Left to Right: Akok Akok (Mass Rivals), Cliff Omoruyi (The Firm), Souleymane Koureissi (Castle Athletics)
Akok Akok, a 6'8 2019 Forward for Mass Rivals, is poised to blow up this AAU season. Akok really proved to be an excellent athlete & efficient scorer both on the fastbreak and in the halfcourt set. At 6'8, he already has the ability to put the ball on the floor & shoot it from three. Akok also displayed a great shot-blocking ability this weekend. With this high-level versatility, high-level offers have been rolling in. Akok currently holds offers from Providence, NC State, Virginia Tech, Louisville, Rutgers, DePaul, Iona, Manhattan, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure, Washington State & is expecting an offer from UConn. He told MADEHoops.com, "I’ve been trying to get better at shooting the three ball, putting the ball on the floor and I've also been working on attacking the lane and creating for my teammates. My coaches have been putting me in a great position to develop." He has the ability to play multiple positions & will only expand his game in years to come. Keep an eye out for Akok Akok!
Cliff Omoruyi, a 6'10 2020 C for The Firm, was arguably the most impressive big at the Hoop Group Providence Jam Fest. Omoruyi had a countless amount of thunderous dunks, huge rebounds & powerful blocks this weekend. The fact that Cliff absolutely dominates 17U as a freshman is scary for the AAU circuit. His physical attributes include a 7'5 wingspan & big-time strength. These characteristics are why Omoruyi already holds offers from Seton Hall & Rutgers. That list will only continue to grow as Cliff continues to prove himself & expand his game.
Souleymane Koureissi, a 6'7 2018 Wing for Castle Athletics, was very impressive coming off of a huge live period. Koureissi has recently picked up offers from Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure, Hofstra University, Kent State, Norfolk State, Bradley University, Boston University, UC Davis, Towson, Binghamton, Columbia University & Stony Brook. The long list is for good reason; Koureissi is a big-time prospect. Souleymane has a fantastic mix of length & guard skills made for the next level. He's a very good shooter that is efficient off-the-dribble. Koureissi's smooth game will undoubtedly continue to raise eyebrows this AAU season.
James Conteh, a 6'4 2018 SG for CM3 Elite, showed flashes of high-level ability this weekend. The lefty is a superb athlete with lots of raw talent to work with. Conteh was fantastic in the open court & also displayed a great pull-up jumpshot. He even scored 20 points in a half this weekend. In the future, James will need to display a stronger finishing ability and better understanding of when to drive & when to shot. Nevertheless, the talent is definitely there & waiting to be unleashed. Conteh is currently deciding on a prep school for next school year, but keep an eye out for the athletic guard this AAU season!
Hason Ward, a 6'8 2019 F for the New England Playaz, arguably had the most upside in the Hoop Group Providence Jam Fest. The lanky forward hasn't even scratched the surface of how good he can be. The athleticism, hands & overall ability are all there, now it's time for Ward to expand on his potential. Hason has a legitimate chance to be a triple-double machine on the next level. He's currently more of a under-the-radar player but that should change very soon. If not this season, Ward is poised to rack up multiple division 1 offers before his senior year. If he stays focused and continues to work on his game, Hason Ward will be a name that you'll hear much more often in the near future.
2018 5’8 Ronnie Silva | DC Blue Devils
Quick floor general displayed great ball handling & scoring ability.
2019 6’1 Enoch Cheeks | Expressions Elite
Athletic guard with a high motor and good overall jumpshooting & defensive ability. Will reclass to 2020.
2018 5’11 Tyson Walker | New England Playaz
Solid point guard that can put the ball in the basket & set up his teammates.
2018 6’10 Nate Laszewski | New England Playaz
Unique shooting ability & overall skill at his size.
2017 6’9 Arafat Shaibu | CM3 Elite
Dominant big did a great job around the basket & displayed a decent mid-range jumpshot.
2018 6’3 Tyrone Weeks | Metro Boston
Crafty scorer was much more aggressive this weekend as far as creating his own shot.
2018 Alex Rivera | Mass Rivals
Consistent shooter was one of the toughest competitors of the weekend.
2019 6'1 Noah Kamba | WrightWay Skills
Great ball handler created countless scoring opportunities for WrightWay skills.
2018 Ithiel Horton | The Firm
Did a great job scoring the ball on all three levels.
2019 Jalen Graham | Expressions Elite South
Relentless scorer that was a key piece to his team's championship victory.
2019 5'11 Joshua Wright | New Jersey Playaz Grey
Great understanding of the game, can create for himself or teammates.
2018 6'5 Ebrima Dibba | New Jersey Shoreshots
Displayed a great mix of size, court vision & slashing ability.
2018 6'3 Nicolas Timberlake | Metro Boston
Excellent athlete consistently displays a great scoring ability.
2019 5'11 Eddie Evans | New Jersey Shoreshots
Lightning quick point guard has a great feel for the game.
2019 6'11 Charles Coleman | WrightWay Skills
Has a great chance to be a good player on the next level due to his mix of size & three-point shooting ability.
2019 5'8 Judah McIntyre | Riverside Hawks
Quick point guard displayed fantastic passing & leadership ability.
2018 6'7 Victor Potter Jr. | Castle Athletics
Aggressive big posterized defenders & blocked shots all weekend.