Top 20 3rd & 4th Grade
#51 Kenny Scott- Kenny is superb at this age, he can defend on the ball and handle pressure when it comes his way. Kenny can get to the basket at will. I look forward to watching his game grow over the years.
#113 Owen Mikin- Owen is a very coachable kid he does the little things that you usually don't see at his age. Owen is a very hard worker that if he continues to work, he is going to be very successful at the game of basketball.
#5 Joey Ondo - Joey has a very high basketball IQ and has a great feel for the game. You can tell he loves basketball and has passion for the game. He did not get the ball as much but did so many other things well. I cant wait to see his future progress,
#18 Brandon Heath - good all around player can handle pressure when it is brought his way. He loves to compete is good at making plays all aroung the court. IF he contunues to work on his game the sky is the limit,
#115 Joshua Harrelll -Joshua lays hands but improvement is needed. He played hard and competed. Look forward to seeing his progress as he plays against good competition that will continue to help his game get better.
#148 Milian Perie -Superb kid can do it all. Dominates the floor on both ends. HE plays with a motor that is pretty unique at his age. Looking forward to see him at the national camp.
#86 Quincy Boyd- Quincy has a lot of talent and with some teaching can hold his own against anyone.He has a lot of talent and anxious to learn. HE seemed to love the game so that means he is only going to get better, How hard he works will be the key.
#83 Brady Ganley - Bradley is very aggressive has some swag that you can't teach dominates the floor with his presence. He dominates the floor with his presence and definitely has a winning mentality. If he continues to work hard on his game the kid has a chance to do really well.
# 14 Ryan Pollard - Ryan plays with a lot of energy and can defend on both ends He plays with a lot of energy which is rare for his age but it made him stand out the camp.Keep watching him grow and keep developing his all around game.
#3 Marcus Johnson - Marcus has a very good IQ he has a unique skill set for his age. He is ranked as one of the top 3rd graders in the nation. Basketball runs in his blood son of Sonny Johnson. His future is bright.
#32 Demetrius Coates-this kid is tough and has a nose for the ball. It seems like he is always around the ball making plays. He is a tough competitor that does not mind playing hard and getting the job done. He is also a very good rebounder
#87 Tahsai Davis -The future is bright for this kid, to be only in the second grade who can play with the older kids kid has a big heart and passion for the game. He has a unique skill set for his young age.
#12 Jadrian Ezell- this kid plays with a lot of energy and is very coachable. He obviously was a coach's dream. It is very rare to see kids like him who love to compete and give their all on both sides of the floor. Look forward to seeing him at the national camp.
#53 Bryce Wright - Bryce is a good rebounder uses his body very well, which is hard to teach to a kid his age. As he continues to work on his game, there are bigger and better things in his future.
#17 Aiden Burke -Aiden is able to address on the run and is very coachable. Aiden has a passion for the game. He excels at getting his teammates involved. Does a lot of things well on defense which helped out his team tremendously. Looking forward to seeing his progress.
#37 Mike Graves- this kid is a very good talent and is eager to learn. He has a nice wide body for a kid his age. As he continues to play he will continue to improve on his defense.
#2 Darren Miles - Darren is able to create shots and can put the ball in the basket. He can create a shot off the dribble and can also get to the basketball. He can slash to the rim. His coach enjoyed coaching him this weekend.
#8 Marcus Jackson - kid can play the game his game is beyond his age.HE does multiple things well, has a nice jump shot, can put the ball on the floor, and he can also finish. As he continues to work on his game there's no telling how special this kid can be . He has a bright future
#34 Jason Henlon -Jason is the ultimate team player and can play multiple positions on the court. He is able to handle the ball and defend positions 1 through 3. He makes those around him better. He is one of the top point guards in the state of Ohio for his gareade.
#39 Haji Abudameh - kid can rebound make the little plays and makes his teammates better. He does the little things that helps his teammates. As he continues to work on his game and improve his skill set , he is going to be really good player in the future.
#16 William Morris - William stood out because he can shoot and handle the ball well, he also loves to compete. He is a smart player for his age and is very coachable.
#84 Chase Woloschuk- 1st grader was able to handle himself well amongst 3rd and 4th graders. He is very aggressive on both ends of the floor and plays the game with a lot of energy that rubs off on his teammates.
#124 Kevin Lowry- very coachable kid. Kevin plays with a motor which is hard to teach and very unique for his age. He hte type of kid you want on the court because he will give his all to make sure the team wins. Kevins coach enjoyed coaching him this weekend. Looking forward to seeing him at the national camp.
#102 Daniel Whorton- Daniel is a great rebounder on both ends of the floor and moves to the open spots on the floor to get shots,. He knows where he is supposed to be on the floor. Daniel will be a great player in the future- remember the name Daniel Warren.
#117 Donovan Jones- kid plays with a lot of energy likes to create for others on the floor. He was one of the most unselfish players on the court. Loves to get others involved and he is looking to be an ultimate playmaker which means he will make everyone better around him, Looking forward to seeing him t the national camp.
