Academic Elite Camp Count Down

 

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                                                                      Player Feature: Matthue Cotton

                                                                        

With offers from high major schools such as Seton Hall, Oklahoma State and Rutgers, Cotton has benefited greatly from Academic Elite 1. He entered the camp with little to no exposure and came out with numerous offers. The crafty guard looks to continue his success this year as he enters his senior season.

 

 

                           13 Days

                                                                    Player Feature: Mikey Dixon

Mikey Dixon is one of the more unique Academic Elite 1 stories. After tearing it up at camp, Mikey later landed himself a Quinnipiac offer where he committed almost immediately. Averaging an impressive 16 points and 4 rebounds his freshman year, Mikey left the mid major and now currently attends the up and coming Big East team St. John’s, where he looks to carry on the values and skills he learned at our Academic Elite 1 camp.

 

 12 Days

Player Feature: Gabe Stefanini

Loyalty is never unnoticed and that’s the case with Stefanini. After attending 3 separate Hoop Group camps starting at Academic Elite 1, Stefanini came onto the college scene as an underrated, high IQ, crafty guard with the ability to slash to the basket and create opportunities for his teammates. While  receiving 12 scholarship offers  from Camp, Gabe committed to Columbia University  and will have an immediate impact in the Ivy League. Jim Engles and staff got a diamond in the rough in Stefanini and the conference will soon find that out as well.

 11 Days

           Player Feature: Bryan Knapp

The Cornell commit is a textbook example of a volume scorer. Averaging an unbelievable 27.1 PPG his senior season, Knapp will provide the Big Red with a player they haven’t seen in years. Head Coach Brian Earl touched on Knapp’s unique offensive abilities by saying “Bryan possesses the natural ability to score the basketball in a variety of ways. His athleticism and ability to create shots for himself and others will be an exciting addition to our back court.” Knapp leaves Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School as the all-time leading scorer and arguably its most decorated athlete. Knapp was one of the biggest stock risers of last summer, with outstanding performances at our Hoop Group Academic Camps and Summer Jam Fest, we are proud to have Bryan as a Hoop Group Academic Alumni!

                             10 Days

        Player Feature: Hans Brase

Efficiency is key, and that’s exactly what you get from Hans Brase. The forward from Germany shot 35% from the three over his four year career at Princeton and provided the Tigers with a lot of power in the front court. After deciding to become a graduate transfer, the Academic Elite 1 standout transferred to the Big-12 powerhouse Iowa State.  Coach Steve Prohm is excited to have the talented German by saying, “He knows how to play the pick and roll very well and he has a very high basketball IQ.” The Cyclones are planning on using the big for frontcourt depth as they look to make another deep run in the NCAA tournament. We take pride in the accomplishments that Brase has from Academic Elite 1 and we wish him all the best for his future endeavors!

                                                                            9 Days

                                                          Player Feature: Eric SavageImage result for eric savage hoopgroup

Clutch players make clutch plays and Eric Savage is just that. The Tufts guard has come up BIG this year as his efficiency was his best attribute. Shooting a phenomenal 39% from the perimeter, Savage was a sniper and someone opposing teams had to game plan for. The Academic Elite 1 standout’s high IQ and leadership abilities are something that are hard to find nowadays. We are overjoyed that Eric has played well at the collegiate level and we wish him all the best  going into his Sophomore Season.

7 Days

Player Feature: Jake Kuhn

The Maryland Guard enrolls at Cornell as one of its unique new players. “Jake brings a ton of experience and versatility to the table and we are very pleased to add him to our program” stated head coach Brian Earl in excitement. Kuhn surprised a lot of people with his performance at Academic Elite 1 last summer. His ability to score from everywhere on the court is something Cornell will learn to love. Kuhn is a player with a copious amount of potential and the opportunity to become a big time leader at Cornell, on and off the court.

For more information;

Contact:  610-929-6658 or email us at hgelite@hoopgroup.com

2016 Academic Elite 1 Live BLOG


Reading, PA– It’s officially camp season! Academic Elite Camp marks the beginning of Hoop Group Elite’s summer season. Our first camp takes place outside the Division 1 live period, but still brings a large number of D2 & D3 coaches to it! Registration is just beginning. Let’s get ready…camp is here!

