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Post + Pivot Pre-Live Team Camp Standouts (June 3, 2023)

06/03/2023, 9:45pm EDT
By CoBL Staff

CoBL Staff (@hooplove215)

We are just two weekends removed from the first high school live periods of the summer. Post & Pivot hosted the Pre-Live High School Team Camp this weekend to give some of the local squads some good runs to get ready for the big event. 

Games ran from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at Jefferson University, and CoBL had staff at almost every game on the three courts. Here’s our list of standouts from the event:


More Coverage: Saturday Standouts | Sunday Standouts | Notebook Pt. 1 | Notebook Pt. 2


Sa’ir Alsbrooks (2024 | Frankford)
Shooters shoot and Sa’ir is one of them. The 6-4 guard can fire from everywhere as he made 2 contested 3’s from deep. His form looks clean and it allows him to make mid-range jumpers as well. Against Lincoln, he contributed with 15 points and a couple of tough floaters that he made look easy. His elite footwork helps him to get defensive stops and a lot of rebounds since he always box out. Alsbrook, who was crucial in Frankford’s run to win the Public League B Division, is also explosive and quick in transition.  

Larry Brown (2026 | Coatesville)
The 6-7 forward is a versatile player on both ends. Brown knows how to use his lengthy arms as he gets most of the boards. Brown, who started as a center in his first year for the Raiders, added 8 points against the St. Elizabeth Vikings and was efficient when he got the ball around the rim. The forward, who received his first D-1 offer from Wagner in May, is a good cutter and can play multiple positions. While his game is still developing, Brown’s potential is undeniable. 

Emmanuel Butts, Haverford School

Emmanuel Butts (2026 | Haverford)
Butts had one of the best individual outings we saw all day: a 26-point, 14-rebound effort in a win over Cardinal O’Hara in the day’s final set. The 6-7 forward was unstoppable around the rim, grabbing eight offensive rebounds and getting a fair bit of his production on second-chance points, though they weren’t all wide-open layups; he had to battle and hold his ground on most of them. Butts has excellent hands and is able to grab any pass that comes his way, and he was also 6-of-7 from the line, with two assists and a steal and a block.

LaQuan Byrd (2024 | Father Judge)
Byrd was strong in multiple aspects during Judge’s 60-48 win over Constitution on Saturday afternoon, the 6-3 wing guard leading the way with 17 points and eight rebounds. A physical perimeter player, Byrd’s still got the ability to bully his way to the hoop or create space in the mid-range, but he’s also a much-improved jump shooter; he knocked down three 3-pointers in the win, with a high-arcing shot and compact release, and also hit a mid-range pull-up along with a confident floater. 

Zane Conlon (2025 | Devon Prep)
Conlon has ended up on quite a few CoBL Standouts lists this spring while playing for Team Final Red, and continued to stack impressive outings with the Tide on Saturday. The 6-4 wing/forward started his day with 13 points and six rebounds in a win over Downingtown West, and followed that up with a similar effort against MCS. He did some dirty work inside, following up quite a few misses for putbacks and getting to the line twice (3-for-4). He’s getting better and better as a driver as well, finishing with his left through contact in the morning game.

Hasan Dawson (2024 | Frankford)
In a very talented Frankford team, Dawson is a facilitator for his teammates but at the same time he is an efficient scorer. The 6-5 forward contributed with 15 points in the game against Lincoln, most of those in the paint. Once he is well positioned in the paint, it is challenging to move him from that spot. When he gets the ball near the rim, he benefits from his touch and a great spin move. His athleticism helps him to get offensive boards and offer second chance opportunities to his teammates. 

Perry Fields (2024 | Boys’ Latin)
Fields, a 6-2 guard, poured in 32 of his team’s 48 points and added three assists, six rebounds, three steals and two blocks in a win over String Theory Saturday afternoon, giving a glimpse at why he was a third team All-Philadelphia Public League selection this past season. Fields certainly has a solid looking jumper from outside, but he did all of his damage inside the arc and at the line (4-for-4). He was fun to watch in transition, tossing down a couple slams and making nice finds  when a defender stepped in front. He pulled up off the bounce in the midrange a couple of times too. Fields was clearly the best athlete on the floor, which was highlighted with his rebounding and defensive impact as well.

