Jr. Elite Interviews

We took some time during session II of Jr. Elite Camp in the Poconos to talk to several young, up and coming players who were spending the weekend with us. Here are all those interviews:

Chauncey Sterling

Lafayette Williams

Xavier Harris

David Dorsett

Kameran Rodriguez and Antonio Sellers

Riley McMahon and Drew Valentino

Zach Rocco and Isaac DeGregorio

Charlie Gordinier

Casey Jack and Sadeeq Tarry

We saw high levels of skill and intelligence from players all summer long at Skills Camp. Now it is time to keep that momentum going. Check out our Jr. Elite Top 100s this fall and see if these day clinics are right for you!

HG One on One: Cam Reddish

Cameron Reddish has the potential to be a special basketball player. The Philadelphia native is only a rising freshman, but he is already turning anyone who watches him play into a believer of how high his ceiling is. Reddish made some noise last season, getting varsity minutes for the Haverford School as an eighth grader. As a freshman his role is expected to increase this upcoming year, but it won’t come easy.

At 6’4, Reddish has great length for the guard position. His jump shot is good and is continuing to get better and better every time he plays. He’s also shown a strong ball handling ability.

Reddish has a passion for the game that motivates him to put in work every single day. While he may have the size, length and motor to be a Division 1 player, Reddish knows he must increase his strength if he wants to succeed at the high school level, let alone the high major level.

We spoke to Reddish last week at Hoop Group Future All-American Camp. He spoke to us about his summer, AAU teammates Lonnie Walker and Justyn Mutts and what it was like playing varsity minutes as an eighth grader. See the interview here:

One on One: Interview with Daniel Mading

A few months ago, very few knew the name Daniel Mading. A huge summer however, has helped the rising sophomore explode onto the recruiting scene. One of the reasons Mading was relatively unknown was his foreign background. Mading is a native of Perth, Australia, but is apart of the Beyond Belief Program, a program whose mission is to “promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness within a diverse society through the use of sports.”

From a physical standpoint, Mading is listed at 6’9, but do not make the mistake of comparing him to fellow Australian and NBA center Andrew Bogut; the two have very different games despite a similar height. While Mading does have impressive length to play with his back to the basket, he also possesses athleticism that will help him thrive on the wing. Couple that with the endless motor that he showed last week at Future All-American Camp, as well as his ability to take the ball coast to coast after hauling in a rebound, and you have a player with unlimited potential.

Mading wasted no time grabbing the attention of various scouts and media groups that attended Future All-American Camp. The Aussie impressed all week and showed how big of a recruit he can be. He exhibited great versatility, and is able to do many things on offense, including driving to the hoop in the half court, running the floor and finishing in transition and even displayed a promising mid range jump shot. Defensively he is long enough and athletic enough to be a good rebounder, pesky defender outside and shot alterer at the rim.

Mading capped off his week with a ten point performance in a star studded Super Sophomore All-Star Game. We sat down with the all-star and talked to him a little about his game and his excitement about attending The Rock School, in Gainesville, Florida next year. See the interview here:

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HG Debate: “Dream Team” Or 2012 Olympic Team?

Dream Team vs. 2012 Olympic Team

“Dream Team or 2012?”

With the 2012 Olympic Games set to begin, players at Elite III were asked to weigh in on which U.S. Olympic basketball squad they thought was better–the 1992 “Dream Team” with a roster featuring Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird or this year’s team, comprised of superstars like Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, and Carmelo Anthony.

Check out what they had to say:

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Isaiah Briscoe 2015 #1 Point Guard Credits Kyle Anderson For Helping His Game

2015 PG Isaiah Briscoe (NJ Playaz) who will be a freshman at St. Benedict’s high school was at Hoop Group Elite Future All American camp. He sat down with Dave Krupinski (@DaveKrupinski) to talk about his summer playing basketball at Hoop Group Camps and with 17U NJ Playaz team with Kyle Anderson and Savon Goodman.