Thursday, June 30th

1:38 PM
All-Star games are underway, wrapping up the camp with a showcase of some of the best talent. As we finish up our camp, it’s been a great four days of basketball, as there have been so many exciting games, impressive plays, and encouraging improvements. Be on the look out for our recap video soon!

1:15 PM
Check out this week’s all star teams!

Ivy League All-Star Team 1: Timothy Chaney (Gill St. Bernard ’18), Will Yarbrough (Seton Hall Prep ’18), Avi Leung (Lick-Wilmerding ’17), Kennet Lindquist (Marks Gymnasieskola ’18), Michael Schretter (Ridgewood ’17), Jack Rooney (Chatham ’18), Conner Delaney (Episcopal Ac. ’17), Austin Williams (Seton Hall Prep ’17), Paul Woodhouse (North Hunterdon ’18), Curtis Mitchell (Georgetown Prep ’17), Ryan Omslaer (St. Peter’s Prep ’17)

Ivy League All-Star Team 2: Jake Needelman (Rutgers Prep ’17), Curtis Cooper (Deep Run ’17), Jalen Vaughns (Pocono Mtn. West ’18), Alex Merhige (Harborfields ’17), Rhona Eseyade (Bergen Catholic ’17), Antone Walker (Friends Central ’17), Nicholas King (Freedom ’17), Matthue Cotton (St. Benedict’s ’18), Jake Livingston (Fox Chapel ’17), Brad Bundschuh (West Morris Mendham ’18)

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Patriot League All-Star Team 1: Scott Cunningham (Wilton ’18), Max Samberg (Rye ’18), Ilan Orgel (Abraham Joshua ’18), Jackson Boutin (Xaverian ’18), Robert Madison (Whippany Park ’18), Kenjee Polanco (Paramus Catholic ’19), Stefan Forbes (Pocono Mtn. East ’18), Jack Baker (Delbarton ’19), Joshua Antoine (Don Bosco Prep ’19), Daniel Colter (Reading ’19)

Patriot League All-Star Team 2: Maximilian Kiehm (Weston ’19), Justin Brown (Hillsborough ’18), Dre Turnipseed (Nazareth ’18), Gary Redden Jr. (Hillsborough ’18), Robert Beran (Joseph Randolph Tucker ’18), Dallas Graziani (Everglades ’20), Wes Butler (Reading ’19), Bryan Medy (Nazareth ’18), Bonner Furey-Bastian (Unionville ’19), Connor Horton (Waldorf School ’18)

12:00 PM

11:50 AM
It’s time for some championship games! The last competitive games of the camp will are about to tip-off, deciding the champions for our Ivy League A, Ivy League B, and Patriot League divisions.

11:34 AM
Fabulous freshman Dallas Graziani (Everglades ’20) continues to stand out here at camp! He’s been putting a versatile array of ankle-breaking moves on his opponents, and has displayed a wealth of toughness going after loose balls in his 5’5″ frame.

11:15 AM
Timothy Chaney (Gill St. Bernard ’18) just hit a half court heave at the end of the first half! Check out the awesome highlight video of one of this week’s craziest plays:

10:45 AM
Two big finishes in Bollman! Team 3, led by Ignas Masiulionis (Culver Academies ’17), just fended off a late game-winning attempt by Team 13 to advance to the Ivy League A championship.

They will face Team 11, who held on to beat Team 15, 67-65, thanks to several late, under-pressure free throws by Curtis Cooper (Deep Run ’17) that preserved the lead.

10:31 AM
Both of our Ivy League A semifinals are going down to the wire in Bollman! Each team is looking for a strong finish to camp, and the level of competition this morning is proving it.

Both games, which feature top campers like Idaresit Ekpuk (West Potomac ’17)Conner Delaney (Episcopal Academy ’17), and Jake Needelman are separated by a possession in the final quarter.

10:22 AM
In our underclassmen division, the Patriot League, Kenjee Polanco (Paramus Catholic ’19) has been showing off incredible abilities to change speeds and beat defenders. His team, which holds a twenty-point third quarter lead, looks well on its way to the championship game later this morning!

