Stars That Shined – Junior Elite Camp II

Hoop Group Skills hosted over 100 kids in the Pocono Mountains this past weekend for session two of Jr. Elite Camp. We saw a great display of talent from players still in elementary school, to players about to enter middle school, to our oldest age group, rising freshman. Here’s a lit of players who showed great promise and potential this weekend.

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Alin Jones

Alin Jones
Alin was dominant both days from the open scrimmages on. He’s an eighth grader who likes to play a physical style. He proved to be a terror on the glass as well. Boxing him out is no easy task. ESYC Elite has a very physical player on their hands.

Noah Charles

Noah Charles
Noah is a rising sixth grader who played up this weekend. One reason he was able to do so was because of his incredible speed. Keeping up with him is no easy task for defenders. Noah also showed a nice shooting ability, knocking down several shots from distance this weekend. He looks to have a bright future ahead of him.

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Dylan Whitney
Dylan excelled with his ability to run the floor extremely well. If you’re a point guard, you want him on your team when you’re running the fast break. He filled the wing nicely, beating the opposition down the floor and getting a number of lay ups at the rim.

Jayson Pilsitz

Jason Pilsitz
Jason showed the ability to be a solid point guard. While most young players like to get the ball and push it down court every single chance they have, Jason was very poised and played under control. He never got sped up. He also showed nice shooting touch from the outside.

Elijah Sparkman

Elijah Sparkman
When Elijah gets to the hoop, there is a very good chance he finishes his shot. There were not many times today that he got all the way to the rim and did not come away with two points.

Ben Ordonez

Ben Ordonez

Ben is a true leader. Not only on the court running the point guard position but also in all the stations. His unselfishness raised the game of others on his team. This young man had no problem being the first camper out in the early bird workouts. There aren’t many players his age that can out work Ben.

Luke Valentino

Luke Valentino

Most competitive player at camp. Even in a camp game this combo guard from Little Silver does every he needs to do for his team to win. Luke has a great feel for when to get his teammates involved and when to look for his own shot. I would keep an eye on his young as we will be attending CBA in the New Jersey Shore Conference this fall.

Jake Bartholomew

Jake Bartholomew
Jake showed how good of a player he could be at Parkland High School this weekend. Initially, you may label him as a shooter, which he is, but his game exceeds that. He is versatile. This weekend Jake showed the ability to get to the rim and convert some tough finishes as well as clean up on the glass for his team. He did a little bit of everything, which led to him being awarded with the Floor General award.

Christian Johnson Beal

Christian Johnson Beal
Christian showed that he can do a number of things as a guard. Offensively he looked to be a solid point guard, conducting the offense and consistently dishing out nice passes. He was just as impressive on defense too; he picked his man up the length of the floor and was determined to turn him as many times as possible before half court.

Chauncey Sterling

Chauncey Sterling
Chauncey has the potential to be the next great Friar at St. Anthony High School in Jersey. At 6’0 feet tall, he’s already got solid height for a guard that will be in ninth grade. His size and strength allows him to attack the hoop with authority. Even when you’re in front of him, there’s no guarantee you’ll stop him. The rising freshman earned MVP of the Junior Elite Camp.

Drew Valentino

Drew Valentino
Drew had 18 points in his first game of the weekend. He’s another player who likes to put his head down and get to the rim. Once he’s there he showed an ability to finish strong through contact for and-ones. Also has the ability to step out past the three point line.

Lester Quionones

Lester Quinones
Lester was one of the most active defenders at camp. He was not afraid to get right in the face of the other team’s best player and guard him. He’s got good size at 5’9 and it helps him not only on defense, but on offense too. He used his body to withstand contact and finish in transition.

Riley McMahon

Riley McMahon
No one started off camp as well as Riley did today. From the opening stations you could tell he came excited to play this weekend. This seventh grader has an endless motor and is always hustling. In games, he seemed to favorite the floater down the lane. Usually a difficult shot, Riley made it look fairly easy. Walking away from camp with the Early Bird Workout Star Award, not many outworked this rising 7th grader.

Trae Brown

Trae Brown
Trae is a guard who is gifted with some very good size for his position. He has a good handle and you can tell that he is comfortable with the ball in his hands. He also played well off the ball, showcasing the ability to catch and shoot from three point range.

Xavier Harris

Xavier Harris
Xavier was an absolute beast today. Simply put, he dominated on offense. He got second and third and even fourth shot attempts by never giving up on plays and always crashing the glass on offense. Xavier has tremendous finishing ability and earned a well deserved MVP award at the end of the weekend.

