Born Ready Elite and Raising Elite Champions Players Represent at Big Apple Showcase

Big Apple Showcase Top Performers

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Marquise Moore eyeing NBA Summer League Team

FAIRFAX, Va. – 2017 Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player Marquise Moore has worked out for a pair of NBA teams leading up to Thursday’s 2017 NBA Draft.

The Queens, N.Y., product has spent the better part of the past couple weeks meeting with teams, working out with fellow prospects, conducting interviews and strategizing a potential landing spot for his professional basketball career.

Moore began his workouts with the Houston Rockets on June 15 before heading to Philadelphia for a session with the 76ers on June 19.

The 2017 NBA Draft is scheduled for Thursday, June 22 at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The annual event will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.

If he is not drafted Thursday, Moore still has an excellent chance to compete on an NBA Summer League team and have the chance to work his way onto a league roster or further supplement his resume for a career overseas. The trio of NBA summer leagues are scheduled for July 1-6 in Orlando, July 3-6 in Utah and July 7-17 in Las Vegas.

Moore recently put the finishing touches on one of the best all-around seasons by a guard in NCAA history. The NABC District 4 First Team pick led the Patriots in scoring (16.9 ppg), rebounding (10.9 rpg) and assists (3.5 apg) while shooting 48.3 percent from the floor.

His 20 double-doubles were tied for the most by a guard since the stat has been kept (2009-10), while his 10.9 rebounds/game and 9.1 defensive rebounds/contest were tops by all Div. I guards since the 1993-94 campaign. The 6-foot-2-inch guard ranked third in the nation in 2016-17 in defensive rebounding and was eighth in the nation in overall rebounding.

In addition to leading the conference in rebounding, Moore ranked ninth in the A-10 in scoring, eighth in minutes played, 11th in assists and 12th in field goal percentage. He posted 10+ points in 28 of 34 contests and 20+ points in 11 games. Moore also registered the first triple-double in George Mason history after a 17-point, 16-rebound, 10-assist performance at Penn on Dec. 10.

Moore led the Green & Gold to the first Atlantic 10 Tournament win in program history on March 9 vs. Fordham, tallying 25 points, a career-high 19 rebounds and five assists in the game. His 18.0 rebounds/game over the course of the tournament set an Atlantic 10 record and helped the senior garner A-10 All-Tournament accolades for the first time in his career.

Moore set a new Mason single-season rebounding record with 367 boards on the year. He ends his career seventh all-time at Mason in assists (363), seventh in free throws made (373), 12th in rebounding (694) and 21st in scoring (1270 points). He is the only player in Patriot history to post 1200+ points, 600+ rebounds and 300+ assists in a career.

Behind Moore’s efforts, the Patriots put together a turnaround season in 2016-17. Mason set a new program record for Atlantic 10 victories (9) and its 20 overall wins were the most by the program since 2012-13. After winning 11 games total and five A-10 contests in 2015-16, Mason ranked as of the nation’s 20 most improved teams this season.

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Latest News on Lance “Born Ready” Stephenson

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – APRIL 04: Lance Stephenson #6 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball during the 108-90 win over the Toronto Raptors at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 4, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

The Indiana Pacers will have to try some outside-the-box thinking to survive if Paul George does leave this summer, and that could include putting Lance Stephenson in a bigger role.

According to Gregg Doyel of the Indy Star, general manager Kevin Pritchard is considering putting Stephenson at point guard to lead the rebuilding process. The 26-year-old apparently “looks great” after losing 10 pounds.

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported George’s plans to leave Indiana when he becomes a free agent in 2018. The team has since discussed potential trades with several teams to move him before the start of next season in an effort to kickstart the rebuilding process.

With point guard Jeff Teague also a free agent this summer, the Pacers have a lot of question marks going forward.

One of the solutions could be seeing what the team has in Stephenson. The shooting guard was a key part of the Pacers’ success from 2010-14, but he struggled mightily over the past few years, playing for five different organizations over the past three seasons.

He returned to Indiana at the end of last year, averaging 7.2 points and 4.2 assists in six games. He then looked as good as ever in the postseason, averaging 16 points and 5.3 rebounds per game during the first-round sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

After receiving his release from Quinnipiac Ezekiel Charles signs with New Orleans University

NEW ORLEANS – The University of New Orleans men’s basketball team added its final member for the 2017-18 season as guard Ezekiel Charles of Barton Community College inked a National Letter of Intent to play for the Privateers, UNO head coach Mark Slessinger announced Wednesday morning.

