After a limited amount of basketball this summer, and no end to the Pandemic in sight, many players around the country are looking for a safe place to have an opportunity to play, and luckily for a number of the Northeast’s top prospects, Marquee Hoops held their “Make Your Marq” camp this past weekend. A number of players made the most of their opportunity. Read on to see who stood out most...
Freddie Young Jr., 2021 PG, Trenton Catholic Academy (NJ): Young has long been known for his explosive finishing at the rim, and for good reason. A big combo guard who’s got a good basketball IQ, competes defensively, and is comfortable with being a leader, Young’s recruitment is solidly on the fence of D1 and D2 at this point. If this past weekend was any indication, low-majors should pull the trigger on offering him.
T.J. Robinson, 2024 PG, Teaneck (NJ): Big time shooter who is able to create off the dribble. He’s very quick and changes directions well. It’s early, but as Robinson continues to grow both physically and in his shot selection, expect a number of division one programs to extend offers to the Garden State product.
Ian Jackson, 2024 CG, Cardinal Hayes (NY): Arguably the biggest breakout performer of the weekend, Jackson cemented himself as one of the top guards in the Northeast regardless of class. At 6-foot-4 with the ability to play either guard position, create his own shot, or finish over defenders, there’s very little holes in Jackson’s game offensively at this stage.
Tahaad Pettiford, 2024 PG, Hudson Catholic (NJ): Pettiford has been known as a lights out shooter for a couple of years now and was an important piece for the Lightning en route to the Red Lea8ue Championship last winter. Since then, Pettiford has grown 2-3 inches and improved his ability to create off the dribble. His ability to score on all three levels and run the offense will make him an impact player for Hudson Catholic.
Bernie Rogers, 2021 PG, The Haverford School (PA): The son of a coach, it’s clear to see that Rogers thinks the game at a very high level. At 5-foot-8, he is a bit undersized but makes up for it with toughness and competitiveness. He changes directions very well and is a surprisingly good finisher.
Jeremiah Jenkins, 2024 PG, The Fessenden School (MA): A high level lead guard who can shoot it and create offense for those around him, Jenkins looks like the next high level guard out of the Expressions program. With a high IQ and sweet shooting stroke, Jenkins teamed with fellow 2024 guard Elliot Cadeau to form the most dynamic backcourt in camp. His speed and ability to change direction made it hard for defenders to stay in front of him.
Elmarko Jackson, 2023 PG, Academy of the New Church (PA): A recent reclass to 2023, Jackson is one of the more intriguing long term prospects to come through camp. At 6-foot-3 he is able to play either guard spot and is deceptively athletic. He buys in on both ends of the floor and will be the go-to guy for his high school team this year.
Dan Vessey, 2023 CG, The Hun School (NJ): Vessey was one of the best shooters in camp en route to a championship on Sunday. He is a high IQ guard who understands how to create space for himself off the dribble or by moving off the ball. Vessey should be on radars for high academic programs throughout the Northeast.
Keith Warren, 2021 PG, McQuaid Jesuit (NY): An athletic and quick lead guard, Warren may be one of the most under-the-radar players in the state of New York. Warren would have likely picked up a handful of offers with The City Rocks this past AAU season, but with the Pandemic taking that opportunity, Warren will need to have a big senior year, and this past weekend he showed that he’s one of the more complete lead guards still available in NY.
Armoni Zeigler, 2022 CG, Amityville (NY): Another of the more pleasant surprises from camp, Zeigler’s best basketball appears to be well ahead of him. At 6-foot-4 he can play anywhere on the perimeter and showed the ability to create shots for himself or his teammates. In camp, he stood out the most when going to the rim. Expect a big high school campaign as Zeigler emerges as one of Long Island’s top players.
Isaiah Cotten, 2022 CG, Franklin (NJ): Upside is the name of the game for Cotten, who is just starting to scratch the surface of his potential. A long and lanky ball-handler who can score on multiple levels and plays with an intensity, Cotten should not be flying under-the-radar for much longer. The class of 2022 in New Jersey is deep at the guard position, and Cotten is primed to prove he’s a scholarship level player.
Elliot Cadeau, 2024 PG, Bergan Catholic (NJ): One of the most skilled offensive prospects in the Northeast regardless of class, nothing screams “freshman” in Cadeau’s game. He should partner well with 2022 guard Will Richardson at Bergan Catholic this year. His ability to run an offense while also scoring at a high clip is something few seniors in NJ are able to match and he’s truly an elite level player to this point.
Quadir Copeland, 2022 CG, Life Center (NJ): Either Cadeau or Jackson would be seen as the best long term guard prospect to camp if it wasn’t for the performance of Copeland, a 6-foot-6 guard from Gettysburg, PA. After reclassing in the spring, Copeland has transferred to Life Center in search of better competition and development. He sees the floor very well and plays with a creative flare that is truly spectacular. Combine that with the ability to knock down threes, competitiveness, and decent athleticism and it’s easy to see why Copeland has begun to collect offers from the highest level programs in the country.
Jack McFadden, 2021 WG, Maine-Endwell (NY): A high IQ guard who can shoot it or attack off the dribble, McFadden is one of the top seniors in central New York this season. He did a bit of everything and got stronger as camp went on. He will be one to keep an eye on this season.
Ethain Clarke-Desouza, 2021 WG, School of the Arts (NY): A physical slashing wing with good athleticism, the Rochester native looks like a potential steal for a small college. His ability to defend anywhere on the perimeter, combined with his scoring ability, will make him one of the top players in his area this year.
