In this edition of Half-Court Trap five players that are going into their sophomore (’14) or freshman (’15) year of high school are spotlighted. These five players have turned heads at camp and have shown their ability to be elite at a young age.
Elite Camp Session 1, Day Four
Isaiah Briscoe, 6’1”, St. Benedict’s Prep, Newark, NJ, 2015
Briscoe, despite being one of the youngest players at camp, may have been the best point guard. He varies his change of pace extremely well and has the quickness to get by defenders. Briscoe demonstrated he knows when to push the tempo and when to slow things down. He has excellent court vision. Briscoe defends well already and that should continue to improve as he matures and gets stronger. He also rebounds from the point guard position.
Alec Brennan, 6’9”, Milton Academy, Milton, MA, 2014
Brennan is long and lean and is only scratching the service of his potential. He has great touch on his shots, with range to about 15 feet. He has shown that he can disrupt shots around the rim and keep rebounds alive using his length. Brennan will work on the defensive blocks despite his slenderness and does a good job of boxing out.
Tre Campbell, 6’1”, St. John’s, Washington, DC, 2014
Campbell is a slender, but quick guard. He keeps his head up and is always scanning the floor for open teammates. He has a smooth release and good rotation on his shot. Campbell did a good job of orchestrating his team from the guard position.
Ja’Quan Newton, 6’3”, Neumann-Goretti, Philadelphia, PA, 2010
Newton likes to attack the basket. He is very smooth; sometimes it looks like he is putting forth little effort, but he still gets results. Newton can finish in transition and with contact. He showed good form on the only free throw that he attempted.
Abdul-Malik Abu, 6’7”, Kimbal Union, Meridian, NH, 2014
Abu is a well-built, strong kid who is still a raw talent. He is good on the boards and will battle for position and is strong with the ball after securing a rebound. Abu has shown the ability to establish low-block position and move over his right shoulder. He went after his own misses and would stick with the shot. Abu absorbs a lot of contact without getting frustrated.
Others to Watch:
Kaleb Joseph, 6’1”, Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, MA, 2014
Jamar Ergas, 6’3”, Chaminade, Toronto, CAN, 2015
Anthony Pate, 6’2”, Holy Trinity Catholic Secondary, Oakville, CAN, 2014
Jordan Forehand, 5’11”, St. Anthony’s, Jersey City, NJ, 2014
Dondre Rhoden, 6’5”, Ridgefield Park, Ridgefield Park, NJ, 2014
Shavar Newkirk, 5’9”, Rice, Brooklyn, NY, 2014
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.