Spring Jr #HGShowdown Recap


The Spring Junior Showdown kicked off Saturday morning as teams from all over the east coast made up four different age brackets. The U11, U12, U13 and U14 pools commenced, with each team glimmering with hope of making it to Sunday night.

What started as distant hope for some programs, turned into shear reality as pool play progressed into the later stages. Teams from Pittsburgh and the Jersey Shore were among the many that impressed throughout the round robin games.

2015 Team Champions

11U Champs - NJ Shoreshots Nitro11U Champs – NJ Shoreshots Nitro 12U Champs - Jersey Force12U Champs – Jersey Force
13U Champs - BSA (Pittsburgh, PA)13U Champs – BSA (Pittsburgh, PA) 14U Champs - West Orange Knights14U Champs – West Orange Knights


(Isaac Hester – NJ Shoreshots, Sam Fagan – Jersey Force, Nate Cullo – BSA, Stephon Sheard – BSA)


11 & Under

The 5th grade age bracket proved to be the most diverse in the tournament, as three of the six pool play games were decided by ten points or less. Pools this talented made for two tremendous Final Four match ups: NJ Shoreshots Nitro took on Jersey Force, and Ocean Elite would test themselves against nationally ranked Havoc City.

NJ Shoreshots Nitro 40 Jersey Force 32

The Force kept it close in the first half with scrappy defensive play. The halftime score only had Nitro leading 21-12. Jersey Force gave it their all for every minute, especially Jay Ratner who had 8 points in the contest. Unfortunately for Force, they were never able to gain a lead, as Nitro held took care of the ball and had several timely buckets from guard, Ben Roy. Ben, who had 12 points on the game, was asked about the win and responded, “It was good, but we’re coming for that championship trophy!”

Havoc City 44 Ocean Elite 40

The widely recognized Havoc City had high expectations heading into the tournament, and were intent on reaching them. However, Ocean Elite had plans of spoiling those plans. Elite took advantage of every opportunity and found themselves in a tight game at halftime. The game stayed close throughout, and both teams looked like prime contenders for a championship. Harold Taylor was the difference maker, and a big reason Havoc City was able to win the close game. He explained the team’s effort down the stretch, “We aren’t here to just play for a title, we want to win one.”

CHAMPIONSHIP: NJ Shoreshots Nitro 32 Havoc City 18

The scoring was sparse in the 11U Championship as defense was the main focus of both coaches. Coach Cooper and the Shoreshots added a zone concept to their man to man defense, in order to keep Havoc City and their quick guards out of the lane, “We were able to keep them out of the lane, and rebound well defensively… That was the key.” He said after the game.

The Shoreshots were led by standout guard, Issac Hester who had 16 points and was awarded the MVP. Harold Taylor led Havoc City with 8 points.


 12 & Under

The 6th grade age bracket consisted of four pools, all of which had an undefeated participant: The Metro Mavericks, Jersey Force Fagan, NJ Shoreshots Elite, and Basketball Stars America. Those four teams squared off in the highly anticipated semi-finals.

NJ Shoreshots Elite 55 Metro Mavericks 44

Early in the first half it looked like the Shoreshots would run away with the game thanks to their athleticism and defensive pressure. They built their lead to 11 at the four minute mark in the first thanks to Jaylen Blakes, who finished with 16 points in the game. Metro didn’t back down however, and came back to cut the lead to five at the break, highlighted by a remarkable 3-point buzzer beater by Aaron Geller.

The pressure  was set squarely on the Shoreshots to respond, and they did just that.  A revamped defensive effort in the second stanza helped them hold their opponent to only 18 second half points. Geller finished with 16 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Shoreshots, who were determined to get to the championship.

Jersey Force Fagan 51 Basketball Stars America 44

Coach Fagan’s gritty Force team jumped out to an early 8-2 lead and forced BSA to take an early timeout. The Force looked impressive early with daunting pressure on defense and tremendous ball movement against the BSA zone.

At the half, it looked like Jersey Force had the game well in hand, but BSA had other plans. Adu Thiero led a spirited comeback with 13 second half points to cut the lead, and BSA was in business. Both coaches had spirited messages for their teams with the game on the line.

Down the stretch, Sam Fagan and his teammates hit some clutch free throws to keep their team ahead and take them to the championship. Fagan finished with 13 along to lead the team.

