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East HSA Top 20 Game Standouts

By Tony McNiff, 09/28/22, 8:30AM CDT

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Justin Houser (2024)

Jalen Grant (2026, Guard): Grant is a speedy and skilled guard that provided consistent scoring contributions to his team over the weekend. He uses a slippery handle and quick bursts of speed to put pressure on the rim with ease. He has the fluidity and handle to settle into pull-up jumpers off the bounce out of dribble moves. Grant is a constant threat in the mid-range area with his ability to get to his spots on the floor to score. He’s a capable spot-up shooter from behind the arc with his quick, fluid, and compact shooting release. He has the ball skills and IQ to effectively play on or off the ball on the offensive end of the floor. Grant is a scrappy and laterally quick defender that isn’t afraid to apply full court pressure to opposing guards. He’ll be playing at Roselle Catholic (NJ) for his freshman season.

Jameel Morris (2023, Guard): Morris is an athletic and well-built guard that is prepping for a postgraduate season at Our Saviour Lutheran (NY). He uses an explosive first step and his strong frame to create angles downhill to the rim. He routinely beats opponents off the bounce, puts pressure on the rim, and he’s a consistent creator of offense off the bounce. Morris did a great job penetrating driving lanes, spacing the floor, and kicking the ball out to open teammates on the perimeter. He’s a physical finisher around the rim that uses his strong frame to absorb contact and finish through it. On the defensive end of the floor he uses his stature to keep opponents out of the paint. Morris is an underrated prospect to keep tabs on as he’ll be playing with a talented OSL team. 

Deuce Jones (2024, Guard): Jones is a shifty and athletic lead guard that put constant pressure on the rim during his time at East HSA. He used a slippery handle and quick bursts of speed to beat defenders off the bounce routinely. He’s a crafty finisher in the lane that has the option of finishing acrobatically, through traffic, or with a floater in the lane. Jones made some impressive reads off a live dribble when operating the pick and roll as a primary ball handler. He scored around the rim, knocked down some mid-range shots, and got his teammates involved at a high level. Defensively, he is a scrappy on-ball defender that uses his lateral mobility + quick feet to stay in front of opposing ball handlers.

Aris Rodriguez (2023, Wing): Rodriguez is a long, fluid, and versatile wing that is beginning to scratch the surface of his potential. He utilizes long strides and his movement skills to beat opponents off the bounce consistently. Around the rim he uses his length to extend the ball away from shot blockers. Rodriguez has a soft touch with his dominant hand, plus he was able to convert some tough finishes against contact. He has the shooting range to stretch the floor from behind the arc, although the strength of his game is getting downhill. He used his long strides, mobility, and fluidity to beat opponents down the floor for easy looks at the rim. Rodriguez has a ton to like long-term on the defensive end of the floor with his combination of positional size, length, and athleticism. 

Devin Vanterpool (2023, Wing): Vanterpool is a skilled and sharpshooting wing that has the versatility to play the shooting guard spot as well. He showed off his relocation instincts and off-ball movement over the weekend with his tendency to find open space on the perimeter. He possesses a fluid and clean shooting stroke off the catch, plus he has the handle to create space for open jumpers. Vanterpool was able to use pump fakes to take advantage of poor closeouts and get downhill. He put together some impressive offensive performances at camp that earned him a spot in the all star game.

Jakeel Registe (2024, Wing): Registe is an athletic and explosive wing with a malleable two-way presence on the court. He stood out on the defensive end with his switchability, toughness, and versatility. His combination of positional size, advanced athleticism, and lateral quickness give him the option of defending some guards, wings, or smaller forwards. Registe is a downhill and straight-line slasher that uses his speed to put pressure on the rim. He’s a bouncy finisher that is a threat to put defenders on a poster with his explosive vertical. He recently announced he’ll be playing for Our Saviour Lutheran (NY) next season.

