#OTRHoopsReport: Hoop Hall Classic – Adams & Hamilton Jan. 23, 2014
Springfield, Mass – Played upon “James Naismith Court,” the Hoop Hall Classic combines traditional basketball nostalgia with the future of tomorrow. The jammed pack lineup of teams on Martin Luther King Jr. weekend allowed the nation to get a glimpse of which prep standouts could become the stars of tomorrow. In this edition of our Hoop Hall Classic recap, we look at two more players who stole the show for themselves and their team.
Jalen Adams (Melrose, Mass.) Cushing Academy – 2015
If there was an official stock riser group listed from the Hoop Hall Classic, it would most certainly include 6-foot-2 combo guard Jalen Adams. He scored 32 points in nearly every way imaginable against a very gritty Worcester Academy. He knocked down four 3-pointers and was fire when finishing in transition in this game. The play-maker on the wing played alongside Syracuse signee Kaleb Joseph of Nashua, N.H., which makes for a deadly guard tandem for the Penguins of Cushing Academy. Looking ahead at Adam’s future, the 4-star guard is making a case with his production that he should be in consideration as one of the top 100 players in the 2015 class.
See highlights of Jalen Adams courtesy of 2eZ Gang
Daniel Hamilton (Los Angeles, Calif.) St. John Bosco – 2014
In one of the many intriguing match-ups of the weekend, 6-7 wing Daniel Hamilton faced off versus future UNLV Runnin’ Rebel Dwanye Morgan of Baltimore, Md.. Although Morgan would control the game through three quarters, it would be Hamilton who took control of the game down the stretch for an impressive victory. The Connecticut signee scored 23 points, which included seven straight at one point in the last two minutes of the game. Hamilton showed impressive versatility in this game as he led the break and played the lead guard position in the most crucial moments of the game. His ability to create his own shot in the mid-range while also having the length to affect the game around the rim makes him a threat to contribute on day one for coach Kevin Ollie next season.
See highlights of Daniel Hamilton courtesy of Ballislife West
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