#107 Mike Jones - Mike can play the game. He is one of the top 60 guards in the nation. He has amazing handles with a pretty jumpshot.
#109 CJ Thomas -CJ was one of the most talented players at the camp this weekend He can handle the ball and pressure bigger guards at his age. CJ is a future PG.
#88 Dekota Johnson has a high basketball IQ and shoots the ball very well. He definitely stood out and the team hustler. As he continues to work on his all around game. I see nothing but good things in his future.
#36 Shahn Alston- kid has a nose for the ball and will do little things to get his team the win. His coaches really enjoyed his basketball IQ that helped his teammates. His game will continue to grow for as long as he stays in the gym. Hes definitely on his way to be an all around player.
#78 Jamar Keyes- his passes are extraordinary and runs the court very well. He can also rebound it very well. What a coachable kid!
#19 Gunnar Woods attacks the basketball very well and is just a tough kid. Uses his strength and aggressiveness to get the win for his team. He has a passion for the game and an undeniable good worth ethic. We can't to see him at the national camp.
#103 Dailen Malcolm -have a high basketball IQ and plays with a lot of energy. Not to many kids at Dailen's age plays with his energy and high basketball IP. As he continues to work on his all around game he will be one to watch in the future.
#100 Brady Farrah kid has a lot of energy . As he continues to work on his ball handling and his shooting he can only get better and very teachable.
Top 20 5th Grade
Demarr Foster #85- could be one of the best shooters in his class, shot a very high percentage whenever he shot the ball. Was able to create his own shot as well.
Durrall Brooks #48- stayed in attack mode, a player that never gives up when on the floor. High motor with the will to win.
Chace McMillian #121- fast player with a good change of speed when he has the ball. Really good playing on ball defense and crashed the boards. Ran the floor and made open shots.
Dominic Scott #20- made some big shots at the right moment of the games. Wasn't afraid to make mistakes and shook it off and keep playing. Can tell he loves the game because he plays very hard and is a good teammate.
Duncan Moy #52- very good at rebounding and putting the ball back up. When left open, he made layups and mid range jumpers. Blocked a few shots and was good playing help side defense.
Greg Brumagin #73- Shooters shoot and Greg is a shooter. You couldn't leave Greg open for a quick second, if so, he was shooting it and it was high chance that it was going in. A great catch and shoot shooter but a even better passer.
Javyn Martin #101- his defense was his offense, he got a bunch of steal that turn into breakaway layups for Martin. Not he didn't just steal the ball when guarding, he knew how to get in the passing lanes playing help side defense to get steal as well.
Maddox Albright #115- good at attacking the basket. Drew a lot of fouls because he wasn't afraid of the contact and made strong moves getting to the basket. Shot it pretty well from midrange and played some good defense.
Jayden Payne #47- did everything on the court, hustled for loose balls, rebounded the ball and scored when the opportunity presented itself. Understands the game and you can tell he loves it, good at going to basket have to make better decisions in the paint.
Gregory Brooks #94- you can tell that Greg is going to be special, he did everything and did everything well. Shot the ball, got to the
basket and knocked down shots. Good handles that made smart decisions with the ball.
PJ Miles #68- could handle the ball like one of the older kids at camp. I don't think anybody that guarded PJ shut up him down or took the ball from him. When he made his moves at the top of the key he got to the basket and made nice finishing moves when he got there.
Kaleb Kerfoot #15- a very confident player that put his team first. He made great plays for him self and also great plays for his teammates, he found people cutting to the basket also help players get open from his nice strong firm picks he set for them as well.
Isaiah Brenneman #63- could not be stopped at grabbing rebounds, he lead his teams in rebounds almost every game. He knew how to use his body to go up and get boards and made great passes to his teammates after grabbing them. Finished layups and drew a lot of fouls.
Tavin Shaw #65- got the basket at will, not too many defenders that were checking him could stop him from getting in the paint. When attacking the rim he was unselfish and made some nice passes to his teammates that where open.
Que Miller #66- plays extremely hard all the time, very good IQ for the game and plays it the right way. Did a lot of good things but more so impressed with the way he could score the ball, did it in many ways from shooting mid range shots to attacking hard getting fouls an and 1's.
Kaden Aaron #38- crafty with the ball, was able to do some things that the older boys weren't doing. Could really handle the ball, had it on a string and made moves that kept his defenders off balance.
Conye Gaston #54- very high motor, always was active especially on defense. Have to settle down some on defense picked up a lot of fouls but just because he played hard and aggressive. Really good skill set for his age that's only going to keep getting better.
Tafari Williams #118- his presents was enough, every time he stepped on the floor he made a play happen, from a defensive stop to knocking down a wide open shot. A good team player that understands the game.
6th grade top 20
Xavier Peterson #72- played with a lot of confidence and swagger, being able to get to the basket was too easy for X. He stepped outside for long range shots and played some extremely hard defense.
