Reading, PA - As Hoop Group runs tons of events every year, their best event may be Future All American Camp. As hundreds of rising 10th, 9th and 8th graders take the court, the competition and play on the court is tremendous. This year was no exception. Here's a look at the top performers.
2017 Putnam Science (CT) shooting guard Hamidou Diallo did a great job of staying patient on the court and looking for his shot. He's athletic, crashes the boards and gets to the basket. His handle is stronger, but must improve in order for him to get to the basket off the dribble. He faired well in transition, and when he wasn't fatigued, Diallo was hitting shots. He holds offers from Iona, Cal State Bakersfield and Fairfield. With Providence Elite Camp coming up, he will have a shot to impress Ed Cooley and staff.
2017 Westtown (PA) power forward Mohammed Bamba had one of the top performances and utilized the camp setting to his advantage. Still extremely thin, he did a great job of communicating on the court and running the offense through him. Mobile and versatile, he is skilled enough to play at the top of the key and pop a mid-range shot, slash to the basket or finish strong around the rim with contact. In the post, he is extremely active and swats at shots with efficiency. Bamba is working on the little things such as rebounding with two hands, not overdoing it on offense and finishing consistently at the rim. His first offer came last week from James Madison. It will not be his last as the stretch four has an extremely impressive skill set.
2017 Athlete Institute Academy (CAN) point guard Jahvon Blair will have a chance to play in the spotlight this year alongside top-20 rising junior Jamal Murray. The MVP of last year's Jordan Brand International game, Blair plays similar to his Canadian counterpart Tyler Ennis due to his slowed down, efficient game. He is calm, poised and crafty with the ball in his hands as he puts his teammates, and himself, in an ideal position to put points on the board. Blair didn't force much - which is rare for a camp - and showed he knew how to play the game. A leader on the court, he holds early interest from Purdue and Detroit.
2017 Bishop O'Connell (VA) point guard Dominic Fragala backed up McDonald's All-American and likely Maryland starting point guard Romelo Trimble last year. That may have been the best decision for him long term. A year later, his game is similar to Trimble's, minus his size. With a very quick release and accurate shot, he shoots is very similarly to Trimble. Fragala's pull up jumper is quick and efficient, and he pushes the ball in transition in order to find the open man or get to the cup. No colleges have gotten involved yet, but it is only a matter of time before the rising sophomore catches attention.
2018 The Patrick School (NJ) shooting guard Rodrique Massenat and 2018 St. Anthony (NJ) point guard Chauncey Sterling have been known for quite some time. As rising freshmen, they will have a bit of pressure on them due to family history. The class of 2010 featured Massenat's cousin - former Drexel guard Frantz Massenat - and Sterling's brother - current Florida guard Eli Carter - battling against each other from time to time. The two were teammates at camp and worked well together. Massenat can really shoot the ball with range and accuracy. He is an active and smart defender, who really pushes the ball in an up tempo style and can finish at the rim with a long frame. Sterling's body isn't ideal yet as he is still developing. That is just fine as he has a quick first step and is pretty explosive. He can get in the lane and either score or distribute the ball. Both should have the spotlight on them in a few years.
2017 Commonwealth Academy (MA) small forward Hasahn French is a man-child on the court. His development is key going forward, but he is transitioning into a small forward slowly but surely. His best attribute now is his ability to finish at the basket due to a physical advantage. His shooting will be the next part of French's game that needs improvement if he wants to be a wing prospect. Because it is so early in his career, the rising sophomore can develop his game enough where he does not have to be an undersized power forward. If he can make the full-time adjustment to the wing, it will serve him well. Already holding offers from Iona, St. Peter's, Wagner, George Mason and Penn State, his future is very bright.
2017 Teaneck (NJ) point guard Leondre Washington will see his recruitment take off in the next year. For now, though, it is all about separating himself from the pack. He did a great job of breaking down his defender, getting into the lane & creating scoring opportunities. Because of his size, he is assured to be undervalued. Still, Washington knows how to play the game well and makes such a difference on the floor when the ball is in his possession.