9:45 AM
It’s time to start today’s league playoffs! Ivy League A and B divisions, as well as our Patriot League, will have their semifinals right now, before the winners meet in the championship games at 11:55.

9:13 AM
The last day of camp has already arrived; this week has flown by with many talented players showing off their stuff! Today, we wrap up our competitive portion with Ivy and Patriot League playoffs, before capping the week with our All-Star games at 1:30. Stay Tuned!

Here’s some content and information from the end of last night, including top players and highlights!

Wednesday, June 29th

8:25 PM
We’re down to our last few games, and Johnny Cornish (James Madison’ 17), just went had a great game! Distributed well, finished on a 360 dunk, and made some nice defensive plays. Tons of talent continues to show up this week on the basketball court!

7:51 PM
Check out our featured article of the day as we got a chance to speak to one of this week’s camp’s breakout stars!

7:30 PM
Only two sets of games left, but we still expect to see lots of top-notch basketball!

6:52 PM
Another session, another interview! Check out our chat with Emmanuel Jean Pierre (Nazareth ’17)!

6:38 PM
We have several international players here, and a group from Puerto Rico got this great picture with Bob Hurley after his lecture. There’s so many great people you can meet when you attend a Hoop Group camp!

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6:20 PM
Each team has one more chance to show their stuff today during our evening session, before we wrap up tonight. Who will make their mark?

Some players had some nice showings during the last set of afternoon games, as you can see via some of our recent tweets.

5:26 PM
Check out some more footage of a nice sequence by Austin Williams (Seton Hall Prep ’17), Justin Hummel (Fleetwood ’17) and Danny Wilson (Locust Valley ’17) of team 12!

4:44 PM
Emmanuel Jean Pierre (Nazareth Regional ’17) 
just gave us a great interview! Emmanuel was involved in Monday night’s lecture from Coach Harney, demonstrating some shooting drills. Video of our chat with Emmanuel will be available tonight on twitter!

4:09 PM
Just started our afternoon set with two overtime games in Bollman! A huge, well-contested three-pointer was nailed by Dutcher Boyd (La Lumiere ’17) to force the extra period between teams 7 and 12.

His team would fall in overtime, thanks to a go-ahead put-back by team 12’s Michael Schretter (Ridgewood ’17) in the final minute of the extra frame. Boyd had an attempt at a game-winner as time expired, but just missed.

The level of competition continues to rise here at camp!

3:26 PM
Here’s our interview with Matthue Cotton (St. Benedict’s 18), who has been one of the week’s top players!

3:04 PM
Let the afternoon session begin!

2:50 PM
Coach Bob Hurley, who has won over 1,100 games and 28 titles at St. Anthony’s in New Jersey, just finished addressing the players. Here are some of the highlights from his lecture:

12:40 PM
Today’s early sets are just about complete! Here’s a clip of some of the many three-point daggers that have been flying on all of our courts this morning.

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After a short upcoming break, the players are all looking forward to a lecture from the famed Bob Hurley at 2:00, before starting up another set of games later this afternoon!

12:15 PM
We just had a great interview with one of our top performers of the week, Matthue Cotton (St. Benedict’s Prep ’18), who talked about his favorite parts at camp, his recruiting, and what he’s looking to improve this week. Be on the look out for that–as well as other interviews–this afternoon!

11:31 AM
It’s raining on Bollman court 1! Several sharpshooters, including Austin Williams (Seton Hall Prep ’17)Jack Kath (Granada ’18), Michael Gannon (Smithtown West ’18) and Danny Wilson (Locust Valley ’17) have all been pouring it in from beyond the arc.

10:56 AM
Big finish in the opening set! A Jalen Vaughns (Pocono Mtn West ’17) 3-point play cut his team’s deficit to one, but with three seconds left and a far baseline inbound, his team fell just short. Never a dull moment here at camp!

10:32 AM
Tons of new names are popping up in the early morning session by showing off a wealth of skills. Out of the class of rising seniors, Jason Zoellner (Kittatinny Regional ’17) is showing off his impressive ability to change speeds and knock down shots, while fellow New Jersey native Christopher James (South Brunswick ’17) has been very active on the defensive end and smart in transition.