Aaron Gao

Aaron Gao
Aaron was one of the bigger players at camp this week, which helped him be very successful in the post. Aaron showed a nice array of moves down low, including a very pretty up and under move that fooled his defender badly. At 6’1, Gao doesn’t look like one who would leave the post very much, but he showed otherwise this weekend, stepping outside and sinking three pointers and making pretty passes for assists.

Casey Jack

Casey Jack
Jack has some tough shoes to fill with two older brothers who are playing, and being recruited at the Division 1 level, but he’s doing a pretty good job filling them. The rising eighth grader is a very good post inside. Like his brothers, Casey has good height to him already and used to his advantage as he owned the boards this weekend.

Kyle Duke

Kyle Duke
Kyle was one of the most fun players to watch this weekend. He is extremely active and athletic on the floor. He has great leaping ability and uses it to his advantage when he rebounds. He also scores in a variety of ways. He can shoot it, take it to the hoop and clean up from the free throw line. His best shot was a one footed fadeaway that got nothing but nylon.

Ryan Salzberg

Ryan Salzberg
Ryan was crafty as he showed the ability to score in multiple ways. He played a crucial role for his team in sealing victories His left handed runners were timely as his team pull away from their opponent in a tough competitive matchup.

Sadeeq Tarry

Sadeeq Tarry
Sadeeq is another post player who impressed this weekend. One thing he did very well was seal his defender and make himself open for entry passes into the post. He’s also not afraid to finish through defenders. He has a wide body and uses it to bully his way to the hoop and finish through contact.

Zack Rocco

Zach Rocco
As a guard, Zach has two qualities that you love to see if you’re a coach. He shoots the ball well and does not get heated up by pressure. While most people his age try to force their way through traps and double teams with the dribble, Zach was very smart and used a back dribble to create space and open up his options. His basketball IQ is very high for only going into seventh grade.

Kameran Rodriguez

Kameran Rodriguez
Kam (Riverside Hawks, NY) is one of our younger players at camp, but you wouldn’t know it by the way he runs the point guard position. He’s a very quick guard, probably one of the quickest at camp this weekend. He combines his quickness and a nice step back dribble move to keep defenders off balance. One of his highlight plays of the weekend was a behind the back pass on a fast break on Friday.

Zion Harmon

Zion Harmon
We saw how good Zion can be on Friday night. He is an excellent passer. Friday night he impressed everyone watching with beautiful pass after beautiful pass; he just places the ball where it needs to be, when it needs to be there. He also showed great finishing ability when he got to the rim and when he pulled up just short for the floater.

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Orlando Ashford

Orlando had a great weekend of camp. He proved to to be a beast inside, overpowering opponents with his size and strength. At 6’1, Orlando is a very good rebounder, and carried his team on the offensive and defensive glass all weekend. He also has nice touch around the rim and can extend out to the 15 foot range as well.

Mark Scott

Mark Scott
Mark (Hilltopper Heat, NJ) is another player whose motor never seems to end. Defensively he has great hands and jumps passing lanes well for steals. He also crashes the boards very hard. Mark is a great hustle player that every coach loves having on his team.

Keon Baker

Keon Baker
Another Canadien product, Baker showed he is capable of playing both sides of the ball. On defense he is good at getting his hands in the passing lanes and creating turnovers. This is trouble for opponents because once he gets in the open floor, he is very tough to stop.He’ll take it all the way and finish or dish it off if he has a numbers advantage. Tough to stop him when he gets a head of steam.

Lafayette Williams

Lafayette Williams
Another guard who is on the younger side of the camp, Lafayette raised a great deal of excitement amongst the campers who watched him this weekend. He is only going into fourth grade, but has a handle that well surpasses his age. The  guard can also shoot, from deep. While it may look like he’s heaving it, Lafayette knocked down threes from steps behind the three point line.

Carl Gibson Jr.

Carl Gibson Jr.
Carl has extremely good length for a guard going into eighth grade. His long arms help him bother guards defensively as well as finish shots over taller defenders when he slices into the lane. He also proved to be a good facilitator this weekend, keeping his head up and finding cutting teammates for lay ups the entire weekend. He has great vision.

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Hassan Dorman

Hassan, another guard who plays for Team Glory, was young and playing up and had a good weekend. He will be entering third grade next year, but that didn’t stop him from making some plays this weekend. His offensive game is growing, he showed a good shot, good touch around the rim and a nice floater, which is needed when playing against older and taller competition.

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Khai Champion
If you had to sum up Khai in one word, that word would be shooter. It was hard to keep track of how many threes he hit this weekend. Players learned quickly that if you didn’t know where he was on the floor, he would hurt you from deep. He also impressed by not forcing any shots. Most people will throw up a “heat check” when they get a hot hand, Khai only took good shots, which helped him shoot a great percentage.

