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.
9:19 PM- Shooting camp is in full swing on the outdoor courts right now, led by former Division I head coach Jesse Agel. Coach Agel was recently the head coach at Brown, and spent the 17 years before that as an assistant coach at Vermont. Pete Febrarro is outside and tweeting from the session:
— Pete Febbraro (@pfebbraro) July 26, 2012
— Pete Febbraro (@pfebbraro) July 26, 2012
9:08 PM – In the Bollman Center on court 1 we have a very high paced game being played between Teams #2 and #10. Both teams have been pushing the ball down the court to take advantage of fast breaks and showcase their athleticism. After a close fought first half, Team #10 leads 44-41. Rising junior Mikal Bridges (Great Valley / Malvern, PA) has used his length to batter away lots of loose balls and be the catalyst for their high amount of transition scoring. The 6-foot-6 forward displays a solid mid-range game as well. --@CraigManfra
8:46 PM- We’re getting fairly late into the night here at Albright College, but there are still dozens of college coaches present, evaluating players. In addition to those coaches evaluating, the camp staff is made up of Division II and III coaches who are always keeping their eye on the action at camp to determine which players they may like to recruit at the conclusion of camp. Players are offered a great amount of exposure, and those who take advantage of their time at camp will inevitably get additional college looks in the long run.
8:05 PM- We listed him as one of yesterday’s outstanding performers, and Ahmaad Wilson (Randallstown HS / Randallstown, MD) has kept up his strong performance tonight. While he is somewhat slender, Wilson is a quick, hard-to-guard scoring point guard. He has smooth actions from the point, and is extremely creative with the ball in his hands. Wilson has no Division I offers at this point, but is attracting strong interest from a few schools and should turn heads if he continues his strong Elite III performance. –@Edgar_Walker
7:42 PM- Our Summer Jam Fest concluded on Sunday in King of Prussia, Pa., and the first installment of the Recruiting Notebook from the tournament has been released. The first part of the notebook focuses on the top talent from New England at the event, as several Northeast teams had extremely successful weekends. Check out the article for an update on high-major prospects such as Noah Vonleh (2014, Mass Rivals), Malik Abdul-Abu (2014, Expressions Elite), Jarred Reuter (2015, ECE Mass), and more.
7:10 PM- After working up quite the appetite from competing in day games, the boys are right back at it post-dinner. As visiting coaches browse the different talent in attendance, the players have stepped up their games since Live Period started at 5:00PM. Rising junior Tyrell Sturduvant (Glasgow HS / Newark, DE) has been quick and agile at 6-foot-6. He’s been guarding the other team’s big man but don’t be confused, he runs for the floor like a slashing small forward. Sturduvant also a no-give up attitude on the offensive boards, constantly restarting battles for possession. Size and build weigh heavy in his favor. –@CraigManfra
6:01 PM- After touching on the Fab Frosh/Super Soph theme earlier, it should be said that the young bigs at this session is impressive. First, the size is impressive, with several underclassmen standing 6-7 or taller. More importantly, the depth of the interior talent is profound, as there is a good amount of very tall 2014 and 2015 prospects. –@Edgar_Walker
5:06 PM- We focus on the games and what happens on the court here at Elite camps, but there is a lot that goes on off the floor as well. Film sessions are run throughout the day, where players go through taped games and break down the footage with experienced college coaches. Sweatshop Workouts are a fixture of Hoop Group camps, giving the players an extra opportunity to work on their games in between game blocks. There are Early Bird workouts, shooting sessions, and more. All of these extra sessions are optional, but players do a great job of taking advantage of the opportunities to work on their games and improve. –@Edgar_Walker
4:33 PM- As the Fab Frosh/Super Soph camp continues to showcase impressive underclassmen, one prospect has great promise. Rising sophomore Joshua Ayemi (National Christian Academy / Fort Washington, MD) is a physical specimen at 6-7 with a very well-built frame. He also showed some nice skill on the floor, and will be featured in Day Two’s outstanding performers write-up. –@Edgar_Walker
3:48 PM- Rising sophomore point guard Billy Clark (Boys And Girls / Brooklyn, NY) is a natural playmaker. He’s a pest on defense, plays at a high speed on offense, and plays with great strength on both sides of the ball. –@Edgar_Walker
3:05 PM- Fran Fraschilla’s presentation has ended, and was excellent as usual. He stresses the 70/30 rule (work on your game 70% of the time, and play games only 30% of the time), and the importance of playing the right way. Craig Manfra tweeted one take-home quote from the presentation:
“There’s 3 types of players: (1) Ones that know. (2) Ones that don’t know. (3) And ones that don’t know, they don’t know.” – @FranFraschilla
— Craig Manfra (@CraigManfra) July 25, 2012
1:44 PM- The latest game sets are now finished, and a lot of players have some down time before ESPN analyst and former Division I head coach Fran Fraschilla presents. Fraschilla was the head coach at Manhattan, St. John’s, and New Mexico, and is now ESPN’s expert on international basketball. He is a fixture at Hoop Group camps, and always gives great tips to players. –@Edgar_Walker
1:06 PM- After lunch, we’re back and blogging. Rutgers Prep (Somerset, NJ) has a noticeable presence here at Elite III, as rising sophomore Levi Holmes is playing well right now for his team and Kari Charles (also a rising sophomore) turned heads last night. Charles shot well from behind the arc on Day One, and is a promising, long wing prospect. –@Edgar_Walker
12:16 PM- Elite III is a Fab Frosh/Super Soph camp session (more details coming later). Basically, this means that a large number of high-caliber underclassmen from the Classes of 2015 and 2016 are in attendance. 6-foot-4 rising freshman Nazeer Bostick (Maths, Civics, and Science / Philadelphia, PA) has been impressive, showing off great wing skills and hustling hard for loose balls. –@Edgar_Walker
11:14 AM- One thing that makes the Hoop Group Elite experience memorable is the passion of the coaches at camp. In Bollman Center, coaches are pacing the floor, clapping, barking out instruction, and doing everything else they normally would at the college level. Our coaching staff is made up of highly-qualified Division II and III coaches who bring the best out of the players on their camp teams. –@Edgar_Walker
10:45 AM- As always, we put together a list of standouts for Day One of camp.
10:31 AM- The Lehigh Valley (PA) area is well represented at Elite Session III. Players are here from Notre Dame Green Pond, Allentown Central Catholic, Freedom, Allen, Emmaus and the Roberto Clemente Charter School. –@pfebbraro
10:18 AM- While watching station work this morning, Lucas Shapiro made a great point on Twitter about evaluating players during drills:
Underrated but valuable part of evaluations: watching sprints. Doesn’t tell you anything about basketball but everything about work ethic.
— Lucas Shapiro (@lucashapiro) July 25, 2012
9:26 AM – Players are focused during station work this morning. Coaches stressing to concentrate on the little things and correct form. If a move feels awkward or difficult to perform, push yourself to do it correctly as reinforcing bad habits with incorrect practice won’t lead to success. Even for the great NBA players, certain moves were awkward for them until worked at properly. –@CraigManfra
8:00 AM- Day Two of Elite Session III is set to get underway here at Albright College. After a successful first day featuring a guest presentation from three-time National Coach of the Year award winner Kevin Boyle, players look eager to get back to work on the hardwood. Today marks the start of another July live period, meaning that Division I coaches will be able to attend and evaluate prospects. –@Edgar_Walker
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