Allentown, PA (Future150) -- The Hoop Group Lehigh Valley Showcase took place at Parkland High School (PA) on Sunday, and it did not disappoint. The five game slate brought in some of the most talented prospects on the East Coast, with several future college stars stealing the show.
Tyrese Martin, 2017 SG, William Allen (PA): The star of the event was the 6'5" wing, who is having an enormous senior season. Pushing his team to 18-0 on the year with their victory, he scored 26 points in a variety of ways throughout the game. He also did a solid job defending high-major wing Hameir Wright, who stands three inches taller than him. At this point, he's a definite high-major target, and he keeps getting better.
Tavon Jones, 2018 SG, Linden (NJ): Proving to be one of the most effective slashers in the Northeast, the 6'3" shooting guard scored 24 points in the Tigers victory over Parkland. His stock should continue to rise this coming AAU season, making Seton Hall's early offer a smart move for the Pirates. Let's see who follows their lead in the coming months.
David Kachelries, 2017 PG, Emmaus (PA): The first game of the day may have been the most entertaining, and the NJIT commit was the star of the show. In almost beating Archbishop Wood (PA), the 6-foot floor general sparkled, scoring 31 points and doing everything in his power to give the Green Hornets a chance to pull an enormous upset. An extremely shifty and exciting player, it's going to be sad when his career comes to a close in the Lehigh Valley.
Hameir Wright, 2018 SF, Albany Academy (NY): The 6'8" small forward had a huge game in a loss, finishing with 19 points and 13 rebounds. An extremely skilled scorer who sparkles on all three levels, he's going to be a star at the college level. Already holding several high-major offers, another big AAU season is going to make him one of the hottest commodities nation wide.
Junub Char Chuol, 2018 PG, Blair Academy (NJ): Maybe the biggest surprise of the event was the 6'3" floor general. An explosive athlete with good length, he had very good speed in the open floor and made several spectacular passes throughout the game. While his statistics weren't eye-popping, his intangibles and upside are very exciting for his future.
Jake Forrester, 2018 F, Westtown School (PA): Now standing 6'8"+, his stock continues to rise while playing with one of the most talented teams in the country. While his offensive game is still a bit raw, he's a phenomenal athlete, standout defender and runs the floor extremely well. Everything about his game tells us that he will be a star at the next level as he continues to improve his offensive skills.
Makhi Mitchell, 2019 Post, Bishop McNamara (MD): The 6'9" big man is one of the more interesting evaluations in the sophomore class. He's an enormous human being, with thick arms and legs. However, he moves very well, has very good hands and footwork, and can score easily around the rim. When he embraces being a true post, he's very hard to stop, making him one of the best natural big men in his class.
Sam Iorio, 2017 F, Parkland (PA): While his team lost to Linden (NJ), it was a big night for the 6'6" American signee. Along with scoring 24 points, he broke the Parkland High School all-time scoring record. The Trojans have one of the richest athletic programs in the state of Pennsylvania, making the feat even more impressive. While the Trojans are in a down year, he's doing everything he can to keep them in league and district conversation.