Hoop Group Team Camp: Day One

READING, Pa. -- With coaches lining the walls at the Sccumo Center at Albright College, the Hoop Group Team Camp began in a hurry on Saturday with a number of high major prospects hitting the floor.

Myles Melville, PG/SG, Hun School – After starting his high school career in Plano (Tex.), Epps moved to the east coast and reclassified to the 2012 class. Melville, a pretty good athlete, is tracking as a solid mid-level prospect that can play either guard spot. He has a strong body, long arms and is active on both ends of the floor.

Daniel Ochefu, C, Westtown – Fresh off spending a couple of days at the LeBron James Skill Academy, Ochefu showed up in Reading ready to play. In fact, it was the best effort we've seen out of the 6-foot-9 big man headed to Villanova. He boards it at a high level and patrols the paint looking for blocks. Ochefu isn't normally known for his offensive ability, but he did knock in a three and must have had a dozen points on put backs.

Stanford Robinson, SG, Paul VI – When his team needed a bucket, Robinson was the go-to guy. His jump shot was working during his first game of the team camp, as he buried a pair of three-pointers and a pull-up jumper off the bounce. He also worked in drives to the basket and is certainly capable of scoring through contact. Robinson, a 6-foot-3 guard, is one of the better scorers on the east coast.

Aquille Carr, PG, Patterson – A fun and energetic guard, Carr is as fun as anyone on the circuit to watch. At just 5-foot-6, Carr has elite speed, as he races up and down the court looking to make plays for himself and his teammates. At times he gets wild, but he still leaves his imprint on the game. Carr is relentless with his effort and always seems to be in attack mode.

Jaren Sina, PG, Gil Saint Bernard's – He's been a mainstay in our report the past few days. Sina, a 2013 commit to Alabama, was up to his old tricks during team camp. With his high school team he's asked to score more and he certainly showed he could do that. In a two and a half minute span he pumped in 13 points and specifically shot the ball well off the bounce.

Kris Jenkins, PF/SF, Gonzaga – It's unclear exactly what position he'll end up playing in college, regardless Jenkins, a 6-foot-5, maybe 6-6, combo forward is a player. Jenkins is a skilled prospect that shoots the ball well out to 22-feet. A talented passer, Jenkins tossed out a handful of assists in a big win over Jamesville-Dewitt.

Nate Britt, PG, Gonzaga – There wasn't a member of the 2013 class with a better spring than Britt, a five-star prospect. In a late game on Saturday, Britt wasn't dominant, but he did make plays and show poise and patience. Britt worked in a pair of jump shots and dished out the rock to his teammates in a win over Jamesville-Dewitt.

Mike Young, PF, Hudson Catholic – Matched up with Villanova commit Daniel Ochefu, Young had a tough task in front of him. But Young, a 6-foot-7 power forward, took on the challenge and played a tough brand of ball. With Ochefu leaning on him and trying to snag every board, Young boxed him out, got physical and attacked when he had opportunities on offense.

Will Ferguson, PG, Bishop O'Connell – A couple years ago it was Kendall Marshall that sported a Bishop O'Connell jersey. Now there's another talented lead guard coming out of the D.C. area school. Ferguson used his speed against Roman Catholic to get past his first defender and dish off passes to teammates. The jump shot wasn't falling, but was able to show he was a heck of a leaper when he punched on a defender on the baseline.

Allante Holston, SF, St. John's – Since stepping in the gymnasium Holston's name kept coming up. After watching him up against Neumann-Goretti it was easy to see why. At 6-foot-5, Holston is a wiry wing that slashes to the rim looking to score. He showed an ability to score with either hand around the basket and is a pretty impressive all around athlete. He has the look of a possible future high major prospect.

Lennard Freeman, PF, St. John's – In a game full of impressive looking underclassmen, Freeman, a 6-foot-6, maybe 6-7, post prospect made his presence felt on the back boards. Any and every ball that came off the rim was in danger of being gobbled up by the athletic and energetic Freeman. Going forward he will need to add some offensive moves to his game, but because of his motor and ability to rebound he can still make an impact.

Jaquan Newton, PG, Neumann-Goretti – One of the more intriguing prospects of the day was this 6-foot-2 lead guard. Newton handled the lead guard responsibilities for N.G. and he did a good running his team. Using tricky dribbles and his quickness, Newton was tough to handle off the dribble and found ways to get in the paint. Newton, who also has impressive vision, is tracking as a high major prospect.

Shep Garner, SG, Roman Catholic – Our second evaluation of Garner, a 6-foot-2 shoot guarding was much different than our first at Reebok Breakout camp on the first day. In a battle against O'Connell, Garner played with confidence and shot the ball quite well from long range. He appeared more aggressive and was certainly more effective with his high school team.

*Patterson has a handful of possible mid-major prospects. Devin Hebron, a 6-foot-1 guard, put together a solid game, knocking in a handful of three-pointers. Shakir Brown, a big wing, mixed it up and looked to get to the rim.

*Post-grad big man William Kelly is a 6-foot-8, 200-pound power forward. Kelly, who has a long, lean frame, runs the floor well and will contest shots. He does need to add a go-to post move on the block.

*Coleman Johnson, a 2012 prospect, is an active and aggressive undersized post forward. A pretty good athlete, Coleman snagged boards, ran the floor and finishes in the paint.

*Blaise Mbargorba had a number of college programs evaluating him during an afternoon game. The 7-footer has a long set of arms and when he catches within a few feet of the rim it will likely end up a dunk. He still needs to get stronger and add some post moves.

*A guard getting mid-major interest is Chris Jones. A 6-foot-5 strongly build guard, Jones is a solid athlete, who is capable of knocking down a mid-range jump shot.

*Basil Thompson, a 6-foot-6 undersized power forward, is an active energetic prospect. The 2014 prospect had a good outing against Bishop O'Connell and especially was effective on the glass.

*Although we didn't see Aquille Carr's second game the word around the gym was he was tremendous against Paul VI. It even lead to a pair of Big East assistants saying he was the best player they'd seen in the period.

Stanford Robinson listed Syracuse, Xavier, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Miami, UMass, VCU, Villanova, Rutgers, Pittsburgh and North Carolina State.

Aquille Carr said he has high interest from Syracuse, Memphis, Kentucky, Wake Forest and Connecticut. He also mentioned Texas A&M and LSU among the schools recruiting him.

Myles Melville, who plays with the DC Kings on the summer circuit, said Florida Atlantic, Missouri State, Quinnipiac, Rider, Sam Houston State and Elon have shown interest.

Jaquan Newton has scholarship offers from Rutgers and St. Joseph. Villanova, Syracuse and Temple are also showing interest. He's taken unofficial visits to Rutgers and Villanova.

*During Stanford Robinsons morning game Rutgers head coach Mike Rice was in attendance, as was an assistant from Pittsburgh.

Blaise Mbargorba had St. Joseph head coach Phil Martelli, as well as assistants from West Virginia, Cincinnati, Drexel, Templae, Northwestern, Penn State, SMU and Iowa State watching him.

*Allante Houston had Kevin Willard, of Seton Hall, checking him out, plus assistants from West Virginia and Syracuse during an afternoon game against Neumann-Goretti.

*One of the main attractions of team camp is Kyle Anderson. Billy Donovan, Kevin Willard, Mike Rice and Steve Lavin tracked him all day. Villanova had a pair of assistants there.


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