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Daniel Schlakman
Add Daniel to the list of shooters we saw this weekend at camp. He caught fire Friday night under the lights and hit six three pointers in his last game of the day. It wasn’t luck, the rising eighth grader can flat out shoot. One thing he does well on offense is set screens and then either pops for a jumper or rolls hard to the rim for lay ups. He found success doing both this weekend.

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Tyson Thomas
Tyson is a guard who plays bigger than his height. ESYC Elite‘s rising sixth grader may be small, but that does not prevent him from attacking the rim against bigger defenders. Tyson is a tough player. He is not afraid to put his body into someone and finish.

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David Dorsett
David is a player who looks like he can have a promising career at Bishop Ireton next year. He’s 6 feet tall and has great length. Offensively, the Fairfax Stars player is a capable shooter, but can also put his head down and drive. He is very good at finishing with his right hand. David also uses his length to chip in on the boards; he helped his team a lot rebounding the ball this weekend.

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Antonio Sellers
Antonio showed he can do a lot of things well on the court. He rebounded well for his team and posted up inside. The NY Gauchos player also showed an ability to handle the ball and take it to the paint himself. No matter what way he got to the hoop, one thing was consistent for Antonio: he was a good finisher.

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Sammie Wylie
Sammie was a flat out scorer this weekend. The lefty’s game is both smooth and agile; he is fun to watch with the ball in his hands. Sammie scored in every way possible this weekend, whether it was from jump shots, drives to the hoop or at the free throw line. He’s a player who can take the ball coast to coast and dribble through everyone. He was one of the best scorers at camp.

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Jordan McCraw
Jordan has a knack for making his way to the basket. The rising eighth grader has a tremendous ability to put his head down and get all the way to the rim. Another skill he showed was splitting two defenders when he was double teamed with a smooth crossover dribble. He made beating two guys look easy.

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Charlie Gordinier
Charlie showed TONS of potential as a 5’11 rising seventh grader. He sealed hard down low, but also showed the ability to shoot from wherever on the floor. Was successful facing up & driving past bigger defenders – finishing with both hands.

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Dylan Farley
Dylan was a beast in the paint in the ACC Division this weekend. He is listed at 5’9, but his long arms make him even more intimidating inside. He played a lot bigger than his height lists him. Dylan was a shot blocking machine this weekend and always had his teammates’ backs if they got beat.

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Alex Ratner
Alex is an aggressive player who loves to run. Every time he got the ball his head was up and he was trying to push it down the floor. The Jersey Force guard also is not afraid to scrap inside for some rebounds and take the ball coast to coast himself. Alex is a hard working player.

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Travis Elmore
Travis is another player who is going into high school next year. He is big, long and athletic, a pretty good combination for a rising freshman. He is a perfect post for guards to play with because he moves well without the ball and finds the open gaps for easy dump off passes. From there it’s easy finishes for him.

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Isaac DeGregorio
It was hard to keep track of Isaac on the floor because he was always flying around and hustling for loose balls. There were not many, if any, 50-50 balls that he did not come up with. Playing on the pavement didn’t phase him either as he had no second thoughts in diving for loose balls. He is very solid offensively as well. His highlight of Saturday was a gorgeous euro step, where he completely faked his defender out, on a fast break.

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John Bonney
John was a solid guard at camp this weekend. He did a good job running his team’s offense, helping others get easy looks while also consistently getting past his man and into the paint as well. One thing the guard did well was handle the ball, keeping it protected and showing some fancy moves with it too.

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Brandon Powell
Brandon has a very smooth game to him, and it makes him fun to watch. One thing he does that stands out is he moves very well when he does not have the ball. Not many young players do enough of this. Brandon however, uses it to his advantage and benefited from over the weekend. Will be attending Verona High School, NJ in the fall.

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Joseph Cansfeld
We had a lot of guys who could shoot the basketball this weekend, Joseph was definitely at the top of that list. He is a great shooter, and he showed it this weekend when he knocked down shots with consistency. Lot of upside to his game.

We had two great sessions of Jr. Elite this summer. Saw a lot of campers come in and play at high levels. Now it’s time to carry that momentum into the fall. We have three great Fall Jr Elite events. See which one works for you and sign up today! We hope to see you there.

Fall 2014 Tour Dates:

Philadelphia (Competitive Edge Sports/ King of Prussia, PA)

September 20th (10:00 AM – 2:30 PM)

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Metro (Hoop Group Headquarters/ Neptune, NJ)

October 5th (11:00 AM – 3:30 PM)

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New York (Riverbank State Park/ New York, NY)

October 15th

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