Posted On: 05/5/19 2:32 AM
At the 17 and Under level teams fought for a spot in the Sunday quarterfinals and along the way Prep Hoops took in several strong performances both on an individual and team level.
Sunday’s 17u quarter finals is as follows: Powerhouse Rise vs The Show, Gamepoint OC vs Gamepoint, Colorado Titans Gold vs Powerhouse Black, and California Select vs Las Vegas Olympians.
Mark Him for Six!
Alem Huseinovic stands 6-foot-3, 180 pounds at the guard position for Powerhouse Hoops (the UA Rise team) and his production led to a recent offer from Nevada. Huseinovic’s parents are from Bosnia so he has spent summer vacations playing for Bosnia’s national teams including time spent on the 16 and Under team last summer. That experience has helped Huseinovic put together an efficient six months of basketball.
Alem goes to school at Scottsdale Chaparral (AZ) who went 22-8 with Alem scoring nearly 15 points a game. The shooting numbers for Huseinovic are his signature. Alem hit on 47 percent of his field goals as a junior including 39 percent of his five shots a game at the arc plus he’s a near 80 percent foul shooter.
Tonight the beautiful stroke of Huseinovic sent Powerhouse Hoops White defenders scrambling and ultimately forced them to give up. Powerhouse Hoops Rise has several weapons in the paint so figuring out how to move with or around the size to get to Alem was a nightmare. Add in that Alem made 7 of his 11 shots including six threes for 22 points and you once again have a big time shooter that only takes high percentage attempts within the flow of the offense. Alem also dished out five assists and five boards.
Who is Next?
Evan Nelson just added BYU and Nevada to his offer list so he’s in a good spot. Six-foot-10 Osasere Ighodaro – who spent his evening hitting mid-range jumpers and flushing physically – grabbed recent offers from USC, Stanford, and Vanderbilt so his options are there. Huseinovic recently picked up a Nevada option and we expect more on the way for him. Anthony Garza has Force and Brycen Long has Houston Baptist.
What about Deandre Henry? The 6-foot-8 power forward from Mountain Pointe High School looks like the ideal big for a team that likes to play two bigs in a high-low system. In my three games watching Powerhouse Hoops on the Prep Hoops Circuit I’ve seen Ighodaro and Henry work together foul line to block relentlessly for outstanding results.
Henry is an excellent passer into the post and as the recipient Deandre is outstanding. His core strength combined with a great feel for leverage allow his teammates to have an easy entry pass. With great hands Henry catches and consistently finishes plus at 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds few opponents are able to knock him off balance. Add in the comfort facing the basket and using a dribble and you have an outstanding prospect for a high-low reliant team.
Henry averaged 12.5 points and 10.2 playing with Jalen Graham and Khalid Price this winter and coincidently enough tonight Deandre Henry had 13 points and ten boards against Powerhouse Hoops White. Henry has a could D1 college options but we believe there should be many more in his future.
Ethan the Magician
Before The Force from Colorado took the court tonight I was told to watch Ethan Forrester and the 6-foot-4 guard did not disappoint. Within the first few minutes Forrester led four transition breaks for scores, had two zipping through the defense assists showing incredible vision, and scored on a couple high percentage shots. Forrester is a creator and the type of guard with size that can bring an offense together.
Lewis-Palmer High School in Monument, Colorado went 28-0 this year winning a title. Ethan averaged ten points, five boards, and four assists shooting 45 percent from the field and 75 percent from the foul line. At another school Ethan could of had much bigger numbers but on this team it was about chemistry and Ethan brought it all together. Just like he did for The Force once again.
Forrester is a 2019 that would look good on a lot of rosters when games tip off next fall.
Want it? The Bash in the Desert Has It!
Looking for a strong big with a mid-range touch? We give you 6-foot-6 Izaiah Nicholson from Liberty High School. Izaiah is strong but looks to have a feathery touch.
Looking for a shooter that seems to have found his touch? We give you 6-foot-4 Michael Hanson who scored 25 points for Powerhouse Black on five threes and a clutch basket to out Seattle High Academic.
Looking for an agile, explosive forward that is more agility than tall? That would be TJ Green of Powerhouse Black, a strong big that is quick off his feet and explosively finished several times for 15 points.
Looking for a High IQ wing that can hit shots and slash? Our answer there would be Sam Dudley from California Select, a 6-foot-3 wing that attacked right twice to score in the final two minutes allowing his team to defeat Washington Elite. Son of Chris Dudley.