The second session of Hoop Group Academic Elite Camp is loaded with high-level talent, and Day One saw several players exceed expectations. The players listed below are not necessarily the best prospects at camp, but rather the players who stood out for one reason or another.
Matt Fraschilla | Highland Park (TX) | 5-9 G | 2013
Fraschilla is a pure point guard who is strong with both hands and plays within himself. He understands the natural flow of the game and always has a good sense of what to do with the ball. Fraschilla knocks down open jumpers, but plays as more of a pass-first point guard who moves the ball around the perimeter quickly. He allows shooters to move around and times his passes well to hit his teammates as they are cutting to the basket.
Isaiah Colclough | Landon (MD) | 6-1 G | 2013
Colclough calls himself a pass-first point guard but has natural scoring ability and is skilled at picking his spots to attack the basket. He plays tough, and finishes strong around the basket. Colclough has an effective first step, and moves well from side-to-side. He plays with a chip on his shoulder and has no qualms about going one-on-one with bigger defenders.
Nick Lange | Bishop Loughlin (NY) | 6-2 G | 2013
Lange is a great athlete with exceptional length and bounce. He is active on the defensive end, and would be a great asset to a team who runs a full-court press. Lange is also very creative in 1-on-1 situations with the ball in his hand, and can score points in a hurry as the beneficiary of iso sets.
Matthew Ryan | Iona Prep (NY) | 6-5 G/F | 2015
Ryan is only a rising sophomore but is playing extremely well against older competition in the Ivy League and has proven to be a matchup nightmare. A wing prospect, Ryan has great length and knows to post up smaller guards who try to check him. Against players his size, Ryan’s quickness and ball handling skills usually gives him the upper hand. He is also a knockdown shooter from outside the arc, with excellent catch-and-shoot ability. Ryan needs to continue adding strength and asserting himself on the defensive end to become a more dangerous prospect.
Joe LaStracco | Archbishop Wood (PA) | 6-7 F/C | 2014
LaStracco is a fundamentally sound rebounder who takes up a lot of space inside the paint. His go-to move on the post is a drop step and right-handed hook, but mainly gets his points on the offensive boards with junk buckets and put-backs. LaStracco also runs the floor fairly well, and likes to get involved in transition, especially on defense. He plays aggressive defense and could risk foul trouble, but usually does a good job of planting his feet and altering shots around the rim.
Will Hollister | Episcopal (VA) | 6-1 G | 2014
Hollister is a classic shooter with range out to the NBA three-point line. His release is somewhat unorthodox, but he gets good rotation on the ball and has a quick release. Hollister is well-built and uses his strength effectively, especially on the defensive end, where he is an aware defender and plays solid on the help side. Hollister also sets strong, timely screens that often lead to baskets.
Brandon Kenney | Oak Creek (WI) | 5-9 G | 2014
Kenney has an elite pull-up jumper in transition, and a very refined perimeter game in the half-court setting complement it. A quick, low-to-the-ground guard, Kenney’s crossover is tight and effective. He plays at a high pace and has quick, active feet on defense.
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