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CHAMPIONSHIP: Jersey Force Fagan 56 NJ Shoreshots Elite 41

            The Championship game featured two gritty teams, fueled by their defense. Jersey Force took the lead on some miscues by the Shoreshots and never looked back. Shoreshots star, Jaylen Blakes did his best to keep the team in it with 17 points but they were never able to close the gap. Sam Fagan had his team clicking on all cylinders as he finished with 17 points of his own, and the MVP trophy.

12U Champs - Jersey Force

12U Champs – Jersey Force

13 & Under

The 7th grade age bracket also had four pools, and following suit, they had the four pool winners go undefeated. However, there would be one team who captured the attention of every viewer at Hoop Group Headquarters. After dominating in pool play, Basketball Stars America were the heavy favorites heading into the semi-final; they a point differential of 145 heading into the elimination round. Jersey Force, NJ United and St. Michael’s looked to defy the odds in Sundays’ contests.

NJ United 46 Jersey Force 39

NJ United jumped out to a lead thanks to balanced scoring and tenacious full court pressure, and held a five point advantage going into the half. The game went similarly in the second half, and was the most competitive of any semi-final game during the tournament.

Force’s Jakari Spence kept his team in the game throughout with a 21 point scoring effort and strong leadership. At the 5 minute mark, the game was within 3 points, but Luke Ungur found himself ahead of the pack for two easy lay ins that all but sealed the NJ United win. His coach said after the game, “When Luke can get out in transition and make lay-ups he is great.”

Basketball Stars America 57 St. Michael’s 28

St. Michael’s and BSA started the game mirroring each other with full court pressure and were able to force turnovers. Half way through the first, BSA held an 11-8 lead in the defensive standoff.

A quick timeout by BSA allowed them to make some adjustments which lead to a few transition baskets for the 13u squad. BSA started to flex their muscles and show why they were the favorite, and the lead started to lengthen. Theodore Gadsen and Francisco Paulino led St. Michael’s with 7 a piece, but didn’t have enough to overcome the deficit. Isaiah Smith was the star of the show, dropping 17 points for the winning side.

 CHAMPIONSHIP: Basketball Stars America 55 NJ United 33 

NJ United did not seemed phased by BSA’s semifinal game. They took care of the ball early in the game and attacked the glass relentlessly. They only trailed by two points with 7 minutes left in the half before BSA turned up the heat and ended the half on a 23-4 run.

BSA’s impressive intensity didn’t slow down in the second half as their lead went as high as 28. Nate Cullo was awarded the MVP, finishing the championship with 12 points and a handful of rebounds. BSA coach told us after the game, “Hustle and energy, that’s all it takes. We had both this weekend.”

Nate and his teammates were eager to address the win after the game, “Defense and energy are so important! If we make good passes and play with intensity we can beat anyone.” Young guard, Adu Thiero said.

13U Champs - BSA (Pittsburgh, PA)

13U Champs – BSA (Pittsburgh, PA)

14 & Under

 The 8th grade age bracket sported three undefeated  teams. The fourth bracket presented an interesting scenario, with all three teams going 1-1 during bracket play. Due to a tiebreaker, it was the West Orange Knights who advanced into the semi-finals with Jersey Force Korellis, Collegeville Jaguars, and NJ Soldiers.

Jersey Force Korellis 54 Collegeville Jaguars 34

Jersey Force program looked to capture their second title of the tournament as their 14U team took on an underrated Collegeville team. The Force catapulted out to a 13-0 lead on blistering ball movement and sharp shooting, and they looked to be cruising early on. The Jaguars fought and scrapped but as halftime approached the Force were still in control.

Their disciplined style of play was too much for Justin Addensewu, 11 points, and the Jaguars who were unable to breach the double-digit lead. Ian O’Connor led the Force attack with 12 points.

West Orange Knights 59 NJ Soldiers 45

 The first half was a back and forth affair, with each team taking the lead three separate times. West Orange tried to use their length to disrupt the Soldiers defensively, and with 6 minutes left in the half they finally broke through. After a deep 3 by Jason Larrnengh, West Orange got a turnover then an and-1 lay-up to push the lead to 10.

The second half had much of the same as Stephon Sheard led the way with 16 points for the Knights. West Orange finished the game strong as the final score read 59-45. Santino Georgio led the Soldiers with 11 points.

CHAMPIONSHIP: West Orange 52 Jersey Force Korellis 35

The heavyweight bout in the top age bracket of the Spring Jr Showdown featured West Orange and Jersey Force. Both teams came in after convincing semi-final wins and warranted confidence.

