Late July Report: Orlando Super Showcases,
and 16U and 17U AAU National Championships
July 22-31, 2011
By Andre Whitehead, Bob Gibbons, and All Star Sport Staff
OVERVIEW: Hot and blistering describe the outside, but inside the heat reigned for competitive reasons as the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex played host to 16U and 17U Super Showcases, and the AAU Nationals. The Houston Defenders, behind the exploits of the vaunted Harrison twins, captured the 17U Super Showcase title with Aaron Harrison leading all scorers with 18 points; while All Ohio Red pulled away from the Memphis YOMCA to bring home the gold in the 17U AAU Nationals, led by point guard Jordan Potts, and the inside duo of Elijah Macon and Devon Scott. The event rosters were “atrocious,” and we apologize for any spelling errors or misinformation. We did our best to check and correct each player, but we may have missed some.
SUMMER REPORT: NBA Players Association Top 100 Camp
University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena
June 15-19, 2011
OVERVIEW: Following are our All Star Sports evaluations of the players at the 2011 NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, VA. The camp included many, but not all, of the nation’s top prospects. Approximately 12 of the top performers in the Class of 2012 did not attend; and camp was lacking in the top players in the Class of 2013. Overall, the level of talent was good. NBPA Camp Awards: MVP-Adam Woodbury, Outstanding Playoff Performer-“Yogi” Ferrell, Breakout Performer-Anthony Bennett, Scholar Athlete-Amile Jefferson (also camp’s leading scorer avg. 20.8), Leadership-Justin Anderson, Outstanding Underclassman-Nerlens Noel.
18th Annual Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions
May 27-29, 2011
OVERVIEW: The “controversial” NCAA ruling forced our 18th Annual Bob Gibbons Tournament of Champions off the three college campuses that we have used for the past 17 years. This year’s event was played in 16 courts at high schools or rec centers in the Raleigh-Durham area. Our field was reduced from 128 teams to 64 teams—32 in the 17-Under Division, and 16 teams in both the 16-Under and 15-Under age groups. The Southern Phenoms (Meridian, MS) led by multi-talented MVP 6-7 WF Davonta Pollard with 19 points, defeated the South Florida Panthers 79-73, for the 17-Under National Championship. Garner Road (NC), and their high scoring standout 6-8 WF T.J. Warren with 39 points, held off talented Belmont Shore (CA) 79-76 to win the 17-Under Select title.In the 16-Under National Championship, super soph MVP 6-3 2G Anton Gill hit a miraculous 38-footer to give Garner Road a 58-57 victory over Long Island Lightning. MVP 6-1 So. PG Josh Newkirk scored 20 points to lead Team United (NC) to a 72-49 win over Caron Butler Team Takeover (DC) in the 16-Under Select Championship game. In the 15-Under National Championship, Team Loaded (VA) nipped Team United (NC) 65-62. Team Loaded’s 6-4 Fr. 2G Broderick Stith and 6-7 Fr. C/F Trevor Singleton were named Co-MVPs. In the 15-Under Select Championship game BSWL (VA) edged Ty Lawson Team Takeover (DC) 65-62. MVP honors went to talented 6-4 Fr. Jimmy Paige. x- Pure Shooter. *- 17-Under All-Tournament team. #- 16-Under All-Tournament team. @- 15-Under All-Tournament team.
2011 SPRING REPORT: Philadelphia, PA
Overview: This report covers three spring events that provide a good picture of some of the upcoming talent in the Philadelphia area. The 51st annual Albert C. Donofrio Tournament at the Fellowship House in Conshohocken, PA is a post-season single elimination tournament in suburban Philadelphia that annually attracts most of the best players in eastern Pennsylvania. This report focuses on the underclassmen that participated. The Coaches vs. Cancer Showcase, also at the Fellowship House, featured two games of mostly rising seniors. The Real Deal in Philly tournament was held April 22-23 at West Chester University.
SUMMER REPORT: Hoop Group Summer Classic and Hoop Group West Virginia Jam Fest
King of Prussia, PA and Morgantown, WV
July 11-12, and July 14-16, 2011
By Norm Eavenson
Overview: Two talent-laden and well-run tournaments by the Hoop Group under the direction Rob Engemann took place on the East coast during the first part of the July evaluation period. The Summer Classic final was a Philadelphia battle between Team Philly and Philly’s Finest with Team Philly capturing the crown. Hoop Heaven Heat (NJ) defeated Team Takeover Hoop Magic (VA) to win the West Virginia Jam Fest. F- Denotes Projected Future Rating as a Senior.