Adam Williams #81- a player with a very high IQ, Adam knows the game really well. Made smart plays on offense and knew where to be on defense. His shot wasn't on , but he did more than just shoot. He ran his team to perfection and lead them to some big wins.
Marquese Josephs #98- true lead guard that made some exciting moves on the go. With nice cross over moves to out of nowhere passes, Josephs did everything he had to do to win games. His court vision for his age is off the charts, the passes he was making we didn't see some of the older players making.
Tye Curry #76- extremely high basketball IQ, did pretty much everything you could think of, handled the ball some, knock down open shots and hit the boards. Very aggressive player that knows all positions and can actually guard every position on the floor.
Kevin Hamilton #49- will not find a more passionate competitor then Kev, his will to win was out of this world. He did everything you could think of for his team to win games.- hit open shots and even shots while being guarded handled the ball and didn't back down from anyone.
Zevin Gadson #45- his speed took him wherever he wanted to go on the court. Very fast with the ball with an attack mindset. Everything was fast pace, he was very strong going to his right and finished well around the rim. Played multiple positions and played all of them the same, he knew nothing but to go hard.
Joshua Adam #80- good with the ball in his hands, tough to guard because he could go right or left and finish with both hands as well. Could knock down shots when team needed him to from anywhere on the floor. Made plays on defense that turned into easy layups on the other end of the floor.
Storm White #41- everyone knew that storm likes to go to the basket strong, but still no one was able to stop him from doing that. He got to the basket whenever he wanted to and did it bunches, from cross over moves to hesitation moves he got there with no problems.
Quadrees Ward #159- very athletic, grabbed some big rebounds over some bigger players. Nice soft touch around the rim for easy
layups and drew fouls. Q could go inside and outside giving teams problems because couldn't find anyone to stop him, a mix match night mare.
Stephen Cornwell #112- found his spot on the floor and didn't hesitate to let it fly, a good confident smart shooter that knew when to and not take shots. Handles where good enough for him to create for others and himself.
Tommie Benn #4- hard nose defensive bull, everyone knows that Tommie loves to play defense and it showed. He picked his man up full court sometimes, went to go trap the ball and hit the boards. When his offensive game start clicking like his defense, he will be a all around great player.
Andre Vasser #202- crafty and shifty ball handler that likes to make his defenders play some real defense on him. When getting by his defenders he made smart decisions with the ball, either taking it to the basket or dropping it off to a big for a easy layup.
Ronald Taylor #50- a true winner that did whatever took to win games. Can definitely tell that Taylor loves the game, did everything from scoring to rebounding to passing. A really good teammate and very coachable.
Sayed Abuhamdeh #42- comes from a family that loves to score the ball, didn't do much scoring but we know it's coming. Really hung his hat on playing defense and being a good teammate. Knew the game really well, high IQ that's only going to get better.
Jason Lagana #79- finished very well, couldn't leave him alone anywhere in the paint because it was guaranteed points. Nice shooting form when he shot the ball. As he continues to work on his game, those layups will be three point shots soon.
Jeremiah Hendrix #33- always was in attack mode, knew one speed and that was fast. Goes extremely hard at all times, getting to the basket was his strengths. On defense he caused problems for everybody, wasn't afraid to guard bigger players or faster players
Patrick Williams #6- Pat shot "lights out" all weekend, every one knew what he could do but that didn't stop him from getting buckets. He could attack when it was there or kick it when nothing was open for him, a hound on defense that's only getting bigger and stronger.
Jalen Davis #10- extremely fast with the ball, you would think Jalen was running with out the ball the way he ran pass defenders with the ball. Used his quickness and speed to get wherever he wanted on the floor and used his speed and foot speed to make stops on defense.
Tyrell McNair #46- strong finisher when having the ball. Not too many players could finish the way Ty did. He could probably lead this class in and 1's he was just stronger then a lot of kids and made sure he finished open layups.
Anthony Mourad #104- really impressed by the way he made his way to the basket, not just a average take to the basket, he got there by euro step spin moves and jump stops. When going to the basket is this easy it opens up other things like shots that he knocked down and nice passes to his teammates.
Top 20 7th Grade
Danny Young #265- from the regular games to the all-star Danny game did not change at all. Danny has been known for his scoring first mindset, which he did do all weekend very well, but what shocked us is he took more pride on the defensive end this camp. Even in the all-star game, he played defense like it was a championship on the line. Adding that piece to his game puts Danny on another level putting him in the talks as one of the best in his class.
Chris Smith #194- there wasn’t a guard in camp that did had a better motor than Chris, from creating his own shot, to blowing by defenders he did it all. His motor changed the game every time he touched the floor, rebounding the ball over bigger players lead to easy coast to coast points. When teams got aware that he liked to penetrate he made nice passes that lead to easy points for his teammates.
