Myles Davis is a Musketeer; Commits to Xavier After Hoop Group Elite Camp

Myles Davis at Hoop Group

Coming into Hoop Group Elite Camp Session I, Myles Davis was considered one of the top prospects in attendance.

The notion didn’t alter when the 6′ sharp-shooter from Notre Dame Prep (MA) stepped onto the Albright College floor. Davis led his team to the championship and was awarded Most Valuable Player of the Top 20 All-Star game, two impressive feats.

Only two weeks after his stellar performance at the Hoop Group Camp, Davis is officially off-the-board. The New Jersey-product has committed to Xavier University and will be a Musketeer in the Fall.

The Hoop Group would like to congratulate Hoop Group Alumnus Myles Davis on his college commitment.

Top Tier Talent Highlights Hoop Group Elite West Virginia Jam Fest

Pennslyvania has been the premier spot for all hoops concerning the Hoop Group Elite. Now it’s West Virginia’s turn. Holding the Hoop Group Elite Jam Fest, college coaches at all levels and from all over the nation turned out to check on the action:

Jaren Sina ’13 Gil Saint Bernard’s (NJ): The Alabama-commit proved why he’s one of the top players, and point guard, in the class of 2013; with his ability to pour it in on the offensive end while displaying a relentless scorer’s mentality. Sina was able to create for open shots for his Hoop Heaven Elite teammates using his strong ball-handling skill-set.

Jordan Reed ’12 Wissachicken (PA): The 6’3 guard made his presence felt early on with his fantastic athleticism. The strong-framed Reed was able to finish at the rim, even when facing bigger defenders. Reed’s intensity on both ends was a key factor in Jersey Shore Warriors’ (PA) success in the first day of action.

Blaise Mbargorba ’12 Peddie School (NJ): At 7’0, Mbargorba is one of the more interesting prospects in the Hoop Group Elite West Virginia Jam Fest. His size catches people’s eyes and his ability to alter shots in the paint on the defensive end keeps them watching. The New Jersey Roadrunner big man runs the floor with ease which allows for easy baskets for the rising senior.

Mahammed Ahmed ’12 John F. Kennedy (NY): Playing on a team with nationally-known players such as Omar Calhoun and Dashawn Suber, Ahmed has proved he is a catalyst for the New York Gauchos. Supporting a solid frame at 6’7, Ahmed is incredibly aggressive around the paint, causing for rebounds and baskets surrounding the paint. The rising senior was a force down in the paint for the New York City-based program.

Jaylen Bond ’12 St. Thomas More (CT): The one-time Pittsburgh-commit had the attention of college coaches today. Great size on his 6’7 frame, Bond was able to finish at the rim on the regular. Over-powering defenders during a drive from the peremiter to the basket was a common trait for Bond on Thursday.

Emile Blackman ’12 Half Hollow Hills West (NY): Playing above the rim is Blackman’s game, and sure did the rising senior play it well on the first day of action. From soaring to the sky for defensive rebounds to throwind down furocious slams, Blackman was one of the more exciting players of the day.

McKenzie Moore ’11 College Park (CA): One of the few class of 2011 prospects in the event, Moore used his maturity to expose opponents on the floor. At 6’7, Moore is a versatile athlete who scored in numerous fashions on the offense end. A player who’s will to win is undeniable, Moore led his Team 94 squad to a perfect record on Thursday.

Myles Davis & Co. Crowned Hoop Group Elite Camp Champions

Myles Davis at Hoop Group Elite Basketball Camp

Heading into the Hoop Group Elite Camp, Myles Davis, a senior scoring-guard from Notre Dame Prep (MA), was one of the more highly-regarded prospects. A stellar performance from the New Jersey native was expected, but Davis went above and beyond expectations during his time in Reading, PA this week.

Aside from impressing coaches with his ability to shoot from distance, Davis was a superb leader on the floor for Team #1. Coached by former Rice High School (NY) coach Dwayne Mitchell, Davis was the general on the floor.

Team #1 charged through the competition, leading up to the highly-anticipated championship game.

It wasn’t until the Davis-led Team #1 matched up against Team #41 and the likes of talented prospects Arthur Edwards, Deonte Houston and Terrence Bobb-Jones that they were pushed to the limit.

A back-and-forth affair throughout the first half, it would be Arthur and Team #41 who would maintain the early third quarter lead.

With hundreds of college coaches in attendance, neither team would back down without a fight.