The incoming 2018 Roselle Catholic trio of Nazreon Reid, Atiba Taylor and Louis King is quite impressive. Reid is a strong combo forward who can take his defender off the dribbler and finish at the rim with power and precision. He can finesse his way to the basket in the post. With a combination of wing skills and post skills, along with a developed body, he has an advantage going into high school. Going against big and versatile players in the future will certainly expose more flaws in his games going forward. For now, it is simply working on having a consistent effort and improving his perimeter skills. Reid is being tracked early by Maryland, Iowa, Wake Forest, Seton Hall, Rutgers and Fairleigh Dickinson. Taylor is a smooth lefty point guard with a floater. He makes acrobatic finishes at the rim off the dribble and can feed the post. With a slowed down game, Taylor has good court awareness and penetrates at the ideal times. No colleges have begun recruiting him or his teammate, King, a talented wing. King is long and lanky with good enough handle for the time being. He rebounds and scores the ball inside. In need of getting quicker and stronger, he will have to improve in every area simply to standout and consistently be effective in his approach on the court. Like most long, young wings, his upside is high.
2017 Reading (PA) shooting guard Lonnie Walker is finally playing with a swagger and chip on his shoulder that has taken some time to develop. Long, strong and confident, he has a little street to his game as he talks some trash and backs it up by either hitting a pull-up jumper over his defender or euro-stepping to the basket for an easy two points. On the drive, he sees his teammates and can drop it off to them. His length on defense creates major mismatches. When consistently aggressive, Walker is at his best with his crafty nature off the dribble. He can also run some point. No offers are on the table yet but that should soon as most Philadelphia schools are starting to learn about him. Following an impressive performance at their team camp in June, Walker became a top priority for Villanova in their class of 2017.
2018 Haverford School (PA) shooting guard Cameron Reddish has a laid back style of play. While he isn't physical yet, his smooth, laid back approach makes everything he does look easy. Reddish is a long, lanky shooter for now, and his game will continue to expand and improve. He has great shot selection and shoots with a quick release and high arc. His pull-up game is also one of his stronger suits. At this point, the rising freshman who already holds one year of varsity experience under his belt, is still raw. Long term he has a chance to be very good when his game expands and he learns how to play more physical. Reddish has been on the campuses of Villanova and Syracuse already.
2017 Gonzaga (DC) shooting guard Eddie Scott has a very developed body for such a young player. He shoots with precision and has a very smooth game to him due to his long term upside and current skill set. George Mason is very interested, while Maryland has demonstrated interest, as well.
2017 Rock School (FL) forward Daniel Mading made his way over from Australia and is slowly picking up steam. Long and extremely active, he moves very well for his size. Mading possesses great athleticism and is learning to catchup to the speed of the American game. Consistent effort was needed from him, however, as he didn't always hustle on offense and defense. Because of his body type, running the floor needs to be one of his biggest tendencies as a long forward. Boise State and James Madison are his early offers, while Florida, West Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio State, Memphis and others are involved. Give it some time and look for him to breakout soon. Mading has a very bright future ahead of him.
2017 Neumann Goretti (PA) point guard Quade Green left off where he was last year at Future All American. Green flourishes at grabbing a defensive rebound, pushing the ball and getting to the basket for a quick basket. He can do it repeatedly. Now, his next phase in development is looking to pass the ball more and improving his outside jumper. His mid-range has definitely improved, but could still use work. Green - who has yet to earn a scholarship offer - needs to establish his skill set and make it known that he is more than a slashing point guard.
Numerous other standouts at the camp included 2017's AJ McNish, Zion Cousins, Jordan Walker, Najja Hunter, Deondre Bourne, Justyn Mutts and 2018's Isiah Mucius and Paul Person.
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