Skills Camp 2 (July 13-17) – Look Who Stood Out!

2014 Skills 2 All-Stars

                 Skills Camp II in the Pocono Mountains was one of the most exciting and productive weeks of camp so far this summer. From early-bird workouts, stations, lectures, a one-on-one tournament and intense league and all-star games, several campers made names for themselves and took away a once in a lifetime experience.
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SKILLS CAMP II PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

ISAIAH AILES
Early in camp it became clear that Ailes was not afraid in pressure situations as he made big plays in crunch time. He made it to every Early-Bird Workout sessions and his penchant for seeking out extra help during down time helped earn him a spot on this list.


JALEN ALLEN
Very energetic and passionate player, he thrives on defense and doing whatever it takes to help his team win. Has the makings of a very special player.

ROHAN ANJUTGI
Gives everything he has on every play and during every drill. He is a great teammate with a great attitude and his knack for hitting big shots in several games made a solid impression on coaches.

SACHA BARRE
Played every position on the floor at some point during camp and played them all well. A very coachable player, Barre worked hard every day to improve.

AMILEON BERMEJO
A very skilled player who is a great scorer, Bermejo also loved to push the ball in transition which helped lead to several easy points for his team.

MIKE BRADLEY
As the week progressed he improved in a lot of aspects, especially his leadership. That improvement, along with his skill at handling the ball and making the right pass added up to his being winning the ACC Division’s Floor General Award.

KYLE BROWN
The ultimate team leader this week, he is always two steps ahead setting up his teammates or himself for a score. He has worked extremely hard in games and drills and was honored with the NBA Division Floor General Award.

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JACE BUDIN
Came in with one of the best shots in camp and worked every day to improve on that shot. He capped his week by winning the ACC Division Hot Shot Championship and being named an All-Star (team pictured above).

JAMIE BYERS
Very good point guard who ran the show all week, Byers shined the brightest in the Big East All-Star Game as he copped the game’s MVP Award. All week he exhibited good range on his jump shot and was a strong on the ball defender.

ISAAC COOPER
Playing with what appeared to be an advanced skill level, Cooper earned a mention on this list as one of the SEC Division’s best shooters this week.

MAKAI CRAWFORD
Was one of the hardest workers in camp and was constantly looking to improve his game. His dedication paid off as he was named the ACC Division’s Early-Bird Workout Star.

LOIC DERRIEN
Despite his size he was not afraid to go in the paint and fight for rebounds. As the week progressed he was clearly one of his team’s most valuable players on the floor.

RICARDO DOMINGUEZ
A well-rounded point guard, Dominguez was a threat whether he shot or passed the basketball. Over the past five days it was clear he was taking on more of a role as a team leader and that will only add to his ability to be a top-tier point guard.

HENRY DONOHUE
A poised and heady point guard, Donohue put in a solid effort all week which culminated in a spot on the ACC Division All-Star team.

BO FUREY-BASTIAN
A great scorer who can take over the game when needed, Furey-Bastian worked extremely hard on both ends of the court. His ability to rebound, pass, handle the ball, score, and defend all contributed to his bringing home the SEC Division’s MVP Award.

TAIRO GAITHER
An explosive combo guard who plays hard on both ends and appeared to have the ability to play bigger thanks to his athleticism.

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CB GARRETT
The rising senior from Voorhees, N.J. was a force to be reckoned with on the court as a threat in the paint, thanks to his size and strength, and from behind the arc. Also demonstrated an intense work-ethic all week and seemed to follow instruction both on and off the court.

NICK GENCO
An elite passer with a very high basketball IQ, Genco always made the right play and was an unselfish player and great teammate. Was named the SEC Division’s Most Improved Player.

JATHAN GONZALEZ
His effort and always playing to the whistle, along with his ability to shoot and run the floor well, helped Gonzalez raise a few eyebrows with his play this week.

RAY GOODWIN JR.
An incredibly offensive guard with a will to win, when he turned the corner no one in camp could stop him. Most importantly this talented point guard was constantly looking for ways to involve his teammates on the floor and was an almost unanimous decision to be named the Big East Division’s MVP.

ALEX HARBOUR
Showing why he’s one of the top talents in the region at his grade, Alex had a great week competing against varsity players as a rising eighth grader.

NBA MVP DAngelo Hilton
D’ANGELO HILTON
A very explosive player who can defend the 2-5 spot., Hilton was great running the lane in transition and can control the ball. Also a very athletic shot blocker, his aggressive style of play helped him win not only the NBA Division’s 1-on-1 Championship but also its MVP Award.

ETHAN HIRSCH
Played incredible defense all week and got after opposing teams whether his man had the ball or not. Was named an ACC Division All-Star.

GREG INMAN
His work ethic and determination allowed him to improve his post play daily. Couple that with his strength and he has the ability to become a great post position player.

SIMON JENKINS
Extremely versatile offensive player, he can get to the rim and finish through contact. Great on and off the ball defender.

KESEAN JOHNSON
From day one of camp until the final whistle, Johnson took the most strides in his all-around game and was named the NBA Division’s Most Improved Player.

ISAIAH JOSUE
Possessing an excellent handle and an all-around complete game, Josue led his team to the ACC Division Championship Game and on his way garnered Division MVP honors and won the 1-on-1 Championship.

JONAS KASSALOW
The ACC Division’s Most Improved player, Kassalow is a versatile all-around player. He can pull up for the three and also has quick handle to take his man off the dribble and score. A good defender who always looks to guard the best player on the other team and shut him down.

PRESTON McKENNY
A strong rebounder with a good inside game, he improved his post-position defense over the week to lead to his inclusion on this list.

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JOHNATHAN MELENDEZ
Strong and tough to guard, he plays both ends of the court well and already possesses a high basketball knowledge. He has a lot of potential and he’s all about team and helping his teammates perform out on the court. Melendez is shown above with his coach, Tynell Fortune, after their Syracuse team won the ACC Division Championship in triple-overtime. Also pictured are Mike Bradley (L) and Andrew Schwab (R) who are also on this list.

PETER NESTI
Powerful left handed 3-4 player who can go off the dribble and shoot the 3-pointer. Can rebound on both ends and plays good help defense

AKASH PATEL
Was one of the better shooters on his team and the work he put in during the week to develop into a dribble-drive threat made him an NBA Division All-Star and Hot Shot Champion.

ANDREW SCHWAB
He’s coachable and hardworking. He played his heart out and is all for the team. Was always helpful and positive when it came to his teammates and he responded well in several pressure situations with and without the ball.

PARTH SHAH
Had a solid week at camp and displayed an advanced skill set on his way to winning the ACC Division’s All-Star Game MVP Award.

BEN TAREK-KAMINKER
An incredibly spirited point guard, TK  led his team consistently and effectively over the course of the week. Possessed a great left handed layup which made him a solid threat when he drove the lane.

TAMIL TATE
One of the most effective 3-point shooters in camp, Tate earned his spot on this list clearly with his excellent mid to long-range shooting.

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IAN THURLOW
A phenomenal player with a bright future ahead of him, Thurlow, pictured above with his Mississippi teammates, was named the MVP of the SEC Division All-Star Game.

ANTOINE WILSON
A true point guard with the ability to direct players to the proper spot, Wilson showcased his nice 3-point pull-up shot off the dribble during the NBA Division All-Star Game in which he earned MVP honors.

UPCOMING CAMP DATES

If you or anyone you know wants to improve and prepare for the upcoming basketball season like these players above don’t worry, we still have plenty of summer camps available.

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