Underclassmen like Jaedon Khubani (Delbarton ’19) have been making some noise as well! Khubani, while standing just 5’5″, has been fighting hard for loose balls and driving to the hole with toughness.

9:55 AM
What time is it? Game time! Today’s games are set to tip off in the Bollman Center and the Rec. Center

9:15 AM
After this morning’s stations, the second full day of games will be kicking off. We’re excited to see the new names that make headlines over the next twelve hours of play, and all the highlight reel action that is bound to take place!

As we work through the last full day of camp, be on the look out for multiple video interviews as we get to know the top campers here at Albright College.

9:00 AM
It’s time for day 3 here at Academic Elite 1! Before we get started, let’s take a look back at what stood out from yesterday. Here are our day 2 standouts and the highlights from what was an action-packed day of hoops!

Tuesday, June 28th

9:20 PM
The final games are wrapping up here on what has been a phenomenal day of basketball! Everyone is beginning to get to know their teams, and after three games, it shows. Lots of good team basketball being played. Tomorrow should be the best yet, as the competition heightens!

Tomorrow, we’ll be releasing some of today’s top performers from each class. Can’t wait for another day of Academic Elite hoops!

8:56 PM
Check out some highlights of the great handles on one of our top class of 2018 campers!

8:45 PM
Almost done with day 2 here at Albright! Look out for our video recap coming soon!

8:28 PM
It’s been a long, productive day, and we have just one set of games left! Players like Max Rapoport (Wissahickon ’17) and Christian Wilson (Pomfret Prep ’18) are still showing off impressive shooting ability!

8:02 PM
Hoop Group staff weighing in one some talents we move towards the end of the night

7:51 PM
More video clips are available on our twitter account!

7:15 PM
Looking to read about some of our top players here at camp? Ryan and Parker Omslaer have been two of the top players over the first two days of camp. Read more about them and their brotherhood here!

6:55 PM
We’re seeing lots of great things out of our campers in the evening block, with everyone playing much more team-oriented basketball as they get to know their teammates. It’s making for even more exciting basketball than we saw this morning, and should only continue to improve into tomorrow!

6:21 PM
Dinner is wrapping up, and it’s time for three more sets of basketball games. Each team has one more game; time to finish the night strong!

5:13 PM
Some of our recent tweets, as action continues at a high level here at Albright!

4:17 PM
Thankful for Josh Ditsky being able to come help out with our academic stations!

4:08 PM
Several of our younger players are also showing off their stuff! For example, Jared Young (Episcopal ’18) has shown a very nice shooting ability, while his teammate for the week, Robert Bland (Holy Cross ’19) has done a great job running the floor and staying active on the defensive end.

3:40 PM
After a nice break, where the players got to hear about the college admissions process and more from several Hoop Group staff members, we’re now back on the hardwood for five straight hours of basketball–which will be broken up by a short dinner break, of course. Time to finish the day strong!

2:49 PM
Lots of people have been all over twitter recently, tweeting about what’s going on at our camp this week. Check it out!

12:58 PM
The last of our first session’s games is coming to a close. It’s been a fantastic morning! One player who has recently shown off some nice abilities is Emmanuel Jean Pierre (Nazareth ’17), who flashed a smooth, consistent jumpshot during his morning game. Be on the lookout for a brief interview with Jean Pierre later today!

12:33 PM
Ryan Omslaer (St. Peter’s Prep ’17) 
has been going to work around the rim with his strong, 6’10” frame! Here are a couple of clips from his first game:

12:15 PM
Check out some great highlights from this morning!

11:30 AM
We will have lots of video clips on the way very soon from our first sets of games! Check here and on our twitter account for continuing video coverage of all the talented players here at Academic Elite 1.

10:46 AM
Watch out for Johnny Corish (James Madison ’17), another talented player on team 6! The 6-foot-tall guard from Virginia has been flashing some athletic moves, displaying his agility through many tough driving finishes, and kept his team’s now one-point lead intact early in the fourth quarter with some clutch baskets.

On court 3 here in Bollman Center, teams 9 and 10–which feature the likes of Jake Livingston (Fox Chapel ’17) and Brad Bundschuh (West Morris Mendham ’18) are also locked into a tight battle in the fourth quarter. Two exciting finishes on the way and we’re only an hour into today’s games!