Sellers Little #291- one of Dayton’s finest didn’t disappoint anyone that made the drive, not too many guards in camp had the ball on a tight string like Sellers had it. Even driving the ball at a full speed pace he made shifty moves the kept his defenders off balance and on their way to someone’s mixtape. His game had a lot of flash to it but it got the job done, good thing about his moves was he didn’t play with the ball; did what he had to do to get the job done.
Cameron Walker #295- making his way all the way from Atlanta was worth every minute of his trip. Big Cam was a load to handle all weekend, his size strength and speed put him over the edge to dominate every game he played. Looking at his size you would think he was strictly a post, but after every rebound he made, he lead the break to coast to coast points or wide open looks for his teammates.
Elmore James #243- if there was an award for the most valuable hard working player James would be the front runner for it. Every loose ball he and rebound he either got it or made an attempt to get it. He easily averaged 20+ points in his games along with 10+ rebounds, and that hard work carried along to the all-star game where he lead his team in points and rebounds. Elmore hard work and dedication to the game was very fun to watch all weekend.
Tyler Ganley #263- Tyler became a fan favorite from his shifty moves to step back three point shots from long range. He made his presents present whenever he made a move and the cameras were rolling he smiled at the camera to let them know that he was in the building and the world to know who “Tyler Ganley” is. He scored 26 points in a close game with a buzzer beating shot to win a big game for his team. Shot the ball lights out, if there was a three point contest he would have been a favorite to win it.
Detric Hearst #284- wasn’t much that Detric didn’t do, from scoring to rebounding and playing defense earned his spot in the top 20 all star game. A well all around player that didn’t mind not touching the ball, he seen he knows that theres more to just scoring. A winning mindset you can tell with a team first attitude caught people’s attention all camp long.
William Rumple #174- Will got a nick name from the evaluators and that was “Warrior Rumple”. His nickname explained his whole entire game, being undersized didn’t mean much to Will, he got down there with the bigger players grabbing rebounds over there and getting easy put back points. On the defensive end he made stops and took pride in them, defensive rebounds were almost his every time he jumped to get a board. Very good at attacking the basket, drawing fouls and finishing strong. Warrior Rumple is tough and fearless.
Jorden Brooks #286- JB played a lot off the ball at camp, we seen flashes of his handle but it look like he just wanted to shoot the ball and score. Made threes look effortless and when defenders figured out that he is a lights out shooter he pump faked and made plays, either pull jump shots hard takes to the basket or finding a teammate.
Aiden Lal #236- the rebounding machine, if a shot was off and Aiden was on the floor it was almost every time guaranteed his rebound, on the offensive side as well as defensive rebounds. If camp had it were you shot free throws after shooting fouls he would have made his way to the line atleast 7-10 times a game. Going to the line wouldn’t have been a problem making them because when he wasn’t crashing the boards he made wide open 15 foot jump shots.
Sonny Johnson Jr #11- by Sonny having a national buzz he got every ones best hard fought game. You would think he would be under a lot of pressure because of the attention he was getting but that seemed to turn his game up a notch. Every camera that was in the building filmed most of his games and I am sure he made every ones social media, from long three pointers to wicked cross overs. Sonny’s poised demeanor is special and that’s what makes him a national ranked player.
Jalen Brown #154- when you have a god gifted ability like Jalen with his athleticism and uses it to the best of your ability you are guaranteed wins and spots at all star games. Being able to handle the ball with his athleticism secured his spot in the all star game along with big wins in the regular games. With his creative moves at the top of the key lead to hard earned finishes around the rim. Didn’t see to many guards like Jalen getting big block shots in the post and converting his hard nose to defense to track meet layups.
Trey Miller #275- from game one to the all star game Trey played with a swagger that he wasn’t going to be stopped by any one. His shifty moves got the crowds attention
Tavian Tatum #206- long athletic and very versatile. For the past 2 camps Tavian was strictly playing on the post, seems like he's been in the gym working on his game. He's handling the boy more shooting other shots besides layups and guarding other players other than bigs. Can easily say one of the top players in his class.
Dean Horn #266- was solid and steady all weekend. Didn't try and play outside his game and didn't try and force things that weren't there. Without demanding and dominating the all his presence was present.
Brandon Oscar #57- the West Virginia native made his trip up a success. The smooth crafty lefty showed some amazing handles and difficult finishes to the basket. Really liked how poised he played, picked his spots to score and knew when to kick it out for open looks for his teammates.
Zyion Brown #189- got his nickname this weekend from an announcer, "the bully" and when you say his nickname his game explained why they were calling him that. The left hand guard, but his size you would think he played in the post, bullied his way to the basket, for rebounds and locked down smaller defenders. For his size he moves really well and have a nice slick right to left crossover.
Logan Keilin #247- didn't see a shot he didn't like all weekend. Whenever Logan shot the ball you could almost guarantee it was going in. What made his way to the all star game was that he was able to create his own shot off the dribble and knew what shots to take. When a defender hands went down, his shot was going up.
