Big Apple Showcase Top Performers
ARDSLEY, NY- The second week of the July Live Period got back underway with a marquee event taking place at House of Sports as Zero Gravity held their Big Apple Showcase.
Dozens of Division 1 head coaches came to Westchester County to scout the talent on hand, and with a good amount of quality from New York City, Long Island, and Westchester in the building, it provided us at NYCHoops.net a great chance to see who is beginning to stand out from the pack.
In attendance all day on Thursday, we were able to closely watch some of New York’s best as we now bring you the top New York performers from the day in Ardsley.
Joe Toussaint, 5’11” PG, PSA Cardinals (Cardinal Hayes ’19)- With Cole Anthony not at House of Sports with his PSA Cardinals EYBL team it provided Toussaint the opportunity to run the offense on his own. He showed lightning quick burst against a strong NJ Roadrunners team as he consistently was able to beat defenders and get himself to the basket. It wasn’t just offensively where Toussaint was making his name, he was a tough on ball harassing defender as he is racking up offers and showing why he is among NYC’s best.
Jordan Thomas, 6’6″ SF/SG, NY Rens (Bishop Loughlin ’17)- It’s still up in the air as to where Thomas will be next season as the recent Bishop Loughlin graduate is mulling over a few prep school options, but in the meantime, he was showing off his athleticism with the Rens on Thursday. He handled the ball well on the perimeter and was able to score off the dribble, but Thomas was just as adept at being strong on the offensive glass using his length and finishing inside. Never really given the chance to shine on the high school level, Thomas looks motivated to prove himself going forward.
Adrien Nunez, 6’5″ SG/SF, Born Ready Elite (St. Thomas More, CT ’18)- Much like Thomas, Nunez didn’t have the opportunities he would’ve liked with the Lions this past season as he was consistently just known as the shooter who was put in spot up situations on a team that was controlling by their attacking guards. On Thursday though playing with Born Ready Elite, Nunez showed that while he has that ability to still hurt defenses who leave him open, he can also put the ball on the floor and be dangerous in the open court in transition as well.
Thornton Scott, 6’5″ SG, Crown Basketball (Holy Trinity ’17)- It was a great start to the day for Scott who was able to show off his range in Crown’s upset win over an Under Armour affiliated CBC team. He was put on the ball a good amount and was able to score using screens showing off deep range, but his vision to slide passes into cutting teammates going to the basket was equally as impressive. Scott was nearly as consistent in a loss to the DC Blue Devils, but couldn’t push his team over the top. Still undecided about his upcoming postgrad year, it does look as if it will be Gould Academy in Maine as his ultimate destination
Ali Sumareh, 6’3″ SG, Raising Champions (South Bronx Prep ’18)- As a potent scorer on the PSAL B Division last year, the question once we saw Sumareh hit the floor was could his ability to slice defenses translate to a higher level of competition. The answer would prove to be a resounding yes as not only is Sumareh strong enough to attack and finish against bigger defenders down low, but he is solid enough on the ball to where he can play the 1 if need be and be effective from the midrange as well as he shows to be certainly be someone to keep an eye on.
Chris Wright, 6’0″ PG, Early Risers (Kingston ’18)- Having seen a good amount of Wright so far this spring and summer it didn’t come as any surprise that Wright was able to control the offense for the Early Risers, being the calming leader for the team in their consolation bracket victory. So good off his initial first step, Wright was able to get into driving lanes and finish, while also being able to dish out to open teammates once the double team came over his way. An underrated lead guard up in Section 9, all Wright does is lead his team to wins as he gets more acclimated at the point guard spot.
Isaiah Mucius, 6’8″ SF, PSA Cardinals (Brewster Academy, NH ’18)- A Top 100 recruit in the 2018 class, Mucius was able to show off his athleticism in a major way as he was able to finish with authority pushing the ball up the court in transition, showing off an impressive handle for someone his size. Maybe the biggest part of Mucius’ game that stood out though was the continuing expansion of his range as he has become a consistent perimeter shooter who really was able to burn the defenses from behind the arc on Thursday as his stock continues to soar.
Camren Wynter, 6’3″ PG, Crown Basketball (Holy Trinity ’17)- One of the bigger and more complete floor general’s that we saw on Thursday, Wynter is stuck in no man’s land right now because he is without a prep school, and doesn’t have any offers as a 2017 graduate either. It’s looking likely that Wynter may end up in Florida for his postgrad year and if he does some Sunshine State school should be looking closely because his ability to be a strong perimeter defender, along with his solid offensive showing in pulling up and hitting floaters in the lane, as well as a consistent release on his jumper means that Wynter could become a true sleeper to focus on.
Fousseyni Drame, 6’5″ SF, Born Ready Elite (Our Savior New American ’19)- Most of the talk as of late has been about Drame’s twin brother Hassan, and while he was strong as well for Born Ready Elite, it was hard to take your eyes off the play from Fousseyni on Thursday as there was near no one who could stop him from finishing above the rim when he got his hands on the ball with a head of steam. His handle was solid on the perimeter when he got touches outside, and when he made his move to the rim it was just about over. Solid on the offensive glass as well, it was a strong outing on Thursday from the OSNA wing.
Ryan Conroy, 6’2″ SG/PG, East Coast Cyclones (St. Peter’s ’18)- Finally is Conroy who was a role player off the bench last year for the top team on Staten Island. His role should grow this year because of backcourt graduations and based off what he showed on Thursday it looks as if Conroy is ready for the greater responsibility. He was solid on the ball as someone who made smart passes, and while he didn’t show elusive quickness, he was able to handle pressure and make good decisions. Great in the halfcourt feeding the post, Conroy was able to connect from long range when given space and looks to have improved his scoring touch which should allow his overall game to grow.