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HoopHall Classic Sunday Standouts
by Brian Flinn, Future150 (9:12 AM CT, Mon January 20, 2014)
Jalen Adams scored 32 points for Cushing Academy (MA).
Jalen Adams scored 32 points for Cushing Academy (MA).
Brian Flinn
Brian Flinn:

Future150 National Recruiting Analyst. Covering high school basketball nationally.

Springfield, MA (Future150) -- On the second day of The HoopHall Classic, held at Springfield College, there was plenty of talent on display. A combination of committed seniors, talented underclassmen, and under-the-radar players dazzled the crowd and coaches alike with their play. Here are a few of the players who stood out. 

Jackson Donahue, 2015 SG, Northfield Mount Hermon: The sweet-shooting guard lit it up on Sunday, knocking down six 3's on the way to 26 points. He found open spots on the floor and got his shot off over defenders. He looks like a quality scoring option at the low-major level.

Abdul-Malik Abu, 2014 PF, Kimball Union Academy: He is an active and bouncy body that is an elite level rebounder. Despite the size of NMH, they were unable to keep him from scoring off putback dunks. While he finished with 15 points and 9 rebounds in the loss, it is hard not to be excited about his future at N.C. State.

Jalen Adams, 2015 SG, Cushing Academy: Adams is a complete scorer who can put points up in a hurry. At 6-foot-2 he has great speed and is a decent passer. He put up an event high of 32 points in the win against a solid Worcester Academy team. He shot it well from deep and had a series of fantastic finishes at the rim. He has to be considered one of the better scorers in this class.

Saul Phiri, 2016 SG, Worcester Academy: Phiri was one of the bright spots for Worcester and helped to keep them in the game.  He also scored the ball from deep and at the rim. He is a decent athlete and has good size for his position. Phiri is definitely one to keep an eye on going into this AAU season, where he could make himself a nationally known commodity. 

Trevon Duval, 2017 SG, St. Benedicts: It's early, but Duval has to be considered one of the top scorers in his class. He got to the rim early and often vs a talented Arlington Country Day back court. He is very quick and has good size for a player his age. 

Lamonte Turner, 2016 PG, Arlington Country Day: Turner is one of the better point guards in the class 2016. He got to the rim and either kicked out to open teammates or finished through contact. He also showed off an improved shooting stroke. With two more years to develop it is scary to think how good he can be. 

Cheick Diallo, 2015 PF, Our Savior New American: Diallo is one of, if not the best shot blocker in the nation, regardless of class. He is cat quick for a big man and has fantastic timing. Offensively he uses his speed to beat his man off the dribble or get to the glass and score off of put-backs.  

Jalen Coleman, 2015 SG, LaLumiere: Coleman made it known that he should be considered one of the top scorers in the Midwest. The junior led his team to a big win by pouring in 28 points. He scored it from all three levels and shot it especially well from deep. Coleman can also create for others as well and could play point guard in spot minutes at the next level.

Joe Hampton, 2016 PF, DeMatha: Hampton had a big time matchup on Sunday night vs Karl Towns and ultimately got the best of the Kentucky-bound big man. He used an array of post moves, as well as hit shots in the high post or faced up and attacked. Defensively he is an active body and plays bigger than his 6-foot-7 frame suggests he would.

Karl Towns, 2014 PF, St. Joseph-Metuchen: Towns is a blend of size and skill that only comes along every few years. He can score in the post or from the perimeter and is a really good shot blocker as well. 

Goodluck Okonoboh, 2014 C, Wilbraham & Monson: Goodluck is one of, if not the best, shot blockers in the country. He has great timing, and like Diallo, is very fast for a big man. His offensive game is still a work in progress but has gotten worlds better in the past year.

Issac Copeland, 2014 SF, Brewster: Copeland has improved leaps and bounds over the past year and suddenly finds himself knocking on the door of being a top 35 recruit. His skill level is very high and he has the looks of Georgetown's next star. 


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