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, daily schedules, 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, and Twitter updates.
8:09 PM - It’s prime time for today’s games with all three locations being fully used at Albright. Donvon Love (TBA / Providence, RI) has been impressive in his first night game, quickly attacking the hoop while altering his approach as the defense crashes on him. The 2016 combo guard has an old school scoring swagger to him with a calm and confident demeanor. He’s displayed great shooting form and court vision as well. –@CraigManfra
7:17 PM Position-specific work is still going on, and players seem to be responding well to the instruction. While station instruction is a daily fixture at Hoop Group Elite camps, the idea of breaking down players into position-specific drills is slightly out of the ordinary. Elite director Chad Babel is enjoying the session. “This is cool,” Babel said. “We’re really getting into some important, specific skills and everyone is buying into it right now.” –@Edgar_Walker
6:49 PM- Players have now broken into one of our three position camps; Big Man, Shooting, or Backcourt. These specific breakout sessions provide an opportunity for the players to gain valuable advice on what aspect of the game is most important to them. Within each position camp there are several small groups, each with two Hoop Group coaches to provide a small ratio between player and coach to maximize learning. –@CraigManfra
6:00 PM- Coming back from dinner, games can sometimes be sluggish and slow. That wasn’t the case for rising 8th grader Griffin Kornaker (Webster Schroeder / Webster, N.Y.) and his team tonight, as they were playing aggressively and being very vocal with one another on both sides of the ball. Kornaker has excellent court vision and plays very under control from the point guard position. –@Edgar_Walker
5:26 PM- There has been a lot of talk about the heavy Canadian presence here at Future All-American camp. Canada has become a hotbed for basketball talent in recent years, and the skill level of the players here at camp has been excellent. –@Edgar_Walker
4:46 PM- Hoop Group Elite camps offer unparalleled exposure at their camps, and Future All-American is no exception. Although the live recruiting period is over and thus college coaches are not in attendance, scouting services and media members still help players gain publicity and make a name for themselves. ESPN is in the house today, as recruiting expert Adam Finkelstein (also the head of New England Recruiting Report) is on hand to watch the action here at Future All-American Camp:
Back in Reading, PA settling in for the afternoon session of
@thehoopgroup Future All-American Camp
— Adam Finkelstein (@FinkelsteinNERR) August 6, 2012
Been really impressed with Isaiah Briscoe’s left hand here at
#HGFAA Camp.Driving, passing & scoring to his non-dominant side.
— Adam Finkelstein (@FinkelsteinNERR) August 6, 2012
4:05 PM- As the day goes on, the players continue to step their games up. ESPN’s #7 player in the 2015 class, Thomas Bryant (Bishop Kearny /Rochester, PA) has certainly not disappointed in game play. The athletic big man put on a dunking show in his last game with a combination of fast break and in the post slams. Bryant has continued his progression in the post, displaying great footwork and a warrior’s mentality at the hoop. –@CraigManfra
3:57 PM- Joshua Reaves (Paul VI, Va./ 2015) continues to gear up for the coming season with strong play during the second day of camp. Reaves, who transferred to Paul VI from Middlesburg, Va. after last year, expects to play 2/3 and come off the bench for Panthers.
In addition to sharpening his skills, attending Hoop Group camps in Reading this summer has given Reaves a chance to play with his future teammate Marcus Derrickson (Paul VI, Va./ 2015). They played together on Day One’s tryout team and did the same during Elite II. –@pfebbraro
3:29 PM- Tyheem Harmon (Imhotep Charter, Pa./ 2015) just flashed his speed as he brought the ball end-to-end and to put his team up by 12 as afternoon play contiues. –@pfebbraro
2:23 PM– Former Division I basketball coach Pat Kennedy is giving a lecture to the campers right now about mentally preparing for the rigors of the recruiting process and the college game, much of which begins with one simple variable: attitude. Kennedy stressed that players who want to work hard, hustle, and show coaches their willingness to play the game will be more highly regarded than those with a bad attitude. Want a coach who knows the college basketball scene? Kennedy coached the game for forty year at schools that include Florida State, Towson, and Iona. –@DanielJMartin_
1:31 PM– One of the great things about Hoop Group camps, and this one in particular, is the way coaches are quick to help players develop their game and constructively shape the way a camper approaches basketball. During one sequence late this morning, a player had two straight possessions down the floor where he rushed his shot. During a break in play, a coach brought the player to the side and told him about being more selective on his shots. The next time down the floor, the player passed, which opened up the defense and he ended up getting the ball back, getting a good shot, and scoring. –@DanielJMartin_
1:04 PM- A 6-6 rising freshman, forward Jarvis Doles, Jr. (Mount St. Joseph / Baltimore, MD) has been playing inside, but has impressive athleticism and mobility, suggesting that he could play on the wing at the high school level. Doles is cleaning up on the boards and setting very good screens right now, leading his team in a tight three-point game with three minutes remaining. –@Edgar_Walker
12:07 PM- One of the top players nationally in the Class of 2015, point guard Isaiah Briscoe (St. Benedict’s Prep / Newark, N.J.) is here and playing very well. He’s delivering good passes to open teammates, and starting the break when appropriate. Briscoe does very well at coaxing defenders into leaving their feet, and drawing contact to get to the foul line. –@Edgar_Walker
11:35 AM- See the players who had the strongest performances on Day One in our Outstanding Performers article, which was posted earlier this morning and will be created each day of camp.
11:05 AM- Stone Scarcelle (Spring Ford, Pa./ 2017) and Matthew Glassman (Lurgio MS, N.H./2017) have both displayed an excellent work ethic through the first half of day two. Scarcelle has played well on the boards while Glassman has distributed the ball well. –@pfebbraro
10:54 AM- We’ve put together some stellar video mixtapes this summer at camps (Elite Session II mixtape) and tournaments (Philadelphia tournament tour mixtape). We’re back at it for Future All-American Camp, as @DaveKrupinski is filming right now. The link to the final product will be posted, and judging by some of the plays we’ve already seen thus far, the video should be a great one. –@Edgar_Walker
10:07 AM- The first set of games has just tipped off, and the pace of play is already quite fast. Rising freshman guard Gianni Ford (Our Savior New American / Centereach, N.Y.) is playing well, making good plays as ball handler in the pick-and-roll. –@Edgar_Walker
9:37 AM- The youngsters are downstairs in Bollman Center this morning, working through their station rotations. The drills during station work are not specialized, meaning that players work on multiple skills during one drill. They are not simply taking a jumper or making a bounce pass, as they have to handle the ball through an obstacle, perform a pump fake, make a cut, or add some other wrinkle to the traditional exercise. –@Edgar_Walker
9:00 AM - Day 2 is underway as the athletes visiting the Albright campus work on their technique and form in our work stations. These morning drills are specifically great for the younger students as we focus on the fundamentals of the game. The 6th and 7th graders in attendance may be in the upper tier of talent for their class but without continuously learning new skills the right way this potential may never fully unfold.
Our optional early bird workouts this morning showed a great turnout of about half the camp! Kids came focused and ready for a long day of summer hoops. Stay tuned here and our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube) for more camp updates and exclusives. –@CraigManfra
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