HG Alum Commits: Adam Pickett Chooses Winthrop

The last time we saw Adam Pickett, he was playing in a gym packed with college coaches at Hoop Group Elite Camp. The 6’1 senior showed an ability to run the point guard position and appeared to be very comfortable with the ball in his hands. The long lefty also showed a tremendous ability to slash to the rim and finish in a variety of ways. He drew a lot of attention during the week of camp and finished as an NBA East All-Star.

Fast forward a couple of months and the Hoop Group Alumni has now committed to play basketball at Winthrop University. Pickett will be joining a team that finished 20-13 a season ago and made it all the way to the Big South Conference Championship game. The team looks to build on last season’s success this upcoming year as Pickett looks to end his high school career with a strong senior season.

While he may have accomplished his goal of playing Division 1 basketball, Adam knows his game is not a finished product. He continues to work on enhancing his skills every single day. In the summer, he mentioned that one of his goals was to improve his jump shot, which could make him a terror to guard defensively.

We had a chance to sit down with Adam during Elite Camp and talk to him. We talked about his camp experience, where his recruiting process was at the time, even NBA free agency! You can see that full interview right here:

Hoop Group would like to wish Adam the best of luck as he begins his senior year, and continued success both in the classroom and on the hardwood when he heads to Winthrop in the fall of 2015!

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Jr. Elite Interviews

We took some time during session II of Jr. Elite Camp in the Poconos to talk to several young, up and coming players who were spending the weekend with us. Here are all those interviews:

Chauncey Sterling

Lafayette Williams

Xavier Harris

David Dorsett

Kameran Rodriguez and Antonio Sellers

Riley McMahon and Drew Valentino

Zach Rocco and Isaac DeGregorio

Charlie Gordinier

Casey Jack and Sadeeq Tarry

We saw high levels of skill and intelligence from players all summer long at Skills Camp. Now it is time to keep that momentum going. Check out our Jr. Elite Top 100s this fall and see if these day clinics are right for you!

One on One: Interview with Daniel Mading

A few months ago, very few knew the name Daniel Mading. A huge summer however, has helped the rising sophomore explode onto the recruiting scene. One of the reasons Mading was relatively unknown was his foreign background. Mading is a native of Perth, Australia, but is apart of the Beyond Belief Program, a program whose mission is to “promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness within a diverse society through the use of sports.”

From a physical standpoint, Mading is listed at 6’9, but do not make the mistake of comparing him to fellow Australian and NBA center Andrew Bogut; the two have very different games despite a similar height. While Mading does have impressive length to play with his back to the basket, he also possesses athleticism that will help him thrive on the wing. Couple that with the endless motor that he showed last week at Future All-American Camp, as well as his ability to take the ball coast to coast after hauling in a rebound, and you have a player with unlimited potential.

Mading wasted no time grabbing the attention of various scouts and media groups that attended Future All-American Camp. The Aussie impressed all week and showed how big of a recruit he can be. He exhibited great versatility, and is able to do many things on offense, including driving to the hoop in the half court, running the floor and finishing in transition and even displayed a promising mid range jump shot. Defensively he is long enough and athletic enough to be a good rebounder, pesky defender outside and shot alterer at the rim.

Mading capped off his week with a ten point performance in a star studded Super Sophomore All-Star Game. We sat down with the all-star and talked to him a little about his game and his excitement about attending The Rock School, in Gainesville, Florida next year. See the interview here:

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HG Debate: “Dream Team” Or 2012 Olympic Team?

Dream Team vs. 2012 Olympic Team

“Dream Team or 2012?”

With the 2012 Olympic Games set to begin, players at Elite III were asked to weigh in on which U.S. Olympic basketball squad they thought was better–the 1992 “Dream Team” with a roster featuring Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird or this year’s team, comprised of superstars like Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, and Carmelo Anthony.

Check out what they had to say:

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