Kyree Latimer, Constitution

Kyree Latimer (2024 | Constitution)
Latimer was a bucket in Constitution’s loss to Father Judge. The 6-2 rising senior guard was hitting from all three levels, going 4-of-6 from downtown to pace him to a 28-point outing, scoring all but 12 of his team’s points, and doing so on 11-of-16 shooting, including a pair of foul shots. Latimer’s outside shooting was clearly a strength, but he also slashed to the hoop and finished at a high rate, even when he needed to contort his body around the rim or go to his off hand.

Uthy Laws (2026 | Palumbo)
A speedy 5-9 lead guard, Laws was an easy pick for standouts, the Griffins’ rising sophomore coming up with play after play in a losing effort to fellow Pub squad Eng. & Sciences. Though he’s right-handed, Laws was plenty comfortable going left, to the point where he looked like a lefty until he finally uncorked a jumper; he was otherwise able to get to the rim on several blowby layups, and also knocked down a few 3s. A strong passer, Laws had a gorgeous behind-the-back dish at full speed in transition and also continually made good hit-ahead passes and kick-outs. 

Adonis Martin (2024 | Abraham Lincoln)
A bulky 6-3 guard, Martin doesn’t have a lot of speed/quickness to his game, instead using his strength and size to get to the hoop. He finished with 13 points and five assists in Lincoln’s win over Frankford, which ended with a last-second pull-up from teammate Malachi Montgomery (11 points). Martin was a consistent communicator and appeared to have a good feel for the floor, which aided his playmaking on offense and impact on the defensive end (two blocks and two steals). He was also stellar in a game against Abington Friends, scoring from all three levels and making a number of plays for his teammates.

Michael Morton (2026 | Camden Academy Charter)
Morton is just getting started as his potential is obvious. In a win over the String Theory, the PG scored 14 points and had a couple assists. When Morton decides he wants to get to the basket he will probably make something good happen. His impressive crossovers mixed with ball control and hesitations create an advantage so that he can get rid of whoever is in front of him. The ability to change pace and the Euro-steps are other weapons in his bag. Morton was an important addition for Camden Academy this season and it seems like he is ready to get a leading role.

Ahmad Nowell (2024 | Imhotep Charter)
Nowell, a 6-1 guard, poured in 16 points and added three assists and six rebounds in a runaway win over Father Judge. The high-major target, who’s on the early short list as best in the city next year, pulled up from deep, navigated his way through traffic and wowed with his athleticism and finishing ability quite a few times in the contest. When he wants to get to the basket he does; when he wants to free himself for a look from three, he does. Nowell’s court vision is pretty special as well and will be something on display this season when defenses try to hone in on slowing his scoring. 

Justus Robertson (2024 | String Theory)
The 5-11 guard averaged just 5.2 ppg last season and made 14 total threes last season for String Theory, but two big outings on Saturday suggest much more is in store for his senior campaign. Robertson poured in 15 points (three threes) against Camden Academy Charter to start his day then 18 points (four threes) against Boys’ Latin. Robertson is a compact guard with some muscle to his game. He muscles his way inside for rebounds and plays tough defensively. He’s lethal as a shooter off the bounce, pulling up consistently throughout the day from 3-point range and the midrange. Robertson also had a few tough takes in traffic and showed off a floater as well.

Tali Simpkins, Engineering & Sciences

Tali Simpkins (2024 | Eng. & Sciences)
After playing behind 2023 Nile Mosby as a junior, Simpkins is preparing for a big senior season based on how he played Saturday. The rim-running forward showed range on the offensive and defensive end as E&S went 2-0. His biggest impact came when he was running to the rim as a roller and while sprinting the floor in transition. At 6-4, Simpkins used his length to finish over defenders and through contact. He converted a couple and-one opportunities in their opening game against Franklin Towne Center when he put up 16 points and 7 boards. Even when he couldn’t grab the rebound completely on offense, he managed to tip the ball back out to expend possessions. His energy and toughness inside carried over to game two versus Palumbo when E&S won 57-40.

Ma’kye Taylor (2024 | Imhotep)
Taylor’s talent is nothing new and today he exceeded the expectations with terrific passing skills. In a win over Father Judge, he participated with buckets, assists and blocks. His post moves are some of the best in the circuit and his spin moves are outstanding. His body structure is ready for the college level and nobody was able to stop him today. It was impressive to see that from the post he could find open teammates, looks that shouldn’t be taken for granted. While the 6-7 forward already had plenty of success at Imhotep, he is not done yet. 

