Academic Elite 1 LIVE Blog

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Reading, PA– It’s finally here! After all the hours of work and preparation leading up to it, camp season is finally upon us. The summer will start off with our first session of Academic Elite Camp. Academic Camp will bring together a perfect mix of brains and basketball this week. Let’s see what these players have in store for us!

Thursday, July 2nd

1:30 pm

We will wrap up the live blog now! Championships have been won in both divisions. Congratulations to our winning teams and coaches. Championship team pictures will be posted in the recap. Also be sure to look out for our all-star rosters and award winners, coming later tonight.

A big thank you to all the coaches, parents and most importantly, players for making this week of came so great. If this is any indication of things to come, we are going to have a heck of a summer! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for full camp coverage. See you next week for Session 1 of Elite Camp!

1:12 pm


12:34 pm

Ivy and Patriot League championships have tipped off! Games being played alongside one another in the Bollman Gymnasium. Lot of excitement coming from both courts. Awesome way to end camp.

11:00 am
Two potential all-stars playing well in the semifinal. Dwight Whitlock is playing suffocating defense, locking up Ceasar Dejesus. Meanwhile Rick’Keem Mixson is doing it all for his team. He’s getting steals, scoring and facilitating. Could we see these two square off in the final?

9:34 am
First set of games starting up for the day. Playoffs, playoffs, playoffs this morning before lunch.

8:55 am

Yesterday, Brent Pelella sat down with some of our Day 2 Top Performers and talked with them. Here is that video:

8:21 am

Last day of camp means championships, awards and all-stars, but first, stations! No days off in getting better. Let the fun begin! –@TheHoopGroup

Wednesday, July 1st

9:29 pm

Third day in the books, championships, all-star games and award ceremonies to take place tomorrow! Feels like registration just started, but here we are. Ready to make the last day our best.

9:12 pm Mark Lutz, 2016 from Christian Brothers Academy in NY, having a nice end to his day. Just buried a three and then met a driver at the rim and turned his shot away. Impressive chain of events for the 6’3 guard/wing. –@TheHoopGroup 8:28 pm Dwight Whitlock was an all-star last summer at Academic Elite 1. He’s back and has improved on his game! See his interview here: HG On-on-One: Dwight Whitock 7:48 pm As if we haven’t said his name enough, Mikey Dixon warms up for his final game of the day 7:12 pm Potential Day 3 Top Performer?

6:23 pm Playoffs are approaching, these last game sets of the day will help us determine who can still win a championship tomorrow!

5:05 pm The Hoop Group: great place for instruction, even better place for exposure! Over 50 colleges have checked in at Elite Camp! Look Who’s Watching! 3:52 pm Two players squaring off: complete opposites, but both intriguing. Winston Delk (West Windsor North ’16) showing a tight handle and quick change of direction with the ball, while Daylen Wiggins (Burke Catholic ’16) is attacking the glass on both ends very hard. Solid play from them both. –@TheHoopGroup 2:19pm Following the lunch break, Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley is here to speak with the camp. Never a bad time to listen to coach talk about the game. 12:04 pm In case you’ve missed it, check out the Academic Elite 1 album on Facebook!

11:49 am
Rick’Keem Mixson has been enjoying a good week of camp, his first of many Elite Camps this summer. Watch an interview with him here:

Rick’Keem Mixson Interview

11:01 am
No better place to get instruction than the Hoop Group. Bob Hurley heads to Elite Camp for a few hours and former Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg is in the Poconos lecturing Skills Camp!

9:44 am We’re bringing back out #HGElite Poll of the Day. Today’s question: With NBA free agency starting up, where will LaMarcus Aldridge land? Share your thoughts!

8:13 am

Another full day of basketball coming as we get ready for Day 3 of Academic Elite Camp. See which guys will stand out amongst the rest and what teams will continue their path to a championship.

Another great showing at early bird workouts and we’re just getting ready to begin stations. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 30th

9:38 pm
And with that the day is done. over 12 hours of basketball in the books. Stay tuned for some more Top Performers from Day 2, as well as more player interviews. If you missed anything from the day, check us out on Twitter and Instagram. Good night!

8:57 pm
Brent Pelella of CT Hoops News and the Hoop Group sits down with some Day One Top Performers to discuss their camp experience.

8:06 pm

Seeing a lot of Jersey players perform here in PA. Brandon Oladapo (Seton Hall Prep ’16) is great in transition. Guard glides on the court and is a terrific facilitator. Good all around guard.

