- Adam Finkelstein
READING, Pa. -- The Hoop Group Future All-American Camp recently showcased a variety of top rising ninth and 10th graders from the Northeast and beyond:
Mohammed Bamba, 6-9, PF, Westtown (Pa.): He’s still lean and not yet ready for a signature offensive role, but he absolutely oozes long-term potential with his massive wingspan, natural agility, long strides, and solid foundation of skill.
Lonnie Walker, 6-4, G/F, Reading (Pa.): His length and athleticism are already well known at a young age, especially in these parts, but it’s the progression of his skill set and playmaking ability that was especially noteworthy as he showed a variety of new dimensions to his game.
Oshae Brissett, 6-8, PF, Findlay Prep (Nev.): He missed his freshman season with an injury but is loaded with talent and potential versatility. The native of Canada played high above the rim to finish and block shots but was also very fluid knocking down mid-range jumpers.
Quade Green, 5-11, G, Neumann-Goretti (Pa.): A playmaking guard who is as crafty as he is powerful, Green excels at using his body to leverage his defender or create angles through the defense, and can also make a series of tough pull-ups.
Hamidou Diallo, 6-3, SG, Putnam Science Academy (Conn.): Diallo’s breakout summer was capped by an MVP performance in the camp all-star game. He’s long and athletic, but also slippery and smooth, capable of getting to the rim in a variety of ways and scoring in bunches.
Chris Lykes, 5-7, PG, Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.): Already well known after a huge freshman season, Lykes may be undersized but his impact and court presence are undeniably big. He makes plays with a flair, gets his shot in all three ranges, and harasses the ball defensively.
Hassahn French, 6-6, PF, Commonwealth Academy (Mass.): French was just a man among boys in the paint -- extremely powerful, very bouncy, and equally aggressive. There was no one who could stand in his way when he decided to attack.
Myles Cale, 6-3, G/F, Appoquinimink (Del.): Cale is a good 3-point shooter with developing versatility. He has a good build and athleticism, a mid-range step-back game, the willingness to take smaller guards to the post, and a generally good feel for the game at a young age.
David Beatty, 6-2, SG, Archbishop Carroll (Pa.): A big-time scoring guard who could put up buckets as consistently as anyone in the field, Beatty is wired to score first and foremost but showed some initial signs of being capable of being a lead guard.
Tyler Plummer, 6-3, G/F, St. Andrew’s (Canada): The Canadian swingman is a bully of a driver with a straight-line slashing style that gets him buckets and trips to the foul line.
Najja Hunter, 6-5, SG, Westtown (Pa.): Another long and athletic swingman who has made dramatic improvements in recent months, Hunter is finishing much better en route to the rim and is as good of a defensive prospect as there was on the perimeter.
Daniel Mading, 6-9, PF, The Rock School (Fla.): He’s very raw and inconsistent but there are flashes of high-level talent with a developing handle and leaping ability.
Four to Watch in 2018
Nazreon Reid, 6-9, PF, Roselle Catholic (N.J.): His ability to handle and pass the ball at his age and size is simply uncanny. He’s got point-forward-type potential, an effortless feel for the game, a naturally strong frame, long arms, and good athleticism.
Cameron Reddish, 6-5, G/F, Haverford School (Pa.): A potential big guard with great length, a good handle and an understanding of how to play, Reddish scores only within the flow of the offense.
Brandon Slater, 6-5, G/F, Paul VI (Va.): An athletic, lefty wing who stands out not just with his physical upside but with his willingness to play the right way, Slater can make some high-level plays. But he also defends hard, looks to feed the post and takes high percentage shots.
Isiah Mucius, 6-6, SF, Fessenden School (Mass.): Long and very lean, Mucius has barely begun to fill out yet but shows a ton of upside with his long limbs. he has the ability to handle the ball to both sides and shoot the ball over the catch or dribble.