10:35 AM
Multiple talented players have been showing their stuff on Bollman court 1, as Ryan Omslaer (St. Peter’s Prep ’17) and Jalen Vaughns (Pocono Mountain West ’18) are a lethal combination, especially on offense, for team 5. The opposing side, team 6, boasts Matthue Cotton (St. Benedict’s Prep ’18), who possesses great quickness off the dribble and Jack Kath (Granada ’18), who can stroke it from any angle beyond the three-point line.

Omslaer has had the most impressive game so far in this one, as is team holds at five-point lead at the half thanks in part to his multiple impressive finishes around the rim. Look for video highlights from this and other early games as the morning continues!

10:10 AM
After nearly a day and a half of scrimmaging, preparation and anticipation, it’s finally time to tip-off our first set of official games! Each team will have its first game of the camp this morning before heading to lunch.

9:45 AM
Our campers are getting after it here in stations! Putting in hard work and it’s paying off, just not for one of our rims, which has already felt the impact of this week’s athletes.

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However, it looks as though the rim will be fixed in time for tip-off of our first set of games at 9:55!

9:00 AM
We’re back in full swing for the first full day of games! We’re very excited to see the hard work and talent that will be all over the Albright campus today.

Monday, June 27th

9:00 PM
As we wrap up, check out our day one recap for video highlights and details on who stood out on our first day of action! We’ll be back up here tomorrow at 8 AM for another full day of the best basketball around!

8:30 PM
Coach Harney has been delivering quite the motivational speech to our campers! Here are some of the highlights:

8:00 PM
The day’s last shots have officially been taken. It’s been a fantastic day of basketball, with four straight hours of exciting hoops. The level of competition should only continuing to get better as we go into the first day of scrimmages tomorrow! Now, it’s time for all of our outstanding campers to enjoy a lecture with Chris Harney, the head coach at St. Mary’s (MD), before we wrap up for the night.

7:45 PM
Just a few minutes of play left, here’s some of the final standouts before we wrap up today’s action!

7:27 PM

7:00 PM
With only an hour to go, campers are still continuing to impress during their preliminary scrimmages.

Matthue Cotton (St. Benedict’s Prep ’17), a 6-foot-5 wing from the same Philadelphia school that produced current Indiana Pacers PF Rakeem Christmas, currently holds an offer from La Salle. During the third block of scrimmage, he threw down one of the days most impressive dunks–the true definition of a “flush”–as he skied nearly a foot above the rim to throw it down.

6:30 PM

Still going strong! Some players, like Abass Sallah from Washington, D.C., are putting on a show with their highlight reel finishes.

6:00 PM
We’re about halfway through today’s block of scrimmages and tons of talent has already surfaced on the many courts here at Albright! Here’s some more analysis of a few Academic Elite campers:

For a 6-foot-8 forward, Bundschuh has quite the consistent shot. Look below to see him throw down a nice dunk during drill stations!

5:27 PM
Some more analysis as the scrimmages continue:

Delaney, who came out firing in his opening set of scrimmages, is a two-sport athlete playing both basketball and lacrosse. According to the rising senior at Episcopal Academy, he’s looking first and foremost for the right academic fit in a college.

With the high level of academic talent at this week’s camp, Delaney is certainly in the right place, and will be looking to see how this week goes in the sense of shaping his collegiate outlook.

4:10 PM
A brief highlight clip from stations earlier today:

4:05 PM
Scrimmages have finally arrived! A sea of players formed in the Bollman Center to hear some important words from Hoop Group President Rob Kennedy before we start today’s games.

Following the brief assembly, the first of four rounds of games is set to begin; the players will be showcasing their talent in preparation for tonight’s team draft, which will set up teams for the remainder of the camp. Time to see what this week’s pool of players has to offer!

3:45 PM

3:07 PM
Finally some basketball! Stations have begun and the players are putting in work in preparation for their tryout games later this afternoon and into the evening. A variety of shooting, defensive, and 1-on-1 drills have provided the players with an hour of rigorous workouts before games get underway.

2:30 PM
Having just wrapped up their general welcome to camp meeting, the players have entered the gym for their drill stations.

