Day 3 of the 2009 Generation Next All-Star camp wrapped up the 4th edition of what has become one of the premiere middle school camps in the country and the talent in the gym did not disappoint as a number of youngsters showed up in big time fashion on the final day. With exclusive access given to evaluators like Hoop Scoop’s Clark Francis and Antonio Curro, the action on the final day was fast-paced and intense, perfectly symbolizing what the third year camp embodies.
With the classes of 2015 and 2016 playing together, rising sixth and seventh graders took the court for a final time Sunday morning hoping to solidify their status on the national radar. Florida-native Kamil Williams wasted little time getting it going from deep once again, and what he missed, teammate Darion King cleaned up around the block and was dominant on the offensive end for most of the day. Much props to Darrion Ringo also, as the young lead guard kept his teammates happy by constantly distributing, and keeping the ball moving. Equally solid was the play of 2015 Indiana swing talent Sean Mcgee III who lit it up on the offensive end with a barrage of trey balls from everywhere on the court. Braden Hardesty also ended his camp on a high note, nearly notching a triple-double highlight that included seven first-half blocks in his final game of the event. Pint-sized point Alex Hammond also impressed with his toughness and court vision, as he found Sebastian Baugh, Karthik Reddy, and others for easy baskets on Sunday. Illinois’ Joffery Brown also improved with each game and is a growth spurt away from being a legitimate swingman with scary size and bounce and Wisconsin 2015 talents Malik Brown and Joseph Binyoti turned in their best performances of the weekend with solid showings on the final day. North Carolina native and floor general Jared Joyner created havoc on both ends and Arizona young 2016 talent Andrew Ekmark turned in his best performance as he showed a solid stroke and some nice instincts for another up and coming floor general on the rise. Don't sleep on up and coming Iowa native Nic Uhlir either as the savvy young floor general knows how to play, gets to the rim, and makes things happen on both ends whenever he takes the floor.
In the 2014 group, the rising eighth graders were most impressive in terms of energy in the camp’s final skill sessions. Ultra quick Kamali Chambers showed why he’s one of the top point guard out of Minnesota’s 2014 class while Jake Wright displayed a lethal perimeter stroke and emerged as arguably the top pure two-guard prospect in the camp and a definite one to watch from the North Star State. Local big man Ricky Landers began finishing better as the weekend moved along and really competes for rebounds in the paint. And it’s hard to overlook the devastating inside-out combination of Jonathan Carson and Tyus Mason. They were looking for each other on Sunday and had it working in the half-court and pushing the tempo in transition. Equally solid was the perimeter shooting and savvy displayed by combo guard Riley LaChance while young big Dillon Bruxvoort also turned in a solid effort and displayed some range and ability to step away from the basket in the process. Add to the mix a smooth floor performance from Wisconsin native Jamell Posey, an ultra quick up tempo game turned in by another local talent in Lamonte Beardon, solid shooting performances from the likes of Michigan talents Casey Watters and Drew Zuidema and the 2014 has more than its fair share of solid showings in the final day.
The rising freshman group was just as strong on Sunday as they had been throughout the weekend. The continued rise of Riley Dearring and Keith Langston was fun to watch, but performances by less heralded prospects like Nicholas Gamble and Anthony Virdure were not overlooked either as each showed an ability to break down opposing defenders and get to the rim when they wanted to. A few sleepers emerged as well as 6 foot 5 D'andre Downey from Wisconsin showed an aggressive and active game around the glass along with Illinois native Robert Harris who turned in his 3rd straight solid performance of the weekend while Nebraska big Akoy Agau showed significant progress during the morning skill sessions. Long athletic active and instinctive guard John Stahl of Indiana is definitely one to watch and a powerful collection of guards and wings also revealed guys like Indiana natives DeAndre Williams, Myron Borders and Ja'Mario Wann while Wisconsin young talents Ray Harris and Dontrell Knight came up big in the final day.
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