Stars Shine at Hoop Group Elite Session 1 and 2: By Elite Director Bryan Weber

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Throughout the summer, a number of high level prospects have attended Hoop Group Elite camp with the intent of making a name for themselves. A tremendous amount of players did just that. This is a master list of players who came and played well garnering attention from college coaches and media outlets across the country.

2016 NATE KNIGHT 6’8 PF Nate wins the award for biggest blow up at camp. The versatile 6’8 power forward from the DC Blue Devils (NH) came to camp with very limited interest. His coach TJ Thompson told me before camp that he was prime to turn heads and get some offers, but even he could not have seen the end result. Following camp, Nate received hard scholarship offers from 26 Division 1 schools, including many A10 schools. Goes to show that, if you keep working hard and putting yourself in good situations, its never too late to play college basketball at the highest level. It should be noted that Nate is a tremendous student as well, which many colleges are factoring in with their offers. If you need a do it all, swiss army knife, 4 man who can shoot it out to 3 point range, this is your guy.

2017 Ejike Obinna 6’9 C — Coming in at a VERY close second place in the blow up category, following an MVP performance at Elite Session 1 Ejike went from having zero offers to 12 (11 being from High Major Schools). The ultimate play hard, glue guy, Ejike played like an absolute monster at Elite Session 1. He had multiple games with 5+ Dunks and 10+ rebounds, he has a motor that will not stop. A developing skill set and leadership from Virginia Academy’s Duval Simmons, would lead one to believe the sky is the limit for this kid. Just about every High Major school in the country should be on him, and don’t be surprised if the school that recruits him hardest and longest wins out.

2016 Brandon Anderson 6’0 PG — Brown got an absolute steal with Brandon Anderson, which is a testament to identifying this kids special talent when nobody else in the country did. Following a top 20 all-star performance at Elite Session 1, Brandon went from having 1 offer to 6 or 7 offers from some of the best Academic Schools in the country. Coaches realized they needed to recruit him because he never gets sped up, and with an IQ off the chart is an absolute winner. Add in the fact that he has been making shots at a ridiculous clip, he looks like he could be one of the best prospects Brown has had in a really long time. Congrats to coach Martin and his staff, and congrats to the Anderson family!!

2018 Luther Muhammad 6’4 SG — A top 20 all-star at Elite Session 1 AND Future All American Camp he is one of the best scorers we saw the whole summer regardless of class, Luther has a knack to put the ball in the bucket. A very streaky shooter, who can score in bunches when he get hot. Also, what does not get looked at enough, when talking about high level prospects is what kind of kid they are. The Hudson Catholic product, Luther is a HIGH level kid. respectful and motivated to get better. Look out for this kid to end up at the highest level.

2016 Chuba Ohams 6’7 SF — Following a 7 inch growth spurt, Chuba went from being a 6 foot marginal recruit to a 6’7 do it all small forward. The best way to describe Chuba is a hunger to improve. Already with A10 interest and offers across the board, this kid has a crazy desire to be great. 5:45 Am during Elite Session 1, I looked down at my phone surprised to see Chuba calling me. Even more to my surprise, was when I answered and he said “Coach, I am in front of the gym can you let me in, so I can get shots up?” Although, needing to obviously put on some muscle and strength, Chuba has a chance to be a special long term prospect, and one of the next grade small forwards to come out of NYC.

2016 Ceasar Dejesus 6’2 SG — Ceasar has been a long time Hoop Group camper and he really saw his stock rise with us this summer. Attending Mt. Zion for a post grad year this fall, Ceasar proved that he is one of the best scorers in the country. Following an MVP performance at Hoop Group Academic Elite Session 1, Ceasar proved that he belong with the upper tier players in this region, when he won the MVP of the Top 20 all-star game during Elite Session 1. People had questioned his shooting before the summer, but after watching him throughout this summer it is clear that not only is he working on his outside shot, he has become a more than adequate shooter.

