Academic Elite I: Day One Outstanding Performers

As the first day of The Hoop Group’s Academic Elite Session One camp at Albright College in Reading, Pa. ends, the following players were among those who garnered attention through the day’s station work and game sets.

Ross Greenfield | Half Hollows West (NY) | 6-5 | 2014
Exhibited a quick crossover and good ball handling skills and was really hustling from the opening whistle of camp. Displayed an ability to finish with either hand around the rim.

Ryan Jensen | Manasquan HS (NJ) | 6-4 | 2016
Quick feet helped Jensen standout in drills as the rising sophomore demonstrated an ability to set solid screens and quickly move down in the paint and get open for the easy bucket.

Brendan Barcas | Wall HS (NJ) | 5-11 | 2015
The ability to hit both the short- and long-range jumper, along with his ball distribution, where a few of the highlights of Barcas’ game on the first day of camp.

Brian McCormack | Cathedral Prep (NY) | 6-2 | 2015
The Elmhurst, New York product was a threat from 3-point range and near the basket in his team’s early scrimmage games. Along with a his ability to score he was also a key rebounder on the defensive end of the floor.

Nicholas Clough | Williamsville East HS (NY) | 6-3 | 2015
Demonstrated a scrappy style of play all day and was able to run the floor well and finish his layups. The small forward from western New York should be a standout if he can keep his motor up throughout camp.

Donte Wallette | Gilmour Academy (OH) | 6-3 | 2014
Wallette showed off a various amount of skills in the first scrimmages on Thursday night, displaying a nice stroke from the corner. The senior also wasn’t afraid to take it on the baseline, using the pump-fake to keep his defender off-balance.

Daniel Vila | Conestoga (PA) High School | 6-4 | 2015
For a player with a decent size advantage on the competition, Vila had a nice handle on the ball and used it as often as he could. The junior is certainly one to keep an eye on for the rest of the week.

Brian Kelley | Atlantic Shores Christian (VA) School | 5-11 | 2013
The guard had an easy time handling the ball and finding the open teammate on several occasions, moving through defenders with almost no problem. As an unsigned senior, Kelley will certainly be looking to continue the trend and impress some of the scouts on hand this week.

Devin Burrowes | Iona Prep (NY) | 6-1 | 2014
Burrowes is a quick guard that can get up and down the floor with ease. In a scrimmage game, the senior raced past the defenders and, with one more to beat to get to the hoop, peeled off and dished it to a teammate for an easy layup.

Jumanne Queely | Cristo Rey (NY) High School | 5-11 | 2014
During the scrimmage period, Queely had a lot of confidence in his shot and it paid off. Defenders would get as close as possible to the senior, but it simply wouldn’t worked, especially on a lean-back jumper from about 12 feet out with a hand in his face.

Marko Kozul | Archbishop Molly (NY) |6-5 F|2014
If Kozul was a household item, then his game would reflect that of a Swiss army knife. The combo forward showed off his wide-ranged ability during the first day of games. Kozul had no problem leading the break, cashing in on both contested and open threes and even demonstrated a solid touch around the rim. The New York product cleaned both the offensive and defensive glass and played like a man of among boys.

Na’im Walton | Boys Latin (PA) |5-11 G|2014
Walton was a very solid distributor this afternoon. He showed great balance knowing when to pass as well as score when he saw an open gap. The only knock on his driving capability might be that he favors his strong hand too much.

Sonny Ray Dominguez | Pascack Valley HS (NJ)  |5-9 G|2014
Dominguez was every teammate’s best friend as his unselfishness was truly beautiful to watch on the court. Bringing the ball up on seemingly every play, Dominguez found a way to get everybody on his team involved. The smooth lefty gave soft entry passes for his bigs to convert open layups while his fellow guards set up around the arc for drive and kick opportunities. Could have played better defense though, didn’t really see him stop anyone on the other side of the ball.

Andrew St. Germain | Chatfield Senior HS (CO)  |5-11 G|2014
St. Germain had a nice textbook performance today. The 5-foot-11 floor general led the break when we he had numbers, made shots when open, and passed the ball when he saw an idle man. I was also really impressed by the hustle he showed on the glass as well as the defensive end.

Matthew Fall | Robinson Secondary School (VA) |6-0  G|2014
Not nearly as physically imposing as Kozul, but Fall did display a similar all-around game. Spectators had to of liked his pesky defense and rebounds in traffic. He also exhibited a nice shooting stroke which included a couple makes from beyond the arc.

Contributions from Andrew Koob (@AndrewKoob), Jake Brahney(@Jakerbaker58), Peter Febbraro (@pfebbraro) and Colin Washington (@CabWashington)

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