Elite Session 3: Day Three Top Performers

DSC09742 Another full day of basketball and another set of players that stepped their game up, despite the fatigue that has surely set in amongst the campers following three days of intense gameplay. Here’s who did well on the last full day of Elite camp session 3:

Paul McKenzie | New Brunswick (N.J.) HS | 6-0 | 2013
McKenzie played extremely cool and composed at the point, making sure his teammates were in the right position and, when it was available, hitting teammates on the other side of the court with nice passes to start a fast-break chance.

Larnez Thurman | Wilmington (Del.) Friends School | 6-0 | 2014
Thurman was the epitome of a team player on Thursday, making sure his teammates had easy looks at the basket and keeping up the intensity with his tenacious on-ball defense, which led to some easy transition looks.

Jerrin Ball | Mt. Zion (Md.) HS | 6-3 | 2013
Ball was certainly willing to get his teammates involved, always looking to make the extra pass to get his team high-percentage shots

Lionel Owona | Archbishop John Carroll (Md.) HS | 6-7 | 2014
The big man was a force in the post, using his size to bully his opposition and send away a number of shots throughout the game sets.

Matt Keenan | Fairport (N.Y.) HS | 6-4 | 2016
Intensity was a big factor for Keenan, who consistently was crashing the boards for offensive rebounds to extend his team’s possessions.

Chris Grandy | Chapelgate Christian Academy (Md.) | 6-4 | 2014
In a tight game, Grandy came up big with his play down in the post. While the opposition continued to miss crucial shots, Grandy was the one to end their possessions with timely rebounds, out-jumping his opponents to secure his team’s victory.

Sergio Hebraro | Spain | 5-10 | 2017
With the clock running down, Hebraro heaved a three-quarter court prayer that found its way to the bottom of the net as the third quarter expired. The shot gave his team a three-point lead heading into the final quarter.

Darien Charlemagne | Archbishop Stepinac (N.Y.) | 6-0 | 2014
Charlemagne showed off some nice athleticism with a couple of rim-rattling dunks and was able to force some turnovers with his great pressure on the defensive end of the court.

Elijah Miner | Valley Forge (Pa.) Military Academy | 5-9 | 2014
Miner’s hustle was on full display, diving for loose balls and frustrating his opponent’s with his on-ball defense. On offense, he was able to get his teammates involved with good passing from the point.

Andrew Sawyer | Pitman (N.J.) HS | 6-1 | 2014
Sawyer was a menace on the defensive end, forcing bad shots and crashing the board for rebounds. On the other end, the guard always followed his shots, which led to numerous second-chance opportunities for his team.

Maxwell Owens | Apex (N.C.) | 5-10 | 2016
Owens is a small but crafty guard that passed the ball really well today. He took what the defense gave him and seemed to always throw the right pass to the open man. Owens also did a great job of controlling the tempo and putting a lot of pressure on the defense.

Jachai Simmons | Plainfield (N.J.) | 6-4 | 2015
Simmons threw down quite the thunderous dunk, a move that capped his very productive offensive day. At 6-foot-4 the wing-guard used his great length to score over defenders and finish a number of shots around the rim.

Ykealo Araia | St. Matthew’s (Can.) | 6-5 | 2014
Araia displayed some very versatile performances today, as he did a nice job of scoring from a number of close-to-mid range spots. He also did fantastic job on the boards using his height to reach over defenders.

Jalen Flynn | Muhlenburg (Pa.) | 6-1 | 2014
Flynn was a confident leader today that led his team with both his voice and play. He encourages players when they had their heads down and was the first to congratulate them when they made nice plays. Flynn had success shooting the ball and driving to the basket for layups when he saw the opportunity.

Gemil Holbrook | Roman Catholic (Pa.) High School | 6-4 | 2015
His mid- and long-range shooting touch was on display in his team’s final game of the night, a 78-67 win. Through three games on the day Holbrook averaged 16 points a game.

Cheick Sy-savane | Our Savior New Academy (N.Y.) | 6-3 | 2014
Grabbing rebounds, pushing the ball up the floor and putting it in the basket were the three things Sy-savane did well to earn a spot on this list. Over the day’s game sets he averaged 12 points and six rebounds a game.

Juwaun Carter | DePaul Catholic (N.J.) | 6-2 | 2014
Going up for physical rebounds and his unselfish play, evident by his average of four assists a game today, help earn Carter some recognition for his style of play at camp today.

Nikola Maric | Prijepolje, Serbia | 6-6 | 2014
The big man has played solidly in the post over the past two days. He was rebounding well on both ends of the floor and converted key second-chance baskets which have playe a huge role in his team’s success.

Romello Walker | South Kent (Conn.) School | 6-6 | 2014
It wasn’t easy to improve on his performance from yesterday, but Walker did. Averaging 16 points, nine assists and seven rebounds he is clearly among the top players in camp. On defense he is constantly pressuring the ball, forcing turnovers and in the right position ot make the big play.

Tyler Major | Mount Zion Christian Academy (N.C.) | 6-1 | 2014
A very gritty and smart player, Major earned a place among the day’s top performers by averaging 10 points and five assists on Day Three.

Everson Davis | Peddie (N.J.) School | 6-1 | 2015
If all Davis did was hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer, which he did in his team’s 58-55 win in the day’s final game, he would have been on this list. Add to that a 21-point performance in the first game and you clearly have a day worthy of recognition. His final averages for the day were 16 points, six rebounds and three assists.

@pfebbraro, @AndrewKoob and @CabWashington all contributed to this post

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