1:36 PM
Registration has officially wrapped up and player photos are now available on our Facebook page. Just under an hour until we finally start playing some hoops!

11:19 AM

10:39 AM
Several players have already arrived as we prepare for registration here at Albright. Almost time for a great week of basketball to kick off the summer!

 

Be ELITE, get ranked

ESPN Recruiting Nation

ESPN Recruiting Nation released its latest recruit rankings, proving there are some talented players, from the class of 2019 on up. This time of year makes us at the Hoop Group proud of our players.

In the recent ESPN Recruiting Nation rankings of 2017-2019 classes, Hoop Group represented 46 recruits that found themselves the best in the nation. That’s 25%.

ESPN Recruiting Nation

Maybe you saw yourself high on the ESPN Recruiting Nation rankings, or you’re a parent and you are proud of your young player. That’s great! Didn’t see yourself on the recent rankings? Don’t stress. Hard work pays off, and it shows on the court.

But it’s about work in the offseason – dedication 365 to the sport….

And Hoop Group Elite is the best in the country to make you the best in the nation. Want proof? Check out our alumni list. If you think you have what it takes to be the next big name, we want to get you there.

How do we do that?

ESPN Recruiting Nation

More than 900 college coaches attended ELITE camps in 2015.

  • ELITE exposure – some of the biggest names in scouting and recruiting outlets attend our camps, not to mention our camps fall on 3 NCAA live recruiting periods
  • ELITE training – from the cream of the crop and the best coaches in the country
  • ELITE opportunities – 900 coaches attended last summer’s camps which is why 80% of ELITE campers go on to play college ball

Our ELITE camps have three sections: ELITE, Academic ELITE and Future All-American camps. Each one is tailored to our campers, giving them the best opportunity to shine and refine their skills.

Camps are approaching fast but there is plenty of time to sign up. What are you waiting for? For more info on the camps themselves, click here

Contact info

ELITE Camp directors
Shasha Brown: Sha@hoopgroup.com
Austin Kelley: Austin@hoopgroup.com

Hoop Group Headquarters: 732-502-2255

 

Summer Recap: Academic Elite Session 1

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Another summer at Albright College has come and gone. As the summer comes winding down, we will take a look back at all of our Elite Camps this summer, reminiscing about a summer that was. First on the list: Academic Elite I. It seems like session one of Academic Elite Camp was years ago. While the first #HGElite Camp of the summer was only six weeks ago, a lot has happened in Reading, Pennsylvania since then. Let’s flashback to Academic Camp.

  • Mikey Dixon is a bona-fide scorer

Mikey Dixon showed a fantastic ability to put the ball in the basket. Whether it was from inside or out, Dixon could not be stopped with the ball in his hands. The 6’2 point guard is capable of knocking down shot after shot, and he hit step back threes effortlessly. When his shot is working for him, he becomes even more deadly, as he can get defenders off their feet and score at the tin. Dixon saw offers come in from Fairfield, Robert Morris, Central Connecticut State, Coppin State, Canisius after the first live period. He is now down to Rider, Quinnipiac and Maine. All three schools will be lucky to have the dynamic scorer added to their recruiting class.

  • Rick’Keem Mixson arguably helped his recruiting stock the most

While a number of players had good weeks of camp, no one helped themselves more prior to the July live period than Ricky Mixson. Mixson out toughed the other guards at camp. He’s strong physically and with the ball in his hands. When Ricky put his head down and decided to get to the rim, he did. Mixson, who had Division I interest coming into the summer, started to get more serious looks as the summer progressed, and for good reason. He capped off a great week of camp with an all-star bid and the Academic Elite MVP award.

  • Justin Porter exemplifies Academic Elite Camp

Justin Porter’s list of schools showing interest is quite impressive. Princeton, Columbia, Brown, Cornell, as well as local NJIT and Rider are all interested in Justin’s services to help their program. Schools of that nature speak volumes to Justin’s work in the classroom. On the court, he’s just as good. At 6’5 Justin focuses his play on the defensive end. He can get in on the boards and rebound and is a safety blanket for teammates as he’s always in proper help position. Justin realizes that without academics, basketball does not exist. Motivation like that on and off the court will help him succeed in the future.

