Summer Recap: Elite Session 1

Continuing the theme of the week, we are breaking down the summer that was for Hoop Group Elite Camps. Today we look at Elite Session 1. A usual home run during the summer, this year’s first session of Elite Camp did not disappoint. Let’s look at the takeaways from camp.

Introducing Nathan Knight

Kimball Union’s Nathan Knight came into camp relatively unknown. By the time he left he was on a number of D1 recruiting lists. Knight, a 6’8 power forward, came into camp with no offers to his name. Right now he currently holds 27. That’s not a typo, 27 schools jumped on the Nate Knight train this summer, including Temple, James Madison, Robert Morris, William & Mary and Drexel. There arguably was not a bigger storyline than Nate’s rise this summer.

Austin Harriott with the play of the week

Austin Harriott committed to Loyola (MD) this past weekend. He helped his stock tremendously with great play at Elite Camp, and this dunk didn’t hurt either…

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Luther Muhammad took home MOP honors

You won’t find many players tougher than 2018 Luther Muhammad of Hudson Catholic. A gritty, 6’4 guard with loads of toughness, Muhammad stepped up on the big stage as an “underclassmen” at camp, being one of two 2018s to make the Top 20 Game (Koran Moore was the other) and receiving Most Outstanding Prospect at camp. This was not the last we would hear of Luther in the summer. He would return for Future All American Camp in August, and gave us a lot to look forward to.

Luther Muhammad stands with Elite Camp Director Bryan Weber after receiving MOP honors. Currently has offers from Pittsburgh and Rider.

Luther Muhammad stands with Elite Camp Director Bryan Weber after receiving MOP honors. Currently has offers from Pittsburgh and Rider.

Floor Generals were everywhere

Nate Pierre-Louis, Jair Bolden, Brown-commit Brandon Anderson, Jahlil Jenkins, David Beatty, Stevie Jordan…the list goes on. Division I point guards were all over at camp. Nate Piere-Louis excelled, showing flashes of dominance and leadership. 2017s David Beatty and Stevie Jordan turned their offensive games up a notch and Bolden, Jenkins and Anderson showed to be true point guards. Bottom line, if you needed a floor general, Elite I had them.

St. Benedict's point guard Nate Pierre-Louis was one of the best guards at camp. Has offers from Iowa State, Connecticut, Miami, Providence, Creighton, SMU, Florida State and many more

St. Benedict’s point guard Nate Pierre-Louis was one of the best guards at camp. Has offers from Iowa State, Connecticut, Miami, Providence, Creighton, SMU, Florida State and many more

One point guard from Emmaus stole the show

Another name that came out of a lot of people’s mouths was 2017 David Kachelries. A point guard at Emmaus High School in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, David drew coaches and media to his games at Elite One with his grit and toughness at the point guard position. As the buzz around him grew bigger and bigger, offers started coming in. He now has four going into his junior year: Binghamton, Lafayette, Fordham and Dartmouth. His play resulted in a spot in the Top 20 game at camp as well.

Chuba Ohams has the work ethic to be a next level stud

As the NY Post’s Zach Braziller wrote last week, a growth spurt helped Chuba Ohams turn into a 6’7 wing with guard-like handles. He’s long and can guard just about all five positions. A great slasher who can attack and finish at the basket, Chuba showed improvement in his jumper this July at camp. A big reason for the drastic improvement is cause of his work ethic; Chuba was up every morning before camp started getting shots up. There’s a reason why VCU, Providence and DePaul, among others, are interested in Chuba’s services: he’s a worker.

Ejike Obinna proved high major status

We first heard the name Ejike Obinna last summer when he blew up at Future All American Camp. For an encore, Ejike came back to Elite Session One and left as the camp MVP. Having only been playing the game for two and a half years, Ejike is still learning the game. He plays the game with a high motor and uses his 6’10 body to try to dunk and block everything. As Ejike’s feel for the game continues to grow, so does the interest college coaches have in him. Following camp, he received high major offers from Miami, Xavier, Seton Hall, LSU, Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech. Don’t expect those to be all either. See his mixtape here!

Ejike Obinna poses with Elite Camp Directors Bryan Weber after receiving MVP of Elite Session 1

Ejike Obinna poses with Elite Camp Directors Bryan Weber after receiving MVP of Elite Session 1

Wings Melo Eggleston, Walter Whyte are special talents

While they’re two different players, 2017 wings Melo Eggleston (Clinton Christian) and Walter Whyte (St. Luke’s) showed they can contribute to a D1 program during Elite I. Eggleston, who holds offers from ACC, SEC and Big 12 schools, is an athletic and versatile wing who is at his best going to the basket. Whyte, who’s biggest offer thus far is VCU, is a bigger, stronger small forward who can bully players around and force his way into the paint. Both guys are capable of playing well above the rim as well. Expect big junior years from them both.

Making the trip from Minnesota, Steffon Mitchell and Nate Reuvers impressed

Playing for the Minnesota Fury AAU program, 2017 Nate Reuvers and 2016 Steffon Mitchell made the trip to Reading from the North Star State. A year ahead, Steffon holds 18 offers, including one from Wichita State. He saw a lot of success in transition. Nate was the opposite. The 6’9 wing showed his sharpshooting ability and was a threat from long-range at all times. We had a chance to sit down with both of them at camp and talk a little hoops.

 

North Mecklenburg has a special duo

Davion Mintz and Jaylen McManus are a fantastic one-two punch for North Carolina’s North Mecklenburg High School. Mintz is a crafty guard with the ball in his hands. He can create his own shot and dish out masterful assists. With 16 offers on hand already, he drew the likes of SEC’s Vanderbilt to see him play this summer. His teammate, 6’6 wing Jaylen McManus, was just as impressive. He was lights out shooting the basketball, burying multiple threes during game play; he even finished one quarter with six made three-pointers.

Kendrick Gray is athletic, really athletic

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. We’ll just let this video do the talking.

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