2022 C Jalen Duren (Roman Catholic, PA) – The 6-foot-9 big man, Jalen Duren of Roman Catholic, was arguably the most valuable player of the entire weekend. Duran impressed in his matchup with senior big man Cliff Omoruyi of Roselle Catholic (NJ) in his first game and showed why he is considered the best big in his class. He displayed his improved post game, finishing around the rim with soft touches and powerful dunks, made his defense known, and proved he had the hands to catch tricky passes. Jalen holds great upside and proved why is a top-3 prospect in his class.
2021 F Trey Patterson (Rutgers Prep, NJ) – Trey Patterson had one of the best all around performances at the Northeast Fall Invitational last weekend. The junior forward’s game looks much more improved since the summer circuit and grassroots season. Patterson played with extremely high energy throughout the games, displayed his strength and agility, and was able to knockdown perimeter jumpers with a nice looking stroke and release on his jump shot. Trey should be in for a stock rising type of season for Rutgers Prep if he continues to play this way consistently.
2022 G Zion Cruz (Hudson Catholic, NJ) – The 6-foot-2 combo guard, Zion Cruz, combined for 49 points in his two games with Hudson Catholic during their time in Roselle. Cruz put on a scoring clinic, putting up 29 points in his first game, and displayed his point guard skills as well. The young sophomore was able to get to his spots on the floor to knock down his jump shots, able to attack in transition, and displayed his quickness driving by his defenders every time off the dribble. Zion put his point guard skills on display as well by getting his teammates involved and creating scoring opportunities. I believe it is safe to say that Zion Cruz is certainly one of the best scorers in the class of 2022 moving forward.
2021 F A.J. Griffin (Archbishop Stepinac, NY) – Another MVP candidate from this past weekend was without a doubt Adrian Griffin Jr. out of Archbishop Stepinac. Griffin Jr. had himself a very outstanding performance in both games during his time in Jersey. He was able to show his power, strength, and athleticism throughout, scored effectively and effortlessly, and was super active on the defensive end of the ball. A.J was assertive on the glass and proved his guard skills as a 6-foot-6 plus forward. Let us not be surprised if the top ranked junior puts up huge numbers throughout the high school season.
2020 PG Quadry Adams (St. Thomas Aquinas, NJ) – Wake Forest bound Quadry Adams surprised me during my time at the Northeast Fall Invitational. His motor and high energy on the floor were just one of the reasons he caught my eye. The 6-foot-3 point guard plays at an electrifying pace and is a dynamic speedy guard, especially in the open floor. Adams is also a gifted athlete who is able to connect on his jump shots from either the mid-range area or from the perimeter. A solid playmaking PG headed to Winston-Salem next summer.
2021 SG Daeshon Shepard (Archbishop Wood, PA) – Not many know too much about the 6-foot-5 two-guard Daeshon Shepard, but he is a name to keep an eye on and remember for this 2021 class. Shepard impressed with his play and hustle on the floor. He might not be the flashiest player but he is the type player that can set the tone for his team. He is an impactful playmaker on both ends of the floor, plays with such good energy, and holds nice size for his position. Daeshon can space the floor offensively with his perimeter shooting and is a solid on-ball defender on the defensive end of the floor. He holds offers right now from schools like Richmond, George Washington, La Salle, and others.
2020 F Zach Martini (Gill St. Bernard, NJ) – Princeton bound Zach Martini played extremely well for Gill St. Bernard during the Northeast Fall Invitational. The 6-foot-7 forward played very efficiently, showing his versatility on both ends of the floor. Martini is a stretch four-man who can also play some three on the next level. He was able to spread the defense and pop out to knock down perimeter jump shots offensively, an asset on the glass on both ends, and was able to guard multiple positions defensively. Zach is a solid four-year prospect and will be taking his talents to Princeton to begin his college career.