The Period kicked off this weekend and there is lots to talk about. That is when it comes to the teams I saw. Some teams stepped up in a big way and set themselves up for future events. There were also a number of players who stepped up as well. Like every year there was the good, bad and ugly. Anyway you slice it, the weekend was a opportunity for all especially those who did there homework in advance to the big weekend.
The HGSL U17 Shoreshots were clearly the team the got the most attention from college coaches. All there games were packed with D1 coaches. The highlight was there game vs the NY Gouchos which was a instant classic. There was not a empty seat in the house and both teams did not disappoint. The Gouchos won on a last 2nd shot with one second on the clock.
Our 17U is onto the championship bracket!!!
Court 15 at 10:40 @ Boo Williams https://t.co/yDayZzHRnr
— New Jersey RISE (@newjerseyrise) April 22, 2023
The U17 Nj RISE( NAPOLITANO) had a great start to the AAU season. There went 3-1 losing in the championship game. But the real story is how they dominated some quality teams and the return of Hope Masonius. The Rise proved they can take on top competition and now have positioned themselves to have a big summer. Each of there games, saw a number of college coaches on hand. There is no question they mproved there team stock and coaches will want to see more of them.
THE 2026 SHORESHOTS are clearly the new “IT” team. While there are young, the coaches still rolled into there games. The list featured Top 20 teams, P5 teams, High Majors and D1 schools from every level. Meanwhile the 2026 Shoreshots dismantled the competition
The U17 NJ GEMZ (COYLE) had a rough start to the live period. There is certainly enough talent for this team to Shine. By the end of the summer expect this crew to be much improved. The lack of a point guard was clearly a issue. Something easily fixed before the MAY LIVE PERIOD.
The CJ HAWKS (Westrol) was the surprise team of tbe weekend. They went 3-1 and had a number of college coaches checking there team out. They were impressive because they share the ball and get everyone involved. They are making a repuation for playibg hard and hustling always. Players like Riley Fitzpatrick for example could really benefit from playing in such a well organized, healthy environment. This is a team that come MAY that could surprise everyone. They are a under valued crew that could have a monster summer.
The U15 NJ RISE (MASONIUS) went 3-1 amd clearly are hoping to pick up where they left off last season. They have added some new pieces and look to have a big AAU season. They may not have the star power of the 2026 Shoreshots but they certainly have the talent. There is no question college coaches at some point will catch on.
THE PHILLY RISE U15 TEAM– I was shocked watching this team play. There lenght and size was mind blowing. ST. ROSE Freshman Jada Lynch is on this team. The speed and pace they play at is a site for sore eyes. They are long, strong, athletic and a college coaches dream
MAKAYLA BLAKES NJ RISE U17 – She was outstanding all weekend. She averaged over 20 points finishing 2nd in scoring in the EYBL Brackett. There is no question who the best player in New Jersey is right now.
KATIE COLLINS NJ GEMS U17- she could not have asked for a better start to the EYBL AAU SEASON. She opened up the weekend with 20 points and 9 rebounds and never took her foot off the gas the rest of the weekend. Collins has Power 5 written all over her these days.
DANIELA MALETSKY NJ RISE U15– She flashed her entire bag to everyone this weekend. Her improved jumper and mid range game looked unstoppable. She then showed flashes of her great ability to drive, score and play playmaker. In a word she “SENSATIONAL”
TESSA CARMAN- 2025 HGSL SHORESHOTS- Carman was a grown women among little girls this weekend. Her pace of play and effort were shocking at times. She led a 16 point 2nd half comeback to help her team go 4-0. She was dominant in every game she played this weekend… RARE STUFF!
Great weekend by @gianna_chuffo and her @TeamSharp23 17 blue team going 3-1 at the nook. G averaged 17 pts a game @emb_nj @coachschoiceusa @SclafaniTom @TinyGreenNBS @EJayArrow @PGHNewJersey @FootprintzGroup @NYGHoops @NJLadiesHoops https://t.co/1Oe3BMgQss
— Matthew chuffo (@ChuffoMatthew) April 24, 2023
GIANNA CHUFFO TEAM SHARPE U17– She got lost this weekend by college coaches…MISTAKE! That’s because she averaged 17 points and showed her point guard skills and leadership ability. There is no question the video don’t lie and coaches would be wise to catch up with this talented D1 guard. This is a classic example of how the shorting recruiting days can hurt kids. Not to worry tho, because no way she can stay under the radar with this amount of talent and production.