SUMMER REPORT: 2011 LEBRON JAMES SKILLS ACADEMY
@ University of Akron-James A. Rhodes Arena, and University Recreation Center
July 7-8, 2011
By Chris Johnson
OVERVIEW: The fifth annual LeBron James Skills Academy featured more underclassmen by far than the previous four years, with a record 28 youngsters, and they came to play with five making the top 12 list, and 3 of the top 4. There were two reasons for this: A number of the top 2012 players did not play on Nike-sponsored travel teams, and Nike apparently decided to “showcase” their impressive crop of 2013 and 2014 players rather than invite mid-major types from their EYBL teams. Julius Randle was the best prospect there, as the lefty has a perfect body for a PF at 6-9 and 240+ lbs, very quick feet enabling him to blow by defenders, then using that strength to finish through contact. Plus, he was said to be the one camper who gave “The King” fits during a closed to the media scrimmage. Jabari Parker was not far behind as he has grown 2 inches and lost weight from last summer. So, combining that with his skill set and poise, he will compete with Randle for the #1 spot in 2013. However, Nerlens Noel will have something to say about that. Noel combines a 7-3 wingspan, good leaping ability and great timing to be the best high school shot blocker since Greg Oden. All he is lacking is strength and a go-to post move. Mitch McGary continued his “rags-to-riches” story by playing with his usual extreme passion, and his body is getting fitter along with an increased repertoire of offensive moves. He just needs to remember he is 6-11 and 260, and not try to emulate Kobe Bryant. Brandon Ashley was a terror on defense with his quick feet, jumping ability and long arms. Now, he is developing confidence on offense, scoring with either hand in the post and draining short jumpers. DaJuan Coleman was a massive, space-eater in the low post who was unstoppable when he got the ball. Like Ashley, he can score with either hand, which are like vice grips helping him secure any rebound in his vicinity. Tony Parker is another large, powerful low post player who has quick footwork, and plays with great intensity. Rasheed Sulaimon is a rare breed of player today, one who has a great jump shot, yet plays defense with a passion. T.J. Warren is wired to score, and his 6-8, 230-lbs. frame is makes him a difficult match up for high school defenders. This ‘shooting machine” reminds me of former NBA star Robert “Big Shot” Horry. Kyle Anderson has a great basketball IQ, is calm, cool, yet plays with passion, and can be pegged in at any position other than center. Think of a “poor man’s” Magic Johnson. Emmanuel Mudiay was the best of the seven elite 2014 players. He is an almost 6-5 PG who is projected to grow to 6-8, has long arms, and great athleticism and vision. Plus, he plays hard and is even a finer person off the court. Matt Jones was the best pure shooter in camp. This “Ray Allen reincarnation” hit 5 treys in a row one game, and multiple ones in another. Also, he is not afraid to try the big shot as he nailed a triple from the left corner with 3 seconds left to win a quarterfinal playoff game for his team.
SUMMER REPORT: HOOP GROUP ELITE CAMP and TEAM CAMP
July 5-10, 2012
@ALBRIGHT COLLEGE, Reading, PA
by Norm Eavenson
OVERVIEW: No basketball organization runs better events than the Hoop Group. Over 700 campers attended the session during the first open period. All Star Sports attended 3 days. We saw 31 of the 42 teams in the NBA East play, plus the All-Star games. Players selected for the Top 20 Senior All Star Game are in italics. After the Elite Camp, we stayed for the Team Camp with 64 high school teams, including many of the marquee programs from New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. The team camp provided an excellent opportunity for college coaches to evaluate players in game situations.
SUMMER REPORT: REEBOK BREAKOUT CHALLENGE
@Philadelphia University, Philadelphia, PA
JULY 5 - JULY 9, 2011
OVERVIEW: The revival of a Reebok-sponsored event to begin the first portion of the July evaluation period brought together a solid array of talent for college coaches to observe. Hoping to showcase players who may be under-exposed, mission was accomplished as the event attracted scores of college programs. Although the style of play and tempo of the games had the feel of numerous all-star games, many players still stood out.