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Scrimmage report: SSSA vs. Hill School






Ron Bailey, Publisher

DC and Philly area private schools tune up for season.


November 25, 2013 - This past Saturday Hill School traveled down I-95 from the Philly area for a preseason scrimmage at St. Stephen's - St. Agnes School. The session provided observers a chance to scout talent and the teams. For the record George Washington University sent a coach to watch the proceedings.

Following are player discussions and team notes:

Davin Peppers - 6'2", 200 pound senior guard, SSSA - Making the switch to full time point guard, Peppers is getting better at the role, now driving to pass instead of diming when the shot isn't there. He's embracing the challenge, and when Davin executes it, SSSA goes to another level.

Is still a strong, aggressive penetrator who doesn't shy away from contact. Could become a more consistent outside shooter.

LaSalle, Liberty, UMass-Lowell, St. Bonneventure and others are monitoring Peppers.

That's Collin Goss slashing to the cup.

Collin Goss
- 6'10", 205 pound junior forward, SSSA - A recent transfer to SSSA, Goss is being allowed to attack from 17 feet as well as post up, providing the two sport star (baseball) an opportunity to showcase his skills; he's a slasher that can also shoot from mid-range, and while not being a banger per se, will post smaller players, using his length to do so.

Goss must get stronger and extend his shooting range going forward, thereby becoming the stretch-four colleges envision. George Washington has offered him, while UVA, Penn State, Boston College, South Carolina, Boston University, Tennessee, East Carolina and Virginia Tech are showing interest.

Having just pitched to the tune of 90 MPH, baseball is an option for Goss, with Ole Miss and others monitoring him for that sport. Could a two sport collegiate career be in his cards? Possibly, as the option of playing hoops than joining a school's baseball team during its stretch run could emerge.

Cam Gregory - 6'8", 210 pound senior forward, SSSA - Headed to Loyola (MD) next year, Gregory has become stronger and more assertive. He's also a better ball handler, and seems poised to welcome the challenge of being SSSA's go-to-guy.

For the college game, he must continue his work, while also expanding shooting range. Gregory seems headed for a big year.

John Carroll - 6'8", 220 pound senior forward, Hill School - A native of Dublin, Ireland, Carroll protects the rim, plays good position defense, passes well and will run the floor. He's an active player that competes.

Carroll has the frame to be a banger, but must consistently do it. His back to the basket game must be burnished as well.

Patriot League school, along with Elon and East Carolina are showing interest.

Matt Foltz - 6'6", 215 pound senior forward, Hill School - Out with an injury, per the Hill coaching staff Foltz balances both hoops and gridiron action, while also maintaining an excellent GPA. He's tracking as a Division I QB, with Ivy and Patriot League schools all over him.

Grant Smith - 6'4", 200 pound senior forward, Hill School - Another football/basketball guy, Smith , a wide receiver on the gridiron brings aggression and physicality to hoops. Sometimes plays wild, but he certainly competes.

Duke, Bucknell and Patriot League schools are on him for football.


SSSA is going to be a load this season, with three Division I caliber performers. Coach Ron Ginyard has tools to work with.

Though this was only a scrimmage, it's apparent he's been in his laboratory. One wrinkle was an impressive 1-3-1 defense, with the 6'8" Gregory on top.

Foes beware.

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