A 6-4, 205-pound native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Charles joins the Privateer program after two standout junior-college seasons where he helped lead the Cougars to a 43-21 overall record, a 29-16 mark in Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference action and two trips to the NJCAA Region VI Tournament. As a junior in 2016-17, Charles and BCC posted a 25-8 overall showing, a KJCCC runner-up finish with a 19-7 record and a region semifinal appearance.

“We are very excited to complete our recruiting class with Ezekiel Charles,” Slessinger said. “He is a student-athlete that we have recruited extensively and have a good feel for him and the skill set that he will bring to our program. Ezekiel will bring a great ability to shoot the basketball, score in different ways and be a dynamic defender. We feel that he will be a great addition to our program and cap off a tremendous recruiting class.”

Charles played in 58 college contests to date with 52 starts, posting 715 points (12.3 ppg), 347 rebounds (6.0 rpg), 122 assists (2.1 apg), 70 steals (1.2 spg) and 25 blocked shots (0.4 bpg). He scored in double figures 37 tiems with seven games of 20-plus points, including a career-best 30 vs McPherson on Nov. 2, 2016.

Along the way, Charles tallied three point/rebound double-doubles, tallied seven-plus rebounds 22 times, handed out four or more assists on nine occasions, posted three-plus steals in eight contests and logged five multiple-block outings. He had career-high marks of 13 rebounds vs Brown Mackie on Nov. 28, 2015, eight assists vs Highlands on Nov. 4, 2016, six steals vs Garden City on Nov. 16, 2016, and three blocks vs both Cowley County on Dec. 12, 2015, and Cloud County on Feb. 16, 2016.

Charles was named first-team All-KJCCC and second-team all-region as a sophomore after leading the team in with a 37.2 3-point percentage while ranking second with 13.6 points per game and 38 steals, tied for second with 42 3-pointers, third with 367 points scored, 79 free throws made, 6.0 rebounds per game, 57 assists and 13 blocks. In addition, he finished fourth on the squad with 123 field goals made, 161 rebounds, a 47.5 field goal percentage and a 71.8 free throw percentage.

As a freshman, Charles led Barton with 42 3-pointers and a 36.2 3-point percentage (.362) while sitting tied for first with 121 field goals made, second with 348 points scored, 11.2 points per game 65 and assists, third with 186 rebounds, 6.0 rebounds per game, 32 steals, 12 blocked shots and a 68.8 free throw percentage (.688), fourth with 64 free throws made and fifth with a 42.8 field goal percentage. A standout in the classroom as well, Charles is a two-time member of the Dean’s List and was named Most Outstanding Student at Barton Community College.

Prior to the start of his collegiate career, Charles was a two-year letterman at Lincoln High for coaches Dwayne Morton and Kenneth Pretlow where he helped the Railsplitters to a combined 47-7 overall record, a pair of PSAL Brooklyn AA title and with a 28-1 league mark and trips to the state playoffs both seasons.

As a senior, he was named to the second-team Daily News All-Brooklyn Team after averaging 12.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He also played for Born Ready Elite on the AAU circuit and was selected to play in the 2014 New York Top 100.

“Ezekiel prepped at one of the most historic high school programs in New York City in Lincoln High School and was lucky to play at Barton Community College,” Slessinger said. “While at Barton, he was coached by Craig Fletchall, who has always done a great job preparing his student-athletes for the transition to the NCAA Division I level.”

UNO team coming off a 2016-17 season that saw the Privateers finish 20-12 overall, win the Southland Conference regular-season title with a 13-5 league record, claimed the 2017 SLC Tournament title with a 68-65 overtime victory against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and advanced to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship.

Charles is the eighth student-athlete to join the Privateers for the 2017-18 season and the third to do so during the Spring Signing Period as former East St. John High standout Troy Green and North Platte Community College star Diontae Champion inked their NLIs in mid-April.

