Julius Kim - Elevate Hoops National Recruiting Analyst
Twitter - @JKimElevate
The first day of the inaugurual Elevate Hoops Memorial Day Hoop Fest in Manalapan, NJ had no shortage of high level perfomances which made it difficult to pair down this list, below are the five standouts from the 17U Division from Saturday. For anyone who missed yesterdays action, you can catch all the footage and highlights on BALLER.TV.
Ryan Young (Class of 2018 | JS Warriors Gold)
At 6-foot-9, Young was dominant yesterday on both sides of the ball. He’s a great passer for a big man who also has a tremendous feel for the game. In terms of his recruitment, he claimed offers from St. Joseph’s, Richmond, Duquesne, Lafayette, and others. He told Elevate Hoops he plans to take visits in June.
Abraham Deng (Class of 2018 | Team Yellowjackets)
The Valley Forge Military product was one of the best defenders all throughout yesterday as he blocked around ten shots. Standing at 6-foot-10, he depended on his length and his overall timing to block and contest shots near the rim. Offensively, he looked most comfortable and scored efficiently inside the paint. He has offers from the likes of Temple, St. Joseph’s, Hampton, and ODU.
Ray Bethea (Class of 2018 | Jersey Force – Elite)
Coached by Joe Stein, Bethea was one of the more exciting guards to watch in this event. As he performs best when attacking the basket, he uses his explosiveness and quickness to beat his defenders. Defensively, he looked solid as he relied on his athleticism to guard multiple positions on the floor. When it comes to his recruitment, he has offers from Howard, St. Francis, Stony Brook, and NJIT. He informed Elevate Hoops that he would take an unofficial visit to Howard on June 3rd.
Gavin Thompson (Class of 2019 | NY Dragons)
Standing just at 5-foot-10, Thompson showed leadership game after game. As he is listed “undersized” for a guard, he poured in 31 points used his quickness and IQ to beat defenders and to get his teammates involved. Defensively, at the next level, he will need to add more weight, as he will have to guard bigger and stronger guards. Recruiting wise, he has scholarships from the likes of Samford, Portland State, Stetson, Binghamton, New Mexico and others.
Christian Hinckson (Class of 2018 | The Firm)
Hinckson had a solid outing yesterday, as he was one of the more versatile guards in the event. At 6-foot-7, he has a great feel for the game, which allowed him to get others involved. He showed he can handle the ball and defensively he displayed his active hands and awareness by getting stops and steals. The smooth guard has offers from Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure, Hofstra, and Iona while having interest from Rutgers and Xavier.