Players to Look for During Academic Elite II

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One day down, three more to go. Day one finishing up only reminds us that we have three more jam-packed days of basketball left for Academic Elite II. That means a lot more instruction, a lot more competition, and with the live recruiting period starting tomorrow at 5, A LOT more exposure. Here are a few guys who may make a name for themselves this week.

Andrew Diehl (Conestoga ’15)
Diehl is a very good player that plays for a very good high school in Conestoga High School. A 6’4 guard that is very good at attacking the basket and getting all the way to the rim. Aside from his aggressiveness, Diehl is a hustle guy. He is constantly all over the court doing whatever it takes to win.

Michael Hinckley (Episcopal Academy ’15)
Shooter alert! Hinckley is a guy who can knock down shots and do it consistently. Lefty with a quick release and great range, he is going to be someone we will follow closely this week.

Niall Carpenter (Hun School ’16)
A 6’1 guard, Niall Carpenter is another guy who is aggressive going to the hoop. He is also gifted with good length that allows him to get his shot off over his defenders. There is a lot of upside and potential for Carpenter to do well this week.

Julius Stoma (Gill St. Bernard ’16)
Stoma is a solid forward for Gill St. Bernard in NJ. He’s 6’5 and has great athletic ability. He runs the floor well and rebounds on both ends. Only a rising junior, he should get some attention this week.

Kevin Blaser (IMG ’16)
Blaser is big and thick. Today he showed his ability to get up when he threw down several thunderous dunks. He also showed the ability to lead the break as he grabbed an defensive rebound and took a few dribbles up court before giving it up to a guard. Don’t be surprised if he makes some highlight plays this week.

Brandon Anderson (Don Bosco Prep ’16)
Anderson is a solid point guard. He has a good handle and isn’t phased by pressure. He has great creativity and can get shots for himself and others. A tough player, Anderson could be one of the most sound guards in camp.

Jack Lerner (Winter Park ’15)
A combo guard, but better at the point, Lerner is a very good decision maker and shooter. He’s at his best passing and getting his teammates open shots, but don’t sleep on his ability to score by getting to the rim and finishing with both hands.

Nelson Jones (Clarksburg ’15)
Jones is another forward who I thought was great down low today. Often times he had guys collapsing down on him and was finishing through 2 or 3 guys. He’s also good on the offensive glass tipping the ball out and keeping it alive. What I found most impressive was his ability to move without the ball and get open for his driving guards.

While these guys are all good candidates to have great weeks, they are just a small, small portion of guys who could have big weeks. Let’s see if anyone else will step up as the week progresses.

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