KYDA Invitational Stockrisers
Scranton, Pennsylvania was the weekend destination for the KYDA Invitational. This was a loaded event with clubs from multiple shoe-circuits present in addition to elite independents all facing-off under one roof at Riverfront Sports.
With plenty of nationally recognized prospects taking the court, there was no shortage of star power in the building. But the platform also provided opportunity for the following under-the-radar gems to take advantage of the spotlight.
Kyle Filipowski (2022/6’10/NY Rens)
The best overall performance of the weekend. Period. Kyle was absolutely electric as a playmaker for others, collapsing the defense off the dribble and finding teammates with an array of impressive dimes that resulted in easy baskets. It is simply unfair for a 6’10 prospect to possess that level of spatial awareness. An equally potent shotmaker, Filipowski consistently connected on triples in pick-and-pop action with good mechanics and a release point that makes the shot nearly unblockable. The talented senior-to-be was also able to break down defenders in isolation with dribble penetration before finishing at the rim. Kyle is an undervalued athlete, he’s extremely fluid and elevated easily when finishing off 1 or 2 legs. Kyle displayed the level of versatility + skill that places him in the conversation as one of the premier prospects in America. Filipowski is the epitome of the term mismatch, as he impacts the game from nearly any spot on the court and is compatible with any lineup combination. He has entered our database as a 5-star prospect that is criminally undervalued by mainstream services.
Antonio Hamlin (2022/6’2/Team Thrill)
Antonio put together strong performances against some of the best competition in the country in Team Final and NY Rens. Hamlin thrived in ballscreen action as both a scorer and facilitator. He punished drop-coverage with pull-ups from distance and exploited the switching approach by blowing by the opposing big before finding his roll-man with dumpoffs when help defense cut off his driving lane. While Antonio is at his best on the ball, he’s versatile enough to be more of an off-ball shooter as well. He connected on perimeter shots on the move after relocating to provide clean passing windows. As a finisher, Hamlin embraced contact and uses his superior strength to bounce off defenders while maintaining balance. In an era too enamored with measurements and combine workouts, Antonio produces in actual games. Low-mid D1s in need of a playmaking PG that can knock down perimeter shots should have him on the radar heading into the Summer.
Jonathan Beagle (6’9/2022/City Rocks)
This was our first live viewing of Jonathan and we came away impressed. Going about 6’9 and the 215 range, Beagle put his size to good use and established deep position in the paint. Once getting the ball, he shows good touch around the rim with both hands and uses shotfakes to get defenders off the their feet for clean looks. Beagle displayed good pursuit on the offensive glass and keeps the ball high rather than bringing the it down once collecting he rebound, optimizing his chances of a putback. Defensively, he’s not an explosive athlete, but he did make solid rotations and put himself in position to come up with blocks by using his size/length. UMass recently offered and we anticipate more programs from the MM+ to HM levels doing the same in short order. Bigs with this combination of size/touch/hands are highly coveted for a reason.
Trey Thomas (6’3/2022/Team Melo)
In a gym full of bucket-getters, Trey was among the very best in attendance. The standout junior has a great jumpshot with NBA range. He consistently created space by using jabsteps to back his defender up before raising up for triples with an extremely quick release. While he was at his best as a catch-and-shoot floorspacer, there is more to his game. Thomas displayed some on-ball ability by connecting on pull-ups from midrange and flashed the ability to change direction with a live dribble before getting to the rim + finishing. Defensively, Trey was a willing defender that wasn’t afraid to pick-up full court. That tenacity paid dividends as he came up with steals and turned those into transition buckets. Lots to like about the DMV-area native and we expect him to be a regional priority for college programs this Summer.