Last weekend, 32 of the nation’s top freshmen and sophomores converged in New York City to prove their skills in front of legendary coach Jim Couch–Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s first basketball coach. These rising stars of the prep scene looked to capitalize on the opportunity and prove they embody the same drive, focus and work ethic that helped lead the former-Laker standout to greatness. At the event’s culmination, there was little doubt that many of the players in the gym were on their way to becoming highly-touted recruits. Among the standouts in the 2016 freshmen game was Temple Gibbs. He is the younger brother of Ashton (Indiana Pacers guard) and Sterling (Seton Hall guard) Gibbs. Another player with a quality performance that has NBA bloodlines was Devonte Green. Following in the footsteps of his older brother Danny Green (former North Carolina standout and current Cleveland Cavaliers forward), the younger Green showed promising potential and finished with 20 points of his own. Ty Jerome was another guard that had the crowd buzzing with his shooting stroke from behind the perimeter, at one point draining six consecutive three-pointers. The sophomore game featured 6-9 dominant power forward Thomas Bryant’s game-high 23 points. Georgia’s Kejuan Johnson also had a strong showing with 18 points. One of the most athletically gifted young wings in America, Jamar Ergas, chipped in 14 points, making it look all too easy.
Want to catch America’s next rising prep stars from your own home? Friday is your chance! Basketballchannel.net will be streaming the complete Super 16 freshmen and sophomore games, with full commentary, beginning at 7p.m. Details from the Jim Couch Foundation below:
The Jim Couch Super 16 National Training Showcase Games debuts on The Basketball Channel, www.basketballchannel.net, Friday, October 26, 2012 at 7pm EST as a delayed-stream Internet broadcast.
- See Hoopscoop’s Class of 2016 #3-ranked Mario Kegler, #13 Temple Gibbs, #24 Devonte Green and #31 Ty Jerome in the National Freshman Showcase and 2015 ESPN Top 25 player’s Thomas Bryant #13 and Kejuan Johnson #25 in Sophomore Game.
- Coming Footage of Saturday’s National Training Showcase Day with consensus Class of 2016 #1 player Thon Maker.
The Jim Couch National Training Showcase Games will air Friday, October 26, 2012 at 7 pm EST on www.thebasketballchannel.net. Broadcasters Ralph Bednarczyk and Sean Couch will call the action. The 2016 Freshman game features several players with NCAA Division I offers with a talent level said by many experts to be the best in over 10 years.
The 2015 Sophomore Showcase features two players – Thomas Bryant of Bishop Kearny of Rochester, NY and Kejuan Johnson of Westlake HS of Atlanta, GA who have been offered by Syracuse and Florida respectively.
The Super 16 National Training Showcase highlights the work of Mr. Jim Couch, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s first coach. Throughout his 50 years of community service with his not-for-profit Foundation (The Jim Couch Foundation), Mr. Couch has promoted training and conditioning as a key component of basketball success. Throughout the years, many high-level basketball trainers such as Nate “Tiny” Archibald (NBA Top 50 All-Time Player), Milton Lee (General Manager of Brooklyn Nets Minor League Operations), and Tony Campbell (NBA All-Star) have worked as clinic directors. Hall-of-Fame Coach Bob Hurley and Ben Gamble of St. Anthony HS, Johnny Mathis of John F. Kennedy HS, Ron Neclario of Benjamin Cardoza HS, and Evander Ford of Wheels Academy have worked as specialized basketball trainers.
Presently, Iconic 32 Sports Lab’s Steve Espaillat and Rene Rodriguez offer specialized training and conditioning drills for our specialized group training sessions along with Jim Couch Foundation trainers DeShawn Springer and Evander Ford.
The Jim Couch Foundation continues to support student-athletes who desire to improve their speed, strength and general fitness levels. The Foundation has placed over 500 student-athletes in prep and college opportunities and continues to service the New York metropolitan area promoting safe and secure educational environments.