2017 Nate Pierre Louis 6’2 Combo — Coming into Elite Camp with offers from Miami, Uconn, Providence, Seton Hall, St Joes, St Louis, Texas Tech, to name a few, Nate came into camp with one of the biggest reputations and did not disappoint by making the Top 20 game!! Nate can play the 1 or the 2, and showed his ability to get his teammates involved consistently, while getting to the basket and scoring himself at times. Nate still has some work to do on his outside shooting, but playing for one of the best high schools in the country and for one of the best AAU programs (Sports U) in the country, there is no doubt he will be a high major Guard and will succeed at that level.

2016 Davion Mintz 6’4 PG — Playing for North Mecklenberg (NC) in High School for legendary coach Duane “Nascar” Lewis, Davion has been on people’s radars for a while. The 6’4 wiry point guard showed us why throughout all of Elite Session 1 and Team Camp, and attracted attention from everyone from Fordham to Vanderbilt. Although, not necessarily looking the part upon first glance, Davion does a great job of letting his game speak for himself. With great length, he is able to get into passing lanes and cause disruption defensively, while have a crafty ability to attack the basket and draw multiple defenders offensively.  There is no question he deserved his top 20 status, and showed his winning mentality while taking North Meck. to the championship of Team Camp before losing to eventual champion Hill (PA).

2016 Stevie Jordan 6’0 PG — Despite having success for one of the marquee AAU programs in the northeast (Philly Pride), Stevie has surprisingly had an underwhelming overall recruitment, that is sure to change. Holding an offer from Hampton and Richmond, Stevie played like a monster at camp that was going at the necks of all of the highly regarding point guards. Highlighted by an ankle breaking crossover that left the defender on the ground, Stevie showed his ability to score as well as set his teammates up for success. Look for his recruitment to pick up throughout his senior year, once various colleges wake up and smell the coffee.

2016 Jose Martinez 6’9 SF/PF — Following a Senior All Star game MVP Jose Martinez received offers from San Diego and Canisius and interest from many more. Although upon first glance you see a skinny unassuming, yet tall frame, Jose is deadly because of his ability to knock down shots at his height. Clearly still needing to put on more weight, he showed how difficult he can be to guard when he is making shots. Playing for one of the BEST up and coming AAU programs in the country, Under Armour’s NY Jayhawks, Jose has turned himself into a desirable recruit.

2017 Jahlil Jenkins 6’0 PG — One of my favorite players from the entire summer, another Duval Simmons (Uncommon Bulls) product Jahlil Jenkins and just about ready to burst on to everyones scene. After his Top 20 All Star nomination Jahlil recieved his first three Division 1 offers, and I would be SHOCKED if he does not end up with many more. He is a true point guard who is lightning fast, with a tremendous feel for the game. Between Jahlil and Ejike Obinna, the Uncommon Bulls are set to be one of the best 17U teams on the East next season.

2017 Wabissa Bede 6’1 PG — High Majors need to get off of their hands and pull the trigger on this kid. He is a superstar in the making. A winner on and off the court, he won the MVP of Elite Session 2, and is hungry for more. Beyond any of the skills he has on the court, which are through the roof, he is also clearly a leader off the court. An infectious personally, that will lead a HM team to a championship much the way that he lead the Mass Rivals this AAU Season. Can’t wait to see where the next few years take this kid.

2016 Chris Baldwin 6’9 PF — No player in the country has grown up as much over the last few years as Chris Baldwin. Already being recruited by some of the biggest HM programs in the country, Chris has answered every question people have had with his attitude. Not much I can put here on paper that people don’t already know about his ability to dominate a game with his size and skill, but what I saw at camp was a kid with a motor who was a tremendous teammate all week. Looks like he is focused and ready to take his talents to the next level.

2017 Samuel Japhet- Mathius 6’10 C — A dominating presence when you first see him, Sam was one of the largest players we had at camp all Summer. However, Sam is more than just a big body. He has a versatile game in the post that was evident during the Elite Session 2 Top 20 All Star game. Already with offers from multiple High Major Programs such as USC and Oregon, Sam should be one of the most heavily recruited players in the nation after his Junior season at Vermont Academy. With a little work on his conditioning and handling of adversity, Sam’s ceiling is through the roof.