AADY NYEMCHECK- 2026 SHORESHOTS- If there was ever a question who the best freshman in NEW JERSEY, it became a silly afterthought after this weekend. The “BAD WOMAN” went into her bag of tricks in front of P5 schools drooling and went to work. She is now 6ft about 20lbs heavier and unstoppable.
THE STOCK RISERS
Check out my AAU highlights from Spooky Nook Live. Had a great time with my team and a big thank you to my coaches for a great weekend! @ShoreshotsGirls @traceysabino13 @TinyGreenNBS @Hudl https://t.co/eKS25j5629 #hudl
— Allison Cannon (@Allison3Cannon) April 24, 2023
ALLISON CANNON- NJ SHORESHOTS U17 HGSL– She showed college coaches she is the real deal and Mid Major D1 all will be fighting for her services.
MEGAN SIAS- NJ SHORESHOTS u17 HGSL– The 6’3″ Sias was sensation and at times electric with her overall complete game. The only question is what is the ceiling especially as she gets futher and futher away from her ACL surgery. A very scary thought.
HOPE MASONIUS- NJ RISE U17– Hope returned with a bang and a monster showing this weekend. She clearly is making a statement that she is one of the 5 best players in NJ. This weekend she looked every bit like one
HAYLEY COTTRELL- NJ RISE U17– She did her job all weekend and that is to knock down shots. Cottrell has looked like a next level shooter and last weekend proved just that. College coaches certainly had to take notice.
CASSIDY KRUESI- CJ HAWKS WESTROL– Some kids get it. Finding the right fit is more important than exposure. Why? What good is exposure if you don’t perform. CASSIDY performed and also received the exposure. The perfect recipe on how to build your recruiting profile. Exactly what she did.
Now this is sensational. 1ST cause the player is so young. Lissy Lyons cuts with pace NOTICE hands ready. Catches, drives but recognizes the next level defender, what does she do? Hides the ball, goes to inside, outside pivot
FINISHES WITH HIGH RELEASE JUMP HOOK pic.twitter.com/D1X16BTQVf
— Coach Tiny Green (@TinyGreenNBS) April 23, 2023
LISSY LYONS- U14 SHORESHOTS– Yes, she is young and coaches may have not seem her. But I did and the SJV future baby, ended all debate who is the best freshman in the 2027 class. She was masterful all weekend and coaches soon will be calling.
They were a number of high profile recruits who stock and reputations took a major hit (trust me nobody will tell them, this is the case). In most cases it was due to poor performance. They either were in bad environments to showcase there talent or recieved little playing time.
There is no question some teams especially u17 teams had no college coaches at there games. It puts kids in a tough spot because playing in front of coaches is what AAU is all about. In most cases it because they did not land in the right inner circle. AAU coaches often paint a picture that is a Mirage, that kids only realize after they don’t see the coaches at games.
Many as in too many kids came I to this live period unprepared. Some kids clearly did little outside of there AAU environment. More importantly while coaches don’t want ball hogs, it’s hard to get noticed without some ability to shoot the ball.
Now everyone says they played in the Top bracket and played good competition. Folks the tape don’t lie and everyone is not playing good competition. But they should because coaches are no longer watching low level AAU TEAMS or competition. No matter how many times you post “we played good competition and played in tbe top Bracket”… folks these are professional coaches.
I’m sure the event in OHIO was great. United u17 was there, so I know the competition was great. But the fact of the matter is this. The East Coast teams at that event were lost from a social media and buzz stand point. Out of site and out of mind. No matter how many coaches are or are not watching.
FINALLY coaches please I beg you to stop saying “it’s only one weekend” to kids. I understand you want to keep a kids spirits up. But you must find another way. Those kids who did not perform or failed to prepare wasted a opportunity. They only have 3 more weekends this year; to get it right. Does that come with a great deal of pressure and stress? You bet and that’s all part of the deal if you choose to play AAU. Coaches please give it to the kids straight, there is not alot of time. In fact most are running out of time.
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— Coach Tiny Green (@TinyGreenNBS) April 23, 2023