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THE HOOP GROUP’S FUTURE ALL-AMERICA CAMP – WEDNESDAY RECAP
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by Alex Schwartz
READING, Pa. — The Hoop Group Future All-American Camp came to a close on Wednesday and NBE Sports was back at Albright College. Yesterday’s action included the playoffs and the Super Soph All-Star Game. Throughout the course of the day there were several lesser known prospects who impressed. Additionally, awards were handed out, and the recipients are listed below. Also, find out here which point guard from the City of Brotherly Love shined on the final day of the camp.
Lamarr Kimble is a player who it is tough to not enjoy watching. A 5’11 point guard from Nemann-Goretti (PA), a Philadelphia powerhouse, Kimble has silky smooth game and is the consummate floor general. The best part of the 2015 prospect’s game is his ability to set up his teammates in positions to score as well as the fact that regularly looks to do that. Kimble has superb court vision and a very nice feel for the game. He is adept at making plays in transition and is faster than one would expect him to be. Kimble plays the game under control and always seems to know what he wants to do with the ball. Although much of his game is about facilitating for others, he is also quite a capable scorer. Kimble can connect from outside the 3-point line and his midrange pull-up jumper is quite good. All said, Kimble is a winning player who has a game well beyond his years.
TOP SLEEPER PERFORMER
Ja’ren Hampton is not a well-known player, but he sure can play. A class of 2015 recruit, Hampton was at Emily Fisher Charter (NJ) as a freshman, but will be transferring high schools for this upcoming school year. Hampton told NBE Sports that Trenton Catholic (NJ) and The Pennington School (NJ) are his top two choices. Whatever school Hampton ends up at will be getting a kid who flat out produces on the hardwood. He plays hard and is tough around the basket. Although he does need to improve some as a finisher, Hampton is capable of scoring around the rim. Hampton has a good frame and is adept at rebound the basketball, as he really works on the glass. He can block shots on defense and showed off a quality spin move at the other end of the floor.
OTHER TOP PERFORMERS
Carlton Bragg was one of the biggst breakout stars of this event. A relatively unknown player beforehand, the 6’8 class of 2015 center really showed what he can do. Bragg, who attends Villa Angela-St. Joseph (OH), as a nice frame, runs the floor well and has a good motor. He grabs offensive boards and scores on putbacks. Bragg is a superb finisher and also does a stellar job of contesting shots on defense.
Kani Coles of Edmondson Westside (MD) is part of a terrific class of 2015 in the DMV area. A 6’5 power forward, Coles has a big body and good strength, both of which he put to use down low. Coles is tough and scores around the rim. He is capable of blocking shots at the defensive end of the floor.
Elijah Cooper is an undersized combo forward at 6’4, but the class of 2015 prospect has time time grow and he is a real good player. The Milford Mill (MD) standout s a tough kid with a nice frame and those attributes enable him to effectively score around the basket. Cooper does a nice job of simply producing and making plays.
Daquon Ervin of Northfield Mt. Hermon (MA) was arguably Team 11′s top player in its championship game victory. A 5’10 point guard in the class of 2015, Ervin does a terrific job of getting to the rack and he can score through contact. Ervin is tough, strong and he plays hard. He is active and effective down low despite his lack of height.
Joe Hampton is regarded as one of the top 2016 prospects around. A tough 6’6 power forward who is headed to DeMatha (MD), Hampton has a real big body for his age and he knows how to use it to his advantage. Hampton is pretty skilled and is capable of facing up and shooting the ball. In addition, the rising freshman handles the basketball pretty well for someone his size at his age.
Jaquan McKennon was another huge part of Team 11′s championship, along with Kani Coles, Daquon Ervin, and others. McKennon is a 5’10 point guard in the class of 2015 who attends St. Raymond’s (NY). A strong floor general who passes the ball very well, McKennon is pretty quick and changes speeds fairly well. He has nice floor vision and does a quality job of producing in transition.
Donovan Mitchell, a 6’3 shooting guard, teamed with Carlton Bragg to help lead Team 3 to an appearance in the championship game. The class of 2015 prospect from Canterbury Prep (NY) is a has a great frame and stellar leaping ability. Mitchell is a talented offensive player who can knock down 3-pointers adeptly. He does a nice job of rebounding the ball and also plays quality defense.
Deante Robinson of Pencader Charter (DE) is a very talented player at the offensive end of the court. A class of 2015 6’4 small forward, Robinson has a solid handle and a nice midrange pull-up jump shot. His game is smooth and his leaping ability is pretty good. Robinson can rebound the rock, but scoring is his forte.
Montague Wright is a 6’0 point guard from Dunbar (MD) and is a member of the class of 2015. A skilled floor general, Wright has a very nice handle and plays quality defense. Wright, whose body will be able to add bulk over time, can score in a variety of ways. He displayed a good floater in the lane and also demonstrated the ability to connect from 3-point land.
NOTES — Award Winners
- MVP: Josh Reaves, 2015, CG, 6’3, Paul VI (VA)
- Co-Most Outstanding Prospect: Isaiah Briscoe, 2015, PG, 6’2, St. Benedict’s (NJ)
- Co-Most Outstanding Prospect: Thomas Bryant, 2015, PF, 6’9, Bishop Kearney (NY)
- Most Improved Player: Sylvester Ogbonda, 2015, C, 6’10, National Christian Academy (MD)
- Mr. Hustle: Kelly Hogan, 2015, PF, 6’5, Seton Hall Prep (NJ)
- Stations Star: Nicholas Blake, 2015, PG, 5’10, St. Maria Goretti (MD)
- Sweatshops Star: Ahmad Harrison, 2015, PG, 5’10, Newark Eastside (NJ)
Carlton Bragg said that he is hearing from a large number of schools from all across the nation. The rising sophomore big man claims offers from West Virginia, Illinois and Wisconsin at this point. His favorite right now is Texas and he explained why that is. “Because Kevin Durant went there and I love him,” Bragg said of Texas. Thus far he has visited West Virginia and Cleveland State, both quite recently. He has other trips planned and does not have a timetable for a commitment. Location will not be a factor for Bragg in his college choice.
Connor Jack, a 6’6 power forward out of Berks Catholic (PA), is not sure of which schools schools are recruiting him, but he knows that some are interested. A class of 2015 prospect, Jack said that his coaches have told him that “coaches have asked about” him. A talented player, Jack will certainly pick up offers in time. Although he has no favorite school, Jack listed Kansas, Syracuse and North Carolina as the main ones he likes.
Additionally, Jack’s older brother, Donovon, joined Penn State in the 2012 class and Connor talked about whether he would like to join him there. “I’ve actually thought about that,” the younger Jack said. “It would be a really cool experience. I played with my brother this past year, but being a freshman, I didn’t get much playing time.” Donovon had initially committed to Duquesne before the coaching change, and because of that experience, Connor said that his dad is telling him not to sign his Letter of Intent before he must do so.
Donovan Mitchell said that he does not have any scholarship offers at this point. However, does have a few schools showing interest in him at this point. The rising sophomore guard mentioned Iona, Providence, Rutgers, Seton Hall, and Penn State as the schools involved with him. He noted that he believes those schools have been in touch with his coaches and that they were tracking him during July. One thing that he is looking for in a college is the opportunity to play in front of a lot of fans as well as a good academic program.