West Orange threw the first punch, kicking off the first 6 minutes with a 14-4 lead. As expected, the Force fought back and went into the second half down just 6. If the game ended there we would have anxiously waited for the judge’s decision.

In the second half, it was only fitting that the game would be decided by a short run by either team. It was the Knights who emerged through a stretch much like the semi-final one. A three followed by a forced turnover, and another lay-up extended the lead to 13. The West Orange coach explained, “Defense is about heart and determination. We had it.”

West Orange held the trophy high after their 17 point win and watched lead guard, Stephon Sheard be crowned as tournament MVP. After the game Stephon said, “We moved the ball really well in the second half and got good shots. We kept playing hard defensively all day.”

Jersey Force guard Jason Hogarty led the Force with 11 points, but was disappointed they couldn’t get the win, “I thought we played a little tense early on, and just couldn’t recover. Going forward we just need to play hard every second and not take anything for granted.”

14U Champs - West Orange Knights

14U Champs – West Orange Knights

—Final Thoughts—

The Spring Jr Showdown was loaded with top talent this weekend. Teams in every age bracket showed their potential to be tough opponents on any given occasion. However, as the week wore long their were a few attributes that coaches can’t teach and players can’t learn. The length and athleticism of each winning team was an elite characteristic. After four or five games in a 48-hour span, legs get weak and minds get tired, but size never shrinks.

It would be an understatement to say the fans this weekend were phenomenal. They packed the seats of Hoop Group Headquarters and vibrated the walls with ringing enthusiasm. Refs threw on the zebra shirts and worked as hard as these young athletes did throughout the weekend. All of these attributes are invariably what the Hoop Group stands for on a daily basis. Thank you to the fans, players, coaches and everyone else who make events like these possible. The next Showdown will be next weekend when we see a crop of older teams come through. Should be another great weekend of hoops!

– Brent Pelella (@CTHoops News)


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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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)


Metro (Hoop Group Headquarters/ Neptune, NJ)

October 5th (11:00 AM – 3:30 PM)


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

October 15th


Hoop Group Skills – Stars of the Summer

Throughout the summer Hoop Group Skills Camp has been naming a Hoop Group Skills Star of the Day. The star of the day can be any camper who has stood out not only during that day’s games but also in station work, individual competitions such as Hot Shot or 1-on-1 games, and our Early-Bird Workouts.

During our first three Hoop Group Skills Camps we have named 14 Skills Stars (pictured below). With July wrapping up, we look forward to seeing who will be our Skills Star of the Day during Hoop Group Skills Camp IV (August 10 – 14), our final Skills Camp of the summer.

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Hoop Group Skills Camp 1 – Top Performers

We just completed the first of four Hoop Group Skills Camps of the summer here in the beautiful Pocono Mountains. Throughout the week campers worked hard and developed their skills in stations, games and lectures which gave them one of the most complete basketball experiences of the summer.

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A solid playmaker off the dribble, Alford was almost automatic from the free throw line and also displayed a good outside shot from 3-pt range during camp. He seemed to become more confident handling the ball this week and by the end of camp started to attack the rim more.

One of his team’s best shooter this week, he was deadly from the outside when left open. His range made him a constant threat when on the floor and he also had the ability to pump fake and finish at the rim. Was a member of Xavier’s Big East Division Championship team along with Shaijzhan Franklin and Cobe Toure who are mentioned further down this list.

A great passer, he is very skilled and likes to see his team excel. His attitude is great and will take him very far.

Very quick at getting up and down the court, Bryant was very difficult to defend not only because of his ability to score from anywhere on the floor, but because of his ability to find the open man when his opportunity to score the basketball wasn’t there.

His outside shooting was a must see during camp. He demonstrated it early camp when he knocked down four 3-pointers in one game on the first day and never looked back.

A hard- nosed defender he attacked the paint ferociously and without fear. Few players in camp were as dangerous as he was with his one-dribble pull-up jumper.

A talented guard who was aggressive on both sides of the floor, offensively he keeps his head up when pushing the ball so he can see the whole floor and on defense he averaged five steals a game on his way to winning the ACC Division’s MVP Award.

A fine defensive point guard who can play the passing lanes. Davis was a vocal team leader throughout the week.

A big guard that knows how to run the offense, He can shoot lights out of the gym if you leave him open. Was the ACC Division’s Free Throw Champion.

