Hoop Group will be providing daily online coverage of Elite camps in the form of “live blogs,” recognizing outstanding achievements at camp, and keeping you informed of all the latest Hoop Group Elite happenings.
In these live blogs, Hoop Group staff will note camp standouts, spectacular plays, college coaches in attendance, and more. While the bulk of updates will be text entries from HoopGroup.com writers, keep an eye out for video highlights and interviews, quotes from players, exclusive photos, Twitter updates, and more.
8:30 PM- We’re putting the finishing touches on today’s outstanding performers article, and nearing completion of charting the scoring statistics from Team Camp. Both should be released tomorrow. Continue to check back at HoopGroup.com/blog for more updates from Academic Elite II, as well as updates from Summer Classic East in Philadelphia and the West Virginia Jam Fest.
7:41 PM- It’s only Day Two, but it seems that our coaching staff in this session is as fiery and passionate as any other we’ve had thus far in the summer. All of our coaches on staff are Division II or III head or assistant coaches and give 110% throughout each session. While their primary job is to give high-quality instruction to players at camp, these coaches are also quietly evaluating prospective players for the Division II and III level. It’s just another way Hoop Group Elite offers unmatched exposure to college coaches.
6:54 PM- Keaton Mack (2013, Arundel, MD) is one of the quickest guards at Academic Elite II. Not only does he have a quick first step that gets him by defenders, he has great straightaway sprint speed on the break and gets up the floor in a hurry. As a result, Mack is cashing in on a lot of uncontested lay-ups. –@Edgar_Walker
6:03 PM- Our outstanding performers piece for today is starting to take shape. Arguably the most impressive player we’ve seen today is Abel Lozano, Jr. (2013, Plano West, TX). The Texan can do a little bit of everything, and makes his teammates around him better. Standing at 6-4 with a college-ready frame, Lozano should definitely attract some college attention if he continues to perform at Academic Elite II. –@Edgar_Walker
5:00 PM- Games are in full swing. Filip Filinsky (Alpharetta, GA) has been very impressive running the point for Team 4. His teammate, 6-7 forward Paul Rowley (2014, Loudon Valley, VA) is almost scoring at will, using his length to hit runners in the lane over defenders. –@Edgar_Walker
4:15 PM- Players are back and getting into another game block. Legs should be fresh here and this first game block may be the most entertaining of the afternoon.
3:00 PM- Players are still at academic workshops, and here in Bollman Center, we’re crunching numbers from Team Camp. In the next few days, keep an eye out as we release a list of the top scorers at Team Camp and each player’s scoring outputs for their respective teams.
1:32 PM- Players seemed to thoroughly enjoy their lunch at the Albright Dining Hall, and are now finishing game blocks. At around 2:15 PM, all players will attend academic workshops and recruiting lectures. College Pursuit–a partner of the Hoop Group at Academic Elite camps–will teach players about the intricacies of the college admissions process and prepare them for success in the classroom at the next level. –@Edgar_Walker
11:30 AM- There are a dozen international players at Academic Elite II representing 10 different countries and three different continents. Click here for more information on the international players. –@Edgar_Walker
10:48 AM- Most of the games in today’s first game block are nearing halftime. Casey Cleary (2013, Homer, NY) has been a standout, handling and passing the ball well from the point guard position. Another notable point guard has been T.J. Von Bradsky. Only 5-foot-5, Von Bradsky (2013, Park Ridge, NJ) doesn’t carry an imposing presence, but he has a nice burst of quickness, stays low to the ground, and can get by defenders effectively. –@Edgar_Walker
10:06 AM- College coaches are starting to fill up the seats as station work starts to wrap up. Right now the coaches in attendance are from Division II and III programs. Later today, when the live recruiting period restarts, Division I coaches will begin to file in as well. Attending Academic Elite II is a priority for Patriot and Ivy League coaches, among other conferences. –@Edgar_Walker
8:55 AM- When it comes to station work, players often simply go through the motions. This morning, that’s not the case. Players are really getting after it right now in Bollman Center, making sharp passes, playing at full speed, and listening attentively to coaches. Looks like we have a great group here for Academic Elite II. –@Edgar_Walker
8:40AM- The first full day of camp is underway as players are in stations with their assigned squads. Earlier this morning, Early Bird Workouts had their largest attendance of the summer, with nearly 200 players showing up to work on dribbling and ball handling techniques at 7:20am. The effort on display from start to finish was remarkable, and even the coaches found themselves getting hyped up and starting spontaneous clapping contests. A few first time Hoop Group campers were exceptional stand outs for their agility and skills, including Jared Wright (Abington Friends HS/Jenkintown, PA) who never let his rep end on a missed shot. “I just can’t have that feeling of knowing I didn’t complete the drill,” he said. “I have to give it my all every time.”
Other players who made an impact this morning are: James McCray (Loudon Valley HS/Purcelville, VA), Isaac Mattson (Harbor Creek HS/Greenlawn, NY), and Sean Mullarkey (Cherry Hill HS/Cherry Hill, NJ). --@Ashley_OnSports
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