Reid Ducharme, 2023 WF, Noble and Greenough (MA): One of the most skilled wings in attendance, Ducharme is already attracting interest from High-Major programs in his area. His length, Ball-Handling, and athleticism, make him a high level prospect offensively and his competitiveness helped him stand out as well.
Donovan Hill, 2022 WF, Central Dauphin (PA): Very few guys bring the physical measurables that Hill brings to the perimeter. A long and fluid athlete at 6-foot-8, it appears Hill is best used on the perimeter. He is a good athlete, and able to take his man off the dribble, as well as space the floor a bit. There’s a ton of upside to his game, and once he gets more aggressive, he will unlock another level.
Adam Williams, 2021 WG, Gates Chili (NY): A big and physical slasher with good defensive capabilities, Williams is another potential steal for a D2/D3 program. He brought a lot of versatility to the floor, knocked down shots and scored around the rim.
Malachi Palmer, 2024 WG, Central Dauphin (PA): One of the more talented wing guards in the freshman class, Palmer proved that the early hype was warranted. His scoring package is advanced for his age and the length and strength he already possesses is impressive. As long as he continues to improve his skill level, Palmer will remain among the most talented members of his class.
Brendan Mykalcio, 2021 WF, Loomis-Chafee (CT): Mykalcio is doing a post-grad year at Loomis-Chafee and if this weekend is any indication, he will be a great addition to any patriot/ivy league level program. Big and tough for a perimeter player with good range on his jumper, Mykalcio has the tools to be a very good player at the college level.
Dan Skillings, 2022 CF, Roman Catholic (PA): One of the highest upside players in all of camp, Skillings is starting to round the corner from prospect to player. His ability to attack off the dribble has improved and it’s clear he’s becoming more comfortable with the ball in his hands. It will be interesting to see what his ceiling ultimately is.
Rasheen Caulk Jr., 2021 WG, Salesianum (DE): A big and physical slashing wing, Caulk is a human highlight reel in the open floor. A big time athlete who competes at a high level, Caulk is an intriguing option for any lower level division one program looking for an athletic defender who is strong enough to guard guys much bigger than him.
Delroy Smith, 2023 PF, Newark-Eastside (NJ): An interesting long term prospect out of the Garden State, Smith is a bit of a project at this stage. At 6-foot-7 with long arms, he showed good defensive instincts and ran the floor very well. Like most younger bigs, Smith is still growing into his frame, but the combination of size and motor make him one of the more intriguing 2023s in the state.
Landon Shivers, 2021 C, Life Center (NJ): A big and skilled forward, Shivers will be taking a step up in competition this year with his transfer to Life Center. He is slightly undersized, but a good option in the pick and roll and scored as a lob catcher fairly often. Shivers is another quality addition for a Patriot league level program.
Kedar Davis, 2022 CF, St. Raymond’s (NY): One of the toughest and strongest players in the camp, Davis showed off a vastly improved perimeter game that leads our staff to believe that he will ultimately end up as a wing. That being said, Davis played as a small-ball four last season and has the capability to guard against opposing bigs and more than hold his own. It will be interesting to see how St. Ray’s choose to deploy him this season, but there’s no question that no one in the city can take a charge the way Davis did with regularity in camp.
Devon Theophile, 2023 PF, St. Joseph Academy (NJ): Another undersized forward who benefits from his strength, athleticism and toughness, Theophile looks the part of a future NFL wide receiver. With good speed and a high motor, he beat the defense down the floor often for easy fast break buckets. Once he improves his ball skills, look out.
Jerome Brewer, 2021 PF, Camden (NJ): One of the best available bigs left in the Northeast, Brewer looks like he’s going to be a wanted man in the coming months. His strength and athleticism combined with his shot make him an ideal small-ball four man that is so popular in today’s game. New Mexico is one of the latest programs to get into the mix, and certainly won’t be the last.
Justin Molen, 2022 CF, Saleisianum (DE): Molen is a skilled prospect who is still adjusting to his size and the level of competition that camp brought his way. He had some nice moments, rebounding at a good rate, spacing the floor with his shot, and competing defensively. Small Colleges would be wise to jump on board now, but don’t be shocked if D1 programs start paying more attention to the Delaware native.
Justin Hawkins, 2022 CF, Life Center (NJ): A versatile combo-forward, Hawkins has steadily improved over the past year and it shows. He has become a decent shooter, makes good passes, and can slash to the rim. Defensively he is probably still best used guarding opposing bigs, but it’s hard to think that Hawkins doesn’t have a few more levels to his game that no one has seen yet.
Tarique Foster, 2022 CF, Cardinal Hayes (NY): One of the most naturally talented players in New York City, Foster got better as camp went on. He is an interesting long-term guy who shows flashes of his considerable potential. At 6-foot-7 he is equally comfortable attacking his man off the dribble or hitting a three as he is ripping down rebounds or scoring at the rim. He’s still putting it all together, but once he does, he will be as good as anyone in the state of New York in his class.
Spencer Glenn, 2021 PF, Gates Chili (NY): A high IQ big man who can space the floor, Glenn looks like a steal for any D2 program. The 6-foot-8 big man did a good job of getting position on the block at times and looked comfortable letting it fly from deep. It will be interesting to see where his recruitment ultimately ends up.