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2012 REEBOK BREAKOUT CAMP REPORT
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by Alex Schwartz
PHILADELPHIA – Reebok restarted its July camp last year after some time off and had some pretty nice talent on display. This year, though, the Reebok Breakout Challenge has gone to a whole new level and is absolutely filled with big-time talent from coast to coast.
NBE Sports was on hand the past two days and had the opportunity to see each and every team. Several usual suspects turned in impressive performances, while some lesser known players also made names for themselves.
Aaron Harrison of Travis (TX) is the best shooting guard prospect in the country and he played like it in Philly. The 6-foot-5, class of 2013 recruit has a terrific combination of skill and athleticism that makes him extremely difficult to contain when he is on his game. While at Reebok, he was absolutely fantastic and basically scored at will. Harrison showed off a lethal stroke from long range right from the get-go, nailing six 3-pointers in the first half of the very first game of camp on Wednesday evening. He has deep range so he cannot be sagged off of too much, but if you play him too tight he is more than capable of getting to the rack off the bounce. Harrison is also adept at drawing fouls around the rim, so even if he misses down low, there is a strong chance he will still get some points for his effort.
TOP SLEEPER PERFORMER
Seth Berger turned in a big-time performance in the last full game that NBE Sports saw on Thursday. A relative unknown, Berger is a 6-foot-7 small forward from Ballard (WA), with a great stroke from beyond the 3-point line. The 2013 prospect is very tough to stop when he catches the ball with room to get off his shot. However, he also showed the ability to score off the bounce, whether it was by attacking the basket or pulling up for a shot. He possesses good size on the wing and can really be a matchup problem. Berger is exactly the type of player that the Reebok Breakout Challenge is designed for, and he used the platform perfectly.
OTHER TOP PERFORMERS
Andrew Harrison, a 6’5 point guard from Travis (TX), is the other half of the elite Harrison backcourt duo. He is combination of size and athleticism at the lead guard spot is just plain silly. Add in his court vision and handling ability and you have a kid who is nearly impossible to defend at the high school level.
Demetrius Henry, who is taking a post-graduate year and is now in the class of 2013, continues to make impressive strides in his game. A 6’9 power forward who is headed to Faith Baptist Christian (FL), Henry is comfortable with his back to the basket and has a great turnaround jumper.
Rysheed Jordan, a 6’3 class of 2013 point guard from Vaux (PA), represented nicely in his home city. Jordan showed much improvement in his jumper and had it working in multiple games, connecting on shots from both midrange and beyond the arc.
Detrick Mostella, a 6’2 shooting guard from Decatur (AL), showed off some major scoring ability while in Philly. The 2013 prospect can really knock down shots, hitting consistently from 3-point land as well as midrange. He is a smooth player who possesses a strong build and is a talented offensive player.
Johnathan Motley may have been outshined a bit by his teammates Aaron and Andrew Harrison, but that did not stop the 2013 6’8 power forward from having a very nice camp. The North Shore (TX) big man is long, athletic, blocks shots, and scores around the rim.
Austin Nichols picked up some major offers in April and he showed why at Reebok, as the 6’8 power forward from Briarcrest Christian (TN) was turned in a nice performance. A 2013 recruit, Nichols is very skilled for a player his size and he has the ability to step out and hit some midrange jumpers. Additionally, he runs the floor extremely well, which is always a great asset.
Roddy Peters continued his strong play of late, as the 6’4 class of 2013 point guard was again on his game out in Philadelphia. The Suitland (MD) star has very good size at the one as well as some major length. However, he is more than just a good basketball body, but rather a talented kid with a nice handle who attacks the cup very well and also finds open teammates.
Donte Reynolds is a bouncy 6’7 combo forward out of Word of God Christian Academy (NC) who really competes and produces. A class of 2013 prospect, Reynolds is a good athlete who is active at the offensive end and has a good body. He continues to get better as a player.
Kamall Richards had a strong spring and that looks to be continuing into the summer. The 6’5 small forward from St. Benedict’s (NJ) who is going to take a post-grad year and be 2013 was superb yet again. He is a streaky shooter, but his jumper was falling from long range at Reebok to go along with his attacking and finishing ability.
Jared Terrell, a 6’3 shooting guard from New Hampton (NH), was arguably the top 2014 performer at camp. A strong kid who uses his size to get to the rim and finish, he is also a quality shooter and thus tough to contain offensively. He also showed the ability to play some point guard while in Philly.
**In addition to these players, Brandon Austin, Zena Edosomwan, Ikenna Iroegbu, Dwayne Morgan and Devin Robinson were amongst the others who impressed. There was a deep group of standout players due to the quality of the camp.
Adonis De La Rosa, a 6’10 class of 2014 center, has just one scholarship offer at this point, but is garnering quite a bit of interest. The Christ the King (NY) standout said that Drexel is the lone school to offer him, but mentioned Miami, Georgetown, Providence, Maryland, George Mason, Hofstra, Pittsburgh and Tennessee as schools pursuing him. He has not visited any schools yet and has no trips planned.
De La Rosa listed the Hurricanes, Volunteers, Patriots, Dragons and Panthers as the programs coming at him the hardest. De La Rosa has no timetable for a commitment, and said he has no favorites. “As of right now I’m open to everybody,” he explained.
Detrick Mostella listed scholarship offers from Georgetown, Kansas, Texas A&M, Georgia, Alabama, Auburn and Mississippi. He said that others have offered too and that he is getting a little bit of interest from Kentucky. Mostella, who is transferring to New Hope Academy (MD) for his senior year, listed Georgetown and Kansas as his top two.
Mostella has not taken any visits yet, but does plan to do so. “I’ll be like eight miles from Georgetown [at New Hope, so I can visit there] and I’m definitely visiting Kansas too. They’re my top two.” Mostella is unsure of whether he will sign early or late, but thinks it may well end up being in the second period.
Johnathan Motley said he has scholarship offers from Baylor, Houston, Clemson, Maryland, Oklahoma, Marquette, Richmond, Texas Tech, Texas A&M and Oregon. Additionally, he is hearing from West Virginia, Kansas, Stanford and Texas. He said that his favorites right now are Baylor, Houston, Clemson, Richmond, Kansas and Oregon. Asked when he plans to commit, Motley replied, “Maybe November, probably the first signing period.”
Motley also discussed the visits he has taken and what he has planned. “I live right by U of H so I go and play in the gym all the time and I’m going to Baylor after July.”
Kamall Richards said he holds scholarship offers from Rutgers, Penn State, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Temple, St. Joe’s, Bucknell, Towson, Duquesne and Drexel. He is also garnering interest from Miami and Seton Hall. Richards said he has no favorites right now and will have to take more visits before he can really determine that. Thus far he has only tripped to Drexel and St. Joe’s. “I’m definitely trying to visit most of the schools unofficially,” Richards said. “I haven’t set up any officials yet, though.”
Richards, who plans to sign in the early period, was originally in the class of 2012, but will be taking a post-graduate year. After spending his first three years of high school at Pocono Mountain East (PA), he was at St. Benedict’s (NJ) as a senior and may be back there for his post-grad year. His other option is St. Thomas More (CT) and he said, “I’ll make that decision within a week.” Richards also shed some light on whether he is favoring one of the prep schools. He said, “St. Benedict’s was my home for a year, so I don’t know, that’s my home right now, but St. Thomas More is a real good school.”