Talent on Display at NIU Hoops Team Camp

A variety of hoops talent from the area, and as far away as Minnesota, converged on the Northern Illinois Satellite Team Camp at Proviso West High School this weekend. We run down the camp and some of the standout performers in this report.

Due to changes in NCAA rules, Northern Illinois men's basketball coach Ricardo Patton moved the Huskies' satellite team camp from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago to the confines of Proviso West this year.

A bevy of talent was displayed over the camp's two days in the western suburbs.

St. Paul (Minnesota) Johnson defeated last year's camp winner Mt. Carmel in the championship game on Saturday afternoon.

St. Paul Johnson is no stranger to winning. The school went 32-0 last season enroute to a Minnesota state title and is primed for another run at the state championship in 2010-11.

Class of 2011 guard Roosevelt Scott was the standout performer for St. Paul Johnson. With a state title in hand and some success with Minnesota Pump N Run on the AAU circuit this spring, the 6-3 guard is starting to garner some attention from colleges. Scott, who displayed some tremendous athleticism this weekend, picked up a scholarship offer from Patton on Saturday to go along with the championship title. Scott is also receiving interest from Minnesota, UMKC, Northern Iowa, Wisconsin, Iowa, Central Michigan, and Boise State.

6-7 forward James Farr from Evanston is a player who has made great strides over the last three months. Farr has a scholarship offer from Boise State. Farr, who plays on the AAU circuit with the Rising Stars, has interest from NIU and is planning on attending the Murray State elite camp. James also plans on taking a visit to Indiana State.

Fred Van Vleet is a class of 2012 point guard that Patton is keeping a close eye on. The Rockford Auburn star comes from NIU's backyard and demonstrated his skills as a floor general this weekend. Van Vleet has visited NIU several times and has a scholarship offer from the Huskies. This week was the first week that class of 2012 recruits can receive phone calls from colleges. During the week, Van Vleet has heard from NIU, Northwestern, Ohio, and Saint Louis. Fred can be seen playing with his Prymetyme AAU teammates in July.

Other Standouts: Hales Franciscan – Aaron Armstead and younger brother Aaric Armstead, Curie guards Devin Foster and Greg Travis, South Shore's DeShawn Greer, and New Trier big man Connor Boehm.

Egwu Sidelined

The best player at the camp didn't play at all. St. Ignatius big man Nnanna Egwu, who has verbally committed to Illinois for 2011, was limping around the camp and will be out of action for the next two weeks.

Special thanks to Coach Patton and assistant coaches Sundance Wicks, Todd Townsend, and Will Smith who did instructional training for all of the campers on Friday morning and put on a great camp.

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