Gene Hankerson's Adidas Jr. Phenom Notebook

The city of brotherly was once again the place to be for hoops enthusiast that follow sneaker camps and AAU events. The famed Adidas Jr. Phenom Camp took place last Saturday, on the campus of Westchester University. While the camp wasn't loaded with household names nationally, a special group of underclassmen served future notice.


William Wise 6'8" 230 Abington Friends Class of 2011

When he got the ball on the block, he had his way with everyone. Wise has above average quickness, and an offensive game that is rapidly developing. Showed a few moves that resulted in points, including the baby hook from the left and right blocks. He also faced up, and felt comfortable with his shot from the foul line on in.

Shaquile Duncan 6'7" 210 Prep Charter Class of 2010

The dunk machine attacked from start to finish. He got it done in a variety of ways, from alley hoops to put backs. If the ball was anywhere near the rim, you can bet Duncan was finishing the play. He's a big man that rebounds very well, and runs the floor with ease. He struggles to create his own shot, due to playing power forward in high school, a position that doesn't require much dribbling. He'll need to get that under control, as he'll probably be recruited as a small forward. Duncan's terrific defensively, always blocking an altering shots.

Juan'ya Green 6'4" 180 Archbishop Carroll Class of 2011

Green walked in with Irving halfway through camp, with his state championship medal on which he earned the previous night. He's a dead on shooter from behind the arc, but also uses the high pick and roll to create much of his offense. Green is active on the defensive end of the floor, and his size gives smaller guards problems. Has the look and feel of a combo guard.

DJ Irving 6'1" 175 Archbishop Carroll Class of 2010

Like Green, Irving had work to do, as everyone wanted a shot at the state champ. H e was up to the challenge, knocking down consecutive three point shots to start the game. Irving is a true lead guard who score any time, but defers to others. Strong with the ball and either hand, he did an excellent job of feeding the post, and those who cut to the basket.

Maurice Watson 5'9" 165 Boys Latin Class of 2013

This baby faced hoopster has a grown mans game. The son of a coach, Watson put on a show. He's a playmaker at the point, but always looks to get his teammates involved before jacking up a shot. He makes great decisions, seemingly making the game easier for everyone. Watson is able to see the floor well despite his current height. He puts so much pressure on the defense, that it creates a bit of separation for him to get his shot off. A future star for sure!

Dexter Bridge 6'3" 185 Upper Merion Class of 2011

This kid can flat out shoot the ball! Bride has a beautiful stoke, it's almost effortless. He consistently knocked down the trey ball, from just about every spot on the court. Whether in transition, or half court set, the defense was regularly rebounding the ball from the bottom of the net. Bridge is very smooth, and always under control. He showed the ability to put the ball on the floor, and finish amongst the trees. Great lean and body control.

Malik Garner 6'5" 190 The George School Class of 2011

Garner has great size and athleticism for a shooting guard. His length caused problems on defense, where he was able to steal and get his hands on a number of passes. When he makes the decision to apply pressure, he becomes an ideal on the ball defender. Offensively, Garner is very skilled. He shoots over small defenders, and uses the pump fake to get the big men off their feet. His first step covers a lot of ground, which means he always within his shooting range.

Ky Howard 6'3" 180 Shipley Class of 2011

Howard may be raw, but his future is bright. He loves to attack the basket, and take his game above the rim. He has serious hops, and had the dunk of the camp when he threw it down on three people. Once he improves his handle, he's going to be a problem. Although a little undersized at this time, he has no problem getting his shot off versus bigger defenders due to his vertical and slight fade away when releasing the ball.

Floyd Preito 5'10" 170 Greenfield Class of 2013

Deserves to be mentioned for his play. Was moved up because he was physically dominating his age group, and more than held his won versus the high school kids. Preito finished well around the rim, and assisted others for easy lay-ups. Tough to guard because of his first step, and crossover dribble that often leaves opponents off balance.


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