It’s team camp/elite camp season and this is one of our favorite times of the year. Almost like an AAU event, you have teams playing across college campuses, 2, 3 and 4 games in a day. It’s a grind, a lot of back gyms, no AC, etc…but the amount of basketball seen is like no other.
This weekend we visited with our friends at Charleston Southern for their team camp. They brought in 32 teams, across two days. We were able to watch some familiar names and we found some new names. As always, there was good talent and a great way to start off the camp season.
Here were Saturday’s 5 to Know
6’6” 2020 Dillon Jones
Keenan HS (SC)
Jones has been a name on the radar for a few years now. That has not done anything to stop his “want to”. He is still a high motor, hard worker. A relentless rebounder, Jones walks on the floor with 10 rebounds. He has a good handle up top and is an absolute terror 15 feet and in. He had 20 and 20 in the final game of the day and is someone D1s should go ahead and put high on their list.
6’6” 2020 Bernard Pelote
Pelote is the ultimate glue guy, able to do everything on the floor. He has great length, the tallest guy on most floors. He handles the ball well, initiating the offense in the half court. He has range beyond the arc and attacks the basket to finish at the rim. There is a lot to like with him and is one who should have college coaches circling his name come July.
5’9” 2019 Donnell Bowens
Lowcountry Leadership (SC)
Walking on the floor, there is no doubt that Bowens is the leader. He has a quick and saucy handle and touches the paint at will. He was a good decision maker, as he made great reads/distributed the ball well and he had a nice assortment of finishes. He is a certain college level player, one who will wing games at the next level.
6’3” 2019 Romello Grant
There was no player in South Carolina last season (outside of Zion Williamson) who was more productive than Grant. He continued his ways into this year as he scored and rebounded it at a high rate. He expanded his range, extending well beyond the 3 point arc (with consistency). He is a good area rebounder and finishes well at the rim. Another player coaches should put eyes on, he wont pass the initial look test, but as you chart him and continue watching, he will really open eyes.
5’9” 2019 Travelle Simmons
Goose Creek (SC)
Simmons made every play possible from the point guard spot. He made deep shots, he got into the paint, he defended the point of attack and he set up his teammates for easy buckets. Simmons is a winning type player, a natural leader who leaves it all on the floor, which causes everyone around him to play hard too. Great day, great event.