Slam Dunk To The Beach/ HoopHall East Day Two Standouts
Slam Dunk to the Beach is back in action for the 2022 high school basketball season partnering up with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to become HoopHall East. The 2022 field features multiple teams ranked in the top 25 nationally and 19 players ranked in the top 100 of their respective classes. Without further delay, let's see what went down in day two of action.
Seaford High School vs Haverford School Result-
Seaford 61 Haverford 50
Seaford: Brent Ricketts 17 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals on 7-11 FG
Zion Miffin 11 points, 2 rebounds
Akendre Matthews 11 points, 2 rebounds
Haverford: KJ Carlson 14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals
Manny Butts 14 points, 2 rebounds
Kenneth Carson/ Haverford School/ 6'1/ PG/ 2025 -
Carson had a solid all around floor game despite a rocky start from Haverford as a team. Carson adapted to Seafords physicality and was able to penetrate and score in the paint, while also holding his own defensively (3 steals) against Seaford PG's. The main negative from his performance was his seven turnovers, although, he never let that detour him at any point in the game from trying to make plays, which proves he has the mental toughness to thrive as his high school career continues.
Emmanuel Butts/ Haverford School/ 6'6/ F/ 2026 -
Raw freshman with a world of promise. Seaford was more athletic, stronger and tenacious across the board, but, Butts competed with no fear on every possession. Butts displayed an underrated post game on the block where he shot 6-10 from the field, ran the floor well and went after every Seaford shot attempt near the basket. It's a nice foundation there for this intriguing freshman. He's one to keep a close eye on as he continues to develop.
Brent Ricketts/ Seaford HS/ 6'3/ G/2023 -
Ricketts was the best player on the floor due to his all around impact. He scored at will, especially in transition and off the bounce, did a decent job on the boards and defended like a mad man. He was one of the main reasons why Haverford never got going offensively in the first quarter (1-11 FG). Ricketts plays a tough efficient brand of basketball that impacts winning, which is all you can ask for from any player.
Aviyon Matthews/ Seaford HS/ 6'4/ G-F/ 2024 -
Matthews is Seafords lunchpail player and he thrives in the role. Matthews had the play of the game, a vicious dunk on Butts, but his defense is what caught my eye. He literally defended 1-5 throughout the game and finished with 6 rebounds and a game high 4 steals. He was the main reason Haverford shot 38 percent from the field for the game. If Matthews really puts his mind to it, there is no reason why he shouldn't be a double double guy from here on out.
Eleanor Roosevelt vs Monsignor Bonner Result-
Monsignor Bonner 60 Eleanor Roosevelt 49
Monsignor Bonner: Reggie Selden 15 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals
Deuce Ketner 15 points, 5 rebounds
Kevin Rucker 14 points, 4 rebounds
Eleanor Roosevelt: Giovanni Sanford 14 points, 6 rebounds
Bryson Whitley 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals
Tobi Raji 9 points, 7 rebounds
Bryson Whitley/ Eleanor Roosevelt/ 5'11/ PG/ 2023 -
Whitley played with tremendous heart and grit trying his best to will Eleanor Roosevelt to a comeback win that ultimately fell short. He attacked the bigger Monsignor Bonner relentlessly, instead of settling for threes. He found his teammates enough (3 assists) to keep the defense honest and he got after it defensively, finishing with a game high three steals. Had Eleanor Roosevelt 3-point shooting been on point, (they shot 1-14 from deep), the outcome may have been different with the way Whitley was running the show. The game wouldn't have been close without Whitley and thats a testament to his the competitive spirit he has.
Giovanni Sanford/ Eleanor Roosevelt/ 6'4/ G/ 2025 -
Sanford has the potential to be the next great player from Eleanor Roosevelt, and believe me, they've had their fair share. Sanford, despite Roosevelts offensive struggles, made it look effortless at time with the way he scored the ball, posting 14 points on 6-10 shooting from the field while also pulling down 6 rebounds. The poise he displayed on the big stage of Hoophall East, while competing against a more seasoned Monsignor team is something that can't be taught. Had Sanford been a year older, with more experience under his belt, he could have been more aggressive and made the game a lot more interesting, because when he did look to score, no one could stop him. A prospect to certainly pay close attention to.
Reggie Selden/ Monsignor Bonner/ 6'2/ G/ 2024 -
Selden played an efficient floor game and never allowed Roosevelt to seize any momentum in the game.
