Sunday, August 3, 2008

Hoop Group Jr. Elite Camp Day 2 (Afternoon Session)

Morton Ran The Show Like A True Point Guard

In the afternoon session of the Hoop Group Jr. Elite Camp we decided to focus on the NCAA division, which consist of the top younger players. This division introduced us to quite a few new faces. Here’s a breakdown of who we saw this afternoon.

Day 2 Top Performers Afternoon Session

Class 2013

Christian Morton 5’6 Guard (Brooklyn, NY)- Morton has tremendous dribble penetration skills and doesn’t mind pulling the deep step back jumper. He has good command of his game on the floor and knows how to pick his spots to attack. Sometimes he does get into trouble while trying to dribble through the traps instead of splitting them. But overall I like his IQ and he seems like he enjoys the game.

Bobby Ahearn 6’1 Forward (Marshfield, MA)- Ahearn was a load down low on this level and he took full advantage. He got good position and waited for his teammates to swing the rock his way. Once he received the pill he used and drop step and soft touch to score off the glass. His size also played an important role on defense as he clogged up the lane with his presence.

Bryan Rivers 5’5 Guard (Princeton, NJ)- Rivers is very difficult to guard because he has size while dribbling and shooting effectively with both hands. He’s constantly surveying the floor when handling the rock and either delivers the rock to his teammates or scores over smaller defenders.

Stephen Vasturia 5’8 Forward (Medford, NJ)- The slender wing player enjoyed playing for his coach that encourages pushing the ball up the floor. He’s very versatile at this stage of his development; he sticks the jumper, handles the ball and passes the ball up the court quickly. He’s a playmaker.

Floyd Preito 5’8 Guard (Philadelphia, PA)- Preito was a bully going to the basket. None of the young defenders dared to get in his way once he broke the free throw line. His finishing move was finger roll at the rim as he used his body to shield shot blockers.

Class 2014

Malik Smith 5’5 Guard (Philadelphia, PA)- Smith is a small but feisty guard with a bag full of moves. He loves going under basket and scoring with an over the head reverse type lay up. The shot looks very awkward but he seems to have it down pat. Malik also has a tight handle and the swagger that could scare other insecure ball handlers.

Trevon White 5’3 Guard (Philadelphia, PA)- The John Bagley type guard has deceptive speed and sees the floor well. I got into the lane at times and found teammates cutting in the seams. He’s definitely a pass first guard.

Class 2015

Trey Lowe 5’2 Guard (Ewing, NJ)- Lowe did his job for the squad to get the win. He hit his open shots, controlled the tempo when needed and converted in transition. Playing as the youngest player on the floor didn’t affect his approach or impact on the game.