Led his team in points and assists and was always responsible for guarding the opponents best player. Dixon copped the ACC Division’s Mr. Hustle Award.

Despite his smaller size he backed down to nobody and was his team’s top rebounder this past week all the while going back-and-forth between camp and his baseball team’s All-Star playoff games.

Came in as a sky kid who waiting to be told where to go and what to do, to being one of the most reliable players defensively and offensively. Has a great shot on the baseline which won his team a couple of games. His great attitude and determination to get better everyday played a huge role in his winning the ACC Division’s Most Improved Player Award.

By far the best rebounder in the ACC Division this week, he was nicknamed “Baby Shaq” by his coach Rafiq Williams. Easily pulled down eight rebounds a quarter in all of his games.

His success this week highlights what you can accomplish if you are willing to put in the effort. Fall’s efforts earned him the NBA Division’s Most Improved Player Award.

Had a great week of camp. He got to the rim really well and was a key part in the success his team enjoyed in the Big East Division.

His above-average ball handling and shooting in addition to the effort he gave on the floor all week is what earned Freeland a spot on this list.

Among the tallest players in camp, Good used his size to hold down the paint on both ends of the floor with his shot blocking, rebounding and scoring.

A young player that felt very comfortable playing in the older Big East division. He was a versatile inside out player who rebounded consistently and exhibited a great mid-range jumper.

A very smart player, Hall was always in the right place at the right time which allowed him to showcase his excellent shooting.

Very skilled and emotional when it comes to the game of basketball. He played with an advanced skill level and work ethic and was tough on himself when he made mistakes and was serious about correcting them.

Another solid week at camp while playing the point. Heck is a complete player on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor.

The most decorated player at camp this week, Jackson took home the NBA Division’s MVP, All-Star Game MVP, Free Throw Award, one-on-one championship and was vital in his Thunder team winning the NBA Division Championship.

He demonstrated an above-average handle and his high motor led to several fast break opportunities for his team. Was also very strong at finishing around the basket with both hands this week.

A heady player who was among the top players at camp. He was clearly his team’s Mr. Hustle and appears to be a true student of the game.

Completed his teammate Sean Good, mentioned earlier on this list, with his solid play in the post.

Coming all the way from Prague, Czech Republic, Kralicek exhibited a high basketball I.Q. and a solid offensive skill set.

Clearly in the conversation as one of the best players in camp, Lattimore showcased a complete skill set that culminated in his winning the Big East Division’s All-Star MVP Award.

Ran the floor well all week and was a strong rebounder and finisher.

A high motor and a great work ethic helped set Nelson apart on his team at camp. One of the top defenders in the NBA Division, Nelson led his team in steals and deflections on his way to earning the division’s Mr. Hustle Award.

Has a great desire to want to win and lead his team at all cost. Can handle the basketball in traffic and make the right decision to best benefit his team. Defensively can cause problems on and off the ball. Those skills allowed Pinkney to win both the ACC Division 1-on-1 Championship and the All-Star Game MVP Award.

Big East Division  1-on-1 Champ - JAYSHAUN RAMSEY
Very strong player with a mean streak on the court. Can score the ball in a number of ways and is a monster rebounder. He was by far the best player in the Big East Division as he left camp with the MVP Award and the 1-on-1 Championship.

Found guys on the skip and always was looking to feed it inside for easy layups. Was clearly his team’s leader throughout the week and the way he ran the point led to his being named the NBA Division’s Floor General Award winner.

Great player and a great competitor. Always encouraged teammates to do the right thing and never worried about being an individual. He was a great leader and his commitment to getting better showed in his selection as the ACC Division’s Early Bird Workout Star.

A young and talented rising sophomore who led his team in rebounds and blocks this week. His play in the post also accounted for several second-chance points for his team and he was always one of the first guys on the floor in pursuit of loose balls.

An aggressive guard that plays both sides of the floor. He uses a pump fake to get his defenders in the air then blows by them. Always gave 110% on the court whether in games, practice or drills.

Possessing a nice floater that he uses when he gets in the lane, he can also shoot it from outside when he gets an open look.

Has the ability to get the rebound and take it the length of the court and score on the other end. Defensively will take any assignment, guarding anyone from the point guard to the center. Has a passion to want to be a winner and lead his team.

Arguably the most coachable kid in camp, Wise demonstrated his work ethic by never taking a second off.

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