Selden shot 4-6 from the field, 2-3 from deep, 5-6 from the line, pulled down 5 rebounds, had 3 assists and 2 steals as well with only three turnovers against Roosevelts formidable press. Selden did what every coach wants their floor generals to do, control the game.
Deuce Ketner/ Monsignor Bonner/ 6'7/ Wing/ 2024 -
Promising swiss army knife type of player that can play outside and inside. He was a match-up problem for Roosevelt all game long, shooting 5-9 from the field and grabbing 5 rebounds as well. His interior and help side defense was HUGE in helping contain Eleanor Roosevelt. If Ketner ever decides that he's going to dominate, it will get ugly for opponents, He has all of the tools to be among the best in his class.
Nelson Lamizana/ Monsignor Bonner/ 6'8/ F/ 2024 -
Throwback dirty work big man held things down inside the paint all game long. Nothing came easy. Lamizana posted 6 rebounds and 2 blocks while altering countless other shots. He also did a good a job of staying in front of Roosevelts guards when he had a rare match-up on the perimeter. Lamizana's combination of size, strength and athleticism was a key factor in Monsignor Bonner never truly being threatened throughout the contest.
Combine Academy vs Dream City Christian Result -
Combine Academy 71 Dream City Christian 61
Combine Academy: Rakease Passmore 23 points, 5 rebounds,3 assists
Trentyn Flowers 20 points, 5 rebounds
Silas Demary Jr 15 points, 7 rebounds,5 assists, 2 steals
Dream City Christian: David Tubek 18 points, 4 rebounds
Alejandro Aviles 15 points, 10 rebounds, 3 blocks, 2 steals
Gabe Pickens 9 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists
Rakease Passmore/ Combine Academy/ 6'5/ G/ 2024 -
Dream City, no disrespect, couldn't do anything with Passmore. That's how deadly he was during Combines win. Passmore did whatever he wanted, posting a game high 23 points on 8-11 shooting from the field, 4-6 from deep, 3-5 from the line. He torched Dream City from all three levels and was unstoppable in transition. Passmore is one of those players that when he sees a couple go in, baskets come quick, fast and in a hurry. It's easy to see why he's one of the best off guards in his class.
Trentyn Flowers/ Combine Academy/ 6'9/ G/ 2024 -
Skywalking junior had a lot of buzz in the air and it didn't take long for him to show us why. Flowers played well on both ends with crowd pleasing dunks, efficient long range shooting and suffocating defense, using his long 6'9 frame to harass Dream City guards. Most prospects his age need a lot of shots to put up numbers, not him, he already understands how to score efficiently with him finishing the game shooting 8-16 from the field and 3-5 from deep. Flowers is among the best in the country and it's hard to not see a future of him playing 82 games in the near future.
Silas Demary Jr/ Combine Academy/ 6'5/ PG/ 2023/ Southern California Commit -
USC has a good one coming in Demary Jr. A true floor general that is equally as efficient scoring the ball as he is finding others. The pass first point guard hit shots from all three levels (5-8 FG/ 1-1 3FG/ 4-7 FT), yet, also pulled down a team high 7 rebounds, dished out 5 assists and had two steals.....with 3 turnovers. Near flawless basketball. In todays scoring guard climate, it's refreshing to see a young player understand the details of being a point guard and transitioning that to winning. Demary Jr with this understanding, with the size he has at 6'5, all around skill and sneaky athleticism, has everything going for him to make an immediate impact at the next level and beyond.
David Tubek/ Dream City Christian School/ 6'8/ F/ 2023 -
Strong, skilled forward had a strong performance with a team high 18 points on 7-15 shooting from the field. I felt at times he settled for 3-pointers where he could’ve attacked Combine Academy more off the bounce and looked to score inside while drawing fouls. Nonetheless, he has a great form on his jumper and was automatic from midrange and from the mid-post, where he used his strength to shield off defenders to score inside. Tubek was definitely a bright spot for Dream City, despite the loss.
Alejandro Aviles/ Dream City Christian School/ 6'9/ F/ 2025 -
A youngster to keep an eye on. Aviles posted 15 points, a game high 10 rebounds and 3 blocks on 5-9 shooting while being one of the youngest players on the floor. He's what I call a technician inside. He has great footwork, agility, post moves and touch in the post and he at times gave Combine Academy fits. He honestly, should’ve had his number called more. He isn't the most explosive athlete, but, he makes up for it with a great understanding of how to use his 6'9 frame to create space to utilize his polished post game. Talented prospect to watch indeed.