ZG Fall Brawl - Event Recap
The Zero Gravity Fall Brawl took place this weekend and was filled with competitive, exciting basketball, and featured some of the top programs from around New England. Familiar faces were present but there was also the appearance of some new prospects on the board.
The Varsity squad for BABC took care of business and blew away their matchups this weekend on their way to the American crown. They sported a loaded roster with talent at every position. Mig’s Team battled out a good Massasoit Warriors group to become this weekend’s National champion.
It was a similar story in the 10th grade American division as BABC cruised through their competition sporting a team stocked with freshmen. Boston Spartans withstood a mid-second half run by Brockton Reign Elite to take the title in the National division.
The NE Playaz Black found a good opponent in Boston Spartans 2022 in the 9th grade division but managed to edge them out by 5 on two separate occasions, the latter secured them a championship in the American division.
Meanwhile, Mig’s team got their second National championship of the weekend, and the Meekrats Black beat out B2L Gold to become champs in the International division.
Alex Stoddard (WrightWay Skills, 2019) Stoddard has fantastic size for the perimeter at 6’6”. He is long, shoots the ball well from deep, and can command an offense for extended periods of time which gives him a significant advantage because of his size, if he’s able to log extended minutes at the point guard spot.
Jahiid Allen-Paisley (NE Playaz, 2021) He’s still a very young player but projects as a prototypical point guard for any coach. Paisley was locked in defensively during every position this weekend. He also gets into the lane with ease, getting open looks for his teammates, making reads and showing leadership qualities beyond his years.
Noah Kamba (WrightWay Skills, 2019) Kamba only took the floor in one game this weekend but that was all you needed to see how talented he is. He can infiltrate and breakdown defenses at will due to his elite first step and handle that can match anyone else in New England.
Keegan Records (RI Cyclones, 2018) A traditional big man who consistently dominated his match-up, game in and game out, Records rarely brought the ball below his shoulders, had great touch in his post arsenal, was an intelligent passer off the block, and also rebounded and defended well.
Brycen Goodine (BABC, 2019) Goodine did it all for BABC. The recent Syracuse commit did not disappoint in his first weekend on the Fall circuit. He made winning plays all over the floor and is only going to get tougher to develop as his skill set continues to develop.
Jayden Dummett (Mass Select, 2020) Dummett has a skillset that should translate to the next level. He can make plays with his back to the basket or face-up in the high post and attack his man off the dribble. He also has a dangerous shot from deep, going 5-5 in his first game of the weekend.
Kyle Murphy (BABC, 2019) A versatile wing, Murphy seemed comfortable playing different roles for his team at both ends of the floor. He was draining threes but also slashing to the hole hard in transition and generally playing hard at both ends.
Myles Hart (NE Playaz 2021) Just a freshman, Hart showed impressive range this weekend. He finds the weak spot in zones and is fortunate to play with a point guard in Allen-Paisley who finds him very often, and he converts.
David Guiggio (WrightWay Skills, 2019) Guiggio is a shifty player who can fill either guard spot on the floor. He can change speeds and pull up in the free throw line area on a dime which keeps defenders honest on his drives.
Mike Perry (Expressions Elite, 2019) Perry’s game is built around his ability to attack the rim. Not only does his vertical allow him to explode to the cup but he can shift his body in mid-air extremely well. His game will develop as his jumper keeps becoming more consistent.
Shawn Leahy (Cobras, 2018) Coming off a stellar performance last weekend, Leahy wasted no time getting back in his rhythm. He is a rugged forward who can facilitate a fast break after grabbing a board, finish at the rim, or spot up from deep.
Nathan Semedo (B2L, 2019) Semedo finished the weekend strong, leading B2L to a come from behind win over the Central Mass Swarm. He dictated the offense, made plays when he needed to, and was a strong finisher for his size. He can move his feet and has quick hands on defense.
Dan Liberatore (BV Chaos, 2020) The leading scorer for the Chaos came up biggest in their final game, hitting a game winning three with less than 10 seconds left. He can score at all levels and competes defensively and well on the glass for a wing.
Matthew Cross (BABC, 2020) Cross is a big man who is physically mature for a sophomore but known for his three-point shot and ability to stretch the defenses. He played up with the varsity squad this weekend and became to stretch himself defensively too, moving his feet away from the basket.
Quest Harris (BABC, 2020) Harris can flat out play the point guard position. He can control the pace of the game, find teammates, and score himself without forcing much on the offensive game. He also spearheads the BABC press, which was suffocating for all opponents this weekend.
Nick Quarella (NKRI, 2019) He is an intelligent 6-foot 7 big man. Quarella is a great passer from the high post, especially against zone defenses, and is always filling the correct lane when he runs the floor. He showed to be a tough rebounder this weekend and has a soft touch with his developing post moves.
Josh Morrisette (BABC, 2021) Only a freshman, Morrisette lit it up this weekend from behind the arc but was also advanced enough physically to play through contact both when attacking the rim and defending. Overall, he proved himself to be a definite prospect to keep an eye on.