Conference Preview

Posted On: 03/31/21 7:57 AM

As the calendar is starting to turn to April, AAU teams across the state are gearing up for the spring season. The Hoop Heaven Hawks Elite are one of those teams as they practiced yesterday. Here are the top 5 takeaways from the 2024 Hoop Heaven Hawks Elite practice.

1. Owen Griffin Owen Griffin 6'2" | SF St. Joe's Metuchen | 2024 State NJ is a breakout player to watch in the GMC

Griffin had a strong practice as he showcased his all-around skillset. The 6’2 wing has a nice touch around the basket and has a good spin move to free himself up down low. Griffin knocked down multiple triples during the practice, showing an ability to knock down jumpers from behind the arc. He fought for rebounds during the live sessions and moved his feet well on defense. Griffin should get more minutes for St. Joe’s Metuchen this season, which could lead to a breakout campaign.

2. Dean Smith Dean Smith 5'11" | CG Watchung Hills | 2024 State NJ will be an impact player for Watchung Hills next season

The Warriors have to replace  Trevor Bokach Trevor Bokach 6'4" | CG Watchung Hills | 2021 State NJ on the perimeter and they may have his replacement in Smith. The 6’0 guard was talking throughout practice as his energy level did not drop at all. Smith was

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