The second live period kicked off for me at the Under-Armour All-American Camp on the campus of Jefferson University (formerly Philly U) on Wed. July 19th with 1st games tipping off at 6p. Here are some standouts from Day 1:
Scottie Lewis 6’5” SG 2019 Team Rio (Ranney School – Tinton Falls, NJ) – Lewis was firing on all cylinders on opening night running the floor in transition and getting to the basket with his high flying acrobatic moves in leading Team Drive to a 61-58 victory over Team Charged. He is highly athletic with great lift on his jumper as well as at the rim and he specializes in jumping over opponents to get his buckets. On the defensive side of the ball, he has a knack for blocking shots and keeping them in play to push the break going the other way. This young man has a high motor and his infectious enthusiasm gets his teammates pumped to go out and perform at a high level and he’s so much fun to watch too.
Souleymane Koureissi 6’9” PF 2018 Castle Athletics (Iona Prep – New Rochelle, NY) – A late addition to the camp he wasted no time proving he belonged by banging down low getting boards and igniting the break that it left people scrambling to find out who he was. This promising big with college interest from the likes of Rhode Island, Michigan, St, Louis, Minnesota, USF, St. Bonaventure and Iona is long with good defensive presence in the paint and is a solid rebounder on both ends of the court. He didn’t take many shots but the ones he did take were good ones and very effective for Team Drive.
Keyshawn Embery 6’3” SG 2018 Oklahoma Run PWP (Midwest City, OK – HS) – Embery is a guy who approached this camp on a mission to prove he belonged in the conversation as a top tier talent in the 2018 class and based on his play throughout the three day camp I’d say mission accomplished. He showed great range and touch on his jumper especially to the arc where he drilled 5-8 on night one and he was not a one trick pony either as he used his quickness to penetrate the lane and get to the cup. While not a natural PG he seemed to have a good understanding of when to shoot and when to dish to a cutting teammate and despite being credited with only one assist on opening night he made several sweet passes that didn’t get converted. He also dug in on the defensive side of the ball for Team Charged showing good hand and foot speed as well as good instincts to keep his opponent off balance. With interest from Arizona St., Arkansas, Butler, Texas A&M and West Virginia we believe Embery may get even more interest over the next two weeks.
LJ Owens 6’3” SG 2018 DC Blue Devils (Severn School, Severna Park, MD) – Owens is an under the radar type who doesn’t wow you with super athleticism or freakish ups but rather sneaks up on you with solid basketball plays that produce points for his squad with the sole intent of winning the game. A shooter with range to the arc he doesn’t force any bad shots as so many shooters do instead opting to pass off and move on to the next opportunity rather than fire up a rushed or bad shot. He has good form and balance on his jumper and in his opening night for Team Clutch, a 74-52 win over Team Will, he shot 4-7 from the field and 2-3 from three and led the team with 13pts. He also contributed on the defensive side of the ball using his quickness to cause turnovers and snatch a couple steals too. His recruitment is wide open with offers from among others St. Joe’s, George Mason, GW, Kansas St. and Delaware and could grow with more performances like this one.
Anfernee Simons 6’4” SG 2018 Team Breakdown – Louisville commit (Edgewater HS, Orlando, FL) – This kid can flat out shoot the basketball and he came out of the locker room firing up shots. Simons led his Team Will with 12pts on a somewhat off night from the field (4-10, 2-5) but he certainly commanded attention whenever he touched the rock. His form is smooth with good rotation and when in rhythm he can bury a percentage of his jumpers from anywhere on the floor. He can also get to the rack using a quick first step to blow by a defender and get up thru contact to score or earn a trip to the charity stripe. One aspect of his game I saw briefly while he was at Montverde Academy was his passing ability which is overlooked because he is a volume shooter but which is quite good mostly because it’s not expected. Unfortunately he doesn’t utilize this component of his game nearly enough although I did see glimpses of it over the three days with Team Will.
Devon Dotson 6’2” PG 2018 Team Charlotte (Providence Day School – Charlotte, NC) – Dotson spent night one acclimating himself to his Team Clutch teammates and played with precision. He passed the ball and ran the offense with a steady hand and kept Team Clutch in total control from the opening tip. With the likes of Kansas, Maryland, Florida, Ohio St. and Miami, FL. chasing him, Dotson has continued to elevate his game into a top notch PG. He can also score the ball thru quick and athletic drives or pull up midrange jumpers that freeze opponents because of his court vision and IQ to spot teammates in prime shooting positions on the court. He handles the ball with purpose and you can see his determination to make winning plays. His one weakness is a less than reliable 3-point stroke which he is working to correct as he doesn’t force them anymore like we’ve seen in the past but instead takes them in the flow of the game and his form is already showing signs of improvement. Defensively, he’s a bulldog as he digs in and battles you inch by inch to force you away from your comfort zone till he seizes the advantage. After this three day camp Devon will certainly be in the mix for my most outstanding player and even though no such award will be given does it really matter when you play as hard as he does.
Other 1st day standouts: Moses Brown 7’1” C 2018 New Heights (Archbishop Molloy – Briarwood, NY) – Controlled paint blocked some shots had 11pts in win for Team Drive.
Gibson Jimerson 6’5” SG 2019 DC Blue Devils (St. Christopher’s School, Richmond, VA) – Showed nice range on deep jumper and surprising athleticism for Team Charged.
Bryan Antoine 6’5” SG 2019 Team Rio (Ranney School – Tinton Falls, NJ)- High flying wing player ran court with flair and scoring above the rim for Team Charged.
Makhi Mitchell 6’10” PF 2019 DC Blue Devils (Montverde Academy, FL/ Washington, DC) – Looked in much better shape than in season controlled boards ran floor got putbacks for Team Clutch.
Jaden Springer 6’4” SG 2020 BMaze Elite 15u (Rocky River HS, Charlotte, NC)- Ran the floor well capitalizing on loose ball situations for easy buckets contributing 11pts for Team Will.
That wraps day 1 at the UAA All American camp
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