Aiden Tobiason (2024 | St. Elizabeth, Del.)
The Vikings came up short in both games, but Tobiason was a bright spot. The skilled 6-5 wing has the handle to get wherever he wants and create advantages. After primarily setting up his teammates versus Coatesville, he called his own number in a nail-biter against MCS. Tobiason gave out buckets at every level of the defense. He slashed his way inside to finish or draw the contact and knock down the free throws. And he pulled up from the elbow and from deep behind the arc to keep his team in the game. The under-the-radar prospect tallied 21 points, 6 rebounds, a steal and two blocks.

Amir Williams (2024 | Neumann-Goretti)
It’s hard to call Williams’ game “quiet” because his standout performances usually include a monster dunk or two (which was the case on Saturday), but he does tend to produce consistently without dominating the ball. He finished with 16 points, five rebounds and a pair of steals in a win over Haverford. The 6-5 wing tossed down a monster two-handed dunk in transition and added three triples from different spots around the arc. He also put the ball on the floor and got the rim for an and-one. The lone hiccup was some mistiming on an alley-oop try with Stephon Ashley-Wright, who will have to get some tips from his older brother about where Williams likes to catch his lobs after the duo combined for quite over the last two years.

Nasseem Wright (2024 | Math, Civics & Sciences)
Wright is one of the lone familiar faces at MCS this offseason after the graduation of a big senior class. The 6-6 wing posted a 15-point, five-rebound, four-assist effort in a win against Saint Elizabeth (Del.) during the Mighty Elephants second game of the day. The first team All-Public League selection, who just finished his second season of organized hoops, continues to become more refined as highlighted by the different ways he’s becoming more comfortable scoring the ball — from post-ups to pull-ups. Still a terrific athlete who is especially scary in transition — both as a finisher and playmaker — Wright also showed off his abilities as a primary creator in the halfcourt.

Deshawn Yates (2026 | Neumann-Goretti)

Given that the Saints only had 6 active players against Haverford and Constitution, Yates’s contribution off the bench meant a whole lot. The 9 points he scored in each game were buoyed by his effort on defense. Yates was the embodiment of pressure at the point of attack. He got underneath ball-handlers, beat them to their spots, and forced them to make sloppy decisions. On a couple occasions, the 5-9 guard swiped the ball from them and took it coast-to-coast for a layup.


Honorable Mention

Torrey Brooks Jr. (2026 | Neumann-Goretti), Aiden Brown (2024 | Math, Civics & Sciences), Fareed Brown (2026 | Eng. & Sciences), Aasim “Flash” Burton (2024 | Cardinal O’Hara), KJ Carson (2025 | Haverford School), Duke Cloran (2025 | Haverford School), Jaden Craft (2027 | Devon Prep), Reece Craft (2025 | Devon Prep), Kaydin Ford (2024 | Abington Friends), Donovan Fromhartz (2025 | Downingtown West), Silas Graham (2027 | Haverford School), Matt Guokas (2024 | Neumann-Goretti), Munir Greig (2027 | Imhotep Charter), Zuri Harris (2024 | Coatesville), Laquan Harrison (2024 | Frankford), Larenzo Jerkins (2024 | Neumann-Goretti), Kevair Kennedy (2025 | Father Judge), Antonio Lewis (2024 | Downingtown West), Jake Manigault (2025 | Abington), Matt McField (2026 | Eng. & Sciences), Pearse McGuinn (2025 | Cardinal O’Hara), Noah McIntosh (2024 | Cardinal O’Hara), Ty Mishock (2024 | Devon Prep), Malachi Montgomery (2024 | Abraham Lincoln), Derrick Morton-Rivera (2026 | Father Judge), Zaahir Muhammad-Grey (2026 | Imhotep Charter), Azeem Murphy (2024 | Math, Civics & Sciences), Zamir Parker-Barnes (2025 | Abington Friends), Jared Shanken (2024 | Abington Friends), RJ Smith (2026 | Imhotep Charter), Zeke Staz (2025 | Downingtown West), Julius Wright (2024 | St. Elizabeth’s, Del.)

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