Letters From Nike, adidas Camps

We continue our look at the summer basketball circuit by sharing some key names that were in attendance at the recent Nike and adidas camps. Included in that group is Montrose Christian sophomore Herb Pope. Click here for more.

Although we have noted that a number of Ohio's top basketball prospects were at the Reebok ABCD Camp, the Nike Camp in Indianapolis and adidas Camp in Suwanee, Ga., also had a handful of key prospects.

Here is a look at some of the notable headlines from each of these camps as they may affect Ohio State and the state's top prospects:

Nike Camp

We had an update last week on Toledo St. John's senior B.J. Raymond, who seems inclined to stick with his Xavier verbal despite Thad Matta's move to Ohio State.

We will also have updates on Columbus Brookhaven senior Jamelle Cornley, Liberty Twp. Lakota East junior James Dews and West Chester Lakota West junior Josh Chichester in the days ahead.

Another key Ohio prospect at the camp was 6-5 senior wing forward Chris Knight from Cincinnati Withrow. He ended up as the No. 7 wing forward and 26th-best prospect at the camp overall, according to HoopScoopOnline.com. Knight has offers from Dayton and Akron and is also interested in Ohio State, Cincinnati, St. Joseph's, Seton Hall and Penn State. With Matta's hiring, Knight reportedly is interested in OSU.

Also impressive was Canton McKinley 6-7 junior Raymar Morgan. He lists Michigan State, Michigan, Florida State, Texas and Ohio State. Morgan was interested in OSU prior to Matta's hiring as the previous staff had shown a lot of interest. Matta's hiring should only help OSU's chances.

Another key prospect was 6-9 sophomore Herb Pope, formerly of Beaver Falls, Pa., and now at Montrose Christian in North Carolina. Pope listed a top three of Pittsburgh, Xavier and Ohio State with N.C. State, Minnesota and Duke also in the running. Interestingly, his mother used to work at Ohio State, OSU is his favorite college football program and he is a close friend of OSU football signee Rory Nicol.

One more player to keep tabs on at Nike was 6-5 Chris Douglas-Roberts of Detroit Cass Tech. He had listed Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State previously. But at Nike, he said North Carolina, Duke, Kansas and Georgia Tech, among others, had been contacting him.

Adidas Superstar Camp

Some of the key Ohio names at adidas included 6-4 junior Adrian Graves of Cincinnati Hughes, 6-10 freshman center B.J. Mullens of Canal Winchester World Harvest Prep, 6-6 Matt Pilgrim of Cincinnati Withrow and 6-5 junior forward JuJuan Jones of Sidney.


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