2016 Jimbo Lull 6’10 C — I am a little surprised more High Major schools have not expressed more interest in the NE Playaz big man Jimbo Lull. An imposing figure, standing nearly 7 foot tall with a huge frame, Jimbo has improved more over the past year than almost any prospect in the country. He has a decent amount of skill and his footwork is constantly getting better. With his size and rapid development, Jimbo should be moving into the eye sights of various HM schools across the country.

2016 Ryan Gomes 6’10 C — An absolute STEAL for Mount St. Mary’s, another situation where a coach doing his job, much like Brandon Anderson and Brown, landed a great get for Coach Christian. Ryan is active, and wiry, but also tough and finishes around the basket. He has a chance to be VERY good in that league for all 4 years that he is there. Although only getting a few offers, all of the schools that showed interest, but did not pull the trigger, will regret the hesitation throughout his college career. Congrats to Ryan and Mt. St Mary’s!! A Top 20 All Star at Elite Session 2.

2016 Tyrn Flowers 6’7 SF — A shot DRILLER. Tyrn has been overlooked as a fourth option on Adidas powerhouse NY Rens. Ty is one of the smoothest players in the country who is another player who hit a late 5 inch growth spurt. High major coaches from across the country want to complain that they do not make enough shots, and then want to tell me that Tyrn’s ceiling is A10. Any High Major coach who needs a versatile shot MAKER who is rangy and athletic, feel free to recruit Tyrn. You will NOT regret it.

2018 Mamadou Doucoure 6’9 PF — Elite Session 2’s Most Outstanding Prospect, looks like Mamadou will be the next in line for the PSA Cardinals (and Our Savior New American) in terms of HIGH major big guys. Mamadou dunks everything around the basket and has a yes sir/no sir mentality. Also, one of the best factors about this prospect his his ability and desire to sprint the floor on every play. I have a feeling he will be in a situation where he will be able to choose whatever school he wants to when this recruiting process is over.

2017 Hassan French 6’7 SF/PF — Beast Mode. Hassan French is a man-child that has no regard for human life when he attacks the basket. Attracting interest from everyone from upper tier A10 programs to HM programs in the ACC and Big 10. A hybrid Power Forward who has the skills to take it out to the three point line, there is no question that he will continue to be a highly sought after commodity. A top 20 all-star at Elite Session 2, Hassan has been a Hoop Group Camper for a long time, and I love to see the way he continues to develop.

2016 Najee Garvin 6’8 PF — Two things that often do not go hand and hand are under the radar and Team Loaded. Ty White has turned Team Loaded into one of, if not the, premier AAU program in the country. And with that, Team Loaded attracts some of the most exposure out of any AAU program in the country. However, when you are on a team that has multiple HIGH HIGH major players going to the likes of Kentucky, Virginia, and NC State, a Mid Major player can get lost in the shuffle. Najee is 100 percent a mid major college basketball player. He is a high level athlete that can make shots out to 15 feet, and defend multiple positions. He has a coming out party by making the top 20 All Star Game at Elite Session 2, and I would be SHOCKED if someone from a Mid Major program did not pull the trigger on him during the high school season.

2017 Aaron Wheeler 6’7 SF — Fresh off an amazing week at Elite Session 2, Aaron just picked up an offer from Providence, which is sure to spur MANY more High Major schools to come forward. Aaron is an elite level athlete that can do a little bit of everything. Mostly a slasher, but he has the ability to make shots from the outside, and with his length, when motivated, can be on of the best defenders in the country. A times he tends to shy away from contact, but as time progresses, he has as much raw talent as anyone in the country, and if he is dedicated he could end up being a hot commodity to play at a High Major school.

2018 Nate Laszewski 6’6 SF — This kid has Wisconsin or Iowa written all over him. One of the premier shooters in his class, he is also one of the more sneaky athletic players in the country. Nate is a quiet kid who tends to lead by example, but his quiet demeanor quickly turns to a killer on the floor. Playing for TJ Gassanola and the NE Playaz, he will clearly continue to develop, and if he gets to 6’8 or 6’9 which seems likely, this kid is going to be scary.

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Stay tuned for a recap from Future All American Camp….

 

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