Welcome to Ole Miss' Elite 11 Basketball Camp

The Rebels signed one of the top classes in the country last season. They are off to another fast start as they had their most successful Elite 11 Camp in school history. The Elite 11 camp is an invite only camp which pits the Rebels' top prospects from grades 10-12.To view who some of these prospects are, click here.






Special Note

Listed below are not all of the top prospects that were at the Elite 11 camp. Due to the sensitivity of the basketball recruiting world, we are going to leave out some names until the timing is right.


Top Prospects



Lavorius Weathers

LavoriusWeathers (PF, Greenwood, MS)

AAU Mississippi 14U and 16U state championship Notes :

A player with tremendous upside is Jackson Panther forward Lavorius Weathers (Greenwood HS, Sophomore, 6-7.5, 220).

One AAU coach at the event said he has tremendous untapped potential.

As a sophomore starter for Greenwood, Weathers averaged 16 points, 11 rebounds and 4 blocked shots per game.

His early list of favorites includes, "Ole Miss, Duke, Illinois, DePaul, Mississippi State and Cincinnati."

Lavorius has received questionnaires from, "Illinois, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Florida, Mississippi State, Arkansas and Alabama."

Notes From Elite 11 Camp

Grade - Rising Sophomore

Strengths - Has great power and athleticism. Weathers has huge and soft hands

Weaknesses - Perimeter skills.

Rankings - A 50 - 100 National Prospect.

Projected Position - Combo forward.










Romero Osby
Romero Osby
(2G, N' East Lauderdale, MS)

AAU Mississippi 14U and 16U state championship Notes :

One of the top players at the tournament was rising sophomore Romero Osby (6-7, 210) of Northeast Lauderdale HS in Meridian. Osby plays for both the Jackson Panthers' 16U and 15U teams. During the game for third place in the tournament, Osby turned it on in the 4th quarter and helped his team defeat the Columbus Titans.

As for who is showing him attention on the recruiting front, he has received questionnaires from North Carolina, Cincinnati, LSU, Houston, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Mississippi State, Alabama, Florida State, Murray State and Oregon.

Auburn, SMU, and Georgia Tech have inquired via the phone and conversations with his coach at the Next Level Tourney.

Alabama and Mississippi State visited his school during the spring recruiting period.

According to Osby, his top teams are, "Wake Forest, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Kansas, Mississippi State, Duke and Georgia Tech."


Notes From Elite 11 Camp

Grade - Rising Sophomore

Strengths - Has great size for his position. Osby has a chance to be a special player.

Weaknesses - Overall intensity level

Rankings
- Definite Top 50 - 100 player. Gerald Snider ranks Romero as the #2 Rising Sophomore in the state of Mississippi.

Projected Position - 3G











Jacolby Pittman

Jacolby Pittman (C, Terry, MS)

AAU Mississippi 14U and 16U state championship Notes :

Osby's Jackson Tigers teammate, 6-9, 212-pound rising sophomore center Jacolby Pittman (Terry HS) showed loads of untapped potential during the tournament.

He has received questionnaires from Mississippi State, Oregon, Tennessee, Florida State, and Virginia Tech.

Pittman told Gene Swindoll of Dawgs Bite that his top teams are, "Mississippi State, Kentucky, Syracuse, North Carolina and Duke."

 










Notes From Elite 11 Camp


Grade - Rising Sophomore

Strengths - Has great size for his position. Osby has a chance to be a special player.

Weaknesses - Overall intensity level

Rankings
- Could be Top 50 - 100 player in coming years. Gerald Snider ranks Pittman as the # 3 Sophomore in MS.

Projected Position - 3G











Shay Hodge

Shay Hodge (2G, Morton, MS) - The 6' 1", 185 pound Ole Miss commitment (football) plays for the Jackson Panthers (AAU) and Morton High.

Hodge is the top two way player in the State of Mississippi.

As a junior, Shay averaged 23 points and 6 assists a game on the hardcourt. On the football field, Hodge averaged 28 yards per catch. Hodge was named All-State in both football and basketball.

Hodge plans to play both sports while at Ole Miss.

 

 









Notes From Elite 11 Camp

Grade - Rising Senior

Strengths - Overall Athleticism, speed, and quickness. Shay has a chance to be a great defender (bball) for Ole Miss. Handles the ball well and has soft hands.

