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New England Elite 75 Showcase recap

MANSFIELD, Mass. -- The fifth annual New England Elite 75 Showcase – Frosh/Soph Edition took place Saturday, featuring many of the top underclassmen in New England. Here’s a look at who impressed.

Top Prospects

Luis Monteiro (Dominican Republic/Wilbraham & Monson)

2015, G, 6-foot-7, 175 pounds

After catching an initial glance earlier this month at a Wilbraham & Monson open gym, Monteiro showed even more natural ability the second time around. His combination of size, length and agility is uncanny at his position and his skill set is equally impressive. Monteiro has deep range on his jumper — well beyond the college arc — and also has the handle to create his own shot.

Terance Mann (Lowell, Mass./Tilton)

2015, G/F, 6-5, 170 pounds

After showing signs of stardom earlier this summer, Mann is now firmly taking his game to another level. He’s got good size and athleticism, but his length is his biggest physical asset, which he uses to his advantage when operating off the dribble. He’s also adding noticeable muscle mass with his frame, playing above the rim more frequently and shooting the deep ball with improved consistency.

Aaron Falzon (Newton, Mass./St. Mark’s)

2015, PF, 6-7, 200 pounds

A prototypical face-up 4-man with an unusually polished game for such a young prospect, Falzon specializes in the pick-and-pop game as he can shoot the ball with range or attack close-outs from opposing big men. While he’s not naturally an explosive athlete, Falzon has gotten himself into very good shape and was moving well on both ends of the court.

Ian Sistare (Dublin, N.H./Northfield Mount Hermon)

2016, G, 6-3, 180 pounds

A reclassified freshman, Sistare came into the field as the only 2016 prospect with a reputation already intact. To his credit, he showed the poise and maturity you would expect from a veteran, facilitating for others with his passing ability, showing his high basketball I.Q., and letting the game come while still picking his spots to make a couple of high level plays.

Jonathan Joseph (Brockton, Mass./Tilton)

2015, PG, 5-9, 145 pounds

What makes Joseph special is his efficiency running a team, but in a showcase style setting, that type of game doesn’t always carry over. Instead, Joseph seized the opportunity to show off his individual offense, mixing in threes, midrange pull-ups, and floaters alike while continuing to play with the natural poise and intelligence that he has become known for.

Surprise Performances

Andrew Simpson (Boston, Mass./Brimmer & May)

2015, SF, 6-5, 190 pounds

He’s the type of physical prospect that jumps out at first glance with good size and length, a cut and powerful physique and the easy athleticism to play high above the rim. Simpson can be a threat with his jumper in the half court, but he’s at his best in the open floor where his explosiveness and fluidity allow him to fill lanes and finish as well as anyone in the field.

A.J. Brodeur (Northboro, Mass./Algonquin)

2015, PF, 6-7, 190 pounds

An up-and-coming big man who is showing subtle, but indisputable, signs of potential, Brodeur has a solid build with developing strength, a good nose for the ball and the willingness to mix it up inside. He’s got good instincts around the rim on both ends of the floor and a knack for being in the right place at the right time. Given time to put the pieces together, he could be a nice prospect.

Toriola Moses (Nigeria/Kimball Union Academy)

2015, C, 6-9, 185 pounds

It was only two months ago when he made his American debut during the July evaluation period, and already he’s made huge strides in his game. Moses was keeping the ball high and showing a soft touch around the rim, moving well laterally, and getting off his feet quickly with his second jump. He’ll need to continue to get stronger and develop his skills, but his learning curve is obviously high.

Keep an eye on

Tyrique Jones (Hartford, Conn./East Catholic)

2016, PF, 6-6, 215 pounds

He was an absolute man-child at the freshman level. Physically dominant with sheer power and athleticism, Jones went right at the rim as opposing defenders bounced off him inside the lane. He’ll need to add a couple more inches or increased skill to maintain his advantage moving forward, but there wasn’t another freshman in the field that could match-up with him.

Notes

  • Josh Sharma (Lexington, Mass./Northfield Mount Hermon), a 2015 prospect with high-major offers already on the board, went down with an aggravated knee injury early in the day.