April 24, 2017
By: Julius Kim
The 2017 Spring Showdown was held in Manalapan, NJ as teams came out to complete in the first live period event. Here are six standouts.
Casmir Ochiaka (NJ Roadrunners – Class of 2018)
The 6-foot-8 forward was excellent all weekend and showcased why he was one of the best players competing. He showed his ability to finish through contact using his overall body strength. He was extremely active on the boards on both ends and very aggressive inside. Ochiaka also used his athletic ability to post-up smaller defenders and get rebounds over them as well. He claimed offers from Seton Hall, Binghamton, NJIT, and FDU. He currently has interest from Leigh, Brown, Princeton, Boston, Rhode Island, and Monmouth.
Austin McCullough (Greenwood Elite – Class of 2017)
Labeled a streaky shooter at times, the 6-foot-5 available wing was still holding his own throughout this weekend as he knocked down both set and off the dribble shots. He displayed his superb decision-making in transitions and excelled on fast breaks. As the 3.97 GPA student’s career goes on, he will need to continue to be more of a constant shooter and will need to add more upper body strength. He stated an offer from Chicago State.
Jared Kimbrough (Jersey Force – Class of 2018)
Although the 6-foot-7 lanky forward started off slow the first day, he shined the second day as he showed solid touch around the rim. Kimbrough depended on his overall length to contest/block shots inside the paint. He also did a great job fighting for rebounds offensively and defensively as well. For the developing forward, he will need to show signs of him being able to hit a mid range shot. He has offers from Iona, Monmouth, La Salle, and FDU while having interest from Northwestern State, Towson, and Vermont.
Isaiah Moll (NY Havoc – Class of 2018)
Moll shined throughout this weekend. The strong and aggressive forward was dominating inside as he used his football body like strength to finish through and over defenders. At 6-foot-7, Moll took advantage of his athleticism as he constantly posted up smaller defenders to finish or draw the foul. Defensively, he has very active hands and has outstanding awareness. The upstate New York native has offers from Albany and Siena. He has interest from the likes of Tulane, UMass, JMU, Purdue, Iowa and Xavier.
Abdoul-Mounir Mohamadou-Hima (NJ Roadrunners – Class of 2020)
As the 6-foot-10 versatile French prospect quickly turned heads, there is no doubt he will be a top 100 player in his class. As referred to as Mounir, he showed his ability to score on three levels. He seemed to be at the right place at the right time around the rim and was not afraid to shoot the long ball at times. Defensively, he used his natural instincts to contest and block shots. As time progresses, he will need to add more body weight and have a better feel for the game.
Braxton Foreman (Team Melo – Red – Class of 2018)
Foreman’s shooting ability was on another level this past weekend and it was made clear that he might have been the best shooter that attended the event. As he constantly made shot after shot, the 6-foot-5 wing is undervalued when it comes to his ability to pass and create for others. Defensively, he is smart and has tremendous overall awareness, which lead to, steals and turnovers caused by the opponents.