Day 2 kicked off at 9a and these guys stood out:
Miller Kopp 6’7” PF 2018 Houston Defenders (Houston, TX Christian School) – In Team Clutch’s 73-68 win over Team Drive Kopp proved to be everything we saw from him in previous viewings which is knock down 3 point shooter with surprising athleticism to get inside for buckets at the rim. He did a little of both on this day hitting a couple treys and a couple layups while playing credible defense and blending into the team framework by sharing the ball in offensive sets. He has a varied group of schools monitoring his progress including Butler, Georgetown, Northwestern, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt and that list may be expanding based on his play this summer.
Anthony Edwards 6’3” SG 2020 ATL Xpress 16u (Holy Spirit Prep - Atlanta, GA) – This being my first time seeing Edwards play we came away very impressed with his overall feel for the game from running the floor for stick backs or hitting a catch and shoot 15 footer. He led Team Hungry to a 73-60 win over Team Humble with 12pts and added 4reb 1stl and a blocked shot and while he shot just 5-11 1-4 from the field each shot was a good one with several misses just rolling out. Defensively he moved his feet well on the perimeter while not allowing his man to get around him. Even though he’s young, he seemed quite poised with the ball in his hands dribbling with his head up surveying the floor and making the smart pass instead of the high risk but splashy one he finished his first game of the day with zero turnovers.
Riley Battin 6’10” PF 2018 Earl Watson Elite (Oak Park, CA HS) – This big guy may not be the super athletic PF the Power-5 conferences covet but he is going to make some college coach happy for four years I’m sure. He led Team Passion over Team Energy in an 84-66 win with 21pts hitting two three’s and shooting 8-13, 2-4 from the field. It is his three point shooting that has intrigued such schools as Davidson, Northwestern, Cal Poly, Utah, Utah St. and American U to track his progress. Since he also can play on the interior getting tough layups in traffic or contested rebounds, he defines a version of the stretch 4 combined with the old school power player that you don’t see much anymore. Oddly, he only had 3reb in this game but not for lack of trying and as we have mentioned before you can’t sleep on his passing ability from the post as he added 2asts in the contest.
Isaiah Wong 6’3” CG 2019 We R 1 (Notre Dame HS – Lawrenceville, NJ) – Wong may be a natural 2 on the floor with his ability to get to the basket with great body control and finish thru contact or roam the perimeter. He can knock down jumpers from the baseline to the arc but as I’ve seen over the past year and a half his passing skills take a backseat to no one. So to us we see him as more of a combo with a varied skillset that can drive opponents crazy. In Team Passion’s win he had 16pts 8reb 3asts and 3stls in a very understanding fashion playing a steady and controlled game throughout. We look for Wong’s recruitment to start picking up in the near future as Coaches start getting a good look at what he can do on both ends of the floor.
Elijah Weaver 6’5” PG 2018 Team Breakdown (Oldsmar, FL – Christian Academy) – Weaver in my previous viewings has been a pure point getting his teammates involved by running the offense and handling the ball probing the defense looking for weaknesses he can exploit. Today however in his game vs. Team Passion he took advantage of mismatches on the perimeter to nail 5-8 from downtown and 7-12 overall in leading his Team Energy squad with 21pts. That’s the most assertive I’ve ever seen him on offense but when you’re feeling it like he was you have to take those shots to help the team. He did have two assists and two steals to help in his more familiar role but he proved beyond a doubt that you can’t sleep on his offensive repertoire either. If the first game didn’t convince you well the second game should as he dropped 24pts and 3asts in his teams 80-72 win over Team Hungry. While he didn’t shoot nearly as well in the 2nd game it was still impressive nevertheless.
Devon Dotson 6’2” PG 2018 Team Charlotte (Providence Day School – Charlotte, NC) – After a subpar game in the morning session Dotson exploded in the nightcap albeit in a loss to Team Clutch with 21pts 4asts on 8-10, 1-2 shooting from the field. He penetrated at will and got to the rim or drew fouls (4-4 FT). When cutoff he simply reversed his dribble and found an open teammate for a basket or at the very least a good look. He wasn’t credited with a steal on the night but his harassing defense surely caused half a dozen turnovers.
