DePaul Hosts First Elite Camp

CHICAGO -- DePaul held an Elite Camp for prospects in the Class of 2016 through 2019 classes on Saturday as six teams of players from around the country came to Lincoln Park to participate in a day-long camp at McGrath-Phillips Arena.

Led by DePaul commit Devin Gage and a host of Blue Demon recruiting targets, the event was a successful one filled with a good amount of young talent that worked on skills and played in scrimmages.

Gage, a Class of 2016 point guard and Blue Demon commit, was one of the spotlight players on Saturday, hitting a game-winning runner in the lane during the camp playoffs to put his team into the next round. The 6-foot-2 guard from Curie was paired up with 2016 visitor, Jordy Tshimanga, who was one of the biggest prospects in attendance. At 6-foot-10, 230 pounds, Tshimanga was a massive prospect who got to play for a half before sitting out the rest to nurse an injury. During drills, Tshimanga drew attention with his sheer strength and potential.

Another solid post prospect in attendance was Michigan native and 2016 prospect Algevon Eichelberger. The 6-foot-7 post prospect showed good footwork in the post and was one of the more productive big men in camp.

Also showing well in the 2016 class were a handful of local prospects. T.F. South's Brandon Johnson played with activity around the basket, showing why he's a no-brainer for the mid-majors currently recruiting him. Recent Stevenson transfer Rodney Herenton also had a productive camp attacking the basket and he should have nice senior season in the North Suburban Lake after coming from Whitney Young with his brother, Willie Herenton.

The group of 2017 prospects was a very promising one for the DePaul Elite Camp as local and regional players came to play at the event.

Although he's still recovering from injury and couldn't play, Evanston guard Nojel Eastern made his second unofficial visit to DePaul during the summer as he came by the camp to hang out and talk with the staff and players.

Also in attendance was Willowbrook guard Alonzo Verge and Curie guard Elijah Joiner. Both local guards already had scholarship offers from DePaul entering the camp and the duo were two of the standouts in camp. The 6-foot-3 Verge, who will transfer from Willowbrook to another area school or a prep school in Florida, was a high-level scorer and he also showed great vision and passing ability in finding teammates. The 6-foot-3 Joiner continues to get better each time out as his handle is tight and he was scoring the ball from multiple levels on the floor.

A group of out-of-state 2017 prospects also shined in the event. Ohio native Markell Johnson was perhaps the camp's most explosive athlete as Johnson made plays to get in the paint nearly every possession. Already sporting a DePaul offer entering the camp, the 6-foot-1 Johnson came away as one of the camp's most impressive players and had a highlight-reel dunk during tournament play.

Teammate Cole Van Handorf also has a DePaul offer and the lefty 6-foot-2 guard from Kentucky buried perimeter shots off-the-catch and also played with sound basketball IQ at the camp. Down low for the Johnson/Van Handorf team was 6-foot-9 forward Nathan Reuvers. The inside-outside combination in Reuvers game is impressive and he moves well and has room to add additional weight once he gets to college.

Michigan native Matt Beachler also showed savvy on the offensive end as a shooter and scorer and the 6-foot-3 guard earned praise from many of the people in attendance for his play.

Originally from Senegal, 6-foot-8 big man Makhtar Gueye was a bright spot in camp as he was active and producing on both ends of the floor. Gueye is still learning the nuances of American basketball, but he has a lot of upside thanks to athleticism and his ability to make plays off the dribble for his size. Two local Class of 2017 guards, Niles West's Octavius Parker and Curie's Mike Johnson also played well in camp and showed an ability to make plays on the offensive end. Local wing Jearmil Wilson from Niles Notre Dame also showed some good size and athleticism at 6-foot-6 as he made plays around the basket.

The Class of 2018 also had some very good players as Michigan native Foster Loyer was hitting shots from all over the floor. The 5-foot-11 lead guard has a very good basketball IQ and knows how to hit shots or find teammates with passes. Springfield Lanphier 6-foot-3 combo guard Cardell McGee was also a surprise at camp as he was productive throughout.

Among the Class of 2019 prospects in attendance, Indiana native Dexter Shouse Jr. appears to have a bright basketball future. Already at 6-foot-4, the future Lawrence North guard can score the ball and made plays all over the floor against older competition.


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