Summer Recap: Academic Elite Session 1

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Another summer at Albright College has come and gone. As the summer comes winding down, we will take a look back at all of our Elite Camps this summer, reminiscing about a summer that was. First on the list: Academic Elite I. It seems like session one of Academic Elite Camp was years ago. While the first #HGElite Camp of the summer was only six weeks ago, a lot has happened in Reading, Pennsylvania since then. Let’s flashback to Academic Camp.

  • Mikey Dixon is a bona-fide scorer

Mikey Dixon showed a fantastic ability to put the ball in the basket. Whether it was from inside or out, Dixon could not be stopped with the ball in his hands. The 6’2 point guard is capable of knocking down shot after shot, and he hit step back threes effortlessly. When his shot is working for him, he becomes even more deadly, as he can get defenders off their feet and score at the tin. Dixon saw offers come in from Fairfield, Robert Morris, Central Connecticut State, Coppin State, Canisius after the first live period. He is now down to Rider, Quinnipiac and Maine. All three schools will be lucky to have the dynamic scorer added to their recruiting class.

  • Rick’Keem Mixson arguably helped his recruiting stock the most

While a number of players had good weeks of camp, no one helped themselves more prior to the July live period than Ricky Mixson. Mixson out toughed the other guards at camp. He’s strong physically and with the ball in his hands. When Ricky put his head down and decided to get to the rim, he did. Mixson, who had Division I interest coming into the summer, started to get more serious looks as the summer progressed, and for good reason. He capped off a great week of camp with an all-star bid and the Academic Elite MVP award.

  • Justin Porter exemplifies Academic Elite Camp

Justin Porter’s list of schools showing interest is quite impressive. Princeton, Columbia, Brown, Cornell, as well as local NJIT and Rider are all interested in Justin’s services to help their program. Schools of that nature speak volumes to Justin’s work in the classroom. On the court, he’s just as good. At 6’5 Justin focuses his play on the defensive end. He can get in on the boards and rebound and is a safety blanket for teammates as he’s always in proper help position. Justin realizes that without academics, basketball does not exist. Motivation like that on and off the court will help him succeed in the future.

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  • Kiski Prep will love Jake Forrester this year

Jake Forrester is going to be a stud. The 6’8 forward reclassified to 2018 and will attend Kiski Prep next year. Jake’s week at Academic I foreshadowed what would be a great overall summer for him; he showed off great athleticism and energy on the floor, giving him a Nerlens Noel-like look out there. He defended at a high level and attacked the rim any chance he had. Division I basketball is in Jake’s future, it’s just a matter of how high he will be able to go.

  • D2 and D3 coaches had a lot to recruit

Taking place outside the D-1 live period, Academic Elite Camp was a Division 2 and 3 coaches dream. Leading the group was Dwight Whitlock, a 6’3 bouncy guard who since camp has committed to D2 Mercyhurst. Other guards who are high on coaches radars are Chaz Platt (Holy Cross ’16), Ennis Thomas (Westerville South ’16), Michael Boice (Donovan Catholic ’16)  Jordyn Owens (St. Peter’s Prep ’17) and Michael Rice (Point Pleasant Beach ’16). In an exclusive HG One-on-One, Rice told us he was being heavily recruited by high academic schools like Rochester, Franklin & Marshall, both of which are top teams in their respected conferences.

After the guards, we saw players like Yannic Williams (Holy Cross ’16), Markus Stevenson (Academy of New Church ’17), Cutch Ellis (Benedictine ’16) and William Miller (Halifax County ’16) were some wings and forwards who made names for themselves in the first Academic Session. It was easy to see why over 60 school came to recruit during the course of the week.

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  • Caesar DeJesus took All Star Game MVP

Talk about another player who helped make a name for himself, Caesar DeJesus is a name that is known across the country. Having 11 Division 1 offers from nine different states, the word on Caesar’s game has gotten around; he showcased it at Academic Camp. He’s a shifty guard who can create his own shot at all times. Whenever the ball is in his hands he’s a threat to shoot it. He capped his week with an All-Star Game MVP award and since then has seen a number of D1 schools, including George Mason, Robert Morris and Winthrop, offer him a chance to play for them.

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Academic Session I was a great first course to the five course meal that was Hoop Group Elite Camp this summer. We saw talented players who have next level talent, from D1 all the way toD3. We look forward to seeing where many of these players end up, and following them closely this upcoming season. Stay tuned for our next recap, where we breakdown our first major Elite Session.

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