All Academic Camp in review
Over 160 college coaches from all across the country came to watch more than 380 student-athletes interested in attending high academic colleges and universities last week at the All Academic Basketball Camp at Brandeis University. One facet of the camp that makes it so unique is wthe fact that local players always stand out, but there are always players from outside of New England who make a lasting impression. This is a comprehensive recap of everyone who impressed us from the camp.
New Englanders That Continued Their Strong Play Into The Summer
Francis Uzorh (Cushing Academy, 2017)- The post showed the growth of his game this week. Besides making tough plays inside (on both ends), Uzorh stepped out and nailed several midrange jumpers & 3-pointers over the course of camp. With his size, aggressiveness, and improving skill set, Uzorh is setting himself up for a big summer and an even bigger fall season at Cushing.
Javon Taylor (Beaver Country Day, 2017)- Taylor shot the lights out at Brandeis. His range was unmatched, and he was one of the better athletes at camp. He is a prospect that is only getting better (as he has shown this spring).
Jack Zimmerman (Worcester Academy, 2017)- Quiet by nature, Zimmerman has come a long way offensively, and is now a serious threat to attack the rim at will. His quick feet enabled him to stay with anyone at camp on the defensive end.
Thomas Shaughnessy (Needham HS, 2018)- One of the tougher players in New England, his performance at camp solidifies him as one of the biggest stock-risers of the spring. The lefty guard is a leader who keeps his team in the game, whether it be with a key shot or his ability to get his teammates going. His game has spiked noticeably, as well, as Shaughnessy is becoming more a true point guard every time we see him.
Isaiah Godwin (Brooks School, 2017)- The point guard's game has matured over the years, and we are starting to see a more refined and under control version of Godwin. He was able to drive the ball any time he wanted, and wowed several in the audience with his array of finishes at the rim.
James Mortimer (Noble & Greenough, 2017)- Mortimer has been known as a shooter within New England basketball circles for a couple years now. Like many on this list, however, we are seeing the evolution of his game. As he's gotten stronger, he is more willing to post up smaller guards and crash the offensive glass hard, which he did very effectively all week.
Matt Glassman (Lawrence Academy, 2017)- Known as a shooter, Glassman played tough inside, similar to Mortimer. The LA guard was dicing on the floor and taking charges to go along with his outside shot-making rhythm.
Jordan Mason (Dexter School, 2019)- Although a rising sophomore, Mason has now taken off after his strong spring and earned Division 1 offers as a result. His points & outside makes increased as the camp went on, but look for a big summer from the Dexter guard.
Jake Coleman (Londonderry HS, 2017)- Coleman has put together a nice string of outings. He is an exceptional offensive player who can score in a variety of ways, but his shot from outside proves to be a consistent weapon.
Javante McCoy (Exeter, 2017)- The 6'4 McCoy poses the potential to be a problem next year I'm NEPSAC Class A. He has a well-rounded offensive game that is difficult to key in on. His first step is extremely quick, but he changed speeds very well, making the wing a tough matchup.
Owen de Graff (Choate, 2017)- A solid prospect who is now getting interest from scholarship-level schools, De Graff has been a quiet cog in the Middlesex Magic machine this spring. Always solid, the 6'8 lefty always finds some way to contribute-- whether it be nailing big outside shots, coming up with rebounds in traffic, or making the extra pass to a teammate for the open shot.
Noah Aaron (Groton School, 2018)- The 6'0 guard had an outstanding camp. He proved to be one of the more productive offensive players here, and his ability to get to the basket with a series of dribble moves will prove key for Groton's success.
Joe Glynn (Portsmouth (NH) HS, 2017)- The rugged 6'6 forward, Glynn impressed a lot of people in camp. He can get off the floor and elevate for rebounds and dunks, but can also knock down the elbow jumper with consistency.
Louis Ellis (Lynnfield HS, 2017)- The 6'4 wing knocked down deep 3-pointers all weekend. Even with the defense keying in on him for much of the second and third day of camp, Ellis caught the attention of many coaches in attendance.
Miles Gordon (Kent School, 2017)- Gordon is a great athlete with a good court vision & awareness. Combine with his ability to shoot from deep, Gordon could play a major role for Kent this winter.
Erion Jones (St. Paul's HS, 2018)- Jones was active from the start of camp. The strong forward has good touch around the rim and is able to gobble up rebounds at a high rate, something the college coaches in attendance particularly took note of.
Brandon Arnold (Avon Old Farms)- Arnold's steady improvement in his game has not gone unnoticed. He is much thicker now and able to use his body to initiate contact. As we mentioned in a previous recap, his vision and court-awareness in pick & rolls is something that should be intriguing to college coaches.
Young Locals Stand Out
Reese Swedberg (St. Paul's School, 2019)- Swedberg really impressed us this week. His body shows signs of potential growth, and he shoots it very well with a smooth release. Swedberg has a chance to be a very good NEPSAC player for St. Paul's at this rate.
Daniel Schlakman (Milton Academy, 2019)- The developing big man may still have some room to grow, and that could be scary for Milton's opponents. He already possesses a nice jumper, and has a tough work ethic inside that should make him a difficult inside-out cover.
Eamon Fitzpatrick (Hopkins School, 2019)- The young 6'2 guard is a smooth player who has a good-looking jumper. His feel for the game is impressive, as he can see plays and openings in the defense that older players cannot.
Marc Dolgin (Milton Academy, 2019)- The steady guard drives the ball into the paint at a high rate and has a good feel for where the basketball should go after that. Shooters will be able to get shots while playing alongside Dolgin.
Not Just A New England Show!
Thomas Binelli (Bergen Catholic, 2017)- Standing at 6'8, Binelli's game projects to the next level as well as anyone. He is a true stretch-4 who can knock down shots over defenders, and showed an impressive pull-up game. Being able to knock down outside shots in bunches is a trait that Binelli will look to expand on as he prepares for his high school season in New Jersey.
Dallas Hoffman (Hawthorne HS, 2018)- Another NJ product, Hoffman is a bouncy 6'6 forward who's consistent approach left college coaches with a great impression of Hoffman, who will team with Binelli in anchoring Wayne PAL's frontline this month.
Manasseh Small (Phelps School, 2018)- Small is a point guard who is also a threat to pull from deep, whether it be off the catch or off the bounce. He has a slippery game from the outside, and one that defenses must respect (which also allows him to blow by his defenders).
Nick Stuck (Newsome HS, 2017)- Coming from Florida, Stuck is a heady point guard with the ability to go by defenders with one move. He is a good athlete with a very deceptive hesitation-move, and can get defenders on his hip coming out of the move.
Reid Walker (Seffner Christian Academy, 2017)- It shows that Walker is the son of a coach. Another Floridian, he has a mature game and understands when to look for his own offense and when to involve others. He can make shots from all over the floor and is a better defender than he appears.
Adam Hess (Westlake HS, 2017)- Heas can shoot the ball from all 3 levels. Even at 6'4, Hess projects well because he is clever at getting his shot off against bigger players.
Bryan Knapp (JDS, 2017)- The combo guard has very good bounce to go along with a tough & gritty game. He plays through contact to get baskets inside the paint well for a guard. Knapp, who goes to school in Maryland, is one to watch for the rest of the summer.
Lucas St. Germain (Chatfield HS, 2017)- The Colorado native shot the ball very well and always makes the right pass to an open teammate. He is not the biggest guard out there, but plays with an edge that he uses to his advantage.