Makhi Elmore #155- everyone knew that Elmore was a lefty and liked to go left, the only thing about them knowing was that they still couldn't stop him from going left. Has a very strong attack game going to the basket, not only was he getting to the rack at ease, but he also had a nice pull up jumper and good court vision.
Jaiden Cox Holloway #173- being long and lanky worked in his favor this weekend. By Jai being long he was able to shoot over small defenders, blow by bigger players and block a lot of shots.
7th grade top 40
Zadan Abuhamdeh #311- I guess it's in his genes to be a pure scorer. Zadan shot the ball really well not just from three but mid range game was on point as well. Getting to the basket wasn't a problem for him either.
Jackson Falconberry #207- had a up and down weekend in regular games, but had his coming out party in the all star game. Scoring in double figures and having double figures in rebounds. If he stays in attack mode like that all the time Jackson can be good.
Noah Wright #67- handles where on a string and very quick while handling it. Since he is small he used it to his advantage by using his speed to blow by defenders. When stopped going to the basket Noah had a nice runner and pull up game.
Sean Conway #95- had a very unique shift to his game, used the crossover very well on offense. Knows how to get defender off balance and explode mix matches when having them. After nice crossover moves followed nice shots and easy points.
Reginald Walker #259- had very good size, knew how to use his body over small defenders. Finished very well around the basket, and had his hands on every rebound.
Ivery Cotton #186- high motor, never stopped until the whistle was blown. Stayed in attack mode going to the basket, and didn't back down from any defender.
Dushawn Hill #209- playing on a stacked team with some of the top players at camp Hill still stood out and played within the game. The smooth left hand jump shot hit open shots when needed and played extremely good defense.
Brian whitlow #285- great feel for the game, knows where to be and consistently moved without the ball to get open. Made other people better by setting good screens to get them open and played great help side defense.
Jake DePaul # 252- scored the ball in bunches, from knocking down open mid range jumpers to attacking the basket like a bull. Scoring put Jake in the all star game, but his defense didn't go unnoticed as well.
Akinlano Popoola #43- stayed in attack mode from regular games to the all star game. Seemed like he had a chip on his shoulders going up the better guards, he didn't back down to any of them. Pushing the ball in transition making plays and doing it with some swagger.
Chad Pitzer #204- Chad hung around the basket and got a lot of easy points. Teams where watching his guards so much they forgot Chad been getting easy buckets all weekend long. He knew where to be to finish and his teammates assisted him.
Rodney Holloway #199- ran the floor very well every position, didn't take any plays off. Really good at filling the lanes in transition knowing where to be to get the easy point on the break.
Kayen Niskanen #190- didn't see too many kids at camp that really took pride in crashing the boards like Kayen. It was almost a guaranteed rebound when he went to grab it. After rebounds put backs were money!
Malik Olafioye #90- ran the team like a true point guard,a pass first mentality. Sometimes a little bit too passive but it was just his game, when left open wasn't afraid to knock down shots.
Rakyi Davis #13- was a joy to watch because he did and took pride what nobody likes to do in all star camps; and that's play defense and actually play it the right way. Davis took on teams best all handlers and quote on best players. When you do things other players not doing you always stick out.
Ryan Neal #55- Ryan reminded us of a younger version of Jason "white chocolate" Williams. By far one of the best pure point guards at camp, the passes that were made got reactions that you would of thought they were slam dunks or ankle breaking moves.
Lydell Bird #278- a great last name to match his game, Bird flew through the air to grab rebounds, block shots and attack the basket with nice finishing moves. Very athletic on both ends of the floor, his athleticism on defense turned into athletic finishes on the break.
Kylan Tucker #292- a true winner, can tell he hates to lose, did everything possible to win games and make a all star team. Really impressed with Kylan's hustle, a never give up on any play on the court attitude. Confident in his game even when shots where not falling or missed assignments on defense, never gave up and continued to play hard.
Adam Diaz #236- had a nice all around game, showed he can shoot a 3 when possible, pull up for mid range jumpers and got to the rim. On defense is where he was a work horse, grabbing rebounds and blocking shots, just being in the right spots all the team help him get everything he had earned to turn it into a good offensive possession.
Brennan Salmons #183- with his nice size on him Salmons didn't do anything outside of his game. Like to play inside and very physical, set great ball screens and knew how to roll off of the screens. What got him into the all star game was not doing anything outside of what he did, he knew what he was good at and stuck too it.
Lashon Washington #282- when a player like Washington knows he can shoot and shots don't fall you continue to shoot and eventually shots will start to fall. Well that's what he did, he could miss 2 shots in a row didn't think about those misses and shot the third shot until it went in. Shooter never stop shooting and he didn't.
8th grade top 20
William Jeffress #314- standing 6'6 now he grew a good 3 inches from last camp. Will's game has grown too. Being one of the taller kids in camp last year he played a lot on the post, not this camp, Will looked like he added more to his game. Stepping outside knocking down threes consistently getting to the basket and throwing down mixtape like dunks.