Adam Oummidoch (2026, Guard): Oumiddoch continues to track as one of the best nationally in the 2026 class. The skilled and multilevel scoring guard put together some impressive spans of play during his time in Jersey. He’s a consistent spot-up shooter that uses a smooth and fluid release to connect on perimeter jumpers. He’s an excellent creator off the bounce, as he’s a proficient shooter from multiple levels on the floor. Oumiddoch did a great job recognizing isolation situations and taking advantage of them. He has the ball skills to blow by bigger defenders, plus he has the ability to shoot over smaller ones. He’s a prospect to keep tabs on in the coming years as he continues to develop his game.

Preston Fowler (2025, Wing): Fowler is an athletic wing forward who put together some impressive spans of play during camp. He’s a mobile rim runner that has the foot speed to beat opposing bigs down the floor. He does a great job using his positional size and physicality to finish around the rim. Fowler is extremely versatile on the defensive end of the floor due to his positional size and lateral mobility which allows him to defend multiple positions. He has the athleticism and handle to beat slower bigs off the bounce to get to the rim. He’s still developing his offensive game, however he showed some glimpses of his floorspacing ability.

Raijon Dispensa (2024, Forward): Dispensa had a productive weekend on the interior during his time at our East HSA. He possesses solid positional size, soft hands, and an array of post moves to work with on the low block. He did a great job taking advantage of mismatches and sealing opponents for clean looks around the rim. Dispensa was able to knock down face-up jumpers off the catch if opponents gave him enough space. He showed off an improved perimeter game and he’s starting to put the pieces together. He’s a prospect to keep an eye on for National Christian Academy (MD). 

Justin Houser (2024, Forward): Houser is a skilled and versatile big who also had a very productive weekend at camp. He showed off his ability to score from multiple levels, plus he was a force rebounding the ball on both ends of the floor. He used his positional size and soft touch to score on the interior or on the drive. Houser was a threat in the pick and roll with his ability to pop out to the three-point line for open looks on the perimeter. He showed off some solid footwork and coordination when operating in the post, however adding strength will improve his finishing abilities even more. He was an intimidating defensive presence with his freakish length and positional size. 

Kamal Lee (2023, Guard): Lee is an underrated guard out of New Jersey to keep tabs on next season. He’s an athletic and shifty lead guard with a solid combination of scoring + playmaking, plus he plays with a high motor. He uses lightning quick bursts of speed and snappy dribble moves to get by defenders routinely. In the lane Lee has a crafty finishing package, whether it’s finishing through traffic, acrobatically, or with floaters. He has the ability to knock down pull-up jumpers in the mid-range area, however it’s not the strength of his game. He’s a tough cover in the open floor with his speed and shifty handle. Lee is a scrappy on-ball defender that uses his quickness to stay in front of opposing ball handlers. 

Tahaad Pettiford (2024, Guard): Pettiford is coming off a big AAU season while playing up an age division with New Heights Lightning in the EYBL Circuit. He’s an athletic and two-way guard with a valuable impact on both ends of the floor. He uses an explosive first step to beat defenders off the bounce and put pressure on the rim. Around the rim Pettiford can finish through traffic, acrobatically, or above the rim if given a runway. He’s a bouncy finisher that has a knack for converting tough finishes with his dominant hand in the lane. He’s taken noticeable strides shooting the ball, as he’s solidified himself as a legitimate spot-up threat from behind the arc. Defensively, Pettiford is a tough on-ball defender that isn’t afraid to apply full court pressure. The New Jersey native also recently completed an official visit to Auburn.

Keith McKnight (2025, Guard): McKnight is a skilled and fluid guard who was one of the better scorers over the weekend. He used a variety of dribble moves to create space to settle into pull-up jumpers off the bounce from multiple levels. He showcased his extensive pull-up touch and advanced shotmaking skills for a prospect his age. McKnight was able to get a bucket in transition, isolation situations, or when operating the pick & roll. He was a proficient shooter off the catch that could convert on perimeter jumpers in spot-up situations. He’s another talented Jersey native to keep tabs on in the coming years.

