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East HSA: Ascensions and Developments

By Max Feldman, 09/26/22, 1:45PM CDT

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Will Riley

2025  ||  6-7 Guard  ||  The Phelps School (PA) 

Riley asserted himself with UPLAY at EYBL Session 3 and it was more of the same at East HSA. The Canadian guard has made the move to the states and should quickly elevate as a headliner in the class. Up to 6-7 now, Riley's off-kilter pace, handle craft and fluid athleticism popped over the two days of action. Dynamic slasher with a mature grip on deceleration and winning at the point of attack with versatility. Comfortable getting to his pull-up and has a collection of positive touch indicators to build upon as a shooter. Phelps brought in a ton of young talent -- Will Riley looks like the head of the snake and one who's going to continue to familiarize himself on the national front sooner than later.

Adam Oumiddoch

2026  ||  6-5 Guard  ||  Bishop O'Connell (VA) 

The DMV native continues to look an early national headliner in the class. A cerebral playmaker and presence with elite-level floor mapping instincts. Leverages his pace-based creation to lull defenses and pass open bigs around the rim. Tracking at a high level as a pass, dribble and shoot offensive engine with positional size. The nuance to Oumiddoch's ability to generate offense is already well-beyond his years and should continue to blossom into high volume production. The game is evidently moving at a different speed for the 6-5 guard at an early stage.

Badara Diakite

2025  ||  6-10 Big  ||  Northwest Catholic (CT)

Diakite is already tabbed as an early five-star prospect in 2025 and showed more flashes of the long-term intrigue. A long and wiry big with rim running production and fluid movement skills build the foundation, but the budding skill and touch makeup the enticing upside. Fluid organization rising into his perimeter stroke with soft touch and an elevated release that's tough to disrupt. The young and rangy athlete has a versatile impact on the game and continues to track a high level given the unique blend of tools.

Tahaad Pettiford

2024  ||  6-0 Guard  ||  Hudson Catholic (NJ)

Pettiford has asserted himself as a high profile national prospect over the last year or so, and showed some of why in Jersey. The twitchy guard oozes with skill and extensive shot-making range. Dynamic change of direction, fluidity as a pull-up scorer and brisk processing as a playmaker. Pettiford has displayed comfort both on and off the ball -- wherever he goes, regardless of the usage, offensive is coming too. Auburn and Kentucky are among those entrenched in the hotly contested recruitment.

JJ Addison

2026  ||  6-6 Guard  ||  Bishop O'Connell (VA) 

Addison's development over the course of recent months popped at East HSA.  At 6-6 with a rugged mentality as a downhill scorer, the O'Connell guard put a ton of pressure on the rim and was consistently in control as an advantage creator. High level ball skills, mid-range scoring, positional rebounding and intriguing craft inside the arc. Addison does a bit of everything and makes a wide-ranging imprint on games given his youth.

Dylan Perry

2026  ||  6-6 Wing  ||  Stepinac (NY)

Perry is beginning to put the pieces together and strung together some wildly impressive stretches during gameplay. A well-built big wing with quick-twitch athleticism along with palpable physical upside looking ahead. Handful to bottle up as a downhill scorer and a functional handle to leverage his pop and quickness as a slasher. Perry's foundation as a wing scorer with big time physical tools adds another name to a growing list of highly intriguing 2026 wings nationally.

Jakeel Registe

2024  ||  6-5 Guard  ||  Our Savior Lutheran (NY)

After recently making the move from Texas to the East Coast, Registe impressed with his fluid movement skills and shot-making. A physical, mature athlete with a knack for creating space in the mid-range and hunting mismatches in isolation. Wired to score both attacking in transition or creating his own shot in the half-court. Tracking well as a wing defender long-term given his lateral quickness, length and strength. 

Darius Adams

2025  ||  6-5 Guard  ||  Manasquan (NJ)

More of the same in Jersey from Darius Adams, who continues to project highly after a big summer with the PSA Cardinals. Fluid-moving guard with positional size and a mature scoring process given his age. High feel creator with a strong grip on pace, attacking angles and finding pockets inside the arc to rise up. Adams' versatile shot profile pops with each outing, as the Manasquan guard confidently takes what the defense gives him when engineering offense. High profile 2025 playmaker who will continue to turn heads.

Onyx Nnani

2025  ||  6-8 Big  ||  The Phelps School (PA)

Another Phelps (PA) Canadian import, Nnani has leapt onto the radar over the last few months with his rangy movement skills and physical upside. A twitchy, high-wired big with intriguing ball skills and perimeter flashes. As a secondary rim protector, Nnani was extremely disruptive coming over in rotation to swat and impact rim attempts. Polish on the offensive end will be an area of focus looking ahead, but the 6-8 Canadian's range, pop and motor already impact the game at a high level on both ends.

Keith McKnight

2025  ||  6-3 Guard  ||  Teaneck (NJ)

The Jersey native caught fire through numerous stretches of action. A skilled scorer with length and pace, McKnight was prolific as a space creator and perimeter shot-maker. Feathery touch from beyond the arc on a versatile shot profile, the Teaneck guard was productive leveraging his shooting gravity with runners down the latter end of the weekend. Bullish on McKnight's profile as a scorer and his physical upside looking ahead.

Hassan Koureissi

2026  ||  6-3 Guard  ||  Stepinac (NY)

A lot to like with another young Stepinac prospect in Hassan Koureissi. The 2026 secondary creator was productive in a low usage role and popped as a scorer against tilted defenses. A fluid athlete with length, the 6-3 guard consistently gets to his crafty floater and picked his spots in timely manners. High feel, high IQ second-side creator with touch and quick decision-making. Bullish on Koureissi's upside given the early stages of physical development.

Lance Piper

2025  ||  6-6 Guard  ||  The Phelps School (PA)

Piper, yet another Phelps (PA) underclassmen who popped, flew around through the two days of gameplay. An athletic event creator on the defensive end with length, twitch and a roaring motor. Long-limbed slasher with high level speed end-to-end. Like Piper's projection as a spot up shooter down the line and high energy two-way wing.

Joshua Eli

2023  ||  6-6 Guard  ||  Paul VI (VA)

It's not all flashy with Eli, but the 6-6 guard brought consistent production and popped as a processor on both ends of the floor. A heady off-ball mover who flashed to space to make plays for himself or for others in the half-court. Skilled and crafty, the incoming Paul VI senior popped in the HSA context with his palpable IQ, pace and multi-level touch. Wherever Eli lands, he'll provide a grounding presence given his mature approach and skill level.

Amar Lane

2023  ||  6-8 Wing  ||  Quality Academy Prep (NJ)

Lane impressed in Manalapan with his vertical floor-spacing, rim running productivity and athletic tools. An explosive leaper with ball skills and quick pop around the rim. The Jersey native displayed flashes on the perimeter, climbed the ladder to finish lobs in transition and poached mismatches in isolation with long-strides. Turning the flashes into a steady two-way impact is a next step, but Lane has the athletic profile to garner more traction on the recruiting trail.

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