"I was excited about the whole thing," Tharpe said. "I felt like there were a lot of good players there. I liked basically all the coaches there. I liked how everything worked out. It was a real nice experience because it was my first time ever going to any type of camp."
For a guy playing in his first exposure camp, Tharpe, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound lead guard, played at a high level, and left camp as one of the top point guards in attendance.
"I just basically tried to play my game," he said. "I tried to defend because I know that's what my coach wanted, but I basically just tried to win every game. I didn't feel threatened by any of the competition. I just went out there and played my game."
And playing his game is the goal for the summer with the New England Playaz. Tharpe will play in a number of events, including It Takes 5ive Classic, the West Virginia Jam Fest, Super 64 and Best of the Summer.
"I think this summer is going to be real important for a lot of point guards, especially class of 2010 that haven't committed and the class of 2011, because they are trying to find their spot. That's what I'm trying to do. I think it's going to be real important for me, so I'm just trying to work hard."
Tharpe already has plenty of collegiate options. Among the schools that have offered are Arizona, Iowa State and Providence. He also listed interest from Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Marquette, Oklahoma and Providence.
"I‘ve been talking to coaches, but I don't want to rush this," the Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy standout said. "I'm just going to wait until the season is over and then see how the schools feel about me once that's over."
Once the summer ends, Tharpe is hoping to take a few unofficial visits.
"I would say I want to visit Arizona, Wake Forest, Oklahoma and Virginia Tech," he said. "I just want to visit the schools that are interested me the most."