This edition of Half-Court Trap is focusing on players competing in the NCAA division of Hoop Group’s Elite Camp Session 1.
Elite Camp Session 1, Day Two
Naim Thomas, 5’11”, Archbishop Stepinac, Poughkeepsie, NY, 2014
Thomas showed his athleticism and handles with a quick, left-handed inside-out hesitation dribble to drive baseline and finished strongly at the rim. On several occasions, Thomas was able to absorb contact on the way to the rim.
James Wright, 6’2”, Hudson Catholic, Ewing, NJ, 2015
Wright stood out defensively with his aggressive on-ball defense that harassed opposing guards. His defense in transition was equally as good, stalling a two-on-one fast break. He was able to get to the rim on a strong drive, while taking contact at the hoop on the finish.
Andrew Howard, 6’5”, Davidson Day, Charlotte, NC, 2014
The long and athletic Howard made his presence felt at the defensive end blocking a couple of baskets and altering several others. One of his blocks came from hustling in transition to pin the ball against the backboard. Thomas is able to get up and down the court quickly. He showed he can catch a difficult pass in transition and found a teammate with an impressive bounce pass for the score.
Robert Rossiter, 6’2”, Xaverian, Staten Island, NY, 2014
Rossiter is a player that would make an all-hustle team. Wherever there was a loose ball or rebound, he was right there too. Defensively, he covered dribble penetration by holding his ground and blocking a shot. He reads missed shots very well and rebounds on both ends of the court. Rossiter has a soft touch and good form on his shot and finishes with contact at the rim.
Jack Dwyer, 5’9”, St. Benedict’s Prep, Monroe,NY, 2014
Dwyer is a heady little point guard. He does what a point guard is supposed to do, set up the offense. Looking to score is not his first priority, but when the defense sags off he takes advantage and knocks down the mid-range jumper.
McEldowney is currently working as an intern in the sports information department at Xavier University. He has six years of basketball coaching experience at both the collegiate and high school levels.