Elite 1 Day 1 Recap

For the second straight week, Albright College is serving as a hub for basketball recruiting and improvement as swarms of talented players have made their way to the Reading, Pa. campus for the first Hoop Group Elite Camp session.

After four hours of registration, the players split into drill stations, before starting their scrimmages. Each tryout team took part in two blocks of scrimmage games, as players begin to get their feet wet and this week’s coaches begin to get a feel for the ability levels possessed by the campers.

Finishing out the productive day was a camp lecture, delivered by Glenn Farello, head coach at Virginia’s Paul VI Catholic High School, who discussed his historyIMG_2167 and the many ways the players here can “achieve greatness.”

Now, as we prepare to enter one of the most chaotic weeks in the basketball world tomorrow–the first of three July live periods–all the campers here are prepared to bring their ‘A’-game, as numerous Division-I coaches are just twenty-four hours from being able to hit the recruiting trail.

For many of our players, the recruiting process has already begun, as several of this week’s campers hold multiple Division I offers.

One of those players, Tyrese Martin (William Allen ‘17), proved he can do it all, making plays both in transition and in the halfcourt as he displayed an endless array of offensive tools. Martin, who holds offers from mid-majors like Hofstra and Quinnipiac, certainly looks to have an enjoyable first live period ahead of him.

A.J. Wilson (Elev8 Sports Institute ‘17) came into the week claiming double-digit offers, and he certainly proved himself worthy of them, putting up double-digit dunks in his first day of action.

The 6-foot-7 forward consistently plays above the rim on both ends of the floor. He’s an excellent shot blocker as a result of his timing and ability to get off the floor in a hurry. Wilson went off all afternoon, scoring at will in a dominant fashion.

On the flip side, Elijah Clarance (St. Maria Goretti ‘17), who currently holds his only offer from Towson, made a name for himself with a solid two-way performance. Clarance was crafty and explosive off the dribble, while displaying efficiency from long range, and throwing down several emphatic dunks in traffic.

As the week goes on and the official games get underway, look for more players to make statements. Stay tuned, as the next two full days of basketball will likely feature a number of highlight-worthy plays!

(Contributors: Jeff Griffith & Adam Ayalew)

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