Hoop Group Session II: Recap

READING, Pa. -- Melvin Swift scored the Underclassmen game MVP, while Malachi Richardson showcased his game in the main all-star game.

Isaac Fleming, PG – During two camp games on Friday, Fleming managed to standout in a variety of ways. In his first game he focused on passing and getting his teammates involved. In the camp championship, Fleming had his mind set on slowing down and disrupting talented wing Isaiah Whitehead and he did just that. Fleming, a 6-foot-2 left handed guard, has a stocky build, can get to the rim and finishes well around the basket.

Will Ferguson, PG – Using his speed, Ferguson was a pain for defenders during his noon game. Getting by the first line of defense and once in the painted area the 6-foot guard was able to find teammates cutting or spotting up for jumpers. His mentality was to set up his guys and run his team and he did that in what is usually a selfish environment.

Junior Etou, PF – In the Top 20 all-star game at the Hoop Group Camp, Etou came to play. The 6-foot-7 power forward nailed three jump shots, one from behind the three-point line and a pair from mid-range. Although not normally known for his offensive ability, his shot looks good and he was certainly shooting with confidence.

Shavar Newkirk, PG – In the underclassman all-star game, Newkirk attacked the basket, got his teammates involved and made plays in transition. He used his speed to push the tempo and was able to get by defenders with ease. To go with tossing out assists, Newkirk scored it well at the rim and worked in a three off the catch.

Terry Larrier, SF/PF – Perhaps the surprise of the day was this 6-foot-6, possibly 6-7 combo forward. A very good athlete, Larrier moved fluidly up and down the court and finished well above the rim in transition. When in the half court, Larrier looked to shoot jump shots. His range extends to 21-feet and his comfortable putting the ball on the deck and shooting on the move.

Melvin Swift, PF – The MVP of the underclassmen game was active and aggressive to close out camp. A high level athlete, Swift ran the floor looking for alley oops and cleaned up misses on the offensive end. He'll need to add a go-to move going forward, but he's a freaky athlete that can impact the game in the paint on both ends of the floor.

Malachi Richardson, SF – During a camp game Friday morning the 6-foot-5 lengthy wing showed notable scoring ability. He already has a reputation in the northeast and holds four early scholarship offers. Richardson was one of two sophomores in the main all-star game and he certainly proved worthy. In the first half he buried a pull-up three-pointer, hit a jumper on the baseline and had a nifty reverse on the baseline. In the second he hit a floater in the lane and a had a finish at the rim. He's one the better 2015 wing prospects I've evaluated.

Marcus Derrickson, PF – The sharp shooting power forward out of the Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI hit a pair of deep jump shots in the Underclassmen all-star game on Friday. Derrickson has tremendous hands and a great touch around the rim. He knows how to use his body too. In the all-star game he managed to give Melvin Swift a ball fake, moved him with his body and draw the foul. He's a legit high major prospect.

Bryant Crawford, PG – Where Crawford impresses is with his passing ability. In an all-star game, Crawford dished out the rock and must have finished with a half dozen assists, with some coming in the half court and some in transition. He has tremendous vision, is able to get in the lane and puts his passes on the money. There have been some good lead guards to come out of the D.C. area recently and Crawford is next in line.

*Although it was a brief look, Hakeem Baxter showed a nice burst of energy during the final regular camp game of the day. He's a 6-foot-2 guard out of Philadelphia (Pa.) Electric product.

*During a morning game Jordan McNeil got hot from three. He hit a pair of three-pointers in his the first quarter and also mixed in a floater on the baseline. McNeil is a 6-foot-4 guard with a long, lean frame.

*In a brief viewing, Justin Jenifer, a 5-foot-8 guard out of Bel Air (Md.), flashed his handle and impressive speed. He has a tendency to get a little wild with the basketball, but he's talented, crafty and capable of putting up points from the perimeter.

*Jamar Ergas is an athletic wing that stuck out in a camp game. The 2015 prospect is a tremendous leaper and capable of highlight reel dunks in transition. He scored the ball well going to the rim.

*A pair of post prospects impressed in the senior all-star game. A.J. Sumbry and Quadir Welton both played well in the post, hitting the glass and finishing in the paint.

*Taron Oliver, who runs with Team Takeover on the spring and summer circuit, has a bright future ahead. At 6-foot-8, Oliver has nice touch around the basket and can face up for mid-range jump shots.

*Cheick Diallo doesn't bring much to the table on the offensive end, but the 6-foot-9 big man out of Centereach (N.Y.) Our Savior New American will certainly contest shots in the paint.

*6-foot-7 power forward Alex Thomas was selected to the Underclassmen game but was unable to play due to an ankle injury. In a camp game, Thomas impressed with his shot block ability and rebounding.

*A.J. Sumbry said he's heard rom Quinnipiac, Wagner, Long Island, Fordham and LaSalle. He runs with the New Jersey Playaz on the summer circuit.

*Isaiah Whitehead is hearing from Iowa State, Florida, Florida State, Connecticut, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Arizona, St. John's, UCLA and Kentucky.

*Alex Thomas has interest from Delaware, Rhode Island, LaSalle and Rutgers.


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