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Philly Live I: Day Two Jefferson Standouts (June 18, 2022)

06/18/2022, 10:15pm EDT
By CoBL Staff

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215)

The first weekend of Philly Live 2022 continued on Saturday with action taking place on four courts at Jefferson University and three at St. Joe’s Prep. 

The CoBL staff was on hand all day long checking out a mix of some of the area’s local talent as well as some teams from the Mid-Atlantic and beyond who came to town to show off their stuff in front of dozens upon dozens of college coaches, from Division I through Division III and more. 

Here’s several prospects who played well in front of CoBL’s staff during Saturday’s action at Jefferson University:

Jadin Collins (above) followed up a 34-point effort on Friday night with a 23-point outing on Saturday. (Photo: Jerome Taylor/CoBL)

Jadin Collins (2023 | Rutgers Prep, N.J.)
In Rutgers Prep’s Saturday morning game against Centerville (Ohio), Collins ability to get downhill and score was in full display during the 52-50 loss. The 6-1 guard dropped 23 points, most coming after drives to the basket, where he finished two dunks. Collins also mixed in his midrange game as well. He was especially effective when he got to his right, and he has a lot in his bag to get to his strong hand. Once he gets to his right hand he shows impressive body control around the rim to finish in traffic. His scoring wasn’t the only offensive skill he displayed, as he was an effective playmaker dropping three assists and two more of his passes led to shooting fouls. Defensively, he was in the passing lanes the whole game, nabbing four steals. The rising senior currently holds offers from a variety of schools including Lehigh, Marist, Drexel, La Salle, Saint Peters and Rider. Over the summer Collins worked on his outside shooting to become a more versatile scoring threat. 

K.J. Cochran (2025 | West Chester East)
Quickly, Cochran is turning into one of the better prospects around. The lead guard has grown a couple inches since the end of his impressive freshman season at East, to at least 6-3, and his frame suggests there’s a few inches still to go. He was terrific in a 66-51 win for East over Potomac (Va.) on Saturday morning, scoring 21 points and doing so in a variety of ways. He hit a trio of 3-pointers, both in pull-up and catch-and-shoot situations, and hit some tough mid-range pull-ups and finishes as well. He’s a savvy two-way guard who plays with his head up, and his trajectory and maturity bode very well long-term.

Gabe Cupps (2023 | Centerville, Ohio)
The starting point guard on Centerville’s state championship squad is one of their few centerpieces from the Elks squad which impressed at last year’s Philly Live, and the Indiana commit played like someone who’s been there and done it all. The 6-1 lead guard put together a strong floor game with 14 points, five rebounds, five steals and two assists against Imhotep Charter, playing in control from start to finish. The Panthers’ defense isn’t easy to pick apart but Cupps was patient and poised under pressure, and he showed he can get his shot off against high-level defenders. Though he was only 2-of-8 from deep in the loss, his misses were all by an inch or two at most.

Jayden Harris (2023 | Potomac, Va.)
The 6-6 rising senior out of Virginia was one of the more athletic players in the gym on Saturday, as he showcased his leaping ability multiple times. Harris was able to soar through the lane for a dunk and missed a couple of poster attempts in the process. To go with his long and athletic frame, Harris also is a marksman from deep, knocking down at least three, three-point shots against La Salle College High School. He has a clean shooting motion and gets a consistent arc on it everytime. Low and mid-major Division I programs should be giving this kid a look thanks to his athleticism and skill set. 

Jackson Hicke (above) had the high scoring output on the day with 37 points. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)

Jackson Hicke (2023 | Radnor)
Hicke showed why he is one of the best players in the area Saturday morning, pouring in 37 points in a win over St. Elizabeth (Del), with 22 of those coming in the first half. The 6-5 guard is getting college interest from Division I, II, and III schools, and has a really clean and smooth game. He constantly was able to get by defenders and use his length to finish over the defense. Hicke also showed the ability to knock down 3-pointers and was 7-8 from the free throw line. He is a crafty passer and high IQ player with a great overall feel for the game.

Isaiah Hynson (2024 | Salesianum, Del.)
The 6-4 lefty out of Delaware demonstrated flashes of what could be to come during his junior year at Salesianum. Hynson has a strong, athletic frame that he uses to his advantage to get to the cup and finish through defenders. He has a really nice jab step move to get the defense moving one way, before attacking the other. His outside shot is a work in progress, but he showcased a few nice one dribble pull-up jump shots when he got the defender on their heels. Hynson has the tools to be a lockdown perimeter defender and should be one of the best players in the state of Delaware this year. 

Kent Jackson (2024 | Episcopal School of Jacksonville, Fl.)
Miller’s backcourt mate got off to a slower start against O’Hara, but once he got going it was evident that he can score in bunches, especially from distance. He finished with 16 points, with two three pointers of his own, and did most of his damage offensively as a jump shooter and was equally effective off-the-dribble and off-the-catch. The 6’1 guard also showed a lot of poise when a taller defender was closing out on him or when he had to finish around them in the paint. 