Jahvon Quinerly 6’2” PG 2018 Sports U – Arizona commit (Hudson Catholic HS – Jersey City, NJ) – If an award was given for playing banged up then Quinerly would certainly be in contention as he struggled in his morning matchup and clearly looked not to be at 100% throughout the camp. But in this evening game he put together arguably his best game of the camp with 18pts 4asts and 2 treys in Team Drive’s 74-71 win over Team Will. Quinerly is a tremendous passer threading the needle to find teammates in prime shooting spots. His change of direction dribble moves allow him to keep opponents off balance so he can drive by them to the rim and his jumper s an added weapon that is reliable out to the arc. The shame of it was we didn’t get to see a healthy Quinerly in this setting but what he did do was play as hard as he could and for that we commend him.
Moses Brown 7’1” C 2018 New Heights (Archbishop Molloy HS – Briarwood, NY) – Brown has really started to blossom in the last year as a true low post threat that can get buckets in a hurry in the paint with a fine touch and focus to score thru contact that big guys tend to be accustomed to. Brown had 17pts 9reb in Team Drive’s evening win and even contributed on defense with a block and a steal. In these camps Big men often suffer by not getting enough touches but he definitely took advantage of his touches by shooting 8-9 from the field. With a wide array of schools seeking his services including Seton Hall, St. John’s, U Conn, Arizona, Kansas, Florida, Maryland and Louisville to name a few he can only enhance his status as an elite big with continued production like we saw today.
Eric Dixon 6’8” PF 2019 We R 1 16u (Abington, PA HS) – Not flashy or super athletic Dixon has been one of the most consistent performers in camp. He plays within his limitations with a canny array of good footwork combined with subtle ball and head fakes with a getting more reliable left hand shooting touch and at games end you see he has numbers and you say to yourself ‘I’m impressed’. Despite his Team Hungry’s loss Dixon was his usual understated self-getting 12pts and 10reb. In the past, he would try to do things he couldn’t which many young guys are guilty of but as his game has matured and the baby fat is no longer present. He has learned to use his body and strength as a tool to get things done and in the process has become a commodity that D-1 coaches are starting to pay attention to.
Saddiq Bey 6’7” SG 2018 DC Premier (Sidwell Friends School – Washington, DC) – Bey showed off his improved 3-point stroke in an evening game loss to Team Energy by popping 3-4 from distance and 6-9 overall for 19pts. As he continues to round out his evolving skillset not only as a shooter but as an all-around playmaker who can impact the game on both ends. Bey used his long frame to hinder perimeter shooters but could have been more effective as an interior rebounder given his athletic gifts and quick first jump. Still he played quite well even helping with the ball handling duties when necessary.
Some other standout performances on day 2:
Bryan Antoine 6’5” SG 2019 Team Rio (Ranney School – Tinton Falls, J) – In a pair of games he put up 16pts in each working both inside and outside.
Cassius Stanley 6’6” SG 2019 Earl Watson Elite (Sierra Canyon School, Chatsworth, CA) – In an evening contest he hit 3-4 from the arc contributing 16pts 6reb and 3asts.
Tyler Harris 5’10” PG 2018 Team Thad (Cordova, TN HS) – Harris dropped 19pts with 3 treys in his teams win in an evening game plus chipped in 3asts.
Jermaine Robinson-Earl 6’9” PF 2019 KC Run GMC (Bishop Miege HS – Roeland Park, KS) – In 2 games on the day Robinson-Earl had 8pts 9reb in gm-1 and 16pts 9reb in gm-2 was very consistent and persistent on the glass.
Emmitt Matthews 6’7” SF 2018 Washington Supreme (Wilson HS – Tacoma, WA) – Matthews had 18pts 2treys in an evening contest.
Jordan McCabe 6’0” PG 2018 WI Playground Warriors – West Virginia commit (Kaukauna, WI HS) – In the same game McCabe helped out Matthews with 15pts 4asts and 4 treys.
Joshua Leblanc 6’7” PF 2018 Louisiana Elite (Madison Preparatory Academy – Baton Rouge, LA) – Leblanc was also a factor in the win with 10pts but he dominated inside with 13reb and 5blks raising his profile in the process.
This concludes our look at Day 2 of the UAA All American Camp.
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