By David Cordova
As the end of summer approaches for many tournaments around the tri-state area, there are those special events that the public is always looking forward to watching. Jersey City’s own Hamilton Park Summer League, which is one of the premier summer tournaments in the Garden State, had just that on Monday night.
Though the game was originally scheduled to be outdoors, it was moved across town & indoors to M.S. 7. The atmosphere in the gym was electric with all of the action happening in the gym. The Hudson County All-Stars & the Out of Town All-Stars put on a show filled with highlight-reel plays & moves. But Hudson County went home with the victory with a 131-113 victory. All in all, it was a great evening of hoops in Jersey City.
Outstanding Players in Hamilton Park Summer League All-Star Game:
Luke Nathan, Randolph High School/Out of Town All-Stars, Class of 2017
Nathan is a stretch four that can make plenty of moves around the basket and shows plenty of athleticism. He runs the floor very well for his size and can is very mobile around the paint. Scored 23 points.
Louis King, Hudson Catholic High School/Hudson County All-Stars, Class of 2018
King is a player that has plenty of size, with great ballhandling skills and a great jumper from the outside. Is able to be a very aggressive penetrator when left in the open lane and shows plenty of athleticism. Scored 8 points.
Jahvon Quinerly, Hudson Catholic High School/Hudson County All-Stars, Class of 2018
Quinerly is a player that can score plenty of points as well as run a team. He is an aggressive slasher and a dangerous shooter from long range. Not a player that you want to leave open as he is one to take advantage of a defender’s mistake. Scored 25 points.
Jordan Walker, The Patrick School/Out of Town All-Stars, Class of 2018
Walker may have been one of the smallest guards in the game, but his game makes up for his lack of size. He knows how to get teammates involved, and also can shoot from the outside. He attacks the basket without fear and is able to make highlight-reel passes with precision. Scored 19 points.
Valdir Manuel, The Patrick School/Out of Town All-Stars, Class of 2018
Manuel was an absolute monster in the low post. He definitely made his presence felt on both ends of the court with his athleticism. Has a quick reaction time when it comes to shot blocking. Although he is a very raw player that is still developing, there’s no doubt that he is already a force to be reckoned with. Scored 19 points.
Luther Muhammad, Hudson Catholic High School/Hudson County All-Stars, Class of 2018
Muhammad is a dangerous shooter from three-point range and is also a slasher that can terrorize the lane and will go to the basket every chance he can get. He is definitely a legitimate two-guard that is always in attack mode. Scored 18 points.
R.J. Cole, St. Anthony High School/Hudson County All-Stars, Class of 2017
Cole can do many things on the court, but the diminutive guard is known for his shooting from long range and is a very fast guard that can get steals and power into the lane, even with his small frame. On this day though, he shot very well from behind the arc. Scored 17 points.
Saviour Akuworo, St. Anthony High School/Hudson County All-Stars, Class of 2018
Akuworo is a forward that is an aggressive shot-blocker and has some good moves in the post. Also runs the floor very well for his size. Very good when it comes to hustle defense. Scored 10 points.
Tyrek Battle-Holley, Dickinson High School/Hudson County All-Stars, Class of 2018
Holley is a natural scorer that is great at making hustle plays. Shows plenty of poise and heart and has shown that he can hold his own on the court. Scored 11 points.