Hunter Johnson (2024 | Cardinal O’Hara)
Against Episcopal (Fl.), Johnson made his presence felt on both sides of the ball. Defensively the 6-2 guard alternated his responsibility of defending Episcopal’s primary scorers, either Jackson or Miller. Johnson’s physicality makes it tough on opposing offensive players, and in O’Hara’s 59-49 win, the rising junior had two steals. On the other end of the court, Johnson showed a composer playing in the two-man game making appropriate reads, finishing with three assists. Though he only finished with six points, his ability to run the offense both in the half-court and transition was impressive. This summer with Team Melo, Johnson was working on his jump shot.

Pearse McGuinn (2024 | Cardinal O’Hara)
McGuinn impressed in O’Hara’s win as well. His impact was felt most significantly as a screener. During their game against Episcopal (Fl.), when McGuinn’s teammate Izaiah Pasha ran his defender into the screen, he promptly crumbled when he hit McGuinn’s 6-7, 195-pound frame. The forward finished with three screen assists, but his physicality in the two-man game wasn’t the only impressive thing. He is also a scoring threat who can spread the floor and finish inside, making defenses think just a split-second more because he’s just as likely to pop as he is to roll on a screen play. He finished with nine points in the win over Episcopal, knocking down one 3-pointer, and distance shooting is something the rising junior focused on this summer with K-Low Elite. 

Beza Miller (2023 | Episcopal School of Jacksonville, Fl. )
In Episcopal’s first game on Saturday they came up short to Cardinal O’Hara, 59-49, but Beza Miller’s scoring ability was eye popping. The rising senior finished with 19 points and his ability to get to the paint was on display from the starting tip. The 6-1 guard showed a tremendous ability to get downhill and finish through traffic, and if the defense collapsed he could rely on his three level scoring ability, knocking down multiple mid and long-range jumpers, as he finished the game with two 3-pointers. 

Ahmad Nowell (above) pulled Imhotep to a win over Centerville (Ohio) with 25 points. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)

Ahmad Nowell (2024 | Imhotep Charter)
Though the Panthers eventually pulled out a win over Centerville (Ohio) in their first of two games on the day, it wasn’t until a late 16-3 spurt got them there. For much of the game, their only offensive option was Nowell, who finished with 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting, including 3-of-4 from downtown. The muscular 6-1 lead guard plays downhill at all times, making quick decisions with the ball in his hands, whether that’s to drive, shoot or keep the offense moving, and he’s got a couple tricks with the rock to get into the lane — or just bully defenders out of position. He picked up a few offers as a freshman down in Tennessee, but the Philly native heard from numerous D-Is on June 15 as well, including VCU, Maryland and Longwood.

Lucas Orchard (2023 | Devon Prep)
After seeing Orchard perform well a handful of times thus far this offseason, today’s performance will be hard to top. The 6-4 guard erupted for 35 points against Episcopal (Fl.) in the 68-51 victory for Devon Prep. Orchard showed the ability to effectively score at all three levels, knocking down four three pointers and getting to the rim at will. While Orchard isn’t the quickest or most athletic player, he has a really strong frame and knows how to use it when he is getting by defenders and finishing through contact at the rim. Orchard has a non-stop motor and is constantly showing great hustle, as well as being a top-flight teammate on both ends of the floor. Even when he was feeling during today’s outing, he stuck to the system, shared the ball, and was making the extra pass. Orchard is currently hearing from Division I, II, and III schools and has an upcoming visit on Monday to Monmouth University. 

Dominique Wyatt (2024 | Caravel Academy, Del.)
Caravel’s speedy rising junior missed the first few shots he took from the floor, but once he got going, Allentown Central Catholic couldn’t do much to stop him. The 5-9 lead guard finished with 19 points in a 50-45 win, getting much of that production in transition thanks to four steals, or just from attacking the hoop off the bounce. Wyatt only had two assists in the win but showed he was a willing passer who made on-the-money dishes on the move. He’s got a strong handle and that combined with his foot speed makes him tough to stay in front of; a more consistent outside jumper will make him a true three-level offensive threat. 

Honorable Mention
Alex Hermann (2024 | Methacton, Pa.) Kent Jackson (2024 | Episcopal, Fl.), Mike James (2023 | Overbrook High), Quinn O’Hara (2024 | Salesianum, Del.), Jaden Kelly (2024 | St. Thomas Aquinas, N.J.), Jack Kushner (2023 | West Chester East, Pa.), Kamal Lee (2023 | St. Thomas Aquinas, N.J.), Peter Mitchell (2024 | Potomac, Va.), Cameron Piggee (2023 | Rutgers Prep), Jonathan Powell (2024 | Centerville, Ohio), Yahmir Satterfield (2023 | Imhotep Charter, Pa.), Kyle Smith (2024 | Union Catholic), Jahriel Vigo (2025 | Allentown Central Catholic, Pa.), Dinero Washington (2023 | Collegium Charter, Pa.), Miles White (2024 | Caravel Academy, Del.)

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