6:41 pm

Yannic Williams, 6’7 big showing a nice shooting touch #HGElite

A photo posted by Hoop Group (@hoopgroup) on

5:54 pm Mikey Dixon is a player we saw a few times this Spring at several Jam Fest tournaments. He showed the ability to be an elite scorer, and he’s proving it again this week. Such a smooth stroke and then has the ability to get to the rim. He can score in bunches. –@JN_Albano 4:28 pm College coaches lined up along the gym recruiting guys. Over 30 coaches in the building right now looking for their next big “get.” IMG_1433 3:33 pm We’re back after a break in the action. Campers got to rest their legs and get a valuable lesson in terms of academics for a few hours. Back on the courts for afternoon games. Yannic Williams (Holy Cross ’16) and Ennis Thomas (Westerville South ’16) are two players to keep an eye out for during the 3:15 game sets. 2:12 pm Our newest additions to our Hoop Group alumni NBA Family. Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell picked 1 and 2 in this year’s NBA Draft. Screen Shot 2015-06-30 at 4.38.46 PM 12:51 pm Games are coming to an end this morning. Saw some good, competitive games and some players make a case for Day 2 Top Performers. Little break in the action as guys will partake in Academic stations. Training the mind and body here at camp. 12:02 pm Academic Elite 1 is a great chance for players to get seem by very high academic D2 & D3 colleges. Michael Rice (Point Pleasant Beach ’16) is one of them. Currently being looked at by a number of high academic, and talented D3 programs.

  Looking forward to watching Michael Rice on Day 2 of the Academic Elite Camp #HGElite   A photo posted by Hoop Group (@hoopgroup) on

11:17 am Games are underway for the day. Early on it was Colin Sareyka (Gloucester County Christian ’16) impressing with some fancy handles. Now sharp shooter Jake Betlow (Gill St. Bernard ’19) is playing well. Jake has not even played a high school game yet, but he’s grabbed some attention at camp. Big time player from Jersey in the future.-@TheHoopGroup 10:36 am Check out a few guys who played well during tryout games yesterday? Will they continue to impress as more coaches come in? Will new players step up? We’ll find out!

Academic Elite Day 1 Top Performers

9:39 am It was an offensive morning in stations as players worked on getting open and attacking the hoop. Rain cuts stations short though, and we will begin game play. IMG_1142 9:01 am Always great to make ‘optional,’ mandatory. Guys putting in work this morning during optional Early Bird Morning Workouts!

8:39 am We’re back for more hoops! Day 2 of Academic Elite Camp has started and we’re ready for our first full day of basketball. Attendance has been taken and players are breaking into their station groups. Let’s get going! –@TheHoopGroup

Monday, June 29th

10:11 pm Coach Harney’s lecture comes to an end and that wraps up Day 1 of Academic Elite Camp. Campers head back to their rooms to rest up for another long day of hoops tomorrow. Early bird work outs begin at 7:15 am. See you then! 9:52 pm

  Ennis Thomas (Westerville North ’17) working with Coach Chris Harney in Day 1’s coaches lecture #HGElite   A photo posted by Hoop Group (@hoopgroup) on

9:27 pm One of the best coaches in Division 3, teaching the drills that one of the best in the NBA practices

8:52 pm Trial games are done for the day. Players will be placed on their teams for the rest of the week tomorrow morning. Now it’s time to end the night with a special guest lecture. Tonight we will hear from the head coach at St. Mary’s College, Chris Harney. In 10 years at St. Mary’s, Coach has amassed a record of 202-79, and has won four conference championships! Campers can learn a lot from him. –@TheHoopGroup 8:12 pm Always good to see guys getting after it. Competitive action thus far.

7:30 pm With our first glimpse at players in game action, we’re seeing a wide range of talent so far. High major Division 1s all the way down to strong Division 3 players. Rick’Keem Mixson (St. Mary’s ’16) and Trenton Richardson (Carmel ’16) are two players who looked strong on day one. –@TheHoopGroup 6:42 pm Breaking in the outdoor courts this afternoon:

Academic Elite Camp 1 #HGElite   A photo posted by Hoop Group (@hoopgroup) on

5:34 pm Excited to have ESPN’s 12th ranked player in the class of 2017, Lonnie Walker, back at camp. You’ll be hearing his name a lot this week. HG_OFFERS_WALKER 5:10 pm Player head shots are up on Facebook!

3:34 pm
Finally some basketball! Players getting warmed up with stations before breaking up for game play. Yannic Williams, 6’7 from Queens, NY shown below working on his mid range game:

2:56 pm Campers getting a dose of academics before stations. John Ditsky is leading a college info seminar right now. –@TheHoopGroup 2:15 pm President of the Hoop Group, Rob Kennedy, welcomes campers to Academic Elite 1! IMG_3532 12:37 pm Nearing the end of registration, great turn out for our first camp session of the summer. Guys are itching to get out there and start playing! –@TheHoopGroup

10:46 am
There certainly is a lot of excitement in the gym this morning!

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