Junior Future All-American Day 3 Standouts

Day three of Junior Future All-American brought about a whole new group of standouts to the surface. Whether it’s dominant big men, shifty point guards, or athletic wings, the talent on display is unmistakable.


Here are some of our Day 3 standouts:

Matthew Wellener | 2021 PG | Phoenixville, PA

Wellener, who displayed a variety of skills during Tuesday’s games, possesses a consistent jumper with impressive range. He not only shot the ball well and found many ways to score, but also can drive to the hole and create for his teammates. Wellener’s combination of speed and handles helps him play the point guard position well, as a solid floor general at a young age.

Favorite Player: Anthony Davis

Jayden Brown | 2021 G | 

Brown proved himself to be one of the top all-around players at the camp thanks to his versatility. The 5’10” combo guard scored from both inside and out, and facilitated for teammates many on the break, displaying his solid court vision. A capable ball handler and shooter, Brown truly can play both point and shooting guard well, and he is definitely one to watch for the future as he develops his scoring game.

Favorite Player: Kyrie Irving

Jaylen Blakes | 2021 SF | Princeton, NJ

Blakes showed out during the afternoon session, finishing through contact in the paint for 3-point plays and knocking down outside shots from long range. Even when defenses began to key in on him, the rising 8th grader was unselfish, always finding the open man and racking up assists. The 5’11” wing has a high motor and a lot of potential.

Favorite Player: Paul George

Travis Roberts | 2022 SF | Westfield, NJ

Roberts showed a wealth of athleticism during his games on Tuesday, getting to the hole with ease and making his presence felt on defense. He was involved in many hustle plays and handles the ball with finesse. In an overall sense, Roberts’ motor is his best trait, as he continued to fight for rebounds and loose balls throughout the day, helping out his team in the process.

Favorite Player: Russell Westbrook

Nigel Garcia | 2021 G | Maplewood, NJ

In a strong and bulky frame, Garcia showed that he can do it all, scoring at will in the lane and defending it just as well on the other end. Garcia has consistent handles and can knock down the occasional mid-range jumper, but his best facet of his game lies in the low post, where he can snatch rebounds with ease, affect numerous shot attempts, and muscle his way into easy post baskets.

Favorite Player: Kyrie Irving

Demilade Alao | 2021 G/F | Somerset, NJ

Every time you looked up at his court, Demilade Alao was at the free throw line. Alao used his strong, athletic frame to impose his will on defenders, drawing foul after foul as he tried to finish on the inside. Alao also used his length to his advantage in the open court, forcing turnovers and leading the breakaway for his team on multiple occasions. As Alao continues to develop his outside game, it’s clear that the 5’9” wing has a ton of talent.

Demilade Alao

Favorite Player: Kevin Durant

(Contributors: Jeff Griffith and Anthony Dabbundo)

Future All-American Junior Day 1 Standouts

Day 1 of Future All American Junior Elite was all about talent evaluation. After registration, the campers broke out into their tryout teams, allowing coaches to evaluate the talent on display and fairly assemble teams for the rest of the week’s play.

Here are some of the standouts from Day 1:

Trey Patterson (Rutgers Prep ’21) At 6-foot-6, Patterson is a force to be reckoned with. A versatile wing that can also play in the low post, the rising 8th grader is certainly one to watch for the future as he has elite length and athleticism. He scored at will for most of the tryouts on day one and there are few campers who can guard him when he drives the lane. His game is really fluid at this stage of development and his potential is off the charts.

Tariq Eubanks (’21) Eubanks has one thing that coaches cannot teach: speed. A blur in the open court, this point guard can do it all. He can catch and shoot from long range, facilitate for teammates, and lead the offense in transition with his lightning speed. Eubanks was gliding past defenders in the paint and finishing, and he was always able to find the open man when the paint was too congested for him to drive.

Kam Rodriguez- (’22) Rodriguez showed his ability to knock down threes, and even more impressively, get past defenders in the tryouts. The rising 7th grader is extremely quick with the ball in his hands and skated by defenders for most of day one. Whether it was leading his team on the fast break, crossing up defenders, or finishing smoothly around the rim, Rodriguez showed why he is one of the top point guards at the camp.

Travis Roberts- (St. Columba ’22) dominated the paint on day one during the tryouts, thanks to his 6-foot frame. Roberts showed why he’s a top talent with his finishing around the rim, dominating of the glass at both ends of the floor, and generating turnovers on the defensive end. Roberts used his length very well to finish over smaller defenders, and he used his reach to steal the ball in the open floor to start the breakaways at the other end of the floor.

