247Sports made the trip to West Orange High School this past weekend to take in some of the Garden State’s best talent in the Hoop Group Tip-Off. St. Joseph's recruit DeAndre Bembry was one of the standouts.
St. Joseph's anxiously awaits DeAndre Bembry
DeAndre Bembry: 6-foot-6, 190-pound SF, The Patrick School (N.J.)
Breakdown: Bembry and his Patrick School teammates turned up the pressure defense on Gill St. Bernards and held one of the top teams in New Jersey to under 40 points on Saturday, getting a 58-38 victory. As a result of all that pressure, the St. Joseph’s commit had a number of fast-break opportunities, leading all scorers while netting 28 points on the game and earning MVP honors for the contest.
Tyler Ennis: 6-foot-2, 180 pound PG, St. Benedict’s (N.J.) Prep
Breakdown: The future Syracuse point guard showed out against Wilbraham & Monson (Ma.), scoring 20 points in a 57-39 win. Ennis hit a three, made some high-difficulty drives look easy and got his teammates involved early as The Gray Bees never relented. The No. 40 player overall in 2013 was the main facilitator on offense, and with the host of talent surrounding him at St. Benedict’s, Ennis has many options to choose from.
Spencer Weisz: 6-foot-5, 195-pound SG, Seton Hall Prep (N.J.)
Breakdown: While the senior did most of his damage from the foul line - Weisz was 8-of-14 from the charity stripe - the Princeton-bound guard dropped 21 on the night. Showing off his mid-range jumper and ability to get to the rack, Weisz helped lead Seton Hall to a 58-48 victory over Columbia.
Tyler Roberson: 6-foot-7, 190-pound SF, Roselle Catholic (N.J.) High School
Breakdown: Another Syracuse signee, Robeson was playing above the rim all night, including a number of dunks in his repertoire. Finishing with a team-high 22 points, the No. 30 player in 2013 ran the court well and patrolled the paint on both ends all night.
Rashard Figures: 6-foot-4, 185-pound SG, Hackensack (N.J.) High School
Breakdown: Despite not getting his shot to fall from deep, Figures led his team in scoring with 14 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The junior has a pretty decent handle but definitely projects as a two-guard at the next level. The three-star guard made a living getting into the paint and finishing around the rim.
Karl Towns Jr.: 6-foot-10, 230-pound PF, St. Joseph’s Metuchen (N.J.) High School
Breakdown: Under the watchful eye of Kentucky head coach John Calipari and assistant Orlando Antigua, Towns didn’t disappoint, earning game MVP honors for his 18 point, 14 rebound, five block performance. Towns has a fluidity to his game that doesn’t make it awkward to see a 6-foot-10 giant with the ball on the perimeter. The newly-reclassified junior has a smooth stroke from anywhere on the court, but isn’t afraid to mix it up inside.
Quadri Moore: 6-foot-9, 230-pound C, Linden (N.J.) High School
Breakdown: Moore had an up-and-down game, committing three fouls missing a couple of rotations on defense. Sporting an improved perimeter game, thanks in part to a lighter frame, Moore looked more comfortable all-around the court than the last time we saw him. Though neither of his shots from deep fell, the junior was a very active inside, patrolling the paint on both ends of the court.
Wade Baldwin: 6-foot-3, 180-pound SG, St. Joseph’s Metuchen (N.J.) High School
Breakdown: The three-star guard scored the final five points in overtime against Teaneck, leading all scorers with 27 points for the game. Baldwin did it all, showing a variety of mid-range shots and drives to the bucket, and despite missing two free throws in the final ten seconds of the fourth quarter to ice the game for St. Joseph’s, the junior made three of four in overtime when it counted.
Isaiah Briscoe: 6-foot-3, 205-pound SG, St. Benedict’s (N.J.) Prep
Breakdown: During the aforementioned chasedown block by Montero, Briscoe went crashing into the stands underneath the basket and was down for several minutes. It was a lower back injury, but that didn’t keep the five-star guard out of the game for very long. Only a matter of minutes after seeing the trainer Briscoe was up and in the game, finishing with 17 points in a lopsided win. Tough as they come, the sophomore competes every minute he’s on the court, showing range from three in addition to hard fought drives to the hole.
Luis Montero: 6-foot-7, 185-pound SF, Wilbraham & Monson (Ma.) Academy
Breakdown: The sophomore started the game on fire, crossing up his defender before stepping back to nail a three and following that up with a chasedown block on Briscoe. Unfortunately, an injury and some foul trouble limited the five-star sophomore to six points. Monero showed some very nice ball control for a taller player, but is rail thin and definitely needs to put some weight on.
Malachi Richardson: 6-foot-5, 195-pound SG, Roselle Catholic (N.J.) High School
Breakdown: Playing off the ball, Richardson isn’t shy to shoot it from anywhere on the court. He goes through the offense very calmly and moves around the court smoothly, despite not showing elite athleticism just yet. At points the sophomore settled for a jumpers when there was a better option, whether that was moving the ball along or driving to the cup, but he still scored 10 points on the night. He’s a two-guard all the way, and is only going to get better as he matures.
Tyus Battle: 6-foot-5, 175-pound SG, Gill St. Bernards (N.J.)
Breakdown: As a freshman, Battle was smooth on the court despite the constant pressure from The Patrick School defenders. Dropping an efficient 14 points, Battle was comfortable handling the ball when senior Jaren Sina was in trouble, and slid his feet well on the defensive end. Battle showed why he’s one of the most highly touted freshman in New Jersey, looking the part of a big-time point guard.
Temple Gibbs: 6-foot-2, 180-pound PG, Seton Hall Prep (N.J.)
Breakdown: Riddled with foul trouble early, Gibbs wasn’t deterred in the second half, facilitating the point with relative ease. Starting as a freshman, the 6-foot-2 guard was calm under pressure and added seven points in his team’s winning effort.
Bryce Aiken: 5-foot-8, 140-pound PG, Pope John XXIII (N.J.) High School
Breakdown: Doing virtually anything he wanted on the court, Aiken led all scorers against a star-laden Roselle Catholic squad, to the tune of 24 points. The slight floor general was just that on Sunday, getting to the rack around defenders - namely Malachi Richardson - with relative ease. His height didn’t affect the freshman’s productivity on defense either, where he looked more than competent. Lightning quick off the dribble with the handle to match, had Jermaine Lawrence been healthy, Pope John may have been able to pull off the upset.
Asante Gist: 5-foot-11, 170-pound PG, Roselle Catholic (N.J.) High School
Breakdown: Gist was in foul trouble most of the game, sitting basically the entire second quarter, but was effective when he was on the court. With all the talent on Roselle, the freshman was putting his teammates in positions to succeed all night, in addition to getting after it on the defensive end. He showed the ability to create his own shot at times, but at the moment is more of a pass-first guard.