As the AAU season came to a close, New England’s top young player had one more stop to improve both on and off the court. Hoops Elite Academy – Elite Week, took place from July 30 – August 2, on the campus of Mount Ida College, Newton, MA.
Student-athletes took part in an intensive basketball program, which includes academic test prep, a review of the new NCAA eligibility requirements, social media training, high-level game competition, and skill development.
Prep School Coaches, including Head Coaches from Phillips Exeter Academy, St. Paul’s School, and Beaver Country Day School were in attendance to take in the action.
Competition throughout the week was unprecedented, as there was as many as 4 high major caliber players in attendance.
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Take a look at who impressed during Elite Week:
Tyonne Malone – 6’4”, G, 2016 – Springfield, MA – Malone arrived at HEA having spent the entire July Live Period on the road, earning recognition as one of the top players in the class of 2016, and receiving his first scholarship offer from UMass, Amherst. Nevertheless, Malone went into Elite Week wanting to prove he was worthy of all the praise, and he did just that, ending the week as HEA MVP. Malone handled the ball exceptionally well, finished at the rim, rebounded the ball, played lockdown defense, and displayed a great competitive drive, leading his team to the HEA championship game.
Tomas Murphy – 6’5”, F, 2017 – Wakefield, RI – Murphy was impressive throughout Elite Week, making a name for himself as one of the top player in New England for the class of 2017. Murphy displayed improved athleticism, regularly finishing above the rim, showed off deep range out to the three-point line, solid ball handling skills, and exceptional passing ability. Murphy’s polished and versatile skill set earned him the Most Outstanding Underclassmen Award.
Jarris Ashley – 5’10”, G, 2016 – New Bedford, MA – Ashley was the consummate leader throughout the week of camp, running the show for his team at the point. Ashley consistently made the right play for his teammates, and when the opportunity presented itself, scored from the perimeter. Ashley displayed the ability to get into the paint with his deceptively quick first step and tight handle, and either dropped the dime for his teammates or finished at the rim. Nobody had a more productive week then Ashley both on and off the court, earning him the Student-Athlete Award.
Solomon Abioye – 6’4”, F, 2015 – Boston, MA – Having just turned 15, and an outstanding student, Abioye has big time potential that he is just beginning to realize. Abioye displayed a non-stop motor, high-level athleticism, overpowering strength, a relentless effort on the offensive and defensive glass, and the ability to finish through contact and above the rim. Prep school coaches definitely took notice of his performance throughout the week.
Marcus Zegarowski – 5’6”, G, 2017 – South Hamilton, MA – Zegarwoski is a tremendous young point guard, who displays a developing skill set that will allow him to run a high level team. Zegarwoski ran the pick and roll offense efficiently, hit shots when he needed to, has the ability to get into the paint at will, is an outstanding on ball defender, and is not afraid to compete and win. Zegarwoski was the architect behind “Syracuse’s” undefeated run at camp and the Elite Week title. Zegarwoski earned Most Outstanding Playmaker, in front of his brother Michael Carter-Williams (Syracuse), who was in attendance during the award ceremony.
Charlie and Charles Mitchell – 5’4”, G, 2017 – Roxbury, MA – The Mitchell twins were relentless all week at both ends of the floor. What impressed us the most about Charlie and Charles is their absolute fearlessness, and competitive instincts. This was never more apparent then on the defensive end, as the Mitchell’s caused havoc for opposing backcourts, forcing turnovers, and creating fast break opportunities for their team. The Mitchell’s each took home a share of the Most Outstanding Defender Award.
Jake Midura – 6’1”, G, 2016 – Chicopee, MA – Midura showed of his ability to knockdown outside shots throughout the week, oftentimes knocking down 5-6 shots in a row. As he develops his ball handling skills, and continues to knockdown jumpers, Midura is going to be a player to watch for in the MIAA for his Chicopee squad. Midura took home the Blue vs. White Showcase MVP.
Malik Bangura – 5’11, G, 2016 – Brockton, MA – Bangura improved by the minute while at HEA, taking advantage of every game and skill work as an opportunity to become a better player. Bangura flashed a developing jump shot, to go along with his ability to slice through defenders and finish through contact at the rim. Bangura is a big time threat on the break, and is going to be a welcomed addition to his high school squad. Bangura earned one of the HEA Workout King awards for his diligence in skill work.
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