Also joining the team next season are Lamont Berzat (New Orleans, La./Landry-Walker HS), Tyren Harrison (St. Albans, N.Y./Western Oklahoma State College), Bol Riek (Bentiu, South Sudan/Mooseheart [Ill.] School) and Damion Rosser (McDonough, Ga./Henry County HS) – who became official during the NCAA Early Signing Period in November – and Scott Plaisance (New Orleans, La./UL-Lafayette), who transferred in following the fall semester.

“I can’t say enough about the job our staff has done in working tirelessly to help get the best student-athletes to UNO to help keep us at a championship level and move us forward,” Slessinger added. “Their dedication and work rate is second to none.”

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Marquise Moore receives invite to Portsmouth Invitational

FAIRFAX, Va. – George Mason University men’s basketball senior Marquise Moore has earned an invitation to the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational to be played April 12-15.

The Portsmouth Invitational is one of the preeminent postseason events for college basketball seniors as they prepare for NBA workouts and future professional careers. Each year for 65 years, the P.I.T has invited 64 of the best college basketball players from across the nation to participate in a four-day, 12 game tournament in front of representatives from every NBA team.

Moore will suit up for K&D Rounds Landscaping, a team that includes Bronson Koenig (Wisconsin), Kadeem Allen (Arizona) and Zak Irvin (Michigan).

The team’s first game is scheduled for Thursday (April 13) at 9 p.m. vs. Sales Systems, Ltd. All games will be streamed on the PIT site.

“We are very excited for Marquise and this outstanding opportunity for him.” head coach Dave Paulsen said. “The honor is well deserved. I know there were some anxious moments waiting for the invite, but I knew his body of work this year and throughout his career merited his inclusion. He’s been working tirelessly since the season ended and I’m confident he’ll play at a very high level in Portsmouth.”

Moore recently put the finishing touches on one of the best all-around seasons by a guard in NCAA history. The Chris Daniels Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player and NABC District 4 First Team pick led the Patriots in scoring (16.9 ppg), rebounding (10.9 rpg) and assists (3.5 apg) while shooting 48.3 percent from the floor.

His 20 double-doubles were tied for the most by a guard since the stat has been kept (2009-10), while his 10.9 rebounds/game and 9.1 defensive rebounds/contest were tops by all Div. I guards since the 1993-94 campaign. The 6-foot-2-inch guard ranked third in the nation in 2016-17 in defensive rebounding and was eighth in the nation in overall rebounding.

In addition to leading the conference in rebounding, Moore ranked ninth in the A-10 in scoring, eighth in minutes played, 11th in assists and 12th in field goal percentage. He posted 10+ points in 28 of 34 contests and 20+ points in 11 games. Moore also registered the first triple-double in George Mason history after a 17-point, 16-rebound, 10-assist performance at Penn on Dec. 10.

Moore led the Green & Gold to the first Atlantic 10 Tournament win in program history on March 9 vs. Fordham, tallying 25 points, a career-high 19 rebounds and five assists in the game. His 18.0 rebounds/game over the course of the tournament set an Atlantic 10 record and helped the senior garner A-10 All-Tournament accolades for the first time in his career.

Moore set a new Mason single-season rebounding record with 367 boards on the year. He ends his career seventh all-time at Mason in assists (363), seventh in free throws made (373), 12th in rebounding (694) and 21st in scoring (1270 points). He is the only player in Patriot history to post 1200+ points, 600+ rebounds and 300+ assists in a career.

Behind Moore’s efforts, the Patriots put together a turnaround season in 2016-17. Mason set a new program record for Atlantic 10 victories (9) and its 20 overall wins were the most by the program since 2012-13. After winning 11 games total and five A-10 contests in 2015-16, Mason ranked as of the nation’s 20 most improved teams this season.

K&D Rounds Roster
Kadeem Allen, Arizona (G, 6’3 205)
Bronson Koenig, Wisconsin (G, 6’4 195)
Jimmy Hall, Kent State (F, 6’8 240)
Zak Irvin, Michigan (F, 6’6 215)
Marquise Moore, George Mason (G, 6’2 208)
Jeremy Senglin, Weber State (G, 6’1 188)
Justin Tuoyo, Chattanooga (F, 6’9 235)
Jacob Wiley, Eastern Washington (F, 6’7 220)

K&D Rounds Schedule
Thursday, April 13: vs. Sales Systems, Ltd. (9 p.m.)
Friday, April 14: TBD (3:15 p.m. or 9 p.m.)
Saturday, April 15: TBD