Hoop Group Future All-American: Recap

READING, Penn. - Some of the top young prospects on the east coast got together for the Hoop Group Future All-American Camp. Players like Joe Hampton, Omari Spellman, and Curtis Jones all stood out with their play.

Joe Hampton, PF – Not many players at the camp could match Hampton in terms of strength and ability. While not the tallest player around, Hampton is very skilled. He was making threes, hitting from the mid-range, and showed his ability to pass. Also Hampton scored it well down low and was good on the glass. He has to continue to get into better shape, but Hampton is one of those matchup problem forwards who doesn't fit into a traditional position mold but simply finds a way to be productive.

Curtis Jones, SG – Jones has transferred to Fairfax (Va.) Paul VI, and he has the look of a kid who could be a major instant impact transfer at the high school level. He is athletic, strong, and is developing a very good ability to score from all levels on the floor. Jones put the ball in the basket at a high level, and also mixed in some good passes to teammates. He is definitely someone who could see his stock soar during the year.

Sedee Keita, PF – Keita is raw, but he has a lot of natural ability. He is every bit of 6-foot-8, has good athleticism, a decent skill level, and really can run the floor. Also while he is thin, he isn't someone who is frail, and looks like he could easily get much stronger. Keita right now doesn't have a very good idea of how to play, and needs to focus on what he does well which is play down low, instead of trying to be more of a guard, but he does have a lot of natural talent.

Christian Vital, SG – Vital might have been the real breakout guy of the camp. He has been known on local levels and is starting to get some significant recruiting attention, but he really showed his stuff here. Vital can score the ball at a high, high level, and also has a great motor. He gets to the rim, is a very solid athlete, and also hits from deep. On top of that Vital knows how to play and just flat out produces.

DeAndre Hunter, SF – Potential is the key word to consider with Hunter. Right now he gives you flashes, but nothing is consistent, not only from game to game, but from possession to possession. Still Hunter is athletic, can make shots, and knows how to get to the rim, just he needs to get stronger and continue to show improvement. At this stage he is more prospect than player, but if everything clicks then he becomes someone that many schools will have on their priority list.

Vaughn Covington, PG – After a solid showing all spring and summer long, Covington capped off his summer with a very good performance. Covington is someone who can get to the rim, and also is a very good passer. He didn't try too many jumpers, but a lot of that was due to kids not being able to stay in front of him.

Anthony Lamb, SF/PF – Lamb doesn't get the attention of some others seeing as how he is in Upstate New York, but the kid can really play. Lamb isn't a great athlete, but he can make shots, is crafty, has good size, and handles the ball fairly well. He needs to continue to work himself into ideal shape, but the shot making and basketball IQ are there, now how he develops body wise will determine his level.

Alani Moore, PG – Basketball IQ is the name of the game with Moore. The DeMatha Catholic product has always been in complete control of the game from the lead guard spot and he showed it again. Moore is a solid shooter, but his bread and butter is using ball screens and finding the open teammate. Moore did that at the camp as well as showing off his very impressive handle.

Devonte Green, SG – Green has had his moments, but never has he put together as consistent a performance over multiple days than he did at this camp. Green was hitting shots at a good clip, and then also used his athleticism to finish around the rim and make plays. If he grows, Green has the potential to be a high level wing in the class.

Kassoum Yakwe, SF/PF – There aren't many more athletic kids in the country than Yakwe. He put that athleticism and high motor on display in a big way. Yakwe might have been the most productive player overall at the camp, and possibly the best long term prospect. He keeps getting more skilled, though he has a ways to go in that regard. Still his motor and athleticism separate him from many of his peers.

Omari Spellman, PF/C – Big and skilled, Spellman is a tough player to matchup with. Spellman did a solid job of scoring down low, and also was excellent on the glass. Though he isn't the best athlete out there, Spellman can run the floor when motivated to do so. Also Spellman is now scoring facing the rim out to the three point line and showing a very good mid-post game. Once he gets into shape, Spellman is someone who could be very difficult to deal with.

Nazeer Bostic, SG – Bostic is someone who had a very solid camp. He is a good athlete and a physically strong wing who can really get to the basket. Also he can make shots when open. Bostic doesn't have great size for his position, and the upside could be limited given his strength compared to his peers already, but he is someone who can score and has some solid physical tools to work with.

Curtis Jones claims offers from Richmond, Virginia Tech, and North Carolina State

Omari Spellman's most recent offer was Cincinnati. He also says he has visits set to UNLV and UCLA.

Joe Hampton's lone offer is from Xavier.


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