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  • Kiski Prep will love Jake Forrester this year

Jake Forrester is going to be a stud. The 6’8 forward reclassified to 2018 and will attend Kiski Prep next year. Jake’s week at Academic I foreshadowed what would be a great overall summer for him; he showed off great athleticism and energy on the floor, giving him a Nerlens Noel-like look out there. He defended at a high level and attacked the rim any chance he had. Division I basketball is in Jake’s future, it’s just a matter of how high he will be able to go.

  • D2 and D3 coaches had a lot to recruit

Taking place outside the D-1 live period, Academic Elite Camp was a Division 2 and 3 coaches dream. Leading the group was Dwight Whitlock, a 6’3 bouncy guard who since camp has committed to D2 Mercyhurst. Other guards who are high on coaches radars are Chaz Platt (Holy Cross ’16), Ennis Thomas (Westerville South ’16), Michael Boice (Donovan Catholic ’16)  Jordyn Owens (St. Peter’s Prep ’17) and Michael Rice (Point Pleasant Beach ’16). In an exclusive HG One-on-One, Rice told us he was being heavily recruited by high academic schools like Rochester, Franklin & Marshall, both of which are top teams in their respected conferences.

After the guards, we saw players like Yannic Williams (Holy Cross ’16), Markus Stevenson (Academy of New Church ’17), Cutch Ellis (Benedictine ’16) and William Miller (Halifax County ’16) were some wings and forwards who made names for themselves in the first Academic Session. It was easy to see why over 60 school came to recruit during the course of the week.

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  • Caesar DeJesus took All Star Game MVP

Talk about another player who helped make a name for himself, Caesar DeJesus is a name that is known across the country. Having 11 Division 1 offers from nine different states, the word on Caesar’s game has gotten around; he showcased it at Academic Camp. He’s a shifty guard who can create his own shot at all times. Whenever the ball is in his hands he’s a threat to shoot it. He capped his week with an All-Star Game MVP award and since then has seen a number of D1 schools, including George Mason, Robert Morris and Winthrop, offer him a chance to play for them.

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Academic Session I was a great first course to the five course meal that was Hoop Group Elite Camp this summer. We saw talented players who have next level talent, from D1 all the way toD3. We look forward to seeing where many of these players end up, and following them closely this upcoming season. Stay tuned for our next recap, where we breakdown our first major Elite Session.

Justin Porter: Academic Elite 1 Player Preview

Name: Justin Porter
Class: 2016
High School: Ewing High School
Height: 6’5
AAU: NJ Roadrunners

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Justin Porter is the definition of a student-athlete. The Ewing, New Jersey native possesses great skill on the court, and tremendous grades in the classroom. And he’s about to put his talent on display during Academic Elite Session 1.

Porter is coming off a successful high school season at Ewing. His team had an overall record of 29-3 and finished runner-up in the NJSIAA Group 3 Championship. Though the season did not end with a Championship, for Porter, it was very memorable. “This season was definitely one to remember,” he said in an interview. “Having a few transfers come in, and to gel as fast as we did, it was impressive.”

Justin now heads into next season with a young team, but is eager to get to work. An active defender, Justin provides a presence on defense by communicating and being in proper help position at all times. On the offensive end, he’s good at finishing at the rim with both hands.

In order to help his young team next year, Justin plans to improve his outside shooting ability. “I went from not a great shooter to a streaky shooter; now I want to become a good, consistent shooter.”

The school’s interested in Porter are impressive from an academic standpoint. His play on the court, combined with a 3.7 GPA has attracted the likes of Princeton, Cornell, Columbia and Brown, as well as NJIT and Rider. Should he choose one of the Ivy League schools, Justin should have no issue balancing basketball and class. “For my family, without academics, you can’t dribble the basketball. You can’t have one and not the other.”

Justin will be on the “Hoop Group Circuit” this summer, as he will attend both Academic Session 1 and Elite Session 1 (July 7-10) before traveling to Hoop Group Summer Tip Off (July 11 & 12), Summer Jam Fest (July 17-19) and Buzzer Beater Classic (July 25 & 26) with his AAU team. We look forward to checking in with Justin as the summer progresses.

For more information about Hoop Group Elite Camps, go to www.hoopgroup.com/elite