Camron Gaston #264- shot the ball solid all weekend, from pull ups in transition to catch in shoot threes from anywhere on the court. Shooting from college range with ease, and very confident when shooting it. Played some good defense and did a lot of talking on defense as well, don't see that too often in these type of camps.
Luke Chicone #176- when you talk about the best 8th graders around you have to bring Luke's name up. By him being so small but his game is so being big , Luke made his presents known every time he stepped on the floor. From nice mixtape crossovers to no look passes there wasn't anything stopping little Luke from being great.
Jalen Dial #253- is a silent assassin, doesn't do too much talking but his game does all the screaming for him. With more muscle to his frame Jalen made guards that were checking him look like baby's. His explosive first step kept everybody off balance and the muscle he put on helped him finish tough shots in the paint.
Makail Cottingham #221- is and was a walking bucket, a scoring machine with a mindset that nobody can guard him. His long arms helped him sit down on defense and lock defenders all the way up. Winners mindset that did whatever he had to do for his team to win ball games.
Meechie Johnson #1- you have some good guards, ok guards and then you have dominant guards, well Meech is a dominant guard that's been dominating this camp for a long time now. Picked up where he left off last camp scoring the ball at will, getting where he want when he want on the floor at will and finding his teammates with no look passes. Scored 30 twice but did it making it look to easy.
Enavell Lighty #226- the Lighty genes are starting to show, standing almost 6'7 now Lighty did what his uncle OSU alumni David Lighty was doing at his age and that just be a ball player. Still learning and polishing his game you can tell he's been in the gym working on all parts of his game. Very athletic and raw, if he continues to grow and game continues to get better he has a chance to be the best player in this class.
Khaaron Allen #224- in transition you would of thought Allen was running without the ball because he was fast and quick with it on the break. He used his quickness to blow by defenders, get easy wide open layups in transition and quick enough to keep any defender in front of him by beating them to the spot. Played with a lot of confidence and swagger.
Anthony McComb lll #293- did a lot of great things all camp, wasn't much that Ant didn't do. Watched him single handily take over games, not just scoring but passing for good looks for his teammates, defending best players and rebounding with people that where way bigger than him. All around game that turned him into a top 20 all star.
Omar Abuhamdeh #310- his game gets better every camp and we have been watching Omar since he was little. He can flat out play, an extremely good offensive player that knock down shots anywhere on the floor at a high percentage. Handles the ball well with a sick signature spin move that gets the crowds attention every time.
Raymelle Arnold #227- plays with a lot of confidence, emotion and a whole lot of swag. From the color to his hair to his nice shoes Arnold always stands out and his game do the most standing. By far you can say he's one of the best scoring guards around, from long range threes to big boy finishes, he gets the job done.
Mason Miller #269- the stretch big caused a lot of problems for his defenders that were guarding him. He could stretch them out to the wing and knock down shots from three, he also did a lot of pump faking getting them to jump and going right by them. When Mason gets stronger his game will be more consistent and dominant.
Jaden Hameed #297- whenever he plays he is so focuses and is able to keep the same face the whole entire time. He has that killer look to him and his game explains why, Hameed is a force to stop. Being bigger then guards checking him he simply made them look silly, blowing by them with his quick first step, and finishing at the rim with ease. You can't leave him open either, that's almost a guaranteed point.
Jonah Lytle #217- with a lot of raw talent you can see the potential of him being really good. Was very strong with the ball, either going to the basket to get and 1 foul calls or grabbing the rebounds from anybody that tried to jump with him. Has a very high ceiling if he continues to get better the sky's the limit for Jonah.
Chanze Amerson #296- a rebounding machine, being in the right position at all time. Did the little things that nobody pays attention too and you need players like him. Plays like boxing out, hustle for loose balls making the extra pass, he did little things like that to win games for his team and make the top 20 all star game. Sometimes it's not all about making the best plays it's about making the right plays and Chanze made a lot of right smart plays.
Tez Brown #242- you can tell when a player just loves the game, Tez loves this game. Always had a smile on his face even when things wasn't going his way. Shot the ball well from 3 along with handled the ball it like it was nothing. Good court vision, knew when his shot wasn't falling he became that player that made sure his teammates got theirs.
Ja'Lyn Griffin #213- has a great feel for the game, understands everything about it. A good passer that made the right pass in tough situations. Good size for his age along with some strength and muscle to his frame.
Cameron Ray #273- a talent that can't be denied, he was very explosive on offense and locked down defenders on defense. When ask about his game his coach said he had similarities to Westbrook, the way he attacked the rim was fearless, he went up for rebounds like a big and that cocky but confidence mentality.
Justin Slattery #268- all around baller, did a lot of things well. Didn't do much shooting but seem like he found a role for his team to win games. He made wide open layups, ran the floor well, played defense and rebounded the ball. Can't ask for more in a player, did enough to make the all star game and leave people without a doubt in there mind that this kid can play.