Omari Moore (2025, Guard): Moore showed off his improved perimeter skillset during his time at our East HSA. He’s an athletic and quick-twitch guard that uses his speed to beat opponents off the bounce with ease. His quick bursts of speed and long strides allow him to gain ground quickly & get to the rim with minimal dribbles. At the rim Moore uses a springy vertical to finish the ball against rim protectors. He has the touch and body control to finish through traffic, acrobatically, and at times through contact. He’s a developing perimeter shooter that has become a consistent spot-up threat from behind the arc. Moore is still developing his shooting consistency off the dribble however he showed many positive indicators this past weekend. Defensively, he’s a quick, tenacious, and mobile defender that can cover ground + rotate quickly. The Hudson Catholic (NJ) product is a prospect to keep an eye on as he gears up for his sophomore season.  

Gio Panzini (2024, Wing): Panzini is a long and athletic wing with a great feel when playing off of the ball. He moves without the ball, locates open space for spot-up opportunities, and constantly looks for open lanes to cut in. His high level feel and advanced processing allowed him to create open looks for himself. Panzini is a high-motor wing who held his own on the glass and gave energy on every possession. Defensively, he possesses the athleticism, positional size, and lateral mobility to defend guards + wings. 

Darius Adams (2025, Guard): Adams is a long and smooth guard who showcased his full offensive arsenal over the weekend. He uses a crafty handle to get to his spots on the floor to score, whether it’s from the perimeter or around the rim. He has extensive pull-up touch and a fluid shooting release off the bounce or catch. Adams was able to connect on jumpers when spotting up, plus he showed off his ability to create off the bounce for himself and others. Defensively, he does a great job using his disruptive length to force turnovers and jump passing lanes when possible. 

JJ Addison (2026, Guard): Addison is a skilled and athletic guard that possesses strong positional size at 6-6. He’s continued to develop his ball skills and perimeter shooting at a steady rate in the past year. He uses an explosive first step and solid handle to work his way to the rim when driving. Addison does a great job using his frame + positional size to absorb and finish through contact against smaller opponents. He has a bouncy vertical that can be used to finish above the rim if opponents give him a runway. He was able to connect on some jumpers throughout scrimmages, however he was a force getting downhill to the rim. Addison will be playing alongside highly touted 2026 prospect Adam Oummidoch for their freshman seasons at Bishop O’Connell (VA). 

Will Riley (2025, Guard + Wing): Riley is a highly skilled guard with a lot to like long-term given his physical tools. He possesses disruptive length, strong positional size, and plenty of athleticism. He was able to score from multiple levels this past weekend whether it was off the bounce or catch on the perimeter. Riley is a smooth shooter with a fluid release, plus he has the wiggle in his handle to get downhill frequently. His ability to score from multiple levels made him a tough cover for opponents for various reasons. He’s a prospect to keep an eye on as he’ll be playing with the Phelps School (PA) this upcoming season.

Badara Diakite (2025, Forward): Diakite is a versatile big that oozes with upside given his shooting ability at 6-10. He possesses functional positional size, disruptive length, and plenty of mobility on both ends. He can be used as a vertical floor spacer or as a lob threat with his ability to finish above the rim. Diakite is a reliable face-up scorer that uses a high release to shoot over opposing defenders. He’s a lethal threat in the pick and pop given his shooting range + consistency. He uses ample ground coverage to complete rotations and to switch onto opponents on the perimeter. Diakite showed a solid feel for a prospect his size and position, as he was able to deliver some timely passes out of the post when a double team was sent. 

Luke Bevilacqua (2025, Forward): Bevilacqua is a skilled and versatile big man who has expanded his offensive game in recent months. He already possesses strong positional size, soft hands, and advanced footwork in the post. He was a mismatch nightmare when defenders were forced to switch while defending the pick and roll. This allowed Bevilacqua to seal his opponents deep in the lane where he earned easy points at the rim. He showed off his versatility in the pick and pop where he was able to stretch the floor for easy looks. Defensively, he isn’t the most athletic rim protector, although he uses his strong frame, length, and physicality to contest opponents shots. 

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