February 22, 2017
Julius Kim - Elevate Hoops National Recruiting Analyst
Twitter - @JKimElevate
The CHSAA Quarterfinal playoffs is finalized as Archbishop Stepinac took down St. Peter’s with a final score of 62-56, Monsignor Scanlan beat St. Raymond 58-57, Mount St. Michael took a victory over Iona Prep 54-49, and All Hallows beat Cardinal Hayes 51-50.
Here are four standouts from the quarterfinals
Xavier Wilson (Class of 2018 | Archbishop Stepinac)
The 6-foot-6 forward displayed solid touch and timing around the basket as he depended on his overall size to get positioning down low to score majority of his 14 points. Wilson, who has a good motor, showed his ability to grab rebounds on both ends of the floor as he crashed 8 boards. Although he connected on a couple of mid-range shots, it needs to be more consistent for a better future and at the next level. In an interview, when asked about the win, he stated, “I think we showed a lot of heart in the second half. We went down in the first half a little bit but in the half time huddle all we talked about was hustle, heart and getting back in the game and that’s what we showed and that’s why we won.” When it comes to his recruitment, the junior is hearing from Delaware, Scared Heart, Fordham, Iona, Marist, and Colgate.
Jalen Lecque (Class of 2018 | Msgr Scanlan)
Lecque was the best player in the playoff games that day as he scored 22 points and hit the game winning shot with 2.1 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. At 6-foot-4, he used his explosiveness and body control to attack and finish around and above the rim. Lecque’s shooting was also shown as he comfortably knocked down both open and contested shots from the mid-range and out. When asked about the environment and the game winner, he stated, “The atmosphere was crazy especially playing against Isaiah (Washington) and Omar (Silverio) at St Raymond… it doesn’t get better than that in New York City. For the last shot, I hit a shot against Shamorie Ponds (St. John’s) that was bigger but this was very close to it.” As far as his recruitment, he carries offers from Rhode Island, VCU, Iona, Rider, and Manhattan while having interest from Santa Clara, Florida, St. Louis, and Towson.
Bryce Wills (Class of 2019 | Iona Prep)
While Lecque may have been the best player, Wills was the best long-term prospect in attendance. The 6-foot-5 point guard has a tremendous feel for the game, which lead to his vision as he constantly got others involved. As he added 14 points, he stacked up his points he used his length to finish over smaller defenders and to snatch rebounds on both ends. Although Wills isn’t a bad shooter, for the future, his shooting could be more consistent as well as his overall aggressiveness. After a tough loss, in an exclusive interview, Elevate Hoops asked what his thoughts were on the game and he stated, “We came out sluggish as a team today and I take that partially as my fault because I wasn’t at practice the last two days since I was sick. Team wise, we just need to get more stops. There were too many broken down plays where they just got layups.” The four-star 94 average student has claimed offers from Villanova, UConn, Maryland, and Stanford while having interest from Syracuse, Arizona, Oregon, and Louisville.
Joe Toussaint (Class of 2019 | Cardinal Hayes)
Toussaint is an ultra-quick guard who scored a bulk of his teams points (17) by getting to the basket using his quick first-step and his exquisite ball handling skillset. He also demonstrated his ability to shoot as he made multiple set and off the dribble shots. Toussaint’s half-court passing ability was impressive as he was willing to pass to his teammates for a better opportunity. In regards to his future, Toussaint would need to trim down his dribbles as it has caused turnovers. The 5-foot-11 guard has offers from Fordham and Iona while carrying interest from Quinnipiac, Monmouth, and Santa Clara.