Tae Perie #218- the matchup with him and Meechie Johnson woke a lot of people up that was sleeping on Tae. He didn't back down from the nationally ranked player, he showed that he could play with anybody in the country. The smooth lefty is a tough point guard that will cross you over break your ankle and hit a three in your face. Came in a talk around the city left out with questions on why they not talking about him nationally.
8th grade top 40
Antonio Ocasio #182- a true floor general, with a pass first mindset. Love players like Antonio that doesn't need the ball to impact a game, the way he found his teammates and handled the ball was enough to solidify his spot in a all star game.
Tyree Alexander #237- shooters shoot, Tyree was a shooter that did a lot of other things but shooting was his strength. A lot of kids at this age either look to catch and shoot or shoot off the dribble, what set Ty apart was that he used his teammates to get him open off screens for wide open looks. Didn't force shots either.
Jalen Sanders #212- aggressive on both ends of the floor, really had a good feel for shooting the ball as well. Understood when to take and don't take shots, with a nice form like Jalen has and more reps and practice, he could be a deadly shooter.
Chase Harris #156- played on and off the ball, good thing about Harris is when shot wasn't falling he was able to do more and went to the point to start dishing out the ball. Combo guards always have a better advantage of making things happen, Chase made those things happen.
Arik Viney #224- not afraid of big moments, in two of his games the games were close, Arik stepped up and made big plays some where winning plays and some where game changing plays. When you have a big heart like Arik your not afraid to make things happen, he was a walking bucket.
Marius Stovall #261- not many players at camp took pride on the defensive side, Stovall hung his hat on play defense and you can tell. Talking on defense, yelling out screen right and left and taking charges, all of that in a all star setting camp. Nobody want to do that type of work but when doing it, it will definitely set you apart from the rest, Marius was set apart.
Jamere Sheron #170- showed a lot of skill set at camp, handles where really well shot at a high percentage and shared the ball. Pretty much a good all around player that could score every time if possible but filled his stats with scoring rebounds and assist.
Malik Simmons #164- very athletic and explosive, all of his moves where strong hard moves to the basket for and 1 finishes and easy layups. Knew how to create off the dribble for pull up shots and locked down on defense.
James Quinn #232- played a lot off the ball because his team knew he could hit open shots. James did a lot of sprinting the floor to his nice sweet spots on the floor where his teammates found him for either three point shots or finding him cutting to the basket.
Canaan Dye #225- had very easy job and that was to just step on the floor, playing with a nationally ranked point guard he bound to be found on the court. All he had to was make easy layups and knock down open shots, and that's what he did. Great hands and feel for the ball, knew where to be when his guard was in attack mode.
Reese Evans #188- had a nice simple weekend, played with an elite guard that found Reese for open shots and cutting to the rim for easy layups. Didn't force shots when defender closed out on him, he either made the next pass, pump fake and went by him or passed it back.
Shane Robinson #216- combo guard that likes to stay in attack at all times. Pushed the ball on the break every time, used his speed to get by defenders, when driving game stopped he pulled up for mid range jumpers and catch and shoot threes.
Josiah Mobley #70- high IQ and great feel for the game. Knew when and how to set good screens, when to cut to the basket and where to be on defense. Knowing the game made his job that much easier, rebounding was easy because he knew where to be and who to box out. When three point shot wasn't falling he took a couple dribbles in and started hitting inside jumpers.
Wilgus Tolso #258- a work horse that never stops playing hard. His energy level wore off on other players, he didn't take any plays off. Took shots when they were there but didn't force them, gave up a lot of looks to get better looks for his teammates. Extremely good on defense that can guard multiple positions.
Demarya Gadson #162- very aggressive when taking the rim, also knew combo moves when being cut off trying to get there, from a euro step to a jump stop he made it difficult for anyone to stop him from getting where he wanted to go.
Trevor Wood #241- has a nice smooth stroke that shot it from anywhere on the court. Was able to create his own shot with hesitation cross overs that created space for his shot to get off to knocking down the open shot when found by a teammate. Got some steals and deflections just from being in the right spots on defense.
Joe Labas #179- his presents were present in the paint, a true rim protector that stood his ground and wouldn't be stopped. Great hand and eye coordination that allowed him to catch some tough and tight passes when guards drove to the paint. Kept rebounds high and went straight back up and either drew the foul or got the easy put back.
Blair Wallace #35- got in the paint a lot for pull ups runners and floaters. Really knew how to float the ball up over defenders making tough shots over bigger players. Good passer, creative finisher and all around good player.
Marquis Hawthorne #195- nice size and knew how to use his body for rebounds and easy put backs around the rim. Had a nice soft touch that used the back board a lot for layups. Can go inside and outside which made him a mix match night mare. Could guard multiple positions.
Austin Johnson #260- when Johnson realize he could really play and stop thinking so much he will can be special. Showed that he can shoot when open and make plays when he had the ball. More confidence in his game and the sky could be the limit for Austin.
