Miami Elite Camp Evaluation

Last Thursday and Friday (June 26th and 27th, 2008), Miami men's basketball held the program's first ever "elite" basketball camp. The camp is for high-level high school basketball players to come to Miami and compete in front of the Miami coaches. RedHawk Insider was there to evaluate the talent.

Last Thursday and Friday (June 26th and 27th, 2008), Miami men's basketball held the program's first ever "elite" basketball camp. The camp is for high-level high school basketball players to come to Miami and compete in front of the Miami coaches. For Miami, it is also an opportunity for the basketball staff to have an exclusive 24-hour evaluation of these players. The camp also benefits the players as well as they have a chance to earn a coveted Division I basketball scholarship as well as take what amounts to an unofficial visit to the school.

Below are some evaluations of players who attended the camp:

Marquis Horne: Although he does not yet have an offer from Miami, the 6-6 SF Horne may have played himself into one in the near future. No one improved his stock more than Marquis. In fact, Horne has the body to eventually earn a high major offer. Marquis is the ideal wing – he can shoot from the outside as well as drive and score down low.

Stephon Johnson*: 6-6 Stephon is a power forward with a small forward's body. He is not a shooter, but can score in the post when it is needed. With his size, he will either need to get bigger to play power forward in college or develop a better shot to play in the wing.

Nick Lopez: Although this writer did not get a chance to see him play much (and thus not much to report on his game), word on 6-3 Lopez was getting around camp. Lopez came to the camp with his father from New Jersey to play in front of the Miami staff and made an impression.

Danny McElroy: McElroy was one of the most, if not the most, impressive of all those at the camp. He is a warrior in the post intimidating others and cleaning the glass. McElroy, from Cincinnati west side high school La Salle, is very similar to another Danny from the west side – former Miami power forward and 2005 1st team All-MAC player Danny Horace. Look for this power forward to be one of the top targets for Miami in the coming months.

Shane Moreland: This 6-3 2G can shoot! Time after time, Moreland was seen hitting three pointers with consistent accuracy.

C.J. Penny*: C.J. is considered by many scouting services as the #3 player in the Kentucky class of 2009. Penny has a solid frame for a 6-3 2G/SF. However, he did not perform at the level of his lofty rankings. Penny struggled throughout the camp being unable to finish inside or outside.

Richie Phares*: Just ahead of Penny in the 2009 Kentucky rankings is #2 Richie Phares. Phares is a 6-7 PF from Scott County High School (same school that produced current Miami guard Rodney Haddix). Phares looked good in the 3 on 3 drills against smaller competition. He showed an ability to drive and score inside. However, in full court 5 on 5 scrimmages against taller players (like current Miami center Tyler Dierkers), Phares was not nearly as dominant.

Jahmad Saleem*: It did not take long for this kid from Georgia to get noticed by everyone at the camp. He is a 5'9" quick jitterbug style point guard who was able to drive and dish on everyone he faced – including current Miami players. The only question about Saleem is his small frame. It will be interesting to track Jahmad's recruitment and what level of interest Miami shows in the future.

Orlando Williams*: Orlando's stock has gone up! This combo guard can score inside and outside. He was able to hit the three as well as drive hard to the hole. He definitely put himself in a position to be one of Miami's top targets for 2009.

* Interviewed by RedHawk Insider at Miami's Elite Camp. Look for a feature article soon.

NOTE: The above evaluations are those of this author only and not the Miami basketball staff or anyone else in attendance at the camp.


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