Posted On: 10/22/18 11:12 AM
Costa Mesa, Ca. — The Hoops By Ugland Beach Jam Showcase at Vanguard University featured 70 high school basketball players in a class-by-class game setting.
The combined freshman and sophomore game proved to be the most exciting of the day, a sudden death overtime game that was decided, anticlimactically, by a foul and free throw by Santa Margarita sophomore guard Selah Robins.
The junior class game was another close one, with the team coached by Santa Margarita assistant Wolfgang Wood defeating Fountain Valley assistant AJ Gasporra’s team, 74-69. The senior class contest was the most lopsided of the three, as team Wood dominated its way to a 83-63 victory.
Here are the freshman standouts from the class of 2021/2022 game:
Ben Shtolzberg, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame
Shtolzberg had a very nice showing with his passing ability both in transition and half-court settings. He moved the ball ahead on the break to wings streaking up the sideline, leading them to easy baskets and made solid reads when the tempo slowed down. The 6-foot-1 point guard has a knack for scoring, as well.
Brandon Perez, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame
Perez had his consistent 3-point shooting ability on display. The 6-foot-2 shooting guard has great balance on his jumper and repeatable and fundamental shooting mechanics. Perez also makes a big impact on the defensive end with his ability to defend both guard positions and rebound in and out of his space.
Gabe Quiette, Mater Dei
Quiette was perhaps the most intriguing long-term ninth grader in this game. The 6-foot-3, 170-pound wing has the ideal build for a 2/3 prospect with his impressive length and fluid athleticism and a lot of his offensive skill set is starting to improve at a rapid clip. Quiette is an adept finisher in transition where he uses his long strides and length to get to the rim and finish with finesse.
Isaac Peralta, Mater Dei
Peralta does a nice job of controlling the tempo and pace of a game. He rarely gets sped up by the defense, limits turnovers with good decision making, and knows where his teammates need the ball to be most successful. Peralta’s passing ability is what stood out most in this event, but he’s also a crafty scorer in the paint with floaters and creative layup finishes.
Jacquez Neal, Eastvale Roosevelt
Neal is a quick, high motor guard with good blow-by speed in the open court. He likes to get downhill in transition and into the paint where he can draw defenders and dish to open teammates. Neal is an active on-ball defender with good lateral speed.
Peter Davis, Redondo Union
Davis was one of the more consistent catch-and-shooters in this game. The lanky 6-foot-1 shooting guard doesn’t need much time or space to get his shot off and understands how to move without the ball, whether it’s setting up and coming off of screens, or spacing the floor properly by dropping to the level of the driver on the wing.
Roddie Anderson, Fountain Valley
Anderson is lightning quick and has really nice feel for the game, especially in transition. The 5-foot-10 point guard has impressive ability to change speed and direction without losing a step, which makes him a tough cover in the open court. He got to the rim at-will in this game and showed off his crafty layup finish package.