TOP 8th Grade PERFORMERS
NEO Youth Elite has emerged as the top youth (3rd-8th grade) organization in the state. Every year, the best talent from across Northeast Ohio and surrounding areas pack into Garfield Heights for stacked two-day camp that draws the top scouts and media cover for middle school hoops.
With a number of the camp's alumni earning varsity playing time this season, it's only right that NEO Spotlight was in attendance to see which future stars I will be covering this summer and throughout the 2017-18 season.
Keep reading for the 8th Grade recap from the latest camp this past weekend!
Meechie Johnson (#1) - You will be hardpressed to find a kid in the 2021 class that possesses the skillset of Johnson. The Garfield Heights native had the homecourt advantage and it was evident early on. Meechie has a smooth shooting stroke and uses a number of shifty hesitation moves to break his defender down. He changes speeds as well as anyone and is a solid downhill finisher in the open court but his competitiveness and effort on the defensive end of the floor was impressive for a kid who has already received such high praise.
Luke Chicone (#176) - It is virtually impossible to not root for Chicone. The electrifying guard might not pass the eye test but his play alone is certainly worth the price of admission. The undersized guard stole the crowd in the Top 20 game and left no doubt as to why he was selected as one of the camp's top performers. Chicone possesses natural instincts with the ball in his hands and is an above average finisher in the paint despite his size. His game is the perfect balance of flair and efficiency.
Evanell Lighty (#226) - Perhaps the most intriguing prospect in the area, Lighty is a kid who has continued to blossom as his both his game and body have matured over the last year. The 6'5 forward is the nephew of former Ohio State and Villa Angela-St. Joseph standout David Lighty. Able to play both inside and out, Evanell showcased a newfound skillset this weekend as he stepped away from the hoop to connect on a few jumpers and weaved his way to the rim for coast-to-coast finishes.
Tae Perie (#218) - When Perie is rolling, look out. The Akron guard is a high-volume scorer that is capable of knocking down shots in a hurry. Perie was effective using pick and roll situations to find open lanes to the hoop and drawing contact at the rim. A name to keep an eye out for, Perie is one of a handful of underclassmen guards that will be suiting up for St. Vincent-St. Mary next season.
Makail Cottingham (#221) - Cottingham almost single handily led Team Jordan to a victory in a Top 20 game that went down to the wire. He was the breakout performer of the weekend and displayed a multi-faceted game on both ends of the court, both scoring and defending at a high level. For a player that I wasn't familiar with entering the weekend, Cottingham certainly made a statemement and left a lasting impression. With good size and energy, the wing forward has earned a spot near the top of our watch list heading into the Spring and Summer.
Ramelle Arnold (#227) - Arnold, a Warrensville Heights product, wasted no time getting after it on Sunday. In a matchup with Jaden Hameed first thing in the morning, Arnold wasted no time proving why he is perhaps the top guard in his class. The combo guard possesses a natural feel for the game as a playmaker and was able to get to the rim at will and finish at an elite rate. Occasionally, Arnold settles for his jumpshot but as he displayed in overtime of the Top 20 game, he is more than capable of getting hot from deep.
Justin Slattery (#268) - An aggressive slasher, Slattery is a stong guard who has a high school ready build. In both the final scheduled game and the Top 20 showdown, Slattery wasn't affected by anyone who was on the floor and found a way to slip into the lane and power his way to a countless number of buckets in the paint.
Omar Abuhamdeh (#310) - Abuhamdeh was one of the only pure point-guard prospects in the building on Sunday. In the uptempo style of play that is accustomed to being played at the showcase events, Abuhamdeh stood out as a result of his ability to handle the ball in tight spaces and find teammates in the open floor. Able to finish at the rim with either hand, he uses a variety of angles on the backboard to create unique scoring opportunities at the rim. His battle with Meechie Johnson on Saturday drew a standing room only crowd.
Will Jeffress (#314) - Considered to be one of the top 8th grade prospects in the country, Jeffress is no stranger to NEO Youth Elite. Jeffress and his family make the trip from Erie, PA twice a year to put on a show. At 6'5, his size and frame will give him a chance to have an immediate impact at the high school level next year. Having added some significant strength since I last saw him, Jeffress was the most dominant post in attendance over the course of the two days, making a living on the offensive glass and showing off some versatility in transition.
- Chanze Amerson (#296)
- Jaden Hameed (#297)
- Jonah Lytle (#217)
- Anthony McComb III (#293)
- Mason Miller (#269)
TOP 20 GAME - FIRST TEAM
- G - Luke Chicone
- G - Anthony McComb III
- G/F - Makail Cottingham
- F - Evanell Lighty
- F/C - Will Jeffress
TOP 20 GAME - MVPLuke ChiconeChicone scored two back-to-back buckets in the final 30 seconds of regulation to send the Top 20 All-Star game into overtime. After a 15-foot pull up jumper, the savvy guard used his quickness to steal the inbounds pass away from his defender and finish a circus shot at the rim.