The 2021 Hoop Group Showcase League tipped off last weekend at Spring Jam Fest, and while Team Spartans (MA) and Philly Pride (PA) each won their respective 17U divisions, several prospects used the circuit-opening event to improve their collegiate stock.
Our team at The Circuit narrowed down the list of elite performances to 20 players, resulting selections for Most Valuable Player, Offensive Player of the Session, Defensive Player of the Session, as well First, Second and Third All-Event teams.
Check out the all-event teams below, and make sure to give us a follow on twitter!
Team Spartans entered the Hoop Group Showcase League as the odds-on favorite to win the title, and a major reason is their 7-foot-1 big man Donovan Clingan.
The 2022 prospect started the season off in a full-sprint, helping Team Spartans finish 6-0 for the weekend en route to the 17U tournament championship. In the six wins, the 5-star recruit established complete dominance, resulting in per-game averages of 19.1 points, 16.0 rebounds, 6.2 blocks, and 5.8 assists.
Two of Clingan's teammates - Matt Curtis and TJ Felder - also made the all-event team. Check out the First, Second, and Third All-Event teams below, and make sure to check back for coverage as the Hoop Group Showcase League continues throughout the season.
Sebastian Thomas was sensational offensively at Spooky Nook, and is a big reason why his squad advanced to the 'Nook' Championship game against UAA representative Philly Pride.
The Rhode Island Elite floor general played at his own pace the entire weekend, and his offensive versatility gave the opposition fits. The lefty consistently knocked down open jumpers, got his teammates involved repeatedly, and operated in the clutch; the 6-foot-2 point guard knocked down the game-winner vs the NJ Beasts, and led a furious comeback against New York Lightning Select in their Friday night HGSL matchup
Thomas' poise and basketball IQ can't be taught, and he's the primary reason why Rhode Island Elite is a contender this season.
RI Elite ‘22 Sebastian Thomas @bassyyyyy4 is the best Point guard in the northeast! It’s not comparable at this point! IQ and feel for the game are already at a pro level! Takes what the defense gives and makes them pay every time! #RIEliteFam @HGSL_HoopGroup pic.twitter.com/paYamyJRD9— Rhode Island Elite (@RIElite_) April 13, 2021
Typically, defensive accolades are awarded to big men. This weekend, however, the defensive-prowess of Jeannot Basima was too good to overlook.
One of the few underclassmen playing at the 17U level of the HGSL, Basima is gifted offensively, but it was his on-ball defense and awareness that stood out at session one. Basima has long arms and super-quick feet, two intangibles that helped him disrupt the opposition over the weekend. An elite defender is nothing without teammates, and Basima was assisted all weekend by backcourt mate Alex Hawkins.
Basima racked up 10+ steals in four games, and the Global Squad product cemented himself as one of the best two-way guards in the 2023 class.
Jeannot Basima | 6'4 - G— GLOBAL SQUAD (@GlobalSquadBB) September 27, 2020
John Carroll HS (MD) '23
Elite speed & quickness. Physically dominant. Athletic with a 6'7 wingspan. High motor. Defensive stopper. Impossible to keep out of the paint. Excellent passer. #DreamBig #WorkHard #HGSL @BasimaJeannothttps://t.co/aqSaivNejw
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New Jersey ShoreShots
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BWSL Boo Crew (VA)
PK Flash (PA)
Global Squad (PA)
Diallo Elite (NY)
TJ Felder Jr
Team Spartans (MA)
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