June 13, 2011
By Marcus Shockley
This year’s elite guard camp, organized by Chris Paul and Position Sports, featured several big college names in addition to top flight high school players. Here’s some notes from the 2011 camp:
High School Players
Shawn Lester (SG/SF, 6’3″, 2012) Bigger and stronger than a year ago, has good length and athleticism.
Rodney Purvis (PG, 6’4″, 2012) Now looks like his body is ready for college, explosive off of the dribble.
Bronson Koenig (PG, 6’2″, 2013) Has possibly the best looking shot of all of the high school players attending the camp. Needs strength, but is fluid and poised with the ball.
Tyler Lewis (PG, 5’11”, 2012) Flashy. Can handle the ball in traffic with ease and is able to get his shot off consistently.
Codi Miller-McIntyre (PG, 6’2″, 2012) Strong guard, runs the offense effectively and can score effectively. A guard to watch.
Marcus Bryan (SF/PF, 6’7″, 2013) Very fluid and with a shooting guard handle.
March 31, 2011
The past weekend saw two significant events in the state of North Carolina, the Carolina Challege and the ScoutsFocus Elite 80.
The Carolina Challenge is held in Raleigh and ESPN has a write up here.
The Elite 80 Spring Showcase took place over the past weekend and there’s a full write up on the top players here.
There are several potential ACC targets playing in these events.
January 30, 2011
Clemson has landed Kevin McDaniels (SF, 6’5″, 2011), a player from Birmingham, AL, and who committed to the Tigers just a few days after receiving an offer.
It was no secret that McDaniels favored Clemson, after his visit he said as much and said the visit had been the best so far. This is the third commitment for Clemson head coach Brad Brownell in the 2011 class.
January 14, 2011
BasketballElite.com has an interview with Troy Williams (SF, 6’7″, 2013), who has interest from Virginia, Virginia Tech and Georgetown. Williams is the nephew of Boo Williams, and he talks about what he’s working on his own game and what he thinks he will be able to bring to a college team.
December 15, 2010
Here’s some video of ACC target Greg McClinton (SG/SF, 6’6″, 2013), a high-flying player who has offers from Virginia Tech, Miami and Xavier, and is also considering Wake Forest. Watch what he does at the 1:10 mark. Wow.
July 5, 2010
It seemed like Austin Rivers was destined to stay near his home in Florida.
After he committed to the in-state Florida Gators, it seemed like a done deal. The Gators would get one of the best point guards in the 2011 class, Austin would stay close to home (Gainesville is relatively close to Winter Park, FL) and everything seemed settled.
But as Rivers continued to improve, he began to consider that he may have committed too early, and after mulling it over, eventually de-committed from the Gators and decided to weigh other offers. He still is considering Florida as a high possibility, but the full court press from other schools such as UNC and Duke is now in full effect.
Rivers, whose father is the famed ex-Atlanta Hawks PG, Doc Rivers, knows all about the world of basketball from his father’s current job as coach of the Boston Celtics, and an older brother who plays for Indiana:
“[Doc Rivers'] four kids like the idea of having a father who coaches in the NBA. Spencer loves shooting baskets at TD Garden before games. Austin Rivers is accustomed to seeing his father at a lot of his Winter Park High School games and fully understood that he had other responsibilities. Jeremiah Rivers will be a redshirt senior guard at Indiana.”
So where will Austin Rivers end up? Right now it’s still up in the air, but he is a special talent that we’d love to see in the ACC.
June 29, 2010
Desmond Hubert is one of the better big men available in the 2011 class, a pure post player who comes in at 6’9″ and plays his high school basketball in New Jersey.
Desmond has said he will probably land in the Big East or the ACC, and in our related story on BasketballElite.com, Alex Kline reports that he has offers and interest from plenty of those schools.
Desmond is a big man who “plays” big, meaning he’s not drifting outside to shoot from the perimeter and works hard to get garbage buckets, or be in the right position for a slashing guard to feed.