Top Performers for Day 3 of Elite Camp

If tomorrow weren’t Championship Friday, I would say today would be impossible to beat. The excitement and noise coming from the Bollman Center on the Campus of Albright College, you wouldn’t have known school was out for the summer. On a day like this, you can count on a number of guys deserving a spot as top performer. It was a tough call, but here’s who made the list:

Saul Phiri (Worcester Academy ’16): Saul Phiri had himself a day today. From his very first game you could tell he was locked in. In 3 possessions he showed a little bit of everything. He hit back to back threes from a few feet behind the arc and then capped it off with a dunk in transition. As showcased today, Phiri can score in many ways and proved why he is an elite player in his class.
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Kassoum Yawke (Our Savior New American ’16): Yawke is an athletic freak. That tends to come in handy when playing defense; he may lead the camp in blocked shots for the week. And it’s not just the first time that he’ll get you. He’ll block you once, recover and get you a second time immediately after. He also showed his ability to be a pretty good slasher in transition and in the half court. As gifted as he is, there is still a lot of potential for this athlete.

Michael Tertsea (John Carroll ’16): Tertsea looked very good in the post today. He has a very good move where he takes two dribbles into the middle of the paint and spins back, sealing his defender and guaranteeing a bucket or foul, or both. He also knocked down a few shots from the elbow. If he works on shooting from that range, on top of his already strong inside game, he can be a big prospect.

David Beatty (Archbishop Carroll ’17): Beatty was a player I wrote about last week during Academic Elite Camp. He impressed then and continues to impress this week. The game that put him on this list was his evening game where he battled it out with Quincy McKnight, a highly touted guard and one of our top guards from yesterday. Beatty went toe to toe with McKnight and showed what he can do. He gets to the rim and finishes through contact and defensively picked up a few steals with his active hands. Only a rising sophomore, there is a high ceiling for David Beatty.

Vincent Eze (Putnam Science ’15): I was excited to get a chance to watch Eze play today and he did not disappoint. At 6’8 he runs the floor very well for a big. His great leaping ability also makes him a terrific shot blocker and rebounder. He showcased how athletic he was when he tip slammed home a missed lay up and got a huge roar from the crowd that was watching. A player that has a number of Division 1 offers already, Vincent helped his chances today and this week for more.

Jair Bolden (Westtown ’16): Jair Bolden is one of the most sound point guards at camp. He’s a facilitator, a penetrator that can finish at the rim and a threat to shoot from the outside; it’s tough to really know what he’s going to do. He’s also got some strength to him as a rising junior which gives him an advantage over some guys he plays. Keep your eye on Bolden over this summer.

Ibrahim Doumbia (Arlington Country Day ’17): I know I have already talked about athleticism with a few guys, but none of them compare to Ibrahim Doumbia. He has absolutely destroyed the rims this week; camp has been his dunk contest. He has been a fan favorite to watch thus far. If he keeps developing his game he is going to be a hot recruit sooner rather than later.

Ikenna Ndubga (Brooks School ’16): Open? There’s a good chance Ikenna Ndubga will find you. A true players’ point guard, Ndubga has a really good sense of where his teammates are on the floor and gets it to them at the right time. He is a fun point guard to play with.

Chris Baldwin (St Michael Academy ’15): Baldwin is a great talent, and he showed it today by doing more than just scoring. Sure he hit jump shots and showed he has the ability to knock them down consistently, but he also did the things coaches love to see. He dove for loose balls, he was loud and communicated on defense and protected the rim very well. It’s good when you find a player who plays both sides of the ball, but it’s great when they play both sides as well as Baldwin did today.

Our list could have continued and included dozens of other names, but these 9 stood out from the rest and showed they have what it takes to #BeElite. Let’s see if they can carry it over into Championship Friday! Don’t forget to follow our live blog for full coverage to tomorrow’s events.

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