Terrific rebounder from the back-court. Although naturally a wing player, Kager spent a good portion of the night running the point for his squad and did a very nice job of setting up his teammates for easy scores in transition, specifically, his Taft School teammate Matt Daley '12, an athletic 6'8 forward who runs the floor hard and attacks the rim aggressively with two hands. On more than several occasions, Kager grabbed a rebound and busted out on the break before feeding Daley for a dunk to finish.
Colby Smith - '11 - 6'0 G - North Andover HS
- Hard-nosed, high IQ, play-making combo guard with good speed and terrific instincts. Strong on-ball defender & a versatile offensive game.
Nizar Kapic - '12 - 6'5 SF- Hyde Prep School (CT)
- Strong-bodied wing who fills it up from behind the arc and attacks the basket hard with his rugged frame. Crashes the boards with an attitude and plays physically on defense.
Tyler Delorey - '12 - 6'2 SG - Holy Name HS (MA)
- Strong athletic scoring guard who attacks the cup with urgency and thrives in transition.
Sam Casey - '14 - 5'11 G - Lincoln-Sudbury HS (MA)
- Skilled combo-guard who plays a clever game and consistently fills it up from long range.
- Tabor power forward Jarred Reuter '15 stood out as the best overall prospect at the event while his Tabor Academy teammate Dimitri Coronel was in a class of his own as an athletic high-flyer.
- Newton North guard Mike Thorpe teamed with Rivers swing-man Kyle Reardon to form one of the most impressive duos of the night.
- Harry Raftery is a smart left-handed trigger-man with a smooth stroke and a crafty pull-back game off the dribble.
- Among the premier players at the event was Steve Haladyna, who scored the ball from the in-between all night. He really pursues the ball with a purpose.
- Joey Flannery built on his breakout performance at the Beantown Fall Classic a few weeks back and had another strong showing.
Tweet from @HoopRootz on Saturday 9/18..."Colin Richey displayed his athleticism last night..threw down with two hands easily off 2 feet...Richey is a high IQ guard who is just in the beginning phases of learning how to use his emerging athleticism and length."
Others who impressed: Myles Penniman, Zashawn Duncan, Curtis Howe, Kevin Ruys, Billy McDonald, Tieb Cyrus