Academic Elite 1 Day 1 Recap

A lot can happen in one day–especially at a Hoop Group camp–as was proven true when hundreds of talented basketball players converged on Albright College for the first of four days at this summer’s first Academic Elite Camp.

unnamedAfter the players spent three hours registering, posing for photos, and settling into their dorms, it became clear that the talent level on the many courts at Albright’s athletic complex would be the highlight of the day’s twelve hours of action, as, once again, is usually the case.

Following a brief welcome to camp and a set of group drills, the players were off and running in four hours’ worth of scrimmages, where they were able to showcase their many versatile talents and abilities for an array of Division-II and Division-III coaches. In the scrimmages, it was clear from the very beginning that this week’s camp would be full of bright players ready to work on their game and put in hard work.

Among some of the standouts were a duo of Philadelphia-area teammates, as both Markus Stevenson (Academy of the New Church ’17) and Matthue Cotton (Academy of the New Church ’18) impressed on the opening day of action.

While those two teammates had strong evenings on the court, also showing off their skills were a pair of twin brothers, Parker Omslaer (St. Peter’s Prep, N.J. ’17) and Ryan Omslaer (St. Peter’s Prep, N.J. ’17), who are sure to make their mark on this camp as two of the camp’s tallest players at 6-foot-10 and 6-foot-11 respectively.

Another player who showed off his stuff today, one that’s not too far from Albright College, was Connor Delaney (Episcopal Academy ’17), a two-sport athlete who proved he could pretty much do it all for his team. Idaresit Ekpuk (West Potomac ’17) also impressed, with a strong defensive presence, particularly around the rim with his long frame.

The night was wrapped up with a meaningful lecture from St. Mary’s (MD) head coach Chris Harney, putting a nice cap on a very productive first day of camp.

As is to be expected, many more players will surely make their voices heard as the action rolls into tomorrow, when the official games kick into gear. Tuesday and Wednesday will definitely serve to be even busier days than today, so odds are we’ll see a wealth of highlight-reel plays from our campers. Stay tuned!

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