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Jalen Carey & Isaiah Todd Shine at Hoop Group Elite 2
by Ari Rosenfeld, Future150 (1:54 PM CT, Tue July 19, 2016)
2018 G Jalen Carey shined at Hoop Group Elite 2.
2018 G Jalen Carey shined at Hoop Group Elite 2.
Ari Rosenfeld
Ari Rosenfeld:

Future150 Regional Analyst. Covering high school basketball in the Mid-Atlantic.

Reading, PA (Future150) -- The Hoop Group Elite 2 session showcased several highly-productive prospects. Nationally ranked prospects Jalen Carey & Isaiah Todd stole the show, but they weren't the only standouts from the event.

Jalen Carey, 2018 CG, NJ Playaz: The highest-ranked prospect at Albright (#43 in 2018), Carey lived up to his top billing, winning Most Outstanding Player and making things look easy throughout the week. He gets to the rim whenever he wants and has an array of crafty finishes when he gets there. With a slew of high-major offers already to his name, Carey added to that list by picking up a Penn State offer at Albright.

Isaiah Todd, 2020 PF, Team Loaded VA: The best long-term prospect at Albright was this rising freshman with six offers already to his name. At 6’8”, Todd can play almost anywhere on the floor, possessing great ball skills and court vision along with the length and athleticism to defend both inside and on the perimeter. He’s still improving his jumper, but probably projects as a stretch-four who’s an ultimate wild card on the defensive end.

Kyle Copeland, 2017 CG, The District: One of the more intriguing prospects at camp was Copeland, a 6’4” Virginia native doing a prep year at Exeter. He’s certainly not a true point, but has a strong enough handle and great vision to run an offense. A high-academic prospect, Copeland has looks from almost the entire Ivy League and it seems likely he will end up at one of those institutions.

Zach Jacobs, 2017 SF, River City Reign: Perhaps the most physically imposing prospect in attendance was Jacobs. A bruising 6’7”, 215-pound wing, he used his strong frame to get to the rim at will and was able to take advantage of smaller defenders in the post. While he’s at his best playing downhill, Jacobs also buried some tough, contested jumpers and took advantage of his size to always be able to get his shot off.

Judah Jordan, 2019 PG, Team Durant: Fresh off his first two offers, from Penn State and Hampton, Jordan showed why he is already a high-major prospect. Jordan’s game is centered around his elite handle, which he uses both to break down defenders on his way to the lane and to create space for his jumper. A natural scorer, he’s still working on his point guard skills but displayed some nice drive-and-dish ability.

Jordan Money, 2017 SG, Team Final: Currently sitting on the fringe of D-I and D-II, Money’s performance should solidify him as a solid low-major prospect. While he’s mainly a spot-up shooter in EYBL play, he got the chance to show what he can do with the ball in his hands, scoring at all three levels and playing above the rim in transition. Still without a D-I offer, the Delaware native should have some schools calling in the next couple weeks.

Denmark Slay, 2017 PG, The District: Probably the best floor general in attendance, Slay ran his team’s offense to perfection all week. More than capable of getting his own, he’s always mindful of keeping his teammates involved and sets them up for easy baskets all over the floor. Slay is also a pesky defender, picking up opposing ballhandlers for 94 feet and getting his fair share of steals.

Bryce Wills, 2019 SG, PSA Cardinals: Since reclassifying to 2019, Wills has solidified himself as a top-50 prospect nationally and showed why in Reading. He’s capable of playing both backcourt spots at a long 6’4”, but is at his best as a scoring guard. Wills showed he can score from all three levels, as he’s a crafty finisher near the rim and can knock down shots off the bounce from all over the court.

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