The final day of the camp had just two sets of games including the camp championship game scheduled for 10:20a on CT. 1 while the consolation games had the usual 6 or 7 kids playing instead of 10 so they can rest up for their AAU squads in W/E tourney action. This is kind of bogus though because if your good enough to be invited to one of these prestigious camps you owe it to the camp organizers to play since they thought enough of you to invite you. We understand a legitimate injury but when a kid says he’s hurt then goes out 6 hours later and plays well then says he feels great well you do the math. The only plausible excuse a player has to miss a last day camp game is he has to catch a flight home to join his squad, which we understand. Here are your day 3 standouts:
Atiba Taylor 6’4” SG 2018 Sports U (Hackensack, NJ HS) – Taylor for much of the camp just kind of blended in neither shining or underachieving just playing until his 9a consolation game on Friday morning. While no official final stats were given Taylor did have a stat line of 19pts 3asts and 2 treys in a half and an OT period while being more active on both ends than I’d seen him before. He got good looks from the floor and didn’t rush them and he handled the ball with a clear idea how to attack the defense. While his team lost in OT Taylor played the game as if it was a playoff situation always hustling and going at it hard, which was impressive. This Northeast regional talent has gotten interest from Fairfield, Monmouth, Manhattan, Rider, LaSalle and St. Joe’s among others as he looks to increase his profile and if he can consistently put up numbers like these well who knows.
Moses Brown 7’1” C 2018 New Heights (Archbishop Molloy – Briarwood, NY) – For the third day in a row Brown stood out although this time in a consolation game loss. Again with no final stats released my unofficial stats for the one half of the game we actually watched Brown put up 15pts on 7-9 from the field with 6reb and 2blks and 1 assist in just 8 minutes of playing time was pretty much outstanding. When you think about it is it any wonder why Brown is being pursued by all the blueblood college basketball programs in the land as well as that next tier of programs too. We’d say Brown had a 1st team all camp type of week without a doubt.
Josh Green 6’5” SG 2019 Earl Watson Elite 16u (Hillcrest Prep – Phoenix, AZ) – This young man was on the cusp of being a standout each day but somehow eluded being included by guys that had more productive games stat wise but make no mistake this young man was definitely one of the top 25 kids here by his consistent play during the week. In this consolation game he was perfect from the field and line in the one half we watched ending the half with 11pts 4reb and 2asts going 4-4, 1-1 from the field and 2-2 at the line. An athletic player who can slash his way to the cup or nail pull-up jumpers has good range and decent quickness and is definitely a player to watch in the 2019 class.
The camp championship game was a classic by camp all-star type games and was won by Team Charged 84-83 over Team Hungry on a deep 3-point bomb by 5’8” PG 2018 DC Premier (Riverdale Baptist – Upper Marlboro, MD) Donovan Toatley at the buzzer we think. Well we thought the game was going OT as it appeared to me that the ball was still in his hand as the buzzer sounded and several other people thought the same but the officials voted otherwise and Ball Game! Toatley was off and on all week long but today he was the floor general that team charged needed as he finished with 13pts 9asts and his wizardry with the rock was a key factor late in the game as his speed and court vision played a vital role in their comeback win. Also for Charged 6’9” PF 2019 KC Run GMC 16u (Bishop Miege HS – Roeland Park, KS) Jeremiah Robinson-Earl finished off a terrific week in which he got stronger as he grew more comfortable and saved his best for last with 17pts 12reb in controlling the paint. No question Robinson-Earl raised his stock with his play here at the All American camp. Another stalwart on this day was 6’7” SG 2018 Houston Hoops – Cal Berkeley commit (Homeschool Youth Association – Houston, TX) Jacobi Gordon who was banged up at last week’s Peach Jam and was ineffective down there. Given a few days to heal up he played more like the player we’d seen in the past and he ended this camp with 14pts and some nice hustle plays late in the contest to aid in the comeback win.
For Team Hungry the thrill of victory turned into the agony of defeat in the blink of an eye as they looked on hopelessly as Toatley’s shot dropped the twine. However they also had a few players that closed out their camp experience with solid play and renewed vigor in their quest at earning a coveted D-1 scholarship.
Anthony Edwards 6’3” SG 2020 ATL Xpress 16u (Holy Spirit Prep – Atlanta, GA) continued his excellent week with a 22 point 3 blocks final game running the floor and making plays he clearly established that he was one of the top 2020 players in camp if not the best.
Lamar Morgan 6’3” SG 2018 1 Nation (Godwin Heights, MI HS) was a player we knew very little about but over the 3 days we noticed he was kind of a quiet assassin knocking down shots and playing hard without all the theatrics that some lesser known players employ to get noticed. For Norman he let his play do his talking and it spoke volumes for the kind of player he can become. He finished with 16pts knocking down several huge buckets to keep Team Hungry in front. His recruiting is mostly regional to the Michigan area as Cleveland St., Eastern Michigan, Oakland Univ., Central Michigan and Detroit Mercy are involved but with continued production like Norman showed this week he could see an increase in his potential suitors.
Tyrese Martin 6’6” SG 2018 We R1 (Massanutten Military Academy – Woodstock, VA) had a solid if not spectacular week at camp as well. After a stellar career at Wm. Allen HS in Allentown, PA and recruiting interes from the likes of LaSalle, St. Joe’s, Rhode Island, Saint Louis and Minnesota to name a few he decided to do a prep year at Massanutten in the hope he can raise his stock to a higher level. Martin is a tremendous athlete with a ceiling that could raise his profile but what he needs to discover is consistency, which he sometimes lacks. In this camp, however he played steadily with very few lapses in concentration or effort and in the championship was solid all the way through finishing with 13pts and 5reb in a very even performance.
Last but not least for Team Hungry is 6’8” PF 2019 We R 1 16u (Abington, PA HS) Eric Dixon a model in consistency all week he did not disappoint in his final camp game finishing with 11pts 8reb in the championship game loss. Dixon makes the most from his talent and while not being a so called tremendous athlete we can unequivocally say that Eric Dixon is quite simply a very good basketball player and in my book that’s plenty good enough.
This concludes our look at the UAA All American camp.
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