Tyler Seward (Haverford ’21) Seward is a very physical athlete who impressed many with his strength in the paint. He finished strong on the inside and was impossible to move off his spot once established in the paint. Along with his strength and athleticism on the inside, Seward showed that he is a capable shooter with a silky smooth stroke from beyond the arc. The rising 8th grader is one for the future as he continues to grow and develop his scoring abilities.

Day 3 Brings College Offers for the Camp’s Top Talent

As scorching hot and humid outside conditions descend upon Reading, the display of talent at Albright College is heating up.

Despite legs starting to get tired from three long days of hoops,  day three of Elite session two showed just how much talent that these campers have to offer.

And Division 1 colleges made no mistake. They pounced on this talent, with multiple players adding to their tally of mid to high major offers.

First, it was the pair of standouts from Immaculate Conception in New Jersey. Two friends, both Jalen Carey and Justin Winston, received offers from Penn State.

Carey, a 6-foot-2 point guard, is lightning quick, can get to the rim at will, and plays with tremendous energy at both ends of the floor.Ranked  32nd on ESPN for 2018s, it’s no surprise that the rising junior has amassed 12 D-1 offers.

The third player to pick up a D-1 offer here on day three is New York big man Chris Efretuei. The 7-foot center received an offer from St. Bonaventure, making the Bonnies his 4th D-1 offer. Efretuei displayed his always improving post game, as well as his ability to dominate the glass with his long frame, in today’s three sets of games.

From the morning sessions all the way through the night, Efreteui was a standout, not just because of his height, but because of his ability to dominate both the paint and the glass.

“Being here has helped me a lot because I didn’t get much playing time this summer with EYBL, so coming to this camp has helped me show coaches what I can really do with scoring and rebounding,” the rising senior said.

Efretuei, who hails from the Park School of Buffalo, works every day to refine his raw talent. He’s always getting up shots, working on his post game, and lifting to get stronger on the block.

“I practice  my post moves every day, like a hook shot, a jump shot. Just basic simple moves, like a catch and shoot. It’s not hard, I just have to be devoted to it,” Efretuei said.

For many guys flying under the radar, or trying to improve their list of D-1 offers, this camp represents an opportunity. A chance in an open forum to earn a college scholarship and continue their basketball careers. And many, including Carey, Efretuei, and Winston, have seized these three days and added to their lists.

With one day left of camp, the players will have their final opportunity tomorrow to make a big impression college scouts and coaches.


First Day of the Live Period Brings Wealth of Opportunity

Whether you’re a scout, a coach, or a player, there is one month that everyone in high school recruiting has circled each and every year. The July Live Periods bring coaches and scouts to gyms across America to recruit high schoolers.

On Wednesday, the live period opened up for Division 1 coaches to watch players from all across the country, making it crucial for players to bring their A game in order to get recruited during this important month.

At 5:00, the Division 1 coaches came to Albright College to watch some of the top talent that the Elite session two had on display.

Many of the schools who arrived at the camp were in search of certain recruiting targets, much like Navy’s intended interest into rising Seton Hall Prep senior Austin Williams.

Joining Navy amongst the Division 1 programs were Penn State, Holy Cross, Columbia, Akron, Towson, and Central Connecticut State.

While a few of the camp’s elite talents enter with multiple top offers, many of the recruits are looking to receive their first offer or add to their current small list of offers.

One of those campers is Williams himself, who entered camp not having yet received any offers. However, over the past two days, he has received two. Both American and St. Thomas Aquinas have offered the 6-foot-3 combo guard from New Jersey.

Williams brings explosiveness, shooting ability, and excellent court vision each and every time he’s out on the court. And now, with the increased exposure from the camp, and continued quality performances, Williams could potentially be in line to add to his list throughout the live period.

For more on what Williams had to say about his recruitment and the camp, click here.

While Williams was out impressing scouts on one court, Jalen Vaughns received a D-2  offer from Millersville. Vaughns, a combo guard from Pocono Mountain West, continued his solid play from his high school season into the live periods. The rising senior showed off his ability to both score and facilitate, as well as provide excellent energy on the defensive end.

With two more days left of camp, the campers will have even more opportunities on Thursday and Friday to make their case as a talent that will catch the eye of college coaches. For now, this camp serves as a perfect opportunity for many players to state their claim to a college athletics scholarship.