Academic Elite 1: Day 2 Top Performers

On paper, day two of Academic Elite Camp is only a few hours longer than day one. But when you take out the registration and replace it with more basketball, and couple that with a start time of 8:00 am, it feels as if the day is twice as long as registration day. There’s no denying that today was a full day of hoops, and with it, we saw some guys begin to make names for themselves. Here are your Day 2 Top Performers:

2016 Mikey Dixon 5’11” (Sanford School / Wilmington, DE)
Mikey Dixon is an assassin. Most people who have seen him play know how lethal of a scorer he is; when he scores, he scores in bunches. In the night capper on day two, he erupted for 40 points, and scored every way possible. Got to the rim at will, connected from the outside, and hit step backs that he made look easy. While he put up high scoring numbers, Dixon wasn’t selfish, he showcased marvelous passing as well. He’s a player who will have more offers after this summer than the three he currently holds.

2017 Markus Stevenson 6’5” (Academy of New Church/ Bryn Athyn, PA)

Playing in the paint at 6’5” can be tough, but Markus Stevenson makes it look rudimentary. He strong body and excellent control allows him to establish position at will. He is a very good finished and can also extend beyond 15 feet. His versatility is something that every coach has loved about him thus far.

2016 Brandon Oladapo 6’0” (Seton Hall Prep / West Orange, NJ)

Brandon comes in at 6’0, but has length that makes him appear longer to his opposition. He plays a smooth game and rarely gets taken out of rhythm. He showed his good passing, racking up assists by delivering on time passes. Definitely showed the ability to run the show at the guard spot.

2016 Yannic Williams 6’7” (Holy Cross / Queens, NY)

Yannic showed toughness and finesse today. At 6’7 he got the ball in the paint and was able to finish over his left shoulder with a hook. He also bullied his way through defenders to finish while absorbing a lot of contact. His strength allows him to do that often. What separated him from other bigs, was his ability to knock down open threes as well. If given time, he can make teams pay for leaving him open.

2017 Jordyn Owens 6’0” (St. Peter’s Prep/ Jersey City, NJ)

Jordyn Owens is a high volume scorer with unlimited confidence. He has a proven jump shot to go along with an array of dribble moves. As he continues to improve on the defensive end, he will attract a lot of coaches looking for a playmaking guard.

2016 Khary Mauras 6’1” (Reading High School / Reading, PA)

While teammate Lonnie Walker nabs a lot of headlines in Reading, Khary Mauras is proving he can play college basketball as well. Khary is dangerous because he has such a quick first step. Take your eye off him for a second and he’s gone. If he’s able to get into the lane he’s a capable finisher as well. He showed time and time again how quick he can be.

2016 Hassan Folks 6’4” (Poly Prep / Brooklyn, NY)

Active. That is the best way to describe Hassan on the floor. He gets after it on both ends of the floor. He never gives up on loose balls and always attacks the glass on rebounds. As a result, he often finds the ball and is able to make plays for his team. If you need someone to win 50/50 balls for you, Hassan is one of the best at camp. Great motor on this player.

2016 Ennis Thomas 6’2” (Westerville South, Westerville, OH)

Ennis Thomas is enjoying a nice two days of camp so far. The Ohio native is showing off his athleticism so far, and has been fun to watch. Ennis is good on the break, where he can finish over players with swift moves to the hoop. He is a great finisher at the rim.

2016 Michael Rice 6’1” (Point Pleasant Beach HS/ Point Pleasant, NJ)

Michael is a lengthy guard who can put up points in bunches. His highly efficient perimeter game this week has caused defenders to extend their coverage. As a result, Rice has been able to show his ability to distribute to open teammates. If he keeps improving his quickness and athleticism he can become a high-level combo guard.

2019 Jake Betlow 5’11” (Gil St. Bernard’s/ Gladstone, NJ)

Jake is a rising star in the New Jersey area. As just an incoming freshman, he is widely considered as one of the best players at camp. Offensively, he is able to control the pace as well as create opportunities. He can shoot with range and is an extremely energetic defender. When all is said and done, he won’t have any problems finding a college who wants him.

2016 Chaz Platt 5’10” (Holy Cross/ Flushing, NY)

As a small guard, Chaz uses his excellent quickness to create problems on both sides of the ball. He has a consistent shooting stroke that makes him a big threat from deep. However, his main skill is his attacking style of play, which keeps people off-balance. Chaz will be able to help many college programs right away and scouts are starting to notice.

As always, we’ll be back tomorrow for Day Three Top Performers.

Also, if you missed some of Day One’s Top Performers describe their camp experience, watch it here.

 

James Albano and Brent Pelella contributed to this article

 

 

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