Posted On: 10/14/18 11:00 AM
BALTIMORE, MD — Every year, Hoop Group does a wonderful job of aggregating local talent into one gym in the Baltimore area, and it was no different this time around. Colby Giacubeno and I were in the gym taking in the action. Now it’s time to reveal our findings. This article aims to highlight DMV area superlative winners.
BEST SCORER | BEZ MBENG | GOOD COUNSEL ’21
There were many talented scorers in the gym on Saturday, but none more prolific than Bez Mbeng of Good Counsel. A quick, explosive 6-foot-3 guard who can consistently knock down shots off the bounce and finish in traffic, Mbeng got into the paint at will throughout the day while showcasing good athleticism.
MOST EFFICIENT | JORDAN HAWKINS | GAITHERSBURG ’21
Often times in a camp setting it’s easy for talented players to over-dribble in search of scoring opportunities, but Jordan Hawkins did no such thing. A skilled 6-foot-5 wing with a slender frame and long limbs, Hawkins patiently surveyed the floor, involved his teammates, and got to his spots quickly.
— Adam Ayalew (@AyalewAdam) October 14, 2018
MOST VOCAL | JULES BIKOY | ST. MARY’S RYKEN ’20
One thing that stood out about Jules Bikoy is how vocal he was. “I got help-side, I got help-side!” was one of the most common things we heard him yell. Bikoy also constantly encouraged his teammates on the offensive end.
BIGGEST BREAKOUT | CLINTON AYOH | BISHOP MCNAMARA ’20
Clinton Ayoh is very raw, but quite athletic. Listed at 6-foot-8, Ayoh asserted himself around the basket with his motor, soft hands, and ability to finish in traffic.
BIGGEST PEST | ELIJAH DAVIS | DEMATHA ’21
The reason why Elijah Davis was best-labeled as a “pest” is because of his tenacious on-ball defense. Davis picked up his man full court, had active hands, and caused several deflections. He forced several turnovers and did a good job frustrating the opposing ball-handler.