Weaknesses - Needs to improve his jump shot.

Projected Position - 2G









Malcolm Kirkland

Malcolm Kirkland (PF, Madison Central, MS)

AAU Mississippi 14U and 16U state championship Notes :

One of the top sophomore forwards for the Jackson Panthers was Malcolm Kirkland.

Kirkland, who transferred to Madison Central HS from St. Joe's in Madison, is 6-7, 210.

He has received questionnaires from, "Mississippi State, Syracuse and Ole Miss."

His top five are, "Mississippi State, Syracuse, Maryland, North Carolina and Ole Miss."

 






Notes From Elite 11 Camp


Grade - Rising Junior

Strengths - Jumping ability. Has tremendous hops. Can get up and down the court very well for a big man. Has a very long wingspan. Will be at the Nike All-American league this summer.

Weaknesses - Overall skill level, but very talented.

Rankings - SEC level prospect.

Projected Position - Power Forward










Ravern Johnson
Ravern Johnson
(SF, Coahoma County, MS) - The 6' 7", 200 pound three guard led Coahoma County to the Class 2A State Championship last year.

For the season, Ravern averaged 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Johnson was named 1st Team All-State, District, and North State.


Notes From Elite 11 Camp


Grade - Rising Junior

Strengths - Great character young man who is very long with good bounce. Johnson was one of the better shooters at the talented Elite 11 Camp. Reminds some of Kendrick Fox with better overall athletic ability.

Weaknesses - Body strength and needs to gain some weight. Needs to work on creating space for his jump shots.

Projected Position - Power Forward









Rashanti Harris
Rashanti Harris
(C, New Hope, MS)

AAU Mississippi 14U and 16U state championship Notes :

Look out for New Hope High School the next three years. The 15U Jackson Panthers team, an AAU team that rarely gets beat, was defeated soundly (71-40) by New Hope, thanks in large measure to Mr. Shot Blocker himself, Rashanti Harris. Remember that name.

Although he is only 6-9, 232 pounds, he plays much taller. The Panthers had a very tough time shooting over this youngster. He had 5 block shots in the first half alone against them. And he will only be in the 10th grade next season.





Notes From Elite 11 Camp

Grade - Rising Sophomore

Strengths - Length of arms and legs. Can get off the floor with the best of them. Very aggressive offensive player who loves to dunk everything in site. Also a very good shot blocker who possesses great hands.

Weaknesses - Offensive skills. Scores around the basket but needs to work on his jump shot.

Rankings - One of the Top 25 sophomore prospects in the country and probably the top overall prospect at the 2005 Elite 11 Camp.

Projected Position - Power Forward









Terry Herbert

Terry Herbert (Combo Forward, Indianapolis, IN)

Listed as 6' 7", 225.

Friends with Indiana native and current Ole Miss player, Todd Abernanthy.

Notes From Elite 11 Camp

Grade - Rising Senior

Strengths - Intense and a superior athlete. Basically a "freak" of an athlete. Can jump out of this roof and had more "junk" baskets than anyone at the camp. Herbert led the camp in dunks, even more than nationally known Rashanti Harris.

Terry is very quick to the boards and always knows where the ball is going. Herbert is also a very good shot blocker who usually times his jump correctly and has the "lift" to swat it back.

Weaknesses - Needs to work on his ball handling and passing skills..

Rankings - A Jason Smith (former Rebel) clone.

Projected Position - Combo Forward









Randy Culpepper
Randy Culpepper
(Combo Guard, Sheffield, TN)

Next Level Tournament Notes

Put this kid among the elite outside shooters – in the entire nation regardless of class. Knocked down seven trifectas in at least two games this tournament. People will question his size (5-10 ½, 150), so he’ll have to make adjustment to the point.


Notes From Elite 11 Camp


Grade - Rising Junior

Strengths - Extremely quick. Can excel at the one of two. Very offensive minded youngster who loves to push/push/push. He can feel it from the three and has the ability to create space to get the shots off. On defense, he is very quick to the ball.

Weaknesses - Size..

Rankings - Rated as the #9 player in the country at the Point Guard position by Scout.com. Top 50 National Prospect.

Projected Position - 2 Guard








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