The defensive intensity was high, as both teams made their opponents earn every basket. Good thing for Team #1 that Davis’ shooting ability stretches well beyond the three-point arc. The rising senior made defenses pay for backing off.

With under ten seconds remaining in the ballgame, Team #41’s Houston would step to the free-throw line, up by one point, shooting the front end of a one-and-one. The Houston free throws clanked off the rim and wound up in the hands of Valworth Jones. The Nia Prep (NJ) prospect would be unintentionally fouled, sending the 6’3 guard to the charity-stripe with four seconds left and his team down one.

Jones calmly went to the line and sunk the free throw, tying the game. He also knocked down the second, giving Team #1 the lead in the final seconds and the eventual championship victory.

While Arthur played a fantastic game, it was Davis’ will to win that was the difference maker.

Congratulations to Team #1 on their Hoop Group Elite Exposure Camp championship!

Ja’Quan Newton and Melvin Johnson Show Out at Day 3 of Exposure Camp

Melvin Johnson at Hoop Group Elite Basketball CampIt’s not easy to Be Elite. At the Hoop Group Elite Exposure Basketball Camp at Albright College in Reading, Pennslyvania, the top-tier talent knows what it takes. From silky-smooth floor-generals to big men who own the post, the list below summarizes many of the prospects who impressed on day three of the summer basketball camp:

Ja’Quan Newton ’14 Neumann-Goretti (PA): The rising sophomore was extremely impressive on the Elite Camp’s third day. At 6’3, Newton has a superb ball-handling skill-set. Once past his defender, Newton has great body control once in mid-air around the rim. This allows him to finish at the basket with contact, a trait not found in most players today.

Melvin Johnson ’12 St. Benedict’s (NJ): The former Rice (NY) high school standout has been great on the offensive end throughout the entire camp. From displaying his lethal jump-shot from beyond the arc to finishing with ease around the rim, Johnson (pictured above) is making defenses weary when with the ball.

Ryan Denicola ’12 Blair Academy (NJ): Denicola is one of the more interesting prospects in the camp. At 6’7, the big fella is as rugged as they come inside the paint, but also has the ability to step beyond the perimeter and knock down the contested three. His size poses as a threat once charging in for a rebound on both ends of the floor.

Myles Davis ’12 Notre Dame Prep (MA): Davis was one of the more high-profiled prospects coming into camp, and the sharp-shooter has yet to disappoint. The 6’2 guard has displayed a solid offensive game. Similar to Johnson, Davis has been a threat each time to steps out onto the court due to his shooting stroke from beyond the arc.

Tobe Okerfor ’12 Mount Zion (MD): At 6’11, Okerfor is arguably one of the top big men in the entire Elite Camp. The Baltimore-product has a uncanny ability to swat shots left and right due to his length and basketball IQ. While Okerfor has yet to take over a game on the offensive end, his shot-blocking has proved to a major factor in a games outcome.

Justin Jenkins ’12 Wings Academy (NY): Playing alongside Johnson, Jenkins has played well on both ends of the court, helping his team to an undefeated record thus far. At just over 6′, Jenkins has shown his versatility on offense, connecting on contested jumpers as well as finishing at the rim. Jenkins handled the ball well and was instrumental for his team’s defensive intensity.

Amadou Sidibe ’12 Cardinal Hayes (NY): A teammate of Johnson and Jenkins, Sidibe’s highlight of the day was holding his own against fellow big man, Okerfor. Sidibe struggled offensively early on but was a presence under the boards. As the game progressed, Sidibe was able to score around the rim, including finishing possessions on fast-break run-outs.

Stanford Robinson ’13 Paul VI (VA): Robinson is as smooth a customer on the floor as they come in the camp. The 6’3 rising junior is a left-handed prospect, but coaches may have a difficult time pointing it out due to Robinson’s sharp ball-handling skills. Robinson has been at his best when breaking down his defender in few dribbles and attacking the rim with authority.

Jo-el Samuels ’13 Princeton Day Academy (MD): Samuels is easily one of the more athletic big men in camp. At 6’9, Samuels is a defensive-minded player, having the ability to block an opponents shot nearly anywhere around the basket. While Samuels’ offensive game is raw as of now, the rising junior’s pure athleticism shows promise of a great scorer. 

Jordan Reed ’12 Wissachicken (PA): On a team with top prospects such as Robinson and Jordan Dickerson, Reed may be the best overall scorer. At 6’3, Reed uses his strength to overpower defenders down low and finish at the rim. A smooth mid-range jumper adds a piece of the arsenal to Reed’s offensive game.